Ryan De La Cruz Mixes R&B And Dream-Trap Seamlessly In ‘Stubborn’

22-year-old singer RYAN DE LA CRUZ returns with a trap tinged, R&B joint ‘Stubborn’, the second single off his forthcoming EP ‘Syko’

Originally launched into the spotlight in 2017 with single ‘Know About Me’, which quickly surpassed one million views and was crowned ’the best rap video of 2017′ by DJ Semtex, Ryan has been a tearing up the scene for a while. He is now back in full force following the success of his collaboration with Ghetts and S Wavey on ‘Player’ and critically acclaimed single ’Syko’ earlier this year.

Drawing influences from the likes of Michael Jackson, D’Angelo and Chris Brown as well as his tough East London upbringing, Ryan has been setting himself apart from the new generation of UK talent. He injects soulful R&B feels into his fruitful plethora of inspiration, while making it an aim to sing about real-life, important issues.

This upcoming EP is a true testament to this and highlights Ryan’s unique way of thinking. ‘Syko’ is a conceptual body of work, playing on the different facets of his personality with singles like ‘Stubborn’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Rockstar’ and of course, ‘Syko’. The project is an ode to being accepting of who you are, and as Ryan states: “We’ve all got a sense of craziness, be cool with that, it’s ok to be syko”. Using his passion for playing on the juxtaposition of emotion and concept, each track and video really highlight his undeniable eye for fashion and art that has forever been setting him apart from the rest.

With ‘Stubborn’ as a somewhat warm up for what’s he has under his sleeve – so brace yourself for his conceptual greatness! This young artist has truly up’ed the ante this year and this is only the beginning.

Check him out below…

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New Track: No Guidance (Chris Brown x Drake Remix) – A1

Brooklyn’s rapper A1 continues his run of freestyles, this time covering Chris Brown and Drake’s banger ‘No Guidance’.

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Premiere: Ogogoro (video) – DeanKelly

After sweeping the airwaves from radio stations across the globe with track ‘Ogogoro’, DeanKelly unveiled some fire visuals for the Afrobeats/R&B banger. Named after a Nigerian alcoholic drink, ‘Ogogoro’ is the latest single from his EP, ‘The MissTape’ – click HERE to listen.

The NinjaFilmWorks-directed production features the newcomer – who is often dubbed as Chris Brown of Afrobeats – with male companions, admiring and making the most of the female company, making them go all Ogogoro!

‘Ogogoro’ peaked at number six on North Manchester FM’s International Music Chart in the UK and received heavy airplay in three continents on stations including: CCGTop40 radio (New York), ABN radio (London), Unique Radio (London) and WinFM (Nigeria). The fiery track continues to gain momentum as it currently sits at number two on Ujima Radio’s chart show in the UK.

‘The MissTape’ EP earned DeanKelly a spot on Made In Nigeria festival, with previous single Senorita and also gained support from the likes of The Hype Machine, 1stDayFresh, Vents Magazine and Niji Magazine.

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New Music Video: Flipmode – A1

It’s been a while since A1 hog the blog’s limelight…however, he’s now back with a fire freestyle video, covering Velous’s hit ‘Flipmode’ which features Fabolous and Chris Brown.

The freestyle appeared on the third installment of A1‘s series tape called #A1MONDAYS.

Time to check out the video…

New Track: Swimming – Cherri V (ft. Roxxxan)

After closing out last year with two stellar stripped live visuals of her 2017 singles ‘Without You’ and ‘Leave Me Be’, an acclaimed performance at the pre-MOBO Award Show, and strong support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, The Beat London, The 405, Clash Music and Earmilk, among others,  CHERRI V begins the new year with her brand new single ‘Swimming’, featuring Birmingham rapper RoxXxan, premiered exclusively by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra.

With the release of ‘Swimming’, the British Soul songstress is drawing even closer to the release of her highly anticipated Brown Eyed Soul project. Alongside previously released collaborations with Harmony Samuel (Ariane Grande, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony), and Hypertone (Snakehips, Jessie J, Alesha Dixon), fans and critics can expect new music with the likes of Da Beatfreakz (Chris Brown, Nadia Rose, Sean Paul), and Fanatix (Giggs, Chip, Fekky, Stefflon Don), among others.

Produced by XVR BLCK, who has previously worked with SNE, Bobii Lewis, Basheba, Lylo Gold and Kojey Radical, to mention a few, ‘Swimming’ sees CHERRI V pushing the envelope musically, as she adds something new to her repertoire, with this experimental R&B musical backdrop, backed by synth piano arrangements and underpinned by Cherri’s amazing vocal performance and delivery, with RoxXxan providing the perfect guest rap verse to complement the record.

Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Swimming’, CHERRI V says, “It’s about attraction, it’s about those daydreams you have about that special person. It’s about them persistently roaming around in your thoughts… way beyond your control… slightly obsessive lol. It’s about wanting to be alone, away from the noise, prying eyes and social media – just two people getting lost in each other’s company”.

Check it out…