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Two pictures next to each other: Anthony Anderson and Kayla Thompson in front of a gray wall.
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A lot has been said about music streaming, from its power to shift consumer habits to its role in shaping how artists get paid. For better or worse, it’s completely disrupted the music industry.

GF Music Group, a local company founded by Anthony Anderson, focuses on aiding independent artists taking advantage of this disruption. Joining the ranks of services like DistroKid and TuneCore, the new digital distribution company connects artists with streaming services like Spotify, AppleMusic and Tidal.

Local artist KVTheWriter (aka Kayla Thompson) distributed “The Ratchet Tape” using GF. On the heels of “hot girl summer," a term coined by Houston Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, "The Ratchet Tape" integrates sex positivity, early 2000s nostalgia, and a reclamation of the word “ratchet.” It’s a project that’s primed for the zeitgeist, and it's her first with GF after switching from DistroKid.

(April 19, 2019) Cover of KVtheWriter's EP, "Love Sucks!."
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Ever been dumped in an ice cream shop? Writer and artist Kayla “KVtheWriter” Thompson has, and she can assure the uninitiated that it’s not sweet. Did the experience ruin ice cream for her? Sure. But it also became the basis of her upcoming EP titled “Love Sucks!”

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin talked with Thompson about her new project – which is a curation of written, visual and aural depictions of her journey through love and loss.