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N E W M U S I C F R I D A Y S

NICKI MINAJ – BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

J. COLE – THE OFF SEASON

21 SAVAGE – SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW SOUNDTRACK EP

KODAK BLACK – HAITIAN BOY KODAK

JORJA SMITH – BE RIGHT BACK

BIG JADE – PRESSURE

TOOSII – THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING

QUANDO RONDO – STILL TAKING RISKS

TEE GRIZZLEY – BUILT FOR WHATEVER

JAY CRITCH – CRITCH TAPE

NEW MUSIC: INKSWEL FT. OHMEGA WATTS & LAILAH REICH – THE SUN

After years of releases on labels such as BBE, Sonar Kollektiv and Rush Hour and with a multitude of works with award winning artists such as Pugs Atomz, Steve Spacek, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Blu, Inkswel is finally launching his own record label with his partner Charli Umami. Enter Inner Tribe. A play on words, the labels ethos speaks to invoke the vibe and spiritual connection within us all. The innovative new label is built upon the very foundations that first inspired the couple, that being a love of Hip-Hop and Soul music. Inner Tribe’s debut release is a double single, premiering Inkswel’s Mind Beats Series- which will eventually take its final form as an album.

The title track ‘The Sun’ features vocals from the extensively prolific Ohmega Watts, known for his classic albums like ‘Watts Happening’ and ‘The Find’ as well as his role in the infamous Lightheaded Crew. The song also features lush vocals from Lailah Reich out of Detroit and additional horns from Sydney Horn player Sloth. To back up the title joint, Inkswel has delivered the bonus track ‘Spread Love’ featuring Tableek from legendary 90s New York crew Maspyke. As Bleek and Inkswel had collaborated previously on Inkswel’s 2016 BBE Records album, it was only natural that they continued vibing. Inkswel brings new sounds to the spectrum that effortlessly guide the lyrical message of connection and hope. All of this backed up by visionary artwork from Michal Rafaj, Inner Tribe’s debut release will forever shine bright like THE SUN!

The single will be released June 8th.

NEW MUSIC: TAY DA CROWN – LOST

Reigning out of Phoenix, Arizona Tay Da Crown releases his first single “Lost” along with Los Angeles based producer Cee-One from the West Coast Kreations camp.

This duo has come together to bring you a spiritually based hard-core cinematic view deep down from the depths of the human soul. Tay Da Crown delivers two straight to the gut verses over Cee One’s mellow instrumentation which combine as a match made in hip hop heaven. This duo has been working on a project set to drop in the near future. Be on the lookout.

Check out the song and grab your copy below:

About Tay Da Crown

As a native to Arizona, Dun’te Marshall-Garcia a.k.a Tay Da Crown has a legacy to uphold: his family members and ancestors were the first to establish and own land in Surprise, Arizona. Staying true to his family’s efforts, Tay Da Crown looks towards representing his bloodline, city and the neighborhood he holds close to him. Flexing his artistry, Tay Da Crown delivers a poetic vibe while maintaining his street essence.

TAY DA CROWN

Tay Da Crown’s sharp flows combined with his headstrong approach to his music has been resonating on a bigger level lately. From sharing the stage with Strange Music artists, to rocking sold out crowds in Los Angeles to being the featured artist of the week on 101.1 The Beat’s “Bar Exam,” Tay Da Crown continues to make strides with every move that he makes.

NEW MUSIC: ROCK MECCA FT. KOOL G RAP, TRAGEDY KHADAFI & BLAQ POET – COLISEUMS

Queens Godfathers Kool G. Rap, Tragedy Khadafi and Blaq Poet take it to the coliseum and compare war scars on Rock Mecca’s star studded “Q-Boro Thoro” Coliseums remix, produced by Jake Palumbo. From Rock Mecca’s “FE26 The Ironsides” EP, available on all platforms.

ROCK MECCA

Rock Mecca’s critically acclaimed LP “Ironworld” was released in 2018. The three years it took to make the album generated several outtakes, side appearances and remixes that are now being released as a compilation EP dubbed “FE26: The Ironsides”

The properties of iron are being channeled here to bring you hardcore Hip-Hop in the form of 8 tracks, all bangers no filler.

Recorded at the Spacelab, a studio in Brooklyn, N.Y, which is quickly becoming a go-to spot for the cream of New York’s underground rap scene, a few frequent passerbys were pulled to the side to drop a sixteen as Rock was working on Ironworld.

