Up-and-coming artist U S Doughboi combines old-school melodies with new sound
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – When U S Doughboi was little, his mother loved music so much that she would record songs off the radio with her tap player. Sometimes she would leave the tape recorder running and leave the room to do something else, and it was during one of those times at the age of 4 that U S Doughboi first discovered his voice as a musician.
“I remember seeing the tape still recording even after the song went off,” he said. “I had already kind of been rapping with the song, so I just kept rapping while the tape was recording and it ended up recording me rapping. I liked that it recorded me and I could hear myself. From that moment on I knew I wanted to do that my whole life.”
It didn’t take long before he was creating his own lyrics, and today he has so perfected the art that he can come up with lyrics as quickly as he could draw.
“It happens fast,” he said. “It’s natural. I’m not rushing it. I’m just in the zone and prepared when it’s time to lay a track down because it’s all inside of me.”
To date, U S Doughboi has released an EP called “Aw Mane,” which is a tribute to his Canadian roots. He has also released a single called “Rocka Bye Baby,” which will be the first single of another EP that will launch in the first quarter of 2017. That EP is called “The Big Payback,” and it’s this project that he hopes will really begin to put his name on the map within the world of hip-hop.
He describes the EP – and to a larger extent, his music – as inspired by some of the old greats but with a new sound.
“I’m going off of a James Brown kind of feel,” he said. “There’s a song in there that talks about you took my girl and it’s time for payback. There’s another song that says whatever it is you do – even if it’s the best thing you do – there’s always somebody out there who thinks they can do it better than you and it’ll feel like they take your style and steal your recipe for success. But you have to show them that you’re the real deal.”
He said he takes his inspiration from a lot of songs from the 1990s, infusing the identity of those greats into his own unique blend of music that makes his stand out from the crowd of today’s hip-hop artists.
“I’m working with new beat makers, but the music I’m making nods to those old melodies,” he said. “It might sound like stuff you’ve heard before, but even if it sounds familiar it will come with new beats. I want it to be appealing and make you want to go back and listen to it again and again. I want the beats to make you feel good when you hear it. I’m creating happy music that you can listen to with your lady and just have fun with it.”
U S Doughboi said he’s currently working on developing some music videos for the upcoming EP, and hopes to launch both the project and the videos at approximately the same time. To check out more of his videos, fans can visit his YouTube channel. Fans can also follow him on Instagram @u_s_doughboi, or on Twitter @usdough.
Han Sino is an artist of instrumental Nu Jazz musical creation and Urban Spoken Word Poetry. Blessed by the 90’s Hip Hop, groove and Electronic golden age, Han Sino has, during this today greatly prized era, quite quickly acquired, a strong culture about Afro American 70's, and 80's, and secondarily 60's music. As a young mellowman, he sees his vision of the world turned upside down by Free Jazz and Jazz Funk classics. He discovers John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Alice Coltrane, among others… Armed with a rich musical culture, in the second half of the years 2000, he approaches beatmaking, first, in solo, then, for a few Hip Hop artists. Essentially self-taught, Han Sino has perfected his musical training and ear with the excellent doublebass player, bassist and keyboardist, Jade, (Jean Luc Riga), during a year and a half. This will be followed by a deep metamorphosis of his creativity, as well as a progressive development of his musical maturity. In 2012/2013, Han Sino proposes the hybrid Hip Hop/Crossover trilogy: « Raffinements », « Odes », and « Vertiges ». « Raffinements », although very experimental, and unusual, will be noticed by international webzines relaying the English speaking market best mixtapes. Strengthened by the success of this baroque Spoken Word Poetry, the French artist returns to the sources by publishing more and more jazzy, then groovy projects. « Accords Perdus/Lost Chords » offers a very atmospheric Nu Jazz, adorned with a crazy use of traditional instruments. « Petals on the Lake » proposes a massive and sophisticated production. « Gazelles Sanctuary », a quest of pure Sound. « Nu Jazz Theories », a nice and original jazzy style. The climax of our artist’s groove is reached with « Blending Sounds », « Broken Songz », « Deep x Eerie Grooves », or « The Blue Shapes Score » among others… « Poetik Art », « Lotus grain » and « Electro Emcee » show his fluency as a ‘Slam’ artist and producer of urban music. Among Han Sino’s key titles, we can mention « Blue Men », « Magnolia », « Easy to Play », « Colombe », « Evasion », « Colors of the soul », « Milk Chocolate », « La Force », « Nite Groove », « Psychedelics », or « Fire »… Han Sino has made collaborations with artists such as Luzita, Raisin Beatsman and GREENMAKER alias Kendy Kartel, to mention a few… Han Sino’s Sound is a poetical synthesis of rare groove and urban music. The ideal soundtrack to dream and to enjoy life in all its colors. « Han Sino » is an artist name referring to Asian Poetry and Wisdom. Many connections, in relation with general and popular culture, are possible, in over reading.
Broward County, Florida artist Arod2Turnt sends out anthem to Millennial generation with single ‘Team iPhonez’
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As a kid who moved from city-to-city a lot, Arod2Turnt didn’t have a lot of close friends. He relied on music to get him through multiple struggles in his life. But during his junior year of high school, he met a guy who he immediately clicked with – and it happened through music. That friend would go on to become a future collaborator on multiple singles, including the new “Team iPhonez” that is creating a buzz in the Florida hip-hop scene.
“Me and Nate Bandz were going to school together, and the first day we were hanging out we made a song together,” Arod2Turnt said. “It just came together without any effort. Ever since we just clicked, and we’ve been making music together. It used to be only me and him, but now we have different crews and do our own music. But we still talk all the time and bounce ideas off each other and feature on each other’s stuff.”
Arod said Nate’s feature on “Team iPhonez” really took the song to the next level. He said it’s a song about a generation that has never known a world without mobile technology, and how many of that generation identify themselves by either iPhone or Android.
“A lot of the younger generation like iPhonez better than Androids,” Arod explained. “I’m one of those who has always liked iPhonez more than Androids. This song is about that. It’s more of a turn-up vibe. It’s a catchy song.”
Arod said it took him many years to feel like he belonged – often feeling like an outsider because of always having to move around. But one thing that never changed throughout all those moves was the music.
“I listened to it everywhere I went,” he said. “I always had it with me and it helped me through situations in my life. And I want to be able to create that for other people, too. Music is a strong too Sometimes people can relate to music more than anything else, and I want my music to bring that emotion. I want people to feel either happy or pain or whatever kind of emotion they might get from the music. Whatever point I’m trying to get across, I want them to feel it deeply.”
Another way that he hopes to inspire others is through his Grind2Shine Forever campaign. It’s a movement that he has developed to help inspire others to chase their dreams.
“However people want to shine, they have to put in the grind to get there,” Arod said. “You can pretend to shine, but you can’t pretend to grind. You have to grind and work for whatever goals and dreams you have. And when you make them happen, you’ll shine.”
Fans can check out “Team iPhonez” on Arod’s Soundcloud page, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram for more information about upcoming music releases or live performances.
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New York, NY – 23-year-old artist Game Over was given the inspiration to become a musician by his grandfather, who was a prominent musician in Brazil. At the young age of 14, his father set him up a recording studio as an avenue to encourage his future in music. Born in Brazil, Game Over is the only Brazilian – to his knowledge – in the American hip hop scene, but that is only one of many ways the artist is distinguished and unique. His music is reminiscent of a time where lyrics really meant something, a refreshing departure from the current hip hop climate where words can become disgruntled and repetitive. Explains Bruno, “There’s a kind of turmoil in hip hop.” He continues, “Everyone is making the same sound.”
Game Over’s biggest musical influences are diverse. Pharrel Williams; for his ability to create his own environment. Tupac; for the way he channels his anger into purposeful lyrics. Kanye; for speaking his truth, no matter the consequences. Even the Red Hot Chili Peppers; because they are “so far out of the norm.”
He describes his sound as “Freedom. Being able to speak how you please,” and all of his self-written music are indicative of that same commitment to honesty. Game Over’s latest single, entitled “So Appealing” is what the artist calls “Obvious,” explaining, “It’s very dark and self centered. I wanted to hit people in the chest with this song.” And that’s exactly what it does – it’s gripping and relatable in the darkest of ways. To follow up his single, Bruno’s next album, The V Album, will release on May 5th. The number five is important to the artist, who has chosen it as the release date and the title of the album.
Game Over is an artist to watch – honest, heartfelt, and talented.
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NEW LONDON, CT – Father. Musician. Creator. These are just some of the things Suave-Ski (born Andrews Camacho) embodies. The artist was, in a way, saved by his music. When he found himself getting into trouble with all the wrong people as an adolescent, he was headed toward darkness. His parents, unable to cope, sent him to live with his aunt in Texas. It was there, exposed to the south’s unique style of rap and hip hop, that Suave-Ski discovered he had an affinity for music, writing lyrics to go along with beats his cousin created. “Music changed my life,” explains the artist admitting, “It’s where I found my confidence. In high school, I became prom and homecoming king. Music changed my life and kept me out of trouble.”
Motivated by his passions, the musician created a style of music that is entirely his own. His music is underground; not in a gritty or rough way, but it’s smooth and personable. Suave-Ski’s musical style is reminiscent of classic, clever rappers of the 80’s and 90’s- a refreshing departure from the persistent trap music played on today’s radio. The artist himself is unique in that he has an inherent humility about himself – never arrogant, he lets his creativity speak for itself in his music and his other artistic pursuits (the artist is also a graphic designer and videographer). Suave-Ski is mentored by underground artists Apathy & Celph Titled and has worked on many collaborations, most recently, “Highwave 95” with fellow New England native Phokus.
Suave-Ski’s latest project, a solo album entitled SuavedUp, tells the intriguing story of the artist’s upbringing and the way he was able to take a potentially disastrous situation and turn it around with the power of his music. Not only is the project an introduction to who Suave-Ski is as a person and artist, but it’s also a way to promote his brand “SuavedUp,” which includes a clothing line that features some of Suave-Ski’s graphic designs. More than just a performer, Suave-Ski is bound to be a household name in hip hop with a lifestyle brand that spans platforms from TV to fashion and beyond.
His motivating energy and one-of-a-kind charm makes him a true artist – and one that is here to stay.
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DALLAS, TX – 2Piece Malone is an artist who embodies the duality of mankind – the idea that every person essentially has two personalities. It’s an idea as old as time. Some have called it the Id and the Ego, the good and the bad, the fun and the serious. For 2Piece Malone, it’s an identity that he hopes fans will embrace through his self-proclaimed “yin and yang” music.
“It’s the whole reason why I go by 2Piece Malone,” he said. “I have two albums that I dropped at the same time, and one is more straight, hard content with a lot of substance while the other album is more about having fun and being relaxed and shows my other side of my personality. I think everybody has at least two personalities within them. Someone might be militant one moment and then thuggin’ the next. Most people carry two personalities within them, whether they admit it or not, and when you hear my music I want you to feel something regardless of where you’re at in the moment – mad, sad, laughing … it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re getting some kind of feeling from it.”
Born as Robert Malone, 2Piece first became interested in music as a young child. He said he remembers growing up with older brothers who would always be watching movies that featured people rapping in them. He also remembers parents who would play some of the classics – like the Temptations and the 5 Heartbeats.
“Seeing that and seeing the power you can have with your words to affect people, and seeing them react to that, was real intriguing for me initially,” he said. “I started writing some of my own stuff when I was 14, and started getting serious about it toward the end of high school.”
Today he’s growing in popularity internationally – currently bouncing back and forth between Kuwait and Dubai to push his music and perform live shows or DJ private parties. He’s had the opportunity to perform at a number of clubs in Dubai and plans to extend his global tour through April of 2017 before coming back to the U.S.
In the meantime, he hopes fans will be impressed with a new single he’s released called “Barz” that’s available on Spotify and Soundcloud. He said it’s a song that’s somewhat “psychedelic” in a sense.
“It’s a song that came about on one of those nights when I took some Xanex bars and was listening to some beats and that’s what popped into my head,” he said. “It’s one of the standout songs on the EP I released (“2Piece Malone – NLFS,” available on iTunes). It’s a comical song but it also has a double meaning. It’s lyrical and funny and psychedelic and trippy all at the same time.”
