HBO’s ‘Insecure’ is easily one of the hottest shows on television right now. One of the reasons that makes the show great is the soundtrack. The second season features a new track from rising r&b star SZA entitled ‘Quicksand.’ The TDE songbird doesn’t only have one, but two songs featured on the soundtrack. Stream ‘Quicksand’ and preorder the Insecure soundtrack now.
Two of the things I stan for are cinematic music videos and dope acts and talent from my home state of North Carolina. Rapper Rex White checks both off the boxes off for me with the release of his “20 Grand” video. “20 Grand” is the rising emcee’s lead visuals from his sophomore project The Sidney C Project.
The Kaya Rov-directed visuals show Rex getting kidnapped and held hostage as he literally raps as if his life depended on it. Fans of emcees with lyricism and hard hitting anthems will ap...
Atlanta rap duo EarthGang drops their first project under J. Cole’s Dreamville Records imprint entitled ‘Robots’. ‘Robots’ is the follow up to their previous project released in August entitled ‘Rags’. If you can’t get enough of EarthGang in then don’t worry ‘Robots’ is the second installment of the three EPs they plan on releasing. The group plans on dropping the ‘Royalty’ EP ahead of their official debut album ‘Mirrorland’. Stream EarthGang’s six track ‘Rob...
Artist: Ty Dolla $ign
Project: Beach House 3
After releasing a handful of singles crooner/emcee Ty Dolla $ign returns with the third installment of his ‘Beach House’ series. Songs such as ‘Love U Better’, ‘Ex’ and ‘Don’t Judge Me’ are some of the highlights of the 20 tracks. Ty enlists a star packed features list which includes Lil Wayne, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Sway Lee, YG, Tory Lanez and more.
Stream Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Beach House 3’ in its entirety below.
Artist: Nef The Pharaoh
Song: Drop Addy
Project: The Chang Project
California emcee Nef the Pharaoh drops off vintage grainy visuals for his track ‘Drop Addy.’ What would a pool party in Cali be without drugs and beautiful emoji faced women? ‘Drop Addy’ is the most recent visual released off of Nef’s ‘The Chang Project.’ Drop a pin and let Nef pull up and maybe you guys can watch ‘Drop Addy’ together.
West Los Angeles group Villain Park is a name that may be seeing more of and rightfully so. As we can hear in “We Out Here,” they all are emcees who can straight up rap. The group has been relatively quiet since the release of their 2015 EP, Same Ol’ Shit. It’s good to see them resurface with this new single. “We Out Here” brings back that nostalgic West Coast vibe, and the lyricism is strong.
Personally, I love seeing more groups and collectives within the realm of hip-hop. It’s nice to see ...
Artist: G Herbo
Song: 4 Minutes of Hell Pt 5
Project: 4 Minutes of Hell
Producer: Luca Viall
With the release of a couple loosies, Chicago rapper G Herbo has been on a promo run for his forthcoming album ‘Humble Beast’. Set to hit digital retailers on September 22nd Herbo dropped the pre-order of the album along with the 5th edition of his ‘4 Minutes of Hell’ series.
The XXL alumnus didn’t stop there as he revealed the track list of Humble Beast as well. With features from Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty...
New York singer and songwriter MAAD resurfaces to drop a synth pop anthem called ‘Wonderland.” Fresh off the release of her Le Funk EP this crooner takes a break from modeling to return to the booth. “Wonderland” features a verse from fellow New Yorker and Brooklyn emcee Jimi Tents. The chemistry between the pair seems effortless as they weave their way through the Lostboy produced single.
Having spent the past years modeling for top publications such as ELLE. L’Oreal, Seventeen, and Anastasi...
After months of dropping singles Memphis emcee Daz Rinko finally drops his highly anticipated EP Black Boy Joy. The 6-track future bounce and jazz inspired project features SPRILL, Donato, Blasko and theMIND. On this piece of work Daz unapologetically touches on topics of living in Memphis, the peaks and valleys of love, religion, politics, and being a happy black man.
Rinko explains, “in the world we live in, it can sometimes be hard being myself – a young black man. So, with my music, I mak...
North Carolina emcee Lute knocks the dust off his mic and returns to drop a new single called “Juggin’.” Ever since the birth of his daughter and the announcement of him signing with J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint, the Charlotte emcee has been rather quiet. With the release of “Juggin” and his West 1996 Pt. 2 project on the way, it looks like things are about to change. Lute raps about humble beginnings growing up in West Charlotte, promises he’s made to his daughter, and what his parents taugh...
Being separated from a person you care deeply for can be strenuous. On “Until the Day Of,” Lenis shows her vulnerable side while keeping hope alive for her unclear future. “Until the Day Of” is the second single and follow up to her viral Spotify charting single, “Told Him.” This new track is the first collaboration between Lenis and bay area producer DTB, who has production credits with bay area stars like “Kehlani.
Lenis stated via email that the premise of “Until the Day Of” is to “help pe...
North Carolina emcee P.A.T. Junior returns with blissful visuals for his uplifting track “Better Days.” I love the hype and turn up music just as much as the next listener. However, I still love lyrics and smooth tracks. P.A.T. takes us on a visit to a local park to provide vibrant visuals for “Better Days.” P.A.T preaches about pushing through the hard times and staying the course. The Raleigh rapper knows there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and that better days lie ahead.
West London-based artist Lui Peng follows up his breakout single, “Demons,” with a new smooth track called “Nocturnal.” I always find it interesting listening to hip-hop from different cultures around the world. I get lost in the dialects and the sonic contrast between their music and ours. Lui and United Kingdom-based emcee Che Lingo blend pop and hip-hip genres with soothing guitar riffs to create “Nocturnal.”
Stream “Nocturnal” below and check out the previously released “What to Say” below.
St. Louis’s very own Jaylien follows up his creepy single, “Lucky Guy” with an up-tempo release called “Summer Love.” As the summer is winding down, we’re starting to see artists squeeze out the summertime records they’ve been holding on to. “Summer Love” meets all the criteria for a summer record with it being upbeat, catchy, and melodic. Unlike Jaylien’s previous work, “Summer Love” is on the more innocent and less ominous side of the spectrum.
Stream “Summer Love” below.
New Orleans emcee Jabbar drops off his first visuals from New Orleans project entitled “Holla at Me.” When I listen to New Orleans rap I know I can expect a couple things- gritty stories, lyrics and genuine messages. Those themes stay true from the OG’s like Master P, Wayne, Boosie, Curren$y; all the way to the newer acts like Kevin Gates and NBA Youngboy.
Jabbar is a rising New Orleans artist whose music carries all the trademark traits from The Big Easy. With “Holla at Me” Jabbar is blunt, ...