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18-Year-Old Rapper, J.I. the Prince of NY Announces Partnership With Spotify For Its Radar Emerging Artists Program

Today, Spotify announces their newest RADAR partnership with NYC-based rapper, J.I. the Prince of NY. The bourgeoning G*Starr Ent./Geffen recording artist got his start freestyling with his brothers at the age of 11, within a few years he began posting his freestyles on Instagram, and soon caught the attention of legendary rapper/producer/executive Jermaine Dupri. Naming iconic artists like Tupac Shakur, Big Pun and DMX among his influences, he dropped his debut single “No Static” in 2016 and by the end of that year, the then-15-year-old had garnered more than 500,000 views on his YouTube channel.

Spotify’s RADAR Program Launches Second US Artist, J.I The Prince of N.Y Alongside New Content


The duo made up of 18 year old MC Dew Haydn and 22 year old rapper/producer blackrobeBLACKROBES, make music with pertinent social, cultural, and personal topics including civil rights, mental illness, cyberbullying, and more. With an emphasis on capturing what it’s like to grow up in the age of the internet as well as in two of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago LLD looks to be a voice for an online generation while still maintaining a hyper awareness for the multitude of injustices that exist in our world today. Fusing industrial percussion and obscure samples, LLD’s sound is as harsh & unapologetic as it is tender & cautious.

Psychic Temple Announce New Album ‘Houses of the Holy,’ Out September 25, 2020

Psychic Temple, the project of Chris Schlarb, returns with Houses of the Holy: a double album featuring Cherry Glazerr, The Dream Syndicate, The Chicago Underground Trio, and Xololanxinxo, available worldwide on September 25, 2020.

To construct this opus–while trying to dispel the myth that all double albums contain fluff–Schlarb lead four existing bands into the realm of Psychic Temple.

HDBeenDope Releases “Off The Block” Video Today

HDBeenDope released the new video for his fan-adored track “Off The Block,” on his critically acclaimed new project, BrokeN Dreams, released in May. The Erikson Corniel-directed video perfectly complements the tracks 808-heavy Jahlil Beats (Rick Ross, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown) production. Shot while in quarantine, both the track and video highlight HD’s boundless creativity.


Today VIRGIN STEELE will be releasing a Marathon/Epic Video Album of 10 Video Clips. The first clip is a full-length “Movie”/Documentary type video clip. This documentary is an in depth, “INSIDE THE MUSIC” look into the GOTHIC VOODOO ANTHEMSalbum, which is one of the 3 new releases included in the SEVEN DEVILS MOONSHINE 5 CD BOX SET. It takes the viewer/listener on a journey through that album and explores the origins of that style and how the Group arrived at that particular place for that release. It also ventures far beyond that album and discusses the beliefs & philosophies of the group, the songwriting ideology, etc.

Bloody Your Hands Share “Checked Out” Via MXDWN

Today, Bloody Your Hands have shared the second single “Checked Out” off of their upcoming album, Sunday Scaries. The track premiered exclusively with MXDWN praising, “Bloody Your Hands give listeners an updated take on that unique wavelength alternative heroes like Archers of Loaf, and particularly Superchunk were perfecting in the ’90s.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Bloody Your Hands Release Anti-9-to-5 Anthem “Checked Out”


Breakout Dancehall starlet Moyann delivers new visuals for her latest single, “Mad Out.” The anthemic riddim is every girl’s quarantine dream; your girls, the beach, flirty outfits and good vibes. “Mad Out” is an empowering reminder to women all over not to let anyone define or hinder your joy; “Me mek some gal mad out cah me happy right now, life still a keep right now.”

ENTRY: BrooklynVegan Streams Entire Detriment Debut LP By From Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Outfit

Compact and ferocious, Detriment is a diverse album and a breath of fresh air in the genre. The debut showcases ENTRY’s appreciation for different aspects of punk and hardcore, and their imaginative songwriting that is condensed into nine succinct musical statements of intent. As a collective, ENTRY firmly believes in the power of punk and the uniting nature of music, and with Detriment, they reflect themselves and their community with integrity and authenticity.

Blitzen Trapper Shares “Dead Billie Jean”;

Today, Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper shares ”Dead Billie Jean,” the third track from their Yep Roc Records debut, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, out September 11. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the video noting, “Dead Billie Jean” which works in the title star of Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit — not to mention a few dead rock stars — into the heady psychedelic universe of this album”

Led by existential questions about life and death, Holy Smokes Future Jokes finds frontman Eric Earley ruminating on the intermediate period between a person’s separate lives on earth, “and what it means to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth,” he explains.

renforshort RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW TRACK “fuck, i luv my friends”

The track – written by renforshort, Jeff Hazin, Geoff Warburton, David Charles Fischer and Jared Scharff, and produced by Jeff Hazin & Pearl Lion – features ren’s edgy tone and her signature brand of deeply reflective, yet undeniably relatable, alt-pop. It’s the first taste of new music from the rising star, who has used her time in quarantine to write and record several new songs, expected to drop throughout the year, as she continues to polish her ever-evolving sound.

Warning: Lil Gotit Shares a Flammable Video for “Bootron”

Lil Gotit’s distinct melodic style and off-the-wall lyricism propelled him to rising star status in Atlanta and beyond. Preparing to torch his competition, Gotit shares “Bootron,” his latest video. Produced by Kay9ine & RokOnTheTrack, “Bootron” is a hypnotic trap track, slowing down Gotit’s usual manic delivery to a methodical pace as he brags about how females love him and he loves them back: “Everybody eatin’, yeah, we like to grub/For all my thots up in this world, show some love.” In the video, Gotit holes up in a remote cabin with a scantily-clad baddie as he shows off his dangerous new toys. “Bootron” is the latest in a line of quality videos from Hood Baby 2, following the black-and-white “Bricks In The Attic” (over 1 million views) and the country-fried “No Kizzy” (over 300k views).

Midwestern Emo Vets Giants Chair Debut Politically-Charged New Video “Russian Racehorse” on BrooklynVegan

Veteran Kansas City post-hardcore/emo greats Giants Chair are premiering their video for “Russian Racehorse” on BrooklynVegan.

Ramallah Release Video For “Dead Boys and Dead Girls Anthem” Ahead of CD/LP Release

Ramallah will officially release “Last Gasp of Street Rock N’ Roll” on CD/LP via State Line Records this Friday, but you can check out the brand new video for single “Dead Boys and Dead Girls Anthem” now (see Lambgoat premiere)!

Conkarah and Shaggy release official video for viral sensation, “Banana”

Island-Pop star Conkarah is quickly proving a worldwide summer sensation with his breakthrough hit single, “Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ Fle – Minisiren Remix],” available now via S-Curve Records/BMG at all DSPs and streaming services. A playful take on the traditional Jamaican folk song, “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” the track – featuring Conkarah’s fellow Jamaican, 2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Shaggy – is joined by a brand new companion video, filmed earlier this month in Kingston, Jamaica by director Jay Will (Major Lazer, Third World) and streaming now via YouTube.

Jaah SLT Battles Zombies in the Post-Apocalyptic “Y2K” Video

“Y2K” arrives in the midst of a succession of creative videos, most recently “Same Me,” another Mack-directed spectacle with more than 80k views on YouTube. In May, Jaah shared “Dottin Up,” which earned a premiere in Lyrical Lemonade and racked up over 350k views.

The Neverly Boys (Dave Sitek & Daniel Ledinsky) share lyric video for “Let Love In”

Groundbreaking artists/producers/songwriters Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) and Daniel Ledinsky share a lyric video for their track “Let Love In” off of the debut album Dark Side Of Everything. The album was written, produced and recorded by the two. Dark Side Of Everything is available now via Alchemy Recordings in partnership with BMG Recordings at all DSPs and streaming services.

Brooklyn post-punk trio Fair Visions share single “Feels Right”

Scintillating and audacious, Fair Visions’ debut EP A Way Out poses the questions that keep you up at night against a crystalline backdrop of electricity. The Brooklyn-based post-punk trio, led by songwriter Ryan Work, is set to release the six-track EP on August 14th.

renforshort reveals stunning new single ‘fuck, i luv my friends’

The track follows her EP teenage angst, a youthful, soul baring body of work which picked up widespread acclaim from the likes of NME, NYLON, Interview, CLASH and more, with lead single i drive me mad being remixed by Linkin Park legend Mike Shinoda. fuck, i luv my friends is the first glimpse at what is coming next from renforshort.

Boy Pablo shares “honey” music video

While his career took off in 2017 with the viral, outsider-pop anthem “Everytime”, Boy Pablo’s Nicolas Muńoz has since found himself more connected to his art than ever. While Boy Pablo initially started out as a project just for fun, Muńoz, now 21, has since honed a cohesive, creative vision, becoming a fully-fledged force to be reckoned with in the indie-pop space. The second single from his forthcoming debut LP ‘Wachito Rico’, is a testament to his development as both a songwriter and a studio recording artist. It’s a lush production with an earworm chorus over a dreamy and effortless groove that chronicles the ups and downs of a romance that is rooted in a deep love.

Blaktrix unleashes mighty ‘€5 Euro Shades’ single via Winger Records

Hip Hop legend Blaktrix signs with Winger Records.

Like a well kept secret the UK Underground Hip Hop scene knows about Blaktrix. Acclaimed for his flow and off kilter techniques he seems eventually destined to be recognised as one of the leading Hip Hop artists in the country…

Blaktrix, a pivotal part of the highly respected Associated Minds label / institution in the 2000’s, he featured on Secondson’s album with the likes of Taskforce and Jehst.

Brytiago presenta su nuevo sencillo promocional “Olvidando”

El ídolo del género urbano Brytiago, les regala a sus fanáticos un nuevo tema y video musical: “Olvidando”. El sencillo pertenece a su próximo álbum de estudio que lleva por nombre “Orgánico”, cuya fecha de estreno está próxima a anunciarse. “Olvidando” está disponible hoy en todas las plataformas digitales.


Directed by Blythe Thomas, the video for the infectious song follows a street performer to the Venice Beach boardwalk and coincides with the song’s lyrics about breaking past self-consciousness and fear, and seeking acknowledgement from those around you. The video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and MTVU.