Gangsta of The Comrads ft. Big Dutch – “Solid”

The one-and-only Gangsta of The Comrades and Westside Connection returns with a brand new single, titled “Solid,” featuring Big Dutch.

The song sees Gangsta in tip-top lyrical shape, delivering A1 bars while taking listeners on a journey through Lynwood, California over classic West Coast production, assisted by a soulful chorus performed by Big Dutch.

Stream and/or download the single below and stay tuned for updates as the Lynwood, Ca. emcee preps his 2021 campaign.

Zayzayy Drops Visual For Buzzing “G Shock” Single

After dropping the buzzing visual for the hit song “Poles Inna Whip” last November, emerging Maryland artist Zayzayy returns — with a promising 2021 in store — starting with the release of the new video to the new single “G Shock.”

The Justin Jacobs-directed video for the song, which also prepares fans for the forthcoming album Start of Forever as the lead single, sees the thriving rapper pull a large home invasion that results in a high-speed chase with an unknown ending. Lyrically, Zayzayy is starving for blue hunnits and delivers a couple of money-hungry verses by any means necessary like the first verse, he raps: “Mask down, searching for a lick till the sun up/Mask down, gotta move these pounds until I come up/I was 15, robbin the runners.”

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One of the most popular watches in today’s fashion, G-Shock is a resistant military and tactical watches with outstanding water-resistant features. A brand that Zayzayy has been a fan of since childhood and the inspiration behind his new single, “I made the songs thinking about ways to come up,” Zayzayy said in the press release. “Growing up g shock was the watches everyone wanted and I remember days I could afford it. So we took risks to get it. G-Shock symbolizes me one a better life. Me wanting the best things in life.”

“G Shock” is the new release and apart of a new direction for the rising artist. It’s his first release under the new label All Season Records, which is in conjunction with the popular Create Music Group. The release of the video follows Zayzayy’s 2020 album release Beyond The Naked Eye. Now, he is setting up the drop of his next album — coming sometime-2021 — that fans can find daily updates on his Instagram.

Check out the new video for “G Shock” below, afterward, stream it here via All Season Records/Create Music Group.

Born Allah – “Dedication” Ft. DJ Nu-Mark (Video)

L.A. rap veteran Born Allah shares the visuals for, “Dedication” taken from his new EP, “Analog Baby” which is produced entirely by German beatsmith, Zpu-Zilla. The engaging video directed by GuapCityProductions captures the bravado of the track and the rapper himself, who cruises through DTLA as he spits his bars at the camera and celebrates with his crew. This six-track EP which features Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples), DJ Nu-Mark and DJ Mark Luv is available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via The Church of Hip Hop & Financial Prosperity.

Kev Brown & J Scienide Drop ‘Stray From The Pack’ Album & ‘Out The Safari’ Video

The DMV area duo of Kev Brown & J Scienide return with their sophomore album, “Stray From The Pack”, and it’s an immediately gripping display of real artistic collaboration. The two multi-talented artists—they both rap and produce on here—have crafted an incredibly organic project that celebrates classic collabo albums (think EPMD, Jaylib, and Madvillain) while continuing to move the genre forward. The tandem also recently linked to shoot the visuals for “Out the Safari,” which is both a celebration of the album’s release and their work together as a whole. Stray From The Pack is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms through Scienide’s Statik King imprint via Fat Beats Records. Vinyl copies are due out soon in limited quantities by way of De Rap Winkel Records.

 

Born Allah – “Analog Baby” (EP Review)

Los Angeles rhyme veteran, Born Allah, has teamed up with German production powerhouse, Zpu Zilla, to bring us something special this week in “Analog Baby”. This is a 6 track EP which is definitely one for all the real hip hop heads out there. The dynamic duo enlisted the collaboration of DJ Mark Luv and Rakaa and the combinations are deadly!

“Dedication”, wow! What a way to begin. The production itself is a hit, then you get DJ Mark Luv to bless the track some more and Born Allah does what he does best. Born Allah’s flow is hard hitting but also cool, calm and collected all at the same time. Clever rhyme schemes as he effortlessly rides the drums with even more clever bars. My favourite part about this is that it genuinely sounds like he is having fun with it. Witty and braggadocios, this is hip hop!

“Analog Baby” is the third track on the EP and once again, that production! You can probably tell that I am pretty excited about the way Zpu Zilla cuts up samples and laces them with some of the cleanest hip hop drums I have heard in a long time. Born Allah consistently delivers heat, merging impressive wordplay with a catchy hook. This song captures the vibe of the project from start to finish. Beats, bars and what seems like an everlasting cadence.

“Jabril (Let the Horns Blow)” is the final track on the EP and features Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, and man, does this song live up to the hype! Born Allah starts us off as Zilla literally lets the horns blow. From that point on this song is filled with lethal bars, buttery smooth flows and truly world class production. Rakaa gives us everything that we love about him and more. It’s rare that we are blessed with the opportunity to hear two veteran wordsmiths just devour a beat like this. Thank you Born Allah and Rakaa, I am so glad I was here for this!

If you have made it this far, you will know that I really enjoyed this body of work and I think you will too. It was pure hip hop through and through. This is the kind of EP that will be talked about as a classic. A genuine congratulations to all involved, you really blessed us with this! Go follow Born Allah on Instagram: @daddygrace

Score: 9/10

Vallyre Self Produced The Music Video For The Unforgettable “Bloodsweat”

When an artist knows their vision and has the full picture of the final result in mind, nothing can stop them. Vallyre is an excellent example of an artist who knows what she wants and goes after it no matter what. She alone released a music video for her hit single “Bloodsweat,” a sweet and dark, simple yet captivating song with similar visuals. The 44-second video perfectly resembles the song’s energy and helps the artist demonstrate her acting and dancing skills. The mise-en-scène is in red and black as Vallyre’s clothing, creating a certain atmosphere through color. The video is beautifully shot and produced. The only problem with it is that it is short and leaves you wanting more.

Various Artists – “Conflicted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Album Review)

This is a brand new soundtrack album brought to you in part by Buffalo hip hop labels Griselda Records & Black Soprano Family Records. Both of whom have been taking over hip hop with a plethora of high quality albums, EPs & mixtapes since late 2015.Their first feature-length film Conflicted is set to be released next Friday & of course the movie had to be accompanied by songs from or inspired by it.

After the intro, the first song “Mobbin’” finds Benny the Butcher teaming up with Chase Fetti & Heem to talk about just that over a devilish instrumental while the track “Element of Surprise” by Lloyd Banks talks about being mindful of snitches over a supernatural beat. The song “Ain’t Hit Nobody” by Westside Gunn, Flee Lord & Eto sees the trio coming together for the brick buyers over a grim, drumless instrumental from Daringer while the track “Pride” by Ransom triumphantly talks about his success over a soulful beat from the man himself.

The song “Welcome Home DMX” by Dave East & Jonesy finds the 2 comparing themselves to Sam Giancana & John Gotti over a weepy trap instrumental from the late DJ Shay & the 808 Mafia while the track “Squaaaaad” by Elcamino, Rick Hyde & Smoke DZA sees the 3 talking about being baptized by the streets over a victorious beat. The song “3:30 in Houston” by Benny the Butcher addresses being shot a few months back over a despondent instrumental while the track “Voices” by Boldy James, Chase Fetti & Heem finds the trio telling their opposition to run over a bloodcurdling beat.

The song “Rank” by YN Billy gets braggadocious over a mediocre trap instrumental & after the “I’m Not the Enemy” skit, the track “Nerve of You” by Armani Caesar talks about someone doing her dirty over a Camouflage Monk beat with some plinky keys. The song “Conflicted” by Flee Lord talks about the hustler lifestyle over a dreary instrumental from GhostDave while the penultimate track “Mission Accomplished” by Armani Caesar, Benny the Butcher & Westside Gunn sees the 3 talking about turning to the boss life. “The Hurt Business” by Westside Gunn, Smoke DZA & Wale then talks about being the flyest in the game over a thunderous instrumental.

I was curious to hear how this would turn out given how cheesy a lot of soundtrack albums turn out nowadays, but I’m actually pretty impressed with what we got here & it has me even more curious to watch the movie when it comes out next weekend. Much like Griselda’s collective debut W.W.C.D. (What Would Chinegun Do?) that was released under Shady Records a couple years back, everyone involved manages to stay true to themselves & not whip up a focusgrouped product.

Score: 7/10

I.V. – “Truth” (Video)

Independent Hip Hop artist out of Toronto, Canada I.V. releases his new single and lyric video titled “Truth“.  The seasoned emcee hands out forceful bars delivered over hard hitting basslines, asserting his dominance in the game while keeping unfaithful artists in check. Follow him on Instagram @idotvdot.