Get “Pissed” HERE via ICY/Artistry Records/Warner Bros. Records
Developing a reputation for larger-than-life visuals, hip-hop’s hottest new leading lady once again delivers a big screen-worthy clip. Saweetie spares no detractors with one razor sharp rhyme after another as she wilds out on-screen, displaying the stunning and sexy confidence that squarely positioned her as 2018’s fastest rising star.
Expect her to make history in the new year!
“Pissed” followed up her London On Da Track collaboration, “Up Now” [feat. G-Eazy & Rich The Kid]. Meanwhile, it earned looks from Complex, Rap-Up, and more. Saweetie never stops making headlines. She recently made her major tour debut with Drake and Migos. In addition, she lent her lyrical flow to remixes for pop superstar Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” and Anne Marie’s global hit “2002.”
Flaunting nineties rhyme reverence, fashion-forward fire, and endless charisma, SAWEETIE—born Diamonté Harper—can go bar-for-bar with the best of ‘em, and fans and critics immediately recognized and responded to that. Within six months, she cracked 400 million cumulative streams, garnered a gold plaque, and earned the praise of Billboard, Fader, and Noisey as Los Angeles Times pegged her as “one to watch this year.” Drawing on a passion for poetry and numerous years of rapping in the car, she turned her love for words into vivid verses during 2018 on the High Maintenance EP.
Born in Santa Clara of African-American and Chinese-Filipino descent and raised in Sacramento, the California native went from MVP status as a high school volleyball champ to becoming a shining student at USC. Initially, she deferred her rap dreams to achieve a degree in Communications before being discovered at a Downtown Los Angeles Puma event by current manager Max Gousse [Beyoncé, YG, Ty Dolla $ign]. At Artistry Studios, they produced her 2017 knockout viral smash “ICY GRL.” Driven by a bulletproof flow and one clever line after another, it racked up 300 million combined streams between the original and Kehlani remix, achieved a gold certification from the RIAA, and soared to #1 on Musical.ly. She also earned the early endorsement of gatekeepers such as Vibe, XXL, HipHopDX, and MTV. Touting a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Artistry Records for her label Icy, she’s rewriting the rule book and breaking the stereotype of the female emcee. Armed with tracks like “B.A.N.” and “Good Good,” High Maintenance features production courtesy of Zaytoven, Hassan, Saweetie, Cash Money AP, and Gousse.
A lot can happen in the span of one minute.
Knowing this, buzzing Pasadena, CA rapper Katori Walker manages to send a powerful, passionate, and provocative message in under sixty seconds on his appropriately titled new surprise statement, 1 Minute of Your Time EP (Capitol Music Group).
Get it here.
This impactful collection sees him spit with a level of intensity rare in today’s rap game. He places a magnifying glass on a myriad of issues within modern society in the hopes of a positive turnaround. Amidst a tumultuous climate, all it takes is one minute to speak up and make a change he proves that with the new body of work.
Check out the full tracklisting below.
Give Katori Walker 1 minute of your time, and he’ll undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
Rap music can affect more than the culture; it has the power to change the world. Just ask Katori Walker. He picked up a mic with a purpose in 2017. Clocking in at barely 10 minutes, his independent five-song Ignorance EP offered a powerful portrait of a gang-related gun violence following the murder of his brother Ormoni. The video Ormoni generated 4.2 million views as it surpassed 1 million Spotify streams in addition to being featured in Eminem’s Untouchable lyric video. It topped Spotify’s Most Necessary Playlist for four weeks in a row. Watch him make a difference in hip-hop and the world.
“Bobby Sessions has a lot to say and it’s often about the condition of Black America. With an elastic flow and impassioned lyrics, the 20-something Dallas native acts as a self-contained Black Lives Matter rally as he channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle of systematic racism.” –XXL
“Sessions is not afraid of the reactions that may come from those who feel the content is too much. It’s an audacious attempt but in a genre that glorifies the money and clout, the message that Sessions is spreading is a much needed statement.” – BILLBOARD
“Sessions confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring.” –NPR Music
Revolutionary Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions–the firebrand Def Jam MC hot off the title track from the buzzworthy film and soundtrack The Hate U Give–drops his second EP RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance via Def Jam Recordings.
