February 26, 2017

Mel Gates aims to make hip-hop great again with first single off new album

BROOKLYN, NY – When Mel Gates was growing up as a child in Brooklyn, New York, there were two things he could always count on when he woke up on a weekend: good breakfast and wake up music.

“Those two things were always going on with my mom,” he said. “When we woke up on a Saturday or Sunday we always smelled good food cooking and we heard good music playing, like Anita Baker or Keith Sweat. Every weekend that’s what we would do, and it gave me a love for music just as a listener. Over the years I began to develop my own taste in music, and some of that was influenced by my uncle who would always play this old-school hip-hop. That’s how I became a hip-hop junkie. By the time I was 18 I was starting to think about wanting to rap. A good friend of mine wrote my first rhyme and I learned it and spit that one rhyme for like a whole year. People were always asking for that rhyme and it really encouraged me to start doing music on my own.”

Before a new music career could really launch for Gates, however, he found himself in trouble with the law and sentenced to two years in jail. Though he would never choose to repeat the experience, his time in jail did allow him to discover a passion for writing that he said he never would have otherwise realized.

“For some reason being in there and doing time, I started learning how to write for myself,” he said. “It was mostly violent lyrics, and in there people called me Murder Mel because everything I rapped about was hard-core. I became a battle rapper while I was in there, and every time a new guy would come to jail who could rap, they would come find me. Everyone started to call me Murder Mel. But as soon as I got out I realized I wouldn’t make money with that kind of name and those violent lyrics. So I transitioned to Mel Gates and became a little more commercial.”

Today Mel Gates is an accomplished hip-hop artist whose work has been featured on radio stations and blogs all along the northeast. His most recent single, “Show Me,” is set to drop at the end of February and showcases an evolution as an artist into the kind of musician that fans just can’t get enough of.

“It’s a club hit,” he said. “It’s a fun record – a ‘having a good time’ record. It has a really good sound that most people are probably going to compare to a Lean Back record or a Fat Joe record. It has that kind of energy to it; that feel of being a club banger. It’s basically about a group of guys coming into the club and looking to have a good night. We’re all looking to meet that one girl for the night, and when this record comes on they see this girl who is beautiful and amazing and doing movies on the dance floor that fits everything she’s representing. The name of the single is a nod to the idea of ‘show me some more.’”

Gates said he’s currently shooting a music video to accompany the release of the single. “Show Me” is also the first single off an album that he hopes to release in late April or early May. Fans who want to sample his music can check out his Soundcloud page or purchase his music on iTunes. Fans can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates about upcoming music releases or live performances.

Italian-American hip-hop artist drops hot new single ‘Gimme A Minute’

BETHLEHEM, PA – Most people who think about a hip-hop artist don’t think of an Italian-American. That demographic of U.S. Citizen doesn’t typically associate with that style of music.

Joey Capo breaks the mold. As a second-generation Italian-American whose ancestors immigrated from Abruzzo, Italy to America, Joey is all about representing his heritage while also embracing new avenues of expression through music. In fact, his approach to music creation is to use the greatness of those who have come before and find new ways of presenting that style of music in ways that are original and entertaining.

“I think of it like if you were going to be an artist following someone like Michelangelo,” he said. “You might use the same paint brush that he used, but you’re going to use it in a different way. That’s how I view my style of music. I use vocals and styles of hip-hop that people would recognize because it’s been used before, but it’s different and unique and original. One of the main ways you would notice that difference is that I like to keep more of a pop-type radio-thing to my vocals. I also like to bring more of an atmosphere of jazz and almost an open-mic type of vibe. I’m more poetic. I like to talk to people through my music. And, of course, having an Italian background helps me stand out all on its own.”

Joey’s grandfather – Joseph Cappelli, for whom Joey is named after – was a professional accordion player in an Italian band. Unlike some Italian boys at the time who pursued sports, Cappelli’s father encouraged him to learn music – and so he started learning every instrument he could and eventually created his own band. Eventually his father immigrated to the U.S., and though he passed away a year before Joey was born, his influence on the family was well established and would leave its mark on young Joey.

“Not only was I named after him, but I also inherited his love of music,” Joey said. “I was always interested in music, and I think that’s because a piece of him was a part of me. Growing up, my mom’s favorite type of music was hip-hop, which was not normal for an Italian family. She loved Biggie, and I grew up listening to him all the time. I love the artistry of that genre and the soul of R&B, and of course music as a general art-form. Eventually what was a hobby turned into a career.”

Recently Joey Capo dropped his single – a 4:25-long song called “Gimme A Minute.” It’s a song that he said was born out of his experiences of rising fame and success. With each new fan and each additional successful venture, he said it seemed like another person was pulling him in a different direction or critiquing him in a different way or suggesting something new.

“This song talks about letting me do me and take in this moment for a second without people trying to pull me in different directions or kill my vibe,” he said. “I really wanted to put a lot of creativity into it. There are a lot of flows and melodic feels, although it switches up toward the end. Ultimately, I’m talking about this idea of live and let live. Our world is filled with a lot of judgment and people tell you what to do and being critical. Let’s just allow people to live and not worry about drama. If we do that then we can all be on that sort of high that you get when things are positive. I want to reach out to people with this song and send out that message.”

