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2017 Recap: Snap Dogg’s Five Best Tracks

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Snap Dogg has had a phenomenal year, building off an already strong foundation to become one of Detroit’s most notable artists. His trademark energetic delivery, with a steely cool resting facial expression, has pushed him into raps stratosphere, a true rockstar in contemporary times. He’s had a number of releases over the course of 2017 that have blazed through car speakers, so it’s only right to pick our favorites from his going collection of music.

Snap Dogg “Kooda” (6IX9INE Remix)

6IX9INE’s follow up to his immensely popular single “GUMMO” received the Snap Dogg treatment, just as did “GUMMO” itself shortly after its release. Snap Dogg was able to capture the grandiosity of the beat in ways that 6IX9INE couldn’t, showing what true energy can do to a track when the right person hops on it. It should have been given to Snap Dogg, honestly.

“WYA”

The Warriors comes to mind when thinking of “WYA.” The movie’s underlying theme of meaning through violence translates to this song as well, with the refrain hinting at violence if Snap catches the opposition slipping. The production is crisp and serene while the lyrics are dark and violent. The beautiful contrast creates a truly memorable, briskly-paced treat.

“Choppa Sound”

Snap Dogg may not have admitted to being a rockstar, but the frantic energy showcased in his visuals and music says otherwise. “Choppa Sound” showcases both in stunning beauty, with an enormous assortment of guns and villainous grins. What it lacks in depth, it makes up in bombastic arrogance.

“Both Sides”

This dark, piano-dominant song is a cautionary tale of playing both sides of the fence. Snap unleashes a verbal assault that showcases an ability to create flows out of thin air, his machine-gun delivery baring the intricacies in his word choice. He sounds vivacious and angry, dominant yet collective. The way he combines the best of these qualities showcases true star level talent.

“Lit”

 

Combining his raw energy with a more melodic approach is a clear recipe for success. On “Lit,” Snap takes a stab at harmonizing on the chorus; one that works well, I might add. There’s still room for lively adlibs that showcase the young rockstar’s ability to translate his excitement in the studio, but the overall feel of the track is more relaxed than what we usually expect out of him. This leads to perhaps our favorite Snap Dogg track so far.

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Deorsey Ardae Strikes The Music Scene Once Again With Latest Single “Cute As A Button”

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Cali-born but Texas-raised hip-hop artist Deorsey Ardae might have just found his calling in music last year, but the way he has sunk into his refreshing and authentic sound is rare. Released this past year, Deorsey’s debut album “Takes Time” is out now on all streaming platforms. The project’s hit single “Big Star” was most notably featured on NBA2K21, as well as the game’s accompanying Spotify and Apple Music playlists. Now, Deorsey is back with more. Carried by his voice alone, his latest single “Cute As A Button” is an alluring and seductive sneak peek into his upcoming sophomore album “Takes Time 2”, set for release next year along with a few new visuals also set to drop soon. 

While Deorsey Ardae has impressively made his place in the world of music as both an independent artist and owner of his own record label “Takes Time Entertainment” so early on in his career, his goals—as the titles of his albums state with transparency—took time to come to fruition. Jumping from job to job, Deorsey revolved through the possibilities of becoming everything from a probation officer to a catastrophe adjuster for an insurance company; however, in spite of the obstacles and career changes, his magnetic attraction toward music persisted. His love for the craft took root early on, with his mother encouraging Deorsey to sing as a child and his brother urging him to start rapping. In due time, Deorsey made the decision to start betting on himself, and he began to pursue music full-time. 

Citing his mother and father as his biggest motivators, Deorsey writes all his own music and lets his sound speak for itself. “I am 100% original in the way I approach each song,” he says. “I don’t use autotune… I rely on my voice to carry me.” For Deorsey, there’s a difference between a sound being influenced by the game and a sound being influential to the game. His work, he says, is the latter. 

Now, Deorsey strives to continue to make heartfelt music, and to attract everything that’s meant for him. “I am looking to make a worldwide impact in the hip-hop/rap genre. I want to impact the future generation and let them know you can talk about more than just guns and violence and still be a dope artist,” he explains. “I also want to inspire people, and let them know it’s never too late to follow your dreams and succeed. Don’t be afraid of the unknown or sacrificing your career to follow your dreams.”

Stream Deorsey Ardae’s latest single “Cute As A Button” off his upcoming project, as well as his debut album “Takes Time” out now on all streaming platforms! Continue following Deorsey’s journey by following him on Instagram @Deorsey_Ardae, TikTok @DeorseyArdae, Twitter @Dorsey2D, and Youtube, and look out for his upcoming project “Takes Time 2”, set for release in 2022!

