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  • Charlotte emcee JaH-Monte has teamed up with Drew Prince for the new original If Halima-Kujali Could Talk, a musical odyssey to the golden and classic age of 90s boom bap. The production of the song borrows from the era and, for those prone to reminiscing (wink wink), isn't far from Pete Rock & Cl Smooth's timeless They Reminisce Over You, with a gorgeous loop of saxophone that sets the stage ever so gracefully --where JaH-Monte enters. He oozes bombastic and swaggerlicious but remains grounded in reality and fact as you see him in and around his hood in Charlotte in the video. The rapper has a unique voice and relies on a quick and fast succession of rhymes to remind you that he's proud of where he's from and isn't going anywhere. And you'd do well to remember. Just don't call him King Callis, as he used to be known. There's no more persona, you're getting the real rapper and his name's JaH-Monte.

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    from the album "Pick Your Poison" Produced by DJ VR (Dopeshit Records) Bass: Mat Davies

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    After announcing their return earlier this year, acclaimed Detroit group Clear Soul Forces are officially back with their new single/video, “They Shootin’,” off their much anticipated upcoming LP, ‘Still.’ Directed by the crew at Xerox Vision, the visuals serve as a reintroduction of sorts. It follows a period where the group members—Ilajide, E-Fav, LAZ, and Noveliss—took some time off to pursue solo work and release some notable projects on their own. Now that they’re back as a unit, CSF are demonstrating with “They Shootin’” exactly why they’ve been one of the underground’s most heralded acts of the past decade or so. The video blends real-life violence with video game mayhem, as explained by Ilajide, who spits the first set of bars and also produced the track. “The inspiration came from the stigma that when it gets hot the murder rate goes up,” he says. “Couple that with the fact that they always shootin’ in Detroit, it was perfect to spin it like a respawn in an online match on multiplayer video games.” His fellow group members share that sentiment while noting that it was only natural to reference gaming on the stellar “They Shootin.’” They all point out that they were children of the ‘90s, a generation when most kids had consoles in their homes growing up. It was also a time when crime remained rampant in their hometown, making a track like this an organic result of their shared experiences. Check out the visuals and mark your calendars for the Feb 22 release of ‘Still,’ which will be available on vinyl in addition to all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Fat Beats Records.

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    Joe Buhdha presents Terri Walker Breakout is the first single released from the 5 track BREAK OUT EP. Breakout is a reggae inspired track. Joe and Terri's Jamaican heritage has no doubt given this track it’s authenticity. With two versions featuring The Godfather of UK Hip Hop Rodney P adding his Cockney Yardie swagger to the song. Be prepared to be hypnotized. You won't be able to get it out of your head. "If dem interrupt your vibe yu haffi BREAK OUT”

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