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Powderr AJ1


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Coming straight from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada we have Powderr with his track AJ1. Powderr has been in the game for some time now, starting his rap career at the age of 16. He cites $uicideBoy$, Pouya, Bones, TAZ, Mac Miller, Denzel Curry, XXXtentacion, Eminem, and Logic as his musical influences.

Our Thoughts on the track

Let’s start with the title track, I’ve been out of the show game for awhile so I had to look this one up and then I smiled because it’s a classic. It’s a short two minute song but short doesn’t mean bad. It’s an eerie beat and vibe. He has some dope lines especially the “it’s so cold up in the north, feel it in your spinal cord.” He gives a sneak peak into his life through his music. The song gives us a taste of what Powderr can bring to the table and serves as a teaser for his music.

Want More?

This isn’t the only track that Powderr has out right now and if you want to hear more follow these links. Looking forward to his blooming rap career.

Song Linkhttps://soundcloud.com/powderr705/aj1
Spotify Profile: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2p5DuiTxBxbHzZ00eva1bz

Social Links: https://www.instagram.com/powderr705/
https://twitter.com/Powderr705

If you have a project or song you want featured on the top 100 hip hop blogs send it over to the Melly Starz team at mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or by heading over to our contact page.

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T Sams Insufficient Funds


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This week T Sams drops his project Insufficient Funds. Originally from the Jersey City hood, he started writing at 7 and recorded his first song at 15. So let’s get into the breakdown of the project.

  1. Insufficient Funds: Let’s get right to it then. The struggle is real and you have to do what you have to do to get out of the cycle of not having shit. When you following your dreams there’s no time for anything. Totally relatable, I’ve been there far too many times but never again.
  2. Humble Beginnings: As a continuation of the first song, T Sams touches on how difficult it is to be in the hood. How shitty the system is when it comes to getting a job, and having to make the choice to do something illegal or keep trying to stay the straight and narrow. This song gives me Lupe Fiasco vibes for some reason. He adds a special something to the end of the track that you just have to listen to yourself.
  3. Look at you: This song talks about how people say they’re there for you but be squeamish in reality. The only person who gon go for you is you. Even when you give someone else a chance what do they do with it? Fail you?
  4. Splurging: We work to splurge doesn’t get realer than that. Ain’t nothing wrong with splurging a bit when you work your ass off.
  5. Niggas Ain’t Shit: Break up song, but from the title I wasn’t sure what to expect. I like how he puts this girl in her place. Girls are quick to jump and say that niggas ain’t shit but fail to look at what the relationship actually was. It’s a fun twist to this all too common phrase. I like how T Sams did that.
  6. Up to something: Shots fired! No like literally, there was a shot fired to start the track. T Sams goes hard on this track about his grind and what he’s really about. He wants to put everyone on in his own way.
  7. Plan B: The beat is very smooth to finish off the album. He speaks on never having a plan b. I fuck with it because when you have a plan b you subconsciously set yourself up to fail because you know you have something to fall back on. Like T Sams says you have to make your own way. I love how the song ends as well. Very smooth way to send us off.

Want More?

I think the project was a great introduction to T Sams and what he has to offer the music industry. As long as he keeps it up, he can only improve his delivery and artistry. I look forward to hearing more and seeing how T Sams continues to cultivate his craft. If you have become a fan and want to hear more check out the following links. The project just dropped on streaming platforms so let’s show some love on new music Friday.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/insufficient-funds/1491866934?app=itunes

https://www.facebook.com/Tsams201/

https://www.instagram.com/tsams201/

If you have a project dropping that you want to share with Melly Starz’s fans send a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or visit our contact page.

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V.E.G.A Freedom


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This week we have New York born rapper V.E.G.A. Off bat, I have a critique on the track list. It looks like it is out of order. The tracks that say intro and outro and definitely not in the intro and outro but throughout the project. At first I thought it was just on one platform but I checked a couple and it’s the same everywhere. So if it was meant to be in a specific order I won’t get the full message behind it. Nevertheless, here we are. Overall, I’m not a fan. There were a couple of good moments throughout the project but overall not what we have grown accustomed to over at the Melly Starz offices. The album screams Hialeah struggle rapper to me without much creativity behind it. Our advice to VEGA is to do your own thing and not ty to be like everyone else. I mean we could be totally wrong and VEGA could be the next platinum selling artist. From his high school track record however I don’t see it unless a lot changes. (yes, we have connects that used to cypher VEGA in high school. That information came after the review was done.) Speaking of review, let’s get into a track by track breakdown of the project.

