Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

Philly Blocks – “Mr. 17th” – raw and uncut!

Fresh from the streets of Louisville, KY Philly Blocks brings us his highly anticipated E.P. “Mr. 17th”. Narrated by Dj Murph & Ben Staxx, the EP features the singles “Clinton Era”, and “C.E.O”. The track “Movie”, also sees Blocks team up with fellow artist, Cino Fresh. For years, the Louisville scene was largely underground and insular, with brief flashes of success on a national scale. All of that is looking to change, with determined and passionate artists like Philly Blocks bringing their skills and collaboration to the table. Wide-eyed and ready to go, the KY rapper facilitates a set of songs that walk a fine line between hardcore street rap and introspective slow-burners.

Right from the get-go, on “Almighty” (Prod. by Bossman Rogerz), Philly Blocks shows us that his direct, urgent, and surprisingly transcendent. He sends messages, hands out advice and speaks his mind in spellbinding dialogue aided by a raspy delivery.

Although Blocks shows strong emotion in these tracks, there is also plenty of old school aggression on the album. Case in point, the single “CEO” (Prod. by DP Beats), where Philly Blocks also brings out consistent flirtatious energy.

Unlike his contemporaries, Philly Blocks is clearly not on any syrup, smoked out, or faded, as he delivers bar after bar on the standout track, “Clinton Era (Prod. by Cmplx). That gives the rhymes he spits a much more powerful impact. This is an adrenaline fueled retrospective socio-political analysis that hits hard to the core. All things taken into consideration, this could just be the best track of the bunch.

There’s an underlying sense to even the hardest of his tracks that Philly Blocks is basically a deep-thinking, good-natured individual, unless you provoke him. In which case all hell may break loose. The conviction in “Average” (Prod. by Mexiko Dro) is too heartfelt to be ignored.

Here Blocks showcases the kind of voice that stands out in a crowd, let alone a crowded field of artists hungry to get noticed. The thing that may surprise people if they really listen to Philly Blocks closely is that there’s an ocean of depth beneath the surface level of his gravelly, booming voice.

Another thing that separates Philly Blocks from the pack on “Mr. 17th”, is the fact this is his project. A lot of albums you listen to these days turn into messy collaborations where a half dozen of the artist’s friends are riding on his coattails, making token guest appearances.

This doesn’t happen here, and when Blocks chooses to collaborate, it’s a focused and winning choice. A fine example of this, is “Movie” ft Cino Fresh (Prod by AZ Beatz). The writing is sharp and on point, while the rappers totally complement each other, in a tale that is awash with electrifying atmosphere and emotion.

Capable rhymers ride the beat, locking into cadences that play off patterns laid out by a producer. Exceptional rhymers, rise above that, infusing nuance, mood and emotion into every line, putting the listener right inside the story.

“Father” (Prod. by PoloBoyShawty), which closes the project down, is a 7 minute masterclass, in being an exceptional rapper, as Philly Blocks displays his storytelling skills – raw and uncut. “Mr. 17th”, is a smart distillation of the hypnotic qualities that makes Philly Blocks’ music great.

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