HipHop & Rap
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 223 ViewsMeet MALLY GEE, up-and-coming rapper out of New Jersey.Originally from Trinidad, MALLY has fond memories of his youth with his close-knit family. "As a youth, I remember my family gatherings being a place filled with love and inspiration. We all loved music. We would all grab different instruments and play together."He performed for the first time in Trinidad when he was 6 years old at a concert with his older cousin. "It was a cool experience being on stage in front of a crowd. The feeling was indescribable." His 2nd performance came a few years later at his 8th grade graduation. "I performed NAS' "I know I can" and from that point I knew music was going to be a huge part of my life."MALLY describes his original sound as a melodic blend of Soca and Hip-Hop with an upbeat, festive vibe. "My music makes people want to be happy and free! It's set apart from the rest, it doesn't sound like what you hear on the radio."MALLY GEE's new EP "REBIRTH" will be dropping on August 7th. The lead single, "Do Whatever" is already smashing the internet with thousands of views on YouTube!DJ Drewski from HOT 97 will be hosting MALLY's listening experience for fans old and new to enjoy on August 11th in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Please visit MALLY's Instagram page for venue information.Instagram: @therealmallygeeOfficial Link to MALLY GEE's "Do Whatever" video:Official Link to MALLY GEE's "Got that Buzz" video:
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Introducing new singer/songwriter NINABAND$$ from Manhasset, N.Y.
NINA was humming tunes before she could walk. By the age of 11 she was belting out her favorite song, "Let Me Be Your Angel" by Stacey Lattisaw and anything by Ashanti. Her parents and siblings couldn't believe how mature her voice was!
Impressed with her voice and passion for singing, NINA's parents signed her up for singing lessons. She began training with vocalist Stephanie Oplacio, the Assistant Minister of Music for the esteemed Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Mass Choir and later worked with singer Shanice Wilson and her mother Crystal Wilson.
When Nina was 13, she and two of her friends briefly sang in the girl group, "Touch of Pink". After a couple of years she decided a solo career served her better. She is currently working with the amazing Angel Higgs, who has done songwriting and vocal production for powerhouses like Tamela Mann, Johnny Gill,Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton and Estelle to name a few.
NINA describe's her sound as very soulful. Her smoky voice drips honey and soft tones while her earthy lyrics express deep emotions. "My family calls my voice velvet. I honestly think it’s a little raspy, but still smooth." (Laughing)
She writes music from her heart and aims to touch her listeners. "I have always loved to write songs just as much as I love singing them. God willing, I will be an inspiration to my peers and heal hearts with my music. It is especially important to me to encourage other females."
She listens to a wide variety of music but admits that Hip-Hop is her favorite. "I love rap music! But when it comes to Pop and R&B I love Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Ariana Grande and H.E.R. I also enjoy veteran singers Evelyn Champagne King, Whitney Houston and SWV. My previous singing coach told me my voice reminds her of CoCo from SWV. What a huge compliment! That made me dig deep and work harder."
NINA is inspired to make music by her generation. Young people are growing up at a time when they face increasingly complex challenges and hurdles. "I just feel like even though we are young, people my age go through so much and deal with so many things. I want to be the voice that represents my generation. I want to be the voice they listen to when they need someone to understand what they're going through."
Her deep affinity for music and desire to make a change in the world with her beautiful voice, set her apart from the rest. "In my opinion there are so many amazing singers out right now, yet I don't think they all sing because they truly love music. Some just view it as a career. I love music with my whole heart, it is the love of my life! Singing brings me joy and I want to share that joy with the world."
NINABAND$$ debuted her SZA/Daniel Caesar MashUp on YouTube July 13,2018. She flexes her vocal muscles on this dope, creative mix of "The Weekend" by SZA, "All the Stars" by SZA ft. Kendrick Lamar and "Japanese Denim" by Daniel Caesar. In less than one week her YouTube video has close to 5,000 views!
She is currently in the studio working on original music to be released later this year...stay tuned!
YouTube Channel: NINABAND$$
Official Link to NINABAND$$' SZA/Daniel Caesar MashUp:
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KYLE KNIGHT has proven to be more than a singer and songwriter. He's morphing into a conscious Hip-Hop commentator.
With his new EP, "THE TRUTH", he maintains his depth as a lyricist while relating to the mainstream. He is working his way towards being one of the most critically acclaimed songwriters of his era. He combines musical versatility with social awareness to keep his listeners entertained. Much like Marvin Gaye's, "What's Going On?" did for one generation, "THE TRUTH", is doing for this one. This song peels back the surface gloss of society and presents what is really happening.
KYLE's writing reflects a troubled world and what his life may have become had he given into pressure from the streets. The 1990's proved as challenging for KYLE, as it was for most young black males. He chose to hold on to music and use it as an outlet to vent his frustrations and deal with adversity.
He has attained a steady and growing fan base using innovative orchestration and message-filled rhymes. His sharp lyrics cut at the heart of current issues like a blade. Whether addressing self-empowerment for men and women or hidden government agendas, KYLE's music reflects a progressive climb towards a more positive genre of music.
