Rozay’s upcoming album Rather You Than Me was announced last November and the hype ensued. Let’s talk about why. This is the first album that will be released via his new venture with Epic records. Ross had a long running career with the historic Def Jam label and it was assumed that he would renew his contract with them. Instead he chose to join the new energy that L.A. Reid is building with a roster that includes Future, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Jidenna, 21 Savage, Yo Gotti and more.
Ross announced the name of the forthcoming album via a sweatshirt he fashioned on the red carpet at the AMA’s.
Two months have gone by and “I Think She Like Me” is the first taste of the album available to us. The video features Ty Dolla Sign and is typical Rick Ross braggadocio. He raps about hitting Cannes film festival with Leonardo Di Caprio and even tosses in a line about being neighbors with NFL star Tom Brady.
Iceberg is the title for the upcoming album from artist/producer Oddisee. Fans got a taste of the album from the previous single “Things” back in December and today the DC native delivers “Like Really”, a reality record that is oh so relevant considering America’s corrosive political climate at the moment. There are some pretty obvious antidotes on this song…
“How do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in/Why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping…”
Today is…well today. Friday January 20th. A lot of people are coping with the inauguration of the 45th President of The United States. New York emcee Joey Badass is turning to the music. “Land Of The Free” is a telling single which laments the direction that America is heading toward. It’s also the rappers birthday and the anniversary of his debut B4.Da.$$. Album that poised him for so much success.
Aside from a car accident that left him with an eye injury, we haven’t heard much from Atlanta artist OG Maco. He released nearly a dozen projects over the last two years but none have returned him to the viral mega status that was achieved with his “U Guessed It” hit. In an interview with Billboard he acknowledges the merit of his biggest hit, but also contends that he’s made more recent music that is better than his peers…
“…I mean, “U Guessed It” has done some amazing things, and all that shit, but I’ve made music that is definitely better than the majority of my peers for the last year, and then on top of that I’ve made it consistently. And that’s not any form of cockiness, that’s just an appreciation of where I’m at.”
“God Willin” is Maco’s newest contribution to this sentiment and it’s not a bad lead up to his Children Of The Rage LP that should come this year. The record is produced by Bob Dylan’s grandson Pablo Dylan and should excite fans for new music from Maco.
Atlanta has a spectrum of successful artist that is unlike most cities. You have conscious rappers like Andre 3k, street stars like Jeezy, new wave wonders like Lil Yachty and the list goes on. There’s also a special prototype artist of sorts that combines all three of the aforementioned characteristics.
These artists definitely have a street edge, but also rap as well as your favorite bar slinger. They have the vivacity of the youth with a touch of experience. B.o.B and Cyhi The Prynce both fit this hybrid of artist and today we get a record with both of them on it.
“Scary” is a social commentary on the overwhelming police harassment issue facing America. The beat alone sounds more like a club banger though so the listener is sort of tricked into nodding their head to the message. They have essentially put the medicine in the candy, if you will.
2016 was a very interesting year for Bay area songstress Kehlani. Charting singles, extensive touring, an ex boyfriend shenanigan that led to a suicide attempt; you know, typical R&B artist stuff. What seems to have emerged from it all is a more confident Kehlani. You can hear it in her new music; the most recent being “Do U Dirty”, a sultry single dedicated to guys like her ex.
This single is really just one piece of the sentiment that is her debut album Sweet Sexy Savage. It debuts January 27th and she says that this is the album where she truly got her sound right.
“…This one, I really took my time like, ‘Every song, I not only have to write really intensely, but I have to make sure that I push myself to get the sonics correctly.”
Stream the new single below and pre order Sweet Sexy Savage here.
If you’re like me, Drake’s 2013 “Too Much” single was the first time you heard of London based crooner Sampha. The record was a great heartfelt introduction for the British born singer and led many to dive into his own original work. Since then he has gone to collaborate with Kanye West, Frank Ocean and others as he preps for his own debut album Process.
Today we receive the video for a song from that album. NOKMLTP is a sullen tribute to the piano that sat in Sampha’s childhood home. He lost his mother while he was making this album, and you can definitely hear the sorrow as he reminisces.
Peep the video below, and pre order the February 3rd slated Process here.
Regardless of your political affiliation one thing can be safely said, there has never been a president that embraced hip hop the way Barack has. Remember when Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and a few others converged at the white house for a rap summit of sorts? Or when Barack played DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” as his entrance music to a white house correspondence dinner? Yea, that happened.
Peep some of the sentiments below from the culture to Barack.
Whether it was speaking on his favorite artist, or telling kids that they could aspire to be the next Lil Wayne or more; this president has shown immense regard for rap culture. So it was only right that the culture bid him farewell in their own individual ways.
2016 XXL Freshman Dave East is having a phenomenal run. In addition to grabbing the freshman nod, his mix tape [would be album] Kairi Chanelhas garnered critical acclaim and his “Hate Me Now” tour was a glimpse into the NY emcee’s stage presence. Now he’s applying more pressure with new records, one of which is “No Hook”.
Don Q & G Herbo are upcoming in their own right and join East for a lyrical bar fest of sorts. Stream the song below.
Young Dolph really applied the pressure for 2016. He featured on two of the biggest records of the year [“California” & “Cut It”] and released Rich Crack Babyand King Of Memphis; two full length projects that further confirmed his presence.
He’s taking no time in preparing us for his Gelato project slated for a February 3rd release.
“Bagg” is a sincere salute to the stacks, and features upcoming Atlanta artist Lil Yachty, who used a few bars to jab at standing rival Soulja Boy…
“…That boy ain’t no Soulja…he act like Pat Sajak…”