A Gritty Hard Sound not heard often from Waldo but what can he say he’s Talking Heavy!
Combine a Beat that features the up and coming rock group “Sir Sly” with an infectious Chorus that is jarring as it is catchy with vocals that add a since of smoothness that escapes today’s often auto-tuned sound. The result is the song featured below “Bounce” by up and coming group – NorulesinAmerika. Take a listen!
Every once and awhile there comes a song that just fits. It is usually a song that has such appeal and unique qualities that no one can hate it. The latter is true about my endorsed track of the summer “CheerLeader” It’s a Combination of all the things we love in pop music big band sounds, reggae (a la last years smash Rude), catchy lyrics, and lightly auto tuned vocals all that spells for quite an enjoybale music experience that I feel will have you dancing in your car all summer. Dont worry I might be pulling up jamming to this one right next to you. – WB
There is something to be said for a young man working hard and forging a way from pure grit and tenacity. This is his most recent attempt to cross over from producer to rapper entitled W.A.W.A. (When are we Afraid) Sap is regarded as one of the few individuals in the Delaware music scene to have “made it”. His production has been heard on airways and inside clubs all over the country and most notably you can listen to one of his latest sounds being the background for Meek Mills New song “Bboy” (video below)
Yet that’s not why your hear so let’s get into it “The Full Breakdown”
When your listening to the sounds of this project each track is very cleanly engineered. I love the style in which the vocals are presented consistently throughout the project. Whether it is the more hard-hitting beat of the track “Decisions” or the softer melodic piece of “Last Year” Each flow used fits the styling of the production quite well and the sounds behind them don’t over power.
Also Sap does a good job presenting a sound that isn’t catering to the local tri-state area. A lot of Tri-State rappers tend to mimic stylings of the local area like how Quilly at times may sound a bit like other Philly rappers or how bobby dimes rhyme style tends to lean towards a Shizz Nitty sound. What SAP does here is pave a unique sound that almost completely sets him apart from the local area.
Lastly Sap does a good job in keeping the project 5 tracks there is no better way to set yourself apart from the average everyday rapper than by releasing a EP. Mixtapes are great but when your trying to set a tone for a market you need to be taken seriously and an EP is a great way to do that. 5 tracks was the right amount of helping to not overwhelm a listener and keep them engaged enough for a possible album release.
We all know every song isn’t for every listener and I’m still not sure who is the target listener for SAP’s brand of music. I feel this release was a “musical soda” that just quite lost its fizz and pop. We are in an instant gratification world where 6 second videos are all the rage and the average attention span of a person is comparable to a goldfish.
With that being said why is it none of these tracks pushed the envelope or reshaped the landscape in any way. I feel SAP took the How to be a rapper handbook and just followed the cookie cutter rhyming styles and flows matched it with some good beats and released it. Aside from “Last year” I also felt like the SAP story isn’t really explained. Not to mention at some point I felt he was trying to convince the listener his flow was hotter than it really was by constantly using lines reminding the listener your flow is hot I kinda start to question if it really is.
5 Tracks later I didn’t feel like I went on a Musical Journey nor did I feel like my Hood was Represented to its fullest capabilities. It was a good try for an ok rapper and yet a dope producer, but for me the feeling I got from WAWA is that maybe I need to hit a wawa before another listen through.
2.7/out of 5
Elevator Pitch – “Come for the beats. Stay because it wont take that long.”
Hardcore rap influences
Consistent rhythmic Patterns
Lack of R&B influences
Lack of Electronica influences
Clean dry recording sound
Club rap influences
Lacked in high level Storytelling
Project Focus Not clearly discernible
The Next steps for Iggy this year will be crucial after being one of the most dominating artist last year a lot of pressure is on her to follow up strong. On this track she calls in support from vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson. I’m saving my opinion until I hear it a little more but as for right now she seems to be moving at a nice pace and in the right direction from a sonic standpoint. Take a listen!
