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@realnue Releases “Feel It Now”

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Toronto-based rapper Nue releases the first single “Feel It Now” from his forthcoming full length album Playground due in early 2022 on Wax Records and Republic Records (UMG Worldwide). The angsty and lilting love song was inspired by alt-rock legends the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”. He told producer Nellz he always wanted to sample the 80s’ song (which is in the final scene of 1999’s Fight Club), then he spit the lyrics over the final track. The song was completed in just 45 minutes, but that’s just the kind of prolific rap skills Nue possesses. “It was the fastest song I’ve ever done,” says the Scarborough-bred rapper of Jamaican descent who loves anime, weed and tequila. “It’s crazy because when I went to the studio, we were stumped for ideas. The producer asked me if there was anything specific that I wanted, and I always had this one song in my head that I wanted to sample, then we sampled it, and it wasn’t looping right, so we had to replay it and it was perfect.  I freestyled pretty much the whole song.”

For those somewhat familiar with the current world-beating dark, emotional “Toronto sound”, Nue is not new to this. In fact, Nue’s highly touted genre-bending approach to hip-hop and alternative R&B was first heard in 2017 with his critically-acclaimed mixtape Iroquois and then again with his 2018 project, u met me at a strange time, which led to a tour with Fetty Wap, a remix collaboration with Pressa, landing placements on the Call of Duty video game series, ghostwriting for major artists, and even setting precedents, once becoming the first and only Canadian artist to sign with 300 Entertainment (Migos, Young Thug). And with most every Nue release, the accolades poured in. After comfortably landing on XXL’s “15 New Artists You Should Know”, Complex / Pigeon and Planes’ “13 Rising Artists You Should Know”, CBC’s “Meet the New Faces of Canadian hip hop” lists, and with Paper Mag dubbing him “the Toronto rapper to keep your radar on”, it became quite obvious that he was bringing a considerably Nue energy to the hip hop game.Fast forward to today, and you can hear Nue’s sky high musical integrity shine bright like a diamond on “Feel it Now”, with its catchy hook, potent lyrics, and thick melodies, mixed in with guitars and gauzy trap beats. Nue is that Toronto rapper who brings the perfect blend of underground sensibilities with global accessibility. 

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WANMOR SHARES BRAND NEW SINGLE “MINE”

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Primed for a massive year ahead, buzzing brotherly R&B group WanMor unveil a new single entitled “Mine” today via Mary J. Blige’s new label, Beautiful Life Productions and 300 Entertainment. Stream HERE.
“Mine” showcases the impressive interplay between the guys as they trade melodies over bouncy upbeat production. It builds towards a towering crescendo on the chorus with a lovestruck question, “Can you believe she’s mine?” The song seamlessly channels throwback R&B with a dose of 21st century attitude.
Stay tuned for the premiere of a cinematic music video to accompany the single!
About the song, WanMor commented, “’Mine’ is about our feelings for the girl we always wanted. Being impressed by her in every way and wanting to tell everybody.”
The brothers teased the EP with their buzzing single “Every Pretty Girl In The City” and its official Remix featuring King Combs. It has just begun to really pick up steam on streaming platforms. In addition to plugs from The Hype Magazine and more, Rated R&B hailed it as “catchy.
Last year, WanMor’s two-month Every Pretty Girl in the City Tour announced their arrival as a phenomenon. Among many highlights, they turned up at The American Dream Mall for a pop-up performance, igniting the crowd into a fervent frenzy. They impressively delivered pop-up performances at elementary, middle and high schools up and down the coast, rolling through Atlanta, Baltimore, New York, Florida, North, and South Carolina, and beyond. Making headlines, they’ve also recently appeared on Good Day Atlanta and News4Jax Morning Show as part of their fall promo tour.
Delivering a signature style like no other, the brothers bring us a fresh and fiery approach of their own style, channeling classic R&B with a twist.
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Kenzo Balla Dreams of a “Wonderful” Life in New OTR Freestyle

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A natural disruptor with a presence as impossible to ignore as his art, Kenzo Balla’s hard exterior conceals a level of depth beyond his years. Offering a glimpse into his rarely-seen sensitive side, Kenzo teams with frequent collaborator Rayy Balla to share their On The Radar freestyle, “Wonderful,” available now on all platforms. Backed by a seductive R&B-sampling drill instrumental, the freestyle finds the pair of New York natives spitting from the heart as they bare their feelings to their love interests, with Kenzo rapping, “I feel good every time I’m with you/And whatever you want me to do/You just know how to get me in that mood/You know my body, baby, what’s the move?”

