Danny Diamonds – “Stuck” [Prod. Polyte]

Danny Diamonds – “Stuck” [Prod. Polyte]

By: Seamus Fay

After first getting hip to Danny Diamonds by way of his hypnotic single “Can’t Talk” and the immense energy that it brings to the table, I haven’t been able to keep his music off of repeat. This rising talent’s skills are nothing short of infectious to any kind of listener, and with the way that Diamonds can so easily create cultivating sounds for anyone to enjoy, I predict that he’s in for a prosperous year in 2018. Having said that, here enters the Boston native’s newest single, “Stuck”, that we were most recently blessed with.

Speaking to the feeling of being “stuck” within a relationship, this track takes us through the conflicts of making decisions when things aren’t going well in a light that anyone can relate to. The well-crafted lyricism, soulful production, and simply mesmerizing combinations of confident basslines and looming background vocals make this an intoxicating listen with an abundance of replay value, and since hearing it for the first time, I’ve probably run this one back about ten times so far.

Danny Diamonds can’t stop releasing dope material, so show him some love and listen to “Stuck” below.

FabzAbove – “Above” ft. Patrick Michel [Prod. David Walker]

FabzAbove – “Above” ft. Patrick Michel [Prod. David Walker]

By: Seamus Fay

When scrolling through my Twitter feed yesterday, I stumbled upon a new collaboration between two of our local scene’s most promising artists in FABZABOVE and Patrick Michel. Not only did these two working together come as a pleasant surprise, but the song also features production from David Walker – a mastermind behind the boards that has consistently blessed us with hit after hit. Conjoining the powers of all three of these heavy hitters, they’re back on our pages today with a hard-hitting new track titled “Above”.

The main element of this offering that drew me in was the unapologetically raw charisma and deeply-cut kicks, meshing together to form a hard-hitting environment to set the stage pefectly for both Fabz and Michel to float over. The energy of “Above” will undoubtedly transalte into a spectacle at live shows, and I can only envision the mosh pits happening to this one in the near future. Needless to say, FABZABOVE, Patrick Michel, and David Walker have a banger on their hands so be sure to show some love and click play below.

Khary – “4 AM Thirst Ballad” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]

Khary – “4 AM Thirst Ballad” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]

By: Seamus Fay

Rhode Island native and consistent hit-maker, Khary, is no rookie on our pages with the steady flow of music we have received from him throughout the past few months. With each new track proving itself to be a testament to the growth in artistry that this young artist has seen over the last year, the wave he’s running is simply inspiring in the energy that it carries and the truly incredible music that it has yielded as of yet.

Acting as the second single off of his forthcoming album, Captain, and the follow up to last year’s “2 AM Thirst Ballad”, this rising talent is on our pages today to deliver his latest Cloud Atrium-produced single, “4 AM Thirst Ballad”. This track details the nature of late night calls when liquor is involved and the emotion that comes with them, utilizing smooth, impassioned production to set the background for the vivid image that Khary is able to paint with each line.

It’s a situation that many listeners can relate to, and considering the thoughtful approach that the song takes to exploring the motives and feelings behind these calls, the storytelling element of Captain is off to a hell of a start. Khary is already 2 for 2 in my book regarding the singles for his album, and I will definitely be keeping this track on repeat to help with the wait for what will undoubtedly be a dope project front to back.

Be sure to show some love to Khary by listening to “4 AM Thirst Ballad” below and keep an eye out for updates on the release of the full project.

Cousin Stizz – “Lambo” [Music Video]

Cousin Stizz – “Lambo” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

Simply put, whenever Tee-WaTT and Cousin Stizz join forces, it’s a wrap. Throughout their numerous collaborations over the years, One Night Only standout and one of my personal favorites of their catalog together, “Lambo”, has proven to solidify itself as an anthem of determination and the success that it yields for fans everywhere. Thankfully so, Stizz is back on our pages today to revisit that banger with accompanying visuals.

Rich not only in the luxurious imagery of a Lamborghini but also in the work that it takes to get there, these visuals show us the money-minded ambition that Stizz always seems to exhibit so gracefully with pinpoint accuracy and a personable touch. His inspirational rhymes and relaxed cadences act as promises of the success that the Dorchester native will soon see along with recollections of the success that he has seen so far, and with “Lambo”s purposeful presence as an anthem for getting the bag, these visuals were very necessary to painting the picture of motivation that One Night Only offers to us all.

In the beginning of the video, we watch Stizz eyeing the Lambo alongside Boston-raised designer Derrick Houston Jr. as he seems to take mental note of the car as his monetary goal – he’s not there yet, but with the look that he gives, he knows damn well that he’s on the way to the finish line. Following this decided ambition, the video pans into scene after scene of our favorite cousin collecting cash from boxing bets, shooting dice, and doing whatever else it takes to get what he needs in pursuit of the car, only to return to it by the end of the video and ultimately achieve his goal in racing the Lambo.

Directed by Ian Goodwin, these visuals paint a vivid picture of the motivational presence that Stizz represents in a manner that truly makes for a standout music video. But this comes as no surprise, as this director-rapper combo has seen immense complementary growth throughout the years with many success celebrated alongside one another – a staple case being the “Shoutout” music video that helped put Stizz on the map. With that, it’s always great to see these two rising stars back together with the same chemistry and passion they have shared since the jump, and “Lambo” is living proof that this collaboration yields a spectacular final product every time.

