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Mikes Paradize Releases a Powerful New Track “Run” Featuring T-Rell

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Denver-based artist Mikes Paradize has teamed up with T-Rell to release their latest single, “Run,” on February 27th, 2024. Produced by Terrance Demongye and engineered by Rijay Sampson, the track marks Mikes Paradize’s foray into the rap genre, a significant departure from his usual R&B style. The song’s inspiration comes from a deeply personal place, as Mikes Paradize shares a connection with his brother, who originally wrote the song. Entrusted with delivering the heartfelt lyrics, Mikes Paradize saw “Run” as a challenge to demonstrate his versatility and growth as an artist.

“Run” features lyrics that resonate with themes of struggle and resilience, highlighted in Mikes Paradize’s favorite line: “The legacy overloaded I’m a lonely soldier on the way to a check nobody solid than the chain on my check.” The release of this track is just the beginning of an exciting year for Mikes Paradize, who will perform alongside Kcamp and T-Rell on June 13th, attend the Alabama Music Awards in Birmingham in late July, and headline the 4th Annual Hoewell Pool Party and Music Festival on August 17th and 18th. With accolades like a 1st place win at the Coast 2 Coast Music Conference in Las Vegas and a nomination for Best R&B Artist in Denver, Mikes Paradize continues to solidify his reputation as a dynamic and compelling artist.

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Grammy and Juno Award-winning producer/engineer David Strickland releases his debut solo instrumental album Foundation

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Grammy and Juno Award-winning producer/engineer David Strickland has released his debut solo album Foundation via MNRK Music, a 20 track instrumental project that seamlessly blends his hip hop-fuelled musical inspirations over the years. Boasting production credits with a who’s who of rap superstars including DrakeEPMDThe ClipseDef SquadMethod ManKardinal OffishallSaukratesMaestro Fresh Wes and many more, Foundation arrives as a follow up to his last critically-acclaimed 2022 release Spirit of Hip Hop: Elements album, and its prior accompanying series, that celebrated, showcased and highlighted a wide range of North American rap icons alongside emerging Indigenous rappers. “This album represents the first time I did something musically that was just strictly by myself. No MCs or singers. Just me alone. Producer and engineer,” explains the Scarborough-born producer/engineer who has quietly worked behind the scenes for decades, producing, mixing and/or engineering records from the likes of Canadian urban music legends including Glenn LewisGhetto ConceptJelleestoneChoclair and k-os. “I was in NYC going through beats in the studio and I was looking at the last two albums I released and the instrumental versions, and it made me think about how guys like DJ Muggs and The Alchemist have been doing instrumental albums for years. I spoke to my A&R and VP about the idea, and then locked myself in the studio and banged out and revamped a couple beats and it just all came together.” 

Strickland pays homage to his neighborhood roots on “Scarboro Forever”, and references his career sustenance on “The Journey”, but what lies at the core of the highly rhythmic, breezy and boom bap-inspired production on Foundation, is that at its core, it reminds listeners of what it takes to make a hit record – the production, which is the foundation. But the album title carries deeper layers of meaning. “Music is the foundation of any song, and I am a part of the foundation of the ‘Toronto Sound’. Any good project needs a solid foundation. And say what you want about me, but I’m a finisher. I always deliver.” Foundation delivers on all fronts, and appeals to music lovers of many stripes, as its contemporary sonic edges are rounded out nicely by its timeless classic old school musical sensibilities. 

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Brandy To Make Epic Return To The Stage In Vegas

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BRANDY, BRYSON TILLER, DC YOUNG FLY, AND MICHAEL BLACKSON HEADLINE VEGAS’ FALL BACK IN LOVE ​COMEDY & MUSIC JAM POST-LOVERS & FRIENDS CANCELLATION

Las Vegas is in for a treat as the legendary Brandy makes her highly anticipated return to the live stage after a ​hiatus that left fans eagerly awaiting her comeback. She will headline the Fall Back In Love Comedy & Music ​Jam at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, June 14th, 2024. This star-studded event promises an ​unforgettable night of R&B and side-splitting comedy, all under one roof.

This isn’t your average concert—it’s an unforgettable summer experience! Bryson Tiller, whose latest hit is ​burning up the charts, joins the star-studded lineup, along with legendary R&B artist Kelly Price and some of ​the hottest comedians on the circuit, including DC Young Fly, Michael Blackson, and Lil Duval.

Hosted by MTV’s Wild ‘N Out star Rip Micheals, with music by DJ Envy of The Breakfast Club, the event in Las ​Vegas offers fans a chance to enjoy a night of entertainment without interruption.

The Dream Lineup:

Music: Brandy, Bryson Tiller, Kelly Price, Lloyd, Bobby Valentino, Eric Bellinger, Sammie, Pleasure P, and ​more.

Comedy: DC Young Fly, Michael Blackson, Lil Duval, Brandon T. Jackson, B Simone, Torrei Hart, Zoie Fenty, ​Conceited, Justina Valentine, and more.

The Fall Back In Love Comedy & Music Jam is the ultimate cure for the Lovers & Friends cancellation blues. ​Enjoy a comfortable, climate-controlled indoor experience at the renowned Thomas & Mack Center, allowing ​you to fully focus on a night of world-class music and laugh-out-loud comedy. No more worrying about the ​weather putting a damper on the fun!

Tickets start at an affordable $30 and are available now at fallbackinlovejam.com. Don’t miss out on this ​incredible night of music and laughter!

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Sphinxii8 Unveils New Single “Starstruck”: A Journey of Elevation

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Atlanta’s own Sphinxii8 is back with a powerful new track, “Starstruck,” released on February 20, 2024. Under the banner of II8 RECORDS, this single is poised to be a cornerstone of his latest project, “Ain’t No Such Thing As Friends.” Produced by the acclaimed Ace Bankz and engineered by Brookzonachune_krew, “Starstruck” encapsulates Sphinxii8’s journey of personal and professional elevation. The artist describes this song as a significant milestone in his career, marking a new phase of growth and self-awareness.

What makes “Starstruck” particularly special to Sphinxii8 is its position as the introductory track of his latest project “Ain’t No Such Thing As Friends”. This song is not just an artistic expression but a reflection of his life’s recent transformations. “I had to cut some ppl off my intuition guide me. I was born to make music I make hits without trying,” Sphinxii8 raps, encapsulating the essence of his journey. His commitment to staying true to his path and making impactful music is evident in every beat and lyric, showcasing his unique mindset and willingness to embrace both victories and losses.

Fans can look forward to seeing Sphinxii8 live on June 30, 2024, at the Coast to Coast Live event, where he will bring “Starstruck” to the stage. Known for his resilience and strategic approach to his music career, Sphinxii8 continues to stand out not just for his talent but for his unwavering determination to win while understanding the value of setbacks. Follow him on Instagram at @Sphinxii8 for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses into his musical journey.

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