Off 2020’s The City Is Mine album, veteran Los Angeles rapper West Haven Blast drops two new visuals for project cuts “I Thought You Knew” and “King Kong.” On the two visuals, surrounded by legitimate co-signs, West represents the region with his signature hardcore street raps. On the rise, West Haven Blast is finally getting his shot in the mainstream landscape.
The City Is Mine features legendary stars Ras Kass, Kurupt, DMC of Run-DMC, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, Kxng Crooked, and Redrum 781. Available now on all DSPs via own imprint. For more West Haven Blast, follow him on Instagram.
Watch “I Thought You Knew” above, take a look at “King Kong” below.
This is a brand new collab album between Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas. The latter is one of the underground’s most in-demand producers hauling from Boston, Massachusetts & the other notably being the percussionist for South Gate titans Cypress Hill. Despite being on different coasts, both parties developed a close friendship off similar interests & are joining forces for 4/20 to drop Empires.
The title track by Vangarde is a baneful opener about painting pictures with Mr. Lif’s mind, but then the next song “Chemtrails” by RJ Payne, Vinnie Paz & Xzibit wastes no time jumping on that boom bap as the trio start shit-talking. “Get With This One” incorporates some percussion & a Godzilla-like horn section as B-Real & Pharoahe Monch get together for a homage to the classic Black Sheep joint “The Choice is Yours”, but then “Total Kaos” by Psycho Les is a spooky recap of 2020.
The song “Move Weight” by Khujo, Lonnie Lyle & The Wordsmith is a downcast look into being street-smart while “Red Dot” incorporates some chilly keyboards as Rob Markman details how every rhyme he writes is 25 to life. The song “No Survivors” by Nowaah the Flood and Watson & Holmes is a cold-blooded depiction of the streets, but then “Pass the Fire” by Demrick is a classy weed-smoking anthem. Meanwhile on “Call It Like I See It, we have Reverie hopping on a weary albeit funky instrumental to insult her competition & then we have Lord Goat teaming up with Krazy Race for the horrorcore-themed “Dark Mind”.
The song “City of Angels” by Blu & Rakaa is g-funk homage to their hometown of LA, but then “Another One for the Books” by Apathy & Celph Titled is a disgusting look (in a good way) at the things they’ve done. The penultimate track “Street Smarts” by Ill Bill & O.C. is one of the most lethal cuts on the album as they talk about “hittin’ ’em at point blank range”, but then “The Reset” by Sick Jacken & Huero Diablo is a feel-good tune about living their lives to the fullest.
I know this album has been in the works for the past couple of years now, but man is the end result a wild ride. The list of guest MCs that got to hop on board is damn near-stellar & it’s really cool to hear both of Eric & Stu’s signature sounds mesh in with each other seamlessly.
Khrysis is a 39 year old producer & occasional MC from Durham, North Carolina coming up 1/2 of the duo The Away Team alongside Sean Boog. He’s also a key member of Jamla Records’ in-house production team The Soul Council, lacing a chockfull of albums for the label up to this point. But with 4 solo albums under his belt already, Khrysis is celebrating 4/20 by dropping a 5th one.
The opener “Never Change” is actually Khrysis himself spitting about always staying true over some bongos & a guitar, but then the next song “Granted” by Mumu Fresh is literally her expressing hope that she doesn’t get taken for granted over a funky instrumental with some popping drums. The song “Delta9” by Geechi Suede is of course about getting stoned & the instrumental has a trippier edge to it, but then “Mr. Big Mouth II” by De La Soul goes into a boom bap direction as the trio deliver a sequel to “Big Mouth” off their 2009 mixtape Are You In?.
The Away Team reunite like they haven’t stopped working together on the keyboard-laced “The Return” & then “Why?” by Problem is about being clueless towards the haters he has on top of a soul sample & some militant drums. The song “Asylum” by Evidence is more synth-induced as he spits about being an original gentleman, but then “Colombian Necktie” returns to the boom bap sound as Niko Is delivers one of the more underwhelming performances on the album.
“The Code” by Chi-Ali is a jazzier cut that’s about him being happy to be released from prison after murdering his ex-girlfriend’s brother while “The Devil Wears Designer” by Reuben Vincent is about a deceitful woman over a horn-inflicted beat. “Negro Spiritual” finds Khrysis joining Busta Rhymes & Pharoahe Monch on top of a crooning vocal sample in the back as the trio spit that Black Power shit, but then “The Disrespect” by Rapsody & Sa-Roc goes into that College Dropout sound as the 2 go in about being disrespected.
The penultimate track “Keep on Walkin’” by Del the Funky Homosapien is a piano-boom bap banger about how nobody owes you shit & then the album finishes off with “Be Alright”, which is Khrysis himself hopping on top of a soul-tinged Eric G. instrumental to spit about working too hard for earn loyalty.
In comparison to his previous solo efforts, I think this is Khrysis’ best one yet. There are only a couple guests I could’ve done without, but almost every one of them delivery fiery performances as the dude presents a well-tuned showcasing of what he’s capable of doing behind the boards with a dash of his MC skills every here & there.
York Records burst on the scene in 2020 with several stellar releases by popular battle rapper Arsonal. Today, the label executives Dizz & Capt introduce the new roster of talent expected to propelled the label to greatness this year with the release of their first compilation series called Genesis Vol.1. For the formal introduction, the label taps well-known radio personality/DJ DJ Envy to host the project and plant the project with authentic roots.
The first edition is a 10-track release, starring Mr. So Disrespectul, BundlesFVG, Cory North, Frxxsauce and Marko24k. A formal introduction for most, the project features unforgettable verses from the entire cast and, with its cohesive tracklisting, the project is destined to make York Record one of the most exciting new record labels of 2021. The album comes on the peak of each artist’s transition to superstardom.
“We choose to put this compilation together based on each individual artist and where they are respectively in their careers. This is hard authentic street shit from the beginning to the end,” says York Records.
Available everywhere now, the project is a must-hear for any Hip Hop fan. Hosted by DJ Envy and supported by several a-list co-signers, Genesis Vol.1 is a project that will be discussed all year long as we await official album releases for each of the acts involved. Dj Envy appears on the project via own imprint.
Get familiar with York Records today, stream the entire project below.
Georgia singer/songwriter Elhae taps Rick Ross, Masego and Xavier Omar for his Motown debut in Aura III. Built on the back of his popular indie series, Elhae makes a huge first impression to a broader audience as he ascends to R&B’s 2021 artist-to-watch.
Throughout the 11-track collection which originates from popular ep series, Elhae displays the signature off melodic, mesmerizing vocals that fans have grown to love. And with breakout songs like “U Know,” “My City” and “Sick of Playing,” he matches his buzzworthy sound with progressive production to create textured songs for every occasion.
He explains: “I think the ‘Aura’ series over time has become a bit of an escape for me, where I can let off steam and vent about things I’m going through at that current moment in my life. Much like anyone else, this is just another chapter in my life symbolizing growth and maturity.”
Aura III is the follow-up to Elhae’s 2017 sequel (Aura II) that received high regard from several high-profile publications, including Billboard. The third installment is his first official release on Motown. The perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan of the fast-rising star. Upon the release of the new album, Elhae treated fans to a video of the studio session for “My City.”
Watch it now.
Available on all DSPs via Motown/Universal Music Group. Stream Elhae’s new album below and find out more on the new star on Instagram.
Lil Migo is the talk of the town in Hip Hop right now.
The Memphis recording artist is trailblazing a path to top billing with his new album, King of the Trap. For the album, Migo taps his mentor and Label boss Blac Youngsta to go hunting for an opp in the new visual for their collaboration, “Fire.” In the new visual, Youngsta and Migo prepare for a fire fight with raps about doing everything with their weapon beside them. Catchy, lethal and maximum carnage, “Fire” is a street favorite from the new artist’s arrival project.
Both “Fire” and King of the Trap are available on all DSPs via Heavy Camp/CMG. Lil Migo signed with Youngsta and Gotti after recognizing them as the best in the game. “I’ve been mentored by some of the best in the game in Blac Youngsta and Yo Gotti and now I’m ready to carve out my lane and make 2021 my year,” Migo said in a statement. “I want to keep putting on for Memphis, and that starts with this new project,” he says.
Along with Blac Youngsta, King of the Trap features a-listers Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, Rich The Kid, 42 Dugg and Jacquees. And with the guests, the album includes breakout hits “Big Dog,” “Paved the Way” and “Letter To The City.” Lil Migo and his album is the newest addition to Interscope Records through Heavy Camp and CMG.
Lil Migo is the first of a promising new CMG roster about to take over Hip Hop. The Source on the CMG roster: “The gifts among the CMG roster are crazy! Blac Youngsta saluted his artist Lil Migo with a rare, lime-green Lamborghini Aventador worth $400,000 as a birthday gift. The gift was given during Yo Gotti’s CMG Brunch that went down in Atlanta for NBA All-Star weekend.”
After watching Lil Migo’s new video, learn more about the rising star and his huge following on Instagram. Stream his new album here.
Watch the music video for “Fire” below.