Carolina’s Byron Juane Drops “Nice Guy” Single

North Carolina’s Byron Juane is the next breakout artist in today’s R&B. Equipped with all the essentials to claim the top spot, the 23-year-old prepares his takeover with an upcoming new album currently lead by the release of it’s new single, titled, “Nice Guy.”

Honest, transparent, and authentic aren’t words typically used to describe a recording artist these days, but on the new song, Juane is getting us in the mood for cuffin’ season. He clarifies, “Nice Guy is the anthem for the person that love overlooks. I want people that listen to this not only relate but also to understand it won’t always be this way.”

“Nice Guy” follows Juane previous effort, “Afraid.” To-date, Juane’s new music as help him generate over 177k monthly listeners on Spotify. “Nice Guy” is available on all DSPs via Reflection Music Group/EMPIRE.

Chima – “Break Nights” EP

Building a steady stream of genre-bending singles since 2018, rising Oakland, CA based rapper Chima releases his new critically-acclaimed 4-track EP titled “Break Nights“.  Its an exploration of complex emotions felt after multiple heart breaks from past relationships.  Follow him on Instagram @chimadior.

Armani Caesar – “The Liz” (EP Review)

Armani Caesar is a 31 year old rapper from Buffalo, New York with a couple of mixtapes under her belt already. She just signed with Griselda Records at the beginning of 2020 after being featured on Westside Gunn’s FLYGOD is an Awesome God II, Armani is now making her debut on the label with a brand new EP.

After the “Sissy Intro”, the first song “Countdown” takes aim at those who think they can double-cross her over a boom bap beat from JR Swiftz with an old timey piano sample whereas the track right after “Macs 10s for Everybody” looks back on when she used to struggle over a sumptuous instrumental. The titular song shows off some clever wordplay over a lush beat while the track “Gucci Casket” with Conway the Machine sees the 2 rightfully proclaiming themselves as bosses over a boom bap beat with some twinkling keyboard arpeggios.

The song “Drillarama” with Benny the Butcher finds them flexing over a vibrant trap beat from the 808 Mafia, but then they hook back up on the track right after “Simply Done” to give the listener some facts over some nostalgic DJ Premier production. The song “Yum Yum” gets raunchy over a rubbery beat while the track “Palm Angels” talks about how her new man makes her ex look like shit over a sensual instrumental from Animoss. The song “Ginger Rothstein” charmingly brags over a glamorous instrumental & then the EP finishes off with a short freestyle on top of the instrumental to one of my personal favorite songs of all-time: “Searching” by Roy Ayers.

I was curious to hear what Griselda would do bringing a female spitter on the roster & Armani manages to hold it on her own pretty well. In contrast to her previous efforts, the sound on here is a lot more boom bappy as to be expected from the camp & her lyricism has improved as well. She can only go up from here if you ask me.

Score: 7/10

Lex the Hex Master – “Episode 2: Haunted Mansion” (EP Review)

This is the 3rd EP from Queensbridge emcee Lex the Hex Master, an artist who I’ve been keeping up with since late 2015 when he became one of the first artists to sign with Majik Ninja Entertainment. His latest EP Party Castle that dropped just a few months ago was the 1st in a 4-part series & even though it was more trap-flavored than anything he’s done before, it was a great way to kick the series off. But as fall approaches, Lex is already delivering the 2nd installment.

After the 9-second intro, the title track sets the tone for whole project as Lex talks about getting lit over a C.G. instrumental sampling Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” whereas the next song “Be Gone” takes aim at those who’re hating on MNE over a trap beat from Poetics with some melancholic piano-chords. “The Life” sees Lex showboating over an energetic beat while the track “Take It Off” is a wild strip club anthem that goes over very well.

The song “S.A.L. (Sorry Ass Loser)” to me seems like a darker, modern version of 7L & Esoteric’s “Herb” while the penultimate track “Insane” with Blaze Ya Dead Homie & Boondox finds the trio talking about staying that way until the very end over an instrumental that has somewhat of a crunk feel to it. The EP finishes with “Bruja”, where Lex talks about a witch over a tribal beat from Charlie Beans.

This whole ongoing EP series are quickly becoming some of my favorite projects that Lex has ever put out point blank period & I’ll even say this is Party Castle on steroids. The club bangers on here in comparison to it’s predecessor are more refined from the hooks, production choices, lyricism & performances. At this rate, the next 2 installments are bound to be even better.

Score: 8/10

LightskinKeisha Taps Blac Youngsta For “B.R.A.T.”

Off her new Clones project. Popular recording artist LightskinKeisha deals with a cheating ex the best way she knows how in the new video, “B.R.A.T.,” by burning up all his clothes. During the BBQ, the furious Keisha drops a couple of vengeful verses about the big mistake he just made and her upgrade in both standards and lifestyle. Blac Youngsta joins the destruction with a hilariously charismatic verse of his own. Feel Keisha’s wraith now, directed by Sara Lacombe.

Along with “B.R.A.T.,” LightskinKeisha’s Clones includes breakout songs, “Queen Kong,” “Flood My Wrist” and “Trouble.” The new album is Big Bank Beisha’s best work yet.

Clones is available on all DSPs via own imprint.

Spy MC – “Patience” (Album Review)

Spy MC is a rising rapper from San Antonio, Texas. After years of work and dedication, he has released his debut project, “Patience” on all streaming services. With a path set for success, will Spy MC be able to put his name on the map?

Showing San Antonio has something to say, Spy MC displays his ability to turn up on the microphone. From the opening tracks “Lucid”, “Hurricane Jose” and “Been Spittin”, it is clear that Spy MC is a stylistic mixed bag. From making hyped up trap bangers to his lyrically driven story songs, Spy thrives from being multifaceted. Despite my praise, I think this can also work as a weakness at times, as seen on “Killin It” which sounds like a blatant rip off a JID song. Emotional pain and torture is a theme emphasized throughout the record. Cuts like “Matter” and “Transitions” show this at its pinnacle. “Finally” was a definite standout as Spy’s intoxicating vocals and conscious lyrics hypnotize the listener. Closing things out, “PATIENCE” ties everything together as we exit the trip out of Spy MC’s deluded mind. With a blend of styles, things stay interesting, and Spy MC is able to leave a mark on the listener.

Sonically, “Patience” has a great soundtrack to accompany Spy MC’s vocals. From the chilling “Lucid” to the hard-hitting “Stella”, there is something for every hip hop fan here. “Finally” was a definite standout as its intoxicating samples make you feel like your inside of a dream. “Killin It” was another one of my favorite instrumentals as it’s adventurous and daring. Overall, the craftsmanship and quality of each instrumental here makes Spy MC’s debut one of a kind.

In conclusion, “Patience” is a promising start to a very promising artist’s career. From his solid lyrical ability to his abrasive flow, Spy MC is super versatile and engaging with his audience. If you’re like me and want to see what this talented up and comer does next, be sure to follow @sanantonio_banderas on Instagram!

Rating: 8/10

Highlights: Versatility, Subject Matter, Production

Duece Uno Drops ‘Era Of Duece’ LP

Florida has been a melting pot for new music and artists over the past 5 years. With that being said, Duece Uno is a new artist to check out that is currently making some noise out of the sunshine state. Delivering a new project titled, Era Of Duece, the artist provides a versatile offering that perfectly showcases his sound and abilities.

Life hasn’t been easy for Duece as he compares life to a “Roller coaster ride”, yet the young artist looks to depict his stories through his music and bring more light to Florida and Broward County.

With standout singles like “Lost Love” and “Kash Doll”, Duece Uno provides a 13 track project that is sure to gain your interest. With more new music on the way and a possible project, we suggest being on the lookout for Duece Uno as he continues to grow and make a name.

Stream it now.