Posts tagged with "rapper"

Introducing YFL Kelvin: Def Jam’s Cleaveland-Based Prodigy Teams Up With Moneybagg Yo For The “NASDAQ” Remix

For YFL Kelvin, hip-hop is the soundtrack to his struggle. “My story is rags to riches,” the 21-year old explains. The Cleveland native has found solace in music since his father was gunned down–in an accidental shooting–when he was just five. Kelvin began recording out of his home studio, but music was secondary to the lure of the streets, taking his rap name from his biological father and the aspirational acronym “Young, Flashy, Lifestyle.”

The street life landed him behind bars on three occassions, “My little brother is in jail. Like, everybody who I used to be with is in jail.” No matter the tribulation, it doubled as a sonic inspiration. In 2016, his beef with a former friend sparked his major release, “Mayweather Freestyle.

“I knew I was destined then. Something good was going to play out from all the tragedy that I’ve been through,” he says.

2018’s “NASDAQ” would be the rocket that’d catapult Kelvin beyond Cleveland, released on YouTube the hit song has generated over 300k views. The remix with Moneybagg Yo will lead Kelvin’s first project, Out of Here.

Icewear Vezzo Returns With New Track “European”

Just recently, Detroit underground icon Icewear Vezzo returns with a new track European. This is his second release under his recently minted deal with Motown and Capitol Music Group.

Get it here.

Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!

Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.

With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.

Katori Walker Shares Powerful 1 Minute of Your Time EP

A lot can happen in the span of one minute.

Knowing this, buzzing Pasadena, CA rapper Katori Walker manages to send a powerful, passionate, and provocative message in under sixty seconds on his appropriately titled new surprise statement, 1 Minute of Your Time EP (Capitol Music Group).

Get it here.

This impactful collection sees him spit with a level of intensity rare in today’s rap game. He places a magnifying glass on a myriad of issues within modern society in the hopes of a positive turnaround. Amidst a tumultuous climate, all it takes is one minute to speak up and make a change he proves that with the new body of work.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

1 Minute of Your Time arrives on the heels of this Spring’s Ignorance  EP. It earned early acclaim from The Fader, XXL, and more. Additionally, Ormoni leapt past the 1 million-mark on Spotify.

Give Katori Walker 1 minute of your time, and he’ll undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

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 a 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.

Kemba Releases New Single “Exhale” Feat. Smino

Just recently, rising Bronx rapper Kemba shares his new single “Exhale” (feat. Smino).

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“Exhale” only scratches the surface of Kemba’s immense lyrical talent. It acts as a reminder that through all the trials and tribulations, he’s still an important fixture in NY rap and hip-hop as a whole. This single sets the tone for what’s to come from Kemba as he works on his next body of work.

Be on the lookout for a lot MORE soon.

It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx–the birthplace of hip-hop–home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with his 2016 album Negus which received critical acclaim. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/ Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage for a spontaneous performance that was widely circulated online. His skills not only impressed Kendrick but also caught the eye of Brasstracks (Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem”), who reached out and went to work, helping Kemba craft his forthcoming album due out next year.

YG Announces “Stay Dangerous” Tour

Yg Announces “Stay Dangerous” North American Tour

DATE CITY VENUE
17-Jan Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
18-Jan Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
19-Jan Portland, OR Roseland Theater
20-Jan Portland, OR Roseland Theater
22-Jan Boise, ID Revolution Concert House
23-Jan Salt Lake City, UT The Union Event Center
30-Jan Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
31-Jan Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
13-Feb New York, NY Terminal 5
19-Feb Toronto, ON Rebel
22-Feb Worcester, MA The Palladium
23-Feb Philadelphia, PA Franklin Music Hall
27-Feb Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
1-Mar Houston, TX Warehouse Live
3-Mar Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory
4-Mar Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
6-Mar Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
7-Mar San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
9-Mar San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10-Mar Reno, NV Reno Events Center

DEF JAM’S 17-YEAR-OLD PHENOM

In an era where there seems to be a side-story of viral fame or leveraging online connections to rise to the top, 17-year-old high school student Bernard Jabs has carved his budding career out from pure authenticity. In Bernard Jabs’ first uploaded track, Gotta Get It, there is the obvious sound of his younger teenage voice, but within that sound is also the raw skill Bernard holds. His ability to channel the charisma of the music he grew up on and blend it with more current rap trends keeps Bernard circulating as one of the brightest new talents of a generation.

