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This April, JIMMY ROCK is releasing his new EP ‘Word of Vibes: Remixes’ which features re-imagined versions of songs from both ‘World of Drops’ and 2021’s ‘Summer Vibes’ EP. The lead single, Vibes [Remix], featuring Marty of Social Club Misfits and Light Ends Darkness, is out now. The record beautifully blends EDM elements with Pop and a touch of Hip-Hop in perfect preparation for the upcoming project.

Good City Music is home to some of the brightest up-and-coming talents in the Christian music industry.

Among the impressive roster of artists is Ohio’s own DJ and producer, JIMMY ROCK.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting an already difficult-to-navigate music scene, JIMMY ROCK has seen his trajectory increase sharply over the last two years.

In 2020, ROCK’s Ep ‘World of Drops’ debuted at number 112 on the iTunes Dance charts. Since then he has been busy building his catalog with a string of singles, bootleg remixes, and a follow-up EP, all while garnering highlights from media outlets such as New Release Today, Nashville Unsigned, Where’s The Vibe, and Atlanta-based Trackstarz. ROCK was also chosen by TunedUp as one of 2021’s “Artists to Watch”.

This April, JIMMY ROCK is releasing his new EP Word of Vibes: Remixes which features re-imagined versions of songs from both ‘World of Drops’ and 2021’s ‘Summer Vibes’ EP.

 

The lead single, Vibes [Remix], featuring Marty of Social Club Misfits and Light Ends Darkness, hits digital music retailers on February 25, 2022. The record beautifully blends EDM elements with Pop and a touch of Hip-Hop in perfect preparation for the upcoming project.

World of Vibes: Remixes will release on April 15, 2022, and features collaborations with Fern (Social Club Misfits), Steven Malcolm, Joe Maz (Pitbull, Ty Dolla $ign), Pettidee, KJ-52, Reyer, Sean McGee, and ShaVazz The Weirdo, as well as the aforementioned Marty and Light Ends Darkness. The project is executively produced by JIMMY ROCK with mixing and mastering from acclaimed production team The Brewz (Thomas Iannucci).

*Which remixes are you most interested in hearing? Let us know in the comments below!

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Release Details

Title: Vibes [Remix]

Artist: JIMMY ROCK

Release Date: February 25, 2022

Features: Marty, Light Ends Darkness

Released via: Good City Music

 

Title: World of Vibes: Remixes

Artist: JIMMY ROCK

Release Date: April 15, 2022

Released via: Good City Music

The Gospel Music Association has announced its award nominations for 2021.

The 52nd annual awards show is scheduled to be held on October 19th. Until then, there is exciting news for the independent CHH community.

While hip hop and the larger Christian music space have, let’s say, a somewhat rocky relationship, it is safe to say that the bigger name in the hip hop circle usually gets recognized. It’s understandable. The broader Christian audience may have some level of familiarity with the likes of artists like Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Aaron Cole. However, a group of artists we are quite familiar with have a reason to hold their heads a bit higher.

JIMMY ROCK’s single Worth It (featuring DJ Mykael V, J. Crum, and Rockstar JT) caught the attention of the GMA’s in 2021.

 

While Worth It faces some stiff competition (you may notice a guy named Kanye is also on the ballot), the nomination itself feels like a big step for the sub-genre.

Give these guys their flowers!

Landing a nomination is huge! Now it’s up to the voters for this year’s awards to see how it plays out. Can the underdogs come up big? We’ll find out on October 19, 2021, as the Dove Awards are held in Nashville, TN.

Past winners of the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year include:

  • Gawvi “Fight for Me” (2019)
  • Social Club Misfits “War Cry (ft. Tauren Wells)” (2018)
  • NF “Oh Lord” (2017)
  • Andy Mineo “Uncomfortable” (2016)

If you were given a vote by the GMAs, what would be your pick for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year? Let us know in the comments!

 

What good is summer without the perfect vibes to go along with it?

goodcity. announces the latest from JIMMY ROCK!

On July 20, 2021, the EDM/hip hop mashup master is dropping his new 4-song EP titled Summer Vibes.

The project includes the hit remix “Rage” with Thomas Iannucci featuring P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval. This Friday, the single “See The Light” (featuring Sean McGee & ShaVazz The Weirdo) hits digital music retailers. Light Ends Darkness also features on the EP’s title track.

JIMMY ROCK has established himself within faith-based hip hop as a go-to for unique, club-style remixes. He has worked alongside several of Christian Hip Hop’s top names. Jimmy’s 2020 album World of Drops was well received in the space. It included guest appearances by popular artists Steven Malcolm, Fern (of Social Club Misfits), and CHH legend Pettidee.

Pre-Release Info

Summer Vibes is available for pre-saves now.

JIMMY ROCK and the team at goodcity. set a goal of 1000 pre-saves before release. If you get your music from Apple Music, Spotify, or Deezer, go and support the EP now by pre-saving.

Jimmy also announced via his Twitter account, that a virtual album release party will be happening to celebrate the project’s release.

 

It is a must for DJs and independent Christian Hip Hop artists need to add it to their toolbox as well.

“More than a record pool”, UGM Digital started in 2019. The goal was to provide DJs with high-quality, clean music. Two years later they host the largest collection of positive music on the planet.

UGM has its roots deep in the Christian Hip Hop industry. The company works with the genre’s biggest names including illect Recordings, Reach Records, and goodcity.  They also have featured partnerships with notable DJs such as JIMMY ROCK, DJ Sean Blu, DJ Tony Tone, DJ I Rock Jesus, and more. What started as a simple question (How can DJs get access to high-quality music?) has grown into a movement in and of itself.

Working alongside artists, producers, and DJs around the globe, UGM has become a go-to source for the creative community.

“I’ve seen few truly progressive platforms in the record pool space in my 24 years in the music buisness. UGM Digital is listening and adapting. I can’t say enough about how much I believe in their platform.” – Josh Niemyjski, Founder, Sphere of Hip-Hop

Sure, landing on playlists is cool…

…however, according to Andre Mullen (UGM Digital Founder), “it’s DJs that break records.”

“UGM Digital puts artists’ music in the hands of DJs, who are tastemakers in their own right. What better way to build momentum and exposure for a record than with a DJ with a platform?” – Mullen

Ultimately, all artists are looking to be “discovered”. UGM is helping DJs and producers redefine their experience through artist discovery and exposure. That is why they are branded as more than a record pool. The company is a curator for the latest music. Take into account the partnerships with brands, labels, and radio stations and you have an ecosystem where the artists are growing!

“We’re servicing three distinct groups of people – DJs, producers, and artists. DJs and producers get high quality audio files, including acapella and instrumental, of the latest music for blends and remixes. Additionally, they don’t have to search for music. Everything is available for them on our platform. Artists get their music marketed and promoted within the pool and our community of DJs.” – Mullen

Submissions to UGM comes at no cost to the artist.

The only thing you need to invest is a little time.

Artists need to simply follow the clearly described submission process and submit via email. If your record is approved, both the artist and DJs who are subscribed to the service receive notice that your song is a new addition. I guess you could continue to “wait and see” if your song lands a big playlist placement, or you could take your chances with individuals who have true industry ties. Mullen himself has been part of the music industry for nearly 30 years.

UGM is continuing to grow its partnerships as well.

Clear Hits Radio, Wisconsin’s first Christian Hip Hop station, entered into an official partnership with UGM Digital in June. Why is this noteworthy? The partnership creates an opportunity for artists to receive monetization from their music. At the same time, the online station gains greater access to music to share with its listeners.

UGM also recently announced a partnership with The Indie Artist Help Desk.

This partnership finds UGM settling into a host capacity on the popular app Clubhouse. Mullen, and others, will host a bi-weekly virtual room in The Indie Artist Help Desk’s club. The title of their room is “BPM + Key”.

The goal of this room is to help teach artists and creatives how to present good music to the marketplace. Beginning on June 30, 2021, “BPM + Key” will be live every other Wednesday.

So my challenge to you, independent Christian Hip Hop artist, is to take some time and digest the service that UGM Digital offers.

Is it for you? Maybe it’s not. However, my guess is that you’ll find it difficult to come up with a legitimate reason to not submit your music. 

If we want to continue seeing growth in the genre, and you want to take steps towards music being a full-time commitment, then taking advantage of opportunities that companies like UGM offers is essential. And before anyone begins pointing fingers, no UGM did not approach us looking for coverage. At FiveTwenty our goal from the beginning has been to equip indie artists with the knowledge to help them build towards their dreams. Once we discovered UGM and what they are bringing to the table, it was simply a no-brainer to pass the info along.

It is pretty simple. You can continue to hope that your distribution company of choice and the DSPs show you some favor with their algorithms, or you can begin taking more control of your journey. The choice is yours. Just don’t say that FiveTwenty didn’t try to educate you when we could.

More coming soon…

DJ JIMMY ROCK brings his distinctive EDM touch to Osaze’s 2020 hit single.

Features: 1kPhew – Engineering: Project Pluto

Coming off the successful release of his latest project World of Drops, Jimmy Rock releases his first single since announcing his recent signing to Good City’s newest sync division.

The EDM/hip-hop producer and DJ has been hard at work while creating some memorable collaborations with some of today’s influential voices.

Jimmy Rock is a multi-award-winning DJ that has toured around the world in markets such as; Toronto Canada, Bogotá Colombia, Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago, Nashville, San Diego, Houston, Detroit, and Cleveland. He has opened for acts such as Kings of Leon, Lecrae, Skillet, NF, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5, Mr. Talkbox, and Judah And The Lion.

Oftentimes we find ourselves discouraged from chasing the very thing we love the most. All of the time spent perfecting your craft, investing your heart, mind, soul, and resources can take its toll. But in the end, we do what we love because it’s “Worth It”.

The new single from Jimmy Rock is a trap/dubstep hybrid featuring DJ Mykael V, J. Crum, and Rockstar JT.

Listen now on all streaming platforms! https://vydia.lnk.to/WorthIt

Stay up to date with all Jimmy Rock at djjimmyrock.com and via his socials: Twitter | Instagram

 

Eric Boston reviewing a hip hop influenced EDM album…what could go wrong?

I am stepping out of my comfort zone with this one.

Jimmy Rock’s new six-track EP ‘World of Drops’ includes elements that were more than intriguing for me. It also made me slightly nervous as I want to do any project that I review justice.

I guess the best thing that I can do is to simply jump in feet first!

Intro To War ft. Egypt Speaks – Basic monologue into by Egypt Speaks that bleeds into track two, the first song of the album.

War – The first song is also the project’s longest, coming in at just over five minutes. The tribal drums work in tandem with the electronica feel of the melody. To be completely transparent, I am not the one who should be critiquing an EDM record. That being said, I appreciated the way that this track builds and adds layers as it progresses. The inserted adlibs and KB inspired (“I Believe”) chant bring a hip hop element that I was able to connect with. Overall, I can see this leading a Jimmy Rock set and getting a crowd ready to cut loose for an evening.

Catch These Hands ft. Pettidee – If you read my review of Brinson’s ‘Throw the Crown’ album (you can do so here if you haven’t), then you know that one feature that is sure to grab my attention is seeing CHH veteran Pettidee listed on a project. Add that to a title such as “Catch These Hands” and certain expectations begin to form before hearing a single bar. I must say, my preconceived ideas of this track were not close to the final product.

I love how Jimmy Rock presented Pettidee’s vocals on the hook as a sample instead of a traditional chorus. We only get a single verse from Pettidee, but it was a good one. His unmistakable gritty vibrato works well with the dance-infused production. Not every rapper can appear at home in this environment, but the duo of Jimmy Rock and Pettidee pull it off well as Pettidee’s energy is in sync with the track’s feel.

Don’t Sleep On Me – Again, another EDM production that I feel less adequate speaking on. I definitely caught some similar vibes as when hearing dance music in the 90s (without the track sounding dated, which is a big plus).

I think it was a good thing that the track came in under two minutes; it serves as a transition of sorts to the following record.

Won’t Stop ft. Steven Malcolm & Fern – As we reach the next to last track on the project, Jimmy Rock enlists the help of two of the biggest names in the CHH space with the likes of Steven Malcolm and Fern of Social Club Misfits.

One thing that jumps out from the start is the more traditional hip hop sound.

Fern and Steven Malcolm both deliver quality verses that have become a staple for these now veteran emcees. I will say, the vocals on both verses sounded a bit different than we are used to hearing, almost like they are not as polished as normal. This is not a bad thing as I still enjoyed the more raw, less produced sound.

Moving between the verses and to finish off the track, Jimmy Rock installs electronic segments that keep the soundscape changing throughout.

You Feel It – The final track hits like a “War” part two of sorts.

The handclaps act as applause for an overall well-crafted project. Jimmy Rock keeps the finale moving with a variety of changes and vocal sampling. While not my particular lane, I can most certainly appreciate the level of musicianship that went into the track”s arrangement. My question is, do “You Feel It”?

The ‘World of Drops’ EP is solid from top to bottom.

Is it one that would be in my personal regular rotation? Probably not. Would it have its place in life’s soundtrack? Without a doubt!

If you’re looking for some high-energy music with a positive message to get you going, then ‘World of Drops’ is a great option.

What do you think? Hit the comments and let us know!

What is a drop? A drop is a moment in a dance track when tension is released and the beat kicks in releasing the enormous energy accord during a song’s progression… after the momentum builds, the pitch rising, the tension mounting, bigger, louder, until suddenly… the drop!

Ohio based DJ, Jimmy Rock, is set to release his debut studio EP titled ‘World of Drops’ on October 2, 2020.

What is a drop?

A drop is a moment in a dance track when tension is released and the beat kicks in, releasing the enormous energy during a song’s progression…after the momentum builds, the pitch rising, the tension mounting, bigger, louder, until suddenly…the drop!

The project is produced by Jimmy Rock and Ben Crespo featuring CHH notables in Fern (of Social Club Misfits), Steven Malcolm, Pettidee, and Egypt Speaks.

‘World of Drops’ is an invitation to dance, cut loose, jump, and let go! It is a creative exploration where musical styles collide including Dance, Electronic, Trap, Hip Hop, Latin, Spoken Word, and Big Room. Pre-order and Pre-save beginning on September 11, 2020.

To learn more visit djjimmyrock.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

‘World of Drops’ Track List

  1. Intro to War ft. Egypt Speaks
  2. War
  3. Catch These Hands ft. Pettidee
  4. Don’t Sleep On Me
  5. Won’t Stop ft. Steven Malcolm & Fern
  6. You Feel It

Jimmy Rock is a multi-award winning DJ that has toured around the world opening for acts such as Kings of Leon, Lecrae, Skillet, NF, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5, and Judah & The Lion.