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Meet bilingual HipHop Artist HULKSICKO!

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HULKSICKO!’s interest in music began during his high school in his hometown of Bronx, NY. After an injury and surgey led him to put a pause on a promising basketball career, the Bronx native decided to dedicate his training towards music. HULKSICKO! recorded his first song in the summer of 2017. He recalls watching videos on how to use auto-tune for an hour and by the end of the night he had created a very rudimentary track. He chuckles stating, “It was trash.” The independent artist stayed the course and persisted to create for 3 more years before finally finding his sound. His musical style and sound is very unique in that it is inspired by a combination of the trials and triumphs of an East Coast upbringing. “Most of my music is melodic and uptempo, which I think is dictated by the beats I choose. In terms of lyrics they can go right or left depending on how I’m feeling, and where I’m at. I like to tell people about parts of my life even if they can’t relate to it, because the real fans are going to relate. Those are the types of fans I want around my music.”


Find out more about HULKSICKO! In the interview below:

Q: What inspired your artist name?
A: My name was something that I was given/came up with. It’s two words, the first part HULK comes from a joke my teammates would make cause I would still lift even after basketball practice was over. The second part SICKO I came up with my bro Noah, and I just ran with it. I had to add the exclamation so that people could feel me.

Q: Do you have any other special talents?
A: Another talent I have is that I speak Chinese. I visited China twice and went to 10 different cities while there and lived there for a whole month at one point. The fact that I speak Chinese influences some of the harmonies that I think of while making music. A lot of my early fans thought I used to live in China because of the fact that I spoke it so wel!

Q: What impacted your decision to pursue music?
A: I chose music cause it allowed me to express myself. I didnt’t necessarily know how to voice what I felt because I didn’t have people to talk to about it. Same way when I was young and angry, I would listen to music to help get me out of certain moods. It aint always work and sometimes the lyrics in the songs made it worse but that’s how I knew music was impactful.


Q: What got you noticed?
A: I don’t think that I got noticed for my music right away but for what I was trying to do with it at first. I was heavily pushing the idea that I wanted to live in China and make music there and a lot of people who didn’t understand music gravitated towards it because it was something they had never seen before.

You can check out his music on Spotify, Apple Music and all the major platforms. You can check out his music videos on Youtube!

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Allison Kane, First Lady of Hip-Rock: The Name & Genre You Need To Know

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Beauty, brains, talent and clearly on the road to greatness, Allison Kane is currently on tour and possibly coming to a city near you. Who is Allison Kane, you ask? Well, if you don’t know the name, it’s time to get familiar.

The Oklahoma City bombshell is a self-produced singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. Inspired by the likes of Eminem and Pink, Allison brings an infectious flavor that attracts the masses like a moth to a flame. Crowned by many as the “First Lady of Hip-Rock“, Allison Kane brings a bold and sensual high energy to the stage; her style oozing of a balanced blend of Hip-Hop and Rock. 

Hailing from humble beginnings, Allison realized she was musically talented at the age of 12. She began listening to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and writing songs of her own. Music was not only a passion, but an escape from hardships and the bullying Allison would experience by the other kids at school. The bullying hurt, but Allison Kane would not be defined by it. More focused and determined than ever to follow her dreams, Kane went to her school counselor and managed to successfully skip a year of high school and graduate her junior year. She had already been living on her own since the age of 16, when her mom remarried, so she was now ready to fully spread her wings. 

Allison moved to New York with dreams of making it big, under the impression that this would be an easy task. However, life did it’s number, and she quickly found herself out of money and homeless, but she would not accept defeat. Battling depression, waiting tables, hustling for her dreams, Allison could write a book on what it truly takes to climb the ladder to success. It is her consistency even in trying times that afforded her the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Tay MoneyKodak Black and Kevin Gates; and just a year into going full throttle with her music career, Allison Kane is taking off.

As a buzzing artist on the rise, Allison has amassed over 15 million streams on Spotify in 2022, and we predict her numbers will continue to soar this year. Kane aspires to collab with Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Amy Lee and Pink in the future. She prides herself on hard work and consistency, and believes one must trust the process. When people think of Allison Kane, she wants to be remembered as someone who paved the way for others who may be disadvantaged. Three words of advice from Allison Kane, “Never give up!”

Follow AK on Instagram @iamAllisonKane and stream her latest below.

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Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Partners with Smith Entertainment Group to Bring Groundbreaking Experiences to Salt Lake City During All-Star Weekend

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Cactus Jack – the record label and brand of multi-platinum hip hop artist Travis Scott – has partnered with Smith Entertainment Group, the parent company of the Utah Jazz, to design a series of dynamic events that will elevate the spectator experience for fans gathering in downtown Salt Lake City for NBA All-Star 2023. Throughout the weekend-long partnership, Cactus Jack will produce several activations that will extend additional opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the energy that only a global event like All-Star weekend could bring. These include:

  • Cactus Jack Concert Series: Travis has curated top artists to perform an intimate concert series at The Depot. Don Toliver and Sheck Wes will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 17, and special artists to headline the venue on Saturday, Feb. , will be announced shortly. Chase B is the Concert Series DJ. Both concerts are scheduled to begin at 8pm. Tickets for the Cactus Jack Concert Series cost $150 per ticket per night and will go on sale here starting Friday, Feb. 3. Capacity is limited to 1,200 guests per evening.
  • Grit Rail Jam, Presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Utah Jazz, and Cactus Jack: Driven by his love for the sport, Travis has worked with professional snowboarder and businessman Jeremy Jones to procure a deep roster of athletes for this two-day snowboarding competition including friends of Travis – Jake Canter and Zeb Powell. Amateurs will face off on Friday, Feb. 17 from 2-5pm, before professionals take to the rails for the finals on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 3-6pm. Travis will be in attendance during the Saturday competition to cheer on the finalists. Held at Olympic Legacy Plaza at The Gateway, Grit Rail Jam, presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Utah Jazz, and Cactus Jack, is open to the public and free to attend. 
  • Cactus Jack Pop-Up Shop: As part of The Shop Salt Lake City – an innovative pop-up retail activation that will be hosted at The Gateway and open to the public from Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19 – Travis will present exclusive product drops from the Cactus Jack collection in collaboration with Mitchell and Ness,  with new merchandise released each day. The Cactus Jack pop-up shop can be accessed at 16 N. Rio Grande, and is open to the public from 10am-8pm from Thursday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 18, and from 11am-4pm on Sunday, Feb. 19. 

“It’s a dream to be able to collaborate with Smith Entertainment Group and the Utah Jazz to create iconic experiences on a canvas like Salt Lake City – especially during a time like All-Star weekend,” said Travis Scott. “I love Utah and have been coming here for years to snowboard. Salt Lake City is definitely going to be the place everyone will want to be.” 

“Travis has a one-of-a-kind vision that has made him one of the most popular artists in the world, and we are excited for him to bring his creative energy to Utah,” said Ryan Smith, owner of the Utah Jazz. “We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with him on these activations that will help even more fans and the community engage in amazing All-Star weekend celebrations.”

NBA All-Star 2023 in Salt Lake City, hosted in conjunction with the Utah Jazz, will bring together the

most talented and passionate players for a global celebration of the league, with official events taking place Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19.

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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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