Rising Florida Rapper Skyxxx Releases Warner Records Debut EP ‘MADHOUSE’

After garnering praise from American SongwriterUPROXXHipHopDX, and more, buzzing Florida rapper Skyxxx unleashes his anxiously awaited major label debut EP MADHOUSE. Get it HERE via Warner Records. To celebrate the project’s arrival, Skyxxxwill take over Rap Nation‘s Instagram account tonight from 8:30pm–9pm PT. Tune in HERE.

Skyxxx set the stage for the eight-track project with a series of unpredictable and undeniable bangers, including the title track “MADHOUSE,” which he performed at UPROXX Studios. Skyxxx‘s latest visual for “14 GRAMZ” [feat. Valee] also received plugs from HipHopDXElevator Magazine, and more for its psychedelic presentation and bombastic blunts.

Elsewhere on the EP, Skyxxx pulls up with laidback rhymes over a glassy beat on “Robbery” [feat. Guapdad4000]. Meanwhile, “My Way cruises along, showcasing Skyxxx‘s unwavering bravado over simmering cymbals. The EP culminates on “Garlic Knots” [feat. Danny Towers]. Punctuated by machine gun samples, skittering production, and lines about “Autobots, it highlights an intense and infectious back-and-forth between the two artists. See the full tracklisting below.

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#BeforeTheFame | Skyxxx Breaks Down His Past Music, Linking Up With DJ Party Favor, “MadHouse” EP Coming July 31st & More

Today on #BeforeTheFame we got up with New Jersey-born, Orlando-raised Dominican rapper Skyxxx. He founded and created The Swamp Posse – an Orlando-based rap collective that became a household name in the Florida rap scene. Skyxxx made his major label debut in August with the release of “Hotboy” via Warner Records and also did a remix to suck song with NLE Choppa. At the end of 2019 the Orlando rapper linked up powerhouse EDM DJ Party Favor to release a two-song bundle with “Chicken Dinner” and “Hoot.”

Skyxxx is readying for his “MadHouse” EP with Warner Records on July 31st. Listen below to hear about the world of Skyxxx!

Damian: So were it moving from New Jersey to Florida?

Skyxxx: I was just born in New York. We left when I was like two years two Jersey. Guess where I grew up, our home to. Another after the Twin Towers happened. We came the weekend in Florida.

Damian: Was that a big impact on your family?

Skyxxx: Oh, no, we didn’t leave because of it. It was just Florida was really cheap to move to. ] So it’s like you can live in a hood in Jersey. You’d be paying $2,500 month for an apartment and then be paying $1200 for an entire house in Florida. So that was like the case with my parents.

Damian: So when did the music scene started for you, in New Jersey or when you went to Orlando, Florida?

Skyxxx: In Jersey, I was I was still young when we moved to Florida. I was only 13, but I didn’t really do much musically. Around that time I just was freestyle as a kid, around the I went to school for a little bit. I went to this college for a little bit. And that’s when I found a studio and I first started recording. And that was when I was like 16, 17. And then I started taking it seious after my daughter was born in 2009.

Damian: So was it any type of hard transition from like freestyle and rapping to actually, like, making songs?

Skyxxx: Oh, yeah. It’s just a different it’s just a different writing process the way I see it. I read like freestyling and writing songs. It just depends what you’re doing. Like, see me, I freestyle to find the way I want to write, the way I want to write it down. So it’s like I find to be in freestyle to a to will kind of flow I want to use or its’ like I, I’m able to like check a bunch of different styles really quick and I pick which one of that sticks to me the most. And then I run with that.

Damian: Who is some on of your influences coming up making music?

Skyxxx: I didn’t really to be honest either. I was never heavily influenced by anybody like that. There’s people that I like, recognize and respect to music. It all started with the The Fugees and then Mobb Deep and Lauryn Hill, stuff like that. Those are people that to this day or or or musicians that I respect because that culture came before me. So, like all the culture now is different for me to look up to someone now, you know, a lot of people look up to people because of their success, like, yeah, those people success wise. I look up to a lot of motherfucker. You know, motherfuckers is making bread out here off of music. But musically, because I know where the last fifteen years of music comes from. So it’s like I’m like, really.

Damian: How did the Swamp Posse get created?

Skyxxx: I created it in 2012. I used to be part of this other group called Street Smart. Street Smart Music. I ended up doing my own thing. And where I live in Florida, is a lot of swamps around. So I made a crew, made a group and call it Swamp Posse.

Damian: I can listened to some of your older music from now, I can definitely hear the early New York influence?

Skyxxx: What older stuff?

Damian: The umm, “And Then The Moon Fell“.

Skyxxx: That’s hard.

Damian: I can tell you the tracks. ‘Politixxx’ , ‘2 Seaterr’ and ‘Red and Blue Lights.’

Skyxxx: That’s fire. You’re the first person to interview me. This had listened to that shit, so you’d be the only one like. In interviews, I’m usually talking about this. About what other music I make. Yeah. Other than Highboy. Stuff like that. You’re the first one to actually. I’ve already heard it. But yeah, those are those are my favorite projects. Those are my favorite. That’s my favorite lane. ‘Red and blue lights,’ that’s my favorite lane . I have a favorite later Ravid. Like I got what I’m working on call “Backyard.” And it’s like “Red and blue Light”. “Backyard. Backyard. About. The backyard first tiger, every shot, it goes in a backyard all the time, we have fires in the backyard and the backyard is being like literally, oh, just start to notice that the city influences climate.

Damian: You be spittin’. Listening to the older stuff from the newer stuff, I can hear the influences with the gloomy music.

Skyxxx: Well, to be honest, that’s actually older. All of that gloomy stuff comes from 2009, 2010 underground Florida, you know what I mean. And so, like, a lot of that shit is older. That’s what I like about now. Like the whole like the emo phase. Like I know where people painted their nails. I see that 2010 when Rocky was doing that. When I met Rocky. You say that chokers of those you know, all black, like everything is reincarnates itself. So you just got to find your pocket and all of it to where you could forever last. While all that is happening know because you could fuck around and just get lost. You know you can get lost.

Damian: Yeah people can get lost in the sauce.

Skyxxx: What if I were sitting here with a spike choker nails painted black shit like that. You’d be you’d be able to tell that’s not me. You’d be like, this is a dude trying to be trendy. He trained the shit like that. So it’s like if you pay attention to is all shit because back to dark gloomy. It’s actually an older version of me. You know, it’s actually the older version.

Damian: I just realized, can I live any unused that I’m listening for that I like to see way. This is my shit now. Like the other that you’re like this is my. I understand the traditional lane. When you sound like we say not on my side, we live it up. You know, people notice that was like to play some. Oh, that’s a real hip pop, right. I mean, that’s what that’s what ours is.

Skyxxx: But like I could say, I was inspired by because that’s something I didn’t see the process of becoming. So like all the new stuff. The reason why I could choose my voice or do that, the autotune type of shit, or switch it up, is because I’m experiencing all those classes of that changed. I lived through all of them. You know, the main one. What is is that because that’s the only part that naturally came. I didn’t just see happening.

Damian: So I see you and Caskey have like a real relationship. So how did that form because y’all have a lot of music together?

Skyxxx: Oh, well, we from Orlando. We’ve known each other for years to be honest. I knew him before he were signed. We did not actually start making music until after a few years he were already signed. And to be honest that dude, we just be freestyling. Everything we drop we just be freestyling. So he’s just like the homie.

Damian: I see real artistic with the cover art? is there a specific cartoon you like to use. Everything is real cartoonist? In your face and fun?

Skyxxx: Well to be real like I used to like how I looked before and I just don’t like, I don’t like how I look now. So it’s like I just would make everything a cartoon. So that really I don’t want to go and

Damian: I just try to see I covered it all just like some funny, like futuristic car, like some type of new character.

Skyxxx: Oh, I like you because it is the inner me to use like you could never be too old and like not to like Air Forces if you like. For like put up a basketball poster or like have a poster up in the wall or have a sticker on your laptop. There is no age that you can not do that.

Damian: I still put stickers on my laptop like a binder.

Skyxxx: So it’s like that’s that’s also why do the the the cartoons shit too. To show you like approach are you with. My music is creative, it’s full creative. It’s like this is like artists are you know, so like are all around there.

Damian: So while you on this Orlando splurge creating music, dropping music, doing shows when you felt like that that project or song that gave you the buzz that made started going for you?

Skyxxx: Oh, I really didn’t think the buzz did anything for me. We had something or we had a deal before there was for me. And then I convinced them to sign them to sign the Swamp Posse and we like working on our album, then fucking fell apart. You know, we all went our separate ways during the time. But. I don’t think the buzz is what got me here, I think is the attention of what I want out of this. I don’t care about going viral, like being famous or they wanted that or followers. Shit, I don’t even have 10000 followers yet. We we scored a song on a TV show on Fox Sports. So, like, that’s business side of this shit, too. So it’s like I just I just treat this shit different. So it’s like I got signed off of by potential and talent.

Yeah. So it’s different. So I don’t think the buzz like we did I had a buzz, we grew a buzz with Swamp Posse. We through tours and I and I have a buzz of our city. All of our shows do good there and everyone knows me there. But I don’t think I was meant to go that route. Like to blow up off a certain buzz or be hot and trendy.

Damian: Just grows gradually become like you have real hardcore fans, is gradually year by year trying to go up. Instead trying to have that signature song.

Skyxxx: Yeah, I mean I think that does. But I think that the way of I think that’s the way I gotta do it. Is that pop like make a record that pops off. You know what I’m saying you say it like it like a stamp. Leave a stamp not create a stamp.

Damian: So how did you and DJ Party Favor linked up together recently?

Skyxxx: That was through my boy TK. Oh he works. He’s an engineer.He does like movie stuff. He did the Wiz Khalifa documentaries and shit. And I’m just like this feature was slushy. I met the dude and he liked how I rap. He say you know I have a friend of mine that I want to hook you up with and it were Party Favor. We link up in the studio and literally made that track like in 15 minutes.

Damian:  It took me a while cause I the first time I listen to the track were at your single release party in L.A. and it took me a while to get into it, but I was fucked up and “Chicken Dinner” hits. That shit slaps. When you have some bass behind it, it’s cool if you dont but you really need the bass to hear it on the speakers.

Skyxxx: Exactly. And I know why where you would be. Like, it took a while for for me to because of what you like already with the music of mine you said you like. I could really see what about “Chicken Dinner” what about you would not like. Cause it’s the same thing to me. But then I know how to take that feeling out and be like this is what “Chicken Dinner” for though. You know what I’m saying and it’s for that fucked up you say like “winter winter chicken dinner.”

Damian: That’s why, while I’m listening to the lyrics and laughing at the same time but it’s slaps.

Skyxxx: That shit is corny as hell.

Damian: Corny wins though.

Skyxxx: But it was not purposely corny, it was like it was honestly a one take freestyle bro. I was ready to go back and write it and change words you say but no this is perfect.

Damian: I don’t have to like a song all the way to see why I can see other people can like and not. I some times take my critique out of it. I’m older, a new generation, i need to understand why certain people like the music.

Skyxxx: I mean a lot of it is because it’s not about being older. I feel like older or younger I feel like is what you mentally physically grown out of, a lot of that music, a lot of that music. How old are you?

Damian: 30

Skyxxx: So we’re the same age, so we grow up off that. It was cool to do drugs, music, so we grew up off that like. Nigg*s did coke and your boys look at you crazy.

Damian: Yeah we look at you as a junkie. I had to get use to the transition from Atlanta to La, I’m like people asking where the coke at. And I’m like where I’m from people do it but it’s behind the scenes. Don;t get so many people just ask in public.

Skyxxx: So that’s a difference now is that a lot of the music is drug. If groups say like that whole slurred safe flow, that that comes from a place where where people are at physically and mentally. And if you’re not there, your mind won’t accept it. Because you are just off that. And then you started getting you did that xanned out, now I see why it sounds like that. Yeah. But i don’t think it’s about age. I just think it’s about what you’re into in life at that moment. If you are not poppin’ Xans or drinking lean and getting fucked up like that. That is not gone hit you. And it’s not suppose to.

Damian: How did “Hot Boy” remix come together with you and NLE Choppa?

Skyxxx: That were through Warner and my management. They knew some connections between each others. Have mutual friends talked about it. Got it done.

Damian: The video. Dope ass shit. I don’t know who directed it. Funny as shit.

Skyxxx: I direct all my videos.

Damian: Broke in your house. Why the fuck you in my house? Wearig my clothes. That shit were dope. It show more of you. Sometimes your vision don’t show to other people until you put in a visual.

Skyxxx: I get that. It’s shows some of my personality. Yeah. I direct a lot of the videos and do co-direction with my friend Ben from Bright Minds. So I have a usual have a main idea that we go write it off that. And they either chop it down or work around it or change

Damian: So the future of this year coming up , any new music or anything you getting prepared for the year?

