New Cyhi The Prynce Single

The first single from Cyhi’s debut album was supposed to arrive tomorrow. He decided to release it early and I’m glad he did… It’s fire…

 

What do you think of the song? Are you excited for the album?

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Luke Christopher

 

Luke Christopher’s a rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles and he’s going to be huge. His style, talent, and versatility have “mainstream media” written all over it.

 

In anticipation for Luke’s long-awaited debut album TMRWFRVR, I’ve compiled a list of 10 songs to serve as an introduction for those who aren’t yet familiar with this rising star.

 

TMRWFRVR is set to release on July 28th (mark those calendars)!

 

“They Know”

“They Know” is catchy as hell. Luke Christopher’s mass appeal is clear in this song.

 

“The Alphabet”

This song reminds me of Lupe Fiasco more than Drake but either way, it’s sick.

 

“Waiting Game”

Turn that base up for this one.

 

“Ms. Holy Water”

Watch this video and tell me he doesn’t have swagger through the roof.

 

“Lot to Learn”

“Lot to Learn” can best be described as a pop song. It showcases Luke’s versatility perfectly though.

 

“The Lights”

I’m not sure why but this is one of my favorite Luke Christopher. It has that feel-good factor that only a chorus of children can provide.

 

“This Old World”

Produced, written, and performed by Luke Christoper.

 

“Let’s Have a Party (feat. Asher Roth)”

Luke’s collaborated with Asher Roth on multiple occasions and I think they work well together.

 

“Hell of a Rhyme”

“Hell of a Rhyme” has that old-school vibe that true hip-hop fans can appreciate.

 

“Waterfalls”

If TMRWFRVR’s as good as this recently released single, I’ll be one happy fan.

 

 

Which song did you like the most?

 

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5 Kendrick Features From Back In The Day

5 great songs featuring Kendrick before he blew up

Kendrick Lamar’s a household name in Hip-Hop. However, like many artists, the road to success was long and full of guest features and mixtapes. His second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, was the album that launched Lamar into popular culture in 2012.

 Before that time, his verses were equally as potent.

Here are five great songs featuring Kendrick before he blew up:

 

“Flower Child” by Nitty Scott (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

About two months before Good Kid, M.A.A.D City came out, Nitty Scott released her debut, The Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1. The song “Flower Child” is a true hidden gem in the genre. Nitty Scott’s an incredible female emcee and Kendrick kills this track (in a good way).

 

“Textbook Stuff” by XV (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Many of you might know XV from the song “Awesome” which was included in the NBA 2K12 soundtrack. Although his debut album, The Kid With The Green Backpack, never saw the light of day (for unknown reasons), XV still released over 20 mixtapes during his career. His 2011 project, Zero Heroes, has a great verse from Lamar in the song “Textbook Stuff”. This was months before Kendrick released his first studio album, Section.80.

 

“Zip That Chop That” by Black Hippy

Before they were famous, the Top Dawg Entertainment artists made up a single group. Black Hippy consisted of Kendrick, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q and they were awesome. The four rappers still collaborate but most of their recent work’s more focused on their solo careers. “Zip That, Chop That” is a throwback classic and watching the video is half of the fun. It’s crazy to see how young they were.

 

“Too Strong” by the Gooneez & the Fratelleez (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

This Southern California rap duo and their three-piece band, the Fratelleez, are truly unique. Combining elements of rap, rock, and punk, the song “Too Strong” is a solid piece of music with a solid verse from Kendrick.

 

“Hood Gone Love It” by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Only weeks after Kendrick released Section.80, Jay Rock dropped his own debut album, Follow Me Home. Both projects are pure classics. July of 2011 was a big month for me, as a fan of Top Dawg Entertainment. The song “Hood Gone Love It” is one of my favorite features Kendrick’s ever done.

 

 

Which song is your favorite?

 

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Joyner Lucas Album Review

Joyner Lucas recently released his debut album, 508-507-2209. The Massachusetts up-and-comer is still making a name for himself and this album is a great start.

 

Lucas’s lyricism is what makes him unique so if you’re one of those people who “only cares about the beat” you probably won’t think he’s anything special. However, if you’re a fan of realness and deep, poetic hip-hop (think “Ill Mind of Hopsin”) then you’ll like Joyner.

