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Fresh off of his most recent project, Little Black Jean Jacket, A$ap Ant makes it evident that he still has some gold stashed in the vault. Although he tags in some star power in Rocky for the second verse, the track feels like a light flex, an appetizer of sorts. All of which makes sense, as it is a freestyle from the 3rd installment of the AWGE DVD series--a sort of diary/documentation of everything that is a hidden gem or was left on the cutting room floor. "Mario Cart" still bangs nonetheless. The two boogie on the production from the talented AR and Frans, two frequent collaborators with the A$ap Mob. The track comes equipped with the classic tags and drops from DJ Nick. Getting what is essentially an A$ap cut front to back is nothing short of satisfying for the ride or die fans out there.

Stream the track below.


To put it quite simply, DJ Muggs and Eto should pair up more often. The Rochester rapper runs circles on any beat thrown his way, and the vet DJ Muggs only cooks up quality. After buzzing with his latest single "Assassination Day", a point of controversy to many, Muggs keeps pacing forward with the video for "Ducksauce". The single serves as less of a social commentary and more of a two minute spotlight for Eto to snap on. Eto fulfills stories of a certified mobster through his threats and brags, all of which are impressing and witty.

Be sure to support Muggs and listen to his Dia Del Asesinato, and check out the video for "Ducksauce" below.










  

VDon, born Tivon Key, is a established music producer. As a child VDon walked the same streets as Duke Ellington, passed the doors of legendary venues from a bygone era such as The Cotton Club and listened to stories from friends and relatives about people from the neighborhood like Nina Simone, Sugar Ray Robinson and Frank Lucas. And as a son of a Harlem DJ, VDon could hear the beats and sounds of artists like Freddie Jackson, Kool Moe Dee and Teddy Riley on any given day of the week.


VDon has taken his talent as a producer and his long established relationships and excuted his musical vision through his debut album The Optiate. The Opiate is a series of collaborations with some of rap’s top young artists in the game today including Dave East, A$SAP ANT, A$AP Nast, Trae The Truth, Smoke DZA, Aston Matthews, Dark Lo and many more. 

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us…” as told by the incomparable Maya Angelou. Harlem has had one of the most prolific influences on music since the Harlem Renaissance and its reach extends today.  






There's always an overwhelming volume of music swirling around, making it difficult to find a place to start as a consumer. That is why we are here to help. Listed below are 5 artists that each showcase something different, but all have serious potential.

Don't be afraid to get hooked on their catalogues.


Adonis - Long Beach, California 

Hailing from Long Beach, CA, Adonis is an emcee who seemingly never runs out of bars. Every track comes complete with viscous 16's and never compromise any of his personality or charisma. Most recently Adonis collaborated with the wizard V Don. The two came up with This Thing of Ours, a 9 track tape that impresses from front to back. He also has works with Tedy Andreas, Lil Eto, and Dirty Dell.

Social - @adonissound

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J'Demul - St. Louis, Missouri

Coming from the underrepresented city of St. Louis, J'Demul sheds light on issues many neglect. Using the unfortunate and depressing actuality of his hometown in his lyrics and visuals, J'Demul exposes St. Louis for what it really is. While his bars cut hard and last long, his sound is equally as entertaining -- some of which he produces himself. He is known best for tracks like "Moon" and "University Street", but upped the ante on his latest track, "No More" with the legend Smoke DZA.

Social - @JDEMULmusic

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UllNevaNo - Baltimore, Maryland 

Like the others on this list, UllNevaNo has been grinding for years now. The Baltimore rapper flashes signs of greatness on his tapes with his ability to hone a timeless hip-hop sound that some feel has been lost in today's world. UllNevaNo never fails to keep the obscure references on deck. Whether it be sports, TV, or any other media, it's an element that keeps his music fresh and fun to dig through. Check out the video for his latest single "Check it Out" off of his album Shammgod with producer Manhe. 

Social - @UllNevaNoHipHop

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Lil Texxan - Dallas, Texas

Lil Texxan simply has a way about him that keeps you listening to his music, watching his videos, reading his tweets, and anything else you can get your hands on. He also has the bars to back the personality. The trunk-banging ballads come fit with a booming voice reminiscent of classic rappers from Texas, Memphis, and other regions alike. On the heels of his latest single "Kao Ken Revenge", Texxan continues to reel us in.

Social - @TheRealLilTexx

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R.A.D. - Twin Cities, Minnesota

R.A.D. is one of the most interesting young artists in the game right now. She has an unassuming way about her, but explodes on every track she touches. It feels like even if she was totally bored, disinterested and out of her element she would find a way to flow to perfection on accident. There is no intimidation factor, her boundaries know no end. Still hot off of her Bettiana EP, with Frankie Bash R.A.D. has only been dropping more gems since.

Social - @yungruwop

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Coke. Boy. Shit. 


     

Time” is the new video from blctxt directed by B. Chil. Using his trademark style, B. Chil captures blctxt cruising downtown Atlanta at night escaping his thoughts. Reality binds us with the concept of time but in our minds, time is almost nonexistent. The cool Jazz flip with big drums is produced by Cheeze Beatz while blctxt explores this theory of handling time in the lyrics and performance shots.


Nametag Alexander presents the A Will Traxx produced, “Hold Me Down”. Over an instrumental with a Midwest meets Southern style, Nametag executes with his rare Triplet cadence. 




That lowkey, grainy, static-infested, raw drum, twisted, rough, nighttime beat collection...




Lil Texxan, a native to the Dallas metro area, has been accruing fandom and recognition on a larger scale as of late, and rightfully so. "Kao Ken Revenge" continues a fun string of bangers he has been premiering over the last few months. Every song seems to highlight his ability to rope the listener in with his booming southern drawl, a trait that stands in the foreground of his entire catalogue. His latest track comes loaded with production from 808 Trel,

Listen to "Kao Ken Revenge" below and be sure to check in with OK-Tho and Lil Texxan for more.

"Benjamin is my friend"


Peace to the viewers of OK-Tho. It's an honor to bring y'all yet another interview with one of the best up-and-coming indie talents in Hip-Hop at the moment, D2X. I'm not even gonna go just a little bit into detail about what this interview is about. Y'all see the title, I'll let what's written at the bottom tell the whole story. Peace. 


OK-Tho: So my man let's start with where you're from. What spot on the map do you claim? D2X: Well I was born in Chicago and then moved to the South Suburbs of the city , in Riverdale, IL , about 10- 15 minutes outside of the city and I’ve been here ever since , we got a lot of talent in the south suburbs and my goal is to be one of the guys who will be remembered from here.


OK-Tho: You've got an EP dropping on August 10th. Can you tell us a little bit about it, how it came together, and what we should expect from it? D2X: My Ep is titled “Enjoy Life” , it will be releasing everywhere on Friday , on all streaming services. It’s 6 songs , and I spent a lot of time conducting ideas towards a project since August of 2017 , the recoding process took about 3 months , I came up with the idea of an EP in May, when I was at Complex Studios in Chicago and I came up with the title when I was in LA.

This project is my best work to date , in my opinion , it’s soulful , jazzy, and a beautiful piece of art in my opinion. My fans are gonna love it.
OK-Tho: How'd you come up with your alias, D2X? D2X: I started rapping in the fall of 2016, my freshman year of college. I was originally playing basketball , I was all conference and a Mc Donald’s all American nominee my senior year in high school. I just wasn’t honestly in the right position where I felt happy with continuing my college career in basketball. Shortly after , I had decided to pursue music as my next career  , D2X Just stands for my first and last name , which is Demauris Dixon , and I just put the two together and I’ve stuck with it ever since recording. OK-Tho: Who/what inspired you to start making music? D2X: I feel like what inspired me to make Music was really the rappers I grew up listening to, who helped me get through tough times. From J.Cole , To Kendrick , to Jay - Z . They all inspired me and they are all legends in their own right.

My favorite album of all time is 2014 forest hills drive and when I heard that my junior year in high school. I fell in love with music even more , but all my life I’ve been into music , every time an album dropped I was super interested I’m analyzing it and debating it with my friends in high school. Still to this day I do. And I also wanted to do music because I know the type of person I am, I’m all for bringing change and being a voice for my neighborhood. I believe Music would be one of the greatest careers to pursue to spread my message to the world.
OK-Tho: You mentioned that you want to spread your message to the world through music. Just what is your message exactly? D2X: For everyone to love one another, I wanna bring people together, teach and helps guide those who feel lost , hopeless and need someone to relate to. The same way Cole’s music helped change my life and the type of guy I wanna be for others. Someone who is 100 percent honest and caring and vulnerable. I wanna be that voice and I believe it will happen . That’s been my goal my entire life even before music. OK-Tho: You mentioned J. Cole and how much his music means to you... He doesn't trash younger/"mumble" rappers but he does voice his opinions on the drug epidemic in Hip-Hop on KOD. How do you feel about the current state of Hip-Hop with the spotlight being shone on drug use, depression, domestic violence, death of young rappers, etc. D2X: I believe hip hop is at an all time high right now , there’s many styles  of music and even in hip hop, I do believe the mind state of the younger generation is often times depressed. Bt I can’t knock talent. Music is a form of expression and I can’t knock anyone who expresses themselves. Music is art, everyone has their tastes in specific styles of art and that’s how I treat it . I listen to everything honestly and I just know how to stay true to myself at the end of the day.
OK-Tho: How'd you built what you have now? I mean, as far as how you got your start, did you open for guys, appear on tours, start your own mini tours, etc. D2X:  I started just building my name And my music through social media , the way music is consumed in this day in age is mostly through social media and music services so things are actually easier now to catch the attention of listeners than it would’ve been in the 90s or even further back in time. I knew that would be my main resource and I started working with producers that’s I actually grew up with that would help me get to the next level. My main producers that I work with and been working with since I first started is GLOhan Beats & Kid Marquis , GLOhan has produced for Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, And was also worked with famous Dex and was featured on his album “ Dex Meet Dexter” . Kid Marquis has worked with G Herbo, And a bunch of other guys. They had the connections and we all work together and I just made my way throughout to city meeting more important people who’ve been in the music business for a while and meeting other producers and just networking.  Just using the connections I had led to other opportunities and I did my own research as well , finding ways to get my music heard and promoting myself helped me get to where I am now , from snippet videos to supporting others. OK-Tho: After the EP drops what's the rest of 2018 looking like for you? D2X: I’m just looking to expand my brand , I’m planning on building my image even more , I’m gonna start focusing more on releasing visuals, coming up with new ways to market my music, business ventures and just continuing working hard on better myself as an artist overall. The best is yet to come! OK-Tho: Sounds good, can't wait. It was dope to do this interview with you. Anything you want to say, or anyone you wanna shoutout before we close out? D2X: Just want to shout out everybody who believed in me and my mom who been there for since day 1, Enjoy Life , August 10th!






                                           
Black Smurf has been having a busy 2018, one with lasting impressions of a promising artist. The East Memphis rapper continues to build off of releases like Redemption and King Smurf with a new loosie titled "Hassuru". The song benefits from how comfortable Black Smurf sounds on the beat from lilStackk. He rides and grooves it with ease, bringing a classic Memphis flavor you didn't realize you were craving. "Hassuru" slaps while painting Smurf as the one who is not to be fucked with. Every thing seems to be clicking for him this year, seamless banger after seamless banger. 

 Stream the track below and be sure to stay on Black Smurf for future releases.