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Bay Area Review: Lil B’s “Young Niggaz”

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Lil B’s odd journey from parody figure to Hip Hop influencer hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most versatile artists in the industry. To be frank, everyone loves him. If you love traditional rap, chances are you find Lil B funny enough to justify checking out his music on occasion. If you love listening to experimental rap, you love Lil B for his constant forays into odd musical territories. The point is, there’s something for everyone when checking out his extensive catalog. With this in mind, it makes it hard to recommend listening to one his latest releases, “Young N*ggaz.”

To be fair, we did just say that he always experiments. But to be honest, he took a long time off from rapping relevancy, only to reappear recently for the release of his Black Ken mixtape. Maybe he retooled his approach recently to focus on a more traditional demographic. Maybe he wanted to go after a classic Bay Area hyphy sound. Whatever the case, “Young N*ggaz” suffers from it.

It’s not necessarily the overly hyphy production or the subpar mixing of the beat and vocals that make it a mess, more so the quality of the verse from Lil B combined with, well, everything else. It sounds like a joke, and that’s even low by Lil B’s standards. The track relies on the nostalgia produced by the hyphy sound to carry the listener to the end. The problem with that is that the production is yawn-inducing so the nostalgia lasts for all of ten seconds before you realize that the track is pretty bad.

The only saving grace in the song is a verse from fellow Californian YG who brings a phoned-in but quality verse. But then again, every YG verse is fire. Could this be on the lower end? Does YG sound bored here? These type of questions pop up as the song goes along. Imagine listening to it multiple times for a review. Yeah, it’s that bad.

Hopefully, Lil B can recapture the creative spark that he had for years when he ran the backend of the rap game with his original sound and message. As a Lil B fan, I can only return to some of his best work and reminisce on the golden days. If “Young Niggaz” is an indicator of the direction that he will push his sound, it looks like his best days are behind him.

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Unleashing Emotions Through Music: YHG Pnut’s ‘Forever Up’ Reviewed

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In “Forever Up,” YHG Pnut channels his personal struggles and triumphs into a captivating musical journey. With a blend of introspective lyrics and infectious beats, this project showcases Pnut’s ability to connect with his audience on a deep and emotional level. Discover the emotional depth and musical ingenuity of “Forever Up” in this review.

YHG Pnut has steadily built a strong reputation through his collaborations and his hit single “Change Lanes,” which has garnered over 500K streams across all platforms. His roots in hip-hop and inspiration from the likes of Lil Wayne, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, 50Cent, Eminem, and Don Diego have deeply influenced his musical journey. The soundtrack of his childhood and the influence of his mother, who was already deeply embedded in the world of hip-hop, have set the stage for Pnut’s entrance into the industry.

“Forever Up” marks Pnut’s growth since his arrival in the industry in June 2019 with his EP “All Bets On Me.” This project features collaborations with only one artist, Mac J, and showcases the diverse talent of producers including Foolie, Afrodisiac, LilO, JakobJohn, 22Diegs, MissU, LOZR, and Skies.

Pnut highlights the tracks “Bounce”, “Felon”, and “So Paid” as must-listens for new fans to witness his growth and prowess in the hip-hop genre over the past few years. The release of “Bounce,” a music video preceding the project’s official release, is a testament to his commitment to providing a visual dimension to his music.

The visuals are poised to captivate his audience, drawing them into his world and experiences. This commitment to storytelling and visual representation is a testament to Pnut’s multifaceted approach to his art.

“Forever Up” is available for listening on various platforms and the music video for “Bounce” is already making waves on YouTube. Pnut’s ability to connect with his audience on a personal level and his dedication to his craft are evident throughout this project.

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Josh K ‘s latest album Life is Life’ing, breathes new vibes into R&B

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The R&B scene for 2023 continues to shed light on a variety of captivating artist. With the Midwest becoming a powerhouse for unique sounds, Chicago’s Josh K adds his own flare to the r&b genre. Releasing the highly anticipated album Life is Life’ing in October, the project is a stylish display of creativity and artistry. Exuding the smooth element of r&b with a dash of modern taste, Life is Life’ing is a top release for 2023.

Exploring a mix of energetic, classic and futuristic sounds, this latest release puts the heart and originality back into r&b. As a veteran in music and songwriting, Josh K’s enticing wordplay shines effortlessly throughout. A leading single from the album “All Me”, is an alluring preview for the tone of the album. Other stand out singles like “Magnet” featuring Chanelle Tru, “Soul Ties” and “Talk To Me”, further add to his overall charismatic delivery.

In addition to his mesmerizing voice, Josh K’s incredible song writing abilities are displayed with every lyric. With a long resume of songwriting for artist like Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor and others, his undeniable skill is felt throughout. Josh K offers a fresh approach while staying true to the feel of r&b in his own fashion.

Add Life is Life’ing to your 2023 playlist now!

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Alex Mali Unveils Her Sensual and Confident Sound in “DinnerTime”

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Alex Mali (@mainlymali), a soulful artist hailing from Brooklyn, NY, is setting the tone with her unique blend of Dancehall R&B/Pop. Her latest single “DinnerTime,” (out today) is a song that emerged from the theme of self-confidence and empowerment and serves as a tantalizing taste of her upcoming debut album.

The title itself, “DinnerTime,” hints at a playful exploration of sensuality and self-confidence, as Alex expertly crafts catchy puns and wordplay throughout the track. With a sensual and poetic approach, she implies wanting to skip dinner and wanting to be the main course instead. Alex Mali explores the concept of women comparing themselves to “a snack” or “a meal,” delving into her own perspective and redefining what it means to be sexy. Through the song, she creates a sensual atmosphere that is both bold and delicate, showcasing her unique storytelling ability.

Alex Mali finds passion and solace in the power of music. It served as a grounding force during her struggle with depression in her first year of college and continues to be a source of comfort and expression. Through her music, she aims to provide a safe space for listeners to navigate their own emotions and find solace.

When it comes to her sound, Alex Mali describes it as Dancehall R&B/Pop, representing her Jamaican and Trinidadian roots. Her fusion of genres creates a distinct and authentic sonic experience that reflects her upbringing and influences.

One of the proudest moments in Alex Mali’s music career so far was being sampled by Dancehall artist Kranium. Being recognized and sampled by an artist she grew up listening to was a surreal and gratifying experience, highlighting her early success in the industry.

Alex Mali’s message to her fans and listeners is to embrace the journey of self-discovery, finding beauty in every phase, setback, and triumph. She urges her audience to appreciate their own evolution, trusting the process and staying resilient through the highs and lows of life.

“Finding yourself is a journey and you should allow yourself the grace to find the beauty in every phase, every setback and every triumph,” Alex Mali says. “Go through those emotions with confidence in knowing that all will be as it’s meant to be because you have appreciated the evolution and trusted the process. Keep going.”

To stay updated on Alex Mali’s musical journey, follow her on Instagram (@mainlymali), Twitter (@mainlymali), and YouTube (Alex Mali). Prepare to indulge in the enticing sounds and empowering messages of this rising artist.

Stream “DinnerTime” below: 

https://alexmali.lnk.to/DinnerTime

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7rCDcfkddHokVDuuV3merU

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/dinner-time/1696643827?i=1696644019

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