Music Video: I Just Wanna – Gentry Kozia

Following his debut feature on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘I Just Wanna’, GENTRY KOZIA returns with a music video for the smooth afterhours effort.

Having making waves with the single in the US, the Californian-based R&B crooner is beginning to turn heads in the UK.

So take time out and watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna’.

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Natty Boi Zoe ‘Give Thanks’ With His Brand New Track

Following the release of his album, ‘My Body, My Soul Vol.1’ – which claimed the blog’s Album of the Month title back in May –  NATTY BOI ZOE bounces right back with new track, ‘Give Thanks.’

Taken from the new project, ‘Da Street Poet’, the bass-heavy banger sees the New York – based spoken poet/rapper reflects on the hardships of his life, in which all were turned into valuable lessons and blessings.

Check him out below:

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

Song of the Day: Beast – Robin Taylor (ft. Lyndon Laveaux)

Inspired by the sounds of hip hop and pop, ROBIN TAYLOR blends her inspirations into one concoction that will turn heads – and volume dial up!

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., Robin’s inspirations draw from the hip-hop sound hailing from DC as well as the pop obsession of suburban Northern Virginia. Working with notable producers from a young age, Robin’s first track ‘Kiss Me’ was a collaboration with songwriter/producer Mike “G” Guerriero (Billboard Dance Hit ‘Kiss The Sky’). Blending R&B/pop, the track quickly had thousands of plays upon uploading to YouTube. Soon after, she moved to New York City to further her music career where she quickly got to work honing her live performance skills as a solo artist performing in venues such as The Delancey, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and more. Throughout that time, she was also in the studio with various NYC producers, honing her songwriting and recording skills.

Now based in Los Angeles, CA, Robin’s continued her work with notable producers, appearing on the track ‘Magic Kitty’ with Lyndon Laveaux, produced by The Track Burnaz (Future, Big Sean, Tory Lanez, DJ Khaled). The track quickly jumped to over 13k plays on Spotify and was picked up by The Kaliente Show on Dash Radio. Robin comes together with Lyndon Laveaux and producer group The Track Burnaz once again on this fiery new release ‘Beast.’ On the track Robin’s smooth pop/r&b vocals sing about keeping her self-confidence and living her dream as an artist despite life struggles. She delivers her story with catchy melodies that glide over the forward-moving hip hop production of the track, met with Lyndon Laveaux’s visceral flow and intricately personal rhymes. His change in rhyme signature and cadence aids him in being memorable on this track. Robin’s smooth voice and Lyndon’s dynamic energy complement each other in an organic way.

Over the past year and a half, Robin has been building her fan base through a form of social media called Live Streaming. Through live streaming singing shows, studio sessions, and her live performances, she’s built a loyal following on apps such as Live.me, Bigo Live, and Uplive. Since live streaming, Robin has performed on Live.me’s official channel, appeared in ads for various apps, and performed at Playlist Live, a convention for social media influencers, in March 2019. At this time, her and her artist friend Noel Beltran, who choreographed the routine, had a dance video go viral on the app Tik Tok, reaching 4 million views in its first 24 hours and garnering over 79k fans. The video now sits at over 8 million views and has been used in numerous ads for the app Tik Tok.

The past two years, Robin has been performing all over Los Angeles with a creative collective of her artist friends, putting their own events together called La Femme Pop. For these events Robin built a set design she calls her ‘stage cage’ which represents her encouraging people to break out of the ‘boxes’ of societal stereotypes. One notable performance was for an exclusive Let’s Link event on May 24, 2019 at a house party in LA where she and Lyndon Laveaux opened for Lil Xan with ‘Beast’ and ‘Magic Kitty’.

‘Beast’ was written over a year ago, during a studio session where Robin was live streaming to her fans. “Some of my fans remember this live stream in particular to this day, watching the process of ‘Beast’ being written and recorded in the studio. I actually had forgotten I live streamed the studio session until my fans told me they remembered the song!” “I wrote “Beast” about staying focused on my music despite life struggles and realizing my personal inner strength. That even though I’ve been through so much in my life, I’m still going to get up from defeat and be a ‘beast.’”

Check out Robin’s bad boy track below:

Song of the Day: Mood – JUJ

With tremendous passion and unstoppable drive, 19-year-old JUJ is proof in the power of believing in yourself against all fear and doubt. At age 17, the Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter dropped out of high school and moved to L.A. on her own, despite having no family members or friends in town. Just as she’d started to establish herself in the music scene there, an untreated case of Lyme disease forced her to move back home and put her dreams on hold. Shaken but still determined, JUJ returned to L.A. as soon as she’d recovered, pushing forward with her music and quickly setting to work on an addictive selection of songs announcing her as a bold new voice of empowerment for her generation and beyond.

JUJ partly attributes her strength and determination to her mother, a former dancer who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. at age 18. “She grew up so poor and moved here with $100 in her pocket, without really speaking any English at all,” says JUJ. “Knowing that she was able to do that was a big inspiration for me when I started to think about moving to L.A.” Raised on the Brazilian music her mother played at home, JUJ grew up singing in the church choir and took up piano at age 7. An accomplished theater actor, she developed her stunning vocal range in part by performing at her hometown’s famed Walnut Street Theatre, and at age 13 won a major singing competition at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

By the time she started high school, JUJ had begun writing her own songs, as well as drawing attention online with her YouTubecovers of everything from “House of the Rising Sun” to Amy Winehouse’s rendition of “Valerie.” Songwriting soon became a crucial emotional outlet for JUJ, especially when one of her best friends died suddenly of a heart condition at age 15. “My favourite song I’ve ever written was for him,” JUJ points out. “A lot of the lyrics are about getting through the grieving process, and I wrote it without really thinking about it ever having an audience—I just wanted to create something that felt truthful to what I was feeling at the time.”

Produced by Essancy, the new single ‘Mood,’ is a quiet, powerful slow-burner that sheds light on the struggles JUJ faced in leaving home. “In my town everyone tends to follow one path, so when you decide to go off and do something different, you get a lot of people telling you how it’s never going to work,” says JUJ, “This is the story of my move at 17 years old across the country to chase a dream and do whatever it takes with any sacrifice necessary.”

With a magnetic blend of R&B and urban pop, JUJ is a force-of-nature type energy and effortlessly exudes charisma, soulful sensitivity, daring East Coast grit, and—perhaps most powerfully—a commanding vocal presence she’s honed by singing her entire life.

Absolutely stunning…here’s your chance to check out ‘Mood’ below: