Steering into waters where the line between music and basketball is blurred, Cash 4oes stands out on his latest single Melo. Glamorizing the hustle and the grind to the top, Cash 4oes displays his dominant lyricism on the track partnered with a bold, hypnotizing flow. A feel-good record powered by motivation, Melo reminds listeners to within the storm on the road to greatness and to, forever, ball on.
Another Hip Hop track inspired basketball, Melo barely scratches the surface of Cash 4oes aspirations for greatness. Vivid imagery liter each verse as he plights his rise to the top and the demise of his enemies as he ascends.
Laced with diamond flavor, crazy metaphors and a dynamite personality, Mrs. Black Dyamond captures both new and old listeners with her new single Cocky. The latest track from her #NoFilterz project, Cocky shows the Compton emcee’s diversity as a lyricist as she brands herself in two different realms, battle rap and mainstream Hip Hop.
Dedicated to her fans, her music and the empowerment of female lyricist, Mrs. Dyamond began making waves after she battled Dizaster at Drake’s birthday bash. Cocky resurrects the memories of that moment and defines how it’s possible to be cocky and classy at the same time.
St. Louis rapper and producer Richie Stacks documents his road to the top and gives listeners a glimpse into his world with the visual for his new single Muddy Waters. Directed by Quick Brain, Stacks reasserts himself at the forefront of the St. Louis underground scene with his latest track and gives a fair back and forth banter of bars with Muddy Waters.
A simple concept visual with a powerful message, Muddy Waters shines a bright light on the haters, the hustlers and all the truths in between. A veteran on the St. Louis music scene, Stacks virtuous thought, humble mentality and confident flow can be heard in each line; pinpointing his raw talent and uncovering his defined style and unique demeanor.
Seasoned in his career yet unsure and uncertain of the future, Stacks make a bold move with Muddy Waters and proclaims his reach for the crown in 2018.
With a power packed previously released mixtape hosted by DJ Alamo, New York City lyrical giant Harlem Nesh skyrockets to the top with her single Way Up featuring R&B crooner NEPH3W. A reality-based track fueled by heartfelt passion and metaphorical meaning, Way Up epitomizes the struggle one faces when striving for the top and the inevitable sacrifices and suffering that accompanies maintaining that position.
A daughter of the streets of Harlem, Nesh sought solace in Hip Hop after a life consumed by drugs, violence and the street life. After losing sight in her left eye following a traumatizing injury, the young femcee continued to press towards the mark; keeping her past in her rearview and her promising career in the forefront as she made her Way Up.
A testimony of truth and a monument of her perseverance, Way Up shines a fresh spotlight on female lyricism as 2017 comes to a close. With Harlem Nesh baring her soul through her bars and NEPH3EW setting the tone of the track from beginning to end, Way Up stands as a beacon within Nesh’s catalog and sets the stage for her Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself mixtape re-releasing in 2018.
For decades, Chicago and St. Louis have been partners in crimes in the heart of the wild Midwest. Fuming with brilliant talent and authentic voices, the meccas are oftentimes overshadowed by the glitz of the industry. Rising St. Louis emcee Bates brings that to an end as she grabs Chicago producer Muzic Boy to stop the world on Hold Up, Wait A Minute (#HUWAM).
A self-directed visual with beautiful cinematography from Film Lord, #HUWAM is the third video from Bates’ smash summer album Strange Woman. A plethora of provocative themes stringed together to stop time, #HUWAM is a concept unexplored by artists thus far in female lyricism. The Songstress Kourtney Nicole accompanies Bates throughout the record, her dynamic vocals bringing a sensational aura to Muzic Boys production.
A genius record fueled by St. Louis passion and an undeniable Chitown glow, Hold Up, Wait A Minute exemplifies the blossoming skill of both Muzic Boy and Bates and sets the stage for a new era of Midwest reign.
Reppin’ the gang from East Houston all the way to the border, H-Town rapper East NASA shows up and shows out with his latest mixtape NASA World. Booming with southern flavor and dripping in Houston lingo, NASA World is filled with turnt excitement from beginning to end and introduced East NASA to a mainstream audience.
Influenced by Hip Hop legends like DJ Screw, Lil Wayne, Andree 3000 and Eminem, East NASA tapped in his skills as a lyricist at 16-years-old; drawing from life experiences to fuel his craft. With aspirations of greatness and industry longevity always at the front of his mind, NASA delves in deep with NASA World. The length of an EP with the power punch of a full-blown album, NASA shines on the tape as he infuses the latest, commercial flows and techniques with a vibe that is unique to him alone.
Chop & Slops own DJ Hollygrove host the mixtape to perfection as tracks like Yea, Yea, The Way I Gang and Coolin stand out like a sore thumb; identifying East NASA’s strengths and weaknesses as an upcoming artist.
The beginning of what appears to be a long career, East NASA makes a bold move with NASA World and leaves listeners waiting for the next turn up.
Clinton Sparks is riding high following an astonishing Summer of fresh deals and hot, new mixes on his newly formed Clinton Sparks Radio. Getting back into crafting his own music, Clinton returns with a single to close out 2017 titled Hit My Line.
Joined by South Carolina
crooner Joey Bandz, Sparks allows the upcoming R&B
sensation to serenade the ladies as he reassures his love that he will always hold her down. As the track continues, Sparks reveals his romantic, sensitive side; exposing his lady to the real and eliminating all doubts about their relationship. Bringing that smooth party vibe that will have everyone running to the dance floor, Sparks’ new record is a head turner and banger in any atmosphere.
Hit My Line is the first Bandz and Sparks collaboration since their 2016 song Saturday Night. Leaving new found fans wanting more results from the two’s magnetic, hit-making chemistry, Sparks set the stage for what listeners can expect next from his evolving brand.
Kansas raised but Houston paid, Wichita R&B crooner Flawless Tha Don is making waves with the trailer for his new single Sober featuring Dorian. Glorifying the fast life, partying and embracing the era of good feeling, Sober paints a picture of a good time yet doesn’t overshadow the realities that ensue when accelerating to the top too rapidly.
Sober echoes a sentiment familiar to many millennials maturing in a world where fame and success can result in the highest of heights and the lowest of lows. A transparent, upbeat track, Flawless Tha Don gives listeners a glimpse into his reality with Sober and opens a door for more artists to stand in their truth.
Listen to Sober below and check out the trailer for the official visual!
Aspirations of grandeur, fame, and glory scream through every bar of 3rd Eyes’ new track Flexing & Finessing. With a high energy visual directed by NiqosStudios, 3rd Eyes echoes a similar sentiment of most millennial rappers as they pursue success through looming impatience, creative spasms and the inability to make time last forever.
With a crazy chopped and slopped remix by DJ Hollygrove & The Chopstars, 3rd Eyes’ Flexing & Finessing is a rap anthem relatable to listeners both young and old and a reminder for all hustlers and go-getters to stay the course until they’ve reached greatness.
Check out the chopped and slopped remix below!
Just months after wowing listeners with her 2017 album Strange Woman, Bates reminds everyone of the roots that ground her with the re-release of her critically acclaimed project For Colored Folk.
Hailed by the Riverfront Times Newspaper as “a navigation through spiritual, social and political minefields— a crossroads of intersectional issues that she attacks head-on while aiming straight for the gut,” with “a brash vibe that respects the time and intelligence of her peers and fans alike”, For Colored Folk is a concept album like none other; resonating with anyone exhausted of the racial, social and political injustices plaguing the country.
Just as impactful today as it was 1 year ago, Bates’ For Colored Folk album is a mantra for the human condition of continuously triumphing through persecution.