NY-Tokyo based label, The Plug International, presents the release of their latest EP by Omen 44 titled “Building a Nation”. The label is known worldwide for its promotion, events, videos, and promotion. Some of Hip Hop’s greatest have worked with the label such as Statik Selektah, Smif-N-Wessun, Marley Marl, 9th Wonder, and countless others.
Omen 44 originally from Kobe, evolved into a seasoned and respected Hip Hop artist since claiming NY as home and placing his stake in the music scene. The quick buzz and notoriety from his music resulted in shared global stages and collaborations with the likes of such heavyweights as Sadat X, Craig G, Large Professor, and more. 44 offers fans a lengthy catalog of albums, mixtapes, and EP’s all of which incorporate a mixture of sounds and beats from Jazz to Funk over his lyrical imagery.
His latest EP “Building a Nation” features Brooklyn’s very own Bankai Family, Ida Divine, and Sav Skillz. 44 is pure genius for this impeccably created masterpiece! “Samurai Code” one of the singles off the EP sets a tone for a Hip Hop meets Bruce Lee face-off. While “Can’t Take Man Fi Toy” is on another level with a smooth reggae tone background over boom bap lyrics. Like his other projects 44 gives listeners an exceptional balance of lyrics, polished sounds of drums and piano’s, over classic Hip Hop beats.
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Cuban Pete, seasoned artist from the UK, links up with New York powerhouse Voyce360 to give fans “All That”. The new single is produced by B. Dvine and will be featured on both Voyce’s forthcoming album “Voice of a Revolution” and on Pete’s mixtape “Renaissance Man” dropping early July. “All That” gives listeners soulful sounds mixed with classic Hip Hop beats. The catchy hook is sure to be chanted by fans worldwide!
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Expect the unexpected from Raleigh,NC Artist Madison Jay in 2018 as he returns off the success of “My Day 2 Come” with the spicy new single and accompanying video, entitled “Line ‘Em Up”!
Madison and company dance heavy to the smooth low-fi uptempo backdrop delivered by emerging Producer/Artist Brassious Monk, which is sure to make a splash on the dance floor. Acclaimed videographer Head Graphix links back up with Madison behind the lens for their 1st visual since 2012’s ‘County 3:16’ to deliver a vibrant almost retro display.
Look forward to this track being featured on Madison’s untitled follow up album due later this year.
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WAYZ is a Mexican-American Emcee on his way to becoming the next big thing! Like other stories of street life, he needed and escape from the chaos and madness that surrounded him. With a fascination for entertainment, production, and television it only made sense he gravitated towards pen and pad. He was a natural for putting words together, storytelling, and gracing the mic. In the blink of an eye WAYZ was full throttle in the limelight performing at acclaimed venues in Miama, Tampa, Arizona, and Chicago. Break time was only for creating continual music for fans.
WAYZ latest single “Machine” is bar for bar an intense record. If you weren’t familiar with him before, you will be now! The intensity begins the second you press play. There’s no need for an intro because the army stomping cadence blended with club beats curbs listeners right into his lyrical combat. He asserts his confidence as an emcee that wont’t be ignored in the industry. The prosperity of his music is based on a hustle of no sleep, 24/7 racing mind, and grinding until death knocks on his door. Although WAYZ is open-minded, his reminder to the game is a simple one, “Can’t pay bills with the next man’s 2 cents.”
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John Jigg$ is no amateur or slouch when it comes to his musical and business grind. In a short period of time he went from paving the industry streets to flying overseas for his own personal European Tour.
What perfect timing and absolute brilliance to release “Grecian Numerals” while packing his tour luggage. The record highlights his skill set and confirms with confidence the uphill journey to the prime of his career.
Jigg$ is swift yet combative with his bars. He leaves no room for debate that he is the total package to win. “When I finish doing damage you can bandage this up“. Bar for bar he is knocking down the competition, “True to the game new to the lame shit“.
April 13th kicked off The European Tour of John Jigg$, and just like he established on the record he is taking it to the top!
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I had the pleasure, yet again, of chopping it up with young and successful artist The Real Simba. I first discovered Simba a couple of years back when his music caused a world wind across airwaves and stages throughout the states. Without hesitation, I linked up with Simba to release his distinctive story. Since then, his music has voyaged from state to state, and from country to country!
MJ: I know fans are fascinated to hear the back story of Simba. Tell us what life was like growing up as a child in Jamaica? Did it prepare you for your new life in Mount Vernon, NY?
Simba: I was born and raised in St. Catherine Jamaica and came to the states when I was 7 years old. In Jamaica I came from a one-bedroom house shared with me and about 9 cousins, brother, and mother. I grew up in the country side where people raised animals and grew plants as one of the main motives of survival. I spent time with my dad at his home in Central Village, perhaps one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. That experience made me humble but it also made me a fight for the things I want most. It also matured me faster because I experience things normal kids didn’t see at my age. I came to Mount Vernon and the violence seemed nothing new to me because I saw it countless times in Jamaica.
MJ: The environment around you in Mount Vernon was and is horrific. You were exposed to the horrors and nightmares that no child should be. Rather than fall victim to that you chose an escape. Talk about your writing and how it ultimately became your savior.
