Although the NBA league is being dominated by the likes of Steph Curry and LeBron James, Renny & Zsa Heem decide they still wanted to be “Like Mike” on their latest single. The boys from Camden, New Jersey bounce with flows over a J Cash produced beat. Both artist compliment each other style on this one as they deliver slick talk and braggadocious bars.
Chester, PA’s own Yung Snapp x A Dot take their hard earned money to a Philadelphia nightclub and deliver a visual for their latest collaboration “Lit.” Plenty of bottles of champagne to go around, the Mar Films directed video captures the lifestyle of Snapp & A. Thanks to the Beat Bully production “Lit” has plenty of knock for the club. Give this one a play and let us know what you think.
Live from the state of New Jersey, Rapper Tox comes through with his latest mixtape “Reach For The Stars 2” and it’s good. For 11 tracks Tox holds it down on the mic on his own with very little features. On this project, he talks about his dreams to play in the NFL and how he was led to the music industry instead. The mixtape is mostly full of smooth tracks and melodic hooks. Make sure you follow Tox on Twitter.
You’re going to feel like you’re in the middle of Atlanta when you listen to this one. Artist and producer, Zone 6 Sosa, drops off his latest single “Saran Wrap” which features production from Train808 & TalibanJu808. The ATL homie comes through with a tough joint for the hood. A lot of hometown slang and slick talk, Sosa keeps it extra gutter. Make sure you go to Twitter and follow Zone 6 Sosa, Train808 & TalibanJu808
Kyng n Kong drop of their single “Bananas” which features Pyrex, Riff Raff & Luke- O. All four rappers hold it down in their own right on this track. Fans will especially appreciate the beat which has plenty of knock. The trap sound is all over this joint but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a solid club record that you can turn up too.
The iLLustrious music recording artist, MeRCY, drops off his latest “Featured Presentation.” The album is full of guest appearances by Nature, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, Dave East, Havoc of Mobb Deep, and Sean Price just to name a few. “Featured Presentation” should keep his fans satisfied while we await the release of his new studio album this summer. This 10 track project is solid with the very first song “Charisma” being one of the stand outs. Make sure you follow MeRCY on Twitter.
In the last few years, it’s no secret that Atlanta has been at the center of the hip-hop music world. With that said, Atlanta’s own Buddi The Bad Guy & Rey Fonder come through with another one that represents well for their home town. “I Enjoy it” is a smooth cut that is great to ride around to. Both artist boast about their lifestyles over a solid produced track by KrissiO. This that kick back and chill vibe and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it as well. Make sure when you’re on Twitter to follow Buddi & Rey.
Representing Milwaukee, WI, rapper King Cezar drops off the visual for his latest single “COLD.” Best describing his city, King Cezar paints a vivid picture over production by Lil Medic. Isolating himself far from his city is where he chooses to reflect on the past and present with hopes of having a bright future. Make sure you follow King Cezar on Twitter.
Representing for the state of New Jersey, Gria Brothers and Mikee Mula are back again with the 2nd installment of the smoke break series. This time they give us a new single featuring see.francis titled “Spaced Out.” Smooth delivery and smooth beat equals a solid collaboration. Next week, the 11 track project is expected to be released in its entirety. To stay up to date, make sure you follow them on Twitter @seefrvncis @MikeeMula @ShaliGriaBros @LBtmGriaBros
I’ve always felt like Boston, MA is a place with a lot of hidden talent and today I get to put the spotlight on Boston’s own Megan V. The 23 year old R&B songstress drops off her first ever single “You Thought Wrong” produced by P Dub. It’s an anthem for woman fed up with men that toy with their emotions. Megan V. is expected to keep up the momentum by releasing more music soon and there’s even a mixtape in the works for this summer. Kick back, enjoy this smooth track and be sure to follow Megan V. on Instagram.
Coming from the west side of windy city Chicago, rapper Fairplay drops off a visual for his latest single “Here.” The song contains a sample from Alessia Cara’s hit single that goes by the same name. Fairplay teams up with videographer Lil E and gives us a gritty visual, spitting real life bars with his crew not far behind him. If you like what you see, you can stay up to date with Fairplay on Twitter.
From the streets of Brooklyn, NY, Moe Fundz comes through to deliver us his latest track “WYD (What You Doin’)” This is the first single off his upcoming #DaFuckYouTape which is yet to have an official release date. Moe Fundz keeps it all the way gutter with plenty of slick talk for you over a hard hitting beat. For all things Moe Fundz make sure you visit the website www.moefundz.com
Switching up the mood, Bishop releases “Open Letter” which is one of his most personal songs to date. According to Bishop, “I wrote this record hoping the message wouldn’t be lost behind the story. From one father removed to many others, this is the often untold story, the other side.” With production from Abstrak, the two combine to make a statement for other father’s who may be facing a similar situation. Stay up to date with Bishop by following him on Twitter.
