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Spotify Ending Beta Program For Independent Artists Uploading Music

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Spotify’s nearly year-long experiment of letting independent artists upload original music is coming to an end. Spotify announced on Monday that they’ll be ending the beta program at the end of July. The music streaming service also revealed new plans to better serve independent artists that came about through feedback during the beta program. Over […]

Wale Gives His Pitch To Record Labels on New Track “Negotiations”

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Wale has been on his independent grind since he and Atlantic Records parted ways in February and he’s keeping it going with his new record, “Negotiations”. The lyrical bar fest comes a few weeks after his surprise 4-track EP It’s Complicated that was released through his independent venture Every Blue Moon along with Maybach Music Group. […]

Soundcloud Pursuing A More “Independent Future”

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Popular music application Soundcloud will be downsizing, laying off 40% of its employees (173 of 420) and closing its San Francisco and London Offices. The main offices in Berlin and New York, however, will remain open. C0-Founder Alex Ljun credited the move to a desire for ensured “long-term, independent success,” revenue growth and profitability which would […]

[INTERVIEW] Wifisfuneral on Interscope Deal: “They’re Blessing Me a Lot”

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If Rolling Loud was any indication, South Florida is onto something. Within the past year, we’ve seen a spiked increase in the visibility of acts like Denzel Curry, Ski Mask the Slump God, and XXXTENTACION. Among them, however, is another colleague, who describes himself as something of a black sheep. Advertisement While the comraderie still […]

Tech N9ne New Album “The Storm” Is A Monsoon Of Content

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Tech N9ne drops his 11th full-length album The Storm. He continues to flood the market with an unrelenting amount of music. While listeners may drown in the amount of music he pouring out, it will should only add to the flames being fanned by Tech and the whole Strange Music team. Because Tech has been so […]

On The Rise: Meet Colorado Rap Hope A Meazy

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Earlier on in a rapper’s career it’s easy to get caught up trying to be the “hardest” in their region. It can be difficult for some artists to stay true to their artistry amidst physical and social media pressure to imitate already established artists or rely on pure street appeal. In Colorado, the African-American community […]

Keyshia Cole Readies her First Independent New Single “Best Friend”

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R&B crooner Keyshia Cole announced her brand new single “Best Friend” via Instagram last night. This track serves as her first independent single and also marks her journey as an independent artist including her partnership with EMPIRE Distribution. Her caption read: “Decided to release the first single independent!!!! #BestFriend coming soon. This a very special record […]

Dondria Nicole Becomes Grown Woman W/ New Single, “Coat Tail”

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The YouTube phenom and, now, So So Def artist Dondria Nicole (love that name) is back with a brand new maturity-representing single, “Coat Tail”. Flexing curves and a glorious figure on the artwork, it’s hard to not take notice of the beautiful singer. Sexy, confident, driven women of talent are needed in this culture of […]

Hopsin Rants On “Two-Faced Fans”, Addresses Personal And Tour Issues

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Hopsin has never been the type of person to hold back his true thoughts and feelings; from label/industry viewpoints to his independent struggles. The always-honest and forthcoming indie artist took to Twitter on Monday (2/17) for a steamed rant and to let all his fans know how he REALLY feels. Apparently, the rapper was scheduled […]

Chris Webby Talks About New Deal, Upcoming Projects, and Future Goals

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The Source was able to have a short conversation with Connecticut emcee, Chris Webby. During our dialogue, we learned a lot about the young “Bars on Me” rapper’s long term aspirations. While he has received his fair share of criticism—the fact that he is from a middle class background has rubbed some authenticity seeking critics’ […]

Behind The Boards: Sunny Dukes

How did you start producing? It all started for me back when my father one day took me to the music store in town and bought me my first keyboard. It was a Casio WK-3000 keyboard. I couldn’t play but I remember spending hours on that thing trying to figure out how to play just […]

Player Hating: A Love Story

In  the year 2000, Maggie Hadleigh-West decided to shoot a documentary about Half-A-Mil a.k.a. Jasun Wardlaw, (a rapper from Crown Heights Brooklyn) and his crew about his life in the hood  (Albany Projects) while at the same time trying to make it in rap world. The timing of this period is very important because this […]

Mixtape: Problem – Welcome To Mollywood

Diamond Lane Music Group’s Problem drops his latest mixtape Welcome to Mollywood. This is like an appetizer for his fans before the main course which is his album Plan B coming soon. It features Badd Lucc, Skeme, E-40, CTE’s Freddie Gibbs, Dom Kennedy,Ya Body, YG Hootie, Show Banga,and IAMSu. Welcome to Mollywood Advertisement Problem’s Twitter

Video: Problem – Last Love

  Advertisement Problem drops a video for his radio hit “Last Love,” the first song off his Plan B album. He’s also heating the streets, Internet and radio with his new track “T.O.” featuring Skeme and DJ Mustard on the boards. Problem Skeme DJ Mustard   Problem feat. Skeme T.O.

Mixtape: Papa Duck – Yoe Baby Mama’s Favorite Rapper

BellGlade’s Finest Papa Duck drops his newest mixtape Yoe BabyMama’s Favorite Rapper to on Super Bowl Sunday. This 27 track opus is true to Duck’s music as he holds it down for his city, the South and the “muck”.You can also look for his last two videos Trapper Of The Year and In The Hood […]