Chicago Artist Sinatris Flexes His Lyrical Ability On New Single “Lord Willin'”w/Multi-Platinum Producer Ny Bangers
Its rare in today’s climate that you can get lyricism, dope content, and catchy music, all from the same artist. For Sinatris, this happens effortlessly as he consistently delivers hard hitting punchlines, precise delivery, and sonically appealing records; all with a certain realness that captivates listeners.
Sinatris is no newcomer to this music business. During his career Sinatris has done more than 1500 performances, he’s made several imprints in Chicago, around the Midwest, and throughout the nation. Sinatris has toured the country with Atlantic Records and Jack N’ For Beats, becoming a brand ambassador for Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, he also appeared on West Coast Customs tv show.
Lyrics: Man y’all do this for a hobby, I’m really on fire, Richard Pryor, you think you on fire, Ricky Bobby, want me at your show either book me or you lost me, b’cause I don’t know how to kick it I’m Cody Par-key, I’m bag chasin’ but do it with integrity, so I’m last placin’ and I been madd patient not 100 haters couldn’t stop how I’m comin because for the blue faces I’ll whack 100….
The Drippy Drill ArtisT Releases New Single “Apart” With CalBoy
Ahead of his forthcoming EP, “Humble Drip”, Chicago-native B.Bandz teams up with fellow Chicago native, CalBoy (@147Calboy) for his new single and visual titled “Apart”.
B.Bandz is a fast rising independent artist. Having already worked with the likes of Bay Swag, Zoey Dollars, Lil Mouse and CDot Honcho just to name a few, Bandz has been able to bring his sound and wave outside of the city (Chi-Town).
Set to drop a 6 song EP titled “Humble Drip“ very soon, Bandz first serves up “Apart” with CalBoy to gain momentum for the project. The two rappers trade verses on how their struggles and grind set them “Apart” from the rest. B.Bandz just released a club banger titled “Make Her Dance” we will review that single next time!
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Bandz has been hitting the tour scene pretty heavy over the years. He’s performed at the iconic Revolt club in Miami Beach, The Riot Room in Kansas City, A3C, SXSW, not to mention going on tour with both Curren$y, and Chief Keef. He’s been on stage with the mayor of Oakland teaching her his new dance “The Bandz Walk“.
Stream “Apart” on SoundCloud or YouTube. Add “Apart” to your playlists, and share with your people!
Check out the Dj reviews below!
Dj Smoke Says
“I give this track a rating of 4 out of 5. This is a street banger for the 35 and under community, but really anyone can rock to it. I’ve heard many of B.Bandz songs, this one stands out to me the most. I like the collaboration with CalBoy they mesh well together on the track.
“After listening to the new single from B. Bandz, I have to give it a rating of 4. It would definitely hype up the younger generations. You can definitely tell that it is a midwest banger by the flow and the beat. It follows in the footsteps of 147Calboys “Envy Me” with a hyper energy.
“This Video was shot and edited nicely. The location makes it really look good. The song, I give 3 stars overall.
The production Is nice. CalBoy brung the heat as he does. This is a street record. Check out the video here, and how I scaled this record.
Chicago artist and profound emcee, Vell Da General is set to release his latest project “Da Platoon” soon and today comes a joint produced by Super Producer C-Sick (Fabolous, Meek Mill, Logic) titled “Kung Fu”. This joint is slated to be on the upcoming release as well as a new visual for it in the works.
Check out & stream ‘Kung Fu’ and stay in tune with Vell via social media: @VellDaGeneral on Twitter & @VellDaGeneral10 on Instagram.
Fresh Afrobeats artist Abblaze sets international dance scene on fire with new EP “Rhythms & Heartbreaks”
NEWARK, NJ – He may be new to the American music scene, but Abideen Omisola (known by his professional name, Abblaze) was born to be in the music game. Born in the US, Abblaze first got into music a long time ago while growing up in Nigeria. Harnessing the best of many worlds, Abblaze’s versatility stems from his background of moving around and living in different countries.
Those diverse influences are reflected in Abblaze’s new EP, “Rhythms & Heartbreaks.” His unique Afrobeats music is an uptempo, groovy mix with percussion-heavy rhythm and American lifestyle influences. Recorded in New Jersey and New York, the 9 track collection was released on January 27th and features heartbreak music, love songs, and music about situations the artist has encountered. The first two singles from the EP are “High Life,” a track about a love for smoking marijuana and for anyone trying to attain the best for their lives; and “Number One,” which praises the woman of his dreams who has taken over his heart.
Although a music veteran, Abblaze only began recording his work about a year ago. His previous EP, “Best of Both Worlds,” came out while he was still young in the game and perfecting his craft. In a short time, the artist has matured and grown and the new EP has a more grooved and refined sound while maintaining Abblaze’s signature Afrobeats style and messaging.
Growing up in Nigeria, Abblaze fell in love with music when he learned to play the recorder in middle school. To date, the artist considers his best beats to be the ones with recorder and flute music in the background. He also first began taking his writing seriously in Nigerian, winning multiple awards for his work. Ever since he figured out how to apply his essay writing talents to writing his own music, Abblaze has been burning up the dance scene.
Abblaze developed his core base in Nigeria and being raised there not only influenced his sound but his attitude towards music. Although Nigeria is considered an unstable country, Abblaze said “When you go there, you wouldn’t know that when the music is playing, everybody’s into the music and entertainment. You think ‘Is this a country where people are not living well? The standard of living is kinda low compared to the developing world.’ They don’t act like it! People are partying and having fun! I think that is reflected in my music.” When Abblaze finds himself going through trying times, his music is like therapy for him.
Since he was young, his taste in music has been all over the place. He listens to everything – from Classical to Dancehall, Afrobeats and Pop, and grew up listening to artists such as Westlife, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Elvis, Snoop Dogg, Vice Cartel, WizKid, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran. “It doesn’t matter what it is,” Abblaze said. “It’s music – it just depends on how you connect yourself to the music.”
Abblaze has big plans for 2020. He has already shot footage for two new music videos. A video for “Number One” will be released first, possibly on Valentine’s Day, followed be the second single, “High Life.” He also will likely shoot a video for a third song, “No Lie” in April or May.
