Lately Vonsensei has created quite the buzz for himself regarding his musical endeavors. The artist has recently received 1,000,000 plays on his song “Henny”, which was only released 2 years ago. Within that time the artist has really done a tremendous job of giving fans constant content and showing his diversity as an artist while staying true to his unique style.
“Staring and Smiling” is the artists newest single. A notable feature of this track is that on this track (which is produced by Andre Palace) the artist switches things up doing a sing-songy rap type flow, a new musical approach for the artist. Overall, the song provides a seductive sound that listeners can vibe to and is great for summer.
$inbad is Virginia underground artist from Fredericksburg, Virginia who is one of the most noteworthy artists to come from his area. The artist, who recently had the opportunity to open for Yung Pinch, took time to chat with us for #MeetTheArtistMondays and gives us a little background on who he is as a creative. Check it out!
Q. Where are you from?
A: I’m from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born/raised and will probably never leave.
Q. When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?
A: I guess you could say I was about 13 when I found my passion for it, except I never really perused it. My oldest brother Michael AKA “Millz” (rip to the realest) used to make music in my parents basement, I would sit around and watch him and friends write rhymes and search beat pages and YouTube to record over, it always made me wanna go for it but being so young I was stupid and wanted to go out with friends instead.
Q. Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?
A: Slim shady ofcourse is my main influence, but besides that, I take influence from bones, pouya, germ, Black Smurf, Xavier wulf, Chris Travis, a lot of underground legends in my eyes. I could go on forever really. Music is just an influence in general.
Q. What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?
A: Strictly worrying about myself. That’s a hard thing to do when there’s no many other creatives around you. The more I gained in music, i really started to relax about it and stopped giving a fuck.
Q. What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
A: Definitely working with some of my favorite artists, in example; Chuuwee, Black Smurf. Also opening for some of my favorite artists and continuing to do so. I’ve opened for Chris Travis, Xavier wulf, Yung Pinch, I was supposed to open for Jgrxxn and Omenxiii but the show kinda went south, so next time on that one, But yeah I think those are some of my biggest accomplishments, also being in the “industry” for maybe a little over a year, and gaining well over 100k plays on soundcloud, gaining close to 1k fans, and just watching my progression, when I stepped in to this “game” I didn’t ease into it, I took the steps others didn’t take for years.
Q. What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?
Q: I have a main project I’m working on, not speaking on that quite yet. Other than that, I’ll have another EP dropping this year, and also a project with a good homie of mine and a rad artist known as VOHRTEX. So yeah keep a lookout, I dropped an ep earlier this year called PITCH BLACK. So ima just keep it going heavy.
Q. How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal?
A: If anything, I think in the music industry as a whole, the underground is the only original thing we have anymore. I keep up with underground artists more than tmz keeps up with Kim K. Lol
There’s a few that I think are unoriginal, that bite other smaller artists style because they have a higher “clout” but I just ignore em. Can’t get away from clout chasers in 2018, gotta look past em.
8. What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?
A: My drive to work hard, and to try and perfect every single syllable I say. Artists now a days will be lazy on a song just because they see other artists get away with it. In my opinion, I’m trying to bring my “mainstream” lyrical sound to the underground and show the underground it doesn’t have to be all about layers and vocal pitches and weird voices to sound cool. BUT IM NOT HATING, I LOVE WEIRD VOICES AND LAYERS IT JUST AINT FOR ME TO TRY haha most of the artist I listen too are what I just described lmao
9. What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you over come it?
A: Straight up only L I’ve seen myself take so far was getting scammed on a verse by another underground artist that I really fucked with, i won’t say no names, but they know what’s up. I don’t take many Ls tho, I try and stay low key.
Q. What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves?
A: Enjoy what you make, cause if you don’t enjoy it; then what makes you think someone else will? Gotta show that you’re passionate. That’s really it.
Keep up with Sinbad on his social media at the links and handles below.
In this generation of new wave hip hop and “mumble rap”, some may say that lyricism has become outdated, obsolete and a non factor to this generation. G.O.D.S. music group has totally flipped the script on that theory by combining lyricism, knowledge, energy and relevance to create a unique sound that is making the spirit of old school hip hop relevant to this new school generation.
