Rock the Party – [YBN Nahmir]

Ever since taking the Rap world by storm a couple of years ago, it was clear that YBN Nahmir had an abundance of talent that the world needed to hear. I’ve somewhat lost touch with the Birmingham, Alabama native’s music since he blew up in all honesty, and I think it’s because he’s been relatively quiet recently. His last project was a collaborative effort with his YBN crew members Almighty Jay and Cordae called YBN: The Mixtape, which was released way back in the fall of 2018. Although he’s put out a few singles in the last couple of years, we haven’t received a full project since then, unfortunately. I know he has to be preparing for something big, and although it’s taking a bit of time, I’d rather have the wait be worth it at this point than just have him drop something that isn’t going to be received well. Luckily, Nahmir is back with a new, fast-paced single called “Rock the Party”, and it’s undoubtedly a hit. The production is bass-forward which sets the tone for this brisk banger, including police sirens and retro hits to add some chaotic elements to the instrumental. It sort of has a …

Not for Long, Not for Nothing – [Alphonse] x [Furozh]

Collaborative albums seem to be the trend of 2020 in hip-hop, which I absolutely support. This time, the joint effort is between Alphonse, a Baltimore, Maryland dual artist x producer; and Furozh, a New York producer. Now residing in Mount Vermon, New York, Alphonse previously went by the stage name $keloton. For a throwback, peep Alphonse going over Wu Tang Clan’s classic “7th Chamber” instrumental, featuring Entendre, now famously known as YBN Cordae. Alphonse is comparable to RZA, in the sense that he has prioritized beat making over rapping. However, both RZA and Alphonse are highly capable emcees when gripping the mic, showcasing their lyrical display over similar grimy, lo-fi, boom-bap and soul-filled instrumentals. Alphonse may not yet have the critical acclaim that ‘The Abbot’ has, but the influence is undeniable, and surely something RZA himself would applaud. As for Furozh, along with being a producer, he is the founder of “Off The Scene,” a newly formed collective based in NYC consisting of music producers and artists creating performative spaces for other creatives. The producer is also apart of Inner Ocean Records; a Calgary, Alberta, Canada based platform and collective for emerging artists to release music and visual art. Furozh’s production …

Watch Tyler, the Creator Perform “Earfquake” and “New Magic Wand” at the Grammys

Although Billie Eilish seemed to clean up at the 2020 Grammys this year with all of her nominations and multiple wins, Tyler, the Creator arguably won the night in my eyes. He ended up taking home the best Rap album award for his Critically acclaimed project Igor, which was long-awaited and definitely well-deserved. This was his third nomination after a long and hard-working career, and he beat out so many other great artists like Meek Mill, YBN Cordae, 21 Savage, and Dreamville. Not only did he win this coveted award, but he got to bring some of the magic he created on this record to the stage with his show-stopping performance. Assisted by Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men, the scene opens up with the hit single “Earfquake”. The trio harmonizing together as Wilson takes the soulful lead vocals while they stand around a fire. Although they just sing the hook, the passion and love can be felt in the air. This is short-lived, however, and Tyler begins grunting into the mic as the futuristic synths of “New Magic Wand” begin to fill the room. When the beat drops, Tyler starts going crazy, performing his spastic dance moves all over …

Watch Curren$y’s brand new interview with Drink Champs

Curren$y is one of my favorite rappers out and an OG in the music community, so I always tend to watch his new interviews, but his new interview with Drink Champs might be his best interview to date. NORE & DJ EFN asked Curren$y about plenty of topics including his Jet Life label, how he created his own strain of marijuana, the new generation of rappers, New Orleans, No Limit Records, Kanye West, Cash Money Records, Dame Dash, his cult-like fan base, independent versus working with major label, when he first met Smoke DZA, starting a podcast of his own, YBN Cordae & Shoreline Mafia, New Orleans, owning a burger restaurant, psychedelics, his friendship with Wiz Khalifa, funny stories from Jamaica and so much more. Watch this awesome new interview below!    

