Recently, I had the pleasure to get to know rising Atlanta, Georgia artist, Chosen Fate. We’re starting to see a new wave of lyrically conscious rappers, and Chosen Fate is here to make hip-hop music his stomping ground and prove that he’s not just going to be a one hit wonder, but an artist who can hopefully inspire others to be themselves in this generation of pretentious posers.
Who is Chosen Fate…? Though it seems pretty self-explanatory, what is the meaning behind the name? “Chosen Fate is James Stephens (lol)”
As a multi talented artist, we know that playing the piano is your secret weapon… does that mean you produce your own beats too? “Yes”
Who are you top 5 musical inspirations? Dead or alive. No specific order. “Stevie Wonder, James E. Stephens (Dad), Timberland, Pretty much everything I can get my hands on.”
Now, who is one person in the game right now that you just “have” to work with, and why? “I would say I would love to work with a few people that I feel are similar to me and that would be: J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody, and Logic. These artists have all made positive songs in a way that I have found amazing.”
For those who haven’t listened to your new project, Come By Here, — what are 3 words to describe it? “Inspiring, different, and educational.”
With that being said, what was the inspiration behind creating this project? What message are you trying to get across? “Well, Come By Here, is an album from the people’s perspective meant to motivate us to do something with our lives and also to paint a picture of how we deal with one another to motivate change. And I named it “Come By Here” to inspire people to be better and to learn to love each other no matter the color of their skin.”
What is it all for? Be honest. Some people are about this “music life” for the fame and fortune, essentially trying to make a career out of it, which is understandable; but some use music solely for a release, and whatever manifests from that is just more so a blessing… —What does being a music artist mean to you? “I love music and I believe that music is a tool to use for whatever you want to use it for whether it be good or bad and I choose to use it for good.”
What’s in store for Chosen Fate? What can we look forward to from you in 2019? “I don’t know wait and see!”
Up and coming Chicago artist, currently residing in Atlanta, GA, IICON, delivers one of his first official releases titled, “Act Like That.”
Also known as DJ Illinois, the versatile artist makes a smooth transition into rap and poetry as he delivers this double-entendre about love and relationships. Starting off the first verse slow to emulate the honeymoon phase of new relationships, IICON speeds up his flow and tempo in the second verse to represent all the ups and downs that also come with newer relationships.
Definitely a new sound for IICON and we’re looking forward to hearing more!
Make sure you check out, “Act Like That,” below and listen to more music from IICON via Spotify, and all other major streaming platforms.
out of Odessa, TX, Mel stops by to #spilltheTEA with media
correspondent Teaacup about the T$A movement, his latest single “What
You Talkin Bout,” and members of his team leave word on how they
initially connected with the artist.
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Future stops by Atlanta’s own Hot 107.9 to talk with J Nicks, DJ Kash & StarterCAM about a few topics and his 7th in-studio album. The Durtty Boyz talks about all the recent tabloids he’s been involved in from Jay-Z, Wendy Williams, & even speaks about how he feels about Russell Wilson.
In 2018 he released his first big single, “Only,” a hard-hitting rap anthem that reminds listeners not to be blinded by success or struggle when you aren’t the only one who’s going through it. Support it below:
Toon CLB has even more heat to bring to the rap game in the coming months as he prepares to release videos and more music. Below is the official video for “Only”, one of many to come.
Make sure you stay connected w/ Toon on Spotify, as more music will be added to his playlist.
Linking up with one of Atlanta’s premiere record promoters, MissAtown, has proven to be a great relationship. Checkout a compilation video of the work she’s gotten done with djs; @dj_filthyrich @1djplugg @djckaas @sixxstarent @djdonnjuan @djomezy @djmasterrachels @1015tonyd, and there are many more to come, as this is only the beginning.