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Music Video. | “This Is America” | Childish Gambino.

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merica, the hypocrite! Sweet as apple pie, Childish Gambino’s latest offering — the Hiro Murai-directed visual “This Is America” — is delicious. Delectably distorted metaphors, both verbal and visible, represent the contrived Stepin Fetchin stereotypes that continue to plague these un-United States. Gambino demonstrates how pursued happiness is mocked by the Have’s asphyxiating ignorance and their misplaced fear. Melanated skin ignorantly associated with Sin continues …

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Dangerous Rhythms, Latin Jazz, and TJ English’s The Corporation

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Best-selling author TJ English’s epic new Cuban true-crime thriller, The Corporation, is about to be made into a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced, Benicio Del Toro-starring Hollywood feature film. A frenzied bidding war produced a rumored seven-figure deal that was reached based on a 100-page proposal before the book was even written. TJ is celebrated for his studies of the Irish mob, including …

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Music Video. | “The Yield” | Kate Fenner.

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aried experiences transform into wisdom on, Middle Voice. This is the third solo album from Canadian crooner,  Kate Fenner. Currently based in New York City, the musician and mother uniquely employs her polished art to advocate a prime perspective. Over 10 selections constitute Kate’s robust effort. “The Yield,” offers familiar Folk yearnings which are amplified by an eased angst. Fenner beautifully conveys how …

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Music Video. | “New York” | Kachinga.

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ife invested into rhyme, Kachinga, has successfully accomplished a once-daunting dream. The release of Sky Falling — the debut album from the Canadian creative — dropped earlier this year. Containing over 23 selections, the robust endeavor encapsulates the battle to discover peace between his tribulations and his triumphs. Below, check out the intimate visual for the Lava Cru produced, “New York.”  To discover more …

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Music Video. | “Yellow Beamer” | Fih.

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eyond dizzying sunshine and shiny stars, Fih, uses the “Yellow Beamer” visual to display her gift of rhyme. From the introductory EP, Four Colors Only, the LAid-back lyricist uses this second release and shares her perspective. Melodically maneuvering the nostalgic whirlwind of yesteryear’s ideals, Fih, offers a glimpse into her personal progression. Barred life becomes art; check it out. ” … No lies …

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Music Video. | “Fleece” | Radio Galaxy.

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ersonifing music’s universal appeal, Radio Galaxy, continues to thrive. Back in March, the Houston-based collective released its latest project, Nobody Digs Your Music But Yourself.  Within this endeavor, the divine collision of four creative minds come together and create a wonderfully cohesive LP. Funky, Space-Hop, Future Soul, SpaceyFatNasty — whatever the chosen evocative adjective — Radio Galaxy is dope.  “Fleece,” the initial offering …

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’77 Music Club

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After Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize, the Washington Post blubbered that “Kids aren’t starting garage bands” anymore, and “Electric guitar sales are down 30 percent over the past decade!” Rock and Roll is not dead, former Rolling Stone writer Marc Weingarten declared, but it “continues to lose traction with anyone under 40,” and “it seems unmoored from its commitment …

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Music Video. | “Nothing” | Kendra Morris.

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n her latest single “Nothing,” Kendra Morris, uses keen artistry to contemplate an array of thoughts and feelings. The Unproduction-directed visual, starkly contemplates the thoughts and feels of being engulfed by a dismal abyss. Morris beautifully demonstrates how perplexed resignation becomes maligned terror. Kendra continues to satisfy her peers and her public; press play. “Nothing” is about nothing. It’s about the …

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New Music. | “Done For Me” | Charlie Puth Ft. Kehlani.

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atter-of-fact and meaningful, Charlie Puth, effortlessly flexes his creativity on his latest single, “Done For Me.” The New Jersey native enlists Kehlani for the assist. If this track is indicative of what’s to come then Puth’s anticipated sophomore effort, Voicenotes, is certain to satisfy. Enjoy this early summer smash; you’re welcome! “… You say you’re leaving / Well, if you wanna leave there ain’t …

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Music Post. | “In Time” | Akshara Music Ensemble.

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ast year, Akshara Music Ensemble, released its critically-acclaimed, Mohana Blues. Earning respect from its peers and its public, the New York City-based collective relies upon a polished cache of creativity. This innate artistry celebrates inherent Indian fundamentals which is bolstered by a contemporary global perspective. Meticulous manipulation of an array of string and woodwind instruments allows Askhara to thrive. Their lauded track, “In …

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Music Video. | “G Lollipops” | MURS Ft. Prof.

