BFunkN – King James

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Funk master BFunkN drops upbeat anthem with new single ‘King James’ 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Like everyone else around the world facing the hardships of 2020, the National Basketball Association limped its way toward a championship. Its star player, LeBron James, also limped his way to a national championship – literally. In fact, at one point in the year when he got hurt, many critics of the game started counting him out. He already bore a label as a player who crumbled under the high pressure of the NBA finals. And now with an injury, it seemed inevitable that his team, the LA Lakers, would struggle and fall. But Lebron shut the mouths of those critics and led his team to victory. It was an impressive performance from one of the best players of all time, and that energy is something that people all over the world are wanting to tap into. 

West Coast artist BFunkN has captured a little bit of that energy with his latest single “King James (No Shame in My Game).” Inspired by LeBron’s season last year, the song talks about how he heard everything everyone was saying about him and used it as fuel for his drive to win. The song has major swag and an upbeat energy that serves perfectly as an anthem for anyone else in the world who has a goal in mind and needs a little motivational push to get going. It’s also a song laced with Funk – something BFunkN has become known for over the course of his career.  

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio – raised in the Walnut Hills neighborhood that is known for its Funk music – BFunkN started his own band at a young age. They had the opportunity to work with Joe Tex for a while before moving out to California and expanding on their success. In the years since, BFunkN has dropped singles and worked both as an actor and producer on Hollywood films, and has developed a reputation as someone who can drop some serious Bass on a track at the drop of a hat. 

“I bring that Ohio Funk that mixes with Hip Hop and R&B,” he said. “Not too many people out there today can pull that off. You can hear the Funk, but you can also hear the Hip Hop flavor. But more than anything, I’m known for my Funky Bass. That goes way back to when I first started getting serious with music and I played the Bass for people and they told me I’d be funking with the Bass. That’s how I got my name, and it stuck after I started doing a lot of underground Hip Hop stuff. I became known as the guy who could drop straight beats with a hard bassline, and I’ve just reinforced that over time.” 

Today, BFunkN is known as a 3D artist who uses all three dimensions of Hip Hop, R&B and Funk equally well. It shows on “King James” and it will continue to shine on his follow-up single “Say It Loud,” a remix of the popular James Brown song that is slated to drop in February as a tribute to Black History Month. 

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

www.facebook.com_BFunkn-876519862370284 

“King James (No Shame in My Game)” 

https://open.spotify.com/track/7M4cjENnabtgNCbGmt1Rvd?si=xNXpkO3jQBK4LCOkEiE_pw 

BlameKlaus – Pain

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Prodigy BlameKlaus launches onto international stage with new Alt-R&B single ‘Pain’ 

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – R&B has a new international flavor thanks to the new music coming out of South Africa from 15-year-old artist Klaus Stechmann. Operating under the stage name BlameKlaus, this young up-and-comer has a sound that evokes thoughts of Drake or Usher, but with a worldlier vibe that lives in the realm of Electronic Synth Pop fused with old-school R&B. His sound is a refreshing take on the R&B genre, and his new single “Pain” is a great introduction of that sound to an international audience. 

Opening with some haunting synths, the ethereal vibe of the song lays a foundation for the heavy bass and driving 808s that offer fans the most epic of slow jams. When Klaus’ vocals come in, they’re like a mysterious haze hovering over the swaggy waters of the creative ocean of sound he’s developed. His lyrics explore depths of relationship that no 15-year-old should have to experience and which will connect with audiences of all ages that have been in up-and-down relationships. 

“It’s about a past relationship and all the flaws that came up over and over again,” BlameKlaus said. “I talk about how I feel about it and how my experience is probably like a lot of other people’s experiences. It’s slightly alternative R&B but with more deep-and-dark tones.” 

BlameKlaus said his sound is tailored to his natural gifts and abilities as an artist – something he’s been developing since he was a young child. Of late, he’s been working with producer Asta Yurei to develop a sound and style that is uniquely his own – a sound that will be showcased to his rapidly growing international audience with even more singles to be released in the coming months. He said he recorded quite a bit of music in 2020 and has a plan to strategically release that music to the world this year.  

“I want my music to be enjoyed by anyone,” he said. “I really want people to listen to my story and be able to say that it’s an experience and a half that maybe they can relate to. Or maybe they just like the sound of the song. My main goal is to get people to deeply listen to my music. I’d love for them to study it – not just listen to it once and breeze past it. I want them to understand and talk about and dissect it so that it will correlate with their lives.” 

“Pain” is currently available across all streaming platforms. BlameKlaus said he’s working on a video for the song that he’d like to release in the next couple of months.  

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

http://hyperurl.co/BlameKlausPain 

https://www.instagram.com/blameklaus/

Nialand – WASTQT

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Nialand gives us the ultimate pandemic playlist with new audiovisual EP, “Words and Sounds To Quarantine To”

CHICAGO, IL -Nialand is a singer-songwriter, and international recording artist with a collection of experiences and a true talent for lyricism and music. Her latest project, an audiovisual EP entitled, “Words and Sounds To Quarantine To”, is an emotional and relatable project that showcases her own experience both personally and as a musician maintaining sanity in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The deeply soulful and smooth hip hop sounds, wrapped in vulnerable lyrics are only enhanced by the visual experience displayed through a short-film like music video which Nialand directed and starred in herself. This visual component gives life to the lyrics and resonates with viewers and listeners from all backgrounds in a very unique and refreshing way.

Nialand has been making music for much of her life. “I have been in the music business for about 16 years now. I’ve been fully independent the entire time but I’ve been able to do a lot of things in the industry. When I first started in the music business, I was doing features and collaborations with lots of artists.” Throughout the years, she has been able to work with a collection of big name artists including MC Lyte, Chico DeBarge, Roy Ayers, Lupe Fiasco, and Kanye West and more. She has also performed both nationally and internationally at venues such as the House of Blues, Gibson Amphitheater, Fox Theater, and several music venues and events in Europe as a featured artist on the “Moments for Love UK Soul Tour 2016”

The experiences that Nialand has had over the course of her career has allowed her to embrace her own style and freely express her music with unique distinction. Her music is a blend of Hip Hop, Soul and Jazz with a specific focus on her lyrical delivery. “I’m a very lyrical person. I love to write and songwriting is my first love. I choose to write my experiences and share them. I’ve found that me being open and honest about the things that I have seen and experienced, allows my music to connect to so many other people’s stories.” Her lyricism creates a relatable feel within her music that is hard to replicate.

“Words and Sounds to Quarantine To” is a perfect example of the connection that Nialand’s music offers to listeners. The EP focuses on the adjustments that she had to make in her life and her career as a musician during such unprecedented times. “I couldn’t really see what was next and I didn’t know what was happening. I had a lot of emotions and feelings and thoughts that I believe that we all have had at some point during this time. Having to deal with those things personally led me to writing my feelings out in song. There wasn’t anywhere that I could go, there was nothing that I could do except be present with my feelings, so I would just sit and write.” Once I embraced those feelings, the words and songs flowed out in only a few days, and from there, I created and shot the visuals to go with it. The visuals that go along with this EP were all directed by Nialand. They give a powerful visual interpretation to the words and feelings expressed in the music. “It’s something you have to experience. It shows me being in this space of quarantine and what I did in this place of isolation. You see me on lockdown, (as we all are), in my own space just having to sit and just be. You will see me express different moments of frustration, boredom, and contemplation about everything that’s happening and having to process those thoughts and come to a resolve.” Nialand had to endure the challenge of shooting this visual in the midst of a pandemic, but by throwing herself into her creativity, she was able to find a way to strategically and intentionally build a quarantine set out of a small, empty art gallery which resulted in a stunning visual presentation.

