The Good People x Horror City x Carta P x Quentin Gilmore – The Starting 5ive EP

Saint and Emskee of The Good People link with Horror City, Carta P, and Quentin Gilmore for a 6-track EP entitled ‘The Starting 5ive. The collective delivers a laid back, yet invigorating body of authentic Hip-Hop.

Each record, diverse in style and flow, is topped off with motivating gems along with intricate wordplay about success and wins. The star-studded lineup also pays homage to New York Hip-Hop and those who built it.

“The Starting 5” holds no bars when it comes to their stance in the music industry and in life, and their lyrical deliverance defines their moments as bench warmers to starting guards in March Madness!

Arrangements of horns and classic boom-bap cadences intermingle with soulful jazz undertones that resonate throughout the EP. Hip-Hop enthusiasts are sure to embrace this dose of ear milk on repeat.

Stream The Starting 5ive on preferred platforms here

DARKSTARGRAVER Debuts ‘Burning Bridges’ EP

PORTSMOUTH RAP ARTIST AND SONGWRITER DARKSTARGRAVER UNVEILS DEBUT EP ‘BURNING BRIDGES’

Hailing from the south coast of England in Portsmouth, DARKSTARGRAVER is an exciting UK rap prospect for 2020, who comes highly recommended if you like the hard-hitting sounds of Octavian, Skepta, Denzel Curry, A$AP Rocky, or Kojey Radical. Led by introductory tracks ‘CodeRED’ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’, which were released earlier this year to rave reviews, Burning Bridges is the debut EP from the 22-year old British Zambian rapper, singer and songwriter DarkStarGraver.

While he cut his teeth and honed his skills in the south of England, and has established himself at the forefront of the emerging Hip Hop scene in Portsmouth, DarkStarGraver draws his influences from diverse cultures and backgrounds, having experienced life all over the UK in his very young 22 years, from Birmingham to Kensal Green to Richmond to Glasgow – travels and experiences which have shaped his perspective, musical tastes, and styles, as is evident on his new Burning Bridges EP.

Sonically, Burning Bridges sees DarkStarGraver taking an international approach, working with producers from Russia, Germany, and America to help map out the global rap sound of the record, including Minnesota producer P.SOUL, who has worked with YBN Cordae, Trippie Redd, XXXTENTACION, and Joey Bada$$, Russian beatsmith Roman RSK, whose credits include producing for Nasty C, The Underachievers, and ELLEVN, and NC-based producer Airavata, who has worked with German chart-topper Apache 207, French pop star Maxenss, and Venezuelan trap music frontrunner Big Soto.

As for the themes the Burning Bridges EP addresses, DarkStarGraver is vulnerable from the start as he discusses fake love and cutting off dead weight on the defensive ‘Without A Heart’ and the EP’s title track ‘Burning Bridges’, and on ‘Last One Standing’, ‘Snakes & Ladders’ and ‘CodeRED’, he is in defiant self-motivational mode, while ‘Seeing The Signs’ sees him learning a hard lesson on trust and loyalty, with the Portsmouth rap artist coming to terms with the conflict in his life and letting go on ‘Walk On By’, and finding the peace he needs to move forward on ‘Winning Lane’.

Speaking about the inspiration behind his Burning Bridges EP, DarkStarGraver says, “this project explores the mental & spiritual changes I went through, my personal chrysalis from light to dark, the road from chaotic rage into compassion & tranquillity. It’s all about the paths we can take, even the track titles make reference to this, as well as the artwork, being a Japanese Torii Gate, which symbolizes the transition from the mundane into the sacred. Around the time of writing this ‘Burning Bridges’ project, I came to realize that the people I had close to me weren’t on the same vibration as me, when I was striving for more in my life.

I’m not afraid of showing my deepest vulnerabilities or being open with my emotions, I feel it’s important to share my personal truths, and while this can be intense, I want to be real with my thoughts and experiences. Making this EP was a moment of self-discovery for me, as I had to let go of the people and things that were no longer doing any good for me, in order to serve my highest purpose. I had to burn a couple of bridges along the way to find peace within myself, this feels like a real journey start to finish”.