Fans who want to get more information about 2Piece Malone or sample more of his music can visit his website at 2piecemalone.com, or sample some of his music videos on YouTube. Fans can also follow him on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sometimes stars are born with magic, sometimes they stumble into it … and sometimes it’s a little bit of both.
That’s the case with Mizzy Mula, whose talent has been apparent from an early age but who didn’t realize his full potential until a fun music video made with a friend ended up going viral in New York City.
That was about two years ago, and in the time since Mizzy has been riding a wave of musical success that has seen him become a YouTube sensation and one of the country’s hottest rising young hip-hop artists. Among the many projects he’s currently working on are two new singles scheduled to be released early next year. The two singles are called “Love Games” and “For the Street,” and chronicle his pursuit of finding ways to embark on a journey of success and climbing his way out of the struggle.
“I’m always in awe of finding ways to spread a message of love and actuality through the means of my music,” he said. “I have my own sound – I don’t sound like anybody else, which is rare for rappers. Usually rappers will sound similar to someone else in the industry, but I definitely have my own sound. I’m very versatile, and when I’m making music I want people to feel my pain and get where I’m coming from. I know there are people out there who came from nothing, like how I was, and my music gives them other ways to get stress off their minds without having to go to drugs or violence.”
Another single that has already been making waves with fans is a song called “Add It Up.” It’s a song about the realization of success and that moment of euphoria when all your dreams are seemingly being realized.
“One day I was adding up all the money I had in my pocket and I maybe had a couple of thousand at the time,” Mizzy said. “I was feeling good that day, and this song came out of that. It’s kind of my money anthem. It’s like a victory song. When you feel like you’ve accomplished something, that’s something you should celebrate.”
It’s the realization of a dream that started as young as third grade, when he first started exploring R&B music with his 10 other brothers and sisters. By the age of 15 he was writing his own music and experimenting with YouTube beats. Now he’s ready to showcase his music to the world, and will do so with a mixtape titled “SBlock Don’t Sleep” sometime in the first quarter of 2017. That mixtape will include the singles “Add It Up,” “Love Games” and “For The Street.”
Fans who want to check out more of Mizzy Mula’s music can see his music videos on YouTube, or search for Young Magic 315 on Soundcloud. Fans can also follow him on social media @ScreenTeamEntertainment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Keed Tha Heater uses stories from the struggle to inspire others to chase their dreams
DALLAS, TX – Keed Tha Heater is the embodiment of hip-hop. His new single, “Get Money,” showcases an artist who not only pays homage to greats like 2Pac and Biggie, but ushers in a new wave sound with lyrical content that will make listeners want to hit repeat over and over again.
Self-described as upbeat mixed with down south and a sick drum kit, Keed Tha Heater said “Get Money” is a song that will immediately connect with listeners – not only because it tells the story of someone that so many hip-hop lovers can relate to, but because it’s a motivational challenge to do what it takes to succeed in life.
“I’ve done just about all you can do with rap and I’m ready to bring a new wave sound with some strong lyrical content,” he said. “You could say I’m kind of the last of a dying breed of real rappers. I’ve been spitting bars since I was 13, but I also sing and harmonize, similar to Drake. I am hip-hop. All the styles that hip-hop lovers enjoy, I incorporate into my music, all while bringing a new sound. It’s what I call the new age of hip-hop.”
Growing up in lower-income Kansas City, Missouri was not an easy childhood for Keed. But unlike many youth who grow up in those situations, he doesn’t look back on those years with anger or disappointment, but instead at all of the opportunities that were born from living within a musical family. Today, those opportunities continue to present themselves as he pursues a professional music career. It’s an attitude he hopes to pass on to others with his new single.
“I come from the struggle and I always had dreams and my story is similar to what you always hear of kids coming out of the struggle,” he said. “But my mother always instilled love in us and I was never a hot-head. If you listen to my music you’ll hear the struggle, you’ll hear the pain – and people have even told me I rap like I’m trying to get out of the hood. But ultimately my music is about my life – it’s not anger rap. I want people to get chills when they hear my shit – to get inspired and feel like they can rise up like I have. I want them to relate to it and say to themselves, ‘He did it; I can do it, too.’”
“Get Money” is an exploration of that journey in some ways as it talks about riding the waves of life while working hard to attain your dreams. He said he ascribes to the old saying that opportunity favors the prepared person, and he knows this single will show his fans that he’s more than prepared to ride the waves of success that come from a hit single.
“This is a song that really displays the new school of what’s going on right now in hip-hop,” he said. “it’s a hype record and a party record, but it has substance to it. Everybody does what they have to do to get money and to feed their families and take care of business, and this song is basically a fun way to inspire people to put in the work that it takes to get money and not be a couch potato. I hope people will hear it and realize I’m really saying something and want to listen to more of my music.”
Appropriately, Keed said the idea for the song first came into his head while he was working. In fact, that’s where the majority of the ideas for his songs come from.
“Usually I’ll hear some kind of beat and it just rolls around in my head for awhile and ideas will come in my head while I’m working,” he said. “I’ll be writing verses in my head throughout the day. It’s kind of funny that I’m working to get money and writing while I’m working.”
Fans can get a sample of the new single on Keed’s Soundcloud page, or check out the new music video for the single will be up soon on his YouTube page. Fans can also follow him on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp; or @Itzkeed on Instagram and Snapchat.
Military veteran uses music to inspire movement against injustice with #SpeakOnIt campaign
DALLAS, TX – The only way to affect change in this world is to speak out against injustice.
That’s the message hip-hop artist S.O.I. Duka is trying to bring to the world through his music and through the #SpeakOnIt movement that he’s started. The Dallas, Texas native started his music career at a young age before enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces and serving eight years both at home and abroad. He has served in Japan, Korea, Qatar, Afghanistan and Iraq – the last of which where he sustained injuries that necessitated five surgeries and his retirement from active duty.
Upon return home, he decided to dive back into a music career – albeit this time with an intentional message that he hopes will inspire others to peacefully stand up against all the injustices he’s personally witnessed around the world.
“The #SpeakOnIt movement came about because of all the violence that’s occurring everywhere,” Duka said. “There are too many limited conversations happening right now, and violence only occurs when you don’t understand each other. I’ve seen it over and over all over the world, when you have two alpha males or two strong minded females not understanding each other it can escalate to the worst conditions. It’s imperative that we learn how to communicate effectively through our different races and ethnicities. We need to get to know each other. That’s basically what this movement boils down to – effectively communicating across the world. When you see an injustice of the world, speak on it. You have to speak on it to raise awareness of the people. And when you see something right, speak on that and celebrate it, too. You have a voice – use it.”
This attitude shift that Duka hopes to instill among the people of America is one that permeates his music. Two of his earliest singles – which will be featured on his album, “AwaKKKe The CritiXXX,” that’s scheduled to be released in late February of next year – focus on starting the #SpeakOnIt movement where it hits closest for most people: in the family.
“’Pray For Me’ is a single that cries out to mothers across the world to pray for their offspring and all the children of America,” Duka said. “We are in perilous times and we need prayers of the righteous more than anything. We need a connection to something higher than ourselves. ‘Family Counseling’ kind of piggybacks off that idea and hones in on the mistreatment so many people feel from family members or people close to them. To date only about 50-to-60 people have heard that song, and every one of them has said they can relate to the pain that comes from family turning their backs on you in some way or another. That’s one of the most powerful songs on the album.”
Duka isn’t one to merely preach on and not practice what he’s asking of the world. He puts his own philosophies to work as a dedicated father to three boys and one new baby girl. He said he’s seen so many people from his neighborhood grow up with absent fathers, and he knows that one of the first steps toward positive change comes by being a loving, involved father in the lives of his children. In fact, much of his music has a message that he said will cut to the core for fathers and inspire teenagers and young adults in ways that he hopes will further the #SpeakOnIt movement.
Those seeking more information about the #SpeakOnIt movement can visit Duka’s website at soiduka.com. Fans can also pre-order the “AwaKKKe The CritiXXX” album on the website in January, which will eventually be available for purchase on iTunes after its release in February. Fans who want to find out more about Duka’s upcoming music releases or live performances can follow him on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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