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Cee Kay – Cent

Emerging rapper Cee Kay releases his new single and video “Cent.” On Cee’s track, a trap beat underscores his smooth cadences leading to a rich melodic hook. This perfectly accompanies “Cent”‘s visual where he spits outside of a broken down old Arkansas haunt alongside his friends.

Cee Kay has recently attracted critical acclaim with DuJour naming Cee’s “Mona Lisa” among “our top five favorite new song releases” and wrote, “His passion and soul is clear throughout his music.” Earlier this year, Cee Kay accelerated his ascent to hip-hop’s heavyweight class with one buzzing banger after another, with his most recent intoxicating song “Drugs.” Earning critical nods, Imprint predicted he’s “geared to become a force in rap, maintaining a credo of remaining true to himself and the code of the streets.” Meanwhile, Hip-Hop Vibe crowned him, “Next To Blow Out Of The South.” The rapper put himself on the map with 2019’s Blood On My Hands. Led by “Pressure” feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again, it has racked up nearly 10 million total streams and received praise from XXL, HipHopDX and more.

Follow Cee Kay: Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube

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Duckwrth – Coming Closer

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Duckwrth releases his new track “Coming Closer” feat. G.L.A.M. and Juliana Romana today.

Listen to “Coming Closer” feat. G.L.A.M. and Juliana Romana HERE.

On the track, which is produced by LA based twins Two Fresh and G.L.A.M., Duckwrth once again instigates unpredictable and unprecedented genre alchemy. He threads together bouncy rhymes while G.L.A.M. fires back with a seductive counterpoint as their bars come together before the dancefloor-ready hook sung by Juliana Romana. This anthem glides between hip-hop and electronic only to border on unexpected pop bliss.

“Coming Closer” arrives hot on the heels of his buzzing feel-good anthem “Find A Way” feat. Alex Mali, Radio Ahlee, & Bayli. HipHopDX praised its “melodic message of perseverance,” and Brooklyn Vegan described it as “powerful.” HYPEBEAST wrote, “The single serves as an uplifting anthem during these troubling times, featuring lyrics that showcase the artist’s ability to reminisce about the past and see a way forward.” Earmilk put it best, “The single plays as a welcome beam of light during a dark time.”

Over the last five years, LA-based wunderkind Duckwrth has quickly risen up the ranks as a promising star of the future of music. His collection of critically acclaimed projects including Nowhere (2015,) I’m Uugly (2016), Xtra Uugly (2017) and The Falling Man EP (2019), have transcended streaming platforms and landed in films, TV series, and brand ad campaigns and have received critical acclaim from a vast amount of outlets including NPR, The FADER, Complex, XXL and more. This cumulation has led the rapper to become an international touring staple, headlining shows globally and performing at Austin City Limits and opening for superstars Billie Eilish and Anderson .Paak. Duckwrth’s music has appeared on shows like CW’s All American, HBO’s Insecure and Real Time with Bill Maher and his song “Start A Riot” was featured on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. His music has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Cadillac, Microsoft, Peloton, Amazon and Apple Music, and he’s worked with fashion legacies like Levi’s, Vans and Fila, as well as high fashion men’s suit designer Paul Smith.

Follow Duckwrth: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

About Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Karol G) and Hollywood Records (Zendaya).

In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), Lionsgate (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films during 2017 in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production is the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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K Camp – RARE Family

Friday July 3rd, multi-platinum rapper, entrepreneur, executive, and RARE Sound C.E.O. K Camp presented the brand new RARE Sound compilation album, RARE Family. Get it HERE via RARE Sound. The twelve-track surprise project pops off with verbal fireworks from K Camp as well as RARE Sound artists, including True Story Gee, Lil Bird, and more. Among various highlights, the crew trades rhymes with Yella Beezy on the celebratory and slick “Birthday” before delivering hard-hitting bars all around on “Stack N Pray” alongside West Coast phenomenon Mozzy.

Check out the full tracklisting below. Right out of the gate, HipHopDX wrote “K Camp gives his RARE Sound roster a chance to bask in the spotlight,” and RhymeHipHop claimed, “K delivers and displays a cohesive nature to his entire roster, to which each artist flows seamlessly in a shared sound.” Once again, K Camp quietly affirms himself as one of the most impactful talents and bosses in the game through a combination of dynamic rapping and just as dynamic business moves.

The RARE Family release was celebrated at the “RARE Family Cookout” this 4th of July Weekend at the RARE Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for a lot more from K Camp very soon.

About K CAMP

It takes a rare talent to elevate the game from multiple angles all at once. As a rapper, entrepreneur, and executive, K CAMP personifies rarity across the board.