Thoughts on the Project

1. You Killing Me: This is a struggle song and talks about being in jail, the struggles of trying to support yourself and become something in life. He also mentions the rat race and talks a lot about how people will try to bring your down. He shouts out Hialeah which is unfortunately where I currently reside. No offense but I hate living in Hialeah.

2. Middle Fingeers: So we continue on with the Hialeah shout out to begin this track. VEGA takes us into his background being from the Bronx but being raised in Dade county. I can relate to having to go hard especially down here. Dade isn’t the easiest place to find success especially in the hip hop industry.

3. Freedom (intro): Classic, outplayed phone recording. I am personally not a fan of including “phone calls” in songs or as transitions but I’m sure people do enjoy it.

4. Freedom: The beat starts strong with this one. So far this is the most well done song on the project. Th mixing and mastering is much better than the previous songs. I can bop to this and think this is single material and possibly radio ready. I’ll let you guys bop to this one without giving you much context.

5. Cheese: VEGA feels underrated and he is telling us why he isn’t. Another well done song. Shout out to hip hop for saving so many lives. Without this music shit a lot of us might not be here. It is another song that you can bop to.

6. Dominant (feat Amaan!): This is a more hardcore song. It’s a more gangster themed song. The featured artist adds some flavor to the song. It is also a bit of a longer song coming at around the 5 minute mark. This is due to another skit at the end of song that lasts about a minute.

7. Chain on Drip: The mandatory bragging about fucking bitches and getting money song. VEGA switched up his flow a little bit on this track though which was nice.

8. Western Den (feat Sha L. & Hesaprince): VEGA has a girl in his sights and he wants to know if she a thotty or not. Second verse the flow and delivery is dope from the featured artists. Then we go into a continuation of the skit we heard in the previous track.

9. Trust Nobody (feat Hesaprince): The title tells you everything you need to know about the song. Always stay strapped and watch your back. Ain’t no friends in this industry or in life for that matter. Everyone talks a good game but who really comes through for you? I like the melodies at the end. A nice addition to the song.

10. On Paper (feat Misled Rilla): Make sure everything on paper. Solid advice for everything you do in life. Misled Rilla spits fire here as well with his rasp and delivery.

11. We came up (feat Hesaprince, Amaan! & Daniel Few): When you struggle the come up ain’t easy. When you make it though, nothing feels better than to show yo mama some appreciation for everything you put her through. I really like this song as well. If I could mak legit music I’d love to do a track like this.

12. V.E.G.A Alcoholic (feat Hesaprince): We all struggle with addiction, illness or substance abuse. Sometimes life gets to be a bit much that we need to escape. If you let it get to you, you can lose everything you worked to get. This is a super relatable song. The melodies also add a special touch to it.

13. Freedom (Outro): This is a poetic interlude over a piano. Gave me some goosebumps until we were rudely interrupted by the engineer tryna get back to work. It was……interesting??

14. El Capitan: A wannabe strip club song. All about fucking bitches and being famous. He’s allegedly the captain of the ship of all these hoes he has. I think I spaced out a couple times while listening to this song. I think he should have let the album end on the outro. This song was an unnecessary addition.

Want More?

If you want to learn more and stay up to date with everything VEGA is bringing the industry this year check out the following links:


FULL ALBUM: https://vega.hearnow.com/freedom

https://www.vegamusic305.com/

https://www.instagram.com/vegamusic305/

https://twitter.com/Vegamusic305

Let me know your thoughts on the project in the comments below and on social media @mellystarz. If you have a new project, single or anything for the culture send over a submission to one of the top hip hop bog sites by heading over to our contact page or by sending an email to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com

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Cat Clark: Vert


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This week we have a submission from Los Angeles, Cat Clark’s newest single Vert. She describes herself as a producer. ghost writer and solo artist. Through all of her work in various Los Angeles studios she landed a collab with RicFade of Bad Romantic Records. The single dropped last month and is a trap inspired record.

Thoughts on the Track

The song definitely sounds like something already on the radio. I can see the trap inspiration. From the artwork its not the style I was expecting. She focuses the song on talking about drip, fashion, cars and having a tight squad. It is a catchy and upbeat song that you can zoom though traffic in. You can find the song on all streaming platforms by following this link https://lnkfi.re/zN2c6hPj and follow Cat Clark for more music by heading over to her instagram @catclarkmsic.

Want More?

If you have a new project dropping or recently dropped, send over a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or visit our contact page. Getting on the top 100 hip hop blogs isn’t easy and can take time so send those submissions soon to secure your spot. Stay tuned for a new review every week and new videos coming all through 2020.