C. Henry doesn’t waste a single second and gets in his bag on his new record “Champagne Sippin’”.
Haitian Artist BélO Wins Grand Prize In Prestigious 2020 Unsigned Only Music Competition
Judges Include: Charli XCX, NLE Choppa, Tinariwen, Aimee Mann, Ruthie Foster, Piso 21, Robert Smith (The Cure), O.A.R., Tenth Avenue North, and More
Nashville, TN, September 9, 2020 – The winners of the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today. The overall 2020 Grand Prize is awarded to the Haitian world music artist Jean Belony Murat, known as BélO. He is also the winner of Fandemonium, Unsigned Only’s online public vote.
Established in 2012, Unsigned Only has become known as the leading music competition honoring international artists who are not signed to a major record label. It has become an important source for discovering new talent and acts as a benchmark for excellence in the arena of contemporary music. Selected from more than 7,000 entries from 109 countries, the winners share in over $160,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners.
Winners were selected by a judging panel comprised of high-profile industry experts and renowned recording artists, including: Charli XCX; Aimee Mann; Sanctus Real; O.A.R.; Ruthie Foster; Robert Smith (The Cure); David Benoit; Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart); NLE Choppa; Bibi Marin (Reik); Darryl Worley; Piso 21; Janiva Magness; Tinariwen; Rhett Walker; The Devil Makes Three; Buika; and many more (see complete list below).
Hailed as Haiti’s musical ambassador to the world, BélO is a socially conscious singer/songwriter whose music reflects the issues and challenges facing his home country. BélO has always been committed to the causes of the less fortunate, the education of children, women’s rights, social solidarity, environmental protection, and peace in Haiti and around the world. His social activism is especially significant during these challenging times and exposes the enormous contradictions and inequalities of our societies.
“Haiti has a lot to offer to the rest of the world, and our culture reflects the beauty of its diversity,” said BélO. “When we are united there’s not much that we can’t achieve. As always I am proud to represent my country and to share my music with the world. I would like to extend my gratitude to the fans who supported me and carried me throughout the years.”
BélO’s sound is a mixture of world, rock, reggae, jazz, and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as “ragganga.” Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince, BélO was only 11 years old when he realized he wanted to be a professional musician. For him, it was seemingly his destiny because music was everywhere: in his home, on the streets, and all over Haiti. His first album was released in 2005, and since then he has performed all over the world, garnering accolades and multiple awards, including winning the prestigious “Prix Radio France International Discoveries” award.
“BélO’s message is so relevant right now; it speaks to the turbulent and challenging times in which we all live,” said Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “His message of unity and peace resonates now more than ever.”
In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and much more in prizes, BélO will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives from: ARC Music, Because Music, Cumbancha/Putumayo, Naive Records, Montreux Jazz Festival, Omnium Records, RCA, and Summerfest Music Festival.
Artist judges include: Aimee Mann; Bow Wow; Buika; Charli XCX; Christopher Lennertz; Craig Campbell; Darryl Worley; David Benoit; Eric Bibb; Janiva Magness; Lionel Loueke; NLE Choppa; Chris Culos (O.A.R.); Bibi Marin (Reik); Rhett Walker; Robert Smith (The Cure); Russ Landau; Ruthie Foster; Sanctus Real; Tenth Avenue North; The Devil Makes Three; Tinariwen; Victor Wainwright; and Zbigniew Presiner.
Industry judges include: Angel Romero (Founder/Sr. Editor, World Music Central); Angela Yee (Radio Personality, “The Breakfast Club”/105.1); Anna Kolander (Manager, Activist Artists Mgmt); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Art Tipaldi (Editor, Blues Music Magazine); Brandon Chitwood (The EDM Scholar); Brett Milano (Music Critic, Boston Herald); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Mgmt); Christopher Scapelliti (Editor-In-Chief, Guitar Player); Damian Fanelli (Editor-In-Chief, Guitar World); David Sikorski (Sr. Editor, EARMILK Media Inc.); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Enrique Santos (Chairman/Chief Creative Officer, iHeart Latino); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music Group); Gaston Leone (Talent Buyer, Goldenvoice); Hilary Saunders (Managing Editor, No Depression); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); James Whitting (Partner, Paradigm Talent Agency); Jeff Zuchowski (VP, Artist Marketing/Industry Relations, Pandora); Jennifer Taunton (Music Supervisor, Level Two Music); John Cameron (Managing Editor, EDM.com); John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Joseph Patterson (Senior Editor, Complex); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Mac Randall (Editor, JazzTimes); Raoul Hernandez (Music Editor, Austin Chronicle); and Sheryl Louis (CSM Management).
