Interview with: Jai Love

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She poured all of her emotions through her debut offerings, L.O.V.E – and it paid off !!! The five track production is one of the most popular albums here on NEW LEASE MUSIC, earning this R&B/hip-hop songstress a place in the interview seat. I think it’s high time we get to know her…

NLM: You released your debut EP L.O.V.E (Letters Of Various Emotions) earlier this year. Describe the story behind the project?

Jai Love: My story behind my EP L.O.V.E is everything I have experience in life. From being hurt in a relationship to grinding for my family. It’s just the story of my life.

NLM: What’s the reception on the mixtape since its release?

Jai Love: Oh my gosh! Everyone loves it. I honestly did not think I would receive so much love from it but I did.

NLM: What’s your favorite track on the EP and why?

Jai Love: My favorite track would have to be Love because it’s something I am actively dealing with. For many years I have been hurt, lied to, cheated on, mislead, and used, so for those reasons I almost gave up on relationships. Holding in too many emotions really just keeps you down. I am a very private person, therefore, only speaking with close friends and family about my struggles with love but when I finally wrote that song I absolutely felt a sense of release. I understand now that it takes a lot of patience to love and because of that I’m at a peaceful place in my life, I realize that it will eventually come.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in the music industry?

Jai Love: My early life was normal, I attended school while working a 40hr 9 to 5 job but I can never say I wasn’t doing music. Because even with everything I had going, I was still writing and recording it just took years for someone to recognize my talent and start acknowledging me as an artist.

NLM: At what point did you want to become a hip-hop/RnB artist?

Jai Love: The first time I stepped into a booth, which was in the early 2000s. I was always singing though, my parents were gospel singers and growing up I use to attend their programs and rehearsals. So singing was always a part of me, I just didn’t take it serious until my first studio experience. Shout out to my brother Lil Ced who also produced my song Love.

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

Jai Love: I am blessed to have been born into a musically inclined family. My family was my first influence but as I got older I started meeting people such as DJs, producers, and other artists who all gave me advice about the industry. I mean, of course, I grew up listening to Mary J., Brandy, Monica, and Whitney Houston who motivated me as an artist but as for credit, it goes to those I actually sat down with, people who took the time to inform me on my dos and don’ts in the industry, and my number one influence, my beautiful mother.

NLM: Would you compare your sound to these musical influences?
Jai Love: Honestly, yeah to a certain degree I would and I love their music but I am my own individual so I like to be as original as I possibly can. I enjoy stepping out the box to be different.

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

Jai Love: My music is me and life situations I have experienced. I try so hard to send positive messages while sharing my life story. I write my own music for a reason and in doing so I gain the respect from others who have been through that exact situation.

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

Jai Love: If I had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone, it would be Nicki Minaj and J Cole. Someone I have been listening to lately who isn’t chart-topping just yet would Tink. I have actually been listening to her music for years and I salute her for not giving up. Now that’s someone I would love to work with because our mind frame is very similar. We both think positive and try to give positive messages.

 

NLM: What are your plans for 2015 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs? When can we expect another project (s) from you?

Jai Love: As for the remainder of 2015 I’m just finishing up projects such  as the movie “The Last Disciple0″s directed by Jurian Isabelle, Promoting my EP L.O.V.E (Letters of Various Emotions) and working on visuals. As for any gigs I don’t have any lined up right now and im working on my album but I set the release date back due to the shooting of the movie. Keep an eye on my social medias to keep up with Jai and my next moves lol!

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?
Jai Love: I can be reached on Instagram and Twitter @love_always_jai. Facebook .com/jailove0818. My EP can be downloaded at jailove.bandcamp.com. For booking contact my manager Chenequa Farrar at chenequah@gmail.com or jailovebooking@gmail.com.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH: 2Twinzz

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2TWINZZ were featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC time after time with a string of tracks including So Wassup, and more recently, Pac Biggie. It’s about time we get to know the guys behind these BANGING tracks. Ready? Good!

NLM: Hey guys, good to have you back. Why don’t you introduce yourself to the masses?

Geeyavelli & Twin

NLM: Where are you guys from?

2T:Virginia.. Richmond Fredericksburg but born in Delaware.

NLM: What is your style and what makes you guys different from other rappers?

2T: Street. We just talk about our struggles, and what’s going on in the inner city and ghettos, and problems around the World. We don’t care about  the cutest bootie in the club nor materialistic things.

NLM: Who inspired y’all?

2T: 2pac, Biggie, UgK, MelekRa

NLM: Oh so you worked with MelekRa. What is it like to work with one of your biggest inspirations?

Great cause. He’s a great teacher on music and life. Very wise and down to earth person.

NLM: What do y’all think about the rap game now?

2T: Its a lot of the same things being said. Nobody motivating the streets positively, everybody’s  in the club.Or talking bout girls, cars and selling dope.

NLM: So What message are you trying to bring to the rap game ?

2T: We just want to shed light on the struggle, poverty, black communities that need help, and changing the ghettos on some positive shit.

NLM: Who do you listen to?

2T: 2pac, UGK, Young jezzy, Game, SebaArmonEnt and MelekRa. Some R&B: Chris brown, August Alsina, Mary j Blige (local) ADL

NLM: Fame or Fortune?

2T: Fortune – no question!

NLM: Why fortune?

2T: Cause money is what we need to help start changing our lives and the millions we tend on helping in our community and worldwide.

NLM: Any Up coming projects?

2T: Well we’ve been working hard in our studio (CrossHair Productions in Richmond VA) on two projects dropping later this year – Our debut Mixtape and our EP/Album

NLM: So how can peeps make contact with you?

2T: Hit us up on: Twitter @2twinzz IG @2Twiinz Facebook @TwoTwinzzPage and Reverbnation @2Twinzz

Song of the Day: Cosmic Girl – Kyle Lettman

Kyle Lettman Cosmic Girl

Today’s song is the electrifying Cosmic Girl by UK’s hot property KYLE LETTMAN. The bad-boy track is from his upcoming album, Access, out on 16th March.

This urban artist from London paved the way for British music in the US with pop band, FDM. He found success when he struck a deal with Geffen Records, the home of KEYSHIA COLE and MARY J BLIGE, and performed throughout the US and Europe.

Now check out Cosmic Girl – this R&B/EDM track just shows that he deserves his place at Geffen Records. Check out the dance move – real smooth!

connect with him @KyleLettman

Mixtape Review: Peru – Brandon Smith

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1. Music For the Slaves (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
2. Emily Brandon feat. Anette Sandberg (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
3. Fly Away (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
4. The Ocean (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
5. It’s Not Easy (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
6. Niggers/Black Men (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
7. The Peer Pressure (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
8. Krillin/Twerk feat. Mac Tutmose (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
9. 411 (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
10. 2 Weeks feat. Anette Sandberg (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
11. Numa (Prod. by Brandon Smith)
12. May 26th (Prod. by Brandon Smith)

Hip hop artist and producer BRANDON SMITH released his mixtape Peru last month. Featuring realist, straight-up-reality bites lyrics with incomparable beats (and at times, cleverly sampled tracks), this 12-track production have all traits of a well-seasoned rapper/producer whose clocked up quite a few life experiences. In fact this upriser is only sixteen years old.

Peru kicks off with the track, Song for the Slaves – and if you don’t know this rapper, the track is the perfect introduction to his slightly husky a raps over a downtrodden but somewhat pleasant beats. Fly Away keeps this mixtape on a high, as it could easily become a favourite for most die-hard hip hop heads. In Fly Away, the multi-talented artist  from Dallas really stepped up and sped up his freestyling over a jazz-infused, relaxing-on-a-beach drive. BRANDON SMITH  shows that he’s a teenager beyond his years, in Niggers/Black Men, where he candidly raps how the black society (more to the point black men) are portrayed by media. 411 features on-point, out-of-this-world sample of MARY J BLIGE classic of the same name -check-it-out!

Overall, Peru definitely deserves your ears –  this guy has A LOT to say on issues that many are afraid to bring up. So If you’re fed up with rappers going on about the high life and can handle the hard-hitting truth, have a listen to the mixtape…better still download it for FREE.