Junior vs DJ Pleez goes for a sun-soaked, party atmosphere on the bumping sound of “Summer Love EP”. Done with a sly sort of tenderness, the entire EP is full of love. Anchored heavily in a neon-hued dance floor style, everything works in service of the groove. Stylistically, the collection owes a heavy debt to electro’s summery vibes, while it incorporates elements of pop, EDM, glistening R&B, and more into a singular whole. Infinitely playful, the songs deserve to be absolutely blasted. Fiery and passionate, the vocals rest at the heart of it all, featuring a tremendous amount of energy. Best of all, Junior vs DJ Pleez sculpt a unique sound one that has a warm welcoming presence to it. Playfulness expands off into the infinite while the whole of the work rolls through.
With “Last Man” they open the collection up on a high note, as the romantic notions of the song work wonders. Full of longing, the song has a yearning quality to it. On “Show U Off” they slow things down featuring glistening keyboards. By far the highlight the whole of the piece bounces with such determination. Rather soothing, “Keep Me Up” has a late-night vibe to it, as the song explores atmospherics with the utmost of ease. Swinging through in a display of earnest lovingness “Summertime (I Always Miss U)” gently glides along with the utmost of care and compassion. Tenderness flows through as the lyrics drive down to the very heart of a relationship. Ending the whole of the collection are two extended cuts of “Last Man” and “Keep Me Up”. Backup vocalists add to the wonder of “Last Man – Extended Version” as does the additional emphasis on the groove. Heavier and more minimal “Keep Me Up – Extended Version” has a hazy, dreamy vibe to it.
Effortlessly cool, Junior vs DJ Pleez’s “Summer Love EP” has a gorgeous sound, one so satisfyingly silky smooth and serene.
Nashon is an eclectic hip-hop artist from Camden, New Jersey. His debut project, HADES, is a collection of entropic vibes that transcend into a variety of different genres. One of the best compilations we have heard lately. Nothing held back on this one. 14 tracks of pure fire.
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Looking for new music? John Blue has just released one of the hottest mixtapes of 2018. Check it out, streaming now on Soundcloud.
John Blu, has proven that in the music industry it takes major sacrifice before success! The singer, songwriter, and producer holds a resume with production credits for some of the hottest songs you have heard on the radio. The list includes producing and writing the hook on Future’s Pluto album for the song “Parachute” featuring R. Kelly, producing and writing on Eric Bellinger’s Rebirth album for the song “Pandora”, and producing and writing on DJ Khaled’s artist Vado song “Straight for the Summer” featuring Fabolous and Kriko Bang. John Blu has had the opportunity to work with Timbaland, Devyne Stephens, Da Internz, Bobby Valentino, Day 26, Twista, Jeremih, D-Low, Ta’Rhonda Jones A.K.A Porcha from the hit TV show Empire and a variety of other accomplished recording artists.
John Blu has evolved as an artist and industry veteran since his break out single, “In Love with Your Booty”, that eventually climbed to the #32 spot on Billboard’s mainstream R&B charts in 2010. The success of the single caught the attention of record executive Wayne Williams, which led to a record deal with Jive Records. John’s follow-up single, “Cologne,” also peeked on the Billboard R&B charts in 2011. After a series of broken promises, let downs and a bad record deal john decided to step away from the music business to focus on him.
Fast forward to 2018, John Blu, is an independent singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around entertainer with his own production company titled SINGLE MAKERS.
The Chicago Native has released a new album as an independent artist, “Sacrifice Before Success”. The album landed on the billboard charts in September of 2018. The project includes features by Chicago’s-own Shawnna, Bo Deal, Bre-Z, Zoey Dollaz, Eric Bellinger, Feathy, Katie Got Bandz, Bump J, Shawn Holmes, and Rio DeZonero.
· Billboard Charts
· Bubbling under R&B/Hip-Hop
· Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop
· Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song
· R&B/Hip-Hop airplay
· R&B Album Sales
· Heat seekers- East North Central
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Hiphop duo, Darc Angel and Usul Strange AKA Lockness Carnival, bring their ‘A’ game on the latest album release which is titled “Tickets to the Dope Show”. The seven track and about 25 minuet album is available on Itunes, Spotify and all major digital distributors, Darc Angel and Usul Strange prove that the true heart of hip hop is still beating. In an age where watered down music becomes mainstream hits, “Tickets to the Dope Show” will remind you of a time when real hip hop ruled the airwaves. Incorporating strictly classic hip hop elements, Darc Angel and Usul Strange have produced a timeless album that is raw and hard hitting with every track.
