NY’s own vetted artist Nymrod releases his latest project ‘Educated Music.’ The 9-track EP features Durgaveli, H.E.R., Misch, Mellow, and Citi The King Debanaire. As per the title, Nymrod delivers a lyrical guidebook on love, life, and success over a kaleidoscope of R&B blends, soul, striking basslines, and classic Hip Hop cadences.
Although it’s difficult to pinpoint a favorite off the EP, there are some stand out tracks including “The Worst” featuring Durgaveli. The duo embodies the ups and downs of relationships, lack of communication, and inevitably the debate of will love conquer all. The chemistry between Nymrod and Durgaveli is incomparable with unmasked, raw emotion. Through striking wordplay, they express their pain that once derived from bliss.
“Love in Sections” features Misch and is a soulful, charismatic track with a chill vibe, yet rousing enough to head onto the dancefloor. Nymrod’s infections lyrics along with Misch’s enticing vocals convey a seductive bliss, one that seems to be missing in some of today’s music.
“Take You There” which features Mellow and H.E.R. takes listeners through an erotic journey, classy in deliverance with the perfect blend of classic and contemporary R&B. Nymrod’s captivating lyrics are sure to stimulate the senses, so ladies pour the wine and fellows light the cigars…
Stream ‘Educated Music’ the EP and connect with Nymrod below.
“This song had to be made to become proactive in shaping our collective future, because the rebellion that happened on January 6, 2021, in Washington D.C. was the curtain being pulled back on race, lies, and darkness in America,” Speech explains. “It’s obvious that about half of America is living in a fictitious bubble and are responding accordingly. That’s why I wanted to share facts about the lawlessness and hypocrisy that was occurring. We may be at the start of another Civil war and a lot of bloodshed.” -SPEECH
Atlanta, GA…Like millions of other Americans, Grammy Award-winning artist Speech of the legendary Afro-centric Hip Hop group Arrested Development watched in horror as a swath of die-hard Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. As the dedicated MC he is, Speech put the pen to paper and spit out the single “A Different World,” an anthemic call-to-action that both preserve his artistic integrity and passion for socio-political issues.
“On the night of the terrorist attack that already killed five people, I did a YouTube post, I posted various things on social media, but none of it seemed adequate, especially from a music documentation perspective,” he said of the song’s evolution. “So, I went into the studio, pulled out my Beat Thang, sampler, etc. The jazz/boom bap energy for this song was intentional, meant to be a throwback energy from the ‘90s-type approach. In my opinion, those sensibilities lend themselves to reflection, grooves, and hope, while still showing the urgency of this moment. I also purposely rhymed with a higher pitch, cuz I wanted my emotions of helplessness, rage but also engagement to come through.” -SPEECH
“A Different World” follows Expansion Pt. 1, Speech’s first solo EP in 14 years, and will appear on his upcoming full-length album Expansion. As he flirts within the song’s breakdown, “This is a time for good-hearted people of all races that love Hip Hop to show the world a path to peace and truth! Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize and Mobilize. Please spread the vibes. We aren’t helpless, we can make a different world.”
Watch the teaser video and get “A Different World” below on preferred platforms.
Texas natives JLC and Judy Drama recruit Melbourne’s Dee Stakz for new single/video titled “Welcome to Da Jungle.” This fierce trio is unstoppable and on the move with nothing to lose. They can survive the jungle in all forms and come out on top of the game. The Cinematic production heightens the raw and gritty lyrics…Connect the dots while they claim their earned respect. Watch the video and get the inside scoop on “Welcome to Da Jungle” below.
MJ: Before we jump into the video, how did everyone link up, especially with Dee Stakz who resides in Melbourne?
JLC: It basically started from Instagram with Dee Stakz showing love and reached out to me with marketing questions. While I was growing and moving in the scene, I watched him grow as well. I had a track that I wanted a different sound and knew with his character and talent that it would be a hit. He came through with a verse, for the video, and the rest is history! As far as Judy, I kept her hearing her name in the scene and popping up on social media. I was drawn to her style and sway and the fact that she was also from Texas. We connected, and again the rest is history.
MJ: What was the goal with this single/video? Let us in on the process from the creative spark to the finale. Is it receiving the proper accolades you were expecting it to?
JLC: The goal was to provide fans with something they can relate to and show them they can come out as we did and to reach as many as we can! I came up with the idea as I was riding through my old hood in Fort Worth and just thinking how bad it was back in the day. I mean you had to constantly watch your back and watch who you let in your circle and it was people constantly getting robbed and set up. It’s like that now, but back in the 90’s it was three times as bad. As of now it’s nothing but good reviews and it’s just been a couple of weeks, as it spreads, we are looking forward to seeing how different crowds respond.
