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Singer and Studio Owner Shane Thompson Knows He "Should've Done Better" in New Music Video


I first met pop singer Shane Thompson on instagram. He has a really smooth voice, and I can see both his influence and comparisons to artists like Chris Brown and Justin Beiber.

I watched a few of his videos but his most recent is probably my favorite from the singer/engineer.

Shane Thompson recently debuted his new music video, “I Should’ve Done Better”. The song features singer Wyatt Roberts and is super catchy but really introspective about a situation a lot of us have been in; realizing we 'should've done better' in a relationship to keep it from failing and asking for another chance.

Shane Thompson was born in Memphis before moving to Mississippi where he currently lives. He began recording with a friend when he was in high school. After learning how to record himself, he eventually built his own studio near Jackson, Mississippi, S.A.T. Studios where he currently works.

Click Here to stream Shane Thomson and Wyatt Roberts “I Should’ve Done Better” on all platforms:

Follow @its.shaneee on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter


The Breakdown with Essince | My First Podcast is Here

Years ago I hosted a music video countdown show and loved it. Years after that I hosted a radio show in Japan called "Beats n Miso". I miss it and after a couple years of planning and contemplating I pulled the proverbial trigger last week while on tour in Jacksonville and recorded my first episode.

"The Breakdown with Essince" will air weekly with a Live Facebook show. I'll break down the latest in music and entertainment business news, giving an insider perspective and insight on topics that affect the culture. With special guests, latest headlines, and more, have fun learning the insides of the Industry with me. The audio will be extracted and uploaded for podcast distribution.

EP 1 | Are Artists Overpaid?

Join me in the debut episode as I discuss the latest entertainment headlines then break down this week's topic, are recording artists overpaid? Does the music industry have a middle class? Why do Artist-focused streaming companies continually fail to get new listeners? All this and more in this episode of The Breakdown.

Listen above on Apple Podcasts and Click Here and Listen on your favorite platform! (more platforms will be added as the come)


Micah Edwards Brings that Texas Soul to "Girl from the Valley"


Hey, amigos. Been a minute but found something dope again I wanted to share. I got an email earlier about an artist named Micah Edwards and his new single "Girl from the Valley", the lead off his forthcoming album.

First listen/read I assumed "the Valley" is like...California but later hit me if he's described as Texas Soul then it must be the Rio Grande Valley. Either way he's dope. Smooth vocals but with hints of soul and Americana  Like...think combining John Legend and John Mayer but from Houston (in all the best ways).

He says the song is about “not only the woman [he] get[s] to do life with, but also the beautiful culture that comes with the woman.”

Pretty dope. Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts!

Follow Micah Edwards Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website


Bhutanese Rapper Chogo Debuts "21" EP


I first heard about Chogo (rising superstar rapper from the Asian Kingdom of Bhutan) a couple years ago through a friend from when I studied in Thailand (Hi, Yiwang!). She showed me some of his videos and asked my opinion and I was really intrigued. You can hear some of the MGK/Post Malone inspiration but he has his own twist. He's been getting 100s of thousands of views and his videos are super dope.

After talking to Chogo (& Yiwang) I wanted to put out a plan to help him and signed him to Royal Heir Entertainment. He 2 previous singles did well but I'm really excited about his new EP, "21".

Checkout the lead single "21 Again" but forreal it's all good. And for those of you who've been following me over the years know that I'm not just saying that because we're working together. We're working together BECAUSE it's good. N'ahmean? But I'll let you hear for yourselves.

Stream and download here:


These 2 English Blokes Are My New Favorite Group: Pete & Bas - "Speeding"


I'll be honest, friends. I'm at that stage in life where rap is REALLY boring to me. I find myself listening to older catalog stuff but the whole Migos cadence over trap beats is MEGA played out (no disrespect to Migos). Rap has never been at a point where everything actually sounds the same. I'm not the old guy complaining about the young kids music, am I? I think it's easy to replicate easy to mix into DJ sets, easy to forget who you're listening to. Easy. I get it. But I need variety. 

There are some people coming up I really like and enjoy but the majority of submissions I get for blogs and playlists are pretty bad. So I was scrolling on IG one day and found this video snippet of some dudes named Pete & Bas on a track called "the Old Estate". At first I thought it was some older guys just lip syncing on the track to make a cool video but I was wrong. They're not only actually rapping but these blokes have some BARS.