YBN Cordae – RNP (feat. Anderson .Paak)

The Anderson .Paak-assisted “RNP” is not only a standout from YBN Cordae’s breakout album The Lost Boy, it’s a musical highlight of 2019. The sharp and funky production, playful lyricism, and unmatched chemistry between Cordae and .Paak makes it a song that deserves all the praise it can get. Luckily, the track is back in the spotlight with some fantastic visuals to accompany it, and just like the song itself, they pull out all the stops for this one. It stars ‘Big Play’ Cordae and ‘Sweet Shot’ Anderson in all their glory, who, throughout the video, prove to be brothers on the street, and on the basketball court. The video follows the two on their quest to the 1975 summer classic championship not only on the court but off the court as well. This truly is quite the production. There are a number of different scenes throughout the video, with various different costumes, all of which are phenomenal. The story depicted here matches the sentiment of the song and really brings a whole new light to the track. It’s truly a blessing to see this video, starring .Paak and Cordae, come to life, due to the infectious and seamless nature of the track, …

Watch Freddie Gibbs on Joe Budden’s Pull Up Series

Freddie Gibbs is a well respected OG in the hip-hop community and has been making some of the best music of his career lately, so when I saw that he sat down with the always great Joe Budden for an interview, I had to tune in. These two spoke for over an hour about things such as when he first started rapping, what he does to keep him in a good mental space, the situation he went through in Austria, his children & striving to be a great father, not losing sleep over accolades, growing up in Indiana, the idea of record labels providing health insurance, going to therapy, YBN Cordae, wanting to become an executive after rap, being a true MC, the legalization of marijuana, his upcoming tour, getting into the acting + podcasting lanes, artists he wants to work with and he touched on what his future looks like. Watch this awesome new conversation below.

Watch YBN Cordae’s interview with Joe Budden

YBN Cordae is one of the best new emcees in the game who is wise beyond his years, so when I peeped that he linked up with the always great interviewer Joe Budden I couldn’t wait to dive into the conversation. These two spoke about quite a few subjects in this interview such as different regions of the country, being raised by his mother & his relationship with his father, his life experience, dropping out of college, having good OG’s, his YBN clique, growing up in Maryland, living in a trailer park at one point, some of his favorite hip-hop collectives inspired him, his partnership with his label, dealing with student loans, mental health, social media, the hip-hop community, what his tour schedule is like, being interested in other business ventures and more! This was a fantastic interview that’s definitely worth the watch, check it out for yourself below!

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Watch YBN Cordae’s brand new interview with The Breakfast Club

YBN Cordae is fresh off of the release of his mighty impressive new album The Lost Boy and has been doing some press to support his tape, but when I saw that he stopped by The Breakfast Club I stopped what I was doing & gave it my upmost attention. They asked Cordae about tons of things such as how he was born in North Carolina & lived in South Carolina, going to college near Baltimore, politics, how his YBN crew linked up, when he first started rapping, his mentors, how he got the title for his album, longevity, working at TGI Fridays, being raised by his grandmother, his song “Family Matters”, his influences and much more. This was a fantastic conversation all around, shout out to the great hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee & Charlamagne for doing their research, press play below!

The Lost Boy – [YBN Cordae]

In the swarm of new hip-hop that has dropped this summer, YBN Cordae appears unfazed by the pressures of success. “This is lyrical exercise, told my idols to step aside”, he raps in the opening verse of his debut album The Lost Boy—a bold statement setting the tone before the 21-year-old rapper pulls the curtains back on his autobiographical new project. Since winning over the rap community’s attention last year with his track “Old N*ggas” (a methodical response to J. Cole’s “1985”), Cordae’s been on the fast track to becoming a household hip-hop name. Functioning as a beacon of hope for those who have lost faith in the lyrical abilities of rap’s new wave and dispelling stereotypes that young rappers lack substance, the hip-hop world’s invested a lot of stock in Cordae in a short period of time, most recently being christened on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class list. In return, he has delivered an album straight from the heart, packed with carefully crafted 16’s dispersed across a 45-minute runtime. Following suit with hip-hop’s most memorable debuts, Cordae looks no further than within himself to form the lyrical content that drives The Lost Boy. He channels a form of honest introspection …