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Brandon Bally Interview, Being A Pittsburgh Native & Using That As A Power In Music

We recently talked to Brandon Bally on life as a Hip-Hop artist in Pittsburgh and his latest release, Pew Pew.

Hey Brandon, thanks for talking to us today. Your latest track “Pew Pew” is
described as the ultimate hip-hop club anthem. What was the inspiration behind this

I wanted to create an experience. Dancing is good for the soul. At times, we go in spaces where no one is dancing. Everyone is separated, guarded, and distant in a setting where they should be moving.

How does Pittsburgh’s music scene influence your style and creativity?

I am spearheading a new wave of my city’s music scene. What I want to do is outline something unique and innovative because that is what I believe is the essence of my city and the people who inhibit it. I aspire to stay true to my roots. We aren’t like everyone else and I want to represent that.

Who were your musical influences growing up, and how have they shaped your sound today?

 My influences span across many genres such as the following: – Soul/ R&B, House Music, Rock & Alternative, and Jazz. 

Artists and bands that have inspired me are the following

 Soul: Earth, Wind and Fire, Parliament, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder – R&B: Maxwell, Kem, Music Soulchild, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige – Hip Hop/ Rap: Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Ludacris, Big KRIT, Wale, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Lupe Fiasco 

Rock: Slipknot, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boys, Korn 

Jazz: Rodney McCoy, Roy Ayers 

These artists have inspired how I approach the creation of my music and how I want to make it feel. These artists also inspire how I want to perform, brand, and deliver my art. 

How did you incorporate elements of Jersey Club Music into “Pew Pew,” and what was the production process like? 

The instrumental already had the Jersey Club Music feel. The production process was good. My engineer Mike Moore created the initial recording at LDB10 Studios. My fellow artist, B. Aquarius, completed additional mixing & mastering for this track.

What are your plans for future releases? Can fans expect more music in the same vein as “Pew Pew”? 

Future releases will continue to reflect my musical versatility. Expect more music that will create an experience. Expect more music that can be played and interacted with in different settings. 

Are there any upcoming collaborations or projects you’re particularly excited about? T

he Cats Out The Bag EP is on the way. This is my first EP and I am excited to release it. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you’re not making music? 

Going to the gym. Reading & writing. Spending time in nature at parks or at beaches. Traveling. Hooping. 

What advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to make their mark in the music world? 

 Believe in yourself. Be patient. Trust the process. Be clear on what you want and go after it relentlessly.

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Natasha Bianca Interview

We had a chance to chat with Natasha Bianca about her latest single Flex

Hey Natasha, congratulations on the release of your new single Flex! “Flex” is a bold track calling out the superficial online lifestyles and the obsession with validation. What inspired you to write this song?

Thank you so much! The inspiration came from personal observations of how social media can often promote superficiality and a constant need for validation, which can be damaging to mental health. I felt like calling everyone out in this song from the boys club, to internet trolls, online appearances, to anyone running my name trying to tear me down. It’s my anthem to state IM HERE! Im THAT bitch, nothing or NO ONE is going to stop me. It’s very sassy but empowering. 

In “Flex,” you address internet trolls and the boys club. How important is it for you to use your music as a platform to challenge these societal issues?

For me, it is incredibly important to utilize my platform to speak on these topics, as I’ve experienced them firsthand. While I’ve learned to identify and manage situations involving internet trolls and the boys club mentality, not everyone has the tools or resilience to do so. For many in the industry or anyone online facing similar challenges, it can be difficult to navigate these situations, which can significantly impact self-esteem and mental health. Through my music, I’m hoping to provide a voice for those who may feel silenced or marginalized. I want to empower listeners, helping them to recognize their own strength and resilience, and encourage others to stand up against negativity and discrimination.

Your latest releases carry strong messages of empowerment and resilience. How do your personal experiences shape the music you create?

I believe I was entering a new era of Natasha Bianca where I didn’t want to sing anymore heartbreak sad songs. Don’t get me wrong I still love a good Rnb sad song and I might one day release a whole sad girl album, but at my current point in my life I wanted to focus on up-tempo hype music that makes you want to dance, move and feel good. When I’m feeling down I love to listen to music that hypes me up and reminds me I AM that bitch!! For example Megan the Stallion, Doja Cat and BIA are all icons I listen to on repeat who give that energy. I wanted FLEX to give my audience that same empowering energy, reminding them of their worth and resilience.

What advice would you give to young, aspiring female artists who look up to you and want to make their mark in the music industry?

To keep going!! It’s a marathon and not a sprint. There can be so many disheartening moments in this industry that make you want to give up, but you just need to keep striving for the end goal – no matter what that may be. Listen to yourself and your intuition, speak up and be confident with your voice. It needs to be heard!

Being included in the Listen Out 23 lineup alongside big names like Ice Spice and Lil Uzi Vert is a huge accomplishment. What was the experience like?

It was the most incredible experience of my life to date. I still watch back at videos and think “that’s me?”. It was the biggest crowd I’ve performed in front of and they gave me so much energy. The biggest highlight was teaching the crowd the lyrics to one of my unreleased singles so when I started performing they all were all screaming my lyrics and its forever embedded into my memory. 

Looking ahead, what are some of your goals and aspirations for the next phase of your career? Are there any new collaborations or projects on the horizon?

I have my debut EP centered around female empowerment that is set to be released later this year that I’m extremely excited about. I’ve been performing all the songs on the project in my live shows and the crowd response so far has been amazing so I’m very excited to introduce it to the rest of the world. Hoping we’ll be able to include a tour in soon also. 

Reflecting on your career so far, what has been the most rewarding aspect of your journey as an artist?

No matter how much I love the stage and performing connecting with people, the most rewarding aspect as an artist is when I receive a dm from a fan expressing their love of my music, or how much they connected with one of my songs. It’s truly the most heartwarming feeling to know someone can feel their own experiences and emotions through my music. Another super rewarding aspect in my career is looking back from when I started and knowing I’ve achieved everything in my career thus far on my own independently. The music industry is a scary world, and navigating through it is even more terrifying. But being able to collaborate with some amazing creatives in Australia and building a team from the ground up is probably one of the most self-rewarding moments as an independent artist. 

Is there any message or final thought youd like to share with your fans and the listeners who have supported you along the way?

All my supporters have played such a significant role in my career and I love they’re along for the journey. Keep being YOU and remember, you’re THAT bitch!! New music soon… 

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Joey Pappas Interview

We had a chance to talk with Joey Pappas on her latest release So Cold

Congratulations on the release of your new single So Cold! Can you tell us what inspired this song?

Thank you so much! I have always been someone who is ‘all or nothing’ and over the years I feel I have given so much and felt so much that I now struggle to trust anything is real at all. The irony of this song is I am saying that I struggle to express my emotions whilst writing them in a song for the world to hear. I wrote this song to myself, admitting things I have been almost afraid to say out loud and I hope it helps others feel seen.

What was the writing process like for this song, did you write it in the midst of your emotions? 

My producer, Kirby and I created the beat for this song a while ago and it sat with me for a while and I tried writing to it a couple times and nothing stuck. One day I came home, I felt incredibly low and burnt out, I put the song on and wrote the whole thing from start to finish in one go. The words just flowed out of me in almost a cry for help, it is one of the most transparent songs I have written as it is not about anyone else but me, which is something I find hard to speak on.

Who did you work with to bring So Cold to life? 

I have created all my songs with Kirby, he is extremely talented and an incredibly patient person which has been so needed as I am such a new baby artist. He allows me such a safe space to create my vision while also bringing such a distinct twist to my sound. I also created my debut music video for So Cold with my extremely talented brother, Jonny Pappas (Backlit Media). I had a distinct vision for the video and we created something that we are both incredibly proud of. I am very grateful to be able to work with both Kirby and Jonny!

What do you want your listeners to hear and feel from So Cold? 

I felt, even as I was writing this song, that I just desperately wanted to connect with people. Even though I felt so numb, the human need for connection and to feel love is still there underneath the emotional ice, the walls and pain. I hope that this song allows others to feel validated even in their isolation and that maybe, just maybe, we won’t always be cold and alone.

You grew up in a religious cult, can you give us more insight into how you accessed listening to music when you were growing up? 

I did indeed. It was something I have spent a lot of time being angry about and was the inspiration for my first single ‘Insane’ but now I deeply appreciate where I have come from and how it has helped create the person I am today. I was not actually allowed to listen to mainstream music, I had very limited access to the radio, we didn’t even have a TV in our household. I did a lot of singing in church and music has always been a large part of my life, just not mainstream music. I remember when I started my first job at KFC there was a TV in the restaurant area and it played music videos on it all day and I was obsessed with it. To be a singer was all I had ever wanted to be, even then, when I was cooking chicken for the masses.

Who is your favourite music artist now and why?

I would say it is a tie between Tate McRae and Billie Eilish. I love the lyrical honesty they both show and their sounds are so incredibly unique. They also intrigue me on a deeper level as well. Despite them both being incredibly huge artists, they are so private and I love that. They display such deep emotions in their songs but you never know what they are actually doing and are always leveling up constantly, which I find truly inspiring.

How do you want to make a difference in the world and music industry?

I strongly feel that my purpose on this earth is to help others feel seen and valued. I have always felt quite isolated and for want of a better word “different” and if I can help people feel safe to express who they truly are, then to me, that is success. By singing about my experiences I am able to reach a wider audience and in turn able to live in alignment with my purpose in the best way possible. 

If you could share the stage with any artist living or dead who would it be? 

Taylor Swift. Not even a doubt in my mind. That woman has helped me through every single phase in my life. I hope one day to meet her, I have no doubt she is just as genuine and empathetic as you can feel through her music. 

What’s next for Joey Pappas? 

To perform shows baby!!! I am going to be dropping more singles over the next couple months but ultimately I am so excited to be getting up on those stages and connecting with as many people as I possibly can. Melbourne and Brisbane are my goals before the end of the year.

Thanks for your time, is there a message you’d like to share with your fans?

Thank YOU so much for interviewing me and listening to what I have to say. I would like to say be kind to yourselves, everything is happening just how it is meant to. You can’t rush art or love and you are full of both. All my love to you, yes you, who is reading this, you’ve got this, I believe in you.

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Natasha Bianca Is THAT Bitch In Her High Energy Anthem “Flex”

Natasha Bianca, the rising pop and R&B sensation hailing from Adelaide, is no stranger to the stage or the spotlight. Her steady rise to the main stage has been marked by features on Spotify’s Fresh Finds AU & NZ and The Drip playlists, and recognition on Fresh 92.7 Radio, CADA, Triple J, and Unearthed Feature Artist. Highlighting her prowess, Natasha was celebrated as one of the top 5 soul/funk/R&B artists at the SA Music Awards in 2022 and 2023 and shone at Groovin the Moo 2023, her first major festival appearance.

Natasha’s influence stretches beyond Adelaide; she has supported acts like Jay Zayat and Kill Carter in Melbourne and showcased her talent at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. Her collaborations with Australian music luminaries Birdee and Thandi Phoenix underline her growing stature in the music scene. A significant nod to the rising star was her inclusion in the Listen Out 23 lineup alongside Ice Spice and Lil Uzi Vert, facilitated through Triple J Unearthed. Most recently, Natasha featured at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, supporting Young Franco, hosted by Smirnoff Australia.

Central to Natasha’s work is her upcoming debut EP, anchored in themes of female empowerment. This project is anticipated not just for its musical innovation but for its potential to inspire and empower. Natasha Bianca is more than an artist; she’s a visionary, using her voice to ignite change and empower women through the universal language of music.

“Flex” is a high-energy anthem where Natasha Bianca is calling out the flashy, picture-perfect lifestyle from internet trolls, the boys club and everyone in between trying to tear her down. With a catchy chorus that repeats “Flex flex, all your cash bro, we know you do it for the gram though,” this track pokes fun at the obsession with online validation. The verses are bold and unapologetic, all set to a beat that demands attention. Flex is calling out the haters and Natasha wants everyone to know she’s THAT BITCH and nothing or nobody will get in her way.

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Immortal Technique & Rebel Army Shut Down The House in La Santa OC

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Last night, Immortal Technique and his Rebel Army Soldiers Poison Pen, Chino XL wrapped up their three-day West Coast tour in Central City (Santa Ana OC) at La Santa OC. The three native East Coast lyricists each delivered an epic intimate performance in OC, performing classic joints alongside rare and debut tracks that had never been showcased live. This was an epic and once in a lifetime intimate experience.

Immortal Technique, born in Peru and raised in Harlem, NY, rose to prominence in the late ’90s and early ’00s in the NY underground Hip-Hop scene after participating in battle cyphers and distributing copies of Revolutionary Vol. 1 on the streets of NY, which were mostly written during his incarceration. Poison Pen, TEAM HOMI’s (Team Homicide) finest from Brooklyn, originated in the battle rap scene in NY. Pen is known not just for his lyricism but also for participating in and hosting battle cyphers. Chino XL, originally from Dirty Jerz (New Jersey), was discovered by Rick Rubin at 15 years old. Chino participated in freestyle battles and showcases, where his intricate wordplay and provocative lyrics quickly caught the attention of fellow artists.

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Fillmohr EP (Review)

Bay Area native San Quinn is back again with another recently dropped project, the “Fillmohr” EP,” titled based on the district of the neighborhood where they were raised. The 5-track EP is fully produced by Bay Area native Bobby California. Back again with another raw flow of street lyricism, “Fillmohr” explores a mixture of sounds. The intro, “Ceviche,” demonstrates a trap sound, leaning towards a gangsta hardcore sound with “Hold Up” and “LLC.” Lastly, with “Ballad of a Menace,” while “Live For” finishes with a smooth flow rhythm.