The EP that resulted is a star-studded project with a who’s who of Hip-Hop’s true school. Features include a rare appearance by New Jersey legends Artifacts, a collaboration of Queens Godfathers Kool G. Rap, Tragedy Khadafi and Blaq Poet as well as Flipmode Squad’s Rah Digga and West Coast spitter Ras Kass. Brooklyn vets Smif-N-Wessun and Shabaam Sahdeeq also make an appearance as well as new school phenom Tha God Fahim.

“FE26: The Ironsides” is the first of a few releases slated to be released by Rock Mecca this year and another standout project to add to the cannon of his discography.

NEW MUSIC: DEF-I FT. JOSH DOMINGUEZ – WOKE UP LATE (REMIX)

Hard on the heels of the first single from their revamped album, Oceans Deserted – The Remixes, beloved New Mexico MC Def-i and respected SoCal producer and artist Ariano drop their latest joint, “Woke Up Late.”

DEF-I

“Woke Up Late” is a re-conceptualized version of the track from the original album. It’s a different vibe for Def-i, unlike any sound fans have heard from him before. His effortless flow and innately creative rhymes are still on deck, but there’s a moodier feel that’s downright sexy. Def-i’s delivery combined with the sultry rasp of LA’s Josh Dominguez on the hook creates an entirely seductive sound. Ariano’s production is a clean overhaul of the original track; leaning more towards bass-heavy rock and less traditional hip hop.

“Woke Up Late” is the second single from Oceans Deserted – The Remixes, and dropped May 8th on Popular Nobody.

THISIS50.COM INTERVIEW WITH losLAUREN 718

Bronx rapper losLAUREN 718 recently stopped by ThisIs50.com to not only spit some bars, but also talk about a variety of things. LAUREN shares what got him into Hip Hop, who in the game inspires him and how he became a part of Ralph Lauren Polo collector culture. Also covering his brand “Allergic to Failure”, the reasoning behind its’ name and the concept behind the company, this interview will tell you everything you need to know about losLAUREN 718.

And if you want to catch up on the music; his latest album “Allergic to Failure” is out and available everywhere. Find links to all of his music below. losLAUREN’s upcoming single “Gelato” featuring Camille Haile will be dropping on World Star Hip Hop May 25th.

losLAUREN 718

About

“Nobody’s gonna wait on you.”

This is the mantra of hip-hop artist losLAUREN 718. It’s what prompted him to rhyme for veteran rapper AZ in a nightclub in 2005. It’s part of the motivation that led him to being featured in The Source’s Unsigned Hype column in 2006. It’s why, not seeing the opportunities he desired, he opted for grad school at Florida A&M University, earning his MBA, and why he joined the Air Force. It’s what’s been the inspiration behind his company, and record label, Allergic to Failure, since its inception in 2012.

Splitting his time between The Bronx, and Florida, losLAUREN 718’s music incorporates both traditional NYC lyricism, and Florida’s history of melody and bass. Listeners will also find a refreshing dose of honesty in his work. He points to a humorous, but authentic, line from his EP “Shades of Blue 2.5”, as he raps, “Stingy with dough / fuck Coinstar / I roll my quarters,” noting, “that’s a real fact. I’m not trying to pay 10% for you to roll it up!”

All Music:
https://songwhip.com/album/loslauren-718/allergic-to-failure

Previously, losLAUREN 718 has worked with a litany of notable DJs and producers, including DJ Green Lantern, DJ Drama, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Ty Fyffe (Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes), QB Da Problem (50 Cent, Scarface, Joe Budden, Raheem DeVaughn), Nefarious! (Amor Jones), and Chris Prythm (Lloyd Banks, Nipsey Hussle).

NEW VIDEO: ILL ADVANCED FT. J. MALIK – PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

Ill Advanced and J. Malik combine forces to bring you the official
music video for “Philosopher’s Stone” Directed By N.U.C. Productions.
Produced By Ill, the song is an expression of lyrical prowess and a
poetic representation of spiritual enlightenment through unwavering
persistence.

From the February release of his full length album “Unwritten Divine
Rule”, following J. Malik’s “War On Truth”, the Pittsburgh based
emcees have formed an unmatched chemistry. They both currently have a wide array of music on deck, as well as a collaborative project in the
works.