Through this audiovisual EP, Nialand hopes to normalize the process of feeling, especially as we experience such a strange and uncomfortable time. “If nothing else, the year 2020 has taught us that there are some things that are just completely out of our control and full of uncertainty. You have to allow yourself to be aware of what you’re feeling and how you’re processing those feelings and not just jump to try to solve things because, in reality, there are some things you won’t be able to solve, and that’s ok. You just have to endure and have the right perspective”

At the end of 2020, Nialand released a single and part one of the full visual. “WASTQT”, the title track of the EP (abbreviated), is an emotional and honest song with a chill, soulful/hip hop groove. Nialand gets extremely vulnerable on camera with this visual and leaves you fully anticipating what will happen next. It is easy to vibe to and is a great example of her beautiful sound and strong lyricism.

Be sure to check out the single and visual for “WASTQT” and look for Nialand on social media. Keep an eye out for the full release of “Words and Sounds To Quarantine To” which is dropping in late Spring 2021.

“WASTQT” by Nialand: https://soundcloud.com/nialandmusic/wastqt
Watch The Visual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FREh5S2HakU

https://open.spotify.com/album/4XsXNPPaSFy26YMnBQyIgq
http://facebook.com/nialandmusic
http://instagram.com/nialandmusic
http://twitter.com/nialandmusic
http://reverbnation.com/nialandmusic

Nostalgia – January Jewel

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Global music scene gets fresh blast of sound from Melbourne native Nostalgia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – It’s been a while since the music industry has heard a truly original sound. But in 2021 that trend will change thanks to a new vibe coming out of Melbourne. With a fusion of synth Pop, EDM, Hip Hop, R&B and Indie Folk, this new sound that has yet to be named is both intriguing and captivating. It’s a sound that perfectly captures the vibe of the city from which it has been born, and it’s a sound that is starting to put some of Australia’s young artists on the map. 

Tarun Zachariah – AKA Nostalgia – is one of those fast-rising young artists who bring this new sound to the world. With a plan to release a new single every month of this year, Nostalgia is poised to become one of the world’s new artists that demands attention. And he’s kicking the year off with his debut single, “January Jewel,” which is currently available across all streaming platforms. 

The song begins with ethereal synth keys that offer an airy kind of opening that leads perfectly into Nostalgia’s falsetto vocals set against a Pop beat. It feels a bit like Maggie Rogers meets The Weeknd, with some electronic elements thrown in for good measure. The overall vibe is chill and laid back with a groove that makes the listener want to sway to the music.  

“It’s for that summertime chill vibe because it’s summer over here but I still wanted people to be able to enjoy it wherever they were in the world, even in the snow,” Nostalgia said. “I was inspired by the song ‘Woman in Love’ by Barbara Streisand, a song about a woman under the unforgiving spell of love which is forcing her to succumb to it. Love is beyond her control and she’s getting lost in it. I sampled it at the early stages of this song and I wrote this chorus to it about what love can end up costing you. Often you hear people talk about love in terms of it being a great part of life, but I took a different perspective of love being so overbearing that it becomes detrimental to you and at times you wonder if it’s even a good thing. It might seem magical at times and something for which you’d fully give yourself and sacrifice for, but at the end of the day, what if it isn’t worth that? If you sacrifice so much that it ends in pain or heartbreak, it makes you question if love was meant for everyone.” 

Nostalgia burst onto the Melbourne music scene with darkness and seduction a couple of years ago. Drawing from a wide range of influences, he is able to sustain a traditional element that’s laced with hints of EDM and ambience. His somber vocals pair perfectly with his self-produced tracks in a way that makes this Melbourne crooner a voice that delves into unknown territory. He showcases versatility and innovation, and the world is starting to pay attention.  

“When you say you’re feeling nostalgic, it’s a hard word to describe because you’re just longing for a feeling you once had,” he said. “That’s what I want my music to evoke – that reminiscing of what life was like in the moment you first heard my song, or the 20th time, or the hundredth time, or whatever. The times I feel most nostalgic is when I’m listening to music because it’s so good at embedding itself as part of your memory. I hope my music gives others that same feeling – that bookmark in their life.” 

