Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below:
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
It Looks Like Yung Bans Is Going Out Sad
Yung Bans and Russ haven’t been in each other’s good graces. Bans thinks that Russ is corny – probably because Russ thinks that drugs are corny. Smokepurpp shares that same sentiment that Bans has and the pair have gone to great lengths to make clear their disdain for the Sicilian rapper. Tweets of “Fuck Russ” have run rampant on their Twitter profiles.
When Russ went on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club and revealed that he’d laid hands on one of the two new age rappers, fans were quick to speculate. Bans let everyone know that it wasn’t him and was quick to tweet “FUCK RUSS.” Then, it was revealed that Smokepurpp was the one to take the L. Video shows him being wailed upon by at least three assailants. Faced with the reality that he could be next, Bans took to Twitter to reveal that he squashed things with Russ and that it was all a misunderstanding. A short while later, Bans retracted his statement saying that he was hacked and that it was still “Fuck Russ.” Instead of looking tough, he looks like a dumb ass.
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yall not gon believe what happened yesterday my manager hacked me changed my passwords and tweeted out saying its not fuck russ anymore cause he felt I should squash the beef smh my true 1of1 fans know i aint scared of no nigga so if it’s smoke @russ better come with it frfr kid.. FUCK RUSS 4L I would never betray my fans we stand on 10 & my niggas gon die bout dis 1OF1 shit ongod!
What’s the beef with Russ? Aside from speaking his mind about the state of hip-hop and drug culture, has he really bothered anyone? His attack on Purpp came from him wanting to protect his name since so many were eager to spit upon it. Bans hopped in because everyone else did. Him beefing with Russ doesn’t help his brand at all so there’s no reason for him to be doing it.
The fact that he blatantly went back on the statement, considering Russ pretty much confirmed it by retweeting Bans tweet, means that he’s lost in social media popularity and the constant contest to remain in favor. He’s not winning, he’s going out sad. It’s honestly sad to watch.