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BK’s City The Great Talks “Day One” Single, New LP, & More

City The Great, BK native/artist/CEO, gives some inside scoop on his new single “Day One”, his upcoming album ‘The Wordsmith’, his role with Certified Nation Entertainment, and more. Listen to “Day One” and check out the full interview below. 

Listen to “Day One” from the forthcoming ‘The Wordsmith’ Album

MJ: Before we jump into “Day One” let everyone know who you are and where you’re from.

City the Great: Thanks for having me. I am City the Great from East NY, Brooklyn. 

MJ: You’re an artist under Hip Hop legend Special Ed. How did that come to fruition? Are there any challenges regarding age and mindset? Or is this a step towards bridging the generational gap in Hip Hop?

City the Great: Actually, my homeboy is Ed’s 1st cousin and he told me for the longest that he would connect us. Of course, at the time I didn’t believe he was Ed’s cousin. One day he came to the studio with me and took the song I wrote and recorded that day and said he was going to play it for Ed while at Funkmaster Flex’s birthday bash at BB Kings in Manhattan. Long story short he did and gave me Ed’s number…he wanted to speak with me, and the rest is history. There are really no challenges in age and mindset in working with Ed. He’s been a great mentor and I have learned a lot about the game from him. He stays up to date on the business and the culture. He also has great faith in my grind and creations. I would say without a doubt, we are in the works of bridging the generational gap in Hip Hop.

MJ: Let’s get to “Day One” which is taken from your upcoming album ‘The Wordsmith.’ The track has a cinematic anthem vibe with a hook catchy enough for the clubs and streets. It’s evident you have a knack for drawing audiences in. Talk about “Day One” from the motivation behind it to your expectation of the track.

City The Great: The story about the creation of this one is an interesting one…I was sitting on this beat for a while by Molly The Kid. I was conversating with my Certified Nation Entertainment comrade Itsonlywrite just talking about all the people that we worked with and knew throughout this journey that were kind of in and out. We laughed about how funny it is that when things weren’t going upward, they split or didn’t support, and now that we are moving, they all want to claim they’re day ones. That sparked my mind on expressing that on wax. I think what really made the song pop was my engineer King Bash jumping in and harmonizing on the hook. My expectation for Day One is to appeal to all audiences giving them that commercial feel yet true to the cultural vibe.

MJ: What can you tell us about your upcoming album and what can listeners anticipate from it?

City The Great: People are going to get a rollercoaster ride. I have been working on this project for the past 2 years piece by piece to ensure I capture the best feel in my testimony of being a wordsmith. This project will be very balanced with the right number of features and it’s going to display something for everyone that will be nostalgic.

MJ: Besides having the backing, support, and genius of Special Ed, what is your signature move, if you will, that differentiates you from other artists in the industry?

City The Great: I think what differentiates me and other artists in the industry is the soul that I pour into my craft which identifies my true being…A person being themself is the perfect form of originality. There’s a certain energy I give listeners and audiences and I have my own sound where you know it’s me and that element is never lost no matter what type of song it is that I am on. Not only that but I keep that element alive with versatility, you just never know which angle I am going to come on a track but you will always know it’s me.

MJ: Aside from the new album release prep, what other endeavors are you working on?

City The Great: I am currently working on growing my company Certified Nation Entertainment, educating, and assisting artists with their careers. I’m also working on multiple collaborative projects including a mixtape coming soon with my DJ, DJ Bad Tha Problem (proceeding the album release). I am working on a Certified Nation Entertainment collab project with the team of artists Jae Law aka Hindrix, Pengame Classic, Chambs Taylor, Jacqui Grace, and of course Itsonlywrite. There’s also a collaborative project with Chambs Taylor titled ‘CD’ (Collateral Damage). You can catch freestyle videos I will be releasing weekly as well as working with my management team Samantha Leavell of Certified Nation and legendary Kool Rock Ski on an event, For The Culture By The Culture. I can’t leave out 2022’s Annual Hip Hop & R&B Cookout in East BK…The list goes on and on.

MJ: Wrapping up, let everyone know how they can connect with you.

City The Great: Thank you I can be found on any platform as City the Great but one of the easiest ways to link with me all in one place is on my website CertifiedNationEntertainment.com.

