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

‘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

Rapper Lively is here with new single ‘Bad Influence’

Lively is a rapper who has entered the hip hop arena in the most proficient way being able to collaborate with some big names in the industry at this point of his career.

Taking his father’s  second cancer diagnosis in 2012 as a wake-up call the rapper has decided to truly devote himself to his music  which has paid off only very shortly afterwards. A trip to the US last year gave him the opportunity to record with one of the most influential hip hop producers of the past 20 years, Scott Storch who is widely known for having produced hit records for Beyonce, 50 Cent, Eminem, Busta Rhymes , Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Tyga amongst others. Next to Storch the rapper has worked with UK rapper Smiler TPM as well as MAC and G-Man of So Solid Crew and also Bizarre from the Detroit based rap group D-12. His first single release ‘Bad Influence’, is a solid proof for his quickly acquired professionalism.

The song is a testament to his way of life, affirming that he’s “moving in the fast lane, no slow ride.” No matter if people believe he’s a “bad influence on them”, Lively is bursting with determination and energy and there’s no going back.IMG_0473

Having built a foundation consisting of musical talent, dedication and hard work Lively has managed to get his first EP release in April 2015 into the best selling rap/ hip hop pre-orders on itunes without the help of any labels or major promotion.

His musical influences vary across the hip hop sphere as well as any other genres he comes across. Lively isn’t interested in copying other artists, he takes his inspiration mainly from everyday life experiences and his own imagination. The rapper, who has both Scottish and Indian roots, has shown perseverance in the ambition to mature his sound and an eagerness to learn from past mistakes. He took part in a rap battle at Jumpoff TV where he, in his own words, “failed epically” and got beaten by another contestant, who got into the season’s finals. But Lively decided to use his defeat in a positive way, cleaned up his act and is now back stronger than before: “The loss made me go back to the drawing board quite literally – new style, new sound, better punch lines.”  With an attitude like this there’s no doubt Lively will be here to stay for some time to come.

The single ‘Bad Influence’ is out on 13th February 2016.


Links:

https://soundcloud.com/lively-music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc1Y1xk13p0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.facebook.com/LIVELY.rg

https://twitter.com/_livelymusic

 

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