 

Standout tracks include “Ultrasound”, “Just Like You”, and my personal favorite, “Sorry” which is an emotional roller coaster with a height requirement taller than Yao Ming.

 

Stream the entire project here

 

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My Reaction to the XXL 2017 Freshman Class

Note: My use of hyperlinks throughout the article is very deliberate. I recommend clicking them.

 

No offense to the XXL staff members… but what the hell?

  

Beginning in 2007, XXL has released an annual list of 10 up-and-coming artists to showcase new talent in the hip-hop genre. The first few years were awesome and accurately predicted the artists with the most potential. In 2011, they introduced an annual cypher, which was a great addition.

 

In 2014, the tide began to turn. The freshman class of 2014 consisted of 5 talented rappers and 5 people that made me seriously question the selection process. The unbalanced talent in the 2014 class was very evident in the cypher because half of the participants rapped like they’d never touched a microphone before.

 

2015 and 2016 were total disappointments. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any worse, they released the 2017 freshman class.

 

This year’s class is undoubtedly the worst one yet. The cyphers are sure to be a laughable mess and I’ve basically lost all faith in the XXL decision makers. The annual list was originally intended to showcase artists who represent the future of the genre. I pray that XXL’s 2017 list isn’t an accurate prediction of where rap is headed. 

  

Below, I’ve made a list of 10 people who should’ve been chosen.

 

  

Young M.A

 At the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, she delivered what XXL Magazine described as a “show-stopping freestyle… one of the best freestyles of the night.” I can’t speak for the LGBT community but I’d imagine they’d be happy to see her in the 2017

 

 

J.I.D.

 I’m really surprised J.I.D. wasn’t picked for this year’s freshman class… especially after J. Cole signed him to Dreameville Records.

 

 

D.R.A.M.

 Why was D.R.A.M. not picked? He has the personality that makes a superstar and he’s collaborated with popular artists like in the song “Broccoli” which features Lil Yachty. There’s no logical explanation for D.R.A.M. not appearing on the cover in this year.

 

 

KYLE

KYLE is one of the few rappers who earned their spot in the 2017 freshman class. Congratulations, KYLE. Well done.

 

 

Token

 Token has yet to drop his debut album but if it’s released in 2017, his name will blow up. He’ll be picked for the 2018 or 2019 for sure and, as a seasoned battle rapper, he’ll perform well in the cypher.

 

 

Montana of 300

Montana of 300 was originally signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment but has since left that label. Regardless, he should have been chosen for the cover. According to his facebook, “So I found out that I had the most votes for the XXL Freshman cover and I still didn’t get on there. They said my fans was going crazy….disrespecting the director and ppl in charge of the XXL cover. Rather my fans was disrespectful of not, we all know I wasn’t gone get on there anyway. It’s all about politics. Everybody, including every rapper on the cover knows who Montana of 300 is. But guess what….since idk anybody that’s connected with them (that’s vouching for me heavy), and I’m not dealing with any major record labels to push for me AND I’m not paying to get on that bitch either, that’s why my votes ain’t mean shit. The power of intimidation is a mf. It’s not about talent, it’s about politics.”

 

 

RJ

 RJ is a talented rapper who’s known for collaborating with YG and DJ Mustard. His recently released album, Mr. LA, is a solid project. I imagine that he’ll be chosen for the cover in 2018 after he gains a little more notoriety.

 

 

Russ

He’s selling out shows wherever he goes and his music video views are off the charts. His debut album wasn’t mind-blowing but Russ is making waves. Kap G was picked for this year’s class and as a GA native, I can assure that Kap G doesn’t accurately represent popular music in Atlanta.

 

 

Xxxtentacion

 I personally think XXX is complete garbage but he’s popular among the younger crowd so being chosen for the 2017 freshman class made sense.

 

 

Joyner Lucas

 Joyner Lucas is a true lyricist with a rapidly growing audience. Having Joyner Lucas on the cover would’ve made up for Xxxtentacion’s lack of talent. In the words of Forest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

 

What did you think of the 2017 Freshman Class?

 Who do you think should’ve been chosen?

 Please comment below

 

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