TRUTHR – Strange Places

Industry Spotlight, Music

East Coast based artist TRUTHR hopes to open some eyes with new singles

NORFOLK, VA – Today’s culture is one filled with people seeking out that next high. There’s not enough content in the world to meet the demands of the masses – from streaming platforms to movie theaters to thrill rides at amusement parks and everything in between. The desire for that daily dose of dopamine drives people to truly seek out new experiences, and sometimes it leads them to strange places.

This is the theme that East Coast artist TRUTHR explores with his latest single, “Strange Places.” It’s a song with a deep, dark vibe paired with a hook and melody that is catchy and impossible to ignore. Like its name, the song offers an otherworldly vibe that embraces the mindset of a lot of people in the world today, sporting powerful production by Chxnce.

“This generation ain’t got no patience,” TRUTHR says. “We want it all now. That’s how I feel and it’s how I see other people feeling.”  This song presents that idea and then kind of leaves things open for interpretation based on how people would define ‘all’ for themselves. At the end of the day it’s about seeking fulfillment. Many people  are unfulfilled, numb and lifeless … and what does that say about our society?

“Strange Places” also showcases TRUTHR’s unique vocal inflections and one-of-a-kind sound and style. From an early age, he wanted to rap and sing which wasn’t usual for the time but in this era, it’s the new standard so TRUTHR comes well prepared. More than anything, he focuses on the lyrics, working hard to pick the perfect words to convey the message and feeling to which he hopes others will relate. 

“I try to keep it uplifting and I’m often exploring things in the metaphysical and spiritual realms,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of studies on those things on the side. I like looking past the veil of reality, and a lot of my music will reference my experiences of observing the deceptions in the world and the truths in the world.”

That is, of course, where his stage name comes from – though he also admits that he tends to associate with the “truther” community, with all of its conspiracy theories. 

“Truth has always been my theme, and my music – and even the dialogue I use in my everyday life – lends itself to the exploration of the truth behind things,” he said. “A lot of times, the things that we are shown today are presented in a shifty manner. We don’t see the full picture … especially in the music industry. But I’m more open-minded and in the long run, what feels like my mission is refining the truth in my life and sharing that with other people. I want that to be part of my brand and what people think when they hear my name – someone who makes good music that they can party to or relax to or just vibe to and feel good, but who also drops wisdom.”

In addition to “Strange Places,” TRUTHR has also recently released two other singles with music videos – “Elevate,” a song that encourages listeners to step up their game, and “It’s On Me,” a song that’s about money and TRUTHR’s desire to alleviate some of the pressures of life for those around him. 

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

https://Instagram.com/iamtruthr

https://facebook.com/iamtruthr

https://twitter.com/iamtruthr

https://www.youtube.com/c/truthr

“Elevate” [Music Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_oGlWaDs4

“It’s On Me” [Music Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sihucslxjhk

EL-JAY – My Bae Remix

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Urban pop sensation El-Jay releases new single “My Bae Remix”

LOS ANGELES, CA – West coast artist, El-Jay has undeniable appeal. His song, “My Bae Remix” has been burning up on Soundcloud. Since earlier this year, the song has been streamed over 16 million times. The feel good, uptempo “My Bae Remix” featuring Shorty Mack is uplifting, urban pop with a catchy beat and memorable lyrics.

Produced by Trequik, the single was recorded in Los Angeles and tested at a number of venues in LA County, where audiences went crazy for it. Originally testing with a lower quality recording, El-Jay and his team recorded the track in a new studio, and had the song remixed and mastered hence, the title of the song – “My Bae Remix” – which will be available on all digital platforms within the week.

Shortly after the song’s rebirth, El-Jay had the opportunity to perform at a number of festivals, including a Long Beach engagement in front of over five thousand people, and “My Bae” started to take off from there. Part of El-Jay’s success comes from his ability to connect with individuals by showing them love and compassion, whether he is performing at a big festival or an intimate venue. “When they feel that love, they know it’s genuine, and that’s the best feeling in the world,” El-Jay said.

The recently released music video for “My Bae Remix” was filmed like a movie in Los Angeles.. Director Christopher Jackson teamed up with Cinematographer Konrad Sedochenkoff to visually deliver the song’s message in a trendy, exhilarating style. “It was to show that appeal and that love for that other person,” El-Jay said. “If I have that connection with you – you’re my bae! No matter what anybody else says or does. That’s not going to affect our vibe or where we’re at.”

Growing up in the music industry, El-Jay has been grooving in music studios since he was six years old. As the son of double platinum singer, Rome (“I Belong to You”), El-Jay saw his father finishing albums on very tight schedules. His father’s work ethic impacted El-Jay, and he was also heavily influenced by Michael Jackson. From the age of 3, El-Jay watched and imitated Jackson’s signature moves.

El-Jay stepped away from the music scene for awhile, wanting to get involved when he was ready. After pursuing his interest in sports, El-Jay turned to acting and modeling. He appeared in a runway modeling show with The Model Experience, and was booked as a main character in the viral music video, “Swang” by Rae Sremmurd. El-Jay has also appeared in major TV shows, commercials, movies and other music videos.

El-Jay is also CEO of his own record label, Starz Music Group which will be releasing all of his music and videos. “My Bae Remix” is the first single from El-Jay’s upcoming “Intentions” album. Before the album’s release in mid 2020, El-Jay will be dropping a few more singles including “Waste No Time” and “Special.” The latter song appears on the soundtrack of the Josh Webber production, “Never Heard,” a movie which also features El-Jay in an acting role.

Getting ready to launch a college tour within the next two months, this winner of the 2018 Hollywood Music Media Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop is really excited about the future. El-Jay has truly found his voice and signature sound. He was waiting for the right time to return to his roots in the music industry … and clearly, that time is now.

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

https://soundcloud.com/therealeljayy/my-bae-remix-ft-shorty-mack

https://twitter.com/therealeljay

https://www.instagram.com/therealeljay/

https://www.facebook.com/therealeljaymusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBmt-RRSQdyibkxmKNOsJWA

 

“My Bae Remix ft. Shorty Mack“

https://fanlink.to/ELJAY-MYBAEREMIX

https://open.spotify.com/album/6tHWybR3GH50jHXTImwEq3

https://music.apple.com/us/album/my-bae-remix-feat-shorty-mack-remix-single/1488055541?app=apple%20music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Juan Donovan – Merlot & Marijuana Hosted by Hustle Hearted

Industry Spotlight, ME Blog, Music

Producer Juan Donovan drops his mixtape Merlot & Marijuana hosted by Hustle Hearted!! R&B music is making a big comeback these days! Juan Donovan really put it down on this project.

This is a project you can light a candle, pour some wine for wifey and catch the vibes. If your a smoker this project has some chill songs like “Indulge” thats perfect to blaze to so light one up, press play and get in tune!

Some of the stand-out tracks are ‘Work (feat. Devon Hill)”, “Fireworks (feat. Aliché)”, “Indulge”, just to name a few! Catch the vibe and stream the full mixtape on Spinrilla

by clicking here!

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Almighty Swavve – The Man

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WaveGod Almighty Swavve delivers a unique blend of East Coast and Deep South sounds

LONG ISLAND, NY – Duane McKenzie – AKA Almighty Swavve – is creating a wave of music that demands attention. His sound is raw and straight edge. He’s not embellishing anything. His edgy style pairs perfectly with versatile content in a way that is making people all along the East Coast sit up and pay attention. 

The 21-year-old from Long Island, New York has a unique blend of East Coast influence mixed with Deep South sounds that he began to fuse together during his time living in Fort Worth, Texas. That one-of-a-kind sound is something that has already started to put him on the map, and it will be the thing that makes him a household name across the U.S. in the months and years to come.

“You could say I’m a message sender or a prophet,” he said of his music. “I’m a street prophet. I’m someone who says things that a lot of people don’t want to talk about or hide. I’m the Robin Hood of the streets, but through music. I write about everything that goes around. Sometimes, my music contradicts itself but ultimately, my music is all about life. And it comes to you through an almighty wave. I am the WaveGod.”

Swavve said WAVE GOD stands for “Watch Allies Value Enemies Good Overrides Destruction.” He said it’s an idea born from the trials and tribulations he’s faced not only in his life but specifically in his journey to realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. 

“I’ve had a lot of people who smiled in my face and said they wanted something from me but they weren’t looking for my best interests,” he said. “And I’ve had people who I didn’t really get along with, but who pushed me to a place where I had to be better. I always had to be elite with them. I put that idea into my music and my way of life. You can see it in how I walk and talk, and the people I surround myself with. That’s what it means to be a WaveGod. Anyone can be a WaveGod. Your friends can hurt you worse than your enemies can, but good can always override destruction. That’s what my music is all about.”

That music is put on full display with his two EPs that are currently available on all streaming platforms. Both EPs are appropriately titled “WaveGod” though the second one bears the additional tagline “Splash Season.” Swavve said he also has music videos on his YouTube channel and is currently working on more music that plans to release in early 2020. Specifically, he has a mixtape he’s working on called “Haunt the Industry” which he said should drop in January. 

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

https://www.instagram.com/almighty_swavve/

https://www.facebook.com/duane.mckenzie.90

Snapchat: dwizzyswavve

Chicago Artist Bandup SMG Drops New Single “Whip a Pot”| @BandupSMG

ME Blog, Music

Chicago artist Bandup SMG, is back with his unorthodox style and cocky delivery on new single “Whip a Pot”. He is one of the most talented new artists to drop in a very long time. His ability to create catchy hooks, and a superb collection of flows, with the ability to bring real life experiences into his music, makes him potentially the next to blow.

