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Taking in the music, the street life of Austin and more! My first SXSW experience

The 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals has wrapped up after a successful event that was a ten-day whirlwind of enlightening and inspiring sessions, film screenings, showcases, exhibitions, tacos, networking, art, competitions, awards, and more.  This year’s edition was my first, and it came with a lot of learning for me. Unfortunately, due […]



The 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals has wrapped up after a successful event that was a ten-day whirlwind of enlightening and inspiring sessions, film screenings, showcases, exhibitions, tacos, networking, art, competitions, awards, and more. 

Taking in the music, the street life of Austin and more!  My first SXSW experience
Taking in the music, the street life of Austin and more! My first SXSW experience

This year’s edition was my first, and it came with a lot of learning for me. Unfortunately, due to the travel expenses, I couldn’t be in Austin for the entire duration so I flew there during the last weekend to explore what SXSW was indeed about.  

Although I could not attend any of the SXSW Conferences, they featured some of the most inspired thinkers and industry leaders; including powerful presentations by SXSW Keynote speakers, T Bone Burnett, Kathy Griffin and Kara Swisher, Bozoma Saint John and Ashley Graham, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, Olivia Wilde, and many more.

Among the Featured Speakers were Stacey Abrams, Neil Gaiman, A$AP Rocky, Esther Perel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Trevor Noah and The Daily Show News Team, Jonah Peretti, and more.

Yes, clearly I missed out on a lot of the good stuff. But as a bearer of a music pass, I made show my weekend in Austin was an experience of the street life, music performances, carnivals and more. I was particularly impressed with the scooter culture on the streets around the Austin Convention Centre, the main grounds for SXSW. 

The Music Festival turned up the sound with new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists across all genres from local to international acts. This year’s audible feast included indie rockers The Beths; DC punk group Priests, Swedish rapper and Sad Boys frontman Yung Lean, buzzy Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, seven-piece band Black Pumas; alternative R&B singer/producer Kevin George, British singer Yola; R&B sensation Khalid; the legendary Patty Griffin; soulful pop performer Omar Apollo; South Korean rapper Jvcki Wai; and thousands more. The Music Festival wrapped up with the announcement of the 2019 Grulke Prize winners for Developing U.S. Act, Developing Non-U.S. Act, and Career Act – Pink Sweat$, Angie McMahon, and The Chills.

While there I was able to attend the Music is Culture: Official SXSW Showcase at the Belmont, where I experience the talent of budding acts in rap, R&B and even Afrobeats including Exit 21,  Neigborhood CEO, Biggie Babylon and More. Mr Eazi was also on the bill but I didn’t get to see him, as I kept shuffling between venues and the street festivities on that night.

On the Saturday, I decided to just do the Africa To The World Showcase and oh what a fun experience it was. I will share that in a separate blog soon. So stay tuned.

Watch all my highlights below:



Amerado finally releases Obiaa Boa



5 times VGMA nominee and Ghana’s best rapper Amerado is once again exhibiting his lyrical prowess in his new rap song titled ‘Obiaa Boa”.

Obiaa Boa, a Twi phrase directly translated as “Everyone is lying” is a full rap song in which the artiste sends information to every other rapper who claims he Amerado does not deserve the title.

Amerado is also known to be one of the few rappers in Ghana who blends the indigenous culture in this rap and the Bra Shizzle-directed video was not an exception.

We credit Izjoe Beatz and Apya GH for the audio production.


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Spinabenz drops “No More Parties on Sundays” video



With an intoxicating flow that will send heads into a spiral, Spinabenz has emerged from the Jacksonville, Florida rap scene poised for stardom with millions of streams and his city on his back. “People might retire in Florida, but nobody wants to retire in Jacksonville,” Spina reflects matter-of-factly on his home city. Growing up the neighborhoods were siloed, and since Jacksonville isn’t much of a gangland territory, most people just kept to their respective corners.

“We were in our own little world & I made music my focus,” Spina says, even working side hustles to pay for his studio time. 2021 was a landmark year, as he dropped his “BeatBox” track, which changed it all. “I got my first million with that one!” he remarks on the streaming success. By the time “Who I Smoke” dropped, it was clear that Spinabenz was playing the long game with his music, as the track and video cracked the 37.5 million mark on YouTube alone. To date, Spinabenz has over 40M streams on Apple Music, 47M on Spotify, and 102M on YouTube.

His dedicated fan base (called Tornados) stays at the ready for what Spina has coming, and he’s just getting warmed up. His two focus tracks dropping in tandem on The Tornado Kidd — “No More Parties On Sundays” and “Country Rap Drill Song” show different dimensions to Spinabenz and his knack for storytelling. “Country Rap Drill Song,” aims to reinvent the wheel, melding genres. “People keep saying I should do Drill, so if I’ma do Drill, I’m going to do it how I want to,” he continues. “And nobody has heard Drill like this.”

His hard work and dedication have culminated in the release of his 20-track album, The Tornado Kidd. “I never dropped a whole album before,” he admits, “so this is gonna be crazy!” The project boasts the consistency that Spina has set forth for nearly a decade, dialing back to when he was a kid stepping into the studio for the very first time. From slick, crooning tracks, to exhilarating Jacksonville-style cuts, and introspective & melody-driven offerings, Spinabenz displays he can truly do it all.

The project also includes this year’s previously released singles, “Murder Talk, Pt. 3” and “Big A$$ Choppa” as well as features from Greenlight, Yungeen Ace, and Woppa wit da Choppa. As Spinabenz ushers in a new era in his career, but also for rap in general, he continues with the same motivation to keep growing and keep evolving with his fans riding beside him. “I’ve been rapping for a long time and I’m here to stay,” he explains. “The Tornado never stops spinning.”

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Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ track takes off smoothly in Africa



Mimsrozay has recently released his masterpiece body of work, ‘New Variant’ Extended Play (E.P).

As of April 29th, 2022, the album became available on all digital platforms worldwide and fans all over the continent are talking about it.

The EP houses four incredible songs including ‘Go Away’, ‘Jankuluba’, ‘Tsunami’, and ‘Cool Down’. Since it’s release last month, ‘Go Away’ has started to gain ground in Ghana with massive radio airplay and discovery on the Tik Tok platform.

Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ single is a great piece of music you will want to add to your playlist and play endlessly.

This EP since it’s release is not only fire but will also be a game-changer with all the four tracks.

Mimsrozay music is inspired from real-life experiences with a fusion of creative prowess together with fresh afrobeats sound and relatable lyrical content signifying his readiness to stay in the game.


Olu ”Mimsrozay” Akinsika is a popular Nigerian German Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Executive Producer, and Tech Entrepreneur. 


Mimsrozay started off as a Promoter and Music Business Marketing Manager for one of the Biggest Entertainment outfits in Cyprus after which he founded his own Company Mims Rosé Entertainment.


Mimsrozay is often referred to as the pioneer of modern Afrobeats music in Europe as he has been linked to getting Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Timaya, KCEE, and more on shows that had international acts such as Mario Winans, Tinie Tempah, Skepta, French Montana, Tyga in Europe.

Highlighted as an exciting afrobeats prospect, Mimsrozay new EP is sure to set him apart as one to watch this year.


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Phyno interviews with’s new series: Herbal Tea and White Sofas



Today, shared its interview with Nigerian superstar Phyno. (more…)

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Westside Boogie Drops Introspective New Single “Stuck” Along With Music Video



WESTSIDE BOOGIE’s hot streak continues with his new single, “Stuck,” out now via Shady Records/Interscope Records. With emotional strings, somber piano chords, and G-funk-inspired synths, “Stuck” provides a rich, multi-layered soundtrack for the California rapper’s contemplative bars. The track’s unfiltered, reflective tone is perfectly captured by the Khufu-directed visual. Watch it HERE. Yesterday, BOOGIE also shared a moving performance of the song introducing all of his alter egos(Anthony, RatchetBoog & Superblood Boog) through COLORS. Check it out HERE.
On “Stuck,” BOOGIE documents daily life in Compton, his drive for rap domination, and the hold his neighborhood still has on him. “Tell my momma that I love her, I don’t do that shit enough,” he spits. “I’m a bro bro and a cutta, I love the hood — you know I’m stuck.” The confessional track finds BOOGIE torn between two worlds as he tries to reconcile his past with his bright future. It’s the kind of raw, unflinchingly honest rap that BOOGIE does best. The MC’s internal conflict is expertly conveyed in the powerful video.
“Stuck” follows the blistering “Aight” as the second cut from the rap heavyweight’s hotly anticipated sophomore album “More Black Superheroes”. BOOGIE’s new era comes after a brief hiatus that stretches back to 2020’s “Outside.” That song, which features Pro Era general Joey Bada$$, paid subtle homage to Eminem’s 2000 classic “The Way I Am” while unloading a barrage of jabs at foes, and declaring BOOGIE’s status as one of the greatest rappers going.  With “Stuck,” BOOGIE shows off even more dimensions to his skills, turning in a razor-sharp anthem that showcases the pain that follows him, even when he’s topping the charts.
Few hip-hop artists command a space as purposefully anomalous as Long Beach-born, Compton-bred Anthony Dixson, whose stage name, Boogie, foreshadows his intrinsic talent for writing music that is rooted in realities that are simultaneously melancholy and joyfully uplifting. Oscillating between a soundscape underpinned by ardent praise rhythms and the gritty memories of a youth spent immersed in gangbanging, Boogie’s brand of rap is as much a credo of the streets as it is a constant reflection on purpose and growth.
With critical praise for his debut project Everythings For Sale in 2019, Boogie’s honest and true lyrics gained him fanfare among peers such as Eminem and The Game. With the ability to tell stories around mortality, fatherhood, love, and pain, Boogie has tapped into his gospel roots to work alongside other daring artists like Snoh Alegra, Ari Lennox, and Buddy. Boogie provided fans with a few gifts during the pandemic: The first was his poetic questioning of systemic oppression on Savil’s “Boxed In” back in September and most recently, the celebratory pivot, “12 Days of Bhristmas” with OMB Bloodbath. The latter track was featured on LVRN’s Home for The Holidays LP released in November.
Westside Boogie – “Stuck”
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Yung Pooda Releases “Drop” Music Video



Yung Pooda is set to drop the highly-anticipated video for his new song, “Drop” today, Friday, May 6, at 10AM ET.  After featuring Yung Pooda as a Fresh Face Friday artist over the last year, BET Jams & BET Hip Hop are giving Pooda the star treatment by premiering his video and playing it throughout the day.  The video was shot in Houston and marks the second time that Pooda has collaborated with famed director, Mr. Boomtown.

Last week, KBXX (The Box), the #1 hip-hop radio station in Pooda’s hometown, Houston kicked off the new single campaign by premiering the song just before its release. Since then the energetic single has landed on top hip-hop playlists on Apple Music’s Get Up and Go, Hip Hop Workout, The New South and Base:Line playlists  as accolades continue to roll in for “Drop.” Earmilk raves, “[f]ollowing the success of his breakthrough track ‘Forever Tippin,” Yung Pooda continues to achieve admirable milestones as an independent artist and pay homage to his Houston roots. He has amassed a significant following on social media along with a viral freestyle.

Pooda could be Houston’s next big star…” – Houston Chronicle

In 2019, Yung Pooda found himself at a crossroads between the streets and the studio. After performing alongside legends such as Boosie Badazz, Slim Thug, and Z-Ro, recording with platinum icon Paul Wall, and igniting a buzz of his own throughout the country, the Houston rapper made an important pledge to himself. His pledge changed the course of everything follow in its wake.

“In the middle of recording and getting in all kinds trouble, I promised God I would get out of the streets and just do music,” he admits. “I stuck to my word.”

Long before this vow, hip-hop called to him as a kid in Orange, TX. Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it, “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. When Pooda visited dad, pops actually built a home studio at his spot to cook up beats and DJ. Growing up, he practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of DJ Hi-C of Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said, “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “Beat Up The Block.”

Relocating to Prairie View, he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they “were trapping and getting money, but shit got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything. “There were fights, threats, and all types of shit,” he recalls. “I ended up saying that prayer.”

His music made its way to Jeff Aronson, CEO of It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label, who immediately signed him in 2019. In 2020, Pooda made waves on Tik Tok and mix show radio with the release of his first single, “Repeat Dat” which was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Cool & Dre [JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Nas] along with a reflective song, “Lies Told”- his thoughtful response to social unrest and police brutality. In 2021, he released “Chicken N Grits” a critically acclaimed single that elevated him to the forefront. C&G earned over 30 million Tik Tok views, was the #4 “Most Added” song at urban radio and is in rotation at BET Jams, Revolt and YO! MTV Raps.  For his next offering Yung Poodapartnered with DJ Chose on “Forever Tippin,” which gave a new school feel to the Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug classic “Still Tippin,” Pooda amassed his third, consecutive, hit in less than one year. Also produced by Cool and Dre, the track garnered over three million views on You Tube and received a heavy-hitting stamp of acclaim since its release this past June with plugs from The Source, Hip Hop DX, Kazi Magazine as Houston Press stated “Pooda’s ‘Forever Tippin’ pays homage not only to the track’s original stars, but to the uniquely Houston rap sound they pioneered.” Moreover, the track entered the Mainstream R&B/ Hip Hop Airplays Charts on Billboard and earned the #1 most added via Urban Radio during its release as Pooda earned the achievement as the #2 most discovered artist on Shazam.

In the end, Pooda fulfills every promise and leaves his mark on the culture in the process. “When you listen to me, I want you to feel enlightened and great,” he leaves off. “I hope you relate to the emotion and know you’re not alone. I’m young enough to make mistakes and old enough to know better. I’m telling my story. I’m human.”

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