Top Shelf Music News: Episode 8

It should be fall festival season. We are aware. Yet, that doesn’t deter Top Shelf Music News from reporting the latest in music news, coming straight out of the mouthholes of lovable hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose. Joining the two is Ohio Correspondent For No Reason Mike E.P., commenting on current medical phenomena, as […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Edjacated Phools “Tell Me” feat. DELA of Slightly Stoopid

Edjacated Phools of Baltimore, MD is definitely knowledgable in their craft. The reggae rock-meets-hip hop six-piece conglomerate teams with Slightly Stoopid‘s DELA on sax for this sweet end-of-summer anthem and we’re stoked to host the world premiere! Out everywhere tomorrow, “Tell Me” will complete your summer season in stoney, surf style. Starting with waves crashing […]

Stand for music by supporting the #SaveOurStages Act

In March of this year, COVID-19 hit. The novel Coronavirus spread quickly throughout the world and into our communities. Life immediately changed for virtually everyone as we tried to contain the virus, closing ‘non-essential businesses’ as a result. The industries most hit by the closures happened to be service, retail, travel and, you guessed it, […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 7

Welcome to the late summer edition of Top Shelf Music News, with your handsome hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose. Joining the dynamic music-reporting duo is O.G. of Slightly Stoopid, commenting on just how incredibly stoopid this year has become. With election coverage factoring in the mix by sheer accident, enjoy the latest music industry […]

Wes Anderson recruits ¡MAYDAY! & Trey Miller in “Red Cup Dub”

Baltimore solo artist Wes Anderson has played for 20+ years — and sowed his musical oats in the reggae spectrum for over half of them! You might recognize Anderson as lead guitarist from Chicago-based band Shanghai Superstars or reggae rock band Fiction 20 Down or, most recently, Fiction 20 Down’s spin-off band, Big Infinite. Now […]

Steven Malcolm x Shaggy ignites in “Fuego (Remix)”

Indie rapper turned major label artist Steven Malcolm has built a hefty following up over the years — boasting over 2.1 million Spotify streams for his last album alone! That’s right, Malcolm’s The Second City was so fuego, it garnered attention from all over the globe, most notably from GRAMMY-award winning reggae superstar Shaggy (who, […]

TSM Artist #HotList: August 4th, 2020

Welcome to TSM Artist #HotList Episode 10, with your host Alexia Johnson! This week features new music from Danny Kalima & the Raw Rhythm Section, Rockstead, Sista Argie and Desert Shade. Featured songs: “London Bridge” Danny Kalima is a Malawian musician and accomplished vocalist, who recently partnered with the renowned Raw Rhythm Section to produce […]

Kaviedes hustles hard in “Get a Meal” single

Straight out of Toronto and Montreal comes Kaviedes: a hip hop artist, combining multiple genres to craft his sound. If Kaviedes were to be compared, he’s in the same vein as Lil Wayne, et. Al. Following two seamless singles “Mean” and “Brick By Brick”, this rising rap artist returns with “Get a Meal”, an ode […]

Vokab Kompany unveils “Like That” video off new LP

Hip hop-EDM duo Vokab Kompany is back with their latest LP, Small Viktories. The nine-track album is the first of four years and breaks boundaries by launching the listener on hip hop-driven electronic soundscapes — such that will transport you for any occasion. Whether you feel politically-charged or in the mood for romance or simply […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 6

Top Shelf Music News is back on the virtual airwaves, standing as the first post-quarantine episode with both hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose filming inside the newsroom! After taking June off to observe a month of silence in the support of Black Lives Matter, Top Shelf Music feels the world — and the music […]

Ramz celebrates black women in “Underneath” music video

UK hip hop artist Ramz follows up his “Belong To The Streets” and “Brixton to Oxford Circus” freestyle releases with an official ‘black is beautiful’ statement in his latest single “Underneath”. As nations around the world continue to demand justice for black citizens, particularly in America, it’s uplifting to hear artists standing firm in the […]

Riot Fest drops massive 2021 Phase One lineup

Without the thrill of monthly festivals and concert getaways, 2020 has been, well, the biggest drag of all time musically. Great pieces of art have surfaced along the way, sure, yet only an extremely limited amount of events are being experienced in-person due to social distancing. Damn COVID. In summary, festivals need a do-over. Up […]

John Legend marks Juneteenth with ‘Bigger Love’ LP

A second after the stroke of midnight on Juneteenth (aka, June 19th, a day commemorating the final emancipation of black slaves in 1865), John Legend unleashed his highly anticipated full-length album Bigger Love to the public. Four years have lapsed since Legend’s last Darkness and Light LP heightened the soulful superstar’s career ever-higher and, let […]

Run The Jewels answers BLM call in ‘RTJ4’

What to say about Run The Jewels… what to say about vigilante justice? For that is exactly what rappers El-P and Killer Mike are — lyrical vigilantes. Exposing the world for what it is one track at a time, this renegade hip hop duo bluntly states what’s been on everyone’s mind this past year and […]