Darc Angel and Usul Strange hold absolutely nothing back right from the start of Tickets to the Dope Show. The first track is a song titled “Ate Good”. This impressive bit of songwriting is accompanied by a unique beat that is almost hypnotic. The poetic duo draws you in and peeks your interest with this catchy and well produced bit of story telling. The clear and crisp vocals sit perfectly over the old school sounding beat. Now if you are looking for the perfect song to knock at your next party, that would be “Urban Litty”. The beat is tough and punchy with some elements of dance music. This high energy mix is complemented by solid songwriting and a catchy hook.
Lockness Carnival shows off their incredible songwriting skills on “Higher than High” and “Margo Santana”. These hard hitting tracks will make you think twice and maybe even give you a new perspective on life. The self titled track on the album, “Tickets to the Dope Show” is by far my favorite. Darc Angel and Usul Strange drop napalm all over the track. This track is packed with sick punch lines and intelligent rhymes. The beat is simple yet intriguing and everything that you would expect from Lockness Carnival.
If you are like me then you are probably tired of listening to the same less than par hip hop that the mainstream has to offer. If so then check out the underground duo Lockness Carnival and their latest album “Tickets to the Dope Show”. Stream the entire album on Spotify. You will not be disappointed. And tell me what you thought of the album in the comments.
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New video release from Trillz aka ‘Da Youg Apprentice”. Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice,” is a Hip-Hop and R&B musician currently based out of Brooklyn, NYC. We covered Trillz earlier in the month when he announced a possible colab with Sevyn Streeter. Check out the video for “Chill with the Gods” and learn more about Trillz below….
Born in Harlem, NY, his interest in music and the arts began at a young age. He grew up writing poetry, drawing, and taking art classes. This love of the arts and creativity transcended later into his music as he spent time in recording studios, learning from other artists and musicians. Having grown up in a less privileged neighborhood, exposed to drugs and crime throughout his childhood, Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” turned to music through a desire to be something greater than what he saw around him. He’s set .to release his mixtape, “Road 2 Riche$ II” later this year, as well as embarking on an accompanying tour to major cities across the US. Having done several large performances in the past, including the A3C Festival in Atlanta and Miami Live, in Miami, Florida, his work is also streaming on major music platforms including iTunes and Spotify, and can be found on YouTube and at YungApprentice.com. He is a voice and staple in his community and wants to continue to bring awareness to self help and continue to inspire through his music and his story.
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS UPCOMING ARTIST SET TO RELEASE RED HOT MIXTAPE
A new sensation in the world of Hip-Hop/R&B is about to be unraveled with the emergence of Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice”. He is set to release his brand new mixtape, “Road 2 Riche$ II” later in the year and it promises to be a bang. Made on the streets of New York City but originally of Bajan and Puerto Rican descent, Trillz is passionate about lending his voice to the clamor for a New America. His deep lyrics and passionate delivery are a joy to listen to and his art is gradually gaining the recognition it deserves as he just signed a new record deal with independent label, Face Front Music.
A talented songwriter, Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” admits being greatly influenced by the work of hip-hop greats such as Lil Wayne and Nipsey Hussle. He plans to embark on a national tour soon after the release of his mixtape. His music resonates well with the majority of the people that have listened & lent their praise to the outstanding work of the highly talented young sensation.
Many upcoming artists appear to embrace singing social-themed songs as the new way to cheat fame. But, it is easy to distinguish an artist with a passion for his art from an artist that is merely seeking glory. Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” will be a strong force to reckon with as he draws confidence from a recent tragedy in which his best friend committed suicide. His talent speaks for it self & almost comes naturally. We can’t wait to hear this new project.
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Trillz aka “Da Yung Apprentice”, is a rising hiphop/rap artist on the scene making his way and effectivly breaking through the underground. The talented Brooklyn Ny based, young artist has recently made know his aspirations of working with the more notable 26-year-old R&B singer, Sevyn Streeter. The anticipated colab will no doubt be a big step for Trillz. Recently Trillz dropped a video on Instagram shouting out Streeter and saying “she’s dope as F*ck” which has fueled a rumor that Trillz has a crush on the young R&B singer. Keep your eyes on Trillz and be sure to look out for his upcoming album. Following him using the links below.
