Joe Raphael Earns His Mic-Drop Moment With His New Single and Video, “New Money”

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New York City’s very own talent Joe Raphael is set to make a groundbreaking statement with his explosive new single and video, “New Money.” Serving as the lead track from his much-awaited debut album, “Whatever I Feel Like,” slated for release on July 26th, “New Money” is poised to become a defining anthem of the summer.

New Money” is a sonic tour de force that blends Joe Raphael’s eclectic influences into a cohesive, hard-hitting narrative. Drawing inspiration from the iconography of mob movies and hip-hop bravado, he delivers a mic-drop-worthy performance. The track stands as a fierce addition to the catalog of “fuck you pay me” anthems, underpinned by a propulsive guitar sample reminiscent of 90’s alt and pop.

On the surface, “New Money” projects a brash confidence and unapologetic swagger. Lyrically, Joe Raphael deftly uses economics as a metaphor for his own artistic journey and prowess. Lines like “money I got that new money so come try to take it  from me” underscore a sense of recent financial success and the bold assertiveness it brings. He mocks rivals and celebrates his hard-earned success, rejecting crowdfunding and investment in favor of personal grit and determination.

While the song’s energetic beats and catchy chorus might lead listeners to view it as a straightforward celebration of wealth, a deeper listen reveals a scathing critique of the American class system. Joe Raphael’s incisive lyrics confront the failures of political engagement to address wealth inequality, positioning his art as a more impactful force. By embodying the persona of an amateur mobster, he lands a direct blow on the wealthy elite, making “New Money” a sharp, socially aware commentary.

“New Money” by Joe Raphael

However, Joe Raphael never lets political discourse overshadow his primary focus: the music. By prioritizing a strong, individualistic performance and injecting humor into his portrayal of a desperate-to-prove-himself mobster, he ensures that “New Money” remains both entertaining and thought-provoking. The song’s irreverent attitude and memorable hooks promise it will be both the most and least serious song you’ll hear this summer.

New Money” is just a taste of what’s to come on Joe Raphael’s debut album, “Whatever I Feel Like.” The album features an eclectic mix of tracks that showcase his versatility and creative vision. From “Disclaimer,” “Go!” and “TV Show Theme Song” to the title track, “Whatever I Feel Like,” and closing track, “Too Good to Be True,” each song offers a unique glimpse into Joe Raphael’s artistry. His unique blend of musical influences, storytelling prowess, and magnetic stage presence make him a rising force to be reckoned with.

"Making this album was one of the most joyful and cathartic experiences of my life. I laughed every day, I cried, and I pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of. I fell in love with being an artist all over again. If you are a fan of things such as music, etc. I think you will like it." - Joe Raphael

About Joe Raphael

Joe Raphael is a New York City-based singer-songwriter and producer who defies musical boundaries with his unique blend of elements from across popular and experimental genres. Known for his instinctive storytelling and ability to craft atmospheric soundscapes, Joe Raphael’s music offers listeners a cinematic journey through his artistry. With a growing catalog of original compositions and increasing exposure, he continues to push the boundaries of contemporary music, inviting listeners on a journey of sonic exploration and discovery.

For more information, visit Joe Raphael’s official website, follow him on Instagram, or stream his music on Spotify.

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