Emotive Resonance: Ray Pearson’s “From the Heart” Ep

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A Sonic Journey From Ray Pearson

Ray Pearson‘s latest endeavor, the Hip-Hop album titled “From the Heart,” is a poignant exploration of emotion and lyrical prowess within the realms of contemporary rap. As a seasoned artist, Pearson brings his unique voice and storytelling ability to the forefront. He invites listeners to delve into the intricacies of his personal and universal experiences.

“From the Heart” isn’t just an album; it’s a sonic journey that unfolds with each track, revealing layers of Pearson’s creativity and emotional depth. From the opening beats to the closing notes, listeners are immersed in a world where authenticity and vulnerability take center stage.

Tracks that Speak Volumes

The Industry” The album kicks off with a track that immediately establishes the album’s thematic core. Pearson’s delivery is a blend of introspection and assertiveness, as he lays bare his thoughts and feelings. The beats mirror the heartbeat of the narrative, creating a compelling introduction to the album.

“What is Life?” “serves as a lyrical masterpiece, showcasing Pearson’s prowess with words.

“I Gotta Deal With Pt.2” Pearson delves into the struggles and aspirations of a dreamer in this track. The beats are reflective, mirroring the ebb and flow of the journey toward success. It’s a narrative that many can relate to, making it a standout piece on the album.

“We Don’t Talk” ” explores the concept of leaving a mark on the world. Pearson’s verses delve into the desire to create a lasting impact, both personally and within the hip-hop genre. The beats carry a weighty significance, emphasizing the gravity of the lyrical content.

“Gone” As the album comes to an end, “Gone” introduces a mellow vibe. Pearson’s flow is dynamic and infectious, encouraging listeners to rise above challenges and embrace personal growth. The track injects a burst of energy into the album’s overall narrative.

Fusing Authenticity with Recognition

“From the Heart” has not only captured the hearts of Hip-Hop enthusiasts but has also received acclaim from the industry, earning recognition and support from influential entities like the @fleetdjs. The album’s authenticity, combined with Pearson’s lyrical prowess, has positioned it as a noteworthy contribution to the Hip-Hop landscape.

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In Conclusion

“From the Heart” stands as a testament to the power of authentic storytelling within the genre. From the beats that resonate with urban landscapes to the heartfelt lyrics that navigate the human experience, each track is a carefully crafted piece of art. Ray Pearson knocked this one out of the park!

As listeners embark on this musical journey, they are invited to not only hear but also feel the emotive resonance that defines “From the Heart.” Pearson’s ability to merge vulnerability with skillful lyricism sets this album apart, solidifying his place as a compelling voice in contemporary Hip-Hop.

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Nicki Minaj Disqualified Over Barbz @NickiMinaj

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Pink Friday 2 on the Billboard Charts

This December, Nicki Minaj released her long awaited studio album “Pink Friday 2” and of course her loyal fans will lose their minds every time this lady speaks. In the first week alone, she sold 300,000+ copies. What this means is that she outsold the prequel “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)” by more than 50,000 units making it her best release since then. Still only debuting at #2 on Billboard 200 unlike its predecessor which came in at #1.

Cheater, Cheater, Glitter Eater

Since the release of PF2, Nicki has revealed that Billboard will dismiss 100,000 units in her first week sales. Why? Because the girl cheated. She ran a fan contest original announcement about the contest — which is now deleted — read, “Show the PROOF of your 4 vinyls OR 4 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS (each cover) [of PF2] & you can win… A [chance] to help me pick the next 3 songs for the #GagCity2 edition that comes out in 5 days. In person ;)”

I’m sorry maybe you aren’t hearing me. She was already estimated to sell 200k first week. Then turns around and has a “100 Barbz” contest. In which they have to buy 4 editions of the album. If only 100 Barbz participated it would provide her with an extra 400 sales (quick math). However, we’re talking about a variance of 100,000 units and there’s no way on God’s green Earth that only 100 individuals participated. So yeah, Billboard said cut it.

You can give out millions in cashapp money though…”

@NickiMinaj in regard to being disqualified after prior MegxCardi contest

Business or B.S.

