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D.C. native continues momentum with new mixtape, hot new single WASHINGTON, D.C. – Darius Thomas has always been a funny guy … a class...

D.C. native continues momentum with new mixtape, hot new single
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Darius Thomas has always been a funny guy … a class clown, if you will. Some might even call his behavior a little cartoonish. That characteristic is, in fact, what led to his stage name Toon. But it’s not a characteristic that puts people off. Quite the opposite in fact… He’s the kind of guy everyone wants to hang out with and have a good time with, and his music is the perfect reflection of that sentiment.
More and more people along the East Coast are hanging out with Toon through his music. The naturally gifted lyricist has been making a name for himself out of Washington D.C. and most recently dropped a new mixtape that is gaining some major attention – both from fans and from those inside the music industry.
The mixtape is called “No Need 2,” and it features a mixture of hip-hop and trap. It’s an expressive tape, with a combination of up-tempo and more laid-back songs. It also has some standout features from other well-known names along the East Coast, including Kenny Sway and Young Gwala.
“It’s part of a three-tape series that I’m putting out,” Toon said. “When I first started as an artist, there was a lot of hate going on, and I still feel like it’s hard for me to get the exposure that I want. I make good music, and there’s no need for all that hate, arguing, fussing and fighting. That’s what this mixtape pertains to.”
Toon said his penchant for top-level lyricism is what sets him apart from others in the music game today. His lyricism and energy are readily apparent in his songs and even more forefront at his live performances. Fans get so wrapped up in that energy, in fact, that they often do a double-take when they catch a deep and meaningful lyric, causing them to rewind so they can catch it one more time. But that’s exactly what Toon hopes fans do with his music.
“My music is meant to be turned up, but you still get something out of it, too,” he said. “Most of the time I’m writing about what I’m going through or how I feel – something I’ve gone through or my situation in life at the moment. And at the end of the day I want people to understand me as an artist. I want them to see that you can make turned up music and party music without dying down the lyrics. I’m gonna be real with how I came up in hip-hop and what I understand to be good music. I want to be a focal point for bringing back that old-school sound.”
The standout single from the mixtape is a song called “I’m Sorry,” which he said he wrote as a dedication to his grandfather. The lyrics on the track are about where he came from and his background, and expressing different emotions in ways that most grown men don’t do. Another single to check out is entitled “Check 4 Check”.
Toon is real about how he came up in hip-hop and what he understands to be good music. He grew up listening to artists such as Young JeeY, 50 Cent and Yo Gotti.
Toon said he couldn’t accomplish all this without the help and support of his Pigeon Gang Music Group. Together they’ve released a lot of music over the years, and he said he’s excited to see more notoriety come from the work they’ve put forward.
To listen to Toon’s music, or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://www.instagram.com/only1toon/
https://www.facebook.com/only1toon202/
https://twitter.com/only1toon?s=09
"I'm Sorry"
https://youtu.be/JGoC2GNjeJ0

Check out new music video for  “Lifestyle ” from Chicago artist Lil Dre. Directed by Jamezz Hampton Films Produced by Cashmere...


Check out new music video for “Lifestyle” from Chicago artist Lil Dre.
Directed by Jamezz Hampton Films
Produced by Cashmere

Chester, (Formally Chet Chet) returns with the new visual to his ChaseTheMoney produced “Back Down”. Shot by UglyAssTrapper. Follow @C...

Chester, (Formally Chet Chet) returns with the new visual to his ChaseTheMoney produced “Back Down”.
Shot by UglyAssTrapper. Follow @ChetvsChester Booking: HighVisionFilms@gmail.com

Miles Ali mixes cool vibes with hard-hitting edge to create truly original sound SPARTANSBERG, SC – Miles Ali is a new hip-hop artist...

