Multi-Talented Artist JT Amar brings it all to the industry – GMR, New Music, and Opportunities
JT Amar is an independent all-around music industry perspective located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his fast flow and punchlines but mostly for hosting showcases and events every Friday in the heart of Atlanta.
JT Amarr owns Great Material Records Entertainment-an independent record label-where talents are exposed. Additionally, this is where he brands his music and is referred to as “The Uprising.” G.M.R. Entertainment is comprised of members such as the Lead Booking Manager (Leo Milcom), C.E.O. (Ghost), and the Lead Producer/Sound Engineer (Duey). JT Amar’s accomplishments include a radio contract with “Hype 100” and working with his mentor Yung EgoWorld of Ego World Promotions. Be sure to connect with JT and his movement on social media and digital music platforms.
East Coast Lyricist Pat Phinney teams up with Emilio Rojas to deliver his latest single “With That”
Pat Phinney is a young and up-coming emcee from the suburban Boston area in Massachusetts. Starting off the new year of 2021, Pat Phinney works with Emilio Rojas to deliver the single “With That” which emphasizes the lyrical ability of what the East Coast native is capable of. With an old school flow mixed into the new age sound, he brings a lot to the table with his extraordinary vocabulary and plays on puns.
Making music for well over a decade now, he steps into the game with a few notable collaborations. During this time, Connecticut native D. Lector and Phinney create a four-track EP titled “The Isolation Ep” which includes songs like “The Underground” and “Medicine.” Since then, he constructs his debut studio album titled “Phinney’s Town.” The thirteen-track album tells its own story and brings such emotion to its listeners.
The dominant-featured emcee, Pat Phinney routinely delivers new music at a professional level and is the global artist to keep an eye on. The hip-hop artist has consistently dropped new material from late 2019 to early 2020 with artists like Dwell Tha Fantum, Enels, and Critikal. Additionally, he has been recognized and featured on several media platforms including thisis50.com. Also, he links up with the legendary East Coast rapper/producer Apathy for the track “You Should Know.”
Pat Phinney continues to prove that he will become a staple in hip-hop from here on out. With no signs of slowing down, 2021 will lead with Pat’s second studio album and numerous featured singles. To remain informed, be sure to connect on social media and digital music platforms.
Milwaukee native, King Savy gives us a sneak peep of what’s ahead in 2021
King Savy, the independent rapper from Milwaukee is back in the spotlight. Recently, he just dropped his project titled “Real Recognize Real” which is gaining lots of attention on most social media sites such as Instagram and other music platforms. In 2016, King Savy made his debut with his single “Get Turnt.” This time around, he is staying more consistent while working with many other artists in the music business.
King Savy is making major moves that will put him one step closer to breaking the barrier of the underground scene and into the mainstream era with his magnificent voice and his style of rapping. In November of 2019, he delivered a classic rap number titled “Dance the Night Away.” The single was taken from the awaited tape “American Dream”, which meshes dance and tropical nuances.
In the near future, King Savy will be dropping his first album titled “Remember Me.” “This album will be one of my best and most memorable project to date. It’s going to include turn-up music with a little bit of storytelling about what’s going on with the world including what been going with me,” says King Savy. Be sure to stay in tune for more music by connecting with this artist on social media platforms and digital music platforms.
East Coast Creatives Ice Grill and DJ M80 collab on a New Project featuring ToneyBoi, Curtis Coke, and Black Sinatra
Ice Grill and DJ M80 reunite to bring you the first single off of the anticipated “BlackChalk 3” Album. The track titled “In Your Voice” features a bridge of artists from Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Toney Boi(Buffalo Ny), Curtis Coke(formerly L.I of Rochester, NY), and Black Sinatra(Rochester, NY) assist Ice Grill with sparring 16’s-back to back- over a DJ M80 beat that is reminiscent of Beanie Sigel’s” Feel It In The Air.” Check out the track below and look out for the new “Black Chalk 3” album by Ice Grill and DJ M80 releases in the Summer of 2021. Be sure to connect on social media and digital music platforms.
Nenjah Nycist returns to the arena with “Eastern Conference Champions.” After last month’s release – “I Love Reign,” Nenjah joins forces with producer Sum Total to release a 7- track album available on all streaming platforms. After recently losing his mother, Nenjah explores pain, growth and wisdom heavily assisted by Sum’s dusty samples, jazzy loops and head banging drums.
Facilitating the theme of being a champion (hence various sound bytes from Lebron James throughout the project), Nenjah tackles the sometimes ugly side of being a champion. Lines such as, “…but that’s cool I ain’t controlled by fear, no/ if I blacked on you it’s ‘cause I care bro,” exemplify the hunger of wanting one’s team to be great. With the only two features (rapper Rula Z, R&B recording artist Destinyy Nicole) being on the same track (“Returning”), Nenjah and Sum’s chemistry is built on the “less is more” mantra – from lyrics to production. Just in time for basketball season, “Eastern Conference Champions,” is the soundtrack for those who are still going strong even after enduring a tumultuous year.
Rexx Life Raj Kicks Off 2021 With “Bad Bad Bad” Video
Rapper Rexx Life Raj kicks off the year with a new video for California Poppy 2 EP standout track “Bad Bad Bad.” The video showcases Raj’s lively and exuberant personality and sees the Pigeons and Planes Best New Artist in a hazmat suit playing a three on three basketball game, walking around his hometown, the Bay Area, and having a picnic in the park.
“Bad Bad Bad” also has the honor of being a part of ESPNmusic (@espnmusic) and the NBA on ESPN’s (@nbaonespn) featured commercial soundtrack. The song will be featured prominently throughout all NBA programming on ESPN and ABC, along with flagship shows Sportscenter and First Take.
California Poppy 2 saw Raj offering thoughtful commentary on what it means to be a Black man in America with his masterful flow and slick wordplay. Raj transitions from hilarious anecdotes and clever bullshit to heartfelt gems about relationships, and self-reﬂection, often making him both teacher and class clown on the same record. Produced by Kyle Betty (Raj’s in house producer) and ReeceBeats (G-Eazy, Kehlani) and mixed by Alex Tumay (Young Thug, Travis Scott), California Poppy 2 also featured industry luminaries like Juvenile and British rapper Kojey Radical.
Other singles from California Poppy 2 include “Freak” ft. Juvenile (an NPR Music Staff Top Pick), “State of Mind” (“sunny single” – Uproxx), “Tesla in a Pandemic” (“introspective instrumental that sounds as smooth as the Tesla” – Hot New Hip Hop) and “Canvas” (“will untether you from the day-to-day realities” – KUTX).
Nigerian-American sister duo VanJess announce their new EP ‘Homegrown.’ Slated for release on Keep Cool/RCA Records on January 29, the nine-song collection is the official follow up to their 2018 debut album ‘Silk Canvas,’ which Pitchfork called “a captivating fusion of 1990s R&B with contemporary electronic touches.”
‘Homegrown’ hosts a robust group of collaborators, including Grammy-nominated producer KAYTRANADA, neo-soul group Phony PPL and Pomo, whose producer credits include Mac Miller’s ‘Swimming,’ Anderson Paak’s ‘Ventura’ and HONNE’s ‘No Song Without You.’ As a whole, VanJess continues along their upward trajectory on ‘Homegrown,” creating a cohesive, well-rounded project that reaches new sonic heights elevated by remarkable visuals.
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Out today is VanJess’ new single “Curious.” The song lays out a diverting game of cat and mouse, as the ladies’ sultry “come hither” verses play off Jimi Tents and Garren’s accounts of passion and chemistry. Together, the vocal talents of each act ricochet off a bouncing beat produced by Jay Kurzweil (GoldLink, SZA).
In addition to “Curious,” singles like “Come Over,” “Slow Down” and “High & Dry” give a promising glimpse at what’s to come with ‘Homegrown.’ With a driving bass and drums that could soundtrack any bedroom disco, “Come Over” showcases VanJess’ perfected harmonies. Meanwhile, “High & Dry,” which LADYGUNN describes as a “sensual and laid-back vibe with intoxicating backing beats,” is a sensual invitation of a song, buoyed by VanJess’ stylish vocals and cheeky wordplay.
At the end of 2020, the ladies released a live rendition of “Slow Down” as a part of the eponymous “Homegrown Sessions,” which has also produced live versions of “Come Over” and “High & Dry.” Surrounded by clouds and looking as angelic as ever, VanJess takes viewers to heaven on “Slow Down” live. The song itself is a sweet, slow jam with swirls of R&B grooves and simmering undertones. VanJess’ on-point harmonies are accentuated by a brassy saxophone line and romantic production from Snakehips & Jonah Christian.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is a hip-hop icon, accomplished actor and successful restaurateur who is passionate about food – but he knows he “can’t cook a lick.” In the one-hour discovery+ special Luda Can’t Cook, from record breaking producer Will Packer, Ludacris gets schooled in the kitchen by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Meherwan Irani to up his culinary game with international flavors and techniques. Indian cuisine is one of Luda’s favorites and Chef Irani gives him a master class in the foundations, from layering spices to frying and braising and making curry. Then in a test of his newly acquired culinary skills, he cooks and serves a menu of Indian dishes Ludacris-style to a room of VIPS, including his mom Roberta. Luda Can’t Cook begins streaming on Thursday, February 25th, exclusively on discovery+. The series is produced for discovery+ by executive producers Packer and Kelly Smith from Will Packer Media and Matt Kelly and Mike Sorenson from Anomaly Entertainment.
