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BONES Teams with ghost/\/ghoul for Atmospheric and Hard-Hitting ‘DreamCard’ Album

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Always working and never disappointing, BONES is beloved by fans and respected by his peers for his consistently excellent and uncountably prolific output. The TeamSESH chieftain delivers once again with DreamCard, his new album and his third full-length of 2022. DreamCard is produced in full by ghost/\/ghoul, one of the first members to join TeamSESH back in 2011. Unlike most producers on the label, ghost/\/ghoul isn’t a frequent collaborator with BONES–most of the music from ghost/\/ghoul’s extensive discography is purely instrumental, captivating enough to thrill without vocals or rapped verses. In over 10 years in the TeamSESH collective, the two have only collaborated three, on “WhiteZombie”(2012), “LastOneThereIsARottenEgg” (2019), and DreamCard opening track Silverado,” released as a single earlier this year.

DreamCard proves that the the two TeamSESH artists have impeccable chemistry–BONES mostly eschews singing in favor of hard-nosed raps, as he weaves between ghost/\/ghoul’s glitchy synth melodies and subsonic percussion. Highlights from the album include the creepily atmospheric “BananaPeels,” the spritely “Timbaland,” which contains a lyrical reference to the titular artist’s verse on “Are You That Somebody?,” and the pugilistic, low-talking “LowLife.” On the tape’s final track, “PanoramicRoof, BONES delivers the heartfelt singing absent throughout the rest of the tape, ghost/\/ghoul’s soaring synths adding pathos to BONES’ plaintive melodies. Spanning 17 tracks, including a few immersive instrumental tracks from ghost/\/ghoul, DreamCard is available everywhere via TeamSESH/EMPIRE.

DreamCard continues a busy year for the Michigan-born BONES, marked by exciting collaborations and unexpected co-signs. In July, the underground hero released AmericanSweetheart, which subsumes a variety of styles into BONES’s dark aesthetic, and packs in references to films like Planes, Trains & AutomobilesPee Wee’s Big Adventure, Rocky IV, and more. BONES connected with Drew The Architect for the heart-wrenching PackRippedOpen.” In April, the underground hero shared Withered, a full-length project. Created in collaboration with TeamSESH producer grayeraWithered finds BONES alternating between laid-back yet emotional anthems and commanding, verbally blunt bangers, including the emotionally charged lead single “TheOne.” Over the summer, BONES got an unexpected shout out from Justin Bieber, who shared a video featuring his 2019 song “AirplaneMode,” which now has over 285k video creations on TikTok. 2021 was a remarkably busy year for BONES, marked by five full-length albums including Scraps w/ LysonForbiddenImage w/ cat soupInLovingMemory (BONES recently shared the video for highlight track “RainCloudsFollowMe“), PushingUpDaisies w/ Deergod, and BURDEN, and capped off by DeathWish,” an ’80s pop-influenced banger by BONES’ alter ego Ricky A Go Go.

Stay tuned for much more from the mysterious mastermind in the near future.

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Oakland J. Stalin Follows Up a Mob Music Landmark with ‘Prenuptial Agreement 2’ Album

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A mover and shaker in the bustling Bay Area scene, West Oakland’s J. Stalin exemplifies his city’s realness, determination, and dedication to the grind. Sharing the long awaited sequel to a Bay Area classic, Stalin drops Prenuptial Agreement 2, a glistening testament to the enduring power of mob music. Founded in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, Mob music is defined by its hard-nosed lyrics and signature sounds: crisp, gently swinging drums, cinematic synths, and prominent, squelching bass. Long one of the most notable Mob proponents in the East Bay, Stalin helped the subgenre regain prominence with his 2010 tape Prenuptial AgreementNow, 13 years and over 50 projects later, Stalin returns to the project that made him a regional star, creating a 17-track document aimed to bring back the mob era.

“Mob music is sinister basses and sinister snares,” explains J. Stalin. “It’s all in the drums and snares and it’s real bassy. It’s a distinctive sound, created by producers like DJ Duo, Ant Banks, Mike D, and Rick Rock. When the first Prenup came out, hyphy was what was popping in the Bay Area. Mob rappers like me, we made some hyphy tracks, but hyphy was kid-like to us. When we did hyphy, we mixed it with mob sounds and harder lyrics.  Mob was our version of what drill is now. Prenup brought the Bay sound back to mob music. Hyphy wasn’t as popular by 2010, and everyone was saying, ‘What are we gonna do now, how is the sound gonna be now?’ When I dropped Prenuptial Agreement, the whole city knew: ‘this is the new sound.'”

Prenuptial Agreement is a showcase for Stalin’s raspy vocals, brutally honest lyrics, and peerless ability to navigate mob instrumentals. Moving from love songs to hustlers’ anthems and back with effortless ease, the album features production from OG Mob architects like The MekanixClayton Williams, and Mike Made The 808s, plus younger beatmakers like Juneonnabeat. Like the Pitchfork-acclaimed original, which brought guest spots from the likes of E-40 and The Jacka, Prenuptial Agreement brings an eclectic cast of characters, from fellow Oaklanders like Philthy Rich22nd Jim, and Jane Handcock standing up for the 357, and street heroes from other cities, like Florida’s Jackboy and Stockton’s EBK Young Joc, who sound right at home. Paired with the release is a video for one of the albums standout tracks, “Who U Talkin 2. (ft. June).” What starts off feeling like a sequel to the Hype Williams classic, Belly, quickly turns into a party on the Vegas strip where Stalin and June are posted up with their crew spitting fire bars, daring anyone who isn’t correct to reveal who they’re talking to. 

Some of the album’s highlights make reference to songs from the original, including the soulful sequel “Don’t Front Pt. 2” and the funky “World On My Shoulders” samples a beat originally created by D-Shot of The Click. With additional appearances from LyjahKevin Allen4rAx of The MekanixAcito, and many more, Prenuptial Agreement 2 arrives on January 27th via Livewire Records/EMPIRE.

Loyal to the grind and his family, J. Stalin is building a legacy for himself and the Oakland scene he hails from. With Prenuptial Agreement 2, the proudly independent artist cements his rightful place in Bay Area history.

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AtcDmoney Drops “Ungrateful”

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Pensacola, Florida artist AtcDmoney releases his new single called “Ungrateful” out now on all music platforms. Produced by Myles Everett. Listen to the single below via Audiomack and follow him on Instagram.

Direct Link: https://audiomack.com/atcdmoney/song/ungrateful

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Richie Evans + Rick Ross + VEDO Drop “Can’t Knock the Hustle”

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 Richie Evans, dropped his project Highly Favored on streaming platforms everywhere. The project features Rick Ross, Vedo, Eric Bellinger and Jay Rock – assisting in the raw delivery of each song. His stand out track, Can’t Knock the Hustle, features Rick Ross and the video will be released soon. The Phoenix/Philly native has been making strides, since his time under The Game at Black Wall Street. Now, Richie represents his own label, TEA aka The Evans Administration and proves he’s a force to be reckoned with. 

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