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

https://www.instagram.com/nostalgia.feed/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nostalgia/893300567432432
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1No1YztWBRnf8NHU3-VGXQ
https://soundcloud.com/nostalgiaofficial  

“January Jewel”  

https://open.spotify.com/album/4Ivjkn8jln8oxPmR61AtqV?si=7Eql-ZF0Q6CH4APTDfBmZQ

Q the Music – Lust & Pain

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Q the Music sets the tone for 2021 with new single ‘Lust & Pain (L&P) 

A mix of Trap, Soul and Rock take center stage with the latest single from Hip Hop artist Q the Music. “Lust &Pain” is a track created by this Navy engineer currently stationed in Guam. He’s been a writer and producer for other artists for many years and over the past couple of years has taken the time to create his own music, which he is just now ready to share with the world. “Lust & Pain” is the first of those offerings. The aggressive, gravely vocal is set against heavy 808s with a distorted synth keyboard melody in the background that takes listeners on a journey. The bouncy beat drives people to bop their heads while the deep lyrics make people want to hear more of Q’s story. 

“It’s basically a re-enactment of a time when I was in LA,” Q said. “It was one of those crazy nights when you go out and party and you’re with a toxic individual that you don’t realize how bad they are until later. My music is an emotional ride and I really want people to vibe with it. You can put on all of my tracks throughout the day and get a bunch of different vibes, with lyrics that make you think and intrigue you to make you want to listen to it more.” 

Q said he first got into music when he was younger. He started off as a dancer, and many of his first jobs as a dancer were enough to keep him off the streets in Michigan where he grew up. He knew he had a gift for entertaining, but never tried writing songs of his own until he got older. He recalls listening to Otis Redding, Frankie Lymon, The Temptations, and especially Prince when he was younger – all of whom influenced his sound and style over the years. Around age 14, he started dabbling with writing and then during his teenage years, he began working on several movie sets as an actor and production assistant. But all along the way, music has been the main thing that has stayed true for him. 

“I write my music based on my light and dark experiences of growing up and from traveling around the world with the U.S. Navy,” he said. “I consider my form of music to be genre-blending, using old and new forms of sound – from Rock & Roll to Hip Hop. When I’m not writing music, I’m creating concept EP and album covers. Music is the greatest stress reliever, especially when I’m out at sea for months and I don’t see land. I’m an engineer so I’m always looking at lights and hearing the engine non-stop, and I would write lyrics at night to get through those things. Music has always been the thing that has gotten me through hard stuff.” 

Q said “Lust & Pain” is just the first of many songs yet to come. He’s working on an EP called “Prisoner” which should drop in March, with even more music slated for later in the year. 

To listen to Q the Music or to follow him on social media, please visit: 

https://twitter.com/He_QtheMusic 

https://www.instagram.com/official_qthemusic/
https://www.officialqthemusic.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0FAbZSDUG1AGoqnllwH6i2?si=w8tTlvHLRva50vTSYR8l2Q 

https://www.youtube.com/user/bboyblackice
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/q-the-music/1438786273
https://tidal.com/browse/artist/10458135 

DeeZire – Tell Me

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R&B Duo DeeZire brings back classic 90s sound with new single ‘Tell Me’ 

ATLANTA, GA – While there are many artists emerging from the booming Atlanta music industry, few of them possess the unique talent and style that DeeZire exhibits. This up-and-coming R&B and Hip Hop duo comprised of members cousins Swade and X’Clusiv offer a truly special blend of sound, style and influence to the world. They have everything it takes to become the next big name in music.  

Their recent single, “Tell Me,” is a great example of the kind of groundbreaking sound they’re bringing to the international market. A true love song that’s indicative of the late 1990s and early 2000s R&B sound, “Tell Me” is all about putting that loved one on a pedestal.  

“It’s speaking to your significant other and wanting them to tell you what they want from you,” Swade X ’Clusiv said. “It’s about supplying your significant other their needs. The 90s sound of this song is a lot like all of our music, which plays a big influence in how we write and sing. It’s a totally different sound than what’s on the radio today with R&B and Pop. We do a lot of harmonies and a lot of arrangements with live instruments across all our tracks.” 

DeeZire formed in 2013 when Swade and X’Clusiv came together in Atlanta. They both had a mutual love for music, and the more time they spent around each other, the more they realized they shared the same inspirations – from Michael Jackson and Prince to New Edition and Usher, among others. They soon realized that if they worked together, their shared passion to use music and share their artistic voice with the rest of the world could lead to something truly original.  

