Rising in the ATL scene with his silky smooth blend of hard-nosed rap and tuneful R&B, Chino Cappin is ready to take his next step on the ladder to stardom. Detailing his life as a burgeoning star as he explores the pain that made him who he is, Chino announces Permanently Scarred, his next project. The 21-year-old artist is blessed with raspy tenor and a nimble delivery that allows him to switch seamlessly between acrobatic vocal runs and triplet rhymes. On Permanently Scarred, Chino levels up his songwriting, combining his supreme vocal skills with a refined lyrical approach: on songs like “Been A Minute” and recent single “Permanently Scarred,” Chino displays the determination that allowed him to escape a troubled past, and on uptempo numbers like “Money Crazy” and “Toxic,” he proves why he’s one of the most eligible bachelors in the Atlanta area. Home to buzzing singles like “Last Time,” a collaboration with Atlanta’s PopLord that has over 1.4 million views on YouTube, and “Demon,” which has over 470k of its own, Permanently Scarred arrives on January 28th via Alamo Records.
Along with the official announcement of Permanently Scarred, Chino shares the video for “Ed, Edd, Eddy,” his latest single. Originally shared as a live performance on 4 Shooters Only and a snippet that earned an IG shoutout from 21 Savage, the new single is an uptempo and braggadocious heater, as Chino talks his smack with an infectiously rhythmic flow: “Count a hunnid with my eyes closed, tell me how that feel now?” The Cartoon Network-referencing single adds a verse from 21 Lil Harold, who weaves between bass blasts with a casual menace. In the video, directed by BPace & Nash B, Chino and Lil Harold command a squadron of masked baddies, ordering them to teach a lesson to a former friend who squealed to the feds. Switching between color and black-and-white and juggling multiple timelines, the video is a stylish confirmation of Chino’s rock-solid street bonafides.
2021 was a busy year for Chino Cappin, as he continued his rise out of his small hometown of Fort Valley, GA on his way to the top of the ATL hip-hop scene. The artist shared Ladders, his first project released by Alamo, characterized by his relatable lyricism and infectious vocal lines. Home to recent videos like the Willie Hutch-sampling “Money On My Mind” and the playful “Still Loading,” Ladders drips with the bravado of a man confident in his abilities. In June, Chino shared F*CC It BaCC To The BasiCs, a new mixtape that finds Chino rhyming over instrumentals from all eras, focusing on R&B and rap from the early ’00s, including samples of songs by MoneybaggYo, Usher, and more. As built buzz with singles like the sultry break-up anthem “Fake Love” and the Metro Marrs-featuring “Hot Sh*t,” Chino earned praise from UPROXX and Dummy Mag, told his story in an interview with Dirty-Glove Bastard, and accompanied K Camp on his “Float Tour” in the fall.
On the upcoming Permanently Scarred, Chino shows that he’s ready to explode out of his hometown in rural Georgia and draw new connections between rap and R&B on a national scale. Be prepared: 2022 begins Chino Cappin Szn.
Rich Amiri Drops “FORZA FREESTYLE”
Armed with a bottomless arsenal of flows and a powerful basso voice, Rich Amiri is a commanding presence on every track he touches. Taking a page from motorsports as he speeds through life, Amiri shares a video for “FORZA FREESTYLE,” a highlight from his new album, GHETTO FABULOUS. Produced by Zuko and Ghostrage, “FORZA FREESTYLE” finds a confident Amiri unfurling off-the-cuff flexes, swerving around 808 blasts and synth stabs like an Italian supercar. In the video, directed by Keaton Jones, Amiri whips his Tesla to a hillside L.A. mansion, where he relaxes with a beautiful woman and totes his firearm.
