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Serbian beauty Lady Lee global collaboration with NJ rapper, JR The Beast.
by Rob Campanell // Thursday, November 27, 2014 // // 0 Comments

Lady Lee "boy toy"

As Blastro keeps pushing on with the New Global Urban, we present a video premiere from Serbia's Lady Lee.  She collaborated with New Jersey's J.R. The Beast. WIth Lady Lee doing her own lyrics and J.R doing his rap in a New Jersey studio.  Reknowned Serbian producer, Marko Kon of Studio 3000  put the music together to deliver a great R&B / Hip hop feel with sexy vibes. The video was shot in two locations, USA and Serbia.   The video features the sultry Lady Lee immediately grabbing the attention of the hard bodied gentlemen by the pool.   She looks alluring during the nighttime swim

Watch Lady Lee "Boy Toy"

Watch Lady Lee "Houdini"

Watch Lady Lee "Romeo"

Animated music video from new hip hop artist.
by Rob Campanell // Monday, July 21, 2014 // // 0 Comments

MDZ hip hop artist

MDZis a southern style mid-western rapper known for his powerful lyrics and “feel good music”. Learning from life struggles and gang violence in his neighborhood, a drug addicted mother, and several moves during his childhood, MDZ found a safe haven in sports and academics – a gift he pays forward as a coach and mentor.

"Bettie Krocker" is an animated music video depicting three curvy, sexy video vixens and the three guys attracted to them.   In this case it turns out to be MDZ, Frenchie, and Jonny from Protekted Records."   The ladies show it off in the shopping aisles and at the dance club.   They guys are ready to pour their money and their hearts into the special recipe these gals are mixing up.

"I have a special affection for animated music videos because I got started in this industry as a producer of a computer animated music video show.   The exageratted application of physics with baseballs and bassbins in this video is funny.   You'll have to watch it to see what I mean." says Rob Campanell, co-founder and director of content programming for Blastro.

Watch "Bettie Krocker"

 

Blastro premieres Demun Jones new video for the release of Jones County
by Rob Campanell // Tuesday, June 10, 2014 // Hip Hop, Upfront, Videos // 0 Comments

DEMUN JONES has always had a way of keeping it real when it comes to the music he has written, recorded and performed throughout his career, but, that said, JONES COUNTY might well be the most genuine collection of songs that represents who the Georgia native is and certainly illustrates the place where he’s lived his entire life.

 

Asked how the songs for his forthcoming solo project came about, Demun said, “I went out in my front yard and imagined what are they doing? What are they thinking? What are they going to do? What do I see?”
 
Life in Jones County, which is just north of Macon, Georgia, is southern and some, including the Jones family, will say they’re rednecks. They drive trucks. They grew up fishing and hunting. They like keeping things simple—sort of a what-you-see is what-you-get type of place. All the same, Jones County is what you hear and Demun is hoping people who are from there will respect and love his latest collection of 12 songs, while people who aren’t from around those parts will be “captivated by it and want to listen to it.”
 
Demun – a nickname he earned at a young age because he was aggressive and energetic – was 10 years old when he was transfixed by the immergence of N.W.A. and how they represented their own hometown. He’s never forgotten how that seminal album affected a southern boy down in Georgia. He’s always wanted to do the same for Jones County.
 
“I’ve had inspirations that cover the whole gamut of genres,” Demun said. His musical influences are not all southern or country. 
His oldest brother Chris introduced him to Led Zeppelin along with AC-DC and Black Sabbath, while his mother Cheryl introduced him to the likes of Marvin Gaye and other Motown acts, including James Brown and Michael Jackson. A ranch owned by Otis Redding is right down the road from where Jones grew up the son of a lifelong brick mason. He was the third of six children, who spent their hot summer 
days playing football in the front yard, working with dad and frog hunting in a creek behind a hayfield that surrounded their modest home.
 
His uncles introduced him to the southern rock soundscape of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Back then Demun wasn’t a singer, but he knew at a young age he wanted to do something musical. He started listening to hip hop and rap and noticed how those artists would take listeners inside their hometowns and them about their soundings more than other genres had previously done.
 
“It gave me some hope that I could make my own music,” said Demun, who wrote his first song when he was 15. “It took a long time for me to realize I could make country music without singing the whole time and still be for the country person.” And that is exactly what Demun, whose vocal delivery is as intense as it is distinct, set out to accomplish with Jones County.
 
The challenge was infusing his country inspired lyrics with hip hop grooves.  Demun said the creative process often began with a drum beat or chord progression on the guitar, while – thematically speaking – each story was influenced by characters (friends, family and actual folks from the heart of Georgia) and the very experiences Demun had come across throughout his life growing up and living in Jones County, Georgia.
 
“I tried to focus on music that was for people I grew up around,” he said.No song is more familiar to him on Jones County than I’m a Man, which he co-wrote with the guys from I4NI and Jon Conner. It’s about his father Ricky, 61, who has been laying bricks past 49 years. It’s about hard work, ethics and honesty, but, more importantly, Demun said, “He’s always wanted me to sing on a song and this is one of the first and it’s about him.”
 
