Nija’s Debut Solo Project, “Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You” Set For January 28th

Today, Capitol Records recording artist Nija announced the January 28 release of her debut solo project, Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You, and unveiled the album’s cover artwork. Now available for pre-order / pre-save HEREDon’t Say I Didn’t Warn You is a brash and self-assured work – an R&B project that takes cues from hip-hop’s confidence and pairs it with a no-nonsense approach all Nija’s own. It was executive produced by Jack Rochon.

“I’m taking the power role,” says Nija. “There’s vulnerability in the music but it’s a different approach. Instead of, ‘Oh you hurt me,’ it’s like, ‘Damn you did that to me? That’s crazy. I’ma move on but you fucked up for that.’” 

After dropping her first three singles in 2021 – “Ease My Mind (Come Over),” “Finesse” and “On Call” – Nijahas been dropping hints about the project by posting snippets on YouTube and TikTok and sharing playlists on Spotify and TIDAL. She’s been named as one of Vevo DSCVR Artists To Watch 2022 and was tapped by Spotify to help launch its new Lyrics feature.

Rising DMV artist Ojefe Releases Money Man’s “Blockchain” Remix

Rising DMV artist Ojefe starts the first quarter with a visual for Money Man‘s viral hit “Blockchain”. The Maryland raised native has been consistently work dropping quality music complemented with frontline enthuiasm in the pandemic while building his buzz around his campaign throughout the DMV and surrounding areas.

We can expect Ojefe to have a promising breakthrough as an artist to watch in 2022.

Listen to “Blockchain”(Remix) below and leave us a comment.

OriJinal Shotta Is Putting On For Omaha, Nebraska

New artist OriJinal Shotta is ready to showcase his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska in the name of hip-hop. Being born and raised in Omaha, Shotta knows firsthand the struggle of trying to branch out of his city. He affectionately refers to his city as “Atantis”, because of how often his hometown goes unnoticed, leading others to believe that the talent there doesn’t actually exist. Before his music journey began, Shotta was already a natural born hustler, having bred French Bulldogs as a career. Though he still commits to this career, he was also approached for an opportunity to make money and build a career using his artistic talents. Realizing this was a perfect opportunity not only to generate another stream of income, but to give his hometown a chance to showcase its undiscovered and overlooked talents and abilities, Shotta jumped at the offer and began to dive deeper into creating music.

Shotta has dubbed himself as the Trap Coach, using the power of music to inspire and teach his audience to go hard for their dreams and goals. It is important to him that his audience understands what it means to make it out of the mud and into the spaces they know they deserve to be in. OriJinal Shotta has recently released a 3-track EP by the title “I Got Plays.” The EP serves as a set of instructions which Shotta uses as his “hustle blueprint.” His message is clear: if generating money is the goal, there is always a way to get to it. Shotta explains to his audience that utilizing their talents and skills can be a useful tool into making money, but one needs to develop discipline, commitment, and consistency as a proper mindset into getting the work done. His plan is to use his music to teach not only those in his hometown, but to anyone who chooses to listen to his music, the art of hustling and how to go about making a name for themselves, essentially coaching them through the process. Shotta’s hope is that he can inspire his audience to change their lifestyles to become better and stronger people.

 With promoting his new EP, Shotta dons the responsibility of being the voice of his hometown. He wants to represent the overlooked talent his hometown possesses, so that more of his peers will be able to make their way out and into new spaces, ultimately putting Omaha, Nebraska on the map. Shotta expresses that even though he wants to show off his hometown, he still plans on keeping a low profile the way he is accustomed to, which is also something he enjoys and appreciates. He wants to take the hustlers route in focusing on the goal of generating income to live a better life. No matter what career path he decides to venture into, he will always remain a hustler at heart, doing everything he can to advance to the next level. OriJinal Shotta’s EP, “I Got Plays”, was released on December 31st, 2021. The EP has 8 accompanying videos so far, all of which are available to experience on Youtube. The EP is available for streaming on all platforms now.

Keep up with OriJinal Shotta on social media @orijinal_shotta 

Paper Route Empire Honors Young Dolph with ‘Long Live Dolph’ Mixtape, Coming 1/21

The world lost a legend when Young Dolph passed away in November. Similarly to other leaders of his magnitude, Dolph left behind lasting legacy. That legacy includes Paper Route Empire, a thriving independent record label and video production company with a talented and hungry group of artists eager and equipped to fulfill their mentor’s vast vision. Today, Paper Route Empire announces Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, a compilation mixtape dedicated to the memory of the label’s co-founder and CEO.

The upcoming mixtape features contributions from the full PRE roster, including Key GlockBig Moochie GrapeKenny MuneyJay FizzleJoddy BadassSnupe BandzPaper Route Woo, and Chitana. Though he’s no longer with us, the Dolph’s presence blesses the entire album, whether in snippets of old interviews or on tribute tracks like “Long Live Dolph” by Jay FizzleLong Live Dolph also features an unheard verse from Dolph himself, on a collaboration with one of his PRE artists. Following up last summer’s PAPER ROUTE iLLUMINATi, a project that affirmed Dolph’s imperial ambitions and showcased the wide-ranging talents of his disciples, Long Live Dolph releases on January 21st via Paper Route Empire.

