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Following a packed show in his hometown with screaming women and heavy smoke, the smooth and melodic Xian Bell returns with a hilarious music video for his song “Top Flow.” In the visual for "Top Flow," Xian Bell and his friends get together with some ladies for a kickback. The party eventually makes its way to an old school drop top as Xian and some ladies cruise around the LA while he serenades them with humor.

Taken from his critically acclaimed album, You Were In My Dream, which made appearances on over 50 websites including Elevator-Mag, AllHipHop, OnSmash, HipHopSince1987, FishNGritz, Dirty-Glove, ItsBizkit, HoodRichDjs and more, Xian Bell initially got the attention of a host of Rap and R&B fans after his candid takes on his Twitter and Instagram accounts began to trend and spread like wildfire.

"I wanted the Top Flow video to be fun because it’s a very fun record, I wanted to make sure we incorporated some things that good weed would make you do, like dream of being a rapper. Friday After Next is one of the best movies ever so we were drawing inspiration from that film and it was like the icing on the cake.

Previously known locally for being an incredible basketball player that made it overseas to play ball, Xian Bell ultimately hung up his basketball dreams to pursue his musical career and has since flourished in ways that even his family and friends never imagined.

With the addition of a diligent work ethic and a natural knack for penning songs, Xian credits his connection with super-producer and engineer extraordinaire, @Rated_TG, for his elevated sound. @Rated_TG who has done work with Ty Dolla $ign, Glasses Malone and TDE among others, handled a majority of the mixing and engineering for You Were In My Dream. Combined with additional instrumentation from Worldwide Dre, Xian Bell had the perfect soundscape for his melodic and catchy lyrics.

“The recording process just came about from TG actually, the producer engineer of the project. We had been locked in for a minute and he just reached out and said that he had a dream or premonition that we were going to lock in and make a project that he 100% produced,” Xian Bell explained.


While previously Xian Bell achieved recognition from podcast and radio heavyweights like Joe Budden’s Podcast and Sway’s Universe, recently Xian Bell made appearances at LA’s Real 92.3 an iHeart Radio station via their Homegrown Radio show and he also appeared on LA's 99.1 - PharcydeTV.

“The response from the album has been amazing. Ideally our plan was to have this project be kind of a feeler to see what people thought about our content so the feeling of seeing so many people on so many different levels show support has been amazing,” Xian said.

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