Thursday

Sam Hankins was born to shine! Jazz Musician with a supreme Sound!





We were able to talk to a very talented musician by the name Sam Hankins.  His jazz music is full of soul, with inspiration that can light the path for fans and fellow musicians. Read the details about his journey below!


 Interview Questions

So when did you become a musician, and would you say it was the ideal path to take?

Because I was born into a musical family, becoming a musician was not something I even thought about. It is in my blood. I knew I wanted to make music my career at the early age of 5 years old. I know that being a professional trumpeter and school band director is my calling.

 

Who are the jazz influences that inspired you?

You know, I started off with singing & playing the guitar, but then I saw Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet & that decided it for me. When I spoke to my mom, she said that my uncle had an old trumpet that he used to play and once I had cleaned it out, my fate was sealed. Some of the other jazz influencers were Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis & Clark Terry. And, you know I actually had the honor of playing with Clark Terry.

 

How was Northeastern State University?

It was a great university to attend at that time. I received my undergraduate degree in music performance there.

 

How did it feel when you met the O'Jays and the Temptations?

What a huge honor to meet and perform with the O’Jays and the Temptations. Such talented and outstanding musicians, but very humble and down to earth.

 

If you could be anything else other than a musician what would it be, and why?

Never thought about being anything else except being a musician, entertainer and trumpeter.  My other passion is teaching band.

 

Was it difficult to be a music director at Edison Middle School?

No, I loved being a band director at Edison Middle School because I loved teaching band and to know that I could possibly be instrumental in the development of the next big musical genius. I loved passing on my knowledge of music to these young enquiring minds.

 

How did you adjust, to make a living in the music industry with the new direction it has taken?

Change is constantly happening and the music industry is always evolving and we have to change and evolve with it. Obviously, during this pandemic, we have once again had to adapt and change the way we do things while socially distancing. But I still promote & market my music through social media and recording. I have been giving private trumpet lessons online and some private gigs here and there. Hopefully, we can get back to live entertainment soon.

 

Who is your biggest supporter?

My wife; she was the one who encouraged me to start writing music and then to record it, which lead to 4 CDs; Dream Catcher, Nothing Between Us, Do That Thang & Joyous Celebration with David McLorren and several single tracks. 

 

So, if you had to describe your music in one sentence, what would it be?

Sam Hankins music offers up a fresh, unconventional, innovative and exhilarating vibe with his super melodic trumpet sound.

 

Any last remarks you would like to share with us?

Yes, I would like to thank you for your support of my music. To find out more information about Sam Hankins music please visit my website for purchasing and downloads

http://www.samhankinsmusic.com

Sam Recently released a new single entitled Carols Dream!  Check it out on Spotify!


Wednesday

Rellz Tha Postman X Christobal The Vision - Upgrade To Nice(Prod. Dj Mark Ellavenson)


 



RELLZ THA POSTMAN AND CHRISTOBAL THE VISION ARE BACK WITH A DOPE COLLABORATION WITH DJ MARK ELLAVENSON.  CLASSIC BEATS, CLEVER RHYMES AND GREAT EXECUTION MAKE THIS ALBUM A MUST HEAR.  ITS ENTITLED UPGRADE TO NICE AND FEATURES 7 TRACKS PRODUCED BY ELLAVENSON.  THE VIBE OF THIS ALBUM TAKES US BACK TO THE GOLDEN YEARS OF HIP HOP WHEN YOU HAD TO HAVE PIZZAZZ.  RELLZ AND CHRIS ARE BLOOD BROTHERS HAILING FROM PETERSBURG VIRGINIA WHERE A SOUND OF SUCH NATURE IS HARD TO FIND.  THE CULTURE OF HIP HOP IN PETERSBURG IS UNDEVELOPED SO THAT IS NOT A UNCOMMON SITUATION FOR A TOWN LIKE PETERSBURG.  CHECK THEIR ALBUM OUT BELOW AND THEIR OTHER PROJECTS AT WWW.FLYAHENT.BANDCAMP.COM 


