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Ace Hood and Killer Mike Paint a Portrait of Black “Greatness” in New Video

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Driven by health, spirituality, self-sovereignty, and social consciousness, Ace Hood knows that true power comes from independence. Following the example of the historic Black trailblazers who preceded him, and looking to set an example of his own, Ace shares “Greatness,” the latest video from his recent M.I.N.D. (Memories Inside Never Die) EP, available everywhere via Hood Nation / EMPIRE.

Enlisting the help of Killer Mike, the track serves as a celebration of Black excellence which finds the two artists taking stock of the many hardships they faced along their journeys before laughing at the failures of those who aimed to derail their rises, as Killer Mike raps, “A greater man, I’m greater than any hater, man/I started off serving hand-to-hand in Decatur, man.”

Directed by Alex Heider, who recently connected with Ace for the powerful “At War” and “Free” videos,  “Greatness” opens with the image of Ace sitting in a home office decorated with antique furnishings, before transitioning to the interspersed portraits of Black historical figures lining the home’s mahogany walls. Those immortalized in the portraits include Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go to space; Arthur Ashe, the first Black athlete to win many of tennis’ most prized tournaments; Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress and first Black person to run for US presidency; and Young Dolph and Nipsey Hussle, both revolutionaries of independence in hip-hop. After paying homage to the leaders that paved the way for them to achieve their own “Greatness,” the last two portraits are revealed, capturing the heroic images of Ace Hood and Killer Mike. 

Featuring recent singles like the boldly aspirational, “Glory,” and the glowingly self-assured, “Little Light,” M.I.N.D. marked a fresh, new start for Ace. Enlisting fellow independent veteran and outspoken activist Killer Mike for the project’s sole feature, the project is animated by a clear social message that dissects the mentality required to triumph over personal and generational trauma. Whether he’s celebrating the spoils of his hard-earned self-sovereignty as an artist on tracks like “Living Legend,” or grappling with long-standing structures which serve to deny him that autonomy as a black man on songs like “Free,” M.I.N.D. serves as Ace’s testament to the universal truths found only by looking inward.

“Knowledge is power,” asserts Ace Hood. “The key is to work together to further each other. I speak on a human level because at some point I, or a loved one, have been affected by the issues I speak about in my rhymes. I believe people need a fearless representation of what these issues look like.”

Stay tuned for much more music and mindfulness from Ace Hood in 2022.

Watch “Greatness” ft. Killer Mike today!

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GwalaBoy Phlyy Drops “Heavy Motion”

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Born Marcius Cleophas and raised in North Miami, GwalaBoy Phlyy is a motivated multi-disciplinary who has been carving out a lane for himself his whole life. Raised by a single mother and a distant drug dealer father, he cites Gucci Mane, Future, Money Man, 2Pac, and Lil Wayne as early influences and began to record music of his own in 7th grade; but really started taking music seriously around 2019. The following year he got his first big break by way of a feature from Roc Nation recording artist Bobby Fishscale. Other notable industry figures GB has worked with include ATL Jacob, Sauce Walka, Jackboy, Fredo Bang, and Zoey Dollaz.

Continuing his Going Colossal campaign, spearheaded by the Bobby Fishscale-collaboration “Cartier,” and following a recent Dirty Glove Bastard ‘Off The Porch‘ interview, Hatian Hip-Hop authority GwalaBoy Phlyy (@GwalaBoy_Phlyy) makes his way back to the small-screen in the official music video for “Heavy Motion.” Directed by Ntro4k Studios, the HD-clip for “Heavy Motion” finds the Florida based rap act practicing what he preaches; flexing foreign cars, jewelry, and designer drip. [Photo Credit: Medium Creative Agency]

Watch the visual for “Heavy Motion” as well as stream Going Colossal in its eternity on your DSP of choice below via GwalaBoy Music and check out his video for “Cartier” | HERE.

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YKG Hotboy Delivers “Piped Up” Visual!

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After raising his digital profile with the Julian MTZ directed HD-clip for “Another Day,” TX native YKG Hotboy (@ykg_hotboy) recruits directing duo Made By James to bring a new Rick Hertz produced Summer anthem titled “Piped Up” to life. The latest leak from the Young Kings Global posterboy captures him piping up with his community and features an assortment of head turning eye candy. [Photo Credit: Medium Creative Agency]

Raised in the Texas city of Galveston, YKG Hotboy is a 23 year old Afro-Mexican hip-hop artist. Posed to be the next big act to pop out of The Lone Star State, he brandishes an exciting flow along with electrifying sonics. Making sure his presence is felt with every release, it’s only a matter of time before Hotboy takes his rightful place on the throne.

Watch the music video for “Piped Up” and stream the song’s audio on your DSP of choice below via 24/8 Music / The Orchard!

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@DaWeirdoGod Releases “Child of Englewood”

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DaWeirdo is an emerging American Hip-Hop artist, songwriter, producer, and creative director from Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the notorious Englewood neighborhood, his environment left him looking for an outlet to creatively express all that he was seeing. His visual for “Child of Englewood” shows a brief, but vivid description of that.

Twitter/IG: @DaWeirdoGod 

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