Rich Amiri flexes his muscular sense of melody pm GHETTO FABULOUS, Amiri’s latest release for Internet Money Record, which racked up over 12.5 million streams to date. Spanning 14 tracks, the new project from the Internet Money Records signee features some of the famed collective’s most luxurious production to date–Rio Leyva takes the helm behind boards, with credits on 12 of the project’s 14 tracks, welcoming contributions from IM fellows like founder Taz Taylor, Census, and ThankYouWill, plus unaffiliated associates like Zuko and maxvon. Shouldering the load with no features necessary, Amiri takes advantage of the room-enveloping production, his bellowing bass cutting through the cavernous atmosphere with commanding authority and unpredictable melodics.
2023 has been a busy year for Rich Amiri. Earlier this year, Rich Amiri announced his signing to Internet Money Records, making his longstanding relationship with the artist-producer collective official. Shortly afterward, Amiri dropped EVOLUTION, entirely produced by Internet Money, featuring singles like “Poppin” ft. Lil Tecca and “Salty.” The 12-track project was his biggest step yet in his rise from SoundCloud to nascent stardom. In 2021, he released his hit “Never Fail,” which recently surpassed 3 million streams on SoundCloud, which sparked a series of underground hits. Last year, the rapper shared his debut EP For The Better, which featured guest spots from Summrs, jaydes, and others.
Stay tuned for more music and videos from Rich Amiri coming soon, and check him out live on March 17th at Rolling Loud California.
GHETTO FABULOUS is available everywhere via Internet Money Records/10K Projects.
Dee-1 Releases New Visual “Lines Drawn”
Emmy-nominated educator turned entertainer, Dee-1 (@Dee1music) addresses critics and fans alike in the official music video for the Danny Beats-produced single “Lines Drawn,” following his viral interview on Sway In The Morning centered around industry hypycrosy. Filmed by Tufts University‘s own Jalen Hill, a student enrolled in the New Orleans native’s “The Intersection of Hip Hop and Social Change” course, the timely track and its accompanying visual postdate Dee’s previously released album UNO. Serving as the first official leak from his forthcoming LP From The Hood To Harvard, the song is a beacon of light as unfavorable headlines engulf online media.
“I did this song as a response to the industry being so shaken by me drawing a line in the sand and saying that we need some accountability for the messages we’re glorifying inside Hip-Hop. This is part one, there’s more on the way. A shift is happening from a genre and cultural perspective,” says the National Social Emotional Learning Consultant in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency about the release.
Award-winning rapper. educator, host, activist, business owner, and keynote speaker are synonymous with Louisiana‘s Dee-1. The Nasir “Nas” Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University is a Billboard Top 10 charting, game-changing MC with a persona to match his penmanship. He’s transitioned from being a middle school math teacher in The Boot to a Hip-Hop heavyweight with much more to accomplish. He has released 10 albums and 21 projects thus far in his career.
Dee-1’s music is part of a bigger lifestyle movement called Mission Vision, which centers around three core principles: Be Real. Be Righteous. Be Relevant. In 2020, Dee received the prestigious NAACP “Power of Influence Award,” highlighting his community activism and commitment to inspiring the youth. In 2021, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “The Manhattan Project,” but he lost to Michelle Obama. Later that year, Dee was appointed to the “Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys” by Governor John Bel Edwards, making him the first rapper in Louisiana history to become a governor’s appointee.
Watch the HD clip for “Lines Drawn” on YouTube and stream the single via Audiomack below. For a limited time you can purchase an advanced copy of From The Hood To Harvard exclusively on EVEN, here.
Dredloc Esco Shares “On The Low”
Florida rapper Dredloc Esco presents the music video for “On The Low”, his new single produced by Dynasty Beats. The St. Petersburg native has dropped a steady stream of music throughout 2023, notably “Addresses” (watch the official video on Youtube), “See Me Ballin” (watch the official lyric video on Youtube) and “24” (watch the official lyric video on Youtube). These singles add to a discography which includes full-lengths like Paycation, Cut 2 Deep with Yo Simi, and Color Blind Chopped Not Slopped with OG Ron C. Dredloc describes his new single as “hustle music at it finest, with a touch of Afrobeat to keep you grooving at the same time. If you love getting money over partying and spending money, put this song in your playlist”. “On The Low” is out now on BigBuc Entertainment.