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New Music Released This Week (Oct 23 – Oct 27):

1. Chris Brown ft. Davido & Lojay – Sensational

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Grammy winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown shares his new track and video “Sensational” featuring Davido and Lojay out now via RCA Records. The track comes alongside a child.-directed visual that highlights those signature Chris Brown dance moves and specials effects. Brown has announced his new album 11:11 that is set to be released November 11th via RCA Records.

This release follows Chris Brown’s summer release, “Summer Too Hot” – click here to listen / click here to watch. Directed by Christian Breslauer, the video showcases dancers from all of Brown’s past eras in a vibrant, playful way that asserts that love rules all. It is an ode to a passionate summer in Los Angeles where he is continuing to level up and find his groove, while also acknowledging the people who have led him to where he is. 

Brown released his Grammy nominated BREEZY (Deluxe)album in July 2022 (click here to listen) and the alternative BREEZY – It’s Giving Christmas version in November 2022 (click here to listen). The  deluxe version added Anderson .Paak and Davido to the already star-studded list of features from major artists that included H.E.R., Jack Harlow, Bryson Tiller and more. Throughout his career, Brown has continued to break records – even his own – and received a plethora of accolades. Chris Brown currently stands as the R&B singer with the most Hot 100 entries in Billboard history to-date.

Over the past three years alone, he’s garnered nominations and wins from multiple award shows. “Go Crazy” won three Soul Train Awards in 2020 for Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Dance Performance and garnered seven more nominations in 2021. He was also nominated for seven Billboard Music Awards, including Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Song (“Go Crazy”), four BET Awards including Video of the Year (“Go Crazy”) and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, two BET Hip-Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Go Crazy”) and Best Duo or Group, and two MTV Video Music Awards for Best R&B Song (for two songs – “Go Crazy” and “Come Through” with H.E.R.). Chris recently won Favorite Male R&B Artist at the 2022 American Music Awards and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist at the 2022 Soul Train Awards. This year he’s been nominated for 4 BET Awards for Album of the Year, Best Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Call Me Every Day” feat. Wizkid) and Video of the Year (“WE (Warm Embrace)”) and is currently nominated for an MTV VMA nomination (“Best R&B” with Chlöe).

2. serpentwithfeet ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Damn Gloves


The Grammy-nominated groundbreaking alternative R&B artist serpentwithfeet announces the release of his highly anticipated new album, GRIP, is set for February 16th via Secretly Canadian. In celebration, he shares his insatiable new single “Damn Gloves” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and South African artist, Yanga YaYa, along with an intoxicating companion video. Ushering in a new era for the artist personally and sonically, we see serpent brimming with poise and tenacity in a fully realized form as he unveils his best work to date. 

Venturing into a new sonic realm, “Damn Gloves” reveals the enchanted universe that celebrates and fosters the spirit and magic of Black queer nightlife at the heart of the new GRIP album. The visual directed by Micaiah Carter explores the space that surrounds the deeply intimate moments with a partner and the complex and delightful juxtapositions of physical closeness. Simultaneously, GRIP honors the communities that are nurtured within the walls of these intimate spaces and the monumental impact that they have on the lives of many people on the margins. 

With this explosive return, it’s clearer than ever why serpent, an artist who has long been pushing the boundaries with his art and has come to be revered by the likes of Björk, Moby, Baby Keem, and many more, remains one of music’s most compelling artists today.

The release follows serpent’s explosive debut theatrical run with his critically acclaimed Heart of Brick show that will continue to tour the US until November 1st. The dance theater production chronicles a moving love story within a Black gay club that features a one-of-kind performance by a cast of extraordinary dancers and music from serpent’s GRIP. Heart of Brick was created by serpent, co-written by award winning poet Donte Collins, directed by multimedia artist Wu Tsang, choreographed by dance-theater artist Raja Feather Kelly and produced by The Joyce Theater Foundation. Full dates below. Tickets are available for purchase HERE

3. G6reddot – Z6

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Florida’s very own G6reddot (@g6reddot) is making a name for himself with the release of his latest project Z6. The 6-track EP includes tracks such as “326(get away),” “Mhmmmmmm,” and the beloved fan-favorite, “Hard.” Z6 marks G6reddot’s debut project & he’s ready to show the world what they’ve been missing. With fewer than ten songs in his discography, it’s an outstanding debut. G6 has been able to create an authentic fanbase that is anticipating his every release, he’s not coming to disappoint. Listen to the EP HERE.

Born and raised in the vibrant landscape of South Florida, G6reddot’s music is a reflection of his life and experiences. “Hard,” the EP’s lead single, provides an intimate window into his world, inviting you to explore the depths of his soul. When asked about the essence of his music, G6reddot revealed, “this release is about bringing my fans into the life of G6, giving them an inside scoop about me, and leaving them curious about a lot.”

Additionally, his music is a blend of various influences including heavyweights like Drake, Post Malone, Future, Young Thug, and Kodak Black. He self-describes his sound as “something you haven’t heard before.” In fact, just last month G6 was spotted with Sexyy Red & Kodak Black in a viral IG post that further built anticipation for the EP. What sets G6reddot apart is the authenticity of his fanbase, a passionate community eagerly awaiting each new release.

Not only is G6reddot a talented artist, but he’s an award-winning songwriter too. One of his most notable moments was landing a No. 1 on Billboard for writing Cardi B’s song “Up,” – and it stuck. “My first song I ever contributed to just so happened to go number 1 in the world,” G6 said. “A pretty big moment for anyone.”

G6reddot wants his fans to take away the raw, unfiltered reality of his music. He wants his listeners to understand the struggles and challenges of people in his neighborhood, saying, “When fans listen to my music, I want them to take away the gems I drop about the everyday things people from where I’m from go through – the mental challenges, the street life, and so much that comes with overcoming challenges in the ghetto. Those are the people I make music for.”

4. Tee Grizzley – Robbery 6

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The saga continues today! Multiplatinum Detroit storyteller Tee Grizzley shares his new single and music video “Robbery 6” out now via Grizzley Gang/300 Entertainment. Of course, it picks up where he left off on “Robbery 4” and “Robbery 5,” which adorned his acclaimed 2022 album Chapters of the Trenches. Stream HERE and watch the music video HERE.

Ominous piano sets the tone for the track as tense 808s kicks into high gear. This anxious backdrop complements the intensity of his delivery as he lyrically depicts a pursuit in action, “Damn, I’m surrounded thinking, ‘What the fuck?’” Snapping back to reality out of the haze, he exhales, “I wake up out of breath, it was a motherfucking dream,” only for real life to get even crazier…

Directed by BenMarc, the accompanying visual brings his words to life in an intense play-by-play on-screen. It twists and turns with one unpredictable move after another.

It also lands in the wake of “Grizzley 2Tymes” featuring Finesse2tymes. It has already generated over 1 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to 2.6 million YouTube views on the music video.

Plus, Tee Grizzley just turned up at TwitchCon where he hosted a meet-and-greet. It quickly drew one of the biggest audiences of the day as he posed for photos with fans, autographed badges, and even recorded drops for fans. He connected with a few fans by noticing their tags from his GTA server. He also hung out with massive streamers like Clix—ranked as the world’s #3 Fortnite player and a member of XSet.

“Grizzley 2 Tymes” arrived on the heels of “IDGAF” featuring Chris Brown and Mariah The Scientist. The latter continues to buzz with over 4.1 million Spotify streams, while the music video has tallied 3.4 million views and counting.

5. Marzz – Fake Love


Rising R&B favorite Marzz releases their new single “Fake Love” via Keep Cool/RCA Records. On the meaning behind the song, Marzz says, “it calls out the deception of a relationship. It also reflects a lot about knowing my worth and setting boundaries. It can be a little cocky but it’s ok because it’s a wrap and I’m cool with being myself.

 “Fake Love” follows Marzz’s latest tracks “Switching Sides” feat. Dee Gatti and “In The Morning.” Highlighting their signature silky vocals, these new offerings is just a taste of what’s to come from Marzz. Stay tuned for more new music. 

