Napalm Spot went out and got some unique footage of Oluto performing his single, Truly Feel. The song is a mix of neo-soul with new school funk. He delivers soft RNB vocals over the instrumental, showing to his deep love interest to be yourself. The sentiment of this song is to be the realest you possible. What is in the darkness will come to light, the old school saying our grandparents use to say. Oluto breaks into a monologue discussing how he can appeal to the masses while keeping it honest. A hard thing that most people can not express in human interaction, check the music video out below.
I first discovered Terra Lightfoot from the single, No Hurry. I was quite impressed by the songs up-beat tempo and vocals I find unique. The song has no consequences when you enjoy the powerful vocals passionately exclaiming there is No Hurry. The song lyrics remind you of a love ballad. Showing us a very troubled affair that can’t escape from your mind. The song claims that they have an eternity to spend together so it is no hurry. Enjoy the time that is spent with each other even though there are troubles on the path.
Their latest album “New Mistakes”, Terra Lightfoot release a video for their song, “Ruthless”. This single compared to No Hurry has more of a slowed tempo with elements of country. The lead singer hits a falsetto as she sings about her hard-core love she have for someone. The visuals for this song has her in a room by herself strumming a guitar. Walking through a snow-storm. The video shows her band members absent and she sits down as memories of them play on a dated B&W television. Could this song be expressing the love she has for her band members and them not being there.
Detroit emcee Noveliss held a ceremony for his album Cerebral Apex. Gathering everybody that has a deep appreciation for him as an artist. He had a very chill demeanor as he greeted those walking into his release party. Noveliss shared his thoughts on entertainment and how he has a great appreciation for Avatar The Last Air Bender as a cartoon. He thought the movie was trash though. He also curated the movie Split directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He moved around the room, having short conversations with people. He had a look that was wise and discerning as he dawned a Kakashi-Sensei shirt. Noveliss is an ideas man, he always exchanges a couple with those around him. The emcee was thinking about innovative ways he can rap his flows in the booth.
We caught a quick conversation with Nolan The Ninja and he said that Noveliss is his brother and he came to support: regardless if he was on the album or not. Nolan said that he been knowing Noveliss since Clear Soul Force. We also asked Nolan The Ninja some questions and he shared some secrets to finding success as an independent artist. Having a partnership can also help boost your success in the music game. I was not surprised seeing Nolan The Ninja at a Noveliss party. Nolan The Ninja came out with a strong underground break-out called He(art). The album caught so much attention it got picked up for review by Dead End Hip-Hop. Receiving mostly positive reviews from seasoned hip-hop listeners.
We even caught conversation with rising hip-hop artist from the east side of Detroit, Crimson Alchemist. Crimson Alchemist has been keeping up to date with his catalog of artistry for a minute. Going way back to when he was spitting laser sharp lyricism on his song, “Get No Better” with the Clear Soul Force posse. Laying down the foundation of back-pack rap catching attention over-seas. Showing that his energy has always been bigger than a confined space. His flow is infinite past the stars.
As Noveliss premiered his album, I was amazed by the intricate flow pattern he delivers. His rhyme schemes are always well put together. He is the definition of a person that will be your rappers favorite rapper. Noveliss is a person that has a die hard-fan base. His listeners will appreciate this album because it shows Noveliss as a person. How much he has matured with his audience. Cerebral Apex discusses him now as a family man, still balancing out his fascination for Anime and hip-hop. He also talked about his depression slightly, wanting to drift away from the outside world into his own. Still through-out his journey in Cerebral Apex. He came out to deliver a swift, clear cut album infused with a manga he created for his fans.
It is tough being an independent artist coming up in whatever genre you are doing. Especially with promotion being a key-factor with what is going on today. I believe one of the benefits of being an artist on the come-up is the authenticity you put into your grind work. Going to open mics, meeting with different acts and communicating the art you made. I believe there is beauty in being independent that can not be replicated. Most people want what is real. I can’t lie, I can not stand someone fake who portrays something to me that is not in the realms of their reality.
When being an artist on the grind. I believe genuine interaction in your community is the most important aspect to be put on. If I sat back and thought about most artist careers. Mines is the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and even Lil B. All these artist represented something that most artist are missing. Not instantaneous super-stardom, the grind work into being an artist performing, interviewing and making their last the best impression
Bubblerap is an artist that hails from London. She garnered an audience in music after releasing songs that gave the internet a frenzy. Her sound is a mix of lo-fi with the skeletal body of Erykah Badu and Curtis Mayfield. I would put her music in a realm where Aquemini and Common’s Like Water For Chocolate had a baby then birthed her creations. Sprinkled in lo-fi mixes that would make a smoked out college dorm seem like heaven between two lovers. Bubblerap music is for the backdrop of a person that does not want to deal with useless rumination between partners. They simply want to enjoy a natural gift the universe has brought them together to enjoy: relaxing in a bed of Daffodils watching clouds pass them by.
The song that caught my attention of this artist was the song, “Other Side Of The Game”. The song remixes Erykahs Badu song, “Other Side Of The Game”. There are still noteable differences that separates her from contemporaries. With her Reverb soaked vocals that creates a vibe giving you imagery of water drops. Making a romantic condensation forming on your window seal. Her producer Eun makes sure to bring the elements of her vibe full circle. The slowed down production enunciating the keys played in the original sample, did this track justice. You can check the song out below and follow her on Instagram at demaemae.
Compelling visuals is what Detroit rapper Courtney Bell delivers his fan this go around. Mk Ultra visuals show 1080p resolution as he paints out a vivid picture of society ills. Commandment IV: MK Ultra is the fifth track on his album 10 Commandments. He made sure to deliver a follow through from his previous visuals. He stands isolated by himself in nature. He converses between him and god, lifting the heavy off his heart. He describes material wealth as mental slavery binding a persons path to self destruction for freedom. He claims the government has been lying to us all along. Courtney chose to take his own direction from society and let his spirit set free in mother nature. As he connects with mother nature and the world around him. He shows who he is as an artist. Showing his spiritual light in the highest art form. He reaches his arms out and gives a fan some dap. Watch the full video below
Aretha has a soulful sound that is defying to our human ears. I do not even think our current generation ears will be use to hearing a sound very pure and powerful. Her singing can command people as if she was to stand atop a mountain summit giving a speech of woman empowerment. When hearing people like her, you wonder where did the soul go in most of our people today. During the civil rights era that took place her break out record was recorded over Otis Redding Respect. People marched and riot to that song. The song she made reflected an out-cry that most African-Americans wanted during that time. Respect for our rights being here on US soil. She sung at Martin Luther King speeches, helping Doctor King raise the spirits of the people fighting the injustice they were going through at that time.
Being an artist bred out of Motown, she had a street named after her in our great city Detroit. Close to Detroit’s Music Hall of Performing Arts, where other acts perform at still on this day. She is an inspiration for people that are faced with trial and tribulations they had coming up. She let the gifts god gave her shine through on the day we reckon of riots and destroying community property in Detroit. She has been a great gift in the eyes of other people. She stood for being a woman of power. Fighting for the rights owed to you as a human being. Coming from a broken family home, she did not let that stop her in sharing who she was and what she stood for.