[602] Prophet – REFLECTIONS @602prophet

[602] Prophet describes his latest album, “REFLECTIONS”:

“REFLECTIONS” is me as a person. It’s what my mental mindstate was like over the last 2 years. I basically wrote this whole project as like a diary/journal and recorded it like a therapy session. I’ve been through a lot and after “reflecting” on my past I became a better person by becoming more patient and that’s what I’m trying to teach the listeners hoping it’ll help others. It’s open to interpretation though so to other people the meaning might vary.

[602] Prophet is an 18 year old rapper from South Phoenix, Arizona. He combines elements of Chill Hop and Lo-Fi to create lyrical rap music filled with soul and substance that creates his own unique sound and style. At a young age he was inspired by artists like Tupac, Wu-Tang, Nas, and Biggie. As he grew older he discovered artist like Isaiah Rashad, J.Cole, and Kendrick Lamar that further influenced him not only as an artist but as a person.

He began his craft at the age of 13 and has been developing his skills ever since then. Growing up in a rough area he had to witness countless acts of gang violence, drug abuse, police brutality, and seeing friends and family being incarcerated. But rather than going thru the same route as some of his peers, he chose to rap and share his experiences to further express himself. His debut EP, “Abstract Nostalgia” that featured “YBN Cordae” on the song Starving Artist gained a huge local buzz that gained some attention.

More recently in early 2019, he dropped his concept mixtape named “REFLECTIONS” that is more vulnerable than previous work with a new experimental abstract sound.

Xerxe – IWONTSLIP @xxxerxe

Minneapolis based artist Zerxe teams with producer KiLLiAN for the alt-rap release, “IWONTSLIP”, a self-described love song of sorts.

Xerxe (zerc-see) is a young artist born in Minnesota. Know for his catchy melodies and emotional ballets. Also throwing a “trippy” twist on hip hop. He encourages fans to be themselves. Xerxe makes alternative emotional rap while also throwing in some catchy up beat songs as well.

Travarius – April’s Fool @thejiggysoul

“April’s Fool” from Travarius is a song of heartbreak and loss. A situation where you give all you have for someone and through the storm you end up weathered down. How much pain can you take until love isn’t an excuse anymore? Find the answer with Travarius below.

Travarius, an artist born and raised in Florida City, FL, brings visceral raps and punchy melodies to tell stories that are relatable and thought-provoking. There’s a care and passion that isn’t overlooked in the words he uses to connect with his audience.

Rhythm – What She Like @musicofrhythm

The EDM and rap world’s collide as Rhythm and producer BlackRose preset the uptempo vibes of “What She Like”.

Rhythm is a young multi-talented artist from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Currently working on his 4th mixtape which is has yet to be officially named. In about 4 years, he’s amassed over 500,000 streams across all platforms and performs locally.

Lofsky Ft Mick Jenkins – Work @Lofskywashere

This past December, Lofsky dropped “Trust Nobody”, a collaboration with Chicago underground stars, LUCKI, and, Mick Jenkins, that Lofsky produced and rapped on as well which recently amassed 500,000 streams. Following the release of his album, “Selfish”, Lofsky delivers a new song to finish the summer off strong and once again links with Jenkins to put in some “Work”.

Lofsky is an independent artist and producer from the Greater Toronto Area. He has been featured on HotNewHipHop, Elevator, Hip Hop Canada and supported by Pigeons & Planes, EARMILK, COLORSXSTUDIOS, Fools Gold Records and more.

From 2015 to 2016, Lofsky worked with Celph Titled, The Palmer Squares, ProbCause, Speak, and Felly on two different mixtapes. 
 While music has always been a part of Lofsky’s life, the son of an internationally-recognized jazz guitarist, Lorne Lofsky , didn’t take music seriously until 2017 with the release of his EP, 27 Club, which popped off on Soundcloud after getting reposted by XXXTENTACION.

Tommy – Birthday Cake @ObnoxiousTommy

“Birthday Cake” is a single off of Tommy’s “667” mixtape.

