Nigeria-born, New Jersey-based rapper DanO delivers a brand-new banger, “Blue Flame,” that’s bursting with quotables, raw lyricism, and stellar production from TyCo Beats.
Known for his well received Verses & Hooks series, the Lagos, Nigeria native has made a name for himself with beyond-impressive bars that blend storytelling and braggadocio. He also has a strong ear for production, because the work TyCo does on “Blue Flame” effectively evokes the bluesy-funk spirit felt within the verses.
DanO may be talking his sh*t throughout his latest track, but there’s a rawness to his approach that brings depth and reality to his rhymes. His feelings of being motivated to take his art to the next level is palpable, and you can sense how he makes otherwise-difficult raps sound so effortless, like: “Kickin’ wack to the curb/ Don’t wanna hear that nonsense/ All I do is mess with dimes/ Fuck I’m-a do with nine cents?” There’s a lot to unpack in those rhymes alone, so don’t be surprised if you keep “Blue Flame” on repeat as you decipher every line.
“Blue Flame” is available now through all major digital outlets and streaming platforms via Straight Clutch Entertainment.
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Nostalgia '93 is the first of six singles in a project entilted the 'Mack Summer Playlist'. Accompanying each single is a color coded instagram photo/poetry series, in which each song title is the summation of each poem. Nostalgia '93 specifically is a celebration of the beauty within the ugly through the lenses of Nostalgia.
This is a track off Fevra’s debut LP "Villanova Junction" released on the Singapore based label Darker Than Wax.
All vocals written and performed by Joon Jukx.
Produced, mixed & mastered by Fevra.
Queens’ own Bobby J From Rockaway cooked up a new banger with producer Statik Selektah on the keys-heavy “Walter White,” a lyrically rich single paying homage to one of TV’s best anti-heroes.
Beyond the clever wordplay and cultural references, what’s most impressive about Bobby’s raps on here is how he pulls in the listener and walks atop Statik’s keys and drums with such a low-key confidence. His bars are sharp throughout his verses, but it’s the way in which he spits them and ramps up his delivery that makes “Walter White” feel so raw.
The track is a follow-up to his August single “Hometown,” which was produced by living rap legend, Kwame. Kwame is also now the head of Make Noise, a boutique record label that, among other projects, is releasing Bobby’s music. The two have been working closely in the studio for years now, so be on the lookout for more from them in the coming months.
“Walter White” is available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Make Noise. Be on the lookout for the visuals dropping soon!
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AWAR is a stalwart soldier of this subculture that was born in the Bronx 45 years ago. Since he arrived on the scene with his underrated debut Glory Days in 2005, this devotee of the drum loop has shown unflinching dedication to fly lyricism and sample-based beats. And you want to talk about prolific? Between 2008-2014 he dropped two EPs, two joint albums (one with Vanderslice and one with iCON), as well as his lauded sophomore Laws of Nature.
AWAR is part of a tight knit faction committed to leading New York Hip-Hop back to dominance. If you’re not familiar with his name, just know he has rapped with the best of them — including Roc Marciano, Evidence, and Freddie Gibbs — and has more than held his own.
Today, AWAR delivers the lead single from his upcoming album, "Spoils of War." The track is titled, “Bricks Like ’86” produced by Vanderslice featuring 2/3 of The Lox, Styles P. and Jadakiss. The single is now available for streaming on all platforms, and is also available on a coke white 7" featuring a non-album cut titled, "The 87 Getback" on the B-Side that is also produced by Vanderslice. It should be obvious from the titles, these companion tracks are a throwback to the Coke era, when the rise of crack first made millionaires out of street hustlers.
AWAR's album, "Spoils of War" is scheduled to release October 26, 2018.
Stream "Bricks Like 86 (feat. Styles P & Jadakiss)" here: http://smarturl.it/brickslike86
Purchase the 7" Vinyl here: https://awar.bandcamp.com
Video is lowkey lit. It’s so much going on in this video. It feels like you are watching a movie. It;s so many artist on here, it’s hard to name. Make sure you watch this action packed video for “Ring” below.
Hailing from Birmingham, 23 year-old poet/rapper/humanitarian Marlenà Taylor draws on the power of story-telling and poetry through hip hop, and channels these forces to create a refreshing and personal take on the genre. Earlier this year Marlená took a leap of faith by stepping into a recording studio for the first time, and acting upon her burning passion for music she recorded her debut single ‘Wats Luv’.
Featuring a vocal hook reminiscent of 90s RnB era from vocalist Dee’John, Wats Luv showcases her honest approach to music making and depicts the ups and downs of the relationship in question. She explains:
“Wats Luv is a very personal song after I decided to call it quits. I feel as women, we tolerate a lot but at the end of it all every women have their breaking points and Wats Luv was my breaking point”
Bridging the gap between poetry and Hip Hop, Marlenà priorities artistic integrity over anything else and looks to use her voice to fearlessly inspire and motivate the next generation, explaining:
“Having the freedom of self expression and being able to connect with people through stories is powerful - I don’t want to make music for the moment - I feel it’s my responsibility to not conform to the demands of the world, but to the demands of the people. I feel like my mission on earth is to create music with a message”
With “No Time to Waste”, R.O.E. embraces the struggle in the process, replaying moments of sacrifice while building the dream one desires to make a reality. For artists and others on the come up, the relationship to time and accomplishments can be challenging but R.O.E. reminds us all that the effort is worth the struggle. It’s beautiful to witness the product of the hard work and to know that all the time spent and all the sacrifices have purpose. We’re reminded we can’t stop pushing regardless of the adversity because we all have a mission to accomplish both personally and for the sake of those who look to us for guidance.
“No Time to Waste” is motivation to push through life understanding your purpose, realizing your gifts are going to make room for you. On top of that, the soft spine 90s hip-hop reminiscent track sets the perfect tone to make this sort of rap message conversational. A deep bass carrying the melody matched with some soft piano tones follow the wordplay eloquently, making this an easy going tune to replay in any setting. It’d be silly to spend time worrying about why not the enjoy this message and music, when time is our greatest competitor.
Atlanta artist A!M is making sure he keeps it real. He will never forget about the ones that held him down. So he releases a new banger called "Day One". Makes you think about the ones you call friends. A!M wastes no time on this one. Gets straight to the point. Make sure you do not overlook this one.
In 20 Shots, Tota touches on the recent police involved shooting of a man named Stephon Clark in Sacramento California. Stephon was shot at 20 times while running away from the officers. 20 shots delve into the systemic oppression that people of color face every single day in America.
On the album’s first single, “Boblo Boat,” Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America
NJ's Epoch Failure have debuted their latest single, the bold and fervent "They Ain't Talkin' Now." Recorded in Nashville with Tommee Profitt (producer/composer for Capitol’s #1 Billboard rapper, NF), the song is an anthem about overcoming adversity and rising up in the face of all the doubters and haters. As such, this track is more than just a song, it’s a personal sonic portrait. ESPN got behind the message and the beats early, as they featured the song all last month on their First Take sports talk series.
"This song is a battle cry," says singer Billy Joe Marrero. "It’s letting the world know that you’ve been down at the bottom and through the pits, with people waiting for you to fail. But instead of letting all that break you, it’s what fuels the fire and helps you become the most badass version of yourself that you can. And, in the end, you come out a winner."
This song isn't Epoch Failure's first introduction to the sports world, as their debut single " Champion " was used in the 2016 & 2017 Super Bowls and has also been licensed by The NFL Network, Fox Sports, NASCAR, WWE, NBC Sports, and many sports teams. Capitalizing on that success, their second single was a reinvention of Bon Jovi's " Livin' on a Prayer ” that reached the Top 10 on Spotify's Viral 50 USA chart. The reimagining even garnered the attention of Jon Bon Jovi himself who shared the track across all the band’s online platforms"
A song dedicated to Women Appreciation. Tune in below!
South London Hip-Hop artist, AKS, teams up with the soulful songbird, Obenewa (Huxley, Walter Ego), for the soul-stirring new single, “Real Deal” taken from his critically acclaimed sophomore EP, Train of Thought, which earned the rapper two nominations at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards and has been supported by BBC 1xtra, The Source, Earmilk, DJ Booth and Radar Radio amongst others.
Produced by frequent collaborator DemDrums (PartyNextDoor, EA Games, Joe Grind), Real Deal paints a vivid image of AKS’ thoughts on the landscape of music and his longing for honesty and authenticity from his artistic counterparts. Rapping eloquently over a medley of melancholy keys and muted saxophone riffs, the track infuses a modern day bounce with the traditional Jazz, oozing soul in a way that is fast becoming a hallmark for the South London native.
Obenewa’s beautifully lush vocals on the chorus really caps off this passionate track as she softly interprets AKS’ penmanship and the main theme of the song.
“You know our lights don’t stop here? No! They’ll shine far beyond our years will / And though fantasies appeal…it’s better when it’s real!”
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In promotion of the Tokyo-based beatsmith’s compilation LP, Cruising, the burgeoning producer is pleased to share, “Quiet Storm.” The soothing track showcases KLK’s knack for layering sounds, blending jazzy instrumentation with well suited percussion, all while delegating the appropriate guest features to complement his style. Setting off the track we find singer/songwriter Danny “SkyHigh” McClain delivering a soulful hook, while Regal comes through with the bars. Both ATL by way of Boston artists are just two of the talented guests to shine on Cruising, which also includes guest features from the likes of Skyzoo, Termanology, REKS, Edo. G and more. The 12 track LP is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms , courtesy of Beantown Bullies Music.