YOURFRENDS Debut Video Sends Strong Message

YOURFRENDS have recently their first official video for their song “Chicago Kid” from their upcoming project titled “Just Mondays.” Check out the song below:

Directed by K Shack, the video shows off the YOURFREDS members in the city streets bringing to light the hardships that everyday Chicago kids must face growing up. The violence in the urban landscape is an uneasy and dangerous place and the song shows of the group’s ability to raise awareness important issues about their roots. Just as there’s no “I” in team, there’s no “I” in YOURFRENDS, and the group is working together to create art as a holistic team.

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The trio consists of Thee Unique, Franchika and Tyler, they started under Chance the Rapper’s guidance and are clearly capable of combining strong messages mixed with creativity. To stay up to date with YOURFRENDS, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud.

Jay Hunna – Song Review

Jay Hunna released a new music video for his track “Good Ol’ Music” from his upcoming “Better Days” album coming out Sept. 8. Check out the track here:

Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Jay’s inspiration for his debut album “Better Days” comes from the tragic death of his cousin Sandra Bland, which sparked nationwide attention in July 2015. Sandra Bland closes out the album on the track entitled “Land of The Free.” To tell his story in the album, Jay looks to Hip-Hop artists such as Jay Z, Tupac, Notorious BIG and others and takes elements of their style. Some of those elements can be heard in “Good Ol’ Music,” which celebrates Hip-Hop and independent record shops as seen in the video. Jay visits a shop and picks up classic records from legendary rap acts all while giving a very chill vibe that celebrates recognizing where we come from and the importance of community. Although the song talks about coming from humble beginnings, the track is also proving that we don’t always have to stay there.

Lyrically, the song begins with Jay expressing his appreciation for music at a young age and how he would go up to his room and use music when he was feeling down to feel like new again. The chorus is about relaxing, smoking, drinking, and listening to good ol’ music, and the chill beats allow for the listener to do the same when they blast this track at full volume. Jay comes off as a man who wants to enjoy the good times and not worry about the problems of the world, making him the perfect candidate to deliver a fresh track that celebrates the inspirations of legends past as well.

Overall, the song is recommended for anyone who prefers the more laid-back style rappers compared to their super hard counterparts. There will no doubt heavy-bangers on the rest of the album, so we’re excited to hear what comes next from Jay and his upcoming “Better Days.”

To find out more about Jay check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and his official site.

The Peanut Gallery – Video Review

New Jersey Hip-Hop duo The Peanut Gallery recently released its first single “Deep Thoughts” from the upcoming “Tales from the Basement” album. Check out the track here:

The Peanut Gallery is made up prep school graduate and breakdancing Orlando and his partner in crime Flee Jones, an inner-city gangster using music as an outlet. They got together after their plans to start up Party of 5IVE went astray and now the duo are making songs they want to and connecting with fans on a deeper level.

The song starts off with a symphonic keyboard track and popping beats that get you in the mood to hear what deep thoughts could come from the unorthodox duo. Almost immediately, hints of OutKast and A Tribe Called Quest can be heard yet the duo takes their expressive style in their own direction. The music production by Flee Jones has been accurately compared to the likes of Dr. Dre, Ja Rule, and Ludacris.

The personal lyrics cover topics like getting locked and being denied, but the main takeaway is that Orlando will not change his outfit or stop rapping because that’s who he is. The track delivers the message of accepting who you are and making it as far as you can despite the haters that will inevitable try to tear you down. His poetic style of the song and the lack of a chorus allows Orlando to fully express what’s on his mind without having to conform to any typical songwriting patterns, creating a refreshing and unexpected take in the rap genre. “Everything I end up loving always seems to disappear” is the final line that puts into perspective the overall message of “Deep Thoughts” and allows the song to be relatable to other people who are going through similar experiences.

The video strongly features Orlando’s interest in plushies, especially one of cartoon character Arthur. The visualizations on camera represent what’s being said lyrically and there’s a humoristic tone with the acting throughout. The use of the dolls highlights Orlando’s comedic values and soft spots rather than trying to appear all hard like most other rappers do.

The Peanut Gallery are in the process of writing and producing their album and both plan on releasing various projects together along and touring this year. “Deep Thoughts” is available on iTunes Spotify and SoundCloud, and we know we’ll be seeing more of them as they continue to rise. Be sure to check out the album “Tales from the basement” coming out Oct. 13.

Find more of The Peanut Gallery on YouTube, Vevo, iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Twitter.

True Studd – New Video Release

San Francisco-based rapper True Studd is has released her defiant gay pride anthem “I Am the Agenda,” an energetic display of her passion and commitment to the cause, inspired by the prevalence of gays in the music, film, sports and political arenas. Check out the video below:

True Studd’s goal is to stay authentic in the face of the unfairness surrounding gays and this authenticity shines throughout her debut EP “The Rise of the Gays.”

“I want my music to reveal that what you like and who you are doesn’t matter as long as you’re true,” True Studd said. “Every song has a message that anybody can connect with – at the end of the day remember we are all humans on one planet. My music is here to show the world we can do just as good or even more, and that my sexuality wasn’t chose but it’s just who I am.”

A new track “Ready or Not” has already been released on the EP, which releases on August 25 via Stay Current Productions, with pre-orders going on now. Check it out here:

“It’s our time now, and we are on the rise – now.”

To stay up to date with True Studd, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

Sam-C – New Music Videos

Baltimore rapper Sam-C has released two music videos “Lost Ones” and “The 4” off his latest “Days in July” EP. Check out “Lost Ones” here:

The video for “Lost Ones” is a tribute to all those we have lost throughout our lives, and lyrically deals with the fact that this is an inevitable part of life. The Hip-Hop piano ballad delivers a message straight from the soul of the 24-year-old, who has been making music at 13 years old, after losing his mother to cancer. The combination of this, his father’s untimely absence and the reality of life as an orphan in the public system fueled him to want more out of life.

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“The 4” music video was influenced by Sam-C’s hometown Baltimore with the area code being 410.

“The lyrics describe the living conditions and mindset of inner city Baltimore natives,” Sam-C said. “Survival of the fittest being born in the fire creates the strongest weapon.”

At first music was therapeutic for Sam-C, and he created music that dealt with every aspect of life – relationships, mentalities, social topics. It didn’t take long for music to grow into a passion he wanted to create a career from, leading to the creation of his label Back Row Elite, on which he released his debut album “Days in July.” The album’s summer vibes merge old-school Hip-Hop with lyrics dealing with themes of progression and the process of moving from negative to positive mindsets.

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To stay up to date with Sam-C, check him out on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and his official site.