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30.7.20

Black Japanese/English Speaking Rapper Debut's City of God




City of God (produced by Casket:Jones) is about the crab in the bucket mentality of Toronto. The topic and themes are an expansion on critically acclaimed Brazilian crime film “City of God” and its tagline “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay, the beast eats you”, meaning “If you try to run from hood, the hood holds you back; if you stay, you become a hoodlum like everyone else”. Yasuke and KitKat Fuego both narrate the story in the roles of the two main characters Benny and Lil

This resonated deeply with Toronto's own culture, which right now is seeing many tragic shootings of young black rappers and the rise in police brutality both foreign and domestically. Yasuke concludes his verse with "Police gun us down so do crime. Which you choosing?". Showing the inevitability of being given only two options as a black man from the inner city. City of God's intention is to shed light on the struggles of escaping circumstances beyond your control.

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16.7.20

One of the Smoothest Songs I've Heard in a WHILE



So I stumbled upon this slick chillhop mix on Youtube the other night. Lately I've been just working to instrumental music or even progressive house. Just something I can vibe to, n'ahmean?

Anyway, this video comes on and has these cute animated critters and I let it run. FIRST song hits and...it's...how do I describe it...Have you ever had a song hit you and suddenly you felt like everything was gonna be alright? Like...man it was beautiful. The beat...the use of guitar and flute was just right.

To hear the whole mix click the link above but below is the standout by Hazy Year and C4C "Melted".

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10.7.20

3 Secrets I found about SH3's new video "Gelato"



Any longtime readers remember my past features of SH3 under a previous name. I've always been a fan of h3r voice and talents. Sh3's dope and just released the video for h3r new single "Gelato". I'd never watched a Video debut on Youtube before so that was a cool process I'll have to use in the future for some of my artists. But be sure I was all in the comments. 
Gelato was shot in Miami with much of the video taking place on an ice-cream truck. The video isn’t as much a narrative as it is a montage of images reminiscent of summer and things associated with it - palm trees, sunshine, and of course, ice-cream. 
I have it on good authority sh3 doesn't even eat gelato because of lactose intolerance (what a poser!) Just kidding, I'm in the tribe as well. I feel h3r pain. 
 
Watch the video below first then scroll down to see some Exclusive insider secrets about the video 😉



Gelato Fun Facts
  1. Sh3 had to hand-alter the majority of h3r outfits" 'cause things rarely fit me off the rack and I didn’t have my sewing machine handy (the white dress I wear with the mask took me two days to sew)"
     
  2. She wears a necklace which spells out ‘CRY BABY’, as a proud member of HSPs (highly sensitive people) *sorry for calling you a poser earlier

  3. Sh3 forgot to ask the owner of the truck if they could use the ice cream machine, which is why actual ice cream never made it in the video

Not gonna lie, I was waiting for some Ice Cream shots lol (NOT that I was disappointed in any way with the Visuals 👀)


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17.6.20

Cypress Hill doing Free Live 360 Virtual Reality Concert!




Man, I've been WAITING for this! I remember being in France talking to a VR company during a conference/convention about 360/VR concerts but at the time (2016) they didn't have LIVE capabilities for it yet.

This is sweet. Always been a fan of Cypress Hill so I'm definitely going to tune in for this.

Check out the set list!

Cypress Hill’s Live from LA Setlist:
Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That
Real Estate
The Phunky Feel One
Head On The Pump
Latin Thugs
Weed Medley
How I Could Just Kill A Man
Insane In The Brain
Rock Superstar

It'll be Live for FREE on the Melody VR app this Friday, June 19th. Click here to learn more about Melody.

When we were approached to perform for our fans again, we jumped on it. We definitely wanted to give them a unique experience with this intimate show. Partnering with MelodyVR for Live from LA allowed us to do just that.” 

11.6.20

The Legendary Smooth B goes #1 with "Before"



I was a big fan of the group Nice & Smooth when I was a young gun and had a Def Jam greatest hits album and first heard "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow". Fastforward ___ years and and Smooth is back with another hit "Before" that JUST hit #1 on the Digital Radio Tracker global radio charts!

Shout out to my guy, Smooth B and congrats. The song is dope. I had the pleasure of interviewing him on our bi-weekly entertainment conference call and honored to have been involved in helping it hit #1. Smooth B is back with a Vengeance. He's been doing interviews, appearances, drops, and more pushing the single heavy and it's taking off. Check out the video below and leave a comment.

 

Iran-Born artist Apex Mees Releases "All Night Drugs"



Apex Mees was born in Iran, grew up in Fairfax V.A. but his home is now LA for the last 6 years. He is a producer and rapper and enjoys making Persian American Hip Hop with his cousin Par$ha. They are always trying to make new sounds and styles while talking about the lifestyle they live.

"The song is about a girl who thinks that she needs to do drugs to get on my level. Started out as a concept we spoke about that in this generation the obsessions with drugs has become a “cool” factor yet we level up without it. It is a contradiction to itself."


14.5.20

OX teams with Tory Lanez for New Spanglish Single


I've been big on Spanish crossover hip-hop. Full disclosure I'm promoting OX but I only work with what I Like. And this is a BANGER.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Latin recording artist OX relocated to Houston,TX in 2005. The 23 year old sees himself as a young bull coming into the game inspired by the Spanish and Hip Hop culture. OX joins forces with hip-hop/R&B star Tory Lanez for his new single ‘SHAKE’ out now on TribalTun Records.

