Matthew Antelmi Patone, a 25 year old Italian/Irish, New Yorker from Staten Island, who goes by the stage name "Kritikal".
Here's an artist with urban/pop appeal capable of writing street anthems, party anthems and pop song smashes alike, consider Kritikal a mash-up of - T.I, B.o.B, Lil wayne and Black eye Peas. Kritikal has been busy spreading his music from NY to MIA, he has been hard at work writing, performing and selling music.
Kritikal cites a friendly disagreement with a long time friend over who could write the best rhymes as his initial reason for writing his first raps. "My friend was persistent that it wasn't easy to rap, I decided to prove him wrong and after writing a couple of verses, and getting all the good feedback that I did, I just stuck with it."
An inspiration to his music, his brother has really played a big role in many of the tracks found on each of his albums. He cites the many situations he's seen throughout his upbringing for the creative evolution of his music. His first song, called 'Verbally Vicious' was all about bragging about how much nicer he was at rapping than anyone else doing it. "After I listen to a song, I think how can I improve on this? And most times I just end up writing a new song". Since his first song 14 years ago, he's been the mastermind behind 5 full-length cd's.
Kritikal's Miss NYC averaged a few hunderd spins a week at top 40 stations and he expects his next release to do even better. Kritikal continues to focus on live performances along the north and southeast region coupled with online marketing and promotion.
Kritikal has performed at venues such as:
Cylo Blu Lounge
Funk Master Flex Car Show
Rhythm and Flow
Music Placements (partial list):
MTV's - Pimp my ride, Workaholics: We be Ballin', TRL On the Road: Genova
Renner's Motocross Tour / Fuel TV
HBOs Real Sex Documentary series
Kimora: Life In the Fab Lane
Biography: 50 Cent
Biography: Robert Deniro
Wieden & Kennedy (Seattle based Ad Agency)
NBC - All Night with Joey Reynolds
Kritikal's prior releases ROCKSTAR (single), DIAMOND IN THE DIRT (album) and more recently, MISS NYC and It's About Time feat. Saigon continue to sell well on both amazon and itunes.
With new music from his New project The New Drug beginning to hit the web and the air waves, expect big things from this native New Yorker!!