Big Boi and Sleepy Brown have a history of making dope collaborations. With the both of them coming from the legendary Atlanta based hip hop collective, Dungeon Family, they have been deep rooted in the bubble up of southern hip hop (“The South Got Something To Say!!”). Sleepy Brown is 1/3 of the production team Organized Noize, which was critical to creating the sound that would shape Big Boi and partner Andre 3000’s multi-platinum, iconic group Outkast. Their chemistry brought forth the chart topping classic, “The Way You Move”. With Sleepy’s laid back vocals and Big Boi’s in the pocket flow and player seasoned lyrics, the combination is a undeniable vibe.
Keeping it player as usual, the two unite again to release the visuals to their new single, “Can’t Sleep”. Shot in the Little 5 Points neighborhood of Atlanta with the internationally famous Outkast mural in the background, Big and Sleepy bounce effortlessly over a slow tempo and proceed to spit that game. Guess that’s why they can’t sleep…because the ladies keep calling. Out now on all platforms and spinning on Ground Up Radio’s regular rotation! #PRESSPLAY
Critically acclaimed rap artist AZ has been brought up in discussions among hip hop heads as one of the most slept on greats of the culture. With over 20 years of projects deep into it, AZ continues to move unscathed and drops music to his fan base. With the awaited release of Doe Or Die 2 (Doe Or Die is the title of AZ’s debut solo album. It has sold over a million copies and is considered a classic.) being promoted to be coming soon, AZ releases a single to feed the streets. Found My Niche finds AZ rhyming in pocket and comfortable in his own skin over a slow tempo. The opening part of the video features a reflective commentary from AZ that sets the tone for the rhymes that follow, which are delivered as a seasoned veteran emcee should. #PRESSPLAY
Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted 30th Anniversary Listening Party
When it comes to having longevity and legacy in the culture, west coast hip hop representative Ice Cube more than fits the description. With a career that spans music, movies, and the creation of the Big 3 basketball league, Cube has taken the blueprint and expanded it over multiple decades. Not to mention, he is held in high regards in the discussion of greatest rappers of all time. Needless to say, Cube’s contribution to the art of rap is solidified in hip hop history.
Ice Cube’s first solo album after his departure from the groundbreaking group N.W.A., Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, recently turned 30 years old. The album is documented as one of the first fusions of east and west coasts hip hop elements. It showed Ice Cube as an artist capable of holding his own and creating classic material. It also was an introduction to Cube’s new crew, Lench Mob, which included Yo-Yo, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Sir Jinx, and the group Da Lench Mob. In honor of the platinum album’s anniversary, Ice Cube took to his Instagram account and did a live listening and commentary of it. With plenty of backstories on the tracks and the making of the album, Cube goes in for over one hour. Check out the replay here, courtesy of Ice Cube’s YouTube channel.
Watch Crook’s Corner Eminem Interview Eminem is has no doubt cemented his name in the conversation of hip hop greatest emcees. Whether you are a fan or not, he has withstood the test of time and left a catalog of music that will be referred to in years to come. With the release of his latest studio album, Music To Be Murdered By, Em takes the time to chop it up with fellow bar smith Kxng Crooked for his media platform, Crook’s Corner. Listen and watch as they discuss the new album, the current state of hip hop, Em’s top rap artist picks, and answer fan questions.
Watch Erica Payne – No Guidance If you still aren’t familiar with who Erica Payne is, you must not have heard her show on our online radio station, Raw Wit It Radio. She not only is the co-host of the show (along with Phat Baby), but she is a highly skilled hip hop artist who has dropped original music and remixes that are all heaters! Her latest release is yet another for the books. Taking the beat and title of Drake and Chris Brown’s smash single, No Guidance, Erica puts her PGG (Pretty Girl Gangsta) twist on it. While riding the track effortlessly, she lyrically runs through a list of rappers and DJs from her Virginia (Hampton Roads, to be exact) area code that she hooked up with. Of course, we don’t mean literally! It’s only bars! Though it’s a concept that has been visited by Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, it is a dope homage to them both and those who got their names dropped in the bars! Visuals shot by Pure Brilliance Entertainment.
Watch Uncle Murda – 2019 Rap Up Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year again! As expected, Brooklyn’s own, Uncle Murda, checks in with his annual “rap up” of the year’s events in only a way that he can deliver it. Always loaded with witty bars with a comical punch, Uncle M checks in at right over 10 minutes with a run down of what went down in 2019.
Hip Hop veteran Fat Joe just released his album, “Family Ties”. Joe has stated that this is his final album. With a catalog of hits under his belt, Joe brings along consistent collaborating producer Dre (of the production duo Cool & Dre) along for his last solo outing. The project’s first single, “Yes”, featured fellow Bronx, NY native Cardi B and generated some waves for the projects release.
His latest visual offering from the album is in the form of the single “Deep”. Under the direction of Irv Gotti (who is still riding high off the success of two critically acclaimed seasons of “Tales” on BET), the video paints a picture to go along with the songs lyrics. Following the storyline of unfaithful love and the emotions involved, the video serves as a short film. With cameos from NORE, Dre, and Irv Gotti, this one is looking like another one to add to Joey Crack’s list of bangers.
“Championships” is the latest studio release from rhyme slinger Meek Mill. Following the earlier release of his Jeremih and PnB Rock featured single, “Dangerous”, the album features appearances from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Future, Ella Mai, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, and more. There’s also a feature from Meek’s former rhyme rival Drake, a good look which follows their public appearance together during a performance on Drake’s latest tour. #PRESSPLAY