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Q. Garvin Is Putting On For His City With His New EP ‘Just Know We Good’

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Q. Garvin has come a long way since his start in music. After beginning years as a music manager, he uses his skills to create his music. His new seven-track EP titled Just Know We Good accurately describes his growth and willingness to expand his sound to reach his goals. After receiving co-signs from some of his area’s top athletes and rappers, he is poised to step up his production as an emcee. The Alexandria-bred recording artist/entrepreneur is learning the game and implementing each skill he has been taught.

His new EP speaks about his shift in mental while working to become one of the greats. Although he partakes in the party lifestyle, he still knows the benefits of stacking your bread and making great business moves. While repping his home brand SUCKAFREE, he’s ready to take his music to the masses. The talented young creative sat with us to talk about his new project, plans for the future, and more.

Check out the smooth conversation here below!

Introduce yourself to the world that does not know who you are yet.

I’m Q. Garvin, better known as Q. If you haven’t heard of me yet, don’t worry. You’re still early.

Your new tape is solid; what is your favorite record off the album, and why?

Picking one song from this album is hard for me, and I hope it’s just as hard for the people who listen…but if I had to choose one track, I’d say “Acting Different.” I could pour my heart out and give my supporters another side of me. It’s a very authentic and vulnerable song.

What do you want fans to take from your new effort?

This tape was for me at the end of the day; I’m glad I got to share it with the world.

Where are you from? Also, how does your city help shape your sound?

I’m from Alexandria, Virginia- which is part of the DMV. My music is profoundly shaped by where/how I grew up, and if you listen closely enough, you’ll hear the influence of my hometown in my sound. I take pride in putting AVA on the map.

Who are some artists that influence your creative output?

Drake, Lil Baby, J Cole, and Kendrick are a few of my favorites off the top of my head. I’m really into R&B at this point in my life, so artists like SZA, Snoh Aalegra, and Sabrina Claudio get listened to a lot when I’m in my creative bag. I must listen to different genres, as I like to keep my ideas fresh. Side note: Nipsey Hussle’s business infrastructure significantly impacts my creativity.

 What is your goal with music in general?

To change my life, my family’s life, and anyone touched by the music. I must create music from an authentic place. I can take my music to the next level, so I’ll continue to work hard, stay consistent, and grow my “ecosystem.”

Who are some of your dream collaborators?

Metro Boomin, Tay Keith, Yachty, Bryson Tiller, Brent, SZA, Kendrick, Drake, Cordae, Wale, Lightshow; the list goes on, and there are many artists out there that I want to work with, even if it’s just writing or sitting in a room to see how they create. There are also talented artists in the DMV I’d love to work with.

 What are your plans after this project?

I’m currently working on two projects that I plan on dropping next year. One project includes music that’s more up-tempo and “feel good,” I’ll reveal more later. I’m developing something that will last forever, and this is just the beginning—big shout out to Slink, Black Cobain, T.W.O, D$G, and the whole SUCKAFREE team.

Where can we follow you on social media?

I’m the most active on Instagram.

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2AM Ricky Hits iTunes Charts With New Single “Move,” A Win For Intersectionality In Music

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2AM Ricky is a rising star hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, but now based in Atlanta, GA. He has dropped a summer anthem that’s more than just a catchy tune. His latest single, “Move,” is a fusion of funky house, EDM, and retro disco vibes, aimed at celebrating the intersectionality of the black queer experience within the broader community. The track, featuring the vocals of Miami native pop vocalist and songwriter GODZENA, with an official music video on the way. Just a week after it’s release, “Move” debuted at #12 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and quickly peaked at #3, making him the first black transmasc artist to reach iTunes Top 10. 

2AM Ricky, born and raised in the South, draws inspiration from his personal journey and experiences. His stage name, a tribute to his late brother and a nod to his grandmother’s wisdom, embodies his mission to open minds and hearts through his music. With “Move,” 2AM Ricky aims to create a space where masculine-presenting queer individuals, often marginalized in mainstream nightlife culture, can feel seen, heard, and celebrated.

The artist’s passion for music goes beyond entertainment; it’s a platform for social change and visibility. As a black trans man navigating the music industry, 2AM Ricky understands the importance of representation. He aims to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, using storytelling to inspire change and spark crucial conversations on intersectionality, mental health, and disparities faced by the black trans community.