Establishing himself as a titan in the Atlanta scene through a knockout combo of clever rhymes and chantable hooks, the multiplatinum star quietly maintains a position amidst hip-hop’s most influential forces. This status remains evidenced by nearly four-billion cumulative streams as well as four gold singles and three platinum singles— “Cut Her Off,” “Money Baby,” and “Comfortable”—since emerging in 2009. Among many accolades, he holds the endorsement of everyone from BET who nominated him for “Best Club Banger” at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards and XXL who included him in its 2015 “Freshman Class” as well as Rolling Stone, Spin, and many others. The MC’s discography spans the full-length debut Only Way Is Up and 2018’s RARE Sound, which HotNewHipHop dubbed “16 tracks of precious melodies.” Not to mention, he leads a movement as the C.E.O. of his own RARE SOUND label and RARE Studio, office, and headquarters. He continued to light rap up with Wayy 2 Kritical [2019] and Kiss 5 [2020] with more to come.

Follow K Camp: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook

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Chaz French – “What A Day”

CHAZ FRENCH SHARES NEW SINGLE “WHAT A DAY” FOLLOWS “ME” FEAT CAM WALLACE MORE NEW MUSIC COMING SOON

“WHAT A DAY” HERE

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE 

Today, critically acclaimed Washington, D.C. rapper Chaz French unveils a brand new single entitled “What A Day.” Get it HERE via Motown Records. Check out the visualizer HERE. On the track, the DMV wordsmith floats from airy verses towards a hypnotic hook uplifted by his elastic rhymes. Over ethereal production from CPSL0CK [Nafets] and Supah Mario [Drake, Young Thug], he offers pearls of wisdom by affirming, “The best advice I got is to love. The best that I can give is to love. All that I can do is love. With all that I been through, I still love.” It serves up an empowering and important statement appropriate for the times. Chaz says, “This moment in time is one of the darkest times in modern history, but at the same time it’s filled with so much hope for change. This generation is tired of waiting for a piece of the “American Dream” for all and are willing to die to get it. It’s all happening in real time, so what a day it is to BE ALIVE.”

The single arrives hot on the heels of “Me” [feat. Cam Wallace] – view video here. Attracting acclaim, HipHopDx described it as “a message of self-love.” Meanwhile, Chaz sat down with University of Maryland football coach Michael Locksley for the Instagram Live show “Late Night with Locks,” and NBCSports plugged it. Be on the lookout for more music from Chaz very soon.

Photo Credit:  Zhamak Fullad

KATORI WALKER SHARES “DOLLA SAVE ME” MUSIC VIDEO

On May 13th, 2019 Los Angeles rapper Katori Walker revealed his new music video for his latest single Dolla Save Me, watch it HERE.

The song can be found on his recently released, Stubborn EP. Get it HERE via Capitol Music Group.

Once again, the artist delivers a captivating visual befitting of the music. This time around, he takes over a different kind of church. As the congregation takes turns spitting his rhymes, collection plates of stacks bounce across the pews. However, tithing goes the other way in this case! Highlighted by a gospel-style chant, his signature storytelling, and nimble flows, the clip mirrors the song’s dynamic spirit and soul. It also illuminates just how much he stands out from the pack, merging old school word-craft and modern experimentation for a sharp style of his own.

Stubborn attracted unanimous praise straight out of the gate. Hypebeast named the project among its Best New Tracks and described it as a well-balanced showcase of his storytelling talents Earmilk posited, The tracks on Stubborn incite the kind of emotions only hip hop titans like J. Cole can tap into. Highlighting Dolla Save Me HipHopDX said, Katori works the keys like a locksmith to create everyman music to dance to. Putting it best, Billboard called the EP, his strongest and most vulnerable work to date.
 
After closing out a successful run supporting Vince Staples, Katori hit the studio to finish up his debut album coming very soon.
The 2019 West Coast revival begins with Katori Walker.
 
Rap music can affect more than the culture; it has the power to change the world. Just ask Katori Walker. He picked up a mic with a purpose in 2017. Clocking in at barely 10 minutes, his independent five-song Ignorance EP offered a powerful portrait of gang-related gun violence following the murder of his brother Ormoni. The video Ormoni generated 4.2 million views as it surpassed 1 million Spotify streams in addition to being featured in Eminem’s Untouchable lyric video. It topped Spotify’s Most Necessary Playlist for four weeks in a row. Watch him make a difference in hip-hop and the world.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1.Run
2.Too Many Foes
3. Sometimes[feat. Elijah James]
4. Dollar Save Me
5.Hometown
6.Roll On
7.Anxiety
 
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Listen to Katori Walker on Soundcloud
 

Saweetie “Pissed” Music Video

Today at 12p PST, Saweetie unveils the music video for her red-hot new single “Pissed” (produced by Cronkite). Watch it HERE.

