I’m a fashion icon.

BLOGGER, creativity, fashion, images, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, reading, shoes, sneakers, WORDS

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It’s the 31/12/2015 and today we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome 2016 but i couldn’t leave 2015 with nothing so me being me i set down with Mashamba Livhuwani to bless you with new age history’s final post for this year.
Who is Mashamba Livhuwani and what his about? you’ll have to read below to find out
Photographed by @_joewe_
Enjoy🙌;

Name:
Mashamba Livhuwani
Birth:
20 September 1993
origins:
born in a township in SOUTH AFRICA/Limpopo called Waterval somewhere between Makhado and Giyani.
Studies:
Mechatronics engineering at Tshwane University of Technology.

Growing up i had hobbies and admirations to fashion but there were obstacles such as financial issues but that didn’t phase my love for fashion and since following trends was acceptable to society i joined sbujwa where I’d wear colourful skinny jeans and masandazi together with a backpack this led me to join a dance group in Thohoyandou and my advantage to fit in was the fact that i could dance circles around them.
As time passed i started to realise that people out there in the world notice you more than in your hometown cause whenever your in your hometown once you start to establish something new they get this idea that you think your better than everyone and that for me became a reason to target a society outside my community. When i got to university in 2012 i told myself here is where I’ll discover myself and indeed that’s where my calling as a vintage rebel was unveiled.

I remember the first day at campus i saw these 2 guys dressed funny like kids in North America or on Tv holding a vinyl and i asked myself who are these guys? are they crazy or…but one thing for sure i loved the way they were unique and outstanding from everyone else, that’s how i want to be like whenever i dress so from there i became a vintage rebel and in those initial days whenever i dressed it seemed like I’m forcing it cause even now whenever i look at my throwback images i laugh

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luckily one of the guys i was in a group with in high School was friends with those two guys actually they are neighbors in Thohoyandou anyway the guy introduced me to them one was Maitele Wawe though I’m not close with them now these guys i admire and Maitele would have a vintage outlet at his crib where we would go and stock in Pretoria.
Time went by and i met other vintage crews e.g Troublesome kids, Retro vintage kolektion owned by Bongani (Bongs) also Retro vintage kolektion was the first to make kids in Pretoria recognize vintage fashion, they had exclusive vintage items which you couldn’t find anywhere else they even hosted a fashion show where i got to meet owner’s of galxboy i even got introduced to other upcoming brands and yeah that’s how my journey of being a fashion icon started.

How i dress:
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How i dress since 2012/2013 it was strictly vintage then 2014 the fashion stuff kind of went on the downside cause i was over hooked on weed,girls and alcohol but in late August 2014 i met this honey named Boitumelo Mokwana she’s my ex now but she was into fashion…man that girl revived me cause we used to compete whenever we dressed then later on she introduced me to guys like Norman Tips and “General” these guys are fashionistas and even to-date we still connected then 2015 i branched my vintage outfits to street formal like how I’m dressed now

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decribed it’s classic dapper mixed with street style.

You know whenever i dress i just want to stand out it’s not me bragging or anything like that but i just want to stand out for you to see my outfit and applaude me if necessary also it’s about what do you want people to think of you when you’ve left Earth.
When i dress up it’s from monday to sunday in Pretoria but when I’m back home (Waterval) i only dress up when there’s an occasion cause you know how people are back home.
On my outfits I’m picky there’s certain shoes that i like

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if i we’re to buy them people would think I’m crazy i remember last time my mom bought me a pair of adidas kicks not that i disliked them those kicks are fresh but in my vision there is no outfit to correspond with those kicks even to-date and when i do wear them that’s when i feel like wearing whatever, with everything i wear it has to match up i don’t want to go out looking like I’m colour blocking or something.
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The outfits I’m feeling right now
ripped long line shirts
long jackets (Parka, trenchcoat)
blue ripped tight jeans
Nike roshe runs
palladium boots
and these

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outfits I’m not feeling right now
Starter packs
Fake Cash time life clothing
petrol or milk
bucket hats
shorts with long white socks and a pair of chuck Taylors that’s so 2014.