Sunday

Via Ripa Is The Vibe You Need Right Now





Guitar sweeps, feel good times, fuzz rock, and smooth jazz all mixed in one immense EP from NJ locals Via Ripa. We'll start off with "Nicotine", the records intro track. This track gets you moving straight out of the gate. You know you're in for a damn good time as soon as that wavey guitar starts up. The band has a punk rock enthusiasm and slamming drums as well which does them even more justice. "Fingertips" is another that shows the unique and warming sound of Via Ripa. After a song like "Fingertips" you can't help but want more. "Bath Ave" is a slight stray from the rock style of the others but damn does it play well. Much more of a light hearted style. A front-man that's super on point and a band that has an obvious love for playing, viap Riap is fun sounds from a fun band! Check Via Ripa as soon as humanly possible. 


Yemily Moves You With "Goodbye"





Singer-songwriter Yemily has a lot of attributes that work well for her, and performing heartfelt piano ballads is her shining point. The new "Goodbye" single shows her emotionally driven power as a songwriter. Drawn from a chapter in her life, you can hear the reaness in the track. A passionately performed, raw and touching song that stands tall amongst the crowd as something you can actually relate to, and something that can move you. With an upcoming EP release around the corner, "Goodbye" seems to be a glimpse of what's to come from Yemily, and we're excited about it. One of the best ways to check this song out is via YouTube which you can watch right here


Thursday

Shake It Lous by Cyzle Blessed


 


Cyzle Blessed gets the crowd moving with her new single "Shake It Lous". The club anthem is energized and she certainly pushes the tone with her swagger and style. The Chicago born MC first hit the scene in 2003 when she connected with Jam Gospel Group and shared the stage with Yolanda Adams and Shirley Ceasar. 

Having influences of Busta Rhymes and Kelly Rowland, she is a force to be reckon with. As a writer/lyricist, Cyzle Blessed has released several mixtapes which gain the attention of J. Green and Jakal Beats. Her award winning songs shows that she has the talent to make it big in this industry. When the Flyah team ran across her submission, we were caught by surprise and instantly blown away by the party driven single. The instrumentation of Shake It Lous reminds me of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, which is a great thing because it's packed with fun and thrill.

Listeners will have no choice but to get up and move to the uptempo masterpiece. The lyrics are very relative and this song has the potential to become a young person's favorite. Another original thing I like is the spelling of the song and the uniqueness of her stage name. Check out this song in the video below.

Wednesday

You're My Destiny by Robert Eskridge



Born on November 10th 1968, Robert Eskridge, the Delaware native, was designed for Country music. Graduating from Morehead State University, Robert was a 3 time national champion in cheerleading. Getting his start by playing music in local bars at age 16, he exhibited pure confidence. By his adult ages, he had played in many bands in Kentucky and began working with many record labels in Nashville. 

After the birth of his first child, his priorities changed and he focused on his career outside of music,  but still performed locally for the next 25 years with his band Southern Daze. Today he arrives with the new album entitled Simple Things with the hit single, "You're My Destiny".  This country ballad expresses a love for a spouse and an announcement for his passion to make sure his point gets across. Lyrics like "Reminded of memories, I'm filled with joy" reflects on time spent with such a wonderful person. In life, we can be overwhelmed and with today's issues we sometimes forget to spread the love required to make your partner feel that same connection.

This song brings attention to the smaller things that are worth cherishing. The instrumentation is smooth with an easy listening sound that guides you through the composition without error. If you're looking for a well polished Country music love ballad that can lift your spirits to a higher place, Robert Eskridge definitely provides it with this song. Check out this album at the link below!

Thursday

Keep Your Love to Yourself by Eileen Carey


 


Eileen Carey presents herself in a very professional manner. With many accolades such as achieving the AC/Hot AC Female Artist of the Year Award to Los Angeles Music Awards Live Country Music Performer in 2017, she shows no signs of slowing down. Eileen excels in the art of storytelling with a style that graces the world radiantly. Her voice stands out in the over-saturated music industry due to her accent and heavenly tone.

