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Press Play At Home: Rapper Nana Delivers A Shadowy Performance Of His Hard-Hitting "GOTW"
Ghanaian-American rapper Nana performs his "GOTW" from the shadows, to keep the spotlight on the song's acerbic message and quick wit of its lyrics.
An LA native born to Ghanian parents, rapper Nana has been performing professionally for the past decade, but leveled up his profile in the rap scene in 2020 with the release of his album, Save Yourself. Since then, Nana has been mounting his fanbase and musical diversity with every new release, and his song "GOTW" is no exception.
In this episode of Press Play at Home, Nana steps into the shadows to deliver a high-energy rendition of the song. Backdropped by a red screen, only the rapper's silhouette is visible, letting the lyrics of "GOTW" speak for themselves.
Cut-throat and hard-hitting, with ample specificity and detail, "GOTW" recounts Nana's steep rise to success. "I came from the dirt, that shit was the worst/ And I never had a handout, I put in the work," he declares in the opening bars, before delivering the song's titular warning to his naysayers: "Get out the way."
"GOTW" is featured on Nana's newest EP, From the District to the World, which he released in April. As he told Broadway World, the eight-song project is both an ode to his home city and a tutorial on LA culture. "The EP is a master class in putting the world on to LA and our get down," Nana said. "Telling the stories of the people that come from where I'm from. But I'm also taking Los Angeles around the world with me, hence the title."
Press play on the video above to immerse yourself in the shadowy, story-filled world of Nana's "GOTW," and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Press Play at Home.
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Press Play: La'Ron Premieres His New Single "Down" With A Wavy, Impassioned Performance
Content creator, actor and singer La'Ron Hines debuts his third release as an artist — a confident love song titled "Down" — with a wavy, electric guitar-driven performance.
With his latest single, "Down," R&B newcomer La'Ron Hines narrates the passionate ingredients of a budding relationship: sizzling chemistry, steamy infatuation, and intense charm. More than anything, Hines sees everything through rose-colored glasses and a surefire confidence that they can conquer the world together.
"I can probably put you in the groove/ Want to get to know you real smooth/ Movin' to the beat/ We can shut it down," Hines sings in the track's chorus. "I'm feeling kind of thirsty for some more, yeah/ The grass is always green with you/ Let's keep it sweet and simple, let's go."
In this episode of Press Play, Hines delivers an infectious performance of "Down." He keeps it simple, performing the song over a wavy electric guitar.
Hines began a music career after propelling to fame on TikTok (particularly with his daycare trivia videos), which landed him a spot on Forbes' Top Creators of 2022. "Down" is the third single in his growing catalog as a singer, and follows the release of his December offering, "Web of Lies."
Watch the video above to see La'Ron Hines get "Down" in this exclusive performance of his charismatic new single, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Peter One Delivers A Serene Performance Of His Love Ballad "Sweet Rainbow"
After more than 20 years out of the spotlight, Ivory Coast native Peter One returns to music with new album 'Come Back to Me,' and an intimate performance of the B-side, "Sweet Rainbow."
Ivory Coast-born musician Peter One had a prolific career in music during the late '90s, but after political unrest uprooted his plans, he turned to nursing to support his family. Last month, he triumphantly returned after two decades with his major label debut, Come Back to Me.
Amongst One's newest folk offering lives "Sweet Rainbow," an honest love ballad about a life-changing relationship. "Sweet Rainbow, I love you/ Wonderful baby, I love you so much," he sings in the track's opening line.
In this episode of Press Play, One performs "Sweet Rainbow" live, accompanied by a pianist and guitarists. Emphasizing the intimate nature of the song, he sings the B-side at night from a secluded forest.
"In this song, the girlfriend is like a rainbow because her background is of many different cultures. For one reason or another, we broke up, and I'm just telling her to come back and forget about the past for anything that happened. I'll forgive her," the singer revealed in a press statement.
On May 6, One began the tour for the new album in Nashville, Tennessee, and will appear at the Newport Folk, Pilgrimage, and Rebels & Renegades festivals later this year.
Watch the video above to see Peter One's tranquil performance of "Sweet Rainbow," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Henry Lau Shows Off His Musical Prowess With A Dynamic Performance Of "MOONLIGHT"
Genre-bending singer Henry Lau uses a loop station to perform his single "MOONLIGHT," incorporating the violin, cello and both electric and acoustic guitar.
With his single "MOONLIGHT," Henry Lau refuses to be burdened by his past relationships. Now, he's turning a new leaf, dancing carefree under the night sky, regardless of the negative emotions he might feel.
"I'm waking up in a daze, get it out of my face/ The sun is shining on every move that I make," the singer reveals in the second verse. "So, let's get to forgetting everything that went wrong/ Everybody here, we been crying too long/ We can dance about it to our favorite song."
In this episode of Press Play, Lau performs "MOONLIGHT" from a mansion rooftop during sunset. He constructs the entire song using a loop station, playing a violin, cello and electric and acoustic guitars — one of his signature performance techniques that prompted his nickname, "one-man band."
Lau released "MOONLIGHT" in January — marking his first single in two years — via Monster Entertainment, the label he founded alongside his brother Clinton. He released another single, "Real Love Still Exists," two months later; the track features Malaysian R&B singer Yuna.
Watch the video above to watch Henry Lau's impressive loop station performance of "MOONLIGHT," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Thuy Offers A Stripped-Down Performance Of Her Shimmering Single "Girls Like Me Don't Cry"
Vietnamese singer/songwriter thuy turns her vulnerable single "girls like me don't cry" into a slow, piano-based track, bringing out the song's raw emotion.
With "girls like me don't cry," Vietnamese singer/songwriter thuy searches for a personal sanctuary. Broken and battered from heartbreak, she's taught herself to hide from her true feelings.
"Tell me that you keep me safe and/ Never let this fade away/ Girls like me don't cry/ Girls like me pretend that we don't cry," thuy sings in the song's chorus. By the end of the track, she realizes that the stoic life isn't how she wants to live, revealing, "All I want to do is hide/ Gotta let it go/ Don't wanna keep this all inside."
In this episode of Press Play, thuy delivers a monochromatic performance of "girls like me don't cry." Compared to the track's original arrangement, thuy offers a slow, stripped-down performance, creating a more emotional sonic experience as a piano accompanies her.
"girls like me don't cry" is the lead single from thuy's latest project of the same name. The emerging R&B songstress is currently supporting Ella Mai on The Heart on My Sleeve Tour, and she will embark on a headlining tour through Europe in October.
Click on the video above to watch thuy's performance of "girls like me don't cry," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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