Song of the Day: Middle Child – King Blitz

Earlier this year, J. Cole dropped ‘Middle Child’ and it picked up a lot of traction. KING BLITZ decided to give the beat a shot, spitting his flow over the instrumental, giving it that extra kick.

Check out his fire flow below:

Song of the Day: Paris! – AYLØ

NEW LEASE MUSIC is very proud to introduce the exciting genre fluid artist and producer AYLØ onto today’s hotspot. The fast-rising rapper, singer, songwriter and beatsmith is one of the seminal Nigerian creatives, alongside the likes of Odunsi The Engine and Santi, who are pioneering the seminal and innovative fusion sound coming out of Africa, popularly known as alté, which is currently making waves, disrupting the sound and culture on the continent, and quickly gaining traction and attention internationally.

Firmly steeped in alternative R&B, neo soul, hip hop and afropop music sensibilities, while drawing inspiration from a widely varied pool including Fela Kuti, DMX, Whitney Houston, Sade, Herbie Hancock, Soulection, J. Cole, and Andre 3000, AYLØ’s soulful, warm and hazy sounds, as highlighted on his fan-favourite cult classics like ‘Island Girl’, ‘Gardens’ and ‘LITT’, have amassed over a million streams on Soundcloud and Spotify, alone.

His latest single ‘PARIS!’ is co-produced with fellow alté frontrunners Le Mav and Odunsi The Engine, and is the first offering from his forthcoming mixtape DNT DLT, which is due for release on July 30. ‘DNT DLT’ is the long awaited follow up to his critically acclaimed 2017 album Insert Project Name and his 2016 Honest Conversations EP.

Check it out below:

 

 

New Track: Bioluminescence – ZT

Zachary Taylor – or ZT– always had a fascination with underground hip-hop – but it was J. Cole’s’ mixtape, ‘Friday Night Lights’ that ignited this upriser from Fairfax (Virginia) to start rapping and penning lyrics on school notebooks.

Now he’s making himself known and drops his brand new conscious track entitled ‘Bioluminescence’. Oozing the smoothest soundscapes you’ll probably ever heard, the latest offering act as a wake call to those who are completely blinded to what’s going on around them.

Also know as the Kale Gawd – because of his love for vegetables – ZT went on to become a frontman/lyricist for a rap-rock band called Where’s Zach? before going solo. Taking his rap journey to a new chapter, ZT is working on his EP called ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sinks’.

If you don’t know this guy, get to know him…check out ‘Bioluminescence.’

 

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: King Dice O

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From the start, KING DICE O was featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC. After a lengthy hiatus, The Owl Life entertainment recruit returns bolder than ever with a string of hot tracks…and his hard work paid off because one of his latest singles, Pain Of Fortune, went down well with you guys, receiving the most listens last month. I think it’s about time we know a little more about this master of wordplay.

 

NLM: First off, I wanna know how did you come up with the stage name KING DICE O? I’m so intrigued!

KDO: Dice’O that’s my street name, known for gambling with my life. I add the king to acknowledge my worth….

NLM: Since releasing Pain Of Fortune (named Song of the Month in January by NEW LEASE MUSIC), you knocked out two more tracks, Working and Street Poet. What’s the response been like on the tracks since its release?

 

KDO: First off, I would Like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to be featured on your site. Pain Of Fortune is so real, that’s my life in motion. I knew the fans was going to respects it but they really loved it.Working was just excuses for my lyrical wordplay. Street Poet I gave u the chance to see how it all started and why I’m known as the street poet…

 

NLM: You release your mixtape, The Life Vol.2 (The Quiet Storm) today. What can potential fans expect from your latest project?

KDO: I’m not going to front, comparing this to my 1st mixtape, this is a big step up, got my team on the mixtape. We’re working, perfecting our craft every chance we get, I feel I’m definitely going to change the game with this new sound. I want you to judge it for yourself but your going to hear the growth.

NLM: What’s your proudest on the mixtape work and why?
KDO: I got a few but hands down Dear Dom that’s a letter, I wrote to my son it took a lot out of me, mentally as a father I’m going threw it and this is my therapy.

 

NLM: So what artists you’re digging at the moment?

