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Count it All Up: Mississippi Indie Artist Counts all of His Blessings in New Single ‘I Needa Bag’

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Kelo ‘Countitup’ is an independent artist from Mississippi who has a passion for the music world.  He started his music career after losing loved ones to gun violence and cancer.  Kelo got bit by the music bug by the age of ten where he began creating music.  It wasn’t before long that him and his brother invested in a studio  where he created his first three series underground mix tape.  His new single ‘I Needa Bag’ is based off of struggles and his rise to success. 

TRGB MEDIA: I WAS READING YOUR BIO AND SAW THAT YOU STARTED YOUR MUSIC CAREER AFTER LOSING LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE AND CANCER.

KELO: When I was six, my uncle got murdered by his fiancé.  It’s crazy because every time I see them they are smiling and in love.  You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Me and my little brother used to play on this teddy bear that my grandma got us for Christmas.  It was a hip hop teddy bear and when you squeeze it, it records up to 30 seconds.  We would go back in forth playing rapping not thinking what was going to come out behind all of it.

TRGB MEDIA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS MUSIC INDUSTRY?

KELO: I have been recording music professionally for twelve years.  But when it comes down to major platforms, this is my first year.  I’m a newbie when it comes down to the world-wide.

TRGB MEDIA: WITH YOUR NEW SINGLE, ‘I NEEDA BAG,’ WILL THAT BE APART OF AN EP OR ALBUM?

KELO: I just can’t talk too much about what I’m going to put on the EP because I haven’t really set a title for it yet.  I want to go hard and give them all new music; like when I drop my EP, I don’t want nothing old on it.

TRGB MEDIA: DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC IN TODAY’S GENERATION IS GETTING BETTER OR WORSE AS FAR AS LYRICS, SOUNDS AND BEATS?

KELO: I like the new vibe, but I’m stuck on old school.  Some old school just depends on the artist.  I can listen to 2-PAC all day and Snoop Dogg.  The wave wasn’t the trend back then. I even listen to blues and gospel; I’m all over the place.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MUSIC AND OTHERS?

KELO: When you get through listening to my music, it’s all positive vibes.  Majority of my music is motivation.

TRGB MEDIA: AS FAR AS DEFINING MUSIC, WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

KELO: Music means everything.  Music helped me through a lot of stuff.  I don’t know how I got through a lot of stuff without music. It is like air, you got to have it!

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND ‘I NEEDA BAG’?

KELO: Man the song speaks for itself.  When the music started getting professional and real things started going on, and real opportunities started opening up, like a lot of financial problems starts hitting.  That’s definitely my motivation.  I started perfecting my craft and pushing my brand.  I sold three tracks back to back less than two weeks.

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TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED SO FAR?

KELO: Number one, instrumental.  You don’t want to know what it costs to get the instrumental rights, putting the right studio to go to and making sure you got a good engineer; you need a good engineer and whoever you got promoting your music, make sure they are legit because there are a lot of scams going around.  You don’t want to loose money as an independent artist.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR 2019?

KELO: I expect to do at least two features with a celebrity; somebody in the industry.  I plan to have my own tour going on, my EP dropping at the end of the year, that’s going to go crazy, I’m going to have a celebrity on that and I expect to go overseas by the end of the year.

TRGB MEDIA: ARE YOU PLANNING ON DOING ANY EVENTS WHEN YOUR PROJECT DROPS IN MISSISSIPPI?

KELO: I plan on doing a tour, but I don’t have a date yet.  Also I will be doing a release party real soon.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT’S NEXT FOR KELO?

KELO: First I’m dropping my video, ‘I Needa Bag,’ I got this new single called ‘Shot’  It has a little thug title of the song, but that’s not the concept. The concept of the song is you miss all the shots you don’t take.

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Jersey Rapper Dominates Hip-Hop Charts With New Single

 

American-Jamaican rapper and musical artist YQ Dreams released his newest single “Could Be” “Could Be” is a story of overcoming your internal battles and not allowing them to dictate who you are. It encourages listeners to have hope and place trust into themselves, that they can become who they inspire to be.  YQ Dreams says “Could Be is my story of everything, I’ve overcome and realized that upholding my faith led me on a path to everything meant for me and made me into a better man.”

Fans adore YQ’s artistry because he transparently shares the reality of his life struggles, insecurities, and how he was able to overcome the many obstacles that he has faced through his music. As he features hip-hop and melodic vibes that will take you through each walk of his life, you will find yourself relating to him from the first song to the last. This young talented artist is using his craft and life experiences to relate to his listeners and to change the world. Make sure you listen to his newest single “Could Be” on all streaming platforms.

“You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities.”

 

TRGB MEDIA: What made you want to get into the music industry? Any motivation behind it?

YQ DREAMS: Well I never really looked at it as getting into the music industry.  I just gravitated towards a coping method and it was natural like that; it just took off.  Also, I had to stay committed to it.

TRGB MEDIA: Ok, would you say it was like a gift or a passion?

YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, 100 percent! I believe I was given this voice for a reason.  It was given to me to make a change in the world.

TRGB MEDIA: When did Year music career took off?

YQ DREAMS: It depends. I don’t really see my music career as taking off.  So hopefully this year, I can accomplish all that I want to accomplish.  At least start the blue prints.  This will be my real rookie year, some real serious business.

TRGB MEDIA: What are some of your favorite music idols?

YQ DREAMS: I would definitely say Nas, Big Sean, Kendrick Dagore.  I really like people that portray different visions through their music and to keep the listeners engaged as oppose to talking.  So, I would say story-telling rappers are like top-of-the-top for me.

TRGB MEDIA: Through your music are you telling a story? Is it based on a theme?

YQ DREAMS: The thing about my music is I usually create when I’m in distress or facing adversities so everything you hear in my music will always be authentic and genuine. A lot of people respect me because they know if I don’t do it, I won’t portray that I do it. I stand behind what I do and the life that I live and my lyrics back that up.

“I do have to battle depression; a lot of my old music is about me going through depression. Thankfully I am in a much better state.  But there is a lot of hardships in the music industry and I don’t think people realize that.”

TRGB MEDIA: Do you have somebody co-writing your songs with you or do you write your own lyrics?

YQ DREAMS: I 100 % write my own lyrics. I believe it would be impossible to call myself a creator or an artist if my work wasn’t mine; or if somebody had to create it for me.  It just wouldn’t feel right.  I feel like that’s a special part of the journey that has to be embraced to see something come from scratch.  So yes, I do write all my lyrics and always will.

TRBG MEDIA: I want to talk about your new single ‘Could Be’ that was released last year November.  So basically, tell us about that new single.

YQ DREAMS: Well basically ‘Could Be’ is about me going through hard times and trying to figure out who I could be.  It’s basically like a talk within myself.  If you realized, the first verse is like a song and the second verse is way more personal and my tone switches. It’s like a mental talk to myself and me coming to the realization that I had all the tools I needed to succeed and all I had to do was believe in myself and to know who I could be. So that’s what I really wanted to emphasize to people that no matter the hardships they go through, as long as you know who you are and what you can do, you can become it.

TRGB MEDIA: Now is this part of your EP/Album or do you have an EP or album out?

YQ DREAMS: The ‘Could Be’ is not apart of an EP or album and I don’t think it will be. The music and the way I am, I’m always evolving and growing, so if I was to use anything that was a few months old it would kind of make me feel weird, but I do want to put out a project by the end of this year.  It’s going to take a lot of me focusing and coming up with a strategic plan for it before I do that.

TRGB MEDIA: Because it’s the new year, do you have any new projects you are working on?

YQ DREAMS: I currently have a single called “What do You Mean” and this single is me showing versatility and the fact that I just don’t make motivational and inspiring music, like I’m versatile and I can make anything.  I’m basically going to be sitting behind the single and see what it does.

TRGB MEDIA: As a music artist, where do you see yourself five years from now?

YQ DREAMS: Five years from now, I see myself in a position exactly where I was. Music is my gateway; I hope to one day start something with people living with mental health and a single parent household like me that doesn’t have anybody to talk to; they have to keep all their problems to themselves.  So that’s my long-term goal.  And I don’t believe I will be there in five years, but I do believe I will be on the right path to it and that I’ll be making a difference in a positive way.

TRGB MEDIA: Within your music career, have you faced any challenges so far?

YQ DREAMS: Oh yes, of course. There are challenges of people not respecting their craft, not wondering why you have gotten the things you have gotten and why they have it, so I’m still human at the end of the day.  These are all things that affect me.  ”

TRGB MEDIA: For someone who wants to become an artist like yourself, what advice would you give them?

YQ DREAMS: Probably my biggest advice would be is to not let the things of others portray you what you do in your life. For instance, a lot of people always have a lot to say and I realized that people will try to hold you back or will try to put you down just because they aren’t where you are and they are insecure with themselves.  You can’t let other people’s insecurities become your insecurities. I would definitely say protect your space, stay focused and if you do feel in your heart that you have a passion for it then continue at it and see where it takes you.

TRGB MEDIA: Now how can people connect with you?

YQ DREAMS:  My social media handles is @yqdreams on everything including all streaming platforms. I have a website that I’m working on and will be updated with new music and everything else.

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Thank you Milan Mobley of Umanagement Entertainment Public Relations for allowing TRGB Media to interview your client YQ Dreams.

 

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Music Spotlight: J’Meel Music

The music industry is filled with talented indie artists, but there is always room to win! In the R N B Industry, there is a new King in town ready to sit on the throne! He goes by J’Meel Music.  Hot Lanta is the place for the entertainment scene and J’Meel is putting out songs that will make you fall in love..again. Starting out as a youngin’ whose potential was in music has released several singles and an album.  ‘Now N Never’ released in 2017 has singles on it such as ‘Official’ and ‘Friendzone’ Vocals as smooth as this R N B singer is definitely the new eye candy for music.  Move over world, Mr. J’Meel Music is here to stay slay..them music bags! 

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It’s officially the holidays and ladies he has the perfect song for you! ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ Let him sing to your blissful hearts.  Check out his music and be sure to download on Itunes and on other music platforms. 

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Indie Artists are here to stay! J’Meel Music puts you in the mood and to remind you what good R N B Music sounds like.  There is room for everyone to win and J’Meel Music is definitely winning!

Follow J’Meel Music on IG @jmeelmusic

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