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Its always a given that those who create music, often reflect their creations. That songwriters be as deep and introspective as their songs dictate. NAPPI DEVI, a rapper/ singer/ songwriter from Detroit, who delivers melancholic and introspectiveness as a vocalist and songwriter, as much as he delivers rawness with a rapid fire delivery as a rapper.. He has stories to tell, as we all do. His are more entertaining yes, but he clearly wears his past pain and hopes for the sustaining of a brighter, stable and fruitful life. He is not afraid to put in the work, and is proud of his work and, to share his triumphs

NAPPI DEVI, is a creative. a born creative Virgo who has been into music since his youner days as a High Schooler . Its a safe haven of expression. His style is a blend of natural melodic vocalese. Its street but more poetic and descriptive . He flows between singing his verses and rapping in an effortless emotional flow that gets his message out and makes it easily, and enjoyably digestable. Much like vocalists SiR, Pink Sweat$, and his favorites Brent Faiyaz and Brother Kamau. He makes the kind of music that has a strong message of self reliance and resilience.
2020 as it began, Devearie Williams aka Nappi Devi, saw him Make moves early. An opening slot for Grammy Nominated RocNation emcee , Rapsody that set the tone and heightened expectations. Then COVID hit. But instead of wallowing and following, the Detroit emcee got more into his craft. “Hiphop is changing, but not necessarily in a bad way. The new styles make room for new artists.” says the doule threat Rapper & Vocalist who is adapt at both skills equally. Its his emotional approach to both that give you the best insight into what makes him tick. ” I like where it’s headed, especially knowing I’m not too far off from getting that ticket in. So it’s a vibe to my ears. (some songs & artists). Detroit is home, I feel like a lot of Industry people got their eyes on the city. Its only a matter of time before things really start poppin off.” Introspection is a Big part of not just his music, but who he is and strives to be as a person. He learned this at a young age to be resilient in his own self reliance. He also wants to be known as an artist, who took his career as serious as as his own life.. “I want to be respected as a artist & listed as one of the greats someday. That cool hipster kid who did his best & succeeded. Never gave up even when things were at its worst. Still overcame & rises, victorious.”
Its this focus that took him into and thru 2020 on a mission.. This year alone he has dropped two eps The 8 song Hip Hop Hipster Heavy “7.11” in April. Featruing the single “Muffin” which earned him write ups in National Blogs HypeOffLife.com and Singersroom.com.. which stated: “Devi may be one of the top stars in the musical genre without even knowing it. This cutting-edge, innovative ballad will continue to resonate with fans across a myriad of generations — old and young.” A Great distinction to be recognized and revered in such a way. But as the year 3030 raged on, DEVI got moved to action thru inspiration, and began crafting the 3 song “Mini” EP “NAPPIII” which he dropped in July. These songs served to give him release and relief as we went thru possibly , the worst year on record, for us all. But He decided, to take his personal observations, and create not just music but to up his visual presence as well. With Video treatments of the Lone Banger “Note to Self” and the Jazzy Smooth “5 on 2”, whos video has gained the most numbers of any of his prior videos and in one months time. He in turn has been energized to want more and to do more. He quickly retuned to the studio to create what I think will be a serious game changer, in audio form and visual.. the song called “Namaste”. Namaste, is defines or described as sometimes spoken as namaskar and namaskaram, is a customary, non-contact form of Hindu greeting. In the contemporary era, it is found on the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and among the Indian diaspora worldwide. The gesture is widely used in the parts of Southeast Asia where Indian religions are strong.  As the the title of his latest new song and video, is mainly about growth. “It’s about all the stress & anxiety I overcame to get where I am today. But the title is a sign of peace & tranquility. Basically trying to forget those dark moments to move into a brighter future.” says the Artist who draws comparisons and inspirations from a multitude of artists like Brent Faiyaz, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Andre 3000, Kendrick, Pierce the Veil, Erykah Badu, and Isaiah Rashad. He is riding a wave making it all count. “This has been a great and productive year . I have been focused …. And came a long way. I feel like I have a new musical direction .. I quit my job for this.” says Devi who is making noise in Detroit and giving people what they want.
A tireless and strong performer who gives an invigorating and human, stage show. Often interacting with the audience as if its a full blown conversation. He would make a great host, as his engagement is what draws in the audience, and his music moves them. He recently performed with a live band for his set for the Annual “Arts, Beats & Eats” Festival. Which due to Covid 19, was held virtually. Devi had a chance to flex his vocals organically and enjoyed every minute of it as did his supporters who gave him a steady audience and has returned for replays of the performance. “Nappi Devi now is a force to be reckoned with. Musically I’ve been hella productive, steady working hard to get ahead. I’m in a more comfortable position as an artist, even in my personal life! “Namaste”, is mainly about my growth. Its about all the stress & anxiety I over came to get where I am today. But the title is a sign of peace & tranquility. Basically trying to forget those dark moments to move into a brighter future. Says the detroit artist who cites one day working with fellow Detroit artist , Sada Baby.. “I like what Sada Baby is doing, I’d love to work with him, even if it was of his style. he says.. Always faithful to the “D”. Nappi Devi will no question hold Detroit down no matter how High he gets. No More Sorrows or Regrets. .

