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Marcoof500 – “Marco The Merchant” #Review

From the onset of his debut project, 2018’s The Travels Of Marco, Marcoof500 — an entrepreneur in every sense of the…

From the onset of his debut project, 2018’s The Travels Of Marco, Marcoof500 — an entrepreneur in every sense of the word — the Virginia upstart has been feeding his extremely loyal cult following with a steady slew of releases. Since that initial warning shot, he dropped the 4-song Kitchen Chronicles EP, which featured (among other things) the song “10 O’Glock” — a record he’s chosen to make the cut for his latest LP, Marco The Merchant.

The nine-song affair is an exciting blend of stylistic elements with varying degrees of commercial viability and earworm appeal. “10 O’Glock” for example has this vintage No Limit appeal to it sonically, that grow on you with Marco’s bars and loud, but noteworthy adlibs like “fuck Trippie Redd,” or the “Left-right uppercut that ends the song off.”3

While he uses a familiar formula on a number of the songs — that still manage to work — like the piano-driven “500k,” it’s when he puts his marketability on display that you get a full spectrum of his vision. “Pesos” is a definite standout, with an instrumental that sounds ripe for a YG feature. It’s one of the sole records that you could easily hear at the club, or within a mix show format, with its repetitive chorus that you’ll find yourself singing throughout your daily moves.

Another surprisingly flame emoji record is “Designer,” which we found ourselves returning to throughout the past week. Over the blown out bass of the lo-fi banger, he finds his footing and keeps the flow steady, with a razor-sharp barrage of bars that is perfectly encased by the soundscape.

With his label 500entertainmentllc and a track record of having toured as far as Japan, he’s clearly defined his lane and is keeping his overall aesthetic on the right track. Even when his material works harder to merely fit in with the wave, it manages to swim with the best of them — but when he’s hot, he’s hot. His journey is exciting to witness, and by intertwining it into his music, he’s giving his music not just a personal touch, but an inspirational gloss for a generation of new listeners and artists looking to see who ultimately floats to the top.

Whether it’s on some smooth Valee-esque vibes, or if it’s on some darker street fare like “Will They?” there’s a sense of authenticity that shines through. Marcoof500 is that dude!

Take Marco The Merchant for a spin, below.

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MJ Grizz – “Outside Looking In”

Coming straight outta the Chi, comes a MJ Grizz, who carries a smooth flow and demeanor with the lyricism to…

Coming straight outta the Chi, comes a MJ Grizz, who carries a smooth flow and demeanor with the lyricism to match.

Mj Grizz just released an introspective and reflective track, “Outside Lookin In” produced by A DOT that touches on working towards your dreams even when it’s tough remembering why you started on your journey.

Combining forces with management phenom Smit of BDM Management, Mj Grizz has a new direction and movement as Smit brings a wealth of knowledge and connections in the industry from radio to the blogs.

“The track samples Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady.” Mj said, “This song is one of those records that means a lot to me. It helps me get through the moments when I’m going through some shit. It reminds me to trust the process and never give up.”

Growing up, Mj often felt like others doubted him and downplayed his dreams. He wanted to take that negative energy he was harboring and turn it into a positive for his fans to relate.

“Yeah, this song is for the underdog and the outcast. The ones who can’t speak up for themselves. The ones who have big dreams and visions that no can see yet but know they’re coming,”Mj also stated.

Mj always had a love and passion for music at an early age. He grew up in Bolingbrook, a small suburb outside of Chicago and began his journey into Hip-Hop at the age of 20. Since then, he has become a prominent name in the local scene.

“The local scene is great. A lot of dope artists are coming up from the city. It’s not like Atlanta where everyone support each other but it’s also very much competitive and it seems like most people have that every man for himself mentality,” said.

Mj Grizz is currently working on more music and content to be released in 2020. His message to his day 1 fans and supporters is, “I just appreciate everyone who’s been with me on this journey and I got a lot more music for you in the future. I appreciate every fan and person who shared my music, who follows me and plays my music when they have the aux cord. Thank you all. I got a long way to go but It’s going to be one hell of a ride.”

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Dwayne M – “Like That”

Queens’ own, Dwayne M is ready to step into the spotlight as the self-proclaimed “King of Romance Rap.” Setting the tone for the…

Queens’ own, Dwayne M is ready to step into the spotlight as the self-proclaimed “King of Romance Rap.” Setting the tone for the upcoming new year, Dwayne unveils his debut single, “Like That” with steamy visuals. With the artistic direction of Rhademes Julian, Dwayne M and his leading lady get up close and personal for the camera – leaving enough room for imagination. 

Inspired by the likes of LL Cool J, and Biggie – and mentored by Mr. Cheeks and Buddy Wike of Intro, Dwayne brings a New York swagger in his seductive interpretation of Hip Hop meets R&B.” 

 

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@CrookedIntriago x @BronzeNazareth – “I Can Still Remember”

Today Shady Records’ own Kxng Crooked and Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth announce the release of their new project Gravitas set for release on December 13, 2019 via Fat Beats/Holy Toledo Productions.  Leading the…

Today Shady Records’ own Kxng Crooked and Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth announce the release of their new project Gravitas set for release on December 13, 2019 via Fat Beats/Holy Toledo Productions.  Leading the way for this release is the hard hitting and gripping track, “I Can Still Remember.”

Hailing from from Long Beach, California and Gun Rule, MI respectively, Kxng Crooked and Bronze Nazareth unearth some newly refined yet classic Wu-Tang x C.O.B sounds. Combining elite lyricism from Kxng Crooked and hand crafted production by none other than Bronze NazarethGravitas gives fans 14 powerful tracks of introspection.  

“I could try to think of something deep to say about the album., or I could think of something really fly to say about it, but the realest thing I can tell you is… just listen to it – it speaks for itself.” “Kxng Crooked said. 

Joining this impeccable duo are RZA, Ghostface Killah, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Royce da 5’9, Hus Kingpin, LA the Darkman, Planet Asia, Killah Priest, Bishop Lamont, Benny the Butcher, .38 Spesh and more. 

“I believe true artists like Crook put it all on the track, meaning they show you who they are. There’s artists that people feel like they know because they lay it all out in the music. I felt his music to that extent,” Bronze Nazareth explained. “A year or two after we met I ended up on the 2077 tour as support for Crook, and we been cool since. The importance of this project is simple to me. Great bars and great Production. I and countless others regard him as one of the GREATS. Id put Crook up against anybody…bar for bar, double entendres, word play, flow patterns, feel – bruh has it all.”

Gravitas merch, CD, Cassette, digital and more are available for pre-order now. Please follow Air Vinyls online for information regarding the forthcoming Gravitas vinyl release. Also stay tuned for Gravitas to be released in retail stores and online via Fat Beats Records, December 13th, 2019. 

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Nicky Bondz – “Taking the Throne”

On Friday, August 30th, up-and-coming artist Nicky Bondz released his latest project Taking The Throne to all streaming platforms. The project includes…

On Friday, August 30th, up-and-coming artist Nicky Bondz released his latest project Taking The Throne to all streaming platforms. The project includes features from Lil Mar, Joe-y, CeCe Allure, Kasinova Da Don, Kito, and Kylee.

To say that the record doesn’t have obvious replay value would be a stone-cold lie. Nicky Bondz has made something special that is going to give him the edge he needs to fully take over.Nicky Bondz is an artist from Long Island, New York, and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Many artists are relocating to Atlanta for the increasingly thriving music scene.

It’s no surprise that Bondz came down to get in on the action. In addition, Bondz linked up with Maino for his new single “RainMan” produced by Araab Muzik. The suspenseful attitude of the track gives it an ominous feel. However, the trap percussion brings the melodies alive and truly creates an escape for any listenerAbove all, Bondz is building the foundation for something big.

He is dropping record after record and in 2019 and already has a major feature. His smooth style of music is gaining attention for a reason. Don’t sleep on Taking The Throne and what may come of Nicky Bondz.

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