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Rakim Returns After 15 Years With New & First Of It’s Kind Project

Rakim announces first album in 15 years, ft. DMX, Prodigy, Nipsey Hussle,  Snoop Dogg & more

The God MC Is Back

RAKIM, Hip-Hop’s most prominent MC has announced that he is releasing a new project next month. The legendary artist known for his classic hits “Paid In Full” & “Don’t Sweat The Technique” is dropping G.O.D’s Network (Reb7rth) on July 26th. Pre-orders for the project began last week and The God MC has not lost a step!

After a 15 year hiatus, Rakim returns to the fray with a project that is truly one of a kind. The album is the first fully produced project by Rakim himself. True fans of Rakim know that he’s more than just an MC. He has a number of production credits under his belt including hit songs like “Know The Ledge” from the classic film Juice.

RAKIM- G.O.D’s Network (Reb7rth)

Rakim

G.O.D’s Network is Rakim’s 4th official solo album. The 7 track project not only highlights the fact that Rakim is still a lyrical threat but features a plethora of artists. In anticipation for the album, the hot single “Be Ill” released last Friday. It features West Coast legend Kurupt & Masta Killa.

Rakim Be Ill
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Over the infectious drums on the track, the God MC bodies the track. He spits “Design flows in binary codes, no matrix/Light-speeds, time could be froze, no spaceships/ Walkin’ paradox, I made them all believers/Ship the paradigm, even time, alter features”

Check out the official music video for Rakim’s “Be Ill” down below!

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The guest list for Rakim’s LP is composed of Hip-Hop’s elite artists. The list includes Snoop Dogg, BG, Planet Asia, Method Man, .38 Spesh, Crooked I, Fred Da Godson and Kool G Rap to name a few. The album also includes posthumous features from Nipsey Hussle, Prodigy and DMX.

EDITOR’S TAKE

Rakim returning to the game proves that it’s indeed a great time to be alive! The God MC producing an album such as this at this time is legendary and solidifies Hip-Hop’s staying power as a genre and a movement. The push of good music is building momentum this year.

We had the opportunity to attend a private listening session for the upcoming project. In collaboration with Stop Beefin Radio & the Indiana Fleet DJs, we listened to A&R Extraordinaire Matthew “M-80” Markoff express deep gratitude and admiration for this project. After listening to three songs (“Be Ill” being one of them) we wished July 26th was sooner! M-80, you’ve done it again!

Stay tuned for Rakim’s G.O.D’s Network to officially release next month. Let us know in the comments below what you think!

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION is available NOW at www.rakimpresents.com

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Dead Silence-Vanilla Bean

Dead Silence Vanilla Bean
Photo Cred: Renee Shelton

DEAD SILENCE, just a week removed from his latest release Thru The Fire blessed the masses with the music video for his hit single “Vanilla Bean.” The Indianapolis MC’s vibe and smooth delivery has captivated fans both here and abroad.

TTF has been making noise as singles from the album have appeared on shows like Rebuilding Black Wall Street on BET+ and Impact X Nightline featuring Michael Strahan. The single “Vanilla Bean” made it’s way across the pond, which increased his streams on Spotify by over 250,000.

“Vanilla Bean” was produced by ZeroYouAFooBoy (@zeroyouafooboy) and mixed and mastered by Eddie J (@play_eddiej) & Shordeli (fiver).

Dead Silence Vanilla Bean

DEAD SILENCE VANILLA BEAN SHOOT

The visual for “Vanilla Bean” includes Silence’s spot on CBS affiliate WISH-TV 8 to promote the album. Filming would conclude at GORDONS MILKSHAKE BAR. Captured by PMFGOAT Films, the vibe was infectious as people walking by couldn’t help but to groove with the set.

Silence is an amazing talent you need to hear! Thru The Fire is available now on all streaming platforms. Check out the official music video for “Vanilla Bean” which features yours truly on the thumbnail down below. Let us know in the comments down below what you think!

