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Star2 & $tupid Young Release “Big Bands”

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“Big Bands” is Star2’s collab with acclaimed gold-record, Long Beach rapper, $tupid Young. “$tupid Young reps the Asian community and paved the way for all Asian rappers in the industry,” says Star2, referring to the icon. “Big Bands” chronicles Star2’s coming-of-age in the streets of City Heights, San Diego:  “Look I came from the bottom, now I’m riding to the top…growing up on the block, I been hearing lots of shots.  Pop after pop, all we hear is body drop…I gotta watch how they talk, ain’t nothin less than a boss.”

He raps in a gritty voice spitting the chorus: “Big Bands in my bank account.  Back then I had nothing in my bank account… I used to play with ones, I play with hunneds now.  You’re gonna notice me – every time you come around!”

$tupid Young takes it from there: “Big Bands in my bank account, hop out with the gang, do my thing and bounce. You pc’d up, took the scary route, we came broad-day and aired it out.”

The video tells the story of a bank hold-up, Star2 in the getaway car.  $tupid Young wears his trademark Golden “Afficials” Ace-of-Spades necklace: Star2 his Teddy Bear chain. The pair use their ill-gotten gains to go to a strip club “Big Bandy” and make it rain.  The track features dramatic staccato strings and a series of mysterious minor-chord notes that repeat and trail off at the end.

The track is the sixth on his upcoming Real Life EP featuring Luh Kel (“I Wanna Get F’d Up”) and Lil Poppa (“Real Life”). It follows his last two hits: “Thinkin Bout You”and “Run Away” Star2 recently recorded a song which features superstar Soulja Boy; the two have filmed a music video with Luh Kel to drop later this summer.

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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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