“You Better Not” is a new single of M.A.K.’S album The S.M.A.K. (OUT NOW). The song is a West coast Collab with DPG artist Roscoe and N-Crowd Artists Takticz and Maryann. The track features production from N8 the Gr8. The S.M.A.K. is also featuring Gucci Mane, Keak Da Sneak, (Previously Unreleased) Mac Dre, J. Diggs, and Terin Thompson
The first project “Where Dreams Are Made” from Columbus native, Amar Chong, consists of classic type beats, exceptional lyricism, and a good, consistent flow. It’s a very impressive tape, especially for a first time release. A project worthy of a beginning to end listen.
Alex Aff, Hip Hop artist hailing from Durham NC, returns with a new visual for his lyrical, emotionally driven song entitled ‘Demons’. This is off of his debut project “Who Knows Who Cares”.
Pittsburgh hip hop artist AF Rome proudly presents his full-length debut, The Application. The free album is a fun, energy-packed, feel-good ride with excellent production and substantial lyrics. As Rome’s first album, he demonstrates a unique ability to deliver fun-filled hip hop without sacrificing depth and a message in his songs. The cohesive effort features fellow R.A.R.E. Nation artists Palermo Stone, JKJ and MNI as well as affiliates The Come Up (Franchise & Vinny Radio) and Cincinnati rhymer G. $parks.
Up and coming hip hop artist from North Carolina Kyle McCarty drops his official music video to the first release off his up coming mixtape entitled “SINcerely”. Video is directed by HeadGraphix and song is produced by David Greene.
1) At what age did you start making music? Did you start producing or writing first?
SB: I started off producing. I was 14 years old and people were passing around the bootleg version of Fruity Loops in high school. I happen to get my hands on a copy and never looked back since then.
2) If you had to choose whether or not to make a living out of rapping, or producing, which would it be? You seem to be very talented in both.
SB: Good question, very tough…If I really had to I think I would go with producing. Reason being is because producing is my foundation. I can make a dope ass beat in 30 minutes and sell it to an artist with ease. Writing, on the other hand, takes a little more time. To write something containing substance that may have the ability to make an impact on someone’s life really takes a huge amount of effort. I truly love both, though. Hopefully I can continue to do both throughout my career.
3) How did you end up joining The Alumni Music Group? How is it working with names such as Kid Ink, DJ Ill Will, and Jahlil Beats? Did you see an improvement in yourself once you started working with the group?
SB: I met DJ Ill Will late 2009, early 2010. I kept hearing that “DJ Ill Will” tag on a lot of records back then and it made me curious to find out who that was. I googled him and found out he was one of the biggest mixtape DJ’s in the game. I had a project I was getting ready to release in 2010, didn’t want to drop it without any push behind it. So I hit Ill Will through Twitter and asked how I could get my first project hosted by him and DJ Rockstar. He hit me back and told me to send him the music, and if he liked it he would get back to me. Two weeks go by and I finally hear back, he said he loved it, I paid for hosting and got a bit of a buzz off it. I kept in contact with him after that and built a relationship with him. Around the time I shot the video for “Change” feat Ty$, he had told me about an artist he was going to start managing by the name of Kid Ink…fast forward, he started Tha Alumni Music group, one night I went to the studio session he and Ink had for Crash Landing. I was able to talk to Will and I asked him if I could be part of the team and the rest is history.
4) On your project “Whole Foods” you spoke about how tearing your ACL caused you to pursue music harder and put 100% into doing so. Would you change any of the things that happened during that time? Also I recently tore my ACL, PCL, LCL, and meniscus so I completely feel the pain.
SB: At the time it happened my mindset was complete melancholy and I couldn’t understand as to why it happened. I was angry. I told myself I wouldn’t let this be the end of me, I was going to do something in life that I loved. Music. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise and I’m happy it happened. If it weren’t for that incident I would still be doing music as a hobby and not pursuing it as my dream.
5) Staying true to your beliefs really seems to be important in your music making. Is there a reason for that? Are there any musicians that you grew up on that sort of instilled that mindset in you from the beginning?
SB: I just want to make music that is 100% me. When you hear Sean Brown for the first time you will get a piece of my life, regardless of what song it may be. I feel like if I’m going to make music I might as well say something and paint a picture. Kanye West on College Dropout showed me that you can make it being yourself, stand your ground and be you.
6) Your recent project “Whole Foods 2” has been doing very well since the release date in September. Talk a little bit about the process you went thru working on it and how you feel about the job you did.
SB: Thank you. This particular project really took time to make. This is the most time I’ve ever spent on creating a mixture. I just wanted to make sure I gave my absolute best. I would make a beat based off the mood I was in and when I would finish the beat I would start writing immediately to make sure I don’t lose the emotions, thoughts, feelings, concept of the ideas I had for the beat. I feel like every project I do is my best and better than my previous, I don’t release it if I don’t feel it hasn’t beat the previous project, showing no progression. Whole Foods 2 is my best project. Whole Foods 3 will be even better.
7) Are there any artists or producers that you would really like to work with? For what reasons.
SB: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Jhene Aiko, they are all dope and I think it would equal great ass records! As far as producers, NO Id, Sounwave, DJ Premier, Kanye. it would just work.
8) How was your childhood? What sort of things happened that influence your music and your grind now?
SB: Never had everything I wanted, didn’t have much but I was always happy. My mother made life good for me. Didn’t meet my father till I was 12 years old. Growing up I’ve lost a few friends and it was difficult to go through life without them here anymore. Best way I deal with it now is music. I put all of that into my music, it’s therapeutic for me. I hope it’s therapeutic for others as well.
9) Are you working on your next project yet? And up-coming tours that are in the works?
SB: Working on a new digital EP and Whole Foods 3 as we speak. Also been producing trying to get placements for other artist. Tour is in the talks, everything just has to make sense.You can check out Sean Brown’s latest mix tape “Whole Foods 2” in the link below:
Pittsburgh’s AF Rome represents music in its purest form. A successful corporate job holder, Romero boasts a college degree as well as the discipline and work ethic necessary to flourish in any environment. After providing a platform for his family, Romero turned his attention away from climbing the corporate ladder and focused his efforts on his true passion: hip hop. Fresh off his debut video, “Royalty,” R.A.R.E. Nation recording artist AF Rome returns with new song “Minute Girls.” The Mark Parker produced track has a feel good vibe. Using clever and refreshing rhyme schemes over classic sampled production, Romero was able to mold an enjoyable piece for all listeners.
Bud Lee, a 23 year old, up-and-coming rap artist from the Philadelphia area, has just released his first single, Live, from his forthcoming debut mixtape, #Focus. Live is a chill, late-night party song with a smooth flow and large bass line. Bud shows off his lyrical talent and innovative flows throughout both verses and the catchy hook,
Can you say Queen City! The homie Deniro Farrar is back again with a video for the highly impressive Social Status featuring Duru tha King off of his latest project “The Patriarch 2” if you haven’t figured it out yet you should be paying attention to the talent in Charlotte
Charlotte NC hip-hop artist Malll Stack$ rapped a few bars over production from Brio Ankh. This is a crazy track i have been hearing a lot of talent from the Queen City they are definitely on the rise.