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Mustafa Shakir – Merica

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Hollywood actor parlays success into music career with new single ‘Merica 

NEW YORK, NY – Mustafa Shakir has made a name for himself in Hollywood as one of the best character actors in the business. Many fans would recognize him as the super villain and crime boss John McIver – AKA Bushmaster – from the second season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage.” Others might recognize him as Big Mike from HBO’s drama “The Deuce” or as Victor from the Emmy Nominated series “The Night Of.” He’s currently shooting scenes in New Zealand for the upcoming hit Netflix series “Cowboy Bebop,” which is slated to be released at the end of the summer.  

But long before he became one of Hollywood’s go-to actors, Shakir was pursuing his first love: music. For as long as he can remember, music has been a cathartic outlet for him, and over the years, he’s written and released singles that have entertained a small but loyal audience as well as a mixtape called “Masterpiece Theater,” which are streaming on all digital platforms. He hopes to expand that audience with his latest single “Merica” – the first off a new album called “Magia Negra,” which is due to go wide in distribution later this year. 

Merica” is a tongue-in-cheek satirical take on the culture that permeates most of the country today. Shakir calls it an “anthropomorphic take on America” in that the song is talking to America as if it was a person.  

“It’s basically like America is a Karen,” he said. “I’m talking to the myth of America – reading her her rights according to what’s going on currently. There’s specificity but also general themes I’m speaking about. It’s spoofy – kind of in the spirit of Eminem’s ‘Slim Shady.’”  

The mid-tempo song has a funky swag that serves as a perfect platform for Shakir’s soulful flow. It has a sound that would fit perfectly as a track for one of the shows or films he’d be featured on. And the lyrical content is equal parts challenging and entertaining. It feels like Lauryn Hill-meets-Jay-Z. It’s easy to see how a wide range of influences – from The Roots’ Black Thought, to Common, to a Tribe Called Quest – have made an impact on his style. But at the end of the day, the swag of his sound is 100 percent Shakir. 

“I feel like I’m a lyricist, first and foremost,” he said. “There’s simplicity but also a lot of complexity to it. If you study the lyrics, you can tell I’ve read quite a bit. There’s some intelligence behind it all. I want to be known for flexibility. I’m a chameleon – you can see that as an actor when I’m switching in and out of characters. But that’s also true of the different flows I bring. There’s variety with my music, but not so much that I don’t come hard with it. I want to be able to give people different flavors but without losing my individuality. So you’ll get a lot of different energies, but the core will be the same. There’s thoughtfulness, fun, and most of all creativity. That’s a big word for my music. I want to bring the art back into Hip Hop. I’m not doing it for the dollar – this is an expression of who I am.” 

Shakir said “Merica” is just the first of what he has planned for 2021. He plans to release a couple more singles between now and the summer, and then would like to drop the full album “Magia Negra” by July or August. He’s proud of the project and the people he was able to collaborate with. One song features India Arie – making him the first rapper she’s ever collaborated with – while another features Heather Victoria. He also worked with producers James Goldfingz Wheeler, Langston Masingale, and Voli Martung (who is the producing partner of Young Guru).  

To listen to Mustafa Shakir’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit: 

https://www.instagram.com/_mustafashakir_/ 

https://twitter.com/_mustafashakir_ 

https://www.facebook.com/thaeffortless1 

TikTok  @_mustafashakir_ 

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Laajuvie – “No Cuffin” (Official Video)

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Miami-via-New Jersey but harnessed skills in Jacksonville, Florida femcee Laajuvie gears up for a breakout summer with the releases of the visual to her new single “No Cuffin.” For her emergence, Laajuvie is aggressive, unapologetic and cutting-edge.

For her forthcoming project, the Dak-directed video displays The pole toting tauntress effortlessly raps into the camera without breaking a sweat, all while showing off a fresh manicure and a beat face. “No Cuffin” is the perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan joining the Laajuvie bandwagon.

Laajuvie’s latest single follow her first freestyle to Instagram titled “Fake Love,” which has garnered over 25K+ views organically since its release, Juvie wasted no time following up effort with another freestyle called ‘Shit Talk” that accumulated over 500 comments. Connected with EMPIRE, Laajuvie’s full-length effort is expected to draw some a-list collaborations. “No Cuffin” is produced by Ricky Hoodrich and available on 510 Music Group. After the view, for more on Laajuvie, follow her on Instagram.

Check out Laajuvie’s new visual for “No Cuffin” below.

https://youtu.be/vM8aeLP6Pbw

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FAT WALLACE – “DREAMS”

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Virginia is surging with Hip Hop’s next-generation superstars. Among the new class is the slick, catchy and popular recording artist, Fat Wallace. Today, he makes his run for the 2021 artist-to-watch label with new single “Dreams.” “This year will be the year all of my fans look back on as the year the rest of the world discovered Fat Wallace,” says the rising star.

For the new single, Wallace remains loyal to his roots as he amasses widespread notoriety with lyrics about evolving into a superstar through persistence, resilience and, most of all, originality. Fat Wallace has created an authentic sound since his original arrival in 2016. “From my perspective and releasing music for the past 5 years, I definitely feel like this is my best song to date because it shows exactly what my mission is,” he says.

He continues: “If a kid from a town that only has a population of a few thousand can put his time and effort into making it somewhere with his music, it really just shows that hard work really can get you anywhere regardless of where you’re starting from.”

“Dreams” is the lead-up to something big coming from Fat Wallace in 2021. And now a great origin point for newfound fans, feel free to stay updated on everything Fat Wallace via social media. Before the forthcoming album, stream “Dreams,” available now via Major League Records.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2oo5hD7ij4iUcVTcBkz8GL?si=zTMWxnY_T1q93IolASV9Fg

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