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  • Hot new artist LiL RAFE!

    SouthSide Jamaica, Queens has a diamond in the ruff by the name of Tyise Troy Garrett aka LiL RAFE.

    RAFE was introduced to rap music at a very young age. "My family is full of music lovers, so growing up in that environment it was hard not to recite words from the different songs they would play. That's how I started rapping."

    As he grew older, his love for rap music grew and he decided that he wanted to make his own music. "I envisioned myself creating my own style of music and seeing the impact it would leave on people. I believe musicians have the power to shift nations and I plan on being one of those artists who really makes a difference."

    As a young black man coming up in SouthSide, Jamaica Queens, please believe RAFE has seen and been through a hell of a lot. "I've gone through the worst and I can relate to the world. As an artist I want to use my voice to speak on different issues such as murder, drug use, police brutality, dysfunctional black families. There are so many black homes with no father present because he is in prison. This brings sadness and misery to our strong, black women and unhappy moms often neglect their children emotionally. I want to help find a solution to this problem and effect change for my generation."

    RAFE has been rapping since he was a little kid. "Yo, I was so little really going to the studio and trynna spit my bars. (laughing) People weren't taking me seriously because I was so young. I had schoolwork and stuff to worry about then, but now that I’m older people can see that I am serious about my music. I’ve been putting in major work in the studio and really focusing on my craft. I'm very proud to say that I actually put out good, authentic music!"

    He describes his style as naturally rawand uncut. "I come at you with a different aura, a different vibe than other artists. It's like I've been here before or something! I'm often told that I have an old soul and a raw mentality and both of those qualities are displayed in my music." 

    RAFE's distinctive voice and effortless delivery certainly make him one of one.

    He is inspired by his favorite rapper, Lil Baby and the late, great Nipsey Hussle. "When I was younger I admired 50 Cent and Michael Jackson. Now I will listen to any genre of music as long as it has meaning and a good rhythm to it."

    RAFE has great big dreams that include becoming the highest selling and wealthiest artist of all time. "Not only do I want hundreds of platinum records, I want to be known for being the most powerful and influential artist. An artist who made great strides for my culture. I actually want to bring change to my community the way NIPSEY did. I want to bring people together and create a better route for up-and-coming artists like myself. An environment where we can learn, grow and become successful. I want to create other ways for my black people to eat. We need more authentic music, affluence in our communities and and more black owned businesses."

    His latest projects,the "First Quarter" EP and the single, "Opp Pack" are currently available for streaming on all digital music platforms.

    Look out for new music from LiL RAFE this summer. His new album, "This Ain't Enough", will be dropping on June 16th!

    Stay tuned to hear what this talented, young visionary emcee will bless us with this time around!

    Instagram: @RafeAura

    "First Quarter" EP:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/first-quarter/1451767213

     

    "Opp Pack" single:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/opp-pack-single/1457356872

     

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  • NEW ARTIST... 88 LO

    Introducing amazing new artist, song-writer and C.E.O., 88 LO. He is far from your average rapper. A triple-threat, he raps, produces and sings his own hooks. He is also C.E.O. of his own label, 88 MUSIC GROUP, LLC. His innate ability to think beyond his circumstances and great business mind definitely put him ahead of the curve.

    From very early on in his life, music was a source of healing and seemed to ease the blows life dealt him. Growing up in Jamaica he was exposed to the violence and drug wars soundtracked by the island vibes of Bob MarleyBeres HammondPeter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. At that time the DJ's were gangsters and they ran the gangs, dance halls and the music scene. This fascinated LO. "I remember seeing Supa CatLouie Rankin, Capleton and Tiger come through the dance halls dapper and drippin' with jewels. They were superstars, they were Dons. Music was sort of an escape for the real gangsters from the killing, drugs and gangs that plagued our towns in Jamaica. You could feel the pain in the beats and rhythms of their songs. They inspired me to become an artist."

