It was officially #Meekend over the weekend as they Philly-born rapper celebrated his birthday and decided to drop some new heat for his fans. Powering up three tracks featuring the likes of ASAP Ferg and Young Thug, Meek Mill also released a new visual with his rap cohort Tory Lanez directed by Spike Jordan.
Take a listen to the songs above and the new video “Litty” below.
This week, Red Stripe and Downsound Entertainment held a NY launch event to celebrate the 25th annual Reggae SumFest. Back by popular demand, they announced the festival has been extended to a week long of festivities in Montego Bay, Jamaica starting on July 16 through to July 22. The Festival of Jamaican culture will encapsulate signature Live concerts, Sumfest Sound Clash, a variety of parties, food, and craft at multiple venues across the “Second City”. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, unlimited Red Stripe and small bites as they jammed the night away while looking at New York City’s skyline at the beautiful Sky Room in Times Square.
Red Stripe’s Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James kicks off on Sunday, July 16 with a Beach Party and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18 followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20 Pier One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavy Weight Clash, then culminates at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture.
Downsound Entertainment, organizers of Reggae Sumfest, has announced that Reggae inspired artist Tory Lanez and Dancehall heavyweight Mavado are the latest additions to the 25th staging of the Festival, July 16 – 22. Tory Lanez and Mavado are expected to appear on the show on Night 1, Saturday, July 22 inside the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay.
Also appearing on Night Two is reggae singer, Christopher Martin. He continues to gain popularity in Jamaica and other key reggae markets for what he calls “real-life music”. The artist last month released his 16-track album Big Deal, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.
Reggae Sumfest’s local appeal is matched by its global appeal, as the internationally recognized brand, pulls music lovers from around the world and Europe in particular.
“The concept of “Our Music, Our Festival” appeals to the worldwide community eager to share in Jamaican experience. “Jamaica is infectious,” says Josef Bogdanovich, President of Down Sound Entertainment.
The Reggae Sumfest experience has also attracted the support of corporate sponsors. “In partnership with our sponsors, we will be offering several premiums to our local and international patrons,” Bogdanovich added. These premiums are expected to complement the world-class performances with superior production values for which Reggae Sumfest is well known.
Early bird tickets and travel packages go on sale exclusively on the official website at www.reggaesumfest.com.
Just after linking with Sean Paul for “Tek Weh Yuh Heart,” Tory Lanez drops his official visual for the song “DopeMan Go” off of his latest mixtape The New Toronto II.
Switching up his style from a black fur coat to a khaki bomber, Lanez bounces to the beat of his track in what seems to be an abandoned plantation with a few of his cohorts in tow and ladies wearing Donald Trump masks.
Check out the video above.
Be sure to download The New Toronto II & Chixtape IV.
Today, on SFPL‘s Artist Spotlight, with a sound that can be described as transitional R&B with cool hip-hop trap soul element, we have a new up and coming skilled creative that will be sure to draw you attention.
The dirty south blesses us with YOKOHAMO. A young, Fly talent whose sound is arguably in the running with current trap soul kings Tory Lanez and Bryson Tiller. 2017 is wide open and Y OKOHAMO is here for all of the ladies that need a full time flex in their life.
Check out his new track above entitled “You Need A Full-Time Flex.”
Minneapolis artist Mac Irv has announced the release of his much-anticipated new album. Misfit the highly-anticipated debut album from Mac became available at digital retailers and streaming partners on January 13, 2017.
The official album is highlighted by such extraordinary tracks as “Change”, “Oh God” and the new smash hit “Emotional” . With features by Tory Lanez, Prof and others. He has been featured everywhere from Black Enterprise (which named him one of BE’s Modern Men making a difference), to The Source, Respect Magazine, Hot New Hip Hop, and more, with The Source calling his transition from basketball effortless for rising emcee. When asked about the project Mac Irv said:
Irv recently stopped by SFPL to talk about his new album and his past professional basketball career. His longtime sport stretch included being a starter on the University of Oklahoma’s Men’s Basketball team from 2003 to 2005 before transferring back to the University of Minnesota, eventually earning All Big-Ten honors.
“I’m excited for this project I’ve been working on tirelessly for the last year to be heard by any and everyone who chooses to listen. I’m hopeful it’ll give some insight on social issues on social issues and it will be something women can relate to, and something just to turn up to.”
Flaunting his signature sound, raw lyrics, and fashion-forward style, Mac Irv magnetically becomes the center of attention whenever he walks into a room. Formerly a basketball player at the University mentioned, Mac (Lawrence McKenzie) traded in his basketball for a mic and he’s really making a difference. Mac has opened up for Prof on tour and has an ever-growing relationship with Rhymesayers.
Mac’s debut album definitely offers a proper introduction to his multi-faceted sound, merging Hip-Hop energy, mid-west flavor, and his unparalleled lyrics.
With so much pressure in the air from fans wanting the full version of H.E.R.‘s hit track “Pigment” from the H.E.R. Vol. 1 EP, the glowing artist decided to drop the official song just for the holidays for listeners to enjoy.
Since the release of the EP, it has become the absolute music go-to favorite for celebs like: Alicia Keys, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Wyclef Jean and more. The project also made iTunes list of Best Albums of 2016 along with the likes of Solange, Tory Lanez, Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, Childish Gambino, Rihanna and many more.
If you really want a good opinion on today’s state of R&B, singer Joe Thomas is the one to speak to about the flow of music now in 2016.
This veteran singer has a new album on the way titled #MyNameIsJoeThomas, which drops this Friday, November 11. On the project, Joe says that he stays true to him and his writing, which he has always been labeled quite often as a “hater” (he laughs during the interview) due to the lyrics and meaning of the song, that could possibly affect relationships but yet, still telling the truth about what goes on in certain cases.
Speaking more on the platform of today’s R&B/Soul, Thomas says the only problem that he has with music today is the lack of creativity, forcing artists to be on the repetitive side, therefore, stunting one’s creative side. At the same time, Joe did boast artist like; Bryson Tiller, Jeremih and Tory Lanez as they new wave of what is considered Rhythm and Blues, realizing that times have changed.
To add, Joe says:
I think R&B has sort of taken a backseat to the influence that they could have on the generation.
Joe also touched on taking care of himself, his voice, style, Top 3 albums of his choice and more.