James Gardin Drops ‘Diamond In The Rough,’ A Song For The Underdog Artist

James Gardin has hit our pages several times – known for his empowering rhymes, uptempo melodies, and lyrical skill. His latest single, Diamond in the Rough is his magnum opus. The song’s chorus is catchy and takes a gritty, distorted, yet melodic approach. Diamond in the Rough’s song structure accentuates the chorus, one that empowers the … More James Gardin Drops ‘Diamond In The Rough,’ A Song For The Underdog Artist

James Gardin Is Back With Groovy New Track ‘Joy’

2018 has been good to James Gardin. An uplifting visual, a collaborative joint with James & Terem (peep last post) and an actual Tommy Hilfiger theme song. Yes, he’s garnered attention far and wide, but the grind never stops. One month later, James is back with Joy, another song that encourages us to push along … More James Gardin Is Back With Groovy New Track ‘Joy’

James Gardin Crafts Theme Song For Latest Tommy Hilfiger Collab

ILLECT signee James Gardin has been dropping monumental hits this year. From May’s Complaining to July’s Groove – he has perfected the art of fusing funk, soul, pop, and hip hop. All of his hard work has paid off in a HUGE way. ICONIC, his latest track with Terem, was selected as the theme song for Tommy Hilfiger’s latest  collaboration with … More James Gardin Crafts Theme Song For Latest Tommy Hilfiger Collab

ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

ILLECT Recordings signee’s James Gardin and Terem recently teamed up for a funky, new record titled Groove. Terem brings out the best in James and his half-sung raps and catchy chorus. Groove has potential, but it’s lacking polish. James often goes off-key, and the volume of his voice changes rapidly. I’m not sure if that’s due … More ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

James Gardin’s Funk Inspired Hit ‘Complaining’ Finally Gets the Visual Treatment

James Gardin’s newest song Complaining has become a national hit. The track was featured on Hot97, NPR, ESPN’s “First Take,” and Spotify with critical acclaim. The attention is not a fluke – Complaining is a feel good, funk inspired single featuring groovy production from Young Heat. The Complaining music video has finally dropped, and is a perfect representation of … More James Gardin’s Funk Inspired Hit ‘Complaining’ Finally Gets the Visual Treatment

Mikeyy Austin Drops “Rock Steady” With Midwest Heavy Hitters Packy, James Gardin & Phourthelov

Mikeyy Austin has had a hell of a year propelled by his well-received  “L I F T E D” LP. Tons of blogs picked it up (along with yours truly) and was even reviewed by Dead End Hip Hop. The project dropped over 5 months ago, and I’ve been wondering when I’d get to indulge … More Mikeyy Austin Drops “Rock Steady” With Midwest Heavy Hitters Packy, James Gardin & Phourthelov

Sareem Poems & Newselph Drop Effortlessly Smooth Single, ‘This Life,’ Off Upcoming Joint LP

If you still aren’t aware of Illect Recordings, you’re missing out on a LOT of dope music. A prominent signee, Sareem Poems, has been all over flowsfordays, and has never offered anything less than innovative hip hop. He can switch from smooth nostalgia to lyrical slaughters that will put most emcee’s to rest. Sareem Poems … More Sareem Poems & Newselph Drop Effortlessly Smooth Single, ‘This Life,’ Off Upcoming Joint LP

Catching Up On Submissions Part 4 (Best Of)

FREE Party – Alady Rap duo’s can often sound stale, emulating either the NY power groups of the 90’s, or everyone taking turns with their verses in one song. The musical duo that is FREE Party were born and raised in Maryland, but after making their way to LA have found the inspiration to pursue … More Catching Up On Submissions Part 4 (Best Of)

Catching Up On Submissions Part 2 (Best Of)

Sareem Poems and Ess Be put their heart and soul into their new collab Dance For the Dead. The only introduction you need is the cover art. While listening, read Sareem’s excerpt on why he created it, along with some analysis: “Dance for the Dead is an upbeat single that I begin writing over the summer … More Catching Up On Submissions Part 2 (Best Of)