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24.9.18

Neak knows his "Legacy"


Chicago MC/Producer, Neak dropped his new self-produced single, "Legacy" which touches on "how I want to be remember; through hard work while utilizing my God-given talents to be a vessel to serve others striving for greatness."

I was intrigued by reading up on him because [remember Chicago] his bio starts out with 'If your father, Robert Kelly…', MY first thought was, oh, Damn R. Kelly has a kid who raps? lol but the sentence continues with '...of the R&B/Gospel/Soul group "The Kelly Brothers...' which is still dope. He has some Bars. So all my fans of true lyricism, which if you're here I'm sure you are, will like.

"I'm currently gearing up to release my new self-produced album, 'KWESBAAR' and new crew album, NRFS, with Chicago MCs/Producers Rashid Hadee and F.A.B.L.E., MC/songwriter Sincerely Yours, and myself. Both albums are scheduled to be released very soon._ - Neak


Download Now via Bandcamp. It will be available on all major streaming platforms (Apple Music, TiDAL, Google Play, etc.) Friday, Oct. 5th.

Website(s): www.neak-co.com | www.neak.bandcamp.com
TW/IG: @Neak_Undefined
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Neak84
YouTube: www.youtube.com/84Neak

Old Age



Been a big fan of Masego for a minute. He makes some super dope music and it's heavily jazz/instrumentally focused; as a [former] saxophone player myself I love it. He also touches on a favorite topic of mine, mature women.

Even back to high school/college I always went for older girls. Few girls a year or 2 younger but I was the 20 year old going out with 24 year old co-workers. I always appreciated an older, more mature woman and Masego gets it lol

14.9.18

Eminem - "Lucky You" ft Joyner Lucas



Is this 'beef' [publicly] over yet? Can I say I'm a fan of Eminem's new album, Kamikazee without appearing like I've taken a side?? Cool. I had no dog in that fight so I'll focus on the music. THIS track with Joyner Lucas SLAPS. The beat is nasty, both dudes go OFF. I'll let it speak for itself.

'y'all gotta move'.

12.9.18

MAG5 - "Not My Fault" (Lyric Video)


War. Fake news. Austerity. Control. Power. Depression. MAG5's record, "It's Not My Fault" explains how it's not his fault, but still has to deal with the consequences. Stream the track on Soundcloud and watch the official lyric video on YouTube.



MAG5 is an anonymous rapper based out of NY. Little else is known about the artist.

28.8.18

Vevo Original: Scott Storch "Still Storch" documentary


Scott Storch is one of my favorite producers. The piano licks this dude has are incredible. He has a minute at the beginning of this documentary that I've had on repeat since it was released. He also has such a crazy story that it needed to be shared.

Vevo has exclusively released, 'Still Storch,' an original film about legendary music producer Scott Storch. From his early beginnings as a member of The Roots band to producing worldwide hits for Beyoncé, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Chris Brown and many others. This no-holes barred mini-doc delves into Scott’s world, to tell his harrowing story of addiction and fame in his own words. Both of which led him to burn through a $100 million+ fortune, and hit ‘rock-bottom’, however his unrelenting genius-like talent and hunger to prove his critics wrong has only fueled his passion for creating. 
 
“People have their bottoms – I shot through the bottom and I went like a hundred thousand leaps beyond the sea bottom… I don’t know many people who could survive emotionally, mentally through what I went through.” - Scott Storch
 
Now, Scott is back making headlines; having never left the studio, he is ready for a come-back, working with some of the most exciting names in music.

The documentary was commissioned by Vevo, directed by Rollo Jackson, from SomeSuch Productions, with executive producers Joseph Patel and Justin Prager.
 
 ‘The hunger is taking back my throne.”
- Scott Storch.


24.8.18

Hip-Hop In: Africa (Sean Dampte)


I'm a connoisseur of foreign music and love the afrobeat sound so I had to feature African artist, Sean Dampte. His new video "2Nite" has been getting a lot of views and had to share!

"Afrobeat rising star, Sean Dampte drops the video to his successful commercially acclaimed single, ‘2nite’. Fans anticipated the visuals to the single ‘2Nite’ weeks ago and after several push backs, Sean Dampte has finally given us something to be excited about. Shot in different locations around Canvey Island, United Kingdom, and directed by award-winning director, Ovie Etsetayse, the video show-cases Sean Dampte’s super star power. The video is undoubtedly one of the best to date from the artist and in the afrobeat scene."


About Sean Dampte
Sean Dampte (F.K.A. Dampte) has already taken Africa by storm with his perfect concoction of Afrobeat and World Music. Known in his home country of Nigeria for music that guarantees to get everyone up and on the dance floor, Sean Dampte is bringing his untameable groove to the UK. Citing influences such as Warren G, Wale and LL Cool J, Sean Dampte successfully blends all he has learned from his muses with his African heritage. Having worked with industry professionals such as Tay Dizm and with significant backing from YoRaps, Sean Dampte is constantly creating and building on an already impressive career.


Follow Sean at
- Instagram & Twitter @seandampte

Click Here to see previous "Hip-Hop In" episodes

11.8.18

Andi Herzog x Jenny Wolf - "Finish Line" (Lyric Video)


28-year-old German producer/artist Andi Herzog returns to Hip-Hop/R&B after his recent experimental EDM project with "Finish Line" featuring vocals of Jenny Wolf.

This catchy track is all about motivation, dedication and focus on goals and dreams, while still keeping the sound fun & fresh.

