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To understand why @CubanDaSavage ‘s “Bankrupt” is so popular, you must read between the lines

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On Dec. 6, 2017 uploaded “Bankrupt” to SoundCloud, and nearly four months later, the track is more popular than ever before. The term “bankrupt” has become synonmous with her.  It sits at a little more than two million listens on SoundCloud. Everyday, Aaliyah Keef retweets mentions on Twitter from fans who live and die by the song. With the way things are looking, it doesn’t look like the song will slow down anytime soon. So, what gives? In the cycle of hip-hop, four months is much too long for a song that isn’t getting radio play. It should be finito. Done. On to the next, as Jay-Z so eloquently put it. Why exactly is Cuban Doll’s track having such a magnetic, if not peculiar, run?  Well, the answers lie in the song itself.

Cuban Doll  herself represents an interesting juxtaposition in hip-hop. Whereas attractive women in rap usually use their womenly whiles to sway fans with sexually explicit music, Cuban Doll goes in the opposite direction. She’s jaw-droppingly beautiful, but her music is for the streets, not the strip-club. You won’t find her decked in six-inch heels, a strapless dress, and holding a gigantic purse. She’s posted in the cut with a Draco, decked in Jordans, Tommy Hilfiger, and iced out. She represents a new wave of femine confidence that isn’t rooted in sexuality; she’s just as capable as many man to defend herself. Think of a modern day Rosie The Riveter.

“Bankrupt” reaffirms this power. It’s not about anything sexual, it’s about cash – or therein, lack of. It’s badass, blunt, brutish, and contemporary. She knows how to speak to the masses in a way that both girls and guys identify with. Since it lacks the distinctive barbie-ish drawl of Nicki Minaj or the blunt sexual ilk of Cardi B, it’s as much an aux cord necessity as it is a nice change of pace from radio monotony.

So the next time you hear “Bankrupt” – believe me, you’ll hear it even more in the near future – don’t be annoyed. Listen to it for what it is; a celebration of newfound wealth, an attack on anyone lacking the necessary funds to survive, and a sonic dash of youth’s exuberance. It’ll make you laugh, and the video will make you want Cuban Doll in many ways. But she’s not beating her sexiness over your head, she’s just telling it like it is while being herself. And that’s what makes “Bankrupt” and her artistry itself so powerful; she’s an unflinching, original character that will change the way that America looks at traditional rap for decades to come.

 

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Best Bay Area Music Of The Week: May 13 – May 19

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Check out some of our favorite Bay Area tracks this week that’ll be perfect for the recent surge of warmer weather. It’s mandatory to play these cuts with the top down, so don’t even think about it any other way.

 

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@_snapdogg_ is prepping for the release of his new project ‘Sacrifices’ on May 25

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Detroit’s Problem Child is preparing to release a new project, Sacrifices, after a campaign of killing remixes to “Gummo,” “Rubbin Off The Paint,” and a host of other popular songs. The 15-track tape features appearances from Casanova, Fetty Wap, CashPaid Elway, and a couple of other notable faces in the rap game. To say that we’re excited for new Snap is an understatement. How has his artistry evolved since the release of his remixes? That’s a question that will be answered in less than a week.

Click here to preorder  Snap Dogg’s Sacrifices.

While you’re at it, check out “Trick Them Off The Streets” below.

 

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@Tee_Grizzley ‘s debut album ‘Activated’ is finally here

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It seems like a lifetime ago that First Day Out” introduced us to a fiery Detroit spitter with a story to tell and a penchant for vivacious flows that captivated anyone fortunate enough to listen. A lifetime of success later, Tee Grizzley is the talk of the town. He’s put out a steady stream of work leading up to Activated, prepping the world to truly see the breadth of his artistry, and, now, the project has arrived in full force.

Activated is a lengthy debut; 18 tracks in total would spell disaster for some, but this is Tee Grizzley. He’ll chew up these tracks like no one is accustomed to. From Lil Yachty to Lil Pump, even to Chris Brown, Grizzley’s commitment to including the “who’s who” of hip-hop is astounding. We can’t wait to dissect how each artist fits in with Grizzley’s sound.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes and purchase Tee Grizzley’s Activated. In the meantime, check out the tracklist and some of his most recent work below.

  1. Activated
  2. 2 Vaults (feat. Lil Yachty)
  3. Jettski Grizzley (feat. Lil Pump)
  4. Set The Record Straight (feat. Chris Brown)
  5. Connect
  6. Don’t Even Trip (feat. Moneybagg Yo)
  7. F**k It Off (feat. Chris Brown)
  8. Colors
  9. Bag
  10. Time (feat. Jeezy}
  11. Too Lit
  12. Light (feat. Lil Yachty)
  13. Low
  14. Robbin
  15. Bloodas 2 Interlude (feat. Lil Durk)
  16. Keys To The Street
  17. I Remember (feat. YFN Lucci)
  18. On My Own

 

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