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SazE Debuts His New Album, ‘SxS Out Now’: Listen

A new sound to look out for is this hip hop artist Saz, who goes by the stage name SazE.

Brooklyn-born, SazE has been creating and mastering his talent for some time now in order to become the next big rapper and producer. In a recent collaboration with producer DON, they put together an album that some could consider a fire record. With solid compositions, well-formulated melodies, and a lot of rhythm, SazE demonstrates his true skills in the riffing game and DON helps us explore the intricacies of song creation. As a former philosophy student at Brandeis University, it’s not hard to find that much of his lyrical writing style is influenced by his major.

Together, this duo make up the collective named SxS, which became the name of their debut album. I had a chance to ask the SazE a few questions about the creation of this album and where he sees himself going with his music. I had a wonderful time speaking to this thoughtful human being from topics of musical taste to human nature to history to emotions and life decisions. The man has been through so much, and like a true philosopher and story teller, he painted pictures of his experiences in these detailed and engaging ways.

The New Jersey-born artist was raised as one of three boys. His father was a Nigerian immigrant and his mother a black woman, and because of this home was filled with “color and flavor”. It was because of his brother and father though that SazE became interested in music in the first place, introducing him to music like Jay Z. His dad also taught the young rapper how to love and appreciate music from the speaker itself, feeling the vibrations and feeling the pride in the music.

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From that point on, SazE knew music was a path he wanted to pursue, and he actually wrote his first rap when he was 6 years old with the sole lyrics being “Why you messin’ with the old man?” He said that he then really started making music in 7th grade and deemed it to be his “emotional hard drive” as life’s hardships finally began to creep into his domain. His middle brother was autistic, but SazE said if there was anything that he learned from that relationship, it was empathy and compassion. Later on, his parents would divorce and this would thrust him into a darker place where things reminded him that love is nothing but BS and there are “dark sides to your parents”. To him, it was like the lights were suddenly shut off on him. “You learn about your emotions during times like those”.

In 8th grade, the artist would take part in a rap group, where he would focus on the concepts he truly wanted to touch upon: emotional relatability, concepts and ideas. He wanted to become technically proficient in his art, and each day he would perfect his craft more.

SazE would attend Brandeis University to pursue a degree in philosophy and from that he gained a love for indie-rock music. “I became obsessed with angst in college, especially with the melodies”. He admits that some of his influences included Arcade Fire’s album The Suburbs, and artists like Kid Cudi and Kanye West. “They inspired me to go for it… people will latch onto the sincerity of it [the music].” SazE still recalls, in 2011, his autistic brother died–the same day Arcade Fire won a Grammy for the record The Suburbs. It was a pretty symbolic day, one that still resonates in his heart and mind as something mysterious. “College taught me about loss–it widened my introspective scope”.

In 2012, the hip hop producer began making beats in college and would expand his musical abilities even more. “It felt like being god. It was like adding sounds in and suddenly ‘let there be snare'”. He faced ups and down throughout college and heartbreak from his first real love, but even then, he would continue onward in his musical pursuit to experimental enlightenment. Upon graduating, he moved out to Maryland and that’s when his studio album Sundown Therapywas created. “Sundown Therapy was a self-indulgent album. My introversion makes me so analytical even though I maybe able to express myself…just me, myself, and I are awkward”. He then noticed how upset he was where he resided and decided to make yet another big move back to the main city, New York. There he landed a job on Wall Street, but even then he realized something was wrong. The life he was leading and the job he had went against everything that he believed in. Morals were different, people were different, and it was a lifeless, creative-less environment.

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With a big heart and a large dream, he quit his job and began teaching so that he would have more time to pursue music. This is when he met Sean (DON), his producer friend from Chicago, whom he would develop SxS with. Off the album, SazE admits his two favorite singles are “Bungalow on the Beach” and “Paycheck”. If there was a way to describe SazE, it would be a mix between Kid Cudi and Kanye West, where Cudi’s darkness and mystery and West’s epic force and intensity intertwine.

