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Roc Nation Announces Signing of Brooklyn Rapper HDBeenDope Along With His Latest Single “Wake Em Up”

Hailing out of New York, HDBeenDope is building a name for himself with his incredible storytelling skills and wide range of talent. Greatly influenced by some of Hip-Hop’s biggest artists such as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and J. Cole, HD’s hard-hitting lyricism and creative vision have landed him in a lane all by himself. HD’s 2019 singles “For the Record,” “Rev Run” and “Cayman” have generated millions of streams across all streaming platforms, including nearly 6.2 million views on YouTube alone and over 264,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. One of his biggest singles to date “Byrd,” has accumulated 8.3 million views on Youtube since releasing on April 29, 2019, and amassed over 25 million streams and counting. His hard work has not gone unnoticed either. As of September 8, the Brooklyn MC announced his new record label deal with Roc Nation. “I’m a writer and artist from Brooklyn signed to Hov. Those of you who love hip-hop like I do understand how special that is,” HDBeenDope said. “I’d love to tell you it just happened out of nowhere but the truth is the intent has been consistent through and through. I think they call that serendipity. I’m here for legacy, living …

Runnin From Your Love – [Envy Ojay]

I haven’t known about Envy Ojay for too extremely long, but from the moment I heard about him and his extremely unique story, I was definitely intrigued to see what kind of music he would bring to life. From the very moment I tapped in with the first song that was sent my way, I knew that he was going to change the game because even though he might be in a sea of lookalikes and clones, he possesses more than enough individuality to stand out amongst the crowd. If you didn’t know, Envy is deaf, and this is a long yet captivating story that I feel like I’ve covered in a plethora of my other articles about the blossoming up-and-comer so I won’t beat a dead horse, but if you’re curious, check out some of my other write-ups and then go listen to those songs too, cause they seem to just keep getting better as time goes on. Although I had thought that I had a firm grasp of his versatility after listening to some of his other unique records, I had no idea exactly what kind of range he truly possesses, but his latest single “Runnin From Your …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at: www.thesummersmash.com   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

Bad Life – [Omar Apollo] ft. [Kali Uchis]

Although I typically lean more towards straight-up rap or hip-hop, I am a big fan of R&B, and Omar Apollo is one of my favorite artists out right now. While he is typically much slower and more melodic than what I typically listen to, it is so easy to enjoy his music because he doesn’t hide any of his natural skills behind vocal effects or instrumentals, even when his production is always top-notch. Instead, he relies solely on his talent, and this is one of the things you realize most when listening, because he literally knocks every song out of the park no matter if it’s a soft, soothing ballad or if it’s an upbeat, energetic hit. All in all, Omar Apollo is one of the strongest forces in music right now, but his humble approach to songwriting and creation makes him seem like just another guy, even if he’s anything but normal. Along with Omar, Kali Uchis is one of my favorite female vocalists and her diversity is never something to overlook, so when I saw these two team up for their latest song “Bad Life”, I was so excited to tune in. In this track, which was produced …

Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

Drugs N Hella Melodies – [Don Toliver] feat. [Kali Uchis]

The Houston-hit maker known as Don Toliver is absolutely killing his album rollout and having the time of his life doing so. Since announcing the title of his upcoming album, Currently titled Life of a Don, it’s been all gas and no breaks when it comes to just how strategic he is with rolling this out. Recently celebrating his birthday, and spending more time with his lady and amazing songstress Kali Uchis, there is no way that Don can miss right now, and we are gearing up to witness one of the best albums to drop this year. Today, Don has released single number two from his album, titled “Drugs N Hella Melodies” featuring Kali Uchis.  Leaving fans at the edge of their seats from Don’s last video “What You Need”, it ended with a “To be continued…”. What we are witnessing here today, is the continuation of the story told in the last visuals. For a quick recap, Don Toliver is maneuvering around the town in Colombia, following a mysterious red aura. That aura led him into a forest in which he discovered Kali Uchis and he became captured by her essence. On “Drugs N Hella Melodies”, he then …