Miles Ali mixes cool vibes with hard-hitting edge to create
truly original sound
SPARTANSBERG, SC – Miles Ali is a new hip-hop artist with a truly unique sound and story. For most of his life, urban music was the soundtrack to his delinquency. As a troublesome child, he dropped out of high school and found himself peddling drugs on the streets and pulled armed robberies to make money. The music of artists such as Pimp C, Nas, Lil Wayne, T.I., Boosie, Gucci Mane, Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa served as fuel to his criminal ways … until the day he was sentenced to 10 years at Lee Correctional institution, one of the most dangerous prisons in South Carolina.
The music that was previously the thing that spurred him on to bad decisions soon turned into a refuge from the struggles of his life inside. Where previously cocaine and other drugs provided an escape, music now was the drug that helped him heal. He began putting money into self-education and learned how to create music – from beats to production to mixing and all involved with the recording industry. He formed his own company – an independent label he named Droid Lyfe – and he began to create his own music. It was a long journey, but over the course of time the system was working and he was changing his wayward ways.
“Music is helping me be reformed,” he said. “It’s giving me a positive outlook on life and it’s something that I can do to generate money in a good way. My sound is different than any of the other street rappers because everybody from the ghetto is coming with gang culture in their raps, but I’m not coming with that at all. I’m still street in my delivery and style, but I’m different than any of the mumble rappers right now. I’m creating something that everybody can gravitate toward. I’m bringing white-collar crime, hustler music, trap music and just a whole new sound.”
In 2017, Miles Ali released his first mixtape called “Social Muzik,” which features the popular single “Right Now” – a song that nods to the high a person can feel on drugs, but emphasizes what a person sacrifices for that high. The project is filled with lyrics pulled from his life on the streets before prison and his experiences in what he calls “the belly of the best.” He dubs his music “corrupted consciousness,” and doesn’t shy away from the rough edges and gritty sound that he brings to the table. But under that grit is a raw transparency that lets the listener in on his pain and harsh experiences. It’s a one-two punch of hard-hitting music mixed with a cool and original delivery.
“It’s a mashup of different sounds that cross references the people I made my name after – Miles Davis and Muhammed Ali,” he said. “My music is cool in how I deliver it, but it’s also hard-hitting and has an edge to it. Miles is the king of cool. The name of this project cross-references him because he called his music ‘social music.’ Someone asked him to name a genre for his music and he couldn’t because it was original, so he ended up calling it ‘social music.’ It was so original that he couldn’t describe – other than that it made you feel good. That’s what I want my music to be – feel-good, street-based music that is conscious and social and has a bit of an edge.”

To listen to Miles Ali’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://www.instagram.com/thegreatmilesali/
https://twitter.com/TheGreatMilesA1
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ov3dPNsuU2cQyJTGvNyhh?nd=1
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/miles-ali/1307438737
“Rite Now/Right Now”
https://youtu.be/nPXT-u5TgeA
“Opz” from upcoming Mixtape “Folorunsho Alakija”
https://open.spotify.com/album/0hzYDz704M4V72QQezLPFS?nd=1

Bennie Franklin rides wave of success and prepares to drop new EP ‘Love Child’ ATLANTA, GA – Imagine a young boy sitting in front o...

Bennie Franklin rides wave of success and prepares to drop new EP
‘Love Child’
ATLANTA, GA – Imagine a young boy sitting in front of a television – but instead of watching cartoons or kids shows, he’s watching music shows on BET like “Rap City” or “106 & Park.” He’s learning from those shows what it is to be a professional musician, and he’s discovering the unique sounds and styles that make up hip-hop, R&B and other classic genres. It’s not what you’d expect a young boy to be watching, but that’s exactly what Bennie Franklin found himself doing most evenings after school while growing up. And those years of studying the greats through those shows inspired him to become one of today’s fastest-rising young talents in music.
Today, Bennie Franklin is an independent artist from Atlanta, Georgia, whose unique balance between melodies and upbeat tempos provides him with a captivating sound that’s putting him ahead of the game. While Atlanta’s Southern hip-hop aesthetic is found in Franklin’s music, the 26-year-old rapper’s willingness to experiment with his flow and delivery allows him to stand out among the talent that’s coming out of rap music’s epicenter. Taking cues from some of his favorite artists – such as Outkast, Kid Cudi and Kanye West – Bennie Franklin creatively mixes rap with singing to produce tracks that listeners from all walks of life are gravitating toward.
Bennie Franklin’s most recently released, “My Life is Bittersweet,” includes five tracks that transform fans into a world shaped by the imagery of money, sex, drugs and fashion. In fact, his penchant for making music about money and the richer lifestyle is what led to the formation of his stage name in the first place.
“My boy John would tell you that he came up with the name first,” he said. “Frankie – a girl that we both knew – would tell you she’s the one who came up with the name. But I really came up with it. I’ve always been about money. I’m a young, fly guy who always it talking about money and trying to be about that, and Franklin stood for money and the lifestyle of being young, rich and famous. I’ve always wanted to be a young, rich and gifted black male in America, and so I make my music with that intention.”
Following the success of “My Life is Bittersweet,” Bennie Franklin is preparing to launch his second EP – a 9-song project called “Love Child” that should drop sometime in the next three- to-six months. It’s a project that he said will bring a different energy as far as rapping and singing about women, music itself, and the things of everyday life that revolve around his life. The first single off the EP is a song called “No Regrets.” It’s about a guy who has been helping a girl through her journey in life and along her path.
“The hook is saying, ‘I’ve been patient for you/waiting for you/don’t make me regret it,’” Bennie Franklin said. “The guy has been patient and waiting for this girl to be on the same shit as he’s on so they can boss up together and make life worth it. But there are no regrets at the end of it.”
The song features a mid-tempo R&B vibe that mixes rap and R&B in a way that’s unique and different. Bennie Franklin said he hopes songs like this will show the world that he’s an artist who is consistent with meaningful lyrics and a beat that makes listeners want to ride.
To listen to Bennie Franklin’s music, or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://twitter.com/benniefranklin_
https://www.instagram.com/benniefranklin1/
https://soundcloud.com/benniefranklin

Nigerian artist Judah sets Spotify ablaze with his single Ferrari & Lambo Judah released his first single “Ferrari and Lambo”,...



Nigerian artist Judah sets Spotify ablaze with his single Ferrari & Lambo
Judah released his first single “Ferrari and Lambo”, in March, 2018, his second, Rollie, in April, and he released his debut EP No Stress on April 27, 2018.
Since his initial single’s release, Judah has garnered over 300 thousand total streams on “Ferrari & Lambo” alone and half a million total streams over his 5 song project!!
Follow Judah on social media! Spotify:  @Judah Twitter: @JudahLocke Instagram: @Judah_Locke


Additional: Judah released his first single, Ferrari and Lambo, in March, 2018, and his debut EP No Stress on April 27, 2018. The EP showcases Judah’s ability to blend the bass heavy trap beat scene with melodic rhythms and a Nigerian undertone. Judah has garnered over 300 thousand total streams on Ferrari & Lambo alone and half a million total streams over his 5 song catalog.
Judah was also a winner of a radio commercial giveaway on iHeart radio’s Miami hip hop station, 103.5 the beat. My music has also spun on various stations and I’ve done multiple live performances as well as radio interviews. All of this in a span of 5 and a half months when I released my first single.
Stream Ferrari and Lambo by Judah on these awesome playlists on Spotify!!

Versatile rapper Lyrique King keeps fans on their toes with new musi c SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Drug addiction… Family issues… Depression…...

Versatile rapper Lyrique King keeps fans on their toes with new music
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Drug addiction… Family issues… Depression… All of these things are obstacles in Lyrique King’s life, but none of them gained victory over his future. In fact, this legend-in-the-making uses those experiences to connect with fans all over the world through music that speaks to the truths of overcoming hardships and the rhythms of living life. His music is the kind that can’t be put in a box but which connects with a wide range of listeners from all walks of life. At the end of the day, all he really wants is to be recognized as a stand-up guy who’s a good artist and a great rapper.
“I want to be considered one of the best,” he said. “I want to collaborate with some of the top people in the industry. I want to be known for being punctual and never keeping it safe. I want to be a legend. I want to have Grammys and win awards. I’m so hungry and driven that nothing can stop me. Nothing can get in my way. The obstacles in my life are meant to be overcome and I’m not worried about it. This is just the beginning for me.”
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and currently residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lyrique King has a unique sound and style that proves his stage name to be 100 percent accurate. He is the king of lyrics and can almost always know what the final project should sound like as soon as he first hears the beat. He takes the things he has struggled through in life and writes about them – sharing his journey from troubled youth to incarcerated adult to progressing himself and putting all his focus on his craft. Turning his focus from the streets into the beats that he’s become known for, his music is exciting and makes the listeners feel like they’re actually experiencing what he’s rapping about. And of course it makes people want to come back for more.
“I think I set myself apart from a lot of other people in the game because I talk about real-life shit,” he said. “I talk about the things I’ve been through and continue to go through. I don’t sugar coat nothing. I don’t talk about things I haven’t been through. I have a story to tell, and I want to do that. If I can have people help me do that, that’s what I’ll do. I can spin. I can make beats. I sing. I rap. I write. I make hooks. I make songs for other singers – male and female. I produce. I play the drums and piano. And I’ve got like 100 different styles. I don’t like to be put in a box. I come in different, not like anyone else, and I’m not a one-trick pony. I’m not just trying to be one way. I get on a beat and I murder it any way I want to murder it. I make music that makes people think and keeps them on their toes.”
The most recent music that Lyrique King has created are a handful of singles that he’s releasing steadily over the next couple of months, including “Not A Word,” for which he has been releasing Instagram clips periodically over the past couple of weeks. In the coming weeks, he’ll continue to give fans a peek behind the scenes into his music through his social media accounts, teasing with singles such as “Antidote” and “On That” and a remixing of Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”.

To listen to Lyrique King’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:
www.Facebook.com/LyriqueKing
www.Instagram.com/LyriqueKing
www.Twitter.com/LyriqueKing 
www.LinkedIn.com/LyriqueKing
www.soundcloud.com/LyriqueKing
www.reverbnation.com/LyriqueKing
www.wix.com/LyriqueKing