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hat’s better than the convergence of Rhymesayers and Strange Music? Hip-Hop has awarded MURS with its coveted prize, longevity. Tapping Prof for the lyrical assist, “G Lollipops” becomes a stunning example of delivering humble hubris. The track appears on the recently released album, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable, which was produced in its entirety by the sonic savant, Michael “Seven” Summers. A personification of …

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New Music. | “John Wayne” | Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench.

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omehow Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench effortlessly employ a cacophony of disjointed harmonies on “John Wayne.” Challenged to sonically demonstrate the modern man’s psyche this Brit Pop duo delivers. Staccato lyricism bolstered by a catchy hook work to compel the ear. While listing a litany of life’s useful distractions the groovy production amps the song’s overall appeal.  Stay tuned as the Buttercuts Records duo’s …

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Music Video. | “Walk It Talk It” | Migos Ft. Drake.

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midist initial naysayers, Migos, continue to forge and maintain their Hip-Hop path. Their cadence and delivery, once considered different, is now the norm.  Culture II — the third album from these ATLien spitters — continues to cement the trio’s ubiquitous impact. It’s no surprise that “Walk It Talk It,” which features Drake, has become a viral sensation. Time-traveling to a distant past, the Daps-directed visual …

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Music Video. | “Balance” | Kachinga.

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hroughout the duration of Sky Falling — the debut album from Kachinga — sincere sixteens depict the human condition. On his compelling track, “Balance,” the Canadian artist who reps Three Entertainment Group, enlists the expert production of Lava Cru. Here, a haunting refrain pairing with stoic keys and a resigned delivery converge. A concise contemplation of life’s monotonous complexities is then explored. Niki GatewoodI write.

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World Premier: New Music | “Nothing” | Kendra Morris

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nveloped by oblivion, Kendra Morris, uses a psychedelic  vocal dexterity to smoothly deliver her latest single, “Nothing.” Undulating and raw, sheer emotional introspection is expressed. This Papi Records gem showcases a rancorous bass which battles both angry drums and slithering keys. Together harmony is achieved. Of the track, Kendra shares a matter-of-fact sentiment, “Nothing” is about nothing. It’s about the warm comfort …

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New Music. | Summer • Velvet. | Chazmere.

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You should give this track by the multi-disciplinary artist from the Bronx a listen. Chazmere recently released his latest EP, •FELT•, and Summer•Velvet truly embodies the vibes Chaz hopes we fall into or as he states: More than ever, what we see is distorted, filtered, manipulated. Ads everywhere. Infinite Scrolls, endless instant updates. Exploiting our attention. Breaking our focus. Taking our energy. •FELT• …

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New Music. | King Salomon. | Salomon Faye.

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The homie Salomon Faye released his debut EP King Salomon featuring the critically acclaimed single “LIVE LEARN” featuring J. Cole & Eryn Allen Kane. The album artwork was created by artist Ryan Bock who we featured in our previous print edition, Book N°4. Stream the EP project below. Bim StarThis New York City native breathes the concrete jungle. From be a stylist and …

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New Video. | Finesse. | Bl’eve Brown.

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ew East Coast co-founder, producer and rap artist, Bl’eve Brown just released his latest track, Finesse featuring Jimmy2Shoes with over 200,000 streams on Spotify! The new visual, directed by Kevin Chiu, depicts Bl’eve going around the city as he raps about how sometimes, all you have to do is finesse ’em. Peep the video below and give it a like. Click …

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Music Video. | “Down For Mine” | Rittz.

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aving invested over 20 years into the game, Rittz, is being rewarded for his diligence. Today, the Strange Music MC scored a career milestone. Last Call — his fourth album — stands atop the Rap charts, this according to SoundScan. The Miguel “M. Stacks” Brown, Jr.-produced, “Down For Mine,” finds a calculated Rittz spitting sixteens with stunning accuracy; press play. Photo Credit: Kristina Labbe Niki …

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Music Video. | “Drowning (Water)” | A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

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ubmerged in sound, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, continues to demonstrate his creative dexterity.  Within the visual for “Drowning (Water),” The RiTE Brothers, showcase the Bronx MC engulfed by aqua and enveloped by diamonds. Consistent keys and floating currency, combined with an emotive delivery, help to tell the tale of living the pauper’s existence transformed to one of the nouveau riche. The Highbridge …

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Music Video. | “Achoo!” | Keith Ape X Ski Mask The Slump God.

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esistant to any inoculation, from within their dopeness emanates. The Cole Bennett-directed, “Achoo” finds Keith Ape and Ski Mask The Slump God in a hospital. Afflicted with inherent artistry, these two creatives ride the Jimmy Duval & Neighborhood Watch which conjures excess. Trading hubris-filled ostentatious bars these two are sick; press play. src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”> Niki GatewoodI write.