Future plans:
I’m starting a brand titled rubbish in 2016 somewhere around February we gonna preview it.
Members are myself, kwanele DT (kwanza) who will deal with hiphop & Hector the dj/deephouse producer these guys will deal with media we even got samples of socks and caps etc and another thing is rubbish it’s not only fashion we are an entertainment hub cause we want to be independent when we make it….we don’t wanna depend on anyone we want to have in house resources.
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Conclusion:
i might not be the greatest in fashion but rather than sitting my ass down and relying on society i need to stand up on my own two feet and chase my goals so i can become an idol just like Maitele, Shaun-the stylish, Stilo magolide, Okmalumkoolkat and Ricky Rick…these guys not that they are cults in fashion but they just know the type of texture/element they are looking for in cloth, they do know it. My love for fashion is soul connected somewhere somehow your soul must connect with what you want all and all what im trying to say is with fashion i wanna show my people in Waterval the importance of having a goal…2016 watch out!

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MR 1802

BLOGGER, creativity, fashion, images, Inspiration, interview, massage, Music, Photography, shoes, sneakers, Social, WORDS

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Remember a post i did on @Denier_M(matimu sithole)? well that very same guy introduced me to Mr 1802 an artist i met at 012central Rooftop exhibition an event that was hosted by Adriaan Louw where they were showcasing pictures taken at an #instawalk in Pretoria and 3 of Mr 1802’s images were featured.
How it happed- Denier invited me and he introduced us then we exchanged instagram accounts then 20+ days  later i hit him up and asked if we could meet up for an interview and he agreed fast forward to Friday 27/10/2015 Mr 1802 landed in midrand and we went to MacDonald’s where the interview took place.
I made him pay for his own food though(sorry bruh money problems)
read the interview below.

me:
Describe nhlanhla for me.

uhm…cool dude, Ok not your average cool dude not that braam guy but yeah a cool dude….
(As he was explaining a man who told us his a MacDonald’s supervisor asked ‘what is a cool dude?)
you know when they say your cool? being cool is when you influence people in a good way Like Kanye i know you might think his big headed and his so full of himself but look at it this way he influences a whole lot of people/kids when it comes to fashion,music and i know you might say he curses in his music or whatever but being cool is all about influencing people in a good way
(then the “MacDonald’s supervisor” asked so you wanna be the same as well?)
yes with what i do. I’m a Photographer i also wanna do fashion and influence people in a good way with what i do.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” ‘do you know that kanye makes money out of that?’ after that question he started to explain stuff about the devil etc then the conversation went to a moment of silence for a few seconds luckily his phone rings)

me:
Lets get back to the subject matter.

(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupts after hanging up his phone and says ‘myself i get paid to sit here and answer phone calls while i watch you guys chilling and talking when month end comes R45000 enters my bank account right now I’m off to the office’ then he stands up and come to our table and tells nhlanhla ‘your eating poison here cancer’ then walks off)

nhlanhla:
Okay….i was still saying i love art that’s why I’m doing photography…
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupt again ‘good luck with your photography!’ while walking away)

nhlanhla:
Sure, Check out my instagram account @nhlanhla1802…So i love art i feel like art can change the world man, art not being a drawing or painting but anything that is creative and beautiful that’s art for me, I’m an artist.

me:
your an artist but can you tell me about your origins.

nhlanhla:
Well my name is Nhlanhla Wandile Dlamini born in Johannesburg 1999 October 18 1802 i was raised there and the reason i chose 1802 people thought it was that thing where instagram gives you a name because @nhlanhla already exist nah its not that i chose that myself 1802 being the house that i lived in/the apartment was on the 18th floor room 02…i feel like I’m bringing my past into my future i wanna be known as Mr 1802.

me:
And now you in Centurion when did you move to that side?

nhlanhla:
I got here in 2005 so i spent like 5 years in Johannesburg and I’ve  been here ever since.

me:
What inspires your photography?

