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Roger Mooking, Celebrity Chef and Hip Hop Luminary, Sets the Stage on Fire with “It’s My Birthday”



After the widely praised launch of his latest hit single, “Stuck on Stoopid,” Roger Mooking, a Juno award-winning luminary in the world of Hip Hop, with a remarkable discography boasting five albums, and acclaimed as a celebrity chef, visual artist, and the charismatic host of Food Network/Cooking Channel’s hit shows “Man Fire Food” and “Everyday Exotic,” now treats us to his latest uplifting track, “It’s My Birthday.” This motivational anthem is a sneak peek from his highly anticipated sixth studio album, “SOUNDBITES,” set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, dropping on October 20th. Notably, “SOUNDBITES” will serve as a musical backdrop for Roger’s upcoming book, “Curious Sounds,” slated for release on October 24th.

About “Its My Birthday,” Roger Mooking States: “Its My Birthday” (no apostrophe) is a fundamental piece in the arc of the SoundBites album adventure. It bridges the idea that being born is like waking up every morning and the lyrics straddle this idea with every line. The approach in instrumentation, writing, delivery and production is purposefully simplistic as we are (re)entering the world with limited baggage. I personally celebrate my birthday every morning with gratitude and with the goal of creating something. Also, I wanted to make a birthday song as this is something I’ve never done…until now.”


Roger Mooking is well known as a celebrity chef and the host of such television shows as the Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food and Everyday Exotic; he is also a Juno-Award winning recording artist with five albums to his credit and a visual artist who creates immersive experiences that merge the visual, sonic, and culinary arts.



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Darkchild Introduces Alienz Alive Label




Super producer, rapper, and songwriter Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins joins the Black Music Month announcement conversation with the reveal of a new record label called Alienz Alive. As outlined in the mission statement found on their official website: AA is a collective of purpose driven creators alive in Christ that build community, develop artists, foster dialogue, and encourage storytelling that is honest, pursues truth, and glorifies God. Standing ten toes down on Romans 12:2, we are chosen to serve, challenged to grow, and destined for greatness. The premiere roster includes Jon Keith, GAWVI, IMRSQD Alex Jean, and TJ Carroll.

Speaking to Medium Creative Agency in an exclusive press statement, Jerkins reveals:

“When I first thought about launching a new company, I knew I had to do something that reflected my faith. What’s crazy, and people might not know this; I was rapping in church as a kid. I was also featured on Kirk Franklin’s Revolution so this is a full circle moment for me because now I’m doing something revolutionary by launching this label. Alienz Alive is a collaborative community of creatives that are Christ-centered where artist development is key. We encourage our artists to use their gifts to uplift and inspire. Sonically speaking the influences are Hip Hop, R&B, and Indie Rock. As long as it glorifies God and it’s dope, all are welcome.”

Alienz Alive is a label established in 2022 by Grammy-winning producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Inspired by the transformative power of faith, Alienz Alive empowers artists who are “ten toes down” in their commitment to living a life renewed in Christ. Alienz Alive fosters the creation of music that connects, inspires and uplifts, all while elevating the honest stories of their artists. This isn’t just music, it’s a movement.

Stream/watch the most recent releases from Alienz Alive below and expect more signings to be announced in the near future.

Jon Keith -“Bags”

GAWVI – “Into The Atmostfear”

IMRSQD – “Don’t Do Molly”

Alex Jean – “I Need Faith”

TJ Carroll – “I Rather”

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Dutch Drummer & Producer d’Z Releases New “Freedom” Single Featuring Sandra St. Victor



d'Z and Sandra St. Victor

Dutch songwriter, drummer and producer d’Z, returns to the music scene with his 10th studio single titled “Freedom”. Featuring Grammy Nominated soul singer Sandra St. Victor, the pair have created yet again another timeless record. As they first found music harmony in 2018 with their joint single “Connected” , this single reminds listeners of how unique St. Victor’s vocals are, paired with d’Z impeccable production, arrangement and drumming. This release could not have come at a better time, as it reignites the influence jazz, soul and funk music has on the world.

On “Freedom” you hear a live instrumentation led by d’Z giving this single an orchestra-like sound. With the help of St. Victor’s sultry, soulful vocals, listeners are immediately propelled into a state of musical bliss from beginning to end. You will hear the songbird saying things such as “I think there’s something you should know, there’s something deep inside of me, take back your picture in a frame, just hope you understand” . With the blaring horn section adding a dramatic and lively effect, it is clear why d’Z hand picked Sandra St. Victor as his lead vocalist for this single.

To ensure the success of “Freedom”, d’Z accompanied his new body of work with a music video showcasing not only he and St. Victor’s musical chemistry, but also to showcase the other musicians who took part in this record. You will see Sandra St. Victor singing, d’Z playing drums, vibraphone, and keys, Hananja Olthuis on bass, Jasper Mellema on keys, Chris Korzec on guitar, Raoul Soentken on percussion, Hans van Wingerden & David Mast on trumpets, David Wilschut on saxophone, and Jos van den Heuvel on trombone.

When asked about her experience in working with d’Z again St. Victor stated “This is special, a love thang we do, musically.”

Press play below to stream d’Z and Sandra St. Victor’s new “Freedom” single.

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Reezie Roc Releases Epic Visuals To “What Playas Ride To” A New Song From His New Album “Dapper Season 2”



In the realm of hip-hop style, few can rival Reezie Roc—and his newest music video is a testament to his unmatched flair. From tailored suits to top-shelf wine and cigars, Reezie Roc’s aesthetic is in a league of its own, solidifying his status as a true trendsetter.

But Reezie Roc isn’t just about the looks; he’s also reshaping the very fabric of hip-hop itself. With his sophisticated appearance and refined approach, he’s offering a breath of fresh air amidst the mainstream noise.

His music goes beyond entertainment—it’s a movement. Through his tracks, Reezie Roc imparts wisdom and insight, drawing from his own life experiences to guide listeners on a journey of self-discovery.

As the demand for new sounds grows, so does the influence of the Dapper Rap movement—a movement spearheaded by none other than Reezie Roc.

Fresh off the release of his latest album, “Dapper Season 2,” Reezie Roc continues to push boundaries and redefine the genre. Featuring collaborations with top-tier artists like Daizy Hunter, Imani Fordham, Cory Stone, and more, the album is a testament to Reezie Roc’s vision and influence.

For those eager to explore the cutting edge of hip-hop, look no further than “Dapper Season 2.” listen here:


Dive into the visuals for “What Playas Ride To” and immerse yourself in the world of Reezie Roc. With his leadership, the possibilities are limitless in this exciting new era of hip-hop.


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