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Egregious – [Willie The Kid] x [Evidence]

Willie The Kid is one of my favorite rappers gravitating toward legendary status. I specifically became a fan of Willie in 2019 after hearing Pearls, which is a flawless twenty-track project containing his most prominent guest features to date. Like any other exceptional artist, the conclusion of Pearls prompted me to delve into Willie’s entire discography, which remains in daily rotation. The Grand Rapids, Michigan lyricist is also an entrepreneur with co-ownership in a clothing brand (GRUSA), a music discovery platform (radi8er), and a wine company (Motu Viget Spirits). He also impressively was an executive producer of a recent Langston Hughes documentary titled I Too Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled. Despite having worked with legends such as Nas, Lil Wayne, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Royce Da 5’9, Ka, and more, Willie The Kid simply isn’t mentioned enough alongside his honored peers. However, Willie has never seemed concerned with his lack of praise, which could be a result of his larger ambition(s) in business. Nonetheless, it cannot be overstated that his rap ability is top tier, and deserves to be revered as such. Similar to the Nas’s and Roc Marciano’s, Willie The Kid exudes confidence with elements of signature slickness that cannot be replicated. Every …

A Conversation w/ Kaash Paige: Debut Album ‘Teenage Fever’, Musical Influences, Crafting a Signature Sound & More

“I just got to be myself at all times and always speak about how I’m feeling regardless of how it may come off. You have to be vulnerable in your music at all times.” -Kaash Paige If there’s one thing thats for sure, is that the women are on the rise right now in the music industry. Competing in a world that has been predominately ran by males is something that many have struggled with for a long time. That is, up until this year. In 2020 alone, we have seen many more female rappers and singers emerging and gaining enough momentum to make it onto peoples radars. One of the biggest stars to blossom this year, would undeniably be the Texas-native Kaash Paige. With the success of her ever-so-popular “Love Songs” record blowing up with over 15 million TikTok clips, as well as over 725 million streams, Kaash Paige was destined for success right from the jump. The “Kaash” in her name standing for “Kill All Arrogance–Stop Hatred”, she is one of the youngest R&B stars in the game now that is no stranger to showing the world just how creative she is and can be. Collaborating earlier this …

Money Maker – [2 Chainz] ft. [Lil Wayne]

Considering I’ve been basically obsessed with the newer generation of talented musicians, I sometimes forget that some of the originators and trendsetters within the industry still make music. Although I’m not nearly as familiar with 2 Chainz’s music as I used to be, I still have respect for the Rap veteran because he has undoubtedly paved a way for artists to come in and make a name for themselves. Lil Wayne is obviously a legend as well and he’s included on so many fans’ list of top artists, so he’ll always have respect when he hops on a song no matter what. Clearly, these two talents are no strangers to one another considering they’ve not only collaborated many times in the past, but they even have a collaborative album under their belts in Collegrove. As they gear up for this project’s follow-up sequel, the two reunited to gift fans with a new song called “Money Maker” and an animated lyric video to accompany it. As the beat begins, angelic, proud horns play to create an interesting melody prior to tapping hats, booming drums, and playful xylophone hits entering into the scene progressively. 2 Chainz shows off such a laid back, …

The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady- [Kid Cudi] & [Eminem]

When talking about some iconic names in the world of Rap music, there’s never a discussion that ends without Eminem’s name being mentioned towards the top. He’s clearly a superstar in every single sense of the word and although some people may claim to lean towards his more classic offerings, there’s absolutely no denying that he hasn’t lost his skills or drive whatsoever. As for Kid Cudi, my personal favorite artist, I could go on for days describing my admiration for his music and stylistic choices over the years. Almost everything I’d say would most likely be something that someone else has said before because he’s been talked about so much, so I feel as if I should just get right into this super duo’s brand-new collaborative song entitled “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady”. As the beat begins, there is a mysterious aura that takes over the speakers with tiptoeing synths and the tempo of the track is a bit swifter than expected, which seems to add some determination to the offering. When the drums come in, they almost slow the pace down, but this is the perfect landscape for Kid Cudi to come right in and …

What’s Poppin (Remix )- [Jack Harlow] ft. [Lil Wayne] [DaBaby] & [Tory Lanez]

It’s pretty obvious that as soon as Jack Harlow released the original version of “What’s Poppin” back in January, it was a success right off the bat. Although he had been making bangers for a few years, this was the song that really turned some heads and changed the trajectory of his career. As a fan, I can’t say how happy I am that this was the case because ever since he’s been one of the most consistent artists with regards to putting out hit after hit. His smooth, energetic flows mixed with some bouncy instrumentals and just simply the party vibes that exude from within him all come together on almost every single one of his songs to truly show his star power. Back to “What’s Poppin”, though. When a song like that becomes as massively successful as it did, artists big and small want the chance to grace the beat and see if they can come up with their own rendition to join in on the fun. While there are countless unofficial remixes that have been released independently, legends like Lil Wayne, DaBaby, and Tory Lanez decided to finally join Jack for the official remix, and I don’t …

Without You – [Raff Alpha] x [Leroy Torawno]

Raff Alpha is a hip-hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Being a dual artist and producer, Raff’s signature sound is traditional boom bap and soul. Having performed numerous shows, Raff has opened up for Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Curren$y, R.A. The Rugged Man, Method Man, Redman, Styles P, Dead Prez, Jay Rock, Joyner Lucas, and more. In many ways, Alpha is the epitome of the phrase ‘your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,’ despite owning an underdog status throughout his career. Entirely independent, Raff is a part of the creative talent agency “Project FILO,” while also being the founder of his own record label “Omega Academy.” Including mixtapes, Raff has an impressive six projects in his discography: The Soul Goods, Alpha’s Rhyme Book, Positive Pain, Never Surrender, The Alpha Male EP, and his latest album, Archangel Gabriel, released in 2018. In my opinion, Archangel Gabriel is Raff’s best release to date. While the album is very much a spiritual project, Raff’s traditional old school flows remain. Raff considers this body of work to be his most personal, visualizing each track as separate messages from God. The final track, “Momma Tonya’s Prayer,” is a recorded prayer from Alpha’s mother. Despite the year following being a quiet one for Raff, the Baltimore …

Watch Lil Wayne Interview Dr. Dre

One thing that I love seeing is icons in the culture transition and become greats in other avenues, and that’s exactly what the GOAT Lil Wayne has been doing with his new platform “Young Money Radio”. Lil Wayne has only released about seven interviews up to this point, but they have all been great conversations and it shows just how big this platform could be. Late last night, I found his twenty-minute interview with Dr. Dre, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Lil Wayne the interviewer is that thing that I never knew that I needed, but now that it’s here, I LOVE it. I can only imagine how many great guests Lil Wayne is going to be able to get in the future, I predict that in a few years this will be one of the most prominent interview spaces in the music community. Check out this new conversation below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y0fDcmLbyY

S.O.T.L. – [Ludacris] x [Lil Wayne]

One positive thought from this whole quarantine situation is that people have been finding ways to be creative and to entertain people, and one of my favorite things that have been birthed from this is the Verzuz battles that have been taking place weekly on Instagram Live. We’ve watched some classic matchups so far in the series, one of my favorite being DJ Premier against RZA, but last week we got another great matchup in Ludacris vs Nelly. This was an awesome watch that had me entertained for some hours last Friday, but during a time where Nelly was having some network connection issues, Ludacris decided to fill up some of that idle time with an unreleased record with Lil Wayne & Timbaland, which he ran back at least five times. Many of the viewers in the chat were giving Ludacris some positive feedback about the track, and here we are a week later, as he has just released the track, officially titled “Silence Of The Lambs”. When you hear of a trio such as Ludacris, Lil Wayne, and Timbaland getting together, you know that it’s going to be special. I shouldn’t even have to tell you the damage that …

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

My Turn Deluxe – [Lil Baby]

There are several different ways to describe someone on a hot streak. Comparable to a LeBron James triple double, or a thirty kill-streak on Call of Duty, Lil Baby is undeniably one of, if not the hottest rapper in the game right now. The Atlanta, Georgia native and Quality Control member turned heads when he released his second studio album My Turn in February, with guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 42 Dugg, Young Thug, Gunna, Rylo Rodriguez, and Moneybagg Yo. The chemistry shared between Lil Baby and his chosen features is magnificent like a Lamar Jackson juke. Lil Uzi Vert arguably delivered the most memorable guest verse of the year on “Commercial,” with Lil Baby somehow not being overshadowed on his own part. From “Drip Too Hard,” “Sold Out Dates,” Life Goes On,” and more, it is no secret that Lil Baby and Gunna are a formidable brotherly duo, linking up once more on “Heatin Up.” According to Billboard, in its first week alone, My Turn debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, with a staggering 197,000 album-equivalent units (including just under 10,000 legitimate album sales). Lil Baby is a fascinating artist because he completely understands what he’s best …