Skyxxx: I honestly want to let you hear it. You are really because you the first one like I’m really into that shit. You know, the fact that you listen to that like that, And “Then The Moon Fell” shit like this, that my face tattoos is all my music. You feel me. You know “When The Moon Fell” is my next one. You know what I’m saying and going to get the moon on my face cracked. You know what I’m saying. “And Then The Moon Fell” means a lot to me and say that whole project means like imagine you lose everything you have. You light to the world, you lose the sun. You living in pure darkness. Your moon become your sun. Imagine you lose that too. Then the moon fell so it’s like fuck, what are we going to do now?

Damian: I never thought about that. That’s dope. Yeah.

Skyxxx:Madhouse” the EP so we’ll probably drop a few singles maybe before everything try to get it to everyone before the summer for the summer. That’s was coming.

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#BeforeTheFame| Savannah Cristina Discusses Her Music, Meaning of ‘Soul Therapy’ & Silk Kimonos More

The South Florida native singer/songwriter/poet, Savannah Cristina put out a string of stripped-down videos that she recorded with a mic and minimal set-up on a beach, basketball court and anywhere else she’d feel inspired, including a busy street intersection. She released her ‘Comfortable’ visual back in April. Savannah’s “Self Care” video has over 4 million YouTube views, and garnered a co-sign from Alicia Keys.

I got the chance to speak with Savannah Cristina to discuss her single “Comfortable,” life during quarantine, she describes the meaning of her music being soul therapy and more below.

Damian: So you are just coming off a new video last week called “Comfortable”?

Savannah: Yes.

Damian: How do you get the premise of it? I were listening to the lyrics. It’s something a little different from the other songs. Listen from you already.

Savannah: I mean, with this song, it’s just, you know, it’s inspired by, you know, just being at home, being quarantined and just kind of just, catching a vibe. It’s really a vibe.

Damian: You shot the video at your house?

Savannah: Yeah, it’s not the entire video inside of my house. Yes.

Damian: So that is what we will be expecting for right now. A lot of home and self produced. All your videos is set up around the song. ‘Belong To The Streets’ and ‘Self Care’. I like that. I like you have a background theme of the song. Like your videos background, its like a cover art.

Savannah: Always use my environment for, you know, the stuff that I do, I always try to use what’s surrounding me so I can like get something done.

Damian: So what got you into music?

Savannah: Really just started off with writing poetry. I started writing poetry and then all of a sudden the poems turned into song. And that’s pretty much how I got into it.

Damian: How young when you got started?

Savannah: I started making music my first from my studio. I was 15 at a friend’s studio, you wanted me to sing a hook for him for one of the songs he was doing. And I was the first time I saw the inside of a studio. I didn’t drop my first single until I was 19 years old and that’s when I started officially making my own music.

Damian: So the first you made, did you ever put it out or put it in the tuck?

Savannah: No, I have an out. It’s called trust.

Damian: That was the first song you ever made, ‘Trust.’ So you like to call your music soul therapy. Where did all this soul come from?

Savannah: Um soul therapy just came from music, from the soul. You know, I like to listen to a lot of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu about do, and I think that music is really just therapeutic. It’s supposed to be there to make you better. It teaches you how to heal from a lot of pain. So that’s kind of why I just wanted to make my style called soul therapy.

Damian: Like the songs like ‘Belong To The Streets’. When I say self-reflecting, like have you ever talk to yourself like damn why I do that. It’s like thinking your thoughts out loud and realizing what you should’ve really did?

Savannah: Yeah. No, definitely, I always have those moments rounds, you like that. You know, that wasn’t the best decision. But what I tried to do her mistakes is I try to at least gain from them. So even if it’s just me gaining or something, at least I can say it wasn’t all for nothing. So yeah, I definitely have those moments. OK, girl, you should never do that. But I never regret anything because there’s always a lesson learned. There’s always a song to be written out of the, you know, out of those certain things that we do that we might not be the most proud of.

Damian: Yeah. Very self aware. That’s what thing I can tell when I listen to is very self aware.

Savannah: Yeah a lot of honesty, I just try to be very honest about who I am and things that I do. They just try to own it so I can grow from it.

Damian: Do you work with multiple different producers or you’re like to have a go to producer work with so far.

Savannah: I’m still building a team. One person I really get a lot vibes with is Keezo. He is a producer that I met him in L.A. and so far me him have made a lot of dope tracks. I’m still figuring out blue plastic. And I just dropped that song, some sort of figuring out, you know, who will my partner in crime is going to be, because I would love to just lock in for like a week and just walk out the studio. You know, something beautiful.

Damian: Do you play any instruments?

Savannah: No, I don’t play any instruments.

Damian: Now, there’s a voice is so strong that a lot of times its a melody by itself.

Savannah: No, I totally agree. That’s my instrument and I used to play the saxophone in the marching band briefly, but I wouldn’t say that I’m like an adult player. So, yeah, singing is pretty much my instrument.

Damian: So after working so much by yourself independent, is it like a difference now since you with a major now?

Savannah: I mean, I don’t think it’s any different. I think the workload that I have and the things I have to accomplish is the same. It’s just nice to know that, you know, there are there are people who want the same the same success for you as well. And they’re rooting for you and they want you to succeed. And so they’re going to be there to help you and guide you in that process. But as far as like me, what I do from day to day basis, my schedule is pretty much the same as, you know, go to the studio work, make sure I do what I gotta do and, you know, handle business. It’s definitely a blessing.

Damian: Got a question. How did you get into silk kimono’s?

Savannah: I wore them, I write them all the time and I’ve had a lot of my supporters ask me where I have gotten them from. And, you know, how can they get one? And I was like, well, I think totally, just give me some. So that’s kind of where I’m came from. So come on. Those are my signature. I’m home alive. I’m really into self-care routines. I feel like it’s something that everybody should have. Everybody should have a silk kimono or just something that makes them feel comfortable. So I think it’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to provide that to my supporters and just like give them the same feeling that I get when I wear these.

Damian: So you make the kimono’s yourself?

Savannah: No, I just sell them on my website.

Damian: So have you always been into CBD?

Savannah: Actually, the. Finally got into it, but it’s definitely something that as far as like my family, they’re very, very, very enthusiastic about. So I’m always down to support anything that I do or that I catch myself who is all about self care. And I definitely want people to be able to accomplish things and holistic in healthy ways. I know a lot of us, you know, we self-medicate or we get caught up in the wrong stuff. And I just want everybody to be in tune with themselves and take care of themselves in a way that is safe and natural.

Damian: Not just how nurturing is, even with your music feel like you more of an outdoor person than indoor. Not like clubs or parties. Just one with nature outside?