SUMMY is a US-based pop singer who captured the attention of audiences and the music industry with a viral video. SUMMY’s cover of “Issues” by Julia Michaels landed her a spot on MTV’s Cover of the Month and was watched by over half a million music enthusiasts all over the world. These viewers included award-winning producers, and Lady Gaga, who retweeted the video. After her runaway success, SUMMY focused on producing original work. Her current single “Sus” is available now.
Pop artist and online sensation SUMMY’s new single “Sus” is available now. Themes of jealousy and suspicion permeate the song with a breathtaking energy. SUMMY’s precise, dramatic vocals perfectly support the track’s theme while clever lyrics will make listeners think about trust in a whole new way.
Bizeeee also known as KingBiz, is a 1017MG, and HeavyGripp Entertainment artist, and engineer. Biz most anticipated project is about to drop this year, some time mid summer of 18, titled “4eZ”.
The “4eZ” album is a collaboration of different sounds, due to Bizeeee’s unique style, and wordplay, this will be Biz first album debuting into the music industry, and we will see many more to come as he is already working on his next project in multiple studios across the United States as he gears towards success.
Bizeeee started his unique sound in the state of Virginia, but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia, networking with the likes of Future, Young Thug, Young Scooter, Casino, Ti, Mike Epps, and many more.
The album itself will be distributed to all major platforms and shelf’s across the globe and be accessible to anyone. Be watching out for Bizeeee as he climbs the industry ladder, as a must watch artist of 2018.
Chris Rhoadz is an independent hiphop artist from Miami Fl USA. His music and style is influenced by and similar to that of Postmalone, Travis Scott, Ski mask the slump god, and Lil Uzi Vert. He is beginning to make some waves with his most popular track reaching over 30k new listeners on Soundcloud. He is determined and working hard to make himself known.
“My music is an extension of my being, all about positive. I do chase for depth and am not afraid to channel my demons into my music, I do hope to show more of my depth in my future projects. But as of now my music is all about good vibes and not giving a f#@&k. When you listen if you get a different interpretation by all means i wont try to look down on it. Art is meant to and can be perceived in many different ways.” – Chris Rhoadz
Check out his latest single Whatchu Bout below and be sure to follow.
Crippled Mane’s latest track title One True Pair is a love song. The versatile artist is the latest to come our way. This underground independent musician producers music from trap type to the kind that give you the feels. Check out his entire soundtrack on soundcloud.
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Sour Angel’s highly articulate delivery flows through flawlessly on the celebratory “Luv Me ft. KiD3RD”. Done with the utmost of care, the way the track combines playfulness and tenderness into a single style works wonders. Melodically rich, the way the song evolves feels just right, finding a great balanced sound. Beats have an aggressive physicality to them, while they virtually seem to bounce off the walls at times. Attention to detail means that Sour Angel allows the whole track to build in a most majestic way, which means volume virtually is a must, in order to truly get the whole scope.
Glistening keys introduce the song, helping to set the mood to a certain degree. Full of tenderness, the song comes into focus embracing a giddiness. Vocals intermingle resulting in a wild approach, one that at times feels nearly unhinged. Bass rumbles help the song move forward with such grace. Lyrics emphasis a life lived to the absolute fullest, of recalling previous nights, of friends and those moments where a person can become truly defined. While the piece builds up it grows ever more potent with its style, allowing for a greater amount of energy to truly pour through it all. Beats go for a nimbleness in the latter half, while the lyrics become increasingly more and more personal. When the vocals simply drift away the song gets reflective before it carefully fades out.
With “Luv Me ft. KiD3RD” Soul Angel delves into a highly personal journey, one that becomes all consuming.
About the artist:
Sour Angel is a 19 year old hip-hop artist fro Phoenix, AZ. He has been doing music for 3 years now and writes all of his lyrics himself. Influenced and inspired by Berner, Wiz Khalifa, & Future amongst others, he is a huge advocate for the legalization of marijuana and has aspirations to transcend music and make a name for himself in the MMJ industry as well. A member of Ghost Town, a collective of artists from around Arizona, he has performed at the 4th Annual AZ Hip Hop Festival and opened up for Twista, Ali Tomineek, & The Terrorist Angel Babies from Neptune. His WEED SMOKE to BEAST MODE EP drops 4/20/18 on all streaming platforms.
