#OpulentBeats: FNX for the Culture

FNX is Like a Knight of the Golden Era Transported in Time to Save Hip-hop From Non-lyricism” -Kool G Rap


Everyone has their own struggles to deal with and to eventually learn from. However, it’s being able to rise from it all with confidence, poise, and grace that sets FNX (formerly known as ‘Symon Feenixxx’) apart from others. Hailing from Norwalk, CT FNX is not your ordinary rapper that you hear today. While today’s rap artists promote the status quo – rapping about money and jewelry – FNX is a blend of social consciousness, lyrical bravado, and a mixture of that same urban grittiness.

“Music inspired me to persevere. Persevere and self-educate myself. When I was going through it, the thing that held me down was my walk-man and tape deck. That’s why I’m so loyal to the cause and loyal to the culture. I feel like I owe it to hip-hop to do the best I can”

Inspired by the likes of Nas, Tupac, and Eminem, FNX displays a range of lyrical content not popular amongst modern day rappers. From songs discussing mental illness, ‘Monsters’, to songs about strippers, ‘Private Dance’, FNX holds one thing constant in his music – bars.

FNX has big time potential, and it is easy to tell that he is well on his way. Despite such, it’s more than just the music for him. It’s not about becoming a huge star in the hip-hop game, but just inspiring those along the way through educating and motivating.

“I see me and my team making an impact with our music but passing the blessings I received from Hip-hop forward.”

FNX currently has out “Blue Moon” and his most recent project the “Who Am I” EP which delves deeper into his unique vision of life in the future and how his music has led to a higher knowledge of self. FNX says FNX Vol. 1 the mixtape is coming out soon as well. FNX continues to make moves and an impact while doing it. You don’t come across too many artists who are actually doing music for the love of the culture, not for the money and fame. In his last words in the interview FNX said it best, “Make sure you do it for the love of the art and love of the culture. And if you’re not, you need to find something else.”


Check out FNX‘s Marching Prod. by Kenny Ca$h, from the “Who Am I” EP



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#OpulentBeats: LeVarsity-By Any Means

Black Monk Ent. Artist LeVarsity

Hailing from Brooklyn, Black Monk Ent. rapper LeVarsity is bringing us some early Summer heat with his track “By Any Means” off his first EP 4Play. The 23 year SUNY Cortland grad received his BA in Communications last May afterwards, deciding to fully commit his energy into perfecting his craft in rapping which, began all the way back in the 5th grade. LeVarsity credits Kanye West as having a major influence on his musical style and also pays homage to the contemporary hip hop icons J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar & the timeless Jigga Man.

If you’re truly about the VSOP life this cut speaks volumes and needs to be added to your daily playlist with it’s authentic concrete jungle of NYC feel throughout. Check out the visual for By Any Means directed by BrannDannArt  below with LeVarsity showing off his spoken word prowess offering some of the realest insight on whats holding most millennials back from truly taking control of their lives and seizing the opulence that they conceptualized for themselves.

Its like you know you got the talent
but fear of getting smacked by your reality
is probably the reason that you haven’t
dropped out of school yet
venture on a new quest
forget all the consequences
man you taking huge steps.
But you ain’t tryna be a failure
in your mother eyes
your dreams could be reality
fear makes you think otherwise”

You can listen to and download the 4 Play EP here which features a sample from classic Eminem film 8 Mile on the track “kingpin” and bit of flexing for the ladies on “that song”. According to LeVarsity he has MANY ideas and projects to come, best believe VSOP will be supporting him all the way and keeping you informed. #AreYouVSOP?