EP Review: Watch The Ton3s – The Hamiltones

After appearing to be lying dormant for a few years, the recent explosion of that good old R&B, as we know it, has got REAL…and I mean SERIOUSLY real, with laid-back soulful summer vibes popping up from all directions.

Keeping that rich soulful R&B alive, are three powerhouses from North Carolina: J. Vito, Tony Lelo, and 2E – otherwise known as THE HAMILTONES.

Containing six tracks, their latest EP, ‘Watch The Ton3s’ primarily features 90’s-esque semi-chilled vibes well suited for the summer, with backing vocal arrangements occasionally adding a gospel edge. The trio each take turns and robustly deliver their classically rich soulful vocals on each and every pieces, adding that extra spice.

Since these guys first appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single, ‘Pieces’, I’ve been keeping a very close eye on their next move…and I have to say that this EP has more than satisfy my curiosity – and if you’re seriously into your R&B, do not pass up on these three ton3s.

Check these powerhouses out below:

Must Listens: MCBYL (both versions), Alone, Pieces

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New Track: Money Can’t Buy You Love (Remix) – The Hamiltones (ft.Phonte & Ricco Barrino)

With exactly one week until the release of their debut EP, ‘Watch The Ton3s’, Grammy-nominated viral sensations THE HAMILTONES teases us with the remix of their Ricco Barrino-produced ‘Money Can’t Buy You Love‘ single, now today (31st May) on all digital streaming platforms.

Written by group manager Brandon Davis, and produced by Streetz Mentor and Gotti Rock Solid, the ‘Money Can’t Buy You Love’ remix features a guest verse from Phonte (of Little Brother) and guitar work by Lelo of THE HAMILTONES.

This is one smooth R&B joint! Check it out before you head out

Song of the Day: Chip – Mark Steele

Straight out of North Carolina, MARK STEELE drops his latest motivational anthem for the underdogs entitled ‘Chip’. The single arrives on the heels of veteran emcee’s three-track ‘ALL’ EP.

Bred into the culture since the age of 15, Mark has collaborated with some of hip hop’s top names, including his mentor and former college professor 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Raheem Devaughn, Big Pooh (of Little Brother) and YMCMB artist Cory Gunz.

Check out Mark’s single below:

New Track: Pieces – The Hamiltones

Grammy-nominated viral sensation  THE HAMILTONES are set to release their ‘Watch The Ton3s’ EP next month via Rapper Big Pooh’s Common Cents Media Group /Dame Inc./EMPIRE. First up from the project, is the irresistably smooth afterhours single, ‘Pieces’,  available now on all streaming platforms.

Hailing from North Carolina, THE HAMILTONES consist of J. Vito, Tony Lelo, and 2E. The soul trio’s name was born from their work as backup vocalists for Grammy-winning R&B/Soul artist Anthony Hamilton. While on tour with Hamilton, dazzling audiences around the world, the trio of singers jokingly sang a gospel rendition of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ during rehearsal. The recorded footage of their performance was then uploaded to Facebook and amassed over one million views in just under 24 hours. The group went on to make more renditions of popular songs, all of which became internet sensations.

Last year, their ‘What I’m Feelin’ collaboration with Anthony Hamilton earned them their first Grammy nomination. That same year, THE HAMILTONES hit the road again with Hamilton, headlined their own dates, and embarked on an international tour with legendary guitarist Ry Cooder. The guys were also featured on three Grammy nominated projects, including PJ Morton’s Gumbo (‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’); Jonathan McReynold’s ‘Make Room’, and the winner in the 2019 Best Gospel Album category, Tori Kelly’s ‘Hiding Place’.

THE HAMILTONES are now set to embolden their transition to the forefront with their debut project ‘Watch The Ton3s’, coming out 7th June….get the first taste of the EP and watch the video for ‘Pieces’ below:

Song of the Day: Section 8 – Jackie Spade (ft. Lute)

With his long-awaited debut album, ‘Aurafication’ JACKIE SPADE taps Dreamville’s Lute for track Section 8′, available now on all streaming platforms.

Speaking of the single, the North Carolina emcee said: ” ‘Section 8’ brings light to the dark environment I was raised in. The uplifting hook and glorifying message makes this song a hymn to be sung across the ghettos of the world.”

‘Section 8’ serves as the second official single from Jackie’s brand new debut album ‘Aurafication’, released last Friday via Champion Sound Recordings and Rapper Big Pooh’s Common Cents Media Group. The album will serve as the full length follow-up to Jackie’s Eclectic EP.

Check out the track below: