Kurrlina Kurrlina – Karma

North Carolina rapper with new single ‘Karma’ proves that hard work pays off

FAIRMONT, NC – Those who live in North Carolina know that there’s a certain way you say “Carolina.” You need to use a thick Southern drawl with the vowels drawn out so that it sounds more like “Kurrlina.” It’s a signature sound that stands out – there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

That’s also true of North Carolina rapper Markel Albritton who embraces his roots by using the stage name Kurrlina Kurrlina. As one would expect, his drawl is forefront as part of his signature sound, but its witty wordplay and catchy hooks are turning heads all along the East Coast these days.

His newest single “Karma” has been getting quite a bit of attention. The upbeat, all-purpose track is perfect for club banging or hanging in the hood. It’s full of energy and pairs with an inspirational message that encourages listeners to pull through the negative things in their lives and turn them into positives.

“I work hard and I’ve been working hard for years,” Kurrlina said. “That, more than anything, is what sets me apart from anyone else. Nobody sounds like me and I don’t sound like anybody else because my style is distinct. But more than anything, I never quit. I keep going and growing and stay popping, and that’s what this song is about.”

Kurrlina said he first was introduced to Rap through his love of poetry. He became known in high school as a guy who would put a lot of crazy words together to create interesting rhyme schemes, and when he started using that power to share his unique story, people started to pay attention. Today, most of his music is based on his life and the stories he has to share with the world. Those stories are inspired by the things he’s seen or gone through and tinged with his dreams and aspirations for the future.

“I’m talk about real-life, inspirational stuff,” he said. “I represent the struggle and my music is inspired by real events, which is why it relates to people. I’m trying to spread a wave and set a mark on the world. I have what it takes not just to survive but to thrive, and it’s time for people to take notice. We’re just doing what we gotta do to get where we wanna go.”

Over the past decade, Kurrlina has dropped five mixtapes each year, with music that has won him five outstanding performances and put him on the map in a way that has allowed him to open for major artists such as Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young LA, and Legend Zero. He has also dropped several videos, each gaining hundreds of thousands of plays on his YouTube channel. Now under the management of J’Will with J’Will Entertainment, Kurrlina said he’s ready to take his music to the next level and begin bringing in a wider international audience. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/kurrlina.kurrlina

https://instagram.com/kurrlinakurrlina?igshid=vtwe7l6icze6

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt_EjkYMdy6mZMM5wAcdJ8A

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5KVflwmV90YDn8Ilv8YbvB?si=j6ROedX1RcaIFNgZTSQmaA

https://music.apple.com/us/album/pvo-ep/1501969082

https://soundcloud.com/markel-albrittone

https://twitter.com/CarolinaDiego5
https://jwillentertainment.com/kurrlina-kurrlina-epk

828 – Sack

Howard University duo 828 set to drop bold new album ‘Check In’

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD – A hot new Hip Hop duo from the esteemed Howard University is making a splash with their music in ways that are reverberating in all corners of the globe. 

Known as 828, the fast-rising duo of GoldenPrince and DripE have found their tracks receiving high praises from people in the U.S. and abroad. Their first EP, “Drop Off,” was a bold introduction to a sound and style that has people sitting up and paying attention. And they’re set to follow up that success with their new album, “Check In.” 

“It’s a project where we’re trying to target different types of audiences,” GoldenPrince said. “There’s songs with females on it. There are songs speaking about life and what we’ve been through. There are songs that people will be able to relate to. It’s different from our first project which we got a lot of good feedback from. We’ve been working extremely hard on the album – up at 5 a.m. working on songs even though we had class at 9 a.m. We were determined to complete this album, but we wanted to take our time and make sure we had quality over quantity.”

The project will include 12 songs that put 828’s signature sound on full display. From the beginning, the best friends have had a special connection. They first met at age 10 when they were on the same basketball team. Now that they go to the same college, they’ve expanded that bond to include a mutual pursuit of music. And that unique bond shines through their music. Listeners can immediately tell that there’s chemistry there, leading to excellence in sound, style, flow and production.

“We have more of a mainstream type of sound,” GoldenPrince said. “And it’s an international sound. We have people in Mexico and other places around the world listening to our music, so it’s not just for people in the U.S. We have different audiences all over, and that’s great because we just want to showcase our skills. We’re great storytellers but we also bring energy. We want to make you dance. We create different types of music – some to make you think and some to make you dance. This album showcases that. Every song is going to give you a different feel. That’s how we want to separate ourselves, with that different sound and experience.”

