Introducing Jacob Latimore – Mutual

Actor and pop-R&B vocalist Jacob Latimore got his first taste of fame at a very young age, when his first single, the 2005 release “Best Friend,” was played on Radio Disney. Placed in Radio Disney’s Incubator program, Latimore performed with fellow child artists and appeared on Maury Povich’s nationally televised talk show. Latimore and his family subsequently moved from their native Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Atlanta, Georgia for the sake of advancing his budding entertainment career. His next single, “Superstar,” was co-written and co-produced by Rico Love; it peaked at number 84 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in September 2007.

Additional strides were made in 2010, when Latimore signed with the Jive label and appeared in the film Vanishing on 7th Street. Even though he had inked a major recording contract, he continued to act, with appearances on the television series Read Between the Lines and The Finder. He also released a series of mixtapes, including 2009’s I Am the Future. Another single, “Like ‘Em All,” enjoyed an extended stay on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and reached number 55 in December 2011.

The suggestive (if respectful) “You Come First,” released the following summer, also charted. Featuring guest vocals from T-Pain, the single “Heartbreak Heard Around the World” followed in 2014. Latimore returned in 2015 with another single, “The Climb,” which also appeared on his debut album Connection. Released in 2016, it included the IshDARR collaboration “The Real.” ~ Andrew Kellman

Frank Ocean – Chanel (feat. ASAP Rocky)

Frank Ocean shares the remix version to his track “Chanel” featuring A$AP Rocky.

Goldlink – Meditation

Where the intersections of the DMV collide, GoldLink is a direct product. The first time 21-year-old GoldLink picked up a mic was only three years ago in his hometown and he has no intentions of putting it down. The emcee is piloting the “Future Bounce” genre, accruing over one million plays on his Soundcloud and capturing the attention of an entire industry with this first project, The God Complex, which released in late spring of 2014.

GoldLink’s sound is densely weighted with shimmering polyrhythmic sounds, constructed with formidable producers like Kaytranada, Lakim and Louie Lastic. His sound milks nostalgic cuts of 90s hip-hop and R&B and the area’s natural go-go heritage with transcending circadian drops of EDM and Afro-Caribbean drum patterns. GoldLink’s raps are calculated, tackling them with a roller-coaster delivery, with a distinct voice and unmeasurable cadence. With his unyielding charm, Goldlink tackles his own battles of social and cultural injustice, pursuing a relatable voice of romantic instability. Without relying on talent alone, GoldLink has studied rap’s hierarchy, building his biting flow that’s quicker than a salesman and fouler than a sailor. Citing Edgar Allan Poe, Grimes, and Pink Floyd as his main influences, GoldLink’s subject matter highlights dealing cocaine, gun-toting friends, an absent father, and the general hardship of growing up in the ghetto.

With only one full project (The God Complex) under his belt, he has still been able to receive the support of outlets like FADER, Complex, Noisey, Shade 45 and VSCO––which documented GoldLink’s meeting with Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin at his Malibu-based Shangri La studio. The recognition spread further than the web, as GoldLink played several showcases at SXSW, including one alongside the future-bounce conglomerates at Soulection, touring with electronic-producer SBTRKT and is now finally headlining his own US tour in summer 2015. The short career of GoldLink thus far has shown him relative success, winning crowds over with his explosive energy that’s engaging at each live show. As he prepares for his follow-up project, we are all excited to watch, experience, and dance to his progression.

Introducing SAINt JHN

Brooklyn had a resurgence in 2016. Desiigner, Young M.A, Phresher and Casanova all broke out this year. The New York City borough, which has been the home of some of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, has an interesting class of next-gen MCs with a plethora of different styles.

One new MC that shouldn’t be overlooked is SAINt JHN. Born in Brooklyn and of Guyanese descent, he’s bringing new sounds to hip-hop. The budding MC grew up on Caribbean music but was inspired to rap after seeing his older brother rhyme in the neighborhood. He would gradually get better by taking his time to perfect his writing. He went by his real name, Carlos Saint Jhn, and spent his time writing songs for other artists while dropping original music.

Earlier this year he would reintroduce himself and drop the song and visual to “1999,” a bounce-happy rhythm that showed off his wordplay but also his ear for melodies. With recent tracks like “Roses” and “Reflex,” SAINt JHN is ready to make a leap to the next level.

Rick Ross – Trap Trap Trap (feat. Young Thug & Wale)

Tattooed with pictures of AK-47s, Miami’s six-foot, 300-pound rap figure known as Rick Ross embraced his city’s reputation for drug trafficking on his debut single, “Hustlin’,” in 2006. While Atlanta and Houston artists were establishing their cities as Southern strongholds, Ross aimed at putting Miami back in rap’s national spotlight. Ross, real name William Roberts, grew up in Carol City, Florida, an impoverished northern suburb of Miami. Influenced by artists like Luther Campbell and the Notorious B.I.G., Roberts formed local rap group the Carol City Cartel and began rapping in the mid-’90s. (He took his rap name from Los Angeles drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, who ran one of the largest crack cocaine distribution networks in the country during the ’80s and early ’90s.) Ross had a brief stint on Suave House Records, former label of Eightball & MJG, before he ended up on Miami-based Slip ‘N’ Slide Records, the label home of Trick Daddy and Trina. During the early to mid-2000s, he became popular and well-known locally through touring with Trick Daddy and appearing as a guest on a few Slip ‘N’ Slide releases, but didn’t release any solo material until 2006.

