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Rocca Varnado Delivers Buzzing New Album ‘Blueprint Roc’

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After “Chasing The Bag” with help from Zaytoven, E Mozzy & C-Plus, then securing the “Bag” alongside Nef The Pharaoh & Tre Staxx, Rocca Varnado delivers his brand new album ‘Blueprint Roc.’ Spearheaded by standout singles “Throw A Bag” featuring Gritty Lex & Ralfy The Plug, “Ain’t Playin Aout You” featuring Rue, “Like Me” featuring Too $hort & Rayven Justice, “Name On It” featuring ALLBLACK & Slimmy B, “Heal From” featuring Sam Opoku, “On The Road” produced by Larry June’s DJ Dvme, and “President” featuring Benny The Butcher. the latest LP from Snoop Dogg’s first cousin marks a new chapter in the Sacramento-native’s musical journey.

Comprised of 16 cohesive tracks, the Jermaine Fox executive-produced project includes guest vocals from Reo Varnado, Yumz Awkword, Brandy Brown, E D D Y, and Bank Gxd. A&R’d by EMPIRE’s Artist Relations Director Domo Jones, additional instrumentation for the fresh body of work comes compliments of Sincere Noble, JabariOnTheBeat, DTB, Kayro, Pa dre, Temper Beats, Dee Money, HardKnock, and Kacey Khalil.

Stream ‘Blueprint Roc’ in its entirety via Blueprint Capital Records / Underdogg Productions on your DSP of choice below.

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Kazon’s “Lost They Mind”: A Vivid Exploration of Urban Struggle and Survival

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From the heart of Southeast Washington, DC, where gunfire is a common sound and dreams often fade into shadows, comes a stark and powerful narrative: young men trapped in a relentless cycle of violence. This isn’t just a story of urban decay; it’s a raw portrayal of lives spiraling out of control, where every gunshot marks another soul lost in the chaos.

Kazon, a powerful voice from these streets, brings this reality to life with his latest track, “Lost They Mind.” His lyrics cut deep, exposing the harsh truths behind the headlines and statistics. Growing up amidst turmoil and uncertainty, Kazon understands the allure of the streets and the heavy price paid in blood.

Each verse of “Lost They Mind” is a testament to survival against overwhelming odds. Kazon speaks of friends turned enemies, brothers lost too soon to the merciless grip of violence. His perspective is grounded in personal experience, with scars that tell the story of nights filled with sirens and shattered glass.

This track is more than just a rap; it’s a call to action against complacency and ignorance. It’s a plea to break free from the cycle of self-destruction and reclaim lost potential. The chorus echoes like a mantra of despair and defiance: “N*ggas bustin’ shots like they lost they mind, like 25 to life never crossed they mind.” In Kazon’s world, redemption is not a distant dream but a gritty reality, fought for with every breath. He challenges listeners to face the uncomfortable truth: behind every statistic is a broken family, a grieving mother, and a community reeling from the impact of violence.

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Alex Jean & Darkchild Drop Must-Hear New Track “I Need Faith”

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Sampling Tem’s “Me & U,” Haitian Hip-Hop artist Alex Jean recruits Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Rodney Jerkins for his latest leak “I Need Faith.” Co-produced by Jack Lawson, the infectious yet inspirational cut finds the Florida native effortlessly rapping the song’s lyrics with his larger than life vocals. The record marks Jean’s addition to Darkchild’s Alienz Alive label and preview of what new found fans can expect going forward.

Born and raised in Orlando with an older sister and their parents, Alex Jean is no stranger to adversity or achievement. Though early on in grade school he was a self described troublemaker, getting into fights and causing mischief, his family eventually moved into a well to do neighborhood where he received a more suitable education. The graduate of Lake Minneola Highschool, credits his father’s musical talents, Michael Jackson, Reggaeton acts like Don Omar and the strong bond with his sibling as the foundation for his forward progression.

Prior to making the decision to be a full time recording artist, Alex thought he was going to be a guitarist but soon realized his voice was ultimately the instrument he’d be using to help influence the world and help people in it find freedom. Last year his “Love Like That” collaboration with Hulvey & Torey D’Shaun reached No. 45 on Billboard’s HCS chart and with new music loaded up he’s poised to make a lasting impact that transcends the status quo.

Stream “I Need Faith” on your DSP of choice below via Alienz Alive and follow Alex Jean on IG | HERE.

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Eddie Cee-Vo Releases Hot New “Da Weekend” Single Featuring Torry WordSSmith

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Chicago’s Very Own Eddie Cee-Vo returns to the music scene with the highly anticipated “Da Weekend” single and music video. Featuring fellow Chicago emcee Torry WordSSmith, this release serves as Eddie Cee-Vo’s first major release of the year. Produced by B-Ware and Rudy Clay Jr., this release is a breath of fresh air making it an immediate summer anthem. Infusing his Midwest influence over original, ear popping lyrics, easily makes this Cee-Vo most prolific release to date. He does an amazing job of showcasing his raw storytelling abilities in a sonically pleasing manner that allows listeners all over the world to indulge and relate to “Da Weekend”.

Inspired by a true event that happened in Cee-Vo’s life, he decided that putting his pain, and frustration into song was the best way to heal from the situation. In 2021 Cee-Vo worked as a supply manager for a nursing facility in Chicago. When his then boss took a new position, a nursing consultant was promoted, starting the beginning of his problems. As soon as she found out he was friends with a nurse she didn’t like, she demoted him back to a CNA and started harassing him. After several complaints and rude treatment, Cee-Vo grew frustrated. As a result, his brother advised him to write out his frustration, leading to the creation of  “F**k My Boss”.

Fast forward to 2024, Eddie Cee-Vo was going through his shoe box full of songs, and came across fuck my boss. His producer B-Ware gave him a track to write to, leading to him recruiting fellow emcee Torry WordSSmith. With their divine connection, he renamed the song to “Da Weekend” (F**k My Boss) and this is what the world gets to enjoy everyday.

WordSSmith’s lethal lyricism mixed with Cee-Vo’s superb storytelling and raw creativity, makes this single a must listen. In the video, you will see the pair rapping and turning up while letting their boss know that her shenanigans will not stop them from having a good time.

Shot inside an auto body shop as Cee-Vo and WordSSmith imitate mechanics, you get a better understanding of how this song relates to the everyday person in America fed up with poor treatment from their bosses. With over 20 million views on social media, and over 20,000 streams on all major digital streaming platforms, Eddie Cee-Vo is shaking up the music industry one hit at a time.

Press play below to stream Eddie Cee-Vo and Torry WordSSmith’s new release “Da Weekend”.

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