Manika Hip Hop Music Review “B.Y.O.Bugatti (clean)” written by: PeachTree3 Manika is an Asian-Spanish American singer and rapper who has been bringing her personal talent to many different projects and art forms for some time. She not only is a musician but also a record producer, song writer composer, author, and even at one point a reality tv show host. Her unique sound has been helping her for a long time and she was discovered by Frank DiLeo, Michael Jackson’s manager, after winning the outstanding performance award at the National Performing Arts Festival in New York City for three years in a row. He came out of retirement to manage one last big act, with the hyper-talented Manika. At just seventeen years old Manika graduated as valedictorian from high school a year early in order to pursue writing and music. That unique mix of dedication, ambition, talent and smarts have paid off big time and she has since toured with One Direction, performed at the Hollywood Style Awards, Wango Tango, Pepsi’s Shop Til You Rock Tour, and more.
Manika is back to the music game with a vengeance after publishing a book, acting as spokesperson for the A.S.P.C.A., giving writing workshops to inner city kids and young cancer patients, and supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her music may be bad ass, but this singer has a heart of gold and never stops! But this Manika hip hop music review is about her brand new song that’s destined to be an instant classic. Been dying for a catchy song that brings plenty of flavor? This track is the one you’ve been waiting for.
“B.Y.O. Bugatti” starts off strong with a brassy and hard but fun beat and you’re immediately hooked. “You ain’t ready for this,” croons Manika, and repeats it. There’s no question about it, once the rapping starts, you know that Manika is coming out swinging and not taking any prisoners.
The song is not short on confidence, either. Manika starts off spitting, “You think you know me but you don’t/you ain’t ever heard a chick like me before/ ’cause I can do it high/I can do it low/ and I can do it every single way you know”. She immediately transitions to a Iggy Izalea reference, crooning “who dat, who dat” in a dead on impression of the Aussie songbird and then she informs the audience she can take it back, “being a million voices without even a feature”.
This track never stops bringing the energy or the references, from Lil’ Jon to Nicki Minaj, all impersonated flawlessly by Manika but with a loving wink and nod. “Would the real ladies please stand up and put a finger on each hand up?” Manika asks, an Eminem reference. This song is entirely new but still manages to pack in nods to some of the biggest artists and tracks of the past ten years.
“I’m not scared to say I’m different, I’m not scared to say I’m smart,” throws out Manika at one part. The hooks on this track are absolutely insane. I haven’t seen a female rapper this ballsy since Missy Elliott came on the scene and did not give a damn what anyone thought. Manika manages to bring that same energy but amplified. She absolutely owns who she is and it comes through on Bugatti, and clearly sees herself as a contemporary of some of the baddest artists out there, shouting out to Ke$ha and Rihanna in the same breath.
“B.Y.O. party, Bring Your Own Bugatti, meet me in the lobby, we’ll be doing the Bugatti,” Manika sings for the chorus. The party might not stop, but this track does. Save yourself some time and just put it on repeat.
Manika is in truly in a class of her own. There is only one thing that we wish we heard more of, and that is, Manika’s ability to actually sing. Her voice is great as a rapper, but even better as a singer. The mainstream “Rap Game” is a tough path. We believe her stronghold will be ballads and pop music in the long run and her rhyme skills will be icing on the cake.
“B.Y.O.Bugatti” will be airing on Top 40 and Rhythmic radio stations this month.
Manika (pronounced Ma-NEE-ka) is an Asian-Spanish American singer, rapper, songwriter, musician, composer, record producer, reality TV-show host and published author. She was discovered by Michael Jackson’s long-time manager (music exec Frank DiLeo). Manika toured with One Direction on their North American tour. She also performed at the Hollywood Style Awards, the nationally-televised Hallmark Hollywood Christmas Parade, KISS FM’s Wango Tango, headlined the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Tour and headlined Pepsi’s Shop Til You Rock Tour. Recently Manika was the headline performer to 200,000 people and 650 movie theaters (streamed through Fathom Events). This performance was also nationally and internationally televised (via Discovery Network). Manika is currently in filming as the host of a new reality TV-show (“Global Beauty Masters”) to air on the TLC Network. Manika wrote and co-produced her new single “B.Y.O.Bugatti”, a rhythmic pop-rap song introducing a new dance (The Bugatti), being released to radio now.
Manika recently headlined the Light nightclub in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas where she performed the club remix of her fourth single “Vegas Party”. This Jump Smokers club remix is now also playing in the Las Vegas nightclubs/day clubs and internationally. Look for her fifth single-release “B.Y.O.Bugatti” to air on Top 40 and Rhythmic radio station across the country starting this month.
Manika’s debut single “Just Can’t Let You Go” (featuring Young Money’s Lil Twist), her second single “Good Girls”, her third single “My Way”, and her fourth single “Vegas Party” played on radio stations nationally and internationally. All four singles broke top 40 (peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Top 40 Airplay Chart). Manika’s debut album MANIKA (Double Album) features 28 songs with 5 music videos.
Manika is also a published author. Her first book sold out three printings and her second book will be released this summer. Manika donated the proceeds from her first book to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and served as their spokesperson. Manika gives free writing workshops to inner-city schoolchildren and young cancer patients. She also donated some of the proceeds from her first album to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Manika was discovered five years ago by the late Frank DiLeo (Michael Jackson’s long-time manager). Manika had won the outstanding performance award three years in a row at the National Performing Arts Festival in New York City when Frank DiLeo announced, “I am coming out of retirement to manage one last big act: Manika”. Manika, who was 17 years-old at the time, graduated high school a year early (as valedictorian) to pursue her music and writing career.