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Ayce Nyce -“DTLA” Ft. Too Short and Freddie Gibbs

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Today West Coast producer/rapper Ayce Nyce releases his new single “DTLA” featuring Bay Area pioneer Too Short and rap wordsmith, Freddie Gibbs. While Ayce is more commonly known for his work behind the boards with Too Short and other rappers, Ayce Nyce steps in front of the mic on this one that he said, “could be the new strip club anthem.”

“I feel like this could be the next strip club anthem. And who better to do that than Too Short? Then you got Freddie Gibbs and you got me the young buck on there bringing back that West Coast vibe.  I’m trying to make sure that I evoke elements of Dre and other great producers out here and I think you can hear that on this record,” Ayce Nyce said. 

Starting off as a producer working with Too Short, Ayce Nyce  began producing and engineering for the Bay Area legend at Short’s studio in downtown LA everyday. It was during that time that Ayce Nyce came up with the idea for the song. 

“I named the song DTLA for Downtown LA because me and Short go to a lot of clubs and he took me to this one spot called Sam’s. Ironically Freddie Gibbs took me there too and so it gave me the idea for the song called DTLA – it was just authentic. Short liked the beat and the hook and then I took it over to Gibbs and he knocked it out.”

The anticipated success of “DTLA” is a huge turnaround for Ayce Nyce after growing up without his mother in the rough Los Angeles neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, where nobody thought he would make it out alive.

Spending his youth jumping around from school to school as troubled youth, Ayce Nyce was no stranger to bathroom fights, gang violence and more which eventually lead to his expulsion from school after he brought a gun to school for protection. 

It was then that Ayce Nyce turned to playing the piano and music as a way to overcome the personal struggles of losing his mother and thus acting out in school. 

“I was born in Compton, but I wasn’t really raised there because I had different issues at school from an early age. When I was 9 I brought a gun to school one day for protection because I was being bullied and I ended up flashing it during an encounter in the bathroom,” Ayce Nyce explained. 

“After that I basically started playing the piano when I was about 13 and from there I was able to channel some of my frustrations with life.  I remember after I got expelled, I thought Carson was going to be a walk in the park or the suburbs or whatever, but it was really just like Compton. There were gangs there too in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade, so I’ve been around the gang culture my whole life and experienced the effects of it. I never joined one because I never wanted to, but I think Carson made me realize and open my eyes to fashion, music, art and all the other things in the world out side of gang violence.”

Going forward Ayce Nyce has performances planned for the Fall to go along with the release of more content. 

 

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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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Stream: @Theuthmusic “Nikes”

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HLGNLIFE Records artist The UTh drops his love song for the brand entitled “NIKES”. Listen above.

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