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Lola Brooke To Join A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie On Tour In North America & The UK

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Primed for global impact, Brooklyn M.V.P. and 2023’s artist to watch, Lola Brooke will support multi-platinum chart-topping rap superstar A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on his upcoming international headline tour. This marks her very first international tour, introducing audiences everywhere to her show-stopping stage presence and powerhouse performances. The North American leg kicks off on February 7 at Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO, canvases the country, and concludes with a massive homecoming gig on March 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. She jets across the pond for the UK leg, beginning on March 22 at O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK. Tickets are available HERE. Lola also plans to perform at multiple high profile showcases at SXSW in Austin this March. 

Lola continues her meteoric rise on her own terms. Her breakout single “Don’t Play With It” [feat. Billy B] has eclipsed over 50 million streams and cracked the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart at #29 while she just teamed up with Flo Milli and Maiya The Don for the official remix to “Conceited.” Rolling Stone pegged her as one of “11 Rappers Set to Make it Big in 2023” and raved, “she bellows her bars like they could knock down walls.” POPSUGAR confirmed, “Lola Brooke’s big moment has finally arrived.” 

There’s no stopping or slowing Lola Brooke down though…

Recently signing to Arista Records, Lola has been deemed as a “musician set to take over in 2023” via Vogue, “artist you need to know before 2023” via Ebony MagazineHot 97‘s “Who’s Next: Class of 2022,” and one of the “Best Female Rappers of 2022” via HipHopDX, Lola Brooke has established herself as a breakout talent and the next New York artist to watch. With over 50 million streams to date, Lola’s most acclaimed hit, “Don’t Play With It,” stands as one of the most in-demand songs in today’s current music landscape. The Recording Academy via GRAMMY.com recently highlighted the smash single as a viral phenomenon that defined Rap music’s dominance on the social media platform. To date, the track has garnered over 500k + TikTok video creations, peaked at #9 on TikTok Viral chart, and has garnered 100 + million views on the platform. The track and official music video have charted Top 50 on both the US Shazam and YouTube Music Video Charts with 16 + million YouTube views. “Don’t Play With It” has recently earned placements on coveted playlists across major platforms, including Apple Music’s “Rap Life,” “High Maintenance,” “#OnRepeat” and Spotify’s “RapCaviar,” “Most Necessary” and “Feelin’ Myself” while Lola has been crowned as a 2023 Artist to Watch by Apple Music.

All signs point to a massive new year for Lola. Last week, Lil’ Kim invited Lola to perform at her “Harlem Festival Of Culture with The Jump Off With Lil Kim And Friends” show at the Apollo Theater. The momentous moment, which also served as Lola’s first time performing at the Apollo, was topped off as Lil’ Kim praised the rising star furthermore stating “I’m so proud of you.” Lola also recently pulled up at Future’s sold-out show at Barclays Center in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, as well as a recent A Boogie wit da Hoodie show eliciting massive roars from the crowd as soon as she hit the stage.

Lola recently unleashed her latest lyrical salvo “Here I Come.” Showcasing her slick, savage, and sharp flow, the track and official music video have earned her widespread acclaim. Right out of the gate, Pitchfork highlighted it as “The must-hear rap song of the day” and warned, “Her aura is intimidating; like a black widow, she shows that she’ll seduce and devour to get to the top.”REVOLT christened it “a bold new declaration of her presence in the music scene,” and OkayPlayer touted it among the “Best Hip-Hop Videos to Drop Last Week” and noted, “Lola Brooke’s ‘Here I Come’ is a swift-paced video that centers on her gritty and fiery rhymes.”

However, it just paves the way for more to come. With Arista Records and Team Eighty Productions in her corner, Lola Brooke has her sights set on 2023 with plans for more music very soon.

The Next Face of New York has arrived.

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KVTheWriter & Mai Lee Drops New Track, “Figure Out The Rest”

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Before she headlines Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park next month and delivers the re-release of her debut LP ‘FRIENDZ,’ Mai Lee joins KVTheWriter on the official remix to her Reggie Son assisted track “Figure Out The Rest.” The STL posse cut finds the trio trading soulful verses about the 314 and all it’s allure over melodic guitar strums.

“I enjoyed sharing my artistry with KVtheWriter and Reggie Son. It was my first time working with them and I loved the experience. The song’s production is unique and allows each artist to stand out on the song. I felt like I gave St. Louis a bit of sexy sauce with my vocals,” say’s Lee speaking on the collaboration exclusively in a press statement.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Stream KVTheWriter‘s “Figure Out The Rest (Remix)” on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist live performance visual for “Von” | HERE.

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Bando Shines On New Single “Chain On”

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HTX’s artist to watch Bando connects with in-house producer Thizaezbeat for his latest release “Chain On.”

Perfect for getting dressed, pre-gaming, driving to your destination or the main event, the statement making track can turn any situation into an experience to remember. Serving as his second drop of 2024 following “Sack” with label mate 4, “Chain On” is yet another example of what fans can expect from his upcoming EP, Bando Tape.

Barely legal but wise beyond his years, Rodney Jones BKA Bando is a teenage Hip-Hop artist hailing from Houston’s Fourth Ward. Though he only began seriously pursuing music in 2022, he’s already secured a record deal with Danuel House Jr.’s music collective 4DHouse Ent in partnership with Steve Stoute’s United Masters. Even with a limited catalogue, including 4 collaboration “Sack” which has already gained over 100K+ streams, the rising star is already proving that the faith his label head and community have in him won’t go in vain.

“This song is an anthem for all my motion having playa partnas who can get the attention of any woman just by stepping in the room,” say’s the rising Rap act when describing the record in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency. Stream “Chain On” via your DSP of choice below.

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Keem Shaka Q&A “5 Star” Single, His Highly-Anticipated Debut Album + More

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In the heart of Hip-Hop, New York City, a rising talent named Keem Shaka is generating significant buzz for himself. His new single “5 Star” is one of the main factors and  is certainly one of the Summer’s anthems. Since its release, it has amassed over 300k plays on Spotify, along with the visual doing nearly the same with 250k views on YouTube.

Aside from his Tri-State roots, Keem’s musical path is also influenced by a diverse range of experiences from both the South and the West Coast. This mix of backgrounds results in a unique sound and visual style that mesmerizes his listeners. His music is characterized by gritty lyrics, a raspy vocal delivery, and a confident swagger reflective of his City.

Check out our exclusive interview with the “5 Star” talent below.

Q: The official video is doing well too — over a quarter million views on YouTube. Tell us about the visual and how it was at the shoot.

Keem: “The visual captures the record perfectly. And you know I had to have “5 Star” females in it. It was a fun shoot, I love how it all turned out!”

Q: You’ve released a slew of successful singles but fans are now eager for your debut album? Can we expect it anytime soon?

Keem: “When the time is right for sure.. but as of right now, I’m focused on “5 Star.” It has a lot of life left, especially for the rest of the Summer. What I can say though is that, my album is DONE. It’s crazy and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. But everything is timing. It’ll be worth the wait.”

Q: “5 Star” is your biggest record to date — how do you plan to follow-up and close out the rest of the year?

Keem: “Definitely going to keep pushing “5 Star” .. but I recently did drop two quick freestyles for my fans. “Not Like Us” and “Worth It.” I do have a few more surprises in the tuck so stay tapped in. Trust me.. we’re just getting started!”

Be sure to follow Keem Shaka on Instagram for all news and updates.

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