New Orleans rapper A. Levy‘s is back with his new album ‘Reparations’which is the follow-up to last years ‘Squares Delegation.’ The 12 track project is being called one of the most significant Southern Hip-Hop albums of the last decade and features Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo. The album is unique, doesn’t ride any current trends or waves and has a regionless sound. Clocking in at 40 minutes the project is filled with top-notch storytelling, punchlines, and metaphors. Throughout the album, he touches on many different topics ranging from his love for hip-hop, racial issues from different perspectives, black fatherhood on the standout track “Black Boy” and much more. Check out the album below, and be sure to check him out in a city near you on his “Reparations Tour.”
Grammy® Award winners, The Band Perry announced today in support of their release of COORDINATES they will hit the road for 4 dates starting on October 20th in Bloomington, IN. They will also play Madison, WI, Houston TX and Dallas TX.
COORDINATES is available today at http://smarturl.it/TBP_Coordinates. The band wrote and produced all of the songs. In addition, Rick Rubin oversaw the project as executive producer. Since releasing their groundbreaking #1 single, IF I DIE YOUNG, in 2010, the band has racked up six number one songs on the Billboard charts while also selling out several worldwide tours to go along with millions of records sold.
Singer/songwriter Jane Handcock is ready to finally answer the million dollar question her fans and friends have been asking with her new project Where’s Jane? The California native has had a successful career as both a songwriter (Kelly Rowland, Adrien Marcel) and artist. She dropped two solo mixtapes executive produced by Raphael Saadiq (Truth Be Told in 2015) and last year’s “Truth Explains A Lot” to critical acclaim, but had been quiet since. The appropriately titled Where’s Jane? is a four-track collection of the funky, upbeat and lyrical vibes people have come to expect of Jane, but with a progression perfected by her time away cooking up heat in the lab. The project is a nod to the culture, spearheaded and carried by Jane’s skills, with no features or collaborations other than the producers: 126, Nate Hendrix, Sir Dylan, Jaden Wiggins, BenG and KiddJupiter. The setup allows Jane to fully showcase the depth of her versatility as a singer and artist, fluidly mixing together genres like hip-hop, R&B and soul for a collection of music that make it clear Jane is right where she needs to be – here to stay.
San Antonio native Ronnie Lott returns with a two track EP titled “Star 69”. No games and Blue Faces were both produced by his in house producer J Nice (IG @whoniceasme) as the tandemen is set to release their second LP “Word on the Road” in late September. The New Wave Camp stayed in house with regards to the visual of No Games with videographer Johnathan Nicholas (IG @roadtoballin), while solicting the appearance of rising model/actress Jasmine Moton (IG @jas_moton). The team tabbed local videographer DavieeDavee (IG @davieedavee) for Blue Faces, as Ronnie methodically tells a story of this up tempo beat. This artist representing the Texas culture should definitely be put under your radar. Stay tuned for more to come.
Rising Minnesota rapper Rico $haw made a big splash last year with his Rich The Kid assisted hit single “Lavish.” Since then the young rapper has been on a tear. He dropped his ‘Inception’ and ‘Inception 2’ mixtapes at the end of last year and followed them up with his ‘Gary$haw’ project at the top of this year, all which were produced by his two in-house producers GaryGucci and Kellan. Rico is now in what he calls the “storm” of his career and he is not looking to slow down anytime soon. After releasing a handful of singles over the past few months the Rico Shaw is back with the second installment of his ‘Gary$haw’ mixtape. The 10 track project is entirely produced by GaryGucci and features Warhol.SS, Bandman Fari, Khari iiCe, Chevy Quis, Buddha Man and more.
Stream ‘Gary$haw 2’ below and look out for more new music from Minnesota newcomer.
Cousin Stizz today shares a new 3-track bundle, Cold Times via RCA Records. Click HERE to listen.
The 3-tracks are written by Stizz and feature production from on Lil Rich on “Made,” and “Brain Freeze,” and Tee-WaTT, Tyrus &VVD on “Butterfly.”
Cold Times follows Stizz’ All Adds Up bundle which was released earlier this summer to great critical praise with Pitchfork exclaiming “Stizz has developed into a consistent hook maker with an ear for production that rarely disappoints. On ‘Did It’ his one-note flow is mesmerizing…” while HipHopDX says that All Adds Up shows why he “deserves to be one of the big dogs.”