“We’re bringing that classic sound of R&B back,” X’clusiv Swade said. “Everybody has been saying it’s dead, but we don’t feel that way. We feel that R&B isn’t being marketed the way Pop and hip Hop is right now, and we want to bring that back to the table. We want to show that there are still people out there doing quality R&B music that you can vibe and rock to. We want to put that sound back on the map.” 

With a follow up to their debut EP, “Love Therapy,” The duo hopes to do just that with the release of their second debut EP, “Love ZoneTherapy,” which is slated to drop in the next couple of months. One Two more singles, “Raindrops” and “Love Zone” is are slated to release before the full EP, however.  

To listen to their music or to follow them on social media, please visit: 

www.instagram.com/officialdeezire 

www.facebook.com/officialdeezire 

www.twitter.com/officialdeezire

“Tell Me”
https://songwhip.com/deezire/tell-me 

JFK – Sonic Hedgehog

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 Chicago rapper JFK shares artistic gift with the world through new mixtape 

CHICAGO, IL – If there’s one thing Jonathan Kelly has known for most of his life, it’s that he has a gift of music that he was meant to share with the world. It’s a gift that he’s honed and developed over the years. Today, he offers that gift to the world as the hottest new Chicago-based artist operating under the stage name JFK.  

His latest mixtape, “A Gift from Me to You,” is the exact kind of music that he knows he was destined to share with others around the globe. The mixtape is his version of bringing bars back to the industry with real songs that will touch the soul, and with vibes that will take true Hip Hop fans back to the days when “music was real music,” he said. 

“It’s an emotional roller coaster ride of songs that are gonna make you feel every word,” JFK said. “Every lyric in each song is my gift to the world. The thing that sets me apart is my wordplay. Every song is crafted. You’re going to see the talent behind every song. Nothing is rushed. It all comes from the heart. And there’s music for every genre of Hip Hop – it’s not all gang banging, drill stuff. It’s family music and emotional music and stuff from my everyday life.” 

The first of the 10 songs on the album is “Sonic Hedgehog” which JFK said he chose as a debut because of how hot it is. The club banger features motivational lyrics that inspire others to take care of business and make fast moves so as to stay on top of the game. The up-tempo party song is the perfect song to introduce a new wave of fans to JFK’s music, and he said he’s anxious for it to begin making its way across the country. 

Another single from the project that is making waves is “One and the Same.” Inspired by the social unrest that came to a head in 2020, the song is JFK’s way of encouraging others to try harder when it comes to mending racial lines and working together to overcome the social injustices of the world. 

When you walk around in Chicago, it’s so segregated,” he said. “White people won’t talk to you because you’re black, and this song is basically saying that I’m not different than you and you’re not different than me. We could be best friends, but you won’t even speak to me. It’s a song about how people could have so much in common, but fear is letting one walk away from a person. You could lose a soul mate just because you’re afraid to say ‘Hi.’”  

Following “A Gift from Me to You,” JFK said he’ll drop the album “Dinosaur and the Marvel” by March.  

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

https://www.instagram.com/fowaykelly/ 

https://www.reverbnation.com/4waykelly 

https://soundcloud.com/johnathan5594 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM7cdSEv1CTb3xFHqOn9s_Q 

https://youtu.be/QV4y4HocRh4 

https://youtu.be/hJSOKFriLuw  

https://youtu.be/yjODseojtyU 

https://youtu.be/7RQDWo_dQYE

Jason Kraack – Turn Around

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Veteran performer Jason Kraack set to drop timely album Turn Around’ in December 

GREENSBORO, NC – Sometimes the greatest art comes from times of great adversity. For Jason Kraack, 2020 has been one of the most adverse times of his life. Like many others who faced a job loss, Kraack wasnt sure what to do with the uncertainty he was facing earlier in the year. Having taught music to college students for many years and performed in professional theater for more than 15 years, one of the things hed always wanted to do was create an album of his own. So while 2020 was filled with anxiety, it also presented him with an opportunity to chase his dream. The end result is the 10-song album Turn Around. 

