SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Raja Kumari – “I Did It”

Epic Records’ own Raja Kumari drops her latest visual “I Did It” which mashes together all of Raja’s worlds, with intricate Bollywood moves mixed with hip-hop choreography. She’s the one to watch!

Peep the full video above.


Fly Music: Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump & Zhavia Ward – “Welcome To The Party”

Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump and Zhavia Ward have joined forces to unveil their new track “Welcome To The Party” today from Twentieth Century Fox Film’s highly anticipated Deadpool 2. The track, which was co-produced by Valentino Khan, was featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music this morning. The official music video for “Welcome To The Party,” directed by Jason Koenig, is set to release later this month. Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is due to release May 18 via Columbia Records and is available for preorder now.

“Welcome To The Party” is the second original song to be released from Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and follows the release of “Ashes” by Celine Dion, which became an instant viral hit and has amassed over 19 million video views to date.

Listen to the new track HERE.


Fly Interview: Familiarize Yourself with Engel Montaz, Latin Music’s Next Biggest Artist

Engel Montaz’s love for music began at a very early age. From learning to sing and play guitar from his father to participating in the choir, he’s always been drawn to the storytelling aspect of the medium. After taking a hiatus from music due to the distractions that come from being a young man coming into his own, he’s returned to his passion determined to carve out a lane for himself in today’s evolving Latin music landscape. After teaming up with one of Latin music’s heavyweights Arcangel on his single “Nota De Pasion,” we’d say he’s well on his way.

  1. Who is Engel Montaz?

He is a young man who lives for music and loves music so much he wants to get it to the people. I want people to feel the same way I feel about music.

  1. When did you know music was something you wanted to pursue professionally?

Well professionally almost 2 years ago but I’ve been into music since I was a little kid. I used to sing for the chorus in school and I have loved music since I was a little kid.

  1. You were born in the Dominican Republic and spent the majority of your childhood there. How did your upbringing shape your love of music?

I was born into music, my father is a musician also so it’s just something that I have in my blood. I was born with it. There’s no reasoning. He played the guitar and he’s also a songwriter so it’s just something that I have in my blood.

  1. Did your father pursue music professionally?

Not really. He showed me how to sing and stuff like that. I used to sing at home every morning and play the guitar. So I really got it from him. Then at school I started singing in the chorus when I was around 12 or 13 years old.

  1. You’re in the chorus, what came next? You mentioned you didn’t start to take music seriously until 2 years ago.

You know when you’re a teenager you just really want to party and hangout with your friends. I just moved away from the music. I was trying to be a man, running the streets and just learning how the world is. I forgot about singing, what I really loved. One day I just woke up with this feeling to start making music again. I just went to the studio one day and recorded my first song. After that the rest was history.

  1. As I mentioned earlier you relocated from the DR to the US. How old were you when you made that move?

I was always back and forth when I was a little kid. Every vacation from school, every summer. When I actually decided to pack up and move to the US I was 16-17 years old. I went to New York. I was in New York for a little while and then I moved to Florida. It was in Florida that I really buckled down and started pursuing music professionally.

  1. How would you describe your musical style?

I like music that sort of embraces you and delivers a message. I love good lyrics. Lyrics that tell you something, not just words thrown together over a beat. The kind of lyrics that get stuck in your head.

So you’re actually saying something vs just throwing catchy words around.

Exactly. It conveys a message whether its love, hate, whatever something you can relate to deep down in your soul.

  1. Who would you say that’s out now is closest to the kind of music you hope and want to create?

There’s Ozuna, Nicky Jam, and J. Balvin. That’s the kind of music that I’ve kind of been creating; but I still have my own style. I don’t want to compare my music with anyone because I think my music is different. That’s why people have found it so special because it’s a bit different; but it’s kind of in the same lane.

  1. Your latest record is “Nota de Pasion” and it features Arcangel. Tell us how did this collaboration come about?

Arcangel has been listening to my music for a little while now because I have someone on my team who was playing my music for him like 2 years ago. He kept telling him about me and eventually we go to meet and we built a good relationship from there. An opportunity to head into the studio with him came up and of course I jumped on it. Nota De Pasion was the result of that.

  1. That’s awesome. How was it working with him?

It was a pleasure. You know he’s a legend and I have so much respect for him because I grew up listening to his music and you know for me it was a pleasure. He’s a genius. That’s really how I see him. He’s a genius at making music.

  1. You’ve already worked with Arcangel. What other Latin artists or Urban artists in general would you like to work with?

I like Drake and on the Latin side I like Ricardo Arjona. That’s one of my favorite artists. On the Latin Urban side I would have to say De La Ghetto.

  1. What inspires your music?

Life. You know in my life I’ve been in so many situations and I have friends too who have the confidence to tell me what they’re going through. As a songwriter I can turn what I’ve been through and what my friends are going through and create music from it.


