Dotty B – Hurt locker

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New East Coast artist causes ripples across industry with debut album ‘Daymare’ 

ROANOKE, VA – Dotty B is a Bronx-born beat maker who’s lifelong love of music has driven him to create an archive of songs that are about to become hits off his debut album “Daymare.” 

Described as a “versatile piece of art,” Dotty B’s album features a different vibe on every song in an effort to not only show off his diverse skillset, but also to connect with a wide audience. It’s a project that he said stems from his journey to realize his dreams of becoming a successful musician, and he said the songs are filled with messages that he knows will resonate with listeners all over the world. 

“The term Daymare comes from the idea of having a nightmare while you’re awake,” he said. “This album tackles a lot of my hopes and fears and dreams, and it’s just the beginning of more music to come. I want my albums to be a continuous thing, so the next release later this year will be called ‘Daydreams’ and will be more upbeat and vibey. This first album has a darker, heavier tone because it’s me expressing myself and the events I’ve been through or the things I want to go through. That said, there’s a song for everybody and for every type of vibe on there.” 

The first single from the project is a song called “Hurt Locker” which Dotty B said was inspired from watching the film of the same name. It’s basically a song about how life can oftentimes be like trying to keep a bomb from exploding, which is the chief plot of the movie “Hurt Locker.” Dotty B uses that metaphor throughout the song while displaying his skill as a lyricist and producer. He said his signature style is one that takes the popular sounds of today’s industry and mixes it with his own experimental sound in a way that is “more clever and more intelligent.” 

“I want to bring that type of depth back to music,” he said. “A lot of music today is too simple, but the sound is great. I want to tap into that sound but bring a depth to the lyrical content I’m writing. When people hear Dotty B, I want them to hit repeat over and over again because they’re trying to understand what I’m saying in the song. I want to remain humble while also trying to be a good influence on a lot of people. I’ll never be a guy who teaches the wrong thing, though sometimes I speak on wrong things if they’ve happened to me. But that’s always with the intention of influencing and inspiring others.” 

In addition to “Hurt Locker,” Dotty B has another single called “Just Woke Up” which is also from the album and will be featured strongly this summer. A music video for that song is slated to drop before the end of summer and will serve as a kind of springboard into more music from the artist to come later this year. 

To listen to Dotty B’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/brian.d.salazar 

https://www.facebook.com/Bdotnyc/ 

https://www.instagram.com/mynameisdottyb/ 

https://mobile.twitter.com/briansalazar718 

https://www.snapchat.com/add/dottyb_718

“Daymare”   

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82CxQlR5-adj1D941AhrGU8RRVnuyfnt 

https://open.spotify.com/album/1aN5qT9MTbCa3vU8MQQ42Q?si=W1SJJ_ttSICyYb05E_XXTw 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/daymare/1513979831 

TampaMystic & Bigga Rankin Chop it up on Industries Most Wanted TV

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TampaMystic sits down w/ OG Bigga Rankin at Ark Studios ATL for an in-depth conversation on Industries Most Wanted TV. Tampa and Bigga talk about the music business as a whole, along with Bigga Rankin‘s amazing journey during his come up in the industry. Bigga Rankin has touched the careers of so many artists such as Jeezy, Plies, Yo Gotti, YFN Lucci and so many more. Tampa, with thousands of interviews under her belt and having worked with Bigga for over 9 years mixed with Bigga’s powerful music history, this is a must watch for anyone coming up in the music business.

Filmed by @Shot4ShotImagery

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Relus Baum – Wishing

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Texas Native Relus Baum Dropped A Bomb New Single “Wishing” That’s Reminiscent Of The 90’s R&B Era

Relus Baum is a dope Hip Hop artist, born in Germany and raised in Waxahachie, Texas, right outside of Dallas, Texas. Relus has always had a passion for writing raps and expressing himself musically. Being a super athletic person he always pushed to play sports, but music is his first love. His music is like no other, he really brings something different to the table, and his versatility is crazy.

He likes a combination of soulful, live instruments, perfectly blended with complex beats. Vocally, he has a very different sound tone, which allows him to express himself completely. His song “Wishing” is a featured song in season 2 of the urban modern day television classic, 5th Ward, on UMC.TV. Relus has worked with Grammy Award Winning, platinum selling artist/producer Raphael RJ2. Credits: Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Master P, and more.

