Benny the Butcher has announced a new EP. It’s called The Plugs I Met 2 and is scheduled to come out on March 19th.
The Plugs I Met 2 will be the first record the Butcher has dropped since putting out Burden of Proof in October 2020. As the title suggests, this new EP will serve as a sequel of sorts to his The Plugs I Met, which came out back in 2019.
So far, the only name attached to The Plugs I Met 2 is Harry Fraud, who will serve as the EP’s producer. It’s likely a handful of other rappers will hop on the joint considering the original 2019 EP saw the Butcher link up with Black Thought, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Conway The Machine, and more.
“March 19th THE PLUGS I MET 2 EP,” he wrote on Instagram on Friday. “Me and @harryfraud linked up on niggas I could sit here and type a bunch of shit but y’all know my work and if u don’t where the fuck u been GxFr B$F.” Attached to that post is the cover artwork for The Plugs I Met 2, which once again nods to the classic 1983 film Scarface.
Last year, Benny the Butcher stayed very busy despite taking a literal hit in the fall. The rapper teamed up with the rest of Griselda Records to create a feature-length film called Conflicted and a stacked soundtrack to accompany it. He also contributed guest verses on records by Conway the Machine, Armani Caesar, Westside Gunn, Heem, and Freddie Gibbs.
The new lead single "Jump On It," follows a string of buzzworthy hits by the new duo Layomi The Tampa Baes including previous releases, "No Apologizes" and "Dope Boyz." As the center of attention in today's music, the new Florida act makes a must-hear first impression in the release of their debut project, titled, You, Me & The 813.
Made during a pandemic, the new album captures the everyday life of the new act as they navigate through the unknown like the rest of the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. Not allowing their momentum to burn out due to the halt of live entertainment and interaction, the girls provide fans with a full-length effort that defines the act's futuristic sound.
The new duo on the audio adventure:
"We created this project as a soundtrack to your everyday life regardless if you're taking a walk in the park or going through a bad breakup, our ultimate desire is to bring happiness to you through our music. We come from a place where people are inspired to be in the entertainment business and actually have the talent but lack the resources. Tampa isn't only what we would consider paradise, but a cauldron of untapped talent. The 813 means everything to us.
At a young age we learned that you have to leave the nest to make it happen and bring back the resources similar to Odysseus and the journey of the hero. The trials and tribulations of this journey are the driving forces behind the music of “You,Me & the 813." We created this project as a soundtrack to your everyday life regardless if you're taking a walk in the park or going through a bad breakup, our ultimate desire is to bring happiness to you through our music.
Truthfully, this is a great time for women and music and we feel our music is what the world has been missing."
Perseverance is one of the key factors of success and that is something that Peekskill, NY native LifeTrav knows very well. Having been raised in a public housing project known as Bohlman Towers, the youngster was abandoned by his father, forcing his mother (who died suddenly in 2020) to raise him and his brother by her lonesome. Trouble soon came knocking as LifeTrav was ordered to remain on house arrest for 6 months at the age of 17. With nothing but time on his hands, he decided to pour all of his energy into music with the goal of becoming rap’s next big superstar.
Now 25-years-old, his YPF Crew & Management company has signed an exclusive joint venture and partnership with JMBG Music to distribute all of his music along with his YPF artist signed to his label. Backed by support from Hot 97's DJ Drewski, his manager YPF-Quasia and a bevy of music industry veterans such as Dale “Rage” Resteghini, Jonathan Michael (Ruff Ryders, First Priority Music), Ben Goldman (Epic, Columbia), and Jason Jordan (Symphnoic), the sky is truly the limit for LifeTrav. Set to release new music to the masses in 2021, he kicks things off with the music video for his high energy single Hard to Dance, which is directed by Rage.
Rapsody has proven her rhyming prowess time and time again on albums such as 2012's The Idea Of Beautiful and the Grammy Award-nominated Laila's Wisdom, which arrived in 2017. But it was 2019's EVE that firmly solidified her place among Hip Hop's elite and established her fierce omni-presence in a historically male-dominated industry.
Charlamagne Tha God appears to appreciate the Snow Hill, North Carolina MC as much as her fans. During a recent episode of The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy were talking to author Sister Souljah about her latest book Life After Death: A Novel (The Coldest Winter Ever Book 2) when Yee asked what female rappers she likes.
As Sister Souljah explained how her young nieces turn her on to plenty of contemporary rappers like Young M.A, Charlamagne chimed in with, "I think you would really like Rapsody Sister Souljah. She's from North Carolina. I think you would really, really, really dig it. She's a huge, huge fan of the Coldest Winter Ever. True lyricist. I think she's the best rapper out — period."
Rapsody released EVE to rave reviews in August 2019 with HipHopDX granting it a rare, perfect 5.0 rating. The 16-track project beautifully paid tribute to 15 powerful Black women who played some kind of role in Rapsody's life, including Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni, Nina Simone, Aaliyah and Oprah Winfrey.
The project was so potent, it was turned into an English course at both Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In April 2019, Rap shared an Instagram photo from UNC grad student Tyler Bunzey who revealed he was helming a course called "Black Womanist Criticism and Rapsody's EVE."
Today, rising star Yung Pooda releases the visual presentation to his new hit "Chicken N Grits" featuring Dreamdoll. In preparation for an anticipated 2021 album, Pooda plays an ambitious cook in the Mokablu-directed video with dreams of leveling up but first, must deal with refund-demanding disgruntle customers. At the home of the big booty, Pooda is surrounded by voluptuous co-workers but comes face-to-face with the face of the moniker in an extremely angry Dreamdoll, who comes in barking orders, demanding compensation, taking the crown of Miss Big Booty Chick.
The chemistry between Pooda and Dreamdoll is electric. Fans will be obsessed with the collaboration and demand more between the two in the near future -- possibly a collaboration album. Yung Pooda released three new singles in 2020, including "Chicken N Grits." All in preparation of a full-length album, currently in the works, expected for a Summer 2021 release. "Chicken N Grits" is produced by Mid Jordan.
After the view, continue following Yung Pooda daily on Instagram. "Chicken N Grits" is available now via 10 Records/EMPIRE. Dreamdoll appears on the song via District 18.
Watch the full video for "Chicken N Grits" below.
Boosie Badazz reflects on Jeezy and Gucci Mane's Verzuz battle, and how he would have reacted had somebody dissed his dead friend.
DJ Vlad's latest interview with Boosie Badazz has unearthed no shortage of gems, as the vocal Baton Rouge rapper has reacted to damn near every topic in recent memory. In today's installment (part 37), Boosie touched on the widely publicized Verzuz battle between Jeezy and Gucci Mane, during which the late tempted fate with a performance of the incendiary "Truth." All the while, onlookers watched amidst palpable tension, wondering if Jeezy would react to Guwop's clear provocation.
"I watched the part with Pookie Loc, I watched that shit," says Boosie. "He said 'I'm smoking on that Pookie Loc tonight.'" After Vlad jokes about a meme insinuating that Gucci Mane was armed during the performance, Boosie has a hearty laugh before circling back to the topic at hand. "I like how they bossed up, but I would have charged that n***a," admits Boosie. "If he had said he was smoking on my partner, I'd have felt that was a type of disrespect...I thought we were walking about music. You can say that in a song if that's part of a song, but you ain't gon' say..."
"They was supposed to have that understanding before they got there," he continues. "But I like how they handled it as bosses. I got a lot of respect for them for not taking it there and really bossing up and letting it be." Vlad remarks that while Jeezy appears to have moved past the incident, Gucci has yet to fully shake the grudge. "Jeezy done showed the world he a real n***a," reflects Boosie. "He not trying to prove he a real n***a again by going back. That's what Jeezy stood for."
Check out Boosie's take on Jeezy and Gucci Mane's Verzuz battle below, and check back for further insight from the Baton Rouge rapper as it surfaces.
