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Mateo Akhi releases new album, to play SOB's on 2/22

With artists like Chance the Rapper serving as living manifestations of Kanye West's legacy, it's hard not to evaluate contemporary rappers according to how to relate to and differ from West in terms of music, persona or both. A rapper that invites this kind of comparison is Mateo Akhi. The Jersey City rapper's most recent LP, veyebes, features a potent mix of rootsy hip hop reminiscent of West's earlier stuff and the distorted edgeof his later works. The key difference, however, lies in the vocals. While West is mostly known for his rapping, Akhi raps and sings all throughout the album, quite literally, finding his own voice. Tracks like 'poplar trees' show Akhi at his best, with the stormy instrumental perfectly matching his intense vocals. You can catch him live at SOB's on 2/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Weber

Hip Hop

Date: 
04/11/2017
Time: 
8:00
Band name: 
Princess Nokia
Band fb profile: 
https://www.facebook.com/Princess-Nokia-262313607311498/
Venue name: 
Brooklyn Bazaar
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Buzz Alert: Maxine Ashley drops "Paranoid," an EP of sultry soul

With soulful vocals and mezmorizing instrumentals, Bronx-based Maxine Ashley, serves up a slice of 90's R&B heaven. Her latest EP, Paranoid, is five-tracks worth of warm, sultry tunes with some serious old-school vibes, but Ashley delivers confidence and swagger that are all her own. Keep your eyes on this girl, because we'd hedge are bets that she's going places. Stream the title track from the new EP below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

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79.5 drop new single, "Boy Don't Be Afraid" and play The Bowery Ballroom 3/31

NYC's buzzworthy soul ensemble, 79.5channels a legendary girl-group energy in their new single "Boy Don't Be Afraid". The second single off of their upcoming album Predictions, the group combines impeccable vocal harmonies, subtly smooth grooves, and their unique modern flavor, to create a sound that embodies the musical culture of New York City.  They'll be playing live 3/31 at the Bowery Ballroom alongside Chicano Batman, and The Shacks, but in the meantime, stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

 

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FRTNK releases new video for "Let Go"

FRTNK (pronounced Fourteen K) released a new music video for their single, “Let Go”. This up and coming alternative hip-hop group, made up of Benjamin Aragbaye, Bryan Ramos and Barin Butler, collaborated with director Aaron George to help create this cinematically pleasing video. FRTNK, artistic and free spirited, wanted their video to be interpreted by their audience. In the majority of the video, the lead character keeps a sack over his face, leading me to believe that the bag is symbolic. With “Let Go” as the title, and with the flow of the video, people might suspect it is about letting go of a loved one, but here I think it is about letting go of what holds you back. Him taking the bag off at the end means that he is ready to, literally and figuratively, let go of what has been holding him back. You can now experience the art of “Let Go” by viewing the video below. - Kayla Hay

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