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New Music. | “Highly Intoxicated” | Juicy J.

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ewarded with longevity, Juicy J, is a living legend. While reinforcing his legacy, this Trap architect has discovered the way to remain relevant. He is dope. Recently, The Juiceman blessed the game and dropped his mixtape, Highly Intoxicated. The introductory track, “Highly Intoxicated,” finds an animated J with an intricate flow. The Crazy Mike-beat is reminiscent of classic Three 6. Do …

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New Music. | “Caffeine & Nicotine” | Blakeley.

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rooklyn’s Blakeley continues to reinforce her artistic integrity. The amped whimsy of her latest single, “Caffeine & Nicotine,” from the upcoming EP of the same name, invites one to join her on a subversive journey; convention’s monotony is confronted.  Her emphatic voice effectively melds with the rigorous  instrumentation. Sound becomes an adrenaline-drenched heart pumped by Blakeley’s vocal ability. Stay tuned; Blakely has teamed up …

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New Music. | “You Should Know” | Rapsody Ft. Busta Rhymes.

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o many adjectives. Rapsody is raw. Rapsody is an MC. Rapsody is Hip-Hop. Recently, the North Carolina narrator dropped her anticipated endeavor,  Laila’s Wisdom.  Named for her Big Mama — from whom she learned many valuable lessons — the album serves as an effort in excellence. It demonstrates that an  innate essence will always trump a fleeting notoriety. From amorous to angst, …

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New Music. | “Living A Lie” | Lachi Ft. Styles P.

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nvested in empowerment, Lachi, sings her truth. The self-reliant, singer/songwriter personifies progress. Her talent has compelled several record labels to distribute her music. Esteemed outlets like Oprah Radio and PBS Radio have lauded Lachi’s inherent artistry. Whether it’s EDM, Pop, Dubstep, or Dance this New York City-based chanteuse is known to deliver.  The latest single, “Living A Lie,” showcases a tremendously tender …

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Music Video. | “Black Coffee and Cigarettes” | Michael P Cullen |&| The Soul Searchers.

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xpression, an additional appendage for Michael P Cullen, is demonstrated through his art. Outfitted with the Soul Searchers, the Aussie artist is submerged in sound; he’s living the dream.   Live at Lazybones,  the most recent EP added to the collective’s creative canon, dropped back in July. With “Black Coffee and Cigarettes” banal retrospect tortures a beautifully morose Michael. Restrained percussion, pained keys, …

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New Music. | “Bipolar” | Dave East X V Don.

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ushing waxed pictures, V Don, makes words become movies; he scores tracks.  “Bipolar,” the recent collab which features the verbal dexterity of Dave East is menacing. Art amplified by an amalgamation of action, “Bipolar,” fuses stripped keys with an emphatic drum. It reverberates against ostentatious and harrowing sixteens. Dave East is diligent. The Harlem native recently dropped this unattached single, “Bipolar.” …

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Music Video. | “Deep Thoughts” | The Peanut Gallery.

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rom Party of 5IVE to their present duo of, The Peanut Gallery, Orlando and Flee Jones remain determined. The New Jersey natives have tasked themselves to accentuate Hip-Hop’s authenticity. The duo’s creative collision will soon be displayed in their debut album, Tales From The Basement.  The leadoff single, “Deep Thoughts,” showcases Orlando’s unorthodox artistry. For more from The Peanut Gallery stay tuned. …

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Music Video. | “Good Ol’ Music” | Jay Hunna.

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nfluenced by Golden lyricism, Jesse “Jay Hunna” Bland, turns to his pen for cathartic release. A child of Chicago, he has lived the have-not existence. Following the 2015, unprovoked death of his cousin, Sandra Bland, music was one of the things which helped to assuage his restless soul. On September 8, his debut album, Better Days  was released. The “Good Ol’ Music” visual displays …

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Music Video. | “Monster” | Datsik X 1000volts (Redman & Jayceeoh).

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ip-Hop is ever-evolving.  Redman demonstrates its progression. While wielding voraciously lyrical sixteens, he along with respected turntablist, JAYCEEOH, melt wax. Together, they are 1000volts.  “Monster,” the dubstep mingling of Firepower Records labelmates, 1000volts and Datsik, melds frenetic energy with simplistic storytelling. It’s electric!   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “MaNyfaCedGod” | Jay Z Ft. James Blake.

