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Rap artist Smitty is a legend in his city



The rap world is constantly evolving, making way for new talent. Although Chicago has become a powerhouse for innovative sounds, Kankakee is another city of the Midwest making all kinds of noise. The latest artist to defy the odds with rap is Smitty, a creator giving spiritual guidance through music. His raw yet soulful approach is a type of street gospel any saint or sinner can feel.

A pillar and local legend of his community in Kankakee IL, Smitty has taken his brand of influential music to spiritual heights. Originally born on Chicago’s south-side, Smitty’s upbringing was anything but easy. Raised by a single mother, he experienced poverty, violence and drug use in his everyday environment. Nonetheless, his love for music and finding inner peace further fueled his creativity. Inspired by other musical gems of Kankakee like Doodie Lo of OTF and DJ Vudu Spellz, Smitty puts his love for his city in everything he does. Smitty’s music involves conscious and detailed lyrics paired with polished beats.

Currently finishing his first tour, Smitty took his talents to multiple states including Washington, California and Arizona. While on tour he’s recorded new singles with exciting collaborations set to release soon. Also apart of the group Maroon-Misfits, the single Loyal Hearts released earlier this year, giving a sensual but raw track. Smitty has a raspy yet strong voice filled with emotion and strength, it’s almost as if he’s preaching with every rhyme.

Smitty is more than music, he is a lifestyle

In addition to his hard-hitting sound he’s philanthropist in the making. A public figure throughout his city he’s often seen helping those in need. From hosting back to school haircuts to clothing drives he’s man who works selflessly. Smitty which stands for Spiritual. Minded. Individual. Talking. To. You., also believes in being our happiest and healthiest selves. He studies color healing and numerology as well multiple cultures and spiritual practices.

Smitty’s brand is not only inspirational it’s become a movement. From his stylish merchandise that is worn by people everywhere to his one of kind stage presence and his undeniable love for the community, Smitty is absolutely a new legend in rap.

Follow the passionate artist on IG @smitty_1984 and check out the visual for Valley Of Death below.

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Blizz: Unleashing Authenticity and Soulful Sounds on the Music Scene





In the dynamic landscape of the music industry, one artist is carving out a distinct space with his unique sound and captivating storytelling. Meet Blizz, an emerging talent hailing from the east side of the low end in Gary, Indiana. With an unwavering passion for his craft and an undeniable talent for crafting metaphoric trap vibes infused with a captivating Midwest flow, Blizz is making a lasting impact on listeners near and far.

While currently based in Gary, Blizz frequently traverses between the vibrant music hubs of Los Angeles and Atlanta, soaking in the diverse influences and experiences that shape his musical identity. His love for music has been a guiding force since a young age, fueling a deep emotional connection and inspiring him to create art that resonates on a profound level. Drawing from his own life journey, which includes overcoming adversity and navigating complex relationships, Blizz channels his trials and triumphs into his music, weaving a raw and relatable narrative that touches the hearts of his audience.

When asked about his biggest influences, Blizz cites the legendary Snoop Dogg as a pivotal figure in shaping his artistic vision. The impact of watching Snoop’s iconic “Gin and Juice” music video left an indelible mark on his creative aspirations. Blizz also draws inspiration from the captivating energy of 2Pac’s gangster persona, the unique styles of artists like The Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Wayne, and the boundary-pushing artistry of contemporary icons like Yo Gotti, Lil Durk, and Drake. These diverse influences converge to form Blizz’s signature sound that seamlessly blends tradition and innovation.

Presently, Blizz is focused on promoting his latest project, the compellingly titled “Iced Out.” The inspiration behind this project stems from his collaborations with Grammy-nominated artists Freddie Gibbs and the esteemed producer honorable C Note, renowned for their contributions to the music industry. Recognizing the untapped potential within his own artistry, Blizz embarked on a creative journey to elevate his music to new heights and share his unique voice with the world.

On the symbolic date of 2/19/23, fondly known as “219 day” in his hometown, Blizz unveiled “Iced Out” to a rapturous audience. This project serves as a testament to his growth as an artist, highlighting his industry connections while providing a glimpse into his personal voyage filled with pain, struggles, and moments of euphoria. Through his music, Blizz invites listeners to embark on a transformative journey, offering solace and unity in the shared experiences of life’s triumphs and tribulations.

Looking ahead, Blizz has an exciting roadmap planned for his burgeoning career. A deluxe version of “Iced Out” is set to captivate his devoted fan base, introducing new dimensions to his artistry. Additionally, fans can anticipate a visually stunning music video slated for release on May 18th, alongside upcoming interviews and podcast appearances that will offer deeper insights into Blizz’s creative process. With an unwavering work ethic and an unyielding commitment to his craft, Blizz is poised to push the boundaries of his music and make an even greater impact.