Dead Silence Vanilla Bean

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#SaturdaySpotlight featuring T.G.I. Free | @iamtgifree

T.G.I.Free
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MEET T.G.I.FREE

T.G.I.Free is quickly becoming a force to be recognized in Hip-Hop. The Naptown MC from The Far made his presence felt at Chreece Nap City All-Star last month performing alongside Jet Santiago and Skypp. A few weeks later, the city was scrutinized for a cypher that made it’s rounds.

Free alongside 4 other far eastside artists were the city’s “Redeem Team” as the How You What? Sophomore Cypher was the take that did not miss! T.G.I. took the anchor of that track meet and with powerful, gritty punchlines he closed it out like Michael Jordan in Game 6.

CURRENT MUSIC

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T.G.I.Free

“Set You Free” is a 7 track production that highlights Free’s raw delivery and lyricism. From “10th Street” featuring Skypp to “Take My Crown” Free rode every track with purpose and precision over soulful samples from Isiah Darty (Zero) & Trashbaggbeatz. T.G.I. Free has the follow up to “Set You Free titled “Trust In Free” on the way later this year.

With the city of Indianapolis becoming the next city to produce the next big artist, Free has his cap in the circle and it ain’t safe! Check out T.G.I. Free alongside Jet Santiago in “Danger Zone” down below.

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Former NFL Star Adam “Pacman” Jones Debuts “Standing on Business”

Adam "Pacman" Jones

Adam “Pacman” Jones, a renowned NFL all-star, further solidifies his shift from athlete to rap star. With a new anthem titled “Standing On Business,” highlighting the hustle for success. The song released with a music video shot in his hometown of Cincinnati at TQL Stadium. Home of FC Cincinnati, where Pacman recently performed the Sword Ritual to kick off the 2024 MLS season.

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Following the success of his debut single ”Ferrari Kit” that hit over 1 million views on YouTube, Jones continues his artistic journey under the esteemed Universal Music Group in collaboration with Bungalo Records. Adopting the artist name “The Real Pacman Jones,” he aims to captivate audiences with his unique style.

Football has been a significant part of my life, but music has always been a passion. It’s a reflection of my journey—full of highs and lows, but always pushing forward.

Adam ‘Pacman” Jones

In addition to his music career, Jones remains active in the sports entertainment industry, hosting popular shows such as “Runnin’ it Back with Pac + Zac” on BETONLINE.AG and appearing on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show” with his segment, “Undercover Dawg.”

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How You What? Naptown Delivers With The Sophomore Cypher

How You What Sophomore Cypher
From Left, T.G.I Free, Skypp, TVT The Rapper, DJ Strick, PBT Ace, Jet Santiago (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

HOW YOU WHAT? SOPHOMORE CYPHER

The city of Indianapolis became a hot topic during last month’s All-Star weekend. Not just for basketball, the Hip-Hop world took notice to the first take of the All-Star Naptown Cypher presented by Asia & Co Productions. The consensus was that it was not a representation of the culture in the Circle City. Surely there would be a follow-up, right?

That effort dropped today as the How You What? Sophomore Cypher was released after a teaser was dropped this week via Instagram. Hosted by Naptown’s own Dead Silence, the cypher consisted of 5 MC’s, all of which are from or reside on the far east side. DJ Strick spun the instrumental for Nas’ “Oochie Wally” and the rest is history!!!

How You What Sophomore Cypher
Dead Silence (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)
How You What? Sophomore Cypher
TVT The Rapper (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

How You What? Sophomore Cypher

Jet Santiago would kick off the first leg with bars that set the tone for the cypher. Going absolutely silly over the track he solves the question about that infamous chicken. “Call me your excellency/evidently I’m a better MC/that chicken crossed the road and ran into me.” Femcee TVT The Rapper took the mic and rode the track while clearly showing that she wasn’t pressed being the only woman in the cypher. She spits “Put me in a box so blind niggas I’ma make ’em see/always the one doing the breakups/call me the referee.”

How You What? Sophomore Cypher
PBT Ace (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)
How You What? Sophomore Cypher
Skypp (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

Leg 3 of the cypher went to PBT Ace. His gritty, lyrical ride included both ties to both love and loyalty over these bitches. The next MC up was Skypp. Stating the obvious he spits “Yeah, took y’all long enough/Y’all know they couldn’t “rap rap” but they songs tough/I’m so NAP like the shit that makes a comb get stuck/what mufuckas ain’t puttin on like us.”

How You What? Sophomore Cypher
T.G.I. Free (Photo Cred: Kaymakay Designs)

T.G.I. Free would take the anchor of the cypher. I had the opportunity to see Free perform during All-Star Weekend for the first time alongside Jet & Skypp. He closed it out like Michael Jordan in Game 6 with powerful punchlines like “Steven Jackson in the stands/bitch I’m smacking shit/and cut me off they know I got it like I’m Kaepernick.”

As a native of Indianapolis and correspondent of Hip-Hop, THIS is how you do a cypher! But please, don’t take my word for it. Check out the official video for How You What? Sophomore Cypher down below. Let us know in the comments what you think.

Special shouts out and appreciation goes out to everyone involved with this outstanding cypher. Coco Michelle (@coco_michelle_ on IG), DarkkUstupiD | Music Production (@darkkustupid_), Craig Allen (@craigallenfilms), June (@june1oth), Kennedy MaKay Weaver (@kaymakaydesigns), Asia Ellis of Asia&Co Productions (@asiacoproductions) and all the artists involved #HowYouWhat?

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Journalist Bae | RED LIGHT PLAYLIST (Part 2)

Today is New Music Monday, the day is almost over, so here we have the second edition of the Red Light Playlist inspired by Moore Music Radio’s “Midnight Meltdown”. Now, while this R&B playlist is carefully curated, it’s presented in no particular ranking or order, just catch the vibes and let me know which song stood out to you. Hopefully you can find a few that are brand new to you! Check out part 1 here. Also, can we give an honorable mention to Transparency by 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and Usher…

10. Warm December – Sabrina Claudio

Kicking off the vibes, we have a very sultry holiday ballad from the Miami-native. I could personally listen to this song all year the way her voice just runs like water. I’ll let you be the judge, but don’t sleep on the Florida baddie.

9. Truth or Dare – Tyla

Speaking of water… Next we have South African breakout star, Tyla with this lively ultimatum – “Truth or dare, is it true you care?.” Well, do you? It’s just enough of a crossover to be a beautiful R&B song.

8. Get Close – Ari Lennox

This is still fairly new and hasn’t quite jumped out as a favorite, it’s giving filler music. Elevator music for the bedroom. Really chosen for the sake of variety and the feeling of the sound. Lyrics aren’t deemed relevant in this case.

7. Nothing Even Matters – SIR

Not brand new, but a great addition nevertheless. Who could imagine such a voice from such a man!? The entire song, from production to visuals, fantastic!

6. Simple – Coco Jones, Babyface

As the song suggests, a very simple song from the duo. Though it’s minimal, it can be labeled effective.

5. Calm & Patient – Jhene Aiko

A social media fave right now, are the smooth sounds of Cali-born, Jhene Aiko. You can’t help but feel both patient and calm. A real feel good vibe just showers overs.

4. Finding Peace – Summer Walker

If you’re having a real self-care/aware moment, this sound would be essential. Maybe I’m bias because I’m a Summer fan… You decide…

3. The Divine Feminine – Savannah Cristina

This song has a fairly different feel than the rest on this playlist, however it does what needs to be done. I am bias this time to the soft life, but again, let me know what you think…

2. Sensational – Chris Brown, Davido, Lojay

A MASTERPIECE! SENSATIONAL, if you will! I am not disappointed in this song in any shape or form. This can be played at anytime. 10/10!!