I was curious to know who inspired this versatile artist, to which he replied that he loves Amy Winehouse for her honesty, Frank Ocean for his sincerity, and Lorde for being his muse (calling her “an unapologetic” songstress).

I had fun asking some of my rapid-fire interview questions such as: His one word to describe himself would be “creative”; he is #OnTheVerge of “gettin’ outta here”; and the one album he would be left with for the rest of his life if he had to only choose one would be Currents by Tame Impala (he deemed it to be the “perfect album” in terms of its content because it is all about life, existential angst, and it never gets boring).

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The poet is working on his forthcoming album now that he has a studio in his own house, so we should be expecting much more from him in the near future. In fact, look out for his music video that will be released on April 25th!

After our conversation, I am excited to see where this artist will take his creative, and where that will take him.

Be sure to follow these guys on Spotify, and listen to the album above! And check SazE out on Instagramas well!

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Indie-Alt Rock Band Sure Sure Releases Their Debut Album

 

For Sure

For the runaway, the daydreamer, and the Ferris Bueller, Sure Sure’s music is the indie-rock band the doctor just prescribed. The music is the light-hearted adventure the youth in everyone hangs onto. From the chord progression to the synths in between, you’re taken into their psychedelic, down-tempo score and fall deeper in love with each song.

With a total combination score of over 7.4 million streams on Spotify, Sure Sure has made the cut to be a new band to watch out for. The band is excited as they have just released their debut album, and have already been receiving high acclaim for the compilation. “Hands Up Head Down”, a single off the project, hit #1 on the Hype Machine “Popular” chart, hit #3 on Soundcloud’s Indie Chart, and was named “Top Indie Track of 2017” by Indie Shuffle.

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So, who are the guys? Sure Sure is an alternative/experimental pop band from Los Angeles, California with an integrated indie rock flow. The band includes keyboardist and singer Chris Beachy, guitarist and singer Charlie Glick, drummer and percussionist Kevin Farzad, and producer and bassist Michael Coleman. Using their current living situation as their in-house studio, the guys record and construct their music sessions there. These emerging artists are bringing a newfound love to the sounds of indie-rock, with their sweet melodies, hypnotic lyrics, and enchanting, dreamy productions. The press also agree saying things like “their music does much to show how fun indie/alt can (and should!) be” (Hits Daily Double) and how it “deserves more attention … endlessly catchy” (Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear).

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This month, Sure Sure is hitting the road and experiencing their first national tour of the US. Check out the tour dates below!

Be sure to check out their album above and watch these guys grow even more as more smiles are produced from the beaming ray of sunlight that is their music.

