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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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Mooktoven Wants You To “Hit Em Up” With Unfoonk

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Atlanta never misses when it comes to hip hop stars. Platinum hitmaker and rising music artist
Mooktoven is putting on for ATL in a major way. Coming fresh off the release of his “Hit Em Up single featuring Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, he is balancing being a CEO of his own label, signing a publishing recording deal with Empire and being one of the hottest creatives in the south.

Adding Unfoonk to this release was genius as the two have a musical chemistry that is unmatched. As Mook produces and raps fans get a chance to see how he bridges the two in a sonically pleasing trap  manner. The original trap cadences mixed with both of the emcees thriving vocals creating a memorable listening experience for the ear. Unfoonk does a great job of showcasing his raw talent making it easy for Mook to craft up yet another hit single.

“Hit ‘Em Up” is essentially the lead single off of Mook’s forthcoming highly anticipated Mooktoven Season 5 project release. As it is scheduled to be released before the end of the year, this is the perfect holdover for fans to salivate on until the project releases. This single is a record you didn’t even know you needed in your life. The high quality of production is something Mookotven prides himself in.

Press play below to listen to Mooktoven’sHit Em Up” single featuring Unfoonk.

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Ishtrumentals New “Ishtro” EP Is A Must Listen

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Atlanta based producer and rapper Ishtrumentals has a new project worth listening to. Titled Ishtro this new release showcases Ish’s impressive transition from being a full time producer to recording artist, while being the CEO of his own independent label.

Bringing that thriving ATL trap sound back to the forefront, Ish’s sound is heavily influenced by the likes  of Future, 808 Mafia, Metro Boomin, who does a great job of advancing the Atlanta music scene. On Ishtro you will hear talking about pushing past hardship to achieve greatness in a sonically pleasing manner. Making references to his high end fashion sense and lavish lifestyle, he hopes to be a beacon in the Hip Hop community inspires people to pursue their dreams no matter what.

A few songs they stand out the most on this tape include “Robot”, “Blowin Doja” and “Ghetto Princess”. But all in all this entire project is a masterpiece. You can play it from front to back without skipping a single song. This by far is his most prolific and high quality release by far.

As this rising star has so much depth in his songs, his auto tuned vocals and trap melodies serve as the soundtrack for all trappers stepping into the fall season. Ishtro is one of many releases Ish has scheduled for the 2021 season. Stay tuned for me.

Press play below to stream Ishtrumental’s new Ishtro tape below.

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