With a sound that could be described as experimental in some ways, Turn Around” features a unique blend of progressive sounds and classic styles that also take a cue from some of Kraacks biggest influences from Billy Joel to Thom Yorke from Radiohead. All of the songs on the album were written, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by him, and feature a bevy of instruments all played by him – including piano, guitar, bass, drums, sequencing and more.  

Its kind of like a journey through the last year that we all shared,” Kraack said of the album. It starts out with a little bit of self-reflection and then goes down a rabbit hole of sadness and longing born from the fear of losing people you love and this kind of new reality in which we live. It can be pretty terrifying, scary and unsettling, and this album explores what were all dealing with and the fact that its necessary. We have to analyze ourselves during this time and get better in the process. The last track on the album is also called Turn Around,’ and ita story about a time that all the sadness and frustration were feeling can just disappear if we change our point of view. It is meant to help people realize this.” 

Kraack said the idea for the album is something thats been rattling around in his brain for many years, but the true inspiration came organically while spending a month-and-a-half in Florida writing and recording.  

I had this mojo going before I left for Florida, but when I got there, it just fell flat,” he said. couldnt get anything going and it was gray and shitty down there that day. I decided to go for a drive and eventually when I stopped and got out of my car, I turned around and saw something totally different. The sky was beautiful and I heard the song in my head in a flash. I hurried back to the studio and laid it down in an instant. It was like no other experience Ive ever had, and the rest of the album flowed from that session.” 

The debut single from the project is a song called Turn/Burn It Down” which is currently available across all streaming platforms. Its the third track on the album and features a funky groove with a catchy hook. Kraack said the lyrics are topical to whats going on today and encourages people to take a step back from all the animosity. 

If we dont turn down the heat thats happening, were going to burn down this really fantastic, beautiful thing that we have,” he said. We cant continue to talk at each other. We have to talk to each other. I want to be able to make music thats accessible to people in their individual lives, and at the end of the day, I hope I can be considered as an honest songwriter. I want people to listen to this album and hear stories that they can latch on and relate to. 

The second release, the second track from the album, is titled I’ll Pay and is about the frustration that can be felt before admitting fault. “No one wants it to be their own fault when things aren’t working out,” said Kraack, “but sometimes it is.” The song is currently available across all streaming platforms. 

The third single release from the album and the title track, Turn Around is now available on streaming platforms. 

To listen to Jason Kraacks music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=wKGoUH9VbG4&feature=share 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDdoRBtX8RbtYsS-zZIqL_Q 

https://www.facebook.com/jason.kraack/ 

https://www.instagram.com/jasonkraack/ 

https://jasonkraack.bandcamp.com

Zanu – Heathens

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Texas-based artist Zanu starts journey toward becoming greatest showman with new album ‘MackingAintDead 

HOUSTON, TX – You can get a lot more out of what you want in life if you know how to mack. That’s the sentiment behind the new album “MackingAintDead” from Texas-based artist Zanu. The Hip Hop project with heavy influences of R&B and Afrobeats is the culmination of two years’ worth of work from this up-and-coming young artist. At only age 22 he’s starting to garner attention throughout the South, and with this new album, is primed to leave his mark on the national stage. 

“I want to be more than just an artist and entertainer,” he said. “I want to be the greatest showman there is. I want to redefine what an emcee is in modern day Hip Hop. I want to put on the greatest show the world has ever seen. I came from a lineage that knew nothing but excellence. My granddad came from the villages of Ghana and became a diplomat. My mom is a doctor and my pop is a businessman. My older sister is out here making moves with her life, just like me. I’ve trained in music for more than 10 years and I believe I got what it takes to be the best – to be one of those larger-than-life-artists. This is an album from a winner’s perspective. It’s an album about being the best in the room – the king. You want to learn how to win? Listen to the man born winning. Listen to the man born macking. Because Mackingaintdead man. My music comes from the perspective of unapologetic royalty, excellence, and bravado. I’m changing the world and I’ll look good as hell while doing it.” 

