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iEKNOWS Makes You Fall In Love With Hip Hop At His First Headlining Show

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For the past year, I’ve been noticeably absent from a lot of shows. In the beginning, there were very few shows (if any) that you wouldn’t find me. As time went on, I lost the joy of attending them and slowly but surely stopped. I believe that once you’re forcing yourself to enjoy something, you should probably remove yourself until you arrive to that place where you enjoy yourself again.

It’s interesting. From the beginning, I had a vision for what I intended to do and to a certain extent I’ve hit a glass ceiling on that. Every artist wants to feel like they’re important and like they deserve every moment of your time just like every other one does on soundcloud. I get it, we all want to be heard.

However, the ones that remain humble and work the hardest that keep my attention. Enter iEKNOWS.

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Last Friday, I was proud to attend iEKNOWS’ first headlining show, 1 FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW. I don’t really remember the first time I was able to catch his performance. It was probably over a year ago, but he always gives his all regardless of who shows up. These are the kind of artists that I truly enjoy writing about. These are the kind of artists that you truly hope make it because we just need more genuine people with real messages.

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(Photo by Saucy Photography)

At the beginning of his set, the audio from his short video, Rock Bottom Is Beautiful, played. For those who have hit “rock bottom” or breaking point, it’s certainly a relatable piece. Personally, I can relate to this with what I’ve been through so to hear something so personal was refreshing. It reminded us all this journey will push you to places you’ve never been but you’ll be grateful when you reach the end of the tunnel.

From there, we moved into a few tracks from his recently released project, Rolling With The Punches. While independent, iEKNOWS’ rollout of his long awaited project was a slow but steady release. While teasing us with a few freestyles here and there, there was no obvious rush to the process. In my opinion, that’s a great thing. Too often, artists get caught into this warp of appeasing their fans and trying to meet “industry standards,” whatever those may be. He does a great job of keeping the focus of his audience while knowing when and how he should release his music.

One of sweetest moments of the night was the acknowledgement he gave to his mother. It’s always a nice moment to not only see a crowd come out for an artist, but when their family comes it makes the moment that much more heartfelt. Out of all of the songs performed, Paris Dream’n was another track that was certainly a standout record.

It doesn’t matter if you’re chasing the corner office or the spotlight on a stage, at some point you’ll find yourself somewhere in between you dreams and your reality. Paris Dream’n speaks to that and reminds us that we’ve either been there, will be there or are currently there.

Not only was his set phenomenal, but his supporting acts leading up were also outstanding. The Mike Wilson, Bria Zhanae, Mave Jome, and 98KB set the stage hyping the crowd up for a one night only show you had to be there to experience.

Stream L.B. 199X’s “X” EP

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Ahead of his highly anticipated release, Hidden Colors, L.B. hits us with a short EP titled, X. Even with the short list of tracks, the EP is a pleasant surprise from the upcoming artist. My personal favorite is, “Coolin” featuring Ceno but that’s just my personal opinion. Hit play and find a favorite of your own.

Chris Rock Addresses Lack of Diversity During Opening Oscars Monologue

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While last night’s Oscars didn’t do well in regards to ratings, Chris Rock certainly hit on the nail on the coffin several times addressing the long standing elephant in the room in Hollywood.

In Nielsen’s metered market overnights, which include 56 of the nation’s largest markets, the show averaged a 23.4 household rating/36 share from 8:30 to midnight ET, down 6% from last year’s 25.0/38 and 16% below the 10-year high of 27.9/41 from two years ago. And in adults 18-49, last night’s 13.5 overnight rating was down 5% from 2015 (14.2).

“It’s not about boycotting anything, we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. Not just once. Leo gets a great part every year. All you guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black actors. Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors in the world. Jamie Foxx is so good in Ray that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles. They’re like, ‘We don’t need two of these.” says Rock.

In a stellar performance, Chris Rock delivers a comedic look on the unfortunate reality of a two-year run of all white nominees for the Oscars. Watch above.

 

 

Listen to B.W@V’s “Gone” Ft. SIN (Prod. By Produce Isle)

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B. Wav returns with none other than SIN for his newest track, Gone. It’s been relatively quiet for him, but I always like to keep my heart out for anything new from him. This time, we links up with another favorite of mine by the name of SIN.

Simply put, I juts love this song. The feeling you get once you press play is just overwhelming. At least for me, it was.

SKYXXX – “Politixxx” ft. Marcellus Juvann (Official Music Video)

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Swamp Posse’s SKYXXX takes to the streets of Downtown Orlando to how he feels about the path to become an artist. In particular, he speaks about the general notion that an artist basically has to dumb down his lyrics in order to get noticed in the present state of rap. Sad, but true given the direction rap has gone in the past few years, I can’t really disagree. However, this year seems to be much more promising with lyricism making a considerable comeback.

The camera pans from SKYXXX to Marcellus Juvann, the Houston native taking the game by storm, speaking about his upbringing to clear up the common misconception of what he does for a living. Although, he speaks about coming up in a rough situation around “hoodlums and drug dealers,” the young spitter says that’s never a path that he had to take.

The new video comes from under the direction of none other than Nassacre.

The Indescribable Tyla Yaweh Experience You Can Not Miss

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It took quite some time to describe the experience one can have at a Tyla Yaweh show. I’m still not sure if there is a way to describe it other than indescribable. Up and coming artist, Tyla Yaweh, is one of the most hardworking artists in the Central Florida area. Represented by Dope Entertainment, he’s constantly releasing new music and hitting the road to increase the reach of his audience.


(Tyla Yaweh performing “Ryda Round” in Miami)

After opening up for various artists — including Earl Sweatshirt, Post Malone, and Joey Bada$$, it was finally time for him to perform at his very first headlining show. Opening acts along for the ride included Moe Waveyy, Danny Towers, Marcellus Juvann, John Zoe and Otown Marco.

Yaweh does a bit of storytelling in his music. Whether he’s diving into a crowd of people or singing with a mean guitarist in the background, he’s invoking some crazy feeling that you can’t ignore. It’s easy to fall in love with an artist such as Yaweh, who speaks about his life of once being homeless to his present day of finding a way to make it. In one song in particular, “High School Daze,” from his Hell of A Life EP, he addresses his past struggles over JonDough’s production.

Cash Money Records recording artist Caskey also showed up to support his brother Tyla, celebrating the first show by raging with the crowd. Yaweh’s set consisted of popular songs, “DUI,” “4:44AM,” “Ryda Round,” and a long list of other fan favorites. It became hard to know what to expect next, there might be over twenty people on stage or Yaweh himself might create a mosh pit with whoever wanted to join.

It isn’t easy to predict the set list for a show like this, but guaranteed you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. The young artist’s catalog gives something to every fan, whether they want to rage or chill out and vibe for the night.

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