  1. So what’s next for you? Are you currently signed to a label? Are you working on an album?

Yes, I am currently signed to a label This Is Global Music and I’ve been working with them for almost two years. We’ve been working pretty well on the management side and I feel really good about it. We’ve been working a lot. I’ll be shooting a video in Miami for a song I have with a Brazilian and Puerto Rican artist who goes by Americano. The track is like Brazilian/pop with a hint of reggaeton. I think people will really love it.

  1. What’s the name of the record?

It’s titled Amorosa.

  1. When is the video dropping?

I’m actually not sure. It’s his track I’m just featured. I don’t have a timeline, but most likely soon.

  1. What does fly mean to you?

Fly to me is something extraordinary. Something that leaves an impression, that’s memorable.

Watch Engel Montaz “Nota De Pasion” ft. Arcangel below. 


Fly Music: Ace Hood Drops New Project ‘Trust The Process 2: Undefeated’

In celebration of his 30th birthday multi-platinum artist Ace Hood released his anticipated project “Trust The Process 2: Undefeated” via Hood Nation/Empire Distribution. Executive produced by Ace Hood, the 29-track project features production by Foreign Teck, Bobby Kritical and Kid Class. “Trust The Process 2 : Undefeated” is available to stream and purchase now.

The second of a three-project series, “Trust The Process 2: Undefeated,” follows Ace’s successful and critically acclaimed 2017 project “Trust the Process” which hit the top 20 rap album sales chart on Billboard, the iTunes top 10, garnered close to 40 million streams across major streaming services, packed out a 44-city North American and European tour and amassed favorable press worldwide.

Known for some of Hip Hop’s hottest anthems, Ace delivers with a high impact, banger-after banger packed project that motivates for every mood as illustrated in its lead single “NOBODY PANIC,”** and tracks like “Right On” “Be Calm” “3 Bless” and “Bag Play” among others. On this project, Ace Hood says, “This one is for the unbroken, those who refuse to quit.”

In celebration of the project, Ace will launch a multi-city promo tour starting with an exclusive Cannes Film Festival performance this Sunday May 13th at Club VIP in Cannes, France.

Trust the Process 2: Undefeated Tracklisting:

1 Intro (Earth Strong)
2 80’s Baby
3 3 Bless
4 Undefeated
5 Beast Mode (Intro)
6 Beast Mode
7 Chosen
8 Right On (feat. Slim Diesel)
9 Fwea (feat. Slim Diesel)
10 Live, Love, Shine
11 Eye
12 Nobody Panic
13 Element
14 Tango
15 Ace Hood – Speaks (Interlude)
16 Be Calm
17 Devil Get Off Me (feat. Slim Diesel)
18 A Rose
19 Can’t Keep Running
20 Testify
21 Keep It the Same
22 When U Wake
23 Bag Play
24 Ace Hood – Questions (Interlude)
25 Real Until the End (Interlude)
26 Guess Who
27 They Said
28 Each Other (feat. Scotty ATL)
29 Outro (New Beginnings)


Fly Music: Nick Grant feat. Stacy Barthe – “Black Woman”

Rising star Nick Grant uncovers his new single “Black Woman” [feat. Stacy Barthe] today. Get it HERE via Epic Records. The track heralds the release of his forthcoming new mixtape, Dreamin’ Out Loud, arriving next Friday May 18, 2018. Get it HERE

Over airy production fueled by shimmering keys and finger-snaps, the critically applauded Walterboro, SC rapper pays homage and shows respect to the ladies in his life. His vivid rhymes and confessional bars offer up an empowering message to females and a sharp admission, “You like the closest thing to God, still we call you a bitch, Black Woman.” His words practically fall into a robust vocal crescendo from Barthe whose powerhouse pipes reach the heavens. Ultimately, he turns stereotypical hip-hop convention on its head with this female-centric anthem.

If “Black Woman” offers any indication, Dreamin’ Out Loud represents a major evolution for Grant. He already teased the tape with a pair of scorching singles—“96 Bulls” and “The Switch Up” [feat. Yo Gotti]. Upon properly announcing the project on his social media accounts this week, Vibe, HipHopDX, and more immediately fueled excitement. Be on the lookout for the full tracklisting reveal very soon.

Committed to the artform and proficient with every bar, Grant has positioned himself to lead a hip-hop renaissance.

His dream is about to come true in a big way…

Growing up in the tiny town of Walterboro, SC, Nick Grant found a window to a much bigger world through hip-hop as a kid. He obsessed over classics by Jay-Z, 2 Pac, Nas, OutKast, and A Tribe Called Quest, while writing countless rhymes of his own. In 2014, he inked a deal with Culture Republic—run by music industry veterans Jason Geter, Chaka Zulu and Bernard Parks, Jr. February 2016 saw him unleash his ‘88 mixtape featuring collaborations with the likes of Killer Mike and Big K.R.I.T. Soon, he was garnering praise from Vibe, XXL, Pigeons and Planes, and more in addition to lighting up the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher as well as Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show and Sway in the Morning.

