[Saturday Spotlight] Chaz French, OSHEA Davaun & K1NG ELJAY and D-Gut

It’s an honor to bring my love for indie hip-hop over to the platform that Hip Hop N More has provided me. While I know everyone is listening to the new Rick Ross album or Drake’s playlist, it’s still important to show love to the artists who are trying to make a name for themselves. Everybody has to start somewhere, just like Ross and Drake did, and I hope this post gives these featured artists a jump start to their careers. Want to make the cut to this spot next week? Submit your music here.


Chaz French

Every indie artist aims to find success in a way that helps get their music heard by more ears and fills up their bank account. For Chaz French, that dream has become a reality. He recently inked a deal with MoTown/Capitol and released “Way Out” to celebrate. The record’s cover art is a good indication of the subject matter, as Chaz exclaims he’s been looking for a way out for quite some time. Every artist who makes this playlist should look to this record as inspiration that your dreams really can become reality.


OSHEA Davaun

I’m grateful to have my dad in my life. As I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to call him one of my best friends. There was a time when I was a kid that I was angry about him and my mom divorcing. I remember the rage I felt, the hurt, the pain, and every other emotion from those early years. When I watched OSHEA Davaun’s video for “Role Model” I saw the kid version of me all over again. Davaun addresses his relationship with his father on this record and uses it as motivation to be a better father when it’s his time to have kids.


There are states that have an artist rise to commercial success and then go quiet after while. Alabama is one of those states. Since the rise of Rich Boy nearly a decade ago, there hasn’t been an act that has made headlines in a major way. That doesn’t mean the music scene isn’t thriving, though. K1NG ELJAY & D Gut are a duo that represent the RDFND collective. They released The Process EP at the beginning of the month along with this video for “The First Song”. What I love about this video, and song, is it feels like a conversation between the duo on how they got their start in music. The video highlights various locations in downtown Birmingham, AL as well.

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