Relus also has a publishing, licensing, and distribution deal with MAC A MILLION DOLLAR MAN MUSICK. Credits: MTV, EPIC, VH1, GUNIT, AFTERMATH, ATLANTIC, DEF JAM, NBC, CMT, INTERSCOPE, NBA, GOOGLE, TLC, LIONSGATE, NIKE, VIACOM, and more. Ultimately, Relus has an arsenal of music that everybody can vibe to, and he is looking forward to sharing his unique style with the world.

Music Links:

Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/album/6YkEYKIyYl0k3hBTw8fjSz
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/relus-baum/1493608811
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/146554972
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08865FYM6/

Social Media:

Twitter: @RelusBaum
IG: https://www.instagram.com/relusbaum
FB: https://www.facebook.com/relus.baum

Mr Red – Run The Money

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Chicago Artist Mr Red Is Back With A New Banger Titled “Run The Money”

I got a chance to speak with Mr. Red about his return to the music scene and his new record, his words “I’m just havin fun with this rap shit”. These are the words that you hear Mr Red say time and time again, even though he has taken the thing that he’s “Havin fun” with and turned it into a very viable & very lucrative career.

With hit singles like “Plug” featuring Scotty Music having over 50k spins on fm radio across the country or “I’m an O.G.” featuring grammy nominated rapper King Louie with production from grammy award winning eptone productions which has gotten over 100k downloads to date! Let’s not discount other hits from Mr Red like “Trappin” produced by the legendary Zaytoven and “All Night” featuring one third of the legendary hip hop trio Do or Die.

”My team is the reason why I do it!” this is what Mr Red calls his fans. “To me it seems a bit disrespectful to call them that. They do lots of important stuff like help me get my message out and keep the music going, they are more than fans. They’re family!”

Three albums in and Mr Red has already made his mark in an arena that is almost impossible to break into. Stars are not made, they are born!

On December 10th at 9:30pm on the south side of Chicago a star was born and this fact is apparent when he enters a room. Watch close because for mr red there are big things in the making and there are nothing but great things to come…

Music Links

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6VuHlC4tZ0&feature=youtu.be

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/track/5udIoeBc1TecGpdlPtkEjv?si=UXFxNiBXQlea6fpX9iNvLA

Social Media Info
Twitter : MrREDceo
IG : MrRedCeo
Fb : Mr Red aka Mr Red Ceo (fan page)
Fb : Alvin Pickin
Sc : Mr Red Ceo

Aundre’ Raashad – Student Loans

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New music from Aundre’ Raashad 
challenges listeners to consider a different path 

 

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Aundre’ Raashad is an American artist with a message for the world: Consider Something Different. 

The young, multitalented musician from Newport News, Virginia has seen his fair share of hard times. He’s no stranger to “bad decisions,” but his love for music is something that gave him a different perspective on the world around him. And it’s that unique perspective that he wants to bring to listeners of his music in ways that encourages them to consider something different. 

“I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life,” Raashad said. “I’ve never been locked up thankfully, but I’ve done a lot of senseless things. And when I go back and think over those things and how stupid it was, I realize it wasn’t worth the risk. And so with my music I just want to make people consider their ways and think about whether there’s a better way to do things.” 

A perfect example of that is his latest single, “Student Loans.” The upbeat song with a jazz vibe showcases Raashad’s conscious rap in ways that are simultaneously catchy and deep. Taking a cue from some of his favorites artists like J. Cole, the song combines a catchy tune with a message that challenges young people to consider the risk-versus-reward of taking on a student loan.

“There’s this misnomer out there that you have to go to college and get a four-year degree to be financially stable,” Raashad said. “But that’s not necessarily true. Maybe college isn’t for everybody. So one of the things I’m doing with this song is encouraging people to learn trades. But more than that, I’m pushing people to do what they want to do to be happy as long as the consequence of that isn’t going into debt or getting into trouble.” 

Raashad said he first got the idea for the song when he saw some of his college friends, who were student athletes, taking on student loans and then spending that money carelessly without thinking of how they were going to pay the loans back in the future. Much of the music he writes is pulled from life experiences like that – experiences that he said most people would think about one way, but through his music, he encourages them to think about in a different direction. 

That inspirational music is further explored on his upcoming album, “Thank You For Your Time” which is set to release this summer. Not only is it a project that introduces the world to this young up-and-coming artist, but it’s also one that challenges listeners to stop negative generational cycles that lead to perpetual culture ills – like violence and drug addiction and fatherlessness.

“There’s a different route,” he said. “You don’t have to take the route that’s been shown to you before. Those are the pictures I want to paint with this album so that people who hear it are convinced not to fall victim to the same perpetual cycle.” 

Raashad said his sound and style are unique not only for his lyrical consciousness but also for the way he takes inspiration from the sounds and styles of his favorite artists and fuses them with experimental vibes of his own. He points to artists like LL Cool J and Pharrell Williams, or Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Jay-Z, as some of his favorites. But he’s quick to point out that he has a wide-reaching eclectic taste across multiple genres, and fans of his music can expect to see that diversity from him going forward. 

Raashad said he plans to drop a new music video for “Student Loans” at midnight on Friday May 22nd, and that following Monday on May 25th midnight, he will release the full album of “Thank You For Your Time.”  

To listen to Aundre’ Raashad’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit: 

https://linktr.ee/AundreRaashad 

https://www.facebook.com/Aundre.Raashad.Don.Pablo 

https://mobile.twitter.com/aundreraashad 

https://www.instagram.com/aundreraashad/ 

https://www.snapchat.com/add/officiallydre
https://soundcloud.com/ko7sound
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw7zhIjHXF59aIYlI-8D-ZQ 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/thank-you-for-your-time/1511273672?uo=4&app=itunes&at=1001lry3&ct=dashboard 

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Aundre_Raashad_Thank_You_for_Your_Time?id=B77g52sc7hmpx7ijuv6kqkwk47e

Vondo – Too Fast

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Young Chicago rapper Vondo sets bar high for the future with hot new singles 

CHICAGO, IL – There’s a lot of darker stuff going on in the world, and Chicago-based rapper Vondo has experienced more than his fair share of those hardships. But his music isn’t the kind of dark sounding edgy content that would be reflective of those difficult times. No … His music is quite the opposite actually, and it’s his hope that more and more of his music going out into the world will uplift people from all walks of life and bring some light to this otherwise dark time in the world’s history. 

That’s not to say that he doesn’t carry scars and deal with pain like most others in the world. Those who meet him wouldn’t call him a happy-go-lucky guy, but they would say he’s human and that he finds a way to smile through the hurt. 

“I’m a unique person for someone my age,” said the 20-year-old artist. “I’ve been through a lot more than most people, and I want to be a light to the world to help other people through similar situations. There’s a lot of darker stuff going on in this world and I want to be a breath of fresh air, a light in ways that give back. That’s why my music is filled with positive vibes and messages.” 

Two of his most recently released singles put that uplifting vibe on full display. The first is a song called “Untitled.” It’s a song that upon first listening people might consider to be a sadder song, but Vondo emphasizes that the whole point of the song is to take listeners on a journey that leads them to a happier place at the end. It’s the first song that he said he wrote, produced and engineered entirely on his own, and the multiple messages encapsulated throughout the course of the song are so numerous that he eventually decided the name “Untitled” was the perfect fit.  

That single was followed by “Too Fast,” which is a fun, upbeat song that showcases Vondo’s skills as a rapper. He considers it to be one of his best rap songs and he’s proud of the rapid and choppy flows he’s able to bring to fans with this one.  

Vondo said his focus going into the summer is to make a number of music videos to go with his recently released singles, while also working on a larger project that he might drop before the end of the year.  

“With all of my music, people will be able to see my versatility and the fact that I do a lot of the stuff on my own, which sets me apart from anyone else,” he said. “By doing that, I can engineer and produce and create different sounds than you might hear otherwise. I do that because I always want to have that creative input in my music and I figured, if anyone is going to make the kind of music I want to listen to, it might as well be me.” 

To listen to Vondo’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit: 

https://www.instagram.com/vondo_/ 

https://twitter.com/VondoOMA 

“Untitled”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QYiyyBP-Es

Michel J. – War Zone (Feat. Indigo G. and Maia Papaya)

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Michel J. Is a Non -Traditional R&B Singer-Songwriter/Producer From Tallahassee, Fl. His Musical Influences are Drake, Kanye West, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmounds, Timbaland, Pharrell.

Michel has been Producing for 2 years and Songwriting and Singing for more than a decade. Growing up in the church he started out in the choir and discovered his love for music.

Social media links
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Micheljmusic
Instagram: @Micheljmusic
Twitter: @micheljmusic

Abstract – “Vampire” (Beats producer, Blulake)

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Abstract continues string of hot releases with catchy new single ‘Vampire’

JACKSON, WY – One of the hottest international artists on the Hip Hop market today is a young man who goes by the stage name Abstract. His videos on YouTube have seen hundreds of millions of views, and his plays on Spotify have skyrocketed into the multiple millions with over 130 million overall plays. Songs like “I’m Good” and “LA Vibes” have connected with fans in all corners of the world, and his song that featured a sample of the hit “Lost Boy” by Ruth B titled “Neverland” is one of the most-played videos on YouTube.

With half a million monthly listeners on Spotify, this independent artist is ready to continue that success with a new single called “Vampire” which has already topped 100,000 streams in less than a week. Dubbed as a bit of a departure from his normal sound, the EDM-heavy vibe is upbeat in that it is perfect for any public setting whether it be a party or good times at the club. According to Abstract, the song started as a way for him to vent after a bad breakup with a girlfriend at the beginning of 2019. He started writing and tinkered with it for the better part of a year alongside his team member and the beats producer, Blulake from Stockholm Sweden, and his main producer and vocal engineer, Cryo Music from Scotland. The three worked on it in-between a slew of other projects till they felt they had made the song exactly what it was supposed to be. The end result is a multilayered track that is undeniable in its catchy-ness and is sure to set the world on fire.

“It’s a lot bigger of a project than I normally do because it has so many layers of sounds,” Abstract said. “It has a bigger and deeper sound and it takes more mixing to clean up that much sound all the way through and make every layer come through as clean as it should be. So we took our time with it and we weren’t in a rush to finish it. The end result is something we’re really proud of.”

Abstract said the song touches on the kind of toxic people who go out of their way to make others miserable – a kind of “misery loves company” anthem that takes a stance against that all-too-familiar scenario. 

“It’s about remaining who you are and being true to who you are regardless of who’s trying to come against you,” he said. “Vampires feed upon others and create other vampires. Don’t let them do that to you. Being motivational is what I want my music to be about at the end of the day. Even if I have darker stuff, I don’t like to leave people in a hole. So if I bring you to a darker place with my music, I like to go through the evolution of bringing some kind of light at the end of it and I tend to do the personal healing I need to in the process. I want to help people face their problems, something that is different from a lot of music out there today, which is very escapist. My music is very much about confronting things head-on. I think that’s where real change and healing and growth can happen.”

And though Abstract admits that “Vampire” is a bit of a departure from what fans have seen from him to date, he also points out that his name and brand are all about serving the duality of different vibes and that his style has always been very fluid from the beginning. He always brings content that is inspired from things he’s been through or witnessed or is trying to figure out, but the abstract nature of his wordplay and sound choices make for a distinct sound that will always surprise and entertain fans worldwide.

To listen to Abstract’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://soundcloud.com/abstract-official

http://www.facebook.com/YouKnowAbstract

https://twitter.com/TheTrueAbstract

http://www.youtube.com/user/abstracttherapper

https://www.instagram.com/abstract307

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7lkYBcrLM4JmVgeha1xNl6?si=OEpLvOkVTcO7jxCnotHV9Q 

“Vampire” (Beats producer, Blulake)

https://open.spotify.com/album/4yhNlY8ZL1XM7eGe6YYzy6?si=pDWRuxNNQnSrkAuWycAeDQ

Kay – Can’t Call It

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Emerging R&B artist, Kay continues to appeal to listeners across generations with new single, “Can’t Call It”

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA –  Since launching his career a few years ago, the artist known as Kay has been popular with music lovers of all ages. Through determination and experimentation, Kay is able to make music that reaches across generations. He continues to thrill his diverse audience with his latest single, “Can’t Call It.”

The singer-songwriter takes a modern approach to the R&B genre. His sound is very contemporary but his harmonies give his music a nostalgic feeling at the same time. Kay has a unique and authentic voice, which he uses to its full potential in all of his songs.

Recorded at Blue Sky Studios in Chesapeake, Virginia, the new single, “Can’t Call It” was produced and co-written by Atlanta singer songwriter ForteBowie. The mid tempo track discusses being involved with a friend with benefits. As Kay explained, when she wants to take the relationship to another level beyond, his response is “I understand that things are good but I don’t know if I’m ready. You know – I can’t call it.” “Can’t Call It” is slated for release on May 18 on all the major digital platforms.

Kay’s early releases, “Back Inside” and “Feelin’ You Up” racked up thousands of streams on popular digital platforms. He followed this success with a number of releases which saw him experimenting with his sound to reach a younger audience. Through hard work and experience, his sound has greatly matured. “Now,” he said, “I feel I’m more comfortable within my sound.”

Working with two producers, ForteBowie and K’Ron out of DC, Kay released the five-track EP, “Sounds Like Kay,” late last year. Kay was looking to bring out some smooth R&B to fill the gap for “Love R&B” which he felt was missing. One track in particular, “Locked Down” represents the vibe that the artist was aiming for. Conveying that someone shouldn’t be embarrassed to say that they have someone special, the song asserts that someone shouldn’t be ashamed to be devoted to one woman. Kay said “I feel like some people think monogamy is lame now. You know, you gotta have all the girls now.”

Also in 2019, Kay released his 90s-influenced anthem “Crush,” which was produced by K’Ron. “Crush,” which appealed to an even younger generation with its familiar “Love R&B” theme, talks about being in a relationship with someone special, but not being in a rush to go further than the other person wants to.

Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, Kay Damon’s interest in music flourished at an early age. Growing up in Jersey, he listened to artists like Lauryn Hill and the Fugees. His musical inspirations come from R&B of the 2000s and 90s, and the biggest influences on Kay’s own sound were artists such as Usher, Mario, Lloyd and Chris Brown.

Following the release of “Can’t Call It,” Kay plans to release another single in late summer or early fall. He is also working on a new EP titled “Sounds Like Kay 2.” Skilled at making music that has a wide appeal and makes you want to be in love, Kay is bringing out music that fits the mood when you’re hanging out with your significant other or when you are on your own.

To listen to Kay Damon’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5xfL21wlaORp8AVnDG2aea

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kay-damon/1470815904

https://twitter.com/soundslikeKay

https://www.instagram.com/soundslikekay/

Kay – Can’t Call It

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Emerging R&B artist, Kay continues to appeal to listeners across generations with new single, “Can’t Call It”

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA –  Since launching his career a few years ago, the artist known as Kay has been popular with music lovers of all ages. Through determination and experimentation, Kay is able to make music that reaches across generations. He continues to thrill his diverse audience with his latest single, “Can’t Call It.”

The singer-songwriter takes a modern approach to the R&B genre. His sound is very contemporary but his harmonies give his music a nostalgic feeling at the same time. Kay has a unique and authentic voice, which he uses to its full potential in all of his songs.

Recorded at Blue Sky Studios in Chesapeake, Virginia, the new single, “Can’t Call It” was produced and co-written by Atlanta singer songwriter ForteBowie. The mid tempo track discusses being involved with a friend with benefits. As Kay explained, when she wants to take the relationship to another level beyond, his response is “I understand that things are good but I don’t know if I’m ready. You know – I can’t call it.” “Can’t Call It” is slated for release on May 18 on all the major digital platforms.

Kay’s early releases, “Back Inside” and “Feelin’ You Up” racked up thousands of streams on popular digital platforms. He followed this success with a number of releases which saw him experimenting with his sound to reach a younger audience. Through hard work and experience, his sound has greatly matured. “Now,” he said, “I feel I’m more comfortable within my sound.”

Working with two producers, ForteBowie and K’Ron out of DC, Kay released the five-track EP, “Sounds Like Kay,” late last year. Kay was looking to bring out some smooth R&B to fill the gap for “Love R&B” which he felt was missing. One track in particular, “Locked Down” represents the vibe that the artist was aiming for. Conveying that someone shouldn’t be embarrassed to say that they have someone special, the song asserts that someone shouldn’t be ashamed to be devoted to one woman. Kay said “I feel like some people think monogamy is lame now. You know, you gotta have all the girls now.”

Also in 2019, Kay released his 90s-influenced anthem “Crush,” which was produced by K’Ron. “Crush,” which appealed to an even younger generation with its familiar “Love R&B” theme, talks about being in a relationship with someone special, but not being in a rush to go further than the other person wants to.

Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, Kay Damon’s interest in music flourished at an early age. Growing up in Jersey, he listened to artists like Lauryn Hill and the Fugees. His musical inspirations come from R&B of the 2000s and 90s, and the biggest influences on Kay’s own sound were artists such as Usher, Mario, Lloyd and Chris Brown.

Following the release of “Can’t Call It,” Kay plans to release another single in late summer or early fall. He is also working on a new EP titled “Sounds Like Kay 2.” Skilled at making music that has a wide appeal and makes you want to be in love, Kay is bringing out music that fits the mood when you’re hanging out with your significant other or when you are on your own.

To listen to Kay Damon’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5xfL21wlaORp8AVnDG2aea

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kay-damon/1470815904

https://twitter.com/soundslikeKay

https://www.instagram.com/soundslikekay/