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
- Without A Heart
- Burning Bridges
- Last One Standing (featuring Frank Myth)
- Snakes & Ladders
- Seeing The Signs
- Walk On By (featuring Fatal K)
- 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
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Seasoned Hip Hop Artist from Reading, Pennsylvania U-nik Stylez announces the release of his third installment of his “Classic” project. “Classic III” includes features from major Indie Artists Ren Thomas, King Magnetic, Recognize Ali, Illconscious, as well as others. Stylez collaborated with all-inclusive production teams on top of self produced tracks to create this thorough and timeless project.
“I wanted to keep a similar vibe and work with artists and producers I’ve met along the way and also add a very personal track on the project. “The record “Due Time” gives an explanation to fans on my 2-year hiatus from releasing new music.”
“Classic III” is a reflection of Stylez growth and progression as an artist and was inspired from the major success of the first two installments.
“This time around I even added a little humor… a comedy skit mocking “Mumble Rap.”
At 27 years of age Stylez continues to claim eminent accolades as other notable artists from tours to a worldwide fan base, major media and press, and ranking as a chart topper by both domestic and international DJ’s.
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Listen and download “Classic III” below.
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!
Listen to “Grecian Numerals” below.
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Long Island, NY, native and Hip Hop artist John Jigg$ adheres to the limelight while releasing hit after hit! The world knows Jigg$ as the skilled emcee dropping killer bombs on Sirius XM, Hot 97, Sway’s Universe, Kid Capri’s The Block Party, and on stages in established venues and arenas across the states! Most recently Jigg$ has teamed up with Parish PMD and is featured on PMD’s new album “Busine$$ Mentality”.
Jigg$ leaves no opportunity to allow his status of growing icon and other successful accomplishments to sink in. Rather, he does what he does best and knuckles down in the studio to create more magic! In his latest release “Pull Up” Jigg$ delivers an anthem fit for a workout, a military drill, hustling through the hard knock life, but also an anthem to grab bottles in the club to celebrate that disciplined grind! With a funky, and smooth sampled rock beat combined with a catchy Hip Hop flow, this is a sure-fire for pressing repeat!
“When I apply pressure they rollback like foreskin”-John Jigg$
Fame, touring, and the music industry is not all what it’s painted to be. This is definitely the message Ricky Bats is putting out in his latest single “Lay Low”. Bats sets the tone for “Lay Low” with melodies harmonized by songstress Breana Marin, mixed with his autobiographical bars. Lyrically, Bats craves to greet those moments he can fall under the radar, lay low, and appreciate his life as a family man.
Bats and the whole Gotham City Movement to date is the fastest rising indie artists out of the Bronx. In a short period of time Bats has toured the world, collaborated with greats such as Termanology, Chris Rivers, Maino, Tony Sunshine, and Uncle Murda, is backed by major radio stations spinning his music including Hot 97,and delivers catalogs of undeniable witty Hip Hop projects. With 365, 24/7 of sacrifices and dedication it is no wonder that the emblem of Ricky Bats is one of a superhero!
The good people over at Chicago’s premier artists development and marketing brand (H3 Ent.) & GoSityEnt.com are providing up-and-coming indie artists with a dope opportunity to tour different markets this summer (July 29th-August 12th). While most acts stand still or just capitalize off their home market this tour is designed to give serious artists not just the ability to travel and perform but to do so with seasoned music executives that specialize in networking with a purpose. The Tour kickoffs in Illinois while ending in the Big Apple, “New York” where artists get 1 on 1 time with Major Record Label A&R’s & Management.
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Issa looks to be very productive on the road during Beats x Beers Tour
One artist to truly pay attention to and for would be Atlanta’s own Issa. Now on his independent move, the Atlanta emcee will be taking part of the Beats x Beers Tour that will reach ten cities at this moment.
One city that will be an important part of the traveling schedule will be in Flint, Michigan
For the Flint Water Festival in which has been headlines due to their lack of clean water situation.
Issa will be taking part in donating water to families within the community plus meet and greets while performing new records such as “Back On My Grizz” and others.
Check out the tour schedule below and visit Beats x Beers website for tickets:
You can find Colorado’s own Sarcast headlining stages in front of 200,00 and pushing dreams into reality! Also known as the ghetto Chuck Berry, Sarcast began his career early on rhyming in his mother’s basement and without a team backing him he went on to share stages with Blu, Cassidy, Alkoholics, and R.A. Rugged Man just to name a few. Sarcast has a growing buzz not only in the United States but in China, Brazil, Portugal, and the United Kingdom! Tune in to MJ’s interview to hear more from Sarcast.