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JGE Retro Recreate MTV’s Hit Show ‘Room Raiders’ In Their New Visual For “Monopoly$”

St. Louis based duo JGE Retro, known as Lil Shawn and Shad, have been carving out their own niche in the music scene for quite some time. Though both are still young, they’ve been creating music since children under the tutelage of their famous relatives, Lil Shawn being the nephew of rapper Nelly and Shad the son of Tony “T-Luv” Davis, Nelly’s former manager. 
Overcoming numerous setbacks in their careers, the duo are set to release their forthcoming project “Late 2 Class.” Still putting the finishing touches on it, JGE Retro have unveiled the official music video for the lead single “Monopoly$” produced by Jayson ‘Jay’ Cole & Starstrukk Productionz. The visual is set in Los Angeles and was directed by JD Films. Remaining true to their name, the clip has a retro feel, bringing to life MTV’s hit reality show “Room Raiders.”

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With Footage from Eminem’s Old Hood, Vito Lays Drops “Trapped”

Detroit bred, Vito Lays, just released his visual for “Trapped,” a video that showcases the parallels of drug-dealers and drug-users growing up in the D’s trenches and their addictions. The video takes us from the darkest streets of Detroit to the pinnacle of some people’s idea of success – Rodeo Drive. The video visits the intricate lifestyle of the seller vs the heroin addict, even taken footage from LA all the way to Eminem’s old hood in Detroit. The song was produced by Helluva, who’s the most sought out producer right now, making hits for rappers like Tee Grizzly. 

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Calboy Teams Up With Moneybagg Yo on the Paranoid and Melodic “Unjudge Me”

Melodically relating the harsh realities of hood life, Chicago’s Calboy is ready for his moment in the sun. Revealing his origin story and explaining his state of mind, Calboy shares Unjudge Me,” his latest track from his forthcoming EP, Wildboy. Emoting atop minor-key piano, Calboy and guest star  tunefully implores listeners to understand where he comes from before judging his actions–he suffered through poverty, loss, and despair and came out the other side a better man. The single features an appearance from Moneybagg Yo, who lends a learned gravitas to his verse. In the video, Calboy and Moneybagg Yo take a matte-black Dodge SRT Hellcat to a used car junkyard, symbolizing the pair’s glow-up from nothing to something.

“Unjudge Me” ft. Moneybagg Yo follows the Complex-premiered Caroline” ft. Polo G, which earned over 1.2 million YouTube views in its first week of release. Featuring additional appearances from Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, and Tre Pound, the Wildboy EP arrives later this Spring via Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

Profiled as one of Billboard’s 2019 Chartbreakers and currently managed by Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Management, Calboy experienced a meteoric ride since the release of his single “Envy Me” last summer. CertifiedPlatinum by the RIAA, “Envy Me” is buoyantly melodic and packed with hooks, but also tinged by the violence of Calboy’s hometown. Currently sitting in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, “Envy Me” racked up more than 300 million streams on all platforms, including 80 million views on its YouTube video. Recently surpassing 100 million Spotify streams, the song adds an additional 556k streams every day on the service, where it sits at #25 on the US Top Charts.

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DJ Iceberg Premiere: Ohio-Based Rapper Milligram Brings A New Visual For “Astro”

Ohio-based rapper Milligram brings bold verses over a laid-back beat in new single “Astro”, released today alongside a captivating music video.

Director Shahil Datta captures a moment of reflection and longing in Milligram as he cruises down the highway thinking about his life’s potential. In “Astro”, producer ThisIsMo teams up with Milligram to bring out the best of the artist’s self-assured personality, resulting in a chill beat that makes room for Milligram’s smooth flow. The artist carries that attitude over to the video, as he shows off his newfound carefree lifestyle of stacking paper and enjoying the company of women, all across an alluring composition of scenic backdrops.

“Astro” follows Milligram’s previous release “Ain’t The One” featuring Doobie, which currently sits at 4.6k views on YouTube. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Milligram is one of biggest hip-hop acts rising out of the Midwest. Milligram’s work can be described as lyrically honest paired with first-class storytelling abilities and catchy hooks. His efforts have not gone unnoticed after the release of his last single “Hell of a Life” featuring Bubba Sparxxx, which has been warmly received by fans accumulating over 17k views via YouTube.

Milligram’s previous projects, The Death & Life of Milligram and Moonrise, challenged his writing abilities and have helped to shape him into the rapper he is today. After having the opportunity to tour with artists Scarface and Haystak, and after flying under the radar for some time, Milligram is ready to make his return and prove through his talent exactly why he belongs in the industry.

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Minnesota Rising Artist Garrison Elijaah Drops Visual For The Smooth Track “Favorite Type Of Drug”

After premiering the soul touching yet powerful latest musical effort “Lil Piece Of Freedom” last month, Minnesota upcoming artist Garrison Elijaah is accompanying the release of the five song EP with a visual for the smooth track “Favorite Type Of Drug” produced by Illuid Haller.


