Zaena x Jason Maek channel both gospel and rap for their new song Be Great, which features a video set in a college dorm room and has the appearance of a Facebook livestream video.
With countless acclaimed guest appearances to his name, JuneLyfe has been steadily building his musical resume over the years while also running with the crews Cool Collective Reps, Retrospek, and the Winners. And now the Roxbury, MA native steps out on his own with his long awaited debut solo LP, Lyfe or Def. As the man says himself, this is quite literally his life in the form of a raw, gritty hip-hop album full of sharp lyricism, hard-hitting production, and impressive musicality.
Those qualities can be tied back to his stomping grounds of Roxbury, where influential artists ranging from New Edition to Edo G. called home. And their influence on June’s music is firmly cemented as he carries the torch proudly for his neighborhood. “My environment in Roxbury—my childhood and so forth—has developed into a certain passion and attitude that I will always carry with me everywhere I go,” he explains.
His passion comes through when he’s gritting his teeth on the menacing Doin’ The Most with Planet Asia and Daniel Son, and when he’s showing his funkier side on What It Look Like. And then there’s the life-contemplating lead single Rotation with SPNDA, REKS, and Dua (of Bad Rabbids). The musicality of Lyfe or Def also bleeds through on the instrumental interludes that provide a strong sense of cohesion.
Everything about ‘Lyfe or Def” comes together on the album itself but also in the way that June talks about it. He’s frank in discussing the difficulties he overcame to figure out how he would represent himself as a solo artist, and he put in the work to define who he is as a person. “I had to live more, read more, be more empathetic, have more integrity, be a little more vulnerable,” he says. “All these things have helped in the manifestation of the growth presented on the record.”
Lyfe or Def is available now through all major DSPs via Brick Records. To coincide with the release, June is sharing a new video for the standout track Hide N Seek (Shango Mask), a gritty burner produced by Crypto. Director Trill Is Bliss complements the borderline-chilling vibe perfectly with VHS-stylized visuals that, in 2019, prove that certain styles are simply timeless—like “Lyfe or Def” itself.
During the past few months, ShooterGang Kony has been focused on promoting the release of his Second Hand Smoke project, serving up singles like the Sada Baby-assisted Shoot Front the Reverend and Charlie.
Now, the young Sacramento rapper is releasing the album in its entirety. Comprised of 13 new tracks, ShooterGang Kony’s Second Hand Smoke LP features collaborations with Nef The Pharaoh, DaBoii, Mike Sherm and Sada Baby.
The project serves as his first multi-tracking offering of 2019.
Stream it here
Buzzing R&B songstress Dounia has released her new album THE SCANDAL today. Featuring a guest appearance from Dounia’s unpredictable Arabic speaking alter ego, Moroccan Doll on the track Lowkey Grl, “THE SCANDAL” features 12 tracks all written by Dounia.
Amidst a very productive year, Dounia’s star continues to shine. Since the spring, the bubbling-under recording artist has zig-zagged North America playing a number of major music festivals including BUKU Music + Arts Festival, SunFest and Soundset.
She’ll continue the festival circuit this summer and fall embarking on her first Europe festivals in August and Rolling Loud Bay Area on September 28th in Oakland.
Stream “THE SCANDAL” here
Known for mastering various music styles and creating genre-bending hits, naturally, we’ll catch a vibe with XXXTENTACION‘s latest posthumous single, Royalty, available at all digital retailers now.
The sultry and hard Caribbean dancehall beat–produced by renowned Jamaican producer JonFx–jolts into a melodic flow with X flexin’ his Jamaican descent. Then, he’s fittingly followed by verses from Jamaican royalty Ky-Mani Marley, Vybz Kartel, and Stefflon Don.
“Royalty” marks the first official single off of XXXTENTACION’s upcoming album Bad Vibes Forever [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE], which is set to include features from some of today’s top artists.
Stream “Royalty” here
Iggy Azalea’s highly-anticipated sophomore album In My Defense is out today and to accompany this release, Azalea has unleashed another video masterpiece for album track F*** It Up featuring Kash Doll. The ladies put their own spin on the cult classic comedy, “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” with a special guest appearance from YouTube celebrity Nikita Dragun.
The four-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum artist will celebrate this release with two headline shows: tonight (7/19) in Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre in partnership with TIDAL and on July 24 in New York City at The Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out.
Stream “In My Defense” here
Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, celebrated actor, and multi-talented artist Anthony Ramos makes his Republic Records debut with the release of Dear Diary. A heartening confessional, “Dear Diary” sets the tone and marks the introduction to his forthcoming full-length album.
Get the single here
Noveliss of Detroit group Clear Soul Forces releases the latest visual Train of Thought of his most recent solo project Metal Face Hokage.
Produced by Def Dee from Seattle, the track perfectly captures the Detroit sound coined by people such as J.Dilla and Black Milk. Heavy snares and futuristic sounds create the perfect soundscape for Noveliss who takes you on a lyrical journey on “Train of Thought”.
From environmental protection, the political landscape, gun laws, the MC’s favorite comics, anime, and manga, or just the information we all consume from news outlets on a daily basis; Noveliss leaves it all on the track.
The Video itself showcases the MC walking his own path, protecting what he holds near and dear to his heart, his ideals. Even willing to fight any pursuer that gets in the way. “In the end when the odds aren’t all in your favor it’s ok to regroup and and walk down the path again. Learn from all experiences and move forward.“
Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Kim Viera releases her brand new single Ay Ay Ay featuring Pitbull today. Kim’s sultry vocals ride over the summer-ready production verse by verse leading up to an addictive catchy hook. The Pitbull collaboration adds an extra flair creating a dance-ready hit.
Stream the single here