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Rico Slim is one of the hottest things smokin’ out of Kansas City. The rising rapper, on the heel of dropping his new song and video for “Back and Forth,” hopped on the phone with 4Sho Magazine to tell us a bit about who he is, what his plans are, and to give fans some insight on what they don’t see behind the scenes.

How has being from Kansas helped create your sound so far? What about the switch to KCMO has altered it?

To be honest, I didn’t get much influence from where I came from. I feel like we haven’t really found a sound here but I definitely tried to soak in some game from the OG’s. Other than that I latched on to all the artist I looked up to and figured a way to twist shit into my own ya know.

How did you get into music? 

My parents were and still are huge on music and hip hop is what I gravitated to as a youngin. Pops was playing Andre 3000 and Biggie in the car when I was a jit, and I just always fucked with the energy and storytelling that hip hop brings to the table.

What experience would you say has been the most formative in establishing the aesthetic of your music? 

I haven’t had necessarily one moment it’s just a bunch of moments bunched in from personal life experiences as well as musical moments coming up.

How’s your approach to crafting music?

My approach is pretty simple honestly. However I’m feeling at that movement dictates the sound I’m going for and once I find that I just work on the writing aspect. I don’t force anything so I could write a crazy-ass verse in like 5-10 minutes, or I might come back to it days later. 

What does “Back and Forth” mean to you?

It means… We going the fuck up man! Haha nah. But it’s my second single from my next project and my first official video that’s on my page so I’m hoping that I jump off to a good start. Visuals are everything nowadays, for real, and shout out my little brotha Ru! He up next.

What was the process like creating the song? 

The process was smooth. I met Ru through my bro Txylor at a show he was hosting (Label Head, Engineer) and the moment I saw him perform ik Lil bro was special. We finally had a chance to link and what’s funny is we met up at a park. We smoked, chopped it up and got straight to it. We took what we had to the Stu a week later and knocked it out in like 20 mins. Our chemistry is crazy no cap.

What are you working on musically?

I’m finishing up my project right now. “MOOD SWINGS 2” a follow up from my last one. I’m like 80% done right now I’m shooting for a drop in November around my birthday.

Who are you looking forward to working with the most? 

I don’t even know where to start. So many damn names. The first few that come to mind would be, of course, Hov, Drake, Kendrick , and Cole for sure. But after that Travis is a must, XXX and Nip if I could (RIP). And my guy 3 Stacks.

What’s one aspect of artistry that listeners often underestimate or don’t understand?

Some people don’t understand the time and hard work we put in day in and day out to get to where we wanna get. From tryna build an image to just trying to get your music out is tough as it is. There’s a lot more than just recording music. 

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Tampa Artist Rublow Delivers New Single and Confirms He Has An EP On The Way!

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Born and Raised in Tampa, Florida, independent artist Rublow has been preparing to take over the music industry since he was 10 years old. Now the 22-year-old is proving he’s a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop community.

The up-and-coming artist who is currently signed under two independent labels, Hieroglyphic Music and No Silver Spoon LLC, is killing the game with his versatile sound and incredible flow.

“The way I articulate, I feel as if I tell a different story,” he said, “Yeah, I got turn up music with trap vibes but I’m also well-rounded. I write about real shit, police brutality, growing up in the hood, adversities of being a black man in America. I feel like I’m good at that stuff too.”

Determined to kick start his career, Rublow made the decision to move to Los Angeles, California where he could fully dedicate himself to music. He admits moving to LA was a power move which led him to link up with some of Hollywood’s hottest artists including Anwar Hadid and His Girlfriend Dua Lipa.

Till this day, Rublow continues to have a close relationship with the powerhouse couple who have shown an endless amount of support to the rising artist. In fact, Hadid was on set while filming the visuals to his latest single “Rublow 2x”. The visual available on YouTube, already has over 170k views on YouTube and was shot by Connor Ellmann and Creative Directed by Anwar Hadid, Arb and Kuj!

Already receiving interests from several different music labels, the independent artist has no plans on slowing down this year and wants his fans to know he is here to stay! In fact, Rublow revealed he’s currently working on a new EP which will feature a variety of tracks and will include a collaboration with So So Def artist LA The Goat. The EP “Thru Talkin” is coming sooner than you know it, the project is expected to drop right in time for the summer!

Follow Rublow (@rublow_) on Social Media for music updates and MORE!

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Independent Artist Vae Day Drops New Single “C Webb”.

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Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Vae Day is an independent artist that is motivated and dedicated to his career. Known for his versatile flow and creativity, the up-and-coming artist admits his favorite part about being a musician is the creative freedom he explores while working on new music.

Starting his career nearly 6 years ago in his cousin’s home studio, Vae Day recalls enduring dark times and explains the reason why he began writing his own music was to cope with his mental health.

“I started making music in 2015 after I tore my ACL.” He admits, “It was an outlet I needed to carry me out of depression.”

Now, the independent artist doesn’t set goals when it comes to his music. Going by the motto, “The Sky Is The Limit”, Vae Day pushes himself to be the best and believes you can do anything you set your mind to.

“I’ve had plenty of jobs but none of them stuck with me.” He admits, “This music shit is something that kept my head up during rough times it’s something I’m actually really good at. Music saved my life.”

Since the start of his career, Vae Day has released 3 albums and has collaborated with several up-and-coming artists. His music has also been featured on Say Cheese and No Jumper. Recently, the independent artist dropped his single “C Webb” and confirmed there is new music on the way!

For music updates and more follow Vae Day on social media- @cloutlord_vae

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Miami Artist Jiggz Drops First Solo EP “Jiggy World”

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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jiggz is an independent artist that has a versatile sound and is ready to make a positive impact with his music. The up-and-coming artist takes pride in being authentic and writing lyrics that are relatable.  Formally a dedicated football player, Jiggz found that music was the perfect alternative for him to express his thoughts.

“Music is the way I express myself. It’s the only way I let out my emotions because I tend to bottle things up unless I’m in front of a mic.” He said, “I also have a competitive nature in music as well and strive to always be a better version of myself as an artist.”

Starting his musical career back in 2017, Jiggz has been quite successful in the past few years. You may have heard his music on popular shows such as Daredevil, The Chi, The Grand Army, and a short film called Holler. Ultimately, the independent artist hopes to have a long-lasting career by inspiring and encouraging his fans to chase their dreams.

“I plan to make a positive impact in a way where when people listen to my music they feel a certain way of themselves in a positive light.” He admits, “I want to impact everyone who takes a listen.”

Representing the core of Miami, Jiggz is the next artist on the RISE! Ready to make moves, the independent artist has been working on his first solo EP “Jiggyworld” that is dropping today!

The independent artist has more up his sleeve for 2021, but first make sure to check out his first solo project “Jiggyworld”. Available on all streaming platforms or stream down below!

Follow Jiggz on Social Media for Music Updates and MORE!  

@jiggydmnd

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