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Ryan – 911 (Emergency)

BROOKLYN R&B ARTIST RYAN RELEASES NEW VIDEO “9-1-1 (EMERGENCY)” OFF HIS DEBUT EP GAMES WE PLAY OUT NOW

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 Today, emerging Brooklyn R&B artist Ryan releases his new video for his standout track “9-1-1 (Emergency)” from his debut EP Games We Play out now viaStormTroopers Entertainment/RCA Records. Shot in Los Angeles, the Josh Sikkema-directed visual is set at a fire station when Ryan lays down smooth dance moves over his silky, classic vocals.

Watch “9-1-1 (Emergency)”: https://smarturl.it/x911Emergency

Raised in Brooklyn’s Cypress Projects, Ryan is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. From a young age, he was exposed to music, starting with his mother whose life-long dream was to become a singer. She became a teacher to have more time to focus on raising her son, but still kept the music alive within him. He would listen to his mom’s favorites like Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, and Usher, while also getting into New York City street rap. He studied battle rap, fascinated by its competitive nature, and likened it to the sports he played in school. This all plays a part in who Ryan is today and how he creates his own music – the writing crisp like rap, but the melodies, his voice, and overall vibes are undoubtedly 90’s R&B.

 His debut EP marks Ryan’s official emergence in the music industry as an artist and his signing with StormTroopers/RCA Records. The project is to explain various stories and experiences with love. Tracks like “Back Up” peer into Ryan’s upbringing, but also his cultural background as a Jamaican, African American, and Puerto Rican. With releasing just two tracks prior to this project, including the popular single “Real One”, Ryan has garnered over 1.3 million streams worldwide and counting.

Stay tuned for more music from Ryan coming soon.

Buy/Stream Games We Play: https://smarturl.it/GamesWePlay

Watch “9-1-1 (Emergency)”: https://smarturl.it/x911Emergency

Watch “Back Up”: https://smarturl.it/RyanBackUp/youtube

Watch “Real One”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3wTpLHnFBM

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About Ryan:

Born in East New York and raised in Brooklyn’s gritty Cypress Projects, Ryan Witherspoon, better known as the mononym Ryan, has a strong pedigree in the music industry from the studio to the streets. With the release of his debut EP Games We Play, the Brooklyn wunderkind is geared to change the game, bringing real artistry back to music. His mother was a singer, almost signed by Quincy Jones, but she later became a teacher to have more time to focus on raising her son, but still kept the music alive within him. He would listen to his mom’s favorites like Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, and Usher, while tempering them with New York City street rap. He studied battle rap, fascinated by its competitive nature, and likened it to the sports he played in school. When delivering water to a recording studio one day, it ended up being to Diddy at Daddy’s House. Ryan met Diddy’s son Christian (bka King Combs) and told him that he was a rapper and they became fast friends. Ryan ultimately started building his resume, networking with top R&B and Hip-Hop artists and executives. He was then fortuitously introduced to industry titan Wayne Barrow, who introduced him to his business partner, fellow industry veteran Mark Pitts, which then led to his signing to StormTroopers/RCA Records.

With his own music, Ryan’s focus gradually shifted more from rapping to singing, no doubt influenced by his ability to write for other artists, while still maintaining the spirit of Hip-Hop. He played his track “Real One” for Chris Brown and Jeremih and they encouraged him to release it. The track became the catalyst that sparked the next steps in his career. He’s got inevitable soul, mixed with ambition and an edge that is a clear testament to his upbringing. His recently released “Back Up” has hints of Caribbean flavor, a nod to Ryan’s Brooklyn upbringing, but also his cultural background (he’s Jamaican, African American, and Puerto Rican). The video comes complete with coordinated dances, reflecting a true dancehall vibe. Ryan’s debut EP Games We Play, out now via StormTroopers/RCA Records,  is an amalgam of every element of R&B and Soul music from past to present. The meaning is represented by the title track, as the game of love comes with many pieces.

DREAMERS release new song – True Crime ft. DeathbyRomy

Cosmic-rock band DREAMERS have released “True Crime,” featuring dark-pop provocateur DeathbyRomy, a hook-ridden story of love and betrayal set in the dark magic of New Orleans. The track was co-written and produced by Joywave’s Dan Armbruster and Sir Sly’s Jason Suwito.

“This song is not about the election,” says lead singer Nick Wold.

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“We considered taking this week off of music due to this historic election. But we decided we have to keep the show going,” says Dreamers lead singer/guitarist Nick Wold. “This song is not about politics, it’s about life, and we’ll always continue to make our noise no matter what’s happening in this crazy world. We’ve done constant messaging with headcount.org, Rock The Vote, and others to help encourage everyone to vote, and we hope we’ve made some small impact getting our friends out there to vote and not take this precious democracy for granted.

“This is a love song that takes place in New Orleans, a city I’ve fallen in love with after years of doing shows there. That place is like a jungle and so seductive, where the thick liquid heat and mixture of life brings out your animal nature. It has a decadent mix of Louisiana Voodoo, French, Spanish and West African flavors and people play music outside everywhere you go. As we bounced through the streets one night we met a male witch who taught us how to do an incantation asking the Santeria spirit Elegua for anything we wanted – we partook in the ritual and this song is inspired by that delirious encounter. I was in a relationship at the time and experiencing some conflict, and while I can’t share my exact wish, the ritual was an attempt to resolve it. That night inspired the song, which is about the terrible things the crimes that we can do to each other in the name of love.”

True Crime ft. DeathByRomy is the follow-up to Heat Seeker ft. grandson and the band’s top ten alternative hit Die Happy.

ABOUT DREAMERS

Los Angeles-via-Brooklyn band DREAMERS features a unique brand of music that combines grunge, modern electronic pop, and 70s punk. The trio have spent the past few years touring non-stop, from small clubs to massive arenas to festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Firefly, Reading and Leeds. Along the way, Nick Wold, Nelson and Jacob Wick have shared stages with the likes of X Ambassadors, The 1975, Bleachers, Stone Temple Pilots, Catfish and The Bottlemen, and Weezer, while garnering coverage from Fader, Entertainment Weekly and Paste, among many others.

In 2016, the band released their debut full-length album This Album Does Not Exist, which spawned a top 10 Alternative radio hit, the electro-sprinkled pop gem “Sweet Disaster.” Three other songs also charted nationally: the ’90s throwback “Drugs,” the crooning “Wolves (You Got Me),” and the soulful, brisk power-pop of their single “Painkiller.” In 2018 the band released a pair of EPs, LAUNCH and FLY, and in 2019 released LAUNCH FLY LAND, their second full-length album that spawned the alternative radio hit “Die Happy.” In 2020, the band released the hook-heavy Heat Seeker ft. grandson along with a visually-captivating live-action music video directed by lead singer Wold (Watch HERE), an animated sequel featuring sci-fi, mysticism, religion and rock, inspired by the animation of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and 1981’s cult classic Heavy Metal (Watch HERE), and a Covid quarantine rendition featuring special guests grandson, Robert Delong, Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster, UPSAHL and Bikini Trill’s Tony Stern for a special isolation version of the single (Watch HERE)

About DeathbyRomy

Singer, songwriter, and dark-pop provocateur DeathbyRomy pays attention to every last detail. She pours both pain and euphoria into her catchy but heavy music, pitting electronic melodies and propulsive beats against hypnotic vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Now 20 years old, the Los Angeles-born Romy Flores wrote her first song at age 5 and began releasing her music at 15, mining inspiration from the iconoclastic artists she was raised on (The Beatles, Björk, Kanye West, to name a few). With her 2018 debut album “Monsters,” she soon drew an avid following and found countless fans turning up to her shows adorned in her signature eye makeup. Her Capitol Records debut, 2019’s “Love u to Death” EP, was short but sickly sweet, emphasizing her unique interweaving of rap boldness, electronic innovation, and raw rock n roll passion. As Romy’s sound has taken shape, so has her DeathbyRomy persona: the Harajuku punk fashion, the corpsepaint-like makeup, and her hard-earned, utterly badass confidence. Stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

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Snakehips – Burning Remix

LONDON DJ PRODUCER DUO SNAKEHIPS REMIX GORGON CITY BURNING FEAT. EVAN GIIA, BRINGING A BREEZY POP DANCE FEEL

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House music heavyweights Gorgon City have recently released their latest single Burning featuring vocals from rising Brooklyn based singer EVAN GIIA. They continue to blaze a trail with a series of strong re-rubs including their own Terrace Dub and Ben Hemsley remix which are both out now.

