For some people, it’s an artist’s lyrics that make them eager to listen. For others, it may be an artist’s voice or swagger. Nikatine, who is a composer, songwriter and an emcee, encompasses all of these components expertly. He provides the listener with consistently good music by using witty punch lines, catchy hooks and life lessons for his addressees to learn from. These elements, along with his ability to move the crowd make Nikatine an artist that must be heard.
Hip-Hop still breathes within the lungs of this Bronx bread, VA transplanted emcee. This is evident on songs like “Time Out (Party With Me)” as Nikatine teams up with Bronson, an up and coming producer from Sweden. This song successfully straddles the line between club and street anthem as Nikatine tells tales about the inner pick-up artist in him. He cleverly uses various abbreviations to explain the night’s events to his sexual interest by spittin: “But I aint care though, that’s the least of my worries miss/ Where’s your back yard, see my bone, can I bury it?/ K.I.T., F.Y.I. your S.O.L/ We’ll XO, next…to hotel”. The production, the hook and Nikatine’s unforgettable flow makes this song rewind material.
On the Bronson produced “Get That Money”, Nikatine is joined by fellow Nite Skool classmate, Artis, as they take call and response tracks to the next level. This “ode to the dough” anthem is laced with driving drums and melodic synthesized keys that will keep your head nodding. Nikatine inadvertently outshines his counterpart as he states the facts about his financial situation by saying: “This money really has me paralyzed/ If I don’t make none, then how will I survive/ Pacing back and forth trying to get the plan devised/ Pyramid schemes all the way to blatant lies/ 9 to 5’s don’t really keep the dream alive”. This song is full of prominent lyricism, however the song’s biggest strength is its hook. The structure and sequencing of the hook is airtight. It calls for cities across the globe to “get that money”, something in which we’d all love to take part of.
Nikatine pours his soul into the MCK produced “Foster Love”, a song that spotlights his personal trials and tribulations. This electric guitar-laced song gives the track a rock feel as Nikatine commands the mic like Castro does Cuba. The subject matter ranges from absence of his father to getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases after a sexual encounter. Because the song is sort of cryptic in nature, some fans may miss the true value in it at first. Don’t sleep on it! Press rewind and take a closer listen. The message within this song holds true in every facet of life; what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
In present day Hip-Hop rappers come a dime a dozen while real emcees are a rare commodity. It’s almost as if one must look underneath a rock to find good music. The search is over now. Nikatine’s singles are circulating across the Internet at rapid speed. Are you quick enough to catch one?
Jay aka The Chaotic Chemist