GoldLink will headline Broccoli City’s Smile Project Carnival and Concert

May 22   |   Michell C. Clark
Regardless of whether you enjoyed Broccoli City Festival 2017, or felt like you were missing out the . . .

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – ‘The King & I’ (Album Stream)

May 19 | Darren Gooden
Hip-Hop fans will have some new tunes to rock to for Biggie Smalls’s birthday on May 21st. Faith Eva . . .
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New Music May 22  |  

Lana Del Rey – “Lust For Life” ft. The Weeknd (Video)

Lana Del Rey returns with the official video for “Lust For Life.” She and The Weeknd don’t spare an inch as they put on an intimate display for the visuals. Watch below and get your copy of the song on iTunes. Lust for Life vid still by Neil pic.twitter.com/5vLBw0QrlL — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) May . . .

Goapele Dreamseeker EP
New Music May 22  |  

Goapele – ‘Dreamseeker’ (EP)

Goapele‘s last album, Strong As Glass, came to us in 2014. Now, she is back with her Dreamseekers EP. The 10-track project comes with one feature from BJ The Chicago Kid. Stream Dreamseeker below and download a copy on iTunes. 01. Dreamseeker (Intro) 02. Secret 03. As Bright As The Sun (Interlude) 04. Power 05. Take It . . .

dumb playing
New Music May 22  |  

IshDARR takes to the court for “Dumb Playing” (Video)

Milwaukee emcee IshDARR heads to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, a.k.a. the home of the Bucks, in his new video for “Dumb Playing.” The song, which is a standout from his Broken Hearts & Bankrolls project, is pensive and thought provoking. The dramatically shot video matches that vibe. Watch the Damien Blue-directed video for “Dumb . . .

when i die
New Music May 22  |  

London emcee Jay Prince goes off on “When I Die”

Jay Prince has a lot of upbeat, soulful songs under his belt, but the London native takes things in a different direction on his reflective new release, “When I Die.” As the title would suggest, Jay uses this record to list everything he wants to happen upon his death. Gloomy, polished production courtesy of Axlfolie . . .

Iris Temple
New Music May 22  |  

Iris Temple’s ‘Vistas’ project is a warped, enveloping adventure

Iris Temple‘s Vistas EP is only three tracks long, but it contains a level of sonic depth that makes it feel much more enveloping than much longer projects. The Chicago-based duo features remarkable vocal range paired with warped, varying instrumentation. Stream Vistas below.

Smile Project Carnival

GoldLink will headline Broccoli City’s Smile Project Carnival and Concert

Regardless of whether you enjoyed Broccoli City Festival 2017, or felt like you were missing out the fun, it’s great to hear that the Broccoli City family will be back in action with the Smile Project Carnival and Concert! This is a family friendly event with Universal Fairs at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. It’s a . . .

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
New Music May 22  |  

Deniro Farrar embraces the darkness with his ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ EP

Deniro Farrar has never been afraid to embrace the darkness, and he does so fearlessly throughout his latest project, Guilty Until Proven Innocent. The North Carolina native gives us six tracks, rooted in the starkness of the reality that has shaped him. Stream Guilty Until Proven Innocent below.

Just Like You
New Music May 22  |  

Joyner Lucas tackles a tough topic with “Just Like You” (Video)

Joyner Lucas‘s latest, “Just Like You,” follows the lives of two children, a boy and a girl, as they battle with the trials and tribulations of surpassing and rising above a negative legacy that their parents are currently creating. Adults, including parents, often forget how absorbent the mind of a child really is. Substance abuse, failed . . .

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New Music May 22  |  

Fort Lauderdale’s Doughh shares visuals for “Don’t Lie, Don’t Cry”

Doughh comes in hot with the official music video for “Don’t Lie, Don’t Cry.” It’s a dancehall-leaning pop record that is looking to gain some more steam this summer. The video was directed by Rob Dade and continues the story of success for Doughh’s emerging career as he preps the Much Is Given EP for release later this . . .

Hug Someone
New Music May 22  |  

Koncept’s “Hug Someone” video shows us the power of unity

New York native, Brown Bag All-Star and lyrically inclined emcee Koncept has been on an exponential growth curve recently, and this past year he took the wave straight across the globe. Currently residing in Seoul, South Korea, Koncept is gearing up to release his next album. The project title, 14 Hours Ahead, conveniently showcases the time difference between Seoul and his . . .

Mass Ave & Lenox
New Music May 21  |  

Avenue takes us on a tour of Boston with his ‘Mass Ave & Lenox’ album

Boston’s South End/Lower Roxbury probably looks a rough spot to call home from an outside perspective, but the pressure and challenges one encounters while living there is exactly why the area cultivates massive amounts of creative people of all types. This particular part of Boston isn’t exactly dandelions and daises and you probably won’t see . . .

Nyck Caution
New Music May 19  |  

Nyck Caution goes in on Kendrick Lamar’s “Element” and “DNA” beats

Nyck Caution is possibly the most lyrically inclined emcee in Pro Era, and he puts his skills to great use in his latest release. The New York-based emcee takes control of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Element” and “DNA” beats,  filling them with punchline after punchline for over three minutes. Stream “Element x DNA” below.

