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Kota Santez Performs The Anthem On the Record

Chicago native Kota Santez premiered his latest single, live on  “At 16 years old ,Kota Santez’s future started to take shape as he began writing and rapping consistentlyhile attending school at Cedar Grove High School. Kota says, “ That’s when I realized I had something great for the world to hear.” From that point on ,he began to cultivate his talents.

Influenced by many greats, such as Nas, Biggie, Andre 3000 and Jay Z,Kota Santez is nothing less of a soulful rapper with a passion for creating dope lyrics. In his latest single “K to the Izzo also referred to as “Kota Santez creates a feel good tune but also delivers a strong message about promoting social consciousness. Kota says, “ I wanted to make a song that you can listen to at anytime because “it has such good energyut still gives the people something to think about.”  Riding the up tempo beat with a melodic hook, Kota sure knows how to creates positive vibrations.

“Before Kota premiered his song to one of the toughest indie crowds in Atlanta through On the Record, he was nervous. His nerves stemmed from the show’s reputation for having well-informed audiences.”

On the Record has been a staple in the indie music scene for the past 3 years and has been credited as the underground 106 & Park. Hosted by Chianexo and Amani every other Wednesday, the show gives the audience as chance to engage in social conversations and enjoy live sets from some of Atlanta’s most promising up-and-coming stars.

Backed by a full band Third Shift Generation,Kota began to look at ease as he showed off his latest lyrical masterpiece. The addition of the band really gave the performances a nice vibe and intensity. Santez hopes the band will join him during his performance at the All Three Coast music festival this coming fall.

After getting a lot of buzz his “that was released last year, Kota decided  to give his fans something new in 2016 with his new self-tilted mixtape “Kota Santez”. Hosted by Atlanta DJ’s DJ Iceberg DJ Grady, the new mixtape continues the theme of Kota’s soulful melodic sound” and it’s safe to safe to say after this performance that this tape will be something worth listening to The tape even features artists like Miroj, Breezy Castilleo and Nino Blaq.

Tinashe Sells Out Center Stage


Tinashe kicks off 2016 Joyride world tour.
Tinashe kicks off 2016 Joyride world tour.

Last night March 19, 2016 Tinashe ‘Joyride World Tour’ made it’s way to the legendary Center Stage venue in Atlanta, where she performed in front of a sold out crowd of ecstatic fans in Atlanta. The room was filled with high energy, excitement and an amazing vibrent stage design. Fans sang along word for word and danced all night as Tinashe performed tracks from her first studio album “Aquarius” and debuted songs from her up and coming album “Joyride”. The multi-talented entertainer boosted her popularity after performing a long side Ciara and Jason Derulo for a Janet Jackson tribute during the 2015 Bet Awards.  With this Joyride tour and album Tinashe shows her evolution in career and her artistry. Unlike her previous tours Tinashe recruited a new team of dancers and includes a number of set and wardrobe changes throughout the show.

Joyride world tour stop in Atlanta marks the 16th stop on her 48 show run. In efforts to build anticipation for Joyride, Tinashe has also released two singles including “Party Favors,” featuring Young Thug, and “Player ” featuring her labelmate Chris Brown.The Los Angeles native also collaborated with pop music producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke for the Joyride project which will help push her to a mainstream audience. Tinashe Joyride World Tour is the songstress first time headlining her own tour. Last year Tinashe toured the North America as a opening act on Nicki Manji’s “Pink Print Tour“ a long side Dej Loaf, Rae  Sremmurd, and Meek Mills as well as a opening act for Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour.

Check out a this behind the scenes video of the Tinashe’s Joyride tour during her New York show below:

For more information on how to purchase your tickets to see Tinashe when she comes to a city near you please visit www.tinashenow.com

Kota Santez: The Road to SXSW

Many music fanatics and aspiring musicians attend South By Southwest music festival in hopes to see their favorite artist rip showcase stages and gain knowledge from industry professionals during panel discussions. For independent artist this festival is a platform to promote and network amongst the masses; but every artist true dream is to perform on a showcase stage during the festival. For Kota Santez that dream will be fulfilled during the 2016 SXSW.

Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.
Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.

On Saturday, March 19th the Atlanta native will be performing in front of thousands of festival goers on the 2016 Radio Day Stage presented by ROK Mobile. Kota Santez will be performing amongst a line up of hip hop heavy hitters such as Kat Dahlia, Tyga, Yg and Dej Loaf.

“To be able to go across the country and perform in front of thousands of people is something that still amazes me,” said Santez, who at 23 has already made a name for himself in the south east region through local showcases and being featured on V-103’s Frank Ski and Wanda morning show.

As a child Dakota gained a liking for hip hop & r&b from being around the speakers a little to much, from his parents playing their Tupac, Bob Marley, & Outkast albums, to watching his cousins pursue their own music endeavors, Dakota developed an amazing drive and passion for composing music.

“Ever since singing in the elementary school choir he started developing a creative talent in producing music, singing different melodies, & writing songs” Angelina Jones, Kota’s mother said. “I’ve watched him spend years working on his craft and his ability to entertain.”

With a mixed sound of street, club, rebellion, & soulful tunes Kota Santez uses the style of symbolic imagery to help the people see his vision, the pictures of his youth, or what he calls “the vision of the Kid Out The A.” The multi talented artist says, “this opportunity is really my moment to show people who Kota Santez is and show them where I’ve come from.” Leading into the festival Kota Santez is doing just that.

In preparation for South By Southwest Kota Santez have been releasing videos as apart of his doc-series entitled; Kota Santez: The Road to South By Southwest. The first episode which was released Tuesday, February 22 follows Kota puts his performance skills to the test at Atlanta’s popular Apache Café Open Mic night.

To follow more of Kota Santez as he rise to stardom and to see what he is up to in Austin,Tx  you can subscribe to his youtube channel @KotaSantezTV or on all social media platforms @KotaSantez.


Apache Cafe Live Open Mic [ Photos & Video]



The Bar exam host its 3 year anniversary at Apache Cafe.
The Bar exam host its 3 year anniversary at Apache Cafe.



MicxSic and Savage Fam Pro leaves crowd with an unforgettable show at this weeks Apache Café Open Mic Night. A number of artist such as such as Mia Laquan, Kota Santez, Sierra Turner, as well as France West graced the legendary stage this past Thursday night.


Host of The Bar Exam takes a moment to thank all supporters go The Bar Exam.
Host of The Bar Exam takes a moment to thank all supporters go The Bar Exam.


Indie Rapper Jay Neals performs at The Bar Exam anniversary.
Indie Rapper Jay Neals performs at The Bar Exam anniversary.


Each week in front of a wall to wall packed crowd MicxSic and Savage Fam Prop gives local artist the opportunity to showcase their talent on the same stage where Keri J,Kinfoke, Prince William and N.I.K.K.I da Jukebox were discovered. Unlike other open mics in Atlanta Apache Café provides its artist the opportunity to be supported in sound by a professional live band and background singers. Apache’s Open Mic curator MicxSic says, “Having a live band and background singers behind each artist gives the artist the chance to elevate their on stage performance ……some artist cant afford to have a band or singers to travel with them so this is something we put together to give back to the artist and the culture of real music.”

Along side the serenades of the artist event goers were provided with live painting entertainment. Jazmine Harris says, “this is my first time attending the event and I think it was well worth the $6 and helped give me a much needed break from work…the atmosphere was very easy going and welcoming I definitely plan to come back to future showcases.”


For more information on how you can attend the next Apache Café Open Mic or even participate in the showcase be sure to follow @apachecafe or @savageprofam.