In The Spotlight: Kenn Retro

Another interview! As always, if you are or know of any upcoming artists, designers, producers, etc., that would like to be featured on The Spotlight, please email me at BrittanyShawnte@gmail.com!

Today, we have hip hop artist Kenn Retro! Hailing from Chicago, Kenn stated that he grew up in a family with a passion for music. “Me and my cousins, when we were young, used to tour the West Side of Chicago performing Jodeci, Shai, Boyz II Men songs,” the rapper said. As he got older, Kenn continue creating music, switching over to a more “Alternative/Urban” sound. He fell in love with hip hop after first hearing A Tribe Called Quest through his uncle. “In 1999, I was inspired to develop my craft of rhyming with the guidance of my uncle, and he has been pushing me ever since,” Kenn said.


In The Spotlight: G5 Elz

Got another spotlight for you all on this wonderful Friday! Expect several within the next few weeks! As always, if you are an upcoming artist, designer, producer, etc., and you are interested in featuring your work on The Spotlight, email me (please allow some time for response)!

Today on the blog, we have G5 Elz! Exposed to music all of his life, the rapper learned and loved the art of rhyming. From Dr. Seuss books to watching rappers like The Notorious BIG, Jay Z and Nas, he quickly caught on to rapping. “By the time I was 8 years old, I began writing my own rhymes in school, preferably math class,” G5 joked. “Then it was always rapping in front of the TV like I was whatever rapper in the video with the remote in my hand.”

Hailing from Queens and living in NYC, G5 Elz recognizes that his environment has had a great deal of influence over his music. “My environment inspires everything because I’m seeing and hearing noises everyday then I incorporate that into my rhymes,” the rapper acknowledged. Though he always knew that creating music was his life’s purpose, he began to take his music seriously after his grandmother passed away in 2011. “I stepped my game up to another level and started molding solid projects, performing, and profiting.”


NEW MUSIC: "Blue Neon"-Soquelle

A little something different for your eardrums right now! Here's is a track from electronic duo Soquelle entitled "Blue Neon." The duo, comprised of Anastasia Gera (vocals, songwriting) & Mark Shvartsman (synthesizers, drum machines, saxophone, guitar), create this chill, futuristic track described by the group as "the late night streets of New York ’70s, the temptation to put the day behind you and saturate within the glow of fluorescent entrance-ways."

Check out the track below!

Soquelle is currently finishing up their debut album produced with Dan the Automator, which is scheduled for release in early 2015. You can hear more from them on SoundCloud, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

NEW MUSIC: "Watch Me"-Cato

I'm literally spending this Wednesday night going through music sent to me, so expect several music posts throughout the night(As always, if you are or know of an artist that should be featured on The Spotlight, feel free to email me and we'll chat!). Another track I want y'all to check out is from Brooklyn-based singer Cato! Influenced by legendary artists like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, as well as more contemporary artists like Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill, and the late great Whitney Houston, Cato has a heart for soul and it's clear in his music!

Released September 3, 2014, Cato's latest song "Watch Me" is an inspirational track for those involved in toxic relationships--romantic or otherwise. Sometimes it's honestly best to let go!

NEW MUSIC: "Good Karma"-BJ The Chicago Kid

Admittedly, I can be selective to who I pay attention to when it comes to the entertainment industry. Doing spotlights on artists outside of my preference has broken that bad habit down a little bit. My little sister was actually the first to tell me about BJ the Chicago Kid, who has actually been around for quite some time I found through my research. However, I never really listened to him until his PR team reached out to me, literally moments ago, and now I definitely want to hear more!

The singer recently dropped a new track called "Good Karma" features his stand out vocals and lyrics, and has a 1920's kind of feel to it. He sings about being the good karma to women out here, who have been going through in their lives. It's a real song of love to the queens out there, and BJ ain't discriminating. We all get love from him. "I hope I reach all of y'all," BJ croons. "Whether in the dorm room or the break room or the radio in your car." It's a feel good song for the ladies, and I'm loving it!

Check out the track below and sound off on how you like it!

You can check out more from BJ on his official website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


NEW MUSIC: "Crumble"-Tamara Madison feat. Redway

I'm going to have some new music for you all throughout the day, so be on the lookout! The first track I'm featuring is from Canadian singer Tamara Madison! Just a little about Tamara: she hails from Toronto, and began singing at a very young age. Though exposed to a variety of genres by her parents, gospel is what took hold on her the most, as she grew up in church. Inspired by artists like Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley, the singer is steadily making a name for herself in the industry!

Her soulful influence is clear on her latest song "Crumble," featuring rapper Redway, off of her upcoming EP, Relapse: Part 2. This track expresses true vulnerability and anger as the hurt Tamara sings to her ex, wishing him bad luck with future relationships and life in general. I'm sure many other ladies (and maybe some guys too) have been in the same spot! Check out the hot track below!

The song may seem bitter to some, but I think it's a real track. When your heart is broken by someone you love, often times, you want them to fall apart so they can experience some of the same pain that you're feeling. Music is all about expression--the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. I'm definitely feeling this track. Tamara's vocals are on point, and she brings real passion to the song. Be sure to buy the track on Bandcamp, and look out for Relapse: Part 2 coming soon (listen to Relapse: Part 1 here)! You can also connect with Tamara on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!
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