Nune Aka Mr. Propane - 'Black Man'
Review by Anthony Nguyen & Staff
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Nune Aka Mr. Propane's song "Black Man" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the Rap / Hip Hop category.
With a heartfelt performance from both rappers, “Black Man” by Mr. Propane is an absolute banger. The beat is very well done. The bass is crystal clear and it’scomplex melody works in tandem with the predictable kick to create a mesmerizing synergy. The acoustic drums is a refreshing change of pace to the sea of 808’s and programmed drums that are associated with the genre. Mixed very well, the low end never overtakes the song allowing all of the other elements ample room to breath.
Mr. Propane’s vocals are characteristically charismatic, and bursting to the seams with the raw emotion needed for a song like this to work. He is able to emote so well, every lyric seems intent on grabbing your attention. K-Rino’s verses are also stellar. Raspy and very deep his voice on its own is already interesting. When paired with his feeling for rhythm and excellent technicality it brings the song to new heights. The intro is understated but positively explodes into the first verse with powerful rapping from Mr. Propane.
The first verse is gripping and sets the tone for the rest of the song. In the chorus there is a unique blend of singing and rapping. It’s extremely catchy and by the time the first iteration is done the audience is already eagerly anticipating the next. K-Rino’s feature is a nice palate cleanser and works very well next to Propane’s vocal. His vibe is similar in emotion but different in execution and they play off of each other perfectly.
The different sections transition into each other seamlessly ensuring the pace of the song never gets dull. It is clear that there was a meticulous attention to detail regarding the production of the song. Delay throws, clever doubles and ad libs allow the song to grow and evolve throughout the song,a trademark of fantastic arranging. The lyrics, much like the rest of the song are also standout. They touch on tough issues, but is executed well. “Black Man Black Man, where are you, Im searching for myself, cuz in myself I find you”.
Introspective on the what it means to be himself, the lyrics do a superb job conveying strong emotions. With a standout performance from the rappers and stellar production “Black Man” by Mr. Propane feat. K-Rino of SPC is a powerful addition to the rap repertoire.
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About Nune Aka Mr. Propane
During his early youth growing up in Southern Louisiana music had always been a huge part of his upbringing. It’s crazy but growing up in a house hold of five for much of his childhood under strict guide lines, rap music was not really condoned by his mother, who tried her best to keep his ears free of the hip-hop movement. From the gritty, deep, and explicit tales of growing up in poverty and a strong focus on many of the hardships and harrowing tales of growing up in the hood captured in the music she always tried to shelter him from the lifestyle. Due to the lyrically harsh truth, it wasn't hard to understand her reasoning for right outside their door, they too were faced with some of those same hardships. Even still artist like Tupac Shakur, Nas, Bone Thugs & Harmony, K-Rino, and Scarface all had that special something that resonated deep. These poetic, emotion filled thoughts, and the poignant delivery of each lyric was all it took to make Nune (pronounced Noon) a serious Hip-hop fan early.
Over time and as years went by he too began jotting down his thoughts & being expressive in his own search within himself. What was always done in a place of peace, who knew that his music would one day resonate through the ears of others as his Peers did before him.
Nune, which is his family nick name, derived from the fact that he was born 25 minutes past Noon on May 3rd. If you search his horoscope you will see and read what very much describes his personality. Quiet and willful in nature, full of peace, loyal, and invoked with the inner strength of the bull that represents his "Taurus" Constellation. Mr. Propane, his alias, derived from one of the songs he composed which debuted on his album "Intervention". It symbolizes the inner pressure constantly building within, once exposed to the Heat of the moment, is set to explode lyrically. This explosion comes in the form of Lyrical Substance & Skillful wordplay.
Nune (pronounced Noon) also known as Mr. Propane is an independent artist focusing on lyrical substance and conscious content with a very unique sound. Embracing deep poetic lyrics and unique delivery, along with focused subject matter, his lyrics really blend into timeless songs you will want to dig deep into. From life, love, faith, and general peace, his debut album Intervention is a breath of fresh air in the face of the evolution of hip-hop and he is commonly referred to as a bridge artist linking the ol-skool to the new-age style now prominent. Socially aware and motivated, join him and be a part of his journey as he is compelled to be a voice of reason in the midst of all the static we are drowned in socially.
"Intervention" is not only an introduction into his life and deep inner-feelings but also an escape to a higher consciousness we're sure many can relate to.