Perseverance is one of the key factors of success and that is something that Peekskill, NY native LifeTrav knows very well. Having been raised in a public housing project known as Bohlman Towers, the youngster was abandoned by his father, forcing his mother (who died suddenly in 2020) to raise him and his brother by her lonesome. Trouble soon came knocking as LifeTrav was ordered to remain on house arrest for 6 months at the age of 17. With nothing but time on his hands, he decided to pour all of his energy into music with the goal of becoming rap’s next big superstar.
Now 25-years-old, his YPF Crew & Management company has signed an exclusive joint venture and partnership with JMBG Music to distribute all of his music along with his YPF artist signed to his label. Backed by support from Hot 97’s DJ Drewski, his manager YPF-Quasia and a bevy of music industry veterans such as Dale “Rage” Resteghini, Jonathan Michael (Ruff Ryders, First Priority Music), Ben Goldman (Epic, Columbia), and Jason Jordan (Symphnoic), the sky is truly the limit for LifeTrav. Set to release new music to the masses in 2021, he kicks things off with the music video for his high energy single Hard to Dance, which is directed by Rage.
Rapper Slym B. has been making quite a name for himself over the years with an exceptional musical output. Looking to take things up several notches, he recruits fellow lyricist King Draino along with veteran emcee Mystikal for his latest track titled “Whatchu Want.” Produced by The Great Wizard, the thumping track finds all three men flexing their lyrical muscle. Jonesboro and New Orleans connection definitely shines here.
Hailing from Paterson, NJ, newcomer Thump has been carving out his lane and the proof is in the results. Shifting gears from being an athlete to a recording artist is a dream many have sought but so few are able to accomplish. Thump has been able to do this seamlessly through his infectious singer/rapper style showcased in his music. He first found success in 2015 with his single “Ball Like Woah, which yielded over 1 million streams. Since then, Thump has garnered well over 5 million streams across all platforms.
Looking to take his talents to the next level while also flexing his entrepreneurial muscle, Thump currently records out of his own studio which is where his latest project Come Outside was constructed. Revisiting the project, Thump has shared a brand new visual for the Ill Will Beatz-produced cut “Pain.” The video, which was filmed by Bruno Aponte and directed by Thump, finds him lamenting about deep betrayal and ultimately, persevering.
A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Headru$h has always been a student of music. This was evidenced by his affinity for instruments at an early age, playing both the piano and guitar. In later years, Headru$h transitioned into a full-fledged writer, performer, and recording artist. Hailing from a state that hasn’t produced many Hip Hop superstars proved to be a roadblock, considering that there are so few opportunities for success in music in Waterbury. Despite this, Headru$h has been able to carve out his own lane in the Connecticut music scene, establishing a strong standard of quality musical production in his region for over a decade.
In that time, Headru$h has toured with Dave East and done shows with the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Jadakiss, Polo G, Fabolous, Styles P, Young M.A and many more. Now that 2020 is at the midway point and his forthcoming album EastSide is slated for release later this year, Headru$h has released the first official single from the project via the Luxe Gang imprint titled “Wake Up.” Produced by Beat Demons, the track finds Headru$h showcasing his infectious melodies over the bouncy island-themed cut. Check out “Wake Up,” which is currently available on all digital streaming platforms and keep up with Headru$h on Instagram at @HeadRushJordan & & @LuxeGang_
With three studio albums, four EP’s, and countless writing credits for the industry’s leading living legends, including Chris Brown, Missy Elliot, and Beyoncé, Lyrica has been impacting the music world for over a decade. As a triple threat, the Los Angeles-raised singer, songwriter, and producer stepped into a distinct group of the elite after grabbing her first Grammy Award-win, proving that she is more than just word-play savvy; she’s a full-blown superstar.
Lyrica has partnered with RIV Music on her upcoming LP Bad Hair Day, a project that resonates with the deepest of Lyrica’s struggles as an artist and as a person. The album marks her outspoken voice as a woman who has trudged through unstable relationships while maintaining her bravest composure as a mother. Her voice and vulnerability are on full display in this towering expression of her life story. As her release date looms closer, Lyrica has upped the ante with the release of her Damien Sandoval-directed visual for “Marriott.” Check out the video here and be on the lookout for Bad Hair Day which is slated for release in May 2020.
Los Angeles based artist, Yung LB, comes from a long line of West Coast weed rappers from Long Beach, CA. Being of Tongan descent, he pulls inspiration from his urban upbringing while putting the Polynesian community that raised him on his back.
With the recent releases of Yung LB’s QP (EP) series, LB has strategically developed a marketing plan to launch 4 QP’s on the 20th of each month (Jan – April) which led to the final release of YUNG POUND THE QP, featuring Stunna June, Yung Marley, Skimask and Dollas Up Nero.
