When the summer hits, there is no telling what will come along. For Shadow DiGeneral, it just so happens to be a “Light Skin Cubana” and we aren’t mad at it. The Brampton, Ontario native hits the beach and finds what seems to be “the one” as he tries to get to know her better and see just exactly what it is she’s all about. This one is produced by L.E.N Beats, who provides a trap-like anthem that’s sure to go-off as we hit the warmer months. Check it out below!
New Orleans native Damond Young is a many of many hats. This go around, the up and coming star drops off two self-directed videos for his songs “I Am Dog Backwards” & “No More”. Synesthetic Nation is responsible for production on both, as he touches on his rise in the game and staying away from the negativity the haters bring his way, along with his focus to tour the world and take over as one of the biggest names to ever do it. If these are any indication of what’s to come, you can bet you will be seeing a lot more of Damond Young for a long time. Grab his album #TheTeenagerStory where all music is sold!
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida by way of Mississippi, Mr. M.A.C. has a story to tell. For his latest release, the southern emcee drops of a new set of visuals directed by Film Rat Production for his YaBoi410 produced cut “Scooter Story Pt. 1”. This one is spoiled kid who chooses to hang with the wrong crowd, leading him down the wrong path that he might not be able to get out of. Check out the video, look out for more coming soon from Mr. M.A.C. and support good music!
Independent hiphop artists and aspiring film maker Scottie Jax has just released the first of hopefully many short running films. The independent artist flexes his creativity in the 30 min short action film ‘The Cop and The Con Man’. Check it out on Youtube.
Hampton, Virginia artist SaySay returns and this time he’s bringing the trap with him! For his latest release, the emcee let’s go of a club banger called “Bling Blouw” that takes us on the road to riches for those dedicated to living that blinged out lifestyle. This one is for everyone spending that paper on cars, clothes, jewelry, who are just living the life of luxury. The MCbeats produced cut can be seen below thanks to the direction of Directortino. Check it out and grab the track on Apple Music and Spotify!
Wichita, Kansas native Nersh is a man of many hats. Not only is he responsible for the bar work on his latest single “Catharsis Pt. 2”, but he’s also the man providing the backdrop. Linking with Supi to bring his words to life, Nersh tackles Donald Trump, trash rappers and exploitative media, over a self-produced key-laden beat. If you like it and want to support good music, you can grab this one on iTunes or your favorite music retailer!
Says Lighta Soundboy on the release…
“Since we was on a tight budget with the EP, it just appeared logically to do it in Sudan during family visit. I’d be happy to implement a variety of other African cultures too though, as the song is basically to cheer and empower all Africans, the diaspora, and beyond. But this is what we got so far. And I don’t think that Sudan is generally over-represented out there in this context, especially considering the fact that it has been a crossroads of people since way back. That alone makes the video a statement of multiculturality. So we are glad to release these vibes, together with some visuals which not just entertain a little but also have a bit power to educate, after all. But to be honest though, for me its all about the song. In the end, I’m a musician, not an actor or director.”
Besides the pan-african theme of the chorus, the song also taps into other topics such as spiritual diversity, social injustice, media hype, etc. According to the artist, the references to Mama Africa Soundsystem in the title and in parts of the song verses are about respect on a more local level:
“Mama Africa Soundsytem is a ‘veteran sound,’ founded by my friends from the Gambia. We collaborated, in a climate of tough competition over here in the local Reggae scene of Hamburg, Germany, where we based at. That’s why I thought, I gotta give a little shout out.”
Check it out below and pick up his new EP “Almighty is Jah Jah”, available now on his website!
Rain Valley People will be self releasing the new song “Winter Mystery” on May 1st 2017 on their own EXMusic records
A favourite live, “Winter Mystery” has already attracted attention by being playlisted on Norwich’s’ influential radio station “Future Radio” (FM 107.8 &DAB) as well as played on BBC Radio Norfolk Introducing. Led by Anglo-french producer Alick, (All Mighty Whispers/YoannExner/Elric/FazeOne etc..)Rain Valley People have followed up their well-received debut 4 song EP with a new composition. Acoustic in spirit, “Winter Mystery” harks back to the days of solid songwriting
Originally hailing from France and now based in Norwich, UK, Alick is also half of the song writing team behind “All Mighty Whispers” (5th Album due out in 2017). Songs from the team have been heard on BBC Radio 2/5/6 Xfm, 20th Century film “Desire” , numerous compilation CDs, French TV,Japan. etc…
During 2017, Rain Valley People have been consolidating their reputation as a live act around the Norwich music scene and have so far clocked up some impressive gigs. Notable gigs around Norwich have seen them supporting Sophie Ellis-Bextor at a sold out Norwich Waterfront venue, numerous summer festivals around Norfolk (Dubs in the Hall/Gorleston Beach festival) and playing the famous “Troubadour” club in London . Rain valley People have also played the University of East Anglia twice.
