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Philadelphia Painter Water Amplifies Black Voices Through Art

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Today we want to introduce you to an artist that is blowing up in his hometown philly and going viral nationwide with his art. His name is Alexander Ruffin but he is also known as “Water”. The inspiration behind his masterpieces comes from what he has seen personally while growing up in the Philadelphia neighborhoods. Additionally, topics of mental health, police protests, and current black social issues. Water is a mixed media artist that is making his mark in the art industry and surely leaving a memorable impression.

His pieces spark emotion that can feel serene at one moment then triggering the next. Recently, a painting by him went viral. The powerful painting reads the words “PROTECT BLACK WOMEN.” After he released the piece, he took to IG to share, “The mission never changes. Just a new task comes ahead. Live and Die for the family and always protect the Queen. This is probably my personal favorite piece to date… The elegance mixed with violence grabs my soul with pain… I’m honestly in love… Where’s The Water?” Please Take a look at Water’s work and let them guide you through a journey of emotion and Life. Also, take a look at his anxiety pillow he released early last month. The first drop of the Signed Limited Edition pillows sold out in the first 15 hours of the release! So he is surely someone who is spreading and gaining some notoriety quickly!

Purchase items at the website here.

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Mike G – These Things (Single)

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Lubbock, Texas based artist Mike G shares “These Things” off his debut album ‘No Dead End.’

With over 129K streams, “These Things” proves to be a favorite in the streets, on charts, and of course on fingertips of DJs worldwide. The cinematic production along with Mike G’s lyricism and relatable anecdotes, are sure to motivate people to succeed in life. If you want to be the man you need a masterplan…

Mike G went from sleeping on floors to changing his reality, push play to be part of that experience. Stream “These Things” and connect with Mike G below.

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Interview: Upcoming Artist Aaron Reflex Shares New EP ‘Reflex Season’

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New York-based artist Aaron Reflex (Real name Mustafah Aaron Steele) has released his debut EP Reflex Season. The EP reflects on themes in Aaron’s life while displaying his effervescent style. Featuring standout tracks like “Hood Cinderella” and “Bands On Me” the nine-track EP shows off Reflex’s unique voice and ability for creating music.
With a vocal character rooted in hip-hop and R&B origins, Reflex’s sound has evolved to blend elements of trap-soul and emotion. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources, musical and otherwise, Reflex’s music delivers captivating sounds and infectious beats. His distinct vocals and lyrical nuance anchor his idealistic thoughts and flows.
Make sure you stream the project Reflex Season, out now. And keep reading to learn more about him as an artist.
What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I was born in Bronx, NY and moved when I was five to Queens, NY. I always lived in NY but I have visited and performed in Atlanta, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, and a few other states.
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
My artist name is Aaron Reflex. My real name is Mustafah Aaron Steele. I came up with Aaron Reflex by mixing my middle name with Reflex. I also wanted something that a million other people didn’t have. When I googled it no one came up so I claimed it. Now I come up on Google and it’s a blessing to see the growth over time. Reflex honestly use to be part of my Xbox gamertag so I put it together. At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?  Music has always been something I wanted to do. It doesn’t matter if it was singing, playing instruments, or trying to teach myself from YouTube. I always had fun doing it and enjoyed seeing myself level up. I taught myself how to sing. I have always known music is something I would like to do because it’s fun to create. I like being in control of what I’m doing and have fun doing it. Who wouldn’t want to do what they love? Where I come from, a lot of people are not successful. Music started out as a recreational activity that I took very seriously but is constantly turning into something bigger. I would always work on music and my sound after school or work. All of college I made music and constantly released to SoundCloud and did singing covers and remixes consistently to different songs.
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Music has been part of my life since I was young. I always liked singing and was dared by my friend in third grade to raise my hand and audition for a solo in chorus class. He bet me $5 and I was thinking this is an easy $5 at the time. I raised my hand and actually sounded okay. Fast forward, I sung every year after that in elementary school and did many solos in chorus class. In middle school I learned to play guitar and piano thanks to my music teacher and many YouTube videos. I performed for the graduation playing guitar every year in middle school. In high school I was still singing but not performing as much as when I was younger.  I was performing for friends. I got better at rapping because I use to sing and my friend rapped — they said I just liked singing to the girls so I worked on my rapping a lil bit more and got better. Now I can freestyle really good and can even have people throw in words. As I’m rapping and incorporate them well into the freestyle.

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