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RickRated pays homage to rapper father with mixture throw-back music and unique new sound

March 30th, 2017

 

 

SEATTLE, WA – When Savon York was a child, most of the stories he would hear would be about his rapper father, who went by the stage name Rick Rated. His father lived what York describes as a “street life” filled with violence – so much so that he was shot and killed when Rated was only 8 years old.

 

Growing up, Rated wanted to do what his dad did. So at age 8, when his father died, he started rapping. He became known as Baby Rated, which eventually evolved into Lil’ Rated when he was in high school and today has become the adopted moniker of his father, RickRated.

 

Though he didn’t have the occasion to listen to much of his father’s music, he did recently get his hands on four of his father’s songs. Those songs gave him an insight into his father’s style and how he might adopt some of that same style into his own music in a way that would bring a unique flavor to the hip-hop world in his region of the Pacific Northwest.

 

“He was a very visual rapper,” RickRated said of his father. “He lived a different lifestyle than I do. I’m not the gangster type, and when I listen to his music it has a different direction than where I want to take my music. But when I hear his imagery and storytelling, those are things that I want to carry on with my music. There’s one song in particular where I’m describing my car, and I’d never have been able to get that description without hearing his song and hearing how he described his own car.”

 

Rated said he also wants to make sure his music has depth and strong messages with underlying themes. Everything he creates has a message and more often than not tells the story of something he’s gone through in his life.

 

“My best ideas come in the morning as soon as I wake up,” he said. “I’m the type of person who will wake up and stay in bed and play a beat over and over until I can’t come up with anything else in that moment. Then I’ll set it aside and move on to the next song. I try not to force the music out. If I get blocked in a song, I’ll set it aside until I’m refreshed and feel like I can be inspired.”

 

His new single “Bye” is one of those songs that came through a moment of inspiration. He said it’s a song about a breakup after a relationship of two years and the experience of being single after such a long relationship.

 

“It talks about the girls I dealt with and the changes in the dating scene since the last time I was in it,” he said. “It has an upbeat, trap kind of vibe to it – that feature vibe that everybody listens to today with a catchy hook. What I try to do with all of my music is to be a mainstream artist with mainstream music with a message.”

 

Fans who want to sample some of his music can visit his website at RickRated.com, or check out his Soundcloud page. He also has music videos on his YouTube channel, and fans can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more about upcoming music releases or live performances.

 

 

 

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DJ YOLO IS BACK, AND TURNING UP TO “VIDEOS”

March 30th, 2017

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – If you were to describe DJ Yolo in one word, it might be “persistent.” After a chronic battle with depression and run-ins with the law, the artist found himself behind bars yet again. Dedicated to his fans, his priority upon his release was letting his fans know of his remorse and his renewed sense of dedication to his music and the people who have supported him. “This time I really messed up bad,” he said, “but even though I’m going through some serious legal and psychological problems, I want fans to know I am still 100% dedicated to the music – no matter what happens to me.” While in jail, it was uncovered that the artist suffers with psychological problems – hearing voices, and music, for starters – and while he has much to sort out in his personal life, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he is first and foremost a relentless and talented artist.

 

DJ YOLO’s music is as he puts it “lit”. He elaborates, “I make music for people to turn up to.” His most recent project, a song entitled “VIDEOS” is a clever and laid back song about a modern dilemma: When you’re out with friends and people are recording videos you might not want others to see. With Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook Live and all the other platforms that chronicle events, one might rather stay private.

 

Fans can visit DJ YOLO’s Soundcloud page to sample “VIDEOS”. The song was also most recently featured in a YouTube video by a talented dancer Matt Martin (find him on Instagram at @Matt_Swag1).

 

Though the artist has mountains to climb and obstacles to overcome, he remains committed to his true love, and business, his music. “I have a newer focus – I was already trying to be careful because of past legal issues, but now, my entire life is going to be music and my online presence. I’m not going to let anything stop me from being successful in the industry.” DJ Yolo also says he is currently seeking out management, and a booking agent to further build his team.

 

To learn more about DJ YOLO, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

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#ImFeelinDat Artist Spotlight: Serious Voice

March 28th, 2017

 

 

NY female rapper Serious Voice has been on her musical grind for several years. During her travels to SXSW recently, she crossed paths with International Hip Hop personality and historian Sway Calloway and was invited to take part in his Live taping of a “Sway In The Morning” Cypher.

