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Lupe Fiasco Shares “AUTOBOTO,” the First Video from ‘DRILL MUSIC IN ZION’

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Known for his layered metaphors and perceptive point-of-view, Lupe Fiasco often sounds happiest when he lets loose and spits. Giving the visual treatment to one of the verbose tracks from his new album DRILL MUSIC IN ZION, Lupe shares the music video for AUTOBOTO.” Released as a single last month, “AUTOBOTO” is a mischievous, playful, and deceptively dense single that finds Lupe weaving his precise barbs around Soundtrakk’s arpeggiating guitars. In the hook, Lupe compares himself to a Porsche Carrera, a finely-tuned, performance-focused sports car that tears up the road like Lupe tears up the mic. In the “AUTOBOTO” video, Lupe drives around his hometown of Chicago in that vehicle, before parking the vehicle in view of the city’s iconic skyline. For the song’s final minute, Lupe beams out of frame and cedes the spotlight to Nayirah, who closes the clip with her melodic mastery.

The product of a burst of thoughtful spontaneity, Lupe created DRILL MUSIC IN ZION over a short period, diving into a folder of beats sent by Soundtrakk and emerging with a fully-realized album in just three days (“Sometimes deadlines are lifelines,” says Lupe). The album is home to highlights like “NAOMI,” in which Lupe fuses playful political analysis with poignant emotional resonance, and “MS. MURAL,” which continues a series of songs that started on 2014’s Tetsuo & Youth (“Mural”) and continued with his last album DROGAS WAVE (“Mural Jr.”), and the jazz-inflected title track, which slyly comments on how art created amidst strife becomes commodified entertainment for the masses. Released last week, the ten-track album earned praise from NPRComplexThe FADER, and many others, including Vinyl Me Please, who wrote “At their best, Lupe’s bars are as visually and phonetically pleasing as popped bubble wrap.”

DRILL MUSIC IN ZION is Lupe’s first new album since 2018’s DROGAS WAVEbut the proud Chicago native has already had a busy 2022, marked with sold out shows, new music, and much more. Last week, Lupe shared Galveston,” an Apple Music-exclusive track that explores the origins of Juneteenth. Lupe recently closed out his “Food & Liquor Tour,” a series of performances in which he plays his debut album in full. He paid tribute to his hometown in the reflective, self-produced 100 Chicagos,” and dug into the archives to share “Hustlaz,” a previously-unreleased song originally recorded before the release of the now-classic debut album Food & Liquor.

Lupe recently launched his “LFT” program, a new NFT program that allows fans to get closer than ever to Lupe. Unlike many NFTs, which solely exist in the digital space, the “LFT” program offers token-holders an array of online and offline benefits. The benefits start with a generative art profile pic–each LFT holder gets a unique digital artwork inspired by Lupe’s album Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, which celebrates its 15th birthday this year. Beyond music, Lupe continues to focus on the community organizations he founded, including We Are M.U.R.A.L, The Neighborhood Start-Up Fund, Society of Spoken Art, and his cross-cultural content venture, Studio SV.

With DRILL MUSIC IN ZION,  Lupe starts another chapter in his illustrious career, but he’s not done growing.

“Your whole life you’re physically growing, and as an artist, I feel like I’m taller now,” says Lupe. “Not that I’m at a higher place of morality, it’s that my vantage point and perspective is higher. I can see further.”

DRILL MUSIC IN ZION is available everywhere via 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers.

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SCOREY DROPS BRAND NEW VIDEO SINGLE “OH WELL”

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Scorey has released his brand-new track “Oh Well” – listen HERE. Hailing from Syracuse, NY with a cucumber cool composure that sets him apart from the hectic rap landscape, the track is taken from Scorey’s upcoming mixtape, Help Is On The Way, coming out on December 9th. The track also comes alongside an official video – watch HERE.
 
Featuring 16-explosive tracks, Help Is On The Way displays Scorey’s comfortability undefeated with his effortless rhymes and intuitive thinking. Scorey recently released his first offering from the tape “156 Hudson” – listen HERE
 
As the first artist signed to Capalot/ODA Records, Scorey has amassed over 9 million all-time listeners on Spotify, and can be heard on Dro Kenji’s “FINDERS KEEPERS” with Internet Money. After earning a spot-on Polo G’s Hall of Fame Tour, Scorey has released a string of songs including “Love Letter”, “Broken Guitars” from Polo G’s #1 albumHall of Fame and “Catch Me If You Can”. This year, Scorey has performed at multiple festivals including Rolling Loud SXSW, Dillo Day Festival at Northwestern University and Rolling Loud Miami. With two years of hard work and dropping multiple tracks and visuals, Scorey is ready to emerge from his perch upstate New York and blitz the rap game. Stay tuned for his steady rise. 

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SHY GLIZZY’S BANGER “WHITE GIRL” GOES PLATINUM!

