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Daraja Hakizimana & Tha Bossplayaz: Kickin’ That H-Town Funk

Straight out of the south side of Houston, Texas, comes rapper Daraja Hakizimana (a Bridge to Salvation). You may not…

Straight out of the south side of Houston, Texas, comes rapper Daraja Hakizimana (a Bridge to Salvation). You may not have heard of him, but he’s a seasoned [and active] member of the local scene, having released sixteen projects to date — how many artists can say that? Also, he’s putting his crew on in a major way. His latest project, Tha Bossplayaz – Bossplayaz Season, is a thirteen shot (compilation) project full of dope production, and bars aplenty from his roster of artists, including Lo-Ki, Kato, That Boy Cayse, Geno, Teeze Fresh and Wheredough?.

Daraja, who is self-produced, is also a videographer, and visual artist, amongst other things. It’s hard not to give massive daps to a self-made mogul. Check out the latest cut, “All The Bullshit I’ve Been Through,” and head over to I-Tunes to cop Tha Bossplayaz – Bossplayaz Season, available now!

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Justin Don: Going The Distance

Detroit rapper Justin Don is a surprisingly refreshing listen; the young artist doesn’t come from a background that you may…

Detroit rapper Justin Don is a surprisingly refreshing listen; the young artist doesn’t come from a background that you may associate with a particular sect of the the young crops of artists. Likewise, he doesn’t subscribe to any extreme isms or portray himself as a character trying to cash in on a fad. He is just a kid who likes making music — and his shit has some knock to it!

It’s not entirely clear when his full-length Will Of The D is set to hit the streets, but thus far he has a foursome of tracks available on all streaming networks that show what he’s capable of. His music accurately paints the portrait of a young man in between graduation and forever, finding his footing one milestone at a time. The vibe is a little of everything; there’s blends of pop, hip-hop, world sounds, and bouncy sound beds that would find themselves at home in just about any playlist of top 40 tracks.

“Waves,” which he notes in a Vlog will be given a visual treatment shortly, is the theme song of a summer smoke out with the team; to date, it’s easily his biggest — see best — song. “Distance” is a close second. “The more chains I have on, the less I feel like myself,” he croons, again adding to this idea that he isn’t trying to be something he isn’t. This particular song is also a testament to the work he intends to put into this game.

At it’s best, it’s just insanely smooth, and perfect for anything involving positive vibes, barbequing, and summer nights. At it’s worst, it’s similar to a lot of stuff currently out there and doesn’t honestly put him on a different plane. However, whether that’s what he ultimately wants to do isn’t transparent. At only four singles in, he’s well on his way — and has enough quality to build himself a solid foundation.

Here’s to going the distance!

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RJ Full Range Has The Beats You’re Looking For

For over 15 years, producer RJ Full Range has been living the dream, having landed significant placements or worked with…

For over 15 years, producer RJ Full Range has been living the dream, having landed significant placements or worked with the likes of Fox Searchlight, VH1, MTV and Death Row Records. Aside from work with platinum selling artists, he’s also worked with artists on the rise such as Compton AV, Marcus Black (Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood), Nicky D’s, Stevie Crooks, and Famous Uno. His latest venture, Full Range Beats, began in 2016 when he launched a new website to sell beats direct to clients. 

“I just wanna focus on producing music the way I wanna produce it,” he notes — explaining that this venture wasn’t meant to replace his TV or film work. “If someone in TV & film wants something I have, cool. I don’t want to chase though.” 

With his experience in tow, RJ’s production and experience runs the gambit from Hip Hop to trap. With years in the game, and constant attention paid to what’s popping on Billboard — regarding sound — RJ can get you all set up with professional instrumentals meant to enhance your songs and take them to the next level.

Check him out for yourself: FullRangeBeats.com

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Force Reaction Drop Music For The Revolution

Force Reaction — the duo of Silus Bedlam (vocals) and Bitter Sweetness (production) — are carrying on the tradition of…

Force Reaction — the duo of Silus Bedlam (vocals) and Bitter Sweetness (production) — are carrying on the tradition of Hip Hop with a message; mental health, politics, art, and big pharma are among the bevy of conscious topics they traverse with their high energy music. In an era marred with many head scratching injustices, a presidency that is baffling to many, and a rise in violent crimes as a result unchecked personal demons, Hip Hop needs all the heroes it can get.