Demun added, “I had to do to it once I heard the demo and I did what I had to do to pull it off. I had to tear down some walls within myself to do it, I think it’s beautiful.” 
 
He’s already filmed a video for Tannerite – filmed on family land in Jones County, it’s the lone fictional tale of what happens when some southern boys are playing with explosives and what occurs when they come across a Sasquatch – and Boondocks is another tune that’s all-too-familiar to Jones and a legion of rednecks that Jones County speaks to.

It’s an actual place in Georgia, where Demun shot The Muddy Muddy video, in a 1,000-acre field in front of 5,000 people. “That’s when I really understood who I was speaking to with my direction,” said Demun, who went there to film a video and was so affected by the experience he wrote an entire song about it. It had rained all week leading up to the Fourth of July video shoot, but the weather was nice by show time and, of course, muddy. “It was redneck heaven,” Demun proclaimed.
 
For Demun, Jones County is a great place to live and Jones County the album finally illustrates his evolution as a person – he’s married and the father of two girls, 3 and 4 – and as an artist. It’s all part of the freedom of expression that comes with writing songs for a solo project.
 
“It came natural once the process started,” Demun concluded. “Jones County was the easiest album and the easiest songs I’ve written in my life.” 
 
These songs might have come naturally to him, but Demun has been playing music for a long time – including a 10-year stint as a  member of Rehab – and it’s taken all that time for him to get to a point where he can write songs that represent his life as it is today.
 
He extensively toured with Rehab band mate Danny Boone and co-wrote a lot of the Rehab material, including the critically acclaimed songs for Welcome Home. He also co-wrote Welcome 2 Jawga with the Jawga Boyz, who made an appearance on Jones County as do Charlie Farley, Bubba Sparxx and Locash Cowboys.
 
Demun’s first mainstream credit as a songwriter came on title track of Colt Ford’s popular Ride Through the Country, which also featured John Michael Montgomery and was among the first country rap hits.
Release new album "So Cal Soul"
by Rob Campanell // Monday, March 24, 2014 // Hip Hop, News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Conner Evans premieres his first video from his new album "So Cal Soul".   “So. Cal Soul” sees Connor Evans putting aside big, booming anthems like “Issues”and “Home To The West” in favor of more authentic, gritty, soul drenched Hip-Hop. The album will please Connor Evans core fans however will open the eyes of even the most skeptical music/Hip-Hop fan to Evans lyrical ability and knack for selecting only the best production.  

 

 


The album features the soulful lead single, “Kanye Glasses” which is currently making its rounds in the blogsphere with likes of VIBE, DJBooth, Karen Civil and more championing the songs stellar production and Connor’s smooth flow.  “So. Cal Soul” is produced by Connor Evans and longtime collaborators BHB.

The album drops April 28th, 2014.

Blastro is featuring a special curated playlist from Connor Evans.  According to Connor, "these are ten joints that are real nostalgic for me.  They all take me back to different moments in my life.  I hope they do that for you; and if you don't know some of them I hope they give you the feeling I got when I first heard them."

Here's Connor's playlist picks and his comments on each.

The Game - Wouldn't Get Far. As a song this dope, as a video it's f*cking fantastic.  The idea of mocking Pop Up Video while The Game calling vixens out by name is fire.  This is a classic Game/Kanye feature in my book.

The Diplomats - Dipset Anthem. One of my favorite eras of rap.  The music was just so gritty.  The switch up.  This just feels like Harlem.  "Now that's powerful music man..."

Fabolous -  Fab made a HIT and the beat sampled Supertramp and he spit conscious real sh*t?!? Dog...

Dilated Peoples - This Way. "Now turn it up..."  OK THIS WAS AND STILL IS THE F*CKING JAM.  I can't express the amount of love I've got for this song.  This type of sh*t is the reason I love hip hop.  The beat is addicting.  The music empowering.  The words have content, soul, and entertainment value.  I remember bumping this song on replay for like five days straight when I first heard it.

Miguel - All I Want Is You. This was one of the dopest song's of 2010 and for sure one of Cole's illest guest verses.  Salaam Remi murdered the production.  It's got that Fugees feel and Miguel and Cole compliment the beat perfectly.

Cam`ron - Hey Ma. I think everyone born in the 90s knows this song word for word and if you don't we're no longer friends.  You can throw this on at any party today and it still shuts sh*t down.  This is that windows down, summer time, timeless anthem.

Jay-Z feat. Swizz Beatz - On To The Next On. The visuals in this video are way too raw.  The black and white color scheme and simple imagery juxtaposed against the chaotic production of the song is visual-auditory yin and yang.

 

Murs - L.A. If you're from So Cal and don't know this song by heart kill yourself yesterday.  I've had the pleasure of meeting Murs a couple times.  Not only is homie a dope ass rapper who actually uses his platform for positivity, he's a genuinely awesome dude from what I can tell.

T.I. - What You Know. This sh*t can make you feel like you got a millie in the trunk of your Toyota Corolla.  The point is no matter what your situation is, throwing this on has you feeling like the f*cking man.  I dig TI having a sense of humor on that intro and doing something different (back then every rapper didn't have 14 alter-egos).    

 

AZ - The Format. RAP. 

Watch the playlist here.