Virginia artist Opal takes listeners on an interstellar trip across the Atlantic Ocean with “FRANCE.” Featuring hazy house production from fellow Virginian Fake Uzumi, Opal’s hypnotizing vocals create a trance that will force you to get up and move, or maybe just get your head nodding. There’s no word on whether this record will live on . . .
Singer/Rapper/Producer K Flay has recently released an animated visual for her single “FML.” The Ken Edge-directed video takes Flay’s upbeat, introspective anthem and creates a story where the protagonist fights against her demons including addiction and love. There is also an accompanying video game where you can decided the fate of Flay, either good or . . .
Pure soul will never die in regards to music. The kind of soul where you feel instantly connected to the performer off of the initial melody or the first lyric. That feeling is executed here with singer/songwriter Sulaiman‘s “M R 2” off of his latest project, Manhattan Royal. The Northern Virginia-based vocalist/guitarist provides a genre . . .
Topaz Jones has been making waves for a while now. With his latest release “Wasteland”, it is tough to deny the New York upstart’s talent as an emcee & vocalist. With Episode & Thelonious Martin handling production, Jones floats effortlessly over a synth pop-influenced banger that will have you instantly hitting repeat. While there’s no . . .
What a year it’s been for The Internet. Since releasing their third album Ego Death, the Los Angeles-based band has received critical acclaim and reached higher peaks than before, including a Grammy nomination. Continuing the momentum, the Odd Future affiliates release a two-part video for their songs “Special Affair” & “Curse.” The slowed down dance . . .
Veteran Virginia MC Ced Hughes makes a strong return with his latest single “Ced And The Ghost”. Over futuristic production provided by Ta-Ku, Ced shines lights on a few skeletons with one of the most passionate and aggressive deliveries heard from the Rebel E representative in a while. Stream “Ced And The Ghost” below and . . .
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Virginia rapper Con. While he may have dropped the “Charisma” from his name, he hasn’t lost an ounce of personality as he presents his new collaborative effort with producer Induhgo. This 4-track offering shows Con in a slightly darker, more emotional mindstate compared to the rest of . . .
Remember the feeling that you get from listening to soul music? Some would argue that the genre has become almost non-existent, with a few exceptions such as James Fauntleroy and D’Angelo. We know better. Enter Rob Milton, a singer/song-writer originally from New Jersey currently residing in Virginia. With a smooth voice that has proven to be versatile over any type of . . .
‘Tis the season to turn up. After releasing their debut project Minimum Wage earlier this year, Virginia duo Con & Zank get into the spirit with their new visual “Holiday Bonus”. A carol-sampling, Tony Hundreds production, the video portrays the young MCs in the middle of a Christmas shopping spree in Walmart. Add an inebriated Santa . . .
Virginia emcees Charisma Con & Zank The Cyclops team up to release the video for their latest single “Nose Candy” off of their very slept-on joint project “Minimum Wage”. Directed by Yung Jeff Gordon himself, Shaboozey, this Noose-produced banger is accompanied with a bizzare visual featuring a vintage television advertisement as well as some…well…white girl(s). . . .
In a time where instrumental music is making a comeback, it is always a delight to hear something be said without using words. Washington D.C. (by way of San Antonio, Texas) artist Flash Frequency falls under this description with his latest project Cascade Dreams. An album of eight tracks, Cascade Dreams is a genreless, atmospheric, collage of sounds pieced . . .
If you have been following Maryland artist/producer Matt McGhee, he has been doing a series entitled SHOW featuring “Chainz”, “Premium”, and “Dark” so far. Today, he releases the latest episode “Haze”, starring Kasey Jones, who was featured on the hook of “Dark”. The summery and bouncy production provided by McGhee creates the backdrop for Jones’ impressive . . .
Following the release of “Anchor Down”, New York MC/singer Outasight releases his new record “The Come Up”. An upbeat record that showcases a bravado that hasn’t been seen in a while, “The Come Up” will be featured on OU’s new album “Chasing A Ghost”, which will drop on October 28th. Stream “The Come Up” below, . . .
In light of the events occurring in Ferguson, Missouri, artists have begun to voice their opinions through their music to spread awareness to their respective audiences. Lauryn Hill can now be added to that list as she releases a “sketch” of “Black Rage”. Originally debuted in 2012, “Black Rage” shares the melody of the popular . . .
In a creative age that is said to be flooded with monotony and unoriginal ideas, it is very easy to overlook artists who are pushing boundaries and introducing new ideas to the world. One of the joys I have of writing for Artistic Manifesto is having the opportunity to share those exact artists to a . . .