Monday, June 30, 2014
Born and raised in the Redlands of Oklahoma and Louisiana respectively, Kose and Earv were naturally inspired to call the music duo they would go on to form 'The Redland.' But once their individual forms of expression crossed paths and began to meld into a dynamic sound that they considered a "state of mind" and a "voice that brings people together,” The Redland transcended the reference of simply being where they’re from to becoming an all-inclusive artistic movement. Earv and Kos, whose collective influences run the gamut from John Lennon and Bob Marley to The Fugees and OutKast (artists known for their culture-shifting musical contributions), met while matriculated at Morehouse college in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta – which they’ve also adopted as part of their origins - and the Southern Hip Hop culture that defined it became fertile ground for the two, individually, to more deeply explore their musical talents. Then those talents collided. Through either happenstance or fate, it was discovered while in the midst of hanging out with mutual friends that Earv had an affinity for writing and Kos was a capable vocalist and producer. So, the pair decided to play around with creating music together. But what began as playful experimentation turned into production of a unique and compelling sound that deserved to be taken more seriously. Defined as Hip Hop for practical purposes, Earv’s and Kos’s conscious lyrics and hybrid sound - which seamlessly incorporates the myriad genres they were exposed to growing up - began to take on a life of its own. They began hearing their music played by friends and strangers and seeing it gaining momentum on social networking sites without their intervention. That and the realization that Hip Hop as they saw it was stuck in one gear, hitting the same "I'm richer, can get drunker and can have more sex than you” note is when they began seeing their contribution to the art form as more of a responsibility than “having fun.” Things took off from there and The Redland officially became a “Hip Hop movement born out of the soil,” representing those who desired to hear and be heard. “We want the fans to feel they're a part of this inclusive group and they have a say in our direction and the type of music we make," they said. "We also try to look at ourselves honestly and really get that across to our audience. We don't let the genre define us, we define our own music and we're just ourselves. We feel like we have something to say, something to make an impact and we feel like it's something that's needed.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Indie Artist Reno Sosa (@Reno_Sosa) is on the rise. Currently pushing his mixtape, Plugs & Juggs, which has hosting by Cool Running DJs very own DJ Norfcak, and DJ Ace. This mixtape is doing very well on Live Mixtapes, so today we ask that you download, listen, play, vote, and support. Be on the lookout for official single releases.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Gillie Da Kid (@gilliedakid) release Shootaz off his King Gillie "K.O.P. 3" the acronym for "KING OF PHILLY 3" Mixtape. This track features Waka Flocka Freeway, and Kief Brown. Dj Epps is actively pushing this artist and record. Download and Support the community acclaimed King Of Philly.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
College Hill Music Group's very own T-Raw (@Traw813) is back with a brand new single that's going to take the clubs by storm. T-Raw has spent quite some time traveling both nationally and internationally. Throughout these trips he has taken his music with him and thanks to the fans, djs, and record breakers the choice to release "Get It" was made. "Get It" features T-Raw and Crit, both dropping strong lyrics behind a production that is easy to vibe to, but will get the dance floor moving also. If you never had the chance to hear T-Raw, you will not want to stop at this record and for those that have heard T-Raw before than you can see he is not slowing down. Fans have already said "T-Raw came back like he left something" but in all honesty, T-Raw never left. Press Play, Listen, Download and add "Get It" to your playlist today.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Joshua "Jaytizal" Sharp (@Jaytizal) was born March 2nd 1988. He was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK where he struggled in school and stuggled with his father not being present. Jaytizal knew that he wanted to be a rapper by the age of 11. He started out by making beats on the video game MTV Music Generator on his playstation. He fell in love with the craft after he seen the response his mother gave after hearing her son express himself on his explict and angry song entitled "Problem Child". Jaytizal started to hustle to get money for studio time and went around the city of Oklahoma networking and giving out free copies of his 4 track CD entitled "OKC BOY". One song caught the ear of a local DJ and made it to radio and soon Jaytizal was doing local shows with a crowd full of girls. Hustling finally caught up to Jaytizal and he found himself in Federal Prison and his career on hold. After being in and out of prison 3 times and no more probation, Jaytizal let's it be known that he is completely focused and has finally grown as a man and as an artist. In his own words, "I finally found myself".
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
If Hip-Hop is a young man's game then 19 year old Issa (@IssaIam) is an upcoming MC prepping to take it over. Issa's most recent accomplishment was signing with power label "Good Life Music Group" and having the one and only Streets A&R, Bigga Rankin assist in taking him and his massive movement to a higher level. In 2010, at a mere 15 years old, Issa signed to RCA Records and the versatile rapper is bringing youthful, yet mature and lyrical content to the rap game. The Atlanta area is buzzing about Issa's two mixtapes, titled "King Issa," and "Back to The Future" which he dropped over the last two years. The latest tape "King Issa" truly showcases his growth from the first (Back to the future). His 3rd installment entitled Lost Prophet is a more Mature project and reaches an older crowd, yet he still reaches the younger generation with some tracks off the tape. People have been quoted saying "If this is what his mixtapes are like, I can only imagine what an album is going to sound like." Wherever this rising rap star chooses to go, a legion of fans is sure to be listening and following. With his viral fan base vastly growing by numbers daily he is soon to not only take over the US but the World. Issa will be a household name.
