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DONDA – [Kanye West]

Anyone who knows anything about Kanye West knows just how important his mother was in his life. Donda played a pivotal role in supporting him and being there every time he needed her during his early days in music all the way through some of the biggest moments of his career as he was first starting to take off. Although she, unfortunately, passed away over a decade ago, her spirit stays alive and well through her son and she still plays a massive part in his drive for success. As far as his latest offering is concerned, this might not be the first time he has paid homage to his mom via music, and it definitely won’t be his last, but he took to Twitter last night in honor of Donda’s birthday to release a song for her, using her name as the title as well. At the beginning of this track, for almost three-quarters of it, you can hear Kanye’s mother reciting lyrics from KRS-One, a legendary rapper from The Bronx who always had something powerful to preach about within his lyrics. Full transparency, I’m not overly familiar with the rapper himself and I only knew that these were …

Wash Us In The Blood – [Kanye West] ft. [Travis Scott]

“Don’t take me the wrong way, cause God brought me a long way.” -Kanye West The legend that is Kanye West only appears every so often to premiere something—yet alone premiere new music. Whenever fans of Kanye see he appears on Twitter to get some tweets off, it’s safe to assume that something is coming. Rest assured, Mr. West mysteriously re-appeared on the timeline to share some news about all the things he is working on. That includes a “Kids See Ghosts” cartoon alongside Kid Cudi, a new documentary, and his forthcoming album, currently titled God’s Country—executive produced by the legendary Dr. Dre. He also teased a new song as well, and a small snippet of the intro with a release date. Now, anyone who knows Kanye, is well aware by now how he can be with release dates. Kanye releases need to be taken with a grain of salt in order to avoid disappointment. However, Kanye has not let us down this time, for he is here to deliver us his latest single and visual for “Wash Us In The Blood” accompanied by a Travis Scott feature. Coming off of his 2018 release of Jesus Is King, lots of fans were …

Blue Uniforms-[Dae Zhen]

Dae Zhen is an artist who I stumbled on during my weekly discover weekly digging. The game changing artist dropped a track sometime ago called “2020 Vision” that completely caught my attention and shifted my focus towards this rising star. The now Los Angeles based singer, rapper, producer is originally  from Fontana, California and is known for his genre bending style; tapping inspiration from the likes of Amy Winehouse and early Kanye West. His attraction to versatility is something that is ever so present in his work and today, he just dropped a track that conveys that to perfection. In the climate, we’re living in right now, its always important to keep the focus on the issues that matter most. Dae Zhen realizes that, which is why he decided to release the offering that he released today. With everything going on with police brutality, the rising artist has come out speak on it through his new song called “Blue Uniforms”, explaining that this is his way to share his perspective on the subject. What I love most about this song is that there is action behind it as well. According to Dae and his team, all the proceeds of the …

Cold Feet-[Tayo Sound]

It’s truly amazing when certain conversations have the ability to revitalize your passion for something. I had the opportunity to interview and talk with an artist who is making some amazing waves overseas and deserves recognition over on this side as well. If you haven’t heard of Tayo Sound, then sit back and get introduced to a music maker that you need to know. The up and coming singer/songwriter is from Redding, England which is a fairly small area outside of London. When asking what got him into music, Tayo explained that a lot of it was attributed to his upbringing in the church. The church has been and will always be a place that values music and the 18 year old says that this is where it all started. Around nine years old is when he started writing songs, and production began being a point of emphasis a little later while being taught in school. The ambitious artist pretty much knows exactly what he wants to do when it comes to music. One of the biggest points I got from him during our conversation was the fact that he’s true to himself. He explained, “I just want to make …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

#LF95 – [Lupe Fiasco] [prod. Kaelin Ellis]

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite artist. Notoriously known for his sheer lyricism that only Harvard graduates can fully comprehend, Lupe is likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Lupe is a true lyricist, but this label alone is not sufficient enough to describe the thirty-eight-year-old unfettered music veteran. Some have even claimed that the musical work and career of Lupe Fiasco was simply ahead of its time, with an audience not yet prepared for the boldly unfiltered content he delivered. Nonetheless, Lupe’s resume is among the very best, with seven studio albums, one Grammy, (twelve nominations) 2006’s GQ man of the year, along with million-plus records sold and streamed. However, these accolades aren’t what matter most to Lupe; it is instead the lifelong respect/acknowledgment from his music peers that shaped and influenced him. For instance, in a joint Instagram live conversation with Joe Budden, Joe revealed Jay-Z himself once stated that he thinks Lupe Fiasco is the best rapper ever. Lupe also tweeted that Jay-Z wanted to sign him to Roc-A-Fella records. Moreover, when legendary emcee Nas was asked by N.O.R.E which rapper most reminds him of himself, Lupe was his answer. Most recently, Off-White CEO and fashion designer Virgil Abloh tweeted that …

