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Video: @Marco_Lavell - "Run It Up" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Marco Lavell - "Run It Up"

RRP: Tulsa, OK artist Marco Lavell linked up with the buzzing producer duo, Nard & B, to create the track, "Run It Up." With a heavy Southern sound, this is sure to blow up.

Video: @Blacastan @Stu_Bangas @MCEsoteric - "Blac-O-Teric" (@BrickRecords96)

Video: Blacastan & Stu Bangas f/ Esoteric (of Czarface) "Blac-O-Teric"

Matt: Official Army Of The Pharaohs and Demigodz emcee Blacastan has been steadily staking his claim to the title of ‘savior of underground rap music’ since his debut mixtape Me Against The Radio and its key cut and video "Life Of A Tape" became an underground cult classic in 2007.

Video: @HaloTheHuman @RichTheKid - "Don't Miss"

Video: Halo the Human f/ Rich The Kid - "Don't Miss"

HTH: Hailing from Fresno, CA, lyricist Halo the Human releases a visual for "Don't Miss" featuring Rich the Kid in the ultimate retaliation to Miley Cyrus' dis of the Hip Hop scene. Directed by Otis Reed, the satiric video exploits Miss Montana's abuse of urban culture, much in the manner she exploited Hip Hop.

Trae Tha Truth Recruits Snoop Dogg, T.I., Rick Ross and More (@TraeABN @AudibleTreats)

Trae Tha Truth Recruits Snoop Dogg, T.I., Rick Ross, Tee Grizzley, Gary Clark Jr., and Many More for an Epic Posse Cut

A.T.: Trae Tha Truth Announces Tha Truth Pt. 3, Hitting Stores on July 21st The Houston Hero Returns with the Billboard-Premiered Third Edition of His All-Star "I'm On" Series, Sampling Mark Morrison's Classic "Return of the Mack" and Featuring T.I., Snoop Dogg, G-Eazy, Rick Ross, E-40, and Many Others

Critical Praise:

"More concise rhymes, insightful and diverse subject matter, and solid features show how far Trae has come as an MC and a songwriter." -

"Houston hip-hop veteran Trae Tha Truth may not be anything to you but down in the city of Screw Juice, the Asshole By Nature is the man in the streets" - VIBE

"Trae embodies everything that is Texas in an artist. He's independent, strong and a survivor." -

"Trae Tha Truth (or just Trae) is one of the more authentic artists currently operating in Texas, if not the South in general." - HotNewHipHop

"Trae tha Truth is one of Houston's most imposing musical forces, a bona fide legend in the harrowing streets of southwest Houston." - Houston Press

The Song:

With a knack for telling compelling street tales and one of the smoothest voices in rap music, the prolific Trae Tha Truth represents for Houston wherever he goes. Delving into more personal territory for his ninth solo studio album, Trae returns with Tha Truth Pt. 3, a detailed portrait of the man behind the mic. An epic 18-track effort packed with street wisdom and rich storytelling, Tha Truth Pt. 3 is the second full-length this year from Trae, following Tapped In, a collaborative album with gritty Sacramento rapper Mozzy. Boasting an all-star list of guest appearances, and production from Watson The Great, Mook Beatz, Ayo The Producer, and others, Tha Truth Pt. 3 releases on July 21st.

Explains Trae, "Tha Truth Pt. 3 reveals more of my personal life. It's gonna be one of my best albums to date. full of instant classics and timeless music. I get more personal on this album-I'm not going to reveal exactly how - you'll have to experience it for yourself. But for one example, on 'My Intro Song,' I'm talking to my brother who was murdered."

As Houston's global ambassador, Trae has accumulated a massive rolodex, forming relationships with some of the biggest stars in rap music. Congregating 14 of his closest friends for an epic posse cut, Trae shares "I'm On 3.0," an epic and dramatic exercise in pure rap music. The third edition of Trae's star-studded "I'm On" series, which pays homage to Mark Morrison's classic "Return of the Mack" and features Morrison on each edition, the track boasts A-Listers like Snoop Dogg, T.I., and Rick Ross alongside quality up-and-comers like G-Eazy, D.R.A.M., Dave East, and Jay-Z's new favorite rapper Tee Grizzley, established lyricists like Fabolous, Chamillionaire, Curren$y, Styles P, and Royce Da 5'9". This edition of "I'm On," produced by Cyfyre & Watson The Great, bends genres, layering the virtuosic guitar-stylings of Trae's fellow Texan Gary Clark Jr. over the mellow, keyboard-laden beat. Spanning 8-minutes of straight bars and ethereal hooks, the Billboard-premiered "I'm On 3.0," a highlight from Tha Truth Pt. 3, is another fantastic entry in a series that has boasted appearances from luminaries like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, and many others.

"Everyone is familiar with my 'I'm On' series," explains Trae. "They're full of All-stars. We're the A-Team, the Avengers of hip hop. For the third version, we got Gary Clark Jr., who brings so much extra to the table. He's never been on a straight-up rap track like this one before. We're both from Texas and we got a lot of history. Most recently, he brought me out during a Rolling Stone party at SXSW."

Listen to "I'm On 3.0": https://

Pre-order Tha Truth Pt. 3:

Check out the Billboard premiere:

The Background:

There are three ways to write about Trae Tha Truth. One is to talk about his music, and that's important because he is a rapper and making music is what he does. The other is to talk about him as a human, and that's important, because he has done some truly monumental and impressive things. The third is to talk about the intersection of him as a rapper and him as a humanitarian, because that's where Trae really belongs. His music is often inspired by the experiences of the disenfranchised, which is rooted in the broken roads of the ghetto. It's driven by loss, by love, by loyalty, and by when one or two or all of those things are taken away or tested of those he cares about.

Trae Tha Truth is very modest, he never talks about his guest features he'd done or any of his new tapes (Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Nas, etc.) or how he'd landed another MTV JAM Video of the Week or how he'd signed to T.I.'s label or any of the things people were watching him accomplish from afar. What you need to about Trae is he is a rapper, who has only ever viewed rap as another way for him to help people. Trae Tha Truth's Tha Truth 2 is the second part of a two album series, following 2015's Tha Truth. The project came out on February 5th and is available to buy on iTunes.

"I'm On 3.0" Posse Cut: https://

Tha Truth Pt. 3:

“Children of Men” ft. J. Cole & Ink:


Listen to Tha Truth 2 on Spotify:

Listen to Tha Truth 2 on Soundcloud:

Buy Tha Truth 2 on iTunes:


"Slugs" ft. Young Thug -

"All Good" ft. Rick Ross, T.I., and Audio Push:

"Yeah Hoe":

"Takers" ft. Quentin Miller:

"Tricken Every Car I Get" (Video):

Tha Truth: //

"Yeah Hoe":

"Tricken Every Car I Get": //
Street Fighter II Charity Album Features 20 Hip-Hop Artists

Street Fighter II Charity Album Features 20 Hip-Hop Artists

A.B.: Twenty-four producers, DJs, and emcees from Richmond, Virginia are excited to present a collaborative hip-hop tribute charity album featuring the iconic melodies from Street Fighter II. Street Fighter: The RVA Warrior breathes new life into each of the world warriors' themes, and best of all, proceeds will be donated to the Richmond-based Building a Better RPS charitable organization to benefit public schools in the area.

The (W)rap Up - Week of June 20, 2017

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G.'s "The King & I" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[The King & I] Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. :: The King & I
Rhino Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"After "Duets in 2005 and "Greatest Hits" in 2007, it seemed like we were finally done with posthumous releases featuring the late great Christopher Wallace better known as The Notorious B.I.G. slash Biggie Smalls. Not so. We still had the "Notorious" soundtrack coming in 2009. That's fair. If you're going to make a movie about the life and times of Mr. Wallace an album to go with it makes sense, and as I noted at the time it was in some respects "a better 'Greatest Hits' album than the actual one" released two years earlier. You could cynically call it a cash grab if you liked, but it was no more or less of one than anything else released since his death on March 9th, 1997. A little over 20 years after that date was burned into the memory of hip-hop heads (and made unforgettable by the countless rappers to reference it), Faith Evans and Rhino released "The King & I" on May 19th. While many in hip-hop accepted and understood the need for a soundtrack to go with a Biggie biopic, the reaction to this Evans album has been much more muted. The album did crack the Billboard Top 200 its first week out, but a paltry 9,000 units sold didn't exactly light the world on fire. There wasn't exactly a remarkable amount of promotion leading up to what could arguably be an "event" album given the historical timing, and although Evans and Wallace were estranged at the time of his passing, they were not in any way divorced. In fact if you saw the aforementioned biopic you saw their son together - one Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr. - portraying his father at a young age. To be honest watching the film it was kind of eerie how much like his "Big Poppa" the young man was. If ANYBODY in the music industry is entitled to make a posthumous Biggie album it's probably "Fay.""