This weekend I took time to vibe out to a new EP entitled “Voices” from California recording artist Vince Scxtt. The album’s intro track sets the tone and mood for the rest of the project. From song one through nine, Vince Scxtt takes us on a smooth and melodic ride with production from Bijan Amir, Mike Hector, Mike $antana and Derrick Ingram. Make sure you follow Vince Scxtt on Twitter and stream the project on Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify.
If you don’t already know who Nessly is, I suggest you get familiar. This 21 year old hip-hop recording artist from Atlanta, GA has been picking up a lot of steam on the underground scene lately. I’ve been following his music for a few months now and he continues to put in work while rapidly growing his fan base. While Nessly prepares for the release of his new music project that is yet to be titled, he drops off his new single “Vogue.” This catchy tune is produced by 16 yr old & Clibbo. Make sure you follow Nessly on Twitter.
Representing upstate New York, Roger L Me$$? releases “Steph Curry” with the sounds orchestrated by the talented IVLMG in-house producer Oceanside. This is an anthem praising the greatness of this year’s reigning NBA MVP. The trap sound is definitely in right now and Roger L Me$$? delivers just that. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from this combination in the near future. Follow Roger on twitter @kingrmessi or Instagram kingsliveivever to catch all the latest on IVLMG music, clothing, events and more!
Check out this new project from FBMDIBLLL (Fresh Breakfast Muk Dipped in Butter, Lookin Like Light) titled Mango Dumb. This project was created with new school flows and a lot of Fresh’s personality. He fits right in with this wave of new generation Hip-Hop. This project definitely resembles a kid having fun with music. Make sure you follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@MondoMuk)
This is not B.I.G. vs. 2Pac. This is not Jay Z vs. Nas. Contrary to Meek Mill’s belief, this is certainly not 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule. This is not even beef, “Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep.” This is a rap BATTLE. Whether you find it entertaining or not, you cannot deny that this current rap battle has sparked an energy and buzz around the music industry that we have not seen in many years. While all signs are pointing to Drake as the guy demolishing his opponent right now, what if I told you it could have very easily resulted another way. I’m about to tell you how Meek Mill could’ve ether-ed Drake.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out! 😁
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
When Meek Mill gathered factual proof that Drake does not write all of his raps on his own, he should have never broke the news on Twitter. Today’s younger rap fans and Drake fans might say it does not matter, but guess what: IT DOES MATTER and people who live and breathe the culture knows this. This is one of, if not the biggest thing you can ever hold over a MC’s head in a battle. Instead of a Twitter post, he should have recorded a diss verse (preferably over a Drake beat) and release it on the Internet without any warning. In the verse he should have aimed a line or two at Drizzy like, “And don’t compare to me Drake, he don’t write all of his own raps!” Meek Mill would not even have to reveal knowledge of the reference tracks just yet because that one line alone would have been enough to get the rap world’s attention and leave people wondering where this is all coming from. By doing this he would have caught Drake’s camp totally off guard, which is a perfect war tactic. Blindside your opponent when it’s time to invade. He also would have established himself as the aggressor. So if you compare it to boxing, usually the more aggressive boxer gets the most cheers from the crowd (in this case, the fans.) Ultimately, the fans get a say in who won the battle or not. After the first shot, Meek should have stayed off of social media, no rants and Twitter fingers. Let Drake think he may not have something like the reference tracks to destroy him. Wait for a reply on record. Once Drake responds, which could have possibly sounded different, than what he has out now, that is when Meek Mill (without any warning from his team or famous DJ’s) should have came back immediately with the ether.
First of all, this would have negated any chance of there being a record called “Back to Back” and would have killed any of the self proclaimed 6 God’s momentum. This is when Meek should have let everything out without holding back anything. I’m talking about three verses mentioning everything from having a co-writer to the alleged incident inside of the “Takers” movie screening in 2010. This is when he goes back to his battle rap days and use that approach. That means rapping some facts, jokes, personal attacks, and great delivery to humiliate the biggest guy in Hip-Hop. This would have made Drizzy vulnerable and his back would have been against the ropes. It would have sent rap fans, bloggers, radio, and social media into a frenzy. It would not have knocked out Drake the singer and entertainer but it would have ether-ed Drake the lyricist and MC. Meek Mill, the flashy and energetic kid from the streets of Philadelphia, would have been victorious. Battle over.
Unless you’ve been living on Mars the past few weeks, you know that it did not play out that way at all. Unfortunately, Meek Mill underestimated his foe and Drake was almost flawless with his counter attack. Instead of being strategic, Meek was in his feelings and “jump[ed] out the face.” I’m not going to say this battle is over, but I will say that Mr. Dream Chaser has a lot of catching up to do.
DIS TOO MUCH💀💀 pic.twitter.com/Sn7LrUGHQN
— Cockroach (@roach_nigga) July 30, 2015
P.S. My sister, Jasmine Turner, is responsible for the line “jump[ed] out the face” in this article. She got her credit now I’m gone.
SM is an Author and Artist from NYC currently residing in Atlanta, GA. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ClassicSmalls