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Get Familiar With ATL Rhymer Mahogany Stylez

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist…

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist could ever hope to be. Having been creating music since a youth — and having gotten serious about her craft, as a music artist, in her teens — she’s found herself (while under the radar) achieving heaps of undergound notoriety, especially after the release of her debut LP, Str8 Stylin the EP.

She recently sat with AAHH to chat about her come up, and her upcoming work!

Related: Mahogany Stylez Shows Versatility On “Str8 Stylin”


AAHH: How would you describe your music for someone who is just discovering you?

Mahogany Stylez: I like to say, I make “everybody music.” I make music about my life experiences and my take on the world that EVERYBODY can feel. I make music that the hood can feel and your mother can jam to my music; if you’re a young person trying to maneuver through this crazy world we are living in, you can feel my music. My voice is hyper unique, so I don’t sound like anyone else. I like to deliver lyrical content and pick production that you can vibe with. Also, I’m a real writer, who grew up on HIP HOP, so that’s evident in my music.

A: How did this whole thing start for you?

M: I started writing poetry, and music lyrics very young. I would share it with my friends. Early in high school, I wrote my first rap, to deliver when I was kicking it in a social setting. The response I’d get from people was so surprising and amazing — that was it, I was addicted!

Started writing more, and spitting in school. Sometimes I would cut class to stick around and rap in the cafeteria. I then began performing at various local events. I formulated a female owned and operated Artist Management company called “Getmoneymas,” interned for 106 & Park Radio and threw myself into the business. I kept writing, and performing, and featuring on mixtapes, and just established myself as a professional recording artist.

A: Who were some of your influences when you were starting out?

M: My influences are many and diverse. I grew up watching female artists like Salt N Pepa. My Godmother introduced me to Pepa and used to bring me around when I was a little girl, and I straight thought she was magical!

Watching Eve, Missy Elliot, Brittney Spears, Lady Gaga, Rihanna do their thing … I watched and emulated this music royalty and saw their power. I wanted to do that.

A: What have you dropped to date?

M: I have been on MANY mixtapes with singles like “Butterscotch,” and “The Truth,” back in the day; but, more recently I released my first debut EP, Str8 Stylin the EP. I put a lot of heart into this project to introduce myself to the world as not just A solid, viable female rap artist, but THE. The industry could use another strong female voice to be a force, and I feel like that’s me.

A: Most definitely! So, what are you currently working on?

M: I’m currently working on getting this project Str8 Stylin the EP, out to the world! I also am working on my next mixtape, which is going to be something extraordinary [an homage to a female rap icon], as well as my next official album. I’m writing and ready to dive in further and connect more with my fans thru the music.

A: What have been the most prominent moments thus far in your career?

M: I would say one of my most significant achievements in my career has been finally releasing my debut. It took some time for me to get the project finished. My fans were waiting for it.

Having Performed at “Black Ink, Atlanta” twice has been pretty significant, as well. There are still several major accomplishments to knock out, but I’m here for it and just ready to go in.

A: What do you want people to take away from you as an artist, ultimately?

M: I’m taking over this thing. I’ve been putting in my work and cultivating my craft. I’m moving in the direction of establishing myself as a household name. That’s the goal. I have several business ventures, inside and outside of music, that I’m working on launching. I want to show the world that anything and everything that you want to do IS possible, and I want to be the face for that message.

A: What’s next?

M: Next for me professionally … I am releasing my next single, “Thousandaire,” Produced by D. Grant. That drops Oct. 29th. I will be working on releasing these next two projects, and dropping my new line of rolling papers, called “Hippie Stixx,” at the top of the year. I’ll also be doing more touring 2019.

In the meantime, I’m writing, I’m in the studio and growing my brand every way possible.

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“Play To Win” Is A Celebration Of Getting Over And Going For The W

A new EP that landed on our desk this week is Play To Win by Dre Steelo. Hailing from Michigan,…

A new EP that landed on our desk this week is Play To Win by Dre Steelo. Hailing from Michigan, Dre dives head first into a sea of familiar soundscapes but manages to distinguish himself sticking to not only a decree of keeping it real with those that matter most but also an endearing level motivation to rise above, layered over a humble base of blessings that he is more than aware of.

Sitting at 6 tracks, the album’s production is tightly curated, keeping the vibe consistent — but varied enough so that there isn’t time to get bored at all. The project starts off strong with the salute to his team “Don’t Matter” produced by Aham — who produced “I Can Tell” from his 2018 effort Over Tha Top. Here he drops introspective gems like he doesn’t have friends — but rather brothers — and a reminder that he’s from the (bottom) bottom. He follows up with the determination anthem, “Win.”

“I Know,” with its hard drums and dope muffled looped up sample has a more reflective aesthetic about it, as he gives everything he overcame before putting it all into the bars. “Let em knwo you human,” he says on the chorus, referencing the track’s slightly more personal touch.

The album project ends off with the massive “Miracles,” which caps off what stands as a strong collection of tracks to add to his already impressive catalog. Winning by adding personality and unique perspective to an already surfable wave, he manages to command attention without fading into the baseline. He has come a long way, and in many ways, Play To Win is a reflection of that, as he sorts out trust issues, comes to terms with truths, and does his best to get where he wants to ultimately be.

Check out Dre Steelo’s Play To Win, below.

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J. Irja The Sexy Psycho Preps Her Debut EP Featuring Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip & More

Respect the hustle.

Came across a Canadian-born MC named J. Irja The Sexy Psycho that is putting in some significant grind time — and it’s starting to pay off. A hustler and all around a business-minded individual, her music isn’t just a white girl throwing words together trying to be down, it’s all shit she’s experienced first hand; delivered with rapid-fire bars that are impressive as hell.

She’s been through some real shit, like having to recover from two serious head injuries and living through a relationship with an abusive ex-manager.

Endearingly, though, she’s kept her career moving with her head high — forming a non-profit foundation (comprised entirely of women) called the “Female Empowerment Movement Militia” in honor of her daughter. Its ultimate mission is to uplift and motivate women to succeed and smash ceiling, shatter sexual inequality once and for all.

“I’ve been grinding for years and am finally starting to gain traction,” she tells AAHH excitedly. This grind is well-documented on her You-Tube, as she hits shows alongside acts like Stevie Stoned and Rittz and puts in serious groundwork during SXSW.

 

 
All of her hard work will come to a pinnacle though when she drops her debut album The Sexy Psycho EP vol 1 at the end of the month (January 31). With features from platinum-selling artists like the grill king Paul Wall, one-time Timbaland collaborator Bubba Sparxxx, Twista, and H-Town legend Lil’ Flip — among others — she’s aiming to finally take her career where she’s always envisioned it going, the top.

So if you’re keeping track, she’s touring with artists affiliated with Strange Music, earning stage time and going hand to hand at SXSW building her fan base, and has a foundation that is elevating women and helping create a more leveled playing field with the industry and in society at large. That’s a lot to hang your hat on — and her debut is the icing on the cake.

She has hella video content in her back catalog, but give her a spin. Respect the hustle.
Early.

 

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GentleBeatz Drops The Perfect Soundtrack For Your Weekend

Mozambique-based producer GentleBeatz is helping ease us into the weekend with his eclectic instrumental LP Soul City. Recorded following his…

Mozambique-based producer GentleBeatz is helping ease us into the weekend with his eclectic instrumental LP Soul City. Recorded following his return home from college after 4-years, he himself describes the sonic journey as different from his usual vibe. “[The beats] are a bit more complex,” he explains via SoundCloud. “I tried to fuse lo-fi hip hop, jazz, funk and a bit of alternative rock.”

Blanketed in the warm embrace of dusty vinyl pops, the title-track, which caps off the eight-song project, stands one of its brighter moments — from a sonically emotional standpoint. From top to bottom, the project is a musical ascent from a broken heart to all the way over it, with a lot of personal growth in between.

If you’re a fan of instrumental projects, definitely load up this new GentleBeatz joint, it’s a great listen.

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#IndieSpotlight: Getting To Know Provincetown Artist Silas Luster

This week, we’re introducing you to Provincetown, Massachusetts, native Silas Luster — a filmmaker and hip-hop artist, who’s part of…

This week, we’re introducing you to Provincetown, Massachusetts, native Silas Luster — a filmmaker and hip-hop artist, who’s part of a bubbling creative collective called The BuLife. “I make music that is true to me,” he tells AAHH. “The inspiration from my everyday life, where I’m from, and what I’ve experienced so far in my life goes into music … it’s real and it’s vulnerable.”

“There is content and emotion only my close friends know, things that I don’t like to speak on, that I put in my music,” he adds.

We initially got into Silas over the holidays after he floated me a visual for a “ZeZe” freestyle, that had this hard to explain flow that had us intrigued. We uncovered lots of quality stuff while digging around.

“I like to show people a different perspective,” he says. “I know my sound is different, my story has layers to it … if you give my music a little effort, you will understand my dedication and the depth in my artwork.”

 
Silas has been making both films and music since a youngster — messing around with a camera and whatever recording program he could get his hands on back in high school. “I took it more serious around 2014,” he explains. That’s when I linked with @RichmondVisionStudio and really started locking in the studio recording.

To date, he’s released one solo mixtape, Frick It, and a few mixtapes with the BuLife collective: The Rosenhan Experiment, Cape Tippin, and The Nor’Easter Tape. Most recently, they dropped last year’s Beauty of the Day.

 
Right now though, it’s all about Silas and his solo flex. “I’m working on my EP which will be fully produced by my homie TMAC [droppin in March]. I’m also always working on different music videos, films and my debut album.”

Having independently toured the North East with BuLife, he’s looking forward to locking down a couple dates for the near future — on top of just stacking up music. “We working,” he says. “A lot of music, visuals, shows, and creative content coming in 2019. Look out for us. BuLife!”

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