With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and crowded with wannabes. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new hip-hop & RnB artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route — copy those whom are more successful than you.
Tye North and Kajim has fiercely rebelled against this current trend; presenting something innovative and unique, yet entirely approachable and digestible.
Tye North ft. Kajim
Song: Dub City
Passion Music Entertainment’s own “Ty North” comes back with another Sexy Visual called “Dub City”. In this Video, he speaks about women that has done him wrong and switched up on him. Now he’s buzzing, he realizes he has to leave all these hoes in Dub city. Follow him at @Iamtynorth for more epic music.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when revisiting your musical comfort-zone for the umpteenth time just doesn’t cut it anymore. Maybe you’re an avid fan of Pop music who loves every familiar power chord progression and every hey-oh chorus. Eventually, a time will come when you just get tired of listening to the same repetitive songwriting and uninventive melodies over and over again.
This is when you need to step outside of the familiar and leave that musical comfort-zone behind. You simply need to explore new music; your old collection is full of tunes you’ve heard far too many times. When this happens, an artist you should turn to is the true musical trailblazer and undeniable innovator, Klef Mikaydo.
Klef Mikaydo has effectively combined his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant beaker — and, much like a mad scientist — has shaken ferociously until what has emerged is undefinable. We have had the pleasure of covering this artist in a previous feature. Klef Mikaydo’s sound can best be described as an an infectious blend of throw-back, yet emotive sound. With his brilliant fusion of various genres and styles, (as well as his evident refusal to operate within any pre-conceived boundaries or industry standards); Klef Mikaydo proves once again with new Single “Purple Clouds” that his rise to notoriety is far from slowing down.
In “Purple Clouds”, Klef’s remarkable versatility is on full display. The track features a unique array of accompanying instrumentation, creative sequencing, thought-provoking lyrics, and clever songwriting. His alluring style is designed to draw you into an intimate and self-reflective sonic journey. Light up and enjoy the ride!
Klef Mikaydo has already built a prestigious resume, having recieved mass acclaim for his 2017 Single “Last Night”. Due to these early successes, Klef Mikaydo has become a hot artist to cover in nearly every recognizable indie publication on the net. With countless music features under his belt (each of which given stellar reviews of music within the last year), this artist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
We stand by what we said before, one of Klef Mikaydo’s most distinguishing qualities is his ability to craft infectious rhymes and frame unforgettable hooks. Each thoughtful lyrical phrasing and clever word jumbling carries a hidden punch and remarkable depth that is not often found in newer indie releases. While other notorious Hip Hop artists are tasked with focusing the listener by removing all musical distraction with pure spoken word records to show off their genius; Klef Mikaydo is able to effortlessly blend sophistication and flow with masterfully crafted sonic soundscapes. Add some infectious beats and brilliant song sequencing and structuring to the mix, and you have an irresistible fusion of catchy music oozing with substance.
While Klef Mikaydo certainly pays homage to the great hip-hop standards; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable.
Klef Mikaydo is a remarkable artist and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. “Purple Clouds” is a MUST LISTEN!
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We recently had the opportunity to sit down with on-the-rise Hip-Hop/EDM sensation Klef Mikaydo.
Klef Mikaydo is based in Los Angeles, California and has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly unique take on the Hip Hop/EDM genres. We were first introduced to this artist through his infectious Single entitled “Last Night”. Now Klef is back with “Purple Clouds”.
We were so impressed by the creativity and confidence showcased on the new Single, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. Klef Mikaydo was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.
I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?
Klef Mikaydo: It all depends. Usually I come up with a melody first and build the beat around that sound. Melodies tend to move and inspire me to be more creative as the groove puts me in a zone. There are other times where I come up with lyrics and a melody and build the beat around my vocals.
Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?
Klef Mikaydo: As a rapper I’ve performed live multiple times. I used to go by the name G.Klef but as I transitioned into singing, I changed my moniker to Klef Mikaydo. I haven’t had the chance to perform as a singer because I’m just doing fully into that craft. I’ll definitely have some performances scheduled soon!
If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?
Klef Mikaydo: Right now I’d pick my single Last Night. We’re in a time period where everyone wants to party and get lit. I think Last Night has the energy to captivate people of all backgrounds and gives you that sense of enjoyment. I also believe a lot of people can relate to seeing that one person in the club you’re attracted to and end up hitting it off.
What does it take to be “innovative” in music
Klef Mikaydo: Consistent creativity. Sometimes artists get stagnant and comfortable. You have to go out and see different things that may inspire your creative juices. Something as simple as taking a walk or a hike can inspire innovative thinking.
Any upcoming release or tour your way?
Klef Mikaydo: I’m currently working on a 6-7 track EP.I’ll keep everyone updated via social media as I progress. Right now I’m focused on get Last Night to the world.
Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?
Klef Mikaydo: Yes indeed! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: Klef_Mikaydo. My single Last Night is currently available on all Platforms. iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Google Play, etc.
This is definitely an artist that you need to WATCH CLOSELY. We are certainly eagerly awaiting what he does next!
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Proper Einstein has been making waves in the indie underground ever since his explosive debut with his well-received debut Single “#LateNite” in 2015.Often described as “prolific” and “refreshingly unpredictable”, it is easy to see why he has been affectionately dubbed “the Musical Genius” by his growing fanbase. Operating like a true renaissance man, Proper Einstein has earned the titles of actor, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist—- as well as award-winning producer.
Atlanta, GA – May 4th, 2018 – If you are familiar with Proper Einstein’s notorious back-catalog, you already know that his remarkable versatility and unique appeal are always on full display. His mind-bending arrangements, meticulous sequencing, hypnotic songwriting, and undeniably smooth-flow are just a few of this artist’s many impressive assets. Now, “the Musical Genius” is back and providing some eye-opening insight into the mind of fellow, highly-unpredictable artist Kanye West– as well as offering his loyal fans his newest Single “Hard” (from the upcoming album ‘Welcome to my Feelings’) entirely for FREE via major streaming platforms.
You don’t have to be a fan of the Hip Hop or Rap genres in order to be aware of who Kanye West is. Most of us are at least semi-aware of one of Kanye’s controversial WTF moments in popular culture, or one of his endless achievements in music, fashion, or culture. As Kanye started grabbing headlines again last week following his long-awaited return to social media, many in the music community were quick to diagnose Kanye with some type of mental illness or perceived nervous breakdown. Proper Einstein was one of many fellow artists to offer his take on the situation– but his diagnosis makes much more sense than what immediately meets the eye.
Proper Einstein explains, “People are so quick to jump on the ‘mental breakdown’ bandwagon, that they don’t even attempt to read between the lines and see the brilliance of it. Trump has a notoriously immovable core-base that will blindly follow anything the man endorses. Remember when Trump famously said, ‘I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters ‘? Well, he wasn’t too far off. This man set off what should be the equivalent to political nuclear bombs within his campaign at least once a week– and he GAINED voters! Kanye is a similar public figure. Despite the endless controversy Kanye has invited around himself , his fanbase has been growing exponentially and has proven to be pretty immovable themselves. From a business standpoint, why wouldn’t you seize that rare opportunity to usurp Trump’s base too– especially right before he drops new music and products? While everyone else diagnoses him as ‘mentally ill’, I diagnose his simply as a ‘marketing genius’. He is exploiting the free markets that Republicans so lovingly adore, and manipulating Trumpers to financially support him on these upcoming releases. Looks like Kanye knows exactly what he’s doing, and it’s honestly genius” It is bold to boast the title of “the Musical Genius”, but Proper Einstein proves time and time again that he his prestige is well-deserved.
Besides providing his thought-provoking insight into Kanye’s perceived “madness”, PE also casually announced that he is releasing his newest Single for FREE on all major streaming platforms by 1:00PM EST on Friday, May 4th. The audio production showcased in the soon-to-be released “Hard” is nothing short of stellar. The music and songwriting is dynamic and unrestrained– while maintaining a relaxed, but focused vibe. Living up to the high expectations surrounding this release, the soundscapes are unusually complex and encompassing, while the vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer . Once again acting as an innovator, Proper Einstein effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive display of strong songwriting and inventive musical arrangements.
Check out the music video for “Hard”:
John Keith (Co-Founder and President of Screaming Match Productions, LLC.) recently reflected on Proper Einstein’s infectious appeal stating, “With his provocative, unique, and highly unorthodox tunes; Proper Einstein has reignited the approach that music– as an artistic medium– should transcend the label of ‘product’ or ‘commodity’ and become something much more powerful and impact. He is unapologetically committed to supporting his vision with his growing tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them for the gimmick that they can so easily become.”
Over the next few weeks, listeners have the opportunity to experience a revived introduction to Proper Einstein’s most personal album to date, “Welcome to My Feelings”. Beginning with hit Single, “Couple Thousand”, followed by newest Single “Hard”, Proper Einstein continues to impress and infect with his distinct musical persona. Join “the Musical Genius” as he welcomes you into a sonic world that is refreshing and unpredictable, yet entirely relatable and thought-provoking.
Watch the official video for “A Couple Thousand” here: