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Masterful Production and Eclectic Genres Shine on Josiah Grey’s Debut LP (Miami) 

On his debut album, A Blessing Money Can’t Buy, Josiah Grey celebrates his struggles and how he overcame them to truly value life as a blessing money can’t buy. Grey, a native Ecuadorian, may only be 20 years old, but he’s already come up through the ranks as a DJ, producer, and artist.  

I did a lot of DJ’ing. My stepbrother used to produce so I would watch him and he taught me. I would DJ at house parties. He did bigger venues. He took a different route and did Hispanic music. I decided what I wanted to do and taught myself everything else after that,” says Grey. By middle school, he had a recording set up in his room. Later, he spent all his time after school at “YouTube University,” soaking up everything he could about production and sampling. A search for the right studio led him to House of Dreams, where he’s been perfecting the album for the past two years.  

While Grey mainly focuses on rap, his album nods toward R&B and rock music, also featuring lines delivered in Spanish. The songs on this project are just a glimpse at the other music he’s waiting to release, which reveals his greater breadth of influences. He’s an eclectic listener, citing J. Cole and Nas as rap influences on his rap and classic rock artists like Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, and The Doors on his production, alongside The Alchemist, 9th Wonder, and Kanye West. 

“Need to Know” showcases Grey’s R&B skills. “It was about a crush I had on this girl. We had a thing and it inspired me. I talk about other situations, but mainly that one. It’s a love song but it has another meaning to it. If you listen to it, it’s about how not to get too obsessed–but just a little bit,” he says. The song’s slow groove and clear vocals highlight its introspective nature.  

Grey says, “The point-of-view of the album is me coming out as an artist. I talk about me and the album is about my struggles coming up.” “Josiah’s Journal” makes those struggles visceral. Built on a delicate guitar sample from Pink Floyd’s “Hey You,” the song quickly takes on an aggressive beat and confrontational flow. 

The album ends, appropriately, with “Odyssey’s End.” “It’s the end of a journey, wrapping up the end of everything I’ve gone through. It’s about overcoming things and finding resolution. The vibe is about overcoming. Everybody says it’s like a song they’d hear at the end of the movie when the closing credits roll,” the artist says. This track is a rock song with a rap bridge, then becomes a hybrid, all with the help of Truee K. The lyrics celebrates the self-care and self-improvement that have guided Grey, and they’re also a prayer for safe passage forward.  

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A Blessing Money Can’t Buy is available on all streaming platforms.  

Album on YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lovco5UHMCW23trsUsonuEq0K9bxWt_oc
 

Other streaming links: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/josiahgrey/a-blessing-money-cant-buy
 

Social media: https://www.instagram.com/josiah.grey/ 

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(Video) Lon Don – Semme Da Addy

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Allow CLR Music Group, LLC & Mack 9 Music Group, LLC to reintroduce South Side,(Chiraq) Chicago “God MC” Lon Don with the new visual to the street Anthem “Semme Da Addy”. Lon Don is a songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. Lon Don achieved recognition for his works with rappers Kanye West, Jay-Z, Joe, Johnny P, Do or Die, Traed, State Property,Cap 1, Mikkey Halsted, just to name a few so hit play ▶️ and find out this Chiraq native is in such heavy demand…. Make sure you chop it with Lon on daily via IG @LONDON47

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Meet South Florida’s Own Hidden Gem S.Yvonne

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Meet South Florida’s Own Hidden Gem S.Yvonne

Shalaine Powell grew up in Carver Ranches with the dreams of one day becoming an author. In 2012, the dream became a fruition when she wrote her first book Karma’s Destruction under the pseudonym, S.Yvonne. She self-published it in early 2015, with Outskirts Press. In 2016, she released her first series after signing with publisher David Weaver and the Bankroll Squad.

In 2019, S.Yvonne became an independent author with a growing catalogue of seventy plus books. She has constantly been ranked by Amazon as a best-selling urban fiction author and receiving their orange banner. That same year her publishing company, S.Yvonne Presents was relaunched.

S.Yvonne Presents is comprised of twenty-seven authors all under the urban fiction genre. She is a dedicated author and publisher and has definitely made a name for herself and her authors as well. S.Yvonne goes above and beyond for authors as well as providing them with the tools and knowledge to be successful and build their own brands.

S.Yvonne has been hosting a Miami Book Expo since 2019. The event brings readers, authors, publishers and vendors together in a fun atmosphere. She often participates in yearly book tours around the country to interact with even more readers and network with others in the industry. When she’s not busy handling S.Yvonne business she’s spending time with her family and just being Shalaine.
Instagram: authoress_s.yvonne
Facebook: Author S.Yvonne Powell/Author S.Yvonne
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URL: www.authorsyvonne.com

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(Album) DeShaunJay – Pinky’s Boy @JayMustFlourish

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After having complications with his distribution company causing a delay of the release, DeShaunJay at last delivers his highly anticipated album Pinky’s Boy. Weighing in at a solid 16 tracks, the project saw no previous single releases as DeShaunJay gives fans the entire album in one drop.
Jay delivers solid rhymes throughout the entire album like “had nights straight shots off the crown/till I’m seeing double/trying to put up numbers like I’m Jimmy Buckets in the bubble” to raps like “on a cloud b*tch I’m levitated/translation the mind frame elevated/run a team like Steph or Brady/hit the beat like Canelo baby”. The clever lyricism is brought to listeners over production from Trevv, Leek OAM, D’Shaun, Epik The Dawn, Caleb Bryant, Falak, Nosalez, Donnie Katana, Damarcus VanBuren and Benji on the Boards.
One goal the 29 year old artist had was to show he could hold his own throughout an entire album. Pinky’s Boy definitely solidifies that goal as Jay takes on each beat with confidence and ease, flourishing from the first track to the last one with different flows and topics, thus keeping the listener engaged at all times. Now a days one may think that 16 songs is to long for an album, but you don’t realize how fast of a listen it really is when the album flows like water in a stream. All in all that is what DeShaunJay brings to the table with his latest release, dope rhymes mixed with dope beats creating the perfect feast for your ears to receive. Stream the magnificent Pinky’s Boy out now on all platforms.

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