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Read the Inspiring New Book, "Bling" by author, Andy Seth

We recently stumbled across an amazingly insightful book release by Andy Seth titled "Bling: A Story About Ditching the Struggle and Living in Flow". The beloved Denver DJ and self-proclaimed Motel Kid turned Entrepreneur, has written a simple story deeply rooted in hip-hop with a spiritual awakening for all to enjoy. Andy Seth even drops a fire album to…See More
Nov 9
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Faith Walker heart-warming new RnB EP “Head In the Clouds” with Interview

No matter what production she’s singing over, Faith Walker’s vocals stick out like a diamond in the ruff. Sharp and effulgent, these harmonies will spin celestially between your headphones, with the final effect being your “Head In The Clouds”. With that being said, these Los Angeles-born/Toronto-raised songstress couldn’t have titled her EP…See More
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Jetcity Records 22-track collab project “Welcome To Jet City” takes hip-hop to new, modern-trap heights

It is utterly insane how electric Jetcity Records can make a twenty-two track project sound. With their long-awaited debut, “Welcome To Jet City”, this high-flying Hip-Hop collective takes compilation albums to new, modern-trap heights. Peep the sweet video interview with JetCity Records:…See More
Sep 16
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NIU Kno releases artful new compilation album: “Life, is But A Dream”

Are we living a dream or reality? The latest effort by LIV3 FR33, a Los Angeles brand spearheaded by producer-artist, NIU Kno, blurs that line with excellence. For “Life, Is But A Dream”, a compilation album outfitted with nine, lucid tracks, the artist(s) gives the themes of sleep, dreaming, and afterlife, sonic prevalence. Its features…See More
Sep 13
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Elly The 22 releases sweet new afrobeat single "Candy"

Straight from Ugly Faces Entertainment is the most explosive World record you will hear all year. Defying the patriarchy of her continent’s music circuit, Elly The 22 has released “Candy”; and established the prowess of female energy by doing so. As fun and commercial as this Afrobeat single is, it is likewise evidence of tremendous talent on Elly’s…See More
Sep 7
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Zip Dot releases powerful new conscious rap banger “Used To”

The death of Maddie Finch, in the first hours of the new year 2018, shook the quaint suburb of La Harpe, Illinois in ways we can not adequately convey. When she was fatally shot inside of her home, the entire, Hancock County mourned. So strongly, in fact, that their grief stretched to the metropolis of Chicago, where an extraordinary emcee was moved to pay…See More
Sep 3
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LUGERLEX unleashes New Hip hop Album “MONKEY DUST” on the masses

MONKEY DUST by LUGERLEXTruly, the heartbeat of Hip-Hop throbs its strongest within the underground. Certainly, one may find pulses in the commercial mainstream; however, the aorta of this culture will invariably be in its unchartered: the fringe purists— as well as…See More
Sep 1
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Zero The Kidd releases new-age banger "Wave"

“All in my face, ‘cuz they wanna ride my wave!” When first starting up, Zero The Kidd’s “Wave” will mislead you. By its watery, ambient synth and tame, auto-tuned intro, you will be convinced that this single is yet another calm pool of modern-trap majesty. That is until the 808 punches the mix, and you are dragged into the current of a…See More
Aug 28
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NBJay follows his dream on new 5-track trap EP "Under Dog"

The definition of an underdog expected to lose. Where the F.O.M.G Entertainment (Forever On My Grind) artist, NBJay is from, young black men are expected to be either dead or in jail by 19. However, instead of being a statistic this under dog is thinking beyond the trap, and uses his talent to propel him into rap stardom! On-the-verge artist, NBJay's…See More
Aug 16
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Chris Knite releases RnB/pop song "Ready For Love"

“It’s been a while since I first saw you, something about that kiss...” For those of us who have had tremendous romantic encounters, these words from Chris Knite are a blast down memory lane. “Your pretty smile, girl, I can’t front it; Girl, I reminisce...” By the beam of his star-striking chorus, we are warped into complete recollection of that…See More
Aug 14
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Legendz Gc releases refreshing new visuals for “Ride” Ft. Chromazz

 “Riding through the city, I move slowly now...” when Legendz Gc utters this bar, in the midst of a bouncy, electronic melody, it resonates amazingly. Likewise, when Drake’s co-signed talent, Chromazz, adds her featured spin to this hook, its catchiness grows tenfold; making this latest drop, “Ride” downright irresistible.…See More
Aug 6
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Hefe Heetroc drops "Swaggagascar" a trippy new 21-track trap mixtape

Welcome to Swaggagascar, where there are miles and miles of lyrical peaks, trippy valleys, and sonically crafted trap landscapes. With new explosive mixtape "Swaggagascar" the New Mexico rapper, Heetroc, has discovered a hidden dimension of dopeness! The 21-track project is hand grenade of newage hip-hop with playful effects,…See More
Aug 5
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Born Made Bosses Music Group drops heartfelt soul trap collab album “Soul & Spice Vol. 1”

The city of Philadelphia is breeding a powerhouse. An imprint of epic potential that could very well be the next leading label of ‘The Birthplace of America’. Known as Born Made Bosses Music Group (BMB), this East Coast collective is spearheading consciousness and the revival of boom-bap; utilizing their latest tape, ‘Soul & Spice Vol.…See More
Aug 3

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Read the Inspiring New Book, "Bling" by author, Andy Seth

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We recently stumbled across an amazingly insightful book release by Andy Seth titled "Bling: A Story About Ditching the Struggle and Living in Flow". The beloved Denver DJ and…
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