Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Scottie Beam featuring Rick Ross
Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist are both no strangers to collaboration projects. GIbbs, who is fresh off the high praised Bandannaalbum with acclaimed produced Mad Lib, has broken through being cornered into a particular sound. The Alchemist, who has collab projects with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Action Bronson, Conway The Machine, and Currensy, has a distinct sound that has been sought out by hip hop’s most prized rappers. What happens when these two connect? Alfredo.
The album is actually the second time the two have collaborated. Fetti, which also featured Currensy, was released in 2018. Alfredoboasts features from Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Tyler, the Creator, and Rick Ross. It has received a warm embrace from fans and critics alike.
Scottie Beam is the first visual release from the album and features Freddie Gibbs and Rick Ross trading bars over Alchemist’s signature production. View the video above. To hear the Alfredo album, check below courtesy of Spotify.
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
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
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 Big Facts Ep: 19- Gucci Mane, Big Bank, DJ ScreamGUCCI MANE joins BIG BANK and DJ SCREAM on Big Facts for a classic episode. GUCCI discusses “The New 1017”, where he stands with several rappers, ZONE 6, his upcoming book, how prison changed him, the young rap generation, loyalty and more!
Watch Uncle Murda – Rap Up 2019 At the top of 2020, rap artist Uncle Murda did his annual duty and released the anticipated “Rap Up” of the previous year. As always, Murda does not mince his words and let’s a few people have it! To add on to the buzz, he releases his visual for the track. With snippet videos and photos panning in, they accentuate the stinging bars that he pitches. The comedy factor is present as always, along with women in bikinis and pool party antics.
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 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.