Sleazy Ed releases new album ‘The Sleaze’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Sleazy Ed has released his latest official album, “The Sleaze.” The album contains 13 original Sleazy Ed tracks for an approximate total listening time of very nearly an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Clever, sometimes raunchy, and always based on rock-solid back beats, “The Sleaze” showcases Sleazy Ed as one of the most intriguing hip hop artists of the year so far and promises that we can expect plenty more in the years to come.

The San Joaquin Valley’s Sleazy Ed cites as main artistic influences Mac Dre, Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, and Suga Free. Sleazy Ed’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on amusing lyrics, a laid-back style of delivery, and a minimalist, no-nonsense method of making beats, “The Sleaze” by Sleazy Ed has a little something for every avid hip hop listener.

Commenting on the overall meaning of “The Sleaze,” Sleazy Ed says, “Live life, smoke weed, don’t be lame, and try to love in the process.”

Asked to describe his start in music, Sleazy Ed writes, “I started writing songs when I was eight and it was all uphill from there.”

Additional tracks from Sleazy Ed can be heard at his official Soundcloud page (link provided below).

A man of few words unless there’s a rhythm bumping, Ed doesn’t have much to say about his history in hip hop to date.

I’m Sleazy Ed, baby, where’s the bread?” he writes. “209 n***a, and I’m from Merced!”

The Sleaze” by Sleazy Ed is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Richie Carter releases debut rap EP ‘Rockford’s Richie’

The rapper, songwriter and producer known as Richie Carter has released his debut EP record, “Rockford’s Richie.” The EP contains five original Carter tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Nuanced, varied, colorfully creative and exceptionally written and performed, “Rockford’s Richie” is a clear standout for one of the premier indie rap releases of the summer and a striking introduction to this talented rapper from Illinois.

Richie Carter cites as his main influences Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Camp Lo, Outkast, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Foster the People, Chvrches, Drake, and “a lot of classic rock from the ’70s to the ’90s.”

His own sound is crisp, direct, punchy and full of top-notch urban poetry. His themes are often positive, his tones aggressive, his musical accompaniment infectious and incredibly well-orchestrated. His raps are always the main event of his music regardless of the high quality of his beats and melody lines. His razor-sharp articulation makes his music accessible to fans of all genres of hip hop and of music in general.

None of this comes as a surprise when taking into consideration Richie Carter’s status as a veteran rap artist.

“I’ve wanted to make music since a child,” he writes. “I’ve wrote lyrics and poems for as early as I can remember. In middle school me and my friend bought a $20 USB mic from a computer store, built a decent computer, and bootlegged Adobe Audition. After that we began making freestyles and remixes to our favorite songs. It was mostly just for fun, but as time grew I became more talented, and people started offering me opportunities to record and perform.”

True, this is not a rare story in the new era of affordable digital audio workshops and home-studio recordings. The rarity lies in Richie Carter’s natural talent, which has strengths spreading from musical composition to the penning of excellent lyrics, to the flawless delivery of said lyrics and to a seemingly bone-deep understanding of flow which keeps his powerful little EP album moving like a perpetual motion machine from track to track, and from repeat play to repeat play. The EP can be enjoyably listened to several times running without becoming tired.

Asked to comment on the themes of his latest record, Carter writes, “[It’s about] coming from a smaller city – especially Rockford – which has very bad press from Forbes Magazine. People tend to lose hope and become complacent, assuming this is as far as life goes for them. My message is to remind everyone that the sky is the limit and it’s their choice how far they fly.”

This kind of uplifting rhetoric is part of what has helped Richie Carter build a loyal, enthusiastic throng of fans that is quickly growing beyond the Rockford area (which is just two hours from another hip-hop Mecca: Chicago). They clamor to pat him on the back on social media and actively implore him for upcoming performance dates. Carter responds to them all with warmth and humble gratitude.

“Life has obstacles,” he continues. “We all face them – some run through them, some run from them. I encourage everyone to run through them. Your passion will fund every dream you have, if you’re willing to put in the required ‘work.’”

Richie Carter was born Erich Kalstrom and is a native of Rockford, IL. He most recently opened for Bubba Sparxxx from Troup County, GA and has performed in a great many locales in the Chicago area as well as at premier festivals including the SXSW concert in Texas.

“Rockford’s Richie,” the debut EP release from Richie Carter, is available online worldwide beginning 20 July 2015. Get in early, fans of hip hop everywhere. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Rapper Patterns of Perfection releases new LP ‘The Big P.O.P.’

The rapper and songwriter known as Patterns of Perfection has released his long-awaited, third studio LP record, “The Big P.O.P.” The album contains no fewer than 14 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published on the rapper’s own World Records independent music label. Widely varied, highly textured, extremely well-written and impeccably performed, “The Big P.O.P.” isn’t just a surefire hit of the summer – it’s quite likely to be among the most addicting hip-hop albums of the year.

Nevada’s P.O.P. sites as main artistic influences some surprising inspirations, including Pink Floyd, Zion-I, Eminem, Blockhead, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, the Cool Kids, Black Eyed Peas, Godsmack, Lil’ Wayne, Freddy Machete, and Fort Minor. If music fans can glean anything from this sonic spread, it’s that Patterns of Perfection is an artist with a knack for music appreciation. Appropriately, his new LP is a grab-bag of goodness that punches from several angles at once.

“The Big P.O.P.” is definitely a rap record through and through, but calling it a rap album doesn’t at all describe it. P.O.P.’s new LP is easily one of the least-derivative hip-hop releases ever produced, unique to the bone and totally peerless. Comparisons are impossible.

Patterns of Perfection’s instrumentation turns on a dime. His effects each seem newly invented specifically for its track. The result is that “The Big P.O.P.” is totally unpredictable from track to track except that every song delivers, every song being of the highest quality, so that the top-shelf skill with which the rapper performs becomes the running thread which keeps the LP consistent from beginning to end. Back-to-back plays of the record on repeat are virtually guaranteed.

Fans of old-school rap will love “The Big P.O.P.” for its ingenuity and raw beats. Fans of contemporary rap will love it for its pure hip-hop soul. Fans of other music genres will love it for its intellect and creativity. In short, “The Big P.O.P.” by Patterns of Perfection doesn’t just have something for everyone, it’s got more of it than anyone is likely to get anywhere else.

“The Big P.O.P.” by Patterns of Perfection is available online worldwide beginning 4 July 2015. Get in early, rap fans. Get in very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Slo V & Retro release new single ‘Use To’

The rappers and producers known internationally as Slo V & Retro have released their latest official single, “Use To.” The track has been proudly released on the HiGrade Records independent music label. A street-solid serving of hip hop which showcases the considerable talents of Slo V & Retro and also features the razor-sharp skills of Kingpeen, “Use To” is easily one of the most instantly addicting rap tracks of 2015 and a shoo-in for radio play around the world.

Miami-based Slo V & Retro cite as main artistic influences such titans of the scene as Busta Rhymes, Nas, Kanye West, Jay Z, Andre 3000 and Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell. While many attributes of these inspirations persist in the original music of Slo V & Retro, the fact remains that their own sound stands out on its own.

As independent artists, the duo create their music from the ground up with no interference from music industry producers and polish their tracks to a high shine bearing their own seal of approval. Paring their tracks down to a pure, rock-hard core of rap, keyboard melodies and bass-filled back beats, music by Slo V & Retro sounds cleaner and more fundamental than many of the most popular and well-respected rap tracks to date.

That “Use To” has a feel and tone that sets Slo V & Retro apart from the same-ole, same-ole hip-hop producers of the modern music era is not surprising when one takes into consideration the stated aims of the artists, themselves.

“The message that our song shares with listeners is not to follow the crowd,” they write. “Be original.”

Official music videos are regularly made available by SV&R for public viewing on their official YouTube channel, not to mention even an original short film (link provided below).

“Use To” by Slo V & Retro and feat. Kingpeen is available online worldwide beginning 16 March 2015. Hip hop fans should absolutely get in early. Very early.

[The following is taken directly from the artists’ current official bio.]

Miami is on the map and next up is Slo V & Retro. Not only does this duo write, produce, arrange, and mix all of their own music, they also shoot their own music videos. In the last year they’ve progressed from local rappers to local celebrities on the independent music scene in Miami and now Slo V & Retro are looking to get their break and feel stardom past the city limits.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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