Welcome to the weekend! That means today is…New Music Friday! Gotta make this a quick one. I’ve got too much work to do today, so let’s get to the music!
Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna – Solid (feat. Drake)
Young Stoner Life Records is back with Slime Language 2, the second album released on the label. I do enjoy some of the tracks on this album…but Solid isn’t doing it for me. Drake feels out of place (maybe because he overshadowed the others) and the song never really reeled me in. But who am I? Let’s see what Twitter says!
Alright, I’ll take the L
Here it is:
Julia Michaels – Love Is Weird
With the release of Love Is Weird, Michaels announced her upcoming debut album, Not In Chronological Order. The album will drop on April 30.
Here is Love Is Weird:
Walk Off The Earth – Anthem
I will unapologetically say, I am a fan of Walk Off The Earth…even if keyboardist and vocalist Gianni Luminati has not one…not two…but THREE man buns. Excessive, sir.
In a world full of sadness and depression and just straight up shit, Anthem is a feel-good tune that we could all use. Check it out here.
Envee – Their Whispers (feat. Matthew Garwood)
Here is a small label release for you guys. Envee is actually one of my first artists to sign as an A&R at Estabrook Road Records. The 21-year-old Australian rapper has all the talent and all the drive I wish I had at his age. Give it a listen and let me know what you guys think in the comments!
Alright guys, that’s all the time I have today. For more new releases, check out Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here. Have a great weekend, friends!
Welcome to another edition of Indie Artist Interviews. Today’s guest is Australian rap artist, Envee. We’ll be talking about his release and we are going to learn a lot about him.
Ryan: Envee! What’s up, brother? Welcome to the internet! Why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself before we get rollin’.
Envee: So I was born in Sydney, Australia, I’m 21 years old and I’ve been grinding essentially my whole life if I’m honest, man. I moved around a lot growing up my G, and I mean a lot, man. I think I’ve moved houses like a good 15-20 times, man. So I don’t really have a place I can call home, but I lived in the central coast for about 8-9 years. At the time I was there, I was the only Middle Eastern kid in a very predominantly “Australian” Area. There was not a lot of other ethnicities in my school growing up and I paid the price for that, man. I got picked on a lot for that, especially because my name was so different.
I have one brother. He’s older, I love him to death, man. He’s always there for me, he’s my rock, always catches me when I fall so I’m very grateful for him, and my mum and dad too. Oh my days, I love my parents heavy. They’ve always supported me and my risky lifestyle, especially because I’m not your average kid, like at all. I was a professional footballer from a young kid. I was a musician, an actor, I performed in theatre, then I travelled at 17 to live on my own and play football in England. I guess I’ve put them through a lot, and they’ve supported everything I’ve done.
Ryan: That’s crazy, man. And for our American readers, he played what we call “soccer.” haha
Ryan: Alright bro, tell us about the big release.
Envee: So about tonights release, oh my days, is it special. You know I was sitting in the studio with my executive producer and best friend sam Antony, who is by far, the greatest producer in Australia, hands down. His music knowledge, his creativity, his ideas, they’re second to none. I’ve never seen it before. We were sitting down in the studio and we were about to do a gig, and I had created this concept which eventually turned into this track. As Sam and I were sitting down, I just turned to him and said, “man what the fuck is happening to my beautiful genre that was once rap? How the fuck did we go from Lupe fiasco, Eminem, my guy J Cole to fucking lil Xan and Lil Yaghty?” then I turned to him and said “fuck it I guess we gotta rescue it.” So I put a lot of work into this track man, in terms of lyricism, production, I worked extremely hard on the lyrics, I made sure the story was rough, accurate and hard hitting.
Its also really safe to say that the production on this track is undeniably the greatest thing I’ve heard in 2021 too. Every time I step up my game with lyricism, Sammy surprises me and does something crazy with production, so it’s a really healthy relationship.
But the song is about a tale of 2 types of men, one guy who put up with so much adversity in his life and made his way honestly, compared to a scared little man running around with guns thinking he can be the one to say “who’s life ends when.” No man should have that power but god. I even took a little stab at that little twat 6ix9ine, who. I have no respect for at all, ruining my genre of music with his bullshit and earning money when real hard working artists have to figure how they’re going to eat next week. But I’ll let you guys figure out where I did that haha.
Ryan: Oh damn, I didn’t hear that diss. I’ll have to listen closer. haha. This song is fire though, man.
Envee: My Favourite track ever released has to probably be No Role Models by J. Cole. Man he really is one of the greatest artist’s on the planet, it would be an honour and dream come true to do a song with him one day.
Ryan: That is a dope track. This brings me to my next question, and I’m sure J. Cole is a part of that answer. Who are your biggest influences?
Envee: My biggest influences, sheesh you got time? Haha there’s so many. From Eminem, Lupe fiasco, J Cole, to Muse and Marlon Roudette. there’s a lot of artists who shaped who I am today, but I think the ones that did the most damage for me would be Eminem and J Cole, two of the greatest lyricists on this planet. I can only dream to be as good as them one day.
Ryan: I have to agree on Eminem. Dude is a lyrical genius. So out of those artists, who would you want to collaborate with?
Envee: Eminem, J Cole and Envee on a track…that’s a billboard number 1 for a lifetime.
