Therapy through a beat, isn’t that what music is anyway? Ayodale has mastered the ability to create music that feels like a therapeutic release. “HE-R.”, is no different and simply put, is one of my favorites from this artist. She simply talks over the beat and pulls you in as she discusses a woman in love and all that may come with it. Instead of writing about what she says exactly, I’ll leave the words up to her. Take a listen and comment below.
This single isn’t quite a new release but it doesn’t meet the standards of a traditional throwback. It’s the song that you’ve had on repeat and the music video just reminds you it was for very good reason. NY artist Allen York released a visual for his latest single, “Ghetto Gospel” early last month and the song itself is something you’ll want to keep in rotation. The simplicity in the production and witty lyricism forces you to enjoy the song while the video provides you with a glimpse into the New York lifestyle. Take a look below and stay tuned for his upcoming album Project Telescope.
Simplicity is all that Joella DeVille needs when it comes to delivering great music and more importantly great visuals. Her latest music video for “Goodbye” proves that as you see a few glimpses of her alluring appearance in different locations, while adding a soft touch to her vocals on the song. This NJ native has spent many years mastering and curating a unique sound that sets her apart from other R&B singers. You’ll catch her singing in an elevator or directly into the camera, but it’s more like she is singing directly to you. This video differs from her last video for “Bigger and Better”, as it focuses more on her as an individual. It allows for you to hone in on the song itself and keep on track with the sound of her voice. Check it out below!
Some people feel that music is declining, with an emphasis on music videos and their increasing similarities. Music videos are supposed to play as the bridge between the song and the audience as it highlights the overall meaning and provides a visual for fans to hold on to. Georges provides an intriguing visual for his latest single, “All Night Long”. The song is very sensual, as the NJ based singer uses his lyrics to talk about the things he would do to a woman of interest. He uses the video to show just enough sexual attraction between him and the leading lady and model, Ciania Lexis, without allowing it to overpower the entire video. Directed by Will Drey, you will catch Georges performing some dance moves to his own sounds, with a team of dancers behind him as the video comes to a close. Check it out below and stay tuned for more music from him!
Artistry is more than just someone’s ability to create but also how they distribute the music to their audience. Dropping an album or a project has its pros and cons of course, but Queens rapper F.L.O.W. has decided to have some fun with new music he is releasing. He kicked off his #FlowFridays series last week with the first single, “Forenzo”, produced by Jiggy Hendrix. The beat is simple enough to allow his flow to illuminate, keeping you intrigued with his sound throughout the song. It’s catchy and of course has some bars to remind you that his rap ability never wavers. You can tell with this one, he’s just warming up. Check it out below and stay tuned for his next single that drops this Friday.
When you are a music lover, it only takes one note, one beat, or one bar for a song to really stick to you. The overall sound matters more while the genre matters less; as long it is something that you can jam to with ease. That’s how I’m feeling with Karma’s latest single, “Make Me Say”, which was produced by artist Macc McCray. This R&B singer from Jersey City delivers a vibe on this one. She shows time and time again that she possesses a soulful demeanor like she showed on previous projects such as Life After Love and her joint project i95 & Wifi with rapper SōULFULL. She has continued to evolve, developing her unique artistry and the proof is in this single. Her upbeat verses keeps you boppin’ and intrigued with her vocal flow throughout the song until the very end. Take a listen below and let us know what you think!
Monday’s tend to be rough as it kicks off a new week and in the adult world, can be a daunting thing to overcome. So I wanted to put everyone on to a new song that has been a smooth vibe to listen to on this day specifically. Mona Brea’s single “Flaws” is the perfect blend of eclectic fun and soul over an upbeat sound that you can relate to without delivering an overly serious message. The singer doesn’t just expresses her flaws in the song, but she explains how she chooses to embrace them. Each chorus is powerful and leads directly into the last hook that you won’t forget. Check it out below!
Some artists tend to overcompensate with their music, dropping song after song with little to no break. Whether it’s beneficial or not, I can appreciate the artists who take their time before they drop any new music. Justin Nova is an artist who fits the bill after releasing his latest single, “New Love” about two months ago. The song begins with a light touch before it picks up into the smooth chorus by featured artist Joey Bee. Justin’s verses of lyricism are filled with subtle undertones of confidence and finesse as he talks about a new pursuit in his life. His witty bars make for a fun track and something you will enjoy. He delivers a chill vibe while staying true to his regular sound and demeanor. Check out the song below.
Venturing out into the music industry is never an easy task and sometimes can be daunting for all of those involved. Artists have one of the biggest challenges especially, as they have to not only brand their unique image and sound but to ensure their music gets in the right hands that will lead them to success. Winnas Only partnered with Loft9 to put together an insightful event for those in the industry entitled #MeetTheDJs. The event was a panel discussion with some dope DJs from Jersey who offered their advice to artists and other upcoming DJs who were looking to follow their journey to success. The panelists included DJ DARKKENT, DJ Drewski, DJ Tarzan, DJ Shy and Ray Swag.
Throughout the night, everyone had an opportunity to network with people in the industry from artists and DJs to photographers, bloggers and those in media as well. The discussion focused on artists mostly and how they can be heard, how their music can be heard. Each panelist had an opportunity to bring their own perspective for how they achieved their success and how they maneuvered in this world. They expressed the best ways for artists to get in touch with DJs, branding one’s image and ultimately how to be the best version of yourself at all times.
Even though I am not a music artist, I was happy to walk away from this event having learned a lot as someone in media. Behind the lens, I was able to not only capture connections being made, but I witnessed growth and overall development through Loft9. I am a writer first but as a woman in media with a brand and platform, I learned a lot about how to take myself to the next level and how presentation is sometimes and usually, everything. If you missed the first one, make sure you catch the next one as Winnas Only and Loft9 seem to be only warming up! Check out some pictures below from the event and please be sure to click the pictures to enlarge and get the full quality!