Michell C. Clark

I started Artistic Manifesto in 2009 and it changed my life. A Virginia native. Looks like Huey, acts like Riley. Terrible at directions, somewhat decent at writing, mildly obsessed with SoundCloud surfing. Part time all caps texting enthusiast.

Recent posts by Michell C. Clark

are you happy
New Music Mar 27  |  

Bipolar Sunshine – “Are You Happy”

“Sometimes, a little pain is all it takes.” Adio Marchant, known to the world as Bipolar Sunshine, is back with an emotive new single called “Are You Happy” that captures emotions that many of us can relate to. There’s an exhilarating feeling of freedom coursing through this record, which finds its roots in house and . . .

Visions
New Music Mar 26  |  

Bugus doesn’t have dreams; only “Visions”

“I stay away from anything that doesn’t empower me.” Bugus never fails, and he’s given us another quality effort in the form of his latest drop, “Visions.” The Diemon emcee sounds as focused as ever, as he speaks of bringing his imagination to life on this French College-produced cut. Heavy percussion and Yeezus-esque sounds effects . . .

black babylon

Premiere: Donte Peace paints vivid pictures of ‘Black Babylon’ on his new album

Donte Peace isn’t afraid to give you a raw picture of the struggle that he’s personally endured on his engrossing new album, Black Babylon. The Seattle-based artist and self-proclaimed “Nappy Headed King” has a strong, charismatic delivery that serves him well throughout the twelve-track project. Donte is acutely aware of the dangers that come with . . .

Gang Up

Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa & PnB Rock – “Gang Up”

Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock are the latest to team up for a posse cut on a movie soundtrack. The song? “Gang Up.” The movie? The Fate Of The Furious. The vibe? High speed chase on a highway on kawasaki motorcycles, as the protagonist and villain swerve in and out of . . .

Gorillaz

Stream 4 Gorillaz songs with D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, Popcaan & more.

After a significant hiatus, The Gorillaz are back on the map with a grand total of four new records. They are as follows: “Ascension,” featuring Vince Staples; “We Got The Power,” featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages; “Saturnz Barz,” featuring Popcaan, and “Andromeda,” featuring D.R.A.M. The Gorillaz are releasing an album called Humanz on April 28th. . . .

Reload
New Music Mar 23  |  

Toronto native Joël Lobban’s “Reload” is cinematic, futuristic R&B

There’s gotta be something in the water up in Toronto. The number of uniquely talented R&B artists to come out of that city is impressive, and newcomer Joël Lobban is another one to watch for. His Japain-produced single, “Reload,” feels like the best song from a new science fiction movie soundtrack. The vocals on this . . .

SummaTime

GoldLink – “SummaTime” ft. Wale & Radiant Children

GoldLink and Wale have both been at the forefront of DMV-based hip-hop for years now, each in their own separate lanes. They join forces for a bluesy new groove called “SummaTime,” which is set to feature on GoldLink’s forthcoming album, At What Cost, which releases tomorrow. The two prove to be a solid match over . . .

Swindail
New Music Mar 23  |  

Swindail and Innanet James team up for the trunk-rattling “C’est La Vie”

Swindail‘s “C’est La Vie” is largely devoid of melody. The percussion itself supplies what melody can be heard, with multiple layers of sound that would make Missy Elliott proud. Featuring well-timed verses from Innanet James, this joint makes summertime feel that much closer. Stream “C’est La Vie” below. Swindail Tour Dates: 15 APR – FAT . . .

perfect pint

Mike WiLL Made It – “Perfect Pint” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane & Rae Sremmurd

Mike WiLL Made It brings in another all-star cast for his latest release, “Perfect Pint.” This time, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd step up to the plate. Ransom 2‘s release is right around the corner. Pre-order Ransom 2 via iTunes. Stream “Perfect Pint” below.

Ten Wife Commandments

Faith Evans remixes Biggie to create “Ten Wife Commandments”

“You break the rules, and I’ll do the same.” Ok. Faith Evans has taken it upon herself to reinterpret the Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Ten Track Commandments” as “Ten Wife Commandments.” I definitely had to squint at my phone to confirm that I was actually seeing what I thought I was seeing. Here we are, though. Faith’s . . .

adventura
New Music Mar 23  |  

Mike Gao invites us on a beautifully unpredictable “Adventura”

Los Angeles-based producer Mike Gao paints pictures in your minds with the enveloping, explorative sounds of his latest release, “Adventura.” Chirping birds, distorted melodies, precisely chopped samples and varying percussion are key elements that bring this futuristic effort to life so beautifully. Mike’s releasing his Land Escape project on March 31st via Alpha Pup Records. . . .

disrespectful
New Music Mar 22  |  

G4SHI isn’t afraid to get “Disrespectful”

“Disrespect me, and I’m real disrespectful.” I can’t get the melodies from G4SHI‘s “Disrespectful” out of my head. The recently released single is ominous, but alluring, as it conveys the relatable concept of reciprocity in very easy to understand terms. The Brooklyn-based rapper and producer isn’t afraid to switch up the pace of his flow . . .

Donte Peace
New Music Mar 22  |  

Donte Peace is cool, calm and “Rebellious” (Video)

Donte Peace is anything but peaceful in his lo-fi, dark video for “Rebellious.” With a laid back, almost hypnotic delivery, the Seattle native uses graphic descriptions to keep his audience entranced. The video itself feels like a horror movie that was chopped and screwed in Houston before being sent to the West Coast for a . . .

My Forte
New Music Mar 22  |  

Lou Phelps and CJ Forte link for the KAYTRANADA-produced “My Forte”

Lou Phelps and CJ Forte team up to trade bars over dusty, head nodding production courtesy of KAYTRANADA. Spoiler Alert: Lou happens to be KAYTRA’s little brother. Both emcees display firm control of their respective flows and mesh their voices well with the mellow, melodic instrumentation. Stream “My Forte” below.

BMW (Side a)
New Music Mar 22  |  

Wolfe De Mçhls paints a picture of his fantasies with “Bmw (side a)”

Wolfe De Mçhls has a syrupy, distorted brand of R&B that fits in well with today’s musical climate. His latest releae, “Bmw (side a)” is another foray into exploring the possibilities of a relationship. Vivid descriptions are a hallmark of what makes this record an interesting listen. Stream “Bmw (side a)” below.