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Dzh continues 2022 takeover with hard-hitting bop “Dishes”

By Damilola Grey

Fans of Dzh have been treated to an array of amazing drops this year. From his 2022 project Dante’s Inferno, to the previously released single with Ricky Walters, titled “Issues”, there has been nothing but fire drops from Dzh. The New Jersey native continues this streak with his latest single “Dishes”, which also features Florida native, SweetXO.

“Dishes” sees Dzh putting a twist on a drill track. Unlike the regular fast-paced vibe of drill, Dzh takes a slower approach. “Dishes” started out as a joke apparently. Melo, a friend of Dzh, kept “listen, I’m in tha kitchen, doing tha dishes, not with a smitheen” and Dzh decided to have some fun with it especially because he had a drill beat he was holding on for a while. Unsurprisingly, Dzh shouts out Melo at the beginning of the single. Dzh’s catchy verse sees the MC attack the beat with an aggressive, braggadocious flow. SweetXO didn’t hold anything back either as both artists dropped some of the hardest bars of the year. Not surprising since both artists dropped some of the best projects to grace this year. The single was produced by ayeyoungjordan.

Dzh has shown us time and time again why his pen game is not to be played with and “Dishes” not only emphasizes that point, but gives us more insight to his versatility.

Stream “Dishes” right now HERE.

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Sky’s the Limit drops debut single “Changes”

By Damilola Grey

Florida native, Sky’s the Limit has finally dropped his long-awaited single, “Changes”. This is also his first release on all streaming platforms, and it features Tony Givan as well.

“Changes” sees Sky paint a picture of a failing relationship. On the 3-minute track, he tells his partner that changes need to be made for their relationship to be able to work out and progress. The track features a neo-soul, R&B vibe and ethereal vocals from Tony Givan that add more to the feeling. Both artists bring forth melancholic melodies to help further paint the picture.

The struggles of a failing relationship is something lots of people have experienced in their lives and Sky’s the Limit and Tony Givan come together to provide listeners some form of comfort- a shoulder to cry on in a sense. A catchy flow, amazing production, as well as the smooth vocals make this a track worth remembering.

“Changes” is a really solid debut from the Florida native and we can’t wait to see what bigger steps he takes in the near future.

Stream “Changes” on all platforms HERE.

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Labels, It’s Time To Put The Bag Behind Kendog917

I’ve been a fan of Kendog917 for a few years now. Every year he never fails to impress me, and shows huge signs of growth with every release. This week, the Broward County native drops off a new EP titled Drill Beats & Melodies which is only 4 tracks long but I had the whole thing on repeat all weekend. Since it’s titled Drill Beats & Melodies, I’m guessing you can put two and two together, he merges drill production with his bouncy melodic flow and talks about troubled relationships and doing whatever it takes to get to the bag, the style is very unique compared to everything else in Florida right now which is why I’m so confident he’ll stand out in the crowd.

If you’re with a record label reading this, Kendog917 has everything you might be looking for in an artist. Originality, talent, and an unstoppable drive to make sure his work is top quality with no expenses spared. So please, check out his discography and social media to see what all the hype is about, and when you sign him just make sure you DM me “thank you”. Hahaha, check out Drill Beats & Melodies below, I’ll also attach the music video for the first song on the project titled “Again”. Thanks for reading!

Stream “Drill Beats & Melodies” Here:

Watch “Again” Here:

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Alexcusemy gives us his ‘Warning Shot’ on new EP

Houston artist Alexcusemy is not unfamiliar to our pages, as numerous projects of his have caught our ear before for their colorful, often progressive sonics. His latest, Warning Shot, does well to continue the highly prolific artist’s streak of releases, containing 5 infectious songs based in hip-hop, cloud rap, alternative R&B, and more, that showcase his signature sound- one that is catchy, vivid, and atmospheric.

