Troop DZA Releases New Single “Let’s Be Fr” On Spotify And ALL Streaming Outlets
Troop DZA is a rising hip hop act from Union, South Carolina. DZA represents the Nu Gin Nation, his music was influenced by the artists like Outkast, Jay Z, Kanye West and several others. This is the first single from TroopDZA’s EP ‘DZA SZN’ which can be found on all streaming outlets and sites. Troop Dza is currently in the studio working on his next project “DZA SZN 2”.
Check out the hot new single “Lets Be Fr” below on Spotify today!
TORONTO, CANADA – Many people who suffer from mental illnesses are adept at putting on masks. Santyna knows all about that. The introspective artist from Toronto, Canada had been hiding her depression for more years than most people realize. She has a great job and supportive friends and family, and yet she still struggled with her mental health. She had been battling persistent major depression, generalized anxiety and PTSD while writing and recording her EP, and has since made immense progress with her mental health. She now wishes to help crush the normative ideas surrounding the topic of mental health and those who suffer from mental illnesses. She wants her fans to know that they are not alone and that like her, they can also accomplish their dreams.
“I used to put on a mask every single day,” she said. “Many people who suffer from mental illnesses are great at masking their loneliness, hopelessness, and fear. They need help, but most of the time people can’t tell until it’s too late. If you see me at my day job, I’ll be professional and 100 percent attentive and give you the best customer service you’ll ever receive. I’ll seem like I’m the happiest person, even though I’m not. The truth is, I’ve been dealing with depression every day of my life, and now I’m finally at a place where there is no more mask left to hide behind. I finally burned that ratty, old mask and I owe it to my music. One of the only things that has kept me alive is finding solace in music. It became my life and my reason for living. And I want my music to be a voice for other people who struggle with similar things. I want my music to show them that they aren’t alone. I felt alone when I was going through the hardest time of my life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”
Santyna has an EP dropping at the end of November called “VENIN.” It’s a project that she said is geared toward mental health, with songs that take real-life situations and use them to help people see the hope and light that can come through healthy communication and deeper relationships. Santyna describes the project as a wave of emotion, starting with a dark tone that gives listeners a sense of what it feels like to be deep in depression, then leading toward a lighter tone that is intended to represent hope. The name for the EP is a take on the French word for “Venom” and the cover art for the project features a picture of Santyna in the likeness of Medusa.
“Instead of my hair being snakes, there are snakes in my hair and I am a snake,” she said. “I’m the queen of snakes, the mother of snakes, and the mother of darkness. I’m a person surrounded by darkness, but I’m really drawn to snakes because they represent rebirth and rejuvenation and wisdom. They are magnificent, lethal creatures. And they resemble me in the way that they don’t beat around the bush. I’m a snake. I’m gonna look out for me because I must in order to survive. Snakes take care of themselves and I’m a very independent person. That’s why I feel like they’re my spirit animal, so to speak. And more than anything, I think they represent the full circle of everything that’s connected in this beautiful life.”
The debut single from the project has already been released and is available across all streaming platforms. The song is called “FREE style” and it’s a song that Santyna said she wrote in a moment of clarity following a breakup with her ex-boyfriend.
“We had broken up a couple of months prior to writing ‘FREE style’ and it was really bad,” she said. “I was heartbroken. We were thinking about getting engaged before the breakup and had looked at apartments together and then he just up and left one day with no warning. It shattered my heart. And after two months, I was just starting to get over it. I was making music again and hanging out with friends and making money and trying to live my best life. Then he called me out of the blue. He left me a voicemail and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I literally went straight to the studio and put on a beat and just went off on that beat. And that freestyle session is how the song was born. The whole song is basically about him, but it’s also about struggling with depression and the journey I’ve taken. I literally went from a place where I was struggling to even get out of bed, and now look at me; I’m free. I’m leaving my house and making music and have just released this beautiful single that I’m so proud of. I can’t wait for people to hear my music. I hope it changes their lives in a positive way like it did mine.”
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WaveGod Almighty Swavve delivers a unique blend of East Coast and Deep South sounds
LONG ISLAND, NY – Duane McKenzie – AKA Almighty Swavve – is creating a wave of music that demands attention. His sound is raw and straight edge. He’s not embellishing anything. His edgy style pairs perfectly with versatile content in a way that is making people all along the East Coast sit up and pay attention.
The 21-year-old from Long Island, New York has a unique blend of East Coast influence mixed with Deep South sounds that he began to fuse together during his time living in Fort Worth, Texas. That one-of-a-kind sound is something that has already started to put him on the map, and it will be the thing that makes him a household name across the U.S. in the months and years to come.
“You could say I’m a message sender or a prophet,” he said of his music. “I’m a street prophet. I’m someone who says things that a lot of people don’t want to talk about or hide. I’m the Robin Hood of the streets, but through music. I write about everything that goes around. Sometimes, my music contradicts itself but ultimately, my music is all about life. And it comes to you through an almighty wave. I am the WaveGod.”
Swavve said WAVE GOD stands for “Watch Allies Value Enemies Good Overrides Destruction.” He said it’s an idea born from the trials and tribulations he’s faced not only in his life but specifically in his journey to realize his dream of becoming a professional musician.
“I’ve had a lot of people who smiled in my face and said they wanted something from me but they weren’t looking for my best interests,” he said. “And I’ve had people who I didn’t really get along with, but who pushed me to a place where I had to be better. I always had to be elite with them. I put that idea into my music and my way of life. You can see it in how I walk and talk, and the people I surround myself with. That’s what it means to be a WaveGod. Anyone can be a WaveGod. Your friends can hurt you worse than your enemies can, but good can always override destruction. That’s what my music is all about.”
That music is put on full display with his two EPs that are currently available on all streaming platforms. Both EPs are appropriately titled “WaveGod” though the second one bears the additional tagline “Splash Season.” Swavve said he also has music videos on his YouTube channel and is currently working on more music that plans to release in early 2020. Specifically, he has a mixtape he’s working on called “Haunt the Industry” which he said should drop in January.
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Producer Juan Donovan drops his mixtape Merlot & Marijuana hosted by Hustle Hearted!! R&B music is making a big comeback these days! Juan Donovan really put it down on this project.
This is a project you can light a candle, pour some wine for wifey and catch the vibes. If your a smoker this project has some chill songs like “Indulge” thats perfect to blaze to so light one up, press play and get in tune!
BandzmanJavii builds on online stream success with Street Rap EP, “BANDZMAN 1.5”
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – From hot and sultry south Florida comes a rapper with a different sound and hard hitting beats. Hip Hop / Rap artist and freestyling master BandzmanJavii delivers a fresh sound for every beat he hops on. Javii released the EP titled “BANDZMAN 1.5” earlier this year, following the triumphs of his online catalog. The 4 song EP is a teaser for the full 14 track album, “BANDZMAN,” which is slated to drop in early 2020.
BandzmanJavii’s appeal is undeniable. The songs in his online collection have been enjoyed by thousands of listeners. Only a few months ago, Javii released a track called “Opposition” on SoundCloud through United Masters. Out of nowhere, the song completely blew up. To date, this track alone has been streamed over 100,000 times.
Javii likes to go with the vibe of a beat once inside the recording booth, and he first freestyled “Murda Rate” (one of his favorite tracks from the EP) to a different beat. He was encouraged by friends to rap on a new beat and ended up liking the second version better. Unlike the fictional rhymes of some emerging rappers, Javii’s rap is cutting and real. “Sometimes they rap about things they’re not really doing. In my songs, I’m just telling stories about my life,” Javii said. “I’m rapping for people who can relate to my songs – the people in the streets.”
As leader/founder of the crew BMG (Bandzman Group), Javii is collaborating with other artists in his city for his latest projects. Working with skilled rappers, BandzmanJay, BandzmanFlamo, & J.Glizzy, Javii brought out the EP and continues work on the new album. The Bandzman Group also has plans to release a music video for “Murda Rate” later this year.
BandzmanJavii (whose real name is Jamal Hewitt) was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Florida in 2016. He grew up listening to Chief Keef, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Boy NBA, Young Thug, Lil Durk, Boosie Badazz and Kendrick Lamar, and started making his own music in 2017. After getting his first computer, Javii experimented by freestyling on top of different beats he found online. One of his songs was uploaded the day it was finished and was played over a thousand times right off the bat. Positive feedback continued to pour in for his creations and he kept working with his sound and improving his craft until he perfected his own distinct style. BandzmanJavii decided to seriously launch his music career earlier this year, and has never looked back.
