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Alzena: Harmoniously cultivating a flowing safe place.

G-mentality kicks off the New Year with her first guest, adroit and benevolent music producer, Alzena. Alzena also is the founder of “Presence”, a music outlet where the musically inclined come together and create sonic moods– which most people would consider a “Jam”. We got to talk about their views on the music scape and get to know them as person overall. Continue reading Alzena: Harmoniously cultivating a flowing safe place.

Artist 2 Watch: HONCHOBRANDO

Rapper, HONCHOBRANDO, whose music has a valorous way of entertaining the masses recently dropped a new EP titled, “Jelly”. The track that stood out the most, was his latest single, “Cakewalk”, produced by El Blanco Niño. The lilting yet stirring drill beat succeeded at nudging listeners to dust off the gray winter blues and get right for the forthcoming warm weather. We at Paper Koi … Continue reading Artist 2 Watch: HONCHOBRANDO

Ken Genesis: An Imminent Pop-Star with a Profound Provenance.

Happy New Year everybody! We hope that everybody is okay because covid is outside cuttin’ up! We hate it, we really do! Please get tested! If you’re negative, stay safe! If you’re positive, we hope you feel better! If you’re positive and you’re at the hookah lounge blowing smoke at your [camera] phone… I’m side-eyeing you… you are [part] of the problem. For tonight’s interview … Continue reading Ken Genesis: An Imminent Pop-Star with a Profound Provenance.

Brief Album Review: Summer Walker’s “Still Over It”

R&B’s thriving Sad Girl, Summer Walker, has been through so much change since her 2019 debut album was released. She’s become a mother, dabbled in side projects, and suffered a very public split with Then-Boyfriend and music producer, LondonOnDaTrack. As time flashed passed, we were gifted her second anticipated album, “Still Over it” on November 5th, 2021. My opinion still stands, “Over It” did not … Continue reading Brief Album Review: Summer Walker’s “Still Over It”

Brief Album Review: Aminé’s Colorful TWOPOINTFIVE

Fall has finally trickled its way in, after its indecisive choice to stay and be cold. Along with the season change, outside has been sinfully serving us with exceptionally noticeable inflation, a suppler ominous time change, and a lot of our peers on the edge. Various artists have been able to keep us afloat while everything outside seems to get vicious. Portland Rapper, Aminé, dropped … Continue reading Brief Album Review: Aminé’s Colorful TWOPOINTFIVE

TaiXChi: Sustaining the Art of Formlessness within Rap Music

With trepidation, Paper Koi’s G-Mentality was able to interview a fascinating rapper by the name of, TaixChi (if you were not sure, the “x” is silent– strictly for name distinction). Hailing from the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, we were able to get a feel of who he is all while weigh in on his creations. The interview took an intriguing turn into his views on music and was warmly received with the rapper explaining that he wants to continue the magic of moving his audiences with his music. The interview radiates a wonderful aura of playfulness, fluidity, and a sense of rich familiarity. Continue reading TaiXChi: Sustaining the Art of Formlessness within Rap Music

Z.A.M. : Getting Into Female Rap’s New Power Trio

With Paper Koi Magazine newly delivering visual interviews with upcoming creatives, Interviewer and Writer, G-Mentality, queried the fresh and colorful rap trio: Z.A.M. including Rasti, Goldi, and Mika sharing their scope on their craft and their ideas touching the music industry, and more! They shared their own detailed experience of making music, taking risks, and hopes on their journey within female rap. Continue reading Z.A.M. : Getting Into Female Rap’s New Power Trio

It’s Been a Whole Year My N*gga: A Brief Album Review on Aminé’s “Limbo”

Each day Rapper, Aminé uses his astounding artistry to deconstruct the insipid depiction of his hometown Portland, Oregon, where black most definitely people exist. He continues to put his city on his back, remarkably after he dropped his second album, Limbo, on August 7th, 2020. As a strong supporter since his first album Good for You and attending his past two concerts, trust me when … Continue reading It’s Been a Whole Year My N*gga: A Brief Album Review on Aminé’s “Limbo”