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[EP] TaiZautie – I’m Up! @TaiZautie

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Originally from Richmond VA, TaiZautie relocated to Atlanta, GA at an early age and became interested in music as a result of having a recording studio in their home. They were introduced to various artists and leading producers, such as Bizzie Made, Chris Beatz, and Renzy808, who they worked with on their debut album. These artists along with the founding members of Boca Entertainment Group, Michael Walcott, and Stefford Jackson encouraged Taizuatie to pursue their music career, and their music has since been influenced by a plethora of artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Migos, and Young Thug. Their debut project entitled “Secure the Bag” was released on June 5, 2017, and included features from BizzieMade, Kyyngg, Que and Yung Durty. They have already had the chance to perform in front of hundreds in Atlanta, and by popular demand are getting ready take their show on the road to colleges, high schools and numerous venues across the country. Their highly anticipated EP titled “I’M UP” was released on February 27th, 2018 and is currently streaming on all major platforms. It features their hit single “Bankroll” which was produced by Dun Deal and C4.

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Mixtape: Butta Niia “Set It Off: Frankie Story”


A 22 year old aspiring female artist representing Brownsville, Brooklyn Buttah Niia has been writing music since the age of 13. In the last 3 years after joint a neighborhood collective called “BME” she has seen her career and talent rise to new levels. As the sole female in the collective she became a standout and spread her wings to the tune of having solo aspirations. Over the past year, Buttah has been diligent in pushing her personal brand hitting popular venues and shows such as SOBs for Faces in the Crowd and Hot 97 Tale It To The Street series at Aloha NYC with DJ Magic as she is featured on Vol 2 for her single Gotta. Her debut mixtape Set It off: Frankie Story patterned after the character portrayed by Vivica A. Fox in the classic motion picture Set It Off is currently available on soundcloud. Listen to it below:





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[Album] Kù Bryan – Go @lifeofcoolku



Kù Bryan – Go

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KÙ Bryan

A while ago those in power felt that the music business would be better off if all artists imitated the sounds and appearances of the must popular artists of any given genre of music as the smartest way to find success in the industry…  Problem is the game changing mc they call KÙ Bryan obviously didn’t get the message.  Ushering in a musical style and brand that is totally original along with paying homage to his diverse background is the magic that is… KÙ Bryan. Born Trimane Bryan aka KÙ Bryan in Guyana, South America he enjoyed a rather affluent up bring as the son of Guyanese and Chinese parents who owned a highly successful Goldmine is what provided him a life of luxury as a young lad. However, at the tender of nine years the artist who’s performance initials stands for Kool Universe was force into a harsh reality when his parent’s moved to New York located in the United States. Forced not only to adapt to life in the USA a young Kool Universe had to learn also how to survive in arguably the most crime ridden part of all America east New York’s notorious boroughs of… Brooklyn. Known nationwide for drugs, gangs, prostitution, robberies and murder Brooklyn coupled with a privileged childhood back in Guyana would help shape KÙ Bryan into the all around artist’s that many highly respected, bloggers and music publication are touting as the next cant miss international superstar. A true student of Hip Hop is most evident in KÙ Bryan’s top musical influences that include Rap heavyweights such as Big Daddy Kane, Slick Ricky, Outkast, Juelz Santana, Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle. Unapologetic in his steadfast mission to raise the bar of music excellent is the badge of honor so proudly woren by a once in a generation caliber talent destined to be the new voice of Hip Hop… Kool Universe. With more than a jaw dropping 250 show performances and counting already tucked away under his young but well traveled belt the sky is truly the limit for KÙ Byran’s breakout EP entitled “GO” that was produced by hit making producer Krazy Figz. Featuring the smash hits “Something Nice”, “So Kool”, “Smoke” and “Takeoff”. Setting the stage for an epic career and even greater individual whose indelible mindset is as follows “We are all our own universes and with proper knowledge of self we can all live in a beautiful kool world” —

Writtten by the: THE Voice T.P. FRAZIER for 2018 all rights reserved

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[EP] Young Kipp – Millionaire Dreams 2 @youngkipp


Munie Gang Entertainment releases Young Kipp latest EP ” Millionaire Dreams 2 ” Available on iTunes and all platforms NOW. Be on the look-out for more new music from Young Kipp.

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Let’s Talk About Haven: Soul Singer Renee Dion speaks to DJ Layne Luv

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How do you really interpret being a fan of an artist you know personally? And how does one explain that fanship when you are involved in the inner circle of the artist movement within that city? Can one speak objectively without bias? I’ll try my best. I came to know of this female sultry soul singer by way of a poet I used to date. From her introduction, I grew to know of all of the players within that artsy scene from Wali Crowder (poet), to B Jazz and The Liquid Crystal Project to DJ Krate Digga (eclectic DJ) to Lawrence Lemon (dancer extraordinaire). But around 2011, Columbus Ohio was buzzing by the release of Eric Roberson’s Mr. Nice Guy. Of course the city of Columbus has an adoration for the grammy-nominated singer, but the talk was more that of his generosity, almost an ode if you will, to the place that continues to give him so much love. Roberson included most of the artist aforementioned on his project, and from there I started to hear more and more about the songstress they call Renee Dion who was also a feature on Mr. Nice Guy.

With each project released, with each live performance, I became more of a supporter of Dion’s movement. Even witnessing her sing the national anthem for our 44th president Barack Obama was nothing short of amazing. In 2014, she dropped her project Moonlight off at my radio show, and my crew at the time and I were blown away at the maturity of her sound. We played every track for the entire show. By that time Dion was gaining momentum on the music scene….then all of the sudden “POOF” she disappeared. For a year and a half I would see her appear at a few music events around town or see her with her students from my window at that bank I was working at. (she was a school teacher at a school next door). But still no spark of music until around the end of October 2017. I started hearing from her chief supporter (her husband) she had a project coming out. He showed up at the club passing out her project to all the DJ’s but I was on the set and by the time I got done, the project was sold out. I ended up having to wait for the release date to hear it, and believe you me it was worth the wait. Haven put me in a trance from the first track I played.

I’m the type of person that believes everyone has a path and I follow good energy, so when I heard that my long time friend Jonathan Baker helped out on a lot of the arrangements for Haven, it made perfect sense why I was drawn to this project. Baker is an extremely talented genuine guy. I also felt that Dion was coming from a personal place. She’s a private person, but if you follow her life on social media and in real life…you know she’s in love and she’s been in love for quite some time. A story that is very rare in this day and age. Dion and her husband Artist Eric Jefferson don’t do it for the vine either, their love story is real. Those that listen to Haven can feel that story in the songs. So if you are in love, looking to be in love , or you just simply have questions about it…you can use Haven as to what that looks like.

I caught up with the songstress and I wanted her to break down some key elements of this masterpiece. Without further adieu …..Renee Dion…..

SO: Hey Renee, considering I just interviewed a musician you know well Ill Poetic and him taking 10 years to finish his project, and knowing it took you a few years to complete Haven, explain how difficult the process is to bring about a project with the musicality both of your projects possess.

RD: Oooh wee! (laughs to self) well after Moonlight I sort of hit a brick wall and I had to ask myself the question all artist get to a point of asking. Do I want to keep doing this, or do I want to let this go and just stop? I then made a decision, and with my mouth I told my husband…”I’m done with music” and from there was an almost immediate shift in my life from health problems to personal relationships.. things were just off. Speaking to that, I learned that when we abandon our purpose and what God has given us to do, things will shift and things can change until we find that path again. So as I stated, I was going to walk away but something kept bringing me back to it, and more and more I began to  find inspiration. I was finding inspiration everywhere, from listening to my best friend T. Wong evolve to lyrics just coming to me out of no where…and I started thinking to myself like “Are we done?” So my husband and I turned one of our bedrooms into a recording studio and I began to tinker around, and from that, the creativity started flowing …like if you ever saw the movie with Bruce Leroy …I had the glow (we both crack up) but when I started to show these songs to Jonathan (Baker) …first of all this man is truly talented, but I truly love his musicianship, so when he began to add his musical flavor, that’s when Haven started coming to life.

SO: If I could give this album a positive critique, you sound the most confident on this album than your previous projects. Songs like Uno (I really like that song btw) have your signature sound, but you can also hear growth and confidence in these songs. What made the difference on you taking risk vocally on this project?

RD:  I would say, when you take ownership and responsibility from other people’s hands, no slight to any other producer I’ve worked with…but once I had to sit in this studio and hammer out these songs myself, and I had to figure out production nuances and truly trust myself to express what was coming from my heart, I would say the confidence to elevate happened organically from those experiences. If you really want to know who Renee Dion is…Listen to Haven. 

SO: Considering we’re saying goodbye to 2017…We had a number of bare-your-soul albums from music’s royal family The Carters. 4:44 setting the tone for truth in music. Listening to Haven you can hear these songs coming from a real place. Did your husband inspire those songs?

RD: Well, honestly speaking the entire album is about him. But it’s also about me, my relationship with God and my relationship with people. When it comes to my music, I’m attracted to really beautiful sounds, so sometimes the music can stand on it’s own and overshadow the lyrics based on the sounds I prefer. However on this project, if you stripped the production and listened to just the words, you’ll hear my vulnerability, my fears, my questions and me dealing with myself. I’m still continuing to learn how to be a wife, and my husband is still learning to be patient with me as I find my way, as I am with him and these thoughts are what come out in the music. Life is about continual self discovery.

SO: It seems like your songs speak to women in love or looking for love. In a time where trust in relationships is a rarity and often times scary, what would you say to those women looking for love in 2018?

RD: Wow that’s a deep question and loaded hahaha but I’ll try to answer. I’ll say this to my single women waiting for love. Don’t lose your affection, don’t lose your vulnerability by being guarded. What do they say, “you can’t receive a blessing with a closed fist”, so you have to remain open to love no matter how great the potential of you being hurt again. With each experience there is a lesson until you reach the destiny God has called you to reach. The problem lies for most people is that they look to all sorts of media like Facebook and Instagram and the wrong outlets for guides to relationships. However that is so far from the truth of what love really is.

Listen, people look at my husband and I funny because wherever they see me they see him and vice versa. If he has a showing I’m right there, if  I have a singing engagement he’s right there as my No. 1 supporter. And it’s not based on a level of insecurity. Our presence is a sense of protection in this crazy world. Furthermore, we enjoy each others company. I sometimes go to events and there are married women and men showing up to events by themselves and wonder why they get involved in single activities. Don’t get me wrong our marriage is still work but it’s less work when you work at it and stay in tune with your significant other. Recognizing and dealing with things when things are off are another way to build strong relationships. But people have to be willing to let go of pride and ego to accomplish that. Communication is Everything. Eric is my husband and I protect him and his art just like he does for me…that’s the best advice I can give Layne.

SO: Where can people purchase your music and what events do you have going on right now?

RD: So they can purchase the music on iTunes and we just did Healing Haven and The Black Infinity a few days ago but those events and more are the many things to come in 2018. Just follow me on Instagram and Twitter under @ReneeDionMusic and please visit my web page

SO: Thank you so much for spending the day with us. Haven is definitely a instant soul classic.





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[New EP] EhCee- “Trust” @ehceemusic


Toronto continues to push out talent and EhCee is the latest example of the renaissance going on in the 6. EhCee is following up his latest single “Real Ones” with an EP that expands on a sound that he has clearly perfected. “TRusT” may be EhCee’s first solo effort, but these five tracks are far from amateur. The writing on this project is very polished and focused while the production reflects the same energy. This 15-minute emotional journey tackles angles from the perspective of someone who is dealing with a lot of pressure and frustration from his environment and those around him. The narrative of this project will resonate with anyone with ambition or in pursuit of their dreams. For those simply looking for quality flows, production, writing, melodies, cadences, and everything that makes for a good sonic presentation “TRusT” is the project for you.

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The Spaceship Ride Wit The New ATLA..iens by DJ Layne Luv

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Ok so I’m working in my office in the official blogging headquarters of WTMH Radio/StraightOfficial Ohio/State Of Hip and I’m in one of those blah moods. All of the sudden my Telegram alerts are lighting up out of control. It’s the CEO of The Fleet DJ’s Klassik and he wants to know if I’d be available to interview Daz Dillinger of The Dogg Pound and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob. He said “Yo! I’m giving this to you because you really know how to put together great interviews…don’t let me down” But that’s not what I’m thinking… My mind automatically goes back to being in Sigonella Italy in January of 1993 and having two tapes in my walkman to get me through a Naval tour. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Redman’s Whut Thee Album. Then in 1995,  the month I’m released from the Navy…I’m in the post office hating life and the only two tapes that get me through are Goodie Mob’s Soul Food and D’angelo’s Brown Sugar. So to be able to talk to these guys was more than an honor…they really shaped my young adult life.

It’s 2pm Eastern time and the phone rings promptly. I look on the caller ID and immediately I see it’s a Los Angeles California number. Presumptuous I just answer..”Dat Nigga Daz!”….and in true Long Beach vernacular he replies “Whaddup homie?” I want to continue the conversation but I can’t stop smiling. This is gonna be a true “for the culture” phone call. These two were right in the middle of Hip Hop when it shifted in 1995 from East and West coast prominence to The South Uprising. But to see The South and West collaborate under one groove….DJ Layne Luv is here for this.

SO: Let’s just skip all the propers…how did y’all two muh fuchas decide to get together one day and make some music?

Bigg Gipp: Man Daz jus called me up one morning and said let’s make some music. I showed up..DJ Funky and Cool Dolla and Henry West was in there already cookin.. Then I heard the beat. I instantly loved it man. Daz made the hook…I went outside…when I come back in he had the hook and the verse laid. But I wasn’t ready. So I smoked a blunt..took it home and sat on it for a day or two…came back to the studio. Daz said you ready and I said yeah I’m ready…laid down the verse and the finished product was Type Of Girl. That was the first song we did.

SO: I’m very skeptical when veterans come back and make music because there is a dilemma of walking away from the game holding the hand in the air for The Final Shot…preserving the legacy versus coming back in a Washington Wizards Jersey. But Type Of Girl seems to fit right in with the music we are hearing today. How does feel to still be in touch with what’s going on?

Daz: I’m not gonna lie, it feels great! To still be able to do what you love and the people still respond to it with approval. We just keep thriving. As long as you have a good heart, you breathing and your health is good..from that point it’s about elevatin the game. And staying consistent. I’ve alway been able to be myself no matter where I’m at and I’m grateful for that.

SO: Man when I reminisce on how LA music make me feel and how Dungeon Family music made me feel, it just feels like a good a backyard cookout…blended with a lot of herbal essence as the elixir….does that help with the vibe of the records you all put out?

DAZ: Man we are doing just that right now as we speak (Laughter in the background from all the niggas in the studio hahaha) DJ Marijuana is IN THE HOUSE….(I can’t control my laughter at this point) Seriously it doesn’t help it or hurt it, It’s helps most rappers to relax so the thoughts and creativity and push through. You can smoke weed and still make a wack song, we just happen to be good and what we do and the weed helps with that.