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International superstar Phil Daisy drops electrifying new EP ‘Rise Above Circumstances’
CAMEROON – A new EP from international star Phil Daisy is set to launch this Cameroon-born multitalented artist onto the global stage in major ways.
The dance hall reggae artist who has become known throughout South Africa for his charismatic and versatile Hip Hop inspired music is fusing in more sounds on his latest project, “Rise Above Circumstances.” The six-song EP features tracks that are dance songs with a Jamaican kind of swing, Hip Hop songs that will have listeners bouncing, and even tracks that fuse genres like Rock and Pop. And throughout it all, Phil Daisy uses his platform to inspire the next generation to live better.
“I want my music to help make the world a better place,” he said. “I write about love and morality and politics and social affairs and the digital age and so many other things, and I don’t have negativity in anything that I’m doing. I like to educate people with my music. The context that I’m bringing is new and unique from any other person. And when you add my very unique vocals – which I believe can appeal to any genre of music – then there’s nothing else out there like what I’m trying to do.”
Phil Daisy’s music illustrates both a youthful drive and an esoteric wisdom, which is a testament to the time and effort he’s put into cultivating his craft. And that work has paid off as he is largely considered at the forefront of Cameroon’s urban dancehall music scene. His new EP is set to take him to new heights globally, especially with standout singles such as “Take a Picture.”
“It’s a fusion of dance hall, reggaetón and trance with an attractive melody and a catchy hook that will be reverberating in your head long after you hear it,” he said. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second. Your first photographs could be your best memories. The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. I wanted to write something that would make me talk about what really inspires me – a kind of reflection of myself and society and how I want to be guided in my society. And I wanted to do that in a way that would inspire others. This song and the whole EP, really does that.”
Describing himself as sitting somewhere in the lane between rapper, singer and fiddler (someone who whistles a melody), Phil Daisy’s current output has tended toward a strong mixture of genres and rhythms. While dance hall rap is on the agenda, his larger goal is to create a broader spectrum of sounds and styles that will appeal to audiences all over the world.
“I learn a lot from flows,” he said. “When I listen to music, that’s what I’m tuned into and that’s what I want to continue to experiment with. I can see myself doing Basement, Dancehall, Rock … everything. The possibilities are endless. I’m not going to limit myself. I see myself doing many things in the future. I’m not going to narrow myself to one thing. I want to try it all. But more than anything, I want to bring positive change to the world because I think the world needs that more than just individual success. My personal success could be 10 cars and a big house, but that doesn’t influence many people other than me and the people around me who benefit from that. I want to be a positive movement and make a positive movement at the same time. I want to bring vibes and positive change. I want to impact the world.”
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Clarity and relevance of debut album “All In” elevate Aquarius Jones above the crowd
PHOENIX, AZ – Hip Hop and R&B artist, Aquarius Jones has a passion for delivering fun and entertaining music, coupled with an energy that attracts sophisticated music listeners. His first single “All In” is set to release 11/8, followed by his debut album also titled “All In” soon after.
Recorded at DigiLabs (Phoenix) and The Saltmine (Mesa), “All In” is 15 tracks of enjoyable dance music with themes related to the grind and hustle of everyday life. The collection is characterized by a clean, professional sound with strikingly clear vocals. The highly relevant track, “IG” brings to life the struggle of worrying about what to post and how much to post on social media. The aptly named “Party” track is a straightforward, uptempo dance song, and the album’s title track relates the story of the partnership between Aquarius and his manager, sharing the energy and effort it takes to launch a career and an album.
Aquarius and his team take great pains to make certain that his content resonates with fans by delivering clear and understandable lyrics consistently. Enthusiastic about making music, Aquarius is also gifted with an ability to write quality songs. He can deliver what people want – a nice beat with a catchy hook – at an incredibly fast pace.
Music videos have already been completed for two tracks, “IG” and “All In.” Shot in and around Tempe, Arizona, students from Arizona State University will recognize some of the locations. The highly anticipated videos incorporate skits reminiscent of an old school music video storytelling style. The story lines sound promising: While the video for “All In” shares the work behind the progress of this artist’s career, the “IG” video features comedy, acting out humorous social media situations and the clever inclusion of a pervasive Instagram item which you have to watch out for!
Aquarius Jones started singing, rapping, doing talent shows and writing his own music when he was 9 years old. Music was something he always wanted to do growing up while listening to his favorite artists like Michael Jackson, Drake, Usher, Chris Brown. He seriously began to pursue his music career at 16. A committed and electrifying performer, audiences have always gravitated towards him.
An authentic artist who is into having a good time, enjoying life and meeting people, Aquarius’ positivity comes out in his music. He has a higher level of excitement and passion than his peers which drew the attention of his manager. This resulted in a partnership with GMajesty Entertainment to create top quality music that is real and enjoyable to a wide audience, and to bring those results to the world. Aquarius Jones is delivering his message in a cool way that can be enjoyed by all.
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BlackLiq is an Emcee, Promoter, Teacher and Radio DJ for WRIR 97.3FM & WDCE 90.1FM, where he also serves as Hip-Hop Director. He has been active in the Hip-Hop community independently for years with opening credits including shows with Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX and Raekwon to name a few, and he also played Rhymesayers’ Soundset Festival in 2017 which was attended by more than 50,000 people.
As a public and private school Hip-Hop teacher and public speaker, he works to empower the youth through the art of expression and to inspire others to see that the only limits that exist are the ones we place upon ourselves.
BlackLiq is currently celebrating 10 years of working in FM radio in 2019 by releasing a new project each month, called the “NOW” series, that represents authenticity and integrity through On-Air freestyles while preparing for the release of his next full length project, “The Lie”.
Producer: The Honorable Sleaze (R.I.P.)
Directors: Ason Intrigue & Derek Stewart
Illustrations and Animations: Derek Stewart
Visual Effects and Editor: Ason Intrigue
Associate Producer: Eric Bose
Global artist bring international touch to experimental music on new EP ‘Smoke Break Vol. 2’
ORLANDO, FL – Many music fans know that much of where the magic happens is underground. The greatest music usually comes from unknown artists who casual fans haven’t quiet heard about yet, but who are pushing hard to get their message out to the world. Avidix is a rapper and artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.
Emerging from the elite Miami music scene, Avidix is an international artist whose star is on the rise. He’s already creating important work on his way to becoming a new and vital voice for the Hip Hop community. Known for his versatile rhyming structures and dynamic approach in lyricism, Avidix exhibits the skills and dedication needed to secure his spot in the industry. Influenced by a vast array of artists – from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to Jimi Hendrix – Avidix is well on his way to taking his place alongside the industry’s major players in the game.
His newest release is a single called ‘Sippin’ which is set to drop on Nov. 5 along with his five-song EP “Smoke Break Vo. 2.” The single is a representation of who he is as an artist and what he wants to become known for as a global artist. It reflects what he calls the “modern underground Florida sound” while also being very “4/20 friendly.”
“That’s the whole aesthetic of who I am, and it’s the perfect song not only to represent me but this entire EP,” Avidix said. “It’s the kind of project that is perfect for when you’re at work or school and you want to go on a smoke break. You can pop this in and listen to it the entire time.”
Originally from Angola in Southwest Africa, Avidix moved to East London with his family when he was young. He didn’t come to the U.S. until 2014. Since that time, he’s been studying music production and recording arts while experimenting with his unique sound and style. He said that experimentation is what led him to find his signature sound.
“I’m not too similar to the regular patterns that other people follow,” he said. “I would say I have an experimental sound. I’m not too commercial. I like to mix genres like Reggae and Hip Hop, or Indie and Hip Hop. I’ll just mix anything and I listen to all types of music. If I get inspired by something I hear, I’ll try to incorporate that sound or idea into my music.”
Avidix said his entire family has been into music with an older brother who was the founder of the first rock band in Angola and an uncle who wrote the country’s national anthem. His grand-uncle is also the founder of the genre of music known as Semba. And today, Avidix said he’s trying to take that legacy to the next level and make his family proud.