That’s Just Hak – [Hakuna Bruv]

Born in Middletown, Ohio, but currently residing in NYC, Hakuna Bruv is an emerging artist whose sound seemingly cannot be defined. Both a highly capable emcee and vocalist, new listeners will be divided on whether or not Hakuna’s style aligns more with a slick city street, or a chill reserved branch. When singing, Hakuna is as polished as Masego, Kid Cudi, Theophilus London, Donald Glover, etc.., whereas his soft, glossy rapping mirrors the energy of artists such as Saba, Smino, and Anderson Paak. The Ohio native is apart of FILO, a creative talent agency startup consisting of specialists and artists in many differentiated, yet interrelated mediums. Listed influences of Hakuna’s are Jay-Z, Kanye West, Isaiah Rashad, and Kendrick Lamar; all fitting picks that mold into the music of Hakuna Bruv some way or another. If forced to describe Hakuna’s unique approach, his body of work sounds like a first bite of fresh fruit; smooth, but not what you’d expect. Hakuna’s latest offering “That’s Just Hak” holds no exception to this rule, beautifully blending the versatile artist’s contrasting personas and artistic characteristics into one. Produced by pk, the blissful acoustic guitar and drum-heavy instrumental is accompanied by Hakuna’s masterful vocals for an overall …

Be Alright – [Don Neil]

Baltimore-based artist Don Neil has climbed his way into many lucky listeners’ libraries with beautiful tracks such as, “Sorry Mama,” and “Hello,” and is now back on the industry radar with his latest masterpiece in, “Be Alright.” The track is a light, uptempo, and rhythmic joint that contains a sample from Kanye West’s, “Fade,” that provides a melodic vocal background which pleases the ear from the jump. “Some day, I’m gon’ do something, and then I promise, I won’t be nothing.” Neil takes a positive outlook on both his future career and his past to create a feel-good track that you can’t help but bob your head to. Hop on the bandwagon that is Don Neil by listening to his latest single, “Be Alright,” below! @imdonneil

HOW TO KILL A BIGGIE BEAT DURING QUARANTINE – [Reno Shakur]

Reno Shakur is a talented, up and coming, 21-year-old artist out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta native has been doing music consistently for about six years, while regarding Outkast, Kanye West, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, and Eminem as his idols. Although Reno does not seek prominence, he is determined to leave his mark on the world through his relentless rap style and lyrical display. Reno recently won Pro Era affiliate CJ Fly’s “City We From” rap challenge, with his submission beating out fifty-nine other competing participants. Reno is part of the creative talent agency “FILO,” which I am 1/3 co-founder and a primary A&R. Before recruiting Reno, what immediately caught my attention is his genuine emotion, sheer confidence, and raw aggression in his music, leaving no room for filter nor timidity in his lyrics. For those unfamiliar, Reno’s latest freestyle over the Notorious B.I.G.’s famous “Kick In The Door” classic serves as evidence of Shakur’s belief in himself. Failure to properly go over such a legendary DJ Premier instrumental, (or any beat of Premo’s for that matter) should be considered a form of hip-hop sacrilege, breaking the unwritten rule of respect between the artist and producer. Similar to how a …

VENDETTA – [Cousin Stizz]

It can usually be abundantly obvious that there are multiple levels within the music industry. These levels can range anywhere from small-town, homegrown talents that have an extremely minuscule following all the way up to the stars that even other stars find indescribable or untouchable. These superstars include names like Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, Young Thug, and more, and they’re typically the artists who up and comers name as influences when describing their own individualistic sounds and styles. One artist who has had a foot dipped in the scene for quite some time now is Cousin Stizz, and although he hasn’t busted through into the mainstream, he has amassed a notable following, nonetheless. One of his many talents is his deep vault of sounds and styles that he can recreate or come up with on his own, leading him to have such an endless portfolio of music. Despite all this, he doesn’t release music in an abundance like a lot of his industry counterparts do but rather focuses on making the best music possible so when he does drop something new, it highlights his best effort. This is apparent when discussing his newest offering “VENDETTA”, which is his first release …