Although only officially adopting the title of rap artist a mere year ago, Houston’s Lavish (CEO of Hustla Vision Ent.) has made a sizable impact to date. On “Dumb Walk”, the first official single from his debut solo EP, “Swiggle Talk”, Lavish
chronicles his day to day extravagant regiment over a made-for-the-club
beat courtesy of Iceman Chamberlain (TSF). Lavish’s growing fan base
can also hear him on Yung Al‘s single, “Waist Deep,” alongside
Deemoe Trill, and Slim Thug. Although “Swiggle Talk” isn’t feature
heavy, Lavish has definitely set out to leave a lasting impression on
the music) game. Check out the EP below.
Alternative R&B artist vaz. today released his emotionally-charged sophomore EP take your time. vaz. artfully fuses alternative, r&b, pop, hip-hop, and electronic to create his own soul-stroking sound that perfectly compliments his intimate lyrics.
In take your time. vaz. makes himself vulnerable to his listeners and opens up about his life challenges. In moody ballads like “for you.” and “t-shirt.” vaz. sings of desire and the frustration of a romance that is just out of reach. But vaz. doesn’t just sing about his challenges – he sings about moving beyond them. “what will be.” and “faded.,” vaz. showcases another side with high energy, grooving melodies, and messages of optimism and overcoming.
vaz. is originally from London, UK, and got his start when he caught the attention of BBC radio DJs in the UK with his EP Big Dreams Long Nights, released in 2013. The EP and subsequent releases found their way on regular rotation through the BBC radio networks. vaz. received online buzz in 2016 when he released a record titled Platform 6 featuring ex Roc Nation artist K Koke. It was released via LinkUpTV, a UK-based online music network, and amassed over 120k views on Youtube. Today, vaz. is based in Brampton, ON, Canada, in the Greater Toronto Area.
In early 2017, his singles “Night + Day” and “Matter To Me’ were also picked up by BBC Radio, as well as iHeartRadio Canada, Reprezent FM, Radar Radio, and a variety of publications including Boi1da.net and The Plug Society.
Today, Clay James and Empire Distribution flooded the digital streaming sites with a 100+ song catalog of music featuring production from FKi, M-16, 30 Roc, Stroud, Mazo, & more. Not to mention these songs feature an array of dope artists: Young Dro, Sir Michael Rocks, Big Gipp, Sy Ari, & A Pimp Named Sweet Tooth to name a few. Head over to Apple Music, Spotify, & Tidal to catch up on the newly accessible tunes.
Atlanta recording artist Drako’s Babygrande Records debut “Fully Loaded” mixtape is now available on all platforms worldwide. His first full body of work comes after releasing multiple well received singles, including the Lil Voe produced, “Racks On Me” featuring Lil Baby, “Count It Up” featuring Moneybagg Yo, “Watch Me Do It,” and “Boss” featuring YungBans. Each track released has helped build the foundation for his debut mixtape, with over 8 million streams combined, with his most recent single, “Time,” accounting for over a million of those streams in just one week. Drako’s singles have been staples on some of the biggest Spotify playlists, but these tracks only tell a part of the story. “This is my debut mixtape and I’m excited to present my music to the world,” says Drako. “All the grinding, hard work, tracks I’ve released, millions of steams to date, have lead to this. I put my heart and soul into this project.” “Fully Loaded” includes 16 tracks that display Drako’s immense talent and song writing ability. It also shows an artist with incredible range, which is unique in today’s marketplace. The listener will witness Drako’s versatility on tracks such as the uptempo, quick flowing “The Juice,” the introspective “Struggle,” and “Betrayal,” which finds Drako and Quando Rondo trading bars while examing opposing sides of a cautionary street tale. “Fully Loaded” is truly the full package. In a era driven by singles and short attention spans, listeners will be hard pressed not to take the entire journey from start to finish. “Fully Loaded” available now via Babygrande Records.
The west coast rap legend and hip-hop icon Too $hort released his twentieth studio album The Pimp Tape viaDangerous Music/EMPIRE. The 20-track project includes his recent singles “Ain’t My Girlfriend” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Joyner Lucas & Jeremih, “Go $hort Dog,” and most recently “Only Dimes” featuring G-Eazy and The-Dream. The album also boasts features from DJ Khaled, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainzand T.I. as well as fellow NorCal natives E-40 and Mozzy. Get the new album HERE.
The Pimp Tape marks Too $hort’s three decades in the game, highlighting his fabled career and undeniable legacy in addition to bridging the gap between hip-hop generations, paying homage to other legends such as Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z, Jazze Pha, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil Kim, among others. The pioneering godfather of West Coast hip-hop built his long-lasting success from the ground up, becoming the first rapper from Oakland, California to receive a platinum plaque, which has now gone 6x platinum and 4x gold.
To commemorate his 20-album milestone, Too $hort hosted listening experiences at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in New York City and at Warwick Hollywood in Los Angeles. Last night’s LA event was hosted by YesJulz with sounds by Big Von andDJ Jadaboo; Actor and comedian Craig Robinson, superstar artist Swae Lee and rappers Nef The Pharaoh and Diggy Simmons were in attendance. See the event photos HERE. Earlier this week, the West Coast rap pioneer also dropped 3 Decades of Game, a 60-minute documentary (which he executive produced) about his 30-year music career. The film was directed by Maxwell Benson and features interviews and performances from Too $hort, Wayne Shaw, Raphael Saadiq, E-40, Mistah F.A.B. and Richie Rich. Watch the documentary HERE.
VA’s Bucky Malone returns with his latest project, Futuristic Pimp $hit II, which serves as a follow up to his 2017 The Pink Album. With a majority of the production served by the psychedelic Handsome Jones, and appearances by Crown Marquiss, Mari, Ceph, Bobby Blaze, Treez Lowkey, and G-maly, Bucky provides some hard-hitting tunes that will leave you wanting to hear more. To accompany the project, Bucky treated fans to the official Felipe Brothers-directed music video for stand-out track, “Cool It.” Stream the 17-track album below via Spotify, and check it out on all platforms here.
Today, platinum-certified rapper YFN Luccireleased a new project 3 via Think It’s A Game Records/Warner Bros. Records. The 3-song release, as the title suggests, consists of three compellingly catchy songs that highlight the critically-acclaimed artist’s signature street style and includes a guest feature from Blac Youngsta, along with production collaborations from Budda Beats, Go Grizzly, Pooh Beatz, Turn Me Up Josh For Winners Circleand Ben Billions.
The single “Hit Em Up” is already a hit in Atlanta’s strip club circuit and is receiving organic radio play in the region, while “Do That” feat. Blac Youngsta showcases Lucci’s gritty street sound. “Think It’s A Game is just as excited as YFN Lucci’s fans are about him releasing new music. Fans who’ve been riding with Lucci for 3 years know that it’s his season. We wish him well on this next journey,” says CEO Girvan “Fly” Henry.
On Sunday, November 18th YFN Lucci will headline the Subnation Dreamhack after-party and concert at Atlanta’s Tabernacle. Additionally, YFN Lucci recently launched a partnership with Atlanta-based Rap Plug music tech company giving one lucky winner a chance to open on stage for him that night by entering to compete at http://www.rapplug.com using the code: TIG until Thursday, November 15, 2018.