Right now, Abblaze is firing up his base in the New York / New Jersey area. Very soon, listeners all over America will be grooving to his distinct Afrobeat rhythms. With his international background and appeal, Abblaze’s music is destined to set the entire world aflame. Music is a universal language and Abblaze is ready for everyone to hear what his music has to say.
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New Sensation, Zalarella offers a rebel vibe with her new single ‘Run For Your Money’
BROOKLYN, NY – Nearly everyone is familiar with the story of Cinderella – the young girl who is abused by her evil stepmother, adopted by a fairy godmother, granted a magical evening during which she falls in love with a prince, and ultimately finds her “happily ever after.” It’s a beautiful tale of an underdog whose rags-to-riches journey serves as a metaphor for attaining success and fulfilling your dreams.
That’s exactly the kind of story this Brooklyn native is telling. This R&B artist is one of the fastest-rising talents on the East Coast, and she’s fully embracing the Cinderella metaphor by adopting the stage name Zalarella. And like Cinderella, she had given up on her dreams for a while but found a renewed hope for the future when her new single “Run For Your Money” began to receive a lot of attention from new audiences.
“I’ve been through many mishaps and struggles and because of that, I feel like I’m the urban version of Cinderella,” she said. “I’ve gone through a lot of growing pains throughout the years”.
Her first single, ‘Run For Your Money’ is a song that touches on feeling emotional emptiness in a relationship after longing for it for so long. It’s a dark, compelling and edgy R&B type of feel that talks about no longer wasting your time on a guy that doesn’t value you. I’m encouraging others not to wait around for a call or for the love and affection of a man that doesn’t see your worth. Don’t feel sorry for yourself and wait for something that doesn’t exist.”
Endless obstacles and lack of support took its toll on her throughout the years – so much that she felt compelled to walk away from music completely for a long period of time. As fate would have it, her true calling came back to surface.
“It took a lot of soul-searching and evolving before I could come back to music,” she said. “But eventually, I realized I couldn’t make everyone happy. I don’t want to limit myself because of what others think are my limits.
She concludes, “I’ve been through a lot in my life and that gives me inspiration to share my life lessons. That alone gives me a unique voice that can connect with others. I’m marching to my own beat – that’s what’s in my heart. I can inspire others to do the same.”
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Emmanuel Quiah combines silky smooth voice with cutting edge guitar licks for one-of-a-kind sound
PEORIA, AZ – Sometimes the most beautiful things in life can grow from soil covered in ash. No matter how tragic the beginning of the story, there can always be a happy ending. This perfectly describes the journey of Emmanuel Quiah, a fast-rising artist out of Arizona whose blend of musical influences and a heart-piercing voice is drawing attention from all corners of the music industry.
Born during the civil war era of his home country of Liberia, Quiah lost his father during the war and eventually came to the U.S. as a refugee with his mother and three siblings. Music became a source of refuge at a young age, and he would often play songs for hours and hours in his room as he processed a riot of emotions. In high school, he picked up the guitar and was a quick study. He began to put lyrics to the songs he has created on the guitar, and he started to study the greats like Eric Clapton and Tommy Emmanuel. After a decade of study and hard work, Quiah is ready to release his one-of-a-kind sound to the world.
“I want to make a change in this world and I want to get my message out through music,” he said. “I won’t stop until I get to the top. So many people have said I couldn’t do it and that I won’t make it in the music industry, but I want to prove everybody wrong. I can take over and be the King of Afrobeat. Even though I came from a place that was in the middle of a war and I had no hope and nothing to my name, I came to the U.S. and I’m proving to people that I can do it. And I hope that through my music people will see that if I can do it, they can, as well.”
Afrobeat is just one of the major influences that fans will find in Quiah’s music. When he combines African beats with a bit of Reggae, with lyrics and flow that are reminiscent of Bob Marley, the sound is attractive, to say the least. Drop in his silky smooth voice that is reminiscent of Jason Mraz and the combination is so original that fans all over the world will soon be clamoring for more.
Currently, audiences can listen to Quiah’s music on his new single “Blow My Mind.” It’s a song about a guy falling in love with a girl and trying to share with the world just how much he loves her. Quiah describes it as an Afro-beat song with a “U.S. pop vibe.”
“Whenever you listen to it, you will have to dance,” he said. “It will make you want to dance. That’s the kind of music I like to make – music that makes you happy. I want to share the love and encourage people to love one another. Don’t hate. Promote peace. And enjoy life with my music.”
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Canadian artist from West Africa blends melting pot of sounds on eclectic new EP ‘Last Try, Attempt One’
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA – Phreeboy is an artist who began molding his craft growing up in Montreal – one of the most eclectic cities in the world. A virtual melting pot of cultures and socio-economic status, young Emmanuel Boateng grew up seeing so many different walks of life that it left an indelible mark on his impressionable mind. All of that has informed his unique voice and with his new EP “Last Try, Attempt One,” he is ready to share that voice with the world.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, Phreeboy was 9 years old when his mother raised enough money to send him to Canada for a better education. But prior to moving, he remembers fondly joining his family in church and youth choirs. Those experiences planted seeds that would bloom during his teenage years in Montreal. Eventually, he started writing poetry and began to explore more of what it would look like to connect with the world through music. He started putting songs together and that led to his six-song EP which is slated to be available across all streaming platforms on Jan. 31.
“It’s a project that really is about encouraging people to keep going until you get there,” Phreeboy said. “A lot of times in my life there have been moments where I’d wake up every morning and have to convince myself to just try again. Sometimes, that’s what you have to do – just keep trying even if you fail. Just try again. This current time in my life is when I’m going to put everything into this push with my music. If I fail, then I’ll try again – a kind of ‘Attempt 2.’”
The debut single from the project is a song called “Dollar & a Dream” which encapsulates the entire theme of the EP. Phreeboy calls it a wake-up call to people – pushing them to do what they have to do to realize their dreams.
“Don’t make any excuses,” he said. “Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it. You’re gonna die someday anyway, so why not try?”
