Laura Roy has some soulful "Company" to give us all • Word Is Bond

Canadian R’n’B/Pop artist Laura Roy is back with a brand new single titled “Company”.  Now based in London, UK she is primed to drop a new EP soon but in the interim, she gives us a taste of what to come in the form of the aforementioned single “Company”. Teaming up with producer GEO, who provides her with the perfect surreal backdrop, Roy proceeds to deliver a sultry performance that is both heartfelt and enticing.  She doesn’t hold back her true feelings on this one as she aims for a direct hit with her expressive vocals. She knows the essence of human connection and doesn’t shy away from displaying her needs.

“Company” serves as the sophomore single off her forthcoming project FORTE.

 

Laura became well known for her versatility as a songwriter, writing everything from Folk-Pop to R&B/Soul. Her debut EP (released July 2016) contained 6 songs infused with slick, synth-pop, soulful melodies and anthemic hooks. It was written and recorded in Toronto and New York City with producers Adam King, Joel Stouffer (Dragonette) and Ari Leff (LAUV). Now based in London, England, Laura has been unravelling a more vulnerable side to her songwriting and is focusing more on her soulful roots.

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Fat Beats Returns To Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Fat Beats Los Angeles reopened its iconic doors. 

Fat Beats closed its doors in Los Angeles back on September 19th, 2010. The New York location closed down earlier that same month. For many, the closure of Fat Beats marked the end of an era. The record store being closed left a tremendous void in the city. Fans no longer had that go to hub for celebrating Hip-hop culture. Fat Beats was a place where music was pushed to the forefront, you could discover new artists and see incredible live performances on any given night.

Thats why when it was announced that Fat Beats would make its return to LA, the Hip-hop community spread the good word like wildfire. House Shoes had a particularly great post on his Instagram about the grand opening of the new store.

The grand opening was incredible, two of our Word Is Bond team members George and Eric were able to attend. So many pillars of the Hip-hop community in LA were there to show support. The lineup up of performers was special as well. The lineup included the most talented beatsmiths and DJs from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G, Exile and DJ Babu. One after the other, these talented artists spun dope records that had the new store packed to the brim with fans. Check out some photos taken from the grand opening of Fat Beats below.

Exile went on at 7:15PM and had one of the best sets because he brought along a handful of special guests. Most notably, he brought out his longtime partner Blu. After his surprise performance with Exile, we had the opportunity to speak with Los Angeles legend Blu.

When asked about what Fat Beats meant to him, Blu shared his nostalgia associated with the record store.

“The record store was the source. It was the source, it was where everybody touched down at. We used to come by bus and ditch school to get to Fat Beats. That was way back in the days and we’re glad Fat Beats is back! Plus we don’t have to ditch school anymore haha.”

Blu went on to discuss what performing at the grand opening of Fat Beats was like.

“It feels good, it feels really good man. Exile brought us out and had us here as special guests. We’re honored to be here.”

Blu also shared some information about future events and shows at Fat Beats from him at the Dirty Science crew.

“We have some new records coming out with Fat Beats. So we are definitely looking to do more in-stores in the future.”

DJ Babu arrives to spin around 9PM for his attendees. The Beat Junkie turntablist decides to play some new music from his upcoming projects that will be available through Fat Beats, such as a 45″ series, the fourth installation of Duck Season, and Super Duper Duck Flips. Before he starts his set, he takes people back in time to when he discovered Fat Beats in New York, and how he and the rest of the Junkies eventually worked for Fat Beats when it opened for the first time in LA. The opening of the LA store happened 6-8 months after Babu and Fat Beats founder Joe Abaijan (aka DJ Jab) initially met.

According to Babu, he went to his first DMC battle, and somehow he heard about the record to store that took over the space over the Beatles’ old shoe store. He and the Bay Area legend DJ Shortkut went to go pay the store a visit.

“And so I walked in and they’re playing my DMC battle tape on the TV,” Babu said. “And my man Joe was behind the counter and was like, ‘Yo, Shortkut, Babu… what’s up,’ and it became like family ever since.”

Abaijan acknowledged that the resurrection of the store was important to his team and the community. Ever since the store closed, the element of even having a great store that was dedicated to the hip-hop community, went along with that, too. The idea of an underground community nowadays seems to fall on ears of those who have apparently been unaware.

“Hip-hop has all these different meanings, but there’s a void of all the good stuff that’s (kind of) not being pushed,” Abaijan said. “There’s an underground community that’s really big but people don’t know about it.”

When the store was open back in the ’90s, it was for the meetings of the minds. Customers would either come in and shop, or even just hang out and listen to dope music that would be playing by the DJs that worked there. Abaijan hopes that this element of the experience will also return to today’s crowd once they step into the store.