He is set to entice new listeners with his full EP release, "THE TRUTH". Equal parts storytelling and "reality rap", this EP is a journey through the realities of life from various perspectives. It addresses issues such as political corruption, social justice, addiction epidemics, misogyny, and more.
To KYLE KNIGHT'S website, www.kyleknightmusic.com, also features a compelling 8-part series, "The Truth Chronicles', to go along with the EP. It is a documentary hat takes you an investigative approach into today's headline-grabbing issues.
YouTube: Kyle Knight Music
Artist Website: http://www.kyleknightmusic.com
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Queens rapper Sho B. is back with some heat! Earlier known as Sho Ballotti of rap duo Final Chapter with Al Gado, his new freestyle, "BOOBIE MILES", has the streets buzzin'!
For 2:26 Sho B. surfs all over the Hip-Hop banger "N****z done started something" instrumental by DMX featuring THE LOX and Ma$e.
Real Hip-Hop heads know that this beat never gets old. Sho's clever puns and caption-friendly bars caught the attention of Dame Grease, the original producer of the track. Dame felt his bars so much that he agreed to produce it. Now that's a co-sign!
The official audio is now available on SoundCloud and the official video on YouTube.
YouTube Channel: Sho Ballotti
Official Audio Link to Sho B.'s new freestyle "Boobie Miles" on SoundCloud:
Official video link to Sho B.'s freestyle "Boobie Miles" on YouTube:
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INTRODUCING NEW RAPPER AND SONGWRITER, LYRA WILDER.
HE IS ORIGINALLY FROM EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, BUT HE’S REPPIN’ HIS SECOND HOME, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA.
MUSIC WAS A HUGE PART OF LYRA WILDER’S UPBRINGING. HIS MOTHER REGULARLY PLAYED OLD GOSPEL HYMNS AND URBAN CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL, EXPOSING HIM TO A DIFFERENT GENRE OF MUSIC THAN WHAT HE HEARD ON MAINSTREAM RADIO. THIS PEAKED HIS INTEREST AND URGED HIM TO WRITE HIS OWN MUSIC AND CREATE HIS OWN SOUND.
AFTER SPENDING YEARS SOAKING UP KNOWLEDGE FROM VETERANS IN THE STUDIO AND MANIFESTING HIS ART, HE BEGAN HIS INDEPENDENT GRIND. “WHEN I WAS BROKE, ALL I COULD DO WAS WATCH AND LISTEN. I GAINED SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE DURING THAT TIME AND LEARNED EVERY ASPECT OF MAKING MUSIC. NOW I CAN APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE TO MY OWN PROJECTS.”
LYRA’S MUSICAL INFLUENCES INCLUDE NIPSEY HUSSLE, J COLE, KENDRICKLAMAR, JUANITA BYNUM, PETE ROCK AND LIL WAYNE. THEIRDIVERSE STYLES CONTRIBUTE TO HIS UNIQUE AND PROGRESSIVE SOUND.
LYRA’S MUSIC BRINGS A VERY FRESH AND MODERN SOUND TO HIP-HOP. “IT’S NOT ONLY MY LYRICS THAT GRAB YOU, IT’S THE FEELING YOU RECEIVE ONCE YOU HEAR MY MUSIC. I AIM TO SEPARATE MYSELF FROM WHAT IS TYPICAL AND NORMAL.”
HE IS CURRENTLY PROMOTING HIS NEW SMASH SINGLE, “WOULD YOU“, PRODUCED BY THE BRILLIANT, NASCENT.
HIS COMPLETE PROJECT WILL DROP ON AN UNDISCLOSED DATE. “I’M VERY IMPULSIVE! I MAY WAKE UP TOMORROW MORNING AND DECIDE ITS TIME TO GIVE MY FANS SOMETHING NEW. I’M LIABLE TO DROP IT ANY MOMENT. (LAUGHING)”
LYRA’S MAIN FOCUS IS MAKING GREAT MUSIC FOR HIS FANS. “THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS IN NEED OF GUIDANCE AND THEY’RE LOOKING TO HIP-HOP FOR THAT. WE CAN’T CONTINUE TO FEED FALSE HOPE. MUSIC NEEDS BALANCE. THE WORLD NEEDS A REFRESHING EAR FULL OF TRUTH AND THAT’S WHAT MY MUSIC BRINGS.”
CALLING ALL DOPE PRODUCERS…DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH THIS AMAZING AND AUTHENTIC NEW ARTIST. LYRA WILDER HAS ALREADY BEEN NAMED ONE OF XXL MAGAZINE’S ‘ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2018’. AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING… LYRA HAS SET HIS SIGHTS ON CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE OF THE MUSIC SCENE.
FACEBOOK: LYRA WILDER
LINK TO LYRA WILDER’S “WOULD YOU” TRACK #13 ON DJ YOUNG CEE “FIGHT NIGHT MIXTAPE VOL. 86”: