#RawrrPicks Xyle Take Off Video

 

The MC from Southside Queens is at it again, if slaying people in cyphers was not enough he made sure he had the best video out on the scene. With the an old school glamour vibe XYLE and Melly. The song as a visual representation of the F**K you movement they on longer have f***ks to give and that they arent waiting for anyone for them to take off. The video dark and sexual has the rapper portraying a rockstar, in our opinion he has pulled off the rockstar personal of Lenny Kravitz. His collaboration with painfully gifted visuals was the missing piece in his arsonal and now that he has it he is unstoppable. May the scene be warned he is going for the kill.

Follow XYLE at @xylenyc Follow Melly at @mellysings918

Follow Painfully Gifted Visuals at @painfully_gifted_visuals

Dj Smoke drops “Smoked Out Radio 53” | @DjSmokeMixtapes

Dj Smoke Presents: Smoked Out Radio 53 the mixtape series!!

Smoked Out Radio 53 released on August 1, 2018 is now available to stream and download on Spinrilla. Smoked Out Radio 53 is also available on Livemixtapes, Da Mix Hub, and most major mixtape sites. If you are a Spotify user I want you to know that we kept you guys in mind as well! We believe in helping artists get paid for their hard work! We will be launching our Smoked Out Radio 53 playlist on Spotify real soon!

Check out new music from Buck CityAntliveNote$BenjaminLocsonBoDi DeederWeasel SimsMurf Dilly  Bubble Eye and many others!!

Hit me up if you are an artist with a dope new single! You can send me your mp3, artwork, Twitter (or any social media info) and leave me a brief description about yourself. There is a small placement fee if your song has been chosen. ALL mixtape slots include free promotion for your main single. BEST part is there are NO PLACEMENT FEES if you are a recent client.

Email everything to me at DjSmokeSubmissions@gmail.com 

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Rawrr Interviews – Richard Pigkaso

Coming off his performance of the Monday Night Rawrr #GiveBackShow this past Saturday; Bronx artist Richard Pigkaso has started a new initiative called the #OurBikerJacket Initiative in which the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks, making Richard Pigkaso our latest artist spotlight. Since the release of his project There are Always Strings Attached he has continued to strive and will even be performing in Arizona this summer. Read his interview below .

 

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. I would consider myself an introvert that is constantly trying to break out of his shell. Also I love food more than I love people.

2) What is a typical day / week like for you?
I usually head to work at 5am. As I’m on the train or my father dropping me at work, I am hearing beats and thinking of writing creative rhymes. After work, I go home yo-yoing while I’m walking and on the train waiting. I usually stop by this peanut stand by the train and I eat them as I’m walking home. I get prepared for the gym with my pre-workout and protein shake and workout for about a half hour a day. I usually hut the hay around 930 and do the day all week. On weekends, I’m at the studio for about 4 hours and go on cray weird random adventures with my friends in the city.
3) How did you get into rap ? What is your creative process like?
I got into rap about 2012 but didn’t take it really serious until 2014. I wrote a lot of poems in college and one of my friends was a songwriter for Sony. He recommended me to a person that eventually lead me to where I’m at today, a signed artist on Coalishun Entertainment. My process for writing my lyrics comes from my personal life. I take certain aspects of it, and turn it into a fun song. Other times it comes from how I’m feeling at that moment and the inspiration flows through my veins. I would also yo-yo for hours thinking of lyrics. Yo-yoing is like an extension of my brain to come up with complicated wordplay and stupid punch lines.
4) Do you feel like you needed any musical training ?
Not really. I am self-taught. In the beginning, ill admit, it was kind of difficult to learn how to rhyme. Overtime, after some practice and my friends and label mates encouraging me to be better, I ventured out into excelling in my vocabulary and added them to my music.
5) How important do you feel your image is as an artist?
I’m a yo-yo rapper… what image?
6) You have recently been featured on Wu Tang’s mistake? How did this happen and how do you feel about that?
My friend shared an IG photo of the contest to me. DJ Symphony was holding a contest for his latest mix tape called “Wu-Invasion Mix tape – World Edition” hosted by Ghostface Killah. I uploaded my song “OMG” which features Kwoat. I didn’t think nothing of it because I knew he wasn’t going to pick me to be apart of it. About a week later, I get a call on my phone while I’m at work from DJ Symphony himself telling me I am getting a slot on his mix tape. I was so excited that I told EVERYBODY close to me about it. What made it more surprising was that my song is featured on Wikipedia. I didn’t even know that was apart of it. As of today it has over 4 million downloads.
7)  What is your secret to your videos, how have you always pulled great numbers ?
The secret is simply being yourself. I always make sure any video I do contains my thoughts in real time. What you see is what I think of myself. Certain numbers I’m not gonna lie, you got to put up some bread. Also you got to reach a lot of legit IG followers that have organic views. You may have to pay $100-$700 if you want a few to a lot of people to see your masterpiece. Your budget as to match your promotion. If you’re putting $1000 for videos put another $1000 for promotion.
8) Tell us about the this is our biker jacket initiative ? What do you hope to achieve with this?
I am doing a personal project called “This Is Our Biker Jacket”, Go follow it on Instagram @thisisourbikerjacket . Its a project where I travel to different showcases, events, exhibitions etc. and ask everyone or anyone in the underground or up and coming in the world of music, art, film etc. to put their signature on an all white biker jacket. This jacket will be a great representation of people who are grinding and striving to be all they can be while starting from the bottom. After the jacket is fully signed, I’m going to shadowbox it (put the jacket in a frame) and put it up for auction. All proceeds will go to @autismspeaks As you can see in just a few weeks, we have a lot of notable people who want to be apart of this endeavor. it officially kicked off on July 7th with @safielvonay of @thenycgrind being the first signees. I truly appreciate everyone that is on the jacket and in the future will sign my jacket. If you ever see me carrying this on my back or hanging this on a wall, don’t hesitate to stop me and ask to sign. I would hope it would inspire other people to want to be able to come together and help out different causes around the world. It doesn’t only have to be autism. It can be breast cancer, AIDS, Diabetes etc. I have always love joining causes and I wanted to do my part as a human being.
9) Tell us about your other community actions, what made you want to be involved with Autism Speaks!  how important is it for you or for artists to take action in community matters?
Personally, I have had developmental issues in my life. I had lead poisoning at age 5 and I was really sick for about 2 years straight. Always throwing up, having headaches, going to the doctor etc. took a toll on my learning. People called me stupid, dumb, and the worst retarded. I was bullied to a point where I had to transfer high schools because I was afraid to go. Overtime, with the help of my parents, I was able to overcome certain mental obstacles and had a normal life. I got 2 college degrees in business, a great paying job at a hospital, and able to be creative with music while having a great social life.
10) What is next for Richard Pigkaso?
Don’t want to give too much away, but ill say new music videos, more awesome music, and maybe a short film. It’s all in the beta stages but we shall see what happens in the future.
There are Strings Attached Available Everywhere Now 
Follow Richard at @richieluvsyoyos

