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2 Much Cash – [TLE Petty] x [Lil Jairmy]

Bessemer, AL’s TLE Petty recently connected with Houston native Lil Jairmy (which is now Jairmy’s second collaboration with the TLE camp after Jairmy and Cinco’s song “Trap Motivation” came out earlier this summer) for a new visual for their joint track “2 Much Cash.” This is easily one of my favorite tracks yet from TLE Petty who has quietly but steadily built a following of his own and is widely attributed to originating the distinct flow that TLE Cinco popularized before him, leading many to refer to their almost Alabama-drill sound if you will as the ‘TLE flow’ rather than Cinco in particular. Lil Jairmy is on a hot streak of his own and is well on his way to being on the top-tier pedestal of Houston artists and has been rapidly climbing his city’s ranks all of 2020 and he skated on his feature with his very unique voice that has endeared him to many and made him a natural favorite for southern listeners. I am excited to see what both of these artists have in store for the rest of the year and beyond and hope to see the pair collaborate again in the future.

5x – [CTG DayDay]

Birmingham, AL is one of the hottest rap cities in one of the country’s most overlooked yet talent-rich states but most of the city and scene’s buzz to this point has come off the back of the distinctly trap style with almost drill-like elements first truly originated by TLE Cinco and while Birmingham’s throwed-off and up-tempo style is certainly earning them more and more fans every day, the city has lacked some on the melodic side of things, or so I thought, until I was fortunate across to stumble upon CTG DayDay, who I first checked out after his TLE Cinco featuring track “Don’t Mean to Be Cocky” dropped only a couple of weeks ago, but his new song “5x” is one of my favorites to come out of Alabama all month. DayDay has an incredible voice and has been the beneficiary of quite a bit of innate musical ability it seems and his swagger and confidence that he carries himself with makes his music all the more entertaining, and in some ways even vocally reminds me of Kevo Muney who is slowly but surely becoming recognized as the top artist in Memphis. CTG DayDay has all the talent in …

Julius Erving – [EBE Savage]

EBE Savage is the latest artist in a long but relatively recent list of new rappers to be bubbling up in Alabama’s largest city and the teenage Birmingham native is here to prove that while he might be younger than many of his musical peers, his music certainly has the veracity and intensity to captivate the attention and imaginations of listeners, while still having all of the youthful swagger and enthusiasm that draws youthful viewers by the thousands to his videos. His tracks “Savage” and “4 AM” were his two standout tracks up until he recently teamed up with Krispy Kam to bring his turnt-up track “Julius Erving” to life. This is yet another addition to Birmingham producer Taz’s loaded catalog of Alabama hits. Savage delivers each line with a particular vigor that lets you know that he really means every single word he spits. EBE Savage has all of the God-given ability to be the next rapper to really take off from the ‘Ham and it will likely only be a matter of time until he is mentioned alongside larger artists like TLE Cinco or Lil Bam but I have a feeling that he will manage to hang around …

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 …

Racks 2 Skinny – [Migos]

Even though certain members of Migos have been flourishing while attempting to branch off and make music individually, I personally don’t think they’re ever as good without each other. Every member brings something different to the table, whether it’s their own unique style, delivery, uncharacteristic aesthetic, or anything else that you might include when discussing the supergroup. In recent years, it has seemed as if they’re stressing the importance of their solo careers over their group, but within the past couple of weeks, they’ve come back with a slew of new music. The first one came out on Cinco de Mayo, and I thought it was just going to be a novelty for the holiday, but they’re back with a brand-new track entitled “Racks 2 Skinny” as well as a music video for the fresh song. It begins with some very evocative chimes and bells, chattering percussion, and powerful drums. Takeoff begins the song with his verse, and he annunciates his words in a much more clear and understandable fashion than we’ve typically heard before. This is impressive because normally he speaks so quickly that he has no choice but to mash his words together in order to stay on …

Cinco De Money 5 – [Ty Money]

Ty Money is an artist out of Chicago who has been putting on for the city for some years now, and a couple of days back he released his brand new project titled “Cinco De Money 5”. I was eager to see what this one was all about when I sat down to listen to it this morning, it’s a pretty long tracklist coming in at fifteen tracks, but you wouldn’t even be able to tell as you listen because each song flowed seamlessly into each other to make it feel like one long story which I enjoyed. I liked all of these songs and especially enjoyed a handful of them, but if I had to pick a favorite record, I’d say either the hard-hitting “RockaFella” or the melodic “Whateva”. Check out this brand new tape to get in tune with yet another awesome Chicago artist below.

Taco Tuesday- [Migos]

It’s pretty clear that once Migos gained so much traction with their music, they became world renown and a mainstay in the Rap industry. In my own personal opinion, nothing beats their classic music, whether it’s songs that put them on like “Versace”, tracks that proved how talented they truly are like “M&M’s”, or features that they contributed to that truly elevated projects like they did on Travis Scott’s Days Before Rodeo standout song “Sloppy Toppy”. Back during this time, they just seemed the most authentic. Although they still make fantastic music and are clearly more successful than ever currently, they just seem to be gimmicky on certain tracks, which is honestly part of the reason they’ve blown up and received such mainstream recognition, so I can’t blame them one bit. Although it is a bit of a gimmick once again, their latest song “Taco Tuesday” gives us a record to play while celebrating Cinco De Mayo inside during this quarantined holiday. Piercing bass drums, crisp, brisk percussion, and a smooth, electronic-sounding synth provides the framework for the production on this celebratory hit. I was expecting more instruments along the lines of a mariachi band to create the foundation of …

TLE Cinco talks his new album “Self-Conscious,” unique sound, and the current climate of Alabama rap

Thanks much in part to rap’s new national prominence many new regional destinations have emerged as notable hip-hop strongholds and, to me, one of the most intriguing areas that have surfaced is Birmingham, and there is one artist, in particular, that seems to encapsulate the 205 more than his large group of rap counterparts. TLE Cinco hails from Bessemer, AL, which is a city to Birmingham’s southwest that has been known to the world as a football factory rather than a major outpost for rap talent, but that seems subject-to-change as Truck Load Entertainment begins to unite Bessemer under their banner. The regional nature of rap has always been one of my favorite aspects to the genre and one of the great things that an art form as open and devoid of limitations like hip-hop is the consequential localization of trends, words, styles, and even sounds have become inextricably linked to different regions and neighborhoods because of different sonic metonymies brought about by that particular area’s local artists who help craft an identity for the place they’re from and broadcast it to the world through their music. For years music has been an outlet for expression that has allowed artists …