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INsiders Guide: HoodTrophy Bino, TIA LEE, Coline Creuzot, ICECOLDBISHOP, A.R. Rahman, Scott Vlassis, Leon Thomas, Bluphoria, MIKE DIMES, Tony Romera…

Los Angeles based rapper HoodTrophy Bino (Tadashi Sayres) creates empowering music about overcoming hardships and leveling up in life. Raised by a single mother in a house with fourteen brothers and sisters under one roof in Palmdale, California and later the crime ridden projects of South Central LA,  HoodTrophy Bino  (“Bino”) succumbed to the gang life that surrounded him. Finding an important outlet in music when violence surrounded him, Bino began rapping himself – first being exposed to freestyle through his older brother.

Due to gang involvement and a father serving a life-sentence in San Quentin, Bino began repeating a doomed path that found him circulating in and out of jail. During one of his short stints, he met Soulja Boy who was also serving time. The two developed a friendship after Bino wrote him a letter and gave him a bag of Hot Cheetos. Shortly after his release from jail, Big Draco reached out and signed Bino to his S.O.D.M.G. (Stacks on Deck Money Gang) label having been impressed by his determination and musical talent.  Venturing into the studio soon after, they recorded their first song “Racing In Traffic” in 2021.

Bino’s music discusses his life and what he’s been through; from hard-hitting bangers like “Thuggin” to melodic, soulful ballads, like “Project Baby.” Bino’s single “Dripped in Designer” was released in 2021 featuring Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em. It’s a muted, melancholy rap saga celebrating luxurious dreams of distant islands and designer drip. “Most Wanted” is a potent powerhouse that shows off Bino’s quick-witted flow and upbeat tempo. The respect and love Bino has received from music has given him hope and encouraged him to show a better life to his young children.

Released earlier this year, “Project Baby” is HoodTrophy Bino’s raw, reflective look at his past growing up in the projects. It’s an empowered retelling of his own struggles meant to uplift people that have faced similar obstacles to Bino and show them there is hope for a better future.

Bino’s upcoming single, “Wake Em Up” featuring acclaimed female rapper K Shiday, delivers a powerful message about staying present in the moment and engaged in life. After experiencing the loss of his family members, Bino used this philosophy to help heal himself and hopes to encourage others to do the same. With a hard hitting flow full of fervor over decadent club worthy beats, “Wake Em Up” is a fierce and cathartic anthem about leveling up, finding your higher purpose in life, and living in greatness.

By reducing his sentence from 13 years to a 7 year joint suspension for good behavior,  HoodTrophy Bino is a standout example of someone who has overcome insurmountable obstacles, escaped gang life, and created a better future for himself and his family. Today, he is an advocate for gang members who grow up in the hood and witness death every other day with seemingly no way out. Developing his own PTSD, anxiety, and depression, Bino knows many young people are overlooked without an outlet for therapy or a way to express themselves.HoodTrophy Bino has opened for Soulja Boy, Tee Grizzley, Bow Wow, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Omarion, Flo Malcom, Skinnyfromthe9, YN Jay, and Ohgeesy.  With an upcoming nationwide Back to School Tour with rising  Asian American artist  Star2 and a new album on the horizon, HoodTrophy Bino is a prolific rapper and motivator for his generation. “I’m not here because I’m the best, I’m here because they tried to break me and they couldn’t.”

C-Pop Sensation, Tia Lee, releases the new single ‘Goodbye Princess’ today, garnering over 1M views within 10 hours of its release. As the first ever Chinese song produced by Grammy-Award Winning producer, Swizz Beatz [Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z], ‘Goodbye Princess’ is about reinvention. In addition, the ‘Goodbye Princess’ music video has been produced by Actual Objects, who create films and stills combining virtual characters and scenes that are favored by fashion brands and celebrities such as Travis Scott, Trippie Redd, Madison Beer, Nike, The North Face and more.

The overall message behind ‘Goodbye Princess’ was inspired by the artist Tia Lee, who is emerging as an empowered entertainer, having conquered her fears. It’s about not breaking with the past, but rather viewing memories in a new light, and using the past as foundation to build the future on. The imagery within the music video illustrates Tia Lee’s struggle and eventual breakthrough to where she is today. Tia Lee chose to team up with the legendary Swizz Beatz due to his signature sound: brash instrumentals and futuristic beats layered with what’s become his ‘sound mark’: clever, catchy sound-over’s on a track.

Hailing from the Lone Star state of Texas, born and raised in Houston, Coline Creuzot, a singer/songwriter has an astonishing voice. Coline fell in love with the arts at a young age and always knew she was destined for greatness. If it isn’t her dynamic personality or her creative drive, Coline’s angelic voice and her passion for music is captivating. Coline started off performing at local competitions and continued to write and sing throughout her high school and college career.

Coline is not only an incredible voice, but also a scholar. After the singer/songwriter turned boss woman completed her undergraduate degree in Business Management at Hampton University, she decided to move back to Houston to pursue music full time. During this time and while experiencing the growing pains of life, detailed in many of her autobiographical songs, Coline was introduced to Happy Perez, a fellow Houstonian and producer who has worked with Miguel, Mariah Carey and Frank Ocean to name a few. They collaborated on a song called, ‘Give and Take’, that went on to become an immediate hit. ‘Give and Take’ climbed all the way to number 1 on the Houston Radio Charts. The success of the song granted Coline opportunities to open for some amazing artists such as Drake, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tank to name a few. She later attracted a publishing deal with EMI (now Sony ATV).

Coline continued to grow as an artist and writer expanding her portfolio. Named “an artist at the forefront” by Ebony Magazine, in 2016 Coline’s single ‘Truth Is’ peaked at number 24 on Billboard’s Urban A/C charts. Coline’s music has been recognized by several blogs and magazines such as Vibe Magazine, Pynk Magazine and Singersroom, critics praised her for her writing ability and solid resume working with some of H-Town’s hottest artists such as Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Z-Ro and Paul Wall.

Coline made the jump to Los Angeles to pursue her artistry full time. Known for her strong soulful pipes and lyrical storytelling, Coline pays homage to old-school R&B with a relevant swagger which she showcased in 2017 at the Essence Festival debuting on the “For the Love of R&B” stage. Coline re-released “Truth Is” with a feature from the diamond princess Trina October 2019. Most recently Coline opened for Keyshia Cole, Tank, and K Michelle at the Arena Theater in Houston. On January 10th 2020, Coline released her latest single titled “You Tried It”, which peaked at #19 on the Urban AC Billboard Charts and remained on the charts for several weeks. Early 2020 Coline signed with BH Talent agency expanding opportunities with acting, fashion and beauty partnerships. In 2021 Coline released several singles and the. an album entitled “Unplugged” with live stripped-down versions of her most popular songs.

Coline released “Sometimes” in 2021, co-written by Sam Hook and produced by Happy Perez, followed by her Billboard charting single “For Love” released in Summer 2022. “That Feeling” is Creuzot’s newest single, produced by three time Grammy Award winning producer Troy Taylor and multi-platinum producer G Sparkz.

Rising Los Angeles rapper ICECOLDBISHOP shares a new single and music video entitled “THE GOV’T GAVE US GUNS” today via Epic Records. The single is an impassioned statement and personal account of the consequences of our culture’s obsession with guns and the violence that ensues, informed directly by Bishop’s own experience growing up in Carson, CA. Listen to “THE GOV’T GAVE US GUNS” HERE and watch the music video HERE

Known for crisp stories of life growing up on the streets of LA and an enigmatic vocal delivery all his own, ICECOLDBISHOP has carved out a lane for himself to become one of the West Coast’s most vital young voices after first emerging with his debut single “Porch.” In the time since, BISHOP has demanded attention with early tracks like “IRATE” which he performed live on COLORS, as well as collaborating with like-minded peers like Boldy James and the Alchemist, Kenny Beats, Rico Nasty and Slowthai, Kembe X, Ab-Soul, AG Club, and Mick Jenkins. Breaking onto the scene as a singular voice in LA rap, ICECOLDBISHOP is now on the eve of a breakout year with his debut for Epic Records set to be released in 2023.

Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman announces the release of “What’s On A Man’s Mind,” a song he wrote for the soundtrack of his directorial debut, Le Musk, an immersive 37-minute cinematic sensory experience that Rahman conceived, scored and directed. The song is a bluesy, orchestral track featuring vocals by Le Musk star and award-winning French actress, Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle), accompanied by Rahman on accordion and The Budapest Orchestra. “What’s On A Man’s Mind” provides listeners with an intriguing aural preview of Le Musk. The Le Musk soundtrack is scheduled to be released in December 2022 on BMG UK.

Rahman co-wrote the track with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter/composer Rianjali Bhowmick, who has also collaborated and performed with U2, Bishop Briggs, Shawn Mendes, Raja Kumari among other major artists. The track was recorded in Paris, France and mixed in Los Angeles by famed Capitol Records recording engineer, Greg Penny (Elton John and k.d. lang). 

London based R&B and Pop singer Scott Vlassis continues to bring the ‘new old school’ to audiences with his new release ‘Never Wanna Let You Go’.

Scott draws from his love of 80’s music to create a fresh soul-filled moment with ‘Never Wanna Let You Go’. Listeners can expect classic Scott – nothing but warm, retro-infused vibes filled with melodic singing and his exhilarating synth-pop style to give it that unique modern twist.

Scott has continued to make waves since the release of his breakout hit ‘Golden’ which was picked up by TikTok/OTV/KISSFM dancing sensations, Diversity. ‘Golden’ was an instant hit, catapulting Scott into the spotlight, and now has over 1 million streams. 

Scott has been busy working out of some of the world’s best studios and is now sitting on a vault of 60+ monster records with a commitment to make 2023 his year. 

He continues to grow as an artist and is committed to sharing his passion for music, boldly exposing his authentic self and bringing fans into his world from the first to the last note of every song he writes and records.

All his music videos stem from his own creative input and reflect his multifaceted talent, aesthetic and sensitivity as an artist. ‘Never Wanna Let You Go’ is a beautiful visual shot in the Italian island of Sicily and was shot by Simon Stolland (Krept & Konan, D Block Europe, Dave, D Double E, Dizzee Rascal, Mahlia)

Never Wanna Let You Go is an absolute mood…

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Leon Thomas releases a new, soul-stirring single entitled “Breaking Point” via EZMY Records/Motown Records. Stream “Breaking Point” HERE.

Co-written by Leon and produced by Don Mills (J. Cole, Giveon) and Coleman“Breaking Point” details Leon’s realization that love isn’t always enough to sustain a relationship. Speaking on the meaning behind the song, he shares, “When we’re at a crossroads, it’s important to have the courage to follow the path that needs to be taken despite the flood of conflicting emotions. Love is fragile, and sometimes nourishing a relationship is the toughest challenge.”

EDGEOUT Records artist Bluphoria are wrapping up 2022 with “When The Snow Falls” an original holiday-themed song written by the band earlier this this year. “’When the Snow Falls’ was an idea I had been thinking about for a while,” says Reign LaFreniere. “I am a fan of Christmas music and I didn’t want to just chuck another cover song out there. As you can probably tell we were having some fun with it!” The song was recorded at MAP Studios in Portland, OR and follows this year’s releases “Walk Through Fire” and “Set Me Up” with more music and their debut full length album due out in 2023.

Capping off a breakout year, rising critically acclaimed San Antonio, TX rapper Mike Dimes reveals a new single and music video entitled “FLEEK”. Listen to “FLEEK” HERE and watch the music video HERE.

On the track, a threatening synth loop pulsates underneath an anxiously taut beat as Mike locks into an airtight flow. It builds towards a pummeling proclamation on the hook, “No cap, no lie, I can’t be with them guys.” The accompanying visual opens with a shot of Mike as he emerges from a tent in a haze of smoke. He proceeds to cruise in a golf cart as he simultaneously raps. The story takes a turn as night falls, and a bus beckons him and a group of friends to “Camp Billy.” With a cliffhanger ending, the moment has all the makings of an eighties slasher flick setup, but we’ll find out soon!

