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Roc Nation’s New York Rap Artist HDBeenDope Debuts New EP Release ‘What Can They Say’ Produced by Dizzy Banko

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Roc Nation label’s HDBeenDope, debuted the release of his first EP project as a new label signee. The project, produced by Dizzy Banko and boasting of collaborations with fellow east coast rappers like Tracey Dashh captures sounds deeply rooted in the city of New York.  

The highly anticipated five-track project features standout single and lead track “Mamba.” The widespread anthem has captured the attention of fans across New York and nationwide through HD’s steady buildup of the song in his studio sessions. The rapper also performed the explosive track during his recent headline show at The Meadows in Brooklyn which amassed a list of local collaborators Tyler Loyal, Niko Brim, Lola Brooke, Dizzy Banko himself and a room-shaking demand for an encore. The “Mamba” track has already made its way into football stadiums and major sports networks like ESPN as a natural champion’s anthem.  

“You know that moment when you’re about to quit and there’s this voice that told you to stop b****ing and get to it? That voice is necessary. What Can They Say is that voice in musical form. “Mamba” is the anthem of the EP. Just when you thought it was over… nope!” says HDBeenDope. “New York City right now sounds beautiful, and we just need to keep pushing the energy. I’m positive What Can They Say will do exactly that.”  

Today’s EP release is paired with the official music video release for “Wake Em Up.” The menacing sound of the song’s piano keys and bellowing drums overlaid with HD’s sharp, quick-fire rhymes is reflected in the new visual’s dark motifs captured inside an old industrial warehouse. Inside, masses are spotted sleeping on the floor which serve as a literal interpretation of listeners and doubters sleeping on HD’s work as he prepares to make his explosive mark in the hip hop game.    

“The EP title speaks for itself – it’s a collection of five bangers of straight heat, pain, and passion. The “Mamba” track specifically is the anthem to get the world to stand up, get on your grind and never settle for less.” said Dizzy Banko. “The sound of NYC isn’t as balanced as it used to be, but I believe in this project to enhance the New York sound to another level.”  

The Brooklyn-native recently made waves during his BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle performance introducing the evening’s performances from CMG The Label’s Moneybagg Yo, EST Gee and GloRilla, Fivio Foreign, Joey Bada$$ and presented the highly anticipated “I Am Hip Hop Award” to Trina.   

HDBeenDope continues to build a name for himself in the New York hip-hop scene. His delivery of a wide array of self-directed music videos, dynamic musical concepts, hard-hitting lyricism, and magnetic storytelling has earned the co-signs of Grammy nominated artists like Rapsody, DJ Khaled, and more 

HD will be joined by other fellow Roc Nation labelmates Reuben Vincent, Kur, Huey V, Rapsody for a special cypher session hosted by Jadakiss and DJed by Young Guru releasing next week. You can preview the cypher HERE.  

Today’s EP release marks the culmination of the rapper’s massively successful discography which includes 2021’s Side A: The Preface featuring multi-platinum producer Earl On The Beat (Megan Thee Stallion, Migos, Lil Yachty), single release “Top,” which was featured in Madden NFL 21, and 2020’s BrokeN Dreams featuring hit single “Die With Me” which cultivated critical acclaim from HYPEBEAST, DJBooth, XXL.  

Drawing influence from his city’s rich history of hip-hop culture and East Coast legends like Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G, the New York-native has grown extensively from his humble beginnings making music and shooting videos at just 12 years old to officially signing to Hov’s record label hitting some of the nation’s largest music festival and music award show stages. HDBeenDope’s newest release is the latest body of work in his continued journey towards making his mark as the next trailblazing artist to break through the music industry this year.  

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DUSTY LOCANE Sends A Message with ‘CATCH DA FLU’ EP

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DUSTY LOCANE took the Five Boroughs by storm with his rumbling bass delivery and merciless rhymes. Capping off a torrent of activity from the Canarsie native, DUSTY shares CATCH DA FLU, a purposeful and powerful six-track EP. CATCH DA FLU arrives as DUSTY turns himself into the authorities, and the EP vibrates with the intensity of a rising artist making the most of his freedom. Featuring the breathless flows and gravelly melodies that made DUSTY one of Brooklyn’s biggest stars, CATCH DA FLU (named after DUSTY’s home borough of Canarsie, or Da Flu, and his “FLU GANG,” which he introduced in a recent song) is blessed with a heightened lyrical clarity, as DUSTY processes his feelings and flexes his muscles. CATCH DA FLU is available on all platforms via EMPIRE.

DUSTY speaks on his issues with the determined opening track “TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS,” as he makes clear that he values loyalty above all else, and spits cold hard facts about his status as one of the hottest rappers in the city: “I went from nothin in my bank account to $40k for a show/And  it’s 25 for the feature/Send my demons like I’m grim reaper/I was the one makin’ all the plays, y’all n****s stuck in the bleachers.” He concludes the song with a statement of faith in his 95MM associates, who he knows will hold it down while he’s away. The six-track effort includes additional highlights including the wavering and infectious “NO VACCINE,” as DUSTY promises that there’s nothing that can stop his FLU GANG, and the contemplative “MY WAY,” in which DUSTY channels another NYC native icon and promises that DUSTY’s current situation won’t stop him from lifting his friends and family out of poverty.

