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Lupe Fiasco Throws It Back With “Hustlaz,” Announces “LFT” NFT

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Since emerging from the fertile Chicago scene in the mid-00s, Lupe Fiasco has been one of the most admired and accomplished rappers of his generation. Today, the Grammy Award-winning artist throws it back to the early days of his career, digging deep in his vault to share Hustlaz,” an unreleased archival track. Originally recorded early in his career–even before the release of his now-classic debut album Food & Liquor–”Hustlaz” is a warm and thoughtful soul-sampler, complete with triumphant horn fanfares and chipmunk vocals. Demonstrating the creative wordplay that would become his trademark, “Hustlaz” finds Lupe detailing the trevails of a young artist in the music game, and comparing them to the everyday struggle of life in the streets: “I roll…like cherry red jello dice/It’s Was’, just a pot calling the kettle white.” “Hustlaz” will appear on Chill’s Spotlight 21st & 15th’s upcoming EP.

Along with the release of “Hustlaz,” Lupe announces “LFT,” a new NFT program that allows fans to get closer than ever to Lupe. Early bird fans will be able to earn badges and claim NFTs during raffle airdrops hosted on Lupe’s Discord, while an additional drop will be available for public sale. Holders of the “LFT” can participate in the “meta-narrative” surrounding Lupe’s upcoming album Drill Music In Zion, will have first access to teaser videos and behind-the-scenes content, and will receive an exclusive invite to a private listening party, scheduled for first half of 2022. All NFT holders will get a signed limited edition print of the cover art for the next album, and be the first group to receive the album’s vinyl copy. Launched in partnership with Magic Eden and Solana, keep an eye on Lupe’s socials for full details on the “LFT” program, officially launching February 10th.

His first new album since 2018’s Drogas WaveDrill Music In Zion marks the start of another chapter in Lupe’s illustrious career. The proud Chicago native is priming for a busy 2022, marked with sold out shows, new music, and much more. Last month, Lupe connected with Fake Shore Drive‘s Andrew Barber to share “100 Chicagos,” a salute to his hometown. Lupe is currently finishing up his “Food & Liquor Tour,” a series of performances in which he plays his debut album in full. The tour finishes up in Brooklyn, NY on February 12th and February 13th at Brooklyn Steel. 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 most recent venture, Studio SV.

Stay tuned for much more music and messages from the legendary Lupe Fiasco to arrive in the coming weeks.

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Vara Releases New Single “Paranoia”

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Florida-based next-gen pop star vara releases new single “Paranoia,” under the guidance of 98 degrees Jeff Timmons. Fresh off the DNA World Tour with the Backstreet Boys, vara has teamed up with Timmons to disrupt the music industry with their style that can be described as an edgy mix of alternative/pop influenced by Billie Eilish and Avril Lavigne.

Paranoia is an extremely personal song that tackles the subject of the struggles of mental health and we wanted to see if you’d be interested in having vara have this much needed conversation during an interview with you.

“Vara carries themself with such maturity, confidence, and poise, and possesses an emotional intelligence that’s quite indescribable,” says Jeff Timmons, who serves as a mentor/manager to vara.

“Vara has everything it takes to tackle the roller coaster ride of the entertainment industry, but it’s the other things they will do that excites me; the impact they will have on others with their music will undoubtedly be incredible, but the way they will empower and inspire others in their generation is something I hope to have the opportunity to witness.”

Listen to her newest single below.

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Wacotron Puts His City On The Map With New ‘Out The Blue’ Mixtape

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Putting his hometown on the map with his frank lyricism and heavy Lone Star State drawl, Wacotron is one of Texas’s most exciting rappers. Today, he shares Out The Blue, the highly-anticipated follow-up mixtape to his critically acclaimed 2021 project Smokin Texas. Highlighted by heavy trap production from Southside & 808 Mafia, among others, the 11-track effort establishes Wacotron’s status as the man in his city. He shares harrowing tales about life on the streets of Waco, weaving pearls of street wisdom and sly turns-of-phrase. 

Among project highlights are the dark Texas club anthem “Let Em Know,” as well as the heartfelt, guitar-laden “The Blues,” which finds the street veteran taking his sound in a new direction as he reckons with his past. Featuring appearances from Freebandz rapper Doe Boy and Atlanta mainstay Derez D’Shon and additional production from superstar artist/producer MarshmelloOut The Blue is available everywhere via Pick Six Records/808 Mafia.

Along with the new mixtape, Wacotron shares the video for “Game Time,” a highlight from the project produced by Project X of 808 Mafia. On top of a hauntingly hypnotic trap instrumental, Wacotron unleashes bar after bar as he warns his opps not to cross him: “I’m quarterback and I’m picking the blitz up,” he spits. In the DJ Black Messiah-directed video, Wacotron ignores ‘no trespassing’ signs as he proves he runs the streets of his hometown.

With Out The Blue, Wacotron plans to build on the success of his debut 2021 mixtape Smokin’ Texas, which received praise from ComplexHipHopDXDJ Booth, and more. He hasn’t been entirely quiet over the past year, though, as he’s made waves in the rap game with singles like “Raw” and “Free Mason” (each with over 4 million streams on Spotify). The Waco, TX native has also been an ambassador for central Texas rap, working alongside other Waco risers and boosting their careers while he becomes a star in his own right.

With the release of his sophomore project Out The Blue, Wacotron proves he’s an artist to watch in the bustling Texas rap scene. Stay tuned for much more from the young rapper in the near future.

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Buzzing Rapper, $windlaaa Drops His 2nd Mixtape ” Late Night Thoughts”

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Busting out of Florida and New York with tight rhymes, $windlaaa is turning heads with his hard-hitting rap tunes. In October $windlaaa Relesed his next project Late Night Thoughts. Spanning 21 tracks, the new project recounts the rough circumstances of his upbringing and emotional setbacks In a recent “On the Radar interview, $windlaaa discussed the project, expressing his growth as an artist, betrayal in the industry and dating relationships, like his freestyle Lights Off. 

The upcoming mixtape is home to standout singles Backend,  Skrrt’n thru Traffic and Price On My Head$windlaaa rolls out the red carpet for a tasteful selection of feature appearances from Trapland Pat, FL Dusa, Lit Yoshi & tracks from top NY producer, Jbanga Beats. Ready to bring his melodic raps to a larger audience, $windlaaa has what it takes to be the next big star!

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