Alternative, Hip-Hop | Psyclo is blurring the lines between Hip Hop and Alt-Pop via“Smoke Screen”

Posted by on February 9, 2021

LA local artist Psyclo is blurring the lines between Hip Hop and Alt-Pop in her latest rebellious downtempo single, “Smoke Screen”. After a big year of a ton of music in 2020, she’s starting off this year as strong as possible! “Smoke Screen” holistically lures you into a heavy sensory journey through the trifecta of sound, music and lyrics. It’s hype and chill at the same time. Tune in to “Smoke Screen” above now and keep Psyclo on your radar this year!

Hip-Hop | seeyousoon Come In Strong On First Track Of The Year

Posted by on January 23, 2021

Orlando based collective and hip-hop group seeyousoon make stunning inroads into 2021 via their hard hitting, left field leaning single, “Fever.” Showcasing the flows that have seen the collective gain critical praise over warped beats, the track reflects the first step of a busy few months for seeyousoon. Tap in above now!

Hip-Hop | Illinois rap riser Rob Hollow seeks “Legendary” status with his melodic new single

Posted by on January 14, 2021

Illinois based rapper Rob Hollow is back with a powerful new single titled “Legendary” that is bound to make you feel as triumphant as the song feels. A fresh face on the burgeoning melodic trap scene, the emerging talent impressed with his debut single “Mad” earlier this year, accruing over half a million streams on the song. Joining forces with UK producer Milodrama, the tag team come correct on this one. Check out “Legendary” above now!

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Hip-Hop, Trap | The ‘HipHopGamer’ Shares About Influences, Multi-Media Business, His Future & Much More [INTERVIEW]

Posted by on January 11, 2021

Mixing trap, hip-hop and gaming on one side, while maintaining a vibrant personality as seen on his socials on the other, the ‘HipHopGamer’s’ digestible, reasonably unified experience through said socials impressively connects component of his lifestyle with a profession of his choice. A ‘stacked’ trait-of-sorts that plays well in 2021.

The unique and visionary multi-media business model highlights a healthy solution for the new struggle ushered in by today’s modern digital age: The innate and enduring challenge of being present and balanced offline and online.

Whether organically or tactically, or both, The ‘HipHopGamer’s domination of this challenge, and then doubling down by including multiple professions within his growing window of his audience, is a strategic combination that is worth highlighting and clearly works.

Part-commentator, part-gamer, part-musician, part just-born entertainer, FreshNewTracks had a chat with the USA-based talent, getting in-depth below.

Interview

What were moments growing up you ‘knew’ you wanted to go into entertainment as a profession?

Answer: When I was 14, I had my first ever performance on stage as a rap artist in a rap group, with my brother, and other members of the group that I consider family. That moment being on stage, hearing the cheering from the crowd was everything, I knew I wanted to entertain.

Another moment was going to E3 in 2008 [and] having that experience was a dream come true for a hardcore gamer, and I knew I had to do this as a career and my day job had to come to an end at some point and go full time, [as the] HipHopGamer.

Was there a moment that connected your business savvy side with your love of games and entertainment broadly?

Answer: Yes, my business savvy side was always there I just never tapped into it because I and many others growing up especially, in my era, we were always taught to work until you’re 65, get a pension, and die, end of story, but, I didn’t want that to be my story – feel me?

So, going to E3 in 2009 – That was the first time I went to E3 on my own media credentials, as HipHopGamer, and I learned a lot, asked a lot of questions, and started to become more valuable as a talent – by becoming more than just a talent.

I started to utilize my knowledge and passion for the gaming industry and merged that with other industries. So, I started making money in the movie industry, sports, fashion, etc…. And, I always took time out to learn about what other people needed and provide it for them, which led to the discovery of my passion also being able to solve problems. And, that’s when I knew that I was on to something that would take me to the next level.

On the subject of your music mixed with gaming scores, was that idea something you always planned, or, was it more of a natural next step given the moment?

Answer: Well growing up playing all the games, like NBA LIVE, and MADDEN, and also games like, Streets of Rage, and Tony Hawk, they had dope hip-hop sound tracks. So, I always wanted to make songs for games just cause it was cool to do especially if you from the hood.

What really pushed me to take my music seriously, in terms of the gaming industry was this guy, Candid Anthony, who called me out and said

“How is your name HipHopGamer yet you don’t rap?”

I was like, “What..?,” that was the wrong thing to say, I actually made a diss verse back in 2008 against him. That’s when I was like [thinking], “You know what Candid Anthony is right, my name is HipHopGamer, more people need to know that I’m actually a Hip-Hop artist, and not just only a fan of Hip-Hop culture, because I grew up in it.

So then, that’s when I started to make songs for video games and, humbly and amazingly, I actually got my songs in video games like Watch Dogs 2 and Twisted Metal – that’s historic to me.

Answer: My Grandma – my grandma was, and is, my everything, and my grandma taught me about my TRUE IDOL, which is GOD, and the importance of the love of God and spreading that message around the world, by the way I live my life.

