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Freakshow USA’s “Who’s Next Up” Showcases: Spotlighting the Future Stars of Music



Hip-hop is all about finding fresh talent and new voices, and Freakshow USA is leading the way with its bi-weekly “Who’s Next Up” showcases based in New Jersey. These events are designed to highlight local, up-and-coming artists and provide them with a platform to present their talents. The next showcase is on June 17th, and it’s set to be an amazing night of music and networking.

Jared Simon, Head of A&R for Freakshow USA, explains why these events are so important:

“Embracing local, up-and-coming talent is crucial for developing a strong community dedicated to music. Our events are important because we unify creatives under one roof; we offer visitors resources for networking, collaborating, and garnering support. Artists have the chance to perform on our stage, and everyone walks out with more content and has gone through the Artist’s Experience. As Head of A&R, I am dedicated to keeping relationships with creatives who strive for the limelight.”

Embracing local, up-and-coming talent is crucial for developing a strong community dedicated to music. Our events are important because we unify creatives under one roof; we offer visitors resources for networking, collaborating, and garnering support. Artists have the chance to perform on our stage, and everyone walks out with more content and has gone through the Artist’s Experience. As Head of A&R, I am dedicated to keeping relationships with creatives who strive for the limelight.

The “Who’s Next Up” showcases are not just about performances; they are also a great place for artists to meet industry professionals and expand their audience. This creates a memorable, valuable experience for anyone who’s serious about their music career.

Richard Zeller, General Manager of Sloppy Vinyl, where the events take place, shares his excitement about hosting these showcases:

At Sloppy Vinyl, we’re all about supporting the next wave of talent. Hosting the ‘Who’s Next Up’ showcases allows us to provide a space where artists can truly shine and connect with the community. It’s amazing to see the energy and talent that these events bring together.

Artists to Watch on June 17th:

Lil Chai (@lillchaii)

Lil Chai is known for her sweet lyrics and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to engage the audience and deliver memorable performances makes her a must-see.

King J Rose (@kingjrose_)

King J Rose is known for an energetic and refreshing style to the stage, mixing traditional hip-hop with modern sounds. His performances blend thought-provoking lyrics with catchy beats, making him a standout in the North Jersey scene.

SoulBoii (@soulboii777)

SoulBoii’s music represents a soulful journey that resonates deeply with listeners. His blend of emotional depth and R&B rhythms set him apart as an artist, given his distinctive voice and perspective.

Shaddi G (@_shaddig)

Shaddi G’s dynamic performances and versatile flow have earned him a growing fan base. His ability to switch between hard-hitting rap and melodic hooks makes his sets an exciting experience.

K-Wave (@waveythedon)

K-Wave’s style mixes gospel riffs with classic hip-hop and modern twists. His innovative approach and captivating stage presence make him a performer to watch.

A special part of the “Who’s Next” showcases is the “Artist’s Experience.” This means that every participant leaves with a larger network and more experience on-stage. From high-quality performance footage to professional networking opportunities, artists get the tools they need to boost their careers.

With the June 17th event coming up, excitement is building for another incredible night of music and community. Freakshow USA continues to support and showcase the next generation of hip-hop talent with these bi-weekly events, proving their dedication to the music scene.

Whether you’re an artist looking to break into the scene, a music lover seeking fresh sounds, or an industry professional scouting new talent, the “Who’s Next” showcases offer something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the next event – it could shape the future of hip-hop.

For more details and to attend the event, check out the official event page:

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KVTheWriter & Mai Lee Drops New Track, “Figure Out The Rest”



Before she headlines Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park next month and delivers the re-release of her debut LP ‘FRIENDZ,’ Mai Lee joins KVTheWriter on the official remix to her Reggie Son assisted track “Figure Out The Rest.” The STL posse cut finds the trio trading soulful verses about the 314 and all it’s allure over melodic guitar strums.

“I enjoyed sharing my artistry with KVtheWriter and Reggie Son. It was my first time working with them and I loved the experience. The song’s production is unique and allows each artist to stand out on the song. I felt like I gave St. Louis a bit of sexy sauce with my vocals,” say’s Lee speaking on the collaboration exclusively in a press statement.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Stream KVTheWriter‘s “Figure Out The Rest (Remix)” on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist live performance visual for “Von” | HERE.

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Bando Shines On New Single “Chain On”



HTX’s artist to watch Bando connects with in-house producer Thizaezbeat for his latest release “Chain On.”

Perfect for getting dressed, pre-gaming, driving to your destination or the main event, the statement making track can turn any situation into an experience to remember. Serving as his second drop of 2024 following “Sack” with label mate 4, “Chain On” is yet another example of what fans can expect from his upcoming EP, Bando Tape.

Barely legal but wise beyond his years, Rodney Jones BKA Bando is a teenage Hip-Hop artist hailing from Houston’s Fourth Ward. Though he only began seriously pursuing music in 2022, he’s already secured a record deal with Danuel House Jr.’s music collective 4DHouse Ent in partnership with Steve Stoute’s United Masters. Even with a limited catalogue, including 4 collaboration “Sack” which has already gained over 100K+ streams, the rising star is already proving that the faith his label head and community have in him won’t go in vain.

“This song is an anthem for all my motion having playa partnas who can get the attention of any woman just by stepping in the room,” say’s the rising Rap act when describing the record in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency. Stream “Chain On” via your DSP of choice below.

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Keem Shaka Q&A “5 Star” Single, His Highly-Anticipated Debut Album + More




In the heart of Hip-Hop, New York City, a rising talent named Keem Shaka is generating significant buzz for himself. His new single “5 Star” is one of the main factors and  is certainly one of the Summer’s anthems. Since its release, it has amassed over 300k plays on Spotify, along with the visual doing nearly the same with 250k views on YouTube.

Aside from his Tri-State roots, Keem’s musical path is also influenced by a diverse range of experiences from both the South and the West Coast. This mix of backgrounds results in a unique sound and visual style that mesmerizes his listeners. His music is characterized by gritty lyrics, a raspy vocal delivery, and a confident swagger reflective of his City.

Check out our exclusive interview with the “5 Star” talent below.

Q: The official video is doing well too — over a quarter million views on YouTube. Tell us about the visual and how it was at the shoot.

Keem: “The visual captures the record perfectly. And you know I had to have “5 Star” females in it. It was a fun shoot, I love how it all turned out!”

Q: You’ve released a slew of successful singles but fans are now eager for your debut album? Can we expect it anytime soon?

Keem: “When the time is right for sure.. but as of right now, I’m focused on “5 Star.” It has a lot of life left, especially for the rest of the Summer. What I can say though is that, my album is DONE. It’s crazy and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. But everything is timing. It’ll be worth the wait.”

Q: “5 Star” is your biggest record to date — how do you plan to follow-up and close out the rest of the year?

Keem: “Definitely going to keep pushing “5 Star” .. but I recently did drop two quick freestyles for my fans. “Not Like Us” and “Worth It.” I do have a few more surprises in the tuck so stay tapped in. Trust me.. we’re just getting started!”

Be sure to follow Keem Shaka on Instagram for all news and updates.

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