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Review: Kanye West’s “XCTSY” Misses The Mark

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DJ Clark Kent surprised the world early yesterday morning with the release of “XTCSY.” The track appeared on a tracklist for ye released in mid-May, ahead of the June release date, so the song must have been finished for some time. It just didn’t make the final cut. And, to be honest, after listening to it, we kind of see why.

The production is pretty lackluster. A push for soulful sounds doesn’t work nearly as much as some of Kanye’s older work; in fact, it takes so long to get into that you’ll be left wishing for a grander build-up that ultimately doesn’t pay off. Kanye’s bars, ultimately, don’t pan out either. He raps and raps bar after bar of empty filler. When it ends, you don’t really wish to run it back.

As lackluster as ye was, it’s not even up to par with the weaker cuts from the album such as “Violent Crimes” or “Wouldn’t Leave.” A sense of earnestness permeates these cuts, that luxury doesn’t extend to “XCTSY.” For that, it deserves all of the criticism that it can get.

Listen to “XCTSY” below.

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Boogie Promotes A&E 2 With New Video “Certified” Featuring P. Lee

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Continuing his Ants & Elephants 2 campaign, VA’s Boogie AKA Boogie3x taps R&B vocalist P.Lee for the CheckTheCredits directed clip to “Certified.” The small screen interpretation of the Illien Rosewell, best known for his instrumentation with OutKast’s Big Boi and rising Hip-Hop act Khi Infinite, produced collaboration finds the seasoned wordsmith delivering his signature braggadocious bars while giving a tour of a luxury estate.

Executive produced by Nottz, the sequel to 2017’s ‘Ants & Elephants’ is comprised of 13-tracks and includes features from Mannie Rozay, Treie, Pappa Grande, Mo Breez, Ruqx a Don, and ElzMoneyMuzik. Additional production on the project comes by way of 1500 or Nothin’ sound architect PointGuard, DJ Sparc, The Reloaded Band, CrummieBeats, Don Kevo, and Jimbo Wam.

Watch the music video for “Certified” and stream Ants & Elephants 2 in its entirety on your DSP of choice below via HBE/Better Music Group/Raw Koncept.

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Kye Colors Releases “Now + Later” Single With New EP Announcement

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In conjunction with the announcement of his forthcoming project COLORMAN: YELLOW, scheduled to drop later this month, LVRN’s rap rookie of the year Kye Colors‘ delivers a brand new collaboration with Deante’ Hitchcock‘s titled “NOW + LATER.” Featuring vocalist Tonye Ayeba, the Natra Average & Pitt the Kidd produced track serves as a sequel to the Missouri musician’s previously released single “Lately” and once again spotlights the challenges associated with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

J’Kye Slatton PKA Key Colors is a rapper and producer from the south side of Kansas City. Showcasing his passion for music from an early age, Kye began writing songs as early as age 5, often using crayons as his instrument of choice. Today, Kye has evolved into a vibrant and innovative artist, weaving intricate stories and evocative melodies into each captivating cut. Following a sync on Peacock’s original series Bel-Air and his freshly inked partnership alongside ATL music powerhouse Love Renaissance in conjunction with Wasteland Records, the talented Hip-Hop act is poised to be your favorite artist’s favorite artist.

Stream “NOW + LATER” below on your DSP of choice via Wasteland Records and watch Kye Colors’ visual for “Lately.” COLORMAN: YELLOW is set to be released June 15th.

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Atlanta’s BBA Trigga Revives Block Ent With New Anthem “LIMPIN”

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Big Block and his Block Entertainment record label have introduced hip hop to several of the genre’s biggest stars ever in Atlanta rap legends Yung Joc, Young Jeezy, Gorilla Zoe, and Boyz N Da Hood. The label continues to build on the legacy with the introduction of its newest signee BBA Trigga. And with the formal introduction, the Atlanta-bred recording artist drops his biggest single yet in the anthem “LIMPIN.” Stream it here via Human Re-sources/The Orchard and watch the accompanying visual below.

Produced Kavi “KXVI” Lybarger and Space Cadet Sean, “LIMPIN” delivers honest and brash lyrics that offer a glimpse of the flash and politics of street life. In the Diamond District-directed visual, BBA Trigga dishes out a cinematic depiction from the dark grit of the security lens along with a pragmatic and stern warning to haters and hussies alike.

BBA Trigga has lived troubled life on the streets that has given him the content he uses in his raps today to become one of the new generation’s most promising stars. Trigga caught fame in 2022 with his breakout single “Poppa Perc,” which later led to a string of hits in this year’s previous hit, “Bankroll.” Big Block discovered BBA Trigga while on the rise as the two originate from surrounding areas, and the mogul saw the limitless potential in the protege. Big Block has always had an eye for spotting future legends, turning them into superstars, and, most of all, undying love for Atlanta. Based on the track record, it’s safe to say that BBA Trigga is guaranteed to be Big Block’s next success story.

“LIMPIN” arrives on the heels of the rising star embarking on a 20-city radio tour with the intention of achieving charting success. The new single is the perfect origin point for newfound fans and a memorable moment for day-one fans. After the single, you may continue to follow the emerging artist’s journey on social media.

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