Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Why" - Russell Taraine ft. BKHippy

Russell Taraine
Featuring BK Hippy

I got a chance of meeting Russell and BK Hippy last year at Rap Skool. I was instantly impressed with both of their music and freestyle skills. We have become good friends since then and plan on collaborating in the near future. "Why" is a dope new track from two upcoming hip hop artists reppin' New York City.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

6 Ways to Optimize your YouTube Channel

I have viewed hundreds if not thousands of artist's YouTube channels and most of them are not optimized. Having a blank profile can really hurt your brand and you can miss out on potential followers. It is so crucial that you use all the features provided by each social media platform. Each network has its own set of features and should be optimized. Social media helps your Google rank and online presence therefore should be completed to the full extent. Here's an example; let's say a fan is searching YouTube and finds your video. Then they go to your profile to to find your artist bio and social media links but they are no where to be found. You need to have that info there so that fans can get it and not forget about you. This can be fixed in 10 minutes. Here's how...

1. Make sure you are signed into your YouTube Channel and then click the 'About' section.

2. Add an interesting cover photo. This requires a large photo with dimensions of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

3. Add a profile photo. This link will bring you to your Google+ page and you can edit it there. I recommend using the same profile picture you use on Facebook & Twitter.

4. Edit the description with your artist bio. This is the perfect space to introduce yourself and explain why you are different.

5. Add your social media links. The links will show up left to right as you enter them top to bottom, respectively. You will only be able to add 5 links so choose wisely.

6. Edit channel name. Click 'YouTube Settings' and then follow the instructions under 'Name' section. You will want to use your artist or brand name here.

If you have any additional tips please comment with them below.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marc Goone Releases New Project Titled 'The Scrumple King'

The Scrumple King
Marc Goone

A Plethora of Pleasant Sounds by Marc Goone

The Scrumple King is Marc Goone's first official release of 2015 and is quite the project. I have been a supporter of Marc since I first came across his music two and half years ago. He always finds a way to sound unique in every track and that's what I like about him, among other qualities. I also enjoy his wittiness and storytelling which he has throughout The Scrumple King. Marc only features a handful of producers on his 10 track project and lays a solid foundation for his music in 2015. Goone has been doing his thing for the last couple years and building a loyal fan base. I can only see him gaining more popularity in the coming years. So give his new project a listen, download it if you like, and buy it if you love it or to show support.

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"Never Quit" Music Video - Mod Sun ft. Travis Barker

"Never Quit"
Mod Sun
Feat. Travis Barker
Music Video

Mod Sun and Travis Barker link up in this pro-marijunana track for their most recent collaboration  We all know Mod Sun likes to smoke a lot and spread a lot of peace. He is such an inspiring artist with a positive message, he is bound to make his mark in the music industry.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

"It's On Me" Music Video - The Man Prime

"It's On Me"
The Man Prime
Music Video
Dip n' Dash Visuals

The Man Prime hits us with a new banger in his first collaboration video with Dip n' Dash Visuals. Prime has been creating a buzz for himself in central Wisconsin with his music and by hosting events.  You can expect more hits to come from the young emcee.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Do You There" Music Video - Skizzy Mars ft. Marc E. Bassy

"Do You There"
Skizzy Mars
Featuring Marc E. Bassy
Music Video

"Do You There" is Skizzy Mars' newest single from The Red Balloon Project which is due out February 3, 2015. He has been gaining a lot of buzz recently and for good reason. As an upcoming New York City artist, he has a strong local following. I am expecting big things from his new project. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jitta On The Track - BIPOLAR - Album Review

Review by DJ Slice

Jitta On The Track comes out of Florida with some heat. BIPOLAR has a certain vibe to it, and jitta shows the listener his versatility. It's easy to see that this MC put all of his effort into this project. 

From start to finish, this mixtape is packed with great production and awesome flows. The listener is introduced to jittaonthetrack rapping over a subtle piano. He gives you his life story, and at the 2 minute mark, the beat switches up to some heavy drums matched with a great flow. A very impressive intro. Track after track, this MC gives us a lot of party lyrics, drug talk, and hit songs. Low tempo songs 'Been Famous' and 'FAHMOB' really show that jittaonthetrack can kill any style. He snatched a feature from Chris Webby for 'Knockturnal'. This track features a sample from that one song 'Handlebars' by Flobots. It seems like jitta intended this to be the banger of the bunch. It's obvious that he found his sound and ran with it. I feel like I could hear any of these songs on the radio tomorrow morning, or in the club tomorrow night. Jitta knows what he's good at and stays true to it. We even hear him singing on certain tracks, and it's a pleasant surprise for the listener. All in all, this is a solid body of work from jittaonthetrack. Very few features, real rap, a lot of good music. Go ahead and bump this shit in your whip! 

Top 3 Favorite Tracks:
"Don't Care About Yah"
"Off Beat"

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One Way Ticket 2 Brooklyn - Kid Named Nova

One Way Ticket 2 Brooklyn
Kid Named Nova

Kid Named Nova shows a lot of potential throughout his most recent project, One Way Ticket 2 Brooklyn. I really like his flows & sound and am impressed at how well the album sounds as a whole. NOVA comes with smooth bars on most of the tracks including "Trance Memories." Stay on the look-out for this young emcee from Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Bio:
An ambitious go-getter, this young buck has been producing and writing since 14 years old, eager to get his hands dirty and make his mark on the NY scene. Both writer and producer, NOVA is a package deal, sharpening his lyrical knives over sick synth lines and concussing snares. Highly anticipated, look for NOVA's debut featuring some slick rhymes over fat beats, all from a young innovative mind.

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