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Model/actress/femcee Naybabii presents her new single “Up Next”, produced by Detroit beatsmith Helluva Beats (Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Future, Jeezy, French Montana). “I’ve always wanted to get into the music industry and show people that I am more than just a pretty face on Instagram,” she says. “That inspired me to release “Up Next” as my first single to let the world know that I’m coming!”

 

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Flatbush, Brooklyn native VVS Verbal presents the music video for “Grind”, his new single featuring General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun and produced by Burlington, Vermont-based producer Es-K, who produces the entirety of Rebirth Of The Slickest, VVS’ new album out now on Bucktown USA. The video was directed by longtime visual collaborator Shot By Cisco, and scratches were provided by Crusty Cuts. Rebirth Of The Slickest also features Buckshot of Black Moon, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Amelia Wilcox, Ruste Juxx, Guappy, Boone Bixby, Craig G, Grand Daddy I.U. and fellow Backblock member Louie Skaggs, who first introduced VVS to General Steele, spawning a long-term musical partnership that led to several collabs and culminated in the 2016 Bucktown USA release Building Bridges, which featured VVS heavily and was also produced by Es-K. As one half of Smif-N-Wessun, General Steele crashed the hip-hop scene in the 1990s with their debut album Dah Shinin’ (named a Top 100 Album Of All Time by The Source and a Top 50 Debut Album Of All Time by Complex). Their last release – 2011’s Monumental – was produced by Pete Rock, and Steele has also collaborated with Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Raekwon and Bounty Killer. Es-K may be best known for his 2014 album Serenity (listen) as well as his Spontaneous Grooves beat tape series, where every beat on each tape was made in one sitting each. Bucktown USA is a multi-media company General Steele created in 2004 alongside partner Cynical Smith, with digital distribution through Duck Down. “‘On the grind now today for a better tomorrow’ has been my motto and a way of life for me for some years now, so it was only right to do a record about the grind,” VVS says. “Getting my big bro General Steele on this record was a no-brainer. I was striving to bring that fresh, vibrant Golden Era feel that’s been missing from the game back. This is what I call uplifting inspirational music for the people. You can play this album for everyone from the age eight to age eighty. I want to thank Es-K, General Steele, Cynical Smith, the fans worldwide and everyone who helped make this album possible.”

 

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“Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Amina Buddafly presents the music video for “MOTHER”, the title track from her new album. The music video was directed by Milan Zoe for Lani Land Productions, and the track was produced by Jordan Ruiz alongside Amina, who produced the majority of MOTHER herself, with contributions from Magnedo 7, Mike City and Lee Major as well as Novel, who also guests on one track, as does Amina’s twin sister Jazz Buddafly, who together with Amina made the duo Black Buddafly. Amina released the Music In My Room EP in 2016 (watch the music video for “More Than You”) and released a book, The Other Woman (read the review on VH1.com). Amina says her new album “really reflects the place that I’m at in this time of my life, the woman I’ve become because of what I went through, and mostly, the woman I’ve become because I’m a mother.”

 

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Cliffside Park, NJ singer/songwriter/producer Justin Love presents the music video for his new single “The Weekend”. Justin’s work has been praised by Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri and others. Co-writer of the 2016 smash hit “Focus” by H.E.R, Justin’s sound can be described trap hip-hop meets R&B soul. Recently opening for PnB RocK, the self-taught, 22-year-old musician honed his performance skills the same way he built his large following: with nothing but his voice and a Bluetooth speaker, singing to random people at malls and beaches in his suburban hometown until he couldn’t show his face without being mobbed for autographs. By the time he hit 200,000 devoted followers on his Instagram page (along with a number of fan-created Youtube channels reposting his videos), he had posted a series of covers and original material, one of which found their way onto Nicki Minaj’s page. Puerto Rican and Cuban with a hint of Chinese, Justin’s first release was the Dreams Of Love EP, soon followed by Dreams Of Love 2, which spawned the single “Stress No More” which garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify. Justin largely produces his own music, along with help from Cito On The Beat, Shy Boogs, and Curtis Wright, his longtime production unit he stays loyal to unless he’s in the studio with Bangladesh, Sounds and Major, all of whom he’s currently working on material with. His most recent release is Until Love Returns, an EP he recently released to hold fans over until the release of When Love Returns, his forthcoming EP set for a summer 2018 drop.