    Born Jamaal in Kingston Jamaica West IndiesLO came to the United States at the age of 15 yrs old. He grew up in the Bronx, N.Y. in a neighborhood plagued with drugs, crime and gangs, very much like Kingston. He quickly fell in with the wrong crowd and eventually, he found himself incarcerated and facing 25 years to life. At that moment he decided he needed to change the direction his life was headed in. He got on his knees and prayed to God with all his might for forgiveness and promised to walk a straight path. His prayers were answered, he was found not guilty and released from prison.  Now it was time to make good on the promises he made to God.

    88 LO began his transition from the street life to an artist and businessman investing his time, money and full energy into studio sessions and creating his label.  He and his friends started their own group called 88. Each member had a different skill and talent to contribute to the group. Some sang, others rapped and/or made beats. In 2017, 88 LO88 GOLDIE88 CedDean and 88 K-Dogg released their first track, "TrapHouse" with a visual for YouTube. It received close to 500 views! This was just the beginning...

    The hard work payed off when DJ K-SLAY caught wind of the single, "TrapHouse". He was quite impressed with the song, in particular, 88 LO's verse. He reached out to LO and they began to build a working relationship. In late summer 2018 LO released his first solo single, "Betrayed", to rave reviews! The video has garnered over 30, 000 views on YouTube to date. Six months later he dropped his first official project, the "Millionaire Dreams and Billionaire Nightmares" mixtape hosted by DJ K-SLAY.

    His style is authentic and doesn't mimic any sound you hear on the airwaves. His sound infuses DanceHall and Reggae with gritty Hip-Hop. His musical roots in Jamaica are evident and provide the right spices to the ingredients for this mouthwatering dish!  "Everything about me is authentic. The shit I rap and sing about is all real and inspired by my life experiences. I am a Jamaican-born emcee who raps New York-style and I sing my own verses. That makes me unique and amazing! Originality is missing from the music right now. I have always been a leader and most artists are followers nowadays. I've come to restore some order, know what I mean?"

    88 LO's latest project, yet to be titled, is slated to be released summer of 2019.  Seven straight bangers with guest features from Dave East and Tory Lanez.  New York is sounding like New York again!

    INSTAGRAM88_LO_

     https://youtu.be/T-ypwnrx0kQ

     

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  • New Artist: Big Boss Mulaa

    Introducing new artist Big Boss Mulaa from SouthSide Jamaica, Queens.

    Mulaa started his career on the opposite side of the industry managing artists. "About 4 or 5 months ago I was playing around in the studio vibing on a beat while an artist I managed was recording and the music took over my mind. It just felt right. I haven't stopped recording since."

    He draws his inspiration from the pain and love he's experienced in his life. "I am trying to spread a message with my music. I want to reach people like myself that are misunderstood and broken."

    Although he admits his sound fits with the music currently trending, his delivery sets him apart from other artists. "I believe my music will fill a much-needed void that depression, inner city violence and heartbreak has caused in our communities. I can teach the youth how to motivate themselves and the people around them through my music."

    Mulaa describes his sound as Southern Spice with a NYC attitude. His favorite artists include 2 PAC, JADAKISS, Juelz Santana, LilPeep and Juice Wrld. He's listening to Juice Wrld, NBAYoungBoy, Jadakiss, Coca Vango, G-Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Peep and XXXTentacion when he's not working on his music.

    Besides his budding music career and distribution deal with EMPIRE record label, Mulaa has various sponsorship deals in the works with clothing brands and beverages.

    "My goal as an artist is to change the world with my music and make my parents proud. I want to become wealthy enough that no one I love has to struggle. I would love for my music to appear on movie soundtracks and major commercials. And what artist doesn't dream of a number one song and a Grammy? (Laughing)."

    Big Boss Mulaa is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut EP "WelcometotheDarkside (based ontrue events)", set to drop 12/25/18. His new video for "In My Drip" is coming soon.

