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JJ Doze Explores Feelings of Self-Doubt in Brooding Rap Single “Who Am I”

Independent New York-based Rapper JJ Doze reflects on feelings of insecurity and uncertainty in his passionate new single “Who Am I”. This single, while undeniably danceable and punchy, gives listeners a profound insight into the rapper’s behind-the-scenes struggles. Reminiscent of rap icons like NF and Hopsin, JJ Doze deep dives into his experience of not knowing his purpose and finding his identity as overarching themes of this track. Throughout the single, the artist walks listeners through various situations that have inhibited his ability to find clarity in his purpose. JJ Doze uses the verses to elaborate on his experience – delivering lyrics characterized by sincere wisdom sharpened by rugged angst – and lets loose on anthemic choruses providing a much-needed cathartic moment for the heavy-hearted lyrical content of the verses. At its core, this single embodies a brooding sense of longing for guidance that anyone unsure of what the future holds can relate to. 

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JJ Doze prides himself on pushing his music to demonstrate a deep vulnerability; he faces his demons head-on and leaves everything on the table. The rapper does not shy away from examining the darkest depths of his experience, and “Who Am I” is no exception. In the midst of an inner war incited by shame, JJ Doze raps, “I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror, yeah. Wish I could say ‘I am proud of myself’ yeah,” providing listeners with deeply emotional, almost feverish imagery. He continues building anticipation for the chorus by peeling away another layer of anguish. “I lost the confidence inside my character,” he professes, “and I be thinking I will always be alone if I can never find it back.” JJ Doze shows up with raw lyricism, palpable passion, and a confident flow that keeps fans captivated and wanting more.

Born as Jonathan Jesus Mendoza (JJ Doze) in New York City. He continuously finds ways to be more creative for his songs, videos, & writings. He started gaining exposure after a single, called ‘Once Upon A Time’, where he shares his true thoughts/emotions that can be relatable to many. JJ Doze carries this style throughout all of his songs, which can make many form a connection with his music.

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Ol’ Burger Beats Crafts Timeless Beats and Conscious Rhymes in ’74: Out of Time’

Ol' Burger Beats

Ol’ Burger Beats is a talented musician from Norway who has just released his latest album, “74: Out of Time”. The album has 17 tracks and features a mix of old and new sounds that take the listener on a musical journey through time.

The tempo of the album is set at 74 beats per minute, which gives it a unique and relaxing feel. The album also addresses some important issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and politics in the US and Europe.

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Ol’ Burger Beats has collaborated with some of the best hip-hop artists, including Fly Anakin, Awon, Quelle Chris, Pink Siifu, and more. The result is an album that is both diverse and reflective of Ol’ Burger Beats’ growth as a composer.

“74: Out of Time” will be released on Feb. 16th on Coalmine Records and will be available on all major music platforms, as well as on cassette and vinyl. With special edition items and merchandise bundles, fans can join Ol’ Burger Beats on this incredible musical journey.

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Bryce Bowyn’s “Divine Chemistry” EP Promises a Sonic Revolution

Bryce Bowyn

Bryce Bowyn, a talented musician from Washington, DC, released a new “Divine Chemistry” music album on February 9, 2024. The album has five new songs and showcases Bowyn’s musical evolution, featuring various themes and genres.

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One of the most exciting songs in the album is called “Saint Sebastian,” a synth-pop creation inspired by Renaissance art and the complexities of unrequited, queer love. The album also includes some previously released songs such as “A Bridge Burned Down,” “Town” (a collaboration with Lexie Martin), and “Devils of Dupont,” which is the theme song for the Dupont Investigations podcast. In addition, the album features a new song called “If Only,” which is an exploration of electronic music produced by FHUR.

Bryce Bowyn has received recognition for his contributions to the arts, including a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He has performed with other popular musicians like Shauna Dean Cokeland and GIRLI, and he is preparing for his 2024 Pride Tour, where he will perform songs from the “Divine Chemistry” album across the country.

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The “Divine Chemistry” album is available for streaming on popular music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. It will take you on an 18-minute and 31-second musical journey full of sonic brilliance that you won’t soon forget.

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