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Kampala Social Club releases debut single “COT2ON”

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Today sees the release of the debut music from Kampala Social Club, with the beautiful single “COT2ON”. Kampala Social Club is an experiment in journeys. The quest for self, the search for connection to the past and present. Seeking a known place in your own existence, and a place within its future. The architect, Steven Fernandez, is a Canadian artist whose meditative, instrumental recordings comprise this project born from a reach into his ancestral history and present-day spiritual practices. The goal is to tell a story and help the listener connect with its own.

In tangible form, the Kampala Social Club was a gathering place for the Goan middle class in early 20th century Uganda. At the club, people of like minded religion, social caste, language and tradition sought to gather, connect and find safety amongst themselves. The club was a central site in Fernandez’ own family – giving it legendary and weighted symbolic status via his parents – both immigrants to Canada in the late 60s. “My parents were born in East Africa and traced their ancestors back to Goa,” he explains. “Growing up in Stoney Creek, Ontario with parents who spoke Swahili, had a Portuguese last name and were Catholic with the appearance of an Indian – life was not easy to understand. I was too brown to be black, too brown to be white, too Anglo Indian to be Indian, yet I could identify very strongly with all cultures. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand who I am.”

Using the rich historical backdrop of the social club – the musical project seeks to support foundational explorations in mindfulness. Purpose in action, in reflection and in the journey to understand and connect with self is at the core of the music – but the true value lies in the listener’s ability to embark on its own journey. “Though the name is tied to culture, it’s really about the symbol of safety and freedom,” Fernandez continues.“The hope that we can find refuge in sound, slow our minds down and feel safe to express all sides of our human experience in the lives we lead. The ability for us to pause and reflect before we can learn to expand. When I reflected on the name of the project, I realized it was the authentic culmination of my life after 48 years. The music is the alignment of all the influences of my culture, music and human experience to this point.” Fernandez has found direct utility for the music within his own sound meditation business Pause + Expandwhich began for the purpose of supporting the mindfulness community. 

“The music is a refuge from a world that in my experience works to never stop,” he concludes. “A companion in your life taking up as little or as much space as you allow.” Kampala Social Club is the first in a series of releases planned under the project moniker and the first recording “COT2ON” is available everywhere now.

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Chicago’s J-Oats and Kaye Fox Come Together for New Single ‘FIRST LOVE’

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“First Love” is an ode to falling in love with Hip-Hop as well as your first love. Both Chicago natives J-Oats and Kaye Fox join for a dope track that’s written as if Hip-Hop were a woman. J-Oats reflects on his childhood and how music made him feel, once he began writing. For those unfamiliar with Kaye Fox, she’s part of No ID’s production team and is an accredited vocalist on songs with Ye, Common, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Nas and more. The video was directed by J-Oats with IAMMRLUCUS on cinematography.

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Gee Murda Shines Hard On ‘Rhythm & Rap’

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Richmond, Virginia-bred MC Gee Murda (@Geemurda) is picking up steam in his city after releasing his latest mixtape, Rhythm & Rap. The Cash Money/No Limit era-inspired project is 24 tracks long. He’s known for his gritty voice and real-life raps. Murda is always known around the area for his work in the streets, now, he is looking to become a household name in music. 

Tracks like “Vezzo Flow,” “Cook Up'” and “Switchy” have helped him garner a buzz that is becoming bigger and better each day. After growing up listening to rappers like Lil WayneBoosie, and Yo Gotti, his rags-to-riches dreams were built. Few people make it out of Virginia, but he is looking to become one of the few. He hopes to take his talents to the top and collaborate with NBA YoungboyKevin Gates, and more. 

Check out his latest mixtape before the release of MURDAMIND4 today!

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Trapland Pat Keeps on Truckin’ in “Road 2 Riches” Video

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With star qualities as unmistakable as his wide-eyed, iced out smile, Trapland Pat is cruising in a lane of his own. Returning with a full tank of gas and an endless supply of tropical vibes, the South Florida sensation shares his new video single, “Road 2 Riches.” Anchored by an instrumental from frequent collaborator Pepper Jack Zoe that makes steel drums resonate like organ pipes in a cathedral, “Road 2 Riches” finds Pat on a Waze route to the bag, with no time for detours: “They like, ‘Trap, you should scam,’ I’m like, ‘Scam why?’/23 hours for them birdies, that’s a damn job.” 

The KillerJack-directed video for “Road 2 Riches” leans into its automotive imagery at full throttle, as Pat’s diamond-studded smirk and Peterbilt rig turn I-95 into Ice Road Truckers. Making a pit stop to stock up on essentials like styrofoam cups and bundles of Black and Milds before embarking on his journey, Pat’s locks in once he gets behind the wheel. He’s got a long way to go and a short time to get there, but he’s money-bound, so watch Trapland run it up.

“Road 2 Riches” follows recent cuts like “Z Land” and “Vibes” as Pat’s first new music since he shared the acclaimed Trapnificent mixtape this past summer. Pat’s first release for Bang Biz and Alamo Records, Trapnificent rolls out the red carpet for a tasteful selection of guests, including Fredo Bang, who signed Pat to his imprint Bang Biz and appears twice on the tape, Sacramento street hero Mozzy, NYC Winners Circle maestro Eli Fross, and Memphis’ own BIG30Trapnificent earned praise from Pitchfork, who called the project a “zippy distillation of his regional roots” and said that Pat’s music is “extremely regionally and culturally specific, like so much exciting and promising new rap music.”

Ready to bring his searing street raps to a larger audience, Trapland Pat has the goods to be Broward County’s next big star.

Watch “Road 2 Riches” here!

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