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3MMR: Episode 51 – “By Myself” by Loyalty Bynum

Bird City, what’s happening?! January is halfway over, but the year has started off with some heaters out of the Arizona Music scene. This week is no different than the week before, with another one deck. This week we’ve got an infectious anthem that embodies overcoming the struggle by yourself. Loyalty Bynum is our feature artist, delivering an inspirational banger with street quality to it with “By Myself”. The sound which is energetic, up-tempo and, auto-tuned with heavy adlibs is simple and radio ready.

Loyalty speaks honestly in his music and the biggest takeaway you get from listening is that that content of the song is very authentic. The hook evokes feelings of a gospel song in its emotion and rawness.

“I remember back when I was broke, they aint wanna help/so I went and got me a bag, I did it by myself/they know that I’m official, now they wanna say that imma ref/ but aint no turning down, I turn it up I did it by myself/”.

Lyrically, LB keeps things “one hunnid” the entire time. From the jump he’s showing love to the lord, “Fall down to my knees lord, I need guidance/” and doesn’t switch up, “boy I’m highly favored, I just think the man/ Up above, cause right now you believe me”/. Loyalty flexes in the video with a stack of cash, but he doesn’t flash on the song which was unique. Most of the lyrics are a true representation about his situation in life. LB doesn’t even follow the typical violent backdrop that comes with most hip-hop, “I aint on my flight without the pilot/ I’d be lying if I talk about some violence/”. That line, along with, “fyi, this is a diesel, not a rollie/” give the “By Myself” a down-to-earth inspirational touch that you actually believe.

One drawback from the track is the reliance on effects. Auto tune and heavy adlibs weigh the track down make it difficult to understand. Although, their use was important to drive the energy, it requires several plays to make out everything he says completely. The song is a quick hitter, but delivers the celebratory vibe Mr. Bynum intended to. For his uplifting contribution this week, Loyalty Bynum is going receive an 8.5 out of a 10 for delivering an authentic track that lifts the spirit. That’s it for this week and thank you, Bird City, for rocking with your boy! See you next week! Peace and love, your boy, Bo!

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3MMR: Episode 50 – “Premix” by Lapre

What’s good boys and girls, it’s your man Bo, and I’m back to present you with a gem from another talented Phoenix artist. After looking through the interwebs for hot joints, I stumbled about up on Lapre, a dope female emcee, from greater Phoenix Metro area. Lapre brings a soulful, sing-song flow with a slightly auto-tuned backend, that emerges with a very emotional and heartful sound. Lapre speaks on her love life authentically and unapologetically while also displaying versatility and strength. At 1:51, Lapre leaves the singing to the side for a minute and goes off in a verbal assault on her ex, “Feel where I’m coming, don’t play with my mental/ you thought I’d call back, but it wasn’t that simple/ you mad, look what you had/cried through the pain so it wasn’t that sad/.”” The honesty and vulnerability on this song really grabs you by the collar on the very first listen.

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Tucson Hip Hop: The Music Scene to Look Out For in 2019

When the Arizona music scene is mentioned, people automatically think of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and nothing else. This is a bit expected with Phoenix being the capital of the state. However, those who only focus on music artists making moves in the Phoenix area overlook, and deprive themselves of, the talent in other areas. Some of the artists that are often overlooked are those in the Tucson area. From my own experience, I believe this is a HUGE mistake.

Tucson has some of the most underrated artist in the state! I am confident in saying that some of the best artists reside there. In the past, I’ve covered artist like Tommy Will, who finished 2018 with a tour, and an album filled with songs produced by Kato (“K-K-Kato On The Track Bihhhh”). But there are many others who deserve to be mentioned, and my hope this year is to able to help shine a light on a few of them. But there’s one person in particular who everyone should be on the lookout for this year: Jamal Ari.

Jamal has released two albums so far: Paid In Blood & Vampcamp. His debut album gives a bit of a back story about his journey which led to him creating music, and the second album is the takeoff. Stay tuned to our coverage of new content created by these two artists, as well as other artist in the Tucson area contributing to the Arizona music scene.

Share if you agree that Tucson is next up! Comment below with the name of artists that you believe should be covered.

3MMR: Episode 48 – “Find My Way” by Sam Opoku

What’s good people of Phoenix, Arizona! Happy Holidays! It’s your homie, Bo, back again with some new Arizona heat for you to ride with. This week we take a quick foray into some new wave R&B with an upbeat banger from Sam Opoku, called “Find My Way”. This song could easily find itself on the soundtrack of a movie with its powerful message and solid execution of the song’s themes. The instrumentation alone incorporates a very jungle type vibe with deep drums, snaps, whistles, rain stick, and what I’m led to believe are panpipes. The overall sound of the song is both powerful, and a bit overcrowded at the same time. As a listener you get bit sucked in to everything going on in the background and potentially miss some incredible lyrics. Continue reading 3MMR: Episode 48 – “Find My Way” by Sam Opoku

3MMR. Episode 47. E-Wulf Ft. Breana Markin. “Destination”.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s that time again! Digging through the crates of Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify to bring you the undiscovered gems of the AZ hip-hop scene, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the THREE MINUTE MUSIC REVIEW! Ok that was lame, but this week’s joint will make up for that. “Destination” from E-Wulf featuring Breana Marin is an uplifting and powerful track that quickly catches your attention. It’s easy to hear the soul and power behind Briana Marin’s hook, and the quick beat of the drum mimic a heartbeat, instantly drawing you on. Continue reading 3MMR. Episode 47. E-Wulf Ft. Breana Markin. “Destination”.

The Introduction: A New Artiste

This year has been a good one for the Arizona music scene. People have started to lend an ear to the many local artists grinding to make an impact with their music. But music isn’t the only thing that’s been moving in the city. People are making moves modeling, shooting photography, and even making movies! And then there are some people who just do multiple things. Stylz fits into this category. Continue reading The Introduction: A New Artiste