Watch "Finish Line" below and Stream the album here


Twitter @andiherzog
Instagram @andiherzog

3.8.18

Base AuraGammi drops "Check"


Base AuraGammi aka Base Aura is a Hip Hop artist on the rise reppin' the Bronx and Harlem. I've been playing his records on Global Urban Radio (player in right sidebar on laptop/desktop) and dude's nice. I had to share his new single, "Check" featuring Constantine.

Base has a unique approach when it comes to his music and delivery. He is known for his versatility and offering listeners an original and innovative style. His fan base as well as respect from major artists continue to rise in the industry. You can hear music by Base Aura on FM and internet stations both domestically and internationally, and featured on major sites such as This Is 50, Hot97, Coast to Coast, and Desert Storm. His most celebrated performances thus far in his career have been at Webster Hall, Club Paradise, and BET Awards Weekend.

Check his new single "Check" featuring Constantine below:

Management: Rube Aura @RubeAura@gmail.com
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1.8.18

Vevo Originals - Pusha T reveals how The Purple Tape shaped DAYTONA



Today marks the 23rd Anniversary of Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (commonly referred to as The Purple Tape). As a respectful nod to Raekwon, Pusha T delves into how The Purple Tape shaped DAYTONA, his own new album and expands on his own tribute lyrics “This Is My Purple Tape” from track “The Games We Play."

Filmed at the Stapleton Houses on Staten Island has Pusha T explains, “This is the best rendition [of The Purple Tape] I could’ve tried. The inspiration and feeling was something we were trying to harness.”

30.7.18

Father & Son duo, Lone Wolf & Kub - "Bolo Yeung" MV



"Bolo Yeung" is the debut single/video from father/son MC combo Lone Wolf & Kub. Like its name sake, the track is an aggressive force that immediately presents itself as the baddest in the room, beckoning to the days of braggadocio mic skills where all that mattered was who had the hardest lines. Produced by Lavish Beatz, the beat matches the mood perfectly with its thundering bass line and frenzied piano hits. This is an auditory samurai showdown at its finest.


A father/son duo hailing from Washington State, Lone Wolf & Kub is the perfect combination of golden era lyricism spliced with cutting edge soundscapes and cadences. Made up of Shao Sosa and his son Nobi, the two are quickly cutting a path to the front of the burgeoning Northwest Hip Hop scene. Sosa is an underground industry vet with over 25 years cutting his teeth alongside names as different as Mac Dre and Ras Kass while Nobi is a vicious micsmith just hitting his stride. Their forthcoming self-titled debut album is a testament to the years they have spent together honing their sound.

Follow Lone Wolf & Kub
https://www.instagram.com/wolfkub509/
https://www.instagram.com/ayoblasian/
https://www.instagram.com/shaososa/

https://twitter.com/wolfkub509
https://twitter.com/ayoblasian
https://twitter.com/shaososa

26.7.18

interview with Japanese soul singer, Nao Yoshioka



A few weeks ago I heard the new single by a Japanese soul singer, named Nao Yosihoka. I was a fan of a singer when I was a singer named Toshi when I was in high school. Nao only sings in English, despite being raised in Osaka. She has a beautiful voice and we had a great conversation about everything from how she's was raised being the only singer in a creative household to her first major US festival and the difference between US and Japanese fans.

I might have even convinced her to serenade me with a soul classic, too.

Check it out! 聞いてください!



www.naoyoshioka.com
www.facebook.com/naoyoshiokasweetsoul
www.instagram.com/nao_yoshioka
www.twitter.com/nao_worldwide
www.youtube.com/channel/UCbmxxHU8VcsDhLwj00mjf9A
www.soundcloud.com/sweet-soul-records
www.vimeo.com/sweetsoulrecords

11.6.18

Mahalia - "I Wish I Missed My Ex" MV



I've been a fan of Mahalia since I stumbled upon her "Colors TV" performance. She has such a beautiful voice (and eyes!) and I've been on an English kick for a couple years so digging' the accent, too. But her knew video is an homage to The Pharcyde and shot in Highland Park. She's coming back stateside for a mini North America run. Check dates below video...who knows, you may catch me at one of 'em.


"The video, directed by Andrew Litten and shot in reverse over 22 hours, is a fitting stylistic nod to the Pharcyde's classic "Drop" video helmed by Spike Jonze. "I hired a linguist from UCLA to teach Mahalia the song backwards which she surprisingly learned in two days," Litten told Complex. "The DP, Dustin Lane, and I have always wanted to make something in our neighborhood Highland Park. We chose family-owned locations and hired a few extras while scouting the neighborhood. Mahalia's reversed performance oozes spontaneity and confidence. I can't thank her enough for joining us on the journey, and signing on to recreate this insane concept." - Complex Mag

Mahalia Dates
Aug. 24 – The Drake – Toronto
Aug. 26 – Afropunk - Brooklyn, New York
Aug. 29 - The Echo – Los Angeles
Aug. 31 - Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco

31.5.18

Eric Bellinger "Meditation Music" EP (Nat'l Meditation Day)



It's National Meditation Day and Eric Bellinger drops his new 5-song EP called "Meditation Music" he created to soothe souls and raise vibrations. Now he’s making music inspired by yoga, nature sounds, and of course, meditation. And he has a good reason for bringing this music to the masses today.

May 31st is National Meditation Day and I really wanted to bring awareness to the lifestyle as a whole. I truly believe that yoga and meditation have changed my life for the better. It was a secret I felt I needed to share. Music is my platform...I always wanna do everything in my power to make the world a better place by way of my gift. I listen to smooth meditation sounds, nature sounds, flutes and waves everyday. They allow me to tap into a different realm, mentally. Breaking through the surface to new levels of clarity and creativity. I often find myself coming up with melodies and harmonizing to the different sounds. - Eric Bellinger.