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Rising Star 98Priest Releases Soul-Stirring EP ‘Let Love: In’ – A Tale of Love and Redemption”

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Introducing “Let Love: In,” the latest project from 98Priest, an emerging music sensation hailing from San Antonio, TX. In the vast and diverse landscape of music, some artists shine not only for their talent but also for their unapologetic vulnerability and raw storytelling. 98Priest, also known as Nijewl Priest, is one such rising star, seamlessly blending the soulful vibes of the ’70s with modern storytelling, making his music transcend eras and genres.

The significance of 98Priest’s name lies in its origin – “Born in ’98, and Priest is my mother’s last name,” he shares. This fusion of birth year and family name holds deep meaning for 98Priest, anchoring him to his roots while embarking on a distinctive musical journey.

“Let Love: In” is an emotive three-track EP, serving as the first chapter in a compelling three-part love story. Scheduled for release on August 4, 2023, this project authentically reflects the artist’s personal life experiences. “Every piece of music I create is directly inspired by the current events unfolding in my everyday life,” he reveals.

The EP delves into the quest for love and self-discovery, with 98Priest baring his soul in each track, taking listeners on a profound journey of realization and redemption. “It’s about recognizing my past mistakes in love and making a desperate attempt to come back and right all wrongs,” he explains.

Describing his sound as a fusion of ’70s groove and contemporary storytelling, 98Priest’s music effortlessly spans RnB/Soul to Rap, captivating audiences with its deep emotional depth from the very first note.

For those new to his music, 98Priest recommends starting with “ENERGY,” a powerful track that encapsulates the essence of his artistry, laying bare emotions with an honest authenticity that resonates deeply with listeners.

Inspired by musical legends such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, OutKast, and Isaiah Rashad, 98Priest aspires to create timeless music that transcends boundaries, connecting with people from all walks of life.

One of the proudest moments in 98Priest’s music career has been finding the confidence to step out of his comfort zone and wholeheartedly pursue his musical passion. As a naturally shy person, embracing vulnerability through music marked a significant turning point for him, leading to profound personal and artistic growth.

Looking to the future, 98Priest plans to collaborate with his brother NEM6 (NEMO) on an exciting project following the completion of “Let Love: In.” In terms of broader music career goals, his focus remains on creating music that resonates deeply and touches hearts across the globe.

Through “Let Love: In” and his music as a whole, 98Priest invites fans to join him on a journey of self-discovery, showcasing his genuine and heartfelt expression as an invitation for listeners to embark on their own transformative experiences.

Listen to “Let Love: In” via the link below: https://open.spotify.com/album/6ytKJBdUETabIrm6W59CFy?si=vhDFFV-bQayXmu4un0Dfmg

To connect with 98Priest and immerse yourself in his soul-stirring music, you can find him on various social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/98Priest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/98priest/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@98tales?_t=8eEs1IQkb5q&_r=1

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Jadakiss & Juelz Santana On That “Party N Bullsh*t”

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In preparation for his forthcoming album Better Late Than Never, New York’s own Juelz Santana enlists Jadakiss for the R2DaEz & Duke Dollas-produced anthem “Party N Bullshit.” Accompanied by a new music video directed by Andre “DreVinci” Jones as well, the latest drop from the Harlem MC serves as first official single on his new body of work and finds him trading bars with his Verzuz adversary while paying homage to Notorious B.I.G.’s 1993 classic cut “Party and Bullshit.”

When asked about what it was like creating the song with the LOX frontman in a press statement, Santana reveals:

“Collaborating with Jadakiss was natural. We both bring different vibes to the table, and this record reflects that synergy. The vibe in the studio was crazy that day. We were both vibing off each other’s energy, bouncing ideas back and forth. Kiss brought that classic, raw lyricism, and I added my own flavor with the flow. It was all about capturing that essence of having a good time while still keeping it authentic.”

As one of the founding members of the legendary Hip-Hop group Diplomats, Juelz Santana has been in the spotlight since 2002. He was featured on major hit records by Cam’ron such as “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma” and he was on Chris Brown’s hit “Run It.” His meteor was rising so fast that he was signed to Def Jam and had a much rumored joint project with Lil Wayne in the works. Label politics and jail time derailed him for a time making him one of the industry’s greatest what ifs. Now, back with new material and a mindset to match it clear he dosen;t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Watch the visual for “Party N Bullshit” and stream the official audio on your DSP of choice below via ONErpm.

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Mai Lee Takes The Spotlight With “Von” Live Performance

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Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist Mai Lee enlists guitarist Connor Low as well as background singers Shanelle Scott, Dabriel Moore, and Brittny Holloway for a live performance of “Von (Love Me Like The First Time)” taken off her ‘FRIENDZ’ LP. Filmed at STL’s iconic Mai Lee Restaurant in Brentwood, during her Lunar New Year (Unplugged) concert, the intimate in-person experience compliments the Bradd Young & Vega Heartbreak produced track perfectly.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Press play on the live performance visual for “Von,” stream the official audio on your DSP of choice, and expect the re-release of Mai’s ‘FRIENDZ‘ to arrive later this year via Venice Music!

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Deitrick Haddon Spends ‘One Night In California’ In New Album

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Grammy-nominated Christian music staple Deitrick Haddon releases his latest studio album ‘One Night In California.’ Featuring a 17-track personal worship session, including standout records “Without You,” “Covered (Under D Blood),” “Never Be The Same,” “Momma We Made It,” “The Lord Will Make A Way,” and “One Day,” the new LP is the Detroit native’s first solo body of work since 2022’s ‘A Deitrick Haddon Christmas.’ Addressing criticism received about his methods, catalogue, and marriage head on but, more than that, the project finds him thanking God for bringing him through it all. Whether he’s penning timeless choir classics or performing the contemporary gems that have made him the ever popular firebrand, the cohesive collection of songs capture Haddon showcasing his full range of talent.

The title track single, which takes the same approach Usher did for his groundbreaking hit “Confessions,” reveals the seedy circumstances surrounding the events that forced him to turn to Christ. As a pastor, his past has always been the subject of speculation and rumor but, on this song, he clears the air. Divulging these details would be risque for any mainstream artist, but it’s especially taboo in religious spaces. Nevertheless, Haddon pushes the envelope while still managing to make a smash that will be talked about and enjoyed for years.

One of the biggest names in the Gospel genre, Deitrick Haddon is a Billboard chart topping singer, songwriter, producer, and pastor who’s been a lightning rod for Christ for years. His amazing music along with his featured role on Oxygen’s Preachers of LA television show has allowed him to amass loyal fans and followers the world over. Some of his most prestigious accolades include being a 2x Stellar Award winner, 2x NAACP Image Award winner, a Dove Award winner, a Soul Train Award Winner, and a 3x Grammy nominated artist. Haddon is constantly operating outside of the box and he has a knack for garnering attention on social media.

Stream ‘One Night In California’ on your DSP of choice and watch the title track visual after the jump via ONErpm.

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