 

In the video, Serious Voice, decked out in her usual garb, black tie, white shirt, and bright colored jacket, is clearly the stand-out.

 

Watch the Full Video here: https://youtu.be/kqPly73jBXE

 

Serious Voice also released her debut album Shofar recently to great reviews.

 

Shofar is not short of great producers. Award Winning Producer Geeda lends to the Anthem track, Brooklyn based producer MooreBeats aka Lenny Moore contributes S.O.S, THIRSTY RMX, CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP, while So Fo Real takes the baton and runs with Mind Games, Product of the Street, Woah, Dance and Take It To The Altar, and up and coming producer Adam Hill gives the title track Shofar it’s grittiness and just the right attitude to educate the listener on fighting the battle of life.

SHOFAR STREAM: https://play.spotify.com/album/0OTmVg8X7ff9TSMFliotus

 

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Hip-hop artist from Sierra Leone launches new career with single ‘Run Me’

March 26th, 2017

 

COLUMBUS, OH – When Richard Kamara was a child growing up in the country of Sierra Leone, there wasn’t a lot of American-made hip-hop music around. So when 50 Cent released an album and his singles “This is how I Do” and “Candy Shop” found its way to the African country and to Richard’s young ears, he was immediately hooked on this new style of music.

 

“It was because of his music that I started writing my own songs and practicing rapping,” said Richard, who today goes by the stage name Richard Wealth. “In high school I played soccer and after practice I would go home by myself and start writing songs and practicing doing beats on my own. It was a hobby, but I loved his style of music.”

 

In 2008, Richard’s father brought the family to the U.S. so that his children could pursue a better education. By then, however, Richard had developed a thick accent associated with his first language of Creole. And though he poured himself into soccer, he continued to pursue his passion for music and often found a reggae vibe mixing its way into his hip-hop sound because of that Creole background.

 

After high school, he took on a full-time job to pay the bills, but still wanted to pursue music as a career. In fact, during his breaks he would grab a notepad or blank sheet of paper and write lyrics.

 

“It was always in me,” he said of his passion for music. “Music, music, music … it’s all I ever wanted, even when I was at my 9-to-5 job. I remember hearing 50 Cent and thinking, ‘This guy is really dope. He’s really good’ And when I create music, that’s what I want people to think of me. I just want them to love my music – the vibes and all of it. Eventually I want to go mainstream and have my own record label and sign other artists and just generate wealth for myself. That’s why I chose the name Richard Wealth.”

 

He has already started down that path by launching his own record label, Off Price Music Records, while also releasing his first single. It’s a track called “Run Me,” and it was inspired by the song “Run Up” by American electronic band Major Lazer, featuring PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj. Richard Wealth said he heard that song and immediately talked to his friend, who is a producer, about making a similar beat. After working together in the studio to create something original, the result is his new single “Run Me.”

 

“It’s a party song about a girl who dances,” he said. “It’s about seeing this girl dancing and wanting to dance with her. It was produced by Mantra and Matt Hagberg and it’s my first single. I’m working on my second single that will be released this summer.”

 

Fans who want to find out more about Richard Wealth and his upcoming music releases can follow him on social media on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

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Boston-based rapper brings unique sound to the table with new single ‘Work’

March 25th, 2017

 

BOSTON, MA – Sim, AKA Sim-EEE, is not a rapper. He’s an artist.

 

His art includes rap … and R&B, and pop, and funk, and sometimes even soft-rock, if the mood calls for it. His art is the whole canvas of music and all its various genres, and he hopes fans will come to know him as a master of every kind of music there is. And as they get to know who he is as a musician, he hopes to pass along a positive message to the world that could influence generations to come.

 

“I want to spread love and create music that anyone can relate to,” said the Boston-based musician who originally hails from the Mississippi Delta. “I want to give people the scoop on what’s going down socially and how we can come together to affect change. I have kids and I see the way society is set up at this moment and it’s not conducive to anyone who wants to progress in life and who has a dream. I want to show everyone through my music that whatever you want to believe in and focus on, then do that.”

 

His new single, “Work,” is a good example of the kind of message that he hopes to send out to the world. While its lyrics address some of the issues going on in the world today, it’s underlying message is a call to everyone to put in the work that it takes to realize dreams. Sim said the vibe of the single is a combination of trap and club – a “radio and dance song” that he hopes will be catchy enough to grab the attention of new fans.

