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Rap artist Smitty is a legend in his city

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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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Alex Jean & Darkchild Find A Way With “I Need Faith”

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Sampling Tem’s “Me & U,” Haitian Hip-Hop artist Alex Jean recruits Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Rodney Jerkins for his latest leak “I Need Faith.” Co-produced by Jack Lawson, the infectious yet inspirational cut finds the Florida native effortlessly rapping the song’s lyrics with his larger than life vocals. The record marks Jean’s addition to Darkchild’s Alienz Alive label and preview of what new found fans can expect going forward.

Born and raised in Orlando with an older sister and their parents, Alex Jean is no stranger to adversity or achievement. Though early on in grade school he was a self described troublemaker, getting into fights and causing mischief, his family eventually moved into a well to do neighborhood where he received a more suitable education. The graduate of Lake Minneola Highschool, credits his father’s musical talents, Michael Jackson, Reggaeton acts like Don Omar and the strong bond with his sibling as the foundation for his forward progression.

Prior to making the decision to be a full time recording artist, Alex thought he was going to be a guitarist but soon realized his voice was ultimately the instrument he’d be using to help influence the world and help people in it find freedom. Last year his “Love Like That” collaboration with Hulvey & Torey D’Shaun reached No. 45 on Billboard’s HCS chart and with new music loaded up he’s poised to make a lasting impact that transcends the status quo.

Stream “I Need Faith” on your DSP of choice below via Alienz Alive and follow Alex Jean on IG | HERE.

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Kash Alexus Takes Atlanta Nostalgia to New Heights with the Release of “Eastwest”

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Southern hip hop artist Kash Alexus is setting the tone with her latest release, “Eastwest.” The track is a homage to the iconic sounds of early 2000s Atlanta culture. With a captivating blend of nostalgia and modern day flair, Kash Alexus is ready to show audiences who she is and what she’s capable of.

On the inspiration behind “Eastwest,” Kash Alexus wanted to create something that aligned with her personal interests.

“The song is a remake of an early 2000’s Atlanta classic, so coming up with the theme wasn’t hard at all,” Kash Alexus explains. “Being a 2000’s baby myself, it was very fun recreating looks for the photoshoots/music video.”

“Eastwest” aims to reignite the nostalgic feeling of the early 2000s while seamlessly integrating into today’s musical landscape. Kash Alexus shares, “This release is about bringing back the nostalgic feeling of the early 2000’s and the Atlanta culture as a whole that I feel needs to be felt again.”

With a sound that blends urban contemporary vibes with the essence of southern hip hop, Kash Alexus invites listeners to experience her unique lane that she’s carving for herself. “I would describe my sound as urban contemporary and southern hip hop,” she remarks.

As far as musical influences, Kash Alexus credits rappers such as Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Bankroll Fresh, Future, and Missy Elliott for shaping her artistry. Looking ahead, she envisions a future where her name is synonymous with both musical and entrepreneurial success. “My music career goals for the future would be to have an established name in and out of the music industry,” she states.

As Kash Alexus showcases her skills on “Eastwest” and works on upcoming projects, she remains focused on her ultimate message to fans. “No matter how tough things may get for you, never give up,” she emphasizes. “Challenge yourself, find confidence in just being you, and never forget where you come from.”

Stay connected with Kash Alexus on social media for updates.

Don’t miss out on “Eastwest” and join Kash Alexus on her music journey.

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Olumide Releases Hot New Track “New Keys”

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Rick Ross producer Dizzee Beats handles instrumentation for Olumide”s Summer single “New Keys.” What better way to let the streets know you’re officially outside and ready to be seen? Pulling up in head turning transportation. On his timely track “New Keys,” the East Coast emcee takes a break from his more conscious content and catches a vibe played best in the express lane.

Speaking to Medium Creative Agency about his new song, the P.G. County native states: “This that feel good, bass heavy, braggadocious track. Whether you got something to be proud of or just want to stunt, this is that record.”

Olumide grew up in Maryland, where he casually began to make music with his brother as a high school student. His talent blossomed quickly, and soon, it became apparent that he was destined for bigger things. Olumide began performing in front of any audience that would have him, rapidly upgrading to multiple appearances at Baltimore Soundstage. Easily one of the most promising artists to emerge from the DMV, Olumide officially secured his spot sonically with the release of #BeenDope (Mixtape), which currently boasts millions of streams. Solidifying himself on the stage alongside Hip-Hop heavyweights like Curren$y and A Boogie wit da Hoodie as well as in the booth with other local entertainers like WillThaRapper and Ciscero, Olumide is a man on a mission, refining his craft and further developing his impressive lyrical abilities.

Stream “New Keys” on your DSP of choice via PGN Records below.

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