TySoul x Maine the Medicine – Medicine for the Soul LP Interview & Serenity Video

TySoul and Maine the Medicine announce the release of their collaborative project titled ‘Medicine for the Soul.’ The 14-track album features Popko, Sweetness, Daniel Rosler, Suspect, Lambo Lo, Paulie, and GTS.  Check out our latest interview detailing the album along with visuals for the leading single “Serenity.”

 

MJ: You hit fans with something different and innovative with this new album “Medicine for the Soul”. You curated a captivating blend of R&B and Hip Hop. Talk about the album and the mindset behind creating it.

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TySoul: Both Maine and myself already collaborated on multiple records before this album, and everything we made together came out great. So, we thought, why not make a full project together, and we did just that. Myself being a Chris Brown fan, I wanted to add a new school R&B flare to the album, while having Maine add his old-school influences along with his amazing lyricism.

Maine: being from New York, Hip-Hop and R&B go hand and hand. Like Nas and Lauryn, Meth and Mary, Father MC with Jodeci, and the list goes on and on. We just wanted to bring that feeling back.

MJ: You enlisted an elite selection of producers for the album, with an incredible ability to orchestrate soundscapes that heighten the raw emotion and impeccable lyricism. Talk about that, as well as how you two linked up.

TySoul: We originally linked up nearly a decade ago from a mutual contact, we never collaborated at the time, but we did a few shows together. Years later Maine called me to come into JL Studios to do a hook for Mercy Gang and after that, it was a wrap…

Maine: We worked with a handful of producers including Know- it beats and Da Leadgeon who helped us blend that Hip Hop and R&B with today’s twist. Plus, we both get busy with the pen!

MJ:  Was the goal of the album to expand your fan base by stepping out of the box? Was it to display your versatility as artists and your agility to steer in different lanes?

TySoul: I think both of us somewhat stepped out of our comfort zones for the better. I was able to experiment with a more commercial sound rather than the old-school R&B type influences that were prevalent in my first album “Two-Sided.” I feel that we both displayed our versatility but also stayed true to our artistry.

Maine: I feel as an MC I should be able to adapt to any genre while still being me.

MJ:  What single off the album do you anticipate taking off both on charts and with listeners/fans?

TySoul: I think that “Addicted” or “Don’t You” are two of our more heartfelt records. Both talk about relationship-based content but also have an upbeat flow and awesome production.

Maine: “Serenity” is going to make a statement because it deals with some crucial issues going on in the world now. “Addicted”, “Old Thing Back”, and “Move Ya Body” are extraordinarily strong records as well.

MJ: Take a minute to reflect and share anything else about “The Medicine for the Soul”

TySoul: This project personally helped me to experiment with rapping more. Maine pushed and encouraged me to spit a few bars, and I was able to rap a few good verses on this album. Even through this pandemic, we stayed motivated and in touch, which enabled us to finish this project strong and in time when we were able to return to the studio.

Maine: We want people and our fans to get that great feeling listening to our music. We’re just trying to put authentic Hip Hop and R&B back on the map.

Special thanks to Dan Rosler, Amanda Rogan, Lambo Lo, Suspect, Gus, and Paulie…#RIPHefty

Watch “Serenity” featuring Sweetness and Daniel Rosler (off ‘Medicine for the Soul’ album). The empowering lyrics and serene images of unity and innocence in the video along with the soothing, soulful vibe and classic drums are sure to raise neck hairs and touch hearts worldwide.

Sourmouth – One Call Away (Video)

Sourmouth returns from a three-year hiatus with visuals from his forthcoming album titled ‘African American Horror Story.’

The Portland, Oregon vetted emcee delivers cunning reminders through a zany, fun fashion in “One Call Away.” Despite a world brewing with fear and uncertainty, we as people are just one call away. That one call can make all the difference.

The video puts Sourmouth front and center on the mic to display his quick-witted wordplay, lyrical twists on societal issues, and an infectious hook. Grab your popcorn for a unique cinematic experience. Watch “One Call Away” and connect with Sourmouth below.

