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Interview | Dejai Unleashed: Igniting the Hip-Hop Scene with Authenticity

In the pulsating realm of hip-hop, Dejai emerges as a force to be reckoned with, bringing a unique blend of authenticity and passion to the stage. In this exclusive interview, we delve into the artist’s upbringing, the sparks that ignited their musical journey, and the driving forces behind their relentless pursuit of innovation in the industry.

In the pulsating realm of hip-hop, Dejai emerges as a force to be reckoned with, bringing a unique blend of authenticity and passion to the stage. In this exclusive interview, we delve into the artist’s upbringing, the sparks that ignited their musical journey, and the driving forces behind their relentless pursuit of innovation in the industry.

Can you share a bit about your upbringing and how it shaped your musical journey?

I spent a significant portion of my adolescence in a small town in Arkansas—a place where everyone knows everyone, and for generations, few manage to break free. Limited by both resources and entertainment options, my sister and I found joy in making the most of what we had. Raised by my grandmother, who had a deep connection to church and gospel, Sundays were filled with hymns that showcased her angelic voice. Inspired by her, I aspired to sing like her.

Alongside gospel, my sister and I explored various musical genres, delving into old jams from artists like Backstreet Boys, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mahalia Jackson. Our musical taste was eclectic, and we paid careful attention to the lyrics. Meanwhile, my father, a talented musician himself, produced, wrote, and recorded his own music. He exposed me to a diverse range of sounds.

A pivotal moment in my musical journey occurred when my aunt Monica gifted me my first mp3 player for Christmas. Loaded with a variety of songs by my father, my attention shifted towards rap and R&B. Artists like 2Pac, Jay-Z, and Outkast became my new musical companions.

Music became my primary mode of communication and a means to connect with others. This profound connection, along with a desire for expression, fueled my passion for music. Motivated by a longing to break free from my small-town roots, I aimed to become someone who defied the odds. My goal is not just personal success; it’s about achieving something monumental leaving a lasting impact from where I come from, and eventually returning to rebuild my entire state on a grand scale.

What initially sparked your interest in music, and how did you find your way into the hip-hop scene?

I’ve had interest in hip hop specifically since the first time I had a whole catalogue of hip hop songs at my finger tips on my first mp3 player. From there I’ve always played with the idea of what if I can really be a rapper and do this for real. I really gave it a long thought the first time I heard a song by j.cole called “show me something” and I was like yeah I want to reach the people the same way he does. It didn’t happen until years later, but I created my first album at my home studio and released it because of that.

What motivates you to continue pursuing music today, and can you tell us about your most recent/upcoming projects?

What keeps me motivated to keep pursing my craft even when I feel like I’ve hit a wall is the thought of “what if” so many people burn out their flame early on because they face setbacks when trying to pursue their dreams then quit. Then later on in life they’re plagued with that “what if” and “where would I be” question. I don’t want to feel like that now or ever. I want to know that I gave it my all and if it just wasn’t meant to be it wasn’t on me it’s just that’s the way the universe intended it to be. As of right now I’m working on a mixtape called “The Greatest Yet” which is intended to be released on all major platforms in late March. I’m always taking my time because I always want what I put out to be great.

In your recent releases like “Wild Fire” and “All On Me,” we’ve seen a dynamic range in your style. How do these tracks represent your artistic evolution?

I think it shows a more vulnerable side of me which I struggled with when I initially started making music. I feel like I could always make “at your neck” music filled with word play and bars like battle rap but I couldn’t really comfortably put anything out that I actually exposed my feelings about things going on in my personal life. That kind of music is important because people relate to that.

What sets you apart from other artists in the hip-hop scene, and how do you believe your music contributes to the current hip-hop politics?

I care about how the things I say may impact people, especially people that look like me. The hip hop I fell in love with is no longer here, there is a whole new era and that’s fine, but I just want people to feel something when they hear my music. I’m not just making music to make noise and throw syllables together because they rhyme. I’m not here just focused on the revenue and just to sell the people something I’m here to make a difference. Everything is not always about turning up I got to provide a little bit of everything but more than anything my music needs to feel like a warm embrace of understanding for all kinds of people.

Considering the impact of music on the youth today, how do you think artists can do better, and what role do you see yourself playing in this responsibility?

I think we need to understand as artist we influence the masses with the things we say and we need to act as a beacon of light not darkness. It’s one thing to tell your story in your music but we need to stray away from glorifying certain topics and normalizing negative behaviour because we’re all someone’s role model. By encouraging certain actives and behaviours as an artist you’re painting a young minds canvas and distorting their image before they even get a chance to see the beauty in their canvas. I touch on that frequently in the music I make to try bringing awareness to the discussion.

Find out more about Dejai here

Crafting Beats and Carving Paths: An Exclusive Conversation with The Blaqsmith

In the dynamic realm of Hip-Hop, some artists stand out not just for their beats but for the unique journey they embark upon. Tha Blaqsmith, a trailblazer since 2011, entered the musical scene with no formal composing background but armed with an unparalleled willpower and a penchant for vinyl records and drum breaks. Several releases down the road, he continues to infuse the new generation of Hip-Hop with his essential raw, dope, and chill essence. Join us as we delve into his journey, upcoming releases, inspirations, and an exploration of his impressive discography.

Your journey in music began in 2011. How did you navigate the initial challenges of entering the industry with no formal composing experience, and what motivated you to pursue a career in Hip-Hop?

I just learned and observed a lot of knowledge from reading and watching interviews on hip-hop greats. Google and YouTube was my actual mentors for music. I always had a knack for putting different sounds together, but I never played or used an instrument in my life. And living with my mom and my brother, we were lower middle-class people that often times could afford things but we didn’t at times especially when it comes to music equipment. And growing up, I never had an instrument. I will always make beats with my mouth or my hands Once I had my hands on a drum machine. It was a wrap. Having a drum machine motivated me to do this. The process of making a beat from scratch in your own creation, fascinate me.

With several releases under your belt, including “THE PATH TO SUCCESSION” and “The Last Days EP,” can you share some insights into the themes and inspirations behind these projects? How has your artistic vision evolved over the course of your discography?

The Path to Succession is basically whatever path that you’re on, don’t ever give up on that path because you never know, you might be closer than you think. So I tried my best to make certain instrumental beats that give you that motivated vibe to keep going forward. The Last Days, is  whatever you’re doing in life, doesn’t matter what your profession, as long as you give it a 100% on it, even if it’s your last day on this earth.. my idea for the album was to be more precise and discipline instrumental album. I have a certain vision for my albums, because nowadays it’s not a lot of content with music, it’s just a lot of music with no meaning so I try to keep a good content with it to give the audience.

What upcoming releases can fans anticipate from The Blaqsmith, and can you provide a glimpse into the creative process or themes we might expect in your future projects?

I have a few upcoming releases coming out in 2024. I have a Beattape coming out pretty soon called “LOOPMANIA” just basically an instrumental album full of reoccurring loop instrumentals. Most likely it will be a series of LOOPMANIA going forward. I have a few remixes beat tapes in the works and more collaborations as well.

In the ever-evolving landscape of Hip-Hop, who or what are some of your primary inspirations? How do you incorporate these influences into your work while maintaining your distinct musical identity?

J Dilla is my all-time inspiration, but I have some on Honorary inspirations like, 9th Wonder, The Alchemist, Timberland, Dr. Dre. I’m a hip-hop head so I know what those guys bring to the table. I’ve always love that gritty, eerie underground, smooth sound. Those vibes are immaculate and that’s why I like implementing that into my sound.

Your discography reflects a range of collaborations and projects. Could you shed light on any particular collaborations or associations that have significantly impacted your artistic journey? How do these collaborations contribute to the growth of The Blaqsmith as an artist?

I did an EP with an artist from the inland empire and my closest friend “El Fuggins”. He’s very talented. Raps, sings, direct. At first, it was a little difficult to mesh with him but after a while, he motivated me to think outside the box, in the area where I was accustomed to. The name of the EP is called “Heel Turn” Heel is a term for a wrestler when he becomes a bad guy. “Babyface” is a term good guy. So we made this EP not only because we’re wrestling fans but to shed light on the comparison between wrestlers and musicians. There are so many musicians, releasing good music, that it never has the good following or fan base to support it and the artist normally goes rogue or gives up on the art. I typically don’t want to give up. Lol. The whole album process made me think more creatively and to be more unique around making beats and I like being challenged in those moments. Not only I learn, but I also evolve, musically.

Find out more about The Blaqsmith here.


One of his most recent songs, “YA’LL CAN’T DO IT LIKE DIS,” is a hip-hop track that is guaranteed to get you bouncing along with the beat. The infectious hook will have you singing it for days, and the synthesizer riff in the beat is an added bonus that will keep you coming back for more. The production quality of this track is top-notch, and the lyrics are cleverly written with a catchy flow that is sure to stick with you.

What’s impressive about INFAMOUS C-4 is that he not only has the talent to make great music, but he also knows how to promote it on social media. His Instagram page is a perfect example of this. It’s filled with pictures and videos of him in the studio, performing at shows, and interacting with his fans. He keeps his followers engaged by sharing snippets of his upcoming projects and even hosts live Q&A sessions.

But what truly sets him apart is his dedication to his craft. He is constantly pushing himself to be the best, and it shows in his music. “YA’LL CAN’T DO IT LIKE DIS” is just one example of his talent, but it’s clear that he has a lot more in store for us in the future. If you’re a fan of hip-hop and you’re looking for something fresh and exciting, INFAMOUS C-4 is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.

Winners Get Trophies and Record Deals

Os’ lyrics in “Trophies” echo his mission to encourage listeners to pursue their dreams and be winners. The opening lines, “Only winners get trophies,” set the tone for the track and reinforce the message that success is only attainable through hard work and dedication.

Throughout the song, Os reflects on his own journey to the top, highlighting the importance of training hard and never giving up. He also celebrates his team’s successes and the joy that comes with living your dream.

The chorus, “Whole team full of winners we ain’t losing here, trophies on deck cause the team gone clear,” is particularly impactful, emphasizing the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who share your vision and goals.

As the song progresses, Os reflects on the challenges he’s faced and the sacrifices he’s made to get where he is today. He acknowledges that success isn’t always easy, but that it’s important to learn from mistakes and keep pushing forward.

Like most influential artists, Os makes great use of Twitter for his musings on life in addition to informing fans about music. I’m particularly fond of the Harry Potter videos and cancer awareness posts. He’s got quite the informative and entertaining feed.

“Trophies” is a powerful anthem that inspires listeners to chase their dreams and be winners. Os’ authentic voice and personal experiences make the lyrics relatable and resonate with listeners. The catchy beat and infectious chorus make it a track that’s sure to stick in your head and keep you motivated long after the song is over.

Money Mike Sandberg – Reflection

Money Mike Sandberg, also known as Michael Sandberg, is a American hip-hop artist hailing from North Miami Beach, Florida and raised in Syosset, New York. He discovered a love for writing as a teenager, initially composing poetry for his grandfather to uplift him while he was in the hospital. After his grandfather passed away in 2015, Sandberg continued to hone his writing skills, eventually transitioning into music that resonates with people from diverse backgrounds.

In Sandberg’s 2021 release “Reflection,” I can sense his passion and influences from artist such as Logic, Eminem, NF. The opening line, “keep on reaching high with your expectations low,” shows great wisdom and is a sentiment I fully support. Furthermore, the catchy hook “back to reflection” provides valuable advice that I can get behind.

To truly make these lyrics shine, consider ramping up the production. With a little extra effort and attention to detail, you can elevate your music and define your sound. So why not give it a try? Your audience will thank you on your next release !

Check out Money Mike Sandberg on Instagram and Spotify.



Daun Facts a hypnotic rap tune “Msanii”

Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the line is between imitation and style. It might be because there is so much music that comes out regularly, it might be because the successful aspects of music making are so well disseminated, and it very well may be that I am out of touch with the popular world. Not that any of these are mutually exclusive. All that being said, it’s nice to hear an artist that has something new to offer in the way of hip-hop, especially in the vocal and lyrical realm. For the above sentiment, I’m speaking about Daun Facts, a Chicago artist who ventures into both music and other creative works. I listened to his newest track “Msanii,” a hypnotic tune that had me bouncing in the car while driving home from work this evening.

