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Macklemore Reunites With Ryan Lewis To Bring A Familiar Magic In New Single, ‘Next Year’

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Grammy award-winning lyricist Macklemore partners back up with longtime friend and collaborator, Ryan Lewis, for the first time in five years for a reflective and optimistic new single and video ‘NEXT YEAR’ that features recording artist Windser – available everywhere now. Macklemore and Lewis teamed up with director Jason Koenig to write and direct the music video. Koenig is a frequent collaborator of theirs, as he also did the ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and ‘Downtown’ videos. Watch HERE.

On the heels of what will be the 10th anniversary of his accolade and award-laden debut, The Heist and four years since Macklemore’s last studio LP Gemini, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, boasting cuts with appearances from Skylar Grey, Lil Yachty, Offset, Kesha, and more – looking to 2022, Macklemore has returned with an anthemic and true to his ethos track, backed by a rising Windser-led chorus that engrains in us that ‘Next year’s gonna be better than this!’ Coupled with a hilarious and metaphorical visual that finds our Seattle-based emcee surviving not only the city’s beloved grey skies, but car crashes and even the birth of a new baby with his wife, that may or may not be his neighbor’s. There’s even a barrage of stray golf balls landing at his feet that remind us of the strength of the rapper’s ability to not only remain in the driver seat of life, despite all, but his self-awareness and capacity to poke fun, even at himself and his own best laid plans – a funny nod to his own lauded golf apparel brand, Bogey Boys.

A record special and dear to the rapper’s heart, he shares of the song, “This is the first new music I’ve released in quite some time and I got to work with my guy Ryan Lewis, on production again.” The Seattle emcee continues, “Ryan first played this for me in his car, as a rough demo but it immediately stood out.  I then wrote a bunch of verses quickly and went down to LA to record. And with the time that had passed, I felt a little apprehension at first; however, once we started the creative process, it felt like we hadn’t skipped a day.”

“I remember playing the demo for ‘Next Year’ in the car for Ben and he just lit up,” Lewis shares. “We hadn’t worked together in a few years and each of our processes had grown and evolved in that time working independently of each other, so it was scary and exciting to see how it would go getting back in the studio — all in all, it was like everything had changed and yet nothing had changed at all! Working on the song turned into working on the video, which then turned into late nights and a lot of laughing. It felt like a fresh start for our creativity and a reminder of the powerful force we make together – I missed my guy.” Prior to the new single, Macklemore and past collaborator Ryan Lewis released their second joint effort This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, another chart top five success that also featured a slew of contributions from the likes of Idris Elba, Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper, Anderson.Paak, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz.

“There’s not many people that know me as well as Ryan does,” provides Macklemore. “We spent damn near a decade together every day, making music, videos, touring and everything else.  We obviously took a long break but have been able to hop back into that same space immediately.” He continues, “I think we both went into it not exactly knowing what to expect, but I’ve had hella fun the entire time.  I love the way his brain works around all things related to art and it was refreshing to connect on that level again.  That’s my brother for life, and I’m really proud of what we cooked up with for ‘Next Year.’”

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The duo are well known for providing us an infectious chorus too, and my do they deliver, Windser included!  “I love Windser’s voice and energy on this song,” notes Macklemore. “He originally just cut a reference demo, but Ryan and I both loved him on this record from the jump. He killed it, and his performance perfectly fits the message of the song. I must say, he’s a talented and humble guy and I’m excited for more people to get to know him.”

“I’ve respected his music, independence, and artistry for a long time and was thrilled to be part of a song that resonates with me in such a powerful way,” beams Windser on the collaboration. “The last couple years have not been easy, but I truly believe that next years gonna be better than this, and that we’ll come out of these times stronger. It’s a true honor to have collaborated with Macklemore on ‘Next Year.’’

As Macklemore looks to 2022, his forthcoming project promises to reach new heights in light of these trials and tribulations, bringing forward a further refined sound and message.

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Benjies charts his course to stardom with introspective debut EP “TRI”

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With the finesse of a poet, Benjies explores the multifaceted nature of identity in 10 minutes of pure lyrical bliss on his debut EP, “TRI.” His 3-track spectacle is available to stream in music stores worldwide. Listen to it here: https://bfan.link/tri-2

Money, love and mental health are some of the relevant issues of our day and to Benjies, these are cardinal to his self-expression, hence “TRI.” This thematic representation of himself (as reflected on the EP’s cover) sees the rapper break into the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene at lightspeed with silky flows and a melodic rap style that renders a catchy narrative. Bundle this talent with the groovy touches of PsykoWorldWide, Elormbeatz, Swit and Benjies is invincible on his first EP.


“TRI” opens up with the hard-hitting ‘Scheming.’ Benjies acknowledges the power of money and rhymes about his determination to secure the bag by any means necessary. He uses the Akan proverb “sika yɛ mogya” as a substrate for his intriguing rhymes to atomize, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way.

Benjes shifts the scope to mental health in the second track, ‘Pain Killer’ featuring Nemisis Loso. Here, the rapper artistically contemplates turning to alcohol and other vices as a quick fix to his problems. He is, however, quick to highlight the negative impact of such choices on his psyche, relying on a clever Fante flow to keep his call for staying sober fresh and exciting.


Things slow down for the EP’s closer, ‘Ride or Die.’ Benjies takes his time on this one, putting his better half on a pedestal over a soothing Hiplife production that feels classic. In an intimate show of affection, the rapper appreciates this significant figure for sticking it out with him through thick and thin. The rapper’s lyrics echo a sense of gratitude, steadily manifesting his final identity: love.

After drawing inspiration from his extensive time studying in China, Benjies is ready to disrupt the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene through his tasteful blend of Hip-Hop, Hiplife, Afrobeats and Jazz with the funky rhythms of Alternative music. Last year, the burgeoning Fante rapper, who is equally fluent in Cantonese, dropped two tracks (’On the Go’ and ‘Third Person’) to test the waters and showcase his talent. Since then, he has been eager to establish himself as a prominent player in the industry, making his latest EP a must-listen.

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Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese Join Forces for Exciting Remix of “Gorilla”

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Dynamic duo Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese have teamed up for an electrifying remix of their hit single “Gorilla.” The collaboration brings together two powerhouse artists in the Ghana music industry to create a fresh and innovative sound that is sure to captivate listeners around the world.

Originally released as a standalone track, “Gorilla” quickly gained momentum and garnered widespread acclaim for its infectious beat and catchy lyrics. Now, with the addition of Kwaw Kese’s unique style and flair, the remix takes the song to new heights, offering fans a fresh take on an already beloved track produced by klenam Lednum “Klxnam” from the Uk.

Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese are no strangers to success in the music industry, with both artists boasting an impressive catalogue of hits and a dedicated fan base. By joining forces on the remix of “Gorilla,” they have created a collaboration that is sure to resonate with fans of both artists and introduce their music to new audiences.

The remix of “Gorilla” is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Fans can expect an exciting blend of Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s signature sounds, as well as a few surprises along the way.

Don’t miss out on this exciting collaboration between two of the most talented artists in the industry. Stream the remix of “Gorilla” today and experience the magic for yourself.

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For more information, please visit Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s official websites and social media pages.

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Zyon Ovkin drops hot new single, ‘Vibrate’

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Zyon Ovkin drops hot new single, 'Vibrate'

Frank Kweku Cole a.k.a “Manzo” but mostly known as Zyon Ovkin has dropped his latest single, ‘Vibrate’. Listen here

Born and raisd in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Zyon Ovkin completed Good News Baptize JHS in Sunyani and later move to Accra to continue his education at College High Senior High School.  He calls himself ” The Composer” due to his versatility and ability to quickly blend and adapt with any kind of music style. “I have experiment with different sounds and genres including Afropop,Rap,Highlife, Afrobeats Contemporary and conscious music. My immediate surrounding and upbringing has a major influence on my composition and thought process,” he comments.

Zyon Ovkin is spiritually conscious. He  taps a lot of energy from Daddy Lumba, Kwadwo Antwi and Amakye Dede as their messages resonate well with him. “I’m also influenced by the late Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. As a tenager, the loss of my Dad and my brother left me with a huge gap and trauma and the only way escaping the pain is through Music,” he adds.

He is currently signed to Solid Brand Management.

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LEONARDODDJ X IYKE PARKER CALLS ON 99PHACES FOR SUMMER ANTHEM “PAIN AND PLEASURE”

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“Life of the party and I give it my all” is one of the lines that is bound to catch your attention as you listen to Iyke Parker and Leonardoddj’s latest single.

Audio: https://easternchild.fanlink.tv/PainNPleasure

Teaming up with Ghanaian collective 99phaces, the duo releases their second single as they build up the release of their joint project later this year. 

With verses from Anabel Rose and Freddie Gambini, the house themed song is laced with an infectious chorus and catchy bridge which embodies the groovy feel that comes with the summer. The song encourages listeners to let loose and destress after experiencing the gruesome and tiresome couple of months. 

Produced by Iyke Parker, Pain and Pleasure has been dubbed a summer anthem. You can stream the single on all DSPs. 

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‘Borkor Borkor’: new single from rising rapper, Crytical emphasizes on success through perseverance

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Crytical, the talented artist from Tema, Ghana, is set to captivate audiences once again with the release of his latest track, ‘Bokor Bokor,’ produced by the esteemed SwatyBeats. Listen to ‘Borkor Borkor’ here: https://onerpm.link/bokorbokor

‘Bokor Bokor’ epitomizes a fusion of contemporary Hip-Hop and Rap with intricate guitar riffs and licks interwoven throughout, providing a melodic backdrop. The rhythmic drum patterns and instrumentation draw inspiration from cultural dance folk tunes, lending the composition a rich tapestry of sound. These elements converge to deliver a fresh perspective on rap music, filtered through the lens of a Gen-Z artist.

At the heart of the track lies a dynamic interplay between the buoyant beats and Crytical’s evocative lyrics, which explore the existential struggles faced by individuals navigating the complexities of life. Amidst the vibrant rhythms, Crytical adeptly articulates the internal turmoil experienced by “hustlers,” deftly weaving themes of perseverance and resilience.

A noteworthy aspect of ‘Bokor Bokor’ is Crytical’s incorporation of the popular Asante Twi phrase, further enriching the cultural tapestry of the composition. This inclusion, particularly evident in the chorus, reflects Crytical’s personal journey and underscores an enduring theme of patience amidst adversity.

With ‘Bokor Bokor,’ Crytical invites listeners on a sonic journey that transcends conventional boundaries, offering a poignant commentary on the human experience. As the track reverberates with infectious energy and introspective lyricism, it serves as a testament to Crytical’s artistry and unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.

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Kakra Jay is lovestruck in amusing visuals for new song ‘Crush on You’

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Kakra Jay is lovestruck in amusing visuals for new song ‘Crush on You’

Kakra Jay makes a catchy entrance into the year with the inviting visuals of his latest love song, ‘Crush on You.’ Directed by DushieFrames, this exciting release stars Asantewaa and Cassious in an amusing narrative that will keep viewers glued to their screens.

The experience of having a crush is universal, and if you have ever bumped into yours, Kakra Jay’s new video is for you. Its engaging premise offers a wishful insight into the singer’s admiration for his social media crush (played by Asantewaa) on the job as a receptionist with his colleague (played by Sani Enchill) at the Rose Tree International Hotel. 

Through the ensuing vibrant scenes, Kakra Jay daydreams about being noticed by his crush despite the rude presence of her boyfriend (played by Cassious). He sings about his feelings throughout the song, seemingly connecting with her in his dream world. Despite a few awkward moments—which are whimsical, he perseveres before ultimately catching up to the reality of the situation. 

Aside from the entertainment on-screen, ‘Crush on You’ is your typical Kakra Jay tune. It is lively and has a mesmerizing quality to it. The Drumsticks-produced song reminds us that, despite his prolonged absence from music, the ‘Sexual Healing’ star is still with us. Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1vfyj3NV146GAmACyx5H44

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INSTAGRAM: kakra_jay
TWITTER: @kakrajaysongs
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