Start nodding your head immediately thanks to Blazzphemy‘s self-reflective song, “See Me.“ The indie rapper dives deep into his painful memories of the past like never before. After listening to this jam, you’ll understand that dealing with anti-gang units while growing up in LA is a terrible ordeal.
Of course, music is part of the healing process for many artists. And being able to open up emotionally through the art of rhyming is worthy of admiration. This is especially so when the reflective approach of “See Me” comes packed with a convincing flow.
Trust me, Blazzphemy will impress you as soon as you hear the first note. Give it a try here.
Another component you’ll relish about “See Me” is his flawless vocal delivery.
What drives him to produce such meaningful compositions is the one and only 2Pac and the Rap era of the 90s. His volatile style is not confined solely to the urban genre. Paradoxically, Blazzphemy is also keen on Alt-Rock and bands like Linkin Park.
Beginning his career at the age of 16, he learned to spit bars in two languages, English and Spanish. Currently, he is working hard on his next project titled ‘Just One Look.’ Keep an eye on the links below for further updates.
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New Album ‘Songs Of Limitless Optimism — S.O.L.O’ By Duncan Daniels
After two decades of making music professionally and releasing them independently via his self-branded label Dunkishrock Production, Duncan Daniels who is a US-born Nigerian-American music producer and recording artist, highlights his tenacity for staying current and never backing out or backing down with his sole purpose of getting his music heard. This has not always been an easy plight. Yet, with relentless drive and against all odds, Duncan Daniels presents ‘Songs of Limitless Optimism — S.O.L.O’.
The album highlights Duncan’s vocal and arrangement skills as both a performer and mixing engineer. His ability to also write music that cut across a varying array of topics makes this a very distinct effort. This is also a body of work with no other vocal features, every single voice including background and supporting vocals are all his. Duncan also engineered every song himself for stereo and enlisted the renowned mastering expertise of Abbey Road Studios veteran Engineers, Andy Walter (U2, The Beatles, Cold Play), Simon Gibson (The Beatles, Harry Potter, The Hobbit), and Alex Gordon (Florence + The Machine, Slowthai, Yussef Dayes). Duncan Daniels took the sonic experience of the project to even greater extent by working with California-based mixing engineer (behind the viral YouTube Mixing tutorial videos) Alex “Pro Mix” Solano, to up-mix the project to spatial audio for the Dolby Atmos immersive listening experience.
Duncan Daniels’ S.O.L.O is timeless feel-good music with limitless optimism that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. The project offers great sonics and sets a vibe from start to finish. It is a complete body of work, with limitless potential.
Duncan Daniels addresses critics and bolsters the idea of doing it alone, going “Solo,” a word that also echoes the album title and is repeated constantly on the hook, prefaced by the chant in Yoruba “Wo okpto Wo oletomi” which translates to “They are not on my level, no one better.” Almost like a war cry before battle, as he opens you to this body of work. We also get to listen to Duncan’s versatility, taking on a rap verse for the first time with so much ownership and skilled wordplay.
Duncan Daniels delves back in time to his brief travels from Port Harcourt to Lagos in the mid-2000s, always having to pass through the ultra-busy Obalende area on the Lagos mainland before getting into Lagos Island. Tapping deep into this nostalgia the 1998 song “So into You” by Tamia comes to mind with similar progressions and melody structure, hence a catchy summer-sounding fun and vibey love song emerges as the first single on the album.
In the Igbo language, “Mmadu” translates to “Person” or “human being.” An activist at heart, Duncan uses his music to shed light on key issues affecting people living in the city of Port Harcourt and its surrounding Niger Delta areas in Nigeria. Unfortunately, years of unsafe oil manufacturing practices and burning of poisonous substances into the atmosphere in the region has abetted dangerous air quality and a rise in respiratory illness amongst other calamities. Duncan has been raising awareness on this issue and is engaged in finding solutions to these problems facing the Niger Delta.
4. “Diaspora Night”
Duncan draws you into a typical African diaspora club night-out in New York City, sometime in 2014, a scene with which he was familiar. The second single on the project with its intentionally re-recording of ERA’s popular “Dorime” from the very heavily remixed song “Ameno,” allows for a playful yet addictive reaction. Diaspora Night is a measured club song that gets you hyped as you sip a glass of Cîroc, Martell, or Hennessy.
