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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An Uplifting Song Every Woman Needs To Hear, “So Amazing”
Rising Rap artist Ronald Mkiza joins forces once again with Azalée. No doubt, their vocals blend together in perfection with such an uplifting song every woman needs to hear because they’re “So Amazing.”
Effortlessly intertwining their talents, they’re bringing an undeniable magical sound based on fierce rapid-fire bars plus soulful vibes. One way or another, the inventive flow has the mission to empower all the strong ladies out there.
“It’s about uplifting females and I envisioned singing this song to the women in my life who I want to cheer.” — Ronald Mkiza
Certainly, the unshakeable intensity of Ronald’s rhymes will catch your attention right from the start. At the same time, this element is contrasted and complemented by the delicate touch that Azalée brings to the track.
Stream “So Amazing” below via Spotify.
At just 29 years old, Ronald Mkiza is positively putting a new twist on Hip-Hop, distancing himself from sexist or misogynist Rap lyrics. In fact, he’s an integral part of the genre’s evolution, as his feel-good verses bear a cheerful message, recognizing the value of women.
Nowadays, he divides his time between IT/marketing consultancy and the art of music. This blog has witnessed how his career continues to grow in leaps and bounds, please make sure to follow more updates on his socials down here.
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Moody Bank$ Unveils New EP That Will Appeal To All RnB Fans
Moody Bank$ invites listeners along her journey through her introspective and poetic lyricism. So, press play and enjoy her 9-track EP ‘Feeling Colors,’ which embodies the true spirit of sexy RnB music.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, the talented singer captures your attention within seconds while detailing love/heartbreak narratives. Moreover, this material is packed full of sultry vocals and compositions that sound like classic slow jams from the 90s.
One way or another, these melodies push emotions that feel intimate but, at the same time, relatable. Likewise, it’s okay to curl up under a soft blanket as long as you allow your sensitive side to get carried away in the depths of her melodious verses.
Most importantly, this remarkable project wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of producers BLK ODYSSY and Noah Fendz. These artists go above and beyond to deliver varied sonic textures that are as rich as a colour palette.
Further, the ‘Feeling Colors’ EP makes justice to its title by becoming a vast array of stories from different experiences.
The complexity of human nature when it comes to matters of the heart makes artistic expression even more colorful. So, of course, Moody Bank$ takes advantage of this to provide cathartic masterpieces.
Lastly, “Work It Out” doesn’t have to be everyone’s favorite single, but it’s undoubtedly her best work, in my opinion.
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Stephh V’s Rap Music Has Entered Chill Mode, Listen To “Attract”
Hailing from Australia, Stephh V unleashes an ear-pleasing potion in the form of chill Rap. The only way to listen to this new tune called “Attract” is on full volume while melodious beats put you in a laidback mood instantly.
The urban artist fuses traditional elements of Hip-Hop/Jazz and very hot lyrics. Moreover, there are no imperfections in her flow as she showcases a blunt, straightforward cadence, pretty notable in her fiery words and rhymes.
If you want to relax in a good sense, make sure to give “Attract” a proper listen. On this occasion, Stephh V relies on a gentle pace instead of pumping out super loud music.
Get ready for an overall authentic feeling that you cannot resist. Her style is so distinct and this jam really shows her range.
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Above all, quality work isn’t a hobby, but Stephh V prefers to delve into art in an uncomplicated and spontaneous way. Besides, it isn’t in vain that 14 years immersed in music actually allowed her to express creatively her own unique identity without any fear, which is worthy of admiration.