Paul Wall & Termanology have just shared their joint album Start 2 Finish and the visuals for the track “Thailand” featuring Bun B. Across 10-tracks, Paul Wall and Termanology deliver a project that’s in a lane entirely its own. Bringing along his classic Houston flair, Paul Wall supplies rhymes unlike anything else in his long-standing career, while Termanology lays down the crafty bars & expert flows synonymous with his name. Start 2 Finish is a meeting of the culture of two of the biggest hip-hop cities, Houston and NYC, with the final product being a project that is wholeheartedly a dedication to both MC’s respective hometowns On the jazzy cut “Ask Permission”, Paul & Term rap over a superb Statik Selektah beat and truly exhibit why they hold such a legendary status in hip-hop today. “How You Been” is produced by Dame Grease featuring a smooth hook from Mia Jae and is a smooth standout track on the project that shows the natural versatility of Paul & Term. The well-curated visual for “Thailand” provides an homage to H-Town and shows Paul & Term spitting alongside hip-hop icon Bun B, with all parties providing a masterclass in lyricism & artistry. Start 2 Finish is an organic meeting of Paul Wall & Termanology, with the common denominator being a love for rap and striving to continue writing the legacy of a pair of enigmatic figures in hip-hop.
Start 2 Finish is a gritty & genuine collaborative project between Houston legend Paul Wall and the acclaimed tri-state rapper Termanology. Although the two MCs are from completely different worlds, what binds them together creatively is the constant pursuit of greatness on the mic. Even at his legendary stature, Paul Wall has always been a student of the game, and what excites him the most these days is what’s happening in the underground. This natural curiosity led him to the rap phenom Termanology, through a recommendation from their mutual friend and legendary NYC producer Statik Selektah. Paul & Term hold Statik in high regard, so the introduction was not taken lightly. After a few meetings and recording sessions, Term & Paul recognized an undeniable creative connection. The two became frequent collaborators and close friends, so the idea of working on an album together came naturally. The ethos behind the tape was to make an authentic, NYC-style hip-hop album, with Paul Wall rapping in a completely different style outside of his traditional wheelhouse and Termanology supplying the hard-hitting raps he’s known for. Start 2 Finish features production from Statik Selektah, Dame Grease, who produced a majority of DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, the iconic producer Pete Rock and even Term himself. The impressive guest list doesn’t stop there, with verses from Bun B, Nems, Millyz, Fly Anakin, and Kxng Crooked adding even more layers to the album. Paul & Term previously teased the flavor of the joint album with the previously released singles “No Tolerance” featuring Fly Anakin & Nems,the Pete Rock-produced “Recognize My Car”, and “No Asterisk”. Along with the release of the album, Paul & Termanology released signed a limited number of vinyl copies of Start 2 Finish which sold out before the release date.This project is truly a meeting of the depths of hip-hop’s underground and the upper echelon of rap’s royalty, all wrapped up in a sea of smooth beats and tight rhymes.
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Twin Hector Drops “Special”
Platinum-selling recording artist Twin Hector releases the intoxicating and alluringly disruptive new music video for his single “Special”. Striking a perfect balance between decadent R&B soundscapes and addictive pop melodies, Twin Hector will push you over the edge with his sensual sonic daydream. Written about a divine union, “Special” is an all-enthralling love song about a deeply passionate connection.
Directed by Ben Tyler / Left Hand Films and Tai’Yon Hector himself, the visual for “Special” was inspired by R&B legend D’Angelo and captures Twin Hector in an intimate, black and bronzed aesthetic.Twin Hector takes his time, drenching you in a seductive wonderland of pulsating beats and heavenly vocals as he muses over his soulmate. “There ain’t nobody I’d choose over you.”
Watch Twin Hector’s video for “Special” for a sweltering, sultry experience that will leave your racing.
MICHAL MICHAL WANTS YOU TO ‘KNOW ME BETTER’ ON FRESH SINGLE FEATURING JAYD
So nice, you can’t help but spin it twice. Michal Michal kept his foot on the gas with his latest love-torn offering, “KNOW ME BETTER,” on Dec. 1. Featuring JayD and production from SK THE PLUG, the new single, which is Michal’s second release this month, is yet another head-turning effort that demands more than a first listen. Layered with woozy 808s, fleeting vocals and unbridled personality, ”KNOW ME BETTER” is packed with a barrage of Michal’s raspy flairs – a distinct hallmark of his sound. Continuing to embody his youthful aura, Michal ultimately has his sights set on searching for “the one” with “KNOW ME BETTER,” as JayD’s mesmerizing hook expertly plays into the sample-clad cut. “After all these years that we’ve been together, I thought you would know me better,” it hypnotically drones, Stringing together strong performances all year, following the success of his previous track “DON’T BLAME THE KIDS” and Summer’s End, which is now his top track on Spotify and Apple Music, it’s better to know of Michal Michal before he takes off.
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Emerging Alt Hip-Hop Star Kembe X Shares New Song “Rolling Stoned”
Isaiah Rashad joins Windy City wordsmith Kembe X for his Hippie Sabotage produced cut “Rolling Stoned.” A thought-provoking masterpiece that cleverly disguises its depth with wordplay and ethereal Alternative Hip-Hop instrumentation, “Rolling Stoned” invites listeners to embark on a journey of hidden meanings and insights. Serving as yet another teaser to the Top Dawg Entertainment affiliate’s forthcoming ‘Sleep Paralysis’ project, it may initially appear as brash rap but the record unfurls into a profound exploration of personal growth, dreams, and self-discovery.
“When we made this song in September 2021 it felt like a reunion and an opportunity to show Hippie Sabotage, I’m not the same person who moved from Chicago to LA and crashed on their couch. It was a chance to demonstrate my newfound confidence in my creative abilities and a willingness to adopt a fresh approach to music. It’s not a reinvention of my artistry, but a shedding of old skin and a dreamy exploration of a new version of myself, deeply connected to my psychedelic discoveries,” shares the Chicago native in a press statement when asked about his “Pole Vaulting” follow-up.
Known for his work with artists such as REASON, Guapdad4000, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, Kembe X stands as a beacon of innovation in a musical landscape often mired in conformity. His music, with over 10M+ UGC views on TikTok and 5M+ views on YouTube, has ignited a cultural wave, resonating across platforms. Accumulating a staggering 30M+ Spotify streams, Kembe X’s tracks encapsulate the essence of his artistry.
Beyond mere numbers, Kembe X’s compositions, from the introspective depths of “Voices” and “Cozy Forever” to the bluesy contemplation of “Body Language” and “Anyway,” paint a poignant picture of battling depression, touching hearts and minds. His magnetic stage presence has left an indelible mark, from headlining the Hippie Sabotage Tour in 2016 to sharing the stage in the ScHoolboy Q CrasHtalk Tour in 2019, not to mention legendary performances at Rolling Loud Miami from 2014 to 2017 and Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2017, solidifying his status as a festival favorite.
Stream Kembe X’s “Rolling Stoned” on your DSP of choice via BMR / The Orchard and watch his live performance recap of “Pole Vaulting” at Red Rocks.