Long Live Dolph is reflective, but it is also triumphant–a statement of resolve from Paper Route Empire and its artists that they will continue building on the foundation that Dolph laid for them. Stay tuned for much more music and announcements in the coming weeks and months.

Pre-save Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolphhttps://music.empi.re/longliveyoungdolph

Photo credit: @IThinkEthan

JpGetTheMoney – The Get Back (Video)

JpGetTheMoney is a recording artist out of upstate NY that recently released his new track “The Get Back.” 2022 is going to be a life changing year for this artist and his new song is dedicated to it. He grants 2022 as the year he comes for everything he’s ever wanted while recovering from circumstances that made things too difficult. This is a song for anyone that’s on their grind, going against the odds, and making something out of nothing. The music video itself is already at 6K views and it’s just as motivational as the record. Getting back from failed relationships , getting back from not having a dollar, getting back from graduating school and having to come back to the hood, JpGetTheMoney is on get backtime.

JpGetTheMoney speaks nothing but the truth in his music. His upbringing was tough while he was constantly being held back by various tragedies. He lost a lot of people close to him and although he tried to keep pushing through, life still hit him hard from different angles. Despite the dark times JP is focused on going. platinum and to be one of the biggest artists in the world. He continues to share his story through his addicting music.

Slicktor Victor – “Changed Up” (Music Video)

Slicktor Victor, a fast-rising Newark, New Jersey-by-way-of Haiti recording artist, switch’s up the vibe of 2022 with the release of a new visual for latest hit, properly-titled “Changed Up.” In the new video, Slicktor blends elements of Hip Hop, Afro Beats, RNB and Dancehall to create an undeniable hit. Stream it now. 

“Changed Up” displays Slicktor Victor’s maturation and growth, not only musically, but personal. Victor’s latest is the first single off the upcoming album ‘Welcome to Vic’s World 2,’ which is executive produced by Paul Couture. 

Victor’s latest is the perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan. After the view, continue to follow the rising star on social media. We’ll stay tuned. 

You may watch Slicktor’s new visual below. 

Daygo Fatts – 1stand15th (Album)

San Diego recording artist Daygo Fatts drops a new album surrounding the only days of the month alike in the streets in 1stand15th. Out now, via own imprint, Fatts displays growth and intrigue throughout seven new songs that kicks off his 2022 in a major way. Stream it now. 

The #1stand15th started in 2019 as freestyle videos Daygo Fatts would post to Instagram. Free content over industry beats done specifically for his fans twice a month, it’s popularity grew over the course of 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic lockdown with 17 total videos from the first series. Following the success of his virtual tour, Daygo decided to bring the #1stand15th videos back for season 2 but this time with full production videos. 

The projects breakout tracks are “Comin For It” and “Watch Me Live.” Afterward, for more on Daygo Fatts, follow him on social media. 

Check out Daygo Fatts’s new track below. 

Kendall Williams Continue to Dominate The Music Industry With His New Single “Trap Gospel Remix”

Virginia Beach-based Christian rap artist Kendall Williams is on the rise to stardom. Quickly captivated the hip-hop industry with his new single “Trap Gospel Remix” featuring super producer Zaytoven and legendary artist Project Pat. Kendall has received an abundance of support from the single.

The feature with Project Pat doesn’t come as a surprise because the duo previously collaborated on a track called “Geeked Up” earlier in their career. With his rap/sing style, audiences worldwide are drawn to Kendall’s new music and embrace him as a new up-and-coming artist. The single did so well that Zaytoven has plans to continue to work with Kendall and help him by producing his next single. The song will be on Kendall’s new project that is scheduled to be released this year. Kendall Williams’s unique sound is inspired by the freedoms of being yourself and creating original content. 

His determination and relentlessness to rise to the top are shown through the continuous output of new music. Kendall Williams wants to continue dominating the music industry with strong principles that he will keep on upholding. He believes that there is no accountability in other people’s opinions and that these opinions only become facts when you let them. His nonstop hard work to keep releasing more new music has helped him rise to the top. It is important to keep track of Kendall and his quick progress because he is on the track to becoming an overnight success. Kendall Williams expresses his thoughts in rhyming words with soothing beats to let all his listeners know that he is not merely telling a narrative but also singing out his heart and truth.

To know more about Amaru Son and his music, you may visit his Instagram or listen to his Spotify.

Meka Jackson – “White Li(N)es Monologue (Official Video)”

Dallas, Texas renaissance man, Meka Jackson returns with a brand new video “White Li(N)es Monologue.” 


Known for his eccentric, politically-charged music visuals, Jackson provides his latest allegory in “WLM” where he depicts the allures and horrors of drug addiction personified by a promiscuous muse. With head-nodding production courtesy of J Brav, Jackson spits abstract rhymes through different perspectives within the dope game; the dealer, the drug, and the addict. 

“The highs of each lifestyle inadvertently lead to a consequential cycle of lows respectively. The Trap is within itself!” Jackson comments.   

