Princess Superstar

May 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.princesssuperstar.com/

http://www.myspace.com/k7princess

http://twitter.com/psuperstar

Name: Princess Superstar

Genre: Visual/Experimental/Zouk/Flip Flop

Major/Indie/Unsigned: The Corrupt Conglomerate Inc. (Indie)

Album: Mitch Better Get My Bunny (Demo tape, 1994),  Strictly Platinum (1995), CEO (1997), Last of the Great 20th Century Composers (2000), Princess Superstar Is (2001), My Machine (2005), The Best of Princess Superstar (2007)

Released: Grandmaster Flash – The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture (Compilation of artists) March 2009

Overall Rating (out of 4): 3.5

Musicality – Princess Superstar is experimental to say the least! Her music transitions through genres of music within a song. Mixing her DJ techniques to add twists to conventional beats. The backing samples and effects are just the right amount without overdoing it. Her breakdowns, bridges, and interludes always seem to progress the song and take it somewhere. It’s great when you see artists really improve over time when you look at his/her body of work. Full marks here.

Singing/Lyrics – Her raps, rhymes, and lyrics are ridiculously good! Her rhymes are so funny and intelligent, yet they are tight and on point. She really knows how write a song and rhyme that is distinctly her, nobody else could say it the same way.

Flow/Rhythm – The tunes are very creative hip hop that is slightly outside of mainstream, which means she really experiments with her songs to show her wide range of skills (DJ/emcee/rapper). Kudos!

Freshness – She definitely has an original style and ultra creative music that mixes elements of hip hop/old school/DJ work to make a unique hybrid sound.

Technicality/Recording – Solid recordings, but some songs are mixed to different levels to vary the sound. It’s interesting experimenting, but sometimes the quieter songs lose some crispness, but oh well.

Visuals – As far as I know, she doesn’t have a Youtube page, however, her many fans have posted videos of her performances. On Myspace she has a great page with songs, links, updates and some real cool pictures! She also has her own website (all web links at the top), which she shares more songs, but most importantly has a blog that she posts in regularly (i.e. healthy food eating stuff, etc.). Finally, she has twitter too!

Top 2 Songs:

Very difficult to choose 2 top songs, since every song is pretty good, but since I have to, I decided to choose these 2 songs

1. My Machine (An amazing track with a cool bass/beat rhythms mixed with her super high quality rhymes, lyrics, and rapping) Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any video of this song.

2. Perfect (Exceeder) – Mason vs. Princess Superstar (Just an amazing remix of a song where the original was superb already! This song shows more of her DJ qualities)

2. Bad Babysitter (Uses a real cool jazzy hip hop loop. A very interesting funny lyrics, with a goofy video to go with it!)

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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Mr. J Medeiros (of The Procussions)

May 17, 2009 at 12:56 am (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.myspace.com/mrjmedeiros

http://www.myspace.com/theprocussions

Name: Mr. J Medeiros (of The Procussions)

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

Major/Indie/Unsigned: Indie

Album: Friends Enemies Apples Apples

Released: 2009 Summer

Overall Rating (out of 4) 3.5

Musicality – It’s all over the place musically, yet it makes it perfect sense. Quite complex for Hip Hop/Rap.

Singing – The rhymes and transitions from one MC to the next, very smooth. I can’t argue with this…Tara Ellis is featured in a song and it sounds good!

Lyrics – Quality within the rhymes, yet easy enough to understand and for some reason leaves you wanting to hear it again!

Flow/Rhythm – Very strong! Smooth sound, it’s too bad more mainstream didn’t emulate the underground because this is good, real good!

Freshness – Well worth listening to. It’s more chill Hip Hop, where you are just listening to the rhymes and music, while nodding your head.

Technicality/Recording – Excellent!

Visuals – Not much videos to be found with them (underground mentality I guess), although Mr J. Medeiros has his own Youtube channel. His Myspace page is looking good with lots of information and cool graphics. In the end, it’s about the music, and he’s got it in spades.

Top 2 Songs:

1. Love is All feat. Tara Ellis (No vids of it, so just go to Mr. J Medeiros – Myspace link at the top of the page to hear this new track. The song is amazing. For that reason I’ll pick two other songs).

These next two songs were off his 2008 “Of gods and girls” album (available on itunes)

2. Constance (Soothing Hip Hop, with an ol’ School Vibe, so catchy, and the lyrics/rhymes amazing!)

3. Miss January feat. Talib Kweli (Slick groovin’ song with positive vibes and oodles of flow and great rhymes…try not to nod your head while listening to this track).

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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Maria Z – Maria Zouroudis

May 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm (Music Reviews, Unsigned Artists) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.myspace.com/mariazouroudis

Name: Artist Maria Zouroudis (Maria Z)

Genre: Pop/R&B

Major/Indie/Unsigned: Unsigned

Album:

Released:

Overall Rating (out of 4): 2.5

Singing – She has an amazing voice! Her voice has a very pure sound, and you emotion carries through her voice to the listener. Check out my links to the top #2 songs below. She has a wide range, and I look forward to her future music.

Lyrics – The lyrics are alright, nothing too heavy or too light. The themes relate with stuff that you go through in life, nothing too fancy here. With Maria Z, I’m listening because I just want to hear her sing. That being said, she needs to focus on writing more original music, even though her cover recordings are outstanding.

Flow/Rhythm – Versatility is the word. Slow piano ballads, mixed with acoustic songs, and a hip hop number on top of that!

Freshness – She definitely has the talent, however, I get the sense she is still trying to find her sound/voice/style to break into the mainstream with. Will it be pop (ie. Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera), acoustic (Jewel) or R&B?

Technicality/Recording – Variable quality, but for the most part, pretty good.

Visuals – Amazing set up on her Youtube channel, probably could use some sprucing up of her Myspace site, but otherwise she’s doing a great job marketing herself (I heard she’s got twitter too! )

Top 2 Songs:

1. Extraordinary Love (Just a beautiful song, that needs to be heard!)

2. You’re Not Sorry – Taylor Swift Cover (The depth, sensitivity, and strength of her voice is showcased in this one)

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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Chrisette Michele – “Epiphany”

May 15, 2009 at 3:03 am (Major Label, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.myspace.com/chrisettemichele

Name:  Chrisette Michele

Genre: Soul/Jazz/Hip Hop

Major/Indie/unsigned: Major/Def Jam Recordings

Album: Epiphany

Released: 2009

Overall Rating (out of 4): 3

Musicality – An interesting mix of ballads, R&B numbers, and Jazzy pop confections makes the soft music you hear, quite enchanting.

Singing – I would compare her voice to a modern day Billie Holliday. Her voice is very sultry and has a maturity within the voice. Her voice is also very versatile, as she can crossover easily from Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop.

Lyrics – Love, life, and everything in between. She sings every word convincingly.

Flow/Rhythm – Very chill, with a relaxed vibe.

Freshness – She is different and her mishmash of styles combined with her voice, make the music almost seem like fusion cooking (a blend of colors!)

Technicality/Recording – Excellent! Would you expect any less from Def Jam?

Visuals – Her Myspace page is excellent. The P.R. and marketing team sure know what they’re doing. A glam shot of the face of Chrisette Michele is probably the best way for her to develop major brand name recognition in the entertainment world.

Top 2 Songs:

1. Epiphany (Hybrid sound! Subtle hip hop beats with jazzy overlay, and then there’s her voice!)

2. Love is You (Just a beautiful song, sung wonderfully)

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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