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Performance: Nick Grant x NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

 We already knew Nick Grant was a sick lyricist. Then he arrived at NPR headquarters with a mild case of the flu and quickly demonstrated why the title of his debut — Return of the Cool — should be taken quite literally. Hailing from a region where rap’s young guns and lil innovators tend to defy tradition, the South Carolina-by-way-of-Atlanta native proves being a purist is not just for the old heads.

Being cut from a vintage cloth has kept him in good company. He groomed himself on high school freestyle battles before working his way up to become the first signee to Culture Republic, the new partnership started by three of the most proven executives in the game, Jason Geter (T.I., Grand Hustle), Chaka Zulu (Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace) and Bernard Parks (Goodie Mob, Organized Noize). He’s a sly reminder that, contrary to popular opinion, the South still has a mouthful to say — and it doesn’t always have to be yelled, gurgled or Auto-Tuned to death. Sometimes it can be conveyed coolly, from a seated position, while backed by Washington D.C.’s soul garage band Black Alley, and still cut through all the noise.

Return Of The Cool is available now: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ret… Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Cool-Ex… Set List “Return of the Cool” feat. B. Hess “Drug Lord Couture” “Luxury Vintage Rap” Musicians Nick Grant (vocals); Danny Henderson (drums); Andrew White (guitar); Joshua Cameron (bass); Branden Jacobs (keys); Walter Clark (percussion) Credits Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Niki Walker; Audio Engineers: Suraya Mohamed, Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Niki Walker, Kara Frame, Bronson Arcuri; Production Assistant: Maia Stern; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR. For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510292/ti…

 

written: Rodney Carmichael
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New Video: 112 x “Dangerous Games”

Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning R&B group 112 —Q, Mike, Slim, and Daron— play with a full deck on their sexy new single, “Dangerous Games,” available via iTunes and across digital music platforms. This soulful, synth-laden single marks the first official release from the group’s highly anticipated album, Q Mike Slim Daron, due later this fall on Entertainment One. Get “Dangerous Games” – http://smarturl.it/112dangerousgames Connect With 112 https://www.instagram.com/theofficial112 https://www.facebook.com/112Official http://vevo.ly/Mrzl77

New Album: Tommy Swisher x Runaway To The Moon

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So I was checking my submissions today and came across this artist Tommy Swisher who hails from East St. Louis but resides in Atlanta.  He just released his new album entitled ‘Runaway To The Moon’ which is 11 tracks of soulful hip hop.  Tommy’s eclectic style of singing and rapping are a perfect mixture of vulnerability & strength,  while keeping the listeners vibed out on each song.  This project is entangled with experiences of a love that has had significant meaning in his life that maybe still is prevalent but seems to be or already has fleeted.  Tommy’s ability to bring a sound of authenticity in his songwriting and performances give me a feel of tenure which leads me to believe that we will be hearing about him consistently for years to come in the music business.  I was thoroughly impressed with ‘Runway To The Moon’, some stand out tracks are: “Alone”, Fall For Me”, “Tell Somebody” and my personal favorite which I think is a smash “Spirit”.  Take some time to check out this album it’s well worth the listen.

– Zech Wilson

Runway To The Moon

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tommyswisher/sets/runway-to-the-moon

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Spotify Link:   https://open.spotify.com/album/0Z1XlGAEdCNZra5dGWjiiz

DropBox Link for MP3:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nxsr4fo9duldz0s/AAC3x2spQKORI_zsZGBxpneMa?dl=0

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiTommySwisher

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/hitommyswisher/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TommySwisherVision

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tommyswisher

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6T0X8EzxxwaOyAUCvJrNze

Website :www.hitommyswisher.com

 

Interview: D.Focis interview w/ CPIK by Tai Saint Louis pt 1

In part 1, Tai Saint Louis from thecoolpeopleIknow.com interviewed D.Focis about his start in the music business, which was in Tokyo, Japan over a decade ago. For the first time, D.Focis discusses why, even after producing on over 50 albums, he eventually left Japan to return to the US. Follow @coolpeopleiknow , and @saintboogie on Twitter.

New Project: XXL Freshman pt. 2 -> https://dfocis.bandcamp.com/

New Video: $wish x Designer Music Video | Produced: Higgy Beats | Dir: Envzn

$wish is a newcomer in the Atlanta rap scene and has a solid single on his hands “Designer” produced by Memphis native Higgy Beats who in her own right has been creating quite a resume for herself in the Atlanta music scene as a producer on the rise.  $wish has a fun and vibrant energy to him on this song, confidently cool, he sings on the hook “…Just know that I won’t be draped in no Designer, don’t need to pull your chick…” with the endless amount of materialism that we hear so often on hooks in songs, this one caught my attention due to that fact that it was totally opposite and it just had a really cool vibe to the song.  I’m looking forward to more material and good vibe songs from $wish, his flows are sharp, he has his own style and he obviously has the ability to make organic and commercially viable music.  Be on the look out also too for the show he is on “The Making of An Artist”

One Time for the Early Birds!!!

SoundCloud: itsswishbih

www.swishinthisbih.com

 

-Zech Wilson

 

New Music: gniK The God x Phresh Ali x “People Like Me”

‘People Like Me” from gniK The God x Phresh Ali off their 2016  collaboration EP “Lupophobia”

This is song showcases both Phresh and gniK’s versatile skill set is on another level with so much personality, bravado and fluidity!!!