Phreeboy said that though “Dollar & a Dream” has a real “boom-boom” vibe, the entire EP showcases more variety and truly embraces the different sounds and genres that come from his home town of Montreal.
“There’s a certain kind of feel to this EP – there’s a hunger to it,” he said. “You can tell from the first bars that there’s a special quality to this EP. Growing up, because I lived in Montreal, I didn’t listen to just one genre. I listened to Jazz and Reggae and Africans and Hip-Hop and so many other things. And with this EP, I want to show that side of Montreal that has all that variety. It’s a city with a lot of different cultures, and that really influenced me growing up. Music is a depiction of what’s going on in the world, and I realized at a young age that it has the power to influence people to do something they wouldn’t originally consider doing. I guess in that way you could say my music is a little bit rebellious – which is where my name comes from. I just want to be able to do what I want to do instead of trying to accomplish all the plans that other people have for me. And that’s a message I want my music to send to other people. If you don’t want to fit in and you feel like there’s no path for you, create a new path. You’re going to make mistakes, but keep pushing. That’s what my music represents – it’s rebellious without a specific direction but that’s how life is sometimes.”
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EDM artist Mikey Theo to release encouraging new single “Fearless Spirit”
PITTSBURGH, PA – The past twelve months have been a breakout year for rising DJ, Mikey Theo. After releasing his debut EP late in 2019, Mikey is dropping his new single titled “Fearless Spirit” on January 24th.
For the new single, Mikey teamed up with Los Angeles based singer, Kerry Kathleen, who provided vocals and wrote the lyrics. According to Mikey, Kerry was a pleasure to work with & brought a lot of great ideas to the song which really helped tie it together. “Fearless Spirit” is a fun, upbeat track with a tropical house feel and encourages listeners to be fearless. “It’s about not being afraid to take risks in everyday life – it’s for those who need an extra bump to take those risks that they might not otherwise take,” the DJ said.
The new single is a contrast to Mikey’s debut EP, which has a completely different style. While “Fearless Spirit” delivers a kind of island buoyancy, Mikey’s “Deaf Child Area” EP has a far more progressive EDM / house sound. Mikey released the EP late last year to introduce his music and talents to the world. The artist provided vocals and all the production work for the three song collection.
Mikey Theo (also known as Michael Pavlik) has been writing music since he was 14 years old when his dad gave him his first guitar. His father taught him to play and introduced Mikey to music that he liked, by artists such as Johnny Cash, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses. Mikey played guitar in a few bands up until the time he went to college.
But, over the past two years, he developed a new love for EDM. “I just love it,” he said. “I love the feeling it gives you whenever you hear it.” After experimenting with music software, Mikey researched production techniques to carefully craft and perfect his sound. The artist transferred his guitar-based songwriting onto electronic sounds for his own unique brand of EDM.
Writing and recording music consumes most of Mikey’s time, and he is committed to producing uplifting and exhilarating music that is upbeat, energetic and great fun to dance to. He enjoys all types of music and has plans to expand his production work to include all genres, particularly Rock, Hip Hop and of course, more EDM.
As a DJ who is more interested in production work than singing, Mikey is working on collaborating with vocalists on the new songs he is preparing to drop in springtime.
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Afro-beats artist Abblaze introduces new with new EP ‘Rhythms & Heartbreaks’
NEWARK, NJ – There are many unique qualities that combine to make up the impressive artistry of East Coast musician Abblaze. For starters, he’s an Afro-beat artist who was born in America but grew up in Nigeria. And most of all, he believes in the healing power of music – so much so that he creates his one-of-a-kind sound as a way to produce a cure for the various maladies that might affect people around the world.
“I want my music to be known as a cure for feeling down, especially for the females,” Abblaze said. “If you feel like there’s no way out or if a guy is doing you wrong, my music is the cure for that. I also have conscious music sometimes because I needed that in my life and I want to give that to younger generations. More than anything, I have a new sound that is relevant for now and it’s groovy. I like melodies a lot and if you’re feeling down, you can put on one of my songs and it’ll put you in a good mood. I like balance. That’s how life is. If you’re feeling down and want to be happy, listen to one of my songs. Or if you’re wondering why guys think a certain way, my songs can help provide an answer. I also sing about moving around and fashion and different takes on culture – I have that balance, too.”
That diversity is put on full display through Abblaze’s EP “Rhythms & Heartbreaks.” With a vibe that fully embraces the Afro-beats for which he has become known, the project features a combination of love songs and heartbreak songs. Two singles from the EP have already been making waves among fans and are rapidly making their way across the U.S. The first is “High Life” which Abblaze said pays homage to his love of marijuana.
“The name says it all,” he said. “When I’m feeling down or depressed, I usually turn to marijuana. That’s what the song is about. I do Afro-beats which came out of the high life in Ghana and Nigeria. So in a lot of ways, this is a song for my African fans, too. But mostly, it’s just a song that says I’m a big fan of marijuana. Whenever I need to get my mind right or when things get a little fuzzy around me, I smoke some marijuana and I rediscover myself.”
The other single from the project is “My Number One Love” which Abblaze said is inspired by the “best girl I’ve ever met.” The Afro-beat love song praises the woman of his dreams and goes about detailing the good parts of her and how she has taken over his heart.
Both of these singles and the EP showcase how Abblaze is one of the most consistent, upcoming Afro-beat artists in recent years. He’s gaining outstanding critical acclaim for his works and performances, and many have said that his sound is new, unique and versatile.
“As an Afro-beats artist, I don’t think anyone in America is doing what I’m doing,” he said. “There are a couple of people who are popular in that space right now, but I’m the only one who knows both the Nigerian culture and the American culture first-hand. I have the best of both worlds. I also grew up in bad areas, so I know what’s going on in the streets. All of that combined gives my sound a mixture of Nigerian roots with an American lifestyle that’s grounded in the streets.”
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Debut album by multi-instrumentalist Hildreth showcases the songwriter’s artistic individualism
LONG ISLAND, NY – Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Luke Gentil (known by his artist name, Hildreth) has been involved with music for most of his life. Taking up the drums at eight years old, he branched out into guitar, singing and piano playing from there.
