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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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Poiison & Styles P Drops New Collaboration “Big Boys”

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The LOX’s Styles P joins Poiison in the Boss Life Music Group presented music video for “Big Boys.” Serving as the commercial follow up to 2023’s “I Can’t Fall In Love” with Sha Money XL, which has already organically earned 100K+ streams since it’s debut in October, the Hip-Hop vocalist/songwriter finds herself trading bars with the decorated D-Block diplomat and fellow New York native about navigating romantic relationships without proper male guidance.

Hailing from Queens, Poiison passionately channels her life experiences into music, infusing pop and soul melodies with profound lyrical skill. Inspired by diverse artists like Madonna, Sade, Rick James, Lil Wayne, and Travis Scott she maintains a unique sound that captivates listeners; making their hearts and bodies move. As a multi-talented creative, Poiison actively oversees the details of her visuals, taking on the role of director to authentically deliver her perspective to the world with a fun and magnanimous spirit.

Her star quality and charisma are undeniably evident in her content. Parallel to her imagination, the release of her La Madrina mixtape series echoed creativity while showcasing her interpretation of well known industry records. Poiison’s development has led to performances alongside renowned artists such as 50 Cent, Ciara, and Robin Thicke. Poiison strives to create timeless music that conveys powerful messages rooted in real-life stories.

Press play on the Nimi Hendrix-directed visual for “Big Boys” as well as stream the official audio below via Roc Nation’s indie distribution company Equity.

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Josvani Releases New Single “Low Lights” Ahead Of Tour

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Josvani has released a new track called “Low Lights” which is accompanied by a seductive visual. The beat of the song is irresistible and will make you dance. The lyrics depict a day in Josvani’s life and his struggles with entanglements.

“Low Lights” filmed by Nimi Hendrix showcases New York City’s beauty and Josvani’s calm demeanor. He expresses his position with facts, not arrogance, making him an instant fan favorite.

As Josvani gains momentum, he is heading on tour with T-Rell, 4fargo, Pretty Brayah and friends.

“Low Lights” is out now on all major streaming platforms. Follow Josvani on Instagram for updates on his new releases and upcoming events.

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Ryck Jane Sets The Tone With “No Problems” + “You Gone Learn Today”

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The first thing we see in Neesin Williams’s vibrant video for “You Gone Learn Today” is Ryck Jane’s earrings. They’re hard to miss — and they also might’ve been a challenge to wear. The two matching accessories that dangle from the rapper’s lobes appear to be made of solid gold. But the most notable thing about them is what they signify. They’re L.A. logos: twin declarations of allegiance to the city and scene that made her.

Even without the earrings, fans would know exactly where Ryck Jane was from. It’s not just her California drawl, the left coast pattern of her cadences, or the hard Los Angeleno funk that forms the bedrock of her irresistible recordings. It’s also in her dedication to glamour and her scrupulous attention to every detail of presentation. Jane knows exactly how to showcase her fierce individuality. She may be a new artist, but she handles herself like a showbiz veteran. She believes that she was born to inhabit the spotlight — and single after single, she demonstrates that her confidence isn’t misplaced.

“You Gone Learn Today” is her boldest declaration of autonomy yet. On the track, Ryck Jane raps about the inevitability of her rise and underscores her theme with a performance that’s relentless, colorful, and loaded with personality. Call it a message to the nonbelievers — who are getting harder and harder to find. The production backs up her boasts: the track is muscular and hypnotic, decorated with a thick, serpentine bass synthesizer lead, skittering beats, a thumping kick drum, and chanted backing vocals. The deep musicality of the track arrangement is a reminder that long before Ryck Jane found fame as an independent rapper, she’d distinguished herself as a trumpeter.

That horn shows up on “No Problems. The track is a centerpiece of Jane Got A Gun, the rapper’s scalding 2023 album. It’s slinkier and more subtle than the rambunctious “You Gone Learn Today,” but as the video makes clear, it’s another message to the world that Ryck James can’t be stopped. Just like the “You Gone Learn Today” video clip, “No Problems” is a showcase for the artist’s unique, and unerring sense of style.  It’s all here, and it’s all wild, and worn with the self-possession of a queen.

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