I’ve been checking up on Jessie Ware for quite some types I feel she is definitely one of the most underrated artist in the game. Here is her Latest Visuals to the song “Champagne Kisses” The Question is, is it Hot or Not?!!!!
It almost Feels Like Ne-yo has been gone for years but all the while his pen has been crafting hits behind the scenes in the EDM Market for quite some time. Yet Now with the improved and reformed image Ne-yo returns to a more urban contemporary market with the release of songs like ” She Knows ft Juicy J” and this one titled “Coming with you” take a listen below. Trust me it’s worth the watch just for the fashion alone!
In the Music world today you can’t turn on a radio station without hearing a hit song with major EDM influences. Much like the NBA in any genre of music there is a pecking order. In EDM there are the Pros (e.g. Avicii, Calvin Harris, Tiesto) and then they have College players (e.g. Diplo, Yellow Claw, Caked up) who in america all control the pace and direction of where the music scene goes and how it sounds.
Yet every ever so often you have a chance to come across something unique. Like watching Kobe Bryant playing high school basketball or Tiger Woods as a teenager playing golf, even though they aren’t pros they play with a level of skill that makes it obvious to everyone they got something special.
*EleArt* Has something Special.
Ross Gibson better known by his stage name Eleart which comes from the elvish definition meaning Visionary (“Elear”) is a 22 year old Edm producer who hails from Glasgow, Scotland. As the Infamous Party Starter I took on the task of seeing what ticks in the mind of an aspiring EDM Musician and tried to understand the person beyond the talents that we hear so often blaring out the speakers of our nightclubs and car stereos.
I was quick to discover that 808’s and Drops aren’t what makes EDM interesting to EleArt as I asked questions about his music and origin as a artist I began to realize his creative ability stems from a more introverted connection he has with his music.
Waldo Black = WB / EleArt = E
WB- How did your EDM Journey begin and what do you think of the state of current EDM?
He explained; “As a kid growing up I lived in a village there was nothing but fields [and] I rarely got to go out into the city and socialize…” “..for me [EDM] is more like [my] diary where i can portray my thoughts and emotions…” “[I] bought my first production laptop at the age of 18 and ever since I’ve been trying to perfect my own unique styles of different sub genres of EDM.” [Currently] ” I hate the fact that EDM [or] any genre of music is all now so commercialized and mislead[ing]. There’s no true meaning behind music unless its unsigned or no ones heard of the artist.”
At first glance I took his words harshly and it came off slightly cocky so I needed to know what is this guy about, why is he making music. To be honest the answer was shocking and I gained more respect for him as a artist.
WB- What is your goal in music?
E- “my goal with music isn’t really about getting noticed or being famous I mean not that I don’t like meeting new people but to be a superstar international DJ/Producer that everyone knows and approaches on the street isn’t really me.” He Continued; I’ve never been one for the spotlight, All I ask is for people to appreciate and relate to my music….” “…In my eyes i guess all i want is for someone to listen.”
Interestingly enough It takes a lot for a aspiring musician to be humble and real. I appreciated his honesty and even gained insight about how in my own music endeavors I could learn a hing or two from this EDM artist ideology.
WB- Who are the influences in your Music?
E- “my influences? [Hahahah] I mean I can’t really say I have influences cause I [try not] to be like anyone else…” “…there are a select few artists I really appreciate though for instance: disclosure, Duke Dumont, Mark Ronson, Kygo, London grammar, M83, Martin Solveig, Passion pit,route 94, sub focus, Calvin harris, Hippie Sabotage.
WB- Where can a listener hear your work?
WB What would you tell that 18 year old boy, who just got his laptop and is aspiring to be better?
“…just produce every day.”
After all the questions were answered and the interview was done I took it upon myself to sit back and listen to *EleArt* again. This time with a deeper understanding I had a even greater musical experience and I appreciated the sounds pouring into my ears as more then just notes drums or pads. I heard emotions and I understood exactly what they meant, It wasn’t just music, it was a vision, it was EleArt.