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Four February Projects That You Need To Listen To

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February has been a month of surprise releases, anticipated albums, and amazing music. We’ve been watching, collecting, and digesting every release that’s come out so far. As the month winds down, it’s time to sit back and reflect on what have been the biggest releases so far and which that you should check out on the off chance that you missed them. From Detroit to the Bay Area, here’s what you should check out immediately.

Gangin by SOBXRBE

This Bay Area group received the ultimate cosign from Kendrick Lamar when they appeared on his movie curated Black Panther: The Album. Regularly referred to as one of Bay Area’s hottest collectives, their new album Gangin is finally out. It features more of the frantic, nonsensical style of rap that the group pushes, and a chaotic aesthetic that has made them near household names. With the album largely devoid of features, it looks like this one is a show of confidence for the group.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

Eastside by Philthy Rich and Eastside Peezy

Bring together one of rap’s hardest veteran rhymers and one of Detroit’s most consistent heatmakers and what do you get? A project full of certified slaps. Both artists have worked on this heavily anticipated project for awhile, so when it finally arrived, fans were blown away by the sheer quality of music on display. If you’re into Bay Area bounce or Detroit slick, you’re in for the treat of your life.

Listen to the album on iTunes.

Organized Crime by AllStar JR

AllStar JR’s moment is now. Well, it has been for the better of the last year and a half. He’s everywhere, working with everyone, constantly growing in the process. His new album Organized Crime is finally here, and, spoiler alert, it’s fire. You’ll want to check this out when you get a chance. You won’t regret it.

Listen to the album on iTunes.

Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists

As legend tells it, the studios requested a song from Kendrick for the Black Panther soundtrack and, in return, the wordsmith sent back an album. It’s been critically acclaimed and is a showcasing of the global African experience, also spotlighting the rising talent located in the Bay Area. While it doesn’t feature the typically upbeat bounce of Bay Area music, it’s much more lush, worldly, and, generally more expensive-sounding. You’ll find some of the names that we regularly report on our website as well.

Listen to the album on iTunes.

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Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack

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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.

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Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”

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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.

 

 

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Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week

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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:

 

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