Today, 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper Jay Gwuapo releases a new track and visual for the deeply personal “Lost Files,” which is a track recorded as a letter to his late friends Pop Smoke and KJ Balla following their deaths earlier this year. After being in a dark place grieving their losses, Gwuapo turned to music for expression and healing. Along with the track, he shares the accompanying video via From Nothing Records/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records. Click HERE to watch/listen.
Last week Guwapo returned with the release of “Black Mask” ft. Pop Smoke. The track is special to the rising rapper as it features one of his best childhood friends, the late Pop Smoke.. “Black Mask” is the only time the two had collaborated, but Pop credited Jay for encouraging him to pursue a career in rap. Click HERE to watch the interview clip with DJ Whoo Kid.
Along with “Black Mask” Gwuapo also released three additional tracks “Intro,” “Smoke Season Freestyle” and “Dangerous.” These four tracks honor and pay tribute to Pop as well as KJ Balla, who was a frequent collaborator, labelmate and friend of Gwuapo that was tragically killed earlier this year. Gwuapo has spent this year connecting with fans through his music releases on his SoundCloud and other platforms and these four tracks marked his official return.
Listen/watch “Black Mask,” “Intro,” “Smoke Season Freestyle,” “Dangerous,” and keep an eye out for more from Jay Gwuapo coming soon.
Listen/Watch “Lost Files”
Listen/Watch “Black Mask” ft. Pop Smoke
ABOUT JAY GWUAPO
Brooklyn’s long been a hotbed for the latest and greatest in rap talent, and Jay Gwuapo is the borough’s next rising star in the drill scene. The East New York native is just 20 years old, having picked up rap as a career two years ago—but he’s already making moves that artists with years on him have yet to accomplish. With a series of buzz-generating street singles and debut mixtape under his belt, Gwuapo’s talent and hybridized musical style will surely only gain more recognition to come.
Gwuapo started pursuing rap in earnest, pumping out unreleased tracks that started making noise in the NYC rap scene and eventually teaming up with Russ and K. Balla’s From Nothing record label. “Downbad” from 2018 marked his proper debut single, featuring chilly production and Gwuapo’s now-trademarked “R&B-drill” sound. Then came the languid, melodic “Drip Sauce,” a collab with fellow Brooklynite KJ Balla.
Since then, Gwuapo’s dropped a few more choice tracks, including “Steppin’ Out” and the grim, serious “Well Explained”. Eventually word got around to star-making label Polo Grounds Music, who’s B. Jacques took particular interest in helping Gwuapo take his career and talent to the next level. “A lot of people were reaching out, but no one connected with me like my son B,” he enthuses. “The love felt different from what I felt from nobody else.”
In 2019, Gwuapo announced his signing to Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records and released his debut project, From Nothing Pt. 1 which featured collaborations with label mate Calboy as well as Lil Tjay, Don Q and KJ Balla.
Gavin Magnus, the 13-year-old social media mogul, has released his debut EP entitled “Broken.”
Magnus also released a music video for “Hearts on a Pendant,” which trended at No. 7 on YouTube with over 1 million views.
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.
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.
Today, multi-platinum selling Chicago artist/rapper/songwriter Calboy releases a new track and visual for “Clueless.” The track is from his upcoming Long Live The Kings Deluxe project which is due out July 24th via Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.
The release of “Clueless” comes on the heels of Calboy sharing “Rounds” ft. Brooklyn drill artist, Fivio Foreign and “Brand New” ft. King Von.
All tracks will appear on the Long Live The Kings project along with three additional new tracks, “Holy Water,” “Fake Love” ft. Polo G and “Put Em On Your Shirt” ft. Yo Gotti.
Released in February, Long Live The Kings holds special meaning to Calboy as he juggled rising to stardom last year with his 3x platinum hit “Envy Me,” while also losing six of his closest friends to violence in Chicago. The name Long Live The Kings pays tribute to his fallen friends.
On the initial release, Calboy shared what the title means to him:
“Long Live The Kings is an ode to six of my friends from Chicago who passed away last year. Each song speaks to who they were and what they stood for. It’s also a tribute to everyone we lose to senseless violence, including the most recent loss of Pop Smoke. I hope to tell their stories through my music.”
Earlier this week Calboy let fans see his artistic creativity on his Instagram, sharing a video of him working with oil paints on canvas. As a multi-talented artist, this is another passion of Calboy’s and outlet that he uses to share his life experiences and feelings as shown in his paintings.
Long Live The Kings Deluxe Tracklisting:
1. “Barbarian” feat. Lil Tjay
2. “Dope Boy”
3. “Wild Wild”
4. “Gazel de Blanco”
5. “Purpose” feat. G Herbo
6. “Givenchy Kickin” feat. Lil Baby & Lil Tjay
7. “Brand New” ft. King Von
8. “Holy Water”
9. “Fake Love” ft. Polo G
11. “Rounds” ft. Fivio Foreign
12. “Put Em On Your Shirt” ft. Yo Gotti
LIL TJAY RELEASES STATE OF EMERGENCY MIXTAPE
FEATURES COLLABORATIONS FROM THE NEW CLASS OF NYC RAP POP SMOKE, FIVIO FOREIGN, SHEFF G, JAY CRITCH, SLEEPY HALLOW, JAY GWUAPO AND J.I. THE PRINCE OF NEW YORK
“STATE OF EMERGENCY” FULLY IMMERSIVE 3D EXPERIENCE MIXTAPE RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT AT 7PM ET ON TWITCH
DONATES TO BRONX DEFENDERS TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19 IN NYC
Bronx NY’s own Lil Tjay is celebrating his city with the release of his new project STATE OF EMERGENCY, out today via Columbia Records. The 7-track mixtape features collaborations with the new class of NYC rap including Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, Sheff G, Jay Critch, Sleepy Hallow, Jay Gwuapo and J.I. The Prince of New York. The project includes his latest release “Ice Cold,” along with a Fivio Foreign and Pop Smoke collaboration on the fresh New York anthem “Zoo York,” a fitting tribute to the late rapper’s legacy as one of the last songs he recorded. The JLShotThat directed video for “Zoo York” is coming soon.
