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Duckwrth releases new video, 4K, and it’s a vibe

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LA-based recording artist, musician and designer, Duckwrth, releases the video for his newest single, “4K” featuring Phabo. The, WaveIQ produced track is from his upcoming project, SG8*, due out September 3rd. The project is aptly named after the SuperGood brand he created and the evolution to his 2020 album of the same name. Continuing the lineage of soul and diving deeper into melodic R&B, the project is layered with vocals, however this standout track focuses on Duckwrth’s bars serving as an anthem for escapism. “4K” is available on all streaming platforms. Watch here.

In celebration of the release of the newest video, Duckwrth hosted a series of screenings on Tuesday, August 24th at Braindead Studios in Los Angeles. 

The visual highlights the track’s triumphant tone of escapism, emphasizing the freedom of leaving quarantine and flocking to the tropics. Shot in Pink Sands, Bahamas, the music video’s comedic timing breaks the fourth wall to showcase the realities of vacationing in the age of social media and highlight reels. “4K” is a vibe, an illuminating reality check, and most definitely a movie. 

“Right when outside started opening up and everyone started flocking to Tulum and Hawaii…that’s what 4K is about. Trying to adjust and acclimate while still having fun,” said Duckwrth. “It’s the paradox of the recurring line, ‘Was your pandemic popping?’ 4K is a movie, and that’s what the pandemic turned into when we were let loose.”  

In a larger sense, SG8* is an ode to post-pandemic joy and rising above the inherent anxiety associated with the era. The project also features additional production by WaveIQ (Jaden Smith, Goldlink) and Loshendrix (SZA, Brent Faiyaz, Kehlani). Presave SG8* here.

The moments keep coming for Duckwrth. He recently collaborated with Cordae in their track “Settle the Score,” featured in the new movie and soundtrack Space Jam: A New Legacy. His US tour kicking off in September has sold-out dates in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Oakland, and Chicago. Additionally, he has appeared in campaigns for Vans and the recent Yara Shahidi x Adidas Collaboration

In March, Duckwrth’s first NPR Tiny Desk performance premiered his first single off the EP “Make U Go,” which channeled his inner Marvin Gaye. Partnering withLexus and The Fader on the series 24/8, Duckwrth gave an inside look at his creative process during quarantine. The short but introspective piece featured bits and pieces of the ethereal track. 

Check out the new video for “4K” and look out for SG8* dropping September 3rd!

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Larruso releases lifestyle video for song, “High Meditation”

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Larruso releases lifestyle video for song, “High Meditation”

15 months after the release of the official audio off his debut EP, “New Gen”; the young afro-pop and dancehall singer has released the lifestyle video for his inspirational afro-dancehall song titled “High Meditation”; produced by Gigz Beatz.

In a lifestyle visual shot by Abeiku Simonson, the dancehall crooner is seen living the best of his life with his friends overseas.  Speaking to beeniewords.com, Larruso confirms that he finds joy in collaborating with his peers, the older generation and always happy when his friends are around him.

Watch the lifestyle video of “High Meditation” by Larruso here;

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Ari Lennox Releases Video For Waste My Time

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Ari Lennox Releases Video For Waste My Time
Ari Lennox turns to therapy to solve her relationship questions in the new music video for her single “Waste My Time,” out today via Dreamville/Interscope Records. In the video, directed by Val Vega, the soul and R&B superstar ponders why she keeps falling for the same guys before the scene transforms to a steamy series of sets – Ari glistening in a pool, seducing in a gold and pink cloud, and embraced in a steamy romance. Does she get the answers she needs? Join Ari’s therapy journey and watch the full “Waste My Time” video HERE.
The “Waste My Time” video arrives on a big day for Ari Lennox’s career, as her age/sex/locationtour kicks off tonight at the famed House of Blues in Las Vegas. The 34-date trek runs through March 29 and hits several major markets – including concerts in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and more –before it concludes with two shows in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets for the age/sex/location Tour at www.arilennox.com
 