What You Need – [Don Toliver]

When speaking about one of the most impressive breakthrough artists that the game has seen in recent years, it’s almost impossible to go down that list without mentioning Don Toliver. The Houston-native and Cactus Jack signee has been making a killing in the game ever since he stepped foot in it. With the success of his debut album Heaven or Hell, many viral singles such as “No Idea” and “After Party”, as well as the smash Internet Money hit “Lemonade”, it would appear that Don Toliver simply can’t lose. While many may be confused as to where his rise to fame came from, there is no doubt that he has put in the groundwork and is continuing to thrive as one of the best to ever do it. With 2021 being the year that we will begin to see some of the heavy-hitters come out swinging with their new albums and tour announcements, Don Toliver came right in time for the summer with his latest single and visual, “What You Need”. Taking place in Colombia, Don Toliver dives deeper into his acting bag as he ventures throughout the city in what appears to be a crazy trip. Following this mysterious red …

MOVE! – [Riela]

Riela is a Latin artist that I’ve been playing for the past week. Her new single move has been in heavy rotation for me the past couple of days and it should be in yours as well. This Miami raised in Los Angeles-based vocalist dropped an impressive six-track EP last October entitled “Tranquila y Tropical.” Riela’s Music palette is broad as her sounds span from reggaeton to upbeat traditional pop and r&b. Although most of her lyrics incorporate Spanish she throws in a little bit of Spanglish every now and then. In an interview she stated growing up she was inspired by the disco sounds in Miami and artists such as Ja Rule, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Selena, and Sade. I believe she will be one of the next Latinx and R&B artists to take the American mainstream by storm similar to what Rosalia and Kali Uchis have, she has that much potential. Stream Riela’s new single “Move” for yourself after the break.

A$AP Twelvyy: The Epitome of Betting on Yourself

“I just like to let the kids know that this shit is authentic and it’s real. The dreams always come with nightmares. I’ve been down bad before, so I know what it’s like to get up.” -A$AP Twelvyy The rate at just how fast the game moves can be mind blowing at times. It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was bragging about how much they wanted to be signed to major records, and now a lot of artists are preaching about independency. The art of making your own and owning your own art is something that is being highly praised right now–even to the point of some of the major artists are threatening to leave their labels and go down the independent trail. That’s not to disrespect the artists who are currently signed to major labels and are doing their thing. There are definitely some labels out there that will take care of their artists and mean the best to their artists that are on the label. However, there are also a lot of artists who are currently in bad record deals, receiving terrible splits, and overall not getting the push that they deserve from their label they …

Medicine (2020) – [Hannah Rodríguez]

Amy Winehouse may be deceased, but her musical influence is eternal throughout contemporary music. Such a claim is startlingly evident through the artistry of Hannah Rodgriguez; a British songwriter originating from the Lake District in northern England. Rodríguez began writing songs during her school years, which prompted her to self-learn how to produce music when she moved to London at the age of eighteen. Along with Winehouse, Hannah likens her sound to Kali Uchis’s, with Rodríguez’s musical influences spanning from Billie Holiday to Alton Ellis and King Krule. Rodríguez has a wittiness with her words; her records are intimate, personal, and relatable, yet simultaneously humorous in a self-mocking manner. Moreover, Rodríguez is able to craft poetic and sophisticated lyrics beyond her years that reflect a thoughtful, intellectual, and sincere old soul. Despite only being in her early twenties, Rodríguez already has impressive performances at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and the Roundhouse in London under her resume. Last year, she joined Project FILO, an independent creative talent agency that delivers experiences ranging from music across the globe, films, compelling photography, fashion, visual art, honest writing, and storytelling. Rodríguez’s latest offering, “Medicine (2020)” is a harmonizing, hum-filled tune with passionate love lyrics. Stating …