DripE added that the main impetus for the songs they create are whether or not it’s something they’d want to listen to at the end of the day. “We’re young and we go to parties and we like music,” he said. “We want to make music we’d like to hear at those parties. But we’re doing it with a different kind of vibe. We’re making music you can vibe to but also music you can relate to.”

The debut single from the album has already been released and is available across all streaming platforms. The song is “Sack” and takes an upbeat tone to convey 828’s story of coming up and making it in the music industry. DripE said it has more of a California vibe than a lot of their other songs, and definitely falls into the lane of the kind of song that will make people want to get up and dance. 

“We have a lot of influences and have listened to a lot of different artists over the years, but we don’t want to be compared to anybody else,” GoldenPrince said. “We want to leave a legacy where 10 years from now you could look back and say that 828 is one of the best rap duos of all time. I believe we’re up next.”

To listen to 828’s music or to follow them on social media, please visit:

https://mobile.twitter.com/_SharpShootaa
https://www.instagram.com/uncleprince___/

https://mobile.twitter.com/_moneyE
https://www.instagram.com/_check.chaser/

https://www.instagram.com/8.2.8.ent/

https://music.apple.com/us/album/drop-off-ep/1492126003

Lowkei Drops “A Bug’s Life”

Lowkei is a hot new mc hailing from Columbia, South Carolina who has recently signed with

Jackson Brand Management as one of their lead clients. As a result of that partnership his new record “A Bug’s Life” has been buzzing at indie stations and outlets across the country from NYC to New Jersey and even Cleveland Ohio to name a few.

Despite his recent success, Lowkei takes it all in stride. While many in his position would be rushing to be “the one that put the city and/or state on the map” this humble yet confident young man would like to simply follow the plan laid out by his team, run sale and streams up on the single, be ready for shows when the country opens back up, full length in the works,  all while staying “Lowkei”.  Stream “A Bug’s Life” and connect with Lowkei on Instagram and Twitter @official_lowkei.

Robert Nicklas – New Whip

Seasoned songwriter, Robert Nicklas releases new “Vibe Feelin” EP

DENVER, CO – Singer, songwriter and professional musician, Robert Nicklas is proving that hard work and perseverance pay off. He puts a tremendous amount of work into each and every one of his compositions. But not everything he writes makes it to the end of the line. A prolific songwriter, he worked up between 100 and 200 beats to get the right feel for the five songs on his latest project.

The end result of Robert’s persistence can be enjoyed on his new EP, “Vibe Feelin.” Released on April 29th of this year, the R&B tracks have a distinct Hip Hop feel, but with singing instead of rapping. The lead single, “New Whip” was born from a melody which played over and over in Robert’s head. For this track, he worked with as many as ten different beats to get the perfect fit he was after. “New Whip” falls into the mold of a radio friendly vibe he was shooting for, and the “Vibe Feelin” has a bit more of a Pop flavor than some of his previous work.

Last summer, Robert worked with experienced Atlanta-based producer, Terrius Miller, on two singles titled “More & More” and “Club Love.” Miller has worked with the likes of Chris Brown, Outkast and Destiny’s Child, and Robert’s two singles received a tremendous amount of radio play in the Atlanta market.

During the 90s, Robert Nicklas started to get serious about making his own music professionally and he released music in 2003 on the Chicago-based label, Sonic Wave International. He also went to college for piano, so his musical influences range from Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin to Herbie Hancock, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe and even Dr. Dre.

As a classically trained piano player, he found it challenging to play without written music at first. In his early 20s, he met a drummer whose father played saxophone with Count Basie. Robert had to forget a lot of his classical training and learned how to play music from this drummer across the room. “You have to throw everything away to be able to play from inside, rather than looking at music,” Robert said.

His taste in music is all over the place, but he mainly enjoys listening to all the new music that is trending. Listening to genres that are pushing music forward keeps Robert’s energy going. He finds that Hip Hop artists are pushing the edge of the envelope for the direction of music now, and he incorporates those elements into his songwriting.

Robert has possessed a gift for music since he was very young. By trying hard and pushing harder, Robert ends up excelling at his craft. That special feeling of joy when a new groove hits is what keeps him going, and he is constantly writing. Just a few days after dropping his new EP, Robert was straight back in the writing mode and coming up with new material to see what tasty tracks he can create next.

