rue talent can’t be purchased or manufactured because it comes from above. Pasadena, California based Gospel songstress The Archduchess Of Divinity is using her God given talents as an extension of her ministry to bring the masses to the glory of the Most High. Without a clear purpose life is motion without meaning and activity without direction. Archduchess Of Divinity lives life with intention, conviction and purpose. She taps into her inner strength, acknowledges her spiritual power, and lives her life like it’s golden.
In these very turbulent times, the battle for the soul of America has begun and Archduchess of Divinity has been called to stand on the front line to bring forth powerful song lyrics that are inspired by the word of God. She describes her unique genre of music as “Hip Gospel.” She received praise and kudos for her single “Greatest Name in History” from her “Loving Hands” EP. Equally important, she co-founded Eddie’s Angel Records with her husband/manager Walter R. Frank Sr. The Gospel songstress released another hit single called “Cry Out” featuring William F. Jordan Jr. In late 2021 her record company inked a distribution and marketing deal with Zarephath Enterprises/Ingrooves/Universal Music Group.
Music is more than theory and melody. It’s the power to make and change lives. In light of the recent mass shootings, loss of lives, and abuse, Archduchess of Divinity has decided to embark on a campaign called “The No More movement” to coincide with the release of her single entitled “No More.” The movement represents pushing the thesis of “No more gun violence, no more pain, no more abuse, etc.” Archduchess of Divinity utilizes music as a therapeutic and spiritual intervention to empower the youth and their families to heal from trauma and become triumphant over victimization.
The Archduchess of Divinity realizes the importance of being a strong and positive role model. She truly believes in the “God within” and wants everyone to know just how wonderful life is once the power of God is realized and seized. “It’s my goal to help and encourage people to make their dreams happen too,” states the songbird. She has a natural knack for melody that separates her from most of her peers. With uncensored emotion, and honest lyricism, Archduchess of Divinity’s music tells the story of a unique path. From tragedies and heartbreak to glory and triumph, she takes you on an inspiring journey.
After surviving a difficult past – overcoming homelessness, the death of his brother, and drug addiction – MTStreets converts his life experiences into pop music for people in pain.
He weaves the lessons from hard-fought battles into lyrics so his music can be a medium to help others currently struggling.
Growing up in La Jolla, California, MTStreets began his music career as a producer. He was originally drawn to music as an escape from Tourette’s Syndrome, and was recognized early on as a child prodigy on the piano before becoming a producer for his younger brother.
He accompanied his brother on several projects, witnessing his brother’s meteoric rise as a trap artist. On the way up, MTStreets developed himself alongside many industry greats, working with Cicero from 808 Mafia as well as many others from Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records.
Just when big dreams started coming true, MTStreets suffered the devastating loss of his brother. “One moment we were strapped on this rocket ship heading to fame and fortune, the next moment the rocket exploded,” MTStreets said. “He was not only my brother; he was also my best friend. He was the one for whom I would take a bullet.” After a few months of heavy grieving, he felt the need to carry his brother’s torch and decided to become an artist himself. He now finds solace in his brother’s motto, which was present as a logo on all his brother’s music and now it appears on all of his: NBF is short for ‘Nothing but Family’.
After working on a few projects as a rapper, MTStreets turned towards becoming a pop artist, creating Post Malone, The Weeknd and Charlie Puth-like sounds he says feels are truest to himself.
Talking about his rap career, he says, “It got to a point where I was trying to do things for the wrong reasons. I felt like I was trying to be my brother, to fill his shoes rather than wear my own. After taking some time off, I realized I could best honor him by staying in a lane that feels right to me, one where I can write powerful lyrics and overlay them with pop sounds that also respect hip hop and rap. My aim is help people in pain through my music. If I can do that, then I know my brother will live on through every beat and verse.”
His first pop single, “Highway to Hell” featuring Nova Blisto, guides listeners through dark times. “Highway to Hell” tells of a period when MTStreets battled addiction and had to forge his own path to survive loneliness and pain.
