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Xavier Wulf Tunes Up His Ride And Sharpens His Rhymes In “Pressure Gauge” Video

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Xavier Wulf is a man possessed. When he has a dream or sets a goal, it consumes him. When he hears a beat, it takes over his body, commanding him to speak, shout, and let out the rage. As an artist and a person, he is quite literally driven by something beyond himself — maybe that’s a little on the nose for a rapper known for his deep love of street racing and drifting, but it’s also an apt description for his process. When Xavier clicks with an instrumental, he closes his eyes, puts the lyrical pedal to the floor, and lets it all out, following whatever road feels right.

These days it’s fashionable to look down South for samples and sounds, but as a native of the 901, Xavier Wulf has been making hardcore Memphis music since long before it was cool to remake Three 6 Mafia classics. His sound is classic underground Memphis to the bone, but it’s not at all stuck in the past or cashing in on nostalgia. Xavier takes spare parts from the music he grew up with and puts them under a sleek new hood, the muscular engine of a candy-painted Cadillac in the body of a Japanese drift car. The city’s distinctive car scene is often forgotten when talking about Memphis rap—the thick 808-heavy beats of Hypnotize Minds and 8Ball & MJG were designed with trunk speakers in mind. In addition to his childhood love of Fast & Furious and Need For Speed, Xavier grew up going to car shows in Memphis and eventually got turned onto the customized and turbo-charged Nissan Skylines and Honda S2000s of the underground drift world. 

When Xavier’s enthusiasm for anime led him to the cult series Initial D, about a phantom driver who drifts in the mountains outside Tokyo, everything shifted into a different gear. It’s not just the Initial D samples or car references but an extra boost of nitro to his bass-driven sound, which begs to be heard from the biggest car sound-system you can find. YouTube and SoundCloud may be where Xavier Wulf made his name, but it’s in the garage and the literal streets where he’s found a true lane of his own: now he dreams as much about becoming the world’s greatest drifter, having his own trailer and a pit crew, and eventually teaching his kids to drive as he does rapping.

Xavier might be one of rap’s reigning underground kings, but he readily admits that he didn’t get to where he is alone. His name and image might suggest a lone wolf, but Xavier has always run with a tight pack: first as one of the original architects of the infamous and influential Raider Klan collective, and later as a core member of SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ along with BONES, Eddy Baker, and Chris Travis. There’s an incredibly real connection between Xavier and his fans, who he prefers to call “supporters,” which you can feel in the raucous atmosphere of his shows and see in the countless producers and rappers out there who have been inspired by his music. That mutual respect between artist and audience runs deep, because Xavier isn’t just using his listeners as a stepping stone to larger celebrity or clout. He cares deeply about how his supporters respond to his music: “I take my music seriously and I want it to be heard in the right way. I didn’t put my face out there when I was starting out because I needed people to hear the music, not see me.” In a very literal sense, his music might not exist if it wasn’t for the audience; Xavier lets the music come to him, opening up his inbox to beat submissions from fans, a way of giving back to his supporters while also finding new styles and undiscovered voices. “When I was growing up listening to Three 6 Mafia and Memphis music, I wanted to get my own piece of that sound. Now kids listen to my music, and they want their own piece of it, they want to make something like that too.” For over a decade now, Xavier Wulf has been consumed by a spirit outside himself to create—his music possesses, haunts, and pushes his listeners too.

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Big Moochie Grape Flexes Heavy in “Never Had Sh*t”

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Growing up in rough and tumble East Memphis, Big Moochie Grape needed to hustle hard to escape the circumstances of his birth. Recounting his rise from squalor to baller, Moochie shares Never Had Sh*t,” his new video single. Produced by Bandplay, who layers sliding bass and twinkling keys over hard-hitting 808s and snares, “Never Had Sh*t” finds Moochie locked in, marveling at how far he’s come and celebrating his status as the People’s Champ of Memphis: “Come to my hood, they treat me like I’m Jesus/And I keep me a bunch of disciples.” In the video, Moochie relaxes with a bevy of baddies in a Hollywood mansion and practices his golf game. Coming hot on the heels of last week’s I’m The One,” “Never Had Sh*t” is the latest release from East Haiti Baby, Moochie’s next mixtape, coming May 27th via Paper Route Empire.

