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Oakland rapper Lil Blood releases new album The Book of Dawa + visual for “In My Dreams” 

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Lil Blood, an influential figure in the Bay Area rap scene, has just shared his new album The Book of Dawa and video for the track “In My Dreams” (feat. EBK Bckdoe). The title of the album, The Book of Dawa, takes influence from the dialect of Swahili and translates to “the book of medicine”––an appropriate name for the introspective and reflective album. The 14-track album showcases Lil Blood’s respected stature in Oakland and influence on the region, grabbing features from up-and-comers like EBK Jaaybo and EBK Bckdoe as well as Kamaiyah, an established Bay Area act and key member of the 2017 XXL Freshman class. Releasing with the album is the video for “In My Dreams” (feat. EBK Bckdoe) that shows both rappers performing the lively track while throwing bundles of cash amongst a sea of twerking women. In 2022, prior to the release of The Book of Dawa, Blood released his singles “Reckless”“Don’t Get Involved” (feat. Shady Nate)“Temper Tantrum”, & “Losses” (feat. Boothatus & Love Gang Jay). Other standout tracks from The Book of Dawa include the candid track, “Focus” (feat. M3), where Blood raps about the pitfalls of the tumultuous life he’s lived and how he’s emerged from those daunting experiences as a better man, father, and artist. Another notable track on the album is the glossy cut “Ignorant Shit” featuring Detroit standout Peezy and 3rd World Momo, a song that is primed for a seat-reclining, late-night ride with all parties spitting a smooth trio of head-bopping verses. The Book of Dawa,hisfirst official album release through EMPIRE, highlights the dynamic sound Blood’s developed over a decade in the game, from contemplative verses to classic Bay Area party songs, and signals a rapper ready to display his growth, vision, and passion on the mic.

Lil Blood has been a fixture in the tight-nit Oakland rap scene for well over a decade. After being fixated on the sounds of the Bay growing courtesy of the group 3X Krazy Too $hort, as well as the raps of out-of-towners like Scarface and Juvenile, Lil Blood developed his own unique style meshing together this distinct conclave of influences. After a few years of operating as a feature-based rapper, including his memorable verse on J. Stalin’s“What I See”, Blood developed his own musical collective 3rd World. His breakout track arrived in 2012 with the song “Free Boski” (feat. Lil Goofy) that not only caught fire when it was released but is still a regularly-spun Bay Area party song and has recently gone viral on Tik Tok. In 2015, Lil Blood became a founding member of the West Coast supergroup One Mob alongside Mozzy, Lil AJ, Joe Blow & Philthy Rich. The group released their One Mob album in 2015, raising Lil Blood’s notoriety in hip-hop. Currently, alongside being a rapper, Blood runs his own podcast named Lil Blood TV where he hosts artists and creatives from all over the country––giving a homegrown platform in the Bay to promote their work and careers.

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DUSTY LOCANE Sends A Message with ‘CATCH DA FLU’ EP

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DUSTY LOCANE took the Five Boroughs by storm with his rumbling bass delivery and merciless rhymes. Capping off a torrent of activity from the Canarsie native, DUSTY shares CATCH DA FLU, a purposeful and powerful six-track EP. CATCH DA FLU arrives as DUSTY turns himself into the authorities, and the EP vibrates with the intensity of a rising artist making the most of his freedom. Featuring the breathless flows and gravelly melodies that made DUSTY one of Brooklyn’s biggest stars, CATCH DA FLU (named after DUSTY’s home borough of Canarsie, or Da Flu, and his “FLU GANG,” which he introduced in a recent song) is blessed with a heightened lyrical clarity, as DUSTY processes his feelings and flexes his muscles. CATCH DA FLU is available on all platforms via EMPIRE.

DUSTY speaks on his issues with the determined opening track “TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS,” as he makes clear that he values loyalty above all else, and spits cold hard facts about his status as one of the hottest rappers in the city: “I went from nothin in my bank account to $40k for a show/And  it’s 25 for the feature/Send my demons like I’m grim reaper/I was the one makin’ all the plays, y’all n****s stuck in the bleachers.” He concludes the song with a statement of faith in his 95MM associates, who he knows will hold it down while he’s away. The six-track effort includes additional highlights including the wavering and infectious “NO VACCINE,” as DUSTY promises that there’s nothing that can stop his FLU GANG, and the contemplative “MY WAY,” in which DUSTY channels another NYC native icon and promises that DUSTY’s current situation won’t stop him from lifting his friends and family out of poverty.