Growing up in Tifton, Georgia during part of the height of Southern rap, Bernard gravitated towards the star power of Lil Wayne. After seeing Wayne in the music video for “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” Bernard was entranced in the lifestyle – the cars, the girls, the money, the confidence. Bernard Jabs took to the culture surrounding southern rap and used that history to guide him towards the future.

check out his instagram HERE

LJay Currie x Free

Today, Entertainment/Motown Records released Ljay Currie‘s new EP, Free, a six-song collection that showcases the Los Angeles-based artist’s inventive, deeply melodic blend of hip-hop and R&B.

Download / stream Free HERE.

“The project is called Free because I’m a free spirit when it comes to my creative process,” says Currie, who names everyone from Lil Wayne to Coldplay among his main inspirations. “I don’t ever try to force anything, I just go with the flow and explore and see what I come up with. If the vibe is right, that’s what I’ll follow.”

Cumulative worldwide streams of lead single “Undercover” ft. Kiana Led, have already surpassed 1.3 million. The slow-burning yet uptempo number, driven by Currie’s graceful piano work, exemplifies the 20-year-old’s free-spirited approach. Singer-songwriter-actress Led provides smoldering vocals on the track, which captures the excitement of pushing the boundaries of a close friendship into something more. Currie and Led shot the official video at Dockweiler State Beach near Los Angeles International Airport. View “Undercover” HERE.

“Shots You Don’t Take,” another song on Free, nods to Currie’s basketball background. He turned down numerous Division I basketball scholarships in order to pursue a career in music and unfolds with a laid-back message of self-empowerment. With its layered rhythms and luminous guitar tones, the feel-good “555” draws inspiration from Currie’s love of numerology.

“When I was recording, I looked down at the clock and the time was 5:55,” he says. “I looked it up to see what that meant, and it’s about how there’s a big change coming, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. Don’t be scared to try something new.”

Currie grew up in Gardena, California and credits the jazz and classic R&B records his dad played at home with giving him a feel for rhythm and melody. When he was 10, he taught himself to play piano by following along with YouTube tutorials. Within a few years, having also mastered drums and guitar, Currie began making beats and producing his own tracks. His former basketball coach, Derryck “Big Tank” Thornton, a longtime producer who’s worked with artists such as Mary J. Blige and Fabolous, was instrumental in convincing Currie’s parents that their son had as bright a future in the studio as he might have on the court. Thornton told them, “I’ve never heard anything like this before, just give me a year, and if he doesn’t have a record deal by then, I’ll make sure he’s back in school.”

Once Currie had built up a body of work, he and Thornton played his music for a number of major labels, and soon the young artist was signed to EP Entertainment/Motown Records. Currie recently sat down with Young California to talk about a wide range of topics, from his creative process and dream collaboration to the Motown legacy and his fondness for Fortnite. 

Read the article HERE.

Free Track Listing

1. “Undercover” Feat. Kiana Led

2. Shots You Don’t Take

3. On The Way

4. 555

5. Movin’ On Up

6. Elite

JEREMIH X TY DOLLA $IGN

Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Def Jam icon Jeremih and prolific multi-platinum Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ty Dolla $ign announce the release of their eagerly anticipated album, Mih-Ty featuring French Montana, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. Listen to the album HERE.

