Fraga – On US

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Inspired by thrill-seeking nights out, the Miami rapper Fraga charms your ears with style, flow, and charisma in his new upbeat single ‘ON US’.  Influence from Drake, Puffy and Mase in ‘97 is present on the track mix. Follow @zaddycoolseason  for what’s next in store from the self-proclaimed “Prettyboy”.

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Woman Wednesday: Music You Need to Listen To 

The indie music scene is full of talented female artists, here are some of my recent favorites. 

Courtesy of One Sophia

Sophia will be headlining the A3C Music Festival and Conference in Atlanta, GA. “BYOB”, from her project ‘Love So: The New Classic,’ was released earlier this year on Valentine’s Day.

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Savannah Cristina teams up with Twelve’len on “Soulja”, Track 3 from her recent EP Mango Season.

Joyce Wrice

Joyce Wrice says “Ain’t No Need” to be shy when it comes to love. Watch the video here.

Iconika for Indecent Exposure

Iconika plays the game and flips the script in “Hit It”. The artist FKA Phlo Finister defies genres in her recent project Indecent Exposure. 

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Chant for Mama” is an apology composed by Gaby Duran’s Vocals Only. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, we get the good and bad from our parents.

The Neptunes Present… “The Eighth Planet”

 

The short film takes the viewer to 2003 amongst The Neptunes rising and reign. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo go behind the scenes with interviews, beat-making, and music previews.

 

The 30-minute short film was included in The Neptunes Present…Clones album and Limited Edition Bonus DVD. It was directed and edited by Jason Goldwatch. It features the thought process behind the “Grinding” beat, the beginning of Clipse and “Thrasher” on Piano.

Music Finds: “Three the Hard Way” by Atari Jones

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 Atari Jones, straight from Cleveland, raps over vibrant jazz samples in the track “Three the Hard Way”. The song title is an ode to the 1974  film directed by Gordon Parks Jr.  Jones’ inspirational lyrics are perfect for 2017 motivation. As January comes to an end this is the perfect soundtrack. Everyone should be making something of themselves. The jazz-hip hop sound is reminiscent of  Blu’s Her Favorite Colo(u)r. With the aid of vocals from JuliaxG and Vveiss, a relaxing track was created.

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Art Feature: Os Gemeos

OSGEMEOS (“THETWINS”), Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, are twin Brazilian artists from Sao Paulo. The two were influenced by 1980s hip-hop culture in Brazil and they found a way to express themselves to the public. The two have created graffiti, murals, paintings, sculptures, and drawings in New York, Miami, Cuba, Japan, England, Spain, Italy, and Germany…just to name a few. Here are some of my favorite artworks below.

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Vancouver Island

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Boston

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Os Gemeos x Banksy

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Miami’s Wynwood Walls

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Music Finds: “Falls Down” by KPCoolin’

Miami’s own KPCoolin’ gets mellow in Falls Down. Throughout the track, KPCoolin’ is meditative on life issues. The video, directed by Kejuan Blake and One Take Visuals, ends with motivational words by  Tupac . Check it Out.

 

Interview with Freddie Grahamz

K.I.D.S. (Kings In A Damned Society’s) own Freddie Grahamz is a Miami-Based artist. He released his debut mixtape earlier in 2015 along with a short film directed by UnkleLuc. Grahamz has more music ready for the summer. I had the great opportunity to interview him, get to know him.

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While I would much rather let the listeners describe me, I gotta say that I’m all about music with purpose and with information down to the smallest subjects because as we grow up we find that nobody has all the answers.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired the most by my Kings In a Damned Society bros because they’re out and about a lil bit more then I am. In different ways, they remind me of myself. I am also inspired by Miami, “THE VIBE”, the whole city… I love it here.

What inspires your music?

Other music inspires my music. My kids inspire my music. That’s why outside of us as young men walking in the image of kings, the name K.I.DS  ( Kings In a Damned Society ) means a lot to me and what we are doing as a movement and as an outlet of information to not just “kids” but everybody.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Curren$y and Kodak Black. The thing about Kodak is he reminds me of  someone I know. His raps are also very clear and super on point. I’m a fan of that [“clean raps”]. Also The Life of Pablo , I’m a fan of the music not always the person. And some old Jay-Z from different albums that I keep on my phone.

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Some of the people of this time that I really fuck with like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, WIz Khalifa, Rick Ross ( not only because he from the crib but I respect his rap style and  him as an intelligent street nigga). Outside of them? Just anybody who feels like we could work together. I’m not chasing a such-n-such feature at all. GHO$T got my back for now.

What are you hungry for?

I want the money and albums sales too I’d be lying if I said it didn’t matter. Respect in Hip-Hop would be dope, like that Jay-Z, Eminem, Mos Def Hip-Hop respect. When they respect your work, you’re a piece to the puzzle. Next to being the rich cousin all the family can call on, I gotta say respect in the game is [in my eyes] is the championship ring. R.I.P Phife Dawg btw respect.

What is greatness to you?

Like I said, greatness is respect in Hip-Hop while maintaining yourself as a man – a king. No Hollywood-ish. Standing up for who/want you believe in. My relationship with God is greatness because I’m a father and I understand how to be there for my children and my bros because God is there for me not cause I grew up with my father.

What’s your favorite on your latest mixtape, UpAllNite?

I gotta say “Da Intro” because it has something in it that gets me turnt every time. Sounds funny but that’s something else I’m inspired by. Da Intro to “UpAllNite” also “A Moment For Jazz” it kinda wrote itself. I love the off-keyness of it, good song in my opinion lol.

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Well while we’re still getting more and more visuals for” UpAllNite”  for the people. We got alot of love for the Freddie Grahamz  – UpAllNite Short Film. We appreciate all the love for the $hort film, and we got more videos coming. Please subscribe to the KIDS records YouTube channel. I also have a live summer project dropping in between time for the people to bump to.