There’s always a Devil’s advocate, so of course there are a plethora of people who see absolutely nothing wrong with her actions. “Sounds like good marketing to me,” one social media user wrote. “She knew she couldn’t keep up with my girl,” another wrote. Chileeee, I’m going to stay out of this one. But, what do you think? Does Nicki deserve to keep those excess sales? Or is she just trying to play the charts?

Let me know in the comments how you feel about Nicki Minaj and her new project!

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Filipino-Canadian Rapper Chappyweezy Releases New Album “Chosen One”

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Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Chappyweezy, the Canadian Filipino rap artist, has etched his mark as a rising star in hip-hop. His journey into music started with experimenting in various genres, but it was the realm of hip-hop that truly captured his attention. Inspired by artists like Young Thug, Lil Durk, and No Cap, Chappyweezy began crafting his own rhymes, initially captivating local audiences at talent shows and open mics.

Expanding beyond his hometown, Chappyweezy gained recognition by releasing his music online, showcasing a unique blend of trap beats and melodic hooks that garnered acclaim. With several singles and an EP under his belt, he’s demonstrated versatility as both a rapper and a songwriter. Beyond the beats, Chappyweezy’s music dives into profound themes, drawing from his experiences as a first-generation Filipino-Canadian. Addressing identity, mental health, and relationships, he aims not just to entertain but to inspire and empower listeners, especially those who might feel marginalized.

Chappyweezy’s infectious energy and undeniable talent are propelling him not just within the Canadian hip-hop scene but across borders. His latest album, “Chosen One,” is a testament to his commitment and artistic growth, promising an immersive journey that reflects not only the artist’s evolution but also his dedication to making a lasting impact in the world of music.

Watch the video for his lead single “Woah” below and click here to stream the album on your favorite platform.

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The Love Album: Off The Grid | @Diddy

There are only 4 reasons you wouldn’t love this album: You prefer new school music, you don’t like dancing, you’re just bias, or you just never loved anybody. Now, Diddy recently received the VMA Global Icon Award, the key to New York City, and BET‘s Lifetime Achievement Award. When he says, “I thought I told you that we won’t stop,” he means it!


I feel safe in white, deep down inside I’m an angel…


The Love Album Is A MOVIE

The album is feature-film length with 23 tracks at roughly over an hour and 20 minutes. He’s landed the love and collaboration of various jaw dropping peers including Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, The Wknd, & Jazmine Sullivan. In the mist of controversy – this album still takes you through a narration of finding love, being there, complicating it, and losing it. All of this is happening “off the grid” and as he says – with no phones, no distractions. The lead single on the production is “Another One of Me”. I don’t know how you could’ve missed this joint – but let’s jump into a track -by-track review.

What’s To Love About It? Let’s Review

Okay, so let’s talk about it – the tracks with an asterisk (*) indicate the ones deemed worthy of adding to your playlist. Wait no longer, Let’s do it!

1. Brought My Love (The-Dream + Herb Albert)

Starting off, we have a very funky-feel with vocals from songwriting legend Dream, followed by Diddy and Herb. A lot of these songs don’t actually feature anything but Diddy adlibs, so this was good to hear. If nothing, this is a dance record. Family reunions, two stepping with your love in the living room, cleaning the house… this is that vibe. Not too much, just enough.

*2. What’s Love (NOV WAV)

A New York feel with R&B swag. No lie, I did have to listen to this a few times to really love it, but I can’t complain. Diddy is also on this track which does give it a boost in opinion. Overall, the production – the feeling is everything.

3. Deliver Me (Busta Rhymes, Dirty Money)

If you liked the Dirty Money album then of course, this is for you, babe! Featuring your favorite Danity Kane girl(s). It’s very smooth, still maintaining that aggressive beat. The whole album is vibey. It really just depends on which Diddy era you prefer, I suppose.

4. Stay Awhile (Nija)

Another dance record that just hits. Really groovy (lol)! If you’re a Mary J. Blige fan, this might be your thing! This album almost doesn’t miss unless you just missed it.

5. Homecoming (Jozzy)

Ooooh, we have Diddy prodigy, Jozzy on the track. It’s not one of my favorites, let’s be honest. It’s pretty good though. I don’t think it’s a great representation of Jozzy but I’d have to hear that from her. This is a skip from me. Good production though. That ending is beautifuuuul too. JUST LISTEN TO IT THOUGH!!

*6. Pick Up (Diddy feat. Jacquees + Fabolous)

The song starts with Jacquee-Ee-eeeEe-eeS. “Ima give you what you need babe, if you let me take the lead baby”! I was unsure when it started but Diddy make Jacq pick up the pace and I like it. Fabolous always adds a special flair and this was nothing different.

*7. Tough Love ( Diddy feat. Swae Lee)

THIS. IS. MUSICAL. GOLD. I didn’t expect to love this song and I listened a few times to get to that point, but fiiiiireeee. The combination I never knew I needed. This track is built for a specific type of person though. Not heavy on lyrics but how the notes come together. And it just makes you think “Shame on me for how I’ve been living”…

*8. Stay Long (Summer Walker)

Personally, I’m a Summer Walker fan so I was interested to know what this would be like. But it’s short and sweet just like Summer.

9. It Belongs to You (Jozzy)

Jozzy, this was so much better. 90s/00s vibes. If Keyshia Cole started later in the years, I believe she may have sounded like this.

*10. Another One of Me (21 Savage, The Wknd, French Montana)

This was the lead single and rightfully so. The Wknd says this is his last collab so definitely love that it has to be this one. It has a slow start though. French ate his verse especially for what this is! 21 comes with his rhythm we expect… but this just feels classier. Diddy ends the song speaking so smoothly. You can’t help but feel it.

11. Intermission (Side B)

Feel free to skip unless you just meditating or something… He says here, that the frequency changes… and we get a little old-school interlude. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong. This album is a win to me, but people have preferences. JUST LISTEN!!! or not….

*12. Moments (Justin Bieber)

JUSTIIIIN! Babyyyy… this is the Justin you guys don’t know about. The “Notebooks” Bieber. You’ve seen in the media that he’s been paralyzed in the face but honey you cannot tell here. I instantly loved this. I always thought Bieb was a star vocalist though (again lol). Nevertheless, this will vibe you through. Minimal Diddy. Just vibes. Get in your bag, stay in your bag, he says. Let me send this to my lil brother, he needs those words. And we end with a smooth instrumental outro.

*13. Need Somebody (Jazmine Sullivan)

Jazmine Sullivan feels as expected. She starts soft but you feel the emotion. We’re used to herlower registers. JAZ’S SOPRANO REGISTER POPS OUT ALL THE WAY! She’s amazing at anything. ADD!

*14. Mind Your Business (Bosses In Love) [Kehlani/Ty Dolla Sign]

My first run through of this album, this was an immediate add! I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… Perfect blend of live and studio how I see it though. WEST COAST REPRESENT! These people are singing for their rent!! From beginning to end, if you know then you know – you’ll need this song!

15. Nasty (Interlude) [Jozzy]

I told you she’s the prodigy (Jozzy, 32, Memphis). Here’s a (nasty) interlude with Jozzy. It’s actually good though. Not too vulgar…well…

*16. Reachin’ (Coco Jones, Ty Dolla Sign)

I don’t know… I feel like Ty makes this song. Of course an interlude almost tells you what you’re getting into… so you can USE this, too. What is it about Coco, you guys!!?? Production on 700000% though. My loooooove.

*17. Stay Part 1 (Jeremih, KalanFRFR, K-Ci)

A continuation of the interlude. “Baby won’t you just staaay!” Diddy should’ve kept his input to himself. If we’re using this song for a moment, I could see it happening.

*18. I Like (Mary J. Blige)

VERY CUTE! Ms. Ma’am been popping out lately. Very classy, classic, dance around vibe, of course. It’s simple and catchy – just enough. If I can’t be with you, I don’t know what to do you’ve got my heart! Beautiful sample of herself!

*19. Closer to God (Teyana Taylor)

At this point, we’ve recently learned about the separation of Tey(T), yet she’s still taking on other creative ventures in life. She cries out in the song “Everything unspoken doesn’t need a song – I only want to be the one to get along….” Artistry at it’s finest. This was not the visual I was expecting but still above and beyond.