Lovell – Watcha Gonna Do

Lovell Spreads Positivity through New Single
“Whatcha Gonna Do”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lovell Brooks has always had an undeniable passion for everything that had to do with music. After receiving his first big break in 1986 with his performance group Private Affairs, he knew he possessed the drive and talent to go far. As he continued on with his career, he realized he wanted to take a different route as a solo artist. He was so focused on perfecting his craft independently, which prompted him to continue on his journey as such.

When it comes to Lovell’s style, he prides himself on being extremely versatile. After dabbling into RnB music, his peers began noticing how his talent effortlessly started to shine through. “After taking some time off from music, I had a reawakening in 2010. I wasn’t liking what I was seeing in the industry, as violence and drugs were being promoted. So, I took matters into my own hands and reinvented the wheel with my own sound,” said the artist. It took serious determination and bravery to stand apart from the masses, and promote a message he hoped would go further. It was no surprise that his fans were immediately receptive to the positive message he shared through his music.

Lovell shook the RnB scene by storm when he released his reintroduction single, “Baby Hi”. The song alone raked in numbers at a rate that Lovell was stunned, and rightfully pleased, by. In continuing to provide inspiration to his listeners in need of it, he kept the momentum going with the release of his most recent single, “Whatcha Gonna Do”, from his follow-up album “Universoul Man”. “It’s a soulful reminder to gangsters in the street who may be doing bad things,” said Lovell. “It has a Curtis Mayfield vibe to it. I just want to give a warning to people who may want to gravitate toward criminal behavior. I want to inspire them to pursue more positive aspirations.” Much like its predecessor, the single has garnered a lot of attention as it continues to generate an overwhelming amount of positive feedback.

Regardless of what projects he’s working on, Lovell strives to be the “O.G.” as he continues to spread an uplifting message through his music. “Not to sound cliché, but people shouldn’t give up so easily. Nothing by chance will happen fast, so you have to continue to hone your craft,” said the singer. He hopes his fans will take heed to his message, and never stop achieving their goals in life. After all, Lovell is a living and breathing example of someone who never stopped reaching for greatness.

To listen to Lovell’s music, or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://twitter.com/realrnbreturns
https://www.instagram.com/lovellrealrnb/
https://www.facebook.com/lovell2016

NEW VIDEO BY MADISON JAY “LINE ‘EM UP” @THEMADISONJAY

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.

Enjoy “Line ‘Em Up” by streaming/purchasing here

https://tidal.com/track/86473094

https://open.spotify.com/track/2NPJZIxbZGLA6lJ2OFtsld?si=cW_rr_W1SuKTBWFmGkozjA

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1364632087?ls=1&app=itunes

https://soundcloud.com/themadisonjay/madison-jay-line-em-up-clean/s-golG5

https://themadisonjay.bandcamp.com/track/line-em-up-clean-version

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INTERVIEW | THE REAL SIMBA @THEREALSIMBAA TALKS MUSIC, FAMILY, AND POSITIVE VIBES

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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NEW MUSIC | LONGLIVEFROST “MONEY MAKING MITCH” @LONGLIVEFROST

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.

Listen to “Money Making Mitch” below.

https://twitter.com/longlivefrost

https://www.instagram.com/longlivefrost/

https://soundcloud.com/longlivefrost

 

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NEW MUSIC | SONGBIRD THEGODDESS “SCREWED UP” @Goddess3oh2

SongBird TheGoddess, representing Delaware, is a Goddess in every sense of the word. She has proven to hold her own in a male dominated industry. Her voice is a rarity with the expertise to belt songstress vocals and rap bar for bar knocking out her competition.  In her single “Screwed Up” SongBird raps about her hunger to make it and backs up everything she puts down. Her use of punchlines, gritty lyrics, and witty delivery takes listeners back to the essence of Hip Hop.

Listen to “Screwed Up” below.

https://www.instagram.com/_songbirdthegoddess/

https://twitter.com/Goddess3oh2

https://soundcloud.com/songbirdthegoddess

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