Author: Eugene Robinson
DJ Mustard’s third studio album, “Perfect Ten,” is finally here, and it features some of the biggest rap stars out right now.
Mustard’s first release of this album was the song “Pure Water” featuring Migos that dropped earlier this year. His next release was “100 Bands” that featured Quavo, YG, and Meek Mill. His third and final release before the album was “On God” that featured YG, Tyga, A$AP Ferg, and A$AP Rocky. But as expected, he brought along even more talent such as 1TakeJay, Nav, Playboi Carti, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Future, Young Thug, Gunna, Ella Mai, Ty Dolla Sign, and the late Nipsey Hussle. During a recent interview on “The Angie Martinez Show” to talk about his album, Mustard revealed that although he had a star-studded lineup, he had two artists he could not get - Drake and Lil Baby.
Mustard recently stated on Instagram that he plans on making "them tuck they whole summer in." In the last song on the album, “Perfect Ten” featuring Nipsey Hussle, he raps about the code of ethics by which he lived by, over a downtempo type beat - which is quite unusual Nipsey’s rap style. Rather than having a chorus, the song has voice clips of Nip explaining his world view, what the Marathon is and means, and violence in the rap game. He even called his close friend and collaborator YG - a “genius.” This song is a great reminder of what such an exceptional mind we lost in hip-hop.
With the album only being ten tracks, it’s quick, and concentrated listen brings out the most in every artist and confirms why DJ Mustard is one of the top producers in the game.
Author: Eugene Robinson
Eminem's biological father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr, died earlier this week from a heart attack in Fort Wayne, Indiana according to family members and neighbors.
Eminem - who is named after his father, never kept quiet about sharing his grudge about how his father and never meeting him in person. Songs like "My Name Is" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet" are two examples of songs where the Grammy-winning artist raps about his hate and disdain for his father.
Em’s mother, Debbie Nelson-Mathers, explains in her 2008 memoir “My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem” that she married at an early age of 15 and Bruce Jr was 22 years old, and they had welcomed Marshall III into the family two years later. They ended up splitting because Bruce Jr allegedly became abusive shortly after Shady was born. Bruce Jr left to California and had two more kids while Em and his mother moved to Detroit.
The 46-year-old rapper has mentioned in previous interviews that when he would write letters to his father as a kid, but they always came back with a “return to sender” stamp on the envelope. His dad would even call some family members but Em never actually talked to his father on the phone.
We are still waiting for a response from Eminem about his father’s death.
Author: Sean Sickler
The deluxe version of Offset's latest album "Father Of 4" is on the way! One of the tracks that has been announced and previewed by Offset is "Pink Toes" featuring none other than Lil Uzi Vert and Gunna. Orginally previewing this track off of his album last night, it gained a lot of attention and is beginning to gather the hype for the deluxe version of the album.
The album, "Father of 4" released February 22, 2019 and was a huge hit. Loaded with features with the likes of: J Cole, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, and many more. This album truly was a hit and one of the best projects of 2019 so far. With the deluxe version to be put out soon, let's see how the other tracks are going to be and hope for the best. After hearing this snippet of this track, it looks like some heat is headed our way.
Author: Eugene Robinson
10 years ago, DJ Drama dropped his last “Gangsta Grillz” project
Last Friday, YFN Lucci dropped a collaboration album with DJ Drama called “650Luc: Gangsta Grillz.” This project has a ton of notable features such as T.I., Trey Songz, Young Dolph, Jeezy, Fabolous, and more. Days before the release, he launched a release party in Atlanta at The Garage in Midtown. Lucci invited 60+ of his closest friends and influencers along with his featured artists to this event. Does Lucci have a heater this summer?
2. I’m Gone, feat. Young Dolph
The first track of the album starts with an upbeat melody and Lucci comes with a rhythmic flow. The production behind this song goes tremendously well with Lucci and Dolph’s voices and flows. This song is a classic head bob type that Lucci tends to provide on all of his projects. Lyrics-wise, it’s the typical paper chasing we hear from Lucci.
3. Turner Field (Stadiums)
Another upbeat melody and smooth flow come with this song. The chorus personally caught my eye with it being quite the catchy one. It sets the whole mood for the rest of the song. The 28-year-old rapper is well-known for his catchy and melodic chorus’. Lucci proves and has proven that he does not need a feature on a song for it to be great. This song is one of my favorites on the album.
4. Never Change
Production by AK comes with a beautiful piano melody with a great bass line as well. The 28-year-old artist raps about how he will never change for the people in his life, and he hopes that the people in his life won’t change up on him. This is a song that I can sit back and relax. Lucci has a soothing voice and flows well with the beat.