nhlanhla:
Art, i love art. I feel like my photography is not just photography, there are photographers that just take photos just for taking photos and then there’s an artist for instance me you saw the light paintings on my instagram?
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me: Yeah, i saw those.

nhlanhla:
i was just drawing in the air i feel like i used photography to paint i just did art with my photography.

me:
and i kept wondering how you made those light paintings.

nhlanhla:
you know what i did? i put a DSLR on 30seconds shutter speed, the shutter and aperture was open as wide as possible ISO was on 100, aperture on 5.6 or something and then i just took my phone put the flash on and just drew.

me:
the one that i like is that one with Nike shoes and light in the background.
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nhlanhla:
And that one i was just fooling around with the light but apart from fooling around i just wanted to show my shoes.

me:
speaking of shoes are you a sneaker head and what are your other interests?

nhlanhla:
Jaap, at the moment I’m using photography to start my way into fashion i wanna go study in New York at the Parsons school of fashion it’s like one of the best fashion schools in the world that’s my dream man and i feel like photography is gonna boost my fashion brand cause I’ll be known already and it’ll just kick off in a nice way.

Me:
It’s like you certain about fashion.
Right now are you studying/designing?

nhlanhla: yeah

me: can you draw?

nhlanhla:
Like i said I’m an artist, i haven’t done that in a while and the last time i drew was in my light paintings i can do a lot of things bruh…I’ve made a song one time it went well but it wasn’t …

me:(laughing)
were you singing or?

nhlanhla:
it was a beat but i didn’t finish it.

me:
Wow you produced the beat yourself?

nhlanhla:
Yeah, it’s not only photography that i do but photography is my main.

me:
photography is what sparked this interview.

nhlanhla:
yeah its what shows I’m an artist, my art inspired you,cool dude,inspire people,influence people, that’s what made this interview! i inspired you.

me:
you really have inspired me man.
Tell me about your gigs/photoshoots that you’ve done so far and the money?

nhlanhla:
I’ve only done 10 gigs, there’s this one friend that really support me his name is Lebokgang his gonna check out your stuff and his gonna see his name, he has a fashion brand “DEU” i did plenty of photoshoots for him in braam he really supports me he likes my stuff. There’s this one girl Neo Kwala i feel like she’s my biggest fan I’ve been friends with her since grade 8 she love my instagram page bruh if there’s one person that you’d have to ask about my photos is Neo she would know.

me: the money?

nhlanhla:(laughing)
right now I’m not making much if you wanna ask me about money come next year cause I’m only blowing up now a few have liked my photos e.g Levis the actual brand they took their time and went to their tags and like my photo a photo that i took and just to think of it Levis a big brand they get hundred and thousands of tags everyday and they decided to like my photo on that day? that must mean something.
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me:
yeah it does mean something.

nhlanhla:
another thing my photos don’t get a lot of likes and stuff I’m just blowing up now man.

me:
your influenced by art but are there people that you look up to?

nhlanhla:
there’s this friend of mine named Simphiwe instagram @simiato that guy his the actual reason i started photography. On a rainy night i was out with him and we stood outside for 30 minutes actually he made me stand with him just waiting for lightning strikes and when he finally got that shot i was like dude how did you do that? ever since that day I’ve never stopped learning about photography…but there’s other people like Adriaan Louw,okmalumkoolkat though his not a photographer but his a designer so his art boost my creativity.

me:
by the way what do you use to shoot?

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nhlanhla:
i use my phone and a camera when ever i can borrow one.

me:
music wise who do you listen to?

nhlanhla:
okmalumkoolkat 100k macassette that whole mixtape, I’ve been a fan of him ever since dirty paraffin do you know that group?

me:
yeah i know that group?

nhlanhla:
yeah I’ve been a fan of him ever since then and I’m also bumping J Cole,Kendrick and drake.

me:
so their music or them e.g okmalumkoolkat as a person influence you?

nhlanhla:
musically and as a person and with okmalumkoolkat i almost have a similar story to him i didn’t struggle that much but bruh he came from the slums and his making it right now that’s what inspired me also these guys Kendrick and J Cole those guys inspire me a lot bruh…i forgot to mention Joey Badass that guy tells stories with his music i tell stories with my photos its all about telling stories with me bruh.

me:
speaking of stories what stories are you trying to portray with your photography?

nhlanhla:
well i just don’t post anything e.g my recent photos i posted them in black&white some of them well 3 of them it’s all about Africa and being  dark skinned

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i told a story with that i feel like i wanna inspire people i don’t even know how to say it but there’s always a deeper meaning to my photos if you look carefully even though my captions might be short there’s always a deeper meaning to them…look at my photos,look at my captions you’ll click at the same time if you know me very well, my close friends they know me Mpho, Asakhe, Sitha, Tino and Xhanti they know whenever i post something on instagram they’ll be like ‘oh this is what this guy is portraying this is what he want to send out with his photo’.

me:
i hear you, i have this one question i plan on asking everyone i interview.
For someone like me who’s into art and stuff and who’s still aspiring but not sure if they want to pursue  because of what society thinks or they afraid they won’t make money etc what advice you have
for them?

nhlanhla:
i would say don’t give up for instance me when i started this photography stuff i started with an iPod with only a front camera…

me:
wait what, only a front camera?

nhlanhla:
i told you don’t let lack of equipment limit you if you let that limit you,you wont get anywhere also society cause just like me right now to tell the truth there’s a whole lot of photographers and most…I’m gonna sound like I’m hating but a lot of things for me look the same. I didn’t let the lack of equipment stop me,i didn’t let people who were telling me no wena your just a copy cat following people,i didn’t let that stop me so don’t let anything stop you just pursue what you want if you work hard you’ll get it.

me:
you just have to push?

nhlanhla:
you have to push that’s the only way.

me:
Denier once told me these words “your interest determines your success”…

nhlanhla:
and the circles you hang out with. If your gonna hangout with the circle that’s gonna tell you nah nigga you ain’t gonna make it, nah dawg you just a copycat you wont make it…my friends i always tell them ‘guys hustle trust me one day we gonna make it’ i always tell my friend Mpho Mashabane that ‘dawg we gonna make it one day bruh trust me’ just push that’s all you have to do. I’m a 16 year old…

me:
and your influencing a 19 year old.

nhlanhla:
not only you I’ve influenced a whole lot of people…look I’m just 16, 16! and I’m still in high school where do i find the time to do this i make time if you love something you’ll push.

me:
i hear you and since there’s a whole pool of photographers what’s so different about you that makes you believe you’ll make it?

nhlanhla:
Determination. I feel like most of these cats that are my age they just doing it for just doing it they not doing it for the love….

me:(laughing)
they doing it for likes on instagram and girls comments?

nhlanhla:
yeah, I’m just trying to push my art dawg i just want the whole world to see i don’t just want to be another photographer…nah i wanna push art bruh.

me:
that’s the direction your headed everything even school will be based on art?

nhlanhla:
yeah and a lot of people might tell me you not gonna make money, trust me I’m gonna make it and it’s not all about money if you love something you’ll do it with passion money will drive you crazy don’t do things for money but we can’t live without money that’s why I’m like if you like something and you good at it make people pay if they really love your art they will pay for it. I’m not pushing money only but man nothing is free in this world.

me:
about Braamfontein are you also a #braamkid?

nhlanhla:
not really but i do hangout in braam…whenever I’m in braam I usually hangout with Lebo or Trendsend 90 those are my friends, those 3 guys well 2 of them influenced me with this fashion thing.

me:
even neighbour goods market?

nhlanhla:
yeah I’ve actually wanted to print my art/photos then showcase them there and just sell a few cause even in Pretoria there’s 012 central i also wanna showcase there and they told me its cool we need more people like you to showcase their art come through anytime will get you a spot.

