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Emoticons by definition are used in a digital message or text to convey the writer’s emotions or clarify intent. Sure, we all use them. In this case they surround the theme of Mic Hand Recordings newest release, and first of the new year, Emoticon, by imperfekt & Ryan Nixon. “they don’t care that it’s killing me inside/ they get off on my pain, I’m just happy that they came” -Hostage, track 4 …and the Emoticon EP was born. The collaboration of Ryan Nixon’s rhyme structures over tailor made imperfekt beat production has birthed a new “emotional” essence Hip Hop duo. It seems the tracks are old souls and the words are a welcomed breath of fresh air. Nixon, as Mic Hand’s newest roster spot, weaves through these tracks as if he’s studied them for years. With superior life analogies and wordplay in abundance; Nixon lures the listener with his true feelings through recorded raps. imperfekt laces 7 amazing new beats that have a soothing, meditative-state feel, sprinkled with a sense of urgency. The duo captures the aforementioned excellently on Tightrope, Emoticon’s second track. With an impcredible trance-like head-nodding beat, Nixon smoothly recites: ”this is that tightrope/ grippin on my soul/ I know where I’ve been/ probably be where I’ll go/ I don’t know whats next/ hopefully everything that I’ve been dreaming of”. The standout collaborative effort here is top notch and undeniable, creating an amazing project. If you find yourself with a tear or two in your eye while absorbing this down to earth effort, it is okay. Nixon and imperfekt have achieved their mission…Playing with your “emoti(c)ons”.
written by C. Olinger for Mic Hand Recordings
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Did you miss the release of Emoticon’s “Up Close & Personal” video last Tuesday? Well, hurry up and catch up! It’s a behind the scenes type of video with interviews of imperfekt & Ryan Nixon depicting how they came up with the idea and their creative processes. We will be doing more videos like this in the future with the intention of giving our fans and friends more to connect with on a personal level. Hope you enjoy it.
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We also released Emoticon’s first Official Video yesterday at 6pm after about an hour of demanding Facebook fans insisted we leak it a few hours early. So, instead of a 12am release on Tuesday Feb 10, we gave the fans what they wanted six hours early. Check it!
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Lastly but not leastly; please join us on February 17th at the Break Room in Cedar Rapids for the Emoticon Listening & Release party! More info and RSVP on Facebook here.
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imperfekt & Ryan Nixon leaked a song called “Tight Rope” from their upcoming Emoticon project which drops on February 17th. Listen to it below and stay tuned to MHR.com or our Facebook page for the release party announcement. Its coming up quick!
Another ALL NEW song was released on the same day as imperfekt hit and surpassed his goal of 1,200 Facebook likes. Check out his story telling abilities on this song called “Dedicated Fakes” which depicts four different people living fraudulent lives.
Next up after the release of Emoticon on February 17th is a single by Mic Hand veteran Opt Rhyme, produced by imperfekt. Opt’s last album The Joe Carter LP dropped on August 5th 2015 and has been getting great reviews from all that have purchased and downloaded a copy. We still feel like it is kind of slept on though, so do us and yourself a favor and give it a listen and download and share it if you’re really feeling it. Physical copies are still available too!
Check back for updates on upcoming singles and albums from CasetheJoint, Ryan Nixon, & Strangers Of Necessity!