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Offset Jim Seeks a Sign from the Divine in New “Thugs Cry” Video

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Offset Jim’s rampant rise from local hero of the Bay Area to a national concern since the release of his latest project, Rich Off The Pack, hasn’t come as easy as the Oakland native has made it look. Reconnecting with frequent collaborator and producer, DTB, Offset Jim shares new visuals for “Thugs Cry.” Dedicated to the rapper’s late friend Teddy, the track sees Jim struggle with a gangster’s grief as he looks skyward for divine guidance in the wake of his loss. Yet, with ten toes still in the street, Jim has no time to lose focus on the matters at hand, rapping, “Ever since I lost my n****, I’ve been feeling shady/Feel like these n****s all owe me and they gotta pay me.” A rare deviation from the effortless flexing and understated swagger Offset Jim is known for, “Thugs Cry” serves as a sobering counter-balance to the eight other tracks on Rich Off The Pack, providing a deeply impactful layer of context to the project by highlighting the cost of admission to a gangster’s paradise. 

The MikeyRare-directed video expertly highlights the somber, religious themes of the track, placing Jim at the center of his very own Last Supper, as per the famous Leonardo DaVinci painting. Drawing both from Jim’s paranoia in the wake of tragedy and Jesus’ prediction of Judas’ betrayal, Jim is seen seated at the table surrounded by companions when the lights go out, revealing that his guests have been replaced by snakes. Serving as a standout track with a potent visual to match, “Thugs Cry” is just the latest addition in a series of recent high-production videos from Rich Off The Pack, like “Off White Mikes” ft. EST Gee “Members Only,” “Face Card” ft. Kenny Beats, “Make No Sense” ft. Babyface Ray, and “Regular.”

In a heavily populated Bay Area rap scene, Offset Jim has remained a standout since emerging alongside fellow Play Runners Association rapper ALLBLACK in 2018 and 2019. Hailing from the notorious Oakland neighborhood known as the Murder Dubs, Jim first made waves after back-to-back releases in 2019. The first was his solo effort, No Pressure, featuring the local hit titular track, which amassed over 3 million streams, and the second, 22nd Ways, a collab mixtape with ALLBLACK, featuring the Bay Area favorite, “Trip On It,” which amassed over 8 million streams. With the release of Rich Off The Pack, Offset Jim has put the nation on notice that he’s far more than just the Bay Area’s problem now.

Rich Off The Pack is available everywhere via Play Runners Association/EMPIRE.

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HDBeenDope Releases New Music Video for “Mamba”

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Roc Nation’s latest signee Brooklyn rapper HDBeenDope is debuting his new music video for his song “Mamba” from his latest EP project “What Can They Say” via BET Times Square Billboard and BET Music. The video made its broadcast premiere on BET Jams and the Paramount+ Times Square billboards. 

Directed by Erikson Corniel, the video opens with dynamic visuals of friends racing past HD in luxury sports cars, street bikes, wheelie-popping quads fully capturing the grit and sound of New York’s streets. The video pans out to east coast locals championing the rapper’s song going bar-for-bar rapping along at Rutgers basketball court. The explosive celebration of the track is interwoven with clips capturing the vibrant and colorful personalities of New York – fans young and old dance battling, playing the trumpet, cheering with a bottle of champagne, and more. 

The highly anticipated music video arrives shortly after the single release’s massive success earlier this year making ESPN network rotations as the song has echoed throughout some of the nation’s largest sports stadiums.  

The Brooklyn Native’s new video release comes from his latest EP project What Can They Say, produced by Dizzy Banko which marks just the beginning of HD’s career and who has already been recognized by Rolling Stone, BET Awards and more.  

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Kenzo Balla Keeps His Eyes Dry in “No Sympathy” Video

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Bursting out of NYC with the explosiveness of an elite edge rusher, Kenzo Balla is applying pressure on his mission to run up a sack. With his borough on his back like a last name on a jersey, Kenzo returns to share the new video for “No Sympathy” from his recent Mr. Ready To Blitz project. Over dizzying production from Spinback and Ron.Adg, Kenzo spits with a game-ready fury on “No Sympathy,” delivering each cautionary flex with a hard-nosed intensity: “Ballin’ on n****s, I ain’t talking scrimmage.”

The video for “No Sympathy,” shot by SozeCinema, positions Kenzo as the captain of his team rallied behind him throughout the video. The Richard Sherman to his own Legion of Boom, Kenzo’s the only one who’s visage is unobscured by hoods and balaclavas, making it clear he’s the face of this pack. With quick cuts and transitions to match the track’s rapid pace, “No Sympathy” plays out less like a music video and more like the hardest-hitting highlight reel of the season. The video for “No Sympathy” arrives as Kenzo prepares for Mr. Ready To Blitz (Deluxe), coming on December 16th.

Mr. Ready to Blitz saw Kenzo leverage his devastating explosiveness across 14 tracks, including recent singles like the high-octane, NPR-approved “Krash Out,” and the Cito Blick and Pdot Savv-assisted “Don’t Panic.” On “Feel The Rage,” Kenzo bursts onto an endearingly melancholic drill instrumental with the headstrong momentum of a mammoth nose tackle like Vince Wilfork, while more fast-paced cuts like the Rayy Balla-featured “Go Kuu” highlight Kenzo’s elusive agility as he flashes through instrumental pockets like Troy Polamalu. Like all the most elite defensive rushers in the game, Kenzo’s strength lies in his opponent’s inability to contain him– in the split second it takes to register his arrival on the track, he puts himself 10 steps ahead.

A rising name in one of the nation’s busiest rap scenes, Kenzo Balla made his mark on the scene with his relentless rhymes and high-energy vocals. Known for collaborating with fellow Bronx heavyweights like his brother TG Crippy, Kenzo kicked off his career with a frenzy of fiery videos, including local hits like “5th To Sev” ft. TG Crippy & Pdot Sav (2 million video views), “OOTAZ,” and the “Love Nwantiti”-remixing Let Me Know” (1.8 million views). This summer, the former AAU baller tore up the streets with Dead Gzz,” a vicious, uptempo missive that racked up over 1.3 million video views since its release in June.

With a blistering EP in the books and the Deluxe on its way, Kenzo Balla emerges from his perch in the Bronx to blitz the rap game. Sit back and watch his rise, because there’s no stopping it.

Watch “No Sympathy” here!

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Denham Reminisces On A Past Relationship In New Single “Nightmare”

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Rising artist Denham delivers his latest and last release of 2022 entitled, “Nightmare”. The catchy tune captures the San Clemente (Orange County) rapper reflecting on a past relationship, wanting to turn back the hands of time but also reminiscing on their time together as a nightmare making it hard for him to forget. Denham delivers a wavy, new sound to the west coast Hip-Hop scene. The independent rapper, songwriter uniquely blends rap and rock influences to turn out melodic trap tunes.

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Quote: I’m trying to blend all the genres I loved growing up into one sound. Create a euphoric sense of nostalgia. 

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