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Vestin Brings The Real On His New EP ‘The Reason’

Music can be— and often is — something bigger in the life of its creator. For Florida-based rapper Vestin, it…

Music can be— and often is — something bigger in the life of its creator. For Florida-based rapper Vestin, it was a beacon of hope and a coping mechanism. “I have been put into rehabilitation clinics more times than I can count,” he tells AAHH, “and the only thing that kept me sane inside of those places was the reality that I would be making music once I was discharged.”

With mental health and suicide being hot-button topics right now — which is a good thing — artists like Vestin are increasingly crucial voices. He’s not spinning stories, he’s sharing pieces of his life.

“I feel as though my music can be used to help those who feel like me … those who feel like everything is grey and that nothing matters anymore,” he explains. “I want to help people who have suicidal thoughts and/or are walking down a road of self destruction so that they know that there’s someone else out there who understands.”

As lewd and raw as his music can be, it’s him baring his soul, which he does with. No intentions of commercial viability. He hopes, at the end of the day, that he can — at the very least — help just one kid. “I will feel as though I have contributed something to the world that cannot be measured by financial status or compared to the oddity of fame.”

His new EP, The Reason, sees him rocking dreamy — at times lo-fi — sound-beds with a steady, reverb heavy, flow. Songs like “Apathetic Apetite” see him exploring this relatable grey area that many of today’s youth aimlessly wander.

“I hope that if you do not enjoy my music, that it will find its way to someone that does,” he says.

Check out The Reason, below.

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Luckydabo$$: Making The World Better One Bar At A Timep

Hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bilingual rapper Luckydabo$$ is reveling in the acclaim of his 2018 LP The Me$$age. Unlike…

Hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bilingual rapper Luckydabo$$ is reveling in the acclaim of his 2018 LP The Me$$age. Unlike a lot of MCs currently trying to surf the wave of popular Hip Hop movements, he is marching against the grain with a much-needed message of positivity for today’s listeners.

It’s a positivity that transcends his music. With a varied background that includes a certified Architect, Real Estate agent, an engineering technician — among other hats, such as the being the founder of an NGO called Action for the third world — it’s clear he’s on a mission to make the world a better place.

“Music heals souls and I will heal as many souls as possible with my music,” Luckydabo$$ says via his website. “That’s why I chose to bless people lyrically in both French and English … I hope to reach a large audience worldwide.

“I bless the POWER for allowing me to share this ability with the world.”

Check out his latest single, “Awakeness,” below.

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“Play To Win” Is A Celebration Of Getting Over And Going For The W

A new EP that landed on our desk this week is Play To Win by Dre Steelo. Hailing from Michigan,…

A new EP that landed on our desk this week is Play To Win by Dre Steelo. Hailing from Michigan, Dre dives head first into a sea of familiar soundscapes but manages to distinguish himself sticking to not only a decree of keeping it real with those that matter most but also an endearing level motivation to rise above, layered over a humble base of blessings that he is more than aware of.

Sitting at 6 tracks, the album’s production is tightly curated, keeping the vibe consistent — but varied enough so that there isn’t time to get bored at all. The project starts off strong with the salute to his team “Don’t Matter” produced by Aham — who produced “I Can Tell” from his 2018 effort Over Tha Top. Here he drops introspective gems like he doesn’t have friends — but rather brothers — and a reminder that he’s from the (bottom) bottom. He follows up with the determination anthem, “Win.”

“I Know,” with its hard drums and dope muffled looped up sample has a more reflective aesthetic about it, as he gives everything he overcame before putting it all into the bars. “Let em knwo you human,” he says on the chorus, referencing the track’s slightly more personal touch.

The album project ends off with the massive “Miracles,” which caps off what stands as a strong collection of tracks to add to his already impressive catalog. Winning by adding personality and unique perspective to an already surfable wave, he manages to command attention without fading into the baseline. He has come a long way, and in many ways, Play To Win is a reflection of that, as he sorts out trust issues, comes to terms with truths, and does his best to get where he wants to ultimately be.

Check out Dre Steelo’s Play To Win, below.

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J. Irja The Sexy Psycho Preps Her Debut EP Featuring Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip & More

Respect the hustle.

Came across a Canadian-born MC named J. Irja The Sexy Psycho that is putting in some significant grind time — and it’s starting to pay off. A hustler and all around a business-minded individual, her music isn’t just a white girl throwing words together trying to be down, it’s all shit she’s experienced first hand; delivered with rapid-fire bars that are impressive as hell.

She’s been through some real shit, like having to recover from two serious head injuries and living through a relationship with an abusive ex-manager.

Endearingly, though, she’s kept her career moving with her head high — forming a non-profit foundation (comprised entirely of women) called the “Female Empowerment Movement Militia” in honor of her daughter. Its ultimate mission is to uplift and motivate women to succeed and smash ceiling, shatter sexual inequality once and for all.

“I’ve been grinding for years and am finally starting to gain traction,” she tells AAHH excitedly. This grind is well-documented on her You-Tube, as she hits shows alongside acts like Stevie Stoned and Rittz and puts in serious groundwork during SXSW.

 

 
All of her hard work will come to a pinnacle though when she drops her debut album The Sexy Psycho EP vol 1 at the end of the month (January 31). With features from platinum-selling artists like the grill king Paul Wall, one-time Timbaland collaborator Bubba Sparxxx, Twista, and H-Town legend Lil’ Flip — among others — she’s aiming to finally take her career where she’s always envisioned it going, the top.

So if you’re keeping track, she’s touring with artists affiliated with Strange Music, earning stage time and going hand to hand at SXSW building her fan base, and has a foundation that is elevating women and helping create a more leveled playing field with the industry and in society at large. That’s a lot to hang your hat on — and her debut is the icing on the cake.

She has hella video content in her back catalog, but give her a spin. Respect the hustle.
Early.

 

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GentleBeatz Drops The Perfect Soundtrack For Your Weekend

Mozambique-based producer GentleBeatz is helping ease us into the weekend with his eclectic instrumental LP Soul City. Recorded following his…

Mozambique-based producer GentleBeatz is helping ease us into the weekend with his eclectic instrumental LP Soul City. Recorded following his return home from college after 4-years, he himself describes the sonic journey as different from his usual vibe. “[The beats] are a bit more complex,” he explains via SoundCloud. “I tried to fuse lo-fi hip hop, jazz, funk and a bit of alternative rock.”

Blanketed in the warm embrace of dusty vinyl pops, the title-track, which caps off the eight-song project, stands one of its brighter moments — from a sonically emotional standpoint. From top to bottom, the project is a musical ascent from a broken heart to all the way over it, with a lot of personal growth in between.

If you’re a fan of instrumental projects, definitely load up this new GentleBeatz joint, it’s a great listen.

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