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Md7PXdIXE1AEDyWA0u99X

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/robert-nicklas/4956528

https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Nicklas/e/B001LHJ8SQ

https://www.youtube.com/user/rwnnicklas/

https://twitter.com/a21juice21

“New Whip”

https://open.spotify.com/track/4jpfiqZk4YxIBuLJlUVAkk

 

“Vibe Feelin”

https://open.spotify.com/album/4YXr8HOugg9uC9ObAU7rOf

Produkt – Supreme Wizards

Bronx-based Puerto Rican rapper drops hot new single ‘Supreme Wizards’

BRONX, NY – Produkt, the hard-hitting rapper from The Bronx whose one-fan-at-a-time grassroots philosophy has netted him hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide, has dropped yet another hit with his latest “Supreme Wizards.”

Detailing the downside of the fast life, Produkt uses this darker, ambient song to examine the negative aspects of a lifestyle that more often than not costs people their lives or their livelihood. 

“Everybody is quick to glorify and champion all the dark and dumb shit they have to do to make money on the streets,” Produkt said. “But that will cost you in the end. It’s not the road to success and it shouldn’t be your definition of success. A lot of my music is dark and very serious, but that’s because there are a lot of people in pain in our world especially now. The amount of loss we’re going through right now is unprecedented. I want to be that voice and inspiration for people – to inspire the unspoken. So even though this is a darker song, at the end of the day, I hope my music helps people pick themselves up and dust themselves off and be motivated to keep going for whatever it is they love. They don’t have to get caught on the hamster wheel and get swallowed by life and give up on their ambitions and dreams. Kick that shit in the ass and fight for what you want. Believe in yourself.”

“Supreme Wizards” is the debut single from Produkt’s latest album, “Hit and Run” which is set to be available across all streaming platforms by summer 2020. It’s a project that features half a dozen artists with Frank Benz and Rothstien in particular, highlighted the most. Those two are business partners with Produkt for their independent label X Records. Rothstien is also featured on the first verse of “Supreme Wizards.”

Produkt is making a splash along the East Coast with his new music and he isn’t new to the industry. He’s been making music for more than a decade and is the first rapper to ever be nominated for more than three single-year underground music awards at the UMAs. His name started to become well known across the U.S. in 2014 when he released two hit singles, “Hold It Down” and “Freak Affair.” His success has helped to garner him millions of views on YouTube for his music videos. His newfound success has given him a renewed outlook on the industry, and a recent shift toward inspiring others has helped his music be embraced by an ever-widening fanbase globally. 

“It’s not a stretch to say that positivity is contagious,” he said. “And I pair that with a strong, straight, nostalgic Hip Hop presence in a way that captures something melodic – something on the softer side with a more ambient, melodic vibe. There’s nothing that will stop me from being a force in this game.”

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

https://iamprodukt.com/
https://www.instagram.com/iamprodukt/

https://www.facebook.com/PRODUKTBX

https://twitter.com/ProduKtJRG

https://xrecordsinc.com/produkt-epk/

“Supreme Wizards” 

https://produkt.lnk.to/supremewizards

JV – Didn’t Even Wanna Talk My Shit

Detroit entertainer JV drops new single, music video ‘Didn’t Even Wanna Talk My Shit’

DETROIT, MI – If there’s anything audiences will learn from the new music video, “Didn’t Even Wanna Talk My Shit,” it’s that new Detroit rapper Jovon “JV” Garth is an artist who means serious business.

Flying under the radar of the thriving Hip Hop scene, this young entertainer has slowly built a name for himself throughout many cities. He’s well known among Hip Hop circles of the upper Midwest and after spending years honing his craft, he’s decided it’s time for a wider audience to get to know his particular brand and style of music.

He’s starting a year of music releases with his first single, “Didn’t Even Wanna Talk My Shit,” which will be the first of a three-part series.

“Didn’t Even Wanna Talk My Shit” is a three-piece series about the 3 angriest moments of my life. When somebody pissed me off or gave me some bullshit,” JV said.  “So I made three different versions. This one has more of a smooth vibe that kind of lets people know that my situation has changed. I’m looking to do more positive things. I don’t want to run the streets anymore. I’m going hard on music.”

JV became interested in music at the age 6 and he wrote his first song at age 9. Growing up on Detroit’s East Side, he experienced much of the struggle and has plenty of stories from which to pull from for his music. And more than anything, that’s what he considers himself to be as an artist – a storyteller.

“You know I mean everything I say,” he said. “I’m not a super-hype rapper. I’m a vibe rapper. And people like my music based off what they hear. With my lyrics, you’ll get messages and positivity. Even though I come from that life, I’m not making straight hard-core music. I’m coming to the table with whatever feels good at the time – Pop, Rap, Dance Hall, Reggae … whatever. When I put my mind to some shit, I get it done. And more than anything, I just like to tell stories. There’s more avenues in this industry than just the music – It’s entertainment. And I believe if you’re going to do something, do it big.”

It’s for that reason that JV considers his new music video to be somewhat of an audition tape for the wider world of entertainment. He’s looking of course, at showcasing his rapping skills but he’s also showing off his ability as an actor, writer, producer and all-around artist. He’s eager to see how other opportunities might come from his music and would love to one day be known around the world as one of the premier entertainers of his time.

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

https://twitter.com/LMR_JV_

https://www.instagram.com/lmr_jv__/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016527870643

https://soundcloud.com/jovon-garth

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2anm2tH61zQghsu4Ufu5k6?si=ilj5—gSbCJIUKiPZeZbg

King Harlem – Street Korner Muzik

King Harlem takes near-death experience and parlays it into message for people living street life

BALTIMORE, MD – King Harlem has a lot of memories of his time on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland – not the least of which is the two-day period during which he lost his brother to a shooting, and then was shot himself nine times and nearly lost his own life. His road to recovery – which includes the amputation of one leg and having to re-learn how to walk – has been a long one. The lessons he’s learned along the way are profound and ones that he hopes to be able to share with other young people living the street life. Those words of wisdom are paired perfectly with a unique sound and style on his most recent single “Street Kroner Muzik.”

The song was born from a recent moment with a friend with whom he reunited after many years apart. They’d grown up on the streets together, and they decided to meet up to catch up on one of the street corners that held special significance for them. While standing on that corner, sharing memories and remembering friends and brothers they’d lost over the years, the truths of their past lives began to cut to the core. King Harlem said he realized how blessed he was to still be alive, and that flash of inspiration led to his latest single.

“I’ve been doing music for a while but I never really was serious with it until maybe five years ago after a lot of things happened in my life,” he said. I was really in the street life so I wasn’t focused on music. You can’t be focused on too many things when you’re living that kind of life. Then I got shot nine times and died twice. They told my mom I had died, but I made it through. The doctor told me I’d never walk again, and a lot of people gave up on me. But one of my friends – the same friend who used to rap with me back in the day and was creating beats – just kept coming to me faithfully. I told him I don’t really rap anymore but he just kept giving me beats. Between that and this desire to prove people wrong about not walking anymore, it put the energy back in me. It wasn’t easy but I’m able to walk now and I’ve been trying to tell people that they can change through my music. When I was living on the streets, I thought the only way I would die would be young on the streets like my brother, or from old age or disease. But when I was in the hospital, so many people were going through so many things – a lot of them worse than being shot. I got to understand how big life is. We have to cherish it. And hopefully when our time is up, God will forgive us for everything we did. I just want to be ready when it’s that time.”

Growing up in Baltimore where Hip Hop culture is a heavy influence on young people, King Harlem found a natural talent for Rap. At one point he was signed to an independent label. Today, he hopes to become one of the voices that help associate Baltimore with a signature sound, like many other cities across the U.S. He said his talent means a lot to him because of his ability to change the game for people who listen to what he has to share. 

“I believe I have a lot in my head, and I want to share that with the world,” he said. “Through Rap, I hope to inspire my audience so they know where I’m coming from. I’m a soul survivor and I like to be honest and tell about my life. I can only give my life and everything I’ve been through, and just keep it as real as possible. And at the end of the day, I just want my music to be known for being authentic and for having a sound that people will come to call that ‘Baltimore sound.’ I want to create something that can be groundbreaking and associated with Baltimore. But ultimately, I just want to be authentic.”

