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

New Music Oct 20  |  

Shy Luv uses blissful instrumentation and ominous lyrics for “Bloodsucker”

“I feel someone chasing after me.” Manchester-based duo Shy Luv is back with an intriguing, genre-fusing new record called “Bloodsucker.” The record is spooky, but not in the traditional sense. The song’s instrumentation, fueled by gritty guitar and sparse percussion, is actually pretty lush and laid back. You don’t get a feel for the creepy part of . . .

stuck in the 90s
New Music Oct 19  |  

The Fifth Estate takes us back to childhood days with ‘Stuck In The 90s’ (Mixtape)

If you’re a fan of the golden era of hip-hop, The Fifth Estate‘s Stuck In The 90s project might resonate with you. He doesn’t just stop with iconic hip-hop records, though. The Texas native makes it clear that gospel has been equally valuable in his musical journey, as he incorporates covers, samples, and reinterpretations of a . . .

New Music Oct 17  |  

Stream Aaron Abernathy’s gorgeous, soulful ‘Dialogue’ album

“In order to have this dialogue, we first have to be honest about the society we live in.” While Monologue was a more personal project, Aaron Abernathy addresses a lot of what he sees happening in society today with his new album, Dialogue. This project is full of 1970’s soul influence, but it’s channeled in . . .

Gotham nights
New Music Oct 17  |  

The Underachievers – “Gotham Nights” (Video)

The Underachievers split time between gorgeous naturalistic scenery and dark urban scenes in their new video for “Gotham Nights.” The gloomy single is a standout track from their recently released Renaissance project. Watch the video for “Gotham Nights” below. If you’re in New York, The Underachievers homecoming show goes down tonight. HOMECOMING SHOW IN NEW . . .

Hold It Back
New Music Oct 16  |  

Oddisee and Good Compny electrify with a live performance of “Hold It Back”

DMV native Oddisee has a discography that speaks to the power of consistent high quality releases, and his live rendition of “Hold It Back” is certainly not an exception. With the help of his dynamic band, Good Compny, he gives us a funky, passionate performance that does an excellent job of piquing interest for the . . .


dvsn remixes SZA, Justin Bieber, and Roy Wood$

It’s a great time to be dvsn. Riding the success of their Morning After album, the smooth duo released a trio of remixes to ensure that their name remains at the top of everyone’s list. They chopped up SZA‘s “The Weekend,” Justin Bieber‘s “Friends,” and their own Roy Wood$-featuring single – “Don’t Choose.” Stream all three . . .

little More
New Music Oct 13  |  

Maurice Moore expresses a need for respect on “Little More”

“All I need is a little more than you’re giving me.” You ever get tired of feeling unappreciated? Maurice Moore’s latest single, “Little More,” might resonate with you. Maurice is looking for reciprocity – something that’s more than surface deep. The talented R&B singer expresses himself over lush production courtesy of Mars Today and Krs. . . .

New Music Oct 13  |  

KINGBNJMN and SOS Dynamikz create high energy hip-hop on “OPPS”

KINGBNJMN links with fellow Jamaican SOS Dynamikz for a high octane new record called “OPPS.” The beat is fueled by heavy bass and futuristic sound effects. SOS’s flow is dynamic and engaging. He literally goes in for three minutes straight. If you’re a fellow producer who appreciates BNJMN’s production style, consider downloading his latest sample . . .

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IDK – “17 Wit A 38” ft. Chief Keef

IDK is dropping IWASVERYBAD at midnight, and he saw fit to give the people one more preview in the form of “17 Wit A 38.” The DMV rapper’s ominous new release features none other than Chief Keef. Jay told Billboard: “the inspiration of this song comes from my past experiences. Although most people now a days . . .

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YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar put on for Compton on “The City”

Tied together by their origins in the city of Compton, YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar pay homage with their latest drop, “The City.” The song, which is produced by produced by Eardrummers’ DJ FU, has a laid back vibe to it. Hootie’s Hubris project is expected to release on November 11th. Stream “The City” below.


Towkio walks on water in his lyric video for “Swim”

“Hustler by trade. Artist by night. Dreamer by day.” Towkio executes a grandiose vision with “Swim” – one that includes orchestral segments, Chicago juke influence, poignant verses, and gorgeous harmonies. The Savemoney affiliate’s debut album, WWW, is being recorded with Rick Rubin. The newly released lyric video features some out of the box special effects . . .

kama sutra
New Music Oct 10  |  

Catch the sultry, horn laden vibes of Iman Omari’s “Kama Sutra”

“Give me your vibes, I want all your energy.” Iman Omari sets the mood masterfully with his smooth new single, “Kama Sutra.” He embraces the concept of selfless love this time around, as his lyrics make it clear that he’s down to do whatever it takes to please his partner. Look for his IHY album . . .

love hangover
New Music Oct 9  |  

TroyBoi drops “Don’t Want,” a brilliant remix of Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover”

I’m listening to this with a look of amazement on my face. TroyBoi took “Love Hangover,” an iconic song by Diana Ross from 1976, and flipped it into “Don’t Want,” a remix of epic proportions that I didn’t know I needed until I heard it. The London-based producer has a knack for adding his high . . .

through it all
New Music Oct 9  |  

Tune in to Waajeed’s infectious, funky ‘Through It All’ EP

Waajeed sprinkles plenty of funk and unpredictability into his groovy, three-track new EP, Through It All. House and funk influences collide, resulting in danceable-inducing grooves. A wide variety of different influences are filtered in and out of this project, making for a delightfully refreshing listen from start to finish. Stream Through It All below.

New Music Oct 6  |  

EarthGang makes waves with the futuristic sounds of “ROBOTS”

Atlanta duo EarthGang has made a timely return with the release of “ROBOTS,” the title track to their forthcoming project. Johnny had a few things to say about the record, and about their forthcoming project. “I love the record. It helped me learn things about myself; diving deep and discovering what makes us tick. As . . .