When first hearing the fantastic single, "Keep Your Love to Yourself", I was instantly blown away by the mixture of Pop sounds with Electro transitions while keeping the Country sound active. Although the lyrics describes confidence while being in a toxic relationship, the easy listening song can soothe the listener on an evening walk or relaxing at home. In the opening bars, Eileen elaborates with the commonly used metaphor "Light at the end of the Tunnel" depicting the lack of hope. Sometimes in life, people can be controlling and demanding but it's up to you to have the strength to say no.

Eileen moves gracefully across the instrumental with polish lyrics expressing the choices to fight for her piece at mind. I love the mixing of the instruments and the piano is inspirational while the drums bring the deepness setting the tone of survival. Eileen paints a picture very well. She brings you into the mindset and allows to you examine the feelings of a person who has enough and knows that the grass is greener on the other side.

If I have to rate this song on the scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 7 for its awesome storytelling passionate lyrics and blissful ride.




Wednesday

Music Review “Stuntin' For Da Money” - J Rice Ft. AA Grand


 

Music Review “Stuntin' For Da Money” - J Rice Ft. AA Grand

By Yami Cabrera

[English]

The month of August began with the promotion of a new song by the musician and entrepreneur, Rice. The new production was released on July 31st under the name “Stuntin 'For Da Money.” The single features the collaboration of young rapper AA Grand, and was produced by the record label Hustle Work Grind Records.

We recently heard the force of Rice on his previous release, "Big Dreams." With this new song, the artist seems to continue demonstrating his dedication to the struggles against social injustice. His artistic world remains focused on a plot of protest, but without leaving the socio-expressive essence of Hip Hop and urban music in general.

"Stuntin 'For Da Money" is the faithful example of the artistic concept championed by Rice and his colleague AA Grand. However, the single is much stronger than previous productions. The sonic experimentation of the instrumental accompaniment presents a more advanced and accomplished musical elaboration, as well as evoking a more serious, dark and aggressive sound atmosphere. Rice and Grand reveal a great mastery of the Hip Hop genre, both generate a peculiar and highly attractive tone for the current production of this musical style.

The verbal language is strong and accusing, although it is not completely vulgar, it is possible to appreciate as a style within Hip Hop songs. “Stuntin 'For Da Money” recounts and reproaches the real inequality that exists in all sectors and spaces of society. In particular, Rice and AA address the world of social networks and its social relevance, especially in youth.

The youth of both artists, singer Rice and rapper AA Grand, seems to be their greatest impetus for the production of energetic music such as the single "Stuntin 'For Da Money." Despite the tense sounding world of this song, it is undeniable that such an interesting and inspiring vibe emerges from it. Let's wait with good expectations for the next productions of these artists.

[Spanish]

El mes de agosto comienza con la promoción de una nueva canción del músico y emprendedor Rice. La nueva producción fue lanzada el pasado 31 de Julio con el nombre de “Stuntin' For Da Money”. El single cuenta con la colaboración del joven rapero y productor AA Grand, y fue producida por el sello discográfico Hustle Work Grind Records.

Recientemente escuchábamos la fuerza de Rice en su anterior lanzamiento, “Big Dreams”. El artista para seguir demostrando su entrega a las luchas contra la injusticia social. Su mundo artístico se mantiene enfocado en una trama de protesta, pero sin dejar la esencia socio-expresiva del Hip Hop y la música urbana en general.

“Stuntin' For Da Money” es el ejemplo fiel del concepto artístico defendido por Rice y su colega AA Grand. Sin embargo, el single es mucho más fuerte que producciones anteriores. La experimentación sonora del acompañamiento isntrumental presenta una elaboración musical más avanzada y mejor lograda, así como evoca una atmósfera sonora más seria , oscura y agresiva. Rice y Grand demuestran un gran dominio del género Hip Hop, ambos generan un tono peculiar y sumamente atractivo a la producción actual de este estilo musical. 

