New EP From Dreamville’s EarthGang

Today, Dreamville’s EarthGang dropped the second installment in a three-part series of conceptually linked EPs leading up to the debut project, Mirrorland.

 

Last month, in celebration of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot signing a record deal with J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, the Atlanta rap duo released Rags – EP.

 

Robots continues the trifecta, which is set to conclude with Royalty before the end of the year. Although both Rags and Robots each stand on their own as very solid pieces of work, Dot has assured fans that each chapter makes up part of a “deconstructed album.”

 

The lost art of creating musical narratives appeals to both Venus and Dot, the latter saying:

“What I’m interested to see is how many people play ’em all back to back and play the story through and see … Those kind of conversations are my favorite. Those are the people that pick out the details and interpret shit their own way. It’s my favorite part of doing this shit ‘cause I don’t never tell someone they’re wrong. I think that’s dope. I ain’t think about it that way. That’s my favorite part.”

 

In my opinion, EarthGang represents some of the best lyricism to come out of Atlanta since OutKast. I’m excited to see how the three EP’s tie into the story of Mirrorland.

 

Check out Robots – EP below and let me know what you think.

 

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“Before They Were Famous” Playlist

Some of the best music in an artist’s discography occurs early in their journey to stardom. As a result, many classic tracks go unheard or under appreciated because they aren’t widely known.

 

Here’s a playlist dedicated to that idea. I’ll make additions to it as I continue to think of more artists.

 

 

If there’s an artist I haven’t included yet or one you’d like to see more of, just let me know!

 

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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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Recap: 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

  • Kendrick Lamar took home “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Hot Ticket Performer,” Lyricist of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.”
  • Somehow, Cardi B won 5 out of her 9 nominations… I’m not sure why that happened.
  • J. Cole sadly left empty-handed because, honestly, 4 Your Eyez Only wasn’t anything special (compared to other J. Cole works).

(Why were there only 16 award categories?)

 

Check out the Cyphers below:

·       Cypher 1 – Little Simz, 6lack, Mysonne, Axel Leon and Tee Grizzley

·       Cypher 2 – Fat Joe, Cyhi the Prynce, Belly

·       Cypher 3 – J.I.D, Ali Tomineek, Cozz, Kodie Shane

·       Cypher 4 – Eminem

 

What did you think of the cyphers? Who do you think should have won that didn’t?

 

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T-Pain Announces New Album “Oblivion”

It’s been more than five years since the release of T-Pain’s last full-length album, Revolver, so the public is in need of some Pain. As a huge fan of the autotune legend, news of an upcoming project made my day.

 

Titled OBLiViON, the new album will be arriving on November 17th. T-Pain made this announcement in an Instagram post describing a conversation that supposedly happened between him and a passenger on a plane.

November 17th #OBLiViON #GoalLine feat. @blacyoungstafb out now. #officialmusicvideo soon come

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Most of the details of the album have been kept under wraps but his two recent tracks, “F.B.G.M” featuring Young M.A. and “Goal Line” with Blac Youngsta will probably be included in the tracklist.

 

In the past, T-pain’s never failed to deliver some incredible radio hits but I’m excited to see the artistic direction he takes with OBLiViON. His acoustic appearance on NPR Tiny Desk Concert was wildly popular and became the most viewed episode of the series. The video was so successful that the artist returned a year later to deliver a 27-minute concert for NPR Front Row in the same style. In August of this year, Pain even announced an Acoustic tour.

Does this mean that OBLiViON will be less dependent on vocal effects or will he continue the tried-and-true formula that made him a star? I guess we’ll find out in September.

 

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Kendrick vs Lil Wayne

K.Dot’s third solo mixtape, C4, was released in 2009. The project features Kendrick freestyling over multiple instrumentals from Tha Carter III, which came out in 2008. This was Wayne’s best album by a long shot and put Weezy in the spotlight. Remixing a bunch of Lil Wayne’s most popular songs at the height of his popularity was a pretty ballsy thing for Kendrick to do. Because so many tracks from Tha Carter III are considered  classics, the question has to be asked… Who wore the beat best?

“3 Peat”

“A Milli”

“Phone Home”

“Dr. Carter”

“La La”

“Let the Beat Build”

“Mrs. Officer”

“Don’t Get It”

Added bonus with both artists on the same track:

 

Who do you think did a better job?

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