1. Bosses In Love – Kehlani, Ty Dolla Sign

It’s got volume! It’s got body! There is no way to possibly make this song better. “You know what’s going on…” they belt out. If no other song, you have to add this one.

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The Love Album: Off The Grid | @Diddy

There are only 4 reasons you wouldn’t love this album: You prefer new school music, you don’t like dancing, you’re just bias, or you just never loved anybody. Now, Diddy recently received the VMA Global Icon Award, the key to New York City, and BET‘s Lifetime Achievement Award. When he says, “I thought I told you that we won’t stop,” he means it!

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I feel safe in white, deep down inside I’m an angel…

@Diddy

The Love Album Is A MOVIE

The album is feature-film length with 23 tracks at roughly over an hour and 20 minutes. He’s landed the love and collaboration of various jaw dropping peers including Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, The Wknd, & Jazmine Sullivan. In the mist of controversy – this album still takes you through a narration of finding love, being there, complicating it, and losing it. All of this is happening “off the grid” and as he says – with no phones, no distractions. The lead single on the production is “Another One of Me”. I don’t know how you could’ve missed this joint – but let’s jump into a track -by-track review.

What’s To Love About It? Let’s Review

Okay, so let’s talk about it – the tracks with an asterisk (*) indicate the ones deemed worthy of adding to your playlist. Wait no longer, Let’s do it!

1. Brought My Love (The-Dream + Herb Albert)

Starting off, we have a very funky-feel with vocals from songwriting legend Dream, followed by Diddy and Herb. A lot of these songs don’t actually feature anything but Diddy adlibs, so this was good to hear. If nothing, this is a dance record. Family reunions, two stepping with your love in the living room, cleaning the house… this is that vibe. Not too much, just enough.

*2. What’s Love (NOV WAV)

A New York feel with R&B swag. No lie, I did have to listen to this a few times to really love it, but I can’t complain. Diddy is also on this track which does give it a boost in opinion. Overall, the production – the feeling is everything.

3. Deliver Me (Busta Rhymes, Dirty Money)

If you liked the Dirty Money album then of course, this is for you, babe! Featuring your favorite Danity Kane girl(s). It’s very smooth, still maintaining that aggressive beat. The whole album is vibey. It really just depends on which Diddy era you prefer, I suppose.

4. Stay Awhile (Nija)

Another dance record that just hits. Really groovy (lol)! If you’re a Mary J. Blige fan, this might be your thing! This album almost doesn’t miss unless you just missed it.

5. Homecoming (Jozzy)

Ooooh, we have Diddy prodigy, Jozzy on the track. It’s not one of my favorites, let’s be honest. It’s pretty good though. I don’t think it’s a great representation of Jozzy but I’d have to hear that from her. This is a skip from me. Good production though. That ending is beautifuuuul too. JUST LISTEN TO IT THOUGH!!

*6. Pick Up (Diddy feat. Jacquees + Fabolous)

The song starts with Jacquee-Ee-eeeEe-eeS. “Ima give you what you need babe, if you let me take the lead baby”! I was unsure when it started but Diddy make Jacq pick up the pace and I like it. Fabolous always adds a special flair and this was nothing different.

*7. Tough Love ( Diddy feat. Swae Lee)

THIS. IS. MUSICAL. GOLD. I didn’t expect to love this song and I listened a few times to get to that point, but fiiiiireeee. The combination I never knew I needed. This track is built for a specific type of person though. Not heavy on lyrics but how the notes come together. And it just makes you think “Shame on me for how I’ve been living”…

*8. Stay Long (Summer Walker)

Personally, I’m a Summer Walker fan so I was interested to know what this would be like. But it’s short and sweet just like Summer.

9. It Belongs to You (Jozzy)

Jozzy, this was so much better. 90s/00s vibes. If Keyshia Cole started later in the years, I believe she may have sounded like this.

*10. Another One of Me (21 Savage, The Wknd, French Montana)

This was the lead single and rightfully so. The Wknd says this is his last collab so definitely love that it has to be this one. It has a slow start though. French ate his verse especially for what this is! 21 comes with his rhythm we expect… but this just feels classier. Diddy ends the song speaking so smoothly. You can’t help but feel it.

11. Intermission (Side B)

Feel free to skip unless you just meditating or something… He says here, that the frequency changes… and we get a little old-school interlude. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong. This album is a win to me, but people have preferences. JUST LISTEN!!! or not….

*12. Moments (Justin Bieber)

JUSTIIIIN! Babyyyy… this is the Justin you guys don’t know about. The “Notebooks” Bieber. You’ve seen in the media that he’s been paralyzed in the face but honey you cannot tell here. I instantly loved this. I always thought Bieb was a star vocalist though (again lol). Nevertheless, this will vibe you through. Minimal Diddy. Just vibes. Get in your bag, stay in your bag, he says. Let me send this to my lil brother, he needs those words. And we end with a smooth instrumental outro.

*13. Need Somebody (Jazmine Sullivan)

Jazmine Sullivan feels as expected. She starts soft but you feel the emotion. We’re used to herlower registers. JAZ’S SOPRANO REGISTER POPS OUT ALL THE WAY! She’s amazing at anything. ADD!

*14. Mind Your Business (Bosses In Love) [Kehlani/Ty Dolla Sign]

My first run through of this album, this was an immediate add! I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… Perfect blend of live and studio how I see it though. WEST COAST REPRESENT! These people are singing for their rent!! From beginning to end, if you know then you know – you’ll need this song!

15. Nasty (Interlude) [Jozzy]

I told you she’s the prodigy (Jozzy, 32, Memphis). Here’s a (nasty) interlude with Jozzy. It’s actually good though. Not too vulgar…well…

*16. Reachin’ (Coco Jones, Ty Dolla Sign)

I don’t know… I feel like Ty makes this song. Of course an interlude almost tells you what you’re getting into… so you can USE this, too. What is it about Coco, you guys!!?? Production on 700000% though. My loooooove.

*17. Stay Part 1 (Jeremih, KalanFRFR, K-Ci)

A continuation of the interlude. “Baby won’t you just staaay!” Diddy should’ve kept his input to himself. If we’re using this song for a moment, I could see it happening.

*18. I Like (Mary J. Blige)

VERY CUTE! Ms. Ma’am been popping out lately. Very classy, classic, dance around vibe, of course. It’s simple and catchy – just enough. If I can’t be with you, I don’t know what to do you’ve got my heart! Beautiful sample of herself!

*19. Closer to God (Teyana Taylor)

At this point, we’ve recently learned about the separation of Tey(T), yet she’s still taking on other creative ventures in life. She cries out in the song “Everything unspoken doesn’t need a song – I only want to be the one to get along….” Artistry at it’s finest. This was not the visual I was expecting but still above and beyond.

20. Boohoo (Jeremih)

It’s giving Beatles which I didn’t expect, but it works out for the best. I real feel good, cry if you’d like type of song, I suppose. I wonder how this song is doing on the pop charts because it certainly works for Jeremiah and the array of voices.

21. Burna Boy Interlude

Talk about singing from the soul! It’s an interlude that definitely gives you the feels and what’s next to come is nothing less than this energy. This is an “Allah” chant in a beautiful fashion, but what comes next is even more chilling…

**22. Kim Porter (Diddy, Babyface, John Legend)

This one screams, “I love you and lost you – but how could I?” Both Babyface and Legend create a melody of pure love in this song. I feel this in the deepest part of my heart. Every element of this song blends in an unimaginable way. From instruments, tempo, unique vocals, harmonies, the build of it all is passionate through and through. It also features excerpts from the late Kim Porter.