His style of cocky adlibs, diverse tracks, and real life experience makes him a tough act to follow. Although his life is no act, he prides himself for being known for expressing true stories through his lyrics that anyone can relate to. His creativity and flow that can attract anyone makes him a great choice to perform for diverse crowds.

Bandup is ready for the industry, but is the industry ready for what he has to offer them? Good music, strong lyrics, true stories, and 100% dedication to being the best artist possible.

To contact Bandup SMG for collabs or booking, email eroe74@gmail.com for more information.

Listen to Bandup SMG
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx5iZLktn56PkG3WSqfexlA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0r7jKpqlUoLF8gvyyb5xYE?si=6becRBCORyKzZyXglH5f_A
Tidal: https://tidal.com/track/91755511
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/factz-single/1409990248

Social Media
Instagram: http://instagram.com/officialbandupsmg @officialbandupsmg
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BandupSMG @BandupSMG
Facebook: http://facebook.com/OfficialBandupSMG

Berk the Turk – Hello

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Berk The Turk uses new single to say ‘Hello’

EAST LANSING, MI – When Berk Cindik isn’t studying neuroscience at Michigan State University, he can often be found pursuing his passion for Rap music. But this native of the country of Turkey isn’t just another Hip Hop lover whose hobby allows him to create a song or two every now and then. He’s a rapper whose experimentation lends itself to a new sound and style that the music industry has been seeking. 

Operating under the stage name Berk The Turk, this new artist is hitting the scene with a splash, thanks to his new single, “Hello.” He describes it as a song that perfectly encapsulates the vibe of what Berk the Turk stands for – a person who is uplifting for people to listen to so they feel better when they listen to his music.

“At the end of the day, I want Berk the Turk to stand for something positive that will lift the moods of other people,” he said. “Personal growth has always been the goal for me, but I’ve always wanted people around me to grow as fast as I grow. I love what I study and sometimes it takes a lot of time to focus on my music because I really want to make high-quality music. I only want to do that when I’m 100 percent locked in, so if I have to study for an exam or something, I can’t work on my music. But when I do get to focus on the music, I just get lost in it. I like flowing and even when I’m studying, I always have beats playing in my mind.”

For Berk, growing up in Turkey was very affected by American culture – from television shows to sports and, of course, the music. When he was a sophomore in high school, he was presented with an opportunity to study in the United States, and he hasn’t looked back since. Though he goes back to Turkey about once every six months, he said he loves American culture and hopes to be able to make America his home for a long time to come. Most especially, he said he hopes to advance his music career and become a global brand with a name that everyone knows.

“I just want people to know I’m a great rapper,” he said. “In my opinion, my style is a little different. I’m an international artist and when someone listens to me, I want them to have a different experience than they’ve had with any other rapper. My goal is to write about real stuff. My major is neuroscience so I know a lot about the human body and existential stuff, and that’s what’s usually revolving around in my head and what tends to come out in my music. I don’t flex or anything because that’s just not my style. I’m just a guy who practices a lot and who always works on his flow. I know I will get better, but I’ve been excited to see that people already like my stuff. That makes me want to go for more and learn how to rap even better.”

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

https://www.instagram.com/berkcindik/

https://twitter.com/berkcindik

“Goku”
https://open.spotify.com/track/0swPUZqIZgiZg8SWpxrkJK?si=iu_ihu4KTomeymMPG791EA

QJP 11 – Shit Damn

ME Blog, Music, Videos

QJP 11 drops new hype song that has audiences bouncing all along the East Coast

ROCKY MOUNT, NC – A new single from East Coast rapper QJP 11 (born as Qwandale Jerome Pippen on 11/11) is about to get people all over the U.S. hyped up. The song is called “Shit Damn” and it’s the kind of catchy upbeat song that could be played in clubs or concerts so that as soon as people hear it, they get hyped up. 

“As soon as people hear it, they get into it,” QJP said. “I wanted to show people how I get to it. This song is definitely a hype song. It started one day when I hit my toe on the corner of a wall and I was like, ‘Shit! Damn!’ Someone repeated it and that’s how it came about. People think I’m cussing, but people hear a lot of worse things than those two words put together. We’ve been brought up to believe those words are bad, but who was the first person to claim they were bad? They’re words that can have different definitions but when people hear it or look at the name of it, there’s automatic defensiveness to it. But it’s really just a hype catchy song with a bit of a message to it that challenges the idea of what you think those words mean.”

“Shit Damn” is yet another single of QJP 11’s acclaimed EP, “Listen to Understand.” He released the hit single “Boom Boutta Bang” last month to high praise, and has been riding a wave off success from this EP since its release in August. 

QJP said all of his music is an effort to emphasize his originality. He’s not trying to pretend to be something he’s not though he often tries new things from time to time. He also likes to make a Plan A and a Plan B and even a Plan C just in case things don’t go the way they’re supposed to. Growing up, he was always moving from one place to another and he considers himself lucky to have seen so many different sides of life – whether poor, middle class or rich. 

“At an early age, I always had a thing for being creative whether it was drawing, coloring, writing, whatever,” he said. “I like being by myself just how I am. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not. People say I’m real cool and laid-back, and I pretty much talk to anybody – White, Black, Chinese, Mexican … it doesn’t matter. All my life, I’ve been wondering who I was and what my purpose is. Me trying to be a gangster didn’t work out, then I tried to make a change in college but that didn’t really work out either. But now, I’ve found rapping and it’s like I’ve found myself and I feel a part of it. I really just want to go mainstream now. I want the money, the hate, and everything that comes with a mainstream artist – the money, the shows, and especially being featured in XXL Magazine. All of that is my focus right now.”

To listen to QJP 11’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://m.facebook.com/home.php
https://www.instagram.com/its_qjp11/
https://mobile.twitter.com/ItsQjp11

T.Jones – Drippin Flava

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Louisiana rapper TJones makes ears tingle with new EP and single

NEW ORLEANS, LA – In TJones’ city, dreams don’t come true until you get hated on or until somebody kills you. That’s been his experience in New Orleans over the years as he’s tried to make a name for himself as a musician and businessman. And those experiences are front-and-center in his EP “Life Thru Penmanship.”

The four-song EP offers listeners a different flavor and appeal, with every song catering to a different atmosphere and vibe. TJones describes it as a project that shows off his life through his writing skills, with many of the stories told through songs coming from his perspective.

“I consider myself a fly on the wall,” he said. “I have survived a lot of crazy situations unscathed. Sometimes I’ve just been in the wrong places at the wrong time. Overall, this project has a cool vibe. There’s nothing way out of the box and extreme with the stories. More than anything, it gives you a new vibe and a new flavor in a way that makes your ears tingle because it’s something special.”

TJones has always been a native of New Orleans, having been born there in the 80s and raised on the streets. Over the years, he’s done many things to make ends meet – from landscaping to being a barber to working as an auto mechanic. But his first love has always been Hip Hop and he’s worked hard as a rapper to make a name for himself and carve out a niche in an over-crowded music scene. His signature sound and style are definitely distinct, with an inviting Louisiana drawl that’s reminiscent of Ludacriss.  But his songs and lyrics are unique to him, and he’s proud of the development he’s gone through over the years as an artist.

“I have my own voice and I’m not a one-trick pony,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of development, and I know artist development is important. That sets you apart from those who just rely on their raw talent. Plus, my music is derived from my soul, my hustle and my environment. I wasn’t born an angel and I write about what’s true to me and my life. I write about what I’ve done or not done, what I’ve seen and what I love. I want to get a message out through my music – to encourage people. I’ve done my fair share of shit you ain’t supposed to be doing. But at the end of the day, I’m just like you trying to put a message out there to the world. So here I am … a fresh new face who is going to something that exhibits something different.”

In addition to his EP, TJones has also dropped a new single called “Drippin Flava” which is currently available across all streaming platforms. It’s a song about “you and your personality” he said, and embracing all the things you do best. 

“You have to let it drip,” he said. “Flood the streets with it. People are gonna walk all in it and get covered up in it. Whatever it is that defines you, just let it drip with flava.”

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

www.twitter.com/tjones504

www.facebook.com/t.jones504
www.youtube.com/penmanshipjones

“Drippin Flava”

https://youtu.be/_1ao4RD4Zu4
https://music.apple.com/us/album/drippin-flava-single/1468353189
https://open.spotify.com/album/74eehKSJCY98o9sdLzaXTk

“Life Thru Penmanship” – EP

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-thru-penmanship-ep/1421715160
https://open.spotify.com/album/1EZLTJOJdCU4TsVaR5LDcW?

Buck City – Beat The Odds Hosted by @DjSmokeMixtapes

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Buck City Releases His 4th Project “Beat The Odds” Hosted by DJ Smoke

The Midwest artist Buck City is back with sum new slappers for the people on his new project Buck City – Beat The Odds hosted by Dj Smoke!

Tune in, turn it up to the max n vibe out to this! Stream the new single “Execution” on Spinrilla!

Stay connected with Buck City on social media IG: @_buckcity_ | FB: @shatani.buck | SC: @Buckcity74

Follow Buck City on Spotify