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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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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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Overseas Hip-Hop: 15-Year-Old PaRan Drops Debut

Hip-Hop is indeed a worldwide phenomenon; 15-year-old Germany-based femcee PaRan has been making music for close to six years now;…

Hip-Hop is indeed a worldwide phenomenon; 15-year-old Germany-based femcee PaRan has been making music for close to six years now; but, Music has always been a part of her love. “Since I was like five years old, my mom listened to music non-stop. It was a lot of old school music like Elvis … but, also Hip Hop,” she tells AAHH.

“My music is sincere and emotional … the style is different to what’s popular in Hip Hop right now.” Her debut, Devastated, is a 12-song slice of surprisingly poignant bars and underground beats. Influenced by the likes of Eminem and Tupac, she’s only just getting started.

“Currently, I’m just working on new tracks and improving my skills,” she says. “I want people around the world to listen to my music, and grow a loyal fan base.” Currently doing features — and working towards live performances — her future is bright. Check out her debut, below.

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Producer MAPS Is Holding Producers Down With His New Brand

Instrumental Connect—the brainchild of Mario Paez, better known as MAPS—is a new brand providing top-quality beats to rappers at all…

Instrumental Connect—the brainchild of Mario Paez, better known as MAPS—is a new brand providing top-quality beats to rappers at all levels. MAPS got his start playing in punk and indie bands before shifting his focus to specialize in hip-hop; that was eight years. Today, he confidently tells AAHH that many SoundCloud rappers have already used his services, most notably Young Sev Da Truth and also FLA Amazin.

Mario states that Instrumental Connect provides “creatives their ultimate need; endless choices of ‘blank’ musical canvases (instrumentals) for them to write to.”

One thing that sets his brand apart is the commercial use of the beats. “Upon download of any beat, the downloader has full, unlimited commercial rights to that beat. No fancy licensing contracts, no limit on where the downloader can use it,” he says. “The beat is completely theirs to do what they want with it.”

With that in mind, there are exclusive options available—dependant on artist budget.

To take listen to his professionally mixed, mastered, and ready for commercial distribution beats, check out the Spotify stream below. The website is currently in development.

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