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Han Sino Drops His Opus ‘Exquisite Gardenz’

There is something inherently perfect about the right soundtrack for your movements at the right time. In a wave of…

There is something inherently perfect about the right soundtrack for your movements at the right time. In a wave of commercial Hip Hop — with the genre being at its absolute height regarding actual quantifiable popularity — it may be hard to explain to someone why instrumental LPs are so vital for your soul. But in the word of King Push: “if you know you know.”

I continuously thirst for new instrumental soundtracks, and French producer/poet/creative Han Sino is someone that I’ve covered in the past — in particular his project titled Glucose. He creates this refreshing blend of funk grooves, jazz, ambient hip-hop, and atmospheric melodies that seriously make for a trippy experience, dependant on how you consume his ambitious projects.

Relevant: Check out the run-down of Han’s LP Glucose

His latest output, Exquisite Gardenz, is one which Han himself considers to be his opus. Much like his previous release — during my first few listens, I noticed that the core bass lines created that signature continuous flow that moved the 12-song soundscape along. The best way to describe this project is that if a crate digger were to randomly come across this during a record shop excursion, and take it home and drop the needle anywhere, they’d be excited as hell to fire up the MPC and start chopping. It’s gorgeous.

Beginning with the atmospheric intro track “Exquisite,” we’re introduced to an Asian influence that creeps in throughout the project. The second track “Red Fishes” gave me chills off the top, as the bassline was reminiscent of the iconic bass strums from Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique.” Rather than commit to a hip-hop-centric platter, though, it expands into this difficult to describe Sunday afternoon, soulful, 70’s vibe — accentuated with these ambient wind chimes that make for a crazy audio trip.

Later on in the tracklist, I found myself drawn to the mysterious vibe of “Deep Lagoonz,” with an almost video game vibe, set-off with this super cool flute, and some frantic strings that add this odd amount of tension to track. The strings in the album closer “Gardenz” also had me intrigued; groovy, jazzy, and insanely engrossing.

As Han himself says in the album’s liner notes, “I hope you will [take] this Opus as a proposition to see life differently, and bite it to the fullest … drunk of the liquor of paradise.” This should be the goal of any great instrumental affair — a soundtrack to the movie that is your life; whether you’re getting lost in a world of writing or banging it which you’re trekking through the metropolis after dark. Exquisite Gardenz is a beautiful body of work. If you’re into nu jazz, rare groove, or a fan of instrumental hip-hop, you’ll want to give it a spin.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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LamBo Numbas “Look At You” Is A Gettin’ Money Anthem

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all…

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all the persuasion he needed to give this music game his undivided attention.

At the age of 20, the MC found himself in the hot seat with the DEA after a traffic stop in Texas, led to the discovery of $115k in cash with no proof of income. While he’s slim on the details of how he finessed his way out of that situation, it officially marked his departure from the streets.

His latest single, “Look At Me,” is dripping with an infectious street sensibility that begs for multiple spins. When you’re done, take a cruise of his SoundCloud.

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Get Familiar With ATL Rhymer Mahogany Stylez

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist…

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist could ever hope to be. Having been creating music since a youth — and having gotten serious about her craft, as a music artist, in her teens — she’s found herself (while under the radar) achieving heaps of undergound notoriety, especially after the release of her debut LP, Str8 Stylin the EP.

She recently sat with AAHH to chat about her come up, and her upcoming work!

Related: Mahogany Stylez Shows Versatility On “Str8 Stylin”


AAHH: How would you describe your music for someone who is just discovering you?

Mahogany Stylez: I like to say, I make “everybody music.” I make music about my life experiences and my take on the world that EVERYBODY can feel. I make music that the hood can feel and your mother can jam to my music; if you’re a young person trying to maneuver through this crazy world we are living in, you can feel my music. My voice is hyper unique, so I don’t sound like anyone else. I like to deliver lyrical content and pick production that you can vibe with. Also, I’m a real writer, who grew up on HIP HOP, so that’s evident in my music.

A: How did this whole thing start for you?

M: I started writing poetry, and music lyrics very young. I would share it with my friends. Early in high school, I wrote my first rap, to deliver when I was kicking it in a social setting. The response I’d get from people was so surprising and amazing — that was it, I was addicted!

Started writing more, and spitting in school. Sometimes I would cut class to stick around and rap in the cafeteria. I then began performing at various local events. I formulated a female owned and operated Artist Management company called “Getmoneymas,” interned for 106 & Park Radio and threw myself into the business. I kept writing, and performing, and featuring on mixtapes, and just established myself as a professional recording artist.

A: Who were some of your influences when you were starting out?

M: My influences are many and diverse. I grew up watching female artists like Salt N Pepa. My Godmother introduced me to Pepa and used to bring me around when I was a little girl, and I straight thought she was magical!

Watching Eve, Missy Elliot, Brittney Spears, Lady Gaga, Rihanna do their thing … I watched and emulated this music royalty and saw their power. I wanted to do that.

A: What have you dropped to date?

M: I have been on MANY mixtapes with singles like “Butterscotch,” and “The Truth,” back in the day; but, more recently I released my first debut EP, Str8 Stylin the EP. I put a lot of heart into this project to introduce myself to the world as not just A solid, viable female rap artist, but THE. The industry could use another strong female voice to be a force, and I feel like that’s me.

A: Most definitely! So, what are you currently working on?

M: I’m currently working on getting this project Str8 Stylin the EP, out to the world! I also am working on my next mixtape, which is going to be something extraordinary [an homage to a female rap icon], as well as my next official album. I’m writing and ready to dive in further and connect more with my fans thru the music.

A: What have been the most prominent moments thus far in your career?

M: I would say one of my most significant achievements in my career has been finally releasing my debut. It took some time for me to get the project finished. My fans were waiting for it.

Having Performed at “Black Ink, Atlanta” twice has been pretty significant, as well. There are still several major accomplishments to knock out, but I’m here for it and just ready to go in.

A: What do you want people to take away from you as an artist, ultimately?

M: I’m taking over this thing. I’ve been putting in my work and cultivating my craft. I’m moving in the direction of establishing myself as a household name. That’s the goal. I have several business ventures, inside and outside of music, that I’m working on launching. I want to show the world that anything and everything that you want to do IS possible, and I want to be the face for that message.

A: What’s next?

M: Next for me professionally … I am releasing my next single, “Thousandaire,” Produced by D. Grant. That drops Oct. 29th. I will be working on releasing these next two projects, and dropping my new line of rolling papers, called “Hippie Stixx,” at the top of the year. I’ll also be doing more touring 2019.

In the meantime, I’m writing, I’m in the studio and growing my brand every way possible.

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Illabit Is On A Quest To Be Hip Hop’s Most Inspiring Voice

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the…

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the culture. “My mom taught me the piano when I was 10, and I taught myself guitar when I was 13,” he tells AAHH. “I’m 21 now; I’m currently signed to Loud House Audio, an independent recording studio in Taunton.”

 
To date, he (and Loud House) have released two projects. His more recent The Celebration got the ball rolling — with the music video for the song “Magic” cracking 20k views.”

“I was given the name Illabit by an old friend I used to rap with named Trip,” he says of his early come up. “I love that name because toward my goals it’ll always keep me humble.

“My sound is original,” he continues, describing his music. “I was inspired by old legends like Tupac, Nas, Kanye — but, I love new Hip Hop too, like Wiz, Mac Miller [RIP], and A Boogie. I try to mix the two (eras) while incorporating other genres such as indie rock.

“I listen to a lot of different genres, so I like to experiment sometimes with different sounds,” he says.

As he tells us, his goal is to be one of the most motivational artists in the game. “I try to make music with a message … I want my listeners to feel 110% after my tracks.”

Currently, he’s working on a new album called Tear Me Apart, set to drop in 2019. “My plans for the future are to release more albums; I’m going to continue to love what I do while trying to inspire and motivate others to do what they want to do and be the best version of themselves.”

Gotta love that!

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UK Producer Big O Returns With “iNSTABiLiTY” LP

UK transplant Big O has appeared on our site a few times. Most recently we sat with his EP The…

UK transplant Big O has appeared on our site a few times. Most recently we sat with his EP The Light Of Day; his new project iNSTABiLiTY carries some of that same soulful energy, albeit with a more conceptual thematic element tying it all together.

Related: Big O Delivers On The Soulful “The Light Of Day” EP

“It’s about an unstable young man who can’t stay in one place and is completely uncertain about everything that life has to offer,” the producer says of the 16-song instrumental affair. “He’s not afraid of taking the risk, always searching for something new, and is willing to go anywhere to find not only himself but — also — his true purpose in this world.”

As he further explains to AAHH, he attempted to make each track with this character’s ideologies in mind, to give listeners an aural understanding of his thoughts as he navigates this coming-of-age period in his life.

“The character,” he says, “is indeed a reflection of myself searching for meaning and peace in this world while using and relying on music.”

It’s an entertaining body of work, as Big O continues to impress us with quality beat tapes. Check out the project, below.

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