5. Trap, feat. Jeezy & T.I.
In the intro to this song, you hear DJ Drama essentially explain because someone is one thing, does not mean they are another thing. “Every street nigga ain't a rapper / Every rapper ain't a street nigga / Every dope boy in rap ain't a dope boy in the trap.” This statement fits into the song because all three of these rappers are former dope dealers. All three of these artists rap about their drug dealing days when they were younger. Bringing together all three of these rappers shows that Atlanta breeds all types of sounds.
6. Ride for Me, feat. Yungeen Ace
This track is the typical breakup song we hear nowadays about the love of his life running out on him for another guy whilst cheating with the same guy. The chorus of this song, by Yungeen Ace, also caught my eye. His flow over the beat is pleasant to listen to. I have never heard of him, but this song will have me look more into his music.
Lucci goes back to the times when he was drug dealing and explains the difficulties of being a drug dealer. He is a true storyteller and makes it feel as if we lived it along with him. The guitar melody helps emphasize the “looking back” aspect of the song. This album has shown that Lucci is versatile with his flows and how he can switch between rap and singing, and we aren’t even halfway through the album yet.
8. All Night Long, feat. Trey Songz
Almost every song that features Trey Songz speaks about one thing and one thing only -- sex. This song is certainly not left out of that list. Both verses and chorus have vivid descriptions and metaphors about what they do “all night long.” This collaboration, believe it or not, is there first. They released this as a single a month earlier to the album. Hopefully, they collaborate in the future -- I will definitely tune in.
9. Backend, feat. Trouble
More versatility is shown with this song. Lucci has shown us that he can tell stories, sing about breakups, and now about flexing about how much money he has along with the artist Trouble. This is not your typical 2019, mumble rapper style about flaunting his money. This song probably sees what I think, Lucci’s best flow on the album and one of the catchiest choruses on the album. The YFN Lucci and Trouble collaboration is gold. I could listen to this song on repeat all day.
10. Used To
Lucci connects both his verses and the chorus well on this track. In his verses, he raps about the things he used to want which he now has and the chorus, he explains more things that he used to. Another great solo track by Lucci.
11. Skrrt Skrrt, feat. YFN Kay
I was never a fan of the YFN members besides Lucci and this song explains why. I am not too fond of Kay’s voice but his verse is not half bad. Although I don’t get a few of his references and has some weak punchlines, it’s not the worst verse I’ve heard. Both artists rap about their previous lives about living in the streets. Not a good song, but not a terrible song either. The production mainly helps this track sound appealing.
12. 200 Years (Interlude)
The nice, little 1:53 track is one long verse explaining what he would do for his dead homie. “For my dawg, I’d do a hundred years / Or two hundred years, I pray that God forgive me.” Lucci says that he wants to find the guy who killed his homie, and he doesn’t care how long he goes to jail. “A nigga done killed my dawg, now the tears all in my eye / For my dawg.”
13. Pull Up With a 100, feat. Bloody Jay
YFN Lucci is known for his hustle in the rap game whether it’s releasing multiple singles in a short span or releasing albums. “Moral of the story, get commas.” Both artists flex about how much money they have by rapping about the things they own. This soothing beat helps out the track and has a chill vibe to it.
14. Paid In Full, feat. Ink
This track is another one of Lucci’s storytelling songs. Here he speaks on the losses he has taken in his life, himself when he was poor, his problems, snitches, and having to take care of his family. Although this is a 3-minute track, Lucci has one large verse, with Ink singing the outro. This was one of the better collaborations on the album in my opinion.
15. Want It All, feat. Fabolous
Lucci and Fabolous, two musical geniuses, come together to make this great track. Everything about the song is great -- the lyrics, the production, the lively vibe. Produced by KE on The Track & DJ Lavish Lee, both artists rap about wanting all the money the can get. Although a classic YFN Lucci bop, this is yet another great song to listen to.
16. No Ceilings
Coming to the end of the album, Lucci expands on how he started from the bottom and through all the trials and tribulations, he still made it to where he is today in his first verse. “Elevation, all it took was dedication, information, and relation.” To get where he is, it takes hard work and sometimes — even the people you know. The way Lucci flows over this piano beat is exceptional and has a good message as well.
17. Wish Me Well Flow
Finally, to finish the album, he collaborates with the producer AK to perhaps create one of the best songs on the album. Without a doubt one of, if not, his best flow on the album. He has one giant verse on this track and raps about once again, his struggles while growing up. He seems to bring his whole album together with this one track. At the end of the song, Bigga Rankin says “Wish Me Well 3 is on the way.” This will be Lucci’s follow up album.
All in all, this album never caught my eye when it dropped. It was hidden in the shadows of other music I was more excited to listen to. After listening to this album, I remember why I liked to listen to YFN Lucci and I highly recommend if you like artists who are versatile with their music.
