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James Baley Drops “Banishment”

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Today Juno Award-winning musician and multi-disciplinary artist James Baley releases the new single “Banishment” from his forthcoming album A Story available on September 24th, 2021. This single marks the re-emergence of James Baley into the spotlight after being recognized for supporting, writing and recording with a diverse range of celebrated Canadian-based artists including July Talk (Baley is credited as a co-writer/co-producer on their recent Juno-winning, Pray For It), Zaki Ibrahim, U.S. Girls, Badge Epoque Ensemble, and Azari, with whom he collaborated on “Gotasoul” garnering them a Juno Award nomination for Dance Recording of the Year in 2019.

Baley’s new single “Banishment” is an urgent, hard-hitting track that fuses gospel vocals with house and ballroom sensibilities, and acts as a call to the celebration of freedom for Black queer community members, and the need to break away. Banishment is also Baley’s first solo house/ballroom track and features guest Twysted Miyake-Mugler the celebrated Vogue performer and co-founder of the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance. “[Banishment] is about being banished from the (religious) communities that raised you and moving through the mix of feelings that come with grief,” explains Baley. “In the context of this song, Banishment is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity to explore and move closer to one’s truth and destiny. Inspired by my queer experience, Banishment speaks to my journey and the consequences that come with choosing authenticity…it will get you up and leave you wanting more.” Despite the pandemic-fuelled challenges of 2020, Baley was still fortunate enough to be featured on one long-listed (Badge Époque Ensemble) and one short-listed (U.S. Girls) 2020 Polaris Music Prize album. During the spring of 2021, Baley stayed busy having released two singles (“Saviour”, “On My Mind”) from his forthcoming album A Story and performed at Pride Toronto’s 40th anniversary closing ceremony. By sharing compelling stories through his vulnerable lyrics, Baley combines his R&B, gospel, and electronic music influences to create soulful and reflective dance tracks for the church, club, and vogue ballroom.

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WANMOR TEAM UP WITH STEVIE WONDER AT THE 65th ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

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Making their GRAMMY® Awards debut and appearing during the most powerful moments of last night’s GRAMMY® Awards, fast rising brotherly R&B group WanMor joined forces with none other than the legendary Stevie Wonder to perform “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, originally by The Temptations to honor Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson for MusiCares Persons of the Year.

Representing a passing-of-the-torch from one generation to the next, WanMor’s performance stands out as a superstar-making turn. They paid homage to The Temptations alongside one of the most influential artists in history. This only hints at a massive year for the group though.

They started the evening and graced the red carpet for a nonstop series of interviews. During this media blitz, they broke the news of their forthcoming self-titled debut, WanMor EP.

Recently, the group shared the single “Mine” and Every Pretty Girl in the City” Right out of the gate, it earned widespread critical acclaim. Last year, WanMor’s two-month Every Pretty Girl in the City Tour announced their arrival as a phenomenon. Among many highlights, they turned up at The American Dream Mall for a pop-up performance, igniting the crowd into a fervent frenzy. They impressively delivered pop-up performances at elementary, middle and high schools up and down the coast, rolling through Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, Florida, North, and South Carolina, and beyond. Making headlines, they’ve also recently appeared on Good Day Atlanta and News4Jax Morning Show as part of their fall promo tour.

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Smokepurpp Prepares for a Big 2023 with 3-Song ‘Anti’ Capsule

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Smokepurpp surged out of South Florida with a penchant for firing up fans with quick-hitting, head-banging singles. Collecting three adventurous new bangers into a three-song “capsule,” Purpp shares Anti, his first new release of 2023. Anti debuts a new experimental format for Purpp, where he can follow his iconoclastic muse in short-form bursts. Capsule opening track “Draco” offers sirenic synths and subsonic bass for Purpp to dance over with his clipped cadences. “Chop Off The Top” fully embraces the euphoric “rage” sound, as Purpp skates atop Supah Mario‘s carnival-esque synths with easygoing melodies. Purpp turns up the intensity on final track “Out My Body,” snarling over DSC Sunny & Bido production with hedonistic fervor.

The new Anti capsule is a high-energy follow-up to Shoot First,” released in November. “Shoot First” was Purpp’s first new single as a lead artist since 2021’s “Not Your Speed” ft. Lil Gnar, but he has kept busy in the meantime collaborating with the likes of Masked WolfRarri, and Mike Stone. Purpp is hard at work on more “capsules” and a new project, his first since Psycho (Legally Insane) EP and his first full-length since the ferocious 2020 mixtape Florida Jit.

Stay tuned from much more from the iconoclastic artist as the year moves on, including a performance at the inaugural Rolling Loud Thailand in April.

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Rising Philly Rapper Bumble Bee Releases her 4-Track EP Titled ‘Trapped In My Hive’

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With no pun intended, newcomer Bumble Bee is creating quite a buzz for herself as a rap artist. The rapper has already piqued the interest of major platforms like Generation Now, Dirty Glove Bastards Off the Porch, Hood Affairs, The Progress Report, Doggie Diamonds TV, A&R Bigga Rankin and more and is easily becoming a more notable act out of Philadelphia. She boasts over 22K followers on Instagram and has even worked alongside rap icons, but now more than ever, she feels it’s time to make a name for herself in the industry.

Bumble Bee, whose birth name is Zojuanna Bennett, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she started rapping at just 9 years old. By 15, she was catching her stride as a rapper, but it wouldn’t be until 2022 that she’d begin to take the craft seriously. Since pursuing music, Bumble Bee has gained a lot of attention online with her versatile sound which she features on tracks like “We Outside”, “IDGAF”, and “Ride Still” and has even collaborated with fellow Philadelphia rap artist KUR and Omelly who’s been connected to Meek Mill’s label.

Philadelphia is known as the city of love but what sets the city apart, is the individuality among its artists. Bumble Bee remains lyrically free and offers a perfect balance of feminine and masculine energy and regardless of gender, she can hold her own on the track. Fans can expect to hear this authenticity on her 4-track project Trapped in my Hive.

Bumble Bee also gives back to her community by regularly speaking to the youth and volunteering at charity events. Bumble Bee’s rap career may just be getting started but she’s already achieved much success in such a short amount of time. Bumble Bee has been able to work with super producer Swagino, Breezy, and Philly’s top DJ, DJ Cosmic Kev. She has also had the opportunity to tour and hit prominent stages such as the MET. What’s next for the femcee is to remain consistent in delivering great music for her audience.

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