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Sunrise

Today we have a video from the talented Designer Flow as he releases his new single “sunrise” off his recent EP “six piece spicy”. Designer speaks on the struggles of everyday life and how he looks past the daily distractions while striving to see the sunrise. Explaining the difficulty of staying focused on your mission with traps and pitfalls of the streets all around. This track has a heavy 808 and trap production accented with airy melodic vocals creating a futuristic trap  sound that is quiet refreshing. Make sure you check out “sunrise” below and as always…

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Alchemy

Today’s post come from an uplifting soul from Jersey who goes by the name of Kev Décor. This musical magician dispenses golden vibrations as he speaks on the power of alchemy: the power to change lead into gold, or the discipline to shift energy and emotions. Using a sample of Will Smith from the movie Pursuit of Happiness which encourages the listener to protect their dream, and seek new light. Kev explains the hardships of growing up and how he turned his struggle into success. Reminding all of us that we are all a part of the universe and  we are all connected even If on the outside we differ. Motivating listeners to see pass the earthly distractions we face daily and to remain focused on our goals and dreams. Make sure you give Kev a listen below and as always…

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When It Rain

Today we bring you a new visual from Danny Brown who has been on and off the scene since 2014. He returns with his new project this summer, working closely with Mixed by Ali and others, Danny Brown releases a visual for his  singe off the project called ‘when it rain’. Danny speaks about everyday life and struggles in Detroit over an up-tempo celebratory instrumental. Which creates a unique aesthetic, mixing the harsh lyrics of reality over a dance tune.  Creating a fun and energetic feeling while touching on the social injustices of the world, similar to feeding medicine through candy. Make sure you rock out to Danny’s new sound below and pay close attention to the message and as always

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Groovy

Schoolboy Q has returned with a grainy, dark new video and single, establishing the alter ego character “Groovy Tony” and setting the tone for his untitled follow up to 2014’s Oxymoron. Q mentions his west coast, rap roots while instituting a frightening, Sin City-esque universe where “Groovy Tony” is king. Roaming the remains of dead bodies and shooting off a gun accompanied by a female who helps him destroy evidence and run off with bags filled with cash. It’s been a while since Schoolboy has dropped a project and we are excited to hear more and follow his new artist endeavors. Click the link below to hear and see the latest from Q and as always.

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LINK UP

When you hear “link up” by Anderson Paak and Knxwledge one can’t help but think of this R&B jam as a funky version of elevator music. “Link up” takes the funk template pioneered by musical genius groups like Parliament, Funkadelic, The Ohio Players and the Gap Band and creates their own sound. Anderson Paak’s scratchy, mannered soul vocals is showcased effectively throughout the song and Knxwledge’s production connects a sequence of choral backing with heavy-foot, drum-bass thump to form an adhesive backdrop for Paak’s  antics. Stream the video and song below and as always…

 

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What’s Beef

The legendary Notorious B.I.G posed the question what’s beef, describing the differences between frivolous rap beef, which is resolved with a diss record or a battle, and real life beef which is “when you need two gats to go to sleep”. Biggie would know this best, being that beef led to his and Tupac Shakur’s untimely death in the late 90’s. Which makes you wonder what mere words can lead to a disagreement going from music to life and death. Recently, indie mastermind Joey Bada$$ released a single called “Ready”, where he boasts about his album sales as well as throwing shots at Troy Ave claiming his Pro Era crew mate Kirk Knight sold more than Troy Ave. Joey proclaims himself as the number one independent hip–hop artist in the country, and he has the numbers to back it up. Based on the sales of his debut album B.4.DA.$$, he moved  60k his first week. While Troy Ave, debut LP Major Without a Deal sold less than 5k units its first week. Troy feeling some type of way replied with a subliminal tweet calling Bada$$ a “fake independent” because of his distribution deal with Sony Red (which doesn’t change that he’s still an independent artist, by definition). This whole beef seemed petty with two artist disputing about album sales. Joey claimed the two emcees patched up their differences and had mutual respect for each other in a Hot 97 interview. Since they allegedly made amends, it seems Troy Ave’s feelings were clearly hurt by Bada$$ comments on his single “Ready”. So hurt in fact, that he quickly responded with a four minute long diss track. Troy spends most of the track claiming nobody cares about Joey’s indie success since he doesn’t get radio airplay, but he takes the reignited beef to a whole new unnecessary level disrespecting the late and great Capital Steez. Wishing that he burned in hell, and clowning Steez for committing suicide. Putting this beef on a whole new echelon of sensitivity, sounding like a sore loser throwing a tempter tantrum, shouting the most ignorant words he can think, just because he got called out on the truth. Statistically Joey is more successful than Troy, the sales and sold-out shows speak for themselves. It’s one thing to start a beef with a fellow artist it’s another to attack a dead man who can’t defend himself. Creating some of the most offensive bars ever spat on a diss track: this is up there with Pac threatening Biggie’s life or Jay-Z explaining how he banged the mother of Nas’ child in her backseat. Name-calling, dissing significant others, and even death threats is one thing: but dissing an enemy’s deceased homie is a no-no in hip hop. To hear the songs click the link below and as always