20. Boohoo (Jeremih)

It’s giving Beatles which I didn’t expect, but it works out for the best. I real feel good, cry if you’d like type of song, I suppose. I wonder how this song is doing on the pop charts because it certainly works for Jeremiah and the array of voices.

21. Burna Boy Interlude

Talk about singing from the soul! It’s an interlude that definitely gives you the feels and what’s next to come is nothing less than this energy. This is an “Allah” chant in a beautiful fashion, but what comes next is even more chilling…

**22. Kim Porter (Diddy, Babyface, John Legend)

This one screams, “I love you and lost you – but how could I?” Both Babyface and Legend create a melody of pure love in this song. I feel this in the deepest part of my heart. Every element of this song blends in an unimaginable way. From instruments, tempo, unique vocals, harmonies, the build of it all is passionate through and through. It also features excerpts from the late Kim Porter.

*23. Space (H.E.R)

Here we are at the end and “I’ve really enjoyed my time with you off the grid”, Diddy says before H.E.R. begins her eerie ballad. She’s the perfect woman for this. Diddy used his network and made a masterpiece….

What are your thoughts? Which tracks stood out to you?

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DJ Kay Slay’s ‘Rolling 200 Deep’ Unleashed

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In a fitting tribute, DJ Kay Slay is being honored with the release of the most extensive posse cut in hip-hop history “Rolling 200 Deep,” 

DJ Kay Slay

In the tradition of ‘Rolling 50 Deep’ and ‘Rolling 110 Deep,’ DJ Kay Slay has dropped his final offering, ‘Rolling 200 Deep’. A colossal track featuring an astounding roster of 200 rappers. Spanning across multiple generations of hip-hop talent.

With a runtime of 62 minutes, this musical extravaganza is divided into 16 distinct tracks. It was already in the works before the tragic loss of DJ Kay Slay to Covid last year.

‘Rolling 200 Deep’ is the fourth installment in DJ Kay Slay’s celebrated ‘Rolling Deep’ series. This includes ‘Rolling 25 Deep’ (2005), ‘Rolling 50 Deep’ (2020), and ‘Rolling 110 Deep’ (2021).

What To Expect

The lineup for this epic track is nothing short of legendary. Featuring iconic figures such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Raekwon, Run DMC, Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, and Goodie Mob. Alongside these legends you’ll find other notable names like Tony Yayo, Cory Gunz, KING Crooked, Uncle Murda, Herb McGruff & Stan Spit.

Cassidy, Joel Ortiz, Young Buck, Rah Digga, Kid Capri, and many more contributed their lyrical prowess to this ambitious project. The production of ‘Rolling 200 Deep’ is masterfully handled by Suits TM of Trackateering Music. The music video was expertly directed and edited by Will C. and Richie4K of StreetHeatTV.

DJ Kay Slay

DJ Kay Slay’s journey in the world of hip-hop is a tale of evolution. Known as a prominent graffiti artist, he gained recognition through his appearance in the 1983 graffiti documentary, ‘Style Wars.’ He bore witness to the birth of hip-hop culture firsthand, observing the rise of luminaries like Grandmaster Flash, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Kool DJ Red Alert.

Change of Course

However, his life took a different turn as he became entangled in street life, leading to a period of incarceration in the late 1980s. Upon his release in 1990, he was granted a fresh start. 

His musical career eventually soared with the release of four successful studio albums: ‘The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1,’ ‘The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2,’ ‘The Champions: North Meets South’ (with Greg Street), and ‘More Than Just a DJ.’ DJ Kay Slay also hosted a highly acclaimed radio show on Hot 97.

In August, the streets of his native Harlem, N.Y., paid tribute to DJ Kay Slay by unveiling a street sign in his honor at East 105th Street and 1st Avenue. The poignant ceremony occurred just one day before what would have been his 57th birthday. Hip-hop luminaries such as 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tony Yayo, and others attended.

In Conclusion

‘Rolling 200 Deep’ is a unique masterpiece in hip-hop history. It echoes the voice of the streets and the culture of hip-hop that DJ Kay Slay so passionately represented. Artists like Papoose have openly acknowledged the profound influence of DJ Kay Slay, with Papoose stating, “I probably wouldn’t be in the game if it wasn’t for Slay.”

