Chino Cappin Prepares for ‘Permanently Scarred,’ Drops Cinematic “Ed, Edd, Eddy” Video with 21 Lil Harold

Rising in the ATL scene with his silky smooth blend of hard-nosed rap and tuneful R&B, Chino Cappin is ready to take his next step on the ladder to stardom. Detailing his life as a burgeoning star as he explores the pain that made him who he is, Chino announces Permanently Scarred, his next project. The 21-year-old artist is blessed with raspy tenor and a nimble delivery that allows him to switch seamlessly between acrobatic vocal runs and triplet rhymes. On Permanently Scarred, Chino levels up his songwriting, combining his supreme vocal skills with a refined lyrical approach: on songs like “Been A Minute” and recent single “Permanently Scarred,” Chino displays the determination that allowed him to escape a troubled past, and on uptempo numbers like “Money Crazy” and “Toxic,” he proves why he’s one of the most eligible bachelors in the Atlanta area. Home to buzzing singles like  Last Time,” a collaboration with Atlanta’s PopLord that has over 1.4 million views on YouTube, and  Demon,” which has over 470k of its own, Permanently Scarred arrives on January 28th via Alamo Records.

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AFROWAVETO Toronto’s Newest Black Music Festival Announces its Virtual Winter Concert Series Lineup

 AFROWAVETO, Toronto’s newest Black music festival announces its much anticipated virtual winter concert series lineup. To kick off 2022, this year’s three-part concert series, which carries three distinct sub themes (Celestial, Supernatural, Invincible) features a total of 24 buzzworthy Toronto acts who will be participating in the concert series leading up to this year’s festival. The first showcase concert takes place on January 27th (streaming on AFROWAVETO’s YouTube page) and boasts a stellar lineup of Toronto’s rising rap, dancehall, R&B, afrobeat, reggaeton stars of today and tomorrow. AFROWAVETO is here to intentionally champion a more diverse and inclusive urban music scene in Toronto, while bridging the gap between more obvious Black music forms (rap, R&B) and less recognized genres (Afrobeats, dancehall). The kick-off concert features performance sets by:

TRP.P (pronounced “trippy”) – A R&B and hip-hop duo from Toronto, consisting of producer Truss and singer-songwriter pHoenix Pagliacci who’s critically acclaimed debut album 2TRP.P was named the 10th best Toronto album of 2019 (Now Magazine) and who have opened up for Kehlani, Mumu Fresh and Charlotte Cardin.

Tafari Anthony (pronounced “Ta-far-eye”) – Tafari’s pop, R&B and soul music blend has garnered acclaim from PAPER Magazine and MTV, and he’s been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award, with one of his past singles being named one of CBC’s Most Influential Songs of 2016.

IAMREBELWILL– This pop/R&B musician has opened for Azealia Banks, Tinashe, and on past singles has worked with critically acclaimed producers including Jack Knight (Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Mario Winans) on “Better”, and with Mantra (Rihanna, Future) on his “Til the Sun Comes Down” song. 

Markus Aurelyus – A singer/songwriter from Scarborough, Ontario with a unique R&B vocal style that’s influenced by gospel, soul, pop and hip-hop, Markus has performed on stage with Jully Black, DVSN and has recorded with Serena Ryder, and DVSN. 

Cerena – The Latinx dance-pop artist’s 2021 debut album Resurrection launched on the digital community platform she co-founded, Club Quarantine – a digital dance party that began in response to Covid-19 – which has been featured in Paper Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Vice, and has been hosted by the likes of Lady Gaga, and Tinashe.

Charmie – A passionate R&B and pop-soul singer/songwriter of Haitian descent, who plays guitar, piano, bass, drums and even beatboxes.

Renee – A singer-songwriter who’s early career highlights include performing at Massey Hall, and opening for R&B superstar group Dru Hill and R&B/pop icon Billy Ocean. 

Unlisted Negros – A duo comprised of two beautiful emerging singers and storytellers who seamlessly blend music, fashion, visual, and creative expression into their musical and artistic output.

