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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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Taz Tikoon Goes All In On ‘Airplane Mode’

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With a nod of approval from Belaire bossman Rick Ross2019 A3C Festival ‘This is My Year’ winner and LA transplant Taz Tikoon (@tazmaniashow) unloads her brand new Airplane Mode EP. Distributed by Steve Stoute‘s United Masters, the 8-track body of work from the Virginia native includes features from Chanel Sosa and Corey BenjaminsThe C.A.S. Agency founder’s latest drop follows 2021 previous releases, Prisontation: Life In A Sentence and By The Bar, Vol. 1; the latter which caught the attention of Maybach Music Group CEO on Instagram; prompting him to like a handful of posts on her profile.

 “I created Airplane Mode to disconnect to reconnect to my higher self. Sometimes your elevation requires isolation. I wanted to get higher while still being grounded. I had to cut off a lot of people so that I could get closer to God. When a person puts their phone in airplane mode it’s either because they’re flying or they don’t want to be reached,” says the entrepreneurial-focused rapstress about why the project was made.

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Teddy Ray Stars In “The Detox” By League & Two Time

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Popular Comedian and Wild ‘N Out cast member Teddy Ray stars in League & Two Time’s latest visual to their titled “The Detox” featuring fellow Inglewood artist King Riko produced by Moskito. In the CreatedByBlu directed visual, League, Two Time, and Teddy are in hazmat suits checking in on the local community who is acting toxic, smoking unsavory flowers, and being a hazard to their environment. While the premise of the video is already extremely entertaining, Teddy Ray interrupts the music with two hilarious skits about toxic behavior. 

League and Two Time League continue to build their budding careers together, however League looks to crossover into a prosperous career as a solo artist in the coming months with a slew of singles and a forthcoming project. 

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Smoko Ono Takes Over London With Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper, and Joey Purp for the “Winners” Video

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An essential producer behind present day Chicago hip hop, Smoko Ono has the ability to intertwine his city’s traditional sounds with those of the future. With the help of Yxng BaneChance The Rapper, and Joey Purp, Smoko Ono shares the new visual for “Winners.” The song has a true dancehall feel to it, bolstered by smooth, Afrobeats-inspired drum patterns and bouncing synths providing the ideal canvas for the two Chitown heroes to deliver their verses. Crossing the Atlantic ocean to London with his Chitown crew, Smoko and the dudes post up with Yxng Bane on his home turf, moving around the city, and hanging out the side of their van. Through incorporating elements like a fish-eye lens, the video creates the feeling of watching a vlog about Smoko and his friends while they do some light shopping and dig in on a prominent restaurant city. Making sure to stop by KISS FM UK to promote their new single, the four artists bring their short trip to a halt by finding some time to participate in London’s nightlife. 

The video for “Winners” arrives as the song continues to make waves in the streaming world. Currently, “Winners” sits at #1 on Apple Music’s The New Chicago playlist, has received over 1.5 million streams on Spotify to date, and has been recognized by high profile publications including BillboardComplex, and Pitchfork. “Winners” is Smoko Ono’s second star-studded new single of the year, following You Are” ft. Corinne Bailey Rae &UMI, which released in May. A song about loving someone with the totality of your being, “You Are” is drenched in reverb, offering ringing guitars–played by multi-Platinum artist Daniel Caesar–and sumptuous bass perfectly suited for headphone listening. “You Are” earned praise from BillboardUPROXXEarmilk, and more. Both featuring cover art from Nikko Washington“Winners” and “You Are” are available to stream via Payday Records, and will both appear on Smoko’s upcoming debut solo album, due to release in Q1 2022.

A frequent collaborator with the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Smoko Ono has a sterling reputation in Chicago and beyond for his production prowess. He’s produced tracks featuring some of music’s biggest stars, including Kanye West, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, and many more. Earlier this year, Smoko produced “All Pride Aside,” a song by Shelley fka DRAM featuring Summer Walker. The prolific producer is hard at work on his star-studded upcoming album, which will be his first album since the critically acclaimed Very Slighta collaborative project with Chicago rapper KAMI that generated over 12 million streams across platforms.

Stay tuned for much more from Smoko Ono in the rest of the year. Watch “Winners” ft. Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper & Joey Purp here!

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