“They could never take their music to the global scale so I’m trying to do that for all of us,” he said. “I have a laid back style with a positive vibe that promotes good times. I want my music to be a part of people’s lives on a daily basis. If you’re going through something, just sit back, roll one up and enjoy the positive vibes I’m bringing. If you’re low and listening to it, the positive messages will lift you up. They will bring you out of that depression. If you’re feeling lonely, come to me. Listen to my music and be inspired.”
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Toronto-based rap group set to drop ‘Animal Asylum’ mixtape at midnight on Halloween
A new mixtape from the Toronto-based rap group The Night Wolf comes just in time for Halloween. The mixtape is called “Animal Asylum” and is slated to drop at midnight on Halloween, followed with a release party at a downtown club in Toronto, information about which can be found on their website. According to group co-founder SJM, the 10-track project features a blend of Hip Hop and EDM in ways that are both entertaining and very diverse.
“You can really hear that throughout every song,” SJM said. “That’s true to who we are. My brother and I have been rapping and making music together for a long time, and our friends have just added another layer to that. We’re excited to put out this first tape and we promise that it’s just the beginning.”
The Night Wolf consists of seven people with diverse talents, showing a great deal of variety — SJM and his brother, FAM; producer Knockturnul; artists Da$a Façade, Mayze and Zam; and photographer/videographer Magic. SJM said the group’s goal is to travel the globe performing and building the most diverse fan-base in the world while delivering a consistent message that is both positive and inspirational. He points to the group as the foundation for that diversity as he and his brother are both from Pakistan, while others in the group come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and heritages.
“This is a movement,” SJM said. “It’s more than just music. It’s more than just our passion. This is a lifestyle we promote. We promote an open-minded positive movement. Through our music, we speak on our lives past, present and future to try our best to help the listeners get through life’s ups and downs and ultimately help change their perspective and make better decisions. We are intelligent, educated young individuals. We are both street smart and book smart, and we tend to use this as an advantage as we move forward with our independent movement.”
SJM said as the group grows in popularity and success across the globe, some of their long-term goals are to leave a lasting legacy of giving back to the world. They want to build foundations and organizations that help build schools, hospitals, safe water wells and more in places of need all around the globe. And all of those dreams and efforts fall under this umbrella of teamwork and close-knit family – something that SJM said is perfectly represented by the wolf logo.
“We move as a pack,” he said. “We’re a family. The flames symbolize the fire in us and the fact that we won’t quit. The wolf howling is a call to all my wolves in the world, hustling and trying to live their dream. Anybody can be a part of this, you just have to have the same drive and ambition and motivation. If you want to be part of something great, you don’t have to be related to us by blood. But you do have to be a hustler and be real. We’re trying to promote real.”
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EAST LANSING, MI – When Berk Cindik isn’t studying neuroscience at Michigan State University, he can often be found pursuing his passion for Rap music. But this native of the country of Turkey isn’t just another Hip Hop lover whose hobby allows him to create a song or two every now and then. He’s a rapper whose experimentation lends itself to a new sound and style that the music industry has been seeking.
Operating under the stage name Berk The Turk, this new artist is hitting the scene with a splash, thanks to his new single, “Hello.” He describes it as a song that perfectly encapsulates the vibe of what Berk the Turk stands for – a person who is uplifting for people to listen to so they feel better when they listen to his music.
“At the end of the day, I want Berk the Turk to stand for something positive that will lift the moods of other people,” he said. “Personal growth has always been the goal for me, but I’ve always wanted people around me to grow as fast as I grow. I love what I study and sometimes it takes a lot of time to focus on my music because I really want to make high-quality music. I only want to do that when I’m 100 percent locked in, so if I have to study for an exam or something, I can’t work on my music. But when I do get to focus on the music, I just get lost in it. I like flowing and even when I’m studying, I always have beats playing in my mind.”
For Berk, growing up in Turkey was very affected by American culture – from television shows to sports and, of course, the music. When he was a sophomore in high school, he was presented with an opportunity to study in the United States, and he hasn’t looked back since. Though he goes back to Turkey about once every six months, he said he loves American culture and hopes to be able to make America his home for a long time to come. Most especially, he said he hopes to advance his music career and become a global brand with a name that everyone knows.
“I just want people to know I’m a great rapper,” he said. “In my opinion, my style is a little different. I’m an international artist and when someone listens to me, I want them to have a different experience than they’ve had with any other rapper. My goal is to write about real stuff. My major is neuroscience so I know a lot about the human body and existential stuff, and that’s what’s usually revolving around in my head and what tends to come out in my music. I don’t flex or anything because that’s just not my style. I’m just a guy who practices a lot and who always works on his flow. I know I will get better, but I’ve been excited to see that people already like my stuff. That makes me want to go for more and learn how to rap even better.”
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QJP 11 drops new hype song that has audiences bouncing all along the East Coast
ROCKY MOUNT, NC – A new single from East Coast rapper QJP 11 (born as Qwandale Jerome Pippen on 11/11) is about to get people all over the U.S. hyped up. The song is called “Shit Damn” and it’s the kind of catchy upbeat song that could be played in clubs or concerts so that as soon as people hear it, they get hyped up.
“As soon as people hear it, they get into it,” QJP said. “I wanted to show people how I get to it. This song is definitely a hype song. It started one day when I hit my toe on the corner of a wall and I was like, ‘Shit! Damn!’ Someone repeated it and that’s how it came about. People think I’m cussing, but people hear a lot of worse things than those two words put together. We’ve been brought up to believe those words are bad, but who was the first person to claim they were bad? They’re words that can have different definitions but when people hear it or look at the name of it, there’s automatic defensiveness to it. But it’s really just a hype catchy song with a bit of a message to it that challenges the idea of what you think those words mean.”
“Shit Damn” is yet another single of QJP 11’s acclaimed EP, “Listen to Understand.” He released the hit single “Boom Boutta Bang” last month to high praise, and has been riding a wave off success from this EP since its release in August.
QJP said all of his music is an effort to emphasize his originality. He’s not trying to pretend to be something he’s not though he often tries new things from time to time. He also likes to make a Plan A and a Plan B and even a Plan C just in case things don’t go the way they’re supposed to. Growing up, he was always moving from one place to another and he considers himself lucky to have seen so many different sides of life – whether poor, middle class or rich.
“At an early age, I always had a thing for being creative whether it was drawing, coloring, writing, whatever,” he said. “I like being by myself just how I am. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not. People say I’m real cool and laid-back, and I pretty much talk to anybody – White, Black, Chinese, Mexican … it doesn’t matter. All my life, I’ve been wondering who I was and what my purpose is. Me trying to be a gangster didn’t work out, then I tried to make a change in college but that didn’t really work out either. But now, I’ve found rapping and it’s like I’ve found myself and I feel a part of it. I really just want to go mainstream now. I want the money, the hate, and everything that comes with a mainstream artist – the money, the shows, and especially being featured in XXL Magazine. All of that is my focus right now.”
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Ques The Hood Favorite combines Hip Hop with R&B For One-Of-A-Kind Neo-Soul Vibe
WILMINGTON, DE – Step into a barbershop in Wilmington, Delaware and there’s a good chance you’ll run into one of today’s most intriguing new artist. His name is Ques The Hood Favorite. While he’s served Wilmington as a barber for the better part of 30 years, he is also steadily developing a unique sound and style that combines Hip Hop and R&B into a new vibe that is giving Neo-Soul an entirely different definition.
His latest single, “Nothing To Lose,” exemplifies how his years of artist expression perfected something truly original. The buzz behind this single is tremendous along the East Coast and is set to explode across the U.S. in the forthcoming weeks and months. It’s a song that serves as a brief description of how he came up from a young adult to the kind of man he is today, within different periods of his life. The melodic on-beat bass gives listeners a soulful, laid back vibe that is soothing to the ear and demands to hit repeat.
While growing up in the inner city on the east side of Wilmington as a young man, Ques experienced some of life’s harsh realities. He grew up in a family of musicians, and was introduced to accomplished artists at a young age. He had the opportunity to study under The Late Great Walter “Bunny” Sigler. After high school, he collectively created the Hip Hop group 2 of a Kind. After three years of collaborating with others and touring as part of the group, Ques decided to go solo and adopt the full stage name Ques The Hood Favorite. His continuation to make music has afforded him opportunities over the years to open for various artists such as Ruff Ryders, Roc-a-fella, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Tank, 112, and Big Daddy Kane to name a few. With his raspy voice and confidence growing, he continued experimenting with his unique sound and style creating something that would be signature.
