Monday, January 15, 2018

[MUSIC] Joyner Lucas "I'm Not Racist" | @JoynerLucas

Many rappers have gone to the extent to bring up real world and social issues, but currently, there’s a lot of talk about Joyner Lucas. Joyner Lucas hit the nail on the head with his latest single “I’m Not Racist”. This single is sure one to make you think about the kind of world that we live in. The visuals that come to mind with every lyric bring nothing but truth and really speaks to everyone. The social injustice of today’s world is really brought to light and in the eyes of not just one race but two sides.

The controversy that this record brings is unbelievable. The song starts out with the perception of a white man stating his views on the black race and ends with an open mind stating, “There are two sides to every story and I wish that I knew yours”. The second verse comes in from the black man's perspective on the issue and the states his side as abrupt as can be towards his audience. The song concludes with the words “There are two sides to every story and now you know mine”. Once the verse concludes the two men in the video hugged it out to show their understanding where they stand on the issue.

Many songs speak to you and make you relate in some form or fashion, but this one speaks to the majority of hip-hop listeners because it brings what hip-hop is meant to bring a message. A message of unfair justice, and inequality. What affect does this song have on the world? The lyrics themselves could make a difference in society, it’s just people must listen to the lyrics to understand where to take it from here. Joyner really made an impact on the culture with this record. It truly states the injustice that we hear about every day in our society. What makes it different though is you can now witness it from both sides of the spectrum.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


East Coast Duo, 4 Real Light Up the Streets With Their New Mixtape/Ep,  #4Matic

When you are seeking a storyline behind the everyday struggle - Hip-Hop Duo of 4 Real, De_Graaf & J-Don are the solution. The storyline to be heard is on their most recent compilation, 4Matic. The 11-track mixtape/EP has several talented producers like Two4Flex, Easy European, Decicco; just to name a few. 4 REAL 
De_Graaf, who grew up in Elmont NY has always had a passion for music since a young child. Some of the East Coast influences included Nas, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls. Often many misconstrued De_Graaf's passion for music as a hobby. Someone told him “You Should Take This Serious,” and this inspired him to channel his energy into making it a reality. At that moment, he partnered with J-Don to create a solid plan to reveal to the world.

4 Real 
The other half of 4 Real, J-Don was born In Flatbush, Brooklyn; but raised In Elmont, NY. The love that J-Don has for music can be heard in his delivery. Growing up during his elementary school days, During breaks, He & his friends would rap in the back of the class. This is where he earned the name “Jada” for his resemblance to “Jadakiss” & his impeccable bars inspired by his favorite rapper “Meek Mill.” For the record, J-Don has a story to tell, and he wants you to experience it. J-Don & Graaf has put in work and often spent many days writing over beats. They both realize that it was time to take things to the next level. The 4 Real duo plan to present the "Real" in Hip-Hop with their aspiring vocals and uptempo beats. Both De_Graaf and J-Don have a desire to create a new sound in the rap industry. Don't forget to check out their debut first project “4Matic”. It is streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, DatPiff and other digital music outlets everywhere.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

[NEW MUSIC] Halsey "BAD AT LOVE" | @halsey

The year is definitely off to a great start with new music from Halsey. Her latest album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was #47 on the Billboard chart last week, but this week it moved up to #39. With a peak position at #1, it almost seems as if her latest single, "Bad at Love", is giving her album a boost to climb the charts back into the number one spot.

"Bad at Love" was released off the artist's sophomore album. Along with other singles such as "Now or Never" and features with The Chainsmokers' smashing title "Closer" and G-Eazy's hit title "Him & I", the #1 spot has never looked more claimed.

A New Jersey native, Halsey is an anagram of her real name, Ashley. In an earlier interview, Halsey stated that her stage name is actually in reference to a street name in Brooklyn in which she spent a lot of her time growing up.

The new year looks bright for this artist as she performs for the first time at this year's Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29th. {You can get your tickets for that show HERE starting January 19th!}

Halsey's electrifying pop sounds and undeniable lyrical ingenuity has made her one of the artists to watch of 2018. Though named "Rising Star" by Billboard in 2015, this artist is just now really beginning to make waves. Not to mention, her latest album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom has literally made Halsey a part of history, as she is part of a foursome of solo female artists to ever chart #1 on the Billboard Top 200. She's in good company with artists like Lady Gaga, Solange & Barbra Streisand being the other three solo female artists to ever chart the Billboard Top 200 at the #1 spot.

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
Here's her hit single that is literally taking the radio by storm, "Bad at Love":

Halsey: Bad at Love

If you like the song, you can purchase the single HERE from iTunes --or HERE from Amazon. 
You can also pick up her full album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, from iTunes HERE --or HERE from Amazon.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Top 3 Albums Set for January Release

So many new artists emerged in 2017, the scene seemed a bit crowded. However, last year was a big year in music with releases from artists such as Eminem, Taylor Swift, Drake, Mary J. Blige, and many more. The mutation of the music industry literally happened overnight...we had singles and mix-tapes dropping literally in the middle of the night leaving well-known artists having to come up with new ways to reemerge to remain relevant; all while the newbies utilized the virtual world to their advantage with apps like, YouTube and YouNow among others to capitalize off their fanbases.

What will the new year bring us? With speculation around album releases from Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Tinashe, and others, here's a list of some definite releases for 2018.

When she left Fifth Harmony to make her stand as a solo artist, there were doubts that she'd be able to even share the same spotlight as her Harmony sisters. However, with Billboard hits like Havana that actually hit #1 & others like Bad Things (ft. Machine Gun Kelly) & I Know What You Did Last Summer as well as others that hit within the top 20 on the Billboard charts, she's definitely turned the doubters into fans.

With her debut self-titled album coming out January 12, 2018, more Billboard hits are sure to follow. Her debut album will also feature pre-released hits like "Never Be the Same" & "Real Friends". We'll have the links for you to purchase that album as soon as it drops so STAY TUNED!

If you don't know the name, you've definitely heard the artist...from the Number 1 hit song "See You Again" with Wiz Khalifa as somewhat of a tribute song for Paul Walker at the end of Furious 7. Puth is set to release his new album, Voicenotes on January 19th.

With hits like his feature "See You Again", his original "Attention", "We Don't Talk Anymore" with Selena Gomez, and his original "One Call Away" this is an artist a lot of fans are awaiting a new album from. "See You Again" spent 52 weeks on the Billboard chart and his upcoming album is bound to have hits that peak at #1 & more than likely spend even more time on the chart.

Stay tuned to the blog because we'll have that link available for you to purchase his album as soon as it drops.

Oh-M-Gee!! Who remembers Fall Out Boy? Fall Out Boy hasn't had a Billboard hit since 2015 and peaked at #9 with their first Billboard hit "Dance, Dance" in 2006.

Fall Out Boy hit the scene in the early 2000's and were a big hit among the alternative pop-rock fans. I was one of them. And I, as well as others, are beyond excited for this long awaited album release titled M A N I A, which ALSO drops January 19th.

With their last album being released 3 years ago --Make America Psycho Again-- this group has been slacking; their music has a nostalgic feeling because it takes you back to other artists like Blink 182 & Red Hot Chili Peppers & No Doubt. Popular back then isn't always popular now, but Fall Out Boy has a vast enough fan base that could put this album at the number 1 spot. And We. Are. Ready! Yes!

And their single "Hold Me Tight or Don't" from M A N I A is climbing the charts as I want that song? Check the links below to watch the video & make that purchase. You can pre-order this album below as well.

Once again, STAY TUNED to the blog because Fall Out Boy's album drops the same day as the aforementioned artist & ALL THREE albums will be available for purchase RIGHT HERE on this blog!!


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You can PRE-ORDER her upcoming album on Amazon HERE to be ahead of the game & the crowd. Listen early by pre-ordering your own copy! You can also purchase & view the video for her #1 hit "Havana" HERE!

You can find Charlie Puth here:


You can view the video for "See You Again" HERE & you can purchase that song and others from the hit movie Furious 7's soundtrack HERE!

You can find Fall Out Boy here:


You can PRE-ORDER their upcoming album on Amazon HERE & you can also view the video & purchase their hit single off the M A N I A album "Hold Me Tight or Don't" HERE!

As anyone who loves music already knows, release dates are subject to change & sometimes do. So, with the dates given being the update, they can --and may-- still change. Nonetheless, I'll have you guys updated with that if it happens.

And as usual, thank you for visiting! Stay tuned for posts of expected & updated release dates for some of the hottest albums set to release in 2018.

Until next time...

Rachel Marie

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Monday, January 1, 2018

[TRIBUTE] RIP @ChesterBe | @LinkinPark

Early Years of Linkin Park

Linkin Park an American rock band consisting of Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell, and Chester Bennington. They began their journey into the music industry in 1996 in Agoura Hills, California by three high school friends Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. After the three friends graduated from, Agoura Hills High School, their passion for music decided to take them to the rough journey of pursuing their dreams within the music scene. During this transition they came across Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell and Mark Wakefield who become the newest members of the band, then called Xero. The struggles of becoming an overnight sensation proved to be a reality as they cut their first tape titled “Xero”. The success of the tape was at a stalemate which caused Wakefield to venture off to find more successful opportunities, and left the band without a lead vocalist. 

In March of 1999 the bands search for a lead vocalist was over, the band was introduced to Chester Bennington, an Arizona Native, by the then vice president of Zomba Music, Jeff Blue. Bennington had experience and fit the bill in what the band was looking for because of his unique singing style. Bennington was formerly a part of a grunge band by the name of “Grey Daze”, and become the top prospect for the band. 

Shortly after bringing Bennington on board, the band agreed to change its name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. The connection between Shinoda and Bennington really help the band revive after the utter disappointment of their last project, and the loss of their earlier lead singer, Wakefield. In 1999 the band put together their first EP titled Hybrid Theory. The band decided that it was time to change the name of the band from XERO to “Linkin Park” which was in memory of a Santa Monica park, Lincoln Park, which was changed to Christine Emerson Reed Park, but chose “Linkin” so they could aquire the online domain Jeff Blue worked and renegotiated his contract with Warner Brothers Records to include Linkin Park signing under the terms, so Linkin Park got their shot at fame after failing on three different occasions. 

October 24th, 2000 Linkin Park under the direction of Warner Brothers records release a remastered version of their EP, to create their very first LP “Hybrid Theory”. The record contained such songs as Crawling, In The End, and a Cure for the itch which went on and sold 4.8 million within the first year. Hybrid Theory went on to to win the “Best Ever Rock Album” in 2001. Following the release of Hybrid Theory, the band created the remixes of their previous project titled “Reanimation”. Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, Living Things and their second remix album Recharged in 2013, The Hunting Party and their most current album “One More Light”. With loads of success Linkin Park has become the most recognizable face in the music industry, working with people just as Steve Akoi, Jay-Z (for the Numb/Encore collaboration), Black Thought, and more. After gaining worldwide success and loads of notoriety, you would think that they would live happy and remain humble right?

Tragedy Strikes The Music Industry

Starting in 2015 the band began working on a new project which Chester believed would open the door for new fans, and give the current fans something new as they where trying something that nobody ever thought they would do. In Feb 2017 the bands lead single from the record featuring pop singer Kiiara was released and available for download. This is the first time that band has ever worked with a female artist on a project, so this truly means they where extending their arm to do something new. The album “One More Light” was officially released May 19th, 2017

After a few shows in their current tour “One More Light World Tour” the world got a tragic shock. Reported by TMZ the news broke that Chester Bennington, has committed suicide in his California home, noted to be by hanging. Mike Shinoda posted on his twitter and confirmed this tragic event and fans from all over where shocked and hurting. Chester Bennington was loved by many and truly will be missed. It is believed that every song that he has done was a cry for help, but nobody heard the cry until now. The cry was so loud, and he even stated that he was depressed but the cry went unanswered. He is survived by his wife Talinda Bennington, and children. 

October 27th, 2017 Linkin Park put together a concert to honor the fallen rock icon, Chester Bennington, with guests such as Blink-182, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Machine Gun Kelly, System of a Down's Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan, Kiiara and members of Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard and Bring Me the Horizon. Even though it was short notice the concert sold out with fans who came to honor Bennington and pay tribute to the band. 

Whats in store for the band you wonder? It is untold what’s in store for Linkin Park. All we know is the message that Bennington left with his band and the honor that we all had to hear this amazing voice entertaining us for years. The loss of a rock icon shocked so many in the world even celebrities. Chester never seemed depressed, but depression hits people at a different level. Talinda Bennington started a viral hashtag #FuckDepression to fight the mental plague that haunts so many individuals. December 15th, 2017 the band released their third live CD "One More Light Live" and their first album since Benningtons death, in honor of the late singer. Let's all remember how this legends fate speaks to us all when it comes to mental abuse from this depression monster, we as the human race need to fight this demon. If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression please let them know that they have someone and don't let their cry for help go unanswered.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

{Featured Artist} Florida rapper T-MONEY has that PLATINUM SOUND

Young Florida based rap recording artist T-Money certainly has that PLATINUM SOUND, this is why we have him featured here in PLATINUM SOUND PROMOTIONS! 

Although young rapper T-Money (born Timothy Hendrix) recently joined the music scene with not even more than a full year of experience under his belt, the bright young star has already cranked out plenty of phenomenal soon to be viral hits and has been throwing it down just as good as many of the season veterans in the game right now.  T-Money is constantly growing and improving lyrically as an artist and by 2018 he will certainly become one of the major driving forces in Florida's hip hop and music scene.  T-Money has the uncanny ability to adapt to many different tracks and mold himself to the production with the use of his voice to the beat. 

Although T-Money is just starting out, his popularity, and fan base is constantly growing especially after hooking up with premier PR agent and renowned publicist Jonathan Coleman, better known in the podcast / blog world as "Some Guy Named Jay", T-Money has been making strides, leaps and bounds in the industry ever since. 

T-Money has been featured on many popular websites such as Southeast Hip Hop Magazine, CW Music, Black Vibes, Blacktopia and The Blast Blog and the list will continue to grow as the artist reaches new heights of popularity. 

T-Money states that he has been heavily influenced by artists such as Plies, and Trick Daddy just to name a few.  T-Money was also inspired to pursue a career in rap after being shot in a Drive By, a drive by that also took the life of one of his closest friends.  T-Money was unable to walk for a year due to the incident, but while he had the time to reflect on his life he was moved to transmute his thoughts, feelings, and pain into writing lyrics, which eventually became the foundation to his critically acclaimed debut mixtape Bringing Back The Real which is available to stream on Dat Piff!

T-Money states that what separates him from the other rappers is that he aims to reach the souls of each individual that listen to his music. 

Connect with the budding rapper on social media at the information below.

Facebook: Tim Hendrix
Instagram: tmoney863
Soundcloud: $$ T-Money $$
YouTube: T-Money
Datpiff: $$ T-Money $$ mixtape name Bringin Back Real

Saturday, December 30, 2017

[NEW MIXTAPE] Lil Wayne and Dj Drama "Dedication 6" | @LilTunechi

Christmas day all the Wayne fans got a superb Christmas gift from Tunchie himself. Wayne presents his 6th installment to the “Dedication” series co-hosted by the legendary DJ Drama. “The Dedication” series began on Dec. 13, 2015 announced by Dj Drama. The mixtape itself holds 5 stars and 200,000 downloads.

Two years ago, Young Money Entertainment and Republic Records released Weezy’s 11th studio album “Free Weezy” (abbreviated FWA) which was a Tidal release only. Talks where in the works about his album “The Carter V” which was held up by a dispute with Cash Money Records front man Brian Birdman Williams. The FWA Album was released as a filler until the dispute was resolved. Now it’s noted that “The Carter V” is set to be released in 2018 but the date as of today is uncertain. So, with fans patiently waiting, Tunechi released D6.

The mixtape features remixes to Bank Account by 21 Savage, XO Tour Life by Lil Uzi Vert, Problem by 6lack, and more. Guest Appearances on the tape include Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Corey Gunz, Euro and Zoey Dollaz. 

Fans alike feel that D6 isn’t up to snuff as Dedication 5, in terms of guest features due the fact the features where focusing more on Young Money Artists. So, does this effect the overall success of the project?

With over 300k + downloads fans still seem to be eating up this mixtape since it’s release, and no confirmation about if this was an issue or not. Time will only tell, but as a whole the mixtape could have used more of an outside feel with other artists, but Wayne truly showed why he could be the GOAT with this project.

 Recent statements made by Wayne stated that there will be two versions of D6 simply because he has way too many songs, but this isn’t confirmed that if Wayne is speaking truth or if he’s blowing smoke. This marketing strategy could be the start of a deluxe edition that you can stream and or purchase in the future following the free tape released on Christmas day, but we will have to wait to find out. 

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