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Ku$hmerica Drops Legalize-Friendly Album Election Year in 2016

Houston, TX – Longtime friends turned business and musical partners Royale King and Young Papi met by happenstance, when Young…

Houston, TX – Longtime friends turned business and musical partners Royale King and Young Papi met by happenstance, when Young Papi’s late mother decided he needed positive influences in his life and introduced him to Royale King. The two were fast friends, and though Young Papi was the young age of twelve when they first met, Royale King helped Papi come into his own as an artist and man. Two years ago, friendship gave way to “Kushmerica,” and the two “Kush Bosses” embarked on their own musical journey. “The energy we bring is just ridiculous – The more songs we were doing, the more people were like referring to us as the new red man and method man,” explains Royale. Adds Papi, “One show was so crazy, the crowd literally tore our shirts off us.” Their sound is an eclectic mix of 90’s rap with a modern spin, which comes organically from their age difference. “You have the more mature older brother, that will get that mature crowd, and then you’ve got the younger brother that’s a little wild and just goes and does his thing,”

Their newest project, an album entitled Election Year, is distinctive and authentic. Chalk full of songs that speak to real life, Royale King describes the songwriting as “based in reality,” and “street perspective, because that’s the place we were raised in.” The concept behind Election Year (ironically released on 4/20, as an homage to their “Kushmerica” brand) was to shed light on the political disparity over the use of marijuana in America. “Right now, there are 23 states that allow recreational marijuana use. Part of our campaign is to get all 50 states to legalize, and to show how it helps,” the duo explains. In addition to the Mary Jane-infused lyrics, listeners can expect to hear other themes and stories, including the lamenting of poverty and the struggles of the streets. “It doesn’t sound like anything that’s out right now,” says Royale, “and that’s refreshing. It’s very original.”

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Ashley Burnett began her start in the industry at just 15 years old as a writer & film maker. She wrote scripts, short stories & books, and even caught the attention of BET's own Debra Lee with her movie project, "Red Rose". Upon starting B&B Marketing/Management, writing and film making was put on hold to jump start things with B&B. In 2010, she went on to work with BET Networks, doing Marketing & PR. In 2011, she began to work for Bad Boy Ent with a role in Marketing & PR as well. She is now the VP of B&B Marketing/Management and launched her first book titled "Love Chronicles: Vol 1" which dropped in January of 2016.
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The blowback inevitably resulted in both G-Eazy and Weeknd cutting ties with the company.

Then, 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, made a controversial statement towards immigrants of both Haitian and African backgrounds, asking rhetorically during a briefing “why are we allowing people from shithole countries into America?”

This led Haitian-born Toronto-based artist FrancMill to release his new song “EAZY,” in direct response to both H&M and Donald Trump’s statement regarding his home country, Haiti.

“Eazy” is available now on all streaming services. #takeiteazytrump.

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Darrell Simms Drops His Sophomore “Wilcox Ave” Project

Darrell’s latest EP, Wilcox Ave, is his second official project — and a worthy follow-up to 2015’s BoiTroy EP.

LA-based Florida transplant Darrell Simms — raised by a Jamaican mother and Danish stepfather — moved with his family to the southern part of Sweden when he was 10. It was during this time that he discovered music through his mother’s CD collection; Michael Jackson’s History/Past/Present album gave him his first taste of music and led him to discover an eclectic range of genres that sparked his creative mind.

Poetry was his first creative outlet, which quickly led to writing hip-hop lyrics. His debut mixtape, The First Blink showcased the full range of musical styles Darrell is fluent in and was inspired by, including acoustic, and indie pop, cleverly mashed into hip-hop.

Fast-forward, Darrell’s latest EP, Wilcox Ave, is his second official project — and a worthy follow-up to 2015’s BoiTroy EP, which he recorded under the moniker BoiTroy. The first single, “Element” was given high-energy video treatment, directed by directed by @ralph_lucchese and @sirbjjensen. Check the visual and EP out, below.

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BK Rapper Corey St. Rose Drops A Visual For His Latest Single “Get Back”

With a steady rising buzz in the rap game, Brooklyn’s own Corey St. Rose continues to build momentum in New…

With a steady rising buzz in the rap game, Brooklyn’s own Corey St. Rose continues to build momentum in New York City. The latter of Corey’s 2017, he gave his fans Vibes; a project that set the tone for what’s to come from the charismatic rapper. Now, to start off his 2018, Corey makes his return with a new single and video for “Get It Back,” produced by Tyeon Thompson.

BK Rapper Corey St. Rose Drops A Visual For His Latest Single "Get Back"

Borrowing elements from some of his borough’s most iconic names, like Big Daddy Kane, the late Notorious B.I.G., and Marcy’s own Jay-Z, Corey’s swaggering persona and (Brooklyn) bravado is on full display in the video directed by Dpoftheyear. We see both sides of Corey as a rapper and showman. He walks the streets of Chinatown in New York City with two ski masked vixens by his side.

As always, Corey’s delivery is witty and boastful. “I just copped a Cuban for the trigger finger/Might cop another one for the middle finger,” he raps. Corey has big plans for 2018, make sure you’re on the lookout!

Check out Corey St. Rose “Get It Back” video, below.

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Track Review: Adrian Gamboa – “You Pt. II” ft. Dani Rae Vaughn

Despite the story in the lyrics, the relaxed instrumental and natural vocal harmonies make “You Pt. II” an enjoyable showcase of California pop rap.

Last week, 23-year-old southern California rapper Adrian Gamboa dropped the music video for his single titled “You Pt. II.” Set on an idyllic L.A. day, the visuals closely follow the story Gamboa tells through his verses: the story of a good relationship that came to an end. Through sharp cinematography and impressive aerial shots, the viewer watches as a downtrodden Gamboa reaches out to his ex-girlfriend and slowly makes his way towards her as he reminisces about the best and worst elements of their past. From a purely visual standpoint, it is a well-executed short film.

The instrumental features a sunny, easygoing beat that lay underneath a sweet guitar lick that reminds me of Frusciante era Chili Peppers. Gamboa spits with a commanding, emotional tone to match the lyrical content and flows smoothly over the track. Guest singer Dani Rae Vaughn is certainly a highlight; her strong vocals add a lot to the song, and her harmonies with Gamboa go over pretty well. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of “You Pt. II” is the use of samples. The hook features Gamboa and Vaughn as they assign new lyrics to the unforgettable chorus of Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.” An even bigger surprise comes at the bridge when the duo harmonizes the hook to one of the biggest hits in the John Frusciante catalog, RHCP’s “Under the Bridge.” Although the story behind Anthony Kiedis’ confessional does not exactly align with that behind “You Pt. II,” the sample effectively carries the forlorn character of the track before Gamboa and Vaughn close with the last hook.

Despite the story in the lyrics, the relaxed instrumental and natural vocal harmonies make “You Pt. II” an enjoyable showcase of California pop rap.

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