Jai’Len Josey, the seductive Atlanta singer, songwriter, musician, and seasoned Broadway star celebrates the arrival of SOUTHERN DELICACY, her newest project available in-stores today via Hillman Grad Records/Def Jam Recordings. Ahead of the release, a smoldering live version of one of the tracks, “Good Soup” was teased in support of Jai’Len’s opening spot on Ari Lennox’s 26-city Age/Sex/Location winter tour of the U.S. & Canada.
In addition to “Good Soup,” which unspools a deft metaphor for the type of nourishment that can only come from the heart, SOUTHERN DELICACY offers other treats. On the title track, Jai’Len coasts over lush strings for a playful lover’s sales pitch, combining flashes of regional hospitality with a voice that’s as sweet as it is seductive: “All you needed was the sugar, honey, ice tea / Me, I’m a Southern type of delicacy.” On “Pay For My Drink,” she glides over dreamy keyboards and a dazed electric guitar line, turning a simple request into a charming prelude to passion.
SOUTHERN DELICACY is the patiently awaited follow-up to Illustrations, the 6-song EP that introduced Jai’Len on record in September 2020. The EP, comprising “She Got It,” “All Mine,” “Can You Do It for Me?” “When We Jump,” “You Ain’t Gotta Worry,” and “Fall” evolved in between Jai’Len’s performances as Pearl in the Broadway production of The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, during which time she wrote and recorded as many as 200 original tracks. The EP ultimately led the way to award-winning creator Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Records and Def Jam Recordings.
Exposed by her mother as a youngster to an eclectic tableau of popular sound, from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, to Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel, Jai’Len developed into an award-winning actress by the time she completed high school. While attending Baldwin Wallace University, she learned how to use GarageBand, and went on to record her first 40 songs.
Today, Jai’Len Josey seeks to channel the spirits of the artists who came before her. “Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone inspired me to leave music behind that people want to grow with,” she shares. “I feel like I’m supposed to be doing this right now,” she adds. “I feel like the seeds that I’m planting right now are destined to grow.”
Dee-1 Releases New Visual “Lines Drawn”
Emmy-nominated educator turned entertainer, Dee-1 (@Dee1music) addresses critics and fans alike in the official music video for the Danny Beats-produced single “Lines Drawn,” following his viral interview on Sway In The Morning centered around industry hypycrosy. Filmed by Tufts University‘s own Jalen Hill, a student enrolled in the New Orleans native’s “The Intersection of Hip Hop and Social Change” course, the timely track and its accompanying visual postdate Dee’s previously released album UNO. Serving as the first official leak from his forthcoming LP From The Hood To Harvard, the song is a beacon of light as unfavorable headlines engulf online media.
“I did this song as a response to the industry being so shaken by me drawing a line in the sand and saying that we need some accountability for the messages we’re glorifying inside Hip-Hop. This is part one, there’s more on the way. A shift is happening from a genre and cultural perspective,” says the National Social Emotional Learning Consultant in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency about the release.
Award-winning rapper. educator, host, activist, business owner, and keynote speaker are synonymous with Louisiana‘s Dee-1. The Nasir “Nas” Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University is a Billboard Top 10 charting, game-changing MC with a persona to match his penmanship. He’s transitioned from being a middle school math teacher in The Boot to a Hip-Hop heavyweight with much more to accomplish. He has released 10 albums and 21 projects thus far in his career.
Dee-1’s music is part of a bigger lifestyle movement called Mission Vision, which centers around three core principles: Be Real. Be Righteous. Be Relevant. In 2020, Dee received the prestigious NAACP “Power of Influence Award,” highlighting his community activism and commitment to inspiring the youth. In 2021, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “The Manhattan Project,” but he lost to Michelle Obama. Later that year, Dee was appointed to the “Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys” by Governor John Bel Edwards, making him the first rapper in Louisiana history to become a governor’s appointee.
Watch the HD clip for “Lines Drawn” on YouTube and stream the single via Audiomack below. For a limited time you can purchase an advanced copy of From The Hood To Harvard exclusively on EVEN, here.
Deuce Savage creates a new Rap Lane with the single “Mudd Thompson”
The Midwest isn’t letting up when it comes to individuality and variety in music. As the rap genre continues to evolve, more music artist are finding their way with their own sounds. One Chicagoland artist Deuce Savage, is turning up the rap world with a rockstar appeal. Recently releasing his trending single “Mudd Thompson”, his authentic and experimental sound is a unique addition to the music world.
Taking on the sound of this new wave of trap rock, Deuce Savage is an artist who isn’t afraid to step outside the box. As a self-taught producer, Deuce is able to bring his creativity to life with every song. Resonating with music lovers of all genres, his unique delivery is originally raw. The single “Mudd Thompson”, is thrilling freestyle flow over a hard hitting beat. Produced by Deuce himself, his talent of layering unique sounds shines effortlessly with this single.
Aside from his unique music, Deuce Savage connects with fans through his intriguing lifestyle. Uploading weekly day-to day videos on YouTube, he shows fans his creative process and his unpredictable personality. Further experimenting with other genres, “Mudd Thompson,” is just a preview of what’s to come from Deuce Savage. Stream his latest single below now!
Travy Nostra Paints A Vivid Picture On “MARTYR”
Travy Nostra has risen to a new level with his latest introspective record, “Martyr,” which pairs with a cinematic visual. The mini-movie highlights the duality many young black children in underprivileged neighborhoods usually have. Some people play ball, and some people make music, but those seem like the only two routes to get out of the good. Coming off the heels of his dynamic visual for “SEE U TMRW,” Nostra found a way to step it up once more.
Travy Nostra is looking to inspire children to come up and understand that there is more to life than the streets, sports, or rap. He has previously worked with DMV legends like Rico Nasty and Joony. His fiery flow and polished storytelling helped him become a new star. He has been featured in REVOLT TV, Lyrical Lemonade, and many others.
Watch the new visual for “Martyr” below!