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Q – Alone

Q IS A ONE-MAN BAND IN THE NEW “ALONE” VISUAL, FROM HIS FORTHCOMING EP THE SHAVE EXPERIMENT 

WATCH HERE. LISTEN TO “ALONE” HERE.

After debuting “Take Me Where Your Heart Is,” his first single from his upcoming EP set to release 12/11 with Columbia Records, Q is returning on a slightly darker and sophisticated note in the new “Alone” visual. Watch HERE. Showing his self-taught knack for musicianship, Q glides through various performance setups playing all the instruments present, simultaneously displaying his emotional state in the Loris Ruisser directed visual. Says Q of the song “it was something I wrote at a time where I actually felt alone. I remember later feeling really bad about that, because I wasn’t really, and I think I’d want people to listen to it and get that same feeling from it. That they aren’t really alone.” With “Alone,” Q is finding the peace in solitude.

pineappleCITI photograph curtsey of Alex John at Red Bull Records

pineappleCITI- “Dance”

Rising hip-hop artist pineappleCITI returns with visuals to her single “Dance,” out today. Flipping the script on Dancing with The Stars, CITI’s latest video offers a clever play on the popular dance competition, adding a unique and comedic hip-hop flair. Featuring slick lyricism alongside an upbeat tempo, “Dance” blends melodic rhythms with Latin-influenced guitar and percussions, making an irresistible track that lives up to its name. 

One of TIDAL’s Rising Hip-Hop cover artists this year and featured on NBA2K20, NBA2K21, and Netflix’s Sneakerheads, pineappleCITI is equal parts rapper, singer, and acclaimed songwriter. Named one of Okayplayer’s 25 Underrated Female Rappers, she has penned works for Twista and Kelly Rowland. In the same year, she celebrated the release of her viral hit “Rose Colored” and suffered a near-fatal car crash, causing her to learn how to walk again over the course of two years. 

With a focus on songs that feature motivational lyricism and powerful messages, she has released a number of recent singles, including “Recognize,” “Believe,” and “Lift Me Up,” the latter of which was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old-school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The FADER, PAPER, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

To keep up with pineappleCITI visit her Website or follow her on Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Photo of Muni Long by Orin Fleurmont

Muni Long Releases “Black Like This”

Muni Long, singer, songwriter and sonic anomaly released her debut EP today entitled Black Like This. The album is an ode to the rich essence and beauty of the black experience through her lens. 

The 7 track EP, which boasts early single releases “Midnight Snack” Ft. Jacob Latimore, “Breakin Up” and “Nekkid” Ft. YFN Lucci, is accompanied by a stunning new visualizer that gives audiences a first-hand look into the highly stylized and eccentric world of Muni Long. Black Like This comes under Long’s co-founded label imprint, Supergiant Records. You can stream and download Black Like This everywhere by clicking here.

Muni Long, formerly Priscilla Renea, is known as one of the most successful and sought after songwriters in the music business. She spoke to VOGUE.com ahead of the release of Black Like This about the huge transition from behind the scenes and owning her own artistry. 

Muni Long is the part of me that I always needed. She’s the protector of Priscilla, said Long in Vogue. “I knew I wanted to focus on me. I’ve been serving others for the last 12 years, and I started to feel unappreciated and captive.” 

Co-mingling R&B, rap, and pop, Muni Long beckons immersion with a stirring, striking, and soulful signature style. In 2019, a series of intimate and open conversations set the stage for the introduction of Muni Long. 

“I’m really excited about this whole concept and reinvention. It’s like I hit, ‘Reset’” says Long. Muni Long is fearless, has intent and comes to life on her debut single “Midnight Snack” featuring Jacob Lattimore. Over a throwback sample of SWV’s “Weak,” Muni slinks into the pocket with seductive intonation and palpable confidence before locking into an intimate back-and-forth with Latimore. In the end, Muni Long fulfills her destiny with this music and much more to come.

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Jay Gwuapo – Lost Files

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.

Gwuapo’s releases this year also include, “R8” and “Back to Back” with KJ Balla,  “Long Live The Woo,” a tribute to Pop following his death and a feature on Lil Tjay’s album with “Gettin Lit.”