 

Sim is also working alongside Fashion designer and artist Nili Jicho to help produce the Nili Jicho (Mijini Collection) clothing line. Mijini means “urban” in Swahili. The clothing line is scheduled to launch in mid-April.

 

Sim is also a motivational speaker with the current campaign #Youthsneakerchallenge, in which he gives a fresh pair of sneakers to children who maintain good grades, demonstrate obedience to parents and are respectful to others. He hopes to continue to get more donations to this campaign so as to give as many shoes to children as possible.

 

Music is second-nature to him, he said. As a child of the 1980s and 90s, he said he was heavily influenced by the rap and hip-hop coming out during those decades. He recalls that his first introduction to hip-hop was through the cable channel BET.

 

“Once I saw it, I like the way the rhymes relayed and the dress codes,” he said. “I liked it all around and decided it was something I want to do.”

 

Over the years since that initial inspiration, he’s studied the greats of hip-hop, such as Tupac, 50 Cent, Soulja Slim and Three-Six Mafia. He has also studied other genres and said that when he writes today he often pulls from the influences of other sounds, such as rock and EDM. At the end of the day, though, it’s his unique voice that he said sets him apart from the crowd.

 

“My aura is No. 1,” he said, “and my voice itself is a very distinctive voice. If you study rap, a lot of people with distinctive voices have gone on to do great things. Combine that with my delivery and my versatility and it’s almost harder to try to find what isn’t unique about me.”

 

“Work” is currently available for purchase on all digital download sites, such as iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Fans can also check it out on his Soundcloud page, or visit his YouTube page to view some of his music videos. Fans can also follow him on Facebook, or @Sim_eee on Instagram and Twitter for more information about upcoming music releases or live performances.

 

 

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Hollywood Boogie continues evolution as an artist with new single ‘BoogieMan’

March 24th, 2017

 

 

RICHMOND, VA – There were two constants in Mitchell “Hollywood Boogie’s” home as he was growing up in Richmond, Virginia: music and basketball.

 

His father was a professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets. He was also an amateur musician and often sang or played around the house. His mother was a singer who served as a choir director for their church. She used to sing to young Boogie every day, using new words over the top of old records to modernize the lyrics in a way that would appeal to him. He started singing back to her as a child, developing a sense of rhythm that has evolved into a unique style and sound that today sets him apart as one of the hottest rising hip-hop artists in the country.

 

In many ways, Boogie sees an evolution playing a key role in every step of his music career. From the moment his brother – a local rapper with a modest following – showed him that anyone could be a rapper if they had talent and were willing to work hard, he was dedicated to his craft.

 

“So I began to write lyrics to instrumentals and say them to my friends to see if I was good enough,” he said. “After seeing their reactions, I decided to pursue a music career. But I also played basketball at a high level. I even played for the ABA for awhile until I broke my ankle. I had a choice to rehab and continue to do basketball, or focus instead on music. I’m a hard worker and I decided to put the work that I was putting into basketball into the music.”

 

About four months ago he released a mixtape called “Evolution,” – named as a nod to the way he views his approach to music and his journey as a professional hip-hop artist.

 

“When I started doing music again, I didn’t want to just make any old trap or urban record,” he said. “I wanted to expand peoples’ minds. ‘Evolution’ was my way of talking about a lot of things – education and sports and perseverance.”

 

His new single, “BoogieMan,” is a bit of a return to the urban sound that put him on the map in the first place. He said he was intentional about choosing that sound because he wanted to pay homage to the fan-base that has stayed with him over the years. But he also wants to use the success from that single as a launching pad for his new mixtape, “Relapse,” which he said he hopes to release later this year.

 

To sample some of his music, fans can visit his Soundcloud page, or check out any digital streaming site such as iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Fans can also follow him on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on new music releases or live performances.

 

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North Carolina rapper/comedian showcases unique style with new single ‘Don’t Take It For Granted’

March 24th, 2017

 

SHELBY, NC – For as long as he can remember, Aaron Lee has been able to make people laugh.

 

In fact, to hear the hip-hop artist and stand-up comedian from Shelby, North Carolina tell it, he was born and people started laughing.

 

“I’ve always been laughed at,” he said. “I don’t know why, but I figured if you’re going to laugh anyway then I’ll give you a reason to laugh and be a comedian. Plus, you can’t get mad at what I say because I’m always joking.”

 

The young artist from the East Coast is working to establish himself in both realms of hip-hop and comedy. He’s launched some samples on a YouTube page, and already he’s beginning to grow a fan following.

 

But opportunities like those were almost one car crash away from not being around. About a year ago Lee hit a tree going almost 60 miles per hour. Amazingly, he walked away from the crash with only a major concussion and an injury to his eye. But it was an experience that made him realize the frailty of life and how fleeting opportunities can be.

 

“I woke up in the car and ever since then I’ve been working on rebuilding my life,” he said. “Every time I sit behind the driver seat of a car now, I get pretty nauseous. I know that I might not be here tomorrow, now. You say you know that, but when you go through something like that it lets you know for real. It let me know that if I want to be a comedian or a musician or an entertainer, then I have to do it now and not wait until tomorrow. Instead of putting in resumes at some regular nine-to-five job, I have to take a chance on what I love. There are always going to be roadblocks, and money will come and go, but I just had to do something to chase that dream.”

 

When it comes to making music, Lee said he wants to bring back the originality of rap and tries to shy away from mimicking what other artists are doing nowadays. His new single, “Don’t Take It For Granted,” is the perfect example of that mentality. He said it’s a blend of old school and new school hip-hop. The lyrics talk about the lessons he learned after the car crash, and though it’s upbeat with a chill vibe, the message behind it is serious with a tone of inspiration.

 

“When I was younger I would listen to Eminem and Tupac and I just fell in love with that kind of music,” Lee said. “I also loved 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, T.I., Boosie and Young Jeezy as artists I grew up on. As I’ve grown older I’ve become impressed by how they did something that it takes a lot of hard work to do. They were inspired by the drive they had within themselves, and that inspiration poured out onto others. And now I’m inspired and I want to try to do what they do.”

 

“Don’t Take It For Granted” is currently available for purchase on iTunes. Fans who want to find out more about Aaron Lee and his music and comedy can follow him on social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

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From Stage to Studio: Singer / Songwriter Jaysin Voxx Debuts New Music

March 22nd, 2017

 

 

Los Angeles, CA  – A unique introduction to the music business has made singer / songwriter Jaysin Voxx’s music style one-of-a-kind. Born on stage, he developed his voice and stage presence by performing in musicals from a very young age, capturing the attention of audiences with his voice.  But, when a young (and notably beautiful) girl in school told him that “he had a great voice, but she didn’t hear him on the radio,” he bid the Broadway scene goodbye and headed for the studio where he’d have to reinvent himself and his sound. What the average person might not know is, there’s a vast difference between the two performance arts, and transitioning to the studio and R&B was no easy feat. He’s come a long way from jazz hands and musicals – and without stage direction, he’s stepped into his own as an artist. Voxx has created a brand of music that a fellow musician dubbed “pop with soul.” Says the artist, “It fills a hole in the industry,” explaining that his music evokes a more passionate and soulful Pop R&B sound than the average song on Top 40 radio today, and his commitment to soulful music extends to the lyrics as well. “Everything in the Top 40, I like it, but I’m not always blown away by what the artist has to say.” Like in acting, the storyline of a song is paramount to the songwriting experience for Jaysin Voxx. “It’s like method acting,” he continues.  “If you don’t write it, then how can you feel it?”

 

The artist has been busy recently, serenading about girls, wanderlust and giving the male perspective on relationships. (He laughs that he might be the “anti-Taylor Swift,” noting how eager the blonde pop star is to throw men under the bus in relationships.) His most recent project, a single entitled “Careless Whisper,” is a unique trap club tribute to George Michael’s hit song. Working with music moguls like Phillip Peterson and Benny Blanco (known for their work with major stars like Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and Pink), he recorded the song the day after Christmas and as a way to pay homage to the late iconic singer, Michael. The song is a personal favorite, though the artist doesn’t generally play favorites with his music. “My songs are all my babies,” says Voxx, “They are all my favorites.”

 

What can we expect next out of the immensely talented Jaysin Voxx? He has just dropped a World Pop single called “A Better World.” In 2017, when it feels like the whole world is full of challenges, political issues, and hurt, Voxx has tapped into a feeling of unity with the belief that “music gon’ heal the world,” a line which makes it’s way into the lyrics. Recorded at the iconic Pacifique Studios, where many greats have recorded their hits (Justin Bieber has been known to make an appearance or two), the song is a “direct and powerful” message that seeks to heal a divided nation and world.

 

No matter the message of the song, Jaysin Voxx urges fans to “Voxx it out,” a motto that encourages listeners to live their lives to the absolute fullest, just as the artist aims to do.

