New Release from Bas "Too High To Riot" On Dreamville / Interscope




Rapper Bas releases his second studio album — Too High to Riot — today via Dreamville / Interscope Records.

Recorded in London, Los Angeles, and New York, Too High To Riot features guests J. ColeCozz and The Hics and production by Ron GilmoreCedric BrownOgee Handz + DikCSoundwavveCam O’biSubdaio, and The Hics. First single “Housewives” and “Night Job” (featuring J. Cole) also appear on Dreamville’s compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers 2, released in December 2015. Both tracks have each racked up over four million Spotify plays.

Too High to Riot finds Bas sharing personal stories from his life on tracks like “Live For” (about losing an aunt to cancer) and “Methylone.” “The purpose of this album was for me to try to peel back layers and be more honest in my songwriting, and be more confident about the things that are in my head, and express those to people who felt that same way and can relate,“ he toldVIBE at a listening session for the album in February.




VIBE said of the album: “Bas’ music has always been a mix of fire-bars, ’80s baby jewels, and just a touch of that ignorant shit. Despite Bas’ rugged dress code, he doesn’t come off as thugged-out as a Chief Keef or Migos — or a squeaky clean college boy either. Nevertheless, you get the feeling that Bas has definitely seen his fair share of the trife life. On Too High To Riot, he aims to bare himself and share some of the knowledge that he’s gained since Dreamville Records made it to the big leagues.”

The son of Sudanese parents, Bas (born Abbas Hamad) was raised in Paris until the age of eight, when his family moved to Jamaica, Queens. He began rapping on a lark in 2010 and eventually linked up with J. Cole, who served as a mentor and brought him out on tour. Bas raised his profile with the mixtapes Quarter Water Raised Me and Quarter Water Raised Me IIand eventually signed to Cole’s Interscope imprint Dreamville. In 2014, Bas released his debut album Last Winter, which featured appearances from Cole, Mack Wilds, and K-Quick. The album also showed Bas’ versatility as a storyteller over the course of such tracks as “My Nigga Just Made Bail,” “New World Order (N.W.O.),” and the comedic “Mook in New Mexico.”

Don’t miss Bas performing at the Mass Appeal showcase at this year’s SXSW on March 17th.

KJ Golden "Melanin feat. Alora Chyrie" (Pro. GRZ)



New Compilation Album: The Fire Next Time


The Fire Next Time is an original concept compilation album on police brutality.  This project focuses on the topic of police brutality and abuse of power giving historic context of the role of race in America by James Baldwin.  This compilation was curated, produced and promoted by Ronin of RA and released on March 3, 2016, 25 years after the beating of Rodney King. 


Video: "Interlude" - Willie Waze

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Versatile Blues/R&B/Soul Artist Jackie Venson Releases "Now"




Singer/Songwriter Jackie Venson releases single "Now" featuring rapper KJ Hines, second single from her debut full length album, The Light in Me, complete with nine tracks that show her versatility in songwriting. “Now” is a perfect example of Venson’s several styles that can be heard from her album. Its deep and steady instrumentals accompany her powerful voice. Starting with a slow and steady rhythmic funk, it gradually leads up to the rap break. The lyrics convey deep meaning about trying to ignore the concept of time and focusing on the present as Jackie sings in the chorus:


I don’t want to be in any time or place but now
Time leaves us behind so many people are afraid
Get lost inside of me I’ll take you to a higher place
There’s only now
The album brings listeners a taste of upbeat groovy tracks wrapped around a loose and bluesy rhythm. Venson gathers her influences from renowned artists such as Kim Burrell, Buddy Guy, and Amy Winehouse and more. Her album showcases songs that all show her skills as a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist. The album marks the successful launch of a very promising musical career.

Jackie just won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase contest beating out thousands of submissions to perform at the Belk Fashion Lounge at the nationwide tour dates of Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and James Taylor. This comes on the heels of performances in LA and SXSW.

BestFan recently called Venson a “real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing” and this is all the more apparent considering her hard work in the studio, on the stage and with her “Truth In Music” sessions on YouTube. Initiated in February 2013, the sessions feature Venson’s original R&B and soul compositions and guitar virtuosity as well as a few covers, including a stunning blues-soaked rendition of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”

Video: "Pray" - UNOIT

Artist UNOIT out of Richmond,Va releases his latst visual titled "Pray" he belongs to a production company named TRG
Artist UNOIT out of Richmond,Va releases his latest visual titled "Pray" he belongs to a production company named TRGG.


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