Swazy gave us major flames back in June when he released his latest project, “SpudSwazy” The lead single, “Splash“, from that mixtape has been heating up southern Georgia, so it was only right that it got the visual treatment. The video is directed by Karltin Bankz, who creates the perfect backdrop for Swazy’s smash single. Swazy brings along his go-to producer JoshDidThat as well as snatches up some the hottest women in the city and takes the party to the pool.
When XXXTENTACION (I still can not pronounce his name ) burst onto the hip hop scene, he was instantly encompassed in controversy. I first caught wind of him while he was still locked in prison. It a disheartening statistic that in hip hop music, prison is common place, yet it was XXX actual charges that were alarming. XXX had pending charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery on his alleged pregnant ex-girlfriend, including charges of domestic battery by strangulation placed by the victim. With all that information going public, I wrote XXXTENTACION off. I did not give his a music a chance and intentionally avoided it. Yet I was still fascinated with what everyone else saw in this guy. With court looming and if found guilty, he could be facing major time, I told myself to let the justice system work. If everything that was being spewed about XXX turned out to be true, I would literally be done with his music. Yet until then, I thought maybe give the kid a chance. Finally XXX drops his first complete body of work and it is his debut project, “17“. Against everything morally right within me, I gave the project an honest listen. I was thoroughly surprised by the fact that it was actually an “alright” album.
Lil Uzi Vert finally released his highly anticipated next chapter in his Luv Is Rage series. With major buzz building up around his name and one of the hottest singles of the year (“XO Tour Lif3”), Uzi has all the chips in his corner. With the new crop of rappers that are at the forefront, Uzi is leading the charge, so his debut would have the most eyes on it. The first “Luv Is Rage” was the breakout mixtape that Uzi released back in 2015. Since then, a lot has changed for Lil Uzi Vert, the obvious being that he is now a bonafide star. With that accolade attached to his name, comes high expectations. With features being limited on his debut release, Uzi only brings along The Weeknd and Pharrell. For the instrumentals, some of the industry’s hottest join the party. TM88, Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc. all show to bring out the best in the self-proclaimed “rock star“. With mostly positive reviews by the industry, this release is surely to only add to the star power that Uzi gracing the hip hop scene with.
Jay Z joins Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller on their Rap Radar podcast to chat it up. Jay Z continues to let us into his world with part 2 of his Rap Radar interview. This time around Jay dwells into his past beef with Prodigy of Mobb Deep and even touches on such topics as to why they (Beyonce and Jay) chose the names that they did for their twins. Take a listen to the gems of Jay Z’s personal life below……
Well the world had the pleasure of experiencing a solar eclipse today and I for one, was a little underwhelmed. In my part of Georgia, the sky did dim a little, but that was about it. But I can at least say I had the opportunity to witness a 90% solar eclipse. If the solar eclipse did not provide the thrill that you were hoping for, I am sure the Thornton brothers (aka The Clipse) will not disappoint. It has been 18 years since we were first introduced to The Clipse, and with the group on hiatus, who knows when or if we will ever hear from them again as a group. So for the time being, take a listen below to the song that gave us our first introduction to The Clipse.
The Clipse – “The Funeral“
Today, we celebrate the one and only Nate Dogg’s birthday. The OG would have been 48 years young day. Happy birthday Nathaniel Hale aka Nate Dogg.
8/19/1969 – 3/15/2011
Jay Z joins Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller on their Rap Radar podcast to chat it up. Jay Z opens up about the process that it took to make his latest record, “4:44“. He discusses in more detail, everything that made headlines about his 13th studio album, whether it was his feud with Kanye or his infamous “money phone” line, nothing is left in the dark. The interview is billed as “Pt.1”, which leaves is to wonder when will part 2 get released?