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Courtney Bell – Poverty Stricken

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It’s been less than 48 hours since the release, yet its impact feels impending. I’m gonna need to let the music soak in over the next few weeks, but first impressions – “Poverty Stricken” is an artist defining album. Courtney Bell has been verbally supplying his message for some time now, and it all comes together for this fantastic journey into his mind & thoughts. Articulate in the way Courtney Bell is able to paint pictures well driving you forward into deep listening to decipher what he is truly saying here. It’s deep, backed with powerful production including a track I was glad to see make it on as a bonus. “PSA” featuring production from Grammy award-winning producer !llmind finishes the fifteen song album off perfectly.

Long before you reach track fifteen though you travel a riveting path amongst the Detroit native’s metaphors & vivid verses. From the album artwork style lyric video above for the opening “GB4“, the structured storytelling of “1994/Dealer“, to other standouts such as “Garment” feat. Reason & “25 Hours” where we hear him speak on the risks and struggles of pursuing dreams. Off first impressions, I feel this will be in heavy rotation for some time to come indeed & that this album will unravel exciting new chapters for the artist.

Take in the entire album for yourself and enjoy the newest music from Courtney Bell.

Featuring Reason, Janae Lynn, & DCMBR 

Stream/Purchase via you favorite service here: https://songwhip.com/courtneybell/poverty-stricken

 

 

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AGiLE SOCiETY – NOT TODAY

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The moment I heard “Not Today” for the first time I was immediately drawn in. It soaks up the feeling of needing to be alone in your own space at times, a perfect analogy disguised behind wearing AirPods to avoid contact as you walk onward in your day. I swear somehow, someway Apple needs to see this! You know! This beautifully crafted video directed by BiLLY FAMOUS, and HEAR what not only garnered “GOLDEN RATiO“, a top album I featured on my top 50 list in 2019, but also happened to be one of my favorite cuts from that very album! Now with a brand new video to provide such an impactful song justice as you enter a sonic zone of appearing away, that we might all relate to at some level upon a tumultuous 2020. “Not Today” by AGiLE SOCiETY is one of those songs that you can go back to over and over and over.

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Mark Cooper, Fatt Father, Hatch Freestyle Over Blizzard Live From Detroit at Mix Studio One

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Three beasts with bars put on for World Emcee with a freestyle filmed live from Mix Studio One in Detroit, MI. Detroit’s nerdcore rap aficionado Mark Cooper kicks things off in a bout of three stellar verses from three versatile emcees who delivering their own unique take. Fatt Father brandishes the second offering amongst the three and finishes with a powerful statement that sums his verse up well, “my thoughts weigh a couple hundred pounds“. Hatch hit’s the fly on Mike Pence’s head as he twists and bends the ends to this outstanding Blizzard production that all three of these talented artists help do justice in a powerful way.

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