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You Don’t Want ‘No Problems’ with Young Nudy and Girl Talk

Atlanta’s Young Nudy goes big bad with Pittsburgh DJ, Girl Talk, in their new single No Problems.

In true Nudy fashion, the beat is mysterious and leery and Nudy floats on it with his low tone. Girl Talk made sure to bring his A game.

Stream No Problems above:

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A Rebel With A Cause: Interview with Sonny Digital

Trailblazing his own path, Sonny Digital is one of youngest producers making tsunami waves.

Sonny Digital is a Rapper-DJ turned producer. The 27-year-old was born in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up in one of the meccas of Hip-Hop, Atlanta, Georgia.  As a child Digital always loved music. He began rapping while in school and was inspired to produce by his cousin after not being able to find beats to his liking. Sonny looked to Drumma Boy and Shawty Redd as inspiration; two well known Hip-Hop producers. At the age of 16, Digital joined a rap group strictly as a producer. Over the years he began producing mixtapes for local rappers; working towards his big break.

Digital rose to fame in 2011 after producing the monstrous hit “Racks.” The song featured today’s biggest rapper, Future, and another Georgia native, YC. Peaking at #6 on the U.S. Rap charts and #8 on the U.S. R&B charts. After the success of Racks, Digital’s career was amplified. With his dynamic and futuristic beats now popular in the rap world, it was only a matter of time before he joined forces with other rap royalty and hashed out more hits with Future. Churning out bangers like Same Damn Time, Blow a Bag, I Don’t Sell Molly No More, Tuesday and more.

Sonny Digital has also produced for Beyonce, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Migos, Young Thug, and Key!. One of Digital’s biggest hits to date is Birthday Song, made popular by Kanye West and 2 Chainz. While the song was a smash hit, many did not know the young producer laid the foundation for the tune we hear today. He recounts the tale of working with Kanye in “First Call,” a track where he holds no punches. Digital details the industry flip that happens a lot to upcoming rappers, producers, and singers alike.  He also talks about breaking his hard-drive and having to start from scratch after the success of “Racks.”

His hypnotic beats aren’t the only conversation piece provided by Sonny Digital. He’s been very vocal in encouraging all producers to speak up on not receiving credit. Amid fighting for his own recognition, Digital made sure to use his platform to shed light on industry practices. He took to Instagram to share his thoughts on producers not winning Grammys or MTV awards and so on for their efforts. In an interview with The Fader he explained that he wanted to start a union for producers. Giving them the backing and support that is lacking. A lack of support that has led many beat crafters to stay silent.

Since his immense success Digital has returned to his roots of being a rapper and producing his own music. He’s linked up with Que, Black Boe of Travis Porter, and other artists. The interesting part about a lot of his music is, artists gravitate to Sonny’s original sound and remix it. This is the story behind “I’m The Man,” the hit of producer’s past, and Birthday Song. Both tracks originally featured Digital.

The chart topping artist took time out of his schedule to answer a few questions.

You’ve been instrumental in breaking new artists and producers, Ex: Key!, 21 Savage, and MetroBoomin. How do you cultivate sounds and build relationships with upcoming artists?

The “Just do what you do, nobody can do what you do better than you can do it. I wasn’t looking that’s just how it happend

Aside from music Digital has another job he takes pride in, being a dad.

How has your experience been, being a father?

You can almost hear the smile on his face as he shares: “It’s lit, I recommend it, I like fatherhood I want some more kids.” He’s got the entire thing down packed. He tells us how much enjoys it and it’s not that hard.

What does it take for an artist to be noticed by Sonny Digital?

I just gotta like you, everybody’s different, What I personally like, If I like it I go into it. I can always find something that I like in any field.” Boasts the multi-talented artist.


SONNY WEARS BLAZER & PANTS BY FAITH CONNEXION, TURTLENECK BY Z ZEGNA, SHOES BY DSQUARED2
Have you given any real thought to creating a producer’s union and who would you enlist to be on the front lines?

Always true to himself he says: “None of the people y’all probably think, nobody real enough to be on the front lines except for me…I’m working on it.

Which do you enjoy doing more, rapping or producing?

“I don’t like that people separate it, It’s the same thing. It’s all making music.”

Which artists do you want to work with that you haven’t?

Nobody y’all know. I’m not all into the hype, y’all probably wouldn’t even know them.” Taking the road less traveled seems to be the way Digital prefers to do things.

We had to get in on the SRGOW (Sonny Rollin Grams of Wax).
Who would you smoke with if given a chance?

Now this is the exact person we had in mind. “Snoop Dogg.” That answer took no thought at all.

What are you working on now?

Elusive as always he explained “I don’t really wanna say, I’m in the studio right now.  Just know, the less you see the more I’m working.” We can check in on his social media to find him mesmerized by studio soundboards.

What’s your end goal with music? How do you want to be remembered?

“I don’t know, when you die nowadays you go to automatic legend…being yourself is already kind of legendary, ain’t nobody the same, everybody different.” Digital continued

What do you like to do in your down time?

For a man that is always working on his legacy, spare time is hard to come by. Digital tell us: “Building a studio, some stuff outside of music, chilling. Then he pauses to continue, “ain’t really no down time for me, there’s just time I can spend doing something else.

How would you describe your style?

Chill, being me, the cool guy I guess.

There is something mystical that lures artists to Sonny Digital’s mastery of music. Maybe it’s the hard hitting drums, the intensity of the high-hats, or the intricate little nuances that make his beats distinct. Digital is a beast behind the boards and should be revered as such. Some people follow the wave, Sonny Digital is the wave.


SONNY WEARS COAT, T-SHIRT AND SHOES BY HERON PRESTON, PANTS BY REEBOK BY PYER MOSS

SONNY WEARS SHIRT: PRADA

PHOTOGRAPHER: LUKE DICKEY

PRODUCER: NATASHA KHROLENKO

STYLIST: JENNY HAAPALA

STYLIST ASSISTANTS: OLIVIA JAKUBIK & ARTT KIM

GROOMER: TORU SAKANISHI @ JOE MANAGEMENT

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Migos: A Cultural Treasure

Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset…the Migos.

The North Atlanta natives have taken the music world by storm. Having already been widely known for hits like Bando and Chirpin, the Migos’ career skyrocketed when Drake hopped on the remix to one of their biggest songs to date: Versace.

Just in case you needed a reminder of the super single:

After the success of the upbeat bop, the Migos became the hottest group out. Going on to cross genres and collaborate with the likes of Frank Ocean, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Fall Out Boy to name a few.

Where did this triumphant trio come from?

Quavious, Kiari, and Kirshnik, or; Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are from Lawrenceville, GA. The nawfside of Atlanta. The rap group formed in 2009, but the three have been woven into each other’s lives from birth. Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle and Offset’s cousin.

Having such a close bond only made for better chemistry. (They lowkey are Destiny’s Child lol) Shortening the Spanish word for “friends,” their creativity and ingenuity speaks before you even get to hear their music.

Family ties make great for performing acts. Take The Jackson 5, The Wayans Family, Tia and Tamera Mowry…the list goes on.

Not only are the Migos music legends, but they’re also fashion icons. Drawing inspiration from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. They’re not the first artists to take inspiration from these legendary artists and certainly won’t be the last. Saying this, Migos has more than likely inspired a number of artists in the industry right now, as well as up and coming artists. There are probably kids out there sitting in their bedrooms right now listening to Migos and checking out sites like upyourplays, wishing they could release their own music, in the hopes of being as big as these guys! It is not impossible, as they are proof it is possible.