Tommy, born on May 25th 2001, is an American rapper born & raised in California. His music style ranges from hard trap to emotional songs. Tommy originally started making music with a couple of his friends competing to see who can come up with better bars but took music more seriously after traumatic personal events involving police. Music has become his creative outlet & his greatest passion. Not only does he write his own lyrics but he is also the founder of MEDIABLO.

Minus J Ft PEEPS – Starbaby @listentoparty

Oxnard teen artist Minus J is ready to give it all to be the next big star. Growing up, he wasn’t really a school person and always thought outside the box. His latest single, “Starbaby”, is a west coast inspired single that features PEEPS. Catch the song on Soundcloud.

Skinny Million$ – ‘Kelly Sl8er’ [ALBUM STREAM]

This past Friday San Fernando Valley rapper Skinny Million$ released his album dubbed, Kelly Sl8erThe project is Skinny Millionthird release overall and his debut effort with Los Angeles based record label, VerySpecial Music. 

Skinny Million$ grew up in a musical family and always knew that rap music was his path to realizing his life’s goals.  Inspired by watching his older brother get a record deal, while also participating in choir and other musical outlets as a youth, Skinny began to write his first raps around the age of 8 years old. The Kelly Sl8er project is a culmination of his life since then and looking forward with his Valley Waves movement .

“This Kelly Sl8er project is a project that’s been accumulating my whole life. Even though this is my 3rd project that’s how I feel. It’s fully produced by Mitchell Dolphin and I believe it shows my growth. It’s about being my own style and it’s about me being the best at what I do. Kelly Slater is the best at what he does, he’s the Tony Hawk of surfing. My shit is water based too, with the Valley Waves we’ve been pushing,” Skinny Million$ explained. “From my section I feel like I’m the best at what I do. Me and Mitchell have been working for a few years on this sound. It sounds like the end of Summer vibes and it’s all about flexing on everything that’s not you. It’s about having a good time and being your own person at the end of the day.”

Growing up just 30 minutes from Los Angeles city limits, Skinny Millionwas bred in Pacoima in the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley where skating, graffiti and street culture are paramount. Rather than growing up around the stereotypical Valley teens fixated on the malls and a preppy lifestyle, Skinny Milliongrew up experiencing a wide range of cultures, which ultimately influenced his music. 

“A big part of my story or struggle is being an artist from the Valley because we are in LA County, but people from LA city, treat us like we’re outsiders.  Like, ‘Oh you not from LA.’ Which is true because we are like 30 minutes away, but we’re in the same area,” Skinny Millionexplained..  “So I created the Valley Wave to show people how we get it out here. No matter what – we can do what we want. We don’t have to sound like LA, but we are still a part of this shit because we in the city, we part of this shit. I’m from Pacoima, East Valley, it don’t look like Porter Ranch, Woodland Hills, Northridge, but they still call it the Valley.  On my side its more skate culture, tagging, street culture. That’s why I’m cool with all the Hispanics and Cholos and all that. I really want to show the culture of the Valley in my videos and how you can be one nigga and just soak up game from so many different cultures. There’s so much to do out here, you just have to tap in.”

Led by his music video for the track “Hol’ Up Wait” Skinny and VerySpecial Music have made a push this Summer that will not only put Skinny Millionon the map on the LA scene, but as a whole the project Kelly Sl8er puts a stamp on a new era of “Valley” culture by bringing awareness to the reality of living in all parts of the San Fernando Valley. 

Hol Up Wait came out very crispy and it had all my niggas in it. Nine times out of ten it’s hard to get all of your niggas together in one spot and we actually did it. That shit came out very crispy and it really set the tone for me really putting my foot out there for the Valley in the industry. Im basically letting people know I’m fucking with Very Special Music Group. That was our first really big release so that video is a big deal for me.

Going forward, On August 16th Skinny Millionwill be hosting an album release party at the Hall of Fame clothing store on Fairfax in Los Angeles.