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King Von’s Estate Shares “Too Real” Video from ‘What It Means to Be King’

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With a visual eye that helped him rack up over 2.8 million YouTube subscribers, King Von always accompanied his crazy stories with videos that matched the song’s vibe. Today, King Von’s estate shares the video for “Too Real,” a highlight from the new posthumous album What It Means To Be King. The song is a impassioned missive from Von, as he rocks a stutter-stepping flow and makes plain that he’s the realest in the streets: “I asked once won’t ask again/Know who you dealing with/If I crack once won’t crack again/Ain’t wit that feelings sh*t.” Directed by his regular collaborator DrewFilmedIt, “Too Real” finds Von stalking the backstreets of Chicago with a flamethrower in hand, flashing the glittering smile that his fans and friends knew so well.

A labor of love that compiles unheard music from the artist’s oeuvre, What It Means To Be King is packed with the ferocious bars and gripping narratives that earned him a huge fanbase, but also hints at some of the directions he might have taken if he had more time. The album features contributions from many of the people who knew Von best, including regular producer and collaborator Chopsquad DJ, his “twin” Lil Durk, and fellow O’Block natives like Boss Top and DqFrmDaO, along with street rap heroes like like 21 SavageMoneybagg YoG Herbo, and more, making plain the level of respect Von commanded in the rap game at large. Released last Friday, What It Means To Be King topped Apple Music’s All-Genre Albums chart over the weekend, and is on pace for a big debut on the Billboard 200.

The album is home to “Don’t Play That” ft. 21 Savage, a banger that is already one of the late artist’s most successful singles to date. “Don’t Play That” was an immediate success, generating 1.4M+ Apple Music streams, 1.2M+ Spotify streams, and 1.1M+ YouTube streams in just the first 24 hours of its February 4th release. Since then, “Don’t Play That” has racked up tens of millions of streams, including 15+ million on Spotify and 6 million on its animated video, and debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Von’s highest-ever chart position. The song currently sits at #86 on the Hot 100 and at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. With additional appearances from Polo GDreezy, and OMB Peezy, plus production from heavy hitters like Hitmaka and ATL JacobWhat It Means To Be King is available everywhere via Only The Family / EMPIRE.

What It Means To Be King puts an exclamation point on Von’s legacy, confirming his status as the best storyteller of his generation. A worthy follow-up to Von’s GOLD-certified debut Welcome To O-Block, the upcoming album is a bittersweet treat for fans, and a moment of closure for those who loved him most.

Watch “Too Real” below!

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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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