Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00

Kenya - "Let Me"

Kenya's "Let Me" is a refreshing testament to the power of skillful vocals, solid songwriting, and experienced production.  "Let Me" is an song that invites its listener to become part of its energy (versus intruding on one's personal space.)  Kenya's silky voice playfully hides the apparent talent that lies beneath.  When enjoying Keny's vocal approach, it becomes clear that she has the ability to match her vocals to what a song (and its writing) needs - in the case of "Let Me" that would be a hide 'n seek, confident, soulful woman who need not ask for approval--rather one who offers you the rare pleasure of her presence. Kenya's is a voice that would equally translate to a host of musical genres and traditions - jazz, neo-soul, gospel, blues, R&B, and....(you get the point!)

 

BGVs echo the strength of womanhood in all the right places.  The musical score is solid with a groove that can last for hours without becoming boring or distracting. By contrast, the groove evokes familiar feelings of 'grown-folk love' and not the childish baby love often experienced in adolescence.   Sometimes, a song and its vocalist are aided by the power of its music video.  No doubt, "Let Me" is complimented by the engaging videography of its well done video. To that end, it is not held hostage to it.  Whether enjoying audio or video, "Let Me" holds true to great artistry.
 
Check out Kenya at her website!
 
Contributed by Tony Johnson

 

Published in Reviews
Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00

Enertia McFly

Inertia (in physics): “The property of a matter which retains its velocity, speeding or slowing only when acted upon.”

Enertia (in music): “The force of a man who retains his velocity, then speeds it and slows based on the beat, the groove, and the sounds around him.”  Let the beat hit them! Better yet, hit them with the beat!

Enertia Mcfly is hot right now and he’s getting hotter. If you haven’t heard his latest single, “Go To Twerk,” then you’re missing one of the best independently produced hip hop songs of the summer. A song that is being added weekly to music markets across the country.

Despite his ever-increasing velocity on the music scene, Entertia Mcfly remains humble and approachable. While, he talks of being more than a rapper; he is an artist, his laughter comes quick and easy and his friendliness is disarming.

We caught up with Enertia when he had several things on his mind: his latest single, his collabo with Will.I.Am, working out at the gym, and hooping on the basketball court, to name but a few.

 

Enertia, I’ve heard you say that you’re not a rapper, you’re an artist. Tell us more about that.

“I’m not a writer, I’m not a rapper. I’m an artist. Don’t get me wrong. All of them are great. But certain rappers can’t write, and some writers can’t perform. Saying I’m a rapper can make me sound one-dimensional; I want to do it all.”

As an artist, finding your own sound has to be important. Can you talk about that process?

 When you come into the game, you are influenced by a particular artist and  when you do songs initially, you tend to sound like whoever you are a fan of. I got alot of Twista and Busta Rhymes. While, I was honored to be in that box, I realized that the comparisons made me sound stagnant. We don’t need another one of them because we already have them!

It took me some time to accept the fact that you can sound a little too much like someone. Once I realized that, I began to realize that I needed to be Enertia Mcfly and not the guy that sounds like Luda or Twista.

Ultimately, it became an organic process as I focused on what I like and what I wanted to present. 

 

Speaking of your sound, how would you describe it?

Lyrically, I’m a metaphoric guy, not only witty but I go for “Oh wow! I didn’t see that coming!” But I also like double-time twisting mixed with slow. Basically, I’m a rollercoaster of talent and fun ...

 

Where would you say you’re in your career right now?

I’m at the beginning … still scratching the surface. I’m smarter than where I was when I got my first deal four years ago. But there’s still so much more for me to do.

I’ve worked wil.i.am, who is an absolute genius. He’s bona fide, a mad scientist. I felt myself becoming a better artist because of him. You feel me?

I’d also love to work with Drake. K Lamar, Big Sean, Timbaland, Pharrell …

 

Your single, “Go To Twerk,” has gotten incredible reviews. Tell us about it.