age/sex/location is Ari Lennox’s second studio album and was released in September to spectacular reviews. Pitchfork praised the album as “a bountiful exploration of what it truly means to be grown and sexy,” while Rolling Stone confirmed that the star “has delivered her best work to date” and VIBE featured the album on its list of the 25 Best R&B Albums of 2022. Standout tracks include “Queen Space,” with Summer Walker and “POF,” which President Obama placed at No. 3 on his annual favorite music series for 2022, and of course, the Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox-produced hit “Pressure.” The RIAA gold-certified hit has soared to over 640 million streams, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay and became her first solo Hot 100 single. “Waste My Time” extends Ari’s hitmaking streak at radio, with its No. 10 spot on Adult R&B Airplay. Thanks to those hits and more fan favorites, age/sex/location has already raced past 200 million streams in the U.S..
If that weren’t enough, Ari has continued to reap massive wins in recent months. In November, Ari delivered electric performances at both the American Music Awards and the Soul Train Awards, where she was nominated for six trophies, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. In December, she became the first-ever digital cover for HuffPost, with the publication proudly declaring the First Lady of Dreamville “a student of her craft and proof that R&B ain’t dead.”
age/sex/location is another win in Ari Lennox’s book, following her acclaimed 2019 debut, Shea Butter Baby, now officially certified gold by the RIAA. The project, now with over 1.5 billion global streams, spawned the RIAA platinum-certified title track, featuring Dreamville label head and marquee artist J. Cole, gold-certified singles “BMO” and “Whipped Cream,” and “Up Late.” Critical recognition capped off the debut era with nominations for a Grammy Award (for her contribution to Dreamville’s album, Revenge of the Dreamers III), three 2019 Soul Train Awards, and two 2020 NAACP Awards.
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Chike Shares Evocative Visuals For “On The Moon”

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Over the years Chike has embodied a pure definition of sound. His songs have taken R&B to dizzying heights within Afropop, earning the man a number of hits that reflects his colorful tones. Last year, saw the singer release his anticipated sophomore, ‘The Brother’s Keeper,’ a stirring collection of songs that opened with the ecclesiastical “On the Moon”.

Tapping the vivid percussions of amapiano, Chike tells the glorious tale of his wins as a musician. Swirling notes in the background establish a mood of victory and Chike’s crooning vocals take on the responsibility of their own, making the listener bounce and bop to his heart’s rhythm. The album was a masterful demonstration of Chike’s unmatched ability to imprint his unique storytelling style on just about any sound possible.

Starting off the New Year, Chike shares the visuals for “On the Moon”. It is directed by the talented UAX and features the musician in evocative scenes. Following the dreamy ethos of the record, a young boy alternates positions on a bed with Chike, light pouring around the set-up. As the video progresses, the sweet essences of star life come into focus, the girls and glitz, a followership all taking center stage alongside Chike. The dreamy cinematic experience is a perfect blend of minimalism and color, the video strikes a strong portrait of Chike’s growth from a music fan to a global superstar.

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Bisa Kdei addresses VGMA loss and other misfortunes in new track ‘‘Next Chapter’’

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Ghanaian highlife musician, Bisa Kdei has revealed some unfortunate twirls that has happened in his music career in the recently released “Next Chapter” video. (more…)

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Nii Menz describes how he received ‘Nea Ote Me Mu’ through a dream

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Nii Menz describes how he received ‘Nea Ote Me Mu’ through a dream

Music comes to musicians and songwriters through different means, as some get their lyrics while in the bath house, period of fasting, driving or at prayer meetings, others get theirs through dreams.

Over the years, artistes have shared their intriguing stories of how they got inspiration to write their songs.

Interestingly, fast-rising gospel musician, Nii Menz, known in private life as Anderson Nii Kwei Mensah has revealed that his new song dubbed “Nea Ote Me Mu” is a dream come true, a song he received in a dream.

According to him, the song was revealed to him in a dream,” it was around 2am one dawn, I was deep asleep, but found myself singing in a dream, I immediately woke up, I liked the melody and began to write verses for the song in accordance with the title revealed to him.”

Nii Menz added that he was very happy after writing the two verses for the song and proceeded to the studio to record the song to fulfil God’s revelation to him.

Touching on the message, he said “the song simply means ‘He that is in me’, the bible makes one understands that He that lives in us is greater than what we see outside.”

“If you have God living in you there is nothing one cannot do, and going by the direction and guidance of God, one can reach higher heights,” he said.

The gospel musician charged christians not to underestimate the power they carry because God created man in His own image.

Nii Menz said, even though it was not easy to mobilise resources, he decided not to give up, but to ensure the gift from God did not go to waste.

He promised of good songs and hard work in the years ahead, adding that gospel music has what it takes to lift Ghana music.

The song which was produced by Zapp Mallet is available on all digital platforms and comes with a video that was directed and shot by Good Luck pictures.

 

 

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THE TRUTH! Deportee enlists Renner, Rashid Metal, Abban & Ervidense on debut single

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Popular Ghanaian A&R, Deportee has released his debut single. (more…)

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