Goapele, a socially-conscious singer from Oakland, CA, released an uplifting music video for “Dreamseeker”, the title track off her forthcoming album. The Sean Alexander-directed video captures Goapele singing in a field covered with sunflowers. The scenery alone is empowering and inspiring.
Hanna Lashay is an indie alternative/neo-soul vocalist from Chicago, IL. Her newest release, “I Feel You”, is a dope love song that expresses affection at its deepest, and most-intimate level. Check it out and let us know what you think?
Miesa, an R&B/Pop singer from South Jersey, releases ‘Overdrive’, a sexy song off her forthcoming EP, which is due this Spring. ‘Overdrive’ was written by Miesa’s long-time collaborators Jackson Croft and Shinnique, and produced by Chemistri.
Meek Mill stars in a Will Ngo-directed music video for “Left Hollywood”, one of Mill’s newest releases following his “DC4” project. The gritty-street video captures Mill chilling on a stoop, alongside his Dreamchasers crew, in the underbelly of Philadelphia, where images of cooking dope and dirt bike riders are vividly seen. The video alludes to the fact that Mill is back in his element.
Chris Brown, arguably, contemporary R&B’s top superstar, released the audio for “Die Young” featuring Nas. The song honors late rapper Chinx Drugz, and appears to be an interpolation of a track off Drugz’s posthumous project, “Welcome to JFK”. Drugz’s life was snuffed before he could materialize his dream; and Brown’s and Nas’ verses put things into their proper perspective, by illustrating images that portrays cops and urban-street dwellers as the main catalyst behind the unnecessary inner-city killings plaguing our communities.
SMACK/URL released a pretty-dope rap battle between JC and Chef Trez, two members of the underground Writer’s Block crew. The event took place at URL’s “Born Legacy 5” event, and boy-ole-boy was this match up lit. JC was in rare form and Trez’s rebuttal game was insane. Both emcees showcased why they belong on the world’s most-respected battle rap league.
Che Ecru is an emerging R&B artist from Boston, MA. His first official release, “2AM”, off his “Buries” project, is smooth, unapologetic, and bump-worthy. The catchy rhythm got us jammin’ in the lab with our raincoats on. Ecru, inspired by Tyler the Creator, stated that “2 AM” was originally a freestyle, which he wrote to a beat he created. Check it out and let us know what you think?
Cosima, an emerging British R&B singer, stars in a music video for “To Build a House”, an enchanting ballad, originally written as a poem about Cosima’s absent father. “I was like, I can sit here with it and not put it out because it’s so personal and because I’m scared of it revealing too much about myself,” stated Cosima, regarding the reason why she didn’t want to make the poem public. But then, she said the hell with it, and turned the poem into a song.
Lindee Link, a Pop-singer from Little Rock, Arkansas, stars in a down-to-earth lyric video for “My Imperfections”, an inspiring anthem that encourages listeners to love what makes them unique, which is their imperfections. Currently, Lindee is in the studio writing and recording uplifting and inspiring songs, which she hopes will change peoples’ lives.
Rapper KYLE and Lil Yachty star in an innovative music video for “iSpy”, KYLE’s breakout single that peaked at #4 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #1 on US Rhythmic airplay chart. The Colin Tilley-directed video captures Kyle’s and Lil Yachty’s life-sized heads, on top of animated children’s bodies. The song is fun and the visuals are twice as fun. Enjoy.
Bibi Bourelly, an emerging singer/songwriter from Germany, performs “Ballin” on the Wendy Williams Show. Bibi has written songs for Rihanna, Usher, and Selena Gomez; and now it’s her time in the spotlight. She got a new EP, entitled, “Free the Real, Pt. #2”, with “Ballin” peaking at #33 on the US Emerging chart.
Every now and then we like to revisit the past. On May 21, 2008, legendary hip-hop duo Blu & Exile released their music video for “So(ul) Amazin’ (Steel Blazin’)”, a single off their critically-acclaimed debut studio album, “Below the Heavens”, which was praised by critics and fans alike for its genuine lyrics and dope production. Check it out and let us know what you think?
Jamila Woods, a poet/R&B singer from Chicago, releases a spiritually nourishing music video for “Holy”. The Sam Bailey-directed video begins with Woods sitting in a bathtub, singing, “I woke up this morning with the mind set on loving me.” That positive message of self-love is apparent throughout the rest of the song.
DJ Marley Waters, a songwriter/producer from the streets of Dorchester, Boston, releases a lyric video for “Wine Pon It”, a Pop/Reggae-slash R&B/EDM song that blends naturally with the current Dancehall/tropical trend, and has the potential to chart this summer. Waters is known for helping artists such as Tinashe, Christina Milian, and Ellie Goulding craft songs; but now it’s time for him to make the “Transition” as a solo artist.
Keldamuzik, a hip-hop/rap artist/TV personality, stars in a glamorous music video for “Queen for a Night”, a song dedicated to women who have experienced being queen for a night. The Anthony Jackson-directed video was inspired by the story of Cinderella, and captures Keldamuzik living out her dreams.
Julia Michaels, a Pop singer from Davenport, Iowa, but raised in Santa Clarita, California, stars in a romantic music video for “Issues”, a song written after Michaels had a fight with her boyfriend. Michaels, known for writing hit songs for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, etc., decided to finally keep a song for herself. The reason why? She stated, “The song [Issues] was just so personal that it felt kind of uncomfortable hearing someone else sing it.”
Anthony Joshua, now the WBA and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion, stops former champion Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round of their highly entertaining and definitive unification bout. Joshua won the early rounds, sending Klitschko to the canvas in the fifth; then in the sixth, Klitschko landed a clean right, sending Joshua to the mat. Fatigue settled in, but Joshua managed to weather the storm, eventually TKO-ing Klitschko in the eleventh round.
300lbs of Guwop, a group consisting of 300 Rez and DK Guwop, releases an entertaining, Ryan Lightbourn-directed trailer for “TEEFUS”, a single produced by Jetsonmade. The short video shows hilariously bizarre clips, which compliments 300lbs of Guwop’s outlandish theme of wasteful spending. Check out the full audio.
Rapper J.I.D, reppin’ Dreamville/East ATL, stopped by HOT 97 and dropped some innovative rhymes on Funk Flex’s #Freestyle056. An emerging talent, J.I.D’s name derived from what his grandmother called him as a jittery child. He is one of the emcees to watch out for in 2017, so, support his album, “The Never Story”.
Khalid, a developing singer outta El Paso, Texas, performs “Coaster” live for Vevo’s LIFT/Stripped series, a platform dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging artists. There are lots of good songs on Khalid’s “American Teen” album such as “Location” and “Saved”, and tracks like “Coaster” are just as solid, but aren’t as popular; and that’s the reason behind Khalid’s LIFT performance—to give “Coaster” its due justice under the bright lights.
Emerging artists Bibi Bourelly, Anik Khan, Lauriana Mae, and Annalise Azadian give amazing performances during HOT 97’s “Who’s Next” concert series, held at S.O.B.’s. Comment below and let us know which set you felt more?
Imagine just coming home from prison? And the world is a different place, since you left it. To stay sucker free, you gotta maintain. To maintain, you gotta keep “Ya Head Above Water”, and that means staying on a righteous path. Follow Zangba, an award-winning author/poet, as he tries to maintain in this gritty street anthem, produced by Queens-native K-Bomb.