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Premiere: Hear ToBy Alongside The KUDA Live Band In High Octane Tune, ‘La Playa’

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The name ToBy has been coming up frequently across the blogosphere and making waves with his full band ventures alongside the KUDA Live Band. Today, they bring us “La Playa“, which stands for “the beach” in Spanish and showcases a high octane and experimental side of their music that, well, just effortlessly works. Inspired by the legendary André 3000 (you know, half of Outkast), La Playa is a sonic masterpiece that transcends the traditional mold that Hip-Hop fits in. This is not about genres or anything informal fashion. It’s about good music by good people, and we have met our match.

I got the chance to chat it up with ToBy earlier this week and he helped share some meaningful insight into everything that was building up, and into La Playa. See what he had to say below.

TC: Is El Prado Blvd. a real location? How does it relate to you?

ToBy: Yes!!! The story of El Prado is that our bassist, Mike, got to house sit a really nice crib in Coral Gables that had enough rooms for the whole band. So for two weeks we just stayed there putting together the EP out of whatever we had around us.

TC: What was the inspiration behind the Spanish EP and track names?

ToBy: Growing up in Miami I was always around a lot of Latin influences. There’s a joke that Miami is really just northern Cuba. My favorite coffee is a café Cubano or colada from a cafeteria (Café Bustelo is a must try). David and Ruben from the band are both Latin too so the cultural vibes were definitely present in the house.

El Prado Blvd. is really just the name of the street the house we were living on while making the EP. “La Playa” is one of the other streets in the neighborhood the guys would go longboard down late at night while I would write. “Mi Amor” means my love in Spanish, and that has to do with the subject matter of that song in particular. A “Kalimba” is an instrument we found laying around the house and used to make that bottle-clinking noise in the third track.

TC: What do you like most about the beach aka “La Playa”?

ToBy: I actually hate going to the beach, truth be told. If I had to pick a favorite thing about the beach it would be the water, but even then it’s way too salty. That song is more about a crazy party than anything else, we just named it “La Playa” after one of the streets in the El Prado neighborhood.

TC: Why switch up the energy from the consistent lax feels across the EP for La Playa?

ToBy: We worked on the EP in chronological order, so “La Playa” was done after the kind of grim emotional tracks before it and I knew I wanted the project to end on a lighter note. So when I heard them making this uptempo really energetic beat I tried to steer the narrative of the project to a more fun direction. I thought a lot about Andre 3000’s flow on “Bombs Over Baghdad” and wanted to see if I can rap that creatively for the record.

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Toronto’s GNA Covers Brandy

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This is GNA having fun, putting her own spin on Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down” Remix.. Brandy has been one of GNA’s favorite voices in music, and feels it’s only right to pay homage. The remix was produced by Toronto’s T-NYC and it’s inspired by the 90s and the uniqueness behind Brandy’s smooth low tones.

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Hear Eman Get Dough’s New Single, “Digital Dash”

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After splashing unto the scene in the WSHH liberated visual for “Never Tell Nobody” featuring Rich Homie Quan, Magic City-based recording artist Eman Get Dough returns with his latest single “Digital Dash.” Produced by Carl Paul, the song follows up his Coke Boy Zach assisted loosie “Live Fast Die Young” and is perfect for any pre-game celebration.

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Watch Da Deacon’s New Video For Chance To Win $5000

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Meet Atlanta’s Da Deacon, a known producer for Hip-Hop heavyweights like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Adding recording artist to his resume, Da Deacon is ready to do his muthaf$ckin’ thing in the industry with his hot new video, properly-titled, “MuthaF$cka”.

Shot with fast cars, beautiful strippers, and a whole lot of cash, the song is a follow up to the catchy previous hit from the recording artist, “Call Me Michael Jackson”. Swimming in the money in the video, Da Deacon also gives viewers a chance to spend like the newcomer with a cash-prize challenge involved with watching the video.

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Along with the video release, Da Deacon is giving away $5,000 to a lucky fan on Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is do your Mutha F*****’ thing to his new song.

Watch Da Deacon Explain How You Can Win $5,000 Dollars on Valentine’s Day Below.

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