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Out today through recently relaunched label New Dawn Records, the new single "Smoke Filled Rooms" b/w "Skitzophonetic" by hip hop crew Belles in Monica.
 
Already on international rotation, "Smoke Filled  Rooms" mixes electronica, turntablism and South Asian flavas to journey into the dark underbelly of the inner city with rhymes depicting a vision of drug squalor hell, while the booming kicks and soaring strings of "Skitzophonetic" provides the dramatic backdrop for a verbal tirade against generic conformity.  Bonus cut "That All U Got?" invokes the spirit of Ali & Foreman leaving industry machinations slumped in the corner, towel thrown.  The art of storytelling has returned on a release spanning all eras.
 
Taken from the "Natsukashii EP" out June 7th, the second in their 'Lazarus' series following April's "Y'All in Meltdown EP".
 
 
More news about New Dawn Records is available from their official website www.newdawnrecs.com and via their new official social media platforms on twitter @newdawnrecs IG @realnewdawnrecs & FB @OfficialNewDawnRecords

 

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1. Where are we talking from today?

A. I am from Chicago originally but Florida currently has my heart.

2. Where did you get your artist name from?

A. Well, I went through maybe 3-4 name ideas but I ultimately went with the name I was born with, Dahshanae. It felt the most right and really further pushed the motive of truly showing my audience who I am.

3. Music wise what are you working on right now? Are you currently promoting a single or album?

A. I just finished working on my first mixtape, "Relapse" and it is truly my most personal project yet. "Relapse" will be available on all platforms June 17th and the first single and visual from the project, "R.I.A" will be out April 19th followed by a few more really amazing releases so I'm very excited about it.  I found my sound while writing this project. I learned so much about myself and what is and isn't love through this project. More importantly, I learned how to accept my flaws and to take everything that I've learned to make better decisions in life and hopefully be a beacon for others that hear this project and relate to it in some way to help them understand that repeated behavior will have the repeated results. 

4. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career?

A. I would say who inspired me most was definitely Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. I was literally 4 years old staring at my TV studying Janet Jackson's music video choreography until I had it completely down packed. Same with Beyoncé as I got older. I've just always been obsessed with their confidence, their creativity, their drive. Everything they did was completely genius and legendary and I think myself as well as many girls growing up saw that as an example of true brilliance. When I got more so into my teens, I got into Erykah Badu and fell in love with her voice and her vision. I would say I definitely look up to so many strong women that inspire me to be the artist that I am today.

5. Who are your favorite musicians?

A. I love so many artists and I'm always finding new ones to add to the already long list of my favs but off the top of my head, I'd say Jessie Reyez, Mickey Shiloh, Chloe X Halle, Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.



6. What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations of your career so far?

A. My greatest challenges have definitely been feeling unsure of myself and allowing others to make me feel unsure of myself when I am confident in something. I'm a Libra so I'm already very indecisive by nature so getting to a point where I'm completely happy with something can be a long process and can become an even longer process when I have other people in my ear telling me they don't like something I do and that I should do this instead than someone coming behind them and saying they don't like that. I kind of had to come to the realization that not everyone is going to like everything I do and no matter how hard I try, you simply can not please everyone. I had to give myself a mini pep one day and tell myself that I got this and to just go with my gut and that has definitely helped me overcome some of my self-doubts.

7. As a musician, what is your definition of success?

A. Being a musician, many people would say success is selling out shows, getting a #1 on Billboard, and having millions of dollars. Don't get more wrong, I think those things can play a factor in the look of success but I'm more worried about the feel of success. Being able to connect with your audience through your music is huge to me because there are so many people around the world going through things and always have that feeling that it's just them feeling crappy or low key weird or whatever is it. With my music I want my audience to see that they are not alone so people messaging me or coming to my shows saying that one of my songs made them feel better about their situation or made them feel empowered then that means true success to me.

8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A. My idea of perfect happiness is being able to create art. Rather it's music, visuals, performances, paintings, etc. As long as I'm creating freely and being able to fully express myself through my art, that is the definition of a happy Dahshanae. Well...that and food.

9. What is your present state of mind?

A. My present state of mind is solely on making my mark. I remember seeing something Left Eye from TLC said in an interview and it really stuck with me. She said that if you can see something you want in your head clear as day, then it is possible. When you believe in it, It starts manifesting into reality. For me, always believing in myself and keeping the doubters far away from my creative thought process and execution is key.

10. What is your most treasured possession?

A. My most treasured possession is hands down my laptop. I feel like my entire life is on it so I'm super protective over it. You can take away my entire studio but as long as I got my laptop, I'm good.

11. What do you enjoy doing most?

A. I enjoy being in my studio from sun up to sun down just writing. For my "Relapse" project, in particular, I really freestyle many of the songs and now it is probably one of my favorite ways to create. You never really know what you're going say so sometimes the melody is everything but I have to go in a switch a few words around and sometimes the melody and the lyrics just fit so perfectly that I leave it alone so it's a pretty interesting process for me.

12. Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

A. In 10 years, my only real goal is to be happy and to continue to make music that makes people feel human and inspire them to be unapologetic.

13. Where you @ online?

A. You can find me on all social media platforms @IamDahshanae


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Interview With Dooley KP



1. Where are we talking from today? 

Phoenix, AZ.

2. Where did you get your artist name from? 

My grandmother gave me the nickname Dooley and I added KP being I am from the country and my label is Kountrysyde Records. The C in country was replaced by the K by a group member. The P stands for P.I.M.P which mean Practice Intelligence Mind and Prayer, put reversed Putting Money In Pockets

3. Music wise what are you working on right now? Are you currently promoting a single or album? 

I have just released a new single entitled “Ignant” but also working on other material to be released in the future.

4. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career? 

My brothers started me to do so, so I would say they influenced me. But my first performance was in the first grade and music has been in me ever since. So I would say all music has influenced me to some degree.

5. Who are your favorite musicians? 

2Pac, Luke, 8ball & MJG, Outkast, UGK, TI, Eazy-E.

6. What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations of your career so far? 

Trying to get to the next level. Just trying to create that buzz to get music known. Trying to book shows and tours.

7. As a musician, what is your definition of success? 

Just doing what you love, being happy and living the life from it. Constant growth.

8. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Being able to do what you love.

9. What is your present state of mind? 

Anxious and excited about the direction I am going and the new single.

10. What is your most treasured possession? 

Don’t have anything as of yet.

11. What do you enjoy doing most?

Performing.

12. Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time? 

Being a successful mogul helping others to achieve what I have.

13. Where you @ online?

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LlCevUlPymeEnYNcwr992

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dooley-k-p/270424501

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwfJtleZj77R9K5soH509EA

https://www.facebook.com/dooleykp/


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New single "In the Streets" by eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble, the third to be released from their album "Respect Is Earned Not Given" out on September 29th through 22 Entertainment following "Walk the Walk" ft Kool G Rap and "Guillotine Chop" ft Planet Asia and White Rhino.

 
The most viewed English language rap battler DNA gets in on the action here, the Queens and Binghamton veterans trading verses which recall and compare throwdowns past and present, the arenas having moved from street corners to live streams.
Prolific producer Frost Gamble follows the new album with another new release on October 20th, this time his collaborative EP with Tragedy Khadafi "Rare Fabric".  A further new solo project "I Missed My Bus" including guest artists Skyzoo, KXNG Crooked, Ras Kass, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson and Ruste Juxx and many more is due out in early 2018.
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Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY State producer Frost Gamble, now resident in Winnipeg, release their new album "Black Beach" on Friday May 26th through 22 Entertainment.

Zo's powerful social commentary on the experience of today's "Black America" is complimented by Frost's production, infused with a mixture of soul, electronica and straight hip hop bangers to catch the mood swings.

A one time signee to the late Proof's Ironfist label and recipient of a "Humanitarian of the Year Award" for work in the community, Zo has delivered a robust and intelligent narrative reinforced by the contributions of featured artists including Slaughterhouse frontman KXNG Crooked, Brand Nubian's Sadat X, Boldy James and legendary Random Axe member Guilty Simpson. 

The official album stream has been released on Soundcloud

TRACKLIST

1 – Welcome To Black Beach
2 – America Made Me
3 – My Negus ft Guilty Simpson
4 – If ft Boldy James
5 – Drunk Roses ft Coko Buttaflie
6 – Blaxploitation ft Eveready & Young Bleed
7 – Loyal Victims ft Dustin Davie & Eveready
8 – Risk vs Reward ft Sadat-X
9 – Kill Everything Moving ft Tone Chop
10 – Mother Of My Child ft Dustin Davie
11 – Whispers In The Wind ft KXNG Crooked
12 – Etch A Sketch
13 – Keep Me Safe (co:produced by S.One)

Available from digital stores including Spotify, iTunes & Amazon

The Deluxe edition including bonus cuts and instrumentals available exclusively on Bandcamp

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Twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble @22Entertainmen
IG @ZotheJerk & @Frost.Gamble
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