Zaena & Jason Maek takes us back to their childhood on their newest release “Get You Right”. The genre-bending track has a vibrant, fun-filled vibe and showcases the duo’s unorthodox styles that blend pop, house, hip-hop and everything within. The duo shares stories of attending weekend dance parties at landmarks like ‘The Rink’, catching the redline, and features clips of the first Harold’s Chicken restaurant. The video also pays homage to the Chicago rooted dance trend called ‘foot working’.
The visual was directed by Jason Maek goes beyond the memories and good times but also tackles real-time issues from police brutality, the current political climate, to student debt. Zaena, a Libyan refugee, also compares life in her homeland to her experience in America with the line, “Our countries are like day and night, some nights I don’t belong here. We both suffer from gang fights. F**k people because they don’t care.”
BIO: Zaena x Jason Maekhave become one of the fastest rising music duos. Their signature sound mixes hip-hop, dance, and pop into a chart-topping sound that spawned hits like the upcoming single ‘Get To Work’. Bending the boundaries of mainstream music, their productions delicately blend a very unique skillset of harmonic vocals and hard-hitting rap lyrics. The Lybia born vocalists and Chiago native rapper put egos aside to create a sound that is refreshing in the current state of music.
Just mere weeks after the release of his “Teflon John” EP, John Jigg$ releases a new project “Good Friday” produced entirely by DJ Concept. The EP is available for digital streaming and purchase.
The lyrical monarch gathered his team and headed West to shoot visuals for “Good Friday” the single. The crew compassed downtown, the walk of fame, city lights, and event the streets of Crenshaw for images to coincide with the record. Jigg$ describes “Good Friday” as days he doesn’t resort back to the street, ounces of powder, or loading revolvers. He owns his grown man status and is evolving his deserved shine. It’s evident his only mission is to “turn dreams into fortune.”
Jigg$ doesn’t skip a beat and bar for bar sets flame to his own A-game. This ultimate alliance of rhymes and distinct arrangement of beats classifies “Good Friday” as a classic for the Hip-Hop books.
Staten Island-based contemporary R&B and Hip-Hop recording artist, Jordan Barone, just released the visual (his debut video) for his song “Same Thing”. The heartfelt ballad showcases the young singer’s knack for delivering emotion-filled stories that anyone can relate to in a very unique matter. He pens his experiences in an uncertain relationship over a laid-back soothing soundscape that draws us in. The visual is helmed by a young director, Whipalo (PnB Rock, Leeky Bandz), who delivers a 2-in-1 video starting with the solemn first half that deals with Barone’s doubts and ending with a more vibrant second half that shows Barone’s rapping skills.
“Same Thing” serves as a teaser to his debut EP, Midnight Conversation, expected to release late 2018.
donSMITH (formerly Darnell Smitherson) delivers his new record “If You Know” with much gusto. The song is actually the outro to his recently released project ‘Who is donSMITH: VOL II‘ and shows the rapper in varying emotions as he bares his heart on wax over a gritty soul-sample driven soundscape. The visual portrays several versions donSMITH, all different moods, and behaviors; donSMITH is multifaceted, just like his city. The track is a page from his diary, growing up in that city, allowing him to grow into a man of many flavors and talents.
Rap duo Y & Elio burst through with a solid effort titled “Nasty”. We don’t really know much about the duo but all we can say is they do bring a refreshing vibe to the forefront with their vibrant lyrics, demeanor and of course a dope soundscape to match. “Nasty” shows exactly how they two emcee throw it down lyrically as they kick their personality-tinged bars over a classic soul-sample produced by Luke White.
Masta Ace & Marco Polo is teaming up to bring you A Breukelen Story, where the concept for the album is about the Canadian’s move to Brooklyn from Toronto – back in the early 2000s.
For their introduction to the album, the duo linked up with Boot Camp Clik’s own Smif-N-Wessun – who comes in on the hook for the song, ‘Brooklyn’. In an interview with Complex, Ace says it’s a tribute in a positive way to his hometown.
“This song is an ode to my birthplace…. Brooklyn… originally named Breukelen after the city in Holland… the video depicts the beauty and essence of my city and Director Parris Stewart captures it perfectly!”
‘Breukelen’ is ‘Brooklyn’ in Dutch. The Dutch settled in the town and gave it the name (similar to the name of the town in Holland) in the 17th century.
This isnt the first time we’ve seen Ace and Polo link up to do music. Ace appeared on Polo’s ‘Nostalgia’ track (in which the video was shot in Brooklyn) from his 2007’s Port Authority album, and in 2011 they did a song called I Refuse (feat. eMC partner Wordsworth) for Russell Peters’ stand up comedy gig on DVD.
The album is set for a November 9th release on Fat Beats, which you can now pre-order. Tracklisting below.
1. Kings 2. Dad’s Talk (Skit) 3. Breukelen “Brooklyn” feat. Smif-N-Wessun 4. Get Shot 5. Still Love Her feat. Pearl Gates 6. Man Law feat. Styles P 7. You & I 8. Gotta Go (Skit) 9. Sunken Place feat. Pav Bundy 10. Corporal Punishment feat. Elzhi 11. Landlord Of The Flies (Skit) 12. Count Em Up feat. Lil Fame 13. American Me 14. The Cutting Room (Skit) 15. God Bodies feat. Trini Boy 16. Wanna Be f. Marlon Craft 17. Three feat. eMC 18. The Fight Song feat. Pharoahe Monch 19. Mom’s Talk (Skit)
West Coast Producer and Rapper TOPE travel to Las Vegas to film the Official Music Video for his new single “Never Told You.” After the successful release for his gospel-influenced single Faithful, featuring underground legends Blu and Abstract Rude, TOPE digs deeper into his stash of unreleased music to drop the inspiring and emotional anthem “Never Told You.” Playing every instrument including Piano, Bass, Drums, and Synthesizers on Reason 10, TOPE’s latest single marks his first non-sampled production to date, showing the growth in not only him as a person but also as a Producer.
New Orleans-native lyricist, rapper, singer and producer Pell teams up with electronic R&B singer, songwriter and DC-based producer Imad Royal on his newest single titled “Simple and plain”. The single “Simple and Plain” follows Pell’s recent releases of “Greyhound,” “Fallback” and “Hear Me,” and showcases a smooth summery soundscape that fits his rich, alluring vocal performance. The track as Pell puts it is all about restarting old connections. he dwells on re-igniting the spark between an old flame despite the disagreement between them- he feels what brought them together can keep them together
Pell is accompanying singer Doja Cat on her Amala Tour this October in select cities, scheduled to be performing on October 14th in New York at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.”Simple and plain” is the third single in a lineup of slated releases to come via the Payday label, in which Pell will be dropping one song a month through the end of this year.
Prof just delivered his ‘Eulogy‘, through the help of Will Moses and Tomas Aksamit that directed the new visuals. The video paints a stunning backdrop for the lush audio. Speaking about the track and the visuals, Prof says, “We live in heaven right now. Don’t ignore the signs. This is my eulogy.”
Aside from his Rhymesayers’ brother Atmosphere being on tour, Prof will be heading out on his in a little over a week for his Pookie Baby album. Go ahead and make arrangements now so you can see yourself at one of these venues below.