MTStreets says, “Looking back at that time, I felt so alone, even when I was in a crowd. Many people truly cared about me and yet somehow it felt like I had nobody to talk to, nobody who could really understand what I was going through. There’s a helpless and hopeless aspect to addiction. I needed help, but I couldn’t or wouldn’t ask for it. And worst of all, I didn’t really care about myself. Having made it through that hellacious time, I thought I could help others by telling my story in the form of a song.”
“Highway to Hell” expresses his life in the past tense, using the metaphor of a highway to tell of the swirling spiral between rehab and relapse that he experienced several times. Both melodically and lyrically, the song carries heavy grief and heartbreak as MTStreets confronts himself and his past.
Written originally in response to photos he saw of himself during his addiction, the song also communicates across time, looking at himself in the present. It exposes the experience and wisdom gained as tragedy is triumphed, that the challenge of survival is winnable.
He says, “It wasn’t easy, but I made it to the other side. I want everyone listening to the song to know there is a way out. Some people listening might be in the throes of their own addictions, others may have a loved one or friend who is. I want everyone to know that they are not alone. I understand how hard it is. I understand that change feels scary. But I also understand they can get healthy and win. They don’t have to live in hell.”
His two most recent singles, “Driftin’ Away” and “Just Friends” tackle the difficulties of love, also serving as guides for listeners.
“Driftin’ Away” focuses on how time separates people from each other, asking listeners prodding questions to help them hold onto love in the present. “Just Friends” focuses on the frustrations of failed love, telling of an experience being led on and then dumped into the friend zone.
For the rest of the year, MTStreets will be releasing singles every three weeks leading up to his full-length LP, with his collaborator Nova Blisto, scheduled to be released on June 12.
Each single is tied to the theme of overcoming, with his next single “ETA” due to be released on April 15, and “The Message” slated for May 5. During the second half of this year, you will find MTStreets performing live in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York.
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During a spiritual awakening two years ago, Becktoria found happiness and inner peace. Now she’s hoping to inspire others to find the same through her music.
“Especially in today’s day and age there’s a lot of stress and sadness,” Becktoria says.“People need to come together and unite, help each other and love each other and be kind and compassionate. I usually tell my fans online to remember to love themselves and take care of themselves. I just want for them to find happiness and be proud of who they are and own their confidence.”
The Los Angeles-based recording artist has a brand new five-song EP out called Goodbye & Hello, a project she calls her best yet “because it’s so relatable and straightforward.” A single from the project titled “I Like It Like That” has already cracked Billboard’s Top 40 Indicator Chart and is earning extensive radio play. The music video for the song already has more than 600,000 plays on YouTube.
“You put so much effort and work and your soul into that and it’s nice to see other people enjoying it as well,” Becktoria says.
She started work on the project during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020, drawing inspiration from changes in her own life. Her boyfriend cheated and broke up with her, which led Becktoria to write the project’s first single: “How Much Did You Love Me.”
“I started writing more music after that because I was also in love again,” she says. “It really is inspired by true events. I fell in love again for the second time and so the other songs are about falling in love, like ‘I Like It Like That.’ And then the story kind of changes with ‘Mistakes’ and the final song being ‘You & I.’”
She previously released an album titled Panda Doll in 2016 and has released several singles since, as well as the Lovers EP. But at one point a music career didn’t appear to be in the cards for Becktoria, who was born in Burma and educated in England. She was studying biomedical sciences in college when she realized she couldn’t see herself working in the field. So she turned back to her first love of music.
“I remember my parents telling me that whenever they put music on, my feet would tap and I would start to dance,” Becktoria says. “Since I was a baby I’ve always loved music. When I was two-years-old I had my birthday party with my sister and there was a professional singer on stage. I just grabbed the microphone from her and started singing on stage.”
She later sang in a choir and started classical training at the age of 11. As she grew older she listened to 90’s pop like the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Later, she was introduced to EDM and electro pop.
“In terms of production and music and melodies and style of music, I used to do a lot of pop and once I got introduced to the EDM world my songs became very synth-based with a lot of electro pop and more drops. I went from a simple pop type vibe to more electro pop based. My songs have always had classical influences.”
In addition to music, Becktoria also excelled in modeling, both in print and on the runway, and has held multiple beauty pageant titles. She later earned a master’s degree in acting and has appeared in notable commercials and on major cable outlets.
She received recognition for her music when she released a cover of Adele’s “Water Under The Bridge” and remixed Selena Gomez’s “Hands To Myself.” Her music has received more than a million plays on Soundcloud, and her first two singles, “2 Feathers” and “Lovers” each earned more than 180,000 views on YouTube.
“I would love to inspire other people when I write,” she says. “Whether someone is going through a breakup or falling in love again, I want them to experience that rush or live in that fantasy world if they’ve never fallen in love. I go through my journey with them and if you’re sad, hopefully my songs can inspire you and make you feel better. It’s more about self comfort and therapy.”
For more, follow Becktoria on Instagram (lifeofbecktoria), Soundcloud (lifeofbecktoria), YouTube (becktoria) and visit www.becktoria.com.
With the video of his most recent release, “Passengers,” approaching 800K views and his next release, due out in four to six weeks, Young DRA is on the move and working hard.
DRA aspires to revive authentic hip hop music, but at the same time he is alive to the evolution of music.
“I don’t want to be boxed in to one genre. Music is evolving beyond that, and you got to be able to be adaptive or flexible,” he said.
Hip hop in the 2020s is nowhere near what it was in the 90s, or even early 2000s, he said.
“You got a lot of blend in a lot of genres. A lot of artists are taking into consideration that they don’t have to just be a rapper in order to be hip hop. You’re going to see a lot of these new genres popping up, a lot of these new styles popping up, something that older generations never took into account.”
DRA has called his own style a musical gumbo.
“Gumbo, you got a lot of things. It is a mixture of a lot of different ingredients.”
“Passengers” is a good example. In it, he says, you hear a “boppy, super catchy, upbeat, energetic sound, mixed with high and low pitches.” It is a mix of soul, trap and hip hop.
Trap is one of the new genres he is talking about, an evolution of style, which he dates from about 2010. Trap is old style gangster rap, he said, storytelling, but with a heavy beat. It is more of a sound, based around the bass drum kit.
“ ‘Passengers’ I consider to be a trap beat. Even though the elements of the song aren’t all the way trap, the sound is trap.”
DRA, 24, was born in Delaware and later moved to Chicago. His passion for music was born in his childhood through the work of artists like James Brown, Baha Men, and The Notorious B.I.G. He recorded his first track at age 12 on an Acer computer and a headset microphone.
In his music now, he says, “I’m just trying to give people how I see the world through my perspective and the things that I go through — the things I see as opposed to what society wants you to show. That’s not always squeaky clean and politically correct.”
He got his work ethic from his father, a lawyer. “Just seeing him work long hours and stick to the grind, even when it got hard, was motivation and an example of how you want to carry yourself when you feel the pressure’s on, feeling we can get through it if you put your head down and keep working.”
In his work, he has just finished writing a track entitled “No Rental,” which will be part of an album scheduled to be released in early fall, perhaps as early as the middle of September. The album will be called “Da Muscle.”
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Dee Ross has been rapping since elementary school. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his neighborhood, he’s always had a passion for rap. He grew up in the Allendale neighborhood on Webster Street. Allendale was a ghetto and a place filled with poverty and surrounded by violence. All of this gave Dee Ross his inspiration in music. He began writing down his experiences in the form of poems, which seemed to stick well. The more he performed, the more he got more inspiration and confidence in telling the world about his experiences.
A few more years down the line, Dee Ross began to take his music seriously. He felt that he had a lot to share out there. And Dee Ross was willing not to be selfish with his experiences. When he discovered this, he dropped his first ep titled “ForeverReal,” in 2019 on all digital streaming platforms. That same year, Dee Ross dropped another ep titled “ForeverReal 2”. In 2020, he came with another ep titled “Forever Dangerous,” in which another single is attached to it called “I wonder why;” the both of them got radio play, and were top-charts for the time being. The ep itself got 50,000 streams on Spotify. Fans of his music flocked to the page, leaving comments and recommendations galore! And just last month, he dropped another ep called “Forever Dangerous 2.” Fully thrilling his audience every time.
In Houston, he decided to link up with the big labels in the city and make many collaborations with them. He’d done a couple of shows in local clubs in Louisiana and Texas. He’d also launched his own clothing line, 4everReal.com, to cater to his fans’ desires. Furthermore, knowing how he’s fast becoming popular in the United States. Many music labels decided to chip in and make him part of their establishment. But Dee Ross knows his worth and agreed to be independent for the time being unless he’s got better deals. With an entrepreneurial mindset, he came up with his record label called “ForeverReal,” with various artists joining him to be part of the movement. These artists can be found on Instagram codenamed @ForeverReal [The artist’s name]. Subsequently, before music, Dee Ross loved playing basketball. He’d won various trophies back in grade school. But music had always been his skill or passion. According to him, “Music was the only hobby which made me express myself without directly telling others the stuff I was going through.” His most popular artists are Master P, Boosie, and Lil Wayne.
ATLANTA, Ga. — When he needs to have a strong message, he’ll belt it out loud, but artist and singer/song-writer Real Rell likes to entertain as well, and that’s what he does with his latest single, “Graduated.”
Rell’s latest track is melodic in tone at times and has a smooth sound to it that shows off the artist’s versatility and style.
The music video for “Graduated” has been seen more than 35,000 times on YouTube and tells a tale about Rell’s journey from high school to the “real” world. It’s a story teens and adults can relate to.
“I was just doing the things in my environment, the things I was used to doing and the music I was used to hearing,” Rell said. “I was trying to be creative and trying to give a good visual. I elevated when I was working on that project so I kind of felt like I graduated to another level so it’s a metaphor.”
Rell grew up in New Orleans and his family relocated to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and he learned from his father to care about the issues affecting his community.
At the age of 12 he was listening to Tupac, Biggie and Jay-Z, who all inspired him to get into hip hop and pursue it as a career.
Much of his previous music spoke to the street life and his experiences growing up.
His 13-track mixtape called “Answer the Call,” also released last month, shows his evolution as a musician and rapper.
“People will really see that I’m not just a rapper; I’m something different,” Rell said. “I rapped about what I was going through, ya know, and how it was in these streets. It was about everyday life for me. ‘Answer the Call’ is a project that covers a lot of experiences. I really went there on many topics. Instead of me telling you about the mixtape, I want the people to tell me what they think. I believe my mixtape will speak for itself.”
Rell said the single “Graduated” is meant to be more of a light-hearted and commercial track than some of his previous music.
“I wanted it to come with a theme for ceremonies, even if it’s just a few bars from it,” Rell said. “I wanted it to be something down the line so it’s meant to have a little melodic tone to it.”
He said he’s looking forward to getting out and performing live in the coming year. Right now we’re really trying to take the streets, I want to, with in a year, go on tour. We really want to hit the streets and hit the clubs and see what’s going on. Here in Atlanta we really want to try and be a part of it.”
Rell stays true to his roots, but he refuses to be put himself into a box, “I do what I do because I love writing, rapping, and getting the people to vibe with me. It’s a beautiful thing.”
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ATLANTA, GA – A caricature captures three people standing in an alleyway–one character, in green, stares ahead and sitting languidly on the rooftop of a garage; the other stands to the right, smoking, as the third person’s bike tires leave smoke speeding past–the back wheels left behind. This is Retro2000’s cover art, showing off members Krypto, Ice, and MaDukes, and represents the hip-hop group’s melding of time within their mult-era influenced sound on debut single “‘Till the Wheels Fall Off.”
Retro2000’s Madukes has been rapping most of her life, living up in Gary, IN before relocating to Atlanta. Her rapping style generates a sonorous movement—slick bars turn listeners on to a significant message that is stylistically reminiscent of ‘90s hip-hop. Ice says he naturally gravitated towards rapping, describing his style as a rugged street vibe. Krypto’s interests are similar, but says he likes to mix both elements of the hip-hip that Ice and MaDuke’s work with, adding in an interest in early to mid-2000s rap music citing Young Thug and 21 Savage as influences.
Era blending is a massive element of Retro2000’s vibe, even its name representing all three members’ goal to take on all sides of the coin—the 90s hip-hop style that brings a message, the rhymes of modern rap’s levites, and the word play of hip-hop precursors such as Gil Scott Heron or the style of groups A Tribe Called Quest or Digable Planets. But Retro2000’s style is all their own–creating the term “Thug Inspirational” to describe it, yet providing a similar representation.
“Thug Inspirational means we want to talk about trying to persevere and do the right thing but at the same time,” explains MaDukes. “We’re not saying our shit don’t stink, but we’re just trying to be more thought-provoking and making people think about the repercussions that come behind some of those pleasures.”
“‘Till the Wheels Fall Off” plugs into the Thug Inspiration mantra. Originally titled “Gladiator” Madukes had written the single with no intention of releasing it,at a time when she felt like she wouldn’t rap anymore and it was never supposed to be put out. It was MaDuke’s manager that encouraged its release and teamed up with Ice and Krypto to put it all together, and mixed by Grammy-award-winning engineer Mike Wilson.
“Out of the blue we just collectively came together and got this song and put the song out there,” says MaDukes. “The fact that Mike backed it gave us the validation we needed to say okay, we might be some good. Let’s go out here and do it.”
MaDuke’s experience growing up in a gang-related environment inspires the words to “‘Till the Wheels Fall Off” as does all three Retro2000 members’ current lifestyle–bringing in persistence, faith, and hard work into their lives and their music, hence MaDuke’s line “I’mma rock it till the wheels fall off.” A rhythmic wordplay paints the rest of the anthem alongside a beat that reflects ATL hip-hop of the past and present, and presents exactly what Retro2000 wants the world to hear, also using the hashtag #r2kATL to show what they’ve got.
“We’ve always tried to formulate a sentence and be like, maybe I can make this sound good,” says Krypto. “ But we have to really start taking the experience seriously. So the last couple months we put a couple of songs together and had a couple ideas formulating.”
Retro2000 are continuing to formulate building momentum with “‘Till the Wheels Fall Off” but be sure to hear more news from the group on all social media and streaming platforms.
Alex Zarbo, also known as Zarbo, is an artist and producer who has recently focused on creating catchy electronic dance music. He draws from a wealth of experience and influences to bring the public his latest, which has hit the charts at #1 for several weeks on the European Indie Music Charts (EIMC), World Indie Music Charts (WIMC), and the iTunes charts at #1 position in Electronic Canada charts. Zarbo’s new and modern sound continues with the release of his early single “THEY LIE” from the upcoming Hindsight is 20/20 Two.
It’s based on the true story, “THEY LIE”. A song that will live on in the annals of time. Taking the number one spot on the European Independent Music Charts (EIMC) for the second week in 2022 and remaining in the top ten for the entire month of January. This comes hot on the heels of its two big brothers, Get Up and Dance and Correction in Direction, both of which spent several months at the top of the charts.
How ironic, a song written specifically to depict the lies and deceit of a small town in Canada known as Aurora Ontario, whose politicians for many years wreaked havoc on the local citizens surrounding the Town Park. Day by day, they were causing nuisances and loud unneighborly interruptions simply by granting themselves the privilege authority to dictate what the park should be. A perfect song for another concept Zarbo album due out this year. With that, much can and will be said in this album. Bringing the obvious, logical, and true to light once more.
Zarbo stated, “Because they deceived you! And when I say they, I’m referring to your politicians all over the world. We were repeatedly misled about every scientific aspect of a virus that should never have crippled our economy. It was mismanaged, mistakes were made, and no one will take any further responsibility. Again, this is self-granted authority in a world that desperately needs love, understanding, and intelligent thinkers. This has occurred numerous times in our society, both in the past and, sadly, still occurs today.”
Zarbo made reference to the English colonialist who came to North America to conquer and take what they believed was theirs, but was not. The motive was God, Gold, and Glory, but the native North Americans suffered and continue to suffer as a result. Also considering the white man, who asserted his supremacy by granting himself the privilege-authority to own another human being, thereby dictating to the world that the black race was inferior. Everything else that happened after that is well known, including the inhumane and degrading concept of slavery. All because of self-assigned authority and privilege.
Furthermore, during the conversation with Zarbo, he stated that there is much to be discussed and much to be learned. The general public must open their minds, thoughts, hearts, and actions in order to change the course of what has occurred and continues to occur. Even though the general public is aware that “They Lie,” they are doing nothing about it. Perhaps when it reaches an individual’s hometown, they will realize that it will not go away until each and every person’s convoluted thoughts are enlightened by the good, and by the goodness in their souls.
KG Prince is an electrifying artist/creative hailing from Denver Colorado where he was born and raised in . His initial success and drive has been demonstrated numerous times throughout the city of Aurora by taking matters into his own hands creating new vibes and teaming up with some of his current peers in music such as “J Truth” and “LMG” . Most recently KG has shown his capability for showmanship by a performance he did opening up for “autumn” on his “A Qwick Tour” at the Roxy Theater . Some of the fans in the crowd would even say “it was a night to remember”. Prince really set the bar high after ending his set with one of his most promising records titled “ZON3”. This song brings the grunge feeling to the listeners ear seconds into the song as KG gives a plethora of great bars and catchy lyrics throughout the whole song.
There’s a part in the end of the song where the verse ends and it goes into an ending hook chanting “MOSHPIT”. This song translated very well at autumns show meaning the listeners shared some of the same interest and felt some sort of connection preparing for autumn to arrive. KG then completes his set by stage diving in the crowd , something he has never experienced before, he states “Jumping in that crowd was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever experienced” . Prince has easily shown why he is one of the most versatile artist coming out of Denver experimenting with a plethora of different genres flows and production. For example, songs like “Ithinkimightdietonight” and “RRR” are good depictions of his art as a whole . In a nutshell, KG Prince is an astonishing artist to keep an eye on , supplying fans with great performances and prominent records .
Brozshé Mclean—otherwise known as Broshé —is taking on the urban contemporary scene with a fresh sound uniquely his own.
Born on St. Vincent and raised in Miami, Broshé began his musical journey at a young age, listening to his mother singing around the house. Inspired by popular modern artists—including Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Drake, Prince, Jay Z, Kanye West, Sade, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Jhene Aiko, and Calvin Harris— Broshé has since developed his personal sound—a blend of pop, r&b, and overtones of his own making. Blending his hopes and dreams with experiences, Broshé delivers a musical experience that is both true to his deepest self and resonates with listeners.
Another source of Broshé’s versatile musicality is the energetic club scene of Miami. Created in this vein, “The Party,” his seven-track album, gained momentum quickly following its release. As Broshé’s music gathersed steam, his music video for “One for Me” quickly amassed more than 11,000 views in a few days.
A mastermind at songwriting, it only takes the artist about five minutes to conceptualize a song. Then he’ll head to the studio, where sometimes he’ll improvise a song without lyrics and take the best portions of the session home to further develop. Every now and then, Broshé partners with a friend who pitches concepts and helps the artist approach his own ideas from a different lens. His beats—which come mostly from YouTube inspirations—take lengthy research to choose. Out of 300 beats, the artist may pick only 2-3 favorites to work on.
When it comes to creating music, Broshé finds that a clear mind helps him develop higher-quality work. Whether it’s hitting the gym or keeping his house organized, Broshé creates the best environment for his creativity daily. The rest of his day is filled will the business side of his musical career—discovering new events to perform at and developing connections.
On the rare occasion that writer’s block hits, Broshé isn’t fazed. “You’ve got to sit back. You can’t look for it—let it look for you,” says the artist of combatting lackluster moments. After all, his goal is to create music that is inspired and unique—“I don’t want my music to sound repetitive.”
After a few years on the scene—seeing the ups and downs of a career in music—the artist recognizes the determination and hard work that has taken him this far. “I didn’t give up. I haven’t stopped or thought it’s not for me. People are starting to recognize that I’m a great artist and I want the whole world to know that. That’s my motivation.”
Fueled by grand dreams and the determination to achieve them, Broshé is eyeing the next level of success. “I want people to know I’m going to be here for a long, long time. Whether it’s a song from this year going on the radio next year—I want my music to go far.” As for this year’s immediate goals, the artist is looking to release two more projects while focusing on quality over quantity. “After the Party” will follow “The Party” and deliver a story throughout the album to give listeners a robust musical experience. After all, the best part of the party is the afterparty.
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