“I absolutely love food and have always appreciated the art of cooking, but I can’t lie – I have no idea what I’m doing in the kitchen,” said Ludacris. “I’m on a mission to change that and master one cuisine at a time – it’s going to be delicious.”
“The juxtaposition of a uniquely talented mega star like Luda against a backdrop that he has no real knowledge or skill set in makes for some highly entertaining shenanigans!” said Will Packer.
The career of the multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide. With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. His versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting, including the starring role of “Tej” in the box office phenomenon Fast & Furious franchise. A consummate businessman, Ludacris is also enjoying success outside of entertainment. He is a restaurateur and owns Chicken-n-Beer in Atlanta and his philanthropic endeavors include the educational platform Kid Nation and The Ludacris Foundation, which focuses on helping youth in his hometown Atlanta.
Viewers can follow #LudaCantCook for exclusive sneak peeks of Ludacris’ journey into the kitchen. Fans wanting more can visit DiscoveryPlus.com and follow along on social for more about the show.
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Artists including Krept & Konan, Ms. Banks and D Double share their experiences in this empowering new series
E4 is to present a new short form animated series, aimed at teenagers, that sees some of the UK’s leading MC’s, rappers and lyricists talk openly about mental health and the things that have impacted them, from grief and body image to trauma. The series will also reimagine science-based mindfulness techniques to help young people improve their wellbeing.
Across the five episode series produced by Mother’s Best Child & TOAD, viewers will be taken on an absorbing visual journey where they’ll be offered tips and methods to help cope with their mental health struggles, all backed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation.
All episodes will drop on the 18th January and will be available to watch for free on All 4, Channel 4’s on demand streaming service.
Rap Therapy is supported by the government funded Young Audiences Content Fund which is managed by the BFI and supports the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for audiences up to the age of 18.
Episode 1: Trauma Rap star Konan talks candidly about the violent loss of his step-father and how he has coped with the trauma that has come from it.
Episode 2: Mindful Breathing Singer Ray BLK uses her soothing voice to guide you through a mindful breathing exercise, designed to help ease feelings of anxiety and stress.
Episode 3: Grief Rapper Krept opens up about losing his cousin, and fellow rapper, Cadet in a car crash, and how he has tried to process the grief.
Episode 4: Body Image Rapper and singer Ms. Banks focuses on body image by taking us back to her school days where she was the tallest in her class. She explains that practicing positive affirmations and self-love have helped her to be comfortable with who she is.
Episode 5: Sleep Bad habits before bed can often be the reason that we don’t get the sleep we need. In this episode, legendary Grime star, D Double uses his distinctive flow to guide us off into the land of nod.
Greatest Hits Radio is launching a new 3-part music series called ‘Soul Food Songs’, guest presented by British Soul legend Mica Paris MBE
Greatest Hits Radio will aim to banish the January blues as it celebrates the songs that lift our spirits the most. Exploring what makes an uplifting Soul anthem and how music helps our physical and mental health, the series will culminate in a Top 200 Countdown of the Greatest Soul Food Songs, as voted for by listeners. Alongside Mica, contributors including Tony Hadley, Dr Amir Khan, Jaki Graham, Omar, Paul McKenna and Ainsley Harriott will also take part in the series which airs from Wednesday 13th January at 7pm, with weekly repeats Sundays at 9pm.
Mica Paris whose new album ‘Gospel’ is out now said about the series, “In tough times like these, we’re all looking for something to change our mood for the better. Join me and a few friends as we share some of the most uplifting musical masterpieces to feed your soul and get us through the month ahead.”
Andy Ashton, Network Content Director for Greatest Hits Radio said “As the home of the ‘Good Times’, our listeners know that in a January like no other, they can still find a place to feel uplifted. Playing some of most joyous songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s, we can’t wait for Mica to join the Greatest Hits Radio line-up this month and share her ultimate positivity playlist”.
The series has been produced by Want Some Media. Senior Producer Dave Vitty said “We’re delighted to be working with Greatest Hits Radio again and can’t wait to get these shows with Mica Paris on the air. With another lockdown underway and a challenging few weeks and months ahead, a bit of feel good positivity from Mica mixed with an absolutely knock out soundtrack, is exactly what we all need to soothe our mind, body and soul.”
Greatest Hits Radio welcomed Jenny Powell and Debbie Mac to the station line-up this month, joining a brilliant roster of presenters including Simon Mayo, Mark Goodier, Janice Long, Paul Gambaccini and Pat Sharp. Providing a playlist of the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Greatest Hits Radio is now available in even more areas of the country than before. Watch the TV ad here.
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