Watch the Jeff Adair-directed music video for “White Li(N)es Monologue” below, and be sure to follow Meka Jackson on Instagram here

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1924 Music Group Talks Being Impactful In The Music Business As An Independent Label



With the New Year underway, this will be an influx of new music and talent that will come to the forefront in music. With the help of independent labels such as 1924 Music Group, artists have a real shot of making it big with the right guidance. Sometimes all you need is a strong team, financial backing and credible resources to support your musical aspirations. 1924 is destined to create a safe space for artists to grow and develop, while being a positive force in the greater Baltimore, Maryland area as there are no major recording labels in Maryland. 

I had the pleasure of chatting with 1924 Music Group co-founder Ivory Hawthorne for a candid conversation to learn more information about this budding record label. As he gave more details of the label’s origin, artists on the roster and plans for the future, it is clear that 1924 Music Group will leave a lasting impact on the music business. Check out the interview below.

1924 Music Group Interview


What is 1924 Music Group? 

Ivory: 1924 Music Group LLC/The Brand is an independent record label providing services to creatives worldwide.

Where is 1924 music group located?

Ivory: 1924 is located on the east coast in Baltimore Maryland where me, my brother Jay and Malcolm Allen are all from, born and raised. 1924 Music Group was founded as a joint venture between me and my brother.

What services do you provide in the music industry? 

Ivory: We provide music production, artist management, artist development, production in songwriting, videography and photography, and clothing merchandise services to creatives who are in need of these types of services.

Are there any joint partnerships 1924 Music Group has?

Ivory: Yes! We are partnered with (PBM) Phantom Boyz management / (DTE) Demon Time Entertainment, 4300 Visions.

Who founded 1924? 

Ivory: Founders are William (Ivory) Hawthorne & Jonathan (Jay) Hawthorne. We are biological brothers.

What is the goal of 1924  Music Group?

Ivory: To be a full-service company that provides opportunity for all genres of artist as well as any opportunity in the entertainment business overall.

What was the driving force behind founding 1924?

Ivory: Working for so many other different companies in the past, I noticed that they lacked the effort in making sure that their product was at its best. There was no training or any pressure in the build up stages which creates the diamond that an artist can become through hard work. As a result, we decided to do what others wouldn’t do anymore, which is provide good service and build up great talent!

What makes your company stand out?

Ivory: We are a small company who has the capability of providing mainstream opportunities for those in need of them. We pride ourselves on educating in the area of entertainment to set the artist in the right direction. Making sure that they are well prepared, social media trained, and developed as an artist are things we pride ourselves on at 1924.

Do you all have any career accomplishments worth sharing?

Ivory: I had a past partnership with Group West Ave. and was signed to Lyfe Jennings’ Jesus Swings Records in 2007. Outside of that, I provided management for a former upcoming group (Just’us)  who at the time was signed to a production deal through the Queen of Hip Hop Mary J Blige’s Matriarchs Records label in 2009. Fast forward to 2017 in which i inked a  Partnership with (PBM) Phantom Boyz Music on behalf of the female singing group Riplay who was signed to PBM/ Def Jam Records in 2017. Outside of the music business, I own two clothing stores called “The Brand Clothing Store”. The first location opened up in the Baltimore area and I have a new location in Raleigh, North Carolina!

Who are the artists signed to 1924?

Ivory: Artists on roster include Yung Inkky, Qui Qui Martin(Former lead singer of girl group Iysis)Tio Taylor, GG C Mals,TPT Moody, Danger Aurora, Doll E Taylor, Chris Michael, Official Arri, Lotto Supreme, and Co Management for- Kiya Alexius.

How do you all plan on making a difference in the industry?

Ivory: Simply by doing things with passion and not just focusing on making a profit. We are a company that believes in the old strategies of making sure that the artist is more than just talent. We make sure that they are educated in what they’re involved in, giving them a sense of appreciation for what they’re doing and showing them how to obtain it through effort and hard work. This brings appreciation and longevity!

Are there any projects you all are working on worth mentioning?  

Ivory: Currently we are working on Yung Inkky’s new EP release following his December 2021 release “Whole lot of Money”,  along with R&B veteran and lead singer of Gold selling 90s R&B group Iysis, miss Qui Qui Martin who has new music on the way. We have several projects in the works from artists on the label such as Tio Taylor, GG C Mals and Kpx! 1924 will also be  collaborating with major Grammy nominated multi platinum producers such as Spunk Bigga, Rihjay Sampson, Troy Taylor and Drumma Boy. 

What do you want the audience to know?

Ivory: There are no unrealistic goals in life. You can be whatever you want and whoever you want. There are no limits to what God says is possible but there are unrealistic deadlines. Stop putting a timeframe on your success and keep working. Eventually you will get there as long as you stay moving forward, The rainbow comes After the storm!

If you are someone looking to get a fresh start in the music business as a rising artist, producer and songwriter, be sure to stay connected with 1924 Music Group by visiting their official website here and by following them on social media at  1924music_group. They are the future of independent labels. 

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