Hildreth has a deep rooted passion about his music, and strives for authenticity in his every creation. The artist is completely self produced. By self producing his music, his emotion and individualism gets ingrained into his sound. Besides playing several instruments, Hildreth handles everything from songwriting, singing, recording to mixing and mastering.
Working this way allows the artist to have complete control over his image so that it never changes drastically from his concept. He chooses not to sacrifice his individualism by allowing others to add their changes to his creations. “I put my heart and soul into everything I make,” said Hildreth. “If you can really sit down and pay attention to my lyrics and what I’m playing, it definitely will resonate with you.”
His recently released debut album, “Hildreth” delivers an alternative Indie sound and shows listeners exactly what he is made of. The collection includes seven diverse, unique tracks. A love song written for a girl he knows, “Daisies for “Daisy” speaks of giving beautiful flowers, daisies, for Daisy, daily. The very progressive song, “Levels” features a prominent electronic beat with Indie undertones, along with a complete beat change halfway through. The “Hildreth” album is available on all digital platforms.
Skilled at a number of instruments from an early age, Luke would perform in the talent show each year. He later attended a music high school where he began playing the piano. Luke got seriously involved in music production during his senior year of high school after attending a two-week film scoring seminar at NYU. The experience helped Luke with recording music and composing, and he went on to college for composition. When he realized that rigorous study of theory and playing was taking the fun out of music for him, he switched his major.
Growing up, Luke liked listening to everything from Hip Hop to Classical. Some of his greatest musical influences include 50 Cent, Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Nothing But Thieves, Soundgarden, Deadmau5, Lil Peep and even Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, whose name is tattooed on Luke’s arm. “I think it’s good to have diverse taste in music because then you can call upon different types of genres when you are making something,” Hildreth said. “Staying rigid in one genre can be kind of boring!”
For this year, Hildreth has plans to work on a new music video for “Daisies for Daisy.” He is also finishing up a new song for release later in the year, which will be followed by an animated music video.
Hildreth likes to keep it personal – on Twitter, listeners can see what he is up to and message him directly. Out there and open, Hildreth has no intention of hiding behind the facade of a big business.
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For Khayyam, it’s our individual decisions and actions that dictate our contributions to society, and it is the sum of these parts through which he hopes to share his art and inspire others. Never without a bottle of Fireball in the booth, Khayyam is making waves across New York for the inferno he brings to the studio.
Khayyam is a Brooklyn-based Hip-Hop artist whose music encapsulates the struggles and shortcomings of inner city life. With a convincingly trill vibe that is imbued with narratives of overcoming his troubled past, Khayyam steps up to the plate with a slew of hard-hitting Hip-Hop.
Khayyam is inspired by an eclectic range of music. Growing up, he idolized Bob Marley, Booba, and Bill Withers and Kurt Cobain to name just a few. He also cites his grandfather, a highly talented guitarist as a pivotal influence, along with anyone in music who put 100% of their soul into their art while simultaneously affecting culture itself.
Khayyam gravitated towards the booth in the late 90s, though it wasn’t until he wrote ‘F.W.N.’ that momentum truly began rolling. It was this single that would propel his career forward, with NYC clubs like WIP, Greenhouse, and Veranda all started showing strong support and giving Khayyam regular rotation.
Khayyam has a mixtape out now, ‘Pre-Season’, plus two singles titled ‘My Bag’ and ‘Pray For Me’, which serve as a prelude to his forthcoming untitled album. Prior to the release of Khayyam’s album, he will drop another mixtape, ‘Opening Day’. Further release details to follow soon.
His upcoming shows include a release party in NYC with DJ Spin King (November 12th 2019), and another with DJ Freedom (November 14th).
B.Bandz teams up with fellow Chicago artist 147CalBoy for a heartfelt anthem titled “Apart”. This song touches the soul as these two go back n’ forth on how they came up in the game. Tune in as they drop gems about their life, career, the streets and what sets them “APART“ from everyone else!
TaiZautie releases new songs for 2020 riding the wave of last year’s success
ATLANTA, GA – TaiZautie releases their new single, “NASCAR” featuring Lil Keed on January 20, 2020. This upbeat song produced by Kappa sends a fun message for 2020 living fast and enjoying life. TaiZautie was launched as a duo in 2017 with their first project, “Secure the Bag” and breakout single “Mr. Nice Guy.” NASCAR promises to continue the fun and is a head banger. NASCAR is available for download on iTunes. Follow TaiZautie at @TaiZautie.
NASCAR has the kind of driving sound that audiences will love and TaiZautie is excited to perform it. Music has always been a staple in the household of brothers Tai and Zautie. For as long as they can remember, there was always music at home – whether because of their grandmother who sang in the church choir, or because of their father who has performed as a recording artist. It made sense then that as they grew older, music also became a central part of their lives. But it wasn’t until Zautie visited his older brother in the recording studio one day that inspiration hit, and the trajectory of their music career would be firmly established.
“That was back in 2017 and I was just messing around in the studio and he (Zautie) hopped on the song and it turned out really good,” Tai said. “We went straight to work and it took us no time to finish our first project, ‘Secure the Bag.’ The first single from that project was ‘Mr. Nice Guy,’ and people have been going crazy for that song.”
In the two years since that moment, the brothers have been working hard to perfect their craft and to create an original sound and style that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Their process is organic – opting to freestyle in a recording studio until they find the right groove and perfect lyrics as opposed to writing everything before recording. The songs they create are pure emotion and musical expression. They’re not trying to copy anyone else but instead, just do what they feel.
“I might come in the studio and put a hook on the beat, and then he’ll come in and put something on the song and see how it comes out,” Zautie said. “Sometimes, we’re in there at the same time and we see how that comes out. There’s just a certain kind of vibe with us where we get more done and get things done faster than with anyone else. We know what each other want and we work well together.”
That hard work has paid off with new music set to come out over the next couple of months. The first is a new single called “Nascar” featuring Lil Keed. It’s a fast and upbeat song about living fast and enjoying life. The brothers said they know it has the kind of driving sound that audiences will love, and they’re excited for people all over the U.S. to hear it.
