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Mike Angel Mixtape Review: Nothing2Somethin

 A singer from VA and it is know for working with one of my favorite artists, Trey Songz. With that, straight out the gate I have to say the mixtape reminds me of Trey Songz. If you close your eyes you might actually think that you are listening to Trey Songz. If you are a Trey fan, you should already be aware of who this young man is.  I was very pleased with this mixtape and once you get passed the Trey Songz feel (meaning his voice) you will really enjoy this mixtape. The mixtape starts on a great note with the title track N2S (Nothing to Something), does a good job of setting the mood for the kind of body of work this will be.  Tracks that stick out to me:  Anxious  Wreckless  Complicated is my fav from the mixtape  If I had to rate it out 5, I would give it a solid 4.

A singer from VA and it is know for working with one of my favorite artists, Trey Songz. With that, straight out the gate I have to say the mixtape reminds me of Trey Songz. If you close your eyes you might actually think that you are listening to Trey Songz. If you are a Trey fan, you should already be aware of who this young man is.

I was very pleased with this mixtape and once you get passed the Trey Songz feel (meaning his voice) you will really enjoy this mixtape. The mixtape starts on a great note with the title track N2S (Nothing to Something), does a good job of setting the mood for the kind of body of work this will be.

Tracks that stick out to me:

Anxious

Wreckless

Complicated is my fav from the mixtape

If I had to rate it out 5, I would give it a solid 4.

Ella Mai: Ready EP

Ella Mai is a R&B singer from London that was discovered by the popular DJ Mustard. I was first came across her music kind of by accident when the trusty  "For You" tab in Apple Music. The first body of music that I loved was the Change EP released in 2016. DJ Mustard's production is all through her work and it's truly really dope. 10,000 I brought up on one of my practice podcast episodes and I've been sold since the first EP. I was really excited to learn about the new EP Ready and even more excited to find out out that she's on the Kehlani tour, which I am going to get to enjoy next month (there will be a blog post about that concert!). 

The Ready EP is another good body of work to get more ears and new fans for lovely Ella Mai.  Boo'd Up, is a feel good song and a great way to start the EP. Are songs keep up with the current times of what people want to hear but the catch is that you can actually hear this young lady really song. Her voice is beautiful and a lot of the songs sound like the track was made with her voice already on the track. One of my favorite things to say about artists when they know how to live on a track or their voice just blends correctly as in with Ella Mai's voice.  Great voice and it seems she has a really good personality as well.

I really can't pick which EP is my favorite but I think my favorite song off the Ready is EP is "Anymore". Overall this is a solid EP and I am interested in seeing her career grow and wish her nothing but the best! Check her out!!

The Real Is Back....

 4 Your Eyez Only released Friday 12/9/16 4th album released exactly 2 years after 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. To Me this is a great follow up album to 2014 FHD. As a J. Cole fan from the very first mixtape, I was a little nervous as to what J. Cole was going to present to his fans this time around. The two years we had to wait for this body of work was worth it. As I always say when debating or presenting facts about J. Cole you hear the growth in this album. I feel overall the album is told through the eyes of someone else and also J. Cole’s eyes on topics. I think the more bodies or work J. Cole present to us we can almost negate his debut album. I only say negate because it was the most commercial, unlike the mixtape J. Cole of all the albums he has released. I took to the mixtape J. Cole because I connected to the stories he was bringing to life. Very solid album and definitely would call it his second classic album.  1. For When the Bell Tolls: I think this is a great opening for this album. The words paint the picture of the search of hope. A lot of J. Cole’s music has a big undertone of hope. Reality is also presented in this track….life (hope) vs death (everyone has to face it one day). 2. Immortal: This is a perfect follow up song to the opening song. I say that because we fall right into the story of a young drug dealer. I love the hook of the song because it tends to be the cry of young men and their “heroes” they uphold to standard of being real or a “hood legend”. Again, a great story bought to life on a beat that has you bobbing your head and listening to all the instruments used on this beat. At least, this is how my brain works. 3. Déjà vu: Probably one of my top three songs that I love on this album. Again, I’m big on painting pictures and bringing stories to life. I can totally see this story and already see the video in my head. Now, I know this is such a commercial song because of the sample being used but this is not new for J. Cole. This is the 2016 Work Out/Can’t Get Enough, Power Trip, or Wet Dreamz. It will get radio play, have a nice video, but has a great message to get more ears that are still missing out on the J. Cole train. This is probably my favorite commercial type song he has done. 4. Ville Mentality: Another song that I love for the story being told. Ville Mentality can easily be inserted with the name of your city of your current mentality you are trying to escape. Nigga play me, never! 5. She’s Mine, Pt 1: The person that loves love, I’m in love with this song. It describes the feeling of real love for the first time, knowing that it is really real. The physical and mental portions of love. He kept it real in the tone/eyes of the person we are experiencing this album through. She gets him, you get me. I love it! 6. Change: Change is the 2016 Crooked Smile…good positive song 7. Neighbors: Another top favorite of mine…the hook alone draws you in. The neighbors thinks I’m selling dope…well motherfucker, I am. No matter how much legal success you have you will have “neighbor” type figures ready to tear down that success when they feel you look like a stereotype. 8. Foldin Clothes: My top song from the album…again, it’s dealing with the idea of being in love. The idea of folding clothes is so simple and that’s exactly what real love should be. About wanting to do the simple things for the person you love. Folding clothes can be literal in a sense and also metaphorical. Beautiful song 9. She’s Mine Pt 2: Beautiful song about being a father, another form love that has J. Cole in a rare beautiful and personal form on this song. Such a pretty song 10. 4 Your Eyez Only: Great way to wrap up this album, the song reminds me of a type of song Nas would record. It is revealed on this song that this album is about the life of James McMillian Jr, a friend of J. Cole.