Unsigned Only is sponsored by: CAD Audio; Celebrity Access; Disc Makers; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Killer Brownies; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Mojave Audio; Musicians Institute; Ortega Guitars; Symphonic Distribution; and The Music Business Registry.
For more information and to view the list of all winners, go to www.unsignedonly.com.
The Artists That Blurred The Lines Between Rap and Rock By: By Jae Bree
Nowadays, we have plenty of genre-hopping magicians like Kendrick Lamar, MGK, and Lil Nas X who continue to show the world how rap can stand alongside any genre. But combining genres wasn’t always this easy. While many of us are already familiar with how Run DMC and Aerosmith collaborated on the first rap-rock song in 1986’s Walk This Way, there are many other artists who paved the road for the uneasy and ever-evolving peace between two of the world’s biggest and baddest music genres.
Anthrax and Public Enemy
During the early ‘90s, hip hop was entering its golden age while bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax – also known as The Big Four – were leading the aggressive charge of the thrash metal scene. The guitarists from these bands are known for popularizing the overdrive pedal, a now-staple gritty, crunchy, gain-heavy sound in the modern metal genre. And it was during this era that the legendary Scott Ian, Anthrax’s rhythm guitarist, lent his overdrive chops to one of the greatest rap groups in history. Today, the 1991 Anthrax and Public Enemy song Bring The Noise is widely recognized as the first rap-metal song in history.
Rage Against the Machine
During the same year that Bring The Noise was released, Rage Against the Machine (RATM) was formed. And from 1992 onwards, the band has released a slew of some of the most important rap-rock albums of all time. There’s no doubt that the driving force of this political rap-rock machine is vocalist Zach de la Rocha, who spits verses and sings with one of the most recognizable voices in ‘90s alternative rock. Meanwhile, the wild rock guitar riffs that RATM is also known for were supplied by Tom Morello, a known hogger of distortion pedals and other effects, which allowed him to become one of the most influential experimental electric guitarists of all time. RATM didn’t just blur the lines of rap and rock. They’re what happens when you completely ignore the line and do whatever you want.
The Black Keys
These blues-rock legends made the list for one huge reason: the 2009 album Blackroc. Roc-A-Fella records co-founder Damon Dash worked with The Black Keys to produce arguably the greatest collection of blues-driven rap rock songs in history. Collaborators include the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, Jim Jones, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Nicole Wray, Pharoah Monch, the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and other rappers and rnb singers. While RATM drew from the aggressive similarities between rap and rock, the artists who worked on Blakroc tapped the soulful connections between blues, rock, rnb, and hip hop.
Fronted by Illaman, London’s ‘hardest working emcee,’ PENGSHUi is a proto-punk, dubstep-driven hip hop group that was formed in 2018. The band’s dubstep drops and hard rock melodies are care of multi-instrumentalist and pedal hogging bassist Chris Hargreaves, while DJ Pravvy Prav supplies the aggressively technical drumming. PENGSHUi is a taste of how rap-rock has evolved over the years, a contemporary rickety bridge between the age-old alliance of punk and hip hop.
Speaking of punk, many forget that the Beastie Boys have been blending rap-rock, hip hop, funk, and hardcore punk since 1986’s Licensed to Ill. In 1996’s The In Sound From Way Out, the rapping trio stretched their instrumental chops to create a funky, boom bap-inspired collection of some of the stickiest beats in hip hop history. Today, albums like 1989’s Paul’s Boutique and 2004’s To the 5 Boroughs still make it to contemporary ‘best-of’ lists.
Talented rapper-singers Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, along with Joe Hahn’s DJ chops, were undoubtedly the main driving forces behind the most commercially successful rap-rock group in history. Whether you love or hate Linkin Park, the fact is that their emo and alternative rock-driven music was what allowed rap-rock to be truly appreciated by mainstream audiences. Although hardcore fans may argue that their best work continues to be their first album, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, later albums like 2003’s Meteora and 2010’s A Thousand Suns are passionate, technical masterpieces in their own right.
While there are many other artists that deserve at least a mention on this list, these are the ones that have paved the way for the rest. In the future, rap, hip hop, and rnb will continue to rapidly evolve with the many sub-genres of rock. The next mind-melting rap-rock album could be just around the corner.
Article specially written for globalmoneyworld.com
By Jae Bree
Until The Very End shows the true power of real emceeing on his new song “Bring It Home”.