They’ll follow that with another single called “Budget” which features MakSauce. It, too, is upbeat and driving as it reflects on the trouble people can often find themselves in when they are spontaneous with their spending and don’t plan ahead with their money.
TaiZautie’s songs are available on all digital platforms. To listen to their music or to follow them on social media, please visit:
Near-death experience gives young musician new outlook on life
SOUTH FLORIDA – A lot of things changed for Felipe Marquez on the day his car was hit by someone going 92 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone.
It’s cliché to say his life flashed before his eyes but that’s exactly what happened to him. He’d been homeless for about three years, living in his car and using that vehicle to make money as a driver for a ride-share company. Like any other day, he was picking up fares and was on his way to pick up a passenger when he was struck at top speed by someone going more than double the speed limit. He was fortunate to survive and all things considered, escaped from the accident better off than he could have ever hoped for. After two surgeries and a week in the hospital, he’s spent the past few months recovering from multiple injuries. He still hasn’t regained nerve sensation in his left thigh or shoulder, but everything else is back in working order. And the settlement from the accident has given him something he’s never had before: the financial freedom to pursue his dreams.
And that’s exactly what he’s doing. When your life is mere milliseconds from being snuffed out, you can’t help but realize there’s only a finite amount of time on this earth and if you ever want to realize your dreams, you better do it now while you still can. For Felipe, his dream has been to be a professional musician for as long as he can remember. And so for the past few months, he’s been pursuing that dream with a passion. He adopted the stage name F Money and has been exploring his unique sound and style through music that he says is inspired by affection for a very specific woman in his life.
“The theme of my rapping is about the woman I love,” he said. “In college, she decided to call herself C Money and so I said I’d call myself F Money, which is a play off of both our first initials. After the car accident, I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I want to do with my life. I love music, and I love C Money, and so I decided to start making music about the person I love the most. I’ve been given the freedom to do almost anything I want now, and I’m going to make the most of that opportunity.”
His first foray into the industry comes by way of a single called “Talk To Me.” It’s a club-ready aggressive rap song with a fun tone to it. He said it tells the story of a period of his life shortly after he had been evicted from his first apartment and had just started living in his car.
“I received a message from the woman I had loved through a mutual friend, and they told me she was a lesbian now,” he said. “I had been sending her money and gifts and she kept turning me down, and now I was living in my car and I found that out. So this song was born from the things I wanted to say then, though in a more poetic way. Most of the lyrics I use in it have been used in other Hip Hop songs in various contextual ways but in my case, they have a specific reference to her. For instance, when someone else says ‘water’ in their songs, they might be talking about jewelry. But when I use it in this song, for me it’s a metaphor for crying. I’m using imagery like purple and yellow colors, as metaphors for our feelings and personalities. And in some ways, I’m just showing off and having fun with the debauchery of it all.”
F Money said he hopes people will be able to connect to his music not only because they, too, have experienced similar relationship entanglements, but also because they recognize a young man who has struggled in life and who is attempting to make the most of his opportunities.
“I want to be seen as somebody who is making music and who has a back story that people can be inspired by,” he said. “I’m a kid from south Florida who was ingrained in Hip Hop from a young age by sitting in his bedroom listening to Hip Hop music. And now I’m someone who has decided to take on the characteristics of that Hip Hop genre to gain the affection of a woman I desire.”
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Jizzel Tha Gee paints pictures with words on second album ‘Jam City 2’
OAKLAND, CA – Jizzel Tha Gee is about to become a household name thanks to some cutting-edge music off his second album “Jam City 2.” Coming out of Oakland, California, this hot young artist is making a name for himself with his unique rhymes and his one-of-a-kind style. Known for his storytelling and upbeat jams that get people bouncing, his wordplay is the kind of elevated artistry that paints pictures in the mind of his listeners. This is showcased perfectly on his 12-track album “Jam City 2” which he describes as a “big party and a celebration of music from where I come from.”
“My writing and my style set me apart,” he said. “If you listen to my music, you can definitely get a sense that I don’t sound like anybody out there. My craft is my craft and I’ve been able to craft something that’s uniquely me. What I’m saying and what I’m doing, only I can do it.”
Jizzel said his first attempts at music were ultimately all about attracting as many women as possible. And while some of that is still true today, his work has evolved into more of an artistic expression that also entertains people along the way.
“It’s music that you can picture yourself within the rhymes,” he said. “I want my music to be something that everybody can relate to and do. That’s how I write my music – if you hear what I’m saying you’ll have a visual of it, like a video in your mind. I’m painting pictures for people. When I was younger, I didn’t realize what I was doing but as I got older, people kept telling me they could see it because I’m paining visuals with my words. It’s a work of art.”
That realization started at a young age when he and his brother would record their songs at home on their boombox over the top of other tapes. His first song “Living in the Jungle” came about that way, and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s been rapping all his life, he said, and over the years has made a name for himself that he knows is about to expand to places all over the U.S. and throughout the world.
Not only does he have music to share with the world, but he’s also a young entrepreneur. His new shoe line called LAM shoes for his philosophy of Life And Money, are currently available for purchase on http://aliveshoes.com/.
He is working on more music to release early this year, and he has a live performance slated for Feb. 15 at the Louise Cocktail Lounge in Sacramento.
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Thrilling new sound from East Coast artist Moe$ set to make a splash in the New Year
AVENEL, NJ – Most people would tell you that to make it big in the music industry takes a one-in-a-million lightning strike of luck. East Coast artist Moe$ knows that, but he also knows that the lightning won’t strike unless you’re willing to put in hours and hours of hard work and effort. He knows that hard work has to be paired with unique talent and an original sound. And he knows that he has to open himself to the world in uncomfortable ways so that as many people as possible can get a taste of the music he has to share.
All of those things are at play for this budding young artist which means he’s a name you should pay attention to as he’s primed for big things in 2020. That soon-to-be wave of success is set to begin in January when he drops his new eight-song EP. The first single from that project is already available across all streaming platforms and is already creating some buzz for this hot new artist.