They now add to the package inviting fellow DJ producer duo Snakehips to present their inimitable take on the release. Snakehips need little introduction, the London producers Oliver Lee and James Carter burst onto the scene with 2015’s “All My Friends” featuring Chance the Rapper and Tinashe, which went on to be certified platinum in several countries. They went on to amass hundreds of millions of streams and record sales. Since then they have worked with Zayn, Anderson Paak, and Joey Badass, continually evolving their sound and always remaining fresh and innovative.

Here Snakehips takes Gorgon City’s Burning and rework it in their own style, giving it a breezy pop dance feel. Still effectively retaining a house flavor, it features a smooth and funky electronic baseline, incorporating elements of R&B, floating vocals and a definite summer sounding vibe. Listen HERE.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

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Best Irish Movies Ever

Ireland is known for a lot of things, including its crystal, beer, anyone who wins the Irish lottery as well as wool-knit sweaters. But one of the things that this nation has bestowed to the world of Hollywood is its plethora of actors, poets, and playwrights. That’s right; we’re talking about Irish movies. 

With that in mind, we have put together a list of some of our favorite Irish films that people can binge-watch in 2020. You can expect anything from classic favorites such as Into The West to the more contemporary hits like The Wind That Shakes The Barley. 

  1. Waking Ned (1998)

Waking Ned or Waking Ned Devine, as it’s known in North America, will forever go down as one of the best Irish and comedy movies in cinema history. It’s so funny, you’ll barely have enough minutes to catch your breath while laughing between the scenes. 

The movie takes place in rural Ireland and depicts the story of two elderly best friends, namely Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly). Later on in the story, it was found out that someone in their tiny village wins the Irish lottery and they sought to discover the winner’s identity.  

  1. Barry Lyndon (1975)

This masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick depicts the story of a scoundrel from the 18th century (Ryan O’Neal) who travels all over Europe and eventually woos a noblewoman (Marissa Berenson). However, the events later bring about a series of “Misfortunes and Disasters” as the intertitle indicates. Nasa-based cinematography and majestic music make this is one of Kubrick’s finest entries imaginable.

  1. P.S. I Love You (2007)

This Hilary Swank-led flick isn’t going to sway over the critics due to its sentimental-laden narrative. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying some of the Emerald Isle’s most beautiful locations. A heartbroken young widow forced to start a new life without her husband, who had lost his life due to an unprecedented illness, is something that is relatable and can help lighten the mood that Irish Cinema can often remain brooding in.

  1. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

When he’s not shooting other gangs in Peaky Blinders, or antagonizing Batman as Scarecrow in The Dark Knight trilogy, renowned Irish actor Cillian Murphy is out fighting for the Irish Independence in The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Murphy stars as Damian O’Donovan, who, alongside his brother Teddy O’Donovan (Padriac Delaney) join the Irish Republic Army to fight for the Emerald Isle’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1920. 

Like other war dramas, this film has its share of bloody and bleak moments. So don’t expect yourself to go in with a smile on your face by the time you’re done with it. Nevertheless, don’t let that get in the way of you enjoying one of the best Irish-produced films of all time.

  1. Brooklyn (2015)

It takes a great movie to tell a compelling story and bring about a robust emotional response, and that’s exactly what Brooklyn (2015) aims to provide its viewers.

The movie is based on Colm Tobin’s novel of the same name and stars multi-Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan. It’s a wonderful story of a young Irish girl who ventures off to New York in the United States, torn between two of her lovers and two states. 

Filmed in Coney Island, New York, Dublin, and Wexford, and being nominated for three Academy Awards, including Ronan for Best Actress, Brooklyn is, without a doubt, one of the best period drama flicks to have emanated from Ireland. 

  1. The Hole in the Ground (2019)

Ireland had its highest-grossing movie in the form of a horror number known as The Hole in the Ground courtesy of writer/director Lee Cronin. It revolves around a woman who may believe that her son has been replaced with an imposter. 

  1. Intermission (2003)

If you haven’t seen Intermission yet, you are really missing out. It starred some of Ireland’s best actors, including Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, and Kelly MacDonald. 

