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Unbothered – [GStar Juvi]

With mind-numbing consistency and precision the state of Alabama has managed to churn out rap stars in the making one-by-one on an almost weekly basis and this week GStar Juvi is the latest young rapper to throw his name into the Alabama rap conversation and with his new visual for “Unbothered” Juvi makes it clear that while he may not be as well known as many of his contemporaries at this point, he is still every bit as naturally talented as well as not-t0-be-fucked-with. The “Unbothered” instrumental is definitely nothing short of freaky, driven melodically by a chanting sample that borders somewhere between a crying baby and war-cry before cutting out in favor of an uplifting organ flourish that sustains Juvi’s staccato bars. Like most of his other Alabama peers Juvi has an easy knack for punchlines and lyricism in general and while most have been forced to acknowledge the simple turtness of Alabama rap unfortunately their respect in the bars department has been lacking, but hopefully with stars in the making like NoCap, Rylo Rodriguez, and now Big Yavo the artists of this state will receive the flowers they have earned. Keep an eye on GStar Juvi and the …

Carry On – [Livin’ Legend Lausane]

Alabama rap is absolutely on fire right now and the scenes taking place in Mobile and Birmingham are as exciting as anywhere else in the entire country and both are blazing their own trails with unique sounds that are sprinkling influence in nearly every corner of hip-hop right now, from the Big Yavo and TLE Cinco “type-beats” that were originated by Barnotez and BarryAutoo and recently seemingly perfected by Taz and 93 Meexhie, and the instrumental and lyrical innovations that Mobile’s Rylo Rodriguez and NoCap have captivated the industry with. However Alabama’s state capital, Montgomery, which is the home of the state’s first famous rapper, Doe B, who was unforunately murdered in late 2013, has slowly lagged behind in both output and coverage but over the past year I have started to see these tides change, primarily through Livin’ Legend (or LL as we called him in the last article we covered him in) Lausane and Fatt Macc who have energized a youthful audience in Montgomery that is beginning to shine the spotlight that the rest of the state has received over in their direction. Lausane is back with a new video where he really flexes his vocal muscles and …

Miami Heat – [Big Yavo] [Luh Soldier] [Li Heat]

Birmingham, Alabama is on fire right now and much of this uptick in popularity an be attributed to the trio of Big Yavo, Luh Soldier, and most recently Li Heat and these three recently came together for the bouncy and turnt up new track “Miami Heat” and a lavish video on a yacht in Miami to match. Each of them go back and forth trading bars over the Taz produced instrumental, who continues to be in a league of his own production wise at the moment with the perfect thump and tempo for Soldier, Yavo, and Heat to flex their ever-creative punchlines which are exactly what endeared them to Birmingham and beyond initially. I am really excited to watch this trio lead Birmingham into this new decade together and continue to put their city on the map even more firmly then they already have.

007 – [Li Heat]

The viral video pattern in the street rap universe appears, to me at least, to often go something like this. A young kid who is popular in his neighborhood or high school will record a track that will quickly turn to a viral hit amongst his friends and their friends and so on and so forth across their zip-codes and school districts until sometimes as quickly as a week and sometimes as long as several months the artist eventually gets around to shooting the music video and because of it’s local popularity it is not very difficult at all for them to get dozens and dozens of their friends and acquaintances to pour into the video’s set with the type of distinct high energy that can only be produced by teenagers, and in Birmingham, AL where our latest viral video for new artist Li Heat’s track “007,” there is an almost locker-room like energy after a big win amongst Heat and his friends as they shout the lyrics together in unison. This same trend seems to have held true in the case of Li Heat, with some notable differences I am sure, but he is certainly the latest youthful street …

MurdaHam Babies – [Jay Diego] ft. [Big Yavo]

As 2020 rolls on the south continues to tighten their decade-plus vice grip on hip-hop innovation and numerous rich rap scenes across the entire region and in the past year Birmingham, AL has transformed from a city whose music scene was a bit of an afterthought to most outside of Alabama for some time but with the recent surge of TLE Cinco, Luh Soldier, Big Yavo, Lil Bam, and a host of younger artists waiting to make their similar mark Birmingham has firmly implanted itself as one of the very most relevant hip-hop cities in the whole south. In addition to more and more artists popping up from the 205 there also seems to be a distinctive sound developing, centering around a staccato, marching band-like cadence where the artists will hit simplistic yet addicting bars over these instrumentals which are unique for both their tempo and sounds that comprise them. Recently Jay Diego came together with Big Yavo for a new turnt-up song and visual for their track “MurdaHam Babies” which is quickly making its YouTube rounds across the city, picking up more and more steam since it released just over a week ago. Jay Diego sounds right at home …

On God – [Big Yavo]

Birmingham, AL has a new star on the rise as Big Yavo has transformed into one of the most prominent artists in the city after his visual for “No Pen” went viral, climbing almost to nine-hundred-thousand views currently and after this he earned co-signs from arguably Birmingham’s two current biggest rappers, Luh Soldier and TLE Cinco which helped solidify him to both the city and the industry alike. Recently, Yavo unloaded his debut project On God which was a very impressive first release from a rapper who is rapidly building up steam. “Mr. Incredible” is another anthemic banger from Yavo, showing his distinct punchline ability and southern accent which is one of the best combinations imaginable. The LamarcusJ produced “41Loads” features TLE Petty & Cinco which is another bar-packed track from three of Alabama’s finest. Another bright spot is “Vroom” which features fellow Birminghamian Richard So Icey who kind of raps like a more menacing Danny Brown, in the best way possible, and the project finishes with the Luh Soldier featuring “West To Da East” which has my favorite beat on the entire mixtape, courtesy of Young Kros. I am really excited to see what else Big Yavo has in his bag …