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Love Struck

Blaquestone returns to our pages with their organic studio session recording their latest song “Love Struck” a knot-holes view of  life with love. Opening up the window to truth letting beauty and light take over. A musical love story that relates to modern day living while capturing a nostalgic soulful vibe that leaves you mesmerized. Make sure you stream the video below and as always…

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All in My Head

TDE is unstoppable when it comes to emerging new talented artist into the light, it’s safe to say they are batting a thousand and with no surprise their new artist SIR delivers with his latest single “All in My Head”.  The song comes off the L.A. singer’s 2016 EP HER, and the new clip features him swaying slow motion in an underground parking lot. Make sure you check out the video below and as always

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“I Am Not Your Negro”

Today’s post is all about the Academy Award nominated feature “I Am Not Your Nergo” an impactful film that raises question and puts a pulse on the country. This film captures the revolutionary life of James Baldwin in a way that stirs up uncomfortable but very necessary. “I Am Not Your Negro is in theaters across the country. Please do your self and check out this historic film and as always…

 

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‘Rise Up’

Toronto-based Soul/Pop artist Liz Loughrey drops an inspiring visual for her new single ‘Rise Up’. With over 2 million views on her Youtube channel, Loughrey has managed to create a devoted and growing fanbase by winning their hearts with her soulful sound blended with uplifting lyrics. Greatly influenced by Etta James and Sade, Loughrey is a genuinely old soul who creates a brand of pop that speaks to the past and signals a bright future.

Written and produced in Miami by Liz Loughrey, Adrian X (The Weeknd, Drake, Kylie Minogue) and Supa Dups (Drake, Party Next Door, Mary J Blige) Rise Up! is a catchy and refreshing song which stands for positive change. It is a call to action that says it’s time to stop living a life of complacency or in the words of the song, it’s time for us to ‘take less and give a little more’. Loughrey adds ‘Rise Up! is more than a song, it’s a movement. The #RiseUpMovement is all about telling the stories of people who are positively impacting the world and encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to Rise Up in their communities. We turn on the news and are constantly bombarded with negativity and so it’s easy to feel powerless, but the #RiseUpMovement is spreading the message that we can do amazing things when we work together.. when we make LOVE our theme, and PEACE our goal’. 

 With that objective in mind, Liz Loughrey has created the Rise Up Workshops. She is currently visiting schools across the country to encourage youth to think outside the box and start making their own positive impact on their community. The stories collected throughout her workshops will be shared on her website. Anyone can take part in the movement by submitting their own story on Social Media using the #RiseUpMovement hashtag.

Rise Up! is the debut single taken from her upcoming EP which is set to be released sometime next year.

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What Happened to Mos Def?

 

Recently Yasiin Bey’s has been communicating with his fans from his voice recordings. In January, he addressed his wellbeing and his arrest in South Africa on Kanye West’s website. He’s quoted saying “I am under unnecessary state supervision and scrutiny.” Today he posted another message on soundcloud in which he explains his cooperation on resolving the political matter in South Africa. Yasiin states that he is well and in good spirits. This 42-year-old has recently announced that he was retiring from music and acting. Which has prompted many hip hop fans to ask “What the Hell happened to Mos Def?” To answer this question is to follow Mos Def’s transformation since his name change in 2011. Yasiin changed his name as a reaction to the fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person. Two years later, another personal choice would make international headlines, Bey decided to move himself and his family to Capetown, South Africa in 2013. After moving to South Africa immigration and legal issues start to arise with his passport and vistors permit. He was not permitted to return to the U.S for his tour in Boston which forced him to cancel due to visa issues. Most recently Yasiin was arrested again at Cape Town International airport while attempting to leave the country and charged with violation of local immigration laws. Both Bey and his family lacked proper permits to be in the country. Having overstayed his visitors permit and being unable to present a valid United States Passport, but was able to present a World Passport, which is not widely accepted as an immigration document because anyone can get one with a notarized document and small fee. The vast majority of countries don’t accept this documentation including the United States, Japan, Russia and Canada.  Six days after his arrest Bey released a 10 minute recording on Kanye website titled a Message from Yasiin Bey. He ends the recording with the statement “No more parties in S.A.” and explains how he will be retiring from music and film immediately after he releases his final album later this year. We are looking forward to hearing and seeing Yasiin Bey and wish him the best of luck in his political endeavors. Make sure you stream his message below and as always

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East Coast Ain’t Dead

Illanoise releases his very impressive album titled “East Coast Ain’t Dead”, a deep street knowledge driven album speaking on real life situations. His lyrical output is exceptionally original along with his cadence and polished delivery. This 21 track album may seem intimidating but Illnoise has accepted the challenge and holds his own on every track. His impressive talent stands out in an over-saturated game, placing him on a different level. Illnoise tracks shines light on the negative ways people are taking advantage of others, the problems of our country and relatable stories dealing with relationships. Overall this album will catapult him to the top of the Indie Hip Hop scene and if nothing else prove that East Coast Hip Hop is not dead as long as he is making music. Stream the album below and as always…

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HIGHER

 

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Remy Banks, a charismatic 26-year-old rapper from Queens outlines his entire life story with his recent 11 track project “Higher”. Raised in the hip hop Mecca, Remy focuses on changing the current state of rap in the big apple by resurrecting original hip hop sound and soul. Not trying to be cool or fit in but rather just be himself and trust his uniqueness will carve its own lane.  Remy’s organic effortless style creates a smooth, laid back feel that you would hear being played at your neighborhood barbecue in the summertime. Calling on producers like  Black Noi$e, King Krule, Left Brain, and artist Syd The Kyd, D.R.A.M., and Hak,  collectively they add their ingredients and spices to cook up this classic material. Remy casually separates himself from the crowd by not limiting his music into a specific box and following the age-old theory of keeping quiet and allowing the work to speak. “Higher” inspires others to be themselves and be products of their environment, encouraging listeners to talk about what they know and embrace the lessons learned growing up as well as encouraging his audience to find their own voice and not be afraid to express what you are going through because your peers or society thinks it’s not cool. Combating the evils of everyday life with the power of individuality and self love.  To hear Remy’s  “Higher” EP stream the video below and as always…

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