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BandGang Lonnie Bands Remains ‘Hard 2 Kill,’ Drops Deluxe Edition

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With his deadpan delivery and light-as-a-feather flows, BandGang Lonnie Bands draws listener’s ears with the warmth of his endearingly aloof persona before catching them by surprise with hard-biting bars. This inimitable quality creates the disarming blend of ease and urgency that underlies each track of Lonnie’s acclaimed 2021 album, Hard 2 Kill, which receives the deluxe treatment today with the release of Hard 2 Kill: Reloaded via TF Entertainment. Featuring nine new tracks–including BandGang posse cut “4 Paid & Jizzle“–that build on H2K’s imperative energy in the wake of a near-fatal shooting, H2K: Reloaded offers a more introspective look into Lonnie’s psyche as he grapples with his new lease on life. 

Featuring the recent, Rick James-inspired video single, “Bam Bam,” H2K: Reloaded adds a new layer of depth to its predecessor, reflecting BandGang Lonnie Band’s state of mind since H2K’s October release. On the deluxe album’s intro track, “My Brother Keeper Pt. 2,” recently released as a video, Lonnie embarks on an odyssey through his helter-skelter mental state in search of clarity, as he raps, “I got real PTSD, this sh*t deeper than anxiety/I got cursed from the family tree, man, I think somebody got a Voodoo doll of me.” As the project progresses, Lonnie wrestles with perceptions of feeling ostracized and misunderstood as he solidifies his legend, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether rapping, hustling, or both, it’s lonely at the top with a light that shines like Lonnie’s.

H2K: Reloaded marks BandGang Lonnie Bands’ first full-length release of 2022, following a hard-hitting 2021 that mixed professional success and personal strife. Having turned the page to a new chapter, the Detroit rapper rhymes with a new level of fearlessness, discusses his exploits in the streets, demonstrates his rap supremacy, and dares the opps to take another shot at him.

With over 100 million YouTube views in the bank, BandGang Lonnie Bands has spent the past five years proving that he’s one of the best bar-for-bar rappers in the game today. He made his name as one of six members of BandGang, a Detroit collective that helped bring the piano-heavy sound that now dominates Detroit to the forefront. The 26-year-old rapper showed his bonafides as a solo act with his 2020 KOD project, acclaimed by Pitchfork, and expanded his audience with guest appearances on tracks by Shoreline Mafia, Drego & Beno, and more. Though the last two years have been hard, punctuated by Lonnie’s near-death experience and the loss of several close friends including BandGang Paid Will, the rapper emerged from his trials stronger as a man and an artist, determined to support his family by doing what he loves most–making music.

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Big Moochie Grape Flexes Heavy in “Never Had Sh*t”

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Growing up in rough and tumble East Memphis, Big Moochie Grape needed to hustle hard to escape the circumstances of his birth. Recounting his rise from squalor to baller, Moochie shares Never Had Sh*t,” his new video single. Produced by Bandplay, who layers sliding bass and twinkling keys over hard-hitting 808s and snares, “Never Had Sh*t” finds Moochie locked in, marveling at how far he’s come and celebrating his status as the People’s Champ of Memphis: “Come to my hood, they treat me like I’m Jesus/And I keep me a bunch of disciples.” In the video, Moochie relaxes with a bevy of baddies in a Hollywood mansion and practices his golf game. Coming hot on the heels of last week’s I’m The One,” “Never Had Sh*t” is the latest release from East Haiti Baby, Moochie’s next mixtape, coming May 27th via Paper Route Empire.

Chronicling Big Moochie Grape’s evolution from East Memphis hustler to budding rap star, East Haiti Baby chronicles Moochie’s rise from the trap to the top, showcasing the street acumen and sly grin that endeared him to Young Dolph, who handpicked him for his label. The upcoming tape gets a lift from Moochie’s larger-than-life charisma–throughout the mixtape, Moochie compares himself to figures like Ric Flair, Biggie Smalls, and even Joe Biden, making those grandiose comparisons feel natural. Big Moochie brings the family for East Haiti Baby, welcoming guest spots from fellow PRE rappers Key Glock and Kenny Muney, plus an appearance from Young Dolph himself. Continuing a dominant year for Paper Route Empire as they honor Dolph’s legacy, East Haiti Baby arrives on May 27th via Paper Route Empire.

Big Moochie Grape burst onto the scene in 2020 with Eat Or Get Atean hard-hitting EP that earned coverage in XXLUPROXX2DopeBoyzHotNewHipHop, and more. Home to singles like Big Juice” and Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh Huh” (4.4 million views), Eat Or Get Ate established Moochie as one of PRE’s most valuable players. The rapper returned with a vengeance on Paper Route Empire’s PAPER ROUTE iLLUMINATi mixtape, turning in highlight tracks like Illuminati Business” and Non Stop” (1.2 million views), and made his mark on Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolphdelivering the powerful and defiant In Dolph We Trust (1.4 million YouTube views).

With East Haiti Baby on the way, Big Moochie Grape is determined to hit it big and keep Paper Route Empire’s winning streak going. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

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MAXO KREAM DROPS “JIGGA DAME” TRACK AND VISUAL

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Houston rapper Maxo Kream drops new track and visual “JIGGA DAME” via Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records. Recently, Maxo hit the road on his Big Persona Tourwhich ended this past Saturday in his home state of Texas. During the tour, Maxo was also a part of various festivals including Coachellaand SXSW, the later in partnership with NPR for his first-ever NPR Tiny Desk.

Watch “JIGGA DAME” HERE.

This past year Maxo shared his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed albumWEIGHT OF THE WORLD (WOTW), which had major features including Tyler, the Creator, Monaleo, A$AP Rocky, Freddie Gibbs, and Don Toliver. It garnered press attention from The Fader, Stereogum, Paste, Complex, Brooklyn Vegan, Uproxx, Spin, Flood, Houstonia, and received an 8.0 on PitchforkWOTW has a distinctly more serious and purposeful tone than its predecessor as it details the events that have happened after the tragic passing of his brother, Mmadu Biosah. Maxo starkly pours his experiences and grievances throughout the album, detailing the ups and downs of a new life without his late brother and overcoming many obstacles. 

Since his debut in 2015, Maxo has evolved into one of the rap’s most acclaimed and respected emcees, earning a reputation as a storyteller for his detailed accounts of his dark past. His 2018 album Punken earned ‘Best of 2018’ plaudits from PitchforkNoiseyThe AV ClubFACT Mag, and more. Then, he released his critically-acclaimed major label debut Brandon Banks in July 2019 which broke the Billboard 200. What continues be a mainstay and one of the most prominent things about Maxo is his raw bars and storytelling abilities as he grapples with different circumstances that happen throughout his life.


Listen to “JIGGA DAME”and check out his latest album WEIGHT OF THE WORLD.

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PGF Shawt Ft. OG Kurb, Frank Kastle13 & Liek Baby Releases “Bag Drop”

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PGF Shawt teams up with OG Kurb, Frank Kastle13 & Liek Baby for his new single and music video titled “Bag Drop.” His new album The Resurrection of Chad Butler is scheduled for release later this year. Watch below via YouTube and follow him on social media @PGFShawt.

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