Today, 17-year-old Shreveport, LA rapper LiBand reveals a new single and music video “Limits” today via Republic Records.
Once again, he delivers a haunting and hypnotic melody in between sharp bars. As guitars echo with feeling, LiBand lyrically taps into raw and real emotions without filter. Meanwhile, the music video mirrors this intensity with its unapologetic footage and tight pacing.
It arrives on the heels of “My Sins” and “Due Date” feat. Toosii as he prepares more music for release very soon. He proves there are no “Limits” to what he’ll pull off on his rise to the forefront of the culture in 2020 and 2021.
With an inimitable melodic flow and barbed-wire bars, LiBand has emerged as a powerful, punchy, and prodigious talent at the age of 17. Striking a balance between Young Thug-style harmony and YoungBoy NBA’s menace, he has already posted up half-a-million YouTube views and counting. He recently signed to Republic Records and will unleash more new music soon.
With one of the most thrilling projects to arrive in the Dancehall and Reggae genres this year, and with over 100 million cumulative streams since its release, Popcaan’s FIXTAPE further cements his legacy as one of the foremost global superstars.
Today, he unveils the first video from the project for “UNDA DIRT” featuring Masicka and Tommy Lee. A sinister visual complete with black clad outfits, a priest, flames and a hearse to drive home the message, Popcaan is truly Unruly.
FIXTAPE is a 19-track body of work powered by Popcaan’s potent energy, lyrics and unique amalgam of genres from hip-hop to dancehall and pop, with guest appearances from Drake, PARTYNEXDOOR, French Montana, Preme, Masicka, Stylo G, Dane Ray, Frahcess One, Tommy Lee and Jada Kingdom.
Named Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” and covered by the likes of The New York Times, Complex, Billboard, Genius, The FADER, HYPEBEAST, NME, Stereogum and many more, the project affirms his cultural impact from the streets to the club.
Today, three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist and songwriter, DOE, released her powerful live performance video for her poignant single “Take Me Back” via YouTube Premiere.
With heartrending lyrics, “Take Me Back” offers an authentic and raw declaration of our need for God’s redemptive nature. The single is off DOE’s new self-titled EP, which released on October 30th by Jonathan McReynolds’ Life Room Label in partnership with RCA Inspiration.
DOE: “Take Me Back” (live performance video):
Debuting at #6 on Nielsen’s Current Gospel Albums Chart, the five-song EP highlights DOE’s journey of self-reflection as a believer and artist. In addition to “Take Me Back” the EP features the lead single “Brighter,” along with “I Try,” “Good Now,” and “Hey You” featuring McReynolds. The EP provides a refreshing eclectic sound, and is filled with expressive vocals and honest introspective messages.
Today, whiterosemoxie releases a new remix of “trix” featuring fellow Detroit rapper Baby Smoove along with a visual for the rework, which has come together as a result of youthful exuberance.
Featuring ambient synths and moxie's signature melodic sensibilities, “trix” is a high-energy trap song that opened whiterosemoxie's debut record, white ceilings. On the track, Baby Smoove delivers his metrical verse with droning vocals that glaze over a pulsating and punchy beat.
Through its booming bass and infectious bounce, Smoove renders the token stylings of Detroit rap, topped off with its gaudy lyricism. Baby Smoove's contributions on “trix” sublimely pairs with whiterosemoxie's raw and dynamic energy to breathe new life into the track.
Recent high school graduate from the West side of Detroit, 18-year old whiterosemoxie, has quickly become one of the most exciting emerging artists in music. moxie’s music and lyrics toy with themes of vulnerability and introspection.
He started making music after a near death experience, was named Pigeons & Planes Best New Artist of the Month in April. Until recently, he made all his music alone in his basement pulling beats offline, so it’s not surprising that his lyrics are vulnerable and introspective. His debut full-length studio project, white ceilings, which dropped back in March, has already garnered him the eyes of the industry with over 5 million streams.
On white ceilings, moxie encapsulates the energy and diversity of his and his peers' high school experience growing up on Detroit's west side as he looked towards graduation and his future. The white ceilings they see everyday hanging out in basements become moxie’s metaphor for removing the ceilings people try to put on his limitless potential.
Released only a few months later, moxie's sophomore record, grae ceilings, picks up where white ceilings, left off, documenting the upheaval that has since ensued and the grey area he feels himself and the world trapped in: COVID cutting his senior year short and leaving him and his friends with a zoom graduation and no prom; getting a record deal but not being able to go to studios or tour; turning 18 and moving out on his own but being quarantined away from his friends; tasting the freedom of adulthood, but the daily news cycle reminding him that he and his people are not really free in a country where they can be killed any day.
moxie notes that grae ceilings is a reminder that in all the grey area and this time of transition, the people around you have to be the rock and foundation.
GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard has been named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist of the Decade. News of the top honor came late last week, as Billboard began announcing its year-end and decade-end charts. Cobbs Leonard was also named the Top Female Gospel Artist for the 3rd consecutive year.
This year alone, Tasha Cobbs Leonard earned two additional RIAA® certifications—one Platinum certification for her hit single “Break Every Chain,” and a Gold certification (her third) for the #1 radio single “You Know My Name.” She was also awarded highest honors as Gospel Artist of the Year at the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards and Artist of the Year at the 35th Annual Stellar Awards.
On December 4, Tasha Cobbs Leonard was a special guest on the Dolly Parton & Friends Christmas special presented by SiriusXM & Pandora. A huge honor to be invited by the legendary country singer, she performed her rendition of the Christmas classic “O Holy Night.” The audio version of the special will be available exclusively on Pandora on Friday, December 11.
Earlier this month, the powerhouse vocalist took to the stage with R&B legend Ne-Yo for a memorable performance of “The Christmas Song” for the Our OWN Christmas Special. The special aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on December 1, but can still be viewed on the network website (http://www.oprah.com/own-ourownchristmas/our-own-christmas).
Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s current single, “In Spite Of Me,” has already rocketed to the Top 20 on the BDS Gospel Radio chart, proving to be the fastest-rising single of her career. A special studio version of the song, featuring R&B icon Ciara, is featured on her chart-topping new album, Royalty: Live At The Ryman.
Today, rapper, producer, artist, and culture-disruptor JPEGMAFIA releases his project entitled EP! on all digital service providers with new track “SUPER TUESDAY!” via EQT Recordings/Republic Records.
EP! collates a string of fan-favorite singles unveiled throughout 2020. Among those, he re-ups “BALD!” with a razor-sharp remix featuring none other than Denzel Curry. He also revisits “THE BENDS!” with a new mix. The original received plugs from HYPEBEAST and many more.
Topping off the nine-song tracklisting, he turns up with the new single “SUPER TUESDAY!,” with a throwback sample simmering underneath his quotable bars. As always, he wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed everything by himself on EP!, preserving the integrity of his vision.
In order to celebrate its arrival, he spoke to Zane Lowe in-depth during an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Additionally, he took over the cover of the platform’s “New Music Daily” playlist.
JPEGMAFIA continues to flip the game upside down and inside out. Beyond quietly posting up hundreds of millions of streams and views, his 2019 third opus, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, graced over a dozen year-end lists, including Clash, Dazed, FLOOD, NME, Paper, and more. Architecting his vision by hand, he paves the way for more to come in 2021 and beyond.
On the heels of his video for “Like A Pimp” featuring Stunna 4 Vegas, Chicago’s hometown hero Lil Zay Osama delivers two new songs titled “Rumors” and “Ride 4 Me” featuring Jackboy to cap off 2020.
In the melodic “Rumors” and accompanying video, Zay confronts the lies that have been said about him. Meanwhile, he and Jackboy emphasize loyalty on “Ride 4 Me” as Zay poses the question to his significant other: “I wanna know would you ride with me?” The bundle arrives while Zay rides atop a wave of momentum as one of the hottest rappers in Chicago, cranking out compelling music and visuals all year.
“Rumors,” “Ride 4 Me” and “Like A Pimp” mark an exciting chapter for him as he gears up for a new project set for early 2021.
Today, fast rising R&B star Gaidaa has unveiled COLORS Live in NYC, a special live EP in collaboration with global creative platform COLORSxSTUDIOS available now.
The 3-track EP is taken from COLORS' inaugural live event in New York and marked Gaidaa's first ever US performance, when she took the stage alongside Kojey Radical and Dua Saleh. Performing a stripped-back set alongside live guitar, she charmed the audience at the esteemed Brooklyn venue National Sawdust by performing two stripped-back takes on songs from her critically lauded debut EP Overture alongside an ingenious cover of Usher's noughties classic “OMG.”
The performance, which received the personal seal of approval from the song's original author will.i.am, perfectly captures the intimate atmosphere of the event and Gaidaa's unique talent, stunning vocal prowess, and brilliant sense of humor.
Now, to coincide with the one year anniversary of the show, COLORS are celebrating her continued rise by partnering with her once again to release a special recording from the live show.
On the collaboration, Gaidaa shares, “It feels crazy to release a live EP with COLORS. I have so much admiration for the platform so I feel blessed that they continue to support me as an independent artist. This was literally my first ever US show and it wasn't even actually planned.
I was asked to perform the night before, so for things to play out the way they did feels really special. My nerves were definitely at an ultra high, but the crowd was warm and receiving. The biggest shout out ever to COLORS for yet another first of mine.”
COLORS have supported Gaidaa strongly on their platform from the early stages in her career; in summer 2019, she debuted her very first solo track on a special edition of A COLORS SHOW addressing injustice in Sudan, performing a powerful rendition of “Morning Blue.”
Dressed in a traditional white tobe and gold earrings, an elegant reference to an iconic image from the protest movement against the autocratic government of ousted president Omar Al-Bashir, she shared her creative and personal reflections on the situation, emphasizing how important music and art was to the dynamic cultural energy at the heart of the movement.
As well as the New York live event, she also appeared on the platform's HOME/BRED livestream in April 2020, during the height of the first COVID-19 lockdown broadcasting from her home in Eindhoven to the channel's 5 million YouTube subscribers.