Check the single below and click here to stream/buy on your favorite platform: https://fanlink.to/OXshake

12.5.20

FOX IN SOX | Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats



Shout out to my day 1 amigo Miguel for sending this over to me. It combined 2 of my favorite things, Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre lol I think the fact it comes from this guy it makes it even better. Don't let people make you think Dr. Seuss ain't have bars. Check it out and let me know what you think!


Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss' classic children's book "Fox in Sox" over Dr. Dre's legendary hip hop beats for "What's the Difference" and "Let Me Ride" with much due respect to the flows and styles of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg. All words and illustrations belong to Dr. Seuss. All instrumentals belong to Dr. Dre. This cultural mashup was created for edutainment purposes with much respect given to the teacher KRS One.

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10.5.20

SiR releases King of the Hill themed video "John Redcorn"



When I was a KID I gave King of the Hill a try and didn't like it...but once I was in High School and at my grandparents house it came on and I Got it. It was So good. I watched again a few years ago and really appreciated it. The story arc with John Redcorn was incredible.

For those who aren't hip, one of the really clueless characters, Dale Gribble's (white guy) raising his wife's lovechild with Native American man, John Redcorn. he's oblivious the whole series. So from John Redcorn's POV he has to watch another man raise his child with the woman he loves.

Pretty easy to know who plays who in the video above in an Excellently animated video! And man, the mood HITS. Without getting into detail I get what it's like being Redcorn (minus the kid part). But this song is Smooth AS FxCK and so deep.

TDE's resident crooner had me playing this on repeat. Check the link and LMK what you think.

6.4.20

Hip-Hop Icon Masta Ace drops "GMO"


I've been a Masta Ace fan for Years! His album "A Long Hot Summer" is one of my all-time favorites. His 'new' single "GMO" I guess was a bonus single on the re-issue of that album.


After the single "Globetrotter", Brooklyn NY emcee Masta Ace drops another song titled "GMO" via Below System Records. Ace adds the following about the song: "'GMO' is a joint I started writing over a few years ago. I got that beat from Brutal Artistry Productions when I was in Leeds, England with eMC. I was just waiting for the right opportunity to finish the verse. It's a very simple 40 bar verse… just talking sh*t. I don't do very many songs like that, so this is a special joint for that reason."


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5.4.20

Rapper Problem Releases new Short Film "A Compton Story"



Short Film A Compton Story" debuts exclusively on TIDAL. The film, written, directed, and starring rapper Problem features Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps, and Jackie Long.

"I wanted to do a comedy. I thought ‘some gangster movie’ would be expected from me," explains Problem. “I grew up loving stuff like Martin, Friday, Purple Rain...so those projects were my major inspirations and the blueprints to tell my own story, A Compton Story.”

Released exclusively available on TIDAL, the 20-minute visual reveals a hilarious and often precarious day in the life of the Compton native where he risks life and limb in hopes that one of his good deeds goes unpunished. His story is narrated by comedian and actor Mike Epps and features special guests Snoop Dogg, comedian Jackie Long, RJ Cycler, Slink Johnson and more. Check it out below and let me know what you think!



27.11.19

Layla Khepri - "Pray for Me"



International recording artist, Layla Khepri released her powerful new single and accompanying video, "Pray for Me". "Pray For Me" touches on the struggles of being trapped in a toxic relationship, the mental issues, the loneliness, and feeling of being trapped.

Layla has the ability to switch from high energy hits, to pop anthems, to vulnerable/introspective looks at personal situations like "Pray For Me". Watch the video below and let me know what you think.



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24.9.19

Kiana Ledé shares her live Vevo LIFT performance of "Can I"



Vevo announces the release of LIFT artist, Kiana Ledé’s, second piece of content for “Can I” from of her new Myself EP. Vevo’s LIFT initiative connects today’s up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo's artist development program shines a spotlight on the world's freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Sam Smith, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, Billie Eilish and CNCO. Ledé's LIFT performances follow those of Def Jam Recordings’ YK Osiris, who recently premiered a live version of his hit “Worth It” as well as a short film, “YK Osiris: Young King.”

R&B starlet Kiana Ledé has quickly developed from childhood phenom to one of the world’s most promising and intriguing young stars. A true mix of cultures, African, Latino and Native American, Kiana crafted her own unique vocal sound into a natural blend of these global, expressive influences. Kiana dropped her Selfless EP, featuring “Show Love” and “Ex” in 2018 after previously starring in MTV’s Scream and having a track on the chart-dominating Official Soundtrack for Fifty Shades Freed. A Vevo DSCVR alum, Kiana’s LIFT content will include live performances of an assortment of tracks from her new Myself EP.



“For my Vevo LIFT session, I reimagined ‘Can I’ with harp, strings and piano, because when I was younger and in Orchestra, I developed a real love and admiration for classical music and the beautiful arrangements,” said Kiana Ledé. “With ‘Shawty,’ I wanted to highlight and bring out that brightness and playfulness that I felt when I wrote it. The little Reggae vibe at the end was totally impromptu on day of shooting with Vevo. We just stumbled into it and had to finish it that way. You can see how much fun we had doing that in the final performance and I’m thankful to Vevo for making my vision come to life.”

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