Mississippi’s J’Mar Grae comes to the scene is one of the more incomparable talents of the indie scene in the area. This is evident quickly after pressing play on his new EP “EUNOIA“. Starting with the “Tinder Date” skit, we get to see J’Mar in his full awkward glory, before quickly switching into the one-of-a-kind funk, soul, alternative and hip-hop mixture he blends into his music. Standouts on the project include “I’ll Be Okay” featuring Yori and The Other Night as well as “Coon in the Funk” featuring b.b. the shirT. Check it out below.
San Fran’s inimitable rapper Gark Mavigan takes us into his world in new video “Bad Combination” where he explicitly shows us his love for Ramen noodles and crushing the mic
The track, which is produced by SmithTheMister, stems from the Bay Area rapper’s great 2015 release, RAMENdon. The quick-hitting project centered on the emcee’s love for all things noodle-related, including the wisdom that you may not want to mix your meal of Top Ramen with a side of Olde English. In addition to a gnarly hangover and nasty heartburn, you’re likely to make some bad decisions when, erm, enjoying those two at the same damn time.
And that’s only part of what makes “Bad Combination” such a lovable and relatable joint, because there’s even more to digest on here. Like the fact that Mavigan’s one of the more creative lyricists doing it right now, which he showcases through line after line of clever bravado on the track’s second verse. Luis Montoya captures the rapper’s spirit and passion with his quick-moving direction, all while providing beautiful shots of Chinatown. That’s most definitely not a bad combination.
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The Brooklyn-born Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire (or Mr. MFN eXquire if you’re afraid to be bold in headlines like me) dropped a new track on Thursday and announced he has an upcoming EP dropping. “Manboy” is the single produced by BoweryBeats and despite it’s laid back beat, it’s a very contemplative and personal show of force by eXquire. Emotional lyrics can be difficult to transform into something people will want to bump, but I must say this one is a very calculated combo of wit and wisdom.
eXquire also announced a new EP entitled Brainiac will be coming on July 28, which is available for preorder on iTunes and will also be available on Spotify. His latest major release was his Live Forever EP in 2015, and after hearing “Manboy” I guess you could say I’m “eXcited.” Time to turn in my gun and badge for that one. Promise me you’ll check out “Manboy” below. It deserves your attention. And the tracklist for Brainiac is below too.
- Lost in the Sauce
- A Pigeon Ain’t Shit But a Ghetto Dove
- 40’z at the Met Gala
- Strawberry Waterfalls
- Bebop and Rocksteady
Jazz Soul is always on the grind even when we’re not hearing new music on a regular basis. After taking some time off, Jazz Soul is back and better with “Heaven” released in collaboration with producer, Chuck Strangers. Soul remains honest and personal in his latest release. The record brings light to the new and fresh sound of Jazz Soul and how the artists look to move forward in the future.
Not sure what’s coming next from Jazz Soul but make sure you keep it locked here for news and updates.
Minnesota’s BlaccOut Garrison is always on the grind even when we’re not hearing new music. After taking some time off, Garrison is back with “The Pastor’s Prayer” released courtesy of his Dreamers . Garrison remains honest and personal and brings along “TheHouse” members Chris P and Michael Da Vinci that match Garrison to perfection. Again Garrison doesn’t hold back and neither do Chris P and Da Vinci. R.K Beats brings a haunting yet still church guided instrumental for the three to wax on.
No idea what’s coming next from BlaccOut but make sure you keep it locked here for news and updates.
UK emcee Namebe Soul is here and he’s here to snatch your ears in his latest single “FELA”. This is the last single from his upcoming project entitled “Souvenirs”. “Souvenirs” is a mix of sounds, vibes and messages meant to move you. With “FELA” Soul is here with a heater produced by Soulace Music, flexing his lyrically muscles on a cut to get you through your Hump Day.
Keep it locked here as Namebe Soul’s “Souvenirs” drops August 6th.
It’s about that time. According to a recent report by Nielsen, an organization that monitors consumer behavior and rate of consumption, Hip Hop/R&B (which are lumped into one genre) are the most listened-to tunes in 2017. The combined genre accounts for 25.1% of all music consumption in the United States. But how exactly is this measured? According to Billboard, who got it from Nielsen, this 25.1% accounts for physical album sales, album streams, and video streams.
This is the first time Hip Hop/R&B has led the charts in consumption, and 25.1% is the largest percentage ever achieved by Hip Hop/R&B. This is the also the first time Rock music has not been first in this measurement, as this year it rests at 23%. It’s not a competition, but this does speak for the impact these genres have on our market and society. If you’re interested in the numbers, Billboard does a very fine job of outlining some important specifics of the Nielsen report.
The sky’s the limit from here on out. How will music influence us next? Maybe Kendrick Lamar will appear on Game of Thrones.
Continuing to get us all hyped for his upcoming project “The Autobiography” due on July 28, Vic Mensa delivers a heavy video for his single “Rage”. The video has Mensa going through a plane crash while rapping about his struggles with addiction and talks about people back home in Chicago. He keeps his rhymes on how fame and the current climate in America lends to his descent and his survival of the crash showing his rise back to a better place.
In an attempt to bring BARS back to the ever mumbling, stuttering rap scene, the NY-Native duo made up of emcees King K.O.N.G. & AVN return to the forefront with the sequel to their ‘Wash The Throne’ collabo project.
