Artist Spotlight: Nina Maria

May 9th, 2017


Rapper & storyteller, Nina Maria whose birth name is  Adeje Baki Tart, was born in St. Louis, MO January 23. Nina Maria is hermaphrodite rapper & singer with plans of being a transgender.

“I named myself Nina Maria because for one, God, he called me Nina and I had a nine millimeter in my hand, and I like the name Maria from the show Sesame Street.” Nina says, while reminiscing.

Nina Maria has been rapping and singing since the tender age of seven and began playing the tenor sax
while  in middle school. “I didn’t practice much, but I got by playing by ear. I started making beats around 2013, and I haven’t stopped since then. I have schizoaffective disorder and that’s one of the main reasons I usually freestyle my lyrics.” the artist says.

The young Nina Maria was very gifted and intelligent. He attended school in St. Louis up until 9th grade. From there, he begin to experience a few challenges. Shortly after his mom passed away.
“I took it hard and ended up moving to Memphis, TN with my father for the rest of my high school years, I took advanced placement classes and graduated with a GPA of 5.0″ says the artist. He also lived in Whitehaven as well as North Memphis. He graduated from Whitehaven High School. From there he went to Atlanta and studied a year at Morehouse, where he then realized he wanted to serve his country and ended up enlisting into the Marine Corps where he got two meritorious promotions and was a small computer systems specialist for four years. He was a Sergeant (E-5). After departing the USMC with an honorable discharge, he endured an unhealthy relationship, which really took a toll on him. It inspired him to write most of the music that’s out today. The death of his USMC brother really hit home for him, causing him to have a nervous breakdown.

To learn more about Nina Maria, follow his social media platforms here:

Twitter  @13coupe and @ninamariarec
Instagram  @ninamaria17

​Listen on Soundcloud: ​https://soundcloud.com/adeje-tart/almighty_1


Tru Def releases single ‘Real Raps’ – an anthem on being real, working hard and speaking things into existence

April 20th, 2017


DALLAS, TX – To understand the kind of artist that Tru Def is, one needs look no further than his most recent single, “Real Raps.” It’s a song that he wrote and produced himself, and its lyrics speak directly to the truth of who he is and the journey that he’s been on to get to this point in his music career.


“I talk about all the things I’ve done – from meeting Jay Z in New York and Kanye in Chicago, to sharing stages with artists like Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, Fabolous, Pitbull, Lil Jon, Big Krit and more!” Tru Def said. “I’ve been in movie theaters nationwide, I’ve worked with Microsoft and Bud Light, and collaborated with a lot of industry people. This is all from a guy who didn’t have it easy growing up in Dallas. I was raised by my grandmother, but I never made any excuses. I just kept going, and I’m still going to this day. That’s what I want people to get out of my music – that if you believe in yourself and don’t let anything stop you, then you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”


That connection with fans is something Tru Def desires more than anything with his music. He considers that connection to be spiritual, and his mantra to dedicate yourself to a purpose and stick to it is one that comes from his own self-proclaimed prophecies.

“I’m the kind of guy who speaks things into existence and they happen,” he said. “I believe in a higher power and spirit and that definitely finds its way into my music. Sometimes I’ll rap my lyrics and then go back and listen to it and realize I’ve said something before it even happened, and it eventually came true.”


Tru Def is a spiritual guy whose lyrics have depth and allow fans to connect with him. His music is fun and laidback, and he infuses several styles within each song. His tracks often have a deeper message to the lyrics that people can listen to each track repeatedly and catch new phrases of inspiration.


“He connects with his fans by empowering them,” said Trevoy, Tru Def’s business partner. “When they see him perform they connect with his energy. What you see is his true form and people gravitate to that natural energy. I’ve seen him affect pockets of people all over the world, and the more we can elevate his brand and get his message out, the more people we can affect.”


Tru Def said he loves that people connect to his music that way, and that he hopes to be able to give more people goose bumps. “Real Raps” is the most recent endeavor to help inspire people, and the music video for the single helps take that message to another level. He’s also currently working on a new project called “Dreams to Reality,” that he hopes to release later this year. Fans can also join his brand by purchasing merchandise from his Aufstand clothing brand – a name that was inspired by a German word that means “rebel.”


Tru Def has an upcoming performance on June 3 with T.I. for the Hustle Gang Tour in Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live.


To listen to his music or to follow him on social media, please visit the following links:


Website: trusocietymusic.com
Twitter: @Tru_Def
Instagram: @Tru_Def
Snapchat: @Tru_Society
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tru-Def-331566240303475/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2wya27obQb8KEEgDvNckYP
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/Ij7Nib
Music Video: https://youtu.be/krmqV9UtAz0 Filmed and Directed by Dominic Fondon



King Baines uses personal struggles to encourage others to embrace positive lifestyle

April 14th, 2017



SHREVEPORT, LA – When Jonathan “King” Baines was a child, his mother performed as a backup singer for a popular Louisiana-based artist. He would often find himself joining his mother at shows, and the artist would invite him onto stage during warmups and encourage him to try his hand at performing and rapping. It was his introduction to playing to a crowd, and he very quickly realized just how much he loved it.


Today, the professional musician from Shreveport, Louisiana is riding a wave of success after the release of his new single “Do It to the Buick.” The song is a signature single behind his Go 4 Broke label because, as he said, it was a personal request from his very first public fan encounter.


King has had his fair share of struggles along the way to his current music career. He grew up in a neighborhood with high crime and saw his uncle convicted to a 15-year prison sentence. He also lost friends to gun violence and even served his own lengthy prison sentence. All of those things have influenced him to today create music that influences others to avoid that negative lifestyle and embrace a lifestyle that encourages one another and promotes unity.


“When people hear my music I want them to feel relieved,” he said. “I want them to see me as someone who has been through the same things that they might be going through right now. I talk to a lot of people and I always tell them to not feel alone. They’re not the only person going through it and there’s always a way to get out of it. My music is therapy and people who feel like me can relate to me. I’m counseling the people coming out of the streets like me – people who are surrounded by violence and murders and drug sales and people who stabbed them in the back. Maybe they don’t know how to react or they feel alone. I want to help them understand that we all relate in some way. If you’re going through some situation, I want my music to make you put the gun down, or if you’re a girl who doesn’t feel appreciated I want to help you feel appreciated.”


King said he and his friend and business partner Snake Eyes created the label Go 4 Broke to create music with this message behind it. They’re getting ready to release a compilation album called “Go 4 Broke Presents King Baines Unleashed,” and the first single from the album – “Sleep Is for the Rich” – will be dropping in May. They’re also ready to release a series of videos called “Who Is King Baines” – a compilation of videos, performances and raw documented material that will better acquaint the audience with him as an artist.


“Most of what we try to do is empower and uplift, while giving reality,” King said. “I’m not a preacher in a pulpit talking about things that I’ve never been through. I’m pushing to strengthen what weakens us. If you’re a single parent, or if you have an absent father or mother, my music is going to be there for you. There are tons of people out there preaching bout problems but not offering solutions. I want to be someone who offers solutions.”


To listen to King Baines’ music, or to follow him on social media please visit the following links:












Chicago rapper launches new music career with first EP ‘Preparation’

March 31st, 2017



CHICAGO, IL –  More often than not, the inspiration for Ola’s music happens while he’s asleep.


As many people around the world do, Ola falls asleep at night with music in his ears. Sometimes he plays a beat over and over again through the headphones in his ears and falls asleep to it – which he said almost always affects his dreams. And whatever he wakes up to – whatever feeling or emotion or thought process – becomes the foundation for a song.


“That’s how I wrote my first song,” he said. “It was after I watched the movie ‘8 Mile’ and I woke up that night and wrote down some rhymes. I would come back to it every once in a while after that, but I never really took it seriously. Then in about 2009 I was in Florida listening to music and freestyling with a friend and he said I was really good and encouraged me to keep going. We got into it so much that we bought some recording software and a $100 mic at a local store and just recorded stuff for days and days. I had caught the bug, and I couldn’t stop.”


When he moved back to Chicago, the real world hit and he had to get a full-time job in order to pay the bills and support himself. But all the while that he was working the job, he said he was never really happy. And every time he would sample some of his music to family and friends they would tell him how excited they were about his music and how much they liked his freestyling.


“I figured if people like it, then I should do it,” he said. “I know now that I’m made to do this. This is what I’m supposed to do. Like so many other things, I woke up one day and it was like a revelation. So I found my old engineer and we started working together.”


Today his music career is starting to take off. He currently has two songs that are getting regular radio play throughout the Chicago area – “Check (feat. Chris Hasty)” and “On My Mind (feat. Jay Arroyo).” The first is a song with a “grimy” sound to it, he said, but which also showcases his skills as a lyricist.


“It’s basically a song about money,” he said. “It sounds a little bit trap-oriented, but it’s definitely lyrical. And Chris Hasty is lyrical. I feel like it’s a record that’s animated and super eccentric.”


“On My Mind” on the other hand has a much different feel to it, he said. It’s a lighter sounding song with a subtle pop melody. It, too, is a song that talks about money, but from a different approach that Ola said is “a little more personal – like I’m talking directly to someone.”


These singles are two of 22 features on his album “Preparation.” He said this is an album that announces his music to the world and is the start of him taking his music career seriously.


Fans who want to sample some of his music can visit his Soundcloud page, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates about new music releases or live performances.






Artist Showcase & Meet & Greet (April 21st in Chicago)

March 30th, 2017



Mr.Chi-Industry & Narley Gang
2nd annual #Midwest #Industry #ReUnion
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#Starring:Lil Chris (#MTE)/Ac Style /Donnie Money & Trey Trilla/Chicago Green Team/Kloud 9/KIYAH/Sincere (#YFL) /TRU/& Goonie da Godd
#Hosted by: J-wunda/Brandy Martin & ThadLu
Sounds by: DjX
When:#Friday April 21st
Where: #Carolyns located:1744 n central ave

Time:doors open/#Artist signup 6 pm #Showtime 7pm
Price: $20 includes drink ticket
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Main #Headliners: AC Style & Lil Chris (MTE)

#Media coverage and #Photos provided by:
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Solo acts 4 minutes
Group acts 7 minutes
Headliner acts 10 minutes
Additional 4 minutes of #Performance $40
To register #Perform or attend Text #MIR to:312.536.5093


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.






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.





#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



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.





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.