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Review: “Beef” by Tee Grizzley ft. Meek Mill

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It was only a matter of time before Tee Grizzley and Meek Mill collaborated on something – and it’s done in the most tasteful way imaginable. Two of Hip Hop’s most veritable voices in street livelihood combine on a track that brings the raw energy of Detroit rap and the guttural bars commonplace in Philadelphia’s music scene. Tee Grizzley comes in menacingly, uttering “Meek, you got your strap?” before the proceedings get under way.

The production by Helluva, one of Detroit’s rappers go-to producers who also made the beat for Grizzley’s smash single “First Day Out,” rides the delicate line of being ominous yet alluring as well. It’s also similar in style to “First Day Out,” so Grizzley is clearly in his comfort zone – churning out what may be a new career best opening verse. “I leave his whole body bloody, call him Red Man/Hit the club in them Audi trucks and threw bands,” he raps effortlessly.

Meek Mill comes in for his verse hot off the heels of the track’s catchy chorus. From the opening line, you can tell that this isn’t some phoned-in verse. Meek’s no fool – he know’s exactly who he’s on a track with. Bullshit won’t fly, especially with someone whose cosigns from Lebron James and Jay-Z have catapulted his career trajectory into the stratosphere. Meek brings his A-game, perhaps taking his own rap career to a new level. “Load the chopper, crack the window when we rollin’ by (There it go)/Fuck a drive-by, run ’em down so we know we got ’em (Hit ’em)/Know we chopping, test ’em and we leave you Holy Bible (Woo)/All this money got me thinking what I owe my rivals (Pussies)” he spits vivaciously, making you realize that despite the many notable events of his personal life over the past couple of years, he really is one of the best lyricists in the game. That Grizzley managed to bring the beast out of the Philadelphia rapper is an achievement within itself.

There’s no other way to say it – “Beef” is a worthy follow-up to “First Day Out,” cementing another strong single in Grizzley’s growing catalog. The career-best verse from Meek Mill will sure add to the replayability and mainstream radio pick-up of the track. With Grizzley’s now known ability for creating high-quality tracks, it’ll be tough to continuously raise the bar with each new track.

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DJ Drewski & AceMula “Keep It Moving” Song Review

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“Keep It Moving” by DJ Drewski and AceMula feat Law and Cruch Calhoun has just been released.

The song puts emphasis on Acemula’s very own Drill music and “Jersey Club” music mashup. With an upbeat headbanging tempo that gets you in the groove to move, and a “this ain’t what you want” delivery, this song cannot be toyed with.

What separates New Jersey from all other states is how we have our own swag. “Jersey Club Dance” is a dance style characterized by moves like “Bunny Hop” “Sexy Walk” “Boyden Dance” “B-rock” and so much more. The sound of “Jersey Club Music” is a pulsating, non-stop
beat that may or may not have a DJ instructing dance moves.

Law’s soft voice intertwined with Cruch Calhoun’s hardcore approach gives the song a unique alternative. A switch-up that I believe is what makes it appropriate to listen to at any time of the day. It’s not extremely aggressive nor is it too friendly.

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When the song comes on Law comes in with her mellow but deep vocals that give off an “earworm” effect. The song has a little surprise to it because when it first comes on, listeners may assume it’ll have a slow or medium pace, but then the feel-good beat comes out of nowhere.

The R&B and Pop Singer’s definition of keeping it moving is not accepting anything that isn’t on her level. Not to mention both of these artists are actually on the move when it comes to their craft and building an empire. Talk about actions speaking louder than words!

During Cruch Calhoun’s verse he rapped about some hard times he went through like giving his last to people who were down. However, this beat is so grandiose that you may not soak it in instantly. His deep voice also gave the song an edge. Calhoun is basically saying if you don’t want smoke KEEP IT MOVING. The rapper states “know not to play with me, check my demeanor.” Which highlights his gangster and his knowledge on street life. A lot of people talk or tweet as Calhoun puts it, but aren’t really action based.

When I first listened to this song on my way to work I was so pumped up and ready to take on the day.

Just be careful listening to this song if you get stuck in traffic!

Listen To “Keep It Moving”: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/acemula1/keep-it-moving-feat-dj-drewski-law–cruch-calhoun

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QC’S SOLID FOUNDATION NAMES BRANDON FARMER AS PARTNER

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On the heels of Solid Foundation’s recent joint venture with Soundcloud to develop and manage the next generation of artists, the QC Media Holdings company has named Atlanta native and music industry veteran Brandon Farmer partner at Solid Foundation Management. Farmer will join an impressive team of executives and managers at Solid Foundation, with his primary focus being the expansion of the Solid Foundation artist management roster beyond the current star-studded Quality Control Music roster. 

On being named partner at Solid Foundation, Farmer shares: “I’ve been a part of the music industry since I was young, so this is all I have ever known. Being born and raised in Atlanta, I watched the growth of Quality Control starting from my hometown to becoming a household name. I look forward to getting to work and couldn’t imagine being a part of a stronger team!” 

After working as part of Justin Bieber’s core team, Farmer decided to branch out on his own. Knowing the direction he wanted to take with his career, he founded B. Farmer Management. Starting in the road management space, Farmer quickly amassed a roster of clients including Jeremiah, Kelly Rowland, Sevyn Streeter, and Rotimi. Having paid his dues on the road, he soon moved into full artist management; with one of his many past clients being rising rapper and fellow Georgia native, Latto. 

“Brandon is a perfect fit for Solid Foundation. He fights for his clients and makes a real impact on their careers, and that’s the type of energy we’re looking for.” – Simone Mitchell, President of Solid Foundation Management

“We are excited about having Brandon on board. He’s a pro and is exactly who we need to continue growing the Solid Foundation roster and brand.” – Kevin “Coach K” Lee, COO Quality Control

“Brandon’s industry connections and expertise are a major asset. Between his new role as partner and our partnership with Soundcloud, we’re letting people know Solid Foundation is out here expanding far beyond our original ventures.” – Pierre “P” Thomas, CEO Quality Control

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Hip-Hop Legend Raekwon Returns to Deliver Third “Community Linx” Release with Diadora and Foot Locker, Inc.

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Hip-hop legend Raekwon, Diadora and Foot Locker, Inc. have returned to deliver a third “Community Linx” release – the Diadora N9002 Detroit.  

Community Linx is a collaborative franchise series that allows Raekwon to design product capsules built with and for local communities. Today’s Detroit release specifically focuses on the intersection of rap and fashion in the city. This capsule is launched with a local event that provides tools, resources, and a wealth of knowledge to local up-and-coming stylists looking to expand their portfolio. 

About the capsule: The Diadora N9002 Detroit features a black colorway with a pop of gold,  a leather upper, a rubber outsole for increased durability and traction, and Raekwon’s signature on the heel. The newest drop is available in men’s sizes exclusively sold at Foot Locker and Champs Sports beginning today, June 23rd for $120. The N9002 is an exclusive model for Foot Locker and Champs. If in Detroit, head to Foot Locker Detroit’s 17755 East Eight Mile Road Harper Woods, MI 48225 to purchase. 

About the community event: In support of the Diadora N9002 Detroit release, Raekwon, Diadora and Foot Locker Inc. have selected five up-and-coming Detroit stylists to join an invite-only, three-hour event made up of a styling workshop, Q&A, and portfolio photography session led by two well-known local stylists: Latrice Delgado-Macon and 10xMile. Each participating stylist will style a male model as if they were styling for Raekwon, inspired by one of five events the rapper frequently attends. In addition to valuable industry mentorship and career tools, Foot Locker will be providing the local stylist community with apparel, blanks, and accessories to customize and amplify their pieces. Participants will be able to capture their work with a photographer to build their portfolio. 

The Community Linx program kicked off earlier this year with an NYC-inspired Diadora N9002 release paired with an invite-only, four-week beat-making course that brought Raekwon and guest judge, Dave East together with 16 up-and-coming NYC artists through mentorship. The program has also made stops in Philly where local artists participated in an invite-only, four-round performance judged by Raekwon, Bri Steves and Beanie Sigel which resulted in one lucky winner receiving a personal session with Raekwon. Additional Community Linx launches representing Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston will roll out through the remainder of the summer. 

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