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(Video) Lil Romo – “12 Hot” @lilromo71

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Chicago rapper Lil Romo released the visual for the fan-adored track “12 Hot” today. Found on his debut project, King Without A Crown, the clean visuals were directed by Fake Dell through New York production outfit, Shot Clock. King Without A Crown is available everywhere now, watch “12 Hot” HERE.

On the 13-track body of work, featuring production from Kid Wonder, All Day, OG Mic Will and more, the Chicago newcomer tells his story the only way he knows how, through genre bending melodies and thought provoking lyrics. Released at a time when Chicago sees its most violent year in over 28 years, with over 3000+ shootings so far in 2020, King Without A Crown is Lil Romo’s ode to his violence wrought city.

“Wishing shit was different, nowadays we can’t have any fun,” Lil Romo raps on his latest single and video, “Long Time,” reflecting on his surrounding. The new track and video comes behind his latest single “223” and the project’s first single, “When I Was Down” (nearly 500K views) released in April.

Romo’s unapologetic storytelling has garnered the attention of an active audience. He burst onto the scene in early 2019 with the release of the street anthem “Let’s Do It,” which has clocked in over 1M views on YouTube to date. With follow up hit “Move For Me” at half a million views and all recent releases amassing hundreds of thousands of hits in mere days, Chicago newcomer Lil Romo’s trajectory is true to his position at the #1 spot on Chicago media outlet WhatsTheWord’s 2020ArtistToWatch list.

Born and raised in Englewood, Chicago, 18-year-old Lil Romo faced some of life’s harshest challenges early on. Romo’s love for music dates back to his pre-teen years and he lists Lil Wayne and Michael Jackson as early musical influences. These artists ignited his appreciation for lyricism and artistry. With intentions of highlighting his unwavering love for his hometown while also anticipating putting all of the negative aspects behind him, Lil Romo zooms in on real life stories about growing up and simply existing in Chicago. With hundreds of thousands of views across YouTube and the release of his highly anticipated debut project, King Without A Crown, Lil Romo is poised for a major year.

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(Video) The Letter Z – “Right Vibe Wrong Location” @TheLetterZMusic

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The Letter Z releases the first single and video “Right Vibe, Wrong Location” from his forthcoming full length debut EP The Last Letter (JustOverMusic / Warner Music). Hailing from Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighborhood, The Letter Z references iconic R&B acts from the 90s and early 2000s while also staying current and evoking elements of contemporary trap and hip hop. After debuting his catchy hardcore R&B sound with heavy hip hop production undertones in Fall 2019 at Atlanta’s A3C Festival, quickly followed up by a much talked about performance at Manifesto, Toronto’s largest hip hop culture festival, that’s when The Letter Z’s local legend took flight. Produced by Don Fredericko and 23 Keyz with additional songwriting from Jaek Delarge (J-Soul, Cash Money Records), “Right Vibe, Wrong Location” showcases The Letter Z’s melodic R&B lilt and seductive, compelling lyrics on top of the retro-futuristic sounds cooked up by his team JustOverMusic. Says The Letter Z:

“Right Vibe Wrong Location is a sexually driven song depicting the intentions and desires of a man for a woman that seems so close yet is so far away. Especially when the vibe doesn’t match the time or the place. One can only develop a yearning so deep that it’s hard to ignore. The drums and the keys accompanied by the melodic harmonies are the driving force behind the song’s intentions.”

As a singer, songwriter and consummate performer, success runs in his bloodlines as he is the younger brother of Berlin-based powerhouse vocalist/rapper Isis Salam (Thunderheist). Having already shared the stage in his young career with Juno Award-winning vocalist Jessie Reyez, and having collaborated with emerging Toronto stars J-Soul and Friyie, The Letter Z continues to generate an organic buzz in the industry. Having received opportunities to hone his craft and cut his teeth writing at renowned studios including Alicia Keys’ Jungle Studios and CashMoney’s Hit Factory, The Letter Z is looking to zoom up the charts, when all is said and done.

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SPEECH – A Different World (Reaction To Capitol Insurrection)

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 “This song had to be made to become proactive in shaping our collective future, because the rebellion that happened on January 6, 2021, in Washington D.C. was the curtain being pulled back on race, lies, and darkness in America,” Speech explains. “It’s obvious that about half of America is living in a fictitious bubble and are responding accordingly. That’s why I wanted to share facts about the lawlessness and hypocrisy that was occurring. We may be at the start of another Civil war and a lot of bloodshed.” -SPEECH

Atlanta, GA…Like millions of other Americans, Grammy Award-winning artist Speech of the legendary Afro-centric Hip Hop group Arrested Development watched in horror as a swath of die-hard Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. As the dedicated MC he is, Speech put the pen to paper and spit out the single “A Different World,” an anthemic call-to-action that both preserve his artistic integrity and passion for socio-political issues.

“On the night of the terrorist attack that already killed five people, I did a YouTube post, I posted various things on social media, but none of it seemed adequate, especially from a music documentation perspective,” he said of the song’s evolution. “So, I went into the studio, pulled out my Beat Thang, sampler, etc. The jazz/boom bap energy for this song was intentional, meant to be a throwback energy from the ‘90s-type approach. In my opinion, those sensibilities lend themselves to reflection, grooves, and hope, while still showing the urgency of this moment. I also purposely rhymed with a higher pitch, cuz I wanted my emotions of helplessness, rage but also engagement to come through.” -SPEECH

“A Different World” follows Expansion Pt. 1, Speech’s first solo EP in 14 years, and will appear on his upcoming full-length album Expansion. As he flirts within the song’s breakdown, “This is a time for good-hearted people of all races that love Hip Hop to show the world a path to peace and truth! Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize and Mobilize. Please spread the vibes. We aren’t helpless, we can make a different world.”

Watch the teaser video and get “A Different World” below on preferred platforms.

“A Different World” on preferred platforms
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/speech3/a-different-world

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