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No genre is mightier than hip-hop in 2015.

Like Taylor Swift last fall, who switched up her sound and lapped her pop peers in year-end sales, rappers such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar have revitalized the industry with bold moves that fly in the face of traditional radio. With innovative styles that have paved the way for new artists, a timely new emphasis on social commentary, the muscle of social media and a mastery of the surprise release, rap’s surge has fans listening in big numbers.

Last week, Drake’s surprise If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late became the first album of the year to sell more than 1 million copies — on top of the more than 570 million streams it has accumulated across platforms since February, according to Nielsen Music. The Toronto native reached the milestone just days after Dr. Dre released his first album in nearly 16 years, Compton, which shocked music fans when it was announced last month and could sell as many as 300,000 copies in its first week, Billboard predicts.

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Drake has 2015’s first platinum release

Unsurprising, given how rappers have run the tables the rest of the year. Of Spotify’s 10 most streamed albums this year, seven are hip-hop, led by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly), A$AP Rocky (At.Long.Last.A$AP), Meek Mill (Dreams Worth More Than Money) and Future (DS2). Each bowed at No. 1 and has sold more than 200,000 copies (or in Pimp’s case, triple that).

Almost as impressive, three of 2015’s most streamed songs have also been rap, including Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen, Omarion’s Post to Be and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again (a No. 1 champ for nearly three months on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart). Factor in newcomers such as Silento (Watch Me) and T-Wayne (Nasty Freestyle), who have translated viral successes into top 10 hits, and hip-hop has rarely been more pervasive or diverse.

“What we’re hearing now is a whole range of styles,” says Erik Nielson, an assistant professor of liberal arts at the University of Richmond who teaches classes in hip-hop culture. “Some of the major players that have dominated for a number of years — Jay Z, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne — they’re less influential than they were. What you’re seeing in some sense is not so much a changing of the guard, because they’re still really important in the industry, but it’s opened up this space for a bunch of new acts to enter the scene.”

The movement also has paved the way for more experimental, incisive music this year as rappers become less reliant on radio singles and more invested in the art of the album as a whole. New releases from Joey Bada$$ (B4.Da.$$), Tyler, the Creator (Cherry Bomb) and Wale (The Album About Nothing) all started in the top five of the Billboard album charts, despite little promotion and no crossover hits.

“These albums are all unapologetically uncommercial — they don’t make concessions to the radio or music industry,” says Billboard senior editor Alex Gale. “If you’re a Kendrick Lamar fan, you need to listen to the whole album. You can’t digest it from a single. … To me, it’s kind of fascinating to see rap waving the banner for the album.”

via Why 2015 is the year of hip-hop.

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Oymorrons alternative rap groupThe Oxymorrons drop of their new video today for “808 Clap” exclusively via HipHopDX.  Directed by wearaenotnatives, haunting choir vocals kick off a black and white montage of ominous figures huddled up inside of a dark warehouse. “Now, you / don’t wanna live my life, walk in my shoes / peddle on my bike,” raps K.I. as he trades verses with Dee while surrounded by a intimidating gang of masks and hoods. Imagine, the BET HipHop Awards Cipher mixed with the imagery of the movie Saw. The suspense level of  “808 Clap” only increases as the guys look to escape. In Rap, it’s always survival of the fittest, with The Oxymorrons rapping their way out of any situation.

808 Clap

Written by: Oxymorrons
Produced By: Felix Snow
Filmed, Directed & Edited by: Wearenotnatives

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Malina Moye

#RockGoddess Malina Moye announces new single “A Little Rough” dropping April 22 #MalinaMoye #ALittleRough

The is only one #rockgoddess and her name resounds across the globe, MALINA MOYE!  This exciting guitarist, singer, songwriter is one of the hottest products emanating from the #rock world as we speak!  Her new single “A Little Rough” releases Apr 22, 2014 to much anticipation and industry clamor…she promises it will be the musical ride of a lifetime…don’t miss it!

Find out more about Malina Moye, her music, tours and exclusive news via her official site http://www.malinamoye.com/

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Original Track – The Worst

Artist – Jhene Aiko @JheneAiko

Label – Epic Records, Def Jam Recordings, Artium Recordings, The Ultimate
Group

Directed by: J Law / One Room Media / @Rebelious301

Recorded & Mixed: Dip / @2h2hstudios

http://www.SouthernBoiEnt.com

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Leader of Grammy Winning Track Kingz - Miltickit

Leader of Grammy Winning Track Kingz – Miltickit

Your favorite rapper’s producer drops 27/9 from his new album “Street Money” in stores now!!!

