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.
Review: “Pull Up N Wreck” by Big Sean ft 21 Savage (prod. by Metro Boomin)
It’s always nice to hear Big Sean switch from sullen, introspective mode to the loose, thrill-seeking rapper that we grew to love over the course of a couple of mixtapes and a few albums. With a self-focus aspect that permeated the subject matter of his last release, I’m Decided – save for a handful of singles made for radio – his new release “Pull Up N Wreck” is a welcome look into a more enjoyable style of rap that we’ve missed.
Sean makes two decisions that define the track, making it one of the better of his last releases. The first is that he brings in superstar producer Metro Boomin to handle the production. It’s faster than what Boomin’s usually darker, more foreboding, style of beats usually entails. It’s jumpy, crass, and yet, soothing. It’ll definitely garner some spins at a party, something that previous releases like “Bounce Back” and “Moves” somewhat struggled with. The second decision is to feature a guest verse from Atlanta-rapper 21 Savage, who brings in his effortless, grimacing style of rap. 21 raps at a brisk pace, utilizing his usual array of street raps. It’s largely the same, but it works.
Combining these elements together, along with some creative bars from Sean himself, creates a track that works on multiple levels. It may not be his most lyrical or his most entertaining party-grabbing anthem, but it’s solid nonetheless. With it coming so soon after the release of I Decided – which just recently went platinum – is it an indicator of another project? If so, we’re ready to see if the fun-loving style of “Pull Up N Wreck” will be a consistent theme of the project or just an isolated instance.
Remembering Doughboy Roc’s Legacy After His Untimely Death
The Detroit Community is beside itself with grief after the news of the death of Doughboy Roc of Doughboyz Cashout. He was tragically gunned down yesterday, Oct. 9 at only 29 years old. Roc was one of the founding members of Doughboyz Cashout, there when the existing Doughboyz group merged with Payroll Giovanni’s Cashoutboyz collective to form the Doughboyz Cashout group that we know today. He recently released his heavily anticipated project Roc Vs. Balboa that was circulating airwaves, further growing his impressive brand. The news of his death is shocking, untimely, and a reminder that life is extremely short.
All around Detroit, central figures to the Hip Hop community are paying their respects to the fallen artist.
October – 9 – 2017 not just me but the whole city lost a real good nigga. Rest up Roc We love you #DoughboyzCashout4Life
— BossYoLifeUpGang (@72Kiddo) October 9, 2017
This shit sickening I wasn't even gone speak out about it, but I'm sick about my nigga Roc #BrickMile2BmoTilDaWorldBlow
— FreshPrinceOf6Mile (@AllStarYoungLee) October 10, 2017
4 Sho Magazine offers its condolences to Doughboyz Roc’s friends and family. As we mourn Roc’s passing, let’s remember him and his artistry to keep his spirit alive.
Who Is Rocky B?
It’s commonly said that children take after their parents, combining the best characteristics of both worlds to craft into their own personality. If both parents have a fascination with words, what will their offspring do with them? Rocky B also known as Rocky Badd, a rising rapper out of Detroit, is the answer to this question. She’s a fierce soul with a devilish grin whose poised to blow any day now. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of appeasement because of her bright smile and youthful exuberance; she throws down on the microphone with reckless abandon.
Rocky was born on May 16th, 1994 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were both extremely familiar with words; her father was an important rapper in the city’s local scene and his mother frequently wrote poetry about her lifestyle and surroundings. Because of this, Rocky knew that she wanted to work in music from a very young age. She wrote her first rap song in the sixth grade when she realized that the art form was her calling. Just recently, in 2016, she uploaded her first song to Soundcloud. Prior to that, much of her music existed on YouTube (and can also still be found there). Since then, she’s been on a roll, releasing music along with accompanying videos that have racked up tens of thousands of views. Combining that with the 129,000 followers she has on Instagram shows that there is some serious interest and star power surrounding Rocky.
Rocky’s rap style is solid and straightforward, emulating a more traditional sound that’s uncommon in today’s rap atmosphere. It works, perfectly. Her ability to keep her delivery on point is what separates her from the scores of other artists who would kill to be in her place. It makes listening to her easy as well. She’s named Erykah Badu and Lauren Hill as two of her influences.
As she continues to become a larger influence in the world, Rocky B will capture the minds of many who look for the traditional sound that the game lacks. Check out her music today.
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