Founded in 2019 and spearheaded by Jamaican-Canadian artist Lexxicon , AFROWAVETO’s mission is to provide growth opportunities for Black multi-genre musicians working within the Toronto music industry through intentional music programming, the creation of safe spaces, and through community and cultural connections. While Toronto has a large population of emerging and successful African, Caribbean, Indigenous Black Canadian and Afro Latinx musicians, this is not reflected in the local music festivals, showcases, panels, or song writing sessions held within the city. And while there has been unprecedented growth globally in these culturally-driven sounds, that momentum hasn’t been reflected in the local Canadian market. Successive concert series dates in February and March of 2022 will continue to feature curated artist lineups that cut across diasporic and gender lines – see rest of series lineup BELOW.

Supernatural showcase #2  (February 24th)

Artists: Chelsea Stewart, Omega Mighty, Benita, Dynesti, Alicia Cinnamon, Imah, Fridaee, Chizzy Bashment

Invincible showcase #3  (March 24th)  

Artists: Lexxicon, Temi, EverythingOShauN, Nathan Baya, Don Richie, Gabyboy, Jbwai, Bugatti Bonsu



Derez De’Shon Shares New Heartfelt Single “Abandoned”

Derez De’Shon, has just shared his newest single “Abandoned. The track is an honest confessional about the feelings surrounding loss and mourning. The understated instrumentation on the song is a perfect backdrop for Derez to deliver heartfelt lyrics and finely-tuned melodies. On “Abandoned”, Derez reflects on the complicated emotions surrounding loss and mourning, delivering a track that is expertly introspective and hauntingly transparent. Though the topics brought up in “Abandoned” are complicated and layered, Derez is able to communicate his unique perspective in a way that is relatable and straightforward. Through his gripping vocals and genuine bars, Derez is able to concoct an earnest song only an artist of his caliber could create. Today, Derez also performed the song in a session on From Da Block, showing first-hand the passion that went into crafting the song. Time and time again, Derez has proved he is truly “the Godfather of Pain Rap”, and on “Abandoned” his claim to that title only grows stronger.

Multi-Talented Artist Rico Santino is Taking The Music Industry by Storm

It takes something special and unique to be a success in this industry. Rico Santino has proved his mettle in music at a young age and is already taking the music industry by storm. This young musician has revolutionized hip-hop with his own compositions and fiery lyrics.  Rico Santino is a master of creative composition. By combining sounds of Boom Bap, Trap, and R&B with personal life struggles Northeast Ohio native Rico Santino is quickly becoming one of The Land’s most vibrant and diverse sounding hip-hop artists. Rico started producing his music at the age of twelve. Having gone through intense struggles, Rico commands a venomous approach to lyric writing, and his attack on the mic is both unrelenting and uncompromising. Continuously producing and consistently writing.  

Rico Santino Is a Cleveland-born Hip Hop and RnB artist who is Black Puerto Rican And Italian and Irish. He got into the Music Game when he met Mark Hunter the lead singer of Chimaira a heavy metal band from Cleveland Ohio. He then went to Spider Studios to make his first studio album “As Time Progresses” which features some artists such as Billard, Chxpo, Jmoletemknow, and Lindsxy Mesenburg. Shortly after this release, Rico Dropped his Music Video “See Me Out “ Produced by Nikko Bunkin who has also worked with Juice Wrld and Future. After dropping this body of work Rico became a young rising star in the city and started opening for more popular artists such as Bone Thugs and Harmony, Mopacino, Mark Battle,s and Chip Da Ripper. After this series of shows, Rico made his Second Studio Album “Prince Of Darkness” which features Chip The Ripper, and has Production from Franky Wahoo who made songs for MGK, Wiz Khalifa, Doeboy and, Trippie Redd, and many more. After that during covid Rico Santino Still Dropped Some Music another Project called “Rich Talk”.