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Journalist Bae | Today in Hip Hop History 10.10

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October 10th — Beyonce has been THE Key player in music for more than twenty years now. I can’t mention Beyonce without mentioning her music mogul husband, Jay Z. Today, in hip hop history, they released a collab entitled “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” on his Blueprint 2 studio album in 2002. Yet, to this day there’s so much controversy over the king and queen. However, one thing that no person can deny is that couple handles their business, much like a modern day Bonnie and Clyde…

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Scar Lip Emerges as Hip-Hop’s New Wave

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SCAR LIP is from a place where they don’t do no rattin’. But anyone who has a ear for Hip-Hop can’t help but to speak about the femcee from the Bronx. Her emergence to the frontline of Hip-Hop is great to see. Scar has the ability to wield two swords: gritty delivery and ability to captivate the crowd.

This past summer belonged to Scar. At the BET Awards she took the stage alongside Busta Rhymes for a performance that got everyone caught up. The 22 year old artist has cosigns from some of the industry’s best including Jadakiss & Cardi B. Along with lyrical prowess, her energy is built from both personal tragedy and resiliency.

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Sierra Lewis is a example of how someone can overcome obstacles in life. The scar on her lip is a reminder of how traumatic life can become. While others would be bothered by this, Scar is unbothered. She would use her platform to be an advocate for those who could relate. Songs like “Foster Care” & “Therapy” are therapeutic to her fans.

Her viral sensation hit “Glizzy Gobbler” that would take Scar to the next level overnight. The influences on Scar Lip’s style include both ONYX and DMX. In her smash hit “This Is New York” she would strongly embody those artists to demand fake ones to vacate the city!


Scar Lip

Scar Lip is making a statement with her new release titled “No Statements”. The track is a vibe with a visual that is equally dope. The video released on September 15th and currently has over 1 million views and counting! Check out the official music video for “No Statements” down below.


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Journalist Bae | MoneyBagg Yo x SexyyRed Collab

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MoneyBagg Yo x SexyyRed Collab Released

September 21, 2023 – Hey, baes! Happy Friday! I just have to ask – Did you see this coming? Every friday of course we get new music (K. Michelle, Doja Cat, Doechii, etc). This week, at midnight, we also got CMG star Moneybagg Yo and Ms. Controversy herself, SexyyRed on a track together! It’s 100% giving “Ice Cream Paint Job” by Dorrough.

The truth of the matter is it’s the first of many from the upcoming CMG album “Gangsta Art 2” as head huncho, Yo Gotti announced on his Instagram yesterday. If you remember, the first “Gangsta Art” was released was released more than a year ago after signing breakout star, ‘Big GLO’ and R&B girlie, Lehla Semia. It featured songs like “Steppers”, “Tomorrow”, and “See Wat I’m Saying”. What can we expect from this new installment of ‘Gangsta Art’? Moneybagg Yo is my guy and SexyyRed is a headliner right now, so that’s how I’m rocking this time around. But what do you all think about the song? Is the sample giving what it was supposed to? Let me know in the comments down below.

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6 Best Unknown Rap Albums of 2022: A Year of Surprises and Evolution

In the dynamic realm of Hip-Hop, 2022 proved to be a year of unexpected twists and exciting transformations. Iconic megastars like Drake, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar made their mark with eagerly anticipated albums, though some fell short of the colossal expectations. Kanye West’s case was particularly striking, as the luminary veered into controversy and questionable choices, all while his music underwent a perplexing shift.

Yet, the essence of rap lies in its ceaseless motion, and 2022 vividly showcased the genre’s enduring wellspring of talent. A fresh generation of artists, including JID, Smino, and Mavi, soared to new heights in their careers, delivering some of the year’s most captivating releases.

Beyond the mainstream spotlight, underground stalwarts like Roc Marciano and billy woods continued to foster their expansive creative visions, fortifying rap’s independent spirit in the age of social media. Women in hip-hop, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Little Simz, Flo Milli, and Latto, continued their crusade to redefine gender dynamics within the genre. Meanwhile, global superstars like Stormzy and Central Cee made strides in gaining recognition stateside.

