10 Songs You Need to Hear: Tito Lopez

Mississippi underdog, Tito Lopez, is an artist that many Hip Hop Heads are familiar with.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tito Lo, check out his story here.

Tito’s released many mixtapes over the years, but here are 10 songs that’ll serve as a good jumping-off point introducing you to his music:

 

  1. “Black Dude Spanish Name”

2. “Try Me”

3. “THE GREATEST”

4. “Y.O.U.”

5. “The Blues”

6. “Have Mercy”

7. “Story to Tell”

8. “Jada Pac [Venting Session #9]”

9. “Mississippi Burning”

10. “Outkast Medley”

 

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New Single From Dreamville’s Lute

Lute is releasing his debut album, West 1996 pt. 2, tomorrow and he’s sure to make waves with this project. In anticipation of the album, Lute dropped off another single today. “Premonition” features Cam O’bi and fellow Dreamville labelmates, Earthgang.

 

Last week, Lute released a short documentary, Still Slummin, which details his come-up and gives a bit of a backstory to the artist. I highly recommend checking that out before listening to his new album.

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Are you as excited for West 1996 pt. 2 as I am?

 

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Dreamville’s Lute Readies Debut Album

The North Carolina emcee signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records on December 8, 2015. Lute’s debut project, West1996 pt. 2, has received several push backs but it’s expected to be released on September 29, 2017. It’s titled as a followup to his first mixtape, West1996. I’m really excited for this album. I’ve only heard a hand full of songs from Lute but they were awesome.

 

Check out the first single from the upcoming album “Juggin'” and let me know what you think.

 

Also, listen to West1996 below.

 

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Meet Dreamville’s Newest Signees

EarthGang is an Atlanta rap duo consisting of Doctur Dot and Johnny Venus. Thursday, news surfaced of Earthgang becoming the newest addition to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records.

 

To supplement this announcement, EarthGang released their newest project, Rags. The five-song EP is the first of three, leading up to an album called Mirrorland.

 

In an interview with P&P, EarthGang shared:

“It’s a part of this three-part EP series. Rags, Robots, and Royalty. All these things are the train stops to Mirrorland, which is our album coming out whenever the f*** we put it out,” they said. “It represents being from the bottom. Shout out to everybody who came from the bottom and came from the lowest. At the bottom, there’s nothing but pure potential. Zero is pure potential.”

 

I love this concept.

 

Check out Rags – EP below

What do you think of the project?

Do you think EarthGang will make a good addition to the Dreamville family?

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Action Bronson

Gourmet chef, TV personality, and rapper, Action Bronson is gearing up to release a new album. Blue Chips 7000 will arrive this Friday (August 25th) so I decided to honor his music with a top-10 list.

 

Here are 10 of my favorite tracks from Bronsolini’s discography:

 

“9-24-11”

From Action’s Blue Chips mixtape series, this song is one of the most epic lyrical miracles from the New York emcee.

 

“Actin Crazy”

The music video is a masterpiece that makes me love the song even more. “Actin Crazy” is definitely a standout track from Mr. Wonderful.

 

“Mike Vick”

Bronson’s affinity for luxury is highlighted in this record. His performance in “Mike Vick” is the lyrical equivalent of a pimp walk.

 

“It’s Me”

Action’s lighthearted lyrics and the whimsical tone of the instrumental highlight the comedic demeanor that made him famous.

 

“Easy Rider”

Both the song and the music video are epic.

 

“Tapas”

Action Bronson can deliver one of the best old-school flows.

 

“Tan Leather”

Bam Bam’s laid-back rhymes truly shine in “Tan Leather”. His indefinable coolness is part of what makes Action Bronson a larger than life personality.

 

“Riggs & Murtaugh” by Reks (ft. Action Bronson)

Reks is one of my favorite underground rappers. The two artists have great chemistry in “Riggs & Murtaugh”. Statik Selektah’s the only producer who could create such harmony.

