Category Archives: National

AUDIO: Nate Barksdale – “Summer Was Over Before It Started”

Happy end of summer y’all. Chicago avant-soul artist Nate Barksdale is out with a new record, inspired by close relationships enriched through the tribulations of this past year. His drive to make music fluctuated; sometimes it made sense, other times it felt entirely chaotic. He hopes with this album folks may find a sense of clarity as we endure increasingly

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Melvin The Giant’s ‘All Th3 Way Up’ Is an Honest Take on Drug Addiction

Raised by Ohio and Michigan natives, Melvin The Giant’s music is heavily inspired by midwestern hip hop influences. His love for traditional mediums in art and music is what drives Melvin to bring vinyl-based production and turntablism into his music. He pairs it with dynamic lyrical wordplay to capture the spirit of his hometown. Melvin wrote ‘All Th3 Way Up’

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‘Mi Corazón’ is Mariannah y Diego’s Comfort Song for the Pandemic

Mariannah y Diego (MYD) is a Christian music duo that started just right before the pandemic started. Mariannah Aguilera is a worship leader based in Havana, Cuba. She’s in charge of vocals and contributes with guitars and keyboards. Meanwhile, Diego Archer congregates at Hillsong Dallas. He also performs and arranges all instruments in Texas. The duo works their songs from

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‘Jumper Cables’ by Caleb Miller Will Make You Dance and Swoon at The Same Time

Caleb Miller is an up and coming artist that is far from ordinary. If there’s a phrase that could describe his music, it’s “the good ole’ classic days of Twenty-One Pilots.”  He released his first single ‘Jumper Cables’ last June. The song has already garnered over 55 thousand streams since its upload date. ‘Jumper Cables’ is a feel-good song that

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Notch Phoenix’s ‘Cinemax’ Is A Confession of Love

Corey Abernathy, a.k.a. Notch Phoenix, is a New Jersey-based rapper-songwriter. He’s also part of a Philadelphia Hip Hop collective called QLC (Quarter Life Crisis). His main influences are Missy Elliot and hip hop and R&B music from the ‘90s and early 2000s. When you listen to Notch Phoenix’s music you can feel that he has no limits. He even describes

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Seraph X Shows How He Battles His Demons in His Song ‘Let Me Be’

Sidarriss Wallace a.k.a. Seraph X is a rapper from Oakland, California. With his songs composed of relevant similes and metaphors, Seraph X is here to change the rap game. When you hear his songs, you may be reminded of the works of Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z. These artists are his musical influences and dream collaborators. Seraph X describes his

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AUDIO: Jameel Mason – “Quarantine Mami”

Jameel Mason is the driving force of modern hip hop. Furthermore, his new release ‘Quarantine Mami’ is spreading like wildfire across the global scene, and it is evident to see why. It is a track which excites from the get-go. Fusing modern hooks with reflective elements, Jameel ticks all the right boxes and many, including myself, cannot seem to get

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INTRODUCING: Julia Leisen

Julia Leisen is a young and talented musician based in Cologne, Germany. On top of her incredible vocals and performance skills, Julia sets herself apart with versatility. The young singer is a member of several bands making music different genres. The band Reinakustisch is an acoustic pop jazz cover band that gives the well known contemporary hits a fresh funky

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