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By slayday, May 18 2017 07:49PM

James “Jimii” Carlisle is a 24-year-old independent artist on the brink of mainstream success. Born and raised in New York City, he now resides in Virginia and goes by the alias “Jimii Hitmaker.” Although many hip-hop artists are often drowned out by a sea of unsigned talent and up-and-coming rappers, Carlisle’s distinctive voice and unique rapping pattern make him a standout.

Black Enterprise first caught up with the promising rapper last year, when he told us about his aspirations and passion for making music. Now, months later, Carlisle has been hit with a new wave of success.

In April, he released two hit singles, “Jet Pack” and “Stunnin.” Both received worldwide recognition, while “Stunnin” is currently charting at No. 63 on Digital Radio Tracker’s National Airplay Top 150 Independent Chart.

He also signed a distribution deal with Amada Records—a premier record label underneath the EAE Management Group umbrella that is distributed via QUE Records/Capitol Music Group—to promote his single “Stunnin.”

In an email, Carlisle opened up about his new distribution deal and his journey in the music industry.

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By slayday, May 18 2017 07:46PM

The Hottest Record Label & Entertainment Company in the World! Swat Team Music Group, Hood Alumni, and Street Starz proudly present the release of new single “Lifetime” , an epic collaboration between southern hip-hop phenomenons, DJ Tremayne & A-K SWAT featuring singer-songwriter Dontae Peeps. Listeners will adore the single “Lifetime”, as it embodies the heart of Hip-Hop and R&B through its perfect production, passionate lyrical content, and powerful image of black love.

The single “Lifetime” is already in heavy rotation at urban radio states across the country. It has been touted as “the fastest growing record in the country” by urban radio. Look forward to the digital release of “Lifetime” on A-K SWAT’s upcoming project.

For more information and booking, contact Andre Merritt at 404-396-2988 or hood.alumni@gmail.com.

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By slayday, May 18 2017 07:43PM

Fifteen year-old Shannon K is daughter of Bollywood music legend Kumar Sanu. Born in India, Shannon relocated at 6 to Dubai-London, before moving to the United States to showcase her singing and acting career to American audiences. She writes original songs along with her sister Annabel K.

She first appeared onstage at the age of four, performing Indian Classical Dance, during one of her dad’s concerts. As a young child, she studied Kathak, the Indian classical dance form, where she was honored and also performed at the 2007 Bollywood Awards Night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

While living in the UK, Shannon studied music at London’s Royal School of Music. Shannon performed live in Warner Theatre, Washington DC and Sun National Bank Center in April 2016. She has been appeared for interview on BBC Asian Network Radio twice and she was the youngest Artiste of the week for her song,’ Just Another Boy’. She has received , ‘Best Newcomer Award 2013-2014’ London Rolling Film Festival.

Shannon has worked with renowned producers like C J Vanston, Andy Whitmore, Steven A. Williams, Rishirich, William Steel [ Film Director UK], Sean Cronin and Callan McAuliffe [ actor], Kevin Harris [TV producer]. Shannon is working with LA Familia Productions and K Sirrah Productions, California. Apart from this, Shannon believes in good cause as well.

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By slayday, Apr 10 2017 11:17PM


In a saturated hip hop market where the female MC is a minimal percent of the contribution, Sha’Mia comes as a breath of fresh air. Her unique and demanding delivery implies that she knows that there hasn’t been a queen on the throne for some time and she wants the industry to acknowledge her bid. Her debut mixtape “Money Ova Niggas” hosted by DJ E Dub has gained the interest of many industry big wigs and the 15 track project was a great display of what she had to offer the game. She recently shared the stage with Love and Hip Hop star and recording artist, Chink Santana, at Apple Lounge in Washington, DC where she proved to be polished in live performance as well. She is currently promoting her two singles “Drunk Remix” featuring Yung Sinn & Flossy, and “Boss Bitch” featuring Yung Sinn which are both available for download on sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

If you thought that Sha’Mia was just a pretty face and killer MC, you would be wrong. She is also Founder and CEO of her own company, First Lady of the Streets, LLC. I know what your thinking, she just may be the female equivalent to Shawn Carter or Sean Combs. You may see her shouting out F.A,M.O.B Movement alongside her better half Yung Sinn and fellow family members because artistry runs in the bloodline. She is currently working on her sophomore studio recorded project, “Money Ova Niggas vol. 2” and let me tell you that she has no plans of slowing up any time soon. Sha’Mia will show and prove that she is here to claim her spot as a monumental piece of today’s hip hop market, I suggest you jump on board now!

Yung Sinn

Dayton, Ohio rapper Yung Sinn is destined to have a rapidly rising career. In the early 2000’s he appeared on popular local/Regional projects released by Ohio based recording labels Streetlight Entertainment & Beatcity Productionz. From the moment he indulged in the craft at the age of 6, he had a way of painting vivid pictures of the struggles and triumphs that came with growing up in the streets and what was needed in order to overcome the poverty and distress. This year alone Yung Sinn has made cameos on his better half, Sha’Mia’s, “Drunk Remix” & “Boss Bitch” singles, which are starting to get major circulation and airplay in many U.S. markets and can be purchased for download on may major websites (iTunes, Spotify, etc.). His distinctive, unfiltered, witty delivery and his clever but hard-hitting rhymes will also be featured on a track from Aryginal & E.M.B’s Ground Breaking album set to release April 2015.

Sinn comes from a huge family of hip hop musicians who’s careers are running parallel with each other, they are known as the F.A.M.O.B. Movement. Sinn will be the first to tell you that he does this for the streets. As he so eloquently puts it, he’s not a rapper, he’s a real nigga. As he prepares for the release of his solo independent mixtape, Sincity vol. 3: Dayton Stand Up one thing is for sure, if you are in the market for high quality street anthems and testimonies then Yung Sinn is who you should be checking for in today’s hip hop market.

-A. Moss; We Independent, LLC

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