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Kham has released the remix to his popular, high energy, workout anthem Problematic.

Kham partnered with his label Culture Villains to host a remix contest via TikTok for the song. The winner received a $99 Spotify gift card. The top two Problematic Remix contest winners were given slots on the official remix. The record features Battz and Travis Hobson.

For CZAR Josh, his sophomore project has been about more than creating a collection of records.

The Culture Villains emcee had a greater intent than simply making bangers.

On the mixtape LongLiveUs, Josh works through personal discovery in regards to faith, politics, and society. He recently gave FiveTwenty a deeper look into the project and the process of its creation.

The Beginning

“Honestly, it was originally supposed to be a collection of singles,” explains CZAR Josh.

“When you hear the first half of the tape, that’s how it feels. It’s very fast-paced. Very upbeat, sonically. Every track just hits you.”

“How I approach music and art overall is with connectedness in mind. I think in concepts and stories. What do I want the listener to leave with? That eventually took over and caused the tape to morph into something that sounds like a full, cohesive project.”

Concept

“The main concept that arose kind of went hand in hand with where my heart was at.”

“Politically and socially, it was tough for me and a lot of my family and friends. As black people, going from 2019 into 2020, it was a lot. I felt like no one cared about us. Especially many (not all) of our non-black counterparts in the Church.”

“I would see [them] make concessions and excuses as to why the taking of life, specifically black ones, was justifiable or okay. We read the same Bible. Life is precious. It motivated me to not go the usual artist trope when it comes to protest music or activist music. Making a song to ‘go against oppression’ or to ‘stand up against racism’, I wanted to take it a step further.”

“We, just like every other shade of human being, were made in the image of God. So not only do black lives matter, they are valuable. They have meaning. They have depth and are complex, multifaceted, and defined. Beautiful; Joyous; Happy; In Love. I wanted to highlight the actual life in that statement. For far too long, the world has defined us by our death.”

Culture Villains

“CV is a creative incubator. It’s a safe space for everybody to be authentic to themselves and express themselves.”

“It’s an honest place, as an artist, to go and truly hear what you need to hear and get better. CV helped mold the direction of the tape, how it sounds. The visuals and cover art direction, the order in which you experience the music. It helped to organize and execute all the crazy ideas that come into mind.”

LongLiveUs

“It’s leaps and bounds ahead of what I’ve put out before.”

“Lyrically, it’s a lot more mature and honest in approach. It’s just real music, from somebody going through stuff.”

“Sonically, it’s crazy! I incorporate a lot of my musical influences from southern hip hop, to rock and metal, and to soul and house. All my favorite types of music are represented here. It feels full and well-rounded. Probably the first time a lot of my supporters will hear a full-figured project from me.”

“I love Do My Thang! That’s my baby. I wrote that entire song front to back, so I’m just proud of that in terms of songwriting.”

Copacetic, Heights, Whatchu Know, Dime N a Nickel, I love those songs because they kind of sound like, and represent, the shift I’m making sonically in my music. They’re fun songs. I really love the whole project.”

“For the project, all the features were selected off of vibe and if they could fit the template I already had.”

“All of these songs I wrote myself except Regal, so feature-wise, it was whoever made sense and fit the mold.”

“Production-wise, Enzo [Gran], Killawatts, and Avila are all guys I trusted to create this sound I wanted to craft. They were my immediate go-to’s.”

What Comes Next?

“A lot of content related to the project for sure!”

“Song breakdowns, music videos, etc. Then after that, I have even more music in the vault…I’m going to be around for a long time after this!”

What are your favorite tracks from LongLiveUs by CZAR Josh? Check out the album and let us know in the comments!

Hip Hop collective Culture Villains has assembled for the first time since their iTunes charting compilation album, ‘Preseason’.

The collective has collaborated with sync-focused production company MSCMKRS to create a self-titled EP containing 5 hard-hitting sports and cinema-themed tracks produced by Quentin Coblentz, Jessie Chambers, and Ian Moore. Songs can be licensed for sync directly through the record label and publishing company, BMG.

Tracklist:

  1. Winning Again [feat. Kham, CZAR Josh, KJ Carter, & Big Yae]
  2. Respect [feat. CZAR Josh]
  3. All Out [feat. Kham, CZAR Josh, KJ Carter, & Big Yae]
  4. Born For This [feat. Kham & KJ Carter]
  5. Get It Going [feat. Big Yae, CZAR Josh, & KJ Carter]

KJ Carter is announced as the newest member of Culture Villains and celebrates with the release of his first song, Til The End.

Til The End is the first in a series of demo tracks that KJ is releasing ahead of his debut EP in 2022. It is an acoustic R&B track that dives into the difficulties of missed opportunities in the realm of love and relationships. The self-produced track finds KJ crooning over an electric guitar as he grapples with a love that never came to fruition.

CZAR Josh releases the inspirational track Bout Time ahead of his upcoming mixtape, ‘Long Live Us’.

The Enzo Gran produced track finds Josh grappling with the addictions of alcohol and people-pleasing, in the midst of a dark depression. By the track’s end, CZAR Josh brings hope to listeners that they can overcome adversity life sends their way.

 

Can we talk about what gives us life?

That is the question posed by CZAR Josh as he announces his upcoming mixtape.

A socially charged trailer was recently dropped, via YouTube, in preparation for the project that is titled LongLiveUs. The trailer displays a montage of black culture ranging from the Civil Rights era up until the social justice movements of 2020.

CZAR Josh has taken a two-year hiatus from music and is three years removed from his debut EP For Your Heart. That streak was broken, however, with the release of the single “Regal” earlier this year. His upcoming single, “BoutTime”, can currently be pre-saved. It drops on October 8th.

Josh is collaborating on the next single with the black empowerment brand Nappy Ave. The partnership is resulting in exclusive apparel that highlights the song. Consumers will be able to gain access to the exclusive merch by downloading the record after its release date.

Supporters can also text “LLU” to 404.737.4117 to get a preview of what’s next.

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Culture Villains

Culture Villains artist Kham announced his upcoming debut album with style.

First came the release of the title track Problematic, which you can hear below.

Problematic [released October 14, 2020] is the fourth single from the new album (following Look, Botham, and UHaul) which releases on October 30, 2020.

As one of Christian Hip Hop’s brightest young artists, Kham has more than proven his abilities since joining CV. The Virginia emcee has done nothing except drop high-quality music since 2018 that delivers a first-hand perspective on many of today’s biggest issues.

The album is currently available for pre-order/pre-save across digital platforms. Get yours now.

Along with a new single and soon-to-be-available project, Kham added a kicker:

 

That’s right, ‘Problematic’ will be the first in a joint partnership between Culture Villains and RMG Amplify.

This is huge not only for Kham as a solo artist but for the CV collective. RMG Amplify is a division of Reflection Music Group, one of CHH’s premier labels.

On top of all of this, in case we needed any more, Kham also gave fans an opportunity to preview snippets of the album, check out behind the scenes interviews, purchase merchandise, and get a 360 Virtual user experience at www.improblematic.com

As for the Problematic single, it is a west coast inspired track that was produced by Bay Area native seni. The track hits on societal issues that have proven problematic to Kham’s mental health. He stated,

“The current state of our society presents a lot of problems in my daily life…but I like to think I’m a problem for my problems.”

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