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Yung Honcho Releases “Major Pain”

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The state of Tennessee is synonymous with America’s music history perhaps more than any other state, responsible for a multitude of styles and approaches to the creation of music for the better part of a century and Memphis and Nashville have each affirmed their place in history and then some as their histories are intertwined with the success of so many artists from these areas, but of the three major cities in the state, Knoxville has always lagged behind in terms of culture and certainly musical output. Knoxville is a blue-collar city located in the mountains of East Tennessee but like most places in the Appalachian region still struggles greatly against problems like the opioid epidemic and seemingly inescapable poverty and while authors of old like Cormac McCarthy worked tirelessly to paint pictures of the strife and resolve of this region, their stories have gone untold for the most part in recent years.

That was, at least, until two artists burst onto the city’s scene almost five years ago, offering unabridged tales of the streets, ambition, and luxury that came from the risks they took. These artists are Hardaway1k and Yung Honcho who captivated their city’s youth and spread their style across the entire state, demanding to be heard regardless of what outsiders might say about where they come from, from the outside looking in. They amassed thousands of fans quickly and flooded the streets with mixtape after mixtape and visuals that showed a side of the city seldom seen by anyone but the people from there, even capturing the attention of big-name artists like Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Kevo Muney, NoCap and more.


Unfortunately, the pair were both locked up about a year ago in federal prison and Hardaway remains behind bars, but Honcho has worked tirelessly since his release to regain the notoriety he had stripped from him as he was forced to sit down. He matured as an artist, truly discovering his voice and unlocking new flow after new flow and gifted fans with a long string of music videos attempting to reclaim the throne he occupied as the heir-apparent to be the first artist to explode onto the mainstream from his city, ever. This culminates today with Honcho’s newest mixtape release Major Pain where he takes massive sonic steps forward and demonstrates the large improvements he has made as a vocalist and songwriter over the last year. The tape is brief at only seven tracks but is much more potent than the run-time would lead you to believe. 
Yung Honcho sings about heartbreak, gun violence, drug-dealing, and family, painting a vivid picture of the risk and reward associated with the life he leads and seeks to both honor those who have been lost and motivate the ones who remain. He recruited two guest features for the project, each coming from two of Alabama’s most exciting upcoming artists, CTG DayDay and Jay Montana who fit nicely alongside Honcho, who time and time again has shown himself to be an early identifier of talent time and time again as he has a knack for locking down features from artists just before their meteoric rises. I cannot wait to see Yung Honcho regain the love and acclaim he had before going away to jail but fickle fans are part of the rap game and Major Pain ought to be the project that brings them fully back on the bandwagon.

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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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