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TAE GROOVE IS ON HIS WAY TO STARDOM

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As multi-genre artist Tae Groove continues to rise to stardom, we had the opportunity to sit down with the 28-year-old artist from the Midwest. The Iowa-based artist is currently paving a way for himself, describing his style as “unique, personal, real and relatable,” and crediting himself for experimenting with new sounds constantly. He just released his album Level Up and the music video for Make It Out last Saturday. He has another music video, Talk My Shit coming out on June 24th! 

He began exploring his musical talents at the age of nine when he would use music as a way to express himself. It wasn’t until his late teens that he deepened his musical interest, and artistry and thus changed his major from sports fitness to audio engineering. Groove then recorded his first song around the age of 18.

“I would skip class to record in my dorm room – shortly after changing directions I decided to drop out of college to go back home and pursue music on a serious level.” Groove states. 

At the age of 19, Tae Groove traveled to Atlanta and met Producer E Smitty – aka Eric Finneraud, most known for “Choppas on Deck” by A$AP Ferg –  who then became his manager. Signing to his label, Sound Alive Records, Groove went by the name Ben iLLa. During this time, Groove often felt like he was being molded into what his manager wanted and not making music that truly displayed, wellhim. After a year and a half, he terminated his contract with them and decided to change his artist name to fit the new path he was going in. 

After many experiences, Tae Groove is now an independent artist. During his career, he’s encountered many challenges. Between being lied to by the wrong people and dealing with a less than ideal third-party situation, he had almost given up on music and life. “I don’t like to share it but do your homework.” He urges fellow up-and-coming music artists. 

His biggest inspirations are his family and friends, especially his mom and twin brother, who support and motivate him to pursue music as far as it will take him. One of his goals is to be able to support his family and acknowledges that part of this process and journey is not only for him but for his family. Another one of his goals is to be financially secure from his income from music, tour the world and leave behind his current 9-5 job. He aspires for his music to reach the charts, create his own label, use his experience and tools to have a positive impact on new artists, and acquire a legacy for fans to remember. 

Groove shared that his biggest show was during a Polo G show in Sioux Falls, North Dakota. There were 4,000 people attending and it was his biggest show to date. From the support and feedback he received, this put things into perspective for him and to not give up since each move can lead to larger shows. Although Groove hasn’t done any talking shows, they aren’t out of the question for him as he has also considered acting. 

By staying focused, staying on the grind, evolving, and networking, Groove also hopes to be able to make a positive impact on upcoming artists and youth. Showing that anything can be done with hard work and dedication is something that he aims to do. He even mentions how a kid sent a picture of him with his wrestling medal and said thanks for helping through his music. 

By blending more than one genre and bridging different styles of music, the multi-genre artist demonstrates the diversity of his sound and that he is not one to copy someone’s style. Music has almost always been an outlet and allows him to escape when dealing with negativity. By putting immense passion and drive into creating music that gives him peace and motivation, he not only creates rap but also pop and R&B. 

As of right now, Groove currently has five albums and EPs out, Level Up – 2022, Heating Up – 2021, Quattro – 2021, New Waves Old Ways – 2018, and Finding Direction – 2017. Sadly, his previous records were taken down after separating from Sound Alive Records. Groove has primarily been focusing on the first single on Make It Out which features Bridgeport, Connecticut-native, Jay Esco. “We met in NYC to record the song at Quad Recording Studios.” Groove retells. The video was filmed in numerous locations – including Times Square. Make It Out has a distinctive heavy sound, filled with both piano and bass which certainly fits the vibe of the song. Make It Out represents the pain and struggle of attempting to make it out while doing what you love and wrestling with feelings of self-doubt and the doubt of others trying to drag you down. More singles will also be released this year in addition to the visuals for Talk My Shit, which come soon on June 24th. 

Tae Groove leaves readers with heartwarming advice: “I’d like for anyone reading this article to know you can do anything you want. Make a plan, put in the work and you will find success as long as you don’t give up!” 

Tae Groove’s music is available on all streaming platforms. Make sure to keep up with him and his journey through social media linked below!

