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5 Fast Facts with Mir Mir, the unsung teenage audio engineer and artist out of the Chicago-land area

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As one of our LEONARD Magazine CO. production members was observing an “Upcoming R&B/Soul Rap ” playlist on spotify, he stumbled upon the oddly deep voice of one of the most interesting and underrated artists we’ve encountered; Mir Mir. Temptingly diving deeper into his discography, we noticed multiple single releases over the past year that all sounded thrillingly disparate from each other, leading us to reach out to Mir Mir for what appears to be his first exclusive artist interview.  

 

His music can’t be boxed

 

We were intrigued when guessing Mir Mir’s age, having just recently turned 18. judging by his production we would have been on the fence in terms of assuming his experience level and his dab upon both old and modern style production. His follow up wasn’t a shock. 

 Mir Mir came across a random set of songs on youtube that felt like an eye opener to him. These songs, made by other young artists, are identified as Hyperpop. Hyperpop is by far one of the most unique genres in the music industry. Many don’t knowingly come across it. It’s influence is driven from a wide range of sources that often contain glitch effects, heavy basses, high voices, and PC music inspiration. This spectrum-lacking genre felt fitting for Mir Mir because it caused him to try new things and download soundcloud and instagram, where he got to meet and build a bond with some of the artists he claimed to have listened to for years prior. He began receiving follow backs and even features from artists he used to only listen to. 

 

“I never knew how making weird sounds into the mic or slapping the desk could turn into an 808 or even a fire adlib.” 

 

Public platform release was limited to Mir Mir. When asking how many songs he’s made so far, he couldn’t get an estimate at the top of his head. It was unfortunate to hear how often he trashed his finished work. He explained that he would often make tracks only to end up throwing them away out of embarrassment. Considering the rate Mir Mir is moving at, we’re certain that these tracks would have been like a memorabilia recollection compared to his current production.

 

Blew up in private

 

Over quarantine Mir Mir helped produce a song that he’s kept unsaid. His friend at the time had created a song with him and multiple people (which unironically was hyperpop), and it became popular months later. The sound on tiktok has over a hundred thousand videos uploaded to it, primarily for it’s distinctive glitch effects and lyrics. 

 

  “I felt like I had a secret inside me that no one would believe if I said it out loud. How do you explain to a person that the song that’s potentially stuck in their head was something I took part in making? I mean, we practically started off as jokes and memes at our school and being called soundcloud rappers. Next thing you know everyone was plagued by the sound of ‘Pressure’. Not even knowing who Novagang was. Not even knowing who we were.”

 

Inspirations and Influences

 

Mir Mir, known by his family and peers as Emir, claims that like most artists he has become addicted to music at a young age. He used to download free apps on his Ipad where he was able to listen to every song he wanted while watching the music video or lyrics on youtube. His concept on genres was broad even as a child, listening to whatever he’d find on Vevo, hear on the radio, or even any song he heard his mom play while cleaning. Mir Mir says that whatever he listened to always had phases. “I’d casually go from listening to music about tractors and love to hardcore songs about like 4th degree manslaughter. I literally would innocently shift from Keith Urban to NWA.” Mir Mir states that these were some of his favorite artists growing up, along with 2000’s mainstream artists like Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, and even Albanian artists like Noizy, who he was exposed to by his cousins back home. His sightless absorption of genre wasn’t a surprise to us, as these different sounds are likely what shapes him to create his own style of music. 

   Describing his discography as his own style of music isn’t even an exaggerated description. Mir Mir literally implements sounds that would feel exotingly out-of-pocket to your average listener. Like the next guy is one of the songs by Mir Mir that our executive writer came across, whom described it as a 3 minute shift from a high-reverb Emo/EDM style to a deep voiced vocal, soulful, Kanye West type beat. 

 

Social media prescence

 

Interestingly enough, music isn’t what Mir Mir thrives mainly off. Tiktok has been a partial outlet for him during the Covid-19 pandemic. He states that his friend practically forced him to install Tiktok and as he was scrolling through he came across a funny Albanian video. This opened a path for him as he was urging to take part in it and upload his own sense of humor themed through his culture. 

 

“I almost never met people from my country [Albania] at my school. I didn’t think there were that many of us, so I really looked up to these little creators across the world who shared this line of blood in common with me.” 

 

He explains that his very first upload got 50,000 views and the next one got a whopping 300,000. Within less than a week he hit one thousand followers. He states that having been only 15 at the time, his parents did not want him to pave that aspect of life through social media so he took a long break from uploading content. Although, he states that he privately made an account that had over 400,000 followers, and eventually got banned with supposedly no evident reason. Fortunately, he felt motivated to start fresh and continued uploading on his current Tiktok account, emirnoballer, which he created months ago and already reached 3 videos with over 1 million views. 

