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There is something special about an authentic Oakland record. You can hear the East Oakland overtone in the first three seconds-- If you know, you know. John Doe delivers us nothing short of a bop with "Catch These Hands," one of the many dope songs by the artist. I also had the pleasure of reviewing not only the song, but the music video linked here. One of the best aspects of this song is how calm the artist sounds. John Doe does a great job of honoring the beat, giving it space to breathe, and allowing his lyrics and delivery to do the rest.

Bop: Yes. As an East Oakland native, John Doe has created a space for the Oakland sound. This beat is very Oakland. When watching the video, John Doe's friend in the background is even accompanying the song with original Bay Area dances, further solidifying the authenticity of the beat and the song. This is a subtle bop. When played in the car speakers, the song hugs you from all sides and encourages you to dance and move. Get into it, y'all.

Airpods Quality: Perfection. The vocals are clear and the beat doesn't drown out John Doe's flow. The mix on "Catch These Hands" is so clean, it blends well perfectly. When you play it from your airpods, it glides into your brain like butter; a bumping production with a beautifully smooth mix makes for a great single. When your production value is high, you can get away with a lot of things that sticklers may nitpick about. But when your production is great, flow is great, and your mix is on point, you have a radio-ready song. This song is ready for KMEL.

Knock Value: 10/10. You know that feeling you get when you hop in your car on your way to the gym, and you're trying to figure out how to get in the mood but you don't want to use your workout playlist; you just want to get a lil umph going? Yea, "Catch These Hands" will do just that for you. And with the knock value, this song will have your car JOMPIN.

Misogyny Meter: The question is, "will the ladies love it?" It is no question that when women love a song, it will do great. "Knuck if you Buck" is a prime example. The club screams "YEA WE KNUCKIN A BUCKIN AND READY TO FIGHT..." because the ladies love that part/verse. "Catch These Hands" has that same potential. While the verses are not performed by a woman, the energy is there. The hook is Instagram-caption-worthy and the verses are just vague enough to be applicable to a hater of any gender.

Overall, "Catch These Hands" is a very solid song. It is simple, yet has so much personality. Even the video, though simple, there is so much personality in the locations chosen: they are outdoorsy and interesting. John Doe doesn't do too much by going out of budget but is still able to provide a decent music video for his single.

Independent artists can take note from John Doe: book the video shoot; don't worry about having 20 girls in the video or renting a Maserati. Don't worry about having a handful of cash, or any of that if you don't already have it. Allow your fans to grow with you. Allow the people who support you to do just that. And watch how things take off.

Great work, John Doe.




Ink, 2022

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Apollo King 47 has created a solid acoustic tune with "Patron;" accompanied by a Richie Picasso visual, Apollo King 47 croons over his own acoustic production. A humble artist from Tenosique De Pino Suarez, Tabasco, Mexico, Apollo King 47 gives us an international song to vibe along to that is sanguine, vulnerable, and hopeful about building a life for yourself.

Bop: This is an acoustic mellow vibe, and Apollo King 47 is a crooner, for sure. Most of the songs in his catalogue are romantic, yet they are genuine, much like "Patron." It is clear that his songwriting concentrates on a heavy Baby Bash influence (whose first album was also released independently 😉). We love authenticity, especially from our international artists who often experience discrimination from predominantly English-speaking platforms. The joy comes in being able to experience a Spanish-speaking artist, digest their lyrics, and honor the space in-between. Love is a universal language, and Apollo King 47 has given us something to bop to with "Patron".

Airpods Quality: As can be expected with an Indie Artist, the mix on the song is a bit raw. However, this adds a lot of character to this acoustic song in its entirety. It feels like being invited to an intimate concert; like MTV's Unplugged. If you love a good acoustic song to add to your playlist, give Apollo King 47 a listen.

Knock Value: I wouldn't consider this a song that will have the speakers knocking screws loose. It is acoustic and inspirational. The knock comes with the feeling put into the song. As mentioned earlier, love is a universal language-- it is felt. Speaking of dreams for yourself and the life you want is empathetic, because who doesn't have dreams? Try not to expect your speakers to be JOMPIN; this is a ballad; a love letter to the self; it begs to question: how big can you dream?

Misogyny Meter: There are a few instances that could make one wince, but we can let this one slide. I'll give it a 6/10.

Overall, "Patron" is a very solid song from international artist, Apollo King 47. The song has been well-received and has even been reviewed by Plan-A Radio co-founder, DJ Show (linked here).

Make sure to check out Apollo King 47 on all platforms linked below.




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Ink, 2022

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Updated: Jul 5, 2022

The West Coast continues to deliver talented artists who understand their sound and Kyee is here to prove that very point. "L.M.S.M" is a heartfelt bubbly song reminiscent of the 00's ear RnB; it is funky; it pops; and it is beautifully melodic. The song samples Mooreyardi's "It's Gon Be Alright," and offers a beautiful chorus in return. With the accompanied music video, Kyee delivers a colorful visual to this love song. The video is so fun! Kyee even incorporates a dance ensemble, which is one of the truest signs of a talented artist. It's giving Beyoncé, y'all.

Bop: If you enjoy Beyoncé, or appreciate Lauryn Hill's pen, then you'll love this song. Kyee is an Oakland native, so it is only appropriate that she delivers a bop that is all encompassing of the phenomenal artist that she is. This song is even more amplified by the incredible music video which features dancing and playfulness from the cast. Kyee's "L.M.S.M" is a bop, for sure. You will absolutely enjoy this song and the music video (linked here).

Airpods Quality: It is rare to have heard such a beautifully mixed song. This song comes out of your airpods like butter; so smooth and so rich. The guitar isn't too plunky, it falls into the fold of the production-- very hand in hand. Kyee's vocals are also perfect. Nothing more could be done to perfect the sound of this song and how it travels through your ears. Kyee places herself amongst a host of beautifully raspy singers like Mariah Carey, Brandy, and Sade.

Knock Value: Out. Of. The. Park. What a stellar song from an incredible independent artist. "L.M.S.M." is a 10 out of 10 in Knock Value. It is beautifully crafted, it is well produced, it is phenomenally delivered, and well packaged. Kyee is SPITTIN on this song. She gives honor to the beat with her melodic pauses. You can hear the Missy Elliot influence with the space she gives the beat to exist alongside her beautiful voice and lyrics. She even sends us out of the song by adding her vocals to the harmony in the background. Spectacular.

Misogyny Meter: "L.M.S.M." is the song to sub your ex to 😂. It is fully inclusive and can be sang by all (it's even appropriate for the kiddos).

Kyee has a certified banger with this one. It is radio ready and should be getting shopped around to labels immediately. Kyee is a well packaged independent artist with a lot to offer the game. You can tell she has a hip hop influence, but the lady is all soul. Kyee is the next up in the R&B game. We have been awaiting someone like this who can appeal to a younger demographic, but come with some roots as well.

Be sure to follow Kyee the social media platforms linked below, and check out her video, "L.M.S.M" (Love Me, Show Me) below and on Youtube.





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Ink, 2022

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