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KushFam

YOUNG WONDER + COREY COOL

Meet YOUNG WONDER and COREY COOL from Philly, blood brothers and partners in rhyme. Together they are Rap duo KUSHFAM and their latest single, “YIKES“, has the underground on fire!

Self-professed students of the game, KUSHFAM have a deeper undetstanding of the culture than your average newcomers. “We respect the roots of Hip-Hop. We listen to and study the greats. We’re not trynna be the flavor of the month, we’re in this for the long run.”

YOUNG WONDER and COREY COOL have been rocking since high school. “COREY’s cousin had a studio in his attic. We would go there every day after school and make songs ’till late at night. We rapped about everything from conversations we had to situations we were going through. We stayed in that spot!”

Coming up in the streets of Philly ain’t nothing nice, especially for young black men. “KUSHFAM saved us. There’s so many negative paths we could’ve gone down growin’ up in the hood. Hard to say where we’d be if we weren’t doing music, probably be up to no good to be honest.”

Their motto, “the UndaDawgs gon eat“, says it all. “Where we come from there’s struggle all around. You appreciate just making it through the day. You’re grateful for what you have and wake up tomorow ready to grind for more. It’s time for us to build an empire and break generational curses. We know our name belongs up in lights! We can’t wait to tour the world and show ’em what KUSHFAM is all about.”

We’re in a place where Hip-Hop tends to favor artists who follow trends and have gimmicks, KUSHFAM is a breaking that cycle. Instead of riding the wave, they created their own. An authentic sound with dope beats, expressive bars and thought-provoking lyrics…these boys rappin’ for real.

“We’re not trendy, we solid. Our music brings back that real rap and good energy! Right now, we feel Hip-Hop as a whole is in a good space. There’s a lot of talented artists out here holding it down, but there’s still too many artists who are not 100%. They had a name before the music and decided to rap just to get rich. They don’t have their hearts in it and the music reflects that. We gon’ always stay solid and make fly-ass, timeless jaunts.”

YOUNG WONDER and COREY COOL are influenced by legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Kanye West, DMX, DRAKE, FUTURE, JAY Z and Kendrick Lamar. “We’re inspired by the legends in this game, but the success stories of artists from our city like MEEK, BEANIE, EVE and FREEWAY hit different because they walked the same blocks we did and made it out. We up next!” 

KUSHFAM is currenlty working on their debut EP set to drop in the spring of 2021. In the meantime checkout the visuals for their latest single, “YIKES“, and other many other songs on their YouTube channel.

Twitter/ Instagram:

@weKushFam

@KushFamCool

@KushFamYoung

KUSHFAM “YIKES”
KUSHFAM “UNDADAWGS”
KUSHFAM “I CAN TELL”
KUSHFAM “WE THE ONES”

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ZY GUUWOP

Get familiar with super group G4L. LiL RAFE, Wavii BaBii, ZY Guuwop, RELLEO and SoDAN’s signature sound started a wave in Southside, Queens that is flooding the streets!

Musical engineer turned rapper, ZY Guuwop, is the latest member of G4L (GUUWOP 4 Life) to release a solo project. “I started out making beats and producing for my G4L bros. During our studio sessions I would help out with verses and flows while I created the beats, but I wasn’t rapping. Then one day I decided to pick up a pen and paper…it was history from there.”

The ups and downs of everyday life inspire ZY’s music. “Life for a young black man in ameriKKKa is difficult. My generation needs to be heard. We need a way to creatively express ourselves in order to deal with life and that’s what music does for me. I love music! But if I wasn’t a part of G4L, I’d still be grinding and finding different ways to feed my daughter and my family.”

ZY adds another set of skills to the already talented clique. “My style is organic and very versatile. See, in music there is no right or wrong, so when I’m in the studio I get comfortable and I get creative. I can easily switch my flow to match any track so I’m able to make a variety of songs. Some are uptempo, some slow tempo, but they all fire!”

He is proud to be a part of the Hip-Hop culture and shows his gratitude by creating authentic music that comes from his heart. “I speak the truth on my tracks, no cap. Certain rappers are talking about bullshit! I’m talking about reality, real shit me and my bros experience. My music sheds light on the struggle of poverty and other traumatizing scenarios that are going on in our black neighborhoods.”

When asked about his view on the current state of Hip-Hop, ZY had this to say, “There’s a lot of people trynna be a part of the Hip-Hop culture because it’s currently the number one genre in music. Not all of the artists are in it for the right reasons. Not us though, G4L really does this.”

