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E Reece – “Success (Keep On Rising)” (ft Jimetta Rose)

Maryland-bred, Los Angeles-based emcee E Reece (@ereece) dropped a song today, called “Success (Keep On Rising)”. Featuring soul singer Jimetta Rose on the hook, he reflects on his life while rapping about what he considers successful–from lifting spirits with positivity, having a great work ethic and chasing his dreams, learning from mistakes to become a better man, excelling in life, graduating college with a degree, to accomplishing music goals without needing hand-outs/co-signs. Head-nodding boom bap beat by Stro Elliot. Stream below!

Outasight – “The Wild Life”

New York native Outasight picked up everything and moved to Los Angeles last fall, and it seems like the LA life is treating him great based on this new single. An official soundtrack for the Bud Light Lime commercial, “The Wild Life” is an uptempo, funky pop jam that’s perfectly suited for summertime parties.

Lead by vibrant horns, a danceable drum rhythm, and catchy lyrics, you won’t have any problem moving your body to the music, no matter where you are. Whether you spend this sunny season in the pool, on the dance floor, or at your day job getting ready for the wild life coming that weekend…. this one’s for you. Don’t it feel nice to lose your mind? Stream this summer anthem below, put it on your playlists, and look out for this on his forthcoming Chasing The Ghost album.

Orlando Arocena: Star Wars – Hip Hop vector tribute

If you know me, you know that I’m a Star Wars fan (thanks to my dad). You can bet that I’m wearing a bunch of Star Wars gear today and channeling my inner Jedi, with a big smiling grin on my face. That said, I happily celebrate and recognize this day as May The Fourth Be With You! So does illustrator Orlando Arocena–whom I interviewed in CrayonBeats Magazine: Issue 06 (beginning on page 73)–and you can see that in his latest project, “STAR WARS – HIP HOP vector tribute“.

New York-born, Connecticut-based artist combines his love for Star Wars and golden era hip hop, through 10 incredibly dope pieces. You’ll see inspirations of Public Enemy, Run DMC, Eric B. & Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and Notorious B.I.G., mashed with easily recognizable Star Wars characters and galaxy scenes. This is the first batch in this series, and he promises more to come. Check this one out now, and prepare to be amazed!

JONES – “Indulge” EP

It brings me great joy to hear new music from JONES (@iseejones). Since I heard her songs “Deep” and “You” in 2014, I was anticipating a project. That day came on April 20th, though, when the London-based R&B-pop singer-songwriter released a 4-song EP, titled Indulge.

Seven Davis Jr. – “Sunday Morning”

Seven Davis Jr. (@sevendavisjr) is a name I recognize, because I remember that he did a project with Matt Gamin, called Champagne 4 Caesar, back in 2011. Fast-forward to a couple days ago, when the singer, songwriter, and producer dropped the first track from his upcoming, debut album, titled Universes, that’s due for release on July 24th via Ninja Tune.

“Sunday Morning” is a body-moving, feel-good house jam that rides on uptempo grooves, loud hand claps, a galloping bassline, and a confident one-liner vocal chop saying, “I bet ya never had a love like this before.” About the song, Seven said, “It’s about having healthy confidence in yourself and what you can offer the world.” Stream below, and look out for more!

Julian Nagano: The Unreleased EP

In preparation for his upcoming summer mixtape, producer and emcee Julian Nagano has dropped “The Unreleased EP” a mini-EP with 4 tracks ranging . The first track “Get It Done featuring Terusha” is one of the unreleased that has been heard before, as the song was performed by the duo in Tokyo, Japan and in Germany’s Berlin and Frankfurt cities (the Frankfurt performance featured a special appearance by Benten).

Saskwatch – “I’ll Be Fine” video

Saskwatch (@saskwatchmusic) are a six-piece soul band from Melbourne, Australia, and they make some extraordinary cool music. Live instruments played boldly so, with the electrifying, powerhouse soul vocals of Nkechi Anele… what’s not to love? This is a big band, and I have big love for them now. Saskwatch currently has two full albums under their belt, including their 2012 debut, Leave It All Behind, and their 2014 sophomore album, Nose Dive (I strongly recommend giving a listen to both of these fantastic albums–you will not regret it).

Gas-Lab – “Soulful & Jazzy Beats” album

Buenos Aires, Argentina, producer Gas-Lab (@gaslab) recently returned with a brand new album. Released on March 30th, Soulful & Jazzy Beats is an 11-track collection of brand new beats and instrumental versions of songs that he produced for other artists. The album is just as the title suggests. Soulful and jazzy beats, done with a combination of warm bass guitars, crooning horns, soothing keys and organs, delicate flute notes, thick synth lines, crackling vinyl, vocal accompaniment (from Stylo Caro and Favi), all over crispy boom bap drums.

Dynasty Electric – “Om Shiva” video

On April 20th, Brooklyn-based psych-pop duo Dynasty Electric (@dynastyelectric) dropped a music video from their new album, A Million Words of Love (I had no idea that this released a month ago!). The song is “Om Shiva”, and it’s a celebration of the spiritual use of cannabis, inspired by the Shiva-worshiping, ganja-smoking monks of India. I may not partake in those activities, so I cannot use this song as a theme song of sorts like some could, but I am a fan of the love, friendship, togetherness, and spiritual healing that this song/video symbolizes.

Mr. Dix – “Capital Letters Rap” (ft AM & PM Classes) video

Lucas Dix, one half of the Jellyfish Brigade, is a really dope emcee, from Portland, Oregon. He’s also a 6th grade Language Arts and Literacy Workshop teacher at Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie, Oregon. Last year, he wrote and recorded a fun and educational song called, “Comma Dance“, and filmed a music video with his AM & PM students. Combining music with educational learning, he put the music video up on Youtube and Bandcamp, and it has received a lot of love from other students, teachers, journalists, and music lovers alike.