 

Fans who want to learn more about Jaysin Voxx can do so by visiting his website, or following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Hot Dizzy sends shout out to lost friend with new single ‘Stand Still’

March 22nd, 2017

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – When Hot Dizzy was working as a bartender at a strip club some years ago, he had no idea that the large guy with the nickname “Big Ace” who ordered a drink from him would become one of his closest friends. But as the two bonded over a rap song being played in the club that night, their friendship grew and Big Ace became one of Dizzy’s biggest inspirations.

 

The passing of Big Ace due to a heart attack hit Dizzy hard. He struggled to find a way to honor the memory of his friend, until he started diving into the hip-hop and rap of his youth. The process of grieving over a friend and writing to express his feelings uncovered a natural talent that he now uses as the hip-hop artist from Indianapolis known as Hot Dizzy.

 

“I had tried rap back in the day, but didn’t take it seriously,” he said. “The thing that pushed me back into rapping was when Big Ace passed away. Now it feels like he’s pushing me to do this. When I played around with rap as a hobby before, it felt like I wasn’t doing anything with it. I even started driving trucks for a while. But now I owe it to him to make this real.”

 

Dizzy said his unique style is that of a rap storyteller. He said his rhymes are often referred to as a narrator telling a story with a distinct flow and delivery. His stories tend to be metaphors for the struggles he’s going through or the things he’s seen. Sometimes his environment and the relationships he enjoys find their way into his music, as well.

 

His single “Hood Low” is currently ranked No. 1 on the Emerging 200 Chart, and he has two other singles out that he hopes will make a similar splash. “Stand Still” is a song specifically dedicated to Big Ace.

 

“It’s about being up in the club and seeing a girl dancing and liking what you see,” he said. “But when you holler at the girl you find out the club is ready to close. So you bounce to another club and find a honey and take her to the hotel and do the thing.”

 

Another single, “Feedback,” is more of a statement piece that he said should let listeners know exactly who he is. Every verse has its own specific meaning, and the driving beat is something he knows will connect with fans.

 

At the end of the day, though, he said he hopes his music is something that can help others out of bad situations by giving them an escape.

 

“If they’re upset or going through something similar, maybe they can get a message out of one of my songs,” he said. “Maybe they can know they aren’t the only ones going through it.”

 

Fans who want to sample Hot Dizzy’s music can visit his Soundcloud page, or check out some of his music videos on his YouTube channel. His new album is scheduled to drop in May, and fans who follow him on Twitter can find out more about upcoming music releases or live performances.

 

 

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Murc Jones strives for greatness with release of new 14-song album

March 21st, 2017

 

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – To this day, Murc Jones doesn’t know why his best friend starting calling him by that nickname.

 

When he was younger and started rapping professionally at around age 16, he and a friend would often get together and record their freestyle raps. At one point they started discussing stage names, and his friend randomly said, “I’m gonna start calling you Murc.”

“I still don’t know why he called me that,” Jones said, “but I’ve been using it ever since. The Jones was something I chose to represent my change and growth as an artist.”

 

That evolution from early freestyle rapper to one of the country’s hottest young hip-hop artists is perhaps best displayed on his new album, “Greatness Over Dishonesty.” It’s a 14-song album that he said tells the story of who he is and what his music is about. Its songs display a variety of different vibes – all of which, he said, show his versatility and unique sound in ways that make him stand out from the crowd.

 

“I’m not trying to sound like anybody else,” he said. “I want to be great, and it’s gonna take honesty to be great. If you want people to listen to you, then you have to be the real you. I think it’s my originality and the fact that I’m not trying to sound like anybody else – that I’m just being myself – that makes me stand out.”

 

Murc said his songs tend to lean toward storytelling, and that the medium of music as a vehicle to share stories is one of the things that first attracted him to hip-hop in the first place. He said he finds it amazing that you can tell a story through music, or create a music video that other people can relate to in a way that makes them perfectly understand what it is he’s trying to say.

 

The main single off the album is called “Live For The Moment,” and is a perfect example of his use of storytelling through music.

 

“It’s a song about how I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the music industry,” he said. “The video is me and a couple of friends just hanging out, chilling to the song. And that’s, in a lot of ways, what I hope other people do when they listen to this album.”

 

To find out more about Murc Jones, fans can follow him on social media @murcjones on Twitter and @murcjonesmusic on Instagram. Fans can also sample his album and other music he’s created on Reverbnation, Soundcloud and Spotify.