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AUGUST 08 shares new visual “Minivan”; Releases new album Seasickvvvv

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  August 08 – the genre-bending LA-based artist who has garnered critical acclaim for his work with 88 Rising, along with the release of his debut EP Towards The Sun and follow-up EP Towards The Moon – now releases SEASICK, his two-part album project available today via ALLEL/Def Jam Recordings.  August 08 is the first signing to ALLEL Sound, the new label venture from six-time Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum Def Jam labelmate Jhené Aiko. 

SEASICK includes the tracks “500 Days”“Keep Me Around”, and “Water Sign” featuring Jhené Aiko. 


SEASICK takes listeners through a thematic arc tracking the emotional journey that comes with a relationship’s demise. Through every phase along the way, August employs his delicately powerful tenor and spurts of wounded falsetto to make music that feels deeply vulnerable. He distills tender memories of fractured romance and coming-of-age trauma through a glittering, shapeshifting mix of sounds that include dreamy folk, lush R&B, simmering rock, and otherworldly experiments that defy categorization altogether.


In February, August took over MTV’s Instagram for a live jam session that included “Keep Me Around.”  The song, with its diverse, emotional, and powerful sound, “speaks to the willingly complicated dynamic in relationships,” August said.  “That beautifully painful confusion. That piece of fear we all have as we dive into trusting someone new, even though we know, with every fiber of our being, that we could be either hurt or fall madly in love. I wanted to express each side and feel every feeling. As I take my steps to grow, this song speaks to the journey to happiness.”


In addition to working on his album project, August 08 took a side trip to collaborate with Amazon Originals on a shimmering, soaring version of “Retrograde” by James Blake.  The track (released December 2021) can be heard on Amazon Music’s PRSM playlist, which spotlights undefined sounds by some of today’s most talented Black artists.

Los Angeles native August 08 (August Grant), released his debut EP Father in 2018, followed by 2019’s Happy Endings with an Asterisk.  In 2020, he released his most critically acclaimed work, the Emotional Cuh EP which Atwood magazine said, “captures the depth, pain, passion, and truth that resonates throughout August 08’s artistry and music.”

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ATAK Releases Demon [Prod. By DJ Plugg]

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West Denver native ATAK drops new visuals to “Demon” off of his upcoming Prayers EP. Produced by DJ Plugg. Directed by GG Productions.

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Stephen Herman Jr. & Bubba Sparxxx Shares “Life’s Quite Nice”

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Stephen Herman Jr. and Bubba Sparxxx are back with a brand new single, “Life’s Quite Nice,” and it’s a must listen! Originally crafted by Herman Jr., this track took on new dimensions when Bubba Sparxxx got involved, infusing it with fresh, classic energy and depth.

Drawing inspiration from Bubba Sparxxx’s iconic hit “Deliverance,” the result is a mesmerizing blend of heartfelt lyrics, captivating melodies, and soulful vibes that will resonate with listeners of all backgrounds.

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Big YBA Show & Prove With ‘Definition Of Living’ Deluxe Album

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Upping the ante, NC representative Big YBA unloads the Deluxe edition of his most recent album the Definition of Living. Featuring five new tracks including “New York,” “For Your Love,” “Rap Assassin,” “Rebellious,” and “Cut ‘Em Off,” which was premiered by way of popular live performance platform Off The Curb, the enhanced body of work accents the original flawlessly.

Three months removed from his “Swag Surfin'” sampling collaboration “Hypnotic” featuring Rich The Kid signee SetitOff83 and the strategic seeding of LP standouts “30, “Rookie, “Lord Forgive Me,” “Venting Session,” “Mercy,” and “DOA,” the now 20 track collection of songs includes a lone guest appearance from GetRichZay while production duties are handled by Jozzex, KH Beatz, Maineestreamm, Prod No Heart, and Trippy XVI.

Raised in Durham, Big YBA is rapidly emerging as one of the most electrifying young artists from the Carolinas. With a brand built on authenticity, his versatility and melodic sound have allowed him to break through the industry release after release. Determined to experience success outside of his hometown, he views his personal and professional growth as motivation for listeners with similar ambitions.

Stream the Definition of Living (Deluxe) via Nu Nation / Vydia as well as watch his Off The Curb performance visual for “Cut ‘Em Off” after the jump.

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