The Hip-Hop Storyteller: Tony Banks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.

As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.

Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.

Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.

Links:

www.facebook.com/musicbeartonybanks

https://twitter.com/MusicBearTonyB

https://www.instagram.com/musicbeartonyb/

https://www.youtube.com/MusicBearTonyBanks

https://soundcloud.com/musicbeartonybanks

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M3staken’s experimental concept album ‘Apex’

Upcoming artist and music producer M3staken (M3) releases his new soundtrack album titled ‘Apex’. The 8-track collection of instrumental hip-hop features original productions with an experimental twist.

Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. It’s an ambitious piece of work for a young producer but he states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Joey Bada$$, FKA Twigs and Jamie xx, M3’s unique style fuses classical, hip-hop and electronic styles.

M3staken’s classical sound contrasting with the hip-hop beats comes from unique techniques such as using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché. Consequently, there is an authenticity to his music that sets M3 apart from the crowd.

Definitely worth a listen for those ambitious listeners out there who enjoy something that pushes the boundaries!

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJtRw31YnOdiDgsNhyhKyQ

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Turn U On’ by KADI

‘Turn U On’ by KADI is not just a catchy hip-hop-rap track that you’ll be coming back to for more, but it is also employs a message behind the lyrics and this is rare in the urban genre.

We all know the stereotypical topics that many rappers explore: drink, drugs, crime and sex – but KADI is looking to take the genre that she loves away from this.

Having realised that the urban industry portrays a very skewed image of women where ‘having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention’, KADI felt something had to be done and she is using her music to combat this.

‘Turn U On’ is a song of female empowerment, demonstrating that women don’t have to be sexual to get far, exemplified in KADI’s hook line: ‘I bet I turn you on with my clothes on’. More poignant and intelligent lyricism follows, showing that KADI is not just another urban artist to be lost in the crowd.

Music should have a message and the one that KADI is pushing forward is doing good for both hip-hop music as well as young females all over the world.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/KADIofficia1

https://twitter.com/Kadiofficial1?lang=en

https://instagram.com/Kadi_official1

‘Lovelorn’ by Alonestar

Jethro Sheeran, aka Alonestar, returns with the new single ‘Lovelorn’, accompanied by the talented vocals of top ten singer, Rosie Ribbons. The addictive track was produced by Sheeran himself with the help of Massive Attack’s guitarist Angelo Bruschini.

The single explores the popular topic of heartbreak and unrequited love, but uniquely so through Alonestar’s aggressive rap stylings. Jethro and Rosie wrote ‘Lovelorn’ together about past life experiences. Jethro explains that the emotive track  “the strongest and most powerful song I have written & produced to date, it reflects my new sound and style. It’s something fresh and different to anything else out there at the moment. I dug deep to exercise the darkness in this track, and fell into the depths of my soul when coming up with the concept.”

 Being related to Ed Sheeran, Jethro always had pressure put onto his work. However, after going straight to number #3 in the iTunes charts with his debut album ‘Cornerstone’, it was clear Alonestar was going to take on the music industry by storm. He went on to win two EIA Awards, two Exposure Music Awards, wrote all of Ed Sheeran’s SBTV and Live Room Performance raps and produced Bars and Melody’s platinum selling album ‘143’ reaching number 4 in the official UK charts.

 Links:

http://www.alonestar.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/alonestar/

https://twitter.com/ALONESTAR1

https://soundcloud.com/ALONESTAR

‘Pirate’ – Jvgg Spvrrow

Introducing you to the real life ‘PirateJvgg  Spvrrow, ‘Pirate’ by name and nature. Growing up in St Martin where they speak English and the other half French, the bi-lingual artist writes all of his own lyrics and adding to his Pirate image he also does all of his tattoos.

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Jvgg Spvrrow has learnt and built his way up from the streets of St Martin, from life on the block to living life in the studio, music is his religion. This is where his term SM on Da Map comes from, meaning St Martin To The World. Having lived an interesting life he has lots of stories to tell, he is a very eclectic artist recording many different styles, from Hip-Hop to Reggae and Electro.

Jvgg Spvrrow prides himself on his highly diversified tracks allowing to reach various audiences.

Jvgg Spvrrow has a strong look, good fashion sense and originality around his Pirate concept. Inspired by Hip Hop artists such as Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Asap Rocky and french hip hop artists like Booba, Joey Starr and Dancehall artists like Bounty Killer, Movado and Vybz Kartel.jvggpic4

Pirate is Jvgg Spvrrow’s latest release, with a dope hip hop vibe, it is gritty and raw and exactly what you want from a hip hop track, Jvgg Spvrrow is ready to take St Martin to the world.

Christian hip-hop duo Go2 to release new single ‘Nothin On You’

Go2 (Lerish and Vizun, aka. Rick and Dale) combine hip-hop with Christian praise and worship to create a powerful musical outfit. Go2 caught the attention of the rights campaigner and political leader Jesse Jackson, and shortly thereafter they were requested to come and perform in Chicago at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Headquarters run by Jackson and in support of civil rights and social justice.  They have been building a large support base since then: they were nominated for Best Holy Hip Hop Artist at 2009 Gospel Choice Awards, have topped the Christian charts and have even shared a stage with Ludacris.

The duo met in church where Rick was a worship leader and Dale was a minister in training and sound engineer. They formed a friendship out of the mutual ambition to make hip-hop primarily but also because their faith was so important to them and music felt like a great way of expressing their feelings towards God and the ones they loved. Go2 believe that Jesus has blessed them with an ability to make unique music, which can help to spread their message.

 

Links

http://www.ourstage.com/profile/therealgo2

https://twitter.com/TheRealGo2

https://www.facebook.com/therealgo2

https://soundcloud.com/Go2

 

About “Nothin On You”

I wrote this song with a very simple message in mind, nothing can nor should take the place of God in your life. I didn’t write this song to be against having fun or any of that, I wrote it because I myself had let things like money, houses, career and other materialistic things become more important to me than God. The first verse of this song is about a guy who came to a cross road in his life, in a night club, and realized that the things that he looked for to bring him joy no longer worked. He needed something more. I feel this song is very relatable because I think we’ve all had that eye opening point in our lives where we said, “there’s got to be more to life than this. “  This song has a very danceable beat; it reminds me of the famous line-dance style culture. Some songs that were very popular in this same vein are The Macarena, The Cha-Cha slide, The Wobble, The Cupid Shuffle and
The Electric Slide.  What sets this song apart from the pack is the universal, relatable message embedded in this urban contemporary hit.

Skremz releases debut single – Palm Trees

https://soundcloud.com/skremzworld/palm-trees-radio

Fantastic English rapper Skremz releases top quality debut single – Palm Trees

Having always had a passion for the arts, Skremz found Hip-Hop at just nine years old! With a talent for words, it’s no wonder his debut single is so infectious.

Skremz draws on past pain in his life to create his music and uses his previous experiences as a force for good, creating powerful music that really speaks to its listeners.

‘Palm Trees’ came about at a dark point in Skremz life, it was a point of change. The title came about when looking at holidays.

“The Title ‘Palm Trees’ was adopted from the summer of 2013 when I was looking at holidays, mansions, other countries living etc… Palm Trees were always present in the pictures I saw. I heard the beat and subconsciously thought of Palm Trees, which gave me my structure.” – Skremz

With influences spanning the genres, Skremz considers himself a Hip-Hop enthusiast, drawing influence from artists such as; Eminem, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson. Eminem really got Skremz into music, he loved how he used his experiences to create his songs. Skremz now aspires to Jay Z’s lifestyle, the career, the music and the girl.

Having already gained some amazing feedback, Skremz is certainly worth looking out for!

“Skremz has already proven to be successful within his varied fan base. His lyrics and style are unlike most that we hear commercially and underground today ‘with his unique quirky flow, sharp delivery & deep content.’ – Certified UK.”

Originally from Nigeria, Skremz considers himself a Londoner.  Having been into music since he was a child, alongside a love of English – (which was his favourite lesson at school!) Skremz uses these talents combined to create his fantastic lyrics.

Alongside his music, his passions include; art, entertainment and technology. Skremz also considers himself very spiritual, he loves nature and connecting to it.

‘Palm Trees’ is a fantastic introduction to this great rapper who can’t wait to open the flood gates to his ambitions!

Twitter – @Skremz – https://twitter.com/Skremz

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Skremzworld

SoundCloud (Radio Verson) – https://soundcloud.com/skremzworld/palm-trees-radio

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/palm-trees-single/id740523407