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A few weeks ago, I sat down with local artist Lyric Nicole to discuss her new career in the business. This time around, I sat with Valenza, an up and coming Jazz artist from Central Florida (whom is also the label mate to Lyric) whom is on the cusp of releases his very first album. I had the honor to work with Valenza, real name Troy Harris, on a number of events including a music video and will have the pleasure to be working with him again very soon in the near future. Like a seasoned jazz artist, Valenza has the talent of picking up a jazz saxophone to play whatever comes to mind in an impromptu segment.

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Recently, I’ve been away in production on two music videos for local artists in the Orlando area. Not only was it my first time working semi-professionally, it was my first time directing a music video, let alone two. One of the artists that I directed was Lyric Nicole, a young neo-soul singer with a fantastic voice and beautiful music under the Me 2 Entertainment label. I may be biased in my choice of words but you should check her out yourself. I won’t go into more detail about my times directing since that would be another, much longer piece. After the hecticness of a rushed production, I sat down with Ms. Lyric Nicole about her inspirations and work ethic.

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Bryson Tiller is a young rising talent out of Louisville, KY. He first came on the scene with his mixtape in 2011 titled “Killer Instinct”. Since then, Tiller’s fan-base has been growing contagiously online. After the success of his first mixtape, he came back with the single “Don’t” that spread like wildfire with the help of vine and twitter.

There are a lot of r&b singers giving the rap-sing style of music these days and it seems to be working pretty well. Drake is a primary example of the rap-sing approach that the new generation of r&b singers seem to be carrying after. You don’t hear too many (if any at all) r&b singers sounding like Luther Vandross or Marvin Gaye these days, and Bryson Tiller is no exception. I hate to compare him to Drake, but that’s exactly the vibe he is giving us in this song, but I love it!

The song speaks about a girl whose man is not treating her right and Tiller expresses how he is better for her. The video is very dark and steamy, featuring red and blue light along with smoke in the air. There is a very sensual scene with him and a young lady, which carries on and progresses throughout the video. Bryson Tiller is showing us that he has talent and creativity and he plans to stay here for a while. People are expecting good things for him in 2015 and I can definitely see him as an artist to watch for next year. Follow him on Twitter and check out the video to his song “Don’t”.

 

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Video: "Only" (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne)

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YMCMB has always topped the charts with hits from Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne since the group first came together and haven’t slowed down a bit. They never seem to disappoint, and this time around is no different. With Chris Brown singing the hook, their single “Only” seems like it will be yet another hit for the Young Money crew.

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“The Mission” video by Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez is an emerging hip-hop artist out of Toronto, Canada. With striking similarities to his Canadian brethren at OVO (Drake and PartyNextDoor), the 22-year old is definitely a promising artist to watch for. Not only can he spit hard bars on the mic, he can also hold a note when crooning the ladies, too. He has a smooth r&b driven sound but levels it out with his hardcore rapping style.

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With the video of Drake airballing being shopped around everywhere like the name of it was Superhead, people are wondering if this means his credibility has diminished. Has it? I wouldn’t go that far to say that he lost his street cred but it did hurt a little bit.

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Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents the music video for the intro to his upcoming mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission” (HIPS3). Produced by the Crack Factory and directed by V. and Wit, “Intro” comes hot on the heels of the release of “Abstract Art”, V.’s single featuring Smif-N-Wessun (listen). One other HIPS3 single has also been released – “You Died” featuring Uncle Murda (listen). Part of rap duo BOE & Villa, Nova has worked with Erick Sermon (click to listen to “Vangundy”), MIDI Mafia, Denaun Porter of D-12, Wyclef Jean, Needlz, Mario Winans, Monifa, Rakim, Akinyele, Canibus (click to listen to “Seriously”), Fabolous, EPMD, Papoose, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Enuff and DJ Self. Nova’s upcoming mixtape is the third volume of his HIPS series (listen to Volume 1 and Volume 2). “I want people to get from this video that V. Nova is nothing to fuck with,” says V. “The red, white & blue symbolism in the video coincides with the speaker in the beginning: a world government who is elected by no one is the trilateral commission. While I’m not a mainstream artist, I come from a place where we dictate trends, so I have an underground impact in that regard. So in a way, the streets are this New Commission, which is where I come from.”HIPS3 drops September.