In our desire to succeed and strive for perfection it is often difficult to take a step-back and truly exist in a space, to feel its energy and connect with those around us. This energy is what the beautiful songstress, RYLI, real name Reilly Stith, is
trying to foster with her debut EP, Enter . “I want to create a place where people can channel their inner vibe through music. I want people to live in my music and leave with sense of calm and understanding,” said RYLI.
A soulful exploration of love, relationships, heartbreak and the world around us, Enter, fuses progressive-rhythmic RnB with sultry vocals to create a rich auditory landscape. “It tells a story,” said RYLI. “I have been songwriting for a long time, however, it never felt quite right. With this release, I have been able to explain who I am as an artist. It gave me the opportunity to be a storyteller.” Checkout our interview from RYLI from the Capitol Records office in NYC.
Dee-1 honed his lyrical skills while balancing two careers, teaching middle school children by day and performing at rap shows at night. The New Orleans native’s love for hip-hop was born while attending Louisiana State University during a year filled with grief and heartbreak. 2005 was a very tumultuous year for Dee-1. First, his world was shaken to the core when his best friend was murdered during a robbery following a flag football game. Second, he experienced the pain of ending a five-year relationship with his high school sweetheart. Third, he watched his hometown of New Orleans endure the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Katrina. Finally, his life flashed before his eyes when he was the victim of an armed robbery at gunpoint. Despite the difficult year, Dee-1 interpreted these events as a wake-up call to reaffirm his Christianity.
Dee-1 has also enjoyed the recognition from many of his peers in the music industry. Dee-1 has toured with chart topping and Grammy award winning artists, such as Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Lecrae. His online buzz sparked interest from various record labels, including New Orleans based Cash Money Records, however, Dee-1 opted to sign with RCA Inspiration in 2013. Featuring stand out singles, “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect,” the 3’S UP EP will be available everywhere digital music is sold on February 17, 2015. Checkout interview with Dee-1 from the Essence Music Festival.