James Gardin releases Complaining video

Complaining video by James Gardin

James Gardin keeps it moving with a new video for his single “Complaining”.

The funk inspired single features production from Young Heat. “Complaining” features a dance-floor moving groove with a tight, driving style that aims to bless listeners worldwide.

Gardin says, “It’s so easy to complain about what is wrong and all we think is going against us, but if we sit back and recognize the power we have, we can take the steps to change our lives.”

The single has had a great run with a premiere on Hot97, an NPR feature, and even being the theme song for ESPN’s “First Take” the month of December.

Written by James Gardin
Produced by Young Heat
Directed, shot, and edited by: Victor Manuel, Jeff Hamlin and the DMAC Crew at LCC (Lansing Community College)

Complaining video

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James Gardin’s “Focus” aims to uplift




James Gardin is without a doubt the most encouraging rapper. Don’t believe me? Follow him on social media (links below). His new single “Focus” is more of that, a relatable song about battling habits and vices… leading to renewed focus.

Here is what the press release has to say about “Focus”:

Illect Recordings artist James Gardin collaborates with label mate Ess Be on his new single “Focus”. They attempt to address how habits and vices are not only damaging to you, but also to your purpose and your focus. James says, “A lot of times we look at bad habits solely on they hurt us, but what if they also hurt the world at large. I hope you all will be inspired by this song to reassess what holds your attention and time, and get refocused on what’s important.

Audio: James Gardin – Focus

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Ozay Moore releases “In The Wake Of O”

Ozay Moore and Illect Recordings are proud to present In The Wake Of O.

Over the last 20 years, Ozay Moore (fka Othello) has proven himself to be an exceptional storyteller time and time again. Whether as a member of the classic hip hop trio, Lightheaded, or as a solo artist, Moore’s alto flow has always moved crowds. Aided by some of the most soulful production and a deep knowledge of hip hop culture, Moore’s music is highly relatable because he blends personal experience with larger themes that cross cultural lines. Moore has been making records for quite some time so it would be understandable if he didn’t have more to say.

Thankfully, Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. Throughout his life Moore has seen a lot, done a lot, and Wake is a reflection of his journey in and outside of being an MC. Moore is no longer a young, ambitious rapper from Seattle focused solely on writing rhymes and traveling the world. Instead, he’s a family man in Lansing, MI having to strike a balance between his artistic goals and what’s best for his wife and two kids. How do you strike that balance? This is one of the central questions driving the record.

As the album unfolds, Moore grapples with the decision to drop the Othello moniker, his faith, racial politics in the U.S. and the impact of hip hop on his life. The word “wake” can mean many things, and In the Wake of O takes into account every single one. With an exceptional set of producers including Stro Elliot, Tall Black Guy, Ess Be, Freddie Joachim and Ohmega Watts, Wake is a seamless blend of boom bap crunch and soulful grooves. With guest appearances by Braille, Sareem Poems, Jahshua Smith, James Gardin and Propaganda the wordplay is as on point as it is thought provoking.

Ultimately, In The Wake of O is a reminder of why hip hop is such a powerful mode of communication. It also speaks to Ozay Moore’s deep love and respect for hip hop culture. As Wake plays from start to finish, Moore beautifully speaks on his personal journey while also making space for listeners to reflect on their own lives. There is something for everyone on this record.

-Written by Gus Navarro

Audio: In The Wake Of O

In The Wake Of O tracklist
1. Thumb Drive
2. Good
3. Where You At (feat. James Gardin & Jahshua Smith)
4. Slow Motion with Mosely
5. WSTCST (feat. Tony Ozier & Teeko)
6. Crowd React by Lightheaded (Ozay Moore, Ohmega Watts & Braille)
7. Abracadabra (feat. Cataphant)
8. Wow… (feat. Propaganda)
9. Low Tide
10. L.T.D. (feat. Sareem Poems)
11. Transparent See (feat. Ricky Valenz)

Production
1 Young Heat
2, 6 Stro Elliot
3-5 Tall Black Guy
7 Ohmega Watts
8 Daniel Steele
10 Freddie Joachim and Aso
11 Ess Be

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"Limits" is a funky, soulful new single from James Gardin and Terem • Word Is Bond

Illect recording artists James Gardin and Terem release their first collaborative effort of 2018. “Limits” is a war cry and anthem for all those who feel like society has constantly tried to hold them down, and block them from their true potential. You can break all the limits man and society places on you, because they never have to have the final say.

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James Gardin & Terem release “Limits”




Funky. Soulful. Uplifting. This new joint from James Gardin and Terem hit all the right notes.

Illect recording artists James Gardin and Terem release their first collaborative effort of 2018. “Limits” is a war cry and anthem for all those who feel like society has constantly tried to hold them down, and block them from their true potential. You can break all the limits man and society places on you, because they never have to have the final say.

Audio: Limits

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James Gardin celebrates family on “Mommas Stove”




Mommas Stove by James Gardin and Ess Be

James Gardin and Ess Be team up for song about family & the holidays, Mommas Stove.

Gardin says, “A lot of us focus on gifts that are under the Christmas tree, but for me the best gift is breaking bread with loved ones and just being in their presence.”

This Christmas, try to appreciate the people you have at the table with you and show them love, because that gift is truly priceless.

Audio: Mommas Stove

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 135

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 135 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: Derek Minor, Gilligan Gatsby, James Gardin, Nomis, Point Ash, Sivion, Trip Lee, Viktory and more.

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1. James Gardin “Complaining”
2. Point Ash “The Land Of Make Believe”
3. Gilligan Gatsby “Clear the Area”
4. Sivion “Darkness”
5. Trip Lee “Life 101 (feat. Chris Lee)”
6. Viktory “Role Model (feat. Wesley Smith & Ashliann)”
7. Derek Minor “Boy Looka Here (feat. Rich Boy)”
8. Nomis “Chapters”
9. Whuteva ” U.R.A. Hustla”
10. D Class “Pray 4 Yall”

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James Gardin releases a funky new single that addresses "Complaining" • Word Is Bond

Complaining features a dance-floor moving groove with a tight, driving style that aims to bless listeners worldwide. Gardin says, “It’s so easy to complain about what is wrong and all we think is going against us, but if we sit back and recognize the power we have, we can take the steps to change our lives.

Available now at all download & streaming outlets.

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