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Houston's Maxo Kream has put in countless hours of work during his time in the underground circuit, accruing the label of legend in that regard. He has been one of the names grouped with the other grimy, pill-popping, ratchet-wearing journeymen who have put in the rounds in a mixtape heavy world; one where it's tough to tell if they're waiting on stardom or trying to milk out the comfort of their cult followings. Now, about three years removed from his breakthrough tape Maxo187, Maxo drops his debut Album, Punken.

The project feels more so like an album than anything else in his catalogue. While Retro Card and Quicc Strikes are fun listens and were introspective of what was to come for Maxo, they felt unpolished and jagged at points. The aforementioned Maxo187 comes closer, and actually feels quite like a prequel to Punken. Both projects are well-balanced, providing something for those keen to bouncy club bangers, hard-hitting trap ballads, and more personal storytelling cuts. Punken even offers an "Astrodome 2," a follow up to one of the highlights from Maxo187.

His latest release centers a lot of the focus on himself, only featuring Trippie Redd, the bassy D. Flowers, and Greedo. Maxo covers a lot of the same subject matter; drug abuse, reflections on his past, and women. In typical Maxo fashion, he colorfully details the facets of his childhood that portray his dramatic change of lifestyle. For example, Chuck E. Cheese, little league, and playstation are now just trinkets of the past. He also though, narrates more unique hardships, such as his recent experience with Hurricane Harvey. On "Roaches," perhaps the best song on the LP, he reels in the audience with his insight on what happened during the time of the disaster and how it inflicted with his work, but more importantly how he made sure his family was where they needed to be. "Roaches" and the lead single "Grannies" exemplify just how good Maxo is at storytelling, something that is often forgotten underneath his heavy trap persona.

Punken, is a thorough release that fulfills what an early fan of Maxo would hope for during his maturation. Matured may not be the word to use to describe it because of its connotation that he has recently been the opposite, but it provides quality aspects that were not once available from Maxo. Throughout club friendly tracks like "Bussdown," or the dirty banger "Hobbies," Maxo makes Punken a fun project while still requiring an comprehensive listen. The face of Houston, and his bully-like persona perks ears at the news of a fresh release, and rightfully so. Don't sleep on Punken.

From his highly anticipated forthcoming album Pain Proof comes Toronto's Fortunato with his brand new video "Dead In The Streets" produced by Scopic. 

Fortunato can be seen driving through the inner city with eerie horror movie style cinematography directed by Joe Cash and spitting a clear message: Rap saved my life.

Chilo and Mane Event release "HUHWHUT?" the first single off their upcoming collaborative "No Such Paradise" album. HUHWHUT is commentary on the current state of Hip Hop over a Mane Event backdrop.

Cali spitter Gold Chain Militant affiliate Bugzy Nino (Supreme Cerebral) connects with Veteran DMV producer Pete Twist on this street banger WAR READY! With the assist from DMC Finalist DJ Ragz on the cuts.

"Heaven Is A Breath Away" is a single off of J-Crizzy's upcoming album entitled Everyday Dreamer. The song features San Francisco's own Christian Kuria on guitar. 

Lyric Jones was living the "double life", juggling the cubicle with the artist grind when we last saw visuals from her.
After quitting her 9-5 since then, she sequels that very theme with showcasing driving Uber to now make ends meet.
Directed by Jones herself, she returns with her video for GOT BILLS. and recounts her new experiences on a radio interview. We see a day in the life with her as an Uber driver coming across clients feeling the same struggle of the daily grind.

Timid releases lyric video for single "Who's to Blame?" feat. Q-Unique. The lyrics overlay intimate video of a reflective Timid contemplating life decisions and internally debating where fault lie - ultimately coming to a realization that some of the blame may be his own.

The Truth is that everything in life runs in cycles. This especially holds true for music. The new track from avant garde music producer, BigBob is suitably named “The Truth”.
Living legend, Sadat X of Brand Nubian lays down the homecoming for reinstating the era of conscious hip hop. Sadat X’s artistic evolution delivers, capturing his classic themes that are abrasive and hopeful pushing hip hop into a different terrain to reflect modern times. Big Twins provides a melodic polarity with his grimy vocals and animated lyrics expressing bars that give sentiment to the original era of hip hop. BigBob, claims this track as one of his milestones in his esteemed accomplishments in music and hip hop. Spirited scratching from Dcypha add some essence to the track and the experiment pays off using the authentic themes of hip hop to execute a hard hitting sound that reminisces of a by gone era to seamlessly flow in a brand new contemporary time.
This is the first single off BigBob's forthcoming album "The Blessings Vol.2" set to release 03/05/2018.

J.Lately distinguishes himself as an emcee with his soulful style unique ability to put everyday life into a relatable perspective. His music possesses the rare ability to make you contemplate and vibe out simultaneously, finding the perfect balance between the conscious and the stoner. Coming from the small town of Sebastopol, and having split time between Oakland and Southern California, his influences are eclectic and mesh together effortlessly to form his own individual style. His most recent album, "Be Fucking Happy", is available everywhere for streaming and download. Tune in up top for his latest.

La Côte West is Henry Canyons' first official release since 2015's Canyonland. Inspired by his experiences during the BoiSakré artist residency in Biarritz, France, La Côte West is an unusual project that reflects Henry's unique vision. The regional landscapes and mood of Biarritz ( a small coastal surf town in the Southwest of France) leave their imprint all over this six song EP.  Working with a different producer for each song, his efforts tie disparate sounds and lyrical vignettes into a stirring reflection of his two months in country.

Muwosi is a Cincinnati-based, alternative R&B singer and producer with electric beats and fiery vocals. Dance, thrash, and mosh with Muwosi in her '80s punk inspired visual "Krypton"