Once covid was over and the world opened back up Rico Santino decided to make his own label Serious Sounds and took a trip to Los Angles to work with Dj Flippp and 808 Kartel to make and release a single and video titled “ICHIGO”.  Shortly after Rico opened for BFB The Packman in Cleveland and got on the IHeart Radio Stations in Ohio. 2021 Rico Released more music than the years before a handful of singles featuring a lot of local artists and Two Projects one was an ep titled “Because Of You” and a full-length album “Sad Boy Savage” that features 2 out of 3 of his music video drops this year “DRIP” which was produced by Treonthebeat who has worked with artist such as DDG and also was shot by local legend Sceneamatix a very popular music video cinematographer. The other two music videos were “East 2 West” and “Goodguys”. After releasing all these new proof jects and content Rico has done interviews and worked with brands worldwide even got on a podcast out the country in Greece.   

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Rolling Loud California Saturday: Cole, Harlow, and a SremmLife Reunion

Bringing a constellation of rap stars to the Inland Empire, Rolling Loud California’s second day boasted a spectacular lineup packed with some of the genre’s hottest names. The festival’s second day brought slightly warmer weather and a busier slate of artists, all hungry to make their mark on the sold out festival crowd. 

The night featured a headlining performance from J. Cole, who played songs from The Off-Seasonand performed with his Dreamville signee Bas, and an unexpected Rae Sremmurd reunion between Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, who connected on stage to perform their #1 hit “Black Beatles.” Rolling Loud hosted a tribute set for the late Young Dolph, featuring performances from his Paper Route Empire signees Snupe Bandz and Paper Route Woo, and a cameo from Curren$yto play his Dolph collab “All Work.”

Rolling Loud wouldn’t be Rolling Loud without a thrilling undercard, featuring red hot names like Jack Harlow and Aminé. Saturday brought performances from some of the most exciting women in rap, including Rico Nasty, who brought fierce energy, Kali, who performed at her first-ever Rolling Loud, and Kaash Paige’s cloudy euphoria, along with XXL freshman Lakeyah, TikTok sensation ppcocaine, and more. Scintillating sets from California local heroes like Bino RideauxAzChikeRucci, and more.

Check below for photos from the action-packed day in the ‘Dino, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s finale, featuring a performance from Future and even more of the biggest names in the world’s biggest genre.

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Each performer received a custom Rolling Loud chain to commemorate California 2021. Here’s Wiz Khalifa showing his chain off after performing last night (Credit: Rolling Loud / @katialuu)

Timothy Welbeck – We’ve Come This Far [Video]

MC turned Civil Rights Attorney and Africology Professor Timothy Welbeck uses music to express the hardships he and his family have faced in new single “We’ve Come This Far.” The track, which was produced by his 11-year old daughter, is extremely powerful. It speaks to the traditions in faith that lent his ancestors the strength to persevere, and how those very traditions have also helped him and his family. America has seen a tumultuous past few years, as the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others have opened the eyes of people across the nation to the oppression, inequalities, and dangers that have always plagued Black Americans. “But when we didn’t have much, we had us. When we had us, we had enough,” he raps, a testament to the faith that he has found in community and the bond he shares with those that came before him.

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Former Death Row R&B Singer, Jewell Releases Full Length Studio Album

The long-awaited studio album, Love+Pain=Muzik, by R&B songstress and former first lady of Death Row Records, Jewell, is available now, worldwidle. ]

Following the departure of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the death of 2Pac, and the imprisonment of founder Suge Knight, by the late 90’s, Death Row had lost its momentum. Yet Jewell continued to record and perform, going on to appear on albums by the likes of K-Ci & JoJo, Redman, Benzino and Snoop Dogg again.

In September, YouTube channel The Art of Dialogue, uploaded a video interview with Jewell, discussing her career, working with 2Pac, and her relationship with Suge Knight. The interview received over 1 million views on YouTube in just 3 weeks.

Love+Pain=Muzik, released by new imprint So, Let’s Talk, is for fans of traditional R&B music, with uplifting touches of Gospel. The album includes songs such as “Out In The Rain”, “Lies” and “Baby Daddy” featuring Macashelli, with production from Sherrod, Stomp, Char Jones, DJ Lace and former in-house Death Row guitarist/bassist Ricardo “Ricky” Rouse.

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