It lands in the wake of “247.” The latter has already generated 1.2 million Spotify streams and 425K YouTube views on the music video. Right out of the gate with critical acclaim from Consequence of Sound as well as  HotNewHipHop who proclaimed, Mike Dimes is commanding attention, this time with his new single ‘247’.”

French house tastemaker Tony Romera returned to Monstercat today with ‘Introspection (Remixes),’ a thirteen-track remix package of his celebrated debut album.  Paying homage to his heritage and signature house stylings, Tony sourced a roster of French producers and friends to deliver their fresh takes on the original records, including fan-favourite hits like “MS69” and “Boogie.” Vladimir Cauchemar makes his mark on “Party On My Own (feat. Max Wassen),” with a groovy deep house spin while listeners get a taste of burgeoning producer Gaba on his remake of “I’ll Love U,” as he infuses a moody layer of deep snares and addictive claps echoing across mesmerizing synthwork. Spanning Euro disco beats to funky basslines, additional French artists on the package include Kohmi, Mosimann, Badjokes, and more. 

Tony Romera shares, “I’m really happy to release this remix pack, it’s full of incredible remixes from my friends. I wanted a bunch of sick French producers for this pack because the original album is all about my influences and French touch in general, so it was natural for me to show the world how talented French producers are. Super happy to have Joey Valence & Brae on “MS69,” they’re killing it in the US right now. They just released a collab with Logic so I’m so glad to have them on this song, which was my show intro for almost 3 years. I cannot speak about this without mentioning Joey who came to perform the song with me at a frat party I was playing at in Penn State College, haha. I hope people will love this remix pack as much as I love every one of the guys in the pack!”

Michael Eddy is a quadruple threat. As an accomplished singer, actor, multi-instrumentalist and dancer, the young Los Angeles based teen has a knack for storytelling and performance. Influenced by the likes of musical powerhouses including The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more, Michael Eddy creates his own unique and modern sound by effortlessly blending rock, pop and country for a captivating listen. 

For his debut single, Eddy teamed up with acclaimed producer Michael Orland (American Idol), who has been a pivotal mentor in his musical journey. Entitled “small towns”, the song is a lighthearted anthemic pop meets country track about optimistically embarking on new horizons and seeking out new experiences. Inspired by his own creative and personal growth, Michael Eddy reminds us all that we are constantly evolving and changing, and with “small towns” he encourages listeners to embrace their future while paying homage to their roots. Featuring an infectious sing-a-long worthy chorus over warm acoustic guitars and emotive vocals, “small towns” is a refreshing cross-genre musical debut.

As a proud member of SAG and a national hip hop champion, the actor, singer-songwriter and performer brings a unique perspective and talent to the music industry. An advocate for kindness and inclusion, Michael Eddy has a deep connection and love for family and community and uses his music as another avenue to inspire positive change.“My parents raised me to put kindness above all else. Family is very important to me and my late grandma was a big part of who I am today. I’ve always been taught to help people and I’m an advocate and supporter of all students being treated with kindness and respect no matter their learning ability. I would hope that my music would inspire someone to smile and also put them in a good mood. And maybe dance a little,” he confides. With more music in the works, Michael Eddy is a creative force to be reckoned with. “small towns” is out now worldwide.

“Sex in the Porsche,” is the second single from Diddy’s long awaited new album under his LOVE RECORDS imprint, in partnership with Motown Records, and follows the success of his number one hit “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller. Written by PARTYNEXTDOOR and, DIDDY and produced by Nyan and DIDDY, the song paves the way for more music to come, with his new album due out early next year.  

The visualizer, creative direction by Lauriann Gibson stars rapper and model Rubi Rose, is a powerful celebration of female empowerment – a beautiful sensual dance that is an intoxicating teaser to the single.

Sean “Diddy” Combs soared to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop media base Airplay chart with his hit song “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller making this his first number one hit for LOVE RECORDS. With Gotta Move On hitting number 1, this marks 11 number 1 hits total for Combs. The track has amassed 95.8+million streams and the official video directed by Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor has more than 13 million views on YouTube. 

Montreal-based singer and songwriter Annabel Gutherz is closing out the year with the music video for her latest single “Interstellar.”

Directed by Dany Foster and produced by Sean Dubé, the “Interstellar” music video is a galactic visual wonderland. The video, which stars Annabel against a backdrop of lights, stars and planets, pulls inspiration from the opening scene of Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 film, ‘Contact.’

We wanted the video to feel anchored in reality yet galactic to best depict the lyrical throughline and melodic sentiments, a challenging dichotomy that Dany and Sean managed to capture with ease,” Annabel says. “This was my first full-scope music video, and to be on set with such a talented crew of cinematographic experts for a song I wrote in my bedroom was surreal.”

buzzing Decatur, GA artist Shawty Slime unveils a brand new single, “Thank Yakree” with a boastful accompanying video that premiered earlier today via BET Jams. Watch HERE.

From the jump, “Thank Yakree” introduces Shawty Slime as an outlier. His flow proves both unconventional and undeniable as it winds around the thick beat. In one breath, he locks into a magnetic melody only to cut through the next moment with intense spirit. The track’s nimble rhyme patterns and hypnotic hook illuminate the dynamics at the heart of his approach. At his very core, Shawty Slime leads with introspection as he dives deep into his journey of setbacks that serendipitously allowed him to be stronger than ever.

With over 700 million streams globally, American-born Canadian singer-songwriter-producer Derik Baker — aka Virginia To Vegas — is best known for his indie-pop choruses and sticky electronic melodies. A truly independent artist with a clear vision of what he wants sonically, visually and emotionally, Baker has gained much-deserved critical acclaim including four SOCAN awards, JUNO Award nomination, INDIE Award, MMVA nomination, and Canadian Radio Music Award. He also has 4x Platinum singles and six Top 10 Radio Singles.

“Sippin” by Antion Scales is a melodic yet lyrical song that encourages the “have fun”, “in the moment” lifestyle that scales consistently dwells in. “Sippin”, as scales puts it, is a song that brings values such as “have fun with the ones you care for” to the forefront. This song touches on a multitude of topics, from enjoying life with lady friends to an emotion-filled second verse that covers how “sippin” can help mask the hurt. Once again Scales strikes with a refreshing and innovative sound to carry his new and old supporters over into 2023.

Subway® has announced its partnership with the CC Foundation for its annual Turkey Drive. As part of Subway’s wider ‘Sub You’ cost-saving campaign, the popular high street sandwich brand is donating £80,000 to the foundation to help towards giving away 7,000 free turkeys to communities in need in 10 drop locations around the UK and Ireland.

Starting on the 20th of December in London, Subway and the CC Foundation will go on to spread festive joy in Birmingham, Cambridge, Sheffield, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow. 

WATCH: CC FOUNDATION x SUBWAY #CCTURKEY2022

During the Turkey Drive events in London, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow, Subway will also be handing out a total of 1,200 festive cards with a promo code inside for a free Footlong Sub, redeemable via the Subway App.

Fresh off tour with international superstars Central Cee and AJ Tracey, fast-rising Australian prodigy DAY1 enlists UK favourite JAY1 and fellow rap talents Gambino La MG and Kahukx for the remix of “MBAPPÉ” – via Warner AUS.

Boasting a swaggering beat and unrelenting energy, DAY1 displays his multi-linguistic ability across the addictive soundscape, merging his mixed Maori and Australian heritage in a confident, sleek style of contemporary rap. Seamlessly blending with Kahukx’s bilingual bars, Gambino La MG’s high-octane flows and JAY1’s signature potent rap prowess to create a scene anthem, further pointing towards an ever-growing relationship between two Australian and UK spaces.

Sitting on 585K dedicated monthly Spotify listeners and well over 76M streams, the young talent is rapidly building a cult following across continents, first debuting his

Platinum-selling record “BOSS”, which lead to key collaborations with international superstars like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Australian favourite Hooligan Hefs.

Following the release of his acclaimed debut EP, ‘georgia got colder,’ Jonah Kagen shares the acoustic video for “georgia.”

A nostalgic ode to his home state, “georgia” lends itself nicely to a stripped-back rendition. “I wanted to write a song that expressed this nostalgia in the form of a love song,” Jonah says. “It might seem like it’s about a past love, which it is in a way, but it’s really about where I grew up.

22-year-old Jonah Kagen grew up in Savannah, Georgia and took up guitar at the age of six, diving deep into the instrument’s technical aspects after his jazz musician grandfather showed him performance videos. He further found inspiration in the music of guitarist Andy McKee, whose finger-style technique lit a creative fire within. “He opened my eyes to what an acoustic guitar could be,” he recalls, as he dove deeper into creating music on his own. “If you can bring somebody something with your music that they can’t get anywhere else, there’s nothing better than that.”

Kicking off another era in one of the most storied partnerships in rap, GRAMMY® Award-nominated hip-hop legend and Cash Money Records Co-Founder and Co-C.E.O. Birdman and multiplatinum rap icon Juvenile return as J.A.G. with a new single entitled “Ali” met with an accompanying cinematic music video today. Get it HERE via Cash Money Records. Watch the official music video HERE.
 
The production fuses cinematic piano to steady 808s. Right out of the gate, Juvenile delivers the chantable and quotable chorus with his signature swagger and soul, “My heart ain’t got no feelings, my career ain’t got no ceilings, I’m the greatest since Muhammad Ali. Birdman stunts on a slick counter verse with the force of a knockout uppercut. Together, they lock into their classic chemistry, and it remains as powerful as ever.
 
Birdman & Juvenile last linked up on their 2019 collaborative album, J.A.G. The latter generated over 20 million total streams and views across platforms and incited unanimous critical applause. Pitchfork christened it “a shockingly strong late-career reunion record, and Billboard summed it up best as “a beginning of a new chapter” and praised Juvenile, “He sounds revitalized.

Making a momentous return, Birdman’s Rich Gang—is officially back with its first new single in five years “Military” featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again & D-ROK today.  Get it HERE via Cash Money Records.
 
GRAMMY® Award-nominated hip-hop legend and Cash Money Records Co-Founder and Co-C.E.O. Birdman reignites the collective he launched in 2022, reuniting multiplatinum Atlanta titans Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan together on “Military. YoungBoy Never Broke Again appears with a head-turning and hypnotic cameo of his own over D-ROK’s guitar-laden production. “Military” pops off with Rich Gang’s signature magnetic melodies. 

Rapid-rising dynamic duo SACRE return with an explosive remix for the electric party anthem “05:00AM JUNGLE CHASE” (jackLNDN Remix).

Taken from their innovative 2020 project LOVE REVOLUTION, Parisian duo (Hawaii and Suki) recruit retro-futuristic London producer jackLNDN for the track’s most progressive remix yet. A techno fused single that melds heavy drumbeats and electronic drum patterns the remix reveals itself as an addictive addition to the already favoured track.

Building tension and release with quick-cut beat drops, Sukil’s distorted vocal melodies effortlessly glide across the chaotic instrumental with unwavering confidence. Dystopian effects and gritty sonics glow front and centre as they continue to cement themselves as flagbearers of modern electronic music across the underground sound sphere.

budding pop superstar Leah Kate releases Alive and Unwell (Deluxe) EP, featuring four new songs including “My Bed.” Get it HERE via 10K Projects/MDDN.

Sounding more confident than ever, the four new songs on the Deluxe continue to cement Leah’s status as an artist who is here to stay. At the forefront is “My Bed,” a modern take on the global hit by Australian icon Kylie Minogue, followed by anthemic pop tracks “But I Lied” and “Gazillionaire” as well as the Sunday Scaries remix of “10 Things I Hate About You.” See the full tracklisting below.

