J.M THESKYWALKA aka $JM has been writing and recording music since he was 16 years old. He has had a diverse range of influences since birth. $JM was born in Memphis but has lived in Virginia, Hawaii and currently resides in Chicago. He was first inspired by the rock n' roll and blues music that Memphis is known for hip-hop has been a major influence as well. "Cool Hand Luke" is the first single from his upcoming album Kiss The Sky. The self-produced track is very laid-back with $JM reflecting and giving us a perspective on his attitude towards life. Give it a listen below!
One of my personal favourite artists, Blu, just released the single "Kiss The Sky" through Coalmine Records today. Produced by M-Phazes and featuring Mela Machinko (chorus) and DJ Dutchmaster (cuts), Blu reminds us once again why he was a 2009 XXL Freshman and his album Below The Heavens was considered by Village Voice to be "one of the most thoughtful indie-rap releases in some time." Stream this dopeness below and check out Blu's recent New Word Color interview with Takin' Mines, in which he talks about his upcoming projects, the situation with Warner, and working with Pete Rock and Madlib.