HIPPOCAMPUS TOUR DATES
1/18         Vancouver, BC                   The Imperial

1/19         Seattle, WA                      Neptune Theatre

1/20        Portland, OR                      Crystal Ballroom

1/22        Santa Cruz, CA                    The Catalyst

1/23        San Francisco, CA                 Fillmore

1/25        San Diego, CA                     House of Blues

1/26        Los Angeles, CA                   The Fonda Theatre

1/27        Phoenix, AZ                       The Van Buren

1/29        Salt Lake City, UT                The Complex

1/31         Denver, CO                        Gothic Theatre

2/1           Lawrence, KS                     The Bottleneck

2/2          Columbia, MO                      The Blue Note

2/6          Grand Rapids, MI                  Pyramid Scheme

2/7          Cincinnati, OH                    20th Century Theater

2/10        Brooklyn, NY                       Brooklyn Steel

2/11         Portland, ME                      Port City Music Hall

2/13        Burlington, VT                     Higher Ground Ballroom

2/14        Albany, NY                         Lucky Strike Social

2/16        Chicago, IL                        Vic Theatre

2/17        St. Paul, MN                       Palace Theater

HEADLINING TOUR DATES
4/2          San Luis Obispo, CA            SLO Brew
4/5          Seattle, WA                    Columbia City Theater
4/13        Minneapolis, MN                 7th St Entry
4/14        Chicago, IL                     SPACE
4/17        Cambridge, MA                   Middle East Upstairs
4/21        Philadelphia, PA                Boot & Saddle
4/22        Washington, DC                  DC9
4/24       Atlanta, GA                      Masquerade – Purgatory
4/25        Nashville, TN                   Venue TBD
4/27        Dallas, TX                      Three Links
4/28       Austin, TX                       Antone's
5/10        Los Angeles, CA                 Teragram Ballroom

 

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[Exclusive] Interview with Coast Modern on New Album & Fav LA Tacos

Take a dive into their chill, tropical sound waves

This dynamic duo, made up of Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp, is up to something and that something is their forthcoming debut album which is to become the perfect set list of jams for you this summer! The expected release is to be July 28th, so be sure to mark your calendars for when this special day arrives.

A new track we have gotten a taste of is their recent release “Dive”, which is a single off the upcoming compilation. Billboard said “Here’s another certified jam to add to your summertime playlist, courtesy of Coast Modern.”

The best way to describe their music? I’d say it’s the sound of Weezer’s Island in the Sun meets the Beach Boys in a wistful indie dreamland of sorrow and bliss. When you hear their music, you are transported to a sort of middle world of dimensions where  you really have no cares at all and just let the music take you away in this endless stream of consciousness. I decided to take a dive with the guys and learn more about the makings of their sound and little more about them in general.

The guys are always known to be fun and cheeky, and so I thought it would be fun to ask a few unconventional interview questions to set the right scene.

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When I asked 1/2 of Coast Modern about their sound and the genre he perceived themselves as, he replied “It’s funny that before we signed our publishing deal our record deal, I didn’t even know that alternative was a genre, and that kind of surprised me when that was a thing.” He continued to explain the concept behind their recently released track: “when we wrote ‘Dive’ we were kind of trying to capture that nostalgic, youthful excitement. Maybe it’s like fresh love, maybe it’s like exploration. It’s also just very tropical vibes.”

Coast Modern quite literally tries to aim for their namesake, “modern”, in the sense that they are pushing the boundaries of their alternative pop peers and hoping to create a genre where they lead the way all the way through. In other words, their genre could be considered a misfit of alternative rock bands as their pop/electronic influences seep into their old school, beach house aura.

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Similarly, these boys are masterminds behind their brand, utilizing bold, colorful graphics behind their cover art and marketing to match their eclectic sound. Trapp, who writes and produces everything with Atlas as well as sings when they perform live, explained that “early on we knew we wanted something that was bold and had lots of colors. We dug through some artists that were great at that, and luckily the first choice we had, Dai Ruiz, knew exactly what we wanted. She was awesome and we’re glad that we’re still working with her up to this point.”

He stammered for a bit when I asked who were his favorite artists, and justifiably so. “Like I have a thousand answers,” he laughed in exasperation. “Like when I was younger discovering music, it was of course like Led Zeppelin, but I’ve been so inspired in the past couple years by so many artists. Errrr, I don’t even know where to begin. I’d say Dessert, they put out a single last year called “Eyes Wide Shut”, and it comes to my mind because of how fun it was. The most ill party vibes, and I call it “ill” because they played a 90’s hip-hop sample with this very underwhelming melody over it, and the juxtaposition is just very inspiring. There’s also a band called Mini Mansions that I liked and then this collaboration project called Soft Hair that did a song “Lying has to Stop”, and it’s like butter to your ears”, he says excitedly. You could just hear the passion in his voice as he named these artists.