CATCH DA FLU arrives in the wake of NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH, a sinister project that dropped on Halloween. The new tape continues to cement the Canarsie native’s chokehold on the Brooklyn drill scene, while also taking the time to showcase the talents of DUSTY’s 95MM crew, including 3KizzyKajun Waters, who recently teamed with DUSTY for the new banger “Chevelle,” SFIV5Stelly Hundo, and OMB Jay Dee. Home to highlights like PRESSURE” and FLU GANG,” and the buzzing single ROLANDO 2 (Catch The Rain)” (1.1 million views in 2 weeks), NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH is available everywhere via EMPIRE.

NIGHTMARE ON DA FIFTH was the latest rung in DUSTY LOCANE’s ladder to stardom. He recently teamed up with his EMPIRE associates Rah Swish, OnPointLikeOP, and Ron Suno for the fierce SAY DAT EP,  home to peerless posse cuts like BUST DOWN” (1.2 million views) and “ANGELS & DEMONS” (1.1 million views). Earlier in the year, DUSTY dropped the ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN EP, which collected each installment of DUSTY, “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN ”  singles, including the recent “ROLLIN N CONTROLLIN Pt. 3 (BEEN ROLLIN),” it’s TikTok-viral predecessor, and the GOLD certified original. The EP also featured his second-ever single, “Rolando (Caught In The Rain),” which generated hundreds of millions of streams across platforms.

Though he’s stepping away from the game for a while, DUSTY doesn’t see his situation as a setback–he’ll be back soon enough, focused and stronger than ever, as he continues his mission to elevate to A-List status.

“WHAT DON’T KILL ME MAKES ME 95 TIMES STRONGER,” said DUSTY on Instagram. “TO ALL MY REAL SUPPORTERS AND FANS ITS MORE ON DA WAY VERY SOON

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Ferg Co-Signed Antha Pantha Salutes the Real With Her Charismatic Debut Single

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Bursting out of Harlem with bottomless bars, rapper Antha Pantha has no patience for fakeness. Making a ferocious first impression with her impressive debut single, the “Scrilla Hill” native shares “Real B*tches.” Announcing herself with a fierce growl before launching into her first verse, Antha Pantha dazzles with an animated delivery over triumphant horns and fast-paced 808s, alternating between clipped cadences and sly melodies to create her new anthem. Produced by NYC beatmakers Tweek Tune (Fivio Foreign, Lil TJay, A$AP Ferg) and LaChaleur (A$AP Ferg, Famous Dex), the new song is an ode to supreme self-confidence, as Antha implores listeners to stay true to themselves and elucidate what it means to be a “real ass b*tch”: “I only wear makeup at a photoshoot/Cause Ion need that sh*t just to look cute/A real pretty b*tch every day I wake up/It’s too hot for that sh*t it’s ’bout to cake up.”

In the video, directed by ICE STUDIOS, Antha proves that she can command any situation with her forceful personality. The clip opens with the New York native portraying a convict, as she recruits a loyal crew of pink jumpsuit-clad inmates in the prison yard. In other scenes, Antha leads a gathering of ATVs in her native Harlem, with assistance from A$AP Ferg, who makes a cameo. No matter the scenario, Antha’s personality shines through as she enthusiastically delivers her verses.

“‘Real B*tches’ is an anthem for women embracing the perfection of not being perfect while not giving a f*ck because you’re secure in who you are and what you stand for,” says Antha Pantha.

Obsessed with music, theater, and dance since she was a child, Antha made waves in Harlem with her outsized personality and undeniable talent. Her magnetic qualities attracted the attention of A$AP Ferg, a childhood friend of hers, who quickly became a close collaborator. Antha first earned mainstream attention in 2019 when she appeared on songs from Ferg’s Floor Seats series of EPs, most notably on the buzzing single “Wigs,” which also featured City Girls. In 2020, Antha went toe-to-toe with Ferg once again on the Hit-Boy-produced “Mask.” 

With “Real B*tches,” Antha Pantha announces herself as a prodigious talent that deserves attention. Stay tuned for much more in 2023.

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Phora Releases New Album ‘The Butterfly Effect’

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After a two-year hiatus from his last album release via his own imprint Yours Truly Records, hip-hop artist Phora is back with his highly anticipated new album, The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly effect is an emotional body of work. This album tackles why he’s been quiet on the music scene, heartbreak, juggling his career and personal life, learning how to love again, and ultimately growing as a man and artist. 

He just announced The Fan Appreciation Tour to celebrate the record’s arrival. This is a four-show tour starting in Los Angeles,CA, Brooklyn, NY, Phoenix,AZ, and Chicago, IL, with free admission. Phora has a special treat awaiting for his loyal fans in each city! 

“This wouldn’t be possible without them; I just want to get back and do something different,” as he highlights the importance of The Fan Appreciation/ The Butterfly Effect tour starting December 4th.  

Stay tuned for more to come on Phora

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