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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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Westside Webb Represents For The West Coast In New Project ‘Player Games Pt.1’

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Westside Webb is representing the west coast and speaks on the game of life through his newest project ‘Player Games Pt. 1’ and brings several meaningful tracks about hustle, grind, and struggle. Through ‘Player Games Pt.1,’ the Long Beach, CA native delivers a smooth yet impactful flow, with each track offering a new perspective and story. Westside Webb went the extra mile to develop this masterpiece, and each track builds on the theme of life as well as his own experiences.

In his own words, Westside Webb mentioned, “Life inspired this project. Everyday hustle, struggle, and living.” He further added, “Nothing is easy. Continue to be the player you are because we’re all playing this game called life. And know that when it gets rough, stay down, because that’s how it’s supposed to feel.”

Webb believes that life is not supposed to be easy and that everyone has their own battles to conquer. When the going gets tough, the only logical thing is to keep pushing as there is light at the end of the tunnel. This incredible message is one of the main reasons behind the growing traction of Westside Webb. 

His career is filled with phenomenal pieces like “Progress” and “Can’t Relate,” as this artist is no beginner in the music scene. While maintaining extensive professional experience, this artist focuses primarily on developing his craft. Thousands of fans tune in to his tracks daily, and Westside Webb intends to dominate the industry in the coming years. 

“I feel like music speaks a foreign language and only a few understand, and I definitely understand,” he says. “It makes my soul feel good, it makes me happy to see people happy while listening to something I created from scratch from my own thought process.”

Fresh off the heels of the music video release for his single “Different Goals,” Westside Webb is continuing the momentum and will continue to shoot music videos in the next couple of months. In the meantime, stream ‘Player Games Pt. 1’ below.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5nvM7Ea5Z6f8H4jZMZYvLZ?si=oFAZyVheTQmxivKRMpSB7g

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/westside-webb/1207110346

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Ray iLLa has been putting up work!

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One of the 3rd largest music markets in the world, Chicago, is filled with some of the most accomplished and clever musicians.  A prime example is Ray iLLa, an East Sider who was a former unknown five years ago.  As a new and upcoming artist, Ray had a good ear for music, and a teacher saw something in him.  By peaking his interest with an opportunity to play drums, Ray got the jump start and support he needed and which kicked everything off. His family members also familiar with the music began discovering different instruments. Ray expanded into rapping and found the beauty in music, which led to songwriting. Eventually, the music therapy worked for Ray, and he started to record his own music.

The crime rate in Chicago was always high, but Ray was satisfied with making music, and he never stopped progressing.   Indeed, Ray was on the verge of accomplishing his dreams. He started to improve his music and craft by making good music that resonated with his listeners.

He was recently asked to perform at the A3C music festival, one of the largest music festivals in the US.  His lyrics were provoking and powerful, cheering the crowd and highlighting the fantastic and satisfying music. His career is based on his never-ending love for music, and that’s the key to his success.

The passion and energy required to play music has rapidly increased for many new musicians.  This new energy inspired Ray and now is all set for what he has been planning nights and working the club scene in order to explore the wide variety of audiences. In the meantime, Ray is diligently planning to make his hometown Chicago the key to brand awareness and sending his brand to the top of the charts within the next few years.

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Gaze up to the sky with Azalyne on her latest audio and visual “Clouds”

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14 year-old multi-talented instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer based in Toronto, ON – Azalyne – has unleashed her latest record titled “Clouds.” ​​The soulful and dreamy track showcases Azalyne’s vocals in a way that audiences can relate to and hear the passion in every lyric. At just 14, Azalyne has a powerful and commanding voice, and is an artist who believes in creating timeless pieces everyone can enjoy.

The melodic tune of her latest release “Clouds” is sure to serve as an anthem for the inquisitive. Produced by Azalyne, Sspiketrap, Anté O’Connor, and Paula Griffith, “Clouds” takes audiences on a new journey through the sky and listeners can truly get lost in the melodies. 

With a sound that intertwines between contemporary R&B and jazz, Azalyne’s new dreamy track “Clouds” is also accompanied by a music video (directed by Thomas Obewu) that perfectly matches the aesthetic and vibe of the song.

However, Azalyne is not exactly a newcomer to creating feel good moments and music that audiences can enjoy. Since the age of 4, Azalyne has performed live shows and has found a passion through music. Her journey over these years has been successfully gaining traction, and Azalyne’s primary focus moving forward is diversifying her style, continuing to evolve, and reaching more audiences. 

“‘Clouds’ is about detaching yourself from your own life,” Azalyne said in a recent interview. “When you are outside staring up at the clouds, you get lost in everything around you. The clouds mesmerize you while you’re thinking about someone who is not acknowledging you. You sit in silence watching the ‘Clouds,’ waiting for a response that will never come.”

Azalyne has a classic and contemporary sounds that resonate with audiences from all walks of life, and “Clouds” serves as a great introduction to her voice. When it came to the process of how she created the song, Azalyne elaborated: “I was listening to instrumentals when one resonated with me. I would then create the lyrics and melodies on the spot. I capture these feelings with Ante O’Connor and Paula Griffith.”

“Clouds” is the first of two singles including “Fragments” off Azalyne’s forthcoming 5-track EP named after the latter track, Fragments. This will be Azalyne’s first full body of work and will introduce her mesmeric sound to a wider audience.

Watch the music video and listen to the audio below, as we await her next projects.

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