 

Mir Mir does not often collide Tiktok with his music, for the reason being an interesting term he uses; “pity streams”.  

 

  “I don’t want people listening to my music because I made it. I want it to be something I emerge from because people actually like it from a music standpoint. On God I never want to be one of those guys that begs people to listen to their songs. I’m just still trying to find a way I can blend my tiktok with my music in a way that doesn’t make it seem like a phase or me trying to act ambitious. I don’t wanna be classified as a musician or a tiktoker, I just want to make whatever comes to my mind cuz I know I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that.”

 

Polyglot

 

At the end of the interview, we topped it off with our classic and often most surprising question. 

 

“Give us a fun fact about you. Outside of music… something people wouldn’t really guess.” 

 

A polyglot is a person that can speak 4 or more languages, and Mir Mir seems to top that off. He claims that his mother did not allow him or his siblings to use electronics on weekdays up until his Freshman year of high school in order to focus on education. He’d use his school device to often watch youtube or use garageband, the digital audio workstation he started with. He had an interest in cultures and languages, being born first learning Albanian and English, then eventually taking Spanish at school. He learned some Arabic from his prayers and felt inspired to pick up German through his peers and online. Musically, he even has 2 featured songs in Albanian and Spanish.  

 

What’s next for Mir Mir?

 

Having dived deeper into his character, we project Mir Mir to continue growing and producing. We would be saddened to hear Mir Mir privately denounce credit of himself by not promoting his talent to the max capacity. His blend of Soul and Bubblegum Bass provides a unique, jumpy style of music that is too extraordinary to be held quietly. Mir Mir is definitely a respective artist and someone listeners should adapt into consideration for a new taste in music production as he continues to release. 

 

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‘KMuss’ The Sonic Architect of Philadelphia’s Rising Beat Scene”

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KMuss is a burgeoning music producer hailing from the vibrant city of Philadelphia, where his innovative beats are making waves in the music scene. With a distinctive style that blends elements of hip-hop, electronic, and experimental music, KMuss is quickly gaining recognition for his unique sound and artistic vision.

Kevin Musser, born October 15, 1995, known professionally as “KMuss,” is an American record producer and beatmaker. He is from the Delaware County area of Pennsylvania, just minutes away from Philadelphia. KMuss is currently independent and working with many rising artists.

His career started at the age of 23 when his mother was facing a 3 year jail sentence.  He was determined to find his passion and after months of praying to God, he finally found producing after catching interest when hearing Metro Boomin’s beats on the album “Double Or Nothing” by Big Sean and Metro Boomin. He soon downloaded FL studio and fell in love. After finally making his first beat on July 3, 2018, KMuss knew that he had the creativity and also the determination needed to make it in this industry. Since then he has worked with popular Philadelphia artists such as Kur, Quilly Millz, Drewboy, Drama b2r, Dappa, and Young Money’s own Drizzy P, and more.

KMuss’ wide-ranging sound can be described as creative yet cohesive, with layers of intricate melodies, pulsating beats, and atmospheric textures. He seamlessly fuses elements of classic hip-hop with modern electronic production techniques, creating tracks that are both nostalgic and forward-thinking. His music transcends traditional genre boundaries, offering listeners a sonic journey that is both immersive and dynamic.

On August 25, 2020, KMuss produced Quilly’s hit song “Drought Where” alongside Tekashi 6ix9ine’s producer Koncept P. This opened doors for KMuss as it featured on the legendary Cosmic Kev’s Philadelphia based radio station 98.9 (Power 99). Cosmic Kev gave KMuss a call and told him to keep his foot on the gas, exactly what KMuss is doing. KMuss came right back with another power 99 feature when he produced “For Me” for Quilly on Nov. 18, 2020. In the introduction of “For Me” Quilly shouts out KMuss saying “Aye KMuss, I told you, all we have to do is stay in the studio” and he was right. KMuss then had 2 songs land on Quilly’s album “Tonya Son” on November 20, 2020. A month before the album was released, Quilly also used a KMuss beat on Funk Flex’s “Block Work” Youtube series.

“KMuss (left) with Kur (right) of Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers.”

The KMuss beat used by Quilly on Funk Flex was captivating as Quilly does his thing and flows effortlessly. The video is on Youtube.com labeled “Funk Flex Block Work 0008.” KMuss On The Beat then went on to produce “Big Dram” for Drama b2r and “Big Dawg” for Drewboy in 2022. In June 2022, KMuss landed 2 songs on Benny the Butcher’s artist, Dappa’s album “Thanks For Nothin 2.” This got him an Apple Itunes plaque for Top 200 hip hop/ rap albums. KMuss recently got a placement on Young Money’s Drizzy P’s “Mental Warfare” album which dropped on Oct. 3, 2023. He credits his “secret weapon” producer, Kaapo from Italy, on creating the crazy NBA youngboy type melody and the rest was history. Drizzy P created a memorable music video to the KMuss-produced banger titled “Who TF Is Drizzy P?”