This is the newest video and man, I'm a proper fan lol I went back and listened to some of their other music and forreal I'm a fan. I'm starting to get back into the English scene (grime, drill, etc) and it's so refreshing to hear something different. Thank you, Pete & Bas. Would love to work with them someday on some marketing over here across the pond.

Anyway, press play and enjoy.


Neon Artery is TOO Funky! OMG


So I'm executive producing a movie (story for another post) and I've been going through playlists. By genre, by mood, anything. I eventually stumbled upon this horrorwave playlist which lead me to synthwave. I had it on while I went on a long walk around the neighborhood the other day to get some fresh air and this song came on and I felt like...damn, this is too funky.


YO, this is INSANE. Like this makes me want to be in a montage then whip through an abandoned city at night in a lamborghini on my way to rescue a woman from a hoard of zombies and an evil villain after everyone thought I was dead. Like bad-ass retro, cheesy line-saying fresh shit.

The change up at 1:20 is wild.

Found out Sung is a Korean dude in Paris. Killed it with this.

Listen below. Support the dude. 


SH3 is into some "Stranger Things"


Canadian singer Sh3 sitting in a pool in the thumbnail image for her new music video Stranger Things

Singer SH3 dropped her new video "Stranger Things" Inspired by the hit Netflix series.

Damn, it's been a minute since I've posted, huh? Well Allow me to ring in the new year with a belated present for you, the new video from Toronto-based singer, songwriter, producer, star SH3! For those of you who've been rocking with me for a while you know I'm a supporter of H3Rs (SH3's been featured here before). But one [of the many things] I like about SH3 is h3r attention to quality. Sh3 doesn't just post whatever or do crappy videos just to do them. There's thought and energy into producing something great. “Stranger Things” is the second single of her project, “H2 Zoom Voicenotes” following the release of “Gelato”. (after you watch this video click that link and go watch that one. You're welcome).
When I heard the beat by ProdByBeatcoins & NdroiDBeats, the main synth reminded me so much of the theme for Stranger Things, I thought to myself how cool it would be to write a song inspired by the show. I’m a super fan, which goes without saying.
SH3 and I debated on which season of Stranger Things is best. I think the 3rd is my favorite but she's keen on the first. So keen that sh3 pays a little homage to it with the light-covered coat SH3's wearing, paying homage to the iconic Christmas lights Winona Ryder's character strings up first season. SH3 hand-made the jacket and also styled all her looks in the video, too. (pretty dope, huh?).

Watch the video below and be sure to follow @SH3official on social media.


Hot or Not Indie Spotlight: Philly Blocks - "Mr. 17th EP"

Hey, friends. It's been a minute since I posted for you and I apologize for the delay. After all these years of hanging out together you know I only post quality that I care about. I want to start featuring more independent artists on the come up and this is Louisville, KY's own Philly Blocks. At first I thought he was from Philly because of his style. I can hear a more East Coast influence but he has his own style. His track "Clinton Era" is the stand out record to me and my go-to on the EP. I want him to let his music speak for itself. Listen below and tell @PhillyBlocks what you think! 

Mr. 17th EP (Narrated by Dj Murph & Ben Staxx) Description Fresh from the streets of Louisville, Ky " Philly Blocks " is here with his highly anticipated E.P. Mr. 17th, Narrated by Dj Murph & Ben Staxx, Philly Blocks packs a punch with his E.P featuring the Singles " Clinton Era, and " C.E.O ", he also teams up with fellow artist " Cino Fresh " for the new record " Movie " So peep the new E.P and connect with philly everywhere @Phillyblocks


T-Pain's New Artist Chayo Nash


T-Pain signed his first artist to Nappy Boy Ent. Chayo Dash is pretty dope. He's lived all over, from Chicago to Jacksonville, FL to Brazil after his parents divorced. Coming from a buy who's lived all over you I can attest that it's easy to pick up influences from everywhere. He checks all the boxes for the making of a rock star (the look, the talent, the professional video/art). I can see this dude going places.

Check him out below and let me know what you think! Is Chayo Dash the next to bring Nappy Boy notoriety??

Chayo Nash is the first artist to sign to T-Pain’s new label - Nappy Boy Entertainment. The Grammy Award-winning recording artist states Chayo is currently his biggest priority. Earlier this month, Chayo Nash released his first single, titled “The Beach”, which T-Pain labeled as one of his favorite songs from him. Check out the eye-catching video HERE. The first single release has an impressive 300,000 + streams combined in just a few short weeks

Chayo Nash Socials:
Instagram: @chayonash
Twitter: @chayo904


Is Flames OhGod "Psychic"?


