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Watch Key!’s New Documentary With The FADER

KEY!, otherwise known as FatManKey, is one of the most influential figures in rap right now. For a decade and counting, he’s remained prolific in the hip-hop conversation not only as one of the genre’s best A&Rs (Post Malone, 21 Savage, and Playboi Carti are amongst the discoveries on his resume), but also as an originator of just about every popular style you’ve heard over the past 10 years or so. Somehow and some way, the rap world always traces back to KEY!, and today, The FADER has done a noble job of championing this influence with their latest mini-doc, KEY! – Spectacular, Immaculate. Nodding to a line off of “It Gets Better” — my personal favorite cut off of the acclaimed project 777 — the title of the video is a perfect reflection of KEY!’s effortlessly cool demeanor. Even if he’s not the one running up the charts and dominating the spotlight, KEY! always seems to gravitate toward the best, if not most important, events going on in rap, and it all stems back to his endless creativity and easily-lovable personality. No one does it quite like Atlanta’s own, and tracking KEY!’s 2018 journey from Atlanta all the way to NYC for …

Watch Young Nudy’s New Interview With Complex

Young Nudy has risen to stardom over the past year or so with his wildly distinct voice and rare flows, and has found himself working with legends like Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, 21 Savage, and J. Cole, just to name a few. His latest project Sli’merre is a joint project with legendary ATL producer Pi’erre Bourne. This interview with Complex becomes quite interesting, because though usually, Nudy is not one of many words, they’re able to get him comfortable in front of the camera and touch on some well-thought and intriguing questions that let the viewer know the hilarious and genuine Young Nudy a little more on his trek to the top. Some interesting questions asked include how he goes about creating concepts in his songs, does he write songs, how he came to work with Pi’erre, why a lot of his songs have food in the title, and what music inspires him to create. Nudy then finishes out the interview talking about his viral leak, “Pissy Pamper/Kid Cudi” that he collaborated with Playboi Carti on. Be sure to watch the interview below!

Believe It – [Doneze]

Life has not always been easy for up and coming African-Canadian rapper Doneze. The 20-year old artist moved from Nigeria to Calgary, Canada in hopes of escaping the brutal violence going on in his home country. Shortly after arriving, Doneze found inspiration in his surroundings and began making music. After receiving nods of approval from Migos, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty for his 2017 single, ‘Dab Fashion,’ Doneze is back with new music. Doneze is in his bag with his newest single, ‘Believe It.’ His melodic efforts combined with the romantic and emotional piano chords produced by Deemarc, will have any listener in their bag as well. Additionally, lyrics such as, ‘I tried to tell them that I was gon’ make it out, they told me I was dreamin, man they love to doubt,’ and ‘It was just yesterday I was starvin,’ gives listeners a real insight of what it means to come from the dirt. With a bright future ahead, Doneze is just getting started. Words by Barry R

Sli’merre – [Young Nudy] [Pi’erre Bourne]

Wow. After anxiously waiting for a few weeks, the day has come — Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s highly-anticipated collaborative effort, Sli’merre, was finally released at 12 PM EST earlier today. Considering the excitement behind this project thanks to the two singles, “Mister” alongside 21 Savage and “Extendo” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, I wasn’t sure how well the project would live up to the larger-than-life expectations. However, being that it already received an 8.0 review on Pitchfork and considering the overwhelmingly positive reactions from fans on social media, it’s easy to tell that Nudy and Pi’erre’s long-awaited effort went far above and beyond what anyone could have expected. 12 tracks long and stacked with star-studded features including 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby, this project takes Nudy’s chilling street storytelling and brings it into an entirely new world of status and sound. Pi’erre Bourne’s otherworldly production style seamlessly complements the legendary cast of characters on the album, and further, the electrifying presence of Nudy’s oddball vocals and malleable flows makes for a perfect concoction of melodic, transcendent sounds that you can’t help but love. So far, I’m two listens deep into the project, but I can already …

Extendo – [Young Nudy] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

Just recently, Young Nudy blessed fans with two highlight moments of 2019 — the first, a surprise mixtape entitled Faded in the Booth, and the second, one of my favorite songs of the year and the lead single off of Slim’erre, “Mister” featuring 21 Savage. Today, Nudy is back, and he’s ready to make a splash yet again with the latest Slim’erre single, “Extendo” alongside Lil Uzi Vert. Considering how high Pi’erre and Nudy set the bar with “Mister,” I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from the second single off of the project, but needless to say, the all-star combo impressed yet again. Between the ominous, almost disorienting direction of the melodies and the song’s remarkably mesmerizing sound, “Extendo” keeps things exciting and unique, all the while dropping some of my favorite work from Nudy and Uzi, alike. Each of the two works perfectly alongside one another, and what better producer for this momentous occasion than the legend himself, Pi’erre Bourne. “Extendo” is yet another reason why Slim’erre is gearing up to be one of the best projects of the year, so don’t sleep. Check this one out below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by Pi’erre Bourne

Mister – [Young Nudy] ft. [21 Savage]

Okay. Hold up, I need to take a breath here. So not only did Young Nudy just bless us with a surprise mixtape, Faded in the Booth, that ended up becoming one of my favorite projects of the year over the past few days, but now, he’s back again? And not only is he back, but he brought out Pi’erre Bourne and 21 Savage for the occasion? I truly can’t comprehend how fast Young Nudy is headed to the top right now, but thankfully his brand new single, “Mister,” will do all the talking. Being that Pi’erre is the one behind the boards here, “Mister” is of course supplied with some classic Pi’erre Bourne flute-sampling production but with a twist, and an enthralling, soulful one, at that. It mixes in an uplifting vocal sample and a triumphant allure, and the result is probably the most exciting production I’ve heard all year. Per usual, Pi’erre is not on another level than everyone else — he’s on an entirely different world, and “Mister” is a perfect example of how special he truly is as a producer. Beyond this, the real magic of “Mister” is shown in the way that Nudy and 21 Savage balance …

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …

Watch The Dream’s brand new interview with Power 106 LA

The Dream is a living legend so when I see a new interview featuring him I pay the upmost attention, and the good people over at Power 106 LA gave us exactly that. You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of subjects such as some of the biggest hit records that he has ever written, his big break, going back to his hometown, releasing a project with forty tracks on it, his single “No Rappers Allowed”, not caring about the king of R&B conversation, his thoughts about the 21 Savage situation, some of the younger artists he likes, winning Grammys, his creative process and so much more. Take a few minutes of your day to watch this brand new conversation below!

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Nights Like This – [Kehlani] x [Ty Dolla $ign]

A couple of hours ago Kehlani blessed her massive fan base with a brand new offering titled “Nights Like This” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. 2019 is looking to be a huge year for Kehlani because many of us are expecting her to release her first album since her debut project SweetSexySavage that dropped back in 2017, and this new single is a promising start for the fans! I don’t think it’s possible for Kehlani to make a bad record, she’s constantly whipping up solid jams one after another and this new joint is certainly no disappointment! Check out her brand new single below via Soundcloud and if you like it be sure to share it with a friend.