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Professor Paws Continues To Push The Creative Boundaries With Release Of His EP ‘To The Bag’

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Since Professor Paws arrival onto the scene just 18 months ago, he has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. His first release from his To The Bag EP, ‘Southside Girl’, was undoubtedly well received, obtaining praise from trendsetting magazine ‘Notion’. He then followed with the lead single and title track, ‘To The Bag’, amassing over 125,000 views and over 75,000 streams in the process.

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With a musical approach that is second to none, Professor Paws creates a unique hybrid between new age R&B and a gritty UK rap sound for his new EP. The opening track ‘To The Bag’ portrays his distinct R&B style, highlighting an instant ensemble of differing melodies whilst delivering punchy lyrical content that we’ve come to expect. This release epitomises his approach this year as he sets his aims on getting ‘straight to the bag’. The next track ‘Southside Girl’ is the perfect blend to stir up the party feeling as the vibrant melodic chorus instantly captures your attention while the hard-hitting rap verses deliver the perfect contrast. This song captures the excitement and flirtations of a relationship blossoming in its early stages.

Moving in to ‘Sillionaire’, Professor Paws continues the musical theme of the EP, providing an R&B influenced hook with the raw rap that has become synonymous to his sound. A strong sense of the London artists affluent lifestyle shines through the lyricism, as he proceeds to remind us that ‘he is the man’. Heading through the tracklist, ‘Gold Touch’ tells the story of the rappers’ similarity with King Midas and his golden touch, with the track delving in to a wittier, personable side of the rapper.

With his usual combination of melodies and raw lyrics, this song is destined to be blaring out of car speakers across the UK. The final track is an extended version of ‘To The Bag’, the first version left listeners with a cliff hanger and this version is the clarity to the story. As he continues the go-getter mantra, we get a full understanding of Professor Paws mindset with his latest collection.

Of Ghanian and European heritage, Professor Paws is influenced by his roots and is keen to ensure that diversity always shines through in his music. Being exposed to such a wide range of sounds and styles in a rapidly developing musical climate, has helped shape his sound to one that moves fluidly between varying genres, tones and styles. His endless hours in the studio behind the desk as a producer has seen him work alongside major name rappers, including Giggs, Fekky, Cash and Joe Grind, and has undoubtedly helped to navigate his own personal artistry as he has cherrypicked wisdom from the best and been able to apply it to his own sound as an artist, something which evidently shines through in the EP.

With the release of his debut project ‘To The Bag’, we witness the development and evolution of Professor Paws. As he continues to gather momentum and make strides with his unorthodox hybrid of rap and R&B, we expect to see the experimental musician becoming a pivotal part of the music scene.

Stay up to date with PROFESSOR PAWS by following him on socials for news about upcoming releases & more.

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Brent Faiyaz follows Drake, Tyler, Keem, Meek collaborations with new single

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Grammy-nominated singer and producer Brent Faiyaz caps another stratospheric year with new single “Mercedes.” With Faiyaz’s idiosyncratic falsetto, “Mercedes” showcases Brent’s distinct musical identity that oscillates between hero and villain while being reminiscent of ‘90s R&B. 2021 saw Brent collaborate with the likes of Drake, Tyler, The Creator, Baby Keem, Meek Mill and Tems, release smash solo tracks, and surpass 8.5 BILLION streams for his catalog that includes 2 Certified Platinum and 5 Certified Gold singles.

 

Listen to “Mercedes” here: https://album.link/MERCEDES

 

In 2016, Faiyaz formed his own independent record label, Lost Kids and released his Fuck The World EP in 2020, which debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 charts. To give back to his fans he started the Show U Off Grant Program for Black women entrepreneurs in 2021, with more

details on the 2022 program to follow and he will celebrate the 4th annual Lost Kids Benefit this month in support of youths in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.

 

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Darone Okolie drops New Single “I GOT YOU”

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American – Nigerian actor and singer Darone Okolie has released a new track named “I Got You”. An addictive and very catchy track produced by Nigerian beatmaker Jostopac. In the single Darone showcases his Pop vocals while embodying a unique R&B sound with Afrobeats. The inspiration behind the record was to bring Diversity to the African and Latin community.

Stream it now on SPOTIFY or APPLE MUSIC

The Caribbean up-tempo “I Got You” also features a guest appearance from South Central Latin artist Feefa – who lends his Spanish vocals. It was also mixed and mastered by Feefa.

