The end of the year is always an interesting time for music. With a little under two months left in the year, its always interesting to see what tricks artists have up their sleeve to close the year out. Recently, artist G RIEL has shown signs of closing the year out strong with the release of his new visual for his track “Sum Slight”
With his appeasing aesthetic and new wave sound Antny Rome, singer, visual artist and creator of Romaniatic visual art platform, is a talented young creative whose whole persona embodies the word “innovation”. His most recent piece of creative work is showcased in the release of his single “Fade Now”.
The sing-songy single has a very dreamy, smooth sound compared with vocals that are comparable to Trippie Red. The track is produced by Pagano and combines entertaining vocal effects, nostalgic lyrics and a very mysteriously inviting delivery resulting in a uniquely crafted track that listeners are sure to love.
Follow Antny Rome on Instagram @antnyrome as well as his art platform @Romaniatic and Check out “Fade Now” here!
A project that perfectly contrasts an artists dialect about internal conflict with crazy lit beats paired with insane animation and intricate storytelling to bring the subject matter to life is always appreciated. Throw some top notch production in the mix by producers such as DEIPSET and Yung Kifo in the mix and you’ve got Rashad Starks newest project “Playing With Fire”
The project does a wonderful job of tackling the artists feelings regarding suicide, depression, anxiety, being a college drop out and feelings of low self worth while at the same time displaying the artists motivation to overcome these feelings and be a “greater man”. The project opens up with “With Fire”, On which the artists gives pretty much a run down on what the whole tape is going to be about. The artist also showcases his singing abilities on the opening track as well. On “No Ls” he features Dell Fargo and speaks on his desire to persevere and keep grinding. On DRIP, another “turn up” song the rapper adds a feature from menacing rapper Hooks Ventura, adding to the eerie, dark effect of the track. In contrast to the “most lit” theme he goes for in the previous tracks, Stark flips the script and discusses very dark thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451” where he speaks on his feelings of depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. On “Amen”, a more upbeat song, the rapper speaks on his feelings on religion and closes out the tape with a prayer asking God to help him to be a more appreciative, focused man.
Check out Rashad Starks “Playing With Fire” here!
Quality, artistic visuals are always an appreciated bonus when it comes to songs we love. A dope visual takes songs that are already our favorites and not only adds a “face” to the sound but also gives a deeper look into the personality and aesthetic of the artist. Nicholis’ release of his “Had To” visual does just that.
The video for the bouncy track is shot by OGVISUALS ( @000.og ) and provides viewers with a wavy, unique display to accompany the track. The song itself features producer Chet’ Atlas and combines animated delivery with relatable content and a catchy beat for an overall well put together track perfect for bumping on your spring playlist.
Check out the exclusive release of the “Had To” visual here!
Rapper Fontain has released a new single entitled “Commencement $peech”. The rapper, who is also member of the Flight Ent. collective, is putting a new spin on the classic boom bap sound with this track, a style that many emcees aren’t necessarily able to pull off. The track also displays the artists unique word play as well as his ability to include comedic elements in music as a method of keeping listeners engaged in his story telling.
Check out Fontain “Commencement $peech” here!
Coming from Newport News, Virginia, Stevie Fooley is an artist who is integrating elements of soul into his hip hop sounds, creating a product that is truly one of a kind. On his new project “Fooleys Perspective”, he gives listeners a back story on who he is as a person and an artist by telling an engaging, descriptive narrative on what it is like to grow up in Newport News Virginia.
On the three song EP, Fooley displays a different style of rapping on each song. The project, which is sure to keep listeners thoroughly engaged from beginning to end, is very diverse and uses elements such as recorded speeches about life in the hood to further emphasize the theme of the project. On the projects last song “Locked Doors” the Fooley joins forces with artists BD and Lacree for a soul-infused, dreamy effect that contrasts with the songs more intense message.
“Fooleys Perspective” is easily one of the best projects to come out of the 757 this year. Check out the EP here!
