It’s been nearly 2 years since Arlington Texas based hip hop artist Johnny Astro released his classic “The World Ends” Mixtape, capturing the attention from many music lovers and critics world wide with his adaptation of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ in his “Good Night America”.
Now he’s returned with another instantaneous classic,
Z Chapter 1 : Astrology.
With amazing production value and numerous quotes to remember, this project marks the first of a five part series, displaying the evolution of a sound unmatched, worthy enough to ease of the ears of a God.
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This song is about the desire for new adventures. It is about feeling trapped in the current situation of your life, whatever it may be, and wanting to fly away to a better life and never look back.
Song written, engineered and produced by Chris LaBella. Mastered by Chris Kasper
After the release of his project “Who Knows Who Cares II“, Durham NC artist Alex Aff releases a visual for his laid back self produced song “Main Goal“. His thought provoking lyrics takes the listener on a nighttime journey through the thoughts of Alex Aff.
Alex Aff is a hip hop artist hailing from Durham North Carolina. He is currently building a local name for himself by releasing quality original music and videos. His latest released mixtape entitled “Who Knows Who Cares” was well reviewed. It features all original music produced all entirely by Alex Aff himself, and another local Durham producer by the name of Streetlight. Early in his beginning phase of writing music he also started learning how to makes beats because he didn’t have the means to work with other producers. Now, at 20 years old, he prides himself on being a rapper/producer but he also wants to network and expand his contacts. In the future Alex Aff hopes to build his fan-base and earn a living off of his music.
Mighty Joe & Isaiah “Insanate” Mensah are the alternative hip hop group The Other Guys, and yes before you ask, their name predates the Will Ferrell movie. The two musicians are both cousins and hail from the Washington, DC area. The Other Guys began producing together back in 2006. They have produced for and worked with artist such as Homeboy Sandman, Substantial,Tanya Morgan,Sadat X (Brand Nubian), yU, and Fresh Daily.
In 2012, The Other Guys walked away from panhandling beats to underground artist, and began releasing their own EPs independently. “The Other Album” which they released in 2012 was received with critical acclaim. Their Instrumental project “The Week EP” was rated as one of the Top 25 Instrumental Projects of 2013 by DEADENDHIPHOP.
Utilizing an eclectic assortment of samples, live drums, analog keyboards, and discussing “everyday man” issues, The Other Guys’ music is a testament to what hip-hop music used to be, as well as what it could be.
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This one holds a special place in my heart. If you know me, not only will you see that I make a slight appearance in the video (Shout Out to my third home, Bellmawr!) but, it is mostly because I am fortunate enough to call these two my friends. I met Bey at one of my open mic showcases about a year and a half ago, and he instantly got my attention. What I have seen him accomplish in that brief period of time has been nothing short of amazing. Big Ups, Bey! You got this! Secondly, (and in full disclosure) Davon, is not only an artist that I manage under my music group, A Tree Grows Muisc Group, but he has grown into one of my best friends, and all around favorite people. To have these two do such a dope ass song and then this awesome video together, really captures the reason why I love working with indy artists. Because, when good, talented people come together, amazing things can happen. This is the epitome that. Huge thank you to Ace SameDNA for the beautiful direction and editing!!
Make sure to keep an ear out for The Bul Bey’s upcoming project, “Shaking Hands And Kissing Babies” #SHKB, which drops July, 31st and features this song, and some other really awesome tunes (I know, I’ve heard it).
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Durham NC hip hop artist Alex Aff serves up his new project “Who Knows Who Cares II” which is composed of original production coming mostly from Alex Aff himself, Along with a few other NC producers. Over some oily sounding beats, Alex Aff goes back and forth between his thoughts and perspective about his current situation. This lyrical, story-based project gives the listener a good feel as to who Alex Aff is and his sound as a growing artist.
You can listen here!
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