Big Homie Flash – “Posted in Da Trap” Chicago’s very own, Big Homie Flash releases his debut single, “Posted in Da Trap” from his forthcoming EP, Hood Chronicles: Life in a Flash Edition. Be sure… More
East Coast Hip-Hop Artist, AK Baby releases her latest
single, “No Name”
Growing up in a small town in Northeastern Pa, “Ak Baby” has quickly made her mark on the underground rap scene. Her Official Single “No Name” was produced by Goyard Gawd and is quickly becoming notice by socialites and DJs.
AK Baby has a young energetic flow and simply a fun sound that young teenagers gravitate to. The 20-year-old Easton native has spent days and nights in the studio perfecting her craft. You may find her rapping over the majority of upbeat trap beats produced by “Goyard Gawd”.
Overall, AK Baby’s following and responses to her music have been numerous. Even though, she has only released three music videos, artists like Squidnice, and A$ap Mob have welcomed her in the game with open arms. Each video, such as “81 Barz” are reaching good numbers and uber feedback.
As an active artist on the social media circuit, she accumulates new fans and supporters daily.
AK Baby is establishing herself and showcasing her fun hardworking personality on all social media outlets. She remains focused and knows that interacting daily with her followers- is a plus. In such a short time, AK Baby has been booked for paid performances and features. .This East Coast artist is moving in her own lane and is someone to watch to break the non-existent female rapper barrier.
“No Name” is available on all major digital outlets, such as; iTunes and streaming services like Spotify. Make sure to connect with AK on all social media outlets and say “Hello”.
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Detroit Rapper, OG Blizz is Making a “Profit” on his
latest released single
For almost 5 years now, Rapper OG Blizz has been putting the “R” in Rap with the rhythm and beats complementing his lyrical flow. You will soon notice this on his latest single, “Profit”(Bandz In My Pocket). The track is produced by Decicco and will keep any vibe lit.
The Detroit hip-hop artist, OG discovered his musical talent at a very young age. While playing around in the studio with his fellow P.B.F Members (Pusha Boy Fam) – the young tenacious Blizz was born With practice, OG continued to develop his hip-hop flow. Thereafter, he started to deliver an authentic, polished modern day sound for the hip-hop world to hear. OG Blizz will take you inside the ‘Streets of Detroit’ as he raps about the struggle.In 2009 finally getting a lil change the “car accident” that completely damaged his dominate hand made him more hungry for the money OG Blizz tells it all…..He has two Mixtapes under his belt looking to release a third titled “Vision”. Please be sure to follow him on all social media outlets.
In 2009, a life-altering car accident completely damaged his dominant hand. But, it made him more hungry for the money. OG Blizz tells it all -mostly on two mixtapes. He is looking to release a third titled “Vision” on all digital music platforms very soon. Please be sure to follow him on all social media outlets.
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Atlanta’s icon, Torion teams up with Dae Dae on hit single, “Dinero”
Atlanta’s very own, Torion teams up with rap artist, Dae Dae on his banga, “Dinero”. This song, produced by DJ Luney Tunez was creatively done by fusing R&B and Rap together.
Torion Sellers was groomed from birth to be a shining star. As a singer-songwriter-musician-dancer-actor, the young ingénue is looking to rejuvenate and revolutionize the entertainment industry. A talented purveyor of Rhythm & Blues, Torion got his start in the church as a young Gospel choirboy. He officially entered the music business before he was a teenager, entertaining adult audiences at the age of 12. Torion would accompany his father, Todd, a musician, to nightclubs to perform with a live band.
An Atlanta, GA native with maternal roots in Monroe, Louisiana, Torion’s musical style is a reflection of his deep, powerful southern heritage. From Blues, Funk, Soul to R&B and Pop, Torion is setting a new standard for the industry, essentially creating a new genre. His musical style is a melodic gumbo; one that combines impassioned lyrics, and robust vocals with brassy arrangements.
“When I get in the booth I put my pain and life into the music so people can feel it just as I do,” “My music is something for the people to feel good to.”