Along with “Nothing To Lose,” Ques is also getting ready to drop his new album, “The Maturation.” It features collaborations with Producer/Engineer Waterboy, who he has worked with for many years. It’s a project that Ques said is based off of creating mature music for adults.
“My sound is more of a collaboration of R&B and Hip Hop with a Neo-Soul Vibe, all combined to create my own style. Over the years, I’ve rapped and also written for R&B Artists. Being raised on 70s and 80s music, I feel like the music has been moved to only one style on the radio and we’ve lost a lot of what used to be great. Today, Hip Hop is based around the younger generation, and it seems to lack substance. I want my label (Maturation Entertainment) to create a product full of material that everyday adults can appreciate because of the topics that it’s based upon. Now is the perfect time to put my sound out there.”
Ques also has completed a mixtape titled “PMS” (Positivity Maturity and Success) which is soon to be released.
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Madd Manson combines gothic rock with a style of his own to create new genre of music
LOS ANGELES, CA – There’s a weird word in the English language called “Onomatopoeia” that by definition means to form a word from a sound – like “Boom” or “Sizzle” or “Snap!” In most cases, onomatopoeia is used to emphasize the importance of something. It’s used to signify something special and unique.
It makes sense, therefore, that one of the hottest new artists out of LA would create an entirely new genre of music that encapsulates this idea. His name is Madd Manson, and his new genre will soon change the sound of music. It’s a style that pairs hard-hitting lyrics with surprising sounds that catch the attention of listeners in ways that most music today doesn’t.
“We use the most melodic sound we can find to trigger nerves and trip things in the brain and try to hypnotize people,” Madd Manson said. “I want my music to be known for what I talk about and the feeling it gives people. The kind of music we make comes from vibes and feelings.”
That sound is put front and center on Madd Manson’s new mixtape, “Where It Ends,” which features the single “Left 4 Dead.” Manson said this tape talks about nearly every aspect of life, the different situations that he has experienced before music, and what he expects from all the hard work and sacrifices he’s made over the years. It’s also a project that puts his embrace of Dracula imagery front-and-center in ways that not only enhance the Rock and Hip Hop fusion aesthetic he’s trying to create, but also adds to the overall vibe and feeling he’s trying to instill into people who listen to his music.
“By creating our own genre of music, we can present something that’s really melodic, but with a rock star vibe to it,” Manson said. “My image is like Dracula because I’m gothic and I wear a lot of black stuff. And this whole theme of Dracula sucking the blood out of your enemies and the things you want is a metaphor for what I’m trying to accomplish with my music. There’s desire in the blood for Dracula, and making it with my music is my desire.”
With “Left 4 Dead,” Manson puts that mellow and melodic sound to perfect effect underneath lyrics that talk about the friends and family members he has lost over the years. He’s lost brothers and loved ones, and has also had people turn their backs on him over the years – in essence “leaving me for dead.” But he hasn’t let that discourage him and instead, has used it as fuel for his passion with music. Through that process he’s been about to take the traditional an idea of a “rock star” and turn it into something else that’s new and intriguing. He’s excited for fans all over the world to get a taste of that new sound and to join him through his melodic journey.
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Louisiana rapper TJones makes ears tingle with new EP and single
NEW ORLEANS, LA – In TJones’ city, dreams don’t come true until you get hated on or until somebody kills you. That’s been his experience in New Orleans over the years as he’s tried to make a name for himself as a musician and businessman. And those experiences are front-and-center in his EP “Life Thru Penmanship.”
The four-song EP offers listeners a different flavor and appeal, with every song catering to a different atmosphere and vibe. TJones describes it as a project that shows off his life through his writing skills, with many of the stories told through songs coming from his perspective.
“I consider myself a fly on the wall,” he said. “I have survived a lot of crazy situations unscathed. Sometimes I’ve just been in the wrong places at the wrong time. Overall, this project has a cool vibe. There’s nothing way out of the box and extreme with the stories. More than anything, it gives you a new vibe and a new flavor in a way that makes your ears tingle because it’s something special.”
TJones has always been a native of New Orleans, having been born there in the 80s and raised on the streets. Over the years, he’s done many things to make ends meet – from landscaping to being a barber to working as an auto mechanic. But his first love has always been Hip Hop and he’s worked hard as a rapper to make a name for himself and carve out a niche in an over-crowded music scene. His signature sound and style are definitely distinct, with an inviting Louisiana drawl that’s reminiscent of Ludacriss. But his songs and lyrics are unique to him, and he’s proud of the development he’s gone through over the years as an artist.
“I have my own voice and I’m not a one-trick pony,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of development, and I know artist development is important. That sets you apart from those who just rely on their raw talent. Plus, my music is derived from my soul, my hustle and my environment. I wasn’t born an angel and I write about what’s true to me and my life. I write about what I’ve done or not done, what I’ve seen and what I love. I want to get a message out through my music – to encourage people. I’ve done my fair share of shit you ain’t supposed to be doing. But at the end of the day, I’m just like you trying to put a message out there to the world. So here I am … a fresh new face who is going to something that exhibits something different.”
In addition to his EP, TJones has also dropped a new single called “Drippin Flava” which is currently available across all streaming platforms. It’s a song about “you and your personality” he said, and embracing all the things you do best.
“You have to let it drip,” he said. “Flood the streets with it. People are gonna walk all in it and get covered up in it. Whatever it is that defines you, just let it drip with flava.”
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Luke LaShea delivers unique cross between singing and rapping with new EP “Fade to Blue”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Poised to explode on the scene from his West coast base, Luke LaShea stands tall in the elite class of rappers who can actually sing. Born in East Harlem and raised in Los Angeles, LaShea brings a unique flavor to sophisticated urban music fans. His sound is an earthy brand of Hip Hop with an R&B flavor that flirts with Pop and Emo Rap.
Creating a distinct musical style all his own, LaShea has the ability to move between rapping and singing, and combining the two for his own unique delivery. “I try to approach every instrumental like a chameleon,” said LaShea. “I sound different on every song, according to whatever the tempo is or what the vibe is.”
His new EP, “Fade to Blue” was recorded in Los Angeles. The melodic 5 track collection features a laid back, smooth vibe with LaShea’s singing and rapping infused together. Standout tracks include “Backstabber,” a song about moving on from a relationship after someone crossed the line, and “Never Too Far” which calls out to someone missed, conveying regret that things had not gone differently.
LaShea is a hot young artist on the move. He opened for Lupe Fiasco at the Macau Music Festival in Macau, China and has participated in artist showcases, rap contests, and open mics from L.A. to New York. Since publishing his first mixtape in 2011, LaShea has released several singles, mixtapes and the EP “Animosity.” Compared with his debut EP, “Fade to Blue” is a little more laid back, smooth and melodic.
Growing up playing the piano and listening to Motown and 60’s Rock n’ Roll, LaShea developed an affinity for catchy melodies and soulful instrumentals. Further influenced by artists such as James Brown and Nirvana, LaShea was particularly impacted by the versatility of OutKast and Method Man’s flow and delivery.
LaShea draws inspiration from other artists and from his own feelings and thoughts which he portrays in his lyrics. Many of his songs deal with embracing the struggle, coping with loss and delivering the message to embrace the pain that we all go through. “You can’t go through life without struggling no matter what you do, so you might as well just embrace it for what it is.”
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Buck City Releases His 4th Project “Beat The Odds” Hosted by DJ Smoke. The Midwest artist Buck City is back with sum new slappers for the people on his new project! Turn it up to the max and vibe out to this one!
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South Texas artist draws from personal life experiences to inspire others through music
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Imagine yourself standing in a painter’s studio, watching a master at work. The blank canvas is unlike any you’ve seen before – a random bit of discarded trash that might have once been a sign. As the artist starts to put brush to paint, he turns on some music and the atmosphere becomes electric.
This is the space in which San Antonio artist JaoT creates. A long-time painter who creates unique pieces of art out of found objects discarded in random places, he brings a different perspective to the idea of creation. This is true of his music, too. And that unique blend of sound, style and artistry is beginning to get noticed by fans all over the country.