El lenguaje verbal es fuerte y acusador, aunque no llega a ser del todo vulgar como es posibe apreciar en temas de Hip Hop. “Stuntin' For Da Money” relata y acusa la real desigualdad existente en todos los sectores y espacios de la sociedad. En especial, Rice se dirige al mundo de las redes sociales y a su relevancia social especialmente en la juventud. 

La juventud de ambos artistas, el cantante Rice y el rapero AA Grand, parece ser su mayor impulso para la producción de enérgicas producciones como el single “Stuntin' For Da Money”. A pesar del tenso mundo sonoro de esta canción, es indudable la interesante e inspiradora vibra que se desprende de ella. Esperemos con buena expectativa por próximas producciones de estos artistas. 

References:

·       https://www.issuewire.com/rices-new-music-video-stuntin-for-da-money-featuring-aa-grand-shows-his-sparkling-energy-and-intensity-1674900075150475

·       https://www.issuewire.com/about

·       https://pronewsreport.com/2020/08/13/rices-new-music-video-stuntin-for-da-money-featuring-aa-grand-shows-his-sparkling-energy-and-intensity/

·       https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/rice/stuntin-for-da-money-feat-aa-grand

·       https://www.worldnewsquest.com/rice-prominently-circles-strong-visionary-and-creativity-in-hip-hop-with-his-intriguing-song-round-it-up-271672733321087908

·       https://tidal.com/browse/album/150413065

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Saturday

Music Review “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe” - Kerry W Clancy


Music Review “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe” - Kerry W Clancy

By Yami Cabrera

[English]

The Ft Wayne Indiana-born Kerry W Clancy recently released the single “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe.” Clancy is a teacher and Singer/Songwriter currently based in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana who is also a member of KAPPA ALPHA PSI.
Kerry's music has been directly inspired by the struggles against racism and injustices in America, especially from his experience as a guest’s professor at the Indianapolis School System. Hence, the theme exposed in “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe,” the song describes the tragic story of George Floyd´s murder.
"Mama Mama I Can't Breathe" has an attractive musical combination. The track combines a very interesting mix of Hip Hop with Afro-Caribbean sounds. Clancy's melody and vocal projection is very close to the sound of Reggae. The bass and guitar groove offer you a pleasant sound environment, as well as the synthesizer’s elements.
This production, along with other phonograms and singles recently released by the artist, have been endorsed by the record label YO BABY CYBER RECORDS. Kerry W Clancy himself has been the founder, director and main artist of this musical company. The artist has two other LPs available, Seeing what I've seen and Clancy “no bars held.” He is also working on the productions of his most recent singles “A cop just shot me” and “I had a girl”.
As a solo artist and music entrepreneur, Clancy seems to have a clever and well-conceived idea of ​​his artistic projection. His cause is fair, clear and consistent with the current times we live in. Stay tuned for more of his music. 

[Spanish]

El cantautor nacido en Ft Wayne Indiana Kerry W Clancy recientemente lanzó el single “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe”. Clancy es un profesor y cantante radicado actualmente en la ciudad de Indianapolis, Indiana que además es miembro de KAPPA ALPHA PSI.
La música de Kerry ha estado inspirada directamente por las luchas contra el racismo y las injusticias en norteamerica, especialmente desde su experiencia como profesor invitado del INDIANAPOLIS SCHOOL SYSTEM. De ahí la temática expuesta en “Mama Mama I Can't Breathe,”  una canción en la cual se describe la trágica historia del asesinato de George Floyd. 
“Mama Mama I Can't Breathe” tiene una combinación musical muy atractiva. El track es una mezcla de Hip Hop con sonidos afrocaribeños muy intersante. La melodía y la proyección vocal de Clancy se acerca mucho a la sonoridad del estilo Reggue. El groove del bajo y la guitarra, así como los sintetizadores le ofrecen un ambiente sonoro placentero. 
Esta producción, junto a otros fonogramas y singles recién lanzados por el artista, han sido respaldados por el sello discográfico YO BABY CYBER RECORDS. El propio Kerry W Clancy ha sido el fundador, director y artista principal de esta empresa musical. Clancy además estuvo trabajando en la producción y lanzamiento de dos LPs Seeing what i’ve seen  and Clancy “no bars held”, así como en sus más reciente single “A cop just shot me” y “I had a girl”. 
Clancy parece tener una idea concreta y bien concebida de su proyección artística, como artista solo y  como empresario. Su causa es justa, clara y coherente con los tiempos actuales. Mantante al tanto de sus próximas producciones. 
References