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Empire Jewelers: The Industry’s Best In The Business

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Empire Jewelers has taken the jewelry game to a whole new level. Working with stars such as Jaydayoungan, Fatboy SSE, Funnymike, and even social media sensation Supreme Patty. Their Instagram showcases a huge gallery of celebrities they’ve made these unique 1 of 1 custom pieces for. Empire Jewelers was founded in 2017 by 18-year-old Munish Ali, better known as “Mo” & friends (Malik & Tan). Starting this young, they were not being taken seriously by clients or competition. Fortunately, they

The company originally started as a middle-of-the-mall kiosk in a North Houston Mall, which they started with the little money they had saved up fresh out of high school. Mo & his team of young entrepreneurs worked their way up one client at a time & went on to build their own literal Empire where now they cater to some of the biggest names in the game. Empire Jewelers to this day now has a total of 4 retail locations, 3 in Houston & 1 in Austin, Texas, including a large showroom located in Houston. Along with a huge social media presence on Instagram @Empirejewelersofficial, where you can see a wide selection of their custom work.

There’s Not Many Jewelers Who Can Do What Empire Jewelers Does

Empire Jewelers specializes in Custom Jewelry, “You imagine it, we bring it to life!” is the motto they go by. And they do just that; as long as you can imagine it, they will make it happen. Their Instagram showcases a variety of 1 custom pieces they’ve done for countless clients. Some of these pieces include a massive “Mufasa” piece done for Fatboy SSE with over 30 carats of diamonds & his actual face tattoos on the piece itself. Another unique piece is the “ Stoned Spongebob” piece made for Supreme Patty. In which Spongebob is holding a joint and clearly intoxicated with strung-out red eyes.

Their unique pieces show how creative you can get with Empire Jewelers when designing your piece. Moreover, along with custom jewelry, Empire Jewelers has a big selection of luxury timepieces/watches. These include names like Rolex, Cartier, AP, Hublot, etc. These are to name a few. Empire Jewelers are willing to ice out any timepiece that their customers bring in.

Lastly, Empire Jewelers is a Houston-area company, so they make A LOT of Grillz. They like to claim that they supply more than half of the city with their grillz, proclaiming themselves as “Houston’s Jewelers.” When it comes to grillz, they do it all, solid, diamonds, etc. They specialize in diamond grillz and have some of the best settings in the game. From Honeycomb, Invisible, to even Hybrid setting! They work with all metals, including Gold, Silver, Platinum, and more. Moreover, with all real diamonds and precious gemstones.

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Cocanina releases personal manifesto with “Do My Best,” showcasing her authentic, vulnerable, and cathartic sound

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Cocanina is a singer from Toronto, Canada, on the brink of motherhood and stardom.

Cocanina is a songstress from Toronto, Canada, that is blooming with potential, as she just released her new track, “Do My Best.” The song is cathartic as it is about her journey into motherhood, a journey into the unknown, so Cocanina leaves it all out on the track, claiming that no matter what, she will “Do Her Best.” 

She talks about her trials and tribulations as someone who was not expecting to be pregnant yet still feels blessed with the opportunity.

“I did my first ultrasound thinking I had an ulcer, and they told me I was pregnant,” Cocanina. “I went straight to the studio and tracked the song. When I heard the heartbeat and realized I was going to be a mom, I never felt so alive.” 

The track is introspective yet has this mesmerizing flow and electrifying tune that makes the track pure anthem! Cocanina keeps it real, even admitting she might slip up and not be the perfect mom, but she will always love and do everything for her kid. And that is all that matters. On the track, Cocanina serenades how she and her kid are “meant to be together, like the Earth around the Sun.”

Cocanina’s song is a vulnerable proclamation, as she talks about her future, her relationship with her future kid, and just feelings of concern, as she explains, “no longer being single, forever an attachment. Being a mom and accepting the fact that life is going to change in a major way. Finding the light in the situation and being excited and terrified at the same time.” 

Cocanina’s “Do My Best” hits in all the right ways as she reflects on not pursuing music in the song to being scared she won’t be a good mother. Cocanina leaves her listeners with this relatable fear of being a good parent, portraying that authentically and realistically, making her stand out even more as an artist and a lyricist. 

Be sure to stay in touch with Cocanina via social media Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok @Cocanina5, her website Website: www.cocanina.com, and on Facebook: cocaninaslimnina to see any forthcoming music is coming your way! As Cocanina is working on a follow-up to her “401 West” single. As well as a “Caribbean EP for [her] Trinidad people in December, and then a full-length album in February.” 

In the meantime, check out Cocanina’s latest release, “Do My Best,” below! 

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