You know, every artist likes their newest stuff. That’s natural. Aside from “Betty Crocker,” a song I did with Lil Wayne, it’s my favorite single to date. The process for both was so organic.

 

We know we are holding you up from the gym and basketball court. So just a couple more questions. You’ve worked with wil.l.am, Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, and others. How do you stay so grounded?

My mother whopping my ass! (He laughs a lot.) Andrea Taylor! She raised me differently.

I don’t believe you have to be a dick to get respect. People love you more when they see your accomplishments and you can say “Hey, how you’re doing? It’s nice to meet you.”

I understand it can be tough. But my mother taught me to respect your peers and your fans. They’re fans for a reason.

 

What would you be doing if you weren’t in the music game?

I love fashion. But if I wasn’t in music, I’d be in sports – coaching, playing. I’m a football junkie and the Eagles is my favorite team. (Sorry, Cowboys!)

 

Toughest Question of the interview: If you had your choice of having the critical acclaim of Talib Kweli but minor commercial success or the commercial success of Nelly but little critical success, what would we choose? (We almost stumped him on this question.)

Damn! Nobody has ever asked me that. Let me think about that.

Talib Kweli vs. Nelly. I look at Nelly, he was so successful at just being him. But Talib, I don’t know whether he’s rapping or talking directly to me. So he wasn’t the top notch guy in record sales, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t successful.

I have two sons, I want to be successful for them. I want to be remembered like Talib but have that in between success. I want to leave something for my sons to carry on.  

 

Enertia is an artist on the rise. “Go To Twerk” is climbing the charts. He refers to Jeff Adair – the video producer – as amazing! And because he’s been ripping and running, including running to the gym," he couldn’t linger for long. “I’m getting the body in shape. Plus, I’m gonna pick up a basketball game," were his final words.  So we let him go.

We talked to him a couple days later. He made it to gym. But he didn’t hit the hoops. Nevertheless, the energy is there and he’s proving to be an unstoppable force. He is inertia. 

For more on Enertia, check out his interview with Vibe.

 

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

Keithra Morely - All we need is prayer

Nah ... it's not music. But it was pretty damn funny. So I had to share. If we learn nothing else, we know that prayer will always get us through ...

Published in Reviews
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Snoh Aalegra - Emotional

 

Wanna know what's in heavy rotation on my iTunes? "Emotional" by Snoh Aalegra. This may be in part because Notion Magazine calls it, "the best single they've heard all year." That's a mouthful. But to tell you the truth, the words aren't far from wrong.

Swedish by ethnicity but apparently soulful from birth, Aalegra's vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse. And while they both have a smoky element to their voice (and Amy remains one of my favorites), Snoh Aalegra's voice is uniquely her own. It's a fusion of jazz, soul, and blues as she mulls on her latest song, "what if he hurts me?"

The track was produced by RZA and together they are clearly a formidable duo. The ditty is enough to make Aalegra claim that she feels "a fever coming on." One listen to this perfect concotion of mid-tempo funk and you'll feel it as well. I can't to hear what else she has in store for 2015. 

Got any doubts? Check out what Okayplayer and Revolt.tv have to say about Snoh Aalegra. 

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Published in Reviews
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

Tamia - Sandwich and a Soda

If you wanna ride these curves, hop in your chevy nova ... so Tamia proclaims in her latest single "Sandwich and a Soda."

I've never been a huge fan of Tamia. Love her voice but never loved her song choice. At least, not until "Sandwich and a Soda." The song has the retro feel that has become popular in the last few years and Tamia works it well. From the lyrics, to the performance, to the music, the song oozes sex appeal.

I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that I love when women sing in their lower register - l get all weak for that earthy-more gutteral sound. That's what Tamia is doing here, and it's a good look on her. 

Tamia is offering to fluff your pillow, and then bring you a sandwich and a soda. Make mine a turkey sandwich and a 7up, please. Now if I can only find my keys ... 

For an additional review, check out the review by CedricCed on FDRMX. 

Published in Reviews
Friday, 13 March 2015 22:41

DJ BLKLUOS - Wet (ft Jane Does Smith)

We've reviewed the Toronto-based DJ before. Here's a little info stripped straight from his bio:

DJ BLKLUOS also known as SOUL

Toronto based music producer & DJ has produced for artists such as Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Troy Ave, JRDN, Tonye Aganaba, Cash Bilz, Ashleigh Ashley, Termanology, Anterluz, Oveous, Zac Facts and more. Originally born & raised in Nova Scotia, SOUL mastered his craft while living in British Columbia & Toronto after moving back to Canada from England.

Check out the latest video. 

Published in Reviews
Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

Go To Twerk - Enertia McFly

"She's gotta lot ass, and I want it all. Booty to the max, she can do it all ..."

Those are the primary components of any chick who can twerk appropriately. And clearly, the object of Mcfly's affection has everything it takes. As does his song. Great hook, tight production, clear flow, and the obligatory sexy women proving they can twerk in a video directed by my favorite video maker Jeff Adair. 

According to the vid, the Twerk Club is a secret club in Dallas. I gotta get in on that secret. 

Need more proof of Enertia Mcfly's talent? Check out what All Hip Hop had to say about him. 

Published in Reviews
Saturday, 27 September 2014 02:45

Charlie B

Charlie B has an innocence that only youth (or even, perhaps, perceived youth can have). He enjoys the benefit, and forgiveness, of a younger artist seeking to make good music. It is clear that MJ - the gloved one himself is a cornerstone influence on Charlie B's musical interpretation, delivery, and vibe. In that, Charlie B. carries on a legacy and tradition that is admirable and much admired. The challenge with MJ being such a cornerstone lies in demonstrating one's unique fingerprint outside of one's musical idol. Charlie B's ability to commit to delivering a song is clear. His talent for capturing the essence of his idols is profound. What is less clear is how much of the delivery is uniquely Charlie B versus his channeling of other artists who have influenced him.

As one who enjoys covers, and often does them, I'd like for the life-preserver to be gently put aside so that Charlie B. can show his swimming prowess first hand. There is a uniqueness and musical contribution to Charlie B that we haven't seen yet. With good producers, I think he could define (or redefine) himself and show that HE is an artist – far more than a cover artist of others.

Special Contribution: Tony Johnson

Published in Reviews
Thursday, 25 September 2014 23:29

Sober - Nayah

Nayah is back with her new single solo. And it would seem that the relationship that she craved on her last single has gone awry. Because tonight, she's drowning in a bottle of moscato because she "hates being sober."

Nayah is daring to become Dallas's pop princess with a steady output of radio-friendly singles that deserve some radio attention. 

She hasn't strayed from her formula here; and that's a good thing. Her voice still recalls Rihanna but also sounds uniquely Nayah. The song has a strong emotional center that becomes more affective as the song continues. 

Nayah sings that "you never gave enough ..." But she is giving every time she takes the mic. Nayah loves the music, and it's crystal clear.

Published in Reviews
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:23

Cash Bliz

Artist Feature: Cash Bilz

Home city: New York City

Label: Unsigned

Producer: Soul Facebook.com/pages/SOUL/104088789645580 and Twitter @soulonlinenet

Connections: Facebook.com/Cash_bilz and Twitter @IAMCASHBILZ

Claim to fame: Performing beside such artists as Pimp C, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy

Influences: Biggie, Andre 3000, 2 Pac, Jay Z, Nas, Donnie Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye

Latest single: Bullsh!t featuring Troo 

They say: "Cash Bliz's sound is lyrical, fresh, the actual meaning of dope."

We say: Cash Bilz, Troo, and Soul deliver the same attention to lyrics and beat on "Bullsh!t" as Cash Bilz did on "Peace of Mind." His musical influences are clear but he is commited to paving his own way. To the song's point, that's what happens "when hip hop's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle."

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