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A Shannon Dill that bloomed to be DaphoDILL

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Versatile and full of inspiration is the 26-year-old Indie artist, Shannon Dill from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was the youngest and the philosophical child at most. That made her choose philosophy as her major. Aside from that, she also took sign language and various sports activities. Writing poems was her way to express her sentiments and seeing them brought out as her self-published books to the world greatly thrilled her. The first book she published was Colors of Blue Shades of Black. 

Above all the things she enjoyed, for Shannon Dill now popularly known as DaphoDILL, music was the greatest. She had always loved music but hated her name. Ironically now, her name became her personality and music was her own life story where she put pieces of herself regardless of the beat or lyrics.

Rooted motivation

It started when her late grandmother left a word that the Shannon she used to hate “is going to do something and going to be something.” DaphoDILL’s talent was evidently seen as early as 2nd grade when she already got lessons on the guitar and piano along with a drum set. Quite funny for her that she could not read music, but at a very young age, she can already write and produce various types of it. 

As she reflected on the people who waste their talents, she realized that she never wanted to waste her own. With her ability as a poet and loving the adverse styles that poetry could be made into and the diversity amongst different readers and writers, she started to put her poems to music. 

Needless to say, all successful people have their own fair share of struggles. Another reason that got her into music is witnessing her family struggle at a very young age. She knew deep in her heart that she had to be the one to break that ‘generational curse’ and produce ‘generational wealth’.

“It takes one person to step out and do something different for something to change.”

DaphoDILL used that struggle as a great motivation to show what she can do from what she loves.

Thriving passion

DaphoDILL describes her music as fun. Her music is DaphoDILL herself. It is her life in lyrics with a really dope beat. She turned her poetry into lyrics, to sum up, all the feelings raging at her and share every little piece of life’s moments, creating dope art because music is indeed an art.

Presently, she had already released a couple of her masterpieces. Those are “All Facts” ft. ZAYTOVEN, “Black Shades” and “Blue Colors”, “G.A.B. HIGH” and two more, behind it named “I’m Rolling Jimmy” and “Misplaced a Misses”. Interestingly enough she loves sad rap and pop-rock and indie rock type of music with a little mix of hip-hop/rap. So, she took her story and put that rock on these hip-hop/rap type of beats to create these projects. 

“Black Shades” and “Blue Colors” related the black lives being taken while unarmed or in their beds sleeping or failing to signal and ending up in a grave. All Facts talked about knowing who you are as a person. As the lyrics go, “Freeze, look in the mirror, do ya dance, shake that ass.” It says don’t argue with anyone, and don’t let someone take you out of your character. “G.A.B. HIGH”, has the type of “hey, I know you want me but you can’t have me because you need to do better and if you want them you can have them goodbye there’s the front door” type of vibe. 

“Misplaced a Misses” is simple. The song was about turning a ‘hoe’ into a housewife. “I’m Rolling Jimmy” was simply put, “don’t get it twisted I am hot I will take ya man!” She will also be releasing a new album called Anomalous.

You can catch up with her music and life at Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, Tiktok, SoundCloud and Audiomack.

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Drosz: Seeks To Spread A Positive Message Throughout Each Of His Releases

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Ronald Dross, Better known as Drosz is an on the rise recording artist. From the time he was young he wanted to play sports professionally and thought that potentially his career path would be in that field. Playing sports was his expertise, but he had no idea how much of an impact music would have in his life. While in church he used to participate in the choir. He was influenced by his uncle at an early age named Eric Isles who was singing in the industry already,but who also sang in the church. Church is where young Drosz learned about melodies, altos, tenors, sopranos and also his own sound. His mother Valerie was also a huge influence in his life as she also sang and directed in the choir. Being in the presence of his uncle Eric Isles and his mother helped motivate him in the direction of becoming an artist. Eric used to work for Def Jam which is a well known label within the music industry. Seeing the lifestyle and being in the environment had Drosz hooked. 

All throughout highschool Drosz involved himself in music and sports. It wasn’t until junior college that he was trying to discover his own sound vocally and production wise. He and his cousin decided to start their own gospel rap group in 2004-2005. Their debut song was titled “Rock For The Lord”. Making that record allowed them access to an amazing opportunity to perform at McDonald’s gospel fest that year. It was a huge accomplishment. After a few performances he decided to take time away from music. In 2012 he and his cousin came together again to drop a new song which was actually a pop record called “Spotlight” under the

group name Playoffs. They enjoyed expressing themselves through music. The song “Like Me” really captured Drosz into finding his own sound as a solo artist. The start of the pandemic is what catapulted him into his music career as a solo artist. 

Currently he is working in the studio on more music to release such as solo records and music collaborations. He is also working on some visuals to surprise his fans with. He is staying busy and consistent to say the least. While also working on music he will also be working on a high end street clothing line. Drosz is an inspiration to all and speaks knowledge within his works of art. Music can alter moods and change lives. He just wants to be a part of it. 

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Earnest Pugh Has Signed With ER The Label And Is Slated To Release A New Holiday Single: “Ring Dem Bells” on 11/26

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Earnest Pugh is an Emmy Awarding Winning Artist who has released 12 CDs to date with three #1 Billboard Singles: “Rain On Us” “I Need Your Glory” and most recently “God Wants To Heal You”.. This year Earnest has signed with ER The Label and in celebration of his label signing, he has decided to release a new holiday song entitled Ring Dem Bells (2021).  Ring Dem Bells is a sure-to-be new holiday classic with its rich choir vocals, celebratory arrangement; and it’s overall poignant and timeless messaging: “….We know Jesus is Born, He’s the light of the World.. Emanuel, He is the King and he shall reign!”

These lyrics serve to remind us of the importance of the holiday in which we rejoice the birth of Christ.  “Oh Ring Dem Bells !, Christmas is Here! & Jesus is Near! ….. Ring Dem Bells On This Special Day.. It’s Christmas!!”

When we spoke to the Earnest he told us: “I am optimistic about joining forces with ER in an effort to further influence my catalogue with more innovative and creative digital marketing strategies that will yield an even larger reach through the world.” Pugh continued with: “The global pandemic put a sense of urgency in me to be more visible on digital platforms. My mom us to say…It impossible to unlock new doors with old keys. I started my search for cutting-edge company to propel my brand and catalogue. I am confident that ER is the machine and avenue by which my content will gain more visibility, engagement, and consumption than ever! 

“Ring Dem Bells” was written and produced by Keith Williams and is sure to spread joy and bliss this holiday season.  The Holiday Single will be available on all digital platforms on November 25th.

Ring Dem Bells is a joyous and celebrative holiday song that will be a great and enjoyable add to any holiday playlist.  

Click the link to pre-save “Ring Dem Bells” today: https://le.ffm.to/ringdembells

To commemorate the release of the Ring Dem Bell; Pugh is also gearing up for a Holiday Tour: “Christmas with Earnest Pugh and Friends”. You can obtain more details at: www.earnestpugh.com 

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Doing it for the culture: Dough From Da Go serves up a hot new album

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Dough From Da Go is an American entertainment genius who has made a name for himself in the music industry as he worked in production and sound engineering since the 2000s. He has earned his stripes by pioneering the widely known Stack or Starve Movement which has branched out into Stack or Starve Mixtapes, DVD, and DJ crew. An endeavor that undoubtedly helped many artists from his home of Chicago to get their names out in the scene. 

Through the years, Dough was able to get the respect and recognition he rightfully deserves. This artist caught the eyes of Mixshow & Lifestyle vice president Eric Parler from Def Jam Recordings. Which gave him the opportunity to work with the biggest names in the music industry such as Kanye West, Jadakiss, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, and a lot more. 

“I don’t do what I do for validation, never have never will” he says.

While his job at Def Jam at Chicago was more on the marketing and promotion side of things, Dough’s love for making music and the culture of it have always been his most powerful asset. From promotion campaigns to creating his own works, he is an entertainer who is definitely nothing short of the ultimate complete package.

 Do it for the culture

Dough From Da Go’s latest work the “Mineral Water” album is something like an offering to the culture of hip-hop. It is a soulful mix spiced with his very own personality. His well-written words and musical prowess is guided by the creativity that knows no bounds. 

“The album was something I wanted to put out on my own terms, and do it for the culture of hip-hop” he said.

He sees music as more than just a way to be famous or earn money. Dough looks at music and sees the rich culture behind it. His appreciation for the history and emotions that come with hip-hop allowed him to create a piece of art like this album. 

The “Mineral Water” album is unlike any other that you’ve seen before. This piece of art is the product of true passion and devotion to the craft of music-making. Dough himself describes it as everlasting. Its unorthodox approach to music carries the flavors that are embedded deep within the culture of hip-hop. This album is so full of love for the art and culture of it all that it basically hypes up the entire culture of hip-hop as you experience all its glory.

The genius behind it all

Dough From Da Go’s journey towards musical success started when he was young. His fondest memories of childhood were dotted by moments where tracks from the ’80s filled their home during parties. He fell in love with music and gravitated towards hip-hop as he grew up. 

His love for hip-hop led him to pursue a career in music. The love he had for the craft was so overwhelming that he devoted himself to every aspect of it. Whether it was marketing, sound engineering, production, or writing songs, he was down for it. And he became the musical genius that he is today because of this passion. A dream turned into reality.

This passion eventually led to the birth of the album “Mineral Water”. A manifestation of his love and respect for the culture of hip-hop.

Are you a hip-hop fan? Try listening to Mineral Water and get to know Dough From Da Go. Find out more about our musical genius on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and Youtube.

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