One of KMuss’ defining characteristics as a producer is his meticulous attention to detail. Each track is meticulously crafted, with every sound carefully selected and arranged to evoke a specific mood or emotion. Whether it’s the haunting melodies of a late-night groove or the energetic rhythms of a summer anthem, KMuss’s music is always imbued with a sense of authenticity and depth.

In addition to his solo work, KMuss has also collaborated with a diverse range of artists and producers, contributing his production skills to various projects across different genres. His collaborative spirit and willingness to experiment have earned him a reputation as a versatile and in-demand producer within the Philadelphia music scene and beyond.

As his career continues to gain momentum, KMuss remains committed to pushing the boundaries of his craft and exploring new sonic territories. With each release, he continues to captivate audiences with his distinct sound and artistic vision, solidifying his position as one of Philadelphia’s most exciting emerging producers. As he continues to evolve and refine his sound, the future looks bright for KMuss, and his journey as a rising talent in the music industry is one that is undoubtedly worth following.

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Getting to Know RNF Bigz Released Hit Single Maryland

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RNF Bigz, hailing from Minnesota, emerges as a dynamic musical artist with a distinctive style that blends elements of hip-hop, R&B, and soul. raised in the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Kansas City , RNF Bigz draws inspiration from his surroundings, experiences, and the rich musical heritage of his hometown. RNF Bigz’s journey in the music industry is marked by a commitment to authenticity and innovation. His lyrics reflect his

personal narrative, touching on themes of perseverance, self-discovery, and the pursuit of dreams. With his smooth delivery and compelling storytelling, RNF Bigz captivates audiences and establishes a genuine connection with listeners.

RNF Bigz’s music is a blend of catchy hooks,upbeat beats, and heartfelt lyrics that speak to the experience of life. His influences range from rap icons like Tupac and Jay Z to chart-toppers like Drake and Lil Baby. Known for his huge personality, his music is his interpretation of how the beats make him feel. Destined to create his own shift in the music industry RNF Bigz has continuously dropped fresh upbeat music.

In his latest release, “Maryland,” RNF Bigz showcases his versatility as an artist while delving into themes of dating ,being exceptional , and nostalgia. The song unfolds as a melodic journey through memories and emotions, set against a backdrop of soulful instrumentation and atmospheric production. “Maryland” offers a glimpse into RNF Bigz’s introspective side, as he reflects on dating nuances and

contemplates the complexities of being yourself . Through poignant lyrics and heartfelt delivery, RNF Bigz invites listeners to join him on a reflective exploration of the human experience. The track “Maryland” serves as a testament to RNF Bigz’s artistic evolution and his ability to craft music that

resonates deeply with audiences. With its soulful melodies, evocative storytelling, and infectious rhythm, “Maryland” stands as a testament to RNF Bigz’s talent and creativity, further solidifying his place in the contemporary music scene.

As RNF Bigz continues to push boundaries and explore new musical territories, his artistry remains rooted in authenticity, passion, and a genuine desire to connect with listeners on a profound level. With each release, RNF Bigz reaffirms his status as a rising star in the music industry, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

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Pop Royalty: Inside J Ryako’s Palace of Music and Fame

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In the heart of the glamorous principality of Monaco, a whirlwind of artistry and charisma resides in the form of J Ryako. Hailed as the rising star of the pop music scene, J Ryako isn’t just an artist; he’s an embodiment of a lifestyle that’s both fascinating and magnetic, drawing millions into his world through the lens of social media.

With a following that spans continents, J Ryako’s meteoric rise is attributed not only to his musical prowess but also to his lightning-fast life and captivating lifestyle, which are chronicled across platforms like Instagram and YouTube. His social media feeds serve as a window into a realm of opulence, pulsating energy, and unbridled creativity.

The allure of J Ryako lies not only in his chart-topping hits but also in the enigmatic aura that surrounds him. He’s a maestro in the art of keeping his audience on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting his next move. His Instagram teases snippets of unreleased tracks, glimpses into extravagant parties, and snippets of his creative process, leaving fans clamoring for more.

But amidst the glitz and glamour, there’s a deeper story waiting to be unveiled. J Ryako’s music isn’t just about catchy beats and infectious melodies; it’s a reflection of his life experiences, trials, and triumphs. His lyrics resonate with authenticity, weaving tales of love, ambition, and the tumultuous journey through the rollercoaster of fame.

As the anticipation crescendos, J Ryako prepares to unleash a tidal wave of fresh music and content onto his eager audience. The buzz is palpable as teasers of unreleased tracks flood his socials, sending ripples of excitement through his devoted fanbase.

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