[Interview] TiRon & Ayomari talk self-love, getting out of their comfort zone, and why they make music

Interview by: Martin Bauman

As they’ll tell you, TiRon & Ayomari are tired of hearing the same old music. With their latest full-length effort, The Great New Wonderful, they offer an alternative — boasting that “happiness is guaranteed,” and then following through on that promise. “The best music has not been created already,” says Ayomari. “The human condition always changes,” adds TiRon, “so as the human condition changes, so should the message. Yeah, we want you to jam, but we’ve been jammin’ for a long time. Yeah, we want you to party, but we’ve been partying for a long time. There’s so many things going on within society that are little nuances that the music doesn’t reflect, and [we’re seeing] a disconnect [as a result].” TGNW is at-times uplifting, reassuring, dance-inducing, a call-to-action, and at all times, refreshingly different.

If you haven’t yet heard of the Los Angeles-based duo, now’s the time to get on board. After their superb A Sucker For Pumps release, followed by the strong offerings of HNGRY and The Wonderful Prelude series, they’ve made fans out of the likes of Q-Tip and Diddy and proven themselves as much more than a one-album success. More than being great artists, though, the two happen to be thoughtful and profound individuals with plenty to say. We caught up with TiRon & Ayomari to talk about the importance of self-love in the black community, getting out of their comfort zone, why they make music, and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the highlights after the jump.

[Audio] Daye Jack- “Save My Soul” (Prod. Matthew Engst)

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Say hello to Daye Jack, the NYU student turned artist hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, and his new track “Save My Soul” from his upcoming “Soul Glitch” EP. “Save My Soul” has Daye rapping some powerful bars over an electronically inspired production, courtesy of Matthew Engst.

Daye Jack had a bright future ahead of him in the world of soccer, though decided to leave it behind to create music, and study computer science, which has been working out quite well for himself. With a couple of releases under his belt, including his debut “Hello World”, Daye is ready to take it to the next level. His sound is a blend between soul, and hip-hop with a modern influence that sits in the era of experimental rap, and alternative R&B.

“Save My Soul” begins with an interesting use of samples to intrigue the listener, when before long, Daye Jack jumps in with his catchy hook. Next up has Daye tackling the chorus where he states the name of the track, with some focus on the pristine production brought to us by frequent collaborator Matthew Engst. Overall, “Save My Soul” is a really well done tune, from the lyrics and hook, to the production, which leaves the listener clicking that repeat button over and over.

Daye Jack is just about to drop his “Soul Glitch” release, which is slated for a June 30th release. With the ability to switch up his style at the blink of an eye, Daye has the unique talents required to please a wide variety of fans.

[Video] John River – “Get Down” (Dir: Abstrakte)

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It’s not surprising that John River is in the mood to celebrate these days — everything seems to be going his way. Just days after walking the red carpet at the MMVAs (where his “Hope City II” was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video), and mere months after being invited to speak as a TEDx guest, the Mississauga emcee is back with a party anthem timed perfectly for the start of summer. “Get Down” is totally uninhibited and unapologetically enthusiastic, and as much as it’s John River’s party, it’s also a celebration of Mississauga and his hometown friends — it’s no coincidence that he wears Brampton native Tyler Ennis’ Milwaukee Bucks jersey in the video. Things are looking up for John River these days. It’ll be fun to see where things go from here.

[Audio] Rob GF- “Dollars & Cents”(Prod. Fameless)

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At 21, Rob GF already has five mixtapes under his belt. His upcoming collaborative album with production trio Fameless entitled, (An) Eternity, looks to be a game changer as it showcases a Rob GF who has found his voice; one whose song-writing and content is thriving at an all time high. Rob’s latest offering “Dollars & Cents” adds to his growing catalog of turn up music, which has become his trademark sound. Right off the bat, the Fameless instrumental rocks your dome as Rob GF lets off a furry of bars with a vicious delivery. Whenever an emcee goes on a trap beat, the listeners expect that emcee to take them on a ride; The energy that Rob GF comes with on this track is unmatched giving you an auditory pick me up to get yourself going. Be sure to check out “Dollars and Sense, and keep it locked for further developments on Rob GF’s upcoming project, (An) Eternity.

[Audio] Tayyib Ali- “Fountain of Youth” (Prod. Bizness Boi & B Ham)

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Coming in with some fresh talent is Philadelphia, PA’s Tayyib Ali and his new track “Fountain of Youth” from his upcoming release “Ali“. This feel good track is full of confident heartfelt lyrics that speak directly to the listener, and with some excellent production from Bizness Boi, & B Ham, these three are truly bringing the heat.

Tayyib Ali is no stranger to the rap game with 3 entries in his “Keystone State of Mind” mixtape series under his belt, and a standalone tape entitled “18“. Tayyib has always been a driven artist, and started to reap some of those benefits when he began to garner attention after opening for the likes of Sam Adams, and Shwayze, among others. Tayyib was also previously signed to Visionary Music Group, and even co-headlined the “Visionary Music Group Tour“, with label mate Logic. Since, Tayyib inked a deal with Steve Rifkind, & Russel Simmons, while gearing up for his newest tape, “Ali”.

“Fountain of Youth” starts off with a focus on the piano inspired production courtesy of Bizness Boi, and B Ham, while Tayyib’s smooth, friendly flow, and honest message sets the tone. The feel good production is complimented with his confident heartfelt lyrics that will have any listener singing along throughout their day.

Tayyib’s “Ali” tape is set to drop tomorrow (June 23rd) on a major label, and with production from Jahlil Beats, 2015 should be the biggest year for him yet. Tayyib has grown quite a bit since his debut mixtape “18”, now with “Ali” on the way, bump it, and grow alongside him.

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