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@OpeVisualz Wants To Change The Video Production Industry

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An artist can tell a story through their lyrics. With the help of an innovative video director, they can push that narrative further and create an unforgettable visual experience for their audience. Kayode Opeifa Jr, best known by his director name OpeVisualz, craves to innovate further and push boundaries in film directing. Born in Nigeria, OpeVisualz moved to the windy city of Chicago at 3 months old. OpeVisualz found his footing in directing when he was studying Economics and Statistics at the University of Connecticut. Starting his creative career as a freelance photographer, borrowing camera equipment to work on his craft. He was quickly able to secure high profile artist, modeling agencies, and university bookings. His Made in America festival recap featured Cardi B, Travis Scott, Juice World, and Lil Uzi Vert.

OpeVisualz is Different

What differentiates OpeVisualz from others is his branding and his work ethic. He began to develop video editing skills from working on and reediting already mastered videos he found online. Once confident in his abilities, he could leverage his editing work to purchase his own camera and equipment to start curating work of his own.  Influenced by many great film directors, he singled out Hype Williams for piquing his interest in music videos from a young age and Dave Meyers and Christian Breslauer as he got into the intricacies of his work. This influence can be seen in incorporating cinematic elements into his videos with a touch of commercial appeal. OpeVisualz is known for his music video sequencing and creative color grading skills. He understands how important and intricate sequencing is when it comes to the videos he produces. He loves to invoke nostalgia and playing with emotion in his work, which he finds keeps his viewers drawn in.

As a rising film director, OpeVisualz finds his inspiration within his clients and sees his clients’ level of confidence when it comes to their videos.

“I love the reactions I receive when presenting the work to clients. It’s also fulfilling to be able to help produce content to solve a problem that they have. My entire business model is structured around customer satisfaction,” he said, “All my experiences thus far suggest that I should continue doing what I’m doing.”

In the process, OpeVisualz was able to curate “Final Focus Films,” his own label for talented creatives. This collective includes graphic designers, cinematographers, editors, colorists, producers, directors, artists, marketers, casting directors, models, and makeup artists. He finds that putting people in specialized roles can put out high-level content and give a great customer experience. As a result, they offer customers to merchandise, film production, model casting, digital marketing, and digital assets such as tutorials and presets.

As for what’s on the way for the budding director, more creative pieces with a nostalgic element to each, he has projects on the way with JuS, AmaruCloud, and ANoyd and commercial projects. For now, check out his YouTube playlist featuring some of his best work.

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SZA Co-Signs Rising Rapper K2Icyy

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K2Icyy is heating up the summer with his latest tape, ‘No $ No Bizz’ which is out now and has already received a positive response from audiences. 

With a co-sign from R&B legend SZA, No $ No Biz sets the tone for what K2Icyy is doing this year and he’s also letting everyone know the mentality he’s on this year.

“When I say No $ No Bizz I’m letting y’all ladies know I’m worried about this bag and im not about to argue with you, if you not tryna make no money with me, I don’t want anything to do with you,” K2Icyy says of his new project.

With a quite literal translation of the mixtape title, K2Icyy is letting it be known that he’s chasing the paper this year. As a young hustler, at just 17-years-old, the talented artist just recently graduated high school and has been focused on nothing but music since. Even during his time in high school, K2 was releasing music and dropping music videos on a back-to-back basis. 

With his new tape No $ No Biz, K2 is showing off a new style, new flow, and new swag. Most importantly, he talks about the ladies with this release and focuses on women more than ever before. It’s a relatable masterpiece that anyone can bump anywhere.

“I love my women but when you leave me there’s not better,” K2Icyy says. “At the end of the day I’m gonna show you what you’re missing out on.”

When asked about which songs standout to him the most, K2Icyy responded that “THIS & THAT” stands out to him the most. 

“The song is telling the people that it dont matter what you think of K2icyy, he still going to be doing his own thing,” he elaborated. “I ain’t never been worried if somebody ain’t like my music or like me cause at the end of the day I love myself and I love my music.”

As far as his previous releases, his previous singles “Set You Off,” and “Big Rock” have received lots of traction. Specifically, “Big Rock” received notable press and was also featured on BET Jams! Check out “Big Rock” on YouTube, where audiences can see K2Icyy having fun and being himself.

Right now, K2Icyy is focused on elevating to the next level. His latest body of work No $ No Biz, showcases the artist in a new never-before-seen light and surely will impress anyone who comes across it.

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EMRLD Beats Talks Contributions To A Billboard #1 Album

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EMRLD Beats is cementing himself as a top producer in his lane. His work on Digga D’s latest album helped lead the famous UK drill musician to a Billboard #1 album. An impromptu studio session with Dougie B & Digga D ended up becoming one of EMRLD Beats’ most prominent placements of his career. “A Lil Promo Freestyle” turned into one of the lead tracks for Digga’s mixtape, ‘Noughty By Nature.’ That track helped solidify EMRLD Beats as one of the go-to producers in the Drill music scene. 

We got to connect with EMRLD Beats and learn more about his come-up. We discussed his musical journey, placement on a UK Billboard #1 album, and much more. Tap in below!

Where are you from/ Where are you based now?
EMRLD: I was born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; I really love it there. It’s a quaint town but is charming in a lot of ways and a beautiful place too. After high school, I spent two years in Mississippi for college. I feel like I gained a valuable perspective living in that part of America, but I won’t be going back there anytime soon. Most recently, I moved to New York City and have been living here for a year.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?

EMRLD: I started producing music when I was 13; I’d upload beats to Soundcloud for fun. Music stayed a hobby for me, and I’d do it on & off until my late years of high school, where I gave it up ultimately. When the pandemic hit and I had to come home from college, I had more free time on my hands, so I picked it back up. During the years I wasn’t making music, I had become a big fan of the New York rap scene; I watched the rise of Pop Smoke and quickly became a fan of Brooklyn drill, as well as more melodic rappers. I was just enjoying the music from the sidelines. I knew many artists and was an engaged fan, but I had never even been to New York.

I made an effort during quarantine to try to get some of these guys to rap on my beats, and it was really hard to break through and get these rappers’ attention. I made my Instagram and slowly started making connections. Eventually, I got some small placements, and it was super exciting; in those moments, I started considering changing paths in life to pursue this.

What’s one reason you are passionate about music, and what inspires you? 

EMRLD: I love the feeling of hearing my music. I’m sure many musicians alike can relate to playing your unreleased music in the car or on your headphones while doing daily tasks. It doesn’t get old after the 50th listen back to back that day. It’s so comforting to me to listen to my work and think about what I like, don’t like, need to change, who I need to send it to, and tons of things, but just listening on my headphones while walking down the street, feeling excited about what rapper is going to use the beat I’m listening to, or if it’s an unreleased song that a rapper just sent back, it’ll be the excitement of how the fans will receive it. That always inspires me.

Tell us about going #1 on Billboard with Digga D? How did you guys link up? 

EMRLD: Yea, this was a big look; I was surprised by the success of this project, it put into perspective for me just how big drill music is amongst the youth in the U.K. Dougie B & I were in the studio and Melvoni called, he invited us to a studio and mentioned he was with Digga. We all linked up and I told Digga I produced the Dthang freestyle, which I had seen a clip of him freestyling to on Instagram live. We organized a studio session and a few days later made “A Lil Promo Freestyle”. Which ended up being one of the rollout singles. We made a few other crazy songs that night, which may drop in the future. I have to shout out Silverpres and my co-producers Zuko & Khxn, who all helped make this one happen.

What are the proudest moments of your music career so far?

EMRLD: This is hard to answer, I often get stuck in my head and compare myself to other young producers who may be more successful than me, which can be hard and make me feel like I haven’t accomplished enough. But when I step back and think about all I’ve accomplished since a year ago when I moved to NYC, and how I’ve made a mark in music and been able to create something that helps make a listener’s day better, I feel proud of myself. I also love my family’s support, their positivity always makes me feel good.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for? Include some dates if you have them.

 EMRLD: I have a ton of stuff with the Bronx drill guys coming, Songs on both Dougie B & Sha EK’s upcoming projects, I can’t give names or dates yet but these are definitely some crazy records. I’m trying really hard to get another song out with Dthang, unfortunately, he’s been locked up for a while now, but we have some great unreleased songs that I’m going to try and work with his team on releasing, maybe even from behind bars. Other than drill I have a lot of stuff in the vault with Pressa, expect some tracks from us for sure.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music?

EMRLD: Nothing too deep, just enjoy it. I love being a producer and I try to fulfill that duty to the best of my ability every time I work on something. If you’ve ever listened to a song I’ve contributed to, I appreciate it. It really means the world.

Be sure to connect with EMRLD Beats on IG @emrldbeats to stay tuned for more music!

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KETU Digs Deep On ‘Ano-Ele’ 

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KETU (@Ketuikediuba) has finally released his debut EP, Ano-Ele. The smooth operator is ready to establish himself as a new voice in the industry. His sound is reminiscent of Sampha, Frank Ocean, and GIVĒON. Every record sounds like he put everything he could into it. The Nigerian singer/songwriter only needed 15 minutes to capture the essence of his latest project. Tracks like “Supernova” & “2020” tell a story of heartbreak and fear. For most, love is a scary topic, and anyone who has loved someone will feel these lyrics in their heart. KETU battles with his feelings on each of the five spacey tracks.

Ano-Ele’s acapella lyrics could stand alone as a book of poetry. There is not one wasted line on the new EP. His singles, “Sky’s Falling/From The Start” & “Rain On Me,” undoubtedly highlight the highly soothing listening experience. Fans shouldn’t be surprised if they hear one of these five records sampled on one of their favorite rapper’s upcoming albums. KETU’s eye for design can be attributed to his work as a digital illustrator with multiple Fortune 500 companies like The NFL, Netflix, etc. There is no limit to where his artistry can go.

KETU has found a new haven in LA. The HE(A)RD/Guin Records artist is in a great position. The summer will be fruitful; with his team credited for multiple records on Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, the sky is the limit. KETU’s signature sound will lead him to become one of the most sought-after voices in the industry. Ano-Ele will be regarded highly in his discography.

Stream his latest visual for “Sky’s Falling” and stream his new EP, Ano-Ele, on the DSP of your choice today!

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