Dani Leigh going with "The Plan"

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Drop: November 30, 2018

Label: Def Jam

Title: The Plan

Genre: Hip Hop / Rap

Tracks: 13 tracks / 36 minutes

Tour Dates Here

Our thoughts:  

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Monday is looking according to “The Plan” just as DaniLeigh intended. Since emerging into the spotlight Dani has stayed undeniable herself. From her epic dance moves to consistent growth in music she is disrupting the industry, and making sure your remember her name. With features like YG, YBN Nahmir, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and even her brother Bill$ she is a force to be reckoned with. “The Plan” stays consistent with Dani’s bouncy yet focused personality that she depicts to her fans through her socials. She takes us through a nostalgic journey with 90’s influence of R&B, while keeping relevance with innovative Hip Hop sounds.

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DaniLeigh, is expressing a side we never heard before as she slows things down for us on, “Do It To Me”, “Family Only”, and “Blue Chips”. She embraces her melodic voice, and never disappoints when she puts her words in motion for us to listen to. DaniLeigh is here to inspire and speak to us while embracing her Spanish speaking roots with, “Yo No Se”. DaniLions, are in for a treat from beginning to close of an undeniable plan she is sharing with the world.

What did you think of “The Plan”? Leave a comment below and let us know. While you think about it, check out the official music video by one of our favorite talented photographer/Videographers, DIVAD Creatives! (all photos by Divad Creatives)


What is Surf Trap?

Surf Trap Felly

Album Title: Surf Trap

Drop: Sept 28, 2018

Label: Sony Music Entertainment/Same Plate Entertainment

Genre: Surf Trap

Tracks: 10 tracks / 26 minutes

Tour Dates: 8.30 - 12.16

Our thoughts: 

Since Felly’s, “Winters in Brooklyn” he has signed with Sony Music’s Same Plate Entertainment, moved to Los Angeles, and dropped “Surf Trap”. The new album embodies a warmer vibe taking you to Miami and through an uplifting emotional journey. Felly’s songwriting is often fueled with transcending lyricism and motivational production to ensure you’re moving to the beat of the guitar strum and drum. Connecticut-raised trapper has packaged a cohesive project, only 26 minutes long, to play with the top down at full volume.

Check out the music videos now available for ‘Surf Trap”.

Moody Monday: on the rise with Jessie Reyez

Photography by Christopher Pierantony (@s0_krisp

Photography by Christopher Pierantony (@s0_krisp

 "Violent, soul. Tarantino." Are the three words Jessie Reyes uses when describing her aesthetic. As you Listen to, "Kiddo," Reyez's EP released last year, you feel the anger and angst in her voice. 

The EP starts with "F**k It" which is a song with back and forth dialogue with a lover, which she so well captured by changing the sound of her voice as if there was a real conversation taking place. The simple production has serious focus on the diversity of range in Jessie Reyes's voice.

The song then leads into "Shutter Island" which takes you to the rabbit hole of emotions as a reaction to relationship turmoil. But, leave it to Reyez to really give you an uplifting message after all the angst. "Blue Ribbon" ft. Tim Suby, gives us a dance beat on her "I know who I am" anthem. She tells those with "poison...[to] keep that shit the fuck over there, please" while she focuses on family, and day ones on her team. Which goes into her softer tone in "figures" which was her breakout single, that you can listen to below.

To give the album a nice close she ends with more personality on "Gatekeeper". It encompasses the struggle and reality of oppression that the music industry has on females. It is a disturbing unspoken truth, but so relevant to share on her musical journey - specially on her EP perfectly titled, "Kiddo". Which ends with a recording of her parents wishing her a great birthday.

To kindly close the album, Jessie Reyez ends with my favorite uplifting song, "Great One" that shares the importance of community through family and team. You can hear the gratitude in her voice, as well as hard work and perseverance as she aims for "everything". 

Listen to the Album below, and embrace her powerful voice. Also make sure to listen to Body Count, a new single released this weekend! Tell us what you think in a comment below.

 

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photography by, Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Moody Monday: This is serious, Cardi B is at it again!

Photo by: Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Photo by: Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy) 

Cardi B hits us with a banger this weekend and it's an "Invasion of Privacy" full of hot collaborations and raw rhymes to make you want to play the album on repeat. People all over are praising Cardi B's debut Album, for she just proved to everyone she is here to stay on the top of the billboards. 

Cardi begins her album with a hard hit knowns as, "Get up 10"  which reveals insight into her life while addressing her hustle unapologetically. To follow up, we are given a dose of flex with "Drip" ft Migos, "Bickenhead", and of course "Bodak Yellow"! The album is a story of self-empowerment, hustle, and growth that comes at us with an I beat all odds sort of mindset.  

She keeps it so real throughout, and brings fusions of Cardi into the mix from trap queen to latina fierce with her J. Balvin and Bad Bunny hit, "I Like It". The loudmouth is taking over music with exactly what trap music needed, a reigning Femme Fatale.  

This album reads like a book and takes you through the highs and lows of coming into the spotlight gaining a lavish lifestyle while still dealing with the backlash of criticism. 

