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New Music: Rico Davis – Stay Proper (@RicoDavis)

Singer / songwriter Rico Davis has stepped into some exciting new territory with his latest single “Stay Proper”, which blends…

Singer / songwriter Rico Davis has stepped into some exciting new territory with his latest single “Stay Proper”, which blends African and Caribbean rhythms with a perky Spanish guitar and soulful vocals. This kind of globally-inclusive Pop has been a gateway for many artists to cross over into other countries. and Rico sees the potential for worldwide reach. Having worked with K-Pop artists and DJs in the UK in his career, the New Jersey native-turned New Yorker is quite aware of the artistic impact that “Stay Proper” could have on fans both in and outside of the U.S.

“I’ve released four singles and one full EP with just under a million streams, and even with that independent success I’ve still never been this excited to drop a new record,” Rico explains. “‘Stay Proper’ came out of pure magic. My manager and business partner Q brought me a very basic Afro beats track produced by Didi Moon, a Nigerian musician. Once I heard it I fell in love with it. Q and I penned the lyrics, and we brought in guitarist Fran Cathcart and Bassist DayDay to play some arrangements. It was truly a memorable experience.

“Something about creating to African music changed my entire creative process. My first time hearing African music was in Verona, Italy when I was 15. I’ve never been moved like that. As we continued creating this record, I intentionally made sure we added Spanish guitar and Caribbean rhythms so that this it would touch every corner of this world. This intention carried out into the music video as well; which we recently wrapped up shooting. I’m very proud of ‘Stay Proper’, and I’m looking forward to seeing people be moved by it.”

“Stay Proper” is currently available on all digital platforms worldwide, with most links here: http://smarturl.it/stayproper. In celebration of the release, Rico Davis also curated a lively Spotify playlist, perfect for all the Summer vibes! Check that out here: https://spoti.fi/2SsvNu9

Listen on Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/song/ricodavis/stay-proper

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Skinny Million$ – ‘Kelly Sl8er’ [ALBUM STREAM]

This past Friday San Fernando Valley rapper Skinny Million$ released his album dubbed, Kelly Sl8er. The project is Skinny Million$ third release overall and his…

This past Friday San Fernando Valley rapper Skinny Million$ released his album dubbed, Kelly Sl8erThe project is Skinny Millionthird release overall and his debut effort with Los Angeles based record label, VerySpecial Music. 

Skinny Million$ grew up in a musical family and always knew that rap music was his path to realizing his life’s goals.  Inspired by watching his older brother get a record deal, while also participating in choir and other musical outlets as a youth, Skinny began to write his first raps around the age of 8 years old. The Kelly Sl8er project is a culmination of his life since then and looking forward with his Valley Waves movement .

“This Kelly Sl8er project is a project that’s been accumulating my whole life. Even though this is my 3rd project that’s how I feel. It’s fully produced by Mitchell Dolphin and I believe it shows my growth. It’s about being my own style and it’s about me being the best at what I do. Kelly Slater is the best at what he does, he’s the Tony Hawk of surfing. My shit is water based too, with the Valley Waves we’ve been pushing,” Skinny Million$ explained. “From my section I feel like I’m the best at what I do. Me and Mitchell have been working for a few years on this sound. It sounds like the end of Summer vibes and it’s all about flexing on everything that’s not you. It’s about having a good time and being your own person at the end of the day.”

Growing up just 30 minutes from Los Angeles city limits, Skinny Millionwas bred in Pacoima in the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley where skating, graffiti and street culture are paramount. Rather than growing up around the stereotypical Valley teens fixated on the malls and a preppy lifestyleSkinny Milliongrew up experiencing a wide range of cultures, which ultimately influenced his music. 

“A big part of my story or struggle is being an artist from the Valley because we are in LA County, but people from LA city, treat us like we’re outsiders.  Like, ‘Oh you not from LA.’ Which is true because we are like 30 minutes away, but we’re in the same area,” Skinny Millionexplained..  “So I created the Valley Wave to show people how we get it out here. No matter what – we can do what we want. We don’t have to sound like LA, but we are still a part of this shit because we in the city, we part of this shit. I’m from Pacoima, East Valley, it don’t look like Porter Ranch, Woodland Hills, Northridge, but they still call it the Valley.  On my side its more skate culture, tagging, street culture. That’s why I’m cool with all the Hispanics and Cholos and all that. I really want to show the culture of the Valley in my videos and how you can be one nigga and just soak up game from so many different cultures. There’s so much to do out here, you just have to tap in.”

Led by his music video for the track “Hol’ Up Wait” Skinny and VerySpecial Music have made a push this Summer that will not only put Skinny Millionon the map on the LA scene, but as a whole the project Kelly Sl8er puts a stamp on a new era of “Valley” culture by bringing awareness to the reality of living in all parts of the San Fernando Valley. 

Hol Up Wait came out very crispy and it had all my niggas in it. Nine times out of ten it’s hard to get all of your niggas together in one spot and we actually did it. That shit came out very crispy and it really set the tone for me really putting my foot out there for the Valley in the industry. Im basically letting people know I’m fucking with Very Special Music Group. That was our first really big release so that video is a big deal for me.

Going forward, On August 16th Skinny Millionwill be hosting an album release party at the Hall of Fame clothing store on Fairfax in Los Angeles.

 

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New Music: GPM Prince J – Splash (@GPrinceJ)

Atlanta creative and entrepreneur GPM Prince J has been building visions for other artists over the years through his work…

Atlanta creative and entrepreneur GPM Prince J has been building visions for other artists over the years through his work in video production, and now he’s stepping to the forefront of music with his own unique style. Prince J’s single “Splash” produced by SMG Mac Chris kicks off the countdown for his indie debut album The Transition, which is slated for release on August 23 worldwide.

Listen to “Splash” below, and pre-order The Transition here:

https://audiomack.com/song/gpm-prince-j/splash

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