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Lucki and Lil Yachty Don’t Need “Greed” in Their New Video Single

Serving confessional, incantatory rhymes with his distinctive croak, Lucki plumbs the depths of his soul in his music. Serving up a hypnotic, bite-sized banger, Lucki shares “Greed,” his new video single. Built around a swirling flute melody and clunking percussion, “Greed” finds Lucki stunting alongside Lil Yachty, both rappers touting their devil-may-care lifestyles and dog-eat-dog mentalities. Though the words are boastful, Lucki delivers his rhymes in a staggering croak, indicating the deep-seated pain that informs his worldview. Shot by Yachty’s favorite videographer AMD Visuals, the video for “Greed” finds the two artists posting up outside a convenience store, having a blast as they recite their rhymes. “Greed” is Lucki’s first new release of 2021, following the late-2020 The World Is Lucki’s, a vibey 3-track EP.

For Skope: Teamworx and Almero team up for groovy progressive gem “Run” (out now on Protocol)

Teamworx & Almero’s newest release – “Run,” which just dropped on Protocol Recordings. “Run” is Teamworx & Almero’s first collaboration and a groovy progressive house anthem that Nicky Romero and his Protocol are known for.

Mac Leaphart Releases Wry, Rugged Music City Joke

“If there is an overall arc that links these songs, it’s that I am trying to connect in a way that I never have before,” singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart says of Music City Joke, out today. The 10-song collection vacillates between high-energy tales that would be at home on any dancehall stage to wry examinations of the human condition — though Leaphart’s detailed writing style equally weaves throughout the more rollicking tracks on the album just the same.

American Songwriter Debuts “Losing You”

On The Beatles’ “Getting Better,” John Lennon responds to Paul McCartney’s It’s getting better all the time with his sly It can’t get no worse. Still supporting the idea that it’s “getting better,” Lennon’s subtle slip of cynicism is what Luke Rathborne likes to capture in most of his narratives, including “Losing You,” off his upcoming third album, Again.

LEVEL UP and JEANIE Lock Horns on Diabolical Collab “Hell Hole” for Bassrush Records – Feb 12

JEANIE is coming off of an appearance with Bassrush via the latest ‘Prophecy’ compilation. The GRL GANG founder is now joining forces with another formidable force, LEVEL UP, who has been coming up hard with releases on Cyclops, GRVDNCR and more. They are teaming up now on “Hell Hole,” a diabolical single forged in some serious heat.

Payton Moormeier Releases New Single “Nevermind”

In addition to the release, AWAL has today announced a global deal with payton. The AWAL Recordings deal offers payton a full range of services, including global marketing, campaign coordination, A&R and global distribution.


Hit-Boy- one of the most sought out producers in the music industry and most recently named “Best Producer Alive” by Complex – lends his talents to Executive Produce on the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack, which contains features from the likes of JAY-Z, the late Nipsey Hussle, Nas, H.E.R., A$AP Rocky, Black Thought and more. The soundtrack is out today on all streaming platforms.

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris debut first official duet “Chasing After You” alongside video

Arista Nashville singer songwriter Ryan Hurd has garnered more than 382 million career streams worldwide and caught the attention of entertainment tastemakers including Esquire, GQ, Maxim, American Songwriter, Billboard, People, NBC’s “TODAY” and more. With co-pen credits on some of country music’s biggest hits by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the Kalamazoo native continues his hit-producing path with “Chasing After You,” which follows his 2020 EOM EP featuring “Every Other Memory,” dubbed one of the “Best Songs of April 2020” by TIME. His 2019 Gold-certified Top 20 song “To A T,” went #1 at SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown.

Samantha Margret Releases Valentine’s EP Mine // Negative Space

San Francisco singer-songwriter Samantha Margret has released her compelling new two-track EP, Mine // Negative Space. Margret’s stunning vocals and heartfelt lyrics deliver a beautifully poignant EP just in time for Valentine’s Day. “This EP is my gift to people who want to settle into Valentine’s Day with a little heartbreak this year,” Margret says.

Kiazi Malonga Releases New Video “Lomami” Out Now

West coast Congolese sensation Kiazi Malonga has just released the video for his latest single “Lomami.” The single is from Kiazi’s forthcoming debut album Tembo Kia Ngoma set for release on March 5, 2021. The album pays tribute to Kiazi’s late parents, including world renowned ambassador of central African dance and Kiazi’s father, Malonga Casquelourd.

IONOPHORE: “Bedim” Premiered At Captured Howls

With its members hailing from both Oakland, California and London, UK, IONOPHORE is the project of multi-instrumentalists Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu, Terebellum), Janek Hendrich (Qepe, Not Quite So, Betterthief), and Ryan Honaker (Souls And Cities, Betterthief). Formed in 2012, the trio continues to weave their trademark cinematic dark electronics and organic elements, melding the orchestral strings of Honaker with the horns and voice of Abdul-Rauf, embellished with the electronic flourishes of Hendrich.

Ionophore Premiere Brand New Track Of Stirring Neo-Classical — Listen Here!

Teenage bedroom pop honey AVIV releases dreamy single “lonely bitch”

Lonely Hearts far and wide rejoice as Toronto’s teenage bedroom pop star AVIV releases her newest single “lonely bitch”. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “lonely bitch” is a gentle flutter of young loneliness with layered bedroom beats and airy vocals, but don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity. AVIV is heavily involved in all processes of her song creation, playing guitar, co-producing and introducing live drums into her set. At a young 14 years old, AVIV has generated intense interest from a multitude of labels as she builds a deeply interested fanbase and joined the Joe Buscema (Bearings, dad sports, Ryan Woods) management roster.

Listen to SHIP THIEVES’ First Single On BrooklynVegan!

Hailing from the modern punk rock capital of the world known as Gainesville, Florida, Ship Thieves return with their fourth full-length album, Irruption, on Chunksaah Records and it will be available everywhere on March 12th.

Fronted by Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), the band also features veterans bassist Chad Darby (Samiam), guitarist Addison Burns (Quit, The Enablers), and Bobby Brown (The Enablers).

SoCal Skate Punks CHASER Drop New Single/Music Video “A New Direction” — A Hard Hitting Blast Of Timely, Politically-Charged Punk Rock

Established in 2000 in the heart of the SoCal punk scene, CHASER made a name for themselves playing fast, catchy and melodic skate punk. The band’s latest single “A New Direction” is blast of timely and politically charged punk rock and follows on the heels of their single “2020” which has been getting major spins on Sirius XM’s Faction.


Art@War and Atlantic recording artist YBN Almighty Jay gets real in his latest offering, “Battling My Spirit.” The title track to his forthcoming project, Battling My Spirit, it drops alongside an official video, directed by Sirotin and streaming via YouTube –

LA indie artist ALICIA BLUE sets her “Blackbird” free… New single and video

While the themes may be weighty, “Blackbird” is airy, poetic and immediately engaging. Recalling the interwoven texture of Hozier with Taylor Swift’s impeccable ear for melody on her newest releases, Alicia tackles the complicated nature without anchoring the music, creating a track that easily validates Atwood Magazine’s choice as one 2021’s Artists To Watch which says, “she will make 2021 the year everyone falls deeply in love with folk music.”

Video premiere: Alicia Blue, ‘Blackbird’

Latest visual from Valleyheart Entitled “Scenery”

Valleyheart has a dedicated fanbase and nearly three million streams on Spotify to date, as well as having been added to New Noise and Totally Alt playlists. “Scenery” is off of their upcoming EP set for release March 26th.

Homage to Goosebumps in Jake Hays’ Pleasantly Horrifying Video for Overcomplicated

Jake Hays’ new video begins with a WARNING: This film contains flashing lights that may cause discomfort. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.

After that, it’s all downhill…in the best possible way.

The video for Hays’ new single, “Overcomplicated” is something of an ode to the artist’s love of all things creepy and spooky. In the video, Hays wakes up in a basement, chained to the floor, and has to endure bizarre psychological games at the hands of a devilish mascot and a vengeful ex-date.

New from Bandits on the Run (ft. DICKINSON star, Adrian Blake Enscoe)

The romantic ballad features singer/guitarist Adrian Blake Enscoe on lead vocals. If Enscoe looks familiar, it may be because he is currently starring opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski in Dickinson, streaming on AppleTV+.

“This song arose from wanting to soothe the troubled seas endlessly pouring out of the bubbling societal/political upheaval that has defined the last few years — especially for your loved ones, the ones you go to sleep with every night,” Enscoe says. “Even as we spend all our days and all our energy laboring to change the tone and tenor of these dark times, we MUST find ways to rest and recharge, or we’ll just become quivering blobs of anxiety.”

Grammy Winner Judith Hill Releases New Video For God Bless The Mechanic

In the new cinematic visual directed and edited by Colin H Duffy, Judith is meticulously assembled piece by piece as a sultry artificial intelligence robot. Throughout the clip Judith spins a romantic bed of soul, slow groove and contemporary R&B.

Audio-visual Artistic Group, MTRSS, Announce Collaboration with Soul/Gospel Singer MaKenzie Thomas (Top 8 on The Voice) Premiered via Celebmix

“”Cali High” opens on a thumping kick-drum topped by gentle, glowing colors. MaKenzie’s lush, delicious tones infuse the lyrics with smooth, deluxe timbres rife with gospel creaminess. Radiant synth hues form luminous backing accents, giving the tune depth and suffusing dimension. Posh and enticing, the affluent gospel-inflected voice of Makenzie fuses with the gleaming tints of the melody to produce pure sonic beauty.” (Celebmix)

Premiere: MTRSS Hooks Up with MaKenzie Thomas on “Cali High”

Queen Key Releases New Single “Too Hot” + Accompanying Video Today

After proudly welcoming a beautiful set of triplets in March, Queen Key is ready to take her place on the rap throne. Looking up to lyrical queens like Lauryn Hill and Lil’ Kim, in 2016, she started delivering royal raps on her first pair of projects, Your Highness and Beauty in a Beast. She crowned herself queen with the release of her 2018 EP Eat My Pussy and its 2019 sequel.

TIAGO PZK kick-starts 2021 with the release of a new single and video “Flow de Barrio”

After ending 2020 with an unsurpassed number of hits and followers on YouTube and social networks, TIAGO PZK, one of today’s most sensational pacesetters of improvised rap, has released a new single and video, “Flow de Barrio”. With the explosive subject matter, an irresistibly danceable beat, and with flow, lots and lots of flow, the rhythms of trap and reggaeton interact with the rhymes as is typical with this Argentinian rapper’s performances.