More than anything, JaoT’s artistic creation reflects his love for telling stories. His way of telling stories is relatable to a lot of different types of people from all walks of life. And like true art, those who consume what he has created have a myriad smattering of reactions – from aggression to depression to joy and everything in between.
“I can make music for literally any type of beat or sound,” JaoT said. “I look at instrumentals like an art board. When I paint, I find random objects to paint on and I make the image I see work for the canvas I choose. It’s the same thing for music – no matter what instrumental or beat or sound that’s presented to me, I can fit a part of me onto it. That’s my whole thing when it comes to music. Painting was my first love and I fell in love with it really fast. But music has been equally as fulfilling for me because it’s another form of artistic expression where I can get my emotions out. Now when I find a different item that I come across and start drawing on them with markers or crayons or colored pencils, I usually do that while listening to my own music. I pick a song that I feel like goes with the item I’ve found and make the art go with the music.”
In most cases when JaoT writes new music, he tends to write about things he’s gone through in life. It always starts as an emotional outlet driven by an experience. Inspiration might strike while he’s at the grocery store, or while he’s driving in the car reflecting on his childhood growing up abandoned and left to different families and friends. He starts by putting himself in the moment and remembering the feelings he had at the time, and then writes from that emotion.
An upcoming single called “Cold Saki” is a perfect example of this process. He said the song was inspired by a dark time in his life earlier this year when he was mourning the loss of a friend who had taken his life by suicide.
“I immediately turned to drinking … copious amounts,” he said. “It was only when I was drinking that I felt happy – not when I was with my kids or when I was writing or anything. I only felt decent when I was drinking. I was on the verge of coming out of that when I realized it was something other people go through as well, but don’t talk about. There’s a stigma to talking about it. I wrote most of the song while I was still drinking, but I was coming out of it enough to start thinking about the dependency on the alcohol and how good I felt in those moments. I knew it was a problem, but I kept doing it. Alcohol was there for me in a time when I felt lonely. I needed it … even when the Saki got cold, I didn’t care. I was just gonna drink it.”
JaoT said he hopes his music doesn’t just entertain listeners but also helps them through whatever situations they might be facing. “Cold Saki” for instance, is a song that he said can inspire people to talk about their own pain and begin to take the first steps toward healthier lifestyles.
“Healing and help are really what I want my music and my art to be about,” he said. “I want people to hear what I have to say and know that they aren’t the only ones going through a certain situation. That’s what I got out of music growing up. I always tried to relate what other people were talking about in their music and apply it to my life. I want to do that for other people.”
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Rising rapper, $PAID pushes through adversity to bring out new project “Who Is $PAID”
HOUSTON, TX – Abandonment. Homelessness. Rejection. Jeremy Hicks (known by his stage name $PAID) has dealt with a lot during his 20 years. To cope with life’s hardships, $PAID turned to music early on, and it became a way to express what he couldn’t say when there was no one to turn to. On October 24th, $PAID drops his new project, “Who is $PAID” on SoundCloud and YouTube.
Based on $PAID’s emotions over the last couple of years, “Who is $PAID” shows the listener how life is from $PAID’s side of the fence using raw elements to convey the pain and struggle. The 10 track collection follows the tremendous success of “Pieces” which blew up on its own to 2.16 million plays on SoundCloud. Like all of $PAID’s music, “Pieces” is a highly relatable song about the first heartbreak and a love that didn’t last.
The new project includes the track, “Star Feelings” which explores a relationship with a girl who never left even through the pain. The piece expresses that there is some pain a person can do nothing about, like falling in love for the first time.
Last October, $PAID released “Status” as he was finding his way as a solo artist. While “Status” contained many features, $PAID’s new project has more direction, compassion, substance, and perennial relevance. “The difference between Status and Who Is $PAID,” the artist said, “is that Status was just for the time, but Who Is $PAID is timeless.”
$PAID grew up listening to old school music filled with passion, pain and emotion. To help him get through his tribulations, he turned to the music of James Brown, Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and especially Drake. An example who showed that it is OK to be who you are, Drake had a very positive influence on $PAID’s life. $PAID developed into a melodic, rap-singer with a sound that is different from any other artist. $PAID said “I don’t feel like I should be put in a genre. I feel like I can almost touch all genres.”
$PAID started rapping at 19 and formed a group called Upper Echelon with another artist, Rich London. Originally called Dirty Money to compliment Rich London’s name, Jeremy changed to $PAID after going solo. In 2018, $PAID released “Factuals,” leading to an informal agreement with a small Houston label. After the devastating split with the record label, $PAID released a three track tape called “The Sample” which included the wildly popular track, “Pieces.”
A city where many young artists are trying to make it as rappers, Houston can be a tough nut to crack. But, $PAID is excited about his chances in there because “once you get the city behind you, they are behind you all the way!” Houston and beyond can look forward to much more from this hot young artist. Leading up to the release of “Who is $PAID,” $PAID is dropping a new single on SoundCloud and a music video for the track, “Loyalty” on YouTube this Friday.
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DJ Marc Money combines multi-genre influences in new album HOUSE-O-MATIC
VALENCIA, CA – Marc Edwards (known by his stage name DJ Marc Money) was always into music growing up. His musical talents were recognized at a very young age when he learned to play the piano in the gifted and talented program in first grade. The hottest thing to come out of Gary, Indiana since the Jacksons, DJ Marc is getting ready to drop his second House Album on October 13th.
DJ Marc grew up in Gary, IN on House music, Hip Hop, R&B, Blues and Pop. His new album, “HOUSE-O-MATIC” is an electrifying, eclectic and different mix of styles blended together for a fresh sound! The collection includes all the right ingredients for good dance material. Some standout tracks include “You Can Feel It,” featuring tight vocals combined with the perfect beat and melodies, plus “Move” with its sweet refrain.
DJ Marc listens to all kinds of music including Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, House and Reggae, and his productions are influenced by his diverse taste in artists such as George Clinton, Prince, Dr. Dre, Bootsy Collins, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, Mini Mixin Oliver and Jimi Hendrix. “I try to pull from all those influences when I make different tracks,” said DJ Marc. Each of his tracks could have a taste from one genre or a combination of several.
Unlike many DJs, DJ Marc has a strong background as an actual musician. Moving on from keyboards, he played alto and baritone saxophone in Junior High and a little bit of High School. The sax playing goes well with the House music, and DJ Marc’s music abilities add value to his productions. “Being an actual musician, I know the way music is supposed to sound.” He knows what people like and puts music together that everyone can groove to.
For several years, DJ Marc had his own rap group, Underground Hustlers. Shortly after the group disbanded, DJ Marc split from Indiana where there was no music scene. Once in Texas, he started cutting his teeth on production work and started making his own music. He decided to relocate to California and things have been getting better ever since.
DJ Marc is always making music and his next project will be a Hip Hop album. He has some dope Hip Hop beats that he needs to get out, and he is looking for some rappers with good lyrics to collaborate with.
In the lead up to the release of “HOUSE-O-MATIC,” DJ Marc will drop a new single “ROCKIN” the first week of October to wet people’s appetites. The new single and album will be streaming on all the major platforms along with his extensive catalog of previous releases. DJ Marc brings House music to a whole new level. His unique combination of music skills, determination and experience make him destined for success.
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Personal pain and pleasure enlivens new music from alternative Hip Hop artist, Kompanion
DENVER, CO – When Kompanion (also known as James Patrick Sullivan) speaks, there is a lot of pleasure and pain because he has seen both sides of life. Music helped him get through the roughest parts of growing up and helped him express a lot of his emotions. “More than anything,” Kompanion said, “it’s helped me redirect my emotions into something positive that can help other people.”
Further to the purpose of using his music is to connect with those in need, Kompanion released his single, “Redo” last month. A mixture of old and new age Hip Hop, “Redo” is a song about second chances in anything in life you want to do over again.
Exposed to more hardcore music at a very young age, Kompanion was influenced by the music of Kid Cudi, Mobb Deep, Brotha Lynch Hung and the Dog Town Gangster sound. Kompanion has a style that is unique and hard to classify which is best described as alternative / new age Hip Hop.
On November 30th, Kompanion will drop his new album, “The Kompanion.” The 7 track collection of all new, original material was recorded at his professional home studio, then mixed and mastered by Kentucky-based producer/engineer, Studio 17 llc. The artist’s description of “Motivation,” the album’s first track, is intriguing – “All I was thinking while recording this song was ‘I’m so hungry, both literally and figuratively!’” Kompanion also feels that “Smile” is another track that people will particularly enjoy. Things that built up in his life and came to a head are expressed in this album which gives an amazing inside look at the life of someone who has overcome recidivism, alcoholism and drug addiction.
Moving around and experiencing difficulties at home and in school, Kompanion made some bad choices and ended up in many unfortunate circumstances. In and out of jail over the years, he found himself in a position where he got pushed down. His experience is that everyone at every level wears a mask, whether they are conscious of it or not. Kompanion said “I try to approach people with a tremendous amount of respect because I know that everyone has something going on.” That respect allows him to see the real person, and he is hoping that people see the real him when they hear his music.
Kompanion believes in love for all and hatred for none, and is passionate about helping people from all walks of life. Luckily in 2003, Kompanion found his passion for music which he can attach to other things to help people. He also works with many charitable organizations such as “Be the Match” and “Peace Jam” that help build individuals and communities by addressing power and privilege issues. “I just like to use my platform to try and help somebody because I’ve been in some bad spots,” Kompanion said. “I know that social support is the most important thing when it comes to helping people who are struggling.”
His life experiences allow him to operate from a position which those who are in need can relate to. And Kompanion strongly believes that “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
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Introspective lyricist encourages listeners to consider a different perspective
MIAMI, FL – Adam James wants you to think about things differently … all things from relationships to politics to cultural influences and everything in between. His music is the kind of music intended to give listeners some deeper food for thought, and it’s that content-forward music that is grabbing the attention of new fans all over the South and in larger circles throughout the U.S.
Hailing from Miami, Florida, this introspective lyricist has been making a name for himself in Hip Hop circles around Miami for the better part of the past five years. In 2013, he dropped a mixtape called “Thru My Eyes” that was his announcement to the world. Shortly after that, he started his own independent recording label called House of M Music LLC and in 2018, he recorded his first EP “Temporarily Blinded” which featured singles such as the self-titled track “Temporarily Blinded,” produced by Nate Da Quiet Storm, “Pressure,” produced by Mike Anthem, and “Hollywood Afrikkanz,” produced by Drock. That project continues to making waves and James said he’s eager for an even wider audience to experience his music.
“It’s an EP that’s more lyrical than a lot of the music you hear today,” James said. “I just try to take a different lane and speak a little bit about political values and things that I’ve been through coming up as a man. To me it’s a lyrical project that reflects on things like the ups and downs of relationships or religion and various other things like that.”
The title track is perhaps the best example of the unique style of music James creates. Working off a sample of a speech from Malcolm X, the up-tempo vibe underscores lyrics that observe things through a different lens and looking at life with a different perspective.
“It’s about seeing the darkness before the light and recognizing it for what it is,” James said. “I’m talking about coming up in the music game and seeing different things and witnessing different artists and seeing how one artist goes one way and then changes and you can tell it’s not them anymore. It’s a song about sticking to a code and not ever changing just to be more popular or make more money. I want to be recognized more for my music than my antics. I’m speaking more for a lot of different artists who are so blind to so many different things and try so hard to get noticed that they lose themselves along the way. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can be ourselves without having to do ridiculous things and losing ourselves. So ultimately, this song is about recognizing those fads for what they are – temporary – and then coming back to our truest selves.”
James said he’s set to follow up that successful EP with another project that is in production right now called “Finally See.” He said it will be “a bit jazzier” than his previous work and will feature more samples and more live instrumentation.
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M Soto uses unique writing abilities to create songs with meaningful storylines
Originally from Brooklyn, NY and raised by his grandparents, M Soto is ready to break barriers in the game. His latest hot new single, “Throw That Dough” on Spotify, iTunes and other platforms, is proving his capabilities with well over 100k streams. “Throw That Dough” gives you a feel and setting of being in a strip club while the dancers work their magic.
From an early age, he started writing poems as an outlet for him to express any sadness he was feeling while growing up. His love for music and poetry developed into an interest in creative songwriting. Recognizing the similarities between song and poem creation, M Soto began to refine his craft. Hearing other artists such as Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, Nas and 50 Cent influenced him to focus on songwriting.
Capturing the experiences while traveling and hearing some of the music played at venues led to the creation of “Throw That Dough.” Although the song has more of a club feel than the other music he was making at the time, the single has gotten a great response.
Currently residing in Baltimore, MD he recorded the track and a few others in his own built studio. Not satisfied with the work of several engineers, he took upon himself to take classes in an audio production school to get the sound he was looking for. “I just wanted to be satisfied, [for them] to bring out the best out of my music and I didn’t get that.”
M Soto’s first big break came when a publicist affiliated with Sony heard his music. That connection led to a distribution deal with Sony Records and streaming numbers in the hundreds of thousands for Soto. However, it hasn’t always been easy for the songwriter. As an independent artist, having the budget to do everything Soto wants to do is a challenge. On top of that, he spent a lot of money in areas he didn’t need to early on. Soto believes that one of the greatest challenges for any new artist is the lack of proper knowledge of the business side, and knowing where to allocate funds.
M Soto’s music is full of variations: from the club to a state of mind of realization. He also has a podcast called “NYO Podcast” (Not Your Ordinary), featuring himself, his producer and his director. For the podcast, the men talk about all different topics, and there is no holding back from any of them.
M Soto and his team are also putting everything together for his next single, “Blessed.” Recorded in April, the music video is complete and the finishing touches are being added to the track.
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New music from emerging entertainer Nil captivates Rap and R&B fans alike
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Nil is an exciting and original artist who delivers moments and experiences to his audience. While admiring his rhyming and rapping, listeners will quickly discover that Nil is also a versatile R&B singer. Raised on R&B, Nil adds an essence of R&B music to all of his Rap tracks.
Nil has no interest in portraying violence in his rhymes. Instead, he’s bringing good times and having fun back to rap music. With support from Pride Rock Entertainment in Fort Lauderdale, Nil has released a trio of new music which stands out from the norm but is relevant. Recorded at Fine Line Recording Studio in Hialeah, FL, each track has a distinct style.
The EP, called “Nil,” includes the tracks “Nights In London” (produced by Cold Cardier) which features a huge international sound, and “I Know” (produced by Accent Beats). The sentimental song, “Not In Lust” (produced by Thomas Krager) was written by Nil for his wife, Denise, who showed him how to love. “I’m not in lust with my wife, I’m in love with her,” Nil declared. He is a proud family man and is not ashamed to admit it.
Music has been a savior for Nil (aka Ronald Jermaine Dempsey). Born in Harlem, he was raised in a single parent home in Savannah, GA. Singing since he was five years old, Nil got into music at school. The choir class at Hubert Middle School in Savannah greatly influenced the young Nil. Once exposed to the fundamentals of voice control and harmony, he was hooked. In the high crime environment of Savannah at that time, Nil found a love for music which kept him out of serious trouble.
He also won first place three times at the Apollo Theater with a group called 360. Using his heavy R&B background, Nil has built off those harmonies and modernized his sound for today’s listeners. More recently, Nil performed a dozen shows in and around the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas.
For Nil, music is also a door opener. He is confident and likes to create awareness about certain issues. He loves to give back to the community and is in the business of serving people. Kids who are growing up in single parent homes is an issue he is particularly passionate about, and he has plans to help out in Rochester and a few other communities.
Nil remains appreciative and humble, acknowledging the support from all involved with the whole “Nil” movement. Describing himself as “not Hollywood,” Nil wants people to always feel that he remains who he is. “I want people to feel like I’m just like one of them. No matter what I do in my life, no matter how big I get.” To hear the conviction in his speech and the sound of his music, there is no doubt that Nil will be massive in the world’s music scene.
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Aly Frank shines light on impact social media has on suicide epidemic with new single ‘Suiciety’
NEW YORK, NY – According to the World Health Organization, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year. That’s roughly one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15 to 24 years.
