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Niko Brim – “Bonita”

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A new era for hip hop artist Niko Brim has begun, boldly detailed in his New York grit and bravado dripped record, “Bonita” – produced by GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer Tank God, co-producer of Post Malone and 21 Savage’s* mega-hit, “Rockstar.” The track leads the E.P. “B4 The Throne” out December 15 on V-Records.

“Bonita’s” release treks the debut of Rapsody’s latest music video “12 Problems” – which features a performance by Niko Brim, who delivers a moving rap dialogue with Reuben Vincent, detailing the impact of police brutality.

“B4 The Throne” is the prequel project dropping ahead of his forthcoming album, “King Has No Crown.”

“This record is for the underdogs; I wanted to crown the kings who’ve not been crowned and remind them, ‘Yeah, You got it.’ It’s to inspire us to keep going. With everything going on is easy to feel small and question our power,” said Niko Brim, who hails from Mount Vernon, New York.

“It’s something for all my people out there working every day and hustling. It’s a reminder of who you are and where you’re headed,” added the 23-year old artist who’s been collaborating with super-producer Tank God since they were teenagers.

A major basketball fan, Brim dropped a visual tribute to LeBron James, after he won his fourth N.B.A. championship leading the Lakers to their 17th, laced to “Bonita.” His bravado on the bridge of the song, “Bonita,” where he rhymes “Looking for the king, well here I am?!” is the perfect rim anthem to celebrate the M.V.P.

Niko Brim’s monthly Instagram show, Power Hour, returns, Thursday, November 19. Each show is hosted via @Niko Brim and starts at 6:19 PM EST– a homage to Juneteenth.

The last installment focused on the election and included Raymond Santana– a member of the Exonerated Five, Hector Flores of the band Las Cafeteras, voter advocate Onida Coward Mayers and recording artist MVXMILLI. Follow Niko Brim for more information.

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Devante – “Light That”

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Charlotte has had a phenomenal year in Hip Hop and with more and more new artists like Devante emerging, looks like the region will continue to flourish well into 2021. Today, the rising star magnifies his appeal with the release of his impressive year-end closeout single in “Light That.” Vibrant, the new song is the latest collaboration between Devante and talented producer Ghettobabi. “Light That” is a motivational single that ignites excitement while boasting and bragging about being unstoppable in anything you do because all you need to do is create your own wave and believe in you.

“Manifest success I’m cheesing, ‘Trying to ball out all year all season,” Devante raps in the new single. “I ain’t really worried bout ya defense Yeah I’m going in, boy I’m beastin.”

Instrumentally, the song delivers a synth that makes you feel like you’re floating out of space with a bass-line. The perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan as Devante creates a more diverse sound with his music to attract a broader audience. It’s a song to easily catch a vibe to and just feel good. “Light That” sets up an anticipated 2021 filled with new music and projects from the artist who’s been making great strides in music since he was 13-years-old.

For daily updates on everything Devante, feel free to follow the rising star on social media.

Take a listen to the new song below.

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Bangathemenace Drops Very First EP ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Bangathemenace is someone you need to add to your playlist immediately! With the release of his debut EP, he’s on FIRE and is showing audiences what he’s truly capable of. He has an extremely unique voice that’s deep and personable — something that is rare and unheard in most music today. The Houston-based artist is just getting started, but he knows that he’s ready to take over the music game.
Prior to releasing his debut album ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Bangathemenace released two singles. “Etuk’s Interlude” and “Can’t Be A Menace” were two tracks that spoke for themselves in terms of introducing his sound as an artist. Both very versatile and distinctive, the two singles set the tone for what audiences could expect from him in the future.
We had the chance to interview with Bangathemenace to learn more about how he got his start in music.

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am born and raised in Houston, Texas but also branched off and lived in Denver, Colorado for three years.
 
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
I go by Bangathemenace, due to my government name being Abanga Etuk. And I am of course a menace to society.
 
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I began with poetry in middle school, and attempted to orchestrate a rap by 7th grade, and continued from there.
 
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Most definitely. I grew up in Acres home as a middle child of six. I’ve always had a balanced vibe entirely. I received knowledge and kicked it with my older siblings, and passed that same love and knowledge down to my younger ones.
 
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
A serious energy form created with a parent from New York and another from Texas in the ’80s. Very old school with an accessorized new school sound.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Nas, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, UGK, Houston’s entire music scene old & new school. Andre 3K, Busta Rhymes.

You can follow him on social media @bangathemenace and stream his latest EP Big Bang Theory below.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0K0FqS2hht81LeHbvssBsS?si=nhZlTSqjQt6Y1rbVcDWkuw

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