Hossein Mousavi aka ‘Tohi’ was born on 25th January 1989 in Tehran the capital of Iran. At the young age of thirteen Tohi had a strong interest in rap and R&B music and decided he wanted to follow his dreams of becoming an International artist and break boundaries by becoming the first Persian rapper. Through passion and determination Tohi took his music to the next level after relocating to Dubai to focus solely on his work of creating hit songs. Tohi started to build a remarkable audience making a large impact on Asian markets worldwide. In 2010 Tohi relocated to London to continued his work with existing producers from his home town as well as new producers from all over the world. Tohi is now an existing artist in International markets with a large fan base of over 10 million across his social networks. He has released over 50 single’s and 20 music videos which have all received over 20 million plays through online streams. Tohi is most famous for hit songs such as ‘Ba Man Miraghsi’, ‘Ba Maram’, ‘Roya’, ‘Khodaya Mercy’ and ‘Amazing’. Tohi currently tours internationally numerous times a year at top venues around the world. Tohi’s greatest […]
Manchester duo Children of Zeus, a.k.a. Tyler Daley and Konny Kon, have said that when you live in a city that never stops raining, there isn’t much to do except sit inside and make music. Despite the gloomy conditions, the pair’s full-length debut is a warm and intoxicating fusion of hip-hop, jazz and soul. Their vocals float between rapping and singing with ease, maintaining a meditative pace made for Sunday-afternoon lazing. Keen to showcase more of Manchester’s rising talent, they invite R&B vocalist [ K S R ] to smother “All on You” with his honey-smooth voice, while rapper/singer Layfullstop contributes to the laidback ode to positivity “Fear of a Flat Planet”.
With a series of hits that bundled gangster rhymes, weed talk, pop hooks, and slick production, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa went from breakthrough single (“Black and Yellow”) to feature film star (Mac and Devin Go to High School) in the short span of two years. Along the way there were revered mixtapes, sports anthems, a friendship with West Coast legend Snoop Dogg, the proliferation of his crew referencing Taylor Gang or Die T-shirts, and a friendship with the late actor Paul Walker that inspired the massive hit “See You Again.” A military brat, Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, was born in 1987 in Minot, North Dakota. After his parents divorced when he was three, he lived in various places and military bases around the world. His first attempt at committing lyrics to paper was around age nine, and at 12 he was already recording and producing his own records in his father’s Oklahoma studio. Settling in Pittsburgh during his high school years, Khalifa laid down the groundwork for a solo career and kept busy recording music in a local studio, I.D. Labs. He stood out among the studio’s regulars, prompting the I.D. Labs’ staff to offer him […]
Known for a uniquely fluid and melodic yet mumbling vocal style, rapper Future busted out of Atlanta at the dawn of the 2010s with a flurry of mixtapes, high-charting albums, certified platinum singles such as “Turn on the Lights” and “Low Life,” and contributions to several other hits as a featured artist. Born Nayvadius Wilburn, he grew up in his city’s Zone 6 section with roots in the ATL’s Dungeon Family, who dubbed him “the Future.” Mentored by cousin and fellow Dungeon Family member Rico Wade of the revered Organized Noize, Future released his first mixtapes in 2010 and early 2011, which left him poised for a mainstream breakthrough. A few months after the January 2011 release of his third mixtape, Future was featured on YC’s “Racks,” a single that bubbled up to the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Shortly thereafter, the rapper signed with major-label Epic, and “Tony Montana,” his proper debut single, subsequently peaked just outside the Top 20. Its parent album, Pluto, landed the following April and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, supported by the number two R&B/hip-hop hit “Turn on the Lights,” which earned Future his first RIAA platinum certification. No […]
“There’s no such thing as the peak to me,” Not3s told Dummy in March 2018. “I hate that concept…I just want to keep elevating.” Such ambition explains the Londoner’s productivity: Just eight months after the vibrant Take Not3s helped place him in the mainstream, thanks to its UK Top 20 single “My Lover”, he’s delivered this follow-up. He once again toggles between rapping and singing as the music blends hip-hop, Afrobeats, R&B and dancehall into fiercely melodic forms. This time though, his agile rhymes reveal a man digesting the good and bad of pop success. “Just Fine” is a joyful victory lap, and “Sit Back Down” offers a withering dismissal of haters and hangers-on, while “Got” offsets triumph with sharp awareness that the more you gain, the more you have to lose.
Canadian songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer Drake sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether with his own chart-topping releases or a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the former child actor’s first four proper albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape, topped the album charts in his native Canada and in the U.S. Though he caroused with his most hedonistic contemporaries, Drake was frequently praised for his sensitive, introspective approach to rap and R&B. He also used his platform to support emerging talent like the Weeknd, and eventually formed his own OVO Sound label. Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto, Ontario-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.” He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up […]
The Hunna are a four-piece indie rock band from Hertfordshire, England. Singer/guitarist Ryan Potter, lead guitarist Dan Dorney, bassist Jermaine Angin, and drummer Jack Metcalfe quickly built a local following before teaming up with producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) to record their debut single. “Bonfires” and its B-side, “She’s Casual” were released in October 2015, coinciding with the Hunna’s first supporting tour with Bristol-based band Coasts. They spent much of 2016 in the studio recording their debut album 100, which saw release later the same year. Following headline slots at the Festival Republic Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band prepared for the release of their sophomore record with the lead singles “Summer” and “Dare.” The ten-track Dare was released in 2018. ~ Timothy Monger
After a year of travelling the globe and working with a bunch of the hottest producers along the way, London songstress ANGEL announces her new sound with the release of the epic pop-dance track ‘Habibi’. The uplifting single is produced by the much in demand UK producer Rymez, famed for his work with Wiley on the No. 1 smash ‘Heatwave’ and the No. 3 hit ‘Can You Hear Me Ft. Skepta & JME’. Rymez other credits include James Arthur, Krept & Konan and he was the producer of the platinum hit ‘Hurtin’ by Steff Lon-don feat French Montana. Many of Angel’s musical influences have found their way onto the production, there’s nods to Dubai in the lyrics and middle-eastern melodies and hooks throughout the track. These are underpinned by South Asian rhythms and even Drum N Bass flavoured beats, which together make for an eclectic but concise piece of EDM/Pop. A remix package also follows the release, which includes a deep house remix from Khool C11ty, who recently saw their track ‘In Ma head’ go viral on Instagram plus further remixes from Shayal who delivers a stripped down approach with flashes of late night trap. The release also includes a […]
Osborne Jones are a musical duo consisting of David Osborne and David-Gwyn Jones. The pair met in their teens in the Midlands of England and have worked together and with others on projects and in bands ever since then. Their latest album is entitled ‘Ever Closer’ and is the follow up to their previous album ‘Only Now’. The new album ‘Ever Closer’ was produced by Teddy Thompson and features players such as Albert Lee, Will McFarlane and Kenny Vaughan. Their song ‘Sometime Soon’ previously won the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Song Contest and is currently the theme to renowned environmentalist Bill Macdonald’s acclaimed short film ‘Sometime Soon; A Wake-Up Call’. Osborne Jones have previously released ‘Out of Blue Yonder’ and ‘Long Night Moon’ and the songs and music for ‘Saskia’, The Album. Osborne Jones are part of the New Traditional Country scene that is growing in LA and elsewhere. This centres on The Grand Ole Echo and Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance and includes people like Rosie Flores, James Intveld, See Hawks In LA and Rick Shea from Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men who produced their previous album ‘Only Now’. Rick Shea also plays pedal steel guitar on the new album ‘Ever […]
South London’s 67 started life as a street gang before evolving into a music and media brand that involved a number of people from the Brixton Hill area in London. 67 strove to break away from the U.K. grime scene, instead pursuing a sound that had more in common with Chicago drill, in the process defining themselves as leading U.K. drill artists. The main players in the 67 family originally included six MCs — LD (with his iconic mask), ASAP, Dimzy, Monkey, SJ, and Liquez — the backing tracks were primarily handled by four main producers, known as Mazza Munroe, Gotti, LA Beats, and Carns Hill. They began to gain serious attention with their breakout track “Live Corn” in 2014; the following year they cemented their reputation with two high-profile singles, “Skengman” and “Take It There,” followed by their first acclaimed mixtape titled In Skengs We Trust, released just before SJ stopped appearing on releases for reasons that 67 refused to discuss. In 2016, the crew set their sights even higher. Their early single, “Let’s Lurk,” not only featured Giggs but set the table for their first charting mixtape, also titled Let’s Lurk, which ironically placed at number 66 in […]
Showcasing the melismatic vocals of Olly Alexander, London’s Years & Years artfully combine ’80s-style ambient synth pop with funky electronic beats. The group came together in 2010 in London when multi-instrumentalists/producers Michael Goldsworthy and Emre Türkman met online while looking to start a band. They eventually added vocalist and actor Alexander after hearing him singing at a friend’s house while taking a shower. The trio’s keyboard and electronics-based sound first gained exposure when the single Traps was released on Kitsuné Music in 2013. The group’s second EP, Real, came out in February 2014, and with some impressive live dates under their belts, Years & Years announced they had signed a deal with Polydor. Their first major-label single, Take Shelter, appeared in August 2014, followed by a collaboration with the Magician on Sunlight a month later and by the release of Desire in November. In 2015, on the heels of winning the prestigious BBC Sound Of award, Years & Years released their debut full-length album, Communion. Well received, the album debuted at number one in the U.K., and peaked in the Top 50 of the U.S. Billboard 200. The following year, they were nominated for four BRIT Awards and contributed the […]