Tuesday, April 24, 2018

{ INDUSTRY NEWS } @MeekMill Released from Jail

Meek Mill Is Released From Jail Today

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In a recent update, it seems as if Meek Mill's legal battles have paid off as he is officially released from jail as of today, April 24th. Reportedly, Kevin Hart visited Mill earlier Tuesday [today] & was informed that he'd be released today. Hart took to Twitter & the news went viral.

According to WTTV news, a 'Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to release Mill immediately' after finding that one of the arresting officers was on a proven list of 'corrupt officers'. In addition, WTTV states that 'Mill will be out on unsecured bail while appealing a 10 year-old drug & gun' case.

For those who do not know the extent of the charges and why Mill was convicted in the first place, allow me to offer some enlightenment:

In 2017, there was an instant in March where Mill was involved in a 'airport brawl' and later in August he was reportedly arrested for 'reckless endangerment'. However, both of these cases were dropped by the presiding judge over the cases. Continuing to state that Mill had still violated his probation, which he had been on from a previous drug charge before these two initial instances, even though the cases were dropped. In the event of his violation of probation, he was sentenced to a 2 - to - 4 year sentence.

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Nonetheless, this is good news for the Wins and Losses rapper, as he can now pick his career up where he left off and start the rebuilding process.

Upon his release, he took to Twitter to thank 'God, family, friends, & attorneys', among others such as 'Jay-Z, Micheal Rubin, fans' and more. He relates the last 5 months to being a 'nightmare' and that everyone's 'prayers, visits & calls' helped him remain positive. Going on to state that he will utilize his platform to bring awareness to an unjust justice system and understands that he is blessed to 'have the resources to fight this ... situation'. He also noted that "many people of color across the country don't have that luxury", in which fuels his plan to use his platform as a way to shine a light on those issues.

In the meantime, Mill reports he will be working closely with his legal team to 'overturn ... unwarranted conviction' and he's looking forward to 'reuniting with family & resuming [his] music career'.

I, for one, am glad he is going to utilize his platform to showcase the unfairness of what is supposedly a just system for everyone. I am looking forward to seeing how he manages to fight this battle with, maybe, some new music on the horizon that portrays the horrors & offers subsequent solutions.

If you're like me, you appreciate when an artist uses a platform they have to do good. To make unheard situations heard & bring light to issues others are trying to keep in the dark. So, kudos to Meek Mill & the rest of the artists doing the same.


Thanks for reading. For more information on Meek Mill's release, you can visit the website that assisted me in creating this update: WTTV 4 News. And be sure to follow Meek Mill on Twitter @MeekMill to stay updated on his upcoming projects and how he plans on handling this newfound sense of enlightenment.

Until next time...

Rachel Marie

For more by this writer, visit her official Facebook page & be sure to check out her other blog, The Underground Artistry.

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In other music news, KXNG Crooked I has officially announced he'll be leaving the Slaughterhouse crew for good. And with Joe Budden retired & we rarely hearing from Joell Ortiz, the group's practically unheard of now. Consisting of the aforementioned & Royce da 5'9, Slaughterhouse was a hip-hop super group. They've been active since 2008-- until recently & we haven't heard much from the group itself since 2012 with Welcome to Our House.

Aside from a few features here from one or two of them; Royce has been more active than the rest of the crew from his last album release in 2017, Good vs Evil II: The Red Empire to his feature on King Los' Everybody's a B*tch, also featuring Hopsin, last year. Then there's his latest, Boblo Boat with J. Cole, which was released March 23rd this year and happens to be one of the singles from his upcoming album, Book of Ryan. Take a look at the video below & let me know what you think about it in the comments. And don't forget to let me know if you're looking forward to Royce's new album, Book of Ryan, which releases May 4th.

BOBLO BOAT | Royce da 5'9" ft. J. Cole

Nonetheless, KXNG Crooked I has announced his split from the group & this makes it official to the split of the group. Royce states he 'supports anything he wants to do' and Crooked went on to say that 'it's all love'. So, there's no animosity among the crew just different paths are being explored right now. And Crooked is supposedly releasing a solo album in the upcoming year, so that's something to look forward to in addition to Royce's Book of Ryan, set to come out later this year.