5. “Waste Time”
We have all experienced the initial start of dating or “Talking,” where not that much talking takes place. Texting has replaced phone conversations as the preferred route of communication in today’s social experience. However, not picking up calls can be seen as a sign of “no interest.” Duncan explores this scenario on “Waste time,” where frustration is the resulting feeling.
6. “Catching Feelings”
Afro-beats meets RnB meets Dancehall in this sexy vibrant and soundgasmic tune. Duncan Daniels brings the vibe, courting the listener, inviting them to his sound. The lyrics are masked and cryptic which is one of the distinctions with Duncan’s song-written abilities.
7. “Iwo Nikan”
Drawing inspiration from recently becoming a father and knowing the world she will grow up into, Duncan penned down this beautiful song to remind her that she is unique and beautiful the way she is and does not have to be pressured by the social factors that plague young girls in today’s world. In our current social media climate, the pressure of having the perfect look, skin, or clothes, have driven young teens to depression and suicide in severe cases. We should teach our children to be comfortable in their skin and love themselves, which is the greatest love of all, to quote the late Whitney Houston.
8. “The Rhythm”
Feel good Amapiano vibes! Everybody loves them, right? Duncan Daniels finds a way to stylistically infuse his originality to the south African piano sound. Another characteristic of this body of work is the symmetry between every track and how they blend collectively. The sound is catchy yet smooth, you listen and cannot escape the Rhythm, keeping your feet tapping and your head bobbing.
9. “Tears On My Eyes”
As the album nears its conclusion, Duncan Daniels explores the deep emotional turmoil that comes with heartbreak. A sweet yet sad afrobeat song, Duncan adds a hyperrealism element in the writing style that immerses the listener into the emotional turmoil of a breakup.
10. “Climbing Higher”
The perfect closer for this album. Giving God thanks for the journey so far and greater heights in the future. Duncan ends this project with faith laced lyrics and an acknowledgment of the grace upon his journey, signaling elevation. Climbing Higher is a feel-good optimistic song driving the project to its conclusion.
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Rapper Lil Dr Akex Spits Hot Verses To Leave Everyone In Awe!
The up-and-coming rapper from Toronto is starting to make a name for himself thanks to his fiery rhymes and good flow. But beware, he’s an emerging talent with a live force to be reckoned with.
Currently, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are like second homes for the artist, whose plan is to expand his music to different terrains. Similarly, he’s open to collaborations too.
“Jeans” produced by Anywaywell carry the weight of his sharp storytelling about an explicit adventure with a sexy girl. Of course, this song isn’t for the faint-hearted…
Give it a listen via SoundCloud right here.
On a side note, Lil Dr Akex is working on his debut album to be released next year. Despite the fact that there are just two songs available in his catalog, the undying flame within him is what keeps him motivated.
In all candor, he recognizes songwriting as his real skill. Nevertheless, I’m one of those listeners that believe he confidently commands your attention with his upbeat/loud delivery.
Without further ado, stay tuned to his socials, it’s pretty clear this is just the beginning.
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Duncan Daniels Honors Obalende Area In Lagos, Nigeria With New Song
Duncan Daniels is a singer/songwriter and music producer who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the United Kingdom + Nigeria. Over the years he has been able to perfect the art of bringing to life an alternative mix of Afrobeats, Pop, Rock, and Soul. His music combines the right ingredients of beats, vocals, lyrics, and rhythm that is unique to his name and his brand, DunkishRock. Duncan’s musical talents became evident at a young age, and those around him quickly took notice when he started writing music and playing the piano at the age of 11. He credits his passion for music to growing up listening to artists such as Fela Kuti, U2, Bon Jovi, boyz II men, and of course the legendary Michael Jackson.
Duncan Daniels’ music career has spanned almost two decades, beginning in the early 2000s in Port Harcourt Nigeria, where he was part of the infamous Tuck Tyght collective. With multiple nominations at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and constant music releases every music cycle, today Duncan Daniels is regarded as one of the most consistent US-based Nigerian Diaspora Artists with up to 5 solo albums and over 20 singles released. Duncan Daniels will be releasing his 6th studio album titled “Songs of Limitless Optimism – S.O.L.O” on August 12th 2022.
Duncan Daniels delves back in time to his brief travels from Port Harcourt to Lagos in the mid-2000s, always having to pass through the ultra-busy Obalende area on the Lagos mainland before getting into Lagos Island. Tapping deep into this nostalgia the 1998 song “So into You” by Tamia comes to mind with similar progressions and melody structure, hence a catchy summer-sounding fun and vibey love song named after the area emerges as the first single on the album.