Written by: Sean Sickler
ThvBvy is an upcoming artist from California with ties to artists like Post Malone, Swae Lee, and Tyla Yaweh. Him and I have been in contact since November of 2018 when I first found out about his track "OFF-BLACK". We've been chatting back and fourth about working on something together and here I bring to you my personal interview with ThvBvy himself. I got to ask him about the determination and grind of being an upcoming artist while still being focused on his goals that he has set for himself as a person.
1.Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
Originally I’m from Inglewood California but ended up moving to Las Vegas where I spent most of my life. I definitely feel like my surroundings and the places I’ve been have shaped my creativity being that I was exposed to a lot of different music and arts at a young age. I feel like I got a very broad sense when it comes to creating for people and that I can give off a universal sound that I feel everyone can enjoy.
2. When did you first start rapping? How did you get started?
It started because my sister Killivn Came to me saying she liked rap music now and wanted to start making it. Originally she was a rock girl and grew up playing the guitar and other instruments. So it really started by me wanting to help her make sure she was making stuff I felt that people who loved rap would want to hear. While I was helping her write I started coming up with ideas for myself and wanted to express certain experiences and thoughts I had. This turned into me becoming an artist. Playing basketball all my life and being pretty good at it kept my creativity limited so when presented with the opportunity to help my sister I unlocked feelings that I had put away for years. At that point I knew I wanted to express myself and present it to people.
3. Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
Honestly my sister has been a big mentor for me even though she’s younger than me. She’s really helped me take my thoughts and make them come to life. Without her I probably wouldn’t be doing music. Also one of my close friends Austin Post has also been a big inspiration to me. I got see him grow every year and now he’s considered one of the biggest artist in the world and it’s mind blowing. I usually just observe and take what I can from the performances and the details in the music and try to use them to improve my art.
4. What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
I think playing basketball and always feeling like the underdog because I started playing in highschool has really shaped a into the artist I am today. Having to consistently grind and put in work all my life to pursue a dream has carried right over into my art. It gives me a sense of struggle and not always being the best at things but with hard work and persistence being able to accomplish goals. I think it’s really important to have a good work ethic in this industry and I feel my experiences in sports have given me an edge.
5. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
2020 me and my team hope to accomplish a few different goals. One being that I’m pushing Out more music and bettering the quality of my sound. We also want to do more shows and mini tours to different cities and really start exposing my sound to more people. I think it’s go time for me and I’m really excited to go full out and watch this thing grow.
6. How would you describe your style and creativity?
I feel like my style and sound is really versatile and universal. I’m not sure if I can pin point it just yet. Sometimes I’ll come up with a song that’s completely the opposite direction from previous songs. I really just go with the flow and take whatever comes to me. If I had to place a word on it I would say passionate because whether I’m raging on a song or singing about a break up I want my audience to feel those emotions.
7. What keeps you going and focused on growing as both an artist and a person?
I have a really good team behind me and wanting to see them all win keeps me going. I’m not dumb, I know that it takes a team effort to continue to grow and get better. I really appreciate everything they do for me. So that drives me to want to go harder so that we all can succeed. As an artists I always want to be really good at what I do. In the past that was basketball and I put my all into it and did very well. Well now with music I have that same focus. I love it and something inside of me always wants to be the best at whatever I’m doing. I know there’s always room for improvement.
• Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up in Louisiana you see a lot, everyone wanted to rap and being on the scene molded me to want to produce and be the guy behind the scenes. Creating the dopest sounds in a sense, shaped me in a creative way because I took what I saw and heard in the streets then put it down on the keys. That was my way of rap and making you feel what I was going through.
• What’s your background like? Where do you stand on the music scene in your area?
As of now, I’m pretty deep in the scene with my productions. I don’t just make beats, I engineer as well which is what a lot of producers lack.
• What did you start doing first, producing or rapping? How did you get started?
Honestly, like everyone, I started to rap first. My mom was a singer so that’s what inspired me to want to do it. Going to the studio for the first time when I was younger put the icing on the cake though.
• Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
No I've never had a mentor with my music but if I did It probably would of helped me make better decisions with my music when I was younger.
• What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
Losing one of my close family members and losing it all. Without the music helping me get through it I don’t know how I would have done it. Going to the studio producing and recording kept me busy, it helped me make money and kept me level-headed.
• What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I’m trying to accomplish getting a Gold Placement and just to be able to reach my music across different states. Also being able to collect a big check from music production. Last but not least, starting my own label.
• What does your work aim to say?
Be great no matter what. Stay true to yourself, hustle and grind it out by any means.
• Who are your biggest influences and what do you like about them the most?
808 Mafia Southside
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• How would you describe your own style?
Dramatic but gangsta. You can feel it in your soul and can make you jump and bounce
• In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
It changed drastically from being basic to more empowered, more melody and more feeling.
• What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
Struggle, Family, Love, and Money
• What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
I’ve always wanted to be apart of the BET Awards. I don’t have any dreams of performing but if I was to see some progress that’s where I would aim to preform at
• What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
I have a few but "Big Homie" by Omb PEEZY.
Author: Angel Munoz
Post Malone’s first song of 2019 “Goodbyes”
Post Malone and Young Thug team up in the single “Goodbyes”. This is the first time the two have worked together. The song is produced by Brian Lee and Louis Bell a common producer for Post.
This is Post's first new song drop of 2019. With “Wow” and “Beerbongs and Bentley” releasing in 2018. So far he’s only appeared on the track “Celebrate” which is on “Father of Asahd”, DJ Khaled’s Latest album.
Young Thug has only released his single “The London” in May. Last year he released two EP's “Hear No Evil” and “On the RVN”. He was also on the YSL label compilation “Slime Language”.
Author: Sean Sickler
Chicago MC, Chance the Rapper, is set to release his newest album in the month of July. With no exact release date yet announced, he has been posting all over social media about his "owbum" being released in mid July. Taking to Twitter to change his profile picture, bio, and even username to things regarding his next release such as changing his bio to
"Back in town finishing my debut owbum"
Chance has been hyping this album up for a good amount of time now, and has been doing his fare share of features on songs such as "GRoCERIES" with TisaKorean, and "Bad Idea" with YBN Cordae. Switching up the flow and style on each of these tracks, Chance hits with a gospel vibe on "Bad Idea" speaking on his life and the city he came from; while lyrically demonstrating how lethal he is on a upbeat, and heavy bass track on "GRoCERIES". We expect nothing but greatness from Chance the Rapper's debut studio album that is set to release in July.
Author: Eugene Robinson
After collaborating on the album "Conn3ct3d” with Robb Bank$ in January, Wifisfuneral has returned to his solo work in releasing “Ethernet 2.” This EP marks his second project of the year following the collaborative album. The sequel to 2018’s “Ethernet Vol. 1” is much shorter than the first one with the runtime only being 13 minutes. Al Benji is the sole guest appearance on the seven-track EP, leaving Wifi to flex his lyrical mind.
Wifi shows off his versatility well throughout this EP from his charismatic track “Eggs,” to the lullaby-like sound of "When It's All Said & Done," to the bass booming “No Trust,” and the Benji assisted “30For30.” Nonetheless, with great production along with his amazing flow and skillful lyricism, Wifisfuneral proves why he deserved his 2018 XXL Freshman spot.
Additionally, Genius shows an unreleased 8th track to the album, titled "Something."
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.