As a lover of Afrobeats superstars such as Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy, Darone decided to channel in what he knew would make a beautiful Afrobeats dancehall jam.

The New Single comes alongside the news that Darone Okolie is Recurring in HBO’s new Untitled Lakers Series directed by Adam McKay. Darone has been a highly buzzing name in Hollywood with his last few guest appearances on NCIS: Los Angeles, Black Lightning, Queen Sugar and now HBO.

Darone Okolie also wrote the single “I Got You”. As he continues to strive in the entertainment industry on screen, he is elevating hi(story) through his musical abilities as well. Stay tuned for more from Darone in the near future both on screen and musically. Stream the single AVAILBLIE NOW on all digital platforms.

Bio: Darone Okolie is a Washington, D.C. native of Nigerian descent. This former 3 sport Athlete is best known for his Acting appearances on HBO’s Untitled Lakers Series, NCIS: Los Angeles and CW’s Black Lightning. Darone connection to music was inspired by Live Go-go music. Go-go music is a historic dancehall sound with a live audience call and response. Darone is a multifaceted young man journeying into a new path as a cross-over talent into the music industry. He lives by the quote “Sometimes when we hit ROCK bottom we have to realize that God made the Rock”.

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Kickstart your new year with Apple Music’s workout playlists

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Apple Music’s extensive range of fitness playlists is the perfect motivation for achieving those new years’ resolutions. Whether you’re looking to turn over a new leaf or hoping to increase the intensity of your training, Apple Music has you covered.

 

Thoughtfully curated by Apple Music, the playlists range from home workouts, high intensity, cardio and cycling, to yoga, meditation, rowing, weights, jumping rope, running, pilates and walking.

 

This summer, legendary Afrikaans rocker and title-winning boxer, Francois van Coke, and prolific Cape Town fitness instructor and entrepreneur, Tammy Rawstron, will takeover two of Apple Music’s flagship fitness playlists Fiks of Niks and Summer Fit respectively, sharing their favourite workout tracks to sweat to.

 

“I’ve been serious about my fitness for the past few years, but I took it to a new level this year when I had to beat up a Springbok. This is my workout playlist of the past few months. I regularly update it with new tunes or tunes that I rediscover. My Apple Music playlist is also not genre-specific at all. It features pop, punk, rock and hip-hop and a few other things in between.” – Francois van Coke

 

“Let’s get healthy and happy together, if you were looking for a sign, this is it. Don’t attempt a fit summer without a set of trendy tracks. Listen up, you can’t help but get moving! Fitness was always supposed to be fun. Summer was always supposed to be sweaty so let’s have the hottest summer ever.” – Tammy Rawstron

 

Apple Music’s fitness playlists also include guest-curated playlists from some of South Africa’s leading sports personalities including Protea’s captain Temba Bavuma, Springbok rugby player Makazole Mapimpi, cricketing legend AB de Villiers and Olympic gold medal swimmer Chad La Clos.

 

As part of their year-end charts, Apple Music have launched a brand new Top 100 2021: Fitness playlist, featuring the most-played workout music across Apple Music this year. The Top Streamed Workout Song of 2021 was ‘Head & Heart’ (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] by Joel Corry.

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Nardo Wick drops his highly-anticipated debut album Who Is Nardo Wick?

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Breakout Jacksonville rapper Nardo Wick releases his highly-anticipated debut album Who Is Nardo Wick? via Flawless Entertainment/RCA Records. In little over a year, Nardo has earned a Platinum certification for Who Want Smoke?, debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and scored features with Future, Lil Baby, G Herbo, Lil Durk and 21 Savage––and now with the release of Who Is Nardo Wick?

Nardo Wick is seizing his defining moment in undeniable fashion. The 18-track album is a collage of sharp flows, exhilarating instrumentals, and cut-throat lyrics––showing the full depth of Nardo’s cunning artistry.

From start to finish, Who Is Nardo Wick? is a non-stop thrill ride through the mind of Nardo Wick––detailing the vivid imagery and haunting anecdotes of his Jacksonville origins. Outside of the star-studded collaborative singles on the project, Nardo is joined by two of hip-hop’s most exciting stars on the project, 2021 XXL Freshman Lakeyah and Memphis’s own BIG30––with both tracks further highlighting Nardo’s ability to tailor fit his style with any collaborator. “Blam Bloom” is a fiery track that shows Nardo flowing ferociously over pristine production courtesy of the producer FOREVEROLLING.

