Devious: musical architect who helped shape today’s bounce sound

“We gonna start this thing off right – we got Devious in the house tonight!” – From 1992’s hit single “Where They At”

New Orleans legend Devious (and of course, Hollygrove’s own) has long been a mainstay in urban music. His new single “Bounce That” was released just as Drake’s new singles are working to bring New Orleans’ unique and often imitated/never fully duplicated sound to the world! Super producer BlaqNMild created the track and added his awesome flavor to the already delicious recipe. Yes folks, it’s an exciting time in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Devious has long worked as an architect of New Orleans’ exciting sound, most notably for his historical work on DJ Jimi’s 1992 hit single “Where They At”. In fact, that song solidified the careers of not only Jimi, but Devious and Mellow Fellow and led to an explosion of Bounce Music as an entire sub-genre. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we must put it out there that New Orleans culture created Bounce. The city’s own legends catapulted it into mainstream. Once it took its place in music history, artists such as Drake and T.I. helped to make the sound travel even further around the globe – BUT credit must be given to those who created, cultivated and nurtured Bounce and New Orleans music in the beginning! Devious is one of those “bricklayers”.

“Bounce That” is available at all digital outlets. A full length album entitled “The Narrative” will soon be released by Devious and you can expect to see some memorable collaborations on deck. Devious is a highly lauded, talented and awarded songwriter, artist, entreprenuer, educator, and mentor who has been busy gaining songwriting credits with Cardi B, Lil Duval, Project Pat, and more. As of late, BlaqNMild has been producing for Drake on “Nice For What” and “In My Feelings”, as well as on Devious’ upcoming album.

Be on the lookout for Devious’ new video and single “Coffee House” feat another legendary Hollygrove MVP, Fiend. In fact, be on the lookout for Devious and BlaqNMild to continue adding to the history of New Orleans’ beautiful entertainment resume!

Source: The Heat Magazine

Storm drops new single “Stained”

The ultra-talented femcee Storm is back, this time with a new single entitled “Stained”, a rousing song to which many can relate.

The track was produced by KC and is available everywhere music is sold or streamed.

Follow Storm:

Twitter @outta_the_storm

Instagram @poorlittlerichgrl_chyna

Legendary group Partners-N-Crime releases artwork for upcoming single “Only Human”

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New Orleans legends Mr. Meana and Kango Slimm of the beloved group Partners-N-Crime (PNC) are preparing to drop a new single entitled “Only Human”. It will be available for streaming and download on all digital platforms. The single was produced by KC.

Follow PNC on social media:

Twitter @MrMeana @pncofficial @LegendaryPNC

Instagram @mrmeana_pnc @kangoslim

Source: This Is 50

Ballistic appears on The Heat Magazine’s Artist 101 page

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Versatile, talented and just all around dope is a good, short description of entertainment powerhouse Ballistic.

Born and raised near Austin, Texas, Ballistic has been through every kind of rough patch you can imagine, yet he not only survived, but he won at the game of life. He’s now an international act who travels the world performing his “parable music”. His Death By Design imprint is taking the world by storm.

We have a much more in-depth interview with Ballistic coming soon, but for now, enjoy his Artist 101 interview:

STAGE NAME: Ballistic

HAILING FROM: Tampa, Florida

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: 2pac, Z-Ro, James Brown, Barry White, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Marvin Gaye, Dean Martin, Wisin y Yandel, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Von Won, and Andre 3000

FAVORITE FOOD: Vietnamese (Pho Tai Nam), Lebanese

FAVORITE SHOES: Vlado, Adidas, G Nikes, and Custom

IF YOU COULD BE ENDORSED BY ANY BRAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Forbes and Wall Street because of the influence and affluence it would garner to challenge the norm of culture.

FAVORITE SONG: “So Many Tears” and “Lost Souls” by 2Pac

FAVORITE ARTIST: 2Pac

WHAT’S IN YOUR PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW? Perry G, Kat Trakz, Von Won, Andre 3000, 2Pac, Hector Delgado, Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, Rebirth Garcia, and Regason

IF YOU WEREN’T RAPPING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? I would be full-time in audio engineering. I love to produce other artists from a songwriting perspective as well. Catering a sound for marketability and seeing its full expression brings excitement.

IF YOU WON 10 MILLION DOLLARS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? I would invest into the community I am a part of and organizations actually reaching the you and me. The change of culture happens from within.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @dbdballistic on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat

Source: The Heat Magazine

J Lyric releases controversial new video coming out against Kanye West’s politics

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MIKODreamz PR client and New Orleans artist/activist J Lyric is no stranger to controversy when it comes to marring politics with his music. He’s well-known for his political stance, as can be seen from his Twitter and Instagram posts. His most recent offering is a single entitled “Dear Mr. West”, when he calls out Kanye West on his recent seemingly change of position on politics, particularly his siding with President Donald Trump – something that most who wish to see social change would never do.

The visuals for “Dear Mr. West” clearly demonstrate what was on J Lyric’s heart when he penned the lyrics to the song. It is a most important video in this political climate, amid racial turmoil across the U.S. The single is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

Follow J Lyric on social media:

Twitter @JASONLYRIC

Instagram @jlyric504_

For interviews and media inquiries, please contact Publicist Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamz PR via email at MIKODreamzPR@gmail.com.