Hailing from this overlooked corner of the map, rapper/producer Papaduck (@PapaDuck1) has been rippin' stages across the map and building a groundswell of support in the streets the rap game hasn't seen in years. Famous for having some of the richest soil in the world, Belle Glade, Florida not only produces most of the country's sugarcane but also one of the most innovative artists of the new millennium. Backed by respected music veteran Bigga Rankin and Florida's Big Spenda Ent., the underground legend has built his fan base the old fashioned way, connecting directly with the people through grassroots hustlin'. A hip-hop star in the making that can create bangin' tracks and gutter lyrics, Papaduck had to overcome many of life's hurdles to make it to this point. Surrounded by poverty, he found himself swept up in the streets at an early age and wound up getting kicked out of high school. With his life spiraling out of control and towards an inevitable dead end, Papaduck received some impactful advice from his older brother JB, who had his own issues with the law and stepped in to steer the wayward teen in a different direction. It was at that point that Papaduck left the thug life alone for good and turned to music. Today we present his latest track "Vibing", which is sure to get the fans up out their seat and to the dance floor. Listen, Download, Support, and Share.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Levi Belle (@LeviBelle) comes to the game with a fresh voice. Youth and creativity have created some of hip-hop’s greatest artists. The vibrancy of a young mind with something to say and the courage to say it has been the basis of the genres’ evolution in the music industry. Belle was born and raised in Cocoa, Florida. Raised in a large family, helmed by his aunt and uncle, he remembers his early exposure to music coming from his uncle, who loved classic, pop, and soul artists; like Al Green, James Brown, and The Beach Boys and played them around the house. While his love for music was nurtured through various gifts on birthdays and holidays, it was his cousin who introduced him to the likes of Lauryn Hill, 2Pac, The Notorious BIG and others. He gravitated to hip-hop and by the age of 8 he was writing his own rhymes and recording over old tapes to practice his sound and delivery as well as to challenge his creativity. As he grew older, he began recording with his cousin who charged him $10 a song and while he never recorded a full project, he took his opportunity to shine at an end of the year event at school in which he rapped a freestyle that was ‘thank you’ to the teachers. The positive response confirmed his dream to be an artist. “Ever since I noticed people would pay attention to me, I wanted to be seen and heard,” Belle says. “I just wanted to wait until the right time. I know people are receptive to different things at different time so timing is everything.” Click [Here] For Full Bio.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Man… He’s real; he’s soulful. His music is emotional and inspiring. He’s Corey Cross and his talent will simply move you. Growing up a white kid in the hardened projects of Lexington, Kentucky, then leaving there as a teenager to join the United States Army, Corey’s tough life experiences have helped mold the character and strength that define this singer/songwriter and his amazing musical gift. His life has been about crossing boundaries and his music is a reflection of that.
The Music… A prolific songwriter, Corey has built a tremendous song catalog. Hiscurrent artist recording project “Extremes” includes his original material and ranges from gutsy and funky dance tunes like “Go To Guy” & “Nights” - to emotional love ballads like “I Love Your Face”, “Twisted”, “Can’t U See”, “Wichita Lineman” and the debut LP title track “Extremes”, with soulful mid-tempos “Dance With Me” & “She’s Like Sunshine” added to the collection, all with universal and commercial appeal. The Journey Continues… Destined to join the ranks of legendary hit-makers, Corey’s musical journey continues as the highly anticipated debut recording artist on the all-new label, September Soul Music with exciting new hit music coming soon!. Stayed tuned for many thrilling things to come from this dynamic new singer/songwriter!
Crossing Boundaries… From humble beginnings to Hollywood and beyond, watch for this rising star on the horizon! Corey Cross deserves the world and the world deserves the music of Corey Cross!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Antonio Gordon aka Burga (@Burga321), was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida which is located in Brevard County or as Burga likes to call it, Count Down County 321. As the second oldest child of five, his family has always been paramount in his life. Even as a youth Burga remembers having a deep admiration for his parents and their marriage. His oldest brother K-Lo tops the list of his musical influences. K-lo is the one that sharpened Burga's rap skills by engaging in mock rap battles with him. As for the majors, Burga states that 2Pac, the Notorious BIG, Lil Wayne, and Young Jeezy are among the most influential. Burga's life took a turn during his early high school years when his family started experiencing financial difficulties and he felt compelled to help, which cause him to partake in street hustling. Soon later, Burga's attention was solely on hustling and music, which placed school on the back burner and he eventually dropped out in the tenth grade. Years later after several mixtapes and hundreds of shows Mr. Say My Name is ready to take it to the next level with his new label and brand NBA MOB. The acronym stands for Never Broke Again Money Over Sh** and that is his main focus. Burga states, It's all about mindset, fell me, being bout your business. Get money, flip it, take care of ya family, be motivated out here, and never give up. If you on that come vibe with the Mob. Hosting his new street album Never Broke Again is one other than the Street's A&R Bigga Rankin. Bigga states on the mixtape Florida, this is the hardest mixtape in 2014, we got us one. The street album will surely please true core Burga fans. Mixed by 250 Plus the CD has a natural vibe which you can ride to. Burga captures the streets again and true music fans with real life and radio friendly records. Burga's music is undeniable and the WRNR stamp of approval was definitely long over due.