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AAHH Recap: Vars City Performs ‘All Mine’ at Grindfest

By now I hope that my readers have become more familiar with my style of writing, as well as my…

By now I hope that my readers have become more familiar with my style of writing, as well as my personality a bit.  However, if not, know that I pride myself on being an active writer and supporter of promising artists that I shed light on. There is absolutely nothing more compelling than witnessing the talent that you’ve established consistent pen work for.

Vars City, who is no stranger to the AAHH family, came through to Montclair, NJ performing as special guests for Grindfest. Now, Grindfest has become an annual event given by ArtistVibes, to showcase promising talents throughout New Jersey. Grindfest features various creatives such as artists, entrepreneurs, culinarians, and more–collectively grinding towards their goals. With Vars City on the bill this year, I made it my duty to come out and see the group, plus get some press work done. While watching Donni Fresco, Von Bruce, and Don Wonder perform their set, I could see the room getting active, moving to their music. Girls were dancing and infatuated with the trio, as others turned up. Now although the guys were too sweaty to hug me after their performance (lol), I am still a firm believer that any artist who isn’t sweating after a set, didn’t give a show.

I appreciate the guys for inviting me and giving me an opportunity to see in person, what I have been writing about all along. Here’s a clip from Vars City’s ‘All Mine’ performance at #Grindfest

By the way, No Love in The City is still available for download on Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCLoud, and Amazon.

Amber Corrine or call me AC, (its fine) lol. YouTube personality| videographer-singer-writer-photographer. I like to dabble in all kinds of media. I am a two-time college grad and I run my own beauty&lifestyle website www.ambercorrine.com
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Florida Wants You To Know That “Rapping” Is Back In Style

There’s something about Florida that’s taking hip-hop back to its roots. In recent years, America’s favorite genre has continuously become…

There’s something about Florida that’s taking hip-hop back to its roots. In recent years, America’s favorite genre has continuously become more about beats and aesthetics than lyricism and rhyming. Not to write off any ‘new wave’ artists doing it big, but let’s just say when a tape drops with beats by Metro Boomin, I’m there for Metro.

Florida rap is different because it has garnered an underground scene that thrives by producing lyrical artists. This underground scene has recently been compared to that of Brooklyn’s in the 90s, where real, gritty, bar-for-bar rap is making a huge comeback. But to fully understand the difference between underground rap in Florida and mainstream rap from places like Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles, you have to know about some of the scene’s best —and most overlooked — artists.

Denzel Curry

You can’t discuss Florida rap without bringing up XXL Freshman Denzel Curry. Denzel began to establish himself in the new wave of underground hip-hop after Spaceghostpurrp created the group “Raider Klan.” Raider Klan never got the full attention it deserved, but it did put some promising MCs on the map before it fell apart, and Curry wasted no time growing a successful career of his own after the fallout.

 

His rapping style is experimental, to say the least; what stands out is that he is rapping. Imagery and wordplay alone could earn him recognition, but this isn’t what makes him stand out. He possesses the unique ability to turn rhymes on their heads in the blink of an eye. By quickly switching his densely narrated flows, Denzel throws curveballs at his listeners and accelerates his stories like no other modern MC. Listening to Denzel Curry is like enjoying a novel; you always leave with more than you came with.

Nell

Nell is another MC who emerged from Raider Klan’s underground presence. With a unique style based on straight up bar-for-bar rapping, Nell’s old school sound is not unintentional. Every track off of the mixtape “90’s Mentality” is just that — a throwback to the golden age of hip-hop.

 

Nell’s rap style is vintage yet progressive, tossing meaningful lyrics over rough, chopped and screwed instrumentals. Nell is essential to Florida’s underground scene because he’s making music that young and old Hip-hop heads can vibe with, together. The nostalgia associated with 90s rap has given a voice to MCs like Nell, who are focused on rapping ability alone, as opposed to fashion and money so distinctive to many mainstream artists.

Ski Mask the Slump God

Ski Mask the Slump God is making waves with his insane combination of new and old school rapping. He is one of the most notable young MCs — commercially — who tends to focus on rapping fast. Sure, a lot of new age rappers can go fast, but most separate their bars with an (aye) or (yea) whereas Ski Mask just can’t stop. The young rapper’s catalog is as diverse as it is consistent. Every song consists of wildly different sounds and subjects, but Ski Mask is always so addicting to listen to.

