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Review: “Made It Now” by Cuban Doll

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Listening to Cuban Doll’s “Made It Now” created one of the most interesting reviewing experiences I’ve had in my life. Over the course of repeated listens, I’ve changed my opinion about the song three times now – make that four. It’s an intriguing listen that isn’t immediately digestible, but through examination of what it entails, and the characterization of Cuban Doll, it turns into a solid listen that hints at growth for the future.

You know Cuban Doll – we all do. She’s the rapper/model with that femme fatale smile and street gravitas to match,. She’s also a rapper’s rapper, whatever that means. We coined the term out of sheer emotion. She can rap her ass of without any stylistic gimmicks or claims to fame. People like to knock female rappers for being only good as other female rappers but that’s not true in the slightest. Cuban Doll, in particular, can go bar for bar with some of Detroit’s best. With the proper time and training, she’ll improve and could perhaps compete for Nicki Minaj’s spot. But right now, she’s working hard and enjoying her newfound success, evident in “Made It Now.”

The track itself, after repeated listens, sounds to be very polarizing. On one hand, it’s a fast-paced entry of Narcissistic notation that borders on annoying, while on the other, it’s a song that oozes rightfully-earned self-confidence amidst a frantic backdrop of hectic production. On the first couple of listens, the former opinion was one that I held. After having time to sit with the track, I believe I now fall in the secondary category.

For starters, the subject matter isn’t anything new to rap music – it’s about her self-confidence in the rap game now that she’s “made it” – but here it comes across as initially arrogant. She says everything matter-of-factly and to the untrained ear it can be annoying. But when taking into account how old she is, the success she’s seen, and the work that she’s put in, the raps sound better and are more digestible. It also makes the character that she portrays on the song, one that’s started trends that these rappers are following, easier to understand and root for.

Production on the track is also on the lackluster side, being pretty bare bones but serviceable. Cuban Doll brings some of her best bars to date on this track. But as usual with her, it’s not so much what she says, but how she says it. Her killer delivery sells the raps at a level that may not have worked if someone with lesser talent attempted the same thing.

In the end…it works. It takes some time to get acclimated to Doll’s character and stylistic choices but once that’s finished the track takes on a new light. While it’s not the best track to come out this year, it’s still a solid listen that deserves a chance to be heard. See what Cuban Doll has to say about the new things in her life and the trends she started.

Check out “Made It Now” below.

 

 

 

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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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