While he’s no stranger to the game, Atlanta-raised artist ELHAE seems to slip under the radar from time-to-time.

Now, Atlantic Records‘ pride and joy returns with a low-key R&B gem Trouble in Paradise, which sees an unsurpassed blend of rap, soul and gospel, all while taking a turn from the dejected ELHAE you thought you once knew following his breakthrough single “Needs” in 2016.

Born Jamaal Jones, ELHAE is doubtlessly, an upcoming talent you need to watch, resonating the likes of Yotrane, Eric Bellinger and Arin Ray, to name a few, though hard-hitting with his unique spin on the genre; revealing a personal sound just as sultry as it is stark.

Trouble in Paradise, the more upbeat and fresh successive chapter to Aura II (2017), not only sees ELHAE set the mood with his amorous vocals and deep-diving lyrics, but also takes us through both the perils and joys of having an on-and-off relationship (“Hennessy“), finding faith (“Help Me Believe“), giving praise (“Sanctuary“) and all else in-between.

If you’ve been looking for artists to add to your late night drive playlist for when you’re cruising close to midnight with the windows rolled down, the speakers turned up and it’s just you, your deep thoughts and the music – well, ELHAE is sure to top the list.

The alternative R&B album features WaleBig K.R.I.T., O.T. Genasis, and Sevyn Streeter.

Listen below.

Metro Atlanta Lyft drivers can now utilize Lyft’s new music studio to pursue their musical ambitions while working for the company.

If you haven’t heard yet, Lyft has made a major move to accommodate their fleet of Atlanta drivers. Back in June, the rideshare company opened up a brand new music studio to Atlanta’s swelling music community—specifically those who are also Lyft drivers. The company has acknowledged the fact that so many of their drivers often drive for Lyft in between in between shows and have expressed their desire to help their drivers fuel their further passions. When commenting on the idea behind the studio’s inception, Sam Bond, Lyft’s general manager of the southeast region, stated,

“Atlanta has an awesome music heritage and we have a lot of musicians in our driver community. And we thought, ‘What if we brought that in-house?’ And that was the genesis of the idea…”

The studio, known as AMP’d Studios, is located in Lyft’s main Atlanta office on Howell Mill Road and is totally free for all local drivers. Artists are allowed up to four 55-minute sessions per month and can reserve their sessions up to two weeks in advance.

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While the studio is pretty “barebones”, only consisting of a microphone and iPad in a soundproof room according the Ben Brasch of the AJC, the company is consciously stepping outside the box to better the lives of their drivers. Besides, with the independent music grind being as hard as it is, 4 hours of free studio time per month is certainly nothing to sneeze at.  

Written by Simo Haier

  Crime Mob had Atlanta jumping back in the early 2000’s, but they came to an unfortunate end after their second album, Hated on Mostly, was released in 2007. There have been an assortment of rumors behind the reason for the group’s dismantling, but they all generally say the same thing: the members were young and had issues dealing with other members, management, and everything in between. Nonetheless, the group has resolved all of their issues and is ready to get back to the music.

After performing at Atlanta’s V-103 Pop-Up Live Concert, Crime Mob headed backstage for a short interview with Big Tigger. While the discussion was brief, we came away with a good bit of news including the fact that Crime Mob is working on their third album while Diamond and Princess are working on a collaborative project.

Crime Mob now only consists of artists M.I.G., Cyco Black, Princess, Lil’ Jay, and Diamond. Killa C still appears to absent from the group. Check out the interview below.

Written by DJ Robinson