It’s an epidemic and New York artist Aly Frank wants to do whatever she can to curb that negative trend and inspire others to make a difference. That’s why she created the new single “Suiciety.” A song that is simultaneously gripping and inspiring, “Suiciety” is both a wake-up call and a journey through what Western Culture has become, thanks to the impossible standards and overwhelming pressures created by social media. “Suiciety” by definition is a society that is slowly killing itself. Aly wants to turn that on its face, but she knows she can’t do it alone.
“This song is both a warning and a lesson,” she said. “I want this song to make a real difference and get the attention I think it has the potential to get. It’s been a topic in the back of my mind for a very long time but for some reason, I never thought to write about it. I always tend to write about my relationships. But when I heard this music, all of a sudden this thought of how social media has been taking over our minds just burst out of me through music. I just started writing and it was done in an hour.”
In the song, Aly brings to bear her lifelong training as a musician and her natural talent as a singer and lyricist to inspire others to consider the addictive qualities that can come with social media use. She doesn’t so much emphasize social media as evil as much as she encourages others to be responsible with how they use social media and to keep an eye out for the warning signs of depression and anxiety in others.
“I hope people understand that social media isn’t the devil, it should just be managed,” she said. “I think people are excited with every new feature that comes out every day and all the filters that come out and all the stories that are everywhere. Everybody gets so caught up in it and they don’t seem to understand the dark effect it can have, especially on young people who are still developing. This song calls attention to those things. And like all of my music, I want it to be known for being genuine. I want my music to be known as something that people can turn to when they’re going through something similar to what I’ve gone through. People have told me in the past that they listen to my music when they’re going through something tough, and that just means the world to me.”
“Suiciety” was released across all streaming platforms on Sept. 22. Aly has also created other singles during her professional career and said she has about three albums worth of music ready to be mixed and mastered. She said fans can be sure to see some of those singles released in the new few months.
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PG3 calls out all the liars in the world with new single ‘No Kappa’
SAVANNAH, GA – In some social circles of the world, there’s a belief that numbers have power. There’s a whole study behind the science of numerology. The number three, for instance, is said to be a power number, a symbol, if you will, of strength and integrity and even holiness.
Hip Hop artist PG3 doesn’t necessarily believe in numerology, but he does love the number three and all the symbolism that goes along with it. It has always been a lucky number for him and as such, it’s a symbol around which he wants to build his brand. He’s creating a movement of sorts, around the idea that when things are good and right and powerful, then “It’s 3.” It’s a saying he hopes catches on across the U.S. and which people will hear regularly throughout his music. His upcoming EP “It’s 3” will explore the philosophy behind the phrase and show the world his unique blend of sound and style. But before that EP releases later this year, he’s offering a single to the world.
“No Kappa” was dropped three weeks ago and has already been getting some major attention from fans along the East Coast. It’s an up-tempo track with hard-hitting lyrics that call out anyone who tries to put on a false face.
“It’s an upbeat track music that’s all about speaking on the real,” PG3 said. “It’s really for all the dudes out in the streets who can relate to what I’m saying. It’s basically saying that people shouldn’t be lying. If you say, ‘You’re no kappa’ you’re basically saying ‘You ain’t no lier.’”
PG3 has come a long way in the year-plus that he’s dedicated himself to a professional music career. What started as a hobby as a teenager of freestyling with friends has evolved into a one-of-a-kind talent that demands to be heard by a wider audience around the world. That individual talent was apparent from an early age as even when he was a child, he would wow the older kids in his neighborhood by how easily he could freestyle.
“People used to call me Minute Man because I’d go in hard for a minute and kill it,” he said. “I didn’t really take it seriously until I went over to a friend’s house and he had a studio there and we made a track called ‘Doin’ It’ and uploaded it to SoundCloud, and people all over the place started telling me how good I was and that I should keep going with it. I never really looked back from there.”
PG3 said he wants people to know him for what he says and for being able to make somebody move through his music. He makes the kind of music that makes people want to bob their heads and feel the groove, and when he combined quality lyrical content with that music he feels like he has a chance to “bring real rap back.”
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AJ Angels inspires others with new introspective EP ‘Iso’
DENVER, CO – Separated… Alone … Isolated…
That’s how Denver artist AJ Angels has felt at times throughout his life and it’s in those moments that he always turns to music. The power of artistic expression has played out multiple times in his life in a myriad of ways, and it’s that power that he wants to capture and share with the world through his new EP “Iso.”
The project explores what it means to take a moment and check in with yourself. It’s about his mentality during those isolated moments and the motivating factors that happen in life to derail us from our dreams.
“It’s about asking yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you’re chasing whatever it is that you’re chasing,” AJ said. “It’s about looking back and seeing how much progress you’ve made. For myself, I have the pedal down right now and a lot of times I feel like I have to drive this road alone. But that’s OK because I have to chase this dream and I’m focused on that.”
The idea for the project came about while he was checking into a hotel a few months back. He found himself almost in an out-of-body experience, looking down at his life in that moment and wondering what it was that led to him feeling so alone. So as he checked into a hotel, he also checked in on himself and began to reminisce on the progress of his life and the things around him. As he sat in his room, those introspective thoughts became words on a page which eventually turned into the debut single from the album, “Check In.”
“It’s kind of mellow and really echoes a lot of what I’m talking about on this project,” AJ said. “There’s an all-audio track to start the project, then you get ‘Check In’. But by track 3, things are more uplifting and fun and you’re enjoying life. I have some great choreography I want to put with some of those later songs on the EP, and we’re getting ready to film a video for ‘Check In’ later this month.”
The last three songs on the EP are “Witness,” “Little People” and “Arise” – all of which are inspirational and upbeat, with lyrics that demand attention. “Little People” in particular is one of the stronger tracks on the project as it pushes listeners to remember the “little people” in life and acknowledge that all of us are in some way little people, no matter how far we go in life or how much we succeed.
“And then I end with ‘Arise’ where I’m talking about my view on how I’m seeking something that makes me want to keep going,” AJ said. “I’m always seeking more and with this song, I’m touching on the fact that I’m single again and how I’m focused on my music. It’s about something I’m seeking and how it’s hard for me to put energy into something else. So I’m putting energy into what I think is working.”
Through all of his music, AJ’s unique sound and style reflects influence from the West African heritage that was instilled in him as a child growing up with immigrant parents. His taste in music and his sound has always had a foreign touch, and it’s that subtle blend that AJ thinks sets him apart from others in the industry today.
“At the end of the day, I want my music to be known for being real and inspiring,” he said. “That’s big for me. What I’m talking about a lot is finding self-progress in my music. There are a lot of people around me who don’t think I can have a version of success. But if there’s one thing to pick up from my music it’s that I’m being real and I’m showcasing how anyone can have a journey of success. Don’t worry if what you’re doing is right or wrong – if you love it, go all-in and see how things work out. If you’re 100 percent authentic and real, you can impact an unknown number of people’s lives. There are many times when I’ll never know how much my music impacts someone, but I can always count on being a positive impact on others if I’m being 100 percent real myself.”
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Gearing up for his 2nd studio release, Midwest artist Young Deuces release his first track “Hold it Down” featuring Boston emcee Michael Christmas & Burgie Streetz. The Chris Wheeler produced track comes in with a classic, smooth Hip-Hop vibe as the 3 champion the strong Black Women of the world.
Social Media [Instagram/Twitter]: @Young_Deuces | @MichaelChristmas | @BurgieStreetz
16-year-old El Paso, TX native Lil X is looking to make a splash on the Hip Hop scene and has already done so in grand fashion. Citing XXXtentacion, Lil Skies & Lil Pump as influences, Lil X unveiled his debut music video for “Bands All Done” which was featured on No Jumper and has earned over 228k views on YouTube. His follow-up video for “Galaxy” is set to surpass its predecessor with an astounding 163k views in only one week, both of which are his first and second musical releases ever.
As Lil X’s momentum continues to rise, the newcomer has opted to release his official debut album, appropriately titled New Kid on the Block. The 7 track project features contributions from producers Reazy Renegade (Rick Ross, Lil Wayne), Flair Fifth (Yo Gotti, Young Thug), S Dot Fire (A$AP Rocky, YFN Lucci), Dagan Duffey & iLL I.D. New Kid on the Block is currently available on all digital streaming providers including Spotify and Apple Music.