As for Ortiz, he still puts out a single here and there; jumps on the mic for rap battles & even does a few features. His last album was in 2016 when he released That's Hip-Hop, which was preceded by his album House Slippers in 2014. And as for an upcoming solo project, nothing has been announced and if there is a solo project in the works, I hope it's a collaborative with his Slaughterhouse crew. But, even if it's not, I'm pretty sure it will be one to own because Ortiz is a beast on the mic & in the booth

As for Joe Budden, he's claimed retirement & hasn't planned on releasing anything new anytime soon, at least not musically anyhow. He's been MIA on the music scene since 2016 when Rage & the Machine was released, which was preceded by All Love Lost in 2015. However, despite his retirement from music, we've never really been starving for content from Budden because his podcasts are posted weekly on YouTube. But, in addition to the podcasts, he currently just announced his new series on YouTube called "Pull Up", and you can catch the first episode below. It's basically like The View, but with men & not in a fancy setting. It's a basic luncheon with discussions of music, artists--like Tekashi 6ix9ine was spoken about in this episode--and he discusses other topics as well. Take a look at the first episode below, which features Charlamagne tha God, Maino, Casanova, & Wayno and then let me know what you think about it in the comments.


Despite the falling apart of Slaughterhouse, the crew still supports each other & Royce stated, 'their like brothers...all of them; I support everything they do'. Which is amazing. Most groups disband & you only hear animosity towards the members or one beefing with another, so I'm glad that's not the case here because I really like this group.

As for the proposed album, Glass House, which will be the entire group together again... maybe we'll get that one day. But, as for now, they're doing their own thing & I'm all here for it. Let me know what you think in the comments about Royce's new album, Budden's new YouTube series, and what you'd like to see from the rest of the crew.

Be sure to follow the crew on Twitter to remain updated on what they've got going on & what's coming up in the future for the crew, collectively as well as individually:

As usual, thanks for reading. You guys are awesome. Share the content & share your thoughts in the comments. Let me know what your thoughts are about the split of the group, their upcoming projects, and anything you'd like to tell me. Is there a story you'd like me to cover? Drop the comments below.

Until next time...

Rachel Marie

If you'd like more on this author, follow her official Facebook page and her other blog, The Underground Artistry.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

[NEW MUSIC] B Cole "BANKROLL" | @BCole206

B.Cole is making his way into the upper echelon of the hip-hop world. Making noise just as the 12th man does in Seattle on a Sunday afternoon during football season. Cole finds himself going after the “Bankroll” quite hard in the new single.

“Bankroll” produced by Jordy Sam follows up the spark single “F’N Wit U” that still is picking up left and right on major platforms. To note that you’re “fucking with the winning team” tells you even more about how the Seattle artist is taking over 2018 so far with the song.

Could this be the summer of 2018’s new anthem? The push to become greater and go beyond is what answers that question! The high energy that B.Cole shows in his music is beyond most artists at his level. He proves that he is the champ and that losing is no option. Cole thrives and works daily to come out on top and sets an example for new artists in this age. When the game is crowded by mumble rap and obnoxious lyrics, Cole proves that real hip-hop exists. “Bankroll” isn’t just a record of “Money Making”, it’s motivation to move up in the world and that no matter your situation you can make a name for yourself. Cole is sure to be the hottest new artist of the year and he defines himself being #SelfMade because at the end of the day his lyrics prove he’s the best! With tracks such as “U Know It” “From Da Trap” and “F’N WIT U” Bankroll is just another banger that can be added to his vault of great hits! High energy and powerful vocal ability, the lengths that Cole goes to are impeccable. Artists dream of one day breaking the industry, and it seems B.Cole is on his way.


Radio Diaries: What is TuneIn Radio?

Radio Diaries: What is TuneIn Radio?

As you may know, not all radio stations are created equal. And the listeners aren't equal either. With the majority of people spending more times on their smartphones, AM/FM radio--though not obsolete--doesn't get as much play as it used to because most people own some sort of streaming subscription to an online radio station. And with the variety these stations come with, can you really blame them for converting? Although AM/FM radio does happen to be the most played format in cars due to some cars not being "connected"--basically meaning they come wi-fi enabled with internet radio stations built into the system or able to be connected via consumer's account profiles. And then you have the consumers who really can't afford the connected vehicles, so it limits their radio variety/choices. Despite that fact, however, still less than 10% of streamed audio comes from commercial radio like AM/FM. Not to mention, studies have disclosed that "by 2020, 75% of new cars are expected to be “connected” to digital services..." [read full article].*

Nonetheless, with most vehicles having access to auxiliary ports these days, people can now take their radio on the go via the usage of aux cords, which really changes the game even more because people can be listening to something at home and end up having to leave. So, instead of interrupting their streaming, they just hook up & go. How modern day is that? Cool, right?

