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AKA Block and Muntu team up for “Best Friend” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


AKA Block teams up with singer Muntu on this moody reflective love song titled  “Best Friend.” The production here is sublime and rich with layered textures, pulsating basslines, and lush electric guitar lines over offbeat drum grooves. Muntu sure delivers a smooth heartfelt performance ripe with evocative lyrics that listeners can relate to. He dives into the pain of losing one’s first love.

 

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President Barack Obama’s Birthday Bash Cuts Down Guest List Due To Delta Variant 

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With the Delta variant (and Delta Plus) of the Coronavirus now infecting both the unvaccinated and vaccinated people at an alarming rate, President Barack Obama has made a change of plans in his upcoming 60th birthday party as he’s taking the kind of precautions everyone should be taking these days.

According to Raw Story the birthday bash that’s to take place this weekend at Martha’s Vineyard has cut down the guest list which included hundreds of famous celebrities to just close family and friends to ensure everyone’s safety as the Delta variant runs rampant across society.

“Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the president and Mrs Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends,” Jenkins said.”

Originally famous friends of the Obamas such as Oprah, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg were set to attend the event, but given the new and dangerous variant, plans have changed and it seems like it’s going to be an intimate affair instead.

“It is to be held outdoors at an oceanside estate in full compliance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with all guests needing to be vaccinated and test negative for the virus, news reports said.”

Smart move.

Naturally Republicans are still criticizing Obama for holding the party, but these are the same people who’ve downplayed the virus in the past so no one cares what they have to say about anything pertaining to safety these days.

Party on, Mr. President. Party on.

Leomode and Alan Da Silva team up for “Sorte” [video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Producer/pianist Leomode teams up with singer Alan Da Silva for this awesome soulful collaboration titled “Sorte.” The track is a mellow piano-laden lo-fi beat ripe with lush mellow samples, smooth drums and of course Da Silva’s impassioned melodic runs that flow seamlessly over the production.

The visuals were directed by Franco Niella  with some superb animation by Romane Nardreb. A solid blend of performance shots, engaging cut scenes, and effects keep the listeners locked in as we enter the dream world filled with odd characters including the famous Lofi girl meme (mads popular by the youtube channel ChilledCow).

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Grandmaster Flash Says He Heard Dr. Dre’s New Album And It Will Change The Game 

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Even though he is a music icon Dr. Dre doesn’t have the best track record with delivering new music. Apparently Grandmaster Flash has heard his new album and according to him it will change the game.

As spotted on HipHopDX the legendary DJ was out and about last week. During his rounds in Los Angeles last week the founding member of N.W.A. invited him to pull up to his estate. Naturally anyone who receives that type of invite is most likely expecting to hear some unreleased music. Luckily the Bronx, New York native got just that and received an early listen to a forthcoming Dr. Dre project.

That day he posted a photo to Instagram detailing the special moment. “Here in LA doing the Disco Oasis with Nile Rogers tonite, I get a call from one of my heroes he invites me to the CRIB he takes me down to the STUDIO he played me a project that will change the game!!” he wrote. “Totally incredible, we top off the day for 2hrs talkin about Music, Family Health and Life thanks for the Invite Dr Dre”.

While Dre did release Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre back in 2015 his shelfed Detox album still seems to be his achilles heel. Interestingly enough Aftermath produce Dem Jointz posted a photo back in January with Dre, D.O.C, and other contributors in the studio. The caption read “And We Back!! #Detox21”.

Andre has yet to comment on Grandmaster Flash’s announcement nor confirmed he has new material slated for this year.

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The KTNA share new single “Can’t Stop It” [video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Manchester, England-based singing duo The KTNA make their entry on TWIB with the visual for their new single “Can’t Stop It”  which serves as a comeback for the duo. The KTNA is made up of twin sisters Hope and Milliana who deliver a heartfelt and solid performance on this tune. The self-written and self-produced track is a mix of the old and new. From the lush and alluring guitar riffs, pulsating bassline, to the punchy drums, the sisters draw listeners in with their sultry angelic vocals and evocative lyrics that center on the dynamics of a faltering relationship. The sisters explore the emotional turmoil and regret after putting all your faith in a lover and being let down.

The visuals have a retro vibe and it’s quite expressive. They make use of several lighting mods, performance shots, and off-beat angles to enhance the theme of the song. The dark color scheme featuring vibrant and glowing red and blue shades as well as seamless scene transitions creates a truly captivating video.

 

 

“Can’t Stop It” is a precursor to their forthcoming  Resurgence EP. The project is scheduled for a 22nd September 2021 via AWAL 

The twin sisters born in Kenya, raised, and now residing in Manchester began their singing career on the CBBC show Clash before catching the attention of TV executives who were quick to cast them in the long-running BBC drama, Waterloo Road. They released their debut EP Life Under Siege in 2019, and currently have three songs with over 400,000 plays and one with over 1,000,000 on Spotify.With a fresh, new style in “Can’t Stop It” and on the upcoming EP, The KTNA is a force to be reckoned with and look set to turn heads once again this year.

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HHW Gaming: ‘NBA 2K22’ Will Allow Players To Record Music In The Game Through A Beats Pack 

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Next to the player ratings and actual gameplay footage, the soundtrack you will be vibing to while you browse the game’s menus and enjoy while warming up during MyCareer and timeouts in NBA 2K is equally important.

Wednesday (Aug.4), 2K Sports announced it is taking a new approach to NBA 2K22’s soundtrack. For this year’s installment, 2K will establish new connections with Soundcloud and record labels like Def Jam, Warner Music, and Columbia to deliver new experiences and opportunities to players to discover new artists highlighted by 2K throughout NBA 2K’s ever-changing season structure.

NBA 2K22 will introduce “First Fridays,” a new feature that will allow players to discover new music throughout the year. 2K says it will be adding new songs to the game’s soundtrack on the first Friday of every new Season. According to the game studio, you can expect new tunes from a mix of high-profile and up-and-coming artists to support music discovery and growth within NBA 2K22. 2K says it will provide more information on this feature sometime later this month.

“We’ve built NBA 2K to be one of the gold standards for video game soundtracks,” said David Kelley, Senior Manager, Partnerships & Licensing at 2K via a press release. “This year, the opportunity to evolve the experience for players by creating moments where we can debut and share incredible new music is another step toward how we are bringing together the real-world of basketball culture with our game through music, not only through well-known artists but also providing our players an opportunity to get in the game and showcase their own talents.”

Also, new to NBA 2K22 is are brand new ways for aspiring artists, and yes, even you Soundcloud rappers to be a part of the NBA 2K22 soundtrack. There will also be an all-new Producer Series that will, for the first time, introduce a Beats Pack into the game allowing for NBA 2K’s community of players to record their best verses over the beats and showcase their talent. This pretty much confirms the rumor that NBA 2K22 will allow players to become rappers in their MyPlayer’s Career. 2K says it will expound more about that in a future update.

On top of that, 2K announced it would be showcasing artists in the first 2K Rising Artists list. Unlike previous musical curations that were curated by big names like JAY-Z and DJ Khaled, 2K will handle aux cord, this time stacking NBA 2K22’s soundtrack with top up-and-coming artists the company feels “that are poised to make a big impact in the years to come.”

So far, the soundtrack includes big names like:

  • Boldy James
  • Griselda (Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher)
  • Louis Cole
  • Yves Tumor
  • Blxst
  • Smino
  • ACADEMY
  • Thundercat
  • Princess Nokia
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Night Lovell
  • Bartees Strange
  • Park Hye Jin
  • Nosaj Thing
  • Insightful
  • Jordan Lyles
  • Lion Babe
  • A.B. Original
  • Masego
  • Saweetie
  • Travis Scott
  • Metro Boomin
  • Skepta
  • NaS
  • Jack Harlow
  • Juice Wrld

Starting September 10, players will be able to enjoy all of the music on the NBA 2K22 soundtrack via the official NBA 2K22 playlist. You can get more details by heading to  2K Beats’ official site. 

NBA 2K22 launches worldwide on September 10 for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms and is available for preorder right now.

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Kaleel Carpè is dropping “Free Game” [video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Kaleel Carpè is kicking “Free Game” on his new release which sees him in in his element. He makes use of a solemn, reflective backdrop to share some tips with the listeners while showcasing his versatile and distinct style.

The visual captures him doing what he knows best with his crew in an undisclosed location. “Free Game” is taken from Kaleel Carpè’s forthcoming yet-to-be-titled tape.

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Noah Bouchard and Chez Mild find solace on “Something, Somewhere” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Noah Bouchard London-based rapper  teams up with Chez Mild for a summer-tinged collaboration titled “Something, Somewhere.” Over the lush soulful backdrop, both emcees deliver a laidback and carefree performance ripe with insightful and evocative lyrics that dwell on the positives only.

 

The Cardiff-raised/London-based artist has released 5 projects over the last 3 years, including a collaborative project with singer/producer Minas and a project with producer Volcano Szn under the pseudonym Salad Saladson.

 

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BVNK ushers in ‘BVNK Season’ 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Denver rap artist and songwriter BVNK  follows his Emo Season N Tough Times project, with his sophomore release entitled BVNK Season. The 8-track body of work is all about self-love and finding one’s center through all the madness. The project sees him working with his longtime collaborators Viikaden and Yemi25, with additional contributions from Miami beatsmith Luda Bandz and Atlanta duo TrackTeam. The result is a blend of hip-hop/trap, R&B/future soul vibes that are peppered by BVNK’s smooth melodic raps and evocative lyrics that detail his fears, hopes, dreams, and more.

The project starts with the introductory track “My Life” where the rapper is in his element as he details his journey as a man taking control of his life amidst external forces trying to break him down. This is followed by the videogame-esque “Impatient” where he attempts to fix a toxic relationship. He displays his melodic style to the fullest on that track and delivers a solid performance ripe with relatable lyrics. “Know Me” is a bouncy catchy tune that has a summer vibe and BVNK’s versatile approach plays a central role here. ON “Different” he makes use of a cinematic and moody production as his backdrop and he delivers an offbeat and sparse performance while diving into his growth within a blossoming relationship. Other solid joints include the spiritually grounded track “Blessings” where he appreciates the small mercies afforded to him, the uplifting “Oh U” with its somber and dreamy textures to the solemn piano chords on the closing track “Float II”

Overall, BVNK Season ticks all boxes and delivers copious amounts of catchy melodies, hooks and relatable topics that listeners can rock with.

 

Born in Nigeria, raised in the UK, and now living in North America, BVNK [pronounced BANK] is a musical product of his environment. His music is a melting pot of melodic rap/sung, hard-hitting hip-hop, and lush R&B, flavored with indie music sensibilities, while his storytelling and songwriting are informed by his life-long experiences that have spanned three different continents. It’s these experiences that have pushed him to challenge his thoughts and societal norms, as you will hear throughout his music. Believing that his experiences are much like those of his listeners, his ultimate goal is to uplift people with his music that knows no bounds, because as BVNK always says, “music is the language we all understand”.

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