New Jersey Artist Bobby Crillz Releases New Single “Full Circle” Featuring SARAI
Rapper Bobby Crillz was born and raised in Perth Amboy, N.J. Crillz says his music is a direct reflection of how he views the world and his motivation to change the lives of the people closest to him.
Crillz released his second single “Full Circle”, featuring label mate SARAI. This is the title track from his upcoming album “Full Circle” which is slated to be released in the first quarter of 2020. The single has opened many eyes to the talent he possesses.
Be sure to connect with Bobby Crillz on social media and press play on his new single “Full Circle”.
Social Media: Instagram: @BobbyCrillz | @Only_One_Sarai | @MarchFifthMusic
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LA artist Shiro melds genres to create Gospel Optional Urban Praise Music with her new hit single ‘Let’s Get It’
LOS ANGELES, CA – An artist that is known from her work over the years with legends such as Brandy, A Lighter Shade of Brown, Dj Quik, Mc Lyte, and Tupac is stepping out from the background and bringing her talents to the forefront with her new hit single “Let’s Get It”.
The artist- Shiro, and her unique brand of music – called “Go Up Music” – is turning heads all throughout the music industry because of its one-of-a-kind sound and intriguing fusion of genres. One part Gospel, one part Urban, and one part of various other genres – from Latin to House and everything in between – Go Up Music is the new wave of Gospel Praise music that ultimately will redefine how people consider listening to religious music.
Shiro said, “The concept of Go Up Music hit us when we were working on new music to be released. We knew we had found a different type of flavor based on the tracks we were writing over – rap and trap and stuff like that. Some people say hard-core beats are beats that most Gospel singers don’t want to sing over because they think in using those beats it’s not Gospel. However, when people hear Go Up Music, they can decide how they feel about it, but we know that we’re praising God in the midst of the message and we’re doing it in a way that has never been done before. It’s totally different from the Gospel music most people are accustomed to. It’s off the Richter scale. You wouldn’t even realize it’s Gospel until you really start to listen to the lyrics. Our hope is to capture people by the music and at the same time have a positive message.”
With “Let’s Get It,” Shiro not only showcases her amazing vocals but also takes listeners on a controversial journey but she isn’t shying away from the conversation that she said needs to be had. “There is temptation everywhere, especially when you’re focused on getting to Heaven,” she said. “This song is based on encouraging people to take an avenue that most others wouldn’t. We’re speaking to people of the world who are seeking someone who can love them unconditionally. We want to show them that what they’re seeking can be found through a better life in Christ Jesus.”
“I want my music to be known for changing lives, being authentic, and original,” Shiro said, “It’s not preachy…it’s reality. I can talk from a pure place about some real-life experiences because I’ve been through them. Like at one point in my life, I felt broken and someone that was close to me convinced me to strip. I did it once and knew immediately that it was not the right path for me. But I want people to know that I’m just like them. I’m no better than you, but I have discovered a better way — a way where there is someone who will accept you for who you are, give you strength when you are weak, and lets you know that you are not a mistake”.
The music video for “Let’s Get It” is dropping in early October across all streaming platforms
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REME serves up a fresh new sound from the Southwest with “Dremeland”
HOUSTON, TX – Houston born and raised, Remus Young (known by his stage name REME) is raising his hometown’s profile with his own unique style and flavor. This versatile 21 year old Hip Hop and R&B artist has a sound unlike any other, and is poised to showcase his talent far beyond the Southwest.
Blessed with innate rhythm and beat, REME’s songwriting creatively builds from the base to the soul. Writing his own beats, lyrics and melodies, REME starts with creating a nice baseline beat and builds on that foundation. “I imagine the beat before I even write anything down. It may be a little bop. It may be a snap of the fingers. It may be something I put down,” REME said. “However it comes, it’s a sound that sticks with you.”
Over the past two years, he has been laying down tracks with the help of his producer and engineer, E Blaze. REME’s recent project titled “Dremeland” is a 9 track collection released under the name “REME the DREME.” One particular favorite song, “Playhouse,” has intense, sentimental lyrics paired with a theatrical beat. Across the entire collection, REME’s smooth flow weaves through his carefully crafted beats and haunting melodies.
Music has been a part of REME’s life since he was growing up. While his parents were divorcing, REME turned to music to escape the family drama. Later raised in a single parent home, REME was a bit of a loner who continued to sharpen his music and lyrical skills. Influenced by Tupac, Biggie and Snoop Dogg, REME’s music reflects life’s hardships, how he sees people and the world, and the challenges that others around him are going through.
Making his own music since fifth grade, REME seriously delved into music at the start of High School. Although Houston can be tough for an upcoming artist, REME has been encouraged to push forward by his faith and the support of his family, his friends and his fan base over the years.
REME feels the music scene in Houston is underrated, and he is helping to boost his home city to gain more attention for the local talent. “A whole lot of people are stuck on the perception that Houston is what it is. That’s not what it is,” he said. “It’s something way more. I don’t know if people can see that, but I’m gonna make people see that.”
With God being at the core of everything for REME, he believes that people should look after each other. “If someone can’t do it, try to help them or show them that there’s a way to do it. Try not to be self-centered and be open-minded towards yourself, your experience and other people.”
All of REME’s music is available on SoundCloud now, and he’s looking to drop a couple of singles, some music videos and an album in the very near future.
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Viral video propels singing nurse into the spotlight
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Ingrid Jasmin has always wanted to pursue a career in music, but she always felt like it was a goal that was out of her reach. So for most of her life she has pursued another passion – taking care of other people. As a traveling nurse, she cares for people in need in places all over the U.S., and one of the things she does that adds a little personal touch is sing for her patients. All of the hospitals where she has worked over the years know her as the singing nurse and about two years ago, a co-worker decided to capture her magic on video. While Jasmin was getting ready to leave work for the day, she was singing a parting song to her patients and one of her friends recorded it. Without her knowledge, that friend posted the video and it went viral. It was a moment that changed everything for her.
“Seeing all those comments and compliments from people really woke me up to realize this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “It reminded me who I am and who I’m supposed to be.”
That was two years ago, and in the time since Jasmin has been putting all her effort into establishing herself as a bona fide recording artist. She adopted the stage name Jae’Morrissa and has been working on developing a unique sound and style that she said not only marries pop and R&B, but also nods to some of the old-school greats like Deniece Williams, Teena Marie, Stephanie Mills and Phyllis Hyman. Her new single, “Just My Next Song,” is a perfect example of that one-of-a-kind sound. It’s an upbeat Pop/R&B fusion that mentions a few of the old-school artists and songs while touching on deep emotions that Jae said she knows will connect with fans all over the world.
“I wrote it in the wake of the last relationships I was in,” she said. “I woke up after eventually getting over it and dealing with it and realized I had no regrets. He was just my next song. He was the inspiration for me to write this song and it’s OK to move on from that. So yes, it’s a breakup song but it’s not a bad breakup song. It’s upbeat with a tribute to that old-school R&B with that throw-back old-school vibe. My style is a little different because it brings back more of that old-school sound but I still try to keep is modern. I think it’s very relatable and ultimately, I want my music to touch other souls and help people to know they aren’t alone. I want them to know I’ve felt the pain they’re feeling and it’s OK and it will be OK. At the end of the day, I want my music to be something that people can feel and enjoy and will inspire them to be better and move on.”
If you ask Jae’s mother, she’ll tell you that her daughter started singing before she ever started actually talking. She would walk around the house whistling and singing and exuding a joy of life in everything she experienced. That love of music has stayed with her over the years, and though she’s spent most of her career as a nurse, that musical talent never left.
“I’ve grown over the years to realize and to know that one can be anything in life that they would like to be, and that no goal is unreachable,” she said. “You should always work toward goals and really love what you’re doing. Always follow your dreams and work toward them daily.”
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Buck City Is Gearing Up For His Next Release “Beat The Odds” Hosted By Dj Smoke Mixtapes
Buck city is putting it down for the entire Iowa/Quad city area. The mid-west artist is back with a new project for the people! Buck linked up with Dj Smoke Mixtapes again to bring you “Beat The Odds”!
Check out the first single from titled “Execution“. Its a lil something to hold the people until we drop the full project. Other stand-out tracks on this project are “Without Warning”, “Only God Can Judge Me”, “Way To Go” amongst others. Make sure you stream the entire project when it drops on Spinrilla October 2nd and share it if you are feeling it!