October 8, 2021

VIDEO: Duss8 feat. E.Daney, JROBB & Acee – “Foxy”

Hip hop collective Duss8 consists of Harlem rappers E.Daney, A Cee, JROBB, and Money $. The crew returns with their latest project, “Foxy”.

The beat takes us back to a more nostalgic time in hip hop with lyrics by the trio, E.Daney, A Cee, JROBB making it a head nod to add to your playlist.

Stay tuned for more from this hip-hop collective.

You can check out Duss8 on Amazon Music.

IG: @duss8world

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January 7, 2021

Spotlite Ft. Jim Jones – M.E.H. (Video)

When the Midwest and East coast meet it’s a 7:30 situation…Spotlite the St. Louis 730 dips representative patches in with the Vampire of Harlem, Mr. Capo status himself Jim Jones for “M.E.H. (My Environment Hustled).”

The two street vet’s trade bars on the ups and downs and lessons learned from their respected environments. Watch the video and connect with Spotlite and Jim Jones below.

Spotlite on Twitter and Instagram @spotlite730

Jim Jones on Instagram and Twitter @jimjonescapo

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July 13, 2020

W.A.D.E. – “Loyalty Over Royalty” Video + Interview | @wadetherapper

W.A.D.E. is a rapper straight out of Harlem who is starting to blaze his own trail in the indie rap scene. His visuals to his new single “Loyalty Over Royalty” dropped last Friday with 3.5K views and climbing. I speak with the rapper about himself and his views on artistry during the pandemic.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is W.A.D.E. which is an acronym for Wise And Dangerous Era, which is basically just talking about my generation and all the things that we overcome as one because I speak to the voice in my area. Also, I engineer, so I mix down all my records and I also help other artists, and before Corona, I was throwing showcases so the artists can showcase their talent.

Where and when did you get your love for music?
I got my love for music from watching my older brother rap in the back of my house. He’s had all of his friends in the back and they be freestyling that I used to be too young to get in and I used to always want to know what that was about. And that’s what kind of pushed me into really getting into music because I want to be able to prove myself at first, and then I just fell in love with it.

So you’re originally from Harlem. How has the city made you? What was it like growing up in Harlem?
That’s a good question. Growing up in Harlem is just a vibe, and what I mean by that is like, you know, everybody out there is worried about being in that lituation and having a good summer, you know, being fly, but also, there’s a treacherous side, but it’s mostly a flashy vibe. It’s a good vibe. Yeah.

I was listening to your latest single that you have out “Loyalty Over Royalty,” and that’s pretty dope. So tell us a little about the song and its concept.
Yeah. Basically, just talking about some of the things that we’ve got going on in my life currently no problems. That doesn’t have anything to do with money, like things that can’t be changed by money also, certain things are going on around with some of the young brothers dying in my neighborhood. We just lost a young kid named Bugatti to street violence.

So do you feel that artists should be more involved with their community, especially when it comes to the BLM movement?
I most certainly do, and the reason why I feel that way is because when it comes to hip hop culture, don’t get me wrong, I love it, but we feed off of a lot of negativity. You see how on Janelle Monae is talking about protesting on hip hop because it brings females down and stuff like that. It just so much stuff that brings us down. We need to be able to shed more light on the positivity and things that have gone that could further us.

As a culture, I wholeheartedly agree with you 100 percent, but due to the fact of this generation, like the way that like these companies are now, they’re not interested in anything positive. They’re only interested in the negative because the negative is what brings in the money. So with that being said, do you feel that labels should sometimes be held accountable for things that are happening not only in hip hop but with the urban communities?
I wouldn’t give the labels 100 percent to blame for this. It’s also the people’s choice. It’s really about what the people want because it’s so sad how nowadays You can play a Kendrick song and it would be so dead, but you could put on something else, like drill or trap and have everybody turned up. It’s really the people’s choice at the end of the day. It’s all about how you do it, so I can’t really give that all to the labels.

So as an artist, you know, everybody is going through the pandemic. And I want to know, like as an artist, how did the Covid-19 situation affect you and what do you think are some of the ways that artists can work on their craft during the pandemic?
To be honest, all the way, it affected my income for a split second. Some of my friends’ family members that died, I had a family member that died from it. I actually feel like I focused up a little bit more when this happened. I made better of the whole situation, I made around six and seven music videos and stuff like that. So I think I focused on everything that’s been going on.

I think like with the pandemic going on, like with artists, it seems to bring out more of their creativity because, everything is shut down and all you got is time, so I think that it really helps artists get on the get on their creative more. And they probably found out something about themselves that they never thought that they had. I look at it as a good thing. I look at it as, you know, especially go on social media. Everybody got their freestyle videos out. Yes, it is awesome.
It’s awesome. It’s bringing out the hunger in everybody.

And then on top of that, since everybody is indoors. You never know who is watching. You never know who is looking at you and be like, “You know what, I want to rock with this artist right here.” As unfortunate as this pandemic is, it’s a really good thing, for artists. It’s kind of like a catch 22, but it’s leaning towards the positive side because more artists get noticed doing what they do, especially when it’s at a consistency.
Yeah. Consistency is definitely key. dropping musically. Don’t go too crazy on it. I feel like people need to be able to get more of a vibe a lot of new artists, like myself, coming out. You know, they want to hear more music. Like if you got a vibe going on, keep it steady. That’s my advice for any other artist.

What is the agenda for the rest of 2020 for you?
I got this record right now that I’m ready to take to the moon. I’m not even gonna lie to you. So I got a record coming up. Real party banger, real vibe. Of course, more vids. It’s possible if schools open back up and stuff like that, I’m trying to be into shows I’ve been talking about that with my manager. That’s really just it. Heat in the streets, more tunes, and stuff like that.

And last but not least, give all of your social media.
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @wadetherapper. I’ve got a fan page on Facebook. Just WADE You know, you go check me out. Check out my latest video, “Spooky Winter”, and I dropped the “Loyalty Over Royalty” video, where it’s coming from the heart. Also, I speak about my brother who is wrongfully incarcerated. I’m able to give you a piece of me on that.

Anything else that you might want to add?
So I want to be able to tell the world that it’s a new movement coming out of Harlem we call L.M.G. (Live Motivate Generate) and that’s all we going to be doing. You know, it’s a few of the artists you gonna be hearing about and just stay tuned.

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June 30, 2020

Billionaire Burke Drops 2nd Project “Clear the Air” & Visual for “Dead Game” | @billionaireburke

Empire Records rapper Billionaire Burke released his second EP Clear the Air together with a dope visual for “Dead Game” garnering placement on two Apple Music playlists & debuting at #2 on Audiomack Hip Hop & Rap Trending list. The EP features a mix of drill and hip hop records and was executive produced by rapper/producer Kool Dre, a kid out of East Harlem where Burke grew up. Other producers on the project include Trip Lavine, Swerve, and Youngmadz. Hard-hitting drill beats flow through Billionaire Burke’s quick lyrics about his life selling dope, his set, living life on the streets, and the east side. The lead single “WhG5pty” has over 1 million streams, the video has over 1 million views and the single is now playing on Power 105.1 NY and Hot 97 radio.

“Dead Game”, shot and directed by JL Shot That, was filmed in East Harlem with Burke, Kool Dre and their set in the project buildings where they grew up. Shortly after releasing, Billionaire Burke kicked off a virtual tour in NY with DJ Drewski, went to CT with Stevey Newnez and moved up and down the east coast with stops at Stationhead, @itsrichz IG live, and Remi TV. His tour was cut short in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. RIP George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all of our other fallen brothers and sisters.


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June 30, 2020 Video 0

February 20, 2020

Billionaire Burke feat. Gunna – “My Slime” | @billionaireburke

Hailing from the streets of East Harlem, Billionaire Burke is a rap artist and a respected creative that conveys relentless determination in pursuing his passions. His aspirations are reflected in his daily hustle, rapid growth, and can be found throughout the lyrics of his debut project entitled Rise To Greatness, which was released under a partnership with Empire in August 2019. He has built a strong foundation to notably house other emerging artists with the development and backing of his boutique record label, BBMG (Billionaire Burke Music Group).

All in all, Billionaire Burke is on track to become a household name in 2020. Although Burke has recently advanced within his professional career, his active lifestyle in the streets once created a barrier between him and music. With the absence of family, Burke struggled to financially support himself leading to incarceration at an early age. Fighting past misguided trust, hardship after hardship, and constant betrayal, Burke used his losses to win and decided to heavily pursue his rap career in 2014. In March 2019 Billionaire Burke landed a deal with Empire and hasn’t looked back since.

Billionaire Burke and platinum recording artist Gunna release the visual for their smash single “My Slime”. The upbeat, catchy track has debuted on the urban charts, landing at #56 this week on radio and collecting over 6 million total streams. The highly anticipated video, directed by Be EL Be, was shot in Atlanta GA and is just as vibrant as the track.

IG: @billionaireburke

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