When it was released, Intermission was the overall package deal: it has thrills, romance, and a barrel of laughs that we still reminisce even after 17 years. 

  1. The Commitments (1991)

This movie is about an independent rock band from a poor rural area of North Dublin who desires to introduce soul music to Ireland. A bit of an oddball of a goal, but it no doubt makes for an enjoyable movie. This Alan Parker-helmed is known for its humor and vulgarity, which also serves as a decent introduction to Irish folk-rock artist Glen Hansard. Those who know of Hansard could be because he shared the spotlight with Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova in Once or his real-life Swell Season duo group. 

  1. Hunger (2008)

Hunger was renowned British director Steve McQueen’s first dip into directing where he and Irish playwright Enda Walsh wrote the story for the movie. Hunger, which stars popular Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender, is a profoundly engaging movie that will both entice and challenge its viewers. 

The story of the movie revolves around ira volunteer and MP Bobby Sands (Fassbender). He had led the Northern Ireland Maze Prison’s second IRA hunger strike to regain some of the political statuses for Republican prisoners.

Interestingly, Fassbender’s own mother happens to be the great grand-niece of the historical Irish politician and revolutionary Michael Collins. 

Before going into this, we should warn you that the movie isn’t for the faint-hearted as it is violent, disturbing, and shocking. However, Fassbender gave a lifetime performance, which in turn shot his name into stardom at that point onward.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Cassandra Yany

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday after her long battle with cancer. The 87-year-old Supreme Court justice was a trailblazer who continuously worked to end gender discrimination and preserve our civil liberties. 

The Supreme Court announced Friday that Ginsburg passed away at her Washington D.C. home due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She had previously overcome lung, liver and colon cancer. In July, she revealed that the cancer had returned, but that she would continue to serve on the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg’s revolutionary career started when she graduated at the top of her class from Cornell University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in government. Two years later, she attended Harvard Law School with her husband, Martin Ginsburg. There, she was one of only nine women in her class of over 500 students, according to NPR.

During their time at Harvard, Martin was diagnosed with testicular cancer, so Ruth would take notes for the two of them and help him with his work, all while trying to juggle being a new mom. When Martin landed a job at a firm in New York, the family packed up and Ruth finished her education at Columbia University. 

Once Ginsburg finished school, she began to experience the discrimination that came with being a female lawyer. According to TIME, she was unable to secure a position at a premier law firm or one of the Supreme Court clerkships, regardless of the fact that she had been the first students to serve on both the Harvard and Columbia Law reviews, and graduated at the top of her class. These jobs were instead easily given to males who had ranked lower than her in school. This led her to work a lower court clerkship and teach at the Rutgers Law Newark campus.

At Rutgers, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. While she was there, she learned that she wasn’t earning the same wage as one of her male counterparts. The dean attributed this pay disparity to the fact that the male professor had a family to support, while Ginsburg’s husband already had a good-paying job. This type of discrimination caused her to hide her second pregnancy.

After her son was born, Ginsburg began teaching at Columbia, becoming the university’s first tenured female professor. There, she also co-authored the first case book on discrimination law. She later went on to co-found the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972.

During her work as a lawyer, Ginsburg established that equal protection under the law, as stated in the 14th Amendment, should extend to gender. She won five out of the six cases that she argued before the Supreme Court on gender discrimination. She often chose to find this prejudice in cases where males were the plaintiffs being discriminated against, as seen in the 2018 film On the Basis of Sex. 

In 1980, Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg as a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She became the second woman on the Supreme Court, and the first Jewish justice since 1969 when she was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993. During her time, she eliminated almost 200 laws that discriminated against women. 

Ginsburg also fought for the rights of immigrants, the mentally ill, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. She approved gay marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, stating that if you can’t deny a 70-year-old couple the right to marriage due to their inability to procreate, you can’t deny a gay couple of that right either.

Ginsburg supported women’s reproductive rights, fighting for the coverage of contraceptives despite anyone’s religious beliefs. At the time of Roe v. Wade, she litigated a case where a pregnant Air Force captain was told she would have to have an abortion in order to return to her job. She noted the hypocrisy present in this case— that the U.S. government was encouraging abortion – and found that it served as a clear example of why women should have the right to make their own life decisions.

