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Dro Kenji Seeks a Spotless Mind in New “Vanish” Video

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By the time Dro Kenji established himself as one of rap’s most rapidly rising stars backed by the likes of Internet Money’s Taz Taylor and Nick Mira, it had only been a few months since the first time the South Carolina teen sat to record his first song on Audition. However, it takes only a short listen for listeners to take note of the emotional depth, vocal rawness, and soul-crushingly relatable lyricism that piqued the interest of his Internet Money collaborators. Dro Kenji leans into those strengths in full force on his latest single, “Vanish,” which receives new visuals today.

In the Aylo and Declan Kyle-directed video, Dro Kenji wanders aimlessly through a dreamlike desert, glitching as his memories appear as portals to a long-gone past. In hopes of evading that pain, he visits a strange, psychedelic physician to carry out a procedure which seems to neutralize those visions of what once was. The disarming, entrancing qualities of the visuals work perfectly to underline the somber, dreamlike production from Danny Wolf and Earl On The Beat, over which Dro Kenji haggles with his hurt as he croons, “Deep inside, I lowkey wish our memories would vanish/My heart barely beat no more, it can’t take no more damage,” on the track’s hook.

Later this month, Dro Kenji embarks on the “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU Tour,” a 6-date mini-tour with special guests. The South Carolina native’s tour starts in Charlotte on November 26th, before heading to NYC, Atlanta, L.A., and Dallas, and ending at Rolling Loud California in December. The tour will welcome special guests, including TyFontaineScoreyPrettifun, and Highway. Tickets for “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU Tour” are on sale now.

The release of “Vanish” marks the first new release from Kenji since the release of his fourth project, F*CK YOUR FEELINGS, this past summer, which saw the rapper flex and reflect over 16 tracks of expansive Internet Money production, and features highlights like “SUPERSTAR” and “TRANCE.” With over 25 million streams on Spotify since its release in June, F*CK YOUR FEELINGS is available everywhere via Internet Money Records/MiraTouch/10k Projects.

Stay tuned for much more from Dro Kenji in the coming months.

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HDBeenDope Releases New Music Video for “Mamba”

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Roc Nation’s latest signee Brooklyn rapper HDBeenDope is debuting his new music video for his song “Mamba” from his latest EP project “What Can They Say” via BET Times Square Billboard and BET Music. The video made its broadcast premiere on BET Jams and the Paramount+ Times Square billboards. 

Directed by Erikson Corniel, the video opens with dynamic visuals of friends racing past HD in luxury sports cars, street bikes, wheelie-popping quads fully capturing the grit and sound of New York’s streets. The video pans out to east coast locals championing the rapper’s song going bar-for-bar rapping along at Rutgers basketball court. The explosive celebration of the track is interwoven with clips capturing the vibrant and colorful personalities of New York – fans young and old dance battling, playing the trumpet, cheering with a bottle of champagne, and more. 

The highly anticipated music video arrives shortly after the single release’s massive success earlier this year making ESPN network rotations as the song has echoed throughout some of the nation’s largest sports stadiums.  

The Brooklyn Native’s new video release comes from his latest EP project What Can They Say, produced by Dizzy Banko which marks just the beginning of HD’s career and who has already been recognized by Rolling Stone, BET Awards and more.  

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Kenzo Balla Keeps His Eyes Dry in “No Sympathy” Video

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Bursting out of NYC with the explosiveness of an elite edge rusher, Kenzo Balla is applying pressure on his mission to run up a sack. With his borough on his back like a last name on a jersey, Kenzo returns to share the new video for “No Sympathy” from his recent Mr. Ready To Blitz project. Over dizzying production from Spinback and Ron.Adg, Kenzo spits with a game-ready fury on “No Sympathy,” delivering each cautionary flex with a hard-nosed intensity: “Ballin’ on n****s, I ain’t talking scrimmage.”

The video for “No Sympathy,” shot by SozeCinema, positions Kenzo as the captain of his team rallied behind him throughout the video. The Richard Sherman to his own Legion of Boom, Kenzo’s the only one who’s visage is unobscured by hoods and balaclavas, making it clear he’s the face of this pack. With quick cuts and transitions to match the track’s rapid pace, “No Sympathy” plays out less like a music video and more like the hardest-hitting highlight reel of the season. The video for “No Sympathy” arrives as Kenzo prepares for Mr. Ready To Blitz (Deluxe), coming on December 16th.

Mr. Ready to Blitz saw Kenzo leverage his devastating explosiveness across 14 tracks, including recent singles like the high-octane, NPR-approved “Krash Out,” and the Cito Blick and Pdot Savv-assisted “Don’t Panic.” On “Feel The Rage,” Kenzo bursts onto an endearingly melancholic drill instrumental with the headstrong momentum of a mammoth nose tackle like Vince Wilfork, while more fast-paced cuts like the Rayy Balla-featured “Go Kuu” highlight Kenzo’s elusive agility as he flashes through instrumental pockets like Troy Polamalu. Like all the most elite defensive rushers in the game, Kenzo’s strength lies in his opponent’s inability to contain him– in the split second it takes to register his arrival on the track, he puts himself 10 steps ahead.

A rising name in one of the nation’s busiest rap scenes, Kenzo Balla made his mark on the scene with his relentless rhymes and high-energy vocals. Known for collaborating with fellow Bronx heavyweights like his brother TG Crippy, Kenzo kicked off his career with a frenzy of fiery videos, including local hits like “5th To Sev” ft. TG Crippy & Pdot Sav (2 million video views), “OOTAZ,” and the “Love Nwantiti”-remixing Let Me Know” (1.8 million views). This summer, the former AAU baller tore up the streets with Dead Gzz,” a vicious, uptempo missive that racked up over 1.3 million video views since its release in June.

With a blistering EP in the books and the Deluxe on its way, Kenzo Balla emerges from his perch in the Bronx to blitz the rap game. Sit back and watch his rise, because there’s no stopping it.

Watch “No Sympathy” here!

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Denham Reminisces On A Past Relationship In New Single “Nightmare”

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Rising artist Denham delivers his latest and last release of 2022 entitled, “Nightmare”. The catchy tune captures the San Clemente (Orange County) rapper reflecting on a past relationship, wanting to turn back the hands of time but also reminiscing on their time together as a nightmare making it hard for him to forget. Denham delivers a wavy, new sound to the west coast Hip-Hop scene. The independent rapper, songwriter uniquely blends rap and rock influences to turn out melodic trap tunes.

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Quote: I’m trying to blend all the genres I loved growing up into one sound. Create a euphoric sense of nostalgia. 

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