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J. Lock Is Ready To Go Next Level

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J. Lock is a true student of the game. His versatility is as strong as his will to create fire music. The Mississippi-born recording artist has been recently honing his skills in Atlanta. Since 2021, J. Lock has become a more notable name in the music space. Lock is a great learner and knows how to make a fire song for the ladies. His fanbase is steadily rising, and plenty of people are ready to see him win. His newest single is coming out soon, so we wanted to connect with him ahead of it.

Check out our dope conversation with J. Lock here below!

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?

I’m from Forest, Mississippi. I moved to Atlanta in 2021 when I turned 18 for music and my label Stoner Road Music. There’s been so much movement and growth since I made the transition. I’m glad I did. 

What made you choose the artist name?

One of the reasons for my choice of name was because I wanted something similar to one of my favorite artists J. Cole, but also because it was close to my biological name. 

You make a lot of music for the ladies. Tell us the story behind “Selfish” for those who have yet to listen. 

The name speaks for itself, but “Selfish” is about a guy who wants to be with a girl and doesn’t want anybody else to have her. He’s selfish for her. 

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

Of course. My upbringing taught me discipline, patience, drive, and a lot more. My mom taught us to go after anything we want and to work hard for it. When she left to serve in the military to give my siblings and I a better life, that’s when I knew I had to step up and take my career seriously. The jazz and blues that my family always played in Mississippi influenced my music heavy. It’s also where I discovered Motown Records. 

How would you describe your sound to readers who may need to become more familiar with you?

My sound depends on the season. I would describe it as melodic, lyrical, even wavy and smooth when it comes to certain tracks.

What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?

If you want to do something and really do it, you should be dedicated and committed. I always had a love for music and I knew I wanted to take it seriously and make a name for myself in this industry.

Your videos are movie quality, why is it so important to provide dope visuals in today’s music space? 

Thank you, I appreciate that. Visuals have always been important in music. It’s important because your vision for the song comes to life in a creative and artistic way. Your audience gets to see your vision for the song and it has to be great quality. Something they won’t forget.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

I love to play basketball and workout. I also like to watch tv when I get time. To stay creative, I just try to be present and to live and take everything in.

What were you doing before music?

Well before I was signed to Stoner Road Music, I was working at Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Using that money to fund my music career. Kids today need to know that a hustle is a hustle and not to feel discouraged for doing a regular job. As long as you stay focused and believe in yourself, big things can happen for you. 

Who are some of your main musical influences?

J.Cole, Drake , Kendrick Lamar 

What are some of your music career goals for the future?

 My goal is to constantly get better at my craft and be the best artist I can be. And of course, I’m looking forward to many plaques and musical accolades. I was just in LA for Grammy week. We went to a lot of industry events and Grammy parties. I hope to be nominated for one someday.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for? Include some dates if you have them.

What’s next for me is still dropping hard singles for the fans. Fans should be on the lookout for “Selfish” ft RL, it’s a great track. As far as projects we shall see.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music?

It’s okay to be the way you are, as long as you’re honest and truthful to whatever you believe in.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Instagram – @J.lockofficial , Twitter @SRM_JLock, YouTube – J.lock_Srm

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Ryck Jane Sets The Tone With “No Problems” + “You Gone Learn Today”

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The first thing we see in Neesin Williams’s vibrant video for “You Gone Learn Today” is Ryck Jane’s earrings. They’re hard to miss — and they also might’ve been a challenge to wear. The two matching accessories that dangle from the rapper’s lobes appear to be made of solid gold. But the most notable thing about them is what they signify. They’re L.A. logos: twin declarations of allegiance to the city and scene that made her.

Even without the earrings, fans would know exactly where Ryck Jane was from. It’s not just her California drawl, the left coast pattern of her cadences, or the hard Los Angeleno funk that forms the bedrock of her irresistible recordings. It’s also in her dedication to glamour and her scrupulous attention to every detail of presentation. Jane knows exactly how to showcase her fierce individuality. She may be a new artist, but she handles herself like a showbiz veteran. She believes that she was born to inhabit the spotlight — and single after single, she demonstrates that her confidence isn’t misplaced.

“You Gone Learn Today” is her boldest declaration of autonomy yet. On the track, Ryck Jane raps about the inevitability of her rise and underscores her theme with a performance that’s relentless, colorful, and loaded with personality. Call it a message to the nonbelievers — who are getting harder and harder to find. The production backs up her boasts: the track is muscular and hypnotic, decorated with a thick, serpentine bass synthesizer lead, skittering beats, a thumping kick drum, and chanted backing vocals. The deep musicality of the track arrangement is a reminder that long before Ryck Jane found fame as an independent rapper, she’d distinguished herself as a trumpeter.

That horn shows up on “No Problems. The track is a centerpiece of Jane Got A Gun, the rapper’s scalding 2023 album. It’s slinkier and more subtle than the rambunctious “You Gone Learn Today,” but as the video makes clear, it’s another message to the world that Ryck James can’t be stopped. Just like the “You Gone Learn Today” video clip, “No Problems” is a showcase for the artist’s unique, and unerring sense of style.  It’s all here, and it’s all wild, and worn with the self-possession of a queen.

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LunchMoney Lewis Follows Up With New Single “Rain Or Shine”

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Still riding “High” off his recent collaboration with Dylan Chambers and ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ GRAMMY win for Lil Durk’s “All My Life” featuring J. Cole earlier this year, Miami musician LunchMoney Lewis delivers “Rain or Shine.” Co-produced by JulianBeatz & BRIANXWHITE, “Rain or Shine” is a record about believing things will get better even when everything feels hopeless. In current times where there is so much pain in the world, Lewis wrote the Hip-Hop / R&B-influenced track to help us overcome life’s hurdles with love.

“In light of everything going on in the world, I’ve been in a very tough place creatively about what I wanna write about. Seeing so many innocent lives taken pushed me to make something that gives people hope in some fashion, rain or shine. We will continue to push love and love only, even in the face of darkness,” states the talented triple threat about the inspiration behind his latest leak.

Best known for his work with Dr. Luke as a producer, LunchMoney Lewis first broke into wide recognition as a rapper after appearing on the song “Trini Dem Girls” from Nicki Minaj’s 2014 album ‘The Pinkprint.’ He also co-wrote Jessie J’s single “Burnin’ Up” from her album ‘Sweet Talker,’ and Fifth Harmony’s single “Bo$$” from the album ‘Reflection.’ In 2015, he released his debut single as a solo artist, “Bills”, which peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts.

Stream “Rain or Shine” after the jump via Lunchbox Records and watch the official music video for “High” | HERE.

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Bella Dose Drops New Single “Auga”

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After kicking off the US dates for their ‘L-Pop’ tour powered by Live Nation in San Diego at The House of Blues over the weekend, Bella Dose cools things down with a new Nitido en el Nintendo & Clayton Williamonce produced single appropriately titled “Agua.” The Florida native quartet once again enlisted the starpower of Shakira who added to the visibility of the release by joining them in a collaborative post on Instagram where they recreated their viral choreography to the GRAMMY Award-winning artist’s Cardi B assisted cut “Puntería.”

In an exclusive press statement to Medium Creative Agency about how the track was born, the Miami musicians revealed: “We made this song in about three hours, right before our San Francisco show while on tour. We wanted to make a fun, upbeat song that mixed our American and Latin culture; hence the Merengue and EDM fusion.”

Bella Dose, which consists of Brianna Leah Curiel, Melany Vanessa Rivera, Jennifer Hernandez, and Thais Rodriguez, is the world’s first bilingual, Latin girl-group. Originating in MIA, all four members sing, dance, and write in both English and Spanish. The girls embody many Latin flavors with heritages from Cuba, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Chile. They’re ready to take on the world with their charisma, chemistry, and passion for the art of music.

Stay hydrated as they continue their hot streak by pressing play on “Agua” below via International Hub Records / EMPIRE and buy tickets to the ‘L-Pop‘ tour in a city near you | HERE.

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