Drake may have paved a way for Canadian artists, but Montreal native February Cxld (fka Milli Millz) is carving out his own lane. With the help of the extremely dope videographer Samuel Oleachea, February Cxld released visuals for his latest single “Soul Calling”, which looks and feels more like a film than a simple music video. This is the first release from his much anticipated album The Highway releasing this Summer but with the concept and lyrics, this song may have you feeling it’s winter all over again. Regardless, the album is sure to be hot with guest appearances from Tory Lanez, King Louie, and more. It’s easy to make comparisons but you’ll see after listening to this song that Montreal has a new M.C. worth tuning into.
Stephen Johnson, who’s better known by his fans as Sherm Dizzy, is burning up the underground hip hop scene with his music—and he has no plans to let that fire, or drive, fade anytime soon.
“When a lot of people hear my music for the first time, they tell me I’m different from what they hear on the radio,” he stated. “All of my music is original. I don’t do covers, and I’m not trying to be like everybody else.”
That’s because he prefers to follow the beat of his own drum. Just off the heels of his last project in 2015 titled “Tha Writer,” Johnson is in the process of dropping his sophomore project, an EP titled “Ryder Music.”
“I’m very excited about it. When I make music, it’s based on my life and what I’ve experienced. The themes to my songs vary. I’ve got love songs, streets songs, party songs—a wide mix on this upcoming project,” he explained. “When you hear this music, you can dance to it, chill to it, or ride to it—hence the title.”
Johnson recently finished filming two new music videos for the first two singles from the project. The first track is called “Guns Out.”
“It’s a pretty aggressive track,” explained Johnson. “It’s definitely a street song and not for the faint at heart.”
That track will be following by a real club banger titled “Party 3X.” It’s just one of 14 songs on the EP. “That single is obviously about partying. I had fun shooting the video for it. I got inspiration from watching ‘House Party,’” explained Johnson. Although he grew up in the streets, he’s clearly managed to rise up out of it, going on to be a successful independent artist who shows no signs of slowing down until he reaches the top. To learn more about Stephen “Sherm Dizzy” Johnson, check him out on his website at: www.shermdizzy.weebly.com.
We’re not even halfway through 2016, and it’s already shaping up to be a good year for Savannah artist, KayDee912. He recently was recently won the award for best R&B/Hip Hop songwriter from The Akademia Awards for the uplifting track called “Free World.”
“I was very excited to be recognized. They’re based in Los Angeles, so this honor is a big deal for someone like myself who comes from a small community,” he said.
According to KayDee912, the track’s them centers around living life to the fullest. However, the song is open to interpretation.
“I use a lot of similes and metaphors. It’s one of those songs that can go any kind of way,” he said, “KayDee912 certainly has no plans to slow down anytime soon. He’s currently in the process of releasing to new singles titled “Loud” and “Summer of ’93.” “I think fans are going to like both songs—especially if they’ve enjoyed my previous music already,” he said. “Whenever I make music, I won’t people to feel inspired in some way. I also want it to make them feel good.”
Lyrical, versatile, talented—three words that describing this emerging rapper perfectly. Stay tuned for what’s around the corner. To learn more about KayDee912, check him out on Twitter, Facebook and Reverbnation. You can also visit’s his website by clicking here.
Born Dorian J. Mathis in Savannah, Georgia to a struggling single mother, Dunn Thathugpoet has fought his way through trials and tribulations and is finally set to release his debut project, The Burning Bridge Tape in May. The artist has grown up listening to old school music – his idol, the “King of Pop,” is Michael Jackson, who Dunn says influences his music. Other favorites and musical influences include Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, JCole, Rick James, and Biggie, “just to name a few.”
At the young age of 11, the artist found himself filling notebooks full of rhymes and song ideas, and recording himself on cassette tapes. “I didn’t really take it seriously until I was 18, when I finally recorded songs from yearas ago,” says the rapper, who rapped in the streets for fun and performed in shows as a “hype man.” While he recorded his first project in 2011, the songs were never published due to unforeseen circumstances. Now, years later, the artist’s dream is finally coming to fruition. The Burning Bridge Tape is a testimony of closing a chapter on life, to finally completing and achieving his life’s dream, which is the release of a hit album. It serves as a release of all of the struggles and difficulties the artist has faced to get where he is today. Dunn speaks about one of his favorite tracks, “Blue Money,” which is about trying to “be major,” says the artist, “some of us don’t know how it feels to always have blue hundreds to keep coming into your pockets and live that major life.”