MJ: Was it difficult to shoot the video during a heightened period of COVID-19? Why is it important for you to continue to curate during the pandemic?
JLC: Actually, it was easy. It was kind of an in and out thing when you shoot so many videos you just do your thing and roll out, and I think I can speak on behalf of everybody on that note! I believe it was Dee Stakz’s first video, but you would never know it, he handled business! The pandemic is an opportunity for more exposure as people are watching more TV and have more of an online presence.
MJ: Talk about the chemistry between the three of you and how individual styles complemented one another.
JLC: Everybody is just down to earth and got jokes so that really makes it easy when everyone has the same goal in mind and takes their careers seriously. Our styles in my opinion with each verse is a different feel and different tone, talking about a different scenario with the same topic, and it makes it both interesting and captivating.
MJ: Take a minute to share with fans about upcoming solo or more collaborative projects.
JLC: I can’t talk about that…but we have a lot of people watching us and don’t want us, especially me, to go far in the industry. Our ideas are unique, and we must keep them secured until it’s release time.
MJ: Please take a moment to share anything else fans should be on the lookout for and how they can connect with you for updates and new music.
JLC: They can go to Amazon and read my E-Book “Hip Hop Marketing A Dirty Game” for some tips on marketing. I have some collaborations in the works and more music endeavors on the way so stay tuned. Follow me on Instagram @jlcaagrecords, on Twitter @allaroundaag, on Facebook at AAG Records, and on the web at allaroundaag.com.
Trouble Mane Da Don announces the release of his new single “1 Day” feat. MO3.
Trouble Mane Da Don is a talented rap artist with a unique, diverse, and forward-thinking approach. He recently struck up a collaboration with another gifted and charismatic act: MO3. The pair worked on a fantastic new single titled “1 Day,” which serves as a fantastic introduction to their skills and creative vision 1 Day is a direct and thought-provoking single, which feels like a striking combination of modern hip-hop and other influences, including the undying sounds of the golden age of the genre, which are definitely here to stay. Not many artists can easily pull off a project that features such a wide variety of elements and influences. The most obvious risk is that the material can end up sounding quite disconnected and loose – but this is not the case.
Trouble Mane Da Don is a master at creating organic, cohesive, and consistent vibes, which really flow well throughout the span of this release. Collaborating with MO3 was a great way to make this song happen and give it a unique twist. The performances are loaded with passion and integrity, while the production aesthetics are also excellent. The mixing quality is indeed world-class, with some amazing definition in the top end and lots of punch in the low-end and midrange. The results sound warm and present, yet never harsh or fatiguing, which is quite an amazing achievement, particularly in this genre.
Stream “1 Day” hereon preferred platforms and stay tuned for “Watch Over Me” feat. Boosie Badazz set to release on 12/20.
R&B sensation J. Waiters and Hip Hop heavyweight John Jigg$ unite for a chilling, air gasping video. “Walk a Mile” is produced by Poetic Killa with video production by Footprint the Movement.
While wearing a t-shirt that reads “get your knee off our necks”, J. Waiters sets a gripping scene with raw emotion. The intro speaks volumes of truth that pushes the underlying issue of not knowing what it is to be a black man in America.
The duo describes their personal everyday struggles as well as societal struggles. From racism and injustices to violence and murder, from lack of support and children to educate, J. Waiters and John Jigg$ unleash a compelling blend of vocals and lyricism hopeful to ignite a revolutionary spark. How can you overcome life’s distressing genocides while living black? Watch “Walk a Mile” and connect with J. Waiters below.
Seasra23 of TopShelfMuzik and Apokalips the Archangel release their new project 1137Q. The 19-track album produced entirely by Seasera23 features top-notch elites including DJ GlibStylez, DJ Modesty, Foul Monday, Lex, Kesper, Crippled, Hoffa, Supreme Sniper, Voices De Silencio, D-Rex, Illy the Wise, and Godfather part 3.
TopShelfMuzik and Apokalips the Archangel have become known for keeping Queens on the map when it comes to authentic NY Hip Hop, and 1137Q is no exception. Seasra23 delivers sheer ‘fix-your face’ head-nodding cadences while Apokalips administers top quality rhymes with knockout, lyrical jabs.
