Chicago will always be a hot bed in the music industry. Facts. Chicago emcee CLEW looks to make his mark on the game with his eclectic new single, “Tarzan.” CLEW was able to link up with fellow Chicago producer Prov to formulate future bounce dance vibes. CLEW explained, “The initial creative process for ‘Tarzan’ was very . . .
“I rewrote the script, when they thought they had mastered me.” Many artists contributed to the The Birth Of A Nation soundtrack, and Vic Mensa made an important contribution with “Go Tell Em.” The Chicagoan emcee has consistently toed the line between emcee and vocalist, and he displays his versatility once more on this cinematic . . .
Stretch marks aren’t archetypically beautiful according to popular culture, but they’re important because they are signs of rapid change. Nickelus F‘s newly released EP finds the Richmond native in rare air. The first words we hear from Nick on the nine-track project? “I put in my 10,000 hours.” Nick knows he already has his place . . .
Maryland emcee and producer Matt McGhee has a knack for sharp bars and dark production, and the Andy McMann-produced “Carnival” is one of his more intriguing releases in recent memory. His newly released visual accompaniment has a distinctly dark aesthetic that compliments the song’s sound very well. This song is the lead single from Matt’s . . .
Andrew Meoray holds nothing back on his self-produced loosie, “On My Life.” Detailing the day-day grind to make it to the top, the high-energy cut serves as yet another example of why the talented upstart is one to keep on your radar. The 22 year old multi-talented artist has worked with the likes of Kevin Gates, Tory . . .
In Fargo Fridays fashion, Tory Lanez liberates a new track for the fans. Now he drops “BODMON SONG” for our enjoyment as he taps into his caribbean influences. Listen to the Play Picasso-produced song below. Check out last week’s “Super Freaky” ft. Rick Ross.
Def Jam signee and Harlem’s rising star, Dave East, unleashes his debut studio album, Kairi Chanel. He delivers a 15-track project coated with notable features from 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Sevyn Streeter, and more. Listen to Kairi Chanel below and get your copy at iTunes. 1. “It Was Written” 2. “Type of Time” 3. “Again” 4. . . .
Everyone thought Curren$y‘s next project would be the third segment of his Weed & Instrumentals series, but much to our surprise the Jet Life rapper has delivered a project called Andretti 9/30. The project is eight tracks total, and includes features from Ty Dolla $ign and a few others. You can stream the tape below.
New York emcees Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman have already toured together, and released one joint EP, Lice. They continue the trend with a follow up EP called Lice Two: Still Buggin that reminds us of just how well they fit together. Stream Lice Two: Still Buggin below.
DJ Mustard has released a new album called Cold Summer, and it should come as no surprise that it’s packed full of big names. The influential West Coast producer got features from YG, Young Thug, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. Stream Cold Summer below, and purchase via iTunes.
As Gucci Mane gears up for, Woptober on October 17th, he drops an accompanying visual to the album’s lead single “Bling Blaww Burr” which features Young Dolph and is produced by Metro Boomin. Gucci has only recently came off house arrest so for this visual it’s kept at his luxury estate as the Atlanta legend . . .
Tim Westwood continues to let gems from the stash go as this time around he takes us back to 2002 when he had Talib Kweli on the show. Talib delivered a freestyle that, until now, went unheard. Stream below.
Melle Jutte‘s been teasing his eagerly awaited Maya Got Lost project for a while, and it has officially arrived. Released through Trapdoor Records, his debut EP covers an ocean of sounds – dub and tribal vibes influence the opener “Pro’s n Converse,” emcee/vocalist Pete Philly makes a stunning return on alt-R&B joint “Concrete,” and things get dark and bass-heavy . . .
Houston emcee, Dylan Cohl, makes his return to Artistic Manifesto as we premiere his new visuals for “Bigger Than Me.” “Bigger Than Me” is the first visual offering off of Dylan’s forthcoming project Cowboy Jones 1.5: Days in the East. Dylan is able to turn his coming of age story to a cinematic experience that pleasures . . .
“I got the right to get buck, but I try not to let it build up.” Solange Knowles is dropping her first album in four years, tonight. Before the official release, she saw fit to drop a gorgeous single called “Mad” that features a guest verse from Lil Wayne. A Seat At The Table includes . . .
When times get tough, continue to ball. Bibi Bourelly offers a new perspective on her new single, “Ballin.” Is it all about what your current situation or the mindset/perspective you have? Listen below and grab “Ballin” on iTunes.
The Weeknd picks up the pace a bit with his latest release, “False Alarm.” Expect this to be performed during his upcoming Saturday Night Live appearance. Look for The Weeknd’s Starboy album to release on November 25th. Stream “False Alarm” below, and purchase via iTunes.
What songs do you play when it’s time to cool down for the night? This week’s edition of The Highlight Reel has a few grooves that can be used for that specific purpose. As always, the playlist features some of the best songs that released in the past seven days. Catch the vibe. Image by . . .
It goes w/o saying that Gucci Mane La Flare, Zone 6 East Atlanta’s very own, is more than influential and an integral piece of many current artists come up story. This was made clear in the Everybody Looking single, “All My Children.” Today he drops the very animated video to illustrate his claims. Watch the YASHXANA . . .
Cookin Soul saw fit to grace us with another head nodding release, “Cuba,” which released today on SoundCloud. As always, the sampling game is immaculate and loops are chopped up to perfection. Stream “Godspeed” below, and afterwards watch video footage of the beat being created. Download Cookin Soul’s drum kits here.
“Is you sleeping or is you resting?” Big Sant hails from the state of Mississippi and has well documented ties to Big K.R.I.T., but is still a bit of a hidden gem in the grand scheme of things. The well versed emcee’s sleEp EP is only three tracks long, but is full of strong verses, . . .
PARTYNEXTDOOR revisits his P3 album to deliver a Adrian Martinez directed visual for “Not Nice”. The Toronto native hits the dessert with quad bikes and bad women, I imagine he had fun shooting this video. The video was released soon after news broke that Party will hit the road with Jeremih for a collaboration tour . . .