It’s been a banner two-years for industry trailblazer Marzz as their 2021 debut EP, Love Letterz, solidified their place as a fresh face in the mainstream R&B scene. A captivating introduction to the Louisville starlets classic R&B and gospel influences. Love Letterz (Deluxe) released a year later with four brand-new tracks showcasing Marzz’s stratospheric growth. 

From performing their hit song, “Countless Times,” at the 2021 BET Soul Train Awards to their late-night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Marzz became the artist to watch. Garnering praise from the likes of Billboard who declared, “As for who’s got next on the R&B scene, Marzz can rightfully claim dibs” along with BET who stated,“…Expect lush, perfectly sung R&B…” from Marzz. Last year, they played a run of headline dates in support of Love Letterz and opened for H.E.R. on her North American Tour. 

As an artist who blends their impassioned, choir-born voice with vulnerable lyricism and sultry production, Marzz hopes their music will fuel the listeners imagination to create their own narratives — almost like a magic spell.

6. Baby Tate – Sexploration: The Musical

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Breakout rapper/singer-songwriter/actor Baby Tate releases her wildly ambitious new visual EP, Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical via Warner Records. As the title suggests, the 5-track set is a bold exploration of sexual identity and taboos, relationships, self-confidence, and much more. Bursting with raw lyrics, catchy hooks, and club-friendly production from Justin Tranter and more, the EP is destined to be a crowd-pleaser.

Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical kicked off earlier this year with the frenetic and high-energy single “Jersey,” setting the stage for Tate’s exuberant world of infectious lines and colorful production from Justin Tranter. The EP opens with “Luv Everybody,” a bouncy anthem in which Baby Tate proclaims her pansexuality. She also presents a cast of characters who join her journey of sexual freedom and exploration in the track’s visual. “Ain’t no need to fight about me, I love everybody,” she sings on the addictive chorus.

Continuing the titillating theme of Tate’s stage play is “Lollipop,” which spotlights the hitmaker’s vocal chops as she shows off seductive dance moves in a candy-coated setting. Also included are “Grip” and “Wig,” a piano-centric stomper in which Baby Tate showcases her rapid-fire flow. Throughout the EP, it becomes clear that Baby Tate is laying her beliefs on the line and connecting with fans in a whole new way. The ambitious project follows white-hot collabs with MFS and Tyler Cole — “Bow” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” respectively.

Those tracks were preceded by Baby Tate’s hit reimagining of “Hey Mickey.” Her original version, which first dropped in 2016 before going hyper-viral on TikTok earlier this year, has already amassed more than 100 million cumulative streams. She then followed it up with a remix featuring fellow rapper Saweetie.

The rising artist has been fusing pop, rap, and R&B since the release of her 2015 debut project, ROYGBIV, which she followed with 2019’s acclaimed GIRLS, and 2021’s After the Rain. When Baby Tate isn’t defying genres with her inventive tracks, she’s collaborating with her contemporaries like LAYA on the genre-bending “Sailor Moon 2.0” and JID on the 21 Savage-assisted “Surround Sound” from his The Forever Story album.

Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical elevates the artist and performer, setting the stage for an exciting new chapter of her career.

7. JasonMartin ft. Kaytranada & Tank – Don’t Stop (Baby, Baby) 2222


New name, who dis…  After announcing a name change (from his professional name Problem, to his birth name JasonMartin) with his I Owe Myself album earlier this year, the multi-hyphenate, now known as JasonMartin, has reached great heights as an artist, producer, film director, business owner (Dubbs Coffee Shop in Hollywood), entrepreneur (his Coffee & Kush Brand) and as a fledging actor (he appeared in the White Men Can’t Jump Reboot). 

Since his reinvention, there has been nary a minute of downtime for Jason.  After releasing the A Compton Story film in October (which is available on Tubi), which he starred in, wrote, and directed, JasonMartin is releasing the album(s) companion piece(s) to the film, which will be released in two separate installments. 

The first installment of A Compton Story will be released on November 3rd.  The first installment features guest appearances from Diddy, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q, Hit-Boy, Rich Homie Quan, T.I. & Kaytranada among others. 

JasonMartin released a new single and video for, “Don’t Stop (Baby Baby) 2222” featuring Kaytranada and Tank.  Kaytranada also produced the single.  You can stream and watch the video for “Don’t Stop (Baby Baby) 2222″ below. 

JasonMartin will release the second installment of A Compton Story on November 10th, with guests and producers to be announced.  

The first installment of JasonMartin’s A Compton Story will be released on November 3rd. 

8. Warhol.SS – 3200 VOL 2

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Chicago rapper Warhol, releases his highly anticipated new project 3200 Vol 2, available now on all major streaming platforms. Listen to it here. 

3200 Vol 2 marks the next phase in Warhol’s evolution as an artist. The 3200 saga continues with Vol 2, boasting exciting collaborations with notable artists such as Babyface Ray, Rich the Kid, Dae Money, and more. The new project showcases Warhol’s flawless flow, lyrical prowess, along with exceptional visuals to accompany select singles. In 2017, Warhol surprised the music scene with his 3200 EP, a collection comprising all of his Soundcloud singles. This EP served as a tribute to Larry League’s 3200 project, and Warhol had not foreseen the widespread success it would achieve. Following its release, his music began to gain substantial recognition on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify. 

3200 Vol 2 showcases my evolution as an artist. After six years, I revisited the 3200 series, introducing a brand new artistic direction that I’m excited to share with everyone.” shares Warhol.

9. Toure – My Raf

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Claiming his spot as a formidable HipHop talent, TOURE continues his prolific streak of releasing new content. This week he dropped the music video for “My Raf” from his recent project, Life Of The Party. Watch the music video for “My Raf” – HERE. Stream Life Of The Party – HERE.

Carving out his own lane with his unstoppable momentum, TOURE uses his lyrics to manifest his success. “My Raf” is a standout from his latest project Life Of The Party which has crossed over 2M streams in two weeks. In the music video, TOURE’s melodies hit hard as he croons, “Chasing my goals, I’m getting everything I’m supposed to get. Because I kept going I kept growing, I was supposed to quit.” His elevation is personified as he performs the song from different views in Milan, Italy, planting the seeds of global domination. 

Life Of The Party is an engrossing project that evokes reflection and hard-earned celebration. Checking in at 12 tracks, it is an exhibition for agile rhymes, searing belief and songwriting versatility. TOURE opens with “Lost It All Before,” as he stitches block memories into an emotive soundscape for a map of where he’s been and where he’s going. Skittering across the frenetic percussion and pensive guitar of “My Raff,” he delivers a rumination on success and the isolation that usually comes with it. Then on the focus song “Lifestyle Vicious” featuring Grammy award-winning artist Vory [Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Meek Mill], his vocal tone does gymnastics as he contrasts the experiences of his ruthless past to his rich present and the intersectionality between it all. Other features on the project include Kie, YP Slumpboy, Yung Bleu, and Zoey Dollaz. Check out the full tracklisting below.

About the release, TOURE reflected, “With this project I’m giving you turn-up energy from all the fun I’m having. Instead of using my pain to make a record, I’m using the joy.” He continued to share, “I’m done competing with the artists from my city, I’m trying to compete with the world.” 

Leading up to this project, TOURE took a captivating leap by collaborating with another melodious artist for the very first time on “Room 303” featuring Yung Bleu  [Drake, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz] which was released to much success. Upon arrival, it permeated playlists across all streaming platforms including Most Necessary on Spotify, New In HipHop on Apple Music, Brand New Music on Amazon, Trendsetters HipHop on Pandora, and New East Coast on Tidal, amongst many more. During the chorus, Yung Bleu’s signature vibrato sensually glides over guitar-laden HitKidd production [GloRilla, Megan Thee Stallion, Gloss Up]. TOURE’s charm flows through each verse as he invites his muse back to his hotel room to romantically rekindle their flame.

This marks his third project in 11 months, pushing him to the forefront of the conversation on emerging artists to watch. In a recent interview with Talk Of The Town he shared his insights, “Independent artists, without a fanbase – I want to buy into you, you got to sell yourself. I remember the beginning of Future dropping project after project after project. That shit builds your character. Then you end up with 12 singles that you could go perform that people actually know when you put out a lot of music. When you put out one single, you go on stage, do that one song, and nobody knows the rest of your set.”

