Singer/actress Teyana Taylor never fails when it comes to entertainment. Whether she is on the big screen or television with husband Iman Shumpert or performing some her own music, she puts on! In her latest video for her track, Bare Wit Me, Teyana does it again. Using an early 1900’s theme, she gets into acting out a role as she performs. Not to neglect the dance routines she is known for, she and her entourage bust some moves while seated in chairs that show homage to the late great Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal video. #PRESSPLAY
Memphis, Tennessee native Young Dolph has seemed to have had it with the quarantine like most people have. With the on set of the coronavirus pandemic that has swept through the globe, the changes that have come to the lives that we are used are very common. Stuck in the house, wanting to be outside. Well, Dolph feels the same way. In his new video, Sunshine, he speaks to a friend on the phone about his activities during the quarantine, counting the blessings of being with his family, and asking God to bless the health care workers on the front line of the pandemic battle. With a short track that comes in under three minutes, Young Dolph sums up the way a lot of us feel. #PRESPLAY
STREAM JUELZ SANTANA #FREESANTANAJuelz Santana from the acclaimed hip hop collective The Diplomats is currently serving a federal sentence on drug and weapons charges. Prior to locking in for his bid, Santana was busy recording and completing material. This period was documented on Love & Hip Hop New York, showing him recording in the studio and preparing his family for his upcoming bid. Santana’s wife Kimbella is shown during the current season working to compile his recordings for a release while he is incarcerated. The result of this work has been released for the masses and titled #FREESANTANA. The project includes features from DipSet member Jim Jones, Lil Wayne (whom collaborated with Santana on an unreleased project titled I Can’t Feel My Face over ten years ago.), Dave East, 2 Chainz, Belly, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The buzz has generated listens and comments due to Santana addressing issues with DipSet frontman Cam’ron. There are no exact timestamps when Juelz recorded all his verses, which means that some of them may have been from years ago prior to the Diplomats reunion that took place in 2018. Regardless, Juelz has new material for his followers to hear and is rumored to be coming home as soon as this summer. Stream #FREESANTANA courtesy of Spotify.
Stream Jadakiss Ignatius Jadakiss is undeniably one of the top tier lyricists in hip hop’s lineage. With his career reaching the late 1990s to the present scene, Kiss has been able to consistently be mentioned among the greats of the culture. From his classic hits with his brethren Styles P and Sheek Louch as a member of acclaimed group The Lox, his many features and mixtape appearances, and his solo career, Jada has continued to be a force of lyrical content and inspiration to the modern day rapper. He taps in once again with a solo set to follow up his 2017 release with Fabolous, Friday On Elm Street. Titled Ignatius, the project surprisingly has no features from his fellow Lox brothers, but boasts features from 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Dej Loaf, John Legend, and a few others. With a fresh release, Kiss is at it once again. Stream it here, courtesy of Spotify. Be sure to leave your comments and favorite track picks in the comment box below!
Stream Juelz Santana 23 & 1 Juelz Santana of The Diplomats aka Dipset has a history that begins prior to his Love & Hip Hop appearances. Outside of being selected as one of hip hop’s leaders of the new school over a decade ago, he has been a stand out feature on many of rap’s favorite artists’ tracks. He also has had a history of run ins with the law. His last charge led to him being sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison. His wife Kimbella, who also appears on Love & Hip Hop, has announced that Juelz could be home as soon as the summer of 2020. Prior to his incarceration, Santana recorded several tracks and Kimbella has been working diligently to put them together for release. The first track that we get to ingest from this collection is 23 & 1. The track is a continuous delivery of bars that finds us back in the realm of the reflective side of Juelz. Speaking on his bid and the time ahead, he addresses the issue of fake friends, missing his family, and perseverance. The track’s outro consists of comments from Meek Mill, whom Juelz mentions that he shared conversations with prior to and during his bid.
Juelz Santana releases his first single “23 & 1” since being incarcerated speaking on the trials and tribulations of prison. Produced by Scram Jones. #FREESANTANA the new mixtape coming soon! BUY/STREAM: https://cmg.ffm.to/23and1
Watch Jadakiss – Kisses To The Sky Lyrical heavyweight Jadakiss checks in with a new visual for “Kisses To The Sky”. The track is a cinematic soundscape in itself with piano riffs and strings over a laid back bass line. Kiss enlists another bar heavy wordsmith in the likes of Rick Ross and Emanny brings the rappers’ verses together with smooth vocals that toast to the good life. A dope merge of styles between the collaborators as they make this track resonate. The video wouldn’t be a Jadakiss product if there wasn’t a theatrical twist to the story line. Pretty women, fly fashion, dope music, and a gangster twist to the plot takes the track to the next level.
Watch Redman – Slap Da Sh*t Outcha Rap legend Redman is known for his superb rhyming abilities and his natural knack for adding humor to the mix. With his latest release, 3 Joints, Red has dropped visuals to the track Smack Da Shit Outcha. The video does not fall far Red’s formula of entertainment. Sticking to the title, Red slaps the face of everyone who steps to him with an annoying request. With the internet already having a viral response to the video, Redman definitely displays that he still got it!
Check for Redman’s new project 3 Joints below, courtesy of Spotify.
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