A picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s some screenshots.
Conversation with Joey Aich
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Joey Aich is gearing up for the release of his next EP, If Money Grew on Trees. With the EP due out in a few weeks, he gives us a lastte taste of what to expect with “Meccas.”
Boasting a 90’s hip hop sound, Joey flexes his ability to keep it about the words. “Meccas” notably sounds influenced by Pabst & Jazz from one of Joey’s idols, Asher Roth. I can neither confirm or deny this statement despite my friendship with Joey, but wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.
If Money Grew on Trees: March 30th
Back in high school, Joey Aich was just a 16 year old kid wanting to become a rapper. He wanted to put his thoughts on paper, share his views, spread his message, and have fun doing it. So that’s exactly what he did. Doesn’t take much to get started doing this music thing. He had a dream back then, and wanted to do anything he could to make it happen. That was seven years ago. That dream hasn’t changed for the Cleveland born rapper. What’s different from then versus now? Joey has a couple projects under his belt, he’s consistently performing shows all around Ohio, and he’s gained a following. On top of all of that, he was able to share the stage with his favorite rapper. Check out the incredible story below from Joey:
When Asher Roth released Seared Foie Gras with Quience and Cranberry, I was hooked. He’s been my favorite rapper since that release. In 2014, after I dropped College D.egree, I went to his show at the House of Blues in Cleveland. My friend and I tried to sneak into the meet and greet Asher was holding without tickets to give him a demo. As you would expect, we got kicked out. So we waited in the parking lot, and eventually Asher came out to talk and even rapped with a few of us. Fast forward to 2015, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to open up for him. In one of my older songs, I have a line where I say “visions of Asher Roth inviting me to the stage.” During Asher’s set, he called me up and we performed “Lark On My Go Kart” together.
Asher Roth – Park street Saloon (’15) pic.twitter.com/DhbhsmiVFb
— Joey Aich (@JoeyAich4) February 11, 2017
That’s what this latest release is about. It’s about chasing your dreams, and doing everything you can to make it happen. Joey writes from the point of view as a rapper. He wanted his message to be clear that it’s for everyone else too, and that they’re not alone. “Rope Break” is off of If Money Grew On Trees due later this year. This also marks Joey’s debut on Spotify, and Apple Music.
Joey Aich gives his latest, GED 7249, the visual treatment with a unique concept that accompanies the track fairly well. Joey continues to grow as an artist, flexing his abilities over a smooth backdrop in what proves to be an easy listen. GED 7249 is off of his forthcoming project, If Money Grew on Trees, due out towards the end of 2016, early 2017. In the meantime, take in the visuals, and check out Joey’s latest feature (where he sends the instrumental to the ER) below!
A little over a year ago, I told the story of Joey Aich following the release of his first official mixtape, “College D.egree.” You should check out what I had to say. Following the release, Joey stayed active with a few tracks here and there to keep busy, with this one being my favorite. He’s been working hard on his latest release “Aich Files,” in which you see Joey mature even further. He still kicks that old school vibe, which is his forte, but he’s proven that he can adapt to different styles. You can tell he’s hungry through his words and he’s going to keep working. That’s the clear cut difference between “Aich Files” and “College D.egree.”
When I asked Joey about the project, he said the same thing.
“Something that really stands out about this project is it’s me. It’s as Joey Aich as Joey Aich can get at this point. A lot of energy and more confident than my previous releases. I had a lot of fun with songs like Loading, Menison, and Greyhound, and also dug deep in some tracks like Graffiti Murals, Snapshots, and Acknowledgement. to reveal certain things to the listener.”
It’s been a pleasure to watch him develop and this is just the beginning. Standouts are Snapshots, Menison, and Graffiti Murals. Peep the stream below, and let us know what you think of the young Cleveland artist.
Also, shout out to that Hey Arnold snippet at the end.
Joey Aich is becoming a household rapper within the Sunset universe. Showing off another style of being able to joke around, Joey links up with friend, Kyle Messner, to bring you this relaxed, fun tune. Catchy hook, and playful rhymes is what you can expect on this one. Be on the lookout for more new material coming soon from Joey.
The young Cleveland rapper, Joey Aich, adds visuals to “Smooth Hardcore” off of his College D.egree project, which you can check out here. He nonchalantly flexes (is that still a thing these days) over the 90’s influenced instrumental. Sometimes simple is better.
A couple weeks ago, Joey Aich let loose his latest track, Tattered Labels. Great old school vibe that switches up on you about midway through. It’s definitely a head bobber. Joey gets better with each effort.
A little more about it from the man himself:
“Tattered Labels is more of an expressive song, and how sometimes we sound ridiculous when we use drinking to ‘fix’ our problems. This doesn’t just apply to me, but everyone has problems or tribulations. We all can strive to be better and find success/happiness.” – Joey Aich
It was no secret for how long I’ve been in the blog game. I want to say that I’ve been in it since 13-14 years old when I had my own site before eventually making my way to Lydia’s open arms and calling Sunset my home. With that, everyone I went to high school with knew how big I was into music, and I’d like to think they valued my opinion.
Here comes along Joe Holbert, a kid I went to high school with back in Cleveland, that valued my opinion and always asked me what I thought of his music. I’m not the type of person that beats around the bush, so I told him what I thought about his music (keep in mind this was when he first started recording). I told him to get better equipment, keep working hard, develop your style, and keep getting better. Whether or not he took that to heart, I have no idea, but this was probably 3-4 years ago. About a year ago he asked about getting on Sunset, and I didn’t think he was ready, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he loves. I mean, have you heard Skizzy Mars & Chance The Rapper when they first started? It’s kind of joke compared to what they are in 2014.
Here we are now, and Joe, who goes by the name of Joey Aich, is a sophomore at Denison University who just released his third mixtape entitled College D.egree. With tracks called, Coffee, 40 Oz, Patagonia Vine’s North Face, Pregame, it’s clear that he’s embracing his college life. Some people may think that this is “frat rap” just based off of the titles, but it’s far from that. Joey’s style is old school. He sticks to focusing on his lyrics over smooth, simple beats. Regardless, I’ve watched this kid grow as an artist for the past few years, and I think he’s ready for a Sunset feature. Clocking in at just about a half hour, check out Joey’s third project, College D.egree below.