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Trap Tears

Raury, a musical prophet for the youth has received much praise and recognition in the music industry with his constructive content and positive vibes, which hasn’t particularly translated into album sales. Nonetheless Raury pushes forward and continues to build his buzz by throwing his own music festivals (raurfest), embarking in his own clothing line and touring the country. Touching the heart and soul of his fans, using frequencies to enlighten his audience becoming the spokesperson for the millennia’s and indigo’s of the new age as well as connecting with old school hippie’s. With a style that can be compared to Andre 3000 and Jimi Hendrix it’s not hard to see why. Raury brings us a visual for his latest song “Trap Tears” an collaboration with fellow Atlanta native Key! Explaining the trap lifestyle with an alternative perspective, blending melodies form an acoustic guitar he creates a folk trap sound that’s unique and different. Transcending genres and race Raury focuses on the struggles of living in poverty and the traps most fall into. To stream the video click the link below and as always….

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HIGHER

 

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Remy Banks, a charismatic 26-year-old rapper from Queens outlines his entire life story with his recent 11 track project “Higher”. Raised in the hip hop Mecca, Remy focuses on changing the current state of rap in the big apple by resurrecting original hip hop sound and soul. Not trying to be cool or fit in but rather just be himself and trust his uniqueness will carve its own lane.  Remy’s organic effortless style creates a smooth, laid back feel that you would hear being played at your neighborhood barbecue in the summertime. Calling on producers like  Black Noi$e, King Krule, Left Brain, and artist Syd The Kyd, D.R.A.M., and Hak,  collectively they add their ingredients and spices to cook up this classic material. Remy casually separates himself from the crowd by not limiting his music into a specific box and following the age-old theory of keeping quiet and allowing the work to speak. “Higher” inspires others to be themselves and be products of their environment, encouraging listeners to talk about what they know and embrace the lessons learned growing up as well as encouraging his audience to find their own voice and not be afraid to express what you are going through because your peers or society thinks it’s not cool. Combating the evils of everyday life with the power of individuality and self love.  To hear Remy’s  “Higher” EP stream the video below and as always…

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ABRAKADABRA

Atlanta-bred beauty takes her music into her own hands: she writes, sings and even is a self-taught producer. Abra kicked off her flourishing career by covering popular southern hip hop songs on YouTube. It wasn’t long before Awful Records (Atlanta based label) brought her under their wings. The vocal goddess sound is completely different and refreshing. The sultry singer has combined her love for R&B, house and 90’s pop with an upbeat dance vibe which can be heard on her latest EP, Roses. Abra has not lost her hunger and still writes her own lyrics and creates her own beats, she still records out of her walk in closet that’s in her parents’ house. She may not have the bells and whistle of a professional studio which creates a competent polished sound, but it’s original. Abra’s music tends to favor low bass lines and distortions, which pair well with her high-pitched, slightly edgy voice. Each song deals with real life situations we all can relate to, clarifying topics about friendships and break-ups, to mistakes and lessons learned from personal experiences. Since embarking in the music scene Abra has released two mix tapes: “BLQ Velvet” in January of last year, and “Rose” five months after. Below is her latest 12-track project “ROSE” press play and get lost inside her world. And as always…

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