The Seattle based New York City native began the new year by releasing another self produced opus, “Darth Sueder V: Supreme Chancellor”. In this installment, we once again find our protagonist maneuvering effortlessly over a wide variety of soundscapes. This release was supported with videos for the singles “Hold Paper Not Grudges” and “Tinted” which are self directed and produced by Suede himself.
Stretch and Bobbito’s debut album No Requests explores the legendary club DJs’ vast musical knowledge with covers of songs directly from their record crates! Featuring the M19s Band, a live band of elite hand-picked musicians, the gatekeepers of ‘90s Hip Hop step outside their foundational genre base to produce Latin, Afro-beat, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, and Soul reinterpretations of dance floor bangers—ranging from popular to rare and obscure—which loosely depart expected structure and create new nuances to familiar tunes. The group also offers original compositions along the sonic journey. All tracks have one goal in mind: GROOVE! Features “The Mexican” featuring Latin Grammy winner Mireya Ramos and “I Know You I Live You” featuring Grammy nominee Maimouna Youssef. We also releasing the album on CD (Ropeadope) as well as cassette/7″ box set/12″ LP (exclusively on Fat Beats Distribution). Slipmats, 7″ adaptors, merch, etc. down the pipeline, too! Release date January 17, 2020
US Debut Concert/Release Party at the Kennedy Center 1/17/20 (info)
NYC Debut Concert/Release Party at the Gramercy Theater powered by Live Nation 1/23/20 (info)
BallHawg Records, Inc. is an independent music label bred in Little Rock, Arkansas. As the first independent hip-hop label, they have been pounding the pavement hard and putting in work in the music industry as a versatile, lyrically inclined collaborative that can hold their own and compete for bar-for-bar with local acts and global sensations. This powerhouse’s roster features CEO Playboy Shane, producer Stupid Ed Boi On The Beat, three prime artists, Rixh Rose, Zay’lon, and Don Dolla, and two featured artists Flyboy Pat and J Sqruipt. Securing the bag behind the scenes are Imani, the touring, booking, and marketing director, road manager Chris, and logistics professional Gator P. Playboy Shane is a hip-hop veteran who debuted on the scenes at the top of the new millennium–between 2000 and 2003. Needless to say, he was a spearhead of the new generation of rap and hip-hop, gracing the Top 100 Billboard charts with epic singles, such as “What Cha Gone Do?” featuring the infamous H-Town artist Lil’ Flip. Since then, he has made a home for himself and provided opportunities for other artists to build on the foundation that he laid at Ball Hawg Records. They take pride in building from within, as everything is created in-house. This conglomerate is a full entertainment experience with not just music but visuals, engaging shows, and merchandise.
Undoubtedly, the Ball Hawg Music
enterprise has released a hot EP and album titled “21.” It encompasses
21 songs and celebrates their 21st anniversary as a music label.
Although there are mostly freshman and sophomore artists in the group
who are barely legal and have been in the game ranging from 3-7 years,
these music professionals have put Little Rock on the map for rap and
hip-hop, ensuring that the city and their artists will never again be
overlooked regarding music talent. As Rixh Rose said, “tap in, [they]
got them bands that make you tap dance.” Outsourced producers who
they’ve established strong bonds and created dope music that is featured
on the EP and album include 808 Mafia, Patchwork Studio, and Latez the
Engineer. The group’s favorite singly off of the album is “Chanel 101,”
so be sure to check that out.
Virginia native Tave Getem kicks off 2020 with a new EP titled No Mercy. The 5-track EP was produced by Slime FBG and Galuru and serves as a teaser before he releases Topic Of Discussion 2 with producer Yung Lan hosted by Traps-N-Trunks. Stream below via Spotify.
Texas is full of underground talent, and 2xteezyy is an artist who fits that category pretty damn well. Since meeting the artist back in August, he has been dropping nothing but heat as he was getting his debut mixtape ready to release to the masses. Now, 2xteezyy has let the red light turn green and dropped his mixtape “Just the Beginning” right on time for the new year that is 2020. Kaleb Wolf, MP and Ze$t are the three lone features on the project, as the Dallas artist tackles 9 of the tracks himself. “Just the Beginning” has plenty of bangers and different vibes within the project, keeping you in tune with the set of sounds from start to finish. A few stand outs from the mixtape include “Bang Bae”, “Fux Boi Fall”, “Motivated” and the previously released singles “Me Vuelve Loco” and “Remember”. Get familiar with 2xteezyy and his “Just the Beginning” mixtape down below and be on the look out for more content from the Texas artist dropping this year. Be Known.
Black trauma has been a topic in all facets of multimedia lately portraying heartbreak; hip hop emcee Zayzayy wanted to change the narrative and shine a positive light on African American people overcoming their obstacles to achieve glory by Any Means Necessary with Beyond The Naked Eye.
The LP is composed of eleven personally curated tracks from the Detroit native which encapsulates him dealing with the daily trauma black people face living their daily lives from his perspective and narrative.
Similar to the single War Baby by fellow hip-hop emcee Roddy Ricch, every track is meant to let listeners feel the raw emotion of his melodic, dark lyrics powered by powerful trap drum production.
Zay had a bigger purpose than just music with creating Beyond The Naked Eye.
of times people go through traumatic events and never heal because they just cover up their pain with drugs or other ways such as indulging in buying possessions,” he said during a studio session for the album.
album is meant to give an inside view. The person that don’t show themselves on the exterior. We post what we what people to view on social media . In reality, we are hurting as a society and we mask it with different avenues.”
With a great sound and powerful purpose, Beyond The Naked Eye is available to stream on all platforms! Apple Music Tidal
“I wrote this EP as I was coming into myself. It was a period of my life when I learned how to love myself and what it meant to show myself respect. The root of this EP grew from the word resilience; Resilience in my mental health, as a woman and in my relationships. Upon building the lyrics and the universe of this project, pieces of inspiration found their way to me. I wrote Out of Control based on the story of Hansel and Gretel. I wrote Milk & Light from the story of Vasilisa The Beautiful. I wrote Kissel Shore from the folk tale about the land of Milky Rivers and Kissel Shores that I discovered through the photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina.
As a child, I was surrounded by story. One in particular was from a computer game called Baba Yaga. More recently, I decided to read the actual tale behind the character and I fell upon Vasilisa The Beautiful. I felt like her story was an accurate homage to my lived experience emerging from my teens into my early twenties. Trapped by Baba Yaga, Vasilisa has to trust in herself and the universe to face seemingly impossible high-stakes tasks to gain her freedom. She prevails and Baba Yaga sees that the universe is on her side so she’s too pure to kill. I realized I was the one trapping myself. I was accepting relationships that didn’t make me feel good, binge-drinking and not trusting that I was capable enough to achieve the goals I wanted. I was battling depression and anxiety. I felt isolated and helpless. I had to start showing myself love. This EP is the mental diary of my transition into loving and respecting myself. These are the lessons I learned living the tale of Vasilia.”