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@LaTheGoat813 Drops 813 Day

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LA The Goat, the Tampa rapper pays homage to his city’s area code with 813 DAY, his official debut EP available today via Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def/Def Jam Recordings. Centerpiece of the EP is “Bounce It” featuring Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce in a matchup of eclectic, complementary, but never conflicting hip-hop styles.
Though based in Atlanta, Dupri felt the hip-hop energy emanating from Tampa for years. He took LA The Goat as his protégé after hearing him rap over the beat of the Jay-Z and Dupri 1998 classic “Money Ain’t A Thang.” LA’s viral clip initially got him on the scene. Since then, he has refined his sound by using catchy hooks and melodies, enhancing and sharpening his rhymes. Those melodies are best heard in the “8 Bands (Remix)” on 813 DAY.

He told The Source, “I grew up with my grandparents and my mom loving music. We listen to a lot of oldies: Syleena Johnson, Michael Jackson, Sade. From them all the way to Adam Levine, Sam Smith, all types of stuff. I just listen to all types of music, that’s why I feel like I have a good ear for music.”
LA The Goat dropped his first 9-song mixtape in July 2020, Goatmode, containing the original “8 Bands.” The expanded 15-song Goatmode Deluxe arrived in September. LA premiered his debut music video for “8 Bands” via So So Def/Def Jam in December 2020. The “8 Bands (Remix)” with Ross followed a month later in January 2021. Goatmode immediately caught the attention of hip-hop blogs including REVOLT, Rap Radar, HotNewHipHop, and others. The Source described him as “Equipped with a consistent ear for what he identifies as the classic sound.”

The first season of the Def Jam/Double Elvis/iHeartMedia serialized hip-hop podcast series Here Comes the Break featured LA’s next track, “You Wouldn’t Believe Me,” released on So So Def/Def Jam in June. The video for the track premiered August 13th, in honor of Tampa’s annual #813Day celebration, of course.
Following his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV victory last February, LA The Goat was honored to head over to Raymond James Stadium and perform at the NFL season opener in September, when the Bucs hosted the Dallas Cowboys (and won, 31-29).

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Vara Releases New Single “Paranoia”

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Florida-based next-gen pop star vara releases new single “Paranoia,” under the guidance of 98 degrees Jeff Timmons. Fresh off the DNA World Tour with the Backstreet Boys, vara has teamed up with Timmons to disrupt the music industry with their style that can be described as an edgy mix of alternative/pop influenced by Billie Eilish and Avril Lavigne.

Paranoia is an extremely personal song that tackles the subject of the struggles of mental health and we wanted to see if you’d be interested in having vara have this much needed conversation during an interview with you.

“Vara carries themself with such maturity, confidence, and poise, and possesses an emotional intelligence that’s quite indescribable,” says Jeff Timmons, who serves as a mentor/manager to vara.

“Vara has everything it takes to tackle the roller coaster ride of the entertainment industry, but it’s the other things they will do that excites me; the impact they will have on others with their music will undoubtedly be incredible, but the way they will empower and inspire others in their generation is something I hope to have the opportunity to witness.”

Listen to her newest single below.

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Wacotron Puts His City On The Map With New ‘Out The Blue’ Mixtape

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Putting his hometown on the map with his frank lyricism and heavy Lone Star State drawl, Wacotron is one of Texas’s most exciting rappers. Today, he shares Out The Blue, the highly-anticipated follow-up mixtape to his critically acclaimed 2021 project Smokin Texas. Highlighted by heavy trap production from Southside & 808 Mafia, among others, the 11-track effort establishes Wacotron’s status as the man in his city. He shares harrowing tales about life on the streets of Waco, weaving pearls of street wisdom and sly turns-of-phrase. 

Among project highlights are the dark Texas club anthem “Let Em Know,” as well as the heartfelt, guitar-laden “The Blues,” which finds the street veteran taking his sound in a new direction as he reckons with his past. Featuring appearances from Freebandz rapper Doe Boy and Atlanta mainstay Derez D’Shon and additional production from superstar artist/producer MarshmelloOut The Blue is available everywhere via Pick Six Records/808 Mafia.

Along with the new mixtape, Wacotron shares the video for “Game Time,” a highlight from the project produced by Project X of 808 Mafia. On top of a hauntingly hypnotic trap instrumental, Wacotron unleashes bar after bar as he warns his opps not to cross him: “I’m quarterback and I’m picking the blitz up,” he spits. In the DJ Black Messiah-directed video, Wacotron ignores ‘no trespassing’ signs as he proves he runs the streets of his hometown.

With Out The Blue, Wacotron plans to build on the success of his debut 2021 mixtape Smokin’ Texas, which received praise from ComplexHipHopDXDJ Booth, and more. He hasn’t been entirely quiet over the past year, though, as he’s made waves in the rap game with singles like “Raw” and “Free Mason” (each with over 4 million streams on Spotify). The Waco, TX native has also been an ambassador for central Texas rap, working alongside other Waco risers and boosting their careers while he becomes a star in his own right.

With the release of his sophomore project Out The Blue, Wacotron proves he’s an artist to watch in the bustling Texas rap scene. Stay tuned for much more from the young rapper in the near future.

Stream Out The Blue!

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Buzzing Rapper, $windlaaa Drops His 2nd Mixtape ” Late Night Thoughts”

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Busting out of Florida and New York with tight rhymes, $windlaaa is turning heads with his hard-hitting rap tunes. In October $windlaaa Relesed his next project Late Night Thoughts. Spanning 21 tracks, the new project recounts the rough circumstances of his upbringing and emotional setbacks In a recent “On the Radar interview, $windlaaa discussed the project, expressing his growth as an artist, betrayal in the industry and dating relationships, like his freestyle Lights Off. 

The upcoming mixtape is home to standout singles Backend,  Skrrt’n thru Traffic and Price On My Head$windlaaa rolls out the red carpet for a tasteful selection of feature appearances from Trapland Pat, FL Dusa, Lit Yoshi & tracks from top NY producer, Jbanga Beats. Ready to bring his melodic raps to a larger audience, $windlaaa has what it takes to be the next big star!

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