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Chris Birdd Emphasizes the Grind of a Starving Artist in “Level Up”

With a sea of tunes awaiting listeners’ ears on Soundcloud, it is rewarding to find a track that we can call a “gem.” Channeling a hybrid of RnB and Trap, Chris Birdd’s “Level Up” bridges these two soundscapes to create a dynamic and fluid narrative that focuses on the payoffs of hard work and the importance of “investing in oneself.” The song’s triplet bars and melodic refrains are backed by bells and trap drums that feed the song’s emotional pulse. The song’s lyrics champion the grind of a starving artist who is willing to go “broke” for their craft and more »

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South Africa’s AdELA Drops New Royce Da 5’9″ & Jon Connor-Featured Video, “Crown”

South African Born Artist AdELA looks to shift the way we view ladies in the music game, by not only creating an original sound but by empowering the many young women who look up to her. Following the release her second single “Main Attraction” featuring Rap legend Kool G Rap, AdELA has decided to team up with heavyweight rappers Royce Da 5’9 and Jon Connor, for an inspirational soulful  record entitled “Crown”. While it is true that she is the only woman on a male-dominated project she makes sure to stay true to who she and remind listeners of her more »

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Robinkss “Crushed” Us With This Great New Song

Robin Kang is only 16, but she’s absolutely crushing it. Her new single, ironically titled “Crushed,” details a journey through new-found love. Always feeling “too young” to truly understand it, Kang, who goes by her Instagram-ready stagename Robinkss, grappled with her own experiences and haunting fantasies, ultimately landing on a song “more personal” than anything she’d ever written. “I don’t want to open myself up to love or that feeling,” she says, quite candidly. “In this song, the person meets someone who makes them want to reconsider that.” The song is co-written with Tammy Infusino and Francis Kim (Rain, Whee-Sung), also her producer more »

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Eric Bellinger & Wale Play Cops in New Video, “GOAT 2.0”

“Goat 2.0” features Eric Bellinger and his longtime friend Wale as cops on the hunt for the number one goat, Teyana Taylor, who plays a big time robber in the music video. While on the chase to catch her, Eric ends up falling for her and well, things become quite interesting to say the least; but, you’ll have to watch it to see what we’re talking about! See Below.

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J.Cole, Travis Scott, & Future Will Headline Rolling Loud Miami 2018

Attracting more than 120,000 fans to Miami Gardens for a weekend of non-stop hip-hop, 2017’s Rolling Loud Miami established itself as the #1 Hip-Hop Festival in the world. Returning to Miami-Dade County for its fourth annual bash, Rolling Loud announced the lineup for Rolling Loud 2018. Headlined by J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Future, the 2018 lineup presents the largest gathering of established and up-and-coming hip-hop stars in the world, featuring heavy-hitters like Migos, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert, veterans like N*E*R*D, The Diplomats and Juicy J, established names such as Young Thug, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dolph and Rick Ross, and risers like Playboi Carti, Lil Skies, Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd and many more. more »

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Jimmy Wopo, Snap Dogg, & Reese Youngn Drop Street Anthem “Aye Ike”

Pittsburgh rising rapper, Jimmy Wopo, kicked off 2018 with his new single “Aye Ike” featuring Detroit’s own Snap Dogg and Reese Youngn. Furthermore, Wopo will be releasing his new joint project with Sonny Digital titled “JIMMY DIGITAL” in the months to come. The project will feature Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd, RIff Raff, and more. Stream “Aye Ike” below, courtesy of SoundCloud.

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Toronto’s Thorobread Drops Politically-Charged New Video, “F the Politics”

Toronto-based Thorobread lays out a smooth flow on an equally mellow beat that’s simple enough to let listeners hear his talented word play on new video, “F the Politics”. The video was directed by Matt Delovino and it doesn’t channel the typical materialistic over indulgent rap video. Instead, it shows Thorobread in his element. Thorobread will be releasing more singles with the anticipation of his full length EP titled “Trust is a Luxury.” Content wise this album will focus on his struggles, current, and future aspirations. Watch Below.

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Realname McCoy Drops New Video, “Souped Up”

Inspired by a trip to Tokyo, McCoy drops “Souped Up”. On his trip, he rented a DJI OSMO and bought a bunch of disposable cameras and created this mash up video. This video is truly the outcome of being somewhere organically and filming the experience yourself. The song itself was written one night after hanging in the Complex office. In fact, his friend, a writer at Complex, helped arrange the hook. Being it was catchy, he applied it to a beat made by producer Colton Bro and the rest is history. Watch

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If you’ve hit the event horizon, you’ve gone too far. New track “Neon Grave” by HXV

“My music always aspires to communicate from a dark place. Music is an outlet for me to purge feelings, thoughts and emotions, and from that it turns into a means of communication. “ -HXV As I listen to the new track “Neon Grave” by HXV, I struggle to find the perfect combination of words that might help you get a sense of what he has created and how it might make you feel. It is my sincere hope that I can do this gracefully, as music and words are both beautiful vessels by which an emotion might be carried, gifted, more »

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Krank & Stein Bring A Firestorm With Fire And Fury EP

After debuting their first single, Krank & Stein is back and with several new tracks! Their Fire And Fury EP is one that packs an array of diverse releases and serious bass. You can expect to unpackage brutal guitar riffs, beastly growls, and monster drops around every corner. With Warpaint being the home for this wild album, you can only expect it to be one with serious low end. So dive in and get rowdy with Krank & Stein, you won’t regret it on this dubstep and trap hybrid!

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YBN Nahmir shares New Video with Fatboy SSE, PNB Rock, & YBN Almighty Jay, “Bounce Out With That”

Today, YBN Nahmir is back to share a new video. “Bounce Out With That” is accompanied by a visual directed by Cole Bennett that includes cameos from Fatboy SSE, PNB Rock, and YBN Almighty Jay. In addition to the new video, YBN Nahmir will be playing a run of North American tour dates in the next month. YBN Nahmir has taken the internet by storm over the past few weeks with his breakout hit “Rubbin’ Off The Paint” which has enjoyed over 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Currently, “Rubbin’ Off The Paint,” has amassed over 83 million more »

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Watch Lil Papi Jay & Yhung T.O (SOB x RBE) Intoxicating New Video, “Hennyway”

A slept-on track in 2017 has reemerged early this year as Bay Area’s Lil Papi Jay‘s new video, “Hennyway” has been gaining an impressively large following resurgence that has become undeniable. Linking up with new Bay Area sensation SOB x RBE’s Yhung T.O (“Anti”), Lil Papi Jay pulls up to the function with a bottle of cognac to get the party slappin’. The Young Kez-directed video is a blinged out intoxicated overload that fans both new and old will enjoy as the newcomers deliver a performance that is next-up. “Hennyway” is off of Lil Papi Jay’s upcoming new album, properly-titled, ‘Sink more »

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Skeet Blak & YFN Lucci Drop a New Song, “Ya Dig”

While making footprints in the scenewith freshman mixtape Prince of Miami produced by D. Shim, Skeet Blak’s sound is truly motivating to the streets. Skeet Blak is often described as a “street poet” in his music as each listener takes a journey through his inner city struggles and accomplishments. With hit singles, such as “My Pain”, and “HMMMM “& “Murda” featuring Mike Smiff and “Jumanji” featuring Ice Berg. it was only fitting he link with YFN Lucci for this certified banger “Ya Dig.” The video featuring both artists is dropping soon. Strem Here.