On 2017’s Return of the Cool, Grant harked back to rap’s revolutionary era over two decades ago, while bringing a decidedly modern heat of his own with tracks like “Get Up,” “Bouncin’,” and “Luxury Vintage Rap.” He made his late-night television debut on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and partnered up with both Sprite and Foot Action. Apple Music touted him as part of its “Artist of the Week” program, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “Artist to Watch” in 2017, while BET followed him in its Prelude documentary. Now, he’s ready to leave an indelible on rap history imprinted by every flow.



SFPL Artist Spotlight: 3Kz – “Soup”

Some say two heads are better one, and then there is the trifecta to consider, enter 3Kz (three-kays) better known as J.R.E x JKINGGZ x D.T.G. The trio started right out of the gate with several strong projects that have combined their energies into an even more powerful presence. Their latest single “Soup” is making quite a buzz. Listen below:

3Kz recently took their live act to the next level regarding visibility by performing at Love & Hip Hop New York alum Mariah Lynn’s latest video release. The fellas are comfortable working and gigging in the city; they met while working on a project at Worldwide Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The 3Kz are on a roll, they’ve have acted as support for touring talent like Gucci Mane and when they are not together, they regularly work on other side projects, particularly those that are collaborative in nature.

For more details on the the release date, catch 3Kz on Instagram: @weare3kz


Fly Visual: Stokley – “We Me”

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With so many distractions from what really matters, multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Stokley releases a new video for his song “We Me.” The song is featured on his new album Introducing Stokley. A gift to his fans to help motivate them and keep their focus, Stokley acknowledges the part that music plays in our everyday lives. He’s also asking that fans join in and take to social media to talk about what role they will play in changing their communities with the hashtag #webethechange.

His current single “Organic” is currently #10 on the Billboard & Mediabase Adult R&B charts. The lead single “Level”, which addresses the need and desire to find someone who compliments you spiritually, emotionally and intellectually, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Song and #3 on the BDS R&B Radio charts as well as over 1.8 Million streams on Spotify. In addition, he is making several appearances around the country in support of the album as well as with The Revolution paying homage to the legendary Prince.

Check out the full visual above.

For more information, fans can log onto his website


Fly Stream: Saweetie Drops New EP ‘High Maintenance’

drops her newest EP entitled High Maintenance which includes 9 tracks from the “ICY Girl” herself.

Check it out below:

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Fly Visual Premiere: Tank feat. Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign – “When We” [Remix]

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Tank drops off his official remix visual to the R&B banger “When We” featuring Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign.

Check it out above!


Fly Music: Jermaine Riley Drops New Mixtape “Midas Touch”

The latter part of 2017 saw Jermaine Riley hit the Internet with three banging refixes (the Jay Z inspired “Family”, the well-received, Wretch 32 co-signed “Let Me Go” and “For Me”, a stand out rendition of the Krept & Konan single, complete with a simple yet cinematic visual). Within two weeks, the singer/songwriter penned seven more songs that would ultimately make up his 6th solo project, aptly entitled Midas Touch, by virtue of his reputation for not remixing, but successfully refixing whichever popular instrumental he touches, making it his own with a brand new song. The mixtape and its campaign is yet another example of the artistic self-sufficiency his fans have become accustomed to, with him writing and arranging all the songs as well as designing all the artwork and promotional material.

Since being 1/3 of UK R&B supergroup Fun*dmental ’03 and the release of his first solo mixtape back in 2008, the growth can be heard both vocally and lyrically as Riley approaches the subjects of sex under the influence (“Move On”), having the willpower not to cheat (“The Reason”), and being openly frank about his sexuality for the first time ever on a record (“Thick Girls & Hot Boys”). The bedding for 8 of these well-written and catchy R&B gems is the recognizable instrumentals of artists such as Omarion, Dej Loaf and Jeremih, sandwiched between two fully original tracks, both courtesy of multi-platinum and Grammy-winning producer Swiff D (Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, ScHoolboy Q), at the start and end of the mixtape. “Blue Peter”, which kicks off the barrage of infectious R&B bangers, sets the
tone of “real R&B” perfectly and features his 3-year-old nephew, singing along with Riley in the intro. The project culminates with the head-bopping “Busy Enough”, a song within which Riley complains about his obligation to make time for someone new, based on an irresistible attraction.

“At first, Midas Touch was just supposed to be a quick “Hi, remember me?” before I release the official album this year. You know, something to tide my supporters over, but their reaction to the singles I’ve put out and the snippets I posted on my Instagram have made me realize this project is a bigger deal for them and my catalog. It’s been two years since my last project and it’s definitely a great set up for the album, which is another batch on honest R&B music and I think it shows how I’ve evolved over the past couple years. I’m so excited!”

The melodic 10-track set, with its clever writing, lush harmonies, and Riley’s signature R&B licks is sure to please his core fans and reinforce the fact that UK’s unequivocal R&B Superman remains a trail-blazing creative and his pen is a force to be reckoned with.

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