Siciliano – Replay

Italian-American rapper Siciliano pays homage
to heritage with new album ‘Sunday Dinner’

RICHMOND, VA – Traditions and heritage are extremely important to Anthony Simonetti. Growing up in The Bronx among an Italian-American family, he remembers keenly the things that his friends and family would do that were homage to his Italian heritage. One of his fondest memories and something which he still participates in today is Sunday Dinner – the time every week when friends and family gather around the dinner table to share a good meal while connecting with one another. It’s one of those quintessential traditions that people all over the world can point to as a marker of the Italian heritage.

As a musician, Simonetti – who goes by the stage name Siciliano – wants to capture the emotions that come from moments like that and celebrate the elements of his Italian heritage that he loves and for which he is so proud. But unlike many from within the Italian population, he’s choosing to do it with hip-hop music.

“My whole heritage means everything to me, but hip-hop wasn’t a huge part of that type of community where I grew up,” he said. “But growing up in The Bronx, it is impossible not to hear rap music. It was something that was always around me, even in the very Italian area of The Bronx where I grew up. There were a lot of rappers coming from The Bronx and making it big and that drew my attention. When I started learning that there were people not far from where I grew up who were making it and repping who they are and their people, I knew it was something I also wanted to do for Italians. That’s when I started making my own certain rhyming scheme that’s kind of a mix-and-match style.”

That unique sound and style is displayed perfectly on his new album, “Sunday Dinner.” It’s a project that was born from his desire to capture elements of his heritage and pair it with sounds inspired by some of the greatest musicians along the East Coast. The album features a number of artists from Richmond, and even has two tracks on which Siciliano is more of a feature than the main artist. But bringing people together through music is what he wants to do with his career, not only because he knows it makes for great music but also because it’s a nod to what the Italian tradition is all about.

“That’s what ‘Sunday Dinner’ is all about,” he said. “That’s a huge thing for Italians. And the idea for me as a musician, especially with this album, is to find the best talent out there and bring them to the table. It’s never gonna be just about me. I’m always bringing other people to the table and making it more about good music than about me as an individual.”

The debut single on the album, “Replay,” features producer Keith Blvck who Siciliano said is one of his favorite musicians to work with. It’s a song that the two of them recorded in one studio session in one of those moments where everything comes together easily and “the magic just happens.” It’s a song about living his lifestyle and how the things of life are so good that you want to put them on replay and live them over and over again. A music video for the single is in the works and should drop by May. He’s also working on music videos for the singles “At The Party” and “Too Hard On Em.” Siciliano also said there’s a potential for a smaller EP to drop later this year but right now, he’s focusing on promoting “Sunday Dinner” and showing off his unique skills to the world.

To listen to Siciliano’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

http://www.officialsiciliano.net/
https://www.facebook.com/RealSiciliano/
https://www.instagram.com/siciliano_king/
https://twitter.com/SimonettiSource
https://twitter.com/SicilianoMusic
https://www.youtube.com/c/TheOfficialSimonettiSource
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5oVxzzrcHYSeIOpjKDLXuh?si=tjcwaDZfSFGuR7Ec9FQKRw

D-Roc – Bankhead Bounce

Ying Yang Twins member D-Roc
drops solo dance anthem ‘Bankhead Bounce’

ATLANTA, GA – Back before D-Roc became a famous member of the hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins, he had a budding solo career. In 1995, toward the beginning of his music career, he released a hit single called “Bankhead Bounce” that gained him accolades and was a hit with his fans. Now 24 years later, D-Roc is releasing an updated version of the song, and it’s quickly becoming one of the hits of the year.

In 1995, the song was a dance anthem that referred to bouncing one’s shoulders. The 2019 version is more directly aimed at women, though it still maintains that upbeat dance vibe that everyone wants to enjoy.

“It’s a twerk song,” D-Roc said. “It’s about bouncing that ass and having a good time. (Doing an updated version of the song) wasn’t anything I really tried to do, I’m just always recording all the time because I have a studio in the basement and when my brother launched his label, 2Lit Records, he asked me for a song. We have a producer that we were about to sign in-house for that label, and he sent me a beat and it just came to me. So it was nothing intentional, it’s just that God works in mysterious ways.”

D-Roc said fans of the Ying Yang Twins will love this single because it captures everything that D-Roc has been about throughout his career. He’s still rapping the person he’s been all these years and isn’t planning on changing who he is. He makes good music and he raps about anything he feels like – if he doesn’t feel it, he’s not going to rap about it. And this song is his way of expressing himself and doing what he loves doing, he said.

“The music we have made really does stand out and stand alone,” he said. “That’s what has had us out here working for so long. We made music that lasts forever, compared to music that’s just for the moment. I’m just trying to keep on making good music and let my fans know we love what we do and this is what we do. I love music. I’m not doing it for a buck. I make legendary songs that last forever.”

D-Roc said “Bankhead Bounce” is the first of many singles he plans to release as a solo artist under the 2Lit Records label. While he has no specific timeline for when those singles will drop, he did say fans can likely expect another single later this year. He’s also busy touring with The Ying Yang Twins “Millennium Tour,” which hit the U.S. this March. Other hip-hop mainstays on the tour include special guests Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky and Chingy. The tour is produced by G-Squared Events in association with Omarion Worldwide, Hall of Fame Entertainment and Blvd. Music.

To listen to more of D-Roc’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://www.instagram.com/2lit_records/
https://www.instagram.com/therealatlyingyangtwins/
https://twitter.com/yingyangtwins

“Bankhead Bounce” (feat. Mr. Ball)
https://open.spotify.com/album/1UN7dUHTRBgWoNEo7Yjc5W
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bankhead-bounce-feat-mr-ball-single/1458823146?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Rachel Bailey – Pretty

Rachel Bailey offers open invitation to Bae-Gang
with new single ‘Pretty’

DENVER, CO – When people listen to Rachel Bailey’s music, there’s one message she hopes reverberates over and over again: Be yourself!

That single mantra is the backbone for Bailey’s music. And as more and more people join her “Bae-Gang,” that message of self-empowerment is growing like wildfire. Her new single “Pretty” is the perfect example of this. Serving as an anthem “for the ladies,” Bailey originally wrote it thinking she would mock the word “pretty.” But as the song developed, it became more of a song that empowers other women.

“There are a lot of men out there who will use the term ‘pretty’ as something that’s less-of or stupid or dumb,” Bailey said. “I say I’m pretty but I’m with the shit. You can think I’m no big deal, but I’m actually in this to win this. That’s what I was going for with the song. It’s for the ladies to have that confidence. There have been a lot of times where I’ve been insulted by being resigned to just beauty. As women, we’re not just pretty, we’re powerful.”

The song combines elements of R&B and hip-hop in an upbeat way that Bailey said will make people want to nod their heads. It also captures her unique sound and style, which is a combination of her multiple influences and the originality she’s developed over the years. What’s more, Bailey puts her film skills on display with the music video for the single, which she wrote and directed.

Bailey has been around music her entire life. Her father – who was in the military and moved his family all over the world – was a musician who once toured in Europe and brought his music back to the U.S. Because of his time in the military, however, he couldn’t take his music all the places that he wanted to.

While music was always in the hoe, it wasn’t until her teenage years that Bailey said music became something she was serious about. Bailey said she found salvation through music at age 13 when she went through a traumatic experience.

“I was in such a dark place at age 13 that I tried to commit suicide,” she said. “I got help and therapy, and my therapist introduced poems to me. I was told to write exactly how I feel without trying to think about it. So I just went for it and it was a wow moment for me. I hadn’t been able to express myself like that ever. I put my feelings into poetry and it changed my outlook on everything. Then one day, I started singing the poems that I wrote and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been doing it ever since.”

A few years ago, Bailey moved back to Denver, Colorado – a town near where her mother grew up and lived the majority of her life – and has been pursuing music professionally ever since. She said it’s fun to see more people join the Bae-Gang and she hopes to continue to inspire people to embrace their authenticity.

“What I believe in is something anyone can apply to their lives,” she said. “Everyone has something special and unique about themselves. What I want people to get from my music when they hear it is to be themselves. Don’t worry about people judging what you’re saying. Just focus on being you. Live your best life. If what you want to do sounds crazy to everyone else, who cares. Do what you love to do. That’s what it means to be part of the Bae-Gang – to be an example for other people to chase their dreams and shoot for the stars.”

To listen to Rachel Bailey’s music or to follow her on social media, please visit:

https://www.instagram.com/officiallyrachelmusic/
https://www.facebook.com/officiallyrachelmusic
https://twitter.com/OfficiallyRache

Ricky Styles – On Yo Head

Ricky Styles overcomes near-death shooting to
reinvent himself, launches new project ‘Troublemaker’

OAKLAND, CA – There’s one word that sums up Ricky Styles’ music: Energy!

The Oakland, California native makes turned-up music and his new single “On Your Head” is the perfect display of that energy. The debut track from the forthcoming album “Troublemaker” is the kind of song that gets people on their feet and motivates to take on the world.

“I’m producing energy,” Styles said. “I come with the energy. I go one way and then another. You can feel me and once you hear it, you get more of a picture of what it means when people say I have energy music. This new album is more about me and growing up and what I’m doing, and it’s all very upbeat. It’s more hip-hop than trap but it’s up.”

Styles said the album is a nod to the hip-hop of the 80s and 90s but when listeners get their first taste of his music they’ll know immediately that they’re in for a ride. His aggressive delivery and in-your-face lyrics are impossible to ignore. He pushes then he pushes some more, and with a catchy beat and hooks that beg to be repeated, fans all over the world will be hitting repeat.

It’s been a long journey for Ricky Styles to get to this point. Born and raised in Oakland, California, he always wanted to do music but instead struggled through the street hustle just to be able to provide for his family. Like many other young people growing up on the street, Styles hopes music would keep him out of trouble. He had a unique talent for rapping that by the early 2000s, he’d gained enough attention to make a business out of his music endeavors. He created Dollar Sign Records with some friends and family and together, they formed a conglomerate made up of producers, writers, photographers and rappers.

In 2011, his first mixtape “Blood In No Out” hit the streets. The debut single from that project, “Don’t Look at my Plate,” caught on quick and made its way across the entire U.S. He followed that up with another single called “I Do It” in 2012, which had some good radio play in several markets across the country. Then in the midst of his continued rise to stardom, something tragic happened. On May 31, 2014, Ricky Styles was shot in front of his home. The bullet shattered his femur and cut the femoral artery in his leg. He nearly lost his life, and it took four full years before he would recover enough to be able to pursue his dream of being a professional musician again.

In 2018, he made his return with the mixtape “Good Side Bad Side,” and immediately, fans knew he was back. The first music video from the project got 1 million views in a month and everyone was playing the record all up-and-down the West Coast.

Which brings fans to the present … Ricky Styles has nearly two decades of music experience under his belt. That coupled with his life-harrowing experiences gives him a one-of-a-kind point of view, and that’s all coming together in amazing ways with the new project “Troublemaker.”

To listen to Ricky Styles’ music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

https://www.instagram.com/rickystylesdsg/
https://twitter.com/RickyStylesDSG
https://soundcloud.com/ricky-tyles
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ricky-styles/833928709
https://open.spotify.com/artist/47IyKWM6V3RsnZukh7KXOT?si=x2nMhZq3TguKyesbtZArWg

“News” (Prod. Chris on the Beat) Dir. Carlo Catalan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFuxVOQ0kz4&feature=youtu.be

“On Yo Head” (Prod. Chris on the Beat) Dir. @Carlo.Catalan
https://youtu.be/jKWZJDRC3_g

Key$oul – Wow Freestyle | @OfficialKeySoul

Keiontae Alexander aka Keysoul sent over a blazin hot new freestyle he dropped for the people. The 22 year old Benton Harbor, Michigan rapper jumped on the Wow Freestyle then he flipped it and took it to a new level. This is just teaser as he gears up for the release of his upcoming EP “Parallel Dream”.

When it comes to being versatile Keysoul definitely doesn’t sound like any other artist, which can be heard on “Progress”, “Motive” and the “Wow Freestyle“. With 2Pac, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco being his main influences it’s easy to say that this young artist has some great influences for his unique style. He mixes soul and Hip-Hop into one while keeping his roots of a cool yet hardcore rap style.

HipHop/Rap Recording Artist Key$oul Drops New Banger On Spotify

Listen To “Wow Freestyle” Below And Keep Scrolling Below To Follow Key$oul!

Social media info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keiontae.alexander
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialKeySoul
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialkeysoul/
Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/user/16kalexander

TFT – Lenox Ave

Identical twins combine musical talent to make TFT

ATLANTA, GA – There are regions of the world that have identifiable “sounds” or sub-genres of music. There’s West Coast hip-hop, Atlanta trap and Chicago drill. New York is no different, but the young identical twins from Brooklyn who make up the group TFT are on the forefront of creating a new sound and style for New York. Their fusion of lyricism and drilling trap beats is showcased perfectly on their new song “Lenox Ave.”

Described as a song that “everybody can play wherever they are – in a car, the club or at home,” “Lenox Ave” has the perfect kind of vibe for kicking back and enjoying life. It’s lyrics pull from the twin brothers’ life experiences and connect with fans not only through shared stories, but also through the universal language of music.

Born in 1994, these identical twins have always been close. Growing up, their mother used to listen to music all the time, and they would often watch BET to find even more music. They recall writing lyrics pretty much as soon as they were old enough to know how to write, and even before that were turning their nursery rhymes into rap hymns. Her mother encouraged their love for music, and taught them how to mix music. She was a DJ for a time, and always made a point to educate her children about music by showing them musical legends to study – such as Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Boogie Down Production, Tupac, Wu Tang, Queen Latifah and more.

At the age of 20, the brothers had collaborated on enough music to put out their first release – a demo called “Twin Takeover.” That was the start of a professional career that has taken off in the years since, and now they’re ready to take that next big leap forward.

In addition to “Lenox Ave,” TFT is also ready to release a single called “The World.” True to its name, it’s a song that explores how the brothers feel about the world and how people are looking at them now. Due to drop before the end of March, the song features straight lyrics and bars in a way that will make listeners want to nod their heads. And more than anything, at the end of the day the brothers say they hope people will see them as great lyricists who make great hip-hop music.

To listen to TFT or to follow them on social media, please visit:

https://soundcloud.com/iceytony-tft
https://www.instagram.com/iceytonytft/
https://twitter.com/IceyTonyTFT
https://www.facebook.com/IceyTonyTFT/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr4ip-5fKa_OErDKwuaeUig

Michael Wavves – On Me ft Kevin Flum @KFlum @MichaelWavves

Michael Wavves Pushes The Boundaries Of Hip-Hop Music Forward
With His Latest Single ‘On Me’ Ft Kevin Flum

Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Michael Wavves has been steadily growing his fanbase through grassroots touring and constant releases. After dropping his debut EP ‘Nights on Vine,’ which peaked at #54 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts, Wavves hit the road on his ‘Nights on Vine Tour.’ His energetic performances packed rooms throughout northeastern United States, with a notable sold-out show in Philadelphia. As Michael Wavves gears up for his next EP release, ‘Purple Heart,’ he has been flooding the internet with high-quality singles. ‘On Me’ with Kevin Flum being the next of those releases.

Wavves and Flum previously connected on the notable single ‘Day One,’ which was a part of Flum’s charting EP ‘The Wake Up.’ ‘On Me’ is a record that mixes club tempo and Hip-Hop edge, with Wavves crooning a high-pitched bouncy hook and Flum adding a swagger-filled first verse. The two go bar for bar as they detail the woman they want to spend a check on. This track is the anthem for that night out with your crew as you search for your one-night-only companion.

Add ‘On Me’ by Michael Wavves and Kevin Flum to your Spotify playlist and stream it on all digital music outlets now!

Social Media
Instagram: @michaelwavves @kflum
Spotify: Michael Wavves Kevin Flum
Twitter: Michael Wavves Kevin Flum
Website:
www.michaelwavves.com
www.kevinflummusic.com

Ben Grizz – Steak and Rice

Ben Grizz Keeps Charts Hot with “Expensive Taste”

FITCHBURG, MA – If you want to know who’s currently making his bid to become Massachusetts’ next hip-hop star, look no further than Ben Grizz. Growing up around the music, Ben often found himself dabbling into it. He only started buckling down in efforts to grow his career as an artist about a year ago. The growth is impressive because ever since then, he has taken his talents to the next level.

Ben describes the past year as a complete rollercoaster. With developing his sound and perfecting his craft, he’s navigated all of the ups and downs that come with it. “It’s been an experiment finding out what works and what doesn’t. I like to make club music, but I don’t define myself by a genre. I bring a lot to the table,” said Grizz. Adding to that, the artist tells us how genuine he is not only through his music, but also in everyday life. His sound is what he refers to as old school warmth with a modern day punch.

Last October, Ben released his fan-favorite EP “Expensive Taste”. Since then, his music has circulated radio charts, especially hip-hop focused ones. “I’ve gotten some really positive feedback since the release. The album release party sold out, and it was wild. People are really loving it,” said Ben. The album reflects on a lifestyle that the artist lives out each day. Through this, fans can get a peek into his world, which is always respectable.

What’s coming up next in the world of Ben Grizz? This weekend, he has a show in Fitchburg, MA, which will likely have a packed house. He tells us fans can expect a lot more from him, especially from a visual perspective. If you’re in Austin for SXSW, make sure to check him out- he will be there keeping the stage hot!

To listen to Ben Grizz’s music, or to follow him on social media, please visit:
http://www.bengrizz.com/
https://twitter.com/bengrizz978
https://www.instagram.com/bengrizz978/
https://www.facebook.com/Bengrizz978
http://youtube.com/c/BenGrizz
“Steak and Rice”
https://open.spotify.com/album/437EvISozfQhAzjAQx65gr?si=faYGsrWdSAq6ZctX6deRNA

$pender – Audemars (feat. Lil Cobaine and J Bandz)

Hot new single ‘Audemars’ hits airwaves
from up-and-coming artist $pender

DALLAS, TX – One of Spencer Johnson’s fondest memories from his childhood is of sitting in his grandmother’s living room, listening to her play the piano. Those early moments in his life planted a seed of love for music that grew over time. At age 5 he asked his parents to buy him a guitar, and in the years since he has learned how to play multiple instruments and create music of his own.

Midway through high school, Spencer was introduced to rap by some friends who were freestyling during their lunch breaks. It opened up a whole new world of possibility for him – combining his natural ability as a musician with his talent for writing rapid-fire lyrics that strike a chord with anyone who listens. As he showcased his talent to his classmates, one friend hyped him up and called out the nickname $pender. It stuck, and today $pender is on the fast-track to becoming one of the world’s hottest new hip-hop icons.

Fans can get a taste of his newest music with the single “Audemars,” which just dropped across all digital streaming platforms. Featuring Lil Cobaine, the song uses the Audemars Piguet watch as a metaphor for the finer things in life. $pender said in addition to being a song that people can just chill to and enjoy as a good piece of music, it’s also a song that taps into the core of what he wants to be known for, which is encouraging others to stay positive and chase after their dreams.

“All I really want to do is make people feel a positive vibe and connect with the music,” he said. “I make music that hits you right in the ears and is pleasing. I want to be a person that others see as someone who views everything in life from a positive viewpoint, and I want to help others put that into perspective for themselves. I want to define positive moments through music.”

$pender said the new single is the first release of many to come, leading up to a full album called “Spend Bandz” that he is working on in collaboration with fellow artist J-Bandz. Their plan is to drop singles steadily over the next few months, leading up to a big release of the full album toward the end of the year. $pender said the album with be “like no other album.”

“Every single track will have a different vibe,” he said. “One song will be Latin, another R&B, another straight rap. We’ll have some amazing features on there, like Famous Dex and Lil Cobaine. Mostly we’re going for versatility, but they’ll all be songs that sound good and are pleasing to listen to. I’m just trying to put out what comes from inside of me. I’m making my way up to the top and aspiring to achieve certain things I’ve set my mind on. I’ve always wanted to do something huge with my life, and what I want to do that’s big is in music. I’ve realized that I can reach those dreams, and I’m not gonna stop trying until I do.”


To listen to $pender’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://www.instagram.com/ayyspender/
https://twitter.com/ayyspender

SubMuzik Boss – Excuses prod by Dj Pain 1 | @SubMuzikBoss

SubMuzik Boss – Excuses Prod by Dj Pain 2

The Milwaukee native SubMuzik Boss sent over his newest single “Excuses” produced by Dj Pain 1. Stream Excuses” on Spotify or you can find it on any streaming outlet.

If you like Excuses then you should listen to “Good Feelings” by clicking here, then follow SubMuzik Boss on Twitter: @SubMuzikBoss