//Playing Cincinnati

Every Tuesday, we explore the music scene in Cincinnati, Ohio.

PLAYING CINCY: Dayo Gold Talks New Album, Soul Music & Nipsey Hussle

Cincinnati hip hop artist Dayo Gold is gearing up to release his 10-track album, EPSM - Essential Postive Soul Music. The Lima, Ohio rapper first hit the Cincinnati music scene in 2016 and has spent the last two years perfecting his craft. Currently being mixed by Devin Burgess, EPSM will follow his 2018 project, The [...]

By |2019-04-16T15:18:56-04:00April 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Sarai The Artist Makes Impressive Debut With “No More Humble”

Sarai The Artist didn't come to play on her new album, No More Humble. Showcasing a diverse range from slowed-down vibey R&B-tinged singles to spitting ferociously at an intimidating energy and pace, Sarai debuts as a Cincinnati rapper with serious skills. She previously teased the album's release with No More Humble singles, "Switch Up" and [...]

By |2019-04-10T15:56:59-04:00April 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Joness Releases Intoxicating New EP Sheep

Cincinnati-based artist Joness flexes her ability to jump back and forth from bouncy bars to hard-hitting vocal ranges as she intertwines classic hip hop sound with an R&B style on her new EP, Sheep. Joness first hit the scene with her debut EP, Rule Number 9, following it up last week with Sheep: An Extended Play. The EP [...]

By |2019-04-03T12:40:37-04:00April 2nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Hip Hop Showcase Brings Out Cincinnati Talents

Dayo Flow at Urban Artifact in Cincinnati rounded up some of the city's top-rated hip hop acts. The evening showcased headliners Dayo Gold and Eb&Flow, singer Joness, Kelby Savage, Devin Burgess and more. Freestyling underway at Dayo Flow. Photos by Victoria Moorwood. The show started out with some playful freestyling, where rappers and artists [...]

By |2019-04-01T11:45:06-04:00March 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Cash Daniel Tackles Suicide’s Aftermath with “Wonder Why” Video

Ohio rapper Cash Daniel dropped his music video for "Wonder Why" in conjunction with a Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) fundraiser in Cleveland. Daniel co-hosted the event, while remembering the four-year anniversary of his own brother's suicide. The video, produced by Dre Shot This and featuring Evan on the hook, asks the lingering questions [...]

By |2019-03-20T16:51:46-04:00March 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Tori Helene Learns to Heal on EP Delusional

Tori Helene, Cincinnati's latest rising voice in the hip hop and R&B scene, recently dropped her debut EP, Delusional. The Natown-produced project shows growth and a different creative direction for Helene, who released two singles last year - the sensual "Straight F***in" and heated "Judas." The mood shifts quite a bit to introspection, pain, and healing [...]

By |2019-03-12T12:49:13-04:00March 12th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Shake It Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Founded in 1979 by Jess Hirbe and Daryl Kalmus, Shake It Records began as a record label, bolstering Cincinnati acts like rock group The Customs. Brothers Darren and Jim Blase acquired the label in the '90s and set up shop in Northside as a record store in 1999. While still a thriving record label representing [...]

By |2019-03-04T16:16:07-04:00March 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Ronin Halloway Soars for the Sun with Icarus EP

Photo by Bradley Thompson For the past year, Ronin Halloway has been hard at work on The Icarus Trilogy. Released a few weeks ago, the EP is a musical collaboration with JayBee Lamahj, with a visual component directed by Bradley Thompson. Icarus takes listeners through a journey of growth, power, and spirituality, all while giving [...]

By |2019-02-26T14:48:42-04:00February 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: GrandAce Teases Upcoming EP with New Single “GO!”

GrandAce. Photo by Ciara Cruder. You can easily chart the progression of Cincinnati rapper and producer GrandAce through his evolving lyrics and style. Born Jody Jones, GrandAce first hit the scene with singles in 2016 and 2017. Last year, he released two EPs - the first of which, Colors in the Office, existed as an [...]

By |2019-02-19T20:39:36-04:00February 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING CINCY: Tour the Nation’s First Smart Recording Studio

Producer Evan "X" Johnson's awards line the studio halls. Photos by Victoria Moorwood. When CEO / award-winning producer Evan "X" Johnson and President Cameron Napier rebranded, relocated and launched Timeless Recording Studio, they had one question on their minds—how can we improve? The two tech-savvy music professionals had already made names for themselves [...]

By |2019-02-12T16:33:13-04:00February 12th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

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