Chronicling Big Moochie Grape’s evolution from East Memphis hustler to budding rap star, East Haiti Baby chronicles Moochie’s rise from the trap to the top, showcasing the street acumen and sly grin that endeared him to Young Dolph, who handpicked him for his label. The upcoming tape gets a lift from Moochie’s larger-than-life charisma–throughout the mixtape, Moochie compares himself to figures like Ric Flair, Biggie Smalls, and even Joe Biden, making those grandiose comparisons feel natural. Big Moochie brings the family for East Haiti Baby, welcoming guest spots from fellow PRE rappers Key Glock and Kenny Muney, plus an appearance from Young Dolph himself. Continuing a dominant year for Paper Route Empire as they honor Dolph’s legacy, East Haiti Baby arrives on May 27th via Paper Route Empire.

Big Moochie Grape burst onto the scene in 2020 with Eat Or Get Atean hard-hitting EP that earned coverage in XXLUPROXX2DopeBoyzHotNewHipHop, and more. Home to singles like Big Juice” and Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh Huh” (4.4 million views), Eat Or Get Ate established Moochie as one of PRE’s most valuable players. The rapper returned with a vengeance on Paper Route Empire’s PAPER ROUTE iLLUMINATi mixtape, turning in highlight tracks like Illuminati Business” and Non Stop” (1.2 million views), and made his mark on Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolphdelivering the powerful and defiant In Dolph We Trust (1.4 million YouTube views).

With East Haiti Baby on the way, Big Moochie Grape is determined to hit it big and keep Paper Route Empire’s winning streak going. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

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MAXO KREAM DROPS “JIGGA DAME” TRACK AND VISUAL

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Houston rapper Maxo Kream drops new track and visual “JIGGA DAME” via Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records. Recently, Maxo hit the road on his Big Persona Tourwhich ended this past Saturday in his home state of Texas. During the tour, Maxo was also a part of various festivals including Coachellaand SXSW, the later in partnership with NPR for his first-ever NPR Tiny Desk.

Watch “JIGGA DAME” HERE.

This past year Maxo shared his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed albumWEIGHT OF THE WORLD (WOTW), which had major features including Tyler, the Creator, Monaleo, A$AP Rocky, Freddie Gibbs, and Don Toliver. It garnered press attention from The Fader, Stereogum, Paste, Complex, Brooklyn Vegan, Uproxx, Spin, Flood, Houstonia, and received an 8.0 on PitchforkWOTW has a distinctly more serious and purposeful tone than its predecessor as it details the events that have happened after the tragic passing of his brother, Mmadu Biosah. Maxo starkly pours his experiences and grievances throughout the album, detailing the ups and downs of a new life without his late brother and overcoming many obstacles. 

Since his debut in 2015, Maxo has evolved into one of the rap’s most acclaimed and respected emcees, earning a reputation as a storyteller for his detailed accounts of his dark past. His 2018 album Punken earned ‘Best of 2018’ plaudits from PitchforkNoiseyThe AV ClubFACT Mag, and more. Then, he released his critically-acclaimed major label debut Brandon Banks in July 2019 which broke the Billboard 200. What continues be a mainstay and one of the most prominent things about Maxo is his raw bars and storytelling abilities as he grapples with different circumstances that happen throughout his life.


Listen to “JIGGA DAME”and check out his latest album WEIGHT OF THE WORLD.

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PGF Shawt Ft. OG Kurb, Frank Kastle13 & Liek Baby Releases “Bag Drop”

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PGF Shawt teams up with OG Kurb, Frank Kastle13 & Liek Baby for his new single and music video titled “Bag Drop.” His new album The Resurrection of Chad Butler is scheduled for release later this year. Watch below via YouTube and follow him on social media @PGFShawt.

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