TOURE’s recent accomplishments include him being featured in Footlocker and Nike’s Philadelphia campaign celebrating 50 Years Of HipHop. He also shined in an eye-opening freestyle on Bars On I-95 showcasing his expertise with wordplay. Additionally, he achieved a sold-out headline concert at the iconic Theatre of Living Arts presented by DOPE Shows in partnership with Live Nation. Proving himself as a leading force in Philadelphia’s rap culture, he performed for 1.5 hours boasting an impressive catalog and undeniable mainstream appeal. TOURE floated through track after track including “Out West” from World Toure, “A.T.R.N.” from Only 4 The Trenches, “Game Time” from Hood Poetry, “Kisha” from ALL I WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, and closed out the show with “Federal” as the crowd roared. After attending the spectacle, Secret Philadelphia praised, “To not only bring people together like one big melting pot, but to also create that kind of vibe is downright powerful.”

The impact of his previous EP, ALL I WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, was immediate upon release, catapulting to the Top 40 on the Apple Music HipHop Albums Chart. High-profile endorsements poured in from Armani White, James Harden, Meek Mill, Tee Grizzley, Tierra Whack, Wallo267, and more applauding his unique style of storytelling from the trenches. The EP plays out like an audio map that guides you through all of TOURE’s songwriting multitudes. Tracks like “KISHA” exude swagger and confidence, while “AIN’T WANNA LEAVE”  delves into raw emotion, featuring a poignant collaboration with EST Gee. His mastery of entrancing melodies glisten brilliantly over “Can I F*ck Again” as his lyrical prowess create a blueprint for pursuing an ex. Then on “I Got U” he takes inspiration from the cult-classic video game Grand Theft Auto, reflecting on his rich lifestyle with his raps. 

Before this impressive journey, TOURE had already released a series of compelling bodies of work, including Hood Poetry (2022), Only 4 The Trenches (2021), and World Toure (2018).  Stay tuned to TOURE’s remarkable growth as an artist as his presence continues to expand, solidifying his status as a formidable talent to watch. 

10. Justin Garner – Milestone

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R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Justin Garner releases his new EP ‘Milestone.’The EP will feature his lead single ‘Oceans’, which showcases his smooth vocals and catchy melodies over a groovy beat. The EP includes six tracks that blend the elements of R&B and Pop tones, such as ‘Main Character Energy’,‘Wildflower Part Deux’, and ‘Love Song to Myself’.
Justin Garner named his EP ‘Milestone’ because he finally feels as though he has reached the level of becoming who he was always meant to be. “Musically, it’s the most honest I’ve ever been in terms of creating what I truly wanted to create. In the past, it was suggested that I live within a certain genre and appeal to a specific area. This time, I took ownership of my art and created for ‘myself’ first. A milestone is defined as an action or event marking
a significant change or stage in development. I feel this is the perfect definition to this musical moment in my life.”
One of the standout tracks on the EP is ‘Main Character Energy’, which Justin Garner describes as a personal anthem for everyone. “ There are days when you feel as though you are the ‘Main’ character and the only person doing life at times. I wanted this song to be upbeat, fun, bold, and braggadocious because we need this type of energy in our lives every now and then.”
Another highlight on the EP is ‘Wildflower Part Deux’, which is a reimagined version of his 2014 song ‘Wildflower’. Justin Garner explains how his music has evolved since then. “‘Wildflower’ has always been a very special song to me and was initially recorded with only vocals and one guitar. When I first wrote this song, I was actively daydreaming of what it would feel like to be in love, have a family, etc. Now in 2023, I wanted to revisit this song and I reimagined it with stronger vocals, a beautiful string section, and more added production. Wildflower Part Deux brought me back full circle as I have now accomplished exactly what inspired this song.”
‘Milestone’ is available on all streaming platforms. Fans can experience the album live via Garner’s partnership with VEEPS / Live Nation on November 1st. For more information, visit Justin Garner’s official website:

11. King Iso – iLLdren

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King Iso uncovers his anxiously awaited new album, iLLdren, out now via Strange Music. Listen to iLLdren HERE.

He celebrates the arrival of the record with the music video for the new single “Feel” [feat. Tech N9ne & Matt Phoenix]. Watch the video  HERE

The song kickstarts this body of work with an openhearted lyrical bloodletting and cathartic chorus. Clean guitar underscores the verses as energy builds towards Iso’s starkly honest refrain as he hopes to “Put down the drink and drugs, so I can feel again.” The visual finds Iso, Tech, and Matt behind bars in an ominous holding cell straight out of a sci-fi nightmare. It brings the push-and-pull of their words to life.

About the song, Iso commented, “I was a teenager during my last suicide attempt. I took a bunch of pills, and I ended up at this church. I prayed to God. I wanted him to let me save that young boy who is me. I woke up the next day, and I had another breath. After I was admitted last year, I hadn’t been clean for a long time. I was smoking and drinking, and I had a bad breakdown. I felt all of the traumas come back. On the song, Tech, Matt, and I are all discussing our childhood pain and tragedy. It’s a beautiful way to begin.”

Right out of the gate, iLLdren has garnered glowing acclaim. Folk N Rock christened it “one of the most powerful albums of the year,” going on to rave,  “With this album, King Iso proves that he’s not just a rapper; he’s a modern-day bard whose tales are as enlightening as they are entertaining.”

Thus far, he has bulldozed the way for iLLdren with the likes of “Nightmare,” “Young” and “Way You Are.” Opening up about his son’s Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis on the latter, the song has really begun to resonate. Autisticana affirmed, “This song shows just how important neurodivergent are to society as they can help raise awareness with their abilities and special needs, despite them being ‘different’.”  Dancing About Architecture asked, “When was the last time such a song said anything this timely and universally relevant, yet this honest and personal…this important? Not for a long time, I’d guess.” In addition, it picked up plugs from Music ExistenceFolk N Rock, and more.

Maintaining a prolific pace, “Way You Are” followed the equally tender “My Kids.” Beyond gaining traction at DSPs, it also landed plugs from VENTS MagazineHipHop Over Everything, and more.

It landed in the wake of “Step Daddy.” The latter has already generated 293K streams and 152K YouTube views on the music video. It continues to gain steam though buoyed by fan enthusiasm, reaction videos, and excitement.

12. Shordie Shordie & Murda Beatz – Memory Lane 2

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Multi-platinum recording artist Shordie Shordie and Grammy-nominated producer Murda Beatz add on to their groundbreaking mixtape series with Memory Lane 2. Listen HERE via Warner Records. The anticipated project is the sequel to 2021’s collaborative effort, Memory Lane

Memory Lane 2 follows previously released singles “Contacts” and “On You.” Laced with searing production from Murda, the 15-track effort ventures into familiar territory as Shordie teeters towards the edge. All of the unavoidable truths and toxic behaviors he’s tried to keep under wraps over the years come together with a lyrical finesse that flows like silk.   

Shordie finds fulfillment in weaving these disparate influences together to map out his feelings and make sense of it all. The opening track, “A Lot Of Miles” kicks off the Baltimore rapper’s sonic voyage. Then, there’s the explosive “Ride With Shordie Pt. 2,” effortlessly building on the momentum of the original track with the same gritty lyricism. From there, several standout performances follow, such as the Mozzy-assited “Enjoy The Ride” and the mixtape’s outro track “Bigger In Texas,” which fittingly ends on a chopped and screwed note. 

