Tag: 2018

#MEETTHEARTISTMONDAYS : Meet OohSmoke

When it comes to versatility, ingenuity and originality, OohSmoke is a young artist from Portsmouth who is breaking barriers. This week we got the chance to hear from the artist as he shares with us more on his musical journey, his background and his aspirations as an artist.

Question: Where are you from?

 

Answer: Portsmouth, Virginia

 

 Q: When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?

 

A: I discovered my passion for music shortly after graduating high school in 2016, I knew it was always in me because my pops was crazy with the shit. I started out playfully making songs & posting them to SoundCloud from my cellphone & though I was clearly joking around, my friends thought that I should take it serious and make real songs, which I did. I was making good records & ever since then I haven’t looked back since!

 

 Q: Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?

 

A: My biggest influences would be my Dad who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Also, Kid Cudi. I’m a huge fan of Kid Cudi. I pray to have an impact on kids’ lives as he did on mine. Young Thug is another big influence. Lastly, Michael Jackson the GREATEST TO EVER DO IT!

Q: What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?

 

A: Writers block would have been one of the toughest things to overcome as a creative & also the balancing of real-life situations while still maintaining the hunger & drive of being an artist & still putting out good quality records (which isn’t that hard for me)

Q: What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far? 

 

A: My biggest accomplishment would have to had been getting the co-sign from Teddy Riley whose a legend in the game and has also worked and produced some of my idols (Michael Jackson) biggest hits, I guess it’s more like an personal accomplishment.

 Q: What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?

 

A: I won’t go into detail about the projects that I have upcoming this year but I can say that I have 2-3 projects coming in 2019!

 

 Q: How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal?

 

A: The underground scene is cool I guess! The shit is definitely too unoriginal though! Too many egos not enough love.  The shit is full of talent though. I’m def one whose trying to go mainstream, I’m trying crossover and do all type of shit in the game.

 

 Q: What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?

 

A: My voice within itself. I have a very distinctive voice a voice that can’t be multiplied nor duplicated. My mindset is another thing that sets me apart. I think very different from others! I’m not afraid to step out the box and try new shit. One day I can give u trap vibe & the next I could be on some dancehall shit. There are really no limits to my creativity and I’m very open minded! But more than anything I am MYSELF I never try to copy or imitate any other artist. I rarely listen to any other artist besides me and my niggas shit. That way I know any ideas generated came from smoke and only smoke. Don’t get me wrong though, I do listen all genres of music to learn from, etc.

Q: What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you overcome it?

 

A: Honestly I can’t remember any big failure for me just yet, but I am prepared for it because it happens to the best of us.

 

 Q: What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves?

 

A: My advice to any upcoming artist trying to prove himself would be for him or her to be themselves, remain genuine, trust the process and know that no one human can put limitations on you or what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to be different and try new things. Know the difference in those who really fuck with you or those who are trying to benefit from you. Travel and expand your music beyond your current living state. Believe in yourself and know your worth! Study the game and study the industry. Lastly, remain humble always!

Check out Oohsmoke on his musical platforms as well as follow him on social media. Also, be sure to check out his performance at our third anniversary showcase OFF THE WALL 3 June 21 at Charlie’s American Cafe in Norfolk, Va!

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/oohsmoke/1239973724

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/oohsmoke

Twitter: @oohsmoke

IG: @oohsmoke456

“The Inspiration Behind This Song Was Great Sex”: GeeLit Opens Up On New Single “Come Thru”

GeeLit (@thereal.geelit on IG) is the dopest (and only) female member of the GODS Music Group collective and with her lusty new single “Come Thru” she provides listeners with the perfect sounds to totally vibe out to.

The track, produced by THAIBEATS (@thaibeatsnet on IG), presents smoothly auto tuned vocals from GeeLit as well as a feature from Va Beach artist AUD (@therealaud on IG). When asked about the inspiration behind the track, Gee states “My songs are always about someone or an experience I had with someone. The inspiration behind this song was some great sex I had. I want that shit again . So I made this song for that person & they like it. I just want ppl to be able to relate to my music & use it to help them express themselves.”

Gee also shared that a visual for the track is in the works and will be released soon. Check out “Come Thru” here!

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GRXZZLY Keeps It Real in “Ghee’d Up” Visual

From his recent project “THG”, DMV artist GRXZZLY has just released a visual for his song “Ghee’d Up”; a song all about keeping it real and staying true to yourself, something GRXZZLY is no stranger to.

With this release, GRXZZLY gives the same hard hitting energy that we received earlier last heat in the “GoldMxnd Freestyle” visual and definitely stays true to his lyricist ways. In addition to strong lyricism, GRXZZLY keeps things interesting on the track by using a plethora of flows and styles all while staying true to his original sound. When GRXZZLY gets on a beat you can tell that he really has fun with it and challenges himself to see what he can do on the track, something that definitely keeps listeners coming back for more. His new album “THG” is available on all major streaming platforms.

Check out the “Ghee’d Up” visual here!

GRXZZLY Shows Lyricism Isn’t Dead in the DMV With “GoldMxnd Freestyle” Visual

Who doesn’t love a good freestyle?

Recently DMV artist GRXZZLY has dropped his “GoldMxnd Freestyle” Visual which proves to hip hop fans that lyricism is still alive.

The visual begins with a recording of a phone call of someone explaining to GRXZZLY how the scene has become oversaturated with rappers who are producing a lot of less than great music and how unimpressive this music is. The person on the phone then tells GRXZZLY to give the people something serious to listen to, and with this freestyle that is exactly what he does. With this freestyle, GRXZZLY gives amazing delivery paired with witty punchlines that will resonate with true hip hop fans. GRXZZLY stated that “this is a representation of his penmanship and mindset as of right now. Some people claim that lyricism is dead in the DMV, well I disagree 100 %”

Check it out here!

Watch: Lil YounGG Talks “Poles & Ubers” In New Visual

Today YounGG released a new visual for his single “Poles & Ubers”. The visual features artists Brio, King Flamez, Dre K, Zero the God, Mike P and Cdai whose unique rapping styles blend cohesively on the track resulting in an uncompromisingly bold yet catchy song.

The visual is shot by @SteloTheGod and combines interesting angles and edits with energetic scenes for a visually appealing video that still delivers that raw, uncut vibe. As for the song itself, each artist does a great job of displaying their individual style on the track while still staying true to the nature and vibe of the song.

Check out “Poles & Ubers” visual here!

Shel Capo Invites Listeners to Celebrate His Life With “Happy Birthday Shel” Mixtape

Member of G.O.D.S. Music group, Shel Capo has released a new project in celebration of his 24th birthday. With this project Shel becomes very transparent with listeners as he discusses personal issues, struggles as well as victories he has experienced throughout his life. Shel also demonstrates tremendous storytelling abilities on this project and does a tremendous job of really making his tales of treachery and triumph come alive.

The tape begins with an intro which sets the tone for the tape and talks about very relatable  issues that he is facing such as dealing with people who doubt him and trying to make a better life for his daughter. The tape includes a few “love songs” such as “All She Wanna Do” and “Shoot Your Shot”, which shows that the artist doesn’t shy away from the topic of romance. The tape also has features fellow lable mates R. Locko, Breezo and Tion on tracks “All She Wanna Do”, “99” and “Bag$”. On “Therapy Session”, a very notable track, the artist becomes very transparent and speaks on dealing with all kinds of issues from trying to find love on Tinder to dealing with baby mama drama to dealing with pesky ex lovers who only want to come back because they see him doing well. The tape ends with “Happy Birthday Shel”, a very high energy, celebratory track that drives that ends the tape on a high note.

Check out “Happy Birthday Shel” here and check out his performance for GODS Music Group’s show at Shakas in Va Beach on July 27th and 9:00pm!

Remembering Xxxtentacion: R. Locko Pays Homage With New Release “So Many Demons”

With a troubled past, a controversial present and a promising future,  Xxxtentacion was certainly an underground artist whose name became a hot topic for the hip hop community within the past year and a half. With his unusual appearance, an unorthodox perspective and a musical approach that was quite unique in comparison to what hip hop has become used to, Xxx had become an artist that some hated but many people came to love. In his music Xxx promotes individualism and the power of being confident in yourself. In addition to this, Xxx spoke a lot about dealing with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other topics that are not spoken on frequently enough in hip hop, making his music a source of comfort for so many people. Although the rapper had a hard life as a child as well as a lot of legal issues he was facing, Xxx recently had been showing signs of changing, getting his life on track and was inspiring many of his supporters to do the same. However, on Monday June 18, 2018 the underground hip hop community was faced with some very grim and disheartening news, Xxxtentacion had been shot and killed in Broward County, Florida, his own hometown.

The news took everyone by surprise, so much so that some thought it was a joke, but unfortunately the news was true; Xxxtentacion really had been killed. Social media took to a frenzy shortly thereafter and there were hundreds of tweets and posts circulating sending condolences, talking about his impact on fans as well as theories of who the killer might have been. With all of these things going on and all of these people talking about how much Xxx had impacted (and for some, saved) their lives, one thing is clear; Xxxtentacion may be gone but he is not forgotten.

Today, R. Locko has released a track in memory of the fallen star entitled “So Many Demons”. The track is produced by Polo Golf Club and speaks on the suffocating effects of depression, which Xxxtentacion spoke on quite frequently in his music. At the end of the track, Locko gives listeners a short speech about realizing that we all go through the same issues and that we all need to be there for one another during these struggles instead of being so quick to judge one another.

Check out So Many Demons x R Locko here. R.I.P. to the underground legend Xxxtentacion.