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King Von’s Estate Announces New Album, Shares “Don’t Play That” ft. 21 Savage

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A fiercely talented rapper and an inspiration to strivers in O-Block and beyond, King Von left this world with many more stories to tell. Over one year after the release of his debut album Welcome To O-Block, Von’s estate, Only The Family, and EMPIRE plan to release What It Means To Be King, a testament to his continuing legacy. What It Means To Be King is packed with the ferocious bars and gripping narratives that earned him a huge fanbase, but also hints at some of the directions he might have taken if he had more time. The album showcases the talent his fans recognize and gives glimpses of artistic evolution to come, featuring songs that range from introspective to aggressive to romantic. With contributions from some of the people who knew Von best, including regular producer and collaborator Chopsquad DJ and more to be revealed in the coming weeks, What It Means To Be King arrives on March 4th via Only The Family/EMPIRE.

Along with the announcement of the tape comes Don’t Play That,” a new single featuring 21 Savage. A close friend of Von’s family who has always shown love, 21 Savage is an ideal sparring partner for Von, his deadpan demeanor a perfect foil to Von’s animated delivery. Complete with a whirring beat from Kid Hazel, “Don’t Play That” finds both rappers revealing all the ways they don’t mess around (“I did a drill with the face mask/I washed my hands with the Ajax,” says Von.) Charming and radio-friendly, but still maintaining a foreboding edge, “Don’t Play That” demonstrates Von’s capacity as a versatile and adaptable collaborator and his growing instinct for making hits.

What It Means To Be King puts an exclamation point on Von’s legacy, confirming his status as the best storyteller of his generation. A worthy follow-up to Welcome To O-Block, the upcoming album is a bittersweet treat for fans, and a moment of closure for those who loved him most.

Long Live King Von.

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Teenear Samples Brandy’s “The Boy Is Mine” on her Single Release “Ain’t Mine” 

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Teenear Renee began singing with the praise team of her church in her hometown of Miami, Florida. She later started performing solo at talent shows. 

A version of Rihanna’s “Stay” went over so well that she started a YouTube channel — after her parents’ strong encouragement — to gain wider exposure. Uploads of “Stay” and other covers caught the attention of the Miami-based Slip’N’Slide label, resulting in a recording contract. In 2015, the year she graduated high school, Teenear debuted with “Friday Night,” featuring a guest verse from Sage the Gemini. 

Follow-up “Streetlights‘ ‘ arrived in 2016, followed shortly thereafter by a dancehall-flavored remix with an appearance from labelmate Trina. A handful of additional tracks, including the sparkling Fetty Wap collaboration “Love Me or Leave Me” and the beaming ballad “Need Your Love,” were scattered across 2017 and 2018. 

At the height of the pandemic and social justice with the likes of the George Floyd assualt/murder, Teenear returned to Music with her song “Free” lending her voice and platform to the conversation and activism toward freeing those most affected by police brutality, and racisim. 

The singer, after two years, returns to music full time with her leading single “Ain’t Mine” debuting May 13th 2022. The single samples the living legend Brandys 1998 hit song “the boy is mine” 

Teenear’s label Slip N Slide is excited about this release. 

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Mike Zombie Teases Upcoming Album with Celebratory New Single, “Triumphant”

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Known for his work with Drake, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Young M.A., and more, multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producer Mike Zombie has been relatively quiet since the formation of his Don Juligans group and the launch of his WAV TECH app in 2021. 

Now, the self-proclaimed “Humble Genius” gifts fans with a surprise release in the form of celebratory Marcus Mayhem-produced song, “Triumphant.” The motivational, horn-driven track finds the Jersey-bred rapper/producer radiating confidence as he spits some boastful rhymes addressing competition and his own resilience.

“I used to make beats in college with my brother..he actually sent me this beat from this producer named Marcus Mayhem and it immediately screamed anthem when I heard it. 

The first thing that came out my mouth was ‘this sound like somethin ****** this sound triumphant.’ I love making motivational music and it seems people love hearing it .. it’s starting to be my lane. Album on the way,” Zombie shares with us. 

“Triumphant” is expected to appear on Mike Zombie’s forthcoming album, Nice Guys Finish First, dropping on all platforms June 2022. Stream the single below on your preferred streaming platform.

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Guin Record’s Own Ketu Sets The Mood On “Rain On Me”

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Ketu (@Ketuikediuba) is ready to become your next favorite R&B star. His newest single, “Rain On Me,” serves as his latest drop coming off his forthcoming EP, Ano-Ele. Fans of Giveon or Sampha will enjoy this upcoming musician. Ketu’s Nigerian background, mixed with his time in various parts of the US, has helped create a well-rounded individual. He did not even start making music professionally until two years ago. Songs like “Rain On Me” show that he is a natural.

Ketu is now spending most of his time in Los Angeles. The HE(A)RD-managed crooner is looking to impact the industry. Before creating music, he was best known for his illustration work with Netflix and many other Fortune 500 companies. Now, he is signed to Guin Records and ready to go full-time with his professional career as a musician.

Grab your umbrella and stream “Rain On Me” today in preparation for his upcoming EP, Ano-Ele, due June 3rd!

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