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EfYooSiKay

Bounce to the soulful sounds of The Fifth Estate’s “EfYooSiKay” (Premiere)

“Let me pause the positivity for a second. Let me breathe. Let me find my balance. Let me find peace inside my palace.” It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Fifth Estate, but the soulful emcee from Texas gets heads nodding once more with the release of “EfYooSiKay.” Fifth has a generally laid . . .

classic kanye west instrumentals

Listen to classic Kanye West instrumentals via Essnse’s ‘Produced by K. West’ Vol 3 mix

Kanye West beats will hold a special place in the hearts of many for years to come. It’s not hard to understand why. Essnse, the homie from the West Coast, saw fit to bless the world with another edition of Produced by K. West for Very Good Beats that’s full of classic Kanye West instrumentals . . .

you should know

Premiere: Ashoka – “You Should Know”

Rockland County, New York’s Ashoka partners with us to premire his new song, “You Should Know.” It’s powerful as he displays determination and a drive to let others know he is here to stay and win. In an email from Ashoka, he states, “The hook ‘we come from the era where that glitter seen as gold, . . .

Premiere: Vars City – “Levels” ft. Mir Fontane (Prod. Moofy)

Vars City has Jersey jumpin’ on “Levels” South Jersey trio, Vars City (consisting of Don Fresco, Don Wonder, and Von Bruce) grace AM tonight to premiere their new single, “Levels.” The deeper we get into any game, the more we become aware of what it took to get there. Vars City takes this opportunity to show how . . .

Javeon discusses “Control” and the challenges of multi-genre artistry

You’d be forgiven for thinking Javeon was raised on house music. After getting a start with garage joints and songs with fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore, the budding night club emcee and singer soon found himself rising to the forefront of house’s new generation of vocalists. Following a string of successful releases with some of the . . .

Beats, Rhymes & Phife

Essnse pays homage to ATCQ with his “Beats, Rhymes & Phife” mix (Exclusive)

A Tribe Called Quest is dropping a new album on Friday. To say that a lot of people are excited would be an understatement. Our West Coast homie Essnse saw fit to pay homage to the group, and the late Phife Dawg especially, with an 83 minute ATCQ-influenced mix called “Beats, Rhymes & Phife.” Essnse . . .

Like It's Real

Ace Shocka’s “Like It’s Real (Redux)” strikes a beautiful, delicate balance (Premiere)

Ace Shocka‘s “Like It’s Real (Redux)” is a buoyant, mellow track that gives listeners a distinct choice. You can choose to either float along and get lost in the vibe, or you can embrace every detail that sets it apart from the pack. It’s been over two years since Ace’s last release, and he chooses . . .

Maya Got Lost

Premiere: Melle Jutte finds himself through his ‘Maya Got Lost’ EP

Melle Jutte‘s been teasing his eagerly awaited Maya Got Lost project for a while, and it has officially arrived. Released through Trapdoor Records, his debut EP covers an ocean of sounds – dub and tribal vibes influence the opener “Pro’s n Converse,” emcee/vocalist Pete Philly makes a stunning return on alt-R&B joint “Concrete,” and things get dark and bass-heavy . . .

Yonkwi

Get to know Cameroonian hip-hop artist Yonkwi

Artists find inspiration from all sorts of places. For New York-based artist Yonkwi, his cultural heritage provides much of the inspiration and influence for his music. Yonkwi’s father passed the name down to him, a big and important responsibility in many African cultures. It took a while for him to be OK with using the name . . .

AJMW - "These Times" (Premiere)

AJMW seeks unity in “These Times” (Premiere)

AJMW’s “These Times” is a shimmering, sonically explorative track that serves as a foundational piece of his Unity project. Creating a piece of work that runs from beginning to end smoothly isn’t an easy task to accomplish, but that’s something that AJMW, also known as Ashley Warden, had in mind when shaping his latest release, Unity. Wanting . . .

nostalgia, extended: 20 Frank Ocean songs you need to remember

There’s a peculiar truth about nostalgia and I think it’s time we discuss it. That truth: nothing was ever as good as we remember it. Nothing. Not the touch, not the taste, not the sound, not even the moment. But that’s what makes nostalgia so fucking great, right? It’s not about how accurate our brains . . .

Forever, Dom Kennedy

Stream an exclusive ‘Forever, Dom Kennedy’ mix by ESSNSE

Dom Kennedy music has defined a lot of summertime experiences for a good number of us. Relive some of these moments with our exclusive Forever, Dom Kennedy mix by ESSNSE (formerly known as ARIUS and ESSNTL). ESSNSE explained that the project “is a reminder that DOM’s work will live on as long as people are . . .

When Stars Align

AM Mix: Yazbeatz redefines ‘Future Beats’ with “When Stars Align”

If you’ve been following Artistic Manifesto for some time now, you may have heard a number of quality releases from artists on the Future Beats Records roster. Today, we’re joining forces with them to release a brand new mix called When Stars Align. When Stars Align is an audio representation of what happens when the . . .

Mula

Premiere: Lost Club chops up Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” for “Mula”

You may have seen Lege Kale featured on Artistic Manifesto in the past. The Columbus, Ohio-based producer has a knack for lush melodies and innovative percussion patterns that quickly captured our attention. Lege is on a new wave these days, as he’s teamed up with his younger brother Ordnry Yngstr to form a group known as Lost . . .

Far Away

Premiere: Billy Mercury takes things to another level on “Far Away” (Video)

You might have seen Billy Mercury breakdancing in Masego‘s “Girls That Dance” video. You might have caught him stealing the show on stage somewhere in Virginia. Whether this is your first time seeing him or not, you might find yourself enjoying his charisma and positive energy throughout his “Far Away” video. Filmed during a trip . . .