We caught up with the New York rapper to discuss his new album ‘Art With No Easel’ and much more.
African Hype: Let’s start off by telling us where you’re from Young Budd?
Young Budd: I’m from New York. Spring Valley, NY to be exact, bout a 20-30 minute ride outside the city.
African Hype: Where do you reside now?
Young Budd: I live in South Florida. Been here 4yrs now.
African Hype: Dope. Ok let’s get Into it.
African Hype: What is it that drivers you to create art and music?
Young Budd: My son kahlik and my daughter Mya, is what drives me. My struggle is what drives me. What I’ve been through that’s what drives me. I’ve lost a lot on this road. Friends, family, people i loved and trusted. It’s not easy keeping everything together while at the same time shaping your reality. Honestly the loneliest part is being away from kids, it’s crazy cause we talk almost everyday but you still feel something missing you know. The music keeps me alive, keeps me motivated, inspired and focused.
African Hype: What inspired the lyrics for your most popular song ‘CMB’?
Young Budd: Aaghh yea CMB is a good one. I was really tapped in when I wrote that record. Touching base on points in my life, from family & friends to the senseless murder of my uncle, to motivating my young niggas yea I feel I covered a lot of ground with ‘CMB’. Covered a lot of truths to certain things me or my listeners are going or may have gone through. I wanted to write a record that would resonate with people from all over the world, give them something they could relate to. Like when I said “From the start it was from the heart, but things change and people do to shit is bound to fall apart” that’s something people can feel not just hear and that’s what I feel being creative is all about being able to feel the art you know.
African Hype: What inspired the lyrics for your latest single Members Only?
Young Budd: I write the music the way I see it, If you’re listening right you’ll hear my story. Shit be like a movie sometime for real. Members Only is about family and doing right by the niggas younger then you. Quality of life type shit.
African Hype: What type of movies do you like? What are some of your hobbies, or interests that might surprise your fans?
Young Budd: I like Mob Movies. I watch series mostly, action thrillers are my go to tho. I like hitting the beach as much as possible, I’d definitely say I’m more of an outdoor spontaneous type of person. My favorite food is spaghetti. Favorite color is blue. I like all kinds of music. I have a Renovation company, interest in stocks and other investments. I read and listen to a lot of books, articles and podcast.
African Hype: Are you signed to a label or independent, do you have a management team?
Young Budd: I am independent. To be honest I am the artist, manager & owner of my music and brand. I’ve had a few people at that manager role come and go, I honestly got tired of waiting on the right people, shit I’m the creator at the end of the day, so that’s what did I began to manage myself and when the right person catches up with me ill have everything ready, he or she could just get to work.
African Hype: What does Kultivation mean?
Young Budd: The kultivation is our core network of supporters who help assist with the sharing aspect of our music, insights, methods and material. The Anchor represents Love, Honor, Loyalty, Trust And Respect. Holding shit down. Staying solid. It’s a way of life, staying true to the rules that’s always been there and to what you believe in. It’s about up lifting others by sharing our art and stories.
African Hype: Do you have a merch line?
Young Budd: Yes we do and will be Releasing the first few items soon. The Kultivation Store is on the way!
African Hype: Where can people find and stream your latest single Members Only?
Young Budd: It’s been released on all streaming platforms. Most popular for me are Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play and Amazon.
African Hype: 2020 going into 2021, what can we expect from Young Budd?
Young Budd: A harder grind. I got things more organized, I’ll be out interacting with the people but cautious at the same time, Covid been hating hard. I got some shows lined up, I’ll be traveling to work with other artist, different producers and engineers. I have a lot of visuals I’ll be shooting as well as an in-depth look at the process. I Just want to connect with my core base and support system a little more, they keep me focused. My music is in the world now and people love it. Forever grateful.
African Hype: Lastly, what do you have to say to the up and coming artist’s out there?
Young Budd: Don’t quit. I know it sounds cliche’ but that’s the one thing I haven’t done. I’ve been up been down and back up but through it all I never gave up nor do I plan to. So if you’re an artist out there and having a hard time, step back for second analyze, plan and then attack it with no fear!
African Hype: Where can people follow you to stay updated?
Young Budd: The Kultivation website will be available soon!
You can follow me on Instagram: @realyoungbudd
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Thanks for having me, I enjoyed it, very informative. Appreciate the love and support of my fans, my hood and the ones that raised me. Thank you!
American Rapper Chino XL Teams Up with Australian Talent Switch1eighty To Release Single “Lyrical Assassins”
Switch1eighty has stood tall as one of Australia’s leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that has endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists alike. The owner of the Oort Cloud Production record label, through which he is living his own dreams while making those of others like him come true, Switch1eighty couldn’t help but be proud of everything he has achieved so far!
Switch1eighty credits his successes to his mother, whose hard work and relentless pursuit of excellence made an indelible impression on him. Growing up was not easy, and Switch1eighty battled numerous adversities that threatened to spill into his life and future, but due to the intervention of his mother, a new version of him was reborn.
Switch1eighty has now continued to evolve and mature as an artist, going from just a young street disciple to a revered first-rate lyricist who has continued to build his deep discography with releases such as “Iconoclast.” I feel like dropping out of school, delving into street culture, and flirting with danger somehow helped characterize his rhymes and helped him develop that high degree of literacy, which has informed his provocative rhymes that are delivered with masterful flows and wise perspectives over any type of hip-hop beat.
His synthesis of well-crafted rhetoric and street-glamorous imagery blossomed when he laid down fiery verses on “No Comply” and “3 Shot Dottie,” which earned him up-and-coming notice among the European rap scene!
The bar is about to be set higher following his upcoming collaboration with American iconic rapper Chino XL in the single, “Lyrical Assassins”. This is such a special moment for him because Chino XL is an artist he looks up to and who deeply inspires him to do the kind of craft he does.
This is such a feat to Switch1eighty’s artistry and one he can’t wait to share with the world;
“Lyrical Assassins” will be officially released on all digital platforms on February 11, 2023; this is one of those collaborations you just don’t want to miss out on!
For more real-time updates, follow Switch1eighty on his socials and don’t let him off your radar even for a mere second—you blink or sneeze, you lose!
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Memphis-Based Independent Artist Mero M. Starts the New Year on a Versatile Note With His New Single, “Do About It”
Mero M. makes songs that span across R&B, pop, and neo-soul in order to create an alluring and unparalleled atmosphere for audiences to enjoy and keep returning to. As someone who has always possessed an insatiable passion for music, songwriting has become the essence of his life. As he got older, he was able to transform the words from his short poems into lyrics, and since then, his passion for crafting music has never wavered.
Having celebrated his 28th birthday on January 26th and following that up with his new single, “Do About It,” his first of the new year, Mero M. feels that this single is a highlight of his artistic maturity and versatility.
While many of his listeners have gotten used to Mero M.’s quintessential R&B style, in this tune he branches out into contemporary genres with a focus on soul, R&B, and hip hop, which sees him rap on verse 2.
Materializing in the beautiful fountain of his sweet-talking vocals, the memorable chorus and easily quotable hooks make “Do About It” an unforgettable anthem that you just want to sing along to as you bust some moves to the dance-inducing beats.
Mero M. strikingly crafts blues into the landscape with the paper-thin synths, dulcet piano keys, and punchy drums dallying with racy romance off of the explicit lyrics. They manifest the delicious agony of love-making that swirls at the pit of your being!
The unison of elements within this banger is entrancing in its seamless showcase, and that performance right there underscores Mero M. newly gained artistic maturity, natural charisma, and raw talent that is sure to win him lots of interest from the music industry.
“Do About It” is now streaming on your favorite platforms; follow the attached link and save a spot for it under your library!
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Vienna-based artist L.A Bluez delivers an unforgettable listening experience in his “Lost Filez” mixtape.
After savoring his unique and versatile type of sound, I am convinced that Vienna-based multifaceted artist L.A Bluez has been able to master a sound that is complex yet relatable. This is the kind of music that is just ‘New L.A Bluez’ and which someone might find feasible to describe as alternative R&B and soul with that trip-hop touch. L.A Bluez has an affinity for classical music and epic instrumental scores; traces of these elegant genres can be found in most of his productions.
What you get from his “Lost Filez” mixtape is over 34 minutes of surreal listening experience that features passionate vocals that are evocative, soulful, and telling in a way only the artist can convey. This mixtape actually serves up a rebellious personality, tenacious spirit, and indomitable will to create music that breaks the boundaries of R&B, soul, and trap. After indulging into this piece in its entirety, I feel that the impact of this project lies within its core distinct concepts and top-notch production and most certainly its expressive songwriting and powerfully packed soulful delivery.
In the track, “Different Kind of Blue id3”, L.A Bluez lets his soul spill out. This is an instant hit that cannot be denied by fans. It also feels very trippy and hypnotic with its unique set of laid-back dulcet melodies, which supplement his soulful performance exceptionally.
As someone who stays true to the roots of his alternative sound while looking forward to the future of the sound, it is not surprising that he is able to deliver such a performance as the one he gives in the tune, “Tomorrow id3.” With a flourishing soundscape painted by a grooving rhythm section, an expanded deep bass, and rich ambient tones, this combination peppered with his intimate lyrics will take you to a place heaven on earth, and you’ve got to love the way it seamlessly transitions into “Sidewalkz!”
Building from “Tomorrow id3”, L.A Bluez laces “Sidewalkz (I am your all) id5” with a soulful and reflective backdrop over its subtly vibrant melodies. He goes on to give an unforgettable performance that will remain with its listener outside of this banger.
“It’s gettin’ late ph1” is adventurous and meditative, and it intriguingly captures the energy and vibe of nostalgic blues with its diverse rhythms and harmonies. This is just the perfect soundtrack for those late night introspections or, better yet, candlelit dinners at night!
What L.A Bluez does in “Rock u id3” cannot be replicated—the invigorating beats jump at a listener with that impressive blend of rhythm and melody that I feel possesses dance-pop sensibilities. His voice, which holds so much effortless power, backs up this performance exceptionally, and that beat switch at some point is just hypnotic, to say the least. It just catches you by surprise, and before you know it, you just surrender to its splendorous effect on you. And the track is 7 minutes long—what more could you ask for?
There is a little something for listeners here, especially those who fell in love with the R&B sound growing up. What L.A Bluez has been able to conjure up is a unique listening experience that still lives up to the timeless standards of the sound, but now with his own indelible imprint all over it to make sure you have an adventurous experience that will remain with you for as long as you want!
“Lost Filez” is the perfect antidote for those mundanely sad moments, and the perfect collection for purists who love their sound a bit trippy and evocative. There is so much to savor from this mixtape that will certainly augment L.A Bluez’s elevation to international acclaim.
To listen to “Lost Filez” in its entirety, follow the attached link and let the trucks that you dig the most elevate your playlist.
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