Torii Wolf has emerged onto the music scene as if she was shot out of a cannon.The singer/songwriter from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts-bouncing around West Coast cities and in doing so enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, genres, confinement and convention.
Thanks to her sultry voice, range and musicality, Torii has enjoyed a precipitous rise. Leading up to her solo-debut, Torii has already premiered music with Pitchfork, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Mass Appeal, Vibe & Okayplayer and been tapped for Vevo’s “dscvr” series (past alumni include Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Tove Lo, Hozier & DNCE).
With an iconic producer who has a habit of producing and contributing to classic projects manning the boards, Torii Wolf & DJ Premier’s forthcoming collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genres, age and expectations to let the world know a Flow Riiot is upon us.
“Produced By DJ Premier.” From Gang Starr, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Mos Def, Common, Mac Miller, Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo Green, The Game, KRS-One, Ludacris, Joey Bada$$ and his most recent vehicle; PRhyme (with Royce 5’9”); over the course of twenty-five trendsetting years, those four words have become synonymous with the cornerstone of hip-hop’s sound.
However, “Preemo” as he’s affectionately known, has always been a conduit for artists of all genres to affix their lyrics to his complex rhythms—D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, Miguel, Anderson .Paak, Lion Babe, Macy Gray, Neneh Cherry, Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera (which his work won a Grammy for) to name just a few. Throughout it all; Grammy’s, Platinum & Gold plaques, undeniable icon status, Premier has orchestrated a sound that remains a hallmark of positive and advanced music.
While Preem has previously collaborated with fellow iconic female artists, in none of the aforementioned examples has he taken the reigns to not only produce the bulk of the material, but too also serve as executive producer. With a resume like Premier’s it takes a lot to get his attention—and perhaps more importantly; his respect.
After premiering Flow Riiot’s anthemic lead-single, “Free,” featuring Macklemore and DJ Premier with Complex a few weeks ago, Torii and Premier now deliver “Big Big Trouble” with an exclusive premiere from Genius.
Torii Wolf’s debut solo-debut, Flow Riiot, will be released on 9-29-17 via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.
Whenever it comes to Houston artists, we say there’s something in the water. It is the birthplace of the Knowles, chopped and screwed music, syrup sipping, Scarface, and UGK for crying out loud. The breeding hotbed for cultural influences spanning over two decades. Drake loves Houston that much, so he made HAW: Houston Appreciation Weekend. It is the city which embraced him; making him who he is today. A global icon. There’s something to be said about that.
Ken the Man (stylized as ‘KentheMan,’) Houston’s most exciting new artist, just released the video for a freestyle track called, ‘Some Metro Boomin Type Beat.’ It’s a short, but sweet record that shows Ken the Man can ride any beat like the best of them. Hopefully, Metro Boomin will catch wind of it.
Ken the Man is set to release her debut EP this year. In the meantime, listen to her mixtape, ‘Kenny’s Back’ or watch her video for ‘Deserve.’ It has over 6.24 million impressions on Twitter.
Poughkeepsie, NY rapper Tito Montana reintroduces his “Must Be Crazy” video featuring Dave East and the late Dick Gregory. The visual opens with an imaginative cartoon that features a Dick Gregory monologue, touching on matters that are pertinent in politics. Reflecting on his reality and upbringing, Tito details about the perils of the system over the Vinny Idol-produced cut. From sagging pants to police brutality, Tito Montana is forthright about society’s systemic failures.
Twitter: @Iam_TitoMontana @DaveEast
The boy J’Davon Harris is on three dates of the 12+ city Road Rage Tour alongside Warehouse Music Group’s Manolo Rose! As he keeps his momentum high reaching the remaining two dates this month, J’Davon gets busy on a real cold instrumental taking it back to a east coast flavor; ‘”94 Bad Boy.”
Listen in to what the newcomer has in store, vlogs and visuals on the way.
With all eyes on the Washington D.C. metro area’s budding music scene, rising artist Lambo sees his big break just over the horizon. The 24-year old wordsmith was born in 1992 and raised in neighboring Capitol Heights, Maryland; on the D.C. border. It was there that his mother and father, along with his older siblings, exposed him to a myriad of musical genres and sounds from numerous eras.
From his older brothers’ love for Tupac, Scarface and The Notorious B.I.G. to his parents emphatically playing early Motown acts like The Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye, along with D.C.’s homegrown genre Go-Go, throughout the house, Lambo pulls from an extensive frame of reference when creating his music. For many, the challenge would be embodying these influences and the DMV’s soul without sounding dated or like a caricature of artists from previous eras. No easy feat. And yet, Lambo manages to do so seamlessly due to his natural penchant for lyricism and melody; which is exemplified by his new single “On May Way.”
Rostrum Records has an undeniable ear for talent. After all, they introduced us to Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller (among others) and now they are back with an artist that is poised for similar success.
There are some songs that are just so catchy that you can’t fight them. They manage to make everyone’s head nod. The best of them have you singling along before you stop listening. The new video for “On My Way,” which was premiered today by Hiphopdx continues to illustrate that. While Lambo is stuck at the day J-O-B passing time, his crew teases him from the block party he is unable to get too until he clocks out. One thing’s for certain though, once he punches out, Lambo is “On His Way” and sometimes getting there is half the fun: especially when its a beautiful summer day, you have a car full of females, a full tank of gas and the aux chord.
Like life, music is about balance. With the omnipresence of the internet, quick, microwaveable product has supplanted songs of substance. Fortunately, the proverbial cream always rises to the top, making the game look rather appetizing for Lambo; no question this rising star is on his way!
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Since the success of his first 2017 single, “Kisha”, released via social influencer ItsBizkit’s resources, Pharaoh Da Gawd from Long Island has spent the last two quarters getting some new music crafted for a full length project to give to the people this year. The young creative gets busy on a J. Cole instrumental of famed proportions; “Neighbors.” Listen in now!
@PharaohGraph (IG) / @UglyAssNiggaz (TW)
Hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Millyz enlists Jadakiss for his new single “Back To The Money” produced by Josque. On collaborating with Jadakiss, Millyz says, “It’s dope working with Jada and getting to see his creative process in the studio, we got a lot more powerful music on the way.”
Millyz has been a part of the Boston rap scene since 2009, jumping on records with artists such as Freeway, Killer Mike, and Cousin Stizz, among others. Stay tuned for more news on Millyz and check out “Back To The Money” below.
Twitter: @Millyz @Therealkiss
Philly artist and FreeNation affiliate, MAINE THE $AINT, drops off a cold new piece with his new project, Humble Beginnings.
“The project was inspired by companies like Apple or Google that both originated garages, I really wanted to create an ode to the “Small Start”. Putting together this project involved me writing from a perspective that would resonate with any artist trying to build from a ground level. After this, fans can expect a collaboration album coming form my FREENATION camp.” – Maine
Check out the new project below and more from MAINE THE $AINT, via SoundCloud.