Savannah: Yeah, definitely, I mean, I was I ran across country for a long time. I love to run and run at the park and going in Florida rallies. So going in and being in the environment, going to the beach, that’s something that I love to do is really therapeutic for me. For me. Luckily, I have a lot of plants in my house, so I still feel like I’m outside even when I’m inside. However, you know, I’m I’m really looking forward to being able to be safe outside and waited for that to happen.

Damian: That’s great to hear. You have music inspirations, not just the older generation, like the ones that are now. You listen to?

Savannah: Umm the ones that inspire me would be Young Thug, Drake PartyNextDoor, Tory Lanezv. Those are kind of like the people who inspire me. Well, what they do because they’re self-made. You know what I mean? They they really got it at the bottom. And they really created a brand new set for themselves and an original brand, not a brand that was based off of somebody else’s brand. And they found like this person, no like they’re all very original. And I’m inspired by originality. So those are kind of the people I’m looking at right now that I’m trying to gain from that. I can possibly learn from.

Damian: Is there any concerts you performed at and where like woah – damn. I’m really singing in front of these people?

Savannah: Yeah, I mean, about four years ago, I did a show with LMA, her Snow Allegra Aaron Ray was a big festival, best light festival, and that was in Miami. And that was a pretty big audience. I was super excited to do that. And then just like the the the staple places like S.O.B’s in New York where, you know, I was in a totally different state and I had people that were pumping my music and singing along. So it’s different stuff like that. It never gets old. Where you really feel the love. I mean, the best part about it is to be somewhere that’s not your city. When I was in Chicago and in L.A. and you have people who are extremely happy to see you perform and have the waiting room, you have to sing these lyrics, which you. So that was definitely surreal through our performances.

Damian: When you wake up in the morning, whats the first song you listen?

The first song in the morning. I mean a shower. I was delighted to ‘Be with you by Beyonce’s.

Damian: What about before you go to sleep?

[00:13:49] 5 Honestly, I probably was in something slow, like the Maxwell, ‘Like Whatever,Whatever,’ or my mind just in time, my Erica by do I listen to something slow?

[00:14:04] Yes. You’re saying.

Damian: Vegan or Non-vegan?

Savannah: Non-vegan I was a vegetarian for like six and seven months, but it wasn’t for me. But, you know, I I support everybody decision to eat where they want to eat.

Damian: Why you only last 6-7 months?

Savannah: I went to the Bahamas and they had fried conch and I was about to not eat fried conch in the Bahamas. I was like, yeah, I’m cool. So that was really the only reason I went on vacation. And I’m like, yeah, we we’ll stop this now. So that’s how it went.

Damian: You have a childhood that you feel in love with?

Savannah: Maybe “Don’t You Worry bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder. I just remember my parents playing that for me all the time, all the time, just loud through the house. My mom and my dad loved that song. They will always sing together. And I just remember being in between them, too, and just saying that song. And I still love it.

Damian: What would be one question, especially for singers and songwriters and know is kind of difficult sometimes to find like up-and-coming platforms and showcase. What will tell a rising singer or songwriter , how to maneuver as an independent artist.

Savannah: I would say just, you know, be smart, be be and as rude and as aggressive as you need to be to make sure that you are protected and respected. Definitely. As a woman, my demeanor is all for reason. And I would I would always tell a woman, just be I’d be as aggressive as you need to be. And, you know, just just understand that business is business and nothing is personal. You know, nobody owes you support. The only support is earned. And you earned that support by work. A lot of people ask, what did you do so that you could work? I really can’t give you any. I’m not related to nobody got no cousins in the game. I don’t come for money. I just come from hard work. So I’m just selling the work. No. Take anything personal. Everything’s business.

Damian: That’s the hardest rule right there, I don’t take nothing personal. Thank you so much Savannah. Is there anyway you can shout-out your social media information and how people can find your music at?

Savannah: Yeah, I mean, you can find me every where at Savannah, Christina. That’s Savannah, like the city and Christina. Can find me on Instagram, Twitter, all streaming platforms, whichever you prefer. And YouTube as well as got my YouTube channel. Just off the new music video “Comfortable” with the homemade video that I made inside of my house? Start up a Flowercrop. And it’s for my new single ‘Comfortable.’ So yeah, you can find me in all those places.

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Rap Luminary Freddie Gibbs Partners With Warner Records

History in the making as Warner Records announces that one of the most influential and exalted rappers of this era, Freddie Gibbs, partners with its renowned label. The critically acclaimed storyteller will unveil his first release under the newly minted deal very soon.  

Billboard exclusively broke the news today, check it out HERE.  

About his signing, Warner Records SVP of A&R, Norva Denton, commented, “Freddie’s lyricism is unmatched. He operates at an unparalleled prolific pace by consistently dropping quality projects with intensity and intention. He has indisputably become one of the most talked-about and respected artists of his generation. Our team, Aaron Bay-Schuck, and I have the utmost respect for Freddie and his artistry. We’re honored to partner with him for this next chapter and provide a platform for the incredible music to come.”

Freddie shared, “I’m really looking forward to partnering with Warner and working with Aaron. He’s a young progressive label head I can openly share ideas with. It was love and respect from the first meeting and always felt right. We’re working together to take everything to another level for my day one fans as well as the people just now discovering me.”

His manager, Ben “Lambo” Lambert, also adds, “Teaming up with Aaron, Tom Corson, Norva Denton, Julian Petty, Chris Atlas, and the rest of the Warner staff puts us in a strong position to build upon the work we’ve been putting in independently over the past decade or so. We’re excited for the next chapter in our journey.” 

This news arrives on the heels of Freddie’s recent collaboration with The Alchemist, Alfredo,which dropped last month. Bestowing a 9.5-out-of-10 score on the project, The Line of Best Fit declared it “a masterpiece” and wrote, “Responsible for some of the greatest hip-hop albums of the early millennium, Freddie Gibbs can do no wrong.”NPR raved, “Together, they do in ten tracks what most rappers fail to do in twenty, leave you wishing for leftovers.”Pitchfork awarded it an 8.0 and observed, Gibbs has been sharpening his raps to the point where it seems like he can slice through any beat.” Already, it has garnered 20 million-plus streams and counting.


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#BeforeTheFame | Rini Talks New Single ‘Bedtime Story’, Being Productive During COVID-19 & More

Australian-born R&B/soul singer/songwriter/producer, RINI just released his new single entitled ‘Bedtime Story’ and he recently shared with DJIceberg.com his mindset during the creation process of the single.

The single is the third that he has dropped in the last six months with his previous single Aphrodite’s video generated over 200k views on YouTube.

