Although DVSN is pronounced "division," there is nothing divisive about their soul-catching and hip thrusting induced tunes. TheOVO Sound duo is furthering their R&B reign by releasing their much-anticipated sophomore album entitled, "Morning After."
Daniel Daley and producer Ninteen85's latest sonic masterpiece consists of 13 songs that truly serves as the ideal soundtrack for the 'morning after' a romantic evening with your significant other. ( Sorry, no side boo music here, folks.)
Stream the full album below...preferably while pillow talking:
Man, I honestly thought I was a superb interviewer until I saw this seven-year-old do her thang!
Meet Poppy Browne, a pint-sized, expert interrogator who received the chance of a lifetime to interview Mr. Happy himself, Pharrell Williams. The visual of their heart-warming interaction will leave you with a sense of relief from all the drama happening in the world today.
When David Pellum II reached out to inform me about his rock band '94 Broncos’new single, I truly did not know what to expect. Enclosed in the email were several pics of the Decatur, Georgia native clad in an array of vintage, western cowboy shirts. I thought to myself, “how can someone so country be able to fully embody a rocker?” Well, that was just another unfortunate case of me judging a book by its cover.
The group, whose name is inspired by the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase in 1994, consists of David (drummer), Zack (bassist) and Jack (lead guitarist and vocalist). “We are real moody - it all depends on how we feel when we’re playing together,” states David, as he explains his ensemble’s sound. “I would say raw and young! Most of our songs sound like tunes you would listen to in a police chase. Our number one motto is ‘don't pull over’,” he adds. The band’s outspoken leader has also proclaimed that they are at the helm of a new subgenre of Rock N’ Roll dubbed “Trap Rock,” due to their Hip Hop influence and rapid rate of releasing jams.
“Rock bands take two or three years to record an album - just give your listeners some content! The whole build up and shit is out the window. We want to give our audience music as fast as rappers do.”
Titled “Monkey Man Remix,” '94 Broncos’ latest single, featuring rising rapper Meexhi, draws inspiration from the peculiar incident involving Olympic gold-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte who falsely claimed to Brazilian officials that he and his friends were robbed at gunpoint in a Rio gasoline station.
The boisterous banger can be found on the groups Brazilian Stick Up mixtape. Check it out below:
In honor of his 24th birthday, super producer Metro Boomin released a booming (could of wrote another word but that one felt right) new single dubbed "Blue Pill," featuring his frequent collaborator Travis $cott.
The tune is absolutely flawless! No wonder Metro held tight to it for this special occasion (technically a day after his bday but who cares).
I thank God daily for having the ability to easily get along with others. Not only does the attribute provide new friendships, multitudes of wonderful opportunities arise in all areas of life from the trust built between my newfound comrades and I.
Rowmel F. is a young photographer who reached out to me via Instagram to work. I could have easily shrugged him off, but after carefully analyzing his work and, as the kids say, f*cked with the vision, I decided to give the partnership a shot. Since then, we’ve produced a slew of share-worthy content that benefits us both. Recently, Row introduced me to his buddy Ryan, who just unleashed his debut single, “Do It For Ya.” Trusting Rowmel’s music taste, I gave it a listen and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
I reached out to the rising, New York crooner to give him my props. Fortunately, he already knew of me so we kicked it off on a great note. Ryan definitely has some tricks up his sleeves, I’m glad that I can be one of the first sites to cover him as he is on the quest to R&B superstardom.
Check out the Soundzfire-produced single for yourself below:
Rising spitter Shotta Spence has awakened from his short slumber (aka putting work in the stu) to unleash a hard-hitting new song called, “Word of Mouth.”
The Von Vuai-produced banger is Spence’s first single that isn’t found on his debut project,Upfall, but it'll easily get you hooked after just one listen. Shotta’s buzz spreads like wildfire everytime he puts out a new, blazing track. I’m truly looking forward to see where his raps will lead him.
For now, check out the tune’s SaBang-directed visual below:
British singer Jorja Smith is hotter than wasabi right now as she releases her third scorching single of 2017 titled, “On My Mind.”
This particular song, produced by famed Grime artist Preditah, is the first club-type beat that the sultry crooner laid down her soulful vocals on. As a matter of fact, the track favors a UK Garage sound rather than R&B.
I’m truly looking forward to hear a new album from Jorja in the near future if that's how she's consistently coming! Until then, check out the Hector Dockrill-directed visual for her latest banger below:
Don't get me wrong, the two superstar artists make incredible knockers together but they're taking way too long to release their project. On the other hand, the autotune-god spitter is steadily releasing hits with Miguel, so I wouldn't mind hearing a collaborative project from them ASAP!
The braided-up duo's latest sonic masterpiece comes in the form of a new single titled "Sky Walker." Check out its festive Director X-directed visual below:
One of my favorite new artists, Daniel Caesar, has just released his much-awaited debut album titled, Freudian.
The surprise project is nothing short of mesmerizing as it features 10 ethereally soulful tracks, which include features from Caesar's frequent collaborator Kali Uchis, Syd (from The Internet), H.E.R and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Man, I'm telling you, If I had a wifey right now my Friday night plans would consist of diced pinneaples, two bottles of rosé, and this album spinning until the early morn while we, you know, get our adulting on.
Check out the Toronto crooner's latest sonic compilation for yourself below:
I swear some of the best music on the planet goes unnoticed! This is why it's my absolute duty to provide you all with some audio gems that may have slipped your ear.
Exceptionally talented crooner Jahkoy may be from Toronto but his love for the west coast runs deep as he formulated an infectious single, aptly titled "California Heaven," featuring one of Cali's finest lyricists Schoolboy Q. The scorcher was unleashed last September and I'm surprised that it didn't even reach half a million plays on Youtube yet. Let's change that!
Desiigner is getting ready to launch his debut album The Life of Desiigner, later on this year. But before doing so, the milly rocking loving emcee decided to flex a bit by releasing a brand new single rightfully titled, "Arms."
I think I found my new gym anthem in this one! Check out the 16yrsold-produced single below:
Shout out to Goldlink for putting us all on to Hare Squead, as they were featured on his major label debutalbum’s banger, “Herside Story.”
Recently, the super eclectic Irish Hip-Hop trio unleashed the music video for their romantic ballad, “Flowers.” The clip finds Lilo blues, Jessy Rose, and Tony Kostone crooning about making their deteriorating relationships work. Luckily, there’s nothing a bouquet of freshly picked flowers can’t fix!
Check out the trippy Kazove-directed visual below:
On August 7th the city of Toronto was absolutely lit as Drake hosted the 8th annual OVO Fest.
The event, funded by Drizzy's own coin, took place at Tdot's (are people still calling it that?) Budweiser Stageand featured a plethora of old and new superstars such as Nelly, Cardi B, French Montana, Travis Scott, The Weeknd and many more. What stunned everyone was the pleasantly shocking appearance from former 6 God nemesis Tory Lanez!
Levi Bent Lee, star Youtube vlogger and Fring's co-owner, was fortunate enough to attend the halloween gang's musical celebration. Check out his hilarious vlog documenting the madness below. Enjoy!
Russ is a rapper that every true hustler should listen to. The Georgia native is making a killing in the Hip Hop industry guided by his sheer will and self-determination to be the best--even when support was nowhere to be found.
Recently, the multi-talented lyricist released the visual for my favorite track, “Me You,” off his debut studio album There’s Really A Wolf. The clip finds Russ and his clones doing everything from making music all the way down to counting stacks. It’s only right because, at the end of the day, he's self-made!
Check out the Edgar Esteves directed music video below:
Kendrick Lamar, Dave Meyers & the little homies are steamrolling the competition in Hip Hop's music video realm. Their latest collaborative effort is a cinematic visual counterpart to K. Dot's DAMN stand-out, "Loyalty," featuring arguably the Queen of Pop, Rihanna.
Check out the "cheeky" clip below (you'll get what I mean in a sec):
Kali Uchis is an undeniable talent with an even greater backstory. The Colombian-American songstress' latest sonic offering, "Tyrant," is just additional proof of her ability to constantly deliver sweet sounds.
The single, featuring fellow rising vocalist Jorja Smith, is a "post-apocalyptic love song," according to Uchis. Although harsh in lyrics, it's a perfect groovy soundtrack for the short-lived, summertime fling!
Pro Era's lyrically-inclined members Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution have teamed up to deliver a banger, rightfully titled "Off The Wall."
The scorching single is off the duo's forthcoming project Nyck @ Knight, which is scheduled to release sometime this summer. "We were working together on a song, and before we knew it we had a full project. Nyck @ Knight wasn't a plan but it came out of us," says Kirk toComplex.
Vic Mensa has liberated a cinematic music video for "RAGE," the riveting single found on his latest EP-- sorry, capsule-- titled The Manuscript.
The clip finds Vic in his private jet as it violently burns and spirals down into the ocean. Prior to the plane crashing, the Roc Nation emcee is seen downing a bottle of alcohol and pills, which serves as a representation of his inner battles. Fortunately, Vic puts up a good fight and ends up rising on top.
Look out for Mensa's major label debut, The Autobiography, due out on July 28th. For now, check out the visual below:
Hip Hop's remix king Fabolous is back with a brand new banger coined "Wild Thots," which was inspired by DJ Khaled's Billboard-topping hit "Wild Thoughts," featuring Bryson Tiller and Riri.
The new summer anthem (that will no doubt be played at La Marina) also showcases XXL's 2017 Freshman cover star A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, as he captivates listeners with his slick wordplay and catchy melodies.
Check out the single below and don't get caught slippin' out there!
Wizkid is gearing up to release his new album Sounds From The Other Sideon July 14th, but before doing so the Nigerian superstar has blessed us with the alternative music video for his Drake-assisted banger, "Come Closer."
I'm not going to hold you, I love this version way more than the original. Directed by genius director Alan Ferguson (Solange's hubby, if you ain't know), the clip perfectly embodies the single's tropical vibes. Furthermore, it features Guinean sensation Sira P. Kante as Wiz's love interest.
JAY-Z's 13th studio album, 4:44, has gone platinum in less than a week!