Quinn defines why he remains one of San Francisco’s underground finest. Quinn is known for being a quarter of Get Low Playaz and their collaborations with other Bay Area residents like Berner, E-40, Andre Nickatina, and Messy Marv. Bobby California is known for collaborating with underground acts such as Immortal Technique, Chino XL, and 60 East.

Rating: 4.5/5

Listen to Fillmohr EP, on Apple Music and Spotify

Catch the Visual for Ceviche on Youtube.

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Exploring the Influence of Hip-Hop on Other MusicGenres

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Hip-hop, which emerged from the streets of New York City in the late 1970s, has grown into a global cultural phenomenon. Its influence extends far beyond its own genre, permeating various musical styles and reshaping the landscape of popular music. This article delves into the profound impact of hip-hop on other music genres, examining how its distinctive elements have been integrated, adapted, and celebrated worldwide.

From pop and R&B to electronic and rock music, hip-hop’s rhythms, production techniques, and lyrical styles have left an indelible mark. Artists across genres have embraced hip-hop’s beats and storytelling methods, creating hybrid sounds that push musical boundaries. The genre’s impact is evident in the mainstream success of collaborations between hip-hop artists and musicians from diverse backgrounds, further illustrating its universal appeal. As hip-hop continues to evolve, its dynamic influence on the global music scene remains a testament to its power and versatility. Incorporating the 400% casino bonus, hip-hop’s reach parallels its dynamic influence, resonating across genres and captivating audiences worldwide.

The Fusion of Hip-Hop and Pop

Hip-hop’s influence on pop music transcends boundaries, shaping the sound and style of some of the biggest hits in the industry. Artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Justin Timberlake have seamlessly incorporated hip-hop elements into their music, infusing their pop tunes with the genre’s infectious rhythms and dynamic energy. By integrating rap verses, sampling techniques, and hip-hop beats, these artists have produced chart-topping tracks that resonate with a diverse audience, blurring the lines between pop and hip-hop.

Impact on Pop Music:

1. Michael Jackson: Known for his groundbreaking collaborations with hip-hop producers, Jackson infused his pop anthems with elements of rap and urban flair, setting new standards for crossover success.

2. Madonna: The Queen of Pop embraced hip-hop’s influence in her music, experimenting with rap verses, urban beats, and street-inspired fashion to create bold and iconic pop statements.

3. Justin Timberlake: Transitioning from boy band heartthrob to solo superstar, Timberlake incorporated hip-hop elements into his pop sound, earning critical acclaim and commercial success with chart-topping hits.

The fusion of hip-hop and pop continues to evolve, with artists continually pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic territories. As the lines between genres blur, the influence of hip-hop on pop music remains a driving force, shaping the sound of contemporary chart-toppers and redefining the musical landscape for generations to come.

Hip-Hop’s Impact on R&B and Soul

Hip-hop has significantly shaped contemporary R&B, leading to the creation of subgenres like hip-hop soul and neo-soul. Artists such as Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, and Usher combine soulful melodies with rap verses and hip-hop beats, crafting a sound that appeals to a broad audience. The neo-soul movement, spearheaded by artists like Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Lauryn Hill, fuses traditional soul music with hip-hop’s modern elements, emphasizing organic instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics for a modern take on classic soul.

Key Influences of Hip-Hop on Contemporary R&B:

1. Mary J. Blige: Blige’s pioneering blend of soulful vocals with hip-hop beats has made her a central figure in hip-hop soul, appealing to diverse listeners.

2. Alicia Keys: Known for her rich, soulful voice and hip-hop-inspired production, Keys bridges traditional R&B with contemporary influences, creating a unique sound.

3. Usher: By integrating smooth R&B melodies with hip-hop rhythms and rap features, Usher has crafted numerous hits that resonate globally.

4. Erykah Badu: Badu’s work in neo-soul highlights her commitment to organic sounds and introspective lyrics, merging hip-hop’s edge with soulful tradition.

5. Lauryn Hill: Hill’s fusion of hip-hop and soul, particularly on her groundbreaking album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” has influenced countless artists and genres.

These artists have not only enriched contemporary R&B with hip-hop elements but have also expanded the genre’s reach and depth. Their innovative sounds and meaningful lyrics have made a lasting impact on the music industry, showcasing the transformative power of hip-hop.

The Global Reach of Hip-Hop

In South Korea, the K-pop industry has seamlessly integrated hip-hop elements into its music and performances. Major groups like BTS, BLACKPINK, and EXO often incorporate rap sections and hip-hop choreography, enhancing their global appeal and showcasing the genre’s influence.