4 Your Eyez Only released Friday 12/9/16
4th album released exactly 2 years after 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. To Me this is a great follow up album to 2014 FHD. As a J. Cole fan from the very first mixtape, I was a little nervous as to what J. Cole was going to present to his fans this time around. The two years we had to wait for this body of work was worth it. As I always say when debating or presenting facts about J. Cole you hear the growth in this album. I feel overall the album is told through the eyes of someone else and also J. Cole’s eyes on topics. I think the more bodies or work J. Cole present to us we can almost negate his debut album. I only say negate because it was the most commercial, unlike the mixtape J. Cole of all the albums he has released. I took to the mixtape J. Cole because I connected to the stories he was bringing to life. Very solid album and definitely would call it his second classic album.

1. For When the Bell Tolls: I think this is a great opening for this album. The words paint the picture of the search of hope. A lot of J. Cole’s music has a big undertone of hope. Reality is also presented in this track….life (hope) vs death (everyone has to face it one day).
2. Immortal: This is a perfect follow up song to the opening song. I say that because we fall right into the story of a young drug dealer. I love the hook of the song because it tends to be the cry of young men and their “heroes” they uphold to standard of being real or a “hood legend”. Again, a great story bought to life on a beat that has you bobbing your head and listening to all the instruments used on this beat. At least, this is how my brain works.
3. Déjà vu: Probably one of my top three songs that I love on this album. Again, I’m big on painting pictures and bringing stories to life. I can totally see this story and already see the video in my head. Now, I know this is such a commercial song because of the sample being used but this is not new for J. Cole. This is the 2016 Work Out/Can’t Get Enough, Power Trip, or Wet Dreamz. It will get radio play, have a nice video, but has a great message to get more ears that are still missing out on the J. Cole train. This is probably my favorite commercial type song he has done.
4. Ville Mentality: Another song that I love for the story being told. Ville Mentality can easily be inserted with the name of your city of your current mentality you are trying to escape. Nigga play me, never!
5. She’s Mine, Pt 1: The person that loves love, I’m in love with this song. It describes the feeling of real love for the first time, knowing that it is really real. The physical and mental portions of love. He kept it real in the tone/eyes of the person we are experiencing this album through. She gets him, you get me. I love it!
6. Change: Change is the 2016 Crooked Smile…good positive song
7. Neighbors: Another top favorite of mine…the hook alone draws you in. The neighbors thinks I’m selling dope…well motherfucker, I am. No matter how much legal success you have you will have “neighbor” type figures ready to tear down that success when they feel you look like a stereotype.
8. Foldin Clothes: My top song from the album…again, it’s dealing with the idea of being in love. The idea of folding clothes is so simple and that’s exactly what real love should be. About wanting to do the simple things for the person you love. Folding clothes can be literal in a sense and also metaphorical. Beautiful song
9. She’s Mine Pt 2: Beautiful song about being a father, another form love that has J. Cole in a rare beautiful and personal form on this song. Such a pretty song
10. 4 Your Eyez Only: Great way to wrap up this album, the song reminds me of a type of song Nas would record. It is revealed on this song that this album is about the life of James McMillian Jr, a friend of J. Cole.