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New Music: Lorine Chia – “Let Me Fly”

12 Nov

Its been quite some time since we’ve received new music from the talented Ms. Lorine Chia, so you can only imagine my excitement when I heard that she was dropping a new song. The song in question is “Let Me Fly”, a jazzy track which serves as the first single for Lorine’s upcoming EP aptly titled, Sweet Noise. Throughout “Let Me Fly” Lorine sings about the times that you simply want to be left alone and be free to do your own thing–something that we can all relate to.
Check it out below!


Music Video: Mickey Factz – “$4.14”

20 Oct

Mickey recently released beautiful visuals for “$4.14”, a track from his concept mixtape 740 Park Avenue (if you haven’t listened to the tape yet, its definitely something worth checking out). On “$4.14” Mickey Factz chronicles his highs and lows in the music industry; going from being a XXL Freshman that was financially well-off to someone struggling with only 4.14 in his bank account. The track is incredibly relatable with Factz being quite open with listeners, veering sharply from the flashy “Money, Cars, and Hoes” mantra that is often associated with rap. Watch the video below and also check out Mickey’s newest mixtape, Love.Lust.Lost.II.

Mixtape: Via Rosa – Cinderella ’99

22 Jul

Singer Via Rosa, of the collective Thempeople, shares  melancholic yet bittersweet musings about love on her newest offering, Cinderella ’99. Two years in the making and produced entirely by 2080’s Sani, Cinderella ’99 is an airy yet emotional listen. The generally tumultuous state of this generations’ collective love life makes this tape one that is easy to empathize with. Vibe to Cinderella ’99 below.







New Music: Butch Dawson – “Birds Fly” (Feat. Soduh)

22 Jul


Reppin Baltimore, rappers Butch Dawson and Soduh trade bars over dramatic production to let you know what happens “when birds fly.” Check out “Birds Fly” below and keep a look out for Butch’s upcoming record, Lower Mercury, due to drop next week on July 29th.

New Music: Kool John – “B*tch I Look Good” (Feat. P-Lo)

16 Jul

Kool John–who in my opinion happens to be one of the most promising members of the HBK Gang–recently released a new track entitled, “B*tch I Look Good”. The Ricmond, California native teamed up with his HBK crew member P-Lo to deliver this brazenly boastful summer track. “B*tch I Look Good” makes for a fun and catchy listen, be prepared to hear it at a kickback/party near you. Also, be on the look out for the release of Kool John’s upcoming record, ShmopCity.

STYA Presents: The Chicago Cypher

13 Jul



The good folks here at proudly present our very first Chicago Cypher, put together by our (and Chicago’s very own) Toyosi Yusuf (@IamNinoBlanco). Just like our first cypher in D.C., we did this to shed light on some of the rawest Hip-Hop talent the Windy City has to offer. We’re giving you a taste of Chicago, not Chi-raq , and the city is brimming with MCs ready to leave their footprint on Hip-Hop.

Special thanks to the students at Columbia College, Chicago for helping us put this whole production together.

Without any further ado…we proudly present to you:The Chicago Cypher

Continue to check out the videos, and tell us what you think!

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Jhené Aiko (Feat. Cocaine 80’s) – “To Love & Die”

25 Jun


It’s safe to say everyone here at we loves Cocaine 80’s. I think it’s also safe to say we all enjoy Jhené Aiko’s voice. For all you who haven’t heard, Jhené Aiko is getting ready to release her debut album Souled Out with Def Jam Records. Here’s the first single, “To Love & Die.”

New Music: James Fauntleroy – “Understand”

21 May


The uber talented singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy recently blessed fans on his birthday with the beautiful track, “Understand”. James has been pretty prolific with the amount of solo music that he has been putting out lately; so check out for Fauntleroy’s latest releases, including his recent full length release, the String Theory Acoustic EP. Enjoy all of this great music that James has been blessing us with.

New Music: Blitz The Ambassador – “All Around The World” Feat. Marcelo D2

21 May

Ghanaian American rapper, Blitz The Ambassador takes us on a global field trip with his new track, “All Around The World”. Featuring rapid fire bars from Brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 over dramatic production that contains breakbeats and drums galore, Blitz The Ambassador ups the ante on this track. The exciting track appropriately ends with the sounds of an airplane taking off. May we also add that “All Around The World’s” West African, Ankara flavored artwork may just have a spot in our hearts as some of the freshest cover art that we’ve seen in quite sometime. Check out “All Around The World” as well as Blitz’s upcoming international tour dates below. Also, if you aren’t hip to it yet, check out Blitz the Ambassador’s latest excellent full length record, Afropolitan Dreams (album review coming soon).


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New Music: GQ – “Another Road”

21 May

Jamla’s Bay Area bred emcee, GQ drops “Another Road”. The Sinopsis produced track serves as the newest single from GQ’s upcoming debut album entitled, Rated Oakland. At this point we all know that music from the Jamla squad almost automatically equals quality songs backed by dope beats and “Another Road” proves to be no different. Check it out below.

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