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Solemn – “Hometown”

If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
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Colorado Skies – “Motion”

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Filip Filipi (@FilipFilipi) – “Kosovka/Nine Roses”

Recently Canadian rapper Filip Filipi dropped his mixtape hosted by Gucci Mane titled, Nine Roses. The project coincides with the…

Recently Canadian rapper Filip Filipi dropped his mixtape hosted by Gucci Mane titled, Nine Roses. The project coincides with the unveiling of his elaborate plans to build a high tech basketball court in Akron, Ohio, the home of LeBron James. The futuristic backtop is dedicated to Filipi’s former manager Kiza, their shared heritage, love for music and basketball.

“I grew up on basketball culture, I’m obsessed with basketball. If you ask me, ‘Who was the 12th man on the Celtics in 2004?’ I can tell you – I love basketball trivia. So the court was inspired by my former manager who passed away two years ago at the age of 33. It was very important for me to do something with a humanitarian aspect of my music and we decided on the proceeds of the music, the merch and with some donations, we were going to make the most high tech basketball court. It has Wifi, it has eco-friendly paint, it has solar-powered benches that have wi-fi and everything you would want. But it has an important political message that speaks on the media manipulation using motifs of Serbian art that show the area where we are from. I can’t wait to get started on it. I don’t care if I get 10 billion streams or 10 million or 10 hundred. The fact that people would come play here and contribute to the court in any way – I’m proud. It’s something for the community.”

While Filip Filipi is still building his buzz, he has been working on the craft of Hip-Hop for over a decade and has had his music placed on major nationwide television shows after his Sizzerb mixtape garnered widespread attention.

“In middle school around 10th grade, me and my friend were freestyling in class and we started recording on his computer mic at his parents’ house when we were like 15,” Filip Filipi said. “Back then, my thing was basketball, by the time I got to college I played a little bit of ball, and then I began to focus on rap. People were saying I could spit, so a few months after I started, DJ Vlad hosted my tape, and it sold like 11k physical copies. For me it was a really big deal because I’m from a small town in Canada and people were buying it in New York.”

Following up with a few more mixtapes, Filip Filipi found commercial success with his single “Boom” on the show So You Think You Can Dance. Stepping away from his more conceptual 90’s style, Filip Filipi was estranged from the rap he knew and he felt his story was becoming distorted.

“When I was coming up the sound was Dipset and that soul sample style on the beat, and every beat had the set of samples. We used to sample old Balkan and Serbian samples and really kind of made that the trademark of our production. There was a time when I started to not like the direction that Hip-Hop was taking toward Techno and EDM. To this day I listen to Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Lauren Hill, Bob Marley, The Fugees and that’s my gold standard of Hip-Hop and music. Like all the tracks remixed with the Backstreet Boys and other boy bands, that’s not Hip-Hop to me.”

Choosing to step away to focus on humanitarian work, Filip Filipi, recalls going on a hiatus from music after he felt local artists were attacking Drake on a chat group.

“I just had to step away and focus on humanitarian work. I’m from Canada, and I turned away from rap music in Canada at the worst time. Toronto was a black hole for music for a time and then Drake hit. He had been coming up with his Degrassi following but he just blew up and at that point it wasn’t really cool to blend Degrassi and rap. At one point, I remember on MSN messenger when everyone was dissing Drake and they started picking on him like a cybergang for like 30 minutes. At that time, my home country was going through a really rough time, so I was already thinking about trying to use my music to do something there. I guess that convo was the straw, because it made me focus completely on the humanitarian stuff, the organization, UN, all that. So I just exited that MSN convo and then The Weeknd, Drake and a whole bunch of other rappers broke big a month later.”

Now back for more Filip Filipi is merging the worlds of basketball and Hip-Hop in memory of his former manager. He hopes music, art and basketball will come together on the court in Akron to provide refuge for other young kids, like they had for him.

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Luh Dino (@LuhDino) – Up4Life 2.0

Recently Atlanta bred rapper Luh Dino released his highly anticipated project Up4Life 2.0.  The young upstart, who is an alumnus of Atlanta’s renowned Westlake…

Recently Atlanta bred rapper Luh Dino released his highly anticipated project Up4Life 2.0.  The young upstart, who is an alumnus of Atlanta’s renowned Westlake High School, has quickly developed a viral following in Atlanta and the surrounding areas while remaining independent. 

With COVID-19 taking over, Luh Dino hasn’t been on tour lately, but that hasn’t stopped him connecting with the fans via music videos and social media to keep them entertained.

The step back from touring is a change of pace for Luh Dino, who prior to COVID-19 performed at the Streetz 94.5 show, joined a college tour with Toosii, Jackboy and Bankroll Freddy and opened up at spot dates for Megan thee Stallion, Yo Gotti, YFN Lucci, 2Chainz, Moneybagg Yo, Skooly, Trouble, Boosie and LightSkinKeisha. All of that in just a short two year career, but Luh Dino knows he can’t stop now.

“I’m rocking out the rest of the Summer, I’m just dropping music. July 3rd I’m dropping my album called, Up4Life 2.0.. Then I’m gonna just keep shooting videos for the project and make sure I keep the fans entertained. When this album drops I’m gonna go hard. The fans know that it’s coming, I warmed them up with it a few weeks ago on IG,” Luh Dino said. “The first single was called Ratchet Named Mimi that dropped in February, then I dropped My Heart, then Trapstar, then Dolce and True Colors. So I’m staying busy with COVID and everything going on,” Luh Dino said. 

Releasing music video after music video, Luh Dino hits fans with well thought out visuals that bring the listener into his world. 

“With my music videos I try to paint a picture of the song’s story. I want people to watch the video a few times and take something from it. Like with Tru Story, it’s telling a story of a guy in poverty and his big homie got killed and years later he runs into the guys that killed his big homie. He questions whether or not he should kill them and he’s got the guilty and innocent conscience.  Sometimes I just shoot the video on the fly and we don’t plan anything but we’ve gotten a great response from the videos and I feel blessed to get that kind of response.”

Continuing to work on his craft after picking up the ability to rhyme with some friends in the studio, Luh Dino is a self-sufficient artist who has the ability to record, engineer, mix and master his own music without any one’s help. 

“I started making music like two years ago in 2018 with this song called “Movin”. My friend had been inviting me to the studio, and the way he was saying something, I didn’t like the way he was saying so I rapped it and everyone that was in the studio liked it and thought I had a good voice. That night I got home, I wrote a song and was just singing the melody and recorded it later that week. I was so anxious to release the music and I just dropped it with my friends and it did like 20k in a week on Soundcloud. I made the song in March and released it around Spring Break.

From there Luh Dino began recording more music and while taking a trip to New York, the Mecca of Hip-Hop, where he spent several weeks in the studio recording over a dozen songs. 

“I was in New York for like two weeks, visiting my dad and after we met a guy that ran a studio at a party, I kept recording and I made like 24 songs. I was locked in the studio. I never wanted to be a rapper, I never decided I was a rapper. I made a logo for the brand but that was just for me, it wasn’t for music.  Then I just started sending music out to people and when I went back to school in August the whole school knew the song at a Pep Rally. From there I just started releasing more and more music and it’s been going up from there.”

Spending the past few years in the studio Luh Dino prides himself on being self-sufficient outside of help from his Aunt, Lady B, who already has guided the development of several artists that eventually signed major deals. 

“I make my own music, when I tell executives that they understand I can do it all. I can mix, master, record and engineer myself without help. I like going to the studios, but after my auntie started spending a lot of money on me for studio time and all that, we realized we were spending way too much time and money in the studio at Patchwork. So we had to build our own studio, she bought the equipment and I learned everything on my own. I’ve never had a coach, the only one I had help from was from Lady B. My aunt, we don’t even tell people that much but she’s my blood auntie, my manager and she helps me with everything. That’s my momma’s twin sister so I know her intentions are good,” Luh Dino said.   “It’s my job to make sure we outta here. I ain’t even really rapping for myself. I’m rapping for my momma, my auntie, I’m rapping to open up doors for my whole family, my sister with her hair company. I’m rapping for everybody but myself.”

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June Popi – Mayday (LP)

Oklahoma recording artist June Popi has spent the majority of 2020 developing an irresistible buzz for himself with breakout hits…

Oklahoma recording artist June Popi has spent the majority of 2020 developing an irresistible buzz for himself with breakout hits like “Dirty Birds” and “Calvin Klein.” And with a couple of hits and accrued following, the new sensation makes his formal introduction in the strong debut album, titled, Mayday. In the debut, Popi answers all the proposed questions from critics. Dedicated, he cements his arrival and become the breakout star he self-proclaimed to be in previous songs.

Impressive. Alongside the hit singles, the 26-minute debut includes, 10 new songs with breakout cuts “Round Here,” “SKR SKR” and “90s Baby.” Apart of the new school of Dirty South artists, June Popi displays charisma, grit and excitement in every verse he raps. Mayday makes June Popi a big draw in the current landscape and while trending, he will ascend to be one of the most sought-after prospects in the majors. Available on 5150, the debut is the perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan. Stream it here and follow June Popi on Instagram.

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