Who were your idols looking up to growing up?

Answer: I’ve had tons of influences, such as 50 cent, Oprah, Adam Sessler, 2pac, and more, but my at the end of the day, my grandmother, Margaret Williams, impacted my life the most.

What advice would you give to other growing indie artists who aim to find that ‘connective ground’ between their larger-life entertainment passions and a working business framework on social media?

Answer: The best advice I can give is to find what, YOU, do that only, you CAN, do to create an exclusive impact on what your passionate about.

For example, let’s say your a comedian, but you also got the skills of a chef, the combination of food and laughter, and the way you deliver it with your unique touch and stamp of approval, is a game changer.

So use everything that makes you, YOU, as a way to amplify what you’re passionate about, so when the world sees it, it’s not something they’ve seen or felt before you become the FIRST within your actual passion to impact the world, just as you are.

Albums, Hip-Hop | Ant White Drops Riveting 10-Track RAZR Hip-Hop Album

Posted by on December 19, 2020

RAZR carries a deeper reflection of the world Ant White has gotten listeners familiar with.

Dropping a massive 10-set of songs, there’s something for everyone in this colorful, dark, and solid-strength album at hand. From “Out On Bail,” to “Gucci Dragon,” the collection here certainly sticks with dynamism and plenty of narrative built-in, the collection of songs glues with anyone who walks alongside with music in their life.

Ant White has unequivocally been on a roll lately, even given the state of the pandemic-era we continue to be in, regular music and content stands to be the norm.

With Ant White flare being properly recognized more and more, the future is bright for this artist.

Hip-Hop | “My J’s” A Fascinating Alignment of Talents From YungManny & Zubin

Posted by on December 18, 2020

Energy, meaning, and hype come to a cosmic musical clash thanks to Zubin and YungManny. “My J’s,” their latest collaboration and a bringing together of these elements in a graceful – yet elated – manner.

YungManny is a name many are familiar with, millions upon millions of streams, brand recognition, hype shows, and so on, all help make up the phenomenon that he is.

One could imagine Zubin was pretty stoked to get the news of the co-op moving forward.

Zubin, with many original and outstanding elements around his craft being clear and observable with each release, has hit a high note here. “My J’s,” being a clear “best of” match up, when it comes to the 2 visions of the 2 artists being incorporated into one track.

Check out the single in full above.

Hip-Hop | Dylan Owen Turns the Page Toward a New Chapter In “A Time To Move On”

Posted by on December 17, 2020

NY-based hip-hop artist Dylan Owen is back with his beloved heart-on-his-sleeve storytelling in his next hit “A Time To Move On”. “A Time to Move On” embraces new chapters as we near the end of a turbulent year. The eulogy to his childhood home turns the pages, giving listeners an intimate glimpse into the events of Dylan’s youth. Having moved frequently between houses as a kid, his idea of home was often wrapped up in memories. He released his first songs in this home, experienced first relationships and felt the first deep cuts of heartbreak, and first formed his personal identity here.

“I can’t regain what’s left of my lost years, They’ll be disappeared here forever like ghosts in an attic, With all the emotions you can hold in an address, One too many times I let go of my attachments”

The letting go of memories was a struggle; the day his upstate New York home sold, it felt like the end of an era. The dusty family history energized the walls for many years, making it difficult to leave behind. “A Time to Move On”’s relatable message will resonate with so many listeners who have had to confront change and uproot. Dylan decorates the track with actual voice clips that were recorded when he was moving out of his home, making fans feel like they’re experiencing the moment with him in real time. Every musical component was labored with care to accurately represent the love and care that his family put into their home. Embracing the season to heal, Dylan once again captures the moment in an honest and intimate way that is sure to resonate on a deeper level.

“I find myself lost here and withdrawn here, The last night we had the house, We sat down and held hands on the living room floor here, Talked about the winters, the wind would whistle in the windows and the walls”

Dylan’s forward, honest lyrics have drawn comparisons to Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith. He has earned press from tastemakers and brands including Paste Magazine, Revolt TV, PepsiCo, Earmilk, This Song Is Sick, For Folk’s Sake, HotNewHipHop, Pop Matters, Good Music All Day, City Winery, DJ Booth, and Huffington Post, as well as landed sync placements on MTV and on Syfy’s WWE Smackdown. In 2012, Billboard named Dylan a Next Big Sound Artist for his swiftly growing online buzz following the release of ‘Keep Your Friends Close.’ Dylan has shared stages with Mac Miller, Watsky, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Grieves, Skizzy Mars, Logic, Ceschi, Chiddy Bang, Shwayze, and Oncue. His first headlining tour included a sold-out date at New York City’s distinguished Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Dylan’s connection with his fans sets him apart; his listeners view his songs as anecdotes for navigating life, and he frequently hosts meetups or virtual video calls where he gives his fans a chance to open up to him in return.