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Key Of Life: The Music Of Jake Dexter

“Music is my life, and I gave it everything I have. There is no going back now. Without these keys,…

“Music is my life, and I gave it everything I have. There is no going back now. Without these keys, I am nothing but a broken dream”.— Jake Dexter

Meet Jake Dexter, an accomplished musician who – over the past few years  – has played hundreds of shows all over the United States and has even played and toured parts of Europe. Having played on over 30 radio singles, he’s made a name for himself in the industry through his tireless work as a professional pianist.

Through years, he’s found his unique style by using his skills as a keyboardist to mix spoken word poetry with live hip hop. His debut album Clockwork in 2014 earned Jake over 100,000 combined social media followers in just 14 months. Now, with the release of his album Echoes that reached number #7 on the New Release/Best Sellers iTunes chart, Jake is starting to get more regional and national attention from radio stations, blogs, and Television outlets.

Get familiar, and take an ear to Jake’s latest, Who I Am featuring Daniel Gonzales.

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K’Coneil – “Quarantine and Chill”

Today rising Reggae and Dancehall artist, K‘Coneil releases his new single, “Quarantine and Chill.” As the world remains on shutdown…

Today rising Reggae and Dancehall artist, K‘Coneil releases his new single, “Quarantine and Chill.”

As the world remains on shutdown with concert venues and clubs across the world closed, artists like K‘Coneil have retreated to their homes to create.

Emerging with his aptly titled song, “Quarantine and Chill,” this Jamaican born artist has a hit on his hands and the world is responding via social media. As part of the promotion for the song, K‘Coneil got his fans involved making sure everyone followed social distancing guidelines for the Edwin Escobar Films edited visual.

“The single is called Quarantine and Chill is about being stuck at home with your girl and enjoying each others company physically and mentally. The video captures an array of beautiful females dancing and enjoying themselves while being quarantined, so it’s just one of those song so many people can relate to,” K‘Coneil said. “The song is produced by a few of my friends Keyz and Crooks and I wrote the song myself based on personal experiences living through COVID-19.”

Raised in a small town in the Parish of St. James, K‘Coneil grew up only four miles from Montego Bay in what he calls a “small poverty ridden area of Jamaica.”

“Back home the music is all about Dancehall, Reggae and Gospel. There’s lots of young talented singers aiming to be a big star one day just like myself, but I’m from a singing family so I have been in music since birth. When I started recording in 2010 I fell in love with making music and it’s been a journey since,” K‘Coneil said.

While K‘Coneil is used to being on the road performing and making appearances on radio like Hot 97 and Jams 99, he’s still determined to meet the fans halfway by continuing to release music. K‘Coneil added:

“Despite being unable to travel and perform for my fans ,I’m committed to continuing to release new music to keep everyone engaged in the meantime! Stay tuned for new music and videos. To your Success!”

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Mike Spitz – “Saginaw, Michigan”

Today Michigan rapper Mike Spitz drops the visual to his track based on his Midwest hometown, “Saginaw, Michigan.” The track…

Today Michigan rapper Mike Spitz drops the visual to his track based on his Midwest hometown, “Saginaw, Michigan.” The track is taken from his upcoming project, Best You Never Heard set for release in the coming weeks.

One trip down I-75 in Michigan and you will come to small town named Saginaw. Known for violence, basketball and failed economic hopes Saginaw is a struggling part of America’s decaying rust belt, yet Saginaw is a place called home to many who love the city like Mike Spitz.

“It is a look into my world,” Mike Spitz said of his new song about his hometown.”This song tells you about myself and where Im from. The video was shot at an early 1900’s mansion in Saginaw that’s believed to be haunted so the video is a little bit crazy. But isn’t everybody?”

According to Mike Spitz, Saginaw brought out the unique raw emotion and real life lyrics in his music. This is the first video of four that will come from Mike’s project, Best You Never Heard and is directed by Fresh Rich Visuals.

The album features production from Cory “Co-P” Peterson and also Mike Spitz himself along with some guest appearances from Jelly Roll, Rikk Reign, Woody Gates, and guitar by Shawn Yancer.

I’m actually shooting 3 more videos in the next month and I’m working on my follow up album right now. It’s gonna be a 10 song story completely produced by Scattered Brains (Struggle,Jelly Roll,Adam Calhoun, Waylon & Willie) at his studio in Tennessee,” Mike Spitz said. We had a lot of stuff planned but then this f**kin Coronavirus shit hit. Everything keeps being cancelled. My state is on complete lockdown. So I’ve been just writing and shooting as many videos as possible. I’m just trying to take advantage of the world shutting down. Probably never happen again.”

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Zairah – “Quien Como Yo”

Today Latin Trap/Reggaeton artist Zairah returns with a fiery new single “Quien Como Yo.” The single is taken from her…

Today Latin Trap/Reggaeton artist Zairah returns with a fiery new single “Quien Como Yo.” The single is taken from her new album Daddy Dura set for release on May 22, 2020, and follows up her recent support from a host of media outlets including Remezcla, The Breakfast Club and The Source to name a few.

“Quien Como Yo is one of the singles off of my new album Daddy Dura and we shot a dope visual to it. Honestly, it’s pretty crazy watching it back now ‘cause it was filmed right before the pandemic hit and I had also just had abdominal surgery. I think I did a pretty good job at hiding it on set but I definitely felt it and couldn’t move like I can now,” Zairah explained. “It’s a cool memory everyone involved can take with them into quarantine. And it’s a true representation of feeling like a badass bitch and owning your situation, I was standing in front of those window panes with my scar still healing going, “QUIEN COMO YO?”

Looking back Zairah knows that the music video experience with Joel Santiago of Melting Moon Films was one that won’t be possible for a long time with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the world. In the song translated as “Who Like Me?”, Zairah questions what her competition is.

“Let that b*tch try / the one that runs her mouth / She wanted my role/money so bad, now she’s not even a topic / Let that b*tch try, the one who thinks she’s better than me / the one who was such a woman that at night he asks himself who like me?,” Zairah raps in Spanish.

Dubbed “La Madrina of Spanish Rap,” Zairah is a self-proclaimed military brat that moved around throughout her teenage years, even living in Alaska! While Zairah started out rapping as half of a Hip Hop duo with her best friend who now manages her career, she hasn’t stopped expanding her sound palette and experiences to develop her music.

Drawing from around the globe for production Zairah, was able to get Mexican producer Wildkatz to produce four songs off the project, including the lead single, “Quien Como Yo.”

“So many really talented producers and artists were involved in the album from many different countries: Spain, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, United States. My favorite Spanish Trap group Afrojuice 195 featured on Tiraera, produced by Argentina’s Dabow. The homies Zwart-Wit, Niño Francois, and Nurrydog breathed life into the album with their unique production too. This album is global at its finest. I’m so happy that we were able to unite so many people,” Zairah said proudly.

Always championing diversity and inclusion, Zairah says that she represents all of those who are Latinxs in the world fighting for identity and representation.

“I represent myself and those mixed Latinxs who feel as underrepresented as I do and who question their own identity ‘cause they come from cultures that are not expected to blend or looked down upon for blending within Latin communities. We still have a lot of that hate towards one another and a long way to go. It’s a problem we don’t often talk about or address, which is so heartbreaking to someone like me who got to experience the beauty of diversity,” Zairah concluded.

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Cameron Airborne – “No Cuffing ” ft. Jackboy

Recently South Florida artist Cameron Airborne, drops the music video for his song “No Cuffin” featuring buzzing rapper Jackboy. In…

Recently South Florida artist Cameron Airborne, drops the music video for his song “No Cuffin” featuring buzzing rapper Jackboy. In the Andrew Colton directed music video, listeners get a hazy and psychedelic visual to go along with Cameron Airborne’s catchy Summer bop.

“The beat was a collaborative track with K.E. on the Track. He laced up the beat and I got Jackboy on there for the hook too. It’s just real catchy, we shot the video for the track and it just a had kind of club or pop vibe to it. It’s definitely a Summer song and its very upbeat and kind of fast paced, it def keeps the head nodding.”

Combing elements of guitar and singing, Cameron Airborne has found a lane doing his own thing combining it all with rap after performing in a band early on in his career.

“I play guitar because I had played in a band before and I ended up rapping. It gave me stage experience and the drive to want to do my own thing.” Cameron Airborne explained. “I branched out and started doing my own music and I always wrote my own poetry so transitioning to rapping was natural. I can make trap music, I can make pop catchy sounding music and I can make real lyrical stuff too. When I put out a projects I try to put out a little something for everyone to take something away from the project.”

Although most of the world has been shut down over the past few months with COVID-19, Cameron Airborne remains busy producing instrumentals and gearing up for his own studio where he will be able to record artists there.

“Im just on the independent grind, I’m opening up my own studio and that way I can make money, just recording and doing sessions,” Cameron Airborne explained. “I’ve been producing my own instrumentals and so I have a lot of music lined up and some big features tucked away for the right time to present them.”

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