The original track features Greenville, North Carolina’s own songstress “Triumph” on the EP and it is available for streaming on all streaming services today! 

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Rising Cleveland, Ohio Artist Vern Drops The Visual To “Know You”

Since an early teenager, Charles Vern has implemented tremendous passion and drive in his music and his ideals. Growing up on old school Hip-Hop and R&B, listening to new age alternative and indie has given Charles perspective and flavor for multiple realms of music. Formerly known as “Booby,” this 23-Year-Old Cleveland artist has displayed his remarkable music ability on stages, at festivals, and in the studio. He has shared the stage with some of today’s major artists such as G-Eazy, Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper, King Chip, Kid Ink, MGK, and much more. The reinvented and re-directed Charles Vern has created an album nothing short of spectacular. The highly anticipated album “Pilot: The EP,” set to release January of 2019, blends new age R&B and wavy, spacey Hip-Hop together to create a body of music that will without a doubt set a new tone for upcoming and major artists.

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Detroit’s B Free Returns with “Scared” ft Lil Blade

Detroit native B Free links up with Lil Blade for new single “Scared.” The track was produced by Helluva, the hottest producer in Detroit, who’s produced bangers for Tee Grizzley and Icewear Vezzo. He’s known to produce “Detroit Trap”.. 

It’s crazy working with Lil Blade growing up in Detroit and knowing what his dad means to the spirit of the city. With the humbleness and the ease of working together I think it really proves that legends live forever and Detroit is one big family” – B Free

With bars from the city’s finest young artists B Free and Lil Blade, the record “Scared” screams Detroit from the first chord. The two natives showcased their chemistry on the Helluva produced track to deliver Detroit 2019’s summer anthem.  Please take a listen and share with your readers.

Social Media: @officialbfree – @lilblade325

Calboy Shares New Track And Video For “Caroline” Ft. Polo G — Announces Wildboy EP Due Out May 17th

Bursting out of the South Side of Chicago with a combination of melody and moxie, Calboy is one of the city’s freshest and most exciting new faces. Capitalizing on the momentum of his recently Platinum-certified single “Envy Me,” Calboy shares “Caroline,” a brand new track and accompanying music video. Teaming up with fellow Chicago native Polo G, who contributes a tense and tuneful verse, the two rising stars rhyme melodically about the dangers facing their neighborhood as they stalk an abandoned basketball court. “Caroline” ft. Polo G is the first taste of the Wildboy EP, Calboy’s next project. Featuring appearances from Meek Mill, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, and Tre Pound,Wildboy EP arrives on May 17th via Polo Grounds Music / RCA Records.

Says Calboy about his upcoming EP, “I can only speak on the daily struggles and trials of growing up in the streets. As a young black male in Chicago, my petals darkened, yet I still became something beautiful through the mud. Story of the wild rose. Story of the WILDBOY. “ The catalyst for his burgeoning stardom, Calboy’s RIAA-certified Platinum single “Envy Me” is buoyantly melodic and packed with hooks, but also tinged by the violence of Calboy’s hometown. Currently sitting in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, “Envy Me” racked up more than 300 million streams on all platforms, including 71 million views on its YouTube video. The song generates an additional 549k streams every day on Spotify, where it sits at #25 on the US Top Charts.

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Detroit Hip-Hop Artist/Songwriter Chel Strong Presents “She Ready” featuring Foxxanne

Detroit hip-hop artist/songwriter Chel Strong presents “She Ready”, his new single featuring Foxxanne. The son of Grammy-award winning Motown singer/songwriter Barrett Strong, Chel co-wrote “Keep On” for Faith Evans and Fonzworth Bentley (Spotify), and has had his music placed in Growing Up And Other Lies, and a Bose Sound Link commercial with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton as well as the VH1 shows “Chicago Black Ink” and “Baller Wives”. Now residing in Los Angeles, his 2016 album Forever Starts Tomorrow (Soundcloud) was produced exclusively by Es-K, and Chel has held his own in Bucktown/Building Bridges cyphers (Soundcloud) and Team Backpack cyphers alike (Youtube). Chel’s videos include clips for “Cano” (Youtube) and “Mink Baby” (Youtube). Already getting spins on LA’s Real 92.3 with DJ Hed and Chuck Dizzle, Chel says his new single “is a saying that we say about a bad one who not only looks, but knows her worth so she won’t settle for less. When I wrote the song, I was at Cory’s house going through beats and as the actual beat was just playing as background music, he’s showing me a girl he was potentially dating and I told him ‘damn bro, she ready!’ We both laughed and was like ‘yo, that’s a song idea’. Not even five minutes later, hook was recorded and verses were being pinned.” Chel is expected to release an EP by the end of the year.

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