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Smoko Ono Takes Over London With Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper, and Joey Purp for the “Winners” Video

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An essential producer behind present day Chicago hip hop, Smoko Ono has the ability to intertwine his city’s traditional sounds with those of the future. With the help of Yxng BaneChance The Rapper, and Joey Purp, Smoko Ono shares the new visual for “Winners.” The song has a true dancehall feel to it, bolstered by smooth, Afrobeats-inspired drum patterns and bouncing synths providing the ideal canvas for the two Chitown heroes to deliver their verses. Crossing the Atlantic ocean to London with his Chitown crew, Smoko and the dudes post up with Yxng Bane on his home turf, moving around the city, and hanging out the side of their van. Through incorporating elements like a fish-eye lens, the video creates the feeling of watching a vlog about Smoko and his friends while they do some light shopping and dig in on a prominent restaurant city. Making sure to stop by KISS FM UK to promote their new single, the four artists bring their short trip to a halt by finding some time to participate in London’s nightlife. 

The video for “Winners” arrives as the song continues to make waves in the streaming world. Currently, “Winners” sits at #1 on Apple Music’s The New Chicago playlist, has received over 1.5 million streams on Spotify to date, and has been recognized by high profile publications including BillboardComplex, and Pitchfork. “Winners” is Smoko Ono’s second star-studded new single of the year, following You Are” ft. Corinne Bailey Rae &UMI, which released in May. A song about loving someone with the totality of your being, “You Are” is drenched in reverb, offering ringing guitars–played by multi-Platinum artist Daniel Caesar–and sumptuous bass perfectly suited for headphone listening. “You Are” earned praise from BillboardUPROXXEarmilk, and more. Both featuring cover art from Nikko Washington“Winners” and “You Are” are available to stream via Payday Records, and will both appear on Smoko’s upcoming debut solo album, due to release in Q1 2022.

A frequent collaborator with the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Smoko Ono has a sterling reputation in Chicago and beyond for his production prowess. He’s produced tracks featuring some of music’s biggest stars, including Kanye West, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, and many more. Earlier this year, Smoko produced “All Pride Aside,” a song by Shelley fka DRAM featuring Summer Walker. The prolific producer is hard at work on his star-studded upcoming album, which will be his first album since the critically acclaimed Very Slighta collaborative project with Chicago rapper KAMI that generated over 12 million streams across platforms.

Stay tuned for much more from Smoko Ono in the rest of the year. Watch “Winners” ft. Yxng Bane, Chance The Rapper & Joey Purp here!

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INFAMOUSIZAK recruits Shakka for brand new track “Badda”

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Following his captivating feature on Friscos’s “Bad & Clean” – South London based artist, INFAMOUSIZAK continues his distinctive streak of smooth releases by linking up with singer/songwriter Shakka to deliver brand new track titled ‘Badda’

Shot and directed by Troy Roscoe in true IZAK fashion the new single is accompanied with striking static visuals. Showcasing the undeniable organic chemistry between the two artists, INFAMOUSIZAK  shows that he can hold his own when in good company .

Proving that when it comes to the art of making music for IZAK, there are no boundaries. Embodying the word genreless, INFAMOUSIZAK is very much a vanguard for genre fusion. Showcasing this effortlessly with the infectious self-produced cut matched with his smooth charm, “Badda” is a hit very much for the international stage; with Shakka making a hot guest appearance. Speaking on how the collaboration for “Badda” came about INFAMOUSIZAK says: “After making the beat to badda Shakka was the only person I could hear on it, I knew he’d be able to bring a particular emotion to the track so when he shared the same enthusiasm for it when I showed it to him I new it was about to be something serious”

Since emerging on the scene in 2019 with his debut project, Deep The night, which gained 1.5million listeners from the ground up. INFAMOUSIZAK was quickly crowned NME 100 to watch 2020 artist and has been drawing attention from some of the music industries top champions, a co-sign from the UK’s own, Stormzy as well as many radio hosts, including Capital Xtra’s Robert Bruce and Radio 1 Xtra’s Kenny Allstar.

With early support from tastemakers Complex, NME, Lyrical Lemonade and over 56,000 monthly Spotify listeners there is a clear growing international fanbase and buzz around this young sensation who’s categorically at the beginning of an exciting journey. The Clash Magazine ‘Next Wave’ artist is truly one of the best British prospects the UK Hip-Hop/RnB scene has to offer, the future is most certainly bright for this rising star. 

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ATAK Shares “Westside”

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ATAK keeps the visuals coming. Today, he releases a new one for his song “Westside” off his latest album Nightmares. The track was produced by DJ Plugg and the video was directed by Clearview Films. Watch below via YouTube.

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80 Empire Unleashes New Visual For “Business”

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“BUSINESS,” by the multitalented, Italian/Canadian, brother duo, 80 Empire, is more than a music video; it’s a short film set in the iconic neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer Esposito, actress and director, echoed this sentiment after watching the piece of cinematic cool: 

” It’s so authentic NY!!!!! Love it. Really great!!! ” 

“Dope flow .. East Coast vibes with the Timbs on the beach. Made men shit! “

said Eminem’s Shady Records alum, Kxng Crooked of the visuals and song.
One of the things that makes this music video incredibly honest and authentic is 80 Empire’s relationship with Robert Funaro whom the boys affectionately call ” Bobby 300. “You will often see the 3 gentlemen holding up 3 fingers throughout the music video, ” 300 is something Bobby came up with and it just stuck. Its like a code amongst brothers and an understanding of mutual respect within that brotherhood, Adrian proudly declares.  “Business” features actor Robert Funaro and actress Cristina Donadio of Napoli Italy. Both stars played major roles on arguably the most quintessential Mafia tv series in the history of television, The Sopranos and Gomorrah.
“It’s pretty historical for us to have both of these insanely, talented actors from two of the Biggest mob shows in our production, here at Gladiator Records, actually surreal!” acknowledges brother Lucas. Lucas and Adrian, aka 80 Empire, came down to New York from their headquarters in Niagara on the lake, also known as Nappa Valley of the North. It is surrounded by vineyards and historic Fort George, nestled on the Niagara river just minutes away from Niagara Falls. The brothers really wanted to go back to New York, the city they love, and specifically Brooklyn to fully capture the entire messaging behind the latest single. 80 Empire was on a mission just like Jake and Elwood Blues.
The Brothers couldn’t fulfill their destiny without the assistance of influencer and PR friend, Monica German-Prestia known on line as Stefani Style and long time friend and collaborator, director and screenwriter Fatty Soprano.
Monica, a native of Bensonhurst Brooklyn, understood the assignment, and along with the talented eye of Director, Fatty Soprano, connecting the dots bringing in other Brooklynites. Together, they created a truly exceptional piece of visual art, to accompany an already Cool song. The single was featured on Apple Music’s curated playlist: Bars,alongside the likes of J Cole, Pusha T, and Kendrick Lamar. The song was released on the duo’s indie label Gladiator Records and distributed by SoulSpazm earlier in May of 2022.
80 Empire display their vast musical abilities by starting the video with their version of Gaetano Donizetti’s Furtiva Lagrima. Adrian sang the operatic piece, while brother Lucas played his arrangement on piano. The Empire proud of their Italian heritage, and lovers of Opera, thanks to their parents, wanted to share their love of their culture by setting the atmosphere in the first scene of the video. Be sure to check out the visual for “Business” and feel free to share and repost!

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