The 5 Greatest Hip Hop Singers of All Time

June 15, 2018 0

When it comes to the rap and hip hop side of music, there are so many phenomenal lyricists and artists, that it can be a serious challenge to decide who is on top. However, some talent is just too great to ignore. In this post, we’ll tell you about a few of the most famous hip hop singers of all time. Whether you’re looking to brush up on your hip hop history or just want to add to your own musical collection, we think all of these artists have had a serious impact on the genre. 1. Lauryn Hill Female hip hop singers and MCs often don’t get the credit that they deserve. That is, until women like Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill came along. While Missy certainly deserves a huge amount of credit for paving the way for the Cardi Bs of today, few women have had an impact on the rap and hip hop community like the great Lauryn Hill. Best known for hits like “Ex-Factor” and “Everything is Everything,” Hill combines seriously soulful vocals with powerful life lessons. Unfortunately, Hill has run into some serious legal trouble in recent years, and even went to prison for tax evasion for a few months. Still, the world is certainly ready for Lauryn to make her comeback, and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” remains one of the most impactful and important albums of all time. 2. Nas Of course, it’s impossible to write a post on hip hop singers and artists without mentioning Nas. From a long-spanning career that’s spawned hit after hit, it can be a serious challenge to choose a favorite. It’s also tough to talk about Nas’ epic career without mentioning his infamous feud with Jay-Z. The feud may have spawned incredible diss tracks from both sides, [Read More…]

The Hottest Rap and Hip-Hop Events

April 30, 2018 0

Love it or hate it, rap and hip-hop events are among the coolest things you can experience in your lifetime. The booming sound, the enthusiastic crowd, the vibrant energy. When all these things come into play, it will definitely bring the house down. It’s even better if you go to these events with your close friends. If you’ve never attended one, do it while you still can. Check out the hottest rap and hip-hop events in store for you this 2018. Have you ever been to rap and hip-hop events? As cliche as this may sound, your youth (or even adult life) will not be complete if you haven’t experienced what it’s like to be in these awesome events. It’s a roaring party, which is an awesome spectacle by itself. The way the performers interact with the crowd, it’s exhilarating. The vibrant energy, the almost spiritual connection between the performers and the audience, the dynamic dancing and head-bopping. Adding to those are the alcohol, smokes, and perhaps some random convo with a co-member of the performing group or some random person. Rap and hip-hop events are good times like you’ve never experienced before. If you’ve been to these events, chances are you’d want to come again and experience the awesome fun. But you can trust every rap and hip-hop event you’ll go to will be a different one. Perhaps the only recurring motif there is will be the music bumping as well as the unimaginable lights shining across the venue. Of course, with the amount of adrenaline pumping through your veins, it will surely be a night to remember. What to Expect As pulse-pounding as they are, rap and hip-hop events (particularly during the encore performance) usually start with the light dim and sounds muted. But once the illumination completely [Read More…]

The Best Mic for Under 50

April 23, 2018 0

Searching for cheaper alternatives to pricey microphones? Wondering if you can still find microphones that offer premium quality, performance, and versatility without the premium price? It’s still possible! Did you know you can still get the best mic for under 50? Here’s what we’ve found. Check out our top picks. Want the best mic for under 200? In our previous article, we listed our top choices. We also listed our picks for the best mic for under 100 in the other article. But is it possible to get the best mic for under 50? In this article, we’ve searched for the best mic for such a low, low price. At this price point, you might wonder if it’s still possible to get a decent mic that offers good quality and impressive sound. Yes, you can still find a handful of microphones that suits your preferences. But only if you take the time to search for it. Will you do it? If you don’t have the time, we got you covered. We have listed some of the top contenders for the best mic for under 50. Understandably going through the selection in Amazon can take considerable time and effort; not to mention, patience. You will likely see a truckload of types and models. This can be confusing. And overwhelming. If you’re not familiar with microphones, there can be a lot of uncertainties, which may arise due to having little to no knowledge or basis for comparison. With our top picks for the best mic for under 50, we can definitely say being pricey doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of good quality. Conversely it’s safe to say cheap doesn’t reflect poor quality. For this selection, we picked durable mics that performs and functions well. Check out our choices for the best mic for [Read More…]