The new freestyle arrives on the heels of Mr. Ready to Blitz (Deluxe), released last month, which added five new tracks to the expansive effort, first released in November. Kicking off with his signature full-throated shout on the opening track, “Losing Control Pt. 2,” Kenzo rides the pitched up vocal melodies of Frank Beats’ production as he vents his fears and frustrations with a hardened perspective. On cuts like “PSA” ft. Kyle Richh from Brooklyn’s buzzing rap crew 41 and “Rock and Roll,” Kenzo barks his bars over distorted electric guitar loops that weave together the parallels between explosive subgenres like Kenzo’s brand of drill and hardcore punk or metal.

A rising name in one of the nation’s busiest rap scenes, Kenzo Balla made his mark on the scene with his relentless rhymes and high-energy vocals. Known for collaborating with fellow Bronx heavyweights like his brother TG Crippy, Kenzo kicked off his career with a frenzy of fiery videos, including local hits like “5th To Sev” ft. TG Crippy & Pdot Sav (2.1 million video views), “OOTAZ,” and the “Love Nwantiti”-remixing Let Me Know” (1.9 million views). This summer, the former AAU baller tore up the streets with Dead Gzz,” a vicious, uptempo missive that racked up over 1.5 million video views since its release in June.

Now signed to 10K Projects, Kenzo Balla emerges from his perch in the Bronx to blitz the rap game. Sit back and watch his rise, because there’s no stopping it.

Stream “Wonderful [OTR Freestyle]” ft. Rayy Balla today!

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Oakland J. Stalin Follows Up a Mob Music Landmark with ‘Prenuptial Agreement 2’ Album

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A mover and shaker in the bustling Bay Area scene, West Oakland’s J. Stalin exemplifies his city’s realness, determination, and dedication to the grind. Sharing the long awaited sequel to a Bay Area classic, Stalin drops Prenuptial Agreement 2, a glistening testament to the enduring power of mob music. Founded in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, Mob music is defined by its hard-nosed lyrics and signature sounds: crisp, gently swinging drums, cinematic synths, and prominent, squelching bass. Long one of the most notable Mob proponents in the East Bay, Stalin helped the subgenre regain prominence with his 2010 tape Prenuptial AgreementNow, 13 years and over 50 projects later, Stalin returns to the project that made him a regional star, creating a 17-track document aimed to bring back the mob era.

“Mob music is sinister basses and sinister snares,” explains J. Stalin. “It’s all in the drums and snares and it’s real bassy. It’s a distinctive sound, created by producers like DJ Duo, Ant Banks, Mike D, and Rick Rock. When the first Prenup came out, hyphy was what was popping in the Bay Area. Mob rappers like me, we made some hyphy tracks, but hyphy was kid-like to us. When we did hyphy, we mixed it with mob sounds and harder lyrics.  Mob was our version of what drill is now. Prenup brought the Bay sound back to mob music. Hyphy wasn’t as popular by 2010, and everyone was saying, ‘What are we gonna do now, how is the sound gonna be now?’ When I dropped Prenuptial Agreement, the whole city knew: ‘this is the new sound.'”

Prenuptial Agreement is a showcase for Stalin’s raspy vocals, brutally honest lyrics, and peerless ability to navigate mob instrumentals. Moving from love songs to hustlers’ anthems and back with effortless ease, the album features production from OG Mob architects like The MekanixClayton Williams, and Mike Made The 808s, plus younger beatmakers like Juneonnabeat. Like the Pitchfork-acclaimed original, which brought guest spots from the likes of E-40 and The Jacka, Prenuptial Agreement brings an eclectic cast of characters, from fellow Oaklanders like Philthy Rich22nd Jim, and Jane Handcock standing up for the 357, and street heroes from other cities, like Florida’s Jackboy and Stockton’s EBK Young Joc, who sound right at home. Paired with the release is a video for one of the albums standout tracks, “Who U Talkin 2. (ft. June).” What starts off feeling like a sequel to the Hype Williams classic, Belly, quickly turns into a party on the Vegas strip where Stalin and June are posted up with their crew spitting fire bars, daring anyone who isn’t correct to reveal who they’re talking to. 

Some of the album’s highlights make reference to songs from the original, including the soulful sequel “Don’t Front Pt. 2” and the funky “World On My Shoulders” samples a beat originally created by D-Shot of The Click. With additional appearances from LyjahKevin Allen4rAx of The MekanixAcito, and many more, Prenuptial Agreement 2 arrives on January 27th via Livewire Records/EMPIRE.

Loyal to the grind and his family, J. Stalin is building a legacy for himself and the Oakland scene he hails from. With Prenuptial Agreement 2, the proudly independent artist cements his rightful place in Bay Area history.

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