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VIRGINIA RAPPER FNF CHOP RELEASES NEW SINGLE “MAKE BELIEVE”

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This week, 23-year-old Richmond, VA rapper FNF Chop releases a new single “Make Believe.” Produced by Gringo, the track shows Chop’s gritty street bars and unique hard-hitting flow. Listen to “Make Believe” HERE.

Towards the end of last year, Chop released a new single and video for “Draw Down.” Produced by Cabell and directed by Domico Phillips, the music video quickly garnered over 320K views on YouTube. Chop was also co-signed by Pharrell on OtherTone twice for his viral hit “Walk Down,” watch HERE & HERE. In one episode Pharrell mentions, “I like is that kid FNF Chop, he got a song called ‘Walk Down,’ man, that sh*t be going so hard.”

Chop learned he made a viral hit while behind bars. “I was in here just chillin’,” explains the rapper who was recently released from Virginia’s Richmond City Jail, “All of a sudden, I kept getting new followers.” “Walk Down,” a commanding song Chop had abruptly made in 2019, had exploded on TikTok a year later. The artist browsed the app to find thousands of clips set to his track. Within months, over 100,000 more videos were using the single, generating over one million views. Evident in 2021’s No Exit EP, FNF Chop plans music in the future while insisting that his legal troubles are a thing of the past. “I’m not okay with being okay; I’m not comfortable with being comfortable,” asserts the talented young rapper with a wealth of street wisdom.

Chop’s journey begins in Baltimore, Maryland, where his single mother raised him and his six siblings. Outside the home, the streets were ruthless and violent. Inside, the family battled poverty and spent time at shelters. The FNF acronym is a reminder that Family Never Folds. From early on, music represented a therapeutic escape. “I always struggled with depression, anxiety, and stuff like that. I’d spend time with my headphones in on my CD player and listen to songs and beats and analyze.” By his adolescence, Chop’s mom relocated the family to housing projects in Richmond, Virginia. As he entered manhood, Chop faced pressure to provide. “I came up with a plan to better the situation for my family. I tried to take some of the stress off of my brothers and my mama.” In the early days, Chop took to the streets, leading him to several stints behind bars. While serving time in the mid-2010s, Chop discovered a talent that lay within. “I had nothing to do; I decided that I’d write raps.” Soon, he showed his skills to fellow inmates and friends on the outside. “I never really thought I’d take it farther than that, but then people really responded to my songs.” Chop left jail ready to work.

Check out the release here today!

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Teenear Samples Brandy’s “The Boy Is Mine” on her Single Release “Ain’t Mine” 

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Teenear Renee began singing with the praise team of her church in her hometown of Miami, Florida. She later started performing solo at talent shows. 

A version of Rihanna’s “Stay” went over so well that she started a YouTube channel — after her parents’ strong encouragement — to gain wider exposure. Uploads of “Stay” and other covers caught the attention of the Miami-based Slip’N’Slide label, resulting in a recording contract. In 2015, the year she graduated high school, Teenear debuted with “Friday Night,” featuring a guest verse from Sage the Gemini. 

Follow-up “Streetlights‘ ‘ arrived in 2016, followed shortly thereafter by a dancehall-flavored remix with an appearance from labelmate Trina. A handful of additional tracks, including the sparkling Fetty Wap collaboration “Love Me or Leave Me” and the beaming ballad “Need Your Love,” were scattered across 2017 and 2018. 

At the height of the pandemic and social justice with the likes of the George Floyd assualt/murder, Teenear returned to Music with her song “Free” lending her voice and platform to the conversation and activism toward freeing those most affected by police brutality, and racisim. 

The singer, after two years, returns to music full time with her leading single “Ain’t Mine” debuting May 13th 2022. The single samples the living legend Brandys 1998 hit song “the boy is mine” 

Teenear’s label Slip N Slide is excited about this release. 

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Mike Zombie Teases Upcoming Album with Celebratory New Single, “Triumphant”

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Known for his work with Drake, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Young M.A., and more, multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producer Mike Zombie has been relatively quiet since the formation of his Don Juligans group and the launch of his WAV TECH app in 2021. 

Now, the self-proclaimed “Humble Genius” gifts fans with a surprise release in the form of celebratory Marcus Mayhem-produced song, “Triumphant.” The motivational, horn-driven track finds the Jersey-bred rapper/producer radiating confidence as he spits some boastful rhymes addressing competition and his own resilience.

“I used to make beats in college with my brother..he actually sent me this beat from this producer named Marcus Mayhem and it immediately screamed anthem when I heard it. 

The first thing that came out my mouth was ‘this sound like somethin ****** this sound triumphant.’ I love making motivational music and it seems people love hearing it .. it’s starting to be my lane. Album on the way,” Zombie shares with us. 

“Triumphant” is expected to appear on Mike Zombie’s forthcoming album, Nice Guys Finish First, dropping on all platforms June 2022. Stream the single below on your preferred streaming platform.

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Guin Record’s Own Ketu Sets The Mood On “Rain On Me”

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Ketu (@Ketuikediuba) is ready to become your next favorite R&B star. His newest single, “Rain On Me,” serves as his latest drop coming off his forthcoming EP, Ano-Ele. Fans of Giveon or Sampha will enjoy this upcoming musician. Ketu’s Nigerian background, mixed with his time in various parts of the US, has helped create a well-rounded individual. He did not even start making music professionally until two years ago. Songs like “Rain On Me” show that he is a natural.

Ketu is now spending most of his time in Los Angeles. The HE(A)RD-managed crooner is looking to impact the industry. Before creating music, he was best known for his illustration work with Netflix and many other Fortune 500 companies. Now, he is signed to Guin Records and ready to go full-time with his professional career as a musician.

Grab your umbrella and stream “Rain On Me” today in preparation for his upcoming EP, Ano-Ele, due June 3rd!

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