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Mena Mahone – “Keep It Moving”

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Recently female Detroit rapper, Mena Mahone, released the audio to her new song, “Keep It Moving” ft JRich and produced by Killa Smuv. Putting on for the 313 like few female emcees ever have, her song is a domestic violence awareness song and looks to spread truth about domestic abuse in America, while providing hope for those that are trapped in an abusive relationship.


While the song is a domestic violence awareness song, don’t sleep on the bars that Mena Mahone has on this song or any of her other recent singles like “Workin.”

“This video is about domestic violence and as a survivor of domestic violence. I want you to know that you too can overcome domestic violence. We are bringing awareness to this issue, whether they grew up with it or they are in a relationship of domestic violence. We are letting people know that this is a problem that nobody is talking about. Thankfully, Hot 107.5 a Detroit Hip-Hop radio station, stepped up and are supporting the “Keeping It Moving” record. We want to help domestic violence victims overcome anything they are going through trying to get out of that bad relationship” Mahone said.

While many people are rightfully raising awareness to police brutality, Black Lives Matter and COVID-19, Mena Mahone doesn’t want people to forget about how domestic violence is also plaguing our communities as well. 

“Its saying whether you are in a domestic violence relationship or you have  a friend, family or whatever that is trapped in one, this is not what defines you as a person – Keep it Moving. You are better than that, you are a survivor, just because we make mistakes doesn’t mean we have to live through those mistakes for the rest of our life,” Mena Mahone explained. 

Mena Mahone also spoke about her crew the Bully Boys and her friendship with the widely popular and rising rapper Boldy James who recently collaborated with Alchemist for what some people have been calling the album of the year. As the “First Lady of The Bully Boys,” Mena Mahone takes her role seriously and can keep up with the guys, bar for bar. 

“The Bully Boys is my crew, you feel me. You got me you got me, you got Boldy James, Fast Lane, Reddi Rock, JFox the Breadman, and of course me”,  Mahone explained. “Boldy James is the homie – I’m down with him til the wheels fall off. He’s been on the road, he’s one of the hottest rappers out right now. He had just dropped his album with Alchemist so he’s making a lot of noise right now.”

Expanding on her sound and how it fits into the Detroit scene, Mena Mahone explained her sound and the purpose of her music. 

“Not a lot of people have the same sound as me and I don’t mean that in a bad way, but my sound is different, and there’s not a lot of people that sound like me.” Mena Mahone explained. “I got into music because it was an outlet to me to express my emotions. As far as making music I wanted to start making a positive impact in my community, so if someone is going through something in life hopefully people can put on my music and take something from it and learn and grow.”

That seems to be a theme throughout Mena Mahone’s music as she hopes to inspire her listeners whether they are homeless, domestic violence survivors or just the hard working Detroiters who wake up every day and punch the clock.

“The type of music I am making is inspirational. If you are homeless, suicidal or whatever, I want you to know you can put on my music and it’s going to inspire you. When you hear my music like “Workin'”, the number one thing you gonna take from that is – let me get up and start “Workin'”. This is about bars and all that, but we want to make a difference in people’s lives. If I can’t inspire anyone, then what am I doing? It’s never been about money, fame and clout. To me when someone comes up to me and tells me that I motivated them out of a situation or to go get a job, thats the kind of stuff that makes me happy about my music.”

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Selfmade Shark – Everything Blue

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The Louisiana based rapper, Selfmade Shark dropped his new song, “Everything Blue”. His new single is set to be featured on his upcoming project, Tough Love.  The Louisiana artist is gearing up to release a gang of content for the fans who have been patiently waiting.

“The project is called Tough Love because its like all the sh*t that come with the success and popularity of being a rapper.  I’m on the roads to riches and people try to pull you down and they don’t know how to show you love where I’m from in BR. I’m not gonna hold it against them, thats they way of showing love and it makes you a better man. I like when fans want to pick the single – I got a song called “Everything Blue,” the song ain’t really on no colors shit, but I have some fans that love that song,” Selfmade Shark said.

Based in Baton Rouge, but frequenting his home base of Las Vegas where his label wae. Entertainment is based, Selfmade Shark is currently filming more content to build the buzz on his YouTube channel.  In addition he is preparing to drop his new project and music videos in support of his work with Kevin Gates, who he recently recorded a  host of songs with while in Los Angeles. 

“I’m originally from New Orleans, but I grew up in Baton Rouge and moved to Baton Rouge in 2003. We had started a group in South Baton Rouge and the news tried to make it like we were a gang, but that wasn’t it we were focused on music. I been rapping ever since then, but I didn’t really take it seriously until 2015 after a friend of mine had got killed when I was in jail.  When I came home, I kind of just dedicated my life to it,” Selfmade Shark said. 

Initially, Selfmade Shark got the attention of wae. Records growing his buzz in the streets and getting the attention of the local news station for his reported involvement in a gang. While The buzz in the streets was more musically based, his hype eventually led to collaborations with Kevin Gates and other prominent local rappers.  Selfmade Shark has been catapulted to another level in a partnership with wae. Entertainment, where Selfmade Shark maintains his creative control and is able to release all of his music in the best way possible. 

“I do a lot of storytelling, I don’t really make the dance songs, and even thought I said I would make a dance song for people to move to, I like to talk more on real life situations more-so connect with people – they feel that more.”

D.Cross ft. Dave East – “Never Cried”(Music Video)

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Recently D.Cross jumped on a cross continental European tour with Game. Kicking off January 30th in the UK and making its way across Europe, we get a new visual from this cold spitting Las Vegas rapper and it does not disappoint.

This time D.Cross delivers a dope visual for his song “Never Cried,” and along with it fans gets a big feature in Harlem-bred rapper Dave East. With shout outs to Nipsey and real quotes about the streets and how he’s made it to where he is in rap music today, D.Cross talks that talk for this visual that was filmed right in the studio where it was recorded on the fly in Vegas just off the strip. 

 “The tour is going great my fans were waiting on me and its such a great feeling,” D.Cross said of his tour with Game. ” I will be coming back on my own tour since they received me so well. The Game is so dope this was the dopest album, so the fans are going crazy it is such an honor to be here!” 

With more than 25 dates across the map, the Game Born 2 Rap Tour winds its way through Europe closing out March 1st in Budapest, Hungary so we expect lots of fans to get familiar with D.Cross this year. 

Fat Meech – “DAMN.”(Prod by TreezymadeIt)

Today West Coast rapper, singer, and songwriter Fat Meech released his new single titled, “DAMN.” Paying homage to Kendrick Lamar’s hit album DAMN.Fat Meech highlights a real life situation when his cousin was shot two times in front of his house when Fat Meech was only 13 years old. 

“What I’ve survived might kill you and so I choose to put it into the music” Fat Meech said. “I wanna drop singles that tell people who I am and just push the single to their max potential.”

While the song has not yet made it’s way to an official album, Fat Meech has full intentions of promoting this song heavily to his fan base as he continues the rollout of content over the next few weeks and months. 

“One of the verses you’ll notice, I talk about someone pulling up in a Caddy and shooting shots and someone getting shot – so it’s a story about when I was like 12 or 13 and my cousin got shot two times, once in the back of his head and once in his shoulder and we saw the whole thing me and my sister. It’s just a crazy story and its just traumatic. It’s a real story. When it first started happening I thought it was firecrackers, like consistently going off. I think it was like 20-30 shells they found in the street but they only hit him twice,” Fat Meech recalled.

Tapping deep into the listeners psyche in a similar fashion to his song “Brothers 2” that went viral after receiving support from Blueface on social media, Fat Meech pulls the listener in with catchy melodies that tell a tragic story. 

“So I first started out with Brothers originally and I wanted to keep the same vibe but a different song. People love it, because the whole song is a question and it’s about people not being real and it’s so direct that people can tap into it and it’s still going up. There’s so much shenanigans and bullshit going on in the world,” Fat Meech said. “When I’m telling a story I want it to sound as easy to the ear as it can sound. I don’t want a rough story to sound rough. The story could be traumatic, but I pay more attention to the rhythm. I want something that’s going to be attractive to the ear and something that people can play over and over.”

One of the ways that Fat Meech built his fan base was through promoting his music at high schools locally, giving away cash and merchandise. 

“For the high school tour we literally didn’t know anything. I just posted it on IG and then I gathered my team together.  There were other artists involved and I knew that coming to the school would be marketable and great for the brand so I threw t-shirts and money and it helped grow my fan base drastically. I left the school and got 500 followers a day. I’m definitely doing it again – I’m going to the desert to hit a few schools because I know who is listening.  Outside of LA there’s a lot more of that and they tap in.”