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Essex and Brothel give you the warmth you didn’t know you needed with their collaborative release “Volumes”

Essex and Brothel released their debut collaborative track titled “volumes” on January 5th, and it is the perfect time of year for such a release. Regardless of where you are in the world, this track offers its listener a soothing blanket of sound waves. Both producers bring their distinct and established styles to this new song with blown-out mid-range soundscapes. The unique experience in listening to this track, comes with its dynamic arrangement and flow. It introduces you to exquisite sensations with the initial use of higher frequencies, before gently dropping you into the heart of the song which is more »

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Tutorial Tuesdays

TRAPSTYLE x AWAL Present Tutorial Tuesdays Vol 1: Using Sends in Ableton

TrapStyle has always been about pushing the next wave of artist and producer. From spotlighting obcure musicians to providing a free label, we want to give back to the community of artists. Now we aim to help producers who may not be able to afford expensive schools for music production so we’ve joined forces with up-and-coming bass wizard AWAL for some quick tips and tricks that will help you along your path with a few helpful tutorials. This month’s video brings you the breakdown on using Send Tracks in Ableton. Sends (sometimes called return tracks or return channels) are used more »

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Da Deacon Wants You To Watch His New Video For $5k, “MuthaF$cka”

Meet Atlanta’s Da Deacon, a known producer for Hip-Hop heavyweights like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Adding recording artist to his resume, Da Deacon is ready to do his muthaf$ckin’ thing in the industry with his hot new video, properly-titled, “MuthaF$cka”. Shot with fast cars, beautiful strippers, and a whole lot of cash, the song is a follow up to the catchy previous hit from the recording artist, “Call Me Michael Jackson”. Swimming in the money in the video, Da Deacon also gives viewers a chance to spend like the newcomer with a cash-prize challenge involved with watching the video. more »

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Hear Eman Get Dough New Single, “Digital Dash”

After splashing into the scene with “Never Tell Nobody” featuring Rich Homie Quan, Magic City-based recording artist Eman Get Dough returns with his latest single “Digital Dash.” Produced by Carl Paul, the song follows up his Coke Boy Zach-assisted loosie “Live Fast Die Young” and is perfect for any pre-game celebration. Listen Up.

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Minimal Effort: A New Year Spectacle (Gallery)

Feature image: Chris Soltis All photos: Chris Soltis / Randon Vanucchi /    There’s something refreshing about stepping into a building that is almost a century old built with sophisticated architecture and timeless design for a massive NYE celebration. The MacArthur  was home to this years Minimal Effort NYE spectacle that featured two dance floors on the lower level and two massive ballrooms hosting only the best in underground House and Techno. It’s safe to say that Underrated Presents has out done themselves yet again.   With powerhouse players like Justin Martin, Jimmy Edgar, and J Phlip taking over the more »

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NYC’s Kevin Andreas Has a Hot New Song, “Right Here”

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Kevin Andreas releases the new track​ ​”Right Here”​ ​featuring Kris Payne.​ ​You​ ​may remember Kevin’s production and vocal skills on A$AP Rocky’s breakout track, “Peso,” which launched A$AP into the national spotlight.​ ​It is obvious that with the release of “Right Here” that​ ​Andreas is taking a ‘no rules approach’ to his songwriting as he manages to take many of the elements of contemporary music and create his own signature sound.​ ​ Kevin​ ​is​ ​currently finishing up his debut solo LP​ ​which will be​ ​released​ ​in the coming months. The new single​ ​”Right​ ​Here”​ ​and the forthcoming more »

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Absolut-P Shares New Song, “Even Steven”

Stevin-Charles Taylor, better known as Absolut-P, is a hotshot new producer/recording artist gearing up to have a big 2018, starts things off with his new single, “Even Steven”. A remake of the Tracie Spencer‘s hit song “Tender Kisses”. On the self-produced track, Absolut-P flexes a feel-good ambitious vibe. Lyrically, also known as Absolut-Perfection carries a smooth, A-plus vocabulary on the track. Production is new age, nothing relatable, while a remake it has an original sound to cover disguise it. The Omaha, Nebraska-native is widely known for his April 2017 mixtape, 402-402-4024. He is also a known collaborator of New York more »

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