Plans to reopen a store in New York aren’t currently in the works. For Abaijan, the possibility of a chain opportunity has to be reasonable.

“I wouldn’t go open a store in New York,” Abaijan said. “But if the situation presented itself that makes sense, there could be one there.”

Talks among the attendees were nostalgic when it comes to the memories of their past experiences at the store. Now that the store is back and running, more memories are expected to be made.

“Congrats Joe, we’re glad to have you back,” Babu said.

Contributor Eric Soul



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Rowlan is primed for success on the heartfelt "I'm Not" • Word Is Bond

Rowlan delivers another heartfelt single titled “I’m Not”. Over a mellow, soothing soundscape he breaks down some issues bogging him down and lets the listener know that he is prepared to face his troubles regardless. The track continues his trend of relatable music that everyone can latch on to.

Get the audio on Spotify.

 

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KVBeats links up with AG, Reks, Percee P & DJ Madhandz on "Supreme Confidence" • Word Is Bond

Danish producer KVBeats helps to start off the new week with some hard-hitting hip-hop. His newest record “Supreme Confidence” brings together a trio of time-tested lyricists from different eras to form a perfect unit. AG (of D.I.T.C.), Reks, and Percee P come through with the verbal blitz over the dark backdrop provided by KVBeats. It’s all bars from start to finish as A.G. kicks crazy lines about his stature in Hip-Hop, Reks spits about why he’s one of the best to do it, and Percee P showcases the wild technical raps that made him infamous. And for good measure, the U.K.’s own DJ Madhandz provides the scratch chorus which cleverly includes dope quotables from underground classics like Pete Rock’s “Tru Master.”

“Supreme Confidence” is a available now through all digital retailers and streaming portals, and can be purchased for Instant Grat off the iTunes pre-order for, The Breadwinner. The 12 track LP also boasts guest appearances by Royce da 5’9”, Pacewon, Torae, Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas), Recognize Ali, Chaundon, Beneficence, Little Vic, Rob Swift, and DJ Noize among others, and will be available on vinyl as well as all major DSPs on Friday, December 21 via Ill Adrenaline Records.

Tracklist: 

Side A

A1. Back Again (Intro)

A2. How Far We Go (feat. Little Vic)

A3. Supreme Confidence (feat. AG, Reks & Percee P)

A4. You Know The Rules feat. (Rashad & DJ Rob Swift)

A5. Early Mornin’ (Interlude)

A6. Come Out And Play (feat. Chaundon & Torae)

Side B

B1. Nobody Put Me On (feat. Phantasm, Recognize Ali & Beneficence)

B2. A Few Rock Notes (Interlude)

B3. Jump Up Quick (feat. Pacewon)

B4. Book of Lies (feat. Chaundon)

B5. 5’9″ + Won (Remix) [feat. Royce Da 5’9″, Pacewon & DJ Noize]

B6. Gun Control (Outro)

 

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Vanessa Bling – “10 Bags” (Video)

Formerly known as Gaza Slim, Jamaican recording artist Vanessa Bling is officially back on the scene and ready to explode. The Vybz Kartel-protege returns with throne to claim with release of her new song “10 Bags”.

The horn-heavy, Reggae-meets-Rap song find the promising act calls the shots as she executes a paper chasing scheme similar to Ocean’s 8. Currently signed to Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, “10 Bags” is off of Vanessa Bling’s returning EP, properly-titled, ‘Still Standing’.

In 2011, Vanessa Bling was one of dancehall’s most promising young starlets, who would go on to earn Jamaica Star’s People’s Choice Awards for “Female Artist Of The Year” and “Most Selling Female Artist.” Under the wing of reggae super star Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling also toured the world, appearing on stages from Germany to Israel and all across the Caribbean. It all came to a halt when she was arrested alongside her mentor in 2011.

Done with her legal woes, Vanessa received a second chance with a look from fellow female sensation Cardi B. Seizing the opportunity, Vanessa Bling is back in the forefront and showing no signs of leaving as she continues to promote her catchy infused style of Hip-Hop and Reggae.

Watch “10 Bags” above.

Follow Vanessa Bling on Twitter: @VanessaBlingVB



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Afu-Ra – “3 Evil Masters” Ft. Jeru The Damaja & Big Shug (Video)

Gangstarr Foundation legend Afu-Ra is set to drop his new project, “Mazterchef“, on the 5th of November  featuring special collaborations with Jeru The Damaja, Sizzla, Sean Price, Sadat X and more.  Check out his newest video “3 Evil Masters” featuring Jeru and Big Shug.


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