Fans who want to purchase the single can download it on any of the digital streaming sites, such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and more. Fans can also check out more of Joey Capo’s music on his Soundcloud page or on his website at joeycapomusic.com. For more information about upcoming music releases or live performances, fans can follow him on social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

February 24, 2017

King Bing - "Sad Drunk and Lonely"

Check out King Bing and his new EP 'Sad Drunk and Lonely.'

February 23, 2017

BoofPaxkMooky - "New Phone"

BoofPaxkMooky is a 19 year old artist out of Greenville, NC, and today we are bringing his new track "New Phone," which can be streamed right now via Spotify.

Diego Stax - "Got Me Feelin'"

Up and coming LA artist Diego Stax his timelines recently with his new self-produced track "Got Me Feelin'." Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

Grammy-nominated songwriter releases first solo project with ‘Love Train’ EP

LOS ANGELES, CA – Asiahn has had a career that most musicians would kill for, and she’s still in her 20s. She’s collaborated with Dr. Dre on the Grammy-nominated single “Just Another Day” from the film “Straight Outta Compton” – with a vocal feature that made the final cut of the film. She’s written and provided vocals for the Billboard Hot 100 single “Booty” for Jennifer Lopez. She’s written one of Miley Cyrus’ hottest hits, “Hands In The Air.” And hundreds of other songs she’s written have been featured through multiple other artists and on various other television shows and films.

But despite all those accolades, she has never released her own solo project. That all changes with her eight-song EP “Love Train,” which dropped on Jan. 7 and is currently available on all digital download sites – such as iTunes, Spotify and more.

“A lot of people forget that I was an artist before I became a songwriter,” Asiahn (pronounced Ahh-Zee-Yahn) said. “I wrote my first song at age 9, but by then I had already started singing the national anthem at Hornets games and performing in singing competitions. I was signed by DCM Entertainment and Sony at age 15 and I recorded my first demo at Ludacris’ house. I didn’t start writing for others until 2011, and that really took off around 2013 and I’ve been writing for others ever since. People stuck me in writer-ville and forgot that I was an artist. But I really can sing. I’m not just a rapper who fiddles with songs – I can actually sing. People tell me all the time that I sound so amazing and that I should put out my own thing. I finally listened to them and created this EP.”

Asiahn said “Love Train” is an album that tells a story from beginning-to-end of the ups and downs of a romantic relationship. She said there are songs about break ups, pain, brutal truth, betrayal and new hope. She said the content of her lyrics are such that almost anyone will be able to relate to it, and her soulful vocals and smooth vibe create an experience that anyone listening will want to put on repeat and return to again and again.

“This project is completely real,” she said. “There are no made up stories. It’s all organic and you can feel it. I’m not always going off my own feelings and why I feel different, but what everyone says about what they feel in their relationships. I listen to what other people say they feel and the emotions they deal with, and I put that into my music. This album is completely me. It’s a project that shows you I’m facing my truth and my music and showing the world how that makes me different.”

The EP is executive produced by Grammy winning producer Cardiak, with co-production from Rahki, Bongo and Swift D. There are no features on the six songs or two interludes, however – it’s all Asiahn, raw and real and beautiful.

The first single off the album, “Faded,” sets the tone for the rest of the EP. She describes it as a mid-tempo song that could be played at a club or just on in the house or the car while people are chilling. It’s a song that talks about disregarding all the drama that the other person in a relationship might be creating and just embracing the things that make you happy and that you want to do.

“I’d rather be faded than think about all the messed up things you’ve done or promises you couldn’t keep,” Asiahn said. “I’d rather go out and have a good time and not even be around you.”

Fans who want to sample the single can find it, as well as links to the full EP, on her website asiabryant.com. Fans can also find out more about upcoming music releases or live performances by following her on social media at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

February 22, 2017

Vinnie Boom ft. Yo Gotti - "Drop That"

Vinnie Boom is an up and coming artist out of St. Louis, MO, and he recently linked up with Yo Gotti for his new track "Drop That." Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

Day Day P ft. LT - "Steady Habits"

Check out Day Day P and his new visual for "Steady Habits," which features fellow artist LT.

Styme - "Give Me Dem Racks"

We are back today with another new track from up and coming artist Styme. This one is entitled "Give Me Dem Racks," and it is the first single in preparation for his upcoming 'Congratulations' EP, which is due out late March. Give this new track a spin and let us know what you think.


Seattle's Tay Will returns with a new single titled "For Me." Stream the ShakirSoBased-produced track above.

Mookie Mardigra ft. Blac Youngsta - Rock Solid

The Decatur, GA based independent label FullBlown Ent has been making great strides since their launch in 2016 and with a roster boasting the likes of Mookie Mardigra, Euro Boss & Kemo Ea Star, the sky is the limit to their potential. With that said, the imprint recently released a brand new cut from Mookie Mardigra titled “Rock Solid” featuring CMG’s Blac Youngsta that has been garnering lots of attention. Give it a listen.