RINI is currently in Australia practicing social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The time away from Los Angeles, which is currently on a ‘Stay Home Order’ for at least another three months, has allowed RINI to improve his craft in the R&B space.

He would go on to share how he wants to get into directing his own documentaries and starring movies in the future. Enjoy the interview and make sure you follow the platform for the latest in the music industry.

RINI: Landon Buford: Back in March, you released a video to your single Aphrodite. Can you share with us where you drew your inspiration during the creation process of the single?

Aphrodite was basically something that I wanted to write originally for my mom. Like an appreciation song for women. But it started off, being a letter from my mom. Then eventually I thought I want to it relatable to people my age.

Aphrodite is the ultimate being and an example for women and with her being the goddess of beauty and love.  Aphrodite is a song that I made for the goddess and it is like an offering to her and basically showing my thanks. That is basically what sparked my idea for Aphrodite.

Landon Buford: You will also be releasing a new track entitled ‘Bedtime Story’ on May 15th is there a backstory to the single and do plan on dropping a video to it as well?

RINI: Yes, there is a back story for the new single.

So basically, it is a song about making love and that it is a like the part of the relationship where the two people sort of get to the point where they’re ready to take it to the next level.

And it is the part where all the butterflies come in, and there is neon lights and all of that. It is exciting and fun. It is a very spontaneous kind of vibe. Like that part of the relationship. But also, yes, I got to work on a music video for “Bedtime Stories.” It’s going to be super dope.

Landon Buford: When you release Bedtime Story later this month it will mark the third single you dropped in the last six months. Is it safe to say that you are in album mode and if so when might we see a full project released?

RINI: Yes, it is safe to say I am in album mode, and the possible release date will be announced at a later time.

Landon Buford: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently shared that he and National Cabinet will be meeting to discuss lighting lockdown measures due to COVID-19. How have you been able to use your time in the social distance to improve your craft as an artist?

RINI: Being at home all day, every day I have been able to make more music in my bedroom. When I started my music career that was not an easy thing for me to do.

It’s sort of like a thing that I actually enjoy a lot. You know, being by myself and just having fun and jamming. I think the quarantine also gave me time to practice a little bit more and my instrument. And I can practice a little bit more, and I have more time for my vocal, as I think like exercises and stuff. And just Improve my skills overall.

Landon Buford: In a recent interview, you shared that there are not a lot many platforms in Australia that focus on R&B. I was curious to see if you had any interest in possibly creating and providing that platform?

RINI: Yeah, definitely.  I feel like Australia is not into the R&B really out here. People out here would rather listen to the indie stuff and the pop and rock bands and all the other stuff.  So, you got to really find a way out to like makes a platform for yourself and put your music out there where it can be online. I feel like online streaming has helped, you know, all the majority of the Australian artists a lot. you really just got to find a way to do your own thing.

Landon Buford: How often do you go back home since you now reside in Los Angeles?

RINI: Well, I come back and forth right now. I’m really in Australia only because of the coronavirus. If it wasn’t the coronavirus in L.A. right now, normally I’d come home like every two to three months.

Landon Buford: Many of the successful artists have their hands in all types of other business ventures as well. What are some of the other interests that you might like to tap into when the time is right?

RINI: I would like to get into acting and be featured in some sort of movie. I would also like to make my own documentary that tells a story and direct my own film. I feel I have the passion for it because I love coming up with stories and it is just making a whole new world. I feel like I’m developing something for it and I might tap into that in the future.

Landon Buford: You and WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage both have a passion for music and are from Australia. Would you be interested in possibly collaborating with her on any projects in the future?

RINI: Yes, I am always down to do a collaboration with other artists, and I want to work with as many as possible. That helps me by being able to improve my craft and develop a relationship with an artist.

Landon Buford: What is your favorite city to perform in thus far?

Rini: It would have to be Jakarta and it is in Indonesia and probably one of the most public venues I have been to in my life. The fans were so cool, and it has been nice, and you can tell they have been following my music from the love that they showed. That was really crazy for me.

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#BeforeTheFame| Rising Soulful-Pop Artist Malia Civetz Talks About New Single & Video “Broke Boy”, How Her Career Got Started, & More

In Los Angeles at the Warner Records office, I had a met a brilliant rising songstress and vocal powerhouse Malia Civetz. Her great personality and energy brighten up the office room once she walked in. She shares in details about her debut single “Broke Boy,” via Warner Records. The process of making music and going to college at USC at the same time, traveling to different LA teams to perform, and her career started.

Damian: Today at Warner Records, out in California nice beautiful weather today. Sitting here with miss Malia Civetz.

Malia Civetz: Hello

Damian: How are you doing today?

Malia Civetz: I’m good. How are you?

Damian: I’m good as well. Well, when I first heard your music. I can not say that you are all the way pop.

Malia Civetz: Not, not all the way.

Damian: You are too soulful for me.

Malia Civetz: Haha.. That’s good!

Damian: Like church choir, soulful like natural talent, no like vocal coaching. you were born like ahh.. haha

Malia Civetz : That means a lot. I mean, I started really early, so.

Damian: So that’s why I went all. I listen to music. Then it hit home. I’m like she, I did a lot of research and I love the story.

Malia Civetz: Thank you.

Damian: Because you went to college trying to figure out. Then you get out of college. Im still trying to figure it out. So how was that process? Why are you still trying to make music?

Malia Civetz: Right when I got out of college?

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Damian: While you were in college cause you were working jobs trying to get through college.

Malia Civetz: Yeah.

Damian: How was that process trying work jobs, go to school and make music? Great music at the same time.

Malia Civetz: It was really difficult. I mean, I was fortunate that I was in school for music, so it was literally like homework. So I had to do it. But it was really tough because I had two jobs all throughout college and then I had to really keep my grades up to keep my scholarships because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go. And so it was a really rough time. I definitely learned about time management because trying to do all of that and also have like some semblance of social life. So I could have things to be inspired by, to write songs about me. It was it was rough, but it taught me a lot about how to prioritize things and what needed to fall by the wayside. And you had too many things to do. But yeah, I think it really it would still come. Everything that I learned still comes into play when I’m working now.

Damian: So before you went to USC for college. What? How early you started making music or singing?