“Wash The Throne II” is a 15 track project that was done after completing their second major coastal tour (Cam’ron‘s: Killa Season 2). The project displays a more mature showcase of lyrical ability and melody writing, working with prominent producers– JGramm Beats, Ewonee, and Teck-Zilla to create a versatile mosaic of styles that spans from classic NY boom-bap to New School Hip Hop. The album also features heavy hitters of the East Coast such as Passionate MC and Flawless Real Talk, as well as underground sensations like Medlock and Grand Wizzard MC . In summation this tape is a MUST hear from two up and coming Titans of the NY scene. Available on ITunes, Soundcloud, and Spotify.
Purchase link: iTunes |Spotify
Before we continue this article I want to drop a disclaimer…so here it is.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions in this article are mine and not necessarily the opinions of the Dead End Hip Hop staff…or they might be. I don’t know. OH, and before you @ me on Twitter...just know that won’t change my opinions.
Aight boom. Recently I’ve noticed a trend regarding Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. Chance is a very diverse and multi-layered artist that combines the sounds of gospel and really really soft rap with heavy Christian themes. He’s collaborated with Young Thug, Justin Bieber, had a standout verse on Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam” and…wait, why am I giving an introduction, I’m sure you already know him. He’s everywhere. Which is partially why I’m writing this article.
Recently a report came out saying that music platform Soundcloud basically had 50 days to live…and EVERYONE was panicking. “Oh my God, what are we gonna do now?! What about the music?”. But…not even 24 hours later, Chance…Chance, out of all of the people…stated that Soundcloud was here to stay. This seemed a little fishy to me. First of all…if Soundcloud was REALLY in trouble wouldn’t we have heard about it sooner? More importantly…how does ONE rapper with a net worth of 9 million…that isn’t Diddy, Jay-Z, Drake or Kanye…how does one rapper save a platform that big with just a phone call?
That leads to a couple of theories.
- Chance has more power than we thought.
- The whole thing is a set-up and Soundcloud was NEVER shutting down in the first place.
This brings me to another point. There’s really no nice way to say it, but Chance The Rapper is an industry plant. His level of popularity was planned ever since he before he dropped Acid Rap. His dad worked with my President, and his dad grew up with/knows Spike Lee. I knew he would be this big. Look at him. He’s marketable. He smiles. He laughs. He has an adorable daughter. He’s Christian. His music is safe. He wears OVERALLS. Women love him. He won awards while being “independent”. He’s essentially the anti Kanye. And this is exactly why his popularity has skyrocketed.
All of those things I mentioned are precisely why I don’t buy this corny good guy image that he’s forcing. Every time he does something he’s making sure you know. Whether it be “saving” Soundcloud, donating to a school or something like that. He apologized to the labels he dissed. He apologized for liking a picture on Instagram (???). Whatever he does (mostly positive) is immediately broadcasted and eaten up. It’s like he’s some super hero……..so like I said, the anti Kanye. I’m not a fan of him being put on a pedestal for stuff like this, his false independence, his safe good guy image that’s completely fake. If other rappers can do good for people in silence, why is he so different. Why are people subject to having to deal with watching his every move?
Nobody else thinks it’s weird that Chance was EVERYWHERE on the blogs in 2012 despite barely anyone ever hearing of him? He wasn’t independent then because he was signed with Creative Arts Agency (Home to George Clooney, Will Smith, David Beckham among others). Chance wasn’t independent then. Chance is not independent now. You can’t sit here and tell me that anyone backed by Apple (a company worth 700 BILLION) is an independent artist just because they aren’t signed to a label. Chance The Rapper’s album Coloring Book was streamed on Apple Music for 2 weeks before it was “free”. That’s not independent. If you’re being backed by the biggest tech company in the world, how can you expect not to sell a ton of records and win awards. He isn’t a trailblazer or example for other independent rappers, but he is a marketing GENIUS.
I was a Chance fan for a long time. But I’m even more a fan of the culture. I understand artist development, because Chance hasn’t always made music like this, music with strong Christian themes, but I understand. Music is all about branding, how you market yourself. Chance has shown that he’s soft spoken, friendly, a nice guy. He’s a rapper who won’t push the envelope. you can listen to him in the car with your parents, even the unclean versions. He’s what Childish Gambino was supposed to be. He’s what Drake was in 2008. And after he got the Kanye push and co-sign, it was over. Chance was catapulted past hip-hop and into pop cultural stardom.
I know what you’re thinking. “He does all this good stuff for people, he saved Soundcloud, why should we care? Go get some money, hating ass nigga!”. Yeah, f*ck me, right? I’m not hating on Chance. I still enjoy his old music. I believe he’s overhyped and his false, independent savior image is a detriment to the culture. This has been set up since the beginning. To me what sets him apart from rappers like Kendrick (let’s just use him) is that Kendrick pushes the envelope while giving you 100% raw raps hit your soul and throughout his career he has unapologetically dropped music for the culture without sacrificing his image. One of my issues with Chance is that he’s done a complete 180 musically, which I understand and a complete 180 with his image. He also got off drugs, and I’m happy for him but you can’t tell me that him being sober is gonna turn him into this complete cornball…something is up.
In the words of Joe Budden: ” You can’t fool a real nigga, you can fool all of them who aren’t paying attention, but you can’t fool me.”
………Y’all know this is just my opinion, right?