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me:
which instagram accounts do you suggest a person must follow?

nhlanhla:
@Marcel_Lech
@Adriaanlouw
@Vanstyles
@Simiato that’s my friend his also an artist like me.

that’s all i can think of right now but there’s a whole lot more trust me owh and @hypebeast.

me:
what’s your conclusion?

nhlanhla:
let me make up a quote
“I’m 16 and I’m doing it, you can too” 

instagram @nhlahla1802

TSA NOBODY ELSE.

Music

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One thing I’m good at is sleeping on local(RSA) musicians especially ones that are still on the come up but thank Goodness i did not sleep on TSA even though i was about to, for those of you who don’t know “TSA nobody else” allow me to introduce you.
I remember when i first got to know of his twitter account and one thing about me I’m the type of person if you got mad quality VISUALS on your social media account I’ll most definitely follow you no matter who you are…so just after viewing his images i clicked follow afterwards his data file Host links appeared on my timeline and i would just scroll through without checking them out until yesterday when i saw the link for ““Throw me off”” i guess i was curious or something when i clicked on it but just after downloading and listening to the song right away i started to research about this dude cause bro? i wasn’t expecting a jam like that from a South African artist, the first thing was to Google his tumblr account and the bio reads as follows

“Zolile Mcelu (born June 24, 1992) – better known by his rap alias TSA, is a South African recording artist and songwriter from Johannesburg. TSA has named Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, The Weeknd and Childish Gambino amongst others as his influences.

He has quantified Marshall Bruce Mathers (also known as Eminem) as his favourite rap musical outfit of all time, and influenced not only by his music, but day-to-day animation, in his awkwardly humorous demeanour.

Growing up, Mcelu mattered to playing soccer and aspired to play at a professional level before discovering hip hop. When he was around 11 years old his mother bought him his first hip hop album “The Eminem Show” (in most cases a very unorthodox gift for a juvenile minor, considering the explicit lyrical content) . After obtaining a copy of the album Mcelu became absorbed in music, recording and mixing his own songs in his make-shift studio within the comfort of his bedroom.”

then

i also found info about the photographer/creative director behind TSA but I’m not entirely sure about the creative director thing all i know is his part of
nobodyelse.co.za .

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bambathajones.tumblr.com
twitter @bambathaJones
soundcloud bambatha jones

there’s this one jam titled “Hunger Pains” this is the jam that really made me believe that TSA can deliver.

http://soundcloud.com/tsanobodyelse/hunger-pains-prod-by-gusheshe-music

So now I’m guessing you now know who TSA is and what his about all that’s left is for you to support the kid and I’m no prophet or anything in that sense but i believe his NEXT not only in RSA but worldwide…to the musicians that are still reigning at the moment y’all should better watch out!
nobodyelse.co.za
tumblr tsanobodyelse
twitter @tsanoboyelse
facebook TsaNobodyElse
Soundcloud Tsanobodyelse

YOU NEED YUM TINGS IN YOUR LIFE BRUH!

Fun, interview, Music, podcast

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Just bumped into this Podcast titled  “Yum tings” hosted by @AnthonyBila  and @j_cillers not sure when it was founded though but without doubt y’all should take your time and listen to it. They call it the oracle of the internet but in details yum tings is similar to a radio station show that touches on conversations about the latest online info specifically music just that instead of featuring too much mainstream music yum tings play majority non mainstream artists, artists you probably haven’t  heard of and another thing is an episode is 30+ minutes long, each airs live per week not sure which day of the week but I’m guessing Fridays.
In conclusion, just after listening to one episode i was hooked then right away decided to share it with you and trust me you do need this in your life!

just follow the sound cloud ⬇⬇

https://m.soundcloud.com/yum-tings

and @YumTings

WOMEN ON SEX.

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women-on-sex-south-africa-web-series-mmabatho-montsho-1On my daily routine of checking out what’s new on the internet, I happily bumped into a link with such a catchy tag; “Women On Sex”. Yes! So, out of curiosity, I instantly opened with such a ‘thumping’ grin on my face. I just couldn’t wait to find what it was about exactly. and my!!! I thank heavens I got to find out about it. I’m one person who really loves casual debate, discussion about controversial issues and just anything related to people’s different perceptions on specific aspects of life and its subs.

