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Rising Rapper Sexyy Red Knows Exactly What She Wants

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Late last year, Summer Walker shocked the world when she shared a video that departed from her usual style–instead of singing lovelorn R&B, the pregnant artist spat a deft rap verse and twerked to her heart’s content. “I’m NOT a rapper,” Summer clarified, “I just wanted to do hood rat stuff with my friend.”

That friend was St. Louis rapper Sexyy Red, and one listen to her music demonstrates how she could’ve convinced Summer to get down.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Sexyy Red makes unapologetically raw rap music, specializing in sexually frank lyrics that are as quotable as they are unrepeatable in polite company. The rising rapper, who gets her name from her flame-red hair, is trending on all platforms, including TikTok and Twitter, with her song “Pound Town,” a bass-boosted Tay Keith-produced banger. With over 1.15 million on-demand streams in the week ending on March 23 and lyrics that people can’t stop quoting (“I’m outta town, thuggin with my rounds”), “Pound Town” has established itself as the official anthem of Spring Break in Miami (where Sexyy searches for “all the hoochie daddies”) and beyond.

Defined by Tay Keith’s pounding piano line and Sexyy’s supremely chill Southern drawl, “Pound Town” is a song about taking pride in your body and being unafraid to express exactly what you want. Originally released in January, “Pound Town” picked up steam in the subsequent months thanks to the viral #PoundTownChallenge, which helped the song generate over 200k video creations on TikTok. With a coterie of high-profile fans tapping in and quoting their favorite lyrics, including Cardi BGloRillaJT of City GirlsRico NastyTiaCorine, and of course, Summer Walker, plus a recent writeup in Billboard, “Pound Town” is only beginning its rise. 

“Pound Town” might be her breakthrough moment, but real (dread) heads know that Sexyy Red has been putting in work for a long time. She first turned heads with her gender-flipped remixes of songs like Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob” (“Slob On My Ckat“) and Tay-K’s “I Love My Choppa” (“I Love My Nickel“), showing off her knack for crisp turns-of-phrase and eye-popping and viscerally frank bars. Her inventive visuals for songs like “Throwin It” and “Sexyy,” from her 2021 mixtape Ghetto Superstarhelped her build a following on YouTube (51k subscribers) and Instagram (169k followers).

Sexyy Red hype reached a fever pitch in the Fall, when she collaborated with Summer Walker on “Sense Dat God Gave You” and with fellow sex positive diva Sukihana on “Born By The River.” Built around a flip of a famous Sam Cooke lyric, the latter song was an impressive statement, earning a glowing review in Pitchfork and prompting an Instagram follow from Drake.

With much more music on deck and a burgeoning fanbase that can’t get enough of her hits, the rising rapper is preparing for a Sexyy Red Summer. Get on board now, before the ship blasts off.

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Marques Houston Returns To R&B With New Single “Last Drop”

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Marques Houston returns to R&B after a two-year break with the buzzing new single “Last Drop.”

The 42-year-old entertainer is making a strong comeback with his new track from the upcoming album The Best Worst Year Ever. “Last Drop” is a romantic serenade that interpolates Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk.”

Houston sings, “I wanna be the one that you call when you’re feeling low / I wanna be the one you can call on, girl, that’s for sure.”

“I wanted to get back to my nostalgic roots by paying homage to one of my favorite songs of all time, ‘Can We Talk’ by Tevin Campbell,” said Houston about making the new track. “I love the way that song makes me feel and the power it has to take me back to a moment of my many crushes as a teen. I wanted to create a rendition of the song and make it today’s generation’s soundtrack for their crushes.”

“Last Drop” was co-written by Houston and Ryan Hirt, with Jeffrey Toney on production. The song’s video pays homage to classic R&B visuals, featuring scenes of Houston dancing and singing in the rain.

“Last Drop” follows the release of “Admit It” in January. Both tracks will be featured on Houston’s upcoming album, due later this year. Additionally, he is expected to announce a headlining tour soon.

His new project follows his 2022 EP, ME: Dark Water, which included collaborations with Ray J and Monteco. With “Last Drop,” Houston aims to reignite the excitement he once stirred as “Batman” of the 1990s boy band Immature, later known as IMx. This new single, released via Phoenix Music Group, marks his return to the music scene.

Stream Marques Houston’s new song “Last Drop” and watch the official video today.

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L.A. RAP ARTIST WRAY DROPS FIERCE NEW SINGLE “THIS YA SONG” 

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Rising hip-hop and Rap artist Wray is set to conquer airwaves and playlists across the nation with the release of her latest single, “This Ya Song.” Infused with infectious beats and empowering lyrics, “This Ya Song” is a party anthem that exudes the essence of female empowerment.

Produced by JBM.E, “This Ya Song” has already received overwhelming support pre-release. Wray’s initial reaction to the positive feedback was nothing short of immense gratitude, remarking, “It’s nothing like I’ve received in the past. Loving the positive feedback, and support and seeing people already dancing to it and approaching me to sing the hook.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wray’s musical journey began with the release of her debut project, “Just the Beginning,” in 2019, and she has since gone on to become a powerful force in the hip-hop and Rap scene. Her artistry draws inspiration from a wide array of influences including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Suga Free, and E-40, with Nipsey Hussle serving as a contemporary muse. Wray’s performances are known for their captivating fusion of lyrical mastery and dynamic choreography, showcasing her versatility both as a musician and a dancer.

Addressing the male-dominated music scene in LA, Wray confidently shares, “There’s always talk about the West Coast not having a top lady to represent since Yo-Yo. As far as the men in the industry, I don’t spend too much time being intimidated due to the fact I am confident enough to know I’m cold. Also, receiving positive feedback from men in music makes me more confident honestly! Men are very picky when it comes to female rappers. So just hearing it, confirms I’m in the same game but in my own lane. That’s what makes me stand out also.”

With “This Ya Song” marking the beginning of her future projects, Wray is poised to leave an indelible mark on the West Coast music industry with her distinctive style and unapologetic approach. Her powerful presence and unrelenting determination solidify her position as an artist to watch, setting the stage for a groundbreaking Summer ahead.

Listen to “This Ya Song” now on all major streaming platforms.

Follow Wray [@La.Wray] for updates on upcoming releases and performances.

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Tree Thomas Shares A New EP, Medicinal Tree

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Tree Thomas, the acclaimed artist hailing from Oakland, California, has just dropped his latest project titled Medicinal Tree, in collaboration with renowned producer JayUncut.

Inspired by a deep sense of purpose, Thomas found himself drawn to the creation of “PRESCRIPTION” as a means to encapsulate the essence of his project. Speaking about the album, Thomas shared, “I feel like when you find the right one she can be like medicine for the soul. In ‘Medicine,’ I’ve found her and I’m requesting her time, energy, and body immediately.”

Medicinal Tree not only showcases Thomas’ signature style and lyrical prowess but also
highlights the seamless production of JayUncut, adding another layer of depth to the album.
With its captivating melodies and evocative lyrics, Medicinal Tree promises to be a
soul-stirring addition to Tree Thomas’ catalog, offering listeners a glimpse into his artistic journey
and vision.

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