Influenced by artists like Andre 3000, Anderson .Paak, and Tyler the Creator, 2AM Ricky’s music blends soulful melodies with relatable lyrics, reminiscent of the golden era of Hip-Hop and R&B. His latest single, ‘Move’, captures the energetic essence of the 70s, inviting listeners to embrace joy and liberation.

But 2AM Ricky’s journey doesn’t stop with ‘Move’. He’s gearing up for a whirlwind year of performances, kicking off with MoBiFest on June 8th in NYC. Additionally, fans can catch him in Season 2 of the hit series “TransWorld Atlanta,” offering a glimpse into his life and journey as an artist and activist.

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As 2AM Ricky continues to make waves in the music industry, his commitment to amplifying marginalized voices and fostering inclusivity remains at the forefront. Through his artistry and activism, he’s not just making music. He’s paving the way for a more equitable and diverse music landscape.

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Marques Houston Returns To R&B With New Single “Last Drop”

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Marques Houston returns to R&B after a two-year break with the buzzing new single “Last Drop.”

The 42-year-old entertainer is making a strong comeback with his new track from the upcoming album The Best Worst Year Ever. “Last Drop” is a romantic serenade that interpolates Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk.”

Houston sings, “I wanna be the one that you call when you’re feeling low / I wanna be the one you can call on, girl, that’s for sure.”

“I wanted to get back to my nostalgic roots by paying homage to one of my favorite songs of all time, ‘Can We Talk’ by Tevin Campbell,” said Houston about making the new track. “I love the way that song makes me feel and the power it has to take me back to a moment of my many crushes as a teen. I wanted to create a rendition of the song and make it today’s generation’s soundtrack for their crushes.”

“Last Drop” was co-written by Houston and Ryan Hirt, with Jeffrey Toney on production. The song’s video pays homage to classic R&B visuals, featuring scenes of Houston dancing and singing in the rain.

“Last Drop” follows the release of “Admit It” in January. Both tracks will be featured on Houston’s upcoming album, due later this year. Additionally, he is expected to announce a headlining tour soon.

His new project follows his 2022 EP, ME: Dark Water, which included collaborations with Ray J and Monteco. With “Last Drop,” Houston aims to reignite the excitement he once stirred as “Batman” of the 1990s boy band Immature, later known as IMx. This new single, released via Phoenix Music Group, marks his return to the music scene.

Stream Marques Houston’s new song “Last Drop” and watch the official video today.

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L.A. RAP ARTIST WRAY DROPS FIERCE NEW SINGLE “THIS YA SONG” 

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Rising hip-hop and Rap artist Wray is set to conquer airwaves and playlists across the nation with the release of her latest single, “This Ya Song.” Infused with infectious beats and empowering lyrics, “This Ya Song” is a party anthem that exudes the essence of female empowerment.

Produced by JBM.E, “This Ya Song” has already received overwhelming support pre-release. Wray’s initial reaction to the positive feedback was nothing short of immense gratitude, remarking, “It’s nothing like I’ve received in the past. Loving the positive feedback, and support and seeing people already dancing to it and approaching me to sing the hook.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wray’s musical journey began with the release of her debut project, “Just the Beginning,” in 2019, and she has since gone on to become a powerful force in the hip-hop and Rap scene. Her artistry draws inspiration from a wide array of influences including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Suga Free, and E-40, with Nipsey Hussle serving as a contemporary muse. Wray’s performances are known for their captivating fusion of lyrical mastery and dynamic choreography, showcasing her versatility both as a musician and a dancer.

Addressing the male-dominated music scene in LA, Wray confidently shares, “There’s always talk about the West Coast not having a top lady to represent since Yo-Yo. As far as the men in the industry, I don’t spend too much time being intimidated due to the fact I am confident enough to know I’m cold. Also, receiving positive feedback from men in music makes me more confident honestly! Men are very picky when it comes to female rappers. So just hearing it, confirms I’m in the same game but in my own lane. That’s what makes me stand out also.”

With “This Ya Song” marking the beginning of her future projects, Wray is poised to leave an indelible mark on the West Coast music industry with her distinctive style and unapologetic approach. Her powerful presence and unrelenting determination solidify her position as an artist to watch, setting the stage for a groundbreaking Summer ahead.

Listen to “This Ya Song” now on all major streaming platforms.

Follow Wray [@La.Wray] for updates on upcoming releases and performances.

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