Author: Angel Munoz
Lil Nas X releases his second project "EP 7” his first being “Nasarati” releasing in July 2018. This EP has 8 songs with 2 “Old Town Road” versions. His lead single being “Panini” produced by Take a Daytrip having a different feel than his hit song.
Coming off of the success of “Old Town Road” which stayed number 1 on the Billboard charts for 11 weeks, Lil Nas was just putting songs on SoundCloud before he became the next country star. Lil Nas X continues to jump around with genres in this new EP. He dabbles in rock with the song “F9mily(you and me)”.
Lil Nas X takes on different genres and sounds in this EP. It is unclear if any of his songs will be as big as “Old Town Road”. The future looks bright for the young artist and many are looking forward to see what he had next.
Author: Angel Munoz
The newest track from duo TM88 & Lil Uzi Vert
TM88 frequent producer for Lil Uzi has released a new single titled “Slayerr” Featuring Lil Uzi Vert himself. Theses two have collaborated many times in the past, most notably with “XO TOUR Lif3”. With their most recent single “Mood” releasing in January 2018.
Lil Uzi has been featuring in many songs such as “Potential” with Gucci Mane and Young Dolph and “Pull Up” with Lil Keed and YNW Melly. Fans have been waiting for new Uzi music and have gotten two singles “That’s a Rack & “Sanguine Paradise”.
Author: Eugene Robinson
Lil Nas X has officially dropped one song off his upcoming album "7". The track is titled "Panini".
This highly anticipated track is a follow-up to his hit single “Old Town Road.” He partnered with producer group, Take A Daytrip and credits Nirvana’s song “In Bloom”.
“Panini” reciprocates the same melody as the song “In Bloom” by Nirvana. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Lil Nas X says “One of the craziest things about ‘Panini,’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’...It’s like I always have seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people were like, ‘Wow, he sampled Nirvana.’ I was like, no. It’s like, I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody.” This song also references a character from the Cartoon Network show “Chowder”.
Lil Nas X’s EP opens with the hit single remixed by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road” followed by his self released 2018 project “NASARATI.”
Author: Sean Sickler
Late May, Chris Brown announced the release date for his newest album, "Indigo" which is set to be released on June 28. Earlier this month, C Breezy posted who was going to be featured on the album itself, and to no avail, there is a huge feature-list that is going to be accompanying this album with the likes of: Drake, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, and many more.
Most recently releasing the song, "No Guidance" with Drake, Chris Brown's album has hit the hype that is was expected after this track with the king of the charts. Most likely releasing a single before the album, Chris Brown's last discography was not an upset with the deluxe version reaching 56 songs that were all registered bangers. Being a double LP that went double platinum, technically speaking, means that it had gone 4 times platinum!
Expect some more summer bangers from the hit seeking, Chris Brown, at the end of this month when his newest studio project, "Indigo" hits streaming services on June 28.
Author: Sean Sickler
In his most recent interview with QC magazine, Juice WRLD has confirmed a joint project with Young Thug coming in the future. The interview released earlier today (March 23) and it was chop full of juicy questions that Juice's fans have been waiting to hear answers to. In the midst of the interview, Juice brought up how him and Thugger have collaborated before on the song "ON GOD" which was featured on Juice's most recent album "Death Race for Love" and how he wants to work with him more. Stating that:
"It is going to happen, just whenever we put it out, I don't know" (QC Magainze).
The confirmation of this project brings together both Thugger's die hard fans and Juice's racers for a heater of a project. With no release date on the horizon, fans can only wait and anticipate more news from the artists.
Author: Sean Sickler
On June 3, "Old Town Road" artist, Lil Nas X, released the tracklist for his debut album. Announcing that the project will be 7 songs long and there are a few tracks on here that he has not previously previewed on Instagram or Twitter. The tracks are listed as:
1: Old Town Road (Remix)
4: Kick It
6: Bring U Down
Tracks like "Panini", "Rodeo", and "Bring U Down" have been previously previewed by Lil Nas X on his Instagram live and Twitter. But never-less, these tracks have been building up a huge hype for their release and the album. Feeling as though it is a perfect marketing strategy, he has been milking the fame of Old Town Road, and even admits to that he has been doing it. But, in all honesty, who wouldn't? Globally charting and recently hitting 7 times platinum, Lil Nas X is pulling in big bucks with his country-esque track and even had Billy Ray Cyrus hop onto the remix to make sure it stayed and fit on the country music charts as well.
With no release date yet ahead other than that the project will be releasing in June, fans will continue to check out all the snippets that he has released and prepare themselves for the hits that are yet to come.