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.

Bea Miller x Aminé – Feel Something Different

On the eve of releasing her new EP, elated!, “force of nature” (PAPER MagazineBea Miller has teamed up with Portland-bred rapper, artist, culture shaker and innovative ingenue Aminé on FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT, an up-tempo and hypnotic new take on Miller’s viral hit feel something, out now. Released in 2019, feel something has become a massive streaming hit in 2020 with over 192 million streams since its release and has become a fan favorite on TikTok where the song has amassed over 3.4 billion video views and over 1.3 million video creations in part, thanks to the Euphoria Makeup Challenge. Listen here.

FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT is the second song Bea has shared from her new seven track EP, elated!, out tomorrow (full track listing below). Earlier this month, she announced the EP with the release of wisdom teeth, her first new music of 2020. Featured as one of Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs upon release, wisdom teeth was declared “an introspective bop” by Idolator and DuJour described it as “a synth-heavy bop showcasing Miller’s captivating raspy vocals and youthful energy.”

This past weekend, Bea returned to the stage at the Teragram Ballrom in Los Angeles for an electric live performance as part of Save Our Stages, #SOSFEST, a three day virtual festival from YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save independent venues across the U.S. Bea’s dynamic and eclectic set included the debut live performance of wisdom teeth as well as feel something, FEELS LIKE HOME, and more. View Bea’s performance here.

elated! track listing:

  1. hallelujah
  2. FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT with Aminé
  3. forever is a lie
  4. making bad decisions
  5. i never wanna die
  6. wisdom teeth
  7. self crucify

Coi Leray – Rick Owens

Today, budding star Coi Leray uncovers a new music video for her latest single, “Rick Owens” via Republic Records.

Stream it HERE

A torch burns in the opening shot as Coi carries this fire throughout the clip. Back in beast mode, she raps intensely before delivering a knockout hook as flames rise at some moments and snow falls in others. Signaling her duality, it showcases her contagious energy as her personality practically jumps off the screen.

Once again, she burns the boundaries between pop and hip-hop with incendiary spirit. It also follows up the steamy music video for “Slide” featuring Gunna. Within a few weeks, it has already posted up 2.8 million views on YouTube. HYPEBAE included it among “Best New Music Of September” and dubbed it “sultry.”

Be on the lookout for more new music soon! For now, “Rick Owens” never looked so fiery…

About Coi Leray
Coi Leray’s recent EP, Now Or Never EP continues to put up numbers and attract critical acclaim with over 12 million streams. REVOLT praised, “The New Jersey native is one-of-a-kind. Spreading contagious positive energy at all times, the 23-year-old continues to break down barriers with her music speaking for itself.” In addition to an interview with Cosmopolitan who raved, “the girl has got pipes, y’all!,” KAZI crowned her, “A trailblazing pop star” on their magazine cover. The six-track project showcases newfound vocal maturity and musical evolution, emphasizing her depth and range.

Coi Leray set the stage for the EP with the single “Do Better.” Not only did it rack up a ton of streams, but she also received recent plugs from Pitchfork, Def Pen, and UPROXX. Meanwhile, HYPEBAE wrote, “In her latest song, Leray demonstrates her angelic vocals while spitting commanding bars,” and HotNewHipHop observed, “[she’s] proving that she can certainly hold her own in the industry.” The lead-off “Better Days” [feat. Fetty Wap] has tallied over 5 million total streams, while the animation visualizer surpassed 1.3 million YouTube views. Additionally, Now Or Never boasts the slick banger “Slide” [feat. Gunna] and joins up with powerhouse girl gang on “I Like It” [feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter]. Coi Leray continues to attract widespread critical acclaim. Essence crowned her “a Gen-Z superstar,” and BET proclaimed, “With a few standout tracks under her belt, Leray hasn’t slowed down yet” as they crowned her BET Amplified “Artist Of The Month.” In addition to plugs from Respect Mag, HipHopDX, and more, HotNewHipHop highlighted the “important message” of “Better Days.” Carlie Hanson touted it on her Billboard “Pride Playlist.” Coi appeared on Hot 97 and BET’s 106&Park Mic Check and graced the cover of Pandora’s “BET Amplified Artist” playlist.

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JUTES – NEW SINGLE “BACKSEAT (KISS ME)”

Los Angeles alt/pop/rap chameleon Jutes releases his new single “Backseat (Kiss Me),” which breathes new life into the iconic 90s Sixpence None The Richer smash “Kiss Me.” This is the latest offering from his upcoming sophomore EP, A Really Bad Dream, out October 22. Check out the full track listing below.

LISTEN HERE

PRE-SAVE HERE

“‘Kiss Me’ has always been one of my favorite songs. During quarantine, I was learning how to play guitar and my homie Miles taught me to play it over FaceTime,” Jutes said. “Once I got it, me and my dude Jonny from back home started sending each other videos of us singing ‘Kiss Me,’ but we’d change the words to say dumb shit. Then it dawned on me, I should make a little flip of it for fun. I really never thought clearing it was a realistic option but here we are. Got the stamp of approval from the original band to remake a classic. Pretty rad!”

Authenticity is at the core of Jutes, who has always followed his heart. His intuitive approach and resolute determination are exactly what lifted the singer and songwriter up from a small town in Ontario, Canada. Young Jutes grew up an only child on a 300-acre farm, soaking up the sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers, OutKast, and Ludacris, and trying his hand at basketball, then film school, then finally, lucky for us, music. 

Now settled in L.A. and having amassed over 20 million global streams from his debut EP and early singles, Jutes is continuing to refine his sound, an emotionally intense fusion of hip-hop, alternative rock, and pop. In the process, heߣs earned love from outlets like Alt Press, Apple Music’s Beats1, and Flaunt Magazine, and a number of high-profile spots on Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday playlist. 

A Really Bad Dream Track Listing:

  1. Bad Dream
  2. Movie
  3. Backseat (Kiss Me)
  4. Say It First
  5. Rain Rain Go Away
  6. Jetblack Mascara
  7. When You’re Around

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Masego – Silver Tongue Devil

Today, Masego shares Silver Tongue Devil, the latest track off his upcoming concept EP, featuring “Jamaican Princess of Dancehall” (The Guardian) Shenseea and his signature saxophone licks. The song invites fans and newcomers into the mythical mind of the artist at a crossroad: What to do with such a silver-tongued devil, who may or may not be a former flame?

LISTEN TO SILVER TONGUE DEVIL

WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE

On October 14, a week following this release, Masego will share his Lyric Video for the track featuring footage shot in Mexico by Loug Delcy.

Silver Tongue Devil arrives less than a month after Masego made his return with Passport. In both Japanese and English, Masego laments the monotony of quarantine on what VICE Music dubbs as one of the “Best Songs to Usher In Fall” and NPR Music calls “a bittersweet anti-pandemic sentiment made palatable with [Masego’s] smooth voice.”

The upcoming project is a tropical journey through every aspect of a relationship, from beginning to end, showing off a new and reflective side of the artist. At the moment when Masego’s whirlwind touring life has suddenly been forced to a halt, he’s chosen to take this time to look inward and explore what he finds, both topically and sonically. The result is a body of work that shows Masego evolving in real-time, an expansion both in terms of production choice and collaborative partners. It is Masego’s most ambitious, enjoyable effort to date and his most refreshing interpretation of traphousejazz yet.

The forthcoming EP is the official follow up to Lady Lady, Masego’s epic 2018 debut that firmly put the singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist on the map or, all over the map, to be precise: In the almost-two years since its release, Masego has toured the world, headlining sold out tours and starring on festival stages across every continent but Antartica. The album was no less of a success with listeners: “Tadow,” the lead single, has surpassed half a billion streams and been certified gold by the RIAA; that same song has been used in over two million video creates on TikTok; and the project cemented him as a name to watch in the burgeoning generation of like-minded black musicians, with features and collaborations across marquee projects from the likes of Kehlani, Dreamville, KAYTRANADA and more.

Watch Masego’s BET Awards Performance debut, the second-most Shazamed of the entire show here.

