On March 19, groundbreaking rapper, singer, and producer T-Pain stopped by Genius for the latest installment of Genius Level, our live conversation series with icons of the music business, including influential artists, songwriters, producers, and executives. During the conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman, T-Pain participated in a […]
James Harden catches fire early, dropping 27 points in the first quarter and continues to carry the Houston Rockets with three-consecutive 3s on a personal 13-2 run in the fourth to top the San Antonio Spurs 111-105.
Danni Jackson is a 25 year old London based singer songwriter who’s sound fuses pop and contemporary R&B with elements of hip hop. Her debut single, ‘We Ain’t Got Love’ taken from her EP ‘W.D.K.Y’ was featured as BBC Intro South’s track of the day and described as ‘A breath of fresh air’. Danni finds influences in artists such as Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kwabs and JoJo.
Danni’s new single “So Sick” is an energetic pop smash sprinkled with R&B flavor. This story of desolation and heartbreak has all of the makings of an anthem and is brilliantly delivered via Danni’s silky notes and powerful voice. “So Sick” is sure to be Danni’s introduction to the world and a hint of the great things soon to follow.
It’s safe to say there is no artist in the world like La Nefera. A female rapper holding her own in an industry dominated by male artists. A native of the Dominican Republic, rapping exclusively in Spanish, when most hiphop music is traditionally delivered in English. And doing it all from her adopted home of Switzerland. It is against this backdrop that she releases her new album A Lo Hecho Pecho (Spanish for ‘what’s done is done’), out today along with visuals for album track “Quisqueya Bella” featuring Latin Grammy nominee Arianna Puello, shot in the Dominican Republic and Mexico by 19-year-old director Miguel Alejandro. ALHP is released courtesy of Empire Music, the Swiss record label led by CEO Matthieu “MDB” Siegenthaler whose team is responsible for releases with Sonny Seeza (ONYX), Saigon, N.B.S., Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) and more. Production is provided by Pearlbeatz, TOWITEDITS, Meister Lampe, DJ Tron and Thomas “Jakebeatz” Hof, who also directed both music videos from the album so far: “A Lo Hecho Pecho” (watch) and “Odio” (watch). Born in the Dominican Republic, La Nefera moved to Switzerland in her teens, forming the WS Crew which released the Nuestra Frequenzia EP in 2009. She is also part of female group Vybezbilder, which released the Skillz On Firealbum in 2015 (stream on Soundcloud). “We Dominicans call our homeland ‘Quisqueya Bella’,” says La Nefera. “This name has the origin in the Taino language, the spoken language of the first people lived on this island before the colonial powers of Spain and France came. I wanted to write this song, because a reason why I do music is to keep connected with my culture; juggling with my mother tongue, spreading latin vibes, heart, heat and love. That’s what the refrain is about. I asked Arianna Puello for doing a rap part. She is a very strong and known female rapper in the Spanish spoken areas. I appreciate her music so much especially when i started doing rap. She is also a Dominican woman who grow up in Europe. Her part is more critical, showing the dark side of our country and my part is rather showing why we – in spite of everything – still love and miss our home.”
Dominican emcee La Nefera presents the music video for “Odio”, the new single from A LO HECHO PECHO!, her forthcoming album set to feature Arianna Puello as well as production from Pearlbeatz, Meister Lampe, DJ Tron and Jakebeatz (who directed the music video for PW Films). Born in the Dominican Republic, La Nefera moved to Switzerland in her teens, forming the WS Crew which released the Nuestra Frequenzia EP in 2009. She is also part of female group Vybezbilder, which released the Skillz On Fire album in 2015 (stream on Soundcloud). “Odio” was produced by Switzerland-based producer Sharp de Brazl. “Odio” denounces the abuse of power and competition-promoting behaviors and structures. I criticize people who rip off and abuse others and spread hate and envy.” When asked about her inspirations, La Nefera says “I draw my inspiration from my life experiences, and also being a social worker and being in touch with a lot of different characters.” A LO HECHO PECHO! drops September 2016 on Empire Music, the Swiss record label led by CEO Matthieu “MDB” Siegenthaler whose team is responsible for releases with Sonny Seeza (ONYX), Saigon, N.B.S., Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) and more.
Toronto based electronic music duo Jayli Wolf & Hayden Wolf, collectively known as Once A Tree, introduce their debut video ‘Howling,’ off the forthcoming EP ‘Thousand Lives,’ set for release summer of 2015 on Foreseen Entertainment. The video was directed by the duo themselves and gives a glimpse into the group’s personal struggle in finding freedom, escaping the past, closing one chapter, and opening a new one.
BET/MTVbase African Act Award winner, Sarkodie has released the stunning visuals to his new hiphop single “New Guy” featuring American hiphop artiste Ace Hood.
The video was filmed on location at the Florida Film House, Miami, Florida. South African video director, Justin Campos, directed the project with additional production work from Candice Lee Campos.
Nigerian Soul singer and producer TENI is back with a brand new alternative Dancehall-Soul single and collaboration with veteran Nigerian artist Shank titled “Bad Boy”, co-written by Teni and Shank, and co-produced by Teni herself, Shank and John Black.
This is from his forthcoming album Pre-Boarding, mixed by DJ Spinna. It’s a full album of me rapping over world music songs from Cesaria Evora, Augustus Pablo, Tim Maia, Serge Gainsbourg and more. He has worked with House Shoes, Dibia$e, Computer Jay, P.U.D.G.E. and Prince Po of Organized Konfusion. Gilles Peterson kicked off his BBC Best of Hip-Hop 2009 mix with a Malkovich verse. DJ Premier, The Wake Up Show and The Source support my new album Great Expectations, which Hit The Floor Magazine called “genre-resuscitating”.
I’m a half-Iranian, half British L.A. transplant. On January 1, 2012 I gave up my home and possessions to travel indefinitely. I relocated to Namibia to record an album with Becoming Phill, a producer I met on Twitter, and subsequently did the same with Esa FunkPrez in Italy and Mute Speaker in the UK.
His latest track “Basquiat” is a freestyle in which he pays homage to the artists who have inspired him and letting them know they are about to have some new competition! The track is the first instalment of his ‘Basquiat’ series, with a UK/USA remix coming soon!
The song which is critically acclaimed to be the number 1 Afro Pop/Hip Hop song by P S Quint & Trust Afro ‘Party Mode’ was released digitally on many websites, blogs and distributing sites like iTunes, Amazon Store, Spotify, Xbox Music and more.
P S Quint, South African music artist born to a Zimbabwean mother and South African father is still considered an upcoming artist who has so much potential, energy, drive, intelligence and ambition to reach greater heights in the music industry.