Nobody would think to throw $20,000 and smoke right in the center of the most conservative city in Georgia? Upcoming Atlanta artist Ross Taxin performs “My South African Plug” in the same town that incarcerated him and sentenced him to two years behind bars. This single is followed by his June release “$1,750” which featured former Waka Flocka Flame Bricksquad Monopoly DJ Trap-A-Holics (Damn Son Where’d You Find This). This time Ross Taxin called former Young Money/Cash Money DJ Evil Empire to assist with “My South African Plug”. It seems as if Ross Taxin collaborating with legendary mixtape DJs is reminding us where he came from, but also where he is headed with this new creative approach .
The inspiration for “My South African Plug” comes straight from the motherland, as Ross Taxin shouts out his surprisingly growing fanbase in South Africa, and previous 2019 connections. On his growing influence in Africa, he says “My African fanbase is through the roof. They love my sh*t. We actually go way back and I got ties over there, so I had to feed them with something.” Through new age marketing techniques and developing a southern unique sound, The Ross Taxin brand has expanded internationally. The eclectic delivery and carefully crafted imagery has allowed his music to resonate across borders, not just Atlanta. He quotes “They love the flag! I’m a symbolist, not just an artist.” This broad and inclusive approach has Ross Taxin dominating the internet in a way Atlanta hasn’t seen since Soulja Boy & Lil Yachty.
However, his international reach has not allowed Ross Taxin to forget about his hometown. The track features an eccentric beat produced by Jordan Bunk (@heyybunk). Also, the visual is shot and directed by childhood friend Hunter Simich (@huntersimichimages). Edited by SpaceHearts, the video contains extreme lucid visuals effects and features seamless transitions that keep the listener engaged throughout the entire 2 minutes. Simich Images & SpaceHearts captured Ross Taxin’s hilarious shenanigans such as making obscene gestures to bypassers and throwing over $20,000 in the air! Ross Taxin continues to show the rap game why he’s up next, with each video being raunchier than the next.
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Twin Hector Drops “Special”
Platinum-selling recording artist Twin Hector releases the intoxicating and alluringly disruptive new music video for his single “Special”. Striking a perfect balance between decadent R&B soundscapes and addictive pop melodies, Twin Hector will push you over the edge with his sensual sonic daydream. Written about a divine union, “Special” is an all-enthralling love song about a deeply passionate connection.
Directed by Ben Tyler / Left Hand Films and Tai’Yon Hector himself, the visual for “Special” was inspired by R&B legend D’Angelo and captures Twin Hector in an intimate, black and bronzed aesthetic.Twin Hector takes his time, drenching you in a seductive wonderland of pulsating beats and heavenly vocals as he muses over his soulmate. “There ain’t nobody I’d choose over you.”
Watch Twin Hector’s video for “Special” for a sweltering, sultry experience that will leave your racing.
MICHAL MICHAL WANTS YOU TO ‘KNOW ME BETTER’ ON FRESH SINGLE FEATURING JAYD
So nice, you can’t help but spin it twice. Michal Michal kept his foot on the gas with his latest love-torn offering, “KNOW ME BETTER,” on Dec. 1. Featuring JayD and production from SK THE PLUG, the new single, which is Michal’s second release this month, is yet another head-turning effort that demands more than a first listen. Layered with woozy 808s, fleeting vocals and unbridled personality, ”KNOW ME BETTER” is packed with a barrage of Michal’s raspy flairs – a distinct hallmark of his sound. Continuing to embody his youthful aura, Michal ultimately has his sights set on searching for “the one” with “KNOW ME BETTER,” as JayD’s mesmerizing hook expertly plays into the sample-clad cut. “After all these years that we’ve been together, I thought you would know me better,” it hypnotically drones, Stringing together strong performances all year, following the success of his previous track “DON’T BLAME THE KIDS” and Summer’s End, which is now his top track on Spotify and Apple Music, it’s better to know of Michal Michal before he takes off.
Check it out here!
Emerging Alt Hip-Hop Star Kembe X Shares New Song “Rolling Stoned”
Isaiah Rashad joins Windy City wordsmith Kembe X for his Hippie Sabotage produced cut “Rolling Stoned.” A thought-provoking masterpiece that cleverly disguises its depth with wordplay and ethereal Alternative Hip-Hop instrumentation, “Rolling Stoned” invites listeners to embark on a journey of hidden meanings and insights. Serving as yet another teaser to the Top Dawg Entertainment affiliate’s forthcoming ‘Sleep Paralysis’ project, it may initially appear as brash rap but the record unfurls into a profound exploration of personal growth, dreams, and self-discovery.
“When we made this song in September 2021 it felt like a reunion and an opportunity to show Hippie Sabotage, I’m not the same person who moved from Chicago to LA and crashed on their couch. It was a chance to demonstrate my newfound confidence in my creative abilities and a willingness to adopt a fresh approach to music. It’s not a reinvention of my artistry, but a shedding of old skin and a dreamy exploration of a new version of myself, deeply connected to my psychedelic discoveries,” shares the Chicago native in a press statement when asked about his “Pole Vaulting” follow-up.
Known for his work with artists such as REASON, Guapdad4000, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, Kembe X stands as a beacon of innovation in a musical landscape often mired in conformity. His music, with over 10M+ UGC views on TikTok and 5M+ views on YouTube, has ignited a cultural wave, resonating across platforms. Accumulating a staggering 30M+ Spotify streams, Kembe X’s tracks encapsulate the essence of his artistry.
Beyond mere numbers, Kembe X’s compositions, from the introspective depths of “Voices” and “Cozy Forever” to the bluesy contemplation of “Body Language” and “Anyway,” paint a poignant picture of battling depression, touching hearts and minds. His magnetic stage presence has left an indelible mark, from headlining the Hippie Sabotage Tour in 2016 to sharing the stage in the ScHoolboy Q CrasHtalk Tour in 2019, not to mention legendary performances at Rolling Loud Miami from 2014 to 2017 and Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2017, solidifying his status as a festival favorite.
Stream Kembe X’s “Rolling Stoned” on your DSP of choice via BMR / The Orchard and watch his live performance recap of “Pole Vaulting” at Red Rocks.