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@Falanamusic SHARES HER NEW SINGLE “JOY”

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Falana earned initial recognition for her self-produced EP, Chapter One. The Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter subsequently traveled to Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean to work on new material. It was a process of self-discovery, which revealed new layers to her songwriting. She now shares the first taste of those sessions with the release of the single, “Joy.”
 
A spirited fusion of vibrant Afrobeats, elegant R&B, and island flavor, “Joy” is a song that speaks to this moment in time. Falana’s impassioned delivery leaves you in no doubt that she means every word she sings. And by the time she’s put her heart and soul into its hypnotic hook (“No stress, I’ve got pure intentions… I count my blessings one day at a time”), it’s impossible not to feel its spell sparking a new wave of positivity in your mind. 
 
“Joy” marks the first release in a series of singles from various global artists to be released on Red Bull Records. Dedicated to discovering and showcasing talent on an international scale, Falana is the latest ground-breaking artist to partner with the label.
 
The track was written with fellow singer-songwriter Omolara Ayodele and producer KINGBNJMN (Future, DJ Snake) at the legendary Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica. 
 
“It’s crazy that the song was written two weeks before the world went into lockdown,” says Falana“Over the last ten months, the song’s sentiment surfaces all the time, whether it’s in everyday conversation, on the news, or at social media. It feels like the song was birthed right at the time that the world needed it.”
 
Falana returned to Jamaica to film the song’s video with director Mykal Cushnie, whose culture-centric narrative storytelling has resulted in collaborations with Popcaan, Sean Paul, and Damian Marley. As well as capturing some of Port Antonio’s striking natural beauty, the video also shows how her style and signature braid pom-poms are an extension of her artistry.
 
She adds, “I think the video is such a beautiful visual representation of ‘Joy’, the song and the feeling. The energy on set matched the song, and I was so grateful for that.”
 
Born and raised in Toronto, Falana’s upbringing was soundtracked by a diverse music selection that spanned Fela Kuti to Sia. At home, her Nigerian parents would play a lot of traditional Yoruba music as a way of staying connected to their culture, and through the melting pot of the city, Falana was introduced to the pop, hip-hop, and R&B that she’d spend hours compiling into her own mixtapes.
 
By her final year of high school, Falana decided to take her music more seriously and began paying in installments for her first guitar. She taught herself to play by watching YouTube and learning her favorite Lauryn Hill songs. Through balancing side hustles with her studies and winning local singing competitions, Falana developed a taste for travel: winning a trip to London, spending six-months living in Denmark, and visiting Cuba.
 
She later relocated to Havana, realizing that the island’s musical heritage would help her fulfill her own potential. It was there she recorded her debut EP Things Fall Together with a local producer and live band. She returned for a year in Toronto before she again departed, this time settling in her parents’ hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where she’s remained for the past five years. 
 
Falling between so many of the genres that have influenced her own journey, Falana often felt like an outsider, working on the periphery of multiple music scenes but never quite fitting in. With her new work, she’s finally been able to hit the balance she’s been searching for her whole life. It’s the start of a bright future.

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LIL WEST RELEASES NEW SINGLE “WEST SIDE”

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Today, critically acclaimed Delaware rapper and genre disruptor Lil West returns with a brand new single entitled “West Side” via Republic Records. It marks his first new music of 2021.

This time around, he flexes his mic skills more than ever before. The production by 808 Mafia disciple Steezefielddelivers a distinct West Coast bounce with throwback California vibes as Lil Westglides towards a bold hook. On this ode to the rap star lifestyle, he paints an idyllic portrait of Southern California as he raps, “Fast cars and the city life, shooting stars on the west side.”

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FLORIDA RAPPER FCG HEEM UNCOVERS NEW SINGLE “SHININ’”

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Maintaining his impressive momentum, Florida phenomenon FCG Heem unveils a brand new single and video entitled “Shinin’”via Republic Records today.

On the track, 808s and skittering cymbals bounce along underneath his melodic flow. The confident and contagious hook culminates on an infectious and irresistible chant. With bangers like “Shinin,” FCG Heemhas positioned himself as an up-and-coming heavy hitter. In the documentary-style music video,Heem’s undeniable positive energy jumps through the screen

Just last month, he dropped off “Champagne Showers,”while “More Pain”[feat. Toosii] attracted critical acclaim. HotNewHipHopdubbed him “one to look out for from Florida” and highlighted “his authentic, unadulterated tales of the streets.”FCG Heemcontinues to generate palpable and powerful buzz with one anthem after another, including the recently released “Need It” and “Peace & Positivity.” He also joined forces with LBS Kee’vin on “Hood Dreams.” Straight out of the gate, HotNewHipHoppromised, “The track will leave you feeling inspired.” Meanwhile, HipHopDXrecently raved, “The 23-year-old rapper has honed his ability to drop catchy bars that sometimes moonlight as hooks.”

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Additionally, his 2020 single “Haha” became a favorite song amongst NFL pros with stars such as Eddie Jackson, Dalvin Cook, D.K. Metcalf,Jerry Juedy, Calvin Ridley, andLamar Jacksonquoting lyrics in their social media captions. Receiving critical acclaim, ThisSongIsSickexclaimed, “He’s showing major sparks as one to watch!”About creating music FCG Heemsaid, “I’m trying to motivate the young people and give them something positive to look up to.

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YN Jay pops some bottles for aptly titled, “Drunk When I Made This”

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Nobody in the game is doing it quite like YN Jay at the moment. Flashing his famous sense of humor and effortlessly fly flow, the “Coochie Man” is back tonight with “Drunk When I Made This,” a new single. With thumping drums courtesy of Jay’s frequent collaborator ENRGY, “Drunk When I Made This” finds an inebriated Jay rattling off a succession of stream-of-consciousness witticisms about his favorite topic: “You can only have me for one day like a white tee, girl/Btch, I’m tired of going back and forth like hockey, girl/Btch just do it for a check, she a nice girl/B*tch knew I was gonna cheat before I did, she a psychic girl.”

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