If you haven't yet indulged in Mr. Carter's most vulnerable sonic compilation (no Tidal subscription uh?), I am happy to announce that the visual for "The Story of O.J.," one of the project's most thought-provoking tracks, is now available for viewing viaYoutube.
Check out the Jigga Man and Mark Romanek directed clip below:
Eli Sostre is gearing up to release his album, Sleep Is For The Weak, next month but before delivering the project he had to bless his loyal listeners (and non-believers) with a monstrous new banger titled, "Blame."
The single, produced by Sostre's longtime collaborator Soriano, samples one of Aaliyah's classic hits, "If Your Girl Only Knew."
Check out the awesomeness below and lookout for the New York based singer/songwriter's forthcoming sonic compilation to drop on July 21st.
You know a song is dope when it forces you to take a longer break in between workout sets! That's exactly what happened to me yesterday when blackbear's highly-addictive single "do re mi," blasted on the speakers of my gym.
Most of you have heard the single already, as it garnered over an incredible 50 million streams on Spotify, but I decided to showcase the jam on the blog anyway cause it's that good.
Check out the cut from the multi-talent singer's latest album, Digital Druglord, below:
Looks like DJ Khaled has another hit on his hands!
Today we are extremely blessed to receive new sounds from noteworthy artists, such as 2 Chainz and Young Thug, but theWe The Best Musicmogul easily stole the spotlight with the release of his latest smash single, "Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.
There's not much else to say when a record is this scorching. Check out the new summer anthem for yourself below:
I'm not gonna hold you, at first listen of DJ Khaled's Drake-assisted track, "To The Max," my initial reaction was similar to Randy Jackson's after witnessing a nightmare American Idol audition. But after marinating my earbuds with its intricate sound (aka the fast paced jersey club-style beat) for a few days, I ultimately realized how epic of a record it is.
Sorry Khaled & Drizzy for doubting your collaborative hit-making ways, sometimes greatness takes a while to fully comprehend.
It's a beautiful Friday in NYC and Amir Obè (although he is off to London) has decided to make our end of week even better by unleashing the official music video to "Wish You Well," his first release under Def Jam.
Check out the ominous, Sebastien Sdaigui directed clip below:
Last night, PartyNextDoor surprisingly released a new project coined Colours 2, which serves as a follow up to his much-adored 2014 Colours EP.
We all know how artists (especially R&B vocalists) love to keep us on our toes with their unexpected albums, but PND took it to new heights, by dropping his body of work during game 1 of an historic NBA Finals game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Talk about savagery!
You can't blame the durag lovin' OVO crooner though, the match was pretty one-sided when his project was unveiled, so at least he made the evening eventful (haha).
Stream/download the four track EP on Apple Music by clicking on its artwork below:
Super producer Mura Masa has enlisted Desiigner for his latest single, "All Around The World."
In usual manner, the Brooklyn-bred MC provided his galvanizing energy to the track. The only difference, this time around, is that we're actually able to fully comprehend his bars without the aid of Genius.com.
The 21-year-old maestro has already unleashed a slew of fiery singles featuring today's hottest artists, such as the likes of A$AP Rocky and Charli XCX, which makes the release of his debut album a much anticipated one. Fortunately, we don't have to wait too long, as it is slated to drop on June 14th.
For now, check out Masa's one-take, Yoni Lappin directed video for his latest sonic offering below:
I didn't get a chance to listen to Bryson Tiller's latest album, True To Self, but from the potency of the project's lead single, it's safe to say that the Louisville crooner will have all the fellas dusting off their dad hats.
Titled "Somethin Tells Me," the track features a remorseful 'Yung Tiller' telling a young lady that their relationship is unfortunately coming to an end. Recently, the song's official video surfaced and it displays Bryson as a photographer, capturing a plethora of nubian princesses. Hey, maybe that's why he had to tell ol' girl to dip. When duty calls, a successful brotha has no other choice but to handle it (haha)!
It's been a minute since we've heard new tunes from Majid Jordan(I'm still bumping their self-titled debut album so I really didn't notice). Fortunately, theOVO Sound duo returned to the music scene last month with the release of, "Phases."
Now, we are blessed with the introspective dance track's visual. Directed by Jordan Eady, the clip finds Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman in the desert with a couple of friends, as they perform in their usual suave manner.
Migos are doing a great job in maintaining their bond despite the media's savage attempt to break them up.
In the midst of all the divisive rumors, Quavo and Offset took it upon themselves to release their respective solo singles (which I personally think is pure genius). Following his outspoken group members, Takeoff just dropped a surprise track titled, "Intruder."
Produced by OG Parker, the tune finds the reserved spitter flexing his rapid-fire flow, as he gives all trespassers a fair warning!
About two weeks ago, I presented my favorite song from rising Charlotte, NC spitter Jalen Santoy. I deliberately did not showcase the tune's visual so that you guys could fully indulge in its sonic goodness. Well, here it is!
Written and Directed by Arthur Gallery, the clip examines the uncertainty in various relationships, through events dealing with Jalen and the very beautiful Xiomara Perkins.
The UK tings are going bizzerk upon hearing that Oliver El-Khatib and Drake has launched an online store for theirOVO clothing line, specifically for fans residing in Europe.
The news was announced via the official October's Very Own Instagram account on Monday May 15th. If you're across the pond, make sure you head over to the webshop now to receive FREE shipping on all purchases!
Having my own platform has given me the liberty to write about anything I love, in no particular order or rigid formula. What satisfies me the most, is the fact that all of you guys genuinely enjoy whatever I present--this post is no exception.
Earlier this morning, I accidently stumbled upon an amazing song titled, "Foreplay," from multi-talented spitter Jalen Santoy. The jam is two years old, but its potency remains the same.
Just a few days ago, Bow Wow was "caught" in a lie on social media, as he posted a deceiving picture of a private jet, with a caption stating that he was heading to NYC for a press run. Seems pretty regular for a guy of his stature to do right? Well, shortly after the flick went live, someone posted a picture of Mr. 106 & Park himself, all cozied up on a commercial flight (haha).
Shad is definitely doing press for his forthcoming reality show, Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, but as far as his PJ incident, well, you'll see his explanation for that debacle during a sitdown withHot 97 's Ebro In The Morning show below:
"It's Murdaaaaa!" Murder Inc., the record label founded by Irv Gotti, will be relaunching in the near future.
On May 10th, the OG music executive took to Instagram to make the historic announcement that he will indeed resurrect the label, and plans on adding new artists to its roster.
“Oh and by the way!! I’m about to RE LAUNCH MURDER INC RECORDS!! I got some new artist. New music. Same fucking MOVEMENT! The Worlds Most Talented Record Label. Everyone had a lot of fun. While I had to re group from the Feds coming after me. Had to plot and plan and fall back while I watched everyone else eat. I watched gracefully. I applauded and congratulated everyone who deserved it. Never one bone of hate in my body. I love to see my niggas win and eat. BUT ITS MY TURN NOW!! My Money is right. And I’m back!! Major Announcements Coming Soon. Who Murder Inc will be partnered with. And what Artist I am fucking with!!” he wrote.
For those who are unaware, the label went under after a brutal beef between Ja Rule and 50 Cent. Furthermore,Irv's federal indictment on money laundering charges fueled the imprint's demise in 2003. Luckily, in November 2015 Gotti was acquitted of all charges.
Not only is Irv bringing back his, once scorching, music label, he is currently cooking up a scripted anthology show with BETcalled TALES, that will tell the stories of classic hip hop songs.According toBillboard, the episodic is slated to broadcast during the second or third quarter of 2017.
If you're in a club and the DJ doesn't spin Future's platinum-selling single "Mask Off," at least once, then the party is an absolute disgrace!
When a tune is as scorching as Nayvadius' FUTURE album cut, a superb visual is needed to match it's potency. Luckily, Grammy-nominated music video director Colin Tilley is on board to provide the song with mesmerizing imagery.
I’m happy to exclusively premiere Rich Eye Am’s debut single coined, “Call Her Up.”
The Connecticut-based maestro’s mid-tempo R&B jam features rising lyricist Falease, as he croons about breaking the fear of talking to the woman of his dreams. Diminishing fear is a big theme in Rich’s music. This summer, he’ll be releasing an EP titled Broken Amygdala, where every track will sonically explore overcoming various degrees of dismay.
At age 12, the Jamaican-born producer began writing poetry, which then quickly turned into rhymes. By the time he was 15, Rich took the liking of making beats. "I became more interested in how sounds could create certain emotions in people," he states. "My style of music is based on the mood I'm in. It's all about Vibes."
Check out Rich's lead single below and look out for his project dropping this summer. Enjoy!
Catchy right? Click HERE to purchase the song on Itunes.
I am happy to present the much-awaited EP of my good friend Chris Stylez.
Titled In Late, Out Early, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter's project consists of six addictive tracks that'll have you hooked after just one listen. With the short attention span of today's listeners, Chris knows it is imperative to instantly capture their undivided attention by providing undeniable, soul-caressing sounds. No GMO tunes here––just organic melodies from the heart.
Slipknot 's very own Sid Wilson is the only featured artist on Stylez's latest body of work, while the homie Dan Smith and Mike Donaldson served as Producers.
In January, Chris unleashed the lyric video for his single "Relapse," off the project so please make sure to check that out below. After being mindblowned, clickHEREto stream/download the entire EP.
P.S. Chris will soon release the visual for "Living A Lie." I may or may not have made a cameo in it!
I don't know why it took me so long to finally hear this song, but it's most certainly a vibe!
Shout out to 2 Chainz for consistently raising his stock in the Hip Hop market. The G.O.O.D Music dreadlocked lyricist's latest banger, aptly titled "It's A Vibe," is surely a indication that he isn't playing no games in his forthcoming Pretty Girls Like TrapMusic album.
While we wait, enjoy the visual for his Trey Songz, Ty Dolla Sign, and Jhené Aiko-assisted chune below:
Right on the heels of a legendary performance at Coachella, Kendrick Lamar's rap alter ego, Kung Fu Kenny, makes an epic return in the new music video for his blood-pumping single, "DNA."