The song is called “Hold It Down.” It showcases more of a pop-forward vibe underneath lyrics that describe the scenario that often happens when a guy meets a girl for the first time. But this “out-of-town” woman isn’t like most other women in that she can “hold it down” in conversation and keep up with the guy with her witticisms and charisma.
“It has a catchy melody that people can vibe to and the beat is really dope,” Moe$ said. “My voice sounds different than anything out there. The more people listen to my music the more they’ll know that it’s legit and they’ll want to bounce with it. More than anything, that’s what I want – for people to just vibe to the music. I want people to remember me as a person who worked his butt off and didn’t have a lot to work with but somehow made it to the top. I know a lot of people don’t make it out here and if you’re going to do it, you have to put 100 percent into it. You have to respect the craft and be willing to revise and edit and be dedicated to the process. That’s what I want to be remembered for – a true artist who worked the process and made great music.”
Moe$’s journey in music started at a young age when at age 7 he moved with his family from Egypt to America. He had to learn English and often turned to music as a way to understand the language better. One of the first musicians he remembers paying attention to was Eminem. Moe$ said he loved the way Eminem rhymed and the way his flows sounded. By age 10, he was writing his own raps as he continued to try to understand the English language more deeply. Over the next 10 years, he poured himself into learning how to write – from hooks and bars to metaphors and similes. He studied the early artists of Hip Hop and dove into battle Rap. And eventually at age 23, he stepped up on the mic and left such an impression that Rap fans all over New Jersey were clamoring for more.
“I’ve been on the mic ever since and I’m not looking back,” he said. “Nothing is more important to me than creating a lasting legacy through words and unique style. My emotions and experiences and driven lyrics are a statement for all. This new project is the best material I’ve ever had, and I’m ready to get people’s attention with it.”
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NEW YORK, NY – When you hear the voice of new Hip Hop artist Lil Laddin, you won’t be able to get it out of your head… Not only do his lyrics hit home and captivate listeners in intriguing new ways, but his one-of-a-kind “whispering voice” is so unique that fans everywhere are clamoring for more.
That original voice is showcased on his new album, “The Greatest of all Slime” which is currently available across all streaming platforms. Described as a project that combines different new sounds with more mainstream radio tracks, “The Greatest of all Slime” is Lil Laddin’s announcement to the world that he’s a major play who people should pay attention to.
“There’s a lot of club bangers on there and I know a couple of them are industry hits,” he said. “I was just trying to make as much of a different sound as possible while still being something you’d hear on the radio. What will really draw people to my music is the kind of snake-like high-pitched whispering voice that I have on melodic beats. I pair that with a kind of Rock/Alternative Trap music vibe for a really hot sound. People are going to love it.”
Lil Laddin has had music in his blood since before he was born … literally. While his mother was pregnant with him, she would listen to music and has said often through the years that she knows he picked up a love for music while in the womb. Growing up, his mother was a poet who did a lot of spoken word, and he became intrigued by rappers at an early age. He started studying different rappers and was inspired by artists such as Lil Wayne and Young Thug. Eventually, he decided to pursue music for himself, and he hasn’t looked back since.
“I want my music to be known as a way for people to listen and feel good,” he said. “If someone is in the car and feeling down, I want them to be able to turn on a Lil Laddin song and feel happy after hearing my song. I want to motivate kids to feel happy and do dances. I want to motivate a lot of people. That’s what I want for my music, really – to see that I’m doing something good with my art.”
Two singles from his album are already starting to make some waves with fans across the country. The first is a song called “Mook Laddin” which was produced by Mook Toven. It’s a song that he said highlights his transition from everyday struggles into being in the club and coming up with party songs. It’s an upbeat and bouncy song that will particularly cater to female audiences.
The second single is “Saw III” which was inspired by the movie of the same name. Lil Laddin said he recalls watching the movie one day and being impressed by how the clown in the movie kept saying, “Let’s play a game.”
“It made me think about a lot of my past relationships and how females like to play games,” he said. “So this song is based on the movie and also how females play games. It’s produced by Trouble Maker Hank and the lyrics will basically be explaining how I can do a female if she decides to play games with me. It’s an up-tempo beat but with more piano and guitar features, and you’ll hear my snake-like whispering voice on the melodies.”
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The world has been waiting for a new artist like Em
NEW JERSEY – Every once in a while a new artist comes out of nowhere with music so profound that it takes the world by storm and serves as a testament for a generation. In the early 2000s, it was Norah Jones and her jazz classic “Come Away with Me.” In 2007, it was Adele and her breakthrough song “Hometown Glory.” And today, there’s an artist coming out of New Jersey whose new single “Say What You Mean” is set to make a similar impact on the world of music.
Her name is Em, and her masterful blend of soul and pop plays perfectly with her powerful yet ethereal voice in ways that will have people talking for years to come. There’s a depth of emotion that runs through her music and which is carried through every note. To label her sound as Soul is equal parts limiting and also perfectly accurate, as every ounce of her soul is put on display with her lyrics and the way she passionately pours out her heart through her vocals.
“I consider my music very spiritual and soulful,” Em said. “I want to give people peace and comfort, strength and belief in themselves. I want my music to help them push through difficult times and know there’s a lesson to be learned at the end of it. My music is love and care from the heart, and I want people to see that and live genuine to who they are. Be authentic and don’t be afraid. I’ve had to learn to speak up and not be afraid of who I am, and I want to pass that along to others.”
Some of the inspiration for that movement came from a 1947 movie called “Smash-Up, The Story of a Woman.” Em has always been an old soul at heart and has long harbored a secret love for all things from the 1950s and 60s. She said there’s something about the traditional “old fashioned woman” who demanded respect alongside the liberation and carefree rebellion of the 1960s.
“I learned they don’t have to clash but they can blend by defining certain boundaries, which is found in this song,” she said.
So when she was looking through public domain material for something to spark inspiration on her new single, she found “Smash-Up” and was immediately struck with how profound its message was both back when it was created and in today’s current cultural climate.
The film stars Susan Hayward as a nightclub singer who puts aside her successful career to marry a struggling songwriter. Inspired by the birth of their daughter, her husband plays one of his ballads on a morning radio show and his career explodes. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, Hayward’s character finds her shaky self-confidence slipping, and she turns to alcohol to mask the pain and regret of having given up on her dreams.