He draws musical influence from LiL Durk, G Herbo, Roddy Rich and JADAKISS, all artists who exude realness. “My goal as an artist is to be genuine. I want my people and the fans to understand and respect why I make music and what message I’m trying to send them through my songs.”

ZY Guuwop dropped his debut solo project, “LANE SWITCHING” on October 8th. It contains 11 tracks of heatery, including guest appearances from G4L member LiL RAFE and Gunna Gang capo, BENJI.

The first two tracks introduce ZY’s undeniable flow and set the tone for the rest of the tape. Track 1,”Intro Big Guuwop Freestyle“, is a sturdy freestyle filled with bravado, followed by track 2, “FN 57“, featuring BENJI. On this dope collabo ZY sets it off…Ride on my wave you gon’ float to the surface, drip when I walk I don’t do it on purpose …, then BENJI moves in, “Sink ships when they cross boarders, now they crashed like the wrong course. Need the mansion with the ball court, shot some nighas for a small cost.” Umm, it ain’t safe in Southside if you got weak raps!

Lane Switching” is currently streaming on all digital music platforms…iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora etc…Stream this project, it will not disappoint!

Go follow ZY Guuwop and his music on Instagram @zyguuwop

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CYPAQ

Introducing new artist CYPAQ from the beautiful town of Accra, Ghana in West Africa. He has been making music since he was a senior in High School and now he is ready to share his talents with the world. 

His stage name is a short form of his full name Cyril Paakow Quansah (Cy, PaQ), although in school he was known as ‘Briefcase Joe’. “I used to be called ‘Briefcase Joe’ because I rapped an EMINEM freestyle in school where EM mentioned ‘Briefcase Joe’ and told my peers that it was my freestyle! No worries, I write my own freestyles and raps now. (Laughing)”

CYPAQ views his music as a form of expression. “Emotion is what inspires me to create music. Emotion of any sort…whether I feel angry, happy, sad or litt that emotion will be my inspiration to make a song.” He and his sister began dabbling with music back in 2013 but it was more like a hobby. “I was just writing corny ass songs and trying to replicate what I heard on the radio. But once I met my dudes Snek.B and Dapaah in 2014, I knew that I wanted to take music seriously.”  

He began performing in various school concerts and entertainment nights at his boarding school and his dream of becoming a professional gamer quickly changed. “I always wanted to be a YouTuber or a gamer, something where I could be myself and create content. But when I performed in front of my classmates for the first time I got all sorts of litty and it felt so good! It just confirmed for me that this was what I wanted to do with my life.”

CYPAQ’s biggest musical influences are Wretch 32 and EMINEM. He admires the fact that these artists’ words translate to emotion so perfectly. “Ok. I want to say this first, I no longer really care about standing out or being different. So if I’m being honest I don’t really focus on being set apart from other artists or anything like that. However, what I think is that most people see me as being different from other artists because of how passionate I am, how personal the songs are and how strong your emotions can get when you listen to my music. I’ve been told that my voice gives listeners the chills, and that’s definitely a plus!”

He describes himself as an EMO artist whose sound emanates diversity, comfort and good vibes. “I looove where Hip-Hop is at! There is a growing variety of artists who are diverse and gradually that toxic side of Hip-Hop is being drowned out by the positivity from new artists like Cordae, AmineKiddfreshStormzy and of course myself. I love the fact that the culture is still growing and changing.”

Being an artist who can connect and empathize with his listeners is of great importance to CYPAQ. “I am definitely one of those artists who are not afraid to talk about the issues that people are facing such as mental health, which is a big deal. I feel like the music industry, especially Hip-Hop and Rap, does not talk about how important mental health issues are or embrace people who are vulnerable. It’s always about being strong and hard and all that toxic masculinity stuff. I want to make music that makes loners feel okay and inspire as many people as possible.”

CYPAQ is currently working on a variety of singles which he will release this year as he finishes up his solo project scheduled for release in 2021. “I’m very excited about my debut solo project. It’s going to be so important to my career’s direction and it will change the world. I can’t wait to drop it for real!”  

Click the link below to check out CYPAQ’s previously released music on Apple MusicSpotifyPandoraSoundCloud and YouTube:

https://lnkfi.re/cypaq

CYPAQ’s Social Media:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/cypaq

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecypaq\

IG: instagram.com/cypaq/