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Introducing Rising Rapper Fredo Bang

Buzzing Louisiana rapper, Fredo Bang, makes Def Jam debut with “Oouuh” and “Gangsta Talk“. Here is what major players of the Hip-Hop industry think about him.

“With the 2015 arrest that threatened to derail his rising career now decidedly in the rearview, Fredo is back with a newfound sense of purpose: more viral, more hardworking, and more determined to advance than ever before.”
– Fader

New Gen Winter 2019
“His city’s favored up-and-comer and its most versatile rising act. Songs like ‘No Mo’ show his penchant for soul-searching narratives and music-as-medicine melodies; the success of ‘Oouuh’ proves he has a one-of-a-kind ability to reach all sides of the hip-hop and R&B spectrum.”
-Hypebeast

“Known for his tales of life in the streets, the rapper behind records like “Story to Tell” and “Oouuh” shows just how it goes down in his hometown”

-XXL

About Fredo Bang

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Fredo Bang started to record music in 2013 when he was 15-years-old. Tragedy struck a year later with the loss of his best friend, who was a local rapper in the neighborhood. Since then, the rising star used the nickname that his best friend had given him and hit the ground running. In 2016, Fredo was jailed for attempted murder. Things looked dim. But in 2018, Fredo was released on parole after taking a 7-year sentence, and released his 2 Face Bang album, taking his city by storm. He became an overnight sensation. A series of catchy songs like “Shootas On The Roof” and “Father” amassed millions of views, but it was Fredo’s breakout song “OOUUH” that propelled him to be an artist to watch, with the record getting significant radio play and video views on BET & REVOLT. With over 130 million streams across all platforms, Fredo Bang is ready to bust out of Baton Rouge and take the industry by storm.

Sherwood Marty “Shawn Kemp”

Baton Rouge rapper, Sherwood Marty, drops new single, “ Shawn Kemp.” 
The record pays homage to the 6 time NBA all star player. “Friday we putting all the chopsticks up and bringing out dat Big 40……Shawn Kemp,” says Sherwood Marty.
“Shawn Kemp,” produced by Mouse On Tha Track, is set to be the song of the summer, very reminiscent of Three 6 Mafia‘s “Stay Fly,” with that gritty Louisiana flare.
Sherwood debuted his first mixtape in 2016 making a spark in his career with his online hits. He is currently holding 4 million views on the video for, “Sherwood Baby,” a collaboration Lil Baby, and has caught the eye of outlets like Pitchfork, Complex, and Hypebeast. Sherwood Marty is Baton Rouge’s latest sensation. 
Take a listen to “Shawn Kemp” and look out for his newest project, Fresh Prince of Sherwood, out later this summer. 

Young Thug’s Artist, Strick drops The Machine Vol. 1

Young Thug’s artist, Strick released his new project, The Machine, Vol. 1. The 16 tracks has amazing guest features from Young Thug, T-Shyne, HiDoraah, Young Jordan, and Zelly Vibes. Ahead of the project’s release, Strick dropped stunning visuals to the singles, “Vevo” and “Whoa Whoa” which premiered via Hypebeast.

“The Machine Vol 1 is a compilation that embodies my work ethic. I got the nickname The Machine from my cousin, Az, because he noticed I’d make 6-7 songs each recording session and that I recorded everyday without fail. I decided to title a mixtape series after that name and give fans a variety of records that I’ve been working on leading up to my album,” said the rapper.

The Machine is undoubtedly one of the North Carolina’s best releases to date. He rides the elevator to the top of each song’s production with candid lyrics and addictive ad-lids

There is no stopping the now Las Vegas resident, as his first label release, See You When I Land  debuted this past December with powerful guest appearances from Gunna, Young Thug, and Duke.

Strick is a robust and multifaceted recording artist hailing from North Carolina and currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Best known for honing his skills as a clever wordsmith and adept songwriter, Strick has garnered a reputation for tapping into his diverse professional background both in business and in the U.S. Air Force to elevate both his business acumen and genuine creative output alike.

