Flava Man. Flava Man. Do you want to dance? Hell Naw. Hell Naw. I can't give you a chance. Can you finish this line. Probably not. Not even Shazam got this right. And this sums up just how badly promoted this song was. It was Evergreen content that had the chance to be big. But some would say could you really blame it for being underwhelming promoted? This song was buried deep down in a long tracklist of songs that were hits themselves that included some unforgettable verses. Not to mention how this soundtrack bridged two cities. Tulsa and Oklahoma City. These two cites are always in competition, well at least that's always been the narrative. But anyone who is really in the scene knows this couldn't be further from the truth, as artists like Steph Simon and Chris "The God" MC Cain collabed on a track called "Love Affair". Who could also forget the "Chosen Few" project from Dialtone and Grand National that proved that both cities not only work together but equally want to see each other win. Because a win in either city would mean a win for the state. But this was 2020!
A song that was so organic, so made for celebrating, so 2020! This seemed like the home run the state was waiting for. This song had the potential to put both artists in the national spotlight. For both cities to have their scenes solidified and reward the millions of hours artists have put in for both scenes. Two wildcards made a song that celebrated the turning of a decade. But when the decade came there was no mention of this hit. It's TRX's unorthodox flow that captures your ear when listening to his verse. His lyrics illustrate a player who just wants one thing in 2020.
I wish I didn't meet her in the club.
Keeng Cut. Fresh off his release of his album Flavio Cútatore, this was a 180 degree turn. This was straight Flava! Fans of Keeng Cut know that his playeristic lyrics and smooth delivery are reminiscent of a young Pimp C that has the independent hustle and respect of a Master P. Keeng Cut is not only mastered the finesse. He has introduced the world to Flava.
Flava Man. Flava Man. Do you want to dance?,
The countdown began. 220.127.116.11.1.. It's 2020. But for the song it was still trapped in 2019 with no mention. No tweet. No Instagram post. No New Years show. And no play. When it came to the song 2020 the was ball dropped. But hey. It's still 2020.
Listen to the song below and see why 2020 should've been the biggest song of the New Year.
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Also maybe one day you'll see the performance. It's fire!
The thing about a good song is that it attacts not only listeners but it also attracts other artists. So when 1st Verse invited artists to come on stage and spit some bars to his song "All Of The Players", you could see the artists salivating to get on the mic. But anyone that knows 1st Verse knows that his lyrical assault and smooth delivery is a hard act to follow. But for the ones that did step on stage they proved just that they too are hard acts to follow.
Here's a snippet of the cipher featuring:
To be lost at sea is to be lost in your thoughts. The vast waters crashing against the boat are similar to the thousands of thoughts colliding in the mind. Each idea fighting to stay alive. Each a struggle to be top of mind. Ayilla is an artist who is taking on the waves of a relationship in her latest video "Lose Your Love" that features Jeezmino. The song is the 4th track on her debut album "Crazy As We Are".
Ayilla is an artist whose words are wrapped in depth. Depth of subject and depth of metaphoric and spiritual meanings. Her gift to blend both singing and rapping is reminiscent of a young Lauren Hill. But for anyone that has seen her perform live has seen first hand that she has created her own lane that is Ayilla. It's with this video that she further builds her catalog of visual bliss and sonic-ally pleasing vocal performance. The track shows her multiple talents both as a rapper who can switch up flows as well as a vocal performer who can hit a range of notes and melodic pitches. She verse surrounds the struggle of being in a relationship. But as J. Cole says "It's Beauty In The Struggle".
I'm tired of seein you go.
What's better than one beautiful woman on a yacht? Two! What separates these Ayilla and Jeezmino is that both have a very different approach on the track. Ayilla takes her time and gives you time contemplate on her words, while Jeezmino doesn't waste any time and makes sure to leave no room for interpretation. Jeezmino's quick wordplay highlights the sharpness of her words which are both direct, and intentional. One thing that sticks out in the video is that she can be seen both riding in the boat and in another shot showing that she can steer it in the right direction. This is exactly the roles that you have to fill in a relationship. Sometimes you have to sit back and support and other times you have to grab the wheel and drive. Put she puts it way better.
"Picking up pieces, confused.
Checkout Lose Your Love by Ayilla ft Jeezmino:
Many artists look down on a free show because it means for them that their art isn't being rewarded. So why do a free show? In many cases there are benefits to doing free shows, for example, exposure to a wider audience. The huge halftime Superbowl performances are for free, so are award show performances like the MTV Music Awards and the Grammy's. the hopes though is that you have access to a bigger audience that will then convert into fans. But what many don't know also is that you can actually be paid even when the venue says it's a free gig. The word of the day is Performance Royalties.
Performance Royalties - are generated from any public performance like music playing in bars or restaurants, playing a live gig, or when your music is broadcasted on radio or tv. These royalties are collected and paid out by a writer’s PRO (performance rights organization). PROs license the songs in their catalog for use and use performance data to allocate the money to publishers and writers.
Who are the PRO's
The top PRO's are: PROs in the United States are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. For Canadian artists, there is SOCAN.