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Hip-Hop Artist, Tae Wall on What It Takes to Make It as an Independent Musician



Hip-hop music has been a treasured part of American culture since its inception during the late 1970’s, within the economically depressed sectors of the Bronx in New York City. Created, nurtured and primarily distributed by African American communities, hip-hop’s funky beats and lively sounds gradually evolved and paved the way for its well-known sister genres. Deejaying, rhythmic spoken word and turntables evolved into rap patterns and trap music – commonly enjoyed by today’s youth. 

Despite hip-hop’s versatility and cultural importance, breaking out as a hip-hop star involves much more than sheer musical talent. Cleveland native, Donte Wallace – better known by his stage name, Tae Wall – credits his success to his determination and natural curiosity for music. 

“I was always around music,” said Wallace. “There was no question about it, I wanted to create my own music, my own brand, my own sound. Everything about it drew me in.” 

For Wallace, music ran in the family growing up. He grew up watching his older brother, Donald Wallce, writing and producing his own tracks. Motivated by his brother’s determination, Wallace also began to write his own songs at just 10 years old. Like his brother, music became a tremendous part of Wallace’s life. In high school he briefly joined a rap group called “C.T.S,” however Wallace later left the group to focus on his independent music career. Shortly after, Donald Wallace became his younger brother’s manager. 

Following his high school graduation, Wallace briefly attended Kentucky State University to play football. If not for music, Wallace said he would have likely focused on his career as a potential athlete – however, his passion for music was too great. Not long after Wallace shifted his primary focus back to music, he began to receive unique offers to go on the road from the iconic group, 2 Live Crew, to perform alongside industry legends such as MC Hammer and Sir Mix-A-Lot. 

However, Wallace emphasized the struggles independent artists face while trying to build a name, image and brand for themselves – compared to artists who have previously been signed. Independent artists, or artists that do not have a contract with a record label, are often unequipped with the resources needed to produce or record their own songs, network with industry professionals or how to distribute their music. Even the legalities of copyrighting music, for instance, can be an intimidating hurdle to overcome alone. 

“The opportunities just started presenting themselves,” said Wallace. “I put in the work, I was making my own beats, my own tracks – and I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour with artists I grew up listening to. All the drive, all the motivation was paying off.” 

The opportunity to tour provided Wallace with the chance to distribute his music to a broader audience and to build connections that, unbeknownst to him, would last a lifetime. In fact, he referred to Sir Mix-A-Lot and MC Hammer not only as mentors, but as trusted friends in the industry who have given Wallace valuable advice throughout his career. 

“The best advice I’ve ever received from someone in this industry is to remain focused,” said Wallace. “You’re going to have doors closed in your face, you’re going to hear no all the time…especially as an independent artist. Keep your head up, stay focused on your message and your music and your work will begin to pay off.” 

For Wallace, this advice has proven to be true. Earlier this year, he signed a multi-year distribution deal with Talent Room Entertainment. Shortly after, Wallace released a single titled, “Scholarship,” featuring Grammy-nominated artist, Jadakiss. Additionally, just last month he was provided the opportunity to collaborate with Atlanta-based producer, Zaytoven. With over 1.8 million followers on instagram, Zaytoven has gained notoriety in the hip-hop world for previously working with artists such as Gucci Mane and 21 Savage. The duo worked together to create Wallace’s new single, “Playz,” now streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Although Wallace admits he is living out his dream and feels lucky to be where he is now, he also added that his accomplishments did not come without sacrifices and a tremendous amount of effort from him and his team. With combined support from his family, friends and his growing network of fans on social media, Wallace remains excited for the future of his career in the music industry.

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What Makes Esmae’s Newest Single ‘Oughta Know’ A Hit



Last March 19, Friday, Esmae achieved a new milestone in her career. The singer/songwriter from Teesside, United Kingdom released her first single, “Oughta Know,” which received positive feedback from listeners. 

Esmae is an independent, self-funded artist who has just released her debut single, “Oughta Know” from her EP “Do Better.”

Her new single has garnered thousands of streams and is also supported by BBC Introducing, thus making it an even sweeter accomplishment for the up-and-coming singer-songwriter. 

Creating Relevant Music

Oughta Know is a sassy slice of pop that features a polished production, strong vocals, and an undeniably catchy chorus. It tells the story of a one-sided relationship from the perspective of someone who ‘oughta know’ better. 

The single earned over 27,000 streams and was followed by Esmae’s summer track, “Depend on You.’ Esmae has two further singles to be released later in the year. ‘Oughta Know’ is just a small taste of what’s to come for Esmae’s career in the music industry. 

“My goal is to keep writing relevant music that people can relate to and to start performing live soon,” Esmae said. 

She added that she’s proud that her songs draw inspiration from her life experiences or the experiences of people she knows, thus uncovering a whole range of human emotions while making the writing process interesting.

A Much Awaited Release 

Even though ‘Oughta Know’ has only been released a few months ago, Esmae has already been writing songs for longer than that. She wrote her first song when she was 16 years old. But because she was successful in other careers, she decided not to pursue music…yet. 

Over the years, Esmae could no longer deny her calling and passion for music. Despite all the twists and turns, she eventually went back to music and is now immersing herself in it fully. 

“Because I didn’t have the chance to pursue my music career when I was younger, it crystallized that this is what I want to do and as a result, I’m 100 percent focused on making that happen,” she said. 

The singer-songwriter first came to prominence in 2019 when her Soundcloud collection of tracks quickly garnered over 500,000 streams. Her passion for old-school RnB pop and buttery vocals allowed her to create her unique brand of music.  

Esmae later decided to stop sitting on the songs she’d been writing privately and take them into the studio to record. Now, she feels satisfied and fulfilled that she gets to share her music as she was always meant to do. 

For more information, visit Esmae’s Instagram page. Or listen to her new song, Oughta Know, on Soundcloud.

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Princess Lizan Dizaye: Barer Of The Angelic Voice



Lizan, better known as Princess Lizan Dizaye who comes from a popular Kurdish family called dizaye is an artist from erbil kurdistan who loves to sing since she was a little girl, lizan grew up in a small town in Enschede based in Holland. Se has an amazing unique voice she uses her passionate experiences to make unique vocals. Everything she sings comes from her heart she’s an independent recording artist multitalented environmentalist, climate activist, poem writer, model, wfpusa & sandcloud ambassador, art creator, all her songs lyrics are written by herself. Lizan gained fans in early 2003 when she got awarded for best live singer artist and crowned miss high school, cause she sang on big stage in high school the song “Celine Dion” my heart will go on” in 2005 she moved to Canada for a while and recorded songs in Vancouver studio, where she gained many more fans via mountain fest.

She knew then felt that it would become her passion and it will soon became her career. Once people began to admire her music she started taking it a lot more seriously. Her first song “George Floyd” warrys her first serious project released in 2021 followed with being the first Kurdish artist who released trance genre music “reason you love me” and the project song “George Floyd” caught many peoples attention Especially black lives & George Floyd page soon started to follow lizan on Instagram, she gains fans in an organic way on many platforms especially on YouTube Facebook and Instagram lizan released many more songs called “Hey my love”  “no time for love ft tom bensheim” and “quarantine” based on people who passed away from covid -19 followed by “Royalblood” & “royalblood remix ft domy dj” based on her royal background and life, lizan continues making new music she’s multitalented can sing almost all kind of music genres her new song “golden gun” is now available on all platforms,

Lizan states that she likes & continues to be perceived as passionate, uniquely & talented enthusiastic, authentic Lizan loves to support and advice all other artists out there saying, do not to give up on your dreams keep soaring like and eagle and roar like a lion even if your alone in reaching what you love in life be the best version of yourself be you never give up!

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How OMG L33 $OUNDZ’ Hustle In Life Led Him To Music



Back in 2019, OMG L33 $OUNDZ released a song on SoundCloud titled “No Limit$” ft. Vidal Garcia that reached more than 3,000 streams. Because of this song, the artist also gained a following on Instagram and since had a lot of engagement from his audience. 

OMG L33’s profound start in music wasn’t planned since he didn’t think of becoming a rapper or musician. But now that the way has been paved, he intends to hustle his way through the industry to show how much he can improve and achieve greater accomplishments. 

Discovering A Hidden Talent 

Before he made a breakthrough with his music, OMG L33 used to work in the automotive and transportation industry as a delivery truck driver and dispatcher. 

“I used to mess up when I would rap, and I learned to just keep going if a line or verse didn’t sound good.  I’ve always told myself I’d get better one day,” he shared. 

OMG L33 started rapping and writing lyrics when he was 14-years old. He based his lyrics on his life experiences and jotted down verses and bars that would come to him at the moment. 

The artist had humble beginnings as a welfare child. Whenever he needed something, he would take it upon himself to find ways to meet his needs. Eventually, this led him to music as an outlet where he can express himself freely. 

Back then, he knew he still had room for improvement as a rapper and songwriter. Looking back, and with the positive feedback that his song received, he can proudly say that he has become a better artist. 

Breaking A Cycle With Music 

OMG L33’s brand is called OMGFL which stands for On My Grind For Life. He came up with the name as a testament to how he grinded and hustled his way through life. 

He envisions his brand to be more than just another one in the music industry. When the time comes that OMG L33 is financially stable enough to call his music a full-time career, he wants to help others achieve the things he couldn’t due to poverty. 

“My main focus is to establish a name for myself as an artist so that people will understand what OMGFL stands for. I need to build a foundation for my children and let them have some sort of ownership down the line as I start to build on improving in different areas,” he said. 

By establishing his LLC legitimately, OMG L33 has the power to break the poverty cycle and build his brand into a business that caters to everyone in the entertainment industry. 
Learn more about OMG L33 $OUNDZ through his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Or listen to his music on SoundCloud and Spotify.

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