Okay, let me get to the subject matter. Women On Sex is basically a webseries about women’s perceptions, belief, views and sentiments in as far as sex is concerned. It is not your typical webseries, it’s on a much deeper level. The series is produced and Directed by Mmabatho Montsho where different women of different professions and sexuality are mainly on candid one-on-one interviews. Questioned about sex, virginity, the “co-existence” of power, money and sex and other various touchy attributes of sex in a woman’s world.

As a woman, I do not think you would like the existence of this webseries to pass you by. Men too, don’t be an ignorant jerk, be open! sex is a two way street. Each episode is nothing more than 10 minutes, hell, it’s not even over 7 minutes, so what’s your excuse huh?

Some interesting quotes from the interviewees;

“If a woman can give birth and her Vagina bounces back, then what is your Penis going to do?” ~ Tshegofatso Senne

“All people inspect is that hole, whether it’s got that hymen or not…we are NOT a piece of flesh called hymen”~ Khosi Jiyane

Down below is a link to Women On Sex YouTube channel. Make sure you watch, subscribe for more episodes, and just enjooooy listening to people’s views on this touchy subject.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa1VtlqoRyIjj7oO330Xwjw

mab

i suggest you follow this Instagrammer.

Art, article, BLOGGER, creativity, Photography, Social

meet Matimu Sithole a random person i know who has a good vision for photography this i say because of his instagram account, the images he captures using a phone are amazing when ever i look at most of them these words come to my mind “the day this dude gets his hands on a canon or Nikon his gonna murder most of these photographers”. This post was suppose to be an interview but when i texted him this question…

What is your inspiration for the images you capture together with your captions? his response was…

Not everyone understands, elders of the older generation to be precise “how can taking pictures be a hobby?” They ask… “How much do you charge for one?”. Well It’s not quite surprising, growing and being fed of the impression ;I don’t think anyone then once shot pictures only to take advantage of the good eye they posses and for the fun of it.

I started in 2013. At first I took ‘random shoots’ , but as I did I found my self falling inlove and the deeper I got.. compliments piled up. Being called “Photogenics”, my friend @nxalati8 asked if I knew or have ever heard of anything about instagram. I remember my response included me having seen pictures shared by @_joewe_on Facebook but by then I used a phone’s software which wasn’t compatible, until I got my hands on android 4.1 jelly bean.
instagram became a platform for wider exploring. Having to see other people’s work, admiring, hoping to bring forth better.. and gather more knowledge on the spicing up “colours” (filters). Owk, soooo each image captured is entitled and aspires it’s story to be heard,, to be told. It takes only a look, into mostly who you are cause if you the one destined to sieze the perfect shot then the story is yours to tell. Long for it’s perfect aspiration to inspire you, The Image is yours.

“I’m still learning!” you wrote he Ntwanano, It’s simple but yet very powerful … Yes we are still learning, we always will and only then can we be walking motivations.

at that very moment just after reading this response i knew that this guy is passionate and the words “the day this dude gets his hands on a canon or Nikon his gonna murder most of these photographers” were true. That one question and answer was all i needed.

have a look at some of his  posts
also follow him @denier_m

The Internet’s busiest music nerd

article, Music

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I had a bit of a love hate relationship with Anthony Fantano’s Youtube channel upon discovering it.
I’ve come to like and truly appreciate his opinion on music for many reasons. I was a little thrown off at first because on the first review I watched he didn’t care too much about a mixtape I really liked.

I’ve come to love The Needle drop (the name of the channel) because Anthony helps me understand artists a little more. If you’d like an opinion on rock, pop, electronic, metal, hip hop and experimental music be sure to check out his channel.

I’ve compiled some of his reviews below. Be sure to check them out

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise Album Review

Drake – If You’re Watching This It’s Too Late Album Review

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry Review

Lupe Fiasco – Testuo And Youth Album Review

Joey Basa$$ B4.DA.$$ Album Review