Miltickit is part of the Grammy Award winning production team Track Kingz and has stepped out of the lab to grace the industry with his new album “Street Money” which is going ham across the music industry spectrum…well done Mil!!!

 

11 Grooves

Lawson-Montgomery is an independent record label based in Raleigh, North Carolina and is administered by Diamond Music Group (DMG), Inc., in Las Vegas, Nevada; distributed by INgrooves Music . The company’s products are developed under the A&R guidance of Lavae McClinnahan. The new digital music industry has given new independent record labels and unprecedented opportunity to compete on a major level … with the right team.

Home to the artist collective known as 11 Grooves, Lawson-Montgomery, brings under its umbrella a selection of talent that sets the stage for a new dynamic in Southern music. The mission of the label is to deliver quality and meaningful products to meet the needs and wants of global consumers.

11 Grooves was founded in 2000 by Marc Law a native of Duplin County, NC. As a long time fan of hip hop music, he began his career kicking verses with friends and on underground tracks in various studios. He is also a member of the Tsunami Gang, a group comprised of artists on the 11 Entertainment label. In keeping with the Lawson-Montgomery philosophy of exposing top talent from the Carolina region, the crew hosts a monthly event in Raleigh called “New Ishh Fridayz” to showcase Carolina’s independent artists.

One of the driving forces behind any venture are the “handlers” or business minds that handle the plethora of mundane pieces of the machine which make a successful business grow and prosper. Diamond Music Group, Inc., is the secret weapon for Lawson-Montgomery and 11 Grooves.

via Industry Profile: Independent Record Label Lawson-Montgomery and Music Collective 11 Grooves – Yahoo Voices – voices.yahoo.com.

Interview: @E40 Talk’s with @DjSteelTv and @BossLadyTv | microphonebully.com.

On the eve of the release of The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil Volumes 4,5,6, E-40 speaks with Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia and

DJ Steel on Hip Hop Nation about working with 2Pac and his favorite memories of the late rapper.

 

Check out this talented singer Jarell Perry spit a freestyle vocal  with DBraxx on The Rap Project.

For a fresh take on hip hop subscribe to the channel & check us out at http://www.therapprojectshow.com every Wednesday  7-9p PST.  #ONE!

My Ride - Cordula

New Music from Cordula – My Ride

Singer/Songwriter Cordula hails from the DMV and brings with her a wealth of musical and performance training, creating a polished yet very natural presence on stage and in her personal engagements with her fans.  Cordula’s new single “My Ride,” on Music’z Therapy/Universal/Fontana, released today, September 10, 2013 and is sure to be a fan favorite.  Already capturing radio and music executives’ attention and energy, Cordula is positioned to be one of the breakout artist of the year.

Get more info on Cordula on her official website http://cordulatheartist.com/ and catch ALL of her music and videos on Reverbnation  https://www.reverbnation.com/cordula

Cordula Davis

Singer/Songwriter Cordula hails from the DMV and brings with her a wealth of musical and performance training, creating a polished yet very natural presence on stage and in her personal engagements with her fans.  Cordula’s new single “My Ride,” on her own imprint Music’z Therapy distributed via Universal/Fontana, is set for release Tuesday, September 10, 2013 and is sure to be a fan favorite.  Already capturing radio and music executives’ attention and energy, Cordula is positioned to be one of the breakout artist of the year.

A stunning natural beauty, Cordula’s music overshadows that aspect as she effortlessly weaves between the husky low alto and sharp soprano scales, presenting a musical adventure not to be missed.  Ok, so I have to confess that I am a fan of great music and perhaps I sway to the less journalistic in my description but hey, this IS The H.Y.P.E. Magazine which means, “How You Perceive Everything” and MY perception is that no matter how great her look…Cordula’s SOUND can be likened to one of the most pleasurable “ooohhhh DAMN!” moments you have ever had in your life.
Artistic talent not withstanding, Cordula is also the subject of one of the greatest quandaries in the music business right now. She is a medical doctor who also teaches up and coming medical doctors, that sings like a nightingale and desires to let the music take over and be her vehicle of expression.  My mom always said being a doctor was as good as being president, but Cordula’s heart had been with music and performing since she was three years old, when she began tap and ballet training.

Managed by Robert Terell aka “The Official Deal Maker” and one of the shining diamonds of his Wealth Nation Entertainment roster, Cordula has been brought along at just the right pace to be an impact on the music industry when it is the most quiet as regards real artistry.  Wealth Nation Entertainment guided and orchestrated Cordula’s label situation with Universal/Fontana, and her imprint Music’z Therapy is not only to be a vehicle for her music, but also a home for other artists in the future.

Source: The Hype Magazine, read the full article here