Make sure you follow him on social media @TaeGrooveOfficial

Tune in to Make It Out by Tae Groove ft. Jay Esco below!

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Oakland’s Joe Blow and AG Unite On New Single “One In A Billion”

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Oakland Artist Joe Blow has made a striking return to the scene with his latest single “One in a Billion,” produced by San Diego’s AG. This track marks Joe Blow’s first release following a brief hiatus, offering his devoted fans a fresh sound infused with his signature West Coast flair.

Known for his expertise in crafting West Coast rap and contemporary hip-hop, Joe Blow brings a unique essence to the rap spectrum, gravitating towards the underground side of the genre. Unveiling “One in a Billion,” Joe Blow presents an Oakland anthem tailored for the steadfast hustlers who embody resilience and determination on a daily grind. The production of the track radiates a laid-back and glossy vibe, setting the tone for a smooth yet invigorating listening experience.

While Joe Blow has collaborated with some of the best in the industry, his authentic style and skill shine through in his solo endeavors. For those unfamiliar with his work, tracks like “Overdose” stand out as prime examples of Joe Blow’s ability to create captivating gangsta rap and laid-back compositions.

Renowned for his steady career since the early 1980s, Joe Blow remains a celebrated figure in the Oakland music scene. With his most streamed single being “Overdose” featuring Stevie Job, Joe Blow’s dedication to his craft and loyal fanbase have solidified his status in the industry.

For fans eager to experience Joe Blow’s latest offering, “One in a Billion,” the official music video captures the essence and energy of the track. The video, available via the link below, provides a visual accompaniment to Joe Blow’s lyrical prowess and AG’s exceptional production, offering a glimpse into the world of this influential Oakland artist.

As Joe Blow returns to the spotlight with “One in a Billion,” the track not only embodies his artistic evolution but also serves as a testament to his enduring legacy in West Coast rap. With his unmistakable style and unwavering dedication, Joe Blow continues to captivate audiences and inspire fellow musicians with his one-of-a-kind sound.

Watch the official music video for “One in a Billion” below.

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ATAK Unviels Need Space [Prod. By DJ Plugg]

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West Denver native ATAK releases a new animated video for “Need Space” off of his upcoming Prayers EP. Produced by DJ Plugg. Animation created by Neeko Muzik.

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Charles X Drops The Official Video For “FILA”

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Los Angeles-based artist Charles X has once again captivated the music world with the release of the official video for his latest single, “FILA.” Known for his unique blend of influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Andre 3000, Charles X brings a fresh and invigorating sound to the industry.

Charles X’s journey into music began early. A self-described misfit, he found solace and expression in music at the tender age of 12. Growing up with the absence of a father figure and frequently moving due to his mother’s military career, Charles X faced numerous challenges. These hardships only fueled his passion for music, transforming his struggles into a creative outlet.

The video for “FILA” is a testament to his artistic vision. Seamlessly blending the soulful introspection of Frank Ocean with the vibrant energy of Michael Jackson, the video offers a visual and auditory feast. Charles X’s ability to mix crooner vocals with rhythmic flow is on full display, earning him critical acclaim and comparisons to some of the industry’s greats.

Over his 20-year career, Charles X has remained dedicated to pushing musical boundaries. His collaborations with artists like Georgia Anne Muldrow and Caravan Palace highlight his versatility and commitment to creating unique sounds. His work has been featured in prestigious European publications such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair  and BET France, solidifying his international presence.

Charles X remains humble about his talents, attributing his success to his deep love and respect for music rather than innate skill. This humility, coupled with his relentless drive, sets him apart in an industry often dominated by conformity.

His message is clear: his music is about love and positivity. Charles X aspires to be a positive role model, particularly for young black kids facing similar challenges. His dream is to tour the world, spreading truth and making a lasting, positive impact.

As fans eagerly await more releases, the “FILA” video marks a significant milestone in Charles X’s career. To stay updated on his journey, follow Charles X on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Listen to his music on Spotify and Apple Music.

Check out the official visuals for “FILA” below.

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