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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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Dee-1 Releases New Visual “Lines Drawn”

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Emmy-nominated educator turned entertainer, Dee-1 (@Dee1music) addresses critics and fans alike in the official music video for the Danny Beats-produced single “Lines Drawn,” following his viral interview on Sway In The Morning centered around industry hypycrosy. Filmed by Tufts University‘s own Jalen Hill, a student enrolled in the New Orleans native’s “The Intersection of Hip Hop and Social Change” course, the timely track and its accompanying visual postdate Dee’s previously released album UNO. Serving as the first official leak from his forthcoming LP From The Hood To Harvard, the song is a beacon of light as unfavorable headlines engulf online media.

“I did this song as a response to the industry being so shaken by me drawing a line in the sand and saying that we need some accountability for the messages we’re glorifying inside Hip-Hop. This is part one, there’s more on the way. A shift is happening from a genre and cultural perspective,” says the National Social Emotional Learning Consultant in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency about the release.

Award-winning rapper. educator, host, activist, business owner, and keynote speaker are synonymous with Louisiana‘s Dee-1. The Nasir “Nas” Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University is a Billboard Top 10 charting, game-changing MC with a persona to match his penmanship. He’s transitioned from being a middle school math teacher in The Boot to a Hip-Hop heavyweight with much more to accomplish. He has released 10 albums and 21 projects thus far in his career. 

Dee-1’s music is part of a bigger lifestyle movement called Mission Vision, which centers around three core principles: Be Real. Be Righteous. Be Relevant. In 2020, Dee received the prestigious NAACP “Power of Influence Award,” highlighting his community activism and commitment to inspiring the youth. In 2021, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “The Manhattan Project,” but he lost to Michelle Obama. Later that year, Dee was appointed to the “Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys” by Governor John Bel Edwards, making him the first rapper in Louisiana history to become a governor’s appointee.

Watch the HD clip for “Lines Drawn” on YouTube and stream the single via Audiomack below. For a limited time you can purchase an advanced copy of From The Hood To Harvard exclusively on EVEN, here.

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Dredloc Esco Shares “On The Low”

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Florida rapper Dredloc Esco presents the music video for “On The Low”, his new single produced by Dynasty Beats. The St. Petersburg native has dropped a steady stream of music throughout 2023, notably “Addresses” (watch the official video on Youtube), “See Me Ballin” (watch the official lyric video on Youtube) and “24” (watch the official lyric video on Youtube). These singles add to a discography which includes full-lengths like Paycation, Cut 2 Deep with Yo Simi, and Color Blind Chopped Not Slopped with OG Ron C. Dredloc describes his new single as “hustle music at it finest, with a touch of Afrobeat to keep you grooving at the same time. If you love getting money over partying and spending money, put this song in your playlist”. “On The Low” is out now on BigBuc Entertainment.

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Sexyy Red is the hood’s hottest prison warden in “Free My N***a”

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With this summer’s Hood Hottest Princess mixtape, Sexyy Red established herself as the most exciting rising artist in music today. Never one to stop working, the St. Louis native shares a brand new video for “Free My N****a,” her new single. “Free My N***a” is a brash and infectious banger, as Sexyy makes an impassioned plea to law enforcement to let her baby daddy come home. In the video, directed by Jerry Morka and Laka of No More Heroes, Sexyy takes matters into her own hands, turning the tables on the police and breaking into the local prison, nearly starting a riot as she extracts her boo from the slammer. 

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A cut from the upcoming Hood Hottest Princess (Deluxe), “Free My N***a” adds an exclamation mark to Sexyy’s breakout 2023, marked by sold out dates, Hot 100-charting hits, and superstar co-signs. Sexyy’s breakout hit, the Tay Keith-produced “Pound Town,” spent multiple weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reached the Top 10 on Urban Radio, and its Nicki Minaj-featuring remix “Pound Town 2,” earned a GOLD certification from the RIAA. Sexyy’s follow-up hit, “SkeeYee,” has risen even further, generating over 50 million streams across platforms, and reaching a peak of #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sexyy reached her highest chart peak yet with her appearance on Drake’s “Rich Baby Daddy,” also featuring SZA, a smooth Miami bass-influenced heatrock that currently sits at #14on the Hot 100. 

A relentless barrage of twerkable anthems, Hood’s Hottest Princess builds upon Sexyy’s brash and unapologetic persona. Songs like Hellcats SRTs and Female Gucci Mane exude an irrepressible bad b*tch energy, combining Sexyy’s crisp wordplay with an addictive drawling delivery that has become her signature. The mixtape earned a sterling 8.0 review from Pitchfork, who wrote that the mixtape “sets the tone for what she hopes is the nastiest, sweatiest, and freakiest summer since the smartphone came along” and “…30 minutes of straight-up standing-on-the-table raps. There are a handful of songs on here that are bound to be summertime anthems.” Home to other hits like “Looking For The H*es (Ain’t My Fault),” and “Hellcats SRTs,” blessed with a remix featuring Lil DurkHood Hottest Princess is climbing the Billboard 200, where it reached a new peak of #75 this week, and Apple Music’s charts, where it is currently sitting at #7 on the Hip-Hop albums chart and #12 overallHood Hottest Princess is available everywhere via Open Shift/gamma.

Sexyy’s viral rise quickly fomented success on the touring front. After a viral performance at Rolling Loud Miami, Sexyy Red earned an invitation to open on tour for her biggest fan, Drake, during his It’s All A Blur Tour” with 21 Savage. Sexyy’s first headlining tour, the “Hood Hottest Princess Tour,” sold out many dates within minutes of its initial onsale, including a 3,000-cap show in NYC and a 4,850-cap show in Chicago. The tour criss-crossed the U.S. for dozens of dates–including 24 sold out dates–including a massive sold out hometown show at the 8,000-capacity Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. In all, Sexyy’s first-ever headlining show sold an estimated 70k tickets, making her one of the hottest draws in the genre in 2023.

After changing the game in 2023, Big Sexyy looks to carry that momentum into the new year. 

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