The indomitable Atlanta duo EARTHGANG released a brand new song and visualizer titled “Options” featuring Wale. The track’s cover art (created by long-time creative collaborator Fred Lozano) was teased earlier in the week featuring OLU, WowGr8 and Wale as fashion dolls.
Not one for a straight forward visual, EARTHGANG teamed up with Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” animator Bona Bones to take the fashion doll motif to another level. The Zack Sekuler directed visualizer is live now and can be watched above or via the link here.
The release of the song comes at the heels of EARTHGANG receiving a Grammy Award nomination for “Collide” — a track with Tiana Major9 for the film “Queen & Slim.” The song is nominated for “Best R&B Song” category and will be the pair’s second Grammy nod after being nominated earlier this year for their work with Dreamville’sRevenge of Dreamers III album.
EARTHGANG have stayed busy since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mirrorland (Dreamville/Interscope) and Platinum-certified Revenge of The Dreamers III project both out last year. When touring halted the duo hit the studio to collaborate with music friends like Gorillaz, Tokimonsta, Louis The Child, Tobi Nwigwe and more.
Earlier this year, OLU and WowGr8 banded with their Spillage Village members to work on the long-awaited Spilligion album which was released to acclaim in the Fall. The album made many “Best of 2020” lists including NPR, FADER, Uproxx, Complex and more.
Alongside making music, the pair have also been heavy on the campaign trail in the battleground state of Georgia working closely with Mayor Lance Bottoms and politician Stacey Abrams advocating for voter rights. A bright spot of their hometown, EARTHGANG continue to shine in their purpose to deliver music that aims to entertain and unite.
One of 2020s most phenomenal breakout stars, Hotboii has released his eagerly awaited new project Double O Baby. With guest spots from Lil Mosey and Toosii, Double O Baby is the Orlando rapper’s first full-length since his acclaimed debut project Kut Da Fan On featuring hit tracks like “Don’t Need Time” and “Goat Talk”. Go HERE to stream/download Double O Baby, available now via all digital retailers.
Also today, Hotboii premieres his soulful new single “Out The Mud” ft. Lil Mosey. Built on a backdrop of dreamy guitar tones and energetic beats, the track unfolds in heart-melting melodies as each rapper lays down an emotionally raw, high-powered performance.
“I put blood, sweat, and tears into every song,” said Hotboii on the creation of Double O Baby. “This project means a lot to me, and y’all are going to love it”.
Along with “Out The Mud,” Double O Baby features Hotboii’s previously released singles including the street anthem “Menace,” “No Limit,” “Police Brutality,” and “Left Lonely.” The 16-track project perfectly spotlights the 20-year-old artist’s masterful flow and soul-baring storytelling, which Pitchfork recently praised as a “blend of painful street tales and witty punchlines.”
Hotboii has been called “One of the hottest upcoming rappers in the game” by The Knockturnal. Complex has said he “is next up from Florida” and Pitchfork said, “The 20-year old continues to flourish.”
Track listing for Double O Baby by Hotboii:
- The One
- I Don’t Want
- Out The Mud ft. Lil Mosey
- No Limit
- Out My Reach
- All Of Your Love ft. Toosii
- Gotta Question
- Picture This
- 5 Steps Back
- Left Lonely
- Malcolm X
- Problems (No Rights)
- Can’t You See
- Crazy Thoughts
- Police Brutality
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 began using his songs as an emotional outlet.
Although he was briefly held back by jail time, Hotboii moved forward with laying the groundwork for a long-lasting career as soon as he was released, driven by an overwhelming urge to establish himself as an industry heavyweight. 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.”
Fully solidifying his position as one of the must-watch artists out of Los Angeles, hip-hop phenom Blxst has released the heavily anticipated deluxe release of his acclaimed debut EP, No Love Lost.
Out today via Red Bull Records, the multi-hyphenate continues his unstoppable run of hits with six new tracks, each showcasing his signature finesse, nimble lyricism, and soulful melodies. Tapping fellow West Coast heavyweights Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Dom Kennedy, and Bino Rideaux, the deluxe release of No Love Lost continues to explore the themes that laid the groundwork for its predecessor – loyalty, love, and life in the streets of Los Angeles.
Blxst has gathered raving reviews from many notable places. Pigeons & Planes said he is “A multi-dimensional artist who has a firm grasp on all facets of his solo work,” and LA Weekly it’s Blxst’s time to shine.
Still riding high off its success since its September release, No Love Lost has amassed over 30 million streams, debuting at #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums Chart and #8 on iTunes Top Albums for Hip-Hop/Rap, along with reaching #6 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 and #11 on Rolling Stone’s Trending 25 Charts for September. Paired with a cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life – with the final chapter, “Pressure,” out today – No Love Lost received praise from artists, tastemakers, and press alike.
No Love Lost (Deluxe) Track Listing
- No Love Lost
- Wrong or Right
- Gang Slide
- Be Alone
- Just Say’n
- Forever Humble
- Got It All (feat. Dom Kennedy)
- Chosen (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga)
- Wrong or Right (feat. Bino Rideaux)
- Change Up
Blxst began his solo music career in 2015 after writing, producing, and honing his sound. He’s been unstoppable ever since, releasing his first single “Who Would’ve Thought” in 2016, and his breakout hit “Hurt” in 2019, which surpassed four million streams at the time of release.
As an artist and producer, respect for Blxst’s musical ability continues to grow. From self-editing his music videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, these tools are what positions Blxst as an artist on the rise.
Blxst has recently shared his talent on Mozzy’s singles “I Ain’t Perfect”and “Streets Ain’t Safe,”as well as Bino Rideaux’s “Brand New.”The successful West Coast native has already gained notoriety from working with and producing for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, DJ Mustard, G Perico, Kalan. FrFr, and more.
Releasing No Love Lost earlier this year, the project is an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles, paired with a cinematic series of music videos that brought the project’s overarching narrative to life.
Up-and-coming rapper, singer and songwriter, TheHxliday, has shared his latest single, a painfully honest and powerful track called “Thank U.” Showcasing his moody hybrid of dark pop, hip-hop, and alt-R&B, “Thank U” is the Baltimore native’s first new music since signing to Motown Records earlier this year and is the lead single off his forthcoming BatBoy EP coming in 2021. You can download and stream “Thank U” HERE.
“Kids these days feel the urge to take drugs to help cope with their emotions,” said TheHxliday. “With ‘Thank U’ it’s a message saying ‘You can take drugs. You can take anything you want but it’s only going to make things worse.’ You don’t need that to heal they’re better things to do.”
Propelled by potent trap beats and dreamy guitar tones, “Thank U” is a vulnerable yet urgent meditation on turning to drugs as a coping mechanism for problems like depression. With his vocals shifting from soulful to raw, TheHxliday created the song in order to shed light on the mental health issues at the root of drug abuse for so many of his peers.
At just 18-years-old, TheHxliday has already made waves with hits like “Save Me,” an independently released track whose Cole Bennett-directed video has amassed over 5 million views to date. Soon after signing to Motown Records, he re-released his breakout EP Broken Halls with the addition of new tracks “Late Night Feelings” and “Make A Move.” Check out Broken Halls here.
TheHxliday is at the forefront of a new wave of rock stars inspired by rappers, pop idols, and rock bands of the past. With his work already championed by major outlets like Complex and Lyrical Lemonade, he’s also featured on Familiar and Let You Down from Internet Money’s 2020 debut album B4 the Storm.
An ace at only 18-years-old, TheHxliday mixes his melodic flow and thumping trap beats to forge his sad boy sound. The rapper, singer and songwriter is a Baltimore native who creates hits straight out of his bedroom, expressing his singular and centric ideas to separate himself from the norm.
Inspired by the likes of Trippie Redd, XXXTentacion, Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, and My Chemical Romance, TheHxliday is paving his own path with the dynamic palette of dark pop, R&B, and hip-hop showcased on his EP Broken Halls. His biggest hit to date “Save Me” is a banger, and just one of over 1,000 songs created so far. According to TheHxliday, Save Me is a firecracker compared to the bombs forthcoming.
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.
DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED 17-YEAR-OLD PHENOM BERNARD JABS DROPS NEW SONG “STICKS”
JABS WILL BE FEATURED IN DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION, OUT MARCH 8TH!
Best New Artists of 2018
“Thousands of rappers have spent the past few years experimenting with two-minute, adrenaline rush-style tracks, but Georgia’s Bernard Jabs already seems to have perfected them.” – Pigeons & Planes
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“Bernard’s penchant for infectiously fun melodies, breezy beats, and deceptively layered bars will catch on in no time.” – COMPLEX
“Bernard Jabs is the coolest high schooler in the world… With one of the most intriguing voices in the rap game, he makes nearly any flow or cadence sound cool.” – Elevator
ABOUT BERNARD JABS
In an era where there seems to be a side-story of viral fame or leveraging online connections to rise to the top, 17-year-old high school student Bernard Jabs has carved his budding career out from pure authenticity. In Bernard Jabs’ first uploaded track, Gotta Get It, there is the obvious sound of his younger teenage voice, but within that sound is also the raw skill Bernard holds. His ability to channel the charisma of the music he grew up on and blend it with more current rap trends keeps Bernard circulating as one of the brightest new talents of a generation.
Growing up in Tifton, Georgia during part of the height of Southern rap, Bernard gravitated towards the star power of Lil Wayne. After seeing Wayne in the music video for “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” Bernard was entranced in the lifestyle – the cars, the girls, the money, the confidence. Bernard Jabs took to the culture surrounding southern rap and used that history to guide him towards the future.
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