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Viral Sensation: Xian Bell

We all scroll our timelines aimlessly while at work or walking through the market. This time, I found a gem.

Social Media has made it possible for artists to gain a following and promote themselves without the medaling of record execs or A&Rs.

Mr. Xian Bell posted an adorably hilarious video of his mother. He says, every time he and his siblings surprise their mother with a gift she goes and gets dressed up and makes them record giving her the gift.

The visual for his single A Dollar and a Promise , dances below, teasing unsuspecting tweeters, like myself.

Xian provides a totally unique sound, delivering emotion in the coolest manner possible. He sings of love and linking with friends…getting lit and shooting the sh*t.

Check out the video above and stream the EP, You We’re in My Dream here.

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Exclusive: Coop Poppy Talks New Music, Losing Friends to The Rap Game, Gate Keeping and More

I had the chance to sit down with Coop Poppy and explore a little more about him as a person and an artist. He discusses his latest single, Sho’nuff, growing up in the city of Philadelphia and learning to express himself differently through music.

2x (two times) sheds some light on his upbringing in the city and what led him to his current position as an artist. He says he initially started making music solely for his neighborhood (just something to keep the hood motivated.) As his music grew, so did his fan base. The 26-year-old has tore down stages across the city and the nation. Coop poppy also shares his thoughts on realistically maneuvering the music industry (if you’re in it, you already know about the politics of the “the game.” It’s a game of chess.)
The uptown rapper has worked with some of the hottest producers, these names may ring a bell: Maaly Raw, DJ Tizz, Dougie on the Beat, and Infamous Rell to name a few. In the interview he gives us the drop on new music with long time confidant, Kur, a single with Drama, and Fredo Santana’s close friend and member of Glory Boyz Entertainment,
Gino Marley
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Big $lime has been a very busy rapper, check out the interview above and follow Coop Poppy to stay in the loop with his latest releases.

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Music Video

Meek Mill Sits Down with Elliott Wilson for TidalXCRWN

Last night was one of the best nights I’ve ever had as a music journalist. Tidal hosted an in depth conversation with one of the most influential artists of our generation, Meek Mill.

He has come a tremendously long way from the streets of Philadelphia. In more ways than one, Mill has successfully beat the odds. That’s something to really take into account. When a black man, or someone from an impoverished neighborhood beats the odds they’re catapulted into a spotlight. They become everyone’s “example” of what to be. But as Meek explained, not all people who defeat adversity want to be an activist. He shared that he wants to keep being a role model for the youth and continue helping neighborhoods just like his own. And he also wants to enjoy his success like any regular person would.
I was able to attend Tidal’s live event. It was held at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. The crowd was vibrating with great energy. All music lovers gathered to listen to Meek speak. He provides motivation and inspiration for the many people he represents; People who have been counted out by society.  Meek spoke about Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, the time he spent in prison away from his son, Beyoncé shouting him out and more.

When Meek entered the stage everyone stood and applauded and cheered. The crowd was very open and accepting. It seemed as though each person in the audience genuinely cared for the artist they had become a fan of. He shared some funny moments: like when Kevin Hart and Michael Rubin came to visit him on his block* in prison or that awkward moment where he and Nicki Minaj are at dinner with Jay Z and Beyoncé and Jay decided to “accidentally” play Back to Back.
I even got to join in on the chat. Being from Philly I was able to watch Meek rise to fame, from the very beginning. I watched him take five steps forward in the music industry only to be knocked back ten, more than once. He remained determined. Each time an entry was blocked he made sure to have another way to get in the door. That is why he is so inspirational to our city. The Philadelphia Eagles fka “the underdogs” coming out to his monstrous hit “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” during their 2017 Superbowl win is a testament to that.
Before then the song had already stood as an anthem for anyone who was enduring hard times and planning on coming out on top. And past our city limits Meek is garnering a diehard fan base. I ran into a singer from New York, Nadia, with a cool DC tattoo. DC stands for “Dream Chasers,” a group and mantra initiated by Mill to push everyone forward.

[I remember when I first heard the Intro. There were three of my friends and I in our dorm. We all anticipated Meek Mill releasing his debut studio album, Dreams and Nightmares. The city was ON FIRE waiting for it and we brought that fire with us to college. When the beat started to play we all looked at each other. That’s the exact moment I realized that you cannot count this man out. We had to run the song back at least 20 times. It filled us with so much energy and we learned all the lyrics that night.]
As a music journalist my goal for all artists is to let them know how they have impacted millions of people. I want them to know that the consumers of their art appreciate them sharing so much of themselves with us. I wanted artists to know that they truly do resonate with a vast variety of people for a multitude of reasons. And that, when they experience adversity their supporters are along for the ride.
Check out my question below and make sure to stream the full Conversation with Elliott Wilson & Meek Mill on Tidal.

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Ariana Grande Drops Star Studded ‘thank u, next’ Visual

Ariana Grande releases the mother of all teenage girl videos.

thank u, next, is Ariana’s latest single. Social media was in a bit of an uproar when the single was initially released. Some made comments about to mention of her exes. However, Ari was firm in her reasoning. She thanks her former lovers for teaching her something different and helping her grow.

The video is a mega mashup of nostalgia from our favorite movies as teens. She combines theatrics and even some of the actors from: 13 Going on 30, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, and Bring It On. The video also features Kris Jenner as Regina George’s mom.

Check it out above.

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Video

Ariana Grande Drops Star Studded 'thank u, next' Visual

Ariana Grande releases the mother of all teenage girl videos.
thank u, next, is Ariana’s latest single. Social media was in a bit of an uproar when the single was initially released. Some made comments about to mention of her exes. However, Ari was firm in her reasoning. She thanks her former lovers for teaching her something different and helping her grow.
The video is a mega mashup of nostalgia from our favorite movies as teens. She combines theatrics and even some of the actors from: 13 Going on 30, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, and Bring It On. The video also features Kris Jenner as Regina George’s mom.

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Check it out above:

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Entertainment Music Video

Sonny Barbosa Drops off “Belly Rub” Video with Cuzin Debo

Philadelphia based 8-piece MC/Producer collective, Village of the Smoke drops the first visual for their single Belly Rub. The single is led by crew member Sonny Barbosa and produced by Washington based producer Fat KneelBelly Rub is 1 of 20 songs from their upcoming project The Village Tape.  It’s an East coast G-Funk, psychedelic trip detailing the crew’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to the hills of Cali. The Village Tape is available on all streaming platforms check it out here.

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Enjoy the trippy video that is Belly Rub above.

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Sonny Barbosa Drops off "Belly Rub" Video with Cuzin Debo

Philadelphia based 8-piece MC/Producer collective, Village of the Smoke drops the first visual for their single Belly Rub. The single is led by crew member Sonny Barbosa and produced by Washington based producer Fat KneelBelly Rub is 1 of 20 songs from their upcoming project The Village Tape.  It’s an East coast G-Funk, psychedelic trip detailing the crew’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to the hills of Cali. The Village Tape is available on all streaming platforms check it out here.
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Enjoy the trippy video that is Belly Rub above.

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Music Video

Jnae Latrice Delivers a Sassy Version of Tyga’s “Taste”

Let’s call it a #SheMix

A rising songstress from Philadelphia brings her version of Tyga’s “Taste” to life in this sexy remix.

Jnae Latrice is a West Philly native with sweet vocals. After embarking on her singing career Jnae moved from her home to Los Angeles. The charming singer saunters sensually in the color visual. Check out her version of Tyga’s Summertime hit Taste below.

 

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Music Video

Jnae Latrice Delivers a Sassy Version of Tyga's "Taste"

Let’s call it a #SheMix

A rising songstress from Philadelphia brings her version of Tyga’s “Taste” to life in this sexy remix.
Jnae Latrice is a West Philly native with sweet vocals. After embarking on her singing career Jnae moved from her home to Los Angeles. The charming singer saunters sensually in the color visual. Check out her version of Tyga’s Summertime hit Taste below.
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Sy Mosquiat Unleashes New Music Video “Mood”

The Philadelphia artist that has transcended fields, from fashion to music, Sy Mosquiat has arrived.

Building momentum from his “365 Days of Grease” campaign where he has been dropping a new freestyle everyday of 2018, lyricist Sy Mosquiat, releases the official music video for his single “Mood.”

The song features Tune Skywalker, “Mood” is on Sy’s 10-track Grease album which dropped back in Summer 2018. Thumbing through the folds of his mind, Sy reflects on frenemies while doing just a bit of flexing. He maneuvers the city with his team in the Lay Tahir-directed visual.

Sy recently hosted his Grease Concert, where he performed bangers from the album. Grease is the perfect example of an artist procuring their sound. Sy displays his versatility and exercises his witty word play.

Watch “Mood” above and listen to Grease here. Make sure to follow Sy on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the rising star.