The impressive producer credits don’t stop there, with Grammy-winning super-producer Hit-Boy curating the instrumental behind the gripping track “Power”, Murda Beatzproducing “Poppin Out (feat. BIG30)”, & Tay Keith working behind the boards for “Lullaby”. The release of Who Is Nardo Wick? is not only a massive moment for Nardo, but Jacksonville as a whole––with both him and the city reaching new heights that will redefine hip-hop in the region forever. Nardo Wick is notorious for moving successfully in silence and letting his music do the talking––and with the release Who Is Nardo Wick?,we are finding out exactly what the superstar hitmaker has to say.

Nardo Wick bursted onto the scene in mid-2020 with a string of releases, including “Lolli”, “Slide”, and “Came Up.” Music gave the shy teen an outlet to channel his angst and was accompanied by a fast-following. Though he’s soft-spoken off the mic, when Nardo enters the booth, the raps he produces are dynamic and haunting––a reflection of Jacksonville’s turbulent hip-hop scene. Hit-producer Cardo Got Wings laced Nardo for a last-minute request to appear on February’s Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album. That album topped the charts upon release, putting Nardo Wickalongside the biggest stars of Hip-Hop and R&B In 2021, Wick transitioned from making buzzing records to inescapable anthems. “Who Want Smoke?” became a widespread hit, with the track eventually earning a Platinum certification. The song reflected a menacing teen with a no-nonsense approach to life and music balancing between being captivating and fearsome. Wick followed this with the Nick Mira-produced “Pull Up” in July. In August, Nardo released “I Be Chillin”, an exciting addition to his growing discography. Then in October, after “Who Want Smoke?” initial explosion, Nardo delivered a new rendition of “Who Want Smoke??” featuring hip-hop’s Avengers: Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo. Not only did Nardo add that star-studded lineup to the hit, but the music video was handled by none other than Cole Bennett and Lyrical Lemonade. Between the remarkable features and cinematic visuals, Nardo set himself up for a certifiable hit––debuting at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. His most recent single Me or Sum (feat. Future & Lil Baby) is a lavish offering from Nardo and 2 of Atlanta’s biggest icons, and yet another example of his knack for collaboration at the highest level.

Please find links to stream Who is Nardo Wick? below and stay tuned for more announcements to come:

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Nardo Wick, whose name comes from his childhood nickname of “Lil’ Nard” and a shortened version of the word “Wicked,” first started rapping at age 17. Nardo’s father became an instant-believer upon hearing his sons’s music and soon after put together a studio for him to record in their home. Nardo used the studio his dad built and taught himself how to produce music by watching instructional videos on YouTube. By 18, Nardo was confident enough to start uploading tracks to Soundcloud, where he gained initial attention from cuts like “Lolli”, “Came Up”, and “Slide.”

Nardo’s deep and dark vocals accent every track he touches, reminiscent of the early years of some of his biggest inspirations like Lil Wayne, Future, and Gucci Mane. By the time he released “Who Want Smoke?” it was game on, as the world took notice in record time. It all started in November 2020, when Nardo posted a frightening woman on his Instagram page in a ski mask brandishing weapons to a snippet of the song. The clip went viral, which set the stage for the track’s full release. Since “Who Want Smoke?” officially dropped at the start of 2021, the song has climbed to over 24 million streams on YouTube alone, and 60 million across streaming platforms. Following up the meteoric rise of “Who Want Smoke?”, Nardo’s released a slew of successful tracks, including “Shhh”, “Pull Up” and “I Be Chillin”. As if these contributions weren’t enough to feed his loyal fanbase, so Nardo’s also supplied memorable features on Rylo Rodriguez’s track “Murder” and 42 Dugg’s track “Opp Pack”. Artists including Lil Durk, Lil Baby, Future, Coi Leray and G Herbo have publicly praised Nardo for his ingenuity and authenticity. Then some of Nardo’s idols, like Lil Durk, 21 Savage & G Herbo, shared he same stage with him for the new version of “Who Want Smoke??”, a testament to the faith this generation of superstars have in Nardo. The song exploded on social media, racking up over 130 million streams across platforms, including 51 million views on the Cole Bennett directed music video, and scoring Nardo a #17 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Samini features Medikal, Kofi Kinaata, Efya on “Burning” EP

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Samini serves a fine collection of his first ever EP titled “Burning”, a 6-track catalogue.

 

Ahead of his “Samini Xperience Concert” slated for December 24th, this EP is timely and perfectly fits his 40th birthday celebration later this month, on December 22nd.

