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Certified Outfit perfect the art of smooth party anthems thru their latest offering featuring Dallas artist King Sonny, “Down 2 Ride”. Possessing strong songwriting abilities and precise rhyme schemes, Swindle and Church utilize their love for old school rides and the gangsta funk movement made famous by the Westside of the map.
Church stated the inspiration behind the making of the beat came from acts such as Zapp and Roger, Dazz Band, One Way and Gap Band. “That morning, I was playing Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody” and was trying to come up with something that had that same synthesizer funk feel. I wanted to make sure that I had those vintage Westcoast elements like the Moog synth bass line and old Roland synth leads and pads.”
Swindle came with the idea of doing something old school or along those lines and in doing so, the duo began penning verses in true Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick fashion. The back and forth approach really adds a vintage overlay to it and together with Texas native King Sonny, the catchy chorus solidifies this as a truly great record.
The video was directed by Landoe for Vivid Visual Films. He does a spectacular job of portraying the whole WashHouse lifestyle with only a few mere minutes. The guys are currently at work on two upcoming projects as well as debuting new music as part of their “Fish Friday” releases. Here is the “Down 2 Ride” video from Certified Outfit and King Sonny.
Los Angeles veteran artist Quiz has been on an epic campaign leading up to the release of his latest album and this week, he has premiered “You’re Not Alone”. With fan favorites like “Need In Ya Life”, the album furthers those vibes with “Walls Down” featuring Jake & Papa. He also switches moods with lyrical sessions with fellow veteran Bad Lucc in “Lights Out”. Other guest features include Ill Camille, Big Pooh, Thurz and was exclusively produced by The Teamsterz. Listen and purchase “You’re Not Alone” below.
Fa$t Life comes in hot with a freestyle record entitled “Fa$t Life Season”, produced by platinum producer Natural Disaster (Soulja Boy’s ‘Turn My Swag On’ and Beyonce’s “Hold Up”). In his consistent release of music over the last couple weeks, Fast provides an even quicker pace in this punchline-filled freestyle flow.
In light of the recent deaths of unarmed Black people, Charlotte’s DaBaby (aka Baby Jesus) teams up with hometown artists King Carter and JxHines for the highly emotional, “Protect and Serve”.
As natives of Charlotte, the trio deemed it their responsibility to be the musical voices of change. Tackling the issue of wrongful deaths by police, they use their lyrics to express sentiments about current situations, and walk the streets with protesters in this powerful V.Dot-directed visual.