Directed by Nabil and The Little Homies, the clip finds a dazed and handcuffed Kenny in a sketchy interrogation room, where the one and only Don Cheadle begins to put him through a lie detector test. Things go "wrong" when the procedure actually begins! Don is mysteriously caught in a trance rapping Kenny's bars back and forth with him. Eventually, Detective Cheadle unlocks the handcuffs of Lamar's character with ease only to be killed shortly after by Kenny's lethal whisper.
Tyga can't seem to get a break from tabloids who are poking fun at his "financial" woes. All that chatter should be put to rest because the newly signed G.O.O.D Music emcee will only continue to reply by upgrading his flex through social media or music videos.
As a matter of fact, in the visual for his new single, rightfully titled "100s," T-Raww is seen frivolously throwing wads of Benjamins out the windows of foreign whips with his pals AE and Chief Keef. If that ain't stuntin' then I don't know what is.
Check out the extravagant showcase for yourself below:
In true marketing genius fashion, Travis Scott has finally allowed Youtube to showcase his music video for "Goosebumps," at the same time that King "DAMN." Kendrick (who's featured on the record) releases his highly anticipated fourth studio album.
We live in a time where our phones practically have an inescapable grip on us. Major Lazer recently unveiled the video for their smash hit, "Run Up," which portrays how ridiculous our love for handhelds can be.
The clip features PartyNextDoor, Diplo and his electronic music crew entering a poppin' party in the hills where everyone is glued to their mobile devices. Nicki Minaj makes a special appearances via (you guessed it) Facetime.
Here's what the directors, Paul, Luc & Martin had to say about their humorous video treatment: "the idea was to laugh at ourselves and at the unconditional love we bear to our smartphones. Humor and absurdity came naturally in our speech because our will was not to accuse someone or something but just exaggerate it to foster reflection."
Well, it definitely made me chill out on my data usage! Check out the vid for yourself below:
"Damn!" was probably the first word that came out of your mouth when you realized Kendrick Lamar wasn't going to drop his highly anticipated project last Friday. Well, its pretty ironic that the west coast emcee used the exact expression of anger to name his fourth studio album!
Releasing this Friday, DAMN. is loaded with 14 tracks and only 2 features (Rihanna and legendary rock band U2). Meanwhile on the production end, a slew of heavy hitters have contributed including Mike-Will Made It, The Alchemist, DJ Dahi, Sounwave, Cardo, and more.
While you're patiently waiting for the sonic compilation to finally bless your eardrums, check out the eye-catching visual of Kendrick's high-charting lead single, "Humble" below:
Since Oliver El-Khatib premiered Wizkid's eclectic single, "Come Closer" featuring Drake on OVO Sound Radio episode 37 back in February, the world couldn't get enough of it!
The song was officially released on all platforms 2 months after its debut, so to make up for lost time the Star Boy himself surprisingly unveiled it's visual yesterday. Drizzy was a no-show but there are a slew of fine nubian queens showcased for our viewing pleasure.
Check out the video below:
P.S Shout out to Justin Amoafo for providing the legendary flick of Wizkid at the top of the post. If you haven't read my Original Story on him, click HERE.
The homie Remy Banks has released a full project right on the heels of his fiery single with fellow New York lyricist Bodega Bamz.
Coined Champion Hoody Music ep. 1, the eight-track EP is filled with a mélange of head-knocking and soulful jams that'll make any "true" Hip Hop-head reminisce about the genre's golden age. "I feel like the soundscape that the EP creates is different from anything that anyone is currently putting out in rap right now... especially different from what's coming out of NY at moment and I say that in the most humble tone," says Remy to Billboard.
The Queens spitter's latest project is loaded with talent including Hodgy,his World's Fair crew (Nasty Nigel, Cody B Ware, Lansky Jones and Prince Samo), Jesse James Solomon and Isaiah Barr. Furthermore, Black Noi$e, Knxwledge, Cities Aviv, Stoney Willis and Samiyam provided the beats making the sonic compilation a feast for the ears (I hope what I just wrote made sense, if not y'all know what I meant).
Sit back, relax and enjoy the east coast vibes below:
I don't know about you but I'm still grooving to Steve Lacy's debut EP Steve Lacy's Demo. Despite pulling an April Fool's Joke on Twitter by saying he was going to release a new project, the multi-talented crooner did let go of a scorching track that didn't make make the cut on his solo effort.
The tune titled, "Moron," received no explanation from Lacy for it's absence on his initial sonic compilation so all we can do is be appreciative.
It was great to hear a PartyNextDoor feature on Drake's record-breaking album *clears throat* playlist More Life, but its even better to know that he has finally released a new chune on his own...well, sort of.
PND's latest sonic effort comes in the form of a remix of Bruno Mars' electrifying single "That's What I Like." Theres not much else to say because the song is too damn hot to keep you waiting!
It's Saturday night and extremely brick outside, so I decided to leave you all with a calm jam from rising British singer Bruno Major.
Yeah, I know at first sight it looked like I was going to write Bruno Mars (haha). Not only do both artists share the same name, they have the uncanny ability to produce songs that hammers the soul. Major's ethereally smooth single "Easily," was released about 3 months ago but it's potency has only increased!
Grab your shorty, a warm brew and enjoy the soothing sounds below...oh you're welcome.
New York is known as the mecca of Rap, but throughout the recent years many have felt that the city has lost its ability to produce potent spitters with an authentic east coast sound. That notion is slowly diminishing with the rapid rise of fiery, hardcore rappers such as Brooklyn's own Young M.A.
Bodega Bamz and Remy Banks are also a part of the elite group who are bringing New York back as they release a new scorching single, "Ryu x Ken." The title itself states how hard they're coming back to back with the bars (pause)!
The homie Matthew Dillon Cohen, also known in the interwebs as Itsbongoboy, is back with a brand new video he directed for Goldlink's late 2016 released single, "Crew."
The banging track features the D.C rapper's musically-inclined associates Brent Faiyaz and the Jefe himself, Shy Glizzy. Rightfully shot in Washington, the entertaining clip displays the talented trio turning up with their close friends and dimes on dirtbikes.
Music titans Pharrell Williams and Tyler, The Creator was recently spotted in the studio for the first time this year. The two were seen working via Pharrell's Snapchat on Wednesday, with the audio cut off of course. Looking forward to hear what they're cooking up.
P.S Shout out to the Golf Wang general, I saw him during the last day of Luka's "Hot Mess" art exhibit at Milk Studios earlier last month. He recognized me from my days working at Nigo's former shop in SOHO.
Shout out to Chance The Rapper for spearheading the new Hip Hop trend of having a full choir instead of regular backup singers during a live performance. Don't get me wrong, choirs have long been a part of a rapper's live act (i.e Snoop Dogg's riveting 1994 MTV Awards live performance of "Murder Was The Case," and Coolio's legendary "Gangsta's Paradise" set during the 1996 Grammy Awards) but Chance has been doing it on a consistent and equally captivating basis.
2 Chainz recently performed his Quavo and Gucci Mane assisted hit "Good Drank," with a little help from The Roots and a group of swagged-out soul sangers (yeah, I spelled it correctly) at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Who knew trap music could sound so heavenly? Kudos to Derek Watkins better known as Fonzworth Bentley for leading the unconvential chorus.
The murder of Gianni Versace has loomed large over the house that bears his name and, especially, Donatella, his sister and lifelong right-hand woman, for decades. Versace became known for a specific kind of Italian glamour--colorful, sexy and unabashedly luxurious. The use of modern chainmail to make gowns and reinterpretations of Warhol’s silkscreened portraits became symbols of the brand’s whip-smart vision. But Donatella has struggled to honor her brother without being trapped by his legacy, not to mention the parameters of the iconic look he created. That struggle often showed in the clothes with presentations that had flashes of brilliance but weren’t always consistent, something her personal battle with addiction made even more difficult. Once she rehabilitated herself, it took her time to find her footing, but now she’s finding a voice that’s translating her family’s heritage of sex appeal for a new age.
For someone who grew up with JLo’s plunging necklines being synonymous with Versace, it took some time for my eyes to adjust to the new direction that began in earnest a couple of years ago. Where once there were slinky champagne-colored silk satin gowns with crystal embroidery, there are sporty tailored coats in black with smoky chiffon peeking out from beneath the hem, as was the case during Versace's Fall 2017 runway show.
As incredible as Gianni’s interpretation of femininity was, I often wonder how it would be received were it to be shown for the first time today. With fashion’s move toward sensuality rather than overt sexiness and sportswear’s takeover of even the most vaunted high fashion labels, it would seem out of place (although his emphasis on actual design and not mere styling would do that on its own). A shift was called for, but how well suited that shift is to the Versace ethos is hotly debated. Effortlessness, or, more accurately, the appearance of it, reigns supreme in fashion at the moment. But is that really at the heart of Versace?
The mystique of Versace is not entirely gone though it is different. Like always, the clothes and accessories themselves are beautifully made with impeccable fit and finish. Donatella’s recent shows have become more coherent, however, they lack the spark of collections past and the ability to generate the same kind of captivating images they once did.
Riccardo Tisci, the famed designer who recently resigned from his post at Givenchy, is heavily rumored to be Donatella’s pick for a successor to steer the label going forward. The Versace canon is so rich that if the rumor proves true, Tisci should have no problem reenergizing the establishment even though his tenure at Givenchy had grown tired. What’s worrisome is that Versace will become too bogged down in the everyday with its overcoats, fitted dresses and chunky knits--things better left to other brands. In order to retain its core identity, Versace should not ignore its roots in the search for progress. The fashion world needs its allure now more than ever.
On February 24th, 1864Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African-American women to earn a medical degree. She later became the first black women to become a Physician in the U.S. Furthermore, her publication Book of Medical Discourses (1883), was one of the first written books about medicine by an African-American.
Ro James is making sure we didn't forget about his infectiously soulful ELDORADO album by unleashing a scorching remix of one of it's sensual cuts, titled "Already Knew That," featuring BJ The Chicago Kid.
There are no differences in instrumental but BJ certainly elevates the track even more with his panty-dropping vocals. After all, "you already knew that" he does the damn thang on every track he's showcased on.
Aww man, 2017 is already looking like its going to be one of the best years for awesome music! Not only have we heard a new song from the greatest Hip/Hop and R&B couple Jay Z & Beyonce, rising titans like Steve Lacy and Khalid are all prepping to anoint us all with their heavenly sonic compilations.
Calvin Harris is another superstar who is about to cannonball his way into the music pool. He is no stranger to the top of the billboard charts and this year he plans to dominate once more. Last month, the hit-maker teased the world with a new song he produced, featuring none other than Frank Ocean via Snapchat. It was recently revealed that the soon-to-be banger will have additional vocals from Migos!
Yeah man, I can't make this epicness up! Until its official release, Check out the tune's teaser below:
Steve Lacy is already being compared to legends in the music universe without even putting out a solo body of work! That'll all change on February 24th when The Internet crooner/bassist will release his debut album, rightfully titled Steve Lacy's Demo.
Recently, Steve unleashed a smooth new tune from his forthcoming project coined "Dark Red," which deals with his negative thoughts about potentially losing a dear lover. You know an artist has true talent when he/she can make a sad tune sound so illuminating!
Former boy band frontman Omarion has been fairly quiet on the music tip since dropping his 2014 Sex Playlist album. He finally sonically reemerged with the release of not one but two singles!
The MMG crooner recently unleashed the visuals for his tantalizing tune coined 'BDY On Me," and Dancehall-inspired riddim, "Distance." Looking forward to hear what else Maybach O has in store for us on his forthcoming project Reasons. After all, he does a commendable job at reinventing himself.
Check out the music video for his latest banger "Distance," shot in South Africa below:
My former BAPE coworker Kid Cudi returned to national television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a live, orchestra-filled performance of "Kitchen," my favorite track from his latest studio album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'.
Cudi seems to be in good spirits even though he didn't move much in his usual cheery manner during the set. I hope all is well with him!
Tyga finally releases the video for his flashy single "Gucci Snakes," featuring Desiigner rightfully in the heat of New York Fashion Week.
Directed by legendary director Hype Williams, the clip features the Gucci draped, G.O.O.D Music duo performing in an ambient colored soundstage, while B-roll footage of a sexy video vixen and real life snakes are sporadically revealed.
This song plays a huge part in my writing career because I referenced it in my very first published article for Grailed (haha). Check it out by clicking HERE.
We're a long way from Master P's "make em say uhh," days but the superstar mogul still remains as one of the most prolific players in the Hip Hop arena.
Recently, Mr. Percy Miller paid a visit to The Breakfast Club and dropped some much needed knowledge to the masses, especially to young artists who are trying to legitimately leave their mark in the music industry. Percy speaks on various subjects such as the value of hardwork, today's political climate and doubters on social media. "I don’t care about social media. Most of the people on social media…if you got time to be on social media we know you don’t have nothing positive going on. You just negative, you a hater," states P. Sounds pretty harsh I know, which is why I think he clarified his statement by saying “think about it, if you talk about somebody and you know you’re not where you need to be at. That’s what I’m saying, it’s a waste of time. So I try to motivate the next generation through social media." Mr. Miller also brought along his artists, singer Paloma Ford and 17-year-old rising rap sensation Marcus Clae to the show.
Shout out to Solange who handpicked P to talk his sh*t on her critically acclaimed A Seat at The Table, album because the man truly is a living representation of someone who made it from the dirt, on his very own terms.
I could sit here and continuously write down the epic quotes from Master P's interview, but you can watch it yourself below. Enjoy and take notes!
The homie Rockie Fresh has delivered another stellar single in the form of "Pray 4 Me," produced by Bizness Boi.
It's visual, directed, shot and edited by A P J Films, finds the gracious MMG spitter in a deserted church contemplating on his journey in this rap game and remaining thankful that someone out there prayed for him to get through all the struggle.
"Congratulations!" is what we hear from friends and aquaintances who acknowledge that the efforts towards our dreams weren't committed in vain after all. How many of them actually mean it is a totally different story.
Post Malone took it upon himself to make a song dealing with such topic. Produced by Metro Boomin, the celebratory tune features Quavo, as he talks about his success in usual harmonizing fashion. "Big rings, champagne/ my life is like a ball game. But instead i'm in the trap though/ pot so big call it super bowl," mentions the Migos frontman.
Check out the single's James DeFina directed visual below:
Rising R&B crooner Khalid has left the draft of "Saved," for about a year on Soundcloud account so one could only imagine the sheer joy his adoring fans are experiencing due to it's official release on January 12th.
Not only did he finally unleash his much anticipated tune, the 18 year old Texan star also revealed that his debut album will be dropping on March 3rd! Talk about a knockout combo right?
I love it when I stumble upon amazing, new music. This one comes in the form of "Sunny Soon," by New Jersey based Producer/Crooner Kakuyon featuring rising spitter Shotta Spence.
For those not aware, Kakuyon produced "Throne," off of Spence's honorable debut project Upfall. "This is a special moment because I first started making music in his basement after HS track practice" states Shotta about the release of their latest collaborative track.
Check out the chune found on Kakuyon's Now Go and Flourish album below:
Haters can say what they want about J. Cole, but a certain amount of respect must be given to the man for touching on deep topics that many artists are ever so afraid to mention.
Cole's first 2017 sonic offering titled "High For Hours," is his continuation of attempting to wake up listeners who aren't aware of the atrocities taking place in this world. The Elite and Cam O'bi produced track finds the dreaded up, lyrical-monster talking about whats going on in the Black community, political climate and even details his conversation with President Barack Obama when he visited the White House.
Migos have been terrorizing Hip Hop soundwaves since releasing their very first charting-song "Versace," in 2013. Currently, the iconic Atlanta trio are gearing up to unleash their second studio album rightfully titled, C U L T U R E.
Quavo and company has provided us with not one, but three jams we can dab to while we patiently wait on their January 27th released project. Check out the visual for "T-Shirt," my favorite cut out of the three below. Well, I'm lying "Bad & Boujee," is my sh*t but this one equally slaps!
Since we're on the topic of shirts, I might as well state that I have (2) Men's and Women's smalls left in my Frendy Vibes tees. If you are interested in copping, simply shoot me an email Frendy@FRNDYLMRN.com.
Its exactly two weeks into 2017 but I'm still bumping the new Trey Songz & Fabolous' Trappy New Years mixtape religiously!
The two superstars are continously proving that they are a tandem to be reckoned with in the Hip Hop and R&B realm. Released on NYE via DatPiff, their EP features six blazing tracks, which are actually remakes of the biggest hits in 2016 including Donald Glover's favorite "Bad and Boujee" from Migos, and Travis Scott's "Pick Up The Phone," featuring Young Thug.
Check out the project below. It might just make you want to throw another New Years celebration just for the f*#k of it!
"My solo album is probably more mainstream. There's no live drums just like...just a bunch of bouncy songs. Something you might hear on the radio," says Syd when OTHERtone 's Scott Vener inquired about her Grammy-nominated band members' forthcoming individual projects.
The multi-talented crooner is spot on as she releases her cooler-than-thou, head bopping first solo single, "All About Me." Initially premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show, the song is produced by none other than fellow bandmember Steve Lacey, who is ethereally talented in his own right. Syd's project also includes beats from Brooklyn native Melo X (worked on Beyonce's Lemonade), Haze, Rakhi, and Hit-Boy.
The Internet 's leading lady talks about "keeping it with the family you came with," in her new single and she certainly does so by miraculously bringing together former OF members, Tyler The Creator and Hodgy Beats, for a quick cameo on it's Calmatic directed visual.
If you weren't aware, J. Cole went DOUBLE platinum with no features!
A few months ago, the dreadlocked lyrical monster's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album officially went double Sisqó (when he had the platinum hairdo) and Jay Z's Roc Nation label made sure everyone was informed via Instagram:
This legendary feat has made Jermaine the only Hip Hop artist in a whopping 25 years to go double platinum sans features! Who initially accomplished such milestone you might ask? Vanilla Ice.
The man known as Yeezy isn't taking it easy despite his recent hospitalization for exhaustion. As a matter of fact, it was reported that Kanye West was working on new tunes from his LA hospital bed (talk about being a mad scientist).
Continuing his domination in all facets of entertainment, 'Ye is rumored to be moving forward with his clothing line by conjuring up YEEZYSeason 5. The surprising info was delivered by a credible source to Pop culture publication, Page Six. Furthermore, the source has stated that the multi-talented megastar is also preparing to debut another apparel line.
Hey, maybe Mr. West dyed his hair blond because he fully achieved Dragon Ball Z, super saiyan Gogeta mode. I'm truly looking forward to experiencing what else he has in store for us.
Fans and haters alike have been patiently waiting to hear a Tyga x G.O.O.D Musictrack ever since he signed to the label back in September. Their wish was granted at the strike of midnight on New Years day when the former Cash Money spitter unleashed "Feel Me," featuring his bud Kanye West.
The homie Luka Sabbat took to his Instagram story on New Years Eve and announced that he was going to bless the ears of attendees with the blazing track at a party in Paris to ring in 2017. From the small clip he previewed, I knew the song was going to be fire!
Tory Lanez has no time for games as he releases not one but two mixtapes in the very beginning of 2017 titled The New Toronto 2 and Chixtape 4.
The multi-talented spitter keeps both of his projects stimulating by contrasting their sounds. On The New Toronto 2 tape, Tory delivers his usual, airy vocals on a number of trap beats, while Chixtape 4 provides remixes of classic hits like Fat Joe's Ashanti and Ja Rule assisted banger "What's Luv?," and R. Kelly's "Ignition." Lanez even chopped up theDisney Channel 's "Proud Family" show theme song (originally sang by Solange & Destiny's Child) to make an R&B scorcher!
Happy New Year everyone! I am truly awakening to a new state where time does not exist, but I really do wish you guys all the success in this "new" moment. Remaining grateful will automatically attract endless opportunities, so don't give up the faith through seemingly difficult situations.
Speaking of growth, Daniel Caesar is undoubtedly budding into a bonafide star! The talented singer-songwriter has previously released various soul-soothing EPs and is showing no signs of slowing down. After dropping his 2015 Pilgrim's Paradise project, Daniel unleashed a lover's anthem featuring Kali Uchis titled "Got You," in November.
