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Former partner of The Notorious B.I.G.’s son releases 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up” Reimagined as House and Jazz Music



Tupac Shakur was one of the most important and iconic voices in music history. Now, some of 2Pac’s monumental body of work, reimagined as house music, with a rich jazz influence and a transgender vocalist is being released. Multi-platinum award-winning producer/publicist Jonathan Hay is releasing the 2Pac project through Tech Row Records with global distribution by Fat Beats Records. Tech Row is continuing what 2Pac’s estate has done in recent months, using his powerful legacy to create change through the release of the new PRIDE collection. Hay teamed up with Daniella Carter, a transgender LGBTQIA+ activist to help spearhead the genre-bending ‘2Pac Reimagined’ project. Carter and Tech Row understood that while hip-hop culture is becoming more accepting of LGBTQIA+ individuals, there is still a resistance to full acceptance and inclusion of artists of all races, class, gender, and sexualities. They brought together a uniquely diverse group of creatives to achieve these revolutionized versions of 2Pac’s classic songs. “I partnered up with Biggie’s son CJ Wallace of The Notorious B.I.G. estate last year,” said Hay. “I was even bestowed the honor of trying on articles of clothing from Biggie’s wardrobe that he wore while he was still alive.”

Hay’s past production was co-signed by the legendary Eric B. & Rakim from his #1 Billboard Jazz album Follow the Leader (Reimagined as Jazz). Hay worked on that critically acclaimed album (which remained on the Billboard charts for 11 weeks) at Quad Recording Studios – the same recording studio of the infamous 2Pac elevator shooting that fueled the violent East and West Coast hip-hop rivalry. Coincidentally, Eric B. was building Death Row East with both Suge Knight and 2Pac before his untimely passing.

“Some of my associates have asked why we chose the violent Biggie diss ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ as the first single,” said Hay. “We simply took a historical hardcore diss song and turned it upside down with diverse creatives voices from all backgrounds over a jazzy dance backdrop. House music is all about love and positivity, and I look forward to seeing everyone dancing freely to this new spin of a classic while honoring 2Pac’s legacy.”

“Hit ‘Em Up” – an electronic/house music reimagination of 2Pac’s magic is available now.

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Meet Rising Toronto Musician Natalie Reign



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Natalie Reign is a musician from Toronto, Canada, who is passionate about her profession and wants to use it to make a difference in people’s lives. Natalie Monchis is her real name, but she uses the stage name “Natalie Reign” to remind herself and others of the necessity of starting with the right mindset in order to succeed in life.

“I had been struggling for quite some time to find an artist name that represented me, my music, and the message I wanted to portray to my audience,” explains Natalie about how she landed with her pen name. “By fluke, the word Reign, which symbolizes royalty, power, and strength, came to me. The name is a reminder for myself and my listeners to believe in ourselves and to push through life to help us build confidence and resilience.”

Natalie is most known for her last hit, “Royal,” now she’s back with “Lose Your Mind,” her new single. The latter was created in collaboration with TVGUCCI, a renowned musical artist and OVO affiliate, and has begun to acquire traction on different music platforms. It’s an energetic tune that demonstrates Reign’s versatility as an artist by demonstrating her ability to create a variety of sounds.

Natalie Reign has always loved music and dancing since she was a child. Her Russian background simply added to her ability to sing and twirl wherever she went. The artist’s family recollections include a lot of singing because Russian-style celebrations always included live music and dancing. She also grew up listening to ABBA, Boney M, and other musical giants from the 1980s. “Overall, I feel my upbringing has impacted my view on life, my open-mindedness, pushed me to experiment with new sounds, and given me a tremendous respect for arts in general,” Natalie adds.

Natalie Reign did not begin her musical career until 2017. She began as an artist brand under her own name, but subsequently added the term “Reign,” which has proven to be a significant addition. Her music is mostly influenced by afro, rap, hip hop, and R&B. Despite having a fear of public speaking as a child, Natalie has learnt to embrace the spotlight and shine, as seen by her current single, “Lose Your Mind,” featuring TVGUCCI.

Natalie Reign tells how the collaboration occurred unexpectedly but has turned into an amazing gem of a track when discussing about her current hit. TVGUCCI happened to be the next in line to record while working on “Lose Your Mind” with her sound engineer at Abstract Studios. The music celebrity took the next spot, but surprised everyone by asking to perform Natalie’s song and even adding a full verse of his own. Natalie Reign remembers, “I was in utter astonishment and was shocked that he had loved the song so much that he wanted to jump on it.” “As a last thought, anticipate the unexpected.”

Natalie hopes to create more music that appeals to individuals from all walks of life. She presently works in the criminal justice system during the day and writes music on the side. On Instagram and Spotify, you can follow Natalie Reign and her music to keep up with her journey.

Stream “Lose Your Mind” ft. TVGUCCI below.


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(Album) Casket D. – “HEALER” @CASKET_MGB




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For his 3rd solo studio effort Casket D gifts us with “HEALER”. A poignant concept album filled with honesty, inspiration and tutelage. Casket delivers his expertise of life over soulful instrumentals flooded with heavy drums. The production flows beautifully throughout. The features are precise. His lyrics are sharp and crisp, confidence apparent, deliberately vulnerable yet wise beyond years and determined. At just under an hour (54 minutes) of listening time “HEALER” makes a strong case for not only the best to come from Casket D thus far, but arguably the absolute best in Hip-Hop this year.

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