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Cocanina releases personal manifesto with “Do My Best,” showcasing her authentic, vulnerable, and cathartic sound

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Cocanina is a singer from Toronto, Canada, on the brink of motherhood and stardom.

Cocanina is a songstress from Toronto, Canada, that is blooming with potential, as she just released her new track, “Do My Best.” The song is cathartic as it is about her journey into motherhood, a journey into the unknown, so Cocanina leaves it all out on the track, claiming that no matter what, she will “Do Her Best.” 

She talks about her trials and tribulations as someone who was not expecting to be pregnant yet still feels blessed with the opportunity.

“I did my first ultrasound thinking I had an ulcer, and they told me I was pregnant,” Cocanina. “I went straight to the studio and tracked the song. When I heard the heartbeat and realized I was going to be a mom, I never felt so alive.” 

The track is introspective yet has this mesmerizing flow and electrifying tune that makes the track pure anthem! Cocanina keeps it real, even admitting she might slip up and not be the perfect mom, but she will always love and do everything for her kid. And that is all that matters. On the track, Cocanina serenades how she and her kid are “meant to be together, like the Earth around the Sun.”

Cocanina’s song is a vulnerable proclamation, as she talks about her future, her relationship with her future kid, and just feelings of concern, as she explains, “no longer being single, forever an attachment. Being a mom and accepting the fact that life is going to change in a major way. Finding the light in the situation and being excited and terrified at the same time.” 

Cocanina’s “Do My Best” hits in all the right ways as she reflects on not pursuing music in the song to being scared she won’t be a good mother. Cocanina leaves her listeners with this relatable fear of being a good parent, portraying that authentically and realistically, making her stand out even more as an artist and a lyricist. 

Be sure to stay in touch with Cocanina via social media Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok @Cocanina5, her website Website: www.cocanina.com, and on Facebook: cocaninaslimnina to see any forthcoming music is coming your way! As Cocanina is working on a follow-up to her “401 West” single. As well as a “Caribbean EP for [her] Trinidad people in December, and then a full-length album in February.” 

In the meantime, check out Cocanina’s latest release, “Do My Best,” below! 

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BK Bruisers DUSTY LOCANE and TaTa Connect for “WRAP EM UP”

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DUSTY LOCANE obliterates instrumentals with his booming basso delivery, commanding each track like a drill sergeant in boot camp. Joining forces with another rising star from his home borough, the Brooklyn bruiser shares WRAP EM UP,” a scintillating new video. On “WRAP EM UP,” DUSTY goes back and forth with 41 standout TaTa, his gravelly charisma providing the perfect counterpoint to TaTa’s manic energy, as they sing each other’s praises: “No cap, the knocker make him lift/And I’m with Dusty posted on the 5th,” says TaTa. The video finds the drill duo strutting their stuff in a graffitied soundstage, flanked by Brooklyn baddies and an emerald green Lambo as they energetically perform their verses.

“WRAP EM UP” is a highlight from  NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH, a sinister project that dropped on Halloween. The new tape continues to cement the Canarsie native’s chokehold on the Brooklyn drill scene, while also taking the time to showcase the talents of DUSTY’s 95MM crew, including 3KizzyKajun Waters, who recently teamed with DUSTY for the new banger “Chevelle,” SFIV5Stelly Hundo, and OMB Jay Dee. Home to highlights like PRESSURE” and FLU GANG,” and the buzzing single ROLANDO 2 (Catch The Rain)” (1.1 million views in 2 weeks), NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH is available everywhere via EMPIRE.

NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH continues a busy year for DUSTY LOCANE. He recently teamed up with his EMPIRE associates Rah Swish, OnPointLikeOP, and Ron Suno for the fierce SAY DAT EP,  home to peerless posse cuts like BUST DOWN” (1.2 million views) and “ANGELS & DEMONS” (1.1 million views). Earlier in the year, DUSTY dropped the ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN EP, which collected each installment of DUSTY, “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN ”  singles, including the recent “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN Pt. 3 (BEEN ROLLIN),” it’s TikTok-viral predecessor, and the GOLD certified original. The EP also featured his second-ever single, “Rolando (Caught In The Rain),” which generated hundreds of millions of streams across platforms.