 

He also incorporates aspects of metal and hardcore rock in his music. If you listen carefully a lot of his songs sample bands like Drowning Pool and Slipknot, but even when he isn’t sampling it you can hear a standard rock kit somewhere in his beats. The rap/rock combo has been a historical part of Hip-hop; traveling down the stream from groups like RUN-DMC and M.O.P to bless modern Florida through rappers like Ski Mask the Slump God.

So maybe its the southern heat making everyone a little crazy, but something is making people want to rap in the Sunshine State. Trap music is helping expand Florida’s audience by drawing lots of attention to Miami with rappers like Lil Pump and Smokepurrp, which may help Florida’s underground scene grow in popularity. Denzel Curry, Nell, and Ski Mask the Slump God are just a few who are helping redefine what it means to be in the ‘new age’ of Hip-Hop.

All three of these artists have music available on major streaming services, but Soundcloud is the go-to place to hear their extensive catalogs. And if you are interested in hearing more of the Florida underground here are some artists you may want to check out: Pouya, Rell, Wifisfuneral, Robb Bank$, Yung Simmie, Lofty305, and Fat Nick.

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Buttabeats Inc Stays True To His Grind With Powerful New Music

For real artists, the path to success is rarely ever straight and narrow, but rather a series of trials and…

For real artists, the path to success is rarely ever straight and narrow, but rather a series of trials and tribulations that at times tests one’s dedication and genuine love of what they’re doing. Look no further than ButtaBeats Inc, hailing from Greenburgh, New York. He honed his skills as both a mc and producer in the early 2000s as part of the regional collective U.D.R. (Up Da River).

U.D.R. wasn’t able to make the commercial impact they had hoped; a few years later he broke up with fellow collective member Taj Mill to release the collaborative effort Shine From Within. Again, with critical acclaim and a handful of supporting live performances, it failed to gain any traction.

Real artists don’t quit, though.

Now, nine years later ButtaBeats Inc is a solo artist/producer who is still doing what he loves. “An avid reader and connoisseur of African American culture and history my music speaks to a time when a Rappers had to have something to say —almost as much they as they needed the swag and style which is in abundance today,” he tells AAHH.

His upcoming album The Revenge of Charles Martin — tentatively scheduled to drop mid-Feb — is a testament to what it took to get from an aspiring rapper/producer to being one. “While most may not have heard of me before, I will be heard from here on out.” The love of this never dies for real artists that have something to say.

Check out his latest, below.

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Haitian Artist FrancMill Responds To H&M and Trump on “Eazy”

2018 is off to a wild start — which isn’t unexpected considering our 2017. H&M, the exceedingly popular north-American clothing…

2018 is off to a wild start — which isn’t unexpected considering our 2017. H&M, the exceedingly popular north-American clothing chain, received an immense amount of public backlash after it released campaign images for the (now defunct) G-Eazy clothing line featuring a young black boy wearing a shirt that read Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.

The blowback inevitably resulted in both G-Eazy and Weeknd cutting ties with the company.

Then, 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, made a controversial statement towards immigrants of both Haitian and African backgrounds, asking rhetorically during a briefing “why are we allowing people from shithole countries into America?”

This led Haitian-born Toronto-based artist FrancMill to release his new song “EAZY,” in direct response to both H&M and Donald Trump’s statement regarding his home country, Haiti.

“Eazy” is available now on all streaming services. #takeiteazytrump.

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Darrell Simms Drops His Sophomore “Wilcox Ave” Project

Darrell’s latest EP, Wilcox Ave, is his second official project — and a worthy follow-up to 2015’s BoiTroy EP.

LA-based Florida transplant Darrell Simms — raised by a Jamaican mother and Danish stepfather — moved with his family to the southern part of Sweden when he was 10. It was during this time that he discovered music through his mother’s CD collection; Michael Jackson’s History/Past/Present album gave him his first taste of music and led him to discover an eclectic range of genres that sparked his creative mind.

Poetry was his first creative outlet, which quickly led to writing hip-hop lyrics. His debut mixtape, The First Blink showcased the full range of musical styles Darrell is fluent in and was inspired by, including acoustic, and indie pop, cleverly mashed into hip-hop.

Fast-forward, Darrell’s latest EP, Wilcox Ave, is his second official project — and a worthy follow-up to 2015’s BoiTroy EP, which he recorded under the moniker BoiTroy. The first single, “Element” was given high-energy video treatment, directed by directed by @ralph_lucchese and @sirbjjensen. Check the visual and EP out, below.

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