May 21, 2022
T3mpo Tai shows off his made in the east coast with a southern draw in his new single “Push Back.” T3mpo Tai (a name given to him during his time in prison) delivers a catchy blend of witty wordplay and lyricism over cinematic production. It’s crucial for the world to know that he is not cut from the same cloth or driving down the same lane as average rappers. He writes his own truths and shares that with his fans and listeners and will not be pushed back for being real. His rhymes depict who he is, what hes’ been through and how he lives his life. His raw emotions and potent deliverance are sure to resonate long after the track is over. Stream “Push Back” and connect below. Stay tuned for his upcoming ‘Bar Bully’ mixtape with SKYIV Records.
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May 7, 2022
Independent recording artist Chloe Banks releases her new single “Kray.” The track is out now on all streaming platforms. Through soulful, smooth vocals Banks shares her feelings about a certain man. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, she’s been catching feelings on the regular and spending time with him on the regular. In fact, he could be the one and they might become we. However, even in the midst of a whirlwind of emotions, Banks will not go crazy for him or crazy over him. Stream “Kray” and connect with Chloe Banks on Facebook at Chloe Banks Music
April 13, 2022
Lil Durk – What Happened to Virgil ft. Gunna
April 11, 2022
QB Dwayne Haskins of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dead at the Age Of 24!! Rest In Peace!!
March 2, 2022
Trilly Trills releases “The Shoes”, his first single of 2022. The track serves as an invigorating bass-driven track that opens our eyes to perseverance, goals, and the spirit of competition. Stream “The Shoes” and connect with Trilly Trills on Twitter @trillytrills2.
February 3, 2022
After a lengthy hiatus from music, Youngstown Ohio emcee/producer DeviceTrax returns with brand-new music. “Bout Time” the album and official video are out now on streaming platforms and already topping indie charts. Don’t let the city rooftop fool you from Device’s lyrical aggression spewed over a gritty arrangement of melodies. After pressing play it’s clear he’s unleashed a whole other beast for 2022. His raw emotion and potent message are sure to resonate throughout the track. Watch the video and grab your copy of the album below.
September 17, 2021
Hip Hop artist/CEO of Certified Nation Entertainment City The Great delivers a tell-all about his new single “Day One”, his upcoming album ‘The Wordsmith’, making moves with Hip Hop legend Special Ed, and more. Listen to “Day One” and check out the full interview below.
MJ: Before we jump into “Day One” let everyone know who you are and where you’re from.
City the Great: Thanks for having me. I am City the Great from East NY, Brooklyn.
MJ: You’re an artist under Hip Hop legend Special Ed. How did that come to fruition? Are there any challenges regarding age and mindset? Or is this a step towards bridging the generational gap in Hip Hop?
City the Great: Actually, my homeboy is Ed’s 1st cousin and he told me for the longest that he would connect us. Of course, at the time I didn’t believe he was Ed’s cousin. One day he came to the studio with me and took the song I wrote and recorded that day and said he was going to play it for Ed while at Funkmaster Flex’s birthday bash at BB Kings in Manhattan. Long story short he did and gave me Ed’s number…he wanted to speak with me, and the rest is history. There are really no challenges in age and mindset in working with Ed. He’s been a great mentor and I have learned a lot about the game from him. He stays up to date on the business and the culture. He also has great faith in my grind and creations. I would say without a doubt, we are in the works of bridging the generational gap in Hip Hop.
MJ: Let’s get to “Day One” which is taken from your upcoming album ‘The Wordsmith.’ The track has a cinematic anthem vibe with a hook catchy enough for the clubs and streets. It’s evident you have a knack for drawing audiences in. Talk about “Day One” from the motivation behind it to your expectation of the track.
City The Great: The story about the creation of this one is an interesting one…I was sitting on this beat for a while by Molly The Kid. I was conversating with my Certified Nation Entertainment comrade Itsonlywrite just talking about all the people that we worked with and knew throughout this journey that were kind of in and out. We laughed about how funny it is that when things weren’t going upward, they split or didn’t support, and now that we are moving, they all want to claim they’re day ones. That sparked my mind on expressing that on wax. I think what really made the song pop was my engineer King Bash jumping in and harmonizing on the hook. My expectation for Day One is to appeal to all audiences giving them that commercial feel yet true to the cultural vibe.
MJ: What can you tell us about your upcoming album and what can listeners anticipate from it?
City The Great: People are going to get a rollercoaster ride. I have been working on this project for the past 2 years piece by piece to ensure I capture the best feel in my testimony of being a wordsmith. This project will be very balanced with the right number of features and it’s going to display something for everyone that will be nostalgic.
MJ: Besides having the backing, support, and genius of Special Ed, what is your signature move, if you will, that differentiates you from other artists in the industry?
City The Great: I think what differentiates me and other artists in the industry is the soul that I pour into my craft which identifies my true being…A person being themself is the perfect form of originality. There’s a certain energy I give listeners and audiences and I have my own sound where you know it’s me and that element is never lost no matter what type of song it is that I am on. Not only that but I keep that element alive with versatility, you just never know which angle I am going to come on a track but you will always know it’s me.
