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Paper Route Empire Honors Young Dolph and Puts Stamp on 2022 with Heartfelt Project

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Leading by example, Young Dolph never stopped working to secure the futures of his family, his community, and the artists he took under his wing. Today, Dolph’s talented roster of artists at Paper Route Empire unite for Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, a new compilation project that pays tribute to the legacy of the King of Memphis.

Spanning 8 tracks, the project features contributions from almost every artist on Paper Route Empire. Jay Fizzle, PRE’s longest-tenured signee, leads the tape with the Ricco Barrino-assisted, gospel-inflected LLD,” a tribute to the man who he credits with helping his 16 year-old self escape the streets. Kenny Muney offers a plaintive remembrance of his mentor using one of Dolph’s signature phrases on “Role Model,” and Big Moochie Grape defiantly claims his intention to take Paper Route Empire to new heights on “In Dolph We Trust.” On recent single Proud,” Key Glock declares “F*** that humble s***, let’s go, you know I’m spazzin’ out ‘bout mine.”

Long Live Dolph showcases the talents of PRE artists, pointing to a bring future for the label that Dolph built from the ground up.Artists like Memphis natives Snupe Bandz and Paper Route Woo demonstrate the cold calculation and drawled-out bars that fit the label’s established aesthetic. Meanwhile, like Brooklyn’s Joddy Badass and Chicago’s ChiTana point to the diversified vision Dolph developed for PRE, one that extends beyond his hometown. Dolph himself makes his presence felt on the mixtape, through interview snippets, lyrical references, and “Love For Me,” a newly-released song that pairs Dolph with ChiTana.

Long Live Dolph is reflective, but it is also triumphant; Paper Route Empire will continue building on the foundation that Dolph laid. Keep an eye on the young and hungry PRE roster, as nearly every one of them plans to drop plenty of music this year. 2022 is Paper Route Szn.

“Of the many definitions of the word ‘Empire,’ the one that stands out the most is ‘a large conglomerate, ruled by a superior authority, especially an Emperor.’ And Dolph was just that. He moved through this earth with the grace of a King. He led us through this industry with strategy, knowing that there were obstacles. And with his foresight, those obstacles were, and will continue to be unsuccessful. 

In this life, the measure of a man isn’t what you managed to acquire, it’s how you treated other people. Did your life have meaning. Did you give more than you received. We are so grateful that his legacy has been solidified not by what he had, but what he accomplished. Since his passing, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. And for this we are eternally grateful.

As a family, we are grieving. As an organization, we have never been stronger or more prepared to continue building on the foundation that Dolph set for us.

Every artist on the label–Key Glock, Jay Fizzle, Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, Joddy Badass, ChiTana, Big Unc, Snupe Bandz, and Paper Route Woo–were all hand picked, because beyond talent, he saw in them the same hunger and determination he saw in himself. He spent time cultivating them as artists, and mentored them until they discovered their own greatness. Each one is more than ready to fulfill their destiny. And they have the support of this entire Empire behind them. 

PRE is unstoppable. And we have proven this time and time again. We thank you all again for your love and support as we continue forward. 

LONG LIVE YOUNG DOLPH. LONG LIVE THE MIGHTY PAPER ROUTE EMPIRE”

— Daddyo, Paper Route Empire CEO

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Icewear Vezzo & DJ Drama Share ‘Paint The City,’ a Star-Studded Gangsta Grillz Mixtape

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Respected across the nation for his slick-talking rhymes and hustler’s mentality, Icewear Vezzo is always on his grind. Marking a new milestone in his prolific career, the Detroit native connects with DJ Drama to share Paint The Citya new Gangsta Grillz mixtape. A natural evolution from Vezzo’s acclaimed Rich Off Pints series, Paint The City finds the 6 Mile native spitting witticisms earned from a lifetime of hustling. The new mixtape bolsters Vezzo’s matter-of-fact flexes with Drama’s energetic exhortations, providing a jolt of electricity to the first-ever Gangsta Grillz tape by a Detroit rapper. Drama curates a selection of beats–many from regular Vezzo collaborators including Antt BeatzForeva RollinJune Da Genius, and Max Beats–that contrast Vezzo’s signature piano-led menace (“RNS”) with a more triumphant sound that reflects the recent Quality Control signee’s successes (“Ain’t No Turning Back“).

Paint The City illustrates the immense respect that Icewear Vezzo commands in the rap game–the 6 Mile ambassador rolls out the red carpet for a list of renowned guest stars to talk their smack. The tape is home to the buzzing single “It’s All On U” ft. Kodak Black, which generated over 5 million streams on Spotify and 11 million views on YouTube, and “Certified,” a sinister slapper that envelops Future into Vezzo’s sonic realm. Recent single “One Time” features a standout verse from trap legend Jeezy, and the closing track “Trippin” boasts a typically witty appearance from 2 Chainz. Amidst all the star power, Vezzo makes sure to put on for the D, recruiting his East Side associates Peezy and GT for the propulsive Michigan banger “No Talking.” The first full-length to be released since Vezzo signed to Quality Control MusicPaint The City is available everywhere on all platforms via Iced Up Records/Quality Control Music.

Vezzo’s new deal with Quality Control marks the start of an exciting new period of success for the budding superstar. Consistently racking up more than 4 million streams on his catalog per week, Vezzo reached national prominence with the Rich Off Pints series of tapes, including the Pitchfork-acclaimed Rich Off Pints 3, released earlier this year. Vezzo’s ambitions reach far beyond music, and even beyond the physical realm. The Iced Up Records CEO is a serial entrepreneur, starting his own businesses in fields as diverse as real estate, cannabis, snacks (We Eatin! brand recently dropped Vezzo’s own flavor of chips, called Vezzo Hotz), and jewelry maintenance. Vezzo is on track to be a pioneer in the burgeoning metaverse, with his own VezzoVerse launching soon and a forthcoming line of NFTs.

With limitless ambition and the work ethic to achieve his every desire, it’s only a matter of time before Icewear Vezzo takes over the game.

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https://open.spotify.com/album/3M1RUPna1fFjxNd9I0Vo0l?si=z9xVcGrGRMWYF__cot8quQ

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Earlly Mac + imbunlee Drop “Overdue”

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The emerging, yet accredited producer The ATG is bringing together some of Detroit’s elite for a Hip-Hop compilation album entitled, Detroit Cinematic Album.. The young producer The ATG is ready to carry the city on his back, highlighting some of the best talent. The artist is set to release the album in its full entirety soon. In the meantime, his team is releasing a slew of infectious singles (with visuals) to begin the pulse of anticipation. The project is executive produced by Detroit’s Joe Robinson and the first single Overdue, features Grammy-nominated Earlly Mac (worked with Big Sean, Saweetie, Beyonce, etc.) and the rising IMBUNLEE.  If you’re familiar with Earlly Mac, Overdue carries his signature flow with IMBUNLEE adding his smooth delivery. The track is a short one, but hits for the whole two minutes, with each rapper displaying versatility. 

Occupying a space all his own, The ATG has more than proven that he owns the lane where huge, cinematic sound meets traditional hip-hop production. With a consistently unique style, tinged with avant-garde gothic elements, the elusive producer has built a catalog behind him that speaks for itself. Enjoy this first installment from the Detroit Cinematic Album and stay ready for more on the way.

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YNIC B Shares “Slow Day”

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Kentucky native YNIC B returns this week with a new single titled “Slow Day” produced by B Juggin. Listen below via Audiomack and follow him on Instagram

Direct Link: https://audiomack.com/ynic-b/song/slow-day

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