On Dangerous Minds Apokalips embodies a Queens-thoroughbred lifestyle while showing off his impeccable booth profession. He drills an image being hand in hand with forty’s and spray cans rocking Polo plaid, yet a leader who always shows face and is never undercover. There’s no escaping the “dangerous mind” of this lyrical militant or his bars that sink to the pit of our stomachs.
In Straight Out The Zoo Apokalips represents his Queen’s roots and exemplifies the similarities of street and wildlife survival as well as a strong-armed emcee preying on fallacious industry players. All the stress keep a ni**a depressed until I’m vexed then the whole world feeling possessed / Never rest Top Shelf Hip-Hop in effect / Apokalips stay humble no need to impress / I got next cancel the haters and the special effects / when I flex call me the finisher snatching your breathe to the death.”
Another lead off the album is Aggression. Set in a boxing ring going round for round, bar for bar, and verse for verse, “mumbling buffoons” are reminded that Hip Hop runs through Apokalips blood-line and will continue to keep it real until his last breath.
An unforgettable track and hair-raising one is Cycles of Life which depicts the gifts and curses of life. Surrounded by dead bodies, mothers crying, and mankind fighting to become survival of the fittest; it only makes sense to embrace what lies ahead. Apokalips vows his lyrics and spirit will live on through his family until his resurrection…
Each track is unique in flow and deliverance, yet consistent with a boom-bap vibe sure to please Hip Hop purists worldwide. Stream 1137Q and connect with Seasra23 of TopShelfMuzik and Apokalips the Archangel below.
After giving fans the highs and lows of hood life in the Ville (Louisville, KY) with “Days of our Lives” and taking them down memory lane with “Average” Philly Blocks returns with another single/video titled “CEO” produced by DP Beats.
Over a captivating blend of piano keys, striking drums, and knocking bass, Blocks delivers in your face bars declaring his CEO status. CEO status in the streets, with money and women, and of course in music. It’s time to “big dog flex” and show off earned shine and success. Watch “CEO” and connect with Philly Blocks @PhillyBlocks
Controversy At It’s Finest…Rhymrcka Releases Self-Produced “The Matrix” Single & Video
“The Matrix” is a must-see and listen…banned by IG and other platforms for it’s harsh, in your face truths about the current state of America and the world, Rhymrcka holds no punches to deliver gripping images along with cutthroat, honest bars.
Far beyond a gritty, NY street tale, The Matrix embodies the current genocides impacting our people, our brothers and sisters, and our communities. The chilling images of violence, riots, and ignorance spewing from #45 along with Rhymrcka’s aggressively driven bars are sure to raise neck hairs.
The production provides a kaleidoscope of hard bass and drums that heighten the raw emotions swarming in “The Matrix.”
Righteous “The Administrator of Truth” enlists Edo. G, G Dot & Born, and Dominique Gorley for the second release (video) of his new EP entitled ‘Be Conscious Of.’
“Radios” produced by DJ Corbett exudes a classic boom-bap, head-nodding impression with a soulful chorus that amplifies the energy from Righteous, Edo. G, G Dot & Born. The animated visuals set the tone for a chill-vibe, a feeling radios used to emanate but somehow lost that grip along the way.
During a time where the world is oversaturated with conceit, greed, killings, and lust, “Radios” transcends us back when music allowed us to unite and vibe off each other. Press play for that experience and connect with Righteous below.
Nam Nitty releases his new album ‘Crack Baby’, produced by Nam Nitty & executively produced by Nam Nitty, John Jigg$, and MXNXPXLY Family.
Seasoned emcee, producer, videographer, fashion designer, and CEO Nam Nitty, announces the release of his highly anticipated album titled ‘Crack Baby.’ The album is available on major platforms with the deluxe edition and merchandise available at www.secretsosietyentertainment.bandcamp.com.
The 12-track album features an elite group of fellow heavy-hitters including Hollywood Peoples, Chop, Voice, Bentley, Scrooge Owens, and MXNXPXLY members John Jigg$, Rockwelz, and M.O.U.F.
The quintuplet threat transcends listeners into the realm of a “ghetto child” and allows them to experience his pain and growth. Nitty’s cut-throat bars and lyricism throughout the entire album undoubtedly proves his reign in Hip Hop, and although the NY emcee now resides in Atlanta, he masters a piece of authentic NY Hip Hop that is sure to have turntables blaring across all five boroughs.
Put your seatbelt on and prepare for a journey through the senses of a young black man in America and get familiar with his good, bad, and ugly. Nam Nitty’s ‘Crack Baby’ available here on preferred platforms.