There's numerous internet radio stations & streaming services to choose from and you can have a subscription to all of them if you'd like, whatever your preference.

Most of these have free subscription options, others you have to pay for in advance & then again on a monthly basis, such as Deezer, Amazon music, SiriusXM. However, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, & TuneIn have a free subscription option --though you'll have to deal with the occasional ad commercials--that can benefit those with tight budgets &/or those that just don't feel streaming/radio vices is something they want to invest their money in.

With so many options, which one do you pick? I'd recommend the TuneIn radio app [above] over any of the other services. You can get the app from any app store & download it for free. Not to mention, you get access to over 100,000 stations, including sports, news, music, podcasts. Any genre of music, any style: it's there. You can listen to your favorite programming for free live & on-demand.

You can even favorite a specific station in order for it to be first on the list when you open your app. When you close the app out & reopen it, your last station played will be the first one you see so you don't have to search for it all over again. Another reason is because I've had just about all of the services at one point, and the only one I've stuck with is TuneIn. It is the most convenient because it can truly be omnipresent: everywhere you are, TuneIn can be.

Despite the fact there's so many other services available, I will still continue to utilize my TuneIn radio app. For the iPhone/iPad users, you can get your app here from the iTunes app store. And for all other phones/devices, you can get the app from Amazon here.

When you download the app, be sure to check out some of the hottest stations: Platinum Radio is actually one of the stations on TuneIn & one of the main reasons I got the app to begin with; the hottest hip-hop & R&B from the fastest growing phenomenon on the net: Platinum Radio.

Not to mention, I actually host the morning show on Platinum Radio: Rise And Shine With Rae. (You can check that out here on Facebook & here on Instagram)

Well, I hope you enjoyed the info; I'm glad to have been a service to you. I hope you'll try the app & enjoy it as much as I have to keep it on your device(s).

And if you really would like to listen to Platinum Radio on TuneIn, just go here.

Thanks for 'tuning in'...until next time...

Rachel Marie 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bk Cashmere - Untouchable (Directed by Wolf Mobb Visuals)

Bk Cashmere Drops The First Single "Untouchable" off His New Project "10" Coming Soon...
Video Shot by Sincerely Scoob for Wolf Mobb Visuals

Saturday, March 10, 2018

YouTube's New Exclusive: Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water
Watch on YouTube Red Today!

Step Up: High Water

Everyone's favorite dance movie goes from the big screens to the small ones in YouTube's latest exclusive, Step Up: High Water. You've heard of the Step Up movies & probably have seen each of them. These movies intertwine some of the hottest dance moves with some of the hottest tracks.

The first Step Up movie debuted in 2006 & starred Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan. Twelve years later, the Step Up franchise is still dancing to the beat & making people move right along with them, only in a different format. Not to mention, & I didn't know this until I researched the show, but Tatum & Dewan met on the set of the 2006 movie & in 2009, they got married. Now they're contributing producers for Step Up: High Water. And, adding to the dance series, the cast also does tutorial videos that show you how to do some of the most epic dance performances from the show. How cool is that?
Step Up: High Water (Cast photo)

Let's get to the coolest cast since Channing & Jenna:

Tal & Janelle: fraternal twins played by Petrice Jones & Lauryn McClain. After their mom gets arrested on drug charges in Ohio, they end up having to move to Atlanta to live with their Uncle Al, played by Faizon Love.

While dealing with being the new kids on the block, the twins get invited to a party being thrown by their neighbor, Dondre, played by Marcus Mitchell. In the midst of mixing & mingling, Janelle runs into one of High Water's own, Rigo--played by Terrence Green. He approached her & asked her to dance, which led to the unforgettable entrance of Poppy's character--Rigo's ex-- played by Kendra Oyesanya. Poppy & Janelle's run-in isn't exactly a pleasant one, which kicks off the rival between the two. The controversy starts the dialogue that offers Janelle the information she's been looking for: High Water is located in Atlanta.

Surprised by the news, she wants her brother, Tal to cover for her while she auditions for a spot in the school. The day of open auditions she runs into characters Odalie, played by Jade Chynoweth, & Davis, played by Carlito Olivero. Through auditioning, she meets the DJ, King--played by Eric Graise. She also meets the school administrator, Collette Jones, played by the beautiful Naya Rivera, & the founder of the school, Sage Odom, played by the infamous Ne-Yo.

I can't really disclose anymore information without actually giving away the show's most minuscule details that only one who watches the show would be able to know. I've watched the first four episodes, which YouTube Red allows: you can watch the first four episodes for free. However, to catch the rest of the show a paid subscription to YouTube Red is needed. The subscription is only $9.99 a month and well worth it. This show alone will make this purchase worth your wild.

To begin your subscription & start watching Step Up: High Water, click here. All episodes began streaming January 31st so you're not too far behind.

Not to mention, when you purchase the subscription to YouTube Red you can also play your videos offline. So, if you want to watch an episode later, after school, work, or whenever you get a free moment: you can. You can download the videos to a playlist created by you in order to watch offline whenever you feel like it.

I'm including the trailer for the show below; then, following, are the links to follow the cast members on Twitter & Facebook. Be sure to click the links to follow the cast & support the members of the show & the show itself.

I appreciate you visiting & reading up on the latest entry in the Step Up franchise & I hope you enjoy the show as much as I have. #KeepWatching


Main Cast Members:

Janelle -- Lauryn McClain -- FaceBook/Twitter
Tal -- Petrice Jones -- FaceBook/Twitter
Dondre -- Marcus Mitchell -- FaceBook/Twitter
Rigo -- Terrence Green -- FaceBook/Twitter
King -- Eric Graise -- FaceBook 
Poppy -- Kendra Oyesanya -- FaceBook/Twitter
Odalie -- Jade Chynoweth -- FaceBook/Twitter
Davis -- Carlito Olivero -- FaceBook/Twitter
Ms. Collette Jones -- Naya Rivera -- FaceBook/Twitter
Sage Odom -- Ne-Yo -- Facebook/Twitter

Step Up: High Water | Cast | Dance Intros

I hope you enjoyed the content. Be sure to follow the cast: they're amazingly talented artists & will definitely inspire you to get up & move. 

Subscribe to the show, #StepUpHighWater, on #YouTube here!


Rachel Marie

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

[MUSIC] Eastside Boyz "GETTEM" | @eastsideboyzATL

Big Sam and Lil Bo

About The Eastside Boyz

In 1996 the Eastside Boyz aka known as Big Sam and Lil Bo began their rise to fame when they released a song with “The King of Crunk” himself Lil Jon titled “Who You Wit”. The song was originally written by Big Sam back in 1993. The song blew up all over the Atlanta region and worldwide within the first year. In 1997 the group signed with Mirror Image Records and then recorded their first official full album titled Who You Wit Get Crunk which in turn went gold. As the hype was building for the group they built a solid foundation for themselves and in 2001 Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz signed their first major/indie deal with TVT Records. The group remained on TVT Records from 2001-2005 which under this time managed to release 4 full albums, Put Your Hood Up (Which went Platinum), King of Crunk (2x Platinum), Part II, Crunk Juice ( 3x Platinum). Other than the platinum status of each of their albums also appeared in various TV shows such as Soul Plane and made an appearance in a movie in 2012 titled Recognize.

  Making a Comeback 

The Eastside Boyz minus  Lil Jon titled GETTEM was released in the spring of 2016 seems to be the spring anthem even in 2018.The single has over 264,000 streams and continuing to rise. The single has no sign of slowing down. With the high energy that everyone loves from the southern rap genre, this single is sure to get you on your feet. The single has also been used for a ATLANTA FALCONS highlight video that was surfaced on YOUTUBE. Guest features contain artists as Bonecrusher, Don P, and Lil LA from Trillville a legend with the crunk sound. You can find the single on all streaming sites including SPOTIFY and APPLE MUSIC.






Thursday, February 22, 2018



The truth is "Nothing ever came without work - Nothing ever happens behind fear. It's life, just live your dream. There's a up and coming rapper from the DMV area that lives this truth.

The artist that goes by the name of Nyke Ness presents his version of "Roll In Peace." His two-minute freestyle version displays his passion for metaphors and witty wordplay and the production by ABID. With only two weeks of Soundcloud streams ranking over 1100, it has people screaming - "Kodak who?".

Repping the 'Dopamean' brand, Nyke Ness, and the DME Team aim to take 2018 by storm!! This group of collective DMV talent pride themselves on using witty punch lines and creative delivery. This regimen has penetrated the ear canals of their fans; just as many of their favorite emcees have done before (Biggie, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Drake, Vic Mensa, Etc.).

With that said, Nyke Ness would like no comparisons as he aims to create his lane of his own with his spin on the new age rap game. His creative flows and magnetic delivery will command the attention of all that listen. Be sure to connect with Nyke Ness on all social media circuits. He'll be coming to an ear canal near you.




Teen Sensation, Alyssa Colon makes her mark with New Single, "I'm Gucci"

Long Island, New York is home to 16-year- old singer Alyssa Colón. Since beginning her musical journey at age three, Alyssa has never stopped singing to her own beat. When asked about the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a musical career, Alyssa reflects on her relationship with late grandfather. A true musician himself, her grandfather would often play guitar, and eventually taught Alyssa how to sing along. This special bond is significant in Alyssa’s career, as it paved the way for her future in music. As Alyssa’s grandfather continued to coach her, she began to learn the fabric of her own sound. I continued to grow as a singer, and it made me want to do music, said Alyssa. As she kept perfecting her craft, she also ventured into playing instruments, specifically with piano.
This is a true reflection of the artist’s commitment to exceeding any boundaries, as the singer does not believe in limiting herself in her career. Music means so much to me, said Alyssa. So many of my favorite artists, like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, have an impact on their fans through their words, and I want to put that kind of impact on others. The 16-year- old makes it her mission to be somebody in this industry that fans and listeners can relate to and rely on for support. Through spreading light and positivity, she continues to do just that.

 Looking to the future, the singer hopes to put a lasting impact on people who come to her music. She plans to go the extra mile to inspire people in the process, and do so much more than merely releasing music just to do so. “I love music and being an artist in general. Putting out music is a different story, and though I plan to do that, I also want to help people,” said Alyssa. Through the positive message delivered through her meaningful lyrics, she hopes to brighten up someone’s day, day in and day out. Whether it is on tour or at a stop along the way, Alyssa’s desire is for her fans to feel comfortable relying on her through life experiences. Her musical style, which includes pop mixed with a RnB feel, is extremely versatile.

Her overall artistic persona is something that sets her apart from the rest. “My music is going to be different," said Alyssa. I want to do a mix of things that other artists aren’t currently doing. I want to bring back the RnB vibe, and I feel I can do that with my voice and style of music." There are major things in the work for this talented singer, and the sky is the absolute limit. Her current single, “I’m Gucci” is a teenage girl’s perspective of being very confident with goals.

Alyssa is serving bossiness on this track and is warning her peers that are hanging out, that she has a totally different agenda. The hook ” I’m Gucci, I’m Bougie, and I can be a little snooty, Don’t test me, Don’t mess with me, but you will see a lot of press about me!” Here I am making my mark, selling hits and I’m gonna to spark.” is very catchy.

Alyssa is definitely bound for stardom with this hit and will be serving more in the near future. We won’t be letting the cat out of the bag. You’re just going be in suspense until she drops another one with a very notable artist in the hip-hop game. Stay tuned for major things in the works for this talented singer.

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[MUSIC] "One Night" by Anonamous Feat Tracy The Rarebreed | @AnonamousLife

Up and coming Ohio artist has been taking the internet by storm with his newly released single and it’s steadily gaining momentum.  Since it’s January 2018 release the record has been placed on top radio stations internet and FM such as Bigshot Radio, Straight Official radio, Blazin’ 92.3, The Wiz 97.9 and more. Other than the major stations that caught on to this highly recognized record, some major Djs and even some major labels have caught wind of this up and coming artists movement.

The record is a high energy anthem giving you the motivation to go out and get it. Some would compare this with a new age club anthem but that isn’t the case, mixed with tight bars “Anonamous” comes in with some very catchy singing which brings out the RnB favor that most records are converting to. What sets this record apart from most is the message that this song brings and the eagerness to win. Anonamous makes it very clear within this record that he is far from a one-hit wonder. Mentions of being national on the Digital Radio Tracker (DRT) charts is an understatement. With one tour completed and another coming soon, could “One Night” be his access to the industry? Anonamous brings the flame and the dedication to make his movement thrive. You can sit and listen to this record over and over, and it is sure to hype you up and get your motivated to follow your dreams. Winning is sure in this young artist future and you can be sure to hear more from this artist.

You can download this single on all digital platforms including ITunes, Amazon, google play, etc. Go and support this hot artist as he’s about to take off!