Besides being one of the greatest and most under-appreciated songwriters of our time, James Fauntleroy is literally one of my favorite artists. I like James Fauntleroy. I’m protective over James Fauntleroy. As a songwriter, he influences my words, and my sound. So when I see that someone is BOLD enough to cover one of his . . .
You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
PG County, Maryland representative Chaff Limpet ends the year on a relaxed wave with “Hustle.” A writer and producer who is all of 19-years old, Limpet seems to be a Swiss Army knife of talent, utilizing a groovy backdrop and a well-placed Badu sample for the track. Burman plays closer, bringing his Southern flair to . . .
Ever been inspired by trap music? Rap veteran and Nashville alum Andalé finally returns to the scene with his first single, “Phenomenal,” an uplifting track about not listening your doubters, the biggest of which could be yourself. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dirty Rice, “Phenomenal” provides trunk-rattling bass, hard-hitting lyrics and Andalé’s signature double-time flow. . . .
Sometimes, you have to let your lady know it’s time to stop playing games. Singer, songwriter, producer, and A-Town crooner Demond serves up his first offering from his upcoming album Ground Zero in the form of “Traffic.” With support from fellow writer/rapper Sir Joshua, “Traffic” is the type of mid-tempo jam that you don’t hear often enough in the trap-heavy music scene of Atlanta. . . .
If you listen to Burman (@BurmanFree) rap, it’s pretty easy to see that he has all the tools of a star in the making. Bars, charisma, and the ability to construct a quality song, front to back. Burman submitted “Last”, the 1st single from @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape, and never has elevator music been molded into something so . . .
A Maryland transplant with Nigerian soul, @Lexi_Sugar, provided “Reach The Stars” for #TheTwitterMixtape. If you listen to most albums, you save the most uplifting, inspiring song for last, and inspiration is exactly what Lexi brings to the project. Relaxed vocals and calming production encourage the listener to never give up on what means most to them, . . .
Undoubtedly the hardest track on @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape, A-Town resident Cam James (@camjamesraps) submitted “F.Y.F”, a song that proves has little regard for the people he may have had in mind over the course of the recording. Depth and emotion over a hard ass track tends to be a winner most times, and this song is . . .
A personal favorite, and one of the first songs accepted for the final tracklisting is @HaasanBarclay‘s “Get You, Right?” Barclay has a knack for catchy melodies, strong hooks, and lyrics that may require several listens. Trust us; it’s a good thing. Get to know more about the Boston native below. How did you hear about #TheTwitterMixtape? I . . .
ATL alum Pule (@WhoIsPule) submitted one of the most poignant and personal tracks to @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape, “Stay Afloat”. Equipped with bars that the average joe can relate to, and a super catchy hook, we’re interested to hear more of what Pule has to say. “Stay Afloat” was one of the easier choices TheMixCrew had when . . .
Windy City transplant @AmareSymone submitted “Break Of Mind” for @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape: A Spring Experiment. “Break” not only provides one of the best vocal performances on the project, but showcases some very solid songwriting as well. Amare has a style all her own, so get ready; she’s an artist on the verge. How did you hear about #TheTwitterMixtape? . . .
Equipped with sharp lyrics and personality to match, Nashville’s own @worldofbrown (Brian Brown) provided “HeyHeyHey!” to @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape. Refreshing flows, spot-on cadences, and a catchy hook make for a damn good track. With the song nearing almost 100k plays on Soundcloud alone, safe to say that Brown is here to for the long haul. How did . . .
Compton native @COZMEDUSE submitted “V E N U S” for the @TheMixCrew‘s project. As evidenced by the soothing vocals and simple harmonies over a minimalist backdrop, “V E N U S” is not only short and sweet, but provides a little introspection as well. How did you hear about #TheTwitterMixtape? I heard about #TheTwitterMixtape through some friends on . . .
Christopher Owolabi (@WhoIsJusChris) is a poet/rapper/songwriter that hails from The Windy City. A man of many talents, Chris has appeared on all three editions of #TheTwitterMixtape, showing a versatility that’s needed in today’s musical landscape. Accompanied by extremely talented songstress Lenah, Chris submitted “Lost Souls”, which is currently in heavy rotation on internet radio. 1. How did . . .
Representing Pineville, South Carolina, @Benny_Starr (born Fitzgerald Wiggins) presented @TheMixCrew with ‘Allah‘. Produced by @rillwilliams, ‘Allah‘ hits hard with hearty metaphors, history, and a strong message. It requires multiple listens to catch everything. “Tell me why I need a Basquiat, when every bar I drop is art? All my abstract strokes for Black folks.” How did . . .