KDO: J Cole

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why? 
KDO: Common sense of course. He’s the reason why I respected the flow . I remember when I was a young knuckling head, I heard this track called Book Of Life of his album Resurrection poetically he was spitting knowledge… Had my eyes open from then…
 

 

NLM: So what other plans you have for 2016? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

KDO: Wow It amazing you say that! Got a few gigs coming up and a lot show cases coming up. Me and my team are working, my clothing line is out “Owl Life Branded for life”, photo shoot coming out soon, also we’re dropping the music video for 4am in the Bush… It’s going to be a busy year!! Owl Year !!!

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

 

Instagram: OwlLifeBrandedForLife  and King DiceO
FaceBook: KingDiceO
Twitter: KingDiceO,
Gmail: OwlLifeBrandedForLife@gmail.com
 

NLM: If music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

KDO: Design clothes, starting a business or a chief.

NLM: If music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do? 

KDO: Design clothes, starting a business or a chief.

 NLM: Finally, any shout outs?

KDO: My Son Dom he the reason why I’m working so hard. That’s my life right there… Big shout out to you, been rocking with me from the start that’s real, my team owl life/ cannon gang they grew with the life, to all my fans and my supporters, I’m here for ya’ll, I’m nothing with without y’all, thanks for listening. peace family much love…

Interview with: 3KNGZ

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Meru Muad’Dib (right) and Chill – aka 3KNGZ  – have been firm regulars on NEW LEASE MUSIC, always challenging us to seek out serious messages in a string of out-of-sight tracks. Their single, Unload, Explode, Reload was named Song of 2015 by this blog…and it’s about time we got to know these conscious emcees. So are you ready? Good!

NLM: Who’s speaking on behalf of 3Kngz?

It’s Meru here.

NLM: First of all, congratulations on your track Unload, Explode and Reload – it was named the Song of 2015 by NEW LEASE MUSIC. What’s the reception been like on this track?

Meru: Thank you Tracey!! It’s been cool. People dig the beat. Most of the feedback has been that we still have it. We’re old school cats. The beat produced by Dro by the Key(Alejandro Rivera) is newer school. So we had to mos def be on point with the flows. So people saying we still have it means we brought it. That’s a nice compliment! They recognize we have different flows and rhyme patterns based in the beat. They’re listeners which is another compliment because they listen. A lot of people don’t listen very well.

 

NLM: So tell us how did 3KNGZ come to life?

Meru: A guy I used to rhyme with bumped into one of my old producers. I hadn’t seen him in almost 10 years. In those 10 or so years, he went on to receive a few Grammy awards. He is Sham of the world-famous ‘Trak Starz.’ We used to do Christian rap in the late 90’s together. His claim to fame is producing for the rapper Chingy. ‘Right Thurr’ put those guys on the Hip Hop map. They’ve sold like 20 million units worldwide. So we ended up in the studio at Sham’s house and the 3KNGZ were formed. Initially everything was produced by the Trak Starz. Eventually Sham went on to do other things and we’ve kept it going. That was in 2010 when it was formed. We’ve gone through a couple of line up changes but we’re still here!

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

Meru: It’s almost like new age gospel music. Hard beats. Trap beats in some cases. But uplifting hard flowing lyrics being delivered. Definitely poetic and prophetic. Soulful!

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

Meru: An unreleased song called 50 Bullets. It’s our most poignant work to date. Chill is writing the script for the video and it’s going to be a very important statement. It speaks to the heart of what most deem the problem with hip-hop today.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

Meru: For me it’s Saul Williams, Public Enemy, X Clan, Midnite, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why?

Meru: J Cole. He is soulful. He is socially conscious also. He has great heart-felt songs. Or Saul Williams. That guy says some of the craziest stuff. He’s always raising the bar.

NLM: What are your plans for 2016?

Meru: We are continuing our diaper drive and stop the violence movements.

NLM: Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

Meru: We are working on our next mixtape and original album.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

Email us at chillof3kngz@gmail.com

Twitter: @the3kngz

FB: 3Kngz

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

Meru: Conducting writing workshops for children. It’s actually my job. I work with different non-profit organizations. All of them benefit children in some way or another. I teach poetry, creative writing, and hip-hop. I’ve been doing it since 2007.