The year 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest year of Darrein STL‘s career. The East St. Louis artist has been paying his dues on Tech N9ne‘s Strange Music and has spent the year dropping heat. From summer party anthems to tales of making it from the “Ground Up“, Darrein has showcased his skills as a singer, rapper and producer. His latest offering is called “Living Alone” and it offers his listeners a much more in-depth look at the man behind all the music. Set over a somber production, Darrein drops a heartfelt look into his world, from the moments he questioned his path and the people around him to his struggles with feeling alone and drinking to numb the pain. The song comes with a powerful new visual, with Darrein alone in the middle of the desert with nothing but a bottle of tequila and his skills on the microphone to comfort him. “Living Alone” is one of many new treats on the way from Darrein to close out the year. You can watch the new video below.
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.
Keep Right from Sandusky, Ohio. My sound is what I call “Street Intellectualism”, a combination of conscious yet relatable lyricism that intertwines with a range of socioeconomic and and street influences.
My new single “Blessed” I’m shooting the video this Monday as well. Nice Trap production by RawHeatz, with skilled lyricism, wordplay, and a strong narrative.
Coming out of Columbus, Ohio, producer Tha Audio Unit (credits include: Fabolous and Jeremih) and MC Dominique Larue come together for the important single “Fix Me.” The video sees Larue getting personal with her mental health struggles and the dependency on drugs to fix her issues. The almost hypnotic production from Tha Audio Unit provides the canvas for Larue to spit bars like: “…so they give me these drugs I don’t love/makes me numb and I’m tipsy.“ SDOMINIQUE LARUE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “I’M SMILING BECAUSE I HATE EVERYTHING” ON SEPTEMBER 21ST.
“Balenciaga” is the designer dreams coming from Detroit’s own, Julian LaHood. Julian weighs in with his ode to women and designer brands, as they are both a staple in his life. Join him as he makes his designer wishes come true. Link: Social media:
Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers; while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes. Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics.
Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane.
Now the pair of Hip-hop luminaries have their first collaborative album on Mello Music Group—and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece: Mona Lisa. After premiering the album announcement and lead-single, “Decisions,” with Billboard, today they unveil the project’s second single, “Timberlan’d Up” featuring Joell’s Slaughterhouse brethren Royce Da 5’9.” “Timberlan’d Up” was exclusively premiered by Complex.
“Timbalan’d Up is the only song on Mona Lisa with a rap feature. I called on my brother Royce Da 5’9’ to do what he does best” Joell commented to Complex. “The track title is self explanatory. Don’t get stomped on! We give beatings on or off beat.”
“Timberlan’d Up” started with the hook; it guided me to make the beat. It needed to be simple, really simple, and it was a must that it complimented the threat of consequences being stated” said Apollo Brown. “Of course, Joell did his thing and the fact that we enlisted Royce to bless the track was both inevitable, and incredible. Listen close to what they say. Both emcees did what they do best, and I wouldn’t be Apollo Brown if I didn’t have one of these joints on Mona Lisa. Bang your head!”
Columbus, OH artist Doobie unveils his latest single “Mouth Full of Gold.” Doobie cooks up a gutty cadence over the self-produced beat. “Mouth Full of Gold” finds Doobie with an abundance of confidence as he spits about opulent bling, beauteous baddies, and party tales. The brand new song comes complete with a visual accompaniment directed by Legit Looks. Check it out now!
Coach Joey (also known as Joseph McFashion) has released his 3rd installment for his Raw series. This stems off his collaborations with other Detroit natives Kash Doll and Payroll Giovanni. The Detroit native is an artist and entrepreneur – as he represents 4Sho Magazineand other ventures. For this series, he’s enlisted newcomers Skooly, FMB DZ and Tay B. Locally, Raw 2.5 has been on Detroit stations and the buzz keeps growing. Listen now..
Recently Gringo Gang linked up with legendary trap producer Zaytoven for the song “Risks” featuring rising Cincinnati rapper Cook LaFlare.
The track is taken from their upcoming EP The Language as the Gringo Gang consisting of (Spacedad, Shawn Ham, and J Mo) have united the Southside and the Westside’s of Naptown for a movement the whole city can get behind.
Recently the group interviewed with Radio One Columbus’ radio station WCKX 107.5, stating “We are not just another white rapper group, our music speaks for itself. You are witnessing the future unfold.”
“We started back in 2015, it started as a city wide movement with a clothing line we were pushing and then J-Mo and Shawn Ham started to come around more and we formed the group Gringo Gang. It’s crazy because the name came from a friend who was actually making fun of us. We took it and ran with it,” Spacedad said.
Gringo Gang Records formed in 2016 and has seen success with the regional singles “Slap Bacon” as well “Prank Out”, which was covered by most mainstream outlets, blogs, and music services.
While Spacedad, Shawn Ham and J Mo make up the Gringo Gang, each have come from solo success. Shawn Ham’s visuals ft Lil Wyte have over 500k views on Youtube, Jmo has an active campaign online with the EP Lights which has generated over 3k spins on the popular platform Spotify and Spacedad had the popular hit “Slap Bacon” which currently has over 180k views on Youtube.
“We’re really excited to be able to partner with two companies that have assisted in the guidance of the careers of artists such as D12 and Bone Thugs and Harmony,” says Gringo Gang Records founder Jason Reed. “We can now take advantage of this powerful platform and look forward to growing our company reach.”
This special co-branded partnership of Federation Records/Gringo Gang Records will provide a unique double-sided relationship, in which both subscribers and their friends will receive opportunities for monetary compensation for investment and support of the company. This is a groundbreaking effort in the music industry.
“I’m excited to watch Gringo Gang’s development from a music group from Indianapolis to an advanced competitive record company generating hits and fusing it with new technology,” Quincy “Big Heff” Taylor said.
“We are the dopest fucking thing fans will experience in 2018!” Jmo said joking. “We really love what we do and put our all into the projects to give the fans the best experience possible. From the shows to the music and videos we aim to create high quality shit for the people to rock with! We are a family and our fans are related and on the journey with us. Oh…… and lastly a Gringo is an ‘American'”
To date Gringo Gang have been on tour supporting artists such as Migos, 21 Savage, Montana of 300, Young Dolph, Trippie Redd and more. The group Gringo Gang, has also been booked in New York at the Piano and SXSW at the popular “Beer and Tacos” Stage.
“Most of the concepts we try to develop around our everyday lives. The words we say, the clothes we wear, the lifestyle. We are really different in what we like throughout the group but we all have our own swag and ways of thinking. So we try to mesh those together and give the fans a piece of who we are in these concepts. Our newest project is called The Language because we want to indoctrinate people into our lingo first,” Shawn Ham said.
The first offering from the partnership is the single “Keep Me Going” available via all major outlets.