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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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SCOREY DROPS BRAND NEW VIDEO SINGLE “OH WELL”

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Scorey has released his brand-new track “Oh Well” – listen HERE. Hailing from Syracuse, NY with a cucumber cool composure that sets him apart from the hectic rap landscape, the track is taken from Scorey’s upcoming mixtape, Help Is On The Way, coming out on December 9th. The track also comes alongside an official video – watch HERE.
 
Featuring 16-explosive tracks, Help Is On The Way displays Scorey’s comfortability undefeated with his effortless rhymes and intuitive thinking. Scorey recently released his first offering from the tape “156 Hudson” – listen HERE
 
As the first artist signed to Capalot/ODA Records, Scorey has amassed over 9 million all-time listeners on Spotify, and can be heard on Dro Kenji’s “FINDERS KEEPERS” with Internet Money. After earning a spot-on Polo G’s Hall of Fame Tour, Scorey has released a string of songs including “Love Letter”, “Broken Guitars” from Polo G’s #1 albumHall of Fame and “Catch Me If You Can”. This year, Scorey has performed at multiple festivals including Rolling Loud SXSW, Dillo Day Festival at Northwestern University and Rolling Loud Miami. With two years of hard work and dropping multiple tracks and visuals, Scorey is ready to emerge from his perch upstate New York and blitz the rap game. Stay tuned for his steady rise. 

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SHY GLIZZY’S BANGER “WHITE GIRL” GOES PLATINUM!

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Multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated Washington, D.C. rapper and Glizzy Gang Founder Shy Glizzy has just picked up a platinum plaque for his enduring banger “White Girl.” In order to celebrate this milestone, he unveiled the long-awaited music video for the track—streaming on his official YouTube Channel now.

The black-and-white clip unfolds as a cinematic affair. It brings the lyrics to life as it follows Shy Glizzy past an encounter with a paparazzi and into the arms of a blonde femme fatale. In between seductive vignettes in the bedroom and at the pool, tension builds until the bloody finale ensues. It might just be his most captivating and arresting video to date.

Of course, the track originally adorned his breakout 2014 mixtape, Young Jefe, which introduced his fan favorite series of the same name.

It also continues a prolific streak. He recently dropped “MMY Freestyle” and “Underrated.” He shot the eye-catching video for the latter in Dubai. Moreover, HotNewHipHop hailed “Underrated” as “airy and chilled-out,” and REVOLT plugged the video, “He spends the day cruising the desert in his luxury red whip before heading off to the local markets at night.”

In other big news, his now-legendary collaboration with Goldlink “Crew” [feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy] has gone 6x-platinum!

Pushing forward without apology, Shy Glizzy consistently proves the real is back as he prepares more music for 2023.

Shy Glizzy has redefined, reignited, and reupped the DMV as a stronghold for hip-hop. Along the way, he has gathered over 1 billion streams and shined on the gold-certified “Do You Understand” [feat. Tory Lanez & Gunna] and the platinum-certified “White Girl.” He broke through into the mainstream in a big way with his appearance on Goldlink’s 6x-platinum “Crew” [feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy], earning a GRAMMY® Award nod in the process. Beyond widespread praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, The Washington Post, and more, he received a coveted cosign from Beyoncé who famously bopped along to “Awwsome” at Global Citizen Festival. Not to mention, he also heads up his own Glizzy Gang label as C.E.O. He not only remains a pillar of the DMV, but the culture at large as he kicks off his next era in 2023.

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Icewear Vezzo Connects with Jeezy, Gangsta Grillz Tape Out 12/8

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A slick-talking Detroit hero who’s steadily upped his ante in recent years, Icewear Vezzo drips with insights into successful street living. Teaming up with a fellow hustler for his latest music video, Vezzo shares “One Time” ft. Jeezy. Complete with the menacing piano lines and ominous bells that characterize many of Vezzo’s most beloved tracks, “One Time” is an anthem dedicated to the trappers and the flexers, with a countdown chorus that demands to be chanted by a crowd: “Three times for the n****s in heaven/Four times for the bad b*tches that’s steppin.” Vezzo and Jeezy are complemented by the energetic ad-libs of the legendary DJ Drama, who also appears in the music video. Directed by Diesel Films, the video finds Vezzo, Jeezy, and Drama relaxing in Vezzo’s native 6 Mile, as they turn up in an abandoned warehouse.

“One Time” hails from Paint The City, the upcoming mixtape by Icewear Vezzo. Hosted by DJ Drama, Paint The City is the latest edition of the DJ’s famous Gangsta Grillz series of tapes. The new video is the second glimpse of the upcoming tape, following God Bless The 6,” a collaboration with his fellow 6 Mile native Babyface Ray. The first full-length to be released since Vezzo signed to Quality Control MusicPaint The City is available everywhere on December 8th.

The upcoming tape arrives at the end of a banner year for the respected Detroit rapper. In July, Vezzo released his acclaimed Rich Off Pints 3, the concluding chapter of Vezzo’s signature mixtape series. Continuing the path set by 2021’s Rich Off Pints and Rich Off Pints 2, which generated a combined 150 million streams across platforms, Rich Off Pints 3 is the product of a man who has been through hell in the pursuit of better days. The tape recently earned praise from Pitchfork, who stated, “His latest project basks in the idea that an album this regionally specific can still have nationwide appeal.” Later in the summer, Vezzo connected with Kodak Black for It’s All On U,” a buzzing single that racked up over 5 million streams on Spotify and 11 million views on YouTube.

Vezzo’s new deal with Quality Control marks the start of an exciting new period of success for the budding superstar. Consistently racking up more than 4 million streams on his catalog per week, Vezzo’s ambitions reach far beyond music, and even beyond the physical realm. The Iced Up Records CEO is a serial entrepreneur, starting his own businesses in fields as diverse as real estate, cannabis, snacks (We Eatin! brand recently dropped Vezzo’s own flavor of chips, called Vezzo Hotz), and jewelry maintenance. Vezzo is on track to be a pioneer in the burgeoning metaverse, with his own VezzoVerse launching soon and a forthcoming line of NFTs.

With limitless ambition and the work ethic to achieve his every desire, it’s only a matter of time before Icewear Vezzo takes over the game.

Watch “One Time” ft. Jeezy!

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