MJ: Aside from the new album release prep, what other endeavors are you working on?
City The Great: I am currently working on growing my company Certified Nation Entertainment, educating, and assisting artists with their careers. I’m also working on multiple collaborative projects including a mixtape coming soon with my DJ, DJ Bad Tha Problem (proceeding the album release). I am working on a Certified Nation Entertainment collab project with the team of artists Jae Law aka Hindrix, Pengame Classic, Chambs Taylor, Jacqui Grace, and of course Itsonlywrite. There’s also a collaborative project with Chambs Taylor titled ‘CD’ (Collateral Damage). You can catch freestyle videos I will be releasing weekly as well as working with my management team Samantha Leavell of Certified Nation and legendary Kool Rock Ski on an event, For The Culture By The Culture. I can’t leave out 2022’s Annual Hip Hop & R&B Cookout in East BK…The list goes on and on.
MJ: Wrapping up, let everyone know how they can connect with you.
City The Great: Thank you I can be found on any platform as City the Great but one of the easiest ways to link with me all in one place is on my website CertifiedNationEntertainment.com.
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July 24, 2021
It’s debut music from Kampala Social Club, with the beautiful single “COT2ON”. Kampala Social Club is an experiment in journeys. The quest for self, the search for connection to the past and present. Seeking a known place in your own existence, and a place within its future. The architect, Steven Fernandez, is a Canadian artist whose meditative, instrumental recordings comprise this project born from a reach into his ancestral history and present-day spiritual practices. The goal is to tell a story and help the listener connect with its own.
In tangible form, the Kampala Social Club was a gathering place for the Goan middle class in early 20th century Uganda. At the club, people of like-minded religion, social caste, language, and tradition sought to gather, connect, and find safety amongst themselves. The club was a central site in Fernandez’ own family – giving it legendary and weighted symbolic status via his parents – both immigrants to Canada in the late 60s. “My parents were born in East Africa and traced their ancestors back to Goa,” he explains. “Growing up in Stoney Creek, Ontario with parents who spoke Swahili, had a Portuguese last name and were Catholic with the appearance of an Indian – life was not easy to understand. I was too brown to be black, too brown to be white, too Anglo Indian to be Indian, yet I could identify very strongly with all cultures. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand who I am.”
Using the rich historical backdrop of the social club – the musical project seeks to support foundational explorations in mindfulness. Purpose in action, in reflection and in the journey to understand and connect with self is at the core of the music – but the true value lies in the listener’s ability to embark on its own journey. “Though the name is tied to culture, it’s really about the symbol of safety and freedom,” Fernandez continues. “The hope that we can find refuge in sound, slow our minds down and feel safe to express all sides of our human experience in the lives we lead. The ability for us to pause and reflect before we can learn to expand. When I reflected on the name of the project, I realized it was the authentic culmination of my life after 48 years. The music is the alignment of all the influences of my culture, music and human experience to this point.”
“The music is a refuge from a world that in my experience works to never stop,” he concludes. “A companion in your life taking up as little or as much space as you allow.” Kampala Social Club is the first in a series of releases planned under the project moniker and the first recording “COT2ON” is available everywhere now.
July 22, 2021
Blacbird Records along with Maylay Sparks, Clever 1, and K-Sluggah announce the release of their collaborative album ‘Frozen Mugs’ available now on all digital platforms with distribution by PHI Records. The 12-track project includes features from D.J. PH, DJ Too Tuff, Malik B (The Roots), Chukk Rukkuz, Planet Asia, Rocc Spotz, Briefcase Bugg, and Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo.
The dynamic trio of Maylay Sparks (Philly MC), Clever 1 (Chicago MC), and K-Sluggah (Swedish producer/MC) have rubbed mics and stages with Hip Hop legends and music icons for over a decade, so it only made sense they linked to curate and deliver an epic dose of earmilk. Hip Hop purists, prepare to be compelled by an overflowing kaleidoscope of gritty head-nodding production, classic cuts and scratches, edgy wordplay, and raw lyricism…
Stream/download ‘Frozen Mugs’ on preferred platforms below and stay tuned as vinyl, cassettes, and CD’s will be available in August.
Catch a glimpse into the album by D.J. PH of Zulu Nation, Marseille
Instagram: @phirecords @phienterprises
June 26, 2021
RXTHERAPPER and 80 EMPIRE have been friends for roughly 10 years, however, they have never met in person. The 3 have always admired each other’s work and finally in 2020/2021 decided to put together a joint album entitled Life after Life, slated for release in mid-July. The chemistry between the 3 is uncanny. Both from different sides of the continent, yet when you hear the music, you would think the 3 were in the same room together creating an exceptional body of work filled with life’s struggles, and victories.
For this single, FairyTales the boys call Lyrical assassin Chino XL for the second verse. RX and Chino’s verses are incredible displays of lyricism, as both flex over 80’s hypnotic production and haunting chorus. The song starts with a powerful introduction from DJ EFN (Drink Champs, Crazy hood). From production to lyricism this song is guaranteed to make people pay attention.