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Rapper Tuu Ra Combines Metaphysics Into His Music

His latest single, “Get Something” is worth a spin!

Tuu Ra, representing Brooklyn, has been writing and producing music since the young age of 14. Using a keyboard his mother gave him, and being introduced to fruity loops daw on his laptop by his father, he began a journey that he’s been on ever since, combining spiritual training and deep-rooted knowledge of metaphysics into his always evolving music and art (he’s multi-disciplinary).

“I was introduced to creating music by my father who is also a musician,” he tells AAHH. “Writing was always a strength for me.” With early influences that include the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Rakim, Krs One, his love of the meticulous attention to the art itself emanates from his work.

“On the production side I drew inspiration from Dilla, 9th wonder, Pharrell, and Ryan Leslie to name a few,” he adds. He dropped a mixtape in 2014 titled Nu Perception, and a beat tape two years later titled Hip Hop Archives — on top of a handful of singles.

His sound is versatile, from old soulful hip-hop waves that have long since dispersed since hitting the rocks, to today’s trap vibes that are flooding the streets. His latest “Get Something” — for example — is overflowing with lyrical content, an atmospheric instrumental, and a high quality visual — with tons of movement and engaging transitions. It’s when you take time to listen to his bars; you can hear his teachings scattered throughout.

 
“I practice Qi Gong, which is the grandmother of Tai Qi, and meditate often,” he says. “This helps a lot in my creative process while giving me resilience as I navigate this [tough] music business. Currently, he is working on an album; “my focus is collaborating with other producers to create a different sound,” he notes, adding that he’s looking to drop it by the end of this upcoming fall.

Currently living in between the mecca and sunny LA, he’s been making new connections. “You can look forward to hearing the east coast west coast vibe in my upcoming project … my next goal is to expand overseas and book more gigs. I love traveling and look forward to sharing my music with a broader and more diverse audience.

With new connections in the UK, and enjoying a brewing creative run, Tuu Ra is in an exciting space. Stay tuned — and add him to your socials @tuugod.

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Cleveland’s Nija Gal Represents a Nation with Bars

They gone be looking for you one day they gone see 🙏🏾 drop 🔥🔥🔥 if you mess with the vibe…

With Hip-Hop at the height of its popularity internationally, the success opens the door for the future to be welcomed with open arms from all across the world like the new Nigerian-descent recording artist, Nija Gal. Born Nnena Aidgwe, thanks to her impactful and pride-centric content, the Cleveland, Ohio indie act has quickly become a new found sensation in music that the world is quickly paying close attention too.

A triple-threat at heart (actress/recording artist/writer), Nija Gal got into music through her inability to purchase song licensing for her filmmaking endeavors. Unable to get the perfect sound, Nija began recording her music to input her features. Realizing she had some slick wordplay, Nija took her act to social media and started recording and posting freestyles. Nija quickly accumulated thousands of views along with positive responses to her empowering rhymes over Instagram and began producing more clips showcasing her must-see potential.

 
Nija Gal’s style is blended with thought-provoking, brazen lyricism that allows her Nigerian roots to speak volumes. She gained the moniker of The Nigerian Nightmare from her impressive viral foundation. Music isn’t shy of Nigerian success; a previous artist of Nigerian-descent to shine bright is Warner Music signee Wale. Nija is quick to follow in the same successful steps with her unique presence.

As Nnena Adigwe (22) is a very proud Nigerian and a female of many avenues as she is a Comedian, Basketball player, and Director. Nnena is the screenwriter for her upcoming original series, titled, Damn Nnena: The Hurt Bitch Chronicles, the same project that kickstarted her musical career.

In 2018 thus far, Nija has released two buzzworthy songs “Me & You” and the new lover’s scorned anthem, “Not the Thumb.” On the track, Nija crafts an in your face tell-all official universal response for any woman who has endured an unappreciated relationship. The infectious track is raw and uncut, the perfect depiction of what goes through a woman’s head when dealing with a good for nothing man. Interesting enough, “Not the Thumb,” is a self-reflection and self-healing body of work that will quickly become a fan favorite from the up-and-coming artist’s catalog for years to come.

As the year continues, Nija Gal promises plenty more freestyles and release of original music for her consistently growing fanbase. With Cleveland a current music melting pot for hit new artists, it’s only a matter of time that Nija Gal will carry the indie label before being a top prospect for the majors.

https://soundcloud.com/nija_gal/me-you

Enjoy Nija Gal? Follow The Nigerian Nightmare on Instagram for up-to-the-minute info on everything Nija Gal.

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A Conversation With Florida’s Own Larry Kusha

Florida rapper Larry Kush, made his debut this year scoring a feature with childhood friend Kewl CutLis on the major…

Florida rapper Larry Kush, made his debut this year scoring a feature with childhood friend Kewl CutLis on the major hit, “Bussin That Pack Down.” With the summer season in full swing, Kush is working on his debut mixtape J Co.’s Most Wanted, as well the highly anticipated Band Tawk 2. He recently took some time to chat with Above Average Hip Hop, and walk us through his career thus far.


 
“My love for music started at an early age,” he tells AAHH. I was two or three years of age when my parents bought me an acoustic guitar for Christmas … I played it for a day until I turned Rockstar and smashed it, while entertaining company.

He began writing music around the age of seven. “I always wanted to make hip-hop,” he confesses. “Every chance I got to kick a freestyle or be apart of something to entertain I was there.” He recorded his first record with partner Kewl CutLis (forming New Nu Music Group) and never looked back. Three years of building their sound led to their 2014 debut mixtape, Band Tawk. “[Band Tawk] got a lot of attention, and folks quickly started to notice us for the music,” he notes.

Unfortunately for the pair, they were hindered by legal roubles the following year that resulted in lengthy jail time and probation. Upon being released, they got back to business. “I took a year off to get back to the money, and in 2017 we started back with records like “Running off,” “Solid,” and “Tom Brady” which are all available on SoundCloud (Kewl Cutlis).

The duo spent 2017 looking for a way to market their unique brand of music, spending countless hours in the studio and with TRU Digital — their in-house graphic designer.

By the time 2018 rolled around, they were locked in. “Kewl started going to record in Atlanta at Loud House, and when he came back from the first trip he came with some of the best quality music I had heard,” he admits. “I knew that was going to be our new recording spot. Thanks to After-hours who is one of the principal engineers at Loud House, we got invited back to the studio in Buckhead where we made new hit singles that we have yet to
release.

“Stay tuned in to Larry Kush and Kewl Cutlis; we are The New Nu Music Group.”

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Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” Shoots (Musical) Shot At Sevyn Streeter

Brooklyn NYC’s one Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” is having a hot summer so far; the Bajan rapper is prepping to…

Brooklyn NYC’s one Trillz “Da Yung Apprentice” is having a hot summer so far; the Bajan rapper is prepping to drop Road 2 Riche$ II before heading out on tour to support the project later this year. “I was always into art, so I figured I could create art with my music and tell my story,” he says of his humble beginnings. 

Aiming for a Halloween release date, he’s currently in the lab, but there’s one feature he really wants to make the project complete — singer Sevyn Streeter. 

 

“She’s dope as fuck,” he notes in his recent video devoted to professing his interest in working with her. Aside from

both being talented, they also share another unlikely connection — depression.

The singer has been quite vocal about overcoming depression — at one point contemplating suicide. Trillz has battled similar demons, even losing a friend to suicide.

Ultimately, he wants this project to be the best it can be. “Need it to be one the biggest albums on the radio,” he says.

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Force Reaction Drop Music For The Revolution

Force Reaction — the duo of Silus Bedlam (vocals) and Bitter Sweetness (production) — are carrying on the tradition of…

Force Reaction — the duo of Silus Bedlam (vocals) and Bitter Sweetness (production) — are carrying on the tradition of Hip Hop with a message; mental health, politics, art, and big pharma are among the bevy of conscious topics they traverse with their high energy music. In an era marred with many head scratching injustices, a presidency that is baffling to many, and a rise in violent crimes as a result unchecked personal demons, Hip Hop needs all the heroes it can get.

“In order to stay standing you must exert a force equal and opposite to the trials of life.”
— Force Reaction

Their latest project, Equal and Opposite, is ten songs filled with knowledge, gems, and theme songs to chant on an eternal quest for wokeness. Silus’ unique cadence is perfectly complimented by Bitter Sweetness’ signature production that would lead itself well to live performance. There are a few different vibes — like the cinematic flow on the moody “Out Of My Element,” the head nodding drum loop of “Aside,” and the 80s/early 90s vibe of the instrumentation on powerful “Rise Up.”

Give the album a spin, below.

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