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Dough the Freshkid Talks Inspiration Behind New Album ‘Tal’s Cafe’



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South Central-raised artist Dough the Freshkid is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated album Tal’s Cafe, which is set to drop on Wedensday, June 10. The multi-talented entrepreneur and music mogul began building his music career from the ground up and has since been a prominent force to be reckoned with in the industry.

The self-made artist is continuing the momentum of dropping a lyrically powerful album that is about “bringing the hustle aspect back into the game.” He’s releasing the project through his own record label Every Penny Count (EPC), which also served as the label that debuted his former projects.

The upcoming album, Tal’s Cafe, is a follow-up to his 2018 album Black Rome.

Dough the Freshkid also said that Tal’s Cafe speaks on times that we currently live in. The promising talent has a lot to offer fans this time around, and fans are ready to hear what he has to say.

Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration of the album, and how Dough the Freshkid is addressing new topics on this album.

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What city do you rep?

I’m from Crenshaw District Arlington.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?

I was around 13years old when my homeboy asked me to write a rap for him for the school talent show and he ended up winning.

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

Absolutely, I was born back East and raised a G on the West which gave me an open range on sounds and culture.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

I consider myself a street-conscious MC. I have a classic ’90s hip-hop sound mixed with some of today’s sound. Most of my music production includes heavy bass instruments, classic pianos and soul samples.

What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?

I live music on a daily, I am music, it’s not a career to me, it’s a lifestyle. So I said, ‘Why not get paid for it?’ and show the whole world how gifted I am.

What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?

Born in Gary, Indiana on Jackson street where the great Michael Jackson lived played a major part of it. I’m inspired by the outcome of the music I create; I love to continue to challenge myself each project. I’m actually a big fan of myself.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

I love watching old movies from the ’60s and ’70s. I’m a big kid so I’m looking for that PS5 to drop, and I love working out staying healthy.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

My influences are some of the veterans like Ice Cube, Nas, Jay-Z , Biggie, Pac, 50 Cent, Redman, and I pay attention to Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, the late great Hussle and all my brothers from the Crenshaw District and my brothers in NY.

What are some of your music career goals for the future?

Continue to build my brand where I’m respected as a major and hopefully connected with a major on a Distribution partnership.

Tell us about the latest project that you’ve released? What is it about?

Tal’s Café is my latest project (album) that’s releasing June 10. It’s simply about bringing the hustle aspect back into the game. We got way too many people glorifying junkies in hip-hop these days. Never get high on yo own supplies.

What are some projects you’ve done that you are most proud of and why?

I’m proud of all three of my projects that I’ve released through stores. I have a few mixtapes that’s on DatPiff that you can’t sleep on any but, Arlington Avenue, Black Rome and Tal’s Café demonstrates and shows my supporters the range I have when it comes to composing albums. Each of these albums speak of times that we currently live in … I write movies!

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?

I’m writing in my head as we speak. I also have a title idea but, Imma hold on to for a while, don’t want nobody biting my style lol.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music?

That I’m original and I’m not concerned about what people thing about me. I’ll put my message out there regardless if it’s mainstream or not. I don’t play by the rules … I create my own rules. Frank Sinatra “I did it my way.”

Where can we find you on social media?




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Be on the lookout for Tal’s Cafe dropping June 10!

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TySoul x Maine the Medicine – Medicine for the Soul LP Interview & Serenity Video




TySoul and Maine the Medicine announce the release of their collaborative project titled ‘Medicine for the Soul.’ The 14-track album features Popko, Sweetness, Daniel Rosler, Suspect, Lambo Lo, Paulie, and GTS.  Check out our latest interview detailing the album along with visuals for the leading single “Serenity.”

MJ: You hit fans with something different and innovative with this new album “Medicine for the Soul”. You curated a captivating blend of R&B and Hip Hop. Talk about the album and the mindset behind creating it.

Stream/download “Medicine for the Soul” here on preferred platforms

TySoul: Both Maine and myself already collaborated on multiple records before this album, and everything we made together came out great. So, we thought, why not make a full project together, and we did just that. Myself being a Chris Brown fan, I wanted to add a new school R&B flare to the album, while having Maine add his old-school influences along with his amazing lyricism.

Maine: being from New York, Hip-Hop and R&B go hand and hand. Like Nas and Lauryn, Meth and Mary, Father MC with Jodeci, and the list goes on and on. We just wanted to bring that feeling back.

MJ: You enlisted an elite selection of producers for the album, with an incredible ability to orchestrate soundscapes that heighten the raw emotion and impeccable lyricism. Talk about that, as well as how you two linked up.

TySoul: We originally linked up nearly a decade ago from a mutual contact, we never collaborated at the time, but we did a few shows together. Years later Maine called me to come into JL Studios to do a hook for Mercy Gang and after that, it was a wrap…

Maine: We worked with a handful of producers including Know- it beats and Da Leadgeon who helped us blend that Hip Hop and R&B with today’s twist. Plus, we both get busy with the pen!

MJ:  Was the goal of the album to expand your fan base by stepping out of the box? Was it to display your versatility as artists and your agility to steer in different lanes?

TySoul: I think both of us somewhat stepped out of our comfort zones for the better. I was able to experiment with a more commercial sound rather than the old-school R&B type influences that were prevalent in my first album “Two-Sided.” I feel that we both displayed our versatility but also stayed true to our artistry.

Maine: I feel as an MC I should be able to adapt to any genre while still being me.

MJ:  What single off the album do you anticipate taking off both on charts and with listeners/fans?

TySoul: I think that “Addicted” or “Don’t You” are two of our more heartfelt records. Both talk about relationship-based content but also have an upbeat flow and awesome production.

Maine: “Serenity” is going to make a statement because it deals with some crucial issues going on in the world now. “Addicted”, “Old Thing Back”, and “Move Ya Body” are extraordinarily strong records as well.

MJ: Take a minute to reflect and share anything else about “The Medicine for the Soul”

TySoul: This project personally helped me to experiment with rapping more. Maine pushed and encouraged me to spit a few bars, and I was able to rap a few good verses on this album. Even through this pandemic, we stayed motivated and in touch, which enabled us to finish this project strong and in time when we were able to return to the studio.

Maine: We want people and our fans to get that great feeling listening to our music. We’re just trying to put authentic Hip Hop and R&B back on the map.

Special thanks to Dan Rosler, Amanda Rogan, Lambo Lo, Suspect, Gus, and Paulie…#RIPHefty

Watch “Serenity” featuring Sweetness and Daniel Rosler (off ‘Medicine for the Soul’ album). The empowering lyrics and serene images of unity and innocence in the video along with the soothing, soulful vibe and classic drums are sure to raise neck hairs and touch hearts worldwide.

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Mont’e Millions Is One To Watch



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Mont’e Millions has a unique gift for defying genres and blending his vocals with any beat. He’s truly in a lane of his own and “Sally” is a prime example of him crossing the boundaries of several genres.

Millions is an independent artist who began singing at the age of seven and writing music at the age of 12. He recorded his first album in 2007 and recorded his debut single “Sally,” this year. The single has amassed over half a million streams and counting. He also released two additional singles called “Really” and “Hundred Bands” during the late summer.

His musical roots come from his mother, iconic soul/R&B singer-songwriter Betty Wright, who served as his instructor and mentor throughout his musical journey. In addition to his mom, his family also comes from a musical background. From his grandfather, who was in a late ‘60s gospel quartet, to his aunt who is an international Blues artist.

When asked about the inspiration behind “Sally,” Millions says that the song is based on his lifestyle.

“I have a ranch with many horses, and Sally is my real horse,” Millions says. “This song/video gives the audience a chance to see the nature side of me. I love my horses. This song has done over 4 million streams in just 4 ½ months. I feel the success came from the passion that I possess for my ranch life.”

Watch the video for “Sally” below.

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