The previous QP’s included the successful follow up to “Runtz Yo Life Up” with the remix featuring platinum artist MoneyBagg Yo and Berner. On “No Scale” Detroit’s own Sada Baby. LB didn’t stop there, the release of Half a Pound the QP included features from Babyface Ray, Maka T, Lil Pete, BooBang and Rob Gz. Check out the content and be sure to connect with Yung LB on Instagram @yunglb_litt.
Quala, also known as Qualadafly, has been laying the groundwork on the music scene for quite some time having released his debut project back in 2013. In the time since, the Jersey City, NJ native has released two more projects and blossomed into more than an artist/songwriter but also an executive, entrepreneur, and investor. Citing Jay Z, Master P and Lil Wayne as his influences, it’s no surprise that he has expanded his business pursuits.
Looking to take his artistry to new heights, Fun With The Money ENT LLC presents QuaFace. The 9-track album from Quala features guest appearances from Lil Roney and aTrillGoddess, while also showcasing his standout single “Weirdo.” Check the entire out project, which is currently available on all streaming platforms and be on the lookout for his follow-up album Quala Soprano.
Hailing from Houston by way of Galveston, TX, Tanya Nolan has built a strong following domestically and internationally, even garnering Grammy attention for her soulful sonics. The accomplished singer-songwriter shows no signs of slowing down as she continues to release a bevy of music for her ever-growing fanbase. Never shy about showcasing her dynamic vocal range, Tanya Nolan does so effortlessly in one of her more recent visuals for “No Pressure.” The single immediately separates itself from its counterparts because it’s a tale about mutual attraction as opposed to unrequited love. The track finds Tanya soaring from long high notes to deep hooks with ease. Check out the visual.
South Florida has always been held in high regard among Hip Hop fans. In recent years, the region has produced some of Rap’s most talked-about new artists. The epicenter of the region is the world-famous city of Miami. Never short on talent, Miami looks to add another name to the pantheon with the 305’s own Supreme Muzic. Having collaborated with the likes of Ball Greezy, Love & Hip Hop’s Teairra Mari, Ice “Billion” Berg, and more, Supreme is surely no stranger to the music scene.
Conquering his city with by routinely gaining radio mix show spins on 103.5 The Beat as well as 99Jamz, Supreme Muzic now looks to take his talents global. As the summer begins to wind down, hustling season is almost upon us and the newcomer is in full hustler mode in his new video for “In My Bag.” Directed by Blood Is Bond, the visual finds Supreme making his rounds throughout the city collecting his profits. The high energy track, produced by J Smoove, serves as a perfect match with the dark undertones of the clip.
hough he is a fresh face in the national rap scene, Trap Manny is no rookie in the game of life. Having gained legendary status in his Bronx neighborhood via his music, Trap’s career trajectory was stifled due to several jail stints. Garnering a co-sign from Hip Hop heavyweight Max B, who had similar struggles with the law, Max offered Trap advice on maintaining artistic integrity and remaining steadfast with his musical aspirations. Tapping into his inner sense of resiliency, Trap Manny reconnected with his longtime friend and fellow Bronx native Don Q, landing him a deal with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Highbridge the Label. Trap’s first few releases showcased his ability to turn gritty stories from his life into bouncy cuts with strained yet soulful melodies that resonated with listeners.
Now on the brink of stardom, Trap Manny looks to carve out his own niche with the release of his debut project via Atlantic Records titled Trap Seazon. Featuring contributions from his Highbridge comrades A Boogie and Don Q, the 14-track opus is an encapsulation of his life. Akin to the haunting tales by the iconic DMX, Trap Seazon harkens back to a grimier era of New York City meshed with a new age sensibility. “Empty The Clip,” which is the lead single from the project recently had its visuals premiered via HotNewHipHop and “Alone,” which features A Boogie has already been staking its claims as one of the standout tracks.
In support of the release, Trap Manny is set to perform at various cities throughout the northeast and midwest:
June 30 – Common Ground Music Festival – Lansing, MI
July 2 – Henry W. Maier Festival Park – Milwaukee, WI
July 21 – Mad City Festival – Foxborough, MA
August 17 – Funk Master Flex Car Show – Bronx, NY
August 30 – Soulfrito Fest – Brooklyn, NY
Aug 31 – Hot 104.7 Summer Jam – Portland, ME
October 13 – Rolling Loud New York – New York, NY
October 25 – Powerhouse Philly – Philadelphia, PA
October 26 – Power 105.1 Powerhouse – Newark, NJ