CATCH DA FLU arrives in the wake of NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH, a sinister project that dropped on Halloween. The new tape continues to cement the Canarsie native’s chokehold on the Brooklyn drill scene, while also taking the time to showcase the talents of DUSTY’s 95MM crew, including 3KizzyKajun Waters, who recently teamed with DUSTY for the new banger “Chevelle,” SFIV5Stelly Hundo, and OMB Jay Dee. Home to highlights like PRESSURE” and FLU GANG,” and the buzzing single ROLANDO 2 (Catch The Rain)” (1.1 million views in 2 weeks), NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH is available everywhere via EMPIRE.

NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH was the latest rung in DUSTY LOCANE’s ladder to stardom. He recently teamed up with his EMPIRE associates Rah Swish, OnPointLikeOP, and Ron Suno for the fierce SAY DAT EP,  home to peerless posse cuts like BUST DOWN” (1.2 million views) and “ANGELS & DEMONS” (1.1 million views). Earlier in the year, DUSTY dropped the ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN EP, which collected each installment of DUSTY, “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN ”  singles, including the recent “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN Pt. 3 (BEEN ROLLIN),” it’s TikTok-viral predecessor, and the GOLD certified original. The EP also featured his second-ever single, “Rolando (Caught In The Rain),” which generated hundreds of millions of streams across platforms.

Though he’s stepping away from the game for a while, DUSTY doesn’t see his situation as a setback–he’ll be back soon enough, focused and stronger than ever, as he continues his mission to elevate to A-List status.

“WHAT DON’T KILL ME MAKES ME 95 TIMES STRONGER,” said DUSTY on Instagram. “TO ALL MY REAL SUPPORTERS AND FANS ITS MORE ON DA WAY VERY SOON

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Ferg Co-Signed Antha Pantha Salutes the Real With Her Charismatic Debut Single

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Bursting out of Harlem with bottomless bars, rapper Antha Pantha has no patience for fakeness. Making a ferocious first impression with her impressive debut single, the “Scrilla Hill” native shares “Real B*tches.” Announcing herself with a fierce growl before launching into her first verse, Antha Pantha dazzles with an animated delivery over triumphant horns and fast-paced 808s, alternating between clipped cadences and sly melodies to create her new anthem. Produced by NYC beatmakers Tweek Tune (Fivio Foreign, Lil TJay, A$AP Ferg) and LaChaleur (A$AP Ferg, Famous Dex), the new song is an ode to supreme self-confidence, as Antha implores listeners to stay true to themselves and elucidate what it means to be a “real ass b*tch”: “I only wear makeup at a photoshoot/Cause Ion need that sh*t just to look cute/A real pretty b*tch every day I wake up/It’s too hot for that sh*t it’s ’bout to cake up.”

In the video, directed by ICE STUDIOS, Antha proves that she can command any situation with her forceful personality. The clip opens with the New York native portraying a convict, as she recruits a loyal crew of pink jumpsuit-clad inmates in the prison yard. In other scenes, Antha leads a gathering of ATVs in her native Harlem, with assistance from A$AP Ferg, who makes a cameo. No matter the scenario, Antha’s personality shines through as she enthusiastically delivers her verses.

“‘Real B*tches’ is an anthem for women embracing the perfection of not being perfect while not giving a f*ck because you’re secure in who you are and what you stand for,” says Antha Pantha.

Obsessed with music, theater, and dance since she was a child, Antha made waves in Harlem with her outsized personality and undeniable talent. Her magnetic qualities attracted the attention of A$AP Ferg, a childhood friend of hers, who quickly became a close collaborator. Antha first earned mainstream attention in 2019 when she appeared on songs from Ferg’s Floor Seats series of EPs, most notably on the buzzing single “Wigs,” which also featured City Girls. In 2020, Antha went toe-to-toe with Ferg once again on the Hit-Boy-produced “Mask.” 

With “Real B*tches,” Antha Pantha announces herself as a prodigious talent that deserves attention. Stay tuned for much more in 2023.

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Phora Releases New Album ‘The Butterfly Effect’

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After a two-year hiatus from his last album release via his own imprint Yours Truly Records, hip-hop artist Phora is back with his highly anticipated new album, The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly effect is an emotional body of work. This album tackles why he’s been quiet on the music scene, heartbreak, juggling his career and personal life, learning how to love again, and ultimately growing as a man and artist. 

He just announced The Fan Appreciation Tour to celebrate the record’s arrival. This is a four-show tour starting in Los Angeles,CA, Brooklyn, NY, Phoenix,AZ, and Chicago, IL, with free admission. Phora has a special treat awaiting for his loyal fans in each city! 

“This wouldn’t be possible without them; I just want to get back and do something different,” as he highlights the importance of The Fan Appreciation/ The Butterfly Effect tour starting December 4th.  

Stay tuned for more to come on Phora

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