Song of the Day: Beast – Robin Taylor (ft. Lyndon Laveaux)

Inspired by the sounds of hip hop and pop, ROBIN TAYLOR blends her inspirations into one concoction that will turn heads – and volume dial up!

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., Robin’s inspirations draw from the hip-hop sound hailing from DC as well as the pop obsession of suburban Northern Virginia. Working with notable producers from a young age, Robin’s first track ‘Kiss Me’ was a collaboration with songwriter/producer Mike “G” Guerriero (Billboard Dance Hit ‘Kiss The Sky’). Blending R&B/pop, the track quickly had thousands of plays upon uploading to YouTube. Soon after, she moved to New York City to further her music career where she quickly got to work honing her live performance skills as a solo artist performing in venues such as The Delancey, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and more. Throughout that time, she was also in the studio with various NYC producers, honing her songwriting and recording skills.

Now based in Los Angeles, CA, Robin’s continued her work with notable producers, appearing on the track ‘Magic Kitty’ with Lyndon Laveaux, produced by The Track Burnaz (Future, Big Sean, Tory Lanez, DJ Khaled). The track quickly jumped to over 13k plays on Spotify and was picked up by The Kaliente Show on Dash Radio. Robin comes together with Lyndon Laveaux and producer group The Track Burnaz once again on this fiery new release ‘Beast.’ On the track Robin’s smooth pop/r&b vocals sing about keeping her self-confidence and living her dream as an artist despite life struggles. She delivers her story with catchy melodies that glide over the forward-moving hip hop production of the track, met with Lyndon Laveaux’s visceral flow and intricately personal rhymes. His change in rhyme signature and cadence aids him in being memorable on this track. Robin’s smooth voice and Lyndon’s dynamic energy complement each other in an organic way.

Over the past year and a half, Robin has been building her fan base through a form of social media called Live Streaming. Through live streaming singing shows, studio sessions, and her live performances, she’s built a loyal following on apps such as Live.me, Bigo Live, and Uplive. Since live streaming, Robin has performed on Live.me’s official channel, appeared in ads for various apps, and performed at Playlist Live, a convention for social media influencers, in March 2019. At this time, her and her artist friend Noel Beltran, who choreographed the routine, had a dance video go viral on the app Tik Tok, reaching 4 million views in its first 24 hours and garnering over 79k fans. The video now sits at over 8 million views and has been used in numerous ads for the app Tik Tok.

The past two years, Robin has been performing all over Los Angeles with a creative collective of her artist friends, putting their own events together called La Femme Pop. For these events Robin built a set design she calls her ‘stage cage’ which represents her encouraging people to break out of the ‘boxes’ of societal stereotypes. One notable performance was for an exclusive Let’s Link event on May 24, 2019 at a house party in LA where she and Lyndon Laveaux opened for Lil Xan with ‘Beast’ and ‘Magic Kitty’.

‘Beast’ was written over a year ago, during a studio session where Robin was live streaming to her fans. “Some of my fans remember this live stream in particular to this day, watching the process of ‘Beast’ being written and recorded in the studio. I actually had forgotten I live streamed the studio session until my fans told me they remembered the song!” “I wrote “Beast” about staying focused on my music despite life struggles and realizing my personal inner strength. That even though I’ve been through so much in my life, I’m still going to get up from defeat and be a ‘beast.’”

Check out Robin’s bad boy track below:

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New Track: Paper – J Lndn

Californian producer and hip-hop artist  J LNDN returns with his second single, ‘Paper’ released through the label Subtone.

Drawing influence from Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and XXXtentacion, the young rapper released his fiery debut single ‘Like Me’, accompanied by a music video at the end of last year. Since its release, ‘Like Me’ has already gained over 30,000 streams on Spotify and received a sign of approval from the likes of Here Floyd, Top-40 Charts – and of course, NEW LEASE MUSIC.

Not to be missed…check out J LNDN‘s latest joint below:

Mixtape Review: Hypebeast (Just Do It) – Various Artists

Are you in the mood for some Big Sean, Snoop Dogg or Jadakiss? Well Galafati Music Group has once again hooked up with Conradz Productionz for the 16-track mixtape titled ‘Hypebeast (Just Do It)’. Showcasing the slickest beats around from hip-hop staples, there are some promising come-ups (including Galafati himself) that add extra lick into the mammoth production.

So serious hip-hop heads: I urge you to head right here and download your copy for FREE. Enjoy!

New Track: Like Me – J Lndn

Californian born producer and hip-hop artist J LNDN dropped his debut single ‘Like Me’ drawing influence from Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Jaden Smith.

The young emcee began his musical career as a teenager when he was living in London saying: “I slowly started attempting to rap/ freestyle from 15 years old. My friends and I would always link up after school just to spit some bars. Nobody was taking it seriously, but it was fun.” After being brought an electronic drum pad, J began making beats and started learning how to mix and master tracks. Over the years he had established himself as a producer for other artists.

Having grown up in a middle-class household and lived in cities across the world, J states how his inspiration doesn’t come from a place of hate or criminal behaviour like a lot of hip-hop artists. Instead, he wants to help people think outside the box. When explaining ‘Like Me’ and his motivation, J said: “I make my music for real people. Music that people can party to, can chill out to, and can use it as therapy to deal with their inner issues.”

With tracks addressing race, mental health issues and drug abuse in the music industry in the pipeline, J LNDN is certainly the one to keep an eye on…check him out below…

Interview with: Soho Kings

It’s Bryce Alvord (left) and DJ Celsius911’s turn – aka SOHO KINGS – in the NEW LEASE MUSIC hot seat. Hailing from the Big Apple, the duo dominated the blog with latest track, ‘Life of the Party’, stealing the blog’s Song of the Week title for three weeks running in August and for two weeks this month (check out the chart show on Instagram). I think it’s about time we find out more about these guys…

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

C: Anytime! We appreciate what you’re doing for independent artist and music overall.

B: Thank you so much for the support!

NLM: How did Soho Kings come to life?

B: Cel and I met back in the day when we were both young artists on a now defunct indie label here in NYC. We became friends and collaborators, and I used to front rock bands and Cel would perform with my band on stage. The label fell apart, and my band starting to head different ways so I started to produce myself. I was gonna make a solo pop album, but the very first track I made, it sounded like hip hop to me so I was like “Let me hit my boy Cel, the best rapper I know to get on the track”. It ended up being the easiest, most fun and best sounding track I ever made, all my music connects went crazy for it, and we just kept making records. Done about 50 together now I’d say….

C: Yeah it was just easy to collab with Bryce. It felt natural. Once we made that first song we just said we should be doing this more often.

NLM: Your track ‘Life of the Party’ went down a treat with NEW LEASE MUSIC’s readers. What’s the public response to the track beyond this blog?

C: It’s getting a lot of love and sounds great in the club. It was fun to record so I’m glad that people feel that energy and reciprocate it.

B: Yea people close to me and in the industry have said they think it might be our best yet. So, great!

NLM: You guys have a pretty electrifying discography. What’s your proudest work and why?

B: We try to progress every track. Honestly I think we both feel that every time we record it’s the best we’ve ever done. We have some unreleased stuff we’re sitting on and ‘Life of The Party’ is our most recent release. We’ve made some biting political tracks that I’m proud of that I wish would’ve gotten a little more attention, like “War”, “Who Will Save Us”, and “No Luck (Birds Chained to The Sky)”.

C: Those records are even more relevant now. We,ll always continue to speak our minds through music regardless of what people think.

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

B: That’s a tough one. I’d say it’s a lot like what’s hot in hip hop now with the melodies and trap influence, but has elements of electronic music and alternative rock, and of course all with that Brooklyn edge.

C: We’re current because we love music but we’re also different for the same reason.

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist who would it be?

C: One is tough but I’d probably say Big Sean.

B: Damn, another tough one. I might go with Young Thug that dude is so sick.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

B: I remember being a little kid and really into music and the CD store was such a magical place. The artwork was more important, album releases planned meticulously, and you had to buy the cd or someone else had to show you the music. I wish there was more money for more people in the industry, there weren’t so many slimy dishonest individuals on the outskirts, and live shows had more musicianship.

C: More originality, less corporate . I also wish there were better music videos out there. I see a few independent artists and some major artists getting creative with visuals but overall there’s not too many good music videos out there.

NLM: So what are your plans for 2017?

B: Gonna hit a lot of college campuses and tour some this fall and winter, and release our best music yet. Hopefully you might hear us in some movies or TV shows coming up.

C: A lot of shows and a lot more music. We love making music and the process of continually trying to make better music. So look out for more music,shows, and more videos. Our best video yet is coming real soon. You heard that hear first!!

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

B: @SohoKings everything, hit us up online, or come to our main hangout Pianos in the lower east side, we might be there!

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?

C: Something involving film so directing, producing, and writing. Though films utilize music so i don’t know if that’s the best answer lol.

B: I’d probably be concentrating on my acting. I love comedy and Improv. And nightlife, always partying!