Rain Valley People will be supporting the release with some choice gigs in Norwich in January.
Broward County’s own Young Finessers link with JayO for their latest video “Who Dat”. Produced by Twincamproductions, the catchy hooked track is an anthem of sorts to let the world know that they are not only about that life, but they come from a background most wouldn’t have made it out of. Here to put their footprint in the game, the Young Finessers show no signs of slowing down as this video is only a glimpse of what’s to come!
With the Biblical reference “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven” as the basis and focal point, Meka Jackson explores the roots of racial oppression, war & terrorism in America to draw out possible solutions to these inhumanities as plagued by mankind. Why God begins to beg the question – God’s will or choice, Predestiny or karma? (as may pertain to bad things happening to good people) and with no where else to turn, Meka Jackson seeks direct answers from the most high in this cry out for help, mercy and compassion. To a plot twist; there are no answers, it does not make sense; but in essence this is a fair start in recognizing our accountability to ourselves as one human race with the power to eliminate these seeds of evil. One love conquers all & we are all infinite beings of one!
Check out the Jeff Adair directed visuals below and follow Meka Jackson on twitter!
Cincinnati’s own Swollgangrize & Saint link up with Fat Kid Films for their latest video “Too Much”. Some say you can’t trap enough, but when you’re deep in the streets and livin’ that life it’s the only life you know. As a bonus, also check out SwollGangRize’s video for “Brothaz”, also shot by Fat Kid Filmz. Look out for a lot more from the Ohio emcees as 2017 is shaping up to be a really big year!
Substxnce doesn’t let the culture down with a catchy flow,punchlines and a hook to match. “ Humble “ is a hood anthem that tells the struggle that so many of us face coming out of it, and what makes some of us who we are. Jesse P makes his first appearance of two with the production of “Humble” on FnL ( Freedom and Love ). Loaded with bass and them 808s, it gives the foundation for a hip-hop classic. No wonder this is the first track off the project with visuals shot by A Browne Vision. Choosing the DMV area to pay to homage to where the artist is finally being heard.
Chicago native Smooth Kid Dino is all about his paper, and what good is having money if you can’t share it with your people? Bringing NCM Mac along for the ride, Dino enlists Lakeshorehy Media for his latest video “A Million”. The JStewOnTheBeat produced cut captures the emcee in his element and he makes sure his crew is right there to eat with him. This is “get bands” music and you can bet this won’t be the last you hear of Smooth Kid as he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Chuck is a rap artist from Compton, California. He grew up in the streets and attended the notorious Centennial High School, much like Compton greats that have come before him, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre, Chucks music tells the story of a true west coast rap artist. Chuck raps over the I Don’t Stress instrumental, originally by Nipsey Hussle, who’s one of the kings of rap in Los Angeles. The Still In Motion music video is directed by Muzic King.
Professional Vocalist and Model, EveOnVox has enjoyed a career that spans over fifteen years. Starting out, C&C Music Factory selected Eve to tour as their lead vocalist after her powerful vocal audition beating out over 150 candidates. In 2003, Naked Music featured her softer tones on ‘Inside’, produced by Dave Warren, ‘A Beautiful Tomorrow’, and others produced by Blue Six. She has also shared the stage with Martin Luther McCoy, Caron Wheeler, and Japanese pop artist Toshi Kubota.
Eve has worked extensively as a model for such names as Nickelodeon where she posed as Cher’s body double, DKNY, Sony, Glamour Magazine and Rite Aid to name a few. She was the face of a 7UP national commercial, featured on The View, and has walked the runway in the Final Tributary Show in Milan for Gianni Versace shorty after his tragic death.
A resident New Yorker of Caribbean origin, from Roseau, Dominica, Eve consistently pours her passion into music as a vocalist and a songwriter leading her to launch her sound and message in a music production project called EveOnVox.
One by one Eve will be releasing a few tracks titled ‘Vent Songs’. The first release called Rough Time went through many renditions starting off as a Neo Soul, morphing into a pop RnB. Currently this live acoustic version with guitar/percussionist Guitaro 5000, brings a unique Rock/Funk sound to the song. Eve’s vocals are strong and vibrant. Rough Time is catchy enough to warrant a fourth or fifth listen.
The second song we listened to, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’, is a bit sweet. There’s a touch of Reggae, but it has more of a Retro-Soul flavour. Eve’s vocals are mellow but strong with an intense drive behind them. The instrumental is smooth and relaxing containing every element of a hit soul single. Since You’ve Been Gone is a heartfelt song which truly showcases Eve’s passion and emotion.
Check out EveOnVox on Facebook or visit eveonvox.com for updates on her music and performances.