Teddy Riley’s protégé, former Blackstreet member, and New Jersey R&B singer and songwriter Lenny Harold kick start 2019 with the release of the video of his highly anticipated music video for fan-favorite Cosmic album track “More”. The Armando ‘Mandobeats’ Colon, produced cut exudes a vintage RnB vibe ripe with alluring chords and Lenny Harold’s expressive vocal performance that is both heartfelt and soothing.
The visual was directed by rising cinematographer and photographer Richard ‘Parlay’ Copier of OneiPhotography, who brings the record to life with its vivid depiction of the song’s premise where we get to see the main character in the song tread the path of the unknown in this thing called love.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the ‘More’ video, Lenny Harold says, “we wanted to create a visual that could tell several stories, with the main focus on our leading lady having to make a decision that’s often vital to the heart for all of us. You’re not sure if she did, if she wants to, or if she’s just thinking about it, and ultimately, we don’t know. We wanted the video to have the ability to connect with everyone regardless of the scenario, and I hope it does just that”.
Counting the likes of Quincy Jones, Marsha Ambrosius and Jamie Fox as fans, and with three critically acclaimed R&B projects already under his belt, before he released last year’s well-received Cosmic album, Lenny Harold is coming into 2019 as one of the best pure R&B talents out of America today. The rest of the year will see the New Jersey native embark on a short run ‘Cosmic’ tour across the US, along with the release of more visuals from the album, starting with ‘Heat’ in February.
Baltimore collective AllRealThinkers have returned with the visual for their new single, Snappin. A song aimed at highlighting their roles at the forefront of positivity in their notorious city. Check out the bars.
Connecticut based folk rapper Ceschi teams up with his longtime collaborator Factor Chandelier on his new single titled “Say No More.” The single sees the Fake Four Inc. co-founder share some real-life stories that touch the heart. Over a solemn guitar arrangement, the singer/rapper talks about two of his friends who are going through a lot at the moment. It’s an interesting song that looks into the legal woes stemming from a federal marijuana case and its pretty heavy. The song is solemn and reflective too making it very engaging.
In its accompanying video, Ceschi strums his acoustic guitar as he morphs in and out of an animated version of himself. Surrounded by the looming architecture of the beautiful cathedrals, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam, Ceschi reflects on the ongoing situation. The video and animation were directed by Andy McAlpine.
Quannum and Solesides co-founder, and Grammy-nominated MC, Lateef the Truth Speaker taps Gift of Gab and Lyrics Born to join in for the impending “Class War”. The single is the first of many we should expect from Lateef the Truth Speaker. With an apt title, we know what to expect from the trio as they bring our consciousness closer to the thick of the action. The trio representing the 1% detail how we are all stuck in a rat race where the rich get richer and the rest of us are poor. The dubbly track also features the vocal talents of reggae artist Winstrong while acclaimed Bay Area DJ and producer Jah Yzer handle the lush production.
“Class War” is off Roots & Tings, a collaborative project featuring Lateef, Jah Yzer and Winstrong. The new music draws deeply and respectfully from the history of hip-hop and reggae while pushing a new vibe to create powerful and provocative tracks. Roots & Tings will roll out singles monthly throughout 2019 with Quannum Records. Each release will be accompanied by original artwork, limited edition t-shirts from aspiring designers and will be available on both vinyl 45’s and digitally, everywhere you can stream.
The trio will be touring Roots & Tings, as well as, new music all throughout 2019. They are kicking off the new year supporting Blackalicious. The live shows will be fully energized as Lateef, Jah Yzer and Winstrong are an unstoppable force that will leave the crowd hyped and wanting more. The sets will be accompanied by new and fresh visuals produced by Ben Stokes (DJ Shadow). Check out the upcoming tour dates here and follow the artists here.
The duo of L3VYTE and CHRIS RIVAS deliver the visuals for their collaborative track titled “King Flow”. The upbeat groovy jam has classic hip-hop feel laced with the duo’s charismatic personas. The flows are engaging but the subject matter is even more as they give praises to the most-high in their own unique way. They weave vivid lyrics layered with inspirational messages for everyone without losing the plot as the song progresses.
The video was directed by H1ghly F2avored and brings the duo to the forefront with a minimal but entertaining style.
Singer/songwriter Mark Evich delivers a soothing jam titled “Stuck”. The singer brings that good old RnB drenched in funk and soul vibes. The production here is warm and groovy while Evich showcases his vocal strengths effortlessly on the love-laden cut. This is something everyone can easily bump their heads to and sing along.
Singer/songwriter Aaron Taos take the listener deep into his thoughts on his new single “Is It Anything?”. Over a calming rich soundscape, the singer delivers a reflective performance as he details his foray into the music industry. The ups and downs of it all and realizing that sometimes you have to step back from the madding crowd to really evaluate things from a completely new direction. The song also features a talented Brooklyn artist Khary who appears on the third verse and adds his own 2 cents into the matter.
“Is It Anything?” is Aaron Taos’s third single off his upcoming project, Birthday Boy which is a semi-concept album about growing older. It will be released next month. Get the audio on Spotify.