It’s a #VMGSummer and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It.
Posted by Grubeats on August 13, 2014
The artists over at Visionary Music Group have been delivering consistent heat this summer – to the point where the Grubeats of old would even have trouble keeping up with blog posts. QuESt, Jon Bellion, & producer 6ix have been carrying the load thus far while Logic puts the finishing touches on his debut album – release date and title TBD. Fortunately for Logic, Mr. QuESt and Mr. Bellion have diverted the spotlight from the young hip-hop don by dropping highlight reel material of their own.
The video above is the latest release from the VMG squad; a cinematic performance by Jon Bellion himself titled “Simple and Sweet”. You might see the parallels between the song title and the structure of the record. It’s very, well, ‘Bellion-ny’. The lyrics say it all – “You won’t need no big production, the synth and just my voice is fine”…then all of a sudden Jon channels his inner Kanye and breaks out with a tremendous production. Like that time Kanye broke out with his live rendition of “Runaway” at the 2010 VMA’s – that kind of g.o.o.d.. Anyway, prior to this single, Jon dropped “Munny Right” in which he illustrates past vs. present emotions. I highly suggest watching the behind the scenes making of video. Bellion’s junior album, The Definition, will be available for free on 9.23.14.
On to QuESt. The honest, riveting rhyme-sayer unavailing his story one track at a time. Deep into the promotion of his new free album, Searching Sylvan, we as fans stay on our toes eager to hear the next chapter in Q’s journey. It’s real, it’s dark, it’s bright, it’s raw, it’s numbing, it’s inspiring, it’s just the beginning. Four singles in and many of you are finally taking an ear to the Miami native. He’s battled adversity but he’s visibly hungry and determined which is why he will be successful. He’s passionate and we hear something new in every single. Did I mention that snake 6ix has produced or co-produced every new song thus far? Listen through the singles below and prepare for his VMG debut project being released on 9.2.14.
QuESt – May 10, 2012 (Prod. by 6ix)
Posted by Grubeats on July 22, 2014
We told you months ago that Florida hip-hop artist, QuESt, would be next in line to receive “the VMG treatment”. Joining the established roster of Logic, Jon Bellion, & 6ix, QuESt brings another lengthy resume of musical intelligence as well as a trunk full of rhymes to Visionary Music Group’s concrete foundation.
John Q hasn’t been traveling on a paved road since day one. He’s been at this rap thing for years now but it wasn’t until he crossed paths with Visionary’s President, Chris Zarou, when his hopes and dreams of making a career out of music actually became a reality. “May 10, 2012″ is an introduction into his life, his struggles, the drive to continue and the adversity he faced in his personal life that led him to this place. 6ix’s vibrant production led by brass instrumentals sets the tone for Q’s storyline, which in turn sets the stage for the full story…Searching Sylvan, the mixtape dropping 9.3.14. Catch him on social below and stay tuned as QuESt continues to unveil his compelling journey.
Timeflies – Monsters ft. Katie Sky (Acoustic)
Posted by Grubeats on July 16, 2014
You’re sleeping if you didn’t see this one coming. Timeflies let the strings carry this weeks edition of TFT inviting featured artist Katie Sky along for the ride. If you didn’t feel this song deep inside before, listen through and tell me you don’t see these lyrics illustrated on your screen. The only time it gets realer than this is when you see them live. Fortunately for you, Cal and Rez will be kicking off their fall tour in PA after they notch a couple overseas shows in August. For tickets and a complete list of tour dates, visit their OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
Aer – Whatever We Want
Posted by Grubeats on July 9, 2014
Fitted in Celtics green track suits, the Boston duo hit us with visuals for what is now their 4th single off their recently released self-titled album. A carefree attitude clearly the motive behind this track, which is only appropriate seeing as though the FAM has pioneered a new lane in music. Light guitar riffs, a repetitive and free spirited hook, and the usual clever rhymes back this message as they continue to carve out their niche. Carter & David are currently on a nationwide tour Headlined by Dirty Heads, Pepper, & limited appearances by 311. For tour dates & tickets, check out Aer’s website.
Purchase on iTunes: Aer – Whatever We Want
OnCue – This View From Here
Posted by Grubeats on July 9, 2014
Think this kid has a chip on his shoulder? That’s an understatement. Cuey wants to drop this album even more than you and I want to hear it. No doubt has it been a long road, but I can finally taste it. As you’ll see in his newest video, Cue is rapping with an edge. He’s hungry. He’s boiling over. He’s ready to prove the naysayers wrong and elevate himself as one of the elite. “This View From Here” is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. You can see the anticipation for this album burning through his eyes and ringing through his voice. With Just Blaze signed on as the executive producer for the album, I can guarantee this will be one of the highlights of 2014.
Angry Young Man, September 3rd. Mark your calendars.
Timeflies Tuesday – Party In The U.S.A.
Posted by Grubeats on July 2, 2014
When it comes to being American, Cal and Rez are always proudly sporting the red, white, & blue. With their recent album After Hours marinating on the charts, Timeflies haven’t been releasing weekly TFT’s as I’m sure you have hoped. Remixing Miley is more or less a staple of their game at this point, so what would be more American than flipping “Party In The U.S.A.” for their first freestyle in the past few weeks? Well, I can think of a few others, but this one definitely hits the nail on the head as we head into Independence weekend. So with that, kick back or turn up, but whatever you do, toast to the greatest country in the world.
Purchase on iTunes: Timeflies - After Hours [Album]
SUBMiT- Spend It ft. Pharoh & Taylor Bennett
Posted by Grubeats on June 2, 2014
You roll the dice, land on Boardwalk – do you throw down the paper and add it to your portfolio it or do you pass? STNDRD front runner voices his decision on his latest single, “Spend It”. Bringing along label mate, Pharoh, as well as Taylor Bennett, the younger brother of that rapper named Chance. Flowing smoothly over a light trap influenced production, the ATL young guns bounce back onto the blog scene as they continue to ascend to the limelight. SUB’s upcoming project, Apt. 139, dropping this fall.