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#HillTopHYPE Exclusive | East Coast Collective ‘Covenant Government’ Talk Their: Newly Released ‘Annuit Coeptis’ Album, Goals For 2019, The Process Behind Working On A Group Project & MORE

ALBUM: Covenant Government – “Annuit Coeptis”

After just a week off of the release of their second collaborative group project, Annuit Coeptis, I tapped in with the Cov Gov team to talk about the response from their new album, their goals for the new year, and how they each feel about working in a group dynamic.

The Album, Annuit Coeptis — Latin for “Providence favors our undertakings” — is another spiritual and social honest piece from Cov Gov proving their versatile and vital approach to rap about the topics that often get lost in translation.

Always honest and transparent with their fans… here’s what the group had to say:

Describe the album, Aunnit Coeptis, in three words…

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Free-spirited; Fun-spirited; Progressive”
Nalo: “Lyrical; Diverse; and Classic

Now with that being said, what was the inspiration behind making the, Annuit Coeptis, project the official CØV group project?

Nalo: The collection of artists… each is great in their own lane. So to see us come together successfully is a good move for hip-hop as a whole.”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “With politics becoming more synonymous with entertainment, it was only right that [we] as musicians make more music to reflect these times.”

You guys have always meshed well as a group, while also knowing how to separate your solo careers… how difficult — or easy was it getting every member on the same page for this group project? (Studio time, Tracklist Arrangement, Choosing an album cover, etc.)

Relz: “Whenever you have a collection of solo artists/different personalities with conflicting schedules – it’ll never be easy, because things might take a little longer than expected, or you may not agree on certain things. However, it teaches you how to compromise. That’s the beauty of being on a team… taking the different opinions in the creative process & then coming on one accord to create a masterpiece.”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “OH BOY! It is heaven and hell! Always competitive! Mainly because we try to bring out the best in each other. Everybody has their own process, but no matter what the end result is always the most important part. When we disagree on details, we find common ground on the intentions. As far as the solo part, it’s easier to be free when you’re apart of a great collective.”

Young Scoop: It was fun for me to work on this project, I like the competition, but being in covenant, you do a verse one day and it’s gone the next.” – Scoop says jokingly.

Hazy: “Let’s just start off by saying – I hated the cover for the record; but everyone that listened to it likes it so far… I think the hardest part of doing group projects is that we’re in different states so scheduling is always going to be an issue with working on tracks.”

Be honest! What’s everyone’s favorite single on the album? 

Relz: “So much love!”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Spooky Times” because it has a menacing type of energy… Like a horror movie feel. Like the horror of reality.”

Young Scoop: “Sight..” telling people it’s more than what your two eyes see.”
Coincidentally Hazy agrees…
Hazy: Definitely “Spooky Times,” I should have been on that, right after Scoop.

I’m sure everyone is also wondering, when can we expect some new visuals from, Annuit Coeptis

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Coming sooner or never (said sarcastically).”

Just in 3 days, the project received more than 3,000 streams via Spotify. What are y’all numbers looking like now as we officially hit one week? — Was this response more or less than what you were expecting?

Sensei Feng Xhui: “We’re quickly approaching 10k. We knew the potential of the group as soon as we came together.”

Last, but not least! What’s next for Covenant Government? What major moves can we expect from the group and its’ members in 2019? 

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Young Scoop’s project is next! Then Relz! Then the rest of the squad! Y’all can expect more videos, more thoughts, more energy, more vibes, more content, and all of the above!”

Be sure to stay connected with Covenant Government as we wait for new music to come. 

Follow the group via all major social media and music streaming platforms.

Twitter:
 @fengxhui 
@RelzGlover
@Hotboyhazy
@YoungScoop_COV
@NALOcov


Instagram:
@CovGov

Spotify:
(Annuit Coeptis Available HERE)
Covenant Government




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Love and Hip Hop Miami’s Steph Lecor Drops “Face”

“Face is truly a females’ anthem. It’s about getting dressed looking fly and most importantly being confident in your own skin.” Steph Lecor

Steph Lecor returns with Face, a beat heavy single that kicks off in time for her appearance on Love and Hip Hop Miami. Established prior to the show, as an artist on Poe Boy Records and We the Best Music, many are familiar with Steph’s music and her social outings in the hottest clubs within South Beach, Miami. As a native, Steph began
in 2012 becoming 1/3 of the EDM/Pop trio Kulture Shock. This new song, takes us back to that trap heavy, hip-hop, EDM wave..

As part of We the Best Music, Steph released her first debut single “Saturday” charting on Billboard at #38. Steph was also the host of Complex’s show “Her Take.” This was a web series sponsored by Champs retail store. Her debut album is slated to drop in a few months.

Social Media:
IG: @StephLecor

Press Play On 8 Track’s Brand New LP “Rewind”

After teasing us with “Childs Play” and “Circles,” in addition to performing a plethora of live shows throughout 2017, 8 Track liberates their highly anticipated LP Rewind. Described by the genre-bending DMV based collective as “the soundtrack of our lives over this past year…,” it features 12 unique yet cohesive cuts that will surely appeal to new and old fans alike.