“In order to stay standing you must exert a force equal and opposite to the trials of life.”
— Force Reaction

Their latest project, Equal and Opposite, is ten songs filled with knowledge, gems, and theme songs to chant on an eternal quest for wokeness. Silus’ unique cadence is perfectly complimented by Bitter Sweetness’ signature production that would lead itself well to live performance. There are a few different vibes — like the cinematic flow on the moody “Out Of My Element,” the head nodding drum loop of “Aside,” and the 80s/early 90s vibe of the instrumentation on powerful “Rise Up.”

Give the album a spin, below.

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Detroit Upstart Makes “Waves” With New Single

AAHH recently had a chat with Detroit-based MC Justin Don, about his upbrining, introduction to Hip Hop, his upcoming LP,…

AAHH recently had a chat with Detroit-based MC Justin Don, about his upbrining, introduction to Hip Hop, his upcoming LP, and more. Check out the interiew, below.

Tell us about the music — describe your sound

My music is inspired largely by Drake.  When I first got into music it was through the mainstream stuff like Drake, Big Sean, etc. (this was in my senior year of high school, 2014).  That being the case I’ve always figured their music inspired the core of my sound.  Today though, I take inspiration from a lot of different styles of music and try and incorporate them into the sound of 2018.

The people at the studio I work with always are trying to figure out a name for the style of music I make because they say it is a new style.  Their most recent title for my sound is “melodic trap.”  I’m not sure how much I agree with the name, but they have a less bias opinion than me, so I guess my sound is a melodic trap for now.

How did you get involved in music?

The fall after graduation, I left home for the first time.  I moved to Mt. Pleasant to attend Central Michigan University where I spent my freshman year living in the dorms.  One of my roommates was a friend from high school, but my other roommate was a gentleman named Rob Marrocco.

Rob was very artistic, in fact, he was and still is, pursuing a career in film.  He was the kind of guy who brought a lot of things with him to college that your typical freshman wouldn’t.  One of those things was his keyboard.  Of all the random stuff Rob brought with him, the keyboard was easily the most memorable and the most used.  He would play songs and sing on that keyboard like a pro, and the girls loved it.  This motivated me and my roommate, Jomi, to learn piano too.  That was my first experience creating music.

After college I decided to dive deeper into music; I bought a keyboard, a beat pad, and Ableton and started making beats.  After a couple of months, I stopped making beats and began writing and recording songs.  I practiced for about a year and then moved to an apartment in Detroit with my buddy Patrick Hannah.  This is where I was able to hone my craft.

After the year flew by, I decided to move back home to save some money.  I continued to write, record, and practice music but wasn’t able to put as much time into music as I used to.  This was because I started an internship as a financial representative and was starting my junior year of college.  Not wanting to miss out on his chance to live my dreams,  I got back to making music and decided to call up the nearest studio to record “I Got It.”  This ended up being the spark that changed everything.  Today, that spark is now a fire that is growing bigger every day.  I am getting ready to release my first studio album “Will of the D.”  I’m also planning to release multiple music videos, new visuals, and a variety of merchandise soon.

Who/what were some of your influences?

As I stated earlier, Drake mainly inspires my music.  Some other significant influences for me are Post Malone and Big Sean.  Lately, I have been getting some inspiration from people such as Lil Yachty, 6ix9ine, Lil Uzi Vert, and Trippie Red.  My inspiration from these artists comes less from their music and more from their ability to create a brand for themselves that is so distinct.

What have you released?

As of today, I have released three singles: “I Got It,” “Distance,” and “Waves.”  They are available to listen to everywhere.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my debut studio album which will be called “Will Of The D.”  It will be 14 songs, and the three singles I have released so far will be on the album.  The album is already recorded so right now we are just working on the polishing touches, the mixes, and the master.  In addition to the album, we are working on music that is scheduled to be released after the album.  1We want to make sure we have music on deck to release when needed in today’s rapid-fire release industry.

What have been some of your most significant achievements thus far? 

In chronological order I would rank my most significant achievements so far as:
1) Getting my music on all major streaming platforms and becoming verified on Spotify.
2) Getting into the top 10 charts on ReverbNation.
3) Completing a studio album.
4) Reaching 5000 likes on my facebook page.
5) Getting daily listeners on all music platforms (youtube, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, etc.)

What are your goals in the industry?

My goal is to make music my career.

What’s next for you, professionally?

I will continue to grow my brand and prepare for my album release.  Following my album, I will continue to release new music.  Day by day I will expand my fanbase until it is big enough where I can focus 100% on music and make the push to the next level.

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