The fingerpicking guitar gives a motion to an otherwise downtempo track – little bleeps and sparse drums create the perfect atmosphere for the vocals to shine. Daun Facts knows rapid lyrics fluently – he effortlessly spits lines that would leave most of us tongue tied. The song even features minor religious elements which was a nice surprise – kind of like a literary grounding to the whole experience.

Over on his Instagram, we get the see the entrepreneurial side of Daun Facts – with tons of merch for sale and attractive people modelling it. Additionally, we get to see photos of him with friends, dressed to the nines, and even a good looking pup standing guard; needless to say, it seems as though Mr. Facts leads something of a charmed life – and good for him.

BoogieLo has recently dropped a new release: HAHA

BoogieLo has just dropped a brand new studio work named HAHA. This release has a loud and energetic twist to it, and it has a presence in the mix that immediately makes it stand out! BoogieLo is very articulate, and his vocals are well-matched to the instrumental. The lyrics are also incredibly deep and easy to relate to, highlighting BoogieLo’s ability to express his feelings and commit them to music in a very special way.

BoogieLo makes music that fans of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Tyler The Creator and Lloyd Banks will definitely connect with. Yet, he cannot easily be lumped in with other artists, given the personal twist that makes releases such as HAHA so special and appealing.

Find out more about BoogieLo, and check out HAHA, which is currently available to stream here.

C.Williams latest new track ‘Lowkey’ is seriously high-grade hip-hop

London-based hip-hop rising star C.Williams has released his new track ‘Lowkey’: an impressive new release from the young artist who has begun to pop up quite strongly on the UK’s rising trapwave scene. 

As hip-hop has exploded into consistent chart topping success across both sides of the atlantic, many aspiring rappers have come to snatch the title of the UK’s next big thing: enter C.Williams. ‘Lowkey’ is a bouncy, charismatic introduction to a rapper who can deliver melodies while at the same time floating on top of a beat with a breezy ease. And where ‘Lowkey’ shines most is a clear sense of charisma dripping throughout the intermittent 808 slugs. 

If you’re a fan of the likes of Octavian, Young Adz and the numerous other trapwave artists coming out of London – don’t miss out on C.Williams accomplished brand of autotuned haze rap. We’re looking forward to seeing what this Australian-born artist has in store for us yet. 

You can check out ‘Lowkey’ on C.Williams Spotify page here.

77 Nxrth (LZ Lenny Hall ft TXCKA, ColeMane and Saint Tom drop impressive visuals for ‘’Italy’’

‘77 Nxrth’ aka ‘LZ Lenny Hall’ has just shared his latest video and it’s a biggie. His new crew are in attendance and this is an exciting chapter for Cleveland Hip Hop.

‘’Italy’’ is the debut single for the new collective from Cleveland, Ohio in the USA. Home of the long-suffering NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, the crew throw a touchdown for this effort. This is a fun song to listen to and full of Mama’s pasta.

With a few of the guys of Italian- American descent, ‘’Italy’’ is a shout out to their natural home. My favorite verse on this track is definitely ‘TXCKA’. He rips it with a doomy raw style that shreds through the beat. Out of the whole crew, he shows the most potential. There are no weak links in the crew however, you can tell that the guys picked up their game for this one. 

A new crew in the making, there is bound to be more released real soon and the progression will be exciting to see. 

Tune in here and see the visuals for this bouncing track on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Curm’ from Atlanta drops ‘’Nature Boy’’ video and it wins with crazy flow

Atlanta Rapper ‘Curm’ has just smashed out his new song all over YouTube with the visuals and it sees the Emcee in top form. He is clearly quite a character and enjoys his time out in the sun with this new video. 

‘’Curm’’ is Curm Johnson, who is clearly influenced by Beastie Boys and he loves being outside. He is the ultimate nature Rapper who is a big fan of being out there amongst the animals and enjoying the peace and quiet. When he isn’t rapping of course, as this song is very loud & in your face.

You can hear the South’s influence here with the speaker-blowing production on ‘’Nature Boy’’. With the beat by Atlanta local, ‘Christian Munro’, the instrumental definitely does the job on this one and is perfect for a turn up session in the car.

Get that Nature Boy on real loud via YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen