Need real hip hop? Look no further than the latest single “Soul Searching” by Emcee “Hemanifezt”

hemanifezt photoThe unique characteristics of hip hop have enabled it to evolve over time influencing numerous sub-genres. Although during this evolution, many commercial artists have drifted far way from empowering and socially aware tracks, indie artists who function outside of the mainstream still embrace strong lyrical content. Our artist of the week, Hemanifezt is an artist that delivers thought-provoking content through his work. His latest digital release is a single called “Soul Searching”. The track is bares a close resemblance to hip hop of the early to mid-90s when the lyrical content of hip hop was rich in-depth and cultural relevance and the music was influenced by soulful, retro-funk sounds, and earlier R&B music.

“Soul Searching” is a picturesque analysis of hip hop’s influence on life in one form or another. Hemanifezt brings some personal experiences into the lyrical storyboard illustrated on the track. He speaks to his listeners from an inspirational and motivational perspective. Through the track he has a powerful connection with fans and it is evident that he is a seasoned lyricist. His style can be described as Wu-Tang meets Common with a strong dose of Guru in that it reaches a deeper level requiring fans to truly engage with the music not only because of the sound but because of the thematic content. Early rap music in its infancy was often politically and socially conscious branded with haunting underground beats, paying homage to leaders and rebels who shaped and empowered the masses, making it stand out with such distinction that few could replicate it’s design effectively. Now, with the dawn of a new generation of hip hop enthusiasts upon us, Hemanifezt is likely to be one of the most empowering lyricists to bless the digital music-sphere.


Listen to “Soul Searching” by Hemanifezt now streaming on SoundCloud.

Follow Hemanizfezt on Twitter @Hemanizfezt


Be Inspired with Recording Artist John Blake’s Album Release “Your Light (Let it Shine)”

John BlakeInspiring The World

In these often turbulent times, music can act as a natural remedy for the trials and tribulations that life tends to throw our way. Tuning out some of the worldly noise and opening our minds to positive messages is not only enlightening but inspiring. When contemporary sounds collide with relevant songwriting, inspirational music has the power to connect people to the bigger picture. The messages also allow individuals to be reflective, seek answers, and find motivation when all may seem lost. Inspirational music is most effective when it can reach an intended audience through sounds and styles that they are familiar with. The music provides a vessel by which the artist can share their personal testimony with others.

Author, lyricist, and poet Jonathan Anthony Burkett known by the moniker John Blake has released his latest project  “Your Light (Let it Shine)”, now available for pre-order on iTunes. “Your Light (Let it Shine)” is an upbeat track with a motivating theme that encourages listeners not to give up but to find their reason to prevail in the face of adversity. Blake truly delivers a message that many people in today’s world desperately need to hear.

John Blake performs a spirited set of hip hop bars over an upbeat track with the help of featured artist Elisa Polanco who lends her soul-filled vocals on the hook. Blake graces fans with impressive lyrical proficiency and socially conscious content. The song is an optimistic and refreshing perspective on life and self-actualization. Blake and Polanco put together an excellent collaboration that is already receiving outstanding reviews from fans around the musicsphere.

Check out John Blake’s new video for “Your Light (Let it Shine)

Pre-Order “Your Light (Let it Shine) on i Tunes.

Having faced his own personal challenges head-on, John Blake is not only a gifted lyricist but a songwriter, author, and poet who has shared his journey of personal growth through his creative works. “Your Light (Let it Shine” is the latest in a series of music, videos, and books that John has made available to the masses. As a highly acclaimed writer, he has reached thousands of people around the globe, providing inspirational testimony and empowering messages. Check out more work from John Blake on Look for his upcoming album release schedule to hit the streets on April 1st. In the meantime, don’t forget to pre-order your copy!

If you enjoyed this post, and dig the sounds of John Blake, like and share it with your friends and musical cohorts.

Bringing Self-Expression Center Stage: Arts Out Loud Event at BailaFuzion Dance Studio

Band Dear Adamus

Band Dear Adamus

Marquita Bianca, sought after performance artist and owner of BailaFuzion Dance Studio along with published author and spoken word poet Terell K. Mercer teamed up to present “Arts Out Loud: Diversity in the Arts Showcase”, the first in a monthly series.  The Friday night event was held inside of the beautifully designed BailaFuzion Dance Studio on Holland Road, in Virginia Beach. “Arts Out Loud” or A.O.L. is an intimate gathering that showcases a number of artistic styles including spoken word, poetry, music, dance, and the visual arts.

While held in a cozy setting with an eclectic ambiance,  the event featured an array of talented artists based in Hampton Roads, affectionately known as the “757” or “7 Cities” by locals. Highlighted performers of the evening included author and spoken word artist Susette “Sdot”, poet Beautiful Dizaster, Champ the Poet, and band Dear Adamus. In addition, the work of visual artist Andre Davis was on display and is currently being exhibited during the month of February in the studio. Each artist brought a unique flavor to the showcase, sharing with the captured audience, some of the stories behind their work.

The event provided a constructive platform for the young artists to share, collaborate, and network in a supportive environment. The venue was filled with attendees who eagerly awaited each special guest and welcomed them to the stage with plenty of encouragement and a great deal of love. The artistic elements presented, effectively delivered a 4-dimensional gallery of creative expression in an interactive setting.

If you are looking for a unique and entertaining night out, definitely check out Arts Out Loud: Diversity in the Arts Showcase every month at BailaFuzion Dance Studio.

AOLpicLearn more about Arts out Loud: Diversity in the Arts by visiting

Follow BailaFuzion on Facebook

Check out more work from Terell K. Mercer on ReverbNation


Do you know of any great spoken word or open-mic events? If you’ve got the 411, we want to hear about it,  please send your suggestions to