To listen to King Harlem’s music or to follow him on social media, visit:

https://twitter.com/barclayent

https://www.instagram.com/king_harlem_shakur/

“Street Korner Muzik”

https://tidal.com/track/134716447

https://open.spotify.com/album/70wm3zKxceZSU58tEDN1TI?si=gHvriUnKTXe9J8ArB7roAA

“1.O.A.k”

https://tidal.com/track/114250240

Elijah Rosario – Unorthodox Being

The debut of this artist was a shame to miss. In 2019 Elijah Rosario the star of Raleigh North Carolina put out his awaited EP Unorthodoxed being. This compilation is the perfect blend of the R&B and Hip Hop. For many it can remind one  of the combination of T-Pain and Chris brown  and T-Pain when T-Pain put together  The Best Love Song.

While we have seen Elijah Rosario as a singer/songwriter we have seen his lyrical versatility in this project, you hear the versatility in the track been here featuring Shogun.  From talking about making the bag and being on top he talks to the ladies in Drop It Low featuring Voyce giving us the strip club pop vibe. What caught our attention was the difference in the beat selection as the beat to focus, gives us the latin guitar strumming Maria Maria vibe that you can use in a club to dance with your partner. The project had nothing but consistent flows and vibes that not many people in today’s R&B has brought us now a days. It is refreshing to listen to and we suggest everyone takes a listen to this.

About Elijah Rosario

Elijah Rosario is a 26 year old R&B Artist/Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist based out of Raleigh, North Carolina by way of Augusta, Georgia and he’s bringing that sexy and sultry R&B back! His relationship with music all started when he was only five years of age and started playing the drums in church. His love for writing began after he wrote his first love letter in the 6th grade, and judging by the reaction he received, he knew then that his words could make people feel something. He started recording vocal music in June of 2010 and has hit the ground running ever since. Artists such as Marvin Gaye, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Miguel, Rihanna, Drake and The Weeknd inspired him to pursue his passion of writing dope lyrics with beautiful instrumentation. He classifies himself as an “R&B Mood Music” type of artist. His music is upbeat, sensual, real life centric and most importantly personal. He always appreciates his lyrics being complimented by sick bass bumping through the speakers and being underlined with string instruments or piano keys. When it comes to writing he allows his palette to remain versatile.

Check out the Project Here

 

Follow Elijah Rosario everywhere at : @iamesix

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The return of S-Rock – 30 Minutes of Rock

If you have followed the artistry of S-Rock you will know that a project from the Brooklyn MC and Entrepreneur is a rare occasion.  S-Rock, known as the leader of Rockview Entertainment and the manager of Lucious, Taina, and CP The DJ is also an acclaimed artist and MC. His last known project was the color code series , but more known for his project Rockview Radio Mr. All In One that released years ago. What caused the lyrical titan to come out one may ask?  The titan of Rap came to show the sucka MC’s how it’s really done.

The project has loved hits such as Real Ones and a remix to his classic Haterz on My Back, but the Brooklyn rapper brought us some new heat a well. With his flow bringing back the classic hip hop vibe this project has bangers that we can all relate to. In a quarantine there are not many chances to go out but with this project S-Rock paints the image for us as if we weren’t quarantined.  Let’s go makes us feel if we were going on a classic ride for a nighttime adventure., while the Zeze freeverse has everyone dancing while we see different sides from him in Freak Like me and and Feelin’ inside. Feelin’ Inside gives us that 90’s boombap feel with a classic S-Rock twist Riight Riight!

This is definitely worth many listens while you are on your quarrantine vibes.

The project is currently available on Soundcloud follow S-Rock everywhere @titanofrap and @rockviewent

Follow us everywhere @rawrrzonenyc @ivyproductions

Kony Brooks Teaches us the Way of The Streets in Ghetto Gospel

Bronx Native Kony Brooks known for his leadership in the Thot Boys collective and his singles Waist Trainer,  We Ballers, 3 Fifths , and by special mention Backpacks and M.L.Kony from his previous project Kony Island 2.   The lyrical giant opened up to us in his latest project All Hail The King showing us a side of him that many did not see. In his recent single Ghetto Gospel featuring Haddy Racks we were introduced to his world.

The story starts early in the morning , describing their life in the streets and what they have to live through on the day to day basis from dealing with home to the loyal and unloyal; something that we can all relate to. Could this be the lead single for a potential new project one can never know?

Leave your thoughts on the single below.

Follow him everywhere @konybrooks

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