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pineappleCITI- “Dance”

Rising hip-hop artist pineappleCITI returns with visuals to her single “Dance,” out today. Flipping the script on Dancing with The Stars, CITI’s latest video offers a clever play on the popular dance competition, adding a unique and comedic hip-hop flair. Featuring slick lyricism alongside an upbeat tempo, “Dance” blends melodic rhythms with Latin-influenced guitar and percussions, making an irresistible track that lives up to its name. 

One of TIDAL’s Rising Hip-Hop cover artists this year and featured on NBA2K20, NBA2K21, and Netflix’s Sneakerheads, pineappleCITI is equal parts rapper, singer, and acclaimed songwriter. Named one of Okayplayer’s 25 Underrated Female Rappers, she has penned works for Twista and Kelly Rowland. In the same year, she celebrated the release of her viral hit “Rose Colored” and suffered a near-fatal car crash, causing her to learn how to walk again over the course of two years. 

With a focus on songs that feature motivational lyricism and powerful messages, she has released a number of recent singles, including “Recognize,” “Believe,” and “Lift Me Up,” the latter of which was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old-school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The FADER, PAPER, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

To keep up with pineappleCITI visit her Website or follow her on Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Justin Rarri – No Flaws

Justin Rarri premiered the new music video for his song “No Flaws” Wednesday, and you can check it out by clicking right here.

The green, red and gold visuals in the video are all tied together with costume design and set design that match the colorful lighting and cinematography.

The song was part of Rarri’s EP titled “Youngest In Kharge,” which released in July.

The EP is a master class in versatility from Rarri, and the 11-song track list features artists like Smoove’L, Lil Poppa and Stunna 4 Vegas.

This new video release comes off Rarri’s release of the video for “Neighborhood Supplier,” which has racked up almost 3 million views.

Just before the release of the video for “Neighborhood Supplier,” Rarri dropped the video for “2 Seater,” which collected almost 2 million views.

He also performed at the virtual version of the Rolling Loud Festival with Swae Lee, Polo G, NLE Choppa and more.

Rarri has received plenty of praise from outlets like XXL, who said, “The Bronx has birthed another teen rap star,” while Remezcla said Rarri is “quickly making his way from underdog to throning himself as one of the genre’s most exciting up-and-coming acts to date.”

You can follow Justin Rarri on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Trippie Redd – Sleepy Hollow

Singer/rapper Trippie Redd released a brand new single Wednesday titled “Sleepy Hollow.”

His upcoming album “Pegasus” will be available Oct. 30, but Zane Lowe premiered the new song on his Apple Music 1 show.

The track is produced by OUTTATOWN, who has worked with Future, Young Thug and DaBaby.

It clocks in at just one minute and 41 seconds, but the energy Trippie Redd brings to the song is undeniable.

“Pegasus” follows up Trippie Redd’s 2019 album “A Love Letter To You 4.” This is the third song to be released from “Pegasus” after “Excitement” and “I Got You.” The 26-song album will feature hit artists like Chris Brown, Future, Young Thug, Quavo, Lil Wayne, Swae Lee and more.

You can listen to “Sleepy Hollow” by clicking right here, and you can pre-order “Pegasus” by clicking right here.

Li Heat Press Photo featured by 360 Magazine

Li Heat is Heating Up

By Hannah DiPilato

Breakout rapper Li Heat just dropped a new single featuring Big Yavo called “Titi.” With a funky beat and rhythmic bars, this is a song to add to your hip-hop playlist. 

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Li Heat is an up and coming viral rap phenomenon prepared to take over the industry’s new hip-hop wave. Heat knew he wanted to do something out of the ordinary from a young age. Growing up in Birmingham, he began accumulating mild offenses until he was put on house arrest freshman year of high school. After his mischievous younger years he attended boot camp and eventually graduated high school which led to a mundane job at Church’s Chicken. He knew he wanted more than this and began his journey of becoming a rapper. 

Heat took note of rappers around him and how successful they were able to become by doing something they loved. He too wanted to be financially stable simply by creating pieces of music he was proud of. Heat’s inspirations include NoCap, Rylo Rodriguez, Tee Grizzley, Luh Soldier, and Lil Baby which shows through in his music. By incorporating the same kinds of lyrics and beats as these rappers, the influence of current-day popular rap shines through. However, he adds enough of his own style to stay bold in the world of rap and is able to stand out among many other breakthrough artists. The sound of his music is recognizable and will draw people in, but unique enough to keep listeners engaged. 

Heat began recording music in December 2019 and slowly learned the ways of the studio. His most notable track “007” was released to Spotify on May 27, 2020. This song was an instant viral success and now with over 3 million views on youtube is his biggest single to date. The “rambunctious, trap-flavored, warm tune” brought fame and success to the young rapper. Because of the song’s simple, yet catchy set up, thousands of people became fans of Heat and he now has over 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Popular rappers Young Thug and Gucci Mane also became fans and Heat has since collaborated with them both. 

Li Heat’s style is catchy, steady, and will instantly draw in music listeners everywhere. Heat is excited to be working on finishing his debut project, which will exhibit his growth as an artist. The Alabama-bred rapper is on the verge of becoming a hip-hop sensation after only being present in the music industry for not even a year. 

Listen to Heat’s new single “Titi” and watch the music video here. Catch up with him on Instagram to see all of his upcoming projects. 

Spillage Village – Spilligion

Spillage Village will release its highly anticipated album “Spilligion” Friday, and they released a brand new song Monday titled “Hapi” to build excitement.

The song features the vocals of Mereba, Olu and Benji along with spoken word from Big Rube.

Clocking in at over six minutes, “Hapi” almost sounds like a sermon delivered by four different voices telling the stories of their lives, everything they’ve seen and everything they hope to see improve.

They also released the track list for the brand new album which comes with a few pleasant surprises in the form of features from Chance The Rapper, Ari Lennox, Buddy, Masego and Lucky Daye.

As “Hapi” might indicate, the song titles come from scripture and religious texts and are determined by the content and messages of the lyrics.

The official track list is as follows:

  1. Intro
  2. Baptize
  3. PsalmSing
  4. Ea’Alah (Family)
  5. Mecca
  6. Judas (feat. Chance The Rapper, Ari Lennox, Buddy and Masego)
  7. Oshun
  8. Cupid (feat. Lucky Daye)
  9. Shiva
  10. End of Daze
  11. Hapi (feat. Big Rube)
  12. Jupiter

To preorder “Spilligion,” you can click right here. To learn more about Spillage Village, you can click right here.

You can also follow Spillage Village on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Big Sean – Detroit 2

Big Sean is once again on top.

His brand new album “Detroit 2” is his third consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s also his fifth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the rap chart and his fourth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop chart.

“Detroit 2” features artists like Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone and Travis Scott. Big Sean premiered the music video for his song “Lithuania” Sept. 4 and performed “Harder Than My Demons” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sept. 8.

Before the album’s release, he also released videos for songs like “Deep Reverance,” “Don Life,” “Body Language” and “Everything That’s Missing.”

“Detroit 2” garnered critical acclaim from outlets like Vulture, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Detroit Free Press.

“In the world of Detroit 2, there’s always an answer. It’s a place where every pain can be fixed, any heart can be mended, and all obstacles are surmountable,” Rolling Stone said.

Detroit Free Press said, “Shimmering, textured and often explosive, ‘Detroit 2’ finds the rapper born Sean Anderson in a confident creative space.”

Since signing with G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam,  Big Sean has become one of the most popular artists in the rap game, amassing more than 1.7 billion YouTube views on his songs.

To stream “Detroit 2” on Spotify, you can click right here.

Black Thought ft. Pusha T, Killer Mike, & Swizz Beatz – Good Morning

Legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought debuts new track “Good Morning,”feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz via Republic Records. This release marks the second track off of Black Thought’s highly anticipated Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, which is set for release September 18, 2020.

Listen to “Good Morning” feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz: HERE

Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able was produced entirely by Sean C (Jay-Z, Diddy, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$). The thirteen-track collection sees Black Thought continuing to hone his inimitable and impenetrable improvisation. The project includes features with heavy hitters like Swizz Beatz, Portugal The Man, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q and The Last Artful, Dodgr.

