Hip hop is in an amazing place. Over the years it’s grown different branches within itself, displaying different styles and sounds. In the last couple of years, women of Hip hop have finally been getting the recognition of being relentless MCs as their male-counterpart. To further the resurgence, Layomi The Tampa Baes from Lunchmoney Records deliver a fun and eclectic song and video for “No Apologies”.
Composed of OG Layla Johnson and Naomi Bravo, the R&B/Hip-Hop duo serves up an unapologetic record that speaks volume of knowing self-worth and loving yourself. Putting yourself first within a relationship and knowing when to exit a toxic one is the message behind “No apologies”. Produced by Lunchmoney Lewis and Dave Diem, the bubblegum-trap record is confident and flavorful just as the video. It’s a load of flavors that resemble a pack of starbursts. OG Layla Johnson, delivers a valiant rap verse while Naomi gives us her soothing vocals that’s makes the hook irresistible.
Consequently, Layomi The Tampa Baes poses as women who are fierce, self-assured and goddesses of the 813 area. “No apologies” is an amusing anthem of self-assurance knowing your value. A for sure bop that can easily be set on repeat for the rest of 2020 and years to come.
The North Carolina artist, Austin Royale makes a return with his latest single, “Wish You Well”. Produced by David Protas, The North Carolina artist takes a different route this time around with his sound. In contrast, to “Problems” that was released last year, “Wish You Well” is a serene psalm. Inspired by Nirvana and Kid Cudi’s Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven, Royale steps into a introspective state where the song is very personal and vulnerable.
With it’s subtle and moving guitar tones, “Wish You Well” becomes a emotional record and shows Austin Royale is a versatile artist that can’t fit into a box.
Be sure to check the music video for “Wish You Well” as well.
The 109house duo, Gat$ & Big Kaino come together to drop an absolute haymaker on our heads with their new track, “GURNING”.
Both tampa artist did what had to be done on this track. Gat$ leaves a verse that scorches the record, while Kaino comes in to cause more mayhem. The two members of 109house showcase their undeniable talents together. This was a collaboration that the streets been waiting on and they delivered. In addition with Santiagopurp behind the boards, he adds he own flavor that makes the track a complete package. “GURNING” becomes a 3-piece combo meal that leaves you wanting more.
Stream “GURNING” now as the streaming revenue will be donated to fight the Australia wildfires.
DIRECTED: Evan (flowercop) Ressler & Twelve’Len PRODUCED: FnZ & Mickey De Gra
As the year is coming to a close, twelve’len pays homage to R&B and soul legends, Al-Green and H-Town in his video for “Loyal”. The Miami artist, channels his inspirations to create a slick and smooth video that opens up different interpretations for “Loyal”.
““This video and record is an homage to H-Town and Al Green. I’ve picked up a lot from them artistically and personally,” Twelve’Len tells The FADER via email. “The past two years have been challenging and I have learned to be patient. I want my fans to listen and interpret ‘Loyal’ on their own while I pose the question: Do your actions determine your loyalty?”
2019 has been a big year for Twelve’Len. He performed as guest with a Denzel Curry during the Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? tour, dropped the anthem of 2019, with “Thank The Gang” and performed at the 1AM fest during Art Basel. Twelve’Len is set to be a special artist that’s going to push R&B forward and keeping it alive. We’re excited to see what he’ll contribute to the culture as we enter into the next decade.
Sultry, sensuous and passionate is what I can describe Twelve’Len’s latest single, “Loyal” and that is just an understatement. It’s a provocative ballad that’s determine to make out of mind and body experiences. Twelve’Len delivers a bedroom banger that seemingly feels like he can be a descendant of Al Green. This is modern day soul to its fullest degree. Producers, FNZ & Mickey de Gra orchestrate a soul catching song that’s silky, lustful and intimate. Again this is an understatement but to fully understand where I’m coming you have to go through the experience yourself.
“Loyal” demands close proximities and intimacy that’s immersive. It’s soulful and fascinating for these body to body moments to experience with your significant other.
The last living got boy, Sunny Fritz releases his latest video for “Stars Align”. Directed by Kris G, the Tampa artist gives an introspective record that speaks on his come up as an artist and the obstacles he’s had to overcome. “Stars Align” is a record that sparks motivation, giving that drive and hope to achieve your own dreams. Sunny Fritz as usual, doesn’t disappoint and we’re excited to see what he has coming next in the year 2020.
The emerging artist out of the city of Tampa, Big Kaino releases the highly anticipated video for his smash record, “Ride Around” produced by ChaseTheMoney. Brought to you by Mandalay Social Club with Tristan Chandra as the lead director, the video is stylized as fun and entertaining with a hint of Quentin Tarantino inspired shots and edits. With its dark scenery, the video still finds itself to be lighthearted, comedic and cinematic.
Big Kaino is continuing to rise in stardom with his consistent hits. We’re excited to see what he has in store for us in the next coming decade.