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DJ Icon OG Ron C + TX Artist Johnny Cocoa for ‘I Am Who I AM’ (Chopped and Screwed) EP Release

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Texas hip-hop artist Johnny Cocoa debuted his collaboration with prolific DJ and GRAMMY-nominated producer, OG Ron C for the I AM WHO I AM Chopped and Screwed EP release. 

Layering in the signature styles of chopped and screwed remixing, OG Ron C transforms the soulful nine-track project delivered through slowed, rhythmic iterations of Johnny’s verses interpolated with hard-hitting trap beats. 

“It’s an honor to be able to collaborate with legacy artists like OG Ron C,” said Johnny Cocoa. “We had a lot of fun collaborating on the remix of this EP. Some of the sounds you hear bring out a new way to experience this album tells which I’m excited for fans to hear.”  

“I see a lot of promise in where Johnny goes next as an artist,” said OG Ron C. “His authenticity in the stories he shares with the world is what makes him unique and what drew me to this album. He also has a sound you can’t really put in one singular box which is what made the chopped and screwed version of this release so dynamic.” 

In tandem with the chopped and screwed EP release, Johnny Cocoa will also be unveiling the debut music video for “Prayerful Thoughts” from the album Monday, March 27. The music video release tells the story of Johnny’s relentless dedication in pursuing his dreams. Set on an empty rooftop against the city skyline, Johnny delivers a melodic flow as the visual shuffles between contemplative close ups of Johnny riding through the city to glimmering takes of his hometown and community. 

I AM WHO I AM features Johnny’s massively successful breakout single “On God” (which earned the attention and public cosign from musical icons Drake and Ye) alongside lead track “Free Bird.” 

The EP release also includes work from leading producers such as Yung Tago (prod. for Rod Wave, YG, YNW Melly, Rylo Rodriguez, Fredo Bang), Coop The Truth (Cordae, Summer Walker, NBA Youngboy, Vory, Tory Lanez), Dylan Graham (Muni Long, Summer Walker, Young M.A, Chris Brown) and collaborative appearances from artists like Kalan.FrFr. The project is a follow up to Johnny’s first album, To The World released in 2021  

Representing Beaumont, Texas, Johnny continues to make his mark as the next rising artist to break out of the south with a unique sound that blends intricate rap styles with smooth R&B flows – all inspired by his deep childhood roots singing in church. Johnny’s adept cross-genre fusion of hip-hop, R&B and tones of reggae is inspired by icons such as James Brown, Russ, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Drake, and J Cole while rooted in messages of Black power, unity, self-love and the positive progress of society. Johnny continues to carve out his own lane in the music industry with the promise of becoming the world’s next breakthrough sound.

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Saint-Côme, Makes Formal Introduction With New Track “Pressure”

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Saint-Côme is an emerging artist on the verge of superstardom. The new sensation of the infused Afro-Pop makes a formal introduction to the world in the buzzing track “Pressure.”

Directed by Era Filmz, the period piece visual showcases the empowering singer and featured artist Zoey Brinxx as bosses of their own empires. After donning lavish attire, they are met with traditional paparazzi following them around. Enjoys the power, the collaborators inspire other women to do the same through the catchy lyrics and sing-a-long hook.

This Afro-pop track is sure to get listeners dancing, enhanced by Zoey Brinxx’s fiery lyrics and her notoriety from “Love and Hip-Hop Miami.” It marks the beginning of what promises to be an exciting journey for this emerging artist.

Hailing from Miami, Stephanie Saint-Côme is a classically trained vocalist who has excelled in state competitions and won first place in the Musical Theater Advanced Category. She has performed with esteemed groups such as Seraphic Fire and Jubilate Inc., showcasing her talent in singing multiple languages. Among her most requested pieces are “Rejoice” from Handel’s Messiah, “The Prayer” in English and Italian, and “Ave Maria.”

The latest single introduces her unique sound to a worldwide audience and sets the stage for many more exciting projects. Stream the new single below, and afterward, follow Saint-Côme, on social media for daily updates and more.

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TAVE feat. Bibi Bourelly and India Shawn Drops “No More Maybes”

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GRAMMY- nominated TAVE releases his 
debut single “No More Maybes” featuring powerhouse vocalists Bibi Bourelly and India Shawn. Just moments after inking a deal with ADA/Warner Music UK, the London born and bred songwriter and producer is unveiling an exhilarating new artistic era with his name front and center. “No More Maybes” crystallizes TAVE’s newfound vision with an irresistible first listen of diverse cultures and sounds. This enthralling sonic journey through soul, R&B, hip-hop and pop features trailblazing singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly and spell-binding R&B songstress India Shawn, who adds, “I don’t think TAVE knew he was making one of my dream collaborations happen when he hit me for a verse on ‘No More Maybes’. I’ve been a fan of Bibi for so long! It was cool to play with a different, darker sonic palette and to tap into a more rebellious side… it was a much needed departure, and that’s the essence of the song, getting away from familiar & not giving a f*ck.” Teeming with a rich tapestry of euphoric harmonies, emotive guitar, and silky layered melodies, “No More Maybes” is a groove-inducing listen that delivers the empowering declaration of self-worth and having the courage to demand what you deserve. 

TAVE has had a comprehensive career working alongside Little Mix, 6LACK, Masego, The Saturdays, Rapsody, SiR, Kelly Rowland, The-Dream, EXO, Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, and more. Recent achievements include co-writing / co-producing K-pop sensation Aespa’s debut single, which soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot Shot Debut charts, contributing to Masego’s Grammy-nominated album “Studying Abroad: Extended Stay” with standout tracks like “Polygamy” and “Bliss Abroad”, and 6LACK’s “Inwood Hill Park” from his 2024 Grammy nominated album “Since I Have a Lover”. 

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KVTheWriter & Mai Lee Drops New Track, “Figure Out The Rest”

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Before she headlines Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park next month and delivers the re-release of her debut LP ‘FRIENDZ,’ Mai Lee joins KVTheWriter on the official remix to her Reggie Son assisted track “Figure Out The Rest.” The STL posse cut finds the trio trading soulful verses about the 314 and all it’s allure over melodic guitar strums.

“I enjoyed sharing my artistry with KVtheWriter and Reggie Son. It was my first time working with them and I loved the experience. The song’s production is unique and allows each artist to stand out on the song. I felt like I gave St. Louis a bit of sexy sauce with my vocals,” say’s Lee speaking on the collaboration exclusively in a press statement.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Stream KVTheWriter‘s “Figure Out The Rest (Remix)” on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist live performance visual for “Von” | HERE.

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