The story hit a very personal note for Em. As a young artist who has been steadily on the rise for the better part of a decade since she was discovered at age 12 by famed record producer Andy DiTaranto, Em recently found herself in a relationship that often made her consider what it would take to be committed to a partner while also being 100 percent committed to fulfilling her dreams of making it as a professional musician. Hayward’s character felt like she had failed at her job – she felt down on herself – and that’s exactly what Em feared for herself.
Out of that emotion, the foundation for one of the hottest new tracks to hit the music industry today came about. Em’s ethereal voice carries deep emotion underneath her new pop/soul ballad “Say What You Mean” in ways that are sure to captivate audiences all over the world.
“I missed the genuineness of the 50s because it had so much soul in it,” Em said. “I’m starting to sense more of that soul coming back in music today, and I’m glad because I really believe in that style of music. It is music with a purpose that has heart to it and has a genuine feeling running through it. With this song, I’m trying to tap into that soul. It might seem simple to the ear at first but it’s a message for women to be powerful in themselves. It’s a song that starts with a woman feeling depressed – as if a man has power over her. She feels empty and lost without him in her life, and the relationship has loose boundaries. She’s looking for a more monogamous thing, but he’s not. That’s similar to how I felt when I was in my last relationship. When I was with the person I was dating, we had a deep spiritual connection. So when it comes to the chorus of the song and I say, ‘Say what you mean, don’t you lead me on,’ that’s me taking back that power that I felt like he stripped from me. The rain effect in the bridge acts like a cleansing of the spirit and by the time you get to the end of the song, she’s on fire with strength. Ultimately, I wanted to take something that seems so downtrodden and find that inner courage to say ‘No!’ I have a higher vibration to share with the world because there’s so much lower vibration out there in the industry today with all of the negative messages. That’s not why we’re here on this earth. There’s purpose to living and being here every day, and it’s all about loving people around you and caring about others. It’s about giving, really truthfully giving to others and to yourself first.”
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Passion and lyricism pair perfectly on new single ‘Love Woes’ from artist Botimi Freed
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD – When most people think about love songs, they don’t necessarily think about an electro-trap heart ballad. But that’s the exact sound that Hip Hop artist Botimi Freed has captured with his new single “Love Woes.” And it’s a sound that is drawing attention and high praise from big names all across the music industry.
Operating out of Montgomery County, Maryland, this up-and-coming young artist is a name you need to know. His new hit single is just the first of many to come. And in just two years of making music professionally, he has already seen his music go to great heights, including radio play on Baltimore’s biggest stations.
Born in Houston, Texas, Botimi moved to Maryland with his family at age 12 and has been an East Coast native ever since. Unlike many other artists in the industry, Botimi didn’t find his passion for music until his late teenage years. He started rapping at age 17 when his classmates heard him freestyle and praised him for being better than the rest. They encouraged him to give professional music a try. And when his first song recorded in 2016 took off with fans all over the area, he realized he had a natural talent that needed to be shared with the world. He’s worked on a few other songs since that time and now with “Love Woes,” he is ready to make a bigger splash in the industry and with a widening fanbase.
“It’s crazy to see how far I’ve come from just freestyling with my homies in the neighborhood,” he said. “I never thought that when I put those raps to some beats and started putting out tracks that people would love it as much as they have. I was just inspired by the greats and kind of fell into it. And like those legends, I’d like my music to be known for being melodic and timeless. I want people to be able to listen to my music now or 10 years from now and it will always be relevant and touch them in some way.”
In the case of “Love Woes,” Botimi said fans anywhere will be able to relate to the stories that came from personal experiences with some of his relationships from the past. He said the song basically examines three love affairs from his life in ways that anyone who has ever been in a relationship will be able to relate to.
“Each of the three verses talks about three chicks from my life,” he said. “The third verse is my real chick – my home chick. And the moral of the song is that love is not for sale. You can’t buy it. It’s a song that’s definitely inspired from real life and my experiences of being in different relationships in my life – the breakups and makeups and all the things that people learn over time that you have to fight for if you want something real and deep.”
Botimi said he’s working on an EP that will drop in January called “Player and a Savage.” That combined with the wave of success he’s seeing with “Love Woes” is something that he said he’s sure will propel him into an even greater 2020.
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New rapper out of Dallas brings eccentric, crazy vibe to Hip Hop with mixtape ‘Drip’
DALLAS, TX – TyBenji is a conquering artist from the Deep South whose unique sound and style is set to propel his life into fame and superstardom. His new single “It Takes Time” is a testament to the hard work he’s put in to get to this point in his career. It also serves as a statement to the world that he’s a new artist on the scene that people should pay attention to. It’s an aggressive song that perfectly showcases his unique lyrical ability and one-of-a-kind delivery as a rapper.
“It’s a song that says it took a minute to get to where I’m at,” said the young artist from Dallas, Texas. “I have a strong foundation now and though there have been some rough times along the way, everything else from here is gonna be smoother. The biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is just getting my foot in the door and finding the courage to do what I want to do. Now that I’ve got that foot in the door and I have a stronghold and a strong foundation to build upon, I’m not looking back.”
TyBenji has been a budding artist for as long as he can remember. From the time growing up in Dallas as young Tyrik, he was always attracted to music and by age 10 was already writing his own raps and freestyling with older boys in his neighborhood. By the time he was in high school, he was actively pursuing music as a career and had already adopted the stage name TyBenji as a combination of his first name and the slang term “Benji,” which is a moniker for money. He says his early work was representative of some of his biggest musical influences including Lil Wayne, Easy E, Snoop Dogg, James Brown and Chris Brown, among others. But over the years, he has developed a sound and style that is all his own and which he knows will stand out in ways that will eventually make him a household name all over the U.S.
“My sound is different,” he said. “I just sound like me. I think it’s a sound that shows off my personality and my vibe. I have an eccentric, weird, crazy vibe. My mixtape ‘Drip’ really shows off that eccentricity and craziness. It’s a project that shows people the adversity I’ve faced in life and how I’ve had to climb from the bottom. It shares those things through music that some people would call weird or crazy. But it’s straight rap that comes from me and is perfect to show people who I am as a musician.”