After relocating to Atlanta in 2012 and founding his own branding agency for aspiring musicians Foundation 86, Strick moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own career as an artist. He then landed his first official placement on Kanye West and Juicy J’s “Ballin’,”leading him to work with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, K. Michelle and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, Strick earned his first platinum record “coordinate” off Scott’s ​Birds in the TrapSing McKnight ​album, further igniting his hunger to continue developing his skills as a songwriter. That same year, he went on to join Young Thug on several tours, including the Hi-Tunes tour (2016) and the Hi Horse’D tour (2016/2017). Most recently, he was invited to join Young Thug and J. Cole on the ​K.O.D​ tour (2018).

In July 2017, Strick dropped his debut EP, ​Risk=Reward​. In 2018, he released January’sRisk=Reward 2​ and April’s ​Pairadice​, going on to ink a deal with Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. He appeared on Young Thug’s 2018 ​Slime Language​ compilation, with their collaboration “STS” going on to be streamed in the millions. Strick’s talent for creating songs with deeper meaning that don’t sacrifice their radio replay value is propelling him to the forefront of the ever-evolving hip-hop landscape.

THE MACHINE, VOL. 1 TRACK LIST

1. “Wake & Cake”
2. “Blur” feat. T-Shyne
3. “Whoa Whoa”
4. “Vevo”
5. “Top Dog”
6. “No Flash”
7. “Everlasting”
8. “Quality Control”
9. “Fendi Napkin”
10. “Best Move” feat. HiDoraah
11. “Nothing Cheap” feat. Young Thug
12. “Zoom” feat. Young Jordan
13. “Cash On Demand” feat. Zelly Vibes
14. “1,000 Vibes”
15. “Popsicle”
16. “Sworn In”
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LIL WEST releases “NOT SURE” music video

All signs point to a major breakthrough for Lil West. Recently, he released his debut project Vex Part 1 which has over 10 million streams globally with standout tracks “Somedays” & “Not Sure” garnering over 2.5 million Spotify streams collectively. In addition to putting up numbers, Pigeons & Planes recently touted him among “16 New Artists to Look Out For in 2019,” as he garnered widespread praise from Fader, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator, and Noisey who crowned him, “the Delaware loner forging rap’s strange future.”

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Tate Tucker releases Debut EP ‘SHANGRI-LA’

Garnering acclaim and generating organic buzz, Los Angeles-based genre-blending rap artist Tate Tucker releases his debut Shangri-LA EP today available HERE via Harvest Records.

To celebrate the release of Shangri-LA, Tucker will play a hometown show at School Night on June 24 at Bardot. School Night is free with RSVP until 10 pm RSVP HERE. Not only will the show double as Tucker’s EP release party, but it will also be his official live LA debut.

Before announcing Shangri-LA, Tucker first shared his single Breezy, which has now cracked over 700,000 global streams. Watch the accompanying music video HERE. Shot on-location during an adventure in Bali, the visual features Tucker experiencing the country in all of its glory. The clip brings the song’s sonic and lyrical exploration to life. This exploration continues throughout the EP, which illuminates his effortless fusion of hip-hop, funk, world, indie, pop, and alternative flavors. It also sets the stage for more surprises to come. The full track listing can be found below.

Welcome to Shangri-LA!

With millions of streams under his belt and the endorsement of everyone from Hypebeast and Earmilk to Rap-Up and The Source, Tate Tucker brings an expansive palette of vibes to his music. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his music mirrors the city’s sun-soaked soul. Since his emergence in 2016 with breakout single Just Wanna he has opened for the likes of Big Sean and Post Malone and established himself as a creative force along the way. 2019 has all the signs of a major year for Tucker.

SHANGRI-LA TRACK LISTING:

1.Transcendence

2. R.E.M.

3. Drop In

4. Sugar High

5. Breezy

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KATORI WALKER SHARES “DOLLA SAVE ME” MUSIC VIDEO

On May 13th, 2019 Los Angeles rapper Katori Walker revealed his new music video for his latest single Dolla Save Me, watch it HERE.

The song can be found on his recently released, Stubborn EP. Get it HERE via Capitol Music Group.

Once again, the artist delivers a captivating visual befitting of the music. This time around, he takes over a different kind of church. As the congregation takes turns spitting his rhymes, collection plates of stacks bounce across the pews. However, tithing goes the other way in this case! Highlighted by a gospel-style chant, his signature storytelling, and nimble flows, the clip mirrors the song’s dynamic spirit and soul. It also illuminates just how much he stands out from the pack, merging old school word-craft and modern experimentation for a sharp style of his own.