The Art of Renaissance follows RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), Sessions’ debut EP, which included his first two Def Jam single and video releases of earlier this year, “Like Me” and “Pick A Side.” With hard-hitting production on The Art of Resistance PicnicTyme, Audio Anthem, and RC Williams, Sessions’ aggressive, authentic, soulful sound harkens back to the roots and origins of classic hip-hop.
On The Art of Resistance, Sessions continues to rip open the ongoing oppression of African-Americans in our society sand gets to the root of race issues in our country. Throughout both EPs, he has worked toward his self-possessed goal of “taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.”
“My RVLTN EP series,” Sessions has said, “is about taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.” He went on to explain that Chapter 1 highlights the root of race issues in this country. It addresses while supremacy, systematic oppression, as well as introspective realizations about the responsibility of becoming a leader. RVLTN will continue to unfold and evolve throughout upcoming chapters in my quest for viable solutions, black empowerment, and justice.
In October-November, Sessions was part of the powerful roster of next-generation Def Jam stars–also including Beau Young Prince, Casanova, DaniLeigh, Fetty Luciano, and YK Osiris–presented by Def Jam Recordings in collaboration with DTLR VILLA and Levi Strauss & Co., on DTLR’s 5th annual HBCU tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
RVLTN–Chapter 2: The Art of Resistance track list;
- On Your Face
- Same Oh
- Material Lies
- Gold Shackles (Interlude)
- Dirt On Your Trophies
- Lights featuring ZYAH
About Bobby Sessions:
On December 31, 2014, Bobby Sessions quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist full-time. Exactly one year later, he released his debut indie album the Law of Attraction (LOA), a passionate and fiery project influenced by the artists he grew up on as a kid from Dallas, Texas–from Jay-Z to James Brown to N.E.R.D. The hunger he has for motivating people through his words can’t be ignored: it’s in each and every song, interview, and performance. A blistering, concentrated lyricist and speaker, Sessions is constantly focused and determined to attract the energy of those around him–whether onstage performing for fans or in the studio focused on his craft. LOA was followed by a second album, grateful, a jazzy, self-aware reminder to be thankful. “Every freedom, every privilege, every great thing happening in our lives, down to your eyesight, each breath…we should put 100% of our energy into being grateful for that,” Sessions said.
His 2018 signing to Def Jam Recordings, and the arrival of “Like Me” and “Pick A Side” early in the year, set the stage for RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), and RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance (November).
Today, Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE launches an animated video contest for XXXTentacion’s latest single “BAD.” At 5pm PT, fans may visit his official site to choose one of seven animators to bring the music video to life. As XXXTentacion was a lifelong animation fanatic, the contest holds a special significance to the estate and his memory.
Speaking to that passion, seven animators—some of whom the artist professed his fandom for—contributed 15-second clips of which fans may view and cast votes in support of. Voting goes live on the site at 5pm PT. Watch the clips and vote now!
At the close of polling on November 19, the winner will receive $10,000 to deliver the full-length animated visual hosted on the official XXXTentacion YouTube page. Speaking to his global renown, these animators—Gabriel Chaignon, Darin Vartanian, Jay Kzapa, Anhia Santana, Ayan Issin, Dugan Warmoth, and Tristan Zammit—represent nearly every corner of the globe, ranging from Ohio to Kazakhstan.
These artists have notably worked on projects for everyone from alt-J, Wiz Khalifa, and Famous Dex to French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, and more. They were honored to contribute to “BAD” and X’s legacy and addressed his mysterious and metaphysical leanings by crafting dark, thought-provoking, and pure art.
You can find detailed statements from the respective artists about their clips enclosed below.
“Bad” heralds the release of his anxiously awaited first official posthumous album, SKINS—arriving Friday, December 7 via the newly erupted partnership between his own imprint Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE. Notably, EMPIRE—headed by Ghazi Shami—ignited the explosion of his 2017 debut 17, which bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went RIAA platinum. Pre-order the album here and receive a free download of “BAD.”
Upon impacting Friday, “BAD” trended worldwide at #1 and scored over 40 million cumulative streams. It also ignited a flurry of internet chatter and critical praise. XXL claimed, “The brief banger is a snapshot of what we can expect from the rapper’s *Skins* album,” while HotNewHipHop enthused, “X’s syrupy vocals melt over the hypnotic drums.” Billboard highlighted the “crooning in hopes of luring the attention of his love interest.”
There’s no good without bad, or bad without good. Skins marks the next evolution of XXXTentacion and his most powerful, poetic, and personal expression yet
Be prepared for more soon!
XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. His second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES”(2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.
Today, Bay-area pop/R&B powerhouse Marc E. Bassy releases the video for his latest single, “Love Her Too” featuring fellow Bay-area rapper G-Eazy—watch and share HERE. The song is taken from his recently released EP Postmodern Depression, and the video premiered earlier today on MTV Live and MTV U.
Singer, songwriter and producer Marc E. Bassy made waves with his critically acclaimed 2016 debut Groovy People EP. Among a track-listing of hits such as “Morning” and “Dirty Water,” it vaulted “You & Me” [feat. G-Eazy] onto the Billboard Hot 100 as the track generated 260 million-plus Spotify streams and achieved a platinum certification from the RIAA within two years. Hot on its heels, he dropped his first full-length, Gossip Columns, and landed yet another smash in the form of “Plot Twist” featuring Kyle. In the album’s wake, he co-headlined the Bebe & Bassy Tour alongside Bebe Rexha and launched his Gossip Columns Tour, selling out venues coast to coast. Along the way, the artist received widespread praise from Billboard, Complex, Hypeb
Check out Marc E. Bassy’s Instagram HERE
CITY GIRLS RELEASE PERIOD VIDEO
DOCUMENTARY TRAILER REVEALED
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“A synthesis of perspective reminiscent of Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa” – PITCHFORK
“Raunchy, in-your-face songs for the independent women of the world.” – XXL
“The heist-level bars feel like something rap has been missing for the better part of a decade.” – NOISEY
August 06, Miami Today you will have a chance to get to know J.T. and Yung Miami of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, City Girls, as they share a new video for “Period” from their recent project of the same name (Quality Control Music). The duo are the next generation of female rappers out of Miami, and you get to run on their turf when you WATCH HERE.
A trailer for a City Girls’ documentary (Quality Control / Mass Appeal) also surfaced today. Watch HERE.
Set to premiere later this month, and directed by Marcus Clarke, the documentary Point Blank Period follows Quality Control’s newly signed artists as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with their debut album. Exclusive interviews with City Girls’ Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, expose the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape. While the girls’ collaboration with Drake on In My Feelings rendered the #1 chart topping song in the country, the girls’ quick ascension from local Miami artists to viral sensations has presented a whole new set of challenges as City Girl J.T. prepares for a looming jail sentence. The documentary covers their struggle to the top as Quality Control’s first female artists and how they plan on coming back stronger than ever after surviving the incarceration of one half of the duo at such a pivotal moment in their career.
J.T. and Young Miami are brash, raw, uncensored with a swagger rooted in the queens who came before them. Their empowered themes were originally put forth by Foxy Brown, Salt N’ Pepa, Khia and friend/Miami-based and mentor Trinawhose own influential career help spawn and revolutionize female music and rap.
Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. Period has been covered by the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, XXL, COMPLEX, FADER and more. Honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture, akin to a long history of powerful women in the rap game, City Girls are the next queens to claim the throne.
LISTEN TO PERIOD HERE.
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Critically acclaimed Washington, D.C. rapper Chaz French releases his new single “Can’t Stop Us” at all digital retailers via Motown Records. Get it HERE.
The song recently soundtracked the new trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which ignited 25 million-plus views in less than three weeks.
“Can’t Stop Us“illuminates the dynamics and diversity at the heart of Chaz’s signature sound. Piano simmers in the background as a horn section pipes up in the foreground. Over this boisterous musical palette, he raps with flavor and finesse, delivering admissions like “I love my wrongs, and I neglect my rights, but I turned all my doubts into dollar signs”; before the final declaration, “We comin’ for the top who gonna stop us now?”
The single also precedes the arrival of brand new music coming very soon from the artist.
Photo Credit: Hannah Sider
With lyrical dexterity on point and a knack for a hook, Chaz French has quietly paved his own lane in hip-hop. 2015’s These Things Take Time mixtape yielded a viral smash in the form of “Ready” while his 2017 major label debut True Colors earned tastemaker and fan applause. The latter boasts collaborations with everyone from Curren$y to BJ The Chicago Kid. Along the way, he received acclaim from Time, High Snobiety, Paper, Noisey, XXL, and more.
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