We have some new vibes from A Boogie and Lil' Kodak. I've been watching this song get taken down off of YouTube & Soudcloud and reuploaded just as quick. This track is flame, just watch it blow. That's why it's now in my #PLVYLIST. Check it out!
Celebrating reaching 1 million plays on Spotify, Marcellus Juvann dropped a freestlyle to commemorate and thank his fans. Check it out and let me know if it's #PLVYLIST approved.
This week, we have a new mixtape from Kara Love called "Take Cover. Read more below!
Super happy to share Take Cover ! It's a mixtape containing 10 songs where I am rapping over familiar beats and covering current artist's songs. It contains music that will both turn you up and get you in your feelings. It's a mixtape to give the people something to listen to until my EP is released in just a few months. Listen. Share. Comment. Enjoy! #TeamHBO
Here's a throwbyk from just last year at the first ever "Drop The Mic" event by UCF's Campus Activities Board and Project S.P.I.T. when I decided to try out a new spoken word piece rather than perform a song. Tell me how you really feel! #GVNG
One time for the Jigga Man for being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and two times for Hip-Hop. This is huge!
Big Sean is having a career run off of this 4th album I Decided after only less than a month. Here's another video to add to the rollout. Enjoy!
Came across visuals for one of my favorite songs from last year's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott. Check it out!
Here's some new visual dopeness from Orlando artists Truly Def and Mave. Flows on point and so much lyrical ability, you will have to listen a few times. Check it out!
Shelby Birch dares to unapologetically tell her story through anthological spoken word pieces of identity and love. Lit is a lens into the discourse of questions on womanhood, blackness, awkwardness, and heartbreak—all that encompasses her own intersectionality and worldview. Candidly conveyed, each unique piece reflects her life’s journey as she bumbles along the path from youth into adulthood. Lit enlightens. Lit lingers. Get lit, with Lit.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Shelby has had an interest in writing since the age of eight. Now a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Shelby has been able to use her voice to give life to matters prevalent in her community and world. She has competed in local and international competitions such as College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, Southern Fried and Brave New Voices. Shelby is also the co-founder of Project: SPIT, UCF's spoken-word student organization.
Starting Monday off with new visuals from my Broward brolos, Gutta Twins. These twin rappers have been making noise for years and this year they are coming with a vengeance for all the time you've slept. Time to wake up. Enjoy!
Aside from the normal hype over anything Beyonce, or the hype that generally surrounds DJ Khaled, or the almost sure Drake jabs from Jay-Z, this song goes and has an overall positive message. Keep shining, gvng. Enjoy!
New visuals for the long anticipated track from Lil' Kodak, "Tunnel Vision". This video is deeper with a story that jerks at emotions like rage, sadness, and fear. Please take the time out to watch and enjoy!
Jaii.Reynolds brings you the 2nd installment of her #Strictly4Vibez series; The 'Lost Kreativez' Edition.
"This project is for everyone. I decided to drop it on Valentines Day because I wanted everyone to be able to experience some type of love today. This is for OUR community. We must create unity within ourselves. & bring it to one another. Learn to guide one another towards greatness. We are supreme beings & can do phenomenal things... TOGETHER. Lost Kreativez are about just that, bringing unity within ourselves & each other. Enhancing, not hindering each others growth. Realizing & recognizing the queen & king within. Love You. Hope you enjoy." - Jaii
After Ace is murdered with no witnesses Diamond tries to move forward in life. Diamond has to face the truth in order to move forward. She takes Ace's place in the streets and searches for Ace's murderer. Will he find his murderer before time runs out?
The two themes this book revolves around is faith and forgiveness: two keys that will help every single one of us move forward in life. Diamond is my main character and character is a product of domestic abuse. The hope is to target people who can relate and encourage and empower them to make better decisions for the life they want. Understand that we all have flaws so you should Love You and ALL of you. Let your struggles shape you to be the best you that you can be.
New jam from my brother Ro with the fam King Carlow on the production. Happy to hear Ashia Vu's vocals on this one as well. Enjoy!
"I'm the one paying attention, so it won't cost you." - Pvyne
Happy Valentine's Day to the woman who needs no handouts, or anything for that matter but your love and attention. This is for the woman who can't be drawn in by your wallet because she got her own. This is for the bossed out woman who has discovered her boss status and for the one on the verge of that discovery. I see you. Keep that grind strong, baby girl. #WTFGVNG
Enjoy and leave a comment if you like!
New freestyle track from one of the young talents of UCF. This dude can freestyle endlessly about almost anything while switching flows seamlessly. I am personally amazed everytime I hear him. Check out his remix to J. Cole's post-For Your Eyez Only track "High for Hours". Enjoy!
As we kick off the month dedicated to celebrating the life and accomplishments of colored people all over the world, let's take a moment to appreciate some "Hidden Figures" that helped make history by achieving the impossible.
1. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
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An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, Kwame Nkrumah was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. He led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president. Nkrumah first gained power as leader of the colonial Gold Coast, and held it until he was deposed in 1966. Kwame Nkrumah was born around 1909 in Nkroful, Gold Coast where he was raised by his mother and his extended family who lived together in traditional fashion with more distant relatives often visiting. He lived a carefree childhood spending much of his time in the village, the bush, and on the nearby sea. After moving to the U.S., Nkrumah became an activist student organizing a group of expatriate African students in Pennsylvania and building it into the African Students Association of America and Canada while becoming it's president. In 1957, Nkrumah created a well-funded Ghana News Agency to generate domestic news and disseminate it abroad. In ten years’ time, the GNA had 8045 km of domestic telegraph line, and maintained stations in Lagos, Nairobi, London, and New York City. Due to past issues Nkrumah never returned to Ghana, but he continued to push for his vision of African unity. He lived in exile in Conakry, Guinea as the guest of President Ahmed Sékou Touré, who made him honorary co-president of the country. In failing health, he flew to Bucharest, Romania, for medical treatment in August 1971. He died of prostate cancer in April 1972 at the age of 62. Nkrumah was buried in a tomb in the village of his birth. While the tomb remains in Nkroful, his remains were transferred to a large national memorial tomb and park in Accra. Kwame’s legacy will be one that sets the standard for the future leaders of Africa and the United States.
2. Benjamin Banneker
“The only Benjamin we acknowledge is Banneker!”
Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Baltimore, Maryland to a free African American woman and a former slave. He had little formal education and was largely self-taught. He is known for being part of a group led by Major Andrew Ellicott that surveyed the borders of the original District of Columbia, the federal capital district of the United States. Banneker studied astronomy and mathematics. He was later called upon to assist in the surveying of territory for the construction of the nation's capital. He also became an active writer of almanacs and exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson politely challenging him to do anything he could to ensure racial equality. Banneker died on October 9, 1806 but his legacy lives forever. There is in fact a myth that the “Big Ben” clock in London, England was named after this great hero.
3. Beatriz Kimpa Vita
Beatriz Kimpa Vita was a Kongo Empire prophet and leader of her own Christian movement, Antonianism. This movement taught that Jesus and other early Christian figures were from the Kongo Empire. Her teachings grew out of the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church in Kongo and caused her to upbraid the Catholic priests for not believing as she did. Antonianism was a new Christian sycretic religious movement formed in the Kingdom of Kongo between 1704 and 1706.. Among her beliefs, were that Jesus was a black man and that the Kongo was the real home of Christianity. She also held that heaven was for Africans. Beatriz also made polygamy legal in her movement. Beatriz prophesied a new golden age to her followers, one that would follow the end of European presence in the Kongo. European treasures would be found around the Kongo capital city of Mbanza Kongo by her followers, and trees would turn to silver and gold. Beatriz acknowledged papal authority, yet her cult was hostile to European missionaries, teaching that they were "corrupt and unsympathetic to the spiritual needs of Kongolese Catholics". Unfortunately, Vita was captured near her hometown and burned at the temporary capital of Evululu as a heretic in 1706 by forces loyal to Pedro IV. She was tried under Kongo law as a witch and a heretic with the consent and counsel of the Capuchin friars Bernardo da Gallo and Lorenzo da Lucca. Her legacy will forever be engrained in the minds of blacks around the world for her courageous and prophetic efforts.
4. El Preste Juan
Prestor John is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popularized in European chronicles and tradition from the 12th through the 17th century. He was said to have ruled over a Nestorian (Church of the East) Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient. The accounts are varied collections of medieval popular fantasy, depicting Prester John as a descendant of the Three Magi ruling a kingdom full of riches, marvels, and strange creatures. At first, Prester John was imagined to reside in India; tales of the Nestorian Christians' evangelistic success there and of Thomas the Apostle's subcontinental travels probably provided the first seeds of the legend. After the coming of the Mongols to the Western world, accounts placed the king in Central Asia, and eventually Portuguese explorers convinced themselves that they had found him in Ethiopia. African Prester John is in the Mirabilia Descripta of Dominican missionary Jordanus around 1329 and in discussing the "Third India", he records a number of fanciful stories about the land and its king, whom he says Europeans call Prester John. After this point, an African location of John became increasingly popular which may have resulted from increasing ties between Europe and Africa as 1428 saw the Kings of Aragon and Ethiopia actively negotiating the possibility of a strategic marriage between the two kingdoms. John’s legend has affected several hundred years of European and world history, directly and indirectly, by encouraging Europe's explorers, missionaries, scholars, and treasure hunters. For example, Marvel Comics has featured "Prester John" in issues of Fantastic Four and Thor. He was a significant supporting character in several issues of the DC Comics fantasy series Arak: Son of Thunder. His Avatar is the ally of the Pendragon in Mage: The Hero Defined. The 1992 video game Castles II: Siege and Conquest contains a sub-plot involving the search for Prester John's kingdom. Prester John also features in Tad Williams' epic trilogy, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn while Season 2 of Netflix's Marco Polo includes references to Prestor John.
This is here to encourage the collection and seeking out of knowledge because the power it holds is endless. Thank you.