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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.

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Artist Promotion

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 and follow Cat Clark for more music by heading over to her instagram @catclarkmsic.

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2019 Melly Starz Recap

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2019 was one of the worst years of my life on a personal level. From facing loss, heart attacks, near death experiences and surgery. It was a year filled with lows. Historically however, the greatest creatives do throw themselves into their work to make it through their mental illlness and their lows. Looking back I guess that’s how I dealt with all the shit I was dealt this year.

As far as Melly Starz is concerned, she was killing it this year. Being confined to your home for two years gives you a lot of time to work and that’s what happened. I started doing music reviews again. I started a mix show style podcast that is still going strong and is even starting it’s second season soon. I made my debut on camera and behind the scenes and remembered why I started this whole thing. I’ve even begun expanding the team in order to expand the content we bring you. 2020 is already filled with exciting plans but as is my life we shall where things end up.

Thanks for the support this year and hope to see all of you guys in the new year cheering me on while I continue to battle mental illness and physical ailments to bring you guys the content you love.

Signing off, much love,

Melly Starz

Artist Promotion

Wilhelm Duke “The Robber Baron”

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Wilhelm Duke releases debut project “The Robber Baron”. An old school boom bap record reminiscent of the golden era of hip hop. The 7 track record is entirely produced by Orlando Coolridge of SlumpGang777. The project is recorded, mixed, and mastered by RhymSter of Ever Evolved.

Thoughts on the project

1. Sistine Chapel: We get right into it. There was no hesitation for Wilhelm to start spitting. It had an upbeat style with relevant references.

2. The League: Again, no hesitation on the intro. I get even more of the old school boom bap on this track. Wilhelm Duke is def with the old school style and I love it. I liked the flow and delivery from both artists on this track.

3. Free PPL: He speaks on capitalism and getting money and wealth. I liked the message behind this song and how he was speaking to a girl at different points.

4. Gilded Hilt: Stick out line on this one is “A focused mind will never die.” I really liked that line. This song expressed how we need to expand our horizons including our mind. You have to listen to your heart.

5. By Design: Shots fired off bat. I agree though, these new rappers don’t respect the OGs or the game. He also talks about how fucked this life is and one my fav “conspiracies.”

6. Spirit of the 90s: Throwback to the best of times. It’s like taking a ride through a time machine. He is from my time period for sure. It resonates even more from the Chicago only references. This track is so fun and probably my favorite, feels like home.

7. Forever: Oh this track is funky. I had a hard time keeping up because of the delivery but when I could follow along it was great. This one I just had to sit back and enjoy. It was awesome and made me a fan for sure.

Overall, this was a well put together project and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice change to everything we see in the mainstream media. He definitely took me on a trip down memory lane with the references, beat and overall flow. It was not what I expected but I’m glad this project came across my desk.

About Wilhelm Duke

Wilhelm Duke is a Chicago based rapper, writer, and event curator. With roots and origins in Nebraska and Sweden. Duke moved to Chicago in 2012 to pursue a music business degree and break into the recording industry. He spent 5 years playing many shows and events as one half of the rap duo, Bombay Boyz. He also spent the last year writing articles and curating events for the Chicago collective and platform, Ever Evolved.

Wilhelm Duke on IG: @wilhelmduke

Twitter: @wilhelmduke7

SoundCloud: wilhelmduke

YouTube: Wilhelm Duke

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