Amidst these shifting dynamics, certain constants remained. Nas, who has been remarkably prolific in recent years, and the consistently diligent lyricist Pusha T stood out as rap’s elder statesmen, delivering some of their most stellar work in 2022.

Yet, this merely scratches the surface of the Hip-Hop world’s vibrant tapestry in 2022.

6 Rap Albums of 2022

In the ever-evolving urban soundscape, these developments underscore the genre’s resilience, demonstrating its ability to adapt, innovate, and surprise. With a mix of established icons, rising talents, and underground visionaries, the future of hip-hop promises to be as unpredictable and exciting as ever.

Rap Album of 2022 #1: Drake and 21 Savage ‘Her Loss’

Drake has always been known for his collaborations with emerging artists, but his latest move took it to another level as he transformed his long-standing chemistry with 21 Savage into a remarkable full-length album. The Canadian superstar himself has confirmed that “Her Loss” serves as the final piece of a trilogy that began with last year’s “Certified Lover Boy” and continued with the upbeat “Honestly, Nevermind.” When you read the titles together as “I’m a certified lover boy honestly, nevermind her loss,” you begin to grasp the genius behind this ambitious project that spans three albums.

On “Her Loss,” Drake and 21 Savage position themselves for greatness as they effortlessly exchange verses and melodies over flawless instrumentals. It’s safe to say that the bars from this album will continue to find their way into Instagram captions well into the new year. The combination of their talent and chemistry has resulted in a project that’s not only conceptually brilliant but also musically satisfying, solidifying Drake’s status as a master collaborator and innovator in the hip-hop world.

Rap Album of 2022 #2: IDK ‘Simple


Rapper IDK and the highly sought-after electronic producer Kaytranada embarked on their collaboration for IDK’s EP, “Simple.,” two years before its anticipated spring release. IDK himself couldn’t have predicted the seismic impact of Black pop music on the dance floor in the year it dropped. Still, he had a personal mission in mind – to juxtapose the poignant narratives of his upbringing near a Washington, D.C. project with production that compelled listeners to move their bodies rather than just engage their minds.

When “Simple.” was unleashed, IDK expressed his desire to craft an album where people could “dance to real shit.” The EP weaves a vibrant tapestry of sound, with lively and urgent piano loops in tracks like “Dog Food” and more subdued ones in “The Code.” Through these beats, IDK delves into the gritty pursuit of power and the constant evasion of law enforcement. He’s not alone on this journey, as featured guests Denzel Curry and Mike Dimes join forces to add even more depth and texture to the EP.

“Simple.” doesn’t shy away from addressing themes of violence and disadvantage head-on, setting it apart from other releases like “Honestly, Nevermind” and “Renaissance.” In doing so, it offers a balanced and thought-provoking addition to the year’s dance music landscape, proving that IDK and Kaytranada are a formidable duo in pushing boundaries and delivering impactful storytelling through their music.

Rap Albums of 2022 #3: Rome Streetz ‘Kiss the Ring’

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Rome Streetz, hailing from the gritty streets of New York, officially joined the Griselda family, it marked a well-deserved milestone in his career—a chance to expose his undeniable talent to a broader audience alongside hip-hop’s most renowned stable of raw lyricists. Fans of authentic rap were eagerly awaiting how the Midas Touch of Westside Gunn’s executive production would elevate the Rome Streetz experience, and they were far from disappointed when “Kiss the Ring” dropped.

Over a solid 16-pack of beats curated by Conductor Williams, Rome confidently stakes his claim as one of the world’s finest lyricists. Even if you might argue otherwise, it’s impossible to disregard the compelling case he presents. Right from the album’s intro, “Big Steppa,” Rome asserts his dominance and maintains a masterful level of craftsmanship throughout the entire project.

Whether the production leans toward the idyllic, as heard in tracks like “In Too Deep” or “Armed & Dangerous,” takes a sinister turn like in “Tyson Beckford,” or ventures into the brilliantly perplexing, as in “Ugly Balenciagas,” Rome effortlessly finds his rhythm and executes flawlessly. He skillfully weaves boasts, intricate wordplay, and poignant memories into his lyrical package, launching them at the listener from all angles.

Rome Streetz’s mission is clear—he aims to revive and modernize the classic ’90s New York hip-hop vibe, and on “Kiss the Ring,” he makes it look effortless. His ability to effortlessly meld traditional elements with his own unique style sets him apart as a true torchbearer of the genre, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating his next move in the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop.

Rap Albums of 2022 #4: Flo Milli ‘You Still Here, Ho?’

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When an album kicks off with a spoken-word introduction from the endlessly entertaining 2000s reality star Tiffany “New York” Pollard, you already sense you’re in for a wild ride. That captivating intro sets the stage for the remarkable solo debut of Mobile, Alabama’s very own Flo Milli—an audacious onslaught of razor-sharp lyrics that leave everyone else feeling broke and bewildered, all delivered with a confidence level that can only be described as “Very Real Housewife.”

Flo Milli’s lyrical prowess knows no bounds; she’s armed with an arsenal of insults that seem to flow endlessly. Yet, she doesn’t stop at just the bars—her infectious hooks on standout tracks like “Bed Time,” “PBC,” “No Face,” and “Conceited” will have you hitting the repeat button.

For those who caught wind of her unexpected hit “Beef FloMix” in 2019 and immediately recognized her superstar potential, “You Still Here, Ho?” is the fulfillment of that promise. Flo Milli’s debut album is a declaration that she’s here to stay and dominate the scene with her unapologetic attitude and undeniable talent.

Rap Album #5: Billy Woods ‘Aethiopes’

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Rapper billy woods, stylized as billy woods, possesses a unique ability to craft intricate missives that feel like you’re observing a medium receiving transmissions from a distant dimension. In his 2022 release, “Aethiopes,” a title drawn from the Homeric description of Black Africans, he embarks on his own epic Odyssey, connecting narrative threads with moments in history and philosophy. His delivery carries a profound resonance, akin to the subtle yet powerful force of tidal waves, and he’s aided by the eclectic and expansive sample selection curated by producer Preservation, a seasoned veteran with a past that includes serving as Yasiin Bey’s tour DJ.

Take, for instance, the track “Christine,” where Preservation’s tactile construction of the sound landscape evokes a lush cinematic atmosphere. The vinyl crackle that accompanies the slinking, dramatic guitar sample sets the stage for woods to enter the scene like an outlaw on the run. His verses, filled with vivid imagery that hits you like a rush of memories, demonstrate his comfort navigating the unfathomable depths of the unknown.

In “Aethiopes,” billy woods and Preservation embark on a journey that is both intellectually stimulating and artistically compelling. It’s an album that invites listeners to dive into its intricacies, exploring the uncharted territories of history, philosophy, and the human experience, all guided by woods’ evocative storytelling and Preservation’s masterful sonic landscapes.

Rap Album #6: Elucid ‘I Told Bessie’


ELUCID, styled in all caps, fearlessly defies convention and prompts us to question who established our sonic standards in the first place on his album “I Told Bessie.” This highly skilled artist from Backwoodz Studios takes a deep dive into his narrative across 14 tracks, sharing his story through thought-provoking couplets and mantras.

The ELUCID experience often feels like a sonic tempest, where concise six-word stories and profound concepts whirl around incisive couplets, such as “I’ve already closed the book of whatever/All the stories they tell us,” and the chorus of “Impasse,” where he muses, “Going through it, maybe’s like a threat/Might be, then it ain’t, if I hold my breath.” Throughout the album, listeners are compelled to delve deeper into their own psyche and question the reasons behind the conclusions we draw.

ELUCID’s lyrical prowess unfolds over a soundscape that feels caustically atmospheric and perfectly fitting. From the warped breakbeats of “Ghoulie” and “Old Magic” to the ominous tones of “Nostrand” and “Split Tongue,” the production serves as a fitting backdrop to his poetic musings.

“I Told Bessie” isn’t concerned with being easily digestible; rather, it excels in stimulating thought and challenging the status quo. ELUCID’s work is a testament to the power of music to provoke contemplation and push boundaries, inviting listeners to explore the complexities of their own perceptions and beliefs.

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Get To Know Kayla The Love Note

Kayla The Love Note

Meet Kayla Wilson

Kayla is originally from Calabash, North Carolina but she grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kayla is a single mother of 2 amazing boys ages 15 and 11. She has one biological brother from her mom Barbara Wilson. Barbara passed earlier this year from her battle with multiple sclerosis.

Her mom was also a registered nurse and a rapper who also worked with MC Lyte during her career. Kayla also shares the joy of being an aunt to her only niece. She goes by “Kayla The Love Note”. Her name originally was “K-Note” then she changed it to “K-Love”. Combining both names as she came up with “Kayla The Love Note”.

Kayla’s Education, Work & Artist Experience

Kayla shows us that you can still follow your dreams as a single parent. With an associate’s degree in Vocal Coaching and wrapping up a degree in Criminal Justice Applied Sociology. Kayla has many skills like truck driving, private security, probation officer, counseling, and boxing with 3 years of experience. She has a passion for always wanting to help others, and Kayla continues to support her community.

Kayla The Love Note and her mother

Kayla grew up watching her mom perform since she was 2 years old in the family group called the “The Tones of Joy”. Which she joined at 5 years old. The leadership and influence her mother provided helped to inspire her to go into the music lane as well. Her mother’s strength really taught her to fight for her dreams no matter what she went through in life.

At 13 she wrote her first song “I’m Gonna Make It Happen” and her second one was “Weak”. Kayla continue to sharpen her skills the older she got. Kayla had the courage of a lion at 2 years old. Stage fright or being nervous was never an issue or concern for the young-raising artist. She had the confidence that would steal the spotlight.

Her confidence increased as her fans in her community increased. This is reflected in her traveling at an early age with other major artists. Kayla backed away from music for a little while dealing with depression and managing her mom’s illness.


Kayla faced her fears of coming back stronger than ever with a new love in her life at the time, D. Mistro but are no longer together. He helped her find her new voice by reaching higher notes while singing. Kayla has also created a gospel rap song to help encourage the young in keeping with their faith in God. The singer and songwriter also had a talent for acting.

In 2009, her appearance on The Jerry Springer Show took her to American Idol. Ending at round 3 as a contestant, she continues to fight. Artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, H-Town, and R-Kelly are her favorite singers of all time. Growing up her dad played Sam Cook and her mom played Betty Rock.

Since she was 10 years old, Mary J Blige was her favorite female artist along with Erykah Badu. Kayla’s songs like “I’m in Love with a Man I Cant Stand”, “Southern Love”, “Back To the 90’s Love”, “Panties Down”, “Make Me Say OH’, and his newly released single “The Weekend” as really created a buzz


Kayla The Love Note wants to create more diverse music like country, rap, jazz, blues, and gospel music. Kayla worked with artists like Lyfe Jennings, Bishop Bullwinkle, King George, Miss Porsche, Jay Morse Group, Nelson Curry, West Love, and Lenny Williams.

Nelson Curry is not only her manager but a huge influence in her life. Nelson is like an Uncle to her, who gives her great advice and encourages her. Mr. Smoke is also someone in the business that helped sharpen Kayala’s Southern Soul experience as an artist. There are two artists she hopes to work with soon Sir Charles and Urban Mystic. Kayla is currently working on new R&B singles “Back Seat Love” and “Give It Here”. Don’t forget to go to church with the new gospel single “Church Shoes”.

Kayla has opened up for many comedians from Netflix, Def Comedy Jam, movies, and TV shows. Those comedians were James Stephen III, Bro Man, Orlando Jones, J Anthony Brown, and Barbara Carlyle. Kayla has worked with Jokers Comedy on da Move and Groovetime Entertainment plus many more.

James Stephen III help her start her own show before getting into Southern Soul music. Working with James, created an opportunity to get connected to other comedians through his theater which was televised. Kayla was part of a Motown 59 show which created her discovery as a Southern Soul artist. Barbara Carlyle took an interest in her when Kayla was working on her tv show called “Divas”.

The icing on the cake was hearing her sing Patty Labelle’s song “If Only You Knew”. Kayla worked as Michael Jackosn, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J Blige on the Motown show. Kayla’s tv show ‘Divas” was aired on BET, VH1, and Fox for four years with Billboards advertising. The new band which now are known as “The 7r3sh’ will soon be renamed Kayla and The Love Notes.






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