 

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Queens, New York emcee Rock Mecca presents “One Rhyme To The Next”, his new single featuring Ras Kass and Rah Digga, produced by French beatsmith DJ DJO-One. The track is Rock’s first release since he dropped Ironworld, his new album out now on Soulspazm Records featuring Roc Marciano, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Kool Keith, Mach Hommy, Tragedy Khadafi and Canibus. The album is produced by Jake Palumbo, who has also collaborated with Ras Kass, Masta Ace and El Da Sensei. Rock’s previous projects include the album Pirate Radio Star (stream on Bandcamp) and “Prizefights” (stream on Bandcamp). While wrapping up Ironworld, DJ DJO One hit me up to rhyme over this beat and I had the idea of uniting all the 18th letter (letter R) emcees around that Rakim sample,” says Rock. “Ras Kass comes through the studio a lot so we asked him to be on it and then hit up Rah Digga who ripped it. Since Ironworld was already wrapped up, this is coming out on an EP to be released in June.”

 

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Queens, NY lyricist Mr. Complex presents the music video for “Gotta Get Home”, his new single featuring Dres of Black Sheep, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, General DV and Nadine Michel. The single appears on Forever New, his new album produced entirely by Mortal 1, also featuring guest appearances from O.C., Georgia Anne Muldrow, Maya Azucena, Tiye Phoenix, Brianna Nadeau, Caitlyn Riedel and Respect The God. The video was directed by Mr. Complex himself, who branched out into the directing world after staking his name in the New York indie underground hip-hop scene thanks to his releases as part of New York’s Rawkus/Lyricist Lounge movement alongside peers like Pharaohe Monch, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more. Mr. Complex is also part of Polyrhythm Addicts, a group composed of DJ Spinna, Mr Complex, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Tiye Phoenix. Complex also recently released a visual for Forever Now single “Then Was Then” (watch).

 

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Bay Area, California emcee J.Lately presents the Erica Eng-directed music video for “Papayas & Blunt Smoke”, the Space Cadet-produced single from J.’s album Be Fucking Happy (stream on Soundcloud), featuring guest appearances from Demrick, Khyenci Tienne, Rexx Life Raj, Beejus and KBong as well as production from Mikos Da Gawd, Chase Moore and Kris Rewlz. Hailing from Sebastopol, and having split time between Oakland and Southern California, Lately has toured with Zion I, Locksmith, and A-Plus of the Hieroglyphics, and his previous releases include “Save Yourself” featuring Blu (Soundcloud) and visuals for “I’ll Be Living” (Youtube) and “Breathe” (Youtube). “The minute that Space Cadet played me this beat I knew I wanted to make this song,” Lately says about the single.”I often get caught up in all the troubles of the world, or searching for all the answers to life, but with this one I just wanted to make a fun song that appreciated the small joys of life. I wanted to live in the moment.”

 

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Berlin and Los Angeles-based producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Justin Hunter Scott (JHS) presents the self-produced mixtape Enjoy The Sunshine. His previous releases include “Jungle Juice” and “Heading Higher” from the EP Inu Mi Dun Lati Pade E (stream on Bandcamp), “The Crowd Goes Wild” (stream) and “Evolution is Fleeting” (stream). JHS’s music style samples neo-traditional African music with contemporary pop/house music. He obtained his MA in African studies from Yale University in 2013. He has performed at Warp’s 2012 SXSW showcase under his old alias Stout Cortez. Early 2017, he played guitar and synth in the Berlin post-punk band Plattenbau. “I was trapped in a situation beyond my control, waiting on someone else to make an important call that would impact the rest of my life. Stuck,” JHS says. “I did the only thing I know how to do: make music. I tried to capture the possibility of freedom, the propulsive thrust of my desire to move up and out. “Skylit” was the result. I’m obsessed with the sky, with flight, with bodies unregulated by a need for firm footing. I tried to capture these ideas here using my preferred palette: some synths, and a sampler armed with with both some dope left-field highlife and hints of my voice.”

