Moody Monday Presents "Kids See Ghosts"

Kanye West and Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi and Kanye West

While “Ye” brings us a confident, boastful Kanye, honestly owning his recent statements, missteps, transitions, and insecurities, “Kids See Ghosts” provides a different perspective on some of the demons he seems to have made peace with. Although both albums address issues of deep importance to Mr. West, the two albums present topics in different lights.  While “Ye” is filled with soothing, upbeat beats and beautifully blended vocals from well-chosen features, “Kids See Ghosts” is a rougher display containing darker melodies and thoughts.

Much of this vibe is owed to Kid Cudi, who like Kanye, is no stranger to discussing personal issues on a world stage. Having both battled mental illness and drug addiction, Cudi and Kanye take turns telling their stories and responding to criticism over somber and aggressive beats, indicating the low points and anger both have experienced. 

The album opens with a tribal Kanye chanting over jungle drums on “Feel the Love.” Although the two have had their troubles, they are still able to feel love around them. The song sets the stage for the rest of the album, which begins to feel like a therapy battle session for the artists from which they emerge in control once again. 

Similar drums can be heard on “Fire” and “Freeee”, the part two to “Ghost Town”. Both songs address failures they have been scrutinized for, although the two now seem unbothered, free, and actually “love all that shit talking”. 

On “Reborn” Ye and Cudi discuss how they have overcome their battles with mental illness and drug addiction. 

The self-reflective eerie vibes continue on “Kids See Ghosts”, as Kanye addresses the results of fame and media attention. 

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Kanye and Cudi close the album with a focused look at the cyclical results of gang mentality in environments where “doing crime the requirement”. Ye highlights the wide destruction that the mentality has on a community while Cudi provides deep vocals and humming that he is famous for.

Although the album is based on some of the darker moments for Cudi and Kanye, in the end, both artists indicate that they are “reborn”, back in control, “free”, and “moving forward”.

Fetty Wap drops, "Love The Way"

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Fetty Wap is on his way to releasing the much anticipated, 'Bruce Wayne' Album. To prep us for what is to come he released "Love the Way" which features his fans singing along and demonstrating the love hey give to their significant other. 

As Fetty Wap wraps up his "For my fans" tour, we foresee more Music and greatness coming from the Harlem bred musician. We can't wait! 

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Moody Monday: on the rise with Jessie Reyez

 Photography by Christopher Pierantony (@s0_krisp

Photography by Christopher Pierantony (@s0_krisp

 "Violent, soul. Tarantino." Are the three words Jessie Reyes uses when describing her aesthetic. As you Listen to, "Kiddo," Reyez's EP released last year, you feel the anger and angst in her voice. 

The EP starts with "F**k It" which is a song with back and forth dialogue with a lover, which she so well captured by changing the sound of her voice as if there was a real conversation taking place. The simple production has serious focus on the diversity of range in Jessie Reyes's voice.

The song then leads into "Shutter Island" which takes you to the rabbit hole of emotions as a reaction to relationship turmoil. But, leave it to Reyez to really give you an uplifting message after all the angst. "Blue Ribbon" ft. Tim Suby, gives us a dance beat on her "I know who I am" anthem. She tells those with "poison...[to] keep that shit the fuck over there, please" while she focuses on family, and day ones on her team. Which goes into her softer tone in "figures" which was her breakout single, that you can listen to below.

To give the album a nice close she ends with more personality on "Gatekeeper". It encompasses the struggle and reality of oppression that the music industry has on females. It is a disturbing unspoken truth, but so relevant to share on her musical journey - specially on her EP perfectly titled, "Kiddo". Which ends with a recording of her parents wishing her a great birthday.

To kindly close the album, Jessie Reyez ends with my favorite uplifting song, "Great One" that shares the importance of community through family and team. You can hear the gratitude in her voice, as well as hard work and perseverance as she aims for "everything". 

Listen to the Album below, and embrace her powerful voice. Also make sure to listen to Body Count, a new single released this weekend! Tell us what you think in a comment below.

 

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photography by, Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Moody Monday: presenting a series of Stories

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Estefania E Ochoa
Estefania E Ochoa
Estefania Ochoa
Estefania Ochoa

In honor of Aviici's passing I am going to share with you my story and how his music changed my life forever. One song, to be exact, triggered a beautiful journey which we now know as SOYYO Magazine. 

A couple years ago, it was 2013 - I had just graduated college and I was not willing to be in the confines of my hometown. I was tired of the same things, people, and ideas. I was was half assing school, partying way too much, and trying to find the meaning of my journey. My parents had moved to a different country and I had no direction. How was I going to survive the rest of my life?

My life consisted of classes all morning and  jobs all evening with the occasional need to go to track practice or ballet class. Music was and has always been my escape. I remember my first Walkman and how I would go on jogs to the beach and take the air around me in to expand my lungs with mother nature's breeze which would give me energy to continue the day forth. Oh and did I mention my way too much partying and waking up hungover to have to go to class or work. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Those jogs helped. I can't begin to tell you how long my adult year was in California. The stories are now some for the memory vault because the ones that matter are the ones we have yet to tell. 

At the age of 19 I knew there was more to formula of living than going to school getting a job and buying into the "white picket fence" life. Watching my parents grind made me want to do more so they had to do less. So I knew Santa Barbara was not the place. After visiting my dear friend Bonnie in New York, I was in awe to know there was a city out there with limitless possibilities at every corner. And my headphones were bumping Avicii's feel good dance music as I enjoyed the glamour of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. On my way back home, I was dreaming of doing it all over again.

I was back in California, and I was homesick, but I was home. So I went back to my routine of school, work, and partying. That summer of 2013, "Wake me up" was on the top charts and playing at every night club. (Yes I was going to nightclubs at 19). The lyrics "So wake me up when its all over / when I'm wiser and I'm older" hit me hard because "I didn't know I was lost" and yet I felt so whole outside of the city that raised me. So New York it was, only a couple months later I was back at the airport with all my belongings.  And the beginning of becoming SOYYO began. I would force my friend Bonnie (who let me live with her for the time being) to go to coffee shops with me and create the master plan of our lives.  My first plan was to start a clothing line, then a female empowerment blog, to event production company but none of them yelled WORLD CHANGE or INCLUSIVENESS. So, after failed attempt after failed attempts I looked around one day after a successful event that I had produced and realized, maybe it wasn't all shit. That's when I came to the conclusion that I just needed to really hone down the specifics and utilize the strength of my network to pursue a creative career. And that is when out of frustration and great motivation all together, I reached out to everyone I knew and asked them to join forces for a sustainable future through creativity, and that is how Soyyo Magazine began, in October of 2017.

To this day Avicii's music moves and motivates me to keep striving for more and dancing through life. In his loving memory I leave you with a little piece of mine. Thanks for reading. Listen to stories below:

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Moody Monday: This is serious, Cardi B is at it again!

 Photo by: Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Photo by: Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Cardi B hits us with a banger this weekend and it's an "Invasion of Privacy" full of hot collaborations and raw rhymes to make you want to play the album on repeat. People all over are praising Cardi B's debut Album, for she just proved to everyone she is here to stay on the top of the billboards. 

Cardi begins her album with a hard hit knowns as, "Get up 10"  which reveals insight into her life while addressing her hustle unapologetically. To follow up, we are given a dose of flex with "Drip" ft Migos, "Bickenhead", and of course "Bodak Yellow"! The album is a story of self-empowerment, hustle, and growth that comes at us with an I beat all odds sort of mindset.  

She keeps it so real throughout, and brings fusions of Cardi into the mix from trap queen to latina fierce with her J. Balvin and Bad Bunny hit, "I Like It". The loudmouth is taking over music with exactly what trap music needed, a reigning Femme Fatale.  

This album reads like a book and takes you through the highs and lows of coming into the spotlight gaining a lavish lifestyle while still dealing with the backlash of criticism. 

Yet she reminds the haters that “My little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh?” with my personal favorite track, "I Do" ft SZA to wrap up the album. Enjoy the track here. Let us know what you think in a comment below. 

 

 

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MOODY MONDAY: "Frozen" by Joyner Lucas

Joyner’s fresh approach is quickly getting accolades from the top of the music business. Yesterday creative director and musician, Joyner Lucas released a new single accompanied by a must-watch video “Frozen.”  The self directed music video shows a father's nightmare of losing his daughter and family to bad decisions on the road. 

Joyner Lucas is turning heads, since his hit “I’m Not Racist” sparked controversy throughout the music and cultural landscape.  Now with Atlantic Records, Joyner Lucas is taking his distinctively prolific approach to music to higher levels. His visuals and lyricism are bringing the noise Hip Hop needs to keep creating. 

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Moody Monday: Deep by Gyyps

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Canoga Park native, Gyyps bringing in some hotter winds making their wave all the way East. Join us as we take a "Deep" journey with Gyyps and Peter $un.

 

Tuesday Ten: Yoo Q "Music is Power"

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We introduce to you Yoo Q, who has been bringing hyphy mixes to audiences while on tour with Desiigner to hosting Goldie Awards with A-trak! Scratching records to bringing you the best energy on any dance floor, Yoo Q is the master of ceremony to any get down. Learn more about him here and subscribe to our page to hear more about his upcoming feature on SOYYO Magazine SS '18!

SOYYO: Soyyo means I am me, how do you complete the phrase "I am..."

Yoo Q:  “I am life”. I bring the energy, the vibe, the vision and the love everywhere I go. Whether it’s being the life of the party or the motivation to others, I am who I am.

S:  You've had many exciting appearances since your last interview with SOYYO, how has that helped you grow in your journey?

YQ:  It’s humbling. Still showing that there is more growth to be done and a lot more fun and exciting opportunities out there that can be grasped. It just makes me work even harder to brag a little bit, lol.

S:  What was it like working with A-trak?

YQ:  Ohhh man. So surreal. Like I’m a kid from Harlem that looked up to A-Trak for years and going to his Fool's Gold events to then having him ask me to spin at one and to spin at his Goldie Awards show. It really was like “is this really happening?” “Am I dreaming?”. He’s such a cool individual, very professional and it again was very humbling as well. Fun fact I wore a leather coat on purpose just because I assumed he’d have one on at the Goldie’s.

S:  You have a very interesting story, from your upbringing in Long Island, to Harlem and losing your mom. None of these are easy but you manage to stay positive and radiate light to those around you. How do you find the strength to keep excelling? 

YQ:  I pray every day. I ask my mother in prayer “what can I do more?” “How else can I make you proud?” And somehow or another her answer comes up in an opportunity presented for me. It’s difficult at times. Hell, I even pray before all of my sets like there are my first and last to give me strength and confidence. I’m human I lose my cool or my motivation to keep going but then I snap out of it and look in the mirror and tell myself “no one is going to do this for you.” Everyone is different and I understand that and just push forward and try not to lose my way or even let bad energy get to me.

S:  How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

YQ:  I want them to feel what I’m feeling at the time listening to it or making it. Either happy, nostalgic, the excitement I include my feelings and energy in my music EVERY TIME I play or make music. It’s like giving them the experience with or without me being there.

S:  What are your favorite music venues in New York? Why?

YQ:  Schimanski in Brooklyn. That system and space puts me in a different zone and makes me want to give hard-hitting sounds every chance I get while I’m playing in there.

S:  Do you have a daily regime that gets your day started?

YQ:  Not really. I wake up and maybe throw the office on as background noise while checking the web to see what’s coming out and staying up to date. But I do have a DJ work out schedule I follow to work on my scratches and transitions but it changes at times with me working so much.

S:  Where do you feel most inspired to create music?

YQ:  Simple, my house. I can be watching an anime and hear a sound and take that sound and create or a video game noise that I just have to flip and make an entire track to. It’s my sanctuary.

S:  What's your definition of music?

YQ:  Music is power. Takes you places your mind and body maybe have never been, or brings you back to the moment something happened. Music is life.

S:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

YQ:  I see myself 20 pounds heavier showing my kid (if I have one lol) how a turntable works so I can retire and have them take care of me while I get old lol. But I seriously never want to stop with music so I’ll be doing something with it by then.

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Moody Monday: Amalia Watty

Amalia Watty

It was a late night and I wasn't feeling the greatest so I went to SoundCloud to find something that would lift my spirits. It was after a deep hole of searching for New York musicians and feel-good tunes that I stumbled upon Amalia Watty's "Cry Sometimes". 

To my surprise, a beautiful Carribean soul started singing the exact words I needed to hear. Her voice was uplifting with positive versus taking you on a journey to watch the colorful sunset on the sorrows of yesterday while making your way through a field of sunflowers guiding you through the road ahead. 

Amalia Watty's voice so strongly captivates the listener and has been described as "one of those voices you don't forget". Watty's classy, cool and collected spirit makes you want to dance alongside her as she sings and roams through New York City. Her voice, similar to Corrine Bailey Rae with a sprinkle of Amy Winehouse, soulful and powerful, reaches the deepest parts of the listener through her magnified vocals made to touch your heart. 

Listen to her song and watch the music video here: 

SHAGGY IS BACK WITH A NEW SINGLE LISTEN UP!

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 "Why" comes shortly after Shaggy released his brassy reggae record with Sting, "Don't Make Me Wait." The surprise duo are gearing up to release their collaborative album, 44/876 via A&M/Interscope Records. After a string of performances and appearances on the 60th Anniversary Grammy Awards and Good Morning America, the two Grammy winners will embark on a European tour this summer.

BIG K.R.I.T. RELEASES VIDEO TO BREAKOUT SINGLE “1999” FEATURING LLOYD

In recent news, Big K.R.I.T. has announced his highly anticipated “Heavy Is The Crown” 2018 national tour offering support from Cyhi The Prince, Ty Dolla $ign and more. “Heavy Is The Crown Tour” will be hitting cities across the country - kicking off in St. Louis, LA on March 16 and will span until the end of April with tickets on sale now on www.bigkrit.com

Tuesday Ten with Mr. Monk

Monk came into our radar earlier this year, when a fellow friend showed us a music video called "No Breaking Us" which is a portrayal of black empowerment and, at the time, political change. Monk's music is conscious with a sprinkle of politics, therefore we love bringing light to his music because he is one of few artist, today, incorporating activism into his musical poetry.

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We had the opportunity to interview Monk andak about his career in music, this is what he had to say: 

SOYYO:  Soyyo means I am me, can you tell us who you are by completing the sentence “ I Am….”

Monk:  I am love.

S:  What influenced you to begin making music?

M:  I grew up listening to gospel music and the message in the songs encouraged me to want to make thought provoking music

S: How old were you when you were immersed in the music industry?

M:  I was 19 I believe when I decided to immerse myself in the music industry. 

S:  How did you get to recording and releasing your first song?

M:  A friend of mine, by the name of Leighton, introduced me to an amazing producer name Chris Belmont of Jahrockn productions. He heard my potential, and gave me some beats to work on so I started writing songs to them. Afterwards he put me in the booth and I started recording.

S:  How did it feel, and how did people respond?

M:  Recordjng a record for the first time made me feel like I could take this craft seriously. I honestly felt like a star. I was feeling myself.

S: Tell me about one of the most impactful moments in your career.

M:  The most impactful moment in my career was walking away from music for a few years, because it gave me the time I needed to reflect and learn from previous mistakes

S: What has been the proudest moment of your musical career thus far?

M:  The proudest moment of my career was between earning a check and making my first music video.

S:  How do you get into your flow?

M:  My flow is inspired by artist I respect like Yasiin Bey, Kendrick, Cole, Royce, The Roots, I can go on and on. It's also developed through emotion. Music makes you reflect on real experiences and based on how the beat is made , that determines your delivery.

S:  If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be?

M:  I know it's a typical New York artist answer but I want to perform at the garden .

S:  Name a musical influence dead or alive that you would like to make a song with. 

M:  I would love to do a record with Lauren hill . She still one of the goats .

and there you have it folks, a look into Monk's soul. To learn more about his music, check out this video below and stay tuned for upcoming releases being featured here!

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"Winters In Brooklyn" with Felly

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It has been a cold winter for sure, and your boy Felly has dropped "Winters in Brooklyn" to show you exactly what it's like to embrace the "dark and eerie" season. With a snowstorm among us, this album is a perfect listen to take you on a wavy ride to get through it. Felly's flow is feel-good yet real, with subliminal messages tapping into his childhood struggles and growth as he continues to excel in his career.

Felly has been making waves for a couple years now, and at the young age of 22, this is only beginning of his reign in music. The self-produced album is living proof that Felly has a successful road ahead. The unsigned rapper is no amateur to the hip-hop scene - you can be a witness to it at SXSW this weekend. For now, check out the album below, and check out his newly released clothing line, Beach Trash.  

 

 

RSVP to the SXSW show here for the show coming up March 17! 

 

Wellness Wednesday

Our wellness is under "Pressure"

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Imagine a night at a house party with the likes of private rooms where you can partake in a rendezvous of your choosing, with your favorite designer drug to indulge in. What would you do? Who will you be with? Where will it take you?

Monk and Ziina bring to you that "Pressure", with visuals, by Eleven SixtySix, and it will make you feel the high. With a blurry depiction of what seems to be Monk and Ziina taking a pill, as her voice seductively sings to Monk to "get high". Monk jumps in with a powerful verse stating the truths behind the peer pressures of "getting high just to feel good". 

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The duos story line is well showcased through the flashy transitions that make you feel like you're under an influence. Ziina plays the part of "party girl" who provocatively influences the "cool" of taking drugs. Meanwhile, Monk's character goes through a series of events that display his party character, the effects of being under influence, and his final phase of rejecting the lifestyle of "gettin high just to be cool" all together.  

As a new memeber of sober life, I am touched by the raw story telling through monk's powerful lyricism while the displays of characters that transform from high to sober. Take a moment to watch the video and tell us what you think by commenting below.  

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Tuesday Ten

Ten Questions with Maddz

SOYYO Magazine is proud to present Tuesday Ten, where we promote creatives on their journey to reaching their goals to creative success. Today we welcome Maddz, artist, who is beginning a career in soulful musical creations. Check out what she had to say!

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SOYYO means, I am me, how would you complete the phrase "I am..."

I am Maddy. And what that means is that I am a Quirky, crazy, whimsical, awkward, anime-loving, Japanese studying, creative, nerdy, brilliant, musical, ADHD-ridden, curly-headed, thick, beautiful human being of Mother Earth who exists with a purpose to produce and create.

 

When did you begin making music?

I remember I wrote my very first song at 15, and I sang it to my partner at the time and she said it made no sense, so I quit until I started producing my own music at 17 or 18 on garage band. Then I discovered Logic Pro and it changed my life. I produced my own beats and started writing to them. It stuck ever since.


Who do you aspire to be like when you grow up?

I aspire to be like my parents, when I grow up. My mother is so strong, beautiful, hard-working, and incredibly intelligent. My father is a low-key genius, an amazing chef, and super loving. They've accepted, supported, and believed in my dreams since I was a child and do everything they can to support me. In terms of music, I aspire to be like the “next” Nina Simone or Amy Winehouse or Tyler the Creator. They influence my creativity and sound, heavily. But ultimately, I aspire to be the first and only Maddy, I suppose I would like to reach their level of success.


How do you get into your musical flow?                                       

I listen to a lot of music before I start to get into my flow. I listen to songs that challenge my vocals, songs I can sing out loud and experiment with. I listen to NAO, Amy Winehouse, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kali Uchis, The Internet, Nina Simone, Earth, Wind, & Fire and they all have such funky, groovy, melodic styles that allow me to tap into this creative energy.


Are there certain individuals that inspire your musical creation, if so who?                                                                

TYLER THE CREATOR! All day, everyday, Tyler. He is a GENIUS. He inspires my overall musical creation. I’ve watched his interviews over and over to remind myself to do what I love and not worry about other people’s opinions. That’s what he stands for. I love his style and his sound.

Another artist that inspires my musical creation is FREAKQUENCEE! She is a genius and a legend, without a doubt. I remember the first time I saw her perform I’ve never seen and felt so much passion in a performance. Every time she speaks she turns heads, her lyrics make me think and make my soul speak. She speaks the truth, she lives in her truth, she’s real, she’s strong, her being is beautiful. She has taught me so much about me as an artist and has been the biggest help in developing my sound, my creativity, and my artistry.


Who do you feel like you owe the most to in your musical career?

I come from a family of artistic, creative, beautiful individuals, I owe it to them. My mom was a dancer and I think she sang a little bit too. Two of my aunts are artists, my grandfather, on my mom’s side, was a trombone player, my cousin is a model and DJ, so I feel like I fit in nicely. My family also has great musical taste so they always played all kinds of genres when I was growing up, anything from Grateful Dead to Ray Charles, to Aretha, to Grace Jones, to Miles Davis, to Michael Jackson and James Brown, so I grew up listening to so many diverse styles of music.


What is your favorite color, and why?

My favorite color is pink. Pink is sexy and innocent. It can also be mysterious and sinister. It can be anything it wants to be.


What was a low point in your career?

I think, so far, the lowest point of my career was realizing I wasn't as good as I thought I was and feeling like I wasn’t meant for this. I grew up with very little critiquing when it came to my singing. Everyone told me I was incredible, or good, and so-on so when I met others better than me it really put me into this negative mindset of how I viewed myself as an artist and singer. I can take things super hard because this is my life, this is what I live and breathe, so when I met others better than me I started comparing myself and told myself I wasn’t good enough. It’s really a mindset thing.


When did you feel was the highest point of your career thus far?

Thus far, I want to say, I am currently in the midst of my highest point as an artist. I’ve come a long way from where I was at 17/18 years old. A lot of it had to do with my mindset and how I viewed myself. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I was putting myself out there because I didn’t think I was good enough but now more than ever I’ve gained more confidence in my music and my artistry. Im realizing my greatness and my purpose. I’m doing shows, open mics, connecting, keeping consistent, and grinding now more than ever. I’m more focused.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself married with little Maddys running around, ha-ha. I see myself being financially free, starting my own music streaming company, touring, writing, giving back to communities, and inspiring youngsters. Creating my own fashion line, having black owned vegan fast food places, farming, and thriving.

Thank you for reading! To listen to Maddy check out her music here: http://www.soundcloud.com/Bymaddz

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Understanding the anxiety behind 2er0 Pati3nce with Don Mykel

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Who’s going to maintain the quality of Hip Hop in 2018?

Don Mykel carved his mark into the New Year, releasing a seventeen minute EP titled, “2er0 Pati3ce.” Mykel’s first release since 2017’s “Infinite,” “2er0 Pati3ce” is a 5 track record anxious en route to reach the top of the charts.

Hailing from Harlem, Don Mykel has life to hype and keep you growing. Swiftly evolving artistry and Mykel’s continuing ambition to raise the bar undeniably shows a want to connect with listeners.

Follow up to soyyomag.com for exclusives on what Don Mykel has cooking.

Check out the new album here and comment below how the message affects your day.

Love and Grow are the "Things We Do"

The “Things We Do”, single is an introduction to a collaborative EP, “i am u”, between Akinyemi and ATELLER. The Tel Aviv native ATELLER produces a beat so fitting for the Akinyemi and Leuca collaboration in “The Things We Do”. The wavey introduction is kindly accompanied by the soft harmonies of New York-based, singer and rapper, Leuca that is later met with Akinyemi’s verse so eloquently in flow.

The song depicts romance and growth between lovers. Leuca seduces us with his soft singing, while Akinyemi makes us fall in love with his poetry and ensures “resurrecting healing” through the journey of love. The duo so perfectly captures the maturity of love over lust, while crafting a song that should be added to every date night playlist.

Here’s what they had to say about their latest release:

Leuca states:
“I think what I was trying to articulate was the importance of authentic growth with another person. Growing together but growing the correct way & being intentional in love. Being focused can do a lot between two people. Time can’t heal and we won’t be here forever so let’s effectively use the time we have.”


Akinyemi states:
"In my verse, I touched on how we grow with other people through memories. 'I send them back a credential that Men in Black couldn't get to', essentially means that our memories are our main essence and being. As we grow, no one can take that from us. Memories can be put in the background of our consciousness, but they won't ever be forgotten."

ATELLER states:
"yo it's a vibe, a feel-good song, you know? I feel like I'm driving down the PCH. Woooooooo"

*goes back into room and makes beats*

Listen to the full song on Spotify here. Subscribe here for more news on the upcoming EP. Let us know what you think by commenting below.

The Things We Do - Leuca & Akinyemi

 


 

Music

Wale's got that "Staying Power"

Listen to Wale's new song "Staying Power."

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Wale has always kept it low key but when he gives us a dose of his soul it definitely has that "Staying Power"! Less than a month after his last release, Wale blesses us with his newest single that calls out the industry while staying true to his craft by spitting a conscious flow. 

Wale recently went independent and has three releases in 2018, and it's not even March yet! Does this mean we can anticipate a full EP or a huge project on the way!? I hope so because we need a little bit more real in the rap game. "You rapper n*ggas ain't rapping good," and I agree that there is a majority of mainstream music that is lacking substance. I find myself constantly questioning why these clout pioneering rappers take over most streaming sites with basic music. Is our generation lacking the ability to listen?

Personally, I have been around too many people working on getting the right pictures for the socials that they tend to neglect to work on mastering their artistry. Wale says it perfectly, "how you got a landlord and a Lambo." Makes you think about how this quick rise to fame and money makes people buy these big toys but forget to invest in providing the basic necessity of a roof over their head. Regardless of the call out to those not utilizing their platform in the best way, I can definitely say Wale is not one to let the current state of events stop him!  

The "Staying Power" single is a perfect song to get you going and keep grinding.

"Paranoid so I'm drinking heavy
Hearing voices so I don't sleep heavy
Had a choice I could turn her back
I be running back for a team or something
Kick return wide receiver money "

Check out the full song here

 

Music

KOTA The Friend releases an album to play on repeat!

Music exudes emotion - so as we come back from California we want to bring you the best west to east coast feels, on this Moody Monday.

Anything.
Kota The Friend

The east coast native, Kota The Friend, released “Anything.” Just a week ago and we've been served with a vibey 10-track EP. 2018 is looking bright for the Brooklyn musician, as he lands #26 on iTunes only two days after his “Anything.” reveal! The independent artist has made strides since his first album release back in 2016, and there's no stopping him. The album features Angel Haze, Sylvan Lacue, Chris Scholar, Khary, Hello Oshay,  KAMAU, Chelsea Reject and Childish Major.

Upon first listen, I was awed by Kota’s wisdom through his feel-good lyricism. His music comes from a place of experience which made it easy to resonate with the New York rapper. Kota The Friend keeps it real with his fans by staying true to his roots, while sharing his struggles and growth through his relationships and life experience.

The album’s diversity of instruments from piano keys in “Smile”, acoustic in “Daylight” to trumpets in “January” brings back the sense of soulfulness to music. Listen to the album on all streaming sites, and let us know what you think by commenting below.