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.@thericardoway talks to us about new single “Back & Forth,” new music, and more

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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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From the Karaoke Machine To Center Stage, DC Rapper Nell Burna Is Heating Up The Rap Game With His New Single ‘Quarter Mill’

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Having opened up for well known artists such as 2Chainz and Trina, Nell Burna has been promoting good vibes through music since he stepped in the studio for the first time at twelve years old. 

The DC native’s music infuses the DC ‘go go’ style with the natural rap flow that he describes as being versatile, ranging from a trap music flow similar to artists like 2Chainz to a softer flow similar to that of Certified Loverboy, Drake. A multifaceted artist, Nell Burna writes his own music, and has tried his hands in the areas of producing and engineering. His catalog includes projects he has written specifically for the ladies such as his twerk song, ‘Lil Freak’ https://open.spotify.com/album/58JqNlVuG46LIGZAvwUEbN?si=bUtpUGZYThC9fBBDjlwAuw&dl_branch=1

Currently an independent artist, Nell Burna released his first EP entitled ‘Unleashed’ in 2015. Today, he is working on releasing singles that inspire others to believe in themselves. 

As he continues to work toward achieving his full goals, Nell Burna is focused on the hustle right now, making new music and promoting it on social media and streaming platforms. He recently collaborated with his DC neighbor, Xanman from Maryland, on a single called, ‘On the Lowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LtyqRJDd8 and hopes to link up with ASAP Ferg in the near future for a collaboration. 

Even while experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry, Nell Burner says he “could never run away from music.” He would advise rising artists to “just believe in yourself even if others don’t.”

Be on the lookout from new music and visuals from the DC artist. Nell Burna’s music is available on all streaming platforms. 

Follow him on IG @nellburna1

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Jeda Voice Explains His Lane As “Alternative R&B”

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Southern California native Jeda Voice is bringing edgy to R&B! The up-and-coming artist fell in love with music at a very young age and although he recorded his first record at the age of 14, his passion for it started way before that. “I wrote my first poem in elementary school,” he says. “After that, my grandma had a big stereo tape player, and as kids, we would play around. I pressed play by mistake, and Jodeci came on. That’s when I fell in love with the art of music.”

With over 1 million streams on Soundcloud, fans are loving Jeda’s distinct and edgy R&B style – or as he calls it “alternative R&B.” Nevertheless, the singer always knew that music was his calling. “Music has this deep soul tie with me. I believe it chose me and we all have choices and my choice is to use my gift the best way possible.” Even when others doubted him, Jeda did not give up. “In the beginning I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was told I wasn’t good enough, people literally laughed at me in the studio,” he says. Having been through the setbacks and negativity, the singer claims he makes music for “the lovers, the underdogs, the rejected ones, the ones that people envy and the ones that people hurt.”

As he continues to work on his craft, Jeda is also looking to dabble into the business world. For now, the rising R&B singer is focused on releasing new music in 2022, and he is currently working on his short film/music video for his single “Purple Rain Pt 2”. Check out “PW8 II” available on all streaming platforms, and follow Jeda on Instagram @jedavoice.

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Dre-Ski Teams Up With JayUncut In New Song/Visual “Get Back” Out Now

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Dre-Ski is an upcoming artist from Virginia Beach, VA who is destined to make it in the music industry. His upbringing consumed of listening to Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas, and Biggie during the late 90’s early 2000’s. Along with being an artist, Dre-Ski is currently in the military which is one of the things that he is most proud of. As an artist who creates Rap and Hip-Hop music, you could describe his sound as a mixture of Fabolous and J Cole. Both artists have had a very high influence on Dre-Ski’s sound.

When asked why is music a passion of his, Dre-Ski responded “My passion for music has always been undeniable. Growing up, my parents listened to all genres of music, primarily R&B, 90’s and 2000’s Hip-Hop developed my passion for music greatly.”

The goals Dre-Ski hopes to achieve are to get a distribution record deal. Another major goal of his is to continue to build his fan-base and reach a different audience world-wide. With the hopes of making an influential impact, Dre-Ski really wants to engage with his audience and leave a long lasting impression. He is currently working on his next EP titled “4 Real Ones Only Pt. 2”. Keeping the momentum going, his newest single “Get Back” produced by JayUncut is out now along with the visual so be sure stay tapped in!

Instagram: @TheReal_DreSki

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