Zanu said he started his journey as a musician when at the age of 7 he began learning how to play the piano. At age 8, he started dancing and by age 11, he was rapping and writing his own music. He grew up listening to Hip Hop and R&B, as well as Afrobeats – all of which find their way into his music in one way or another. This is especially true of his albums debut single, “Heathens,” which already has more than 15,000 streams since its release less than two months ago. 

“It’s a fun vibe that my producer friend helped out with by adding some bells and high hats,” Zanu said. “We made it three years ago and I sat on it because I didn’t have the right lyrics for it. Then I was chilling one day and having fun and just started rapping. I was calling my friends heathens because we’re out here trying to get shit done and looking good doing it. We were always getting paid because we’re always on top of our shit. Girls want to be with a boss – with a heathen. You can be a boss without trying to be the hardest in the room. I don’t want to be the token black guy in the crowd. I’m running just as good as anyone else, or even better. All of that came together on this song.” 

Zanu said he’s excited for new fans to get a taste of his music and ultimately, he has aspirations of creating music that will be known throughout the world. He wants to bring a new vision of Hip Hop that people have never heard before – something that breathes new life into an already lively genre.  

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

https://artist.landr.com/music/672985545939 

https://www.instagram.com/callmezanu/  
https://twitter.com/CallmeZanu 

Montana Staxxx – Freedom

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Montana Staxxx inspires others to break free of the mundane with new single ‘Freedom’ 

DENVER, CO – Lemonte Hall – AKA Montana Staxxx – is a veteran of the music industry whose penchant for telling it like it is has challenged listeners all over the world for many years. His style of music is soulful yet aggressive, with lyrics to his songs tackling some of the tougher issues of the world. That substantive music takes center stage with his latest single, “Freedom. 

Bouncing off a get-up-and-move kind of vibe, this soulful single features horns and other instruments to serve as a background for lyrics that challenge people to consider the things they value most in life. Montana said he wants the song to inspire people to let go of the more material things in life and instead turn to the long-lasting truly joyful moments and experiences that lead to a fulfilling life. 

“It’s about telling people not to allow things like money and religion to track or hold you down,” Montana said. “That’s what those things do in the big scheme of things, but it’s not how you’re gonna get freedom. The only thing that can set you free is the truth, whatever that is for each person. Don’t allow these things to be stumbling blocks in your life to achieve real freedom. Don’t take things for granted. So many things in our world are conveniences that we take for granted – like being able to go to McDonalds whenever we want, or looking up whatever we want on Google on a smart phone that we carry around. But that’s not freedom, especially if we come to over-rely on those things.” 

The single not only challenges people with a deeper meaning, but also showcases Montana’s one-of-a-kind voice. It’s the kind of voice that is immediately recognizable when people hear it, and it’s something that has set him apart in a crowded industry for many years.  

Montana first started his journey into music as a child when his mother was a singer and recording artist. Most of his youth was spent either with his mom in the recording studio, or back stage at many of her touring shows. His grandmother also played the piano at church, and he grew up singing in the church choir and learning how to play the piano from her.  Montana was born in El Paso ,Texas and raised in both Texas and California. As a teenager, Montana learned how to produce music and studied some of the best rappers of history. He began to develop his own unique sound and style, and in 2008, he started doing shows professionally and recording his music.  

“What has set me apart more than anything over the years is the topics I talk about,” he said. “I tackle things that a lot of people don’t really discuss because it might be a little touchy for them. But I believe the topics that are hard for people to discuss are the very things that are important for us to talk about. That’s why I always try to have substance in my music, if I can. I hope my music is known for me giving the best effort I can and for always trying to be honest when I could.” 

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

https://www.instagram.com/lemontehall/ 

https://twitter.com/montanastaxxx1 

https://www.reverbnation.com/montanastaxxx/songs 

Facebook/Lemontehall12 

Google/Montanastaxxx 

Soundcloud/Montanastacks/Lemontehall 

Spotify/Montanastaxxx 

Tidal/Montanastaxxx. 

Amazon/Montanastaxxx 

Googleplay/Montanastaxxx 

iTunes/Montanastaxxx 

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