Check out this video of the three expressing their eye for design and explaining MJ’s impact as they prepare for the Grammys

”I really want to thank Migos for making Bad and Boujee, it’s the best song ever.” – Donald Glover at the Golden Globes

The Migos received kudos across the board. Actors, singers, and athletes alike have all given praise to the trifecta.

Glover continues to say that the Migos are “The Beatles of our generation and don’t get enough respect.

A notion that I fully back. Subsequently, Bad and Boujee peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, ironically knocking down Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane’s Black Beatles. After reaching the #1 slot, Migos released their second studio album, Culture.

The album featured songs like: T-Shirt, Slippery ft Gucci Mane, Call Casting, and Get Right Witcha.

A year later they released the sequel, Culture II.

This time there is something different about the Migos. A bolder sense of confidence and creativity. This album features production from Hip-Hop elites Pharrell Williams & Kanye West as well as Metro Boomin, Ty Dolla $ign, OG Parker, Zaytoven, and Quavo himself.

The group has continuously sought out more engaging visuals for their music. Take the progression of their video narratives. They’ve successfully gone from 2 minute music videos to short films. Short films in which we get to see a glimpse of their personalities and what influenced them as children.

The videos for their singles Stir Fry and Walk it Like I Talk it, are especially fun to watch. They both bring a sense of nostalgia. In Stir Fry the trio assume the roles of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the 90’s classic Rush Hour. In the video for Walk it Like I Talk it, they take it back a littler farther, to our parents’ generation. On a full blown replica set, the Migos partied like it was the 70’s on Soul Train. With Drake and Jamie Foxx in cast for extra laughs.

Soul Train served as a cultural oasis. Giving a platform to R&B, soul, dance/pop and hip hop artists, funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists.

And this ladies and gentlemen is why the Migos are culture treasures. In a span of fives years the Migos have taught us what a Bando is, they’ve given us fiery ad-libs to spice up our boring conversations—MAMA! They love Michael Jackson. Impressed Trap gawd LaFlare Gucci Mane. They’ve redefined male fashion, taught us how to dab accurately and overall they keep giving us nothing but the HITS!

We must protect and cherish the Migos at all costs.

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Summer Walker is Demanding Love

Girls Need Love.


Summer Walker is a vocalist from Atlanta with immense talent. The songbird is as intricate with her hands as she is with her words. Using them to strum the guitar that is the foundation of her sound. Heavily based in acoustics, Summer’s vibrant voice engulfs and becomes one with the beat.
She is signed to LVRN or Love Renaissancean Atlanta based record label responsible for ushering in the success of artists like 6lack, Raury, and DRAM. LVRN has entered into a partnership with Interscope records, furthering their reach of creativity and uniqueness.
Girls Need Love is the fourth savory single Summer has released in 2018. She sings “Honestly….” opening the song letting us know that she is laying all of her cards on the table. As she hypnotizes us with her voice, our eyes are now able to follow her beauty on screen.
Watch the video for Girls Need Love below and follow Summer here: @SummerWalker

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A Rebel With A Cause: Interview with Sonny Digital

Trailblazing his own path, Sonny Digital is one of youngest producers making tsunami waves.

Sonny Digital is a Rapper-DJ turned producer. The 27-year-old was born in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up in one of the meccas of Hip-Hop, Atlanta, Georgia.  As a child Digital always loved music. He began rapping while in school and was inspired to produce by his cousin after not being able to find beats to his liking. Sonny looked to Drumma Boy and Shawty Redd as inspiration; two well known Hip-Hop producers. At the age of 16, Digital joined a rap group strictly as a producer. Over the years he began producing mixtapes for local rappers; working towards his big break.
Digital rose to fame in 2011 after producing the monstrous hit “Racks.” The song featured today’s biggest rapper, Future, and another Georgia native, YC. Peaking at #6 on the U.S. Rap charts and #8 on the U.S. R&B charts. After the success of Racks, Digital’s career was amplified. With his dynamic and futuristic beats now popular in the rap world, it was only a matter of time before he joined forces with other rap royalty and hashed out more hits with Future. Churning out bangers like Same Damn Time, Blow a Bag, I Don’t Sell Molly No More, Tuesday and more.
Sonny Digital has also produced for Beyonce, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Migos, Young Thug, and Key!. One of Digital’s biggest hits to date is Birthday Song, made popular by Kanye West and 2 Chainz. While the song was a smash hit, many did not know the young producer laid the foundation for the tune we hear today. He recounts the tale of working with Kanye in “First Call,” a track where he holds no punches. Digital details the industry flip that happens a lot to upcoming rappers, producers, and singers alike.  He also talks about breaking his hard-drive and having to start from scratch after the success of “Racks.”
His hypnotic beats aren’t the only conversation piece provided by Sonny Digital. He’s been very vocal in encouraging all producers to speak up on not receiving credit. Amid fighting for his own recognition, Digital made sure to use his platform to shed light on industry practices. He took to Instagram to share his thoughts on producers not winning Grammys or MTV awards and so on for their efforts. In an interview with The Fader he explained that he wanted to start a union for producers. Giving them the backing and support that is lacking. A lack of support that has led many beat crafters to stay silent.
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Since his immense success Digital has returned to his roots of being a rapper and producing his own music. He’s linked up with Que, Black Boe of Travis Porter, and other artists. The interesting part about a lot of his music is, artists gravitate to Sonny’s original sound and remix it. This is the story behind “I’m The Man,” the hit of producer’s past, and Birthday Song. Both tracks originally featured Digital.

The chart topping artist took time out of his schedule to answer a few questions.

You’ve been instrumental in breaking new artists and producers, Ex: Key!, 21 Savage, and MetroBoomin. How do you cultivate sounds and build relationships with upcoming artists?

The “Just do what you do, nobody can do what you do better than you can do it. I wasn’t looking that’s just how it happend
Aside from music Digital has another job he takes pride in, being a dad.

How has your experience been, being a father?

You can almost hear the smile on his face as he shares: “It’s lit, I recommend it, I like fatherhood I want some more kids.” He’s got the entire thing down packed. He tells us how much enjoys it and it’s not that hard.

What does it take for an artist to be noticed by Sonny Digital?

I just gotta like you, everybody’s different, What I personally like, If I like it I go into it. I can always find something that I like in any field.” Boasts the multi-talented artist.

SONNY WEARS BLAZER & PANTS BY FAITH CONNEXION, TURTLENECK BY Z ZEGNA, SHOES BY DSQUARED2

Have you given any real thought to creating a producer’s union and who would you enlist to be on the front lines?

Always true to himself he says: “None of the people y’all probably think, nobody real enough to be on the front lines except for me…I’m working on it.

Which do you enjoy doing more, rapping or producing?

“I don’t like that people separate it, It’s the same thing. It’s all making music.”

Which artists do you want to work with that you haven’t?

Nobody y’all know. I’m not all into the hype, y’all probably wouldn’t even know them.” Taking the road less traveled seems to be the way Digital prefers to do things.

We had to get in on the SRGOW (Sonny Rollin Grams of Wax).
Who would you smoke with if given a chance?

Now this is the exact person we had in mind. “Snoop Dogg.” That answer took no thought at all.

What are you working on now?

Elusive as always he explained “I don’t really wanna say, I’m in the studio right now.  Just know, the less you see the more I’m working.” We can check in on his social media to find him mesmerized by studio soundboards.

What’s your end goal with music? How do you want to be remembered?

“I don’t know, when you die nowadays you go to automatic legend…being yourself is already kind of legendary, ain’t nobody the same, everybody different.” Digital continued

What do you like to do in your down time?

For a man that is always working on his legacy, spare time is hard to come by. Digital tell us: “Building a studio, some stuff outside of music, chilling. Then he pauses to continue, “ain’t really no down time for me, there’s just time I can spend doing something else.