Check out the video and the full “Unwritten Divine Rule” album below:

https://illadvanced.bandcamp.com/album/unwritten-divine-rule

Ill Advanced

Pittsburgh, PA artist Ill Advanced is a product of Hip Hop’s classic
golden era. Providing insight with powerful messages that speak to the
heart of the individual. He’s shared the stage with legendary emcees
from The Wu Tang Clan to Kool Keith. Paying homage to the legends
who’ve paved the way for him, unequivocally carrying the torch.

NEW VIDEO: NIGHTMARE & SLEEPY – SLIDE (LOFI VERSION)

Using a unique approach to reimagine this song from its original version, the duo Nightmare and Sleepy took the same approach when creating the visuals; sewing scenes together to create this vibe.

Nightmare and Sleepy

Comprised of two Nightmare and Sleepy is a music, art, and gaming collective focusing on all aspects of hip hop.
Utilizing their talents this father and son duo have found a way to bridge the gap, and learn from one another in order to create fresh music for the masses.

Check out the video for “Slide (Lofi Version)” and grab your copy of the track below:

NEW VIDEO: DEF-I FT. ARIANO – AMERICAN QUARANTINE

Following the success of his recent album, Deserted Oceans, iconic New Mexico artist Def-i and veteran SoCal producer and artist Ariano flip the script and prepare to drop a revamped version of the album, bringing you Oceans Deserted – The Remixes.

The remix album reimagines all of the original tracks and throws fans a new joint born from these uncertain times, “American Quarantine.” Recorded by Ariano in LA, “American Quarantine” is guitar-driven and heavy, mirroring the mood of the times. Def-i delivers his verses with spit-fire precision, his message on point and addressing the fear and fallout from the global pandemic. Even in his direct references, Def-i expertly weaves subtle hidden meaning into every verse, grounding the track in an unwavering veil of hope.

Def-I

The accompanying video to “American Quarantine” brings the words of Def-i and Ariano to life. Directed by The Mothership Alumni, the imagery is powerfully pointed in scanning the eerie emptiness of city streets and the places that should be swarming with life. The loneliness of the cityscape is juxtaposed against the calming solitude of the New Mexico desert, which Def-i embraces even in the midst of the chaos.

“American Quarantine” is a song of the now and is the first single from Oceans Deserted – The Remixes, dropping May 8th on Popular Nobody.

Check out the video below:

NEW MUSIC: MRK SX & ROYCE DA 5’9″ – GOOD LIFE

After working with West Coast legend Kxng Crooked I on a few of his latest projects, MRK SX developed a creative relationship with Royce Da 5’9, as Royce was preparing his latest album “The Allegory”. While the work MRK SX did on that project did not see the light of day (yet), Royce blessed MRK SX with some work for himself. The first of which is the aforementioned “Good Life”. The song is a call to all those that are listening in these tumultuous times to “get over yourself”, and understand that we are all more alike than not at all. The cover art was inspired by Pete Rock and CL Smooths classic album The Main Ingredient, which MRK has always been a fan of.

Check out the song below:

About MRK SX:

In today’s music industry, it’s imperative to be more than just an artist or producer. It’s about how to be the “complete package” while being the most versatile individual in the room.

MRK SX is the complete package. Hailing from the deeply hip-hop ground of Detroit, and currently residing in Atlanta, MRK SX is one of the games’ best kept secrets. As an Air Force veteran, MRK SX knows about sacrifice, and the importance of education. He also holds a Bachelors degree in audio production, ensuring that it is his time to shine.

MRK SX has had his fair share of exposure, and has been co-signed by some of the most elite rap artists including Crooked I (KXNG Crooked), Royce Da 5’9”, Killer Mike, Obie Trice, Swifty McVay & Kuniva from D-12, Stevie Stone, Yukmouth, Bobby Creekwater, Speech from Arrested Development and more. Artist don’t just go around co-signing any unsigned artist, so what is it that makes MRK SX so special?

MRK SX

His clever word play, harmonic and melodic hooks easily satisfies the most underground hip hop head, and fans of mainstream hip hop music alike.
MRK SX is coming off a solid 2019, and his first national tour, The Shady Gang Tour that featured Crooked I, Obie Trice, and Swifty McVay.

Additionally, MRK SX has released 3 solo projects including “The Sockmonster EP”, “L Brick Road” and “Announcements are Overrated”. Look out for the new release “The 40 Year Old Rapper” available on all streaming platforms now, via MRK’s indie label DatFeelin.