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@JakeJamesNYC & Stacy Barthe Drop “Celebration”

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NY-newcomer Jake James released his follow-up single “Celebration” featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Stacey Barthe today, after exclusively premiering on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 last night. On the new single, Jake tells an aspirational story over Statik Selektah’s (Nas, KRS-One, Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson) stripped down boom-bap beat, delicately interwoven with Stacy’s counterpoint melodies.

“Celebration” featuring Stacey Barthe is available everywhere now.

“Celebration” comes behind Jake’s nostalgic debut single, “Boss Thoughts.” The single’s boom-bap soundscape, produced by multi-platinum producer Buckwild(Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Beastie Boys, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Big L,) underscores Jake’s slick lyricism. Sitting at nearly 100K views, the video features the actual public housing Jake grew up in, as well as his dad and little cousin – a true rags-to-wall street story –  watch the video HERE.

Investment banker by day, rapper by night. Coming up in rural upstate New York, pursuing music was low on Jake’s list of career paths. His love for writing began at five and he recalls writing poetry as his parents played Jazz and Soul oldies.

Jake figured that education would be his easiest way out. At fifteen, he used his top-tier SAT scores to apply for college and was accepted. In college, Jake studied finance, ran his own small equity fund, and began touring small shows in various markets, opening for notable established acts, including G-Unit, Dave East, and Moneybagg Yo. Eventually Jake organically sold out NYC’s legendary venue, SOB’s on his own. Jake’s talent has garnered the attention and respect of acclaimed producer Statik Selektah and even the iconic Notorious B.I.G.’s producer, Buckwild.

From public housing to portfolios, Jake has an unthinkable story to tell, with the release of “Boss Thoughts” and more new music on the way, Jake James is poised for a breakout year. 

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YNIC B Drops “I’m On Dat”

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky native YNIC B returns this week with a new single called “I’m On Dat” produced by Topper Atwood. Listen below via Audiomack and follow him on Instagram.

Direct Link: https://audiomack.com/ynic-b/song/im-on-dat

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST DEANTE’ HITCHCOCK SHARES “U WERE RIGHT I WAS WRONG”

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Grammy-nominated Atlanta rapper Deante’ Hitchcock shares his first new single of the year, “U Were Right I Was Wrong,” out now via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

The slick new single tells the story of Deante’ and his partner in the throes of an argument, cleverly referencing the classic line of “you were right, I was wrong” throughout the song’s chorus. Driven by its sleek, seductive production and Deante’s penchant for clever lyricism, his latest single is a playful ode to the familiar ebbs and flows of a relationship.

Set to release a slew of new music in 2023, “U Were Right I Was Wrong” follows last year’s release of Deante’s single “Alone” and the Valentine’s Day-themed EP Everyday The 14th. Deante’ closed out 2022 with the release of the two-pack project Callin’ All My Children, which showcased a unique blend of Deante’s southern rap roots and retro production influences, with features from Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. and Compton’s Westside Boogie.

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ASAKE SHARES NEW SONG AND VIDEO “YOGA”

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Nigerian recording artist Asake releases a brand-new song and music video, “Yoga,” produced by Magicsticks. Shot in Dakar, Senegal, the video was directed by Asake’s frequent creative collaborator TG Omori (WizKid, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML). Per Asake, “the song is about minding my business and guarding my peace so no one can disrupt it.” 

The new song arrives on the heels of an explosive year for Asake, with Rolling Stone noting he has “become one of Nigeria’s biggest breakout stars in recent years”. His debut album Mr. Money With The Vibe, released in September via YBNL Nation and EMPIRE, set the record for becoming the highest charting Nigerian debut album of all-time. The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, The FADER, The FACE, and more included the album atop of their ‘Best of 2022’ lists. The album broke the record for the biggest African album release on Apple Music, hitting #1 in 31 countries within the first 24 hours of its release. Listen here!

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