Stizz was also featured on the Uncle Drew Official Soundtrack with “Records,” released earlier this summer.
Previously, Stizz released his critically acclaimed major label debut, One Night Only in July 2017. Led by “Headlock” ft. Offset and other standouts including “Lambo” and “Neiman Barneys” ft. G-Eazy, Pitchfork called it his “strongest project yet” while Pigeons & Planes exclaimed, “[One Night Only] is the kind of project you can put on and run through without skipping any songs. Cousin Stizz just leveled up.”
Today, Atlanta rapper/producer/artist Father releases his mixtape, Awful Swim via Awful Records/RCA Records. Click HERE to listen.
The mixtape is released as part of a campaign with Adult Swim. The partnership includes Awful Swim artwork and forthcoming merchandise designed by Emmy-award winning designer JJ Villard, Father’s music being featured in network bumps and promotions, and will see Father perform at the inaugural Adult Swim Festival in LA this October. Additionally, Father is part of the Adult Swim Singles program and kicked off round eight with the release of “Fashionista ” ft. Lil House Phone. Earlier this week, Adult Swim hosted an exclusive preview of Awful Swim on www.adultswim.com.
Father also shares additional dates for a North American leg of “The Private Show” tour. Kicking off on November 2nd in Chicago, he will hit major cities including Toronto, New York and Los Angeles before wrapping on November 25th in Seattle. Father previously announced European dates in London, Paris, Berlin and Hamberg. The full tour will feature direct support from fellow Awful Records duo Danger Incorporated. Tickets are on sale today at 10am local time. For more information and to purchase please visit: www.awfulrecords.com.
Earlier this summer, Father released “We Had A Deal” and “Lotto” ft. ABRA and their accompanying videos which marked his first releases since announcing his newly formed creative partnership with RCA Records earlier this summer. Both appear on Awful Swim.
The tracks were met with great critical praise upon release. Pitchfork exclaims, “… [with] rattling sub-bass, plenty of open space, and sticky choruses…Father’s charisma [is evident]…he finds nuance and humor where other rappers see black and white” on “We Had a Deal.” FADER proclaims, “The songs reassert the Atlanta-based rapper as an influential figure in today’s SoundCloud rap scene with flows and acidic humor for days.,” while NY Magazine’s Vulture, Highsnobiety and XXLall included the “We Had a Deal” in their “Best Tracks of the Week” roundups.
Today, rapper/singer/songwriter/model and Pharrell’s i am OTHER signee, BIA releases her new NICE GIRLS FINISH LAST: CUIDADO EP via i am OTHER/RCA Records. ClickHERE to listen.
BIA also releases today the video to “HOLLYWOOD,” which premiered on Complex – HERE. Shot in Los Angeles, the video is directed by Arrad (A$AP Rocky, Tyga) and produced by Andrew Listermann (Chris Brown, Lady Gaga).
The track was released last week to great critical praise with, NYLON exclaiming “[just hear] Bia’s bars in her latest release…You’re gonna be hooked” and HYPEBAE describing, “a track worthy of sharing with your friends…‘HOLLYWOOD’ paints a vivid picture of the woes which artists and creatives often experience on their rise to fame.”
On the release of NICE GIRLS FINISH LAST: CUIDADO, BIA explains the EP as: ““Unfiltered, Unapologetic, and Powerful. Powerful first, though. I want to inspire women to say, ‘Man, fuck that.’”
BlueFaceBally is an Atlanta native with roots on the East Coast. He released his debut project earlier this year titled Blue Face Trip executive produced by Dun Deal with a feature from Reese Laflare. Then a few months later, BlueFaceBally and Gunna collaborated for “Porshe”, purposely spelled without a “c”. Now BlueFaceBally is back with a 7 track EP, Overly High. The project features RX Peso, 44, & BlueFaceMulah and production by Richie Souf, Dun Deal, and members of The Remedy Production Group (Bubba Doran, Ceefab, Cosa Nostra, & ChrizBeatz). Stream Overly High on all digital platforms & stay tuned for visuals.