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Alex Jean & Darkchild Find A Way With “I Need Faith”

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Sampling Tem’s “Me & U,” Haitian Hip-Hop artist Alex Jean recruits Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Rodney Jerkins for his latest leak “I Need Faith.” Co-produced by Jack Lawson, the infectious yet inspirational cut finds the Florida native effortlessly rapping the song’s lyrics with his larger than life vocals. The record marks Jean’s addition to Darkchild’s Alienz Alive label and preview of what new found fans can expect going forward.

Born and raised in Orlando with an older sister and their parents, Alex Jean is no stranger to adversity or achievement. Though early on in grade school he was a self described troublemaker, getting into fights and causing mischief, his family eventually moved into a well to do neighborhood where he received a more suitable education. The graduate of Lake Minneola Highschool, credits his father’s musical talents, Michael Jackson, Reggaeton acts like Don Omar and the strong bond with his sibling as the foundation for his forward progression.

Prior to making the decision to be a full time recording artist, Alex thought he was going to be a guitarist but soon realized his voice was ultimately the instrument he’d be using to help influence the world and help people in it find freedom. Last year his “Love Like That” collaboration with Hulvey & Torey D’Shaun reached No. 45 on Billboard’s HCS chart and with new music loaded up he’s poised to make a lasting impact that transcends the status quo.

Stream “I Need Faith” on your DSP of choice below via Alienz Alive and follow Alex Jean on IG | HERE.

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KVTheWriter & Mai Lee Drops New Track, “Figure Out The Rest”

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Before she headlines Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park next month and delivers the re-release of her debut LP ‘FRIENDZ,’ Mai Lee joins KVTheWriter on the official remix to her Reggie Son assisted track “Figure Out The Rest.” The STL posse cut finds the trio trading soulful verses about the 314 and all it’s allure over melodic guitar strums.

“I enjoyed sharing my artistry with KVtheWriter and Reggie Son. It was my first time working with them and I loved the experience. The song’s production is unique and allows each artist to stand out on the song. I felt like I gave St. Louis a bit of sexy sauce with my vocals,” say’s Lee speaking on the collaboration exclusively in a press statement.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Stream KVTheWriter‘s “Figure Out The Rest (Remix)” on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist live performance visual for “Von” | HERE.

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Bando Shines On New Single “Chain On”

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HTX’s artist to watch Bando connects with in-house producer Thizaezbeat for his latest release “Chain On.”

Perfect for getting dressed, pre-gaming, driving to your destination or the main event, the statement making track can turn any situation into an experience to remember. Serving as his second drop of 2024 following “Sack” with label mate 4, “Chain On” is yet another example of what fans can expect from his upcoming EP, Bando Tape.

Barely legal but wise beyond his years, Rodney Jones BKA Bando is a teenage Hip-Hop artist hailing from Houston’s Fourth Ward. Though he only began seriously pursuing music in 2022, he’s already secured a record deal with Danuel House Jr.’s music collective 4DHouse Ent in partnership with Steve Stoute’s United Masters. Even with a limited catalogue, including 4 collaboration “Sack” which has already gained over 100K+ streams, the rising star is already proving that the faith his label head and community have in him won’t go in vain.

“This song is an anthem for all my motion having playa partnas who can get the attention of any woman just by stepping in the room,” say’s the rising Rap act when describing the record in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency. Stream “Chain On” via your DSP of choice below.

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Keem Shaka Q&A “5 Star” Single, His Highly-Anticipated Debut Album + More

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In the heart of Hip-Hop, New York City, a rising talent named Keem Shaka is generating significant buzz for himself. His new single “5 Star” is one of the main factors and  is certainly one of the Summer’s anthems. Since its release, it has amassed over 300k plays on Spotify, along with the visual doing nearly the same with 250k views on YouTube.

Aside from his Tri-State roots, Keem’s musical path is also influenced by a diverse range of experiences from both the South and the West Coast. This mix of backgrounds results in a unique sound and visual style that mesmerizes his listeners. His music is characterized by gritty lyrics, a raspy vocal delivery, and a confident swagger reflective of his City.

Check out our exclusive interview with the “5 Star” talent below.

Q: The official video is doing well too — over a quarter million views on YouTube. Tell us about the visual and how it was at the shoot.

Keem: “The visual captures the record perfectly. And you know I had to have “5 Star” females in it. It was a fun shoot, I love how it all turned out!”

Q: You’ve released a slew of successful singles but fans are now eager for your debut album? Can we expect it anytime soon?

Keem: “When the time is right for sure.. but as of right now, I’m focused on “5 Star.” It has a lot of life left, especially for the rest of the Summer. What I can say though is that, my album is DONE. It’s crazy and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. But everything is timing. It’ll be worth the wait.”

Q: “5 Star” is your biggest record to date — how do you plan to follow-up and close out the rest of the year?

Keem: “Definitely going to keep pushing “5 Star” .. but I recently did drop two quick freestyles for my fans. “Not Like Us” and “Worth It.” I do have a few more surprises in the tuck so stay tapped in. Trust me.. we’re just getting started!”

Be sure to follow Keem Shaka on Instagram for all news and updates.

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