Dunn ThaThugPoet isn’t stopping at music – his goal is to be a star of many platforms. With a background in basketball and acting, the sky is the limit for Dunn, who is amped to break out and participate in all different platforms of art. “Or maybe I’ll invest in a company. Help someone out,” laughs the artist, who isn’t afraid to add entrepreneur to his lengthy resume. One thing is certain: Big dreams yield big results, which is good news for Dunn ThaThugPoet, who continues to go for gold.
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Listen to Dunn ThaThugPoet on Soundcloud.
Success has been a long time coming for artist Don Richie, born Kadarrious Fox, the child of a single mother in a quaint Mississippi town. Don Richie picked up the microphone at an extremely young age, participating in talent shows, ultimately dropping his first mix tape before he’d even entered high school. “I grew up listening to the music my mother would play, and I loved it’s energy,” says Richie, “I knew it was my calling. It’s my purpose.” A troubled upbringing tarnished his youth, but the young performer eventually realized his potential and grew from his experiences into the talented, unique artist he is today.
It hasn’t been an easy climb. Don Richie moved out of his childhood home at 21 and “jumped off into the world,” with big dreams of making it as an independent artist. He found himself homeless during a stint in Atlanta, where he’d perform in clubs, but return to a motel or car for the night. “There were nights I slept on the train,” admits the artist. Richie’s determination has paid off tenfold, however, with the release of his album Lost in my Thoughts, which will make its debut on June 25
th, and is comprised of Don Richie’s life’s work in the culmination of a variety of unreleased tracks. “It’s about my whole transition, from Mississippi, to Michigan, to Atlanta, and then back home.” “Smile,” an upbeat positive track, is a reminder that even amidst trials and struggle it’s imperative to stay positive, which Richie says is one of the most important on the album. Another project, which will debut in the fall of 2016, will be a self-titled EP, #RichIsRare, which gets its name from Don Richie’s brand. A collection of eight original tracks, the album will reference the artist’s overarching philosophy that one should live their life rich in energy, spirit, and life, not necessarily in money. “Money don’t make you rich,” says Richie. The EP is called #RichIsRare, because it’s rare to be rich in Grenada, Mississippi, and that’s what Don Richie strives to be.
Positivity, focus, and determination have brought Don Richie from darkness to light, giving him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the star he’s always meant to be.
Checkout Track “No Chill”
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Rushbilli Gets Back in the Saddle (From the Big
Easy to the Big House and Back Again)
Everyone has a past and it’s often those with one’s paved with hard
times that make the best stories. Especially when those people pull
themselves up and are able to breakaway from past mistakes and
hardships, and more onward. Rushbilli is one of those people who have
seen the worst of times, but isn’t about to let his stint in prison
define him for the rest of his life. Instead, it’s pushing him towards
his goals and getting him back into the rap game.
Hailing from the same streets as Birdman, Rushbilli sees that as a
sign that he can not only make it in hip hop – but go on to be a name
that sits on the shelf alongside the likes of not only Birdman, but
other men who have talent both in front and behind the mic. He’s not
only an artist, he’s also got a business mindset that sets him apart
from many of his peers; working on his music and his label as he
starts to reinvest in his artistry.
It’s been awhile since he’s been at it, but before his stint in prison
– he did his fair share of touring and went everywhere from Florida to
California. Today he’s got some things planned with the SCM Awards, as
well as having the world enjoy his single, “I’m That
Guy” which features Boosie BadAzz and Kief Brown.
Those interested in hearing more from Rushbilli, connecting with him
about a project, or finding out more about his label – can check him
out online, get in touch with him with the info below or read about
his trials and tribulations in his book, Parable of Buried Treasures,
Sacrifices, and Masked Beauty, available here.
Rushbilli is a rapper from New Orleans whose stint in prison gave him
time to reevaluate his life. Once out, he decided to get back into
music and now he’s putting all his time and energy into not only
creating music, but building his label.
Buried Treasures LLC
Official Site: www.rushbilli.org
Write up by ArtistPR.