Hailing from the city of Chicago, King Nitty has firmly established himself as an underground legend of sorts. Having worked with the likes of Akon, Shawnna, Too Short, B.o.B, Rick Ross and more, the wordsmith has built himself quite the following. Today, he returns to claim his throne with his new video “It’s Gone Be A Problem,” With heavy 808’s and a distinguished bravado pounding your speakers into submission this is surely set to make a big impact as a massive street anthem.
King Kitty holds nothing back in breaking through in music scene. He is currently giving away 5k, yes thats right, $5,000 to one lucky fan who downloads the album and uploads a screenshot of the purchase to their instagram. More details in the video.
Known for its intense realness, raw honesty and rough edges, Chicago, IL has given birth to some of the greatest legends in rap and Hip Hop. Both a mecca of creativity and a concrete jungle the city serves as a gateway to the Midwest; a lyrical battlefield where rappers fight to the top and only the strong survive. Bursting with passionate bars, expressive vigor, and a street fury to match, King Nitty emerges as a master of his fate, ready and willing to change the face of the industry.
Growing up on the southside of Chicago, King Nitty was raised to love music. After years of watching his sister practice, his mother bought him a keyboard when he was six years old; providing the future lyricist, even more, a reason to follow his dad around, who was a local DJ. King Nitty’s Father instilled in him – an appreciation for beautiful sounds – as he spun old school records like Earth, Wind & Fire and Heatwave throughout their home. Nitty’s fondness for melodies and rhythms evolved into a fascination with music that would carry throughout his career.
The course of King Nitty’s life would change when he and his family relocated to one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects Cabrini Green following his mother’s release from incarceration. At the age of fifteen, music became his therapy after the tragic death of his father from drug abuse, a striking blow that would change his life. The young Rhymesmith turned to his pen and pad, letting music become his passion and his therapy. Writing dulled the pain and gave him a peace of mind that allowed him to escape and fine tune his lyrical style as he embraced the traditional, music values his father had taught him while creating a signature flow of his own. An impressionable flow – at the age of seventeen – that landed opportunities to work with such artists as Rick Ross, Kris Kross, Too Short, MC Breed, Syleena Johnson, Johnny P, Akon, and Shawnna. The young Nitty had something to prove to himself and accomplished that by opening up for such artists as T.I. , Young Buck, and Slim Thug.
A few years later, after developing his style, and learning the business, King Nitty started Mill Pond Enterprise – an Atlanta independent record label – geared toward creating, producing, filming marketing and distributing his content to the masses. It was there that he released his EP, “Whatever It Takes,” flooding the Chicago streets with over 10,000 units. Continuing with well over 300K downloads and streams on various music platforms. The EP solidified King Nitty as a Chicago staple. His sound is influenced by 2Pac, Twista, Scarface, Crucial Conflict and Do or Die. His loyal fan base could both relate and understand his aggressive delivery; laying the foundation for a stream of successful content releases including No Surrender, No Retreat, Never Falling Off, Hustle Now Rap Later 1 and Hustle Now Rap Later 2.
Through a methodical release of consumer-driven content to his target demographic, while increasing exposure to prospective listeners both in Chicago and beyond, the strategy of the King Nitty brand is to familiarize audience member with the name King Nitty while setting the standard for classic, Midwest lyricism in the 21st century.
Moving forward – yet never forgetting his past, King Nitty’s testimony bleeds through his music. His ability to transcend tragedy triumphantly encompasses the true meaning of Hip Hop….
Janelia aka Janeliasoul, is a world music artist with an upcoming project called ‘Self Affirmation Project’. Her music is greatly anticipated and we cannot wait to hear it when it releases. We have been speaking with Janelia for a little while now and she has shared with us an interview that she has done.
We would like to share this interview with our fans. Hope you enjoy it and be sure to follow to keep up with the progress of this project.
HI Janelia, thanks so much for the interview – what can you tell us about your upcoming releases?
J: My upcoming release is an album about self-affirmations and it is recorded with all live musical instruments. Until now, self-affirmations are in form of spoken word that one speaks to one’s self. However, my upcoming album is a musical self-affirmation that one can sing, listen to and even dance to. I am presenting it as an EP album with 6 songs and the album is titled the “Self Affirmation Project”.