"When I was around 18-years-old, there was a crazy story that took place where I was in the bank getting some cash for a weekend vacation and the bank got robbed," explained the singer. So, these two guys came in with masks, automatic weapons, and told everyone to get down on the ground. And so, I ended up writing this whole song about my experience going through a live bank robbery, and years later, Lil Wayne ended up doing a verse on it and put it on his album, and he won a Grammy on that album, actually."
Clarkson couldn't get over how Thicke relayed his story with ease. "It was a little traumatizing, however, once it was over, I was okay with it," he said. "It reminded me of the movies. It seemed kind of surreal at the time. I didn't really feel threatened as much as I did, like, 'Wow this really does look like a movie.'" Thicke believes he has figured out why he wasn't as affected as some think he should have been.
"It was probably because [the theives] were very young. They seemed like they were 19, 18-years-old kids," said Thicke. "They looked just like my friends, dressed up in masks, you know what I mean? I didn't see these big muscular, adult men. I saw like, two slim teenage men come in and they looked like my buddies."
Check out his clip, and the music video for "Shooter," below.
It's been three years since J.I.D dropped his second studio album DiCaprio 2, and since then, he's been working on other projects with his Dreamville family and Spillage Village crew. Fans have been patiently waiting for a solo effort from J.I.D, and their wish was granted in January when the Atlanta-born rapper announced his third studio album, The Forever Story.
J.I.D hasn't said much on the upcoming album but a few rumblings on Twitter provided some insight on The Forever Story. On Monday (March 1), J.I.D took some time to shout out his fellow Atlanta native Metro Boomin for his contributions to Hip Hop music.
"Dis man @MetroBoomin one da most talented and realest innnit," J.I.D wrote with a goat emoji attached.
Metro saw the tweet and replied with mutual praise, saying, "Likewise my boy it takes 1 to know 1 4sho we applying PRESSURE."
What turned out to be a simple interaction on Twitter between two friends turned into a revelation that will have fans of both artists talking. Spillage Village affiliate Lou Spill sent a tweet about an hour later revealing J.I.D and Metro were working on something in the studio.
"@JIDsv & @MetroBoomin makin some of the craziest shit I’ve heard in a minute," Spill tweeted. "Watchin em work it's like they both respect each other’s craft so much they both goin crazy to make sure they do each other justice."
If this collaboration comes to light, it will be the first time J.I.D and Metro have worked with each other, and it couldn’t come at a better time. J.I.D is fresh off Spillage Village’s debut Spilligion, while Metro is on a monster run following Savage Mode II, his collaborative album with 21 Savage.
In 2020, the refreshing new southern sound and superproducer Tay Keith-consignment of the emerging new group, FastCash Boyz, made them one of the hottest new factions in today's Hip Hop. While a force to be reckoned with collectively, as the year comes to a close, the group displays solo popularity among group members like the standout individual, FastCash Jizzle. Been building his own limelight for a couple of months now, Jizzle delivers his best work yet in the new single, titled, "Racks."
Pulling up in the roaring Hellcat, directed by Jolo. Jizzle raps about stacking up blue faces and living the lavish lifestyle of a hood star. A natural presence in front of the camera, Jizzle drip and bars excel to new heights gradually before our eyes. Turning doubters into believers, Jizzle shows us that man make the money, money doesn't make the man.
The song is magnetic, he explains with the following statement: "I was just sitting in the studio with Ace C and Denaro (the producers of the song) in Atlanta and the first beat they played I started mumbling the chorus. It came so natural to me and of course I had Racks in a Fanny pack."
"Racks" follows Jizzle's previously released videos, "Cash Flow" and "Mixed Motions." All set to appear on Jizzle's upcoming debut, slated for late-2020/early-2021 release. Until then, continue to follow Fastcash Jizzle daily on Instagram.
f you've noticed billboards around Buffalo teasing something called "Buffalo Kids," this weekend you'll actually be able to go see what all the hype is about.
Westside Gunn, the Buffalo-native rapper and member of hip-hop group Griselda, is opening a brick and mortar store for his lifestyle brand, named Buffalo Kids. The brand features, as the name implies, apparel inspired by the Queen City.
