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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: 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

Enjoy an Unpunctual Double Album Review: “Donda” and “Certified Lover Boy”

With Adele and other big artists dropping, these singles are just flying! This review was petitioned by our amazing supporters, whom we also thank so much for your patience! We’re working and have things coming for you all. It was a tumultuous summer for a lot of folks this year; amidst the constant smoke and mirrors of rules and regulations of this ongoing pandemic, two … Continue reading Enjoy an Unpunctual Double Album Review: “Donda” and “Certified Lover Boy”

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”

A Quick Take on Rico Nasty’s “Anger Management”

DMV rapper, Rico Nasty, has consistently been far-fetched, colorful, and ORIGINAL for at least three years in the rap game now. With her early tracks like “Poppin’” to her most recent single, “Roof”, she’s helped me through releasing negative emotions with her head-knocking lyrics all while effortlessly maintaining rap’s successful theme of braggadocio. I knew my love for her was real when I watched her perform … Continue reading A Quick Take on Rico Nasty’s “Anger Management”

JESUS SLOAN: The Meaning Behind His Name, Remaining An Individual In A Generic World, & How His Upbringing Has Influenced His Work

Jesus Sloan– when first hearing his name it could catch the average church goer off guard, but listening to his music could convert you without a doubt. With songs like “803” and his newest track “Amerie”, In my opinion he would probably be considered too good to be underground and too cool be overrated. I got the chance to sit down and talk to him … Continue reading JESUS SLOAN: The Meaning Behind His Name, Remaining An Individual In A Generic World, & How His Upbringing Has Influenced His Work

Aric Andino: Learning How to Freestyle, the Drastic Changes in Hip-Hop, & the Thief of Joy

I met up with a rapper by the name of Aric Andino. We met up at Chick E.D’s, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant had an inviting aura and food smelled amazing. Aric Andino was there with an equally inviting smile preaching about how Chick E.D’s was the best spot chicken spot in Springfield. With customers bustling in, I could see he wasn’t lying. Aric … Continue reading Aric Andino: Learning How to Freestyle, the Drastic Changes in Hip-Hop, & the Thief of Joy