Trapp went on to tell me that his soul song would have to be the classic “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Why you ask? “Because I got this feeling when I was younger that there is something much deeper than what is sitting on the surface of the lyrics, and  it was the first time I ever got that feeling, so it really stuck with me. Like instead of talking about sitting  on a dock talking about watching time pass, when I heard it, I got this really deep sensation that it’s actually about like going through different lives and eternity, so it gave me this weird out of body experience and it stuck with me.”

I had to ask where their dream place would be if they could perform anywhere, to which he replied jokingly (but pretty seriously) “In space”. LOL. Then he followed that response by saying that he would also like to perform somewhere in Asia, like Japan.

The boys’ history goes way back, but for Colemann specifically, it started back when he was 18 producing for all kinds of rappers and singers, then inspiring to pursue his own music career. The LA scene was a great stepping stone for the boys to get their music out there.

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I asked him what would be his favorite taco place in LA if he had to give us advice. “I really like janky places, not trendy ones, so I would have to say King Taco, Taco King, …” If you couldn’t tell, he likes his regal tacos. “Really the jankier the place, the better it is haha!”

One thing Trapp can’t leave without is his spare guitar, which sits in the back of his truck for whenever inspiration strikes. The guys plan on having more releases and projects coming out down the line in the next 5-10 years, so fans will be on the look out.

After releasing their hit single, “Hollow Life”, the LA-based act has released numerous tracks to keep their musical mojo momentum going. And it only proved to be true as their were garnering air time from notable organizations like SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. They received set time to perform  live at SXSW, and they were able to open on tour with BORNS, The Wombats, and Temper Trap! Quite the resume they have here. Blogs and fashion press would find them and only help build their name and publicity, and they continue to grow and become more well known as people begin to recognize their powerful and well-crafted sound.

I asked Trapp what they are on the verge of, to which he replied, “being a ‘meme’– we want to be a part of the internet. But as much as we want to be a meme, we’re also doing everything we can to like like make life more physical and to make our brand really something that you can touch…”

It was a pleasure speaking with Coast Modern and I look forward to hearing the full-length album!

Find Coast Modern on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Instagram

 

Logic Breaks the Billboard Top 200 Chart with New Project ‘Everybody’

Everybody is so proud of Logic!

No seriously! Today, the young rapper makes the Billboard Top 200 Chart with his well-constructed and novel project, Everybody.

A tall-tale that is far from fictional, young Bobby tells his story, from beginning to end of living in the midst of biracialism and dealing with the turmoil that came with it. Despite the anguish and hurt he faced each day by a mother who called him her son and at times the “N” word. Nonetheless, Logic doesn’t fear his past, but rather uses it to fuel his celebration of life and diversity.

The Super Mario World man ranks his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums Chart today. The album released this compilation via Visionary/Def Jam Recordings, and according to Billboard there were 196,000 were in traditional album sales.

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DOVER, DE – JUNE 19: Rapper Logic performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly)

The Billboard 200 has always been known to be one of the most prestigious rewards for any artist trying to claim their spot in the music industry, and it is constantly being updated as music is an ever-changing domain of sound.

The Chart also measures in  the number of streaming streams the song receives, which in Everybody‘s case is 47,000 in SEA.

Logic dropped this amazing piece of artistry, which released on May 5th, and takes you through an adventure of death, purgatory, and life and offers you sprinkles of wisdom and comic relief. Including such notable tracks as “Everybody”, “America”,  1-800-273-8255″, and “Black Spiderman”, the album includes a myriad of features that keep you on your toes, and desperately asking for more. It’s jus the sheer nature of cliche and profound that gets you. In all of us, we’re all searching for acceptance, and some of us just don’t know how to do that in a world filled with so much hate and destitute. However, amidst the isolation comes an inner hope that Logic distinctly points out within each record.

As you follow the songs play by play (which you have to do in order to get the full story), we get a taste of many thoughts of The Super Mario World man such as his political ad sociocultural opinions and his feelings and experiences living with a drug-abusing mother and father. The album also is set with a man named Atom (radio ­personality Big Von), who just dies in a car crash, only to meet one version of God (astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) in the waiting room of life and death to learn more about how everyone is created equal and how we all return in the afterlife to be reincarnated as a completely different person of race, gender/sexual orientation, religion and age.