Beyond the new tracks, the EP also includes all the original favorites like Hot All The Time,” which Billboard hailed saying, “get ready for Leah Kate’s ambitious new ballad” and her breakout 10 Things I Hate About You” which has now surpassed 380 million global streams and zoomed into the Top 20 at Pop Radio.

Hailing from Detroit, MI and Dallas, TX, MCs and multi-instrumentalists Bobbi Lanea and Folayan Kunerede met at a music college in Los Angeles, CA. They immediately hit it off and began collaborating with each other, eventually naming their group, Flyana Boss. Folayan and Bobbi create infectious, hip-hop anthems embodying the spirit of fly-ness and boss-ness. They aim to entertain, make you laugh, and always remind you that you are listening to the direct descendants of all the lady bosses that came before them through generations of humanity, from Cleopatra to Harriet Tubman to Michelle Obama to Beyoncé!

Platinum-selling rapper and lyricist J.I. is flourishing as he returns with his newest single and music video “Black Roses” – released via G*Starr Ent.  Amassing over 1.1 billion streams from his previous releases, J.I. ‘s new video uses New York’s intoxicating allure as the perfect backdrop to this Brooklyn anthem. Directed by J.I. and Derek Dreamfilms, the visual premiered via REVOLT.

J.I.  keeps true to his distinct rapping style that flows effortlessly with the up-tempo beat and catchy chorus, paying homage to The Fugees’s classic, “Fu-Gee-La”. J.I exclaims,  “Black roses for me was really a pain ballad. The hook brings back that Lauryn Hill feel, and it blends in perfectly for this record. It’s probably one of my favorite records I’ve made.” His nonchalant approach to each verse highlights how J.I. is unapologetically himself as he gives us a glimpse of that New York attitude, which proves he is one to watch! 

There is an unmistakable feeling of vulnerability when hearing MYKA’s dynamic vocals and self-reflective lyrics. Defined by his experiences in his late teens and early twenties, his tender demeanor is colored through his obvious soul searching, both musically and personally. MYKA’s use of innovative angles and unpredictable direction prove that there is no single genre that can define him. Captivating his audience with his affinity for irresistible melodies and cinematic choruses, the multi-talented artist exudes an energy at live performances that you would have to see to believe.

As a Greensboro, NC native, MYKA started recording music at the early age of thirteen via a makeshift studio at his cousin’s house. By the time he was legal, he had already released three mixtapes and various singles. During his late teen years, his family was constantly moving state-to-state. This allowed MYKA to steep himself into multiple cultures and music scenes, eventually leading to a sharp focus on exactly who and what he wanted to become.

Fast forward to April 2019, MYKA was in Nashville, Tennessee recording his debut EP WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. Artists such as Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, N.E.R.D, MGMT, The XX, and Beach House all helped in influencing his versatile and genre-bending sound. Listeners can feel and hear a heavy contrast of light and dark themes throughout the EP as he touches on depression, heartbreak, uncertainty, ambition, loneliness, loss, and love. Skits incorporated between tracks immerse you into his experiences as if you were there yourself.

As a multi-faceted artist who has made a career for himself with an eclectic mix of genre-defying and catchy compositions, MYKA is currently residing in L.A. where he continues to push his sound and style.

93FEETOFSMOKE is a singer-songwriter/producer from Virginia and based in LA who has been making a lot of noise in the emo-rap scene for the past few years. Since 2015 he’s racked up over 100M streams across his catalog as an independent artist and has gained a very loyal fanbase. He released his Photo Finish debut album in July with features from phem, guardin, Kamiyada+, Tosh the Drummer and more. To promote the album he went on tour with both Belmont and Travis Mills’ band girlfriends and hosted an album release party at LA’s iconic venue The Roxy. “FEEL SOMETHING AT ALL”, the first single of 93FEETOFSMOKE’s next album entitled SUCKER, was co-written with Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie and co-produced by Aaron and 93’s frequent collaborator Aaron Osborne. It’s an energy-filled Pop-Punk banger that’s a natural transition from his last body of work.

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