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ersonified artistry is Lupita Nyong’o. The Francesco Carrozzini-directed, “MaNyfaCedGod” visual, is heightened by the harmonies of  James Blake. Measured movements become lyrical expression.  An effortless pen chronicles the emotional evolution of the 13- time platinum MC. Damned good job, Jay Z; thanks for 4:44.   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “On My Mind” | Jorja Smith X Preditah.

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Photo Credit: Emma Swann agic is real.  Jorja Smith possesses an incredibly contemporary voice that nudges at a ’90’s nostalgia . Project 11, her introductory EP further proves this point. With “On My Mind,” an incredible assist from production virtuoso, Preditah, succinctly pushes the track to the sublime. You’re welcome.   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “Meditation” | GoldLink Ft. Jazmine Sullivan, KAYTRANADA.

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ll gold everything! Can it be?  GoldLink continues to prove that Hip-Hop is alive and well.  Teaming up with the vocal savant, Jazmine Sullivan, and the sonically enigmatic, KAYTRANADA, the trio came together and created the refreshing, “Meditation.” GoldLink challenges his competitors. The visual captures a compelling night where lust challenges life. Recently, his debut studio album, At What Cost, has earned a …

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Top Five: “Tipsy.” | Black Shadow’s Troyton Rami X Rupee.

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usic is the universal language in which both Troyton Rami and Rupee are fluent. Throughout their respective careers, these two students of sound have attained a plethora of accolades. Earlier this year, Rami — half of Black Shadow,  the Grammy award-winning production duo — teamed up with the esteemed Rupee to create the summer smash, “Tipsy.”  To emphasize their creative dexterity, the single’s welcomed …

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Music Review. | Something Good. | Matteo Scher.

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eeming with dreamers, New York City is delicious as any red apple and explosive as Hughes’  “Harlem.” Magnetized by creativity — creators, like Matteo Scher — are drawn to the steel exterior of Gotham City. Here, while yearning to stand out, they seek solace in their art. Possessing a nostalgic, and a contemporary quality to his music, Scher, is the consummate singer-songwriter. …

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NEW MUSIC | Three Jewels. | Mike Dean MWA.

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ike Dean is a master of his craft but still finds the opportunity evolves his skill set. He displays his God-level production skills in his latest release Three Jewels off his new imprint, MWA Records. In conjunction with Moog‘s limited re-issue run of the iconic Minimoog Model D synthesizer, Moog just released Mike Dean’s live production session of Three Jewels at the Moog …

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New Music. | Just Like You. | Joyner Lucas.

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oday, Oxford officially extended the definition of the word “woke” to the dictionary. In the spirit of being “woke”, you should take a listen to Joyner’s Lucas‘ “Just Like You” track off his latest release, “(508) 507 2209” because the lyrical content in this song is what a woke rapper should sound like nowadays. Here’s to more woke rap. …And …

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New Music. | “I’ll Find You” | Lecrae |Ft.| Tori Kelly.

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rayers and action used to confront challenges, Lecrae, pours life into his lyricism. Following the success of “Blessings,” the Grammy-Award winning wordsmith recently dropped, “I’ll Find You.” He contemplates how doubt threatens to swallow one into its consuming abyss. The single may appear on the creative entrepreneur’s upcoming eighth studio album. On the track, the Houston MC is assisted by Tori Kelly.  Wading …

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Music Review. | Surviving | Avery LR.

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xploring the dichotomy of being a responsible father, and being aware of dire decisions, Avery LR, knows the importance of his actions. Earlier this year — the Utah transplant who now calls Maryland home — dropped his mixtape, Surviving. The expansive endeavor chronicles everything from encountering hubris-filled humans to reflecting over racial wrongs. A son of Hip-Hop, the Murderland MC …

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Music Video. | “Hard To Love” | Kacy Hill.

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ubmission coincides with power. Within the J.A.C.K.-directed visual for “Hard To Love,” Kacy Hill, uses her cultivated perspective of self to connect. Subjected to bondage and graffitti, her body, a sponge, eloquently absorbs the provocative degradation. Under Kanye West’s devout leadership, this G.O.O.D. music protégée is combining her cognizant awareness of her sexuality with her innate creativity. On June 30, her album,  Like A …

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New Music. | “Lord Knows” | Chris Rivers |FT.| Dyce Payne.

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earching for love, only to discover self, “Lord Knows,” is the lyrical manifestation of attaining self-worth. Amid a soothing timber, producer NaCion, creates the fluid backdrop to which Chris Rivers and Dyce Payne complete the reflective ditty. Faith challenged by façades, the journey to dispel doubt is long, but ultimately it may be a rewarding one. Delorean — the début album, into which The Dragon …