In addition to “Drip,” TyBenji said he’s working on another mixtape that he hopes to drop sometime in the next six months. He’s also planning to release a music video for “It Takes Time” and is excited to see how many regions across the U.S it can make a splash.
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R&B music welcomes new king to the stage with singles from Touré
MIAMI, FL – When Ajani Touré Bryan Kingslow was born, his mother wanted to give him a name with meaning. Though his first name is of Nigerian origin, he himself is not Nigerian. But the name his mother chose for him is laden with meaning. Ajani means “he who fights for what is his,” and when paired with his middle name “Touré” which is French for “king,” his full name becomes a proclamation to the world that he is a king who will fight for what is his. It’s a powerful name and one that he hopes to live up to. He’s doing his best to do just that as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional musician and entertainer known all over the globe for his originality and inspiring message.
Though Touré has been involved with music for most of his life, it hasn’t been until recently that he has chosen to pursue music as a career. He started on the path while in middle school when he first picked up the saxophone. By high school, he had discovered a passion for DJ-ing and was soon the person called upon by all his friends to DJ parties. This continued through college and he got so into it that often he would sing along to the songs or emcee throughout as a kind of hype man. The audiences loved it, and many of them approached him about his sets to encourage him to make his own music. Eventually, he and one of his close friends Jaleel, a producer who goes by the name 5AMKush, decided to give it a go and moved down to Miami together. Jaleel purchased some equipment and soon the two of them were recording music and laying down lyrics.
Their most recent collaboration is a single called “Money Talks” which Touré has released across all streaming platforms. It’s an R&B song with a lighter, more “fun” tone to it. According to Touré, it’s a song about a girl who is a guy’s equal in every way.
“It is R&B, which is music that I’m really into, but this one in particular of all my songs is more bouncy,” he said. “I do a bit more rapping and the chorus is melodic. It’s mainly about meeting a girl, having a good time, and envisioning what life would be like with her. She’s a girl who has her own money and doesn’t need a guy for anything. They go out and see each other, and one time he picks up the tab and the next time she picks up the tab. It’s a balanced relationship – not all on one or the other. In the video, you see them living life together – shopping at the mall, around the house having a good time, that kind of stuff. It’s a fun song.”
Touré said he’s trying to create music that not only connects with today’s audiences in ways that nod to the modern sound of R&B, but also brings back the influence from old-school R&B.
“I feel like a lot of today’s R&B is disconnected from what that genre was originally meant to be,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there who are singing, but the substance is different. It’s not so much about women anymore as it is about hardships and life. I’m trying to bring back that love and that connection with women and specific interactions with the female fan base. I want people to be able to connect with my music. I started writing music by sharing some of my own experiences. Most of my music is telling a story of experiences with women or relationships – good times and bad times. I expand on some ideas and get inspiration from other places, but a lot of times what I’m talking about is close to home. No matter what though, I want people to connect. Everyone has dealt with a significant other in some way and my music is easily relatable when it comes to that. Everybody can relate to it.”
In addition to “Money Talks,” Touré will be dropping a second single called “I Wanna Be” before the end of the year. He also said he plans to drop a bigger project sometime in 2020.
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Midwest artist Dejah’E blends genres to create “Hip-Pop” music with upcoming album “Mark My Words”
RACINE, WI – Dejah’E, a young R&B artist from Wisconsin, is hardly new to the music game. She has worked with Grammy award winning producer, Greg Lawson and one of Chris Brown’s producers, Steve Russel, and performed for Grammy award winning producers Hit-Boy and Johnny Wright. Bringing a classic 90s vibe with a modern twist, this fresh singer delivers a new mix of R&B and Pop which she refers to as “Hip-Pop.”
With a style characterized by sweet melodies and harmonies coupled with a catchy beat and expressive vocals, Dejah’E is finishing up her debut album, “Mark My Words.” A project two years in the making and recorded in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Milwaukee, the 17 song album is slated for release in early 2020 on all digital streaming channels. The project features music written by her and her producers Jaray James (of Mayweather’s “The Money Team”), Donye’a Goodin, Chris Milly, Waive Boy and StarChild Productions (recently nominated for two Grammys on Chris Brown’s latest project). “I love working with these guys,” Dejah’E said. “They’re all so talented and we vibe so well together. They each bring out a different side of me, which I think is dope because my fans are able to hear all the different sides to me, too.” Surrounded by so much Grammy star power, Dejah’E is destined to win a Grammy herself.
“Mark My Words” will provide fans with a varied mix of songs, including the Caribbean styled, richly harmonic track, “Apology.” The wildly catchy “Fallin Back” written by the artist two years ago, is perfect for cruising in the car. Another standout track, “That Button” will be released as a single soon, accompanied by a major production music video.
In 2017, Dejah’E recorded her first song, “Slow” as a solo artist and has always brought authenticity into her work. “I bring a realness that’s not really shown in the industry any more. I’m just completely myself, completely real and open,” Dejah’E said. Her debut single was well received and she has built on that success. Her new music reflects her growth as an artist – her vocals have grown stronger, she now uses custom, original beats from her producers, and her harmonies are more refined. Over ten years of piano playing has given Dejah’E the unique ability to sing chords off the top of her head, aiding the singer with her backgrounds and harmonies.
Growing up in Racine, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago, Dejah’E first discovered her love of music in church. At eight years old, she took up the violin, followed by piano which came to her naturally. From 14 into her late teens, Dejah’E performed as a member of different girl groups that she formed. Over the years, her musical influences included Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Jhene Aiko and Aaliyah and at 21, she launched her solo career with the release of her debut single, “Slow.”
Dejah’E owns an independent label called LA Rich Entertainment with her father and manager, Richard Warren, and this team shows no signs of slowing down. Filming for the “That Button” music video will be happening in a Milwaukee nightclub under the direction of Philly Fly Boy at the end of next month. Additionally, to follow the album release, Dejah’E plans to drop an EP by next summer.
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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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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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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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