*23. Space (H.E.R)

Here we are at the end and “I’ve really enjoyed my time with you off the grid”, Diddy says before H.E.R. begins her eerie ballad. She’s the perfect woman for this. Diddy used his network and made a masterpiece….

What are your thoughts? Which tracks stood out to you?

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Saiint and Jay Harlem Team Up To Release “Lovely” Music Video

MEET SAIINT & JAY HARLEM

Vocalist SAIINT, hailing from Columbus, Ohio and recording artist JAY HARLEM out of Cleveland, Ohio are making noise. The duo released a music video for their cover of Billie Eilish ft Khalid “Lovely”.

The video released as a special Live In The Cage (LITC Creator: Antmost Visuals). The location was at Creative Gen Studios in Willoughby Ohio (The Lab VIsualz). Both of the young artists are currently with Timeless Records, an independent label based in the Midwest. 

Sean Muscatello of Timeless Records said “Both of these artists have amazing potential in their prospective genres. Saint’s voice will stop anyone in their tracks. She is a gifted artist. I can’t wait for the world to get to know her.  We are in the final stages of her first EP.

He continued, “When it comes to Jay Harlem, his records hit in the clubs or in the streets. But with this Lovely cover, Jay shows off a different side of himself. I think will surprise a lot of his fans and definitely gain him some new ones.”

WHAT THEY ARE UP TO

Jay Harlem has released several records over the years. Mostly hard hitting rap records that’s garnered over a million views on YouTube. From the gritty, real life experiences in his music to the unique corresponding visuals, Jay Harlem gives fans a look into his life. Jay Harlem is currently working on a new album set for a Fall/Winter release. 

Saiint is finishing up her debut EP which will drop in late 2023. She’s worked with songwriters and producers that have credits with mega stars like Chris Brown and Kehlani. While Saiint finishes up her EP, she will release more visuals of covers she has done. She wants to give the world just a taste of her incredible voice and natural vocal skills.

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Trey Joshua Releases “Fine to Me”

Trey Joshua

Meet Trey Joshua

Life is short, and in its haste, we must revel. The essence of youth is the here and now, a truth that Trey Joshua captures in his latest single, “Fine To Me.”

The 21-year-old artist from Toronto spawned the song in unconventional conditions, an outburst of creativity coming over him and his producer friend Ricky Tovey as the two found themselves with a group of friends at a camp in Muskoka. In the midst of the debauchery, the friends forged a summer bop that sells shoulders to sway.

“We were all drinking and partying, and after my buddies fell asleep, the producer Ricky and I were still up,” Trey explained. “We got bored, so we decided to make some music. Right then, he laid down the beat. Drums were kickin’, melodies were swingin’, and as soon as I heard it, I knew it was something real.”

The Creative Process

It took just 15 minutes for the duo to devise this dance tune, recording the original version in the cabin where they stayed. Trey and Ricky later showed what they’d made to their friends, and it became a staple for the rest of the trip. It taught Trey an important musical lesson.

“It’s funny how something so easy and simple can make so much sense,” he said. “If anything, the making of the song taught me that not everything in music has to be so calculated and precise. It’s totally okay just to feel and let flow sometimes.”

Trey Joshua

“Fine To Me” is Trey’s second release of 2023, following up his single, “Drunk,” from earlier this year. Its lyrics include themes of partying, love, and how they can intertwine. All with the expressed goal of getting you up on your feet.

“The dancing after the song was made also had a big influence on the strategy of how I wanted to promote the song, because what made me love this song more than anything was the sight of people I didn’t know dancing to it and having a good time,” Trey said. “I was just glad that a song I made had that effect on people and that I could be a part of their good time.”

What’s Next?

This is the beginning of what Trey intends to make a long career in music. The artist began his musical journey in 2018, taking major influences from XXXTENTACION, J.I.D., 6lack, The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, and Billy Idol, among others.

His story in music goes back to even before his birth, though. Trey’s parents met in 1994 at a Grateful Dead show in Vermont. Eight years later, they had their son and named him after the Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio. Everything that brought Trey into this world pointed him toward one thing.

