Mixtape Review: I Just Wanna Be Heard Vol.2 – Kwame Katana

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Now I’m going to be real honest here…when I first clapped my eyes on the album cover, I did a massive internal eye roll, thinking it’s just another rapper wanting some sweet booty and all the cars and gold in the world. But it was my duty, as an independent music writer, to give it a trial…

…So I pressed play and I had to shut my month. As I listen to the mixtape, I quickly realise KWAME KATANA is just a young guy who is going through some personal struggles as well as finding his way to be a successful rapper.

The lyrics of hurt, love and sheer determination, is perfectly complemented by out-of-this world bassline that make you sit up and take note (I mean REALLY take note). The 20-track production gets better with on-point samples from mainly 90s R&B class acts such as SWV, JOHNNY GILL, LAURYN HILL and JADE.

Well after listening to I Just Wanna Be Heard, I (re)learned a valuable lesson…never judge a book (or in this case a mixtape) by its cover.

Listen to I Just Wanna Be Hard Vol.2 mixtape right here.

#TheMustListens: 5th Gear, from track 7 (The World is Waiting for You)

 

 

Song of the Day: Backsliding – Scarlet Baxter

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Today’s song is Backsliding by singer/songwriter SCARLET BAXTER. The single is the first release from her upcoming EP, Stuck.

Described as ‘LAURYN HILL meets JIMI HENDRIX, the London-born soul/pop newcomer has already turn heads of the biggest names in the music industry. Her music was featured on London’s BBC Introducing with Gavin as well as supporting LESTER CLAYTON on stage.

Having worked with a string of notable producers  who worked alongside MICHAEL JACKSON, USHER and CHRIS BROWN, this songstress’  stardom is set to continue with her catchy EP. Backsliding is  a great introduction to her soulful and in-your-face vocals. …go on and have a listen.

Backsliding will be available from 18th August on Amazon.

Star Song: No Sweat “Juicy Freestyle” – Catastrophicbee

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Today’s song is No Sweat (Juicy Freestyle) by US upcoming rapper CATASTROPHICBEE.

The Norfolk State University student has been rapping for eight months, drawing inspiration from NOTORIOUS B.I.G, J.COLE, DRAKE, LAURYN HILL, EVE and MARVIN GAYE. Even though she has her influences, CATASTROPHICBEE whose real name is Brittni Stanfield – don’t want to be defined or put into any categories – oh no!

Just have a listen to No Sweat (Juicy Freestyle) – because this is an OFF-THE-WALL introduction to this hip-hop upriser’s raps – seriously CHECK-IT-OUT!

If you’re feeling this track, check out her SoundCloud page – it will be worth the trip-  and if you support this artist, CATASTROPHICBEE promises to bring you something different EVERY SINGLE TIME! This is only the beginning!