Video: Candice Boyd – Damn Good Time ft. French Montana

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A Southern California Native, this 24-year-old songstress has a plan and that’s to deliver her honest gift in its purest form, through real, unfiltered music. Weather singing in the choir or making her rounds through the Los Angeles studio scene, Candice has allowed her voice to tread her course. That voice landed her a publishing deal with APG Music Publishing, as well as a Recording Contract with Compound University and Epic Records.
Candice has worked and toured alongside the likes of NE-YO, David Guetta, Flo Rida, and Eric Benet to name a few. She is currently prepping her debut album. iTunes – http://smarturl.it/DamnGoodTime

Video: Wale – ‘MY PYT’

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The self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital,” Wale (pronounced “wah-lay”) was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived in America five years prior. Although the family moved to Maryland when the future rapper was ten years old, Wale was mostly raised in suburban D.C. He attended both Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships, eventually transferring a third time to Bowie State. The music bug had already bitten him hard, though, and soon he quit college altogether to turn to a recording career.

Wale got his first airplay circa 2003-2004 with “Rhyme of the Century,” thanks to the help of a local radio DJ who believed in his potential. This landed him in the Unsigned Hype column in Source magazine the following year. In 2006, Wale signed with the local start-up imprint Studio 43, owned by a former VP of Roc-A-Fella Records, and enjoyed a string of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area that year. Many of those records sampled from ’80s go-go — a more raw, percussion-driven offshoot of disco originating in D.C. — like the popular “Dig Dug,” a tribute to Ronald “Dig Dug” Dixon of go-go band the Northeast Groovers. Smart use of the Internet and MySpace was also a big factor in his success, as it helped British über-producer and DJ Mark Ronson (known for his work with Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, and Rhymefest) catch wind of the go-go MC in 2007.

Wale struck a production deal with Ronson’s own imprint, Allido, and released the 100 Miles and Running mixtape that summer. Despite not being signed to a major label, he was met with a good deal of positive press, ranging from XXL magazine to The New York Times. After a bidding war that included offers from Epic, Atlantic, and Def Jam, Interscope finally grabbed Wale for its roster in early 2008. The full-length Attention Deficit followed the next year. In 2011, the Ambition album landed, along with its single, “Chain Music.” The Gifted, released in 2013, was introduced by the single “Bad,” which featured special guest Rihanna on its remix. Its ambition was rewarded with a number one debut on the Billboard 200. Influenced by the TV sitcom Seinfeld, The Album About Nothing landed in 2015 and featured guests Usher and Jeremih, along with Jerry Seinfeld as the album’s narrator; it, too, topped the charts.

Audio: 1Hunnud – If I Ever

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Wildlyfe 1hunnud is a rapper born and raised on the mean streets of East Atlanta. As the C.E.O. and first artist under his label Wildlyfe Entertainment, he aspires to bring realism back into hip hop. He can rap just as well as he sings. He has worked with super producers such as Stevie J and 808 Mafia, just to name a few. His melodious style of rap is raw and authentic. Growing up in the streets of Atlanta wasn’t easy for Wildlyfe 1hunnud. He creatively takes you back in time with his vivid lyricism and clever word play.

DJ Drama feat. Chris Brown, Skeme & Lyquin – Wishing

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One of the most important, famous, and even infamous players in the mixtape game, Drama certainly lives up to his moniker thanks to some high-profile legal problems. Drama began his career in hip-hop in his native Philadelphia under the name DJ Drama. It was in Philly that he befriended Bahamadia, although he wouldn’t become her DJ until he made the move to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University.

While at CAU, he also began his popular Automatic Relaxation mixtape series, which focused on neo-soul and soulful rap, plus he formed his crew the Aphilliates featuring DJ Don Cannon, DJ Jamad, Ox Banger, and DJ Sense. After a short gig as DJ for Slum Village, he began a new mixtape series, Gangsta Grillz, which would become the prime showcase for hardcore artists looking to connect or reconnect with the streets. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Jim Jones were just a few of the artists to host a volume of Gangsta Grillz, but it was during the making of Vol. 7 that he met his future employer, T.I. As the official DJ of T.I.’s Grand Hustle organization, Drama became better known, and a cameo in the 2006 film ATL didn’t hurt either.

What did hurt was a January 2007 police raid on the Aphilliates office, which found both Drama and Don Cannon under arrest for racketeering, along with 81,000 mixtape CDs being confiscated. Three months later, legal threats from another DJ Drama forced him to change his name to simply Drama. Despite these legal hassles, Drama took his Gangsta Grillz series aboveground late in the year as the legit release Gangsta Grillz: The Album arrived in December courtesy of Grand Hustle/Atlantic. Lil Wayne, OutKast, Pharrell, T.I., and Young Jeezy were just a few of the artists who contributed to the star-studded album. A second volume followed in 2009. In 2011, Third Power became the first Drama album without the Gangsta Grillz tagging, but the guest list would remain big and powerful with names like Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs, Wale, and Chris Brown all included. Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Tyler, the Creator were some of the names that landed on the 2012 follow-up, Quality Street Music.

In 2013 he let his sense of humor show by hosting the Urbane Outfitters, Vol. 1 mixtape from the online hip-hop comedy team ItsTheReal. ~ David Jeffries

Introducing Lil George

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Detroit native George Tinnon aka Lil George has been causing quite a stir in his native town his preparation for become a trending phenomenon is laced with rambunctious high energy performances to thousands of screaming tweens and teens, participation in countless community give back initiatives like 98 WJLB’s Annual Coats for Kidsand BMB Entertainment’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive and Family Fun Day, live television performances on outlets including Revolt TV and A-list collaborations with the likes of French Montana, Charli Baltimore and Diggy Simmons to name a few!

His breakout hit “Sauce” landed features in Complex, AllHipHop and The Source among others and found its way to the top of the Billboard charts putting his trajectory in rapid ascension. With solid radio airplay and media buzz around the upbeat single, it was only a matter of time before Lil George would be rocking out stages alongside industry notables. The 18-year old rapper has opened for Charli Baltimore, Rich Homie Quan, Silento, Young Thug, The Migos and many more.

2015 has resulted in a number of hot tracks and accompanying visuals for the young emcee including; “Sauce”, “Live Life”, “Real George”, “Started” and “Wet”. He also joined Ray J on the “Curtains Closed Tour” where they promoted thier collabortation “Thinking Bout You” produced by label mate Dre Butterz. BMB’s flagship artist will star in an upcoming docu-series on a major television network.

Audio: PARTYNEXTDOOR – ‘Not Nice’

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The persona of producer and singer Jahron Brathwaite, PartyNextDoor finds the Toronto-based artist experimenting with a fractured blend of minimal hip-hop and R&B that has drawn natural comparisons to fellow Canadians Drake and the Weeknd. The first artist signed to Drake’s Warner Bros.-supported OVO Sound label, Brathwaite made his self-titled debut on the label in July 2013. A low-key release with Drake featured on one cut, it reached number 34 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A sequel, PartyNextDoor Two, followed in July 2014 with a greater promotional push. It topped R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and crossed into the Billboard 200 at number 19, aided by “Recognize,” on which Drake once again provided an assist. PNDColours, a four-track EP, followed in December 2014. No stranger to featured appearances himself, Brathwaite returned Drake’s favor on Nothing Was the Same and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and he also appeared on cuts by the likes of P. Reign, Big Sean, and King Louie. ~ Gregory Heaney & Andy Kellman

DJ Khaled “Holy Key”

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Miami-based DJ/producer DJ Khaled — a Palestinian-American born Khaled Khaled — is a member of Fat Joe’s Terror Squad and released Listennn: The Album on Koch in June 2006. He utilized his connections to snare the likes of Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, and Clipse for guest appearances. Many were back for his 2007 effort We the Best and in 2008 for We Global. The thematic Victory followed in 2010, while 2011’s We the Best Forever would find him switching to Birdman’s Cash Money label. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Nas, dancehall singer Mavado, and many others would land on his 2012 effort, Kiss the Ring. His 2013 Suffering from Success added Drake, Rick Ross, Future, and others to his long list of collaborators.

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