Ginsburg’s passing gives Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump the ability to appoint a new justice, despite her dying wish to not be replaced until after a new president is elected. This opportunity could make the Supreme Court more right-leaning and jeopardize cases like Roe v. Wade that are at the forefront of equal rights movements. 

This comes four years after McConnell’s 11-month Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominee for the court, where he argued “that a president shouldn’t be able to seat a new justice in the final year of their term.” Obama noted this in a statement released early Saturday, where he said “A basic principle of law— and of everyday fairness— is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment.”

After the news broke Friday night of Ginsburg’s death, hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court to pay tribute and create a memorial on the building’s steps. Many signs have since been left outside of the court honoring her legacy.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that there will be a statue built in Ginsburg’s hometown of Brooklyn to “serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today…”

Trump issued a proclamation Saturday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment “As a mark of respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg…”

RBG will be dearly missed by Americans on both sides of the aisle. We have lost a longtime champion of equal rights, but her legacy will never be forgotten.

Fivio Foreign – 13 Going On 30

After the RIAA certified gold breakout hit “Big Drip” hit the streets at the tail-end of last summer, Fivio Foreign has spent the past year solidifying his space in rap music. Now, before his debut album with Columbia Records, and shortly after being named one of XXL’s Freshman Class 2020 – the magazine’s annual list of brightest artists to watch – he returns with a new song “13 Going On 30.” Listen HERE.

As Fivio Foreign looks back at his year in the music video for “13 Going On 30.” The song tells an even deeper story, showing a different side to the often charismatic Brooklyn-born artist. As he gears up to release his debut album, Fivio shows no sign of slowing his momentum.

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Pressure225 Q&A for 360 Magazine

Pressure225 Q&A

By Armon Hayes

Pressure225 offers refreshing perspective and a  distinctive voice. Emerging thru the rubble of battle rap, the sound of no regrets, leaving it all on every track. 

Rapper Pressure225 released his visual debut for his song “I give you everything,” has an upcoming EP To Die For, and is just coming off of a monumental win in a freestyle rap battle.

The Bronx native’s career is growing with the momentum of his victory as HOT97’s Top shelf freestyle winner. Pressure spits his way to the top of rap battles and music charts with the wit and cadences of a budding force in Hip Hop. My first encounter with Pressure225 was at SOBS where I worked closely with the new artist as he prepared for his performance. Today, I caught up with the lyricist for a Q&A for 360 Magazine and learned how his charm translates from the stage and into real life.

What new projects are you working?

I’m currently finishing my new EP titled “To Die For.” Every time I say the title it feels off, to be real. But it’s a story. You would have to tune in to understand the concept behind it.

I try to make all my projects based on a theme and this one made me dig deeper than any of the other projects I worked on. To try and summarize, it’s about letting go of what you love. In my eyes, that is music. “Is this something I love where the sacrifice is worth the reward?” I’ve been working on this so long, the stress of the independent grind I just had to ask myself, is it to die for? Listen in and it will translate deeper.

What inspired your new music and video for “I give you everything?”

“I give you everything” goes back to the theme in the music. It’s a revolving door behind the questions I have for my passion. It’s almost like my insecurities speaking. I also felt like many people can relate. How much of myself can I give to the craft before I fall down? I wrote the song in 20 minutes and it was the first song I recorded with the homie @madamixes. I’ve always recorded my own projects but this time I felt that I needed to give that responsibility to another ear. It worked out and by taking the opportunity I learned so much about recording in the new streaming era.

The video was shot by @ezrugonalez, and, to be honest we had no big plan. It was like a run and gun video that he made work. His vision behind the camera is crazy. We shot it in Dumbo, Brooklyn and Ezru gave the direction and I gave the performance.

How do you respond to critics who treat battle rap not as a mainstream vehicle?

I love battle rap. Battle rap is the purest form of rap. It’s raw and performed in one shot as a 9-minute performance done in three rounds. It doesn’t get more real than that. There are big time battlers who make $70-80k a battle. I wouldn’t say battle rap is not mainstream but big leagues like @urltv, who are backed by the likes of Drake, are definitely taking it there. If you come up in battle rap it can open gates to new opportunities for sure.

Describe your music in one word?

Unpredictable.

As the winner of episode 4 of Hot 97’s Top shelf, what are your biggest takeaways?

Networking is key. Listen and learn from the people you meet, take advantage of the rooms you are in. I met some good people behind the scenes who handed me game that I hold on to till this day. When I get my shot for @funkflex freestyle, I will show out for sure lol.

Artist you hope to collaborate with?

My dream list is very New York. Jadakiss, Fab, Nas, but if we are talking more active I’d say J. Cole, Kendrick. I also really like Griselda Records, Westside Gunn, Conway, and Benny for bringing rap back to New York.

How has quarantine life been for you as a new independent artist?

As for independent artists, all we ask for is free time to work on the craft. We as a whole have never been in this predicament. For myself, I can say I took advantage of that time. I am more aware of the steps I need to take on my journey. I made some investments and now I am looking to drop the projects I worked on during quarantine.

What are your thoughts on rap culture seemly more inclusive?

Its a love-hate thing. I love the fact that rap culture has come this far. I hate the moments I step back and know when it’s being patronized. I’m a guest in Hip Hop and it saved me; I will always be on the front lines to keep this culture growing.

Who are your top five rappers?

I don’t have a top five. It’s the age old question and I’m so deep into rap that my mood changes too much to pick five. But, I do have three that will always remain, that’s Jay Z, Big, and Nas. But, I may change that later.

KJ Balla – Resurrection

Today From Nothing Records and Polo Grounds Music, in partnership with RCA Records, announces the posthumous release of Brooklyn rapper KJ Balla’s debut album, Resurrection. To coincide with the announcement, the first single “Racin” ft. Lil Tjay and its accompanying visual are available everywhere now. Click HERE to watch.

The visual for “Racin” ft. Lil Tjay was shot in Brooklyn in June at KJ’s celebration of life with the gathering of family and friends following his tragic death earlier this year.

After co-founding the label From Nothing Records he was off to a promising start with a career in hip-hop alongside label mate Jay Gwuapo and collaborators like multi-platinum selling rapper, Calboy.

Most recently, KJ was featured on two tracks released by Jay Gwuapo, “Back to Back” and “R8.” Both tracks combined have been streamed over 2.5 million times.

On the release, Jay Gwuapo shares  “I’m happy for my boy KJ and his fans that they finally get to hear ‘Racin.’ You can feel his vibe in that song and we kept his same energy in the video. We turned a sad day into a celebration, the FN way. The fans can expect way more music dropping soon and tune in August 21, me and KJ have some heat on his album.”

The release of his debut album will let fans hear what he had been working on to share with them and allow his vision for himself and the future of From Nothing Records to be shared to the masses.

Watch “Racin” ft. Lil Tjay and keep an eye out for more on Resurrection coming soon.

Watch/Listen to “Racin” ft. Lil Tjay here.

Pop Smoke Virtual Tour

Rolling through in style, you can now experience a fully interactive tour of New York and London, while virtually exploring the places that meant most to Pop Smoke. First, fans can choose their Pop song of choice to bump in their virtual Rolls Royce during the tour. By tapping different locations, fans will unlock exclusive, never-been-seen-before footage. Saving the best for last, the tour ends at the new mural of Pop Smoke in Canarsie, Brooklyn. There, fans can leave a message and scroll through a gallery of photos taken at the mural over the past couple of weeks.

Take the Virtual Tour HERE.

Listen to Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon Deluxe HERE.

Gashi – Lies

Gashi releases his new track “Lies” today (listen here). “Lies” is the fourth track to be released from his upcoming sophomore album 1984 which is due out on RCA Records next Friday, August 7th. The 14-track 1984 album sees GASHI exploring and harboring new sounds that will bring you back to GASHI’s favorite time – the 80’s.

GASHI says of the album, “I wasn’t alive during that decade, but I connect so much with everything from that era. I love everything about 80s culture from the music to the films to the fashion and I always wished I could have experienced that time in history. My parents got married in 1984 and some of the greatest music ever made came from the 80s.  I just wanted to make music that made people feel the way I feel when I hear anything from that era.”

About GASHI

Born in Libya, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country. His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age. GASHI absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music. His dynamic sound has allowed GASHI to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott. In the last couple of years, he released his self-titled debut album, sold out venues all across the globe, and has accumulated nearly 550 million streams with over 90 million video views worldwide.