Song of the Day: 1NE People – Monie Love (ft. Nana Fofie)

MONIE LOVE has been a pioneer for British Hip Hop in the late eighties and nineties who uses the hip-hop platform to drive the message of love, unity and equality. She joined forces with fellow females emcees such as Queen Latifah, for pro-feminist song ‘Ladies First’, proving that women (who were mainly invisible in Hip Hop at that time) can rap just as well as men can.

After impressive guest performances on songs by De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Adeva, Monie was given a recording contract with Warner Bros, an impressive achievement for a British female rapper. Her debut album ‘Down to Earth’ featured two hit singles that were Grammy nominated – ‘Monie in the Middle’ and ‘It’s a Shame (My Sister)’.

With all the achievements she made over the years, there’s no dispute that Monie Love is one of the rap artists who paved the way for female rappers of today. Now almost 30 years later, she returns, still spreading the message of love, unity and equality in latest single ‘1NE People.’

Sporting a unique blend of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, ‘1NE Peope’ sees Monie Love dig deep into her West Indian roots and performs a melodic, reggae chant in Jamaican patois, inspired by the heartfelt mantra by Marcus Garvey – “Out of Many, One People”.

For this single – produced by up and coming music producer/engineer Roctimus Prime and legendary Grammy Nominated hip-hop producer, Baby Paul/BpZy (formerly of Da Beatminerz) – Monie enlists upcoming Ghanaian singer/songwriter Nana Fofie, who just recently signed to Nicki Minage’s new record label. Currently residing in Rotterdam, Nona Fofie drops an infectious verse, delivered in English and French, making it the perfect addition to Monie’s vocals offering a substantial and inspirational tone.

Monie Love recently guest appeared at the curated De la Soul career catalog launch and Plug 2 Tribute event which was held at Webster Hall in NYC. She performed an impromptu segment of the classic song ‘Ladies First’ with Queen Latifah, along with sharing her exuberant energy while on the stage with De La Soul as they ran through a few of their classic songs.

She’s now working on her new music project, #LoveStruck which is executively produced by Baby Paul/BpZy formerly of “Da Beatminerz” with pending collaborations from a few legends and new talent to watch out for. Look for’ Monie project, but for now, listen to ‘1NE People’, which is out now available across various music platforms

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Song of the Day: Skip The Talking – Unique Hastings


Elements of seductive soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and pop, has pushed  UNIQUE HASTINGS‘ latest single, Skip The Talking to the dish of the day hotspot by NEW LEASE MUSIC. The sultry banger is set to appear on his upcoming album The Heart of a Dreamer.

A singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, the South Londoner soul-pop sensation, is a multi-talented artist with music in his veins. His father owned a recording studio and his mother taught him to sing. On top of this, both his grandparents were musicians.

All this spurred him to follow his passions as a musician. He has since been involved in a number of exciting projects, producing music for a Virgin Media digital campaign as well as collaborating with Chris Brown for a remix of the R&B artist’s single Run it. His touring meanwhile has taken him all over the world, playing acclaimed venues such as the O2 Arena in London and Apollo Theater in New York, supporting names as big as Ludacris and De La Soul.

Unique Hastings is likely to appeal to fans of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Seal, combining their collective pop appeal, whilst also channelling his own distinct smoky vocal tone and stylistic diversity.

On top of his musical endeavours, the singer has also co-starred in an award-winning short film titled Shantell Town, the soundtrack of which he also co-produced.

The slick crooner has another exciting single on the way titled Gimme All Ur Luvin, plus a full-length album titled The Heart of A Dreamer set to drop next year.

Now you know everything you need to know about this hot property, it’s time to sample his latest track…happy Friday!

New Music Video: Charge It To The Game – Dillon Cooper

DILLON COOPER has unveiled the brand new video for Charge It To The Game, taken from his latest mixtape X•XX.

The past 18 months have been busy for the Brooklyn rapper – from releasing his first mixtape Cozmik, to embarking on a North American tour with The Underachievers, opening shows for hip hop legends DE LA SOUL, completing a 6-city European tour and more recently dropping his latest mixtape X•XX.

With fans such as DJ Semtex, Shortee Blitz, Mistajam, Hunger Magazine, Bonafide Magazine and many more in the UK, the Converse Cons ambassador is firmly cementing himself as one to watch across the Atlantic, with his startling combination of fresh beats, lyrical prowess and energetic flow.


Ceiling Demons

Check out the new video to track, Amputated Spirit by UK hip-hop trio CEILING DEMONS.

Since their last appearance on NEW LEASE MUSIC, these Yorkshire alternative emcees have received unbelievable amount of recgonition. Following the release of their acclaimed début album Dual Sides,  identical twin brother MCs Psy Ceiling & Dan Demon, along with producer Beat Demon,  have supported YOUNG FATHERS (Anticon/Big Dada) in the UK stretch of their world tour. They were also  featured on XFM by Scroobius Pip and have recently supported  DE LA SOUL on their 25 year anniversary tour of cult classic ‘3 Feet High & Rising’ at York’s YO1 Festival.

Best of all, they’ve been heralded by alternative hip-hop legends ARRESTED DEVELOPMENTwow what a massive compliment!

So go head and sample Amputated Spirit. If you’re feeling the track, head over to their Soundcloud profile where you can download it  for free.