Rapper Aye Em releases new LP album ‘Meridian Medicine’

The rapper and hip-hop producer known as Aye Em is releasing a new full-length hip-hop album, “Meridian Medicine.” Like Aye Em’s previous music releases, “Meridian Medicine” is being proudly published on the Sun Hi independent music label, outside the control and direction of the corporate music industry. Based on bass, boom-bap, and the urban poetry of Aye Em, himself.

Aye Em cites as main artistic influences such legends of the mic as Eminem, Mos Def, Kanye West, J Cole, Future, Tory Lanez, Jay Z, Drake, the Wu-Tang Clan, Prince, and T.I.

In addition to the considerable skills of Aye Em, the “Meridian Medicine” LP also flaunts the talents of Jamal Gino Carey and Melodic Mel. It is Aye’s most prominent release since 2015’s ‘I’m Listening.’

“Meridian Medicine” is about more than just rhythm and bass, rhymes and lines, however. It’s a musical journey which reflects the careful balancing of style, sound, and the American hip hop culture from coast to coast. It’s a sonic journal put to beats and performed by Aye with all the introspection of a philosopher.

“This album is about my growth as a man, my mistakes, my flaws, my achievements, and efforts in music,” writes Aye Em. “This is the next chapter to ‘I’m Listening.’ It’s me all day, that ain’t ever gonna change, but I let the mood transition to euphoria. A lot of West Coast / East Coast flavor mixed with some trap.”

Several tracks on “Meridian Medicine” come straight from the pulse of contemporary hip hop, singles like “Trouble,” “Monster” and “God Given.” Other songs (“Choices,” “Respect,” “Young n Vegas”) show Aye Em’s natural stylistic progression as an artist from his “I’m Listening” album.

“[‘Meridian Medicine’] is for the world,” Aye Em writes. “There’s a little something on this project for everybody. It’s a summer banger, winter heater, a night rider and a roll up and vibe type album – find ya zone and maintain it.”

In the end, Aye Em emphasizes that it’s his loyal fan base who keep his music coming.

“I appreciate and love all my supporters and fans. Y’all are making this possible. I won’t ever give you a lesser product and this one right here is for the world we live in now and the future. Y’all are the best and I thank God for each and every one of you.”

“Meridian Medicine” becomes available online worldwide soon. Watch for its appearance at over 700 online music retailers anywhere excellent hip hop is sold.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


Detroit rapper Aye Em releases new EP ‘I’m Listening’

The rapper from Detroit known as Aye Em is releasing his latest extended-play album, “I’m Listening.” It contains 14 tracks for a total listening time of nearly 40 minutes, making the album closer to a full-length, in fact, than it is to a typical EP. It is being proudly published on the SUNHI Entertainment independent record label without the support of the corporate music industry. Booming with bass, filled with rat-a-tat and bringing the lines and rhymes of one of hip hop’s most promising modern MCs, “I’m Listening” from Aye Em is one of the most creative works of urban poetry to emerge in 2015.

Aye Em cites as main artistic influences Big Joe, Eminem, Nas, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious BIG, Mob Deep, Hans Zimmer, Mike Shinoda, Fort Minor, Rakim, Linkin Park, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, T.I., the Wu-Tang Clan, the Isley Brothers, Funkadelic, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. His own sound takes some of the most striking characteristics of many of these, Tupac and Big Joe in particular, and stirs them in new ways to arrive at a polished, lyrically based style that is all his own.

In terms of tone and overall groove, “I’m Listening” is the work of a man with as much meaning in his music as there is feeling, and both exist on the EP in great amounts.

“I respect all forms of art,” writes Aye Em. “Dancing, culinary, painting, poetry, photography, etc.”

This open-minded appreciation of art in general shows in his attention to lyric detail, mood, and effect. His rap is evocative and earnest. His writing shows much deliberation. The powerful record has a surprising amount of texture and is far more than a rehashing of the same-old, same-old hip-hop stereotypes.

Asked to describe his EP’s overarching message, Aye Em writes: “The meaning is that I’ve heard all of the criticism, the praise, the disbelief, the faith that people I’ve encountered have in me. I’ve sat and listened and watched a lot of changes in hip-hop music – some good, some terrible. So I decided to create a response to all of it, what’s real to me, where I feel hip hop should be and where I feel it should go.”

The album isn’t just music criticism, however. It’s largely a courageous autobiography.

“The tracks are journeys into my world, my head and what goes on in it,” Aye Em writes. “I’m crazy and I’m proud to admit it. On this project you have tracks that’ll have you thinking and vibin’, some will have you dancing and turnin’ up, some will have you on the edge of your seat and some will make you reminisce about how it used to be. I wanted to make an album that plays like a story and sounds like a classic.”

The rapper and the writer coalesce in this effort, the rapper having been recording for six years and counting, the writer doing so with pen and paper for more than 14.

“All of it is me, my life, what God has done, the lessons I learned and good music,” writes Aye Em.

In addition to the considerable talents of Aye Em, “I’m Listening” also includes the skills of producer/engineer Justin “Killa Smuv” Merritt, manager/executive producer Jamal “Gino” Carey, artist Andrew “Drewskizzle” Garrett, poet Darron “MC Lyricz” Baston, artist Stephen “GP” Fair, and artist Jai’laye.

The “I’m Listening” EP from Aye Em is available online worldwide beginning 6 November 2015.

The following is a written statement from the artist, faithfully reprinted here.

“Never judge a book by it’s cover. People see me and never expect me to do music but it’s who I am and what I chose. My past made me and I wouldn’t change nothin about it. To all my supporters and fans, I promise to give you me anytime you hear me rap or talk or when you see me in the street. Hear my pain and vision and learn from it, my brothers and sisters, keep your faith up and grind it out. Music is life. S.H.E. or nothin’! A!.. Y!.. E!.. Waaa!”

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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