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K Lo K

Premiere: Dominican-American emcee MRG switches languages effortlessly on “K Lo K”

Queens, New york native Matthew Raymond Guzmán, better known as MRG, stands poised to continue carving out a special niche with the release of songs such as “K Lo K.” Guzmán is Dominican-American, and he effortlessly switches back and forth between English and Spanish over top of futuristic production by North London-based producer Wize. Hip-hop culture . . .

go in peace

Premiere: The Fifth Estate exudes love and positivity with “Go In Peace”

“Go in peace. Carry on.” Texan rhymesayer and vocalist The Fifth Estate gives us calm, positive vibes with his empowering new romantic record, “Go In Peace.” The versatile creative heads in a different direction from his previous release, “EfYooSiKay,” which he used to vent about some of the most frustrating things he’d been dealing with. He explained . . .

black babylon

Premiere: Donte Peace paints vivid pictures of ‘Black Babylon’ on his new album

Donte Peace isn’t afraid to give you a raw picture of the struggle that he’s personally endured on his engrossing new album, Black Babylon. The Seattle-based artist and self-proclaimed “Nappy Headed King” has a strong, charismatic delivery that serves him well throughout the twelve-track project. Donte is acutely aware of the dangers that come with . . .

Premiere: JSMN releases debut EP ‘A Very Sad Happy Birthday’

  “Getting older is weird. I hate it. Every birthday I feel sad. Like I haven’t accomplished enough at the age I’m at. It’s happy because you have another day. You have another chance to turn it around.”   Who is JSMN? JSMN is a 21-year old STL femcee spinning a web of pretty, poetic . . .

Nao

Nao has been added to the Broccoli City Festival 2017 lineup

Broccoli City Festival is poised to take over Washington, D.C. on May 6th. The festival, which already features acts such as Solange, Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty, will also feature East London sensation Nao, who is coming off the success of her For All We Know album and just released a remix EP . . .

Premiere: MRG - "Bet"

Premiere: Queens emcee MRG refuses to fold on “Bet”

“Down for whatever, you ain’t gotta second guess.” Queens, New York native MRG stands apart from the pack with confident, melodic delivery on “Bet.” The new release carries a laid back vibe, but you can still feel the hunger and intensity boiling through his lyrics. Listeners can draw an array of emotions from the instrumental . . .

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 premiere 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 . . .