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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.

Stream “Hustlaz” here today!
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Chelsea Pastel Releases New Song “2 Much”

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If sharing the same bill as Rapsody,joining Ebro forApple Music‘s DISCOVERED, catching the attention of HOT 97 as well as iHeartRadio, and being added to TIDAL‘s Hip-Hop: RISING playlist all while consistently releasing quality content wasn’t enough to convince critiques that Cleveland‘s Chelsea Pastel (@chelsea_pastel) is poised to be crowned Rap royalty, her newest release is sure to solidify just that. On “2 Much,” the follow up to “Greener” & “Price Going Up,” the Ohio outlier partners with MajorStage (@MajorStageMusic) to deliver a unique live performance experience that personifies song lyrics “too much talk with no action where I’m from we call it cap.” 

Starting with a powerful intro, “2 Much” explodes into an earthshaking drop, featuring a hook so addictive you’ll be shouting it all day long. Channeling the gritty sound pioneered by acts like Three 6 MafiaA$AP MobFather, and Key!, the song successfully brings nostalgia while putting a fresh twist on the current female rap scene. Recorded in a home studio session amongst friends, the infectious energy of “2 Much” shines through every bar. 

Born and bred in Forest City, Chelsea found her passion for music early on, which led her to enroll in the Cleveland School of Arts. After graduating, Chelsea began to make a name for herself throughout the Midwest and beyond. Her unique sonic style, catchy hooks, and lyrical prowess have earned her the title of Cleveland’s Next Up talent.

Apart from accolades, which include being featured regionally on WKYC and Dirty Glove Bastard as well as national recognition on top-tier entertainment networks like BET, Chelsea is a self-taught instrumentalist who often handles her production, writing, and engineering. Her unique brand of ballads can be best classified as a fusion of Rap and Pop with a touch of Rock accented by old-school flavor.

Stream the Cassius G-produced accompanying audio on your DSP of choice below via MajorStage andstay tuned for the Miguel Ramos-directed live performance visual.

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DeeYounginn Releases Anticipated Album ‘Glockk Babyy 2’

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DeeYounginn, the up-and-coming rapper from Charlotte, has just dropped his much-anticipated album, “Glockk Babyy 2,” via South Coast Music Group.

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This 10-track album features his latest single, “Right Now,” along with standout tracks like “Hood Trophy,” “Gen 5,” and “No More.” DeeYounginn sticks to his signature rowdy street style, delivering an intense and captivating listening experience from start to finish.

DeeYounginn first made waves in 2019 with “ahhh bag,” quickly building a loyal fanbase. By 2021, he had solidified his spot in the rap scene with popular mixtapes like “Hardest Younginn Out” and “Next 2 Blow.” “Glockk Babyy 2” is perfect for new listeners, highlighting his talent as he edges closer to mainstream fame.

You can stream the full album below and follow DeeYounginn on social media for all the latest updates.

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Chazz G Set To Reveal “Embrace” Soon

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Virginia native and LA resident Chazz G breaks his music hiatus with a new soulful single “Embrace” later this month. The music savant who graduated from Howard is a one of one musician who embodies the creativity of a Kanye like entertainer with the talent akin to that of his fellow Virginian Masego.

He lives to create art through words on beat and his newest reveal will show the world that. It also previews a body of work in which he might release really soon.

Check out his other work below and stay tuned for June 21st when “Embrace” drops.

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