13. Luh Kel – Reminisce

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Platinum selling artist Luh Kel, is back to sweep us off our feet with his latest musical creation, “Reminisce.” Following the success of his previous single, “You The One,” Luh Kel is treating his fans to another captivating track.
“Reminisce” encapsulates Luh Kel’s distinctive vocal prowess and emotional depth.
This release is a testament to Luh Kel’s ability to craft music that touches the soul,
showcasing his evolution as an artist. The music video, skillfully directed by the
renowned Grand Fort, enhances the song’s evocative lyrics.
Luh Kel expressed his excitement for this release, saying, “I’m thrilled to share
‘Reminisce’ with my fans. It’s a heartfelt track, and I can’twait forthem to
experience it.”
Both “Reminisce” and “You The One” will be featured on his upcoming mixtape,
Head Melodies, which is set to be unleashed on November 10. This highly
anticipated mixtape promises to be a thrilling journey through Luh Kel’s musical
Luh Kel, born Turran Coleman, has been on a meteoric rise, gaining recognition and
acclaim within the music industry. His unique blend of R&B and hiphop has
garnered a loyal fan base, solidifying his place as an emerging artist to watch.

14. Keenon Rush – LA EX

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Keenon Rush, the rising star from Atlanta, is releasing his highly anticipated new album, LA EX. With production from Malc James (Don Toliver, Do It Right), coupled with raw lyricism about the dating scene in LA, and his signature iconic vocal tone, LA EX promises to captivate audiences and solidify Keenon’s position as one of the artists to watch in 2024.

LA EX, produced by Malc James, showcases Keenon’s growth since his last release in 2022, blending catchy melodies, clever wordplay, and a high-energy delivery that sets the stage for a memorable listening experience. This album truly represents Keenon’s evolution as an artist and their unique ability to connect with listeners on a profound level about everyday situations through rhythmic storytelling.

Drawing inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, and Drake, Keenon effortlessly navigates the intricacies of relationships and dating in Los Angeles, delivering a performance that is both authentic and digestible upon first listen. From the moment the album starts, Terminal 3 sets the stage for a “situationship” story that grabs hold of the listener’s attention and refuses to let go. Each record that follows shares a unique pov to different aspects of dating whether it be infidelity, lack of communication, demon time, and of course, the fallback. LA EX is conceptual and musically cinematic showcasing Keenon’s lyrical dexterity, beat selection, and undeniable talent.

The accompanying music video for the lead single by the same name is a visual masterpiece, directed by Malik Baker. Through innovative storytelling and striking visuals, the video brings Keenon’s vision to life by showing two people navigating the idea of being together while also looking sexy in the summer sun while seaside in Malibu. The visual incorporates inspiration from Dave Free and Kendrick Lamar with the use of iconic and serene imagery with angelic color grading. 

Keenon Rush has been steadily building a loyal fan base through his previous releases, gaining recognition for his unique style, relatable lyrics, and captivating stage presence. With LA EX, Keenon is poised to reach new heights and make a splash in the music industry.

Stay tuned for the release of LA EX on October 27, 2023, available on all major streaming platforms. Fans can also expect exciting updates, behind-the-scenes content, and exclusive promotions by following Keenon Rush on social media channels. Look out for the upcoming live performance at Dreamland Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 3, 2023. 

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15. Breez Kennedy ft. Genia – Need U Tonite

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Continuing a rapid rise, 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and R&B viral sensation Breez Kennedy shares a new single entitled “Need U Tonite” featuring Def Jam labelmate Genia, out now via Standard Records/Def Jam Recordings. Listen HERE.

On the track, soulful acoustic guitar wraps around a smooth beat as Breez’s vocals mesmerize. Opening up straight from the heart, he confidently carries the chantable chorus, “Need you by my side, you’re my favorite vibe. Genia slides through with her own perspective on an equally impactful verse punctuated by towering high register. The chemistry between these two buzzing talents instantly sizzles.

Stay tuned for a cinematic music video to accompany the track.
He ignited this hot streak with the recent favorite “Like My Ex.”Beyond plugs from the likes of Global Grind and more, UPROXX hailed it among “All The Best New R&B Music From This Week” and praised, “17-year-old singer Breezy Kennedy is letting off the gas anytime soon.”  ATTACK THE CULTURE raved, “Breez Kennedy is representing for the culture,” and promised, “It’s all types of alive and alert vibes. Tap in.”
“Like My Ex” arrived as the follow-up to his rapidly rising debut single “Love Crazy (Blowing Up Your Phone).” Global Grind hailed it “as mesmerizing as it is unabashedly heartfelt, and proclaimed, “he’s positioned himself to make sure his come-up is a continual one.

He initially teased the track on TikTok with a series of viral posts. Prior to an official release, he caught the attention of not only Lil Baby (who vibed to just a clip on Instagram!), but also Swae Lee, Rod Wave, Toosii, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and more. This clip has already posted up 2 million views and counting. He meets the demand with the track today!

Right from the jump, he affirmed himself as a self-sufficient phenomenon by writing, recording, and producing the bulk of his music by himself. He has quietly buzzed out of St. Petersburg, FL with a signature style, balancing Bryson Tiller’s adventurousness with pop magnetism a la Justin Bieber. 

16. Lil Migo – Trap Tuition

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Memphis phenomenon Lil Migo shares his latest album Trap Tuition out now via Heavy Camp | 4th & Broadway | Def Jam Recordings. Listen HERE and watch the video for “What I Spent” feat. Lil Jairmy HERE.

Trap Tuition allows Lil Migo to stand on his own through introspective reflections with the ease of a budding star taking the next step. The thirteen track album layers haunting synth melody over a hypnotic beat as Lil Migo unleashes a flurry of fiery verses. His choice of features adds extra zest to the album, forgoing the flashy names and instead building laterally by linking with other rappers on the rise just like him.
“Trap Tuition represents me graduating from the streets. This tape I’m really just bringing my neighbors in with me…I want people to see more of me and my creativity,” Migo says. “My beat selection goes crazy, my work ethic has been crazy. I want people to see my growth, on every tape and every project but especially this one. I don’t care how small or big it’s perceived, just know I’m growing hard forreal.”

Last year, Lil Migo turned up on King Of The Trap 2 (Deluxe). Among many standouts, it boasted the fan favorite “Migo Shit” [feat. Quavo], which generated 2.4 million Spotify streams and 1.3 million YouTube views on the music video. Earning critical acclaim, XXL plugged it, and Hot 97 touted him on the “Who’s Next Playlist” and christened him “the rawest new voice of Memphis hip-hop.” It’s just the beginning though.

17. Calabasas – Touchdown


Calabasas, the Los Angeles-based duo of Franskiiz and Watrcup, seize the moment with the release of “Touchdown,” their brand new single + video available at all platforms via Def Jam Recordings.
Speaking on their new single, Calabasas said, Touchdown represents a new chapter for us sonically and in our lives. It feels like we are ready to turn the page and take the next step with Calabasas to bring the fans something more evolved from what we’ve been. This is the first song where we feel like our chemistry is highlighted to its best and we know it’s a great representation of who we are right now.”
“Touchdown” is the first single off their forthcoming debut album slated for release in 2024 with Def Jam Recordings. The single has already seen immense interest from fans on TikTok, with over 1.6 million combined views on their acoustic version of the song.
This year, Calabasas also released “Hello,” a yearning orchestral plea for young love – “I really really want to get to know her” – that featured prominently in Ruby Gillman Teenage Kraken, the heartfelt action comedy from DreamWorks Anima­tion that opened June 30th.  The film starred the voices of Lana Condor, Jaboukie Young-White, Toni Collette, Jane Fonda, Annie Murphy, and more.
Calabasas teamed up with 5 billion-streaming bilingual, multi­cultural, next gen pop singer Trinidad Cardona for “Gentle.”  The track, said the duo, “represents everything we are going through right now, just not trying to force anything. Letting things come to us naturally. The session with Trinidad was exactly that, just free flowing and felt right from the very beginning.” 

18. AZ – This Is Why

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Throughout his distinguished and influential career, AZ has been nominated for Grammy’s, and won one for his contribution “Full Circle,” to The Firm reuniting track from Nas’ Kings Disease, which won the Grammy for Best Rap Album of 2020, sold millions of albums, created hit singles and lent his velvety voice, and street poetry to some of Hip-Hop’s most timeless music. 

It had been a decade since AZ graced fans with an album, but his long-teased sequel, Doe Or Die IIbecame one of 2021’s undeniable success stories.  Featuring appearances and production from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, The Alchemist, Conway The Machine, Dave East, Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, Idris Elba, Bink, Buckwild, Kaygee, Heatmakerz, Rockwilder, and Baby Paul, Doe Or Die II was a mainstay at the top of the DSP charts upon its release. 

Since the release of Doe Or Die II, AZ has appeared on Westside Gunn’s HWH8 B-Side (“99 Avirex” which also featured Stove God Cooks, Rick Ross’ Richer Than I Ever Been Deluxe album (“Vacheron”), Statik Selektah’s Round Trip Album “(Historic” with Ransom), and most recently on Tony Touch’s The Def Tape Soundtrack (“Rampage 2.0”) for Def Jam’s Mixtape Documentary.

Now, AZ is back with a new single. “This Is Why,” and he has also announced that he will release his new album, Truth Be Told, on December 1st.  AZ continues to refine and update his style with Truth Be Told, and the forthcoming album will also feature collaborations with Fat Joe and Pharoahe Monch. 

“There is no amount of money that can measure up to the feeling of a natural heavenly bliss of euphoria,” AZ adds.  “This Is Why I’m Fly!” 

After contributing production on both Doe Or Die and Doe Or Die II, AZ recruited a familiar name to produce all of Truth Be Told, as the legendary, and Grammy-nominated producer Buckwild handles all of the production.  Aside from cooking up classics with AZ, Buckwild has also produced classics for The Notorious B.I.G. “I Gotta Story To Tell”, Black Rob “Whoa,” OC’s “Times Up,” and Organized Konfusion’s “Stress,”  and has produced for artists such as Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Diddy, Mase, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Big L, Jadakiss, The Game, Method Man & Redman, Terror Squad, Beanie Sigel, Faith Evans, Kool G Rap, Cormega, Capone-N-Noreaga, Raekwon and Little Brother.

AZ’s new single, “This Is Why,” (produced by Buckwild) is now available!

AZ’s forthcoming album, Truth Be Told, will be released on December 1st. 

19. Adekunle Gold ft. JayO & Byron Messia – Party No Dey Stop (Remix)

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In the midst of an international breakthrough, Nigerian phenomenon Adekunle Gold recruits JayO and Byron Messia for a blockbuster Remix of his buzzing single “Party No Dey Stop” out now via Def Jam Recordings. Listen HERE.
The instantly recognizable drum bounce sets the temp for the track. In between a hypnotic synth line and swaggering groove, British-Nigerian sonic maverick JayO adds his signature flavor to the song, while Byron Messia blesses “Party No Dey Stop” with Caribbean flavor. Powered up by three distinct voices, it pops off as an anthem with international appeal highlighted by Adekunle’s hypnotic hook, “Party no dey stop, when we pop, yeah we’re up, plenty spending like it’s nothing.”
Stay tuned for the premiere of a cinematic music video to accompany the track, Watch HERE.
This summer, the original “Party No Dey Stop” [with Zinoleesky] catapulted into the Top 10 of theBillboard Top Afrobeats Songs Chart and peaked at #3 on the Official UK Afrobeats Chart. Plus, it has generated over 32.8 million Spotify streams and 17 million YouTube views on the music video. Of course, it also graced his 2023 debut for Def Jam Recordings, Tequila Ever After.
Beyond piling up over 50 million total streams, the album incited critical applause. In addition to plugs from The FADER, and more, Variety proclaimed, “Nigerian superstar Adekunle Gold is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, and Rolling Stone described his sound as “smooth Afropop.” proclaimed, “Tequila Ever After is a love letter to the sounds of Africa that have recently taken the world by storm. It is also a showcase for Gold’s growth and experience.
Adekunlejust concluded a high-profile North American tour produced by Live Nation and Duke Concept, packing venues in major cities across the United States and Canada. He brought Tequila Ever After to life nightly in front of sold out audiences.
Tequila Ever After includes the singles “Party No Dey Stop,” “Ogaranya,” and the tracks from his EP Tio Tequila that came out earlier this year. The 17-track album features production from frequent collaborator Kel-P and Labrinth as well as features from Nigerian singer Zinoleesky, Texas superstar Khalid, legends Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers in addition to Gold’s wife Simi.
Tequila Ever After is a love letter to the sounds of Africa that have recently taken the world by storm. It is also a showcase for Gold’s growth and experience as the singer notes he has developed as an artist and human in the last few years since his last release. Speaking to that evolution, he shares “I’m not the Adekunle Gold who released my first album in 2016. I have a lot more confidence now.” Integrating the South African genre of Amapiano, classic R&B, and a complex mix of Nigerian and American rhythms, Gold cements himself as one of Africa’s most essential contemporary musicians and the king of Afro-pop.  

20. Philly Goats – Philly Goats

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After building buzz throughout the game and lighting up social media over and over again, acclaimed rap trio Philly Goats serve up their incendiary self-titled debut mixtape, Philly Goats, out via Stack Or Starve/Def Jam Recordings. Listen HERE.
The seven-track body of work flaunts the collective and individual power of D Sturdy, Sou, and PGS Spence. Among many highlights, their inimitable interplay drives “Turnt” as they fire fast-paced flows and braggadocious bars back-and-forth. The energy overflows on the scorching refrain, “When you talking about who hot, we gone burn it up.” Then, there’s “Buss It.” This banger layers hypnotic vocals above a Jersey Club-inspired crescendo. Elsewhere, their personalities pop off on “Toot That.”They introduce the scope of their sizzling signature style on Philly Goats.
The mixtape also includes the recent single “Buckle Up” and its official Remix featuring Armani White. Thus far, it has cumulatively tallied over 5 million global streams. Inciting applause from the likes of Global Grind and more, Billboard touted it among “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week, going on to note, “The runaway Jersey club snippet hit has grown into a full-fledged smash.”
Philly Goats are simply on fire. YouTube named them a “Trending Artist On The Rise, while The FADER touted “Get Off The Wall” as a “song of the summer 2023 candidate.
Just a snippet of the latter swept social media into a frenzy, inspiring over 1 million TikTok creates and counting so far. The guys update the classic melody from Kool & The Gang’s “Get Down On It” and speed it up for Gen Z. As a result, it possesses the power to ignite any dancefloor with its swaggering horns, four-on-the-floor thump, and quotable rhymes. Ultimately, it issues a gleeful invitation to move, “I see you up over there on that wall, girl. You better get up off that wall!”
Philly Goats uphold a legacy of high-energy club music, yet they also pave their own lane in the modern movement with airtight rapping and soaring singalongs. It’s no wonder Pitchfork  hailed them among “The Next Generation of Club Rap” and proclaimed, “It’s an escape.” 
Meanwhile, “X Em” continues to gain traction with 557K YouTube views on the music video. Inciting widespread applause, The FADER asserted, “No matter what anyone says, the Philly Goats remain the blueprint for all-ages fun.” Pitchfork proclaimed, “Like the rest of Philly Goats’ music and videos, it’s pure, unadulterated fun.” Teen Vogue attested, “The collective has evolved the sound that upholds the essence of dollar parties, teen dance cyphers, and tangin’ to no end in a way that Gen-Z craves and TikTok can’t go without.
Over the past year, Philly Goats have captivated audiences with a sharp and show stopping style. They’ve quietly emerged as the face of the “hip dance ”movement in Philadelphia. The guys have incited one viral moment after another, building up to “X EM.”Just the snippet inspired over 251K “creates” on TikTok and nearly 100 million views. Additionally. they rolled through On The Radar Radio for a stunning performance of “X EM.” 
Philly Goats are about to take over in 2024…

21. Masego ft. Wale & Envy – You Never Visit Me (Remix)


Continuing a banner year, GRAMMY nominated artist Masego releases a new Remix of his single “You Never Visit Me” now featuring rappers Wale and Envy—out today. Listen HERE via EQT Recordings/Capitol Records. He reignites “You Never Visit Me,” which remains a standout from his acclaimed self-titled album, Masego, out now. Listen HERE.

On the Remix, he welcomes Wale and Envy into his world. Their presence adds another dimension to the track. Wale’s instantly recognizable flow captivates, and Envy exudes nothing but confidence, charisma, and attitude. In 2024 Masego will embark on his headline Where We Goin? Europe / UK tour with special guest Tanerélle hitting Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, London and many more cities. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Reaching yet another high watermark, his self-titled album Masego incited widespread critical applause upon arrival. Vogue extensively profiled him, hailed Masego as “his most introspective album yet,” and praised his “balancing act between vulnerability and dogged confidence.” Pitchfork highlighted the record among “33 Great Records You May Have Missed” and promised, “Masego sticks to his whimsical trap-jazz sound on his self-titled album, but adds a little more verve to his step.” HYPEBEAST raved that Masego is, “Well worth the wait, Masego returned with another dose of meticulously layered instrumentation, interspersed with the occasional burst of beatboxing.”

The jazz/hip-hop/RnB multi-instrumentalist prodigy has amassed nearly two billion combined global streams in his career to date. Lady Lady, his full-length debut, contained the breakout hit “Tadow,” certified Platinum in the U.S., Diamond in Brazil and Gold in Mexico. The deluxe EP Studying Abroad: Extended Stay, which included the RIAA Gold-certified hit “Mystery Lady Ft. Don Toliver,” earned Masego his first GRAMMY nomination.

22. Thomas Day – Love Me For Another Day

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Pop singer and songwriter Thomas Day presents his new project, Love Me For Another Day, out now on Arista Records. ‘Love Me For Another Day’ arrives in the midst of Thomas’ first-ever headline tour, which includes multiple sold out dates in New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Chicago.
Love Me For Another Day showcases Thomas doing what he does best — transforming his lived experiences and emotions into powerful, relatable, and instantly catchy tracks. Over the LP’s 10-tracks, Thomas delivers meaningful vignettes of love, loss, and everything in-between. The music video for the project’s focus track, “Stranger,” was directed by ASHTRONOT, who Thomas previously collaborated with on the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Leave Just Yet.” Watch the “Stranger” music video here.

“This isn’t my debut album. Those words come with a lot of extra meaning and I’m not there yet. This project is a collection of songs that I wrote and recorded when I was 18 and 19, trying to figure out the kind of artist I want to be,” he says. “It’s a snapshot of my absolute bleeding heart and I hope you can find some comfort and healing in these songs the way I did while making them.”

Capturing the hearts of millions with his heartfelt songwriting and powerful vocals, Thomas Day has quickly emerged as one of pop’s most exciting new acts. After taking off on TikTok with his captivating covers, he signed to Arista Records in 2021 and has continued to evolve into a fully-fledged pop star. Already amassing over 140 million global streams, over 1 million monthly listeners, and 7 million social followers, Thomas is now taking his music on the road with his first-ever headline tour. 

23. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Deep Down

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24. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – My Body

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25. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Now Who

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26. Mr. Eazi – The Evil Genius

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THE EVIL GENIUS is the long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album from Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning global music superstar MR EAZI. Set for release on October 27 via his own independent record label emPawa Africa, The Evil Genius comes on the back of a seven-year career at the top of the afrobeats music landscape, and an already iconic music catalogue from Mr Eazi that boasts over four billion global streams, countless multiple platinum singles across two classic mixtapes, essential afropop hits like ‘Skin Tight’, ‘Leg Over’, and ‘Pour Me Water’, and ground-breaking international collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Nicki Minaj.

Recorded over the past two years between some of Mr Eazi’s favourite cities including Accra, Cotonou, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, and New York, The Evil Genius is an exciting musical scrapbook that blends afrobeats, afropop, gospel, hiplife, highlife and folklore into a glorious pan-African fusion sound in a way that only Mr Eazi knows how. The album sees Eazi collaborating with an international heavy-hitting cast of producers, including Kel-P (Nigeria), Michaël Brun (Haiti), Knucks (UK), and Nonso Amadi (Canada), as well as guest artists such as Grammy Award-winning legend Angélique Kidjo, Nigerian star Joeboy, and South African group Soweto Gospel Choir, to bring the 16-track project to life.

While his status as one of the giants of modern African music is undeniable, very few artists of his calibre have gone this deep into their career without releasing an album, and so for his first official album, Mr Eazi knew that he had to create something that would go beyond all expectations, including his own. The Evil Genius is Mr Eazi’s most personal work by far, and it sees him diving deeply into strong themes around love, betrayal, loneliness, and family, expressed through three distinctive movements or acts, throughout the album. The first of these three chapters finds Mr Eazi unburdening himself of the weight of success and fame, followed by a five-song movement about love, with the album ending on a suite of spiritual and deeply resonant anthems that capture Eazi in thanksgiving mode.

Described as a first-of-its-kind fusion of African music and visual art, perhaps the most ambitious and ground-breaking aspect of Mr Eazi’s The Evil Genius is its visual art component, with the album birthing 16 art pieces to accompany each track on the album. Every track on The Evil Genius is represented by a unique physical art piece that Mr Eazi has commissioned from different contemporary visual artists that he encountered while travelling across Africa recording the album. Noting a lack of alignment and collaboration between Africa’s exploding pop music industry, and the continent’s fine art creators, Mr Eazi is highlighting the power of such collaboration by incorporating the work of these artists – representing eight African nations and a continent of aesthetics – into The Evil Genius.

Ahead of the album’s release on October 27, Mr Eazi is inviting the public to experience the music alongside the art at several multi-sensory exhibition listening experiences. The exhibition debuts at Gallery 1957 in Ghana – a significant country for Mr Eazi, where he began his recording career and first rose to fame – from September 13-18. Following this inaugural presentation, the exhibition will travel to London as part of the renowned 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House from October 12-15. Additional exhibition announcements in other cities are forthcoming.

27. ELijah Woods – Bright Orange Everglow (Sunset Sessions)

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Toronto-based, multi-platinum artist and producer elijah woods reveals ‘bright orange everglow (sunset sessions),’ a live version of his latest EP, ‘bright orange everglow.’

The ‘bright orange everglow (sunset sessions)’ EP includes a live rendition of woods’ hit single, “24/7, 365,” performed with a 5-piece band. “24/7, 365” has been an instant hit with woods’ global fanbase, amassing over 35M+ cumulative streams, averaging 2M+ streams per week, and charting on Shazam in 14 countries. 

“We recorded the sunset sessions at an island on the St. Lawrence river — there’s a beautiful remote cottage there that I knew would be the perfect setting for this project,” he says. “All of the ‘bright orange everglow’ songs were written about specific moments in my relationship, and a large portion of these memories are from the 1000 Islands area. It felt serendipitous to be able to make this project a reality at the place where the songs originated. ‘sunset sessions’ means the world to to me, because I believe the live versions of the songs show the truest form of all these recordings.”

28. Zeddy Will ft. DJ Smallz 732, 2Rare & Kenzo B – Freak You (Remix)

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Young prodigy Zeddy Will dropped his single “Freak You” with DJ Smallz 732 in July. Since then, it has been featured on Billboard and mega stars like North West, Kim Kardashian, and Coi Leray were three of the 700 TikTok user generated videos of the song. Now 2Rare and Kenzo B join Zeddy for the official remix. 

The video, directed by Matt Coole, starts with a cinematic viewpoint of Zeddy visiting his girlfriend’s place and conversing with her grandfather about his hilarious past. Once Zeddy and his girlfriend get some alone time in the living room, they watch some TV and that’s when 2Rare and Kenzo B make their introduction to the video. The trio of Zeddy, Kenzo B, and 2 Rare dance while providing energetic verses that live up to the title of “Freak You.”

Zeddy Will recently performed at Howard University’s homecoming in Washington DC. Catch him performing this Sunday, October 29th in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union Center for Performing Arts for Hot 97’s DJ Drewski & Friends concert.

The “You” remix is available now on all platforms. They all can be found on Instagram: @thezeddywill @djsmallz732 @2raree @__kenzob

29. BJ The Chicago Kid – Long Time

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7X GRAMMY-Nominated singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kidunleashes new soulful track “Long Time” along with announcing his forthcoming collaboration album, Gravy with super-producer Yeti Beats (Doja Cat, Burna Boy) arriving November 10th via RTW/RCA Records. 

BJ returns to a slower tempo with his latest single, “Long Time.” Produced by the talented, Yeti Beats and Charlie Bereal, this track marks the fourth official release from BJ’s highly anticipated upcoming LP. In his own words, “Long Time” is “one of those songs that started at 4 in the morning, during our first night at Al Green’s legendary studio. The inception of the song began with me on the drums, Charlie seamlessly weaving in the guitar, and Yeti anchoring the track with his bass. The song exudes an infectious vibe, and over time, it has continued to evolve, becoming one of those tunes that only gets better with each listen.” In the track, BJ finds himself constantly reminiscing on the “one that got away,” long after the relationship’s demise. 

Gravy, now available for pre-order, was recorded with a live band at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, the hallowed home of soul legend Al Green. The ’70s mellow grooves of Al Green served as a profound inspiration for the album’s overarching sonic identity. Remarkably, BJ and Yeti, along with their live band, The Indications, managed to bring this album to life in less than a week’s time. Yeti Beats’s distinctive production seamlessly blends vintage soul and pop elements. When describing the project, BJ said, “Gravy smothers, covers, and makes everything taste better. The album Gravy is the persona of what the new cool is. It’s that feeling when you’re at your absolute best, got on your best clothes, exuding confidence in every step and word. This project embodies the very essence of how you carry yourself, how you assert your authority, and how you rise to the occasion. In essence, it’s the soul of the music, and in turn, the music becomes the gravy that defines me.” This fusion of musical styles results in a sound that’s both unconventional for the Chicago native and yet possesses a timeless quality that will resonate with listeners, young and old. 

30. Michaël Brun ft. Charly Black, Machel Montano, J Perry – Jessica (Island Remix)

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Haiti-born producer and artist Michaël Brun unveils the hypnotic new “Jessica (Island Remix),” out today via Astralwerks. The reimagined banger features the original song’s guests—Jamaica’s Charly Black and Haiti’s J Perry—along with Trinidadian soca trailblazer Machel Montano, making for a thrilling Caribbean all-star collaboration. Listen to “Jessica (Island Remix)” HERE.

On the sun-soaked remix, each artist kicks up the heat, weaving their own punchy verses through Brun’s infectious rhythms and euphoric chorus. While the original track was a fitting summer hit, this “Island Remix” is a much-needed groover for the impending winter.

The original “Jessica” first exploded on social media, amassing over 30 million views on previews alone before its official release on Brun’s most recent EP, FAMI Summer. Brun will perform “Jessica” and more of his breezy cuts this Saturday, October 28 at the Miami edition of BAYO. This vibrant event, founded by Brun, will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center from 6pm to 11pm and is open to all ages.

“I’m so excited to be bringing BAYO back to Little Haiti this October. Our theme this year is the fresco, a symbol of childhood and joy in Haïti. We want people to be transported to their favorite memories of the island. It’s also very important to me to continue to celebrate and honor our Haitian community in South Florida and Little Haiti,” explains Brun.

This year’s surprise lineup promises to be electrifying, featuring a blend of renowned Haitian artists and international guests. Tickets are available for purchase online at Early bird tickets are already sold out and general admission tickets are limited.

Following his appearance in Miami, Brun will make three stops in the UK/EU on behalf of his “Sak Pase” tour including a sold-out date in Paris. Dates are below, and tickets can be purchased HERE.

31. Steven Malcolm – 40

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Steven Malcolm announces his 4th studio album, BOATS, dropping anchor on February 23, 2024. Today (10/27), fans can pre-add, pre-save, and pre-order the 16-track collection HERE. An official trailer for the project can be viewed HERE.

An acronym for “Based On A Truth Story,” BOATS is poised to transport listeners to a utopia of Malcolm’s creation. “BOATS will take listeners on a journey to Away — an oasis built for the chosen and run by the redeemed,” he shares of the concept behind the record. “Imagine a place where you become what you long to become. Imagine a place where your gift makes a way. Imagine a place where the beauty reflects the ones who protect it, and its foundation is held together by the stories of the broken. Welcome to Away.”

Previewing BOATS, Malcolm keeps the fresh hits coming with “40,” available today. The hip-hop heavyweight wages war against his flesh on the all-new original track that leads him into the wilderness bracing for a fight — listen HERE. Additionally, an accompanying music video for “40” premieres today — watch HERE.

The sure, steady, anthemic single tests Malcolm’s will, but he knows where his allegiance lies. “This song is one of my personal favorites. I’ve seen and heard of countless brethren falling away from the faith throughout my years of following Christ. And I get it 100% — actually living it, truly experiencing how wide the road to destruction really is,” he shares of the serious message behind the track. “In Scripture, it says Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert to be tested. This was a prophecy He fulfilled before setting out to do ministry. I hope this encourages believers to always fight and stay armored up.”

Outfitted with magnetic vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, “40” is the second glimpse into Malcolm’s forthcoming LP, following spiritual workout “Cardio,” which debuted last month.

The Michigan native’s next studio set is the highly anticipated follow-up to his familial 16-track collection, Tree, which recently received a 2023 GMA Dove Award nomination in the Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year category. The nod marked Malcolm’s seventh career Dove Award nomination. Last week, Malcolm announced winners in select Dove Award categories when he served as a presenter for the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards pre-tel, which was streamed across the Gospel Music Association’s social channels ahead of the televised broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

Pre-Add/Pre-Save/Pre-Order BOATS HERE. For more information, visit

32. Joyner Lucas – 24 Hours To Live

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Two-time, Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Joyner Lucas released his new single “24 Hours to live” which can be streamed HERE and marks the latest release from his forthcoming album, Not Now, I’m Busy. 

The song details Joyner’s anticipated reality and the series of events that would occur if he learned he only had one day left to live. He takes fans on a journey through his turbulent thoughts with lyrics like “take all his sh*t and then steal his identity” and “slap any hater that showed any jealousy.”  

Throughout the song, he rides the beat as he also questions what others would do if they also uncovered a similar fate.  With his signature style, he asks “would you go crazy because of it? Kill every n***a you holdin’ a grudge against?.” He later outros the song with audio of a doctor delivering the same unfortunate news, but laughs at it actually being a misdiagnosis.  

“24 Hours to Live” is the latest in a string of releases from Joyner, whose previous releases include standout songs like “Seventeen,” “Broski,” “Cut U Off (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again),” “What’s That?,” and “Devil’s Work Part 2.”   

Joyner’s last album ADHD, debuted in the Top-10 of the Billboard 200, earned RIAA gold certification, sparked a much-needed conversation about mental health and established a new template for success that independent artists could follow.    

33. Robert Finley – Black Bayou

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Robert Finley releases his anticipated fourth studio album Black Bayou, an 11-track tour de force that coalesces gospel, blues, soul, and rock into a raw, thundering tribute to Finley’s home state of Louisiana. Telling tales of the bayou from childhood to now, the 69-year old Finley takes listeners on a journey that showcases his growly vocals, sultry falsetto and cements him as a living legend.

Watch Finley’s new music video for “Waste Of Time,” filmed at Easy Eye Studios and featuring appearances from The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach. The video is a snapshot of the creation of the album, set to the gristly, crunchy, swaggering blues number from Black Bayou.

Black Bayou has already been heaped with praise from SPIN, The FADER, American Songwriter, UNCUT, Paste, MOJO, Brooklyn Vegan and a slew of other outlets, including The Bluegrass Situation who have hailed Finley as their Artist of the Month for November. Finley recently performed the new album on CBS Saturday Morning, giving a rousing performance of his singles “What Goes Around (Comes Around)” , “Sneakin’ Around”, and “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely.”

Finley recorded Black Bayou at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. It’s the fourth time the duo have worked together, although for this record they did things a little differently. Rather than write songs beforehand—as they did on 2017’s Goin’ Platinum and 2021’s Sharecropper’s Son—they conceived everything in the studio, with Auerbach leading a band of some of the finest players around: drummers Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) and Jeffrey Clemens (G. Love & Special Sauce), bassist Eric Deaton, and legendary Hill Country blues guitarist Kenny Brown along with vocalists Christy Johnson and LaQuindrelyn McMahon—who just happen to be Finley’s daughter and granddaughter. They worked quickly, devising their parts spontaneously and getting everything in one take.

34. Aliah Sheffield – River

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35. DYM – Can’t Do Wrong

Emerging artist DYM has set the music scene ablaze with the release of his latest single, “Can’t Do Wrong,” produced by the superstar DJ duo, SuperSmashBroz. This single from his highly anticipated EP, “Dym the Lights,” DYM takes listeners on an introspective journey where he bares his soul, acknowledging his imperfections and committing to personal growth. With a captivating blend of honesty, raw talent, and seasoned confidence, DYM is poised to make a profound impact on the music industry.
“Can’t Do Wrong” serves as a musical confession, as DYM opens up to the world about his flaws and his unwavering determination to become a better man. The single reflects a newfound purity in his intentions, and his authenticity shines through as he navigates the complexities of life and love. DYM’s lyrics are relatable and heartfelt, making “Can’t Do Wrong” an anthem for those who seek self-improvement and growth.
What sets DYM apart is his ability to deliver a powerful message while showcasing a level of confidence that rivals industry veterans. His commanding presence and lyrical prowess are evident throughout the track, leaving no doubt that he is here to make a significant mark on the music world.
In addition to the magnetic music, DYM impresses audiences with an accompanying visual masterpiece. The music video for “Can’t Do Wrong” is directed and edited by the talented Colin Pagnoni, whose creative vision adds depth and dimension to the song’s narrative. The video also features stunning drone work by JR Alexander, elevating the overall visual experience.
DYM is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable experience to his fans, just in time for the Fall season.”Dym the Lights,” the forthcoming EP, promises to be a stunning collection of tracks that continue to showcase DYM’s evolution as an artist. With “Can’t Do Wrong” as the first taste of what’s to come, listeners can expect an immersive journey into the mind and heart of DYM, filled with evocative storytelling and captivating beats.
The release of “Can’t Do Wrong” and the upcoming EP, “Dym the Lights,” mark a pivotal moment in DYM’s career. With an unwavering commitment to authenticity and growth, DYM is on a trajectory to become a household name in the music industry.
Fans and music enthusiasts alike are encouraged to stay tuned for the official release of “Can’t Do Wrong” and the much-anticipated EP, “Dym the Lights,” as DYM lights up the Fall season with his undeniable talent. 

36. Fredo Bang – FWM

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Baton Rouge phenomenon Fredo Bang unveils a brand new single and music video entitled “FWM,” out now via Def Jam Recordings. 
The track’s skittering synths snake through a head-nodding beat as Fredo unloads an onslaught of bold and braggadocios bars. As always, his instantly recognizable flow instantly captivates, while he m me akes it known, “Once you fuck with me, then you’re stuck with me. The music video captures this energy on screen, and it illuminates his charisma and starpower front-and-center.
It lands in the wake of the fan favorite “Sideways” [with NLE Choppa]. The latter has already posted up over 1 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to over 695K YouTube views on the visualizer. Earning critical acclaim, ATTACK THE CULTURE promised, “You don’t have to be sitting sideways to get into Fredo Bang and NLE Choppa’s newest single.” HotNewHipHop dubbed him “one of the most consistent rappers of 2023, and Sweet Hip Hop proclaimed, “From emotive vocals to intricate instrumentals, every element comes together to create a sonic tapestry that leaves a lasting impact on the listener.”
As always, he keeps up the pace with more music coming soon.
Stay tuned for more from Fredo Bang!

37. Stunna Girl – Courtesy Of A Rich N*gga

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Rapper and television personality, Stunna Girl (@stunnagirl), remains a force to be reckoned with. Her unapologetic and edgy style resonates with fans far and wide. Her newest single “Courtesy of a Rich N*gga” (“CRN”) is out now accompanied by a music video. The song is a testament to her confidence and self-made attitude, featuring bars that celebrate a lavish, luxury lifestyle. With a smooth, catchy hook and lyrics honoring her supportive man, Stunna Girl’s signature raw lyricism takes center stage, making this track a must-listen. 

“This song was inspired by my husband and how he spoils me,” Stunna Girl says of the new single. “But also myself and how ima boss on my own. The record is real player. It’s for people who grind like myself and have a companion who matches their fly.”

Stunna Girl burst onto the scene with her viral hit “Runway,” amassing an impressive 15 million views on YouTube, and her latest sensation, “Like Dat,” boasts over 7.3 million views on YouTube. Notably, the track has received two remixes, one featuring French Montana and the other JT of the City Girls. “Wake Dis Shit Up,” featuring Mozzy, is another hit, where the two Californian artists effortlessly deliver their distinctive, self-assured flows over an uptempo beat.

In early 2023, Stunna Girl graced the screens of the Zeus Network’s popular reality show,Baddies West, quickly winning over the hearts of viewers and becoming a fan-favorite. Throughout the season, fans had the opportunity to witness her authentic and unwavering spirit, a reflection of the passion that stems from her music.

Now, she’s pursuing music full-time. Stunna Girl’s rise to stardom is directly a reflection of her relentless work ethic and resilience. Her musical journey draws inspiration from her upbringing and her escape from the streets of Sacramento. Alongside her new single, “CRN,”Stunna Girl has her sights set on the release of a highly-anticipated album, poised to further solidify her status as a rising star who’s elevating with every release.


38. Epikker – VibeKing / VibeQueen (Rising High)

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After a series of unexpected hurdles that tested their tenacity, the dynamic duo Epikker made up of Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, makes a grand return with two deeply moving tracks, “VibeKing” and “VibeQueen (Rising High).” The two sonic offerings symbolize a phoenix-like rise from adversity, particularly following a regrettable turn of events after they shared their original production with Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, without considering what can only be described as a fiery legal battle. 

From the shadows of a life-altering encounter with gun violence – an incident where Fox stood up in defense of his family during a home invasion – Suniel found a therapeutic escape in the world of music. His affinity with the impassioned depth of blues legend Muddy Waters acted as a beacon, leading him to craft the melody of “VibeKing.” This melody, originating from a haunting minor chord progression on a synthesizer, soon evolved into an emblem of awakening and resilience. Working alongside Henry Strange, their combined expertise transformed “VibeKing” into a sonic tapestry of raw emotion, blending crushing kick drums and expansive reverb over claps.

Just when “VibeKing” was poised to make waves, questions arose over the similarity to one of Abel Tesfaye’s works, “Call Out My Name,” igniting a lengthy and tiresome legal battle. Yet, every cloud has a silver lining. The turbulence surrounding “Vibeking” serendipitously led to Epikker tapping creative force and spellbinding vocalist, Luminiah. Inspired by the track’s pulsating rhythm, Luminiah lent her vocal talents, improvising over “Vibeking” and later penning the lyrics for “VibeQueen (Rising High),” a hymn about self-empowerment and reclaiming one’s essence. The sonic alliance not only rejuvenated the duo but also signified a new chapter for the duo. Through the ups and downs, Epikker emerged, emblematic of resilience and rebirth.

With “VibeKing,” listeners are in for a melodic treat characterized by its atmospheric basslines and mesmerizing synthesizer elements. The chorus radiates with its distinct charm and profound emotion. The track undergoes a palpable transition that amplifies its emotive depth, offering listeners an elevating auditory experience.

Its counterpart, “VibeQueen (Rising High),” elevates the narrative further. Adding a robust dimension to the song, Luminiah’s vocals are characterized by a harmonious mix of raspy and velvety tones, painting a picture of strength and gentleness. Echoing themes of resilience, gratitude, and new beginnings, the lyrics are bolstered by a powerful bridge, adding depth to its message. Together, each production not only stands as a stellar composition but also as a symbol of empowerment and metamorphosis.

As the anticipation for the release of “VibeKing” and “VibeQueen (Rising High)” builds, Epikker’s story stands as a beacon of hope. Their tale underscores the transformative power of music, resilience in the face of trials, and the magic that ensues when one channels adversity into creativity. Inviting listeners on this intimate journey, Epikker offers more than just melodies – they offer a story of reclamation and hope in the face of life’s tempests.