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COCHISE LEVELS UP WITH THE ETHEREAL NEW ALBUM ‘THE INSPECTION’, FT CHIEF KEEF, YOUNG NUDY & MORE

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With a wide-ranging experimental taste and talent to match, Florida emcee Cochise occupies an artistic universe that is entirely his own. Sharing a collection of spitfire verses and otherworldly rap songs, the 24-year-old shares ‘THE INSPECTION’, his most accomplished full-length album to date. As an expansive effort that alternates between buzzing synth melodies and distorted 808s, THE INSPECTION finds the emcee reconciling his life as a rising hip-hop star as he reaches new heights with superb production and unapologetic bars. Listen HERE
 
The new album allows Cochise to embrace an exploratory attitude that’s reflected by his creative & imaginative album cover. Cochise produced or co-produced most of the songs on the record and worked with his frequent collaborator Chivalry to bring the songs to life visually including the incredible new video for “FINALLY” and previously released “TURN IT UP”. Featuring star-studded guest appearances from Chief Keef and Young Nudy, THE INSPECTION is available everywhere via Columbia Records. Watch the “FINALLY” video HERE
 
I was listening to a lot of music, well-constructed albums, albums that have a meaning to them and realized that I wanted to take my music to a serious level” says Cochise. “Rather than making music anyone can listen to or filler music, I wanted to make real music, something people would recognize and consume” when discussing the new album.
 
THE INSPECTION capitalizes off the momentum generated by Cochise’s success of 2021, in which he made major moves that helped him grow his audience to more than 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. As one of XXL’s newly named 2022 Freshman, Cochise earned his first PLATINUM plaque and Billboard Hot 100 for “Tell Em” with $NOT racking over 31 million video views on the Cole Bennet-directed visual. Cochise showed off his live performance chops supporting Aminé’s Best Tour Ever tour, doing 16 dates across the US and at festivals like So What! Festival and Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash, while being recognized on publications like WonderlandMiami New TimesFLAUNT and HotNewHipHop. In 2021, Cochise made his mark with his album Benbow Crescent, home to singles like “SANJI”, “Plasma” and GOLD-certified hit “Hatchback”.
 
Along with THE INSPECTION, Cochise releases a new line of merchandise which includes multiple goodies and t-shirt designs. Fans can purchase the new merch at https://cochiseofficial.com in the coming weeks, follow Cochise on socials for release dates. 
 
With THE INSPECTION on the way, Cochise is on slate for reaching yet another level of artistry and stardom this year. Keep an eye on the young rapper as he continues to evolve into an icon on his own uncompromising terms while hitting the stages this year for Lollapalooza, Fvded In The Park, Last Big Party, Life is Beautiful, Ilesoniq and Firefly Music festivals.

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Alex Jean & Darkchild Find A Way With “I Need Faith”

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Sampling Tem’s “Me & U,” Haitian Hip-Hop artist Alex Jean recruits Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Rodney Jerkins for his latest leak “I Need Faith.” Co-produced by Jack Lawson, the infectious yet inspirational cut finds the Florida native effortlessly rapping the song’s lyrics with his larger than life vocals. The record marks Jean’s addition to Darkchild’s Alienz Alive label and preview of what new found fans can expect going forward.

Born and raised in Orlando with an older sister and their parents, Alex Jean is no stranger to adversity or achievement. Though early on in grade school he was a self described troublemaker, getting into fights and causing mischief, his family eventually moved into a well to do neighborhood where he received a more suitable education. The graduate of Lake Minneola Highschool, credits his father’s musical talents, Michael Jackson, Reggaeton acts like Don Omar and the strong bond with his sibling as the foundation for his forward progression.

Prior to making the decision to be a full time recording artist, Alex thought he was going to be a guitarist but soon realized his voice was ultimately the instrument he’d be using to help influence the world and help people in it find freedom. Last year his “Love Like That” collaboration with Hulvey & Torey D’Shaun reached No. 45 on Billboard’s HCS chart and with new music loaded up he’s poised to make a lasting impact that transcends the status quo.

Stream “I Need Faith” on your DSP of choice below via Alienz Alive and follow Alex Jean on IG | HERE.

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Olumide Releases Hot New Track “New Keys”

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Rick Ross producer Dizzee Beats handles instrumentation for Olumide”s Summer single “New Keys.” What better way to let the streets know you’re officially outside and ready to be seen? Pulling up in head turning transportation. On his timely track “New Keys,” the East Coast emcee takes a break from his more conscious content and catches a vibe played best in the express lane.

Speaking to Medium Creative Agency about his new song, the P.G. County native states: “This that feel good, bass heavy, braggadocious track. Whether you got something to be proud of or just want to stunt, this is that record.”

Olumide grew up in Maryland, where he casually began to make music with his brother as a high school student. His talent blossomed quickly, and soon, it became apparent that he was destined for bigger things. Olumide began performing in front of any audience that would have him, rapidly upgrading to multiple appearances at Baltimore Soundstage. Easily one of the most promising artists to emerge from the DMV, Olumide officially secured his spot sonically with the release of #BeenDope (Mixtape), which currently boasts millions of streams. Solidifying himself on the stage alongside Hip-Hop heavyweights like Curren$y and A Boogie wit da Hoodie as well as in the booth with other local entertainers like WillThaRapper and Ciscero, Olumide is a man on a mission, refining his craft and further developing his impressive lyrical abilities.

Stream “New Keys” on your DSP of choice via PGN Records below.

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Chelsea Pastel Releases New Song “2 Much”

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If sharing the same bill as Rapsody,joining Ebro forApple Music‘s DISCOVERED, catching the attention of HOT 97 as well as iHeartRadio, and being added to TIDAL‘s Hip-Hop: RISING playlist all while consistently releasing quality content wasn’t enough to convince critiques that Cleveland‘s Chelsea Pastel (@chelsea_pastel) is poised to be crowned Rap royalty, her newest release is sure to solidify just that. On “2 Much,” the follow up to “Greener” & “Price Going Up,” the Ohio outlier partners with MajorStage (@MajorStageMusic) to deliver a unique live performance experience that personifies song lyrics “too much talk with no action where I’m from we call it cap.” 

Starting with a powerful intro, “2 Much” explodes into an earthshaking drop, featuring a hook so addictive you’ll be shouting it all day long. Channeling the gritty sound pioneered by acts like Three 6 MafiaA$AP MobFather, and Key!, the song successfully brings nostalgia while putting a fresh twist on the current female rap scene. Recorded in a home studio session amongst friends, the infectious energy of “2 Much” shines through every bar. 

Born and bred in Forest City, Chelsea found her passion for music early on, which led her to enroll in the Cleveland School of Arts. After graduating, Chelsea began to make a name for herself throughout the Midwest and beyond. Her unique sonic style, catchy hooks, and lyrical prowess have earned her the title of Cleveland’s Next Up talent.

Apart from accolades, which include being featured regionally on WKYC and Dirty Glove Bastard as well as national recognition on top-tier entertainment networks like BET, Chelsea is a self-taught instrumentalist who often handles her production, writing, and engineering. Her unique brand of ballads can be best classified as a fusion of Rap and Pop with a touch of Rock accented by old-school flavor.

Stream the Cassius G-produced accompanying audio on your DSP of choice below via MajorStage andstay tuned for the Miguel Ramos-directed live performance visual.

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