“It is no stretch to say that I was born to make music,” Trey explains in his Spotify artist bio. “I would go as far as to say that I believe I live only for the sole purpose of creating it. Music surges through my veins, entangles my mind, destroys, dissects, and dismantles my soul. Yet, it is my truest love.”

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Straight Official Sit Downs: Twin Wun

TWIN YUN are a collective duo in Hip-Hop that finds themselves in the hot seat for this edition of Straight Official Sit Downs. Our main man @klassikceo served up the questions and it was a dope convo. Check it out down below and click here for more of the Straight Official Sit Downs.

Q&A WITH TWIN YUN

What is your Name? Where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

December DeyDey: The feeling of nostalgia, recollection, joy and introspection that we all feel in December, I want that feeling Dey to Dey. Also it Dey Day is a childhood nickname. At I think it was 3 years old I knew the words, (the most my toddler self could pronounce), to “All about the Benjamins”. Besides that my family was always very religious and the choir played a big role in my developmental years.

Uptown JR: Twin Wun is an acronym for T’was Written Is Now What U Need. We’re from Uptown Bronx, last stop on the 2,5, & 6 trains.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

December DeyDey: All forms of art inspired my creative curiosity. I listen to anything that resonates with me and even the obscure. Life though, life is one of my main sources of motivation to add my value in musical form, for now. If I had to name people, Jay Electronica, Nas, Jay Z, Tribe, Snoop and the Dogg Pound, Kendrick, Cole, Meek. The list can go on!

Uptown JR: Other artist inspire me to create, besides my own personal ambition drivers. I love being around another creative person in general just to feed off each others ideas.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

How would you describe your sound?

December DeyDey: Relatable, intentful, emotion based music.

Uptown JR: Chaotoic

What is your creative process like?

December DeyDey: Really varies, sometimes a whole song will flood my mind right before bed, no beat or anything. Other times it’ll be the connection to the beat that I feel or just the vibes nam sayin.

Uptown JR: Getting a 6 pack of Guinness & some Mary Jane. Linking with DeyDey & digging up emotions that took me years to bury.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

December DeyDey: I like to get in where I fit in, so I’m open to anything if the vibe is right. Would love to work with the greats though, you deem whoever you seem fit. But ultimately I do want a TDE and Dreamville team-wide collab.

Uptown JR: Outkast, The Lox, Tems, Solange

Twin Yun

SHIFTING GEARS

What is one message you would give to your supporters?

December DeyDey: Thank you! It means more than you know!

Uptown JR: Your either going to love me or hate me, but to find out all you gotta do is play me.

What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?

Uptown JR: I played football in high school and won a championship my junior year.

December DeyDey: I can sing a lil bit, I just don’t display it much. Soon start!

What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?

Uptown JR: Internally dying at a 9 to 5.

December DeyDey: I don’t think ill ever stop writing, but if I had to choose something to do I would most likely be an A&R and a DJ.

Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

Uptown JR: Will Smith, Ludacris, & Drake because of their transition from music to acting and vise versa because that’s a goal of mine.

December DeyDey: Ive always admired Jay Electronica’s flow and delivery. His religious dedication and diction is stupid as well so I’ve always been a big fan. But ultimately anyone in the “conscious” sector has always appealed to me more. I feel like its a real approach to a genre that most people use for a release or vicarious living.

IN CONCLUSION

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Uptown JR: Be patient but aggressive every chance you get.

December DeyDey: KEEP GOING!

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Uptown JR: The pace of music. I feel we don’t have time to fully enjoy an artist like back in the days of Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston because artist come out now at a rapid rate.

December DeyDey: Most recognition and acknowledgment for mood music and radio play for independent artist.

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

Uptown JR: Acting & as a household name.

December DeyDey: ROLLING LOUD AND SUMMER JAM!!!!!

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