It may be early on in the season, but it’s safe to say that Amo is having one hell of a summer. In addition to this latest single, he recently dropped another killer track, “Girlfriend,”featuring another BK stalwart, Maino. Whereas that tune had more of a ballad-type feel to it, “Feel Good” is a far more sensual and bass-heavy joint from the rising artist.
The trunk-rattling production from Ty Fyffe is the perfect backdrop for Amo and Murda to flex their talents, as it seamlessly blends the vibes you’d want from an R&B/Rap banger. And while the emcee may command your attention with his sexually explicit opening verse, Amo and his vocal talents are what makes “Feel Good” resonate as a certified smash.
“Feel Good” is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms via Hermitage Management, an up and coming NYC-based management and artist development firm, that’s set to make some serious power moves.
Regina, Saskatchewan native Def3 has seen his fair share of success so far in his career, including the release of 2014’s award-winning LP, WILDLIF3. But with his latest endeavor, Small World, the stakes seem higher, and Def3 is poised to reach a higher level of success.
The album bursts out of the gates with opener “Fill Your Soul,” a horns-filled testament to your passion regardless of how difficult things may seem. He reveals on the track that despite taking time off, losing some friends, and plenty of sleepless nights, the rapper continued to push his craft forward, making the art he loves. His adoration for Hip-Hop is palpable throughout Small World, and it’s only part of what makes it so instantly endearing.
The other parts include a few familiar faces to the Hip-Hop heads out there. Living legends such as Del The Funky Homosapien, Masta Ace, and Moka Only all appear on the album in addition to underground stalwarts such as Dertmerchant (of Sweatshop Union), Probcause, and turntablist, Skratch Bastid. They all bring their inimitable skill sets to the album, and often on the same cut. Like on lead single “Sing,” which finds Def3 trading verses with Masta Ace and Probcause while Skratch shreds a Jay Z quotable to pieces.
Small World packs its 11 tracks with sharp writing and a tight mission statement, all of which is fueled by soulful and funky production from Denver’s Late Night Radio. His approach to Boom bap fits Def3 like a glove, whether it’s providing a guitar-laden swagger on “S.O.S.” or capturing the emotional turmoil of “Carry On.” The two make for a great pairing, and hopefully this is just the first of many projects together.
Small World is now available for both stream and download through the digital retailer of your choice, and is also available on CD, vinyl and cassette, via URBNET.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico art collective Meow Wolf made national headlines with its interactive, multimedia art exhibition in 2016. Albuquerque Hip Hop staple Wake Self has enlisted the help of the creative team behind “The House Of Eternal Return” for his new video, “No Price Tags” featuring vocalist, Alia Lucero.
Inspired by Busta Rhyme’s video for “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” “No Price Tags” follows Wake’s powerful visuals for “Malala” and his collaborative track, “Change the World,” featuring Blackalicious emcee, Gift of Gab.
With production supplied by SmokeM2D6 of oldominon and Grayskul fame, the track has been turned into a wildly artistic musical adventure thanks to director Phillip Torres of Concept Flux Media. Filmed at Meow Wolf and animated by Goldie Rankin, the visual finds Wake and crew covered in neon body paint courtesy of graffiti artist Kause. Check out the visuals, taken from Wake’s latest solo effort, Malala.
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Maryland based soul singer Lexus shows off her undeniable skill set on her new single “Green“. The slow, mellow ballad is a blend of atmospheric, soulful backdrops and an enthralling vocal performance delivered by Lexus who also produced the song herself.
“Green” is being released through her label which she just started called “VybeTribe Recordings”.
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The duo of Von Pea and Donwill aka Tanya Morgan drop the bump in the whip single “Trunk Shit” with gusto. The video which is brimming with bravado-laced bars from Von Pea and Donwill, with a bass-rich instrumental supplied by AEON for The Lessondary.
The banger stems from their highly anticipated new album, YGWY$4 (You Get What You Pay For) which drops today, and follows the release of hilarious lead single/video “Dirty Stayout.” Whereas that track centered on a tale of a one-night stand gone wrong, “Trunk Shit” is an all braggadocio bar-fest seen through the perceptive lens of Toine Jameson.
Von Pea and Donwill are clearly masters in this arena, with the latter taking some well-placed shots at critics who try to put the duo in a box. “They say that we ‘A Tribe Called De La’ or ‘Smaller Little Brother’/ All I know is that we do it better than the others.”
Don’s point is that while he and Von have made some ill-as-hell Boom bap joints to date—arguably “Trunk Shit” is among them—people need to stop trying to classify them as this or that. Anyone who’s heard all of their projects will say the same, and YGWY$4 further demonstrate Tanya Morgan’s versatility. Want proof?—just head over to the digital retailer of your choice and support this duo that’s been keeping your iPod and tape deck satisfied since ’05.
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One of underground rap’s most distinctive and talented voices returns as Rochester, N.Y. native Pounds delivers his latest hard-hitting effort, TUNA. The follow-up to 2016’s stellar Heavy Lies The Crown, this project packs some serious tough talk and hard-nosed bars into its nine tracks that center on the troubled life of a kingpin.
As you can hear through his raps, Pounds is most definitely about the life he outlines in his rhymes—to the point that it’s actually rap that got him out of trouble some years ago. After a troubled youth spent in and out of jail, he focused on his love of Hip-Hop to get his life back on track. And as he continues to make good on that goal, we’re blessed with the inventive and vivid street tales heard on TUNA.
The project is brought to life not just through Pounds’ raps, but also through the clever usage of samples from Breaking Bad (“I am the one who knocks!”) and Blow, among others. Those quotes help shape the story, but it’s Pounds who brings everything together. He’s on his epic-rap-narrative sh*t on closer “Dues,” delivers tag-team villainous raps with Conway The Machine on “Gone Tomorrow,” and spits vulnerable bully bars on “Pee Wee Kirkland.” For example: “Beat you with a bat/ You rather take the gun route/ Squeezin’ with the mac/ You take the food up out my son’s mouth.”
Those touches of humanity are what make TUNA larger than your typical bad-guy rap project, and they’re also what continue to make Pounds such a compelling figure in the independent rap circuit. TUNA is now available for stream courtesy of Soundcloud, and can be purchased for download through Bandcamp, via KSD.
02. Tuna (prod. by Spittzwell)
03. Vacuum Seals (prod. by Spittzwell)
04. Live from the Bay (prod. by Max Marciano)
05. Pee Wee Kirkland (prod. by Daringer)
06. Money and the Power (prod. by Spittzwell)
08. Gone Tomorrow (feat. Conway The Machine) [prod. by Pounds]
09. Dues (prod. by Spittzwell)
Straight out of the deep South comes this young talented lady who goes by the moniker, Vitamin Cea. Her debut project “Joy Full Noise”(stream is embeded below the interview) was released a while back and some of her other works have been featured here on DEHH . As an emcee she blends her lyrics with heartfelt emotions, enthralling melodies with a soulful tinged soundscape to boot.
We at DEHH got in touch with her for a brief chat about her upbringing, music making process and a whole lot of personal insight into what makes her tick. Check the interview below.
DEHH: Who are you and what do you do?
I am Charity Hicks also known as Vitamin Cea. I teach, I learn, and occasionally I rap.
DEHH: – What do you do when you’re by yourself?
It depends on the day. I’m either relishing in the silence, writing, or listening to music. But 9 times out of 10, if I’m really by myself I’m just enjoying being by myself for as long as that lasts.
DEHH: What got you involved in this in the first place?
To be honest, I wasn’t allowed to listen to secular music as a kid, so there was so many classic artists and songs that I didn’t know about. But my pastor’s son, Jasiel Ace, who is now one of my closest friends used to rap with my sister’s ex back when I was in like elementary/junior high. When I heard him rapping songs that he was able to spit in church that weren’t corny and was mad lyrical, I was inspired. Super inspired actually. So I started writing raps with his music as the standard.
DEHH: What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
This one is mad random but I remember 2 days before 4th grade started, I was attempting to make a doll house out of the cardboard crates that the WIC milk came in. (Innovation, don’t judge me.) I was using a knife to try and cut a door in the front of it and I accidentally stabbed my hand. My little sister was with me and I kept telling her not to tell momma because I was scared of getting in trouble for using a knife on cardboard. I was real live getting light headed and dizzy but since the cut didn’t hurt, I thought I could handle it. I was dripping blood all the way to the bathroom, not thinking about my hand per se, but getting in trouble for hurting myself. After my dad saw me I remember being extremely dramatic and all of a sudden feeling the pain. I still have the scar. It’s small but it’s definitely there.
DEHH: What’s your musical background?
