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@mslarayne: New York bred, Jersey raised, ethereal megawatt of R&B, Funk and Hip Hop.
Last August, Larayne released “Love & Rayne” her debut EP that is available for download or streaming on all streaming platforms! The debut video to her self-produced and co-written remix of her single “Move” is out now.
In a world where female emcees are more notorious for their asses than their assets, Nello Luchi represents something new for those who crave a more original and dynamic flavor of Hip Hop. Her music serves an assortment of true lyricism coined by past 80’s and 90’s veteran emcees. She has an innovative and diverse sound of revolutionary New York City Hip Hop, viewed from her window of creativity and inspiration, developed by living the life of an up and coming struggling emcee.
Nello is the real meaning of an artist, painting pictures of how she sees the game and the role she plays in changing it up a bit. Her mission is to introduce the audience to a ground-breaking blend mixed with soulful/alternative vibes and a fresh take on the rap game. Nello Luchi will convert even the most dedicated non-believers into a faithful enthusiast after first whiff of her unending originality and quirky sense of flavor. Her sound will leave listeners of all kinds wanting more than what the everyday “kick” has to offer.
Afrobeat and Dancehall Sensation..Creating SumTing ICONIC!!!
Jam No Peanut (aka MC Tingbudong) is a New York City-based rapper, new media
artist, and revolutionary. Born and raised in Southeast Washington, DC, he began learning mandarin in high school, and in 2008 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study hip hop culture in China. His internationalist politics resonate in his music, as he switches between English and Mandarin in politically charged verses over lo-fi, trap and experimental beats. His projects use interactive technology and rap music to create immersive experiences, such as “Hands Up,” a virtual reality music video that puts you at the center of protest, and “Qi Lai (起来),” a bilingual call to action against fascism. Recently selected as a Found Sound China artist in residence, he returned to China in 2018 with a cohort of six US and Chinese artists to create and perform original music on tour through the country from farms in rural Yunnan to the venues in Beijing. Now in 2019, he is positioning chinese hip hop as global music with performances with Found Sound China in New York City, as Official Showcasing Artists at SXSW Music Festival, performances for China Week in Los Angeles, and an upcoming mainland tour summer 2019. His work music, education and bridging the US China culture gap been featured in the New York Times, The Nation,VICE, XXL, Complex, RadiiChina , Noisey China and more.
DioMara is a Panamanian-American R&B Songstress and Co-Founder/CMO of a women’s appreciation and charity event series called WNDR WMN based in Brooklyn, NY. DioMara released her highly anticipated single “I Just Want U” early 2018 and followed up with a fun, summertime vibe called “Ms. Beautiful”, which brought all her girls out for a chase! Empowering, virtuous, provocative and stirring the emotions of the individual are all descriptive of this powerhouses disposition.
Revolt TV says “The Brooklyn-bred singer has captivated audiences with her soul-bearing harmonies and equally striking stage presence”.
DioMara has gotten the opportunity to share her art on stages presented by Audiomack, NBC Universal, Sofar Sounds, Apple, Verizon, SXSW, Sway in the Morning, IMG Records & Airbnb and so much more! As a WNDR WMN, she’s been able to merge the worlds of artistry/performance, business and philanthropy all in the name of divine femininity. DioMara is a Woman’s Woman is here to tell the stories of many.
With a persuasive ease and command of voice singer/songwriter, Phyllis “Phoenixx ” Smith, introduces you to her sound which she coins as “Fusion Music”. This universal sound delivers her moods through music. As a master of mixing the male and female vocal dynamic, she presents vocal flexibility in her tones and sultry prowess, while conveying the message of her music, passion and artistry. “I want my music to be a form of therapy, conceptual and relatable. I want to put my listeners in a feeling, in a moment. I need it to mean something,” Phoenixx explained. Perfecting the vocal quality of the record in order to sell the concept and the idea are key aspects in the creation of her music.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY into a family of artists, Phoenixx discovered her love of music at the age of 3, through her uncle who exposed her to classical and gospel music. Her mother, a lover of literature, her father a musician/singer/songwriter and grandmother, a poet, helped formulate her expansive musical knowledge. With a love of poetry, Phoennix began to work on her writing. “It was a part of my DNA,” she says. Knowing the origin of what she was doing helped develop her deep rooted respect for music. Growing up she attended the Public School Repertory Company in Manhattan where she received her musical education and met key influencers in her career like Wardell Malloy (BMI) who discovered her talents.
