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Rakim Al-Jabbaar Ft. Bun B – “Picture Me Rollin” (Official Video)

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It’s a Texas thing. Highly-regarded Dallas recording artist Rakim Al-Jabbaar taps the Houston gatekeeper, Bun B, 1/2 of the legendary duo UGK, for a mainstream breakthrough. Their collaboration, “Picture Me Rollin,” using slick-tongued, antagonistic and assertive verses, the well-respected lyricists represent the adored unique hustler’s mentality that’s made Texas hip-hop the polarizing entity it is today. For the Huey Rawls-directed visual, Bun and Rakim take a ride through the Triple D to show the fans what it took to get the residuals, resonating in the extravagant clothes, jewelry and cars.

Bun B’s involvement on the single is a personal highlight for the ascending Rakim Al-Jabbaar, an artist who has idolized the Trill creator since the beginning of his career. On the dream collaboration, next to his idol, Rakim challenged himself to deliver his best verse yet.

“Working with Bun B was more than a dream come true,” Rakim shares in a press release. “This was the toughest song for me to complete to what I consider perfection. So much so that I didn’t get the final version until 6:45 am the morning of the video shoot. After the shoot, I experienced being high off of life for the first time. The main thing I want people to gain from this video is the value of teamwork. I had just worked with not only a legend, but a man who knew my father and respected him. This video exemplifies the value and benefit of teamwork. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.”

The release of new music is a slow burn for a new Rakim Al-Jabbaar album expected in 2021. In 2020, Rakim released two singles with “Dedication” and “95 State of Mind,” and collaborated on new albums by Lamar Adot Thomas, Rob Viktum and Mr Hit Dat. This year, along with “Picture Me Rollin,” Rakim previously released two new songs, “OG Cypher” and “Vodoun Gumbo.”

ClassikMussik on the hook. Bun B appears courtesy of II Trill Enterprise. “Picture Me Rollin'” is available everywhere via Original Gods Muuzyk.

Check out the full video to “Picture Me Rollin” below and follow Rakim Al-Jabbaar on social media.

https://youtu.be/CLSlqxo9W0k

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ArielViews – “Show You This”

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Today rising southern group ArielViews releases the jazzy new single, “Show You This.” The track is a whirlwind of melodic vocals, upbeat guitar, and the alluring saxophone of Ariel Prater. 

Although the song premiers on most platforms today, “Show You This” was pre-released for early consumption on digital radio platforms. The track has seen strong reception through repetitive spins already, and it’s easy to see why with harmonic vocal rifts that weave through vibrant instrumental solos. 

“Show You This” is smooth and rhythmic, drawing fans to the dancefloor. The meaning can be left open for interpretation, but with the lyrics, “Can’t wait till I show you this,” it’s clear that ArielViews is excited for listeners to hear what they’re creating. They are showing audiences what they’re capable of and leaving fans eager for more.

This new debut from ArielViews is taking all of their experience as a cover band and translating it into their original work. After studying music from such a large variety of decades, artists, and genres, they have developed a unique sound that audiences crave. 

Between their broad instrumentation and distinct vocals, ArielViews defies genre norms giving them a diverse take on music. The group is standing out as exceptional masters of their craft. Their lively stage presence is a specialty for ArielViews, and they bring high-energy to every show they perform. They have appeared at venues all across the United States, including a tour through Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. After years of memorable performances, ArielViews has earned a reputation for their engaging events that get crowds on their feet grooving to the beat.

ArielViews was founded by Atlanta native Ariel Prater. Classically trained in the piano, Prater started playing in a band with his brothers when he was young. Music has always been a large part of his life and he has evolved from years of experience. Prater grew gradually as an artist, eventually adopting the sax as his primary instrument today. He has an intense love for the stage, and concert-goers are always pleased with the passion in his lyrics.

The genre-blending elements of ArielViews are setting them apart from the average players in the entertainment industry today. Mixing jazz and neo-soul with hip-hop and R&B, they are doing something different. With “Show You This,” ArielViews is offering just a taste of what they have in store. The single is part of a larger album set for release later this spring.

 

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(Album) Vs FRIZ – 16 Shots Later @VsFriz

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Sixteen shots and he hasn’t just survived – he’s thrived! Nicholas Friz a.k.a. VsFriz was born in Flint, Michigan and out of adversity and is set to conquer the music world. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Baltimore, Maryland after his older brother he idolized was murdered due to gun violence. This loss and his urban circumstances greatly influenced the drive and determination VsFriz has in his bourgining music career.

VsFriz has a sound that echoes the strength that can’t be manufactured or fabricated – it’s all gutter. Deep-rooted from the experiences of living life in urban mayhem and fighting to make his own place in this world. His unmatched, soul-stirring content is winning fans over one song at a time and making industry heavy hitters take notice. He is a breath of fresh air in a scene polluted with mumble rappers and marketing experiments. He is an example of the purpose of hip-hop; to express the feelings of the people with all the odds stacked against them, but continue to persevere.

As he started to make his way in music, he was hit with sixteen shots – literally. VsFriz sustained injuries and rehabilitation beyond what the average person could even fathom – yet alone survive. VsFriz rebuilt himself and continued on with making his music and setting his sights to make his mark in music. It is definitely his time now!

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