    Instagram: @BigBossMulaa 

     

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  • new artist...JP CALI SMOOV

    Meet JP Cali Smoov master lyricist and aspiring actor from Los Angeles, California.
    JP has been making music his entire life and is now ready to take his well-deserved place in the industry.
    “Music runs in my family. My mom, dad, aunts and uncles were all involved in music whether it was producing, singing, dancing or working in a night club. So I’ve been making music since I started talking.” (Laughing)
     
    As a teen JP would burn cd’s of his music on his homie’s computer then take the bus to Venice Beach and sell them for whatever he could get. Talk about dedication.
    Fast-forward to 2018…he has a catalogue of over 15 mixtapes available for download and is putting the final touches on his upcoming EP, which is set to drop in the winter of 2019.
    “I work hard and I believe in myself. I don’t have a gimmick. I refuse to succumb to using gimmicks to gain exposure and popularity. I value myself and my music too much for that.” 
     
    JP’s unique style is a combination of slick word play and clever metaphors mixed with his aggressive, yet inspiring, messages.
    “My reason for making music has always been to create change and affect the world in a positive way. I always try to teach and incorporate emotional and financial literacy in my songs. I have plenty of records that make you can dance and vibe to, but overall my aim is to make music that touches your soul.”
     
    He is touching souls with his music and touching lives in his spare time. JP recently started the “100 Slice Challenge on his Instagram page @jpcalismoov. He bought 100 slices of pizza from Little Caesar’s and handed them out to the homeless people of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. “I am so grateful for all that I have and I want to do my part to give back to the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. I encourage other artists to get on board and post their own 100 Slice Challenge.”
     
    JP’s musical influences include the legendary PRINCE, Maroon 5 and Sublime, who are his favorite artists along with Snoop DoggMike Posner and Nipsey Hussle.
    “I feel like my musical swag is a cross between legends like Snoop Dogg and NAS. I like to drop jewels and entertain at the same time. I believe my influence will fill the current void in Hip-Hop.”
     
    JP Cali Smoov is a Hip-Hop renaissance man. He writes music, reminiscent of the 90’s when you had to have bars to succeed, has authored a book of poetry titled, “Untold, Unheard, Unwritten“, which is available for purchase on Amazon.com and he is also working on a series of short films while pursuing an acting career.
     
    Check out JP Cali Smoov’s latest video, “3 AM“, on the YouTube channel. It’s a great indicator of what to expect from this impressive, young emcee.
    “My goal is to continue living my dreams and to last in the industry. When you have a gimmick your career fades with the trend, when you rely on your music and natural talent you will have longevity.” Spoken like a true future legend.
     
    Twitter/Instagram: @jpcalismoov
     
    JP CALI SMOOV YouTube channel:
     
    JP CALI SMOOV “3 AM“:
     
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  • New Music...Loose Skrewz “WHITE RHINO”

    Meet new artist Loose Skrewz from Bayshore, Long Island.  His style of emcee'ing is reminiscent of the Golden Era of Hip-Hop when emcees actually had to spit bars...not so much these days.

    Skrewz is inspired to rhyme by dope beats and thrives off of the constant encouragement from his friends and family.  "I want to win for my family, they inspire me.  And a good base beat definitely puts me in the mood to write music.  Being brought up around different cultures and listening to a wide genre of music heavily influenced my unique style and gave me the courage to express my thoughts through rapping when I had no other outlet."

    He prides himself on keeping genuine lyricism alive through his music.  "It is my position to make music that Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, GangStarr, Redman and EPMD would be proud of.  Listening to these great emcees really puts me in the zone and makes me work harder."

    Loose Skrewz released his very first EP "White Rhino" with producer/rapper Retrospec last week to rave reviews.  It boasts 21 minutes of raw, underground tracks filled with hard bars that have Hip-Hop heads bopping non-stop.  He even dropped science in the title of his project...

    Historically, this rare mammal, the white rhino, experienced a steady decline in its population caused by uncontrolled hunting. To date there are only 3 white rhinos in existence, they are almost extinct.  Is this what's happening to real emcee'ing in Hip-Hop???

    "My goal is to leave a staple in Hip-Hop culture and to be known as a genuine emcee who stayed true to the craft."  Stay tuned for singles and visuals from the project, "White Rhino", which is currently available on all digital music platforms for your listening pleasure.

    Official Link to the EP "White RhinoLoose Skrewz + Retrospec on iTunes:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/white-rhino/1440431194

    Instagram:  @LooseSkrewz76

    FacebookLooseSkrewz76

     

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