Truly a stunning epic; his last album, like his last supper, one not meant to be ever forgotten.

Listen to the Full Album Below!

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K. Flay Releases Sultry New Album ‘Everywhere is Somewhere’

Dreamers, get ready for a trip

K. Flay, neé Kristine Meredith Flaherty, is an American pop-rock princess. Her eclectic and mysterious sound is what got her here in the first place, a position she most certainly deserved. She is a talented young woman with a force to rally the riots.

She now releases her highly anticipated studio production Everywhere is Somewhere, a riveting compilation of tunes and melodies.

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This album will have people singing “I want more” along with this innovative artist who utilizes as many aspects of noise that she can to build a solidified and harmonized world.

She blends worlds of various genres such as hip-hop, pop, and alternative/indie rock and this only demonstrates the power she holds over her own sound. Via melodic murmurs, this Illinois-born rockstar incorporates a sultry sadness in the music she produces.

This album is not one to miss, with amazing singles such as “High Enough”, “Black Wave”, “Blood in the Cut” and  “Dreamers,” you absolutely cannot go wrong with this Lana Del Ray, Blackbear, Bjork, Lykke Li sounding artist.

K. Flay is such an interesting character and a fresh sound, no doubt about that. She was originally a Stanford University of California student, who once picked up the mic to mock pop-hip ballads and their demeaning messages of misogyny, and only came to find that people really enjoyed her version of bold revolutionary songs. Thus began her successful journey down this path as a serious career.

She moved to San Francisco and jumped in the studio and was constructing what would be her first hits. Back in 2004, K. Flay dropped Suburban Rap Queen (her first big debut), followed by Mashed Potatoes, and then Life as a Dog which was the project that made the Billboard Top 200 Albums!

This Interscope Records signee has already toured both the US and Europe, and we’re excited to see what other incredible experiences this woman of force will venture on as she produces more!

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Listen here now:

Be sure to follow her now on both Instagram and Facebook!

[Exclusive]: Interview with Epic Records Rapper Nick Grant at AWOL Listening Party

Baby don’t fight it, you just gotta go with it // Ain’t nothin’ for sale, I just put my soul in it …

Nick Grant spits his rhymes with confidence and charisma as we hear the reverbs echo in our ears.

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Last night, at one of Boston’s hippest urban streetwear retail stores, AWOL, one of L.A.’s rising stars held an album listening party for the city of Boston in promotion of his recent project Return of the Cool, which dropped just a few days ago on January 13th. Now Grant steps out of the studio and into the worlds of his fans as he comes to meet students from the area in this shop to explain in depth the meaning of each track off the compilation.

While at AWOL, we all looked at the merchandise, chatted, and waited for the rapper to arrive. When Grant did, he walked into the store with a smile on his face and zeal, ready to give his crowd an experience to never forget. I had a chance to interview the man himself before we got down to business and you can read our interview below. We all finally sat down and were each handed headphones with green lights to wear as we were going to be engaging in a silent listening party. The room would remain silent as we all listened to music on our own terms. The Epic Records / Culture Republic signee would then explain the meaning behind each song’s production and creation before sharing it with us and what the track itself personally meant to him. While listening, I noticed how the compositions were seamless and the rhymes were bold. He carried such a strong flow and energy in each track that it was almost impossible to sit still. If  you looked around, every person was moving in their own way, vibing to the melodies and infectious harmonies this rapper was picking up and placing down. Smiles cracked when people heard a line or a riff that struck them in the right way and emotions filled the silent store as the music blasted in each of our own ears. That night, we had a chance to hear an amazing and well-constructed album.

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It goes without saying, the music was contagious. Everyone seemed to find that one song that really meant something to them, that one song that really made them feel that they were a part of the great return of the cool. The potential for this artist is outrageous, and Grant clearly found his niche and achieved success in this competitive industry of hip hop and rap.

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To hear the album now, listen to it here below:

AND Here is our interview:

[Neelu Mohaghegh (Me, NM)]: Hey! So, please introduce yourself!

[Nick Grant, NG]: My name is Nick Grant. I’m a rapper from South Carolina, I make hip hop music, with my grandparents raising me, my mother’s mother, my father’s father , so my life was kind of balanced on like how to treat a woman and stuff you should do as a man like pull your pants up, firm handshakes, look people in the eyes when you speak to them. So, it’s a pretty normal life, I just have something people say is to be an extraordinary talent.

[NM]: Awesome, so what’s been the inspiration behind this album that you just dropped?

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[NG]: It started as a mixtape, for so long I was yearning for people to listen to my music and appreciate my music, and when I got a chance for them to do so, I wanted to put out another body of work, but the people on my team felt like it was too soon, too early. And for me, it was always me wanting to put out music. So, it started out as a mixtape, and the inspiration from that came, I wanted people to feel the same thing I felt like growing up as a kid, and that is what I feel hip hop should be present day based on all the great people I’ve been listening to, whether it was: Jay Z, NAS, Tupac, Biggie, all those guys. Pulling from different people, to help build this body of work.

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[NM]: So, what does hip hop mean to you?

[NG]: Hip hop is my life. It’s a form of expression. Hip hop helped a lot of people out of bad situations, I feel like if it wasn’t for hip hop, there would be a lot worse things goin’ on in the world, know what I’m sayin’? Hip hop saved a lot of lives. At one point people were break dancing instead of fighting, like battling break dancing instead of fighting; that’s like the coolest thing in the world. This is something I live and breathe and study everyday. I also feel like it’s a way to connect different types of people throughout the world, conversation wise like “why did you say this” and “why did you choose to say that” or “what is this about”. It’s also a way of understanding people. You know if you don’t understand somebody or some type person in hip hop, you can listen to their music and figure out who they really are. Like you might they say “what did you say that?”, you might see an interview and think why did they say that, and then you say “Oh, I see that now, I see why you said that because I heard this album”. You’ll be able to pin point their emotions because that’s the sort of hip hop music they are making.

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[NM]: So, where do you see hip hop going?

[NG]: I don’t think hip hop should sound one way. I think it’s a lot that is going on with it, but I think it should be more people saying something and pay attention more to the people that they see, because a lot is good, but when one thing oversaturates the other thing, that’s when it becomes redundant, and how it is right now, is just more trendy than really saying anything and having content. There’s been more substance abuse than substance, and that’s just how it is. But I think it’s getting better, it’s turning, it’s turning. Like more artists like myself are coming everyday. I remember a time when nobody wanted to hear me, but now I wake up and I get “this is the greatest album in the world” and there all those times [for us artist] you’re beating on the door to have people let you in, and now it’s turning. It’s in a good space right now, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, this new generation: Big Sean, Wale, Big K.R.I.T., all these people. I also really like all these guys like 21 Savage, Young Thug, I like all of these guys because I wake up feeling like a different person, so I might wake up amped, and some days I might not be feelin’ it and I want to listen to something that is going to make me think and motivate me, and hip hop has that.

[NM]: What’s your soul song or your spirit song?

[NG]: I listen to a lot of old music like Al Green’s “Something Beautiful”, and I’d say my soul song is Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl”. That’s one of my favorite songs.

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[NM]: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

[NG]: Oh man, I’m a comedian. I might say the wrong thing and it’s the funniest thing in the world, but it might offend somebody, so I keep it to myself and stay reserved and relaxed. I don’t really show that side of me a lot to the audience, but when I’m with these guys all we do is laugh and hurt each others’ feelings, haha!

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[NM]: Give your fans advice aspiring to go on this same musical career path as you?

[NG]: One big advice, don’t stop and don’t conform to trendy things, stand out, come from the heart, be consistent with that. I always tell people, for me, it wasn’t just having talent, I had to really match my talent with hard work. People admire hard work, it doesn’t matter what you do, people who show hard work will be admired. People with talent always feel like, aw I don’t have to practice think that they don’t have to work because it will always be there, but people with hardwork & talent are unstoppable.

[NM]: So, what are you #OnTheVerge of…

[NG]: Making one of the most classic albums that you’ll probably ever hear from in this generation.

[NM]: Last question and it’s a fun one, if you had to pick one item in this store, what would it be?

[NG]:  I was looking at those Jordan IX’s. 😉 

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Well you heard him here. A very talented and intriguing person making big moves with his music. We all listened carefully to each song and truly felt the meaning behind the lyrics and the music that this rapper was trying to convey. He concluded the night playing for us an exclusive track that has not been released yet and has a very special guest feature  😉 , and also played for us a track he performed live on the Stephen Colbert show.

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Check out this artist now on his socials and keep up to date for when this star continues to put out more creative content in promotion for this wicked new studio production:

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[Update]: 4 Everyone’s Eyez, J. Cole Drops New Project + Theory

J. Cole drops his latest project 4 Your Eyez Only, and it’s something entirely novel, fresh, and introspective.

When you first hear the instrumentals of the first track, you are welcomed to the wondrous Cole world. Vocals, bells, and sounds surrounding encompass you as you blast the tunes and tones of the music. The American Hip hop recording artist and rapper extremely transformed from his past self and found a new vocal aura to capture via this studio album.

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He raises the volume as he incorporates percussion and spoken word/monologues interspersed throughout the entirety of the compilation, a trend, as of late, amongst hip hop and R&B artists.

This North Carolina-born singer similarly includes the assistance and production talents of other Roc Nation & Dreamville music industry moguls such as: Elite and Ron Gilmore for production, Ari Lennox as a vocalist on “Change,” Vinylz, Boi-1da (“Deja Vu”), Cardiak (“Immortal”), and BLVK and Childish Major (“4 Your Eyez Only”). What is fascinating is the fact that he did not include any features on this project (something that rappers do left and right constantly and consistently). This really made Cole distinguish himself from the sea of superstars, and he should be commended for that.

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He’s a big deal, and not many recognize that. He’s an artist with a lot of talent and a lot to give, but is also one of the most underrated musicians out there. He’s had successful albums since first his studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), then to Born Sinner (2013), to Forest Hills Drive (2014), to now 4 Your Eyez Only (2016). This is not including his multiple mixtapes including: The Come Up (2007), The Warm Up (2009), Friday Night Lights (2010), and Revenge of the Dreamers (with Dreamville) (2014).

What makes this familiar approach of rap album creation stand out amongst the others (e.g. Life of Pablo– Kanye West, Blonde– Frank Ocean, Coloring Book– Chance The Rapper, etc.) is that it is more low key, less operatic, less aggressive, and more evenly toned. It sounds like our Dreamville Cole, yet with a more mellow, retro vibe.

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Nonetheless, I say bravo to this pioneer of his own hip hop domain as he treks into more musical experimentation.

In addition, this new project received a ton of satisfied responses and excited reactions, and to only make this more exotic and enticing, a fan came up with a theory relating to the storyline embedded within the core of Cole’s album. The fan believed that the album was truly a story about Cole’s own friend who fell in love, reached out to his daughter, and was killed by the street violence of his hometown. Here is the post below:

Interesting…thoughts?

Give this new production a listen now and support our man J. Cole:

[Exclusive]: Remember Jacob Latimore: A ‘Connection’ Between His Music & Acting

Jacob Latimore is going to be making a collateral ruckus that will keep you remembering his name in the months to come.

Latimore is a Milwaukee-born, R&B artist with a lot of heart and a lot of drive. This up-and-comer is rising to the challenge as he not only takes on the music domains with a new album, but also tackles the acting scene, landing a part in the forthcoming film Collateral Beauty, participating along side some of the largest superstars in the game, such as: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, and Edward Norton! Also, the film will be directed by Oscar-winner David Frankel.

When I asked him what it is like to big amongst some of the big-leagues, he responded, “this is an amazing cast, literally the dream team of Hollywood! I’m just so happy that I was welcomed by all of these seasoned actors. I learned the value of hard work on this set.”

And if it wasn’t enough that this R&B crooner has the talent, the looks, the parts, and the moves, he’s already been recognized by notable publications such as Complex for his track “The Real” ft. Ishdarr, and Billboard for his track “Mutual”.

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Since 2010, he  had been in some of the biggest box-office hits, including Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, The Maze Runner, and Black Nativity with such notable actors as Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Nas. He has also worked with the Oscar-winning, director and screenwriter tycoons Kathryn Bigelow (of Zero Dark Thirty) and Mark Boal (of The Hurt Locker).

At only the fresh, young age of 20, Latimore is asking for more as he tries to connect the dots of his artistic prowess with the various engagements he has become a part of. He is set to release his debut album Connection this winter, December 9th! And guess what? You get an exclusive, inside look into the sound that you are about to witness here, right now.

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Introducing the bed-rocking, soul turning project of Latimore as he demonstrates his own suave sound with power, energy and character. His music can be compared to the music that makes you move against your will.

It has you moving and feeling the seductive emotions of R&B that defines the genre overall. From “Less” to “Mutual” to “Remember Me” and more, we are constantly being hit by the lyrical jabs this wavy artist picks up and puts down for us craving listeners.

Each song dreamily waterfalls into the other as the music keeps you engaged and you keep wanting more fresh tunes from this innovative songster.

The R&B Crooner brings the fire as he not only serenades you with his silky, Chris Brown-esque vocals, but also charms you with his sexy, sleek, Usher-like dance moves.  What’s great about Latimore is that he’s confident and has got a fun, loving air to him that makes you jam right alongside the individual. Moving to the swing of the beat and the groove of the rhythm,  Latimore recreates a pop-sound we all love to hear over and over again.

You can watch the music video of his hit single “Remember Me” in the visual below!

Featuring production work from the likes of Chris Henderson (Jamie Foxx), Mel & Mus (Chris Brown/Justin Bieber/Rihanna/Nicki Minaj), Big Fruit (Lil Wayne/Yo Gotti/K Camp/Plies), SK (Trey Songz) and Ayo The Producer (Chris Brown/Rick Ross/Bryson Tiller), Connection is going to be a heart-throb, a mood-setter, and a dance-floor serial killer. Already, his two popular releases off of the new project have hit over 7 million streams together! (So, obviously this only means it’s got to get better).

“When I was younger, I was inspired by my dad and my uncles, they sing every day! So it’s in the family. However, there isn’t a blueprint to get involved in this industry. You build relationships, perfect your craft, and get in where you fit”, explains the multi-faceted character.

I asked what set him apart from the other artists out there and truly made him stand out against the rest, to which he replied, “what makes me stand out is that I’m able to fill two different lanes at once and be successful at them both. Balancing out music and film is difficult, but I like those problems.”

He continued to delineate the process of constructing this new compilation, Connection, “the process of creating an album takes time, and it can’t be rushed. I’ve lived with all of the songs for months before releasing them. Sometimes you think you’re done with the project and then you’ll go back and try to outdo yourself. It’s fun and stressful all at the same time.”

You can now pre-order his album on iTunes HERE.

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Looking forward to hearing more about this artist? So are we! Be sure to watch this icon take on the mic and the silver-screen and follow him on his journey via Instagram, Facebook, and Vevo.