Something tells me that Stizz is just getting started with what he has to come in 2018, so be sure to show some love and click play on the music video for this money-minded anthem below.

SK85UPER$TAR – “itaintshit!” [Music Video]

SK85UPER$TAR – “itaintshit!” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

It comes as no secret by now that SK85UPER$TAR is a natural entertainer. Whether it be on social media or in his music, he’s always sure to make you turn your head, and with his latest Blanco-directed visuals for “intaintshit!”, he is able to do just this. Personally, the carefree energy of the song in its infectious lyricism and confident deliveries first drew me in, but now that I see the visual companion for this one, it creates a connection with the song much further than just audio can do.

For starters, we have to acknowledge that Blanco snapped on this video. His effective use of bold coloring and entertaining effects makes for an overall visually pleasing video, but I find it to be even more effective in the way that he is able to capture the essence of SK85UPER$TAR’s character and personality so well. It’s a fun song and subsequently, we get a fun video. I’m a fan of this product overall and I would definitely recommend checking it out, so with that being said, click play on “itaintshit!” below and keep an eye on SK85UPER$TAR in the future.

 

King J – “Interracial Dating” [Music Video]

King J – “Interracial Dating” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few months ago, King J released a very solid project in My Favorite Things, further proving his skills as a standout talent and making him a Graduation Music favorite. Today, he’s here to revisit the project and join our pages once again with the accompanying visuals for “Interracial Dating” – my personal favorite song on the project and a fitting example of why I became a fan of King J in the first place: his infectious flows and unapologetic personality.

This young talent is never afraid to say exactly who he is and exactly what he’s thinking on each and every new song he drops. With that, “Interracial Dating” is no different in the way that it exhibits his personality and charismatic presence using literal imagery and situational scenes to show us what he’s all about. Once these aspects meet the bubbling production and warm feel of the song, it’s a wrap. The @Iso_Villa – directed visuals for this one act as the perfect supplement to an already dope track, so be sure to check them out below and enjoy the wavy sounds of King J.

Lonny X Talks ‘Full Court Press’, Connecticut, & More

Lonny X Talks ‘Full Court Press’, Connecticut, & More

By: Seamus Fay

No better body of work describes the world of Connecticut’s Lonny X better than his long-awaited debut album, Full Court Press. 4 years in the making and evolving throughout a number of forms since its conception, this project looks deep within the rising talent’s mindset and life to find an artist characterized best by his relentless determination, hometown pride, and cultivating, to-the-point personality. It’s confidently ambitious energy pushes forth an uncompromised image of Lonny X in his naturally-engaging presence, and overall, fans receive a well-crafted listen that will undoubtedly help prove to the music world that Connecticut has something special on its hands.

Having said that, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Lonny X about the inspiration behind the project, his hometown pride, and more. You can read our interview below.


What does the title Full Court Press mean to you? At what point did you decide on that as the name of the album?

Growing up, I wanted to be a professional athlete. I played football for years and excelled, played soccer, all that shit. But basketball changed my whole life. I grew up on And 1 mixtapes and sitting in front of mirrors mimicking hot sauce moves and shit like that. I would take like 500 shots a day in my grandma’s backyard.

I spent this time finding myself. It taught me to isolate myself from everyone and get better in silence. Turned that motivation into a science and just utilized it in life, for the better. But to wrap it up, basketball helped me find myself and “Full Court Press” was a great way to tie in the theme of domination and pay homage to a sport that raised me. I came up with the title in high school.

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There are many instances on the album where you rep Connecticut. Being one of the state’s top runners right now, do you think the listening experience will be different for someone from CT?

I would hope the listening experience would be entertaining and relatable at times for the average CT listener… I just have a great love for where I come from because it is truly different here – especially being a young black artist. There are no outlets which forces us to create our own or almost get pushed to the wayside.

I never wanted to work a regular job like – I tried. Everyone wants to be important here. I just use my music because it’s the best way to show people the potential of my mind. Above all, I take pride in keeping my shit authentic, so if people relate, that’s beautiful.

You said the album actually took 4 years to reach a final product. What made you feel like this was the right moment to release it and how has the album evolved throughout these four years?

Yeah, it has been 4 years – 4 years to get to this point of artistry, but not four years to make these songs. It truly is only a preview of where I plan to take this journey, but the people needed a Lonny X project and I wanted to give them one – it was overdue.

Considering that it’s two years old, why did you decide to keep “Sauce” on the album? What made you feel that it withstood the test of time and could still contribute to the project as a whole?

I kept that song to bring my fans to a familiar place of how they may have felt when they first heard me. It’s one of the biggest records I ever made and it was on the ORIGINAL Full Court press. This project took on over 6 different forms throughout the years and “Sauce” was on at least 4 of them since I made it. It’s on there for me and for the early fans.

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Give us some insight into the working relationship with your engineer and the only featured artist on the album, Jus Lovehall.

Me and Jus are like fam at this point. The first song I ever recorded was at his crib and we never stopped working together. It all happened natural as hell. He’s a genius and the only person I met that I could trust with my vocals, so it’s one of those relationships that will never end – another great thing about music.

Lastly, what does this album mean for the rest of Lazy Boy Records?

This album is really just the knock on the door for what we have to give our audiences this year. Expect polished projects from everyone on the roster.

Thank you to Lonny X and Lazy Boy Records for the interview and thank you to Greg Gaffney for the assist in making this happen and helping out with a few of the questions!