Here

Maydien & ROMderful’s “Here” is a testament to perseverance (Premiere)

Dutch vocalist Maydien and U.K.-based producer ROMderful, also known as R.O.M., are a fitting duo on their ambient new release, “Here.” ROMderful’s bouncy, melodically driven production serves as an ample backdrop for Maydien’s elastic delivery, which toes the line gracefully between singing and rapping. The production has a slightly ominous feel to it, with guitar . . .

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. - 'The King & I' (Album Stream)

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – ‘The King & I’ (Album Stream)

Hip-Hop fans will have some new tunes to rock to for Biggie Smalls‘s birthday on May 21st. Faith Evans drops ‘The King & I,’ a duet album that has been in the works for a while. The 25-song album includes additions from Lil Cease, 112, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Jadakiss, Mama Wallace, and more. Stream below . . .

REDMERCEDES
New Music May 19  |  

Amine – “REDMERCEDES” (Remix) ft. Missy Elliott & AJ Tracey

“Missy like my auntie. Dreads like a palm tree. Girls give me shots when I play them Ashanti.” Amine‘s bass-heavy, bouncy “Caroline” follow up single, “REDMERCEDES,” just got a major boost in the form of a guest verse from the legendary Missy Elliott. Missy sets things off, and Amine adds some fresh bars to the . . .

Here

Maydien & ROMderful’s “Here” is a testament to perseverance (Premiere)

Dutch vocalist Maydien and U.K.-based producer ROMderful, also known as R.O.M., are a fitting duo on their ambient new release, “Here.” ROMderful’s bouncy, melodically driven production serves as an ample backdrop for Maydien’s elastic delivery, which toes the line gracefully between singing and rapping. The production has a slightly ominous feel to it, with guitar . . .

Prototype
New Music May 16  |  

ESSNSE slows down Andre 3K’s “Prototype”

When Outkast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003, I was enamored. Of course I loved Big Boi‘s southern rap cadences, but Andre 3000‘s take on psychedelic funk and jazz with Atlanta swag appealed to my senses. It was new and experimental and gritty while being soft. One of the standout tracks was “Prototype.” The release . . .

Solange open letter

Read a beautiful Solange open letter to her teenage self

Solange‘s A Seat At The Table helped a lot of people cope with their lives in different ways. Expressive, heartfelt, and sincere, it was her most popular project to date. She is just as honest and open in her open letter, which was released via Teen Vogue. Read an excerpt from the Solange open letter . . .

Not Humble
New Music May 17  |  

Conway remixes “Humble” to make “Not Humble”

Newly signed to Shady Records, Buffalo native Conway just dropped a quick strike over Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” Conway flexes several different cadences during his rendition, putting his diverse flow on display. Don’t listen in company you need to be formal around, it’s likely going to cause a few instinctive screw faces. Stream “Not Humble” below.

wellDAMN
New Music May 18  |  

Fake Uzumi remixes 3 Kendrick Lamar tracks to create ‘wellDAMN’

Virginia’s very own Fake Uzumi takes matters into his own hands with wellDAMN, a three-track project featuring catchy edits of select songs from Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. album. He takes “PRIDE.,” “HUMBLE.,” and “DNA.,” infusing them with additional samples and sounds to give them a more mellow, melodic vibe. The whole thing feels pretty counterintuitive, but . . .

SLYB
New Music May 18  |  

Curtis Roach samples Teddy Pendergrass on “SLYB”

The (now) 18-year-old emcee with the veteran flow Curtis Roach samples Teddy Pendergrass on his latest offering, “SLYB.” The Detroit spitter dropped the uptempo banger just in time for his 18th birthday on May 14th. Interpolating the chorus of Teddy’s hit song, “When Somebody Loves You Back,” Curtis delivers his signature bouncy flow with the . . .

Mass Ave & Lenox
New Music May 21  |  

Avenue takes us on a tour of Boston with his ‘Mass Ave & Lenox’ album

Boston’s South End/Lower Roxbury probably looks a rough spot to call home from an outside perspective, but the pressure and challenges one encounters while living there is exactly why the area cultivates massive amounts of creative people of all types. This particular part of Boston isn’t exactly dandelions and daises and you probably won’t see . . .

t-pain lil wayne T-wayne
New Music May 18  |  

T-Pain & Lil Wayne – ‘T-Wayne’

Stream T-Pain & Lil Wayne’s long-awaited joint mixtape T-Pain teased the project art yesterday and he is back to share the T-Wayne mixtape with Lil Wayne. The anticipated have been sitting on T-Pain’s hard drive for years and he says it’s time to let it rip. Lil Wayne seems to be holding up well lately with . . .

Mali Music Still
New Music May 17  |  

Mali Music – “Still”

Mali Music follows up the upifting “Gonna Be Alright” with “Still.” He gracefully shares a classic leaning ballad that allows his soulful vocals to stretch out over a bed of pulling strings, fluttering guitar, plucks and lush keys. The Transition of Mali is enabled for pre-order on iTunes now. Listen to “Still” below.

Nyck Caution
New Music May 19  |  

Nyck Caution goes in on Kendrick Lamar’s “Element” and “DNA” beats

Nyck Caution is possibly the most lyrically inclined emcee in Pro Era, and he puts his skills to great use in his latest release. The New York-based emcee takes control of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Element” and “DNA” beats,  filling them with punchline after punchline for over three minutes. Stream “Element x DNA” below.

Read a beautiful Solange open letter to her teenage self

May 17   |   Michell C. Clark
Solange’s A Seat At The Table helped a lot of people cope with their lives in different ways. Expres . . .

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