Connect with City The Great

Instagram: www.instagram.com/citythegreat

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealCityTheGreat

Twitter: www.twitter.com/citythegreat_

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/CityTheGreatmusic

D-Rage ‘Deep Fire’ (Debut Album)

Hawaiian Hip Hop artist D-Rage releases his debut album titled ‘Deep Fire’ available now on all digital platforms. The 10-track project features B.Dvine, STS Blue, Thomas Coppola, Truck Jewels, and Gray Ston3.

D-Rage brings his A-game along with raw emotion and blatantly honest rhymes. He holds no bars when it comes to his past filled with demons, pain, tears, and self-medication. But don’t get it twisted, D-Rage is claiming his life back both as a man and a wordsmith.

The Breakout sets the album off with D-Rage declaring his readiness to rise. Unlike others, he is on another level and not skipping any corners or taking the fake route. In Cross The Line D-Rage’s cut-throat lyrics paint a vivid scene of the consequences and repercussions one might face for crossing him.

The Realest serves as the album’s anthem with a catchy hook sure to resonate. Still on his quest to rise from the ashes, D-Rage’s mental and physical are unstoppable. He vows not to fall for any facades or cookie-cutter bullsh*t. Listeners are sure to get inside the mind of D-Rage in Sacreligious. He shares about the trouble he’s conjured up from childhood to adulthood both in the home and in the streets. Sheesh piggybacks as we learn D-Rage is a natural psycho who needs to be put on chill mode. However, given the current state of the world, it makes sense he’s prepared for war…Vicious Malicious is a track for those who’ve done D-Rage wrong dating back to the third grade. For them, his dark intentions remain afloat.

Eyes on the Prize reflects on D-Rage’s driving force to exchange pills and excuses for a name in the game. This is the start of his shine and the start of him going places. All eyes are on him while his eyes are on the prize. Want What I Want reinforces his direction towards the prize, yet this menace at heart will move his own way with a back seat of alter egos.

In Deep, D-Rage takes listeners to a period where he was lost in negativity with a deleted soul. He depicts a life of being brainwashed, surviving only by his tears. The Warning mops up those minutes of sadness and brings us back to D-Rage in real-time…An artist ready to shake the game and rumble with the best in the game…D-Rage is here to make a name for himself by any means.

‘Deep Fire’ is brimming with gritty bass, striking tones, and cinematic vibes that heighten and intensify D-Rage’s emotion and complexity. Those unfamiliar with the Hawaiian sensation will become well versed after listening to ‘Deep Fire.’

Stream/download ‘Deep Fire’ here on preferred platforms

Fly Gitt Releases New Single, “Blues Clues”

SkyIV Records and Fly Gitt announce the release of his latest single “Blues Clues” available on all major platforms.

The Florida-based artist delivers a hit single coinciding with his iBANG motto. Over invigorating cadences and striking tones, Fly Gitt drops crafty punchlines letting the world know he’s flexing with street and booth diplomas. Around the way chicks and wack rappers are irrelevant to his glow-up. The track is fresh enough for the clubs, yet authentic enough for the blocks. Stream/download “Blues Clues” on preferred platforms and connect with Fly Gitt below.

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iamflygitt/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/iamflygitt 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/iamflygitt

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https://music.apple.com/us/album/blues-clues-single/1556988635

Kid Problem Releases “Yeah Yeah” Video

We Hot Music and Irvington, NJ rapper Kid Problem release visuals for his hit single “Yeah Yeah,”  available now on all major platforms.

The video, by Cane Green Films, captures the raw emotion and intense energy from Kid Problem. The catchy hook, “Who am I to judge somebody always knew I’d be somebody, I be like finger out the window b*tch yeah yeah” and knocking bass drives the track along with Kid’s cut-throat bars.

His moves depict his come up and now focused, Kid Problem has no time for lameness, fake street thugs, or money-hungry dames. Watch the video and connect with Kid Problem below.

Connect with Kid Problem

Instagram: @1kidproblem

YouTube: @1kidproblem 

TikTok: @iamkidproblem 

Spotify: @kidproblem 

Facebook: @1kidproblem 

Soundcloud: @1kidproblem 

Twitter: @1kidproblem

Business: wehotmusic1@gmail.com

Philly Blocks Ft. Cino Fresh “Movies”

Philly Blocks recruits Cino Fresh for “Movies.” The single/video is taken from his critically acclaimed EP titled ‘Mr. 17th.’

The Louisville Slugger is known for his cinematic visuals, and “Movies” is no exception! The feature presentation is Blocks’ life through his eyes, his lessons, and his driving force to survive. Vivid bars describe growing up with his family, the good…the bad…the ugly, a code to securing bags, and even cautious moves around multi-flavored thots! Watch “Movies” and connect with Philly Blocks and Cino Fresh below.

Stream/download the full EP here on preferred platforms.

Philly Blocks on Twitter & IG @phillyblocks

Cino Fresh on Twitter @Cinofresh & IG @Cinofresh1 

Award-Winner Dell-P Vows To “Make Emceeing Great Again”

Who is Dell-P…For those living under rocks or for those who might need a simple reminder, the extensive accolades below are sure to spark some clarity.

Dell-P is a Hip Hop artist and songwriter, nationally and internationally famed for his exquisite lyricism, conscious rap, and wordplay. He is co-signed by such pioneers and legends as Chuck D, Black Thought, Wise Intelligent, Arrested Development, EPMD, Wyclef Jean, David Banner, Jay Electronica, and that is only naming a few.

The Philly vet carries monumental recognition dating back to 2017 including Philly Hip Hop Awards Album of the Year, PHL Live Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Black Gala Award winner, Black Power Music Award nominee, 2-time Spiral Award Winner (artist and album of the year), 2-time Indie Music Award winner, Philly Hip Hop Award winner for Alternative Artist of the Year, 2020 Top Indie Artist award by Source Magazine, as well as a 4-time Grammy considered artist. To add to that success, Dell-P has received music placement and an acting role in the 2021 film “When George Got Murdered”, coming to Netflix soon, and with a recommendation by Black Thought, he will be participating in The School of Thought Workshop/Showcase…The first-ever Hip Hop Master Class to be held at Carnegie Hall.

Dell-P’s latest Grammy considered album ‘MEGA (Make Emceeing Great Again)’ is available on major platforms as well as “By Any Means” and “Follow the Signs” videos, currently in rotation on BET Jams. There are some like minds out there hungry and this album feeds them properly. Once you take a listen to the music you will hear why Dell-P has been called “the best kept secret of Hip Hop” by XXL Magazine.

Stream/download ‘MEGA’ here on preferred platforms and connect with Dell-P below.
Social Media Links – @DELLP215 on IG & Twitter, Dell Pee on Facebook 

Watch “By Any Means” and “Follow the Signs” from the ‘MEGA’ album

Spitty The Sequel ‘I Come Back Because I Love You’ EP & “Friends” Video

NC-based Hip Hop recording artist Spitty the Sequel releases a 4-track EP titled ‘I Come Back Because I Love You.’

The seasoned artist, famed for his uncanny lyrical deliverance and incomparable witty wordplay, shows off just why he cannot be contained into one box of style or sound. Although the EP is consistent with boom-bap and smooth R&B cadences, Spitty incorporates intermittent tranquil soundscapes allowing listeners to hone in on his lyrical content, which is not only relatable but exudes a kaleidoscope of raw emotions.



‘I Come Back Because I Love You’ touches on Spitty’s ability to live the best life he’s capable of along with his desire, even as an odd future, to make moves in this world. He emphasizes some difficulties with that task due to a lack of positive role models. Spitty also mentions friends and how they operate just like seasons, either hibernating or on vacation…yet the brotherhood has the potential to strive. 

The EP serves as a thought-provoking canvas delivered in such an eclectic approach with self-truths that is sure to have fans and listeners scratching heads and self-reflecting.


Stream/download ‘I Come Back Because I Love You’ EP here on Spotify

Watch “Friends” official video

Connect with Spitty the Sequel
Twitter @spittycrack | Instagram @spit4sale | Facebook – Spitty the Sequel

Jack Diamond “Free Love” Ft. YFN Lucci (Video)

Jack Diamond releases visuals for his latest single “Free Love” which features YFN Lucci with production by Kyle Junior.

Diamond delivers a relatable track regardless of gender, culture, and occupation. With images of himself in a coffin, it’s evident the old Jack Diamond is dead. He’s broken his own heart from thinking with it instead of using his brain and he’s fed folks that he should’ve let starve. The new and improved Jack Diamond, however, will make them pay, not by way of violence but through his shine and success…there’s no more free love.