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Arrested Development – Becoming Video & Don’t Fight Your Demons LP

2x Grammy Award Winning, groundbreaking iconic music group, and Hip Hop pioneers Arrested Development recently released their new album ‘Don’t Fight Your Demons.”  The 16-track album features a selection of eclectic musicians including Kuf Knotz, Skyy High, Christine Elise, O’hene Savant, Rambo, Let The Dirt Say Amen, Fro Magnum Man, MRK SX, and is executively produced by Speech for Vagabond Productions and Configa for Configaration Records.

“Becoming” is the first video off the album and truly sets the tone for what fans can expect from the album. It’s infectious beats along with dually clapping and striking drums with vacillating piano keys are soul-shaking, while the intricate storytelling and bold images are eye awakening.

Speech shares his vow to become the best he can be and transcends us back to age nine, teen years, and young adulthood. His vivid memories expose domestic violence, his journey into the streets with hopes of earning respect, and harsh lessons behind bars.  Upon his release, a new devout way of thinking takes over by means of glorified sermons.

The captivating chorus and invigorating energy from the group ignite a sense of freedom and elation that needs to be celebrated. Watch “Becoming” and stream ‘Don’t Fight Your Demons’ below.

“Becoming” is dedicated to Anthony Johnston (from the film 16 Bars)

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The group assures fans and listeners this is no hit or miss album.  Each track is distinct in style, flow, and vibe, with influential wordplay and infectious soundscapes. They breakdown and take apart worldly injustices, the current state of racism, grueling masks of politics, and on the flip side offer empowering gems on how to overcome and rise through. The production throughout the entire album channels a continuous kaleidoscope of invigorating bass, soul, funk, worldly tones, and even innovative cadences ear-pleasing to a younger generation of music connoisseurs. ‘Don’t Fight Your Demons’ ideally serves as a “how-to” handbook brimming with incomparable lyricism, storytelling, and cognizant awareness delivered in a fashion only Arrested Development can carry through.

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SINN – Put Ya Seat Belt On (Single)

Artist, producer and songwriter SINN announces the release of “Put Ya Seat Belt On” off his forthcoming album titled ‘Know the Name, Know the Difference.”

The 25-year music veteran famed as “The Ryder King” switches up the game and introduces a new style for fans to embrace.  SINN reminds the world that he’ll do whatever it takes to succeed in life, music, and love. His captivating blend of bars and vocals exudes an infectious and invigorating vibe sure to have music enthusiasts head-nodding through the streets and into the clubs.

SINN’s deliverance of motivating, and at times edgy lyrics will ring over and over in your ears, so strap up and “put ya seat belt on” to endure this momentous ride.  “I know what it takes I like to drive all gas no brakes, put ya seat belt on my heart’s racin girl you better buckle up it’s a fight, knuckle up.“

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Configa & Jahi Free Minds In “Mindfulness” Video

Seasoned UK based producer Configa links with Jahi and encourages folks to free their minds and take control of their mental health. “Mindfulness” is the second single off the duo’s collaborative album titled ‘Forward Future’ available now on all streaming platforms.

During a time brimming with unsettling anxiety and stricken fear, Configa and Jahi bring us a classic, yet cosmic boom-bap groove allowing us to alleviate uncertainties and float into a soothing state of spirituality and meditation.

The calming visuals of palm trees, ocean waves swaying against rocks, and the hypnotic fire pit blaze in tuned with the city nightscapes, channels through our core and acts as a window for self-care. Take heed to mindfulness broken down letter by letter; they are the essential keys to this introspective journey.

Jahi and Configa feed our souls with poetic flows of wordplay and polished production ensured to heighten our sense of ‘mindfulness’. Watch the video and stream ‘Forward Future’ the album.

 

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Y’man Dog Releases ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Album

Y’man Dog, DMV’s seasoned and celebrated artist releases a new album titled ‘Dogma (Dog Eat Dog)’.  The solo 15-track project is said to be his top release to date.

Y’man Dog shows off his skill set as an emcee and eclecticism as an artist throughout the album’s entirety, which is brimming with street records, anthems, and even something for the ladies.

 

The Oxon Hill, Maryland based native engages listeners through impeccable wordplay and aggressive yet truth-based lyricism detailing his life and what’s made him and continues to empower his shine. Y’man Dog pays homage to his hood, depicts personal dog eat dog world survival tactics, and embodies the impact of mental and physical warfare.

The “Gangsta Humanitarian” also switches up the tempo, anthem style, with a focus on his grind, ability to keep his eyes on the prize, and the brush of wildfires when he shuts the scene down!  If that’s not enough, Y’man Dog reveals a vulnerable side and shares about his lustful desires and yearning to please the right woman.

Overall, Y’man Dog delivers a diverse selection of records that emulate his growth as both a man and an artist. The production which includes distinct piano keys, hard beats, soulful tones, and a perfect arrangement of classic and modern cadences heightens his lyrical deliverance and raw emotion. One thing is evident, after listening to ‘Dogma’ it’s almost impossible to shake the name “Gangsta Humanitarian.”

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Before His 2020 Grammy Run, Knucklez Drops “K-Block” Video Ft. Snyp Life

Before taking a flight to the 2020 Grammy’s, Philly’s own Knucklez linked with Snyp Life of D-Block for new visuals titled “K-Block.” The single/video is off Knucklez’s recently released album, ‘The Plague.’

The gritty street tale spits on rappers and baby-face gangsta’s from North Philly to Yonkers. The venom spewed embodies concrete truths from flippin’ to make a killin’, that others fail to copycat.  The hard production intensifies the message and sets the stage for what Knucklez brings next…Stay tuned.

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SINN “Make It Home” Video Ft. Rita

25-year music vet SINN debuts visuals for “Make It Home.” The single/video is the first release of the forthcoming sophomore album “Ryder Music” Volume 2.

“Make It Home” produced by Chill Beatz and featuring songstress Rita, is a chilling record that depicts one’s fear of a loved one not making it home after that gritty 24/7 hustle.  The dramatic sounds of a car crash and slowing heart rate sets the tone for what’s coming next. The video captures images of a rider sticking by her mans’ side and although she’s playing for keeps, her mind races with thoughts of him not ‘making it home.’  She begs for him to take a piece of her with him just in case…

With Rita’s soulful harmonies, SINN’s eye-opening wordplay, and Chill’s arrangement of stirring tones mixed with oscillating base; listeners will need to strap in for a hair-raising experience. Watch “Make It Home” and connect with SINN below.

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ItsJustQuis “I Just Caught A Vibe” Album

Bentley Records and ItsJustQuis release his highly anticipated album titled “I Just Caught A Vibe”, available on major digital platforms. The 9-track album features Ian ’95, BAji, and AliveintheNight.

The album is a perfect blend of cosmic trap tones, knocking bass, as well as some soulful undertones. ItJustQuis provides listeners and fans with club bangers, come up tracks, and even testimonial storytelling. Stream “I Just Caught A Vibe” and connect with ItsJustQuis on Twitter and Instagram.

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Maine the Medicine Ft. Amanda Rogan “I’m Tryin” Video

Maine the Medicine links with songstress Amanda Rogan for his latest single/video titled “I’m Tryin.” The single is off his latest album “B.U.T.C.H”, an acronym for Build Under The Culture’s Hand.

Maine delivers riveting storytelling that sends chills through the spine within seconds of the video. Through vivid wordplay, he describes his father’s depilating illness along with other family members and friends he’s lost. Maine wants them to know he’s out here living and doing the best he can. As a father, husband, son, and friend he vows to cherish life until his last breath.

Rogan’s angelic and soulful vocals offer a sense of hope and encouragement for Maine while he shares his lyrical journal entry with the world.  “This how I get away this how I meditate, I feed my thoughts through the pen and get lost in the page, man creatively I’m insane.”

The soulful sound of piano keys interlaced with smooth bass elevates the raw emotion felt by Maine. Watch “I’m Tryin” and connect with Maine the Medicine on Facebook and Twitter.