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New York’s HDBeenDope Delivers Lyrically Charged Visual For “Best Out”

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Brooklyn rapper and producer HDBeenDope drops off a high-energy new music video for single “Best Out,” with a broadcast premiere on BET Jams and BET Hip Hop. The visual, directed by Erikson Corniel, buzzes with the same electric energy HDBeenDope brings with his lyricism and gives off fast-paced momentum mirroring the rapper’s rising career. 

The single, released 4/21, has already landed placements on TIDAL’s Tidal Masters: RisingTidal Masters: Hip Hop, New East Coast and Apple’s The PlugNew In Hip HopBest New Shazam (Japan), and is the #7 spot on their coveted BARS playlist. 

HD uses his home city of Brooklyn as his playground in the visual paying respect to his New York roots. 

When it comes to bragging rights, you have to show for it. While other artists aborted missions in April 2020, HDBeenDope pushed forward with releasing sophomore album BrokeN Dreams. Despite the pandemic, he maintained consistency and garnered several accolades heading into 2021. HDBeenDope gains yet another foothold in his long-awaited ascent, proudly stating “I don’t need suits just to tell me I’m gifted” 

“I have to believe in myself before anybody else… I have to see it for it to be true,”

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HDBeenDope is a multi-faceted powerhouse in the current wave of hip-hop. From penning clever raps over his own high-octane production to self-directing many of his music videos, the Brooklyn native has spent the past decade refining his craft.

The success of his debut project Pheace Be The Journey was whatfirst earned HD an opening slot on Portugal.The Man’s North America tour in 2017 and sparked his passion for performing. In addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Supa BweBlack Milk, and Lil Xan, he has also embarked on several solo tours throughout Europe. In 2019, the young rapper kept the momentum going with successful singles “For The Record, “Rev Run,” “Byrd,” and “Cayman, racking up millions of streams across platforms and over 20 million views on YouTube. His 2020 sophomore album BrokeN Dreams also saw wide support across the industry.

HDBeenDope has always been driven by self-made mantras “Labb Rat” (Learn And Become Better, Receive And Think) and “AWYA.” (Accept Who You Are) that remind him of his guiding beliefs. The two sayings play a big role in his writing and his outlook on life where he makes a point to stay focused on feeling and seeing things through the perspective of others. 

HDBeenDope’s records have also been the soundtrack to several hit video games like NBA2kUFC4Madden NFL 21, and more. His undeniable energy has led him to be featured on MTV’s #AloneTogether Jam Session, Hot97’s Who’s Nextand Shade45’s Wake Up Show with DJ Tech and Sway. He has also landed the cover of TIDAL’s Rising playlist, Apple’s BARS playlist, was Audiomack’s Artist of the Month, and an XXL Freshman Contender in 2020, among other accolades that have propelled him into the spotlight. He continues to trail-blaze through hip-hop culture with his dynamic sound and enigmatic presence and sees 2021 as his year to break through to mainstream.

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ITZ JALEEL Drops “ON ME”

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Nashville rapper Itz Jaleel presents the 3amedia-directed music video for “On Me”, his latest single produced by Michael Belvedere. The song comes on the heels of visuals for “Overtime” (watch the video) and “Anyway” (watch the video). Born Jaleel Cunningham, Itz Jaleel began his journey to rap at an early age. Raised on old school RNB and hip hop, he developed an interest in poetry, “that’s where I started developing my pen game without even knowing”, says Jaleel. What once was a hobby, has now become a career. It was the death of a close relative that propelled Jaleel into pursuing rapping as a career. In 2020, Jaleel released his first album YOU=ME (listen to the album). But it wasn’t until his second album titled S.O.N. that the industry started to take notice. Featuring fellow Nashville rapper J, the S.O.N. album (listen to the album) helped the artist gain notoriety thus, pushing him to release his first single track for 2022 “Bossin’ Up” (watch the video). Jaleel says he was inspired to make “On Me” after losing his grandfather, “which reminded me to not take life and the time I spend with family for granted. Any level of success I reach, my family will be there with me, because they’re the reason why I work so hard.”

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Tyler Loyal Enters 2023 With “Back In Dat Mode” Music Video

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Following the single’s premiere on the NFL Network ‘Sunday Spotlight’ segment earlier this month, So Rebel/AWAL signee Tyler Loyal unloads the Erikson Corniel directed music video for his Sonni-produced banger “Back In Dat Mode.” Surrounded by his day ones, Tyler rides around the city decked in a winter Supreme coat making it clear he’s officially outside again.

Explaining the song’s central message in a statement to the press, the Beantown native explains:

“I’ve been at my lowest, living off Cup Noodles and cold-cut sandwiches. I’ve also been in the presence of financial freedom. Both experiences brought me to the same conclusion, I need to get rich. I made a promise to myself at 8 years old that I would be the one in my family to break the barrier and every day I live on this earth I’m trying to get myself closer to that end goal. This song is for the hustlers. It’s what it feels like to be fed up with your current state, get up and get to the bag.”

Tyler Loyal is a Boston-born genre-bending artist, songwriter, and producer who holds an air of composure and confidence over every track that he touches. Having a passion for rapping since the age of eight. The Massachusetts native made his debut as a teenager in 2017 with his single “Better Off As Friends”, via SoundCloud, which accumulated 300K+ streams, with barely any promotion. As Tyler continued to develop his craft he would release the following year his most-played song across several platforms “The Bottom”, which helped solidify his buzz as an artist, especially in his local area.

Consistent work and development continued in the following years, and brought more well-received material such as “Enemy” in 2018 before he turned up the heat with several releases in 2019 including “Options,” “Gone For The Summer,” and the Jay Gwuapo featured track “Level Up.” Determined as ever, with more to prove Tyler linked with rapper Jay Critch for his early 2020 single “Hit Me” leading into his debut project ‘When You Decide’ in 2020 and the follow-up project ‘Nova’ in 2021; which featured the standout cut “PSYCHO.”

Watch “Back In Dat Mode,” below, and stream the record’s audio on your DSP of choice here, and follow Tyler on Instagram.

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J Stalin Checks Off His “To Do List” in New Video

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A legend of the Bay Area known for his commitment both to his craft and his West Oakland community, J. Stalin is a perfect example of the region’s hustler spirit. Taking a beat from the gritty rawness of his mob music sound to focus on some extra-marital extra-curriculars, Stalin shares his seductive new video for “To Do List,” the June Poole-assisted highlight from his recent Prenuptial Agreement 2 album. Backed by an airy synth instrumental and anchored by June Poole’s seductively saturated R&B hook, “To Do List” finds Stalin taking full advantage of his departure from the more hard-nosed themes of the streets to let his freak flag fly: “She gon’ bring the freak out tonight, cause it’s a full moon/I be going crazy in that thing like a baboon.”

The video for “To Do List,” which arrives shortly after the clip for project highlight, “Who U Talkin 2 (ft. June),” finds Stalin cruising in a slick white convertible as visions of a scantily-clad baddie filling out her titular to-do list in a notebook bounce around his head. As he hopes and prays that she has his name written there, Stalin daydreams about a to-do list of his own as the video progresses, until she ultimately checks him off. 

Returning to the 2010 breakout project that made him a regional star and creating a 17-track document aimed to bring back the mob era, Prenuptial Agreement 2 is a showcase for Stalin’s raspy vocals, brutally honest lyrics, and peerless ability to navigate mob instrumentals. Moving from love songs to hustlers’ anthems and back with effortless ease, the album features production from OG Mob architects like The MekanixClayton Williams, and Mike Made The 808s, plus younger beatmakers like Juneonnabeat. Like the Pitchfork-acclaimed original, which brought guest spots from the likes of E-40 and The Jacka, Prenuptial Agreement brings an eclectic cast of characters, from fellow Oaklanders like Philthy Rich22nd Jim, and Jane Handcock standing up for the 357, and street heroes from other cities, like Florida’s Jackboy and Stockton’s EBK Young Joc, who sound right at home.

Loyal to the grind and his family, J. Stalin is building a legacy for himself and the Oakland scene he hails from. With Prenuptial Agreement 2, the proudly independent artist cements his rightful place in Bay Area history.

Watch “To Do List” ft. June Poole here!

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