The tones are smooth and soulful yet piercing enough to raise arm harms while Jack Diamond spews his lyrical oath. Watch the video for “Free Love” and get your copy below.

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https://music.apple.com/us/album/free-love-feat-yfn-lucci/1534673435?i=1534673499

Connect with Jack Diamond
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialjackdiamond
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/officialjackdiamond
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jackdiamond352
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/jackdiamond352

JLC x Judy Drama x Dee Stakz “Welcome to Da Jungle” Video

Texas natives JLC and Judy Drama recruit Melbourne’s Dee Stakz for new single/video titled “Welcome to Da Jungle.” This fierce trio is unstoppable and on the move with nothing to lose. They can survive the jungle in all forms and come out on top of the game. The Cinematic production heightens the raw and gritty lyrics…Connect the dots while they claim their earned respect. Watch the video and get the inside scoop on “Welcome to Da Jungle” below.

MJ:  Before we jump into the video, how did everyone link up, especially with Dee Stakz who resides in Melbourne?

JLC: It basically started from Instagram with Dee Stakz showing love and reached out to me with marketing questions. While I was growing and moving in the scene, I watched him grow as well. I had a track that I wanted a different sound and knew with his character and talent that it would be a hit. He came through with a verse, for the video, and the rest is history!  As far as Judy, I kept her hearing her name in the scene and popping up on social media. I was drawn to her style and sway and the fact that she was also from Texas. We connected, and again the rest is history.

MJ:  What was the goal with this single/video? Let us in on the process from the creative spark to the finale. Is it receiving the proper accolades you were expecting it to? 

JLC: The goal was to provide fans with something they can relate to and show them they can come out as we did and to reach as many as we can! I came up with the idea as I was riding through my old hood in Fort Worth and just thinking how bad it was back in the day. I mean you had to constantly watch your back and watch who you let in your circle and it was people constantly getting robbed and set up. It’s like that now, but back in the 90’s it was three times as bad. As of now it’s nothing but good reviews and it’s just been a couple of weeks, as it spreads, we are looking forward to seeing how different crowds respond.

MJ:  Was it difficult to shoot the video during a heightened period of COVID-19? Why is it important for you to continue to curate during the pandemic? 

JLC: Actually, it was easy. It was kind of an in and out thing when you shoot so many videos you just do your thing and roll out, and I think I can speak on behalf of everybody on that note! I believe it was Dee Stakz’s first video, but you would never know it, he handled business! The pandemic is an opportunity for more exposure as people are watching more TV and have more of an online presence.

MJ:  Talk about the chemistry between the three of you and how individual styles complemented one another.

JLC: Everybody is just down to earth and got jokes so that really makes it easy when everyone has the same goal in mind and takes their careers seriously. Our styles in my opinion with each verse is a different feel and different tone, talking about a different scenario with the same topic, and it makes it both interesting and captivating.

MJ:  Take a minute to share with fans about upcoming solo or more collaborative projects.

JLC: I can’t talk about that…but we have a lot of people watching us and don’t want us, especially me, to go far in the industry. Our ideas are unique, and we must keep them secured until it’s release time.

MJ:  Please take a moment to share anything else fans should be on the lookout for and how they can connect with you for updates and new music. 

JLC: They can go to Amazon and read my E-Book “Hip Hop Marketing A Dirty Game” for some tips on marketing. I have some collaborations in the works and more music endeavors on the way so stay tuned. Follow me on Instagram @jlcaagrecords, on Twitter @allaroundaag, on Facebook at AAG Records, and on the web at allaroundaag.com.  

YNS Talley – Persevere (Video)

ATL’s own YNS Talley releases visuals for his new single “Persevere.” The track produced by Aloy is taken from Talley’s upcoming project titled ‘Priceless 3.’

In “Persevere” Talley returns home to East ATL where it all began. Although riding there in a polished Rolls Royce, Talley reassures that fame hasn’t changed him. His intricate wordplay gives listeners a vivid timeline into his path to success while conveying a distinct message to those that slept on him and his booth profession. The cinematic production by Alloy heightens the emotion from Talley. Watch the video and connect with YNS Talley below.

https://mobile.twitter.com/yns_talley

https://www.instagram.com/yns_talley/