With all the criteria on what a good record is, some need no explanation. Some records you can feel in your soul, as powerful and know no matter what ones preference is, that music you’re hearing embodies excellence. That everything you get from Until The Very End on his new song “Bring It Home”.
Until The Very End shows the true power of real emceeing on his new song “Bring It Home”. He doesn’t waste a single second of the listener’s time, as his presence is impossible to ignore. The production is incredible, and the rhyming is even better, with an ambitious flow you hear desire in that will get him very far. The lyrics are deep and intricate, as well as sharp as he rips this beat into shreds with every line.
Until The Very End’s “Bring It Home” is the type of Hip Hop that is the back bone for this fresh genre. It’s the music that is the soundtrack to our lives, that will last well beyond it’s years, with greatness being exuded by this special artist who is ready for the world.
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Falcon flies high and delivers a must hear piece of art on the new song “Young Love”.
Music can bring many thoughts and words, on how you feel about a record. Countless songs dropping daily, to get your attention in a real way, but some songs just leave you lost for words. Music that brings so many good thoughts at one time, that you’re just speechless. That’s what Falcon does on her new song “Young Love”.
Falcon flies high and delivers a must hear piece of art on the new song “Young Love”. The song has a blissful feel that connects instantly, with the amazing production Falcon, does her work over. The record is extremely well written, and each line is delivered by her big time vocals packed with appeal to make you fall in love with the music.
Falcon’s “Young Love” is everything that makes music a special experience. It delivers in every way and gives the listener not only amazing music, but an emotional connection that will help it last for time to come.
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L!NK breaks down the Master Pen behind his song “Never Know”
As much as Hip Hop can be a feel, lyrics are still very much important. Not only are lyrics important, but the way they’re delivered plays an intricate part in the way the music is felt. When an emcee can fuse the two together, it makes fireworks, and fireworks is what is brought to you by L!NK on his exciting record “Never Know”. An amazing debut filled with upper echelon talent and conviction, to make it a must hear display of Hip Hop. He was gracious enough to take time to answer some questions for us. Below he breaks down his Master Pen.
Who is L!NK the artist?
L!NK is an artist inspired and influenced by all different styles of art. L!NK is distinctly 100% me because not only is it my last name, but it also represents my objective as a creative. My hope is to connect the audience to my worldview, my being, my experiences, and my imagination.
I’m a big fan of not only music but movies as well. When it comes to what I create, I aim to produce a full experience from top to bottom that is cohesive and layered. I’m constantly challenging myself to consume styles of art I am least prepared for or used to. Once something new registers, I like to see what elements I appreciate the most and then see how and if it can supplement my creative vision.
What inspired the lyrical approach to your “Never Know”?
The main drive behind this song was to put out a track that pushes people to recognize that I’ve arrived. With this song being the formal beginning of my professional career, I wanted the chorus to let people know in a basic, accessible way that you don’t know who I am, where I’ve been, or what I’m capable of- so how could you know what to expect? But even with the nescience, you’re here listening to me, and repeatedly.
As an artist, I’ve been a work in progress for at least a decade. I’ve made a lot of music that people would have put out. I’ve reinvented my style a couple times and continually asked myself to be better. I was always that dude that people didn’t understand why they didn’t put out any of their music. So for unfamiliar people to hear this song, I’m stressing that they don’t know what came before this and all the growth I did behind closed doors. A lot of artists go right into public with their music and try to polish it as they go, but I’m ready and there is no learning curve.
Beyond that, the idea of Never Know is pretty simple. It’s pushing people to understand my business ready mentality, my interest in being mature, and overall just making a statement that I got flair and style to boot. I’d say it’s more of a warm-up track, something to get people loose with and for them to feel a bounce to. I didn’t want people to be overwhelmed with some of the more complex projects I’ve made.
In your opinion what is the bar you wrote that you knew would get people’s attention and break it down?
I’m not really sure what parts of the song have captured people’s attention the most, I’d say it’s been a mix in regards to that. The bars that I delivered with the most energy are definitely the ones I heard from people about the most.
“This is big dog business and we gettin some bones”
I think was a line that a lot of people have reacted to the most thus far. I guess I weaved through the hi-hats in a way that captivated some people, and the dog-like adlib concluded the verse with authority similar to an alpha male marking their territory…it’s just kinda like the dogs are here and we’re bout to get this paper! Haha
What do you think is the bar that people may sleep on listening to “Never Know” and why?
“You wanna be skillful? Better keep it simple
Never less weight in a word than a pistol
Imma drop missiles if I got my say
Stay out in the middle when I spot my prey“
The point I’m trying to make here is this…some cats are out there trying to do too much in order to compensate or prop up their abilities as an artist. Sometimes you have to bring it back to the basics and focus on the fundamentals. You can always add all the jazz, all the flair after the fact. Just make sure that what you’re preaching, and your core philosophies are all in line and battle-tested.
People sometimes, especially rappers- tend to use violence in their lyrics and it can often distract from the power that lies in words. There’s nothing wrong with telling a story which is violent, it’s all-important but words are most powerful in my book. So in short, this section of the verse is going along the “The pen is mightier than the sword” adage. Someone could use violent intimidation tactics, but that’s not my style as I have no interest in violence. If I aim to dismantle you, I’ll do it in a way that violence could never accomplish because in the end, most missiles are more powerful than a pistol.
What would you rate your pen on “Never Know” 1-10? 10 being the highest?
Maybe 7.8. I don’t see this being the heaviest song lyrically but part of that is because it’s meant to be a simple display of energy and skill. Maybe some people will say they think I’m being harsh on myself, while others think I’m being too kind. Who knows? What I do know is I have high expectations for myself.
What can people expect next from L!NK?
More music!I dropped a new song called “Born to Win” on August 28th which is available on all major platforms. I produced it, just as a I produce a lot of my other work. I am putting out new music once a month and the intention is to give more and more understanding of my core artistry as it goes. Not only that, but each song is progressively better in my book. Can’t give away the best at the beginning haa! I’m mad hype for it all I can’t wait to share what I have with the world.
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Colin Kaepernick Added to Madden Video Game For First Time Since 2016
Colin Kaepernick has not been on the Madden video game series since 2016, but the Quarterback turned activist will be available on the newest game. According to reports, Kaepernick will return to Madden as a free agent with an 81 overall rating.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Colin through Madden NFL and worked through our past soundtrack mistakes. Knowing that our EA Sports experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football. We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”
EA Sports ran into controversy when they did not feature the former San Francisco 49ers QB on Madden 17 as a free agent. Not only was he not featured on the game, but references to Kaep’s name were removed from music in the video game. EA Sports claims that Kaepernick’s name being edited out from Big Sean’s verse on YG’s “Big Bank” was a mistake and was later corrected.
Virtually, Kaepernick is back in the NFL but the former Nevada QB is still without a contract as the NFL season approaches. There have been rumors around the league that teams were interested in Kaepernick, but already in September without a deal it seems likely that he will remain unsigned for the 4th season in a row.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a public apology for the treatment of Kaepernick admitting that the league should’ve listened to him sooner. Goodell has even encouraged teams to sign him to their roster.
Nico, LA Rich, and special guest Fresh come together for the twelfth episode of the “Platinum Baby” podcast to review Big Sean’s new project “Detroit 2”.
AIRPORTS comes together with R I L E Y and makes a hit for the masses on his new song “Party All The Time”.
When making music it’s not only about just making good tunes, but also music that touches the people. Music that makes people feel good and music people can attach to their life. That’s the type of music that has unlimited replay value and AIRPORTS has one of those songs with his new release “Party All The Time” featuring R I L E Y.
AIRPORTS comes together with R I L E Y and makes a hit for the masses on his new song “Party All The Time”. It’s a record that feels good to hear as soon as you press play, and are guided by the great production, as well as their great vocals. The song writing is a thing of hits and a song people must share, with him packing this record with amazing mass appeal.
AIRPORTS featuring R I L E Y “Party All The Time” is radio ready record for the world to hear. It excels in making a sound for the people to hear and love, with them creating a sound that’s fun to experience and that you will want to sing along for time to come.
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Get familiar with CADE on his new smash “Kill Me Softly”
Artist are more talented than they’ve ever been. There’s a huge array of new artists who can do it all from write lyrics, rap, and sing at high level. An artist who is a stand out at all of this is none other than CADE with his new song “Kill Me Softly”.
CADE is a talented singer, and songwriter who amazes you as soon as you hit play. He fuses together everything great from different genres to one track on “Kill me Softly” with the lyrics and cadence being hip hop, the vocal performance having the soul of R&B, and the production going from hip hop to elements of rock to make it click on many cylinders.
CADE’s “Kill Me Softly” is a must hear record ready for the world to enjoy. CADE gives you everything on this record, as he gives you musical excellence in ever way from beginning to end, giving a master class for his fans all over.
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