How would you describe your style?

Chill, being me, the cool guy I guess.

There is something mystical that lures artists to Sonny Digital’s mastery of music. Maybe it’s the hard hitting drums, the intensity of the high-hats, or the intricate little nuances that make his beats distinct. Digital is a beast behind the boards and should be revered as such. Some people follow the wave, Sonny Digital is the wave.

SONNY WEARS COAT, T-SHIRT AND SHOES BY HERON PRESTON, PANTS BY REEBOK BY PYER MOSS

 
SONNY WEARS SHIRT: PRADA

PHOTOGRAPHER: LUKE DICKEY

PRODUCER: NATASHA KHROLENKO

STYLIST: JENNY HAAPALA

STYLIST ASSISTANTS: OLIVIA JAKUBIK & ARTT KIM

GROOMER: TORU SAKANISHI @ JOE MANAGEMENT

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Ciara Wants us to Level Up!

We See CiCi Coming!

Ciara is back with another upbeat dance hit. “Level Up” is a dismissal of all negativity and the recognition of ascension. Cici uses a popular party song made viral by social media to create the perfect beat. We all know of her turbulent relationship with rapper, Future. He recently released a mixtape and some fans feel like he was taking shots at the princess of the A. While they’ve never mentioned eachother’s names in songs with lines like “That’s old news[…]no losses just upgrading.” from Cici and “I took a chance when you had miles on you,” from Future; who knows? Maybe this is a rebuttal maybe not. Either way it’s fire!
 
Watch Level Up below:
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Omerettà The Great Defines “Dat’s Cap”

Dat’s Cap – A saying made popular by Future, but not created by him, is an Atlanta term best explained by Omerettà The Great.

You may recognize the Atlanta native from, Twitter or Instagram. She gained her following from her social media posts. You may also notice another social media sensation in the video. In the opening scene Omerettà is with a guy she’s dating. When all of sudden his girlfriend pops up and confronts her. What would you do in the same situation? Exactly, call your friends. That’s precisely what Omerettà does. Now three deep in a Jeep, the trio arrive to the opposition’s front door. She’s there with her boyfriend and a friend. To find out what happens next, watch video below. It has a CRAZY plot twist.

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Omerettà The Great Defines "Dat's Cap"

Dat’s Cap – A saying made popular by Future, but not created by him, is an Atlanta term best explained by Omerettà The Great.

You may recognize the Atlanta native from, Twitter or Instagram. She gained her following from her social media posts. You may also notice another social media sensation in the video. In the opening scene Omerettà is with a guy she’s dating. When all of sudden his girlfriend pops up and confronts her. What would you do in the same situation? Exactly, call your friends. That’s precisely what Omerettà does. Now three deep in a Jeep, the trio arrive to the opposition’s front door. She’s there with her boyfriend and a friend. To find out what happens next, watch video below. It has a CRAZY plot twist.
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Summerella and Jacquees Mesh on “Pull Up”

The vine star drops a remix and a new video for single.

A few years ago when Vine was an extremely popular sit, we were introduced to Summerella. This is where she gained a following for her hilarious and relatable posts. Her fans soon discovered she could sing and begged for a song. The result was “Pull Up,” but not quite the version we have today. It looks like she has tapped on Jacquees as the cherry on top. I’m excited for her career to grow.

Watch the video for Pull Up below and follow Summerella to see her next moves.

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Summerella and Jacquees Mesh on "Pull Up"

The vine star drops a remix and a new video for single.

A few years ago when Vine was an extremely popular sit, we were introduced to Summerella. This is where she gained a following for her hilarious and relatable posts. Her fans soon discovered she could sing and begged for a song. The result was “Pull Up,” but not quite the version we have today. It looks like she has tapped on Jacquees as the cherry on top. I’m excited for her career to grow.
Watch the video for Pull Up below and follow Summerella to see her next moves.
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