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Dro Kenji Ascends to New Melodic Plane on Debut Album ‘WITH OR WITHOUT YOU’

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A tireless worker who wears his heart on his sleeve, Dro Kenji chronicles his tragedies and triumphs in diaristic bursts of soaring melody. After cutting his teeth with four mixtapes, all released before he turned 20-years-old, Kenji levels up on WITH OR WITHOUT YOUhis official debut album. The South Carolina native is a startling vocal talent with a well-developed sense of drama–he switches from sweet singing to raw nerve bursts of emotion at a moment’s notice, his intensity rising and falling along with the beats in his narratives. Spanning 15 tracks, the new album finds Kenji exploring the ins and outs of young love, the album moves from intoxicating infatuation in early songs like “BOTTLE 4 BOTTLE” and “PUSH2START,” to the slow drift apart in songs like project highlight “USED2KNOW,” to the inevitable devastation of love’s end in songs like “OUR TOXINS” and “NOT THE HALF OF IT.”

Throughout the album, Kenji finds the perfect accompaniment in beats from Nick MiraCensus, and other members of Internet Money, who mix organic instrumentation (melancholic piano, gently-plucked guitar) with rage-ready synth lines and thumping low-end. On tracks like recent singles VANISH” (2.9 million Spotify streams) and “FINDERS KEEPERS” ft. Scorey (4 million Spotify streams), Kenji slides through the negative spaces in the beat with fast-talking flows and smooth melodic runs, displaying a collaborative chemistry that elevates both artist and producer. Featuring an additional appearance from Seattle rapper HighwayWITH OR WITHOUT YOU is available everywhere via Internet Money Records/MiraTouch/10k Projects.

Kenji’s debut album arrives after a banner year for the young artist, who achieved multiple career milestones while elevating his artistry. 2021 saw Kenji embark on his first headlining national tour, which he wrapped up with a performance at Rolling Loud California. 2021 also saw Kenji release two new mixtapes, including EAT YOUR HEART OUT, this past spring, featuring KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT (15 million Spotify streams), which received an animated video, and the early summer’s F*CK YOUR FEELINGS, which saw the rapper flex and reflect over 16 tracks of expansive Internet Money production, and features highlights like “SUPERSTAR” and “TRANCE.”

Never one to rest on his laurels, Dro Kenji is only just starting his rise. Stay tuned for much more from the prolific artist as he continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.

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@SoupMakesBetter shares new ‘God’s Timing’ project with @ifeneuro

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Soupmakesitbetter shares his new project God’s Timing, a collaborative EP with Ifé Neuro that digs deeps into life and its lessons. The two artists, who previously worked together on the Vanilla Skies project, showcase deep creative chemistry over the course of the four piece offering. On God’s Timing, they cover everything from paying attention to the people around you to the dangers of being complacent and how that can impact your dreams. 

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BROOKLYN RAPPER SUEGO’S NEW SINGLE “YAH YAH YAH”

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Brooklyn rapper Suego has released a new single titled “Yah Yah Yah.” Suego’s audacious rap tune and the hook is catchy and guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days. This latest single proves that he’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of what the urban listeners want from hip-hop.

As an emcee with a knack for freestyling, Suego is known for spitting over-your-head, witty raps that get listeners excited about what comes next.

Stay tuned for the premiere of an equally captivating music video soon.

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Chicago’s J-Oats and Kaye Fox Come Together for New Single ‘FIRST LOVE’

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“First Love” is an ode to falling in love with Hip-Hop as well as your first love. Both Chicago natives J-Oats and Kaye Fox join for a dope track that’s written as if Hip-Hop were a woman. J-Oats reflects on his childhood and how music made him feel, once he began writing. For those unfamiliar with Kaye Fox, she’s part of No ID’s production team and is an accredited vocalist on songs with Ye, Common, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Nas and more. The video was directed by J-Oats with IAMMRLUCUS on cinematography.

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