Three Female Vocals That'll Make You Melt

Daniela Andrade

Cover after cover after cover, Daniela Andrade makes you float across a thousand skies of acoustic heaven. Listen to one of her covers and you'll catch yourself wanting to listen to all the others. 

Her song renditions are so lovely. Some songs even sound better with her behind the microphone. You drift off in her melody and end up falling in love with her remixes. 

Daniela Andrade's vocals are angelic, soft, and inspiring. 

 

Fatai

From Melbourne, Austrailia, Fatai's vocal talent is significantly growing her fan base. She has a voice box like no other.

I stumbled upon her "Chandelier" cover by Sia and it was all I needed to hear to be gravitated towards her singing.  

With such a unique voice and a beautiful ability to hit a diverse range of pitches, this twenty year old has a promising future in the industry. Currently signed to Mercury Records at Universal Music Australia, Fatai's dream is "to one day bring hope and change through the supernatural power of music."

 

Ariana DeBoo

I really don't understand why Ariana DeBoo has only uploaded two videos. 

After listening to her J. Cole rendition of "Apparently," I was eager to see what other covers she could come up with! It was cleverly remixed and beautifully sung. 

DeBoo has this authentic feel to her voice and her delivery is passionate. I'm looking forward to her next cover, whenever that may be! 

Injury Reserve Hungry

When I first heard Injury Reserve and, at the time, they only had three music videos (for "Black Sheep," "How Bout You," and "Groundhog Day"), I couldn't help but be hungry for more. 

Since the first time I heard the unique, fun sounds of the Hip Hop trio, I had been looking forward to seeing what other projects they'd be feeding us. They're like a bowl of cereal at 3 a.m. (a craving).

Bet you can’t name a crew
who’s hotta,
Injury Reserve
but really
we’re startas
— "Everybody Knows," Injury Reserve

I'm convinced, actually, I know they're the dopest Hip Hop trio in Arizona (and to my knowledge, haven't heard of a doper trio, period). I always thought of them as an almost modern, tweaked De La Soul. 

Since the last three videos I mentioned, I anticipated impatiently for their next artistic drop, whether that may have been simply audio or a visual or a sneak peek Tweet for all I cared. But what's so awesome about Injury Reserve is that if they drop a single, they drop the music video for it too (99% of the time). 

Must I add, their visual collaborations with Vibes N' Stuff have never failed to impress. They're intelligent, thematic, professionally filmed and different. Vibes N' Stuff just understands Injury Reserve and it's clearly shown.  

In June of 2014, their first project was released, "Cooler Colors." It's jazzy, it's snazzy, somewhat funky and I dug it deeply. Featuring the tracks of their first three music videos, it consisted of seven tracks - seven tracks of me feeling like I took a ride on an elevator that ended up being a time machine back to old school vibin' Hip Hop.

The music video for "Whatever Dude" was so clever, (released after "How 'Bout You"), and the Snapchat theme was beautifully executed. 

This track was Injury Reserve's fun way of saying they don't give a f*ck. They're confident in their work, they're confident in their path to success, anything anybody else has to say is whatever... dude. 

Three months later, "Washed Up," dropped.  Now this number is one I find myself pressing replay to again and again. The song is "Washed Up" and the video is just as washed up. It's dark, melancholic, and slow - but it works. 

Shortly after, "Everybody Knows," dropped (and by shortly after I mean one month later). 

A techy, robotic beat and an interestingly filmed visual, Injury Reserve clearly felt like they had something to show and say to the public with yet another track displaying their artistic confidence.

Been there, done that, same ol' sh*t attitude. 

Their most recent music video, "ttktv," dropped alongside their new project and it's one of those visuals you want to watch a few times to try to grasp the concept. 

11 tracks, 4 visuals, and a mouth covered in gold, Live From The Dentist Office was released the 20th of July, 2015 and I feel like my hunger is satisfied... for now.

From boom bap to alternative, upbeat to mellow, fun to unfukwitable, Injury Reserve is definitely a trifecta of style, delivery and flow that you should be hungry for. 

Why Your Eyes Should Be On Young One Era (& His New Video)

First of all, let me just say, it was genius for Young One Era to collaborate his soon to release project, UNDRSTMTD, with Tucson's hottest streetwear brand, The Underestimated City (REP TUC), because it embodies all that he is as an artist - underestimated. 

The visual for Young One Era's "Grindin & Grindin," (which is featured in UNDRSTMTD) that just dropped today gives us all that dose of dopeness that hints at his up and coming career as an artist. It's that sneak peak that drops a bomb in the Hip Hop scene, making you become eager to witness what comes next. 

If "Grindin & Grindin" doesn't make you bop your head and press replay, I don't know what will. 

Shot by the talented Tucson videographer, Miggy, and featuring Johnny Redd, this video is honestly the crispiest and freshest to come out of this city. 

From close up's to slo-mo's, from panning over the city of Tucson to abrupt transitions that just work, this music video does its justice. 

Who needs an exaggeration of gold chains and Doberman Pinscher's when you have Young One Era's delivery? Ha. 

Yes, the fact that he is only 17 years old really is a bonus. Hip Hop thrives on the young emcees that preach all the right bars - and all the right moves for that fact. Young One Era has four full projects (one officially sponsored), five official music videos and a handful of performing experience in his pocket. Young One Era has proved that age is neither an obstacle nor a weakness in making it in the game. 

Now, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself by saying he's "made it" (because we all know you have to stay hungry in Hip Hop) but Young One Era has definitely made his statement in the local Tucson scene and is making the right steps towards the industry. 

All in all, Young One Era is that hidden gem in the city that's not so hidden anymore. 

Happy 44th Birthday Tupac

June 16th, 1971 - a Hip Hop legend was born.

Still idolized to this day, Tupac had the juice, the knowledge, the character, the hunger of an ambitious and passionate not just rapper but humanist, too. From bookworm to poet, actor to artist, and thug to activist, Tupac remains (and will forever remain) an idol of the culture.

Every Tupac aficionado knows there was so much more to Tupac than the uncensored, big mouthed and strong willed individual. He was true to his artistry and real to the people, which is what made him to be loved by so many. 

Below is the Tupac fix you've feened for all day in celebration for the icons birthday (and every other day).

You're welcome.


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Movies:

Unfortunately, it's not so easy to legally find a full movie to watch online (especially if it's from the '90s) but if you're a risk taker and you're dying to watch a Tupac film, check out these three trailers below and Google away!


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