I first heard about Flames YEARS ago. My friend Tom was managing him back when I was in college. There was a show in Kansas City, MO he was booked at and seeing it mentioned online is what put him on MY radar. There were a few shows we both were on at places like the famous Peabody's in Cleveland so we'd crossed paths a few times around Akron, Cleveland area.

Flames has a pretty good following and he's an overall good dude. I always liked what he's doing but its' cool seeing him GROW. His style has evolved, his fashion and image have evolved, he's got a team supporting him and I think his own hot sauce? Like a restaurant here has something named after him. That's so dope. I'm kinda weak when it comes to hot food but I'll try it lol

Anyway, his new video for his single "Psychic" is fresh as f&ck. It's directed by another Ohio native, Mack Lawrence who created visuals from J Balvin, Lil Baby, Dixie D'Amelio, and more. This concept was initially crafted for Young Thug but I love that it was utilized for Flames. 

Click Here to stream the single and watch the video below.
Follow @FlamesOhGod on Social Media. 


Justina has an OnlyFans Video??


I met Justina years ago when she came to Cleveland for a show. I don't even remember how or when I got it but years before that I'd purchased her "Italy Miss" CD when she went by Just and didn't have the fiery red hair she has now. Fast forward a few years and we brought her, Hitman Holla, and Conceited to Akron, OH for a Wild n Out show. I'm a big supporter and fan.

The title definitely piqued my curiosity and clicked the link to Justina's OnlyFans video and was not disappointed. 

Click below to watch and read more about the official release.
Only Fans is out now on all DSPs (click here to stream)

 Rapper songwriter Justina Valentine releases a brand new single and video titled “Only Fans.” This past week, Justina Valentine took to her Instagram, where she has 3.5 million followers, with a photo captioned “I gave in... Only Fans link in bio.” With that, “Only Fans” is on its way to racking up a million views. 

Valentine’s style of rapping has always been pristine—mastering humor and storytelling into her songs. On the latest tune, “Only Fans,” this style is evident as she details her experience on the app, with her bold personality and her usual humor-infused delivery. 
Also, it’s coming at a time where Justina is listed second on the “Top Most Liked Female Rappers on TikTok,” with 90 million likes. Aside from her music, she’s also known for her irresistible personality, on a new MTV digital show, “Justina Makes Over Your Man,” which airs every Monday on MTV’s Youtube Channel. She’s also a guest prankster on MTV’s “Revenge Prank” and the new season of “Basic To Bougie” premiering soon on MTV. 
All this drum up anticipation for her fifth studio album scheduled for release next month. 


Jay Vinci Knows About "Late Nights"


I consider myself a late night kinda guy. I'm always up late. Usually working but sometimes doing my thing.. This seems like a great song to set the mood to. Jay Vinci is a rising R&B singer released a new song. Check him out below.

What's your favorite late night song? 



外人 GAIJIN II - Tale of Rai (Japanese Lo-Fi HipHop)


I like to consider myself a night owl. While I CAN get up early and be productive, I prefer the solitude of night. It's so peaceful and that's when I feel my most creative. I decided tonight would be another late nighter (felt right) and rather than use spotify or something I decided to try Youtube. The homepage suggested this video described as Lo-Fi Japanese hip-hop, 3 things I enjoy. 

And man it kicks off right! Some elements (and I think soundbites from) Samurai Champloo but jut some dope, Asian-inspired beats.

Anyway, press play and enjoy 外人 GAIJIN II - Tale of Rai ☯࿊ Japanese Lo-Fi HipHop Music ࿊☯ By ELIJAH NANG イライジャ

☊ Album Story: Gai-jin - (Noun) Foreigner / Outsider It’s been a year and 3 months since the foreigner arrived at the Land of the Samurai. The epic sequel continues where our young hero Rai is on a quest to find his way back home and regain his memories that he once lost. Learning the way of the samurai, Rai has become highly skilled in his swordsmanship under the tutelage of Hachiro Sensei. Rai has matured but understands that there is plenty more room for growth. During this time on top of the vibrant Yama no aki, Hachiro reveals some clues in regards to how he can return home. He explains that in order for him to go back home, he would have to face the shogun of this land in a 1-on-1 duel. That’s all he is able to share, but what Hachiro and Rai don’t know is that the shogun is also a foreigner and as to who the foreigner is, well….it happens to be Rai brother.