8 Track on the project:
“The album opens up with candid clips of us just expressing our current state -whether it was a simple as wanting to go to the record store, as relatable as rent being due or as profound as recognizing moments in which our lives changed. Rewind tells these stories of overcoming personal struggles like in ‘Childs Play,’ dealing with relationship issues like in ‘BMW (Be My Woman),’ recognizing social issues within society like in ‘Family Ties’ and just exuding confidence in ‘Dope Game.’ All of this being done in 8 Track’s genre-jumping fashion that they describe as the sound of the times we live in.”
Stream the fresh body of work after the break and purchase it via iTunes here. Expect matching visuals to follow soon!
 

Twitter: @WeAre8Track

PinkBitchh: “There’s Not That Many Educated Women In The Game” [The Progress Report]

Lalaa Shepard and fashion designer/ recording artist, Pink Bitchh recently sat down for a conversation surrounding women in Hip Hop.

During the interview, Pink Bitchh discusses her stint away from music, her stance on motherhood, and how women can balance being sexy and getting respect in a male-dominated industry.

Pink also gives her input on the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj beef and offers a suggestion as to why powerful women rarely work together.

Tune into #TheProgressReport every Wednesday night 9-11 PM EST. via The Highly Unique Radio App or watch us live via Facebook/ The Progress Report 101.

Email TheProgressReportMediaGroup@gmail.com for all interview inquiries.

Instagram @1PinkBitchh @LalaaShep @TheProgressReport101

Website: www.TheProgressReportMediaGroup.com

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Broke2dope.com Interview with Awful Record’s Lord Narf

 

While at the Music 2 Die 2 tour stop in Atlanta, Broke2dope.com caught up with opener Lord Narf of Awful Records. She spoke on the producer/artist relationship, being a part of Awful Records, and her role in the female rap game. She also gave us a few details on her upcoming project expected in 2018.

Social Media:
@LordNarf x @Broke2dope

Elle Winter Releases Debut Single “Sick of You”

Rising pop singer and songwriter Elle Winter releases today her infectious debut single “Sick of You” off her highly anticipated EP due this fall via RED MUSIC. CLICK HERE to listen to the track that exclusively premiered on Billboard and is available on all digital streaming platforms now. Co-written and produced by The Orphanage, the popular hit making duo who have penned and produced massive hits for superstars like Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Lizzo, andThe Chainsmokers, Elle’s “Sick of You” gives the world the perfect introduction to pop music’s newest star.

“I’m very excited to begin my next musical chapter with my single ‘Sick of You,’ which describes being with a person who understands you and that you connect with” explains Elle. “It’s fitting for me to set the tone of this chapter with a message of connection, given that this is what I strive to do through my music: connect with others.”
Next month, Elle performs at the 2019 KISS Concert in Boston and the KTUPHORIA at the Jones Beach Theatre in Long Island, NY alongside some of pop music’s biggest acts including the Jonas Brothers, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Why Don’t We, Ava Max, FLETCHER, and more. CLICK HERE and HERE to purchase tickets.

Stream: https://red.lnk.to/SickOfYou

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Philly Native Rap Artist, Ape Gang Garci, Releases New Single – Gotta Plug

Bando Baby Records rising rap star, Ape Gang Garci, released his debut single, Gotta Plug, off his upcoming project – Court Dates & Obituaries. You can hear the Philly roots in Ape Gang Garci’s raw lyrics rapped over this hard-hitting beat, produced by Nick Papz. Ape Gang Garci expects to continue to put Philly on the map with his upcoming project, Court Dates & Obituaries, to be released this Summer.

Social Media: IG: @ApeGangGarci

Calboy Teams Up With Moneybagg Yo on the Paranoid and Melodic “Unjudge Me”

Melodically relating the harsh realities of hood life, Chicago’s Calboy is ready for his moment in the sun. Revealing his origin story and explaining his state of mind, Calboy shares Unjudge Me,” his latest track from his forthcoming EP, Wildboy. Emoting atop minor-key piano, Calboy and guest star  tunefully implores listeners to understand where he comes from before judging his actions–he suffered through poverty, loss, and despair and came out the other side a better man. The single features an appearance from Moneybagg Yo, who lends a learned gravitas to his verse. In the video, Calboy and Moneybagg Yo take a matte-black Dodge SRT Hellcat to a used car junkyard, symbolizing the pair’s glow-up from nothing to something.

“Unjudge Me” ft. Moneybagg Yo follows the Complex-premiered Caroline” ft. Polo G, which earned over 1.2 million YouTube views in its first week of release. Featuring additional appearances from Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, and Tre Pound, the Wildboy EP arrives later this Spring via Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

Profiled as one of Billboard’s 2019 Chartbreakers and currently managed by Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Management, Calboy experienced a meteoric ride since the release of his single “Envy Me” last summer. CertifiedPlatinum by the RIAA, “Envy Me” is buoyantly melodic and packed with hooks, but also tinged by the violence of Calboy’s hometown. Currently sitting in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, “Envy Me” racked up more than 300 million streams on all platforms, including 80 million views on its YouTube video. Recently surpassing 100 million Spotify streams, the song adds an additional 556k streams every day on the service, where it sits at #25 on the US Top Charts.

Listen to “Unjudge Me” ft. Moneybagg Yo: http://smarturl.it/UnjudgeMe

New York Singer-Songwriter Artist Mia LJ Releases Her New Single “Be The Difference”

Hailing from New York, Mia LJ is an incredibly gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer & engineer recognized for being an “all in one” artist. Her genre blending sound has infinite replay value, unifying Soul Infused Indie Rock, Conscious Pop, R&B and EDM with a hip hop influenced lyrical flow supported by angelic vocals. Mia LJ is rapidly building a strong following as she progresses towards her 2019 debut album release, Sacrament of Sound. The album’s lead single “Coming Down” premiered in the Top 200 via iTunes Alternative Chart (USA) while also serving 14 weeks straight in the Top 100 on the Global Airplay Chart (DRT).

“Be the Difference” is the latest take from Mia LJ’s upcoming debut album, Sacrament of Sound. The entire project serves as a universal message inspired through the practice of claircognizance, focusing upon the flow of energy and its effects on our reality. Mia explains further, “Everything in existence is nothing more than energy. E-motion is energy in motion. Society has been conditioned to perceive reality from a subconscious perspective. In this sense, the collective conscious aka society is drowning in itself. Drowning in e-motion. Anyone can learn to swim. The shift has taken place. This is the moment. You choose. Conscious or subconscious? Freedom or manipulation? Life or Death?”

“Be the Difference” was written, produced, mixed & mastered independently in its entirety by Mia LJ ; exemplifying her distinct flow and poised live instrumentation uniting with digital production. It’s rare we hear such authentic vocals in a market of auto-tuned flaws, making the song one to look out for and add to your playlists!

Be on the look-out for more music & visuals as Mia LJ prepares the release of her debut album “Sacrament Of Sound” for later this year!

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/mia_lj

https://www.instagram.com/official_mialj/

@iamp80 – “Smoove ISH” (Prod. by @producedbyomen)

East Coast representer P 80 returns with a new single dubbed, “Smooth Ish”.  Produced by Grammy Award winning and RIAA Platinum producer Omen, who produced Drake’s “Shut It Down” and Lil Wayne’s “I’m Single,” this sonically dark East Coast track carries a mellow vibe as P 80 effortlessly rhymes with a monotone flow on the track. 

“Me and Omen made the beat together a few years ago. When I made the song I didn’t really like it but Omen did and he kinda pressed me to put it on tha EP,” P 80 explained. “After we put out the EP, I realized that a lot of people fu**ed with it so we shot the vid for it with Xash.” The visual follows up P 80’s previous release “For You” ft. Selina Carrera, which earned P 80 critical acclaim from over 30 blog sites including Daily-HipHop, Siccness, HipHopEnquirer, Tent-TV and more.  With Summer around the corner P 80 is focused on the essentials in life right now; creating and chasing after the all-mighty dollar. 
 “My plans for the Summer is to keep creating and save my paper. Try to stay focused and inspired,” P 80 explained. 

bLAck pARty Shares New Track And Video For “4AM In NY” FT. Anajah

Today, Arkansas bred, Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer, bLAck pARty shares a new track and visual, “4AM In NY” featuring rising artist Anajah from his forthcoming album Endless Summer, which is due out later this year via Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records. Click HERE to watch.

“4 AM In NY” is both written and produced by bLAck pARty. The video was shot in New York through the lens of a night out on the streets and in the subways of New York. 

Earlier this month bLAck pARty made his official return with the launch of “No Complaints” ft. DMP Jefe, which premiered on Complex and announced his signing to Childish Gambino’s label Wolf + Rothestein partnership with RCA Records. Endless Summer will be his first official release under the newly inked deal.

Listen to “4 AM In NY” and keep an eye out for more music coming soon from bLAck pARty.

Watch/Listen to “4AM In NY” ft. Anajah:   http://smarturl.it/4aminNY

Roc Nation’s Rap Trio BHM Releases Anticipated EP “APElanta

Roc Nation’s rap trio BHM (Born Hit Makers), just released their anticipated EP ‘APElanta’. The Atlanta based crew (Pezzy, Honcho and Facts) first stepped on the scene with their smash hit single “Bag” featuring Paper Lovee which has over 300K views on YouTube. Their follow up single, “Lil Mama”, garnered over 100K views on YouTube and created a dance movement on social media. The organic buzz they created online proves that the ‘Born Hit Makers’ have created a wave of their own with their dynamic energy, hard-hitting beats and youthful approach to music. APElanta is available on all streaming platforms!

Stream : http://smarturl.it/APElanta

Social Media:

@BornHitMakers

@BHMPezzy

@BHMFacts

@BHMHoncho