THIRD INSTALLMENT OF HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES STREAMS OF THOUGHT VOL. 3: CANE & ABLE SET TO RELEASE SEPTEMBER 18th

Black Thought’s previously released Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 have set the stage for this next arrival. Volumes 1&2 are tastemaker-approved phenomenons, Pitchfork proclaimed it “a small testament to his sustained excellence” as Rolling Stone and more offered praise. In addition to bowing in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Independent Album charts, “9th vs. Thought” and “Twofifteen” both surpassed 1 million Spotify streams each.

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Hotboii – Don’t Need Time (Remix) × Lil Baby

Fast-rising Orlando rapper Hotboii has joined forces with Lil Baby for an emotionally charged new song and video “Don’t Need Time (Remix).” Stream/download the single HERE.
A potent update of a standout track from Hotboii’s Kut da Fan On, “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” spotlights the 19-year-old artist’s deeply expressive delivery, incredible melodic skills, and uncompromising storytelling. With its steady beat and somber piano, the song’s heavy-hearted mood is amplified by guest verse from Lil Baby. The Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-selling rapper also co-stars alongside Hotboii in the video for “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” — a tremendously moving visual that finds Hotboii sitting graveside as he speaks the raw truth on pain and loss.

Check out the video for “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” by Hotboii ft. Lil Baby HERE.

Hailing from West Orlando, Hotboii is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge from his hometown’s scene. After getting his start at age 15, he discovered a natural musical talent and soon began using his songs as an emotional outlet. Then, after being held back by jail time, once released, Hotboii felt an overwhelming drive to establish himself as an industry heavyweight and lay the groundwork for a long-lasting career. Earlier this year, he achieved breakout success with his full-length debut Kut da Fan On — a powerhouse 17-track album that accumulated millions of streams within the first month of its release. Arriving in May, Kut da Fan On features hit tracks like “Goat Talk” (now at over 4.2 million streams in the U.S.).

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Migos – Need It (ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)

Hip-hop trio Migos have unveiled their new music video for “Need It” ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The high-octane video showcases Migos riding in Hummer-trucks, Jeeps, low-riders, and again features their favorite ride, the 2020 Can-Am Ryker, with the trio enjoying the fast and fun “Adrenaline Red” Ryker.

The Wyatt Winfrey and Migos-directed video features quick cuts between the rappers that match the energetic and call-and-response verses from the track. “Need It” followed a slew of releases in early 2020, following the heady tracks “Give No Fxk” and “Racks 2 Skinny” and the Lebron James-inspired hit “Taco Tuesday.” With a busy first half of 2020 in the books, watch for much more to come soon from Migos.

Watch “Need It” here.

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Wallie the Sensei – Scandalous (feat. MAR, Yaahl)

Today, rising rapper Wallie the Sensei dropped his video for breakout record “Scandalous” (feat. MAR, Yaahl. Watch it here via Capitol Records.

The video was directed by Brian Alan and finds Wallie, MAR, and Yaahl, all Compton natives, paying homage to their neighborhood. The camraderie, hustle and the rawness of Compton are felt thoughout the video with drinks pouring, dice rolling, and friends dancing in the streets under the California sun. On the track, Wallie narrates tales of mischief from his experiences. Wallie embodies the essence of Los Angeles’s hip-hop scene as one of its rising stars. The “Scandalous” video follows the release of “Bitch Please” and “Tarzan,” which are all off his debut EP No Love. Listen to the tracks here.

On Sunday, August 16, Wallie hosted a Back To School event, where he gave back to his Compton community by providing backpacks, school supplies, an d food for kids adhering to social distancing guidelines. LA’s own radio maven DJ Carisma was a special guest. all attendees were required to wear masks.

“It’s my duty to give back. That’s my hood and those kids are the future,” said Wallie on the event.

There’s no surprise that Wallie was thriving in L.A.’s hip-hop underground with “Scandalous.” The record produced by Drum Drummie (YoungBoy Never Broke Again, OMB Peezy, Kodak Black) spread organically throughout the city with nods from radio including the L.A. Leakers, Nick Cannon Mornings, and Power 106.1’s rotation. He also picked up praise from fellow rappers Rucci and AD, as well as Sacramento’s Mozzy. Wallie hoped music could change his life- he just didn’t know how quickly it would happen.

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