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Press Lives Matters : Wane Chism, Wiz Kid behind Popped Cherry + Flavors Creative

In Texas, it's a large cast of creative individuals who are pushing the medium beyond the spirits of the Lone Star state. One of the pivotal people in the space who's pushing the beyond the boundaries of Austin, TX is Wane Chism, who's a marketing guru in his own right and going above the standard to deliver some of the best creative ideas for artists and brands. With his involvement with growing blog site, Popped Cherry, creative firm Flavors, and managing the likes of The Teeta and DONTHYPEME, he has a full plate on his table but he's maneuvering in a fashion where it seems somewhat effortless. While he's on a mission to change the perception on what it means to be a creative manager/businessman in Texas, Wane is crafting some modern ideas to break the mold in the nation's Live Music Capital. 

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Get Familiar with The People Behind Comethazine's Long Awaited Project, "Bawskee"

n a matter of 18 months, these guys went from being two of the most exciting artists to help cultivate a sub-genre to being trailblazers of today’s modern sound and landing on the cover of XXL’s 2018 Freshman Magazine. The evolution that has molded these artists turned a new tide in today’s music, and this same process will become even more prevalent when Comethazine’s drops his debut project, “Bawskee”.

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Press Lives Matter: Tyler Benz, Videographer at Noisey/VICE + All The Smoke Co-Founder

Today we focus on the talented Tyler Benz, a videographer/photographer from the depths of Bainbridge Island who's been delivering some of your favorite flicks from Noisey/VICE in recent years. We chose Tyler because of the way he resonates with the younger artists in today's music scene and how establishes long-lasting relationships with them. Being early to the party with artists such as Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, Lil Gnar, Lil Xan, Lil Skies, Lil Peep, Yoppa Bam, Richy Samo, and many artists who solidified a space in today's music soundscape. Having the ability to work for such a credited source while also being able to deliver raw and edgy content has given Benz the platform to go above and beyond to tell his story with heavy doses of reality and the truth. 

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Press Lives Matter: Victor Ulloa, Founder of Rosecrans Ave

One of the primary sources of content in Los Angeles is the budding + boundary-breaking outlet, Rosecrans Ave. The blog and radio show has played an essential role into the modern media scene in the West Coast, and it's been a launching pad for the likes of 03 Greedo, Shoreline Mafia, The Stinc Team, Rucci, and more budding artists in Los Angeles. We recently had the opportunity to speak to the brains behind the operation, Victor Ulloa.

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Press Lives Matter: Nandi Howard, Writer of 713 Magazine + Houstonia Magazine

Hailing from the Bayou City, Nandi Howard has been one of the key people in the area who's been helping the Houston creative scene elevate. First noticed her work with 713 Magazine on their blog and helping organize their live events, one being the Houston Food Bank show they did with FOE G4NG and Maxo Kream. Since then, she continues to be one of the trail-blazers in H-Town highlighting the city's culture from the lenses of Houstonia Magazine and 713 Magazine. 

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Press Lives Matter: Eddie Young, Houston based Tastemaker + Daily Chiefers Writer

Always bringing fresh and innovating ways of integrating artists in different realms, Young has been apart of the Houston culture scene for quite some time. Having an affiliation with the famous "Icey Life" collective, that housed talents such as Dice Soho, Trill Sammy, Nate Da'Vinci, and more, Young always was around to see and be apart of the progression of what the Houston rap scene has ultimately grown to be in recent years. Due to his involvement with being a liaison of fashion and a writer, he's plugged in and influenced many people to take an alternative route in the music scene in H-Town.

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Behind The Lens: Jon Psycho

The California residing camera man depicts more than your freshest visuals, he delivers a sinister tone that's suspenseful yet intriguing when viewers pay attention to his work. You can find in the visuals that he's shot with the likes of Da$h, Drakeo the Ruler, Chief Keef, and more. The vast amount of talent that's featured in his videos gives to how big his range is when it comes to his work. 

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The Rundown: Yung Coby

The Killeen, TX native recently came back home from jail and since his release, he's made a non-stop effort to infiltrate Texas' sound with his pure honesty, craftiness for spectacular hooks, and reality ridden wordplay he displays in his lyrics. Probably one of the "dark horses" in the Texas scene right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if Coby catches a spark with the consistency he's providing right now. 

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The Rundown: Rocky Banks

Rocky Banks has been a familiar name in the Houston hip-hop scene for quite some time with the releases of his two impressive projects, "In Other News, I Don't Do Drugs Anymore" and "Trust In Banko". He aims to further his popularity and expand his fan base even more with his profilic release that has hit the internet, "Big Little Brother".

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Let The Underground Speak! : How 6FT Is Developing A New Platform for South Florida

6FT Interviews has become not only a hot spot for artists to stop by and lay down their opinions of the industry but it also gives these on the rise performers a strong platform to talk shit on. Nick Torious has followed a similar format that famous LA-based podcast, No Jumper has taken by giving artists a platform to speak while also providing tips for viewers that range from how to get more subscribers to do's and don't of being in Miami.

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Texas artist BBY KODIE blends humor and bass, a recipe for him to prosper in 2018

One of the most popular artists who has recently paved his own path as well is Ugly God, a rapper who raps about booty and toenails, but scored a nice record deal with Asylum/Warner Brother Records and garnered a grand following within the last year due to hilarious antics. Somone who may follow in the same footsteps is a bubbling artist that goes by the name of BBY KODIE. 

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Producers Only: ChasetheMoney

In our first edition of this interview series, we wanted to start off strong and we wanted to give insight into the future into the art of producers who are on the rise right now. One of the captivating individuals who's breaking the glass with his sound is ChasetheMoney. The groundbreaking producer has played an instrumental role into the sounds of G.O.O.D. Music signee Valee and Chicago buzzing artist G Herbo along with catering the to the grooves of the younger generation with Comethazine, Lil Wop, Steve Cannon, and more. Seeing as he's weaved in and out of different synths with various artists, ChasetheMoney is on the path of being one of most influential producers for this new generation. 

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Press Lives Matter: TK Kimbro, LA Music Scene Tastemaker

We stay on the Left Coast that some may call the Best Coast and soak up some game from one of Los Angeles' most pivotal figures in their hip-hop scene now, TK Kimbro. He is the creative liaison that has helped and curated the careers of artists such as Shoreline Mafia, 03 Greedo, Drakeo the Ruler, and the rest of the Stinc Team. Being as wise as he is, he's correctly tapped into the voice of the young and booming creative culture in LA, and it's paying off in a major way with expectations for the artists mentioned to have great years coming in the future. 

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Press Lives Matter: Kate Loesch, A&R at Warner Music Group

On this path of finding cool chicks who are getting to the bag but also defining the game with their own rules, we run into the music lover and rule breaker, Kate Loesch, one of the newest additions on the A&R team for Warner Music Group. Being on the end where Warner Music Group is the major distributor for Atlantic Records, Warner Bros Records, Asylum, and others, Ms. Loesch will be implemented in a vital role to help grow their artistry and sound in 2018. Loesch has pivoted in the industry with experiences with UMG, Sony, and most recently at Epic Records where she worked with Jez Dior and Blac Youngsta. Her expertise and tastemaker touch has made one of the sought minds in today's rapid music industry. 

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Came Out of Nowhere: Why Lil Mosey might be one of the key voices to listen to in 2018

As it may be no surprise how much Elevator has paved the way for artists to break out their region with the likes of Chief Keef to Comethazine to Maxo Kream and more. The list can go on and on when it comes to artists establishing their debut on the site but recently it was an artist who really came out nowhere and has established himself with a footing in the game with his new single that's at a million views in the matter of a month. This being the 15-year-old unknown rising artist, Lil Mosey. 

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Entrepreneurial guru, Gary Vee stops by No Jumper

When it comes to the No Jumper interviews, they've become the launching pad for some of the most intriguing artists who are emerging at this time such as Lil Yachty, Key!, Lil Xan, Trippie Redd, Lil Wop, and more. Instead of lacing watchers with some of their favorite music artists to be interviewed, he caught with the influential entrepreneur Gary Vee.

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The Rundown: LouGotCash

Bouncing around the map and getting in tune with different sounds from everywhere, we revisit the birthplace of hip-hop to get indulged in the work of Queens-bred artist LouGotCash. After releasing his singles, “Make 10” and “Pipe Down”, Cash has become apart of a class of New York rappers that includes A Boogie, Don Q, Cardi B, Casanova and more who are looking to break the barriers beyond the Tri-State area. The Gwinin Entertainment/Republic Records artist has made some big splashes into the game but looks to leave a lasting impact with his debut project, “Louniversal”. 

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The Rundown: Lonny X

Coming a different perspective than the two artists before, Lonny presents a more rowdy yet intriguing figure to his foundation of music. You can hear it in his project, "Money Year: Very Bad Influence" to some of his more recent material, Lonny is moving at his own pace and winning his own race. The visuals that he releases depict the modern day set up of CT and how one can emerge from that area. 

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The Rundown: Native Youth

If you've visited the site before, you have seen the material of Native Youth. Coming on the scene with her lo-fi hip-hop artistry of music, Youth defines herself as an X-Factor who's playing by her own rules and breaking borders with her sound. You hear this clearly in her recent body of work, "Second Chances," which is the perfect emotional filled soundtrack for your late night moves and grooves. Her versatile presentation shows the world that South Florida has more to offer than the typical "thrash rap" that's being pushed in your face. It's a lighter palette, but it's held down with feelings that anyone can relate to. 

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