As Blizz continues to evolve and mature as an artist, he hopes that his loyal fans, who have been with him from the start, will witness his growth reflected in his lyrics and artistic expressions. He aspires to forge a genuine connection with his listeners, offering solace, understanding, and guidance through his music. Blizz’s melodies and heartfelt lyrics serve as a testament to the power of authenticity, and his unswerving dedication to inspire and uplift others serves as the driving force behind his musical odyssey.

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BenBoh x 2kBaby Unleash ‘Jealousy’on May 26th – Get Ready for Straight Fire!



BenBoh, the rising star from Olney, Maryland, is once again poised to conquer the hip-hop scene with an explosive new release. This time, he teams up with the immensely talented 2kBaby, straight out of Louisville, Kentucky, to bring us the scorching track titled “Jealousy.” So brace yourselves, as these two lyrical powerhouses will set the industry ablaze.

With his previous hits making waves, including the viral sensation “Sick Of Love,” which has surpassed an astonishing ONE MILLION views on YouTube, BenBoh has proven his mettle and established himself as a force to be reckoned with. This artist’s journey to stardom has garnered attention from top-tier entertainment news outlets such as Akademiks, Our Generation, and SayCheese TV, solidifying his status as a rising icon.

The snippets of “Jealousy” that have surfaced on social media and tantalizing glimpses from recent performances have already ignited enthusiasm among fans. Anticipation is at an all-time high as listeners eagerly await the full release of this highly anticipated track. BenBoh can barely contain his excitement, exclaiming during a recent interview, “‘Jealousy’ is my most anticipated track ever. This one will make waves like never before, and it’s destined to become the ultimate summer anthem!”

The collaboration between BenBoh and 2kBaby is an electrifying combination that adds a new dimension to “Jealousy.” Their chemistry is undeniable, with BenBoh expressing admiration for 2kBaby’s immense talent and the unmistakable vibe they caught while working together. This partnership has fans buzzing with anticipation, wondering what sonic fire they will unleash upon us.

Prepare to mark your calendars, as the official release date of “Jealousy” has been announced by BenBoh himself on Instagram. On May 26th, 2023, the music world will witness the eruption of this great track. Given BenBoh’s track record and the unprecedented hype surrounding the song, it’s safe to say that “Jealousy” is on a path to monumental success.

Stay tuned to BenBoh’s social media channels for exclusive updates and previews leading up to the release. The hip-hop realm is about to witness an awe-inspiring anthem that will dominate the airwaves and become the soundtrack of an unforgettable summer. So brace yourselves as BenBoh and 2kBaby prepare to unleash an inferno of musical brilliance with “Jealousy” that will leave listeners awe-struck and hungry for more.

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Fueling widespread buzz with millions of streams and acclaim from Billboard, KAZI., and more, rising Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Chase Shakur reveals a brand new single and music video entitled  “x’s n o’s” via Def Jam Recordings today. Listen HERE and watch the music video HERE.

The track laces a laidback beat with an otherworldly loop. Over this backdrop, he flexes his dynamic range. Right from the jump, he leans into a smooth cadence as he reminds, “‘Cause you know karma comes in different ways,” before he pleads, “Tell me is my love enough.” The accompanying visual unfolds as a day in the life of Chase. Directed by frequent collaborator Khari McLoud, he links up with family and friends in his hometown, while experiencing the ups and downs of his relationship. It threads together vignettes of Atlanta through his eyes, welcoming audiences into the heart of his world. 

It also lands in the wake of the buzzing “sink or swim.” The latter has already amassed north of 1.5 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to attracting critical acclaim. Billboard touted it among “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week” and proclaimed, “With its staccato hi-hats and bassline, the song sounds right out of the ’90s.” Rated R&B noted, “‘sink or swim’ ponders the future of a relationship that seems to be going through some hiccups.” Lyrical Lemonade attested, “Additionally, his rhythmic ability to emphasize certain sounds, notes, and words makes every track feel mixed and mastered to perfection.” Meanwhile, KAZI. put it best, “Chase Shakur is projected to be a household name in the near future.”

Next up, Chase will embark on the recently announced the “it’s not you, it’s me” Tour for the month of June. He takes the stage Baby’s All Right in New York, NY on June 13 followed by a hometown gig in Atlanta, GA on June 15 at Aisle 5 and finally a stop in Los Angles, CA at Peppermint Club on June 20. Purchase tickets HERE

“Sink Or Swim” was the first taste of Shakur’s newest project, it’s not you, it’s me, an expansion of his widely acclaimed 2022 release, It’ll Be Fine. The new long-player is a mesmerizing meditation on life after a complicated relationship, in which vulnerability mingles with toughened scars, resulting in a work that situates Shakur as steely and willing to learn from his own failures.  Release details of it’s not you, it’s me will be announced in the weeks and months ahead.  

Stay tuned for a whole lot more from Chase Shakur.

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