Yet she reminds the haters that “My little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh?” with my personal favorite track, "I Do" ft SZA to wrap up the album. Enjoy the track here. Let us know what you think in a comment below. 

 

 

MOODY MONDAY: "Frozen" by Joyner Lucas

Joyner’s fresh approach is quickly getting accolades from the top of the music business. Yesterday creative director and musician, Joyner Lucas released a new single accompanied by a must-watch video “Frozen.”  The self directed music video shows a father's nightmare of losing his daughter and family to bad decisions on the road. 

Joyner Lucas is turning heads, since his hit “I’m Not Racist” sparked controversy throughout the music and cultural landscape.  Now with Atlantic Records, Joyner Lucas is taking his distinctively prolific approach to music to higher levels. His visuals and lyricism are bringing the noise Hip Hop needs to keep creating. 

Joyner Lucas

Moody Monday: Amalia Watty

Amalia Watty

It was a late night and I wasn't feeling the greatest so I went to SoundCloud to find something that would lift my spirits. It was after a deep hole of searching for New York musicians and feel-good tunes that I stumbled upon Amalia Watty's "Cry Sometimes". 

To my surprise, a beautiful Carribean soul started singing the exact words I needed to hear. Her voice was uplifting with positive versus taking you on a journey to watch the colorful sunset on the sorrows of yesterday while making your way through a field of sunflowers guiding you through the road ahead. 

Amalia Watty's voice so strongly captivates the listener and has been described as "one of those voices you don't forget". Watty's classy, cool and collected spirit makes you want to dance alongside her as she sings and roams through New York City. Her voice, similar to Corrine Bailey Rae with a sprinkle of Amy Winehouse, soulful and powerful, reaches the deepest parts of the listener through her magnified vocals made to touch your heart. 

Listen to her song and watch the music video here: 

"Winters In Brooklyn" with Felly

Felly - Winters In Brooklyn

It has been a cold winter for sure, and your boy Felly has dropped "Winters in Brooklyn" to show you exactly what it's like to embrace the "dark and eerie" season. With a snowstorm among us, this album is a perfect listen to take you on a wavy ride to get through it. Felly's flow is feel-good yet real, with subliminal messages tapping into his childhood struggles and growth as he continues to excel in his career.

Felly has been making waves for a couple years now, and at the young age of 22, this is only beginning of his reign in music. The self-produced album is living proof that Felly has a successful road ahead. The unsigned rapper is no amateur to the hip-hop scene - you can be a witness to it at SXSW this weekend. For now, check out the album below, and check out his newly released clothing line, Beach Trash.  

 

 

RSVP to the SXSW show here for the show coming up March 17! 

 

Understanding the anxiety behind 2er0 Pati3nce with Don Mykel

Don Mykel

Who’s going to maintain the quality of Hip Hop in 2018?

Don Mykel carved his mark into the New Year, releasing a seventeen minute EP titled, “2er0 Pati3ce.” Mykel’s first release since 2017’s “Infinite,” “2er0 Pati3ce” is a 5 track record anxious en route to reach the top of the charts.

Hailing from Harlem, Don Mykel has life to hype and keep you growing. Swiftly evolving artistry and Mykel’s continuing ambition to raise the bar undeniably shows a want to connect with listeners.

Follow up to soyyomag.com for exclusives on what Don Mykel has cooking.

Check out the new album here and comment below how the message affects your day.

Wale's got that "Staying Power"

Listen to Wale's new song "Staying Power."

Staying Power - Wale

Wale has always kept it low key but when he gives us a dose of his soul it definitely has that "Staying Power"! Less than a month after his last release, Wale blesses us with his newest single that calls out the industry while staying true to his craft by spitting a conscious flow. 

Wale recently went independent and has three releases in 2018, and it's not even March yet! Does this mean we can anticipate a full EP or a huge project on the way!? I hope so because we need a little bit more real in the rap game. "You rapper n*ggas ain't rapping good," and I agree that there is a majority of mainstream music that is lacking substance. I find myself constantly questioning why these clout pioneering rappers take over most streaming sites with basic music. Is our generation lacking the ability to listen?

Personally, I have been around too many people working on getting the right pictures for the socials that they tend to neglect to work on mastering their artistry. Wale says it perfectly, "how you got a landlord and a Lambo." Makes you think about how this quick rise to fame and money makes people buy these big toys but forget to invest in providing the basic necessity of a roof over their head. Regardless of the call out to those not utilizing their platform in the best way, I can definitely say Wale is not one to let the current state of events stop him!  

The "Staying Power" single is a perfect song to get you going and keep grinding.

"Paranoid so I'm drinking heavy
Hearing voices so I don't sleep heavy
Had a choice I could turn her back
I be running back for a team or something
Kick return wide receiver money "

Check out the full song here

 

KOTA The Friend releases an album to play on repeat!

Music exudes emotion - so as we come back from California we want to bring you the best west to east coast feels, on this Moody Monday.

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Kota The Friend

The east coast native, Kota The Friend, released “Anything.” Just a week ago and we've been served with a vibey 10-track EP. 2018 is looking bright for the Brooklyn musician, as he lands #26 on iTunes only two days after his “Anything.” reveal! The independent artist has made strides since his first album release back in 2016, and there's no stopping him. The album features Angel Haze, Sylvan Lacue, Chris Scholar, Khary, Hello Oshay,  KAMAU, Chelsea Reject and Childish Major.

Upon first listen, I was awed by Kota’s wisdom through his feel-good lyricism. His music comes from a place of experience which made it easy to resonate with the New York rapper. Kota The Friend keeps it real with his fans by staying true to his roots, while sharing his struggles and growth through his relationships and life experience.

The album’s diversity of instruments from piano keys in “Smile”, acoustic in “Daylight” to trumpets in “January” brings back the sense of soulfulness to music. Listen to the album on all streaming sites, and let us know what you think by commenting below.

Have a "Taste" of Indica Wave

Indica Wave

It's an Indica Wave kind of year! The Queens-based musician does not like to be labeled as a specific genre, she believes her music changes as she evolves through life. Her brother, one of the greatest influences in her life, describes her sound as a  "range from rappers like Tupac and Nas to singers like Elton John and Lauryn Hill." 

Music has always been a part of Indica Wave's journey, but now we are really getting to see her growth through her lyrics, and self-directed visuals! Her music is a true reflection of her life as well as stories comprised of experiences around her. Follow her journey on SOYYO Magazine and enjoy “Taste” as an appetizer, her EP is a meal people will be yearning for this summer.

For more info on Indica Wave, see below:
Soundcloud | Apple Music | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

 

"Take Me To Your Leader" or a Dance Party with Walker & Royce

Walker & Royce
Walker & Royce

Dirtybird records

Heard of elsewhere yet? Well, you should it's the hottest warehouse dance club in Brooklyn. On Friday, PopGun Presents curated a perfect feel-good line up to kick off the weekend. The Golden Pony took the stage to start the night and was followed by the infamous Dances With White Girls to bring you an eclectic dance party in preparation for "Self Help"

Upon entering the room was filled with Dirtybird fans eagerly awaiting the Walker & Royce experience. Lazers illuminated the room while the partygoers shuffled throughout the dance floor and swayed to the rhythm of the mix master's beat.

Soyyo Magazine had an exclusive look at the Walker & Royce pre-performance, green room ritual.  Gavin Royce and Sam Walker both humbly hosted over a dozen of their closest friends as they threw back some beers and mezcal in preparation for their on-stage appearance. The gents calmly indulged in conversation with fellow producers, label managers, and fans like myself. 

Upon their stage appearance, fans happily danced to the recognized tunes from the latest album, and of course the crowd favorite "Take Me to Your Leader" featuring fellow producer - Dances With White Girls. 

To hear more music by the mentioned artist scroll down and get your dance on:

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Lilo Key Drops "New Favors" on all streaming sites

Lilo Key

With his latest release, Brooklyn based artist, Lilo Key, is bringing rap back to its truest, rawest and most hard-hitting form, the basics. In 2017 he landed #30 on Spotify with his song "Too Young", and now its time for his latest, no frills single, "New Favors" to reach #1. The song, simply produced and focused on seemingly cunning, piercing lyrics, combined with an undeniably melodic flow, allows for motivational digestion. His music preaches the NO BULLSHIT mentality, bringing to light hauntingly familiar truths, short-comings, and disappointments, all too familiar to the modern day artist. 

The Pennsylvania native swiftly established himself as an artist to look out for, in his short affair with music, which initially began in August of 2016. He has been able to grind and establish some prominent partnerships with industry outlets such as Rap Nation, Rap City, Gary Vaynerchuck, and others - all while managing his own career.

Check out his song below, and stream it on all music platforms!


Indica Wave: Creating my own genre

Indica Wave is a musician based out of Queens, New York. She began her musical career at the age of 4 when she would sing Selena and Celine Dion songs at family gatherings. Her inspiration derived from her father and brother who are also talented musicians. It wasn’t until March of last year when she began to make music. Her determination to push forward and pursue her musical career came from her daughter Delilah. Indica faced self-doubt but with self-reflection, she began to focus on being a role model to her daughter. She did not want her daughter to know that she gave up on her dream.

Indica Wave now focuses on making music full time because she wants to set an example for the young soul watching her and remind Delilah that she can do whatever she sets her mind to. Upon further conversation, Indica shared with us some insight into her new album, Peace of Me, that is being released on March 6th (*Delilah’s Birthday*)! Peace of me is a depiction of her journey through self-discovery, and self-love. The album takes you through a wave of emotions much like a roller coaster (which is also a song in her new album) with a look into some of the most personal experiences she has overcome in recent years.  

“The album is written like a journal,” there will be a total of 10 songs 3-5 minutes, and differ from singing, spoken word, Spanish, and Spanglish. “We always hear these voices in our head that are telling us different things. Each song is a different voice,” the album goes from happy, sad, to real-world issues.

Indica Wave
Indica Wave
Indica Wave

 

Check back in with us in March to listen to the FULL ALBUM and exclusive music video release!