OMARtheGroove recounts past romantic experiences on ‘Before It Gets Better’ (Premiere)

I felt a recurring sense of nostalgia as I listened to OMARtheGroove‘s Before it Gets Better. From his use of familiar samples such as Ghost Town DJs’ “My Boo” to extended Powerpuff Girls references in verses,  there’s plenty to discuss. The Northern Virginia native, who also refers to himself as the Groovy Grim Reaper, employs . . .

Kendrick Lamar drops 'DAMN. Collectors Edition'

Kendrick Lamar drops ‘DAMN. Collectors Edition’

Stream Kendrick’s DAMN. album in reverse For all those tired of playing DAMN. backwards on a playlist, Kendrick Lamar has you covered. He releases the official collector’s edition of the album which features it in reverse. “I don’t think the story necessarily changes, I think the feel changes,” Kendrick tells MTV News. “The initial vibe listening from . . .

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New Music Nov 5  |  

Baltimore producer J. Robb makes his mark with his Soulection ‘White Label’ release

Soulection White Label releases are only four tracks long. They’re meant to give each producer who is selected a platform to bring their sound to an entirely new audience. You can’t half step. Baltimore standout J. Robb brings some of his best work to the table on his release, giving us four tracks worth of . . .

Marquel DelJuan drops "Bills" music video
New Music Nov 1  |  

Marquel DelJuan drops “Bills” music video

Watch Marquel DelJuan’s “Bills” video Marquel Deljuan embodies the “fake it til you make it” phrase on “Bills.” He’s a regular guy, with regular money, but you wouldn’t know it. Although he’s cool, calm, and collected, he still goes through ll the stresses of life like we all do. “Bills” is the first single from the . . .

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New Music Oct 24  |  

Iman Omari takes us to outer space with his soulful ‘IHY’ album

“Give me your vibes. I want all your energy.” Iman Omari will grab a lot of people’s attention for the first time with his IHY album, but he has been in the game for a minute. He started off as a producer for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, OverDoz, and more. These days it’s extremely . . .

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5 years later, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’ is still powerful

“It goes, Halle Berry? Or Hallelujah?” In case you needed a reminder of how fast time is flying by, Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d. city is officially five years old as of yesterday. Kendrick’s major label debut has been applauded by critics and fans alike since its release. The Compton bred lyricist has continued to . . .

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YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar put on for Compton on “The City”

Tied together by their origins in the city of Compton, YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar pay homage with their latest drop, “The City.” The song, which is produced by produced by Eardrummers’ DJ FU, has a laid back vibe to it. Hootie’s Hubris project is expected to release on November 11th. Stream “The City” below.

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New Music Oct 10  |  

Catch the sultry, horn laden vibes of Iman Omari’s “Kama Sutra”

“Give me your vibes, I want all your energy.” Iman Omari sets the mood masterfully with his smooth new single, “Kama Sutra.” He embraces the concept of selfless love this time around, as his lyrics make it clear that he’s down to do whatever it takes to please his partner. Look for his IHY album . . .

Place
New Music Oct 5  |  

Mar delivers a beautiful, intimate vocal performance on “Place”

“Let’s go somewhere, to a place, I know, where you’ve never been before.” Mar is an Amsterdam bred vocalist and poet who has a knack for making music that feels otherworldly. “Place” is a great example. Layered melodies and distorted vocals create a floating, exhilarating feel that supplements Mar’s gorgeous harmonies and imaginative lyricism. Mar . . .

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New Music Oct 4  |  

Marcellus Juvann seizes the night with his ‘Carpe Noctem’ EP

“Carpe Noctem, to seize the night. Some of us take it for granted. The night symbolizes truth, a moment in time when you can be whatever you want. It symbolizes fear to some and security to others. Seize the night, keep faith, and prosper.” Cleveland born, Houston raised rapper and songwriter Marcellus Juvann just dropped his Carpe . . .

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New Music Oct 4  |  

Listen to Maryland rapper theantisocial’s euphoric “Do Yo Dance”

It should come as no surprise that a rapper who goes by theantisocial keeps a low profile. That being said, he’s got a gem of a single on his hands in the form of “Do Yo Dance.” The Maryland-based spitter is a member of the multifaceted LAST NIIGHT collective. Stream “Do Yo Dance” below, and look to . . .

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New Music Sep 28  |  

Emilio Rojas talks politics on his remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Element”

“If this is the American Dream, we got scammed.” Rochester, New York-based veteran emcee Emilio Rojas doesn’t pull punches in his remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Element.” The Sounwave-produced instrumentation lends itself well to weighty topics. Stream Emilio’s “Element” remix below and check out his remix of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” afterwards.

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New Music Sep 22  |  

Kari Faux keeps it lowkey throughout her ‘Primary’ EP

Track four of Kari Faux‘s Primary project is called “Lowkey,” but that could have been the title of the whole project. The Little Rock, Arkansas native is as cool, calm and collected as ever throughout the seven-track EP. Production from the likes of Matt Martians, MeLo-X, and Kari herself fits her laid back aesthetic to . . .

Jared Jackson
New Music Sep 20  |  

Stream Jared Jackson’s party-friendly edit of Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty”

Jared Jackson did it. He made “Loyalty” better. “Preposterous,” you say. I understand. That being said, it just might be possible. You need to listen to this remix for yourself. Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna‘s vocals. The G-Funk instrumentation. It’s all chopped up and flipped to perfection, and it’s ready to be danced to. Get into . . .

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New Music Sep 11  |  

Thelonious Martin creates a tense new instrumental, “5AMinLA”

What do you do when you can’t sleep at night? Thelonious Martin makes pulse-pounding instrumentals with Busta Rhymes ad-libs thrown in for good measure. “5AMinLA” would be a great instrumental for a lyrically inclined emcee who needs to get a few things off of his or her chest. Who’s ready to step up and deliver? . . .