Rick Ross has broken through the barriers that artists with ten years plus in the rap game usually face. The ability to continue to appeal to the listening audience of hip hop fans whose attention moves with the latest sound. Ross proves yet again to have the ear for beats when it comes to his latest release, “Port of Miami 2”. Without sounding dated or rusty, Ricky Rozay is still in his bag with the lyrics and delivery as it fits sonically over a great body of work. Definitely a great follow up to his 2017 release, “Rather You Than Me” and befitting to be the sequel to his 2006 debut release “Port of Miami”. #PRESSPLAY
Saying that Nas is one of the greatest of all time is an understatement. Included on many hip hop heads’ “Top 5” lists, Nas has garnered the respect of listeners, peers, and elder statesmen over the span of 20 plus years. His official entry into the game, “illmatic”, continues to be celebrated as a groundbreaking album that changed the course of hip hop during the time of it’s release in 1994. Nas is also credited with being an influence on rappers from his generation to the current day.
With an extensive catalog that mirrors his career and growth as an artist (12 studio albums, 3 collaborative albums, 3 compilation albums, 1 extended play, and 78 singles), Nas has recorded a great deal of material. Over the years, Nas made promises to release the follow up to his critically acclaimed, fan favorite album, “The Lost Tapes”. After reported label issues and disagreements, the album has now been delivered in the form of “The Lost Tapes 2”. With production from Pharrell Williams, RZA, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, NO I.D., and more, the album boast to be a strong fix of the Nas hip hop heads know and love. #PRESSPLAY Stream here, courtesy of Spotify
Jim Jones released his new album, “El Capo”, recently and has been getting high reception from the listeners. Some have even deemed his best album thus far. The first visual release is for “My Era”, a song that features Brooklyn’s own Maino delivering a verse and new comer Drama on the hook. Stream Jim Jones’ latest offering courtesy of Spotify below.
Sic Mic returns with visuals for his latest single release, “I Feel It”. Produced by Point Guard, the track details the thoughts of a man coming to grips with surviving the struggles in his life while dealing with the fact that some of those that see you shining want to “see me dead or in jail”. The track and the bars blend together to create a vibe that teeters between paranoia and self actualization. #PRESSPLAY
Stream the latest full length release from Sic Mic”Eastcoast Mikey” here, courtesy of Spotify.
Big K.R.I.T. is a true reflection of the phrase “underground king”. Critically acclaimed, yet not an artist who has broken through to the mainstream, K.R.I.T. continues to press forward with his unapologetic approach to rap music. He’s paid his dues in the industry, landing on the 2011 XXL Freshmen Class Cover with the likes of YG, Meek Mill, Cyhi Da Prynce, Kendrick Lamar, & Mac Miller (RIP). After departing ways with Def Jam Recordings in 2016, K.R.I.T. opted to go the independent route. With the following he has and the caliber of music he is known to create, the move was definitely in his best interest.
With his new album “K.R.I.T. Iz Here” slated for release on July 12th, 2019, he brings the visual to his single “K.R.I.T. Here” forward to set the mood. The video reflects the visions that seep through his music; a hood scene, a modern day slave auction (an obvious reflection of the current music industry), and scene that has K.R.I.T. spitting his lyrics in front of a church congregation. Strong return for K.R.I.T. indeed. #PRESSPLAY
For more on Big K.R.I.T. , visit his official website at the link below: https://bigkrit.com/
Critically acclaimed rap artist Freddie Gibbs and one of hip hop’s most unsung producers, Madlib, are no strangers to the realm of collaboration. With their first project “Pianata” making waves with it’s release in 2014, it is considered a classic album in circles of listeners and fans. Promising a follow up, the two have released three singles from their forthcoming album, “Bandana” (“Flat Tummy Tea”, “Bandana, and “Crime Pays”). The duo release a visual to “Crime Pays” that has an interesting concept of Freddie Gibbs owning a horse/zebra farm. Those that are familiar with Madlib understand the significance in the use of zebras. #PRESSPLAY
Watch DJ Khaled – Wish, Wish ft. Cardi B, 21 Savage. DJ Khaled’s latest project “Father of Asad” just recently released and has been accompanied by 5 new videos. Here’s the video for “Wish Wish” featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage. #PRESSPLAY
If you haven’t heard “Old Town Road”, a hip hop /country music collaboration between Atlanta newcomer Lil Nas X & country music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus (yeah…Miley Cyrus’ father), you must have been under a rock. Not only has it been on the top of the Billboard 100 chart, it made it to number 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart before being removed because “it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.” (Billboard Magazine) Originally going viral from a challenge on the popular social media music app Tik Tok, the song took off and Cyrus officially jumped on as an official collaborator.
Having made millions bounce to his “country rap” sound, Lil Nas X delivers an official video for the hit record. The video boasts features from Chris Rock, Vince Staples, Diplo, & more. #PRESSPLAY to view it , share it, and leave a comment with your thoughts.
“Old Town Road”(Remix) by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus available for streaming an download the link below:
Rapper YG is not afraid to express himself through his art. The Compton, CA emcee has a knack for creating music that reflects the thoughts of the people in the ghettos of the United States (an example is his infamous Nipsey Hussle featured track “FDT”) and expressing in a way that hits the target dead on. YG’s music is also driven by hooks that are as energetic as the compositions they are recorded over.
His recent release and visual, “Stop Snitchin”, does not deviate from this formula. Even though the record comes across as a call to action for violation of one the most coveted codes of the street, the visual flips the script and takes a look at “snitchin” in a historic aspect. #PRESSPLAY
Hailing from Detroit, Kash Doll has made waves for herself in the hip hop game. She broke through to the spotlight by making videos of herself rapping on social media. Her reach was so effective that she was contacted by Chief Keef, Drake and Rihanna. After dropping viral videos (for example, her remix to Tinashe’s “2 On”), she landed a feature with Big Sean on Metro Boomin’s track “So Good” and struck a 25 million plus viewership for her single “For Everybody”.
After dropping a mixtape (“Brat Mail”) and an EP (“The Vault”) last year, she is gearing up for a debut album release on Republic Records. Following up the open reception of her single “Ice Me Out” (which also has a remix featuring 2 Chainz), she has released a video for her song “Hustla”. The song is a story telling rhyme about a stripper named Kelly who goes through quite an ordeal and must rely on her hustler mentality to stay afloat. #PRESSPLAY