Mih-Ty tracklisting:
The Light
Goin Thru Some Thangz
FYT feat. French Montana
Perfect Timing
New Level
Take Your Time
These Days
Surrounded feat. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa
Lie 2 Me
Ride It
Imitate

Jeremih’s 2015 release, Late Nights (December 2015) was his third Def Jam album, which contained a trio of double-platinum R&B/hip-hop/pop crossover hits: “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), “Planes” (featuring J. Cole), and “Oui.”  Jeremih, whose combined YouTube views have passed the 730 million mark has the distinction of charting 17 RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum smash singles, most recently co-writing French Montana’s 5x platinum “Unforgettable”. Jeremih was featured on Kanye West’s Ye (“Wouldn’t Leave”), Valee’s “Womp Womp”, and other releases from DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper, and more.

Los Angeles-bred singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, TY DOLLA $IGN has been one of the most acclaimed singers and in-demand writers, producers, and featured artists since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It.” 2014’s BEACH HOUSE EP introduced the 4x platinum “Or Nah ft. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd” and the 2x platinum “Paranoid ft. B.o.B” His now Gold-certified debut album, FREE TC, which features the multi-platinum hits “Blasé ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd” and “Saved ft. E-40.” Ty’s second studio album, BEACH HOUSE 3, was released in October 2017 followed by the deluxe release in May of this year. Ty undoubtedly took over Summer 2018 as both a writer and featured artist. In addition to receiving his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 with Post Malone’s “Psycho,” the Grammy-nominated phenom’s talents are featured on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE (“Boss”,) Drake’s SCORPION (“Jaded” and “After Dark”), Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s KIDS SEE GHOSTS (“Freee Ghost Town Pt. 2”,) Mariah Carey (“The Distance”,) Christina Aguilera (“Accelerate”,) Teyana Taylor (“3way”) and Kanye West’s ye, where Ty is featured on 3 out of 7 songs (“All Mine,” “Wouldn’t Leave,” Violent Crimes”.) Following what many critics have called “The Year of the $ign,” Ty is currently working on his highly-anticipated third studio album.

MATT OX x CHIEF KEEF

Philadelphia rapper Matt Ox releases his record “Jetlag Ft. Chief Keef” today, right on the heels of his song “Zero Degrees.”The 13-year old recently signed with Motown and will release his album “OX” on October 30, 2018.

This song is full circle moment for Matt Ox and Chief Keef, representing an endorsement, or passing of the torch, moment. Keef himself started rapping before he was in his teens. In 2017 Matt was invited to open for Chief Keef in LA at the tender age of twelve, though fair to say for Matt Ox, twelve was a less than tender age, being very much a streetsmart kid from Philly.

Matt Ox is more than a hyperactive kid who likes fidget spinners and the anime character Death Note. With 46.7 million streams — from just a handful of singles — and a clutch of viral videos, his music caught the attention of the Working On Dying production collective, Motown Records, Chief Keef, PnB Rock, Lil Yachty, Meek Mill, Post Malone and Lil Uzi Vert and festivals such as theMad Decent Block Party, Roots Picnic, Ill Rootsand Day and Night Festival.

Most recently he collaborated with Valee for “Awesome” of which Rolling Stone noted “The real surprise here is that Matt Ox more than keeps up with Valee.”

Hip-hop was embedded into the Philly native at an early age. “I’ve been wanting to be an artist since I was a kid,” he says. A fan of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, Ox tinkered with the guitar and keyboard. Raised by his mother, Ox’s uncle would take him to concerts and to the studio (himself being a musician), and soon Ox was editing videos and engineering songs.

As a result, Ox caught the attention of notable producers Oogie Mane and Forza and the Working On Dying production collection, who produced Ox’s single Overwhelming (with has 6.58 million soundcloud listens, and its accompanying video boasts 23.7 million views). When Matt earned his first check from his music, he spent it on getting he and his mom an apartment of their own, and then equipment to make a home studio in that apartment.

OX, who freestyles his verses, says that his mood and the vibe in the studio dictates the direction any record. Happy to have a viral hit behind him, Matt Ox looks toward solidifying his place in hip-hop.