SO: So Daz as good as you are a rapper, you’re also one hell of a producer and you’ve engineered some classic West Coast bangers…one of my favorites being Tupac’s “Got My Mind Made Up” two questions. Who’s producing your music now and tell our audience what it was like working under the tutelage of Dr. Dre?

DAZ: So Cool Dolla is our producer right now but we are working with anyone that got heat for real…

But when you talk about Dre and those years…whew….Man at first I was just puttin shit together that I thought sounded good. And then Dre would walk by the studio and say…I like this…or I don’t like that and I was just in there learning from him. But it all changed the day he said “Here Daz, I’ll let you use my drum machine” I don’t know what happened but from that one thing…it all changed and I created Rat A Tat Tat and all that shit…but seriously Warren G is who helped me get the most out of Dre’s drum machine. But Dre showed me how to put the beat on tracks and put stuff around it to make the beat sound fuller. Dre helped me out a lot.

SO: SO Gipp being that ATL has been a residence in the rap game for more than a decade going on two…how do you feel that your city has had such a long reign in music? It was a time that Hip Hop bounced around every ten years or so, but it seems that ATL has a stronghold on the game right now. How do you feel about that?

GIPP: It feels great, how these kids are taking the foundation that The Dungeon Family started and taking the ball and running with with. You see down south, we encourage growth, so when we see these kids creating, making their own beats and creating their own sound, that’s what keeps the music going for us…and quite frankly…as long as there is STRIP CLUBS…you always gonna hear ATL music. (A Loud laughter in the studio again) You can tell when you got a when them strippers start moving to it. Our music is a music that transcends gender or race. It’s family and it’s hood. I got nothing but respect for these young millionaires Migos, Metro Boomin, Mike Will Made It, Future, Young Thug, South Side, Colli Park they continue to push the culture by taking this music worldwide. I love it.

SO: So Gipp let me take you back to The Source Awards in 95′ . When 3 Stacks said “The South Got Something to say” Did you even guess that those words would be prophetic and set off the ATL revolution?

GIPP: Man to tell you the truth, I was on stage with him and I couldn’t hear let alone focus on what Dre was saying. We was all in fight mode. It was so rowdy and noisy in there, you could feel the tension to the point where any and everything could have jumped off… and we was ready. We was all on the defensive at that moment so I didn’t really hear what Dre said until years later when I saw the tape. But looking back, yes it was prophetic and I’m glad he said it, because the south took that baton and we never looked back.

SO: SO when can we expect the full album fellas?

DAZ: Late winter, early spring…just in time for them coasters and them honeys. ATLA baby!!!

SO: Well I thank y’all for taking time out of yall’s studio session to holler at ya boy. Much success to you both bringing the south and the west together to stir up a good pot of gumbo.

DAZ: Thank you Layne Luv and Straight Official for having us and big shout out to The Fleet DJ’s for playing our music!!! Much Respect!!! Respect The DJ!









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[Mixtape] DJ Tokars – Street Smoke 10 @djtokars404

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The Mayor of the Streets, DJ Tokars returns to DGB today with the exclusive premiere of the 10th installment of his Street Smoke 10 mixtape series that showcases some upcoming talent from the south. This new tape features new music by Lil Baby, Money Man, Jay Fizzle, Pablo Juan, Kodak, NBA Youngboy, Offset, RaRa, Young Scooter, Jay Dot Rain, Ralo, Playa Fly, Turk and many more.

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[MUSIC] New Album- Frank Cook – Hear Me Out @FRANK_COOK



Bronx artist Frank Cook (@frank_cook) has a new album out. The 12 track project, titled “Hear Me Out”, features gritty sounding beats with flows inspired by New York greats like Rakim, KRS-One, and Big Daddy Kane. Cook also features the vocals of Tavaras Tv on the 3 close out tracks “Star”, “Sexy Feel the Room”, and “The Groove”. “Hear Me Out” was released earlier this month, and is part of his vow to pay homage to his late brother through music.


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