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Florida’s Pouya Announces 10/22 Album, Shares Evocative New Video

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A staple of Florida’s rap scene for nearly a decade, Pouya captivates fans with his lockstep flows and endless experimentation. Looking inward for his next release, the Miami native prepares for Blood Was Never Thick As Water, a new album, now available for pre-save/pre-order. Sourced from the lyrics of recent single “The First Step Of Becoming God Is A Bottle To The Face,” The album’s title subverts a popular aphorism, as the half-Cuban/half-Iranian rapper celebrates a chosen family of artists and friends who accepted his idiosyncrasies and outré creativity in a way that his birth family never could.

Expanding his sonic palette to add elements of jazz, dream pop, and even Bay Area-style mob music on tape highlight “One Deep In Fleetwood,” the new album finds Pouya searching for new canvases on which to paint with his rapidfire flows. Equally suited for longtime fans and newcomers alike, Blood Was Never Thick As Water complements the cerebral moments with bangers like “Out The Mud,” primed to set any festival moshpit aflame. Featuring an appearance from Denzel Curry, along with previously released songs like the recently released “Leave Me Alone” and the Lu Baby collaboration “Walk In,” Blood Was Never Thick As Water arrives on October 22nd, independently released, as always, by Pouya himself.

Along with the official announcement of the album, Pouya shares the thought-provoking video for The First Step Of Becoming God Is A Bottle To The Face.” The song is dark night of the soul epic marked by somber pianos, propulsive snare rim clicks, and mournful horns courtesy of producer Rocci. “First Step” finds the rapper baring his soul, divulging the hidden traumas–including family betrayals, friends succumbing to addiction and death, and more–he once felt he had to hide to “emphasize his toughness.” The evocative video finds Pouya pursuing a literal interpretation of the song’s title, as a cragged-looking rapper reenacts the last days of Jesus Christ. Transporting the action from Jerusalem to rural Florida, “First Step” portrays Pouya as he eats a “last supper” (the director Julian Yuri Rodriguez‘scamera recalling Da Vinci’s famous painting) with his disciples before being crucified by an angry mob.

An iconoclastic figure who’s collaborated with everyone from $uicideboy$ to Juicy J, Pouya grew a massive fanbase with SoundCloud singles, independent albums, and visceral live performances. The prolific artist released three studio albums–Underground UnderdogFIVE FIVE and The South’s Got Something to Say–along with multiple mixtapes with fellow Buffet Boys rappers like Fat Nick and Boobie Lootaveli. Earlier this year, Pouya made a triumphant return to Rolling Loud, a festival at which he’s been a fixture since the very first event in 2015, firing up crowds with his vast catalog of anthems. Stay tuned for much more from Pouya, including more music, videos, and high profile collaborations, as the year comes to a close.

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ATAK Unviels Need Space [Prod. By DJ Plugg]

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West Denver native ATAK releases a new animated video for “Need Space” off of his upcoming Prayers EP. Produced by DJ Plugg. Animation created by Neeko Muzik.

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Charles X Drops The Official Video For “FILA”

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Los Angeles-based artist Charles X has once again captivated the music world with the release of the official video for his latest single, “FILA.” Known for his unique blend of influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Andre 3000, Charles X brings a fresh and invigorating sound to the industry.

Charles X’s journey into music began early. A self-described misfit, he found solace and expression in music at the tender age of 12. Growing up with the absence of a father figure and frequently moving due to his mother’s military career, Charles X faced numerous challenges. These hardships only fueled his passion for music, transforming his struggles into a creative outlet.

The video for “FILA” is a testament to his artistic vision. Seamlessly blending the soulful introspection of Frank Ocean with the vibrant energy of Michael Jackson, the video offers a visual and auditory feast. Charles X’s ability to mix crooner vocals with rhythmic flow is on full display, earning him critical acclaim and comparisons to some of the industry’s greats.

Over his 20-year career, Charles X has remained dedicated to pushing musical boundaries. His collaborations with artists like Georgia Anne Muldrow and Caravan Palace highlight his versatility and commitment to creating unique sounds. His work has been featured in prestigious European publications such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair  and BET France, solidifying his international presence.

Charles X remains humble about his talents, attributing his success to his deep love and respect for music rather than innate skill. This humility, coupled with his relentless drive, sets him apart in an industry often dominated by conformity.

His message is clear: his music is about love and positivity. Charles X aspires to be a positive role model, particularly for young black kids facing similar challenges. His dream is to tour the world, spreading truth and making a lasting, positive impact.

As fans eagerly await more releases, the “FILA” video marks a significant milestone in Charles X’s career. To stay updated on his journey, follow Charles X on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Listen to his music on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Flyboii Dada Releases New Visual “Bad Boy”

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FlyBoii DaDa’s artistry continues to evolve, cementing his status as a rising force in the music industry.

The latest music video for “Bad Boy,” in collaboration with WorldStar, exemplifies his consistent delivery of high-caliber music. Known for producing some of the finest trap music, FlyBoii DaDa has been a personal favorite since his debut, with a work ethic that is truly commendable. His lyrical prowess is captivating, effortlessly drawing listeners in with his compelling narratives.

His versatility as an artist is noteworthy, continuously setting him apart in an industry saturated with talent. Although he may not always be in the mainstream spotlight, FlyBoii DaDa stands shoulder to shoulder with the leading names in the scene. His powerful delivery and authentic voice resonate deeply, making each release a significant event.

As we look forward to 2024, anticipation builds for his long-awaited project, Trap Baby. Fans have eagerly anticipated this project for years and await its release with great excitement. The visuals for “Bad Boy” are meticulously crafted, further establishing his reputation for authenticity that resonates both on the streets and in the industry.

His extensive catalog is already impressive, and this latest addition only enhances his artistic legacy. Few artists deliver the level of authenticity and raw talent that FlyBoii DaDa consistently brings to the table. Each new release is a reminder of his prowess and commitment to his craft.

Stay updated with FlyBoii DaDa on social media as he ascends. His journey is far from over, and his music promises to keep getting better.

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