Buffalo Kids will open in the Walden Galleria on the ground floor near Starbucks on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m. The store will have specific rules to help with social distancing, such as time limits for groups in the store, cash won't be accepted, and masks will be required.
“I’m excited to bring my vision to the City of Buffalo, this was a dream of mine and I’m trying to lead by example to show every Buffalo Kid with hard work, anything is possible,” says Gunn.
Westside Gunn will sell his merch, the Buffalo Kids brand, his wrestling company’s clothing line Fourth Rope, and Griselda merch by Fashion Rebels.
The rapper hopes to host future meet and greets with celebrities in the store. The store also says customers are allowed to take photos in the store.
Buffalo Kids says they strive to create apparel of high quality and claim that their online offerings are always in high demand. As of Tuesday, it appears most of the Buffalo Kids website is sold out. The store will have a limit of one of each item per customer.
Miami’s hottest new rapper Dyamond Doll is dropping her latest single “Sugar Daddy” and it features Jackboy who is from Pompano Beach. The catchy song and video with the South Florida rappers released Friday, October 23.
They teamed up after Jackboy heard Doll’s “Sugar Daddy” track at Circle House Studios and thought it was a good fit and wanted to be a part of this project. “I am honored and thrilled for the opportunity to work with Jackboy, one of the biggest rappers who is on the rise,” said rapper Dyamond Doll. Jackboy is part of Kodak Black’s Sniper Gang.
Doll has an impressive list of names for collaborations on her Dyamond in the Rough EP. The EP features 8 songs. Additional tracks on her EP include “Miami Heat Dwade Remix” featuring Miami legends Trina, Ball Greezy and DJ Irie; the original version of “Dwade” featuring Trina; “Automatic” featuring Legaxy and Tory Lanez; and LPB Poody for “Money Make Me Wet”. Ball Greezy is currently working on more collaborations with the artist.
Dark Boys Records is based in South Florida and was founded by CEO Joe B. The label features local recording artists Dyamond Doll and Legaxy. For more information on Dark Boys Records, please visit https://www.darkboysrecords.com.
Nai is an ascending R&B singer with tremendous talent, exciting music and anticipation to be the next big thing in R&B. Today, she continues her ascent with the release of her new EP, titled, May 3rd (The Remixes). The new release is arguably the origin of a lot of great music to come from the new artist in 2021.
Available on Hardcover Records LLC, the six-song reimagined work includes standout singles, like "Alive," "Don't Make Me" and "Make You Mine" featuring Timmy. And with the remixes, Nai displays superior vocal range and abilities. She has complete control and an ear that is well in tune with what fans want from their music as we head into the future. May 3rd (The Remixes) is a portal to further exploring the rising star's complete catalog. Discover Nai and her magnetic new sound, today.
Yolo Ru is an artist and former athlete born in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Yolo Ru, his mother, and younger brother Koon Ru relocated to America when he was a teenager for more opportunities and he began playing basketball and football. He was eventually offered several scholarships to attend D1 colleges but unfortunately, he got into legal troubles and his sports dreams came to a sudden halt. Although in a new country, both brothers found themselves turning to the streets. Koon Ru, would, unfortunately, face legal troubles also as he was placed on house arrest while awaiting trial for a murder charge.
It was during this time period that both brothers began to understand their reality and wanted more for their lives. Koon Ru was always fascinated with music and built a home studio at their mother’s house. Music has always intrigued Yolo Ru and the brothers began sharing their stories on beats and began building their joint catalog of music. One day while recording, the police arrested Koon Ru for the murder charge mid song and he was handed 7 years. This prompted Yolo Ru to commit to keeping their dreams of being musicians active and the Ru Gang brand was birthed.
Yolo Ru credits his mother and Jay-Z as his greatest influences and applied their principles of determination to teach himself how to record, mix, engineer, and developed a plan to release their music. Yolo Ru and Koon Ru’s musical styles and flows are like night and day but when it comes together for a song, it is perfect harmony. They are known for their street prophecies, melodies, and hard punchlines.
"Make Moves Quietly and Let The Impact Be Loud!!” This is a saying that Yolo Ru lives by and it is evident in his music.
In 2017, Koon Ru was released and came home to the Ru Gang brand buzzing around their city. The brothers then released their debut project, ‘Blood Brothers’ hosted by music royalty DJ Scream. That project featured notable records such as “Smash Hit” and “Rumble” which has over 100,000 plays on Spotify. DJ Scream took a liking to their story and bond and doubled back for the second edition of ‘Blood Brothers 2’ released in 2018.
The brothers have since toured and performed in parts of New York, Florida, Atlanta, California, and their hometown, Trinidad and Tobago. They released ‘Ru Two Times’ in 2019 and ‘Pinky & Tha Brain’ in 2020. Yolo Ru’s most recent solo single “Chasing a Bag” is nearing 200,000 streams on Spotify and he has worked with the likes of Duke Deuce, Toosie, Idontknojeffery, and DJ Swamp Izzo. 2021 will embark on the Ru Gang brothers 12 year journey in music and they continue to self fund their careers, brands, and merchandise.
Morray already made a stamp with the release of his "Quicksand" single and was named a HipHopDX Rising Star 2021 earlier this month. With more cosigns coming his way, the North Carolina native is making it work in the studio as well.
The burgeoning rapper spent time in the studio in Los Angeles working on new material Friday (February 26) and happened to run into fellow Carolina Tar Heel Cordae. Although the former YBN member has yet to detail when the follow-up to his Grammy Award-nominated album The Lost Boy will arrive, he did show love to Morray.
The cosign from Cordae isn't the only Carolina love Morray's felt since his arrival on the scene. DaBaby also showered him with praise along with one of the state's most successful acts J. Cole
Since its November 2020 release, "Quicksand" has not only vaulted Morray's name into the ranks of the up and coming, but it's also made him a major player on the charts. With over 30 million YouTube views, the single officially cracked the Billboard Hot 100 on February 16.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Izabel Honey.
Hi Izabel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Ever since I was little, I was always around music from me watching my mom sing and dance to JLo to karaoke nights with my grandpa. In Growing up, I moved schools a lot so I got bullied a lot and my dad was locked up basically my whole childhood so I became kind of depressed and was a troubled teen it was pretty tuff. Music was always my outlet just put some headphones on, play some music and it felt like everything was gonna be okay. Music really got me through some dark times. It basically saved my life at one point. I didn’t start writing and making my own music until 2020 right before the big pandemic. Having more free time with not working really pushed me to take on my career head on and I haven’t looked back since. I’m so grateful and blessed that I can even be pursuing my dream that honestly feels like it’s turning into reality now. I thank god everyday.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I really thought it was would simple to take on a music career all on my own, but it’s been a roller coaster ride to say the least. I’m still learning while I go. The music industry can be a very shady place if you aren’t too careful. I’ve had my bad experiences with producers and other artists that have tried to take advantage of a situation or two. As a female artist, it can be a little scary with who to trust in the industry. Luckily I have found my team and they are the best people. I’m truly blessed. Shoutout to Zayce and Speedy I love you guys!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a singer and songwriter. I’ve written all of my songs on my own and I usually get inspiration from the current mood I’m in at the time. Which is pretty cool because my moods are all over the place. Break up songs are my specialty lol! My love life is crazy and you will be able to tell if you sit and listen to my music. My main goal with my music is to be as relatable to the listener as I can because I know the best songs are the ones you can relate to. Also, I’ve been working on my rapping! I’m only 4’11 but I can spit bars too! Just don’t battle me to a freestyle cause I’ll lose. I’m trying though I’ll get it down soon!
Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory would be late night karaoke sessions with my family. I started off young! My mom and my grandma would always do duets or solos and I always just wanted to take over the mic and sing Selena or Mariah Carey. And this was me at like six years old! I was always a diva putting on a show or just hogging the mic!
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Grizzly Beatz is an American Hip Hop Producer from Los Angeles, CA. He has produced for Curren$y, Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, Gatorade, Chief Kamachi, Nike, Activision and more.