Features, Singles

Marc Hughes Music makes his return with powerful Gospel single “Renew”

Marc Hughes Music is a name we here at 1DF have long supported. His awesome 2016 project "I Am Marc" saw him grow into one of the most sought after singers and songwriters from the Gulf Coast with performances throughout the south and abroad. He's now back with new music that is a bit of… Continue reading Marc Hughes Music makes his return with powerful Gospel single “Renew”

Features, Reviews

First Day Feature: International Joe talks about his upcoming album “Just Landed”, Hip-Hop in Baton Rouge and more

When it comes to colleagues that have an entrepreneurial spirit I would have a hard time thinking of one more fitting for the title than International Joe. The Baton Rouge native has his hands in all types of realms musically. Not only is he a producer, better known as Joe On Tha Track, but he… Continue reading First Day Feature: International Joe talks about his upcoming album “Just Landed”, Hip-Hop in Baton Rouge and more

Features, Reviews

Review: Quincy Jamal and Lester Sanchez make a formidable duo on “Wentworth”

I've always loved music's ability to turn tough circumstances into beautiful art. As a culture born largely in poverty, it's one of the reasons I ride so hard for hip-hop. To come from next to nothing and climb out of it in a way that not only allows you to take care of your family… Continue reading Review: Quincy Jamal and Lester Sanchez make a formidable duo on “Wentworth”

Features, Messages from the team

“Do The Knowledge”: My experience at Jackson Indie Music Week

You ever had a moment that kind of reminded you that you were on the right path? A push forward that just reinvigorates your hustle? As an entrepreneur and just a person in general we can often find ourselves doubting, wondering if your work is even worth it. I can be honest and say that… Continue reading “Do The Knowledge”: My experience at Jackson Indie Music Week

Features, Messages from the team

Remembering Kobe: 8 of my favorite bars mentioning the late great

It's been a few days now since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, Gianna and everyone else who was aboard that helicopter that day. It still doesn't even feel real. Some people are just larger than life and Kobe was one of them. As a diehard Celtics fan til this day, Kobe was a player… Continue reading Remembering Kobe: 8 of my favorite bars mentioning the late great

Features, Interviews

First Day Feature: Roc Writah discusses his new music, Baltimore rap scene and more

I see a lot of artists come and go in the Baltimore scene, but I’m confident that Roc Writah will be a staple. The brains behind Writah’s Touch LLC, Roc is more than an artist; he’s a creative director and an entrepreneur. He has patience and vision seldom seen in his age range and is very… Continue reading First Day Feature: Roc Writah discusses his new music, Baltimore rap scene and more

Albums/Mixtapes, Features, Reviews

Review: Rackgang Vante reflects on life with “Thru The Rain” EP

One thing that is certain about life is that you'll go through some things if you keep living it. While some may appear to be better than others, no one truly has a life that is without challenges. What we do to overcome these challenges is a large part of what makes up our character.… Continue reading Review: Rackgang Vante reflects on life with “Thru The Rain” EP

Features, Videos

Premiere: Roc Writah drops off his “0315” visual

Baltimore's Roc Writah seamlessly blends his golden era hip-hop upbringing with more contemporary influences. Roc calls his latest single/music video "a statement on the dreams of an urban boy, wanting to experience the most highs of life with their loved ones"; he wanted the visual to be colorful and vibrant to "show the creations and bright world… Continue reading Premiere: Roc Writah drops off his “0315” visual

Features, Interviews

First Day Feature: Oliver Lee talks songwriting, his weekly music series and more

A native of Milwaukee who spent time in San Diego, Wisconsin’s Oliver Lee brings midwestern soul and west coast hip hop together seamlessly. A lifelong musician and a (literal) veteran who first picked up a guitar at 10 years old, Oliver’s passion for the craft is part of his being. He's currently in the midst of putting… Continue reading First Day Feature: Oliver Lee talks songwriting, his weekly music series and more

Features, Interviews

First Day Feature: Lashawn’s Way takes us into the inspiration behind “Reign”

Equipped with a style that is as uniquely southern is Lashawn's Way. The Tennessee born MC has built his fanbase as an indie artist by pushing out tracks that bring back that feeling of yesteryear that so many long for at times. Shades of 8Ball & MJG and the likes are flowing throughout the sound… Continue reading First Day Feature: Lashawn’s Way takes us into the inspiration behind “Reign”