Knowing the path to success isn’t easy, Fat Meech is just focused on consistency and making sure he grabs people with each release.

“NO album yet, just pushing the single at this point, but I’m about to start recording and working on the album. I did Los Skanlees and Los Angeles Times but I’m in the works of figuring that out. I like to get people’s attention with a cold single as opposed to a whole album,” Fat Meech said. “The come up is lonely and you trying to be an entrepreneur is lonely. People see the glitz and glamour of it and they only see the nice stuff, but they don’t see the work that it took to get there. I’m putting in that work now and you gonna see it because I share that with my fans and they appreciate the realness of it all.”

Shepherd – Gametime (Latin Remix) [ft. Tommy Royale & Niko Eme]

Today, Miami based rapper Shepherd debuts a Spanish remix to his motivational crowd-rocking anthem “Gametime”, featuring Puerto Rico’s Tommy Royale & Niko Eme. The hard-hitting inspirational hit song had major success with its original and official remix, earning over 6 Million Plays on Spotify and a special guest verse on the remix by NBA legend and cultural icon Shaquille O’Neal. “Gametime” is playing across the country at NFL, NBA and NHL games and on playlists curated by Golds Gym, LA Fitness and Planet Fitness.

“It’s been an amazing experience having so much support from the fans, about to land over 7 million plays and leaving marks in the NFL, NBA and national gym franchises is a dream. Being a child of an immigrant and being raised to represent my Hispanic heritage proudly, I have been paying attention to all the countless messages, emails, mentions and I realize I had to do something unique. This Latin remix is a thank you to the fans, a step closer to my roots and an expression of my truest self. I love being able to talk about my people and our love for Latin trap,” explains Shepherd.

“This remix means so much more than a song…it’s the continuance of what’s already been part of my life. At age 14, I made my first song, inspired by my Spanish rapping cousin and the whole record was Spanish. This was a great opportunity to circle back to those early years and represent for my people.”

Tanner Molique – Tunnel Vision ft. Casey Veggies

Expanding on an already blossoming roster, California record label VerySpecial presents rapper Tanner Molique and his new single “Tunnel Vision”. Debuted on Elevator-Mag, the song combines elements of trap, dance and a supreme level of confidence. This young upstart has a rapidly expanding fan base across the West Coast that’s getting attention across the music industry from label execs, fans and everyone in between.

“This a flex song – sing this to ya ex. Turn up to it, it don’t matter. This one shows my versatility,” Tanner Molique said. “I like to rap but I also like to sing. I think it’s cause of how I was raised with different background of music, so I’m always trying to use all the weapons I have. Casey is blessing the world with this feature. He killed his verse and I’m excited to perform this shit one day with the bro bro.”

Supporting Tanner Molique from the start of his career, helping him develop music and videos surrounding his songs, VerySpecial took interest in Tanner after realizing how unique of a person he has always been.

“I always liked to be creative growing up. During classes at school I’d either be writing songs or free styling with the homies at the lunch tables just fooling around,” Tanner Molique explained. “Then I just got more and more serious about this shit and then got myself into the studio. Around the right people, now it’s something I do cause I’m addicted to it. Creating something from nothing. The process.”

The belief in the vision has been mutual as Tanner Molique has grown not only as an artist but as a person while under the VerySpecial roof.

“I’ve grown on my own ways and I’ve seen myself turning into the person I’ve always dreamt of being, but they’re the dream team for real for real. We didn’t wait and hope for some sh*t to happen we made this sh*t happen. We manifested this sh*t.”

With the “Tunnel Vision” release taking off this Fall Tanner is looking toward the video release and his new project called, Jagboy.

“Tunnel Vision has a video in the works and then we dropping a music video for the first song on the new tape I got dropping called Jagboy.”

 

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Kembe X – Scoreboard (Video)

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Today Kembe X released his new video for “Scoreboard.” The song comes on the heels of the release of Kembe’s critically acclaimed project, I Was Depressed Until I Made This. Previously Kembe released “Voices,”and “LFTFF,” from this album, but this energetic video gives fans a chance to dive back into the TDE affiliate’s first release in nearly two years, as Kembe X released his Talk Back effort in 2016.