Phresh starts off with “… I ain’t never ran into nigga who was fucking with me, hell you talm bout … ” which sets the tone for the aggressive nature of the verse and brings it to a hilarious point that he raps “…What’s a worker to a boss, what it is, what’s a prince to king to a God, swear to God, slap a nigga make his ears ring, slap a nigga knock the motherfuckin back up off his earring…” and gniK follows up with ” … I’m a need to smash whoever lying on, me or Phresh Ali bet I be trying on, another mask and slap you right back there when Phresh had your earring back flying off … ” and follows up with ” … how you never seen us, it’s something different we bring, it ain’t nothing like me in a minimum range of a 100 light years … “

Just dope hip hop music overall and they get their point across whey they rap, that you need “People Like Me”

-Zech Wilson

 

 

 

News: Footage of Michael ‘Killer Mike’ Render’s speech at the Atlanta City Council today

By Jul 17, 2017

The rapper was honoured in a ceremony by City Councilman Andre Dickens, for his roles as a musician, activist and businessman as owner of local barber shop Swag Shop. He was also thanked for acting as an informal ambassador for the city of Atlanta.

The day was officially crowned Killer Mike Render Day, in reference to the rapper’s real name Michael Render. The name Michael Render has also been attached to an $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine, which will be used to dig a new reservoir in Atlanta.

source: NME

 

 

News: Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ Earns Six Nominations For The 2017 Emmy Awards

(AllHipHop News) Viewers will have to wait until 2018 to catch new episodes of the FX series Atlanta.

However, fans of the show can be happy to know Donald Glover’s dramedy about his hometown picked up six nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards.

Atlanta

joins Black-ishMaster of NoneModern FamilySilicon ValleyUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.

Glover will be competing against Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Zack Galifinakis (Baskets), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

The 33-year-old entertainer also earned nods for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the “B.A.N.” episode.

Atlanta picked up additional nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Stephen Glover – “Streets On Lock”) and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

Season one of Atlanta began airing on September 6, 2016.

The premiere episode (“The Big Bang”) was met with instant praise, and it collected the highest number of viewers for a basic cable comedy debut since 2013.

Atlanta went on to be honored by the American Film Institute Awards, Critics’ Choice Television AwardsGolden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, and Writers Guild of America Awards.

source: AllHipHop.Com

 

New Mixtape: Steelo I.B. x Practice #StayTruu

Steelo I.B. x Practice

Listen: STEELO I.B. x Practice

Steelo I.B. is back with his new mixtape called ‘Practice’. The project features notable industry instrumentals in which he displays an upward trajectory of subject matter, culture influencing, lyricism, flows and intricate rhyme patterns with overall pride in being a superior MC that is displayed on any verse he touches.  ‘Practice’ is strengthen by Steelo’s ability to showcase in-depth growth as an artist as well as the ability to paint a canvas of society and the music industry in it’s current terms; which has happened on each project from the Virgin Islands’ native, an example of that is on the “Made You Look Exhibition” Steelo raps “…niggas unarmed/cops let the glock sing a love song/to a black man/cuz they love dat/hate to see a nigga getting success/now that’s real hate, not jealousy/this a system that look at us as the enemy…” Lines like these are compelling and shows that Steelo is well aware of the injustices that predicate our society and also not allowing the stresses of life to stop your focus on your purpose and to always forge on because in the next line he says “…so I could give a fuck if a nigga throwing shade/ with sunshine, children never know how to behave/ it’s crunch time, something like MJ with the fade/a Sensei with the blade, get the fuck up out my way, it’s Lo…”  Powerful lyrics that reasonate and had that on repeat for me!!!  The only feature is from his brother and stand out MC in his own right,  Jaunee Be as they go back and forth in an exchange of shrewd and witty lines from both MCs on the ‘Love Me Exhibtion’ track, Jaunee raps “… this ain’t Cairo, Rome filthy, Babylon fall til then collect gold for when the dollar withdraws, drop jewels pick up gems, no illusion involved, stay truu what???…” and Steelo professing “…I know I said I was the best, but my bro’s better, I used to love Clipse but I think our flows better…” I absolutely appreciate the confident humility in artists, so when I hear lines like those, it gravitates to the kid in me that grew up loving Hip Hop MCs who were able to showcase the human factor we all possess with memorable bars.  Other stand out tracks include “Humble Exhibition”, “Keep Ya Head Up Exhibition” & “Life Exhibiton”.  Steelo does a great job grabbing some clever interludes and samples mixed in with picking some classic beats, while delivering stand out culture defining verses across the board.  ‘Practice’ has the potential to cast his name into the industry spotlight of conversations of dope MCs that we should be taking note of and to me, he has certainly established himself as top tier MC in the industry.  Steelo’s verses are so pristine and effortless that one can tell that one of his past times is ‘Practice’ … yes we’re talking about ‘Practice’!!! Definitely check out this project for the new wave of what’s to come in Hip Hop!!!  #StayTruu

-The Galaxy

Twitter: @SteeloIB

Instagram: @SteeloIB