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It Happened in Flatbush

The Underachievers have been doing their thing for the past few years, creating 5th dimensional music to enlighten listeners while speaking about current events and social injustices with a tasteful delivery. This dynamic duo achieves the goal of creating conscious music with substance while staying turnt. Feeding medicine through candy, they allow listeners to enjoy heavy 808s and trap sounds while they deliver political messages. Yesterday they continue the movement with their newest project titled “It happened in Flatbush” this 10 track project can be streamed in its entirety below. “It Happened in Flatbush” serves as the duo’s follow-up to their sophomore album Evermore which dropped in September. In addition to their new release, The Underachievers are about to hit the road as part of the Smoker’s Club tour this summer with Cam’ron, Smoke DZA and others starting May 31st. Make sure you check out this phenomenal project below and as always…

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YAMBORGHINI HIGH

A$AP MOB unite to pay tribute to their fallen brother A$AP Yams with the posse cut “Yamborghini High.” After recently celebrating Yams day, this track was a perfect way to bring it in. It has the same ethereal feel that Rocky and Yams introduced on last project LSD as well as the gritty New York sound that initiated the wave. The whole Mob comes out on this single the only question is who’s got the best verse? Stream the video below and as always

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Phony PPL

Nine-piece band Phony Ppl creates music that feels wise beyond its years, especially since the members of the group are just out of high school. Through hard word and countless hours of practicing they were able to produce a unique sound, which they niche as “Brooklyn Soul,” an acoustic swirl of jazz, R&B and hip-hop which include guitarist, sax, bass and more. Phony Ppl Recently released their debut album Phonyland early quarter 2016, collectively they have come together to create a sound which elevates consciousness with jazz and swooning rhythm and blues hooks and smooth rap verses. Do yourself a favor and stream the content below. And as Always…

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What’s Beef

The legendary Notorious B.I.G posed the question what’s beef, describing the differences between frivolous rap beef, which is resolved with a diss record or a battle, and real life beef which is “when you need two gats to go to sleep”. Biggie would know this best, being that beef led to his and Tupac Shakur’s untimely death in the late 90’s. Which makes you wonder what mere words can lead to a disagreement going from music to life and death. Recently, indie mastermind Joey Bada$$ released a single called “Ready”, where he boasts about his album sales as well as throwing shots at Troy Ave claiming his Pro Era crew mate Kirk Knight sold more than Troy Ave. Joey proclaims himself as the number one independent hip–hop artist in the country, and he has the numbers to back it up. Based on the sales of his debut album B.4.DA.$$, he moved  60k his first week. While Troy Ave, debut LP Major Without a Deal sold less than 5k units its first week. Troy feeling some type of way replied with a subliminal tweet calling Bada$$ a “fake independent” because of his distribution deal with Sony Red (which doesn’t change that he’s still an independent artist, by definition). This whole beef seemed petty with two artist disputing about album sales. Joey claimed the two emcees patched up their differences and had mutual respect for each other in a Hot 97 interview. Since they allegedly made amends, it seems Troy Ave’s feelings were clearly hurt by Bada$$ comments on his single “Ready”. So hurt in fact, that he quickly responded with a four minute long diss track. Troy spends most of the track claiming nobody cares about Joey’s indie success since he doesn’t get radio airplay, but he takes the reignited beef to a whole new unnecessary level disrespecting the late and great Capital Steez. Wishing that he burned in hell, and clowning Steez for committing suicide. Putting this beef on a whole new echelon of sensitivity, sounding like a sore loser throwing a tempter tantrum, shouting the most ignorant words he can think, just because he got called out on the truth. Statistically Joey is more successful than Troy, the sales and sold-out shows speak for themselves. It’s one thing to start a beef with a fellow artist it’s another to attack a dead man who can’t defend himself. Creating some of the most offensive bars ever spat on a diss track: this is up there with Pac threatening Biggie’s life or Jay-Z explaining how he banged the mother of Nas’ child in her backseat. Name-calling, dissing significant others, and even death threats is one thing: but dissing an enemy’s deceased homie is a no-no in hip hop. To hear the songs click the link below and as always

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HIGHER

 

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Remy Banks, a charismatic 26-year-old rapper from Queens outlines his entire life story with his recent 11 track project “Higher”. Raised in the hip hop Mecca, Remy focuses on changing the current state of rap in the big apple by resurrecting original hip hop sound and soul. Not trying to be cool or fit in but rather just be himself and trust his uniqueness will carve its own lane.  Remy’s organic effortless style creates a smooth, laid back feel that you would hear being played at your neighborhood barbecue in the summertime. Calling on producers like  Black Noi$e, King Krule, Left Brain, and artist Syd The Kyd, D.R.A.M., and Hak,  collectively they add their ingredients and spices to cook up this classic material. Remy casually separates himself from the crowd by not limiting his music into a specific box and following the age-old theory of keeping quiet and allowing the work to speak. “Higher” inspires others to be themselves and be products of their environment, encouraging listeners to talk about what they know and embrace the lessons learned growing up as well as encouraging his audience to find their own voice and not be afraid to express what you are going through because your peers or society thinks it’s not cool. Combating the evils of everyday life with the power of individuality and self love.  To hear Remy’s  “Higher” EP stream the video below and as always…

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Resurrecting Art

Bronx-raised Awol erizku saw a lack of positive representation for members of his community, particularly in high art. To answer this, Erizku supplants iconic works from the masters of Renaissance art like Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio but using primarily black models, whom he scouts from the streets. His strong art education- BA from Cooper Union School of Art and MFA from Yale’s Visual Arts program- makes him a force to be reckoned with, growing up in New York Awol befriended many musicians like A$AP Ferg  from whom he drew inspiration. Awol experienced high end fashion by attending the world’s most prestige art schools but he also had his ear to the streets with his humble upbringing. His portraits are powered by colorful characters and sculptures from historical time. His aesthetics reference cultural trends like hip-hop and basketball as well as maintain a crossing between pop art and minimalism. Erizku’s long- term project is to remove the labeling of a black artist as being only concerned with making “black art”, and in doing so, he hopes to elevate blackness in the library of art history. His art sparks conversation, and stirs controversies by taking historical images and adding his artistic perspective, some may think this to be criminal but isn’t all art inspired from other artist? I’ll let you be the judge, stream the video below to see Awol work and as always…

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“Pocket” by Drag-On

Hip Hop Heads it’s been a cold winter, but Da Bassment is bringing you some HEAT from Ruff Ryders alum Drag-On with his new single “Pocket”. Since his 99’ breakout single “Down Bottom” ft. Juvenile (had girls twerkin on motorcycles waaaay before Miley Cyrus was thought of lol) this raw emcee has always gone hard in everything he’s done, earning him a gold certification for his debut album Opposite of H20 and movie roles in Exit Wounds and Cradle To The Grave. After a short hiatus from the game following his departure from Full Surface Records, Drag has been on a tear releasing underground bangers and freestyles under his own label Hood Environment. With his most recent single “Pocket” Drag displays his versatility as an artist, spittin’ bars as if it were the early 2000’s but with a swagger conducive to the growing times. The single was inspired by his humble beginnings with Ruff Ryders but also serves as a reminder to the new cats not to get out of pocket or the fire will come out. Be sure to download “Pocket” below and check out Drag-On’s Freestyle Pt.15 for some straight bars!!!

 

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