One thing that stands out quickly about Alexcusemy is his versatility. A dynamic artist that refuses to be boxed in to simply one style, he touches numerous bases across Warning Shot that create an enticing and exciting listening experience. “About Me”, produced by talented beatmaker Silversurfersosurreal, contains glowing synths and immersive 808s that induce the feeling of floating on a cloud, as Alexcusemy weaves together addictive melodies above. “No Interference”, featuring J.R.A., contains grooving, richly vibrant production that adds heavy replay value as Alexcusemy delivers smooth, commanding vocals. The title track “Warning Shot” makes for a project highlight with its driving rhythm section, spacey samples, and charismatic vocals.

Warning Shot is the latest project from Houston’s Alexcusemy, continuing his fast-paced run of releases that draw influence from underground hip-hop, cloud rap, and more.

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Boyu delivers stellar new album ‘Flower Garden’

St. Louis-bred, Los Angeles-based artist Boyu has delivered a stellar debut album in Flower Garden, a 12 track odyssey into vibrant, rich sonics and mesmerizing songwriting. The project remains versatile throughout, drawing from the best elements of modern indie-pop, alt-rock, and even hip-hop, as it refuses to be boxed in to one style or sound.

Here, Boyu’s emotive, poignant lyricism and sharply-crafted instrumentation shines through across many memorable moments. Opener and title track “Flower Garden” is a sublime, catchy dose of Boyu’s captivatingly colorful sound, embedding itself into the listener’s memory with its focused, ear-worm melodies. Then there are tracks like “Hands Around Your Throat”, which showcase Boyu’s diverse skillset as a songwriting with its bouncier, energizing tempo and driving rhythm. The wistful, nostalgic elegance of “Embers Of Our Innocence” bring back colorful memories of times past, as Boyu weaves together sharply-crafted melodies atop crisp percussion and immersive keys. Closer “Miata Trip” was our personal favorite from the record, with its sunny, airy sonics based around infectious vocals and dreamy, atmospheric guitars.

A truly remarkable sonic journey overall, Flower Garden captivates with its colorful spectrum of influences, drawing the listener into the songwriter’s world with its euphoric instrumentation and heartfelt lyricism.

St. Louis native Boyu began his musical journey as a classically-trained pianist before turning his attention to drums, guitar, and songwriting. Originally setting out on the path of corporate banking, Boyu made the decision to relocate from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA to follow his true passion- making music. Although he made his debut relatively recently in April 2021, his music and videos gained momentum very quickly and made an immediate impression with listeners, garnering an impressive 1,000,000+ streams independently.

Listen to Boyu’s debut album Flower Garden here and get familiar with the rising LA-based artist:

Connect with Boyu and watch for updates regarding new music and more: Spotify | Instagram

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Dulli shares crisp new visual for “Don’t Leave Me Behind”

Lorton, Virginia artist Dulli has dropped off a fresh new visual for his song “Don’t Leave Me Behind”. The 19 year-old artist previously caught our attention for his character-rich, soulful sound and sharp lyrical abilities, and he continues his streak of well-crafted releases with “Don’t Leave Me Behind”. An atmospheric, glowing track that captures Dulli’s signature sound, “Don’t Leave Me Behind”, produced by 4am Babz, contains colorful sonics centred around elegant samples and bouncy percussion, as Dulli weaves together smooth, slick lines that feel focused and poignant throughout. The accompanying visual, shot by BALANCE Art House, matches the song’s silky sound with its refined, autumnal shots and minimalistic, focused approach, making for a refreshing viewing overall.

18 year-old DMV artist Dulli’s music represents more than just unique songwriting, clever rhyme schemes, and intricate deliveries. He is also an entrepreneur, fashion designer, and overall artist, and he references his “One Way” lifestyle and brand throughout his cataglogue as well as his fashion line. The drive behind many of his musical decisions, decisions, Dulli’s “One Way” acts as an anthem, and a constant reminder to oneself that there’s “only one way and it’s up”. This is made evident with his latest offering, “Don’t Leave Me Behind”, with its uplifting, powerful sound and message.

