DEFIANT PRESENTS: BANDMANRILL, SHA EK AND MCVERTT WITH TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS
NEWARK’S BANDMANRILL & MCVERTT FLIP AN ICONIC HOUSE SAMPLE ON “MR. D.C.T.”
BRONX NATIVE SHA EK ENLISTS CHICAGO’S LIL ZAY OSAMA FOR “NEVER WANT TO BE THEM PART II”
“The appeal of Bandman and Mcvertt’s style is more than just the sound—it also offers a glimpse at how a younger generation is putting its touch on music they lived with in their childhood.” – Pitchfork
“20 Rappers to Watch in 2023… The Jersey drill scene is even more niche than the burgeoning sample drill subgenre, but the 20-year-old rapper is leading the emerging sound with the confidence and authority of a veteran” – Complex
“While the new year slowly lurches into gear, Bandmanrill has hit the ground with the same frantic energy that saw him enjoy a breakout year in 2022.” – The FADER
“Garden State rep Bandmanrill’s blend of skilled rapping over the high-energy production is catching on. He’s one of the most relevant artists to rhyme over the club music beats and has his sights set on taking it all over the world.” – XXL
“…as time went on, Sha’s flows and vocabulary continued to level up.” – XXL
“Sha Ek’s efforts this year are worthy of the rookie of the year title.” – HotNewHipHop
“After displaying his aggressive and high energy flows on a few tracks, [Sha Ek] went viral with bangers like 2020’s “D&D” and has continued to live up to the hype from there.” – ONE37RPM
May 12, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) — Animating explosive regional sounds, New Jersey natives Bandmanrill and MCVERTT unveil “Mr. D.C.T.” while Bronx drill leader Sha EK shares “Never Want To Be Them Part 2,” featuring Chicago’s Lil Zay Osama.
Produced by fellow Newark native, Jersey club rap sound architect MCVERTT, Bandmanrill’s new single, “Mr. D.C.T.,” is built on an iconic house sample from Crystal Waters, a Jersey native herself. The undeniably danceable track finds Bandman in full control of an energetic party atmosphere, making listeners follow his every move lest they get lost in the shuffle: “Baby girl, I’m a lion, a Leo/If he play, set it off like I’m Cleo.”
Meanwhile, across the Hudson and Harlem rivers, the Bronx-born Sha EK enlists Chicago’s own Lil Zay Osama for an explosively atmospheric drill banger. Backed by the hard-hitting production of 083 Chee and J1 GTB, “Never Want To Be Them Part 2” kicks off with the booming-voiced Sha sounding right at home on the track’s skittering hi-hats and sliding 808s as he aspires to be anything but his opps. Lil Zay Osama’s raw Chicago grit compliments Sha’s slick talk perfectly, as he dissects why his opps aspire to see anyone but him.
“Mr. D.C.T.” and “Never Want To Be Them Part 2” are the opening salvos in a scorching summer for some of the hottest stars and most innovative artists on the East Coast, each of whom is trying to top their ascendant 2022.
Bandmanrill’s spectacular 2022 featured dancefloor-shaking hits like the FADER-acclaimed “REAL HIPS,” culminating in his debut album Club Godfather, which Pitchfork praised as “breakneck” and “intoxicating.” Known for his natural megaphone of a voice, 20-year-old Sha EK reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart with his debut Face Of The What, and connected with Bandman for the East Coast anthem “WHO YOU TOUCH.” Rising producer MCVERTT is heralded as a father of the club rap scene taking hold in Newark, Philadelphia, and across the East Coast. The trio of Bandman, Sha, and MCVERTT have joined forces with “Jiggy In Jersey” and “Jiggy In Jersey Pt. 2,” which together racked up tens of millions of streams and showed the artistic potential of combining street sounds with club music.
Stay tuned for much more from the “Jiggy In Jersey” trio as the weather gets warmer.
Stream Bandmanrill & MCVERTT – “Mr. D.C.T.” HERE
Stream Sha Ek – “Never Want To Be Them Part 2” ft. Lil Zay Osama HERE
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Bandmanrill, Sha EK, and MCVERTT – “Pistons”:
Defiant Presents: Jiggy In Jersey (ft. MCVERTT):
Bandmanrill – “Mr. D.C.T.”: https://bandmanrill.lnk.to/MrDCT
Sha EK – “Never Want To Be Them Part 2” ft. Lil Zay Osama: https://ShaEk.lnk.to/NWTBTP2