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Meet Virginia Beach Native DRE-SKI: An Emerging Artist Ready to Take Over the Rap Scene

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Up-and-coming rapper DRE-SKI is no stranger to the world of hip-hop! Growing up in
the neighborhood of “Campus East”, DRE-SKI, whose real name is Mondre, would
listen to a lot of rap, including Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas and Biggie. After graduating
high school, the Virginia Beach native got into music by writing raps over instrumentals
and would have his friends listen to them. But it wasn’t until he attended college and
opened up for Lupe Fiasco and Fabolous that people, including his friends, started
taking him seriously.


In 2012, DRE-SKI took a break from music and four years later, he hopped right back
in and started his own independent record label/brand, “XB Music Group”. Between
2016 and 2019, the rapper put out a few mixtapes – “Calm Your Taste Budz 2 & 3” and
“Keep The Change 1 & 2”. In 2019, he debuted his first EP, “Long Story Short” and in
2020, he dropped two different EPs, titled “Game 6” & “4 Real Ones Only”. His music is
available on all digital streaming platforms (Apple, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play).

DRE-SKI has always been passionate about music. Some of his musical influences are
Jay-Z, J. Cole, Fabolous, Pusha –T, Ace Hood and Moneybagg Yo. And just like these
artists, he’s looking to influence others with his music, engage with his audience and
build a solid, long-lasting fanbase. His versatility and lyrical ability make him stand out
from others, while his work ethic is impeccable. DRE-SKI is currently working on his
next EP, “Turning Point”, but he hopes to release a few singles by this summer. He’s
also working with a few music producers, one of them being Jay Uncut from Atlanta,
and EK from Virginia Beach. When he isn’t making music, DRE-SKI is focusing on his
next moves.


As an entrepreneur, he would like to sign emerging artists onto his record label and give
them the opportunity to propel their music careers. Outside of music, he is a realtor, a
real estate investor and the owner of a trucking company. Aside from working on his
new EP, DRE-SKI is looking to network a lot more so he can expand his brand.


Check out two of his music videos out now and get the latest on the rapper on all social
media platforms.

IG: @TheReal_DreSki
SnapChat: TheReal.DreSki

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Mike Atlas Released His New Single “Graveyard Story”

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Houston, Texas Native Mike Atlas looks to go worldwide with his new single “Graveyard Story.” With his lethal and melodic sound, he looks to inspire many throughout the world, showing that anything is possible through his hard work and dedication. This lyrical nightmare is inspired by some of the greats. (Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few).

2021 was a hard year for the independent artist. Losing two of his closest friends and biggest supporters through his journey was tough, but added more fuel to his fire and desire. “I feel they driving me to a higher purpose with my talents to truly live out my dream not only for them but myself.” Through his strength and determination the Houston rapper looks to make his mark in 2022 after a rough 2021.

IG: @MIKEAT2LIVE

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Pluggworld Drops Anticipated Album, ‘Tug of War’

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LA based music group Pluggworld is ready for the world to hear their newest album “Tug of War”. This will be the bands fifth album, already making moves with two singles: “Chick Filet” and “Show & Tell”  which received over one million views on Worldstar and over a quarter of a million views on Youtube, respectfully. Pluggworld offers a fresh and raw perspective to live instruments in hop hop, as well as the fusion of various styles and genres within their work. As far as their latest body of work, Pluggworld describes their album as being “a sonic journey through our experience maneuvering and making our way in LA trying to get money and dealing with relationships and women issues. The tug of war is money and success pulling for our time on one side, and the relationships and love pulling us on the other side.” Pluggworld is proud of their skill and very excited to share their newest album with the world.

Q: What inspired your Band name? 

A: Pluggworld , we want to connect people to the source. Also in the studio there were always plugs everywhere due to the various instruments we play and the equipment we use and amps, etc. So the name just kinda fit.

Q: What genre of music do you produce and what is your favorite to produce? 

A: We make music from several different genres, primarily Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, and R&B. We often like to fuse these styles into one song, that’s probably our favorite thing to do. It’s like cooking, and creating new recipes.

Q:  How would you describe your sound/style?

A: Our sound can be described as Vibey. We love to incorporate the heavy low-end and percussions of modern Hip Hop, and then layer lush guitar chords on top, then we finish off with undeniable vocal melodies. We play instruments, so that’s something we like to highlight in our music as well. Whether that be guitar, bass, keys or Saxophone. Also, when it comes to rapping, we do it at the highest level.

Q: In your opinion, what makes you stand out from other/current producers out there?

A: Other artists in hip hop right now, don’t play guitar and rap and produce. They usually have to call in a guitarist, we don’t. We also are able to maneuver between different genres seamlessly. You’ll hear that on the project. You could go from a banger to a ballad the next song, and it doesn’t feel out of place.

The album “Tug of War” is available on all streaming services.

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Lor Sosa & Soulja Boy Chart Billboard With “Drake”

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Lor Sosa taps Soulja Boy for the release of his single and music video “Drake.” A subtle reference to both the multi-platinum rapper and Draco AK47, both artists trade verses filled with witty bars and references.

“Once I knew it was possible to make the collab happen I got straight to work sourcing a beat. At the same time, I was also given the opportunity to work with producers from Tate Kobangz’s “28” production group,” he tells us.

“Drake” debuted at position #13 on the Billboard charts during its first week. Within a month of its release, the visual effort managed to garner 4M views on YouTube as well as #4 on iTunes. Watch “Drake” below.

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