Isaac Dunbar – miss america

“The teen indie-pop star on the rise makes music that’s achingly vulnerable and cuts straight to the core” TIME

“…the real deal…”BILLBOARD

“We have no choice but to stan” E! NEWS 

“Isaac Dunbar simply cannot miss” ONES TO WATCH 

Trailblazing new artist Isaac Dunbar releases the music video for “miss america”via RCA Records. Watch HERE. The video is directed by Griffin Stoddard. “miss america” released last week and was declared a “…soaring, powerful ballad…” by The Interns.

Isaac says, “The video for “miss america” is inspired by the novella “le petit prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with a twist. I’m the prince in the video, and I’m on the moon far far away from earth, reminiscing of the good things i experienced and creating a civilization of my own. this is metaphorical of me wanting a society where people can live equally and freely. when i first made the song, i had this whole visual of being in space in my head and i think it translated well”

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FLETCHER and Trevor Daniel featured by 360 Magazine

FLETCHER’s Bitter New Single

Today, the American singer and songwriter FLETCHER brings the music world her new single “Bitter”; the song is a collaboration with Billboard charting artist Trevor Daniel and was produced by DJ and producer Kito. Released through Capitol Records, the single is a standout track from FLETCHER’s acclaimed new EP, THE S(EX) TAPES. The album was leaked only two weeks ago and hit number one on iTunes across every genre. 

The new single already has 30 million global streams to date and focuses on FLETCHER’s sharp, intricate lyrics and mesmerizing vocals. The song’s addition of Trevor Daniel amplifies the track’s raw emotions. Daniel, an artist originally from Houston, is known for his multi-platinum hit Falling and recent single “Past Life” with Selena Gomez. 

This single is a breakthrough for FLETCHER because this single marks the first time she’s ever decided to collaborate with a male artist. This decision coincides with her belief in using her creative output as a way to explore herself, her sexuality and the world around her.

“Trevor and I slid into each other’s DMs about being fans of one another. He’s such a visionary artist and I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with him.” FLETCHER commented in a press release. “Trevor was able to bring a whole new perspective to the song and I guess we’re both still Bitter about our exes.”

FLETCHER has always created a diverse and inclusive space for creation and she channeled this with the creation of her music video for “Bitter.” The video was written, produced, and directed by female director Brooke James. A crew of women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community helped edit the video. 

In the cinematic creation of “Bitter,” FLETCHER is shown in a control room replaying surveillance camera footage of strangers in a hotel who are unaware of the cameras. Daniel co-stars in the video and model and artist Mads Paige is also featured. Each of the three characters in the “Bitter” video are seen having individual journeys of exploration, identity, loss and healing while all of their stories overlap. The video is loosely inspired by the erotic thriller Sliver; however, FLETCHER switches the original gender roles of the film. This change adds a new dimension of sexual representation, rawness and attraction to the song’s narrative of emotional recovery and sexual exploration. 

“Throughout the video, I wanted to explore the themes of masculine and feminine energy in terms of self-discovery. It is about the fear of knowing you need to go out and explore the world and your relationship with yourself, but being afraid that your person will find somebody new in the process,” explained FLETCHER. “I’ve never understood the saying if you love something, let it go until now. That’s life though. It’s petty, it’s Bitter it’s true and sometimes the truth has to hurt.” 

THE S(EX) TAPES EP is An unfiltered look into FLETCHER’s world and shows her personal expression. The collection of magnetic and moody pop songs are all about feeling like you’ve found your forever person but without discovering yourself first. She plays on the feeling of needing to find out more about yourself before giving your all to somebody else.

Since its debut in September, FLETCHER’s EP has already earned critical acclaim from a variety of outlets. like Nylon Magazine praised THE S(EX) TAPES as “perfectly messy pop” and Spin noted, “there aren’t any rules when it comes to FLETCHER’s music.” THE S(EX) TAPES is “bawdy and brilliant, a welcome injection of chaos and funk into the pop landscape,” according to Paper Magazine. The EP was executive-produced by Malay who has also worked with icons such as Lorde and Frank Ocean and was co-written by FLETCHER and her girl gang of songwriters including Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, Mozella, Jennifer Decilveo, Ilsey Juber, and more.

Listen to FLETCHER’s new single here and watch the provocative music video on Youtube. Look out for updates and new music releases on her website. You can also keep up with FLETCHER on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter