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A Conversation with Khary

By Sam Morrison // 11 Aug 2020

One of the industry’s fastest growing talents is making it on to our pages today to talk about life, music and everything in between. If you haven’t heard of Khary, I hope this Q&A serves as a proper introduction to an artist who plays by his own rules and creates music that is uniquely his own. Continue reading down below to learn more about what makes Khary… Khary. — Sam: Tell me about where you’re from. Khary: I’m originally from Providence, RI. I spent 7 years in NY to learn how the music industry worked/start a career and I just recently moved to LA. Sam: What got you into music in the first place? Was there anyone who inspired you; family, friends etc.? Khary: Man, my brother used to rap and I just wanted to be like him at first. He’d sneak me into venues to be his hype man when I was 16 and I just kinda stuck with it. Sam: Who are your musical inspirations? Who did you grow up idolizing in the music industry? Khary: I used to have a big afro and I decided to cut it off at the beginning of a school year. I also …

A Conversation with Turbo

By Sam Morrison // 10 Aug 2020

“Man, I’m just thriving…” A four word phrase that perfectly encapsulates Turbo. I’ve written about the up and coming artist many times before, so it was only right to get on a zoom call and take a deeper look into someone who is doing some amazing things in the industry already. This whole entire conversation with the Internet Money Signee was a blessing for myself and I pray it’s a blessing for you all as well! Continue reading to down below to check out what we talked about! — Sam: So you’re from Canada right? Turbo: Yes sir! Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, which is where I’m at right now. Sam: Fire! Man, I remember getting put onto your music when “Heart Stop” came out and I’ve just always been a fan. The music is so unique and really special. I’ve written about you a couple of times before, but its just special to get to talk to you like this; so tell me about your journey in music and how you got to where you are right now. Turbo: Man, the seed was planted when I was like 10 years old. My cousins would come over and they …

A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

By Brandon Washington // 10 Aug 2020

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

The New Normal: A Conversation w/ Glaive

By Brodie Harvey // 7 Aug 2020

Whether you have caught on yet or not, North Carolina’s Glaive is one of the quickest rising artists out right now as each of his releases adding fuel to the raging fire that is his catalog. His music is nearly impossible to put into one genre label but with 5 songs under his belt he has had one of the most impressive debuts, all of that falls on his originality. As this new genre dubbed “hyperpop” continues its slow takeover of the charts, artists who have been creating music without having to worry about any particular stylistic labels has created a new sense of freedom for people to be truly creative again. This is likely why SoundCloud has once again become a breeding ground for some of tomorrow’s biggest stars once again. Glaive has had a strong impact on this sound, his first few releases took off and got the attention of curators who saw the talent, giving him a much larger platform to be heard. Seeing artists get these placements while independent is something that is still rare but becoming more commonplace, this should be a testament to the creative talents of Glaive. He isn’t an artist who puts …

A Conversation w/ J.I the Prince of NY: Returning to Music After Quitting, Current Brooklyn Scene, “Painless 2” w/ Lil Durk & Nav and more.

By Lee Mcintosh // 6 Aug 2020

“I really view myself higher than a prince to be honest. Sometimes I view myself as a king or a God when it comes to my music. I just know that I have more work to do to really get to that point and work harder towards the goals that I have.” -J.I the Prince of N.Y It’s safe to say that if you are a fan of hip hop, or even music in general, that you may have had those childhood dreams of becoming a superstar one day. You may be in your room rehearsing rap songs, or having daydreams of you performing on stage in front of a sea of fans reciting every lyric you spit. For some of us, those thoughts may not make it past that, but for others, that dream had the potential to turn into a reality. Being a young teen and dreaming of being famous and on TV is something that not many rappers can say that they have had the experience of living through. For the 18 year old Brooklyn-native J.I the Prince of N.Y, he turned that dream into a reality when he first appeared on Jermaine Durpi’s The Rap Game at …

Watch Action Bronson’s new interview on Hot 97

By Elliot Montanez // 5 Aug 2020

Action Bronson is one of the most entertaining creatives in the world, he is an extremely skilled emcee + an enjoyable guy to watch & listen to, so I was overjoyed when I saw that he dropped a new interview with Hot 97. The three hosts asked plenty of great questions about topics such as his weight loss journey, his new record “Latin Grammys”, his change of lifestyle, his radio show on Beats 1 Apple Music, his forthcoming album “Only For Dolphins”, creating his own cologne called “Splash”, writing his books, Guru of Gangstarr, MMA, strong man competitions, the New York Jets + New York Knicks, Mike Tyson’s comeback, his new baby and more. Watch this brand new interview below!

A Conversation w/ Nils: Working on ‘Legends Never Die’, Upbringing in Germany, Staying Humble and More

By Lee Mcintosh // 29 Jul 2020

When it comes to the pioneers of the vast sea of producers in the states, many of us can name a lot of them without even thinking twice. However, when it comes to producers making a name for themselves overseas, they may not be as openly recognized as they may like. The hurdles in which they have to overcome, and the barriers that they need to break, happen to be a bit tougher than it can be for those who may be born here in the states. The one thing about hip hop, is that it is accepting to all kinds, no matter what. We will accept anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, heritage, native language, anything–as long as that musician respects the culture. Hailing all the way from Hamburg, Germany, record-producer Nils has been making a massive impact in the game, and has been working his way up to becoming a household name in the music industry. The German rap scene, or any foreign rap scene for that matter, is very different than what we may be used to over here in the states. Nils made a name for himself by learning and adapting to music at a very …

On The Way: Yung Icey discusses his recent big placements, remaining relevant, what he thinks about loops, and his long term goals in a new interview

By Jack Gregory // 24 Jul 2020

The so-called ‘SoundCloud’ generation set the new standard for both modern music consumption and creation, pivoting from the previously adopted model of physical distribution and digital purchasing that had to take place through third parties like iTunes and consequently led to the explosion of streaming. Hundreds upon hundreds of artists and producers attained some level of ‘clout’ or success, however objectively or subjectively you choose to look at it, but unfortunately many of these creatives were held back because of a lack of consistency or an inability out get out of their own way. As a result, it quickly became clear that staying down until you come up was the secret to success in these uncharted waters. Sadly many realized this all too late and missed their windows of opportunity, but that is not the case with South Carolina producer Yung Icey whose “Icey I’m so sick of you” tag has become all but ubiquitous in the world of modern trap production. Icey played a major role in fostering early artistic development with a number of artists who went on to use this foundation Icey helped lay to propel their careers on even further, notably with artists like Yung Bans, …

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