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Multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated Washington, D.C. rapper and Glizzy Gang Founder Shy Glizzy has just picked up a platinum plaque for his enduring banger “White Girl.” In order to celebrate this milestone, he unveiled the long-awaited music video for the track—streaming on his official YouTube Channel now.

The black-and-white clip unfolds as a cinematic affair. It brings the lyrics to life as it follows Shy Glizzy past an encounter with a paparazzi and into the arms of a blonde femme fatale. In between seductive vignettes in the bedroom and at the pool, tension builds until the bloody finale ensues. It might just be his most captivating and arresting video to date.

Of course, the track originally adorned his breakout 2014 mixtape, Young Jefe, which introduced his fan favorite series of the same name.

It also continues a prolific streak. He recently dropped “MMY Freestyle” and “Underrated.” He shot the eye-catching video for the latter in Dubai. Moreover, HotNewHipHop hailed “Underrated” as “airy and chilled-out,” and REVOLT plugged the video, “He spends the day cruising the desert in his luxury red whip before heading off to the local markets at night.”

In other big news, his now-legendary collaboration with Goldlink “Crew” [feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy] has gone 6x-platinum!

Pushing forward without apology, Shy Glizzy consistently proves the real is back as he prepares more music for 2023.

Shy Glizzy has redefined, reignited, and reupped the DMV as a stronghold for hip-hop. Along the way, he has gathered over 1 billion streams and shined on the gold-certified “Do You Understand” [feat. Tory Lanez & Gunna] and the platinum-certified “White Girl.” He broke through into the mainstream in a big way with his appearance on Goldlink’s 6x-platinum “Crew” [feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy], earning a GRAMMY® Award nod in the process. Beyond widespread praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, The Washington Post, and more, he received a coveted cosign from Beyoncé who famously bopped along to “Awwsome” at Global Citizen Festival. Not to mention, he also heads up his own Glizzy Gang label as C.E.O. He not only remains a pillar of the DMV, but the culture at large as he kicks off his next era in 2023.

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Icewear Vezzo Connects with Jeezy, Gangsta Grillz Tape Out 12/8

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A slick-talking Detroit hero who’s steadily upped his ante in recent years, Icewear Vezzo drips with insights into successful street living. Teaming up with a fellow hustler for his latest music video, Vezzo shares “One Time” ft. Jeezy. Complete with the menacing piano lines and ominous bells that characterize many of Vezzo’s most beloved tracks, “One Time” is an anthem dedicated to the trappers and the flexers, with a countdown chorus that demands to be chanted by a crowd: “Three times for the n****s in heaven/Four times for the bad b*tches that’s steppin.” Vezzo and Jeezy are complemented by the energetic ad-libs of the legendary DJ Drama, who also appears in the music video. Directed by Diesel Films, the video finds Vezzo, Jeezy, and Drama relaxing in Vezzo’s native 6 Mile, as they turn up in an abandoned warehouse.

“One Time” hails from Paint The City, the upcoming mixtape by Icewear Vezzo. Hosted by DJ Drama, Paint The City is the latest edition of the DJ’s famous Gangsta Grillz series of tapes. The new video is the second glimpse of the upcoming tape, following God Bless The 6,” a collaboration with his fellow 6 Mile native Babyface Ray. The first full-length to be released since Vezzo signed to Quality Control MusicPaint The City is available everywhere on December 8th.

The upcoming tape arrives at the end of a banner year for the respected Detroit rapper. In July, Vezzo released his acclaimed Rich Off Pints 3, the concluding chapter of Vezzo’s signature mixtape series. Continuing the path set by 2021’s Rich Off Pints and Rich Off Pints 2, which generated a combined 150 million streams across platforms, Rich Off Pints 3 is the product of a man who has been through hell in the pursuit of better days. The tape recently earned praise from Pitchfork, who stated, “His latest project basks in the idea that an album this regionally specific can still have nationwide appeal.” Later in the summer, Vezzo connected with Kodak Black for It’s All On U,” a buzzing single that racked up over 5 million streams on Spotify and 11 million views on YouTube.

Vezzo’s new deal with Quality Control marks the start of an exciting new period of success for the budding superstar. Consistently racking up more than 4 million streams on his catalog per week, Vezzo’s ambitions reach far beyond music, and even beyond the physical realm. The Iced Up Records CEO is a serial entrepreneur, starting his own businesses in fields as diverse as real estate, cannabis, snacks (We Eatin! brand recently dropped Vezzo’s own flavor of chips, called Vezzo Hotz), and jewelry maintenance. Vezzo is on track to be a pioneer in the burgeoning metaverse, with his own VezzoVerse launching soon and a forthcoming line of NFTs.

With limitless ambition and the work ethic to achieve his every desire, it’s only a matter of time before Icewear Vezzo takes over the game.

Watch “One Time” ft. Jeezy!

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