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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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Mike Atlas Released His New Single “Graveyard Story”

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Houston, Texas Native Mike Atlas looks to go worldwide with his new single “Graveyard Story.” With his lethal and melodic sound, he looks to inspire many throughout the world, showing that anything is possible through his hard work and dedication. This lyrical nightmare is inspired by some of the greats. (Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few).

2021 was a hard year for the independent artist. Losing two of his closest friends and biggest supporters through his journey was tough, but added more fuel to his fire and desire. “I feel they driving me to a higher purpose with my talents to truly live out my dream not only for them but myself.” Through his strength and determination the Houston rapper looks to make his mark in 2022 after a rough 2021.

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Pluggworld Drops Anticipated Album, ‘Tug of War’

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LA based music group Pluggworld is ready for the world to hear their newest album “Tug of War”. This will be the bands fifth album, already making moves with two singles: “Chick Filet” and “Show & Tell”  which received over one million views on Worldstar and over a quarter of a million views on Youtube, respectfully. Pluggworld offers a fresh and raw perspective to live instruments in hop hop, as well as the fusion of various styles and genres within their work. As far as their latest body of work, Pluggworld describes their album as being “a sonic journey through our experience maneuvering and making our way in LA trying to get money and dealing with relationships and women issues. The tug of war is money and success pulling for our time on one side, and the relationships and love pulling us on the other side.” Pluggworld is proud of their skill and very excited to share their newest album with the world.

Q: What inspired your Band name? 

A: Pluggworld , we want to connect people to the source. Also in the studio there were always plugs everywhere due to the various instruments we play and the equipment we use and amps, etc. So the name just kinda fit.

Q: What genre of music do you produce and what is your favorite to produce? 

A: We make music from several different genres, primarily Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, and R&B. We often like to fuse these styles into one song, that’s probably our favorite thing to do. It’s like cooking, and creating new recipes.

Q:  How would you describe your sound/style?

A: Our sound can be described as Vibey. We love to incorporate the heavy low-end and percussions of modern Hip Hop, and then layer lush guitar chords on top, then we finish off with undeniable vocal melodies. We play instruments, so that’s something we like to highlight in our music as well. Whether that be guitar, bass, keys or Saxophone. Also, when it comes to rapping, we do it at the highest level.

Q: In your opinion, what makes you stand out from other/current producers out there?

A: Other artists in hip hop right now, don’t play guitar and rap and produce. They usually have to call in a guitarist, we don’t. We also are able to maneuver between different genres seamlessly. You’ll hear that on the project. You could go from a banger to a ballad the next song, and it doesn’t feel out of place.

The album “Tug of War” is available on all streaming services.

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Lor Sosa & Soulja Boy Chart Billboard With “Drake”

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Lor Sosa taps Soulja Boy for the release of his single and music video “Drake.” A subtle reference to both the multi-platinum rapper and Draco AK47, both artists trade verses filled with witty bars and references.

“Once I knew it was possible to make the collab happen I got straight to work sourcing a beat. At the same time, I was also given the opportunity to work with producers from Tate Kobangz’s “28” production group,” he tells us.

“Drake” debuted at position #13 on the Billboard charts during its first week. Within a month of its release, the visual effort managed to garner 4M views on YouTube as well as #4 on iTunes. Watch “Drake” below.

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