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Zenlee’s ‘Just Poetry’: Track-By-Track Album Review

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Believe it or not, Rap is a form of poetry. In both cases, there’s a particular attention to diction, which rhymes are derived. That said, Zenlee, an Ontario-based rapper doesn’t forget about literary devices during the production process of his debut album. Compromised of 15 tracks, I truly think this Hip-Hop material was given the appropriate title as ‘Just Poetry’. In short, he touches on intimate aspects with a lot of intensity as he portrays his own life events through the verses and emotions. His mission is to encourage listeners to believe in themselves. Below you can read my thoughts about his work, an exclusive track-by-track review.

1 – Street Rep (Intro) From the start of this intro, there’s a catchy hook. So far, the best part must be the delightful rhyming words.

2 – Hostages Of Tha Nation It continues along the same beats as the intro. Analysing the lyrics in greater detail, we find he converts his Rap into a protest song that blames the destruction of a nation due to wars. Clearly, there’s a desperate need for peace and unity in this world, and I agree 100% with his views.

3 – Believe It This one features the beautiful female vocals of Lucy Grace, bringing a soothing balance with the lyrical wordplay. Somehow, it feels like an honest conversation, if you get through hard times, there’s nothing better to believe in yourself in order to move forward.

4 – Tha Life I Choose Within less than a second of experiencing this tune, there’s a pretty nice piano-driven melody that serves as the background of his stylistic rapping. Overall, he reflects about mistakes from the past and talks about the sense of love.

5 – One Million Years You’ll be surprised to know it’s very electronic oriented in comparison with the rest of the tracks of this album. At the same time, you will notice a fast-paced vocalization like never before.

6 – Xcuses Definitely, the chorus is hypnotic and I can’t get it out of my mind… “Your excuses, your excuses, they drive me up the wall”. At the end of the day, excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons.

7 – Goddess Of My Dreamz Literally, here we have a poetry about the sexy woman of our dreams, with which many men fantasize daily.

8 – All Natural Booty Zenlee expresses his preferences for women with natural beauty, but he also incites men to choose the right woman and wife. The best line… “Your natural beauty never gets old”.

9 – Toronto Dreamz Toronto is a city of a million Dreamers. In case you didn’t know, Zenlee was born in a UN refugee camp during the 80s, and since moving to Canada he is proud of this nation. He dedicates this song to the city that keeps his ambitions alive.

10 – Stix N Stonez I would summarize this tune in one single phrase: Explicit rhymes flexing charismatically over a strong electronic beat. Beyond that, the aggressive Rap delivery is compelling. The song derives from the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”.

11 – The Gate Of Eddystone Again, the explicit lyrics duplicate, but you can also expect more melodic phrasing, showcasing his confidence. If I’m not wrong, I think this song is a self-proclamation of being authentic and real.

12 – No Love (Freestyle) The music background reminds me of old-school video games. Besides that, it’s a collaborative tune with Chindalier. As a result, we have a triumphant new freestyle that is in good shape with gutsy raps.

13 – World War 3 He leaves no room for interpretation, with lines like, “Fuck you bitch, where’s my fuckin’ money bitch”. In other words, the rapper will bring a World War 3 to your life if you owe him money. Be warned!

14 – The Battle Beginz  This time, Zenlee join forces with Don Bun King, and despite verses denote a courageous and fearless personality, the dark instrumental is kinda slow. The song talks about a battle against one’s enemy. You can decipher its message for yourself.

15 – Late Nite (Outro) In a pretty short tune he adds the talent of Soca for the grand finale. In my opinion, the outro could have been longer in verses, however, I have no complaints as the whole album proves he’s an artist who is not scared to tell things as they are, while sharing his life without complexes.

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Morsifire Brings Emotional Music Into The World, Listen To “Contact” Ft. Emily Afton

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& Emily Afton join forces on new single “Contact”. This fresh song has already turned the heads of a number of indie music fans. Definitely, a trained ear will recognize there’s a perfect blend of Rap and a Pop/Rock melody playing in the background. The San Francisco-based artist whose real name is Andrew Seely opts for honest lyrics in each of his compositions. With “Contact” he brings out his most intimate emotions as it is a tribute to his deceased sister.

As a result, I really like how his art can help us to reflect on deep existential questions we all have. Furthermore, this track is almost therapeutic not only for the artist himself but for everyone who might be living similar circumstances. Give it a try above and listen carefully to its message. On a side note, Morsifire puts his heart and pain into more personal songs that will form part of his upcoming album, ”Metanoia’, due out 10-11-19. Follow him on his socials in order to stay updated.

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A Truly Gifted Hip-Hop Artist From Los Angeles, Meet Mikey Likes

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Mikey LikesToday the Hip-Hop community is still riddled with talent, and Mikey Likes is a prime example of this. Definitely, he has put his name on the map particularly with jazzy lo-fi beats. As he quickly rises to the top, he’s navigating the waters with the right flow. Influenced by Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, J Cole, among others, The LA-based artist never loses his good sense of humor. Actually, besides being into the world of urban music, he’s also a natural comedian. Clearly, creativity has no limits for him, nor the subjects depicted in his songs. Hip-Hop isn’t only a culture but also a lifestyle, so his rap verses can be described as motivational, funny, sexy, and at times odes to materialism. Discover his clever wordplay and good lyrical imagination on his latest single “The Nucleus”. Make sure you press play right here!

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Get To Know Xero, The Hip-Hop/R&B Artist With A Super Fire Flow

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From an early age, Xero discovered his innate talent for music. The Detroit native Hip-Hop/R&B artist who resides in Charlotte, NC, is known for his super fire flow. Nowadays, he’s taking over the urban scene pushing himself harder like never before. He tries to emulate a similar style as heavyweights 2 Pac, Jay Z, Zedd, Kendrick Lamar, and more. However, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes is what truly motivated him to create his own melodies. On the other hand, in almost all his records, versatility forms part of his high-level productions.

Stream in full his 6-track EP, entitled ‘CAP’ and watch the new music video for the single “Monster” below.

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Have Y’all Heard “Tell Me” By Toronto Artist VAN KING?… This Song Is Surely Catchy

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Kevin Kozo aka VAN KING is a rising artist from Toronto, Canada whose forte seems to be RnB. You have to be ready to embrace his catchy and refreshing debut single “Tell Me”. There’s no doubt, this is one of those tunes you can sing in the shower or having on repeat while driving. If that’s not indication enough he’s on a roll, consider the way he sings and the creativity behind the storyline of this song.

Moreover, I think KING is already prepared for global stardom as a solo Producer. However, I can’t wait to explore his upcoming collaborative projects with Brazilian artist Ary Franklin, and Ottawa rapper Affy. Without further ado, “Tell Me” is definitely worth the listen.

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Dom3stic Releases Intimate New Rap Song “Story Book”

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Everybody has a story to tell and Dom3stic opens up about his past on his latest single. This intimate Rap song called “Story Book” is evocative and it reveals a time filled with barriers that the artist has overcome along the way. Sometimes there are obstacles we have to face in life and here’s when music becomes therapeutic. Clearly, he not only shows off his dexterous flow but also expresses his feelings to give hope to the world. It’s incredible how the way you look back at your memories also are designed to transform our lives. Stream in full below.

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