Novacane Nova - Three Eleven Sixteen The EP
For all my underground hip-hop heads and new talent searchers, listen up. New York hip-hop has a hidden gem. While working behind the scenes for about four years, Novacane Nova released his debut project Three Eleven Sixteen. You might ask, who is Novacane Nova?
He is a rapper, singer, songwriter and self-taught producer and audio engineer from Brooklyn, NY. After playing the piano in his childhood, he used these talents to begin writing lyrics and poetry in high school. He carried on his musical talents after high school and continued to master and perfect his craft while studying at Howard University. Nova is a budding artist that has stretched his talents from rapping to singing, spoken word, audio engineer and piano playing. His influences come from the likes of Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, D'angelo, Eryka Badu, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Lil Wayne, Drake and John Legend.
In his debut project, Novacane Nova displays a versatile musical approach. He raps, sings and instills excerpts and interludes that add to the aura of the EP. Novacane raps about his personal life, school, love and topics that anyone can relate to going through everyday life. Throughout the EP, you can hear the variety of influences from his youth. In the intro, you can hear the familiar sounds of Jay-Z and Biggie. In "Forget About It," you can hear his various R&B influences while singing in melody with Nichelle. Novacane also channels his inner Q-Tip and Phife Dawg in "Brothers Love Goldiggers."
While pulling all these different sounds and influences to form this mixtape, what impresses me most about Novacane is that he forms his own sound. In today's hip-hop, it is hard for new emcees to develop their own sound. Most rappers have the same flow, delivery and word play to the point where rap can become saturated with the same sound. Novacane uses all of his resources to develop and master his own craft. When I am listening to Novacane Nova, I do not feel like I'm listening Jay-Z, Q-Tip, or Common. I believe that Novacane Nova not only has potential, but will have many more great projects to come.