A local music label will release its first record

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A group of local artists will celebrate the release of their first album as a labeI.

616 Records will debut its first extended play (EP) project, titled “616 EP,” with a launch party from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at Muse GR, 727 Leonard St. NW in Grand Rapids.

The catered event features live performances from the artists, including rapper and 616 CEO Teyland. Other artists include rapper Xander Taylor and R&B singer Shane Edwards. An after-party will follow the performances.

Admission to this event is $20.

As an EP disc, “616 EP” is an album shorter than a full disc but more substantial than a single. The album will introduce listeners to the collaboration musical range and style through a short list of songs that showcase what they bring to the music scene.

“616 EP” was produced and engineered by Isaiah Phillips and follows three previous EPs from the artists: “Jukebox” by Taylor, “Black Heart” by Edwards and “The Teyland EP” by Teyland.

“This hip-hop event is made by and for Grand Rapids’ own entrepreneurs, rappers, producers and influencers,” Teyland said. “The show will be the first time the 616 EP has been performed live and will kick off future 616 shows and events for the rest of the year.”

616 Records was founded in 2018 by Teyland with a mission to unite the Grand Rapids music scene. The label started out with just two artists, Teyland and producer/engineer ZayPhillz. The label added six more members to the team in 2020.

The label offers audio engineering/production, design, photography and music of hip-hop/R&B genres.

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