In 2011, Torion inked a deal with Lil Wayne and went on to record with hit-makers Polow da Don, Rico Love, Rodney Jerkins Detail, Stargate (Roc Nation), Luney Tunez and Silento, to name a few. He later released an EP entitled Alive, hosted by DJ Blackboy, which was based on the movie BarberShop 3: The Next Cut, in which he appeared. His last single, “Flavas,” produced by ANTMAN is an up-tempo celebratory anthem composed exclusively to finesse the ladies.
“It’s pretty much me speaking to all the beautiful women around the world; all colors and sizes. This song is about inclusion and applauding the beauty I see externally but also internally. I was raised by and around strong women.”
Torion has opened for celebrated artists such as Charlie Wilson, Bobby Brown and Tank and embarked on the Scream Tour in 2012 where he showcased his vocal and dance skills alongside Diggy Simmons and the OMG Girlz. He has also shared the stage with Mindless Behavior, Silento, and TK & Cash, among others.
Inspired by the solid work ethic and artistic integrity of Michael Jackson, Torion is looking to become a staple in the realm of entertainment. Listing more words on a page won’t do the vastness of Torion’s talent or brilliance justice. The vibrant colorful music he creates, that brims with life, authenticity, and possibility, can only be heard and felt.
“I want to be known as the artist that does whatever it takes to win, a workaholic, a go-getter and just someone who is chill, humble yet outspoken when the time is right.”
2017 proves to be even more prosperous Torion. He is the South East Regional Ambassador for “Fresh Empire”, an anti-tobacco campaign that uses music as a platform to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. In January 2017, Torion was invited to perform at the 25th Anniversary Trumpet Awards; where he lead in paying tribute to New Edition. With the release of his single “Dinero” featuring rapper Dae Dae – Torion’s music and artistry are an unstoppable force.
Torion is destined for greatness and will prove this in the years to come. Be sure to follow him on all social media outlets and add this to your playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud or Tidal. The single is available on Itunes and Google play stores.
Midwest artist, Cambry H teams up with International Rapper, Kaner Flex on 2 AM single
Fort Wayne, Indiana R&B/Pop singer, Cambry H teams up with international rapper, Kaner Flex on his debut single, 2 AM.
Kaner Flex is a 21-year old dancer from South East London is showcasing his talents on his new song “2 AM” in collaboration with Cambry H. The dancer turned rapper has chosen to show a new side of him in this trap-like track with deeply layered vocals, and a storytelling verse where he pulls experiences from his personal life.
The heavily prominent catchy chorus sung by Cambry (Cambry Hicks), who is a 19-year old artist from the midwest, brings the short two-minute track together. “I really wanted to try something out of my comfort zone,” says Hicks, who normally writes/sings Pop and R&B songs. “I was so excited to branch out, and I’m glad it worked!”
Chicago Hip Hop artists, LoudPack Team Release Follow-Up Single to ‘Ain’t Ballin’ titled ‘We Winnin’
“We Winnin” the meticulously-planned follow-up single to LoudPack’s hood mantra “Ain’t Ballin,” is finally here. “We Winnin” is another street anthem giving praises to those that continue to strive and survive in Chicago.
The art of survival is not an easy task while living in the cold hard streets of Englewood. It seems that all young Black men from Chicago are the only ones who have to deal with harassment or ostracism, but the “Loud Pack Team” doesn’t use this as an excuse to press forward. Although violence and gunshots ring out in their neighborhood every hour, the music continues. The Loud Pack Team are a new strain of Hip Hop, a different kind of lyricism. Over the years, the crew has assembled a total package of musical geniuses, magnetic charisma, and business acumen The team consists of two lyricists, King Bone and Young Flash. Also, Scotty G (songwriter and hype man) contribute to the team’s solid structure.
“Our movement is crazy because our work ethic is incredibly consistent. While you’re sleeping, we’re working and churning out hit songs,” proclaims team member King Bone.
