I have been waiting to write this article for some time now, and it truly pains me that I have not been able to write about Fredo Ruthless more during my time as a blogger, but unfortunately, the Jackson, TN native and Nashville transplant has been incarcerated for over a year now on charges ranging from possession-with-intent to murder, and regrettably, this tense legal situation has largely halted Fredo’s music career which saw his single “Drug Addict” be the first track to organically reach over a million views from a Nashville artist in quite some time. However, his musical hiatus recently ended with his new single “Smoke With Everybody,” produced by MoneyTree615. It is rare to be gifted with a new, never before heard track from Ruthless, as he has struggled with nearly all of his music being leaked from jail and even his unreleased snippets have become some of the most popular local songs in his city. We can only hope that Fredo’s legal luck will soon change and I sincerely hope that he will get out soon so he can bless Nashville with even more music.
Pasto Flocco is back with a new visual, this time for his sanguine and melodic new track “McLovin,” produced by HolyOne, and the Queens native shines in this video, exhibiting all of the swagger and charisma that first endeared him to his ever-increasing youthful audience and above all else it is plain to see that Pasto is enjoying every step of the way in his career. This happy-go-lucky tune is the first single off of Flocco’s upcoming mixtape Dreams 2 Reality which is slated for release sometime this summer, and if “McLovin” is any indicator of what to expect off of the new project then it is safe to say that we are all in for a treat. In this day and age, most rappers have pivoted to focusing on what ‘vibe’ they can create with their music, rather than giving explicit meaning and Pasto Flocco has a full grasp on this and creates these moods in his tracks masterfully, this time with his devil-may-care cut that is certain to be a summertime anthem to many.
MoneyPkwy is the latest in a long line of Atlanta rappers to explode onto the city’s scene with a memorable and catchy visual and his track “Get Cash” is easily one of the better introductions that I have had to an artist in recent memory. At only one-minute and twenty-two seconds “Get Cash” is certainly a quick taste of Pkwy’s style and distinct flow and he has one of those rare voices that is just obviously meant to grace a microphone and I am very excited to see what else MoneyPkwy has in his bag. Atlanta is churning out new rappers at a feverish pace and while it is sometimes hard to keep all of these artists straight, it is quite remarkable just how much musical talent can come from one place.
Birmingham, AL rapper GBF DaDa returns with a new mixtape titled Death of Me that is simultaneously grimy while also maintaining a level of both emotional introspection and southern-drawl laced melodies. The title track is aggressive in nature but this is juxtaposed by DaDa’s velvety and impassioned vocals, all while preaching streetwise lyrics about murder and loss. He tapped his GBF collaborator, GBF King, to feature on track four “Done Deal” who supplies a bellicose guest verse alongside DaDa who carries the track with his catchy chorus. “Deep In” is one of the most transparent songs off of the record, lamenting losses taken in the streets and in his personal life, and Death of Me ends with uplifting and rousing “Heal Me” which was one of the most well-written cuts from the record. I was very impressed with this mixtape and I am eager to see what GBF DaDa has up his sleeve next.
West Nashville MC Trapperman Dale is back with a new mixtape titled Flight Risk that per usual continues Dale’s string of releases that are packed with lyrical treats and grimy streetwise bars that only get more creative and specific as time goes on. His production on this record stayed within his typical wheelhouse of producers, having beats come from the likes of Nashville icons such as Greedy Money and Bandplay who have both helped Dale find and hone his sound over the past four years since he burst onto the scene with his Fidale Castro release. This is yet another lyrically dense full-length release from Trapperman Dale and he has simultaneously been a model of both consistency and excellent wordplay that requires unwavering attention to detail and continually prove Dale’s trap prowess, spitting bars that are sure to go over-heads if you aren’t paying attention.
East Nashville natives Ganz and Lil Queze of Street Konnected Everywhere (or SKE) recently unloaded their highly anticipated debut mixtape Most Wanted that is aptly titled considering their quickly expanding fanbase has been begging them for the project for months now. The duo has risen to this level of local celebrity and regional relevance through a consistent and prolific manner in which they drop music videos, continually feeding the streets with new tracks that have stayed on repeat within the city for over a year now. “Way Bigger” is one of my favorite cuts off of this album and I have known that would be the case since the snippet first surfaced. Another memorable track was “Klout Khasers” which preluded the mixtape with a single and video, but both artists gave two of their best verses on the entire project, as well as “Jungle” where the pair go back and forth, trading bars in their now distinctive manner. The bulk of the production on Most Wanted came from Smokey Hendrix and DJ Chill, with other contributions from Krash Max, FF Tana, and others and remained largely consistent with most of the beats that they have hopped on in the past. The mixtape comes to …
Nashville is heating up faster than ever and recently Sosa Bin Laden was the latest young Tennesseean to stake his claim for the city’s throne, which is still without question up for the taking. His new BornWinner BJ directed visual for his track “Glock Talk” is an aggressive and charismatic introduction to an artist who clearly is not short on swagger or intimidation and this song has a particularly raw energy to it that is almost reminiscent to watching a basketball player who can naturally jump out of the gym learn to play in a motion-offense, and I am very, very excited to watch Sosa Bin Laden continue to develop as an artist and find his role within Nashville’s emerging scene.
East Atlanta’s YS is back with a new eight-track mixtape titled Big Yop which is the latest drop in a string of recent releases that have started to elevate the Zone Six native from a locally known talent to one of the heir-apparents in the city to garner the coveted title of “next up.” YS’s flow is distinctive and his voice is unique and above everything else, it is obvious that he is really enjoying himself and truly having fun making his music, which is an absolutely infectious trait to have. Big Yop ought to be YS’s introduction to the greater-Atlanta scene and it is only a matter of time until his name spreads even further.