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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.
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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.


"Laugh Now Cry Later" Sound Advice from Drizzy Drake


I've been a Drake fan for, well, since before he signed with YMCMB. Always liked the dude. I think the impact he's made on urban culture is unquestionable at this point. His longevity alone is something to be admired, too. 

This some slaps. I love the video, I always loved cameos, too so this is definitely the video for that with some of Basketball and Football's best as well as a few iconic sports photo recreations (ie Muhammad Ali pool photo). And I think those are some concept cars, too! Anyway, lots to see. I'll shut up so you can do it.


Really Khalil Drops "Wipe Me Down"

I'm all about seasonal records, especially warm weather. Enter Really Khalil with his new single,"Wipe Me Down", complete with beach scenes, sexy pillow fights, and more.

Check the video below:

Self-produced artist, Really Khalil is becoming one of Savannah Georgia's top artist with his sultry vocals and urban vibes. After making his debut in July 2019 with his EP Chef's Specials, Khalil has gained the attention of new audiences and has been highlighted in WSAV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Do Savannah, VoyageATL, and WRUU 107.5 FM to name a few.

Khalil's music unveils the transparency of life in its truest form and offers encouragement throughout every song as his artistry continues to grow.

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Stream Really Khalil's Music

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Canadian Family's Got Talent winner CZN releases “Friends”

CZN was the winner of this year's Canadian Family's Got Talent (handpicked by Simon Cowell for the Golden Buzzer). They just released their new single "Friends" and it's pretty dope. I'll be real looking at the picture and clicking play did not match up in the best way. I was expecting some lyrical rap (not that I don't bump that regularly) but this is dope! They have some very smooth voice and nice harmonies. I was pleasantly surprised. Press play below and scroll down to learn more about CZN. I'll be checking for more from them and recommend you do, too.

Sun & Sky Records announces the release of the new single “Friends” by CZN, the winners of this year’s Canadian Family’s Got Talent. “Friends” is about connecting with someone on such a deep level that you want to take the friendship to the next level. A relatable topic among listeners, “Friends” captures attention with its upbeat summery pop vibe and driving rhythmic pre-hook from band member CJ Capital that leads into a catchy, melodic hook in which Seth Zosky and Matthew Novary take the lead. Needless to say, this single showcases their unique soundscape meshing R&B, Rap, and Pop all into one.

As the winners of the 1st season of Canadian Family’s Got Talent, CZN has already enjoyed tremendous success in kick-starting their career. Selected by Simon Cowell who awarded the group the prestigious Golden Buzzer, he said: “ I think you’re very current. I think you’re very cool, I think you’re very likable and most importantly really really talented, creative, inventive.” This year alone, CZN has gone on to be selected as participants for Canadian Music Week’s Jim Beam National Talent Search, become the chosen artist to be promoted by RBCxMusic #FirstUp, and awarded the Commercial Performance Award from the prestigious Sheridan College Institute. 

Managed by Paul Farberman, CZN is eager to take their music to the next level by releasing “Friends” with Sun & Sky Records. “After CZN was selected by Simon Cowell as the winners of Canadian Family’s Got Talent, one of my dear friends in Toronto called me and said I had to check them out. I looked online and I was really blown away by their voices and how they blended different styles of music into their own fresh sound,” says Farberman. “Our journey together has just begun. I am really excited about their future and helping them get their music heard around the world.”

About Sun & Sky Records:

Sun & Sky Records is an Independent Record Label that works with clients to release all genres of music worldwide with innovative platforms and brand new marketing strategies to leverage all entertainment outlets. Partnering with Warner Music Group’s ADA division, Sun & Sky Entertainment is a burgeoning leader in identifying young and unique talent and works with a diverse group of entertainers and influencers through their record label, talent management division, television production, live concert production, concert promotions, live touring, consulting services, gaming division (Sun and Sky Gaming), and their YouTube influencer division. Sun & Sky Records takes the lead in architecting bright futures and musical opportunities for its young and exceptionally talented influencers.

For more information on CZN, please click here. 

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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.



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' do I describe it...Have you ever had a song hit you and suddenly you felt like everything was gonna be alright? 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".

Press play.


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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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.” 


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."


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:


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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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.


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."

Click Here to stream/buy "GMO" by Masta Ace on other platforms


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 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!