While we patiently await for new tunes from the flourishing Toronto artist, check out the video for one of my favorite cuts he's offered called "Violet." Shout out to the homie Liam MacRae for directing it.
On December 17th, the music industry's most shining star held a special event in collaboration with VEVOat the LA HangarStudios, where he performed scorching cuts from his recently released billboard-topping album.
Check out The Weeknd's flashy live performance of "Sidewalks," my favorite single off of Starboy, with a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar below:
"Wow, it feels like Im back in High School!" are what all the OG Kid Cudi fans are screaming after listening to his latest sonic body of work entitled Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'.
Scott's sixth studio album is what his devout listeners have been patiently waiting for since Man on The Moon II, which was released 6 years ago. The project is filled with 19 tracks that truly provides the vintage, symphonic Cudder feel.
If you haven't heard the album yet, stream it below:
Hate it or love it the underdog that was Childish Gambino is now on top!
The uber-talented, Grammy-nominated artist recently had an electrifying performance at The Tonight Show Starring JimmyFallon. Equipped with a funky band and an ever soulful choir, Gambino literally sang his shirt off, proving to haters that he doesn't need any auto-tune to hit a leg quivering falsetto.
Check it out for yourself below....and don't forget to stay woke.
Thanks to his involvement in the inspirational film Hidden Figures, Pharrell Williams has finally broke his Breakfast Club studio cherry!
The megastar musician recently visited Charlamagne da God and Angela Yee (DJ Envy was unable to make it) at their humble workplace to discuss the star-studded NASA drama, his secret anti-aging secrets, politics, and even the "slave master" mentality of the music business.
Check out the informative sit-down in it's entirety below:
I'm a bit late in posting this but it probably went under your radar as well.
Last month, multi-talented British electronic producer Mura Masa, unleashed the music video for his A$AP Rocky assisted jam titled "Love$ick." The clip did not receive any sort of cameo from the two artists, but impressively displayed a coming of age storyline, filled with disruptive British teens in their cozy Nike fleece tech suits.
Lil' Uzi Vert might of been one of the "Lil" rappers that J. Cole ethered on "Everybody Dies," but that isn't stopping him one bit from continuing his onslaught of catchy and youthful tunes.
DJ Esco recently unleashed the visual for his scorching Project E.T cut "Too Much Sauce," featuring the young Philly rap/rockstar and Future. The clip finds the trio rocking designer threads, while making it rain and causing havoc in an arcade (looks Like Dave & Busters) with a bunch of mamis.
Earlier today, Childish Gambino revealed the very first live footage of his "Me and Your Mama," performance.
The animated showcase was unveiled exclusively through Bino's Pharos Earthapp, which serves as a the only medium where fans can purchase tickets to his shows.Furthermore, it was filmed with the latest virtual reality equipment courtesy ofMicrosoft.
"I can see my ex calling. Hold up why my ex calling?" is what we usually say when an old fling tries to get back in contact. Rising ATL artist 6lack (pronounced 'Black', don't worry I said 'Slack' the first time too), took it upon himself to make a bouncy tune out of the phrase.
Rightfully titled "Ex Callin," the single is an R&B rendition of Future's "Perky's Calling," and is found on the mellow crooner's honorable debut album, Free 6lack.
Next time your ex calls or texts out of the blue and you're not sure if you should reply back, use this moody track as a guide to help you make a decision (haha).
Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener always have the best guests on OTHERtone, but the latest group of individuals that sat down with them may have been their coolest ones yet!
While in Japan, the Beats 1radio show duo took the time out to speak with one of my icons Nigo, Takashi Murakami, and the most creative couple from the far east Verbal & Yoon. During the episode, Pharrell talks about how he was initially aquainted with the former Ape general. "He should be frozen," states P as he discussed the ethereal coolness of his longtime friend. Furthermore, Verbal & Yoon briefly spoke about their love of subcultures and Ambushjewelry store, while Takashi recalled his art project with Kanye West.
Check out the clip featuring a condensed version of all three interview segments below:
Congratulations to Amir Obe for landing a deal with Def Jam !
I'm happy to see that Amir has found a prestigious home to produce even more eargasmic tunes. I have known the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Detroit Rapper since he went by the moniker of Phreshy Duzit, and even featured a slew of his old music videos on my previous blog. This momentous occasion is a true testament of his relentless grind!
In honor of Obe's major label signing, he unleashed the visual to his moody cut titled "No Peace." In an interview withBillboard,Amir explains the clip by saying: "I wanted to capture the vibe of 'No Peace' visually, and I think we executed providing a journey, a sense of no looking back." Furthermore, the single is included on Def Jam's all star compilation album called Direct Deposit 1, which will be available on December 2nd.
Check out the Dan Lemoyne directed music video below:
You can always count on Chance The Rapper to deliver incredible music without the extra drama. While in Europe, the vibrant spitter paid a visit to Trevor Nelson's BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Lounge show.
During the interview, Chance took the time to send a prayer up for his big brother Kanye West, who is currently undergoing mental exhaustion treatment at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Furthermore, the Coloring Book crooner performed two jams live, one of them being a soulful cover of Drake's Views cut, "Feel No Ways."
With the recent ego battles in Hip-Hop, its refreshing to witness a successful spitter take his hat off (well chance kept his on, but you know what I meant) to another thriving lyricist in the game. "We had two choices: it was either going to be a song by my good friend Francis and The Lights....and the other one is Drake. I don't know if he's ever been up here but shout out to him, he's one of my favorite artists as well," says Chance to Trevor as he explained his process of picking which tune he was going to cover live on the show.
If you thought Rockie Fresh would discontinue his onslaught of scorching singles then think again.
The young MMG spitter has recently unleashed a smooth new tune titled "Rap Shit Back," which metaphorically serves as his game winning shot during the music industry's 4th quarter. Produced by Bizness Boi & Theory, the banger features Rockie boldly stating what most of us are thinking when hearing Hip Hop music today.
I don't want to sound like a "old-head" (cause I'm not), but I truly do miss the raw lyricism of Rap. Theres nothing wrong with Trap music and a bit gibberish on a heart-thumping beat. However, I just wish there was more of a balance.
Donald Glover has traded his childish ways for a more grown and funkadelic demeanor.
After announcing the December 2nd release date of his forthcoming album, Awaken My Love!, the gifted entertainer has blessed us with two new soul-snatching tracks in the form of "Me and Your Mama," and "Redbone."
This will be Donald's first album in 3 years, but as you'll hear with the newly surfaced recordings, the man has been working (singing) his ass off for our listening pleasure!
Mac Miller has unleashed the music video for "Stay," one of the many suave tracks found on his latest LP, The Divine Feminine.
The ID Labs produced single features Mac begging for his shorty to remain still, but many Americans can take this into a political context as our 44th President Barack Obama is gearing up to depart from the Oval Office. I'm not one to talk about politics much but even if no real change occured throughout the years Barack was running, it sure looked amazing seeing a distinguished black family in the White House.
Anyway doh (google Kat Stacks), check out Ariana Grande's boo-thang's clip below:
Steve Lacy is truly becoming one of my favorite young artists in the music industry. The multi-talented 18 year old's latest sonic offering coined "Some," surely proves why he should be on everyone's radar.
After earning a Grammy nomination with his group, The Internet, for their 2015 Ego Death album, Steve is gearing up to launch his solo debut project, simply titled Steve's Demo.
Indulge in the visual for the demo's first groovy single below:
Last weekend, Solange snatched everyone's edges off with her profound performance on NBC 's Saturday Night Live.
The soulful songstress crooned her hit singles "Don't Touch My Hair," and "Cranes In The Sky" alongside a swagged-out band and back up singers, who all wore white. Sampha made a surprise appearance as he proudly pow wowed to the song he had a hand in creating.
Shout out to Isadora for making her SNL debut as one of Solange's fierce background vocalists. For those who don't know, the stylish singer was one of a very few selected workers to open the BAPE store in New York City.
This week, Big Sean has blessed us with two new blazing tracks in the form of "No More Interviews," and "Bounce Back."
The initial release, produced by Amaire Johnson, touches on Sean's personal life as he sheds a bit of candid information surrounding his ex and addresses the unresolved tension with former G.O.O.D Music emceee Kid Cudi. The latter tune is a groovy comeback-themed cut, also produced by Amaire with a little help from London On Da Track, Smash David and Hit Maka.
What's good everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts, but your boy is getting to the paper and I'm sure y'all ain't mad at that one bit.
Speaking of accumulating cash, the "Money Man" himself, ASAP Rocky, and his ASAP crew have finally unleashed their highly-anticipated sonic compilation, Cozy Tapes: Vo. 1 Friends-. The ASAP Yams tribute consists of 12 scorching tracks and features an assortment of Hip Hop's brightest stars, including Tyler The Creator, Skepta,Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty and more.
Check out the project below. While your ears are getting cozified, be sure to read my latest Grailedarticle on Rocky and Bari's prosperous lifestyle brand,VLONE, HERE. Enjoy!
The more envy and hate Drake receives, the more life he has. Its almost as if he's a damn Dragonball Z character that transfers all the negativity thrown towards him into fuel for destroying his enemies (as we all know, he has alot of those).
After announcing the December release of his forthcoming mixtape, rightfully titled More Life, the unrelenting Toronto spitter unleashed it's first fiery single "Two Birds, One Stone." The tune has so many memorable bars, you'll be stuck on the "stank face" for the entire duration of the track.
I'm totally dissapointed in myself for not grabbing a surfboard to ride the Big Baby D.R.A.M wave when he first crashed into the music scene. After thoroughly enjoying his smash hit "Broccoli," featuring red-hot rap young gunner Lil' Yachty, I decided to further indulge in D.R.A.M' s entire discography and I must say my earbuds were fully satisfied.
The Virginia raised spitter's acronym for his rap moniker (Does Real Ass Music) is truly deserving. His knack for making sweet melodies is second to none! Today, D.R.A.M released the music video for "Cash Machine," from his forthcoming self-titled debut album.
Check out the single's playful clip directed by Lacey Duke below. Oh, and feel free to sing along, especially if you're getting monaaay!