Life Outside of Music
Ryan: What are your hobbies outside of music?
Envee: My hobby is definitely playing football, man. it’s hard for me not to miss it, man. I was, and I guess still am so good at it.
Ryan: Man, I miss being athletic. Getting old sucks. Beware. haha. How about your weirdest job?
Envee: HAHA man my weirdest and actually worst job I ever had was a salesman selling charity door-to-door, man. Damn that job sucked so bad. From 8am till 7pm, sometimes I wouldn’t get home until 10pm. That job sucked so bad, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make the dreams work.
Ryan: Oh man, tell me about it. I’ve had some ridiculous jobs. We’ll talk about that another time.
Little Envee and Dating Envee
Ryan: What were you like as a kid?
Envee: As a kid I was a dreamer and hard worker, man. I played 3 instruments by the time I was 11-12. I was picked on a lot but I still loved everyone. I’ve always been a man for the people, that’s why I do this though. I do everything I do for my brothers and sisters in this world. We must stay united together and fight the evil forces that try to divide us, like racism, sexism, greed and so on. We must stay truthful, honest and we must educate each other about each other.
Ryan: Well said. We definitely need some of that here in the States. If you could go on a date with any artist, who would it be?
Envee: Hmmmm, Maybe Billie Eilish man. She just amazes me, like she’s incredible. I’d love to just learn from her and see what she’s like in her life you know.
Ryan: I love Billie. She doesn’t give any fucks. None.
Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected to your fans during Covid?
Envee: I mean Australia managed Covid really well, so every now and then when I walk the streets I have fans greet me and say hello. The funniest thing that’s happened was I went through a drive through of McDonald’s and I had the guy taking my order listening and singing Kinda Funny which was my first track that went top 40 global. That was amazing man, I was like you like that, song yeah? And he was like dude I love it! Haha not knowing that I actually wrote it hahaha. But I would say social media more. It’s made it easy you know, I’m not really good at the whole social media game, but I talk to a lot of people, get a lot of messages, so mainly social media.
Ryan: It’s nice to have people recognize your art. If you could perform your music in any city today, where would it be?
Envee: I’m really not sure man. Anywhere I go, I want the crowd to feel my energy, Envee concerts are crazy man, because it’s not just me performing, it’s all of us together. It’s insanity. The electric in the air is terrifying. I would love to perform in LA or London.
Ryan: Well, when we start gigging again, I need to check your show out, for sure.
Ryan: Got just a few more questions for ya, buddy. What is your favorite comedy film of all time?
Envee: Man good question, I have so many far out, anything Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, Sacha Baron Cohen act in will be my favourite.
Ryan: Ace Ventura was the first movie that made me want to be an actor. I always used to mimic Jim Carrey’s facial expressions. I was a weird kid.
Ryan: What’s your drink of choice?
Envee: Water or Juice, definitely.
Ryan: One more for ya. Anything you want to say to our readers?
Envee: Yeah definitely, keep strong. I know these last couple of years have been really tough on every one, but only together will we move forward. If we stay strong and protect one another, we will be the strongest people in the world.
Envee its not a solo act, Envee means all of us going to the top together, reaching for the stars and being together. I cannot change this world, this music game on my own, we must do it together. Any time you hear an Envee track, you are a part of something bigger, better. We are one together. We will beat anything they throw at us. I love you all.
Ryan: Love it, bro. Good luck on your release tonight. I’m really looking forward to it!
I know I apologized for this last week, and here we are again. I haven’t been able to post much lately, as I took on another job at Estabrook Road Records and I have been studying music business online. But it’s the weekend and I cannot miss New Music Friday! I also have 2 great interviews coming up this week with Cat Thompson and L’Marco, so follow us for updates!
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
I feel like I’ve heard this song somewhere. Doja definitely sampled from Olivia Newton John‘s hit, Physical. Kiss Me More is a catchy-ass tune and the music video is visually stunning.
Twenty One Pilots – Shy Away
Along with this single, Twenty One Pilots announced their upcoming album Scaled and Icy which will be released May 21. At 8:00 pm EST on that day, the duo will also hold a live-streamed concert. For tickets, hit up live.twentyonepilots.com.
In the meantime, check out their new single, Shy Away.
Polo G – Rapstar
This track is a whole vibe and I am feeling it. I don’t have much to say about it, really. Just listen to it. Several times.
Seriously, if you don’t know who Polo G is…you will. This track is straight up fire. Check it out here.
Estabrook Road Records
There are a few other decent releases this week, but I want to talk a little about the little guys. It’s not a bias thing. I really do enjoy listening to tracks from these smaller labels. Estabrook Road has put out some fire tracks recently with C. Lacy and Jane Handcock. We have 5 new releases this week and a great one coming next week. I’ll post the pre-save links below so you can check them out on whichever platform you prefer.
As a bonus track, and a tribute to DMX, who passed away this afternoon at 50-years-old after a drug overdose, here is his 1998 hit Slippin’
X recently told Uproxx about the origin of his addiction to crack cocaine, claiming his mentor passed him a blunt that he didn’t know was laced with liquid crack…at 14-years-old. “A monster was born” he said. Here’s the full interview. Warning, this shit is heartbreaking.