Malia I mean, I started singing when I was five in church choir. And but before that, I lived in Hawaii. And for a while, I lived in a hotel with my parents while they were trying to find a place to live because they work. They worked in a hotel. And so we were put up for a while. And I was always a little kid. So they would bring me to their client dinners. And in Hawaii, there’s live music everywhere. So I would just be mesmerized by the light music, even at like two and three. And so I’d look at my parents and and ask them to take me out of my highchair. And I just kind of like walk up to whoever was performing and just sit directly in front of them and just stare at them mesmerized. And so even if there was like a hula dancer dancing, I would look at her and then just like stand next to her and try to do what she was doing and just copy her. And my parents were like, ” whaattt.” Well, but it was weird because all of like all of my friends who were my age at that time, like my my parents clients, kids, and I would be like, come dance with me. And all of them were like, no, that’s embarrassing. And then I was like, OK, I’m going to go to this by myself, then. Bye. So it was. It’s been in me ever since I can remember.

Damian: So did you do any type of singing at the hotel?

Malia Civetz: No, because I only lived there. Oh, gosh. I think when I was like two and three or so two slash three. I’m not sure exact exactly what the time frame was, but I took hula lessons there. Well, after my parents found a house – hula  lessons, I started piano lessons, which when you’re four is just basically you just banging on the keys. But I I started that’s how early I started. And then when we moved to Las Vegas, I started in church choir. And then I was in little like performing groups. And that led to me doing national anthems for the local sports teams. And then that somebody who came to see one of the national anthems that I did was from the Dodgers. And they were like, yo, do you want to come sing for the Dodgers? And I think I was thirteen or twelve then. And so I started doing national anthems professionally at that age. And so once you do one, then you can kind of do the record.

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Damian: So you were like on a local tour?

Malia Civetz: Yeah, pretty much. So I would do like the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Lakers, Kings, Clippers, just all the L.A. teams, because I could I could drive from Vegas to L.A.

Damian: Oh Dang!

Malia Civetz: Yeah, it was really fun and I got to see a lot of sports.

Damian: Oh, so you kind of got like a pre, I like pre entry in the industry before you got into industry. kind of. So what got you in orchestra sympathy?

Malia Civetz: So I started doing that when I was in college. I was in an acapella group and we were competing and somebody in the competition heard me sing. And was like, Oh, I know a guy who’s looking for a girl who can read music and be able to hang with an orchestra. But also who has a pop sound. So that sounds like you. Do you want to audition? And he was doing this “Beethoven v Coldplay” piece, which is absolutely beautiful. And so is one of my favorite things that I get to sing because I get to use the entirety of my voice and it’s brilliant. The composer conductor Steve Hackman is one of my favorite musicians. And basically, he took the music and lyrics of Coldplay that fit with what Beethoven was going through while he was writing his third symphony, which is when he was losing his hearing. And for somebody who’s a musician, that’s devastating. And so songs like, “Fix You” with lyrics like “When you lose something you can’t replace. Could it be worse?” It just fits perfectly. And it’s so beautiful. And so I love being able to do those from time to time in between everything that I’m doing with my artist career.

Damian: Do you see yourself doing Broadway?

Malia Civetz: Maybe someday. I did theater for a minute. I was well, I was a theater major in high school. And so someday I hope to end up back there.

Damian: So what made you choose USC?

Malia Civetz: Strangely enough, the acapella group that I ended up being and when I got in, they came to do a show in Vegas because one of the girls was from Vegas, who is currently in the group at that time. And I saw them and there was this one guy in the group who was singing Beyonce, sing in the original key and was one of the best performers I had ever seen in my whole life. And I was like, I want to do what he’s doing, whatever whatever he’s doing. I want to follow in his footsteps. And so I talked to him afterwards. And he was a pop music major at USC. And so I applied immediately. And up until then, I thought I was gonna go to school for either jazz or musical theater. But after seeing him perform, I was like, I want to do that, whatever that is.

Damian: Beyonce song changed your life?

Malia Civetz: Yeah, pretty much It was actually it was “Best Thing I Never Had”. So it was actually the best thing I ever had.

Damian: So let me get to today. Brand new video “Broke Boy.

Milai: I do.

Damian: What were the inspiration cause I actually like it because made me feel like a girl. I was like, I don”t have to be broke. But like you can deal with me. Like I could have a little flaws. You can with deal with me.

Malia Civetz: Yeah. yeah

Damian: I like the fun soul. So what was inspiration behind it?

Malia Civetz: Well, we were in the studio and the producer, Jay, I started playing those chords on the piano and I was just in love with them. He started playing them and I turned around and was like, what is that like? We have to write to it. And so we started messing around with melodies and it just kinda evolved really naturally. And like this song feels super celebratory. And so we kind of came up with the concept of broke boy that like you don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to drive a fancy car or have a ton of money like. And it’s not that I’m supporting you either. Like I’m not rich in this situation either, but it’s just that we have a good time together. And it really reminded me of even just like relationships that I had with friends growing up and we had no money and we just had a good time because we were together.

Damian: Yeah.

Malia Civetz: And that’s all that matters at the end of the day. And so if money shouldn’t be a factor and it shouldn’t deter you from finding something amazing,

Damian: Especially that line when you said, oh, what was it . You were talking about all “if you dont have any money for some food, Ill give it to you. Oh, then you said if you are a dope boy.” Aight she caught with this one right here! If you have a $10 bill put your hands up, $20 bill ahhh. She really got me right here.

Malia Civetz: Thank you.

Damian: So who were your early inspirations?

Malia Civetz: That’s such a tough question. I mean, I’ve always loved like Stevie Wonder. Earth, Wind and Fire. Chaka Khan, Whitney, Celine Dion. I mean, just like kind of the classics. But growing up in Vegas, like I always really respected like Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Junior, Frank Sinatra, that kind. Those were like classic storytellers and really incredible singers. And so I’ve I’ve learned so much throughout my entire career from other artists that I look up.

Damian: Great to hear. So for the rest of 2020, what should we expect?

Malia Civetz: More music!

Damian: I can’t wait because I need more than the three songs.

Malia Civetz:  There will definitely be more than that. I don’t have exact dates yet, but I promise there will be more.

Damian: I’m glad to hear that. Listen way and let all of your fans and new fans know about all your social media.

Malia Civetz: Oh, yeah! So I’m at @MaliafromVegas on everything. So that’s pretty easy since my last name is a little hard to spell it.

Damian: It took me, I’m not going to lie, I had to make sure I said your last name correctly.

Malia Civetz: You crushed it!

Damian: Before you came in the room, I were practicing repeatedly your last name.

Malia Civetz:: I tell people it’s like it’s Siv-ettes. So it’s like Corvettes. But with a Siv.

Damian: Thank you very much. You are very charming and so lively. I just love your personality. After I seen the ‘Broke Boy” video. Yes, I need to talk to her

Malia Civetz: That day was just one of the best days of my life for sure. I was having the most fun the whole day. And so I’m I’m glad that that came through because that’s what it was.