Is there an underlying concept or thread throughout the new album?
J: As the name of the album reflects i.e. the “Self-affirmation Project”, all the title of the songs on the album begins with “I Am” affirmations. For example, the first single from the album is titled “I Am Bold”.
Who or what first inspired you to start writing and creating music in this way?
J : The songs on the album were inspired when I discovered the power of positive thinking and using affirmations as a solution for negative self-talk. Affirmations have helped me create magic in my life and to find my inner genius as an artist. So much so that I wanted to use my songs as an instrument of impact by recording probably the world’s first album dedicated to self-affirmations.
If a listener only had time to listen to one of your songs to date, which would you recommend, and why?
J: I would recommend the first single from my upcoming album titled “I Am Bold” because it is catchy, hypnotic and introduces the listener to several self-affirmations. Although it is titled “I Am Bold”, the song encompasses other powerful self-affirmations such as having the power to create change. “I Am Bold” as the first single from the album will be released on June 5, 2018.
Are there any exciting collaborations on the cards that audiences can look forward to?
Yes, there are a couple of collaborations with other artists. I also did a cover of one of Beyoncé’s songs. However, everyone would have to wait until the album drops so as not to ruin the element of surprise. My version of Beyoncé’s original will be a unique and pleasant surprise on the album.
In what ways has your approach to creativity and performance changed or evolved over time?
J: When I first started making music, I tried to put myself in a box and label myself as R&B because I felt I had to belong in that category. However, over time I have learned to take a “best of both worlds” approach to my music being that I am both a Nigerian and an American. You will see and hear these influences when I am on stage with my band and in my new album. The traditional African rhythms is present with the modern afro-pop sounds, mixed with soul and other contemporary genres. The beauty of my current approach is that I get do a fusion of different types of music and it still falls under the one category of World music.
How important is live performance for you as an artist, and what can audiences expect from a live show?
J: Live performances are at the heart of everything I do as an artist because I began performing live long before I started writing songs. This is one of the reasons why I decided to record the album with all live instruments. When audiences come to my live show, they can expect to see an engaging and entertaining representation of the songs on my new album and songs from prior releases.
What are your hopes for the future, and what’s the bigger picture?
J: As I mentioned earlier, this is probably the world’s first album dedicated to self-affirmations and it is my hope that it would wow the world when it drops on July 13, 2018. The bigger picture would be to go on a national and international “New Album Tour” so as to bring these very powerful songs live to as many people as possible.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
J: Yes, I am shooting a video diary of this journey and on June 5, 2018 I am going to launch a weekly YouTube Vlog about the making of the album. I will upload a new episode every Tuesday and it will let viewers in on the behind the scenes and the creative process of the Self Affirmation Project. I would like to use this opportunity to invite everyone to come along this life changing adventure with me by subscribing to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/janeliaAKAjaneliasoul.
Yoko Purp goes for a defiant visceral style with the hypnotic flow of his self-titled effort. Lyrics have a playful quality to them while Yoko Purp opts for observations on life, the ups and downs that filter into relationships. Over the course of the collection Yoko Purp embraces a hazy, late-night vibe throughout every time. Songs perfectly work together to create something that feels so real. Production further emphasizes this mysterious aura, with nimble beats and haunting melodies that define the entirety of it all. Attention to detail means that the hazy, dazed spirit works wonders.
An IDM-inspired neon-hued melody introduces everything with “Money Stretch”. With a swagger of sorts, the piece unfurls with the utmost of grace. Yoko Purp’s flow feels fresh, full of tremendous insight. Gentler with its tone “Upset” has a contemplative quality to it, as the whole piece builds up every so quietly, as the multifaceted approach adds to its reassuring atmosphere. Minimalism rests at the heart of “Pull Up” where Yoko Purp’s lyricism has a commanding presence to it. Bass rumbles leads the way on the intensity of “Spazz” with glistening melodies intermingling to create an ornate structure. Perfectly bringing everything to a close “Cash” goes for a reflective quality of sorts.
Throughout the entirety of his self-titled effort, Yoko Purp goes for a shadowy presence, one that rejects the light for something less obvious, something that is reflected within his clever lyricism as well.
Italian New Yorker from Rochester, Trippy, folksy rap and sometimes just folksy/alternative music.