Kool G Rap :: Return of the Don :: Full Mettle/Clockwork Music 
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Return of the Don]"Respect for Kool G Rap is such in hip-hop that stories about him are apocryphal after over 30 years in the rap game. One such tale holds that Christopher Rios, the late great Big Pun, held him in such high esteem that he bowed down and kissed the ring on G Rap's hand when they met, a story G Rap later confirmed. Even if it was still out there in the unverified sphere that story would still come to mind when one sees that G Rap's new album is entitled "Return of the Don." That's the homage one would pay a "don," a title bestowed upon men of honor and seniority, an honorific befitting an elder statesman who has earned that level of admiration and loyalty. Nathaniel Wilson is just such a man both in and outside the confines of the music industry. Even though he tells the grittiest and grimiest of street poetry through his oratory, he does so as a skilled professional and conducts his business the same way. There's a reason you don't hear tales about G Rap being caught up in drama situations - he doesn't put himself on blast like that. As G would say himself he "keeps it 100" in all ways - musically and personally - so he gets respect as both a highly skilled lyricist and a wise business man that is a legend of the business. The title "don" should not be thrown around lightly, nor should any such honorific, but nothing in G Rap's life suggests it isn't befitting for him. Speaking of respect, hip-hop producer MoSS decided to do his own version of "kissing the ring" by producing all of G Rap's new album from start to finish. In modern day rap it's increasingly rare to have that kind of one-to-one relationship between artist and producer, when it's all about shopping for the hottest talent or biggest names who can pop off singles for you, but it bears repeating that G Rap is a respected veteran so he doesn't need to go out like that. People will come to him and say "I can make a hot beat for you to rap on" and he can simply pick and choose who to work with, and he obviously liked MoSS enough to trust him with the entirety of "Return of the Don." He wasn't wrong to do so."
Audio: Dae Dae - "New Wave" (@DaeDae @300)

Audio: Dae Dae - "New Wave"

AKW: Following the release of his breakout debut mixtape, 4 Reasons, featuring hits "Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)" and "Spend It," Atlanta rapper/singer Dae Dae continues to deliver melodic metaphors over hi-energy trap production with "New Wave." The Nitti Beatz-produced song shows Dae Dae in prime form declaring that a new wave is brewing in music and he's to blame. Premiering on WorldStarHipHop, the catchy track will be available on all DSPs next Friday, June 30th. It comes in preparation for the 300 Entertainment artist's upcoming mixtape, 5 Reasons, due out this summer!

Audio: PA's @Mazon717 Reflects Lyrical Intensity on Self-Titled Album (@FlyLikeDove)

Audio: PA's Mazon Reflects with Lyrical Intensity on Self-Titled Album

This week Mazon is celebrating the release of his self-titled album, which is now available on all digital outlets for download and streaming worldwide via ONErpm. With this project, the Harrisburg, PA songwriter explores life, relationships, career and more with a variety of intense wordplay.

In addition to the full-length album, Mazon also recently released a series of noteworthy freestyles, as well as the official video for his single "Banger" which has received critical praise from media and fans alike.

Listen to Mazon below via Spotify, and get the album on all digital outlets here:

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Audio: @QuakeMatthews @OurNeonDreams - "Confessions"

Audio: Quake Matthews f/ Neon Dreams - "Confessions"

M.S.: Rising rapper Quake Matthews has released the first single "Confessions" featuring Neon Dreams from his forthcoming album Celebrate The Struggle, which artfully blends the wide array of rap styles and sounds he's increasingly becoming known for. Name checked as one of Canada's top up-and-coming rappers, on "Confessions", Quake's raspy voice and raw emotion takes you inside his mind as he copes with his inner demons.

Video: @SoloForDolo - "Don't Rap!"

Video: Solo For Dolo - "Don't Rap!"

PP: Solo For Dolo drops the first audio visual experience from his upcoming "Last Call For Apathy" with the self produced "Don't Rap!" Single available now via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and all major digital outlets. Look out for the album "Last Call For Apathy" coming soon on Litehouse Musiq.

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