Stubborn attracted unanimous praise straight out of the gate. Hypebeast named the project among its Best New Tracks and described it as a well-balanced showcase of his storytelling talents Earmilk posited, The tracks on Stubborn incite the kind of emotions only hip hop titans like J. Cole can tap into. Highlighting Dolla Save Me HipHopDX said, Katori works the keys like a locksmith to create everyman music to dance to. Putting it best, Billboard called the EP, his strongest and most vulnerable work to date.
 
After closing out a successful run supporting Vince Staples, Katori hit the studio to finish up his debut album coming very soon.
The 2019 West Coast revival begins with Katori Walker.
 
Rap music can affect more than the culture; it has the power to change the world. Just ask Katori Walker. He picked up a mic with a purpose in 2017. Clocking in at barely 10 minutes, his independent five-song Ignorance EP offered a powerful portrait of gang-related gun violence following the murder of his brother Ormoni. The video Ormoni generated 4.2 million views as it surpassed 1 million Spotify streams in addition to being featured in Eminem’s Untouchable lyric video. It topped Spotify’s Most Necessary Playlist for four weeks in a row. Watch him make a difference in hip-hop and the world.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1.Run
2.Too Many Foes
3. Sometimes[feat. Elijah James]
4. Dollar Save Me
5.Hometown
6.Roll On
7.Anxiety
 
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Yoshi Flower releases New Song and Video

Yoshi Flower comes back with the latest track “Validation”, out now on Rock Mafia/Interscope Records. Earlier this year Paper Magazine named Yoshi Flower as one of their 100 names worth getting to know in advance. Check out the video shot in Southern California, HERE

The up-tempo, electronic/trap tune begins with Yoshi delicately singing “you’re so beautiful to me, can’t you see,” however, the song is not as sweet as his voice sounds. His lyrics debate the constant feeling we seek out more than ever in the era of social media – “validation.” Although the internet allows us to easily connect with others and access endless information, the dark side can be unsettling. Yoshi goes on to sing “I just spent a ticket on these new dress clothes, you’re not impressed though…just searching for validation…” The nostalgic visual, directed by Alex McDonnell, serves as a metaphor for how everything comes full circle. We’re all on a constant ride of wanting acceptance from one another. Yoshi ends the track the way he began, singing, “but you don’t need no validation. Baby ‘cause, you’re so beautiful to me, can’t you see.”

Last year Yoshi Flower signed to Interscope Records, released his debut mixtape titled, American Raver, toured with blackbear, Elohim, SG Lewis and opened for Dua Lipa. This year, he played his first 5-city headline tour, a string of showcases at SXSW and just last week, wrapped up a sold-out tour opening for K-Rap group, Epik High. Additionally, he released “Dirty Water,” which premiered on HYPEBEAST and led to L’Officiel calling the track a “demonstrative of Flower’s ability to transcend multiple genres of music, as he continues to elevate his eclectic sound by blending hip hop with electronic-pop, creating music that is not only of the moment but is uniquely his.” Yoshi continues to work on new music and is set to play Lollapalooza in August.

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Sherwood Marty “Doin My Thang”

SHERWOOD MARTY DROPS NEW SINGLE “DOIN MY THANG

Baton Rouge’s Sherwood Marty just released his latest single, “Doin My Thang.”

This follows his BRKRS music video “We Outchea,” which stemmed from his last mixtape, Stuck In The Trenches 1.5. Sherwood Marty first busted onto the scene in 2016 with his breakthrough mixtape, Stuck In The Trenches: Self Made Vol. 1, which featured an appearance from the late, Da Real Gee Money. Sherwood’s uncompromising rawness made records like, “Sherwood Baby” and “Ride” a huge success. Last year, Sherwood teamed up with breakout Bay Area/Alabama lyricist, OMB Peezy for their joint Young and Reckless mixtape, that received praise from Pitchfork, Pigeons and Planes, Hypebeast, XXL, Hot New Hip-Hop, Elevator Mag, Thizzler, and other outlets.

Take a listen to “Doin My Thang” below and look for the music video coming soon.

Listen to Doin My Thang

Listen to We Outchea

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Adé

Adé (formally Phil Ade) recently released his brand new EP Always Something.

In case you are unfamiliar, Adé is a Nigerian/Grenadian-American artist known for effortless lyrics and ability to smoothly transition between rapping and singing. He has previously worked with artists such as Logic and Mac Miller, and his new six-track EP features collaborations with Lil Baby, Rich The Kidand Wale. Adé has previously caught the attention of publications such as Billboard, Complex, XXL, HypeBeast, Hot New Hip Hop and more. Beginning a new chapter in his career with a new name and unique sound, Adé is on his way to rap stardom and a chance for his reinvention to inspire on a massive scale. He recently freestyled over Jay-Z’s “Threat” on L.A. Leakers which can be seen HERE.

Adé is the true voice of the DMV hip-hop scene and has fueled a new wave of D.C. rap. His global perspective can be seen on his diverse new EP featuring undeniable anthems and powerful lyrics. As an artist, he is able to deliver music with something for everyone as he combines live instrumentation, hip-hop, rapping, and singing. Ade’s songs focus on the positives in his life and showcase the newfound confidence he has achieved while introducing himself as a new leader in the DMV hip-hop movement.

More about Adé

In between, growth occurs. Silver Spring, Maryland rapper, producer, and artist Adé (born Phil Adetumbi) underwent such evolution. Under the name Phil Adé, he delivered a string of independent mixtapes, singles, and appearances in addition to collaborations with everyone from Logic and Mac Miller to Raekwon and Bootsy Collins. Starting in 2013, he dove into honing his craft, writing in the studio with a variety of artists, perfecting his own sound as well as his live performance. He ultimately developed his voice immensely. During this time, he made extensive contributions as a writer and featured act to Wale’s #1 opus The Album About Nothing [2015] and Shine [2017], in addition to working with Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, Mýa, Trevor Jackson, Serayah, 9th Wonder and Bink , while gracing the stage on the sold out SHIN3 Tour. In 2017, he shared the solo single “No Fear” [feat. Tate Kobang and Saba Abraha], which soundtracked WWE NXT and clocked half-a-million streams. Upon the latter’s arrival,Billboard described him as “ready to seize his opportunity at rap stardom.”

However, he changed everything for 2019. He opted to go by simply Adé, signed to Epic Records, and cooked up his first EP of the label, Always Something.

“I spent a long time recording and figuring out what I wanted my sound to be like,” he admits. “I feel like I’m there now. I was able to watch Wale and see a lot of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being an artist on a major label and how to behave in different situations. Everything got me to my comfort zone. I’ve found a happy medium between singing and rapping. It’s a new era in my life. That’s why I felt the need to reintroduce myself. I’m definitely more experienced. I’m more comfortable with what I’m doing. Since I wanted to start fresh, I changed my name. This is a clean slate. I’m a new artist.”

At the same time, he still kept his heritage and hometown close. Born to a Nigerian father and Grenadian mother, he grew up with a global mindset when it came to music, going from singing in church to rapping in high school. Coming up in the DMV scene, he also developed an appreciation for the live instrumentation intrinsic to the region’s “Go-go” movement before eventually galvanizing the first wave of D.C. rap.

His perspective informs the diversity of Always Something. The six-track project kicks off with the sharp and fiery flow of “Play Something.” Backed by live drums and wailing synths, he properly makes his introduction by “rapping continuously in freestyle fashion about who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m at,” as he puts it.

Immediately after, “Something New” [feat. Lil Baby] coasts along on an airy beat as he locks into a laidback and confident cadence punctuated by a magnetic turn from Lil Baby.

“I made the song one night after coming home from the club,” he goes on. “My art always needs to be fun. It’s all about seeing what’s going on around me, how people move, and staying focused. Lil Baby killed it.”

Elsewhere, “Something from Nothing” [feat. Rich The Kid] stretches from hypnotic verses into a hard-hitting hook. Another highlight, “Something Real” [feat. GoldLink & Wale], unites three DMV titans on one seismic collaboration. As all of the songs feature “Something” in their titles, the project maintains a true cohesion.

“As I was recording, I kept thinking about the phrase ‘Always Something’,” he elaborates. “I found a deeper meaning. In life, you’re met with negatives, and you’re met with positives. From my experience, I’ve always been able to have more peace and progress when I am focused on whatever good is going on in my life. When it seems like everything going on is negative, it’s easier to move forward when you are focused on the upside. There’s Always Something to remain positive about.”

In the end, Adé’s reinvention paves the way to inspire on a massive scale.

“No matter what’s happening, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” he leaves off. “Stay positive. I want everyone to know that.”