At the age of 15, Phoenixx began a mentorship with R&B/Soul singer/songwriter, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, (currently a vocal coach for the X Factor US and has written for artists including Usher, Janet Jackson, and Nellie Furtado). She worked alongside prominent producer “Steff Nasty” (also known as Steff Reed) and collaborated with up and coming songwriters at Sean Combs’ studio, “Daddy’s House”. Serrano bridged the gap of singer and songwriter by helping Phoenixx merge her poetry with music. This led her to work in several major studios throughout New York City.
She also participated in “The Hip Hop Project,” which was created by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifiah to empower the voices of the youth; the program was the start of Phoenixx’s education as a vocal producer/arranger. She recorded some of her first official records there and was instilled with the philosophy that music resonates with different people in different ways. “People gravitate to people who are themselves and that’s what I feel my music is all about. I do it because it’s a natural ability and I want to give it 100%”, she says.
As a songwriter, Phoenixx has worked with Brandon Hines, producers Chris N Teeb, the Arkitects, JHype, Misto and Pizzi among others. While honing her vocal skills she sang background for Yummy Bingham, Charli Red and Shalik Rivers at 106 & Park, SOB’s, BB Kings and The Bitter End. She credits artists Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Faith for influencing her sound. In 2014 she received a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award for her work with Shaliek Rivers as well a nomination for Out Music Award for her work with Shorty Roc.
Currently focusing on a new 4 song project, Phoennix is looking to change people’s perspectives on music. She creates her music from a vast array of influences in gospel, r&b, pop, and alternative genres. Inspired by these different elements, Phoenixx continually explores her sound as an artist and producer. “I have a very weird and diverse background, like a big gumbo of sounds and elements and it influences the songs.” Passionate about execution, cadence and vocal production, her point is to make a great record. Her music is crafted to keep people interested and compelled.
Finding her way as an artist is still a journey. Phoenixx attends master classes to perfect her skills and continues to study ways to tell her stories and evoke feelings through her music. With a growing fan base she looks forward to bringing her universal sound to a larger audience.
Cinematic soul pop from Brooklyn via the heartland. Partners in both life and music, Kamillah and Steven strive to bring two disparate backgrounds together to form ANCIENT POSSE. Passionate vocals, skittering beats, and challenging chord progressions help to bring the vision alive: what does it mean to love and be loved in a crumbling world? Life is a gift. Ancient Posse is the bow on top. Consume intentionally. Bless.
I’m a Psch ‘A’ Delic HIp-Hop rap artist
Hailing from our Nation’s Capital, rapper-singer-songwriter The Experience is putting his own soulful spin on the sounds that built the DMV’s music scene. Born-and-raised in DC into a household full of musicians, a young EXP would often find himself tagging along to gigs with his father who played a multitude of instruments in the legendary Go-Go bands Heaven Sent and Arye Rayde. After spending countless evenings watching his father jam out as well as most Sundays singing in the choir at his grandmother’s church, his early introduction to Go-Go and Gospel would eventually inspire him to pick up the drums at the age of two and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Experience’s irresistibly bouncy sound seamlessly blends together elements of Hip-Hop, Funk and R&B while paying homage to his Go-Go and Gospel roots. He draws inspiration from the likes of D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and Drake as well as DC Go-Go powerhouses such as New Impressionz and The Backyard Band. His infectious personality, smooth delivery, and undeniable talent make any EXP show an Experience you won’t soon forget.
Following the lead of DMV contemporaries like GoldLink, Innanet James, and Rico Nasty, The EXP is making his own way while staying true to himself and the city that made him.
NYC POST-HARDCORE Band Members: Chris Leyba – Vocals Marvin Thompson – Guitar Chris Caressimo – Drums Formed in 2014, Anahata Released their debut single “A Maze”, leading to the release of their EP Balance. The band released their second EP titled, “Abhorrence” November 7, 2018. They are currently performing and writing new material. Anahata’s Abhorrence EP is out now, available on all streaming platforms.
The 5th Beatle
We like our music the way we like our food…HOMEMADE. We try to infuse different genres while still getting people to clap their hands.
EB Rebel is an emcee/songwriter/producer from Dallas, Texas. In 2016 she released her EP “TRANCE” with a lead single and video of “Don’t Care”. The single received mounds of favorable press and opportunities in music and film. From landing on Dallas/Fort Worth’s Central Track’s buzz rankings and mentions, to being featured in the popular national online publication Afropunk and a feature in “Stay Woke”- a BET documentary. Rebel released her latest EP “Mama, I’m Ok” May 18, 2018. [Follow like for EP] https://song.link/mamaimok
Kevin Holliday is a stylistically adventurous musician rooted in alternative R&B and funk. The self-taught producer and Brooklyn native creates everything in his bedroom. Holliday plays with a versatile live band consisting of bass, keyboard, guitar, and keys. Over the past few months, they have had several shows in New York City and the surrounding area including opening up for Rico Nasty, Jay Critch, and Japanese Breakfast at Wesleyan University’s Spring Fling.
86 Supreme is an electronic duo from Brooklyn, playing hiphop/reggae crossover. By integrating live sample triggering, processing, and synthesis, 86 is bridging beat production with traditional instrumentation. They’ve played with Sean Paul, Sister Nancy and Red Fox, opened for KRS1, Third World, Dead Prez and more.
ARCHITECT OF HOLISTIC SOUNDS
BYHAZE is a creative content entrepreneur dedicated to the progression of his community through sonic healing, visual evolution, and artistic philanthropy. BYHAZE emerged onto the scene gifting audiences with his ocular narratives as not only a model, but a photographer/ photojournalist. Haze uses his lense to capture the depths of his subjects, putting their stories at the forefront of urban culture. While in front of the camera Haze effortlessly emits black boy joy, black boy style, and the the black boy imprint on popular culture. Haze has been featured on a wide variety of publications such as Vogue, Afro-Punk, Essence, Allure and many more. Haze’s artistic lifestyle is heavily influenced by Ubuntu, a South African philosophy that wants for a world to prioritize human kindness and compassion above all else.
Haze put this theory into practice, when he joined forces with femcee Jewell to create Hip-hop/R&B duo The Ubuntu Theory. This Duo, known for records like Chill Day and colorful performances that so eloquently blend the matriarchal and patriarchal vitality.
BYHAZE is set to release his highly anticipated EP Clarity. This is an all encompassing body of work that details his journey to understanding. His grasp on healing, his carribean consideration for rhythm & blues, and the emotional intelligence needed to create a work that is honest and pure to his story. Haze is dedicated to the multi-dimensional efforts it takes to create so passionately for himself and intentionally for his fans
Dakota Jones is a Black queer woman-fronted rock band led by Tristan Carter-Jones. The group blends vintage blues with modern soul to create a genre-bending sound, both familiar and refreshing. Since its inception in 2016, the band has built a loyal following in the NYC area, become regulars at some of the city’s most-respected venues, and released 3 EPs enjoyed by over 20,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
In this age of artists seeking social media clout over honed talent and true grit, Dakota Jones prides itself on their unforgettable live performances. Spearheaded by Carter-Jones’s commanding vocals and visceral songwriting, their stage show melds the hell-hath-no-fury power of Chaka Khan, the wild spontaneity of Janis Joplin, and the honey-dripping sensuality of Marvin Gaye.
Recently, Dakota Jones’s song “Have Mercy” was featured in the Netflix film “Always Be My Maybe” (Ali Wong, Randall Park) and the band has had the opportunity to greatly expand their fan base and share their music on a global scale. New fans have remarked on their intense and instant attraction to the song, which speaks not only to the magnetism of the music, but also to the public’s desire for a refreshing musical sound.
AFROPUNK has called Dakota Jones’s music “timeless classic rock that revels in lean riffs and raw emotion… larger-than-life [music] that demands a larger-than-life stage.” (Nathan Leigh, 2018). Dakota Jones has spent the last several years laying the groundwork to conquer that larger-than-life stage at AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands 2019.
You can stream their latest EP, Pt. 3, now on Spotify.
Princess. Warrior. Recluse.
Does the Music Get You High
Shareef Keyes is a self-produced R&B/soul artist with a flair for spellbinding melody and infectious live performances. From his recording studio in Downtown Brooklyn, NY, Keyes draws inspiration from the likes of Janelle Monáe, James Brown and Raphael Saadiq to produce rhythms that get us out of our seats and on to the dance floor.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York – Nikara Warren describes herself as being ‘bathed’ in music and the arts since birth. As the product of a mixed culture family, Nikara’s aesthetic is a direct reaction to the music she grew up with.
Her newest project, ‘Black Wall Street’ is a set of ‘feel-good’ tracks designed as an ode to Black Excellence to counteract the emotional trauma caused by news of Black people being slain by police. Nikara draws from from music affected by the Black Experiences and brings awareness to the Black Wall Street massacre of 1921, while remaining hopeful about the future and emphasizing the positive effects of diversity in the arts.
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The Personification of power and wisdom, a paragon of true hip hop” – Treble.fm.
Emcee, songwriter, poet, co-founder of FeedTheSoulsNJ, a non-profit organization based in Newark, NJ and curator and host to a series of successful open mics and artist showcases in Newark, NJ and Brooklyn, NY.
Freakquencee, was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She began pursuing her music career in 2014 and later started to achieve success in 2017 and 2018. Since starting her career as an emcee Freakquencee has opened up for Hip hop legends Rakim, Roxanne Shante, Hip hip duo, Onyx, Hip hop duo, M.O.P, singer-songwriter Ruth B, and has shared the stage with many upcoming powerhouse artists such as Siimba Liives Long, Latashá, Denitia, Topaz Jones, Stro The Mc, Baby Yors, Che Lingo, Alice Phoebe Lou, Quiet Luke, and Brother Kamau.
Freakquencee was also featured on the same bill as Chicago’s very own “The Social Experiment” a band that includes producer/trumpet player: Donnie Trumpet, Keyboardist: Peter Cottontale, Drummer: Greg Landfair, Jr., producer/engineer: Nate Fox And Chance the Rapper and was just recently featured at House of Yes, Brooklyn, NY with rapper, actor, Icon and recording artist, Wyclef Jean.
Freakquencee’s artistry is quite fitting to her stage name as she delivers ground breaking, life changing, high-energy performances. Using music as an outlet and symbol of hope she continues to tell her story of surviving rape, poor relationships with family, homelessness, and perseverance. Her story is one of honesty and resilience as she believes she’ll reach a deeper connection to the world through revealing the truth of her journey.
Freakquencee’s sound is unique and can be described as a blend between grit and sensitivity, lying powerful “in your face” bone chilling lyrics over melodic “feel-good” instrumentals. Some of her musical influences include India Arie, childhood friend/emcee
Nova Prime, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Andre 3000, Logic and J. Cole, to name a few.
Freakquencee’s performances on stage have landed her many opportunities such as her a feature in March, 2018’s issue of Go Magazine, the nation’s most widely read, free, lesbian publication; a mention on PickUp’s social networking page, which garnered over 59,000 views, a mention in Respect Magazine for her performance at New York’s very first virtual reality lounge, Jump Into the Light, and her most recent write-up on Sobercity.com, (refer to link for more)
In May, 2018, Freakquencee was awarded the title of “Female Performance of the Year” at the first annual Elbert’s Award ceremony ran by up-and-coming self proclaimed “Cultural Hub” and app creators, Treble.fm, based in Brooklyn, NY.
Her Performances have taken place on major platforms such as SoFar Sounds, NY and SoFar Sounds PA, House of Yes BK, NY, Jump Into the Light, virtual reality space, NY, multiple AirBnb concert goers series NY, SOB’s, NY, NJPAC, St. Elmo’s Sound Stage and House of Because with Diet Coke during SXSW, in Austin TX, and Lincoln Park Music Festival, Newark NJ.
Freakquencee is looking forward to dropping her first ever body of work. Her debut EP is in preparation to be dropped in 2019.
Keyz Vango was born in Alabama to a gospel music family and moved to New York as a child. He attended college for a while but dropped out to pursue his musical ambitions. Starting out as a versatile producer and ghost writer across several genres, he grew into the multifaceted artist he is today over time. Now, Bushwick’s moody R&B/Alternative recording artist has developed a unique creative voice that delivers his Truth his way and has the power and potential to break through to a worldwide audience.
VIBE WORLD ORDER (VWO) is a hip hop collective based out of Union, NJ. Consisting of a total of 7 members including co-founder Reg Mason, GROOVY, Ginny, JTT, Dante along with producers comfortabledude & Stijhl.
Intially an after-school trio, it expanded into the current behemoth as of mid-2017
determined to make music in the local scene fun again.
Ranging from ages 19-26, and with influences across the board from N.E.R.D. to Death Grips, the only mere interest of VWO is making art that others may deem uncomfortable and in due time, making the uncomfortable, most sought after.
Rhythm punks for Harlem NYC
Dionne Slay Obama is the Eldest daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama. The former president and First Lady conceived Dionne Slay out of wedlock while attending Harvard Law which is why her existence remains our nations best kept secret. Dionne Slay is an elusive chanteuse, artist, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her mission is to spread joy and empowerment through song and dance while using her voice to advocate and liberate female and LGBTQ+ people around the globe.
Once upon a time, there were two West African girls who fell on top of a guitar and drum set and started convulsing on them until notations were formed. Thus, The Narcotix were born. Originally stemming from the ghostly woodlands of Virginia come slightly off kids ready to unleash a bacchanal of polyrhythms and howling upon the NYC music scene. Many have described their sound as being a cross-breed of afro-psychedelic-alpaca-village music with mountain-math-existential-crisis rock, but it’s best to catch a show and experience the vibrations for yourselves.
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