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

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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)


Fetty Wap drops, "Love The Way"

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Fetty Wap is on his way to releasing the much anticipated, 'Bruce Wayne' Album. To prep us for what is to come he released "Love the Way" which features his fans singing along and demonstrating the love hey give to their significant other. 

As Fetty Wap wraps up his "For my fans" tour, we foresee more Music and greatness coming from the Harlem bred musician. We can't wait! 

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: "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. 

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Tuesday Ten: Yoo Q "Music is Power"

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We introduce to you Yoo Q, who has been bringing hyphy mixes to audiences while on tour with Desiigner to hosting Goldie Awards with A-trak! Scratching records to bringing you the best energy on any dance floor, Yoo Q is the master of ceremony to any get down. Learn more about him here and subscribe to our page to hear more about his upcoming feature on SOYYO Magazine SS '18!

SOYYO: Soyyo means I am me, how do you complete the phrase "I am..."

Yoo Q:  “I am life”. I bring the energy, the vibe, the vision and the love everywhere I go. Whether it’s being the life of the party or the motivation to others, I am who I am.

S:  You've had many exciting appearances since your last interview with SOYYO, how has that helped you grow in your journey?

YQ:  It’s humbling. Still showing that there is more growth to be done and a lot more fun and exciting opportunities out there that can be grasped. It just makes me work even harder to brag a little bit, lol.

S:  What was it like working with A-trak?

YQ:  Ohhh man. So surreal. Like I’m a kid from Harlem that looked up to A-Trak for years and going to his Fool's Gold events to then having him ask me to spin at one and to spin at his Goldie Awards show. It really was like “is this really happening?” “Am I dreaming?”. He’s such a cool individual, very professional and it again was very humbling as well. Fun fact I wore a leather coat on purpose just because I assumed he’d have one on at the Goldie’s.

S:  You have a very interesting story, from your upbringing in Long Island, to Harlem and losing your mom. None of these are easy but you manage to stay positive and radiate light to those around you. How do you find the strength to keep excelling? 

YQ:  I pray every day. I ask my mother in prayer “what can I do more?” “How else can I make you proud?” And somehow or another her answer comes up in an opportunity presented for me. It’s difficult at times. Hell, I even pray before all of my sets like there are my first and last to give me strength and confidence. I’m human I lose my cool or my motivation to keep going but then I snap out of it and look in the mirror and tell myself “no one is going to do this for you.” Everyone is different and I understand that and just push forward and try not to lose my way or even let bad energy get to me.

S:  How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

YQ:  I want them to feel what I’m feeling at the time listening to it or making it. Either happy, nostalgic, the excitement I include my feelings and energy in my music EVERY TIME I play or make music. It’s like giving them the experience with or without me being there.

S:  What are your favorite music venues in New York? Why?

YQ:  Schimanski in Brooklyn. That system and space puts me in a different zone and makes me want to give hard-hitting sounds every chance I get while I’m playing in there.

S:  Do you have a daily regime that gets your day started?

YQ:  Not really. I wake up and maybe throw the office on as background noise while checking the web to see what’s coming out and staying up to date. But I do have a DJ work out schedule I follow to work on my scratches and transitions but it changes at times with me working so much.

S:  Where do you feel most inspired to create music?

YQ:  Simple, my house. I can be watching an anime and hear a sound and take that sound and create or a video game noise that I just have to flip and make an entire track to. It’s my sanctuary.

S:  What's your definition of music?

YQ:  Music is power. Takes you places your mind and body maybe have never been, or brings you back to the moment something happened. Music is life.

S:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

YQ:  I see myself 20 pounds heavier showing my kid (if I have one lol) how a turntable works so I can retire and have them take care of me while I get old lol. But I seriously never want to stop with music so I’ll be doing something with it by then.

Moody Monday: Amalia Watty

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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: 

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.

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