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Xion McKnight Drops Two Fire New Tracks “Aliens” And “Dedication”

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Xion McKnight is an artist on the rise. The Atlanta native gained his love for music from an early age and as he got older, he channeled that energy into creating his music. As an artist who not only writes, but also produces, and engineers his own music, he is inspired by his everyday experiences. It could be something as simple as driving, going to a movie, or taking a walk. Basically, being alive is what inspires Xion McKnight. His two singles “Dedication” and “Aliens” are out now, and you can listen on all streaming services! Get to know Xion McKnight below!

What is the meaning behind you name?

The word Xion means the highest point. So for me, that means I want to reach the highest point of myself as a human being. The highest point of my career. The highest point in life. 

Can you describe your genre/sound?

My Genre is life. I make music for a living. I call it life music. Genres are so stereotypical. I don’t want to be stereotyped. Hip Hop is too conscious. Rock is too dark. Everything else is irrelevant. 

Why is music a passion of yours?

Music keeps me out of trouble. It keeps me focus on the most important things. Besides God when there’s nothing else to fill my spirit. Music is always there. 

Who do you hope to inspire?

To inspire the world in a way nobody else has done it. Don’t need the awards or money to validate me. I wanna be the voice for the real, who are repeatedly being blocked by the system. 

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my next EP titled Kartel 

What is next for you?

Direct Films. Invest. Own a trucking and clothing company. But I’ll always be doing music. 

Word of advice to your younger self

That anything is possible. Never stop believing in what you do. 

Instagram: xionmcknight

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Judah Shadrach Set To Release A New Visual Soon

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Judah Shadrach Peters knows his name packs a punch. The name, given to him by his mother, has deep religious roots, with Judah meaning “praised” and Shadrach meaning “command of Aku” (“command of God”). Teased for it in his youth, it wasn’t until Judah Shadrach was much older when he realized his name’s true power and impact. With the release of his first album Gravity, the up-and-coming artist is on the rise, striking his listeners in the same way– powerfully and impactfully. 

Born in San Antonio and raised in Kissimmee, Florida, Judah Shadrach began making music at 12 years old as a hobby between him and his friends. His talent and passion for football landed him a scholarship at Arizona Western and brought him to Orlando, where he played in college, penned football-themed songs on the side, and owned his own security company. Through this time, he proceeded to indulge in his love for music as a way of coping with the loss of close family and friends, including his brother, who was shot and killed on Judah Shadrach’s birthday in 2015, and the arrest of his cousin; however, it wasn’t until his cousin XAN first heard his music that the artist began turning his love for the craft into a career. The rest, he says, is history. 

As a musician, Judah Shadrach’s sound is unique, shaped by his Jamaican heritage, his upbringing in Orlando, and his love for all music but especially hip-hop and reggae, naming Lil Wayne, Jeezy, and Bouju Banton as some of his greatest inspirations. He recorded his first record, “Cocaine Dreamz”, in 2013 and 2014 while on break from college, but the journey since then wasn’t always so steady. In 2019, Judah Shadrach co-wrote a song with Swave on Tee Grizzley’s album “Locked Up” and was given no credits. He took a break from the craft that year, grappling with the decision to give it up entirely until XAN moved out to Orlando. Often compared to Pop Smoke and the “Hood Drake”, Judah Shadrach has now added his 2019 album “Gravity” and latest release “The League” featuring Wavo to his growing repertoire, and has performed at various shows with a list of other artists, including his 2016 performance with King MIZ and XAN at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky; his 2021 Pro Bowl Performance; and his opening performances for Troy Ave, Lil Uzi Vert, and Bryson Tiller. 

As an artist who writes all of his lyrics, Judah Shadrach describes his style as laid back and easygoing. He cites music as a way for him to express his emotions, and he aims to deliver conscious and relevant music to his fans. He believes that stories told through music can touch people in an especially deep and meaningful way, hoping that when his fans tune in, they can tap into his story and find strength in their own. That’s Judah Shadrach’s goal through and through– to inspire, and to speak to new and old generations alike. His music speaks to that objective. After the release of his first full project “Gravity” in 2019, he is now working on a mixtape to be released this fall, and with the release of his newest record, “The League”, a song inspired by one of his close friends who passed as a result of gun violence, it is clear that his roots and story remain tethered to that drive. Through music, Judah Shadrach pushes to pay homage to the greats that came before him, and to give back to Orlando and its youth. He attributes this drive to his larger community and family, his primary source of motivation. “My family believe in me so hard and so much,” he says. “They wouldn’t let me give up, even when I wanted to.” 

With his passion for storytelling, unflinching drive, and family by his side, his fans can rest assured that they have someone real– someone who is just like them. “I always treat people the way I want to be treated,” he says. “I like my fans to know that I am someone that will support them the same way they support me.” While he never wants to rush to put out work, he aims to release more music and videos, and his insistence to stay grounded is what will continue to set him apart from the rest. “There is a lot of fake BS and gimmicks,” he says. “I don’t care about chains or grills– can’t wear it, so it’s not needed.” For Judah Shadrach, everything lies in the music, and he plans for it to stay that way. With his upcoming project and newest record “The League”, out now on all streaming sites, it’s only up from here for Judah Shadrach Peters– in power, in impact, and in his unrelenting authenticity. 

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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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