Music Review “Big Dreams”- Rice By Yami Cabrera



Music Review “Big Dreams”- Rice 
By Yami Cabrera
[English]
The multi-faceted artist Jerard Rice aka Rice is promoting his latest production “Big Dreams”. Rice is a rapper and music entrepreneur, co-founder and collaborator of the Hustle Work Grind Records label with his brother M-Ezy, who has decided to release his first two songs in 2020.
“Big dreams” has a catchy and attractive groove, a mix of aclassic Hip Hop sound with a very peculiar modern air. The lyrics are direct and revealing; close to the social context that characterizes North American urban music.
The song also has an audiovisual accompaniment with the collaboration of other artists from the urban music scene such as IDK, Cheese, The Royal Highness, and J-Muzique. The videographic sample is very illustrative and perfectly portrays the content of the song. The video reflects clear actions linked to illegal sales, drugs, as well as injustices against African American youth.
In addition, Rice is currently involved in activist struggles against racism and injustice in the United States, especially through the #blacklivesmatter movement. His art is his best weapon in this fight. Rice recognizes that music is the best ally to connect with other people and therefore it has to have a special purpose and meaning.
"Big Dreams" along with Rice´s first single "Bet On it" could be part of their future EP Riding No BlindfoldsThe rapper is also preparing another song dedicated to the life of Tupac Shakur and based on the movie Juice.
Rice appears to be on the right track for a successful career. Let's hope that the next releases have much more to say about this rapper and producer.
[Spanish]
El multifacético artista Jerard Rice aka Rice, se encuentra promocionando su más reciente producción “Big Dreams”. Rice es un rapero y empresario de la música, co-fundador y colaborador del sello discográfico Hustle Work Grind Records junto a su hermano M-Ezy, que ha decido lanzar sus primeras dos canciones en este 2020.  
“Big dreams” tiene un groove pegajoso y atractivo, una mezcla de sonido Hip Hop clásico pero con aire moderno muy peculiar. La letra es directa y reveladora, bien cercana al contexto social que caracteriza la música urbana norteamericana
La canción cuenta además un acompañamiento audiovisual con la colaboración de otros artistas de la escena de la música urbana como IDK, Cheese, The Royal Highness, y J-Muzique. La muestra videográfica es bien ilustrativa y retrata perfectamente el contenido de la canción. El video refleja claras acciones vinculadas a las ventas ilegales, las drogas, así como a las injusticias contra los jóvenes afroamericanos.
Además, Rice está actualmente compenetrado con luchas activistas contra el racismo y las injusticias en Estados Unidos, especialmente a través del movimiento #blacklivesmatter. Su arte es su mejor arma en esta lucha. Rice reconoce que la música es la mejor aliada para conectar con otras persona y por eso tiene que tener un objetivo y un significado especial. 
“Big Dreams” junto a su primer single “Bet On it”pudieran ser parte de su futuro EP Riding No Blindfolds. Rice también se encuentra preparando otro track dedicado a la vida de Tupac Shakur y basado en la película Juice.
J. parece estar en el buen camino para alcanzar una carrera profesional exitosa. Esperemos que las próximas tengan mucho más por decir de este rapper y productor. 
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Thursday

Nice Try Kid Releases Attics







Nice Try Kid Releases Attics 

It's not hard to admit there are plenty of new songs being released with the world in quarantine. Sometimes that can go either way of course. One thing is for sure, Attics, the newest album from Nice Try Kid, is a tremendous and almost timeless pop-punk record. They might want to change their name to something like Great Job Kid. Reason being is Attics is everything you'd want, but more than you'd expect from a band. This is obviously a heartfelt piece of work and really helps this group put their stamp on the genre. Inventive and incredibly solid from beginning to end.