Damian: And I just hope for the best for the rest of your career. And rest of 2020 thank you for talking to me today Malia.talked to me today.

Malia Civetz: Yeah. No problem.

Damian: And this is the end of #BeforeTheFame on Djiceberg.com and were out.

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#BeforeTheFame|Bren Joy Talks About His Album “Twenties”, The Meaning Behind “Scottie Pippen”, College Life & More

While in Los Angeles at the Warner Records office, I met a great  multi-genre artist (including gospel, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and pop) from Nashville, TN name Bren Joy. We got straight to the point to discuss his new album “Twenties.”

Damian: Now, my new series today will from Nashville born raise, now kicking in my L.A. for a nice interview and talk, my boy, Bren Joy. How are you doing today?

Bren Joy: I’m good, how are you?

Damian: Very good, brother. Good. Can’t complain, but they are here.

Bren Joy: Good.

Damian: So let me start at the beginning. I was impress that you started to make music in 2018.

Bren Joy: Writing

Damian: You been playing music before writing?

Bren Joy:I just started like two years before I started college.

Damian :OK, what college did you go to?

Bren Joy: I went to Belmont University. I was a vocal major.

Damian: Interesting about the project name “Twenties” Times on your transition to the 20s. And cause life is part of it, too, You talking about it? It’s it like a lot of joyfulness and happiness. But I know you have so many different genres and I know I know this sometimes, but. And I know everything is not doing good and happy. Yeah, I know. Some say no, you samba lay something low point or something. Cause you like to talk about the whole transition you see, the process in your early 20s. Mm hmm. Can you elaborate and talk about it.

Bren Joy: Yeah. When I like started writing it, I think I really wanted to touch on things like your 20s are all about the most pivotal times in your life. So everyone I’ve talked to that is 30 and up, they’ve all been in their 20s. There are the moments that changed their life. From there, like when I started writing the first eight songs I wrote, are all on the project. So it’s just the first eight. I just throwed them on there. And but from there, like you notice, a lot of the songs don’t really have a lot of pronouns in. A lot of them aren’t about love. They’re all about experiences. And like, I think one of the glue to the whole project is me figuring out like culture, especially growing up in Nashville. You don’t see a lot of black people. You don’t see a lot of black music. And so that was something that really like finding my sound and finding. Why not? Why? It’s all it’s even more than like being like, oh, why am I black? I think it’s like, why do I enjoy being black? Like, why is it such a pivotal thing? Being black? You know? So from there, like I experienced, you know, there was some racism there. It’s whatever like and I had never experienced that till I got in college. And so that’s when I wrote like “Drag Race,” I wrote “Henny in the Hamptons”. I wrote stuff like that from that kind of place in life. And from there, like that kind of really just created this whole bigger project that is Twenties. You have “When Martin Died” and stuff that really kind of goes deeper into that. Yeah, but yeah, that’s kind of like the essence of the whole album.

Damian: Who’s voice is on “When Martin Died”?

Bren Joy: My grandma

Damian: I wanted to ask you the entire time who were that voice in that song.

Bren Joy: I was doing a random project over like grown up in Nashville and we recording her anyway. And she just started talking. And there was a lot that like I didn’t use in that excerpt just because I didn’t want to be a trigger to anyone. There was a lot of just a lot of detailed things that I didn’t really want to put in there. But I heard her talking and I was a bit then my friend who was helping me record, I was like, yo, like, keep recording. Keep this, keep this. And from there we just snagged it. I had a homie throw keys under there and just really, you know.

Damian: Do you play any instruments?

Bren Joy: Yeah. I play keys. So most of the most of the songs I wrote, except for “Sweet,” I wrote at the keyboard. I’m just me and keys. And then we kind of meet one of my homies went in and just kind of really produced the whole project because I love it.

Damian: It sound so live , so many different instruments.

Bren Joy: Yeah

Damian: Inside the songs you change your flow, your tempo, that’s your style.

Bren Joy: Yeah

Damian :You might start singing , might be rapping might start as pop and swing and middle hit R&B on . Just like the different transitions. That’s why I like he had to change me too much too especially. Every song is different.

Bren Joy: Yeah.

Damian: So that’s why. And I got a question about did you use the Mississippi Mass choir on the project?

Bren Joy: Haha naw dude, all of it is me! Everything.

Damian: So you did like multiple times singing in different tones, to make it sound like a choir?

Bren Joy: Exactly. I grew, haha. When I started in music and so I started singing pretty much senior year of high school. 2016, I got in the Belmont and I started learning about – I grew up on gospel and I wasn’t singing anything like that, but I grew up surrounded by the southern style. All these keys players, all these drummers. So when I got to college, I really want ask my professors like break down Kurt Franklin’s music and Jay Mos, John the Butler and all of them. I learned how to arrange background vocals. And so when I started writing, we basically just took each took each note and like stacked it five different times some. Some I will stack in a super airy voice somehow stack a little harsher. But all of its literate, all of it’s me.

Damian: It’s amazing. I really tell you how, like background. I’m not gonna sing it zonk. I just sound so well. We did a great job because it felt so alive. When you. Keep coming here to build. I just did it. Come on. 

Bren Joy: It’s just pads and everything. We just throw under just different things. Yeah, it’s all on me.

Damian: So why no visual so far?

Bren Joy: Man, life has kind of taken over. That’s something that we’re really about to push out and people see very, very soon. Some some really crazy, some crazy, crazy shit coming up. But I don’t know if that life really turned with the possibilities and the teammates that I now have like start to get into my life. So that kind of unfortunately got put on the backburner. But coming very, very soon.

Damian: I had to ask because you doing it in a unique way cause another artist before like he did definitely, did not see his face at all. No digital. Just his music just blew up. Then later on probably like 6-7 months he finally put his face out there. So that’s why it wasn’t a marketing thing?

Bren Joy: We filmed a video actually for “Henny In The Hamptons” but life kind of got crazy that we never got to just go in. But very, very soon.

Damian: That “Henny In The Hamptons” is my track. It is different. I didn’t expect it like ,when I saw the title, then I started to listen. I’m like he better know how to do a 2 step. Dancing.

Bren Joy: Oh, for sure! All of that!

Damian: Can’t lie, sound like an old school vibe. My would vibe to it. So does say you got a wide range though, though. So Scottie Pippen, is he any type of deep meaning behind it? You say you find a new religion.

