Culxure – “My Dawg” (Official Video)

The A has another one, meet the emerging-to-superstar new group, Culxure.

For their introduction, the trio of Baby Slapp, Baby Ticc and Baby Dreco hit the iconic Atlanta skating ring, Cascade, for the debut visual, titled, “My Dawg.” A song about loyalty to the crew, each member showoff with energetic braggadocious verses about day-ones and never betraying family better than the next.

“I only hang round my day ones that’s on the same thing I’m on, I kno right or dead wrong they slidin for me so it’s only right I’m on the same thing,” says Baby Slapp.

Baby Ticc concurs: “I lost my friend and all I could think about was my dawg I would’ve risked my life and did time for my dawg.“

Baby Dreco, who delivers the song’s best verse, remembers his verse being inspired by his friend’s unity. He explains: “Me an my brudduhs feel the same if I’m ready to slide they right behind me an if I’m ready to ride out they right behind me.”

“My Dawg” is merely the beginning of what Culxure have in store for music in 2021. And with more music to come, now is the perfect time for newfound fans to hop of the ATL-bread bandwagon and spread the word. Only a matter of time before Culxure reaches the top of the scene and follow in the footsteps of so many before them. It’s magnetic.

Watch “My Dawg” below and follow Culxure on Instagram.

Darkness I Am – “Psycho / Strange” (Album)

Out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN rising underground artist Darkness I Am releases his new 2-part album titled “Psycho / Strange”.  Started out as one half of a duo ended up parting ways after a short time, he considers his style vulgar, disturbing and grimey yet motivating.  We Definitely recommend this project for all real Hip Hop heads!

Conway the Machine – “La Maquina” (Album Review)

Conway the Machine is a 39 year old MC & entrepreneur from Buffalo, New York who blew up in late 2015 as part of the 3 OGs of Griselda Records alongside his brother Westside Gunn & their cousin Benny the Butcher. Ever since the trio have rose to prominence, they’ve had hip hop lock by their constant work ethic balancing quality & quality as well as vividly detailing their lives in the streets on top of boom bap production kin to that of RZA & Havoc in their music. Con’s full-length debut From King to a God was my Album of the Year for 2020 & his sophomore effort with Big Ghost Ltd. that just came out a couple months ago If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed is a worthy sequel to No One Mourns the Wicked. But just when even thought we were getting the Shady Records-backed God Don’t Make Mistakes next, we’re getting another prelude album out of the woodwork.

“Bruiser Brody” is a a grimy opener from the boom bap production from JR Swiftz to the lyrics calling out those who pray on his downfall whereas the Bangladesh-produced “6:30 Tip Off” is a jazz-trap fusion speaking on his profit. The song “Blood Roses” is about how “I came to prove I came improved” with a fiery beat from Cardiak, but then “Clarity” opens up on how he spares “no feelings when my pen is movin’” on top of a soulful trap instrumental from Don Cannon.

The track “KD” has a weepy trap instrumental from Murda Beatz with lyrics talks about those speaking on Conway’s legacy while “200 Pies” with 2 Chainz of course gets on that pusher shit & the bare loop that The Alchemist comes through with is hypnotic as fuck. “Sister Abigail” is a dusty boom bap tune where The Machine recruits his new protégés Jae Skeese & 7xvethegenius to declare themselves as world champions, but then Jae returns on the peppily-produced “Grace” to talk about how they don’t live in disguise to get their blessings.

The song “Scatterbrain” brings in J.I.D & Ludacris to get murderous on top of a frigid instrumental, but then Elcamino & Shots hop on Had to Hustle” to speak on what they had to do to get where they are now. The closer “S.E. Gang” serves as a response to those who said Conway was leaving Griselda earlier this year as he, Westside Gunn & Benny the Butcher spit that mafioso shit over a flute sample from Daringer.

Not what I was expecting from Conway, but still a dope album regardless. In comparison to him returning to a more grimier sound on If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed, I like how he continues to build off the the versatility that From King to a God brought. Whenever the time for God Don’t Make Mistakes comes, I’ll be more than ready to hear where he takes it.

Score: 7/10

Jon Hope – “House of Cards” Ft. Ceez (Video)

 In his powerful new video for “House of Cards,” Providence, R.I.’s own Jon Hope delivers passionate rhymes about the fragility of every aspect of our lives, from our careers and livelihoods to our dreams and relationships. The video is directed by CBN ONE, who also provided the cinematic visuals for the previously released “Where We Come From”/”THS.” What’s most impressive about “House of Cards,” both as a single and video, is how much Hope packs into a track that barely runs longer than two and a half minutes. Check out the visuals and head over to your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform to support, Hope All is Well, available now via Zayn Butler/Perfect Time Music Group.