Sorry for the long wait, the team over at Rap Aechelon had to revamp a few things and one was our weekly New Music Mondays. After nearly a two month hiatus the team is back with some amazing new music selections for this edition of New Music Monday. FYI somebody tell Queen Bey to drop some visuals for more content!
Kendrick Lamar & Taylour Paige – “We Cry Together” (Single)
Coming off a groundbreaking series of concerts after one of his most critically acclaimed albums ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,’ Kendrick Lamar teams up with actress Taylour Paige to release the official video to 2022’s version of the film Baby Boy for single “We cry Together.”
Leon Thomas & Ty Dolla $ign – “Love Jones” (Single)
GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Leon Thomas releases the official music video to his buzzing second single, “Love Jones,” featuring multi-platinum artist Ty Dolla $ign. Watch it HERE.
After moving from his hometown of Brooklyn to sunny Los Angeles, Leon fell in love with different aspects of LA’s culture, its women, and the weather. The intimate visual, co-directed by Cameron Dean and Leon, portrays a perfect day in LA with all the things that make it unique. As an ode to LA, Leon had this to say about his inspiration for the video, “The “Love Jones” music video is a collection of all the things I love about living in California. Having an LA legend like Ty Dolla $ign made the entire concept much more authentic and real.”
Ne-Yo & Zae France – “Lay Low” (Single)
Ne-Yo announced the release of the new music video for his single “Layin’ Low” with Zae France. The visual was directed by Rook and finds Ne-Yo and Zae linking up together for a pool party at a lavish mansion. Watch it HERE.
Ne-Yo’s collaboration with Zae originally appeared on his eighth studio album, Self Explanatory, which he dropped in July via Motown Records. The 13-song body of work also features additional collaborations with Yung Bleu, Jeremih and Trippie Redd, along with standout singles “Stay Down [feat. Yung Bleu],” “Don’t Love Me” and “You Got The Body,” among others.
Smino – “24-8” (Single)
Smino continues to be a thread in the contemporary artist community with stand out feature verses on records that range anywhere from J.Cole , Yebba, to Doja Cat. With every project, he pushes music and the culture forward on his own terms. His latest release “24-8” is a smooth holdover while we wait for his upcoming album.
Journey Montana – “Bad Decisions” (Single)
A rising superstar from the depths of Harlem Journey Montana releases a nice, smooth post-heartbreak anthem titled “Bad Decisions.” Journey’s vocals juxtapose a somber beat which really makes the mind think about how to deal with losing love and regaining it back.
The creative artwork inspired by the early 2000s, spotlighting Journey’s style and sense of fashion. Her baggy jeans and halter top along with her pink streak of hair adds to her aesthetic of being a fun, relatable teenage girl enjoying life. The vintage car and New York City backdrop invites audiences to peer into Journey’s roots and upbringing living in Harlem, NY.
Produced by Bank Boi and Dollaz through A+ Muzic Group, “Bad Decisions” is available on a DSPs.
Mikey Polo – “Great Xcsape+++” (Single)
The music video for artist Mikey Polo’s “Great Xcsape+++” is officially out. Mikey Polo captivates audiences by putting fire to a cross. The trippy visual entices viewers to put themselves in the video to experience this great escape with Mikey Polo. It feels like a psychedelic trip, traveling between heaven and hell.
The back and forth of Mikey driving to standing in front of a cross in the cemetery brings confusion about what he’s trying to escape. The red backdrop and the full moon give a thriller scenery. It shows his passion and aggression that’s inside in need of release. “Great Xscape +++” is a single from Mikey Polo’s most recent project, EMO or DIE 2. It includes “Tortoise +++” featuring Kash Dami, and “Red+++” remix featuring Slimesito.
Lil Tjay – “Beat The Odds” (Single)
Lil Tjay returns with new single “Beat the Odds” out today via Columbia Records. The song holds true life meaning as the 21-year-old platinum rapper’s quick rise to fame came to a sudden halt this June as he survived a near-death experience. Lil Tjay was treated for gunshot wounds after being shot 7 times including in the lung, and several times in the neck and chest.
“Beat The Odds” is the first song that Tjay felt inspired to record while in the hospital after the horrific incident. In the gripping music video, Tjay embodies perseverance and shows powerful real-life footage of him recovering in the hospital, while loved ones visited him as he began to heal.
Prince Levels – “Twin Time” (Single)
Georgia native Prince Levels is a gem of a newcomer to keep on your radar with his mixture of modern hip hop flair that dabbles with classic genre nostalgia. The term genre blending get thrown out there so much that it’s nice to see a newer artist stick to the tropes of the craft and make a quality release such as “Twin Time.”
Please keep him on your radar, he is a great young artist who needs a bigger push. I expect big things from him for the rest of the year.
Olumide & Chelly The MC – “Flip” (Single)
Chris Allen, Allysa, Trilla Kay, KILASI, Grxzzly, and “Flip” collaborator Chelly The MC join Maryland rap authority Olumide on his brand new project Road To Riches. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, the 10-track body of work also comes laced with production from Serigo Cortez, FiveOhTrez, Vicious Varez Visions, KILASI, Dizzee Beats, and Justin Loring. The release of the LP is accompanied by the Machina Media-directed music video for “Flip,” which finds him and his curvy co-star causing chaos in a corporate boardroom.
In a statement to the press about the cohesive collection of songs, Olumide states:
“Road to riches describes my journey, my challenges, and my perspective on this path to success. But it’s not as conceptual as you may think. This is high-volume, outside, trunk, ego-boosting music.
Iceman D.B.H. – “Henny No Chaser” (Single)
“Henny No Chaser” from Brooklyn emcee Iceman D.B.H. is a nice offering which appeals to fans of music in general.
It’s a nice mix of radio appeal that carries enough nostalgia in single “Henny No Chaser” that caught my attention to cover it. I can see it being a sneaky pick to blow up down the road in the style of “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai.
Listening to Iceman D.B.H. and researching him a bit I can compare his sound to be akin to the likes of Wu-Tang and Lloyd Banks with a bit more Brooklyn in his delivery which is where he is from. He got myself as a fan now from checking out his library and below you can check our the hype with “Henny No Chaser.”
Ganzy & Berri-Tiga – “Trouble” (Single)
Maryland native and Nigerian bred artist GANZY is a new name in the Afrobeat/fusion circle to keep tabs on for a smoot sound that appeals to women and men worldwide. His latest “Trouble” is a smooth ride down I-95 with it’s nice standing vocal play and brightness.