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Hall of Fame – [Young Dolph]

Whenever an artist passes away, fans come out in droves to show support for the incredible impact they made during their time here on Earth. It doesn’t matter if they were an underground phenom, a bonafide superstar, or someone who just genuinely made a difference in the music industry because regardless of their status, they meant something to listeners and fellow artists. When news broke that Young Dolph was taken from this planet way before he was ever meant to late last year, the impact was felt from coast to coast and beyond. I was always a fan and supporter of the Memphis legend, but I didn’t realize just how influential he was until this tragic day came, but it makes me happy knowing that he can look down on his supporters knowing that we’re keeping his legacy alive and well. One of the countless head-turning impacts he made was the formation of his label Paper Route Empire, a label that has grown strong and has thrived since its inception, and to celebrate what would have been Dolph’s 37th birthday today, they released his first posthumous single “Hall of Fame”, a fitting song name for the iconic emcee. Bandplay produced …

Yellow Tape 2 – [Key Glock]

One of the hottest rappers out of Memphis has returned with a sequel to his 2020 Mixtape Yellow Tape. Since Glock has signed with Young Dolph Paper Route Empire, his music has been releasing more consistently and he is gaining more exposure. Yellow Tape gave us straight bangers, but with beats from BandPlay, Buddah Bless, Tay Keith, and others, Yellow Tape 2 is no exception. Glock’s previous projects indicate that he doesn’t need features to make his album. Ever since his 2017 Glock Season mixtape, his wordplay does the talking time after time. “The young Memphis MC wants his props to come from what he says in the booth and not who he can get to come to the studio.” His album description states. This is a very unique thing for me to see from such a popular artist right now. It’s very common for artists to collaborate with one another, and gain more exposure for their songs. However, this allows me to appreciate Glock even more as an independent artist. “When you see yellow tape, you know what it means— caution, beware, something dumb happened, something about to happen. But I’m letting you know it’s still yellow tape— this …

Poppin It – [Kenny Muney]

Over the past year or two, artists have been popping up from all over the map, and many of them are starting to carve out lanes of their own even if they’re not necessarily from a classically recognized Hip-Hop or Rap hub. Places like Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, and many others are quickly becoming new destinations for rappers to blow, and although LA, NYC, and ATL will always be recognized as the main Rap cities, they’re clearly not the only Rap cities that exist. Most recently, I was put onto rapper Kenny Muney from Memphis which is another music town that is beginning to rapidly make its way back into the spotlight that it once had so many years ago. He signed to Paper Route EMPIRE which includes names like Young Dolph and Key Glock, and he is rapidly becoming one of the faces of the labels with every new release. Earlier today, Kenny decided to drop off a brand-new single for his song “Poppin It” which was produced by Bandplay, and while the song is already amazing, the video simply makes it that much better. Opening up on a shot of Kenny fast asleep on an airport chair, …

Large Amount – [Young Dolph]

Young Dolph can be considered a legend to some people due to his consistent output over the many years of his career. While he’s clearly abundantly successful, I find it weird that I’m still relatively unfamiliar with the Tennessee talent even though he has played a role in various hits throughout the years. After doing some digging, I realized he was actually born in Chicago and was cousins with the dearly departed Juice WRLD, so it turns out that this really is a small world in a lot of ways. Back in August, Dolph released his album Rich Slave, a project where he shares his own rags to riches story while also focusing on the struggles that African Americans can face while trying so hard to move up in the world. Although I definitely have to go back and listen to this project all the way through beyond the hit singles, Dolph announced that the deluxe version is arriving this Friday, and fans are on the edge of their seats with anticipation. Along with this announcement, Dolph decided to drop off a brand-new single entitled “Large Amount” as well as a music video to accompany it. As for the song …

On The Way: Bandplay discusses what he thinks the Nashville rap scene needs, his timeless sound, collaborations with Key Glock and Young Dolph, and why COVID-19 hasn’t slowed him down one bit.

The roots of American music lie firmly within the church, from arrangement and song structure to the actual vocalization and harmony that comes with a big choir or assembly and frankly it is Black churches that can be credited with much of this innovation that is certainly the backbone to entire genres like blues or even rock ‘n roll, but increasingly I have heard more and more rap producers claim that before they ever thought about downloading Fruity Loops they began their music-making journeys in the church and this is quite evident in the actual subsequent sound of the music although the instruments are completely different. Columbia, Tennessee native Bandplay whose “Let the Band Play” or “Ayo Bandplay,” more recently, beat tag has become synonymous with the Memphis rap sound that has been purveyed by Key Glock and Young Dolph and slowly but surely Band has transformed himself from being one of the most notable producers in his region to being the true architect of one of the most timeless sounds in rap music. Now when you picture Bandplay’s upbringing making music in the church and in school you are probably assuming he was a drummer from a young age …

Flight Risk – [Trapperman Dale]

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.