Jaylien – Lucky Guy


John “JAYLIEN” Wesley is a multi-talented producer, songwriter & singer from St. Louis, MO. JAYLIEN first gained prominence as a producer/songwriter for Akon; he achieved recognition for his work on Akon’s Freedom (2008), producing and writing the single “Beautiful” featuring Colby O’Donnis and Kardinal Official. In 2013, JAYLIEN went on co-wrote will.i.am’s “Scream & Shout” featuring Britney Spears. “Shout” went on to sell close to four million singles in the US alone. Since “Shout,” he’s produced and written for Cody Simpson, Cheryl Cole, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, and many others. Most recently, he’s has completed work for Chris Brown as well as work with Keyshia Cole (via Epic) & Ty Dolla $ign on their upcoming albums.

JAYLIEN is also the founder of the record label imprint, BlessandSee Music. Under BlessandSee, JAYLIEN discovered and developed GOOD Music’s Kacy Hill. JAYLIEN produced her breakout single, “Experience,” which ultimately led to her signing with Kanye West in 2014.

JAYLIEN officially kicked off his solo career in October 2015 when The FADER premiered the music video for his debut single, “Hotel Costes,” calling it, “a perfect song for the radio.” After the premiere, JAYLIEN went on to make his live debut, opening for The-Dream’s Genesis Tour 2016. Since his live debut, he has shared the stage with Jeremih & Marc E Bassy at The Observatory as well as performed along Sammy Adams for a Live Nation live-stream concert at Irving Plaza. On July 15, 2016, JAYLIEN released his debut EP Summer’s Over. Since its release, JAYLIEN and Summer’s Over has been featured on TIDAL’s Rising Artist, The Source Magazine, 2DopeBoyz, and Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight (“We Fcuk”) and New Music (Summer’s Over EP) on the homepage. To date, ‘Summer’s Over’ EP has accumulated over 2.5 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music alone. In December 2016, COMPLEX premiered JAYLIEN’s “Summer’s Over” music video and NYLON Magazine did an online feature on JAYLIEN. With 2016 being a breakout year, it’s only the beginning of promising solo career. JAYLIEN is already geared to release new music & visuals in 2017, expect a lot more from this rising talent very soon.

Blackmagic – Wonder (Feat. Fetty Wap)

Blackmagic has been a rising star in the Afrobeats scene since his breakout track ‘Repete’ last year created a storm in his native Lagos; turning heads again with a second cult banger in February this year with ‘Like This’ featuring two of the hottest emerging artists in the scene in Seyi Shay and Big Bad. He now drops his biggest crossover track so far in ‘Wonder’ with US rap superstar Fetty Wap.

Ready to enter the UK and US consciousnesses in a major way, Blackmagic enlists the head Remy Boy himself for one of the waviest collaborations of the summer; picked up as a One to Watch over here and in the US by critical tastemakers including FACT and VIBE, Blackmagic is already on the radars of some of the most influential publications in music.

‘Wonder’ comes through like a true, airy Afrobeats slowjam – with the addition of low-key trumpet and piano touches and a gorgeous female chorus. It’s a unique and innovative combination that meshes perfectly with Blackmagic’s lilting vocal style and Fetty’s trademark jagged, off-kilter cadence to give a refreshingly new iteration on the genre.

Speaking on the track, Blackmagic states: “The song is inspired by an ode to the beauty that African women possess, and the power of that beauty to inspire art and creativity. The song is about the pure pleasure of watching a beautiful woman dance, the radiance of her smile and the wonder of her body. A woman’s beauty is one of the many joys of life.”

Introducing Pumpa

There are men and women all over the world who will nod their heads admitting to sharing a collective “Ayayay” moment with their counterparts. The moment we are specifically referring to is at the point where the same subject has caught their attention together. Now, do not get confused, it is one of the ways that their compliments are shared and understood.

Some of us, depending on our culture may express our emotions through more familiar terms such as “G*d Damn”, “Wow” or “Hot Damn” when the physique or movements of the opposite sex is drawing us in. Where Pumpa is concerned “Ayayay” is more befitting.
In his new release, the St. Kitts born, Virgin Island based Soca artiste is chanting “Ayayay” to a new beat; one that is heavily inspired by Soca and Afro rhythms. Known for his highly energizing performances, Pumpa decided to groove his way through this release as he places the spotlight on the beauty of the female physique.

Written by Dennis ‘Pumpa’ Liburd and produced by Big H Beats, “Ayayay” is a definite body mover. There is absolutely no way that any music lover would be able to stay still when the song drops. Pumpa is focused on ensuring that his music reaches all corners of the earth as he continues to explore new sounds.

Future – Extra Luv (Feat. YG)

Audio: Davido feat. R. Kelly – ‘If (Remix)’

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Video: DeJ Loaf – No Fear

Rapper DeJ Loaf, born Deja Trimble, grew up on the east side of Detroit, Michigan and started writing lyrics at a young age. She took music more seriously in high school, after she quit playing basketball at the junior varsity level. At some point she established her stage name, with DeJ pronounced similar to “beige” and Loaf a reference to her footwear preference. Through a period that included a few semesters of attending Saginaw Valley State and working as a janitor at a Chrysler factory, she continued to develop her talent but didn’t gain much traction. In July 2014, two years after she released her first mixtape, she uploaded “Try Me,” a low-key, melodic track produced by Ypsilanti native DDS, which caught the attention of Drake, who referenced it on Instagram.

The platinum-selling star’s acknowledgment increased DeJ’s profile exponentially and set off a wave of unauthorized versions from fellow rappers. (DeJ did approve of a version that featured a verse from Wiz Khalifa.) She signed to Columbia, released a second mixtape, and appeared on the Aftermath release “Detroit vs. Everybody” beside fellow Detroiters Eminem, Royce da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, and Trick Trick. Columbia’s official release of “Try Me” reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. Second single “We Good,” also produced by DDS, was released as her second major-label single. After a handful of headlining gigs, she closed out 2014 by opening for fan Erykah Badu at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

In 2015 she issued the #AndSeeThatsTheThing EP along with the hit single “Back Up” featuring Big Sean. In 2016, Loaf dropped a mixtape, All Jokes Aside, and another created in collaboration with Jacquees, Fuck a Friend Zone, appeared in 2017. In December 2016, Loaf told journalists that her first full-length album would be titled Liberated, and her manager added that the album was “90% done” and expected to appear in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman