Roqy Tyraid – Jim Kelly (Submission)
If you’ve ever wondered what Hip-Hop made in Phoneix, Arizona sounds like, no need to look too far. Enter: Roqy Tyraid (Pronounced Rocky Tirade). He is an action-packed wordsmith with an informative yet comedic approach to his songwriting. Situated in Downtown Phoenix for the video, the skilled rapper indirectly gives out-of-towners a glimpse of the city. Today, he plays a show with Elzhi and Khrysis (for ‘Jericho Jackson’) in Downtown Los Angeles at Union. Following his June shows, he heads to Europe for a nine-date tour. Watch the official video for the 70’s Kung-Fu inspired ‘Jim Kelly’ below.
MAAD – New Religion (Submission)
The last time we covered MAAD, it was ten months ago, and it was for her song, ’90s Love’. Today, she’s back with ‘New Religion’. Serving looks, as they say, the young Contemporary R&B singer-songwriter (or goddess) shows us why we should consider her for a diety. If you’ve ever connected with anyone on a spiritual level, you will be able to relate to the lyrics of this song. Watch the captivating visual directed by Paulo Berberan below.
Personally, I believe if MAAD were to have more EDM/Dance remixes of her music, it would take her to another stratosphere.
Libretto & BusCrates – Ain’t That Funky featuring Akela & Redray Fraizure (Submission)
First of all, how are people this talented and aren’t on the airwaves as much as they should be? More often than we all like to admit, music has gone in another direction, but it doesn’t mean lyricism is dead or gone. Luckily, we have Watts emcee Libretto and Philadelphia producer BusCrates, a collaborative duo that stays true to what they know. Why reinvent the wheel when things are rolling along just fine?
Kate Boothman – I Am An Animal (Submission)
Everything about Kate Boothman is beautiful. That hair, that hat, and those vocals are unmatched. As the powerful lyrics exclaim, Boothman is an animal that refuses to crumble under pressure. Watch as the Northumberland Hills, Ontario-native comfortably strums the strings of her guitar on the ground via the Ryan Gullen and Mat Dunlap direction. Being one with the earth and yourself, like that, is admirable.
GRAVEDGR – Rampage (Submission)
I will not lie to you. Aside from all of the accolades the Heavyweight Records GRAVEDGR producer achieved, the visuals for ‘Rampage’ are gory; showing the awful demise of a man and two women. Like issues in life, although, we try our best to get away, our demons catch up with us. In this case, it is the gravedigger/grim reaper. And if you know him, he is out for one thing—that is your soul.