Cleveland, Ohio has a reputation for raising young rappers who can effortlessly translate stories of street life into catchy, melodic rap songs. The most famous of these artists was the legendary group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Rapper Mookie Motonio is the latest Ohio creative to grab our attention. What sets him apart from his peers is the natural bounce that sits at the core of his songs. Moreover, he’s very versatile in his style. There’s also depth and nuance to his songwriting. Mookie Motonio makes songs that you can party to in one setting and learn life lessons from in another. He can really do it all.
Equally important, Mookie Motonio counts Hip Hop legends such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Biggie, 2Pac, Jay Z, UGK, and Fabolous as his biggest inspirations and influences. According to the dynamic wordsmith “they all impacted the culture in many ways. They made timeless music and were never afraid to be themselves. And that’s what I’m doing with my brand.” Mookie is bold, daring and direct. The philosophy I live by involves the fact that we’re all here to serve but sometimes it’s ok to be selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup,” states the rapper.
Most of the music production for Mookie Motonio is deftly handled by producer Matt Light The Flame. But Mookie looks forward one day to working with super producers DJ Paul, Pharrell and Tay Keith. The talented rhyme spitter recently released his critically acclaimed album called “Aight, So Boom,” which is the perfect album for the summer of 2022. The project spawned the hit single “Plot Twist” featuring Krayzie Bone. The song is a certified hit. Mookie Motonio’s compositions move past generic trap tales and take the listener on a deeper and more introspective level. Versatility is a key component of his brand. Respect the grind and join the movement.
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East Coast Rapper Helly Way Has “One Eye Open” In New Single
VA native by way of Smyrna, Delaware, Helly Way is one of the hottest rising rappers on the east coast. Coming from a long list of musicians, songwriters and singers, he is the grandson of legendary music copyist Samuel Herman who came up in a group with Quincy Jones. Determined to rebuild his family’s legacy that was lost, he began creating music at the tender age of 16 and never looked back.
Heavily influenced by Pharrell, Timbaland, DJ Premier, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Meek Mill Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, he began creating an original sound that cannot be duplicated. As he returns to the music scene with a hot new single titled “One Eye Open”, he is setting the streets ablaze with this release.
Wanting to give his fans something special to vibe out to all summer, “One Eye Open” serves as the first single off of his highly anticipated Scriptures EP. On this single you will hear Helly Way speaking his truth like never before, allowing listeners to get a more intimate look at the obstacles he has to overcome in order to achieve stardom. With grungy, original vocals, mixed with his raw truth telling, he is carving out his own lane in the music industry.
He is putting on for Virginia and Delaware in a way that the world will tap into very soon. Press play below to stream Helly Way’s “One Eye Open” single and give this rising rap star a chance.
Corey Hales Shares New Visual “Cool It Down”
Massachusetts Corey Hales serenades guests at a backyard boogie by the pool in the new visual for his latest single “Cool It Down.” In the Caleb Edens-directed visual, Hales blends various genres with his soulful R&B vocals over classical instrumental and pop-folk vibe. As the days turn to night in the latest visual, Hales’ performance certifies him as an artist-to-watch as we wined down 2022.
Hales on the making of “Cool It Down”: “I bought a mustang and was living on my own for the first time in Charleston, but on a cruise home from my Monday gig I was left thinking about this girl I had just met at the show. I think we all have those moments in our head where we map out everything we wish we said to someone and that’s exactly when the record was born. It’s also the first song I had written as a newly single person after a 5 year relationship, so it’s my personal favorite because all of my memories associated with the song are still super fun and positive.”
“Cool It Down” prepares for the release fo the artist’s highly-anticipated upcoming album, coming soon. “Cool It Down” is available on all DSPs via CAH Music/Foundation Media. Stream it here. Want more Corey Hales? Follow the rising star on social media for up-to-the-minute news.
You may watch Corey Hales’ new video for “Cool It Down” below.
(Video) Pudge Capone – Keep Fighting @PudgeCapone
Pudge Capone’s musical journey is certainly a lesson in perseverance and resiliency. At one point, the Lebanon, Pennsylvania native was sitting behind bars, contemplating whether he was wasting his talent. That moment of clarity led to him honing his craft and focusing all of his energy on launching his career upon release. For nearly 4 years since he has been a full-time artist, Pudge Capone has collaborated with the likes of Fatboy SSE and amassed well over 100K streams on Apple Music alone. This is all the more remarkable considering his limited number of musical releases. Often splitting his time between Pennsylvania and New York City, Washington Heights specifically, Pudge has built a strong network of creatives to collaborate with from both states that help bring his art to life.
Now ready to take the leap and take his career to greater heights, Pudge Capone has unveiled his first official project in the form of the 4-track EP, “Blood, Sweat & Tears.” The project finds Pudge sharing his journey with raw emotion that resonates with listeners. He also released the first official visual from the project with the TH Media-directed clip for Keep Fighting. Pudge expounds on not getting the recognition he deserves on the song and persevering nonetheless. Watch the video here, follow him on Instagram at @PudgeCapone and be sure to stream the EP Blood, Sweat & Tears currently available on all digital streaming platforms.
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