Watch the video for “Don’t Leave Me Behind” here:

Connect with Dulli: Spotify | Instagram | Twitter

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Occ Taee shares powerful single, “Whats His Name”

Indianapolis artist Occ Taee has dropped off a fresh new single called “Whats His Name”. Here, Taee showcases a new maturity in his voice as he gloats on Grammy-nominated producer Tom Levesque and Spencer Reist’s victorious instrumentation. Moreover, audio engineer Tyler Weaver adds confidence to the new single, echoing the rapper’s celebratory bars. Containing triumphant, raw horns ringing out atop imposing synths and a heavy, engaging rhythm section, “Whats His Name” further proves that Taee is a true force to be reckoned with. Atop pillowy, driving 808s, the rapper delivers a head-spinning flow utilizing a razor-sharp, focused delivery. He weaves together infectious rhyme patterns with ease, as the song picks up a staggering pace as it blazes forth with a captivating intensity.

Listen to “Whats His Name” here:

Connect with Occ Taee: Instagram | YouTube | Apple Music | Spotify | TikTok

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An Interview with Sey

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What inspired you to start music?


Sey: I was always creative and wanted to be involved in an industry that highlighted that and rap caught my eye in 7 th grade when a few friends and I decided to rap and wrote a guidebook on how to do it. The rules were basically to stay true to yourself and I’ve been doing that ever since.


Dami: When did you release your first song and how was it like?


Sey: I put my first song out in HS with a group called T2D. I think we put it on MySpace but that was the first time I put something on wax.


Dami: Is T2D still active?


Sey: Not at all. We fizzled out pretty quick and then I joined antoher group called Suburban Eloquence. We lasted a little longer, but I ultimately went solo when I started going to college.


Dami: How would you describe your sound?


Sey: It’s electric for sure, but I value lyricism. I’m somewhere in between Nas and Kanye when it comes to sound.


Dami: What’s your creative process like?


Sey: I usually start with a beat or an event in my life and go from there. Either could spark a verse or a whole song and from there, if it’s strong enough, a project might follow.


Dami: Apart from life experiences, is there anything else you grab inspiration from when making music?


Sey: I reference current events from time to time and also get inspired by other artists in and outside of the genre.

Dami: Who are your biggest inspirations?


Sey: Nas, The Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Kanye, and Lil Wayne. All of those guys are a part of the DNA.


Dami: Speaking of projects, you got an album on the way. Tell us more about it.


Sey: Yup. “ISO”; short for isolation. I wrote it after catching COVID at the top of the year, taking advantage of the 10 days they said I had to quarantine in my room. I was used to staying in the house, but staying in the room for 10 days straight was different. I was fortunate to have my mic and other resources handy so I decided to focus on the beats AX sent me and got to work. I wanted to capture my mind state and range of emotions during that time. I start the project off with panic and anger before my mind drifts to life outside and where I’m at with it at the time of me being inside. Towards the end of the project, my outlook improves as I shift my focus to what matters most and being grateful for still being around; in life and in music.


Dami: What should we expect from ISO?


Sey: Expect a real album. ISO sounds like the big budget albums of the early 00s. You know, round the same time Dre dropped 2001. It took almost 2 years to complete. There’s a real narrative you can follow if you’re listening.


Dami: What are 3 words you’ll use to describe ISO?


Sey: In Search Of…


Dami: In search of what?


Sey: Health, wealth, and prosperity.

Dami: What do you want people to take away after listening to ISO?


Sey: I want them to know I’m there for them. I’ve been isolated, introverted, separated, outcast, all that. I know how it is to feel like that when you’re outside. Sometimes it can feel like you’re the only one going through something, but there’s people out there who understand and I hope it brings people together. We are more similar than we are different and the world would be better if we understood that.


Dami: What’s your personal favorite on the album and why?