I grew up listening to what my parents and big sister listened to, so there was a lot of Donnie McCklurkin, Kirk Franklin, Kiki Sheard, Yolonda Adams, The Winans, Trin-i-tee, J. Moss, Mary Mary, Tonex, 21:03. A lot of different gospel artists who have influenced other genres of music greatly. These were some of the only people I was allowed to have in my CD player. As I got older and began to venture into music in the “real world”, I gravitated to Young Money. Lil Wayne, Nicki, and Drake were the trinity to me for a very long time.
DEHH: Could you briefly describe the music-making process
Every song comes to life in a different way. A lot of times I’ll get ideas while in the shower or while driving and I’ll repeat them so I don’t forget because my memory when it comes to lyrics isn’t as great as most lyricists. I’m not a freestyler, so I can sometimes get a theme or concept and try to come up with a hook. Typically after I have a hook, the bars flow. Typically.
DEHH: Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
He’s Bigger by Jekalyn Carr is a definite favorite. I remember playing that song daily when I’d moved into my dorm and still had no clue how I was about to pay for school. It was a constant faith/spirit check.
DEHH: Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Mainly joy. I deliberately choose joy though. It’s not like I don’t get sad or angry or depressed or confused. I exemplify those through the music as well. Or at least I try to. But I want joy to be the overall tone of my music because there’s so much to be upset about and sad about. But there’s a bunch in this world to be joyful about as well. So I try to provide a balance between all the emotions of life. Its like joy is the cake and everything else is the icing. Joy is the core even though all the other emotions are just as important and just as valid. They honestly make the cake worth eating. But with or without the icing, cake is cake. If that makes any sense.
DEHH: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I always get mad hype when like hood niggas dig my work. And that’s happened more times than I can count. I remember when I dropped #CoppinCea and there was this cat on Facebook who kept commenting on how I was the dopest female he’d ever heard.
DEHH: Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It definitely can be. For me, being an artist on top of just being the type of person I am, I’ve had the issue with feeling like I burden people with my artistry and all that entails. I’ve been really apprehensive with sharing my art out of internal fear on top of the fact that most of the things I was/am concerned about, some people in my age range aren’t really thinking about, honestly. Sometimes your ideas and outlook on the world can make artistic life a little lonely. But I don’t think that’s always a bad thing. There’s balance. Counteracting the loneliness is only through venting to God and seeking that divine comfort on top of surrounding myself with other creatives. People have this idea that they’re the only ones who feel the way they feel and that there is no one on earth who can understand them. I’m not shallow enough to feel like I’m the only person who thinks as farfetched as I do sometimes. Plus, humans are weird so being around people who own their weirdness is very comforting.
DEHH: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
I’ve performed at a few places in Jackson, MS, but only one place on the Gulf Coast, ironically. I’ve been on the stage at Hops and Habana’s for Sika’s Audience Control, Conkrete, Starbucks at Jackson State, Freelon’s, and the spot on the coast was 13th Street Jazz Bistro. I think that’s about it. My favorite stage is definitely Hops and Habana’s. Always a nice crowd and great vibe. Least favorite? I don’t think I have one yet, thank God.
DEHH: Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve been out of town on business for a minute so not currently but I’m definitely going to start making things shake in August again. Just keep those eyes open!
DEHH: In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
I really don’t want to give much away, mainly because nothing is really concrete, but I’m definitely a feature fanatic and I’m going to be doing more and more of those. Definitely more shows as well. As far as projects, me, my sister NeoSoooul, and a lot of my other female musical counterparts have something special in the works. There’s no dates or anything for sure but we’re strategizing. So once again, keep your eyes, ears, and minds wide open.
DEHH: What is your dream project?
NxWorries, Lauryn Hill, Quavius Black, Rapsody, Frank Ocean, D.Horton, and Kierra Sheard all just doing what they do. That would be iconic.
DEHH: Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I want to work with teenage girls more. I’ve had the opportunity to sporadically pour into them whether it be musically or ministry wise but I want to be more intentional in my focus on young girls. That’s where my next desire would come in I guess. I need to do way more writing. A dream is that I can publish a book or two before I’m 25.
DEHH: Favourite or most inspirational place (in *Gautier*)?
On the coast, I’d say the beach. Pascagoula beach. In Jackson, I’d have to say my Element while its parked in a safe place. I love vibing in my car while in Jackson.
DEHH: If you were given a chance, would you enter Big Brother?
Nope. Too much energy to be honest.
DEHH: What is your favorite daily wear attire?
A t-shirt, thrifted mom jeans, and either my chucks or my birkenstocks aka middle age uncle shoes.
DEHH: If you were a biscuit, which would you be?
Sausage and cheese. I hate jelly so I’d wanna be a simple biscuit.
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