With his fifth studio album When A Crooner Dies on the way this Friday, multi-talented Leslie Odom, Jr. is poised to unveil all original new music. From the collection of 10 self penned and recorded singles comes the latest track Loved. Capturing Leslie’s soft satin voice, the single is a stand out to his growth and talent. Leslie shares:
The song’s kinda like a mediation on inheritance and family lineage. A love…passed down like fine china or good land from one generation to the next.
In September, Leslie made his long-awaited return to Broadway starring in, and co-producing, the first Broadway revival of the classic American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by the legendary Ossie Davis. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning, three-time Emmy and two-time Academy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, and entertainer, has BMG work cut out for them. Be sure to keep up with Leslie on TikTok, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Pre-order your copy of the album here and stream the audio below.
Bas Releases “179 Deli” Feat. AJ Tracey
Dreamville rapper and global star, Bas releases a brand new track 179 Deli featuring West London rapper AJ Tracey. The drill inspired production firmly nods to Bas’ New York upbringing and alongside AJ Tracey. The pair go bar for bar touching on loyalty, brotherhood and more. Balancing his bravado with relatable humility, this song is off Bas’ upcoming album We Only Talk About Real Sh*t When We’re F*cked Up out this December. Be sure to follow Bas on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok. Stream your copy of the single here and listen to the official audio below.
From ‘Colorman: Green,’ Kye Colors Drops “Posse On Broadway” Music Video
Missouri mainstay Kye Colors‘, in conjunction with LVRN (home to Summer Walker, 6lack, Davido, Baby Tate, etc.), liberates the official visual for ‘POSSE ON BROADWAY,’ taken off his latest body of work ‘COLORMAN: GREEN.’ Serving as the final installment in the Kansas City natives’ ‘COLORMAN’ EP series, which includes previous projects ‘COLORMAN: YELLOW’ & ‘COLORMAN: RED,’ the five-song collection of songs is anchored by supporting singles “GLIDE” and “OVER FOR NOW.” Production for the EP comes compliments of Shaq Gonzoe, Pierre Mathieu-Lanca, Ethan Eadie, Issac Elsie, John Gonzalez, C$upreme, and Will Steller meanwhile Justice Davis secures the only vocal feature.
During a new exclusive interview with iHeart Radio the 2023 Kansas City People’s Choice Awards ‘Best Male Rapper/Hip-Hop Artist’ recipient reveals his thought process when creating the ‘COLORMAN’ EP series and its closing chapter:
“I feel like I’ve been thinking about it like a stoplight these past couple of years. I find myself taking these pauses whether it would be due to something being in the way or me being in the way of myself, even so when we started with RED. A lot of this music was recorded over the year or a couple of years. So when I put it out I was like, let me start by putting out something I’ve been holding on to so much. So that was what RED represented.
Now YELLOW is like, all right cool. We are out of the darkness. YELLOW, we are up now. It’s a different vibe. It has a brighter vibe than the RED one. Now we are on GREEN. YELLOW, I found the road, I found my path, but GREEN is where I’m just going nonstop taking whatever the good or the bad. But I can stop no more. I can’t keep taking these little pauses. It’s really been a real-time artist development thing.”
J’Kye Slatton PKA Kye Colors is a rapper and producer from the south side of KC. Showcasing his passion for music from an early age, Kye began writing songs as early as age 5, often using crayons as his instrument of choice. Today, Kye has evolved into a vibrant and innovative artist, weaving intricate stories and evocative melodies into each captivating cut. Following a sync on Peacock’s original series Bel-Air and his partnership alongside ATL music powerhouse Love Renaissance (@LVRN) in association with Wasteland Records (@wastelandrecco), the talented Hip-Hop act is poised to be your favorite artist’s favorite artist.
Check out the Kendu-directed music video for “POSSE ON BROADWAY” as well as stream ‘COLORMAN: GREEN’ in its entirety below via Venice Music.
TDE-Connected Kembe X Releases New Song “Rolling Stoned”
Isaiah Rashad joins Windy City wordsmith Kembe X for his Hippie Sabotage produced cut “Rolling Stoned.” A thought-provoking masterpiece that cleverly disguises its depth with wordplay and ethereal Alternative Hip-Hop instrumentation, “Rolling Stoned” invites listeners to embark on a journey of hidden meanings and insights. Serving as yet another teaser to the Top Dawg Entertainment affiliate’s forthcoming ‘Sleep Paralysis’ project, it may initially appear as brash rap but the record unfurls into a profound exploration of personal growth, dreams, and self-discovery.
“When we made this song in September 2021 it felt like a reunion and an opportunity to show Hippie Sabotage, I’m not the same person who moved from Chicago to LA and crashed on their couch. It was a chance to demonstrate my newfound confidence in my creative abilities and a willingness to adopt a fresh approach to music. It’s not a reinvention of my artistry, but a shedding of old skin and a dreamy exploration of a new version of myself, deeply connected to my psychedelic discoveries,” shares the Chicago native in a press statement when asked about his “Pole Vaulting” follow-up.
Known for his work with artists such as REASON, Guapdad4000, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, Kembe X stands as a beacon of innovation in a musical landscape often mired in conformity. His music, with over 10M+ UGC views on TikTok and 5M+ views on YouTube, has ignited a cultural wave, resonating across platforms. Accumulating a staggering 30M+ Spotify streams, Kembe X’s tracks encapsulate the essence of his artistry.
Beyond mere numbers, Kembe X’s compositions, from the introspective depths of “Voices” and “Cozy Forever” to the bluesy contemplation of “Body Language” and “Anyway,” paint a poignant picture of battling depression, touching hearts and minds. His magnetic stage presence has left an indelible mark, from headlining the Hippie Sabotage Tour in 2016 to sharing the stage in the ScHoolboy Q CrasHtalk Tour in 2019, not to mention legendary performances at Rolling Loud Miami from 2014 to 2017 and Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2017, solidifying his status as a festival favorite.
Stream Kembe X’s “Rolling Stoned” on your DSP of choice via BMR / The Orchard and watch his live performance recap of “Pole Vaulting” at Red Rocks.
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