Ballistic Sounds enjoyed getting to know #MapsoMade artist, Thor, of Neighborhoodstock at the label's backyard concert. Our interview with the up and coming rapper made us especially excited to hear his newest release, Audi Baby. Thor and Neighborhoodstock producer NBHD Nate collaborate to make an ear-grabbing track that pushes the boundaries of rap music.
Thor narrates his escapades in a slow, low voice in the chorus. His pace soon quickens, demonstrating the versatility of his flow. After delivering several crisp bars, Thor draws out his words introducing an interesting shift. The beat slows along with Thor’s monotonous, hypnotic voice. The unpredictable beat and Thor’s distorted vocals give the song tweaky vibes that will make the listener want to play it back.
Care to get to know the artist more? Check out his interview from Neighborhoodstock’s concert, and stay tuned for a longer interview with the rapper.
Checkout the track on SoundCloud:
Review Written By: Shayla Harris
MAPSO native, Austin White also known as 8th Wonder is making waves in the rap game with one of his most popular songs “Sound the Alarm”.
8th Wonder’s flow is charmingly elementary; his words hit the beat precisely, making his delivery clear and clean cut. His lyricism is filled with witty and sharp jabs at his opponents along with an explicit rhyme scheme that will impress anyone listening.
There is no doubt that 8th Wonder has raw talent. His flow and rhyme scheme will leave listeners eager for his hopeful future in the rap game. We are excited to hear more from him and follow his growth as he lives up to his name, and becomes the “8th Wonder” of the World.
Check out “Sound the Alarm” and some of 8th Wonder’s other tracks on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/eighthwondermusic/sound-the-alarm
Review Written By: Funmi Onadipe
BallisticSounds got an exclusive listen to R&B artist Denzel Wilson’s new song “Each Other” that drops at seven o'clock tonight on soundcloud. “Each Other” represents the common insecurity in relationships that make jealousy a relatable topic when it comes to romance. This track capitalizes on persuasion. Wilson’s alluring voice and tempo tell a tale of assurance to his significant other. His flow changes frequently, representing how versatile he is when it comes to expressing his feelings. When Wilson’s flow speeds up, it sounds more like a conversation that spirals into an argument of uncertainty. When his flow gets slower in the chorus, he pleads his case by vocalizing that he’s in love with one person and no one else. This track is a message of comfort more than anything. Wilson communicates how to work on problems of envy by using respect and passion to articulate that he is yearning for his girl. “Each Other” is a sexy song that addresses deep issues of love. Even though the subject is serious, the beat and melody produce a fun and playful vibe, making it a great song for summer. Don’t forget to check out the track tonight!
Review Written By: Zoe Hines
Funk has been reincarnated in the hip-hop duo MindBodynFunk. New Jersey natives Nick “HueGo” Burgess and David “Drok” Grant, bring their listeners back to a time where funk was the premise of hip-hop. Their new project, Musical Selections that dropped this April, is comprised of songs that remind us of summertime, raging hormones, good friends, and good vibes.
Starting out as members of a rap group in high school called MOA, Drok and HueGo along with a couple of friends became pretty popular in their hometowns of Maplewood-South Orange and West Orange, New Jersey. These two came together again after the group disbanded to share their love for the old school.
MindBodynFunk make it a point to show their listeners where the sounds and beats of mainstream music came from. The “Intro” asks, “What kind of music do I like?” Different genres of music are then listed by a sultry female voice. She mentions genres like rock, blues, jazz, funk, hip-hop, alternative, soft rock along with many others. She then lists legendary artists like Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Simple Plan and Ray Charles. This introduction gives a taste of the different musical inspirations and sounds that this project is compiled of, reminding the listener that hip hop music is a melting pot of variant genres that ultimately make one new sound.
Throughout Musical Selections, sounds of old school 80s and 90s hip-hop hailing from both the east and west coast are heard, particularly in “More Funk Than You Do” and “Homies”. They also sample Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love” in “Can Hold the Torch” and Al B. Sure!’s “Night and Day” in “Let Me See”, bringing old school and new age together. The result is tracks that have the sounds of the 80s, but content and themes that millennials relate to. Musical Selections contains songs about getting girls, budding romances, partying, and being “that guy”. The incorporation of popular lingo from north New Jersey and New York, (F*ck Wit the Kid), adds to the “forever-young summertime fun” aura of the project, giving it an extra playfulness. Listeners will find themselves delightfully amused by Drok’s parody of Ezail the Crackhead from the movie Friday in the middle of “More Funk Than You Do” and HueGo’s cheeky spiel in the beginning of “F*ck Wit the Kid”.
Drok and HueGo successfully create a cohesive sound and vibe that people of all ages can jam to. Listeners can hear the timeless “no music” beat throughout Musical Selections that in turn, makes this project likeable to anyone who is true to the basics of hip-hop and thoroughly appreciates the flow of the old school. This music definitely speaks to any old soul and can open the mind and musical intelligence of the new soul.
Checkout their music here!
Review Written By: Funmi Onadipe