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ABRAKADABRA

Atlanta-bred beauty takes her music into her own hands: she writes, sings and even is a self-taught producer. Abra kicked off her flourishing career by covering popular southern hip hop songs on YouTube. It wasn’t long before Awful Records (Atlanta based label) brought her under their wings. The vocal goddess sound is completely different and refreshing. The sultry singer has combined her love for R&B, house and 90’s pop with an upbeat dance vibe which can be heard on her latest EP, Roses. Abra has not lost her hunger and still writes her own lyrics and creates her own beats, she still records out of her walk in closet that’s in her parents’ house. She may not have the bells and whistle of a professional studio which creates a competent polished sound, but it’s original. Abra’s music tends to favor low bass lines and distortions, which pair well with her high-pitched, slightly edgy voice. Each song deals with real life situations we all can relate to, clarifying topics about friendships and break-ups, to mistakes and lessons learned from personal experiences. Since embarking in the music scene Abra has released two mix tapes: “BLQ Velvet” in January of last year, and “Rose” five months after. Below is her latest 12-track project “ROSE” press play and get lost inside her world. And as always…

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Anderson .Paak| Malibu

“Music is not music without soul” and the 29 year old Oakland native Anderson .Paak is the definition of soul. Following his debut album Venice .Paak delivers yet another masterpiece with Malibu. The 16-track project is full of energy thanks to his funky beats, witty wordplay, and a charisma that the music industry has been lacking for a while now. You definitely can see the fruits of his labor from Dr. Dre’s Grammy nominated Compton album as he scored features from BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody, and hip-hop legend Talib Kweli to name a few. .Paak shows his versatility as an artist as well as he not only sings but displays his rapping ability. The album doesn’t just sound good though, his music has a message highlighting the real life situations and perspectives many artists of his stature seem to either conveniently forget or consciously neglect for financial gain. .Paak is gearing up for a huge 2016 with his band The FREE NATIONALS as they are set to tour Europe in February and to perform at Coachella this upcoming April. Malibu is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play.

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DOES LIFE IMITATE ART OR DOES ART IMITATE LIFE? 

There’s something special about being able to transfer your imagination and ideas to paper, especially when you have an imagination like Markus Prime, a 28 year old cartoon/portrait artist from New York. Prime’s artwork is very refreshing and unique as he draws cartoon characters we have grown up watching and adds his creative spin to them creating superhero’s and characters that defy societies norm, like illustrating black women as superhero’s, to create an image with children they normally wont see on television. Prime is challenging normality and deconstructing the standard in cartoons and comics, creating drawings for children of all colors to enjoy. Subconsciously he is planting a seed in a young mind that they to can do super human things and be heroes in their own lives. Growing up, Prime would use his drawings as a way to cope with his emotions and deal with his problems. Now he has matured into a well-known artist who’s goal is to redefine the cartoon and comic culture with diversity. With over 100k followers on Instagram Prime is starting to become well known and appreciated by the masses, using his art to change the culture and impact the youth. Prime looks at his work as a movement to raise awareness and confidence with all who come in contact with it, conveying a message within each illustration.  You can see more artwork from Prime by visiting his website at mlnnprime.com

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The Reach

Although California has been in a recent drought there has been no shortage of good music from The Golden State, which is evident on the up-and-coming artist Boogie’s 2015 mixtape The Reach. Growing up in the gang-infested culture that traps so many fellow Compton youth Boogie uses The Reach to give his perspective of the strife and struggles he’s witnessed in his lifetime. This lyrical assassin put his skills on display from the intro, having no features from any other rappers but still managing to keep the listeners engaged on every song. The thing that stands out most about the project is Boogie’s lack of fear allowing the listener into his world, whether he is speaking on his family, his environment, or getting shot and bouncing back better than ever. This thought provoking mixtape can be seen as a sign of inspiration for those who are currently where Boogie has been, showing them that it is possible to make it over your obstacles. Be expecting big things in 2016 from Boogie as he has recently signed a deal with Interscope Records.

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SehIII

Good vibes, good culture, and good people are what Sehiii brings at every event. This unique organization, stationed in Brooklyn New York, prides itself on providing a platform for artist to perform worldwide. In a world full of creators and artists it is necessary to have a place to show your work and also get inspired by other artists, the problem usually being finding a venue to do so. Sehiii is helping solve that problem with events such as open-mic nights where talented poet’s, rappers, and dancers can come showcase their skill in a positive comfortable atmosphere. They don’t stop there also offering body painting nights, fashion shows, and selling food. Decorated with art from around the world this colorful venue invites creativity and gives a certain magic that draws you in.  Sehiii also offers spaces for vendors and small business to sell their homemade products at each event as well as holding networking events. This live interaction with people creates genuine relationships and takes you back to a time when phones and social media didn’t dominate communication. Acknowledging the importance of human interaction Sehiii has laid a foundation for artist to experience real support from their peers, while creating a dope place to do it in the process. Located at 1103 Fulton Street NY, 11238 Sehiii is welcomed to the public and encourages all to come support the culture.

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