To celebrate the release, Lil Tjay has partnered with Twitch to launch The “STATE OF EMERGENCY” Experience tonight at 7pm EST. The fully immersive and one of a kind 3D listening experience will showcase NYC as Tjay moves through the city discussing and playing back the project. The event will offer a feature in which viewers will be able to donate to The Bronx Defenders. Tune in HERE.
Coinciding with his empire state-themed mixtape, Lil Tjay will be donating to The Bronx Defenders, an organization that is innovating and pushing boundaries of what a public defender is and fighting on the front lines for justice every day. The cause hits close to home and is a big passion of Tjay’s, as they once helped fight the system in a case that he was involved in. He will personally be donating gift cards to help the formerly incarcerated clients and their families buy essentials, along with masks for the defenders as they continue their fight for the release of people at high risk for health complications if they contract COVID-19. Since the onset of the health crisis, The Bronx Defenders have been able to secure the release of over 100 clients who were being held in jails and ICE detention.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, low-income black and brown communities like the Bronx have been hit the hardest. This is a community that depends heavily on public transportation, encompasses countless essential workers, and is over criminalized into a legal system that crams people into jail cells where the virus is rampant. We are working tirelessly on behalf of our clients to stem the worst of this pandemic, but we can’t do it alone. We’re so thankful to have allies like Lil Tjay giving back to their community so that our clients can access basic necessities like protective masks, groceries, and medicine in this time of crisis. We will get through this if we continue having each other’s backs.” – Justine Olderman, Executive Director of Bronx Defenders.
YSN FLOW RELEASES NEW MIXTAPE FLOW $ZN
Rapper YSN Flow releases his new mixtape FLOW $ZN today via Republic Records. The 12-track tape includes features from Justin Rarri, Lil Tjay, Quando Rondo and YSN Jayo.
Listen to FLOW $ZN: HERE
Harmonizing hip-hop sensation YSN Flow has lived many lives within his sixteen years. The Cleveland, Ohio native first garnered praise with his introductory track “Want Beef?” with tens of millions of streams in pocket. Now, YSN Flow enters the next phase of his career with his debut mixtape FLOW SZN, a project that is raw and gritty, yet honest and fun and brings a new energy to YSN Flow’s growing career. Bigger than strong melodies and impressive storytelling, FLOW SZN is the first of what will be many celebrations in YSN Flow’s life. The YSN in his name reflects his crew “Young Successful Navigation,” and it’s clear that Flow is navigating straight to the top.
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, Tïesto 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.
LIL TJAY RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SEX SOUNDS“
Lil Tjay a.k.a. “The Prince of New York” unveiled the music video to his song “Sex Sounds” today. The vibrant visual reveals a more vulnerable side of Lil Tjay when it comes to love. The calming island visuals will transport you out of the confines of your home. Watch the video, co-directed by Gabe Hostetler and Mike Mihail, HERE.
“Sex Sounds” is featured on Lil Tjay’s debut album True 2 Myself. The album includes the platinum hits “Brothers” and “F.N.” and the gold-certified “Ruthless” and “Goat.” Earlier this year, Tjay joined forces with Polo G again on “First Place” – the follow up to their quadruple platinum-certified breakout hit “Pop Out,” which has accumulated over 500 Million video views and streams to date and landed on Billboard, UPROXX, and Complex Best of 2019 year-end lists.
PLATINUM CERTIFIED PRODUCER RVSSIAN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “ONLY THE TEAM”
Platinum-certified producer and artist, Rvssian has today released a new song “Only One Team” featuring young hitmakers Lil Tjay and Lil Mosey. The single has all the makings of a hit single with its synth laced beats and Rvssian’s pension for addictive melodies. “Only One Team” is a departure from Rvssian’s usual dancehall and Latin trap sounds but an evolution of the work he’s done following past collaborations with French Montana, Cardi B, 21 Savage and more. The song follows previously released single “IDKW” featuring Shenseea, Swae Lee and Young Thug and appears on his label Rich Immigrants, a joint venture with Interscope Records. Speaking more on the making of the song, Rvssian had this to share:
“This song is a new sound, coming from Lil TJay’s past music with added rock influence in the guitar production and his unique flow and melodies. Bringing in Lil Mosey and his signature cadence make the whole thing certified.” Lil Mosey added “Rvssian and I have been talkin’ about getting a song together for a min. Me and Tjay both young and getting money so it’s a dope moment for our generation.”
Stream/Save “Only The Team” HERE
Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston, a young Uptown kid from Kingston, Jamaica started his music career at just 16 years old. He established his independent label Head Concussion Records and began producing. An ear for platinum hit-making sounds, Rvssian’s success knows no border or genre lines. His catalog has surpassed over four billion streams across platforms with multiple of those becoming certified platinum hits. He has successfully pioneered the dancehall and Latin music spaces and is now looking to take over the mainstream worlds of pop, hip hop and rap. Now at home at his new label, Rich Immigrants (a joint venture with Interscope Records) Rvssian puts on his executive hat to help break artists who live in the Caribbean diaspora towards mainstream popularity. Shenseea, Jamaica’s reigning princess of Dancehall, is the first artist signed to the label and she is joined by Kosa and Big Bvng (childhood friends from Belize). Rvssian also continues to experiment with his own music releasing one-off singles that continue to place him in the cultural zeitgeist of music and on the charts.