Have you ever heard of Miliyah Jewel? Chances are, you haven’t. She’s a newcomer into the rap scene, straight from Detroit. What she lacks in height, she makes up for in sheer lyrical capability. There’s no way else to put this – she’s a serious spitter, perhaps better than your favorite rapper. She’s young too, so just thinking about how much better she’ll be in another year is absolutely scary. Last month she dropped “Sis” featuring AllStar JR. It’s been going strong in our playlists for almost a month now and we’ve finally figured out what makes it so great.
To start, the production is something out of this world. The heavy piano riff that plays in the background plays off of the pounding bass that goes on throughout the track. It offers a sinister vibe that makes the track come off as something out of a horror movie, yet delicate enough to be played in a casual manner. The beat continues to build throughout the track, with patterns dropped and others picked up for its duration. It’s beautiful stuff that elicits replay after replay. Makes for a hell of a car banger, as well.
On the lyrical side, Jewel brings the heat. She berates endleslly into another woman, practically destroying her personality at the most basic level. “If you your own bitch then why the fuck you want to be me?” she raps at one point, making it clear that she’s out for blood. She later gives the woman some advice about getting her own hustle that sounds like an OG giving game to a younger person. It’s some serious stuff that you’ll catch onto as you run the track back. Elsewhere, AllStar JR offers a scene-stealing verse as Jewel raps up her own. He brings the laughs, talking about everything from “shaving pussy” to having sex in the basement. The serious delivery he brings makes it even funnier to listen to.
It’s been a month and this is still heavy in our rotation. Check out the video above before going and adding it to your playlist. You won’t be dissapointed.
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.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
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: