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Premiere: Fall Into Blue Dreams & Perpetual Bliss With ZIM's Self-Titled Jam

"I'm determined to make an impact in music. This is all "I" have."

It may seem like love and loss is on a loop in ZIM's life story but that doesn't seem to be the case on her latest musical offering, "ZIM."

The choice to self-title the BHB-produced track is a simple one. The song is rooted in linking past lovers to mary jane references, skills that are a testament to ZIM's pen game.

"The inspiration behind the song 'Zim' is just weed literally, the 21-year-old Puerto Rican creative explains to VIBE VIVA. "I got high when I wrote it, which is one way I can create. I like singing about emotions and in this song I enjoyed comparing the men I've been with through my life to certain weed strains and how they made me feel.”

If you're listening with your heart, ZIM's music is filled with plenty of stories that will leave you in hindsight mode. The Harlem native has seen her fair shares of ups and downs, but hasn't allowed it be a burden on the path to her dreams.

"I really don't express regrets. Any situation I was in became a life lesson for me," she said. Instead, she's used her life path as inspiration in her music.

Filled with 808s and quiet storm allure, ZIM makes a space R&B hasn't felt in quite a while. "That's how I get my inspiration to record music.," she said. "Every song is a true story of what I've been through."

ZIM is set to release her upcoming Sylmar EP in August. "[I'm] determined to make an impact in music," she added. "This is all "I" have."

Groove to "Zim" below and on Apple Music.

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“The concept behind 'Good Contracts' is keeping yourself out of a vulnerable position where somebody can take advantage of you. In the video, one of the characters involved himself with a woman that he met outside and brought her to where he makes his money," 070 Phi told VIBE. "His relationship with her was like a bad contract because all she wants to do is take advantage of him and rob him for his money. Metaphorically speaking my character is a good lawyer that helps him out of his situation.”

Musically, 070 Phi uses witty autotuned rhymes to share his sense of impending doom in the face of block enemies and corrupt cops, and how he plans to keep his integrity in all scenarios. "Good Contracts" is the second visual from his EP Outside, which is available on all streaming platforms through Mass Appeal Records.

Phi's Hudson County, New Jersey-rooted 070 Collective has been making waves for the past year and change. Phi formed the crew with Shake, Ralph River, Treee Safari, Behard, Bhee, Malick, Hack, and production group The Kompetition. Since then, Phi and Shake have both have found success: Phi as a signee of Mass Appeal Records, and appearing on the label's Starting 5: Vol. 1 compilation, and Shake as a signee of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, appearing on songs "Ghost Town" and "Violent Crimes" from West's album Ye, as well as appearing on Pusha T's Daytona and Nas' Nasir.

Fans can see 070 Phi perform on the Starting 5 tour with Mass Appeal labelmates Fashawn, Stro, Ezri, and Cantrell. See tour dates below, and RSVP for free online.

Upcoming Dates: 2/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall 2/16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge 2/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry 2/19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Backroom @ Colectivo Café 2/21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie's Rock Club 2/22 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room @ The Crofoot 2/24 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli 2/26 – Montréal, QC – Le Belmont 2/28 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs 3/1 – New York, NY – S.O.B's 3/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy 3/3 – Washington, DC – DC9 3/5 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

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Diggy had a big 2018, with the release of his sophomore album Lighten Up, a role on the Black-ish spinoff show Grown-ish, and an enlightening trip to Ghana for the Full Circle Festival with other members of black Hollywood elite. But he's looking to continue his run into the new year, and the Dionte-directed video for "Anchors" sees him unloading nearly four minutes straight of bars over an emotive evening ride through Los Angeles.

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With a new smoother sound, featuring high strung guitar licks and trap claps, Harlemite Neek Bucks takes this newest track, "Beat The Odds," (produced by Dizzy Banko, The Beat Menace and Andrew Meoray) to task over the problems that face the youth in any hood USA. The video, with Bucks as director, is set against the cold, rugged blocks of NYC. As various young men gather on a corner by the neighborhood bodega, there seems to be an ill wind in the air. One can only image what can quickly turn from a cool gathering to something totally tragic when dealing with misguided youngin's and no one to cool hot heads. "I'm spending bucks with my team, but not livin' right/My bro was only 16 when ni---s took his life/I'm steady fighting these demons, it's a different fight/That's why I sip on codeine to help me sleep at night," Buck raps.

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To check out more of his music, hit up his Jay-Z inspired Streets Is Watching project at Neekbucks.com

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