The Chicago-based lyricists are bringing something different when it comes to Chicago music. Their cinematic street dialect, phenomenal wordplay, and witty punchlines set them apart from the competition. The rap crew describes their music as authentic ‘Street Rap’.The uniquity of this group will stay true because this is what the fans want. They write about their reality and the reality of their peers in the sheisty streets of Chicago. Overall, the goal is to take the listener on a journey into their world without the violence.
“Our fans respect the fact that we are raw and authentic. We want them to feel the power of our movement,” states Young Flash.
Determination and perseverance have driven the team to break the monotony and staleness of the current Hip Hop landscape. They are placing blood sweat and tears into their music with visions of grandeur in mind- winning is not an option, it is a goal.
In the early part of 2016, the LoudPack Team released the current single “Ain’t Ballin”, and it is earning unprecedented critical praises in the hip-hop community. Moreover, the visual of the song depicts raw intensity including the message – the life that you say you’re living, it doesn’t exist. It is arguably one of the top street anthems of the year, officially putting The Loud Pack Team on the radar of artists to look out for.
Innovatively, The Loudpack Team are creating a global following with good music, incredible videos, and artistic ingenuity. The next time that you hear the word, ‘Loud’ in any conversation, it will remind you of the team that’s got next from Chicago, LOUDPACK!
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It’s been eight years and six months since Smoke D brought that undeniable underground sound made possible in part by himself as well as two trailblazing Southern rappers Bun-B and Pimp C, collectively known as UGK. And since touching down on free ground August 27, it’s evident that his homecoming has been a long-awaited welcome.
Within a month of being released from prison, he has received rave reviews online for his comeback single “When the Feds Pull Up” featuring Bukwild. Over a silky smooth interpolation of R. Kelly’s classic “When A Woman’s Fed Up” accented by piercing piano chords and acoustic guitar strums, Smoke honestly and unapologetically breaks down the possible consequences of living on the other side of the law.
And with a highly anticipated mixtape and full-length album distributed via Trill Life Entertainment on the way, diehard fans across the nation celebrate the return of the trill.
“Judging from the internet response of my first leaked single, I definitely have an audience already in place,” I’m bringing them back that underground sound that was there before and bringing in a better way and pick up where Pimp left off…I learned a lot from Pimp as far as coming up with that UGK sound,” I learned how to rap from him and how to produce.”
Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Mississippi since he was six weeks old, Smoke D came up in the sleepy town of Crystal Springs, right outside the state’s capitol city Jackson. When he was 15, his mother packed up the young man and his six siblings and relocated to the faster-paced Capitol City.
“Jackson was a lot different than Crystal Springs. There were a lot of gangs in Jackson so I got acclimated to the streets through gang activity,” he recalls. “It’s just another state with another ghetto. It’s a lot of poverty. It’s just a rat race. Even if you win the race, you’re still just a rat.”
Despite all of his dirty dealings in the streets, Smoke managed to make it college. He had a friend from Crystal Springs who also attended Hinds Community College but pursued a rap career on the side. The friend invited Smoke to travel with him to Lansing, Mich. for his studio session. There, he rubbed elbows with such celebrated Flint rappers the Dayton Family.
It just so happened that the studio owner’s son wanted to record a song of his own but no one would help him. After getting the nod from his father, Smoke wrote a song with the kid called “The Pimp Mack Hustle.” Smoke only intended it to be a joke record and was mainly concerned with helping his friend’s career.
When Smoke and his friend brought their music back to Mississippi, they circulated the tapes amongst their friends. One of those friends was a local club owner named Stokes who passed both tapes along to Bun and Pimp, who were performing at the club that night.
“Out of the blue, I get a call from Stokes telling me to come to the club,” Smoke recalls. “I didn’t know what he wanted.”
When Smoke arrived at the club, the owner told him to go out to the back door of the club. “When I got out back, it was a limo back there. So I got in the limo and it was three girls in the limo with Pimp and Bun,” Smoke remembers. “We were listening to the music and listened to the song I did with the little boy, and Pimp invited me to come to his house for two weeks. I ended up staying for two years.”
At the time, UGK had recently signed a major label deal with Jive Records and were recording their 1994 seminal Southern classic album Super Tight in New Orleans. They were working on a record entitled “Front Back Side to Side” and asked Smoke to get on the song. With menial promotions and virtually no airplay, Super Tight went gold and “Front, Back, & Side to Side” became a hit single for the Texas-based group.
That one verse featuring Smoke’s gritty lyrics established him as one of the up-and-coming voices in Southern hip-hop. Among true fans of Southern rap music, he was a legend in the making and hadn’t even released his first record yet.
The success of “Front, Back, & Side to Side” caused things to really take off for Smoke. He toured with UGK, and he and Pimp C worked on tracks that would be on Smoke’s highly anticipated solo album, but before he could finish recording the album, his life took a tragic turn. Smoke had a run-in with the law that resulted in his serving a 10-year bid for manslaughter.
“My life changed after that. I wanted to keep it real and still hang in the ghetto,” he admits. “I didn’t have guidance. I was doing whatever I felt like, going wherever the wind blew me… People who are from the same place where you are from resent you for trying to do better. Back then, I was too naive to understand that.”
While locked up, Smoke recorded an audio message to let Pimp, Bun and the rest of the crew know that he was ok. Pimp chopped it up and put the audio as song intros on the next gold-selling album Ridin’ Dirty.
“While I was in the penitentiary, it put a lot more hype on me,” says Smoke. “That got me respect in the prison because I was trying to do something. God blessed me all the way.”
As luck would have it, though, 10 days after Smoke got out of prison, Pimp was on his way to prison. “I got out expecting an easy road but it didn’t turn out that way,” he says. “I was really out there on my own, trying to avoid trouble. I waiting on Pimp…I was rap hustling and street hustling.”
That street hustling gained him another round trip ticket to prison as Pimp was being released. “Before Pimp got out, I was back in trouble so when he was getting out, I was headed back in,” says Smoke. “By the time we got to reconnect again, he was found dead in California. I don’t know if it was God’s will for us not to coexist in the same space or something. I don’t know.”
On his last sentence, Smoke faced a 20-year bid but got out on “good time” for participating in rehabilitation classes. Last year, prior to his release, several previously unreleased tracks from Smoke, Pimp C, Bun-B and Lil Boosie, among others, were released on Smoke D’s mixtape The Lost Files, hosted and mixed by DJ Big House.
“A whole lot of people know who I am but they don’t see my face,” says Smoke. “I’m not a person who’s always out. I stick to myself but now it’s time to use my talents to further my family and people I know and love.” And that’s exactly what he is set to do with his forthcoming mixtape and full-length album fueled by runaway single “When the Feds Pull Up.”
“Before, I had this big house built as far as the music. But since I’ve been gone, the house done got old. So I’m in the process of rebuilding, reestablishing and bringing everything back up to date.”
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All in all, his attention was persistently sought out by many and he was able to broaden his network more and more every year. Through his affiliation with Deuce Mob, his love for music found him a temporary line of business as a party DJ. It was apparent even from then that Smiles Official was destined to be discovered. His energy radiates through a crowd like a surge of power. When Smiles Official is on the mic, everyone feels good.
His life was at a high point, but little did he know, the sky is the limit. Upon returning to Miami during the Summer of 2008, Smiles Official was invited to take the stage at Club Tuckers. On this particular evening, the guest list was illustrious. Big Miami names such as Larry Dogg, Grind Mode and Piccalo were all in attendance, That night was a turning point in Official’s life; that night Smiles Official decided, “I’m not stopping until I make it, period.”
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Smiles Official is an original talent with a unique sound, he calls it Mood Music, and the streets love it! In just a year’s time, Smiles Official was able to release several mixtapes, including the ladies favorite PDM: Panty Dropping Music. His performances have become commonplace at various reputable clubs in South Florida.
Smiles Official works closely with other Miami-based organizations and his current record label Streets Enterprise Entertainment, of which he is the Co-Founder. With the crowd of people who halfheartedly attempt to pursue a career in the Hip-Hop industry,it is often difficult to tell the imposters from the real thing but you already know Smiles Official is as real as they come.