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Ghost Rider – [DC the Don]

If you’ve even paid the littlest bit of attention to hip-hop music recently, you should know that a nostalgic new version of pop-punk is coming back, and so many artists are taking this in stride. Out of everyone doing this, DC the Don is one of my absolute favorites, and after listening to just one song, the reason why is more than evident. He’s just so talented but never tries to overreach or force it, and the results simply speak for themselves. If you’re not entirely familiar with the LA by way of Milwaukee native, his latest A-Dawg and Jug-produced hit “Ghost Rider” is the perfect example and introduction to DC, and the music video that accompanies it is even better. With Director Cobain as well as some directorial help from DC himself, the visual takes heavy inspiration from The Sandlot, one of my personal favorite childhood movies. As it begins, a group of kids are playing a game of pickup baseball, and these youths are supposed to be younger versions of DC and his friends. As they play, a girl comes into the picture who appears to be a love interest for the young talent, but when a ball …

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, …

No Reason – [Youth Basketball]

You know what would be absolutely perfect right about now? Taking a nice long drive down the coast with a group of friends on a nice and sunny Californian day. The feel of a gentle breeze combing its way through my hair, the heat from the sun tattooing itself onto my skin…sensations I didn’t even realize I was taking for granted until the world was forced into quarantine mode. Even though I can’t make this vision into a reality just yet, upcoming artist Youth Basketball sets up that road-trip ambiance to give us dreamers something to hold onto in his newest single “No Reason”. The Los Angeles native released the smooth indie single in conjunction with a lyric video that features a few retro clips of different people playing a nice game of pool. Both the video and the song’s cover art envelop this theme of billiards that is central to the message of the track. As Ian Kieffer—the man behind the Youth Basketball moniker—shared about the song: ‘No Reason’ is a song about how things just happen in life. How, to me, there’s no meaning,” Kieffer explains. “I liken life to when one ‘breaks’ in a game of pool. …

Watch Master P’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Master P is one of the OG’s in hip-hop and a leader in the community, and he recently stopped by BigBoyTV for a new interview with Big Boy + his amazing crew. You will find them asking Master P about several topics such as making his own clothes and shoes, ownership, “I Got The Hook Up 2”, his relationship with his son, Nipsey Hussle, giving back to the youth, giving opportunities in the film industry, never begging for Hollywood dollars, his movie coming out July 12th, hoping to get a massive turn out, giving back on Thanksgiving for years, being from New Orleans, his basketball program, how we need to glorify positivity, his “the more you make the more you can give” mentality, learning from death, dealing with hate, No Limit Records and so much more. Master P dropped a ton of gems in this conversation so don’t sleep, check it out below.

Def Jam’s Young Gun TJ Porter Talks Representing for Harlem, Having a “Celebrity” Manager, His Sentimental New Single “Do You Care” and Upcoming Debut Album Voice Of the Trenches

Def Jam Records is in something of a youth revolution. The most iconic label in hip-hop history may be turning 35 this year, but it has its eyes newly fixed on the future, with some seventeen newly signed artists set to showcase on next month’s release of Undisputed, a compilation recorded over several days last November in Los Angeles. Front and center among the Undisputed lineup is Harlem, New York’s latest ambassador to the music world, 18 year old TJ Porter, who in only a couple of years in the game has begun to serve notice of his intention to follow in the formidable footsteps of the greats that put his neighborhood on the rap map, including Mase, Dipset and ASAP Mob. The young MC has versatility on his side: early singles, like 2017’s “Trust Issues”, “Quiet Storm” and “Can’t Wait” offered bar spitting life lessons; last fall’s Pregame, his release first with Def Jam, found TJ in melodic mode – celebratory on the breakout “Glowin’ Up” and boastful on “Tricky”; while his most recent EP, No Disturbance­, released only two weeks ago, goes dark on “The Don”, admits to relationship infidelity in “Cheated”, and claps back at doubters on …

Mixed Reviews: Views x Drake

Drake will go platinum, again. Drake put out a great album. Views will be heard through several streaming services, lonely nostalgic nights, summer kickbacks, and several radio stations throughout the world. Many music critics and praises will follow the album, but something from this album is missing. In a world where a die hard social media fan base acts more like an army defending its leader than an actual fan base, it is tough to oust such opinions without an incredible backlash.  But I’m here to say it. Something is missing from the album. In the past year and a half or so since he announced that he was working on Views, Drake has kept very busy. He seemed to cover all bounds of rap stardom; from being involved with his home basketball team, the Toronto Raptors, to his recent rap beef with Philadelphia heavy-hitter Meek Mill. He went on a tangent with the Sprite commercials as well as releasing the club anthem diss record “Back to Back.” As a long time Drake fanatic, Drake of YE old seemed to be on the rise. No one complains about Drake, but one thing people have picked at him for in the …