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Meet Virginia Beach Native DRE-SKI: An Emerging Artist Ready to Take Over the Rap Scene

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Up-and-coming rapper DRE-SKI is no stranger to the world of hip-hop! Growing up in
the neighborhood of “Campus East”, DRE-SKI, whose real name is Mondre, would
listen to a lot of rap, including Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas and Biggie. After graduating
high school, the Virginia Beach native got into music by writing raps over instrumentals
and would have his friends listen to them. But it wasn’t until he attended college and
opened up for Lupe Fiasco and Fabolous that people, including his friends, started
taking him seriously.


In 2012, DRE-SKI took a break from music and four years later, he hopped right back
in and started his own independent record label/brand, “XB Music Group”. Between
2016 and 2019, the rapper put out a few mixtapes – “Calm Your Taste Budz 2 & 3” and
“Keep The Change 1 & 2”. In 2019, he debuted his first EP, “Long Story Short” and in
2020, he dropped two different EPs, titled “Game 6” & “4 Real Ones Only”. His music is
available on all digital streaming platforms (Apple, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play).

DRE-SKI has always been passionate about music. Some of his musical influences are
Jay-Z, J. Cole, Fabolous, Pusha –T, Ace Hood and Moneybagg Yo. And just like these
artists, he’s looking to influence others with his music, engage with his audience and
build a solid, long-lasting fanbase. His versatility and lyrical ability make him stand out
from others, while his work ethic is impeccable. DRE-SKI is currently working on his
next EP, “Turning Point”, but he hopes to release a few singles by this summer. He’s
also working with a few music producers, one of them being Jay Uncut from Atlanta,
and EK from Virginia Beach. When he isn’t making music, DRE-SKI is focusing on his
next moves.


As an entrepreneur, he would like to sign emerging artists onto his record label and give
them the opportunity to propel their music careers. Outside of music, he is a realtor, a
real estate investor and the owner of a trucking company. Aside from working on his
new EP, DRE-SKI is looking to network a lot more so he can expand his brand.


Check out two of his music videos out now and get the latest on the rapper on all social
media platforms.

IG: @TheReal_DreSki
SnapChat: TheReal.DreSki

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@JuggHarden Tags Baby Money, Young Scooter & More On New LP

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Detroit’s own Jugg Harden has set the stage on his second installment of the 13 Tape. After his last couple of drops, he is becoming one of the most consistent artists in the midwest. His newest album, The 13 Tape 2, showcases his raw ability to create infectious hooks and even more amazing songs. He’s used his slow tempo flow and slick ear for production to produce a top-tier project. The James Harden-inspired rapper tagged QC’s Baby Money, YN Jay, GT, Young Scooter, and fellow The Wealthy Brand signee Pretty Brayah. The 15-track LP is shaping up to be Jugg’s best project yet. 

 After securing features from PeezyBabyface Ray, and Allstar JR,the Detroit rapper was a lock for every party promoter in the area. At this point, he is garnering significant attention from all of the major labels in the industry. The rapper from Detroit’s Westside is the perfect blend of all of the unique sounds in the game now. His versatility is helping him carve out a lane to become a top act in the game. Tracks like “Need My Space,” “4eva Juggin’,” and “Chicken Little” are all becoming fan favorites early on. 

Over the last year, Jugg Harden has received support from outlets like Lyrical Lemonade, Pitchfork, and many more. He’s only looking to elevate going forward. Be sure to check in with him on his social media outlets to stay tuned for all his upcoming work. The “Jewelry” rapper will have some fire visuals supporting his star-studded album. Jugg Harden is setting the bar higher and higher for each drop. His fans are excited to see where he will take his art next.

Press play on Jugg Harden’s new heavy-hitting LP, The 13 Tape 2, here!

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@shaqoooooo Enlists Jayson Cash & More On ‘Oh My Fault’

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ShaqO (@shaqooooois the perfect mix of midwest & Cali vibes. His sound is clean, and his humorous flow help makes his tunes that much more enjoyable. The handicapped MC has no shame in his game. He embraces all of his shortcomings and exudes boundless confidence in every verse. When it comes to women, money, or clothes, ShaqO isn’t shy about it. His transparency has helped him create a solid fan base.

His newest EP, Oh My Fault, is seven songs full of top-tier production and creative wordplay. His hit single “Me. Do It Up” has all his fans dancing as they look to end the summer on a high note. ShaqO tagged Jayson Cash, Ekilla Off Da Block, & ThaEastieBoyz to round off his latest effort. The K.A.N.E Gang Inc representative is ready to transition to the next level in his upcoming work. He is respected by his peers and fans alike. 

Be sure to tap into his newest EP, Oh My Fault, today!

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XOXO Grim Has New Heat On The Way

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Hip-hop will inevitably go beyond its current boundaries; it’s just a matter of time. In contrast, Xoxo Grim pushes those limits even farther than they were before. The musician and rapper from Columbia, Tennessee uses his voice as an instrument in his performances. Instead of gliding over or fighting against the music with his voice, he instead makes it move in controlled harmonic bursts of intensity.

Rapping along to the rhythms of hip-hop was one of the first things Xoxo Grim ever recorded himself doing. He started publishing music on SoundCloud and uploading videos to YouTube as a means of processing his experiences and expressing himself creatively. The release of “In Motion” occurred at the beginning of the year 2020, and the anticipation was palpable. Following the success of songs such as “1-2-3” and his most recent release, “Lines Shot,” he gained a devoted fan base on various social media platforms.

After racking up more than one hundred thousand listens on his own, he uses an ever-evolving musical sense in his new work for the first time in his career. This is because he has been able to develop this feeling throughout the course of his career. Watch the most recent video from Grim down below.

Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Uh02X-oMU&ab_channel=RealrunnerGrim

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