Bren Joy: Yeah. I went through a period of like really being selfish and I think really wanting it for myself. And when I wrote that song, I didn’t really know the story of Scottie and Jordan. I saw a documentary and it was a very literal song from documentary to song. I think I wrote a song like 30 minutes after and it just really hit me that like Bond in that come up and they both have the six rings they put, you know, like that really like spoke to me. And it’s this whole project embodies like I shot the cover art and styled it with homies, like I produced it with one of my best friends, who is like family now. You know, all my homies are playing keys on it, like whatever. So, like, it’s literally a project I made for 400 bucks. And from there, like, I think so “Scottie Pippen” and embodies all of that. Like it is a bit it’s a bit out there. It’s a bit kind of crazy. But it’s one of the songs like I got to really do my choir moment on there and really showcase like the side of vocals that I love. Throw a little gospel, throw little religious background in there, too.

Damian: I really like hip hop side. Really got flows. So that’s why I got caught up to the words I listen to words and can tell something happened in your 20’s.Now I understand the song all together.

Bren Joy: Yeah. Friends, all of that friends come and go . Just some bullshit hahaha…

Damian: So you still focused on this project or new music. Later on this year, just keeping a momentum with this twenty’s project right now.?

Bren Joy: Yes. To all of that. Right now, we’re snagging, you know, finishing up the visuals and all of that for your Twenties and really just putting I don’t want to move on until we give the full story to it and really showcase the visual side of things. A lot of. Styling a lot of all of that, so I’m very excited to give. Put it, like you said, a face to the to the music. And from there, like new music come in. I’ve been in the studio since last June, so like I’ve been able to work with some crazy cats that like I looked up to and now I’m able to work with them. So I have been pushed vocally, sweat, tears and all of that. So there’s some there’s some really innovative stuff coming that I’m really excited for people to hear and tell me their opinion on that.

Damian: I’m glad to hear that man! Tell me some of your inspiration, as you were saying?

Bren Joy: I grew up, my older inspirations I grew up on. Like the Freddie Jacksons, s.o.s. Gap bands. A lot of gospel music. A lot of the Luther Vandross. Like that’s where I grew up. One. And a lot of rap as well. And so you can hear it kind of like the hodgepodge of stuff. Recently I’ve really been into a lot of UK music. You know, a lot of the U.K. R&B, the Tom Misha’s with the guitars and stuff and Twenties, a lot of grime, too. Like a few months ago, I just got into I saw Skepta and then I just got deep into grime music and it is it yo, is this crazy is so nice. And that’s like really been inspiring mean to really kind of like throw the heavy 808’s, the high hats, the just really kind of a kind of take it there.So that’s been like my main source of inspiration right now is just that whole the whole scene over in the U.K.

Damian: So with the soul and R&B and pop and the hip hop and jazz , we about to add grime?

Bren Joy: Haha, just a little bit. I like to take risks. I want to be an artist that people that not everyone’s going to relate to every single song. However, none of my songs sound the same. And even for this new like it’s almost like this mixtape that I somehow will at the end find a way to make into a full circle when they’re all their own world. But like I think I my writing is very much like books, like its cover to cover for each song. And I think moving forward to like there’s a lot of there’s some rap in there, there’s some a lot of pop. There’s some just me on guitar. There’s some like crazy – there’s some crazy shit. A lot of vocals, choirs actually on thisone. Like now to be in with Warner, I have the resources to really take it there. So best believewe’re going there.

Damian: And I’m glad to hear that man. I will be watching from afar. I will be continue to support.

Bren Joy: I appreciate it. I appreciate it.

Damian: I definitely need you to shoutout your social media. How the fans can find you and your music.

Bren Joy: @BrenJoy on Instagram and @BrennenJoy everywhere else – Twitter, Facebook, all of that. Bren Joy on Spotify, Apple, music, all of that. My album’s called Twenties out right now.

Damian: Yeah, well I’m glad to meet and talk to you right now. I appreciate it. This another episode on #BeforeTheFame and we out.

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#BEFORETHEFAME |Shordie Shordie Talks About His First Gold Plaque “Bitchuary”, ‘Captain Hook’ Tour And More

 Warner Records artist from Baltimore, Maryland, Shordie Shordie been making heat wave this year from his most recent “Both Sides” release that’s over 4 million views, “Bitchuary” just went gold and having his first own tour this year entitled from his album ‘Captain Hook.’

Dame Dizzle stopped by Warner Records office to catch up with one of their new rising artist Shordie Shordie. We sat down to discuss his first gold single for “Bitchuary” , the ups and downs dealing with fame from being an artist, tours, why he cater to the women in his music and more.

Check out the full #BEFORETHEFAME interview below!

Talk Points:
0:28 – Discuss Being An Artist Coming From Baltimore
1:26 – Dealing with fame?
2:45 – Performing first time at Rolling Loud.
4:54: Favorite cities while traveling being an artist?
6:30: Why he caters to women in his music?
7:27 : What got you into music?

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Robnhood Tra Shares New Video For “No Cap” Feat. Lil Keed

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 Burgeoning Atlanta artist Robnhood Tra releases a new video for “No Cap” feat. Lil Keed from his forthcoming project Ferrari N A Junkyard. The news comes on the heels of a string of scorchers from Tra including the most recent titled “Robnhood Robnhood” and regional smashes “Trappin Worldwide” and “Thirty8.” The new video for “No Cap,” directed by Foolwiththecamera and featuring emerging ATL rapper Lil Keed, is a vibrant affair on a yellow set with both artists effortlessly trading lines. The expression “No Cap” means not a lietelling the truth or no exaggeration; and these guys are definitely not faking jacks.
RobhoodTra has been covered by the likes of PitchforkXXLWorldStarHipHopLyrical LemonadeHipHopDXElevator MagazineNoJumper and more. Watch the new video now and stay tuned for Ferrari N A Junkyard.

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Skyxxx Shares Warner Records Debut Single & Video For “Hotboy”

 Today, buzzworthy New York-born and Orlando-based rapper Skyxxx releases his debut single “Hotboy” via Warner Records. Feel the heat and get it HERE. This release marks the first single for Skyxxx on Warner Records since signing to the label less than a month ago. He also dropped a sizzling and sexy music video to accompany the track. In the clip, he dons a varsity jacket emblazoned with the word “Hellbound,” and he lights up the screen in each shot. Dancing through a retro hotel complete with throwback decor, buxom beauties surround him on a bed as he declares, “I’m a hotboy, with a whole lot of swagger and style. In just two minutes, he makes his presence known on this anthem, which is a fitting response to Megan Thee Stallion’s #HotGirlSummer, with all the makings of a hit single. Watch Skyxxx heat up the screen in the official music video directed by the rapper himself and Brightmindsent HERE.


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