‘BURNING BRIDGES’ EP TRACKLIST

  1. Without A Heart
  2. Burning Bridges
  3. Last One Standing (featuring Frank Myth)
  4. Snakes & Ladders
  5. CodeRED
  6. Seeing The Signs
  7. Walk On By (featuring Fatal K)
  8. Winning Lane

 

‘BURNING BRIDGES’ UK AUTUMN TOUR DATES

November 29 – Fiddlers Elbow, London, UK

November 30 – Heartbreakers Bar, Southampton, UK

December 2 – The Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth, UK

December 3 – Cowley Club, Brighton, UK

December 5 – St. George Hotel, Kent, UK

More Dates to be Confirmed

 

CONNECT WITH DARKSTARGRAVER

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DarkStarGraver

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DarkStarGraver

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarkStarGraver

 

MEDIA & PRESS:

Please direct all media and press inquiries to Ayo Adepoju: ayodele@wepluggoodmusic.com

Fokie Dope – Raised by Wolves (EP)

Fokie Dope releases his highly anticipated EP entitled ‘Raised by Wolves’, out now on all platforms.

These days with the flexibility of an independent artist to schedule and create their own releases they often lack the proper planning and/or spacing between other projects that sometimes leave potential fans confused. Fortunately, Fokie Dope is not one of those artists.

With tens of thousands of digital streams and even more views on YouTube, many artists and teams would simply look to expand on the momentum and milk the record and video for all its worth. Instead, Fokie rode that self-created wave to release a super dope EP called “Raised by Wolves”.

Fokie gets right to it on the lead track “Wolves”, the effortless flow over the string and key heavy track serves as the perfect starter to get your mouth watering for more. “Mission Statement” has that Detroit Player flow all over it, while “Sky Castles” featuring Kiwi serves as one the projects stand out tracks but don’t get it twisted, tracks like “Nobodies”, “Strange Program” and “Masters” serve more than just filler or taking up space as they could stand by themselves as singles possibly.

Very few recent projects have that “just press play and listen to the end” quality that classics are made of yet after your first listen you will definitely agree that “Raised by Wolves” would qualify as well. Stream the EP and connect with Fokie Dope on Instagram and Twitter @FokieDope.

Submitted by Skylyn Hagins (owner of WE GOT THE JAMS RADIO and host of The Playlist Radio Show & The Shark Tank, and label owner, podcast host, and a freelance music writer for several blogs and magazines.

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Angel Bedrock’s New Single “Finer Things”

Bronx native Angel Bedrock releases his new hit single “Finer Things” off his new EP entitled ‘Timing’.

The 22-year old artist delivers the perfect, exotic blend of vocals and rap to define the finer things in life. Sounds of pulsating piano keys and a vibrant kaleidoscope of drums and bass, heighten Bedrock’s emotion and wordplay. He won’t settle for anything less and that includes his women. Stream “Finer Things” and connect with Angel Bedrock on Instagram @bedrockdabrand.

Parlae “Gangsta Shit” Video

ATL OG Parlae is back this week with another single off his EP titled ‘R.E.A.L’, available now on all platforms.

“Gangsta Shit”, produced by KingDJay and featuring BBG TR3, is a classic street track with a catchy club vibe. This is for everyone screaming ‘gangsta shit’ without knowing the codes or down for the lifestyle. Watch “Gangsta Shit” and connect with Parlae on Instagram and Twitter @iamparlae.

Parlae “Real Ones” Video Ft. Bloody Jay & Joe Gifted

Parlae enlists Bloody Jay and Joe Gifted for his latest single/video “Real Ones” with production by Marley & Budda. The single is off Parlae’s new EP ‘R.E.A.L. (Realize Everybody Ain’t Livin)’.

ATL’s OG goes hard in this mini-movie giving props to real ones. Being real is not something you become, either you’re bred real or your fake. Parlae drops countless gems including the current drought on real ones and how clout chasing has no room in the minds of real ones. Press play to determine which side of the fence you step to.

Connect with Parlae @iamparlae on Instagram and Twitter

Connect with Bloody Jay @kingbloody5 on Instagram

Connect with Joe Gifted @joe_gifted on Instagram

D Prime 215 “What They Tell Us” Video

Philly’s own prolific emcee, D Prime 215 delivers more mind-blowing realities in his latest video “What They Tell Us.” The single/video, produced by Johann Sebastian, is off Prime’s latest “Sacred Mantra” EP, available on all major platforms.

“Mass media controls how many people get their news. The issue is, it’s not always accurate or close to it. When it comes to Black Folk, accurate isn’t even a thought most of the time. Negative statistics and stereotypes permeate the media as the overpowering narrative. This one-sided narrative is viewed as Gospel by those who don’t come in to contact with Black Folk on a regular basis if at all. As a Black Man, being viewed as the sum of negativity is asinine to me, as if that’s ALL we are. This record is my 2 Cents on it. I present to you “What They Tell Us.” Press Play.” – D Prime 215

The video is a simple one, just D Prime walking through his city of brotherly love. Because of his intricate wordplay and ingenious lyricism, there’s no need for gimmicks to entice viewers in. Also, a mini-film or animation, etc., would just take away from Prime’s lyrical declaration.

Prime addresses stereotypes placed on African Americans repeatedly for centuries. He also claims his human stance, free of felonies and other negative connotations. He goes on to mention that deliberately damaging advancements for African Americans must come to an end.  It makes you raise an eyebrow and wonder if others were just born jealous.  Prime delivers his revolutionary rhymes over chilling, hair-raising production blended with classic cuts and scratches. Watch “What They Tell Us” and connect with D Prime 215 and Johann Sebastian below.

About D Prime 215

In the English language, the word “Prime” is defined as “of first importance”. One could certainly say that Philadelphian emcee D Prime 215 has christened himself appropriately, as hip-hop has been of first importance in this young man’s life since he picked up a pad and pen in 2009. You can hear the warm, “golden era” sounds of J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest and hometown heroes The Roots pulsing through his music, but with an updated, current twist. Prime’s held his own on wax with underground veterans like Reef the Lost Cauze, Hezekiah and Has-Lo, and shared the stage with heavyweight names such as Torae and Marco Polo. His approach is straightforward, his words honest, and his work ethic diligent. D Prime 215 is on a mission to create songs that stand the test of time, and with his unique blend of the old and the new, he’s sure to accomplish just that.

IG: http://bit.ly/DPrime215IG

Twitter: http://bit.ly/DPrime215Twitter

Facebook: http://bit.ly/DPrime215Facebook

Johann Sebastian

IG: https://www.instagram.com/js_beats/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/js_beats/

Shameless Plug ‘Honey Cocaine’ EP

Shameless Plug is back with yet another EP release titled ‘Honey Cocaine’.  If the title isn’t enough to entice listeners in, the 7 tracks of verbal stimulation will.

The Brooklyn thoroughbred steps out of his gritty, hardcore shell and revels in lust, love, and the addictive moves of fine women.  In “Kitty Up” Plug commands playtime to reach pleasurable levels of erotica, in other words, ladies step up your ‘kitty’ game. “Private Dancer” is an explicit tale of how curves and intriguing allure of women overwhelm and arouse Plug’s physical and mental state.

“Standby” switches up the vibe a bit with Plug letting past desires and flings know they’re on standby. Now that he’s taking over the boroughs of NY and cashing in on industry checks, thirsty chicks are sweating and chasing his every move. Not entertained, Plug leaves them on standby. In “Poof Be Bone” he sends out a similar message but this one is not just for the females. He’s calling out everyone who’s clout chasing and coattail riding in attempts to rob his stance.

“Delete” is a soulful, lyrical serenade about loving a divine goddess down. The sensual flow and horns magnify Plug’s vivid devise. She might just be the one to have him delete numbers off his phone.  “Mitchmatch” is an all too familiar reality of an artist in a relationship with a woman who loves when he’s home but hates when he leaves. The dilemma is real but rarely talked about in the industry, which leads to “Royalty”. Plug embodies the ups and downs of relationships and the ongoing debate and often the ongoing back and forth tennis match of breaking up to make up.

Overall, Shameless Plug delivers an EP that can be embraced by multi-genre listeners while exceeding expectations from his fans. He continues to reign as an eclectic and consistent wordsmith with a natural talent for curating timeless gems. Stream ‘Honey Cocaine’ and connect with Shameless Plug below.

Shameless Plug ‘Honey Cocaine’ EP on Spotify
Shameless Plug- Instagram @Shamelessp5050 & Twitter @Shameless_Plug

B. Dvine ‘Times Have Changed’ EP

Long Island, NY emcee and producer B.Dvine releases highly anticipated EP titled ‘Times Have Changed.’ The 6-track EP features Hip-Hop pioneer and legend Erick Sermon, UK’s own Cuban Pete, D-Rage, and Xavia.

Dvine displays a mastered skillset in both production and rhymes to deliver an eclectic project that includes classic Hip-Hop vibes, a club ante, raw wordplay, and even something for the ladies.  “Selfless Pride” sets the EP off and Dvine’s moves in this new age and new dawn. Not new to the game, he knows the climb and prepared to trek new heights. Over knocking bass weaved into penetrating pulsations for a modern twist, Dvine reminds the world that he’s developed from negativity and now sees the bigger picture clearly. The empowering track sets a tone for the remaining tracks.

“Hush”, a worldly collaboration, dictates for less talk and more action. Simply put Dvine, Sermon, Pete, and D-Rage are winning bosses with receipts. The aggressive domination flows over a riveting kaleidoscope of cadences intended to shock the core.  “Don’t Mean Nuttin” piggybacks off “Hush.” Dvine puts rappers, the game, and outsiders on blast; while they aim to impress with fallacies, Dvine breaks everything down thread by thread.

“Come Alive” is the feel-good track of the EP. With alarming and cosmic soundscapes, this infectious anthem is ideal for a sleepless night out, busting moves on the dance floor, or bumping through the city. In “Chocolate Syrup”, Dvine shows off his lustful side with slick, yet sensual pillow talk. This is not your average Netflix and chill scenario, instead, Dvine commands his wordplay right into climax.

Dvine lays out a vivid timeline for listeners in “Mr. Dreams.” He takes us back to the vulnerable age of 15 when music and Hip-Hop were a passion then transcends to the moment his dreams greet reality. It began from digging in the crates, rhyming, creating beats with his own niche and twist, to rubbing elbows with industry execs and legends.  Dvine’s lyrical calisthenics drives a knife into doubters and even teachers who labeled him as hopeless.

Overall, ‘Times Have Changed’ embodies the growth of Dvine’s artistry and ability to curate timeless music during a period where Hip-Hop is ever-changing and steadily evolving. Stream ‘Times Have Changed’ and connect with B. Dvine below.

@bdvine631 on Twitter | Instagram | Web

D Prime 215 x Hezekiah “Sacred Mantra” Video

Esteemed Philly lyricist D Prime 215 and producer Hezekiah release visuals for “Sacred Mantra.” The single/video is the title track off Prime’s second solo EP, available everywhere music is sold.

Prime wastes no time to deliver his flow over classic boom-bap cadences blended with sharp electric tones. The simple video leaves no room for distraction, only eyes and ears digesting infectious, conscious wordplay.

Prime takes great pride in being true to oneself and “Sacred Mantra” is no exception. With his feet planted firmly, Prime’s bars run his narrative. A narrative of a man who has “no room for houses and cars, but my word is bond.”

The intricate wordsmith reminders listeners that at the end of the day our words and actions are all we have to fall back on. Prime will continue to stay true while he lives out his dreams. Watch “Sacred Mantra” (directed by JL Jupiter) and connect with D Prime 215 and Hezekiah below.

D Prime 215

IG: http://bit.ly/DPrimeIG

Twitter: http://bit.ly/DPrimeTwitter

Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/DPrimeSoundCloud

Facebook: http://bit.ly/DPrimeFacebook

Hezekiah

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hezekiah3rd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hezekiah3rd/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hezekiah3rd/

About D Prime 215

In the English language, the word “Prime” is defined as “of first importance”. One could certainly say that Philadelphian emcee D Prime 215 has christened himself appropriately, as hip-hop has been of first importance in this young man’s life since he picked up a pad and pen in 2009. You can hear the warm, “golden era” sounds of J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest and hometown heroes The Roots pulsing through his music, but with an updated, current twist. Prime’s held his own on wax with underground veterans like Reef the Lost Cauze, Hezekiah and Has-Lo, and shared the stage with heavyweight names such as Torae and Marco Polo. His approach is straightforward, his words honest, and his work ethic diligent. D Prime 215 is on a mission to create songs that stand the test of time, and with his unique blend of the old and the new, he’s sure to accomplish just that.