Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Rising artist Madison Jay is not your ordinary hip hop artist. The Raleigh native has been on the music scene since 2009 and has been expanding his sound amongst underground radio and even performed at Hopscotch Music Festival back in 2014 who was headlined by the legendary De La Soul. In 2016, Madison Jay released his debut album Return Of The Gap and has been dropping a series of visuals to accompany his intro into the masses since. One of his latest visuals from his debut that we cant stop watching is his video for “Line Em Up” (produced by Brassious Monk + visually directed by Head Graphix). Between the videos and his overall lyrical content, there’s no doubt that Madison Jay will continue to fuse quality with bringing people to the floor. For now, peep his latest visual below and stay tune for what’s next from this artist on the rise.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
Last spring, rapper and Durham native Austin Royale graced us with a gritty freestyle called “White Toes Freestyle” and luckily for us, he’s back to showcase the visual for the standout track. The standout record (produced by Brio) was recently captured psychedelically by Perry and from the fangs to the unexpected twisted fantasy, this visual definitely doesn’t take any misses.
Between the visual and the context of what Austin plans to release throughout the rest of the year, i think it’s safe to say that we’re ready to see what’s in store for Royale’s PLAN | A debut. For now, peep the artist on the rise’s latest video below, give us your thoughts, and stay tune
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Last year, Charlotte rapper and producer Brio dropped tracks like “Guru”, produced “White Toes Freestyle” for Austin Royale, and performed alongside Awful Records’ Ethereal for the All Organic Series. After putting a lot of work into last year, the creative is back to kickstart the new year with No Bad Days. Brio dropped his “No Bad Days” track on the first day of the year and recently even dropped the visual for it in addition to the release. The Terry Suave directed visual captures the essence of Brio’s consistent melody and it’s definitely a great introduction into the year for the creative. For now, enjoy the visual below and stay tune for more.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Last time we caught up with VA’s Alexander Mack, he had just released his track “Small Time” in addition to expressing that he would be dropping a project in 2019. Now that we’re in the new year, Alexander isn’t wasting any time with releasing his latest content. Over the weekend, Alexander dropped his visual for his track “Brand New”. The video (shot and edited by Richie Bozek) surrounds its theme around the classic Brady Brunch sitcom while Mack executes his consistent and notable jazz-rap sound. If our assumptions are right, this will definitely be a track that will be featured on Mack’s debut project that will be dropping this year. For now, peep the visual from this artist on the rise below and stay tune for what’s next.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
Brooklyn native with southern hospitality Auntie Naj is definitely not one to sleep on as our latest artist on the rise. Growing up between Brooklyn and Charlotte, Naj juggled her passions for her love of basketball as well as music. Last year Auntie Naj decided to gamble her passion for music and officially share her talent with the world. In the midst of her introduction, Naj shared tracks like “Mood”, “Table”, and “Trixx”. Recently the rapper released her visual for her song “Feel So Good” directed by Kumoshai. The song captures the rapper in her bag while being transparent. Check out the visual below and check out more music from this artist on the rise here and stay tune for what’s to come.
Monday, January 7th, 2019
When Charlotte creatives like designer Gordon Holliday of ROOLE and the creatively driven DJ Pauly Guwop get together, creative customs come to life. Seven months ago, the two came together to collaborate to execute a collection of creative designs. With DJ Pauly Guwop’s unique eye and selection of fabrics mixed with Gordon’s mastery of sewing and ranging knowledge of fashion, they decided that it was time to put some action behind their vision. Last year, the pair put out their first installment of customs that consisted of a one of a kind pillow as well a hand-sewn bag.
This year, the two are already releasing pieces from their second installment and the first release that’s catching the eyes of many this month is their leather Louis Vuitton kufi crown.The crown’s materials and creation was based off the influence, importance, and evolving relevance of African heritage in high fashion. The hat is also a manifestation of shinning light on the 80s/90s aesthetic made popular by Five Percent Nation and brothers of Islam.
The rest of this installment is set to release next month in Charlotte during All Star Weekend that is guaranteed to spark the minds and attention of like-minded tastemakers, creatives, and consumers alike. Stay tune.