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Last month, J2 gave the public one of the greatest albums of re-imagined hits titled “The Iconic Series Vol. 6”. Now, he is ready to emerge as a new artist by creating his own original music. With this new debut album, titled “Last Of The Warriors”, fans get a glimpse of J2 as a rising artist.

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This album is a collective of 13 songs featuring different vocalists and rappers where each song is a culmination of his cinematic signature sound.  It is one of the most creative pieces J2 has created and he is ready to let the world hear. J2 has recently built his own premium music library, “J2 Entertainment,” which is a one-stop shop for music in motion pictures and advertising. Companies and individuals can now also directly purchase music from his website. In one year alone, J2 has released over 20+ amazing singles that have landed in various blockbuster movies trailers and prime-time TV promos. J2 is completely independent and rebranded himself from the ‘King of Re-Imaginations’ we use to know him as to a new creative artist with a unique and stylistic sound. Fans can get a taste of J2’s flavor within each single in this album that is set to be released on October 26, 2017. 

This album will also feature songs heard in many movie trailers and prime-time TV promos such as  “Valor”,  “Ballers” season 3, and the recently released Bruce Lee movie “Birth Of The Dragon”. The trailer features J2’s  “We Are The Warriors” song which is a blend of high intense rap vocals with a huge anthemic chorus. This song gained J2 much success as the single alone received over 8.7 million views on YouTube and has truly been appreciated by fans around the globe.  After the success of that placement, J2 landed another one of his original songs titled “Adrenaline” on HBO’s hit show Ballers. From that moment, J2 started to acquire a lot of attention within the industry for his original songs and music. Many of the studios and production companies have been knocking on his door trying to gain another hit from this effervescent hitmaker.
 
 His most recent single from the album,  “Rise Up”, is more of a dramatic emotional rich blend with female vocals that will truly leave you with chills. The song is currently featured in the promo trailer in CW’s newest show ‘Valor’.  Nowadays, you can’t hear a trailer or see a promo without hearing one of J2’s songs. His music is always recognizable with his stirring unique sound.  He has the golden touch needed to make any trailer pop. Within his secret formula of producing hit after hit, he profoundly composes and arranges each song to grip audiences with suspenseful undertones. With each single in this album, J2 captivates listeners by taking them on an emotional roller coaster. The music will bring you up with high intensity and then take you back down to reality at each outro; leaving you breathless after watching the full trailer. For a full list of songs on J2’s album, you can listen to them first below.
https://open.spotify.com/user/12141012656/playlist/1R0iTskxAi8yEAYMtYnkKDK

01‌. Adrenaline Feat. Bryce Fox & Roger Will

02. We Are The Warriors Feat. Johnny Santoro & Roger Will [MAIN]
03. Money Feat. Trailerz & Ilza [MAIN]
04. Rise Up Feat. Keeley Bumford [MAIN]
05. Fight And Party Feat. JVZEL & Bryce Fox [MAIN]
06. Eye’s On The Prize Feat. Bryce Fox [MAIN]
07. Calling On Angels Feat. Natalie Major [MAIN]
08. Free Man Feat. Bryce Fox [MAIN]
09. Love Is War Feat. Racella [MAIN]
10. Redemption In The Air Feat. Johnny Santoro [MAIN]
11. Now Or Never Feat. JVZEL [MAIN]
12. War Feat. Roger Will [MAIN]
13. Power Feat. Roger Will [MAIN]
 
I have also attached artwork and more information on J2 for you to read upon. Please let me know if you would like to feature J2 and his album on your site for your readers to listen to before the release of his first new album which is set to be released on October 26th
 
“Last Of The Warriors” album can be found or purchased on iTunes and Spotify. For more information on J2; https://www.j2producer.com

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WINNING! Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) Becomes First Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize!

Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

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Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

via NewYorkTimes.com

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On Monday, Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”

She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

All we can say is congratulations Kendrick! This is huge and we are over the moon happy for you. Mr. Lamar continues to push the envelope with his music, style, and mantra of activism! Dana is right this is a huge moment for hip-hop/rap, allowing others to recognized for their craft and contributions. What do you guys think of Kendrick’s big win? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Welcome To Greatness! Martel Star Leads Us To Emerald City!

When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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We first met Martel back in 2015, when he first began his acting career in a fledgling web series that never quite made it to production. That project may have fizzled but Martel has done everything, but that. “I’m just always determined to be the best me I can be. God’s blessed me with the ability to do a lot and I just know that my talent is going to take me some really amazing places…it is already is actually!” 

Indeed, Martel Star has made some serious moves in the last year with his appearance in noted web series, 7th & Love and Rahim Brazil’s Twisted. “Acting has really been taking off for me and I’m very happy about that [He laughs]. I definitely consider myself blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’m actually about to be in a new web series that I can’ give the details on yet…” Martel made waves in his role on Twisted as “Nick,” an HIV positive gay man looking for love in all the wrong places. “Y’all know y’all love Nick! I’ll definitely be reprising that role in ‘Twisted 2’ [sequel/Season 2 of Twisted]…I really enjoyed playing that character because I feel like people relate to him a lot…we’ve all been played a little or been the person pining after someone. But he has a lot of strength and he really grew as the season progressed…”

As aforementioned Martel is not only a great actor, but an equally amazing artist. The boy can rap with the best of them and is constantly working to be greater and push the envelope to stardom. His latest musical venture involves a new EP, Welcome To Emerald City! The EP not only showcases his talents, but really set the bar for other indie rappers out there. “This [EP] has been a long time coming and I’ve put a lot of love and time into it–it’s my baby! The album definitely has something for everyone and you will be able to have fun and turn up to it!” Martel goes on to reveal the origins of his EP’s name. “Well I absolutely love ‘The Wizard of Oz!’ [And] I feel like Atlanta is Emerald City…It’s Black Hollywood, all the music and entertainment is coming from out here. It’s like the Black Mecca and land of opportunities just like Emerald City is where Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Lion went to get what they needed.”

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Atlanta may very well be the launching pad for what will undoubtedly be an amazing career for Martel Star. However, it will be his charisma, talent, and will to be the best that will keep him there and rocket him to the top. “I’m ready for it all, and it’s going to be lit! I know I’m ready for it all and I’ll be giving the people a show!” Still, don’t take our word for it. If you are in Atlanta come and check him out at Welcome To Emerald City’s Release Party!  It all goes down at the Liquid Lounge, 150 Pine Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308 at 5 PM EST! You can download Welcome To Emerald City on ALL digital platforms! Happy Listening!

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LIT! Bobby V’s (@BobbyV) Listening Party was “Electrik!”

When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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