 

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California rapper and self-described “rap game Mark Twain” Monk Mandino presents the DIR.Anonymity-directed music video for “Single”, the Haruna-produced single from his forthcoming album Half Mountain Lion. Monk recently released the Anthropogenic EP, produced exclusively by Bay Area beatsmith DamCold$. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit (watch Monk McNizzle battle Dizaster) before releasing last year’s Full Metal Rapshet mixtape (stream on Youtube). His most recent video release is “Flimnrop” (watch). In 2014 he released the “Eat Like A Player” videos which documented his one-week tour of impromptu performances in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets across California, and more recently “Security Guard Barz”, where he documents himself rapping through his late-night work shifts (watch both series on his Youtube page). His last album was 2014’s _Monk McNizzle_ (listen). Regarding the song Monk says, “the realest s–t I could do right now is quit smoking cigarettes!”

 

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West Los Angeles rapper Louis King presents the Llama Fineese-directed-directed music video for “Outta Hxre”, Louis’ new single produced by Blu Majic. Louis is currently unveiling his Beautiful Grind Collection, 156 singles he will upload to his Soundcloud every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of 2018 (Soundcloud). The son of Yoruba drummer Ayo Adeyemi, Louis’ International Slap album featured Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 (stream “Revolution”). Los Angeles radio station Power 106 picked Louis as a WhosNext Artist, and was named to HotNewHipHop’s Heat In These Streets LA Edition along with Casey Veggies, TeeFlii & Compton Av. He has written lyrics and recorded vocals for the soundtracks for Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and has performed on national TV during the 2016 & 2017 NFL PreGames. Louis is a member of Venice-based band House of Vibe, a Venice-based band that has collaborated with Chali 2na, Talib Kweli, Evidence & MC Supernatural. Louis has toured the world with the Outlaw Immortalz Crew, and has performed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Tokyo. Louis is dedicated to his work with Leila Steinberg in San Quentin Prison and helps facilitate school assemblies & weekly workshops with Aim4theHeart.org. When asked about the inspiration behind the song, he said, “This is a song about problem solving and finding a way to empower and change our situations for the better. We fall into problematic lifestyles and at times wonder ‘How are we going to get out of this’ but Outta Hxre is about looking inside ourselves and finding a way to empower and overcome whatever obstacle stands in our way.”

 

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Brooklyn emcee K.Gaines presents the music video for “Cook That Bass”, the new single featuring Ras Kass and Lyric Jones from Ticket To Elsewhere, his collaboration EP with Los Angeles-based producer Maxwell Benson coming soon on Priority/Capitol Records. Phaze4K, Leo Coltrane and Sebastian Marciano are also set to appear on Ticket To Elsewhere, the first of five EPs K.Gaines plans to drop in 2018, each of which will be a collaboration with a producer from a different region of the US. “Cook That Bass” comes on the heels of the release of visuals for Ticket To Elsewhere’s first single “Opulence” (watch). Maxwell Benson has worked with Too Short (stream “19,999”), Rapper Big Pooh and Sadat X (stream “Sadat X Is Back”), and gives Ticket To Elsewhere its West Coast focus. Gaines’ last album was Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles (Spotify) and starred in the short film Kung Fu Bum (Youtube) which was showcased at several film festivals, as well as the newly released “Brothers” (Youtube). Los Angeles visual artist Reef Kills provided Ticket To Elsewhere’s cover art. The artwork for each EP in the series, once juxtaposed with each other, will form a more intricate visual piece with all the purpose and intention of a map which can lead you to hidden prizes around the country.

 

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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents “Run It”, the new single from his forthcoming album Good Day, Greater Tomorrow. Produced by Ashton McCreight, “Run It” comes on the heels of previous album single “Riot In My Memory” (Soundcloud). PHZ-Sicks is releasing a new single from the album on the 23rd of each month leading up to the album’s summer drop. “Every MC sometimes hears a beat and just want to rhyme,” PHZ says about his new single. “Test how dope you can be on the mic, how you can change rhyme patterns, or just be plain dope. This is pretty much that. This is just a heads up that when it comes to rap, I do this and I do it proudly.”