With his suvies at his back and much further to rise, DUSTY LOCANE is well on his way toward taking over the Brooklyn scene.

Watch “WRAP EM UP” ft. TaTa here!

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Jay Critch Shares “Up All Night,” A Breezy Party Anthem

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Putting his borough on his back as he continues a new phase of his career, Jay Critch is on a mission to ascend to NYC rap’s upper echelon. Showing us how he throws down in a breezy new banger, Jay Critch shares Up All Night.” Produced by Cozier, who applies an Afrobeats-inflected bounce under slinky keyboards and plinking xylophones, “Up All Night” finds Critch thinking about how far he’s come, from Clinton Hill corners to penthouses in Manhattan. Though he has more than he ever thought he’d have, “Up All Night” proves that all the success in the world won’t keep him from looking over his shoulder: “I been feelin’ paranoid, got me runnin’ red lights/Back when I was doin’ wrong, I was movin’ so right/Now I’m livin so fast, still prayin’ at night.” Despite his demons, Critch resolves to celebrate life’s pleasures, large and small: “I’m on the plane thinkin’ bout all the times I was out in the cold now I got my wrist frozen.” The video finds the 24-year-old rhymer traveling to Trinidad & Tobago for tropical days and debaucherous late nights.

“Up All Night” is the latest in a run of singles from the 24-year-old Brooklyn rapper. In September, he reconnected with his mentor and frequent collaborator Rich The Kid for only the second time since 2019 with his single Lefty” (over 1 million views). In August, Critch shared the beat-shifting banger Close To Me/Active,” combining two hard-hitting songs into one and proving why he remains Brooklyn’s big dog. Earlier this year, Critch connected with Harry Fraud for the airy, REVOLT-praised “Born With It.”

Since he burst onto the scene as a teenager with singles like “Ad Libs” and the beloved Hood Favorite mixtape, Jay Critch has been one of New York’s favorite sons. His collaborations with Rich The Kid and Famous Dex on the Rich Forever mixtape series remain the stuff of legend, but he hasn’t stopped switching up his style or releasing new heat for the streets. His 23-track 2021 effort Critch Tape found the artist expanding his sound to absorb drill and other prevailing street styles. The tape featured collaborations with fellow New Yorkers Fivio Foreign and Lil Tjay, as well as influential figures Skillibeng and Drakeo The Ruler. Critch recently expanded his CV to include modeling, as he modeled for the Kors x Ellesse campaign alongside Emily Ratajkowski earlier this year.

Currently hard at work on Jugg Season, his upcoming follow-up to Critch Tape, the Clinton Hill colossus prepares to resume his Five Borough takeover. Stay tuned for much more.

Watch “Up All Night” here!

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Matt McGhee Shows Extreme Growth On ‘ESFN(Extended Play)’ 

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Matt McGhee (@Mattxmcghee) is continually proving why he’s one of one within the DMV music scene. His last LP, Everything Starts From Now, received critical acclaim, but he was not able to promote his project due to the pandemic properly. Now with a few years of experience behind him, he’s back with his newest album, ESFN (Extended Play). The 7-track project is a culmination of the thoughts and experiences he gained throughout his brief musical hiatus. The versatile wordsmith has been on a quest to take his music to the next level since his inception into the game.

Today, Matt McGhee is treating music like a business. After crafting his new GRAM Intl. imprint, he has helped create moments for his exciting roster. “I Like (You)” features budding DMV-based R&B superstar Al Hostile. The outro track serves as a cherry on top of an album that feels like dessert for his initial LP. “These Exchanges” has been a fan favorite since its release. The radio-friendly bop features LVRN’s new melodic star, Alex Vaughn

Fans of McGhee are excited to see what’s next for the confident recording artist leading into 2023. Although he isn’t too worried about what people think, it is clear that he is looking to become the best version of himself musically. Although he posts sparingly on social media, it is hard to know what the enigmatic rapper is up to. 

For now, press play on ESFN (Extended Play) today!

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