 

“Hookers At The Point”

If you’re easily offended, DO NOT listen to this track.

 

“Pouches of Tuna”

Action’s voice and some string instruments are all the ingredients needed for a dose of dopeness.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Amadu Diablo

Pepe Lopez

Eggs On The Third Floor

 

What are your favorite records from Mr. Wonderful?

 

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Everything We Know About Cyhi’s Album (So Far)

Fans of Cyhi the Prynce have been long awaiting a debut studio album.

 

After signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label in 2010, everyone was anticipating Cyhi’s moment to shine. Six years and two album-quality mixtapes later, the debut was still a no-show. In August 2015, he was released from his contract with Def Jam and made his way to Sony.

 

Cyhi’s indicated that he and Kanye (as well as other G.O.O.D. Music artists) are still on good terms. A few months ago, Prynce announced that his debut album, No Dope On Sundays, was finally finished. He’s assured that the project will arrive “very soon” although the actual release date is still unknown to the public.

 

Here is what we do know about No Dope On Sundays so far:

 

Cyhi’s still a part of G.O.O.D. Music

Although Def Jam handles distribution, Kanye originally founded G.O.O.D. Music in conjunction with Sony BMG. It appears that Cyhi’s move from Def Jam to Sony didn’t affect his position with G.O.O.D. Music. The upcoming project will be executive produced by Kanye West and is slated to feature ScHoolboy Q, Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, and more.

 

2 Chainz will be featured

Prynce posted a video of himself previewing a track including the album name and tagging Chainz in the description. I’d say it’s safe to assume the track is part of the album.

 

There’s one single already

So far, the only full track to be released is “Movin’ Around” (feat. ScHoolboy Q). Although the use of autotune is out of character for Cyhi the Prynce, I think he uses it decently. Based on the previews we’ve seen, not all of the songs will have autotuned vocals. Personally, I prefer Cyhi’s normal sound. That being said, it’s still a good song.

 

The album should be sick

This one is just my opinion but check out this video posted of him previewing an unknown track and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing.

 

Are you excited about the album?

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Raz Simone

An introduction to the talented up-and-comer

Raz Simone’s a Seattle-based songwriter and member of the hip-hop collective, Black Umbrella. In 2014, industry executives Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, and Kevin Liles signed Raz to their newly established 300 Entertainment. With his unique voice, unusually staccato delivery and the support of 300 Entertainment, Simone has unlimited potential.

 

“Still Mobbin’”

This is probably my favorite Raz Simone record. The catchy chorus, smooth vocals, and fantastic beat are all the ingredients needed for a masterpiece.

 

“They’ll Speak”

“They’ll Speak” is the first track I heard from the artist and I instantly knew he was special. The song is basically a five-minute freeform poem backed by Hans Zimmer’s score from The Dark Knight.

 

“Pulling”

“Pulling” tells an incredibly vivid and dark story. Only a truly talented artist can convey such emotion.

 

“Hometown”

“Hometown Glory” by Adele has to be one of the most heavily remixed ballads in hip-hop music. This is a very impressive remix though.

 

“Nothing’s Gonna Change”

Raz teams up with fellow Black Umbrella artist, Sam Lachow, to deliver “Nothing’s Gonna Change.”

 

“Same Problems”

Simone shows his tougher, more agressive side with this one. “Same Problems” also features verses from Fatal Lucciauno and Gifted Gab.

 

“Sometimes I Don’t”

Accompanied by Sam Lachow, “Sometimes I Don’t” is a smooth jam to ride to.

 

“Shoes On”

Although he doesn’t always talk about it in his music, Raz Simone does hustle hard.

 

“Don’t Shine”

“Don’t Shine” reminds me of “Heaven at Night” by Kid Cudi for some reason… Both good songs though.

 

“Respect For The Dope Fiends”

This track is from Simone’s project Trap Spirituals in which Raz experiments with a more trap sound.

 

What do you think of Raz Simone? Which was your favorite song?

 

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