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Eighty 8 – Visual Mixtape

Buzzworthy Cash Money Records signee Eighty8 gives a glorifying glimpse to his budding star status with the release of his Visual Mixtape. The unique offering is made available to watch and experience on his YouTube channel Official Eighty8 HERE

The Northside Miami native, who also recently unveiled his widely popular debut single “Hit” a few weeks ago, delivers a tantalizing audio-visual experience that takes viewers to the emotive depths of his spirit, story, and artistic freedom as he rises to national notoriety. 

The Visual Mixtape is a conceptual presentation featuring snippets of  Eighty8’s new music and behind-the-scenes footage. While each track has a distinct style, they are all seamlessly interconnected to introduce the soundscape of the Haitian/Jamaican American artist’s sensational range comprised of tracks “Trilly Wonka,” “Heartless,” “Juvi” “Wild Child,” “Feel It In The Air” and “Hit.” 

Eighty8 showcases a taste for what’s to come as he solidifies status as 2022’s one to watch. 

About Eighty8

Roots can shape personality. Our lineage informs how we act and how we react to any given situation. Drawing on Jamaican and Haitian heritage, Eighty8 translates emotional extremes into an unpredictable and undeniable hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, pop, and island flavors. Generating nearly 3 million Spotify streams independently, receiving acclaim from Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop N More, On Smash and signing to Cash Money Records in 2020, he’s ready to formally introduce himself. He adopted his name during a period of self-discovery after learning that the number 8 represents a sense of power and exemplifies peace and unity. 

Born and raised on the North Side of Miami, at three-years-old, he realized he could sing and spent hours replaying an old Michael Jackson VHS as he obsessively studied the King of Pop. Throughout middle school, he sang to girls in the hallway and shutdown the stage with show-stopping performances at pep rallies and talent shows. As a teen, he joined the R&B group 4thand Ocean, recording music for Warner Bros. Records. Following the group’s split, he caught the attention of Balistic Beats and dropped the single “Pree.” Not only did it light up radio in Miami, the song amassed 1.6 million Spotify streams. On its heels, he maintained this momentum with “Trilly Wonka,” which accumulated another 561K Spotify streams. The music made its way to Cash Money Records and Eighty8 was signed to the roster in 2020.

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter

Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music mogul Lil Wayne announces he’ll be launching the  “Tha Carter Singles Collection” 7” vinyl box set, which will feature 19 of Wayne’s biggest “Tha Carter” series hits on 45 for the first time ever.

To commemorate the launch, Wayne also dropped the unreleased Tha Carter III era track “Ya Dig” on streaming services via Young Money Records/Republic Records. The track will also be featured in the box set, which will come complete with liner notes and a booklet of rare photos. Full tracklisting can be found below; additional details to come soon. The set will be available HERE

The announcement follows the release of Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid’s blockbuster  collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies (listen HERE).  The chart-topping rappers also served up a new joint single and video entitled “Feelin’ Like Tunechi” (watch HERE).

Earlier this year, Wayne released Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album’s 10th anniversary. Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards – making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection.

“Tha Carter Singles Collection”  Tracklist: 

1A. Go DJ (Single Edit)

1B. Bring It Back (Single Edit)

2A. Shine (Single Edit)

2B. Fireman (Single Edit)

3A. Hustler Musik (Single Edit)

3B. Shooter (Single Edit)

4A. A Milli

4B. Got Money

5A. Lollipop (Single Edit)

5B. Mrs. Officer (Single Edit)

6A. Comfortable (Singe Edit)

6B. 6 Foot 7

7A. How To Love

7B. John (Single Edit)

8A. She Will (Single Edit)

8B. It’s Good

9A. Mirror

9B. Uproar

10A. Mona Lisa (Single Edit)

10B. Ya Dig

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Lil Wayne × Rich the Kid – Trust Fund Babies

Ready to shake up the game with a blockbuster alliance, Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid join forces for the collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies, arriving today via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Stream HERE.

To introduce the project, they served up a new joint single and video entitled “Feelin’ Like Tunechi.” Listen to “Feelin’ Like Tunechi”—HERE.  Watch the music video for “Feelin’ Like Tunechi”—HERE.

On the track, bass bumps beneath a dreamy loop. Rich the Kid comes through with a chantable chorus while Lil Wayne pulls up with a woozy and warbling melodic verse. Building on the momentum from previous collaborations such as “End of Discussion” on Rich the Kid’s chart-topping The World Is Yours, this latest banger illuminates their ironclad and inimitable chemistry together.

Stay tuned for more from Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid as Trust Fund Babies season begins. Check out the full tracklisting below.

The mixtape follows the release of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album’s 10th anniversary. Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards – making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection.

Get ready to feel like Tunechi…

Tracklist

  1. Feelin’ Like Tunechi
  2. Headlock
  3. Trust Fund
  4. Admit It
  5. Shh
  6. Big Boss
  7. Still
  8. Bleedin’
  9. Buzzin’ (with YG)
  10. Yeah Yeah

About Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time,” tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100,” logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.” Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.” It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

About Rich the Kid

Multi-platinum rap superstar Rich The Kid continues to deliver bold and blunt bangers propelled by razor sharp rhymes, clever ad-libs, and hypnotically hard-hitting hooks. The Atlanta phenomenon has landed two top five albums on the Billboard Top 200 with the platinum The World Is Yours [2018] and The World Is Yours 2 [2019]. Piling up platinum plaques and billions of streams and views, his catalog boasts fan favorites such as the double-platinum “b” [feat. Kendrick Lamar], triple-platinum “Plug Walk,” platinum “Talk To Me” with Tory Lanez, and platinum “Splashin.” He dropped his third album Boss Man in 2020 to widespread critical acclaim. As an entrepreneur, he has also broken other artists under his own Rich Forever Music, including Famous Dex and Jay Critch, to name a few. He kicks off his biggest chapter yet, teaming up with Lil Wayne on the 2021 single “Feelin’ Like Tunechi” and more to come.

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TOOSII × LATTO DROP FEEL-GOOD VIDEO – 5’5

Syracuse-born, North Carolina-raised rapper Toosii returns today with a nostalgic video for his hit single, “5’5” featuring Latto. The track is a standout from Toosii’s new mixtape, Thank You For Believing (The Manifestation), out now via South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records. The visual finds Toosii getting romantic and dancing at a throwback house party-all baggy pants, bucket hats, and hoop earrings. It’s a cheerful clip for the feel-good rap track. Watch the video for “5’5” here.

Toosii’s latest ode to love finds the rapper moving from a quick flow to melodic bars. The video for “5’5” – directed by Joan Pabon, produced by Andreas Garcia and shot in Atlanta – stars Toosii at a bumping house party when his “angel” makes her way in. The two shoot pool, take turns at the keg, and find some chemistry on the dancefloor. Latto makes an appearance for her stellar verse, and together, the two take the party outside where they can more freely show off their moves.

“5’5” follows the video for “spin music” with Fivio Foreign, the first single from Thank You For Believing (The Manifestation), the deluxe version of Toosii’s acclaimed 2021 mixtape. The “spin music” visual mirrors the song’s kinetic energy, jumping between scenes of ATVs, parties, and bedrooms in a dizzying array of lenses, camera angles, and special effects. VIBE wrote that the track “finds the two New Yorkers delivering what could be the city’s latest drill anthem.”

The “5’5” video continues Toosii’s unbelievable run from a grinding upstart to becoming a globally celebrated rapper. Earlier this year, he surpassed one billion streams, proof his music is resonating. And now, with a proven ability to consistently churn out diverse, vivid, and affecting music, Toosii shows no signs of slowing down. His charisma and screen presence are obvious in the video for “5’5,” marking another stunning performance from one of rap’s most exciting young artists.

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Rarin Q×A – Toxic Ends

By: Ally Brewster

Fast-rising artist Rarin has released his liberating, pop-rap debut mixtape Toxic Ends. An aspirational, ambition-fueled introduction which champions human connection and self-growth, inspiring listeners to be themselves free of insecurity, Toxic Ends unites Rarin’s recent string of hard-hitting singles and adds six new tracks to his prolific catalogue.

Originally recording music for fun and continuing to create in his bedroom despite his success, Rarin has racked up over 75 million global streams with his string of viral singles including “GTA” and “YESSIR!” which topped Spotify’s viral charts and trended on YouTube. Adding to his hot streak, and distilling rap, pop, and relatable storytelling into his own unique sound, Toxic Ends will follow his recently released singles: deceptive flex anthems that speak to what is achievable in life if you free yourself from insecurity. “Toxics Ends” imagines what life would be like if we let go of the negative thoughts that hold us back, while Rarin “levels up” to become the most polished version of himself on “Big Spendin’,” a version without heartbreak or self-consciousness, that is excited for the future. “SO WHAT! ft. Brxkenbxy” speaks to brushing off minor issues to find value in mistakes without letting them derail you from seizing big opportunities.

“I think we’re all destined for something greater than our expectations. We just have to let go of what’s holding us back,” says Rarin on the inspiration for the mixtape. “This project is mainly about letting go of our ‘toxic ends.’ People are tempted to commit themselves to things they cannot obtain, especially in relationships, leading their emotions to consume them. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you need it.”

We had the opportunity to ask Rarin about his career, Toxic Ends, and what’s next for the artist:

How did you get your start into music? When did you know if it was something you wanted to pursue?

I originally got into music because of my parents. They had me learn to play the piano because they wanted me to try out new things when I was younger. I think that really gave me an ear for making music and it helped a lot. Singing and rapping came many years later and that really started out of boredom. Later, with time, I found myself enjoying recording music more and more and eventually I recognized music as something I wanted to pursue professionally.

Who were your biggest inspirations for going into the music industry? How has their careers inspired/impacted your own decisions and direction for your music?

My biggest inspirations are Lil Peep, Travis Scott, and Billie Eilish. The career of Lil Peep has made me see how important fan interaction is, and how being close with your fans can bring a really special connection. I also love Travis Scott’s live performances and seeing him perform made me realize that your fans and listeners will reflect your energy, so you need to show your enthusiasm in everything you do. Billie Eilish inspires me to go out of my comfort zone and to be more confident. In one interview she had said that you should embrace your mistakes in your music and keep them because that’s what makes it unique. That saying has stuck with me for the entirety of my career and has really given me motivation.

How does your new work compare to your other works you’ve done in the past in terms of process, production and message? Do you notice differences in creating singles versus mixtapes?

Overall, the production has gotten much better, but I also have more purpose when I record and write music. Currently, I tend to make faster and happier songs compared to my past music.

What was it like when you realized that your work was connecting with people? Was there a specific moment you remember realizing how your music impacted others?

It was honestly very motivating. I’ve had fans tell me that my music has helped them stay mentally strong in their hardest times, and that really means the world to me. I use music to help myself feel better so being able to provide that for others makes me really happy.

Were you surprised that your work became popular in gaming communities? What has that experience been like as you watched you work be appreciated by many different communities?

I never really expected my songs to blow up through video games. I used to edit gaming montages so it’s crazy to me that my music is being used in videos similar to what I used to edit.

Toxic Ends is a mixtape with “deceptive flex anthems that speak to what is achievable in life if you free yourself from insecurity.” What inspired you to make a mixtape that is vulnerable and honest about overcoming insecurity? Is there anything you hope fans take away from the mixtape?

My life inspires my music and, in my life, I’ve found myself unable to rid myself of toxic relationships and situations because I thought those situations were normal and that I didn’t deserve better. After listening, I hope my fans recognize the importance of loving yourself and what you do. I think it is the key to being successful and happy in life and I wish that upon everyone.

What are you most excited for next once your new mixtape is out?

I’m most excited to start doing live shows and possibly touring.

Toxic Ends Track List

Toxic Ends

Love Fix

Ashes

Had Enough

SO WHAT! (ft. Brxkenbxy)

Skipping Stones

Cash Out (ft. Darius King)

2 Seater

Big Spendin’

See Rarin’s mixtape music videos below:

Toxic Ends album visualizer here.

“Toxic Ends” music video here.

“Big Spendin’” music video here.

Check out Rarin’s debut mix, and keep a look out for what’s next!

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Vic Santoro – Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3

Vic Santoro completes trilogy with new mixtape Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt 3

The project drops alongside epic video for Transition featuring Swiss

Listen Here

The unmistakable, unfakeable voice of lived experience – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 

Unstoppable, A re-energised feel here, a new flair in the flow – Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1 

Nostalgic but also future-facing as he reflects on how far he’s come – The Independent

Vic Santoro has been on a roll this year – NOTION

Vic Santoro, is now blossoming into something to behold – TRENCH Mag

Cameroon-born South London artist Vic Santoro has unveiled his third mixtape of the year to complete the trilogy, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3, out today on Big Indie.

A five-track release, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 opens with June single Cigar Talk, a collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Anariii that sees Vic reflecting on the rags-to-riches lifestyle that music has allowed him to live. Vic trades bars with London MC Swiss on focus track Transition, with the pair making it clear that they remain focused on achieving their lofty life goals – running from nightmares now I’m chasing my dreams. The accompanying official video sees Vic and Swiss dressed to the nines, perfectly capturing the vibes and energy of the track.

‘Transition’ for me is more than a song, Vic explains. It’s a moment. It’s about representing a whole generation and demonstrating that anything is possible with the right mindset. Working with Swiss was a dream come true, he has always had a conscious approach in his music and his messaging has always been powerful. Being able to combine respective powers and create something timeless was the aim and I believe we achieved that with this record.

Next up is July single Testament, an honest, coming-of-age single that sees Vic tackle his chequered past and how it has shaped the man he has become, and the triumphant Co-Sign, where he expresses gratitude for making it through this road life. Closing things out, Birkin combines futuristic production with his trademark husky vocals and slick flow of Uzi Ramone.

The final chapter in a trilogy of mixtapes, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 follows on from the hard-hitting, introspective vibes of Pain: Glory Days Pt. 1, while Progression: Glory Days Pt. 2 saw Vic’s endeavours to break away from the hardships of his life, and to shape a better future for himself. The three releases are made up of some of the 100+ songs he has recorded over the past few years. 

Vic and Big Indie Records have also partnered with Samsung KX, the state-of-the-art Samsung experience space in King’s Cross, for a Glory Days Pt. 3 launch party tonight. The invite-only event will feature an exclusive video premiere of Transition on the Samsung screen – the largest curved screen in Europe – before a live performance by Vic and special guests.

Born in Cameroon before moving to the concrete jungle that is London, Vic Santoro found solace in his creativity during his teenage years, reading and reciting poetry, studying English literature before being turned onto the revolutionary teachings of rap’s greatest poet Tupac Shakur. 

Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 is a fitting finale to a powerful trio of mixtapes that have firmly put Vic Santoro onto the UK musical map.

To find out more about Vic Santoro, go to Facebook, Instagram, website, and Soundcloud.

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WALLIE THE SENSEI – GOLDEN CHILD

COMPTON’S WALLIE THE SENSEI IS POETIC & RIVETING ON “GOLDEN CHILD” AND “BOMPTON 2 BALABASAS” ACOUSTIC STREET PERFORMANCE

Vulnerable, raw and untamed perfectly describe Compton native Wallie The Sensei, who’s latest musical effort “Golden Child” is out today. The 17-track mixtape which includes his breakout single “Scandalous” is heavily influenced by Wallie’s California roots and sonically redefines the legendary west coast sound. “Bompton 2 Balabasas” Acoustic Street performance here.

From start to finish, Wallie takes his listeners on a journey through his hometown of Compton where he speaks on his struggle to survive the cutthroat streets while always in pursuit of money, success and all the sweet things life has to offer. Make no mistake, Golden Child isn’t a story of tragedy, but a story of triumph, hustle and ultimately defeating a system designed for Wallie to fail.

Golden Child comes on the heels of Wallie’s “03 Flow” single which currently has over half a million views and over 1.5 million US streams. A true labor of love, 03 Flow pays homage to Watts native and fellow recording artist 03 Greedo who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence. 03 Flow has quickly become a fan favorite, taking on a life on its own with radio support, consistent increase in streams and critical praises from music peers like PnB Rock, industry heavyweights, radio DJs & more. On the record Wallie passionately sings “niggas playing like they demons, they don’t really mean it, choppa spray like we cleanin, bodies dropping on that cement” Wallie’s passion is intently felt on the song and has become the heart of the Golden Child project.

Golden Child also includes Wallie’s team-up with Detroit powerhouse 42 Dugg on the enthralling remix of Wallie’s own hit single “Scandalous.” The two trade bars with ease and confidence, as Wallie offers up some of his most lucid lines, recounting the struggles of success and the haters who would come for his head. Additional stand out tracks include “Lamb,” the lush throwback finds Wallie effortlessly singing over a buttery beat, showcasing his one-of-a-kind flow and knack for incisive lyrics about his come-up. “B*tch, nobody had it in my fam, I put my foot down,” he sings. “Put my other foot down like I could drive this car, let the motherf***kin hood down.” In Lamb, Wallie walks recollects his life’s trajectory beginning with his time on the streets, his narratives are poetic and detailed, rivaling rap’s most vivid writers.

Since the release of Wallie the Sensei’s No Love EP at the beginning of 2020, he’s quickly become a West Coast artist to watch. Respect magazine praised the “Scandalous” video for showcasing Compton’s “camaraderie, hustle, and rawness,” while Rosecrans Ave highlighted Wallie’s storytelling abilities, saying he is “providing guidance to those who come after” with his pain-stricken tales. After the hit of the “Scandalous” remix, Wallie the Sensei’s proved that his skyrocketing success is no fluke. Golden Child is poised to reach even more open-minded listeners. It’s full of anthems for hustling Cali natives and anyone who craves a little bit of glow-up magic.  

Golden Child Track List:

  1. Lamb
  2. 03 Flow
  3. B Please Pt. 2 (ft. Nebula Swavey)
  4. Fallin Apart
  5. Bompton 2 Balabasas
  6. Get Freaky
  7. Cuisine (ft. Nebula Swavey)
  8. Upgrade
  9. Break (ft. Prell)
  10. Looking For (ft. Doley Bernays & Glockboyz Teejae)
  11. Black Dwarf
  12. Sage
  13. Falling
  14. Konfessions
  15. Stop Ballin
  16. Scandalous
  17. Scandalous (Remix) (ft. 42 Dug)
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EBHONI – GOOD DICK & WEED

EBHONI REPS FOR ALL THE TORONTO BAD GYALS ON NEW PROJECT “GOOD DICK & WEED”

A refreshing departure from the current landscape of R&B, 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ebhoni keeps it realer than real on her latest mixtape “Good Dick & Weed.” The 10-track project includes a collaboration with Jamaican rap star Beam in addition to Ebhoni’s breakout single “Rep It” & her confident ode to women with options,  “Rotation,” produced by industry heavyweight FORTHENIGHT (Bad Bunny, Don Toliver). Born & raised in Toronto, Good Dick & Weed is heavily influenced by Ebhoni’s Caribbean upbringing and is full of bold & honest convictions, a fierce body of work that is sure to redefine what it means to be a woman fully in charge and uninhibited.

Good Dick & Weed in many ways channels a keen sense of the best parts of what some would define as nostalgia: the era of mixtapes and tumblr, telling a story through visceral imagery and honest anecdotes, the internet in its rawer early form. Good Dick & Weed paints snapshots of different cities in the same harshly ephemeral gleam, from Westwood to Wilshire, specific places made universal by the heartbreak and hopefulness within them.

On opening track “If You Know You Know”, Ebhoni speaks directly to a night where gunfire punctured six bullet holes in the backseat window of her family’s car, and they had to temporarily relocate to her grandmother’s house, where she openly wonders: what if she had been sitting in that backseat?  Putting up walls for her own self-protection, she’s only now beginning to draw from the power that comes from her own vulnerability. “I really have been through so much, and it’s important to show that to help others who might not have that platform.” Good Dick & Weed draws from this agency, a declaration of assured frankness that shows the choices you make don’t have to be perfect as long as you believe in them.

Good Dick & Weed is a product of nighttime, connecting the dots and piecing together information from strings of late-night texts, voice notes from the calls you choose not to pick up, as well as poignant diary vignettes curled up in the sink from the washroom of the Atlanta apartment she currently resides. where the low-key 21-year-old feels her most authentic self. It’s also a matter-of-fact acknowledgement of growing up on Weston Road in Toronto where her father sold drugs, waking up to ringing doorbells early in the morning, seeing notes left on her mother’s car and playing outside of housing complexes while her father was inside doing deals.

Praised for her powerhouse talent, Office Magazine predicts Ebhoni “is on a fast track to worldwide recognition.” Earlier this year, Ebhoni released her EP “X,” to critical reception from press and rare groove enthusiasts. In addition to Pitchfork praising Ebhoni for “reclaiming the Toronto R&B crown for women.” HotNewHipHop wrote, “Ebhoni has been one artist to keep an eye out for in the 6ix,” it’s no wonder FLAUNT crowned her “Our favorite new R&B artist.” Tracks like “Rotation” only bolster the rep she’s built as one of R&B’s most magnetic young stars, and with the release of Good Dick & Weed, Ebhoni’s growing fandom will surely only continue to expand.

Good Dick & Weed Track List:

  1. IYKYK
  2. Come Over (feat. Beam)
  3. Rep It
  4. Rotation
  5. Be A Man
  6. Westwood
  7. I Try
  8. Think
  9. Truth Say
  10. Wilshire & Bixel
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C.S. Armstrong Reveals Deep Covers 187

Today, critically acclaimed R&B force of nature and 21 century bluesman C.S. Armstrong reveals his brand new Deep Covers 187 mixtape exclusively on Audiomack. Listen to it HERE via Republic Records.

On the project, he brings raw soul to stripped-down renditions of H.E.R.’s “Damage,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” and SZA’s “Good Days” as his soul-shaking delivery quakes over passionately picked guitar and intense keys. These four tracks will only be available on Audiomack, while his cover of “Limit To Your Love” by James Blake and Feistcan be found on all DSPs.

Carving out his niche with cover songs, C.S. Armstrong has also recently reimagined Gnarls Barkely’s “Crazy,” Summer Walker’s “Session 32,” and Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo.” Additionally, he teamed up with none other than Black Thought of The Roots for “Welcome To America” from the Judas and the Black Messiah Soundtrack. Attracting critical praise, The New York Times highlighted Armstrong’s “gritty vocal choruses.” 

All of this follows the release of “Own Two” featuring Jay Rock which will be included on his forthcoming major label debut album.

Be on the lookout for more from C.S. Armstrong soon.

Born to a single mother in the service with a preacher grandma in his corner,  C.S. Armstrong traveled an unbelievable road one step at a time. At 10-years-old, he preached in church as an ordained minister. At 16-years-old, he earned respect in the streets with his fists. At 18-years-old, he enlisted in the military to serve his country. Eight years later, he rolled into New York and lent his voice to one hip-hop banger after another. His instantly recognizable vocals shined on Statik Selektah’s “In The Wind” [feat. Joey Bada$$ & Big K.R.I.T] and Bun B, Prodigy, and Remy Bank’s “Where’s Your Leader.” His voice also coursed through Action Bronson’s tastemaker-approved Billboard Top 200 chart-topping Mr. Wonderful, in addition to joining the star on the road. Settling in Southern California, he powered Book’s “Last Man Standing” for the official Call of Duty: WWII trailer and dropped a pair of critically acclaimed independent projects, namely Truth Be Told [2019] and The Blue Tape [2020]. His voice echoed on Black Thought’s “We Could Be Good (United)” [feat. C.S. Armstrong & OSHUN] from the critical favorite Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cain & Able. Along the way, Dr. Dre became his “uncle,” Republic Records signed him, and he distilled gospel, blues, hip-hop, and rock into a sound as intoxicating and biting as aged whisky. Streamed millions of times and championed by BillboardA COLORS SHOW, and more, OnesToWatch claimed, “The music is something to grow old with.” Now, he tells the story with no filter on a series of singles for Republic Records.

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LIL MOE 6BLOCKA x ROOGA

CHICAGO’S LIL MOE 6Blocka AND ROOGA TEAM UP ON SCRAPPERS MIXTAPE, SET FOR JULY 23 RELEASE

New Single and Video, “No Love,” Out Today

Today, Lil Moe 6Blocka and Rooga announce the release date for their SCRAPPERS mixtape – set for July 23 – and share their new single,“No Love.” The two Chicago rappers go bar for bar on the melodic track, with Rooga teaching Moe a better way to navigate life and Moe sparking a renewed hustle in his friend as they contemplate the changes they’ve seen in their hometown. Listen to “No Love,” which was produced by RellyMade (Lil Tjay, Pop Smoke), HERE.

“Lil Moe taught me to never give up. He just hopped in and it happened for him. I’ve been pushing harder off how he’s moving,” says Rooga, a lynchpin of the Chicago rap scene since the release of his acclaimed 2016 tape, I Am Scrapp. After losing too many loved ones to gun violence, Rooga became a community activist. 16-year-old Moe, a disciple of drill rap who spits bars with unparalleled charisma, has established himself as the voice of a new generation in Chicago. A friend and collaborator of the late rapper Dooski, Moe has released high-octane hits like “Risky” (named one of “the best hip-hop songs of 2021” by HipHopDx and later making waves with a remix featuring 22Gz), “Leave Em Stretched,” “Nothin,” and “Ion Know.”

Moe and Rooga have taken different paths, but they’ve come to the same conclusion: Rap is both the best way to remember those they’ve lost, and to try to prevent that pain from happening again. The official video for “No Love,” which premiered earlier today on Moe’s YouTube channel, finds the pair in the backseat of a car, reminiscing about the friends they’ve lost as they’re driven through the gates of a cemetery. Flashing back to the pivotal moment when a friend is shot brings home the song’s central message – “The hood ain’t what it was now/Ain’t no love now.” Yet in the midst of their sorrow, they pray for better days. View the emotional video, which was directed by Taylor Johnson and Joi Loggins, HERE.

SCRAPPERS is a powerful testament to the importance of mentorship, and features a blend of stirring drill beats, earworm melodies and an easy rapport that demonstrates the strength of their connection. Released last month, the first single, “Get You Wacked,” was produced by C-Sick, one of the pioneering producers of the Windy City’s drill scene. Bristling with bravado and sly wordplay, it announces the duo’s auspicious arrival and establishes them as a force to be reckoned with. Download/stream “Get You Wacked” HERE. View the official video, which has amassed over half a million views, HERE.

The mixtape’s title is multi-faceted metaphor. It’s a nod of respect to Rooga’s little brother “Scrapp” and others they’ve lost – heartbreaking experiences that have left Moe and Rooga as the “scraps,” the remaining fragments. And it’s about scrapping – doing what you need to do to overcome.