Simba: Mount Vernon is hectic but I feel that if I grew up anywhere else it wouldn’t feel the same. I don’t think I’d appreciate many aspects of life that I do now. Growing up in Mount Vernon made me wise and how to carry myself. Mount Vernon hardens you, it makes you a fighter, and teaches you not to give up. At the end of the day I don’t want to die not having done something great. Living here helped me to set goals and also showed me the things that I don’t want to fall victim to. The main reason I work hard is so I don’t have to fall to the negative stigmas of my town. Ultimately my writing became the main reason for me to do so. It gave me something to dream for and gave me away to express myself. Music is my love and gives me meaning.
MJ: One of your very first records was a result of that escape, “Susie’s Story”. Was that the beginning of your career?
Simba: “Susie’s Story” means a lot to me. It’s a record I wrote from the heart. I wrote that for people to see how their actions affect people outside of their initial intentions. I’ve seen too much happen to innocent people and I just wanted to tell people of the tragedy that takes places almost day to day in my town. Initially that’s a story I wrote about a mother who lost her daughter to violence. Things like that break my heart and I found a way to express how I was feeling in a song. Sad to say I feel like it’s a story I’ve seen too many times. It wasn’t the beginning of my career it was just one of my first emotional songs.
MJ: Although you are young in age, you are very family orientated and hold that above anything else in life. What kind of impact does your family and their support have on your career?
Simba: Family is one of the main reasons I do this. Ultimately I want to be the one that helps my family to advance in life, and that’s because they’re the ones that motivate me the most. My brothers, cousins, my mother, and dad tell me all the time that I’m good at what I do. I also have my sisters always supporting me as well whether it’s buying my mixtapes or coming to my shows, they always show love. It’ll mean so much to me when I can give my family the things they deserve. I even have my little nieces and nephews singing my songs every time they see me. My family really supports me and pushes me to be great and I just want to do that for them.
MJ: You have experienced a tremendous amount of success in a short period of time, yet you are not flashy or egotistical like many other young artists. What keeps Simba humble, and grounded in his tracks?
Simba: Through my music I want to inspire people. I want to show them that we all have the potential to be great. I want to stay connected to the people. Though I love fashion and I always try to look fly in my own way, at the end of the day I don’t want people to see jewels and expensive clothing. I want them to first see me for who I am. I’d rather take that money and give back to the people. I’m currently saving up to build a basketball gymnasium for the kids of my town.
MJ: For those that are not familiar with Simba, and shame on them, talk a little bit about your style. What separates you from other young up and coming artists?
Simba: I make music that isn’t bounded by a year. I feel like most young artists nowadays make music that’ll last a few months then it’s gone. My music is something that’ll be timeless. There’s a deep meaning behind every word when I craft a song. Originality and personality is what separates me from other artists. My music is positive, fun, and intellectual because I am that way. I integrate my life, ideas, and personal views into the music. It’s my story I don’t know someone that has lived the exact same life as me.
MJ: Let’s get to the music! What is hot right now and available for all your fans?
Simba: “Ohhmyygoodness” was the single that first got people looking at me as an artist. It’s a catchy, fun, and also very lyrical track. It has the classic rap feel. The single “Blue Faces” is one of my breakout hits. It’s a single that’s being played all over the world right now. It integrates my playful, aggressive, and love for the music. All of these can be found on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Google Play, Soundcloud, etc. In both these songs you can hear my seriousness and determination. It just shows how bad I really want and believe in myself as an artist. It is also something listeners can be motivated by.
MJ: Give us a little inside scoop on some forthcoming projects you are working on.
Simba: “This Is Only the Beginning” is a project I am creating that collectively shows all aspects of my personality and just a peek at my life and who I am as a person. I give a Reggae feel on songs such as “Good Love”, a playful feel on songs such as “Come Up”, I share my love life on songs such as “Fear of Love”, and family struggles on songs such as “Yeezy Taught Me”. My music is me! It’s real and exciting filled with love, pain, and joy. This project takes you through all the phases of my life, my pain, struggles, love troubles, and family issues. I wanted to give the people something they can relate to as well as something that will let them know we all share similar stories. But those stories are what push us or drive us to be great.
MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you would like to share with the world of Hip Hop?
Simba: I just want to thank the people for all their support and their love for my music. Ultimately, because of them it pushes me to be better knowing that I have people checking for my music and constantly showing love and support!
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If you are not familiar with the name LongLiveFrost, you are not Philly or Hip Hop! Frost is not known for a certain style or flow when it comes to his music. In fact, because of his out of the box approach, delivery, and stage performance fans outright gravitate towards him. His recent single “Money Making Mitch” produced by Bandit Luce, is a sure win chart topper! Frost executes an autobiographical reminder about fraud, deception, and how to live life blockading both. “Everything I touch on I’m going King Midas on it”. What better way to send a paramount message than to include inviting beats and sounds to move your body? The combination of both is a genius score by Frost.
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Lou Maurice, versatile rapper from Delaware, releases the official video for “Remember The Enemy”. The hit single is off his latest mixtape “No Rap Captain Jack”. This record is definitely a club banger and something the ladies and fellas can both vibe to. However, take heed to the title because Maurice delivers a persistent message to those trying to block his focus, which is his career. He is the “captain” allowing no distractions except cashing in!
Listen to “Remember The Enemy” below.
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Philly’s own Bino Da Singer is known for both his lyrics and harmonious vocals. His latest single “I Don’t Wanna Live This Life” hits heavy to families and all walks of life. Bino’s soulful approach to poverty, abuse, strained relationships, and other struggles is brilliant. It offers listeners a sense of hope to remain strong on their feet. This record is one to embrace and holds as timeless music on the charts.
Listen to “I Dont’ Wanna Live This Life” below.
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