Underground hip hop artist

Artist Promotion

Wilhelm Duke “The Robber Baron”


No Comments

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.

https://soundcloud.com/wilhelmduke/sets/the-robber-baron

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 https://www.instagram.com/wilhelmduke/

Twitter: @wilhelmduke7 https://twitter.com/wilhelmduke7

SoundCloud: wilhelmduke https://soundcloud.com/wilhelmduke

YouTube: Wilhelm Duke https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTYo3m8PIrvZzNaJUaSrBlQ?view_as=subscriber

Want More?

You know the Melly Starz team always supports Chicago based artists. However, no matter where you are if you have a new project you want to share with the fans of one of the top 100 hip hop blogs, send over a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or head over to our contact page. What did you think of Wilhelm Duke’s new project? Let me know by leaving a comment or on social media by following @mellystarz on instagram and twitter.

Artist Promotion

Erb Dean Near Sighted


1 Comment
I

I feel like I have been waiting an eternity for Chicago Rapper Erb Dean to drop a song that I can finally share with you!!! I’ve been privy to his work for years now and am over the moon that he is finally released music to the public.

Let’s get right into the track. It starts with a piano flow and then Erb goes right into with his deep and gritty rap. The rough and real track describes his life and the streets. He adds metaphors and rhetoric throughout the song to catch you. It is beautifully done. The streets are can be a dark place that not everyone is susceptible. We can get a sneak peak into that life and what comes with it. A standout line for me is “I feel like I’m a one-man team.” That’s the realist shit ever because that is the case for so many of us.

Take a listen above and follow him on Instagram and catch his music here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/erb-dean/
https://youtu.be/lvEFPxGfC0E

Artist Promotion

Quentin Arispe I’m That Bitch


No Comments

What Does Melly Starz Think

I love how the beat starts, it reminds me of an old joint. It’s a very catchy and fun track that just makes me want to dance (even though I have two left feet). Meta adds his flavor while still keeping the song light and airy. This is definitely an empowering anthem. “I’m that bitch, watch me fuck it up”, is my new anthem. Quentin has a unique sound and I am looking forward to all the doors that will open due to creative efforts. The song encourages you to be yourself and I am all for it. Being yourself can be challenging for some and to have an anthem that you can connect to can make all the difference. Thank you Quentin Arispe for being yourself and encouraging us to do so as well.

Press Release: Quentin Arispe Releases New Single “I’m That Bitch” Ft. Meta With Tastemaker Americano Label

(Corpus Christi, TX) – Fast rising artist from Corpus Christi TX, Quentin Arispe is dropping their newest track “I’m That Bitch” today and it is fire! The self proclaimed genderless queen comments, “This single is an anthem for self identity; it’s a song that you can scream cry in your car at 4 am, twerk your life away at the club, learn in a dance class, or sing when your wife is at work. I’m not here to push my ideas and lifestyle on you, I’m here to help you understand and love yourself, ALL OF YOURSELF.” The new song will be available everywhere you stream music!

The new song was created earlier this summer at Americano Label’s studio. The song writing and creation process just hit and the collaboration flowed effortlessly between featured Americano Label Artist Meta, Quentin and Grammy award winning producer Mariano Herrera and El Dusty. The new song takes Quentin sonically in a new direction singing and rapping over fun and catchy trap beats but with a solid message, ““I’m that bitch” and that ANYONE can be too!” comments Quentin.

The new EP will be dropping with Americano Label, an imprint started by El Dusty, Latin Grammy nominated DJ and producer, with the mission to bring various Latin styles to the forefront of dance music. “We are super excited to work with our homie Quentin on this heater!  And the EP is loaded with amazing sh@*!!!” comments El Dusty, label owner and producer.

Reflecting back on his process and musical journey Quentin says, “Being a Queer artist of color, most times our music doesn’t reach a large community of people because of social issues and close minded individuals. My goal is to break that by creating a song and music that is digestible to anyone.” The new song is the first single off Quentin Arispe’s new EP ‘Garden’ due out this Fall with Americano Label.

Want More?

If you want to hear more from Quentin make sure to follow him on instragram @thequentinjourney and stay tuned for his upcoming EP release. Do you have an upcoming project you want featured on te best underground hip hop sites send your project over to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or visit our contact page here.

Artist Promotion

Shah33d Lambo Doors


1 Comment

Although this song has been out for a while its still making an impact. Most recently with the Lambo Doors challenge, where one lucky winner won $1,000. Shah33d extended a challange where dancers did their best to showcase their creativity. Once all entries were in, we were able to vote for the winner.  Even more news, Lambo Doors has now reached over 200k streams.

Our Thoughts On Lambo Doors

According to Shah33d’s team the song is “An upbeat, street anthem about life becoming better when you decide to cut off negative people.” Let’s take a listen and see if we agree.

I would have to agree with the description given by Shah33d’s team. It’s all about focusing on yourself and your success and not on what everyone else is doing. It also talks about how others like to think they doing shit but really aren’t, it’s all a facade for the gram. Also, let’s talk about the people who beg when they see you succeeding but weren’t anywhere to be found to support you. It has catchy lyrics and shows a juxtaposition of the different characters he describes throughout the track. The delivery is on point with the beat. I can see why this was chosen as a single.

Where to Listen

To see all of the contestants entries and how it all went down head over to Shah33d’s Instagram. You can stream Lambo Doors on all streaming platforms. You can also follow these links to stay up to date on everything Shah33d has going on:

Stream: http://smarturl.it/LamboDoorsSingle https://www.instagram.com/shah33dworld/ https://twitter.com/shah33dworld https://www.facebook.com/shah33dworld/

Do you have a contest coming up in the underground hip hop music scene? Do you have music you want reviewed by the Melly Starz team? Send over your project to be featured on the best hip hop site out. Click here and secure your spot.