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A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

Frontline – [Abryon]

Abryon is a melodic rapper from the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina that has the potential to blow. His single “Frontline” is a song I’ve been going back to for over a month now and I can’t get over how passionate Abryon’s voice is. The reason people like Rod Wave, Lil Durk, and Youngboy Never Broke Again are so popular is because they actually have content that people can gravitate to. During a brief Q&A with Abryon on his, Instagram live he voiced to me that his writing process is either really lives the things that he’s talking about or it’s stories from what goes on from people around him. What’s also impressive about his sound is that he has a firm grasp on melodies and songwriting, and is able to mix in a street element along with soulful ballads. Stream Abryon’s street heartfelt record “Frontline” below.

A Conversation w/ J.I the Prince of NY: Returning to Music After Quitting, Current Brooklyn Scene, “Painless 2” w/ Lil Durk & Nav and more.

“I really view myself higher than a prince to be honest. Sometimes I view myself as a king or a God when it comes to my music. I just know that I have more work to do to really get to that point and work harder towards the goals that I have.” -J.I the Prince of N.Y It’s safe to say that if you are a fan of hip hop, or even music in general, that you may have had those childhood dreams of becoming a superstar one day. You may be in your room rehearsing rap songs, or having daydreams of you performing on stage in front of a sea of fans reciting every lyric you spit. For some of us, those thoughts may not make it past that, but for others, that dream had the potential to turn into a reality. Being a young teen and dreaming of being famous and on TV is something that not many rappers can say that they have had the experience of living through. For the 18 year old Brooklyn-native J.I the Prince of N.Y, he turned that dream into a reality when he first appeared on Jermaine Durpi’s The Rap Game at …

Don’t Look at Me – [POORSTACY]

Internet Money standout POORSTACY has only recently been introduced to me over the past couple of months, but he has rapidly grown into one of my favorite artists not only on the IM roster but in the entire music industry. He’s so versatile with his music, sometimes opting to go with a more Hip-Hop vibe while other times strictly going completely Punk Rock and not even giving it a second thought. I think he and his fellow IM counterpart Iann Dior have similar aesthetics, but Iann seems to include slightly more Pop-like elements that I thoroughly enjoy, while STACY sticks to a more hard-nosed, ruthless style most of the time. When STACY dropped his highly anticipated debut album The Breakfast Club just a couple of weeks ago, I was blown away. I was expecting a lot, of course, but it just took my expectations to a whole new level. Then, out of nowhere, a couple of days later he dropped a couple of new songs for a deluxe version, one of them being “Don’t Look at Me”.  This song shows off exactly what I mean as far as his Rock influences are concerned, but also leaves some room for him …

Closer to You – [Ruti]

If you haven’t heard of Ruti, an English based singer & songwriter, allow me to introduce you! Full name Ruti Olajugbagbe, she impressively won the seventh series of The Voice UK, deservedly increasing her following ever since. Ruti is just one of the accomplished artists that is a part of “DSTNCT SPACE,” an independent, London based Music PR company. “Dreams,” the cover single that she performed (in 2018) for her audition, reached #1 on the UK ITunes store, along with a #14 debut placement on the UK singles chart. Now 2020, arriving a year after the release of her (2019) chart topping, phenomenal debut EP ‘Racing Cars’, Ruti returns with an addictive, vibrant record titled “Closer to You.” The track’s subject matter is reflectively intimate, with a neo-soul twist for perfection. The song is produced by ‘producer to the stars’ and pianist Wayne Wilkins, most notably known for his collaboration(s) with Beyoncé.  A self-described “seasonal individual,” Ruti’s laid-back summer-infused jam exudes confidence, offering a rich soundscape for her leftfield melodies and soothing soprano. Excitingly, the single is the first of a four track EP to be released later this year, enabling Ruti’s name to sit comfortably among fellow talented artists Celeste, Pip Millett, …

The Hijinx Tape – [Germ]

Germ has always been one of the most underrated but abundantly talented artists in the entire industry, in my own opinion of course. His constantly heightening energetic deliveries add so much vitality to every track he’s a part of, and the speaker knocking production he normally uses brings his music to new levels with every additional release he drops. It made sense when he signed to G59 because he was already closely working with many of the artists on the label, but he has managed to distance himself and create his own path apart from the original style that his labelmates have established. While he fits in perfectly on songs with $uicideboy$, Shakewell, and Ramirez, he always provides a distinct sound that elevates every track he plays a part in. Although Germ doesn’t have a massive number of cohesive projects out at this point, it makes his organized efforts that much more of a spectacle when he does actually drop some sort of mixtape or EP. I was a massive fan of Germ Has a Deathwish as many other music listeners were, and I couldn’t wait to dive into his latest mixtape The Hijinx Tape as soon as it was …

Demo Tape 1 – [Mike Angel]

I could write paragraphs upon paragraphs about how much I enjoy nineteen-year-old Alabama native Fish’s beats and about how I personally believe that he is the most underrated and talented producer out right now and all of it would be deserved and true. Although he is certainly on the considered to be more underground side of things right now, Fish’s sound is much more nuanced and glossy than that term gives him credit for, and he and BigBabyGucci, an artist who first came on the scene branded as a “SoundCloud” rapper, has seen his sound completely  evolve into one of the most interesting pop/rap hybrids out currently, much in part to Fish’s production, among others, which helped revolutionized his sound on Gucci’s acclaimed 2019 mixtape Send Help. However I was recently very, very excited to learn about Fish’s solo-music coming out under the moniker Mike Angel, which I will reference him as hereon. Demo Tape 1 opens with an impassioned and melodic cut titled “Supersonic” which definitely leans in a discernibly more poppy direction at first but veers off into an almost blues-y passage before returning to the hook. This leads into “No Drugs” where Mike flexes his vocal and production muscles all …

A Conversation w/ Nils: Working on ‘Legends Never Die’, Upbringing in Germany, Staying Humble and More

When it comes to the pioneers of the vast sea of producers in the states, many of us can name a lot of them without even thinking twice. However, when it comes to producers making a name for themselves overseas, they may not be as openly recognized as they may like. The hurdles in which they have to overcome, and the barriers that they need to break, happen to be a bit tougher than it can be for those who may be born here in the states. The one thing about hip hop, is that it is accepting to all kinds, no matter what. We will accept anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, heritage, native language, anything–as long as that musician respects the culture. Hailing all the way from Hamburg, Germany, record-producer Nils has been making a massive impact in the game, and has been working his way up to becoming a household name in the music industry. The German rap scene, or any foreign rap scene for that matter, is very different than what we may be used to over here in the states. Nils made a name for himself by learning and adapting to music at a very …

Fleeting Inconsequential – [Amaka Queenette]

Amaka Queenette is a 20-year-old Nigerian-born neo-soul artist from Pickering, Ontario. Her alternative genre-defying style of r&b is a breath of fresh air in an r&b soundscape in which a lot of newer acts are starting to sound similar. Amaka’s thoughtful lyrics and her textured vocals work cohesively to evoke feelings of nostalgia in the listener. Amaka’s music reminds you that often melancholy and contentment come from the same source. “Fleeting, Inconsequential” which dropped on April 30, 2020. This project is a follow-up to her debut EP, “Vacant” which released in 2018. Akama teamed up with established Humber college producers, including contemporary R&B guitarist, Justice Der, Amaka has created a wistful, soulful soundscape that is in a lane of its own. Personally “Suffocate” is my favorite cut off of this two-track pack. If you’re a fan of neo-soul and R&B acts such as Dylan Sinclair and Joel then Amaka’s music should feel right at home in your music library. Stream Amaka Queentte’s two-track pack of singles ‘Fleeting, Inconsequential’ for yourself after the break.

The Words-[Andrea Chahayed]

For those of you who are looking for a soothing sound to fill the ambience of your current situation, sit back, relax and continue reading to uncover a true gem. There are certain artists whose songs are good enough to write about, but there are certain artists who are great enough to fully get behind their artist project as a whole. The person I’m writing about today belongs in that second category without a doubt. Andrea Chahayed is a beautiful soul who I had the pleasure of speaking with a couple of weeks back. In January of this year, the LA based singer songwriter dropped a song called “Tenant” that is honestly one of the most jaw-dropping pieces I’ve heard in recent history. Curators and fans alike, felt the same way, as the song received editorial playlist support from Spotify. Five months later, “Tenant” has amassed well over 600,000 streams across the platform alone. As the numbers continued to climb, Andrea decided to keep the momentum going by dropping an equally impressive offering that was released in mid July. “The Words” is the newest single by the 22-year-old songstress and I must say that it is a spectacular follow-up to …