With a charismatic personality as “gigantic” as the pockets he pads with racks, Big Moochie Grape has been serving up raw, uncut bars rooted in Memphis tradition, but irreplicable in execution. Today, the Paper Route Empire artist returns to share the video for his laid-back banger, “East Haiti Baby.” The intro and title track from his recent East Haiti Baby project, anchored by the same Bill Withers sample that powered Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” finds Moochie delivering soulful flows over a softened beat that lets his Southern drawl glide over every bar with ease, nodding to his mentor Young Dolph with lines like, “Know that I’m wet cause I’m signed to a dolphin.”
The video is a reflection of the ups-and-downs from Moochie’s life on the streets to the stage, as the larger-than-life stepper stands on his own through it all. Rocking layers of icy chains, including one of the “East Haiti Baby” pieces featured on the project’s cover, which sits right below his PRE pendant, Moochie walks himself from the director’s chair to center stage of the shoot. It’s Moochie’s show, it’s Moochie’s world, and it’s a blessing just to live in it.
Aided by signature Tennessee-style production from Bandplay, Sosa 808, Ayoza, and more, the tape chronicles Moochie’s rise from the trap to the top, showcasing the street acumen and sly grin that has him rising in his city and beyond. East Haiti Baby is home to Moochie’s ice-cold singles “I’m The One” and “Never Had Sh*t,” each of which earned well over 1 million views on Youtube in recent weeks. Continuing a dominant year for Paper Route Empire as they honor Young Dolph‘s legacy, Moochie enlists Key Glock and Kenny Muney for features, and shares a new verse from Dolph himself on mixtape highlight “Fun.” Whether he’s bouncing over a Bill Withers’ sample on “East Haiti Baby,” belting out cash-crazed melodies on “Money Money Money,” or swapping spitfire flows with Dolph, the Memphis native’s colorful charisma is felt throughout the 15-track tape.
Big Moochie Grape burst onto the scene in 2020 with Eat Or Get Ate, an hard-hitting EP that earned coverage in XXL, UPROXX, 2DopeBoyz, HotNewHipHop, and more. Home to singles like “Big Juice” and “Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh Huh” (4.5 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” (1.3 million views), and made his mark on Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, delivering the powerful and defiant “In Dolph We Trust“ (1.4 million YouTube views).
With East Haiti Baby, 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.
Watch “East Haiti Baby” here!
C Glizzy Bringing His Southern Flare To Rappa’s West Coast Production Is A Match Made In Heaven
C Glizzy and Rappa are putting on for Florida and California with “Bang Wit Me.”
Even though a 40-hour drive and well over 2,500 miles separates California from the state of Florida, C Glizzy and Rappa are locked in as if they were next-door neighbors.
Evidence of their transcontinental connection on their latest street bop “Bang Wit Me.” Comprised with equal parts of Coastal influence and Southern flare, the single is equipped with the type of thunderous 808s that are capable of rocking clubs from Los Angeles to Broward County with ease.
“The best part about ‘Bang Wit Me,’ was bringing The South to LA–I was focused on bringing LA to Florida and vice versa,” C Glizzy said.
“Rappa and I be recording like we just chilling in the house–but because of our personal relationship, we think about things outside of the box. We actually have a mixtape on the way. We don’t have a name yet but stay tuned!”
As 2023 comes to a close for C Glizzy, a quick glance at his output for the year shows how his staggering work ethic has catapulted him into an upper echelon of newcomers within the rap game. In addition to delivering his smoldering freestyle for the red-hot Fire in the Booth performance series, C Glizzy has been on a remarkable feature run.
Along with his new collab with Rappa, he has also recently connected with the producer Smash Hitz in addition to collaborating with BlocBoy Jah for their joint effort “With The Gang.”
On top of all of that, C Glizzy has delivered over nine new releases this year–among the impressive string of records is his fan-favorite single “Do You Wrong.” Not to mention C Glizzy is also still enjoying the high from his appearance as tour support for Lil Mosey along with comparisons to buzzing Florida artists such as Hotboii, Kodak Black and more. He’s also previously joined forces with the likes of Foolio, WizDaWizard, Mozzy and Tsu Surf, among others.
Check out the full video for “Bang Wit Me” below.
“Somebody Call Ye” Was Released by Chicago’s Very Own Shye
“Somebody Call Ye” is inspired by Shye’s unwavering determination to make a lasting impact on music, culture, and younger generations. Self-produced, the song serves as both a call for collaboration with Kanye West and features heartfelt lyrics about moving on from heartbreak, old friends, and pure rap storytelling.
Check it out below!
Gusto Leimert Is An Artist You Should Be On The Lookout For
Los Angeles native and rapper, Gusto Leimert (@gustoleimert), makes a bold statement with the release of his latest single, “Ms. Pretty.” This track features his label mate, Roadrunner TB, adding an extra layer of talent to the mix. Gusto’s signature smooth sound is a direct reflection of his roots. He describes it as a fusion of the gentle California breeze intertwined with the contemporary grind and hustle, infused with a new-age trap lingo.
“I’d say my sound is the embodiment of the California lifestyle meeting the modern era of ambition and tenacity,” Gusto explains. Although he now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, he remains deeply connected to his LA origins, a connection clearly evident in his music’s sound and lyrical delivery.
Even his name, Gusto Leimert, pays homage to his hometown. “My name originates from Leimert Park, where I spent my early life with my friends. ‘Gusto’ was a nickname I earned because I’ve always gone all out in everything I do,” he reveals.
Gusto’s passion for music has been a lifelong journey. He started crafting beats and producing music at the age of ten, ultimately discovering his voice as an artist. Drawing inspiration from timeless classics, Gusto strives to provide his fans with a similar sense of nostalgia and timeless quality through his music.
“I’m inspired by timeless music that does not expire with likes and or waves,” he says. “It has a message, it could be love or making money but it has to have a message. That to me is my inspiration.”
With his artistry, Gusto aspires to offer fans a relatable soundtrack for the various phases of life. Connect with Gusto on social media, where you can find him at @gustoleimert, and immerse yourself in the captivating sounds of “Ms. Pretty” through streaming platforms.
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