Once “Hustlin'” caught the ear of a few executives within the national industry, a bidding war ensued that included offers from Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs and The Inc. (formerly Murder Inc) president Irv Gotti. Nonetheless, Def Jam president and veteran rapper Jay-Z signed Ross to a multi-million-dollar deal. The Miami anthem “Hustlin'” went on to receive gold status from the RIAA in May 2006 and sold over a million ringtone units before the physical release of his debut album, Port of Miami. Released in August 2006, Ross’ debut was Slip ‘N’ Slide’s first project under the Def Jam partnership, and it went to number one on the Billboard album chart. His follow-up, Trilla, was released the following year, prefaced with the Cool & Dre-produced title track. Early 2009 saw the release of Deeper Than Rap, an album greeted with numerous positive reviews in the hip-hop press. In early 2010 he released the Teflon Don album featuring the hit single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).” The star-studded God Forgives, I Don’t followed in 2012, with guest shots from Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.

At the start of 2013, he announced details of his sixth studio album. He enlisted the help of Scott Storch and DJ Khaled as executive producers and released the pre-album single “No Games” featuring Future. The album, titled Mastermind, landed in March of 2014 with the simultaneous release of the single “War Ready” featuring Young Jeezy. Just six months later, Ross announced that he would be releasing his seventh studio album, Hood Billionaire, toward the end of 2014. The album arrived in November of that year and was preceded by the singles “Elvis Presley Blvd.” and “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch).” In 2015, he dropped Black Dollar, a high-profile official mixtape that featured production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Jake One. The mixtape previewed that year’s official album, Black Market, which landed late in the year, along with the accompanying single “Sorry” featuring Chris Brown. Future, Mary J. Blige, and Nas also made guest appearances on the LP.

P-Moe – I Ain’t Worried

Compass Entertainment Group is a Production/Management Company that was founded in 2004, by CEO Parrish McGhee, a songwriter, consultant, and RIAA certified Platinum producer. Parrish was born in Aurora, Illinois, a city southwest of Chicago.

With a tight grasp on his dream of making a positive and powerful impact in the music industry, he has managed to hone his skills of producing, rapping, singing and promoting. It has been a long journey of hardships and ups and downs, but he never given up hope in his pursuit of securing a recording contract and/or a distribution deal for his label.

Having rubbed elbows with top notch and much respected industry executives such as producers, songwriters and artists, he soon realized that though difficult, he too would be able to one day reach platinum level success.

Highly regarded as a talented producer, McGhee is currently assisting long time friend,R&B sensation Carl Thomas, with his upcoming musical project and JT Nouns, Compass Entertainment Group rap artist. Carl is featured on JT’s soon to be released single, Holding On, which was produced by McGhee and RaShann DJ Rek Chambliss who has produced for tracks for Dj Quik, Young Jeezy, Dwele’, E40, Juelz Santanna, Bun B, Ray J, Lil Playy, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, WC, C-Bo just to name a few. Carl Thomas and Miykal Snoddy are two notable artists that McGhee has worked with who admire his ability to produce phenomenal music.

Introducing Kongsted

Kongsted is an award winning and platinum selling Danish DJ who resides in Copenhagen and has more than 12 years of experience. His playing-style consists of very intense, energetic and creative mixing-skills combined with a unique feel for his crowd. He posses a great deal of musicality and has a very distinct taste in the music he plays. All of these things in conjunction produce a distinctive club DJ character not found anywhere else. These skills have also landed him several awards at the Danish DJ Awards. Most noticeably Club DJ of The Year, which he was nominated for 4 consecutive years in a row and won in 2010 and 2011. He has also been nominated for Danish DJ of The Year in 2013 and 2014 and also gained a nomination for the Danish Music Awards 2013 (DMA) for Club Name of The Year with his hit single Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris was Kongsted’s breakthrough single and has now streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify, and has gained several certification such has; 2xPlatinum on streaming, Gold on Sales (15.000 units) and won 3 titles at the 2014 Danish DJ Awards – Danish Deejay Favorite Of The Year, Award and The Voice Clubbing Award. He has released several other hit singles, an EP and his latest release R.E.D. just went Gold on streaming.

In his hometown of Copenhagen, Kongsted has his residency at the prominent nightclub ZEN, which is also a member of The Worlds Finest Clubs. This is the most exclusive and fashionable nightclub in Denmark, and the club with the most international clientele. From the beginning Kongsted has been deeply involved in creating the musical profile of the club, the atmosphere and magic that appears in there.

As an official DJ for the prestigious nightclub network The Worlds Finest Clubs Kongsted has been requested for clubs all around Europe. Amongst others, some of these include: Just Cavalli (Milano), Club Hollywood (Milano), Byblos (Milano), Carpe Diem (Barcelona) & Gibson (Frankfurt), NoX (Oslo). He was also handpicked to support international DJs such as Pete Tong, AVICII, Tiesto and latest Martin Garrix, when they have visited Denmark. Furthermore he played the official Sensation Club Tour all around Denmark in 2012 and also the Deluxe Area during the main Sensation event in Denmark in 2012.

All of this success has made Kongsted one of the most popular DJs in Denmark at the moment. He has played more than 600 gigs over the last two years, ranging from club performances to big festival shows. The summer of 2014 he played 20 of the biggest festivals in Denmark for a combined total of more than 150.000 people. His distinctiveness in the way he interacts and communicates with his crowd, through the music and his playing-style, has made him an exceptional DJ experience in any arena.