Get “Pissed” HERE via ICY/Artistry Records/Warner Bros. Records

Developing a reputation for larger-than-life visuals, hip-hop’s hottest new leading lady once again delivers a big screen-worthy clip. Saweetie spares no detractors with one razor sharp rhyme after another as she wilds out on-screen, displaying the stunning and sexy confidence that squarely positioned her as 2018’s fastest rising star.

Expect her to make history in the new year!

“Pissed” followed up her London On Da Track collaboration, “Up Now” [feat. G-Eazy & Rich The Kid]. Meanwhile, it earned looks from Complex, Rap-Up, and more. Saweetie never stops making headlines. She recently made her major tour debut with Drake and Migos. In addition, she lent her lyrical flow to remixes for pop superstar Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” and Anne Marie’s global hit “2002.”

Flaunting nineties rhyme reverence, fashion-forward fire, and endless charisma, SAWEETIE—born Diamonté Harper—can go bar-for-bar with the best of ‘em, and fans and critics immediately recognized and responded to that. Within six months, she cracked 400 million cumulative streams, garnered a gold plaque, and earned the praise of Billboard, Fader, and Noisey as Los Angeles Times pegged her as “one to watch this year.” Drawing on a passion for poetry and numerous years of rapping in the car, she turned her love for words into vivid verses during 2018 on the High Maintenance EP.

Born in Santa Clara of African-American and Chinese-Filipino descent and raised in Sacramento, the California native went from MVP status as a high school volleyball champ to becoming a shining student at USC. Initially, she deferred her rap dreams to achieve a degree in Communications before being discovered at a Downtown Los Angeles Puma event by current manager Max Gousse [Beyoncé, YG, Ty Dolla $ign]. At Artistry Studios, they produced her 2017 knockout viral smash “ICY GRL.” Driven by a bulletproof flow and one clever line after another, it racked up 300 million combined streams between the original and Kehlani remix, achieved a gold certification from the RIAA, and soared to #1 on Musical.ly. She also earned the early endorsement of gatekeepers such as Vibe, XXL, HipHopDX, and MTV. Touting a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Artistry Records for her label Icy, she’s rewriting the rule book and breaking the stereotype of the female emcee. Armed with tracks like “B.A.N.” and “Good Good,” High Maintenance features production courtesy of Zaytoven, Hassan, Saweetie, Cash Money AP, and Gousse.

Trap Beckham “Happy Belated”

Rising hip hop star and Jacksonville native Trap Beckham has recently released his EP Happy Belated via Stevie Stacks Entertainment/EMPIRE. The EP’s high-energy and infectiously catchy tracks showcase the rapper’s insanely fun and crafty production stylings, along with Cobi Mixed That, The Game Changers, The Flight Club, Big Hack & Pablo, Beast Mode and Bankroll Got It. Happy Belated has already received buzz from various outlets, such as HipHopDXHype Off Life, and Real Street Radio.

Happy Belated follows shortly after Trap Beckham’s scorching hot summer mixtape, Evil Emoji, which has already helped to legitimatize his growing presence in the industry. His musical talents have also spawned successful bangers, such as the wildly popular “Birthday Bitch,” which has garnered over 30 million streams and has become a major favorite among celebrities, such as LeBron James, Kylie Jenner, Angela Simmons, Leslie JonesZendaya, and famed actress Halle Berry. The breakout hit and millennial birthday anthem was also featured in Season 1 Episode 8 of the critically acclaimed HBO Series Insecure.

Trap Beckham looks to carry his momentum into full-blown superstardom. The arrival of his debut EP, Life Is Lit [Def Jam Records], includes singles “Backwoods,” “Cold,” and club phenomenon, “Lil Booties Matter,” which stars Cardi B’s younger sister and social media personality, Henessy Carolina, in the official music video. Trap Beckham’s musical style of lively, upbeat instrumentation, catchy lyrics, and the ability to create dancefloor hits at will is reminiscent of southern hip-hop legend Uncle Luke and has helped him attain wide success, catching the attention of major labels and eventually landing him a deal with Def Jam Recordings. This year, Trap Beckham’s independent hustle led him to join forces with Stevie Stacks Entertainment and EMPIRE to release a series of new and exciting music for fans to get up and dance to. With the arrival of Happy Belated, Trap Beckham continues to break through to the masses with an original sound and style that’s undeniably sensational. Not to mention, the young rapper has already been featured in VIBEXXLHotNewHipHop, and more!

SAWEETIE

SAWEETIE RELEASES HER DEBUT EP HIGH MAINTENANCE ON ICY/ARTISTRY RECORDS/WARNER BROS. RECORDS

PERFORMED AT THEFADER FORT & MOREAT SXSW

Building on widespread anticipation from fans everywhere, California rapper SAWEETIE uncovers her debut EP High Maintenance today via her own ICY label imprint in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and Warner Bros. Records. Not only does it include the runaway breakout hit ICY but it also boasts a total of eight new bangers from the MC. Get it HERE.

Check out the full track listing below.

Last week, SAWEETIE turned up with a fiery ANTIÉd; (Freestyle) music video originally premiered by Rap-Up. Cruising in a classic car, she unloads a barrage of rhyme fury in the grainy seventies-style clip. Prior to the arrival of the EP, she appeared in CR Fashion Book, and VIBE claimed, The fierce competitor is out to show listeners that women in rap don’t need to follow anyone’s blueprint. She’s living up to those words!

Featuring production from heavy hitters like Zaytoven and Cash Money AP, High Maintenance properly introduces SAWEETIE. From the infectious energy and deft wordplay of B.A.N. to a wavy send-offon the lush and lively Too Many, it highlights every facet of this formidable force.

To celebrate High Maintenance’s impact, SAWEETIE took the stage at The FADER Fort and both the Pandora and HipHopDX showcases at SXSW in Austin, TX and brought the house down.

High Maintenance and SAWEETIE are here to stay.

High Maintenance EP Tracklist:

1. B.A.N.

2. AGUA

3. Good Good

4. Icy Grl

5. High Maintenance

6. 23

7. Respect

8. Too Many

Flaunting nineties rhyme reverence, fashion-forward fire, and endless charisma, SAWEETIE born Diamont Harper can go bar-for-bar with the best of em. Drawing on a passion for poetry and numerous years of rapping in the car, she turned her love for words into vivid verses. Born in Santa Clara and raised in Sacramento, the California native attended USC. Initially, she deferred her rap dreams to achieve a degree in Communications before being discovered at a Downtown Los Angeles Puma event by current manager Max Gousse [Beyonce, YG, Ty Dolla $ign]. At Artistry Studios, she produced and recorded her 2017 knockout viral smash ICY GRL. Driven by a bulletproof flow and one clever line after another, it has racked up more than 18 million YouTube views and over 9 million Spotify streams and soared to #1 on Musical.ly. She also earned the early endorsement of gatekeepers such as Vibe, XXL, HipHopDX, and MTV. With a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Artistry Records for her label Icy, sheߣs rewriting the rule book and breaking the stereotype of the female emcee. Her forthcoming debut EP, features production courtesy of Zaytoven, Hassan, Saweetie, Cash Money AP, and Gousse. As a new CAA signee, she’ll be touring nationally throughout 2018.

NF ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM PERCEPTION

After quietly topping multiple charts last year, selling out over forty dates on his North American tour this year, and building a hyper-dedicated fan base, Michigan rapper, singer, and songwriter NF gears up to release his third full-length album, Perception [Capitol Records], on Friday, October 6th, 2017.

Perception follows one of 2016’s biggest underground successes, Therapy Session, which claimed #1 on Billboard‘s Top Rap Albums Chart and #12 on the Top 200. However, NF upped the ante yet again with tighter bars, bigger production, and bolder hooks this time around.

Among its sixteen new tracks, Perception boasts singles “Outro,” which surpassed Therapy Session’s first single consumption in just three days, and “Green Lights,” which gave NF his career high for single day streaming numbers upon release. Additionally, the videos for both singles clocked over 1 million views in less than a week, while the as yet unreleased track “One Hundred” was recently featured in a promo trailer for HBO’s hit show Ballers, proving that Perception is primed to make a big impact upon its release this October.

NF might just be one of the biggest rappers you’ve never heard of. After soaring to #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums Chart and bowing in the Top 15 of the Top 200, his 2016 sophomore set Therapy Session yielded a string of resonant viral hits.“Grindin'” impressively generated over 23.2 million Spotify streams, “Real” exceeded 10 million, and “Got You On My Mind,“How Could You Leave Us, and“Oh Lord” all racked up more than 9 million each. HipHopDX praised him as his music appeared everywhere from Shades of Blue and GRIMM to Empire.

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