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Reily Marte Keeps it Authentic For His Fans

“Always keep it real … people [will] feel what you’re saying in your music.”

Brooklyn-born Florida resident Reily Marte is currently making noise with his new single “Nobody Else,” which is presently steaming on all important platforms. The song is the second drop from his upcoming album Patience, a title that is a subtle plea to his fanbase. “The album stands for being patient with the songs I’m creating,” he tells AAHH. “Be patient; I got vibes for you all to listen to coming soon.”

Reily was introduced to the music industry at the young age of 13 by his father. “Dad was more focused on the Spanish scene,” he notes, “but there’s still little tips I get from him and learn from him.” Fast forward, he’s now a multi-faceted creative and a one-man team. “[I] record, mix and master all [my] songs,” he states proudly.

The upcoming LP promises to deliver a plethora of vibes to attract a multitude of different listeners to his music. “My sound can go from a dark feel to an uptempo dancehall style to a soulful RnB type of sound,” he says, citing Eli Sostre, Drake, and a handful of regional artists as influences.

“My goal in the industry is to show the younger generation that you can create different types of sounds and still get support from fans,” he states confidently. “If you’re authentic with your music people will respect it.”

“Always keep it real … people [will] feel what you’re saying in your music.”

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LamBo Numbas “Look At You” Is A Gettin’ Money Anthem

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all…

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all the persuasion he needed to give this music game his undivided attention.

At the age of 20, the MC found himself in the hot seat with the DEA after a traffic stop in Texas, led to the discovery of $115k in cash with no proof of income. While he’s slim on the details of how he finessed his way out of that situation, it officially marked his departure from the streets.

His latest single, “Look At Me,” is dripping with an infectious street sensibility that begs for multiple spins. When you’re done, take a cruise of his SoundCloud.

Early.

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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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Illabit Is On A Quest To Be Hip Hop’s Most Inspiring Voice

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the…

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the culture. “My mom taught me the piano when I was 10, and I taught myself guitar when I was 13,” he tells AAHH. “I’m 21 now; I’m currently signed to Loud House Audio, an independent recording studio in Taunton.”

 
To date, he (and Loud House) have released two projects. His more recent The Celebration got the ball rolling — with the music video for the song “Magic” cracking 20k views.”

“I was given the name Illabit by an old friend I used to rap with named Trip,” he says of his early come up. “I love that name because toward my goals it’ll always keep me humble.

“My sound is original,” he continues, describing his music. “I was inspired by old legends like Tupac, Nas, Kanye — but, I love new Hip Hop too, like Wiz, Mac Miller [RIP], and A Boogie. I try to mix the two (eras) while incorporating other genres such as indie rock.

“I listen to a lot of different genres, so I like to experiment sometimes with different sounds,” he says.

As he tells us, his goal is to be one of the most motivational artists in the game. “I try to make music with a message … I want my listeners to feel 110% after my tracks.”

Currently, he’s working on a new album called Tear Me Apart, set to drop in 2019. “My plans for the future are to release more albums; I’m going to continue to love what I do while trying to inspire and motivate others to do what they want to do and be the best version of themselves.”

Gotta love that!

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Rising Malaysian Star Zamaera Is Poised For Greatness

Z chats Malaysian Hip Hop culture, her new project, and much more.

Photo credit: Kanya Iwana

23-year-old Malaysian MC Zamaera has been slowly bubbling onto many radars as of late. After appearing on a viral installment of Yo! MTV Rap Asia’s Rap Cypher, knocking out her first festival appearance, and dropping a buzzing new single titled “Z vs Z” ahead of the upcoming EP of the same name, she is primed and ready to take things to the next level.

Hip Hop in Malaysia has grown exponentially throughout 30 plus years,” she explains to AAHH, indulging our ignorance of the regional scene. “I didn’t live through the early stages of this groundbreaking period in the Malaysian music industry, but one characteristic of Hip Hop is its continuous evolution in sound, style, and swagger.

“It doesn’t matter if you jump on the Hip Hop bandwagon in the 80s or 2000s; if you have something to say — visually, lyrically or sonically — you’re a part of the culture,” she adds.

 
As Z explains, Malaysian society’s reaction towards Hip Hop has been somewhat of a gradual appreciation. She fell in love with the culture in her late teens. “Love, heartbreak and all the sweet sins of adolescence brought me to Hip Hop; and now I’m in it for life.”

She’s accomplished a lot — considering her debut video dropped just over a year and a half ago. This year, she was blessed with the opportunity to journey to the US to develop and focus her craft, and her career. It was here that Z vs. Z was born.

“It was a very reflective period for me,” she notes of the experience. “I did all of the creative work while I was there. I worked with the amazing producer Floyd “Timeless” Thomas, writing the lyrics. I also teamed up with the ever so talented creative director — Kanya Iwana — and the most brilliant ALL FEMALE TEAM, Savannah Chonis, Francesca Martin, Nawel Abdelaziz, and Shaina Santos for the album artwork.

 
“The experience was humbling, overwhelming and stimulating,” she adds. I was given a chance by Lakefront Records, which resulted in the recording of this EP in the United States [specifically, Chicago]. It was overwhelming because I was in a foreign place, where EVERYONE is trying to make it. Stimulating, because of the work ethic that I managed to experience. The entertainment industry is no joke, and that motivated me to do more for myself as an artist.”

The new EP, as she explains, is the essence of her as an artist, stemming from reflection and acceptance — two things she describes as dominant themes in her writing. “It took about two months for the idea to be translated into the entire project,” she reveals.

During her recent appearance at the Good Vibes Festival in Selangor, Malaysia, she had a chance to debut her two-month labor of love in front of a receptive audience — an experience she doesn’t take for granted.

“That was a day of many firsts. The first time I performed at a festival, first time I used in-ear monitors, first time performing with dancers, first time I played the entire EP LIVE,” she exclaims proudly. “I’ve learned to let go of the things I don’t have control over — but all in all, it was an adventure of a lifetime.”

With a dizzying 2018 thus far — and an even more jarring 2019 ahead — Zamaera’s current mood is focusing on her mind, body, and soul. With an endorsement deal with Nike Malaysia, her project, and (if it all pans out the right way) a tour, you can hardly blame her for cherishing a little downtime.

“Follow me on my social media,” she says as our interview draws to a close, “because I will be announcing something extremely exciting very soon.”

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