Remington James is a popular Youtuber who has netted more than 365K subscribers (Remington James Fitness). For people who do not know yet his musical facet, I recommend that you listen to his amazing new album ‘Prototype VII’. Over the last four months, he felt inspired by the Hip-Hop genre he likes very much since he was a little kid. Certainly, it is remarkable to know he has written, mixed and recorded all the 17 tracks featured on this project. On a side note, he battled his inner demons (drug addiction, depression, and an overdose) while producing all these compelling beats, which left him with a new outlook on life. Personally, I truly believe music heals the soul, and perhaps here we have an emblematic case. Not to mention, it features thought-provoking lyrics and killer hooks. Indeed, he sounds like a veteran! Scroll down further to read my track-by-track review.
1 – Villain Art is so intimate, as well as this song which talks about a challenging period between the YouTuber and some of his subscribers who used to paint him as a “Villain”. He faced slamming criticism because he wanted a positive change in his life. As a result, the artist vents towards them and let us know he’s a new man.
2 – Catch My Breath It starts off spitting the catchy line “gimme a sec let me catch my breath”, plus a bunch of consistent drums. It feels like an empowerment anthem. Remington will infect you with his boost of confidence, joy, and celebration.
3 – Rockstar Money and fame are cliches within the Hip-Hop culture. However, the Ohio-born entertainer brings original verses to the table and a quickfire flow style. Absolutely, he is a “Rockstar”. In short, you are what you think, you are what you go for, and you are what you do!
4 – Immortal Surely, a shy person could even feel invincible while listening to this uplifting track. In my opinion, in order to become an immortal legend, we must live a life worth remembering.
5 – Run It Back Remington joined forces with his rapper colleague Zino, and together they spice up the whole composition with dynamic vocal runs.
6 – Bounce Make it bounce, make it bounce, make it bounce… If this doesn’t get your head bobbing to his rhythm, then you don’t have the ability to appreciate his ingenious wordplay as well.
7 – Man On The Moon The intro is filled with spooky and mysterious vibes. If I’m not mistaken, the song is about looking for escapism out of this planet.
8 – City Is Mine It also carries a dark melody as the previous one. Beyond that, in a defiant and brave tone, he makes it clear he’ll stay in his hometown. The darkness from his past and struggles may become noticeable.
9 – Get In Line Unlike the rest of the tracks on this album, it seems “Get In Line” is built around monotonous beats. Consequently, it feels a bit repetitive. However, I like his creative energy and the way he sticks to storytelling through it.
10 – Lvls Obviously, it represents the stage of making a move in your life. There’s nothing wrong about feeling proud about improvements.
11 – Hit My Line To sum up, he reveals a romantic drama with his girl, and most of you will feel identified with his honest songwriting.
12 – Look At You It begins with gorgeous acoustic guitar lines. You can tell it has a poppy approach rather than the urban essence of Hip-Hop. It’s different, and he sings so passionately like never before.
13 – Cash Out Another collaborative track with Zino, allowing listeners to enjoy again Remington’s Hip-Hop side. This is the right anthem for those of you who love spending and blowing money day and night.
14 – Wraith Once again he takes a dark direction but I really admire his profound lyrics. For instance, the line: “only love you when you’re dead and gone” commonly occurs in our society. With the feet on the ground, he’s been realistic and invite us to think reflect more deeply about life.
15 – PsychoPath There’s no doubt the frenetic sounds match so well with the highly explicit and aggressive nature of this tune.
16 – Make It A smooth/mellow composition, which is inspirational for those of you who are still going down the wrong path. Perhaps, it’s one of my favorite tracks because you can feel the good vibes all around. He isn’t afraid to express his feelings and his personal growth with us. Pretty admirable!
17 – Hero Finally, to close with a flourish, he comes to terms with everything he went through, so that we can learn never it’s too late to learn from our mistakes. My rating 5/5 ★★★★★
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A Must-Listen For Hip-Hop Enthusiasts, Check Out “Free” By Stephh V
This is such an incredible song from Stephh V! With over 10K plays on YouTube, “Free” is receiving a lot of positive feedback lately. The Australian talent formerly known as Stephh Versace is fulfilling all her artistic dreams. Being fully involved in the Hip-Hop/RnB game since she dropped out of university allows her to take advantage of her freedom as an independent musician. Not for nothing, she became a top finalist of All Access, a competition where songwriting skills are assessed. Taking into account that Stephh V writes poetry since the age of 14, composing creative lyrics is an area she excels at.
Results show a flawless execution when it comes to rapping ability. Mastering lyricism and flow, “Free” is one of those tunes that forces you to nod your head upon the first listen. In short, it provides a moment for self-reflection about time, money, and freedom. On a side note, she draws so much inspiration from Mobb Deep, Nas and J Cole. Besides her taste for music, the singer-songwriter is also building a side business with successful entrepreneurs. In the near future, she hopes to own her own record label company in order to support other aspiring virtuosos as she already does.
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1upboy Gets Inspired By Anime On This Rap Tune, Give It A Listen
1upboy blends infectious happy electronic sounds with rap verses on “Digital Aesthetic World.“ As a big enthusiast of Anime and video games, the 21-year-old artist from Hawaii let his creativity run wild while obtaining unique results. Undoubtedly, you can feel there’s an experimental approach in his music that is even hard to define. Anyhow, what makes it different from the rest of mainstream urban tunes actually becomes its strength. Add to this, a catchy delivery and flow that will grab your attention. As the adage goes, the weirder the better!
Furthermore, 1upboy is known for making upbeat songs. He divides his time between college and the military. Since last year, he has made significant progress through the art of recording, mixing, and mastering his own jams. Listening to big stars like Hella Sketchy, Lil Yachty, Rico Nasty, and the era of Myspace Pop bands, stimulate his intellect to produce original stuff with a dose of nostalgia to de-stress.
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Do You Love RnB? If So, Listen To “Love Spell” By James Aubrey 3
You don’t need voodoo magic nor potions to fall in love with this warm and sensual RnB track titled “Love Spell.” Just a few artists like James Aubrey 3 can naturally seduce listeners and make them feel every single word. The American producer, composer, and singer is making his grand debut at Battl Victory Records with such a haunting slow groove and super neat vocals. Lyrics reveal he’s mad in love with his girlfriend due to the effectiveness of magic. Best of all, his music flows with sincere emotions and contemporary synths. Check this out!
It’s worth mentioning that James Aubrey 3 has worked together with important figures of the industry like William Murphy and Lillian Lloyd of Ricky Dillard & New G. Besides his interest in RnB, he’s also influenced by Jazz and Gospel sounds. He excels in playing different instruments, and with big dreams, he aspires to tour the UK and Africa in the near future. At the end of the day, his objective is to use music to connect with people’s hearts.
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KJ Mula, The Promising Brooklyn Rapper You Need To Know
Brooklyn rapper KJ Mula is a hardworking artist who flows gracefully to the beat of his new gem, “Active”. On top of that, his delivery is genuine, leaving you in open-mouthed amazement.
Brooklyn rapper KJ Mula is a hardworking artist who flows gracefully to the beat of his new gem, “Active”. On top of that, his delivery is genuine, leaving you in open-mouthed amazement. He is best known for his crazy vibes, while the urban style he is creatively embracing shines through in this single.
With this in mind, you can tell his talent is unbelievably underrated. Whether or not you’re swagging or partying to his songs, he will instantly lift your mood. In the accompanying music video for “Active”, the promising virtuoso flaunts his wealth and alludes to success within the rapid-fire rhymes. Someday, he aspires to become like the greatest entertainers of Brooklyn, such as Jay-Z, Nas, Mos Def, Joey Bada$$, among other important figures from his homeland. Definitely, KJ Mula’s ear for production is what also makes him stand out in his class. If I’m not mistaken, it’s just a matter of time for everyone to see his striking skills.
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Emerging Rapper Oscar Bunnik Showcases More Than Just A Killer Flow
It’s always gratifying to keep one’s eye on emerging talents like Oscar Bunnik. The Dutch/Polish rapper advocates for social justice in his most recent release, “A Song For The Drunken Scum”. Besides his killer flow, his thought-provoking lyrics always open the consciousness of people to problems afflicting today’s society. In this new single, he raises his voice against discrimination and racism through the art of music.
One way or another, his passion for human rights and his studies in law motivates him to create these meaningful tunes in the comfort of his bedroom. He feels songwriting is fun and seems almost therapeutic as well. If he can’t change the world, at least is quite admirable he’s trying to follow that positive path in a creative manner.
Combining soft Jazz elements at the background of “A Song For The Drunken Scum”, makes you realize the simple rhythms or moderate tempo exalt much better Oscar’s rhymes. Moreover, he’s musically influenced by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Stormzy, and even Frank Sinatra. Because of all this, it won’t be surprising to see him growing in popularity over time. Without a doubt, he’s a true hidden gem with a lot to offer for the Rap community.
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