Kanye West's confidence never cease to amaze us all.
The notorious God complexed spitter recently had another '"stream of consciousness" moment during the Edmonton, Canada leg of his Saint Pablo tour. After abruptly halting his energetic performance of "Freestyle 4," Yeezy belched out his deepest detest of rappers who are biting his stage setup. "This the original. Accept no imitations. You with the rap God right now. Niggas be copying my shit bro. Stealing our shit, stealing stages. Copying our shit one-to-one," he states.
A few blogs are speculating 'Ye is subliminally taking jabs at Drake,but I totally doubt it. The two rap MVPs are having way too much of a successful career to combat each other, plus they're supposedly working on a joint album. Another suspect is South African Rapper Cassper Nyovest, who claimed to perform on a floating platform last year before Kanye.
We all know the popular saying "there is nothing new under the sun," and it certain applies to this *clears throat* messy situation. Is Kanye responsible for globalizing the concept of an artist performing on a flashy, levitating stage? Possibly, but he may not be the very first person to actually produce one. There might have been pre-mature attempts made by lesser known artists to wow their dedicated fans during a live performance.
Solange made a perfect executive decision in featuring lyrical living legend Lil' Wayne on the hit single, "Mad," from her recently releasedBillboard topping album, A Seat at the Table. Why you might ask? It's because Weezy has a whole lot of sh*t to be mad about in real life.
Wayne and his Young Money Entertainmentteam has had an ongoing battle with their partner label Cash Money. Fans across the globe were shocked to realize the Young Money honcho was beefing with his "father figure" Birdman, but more importantly they all wanted to know why!
Cortez Bryant, Lil' Wayne's longtime confidant and manager, paid a visit to Elliot Wilson's podcast Rap Radar to finally dish out the savory details which caused their unresolved dilemma with Cash Money kings, Baby and Slim.
Fall is officially upon us, which only means that there will be a plethora of cuffing ballads released by your favorite R&B singers.
Bryson Tiller finally resurfaces at the perfect occasion to deliver a pleading new single titled, "Let Me Explain." The song isn't exactly a cheery lover's anthem, but it does accent the reconciliation with a lost lover.
Summer 2016 was filled with an immense amount of savagery, so shout out to Bryson for providing a soundtrack most fellas will relate to this time of chilly year.
Beg for your forgiveness while playing the Phonix produced jam below:
When it comes to Solange, don't even mention the obvious.
The ethereally soulful crooner has caught the ears of listeners worldwide with her new album, A Seat At The Table. Not only does it celebrate blackness, Solange's celestial body of work caresses on the subjects of self-love, depression and even the unavoidable racial tension in America.
Check out the insightful documentary titled A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages, which candidly displays the happenings leading up to the album below:
Lowkey, we all wanted DVSN's part to be longer on Drake's Views banger, "Faithful." Luckily, the mysterious crooner somehow sensed our deep longing and decided to unleash a full length remix of the sentimental chune called "Keep The Faith."
Dj Khaled revealed his new alias in the official music video for "Do You Mind."
The seductive single, found on the We The Besthitmaker's ninth studioalbum Major Key, is a remake of Usher, Ludacris and Lil' Jon's seductive ballad "Lovers and Friends." It features an all-star crooning and rapping cast consisting of Chris Brown, Jeremih, August Alsina, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and the notorious dirty sprite drinker himself Nayvadius Cash, better known to the hoods of the world as Future.
Directed by Gil Green, the seven minute estimated clip displays Khaled *clears throat* "Billy" in a heated argument with his vixen played by the bodacious Bernice Burgos. Will he makes things right? Find out what transpired HERE.
We can only hope that Kid Cudi and Kanye West are patching things up behind the scenes. While we wait for the inevitable epic reunion, Rap Dosehas leaked a scorching draft of a collaborative tune from the two that didn't quite make it out to the public (until now, duh).
The song, known now as Cudi's own banger "Too Bad I have To Destroy You Now," is extremely pre-mature but surely oozes greatness from the musical minds.
Unforfunetaly, Kid Cudi ishaving some technical difficulties in clearing some samples on his forthcoming sixth studio album, triumphantly titled Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' . But as we all know, Cudder doesn't like to leave his fans on the ledge, so to hold his dearests over he unleashed two new "musical candies."
Scott provided the official CDQ version of "Frequency," and hisTrillectro premiered jam "Surfin'," which is produced by none other than Pharrell Williams. You can stream and purchase the tunes below.
Whenever A$AP Rocky takes an unusual long pause from uploading colorful visuals of his rockstar lifestyle on Instagram, just know he's working on something reaaaally important.
About a week ago ((week ago)), the self-proclaimed PMF briefly took to the popular social media app to showcase "pretty" paintings of himself wearing garments from his latest involvement with high-end luxury brands, Christian Dior and J.W Anderson.
Rocky continues his return to the limelight with a feature on rising U.K producer Mura Masa's remixed single titled, "Love$ick." Check out the vibrant tune below:
That's not at all! Just a few hours ago, it was announced that the braided-up, fiery spitter is now the Creative Director for MTV and Viacom Velocity's in-house creative agency,MTV LABS. In this role, Rocky and his very own agency, AWGE, will have access to the company's cross-platform production capabilities to create original content; experiment with new formats and existing MTV IP; and develop branded content for advertisers with Viacom Velocity.
Looks like we're about to see Rocky on a whole new level! Shout out to A$AP Ferg.
Dave East has been reppin' the East rightfully as he pours out honorable singles and collaborations with Rap's finest.
The 28-year-old Harlem lyricist is solidifying his name even more in Hip Hop by partnering up with Def Jam! "I actually just did a joint deal with Def Jam," says Dave during a recent interview at The Breakfast Club. "I’m excited about it... It wasn’t the average me just signing to a major. I’m actually partners with them."
As most of you know, the Nas-approved spitter is already a part of the Mass Appeal family, so the Queensbridge legend will still definitely play a major role in his career and major label debut.
Check out the entire conversation below. Congrats to that man!
Allow me to present the 5th episode of an inquisitive podcast by Bobby Hobert titled, Purpose In The Youth.
Yussuf Kassim Manzi, one of my closest friends, was the featured guest and he spoke of his evolution as a fashion designer, appreciation for the smallest things in life and inspirations. Furthermore, at the 28:30 mark Yussuf candidly talked about the fateful day we met, my impact on his life and theBAPE NYC store. You wouldn't want to miss this!
Make yourself a hot brew (its getting cold out) and indulge in the stream of consciousness below:
Like an underwhelmed Kanye West, I was a bit dissapointed in PartyNextDoor's video for his smash hit, "Not Nice." But with video vixens like Paloma Ford on deck, my frown magically transformed into a nice........(haha).
Directed by Adrian Martinez, the sand-filled clip finds PND riding around in his ATV and remaining cool amidst an array sun-kissed beauties.
If you can't get enough of the Ontario-born crooner, you're in luck. It was just announced that he will be heading on The Summer's Over tour with singing sensation Jeremih. It all kicks off Nov. 8 in Miami and ending Dec. 11 in San Francisco. Check out the rest of the dates below:
Rap sensation Amir Obè returns with another cloudy melodic banger called, "No Peace."
Produced by frequent collaborator NYLZ, the Detroit bred spitter pours out his soul on the track, deliberately expressing his disapproval of trifling *clears throat * females. "Put a ring on your middle finger, fuck you/Hope it stings just a little when it cuts through/Kept it distant from the women that be telling lies/All them stories you ain’t told, you can tell ’em now" croons Obè in the first verse.
Damn, I feel you homie! Head nod to the track below and reminisce about your own troubles with the opposite sex:
LMAO. That's all I did while watching the energetic performance from G.O.O.D Musicfreshman Desiigner on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
It's honestly a treat to witness a performer have so much fun on stage. There's way too much Hip-Hop beef going on right now (the bars are scorching though) so the equilibrium the Brooklyn spitter provides is very welcoming.
Da-Da-Da-Da Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Dammmmn! It's already been 15 years since Brooklyn's own Fabolous unleashed his very first album, Ghetto Fabolous.
Recently, Fab stopped by the number one morning show to discuss the anniversary of his official entrance into the big league of rap. During the interview, The Breakfast Club crew discussed his stand-offish demeanor in the very beginning of his fruitful career, first ever album sales, groupies, how music videos changed over the years and more.
I hardly listen to Rich The Kid's music, but he gains all my respect due to his unwavering work ethic and welcoming personality.
On September 13th, Noiseyreleased an informative profile of the young Trap rapper. Born Dimitri Roger, Rich grew up in Queens, New York but later moved to Atlanta during his teenage years. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he is of Haitian heritage (like myself). Its refreshing to finally see entertainers reveal their true Haitian colors because about 15 years ago it was like a curse to be one. Ignorance maybe bliss, but certainly not facts!
Pardon me, I got a little too deep. In any case, check out the clip on the Rich Forever MusicCEO below:
2016 is most certainly the comeback year for MMG signed artist Rockie Fresh. The BAPE lovin' lyricist continues to up his rap ranks as he releases the visual for his scorching single, "keep The Peace."
Shot by APJ Films, the World Star Hip Hop debuted clip features Rockie remaining true to his last name, while smoking the loudest of the loud in his hometown of Chicago.
Teyana "The Body" Taylor (that isn't her official nickname but I had to) is on an unstoppable run, ever since she surprisingly appeared as the perm-sweating star on Kanye West's, "Fade," music video!
Not only receiving 2 new TV roles after her stimulating dance performance on Ye's vid, the G.O.O.D Music signee has just unleashed the aesthetically sound visual for her "Champions" freestyle. Teyana continues to show off her immaculate body in the Sasha Samsonova directed clip, this time around with tiny gold specs all over her womanly parts. It's a sight for sore eyes for sure!
It was a beautiful morning indeed for Kid Cudi fans when they realized their hero is planning to unleash a double-disc album sometime this month.
Cudi deliberated the 'unfuckwittable' news via Twitter, where he further stated that the 18 tracked project will be available in all platforms for downloading and streaming.
During Cudder's recent headlining Trillectro set, he performed a lively jam produced by Pharrell Williams, rumored to be titled "Magic." In it, the cleveland spitter states that he's not riding anyones wave because he's too busy making his own.
Scott is certainly not fibbing about the incredible splash he's made in the music industry. Let's just see if his forthcoming project will cause a tsunami big enough to recapture the hearts of fans who went astray.
It wouldn't be a smart idea for me to delete my Instagram account in this stage of my career. On the other hand, for Justin Bieber, cutting off the popular social media app promotes an inner peace of mind, which allows him to focus on more important things like breaking world records.
The Scooter Braun managed crooner is now the proud recipient of not one, not five, but a whopping eight world records due to his success on Spotify and the Billboard charts, according to Guinness.
We were all obsessed with Justin's fourth studio album, Purpose, and it clearly shows in the numbers! Bieber's impressive tally of achievements in Guinness World Records' 2017 edition include: the most streamed track on Spotify in one week ("What Do You Mean?," 30.7 million times), as well as the most streamed album on Spotify in one week (Purpose, 205 million times), the most simultaneous tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 (17) in December 2015 and for being the first act to fill three top slots simultaneously on the U.K. singles chart: ("Love Yourself " (No. 1), "Sorry" (No. 2) and "What Do You Mean? " (No. 3).
Biebs was also featured for having the most simultaneous new entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (13), the most Twitter followers (82.2 million) and YouTube subscribers of any male (20.7 million) and the most viewed YouTube music channel (10.4 billion).
Chris Brown takes us to an unworldly private shindig in his new music video for "Grass Ain't Greener."
The clip features Breezy and his three homeboys in a drop top phantom, heading to a party that literally takes place in the middle of nowhere. The homies are reluctant to attend the mysterious bash, but the box braided crooner (I should of wrote (B)rooner right?) is determined to get there because his ex girl will be in attendance.
Lookout for Chris' Heartbreak on a Full Moon album. For now, peep the visual for the project's first cut below:
Its difficult to fully concentrate on the present moment after a brutal break-up, whether you were the iniatior or victim. Majid Jordan accents this awkward limbo stage in their new music video for, "Small Talk."
Majid, the singer of the group, tries to cheer up a somber Jordan by asking him to kick it on a double date. Despite agreeing, the multi-talented beatmaker desperately tries to get in contact with his ex-lover. After all the failed attempts, he finally comes to his senses!
Check out what transpired in the Glenn Michael (KID) directed clip below:
To keep it clean, I honestly never knew Playboyoffered equally salivating stories as their photographs of bodacious babes.
For some odd reason, this past week I've been thinking about the sudden disapearance of former Bad Boy star, Loon (Ok, I might of indulged in too much old school music videos). It's been 3 years since we've last heard of the I Need A Girl spitter, when he was surprisingly handed A 14-year jail sentence for drug charges.
Earlier today, I "accidently" ended up on Playboy's website and discovered a captivating article written by Thomas Golianopoulos on Chauncey Hawkins, who's now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith. Nothing in life is a mere coincidence, so I'm truly grateful that the universe brought this to my attention.
Amir's roller coaster life story could truly be made into a big box office hit! Check it out for yourself HERE.
To remain relevant in the music world, artists must continually reinvent themselves with original golden sounds that’ll have listeners begging for more.
Rising Staten Island-bred spitter Cadeem Francis, better known as YF, is more than aware of such productive scheme. This is why he deliberately took two years off to perfectly craft his art. With a fresh perspective on the game and an arsenal of new tunes, the 25-year-old lyricist has returned to the rap arena with a gruesome vengeance.
I am proud to exclusively premiere YF’s comeback single, “Scales.” Produced by Ty Goods, the boisterous banger features an undisclosed crooner who undeniably blazed the hook. I briefly spoke with the LWA (Leaders With Ambition) lyricist to gain a deeper understanding of his much awaited sonic release.
FRENDY: How did “Scales” come about?
YF: The record was made last year while I was in Austin, Texas for SXSW. One of my homeboys, Sadiq, introduced me to the singer who eventually ended up on the record. We were roommates for the week while I was in Texas. The vocalist was gone off the acid the first day we met--he was so high I wasn’t even able talk to him. We formally introduced ourselves later that evening. I played some beats and the instrumental for “Scales” stuck out. He immediately freestyled the hook and that’s how the song came about. I already wrote my lyrics; it more so needed a solid hook, which the homie 100% provided.
FRENDY: There are tons of drug references in the tune, is there a deeper meaning behind all of the intoxicating lyrics?
YF: The song came together so perfectly because the majority of the people we stayed with in Austin were hardcore Trappers. The singer was definitely speaking from a buyer’s perspective because certain drugs help him create. As for me, I’ve seen how drugs work the majority of my life. It goes all the way back to Alberta, Virginia where I would stay for the summer to hang with my cousins when I was 14 years old. My great uncle and my two aunts owned 4 trailers. I wasn’t allowed in one of them because that’s where all the “activity” took place. One day, my curiosity led me to walk in the restricted trailer. My uncle Walter was there and he showed me everything--from coke to weed, pills etc. I can get deeper but that was the overall introduction.
I witnessed my uncle sell drugs, which ultimately led him to serve 25 years in Jail. Somehow he is still making money in the box (which I discuss in the second verse). Now I’m making music and learning how to make money off of it without lifting a finger. Everything was relatable so I had to talk about it in a record. Basically, the chorus is dedicated to the users and the verses are for the dealers (haha).
FRENDY: When can we hear more sounds from you? Will you be dropping a tape anytime soon?
YF: You’re going to hear more sounds from me shortly. I recorded alot of music within the last two years. I learned to not release all my bangers at once. I’ll drop a full project depending on the reception of my forthcoming singles.
This past weekend, the artist formerly known as Christopher Breaux made such a cannonball splash in the music industry pool we almost forgot there were other honorable sonic compilations released.
Tory Lanez is certainly not to be forgotten due to his unstoppable run of dropping banger after banger throughout the year. On Friday, the multi-talented crooner unleashed his much anticipated debut album entitled, "I Told You." The project truly captures Tory's rise from being a homeless artist to rap royalty candidate.
Last year when Frank Ocean randomly proclaimed he had "two versions" of Boys Don't Cry, we had no idea if he was talking about his much-anticipated album or new magazine. The answer to such lingering question has finally been solved as the Channel Orange crooner unleashes two varieties of his latest sonic compilation in the form of Endless, a visual album, and Blond, the actual LP.
Frankie (Tyler always calls him that so why can't I?) celebrated the release of the 17-track project by not only releasing the music video for one of its singles, "Nikes," (Nike better cut that man a check) but also revealed the information of Pop up shops located in Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles that carried his Boys Don't Cry magazine, which included the physical copy of Blond inside. The best part of it all is that it was given away for Free.99!!
I'm tight I didn't get to the shop on time, but hopefully most of you reading this post are caressing a copy of the booklet right now. In any case, check out the compelling video for "Nikes" below. Also, don't forget to purchase Blond on Itunes. We waited this long for the album, so theres no other choice but to indulge in it!
Last month, Logic surprised us all with the Bobby Tarantino mixtape right before departing on the road with G Eazy forThe Endless Summer Tour.
The project includes 11 bumping tracks, which are all produced by the lyrical assasin himself and 6ix. He recently dropped a new visual for one of my favorite cuts off the tape called "Super Mario World." It features Logic and a dude stuffed in a super mario costume having a blast: performing on boats, basketball court and private jet.
The industry's top Hip Hop/Pop artists have taken a certain liking into making merch which can pass off as actual high-end designer pieces. Kanye West is certainly included in that particular sonic/wardrobe A-team, but in usual Yeezus fashion, Ye has elevated the stakes by transforming his Pablo pop-up shop into a world-wide phenomenon.
Mr. West recently revealed the exciting news via Twitter, where he also provided a link that leads to the showing of where the shops will be opening around the world.
If you're interested in adding more tats (cool way to say "stamps" for you old heads) on your passport while copping some very rare I Feel Like Pablo apparel, simply click HERE for more details.
YG has teamed up with Drake once more to deliver another bouncy west coast cut titled, "Why You Always Hatin? " featuring Kamaiyah.
The two hitmakers couldn't of released a better song together as they each face their own battles against "haters" within and outside of the industry. The single's video features the ballerific brothers talk their talk in helicopters and swerving lambos.
Real talk, if someone had the slightest inclination to make a biopic on me, I would certainly chime in and suggest that Eli Sostre is the perfect maestro to curate it's soundtrack.
The 24-year-old Brooklyn bred crooner has built a solid fanbase by producing a slew of tantalizing ghostly tunes for his right hand man Amir Obe.Now,Sostre is all ready for a bigger spotlight as he unleashes his debut EP, Still Up All Night.
The project possesses Eli's usual moody R&B aesthetic that we all love. Sit back, relax and indulge in the sonic wonder below:
Super producer Stwo partnered up with frequent OVOcollaborators Amir Obe and Daniel Caesar to create an ambient sonic masterpiece coined "Fill The Void."
The Parisian beatmaker is widely known for his epic fusion of moody electronic and Hip Hop sounds, which is why Drake's right-hand man Noah "40" Shebib scooped him right up to work. The addition of Amir and Daniel truly enhances the potency of Stwo's latest track due to their one of a kind cadence.
Tory Lanez has delivered a new banger in the form of "Flex."
The New Toronto head honcho's latest tune serves as the perfect soundtrack for those who are balling on their ex or anyone in general that sh*tted on them. You can find the cut on Tory's forthcoming debut album,I Told You, which is slated to drop on August 19th.
Recently, Pras sat down with VLAD TVto reflect on the come up of his former legendary Hip Hop groupThe Fugees.
The "business man" of the trio spilled insightful information on his decision to skip Yale for music, the group's lost 4th member, selling only 12 copies of their first album, inevitable success and much more.
Check out my fellow Haitian brother's two part interview below:
On Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Shotta Spence held a listening party at Reed Space for his debut project, Upfall. Shame on you if you weren’t in attendance because the 20 year old New Jersey bred spitter surely proved that his passion for rapping isn’t a mere gimmick.
A mélange of Spence’s hometown friends and exuberant new fans filled Jeff Staple’slower east side inferno. Unfortunately, the store’s cooling system was down but that didn’t stop Shotta’s real supporters from turning up.
The Ear Drummer affiliate’s mixtape boasts 15 original tracks, which are all produced by an assortment of outstanding beatmakers. Spence’s awesome story-telling ability and melodic flow compliments the instrumentals greatly, making his very first effort into the hip-hop scene a commendable one.
I recently sat down with the rising star to discuss the inner workings of Upfall and plans of leaving his mark in the game. Check out our conversation below:
FRENDY: I’ve known you for about 8 years through BAPE. I truly didn’t know music was a passion of yours until you pleasantly surprised me with a freestyle at the shop, one year before my 2015 departure. When did your love of rhyming actually come about?
SHOTTA SPENCE: I’ve been writing poetry since middle school and I started fucking around rapping in high school with my track teammates. I gave up on recording music sometime during high school and devoted more time to track and making clothes, but I continued to write throughout college whenever I had to get shit off my chest.
FRENDY: What propelled you to take the craft seriously?
SHOTTA SPENCE: When I was growing up I used to really look up to my boy Chino who was a rapper and like the flyest dude in my town. He was shot and killed in 2012 and that shit really pushed me to turn up with everything art-related that I was pursuing. Fast forward to 2014, I was in college struggling to keep my grades up while still designing, modeling, styling, doing whatever I could to get my name out there while looking for places to record. I was desperate to find a path out of school because I wasn’t going to last four years in that bitch. So school was fucking me up and then boom, I meet Mike Will while styling a Rae Sremmurd video. This was around my 19th birthday, which is how old Chino was when he passed, and I looked at it as a sign. I remember thinking, “you wanna do music? Here’s yo chance.”
FRENDY: Initially, Fashion was your creative outlet. You built your very own "Spencer Lee" clothing line from the ground up, and even modeled for brands like PUMA and Yeezy. Was it hard to leave behind your budding career in the fashion industry to fully concentrate on being an artist?
SHOTTA SPENCE: It wasn’t hard at all because music is really what I wanted to do. I viewed everything as stepping stones though. Doing all of the other shit helped me meet the right people and grow as a creative all around. What was hard though was leaving all of the people that I had been building with in order to focus more on my self.
FRENDY: What’s the inspiration behind the name of your very first sonic compilation?
SHOTTA SPENCE: The project is about greed, grinding selfishly and how it can cause you to lose sight of what you truly stand for. It’s also about how death can humble you and remind you of what’s really important, like the friends, family and hometown that’s supported you since day one. The project is really a story of falling off of my prideful throne and thinking it was my downfall, but realizing in the end it brought me closer to the things that really matter. Now I'm truly “up”. Also pay attention to all the times I say “fall” or “up” during the project.
FRENDY: The rollout for Upfall was executed flawlessly. It’s quite an impressive feat for a rapper who seemingly fell from the sky. How long did it take you to fully complete the project?
SHOTTA SPENCE: I can’t really say. From 2015 to now I was just writing and recording nonstop and these are the ones that fit together for the project. Most of the records on Upfall were made in 2015 and a few were made this year.
FRENDY: How did your relationship with Mike Will Made-It come about? Was he helpful in the process of developing your debut?
SHOTTA SPENCE: I met him while styling the Rae Sremmurd “Up Like Trump” music video. I got that opportunity from Max Hliva, the video director for Ear Drummers, who went to the same high school as me. At the shoot I remember meeting Mike and how we clicked from our first conversation. I remember him saying “damn you remind me of a young version of me bruh.” I was showing him all the clothes I put on Sremm for the video and explaining how I handmade most of my shit. So from that point on he knew me as a creative and he was bringing me with them to all the shows in NY while they were out there. Through Mike I met Aubz, who is the Eardrummer A&R and now my manager. One night in the club we were all twisted and Aubz caught me drunk freestyling and was like, "bro you should be an artist.” Nobody really knew that I was already making music then. I didn’t even tell Mike until one day he called me singing one of the songs I had did over a beat Aubz sent me. I was so gassed cus I remember when he called I was recording in my boy’s basement like “damn how can we make some shit good enough to show Mike.” Since then I just been going in and developing myself as an artist and I always look to Mike for his opinion and guidance on whatever I make. I wanted to do my first project on my own, so me and Mike don’t have any songs on Upfall, but I definitely soaked up a lot of knowledge and sauce just being around Mike and observing how he move and how he creates. I wouldn’t have been able to level up my music if I never met Mike.
FRENDY: Where did you find all of the talented producers featured on the tape?
SHOTTA SPENCE: Ducko Mcfli (White Collar), Childish Major (Hot Head/Momma’s Boy), Mike Larrry (Up) and Von Vuai (September) I met in Atlanta through Aubz. I never actually met Murphy Kid (What’s the Word, Nothing 2 Lose) but I got those beats from him through Aubz as well. Me and Kakuyon (Throne, All the Wrong Things) been close friends since elementary school and we ran track together in high school. I’ve also been close friends with Mohntra (Big Body, Getcha Own, Our Glass) since elementary school. All of the producers are ill and I can’t thank them enough for working with me. Producers are often under-appreciated and they deserve as much credit as the artist, if not more.
FRENDY: What was your favorite track to make and why?
SHOTTA SPENCE: Probably September. I made it on Chino’s death anniversary (9/27) so I really felt it while I was making it.
FRENDY: Describe your particular sound in one word.
SHOTTA SPENCE: Spirits.
FRENDY: What are you planning to do now since you finally released Upfall? Already working on a new project?
SHOTTA SPENCE: Yeah just working on the next projects. Other than that I’m gonna get some videos done for Upfall.
FRENDY: I am proud of the man you are becoming. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
SHOTTA SPENCE: Making better music, traveling, winning awards, packing out stadiums, putting my friends and family in great positions, doing charity work and continuing to work on my craft.
The first trailer for "The Get Down," was presented back in January without any information indicating it's official release date. I was beginning to lose hope on the promising Baz Luhrmann directed episodic, but after a whopping 7 months, sources have finally revealed that the show will premiere August 12th on Netflix.
Nas is executive producing the 1970s hip hop coming of age story, while thriving Oakland Rapper and Actor Daveed Diggs (currently on the broadway play 'Hamilton') will serve as the musical drama's narrator.
In "No Flockin," Kodak Black revealed that he was a healthy kid due to his steady intake of "broccoli." Recently, D.R.A.M also expressed his infatuation with the pretty green bud by making an entire song after it!
Rightfully titled, "Broccoli", the upbeat banger features the self proclaimed king of the youth, Lil Yachty, as they both go back and forth spitting out playful, yet potent bars.
Check out the single's Nathan R. Smith and Hidji Films directed clip below:
"Girl you're not nice, you're rude!" All the fellas will spew out those very words when they get denied by a bad ting during the remainder of summer 2016.
PartyNextDoor took the phrase to new heights of dissapointment in his new island vibed tune, "Not Nice." Party croons about the agony caused by his significant other stating, "want me to feel like I'm new, want me to watch you do you." Fortunately, all it takes to diffuse the situation is a good ol' dry humping session on the dance floor (haha).
PND's P3 album is slated to drop exclusively onApple Music on July 29th and everywhere else August 12th. For now, indulge in his latest chune below:
G.O.O.D things comes to those who wait, so Desiigner took it upon himself to finally unleash his much anticipated single, "Timmy Turner," produced by maestro extraordinaire Mike Dean.
Not too long ago, the Brooklyn showman bamboozled the world by showcasing a fan illustration that was believed to be the sought after single's artwork. Most likely, DONDA wasn't having it and decided to take a more sophisticated approach for the tune's cover art.
As always, Mike Dean flexed on the production tip, providing an eargasm from the perfectly tuned synths and bass.
Listening to this song while writing an article is such a bad idea because all I end up doing is grooving back and forth, without accomplishing my main goal.
The funky track that I'm referring to is Domo Genesis' sonic creation titled, "Dapper," which featuresXXL 2016Freshman Anderson .Paak. Last night, the musically inclined pair performed the hit on Jimmy Kimmel Live with nothing but smiles!
For the first time in his short yet admirable career, Post Malone sat down face to face with Zane Lowe to discuss growing up as a loner, his eclectic style of music, working with Bieber, and forthcoming debut album,Stoney.
Back in May, I attended the White Iverson's August 26mixtape release party and informed you guys about a fiery track he has with hisPurposeTourconfidant. The club banger, coined "Déjà Vu," was not featured on the aforementioned compilation, but Post did reveal to Zane that it will be added on his upcoming project. I truly can't wait to swag out to that one again!
After a heated argument with your shorty, she usually goes missing for a couple of days, maybe even a few weeks (yup, it happened to me too). There's really no clear method of properly breaking the ice to inquire about her whereabouts, but I truly believe what I'm about to present will do the trick.
Khalid, an incredibly gifted 18 year old crooner from Texas, released a song 2 months ago that'll mend any broken relationship. Titled, "Location," the tender hearted track is produced by an array of awesome beatmakers- which includes Syk Sense and Tunji Ige, with additional production by Smash David.
Check out the vibes below and most importantly, share it with your boo so she can come back home!
Kudos to Soundcloud for allowing me to find this talented artist. Russ is a lyricist from Atlanta who is consistently putting out self-produced blazing tracks on the world wide web, and this tune I'm about to present from him will surely have you yearning for more.
"What They Want," was released last fall by the melodic spitter, but its addicting sounds will have you jamming like it dropped in the thick of summer '16.
Dj Drama delivers a riveting new single in the form of "Boyz In The Hood," featuring rap heavyweights Pusha T and Meek Mill.
Ty Dolla $ign was appointed to deliver a smooth pastoral hook on the tune, which talks about escaping life's grittiest situations and eventually coming out on top beaming.
Unfortunately, Drama will not be adding this encouraging cut to his forthcoming album Street Quality Music 2 due to legal issues. The project's first official single, "Wishing," featuring Chris Brown, Skeme, Lyquin is steadily climibing the Billboard charts.
The Gangsta Grillz DJ sure has another successful compilation in his hands just from hearing these two songs alone. Look out for its release on July 22.