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“Mountaintop music: takeaways from RG43s newest release ”

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Reid Gardner, more commonly known as RG43, is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario who has started to build a noticeable fan base over the past two years. The artist’s debut release was a single titled “the chase” which was released on April 2nd, 2021. Since the release of the chase, RG has not slowed down one bit and has continued to work hard behind the scenes, releasing two projects within 8 months.

RG43’s newest project “Mountaintop Music” was released on all platforms on March 4th, 2022. The project is an EP featuring 4 unique pieces of music that have been carefully selected for a deeper meaning. “Mountain top music” is a large change sonically from anything the artist has released before and features experimental and genre-bending tracks that have elements of Country, Folk, Alternative R&B, Pop, and Emo rap. The ep starts with the song “summer’s end” which was released as a single on February 18th,

2022 along with a music video as part of the ep rollout. The song details the struggles people face during the cold winter months and the heartbreak of a failed relationship. “Summers end” starts with wind sound effects which signify the changing of seasons and cold weather approaching. The first lyrics are: “Summers end feel the wind as it spins closing in winters coming back again winters coming back again”. Those lyrics allow the listeners to feel the change of the seasons and set the vibe perfectly for the rest of the ep.

The second song on the ep “How many days” is a song about two people that have feelings for each other but a relationship never forms between them. The guy doesn’t want the relationship to get in the way of his career and the girl is waiting for the guy to make a move. This track has a very unique song structure and does not have a repeating chorus which in today’s mainstream music is practically unheard of. With that being said the song could be interpreted as a love letter over drums. The instrumentation in this song is also very unique as it features multiple layers of distorted guitars that take the listener inside the mind of RG and allow the listener feel the emotions RG feels.

The third song on the ep “Freeze” brings the listener to a snowy mountain in the heart of winter. The name of the ep stems from the content matter of this song. Freeze tells the story of a broken relationship where the guy can’t love himself enough for the girl to love him so she eventually leaves. This song covers darker themes of depression and

self-hatred. The lyrics “ Feed me to the wolves let them all be full and free up my soul oul oul oull” really speak to the sad nature of the song. In those lyrics above RG is saying the character would rather see the wolves eat than live because he feels as though he is worth nothing. In the end, He feels as though he is a burden to everyone and begs for the girl to leave him despite knowing that she is the only one that can save him.

The last song on the ep “20 seconds/match” is the only song on the ep to not feature drums. The song has a very slow guitar that is paired with soothing soothing vocals to create the perfect outro. The song starts with the character saying he wants love even if he knows it’s fake and has a very sad undertone. The song continues in this manner until the beat switches.

In the second half of the song “match”, the character seems to be enlightened and comes to the conclusion that he can love himself and the girl he was hurt over is in the past. This is a much more positive RG than seen previously on the tape and lets the listener see the light at the end of the tunnel. This half of the song wraps the project up wonderfully and leaves the listener feeling happy and hopeful for the future.

All in all, this is a very impressive work from an artist so young and displays a great amount of progress from RG’s first project “INDEX”. I’m very excited to hear what this young man comes up with next as I feel as though his creativity and dedication to the craft will take him to new places never heard before and his love for music will continue to be reflected in his work and bring a positive energy to the world.

 

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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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