The group of young emcees have most recently reintroduced themselves to listeners by dropping their newest song “Bully Hour”. The song features G.O.D.S. members K.J. The Gawd, Breezo, R. Locko, Grio Arsn and Shel Capo as well as a guest appearance by Doon. On this track each individual does a fantastic job of displaying their individual style while at the same time staying cohesive as a team, resulting in a classic sound that hip hop purists as well as fans of the new school alike will be able to enjoy.
In a huge contrast to the times of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, the hip hop scene of today has become quite saturated with mosh pits, leather jackets and new wave self proclaimed “rock star” rappers. Although the exact time when this transition was made is unclear (remember when all of this “rock star” talk was considered “white people stuff”?), with all of the avant garde fashion statements, dark subject matter and glorification of the rockstar lifestyle, hip hop has definitely entered into its “goth” phase and we are totally here for it.
If you know what you’re looking at, its quite easy to see how the hip hop scene has been influenced by rock n roll legends such as Kurt Cobain and Marilyn Manson. Dating as far back as 2010 when Lil Wayne dropped the “Rebirth” album and when thru his rockstar phase, rock n roll culture has been infiltrating hip hop. Rapper Lil Uzi Vert often refers to himself as a rockstar and is heavily inspired by Marilyn Manson, so much so that he got a $100k chain with a pendant of the rock singers face in all diamonds.
Many rappers of today can even be seen sporting T Shirts of popular bands such as Iron Maiden and Slipknot as a fashion stateme
nt. Artists such as Uzi, Playboy Carti (who is a self proclaimed rock star as he states in his song “Wokeuplikethis”) and the late Lil Peep have brought “goth” inspired fashion to hip hop as well by sporting leather jackets, distressed clothes, super skinny pants as well as literal chains on their clothing; this all pulled together in a look that resembles something you’d see at a Nine Inch Nails concert. These fashion trends, although some may see them as something new, are actually classic looks that were once sported back in the 80s and 90s by some of our favorite bands. Fashion in hip hop today is definitely inspired by the rock n roll culture in more ways than one. This, however, is only the beginning of the hip-hop/rock n roll phenomenon.
There have been many changes in the sound of hip hop in recent times, many of which can be attributed to rock n roll culture. We all are familiar with Lil Waynes rock influenced track “On Fire”, which samples Amy Hollands “Shes On Fire” This song was only the beginning of the whole sampling rock music in rap trend. A lighter, more happier version of sampling rock music can be seen from rapper Lil Aaron who has songs entitled “Warped Tour” (which samples “Misery Business” by Paramore)
and “Hot Topic” (which samples Panic! At The Discos “I Write Sins Not Tradgedies”) playing off of the whole “emo” side of rock culture. For a darker version of sampling. rapper Xxxtentacion uses a lot of heavy metal samples in his music, one being on his song “Off The Wall” in which he samples Slipknots “Spit It Out”. Another style that has become prevalent in hip hop is screaming which is represented heavily in rock n roll music from bands like Metallica and Slayer (compare by checking out the links below)
Hip hop has also taken a dark turn as far as subject matter as well. While there is a lot of music that still talks about the stuff we are used to hearing in hip hop such as partying and flashy lifestyles, we are finding that it is now acceptable to touch on darker subject matter in hip hop such as depression and suicidal thoughts as well. Artists such as Lil Peep and Lil Xan discuss depression and drug abuse in their music with a mantra that is similar to the lyrics of doom metal band Black Sabbaths “Solitude”. (Compare at the links below)
More influences of rock culture in hip hop can be found at the actual concerts themselves. Mosh pits have become a common thing at hip hop concerts. If you’re unfamiliar with what moshing is, heres a rundown: picture a huge circle in the middle of a crowd at a concert with a bunch of hot, sweaty, people throwing themselves into eachother in rhythm to music that is playing at extremely high volumes. While some may find this a bit scary, moshing can actually be a fun and relaxing thing if done correctly and safely. This moshing/slam dancing phenomenon was actually something that was done at rock concerts years ago and in recent times the trend made its way to hip hop, adding to the lit factor of seeing artists perform live in concert. (compare at the links below)
The influences of rock music in hip hop culture have resulted in not only a awesome new spin on hip hop but it also has created a way for fans of one genre to potentially become fans of something else they never knew existed. What do you think of how hip hop is being influenced by rock culture? Leave a comment below!
The entertainment industry has become over saturated with females who pride themselves on being hypersexual, arrogant, disrespectful people. Why people like this are famous is a very baffling question. Thankfully enough, there are female creatives out here who do provide a breath of fresh air. When it comes to female creatives in the 757 who radiate great energy and provide intriguing talent, the list could literally go on and on. From designers, to artists to DJs, the 757 is well represented by phenomenal women who are taking the area by storm. Here is a list of 6 females whose good energy, crazy work ethic, humble attitudes and unique personas make them shining stars in their own right.
1. Keana Love
If there is one word to describe this young lady its “unique”. Stylist and owner and operator of her own clothing line “Koncrete Kulture”, Keana Love prides herself in being different. The talented designer has recently had her work featured in Norfolk State University’s Spring Fashion Show and also has an upcoming event on October 7th where her work will also be displayed (see our upcoming events page). Not only does Keana design and sew her own apparel but she is also a talented illustrator as well.
To keep up with Keana follow her on IG @lovejvnkie and @koncretekulture
2. Miia Monet
If you’re not hip to who Miia Monet is, now would be a great time to enlighten yourself. In a world where most female rappers pride themselves on their oversexualized lyrics and “I’m the baddest bitch” attitude, Miia Monet is a breath of fresh air and brings something tremendously different to the table. A true lyricist, Miia can be noted on her dope flow, her unique style as well as her perfectly balanced energy which always relays into her music. Preferring to work in silence, Miia doesn’t do much talking or boasting on social media or in real life, however, whenever she touches the stage, it is apparent that she is indeed putting in work. Check out her video for her song “TELL’EM” for example.
To keep up with Miia Monet follow her on IG @ogzm__
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to be around her then you know that Lacree is a person who radiates positivity all around. A Va Beach based artist, Lacree makes music that simply makes people feel good. From her upbeat song “Vibrate” to her more relaxed track “Boom Bye”, Lacree does an exceptional job of providing music that people can vibe too. Recently she began filming the visual for her song “Crazy” (check out our exclusive BTS footage here ).
To keep up with Lacree follow her on social media @itslacree also check her out on soundcloud
If you need anything from flyers, to logos, to music video direction and anything in between, Allianah Hamilton, better known by her alias Perla Woods, is your girl. It’s been said that not one person can do everything but graphic designer Perla Woods comes pretty darn close. Recently she put on her first event which she called “Like a Virgin”. The event was a huge success and was a showcase of all female talent such as artists, singers, rappers and DJs. Perla is another person who spreads positive energy every where she goes. Her creative talent mixed with her can-do attitude as well as her no nonsense approach is what makes her a truly remarkable artist.
To keep up with Perla Woods follow her on social media @perlawoods and @alliart757 as well as her website http://www.allianah.com
5. Niya Nel
It’s not too often that you find people who are so for the culture that they want to put on a whole event with performances, cyphers, DJ sets and a discussion panel for people who want information on how to make it in the industry for absolutely no cost to the participants. Niya Nel is a blogger/personality who has been putting major work and earned her credibility in the game. This past Sunday she put on her first event, a Hip Hop Carnival where she provided participants with an informational panel discussion, as well as entertaining performances and freestyle cyphers. When it comes to blogging, Niyah Nel is definitely some one you want to keep watching.
From her taste in style to her taste in music to her positive message to females, everything about Zum the DJ is dope. This unique young lady is not only a beast on the turntables but also has a background in modeling as well. Recently she has made appearances showcasing her talent at Niyah Nels Hip Hop Carnival as well as the Like a Virgin event hosted by Perla Woods. What makes Zum an even more remarkable individual is her confidence, her precessionalism and the way she carries herself. Her message to females is made clear in her interview with http://www.nsightz.com where she says “When I go out there and DJ an event I’m showing other women that we can be more than the girl twerking, we can be the person making every one dance.
Keep up with Zum by following her on social media @damnzum