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Don Q Plots a Years-Long Reign in His “True King” Video

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Known for his bruising tough-talk and his sharp lyrical mind, Bronx rapper Don Q is highly-respected in the Five Boroughs and beyond. Laying all his cards on the table with his new statement of purpose, Don Q announces Double Or Nothing, his next project. Charting his progression from upstart to young OG, Don’s upcoming project is packed with hard-earned wisdom he picked up on the streets and in the music game. Influenced by mob movies and the cinematic rap epics of NYC’s past, the new project finds the Highbridge The Label artist locks into each instrumental, organizing his Bronx tales and assonant internal rhymes into lockstep cadences. Musically, Double Or Nothing mixes a grimy old school NY sound–with ominous pianos, scuzzy snares, and whirring woodwinds–with the occasional dip into the sliding 808s and triplet flows that define the city’s ascendant drill scene. His first new full-length since the release of 2018’s Don Season 2Double Or Nothing arrives on October 22nd via Highbridge The Label/EMPIRE.

Along with the announcement of Double Or Nothing, Don shares the video for True King,” the project’s opening track. The song opens with dramatic sweeps of strings, and without drums, as Don provides the percussion with his triplet cadences and expert sense of rhythm. In his lyrics, Don Q reveals a ruler’s mindset, lapping up his life of luxury even as he processes residual trauma from his past and constantly keeps his head on a swivel in search of the next threat to his reign: “I take my emotions and bottle them in/I never focus on following trends/When I was broke I thought soon as I made me some dollars I swear that my problems would end.” Directed by Starr Mazi, the video finds Don holding court in the outskirts of the Bronx, surrounded by tricked-out ATVs, dirtbikes popping wheelies, and a pack of bulldogs, a breed whose dogged determination provides an ideal analogy for Don Q’s refusal to back down from any challenge.

Born and raised in The Bronx, Don Q grew up idolizing brash NYC rappers like Jadakiss, Cassidy, Fabolous, and Jay-Z. After making waves in the streets with mixtapes that highlighted his lyrical acumen, Don Q signed to Highbridge in 2016. From there, Don and fellow Highbridge rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie experienced a rapid rise through the NYC rap scene, sharing the popular Highbridge: The Takeover mixtape and gaining national recognition with a legendary Funk Flex freestyle. Don made his name as a vital solo artist in the NYC scene with mixtapes like Corner Storiespraised by Stereogum, and raised his profile even further with tapes like 2018’s Don Talk, featuring a guest spot from Pusha T, and the full-length Don Season 2, with features from Lil Durk50 CentMoneybagg Yo, and more.

Over the past couple of years, Don has been keeping busy with even more high-profile collaborations, recruiting Lil Uzi Vert and A Boogie for Flood My Wrist” (over 42 million Spotify streams) and joining forces with Benny The Butcher for the Complex-praised single Legends.” In 2021, Don has continued to feed his loyal fans, sampling a classic NY banger on his single Law & Order” and reminding fans of his off-the-dome brilliance with his version of Drake’s Lemon Pepper Freestyle” and recent appearance on Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth session. Stay tuned for much more from Don Q in the build-up to Double Or Nothing.

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Taz Tikoon Goes All In On ‘Airplane Mode’

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With a nod of approval from Belaire bossman Rick Ross2019 A3C Festival ‘This is My Year’ winner and LA transplant Taz Tikoon (@tazmaniashow) unloads her brand new Airplane Mode EP. Distributed by Steve Stoute‘s United Masters, the 8-track body of work from the Virginia native includes features from Chanel Sosa and Corey BenjaminsThe C.A.S. Agency founder’s latest drop follows 2021 previous releases, Prisontation: Life In A Sentence and By The Bar, Vol. 1; the latter which caught the attention of Maybach Music Group CEO on Instagram; prompting him to like a handful of posts on her profile.

 “I created Airplane Mode to disconnect to reconnect to my higher self. Sometimes your elevation requires isolation. I wanted to get higher while still being grounded. I had to cut off a lot of people so that I could get closer to God. When a person puts their phone in airplane mode it’s either because they’re flying or they don’t want to be reached,” says the entrepreneurial-focused rapstress about why the project was made.

Tap into your higher self and stream Airplane Mode on your DSP of choice | HERE.

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Teddy Ray Stars In “The Detox” By League & Two Time

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Popular Comedian and Wild ‘N Out cast member Teddy Ray stars in League & Two Time’s latest visual to their titled “The Detox” featuring fellow Inglewood artist King Riko produced by Moskito. In the CreatedByBlu directed visual, League, Two Time, and Teddy are in hazmat suits checking in on the local community who is acting toxic, smoking unsavory flowers, and being a hazard to their environment. While the premise of the video is already extremely entertaining, Teddy Ray interrupts the music with two hilarious skits about toxic behavior. 

League and Two Time League continue to build their budding careers together, however League looks to crossover into a prosperous career as a solo artist in the coming months with a slew of singles and a forthcoming project. 

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Smoko Ono Takes Over London With Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper, and Joey Purp for the “Winners” Video

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An essential producer behind present day Chicago hip hop, Smoko Ono has the ability to intertwine his city’s traditional sounds with those of the future. With the help of Yxng BaneChance The Rapper, and Joey Purp, Smoko Ono shares the new visual for “Winners.” The song has a true dancehall feel to it, bolstered by smooth, Afrobeats-inspired drum patterns and bouncing synths providing the ideal canvas for the two Chitown heroes to deliver their verses. Crossing the Atlantic ocean to London with his Chitown crew, Smoko and the dudes post up with Yxng Bane on his home turf, moving around the city, and hanging out the side of their van. Through incorporating elements like a fish-eye lens, the video creates the feeling of watching a vlog about Smoko and his friends while they do some light shopping and dig in on a prominent restaurant city. Making sure to stop by KISS FM UK to promote their new single, the four artists bring their short trip to a halt by finding some time to participate in London’s nightlife. 

The video for “Winners” arrives as the song continues to make waves in the streaming world. Currently, “Winners” sits at #1 on Apple Music’s The New Chicago playlist, has received over 1.5 million streams on Spotify to date, and has been recognized by high profile publications including BillboardComplex, and Pitchfork. “Winners” is Smoko Ono’s second star-studded new single of the year, following You Are” ft. Corinne Bailey Rae &UMI, which released in May. A song about loving someone with the totality of your being, “You Are” is drenched in reverb, offering ringing guitars–played by multi-Platinum artist Daniel Caesar–and sumptuous bass perfectly suited for headphone listening. “You Are” earned praise from BillboardUPROXXEarmilk, and more. Both featuring cover art from Nikko Washington“Winners” and “You Are” are available to stream via Payday Records, and will both appear on Smoko’s upcoming debut solo album, due to release in Q1 2022.

A frequent collaborator with the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Smoko Ono has a sterling reputation in Chicago and beyond for his production prowess. He’s produced tracks featuring some of music’s biggest stars, including Kanye West, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, and many more. Earlier this year, Smoko produced “All Pride Aside,” a song by Shelley fka DRAM featuring Summer Walker. The prolific producer is hard at work on his star-studded upcoming album, which will be his first album since the critically acclaimed Very Slighta collaborative project with Chicago rapper KAMI that generated over 12 million streams across platforms.

Stay tuned for much more from Smoko Ono in the rest of the year. Watch “Winners” ft. Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper & Joey Purp here!

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