PRIVATE FLIGHT will also be SIN’s first release under his new imprint, SoundsGoodFeelsBetter in partnership with Valholla Entertainment. The album is currently available for pre-order for only $6.99 on iTunes. The first 100 people who pre-order will have the chance of receiving a limited edition PRIVATE FLIGHT booklet featuring photos, liner notes, lyrics and more.
LISTENtoSIN released his single “Dynasty” after teasing it Twitter. The Mikeiilo produced song is probably one of the most potent verses from SIN to date. In this Q&A, we talk to the two creators about the making of the song, and more.
Valholla:Explain the process of recording Dynasty
SIN: At first “Dynasty” was nothing more than just a freestyle joint I laced. We would always randomly play in front of people prior to release & the feedback was always real. Might even be the first real song MikeiiLo & I recorded together, out of the many.
VH:How did you build the production that ended up becoming Dynasty?
Mikeiilo: I don’t really remember. This beat is almost 5 years old. I was never planning on releasing it. I’m not really a fan of the beat but everyone else is lol. I do remember the sample coming from the man 40a. If you know, you know.
VH:There’s a “Jay Z Dynasty” reference on this song. What’s your favorite album from him and why?
SIN: My favorite Jay Z album would either be “Reasonable Doubt” or “The Blueprint.” They change almost daily. Depends on how much the sun is shining that day haha.
VH:This question is a little left-field but if someone were playing Dynasty during a DJ mix at a party, what song should she, or he play before it?
Mikeiilo: Definitely “Get it Started” by SIN, Rob Markman, Fatboy Shaw, and Track Burnaz – (Vince & The Valholla Empire).
VH:Favorite line from the song?
SIN: “& you already know… Ya’ man is a lame & ya’ girl is a hoe. I swear I had a story ‘bout a story I promised I wouldn’t tell.” It always just makes me laugh when I hear it because it’s so witty & cryptic at the same time haha
VH: You recently tweeted that Dynasty won’t appear on your upcoming project. How did you make that decision given how crazy the song is?
SIN: Honestly, it was a tough decision but “Dynasty” was recorded some time ago even though it was presented to y’all fairly recent… Which is dope! But, so much has changed & progressed from then & now with both of our sounds. It only felt right to move with the current momentum that we’re on. Everything has to sound cohesively pleasing.
VH:Who do you both see on the remix???
SIN: Since the release, my man Rob Markman has not been shy about his admiration for the track. I could definitely hear him putting a body bag on this beat! Waddup Rob! Also, I can hear my man Hi-Rez doing a lot of damage to the remix as well. He has sick ability to play with his speeds while he raps & I feel like it’ll be a dope mesh.
The RIAA released their 2019 mid-year report recently so I wanted to share some highlights and predictions for 2020. For the first half of 2019, the U.S. recorded music market’s total revenues grew 18% to 5.4 billion. Last year, I predicted that the recorded music market would continue double-digit growth and I was right. Streaming accounted for 80% of industry revenues.
“It’s great news for the music business and for the US economy overall. Music contributes $143 billion to the nation’s GDP every year, supporting more than 157,000 music-related businesses and nearly 2 million jobs. A healthy music economy fuels a healthy American economy.” – The RIAA said from a blog post.
There was growth in sales for physical products but RIAA notes that it was the result of a reduction in physical product returns. Sales grew 5% to $485 in the first half of 2019. Vinyl albums grew 13% to $224 million but only accounted for 4% in total revenues in the first half of 2019. Revenues from shipments of physical products made up 9% of the industry total for the same period. I’ve said it many times before but there needs to be innovation in the physical side of music. The growth of vinyl proves that the opportunity is there.
Final 2020 predictions:
For 2020, I’m predicting another year of double-digit growth. It may be the last year we could see double digit growth from streaming in the U.S.
Next year, I believe we’ll start seeing more services pitching to have you spend more on streaming music for a higher quality sound.
In 2020, we may see an introduction of a service that will give fans more of an incentive to buy music or to support an artist or band.
Will we finally see physical product/format innovation next year? I think so…
Read the entire report from the RIAA yourself HERE. What are your thoughts? What are your predictions for 2020? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter or Instagram.
When it comes to rap music, Louisiana has introduced the world to plenty of influential rappers. With the recent release of Baton Rouge based rapperAdam Dollar$ project, ‘It Comes With a Price’, we asked him who he thought was the top 5 rappers of all time from Louisiana are. Here’s what he thought, in no particular order including some background by our team.
Soulja Slim, hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana released his independent debut album titled Soulja Fa Lyfe on Parkway Pumpin’ Records, founded by legendary producer KLC and Hype Enough Records in 1994. Unfortunately, Soulja Slim didn’t have a breakout hit until after his death in 2003 with his collaboration with Juvenile for the song “Slow Motion” which ended up at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mystikal’s self-titled debut album which was released independently in 1994 was successful but was re-released with new tracks on Jive Records in 1995. It was titled Mind of Mystikal and peaked at number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Mystikal broke out to the world when joining No Limit in 1996 and releasing Unpredictable in 1997. It wasn’t until 2000-1 with the release of the singles “Danger” (Been So Long) and “Shake Ya Ass” where he would enjoy his biggest chart placements. Those songs appeared on the album Let’s Get Ready.
Kevin Gates started his career like many rappers in Louisiana by working with a local label. He also started collaborating with Boosie Badazz and Webbie in the mid 2000s. After being incarcerated in 2008, he served a total of 31 months in prison. He earned a master’s degree in psychology in prison and was released early for good behavior. After being released he started to get the attention of Lil Wayne and ended up signing a management deal with Young Money. In 2013 his newly formed Bread Winners’ Association partnered with Atlantic Records and went on to release a string of successful mixtapes and albums.
Juvenile’s debut album was released on a small label called Warlock in 1995. After doing well regionally, he went on to sign with Cash Money Records and released the album Solja Rags in 1997. It wasn’t until he released 400 Degreez in 1998 where he would enjoy a national success and help Cash Money be household names. He’s had a string of successful albums and is still releasing new music.
Lil Wayne’s long career began when he was just 12 years old. He was signed to Cash Money Records and of course, was the youngest member of his label. When his debut was released in a November of 1999, his assist on the B.G. single “Bling Bling” was already huge. Lil Wayne released Tha Block Is Hot when he was just 17 and was a success out the gate but he didn’t stop there. Lil Wayne can be mentioned in best rappers of all time conversation because of his legendary songs, mixtapes, collaborations, and albums. Wayne also had top tier technique as a rapper so if this was a ranked list, he may have been first.
Louisiana has made its mark in the music industry in a huge way. This means we can expect the state to bring Hip Hop more greats. Be sure to check out Adam Dollar$ of Baton Rouge, Lousiana, and his new project, It Comes With a Price. He’s currently on tour so follow him for dates @adamdollars.
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