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Atlanta-Based Rapper OGPD Is Up Next With His EP “1050”

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For rapper OGPD, purpose and drive mean everything. That’s what propelled his debut in the world of rap and hip-hop back in 2018, and now, the Atlanta-based artist hopes to be a bona fide example of what happens when one chases their dreams, sentiments synthesized in his recently-released EP, “1050”. 

“On God Purpose Driven”, the phrase behind his name, encompasses more than who OGPD is as an artist; it’s an ode to his principles. “I’m a self-motivated, driven person,” he says. “You’ve always got to have a purpose, and if you don’t know what it is, you’ve got to find that and chase it.” For OGPD, that’s always been his practice. Now, he’s building with intention. 

The uptown Bronx-raised rapper kindled his love for music young, sitting in on his father’s at-home mixing sessions. Growing up and seeing his father, a respected DJ surrounded by figures in music like Heavy D, The Locs, and Diddy, marked the beginnings of his turn toward the world of music-making. 

But OGPD didn’t start off on the mic. “I didn’t start creating hip hop music till 2010,” he recalls. “I started as an engineer, learning from a couple Grammy engineers till around 2018.” His love for music ablaze, OGPD began to observe the climate of the rap game. The independent artist made his move to Atlanta in 2014, charged with inspiration from the city’s music scene and sounds. “I felt like I did everything rappers were doing,” he notes. “I was getting money, dressing a certain way to where everybody thought I rapped. My homie Broadway kept tryna get me to f-ck with it.” Sooner or later, it just felt meant to be, and that year, he made his rap debut with the recording of his first single. 

OGPD reflects on his roots and upbringing as he works to inspire his audience. “Just coming from the Bronx and living on 241st, you see so much sh-t from drugs. People dying, gang banging, and everybody tryna grind and get to it,” he says. “I saw 3 people get shot and murdered on my block in broad day. That sh-t made me think about ways to get out because this sh-t can’t be normal, but not on something to where I leave and don’t come back.” His purpose goes beyond his craft; it lies in his ultimate intent to give back. “It’s more of a way to impact people, and kids like me who don’t think there’s a way out.” Citing his father and music moguls like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Diddy, and Nipsey Hussle as his biggest influences, the artist has focused his sights not only on developing his artistry, but becoming a beacon of hope for others. Through it all, his motivations remain clear. “My family, my homies, and my hood, 241st and White Plains Road.”

With the release of his EP “1050” in January, OGPD has sunk into the unique angles with which he approaches his music, as well as the Caribbean-influenced melodies he attributes to his upbringing. The new project, now available on all streaming platforms and steered by its 3 lead singles “Flooded”, “Whenever”, and “Dolce Gabbana”, involves the artist stepping into and embracing all of his star qualities. Teasing another project in July and a visual to accompany one of its tracks, it is clear he is just getting started. “I make music to vibe to, to party to, and to motivate the hustlers and the people that are getting to it,” he states. “Y’all seeing the next big dope artist outta Atlanta.” 

You can stream “1050” on all platforms: Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Youtube, Soundcloud, and Pandora. Look out for OGPD’s latest videos on his Youtube channel, and keep up-to-date on all his upcoming work by following his Instagram, @_ogpd_! 

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ATL’s Skuffle Raises The Bar On New LP, ‘Rubberband Skuff’ 

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ATL’s Skuffle (@skuffle_) is back with a complete project jam-packed with hard-hitting production and gritty bars. The Georgia-bred MC grew up in a single-parent home and is no stranger to obstacles. After spending time in prison, he has progressed to making it out and creating the music that he hopes changes his whole family’s life. 

Drawing inspiration from the streets and his family, Skuffle is motivated to make it to the rap game’s top. His ear for production is helping him secure a fast-growing fan base in the ATL region. His latest LP is ten fire tracks with only one feature throughout the album. Visuals for singles like “Captain” and “50 Face Skuff” are still gaining some traction on YouTube. Rubberband Skuff is a solid statement to start Black History Month. He’s putting on for all the street rap legends before him.

Today, press play on the latest album, Rubberband Skuff, from ATL’s fast-rising street lyricist!

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Watch Tyler Loyal Step “Back In Dat Mode”

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Following the single’s premiere on the NFL Network ‘Sunday Spotlight’ segment earlier this month, So Rebel / AWAL signee Tyler Loyal (@TylerLoyal) unloads the Erikson Corniel (@EriksonCorniel) directed music video for his Sonni (@sonnimade) produced banger “Back In Dat Mode.” Surrounded by his day ones, Tyler rides around the city decked in a winter Supreme coat making it clear he’s officially outside again. [Image SourceYouTube]

Explaining the song’s central message in a statement to the press, the Beantown native explains:

“I’ve been at my lowest, living off Cup Noodles and cold cut sandwiches. I’ve also been in the presence of financial freedom. Both experiences brought me to the same conclusion, I need to get rich. I made a promise to myself at 8 years old that I would be the one in my family to break the barrier and every day I live on this earth I’m trying to get myself closer to that end goal. This song is for the hustlers. It’s what it feels like to be fed up with your current state, get up and get to the bag.”

Tyler Loyal is a Boston born genre bending artist, songwriter, and producer who holds an air of composure and confidence over every track that he touches. Having a passion for rapping since the age of eight. The Massachusetts native made his debut as a teenager in 2017 with his single “Better Off As Friends“, via SoundCloud, which accumulated 300K+ streams, with barely any promotion. As Tyler continued to develop his craft he would release in the following year his most played song across several platforms “The Bottom“, which helped solidify his buzz as an artist, especially in his local area. 

Consistent work and development continued the following years, and brought more well-received material such as “Enemy” in 2018, before he turned up the heat with several releases in 2019 including “Options,” “Gone For The Summer,” and the Jay Gwuapo featured track “Level Up.” Determined as ever, with more to prove Tyler linked with rapper Jay Critch for his early 2020 single “Hit Me leading into his debut project ‘When You Decide‘ in 2020 and the follow up project ‘Nova‘ in 2021; which featured standout cut “PSYCHO.”

Watch “Back In Dat Mode” and stream the record’s audio on your DSP of choice below and follow Tyler on Instagram | HERE

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Allison Kane, First Lady of Hip-Rock: The Name & Genre You Need To Know

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Beauty, brains, talent and clearly on the road to greatness, Allison Kane is currently on tour and possibly coming to a city near you. Who is Allison Kane, you ask? Well, if you don’t know the name, it’s time to get familiar.

The Oklahoma City bombshell is a self-produced singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. Inspired by the likes of Eminem and Pink, Allison brings an infectious flavor that attracts the masses like a moth to a flame. Crowned by many as the “First Lady of Hip-Rock“, Allison Kane brings a bold and sensual high energy to the stage; her style oozing of a balanced blend of Hip-Hop and Rock. 

Hailing from humble beginnings, Allison realized she was musically talented at the age of 12. She began listening to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and writing songs of her own. Music was not only a passion, but an escape from hardships and the bullying Allison would experience by the other kids at school. The bullying hurt, but Allison Kane would not be defined by it. More focused and determined than ever to follow her dreams, Kane went to her school counselor and managed to successfully skip a year of high school and graduate her junior year. She had already been living on her own since the age of 16, when her mom remarried, so she was now ready to fully spread her wings. 

Allison moved to New York with dreams of making it big, under the impression that this would be an easy task. However, life did it’s number, and she quickly found herself out of money and homeless, but she would not accept defeat. Battling depression, waiting tables, hustling for her dreams, Allison could write a book on what it truly takes to climb the ladder to success. It is her consistency even in trying times that afforded her the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Tay MoneyKodak Black and Kevin Gates; and just a year into going full throttle with her music career, Allison Kane is taking off.

As a buzzing artist on the rise, Allison has amassed over 15 million streams on Spotify in 2022, and we predict her numbers will continue to soar this year. Kane aspires to collab with Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Amy Lee and Pink in the future. She prides herself on hard work and consistency, and believes one must trust the process. When people think of Allison Kane, she wants to be remembered as someone who paved the way for others who may be disadvantaged. Three words of advice from Allison Kane, “Never give up!”

Follow AK on Instagram @iamAllisonKane and stream her latest below.

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