The Best Outdoor Speakers

April 22, 2018 0

When the sun’s out, what better way to celebrate the awesome weather than to bring the party outside. Crank up the barbecue grill, bring out the great food, and pop the drinks. But if you want to get the party started, pump out the music. Take it a couple of notches higher by bringing out the speakers. Want to get the most boom? Here are our top picks of the best outdoor speakers available in the market today. The weather’s great and your friends are all outside. Want to draw the party outdoors? Bring out your favorite tunes and let the party beats pump out. It’s the best complement to your food and booze. But to truly bring the boom of your music, you need an awesome sound system. In this article, we put together our top choices for the best outdoor speakers today. Unlike the conventional sound systems, outdoor speakers are designed to withstand the environmental elements like rain, snow, or heat. Despite the extreme climate changes, they still give impressive tone, booming bass, and excellent overall sound quality (ideally, that is). In our other article, we mentioned about choosing the best indoor speakers. For this one, we want to put emphasis on the opposing operative words: indoor and outdoor. There is a need to expound on this one. Indoor speakers are not ideal for outdoor use. What works for your living room or bedroom may not work for your backyard or patio. Plus, you need to consider the weather and other environmental elements, which could damage your audio equipment. On the other hand, while they may be marketed for outside use, outdoor speakers may be used indoors. However, outdoor speakers may not deliver the same sound quality as the indoor type. Outdoor speakers are not made for the [Read More…]

The Best Mic for Under 200

April 22, 2018 0

How much would you pay for a microphone? Are you going for a high-end, top-of-the-line brand? Or are you content on an ordinary one? If we’re talking about mics, you are likely to fork out hundreds of dollars, at the very least; in the thousands, when we’re talking about the premium-quality brands. But if you’re like us, we wouldn’t splurge that big amount of dough (not too much, that is). So for this article, we’ve set the wallet limit. But that doesn’t meant we’re setting ourselves too low on poor-quality mouthpieces. We aimed for excellent performance and impressive quality that fits right on the budget. Check out our top picks for the best mic for under 200. Are you looking for the perfect microphone that suits your personal use or professional applications? You’re probably thinking you can’t get a decent mic for a low- or mid-tier budget. To be honest, a high-quality mic is usually within the thousand-dollar range. That’s high-end, studio-quality audio equipment we’re talking about. But not everyone has that buying power. Forking out a thousand bucks for a mic isn’t very practical. Unless you work in a recording studio or do that sort of thing in other avenues (like YouTube videos, short skits, or vlogs).   Excellent Quality and Friendly on the Budget At OTBVA, our mantra is high-quality products at very reasonable, low prices. In line with microphones, the better the equipment, the better the recording or sound output. But better equipment doesn’t necessarily mean expensive stuff. Truth be told, there are a lot of inexpensive yet highly impressive mics and audio equipment available in the market today. If you’d just stop for a bit and look. But let’s face it. We all have lives to lead, commitments to attend to, and priorities to juggle. Having [Read More…]

The Best Mic for Under 100

April 22, 2018 0

Looking for the best mic for under 100? You’re probably thinking, at this price point, it’s hard to find a good microphone that offers great sound quality and impressive performance. Well, you can find still find good-quality audio equipment at an affordable price. But only if you take the time to look for it. Are you willing to search through the rubble? If not, we can help you. In this article, we compiled the best microphones we’ve seen thus far at a wallet limit of under 100. Here’s what we’ve found. Are you shopping for new microphones? In your search, you will likely encounter a bunch of types, ranging from different specifications, features, and prices. And a hundred of these models can also be confusing for an ordinary buyer. With little to no basis for comparison, it can be. If you don’t know much about microphones and audio equipment, uncertainty is highly likely. Of all factors of consideration, it’s safe to say the price is one of the most taken-into-account elements when buying microphones and audio equipment. If we look to our experience as consumers, price is somewhat reflective of the overall quality of a product. In the case of microphones, when we hear it’s expensive, the first thing that comes to mind is “It’s probably of best quality.” But when we hear someone say it’s cheaper, most of the time the conclusion will be on its inferior quality. But being pricey or affordable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good or bad. Quite the contrary, there are a lot of things that are cheap but surprisingly of impressive quality. In the case of microphones, you’ll be happy to know you can find a lot of good products that are durable, performs and functions wonderfully, and can last longer. Expensive Doesn’t Necessarily [Read More…]

The Best Headphones for Under 50

April 15, 2018 0

Looking for headphones that offer comfortable design and impressive sound quality? In our previous posts, we mentioned headphones priced at under 200 and 100. You’re probably thinking you need to shell out a good amount of cash for a good pair. You don’t have to, really. Did you know there are amazing headphones available in the market today that are affordable? Great sound, great design, great price. Check out our top picks for the best headphones for under 50. Are you looking to buy a good pair of headphones? One that has awesome sound quality and powerful bass. Like a true blue audiophile, you’ll probably want the zero-sound-leakage, noise-cancelling type that offers the full aural experience. And for your comfort, which is ideal during prolonged use, may we recommended padded earcups that clamp on your ears and cause inflammation? With all these features, you’re probably thinking a good pair of headphones will burn a hole through your pocket. Well, not necessarily. There are plenty of high-end headphones that don’t carry a hefty price tag. In our previous posts, we listed the best headphones for under 200. And if you don’t have that kind of budget, we also offered our selection of the most value-for-money headphones for under 100. If this is a first-time in a long while that you’ve toe-dipped into the market for headphones, worry not. We’ll help you find the best headphones that fit your budget. For this article, we put together the best headphones for under 50. After all, you don’t have to shell out a huge amount for a little piece aural happiness.   Choosing Your Perfect Pair of Headphones Whether you’re lounging at home or in crunch mode at the office, many of us spend a lot of time with the headphones on. Some extend [Read More…]

