Tafia, the North Miami-born introductory signee of Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers/Roc Nation label has just shared his highly-anticipated debut album, Mention My Name. On Mention My Name, Tafia delivers a full-fledged offering of his wide-ranging talents. From the soulful standout “U Was Bad For Me”, to the exhilarating title track “Mention My Name”––across 15- tracks, Tafia proves he’s here to stay. The features on the project only add depth to Tafia’s artistry, including a verse from the late-legend Young Dolph on “Paper Route”, a smooth set of performances from superstars Davido & Jeremih on “Involve” &fellow Dream Chasers artist Vory delivering a memorable hook on the captivating track “Nobody”.The album is jam-packed with braggadocios bars, catchy melodies, and storytelling verses about Tafia beating all the odds to reach the level of success he’s garnered. Tafia’s debut album, Mention My Name, shows off the tenacity, consistency & talent that’s caught the attention of tastemakers and fans alike, and is a further indication that he’s a serious force in hip-hop today.
Through a constant stream of releases and unflinching dedication to his craft, Tafia has set himself apart from the pack and is poised to have a breakout year in 2022. After catching the attention of Meek Mill with his authentic 2017 single “Street Fanci”, Tafia was extended an invitation to meet the Philadelphia artist and philanthropist on his yacht in Miami. Tafia and his crew pulled up on jet skis and were greeted personally by Meek who immediately started rapping all the words to Tafia’s song, showing an initial interest in signing him to Dream Chasers Records. In 2019, Meek inked a deal between Dream Chasers and Roc Nation, signing Tafia as the first artist to the label a year after the partnership went through. Tafia wasted no time once he was signed, dropping the conclusion to his Fanci mixtape series, Street Fanci 3 in May 2020, and then a joint EP with rising Florida rapper Major Nine, titled Fanci No. 9 in October of 2020. Last year, Tafia dropped a mixtape hosted by the iconic DJ Drama, Street Clarity: Gangsta Grillz, which featured acts such as Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Bobby Fishscale. The tape not only showed the faith hip-hop superstars have in Tafia, but the natural presence he has on the mic. Standout records like “Benyhana”, the record with Ross & Bobby Fishscale, and “Break The Bank” featuring Meek Mill have set up Tafia perfectly leading into his debut album Mention My Name.
Twin Hector Drops “Special”
Platinum-selling recording artist Twin Hector releases the intoxicating and alluringly disruptive new music video for his single “Special”. Striking a perfect balance between decadent R&B soundscapes and addictive pop melodies, Twin Hector will push you over the edge with his sensual sonic daydream. Written about a divine union, “Special” is an all-enthralling love song about a deeply passionate connection.
Directed by Ben Tyler / Left Hand Films and Tai’Yon Hector himself, the visual for “Special” was inspired by R&B legend D’Angelo and captures Twin Hector in an intimate, black and bronzed aesthetic.Twin Hector takes his time, drenching you in a seductive wonderland of pulsating beats and heavenly vocals as he muses over his soulmate. “There ain’t nobody I’d choose over you.”
Watch Twin Hector’s video for “Special” for a sweltering, sultry experience that will leave your racing.
MICHAL MICHAL WANTS YOU TO ‘KNOW ME BETTER’ ON FRESH SINGLE FEATURING JAYD
So nice, you can’t help but spin it twice. Michal Michal kept his foot on the gas with his latest love-torn offering, “KNOW ME BETTER,” on Dec. 1. Featuring JayD and production from SK THE PLUG, the new single, which is Michal’s second release this month, is yet another head-turning effort that demands more than a first listen. Layered with woozy 808s, fleeting vocals and unbridled personality, ”KNOW ME BETTER” is packed with a barrage of Michal’s raspy flairs – a distinct hallmark of his sound. Continuing to embody his youthful aura, Michal ultimately has his sights set on searching for “the one” with “KNOW ME BETTER,” as JayD’s mesmerizing hook expertly plays into the sample-clad cut. “After all these years that we’ve been together, I thought you would know me better,” it hypnotically drones, Stringing together strong performances all year, following the success of his previous track “DON’T BLAME THE KIDS” and Summer’s End, which is now his top track on Spotify and Apple Music, it’s better to know of Michal Michal before he takes off.
Check it out here!
Emerging Alt Hip-Hop Star Kembe X Shares New Song “Rolling Stoned”
Isaiah Rashad joins Windy City wordsmith Kembe X for his Hippie Sabotage produced cut “Rolling Stoned.” A thought-provoking masterpiece that cleverly disguises its depth with wordplay and ethereal Alternative Hip-Hop instrumentation, “Rolling Stoned” invites listeners to embark on a journey of hidden meanings and insights. Serving as yet another teaser to the Top Dawg Entertainment affiliate’s forthcoming ‘Sleep Paralysis’ project, it may initially appear as brash rap but the record unfurls into a profound exploration of personal growth, dreams, and self-discovery.
“When we made this song in September 2021 it felt like a reunion and an opportunity to show Hippie Sabotage, I’m not the same person who moved from Chicago to LA and crashed on their couch. It was a chance to demonstrate my newfound confidence in my creative abilities and a willingness to adopt a fresh approach to music. It’s not a reinvention of my artistry, but a shedding of old skin and a dreamy exploration of a new version of myself, deeply connected to my psychedelic discoveries,” shares the Chicago native in a press statement when asked about his “Pole Vaulting” follow-up.
Known for his work with artists such as REASON, Guapdad4000, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, Kembe X stands as a beacon of innovation in a musical landscape often mired in conformity. His music, with over 10M+ UGC views on TikTok and 5M+ views on YouTube, has ignited a cultural wave, resonating across platforms. Accumulating a staggering 30M+ Spotify streams, Kembe X’s tracks encapsulate the essence of his artistry.
Beyond mere numbers, Kembe X’s compositions, from the introspective depths of “Voices” and “Cozy Forever” to the bluesy contemplation of “Body Language” and “Anyway,” paint a poignant picture of battling depression, touching hearts and minds. His magnetic stage presence has left an indelible mark, from headlining the Hippie Sabotage Tour in 2016 to sharing the stage in the ScHoolboy Q CrasHtalk Tour in 2019, not to mention legendary performances at Rolling Loud Miami from 2014 to 2017 and Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2017, solidifying his status as a festival favorite.
Stream Kembe X’s “Rolling Stoned” on your DSP of choice via BMR / The Orchard and watch his live performance recap of “Pole Vaulting” at Red Rocks.