The entertainment industry has become over saturated with females who pride themselves on being hypersexual, arrogant, disrespectful people. Why people like this are famous is a very baffling question. Thankfully enough, there are female creatives out here who do provide a breath of fresh air. When it comes to female creatives in the 757 who radiate great energy and provide intriguing talent, the list could literally go on and on. From designers, to artists to DJs, the 757 is well represented by phenomenal women who are taking the area by storm. Here is a list of 6 females whose good energy, crazy work ethic, humble attitudes and unique personas make them shining stars in their own right.
1. Keana Love
If there is one word to describe this young lady its “unique”. Stylist and owner and operator of her own clothing line “Koncrete Kulture”, Keana Love prides herself in being different. The talented designer has recently had her work featured in Norfolk State University’s Spring Fashion Show and also has an upcoming event on October 7th where her work will also be displayed (see our upcoming events page). Not only does Keana design and sew her own apparel but she is also a talented illustrator as well.
To keep up with Keana follow her on IG @lovejvnkie and @koncretekulture
2. Miia Monet
If you’re not hip to who Miia Monet is, now would be a great time to enlighten yourself. In a world where most female rappers pride themselves on their oversexualized lyrics and “I’m the baddest bitch” attitude, Miia Monet is a breath of fresh air and brings something tremendously different to the table. A true lyricist, Miia can be noted on her dope flow, her unique style as well as her perfectly balanced energy which always relays into her music. Preferring to work in silence, Miia doesn’t do much talking or boasting on social media or in real life, however, whenever she touches the stage, it is apparent that she is indeed putting in work. Check out her video for her song “TELL’EM” for example.
To keep up with Miia Monet follow her on IG @ogzm__
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to be around her then you know that Lacree is a person who radiates positivity all around. A Va Beach based artist, Lacree makes music that simply makes people feel good. From her upbeat song “Vibrate” to her more relaxed track “Boom Bye”, Lacree does an exceptional job of providing music that people can vibe too. Recently she began filming the visual for her song “Crazy” (check out our exclusive BTS footage here ).
To keep up with Lacree follow her on social media @itslacree also check her out on soundcloud
4. Perla Woods
If you need anything from flyers, to logos, to music video direction and anything in between, Allianah Hamilton, better known by her alias Perla Woods, is your girl. It’s been said that not one person can do everything but graphic designer Perla Woods comes pretty darn close. Recently she put on her first event which she called “Like a Virgin”. The event was a huge success and was a showcase of all female talent such as artists, singers, rappers and DJs. Perla is another person who spreads positive energy every where she goes. Her creative talent mixed with her can-do attitude as well as her no nonsense approach is what makes her a truly remarkable artist.
To keep up with Perla Woods follow her on social media @perlawoods and @alliart757 as well as her website http://www.allianah.com
5. Niya Nel
It’s not too often that you find people who are so for the culture that they want to put on a whole event with performances, cyphers, DJ sets and a discussion panel for people who want information on how to make it in the industry for absolutely no cost to the participants. Niya Nel is a blogger/personality who has been putting major work and earned her credibility in the game. This past Sunday she put on her first event, a Hip Hop Carnival where she provided participants with an informational panel discussion, as well as entertaining performances and freestyle cyphers. When it comes to blogging, Niyah Nel is definitely some one you want to keep watching.
To keep up with Niyah follow her on ig @niyah_nel and @everydaydopelife also check out www.everydaydopelife.com
6. Zum the DJ
From her taste in style to her taste in music to her positive message to females, everything about Zum the DJ is dope. This unique young lady is not only a beast on the turntables but also has a background in modeling as well. Recently she has made appearances showcasing her talent at Niyah Nels Hip Hop Carnival as well as the Like a Virgin event hosted by Perla Woods. What makes Zum an even more remarkable individual is her confidence, her precessionalism and the way she carries herself. Her message to females is made clear in her interview with http://www.nsightz.com where she says “When I go out there and DJ an event I’m showing other women that we can be more than the girl twerking, we can be the person making every one dance.
Keep up with Zum by following her on social media @damnzum