Key Contributions to K-Pop:

BTS: Known for their dynamic rap verses and hip-hop beats, BTS has revolutionized K-pop, blending genres to create unique soundscapes that resonate worldwide.

BLACKPINK: This group frequently features hip-hop-inspired tracks, combining powerful rap segments with catchy pop melodies to captivate a diverse audience.

EXO: By integrating rap and hip-hop rhythms into their songs, EXO has expanded their musical versatility and global fanbase.

Stray Kids: Known for their intense rap lines and hip-hop influences, Stray Kids push the boundaries of K-pop with their innovative sound.

ITZY: This group blends hip-hop beats with energetic choreography, creating a distinct and modern style that appeals to fans globally.

The influence of hip-hop on K-pop extends beyond just music; it shapes fashion, dance, and cultural trends, reflecting a broader acceptance and appreciation of the genre. As K-pop continues to grow in popularity, its integration of hip-hop elements highlights the genre’s versatility and enduring global impact.


Hip-hop’s influence on other music genres is a testament to its versatility and enduring appeal. From pop and rock to electronic and Latin music, hip-hop has left an indelible mark on the global music landscape. As artists continue to experiment and collaborate across genres, hip-hop’s legacy of innovation and cultural fusion will undoubtedly persist, shaping the future of music for generations to come.

The fusion of hip-hop with various musical styles has not only expanded the sonic palette but also opened doors to new creative possibilities. As seen in collaborations between hip-hop artists and musicians from diverse backgrounds, the genre continues to evolve and adapt, giving rise to exciting hybrid sounds that defy traditional categorization. Whether it’s blending rap with reggae, infusing trap beats into jazz, or incorporating Latin rhythms into hip-hop, the intersection of genres continues to push boundaries and redefine the music industry’s landscape.

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Panic In LA, May 2024 Recap

This past Wednesday, May 15th 2024, Slum Village, Talib Kweli, and Rakim Allah Tha God Emcee shut down the house at DTLA’s 1720 venue. The Detroit duo and East Coast emcees hit the Los Angeles stage and delivered an epic show, performing classics. With Rakim headlining, LA anticipates his upcoming project ‘Gods Network,’ set to drop later in July, brought to you by Holy Toledo.

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Joey Pappas Raps About Emotional Numbness In So Cold


Joey Pappas is an emerging Pop / Hip-Hop artist hailing from Adelaide. From a young age, Joey has challenged the status quo, having been born into a religious cult where her voice and self-expression were stifled. Since breaking free from those constraints, she’s been on a mission to prove that regardless of your upbringing, you hold the power to change your circumstances.

Joey channels her experiences into her music, aiming to empower others to recognize the validity of their own voices and emotions. Her transparent lyricism invites listeners to reflect on their own stories, blurring the lines between her narrative and theirs. Through her artistry, Joey Pappas is not just making music; she’s igniting a movement of self-discovery and empowerment.

Joey Pappas’ “So Cold” is a chilling reflection of emotional numbness and existential dread. The haunting melodies and atmospheric instrumentation draw listeners into a world of isolation. Pappas’ raw vocal delivery and poignant lyrics offer solace to those lost in their own emotional ice, finding strange tranquility amidst the chaos. This track stands out for its emotional depth and its ability to connect on a profound level, making it a powerful piece for anyone navigating their inner shadows.

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Jae Markwick’s Reflection on Parental Guidance

Jae Markwick is a South Australian singer/songwriter who got his start in mid 2021 where he began writing in his spare time after a friend told him he had a good voice for singing and rapping. Jae grew up listening to the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Justin Bieber, and Guy Sebastian. Jae made connections by attending local live shows to network. In his first few releases he has clocked over 1 million streams on Spotify. Landed himself in over 10,000 playlists, including Spotify editorial “Bongo Bars”, opened for Avery Harden on his Australian tour, and supported by international and national press.

Jae’s goal is to connect with his fans personally and make music that reaches people’s hearts and helps them understand their own emotions.

The Love You Give is a poignant reflection on parental guidance and personal struggles. Set against a backdrop of heartfelt hip-hop melodies, Jae and VAF delve into their respective journeys, from navigating heartbreak to battling personal demons. With introspective lyrics and soulful vocals, the song resonates with authenticity, showcasing Jae’s ability to connect with listeners on a deeply emotional level. Through its raw honesty and evocative storytelling, “The Love You Give” not only showcases Jae’s talent as a singer/songwriter/rapper but also fulfills his goal of creating music that touches the soul and fosters understanding of one’s own emotions.

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