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On Billboard Magazine with KXNG Crooked

June 02, 2017

Kxng Crooked Overcomes His Alcohol Addiction on 'Too Ashamed': Premiere

... "Working on 'Too Ashamed' was a very emotional recording experience for everyone involved," Hay explains to Billboard. "Kxng Crooked opened up for his first time about his alcoholism and recovery, which was a parallel experience shared with co-producers King Graint and Shachar Boussani who has seen friends struggle with addiction. Singer Mike Smith was feeling very ashamed spending so much time away from his wife and kids pursuing music. Iliana Eve and I were victims of a home invasion at the end of April and been dealing with the trauma from that which is heard in the song from a friend on my voicemail."...

Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivor Patience Carter Recruits Nitty Scott, L'Shai & Iliana Eve for 'Lost Souls': Premiere

June 12, 2017

... UPDATE (June 12, 2017): On the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Patience Carter has shared a remix for "49 Lives." "I love the remixed version of the song so much... it's hauntingly vulnerable," she says in a statement sent to Billboard. "Opening the song with my poem really sets the tone for the artists to open themselves up and honestly share their experiences. It's definitely an emotional song but the power lies in the art of expression."...

#DXclusive: Lil Yachty Collaborator Kevin Pollari Drops "All Alone" With Iliana Eve & Mike Smith

June 13, 2017

... “I loved working with Kevin and see why Rick Rubin got involved with his career,” Hay told HipHopDX. “Pollari and Iliana Eve really compliment each other vocally on this record. I worked with my usual suspects of Mike Smith, Iliana Eve, King Graint and Shachar Boussani, and that combination has produced some really great results over the last few months.”...

MUSIC KXNG Crooked Tackles Alcoholism On “Too Ashamed”

June 06, 2017

... West Coast native MC, KXNG Crooked makes his return to the interwebs. Today the lyricist is back, pairing up with frequent producers Jonathan Hay and King Griant for a new track called “Too Ashamed.” The track is the title track of an upcoming EP that is set to drop very soon. Jonathan Hay recently opened up about the track and its concept, stating: “KXNG Crooked opened up for his first time about his alcoholism and recovery, which was a parallel experience shared with co-producers King Graint and Shachar Boussani who has seen friends struggle with addiction.”...

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