 

With over 2 decades of consistency, giving Ghanaians great music from Reggae to Dancehall to Hiplife and more, Samini is one of the few music icons in Ghana, who has earned some envious but legendary feats.

 

Showing no signs of stopping any time soon, the musician has released another project to add to his wide-ranged discography. The EP, ‘Burning’ is a 6 track body of sheer goodness. Samini’s hold over melody is evident through the songs, giving nostalgic feelings on the Highlife inclusive project.

 

Unlike ‘Untamed’, his last major project that demonstrated his depth in the Reggae genre, the ‘Burning EP’ maintains his usual feel-good vibe but this time, he plays around with different genre fusions.

 

Listen to “Burning” EP Here: https://smarturl.it/samini-burningEP

 

Preceding the release of this full body of work was a first single release off the EP featuring Efya titled “Picture”, you might want to check out the official video for that single (below) on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYRRPN3C9ag

 

 

On the first song, Samini reminds you of what we know him for. It’s almost like a statement of what he represents right before he delivers different fusions and genres on subsequent songs. The song, ‘Paper’ is a riddim for any hustler trying to survive. Samini acknowledges “Inna dis life man is all about the paper” on the hook and goes on to dedicate the song to everyone working hard. It’s a motivational push to keep going.

 

In a poetic delivery, the next song, right after hustling, is a song about wanting someone… satisfying an attraction to a potential lover. The song, ‘Picture’ features Efya and was released as a single, months before. With an already released video to complement the song, Samini and Efya display their versatility and skill as long term gems in the music industry and perform a melodious representation of the start of modern-day relationships: from social media.

 

‘Ware Me’ featuring Medikal is a pleasant dip from the Reggae/Dancehall fusions. It is a Highlife song bound to get anyone dancing. The detailed production by Moniebeatz is a beautiful medley of the keyboard, drums and trumpets… giving off a live band feel to the song. On ‘Ware Me’, which means “marry me”, Samini sings throughout, warming you up for Medikal’s verse which he delivers effortlessly over the switched up production.

 

On the next song, ‘Quansemah’, Samini continues to maintain the authenticity in his Highlife fusions, this time, with production from Finchy. ‘Quansemah’ is an upbeat danceable tune featuring Kofi Kinaata who complements the song with his equally authentic style. The two obviously have fun with the song while asking their lover to forgive them for something they did.

 

Right before the project ends, Samini draws you back, to his original style and delivers lines about how blessed and thankful he is in patois, instantly giving you that feel of Reggae fusion not just for his delivery but the production as well.

 

Just like the embers left off a flame on an aptly titled EP, ‘Burning,’ Samini ends the project on a mellow note. The song, titled ‘Gone’ is a feel-good one about letting go and having fun. It’s an excellent song to wind down the project but still keep you feeling good.

 

The Burning EP is an impressive body of work that proves Samini’s versatility. It is a reaffirmation of his immense talent at making good music with the right melodies and is right on time, weeks before his Samini Xperienceconcert on 24th December at the Grand Arena.

 

Music really is spiritual and with ‘Burning’, you’re bound to have a fun and enjoyable experience. The songs have productions from Loud City Music, Moniebeatz and Finchy.

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Guilty Beatz presents ‘Shots’ feat. Quamina MP

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It’s another Guilty beat! The Grammy-nominated Ghanaian producer and DJ is back with a solo effort, ending a year of hitmaking for music’s biggest stars with a bang: “SHOTS” featuring Ghanaian rapper Quamina MP. The catchy upbeat song pairs GuiltyBeatz’s signature intricate drum patterns with anthemic synths and catchy adlibs in the Ghanaian dialect Twi; crafting the perfect dance-ready banger with matching visuals featuring Ghana’s world-class dancers Dancegod Lloyd and Afrobeast.

GuiltyBeatz has been soundtracking           Afropops global ascension with world-conquering hits for the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Sarkodie, andKing Promise. In 2019 he was an instrumental architect of Beyoncé’s Afrobeats-inspired album The Gift, which received Grammy nominations. This year he was behind culture-defining releases like Jorja Smith’s Amapiano offering “All of This,” the NBA 2K22 soundtrack “Bradley Beal,” and had overwhelming production credits on TemsIf Orange Was A Place EP and Shaybo’s Queen of the South.

With “SHOTS,” GuiltyBeatz signals a solo project coming in 2022.

 

“SHOTS” will be available on all major streaming platforms on December 2nd.
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