Sey: Tough. Imma go with “How The Strong Survive” because there was so much raw energy captured that night. My vocal performance seemed to come outta nowhere and the shift in tone was all emotion. I was really hurting, but it showed how I really feel about this game and process. Shit hurts, but I’m still here. I was built for it.


Dami: Any visuals for the album?


Sey: Yeah, so far we’ve got 2 videos and 1 promo video. The first one dropped earlier this year with Medhane, titled “Ogden”. We shot that in NY. The other single, “Another One”, dropped at the end of the summer and we really went all out with it. The promo- which you saw- dropped a few days ago and features a snippet of “Acura”, a song about a dark time in the year.

Dami: What’s next for you after ISO?


Sey: Focusing on Phoenix Walters’ project. He featured on “First Night” on ISO and is the next artist representing the rare awareness brand.


Dami: What’s this rare awareness brand?

Sey: Rare awareness is a marketing agency. I had a brand I released music under earlier that dissolved and rare awareness is the new iteration of that. This time around, we are not structuring ourselves as a label. We work with many different artists and mediums and we want to be involved accordingly. Whether it be music, product, design, or event planning- we have team members who are involved and helping artists get out their vision in various ways.


Dami: What’s been the most challenging part of being an artist, as well as pushing the rare awareness brand?


Sey: Letting everyone know they’re valued. I’ve been doing this for a long time as far as being my own artist and pushing a brand. IT comes second nature. Before, most of my collaborators were online and the ones who were besdie me, in real life, viewed themselves as lateral. Now, as an agency, there’s more expected so I have to become the coach instead of the player. In a sense, I’m LeBron. Not to sound cocky, but I’m a veteran still looking for a ring who is allowed to make calls in the front office and coach the team from time to time. I’m converting my process into a teachable model, so artists who join the brand can follow that and mold it to themselves so each artist gets the attention and time they deserve.

Pre-save ‘Iso’ now HERE.

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Terrence Leon drops Audiomack-exclusive EP ‘Stasis’

By Damilola Grey

Texas native, Terrence Leon has finally dropped his highly anticipated EP Stasis on Audiomack. This marks Terrence Leon’s first project of the year, as well as the follow-up from his 2021 project Loading. The EP consists of 3 tracks and the slowed and reverbed version of each of them.

Stasis sees Terrence talk about the mind of a person stuck in the failure of past relationships. Each track sees Terrence face something different in himself- a different demon or challenge. On personal favorite “Love Runs Out”, Terrence Leon discusses the result of a dead relationship, absent of love or affection. Terrence tries his best to salvage the relationship but to no avail. This negative outcome leaves him with a very important question: when love runs out, where does it go? Terrence takes listeners on a journey of different emotions, mainly about love and the sadness that comes with a heartbreak, with otherworldly vocals reminiscent of SiR and Brent Faiyaz. The project was mixed and mastered by Tim Curry.

According to Terrence, this is just the first part of an EP trilogy. With a project as perfect and heavenly as this, one can only imagine what next we should expect from the Texas native.

Stream STASIS HERE.

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Tim Buds delivers engaging new single “DENIM HEART”

Charlotte-based artist Tim Buds has shared a new single called “DENIM HEART”. The release continues his recent prolific streak of genre-bending, infectious offering, following up his well-received track “BATS”, which included elements of punk, alt-rock, and more. His latest, “DENIM HEART”, is a bittersweet track with undertones of hope and romance, with a warm, expansive style that builds upon Buds’ ability to create dreamlike yet raw soundscapes.

“DENIM HEART” opens with wistful guitars before a fast-paced, punchy groove drops in beneath. Bolstered by bouncy percussion and engaging bass, Buds delivers poignant, memorable vocal melodies as they song dynamically builds into a heartfelt, cathartic chorus. Displaying his versatility as a vocalist, “DENIM HEART” makes for another sharply written cut from the rising Charlotte-based artist, and has us excited to hear whatever may be coming next from him as he continues to rapidly build his strong discography.

Listen to “DENIM HEART” now:

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