The Best Headphones for Under 100

April 15, 2018 0

When picking a new set of headphones, what features do you take into consideration? Do you look for comfort? This criterion bears a heavy weight for audiophiles who spends hours engrossed on their audio or video. Or do you look for stellar audio quality? Perhaps headphones with Bluetooth and wireless capabilities too. If you’re looking for excellent brands that don’t burn a hole in your pocket, check out our selection. Here are our top picks on the best headphones for under 100. OK, so you’ve decided to replace your old, worn-out headphones with new ones. But it’s been a while since you’ve looked for best brands. So it’s safe to say you’re a newbie in the market for a good pair of headphones. If you’re like us, you’d probably choose a solid headset that’s affordable; that is, unless you’re willing to skip grocery shopping for about a week or a month. But then again, you’ll have to do the grunt work if you want to get the most bang (or sonic boom) for your buck. Looking for the best headphones that are reasonably priced? With so many options to choose from, we understand it can be tough to make a definite choice. Rather than sending you on a wild goose chase, we’ve put together a list of our top picks. So close your Amazon tabs at the moment and settle in for our selection of the best headphones for under 100. Yes, we picked 100 as the magic number. We took the liberty of setting the wallet limit and didn’t go overboard. But in doing so, we didn’t sacrifice quality in our picks. Hopefully you’ll find what you like. Key Considerations When Picking Headphones But before we go into our top picks on the best headphones for under 100, we [Read More…]

The Best Headphones for under 200

April 15, 2018 0

Are you looking for the best headphones under 200? We’ve rounded up some of the best music-listening gadgets at competitive prices that you can buy this 2018. So you don’t have to search through a gazillion websites and read through their reviews. Like most consumers, we understand you may have a ceiling for the price. For this article, we’ve setup a $200 wallet limit (even if we were tempted to go all out). From running headsets to wireless headphones, we’ve have something in store for you. Check out our listing of today’s excellent yet affordable headphones. For audiophiles, nothing beats headphones that provide raw sound quality with noise-cancelling features. Imagine immersing yourself into your exclusive world. Nothing else exist; it’s just you and the pleasing vibrations of sound. Enthralled by your music, you can lose yourself into the harmony and expression of emotions, all of which are embodied in your favorite songs. There are a diverse array of headphones out there. The selection ranges from wireless operation headsets to over-ear studio monitor headphones. There are headphones that allows you to run with it or wear it during your workout. But most make for a perfect companion during your “me time.” It’s easy to lose yourself with the wide assortment of headphones available in today’s market. One moment you’re adding items into the cart. Then the next thing you know, you went overboard with your budget. Does this sound familiar to you? Because it happened to us too. Key Considerations When Choosing Headphones What features do you look for when choosing headphones? Do you simply stick to gadgets that offer optimum sound quality? Or is ergonomics also a crucial criterion? Would you consider the price? Or do you look into the other extra features before making a purchase? We looked through [Read More…]

Trending Music Listening and Making Accessories

April 15, 2018 0

When it comes to hip-hop music, you can’t expect a one-track trend with it. You look into the current course of hip-hop and rap, and you’ll see a lot of shapes and forms of the genre. There’s the aggressive sound, there’s the mellow tune, there’s the emotionally expressive type, etc. Whether you like it melodic, catchy, or saber-rattling, the genre has a lot to offer. Here are the latest in trending hip-hop music. What comes to mind when you think of trending hip-hop music? Whether you identify with indie artists or follow the mainstream personalities, hip-hop and rap has shaped cultures and formed conventions. Everyone has their own opinion about the genre. And everyone who is passionate about the music may have their inclinations. But at the end of the day, hip-hop will always be hip-hop. It’s more than just sound. It is a way of life. If you followed the trends in music in 2017, the industry brought us many of the pop heavyweights. Last year, we saw much of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. We also heard a lot of Bruno Mars and The Chainsmokers. With 2018 underway, the year is already off to an exciting trend. To say the year had a busy start is an understatement. In 2017, we also heard news of a massive legal action against Spotify. There were also high-profile festival lineups (and that one festival scheduled for the Bahamas and marketed as a ultra-luxurious event but ended like a hellish chaos). Sizzling 2017 with the Latin Fever 2017 also marked the time of the Latin takeover. The duo of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee brought us the record-breaking hit “Despacito.” The song was followed by other hits with Latin roots, like “Havana” by Camila Cabello and “Mi Gente” by the Colombian reggaeton [Read More…]

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