There’s been a huge controversy going on about UK Drill, a subgenre of rap that originated in Chicago before making its way to London, characterized by a particular tempo and aggressive lyrics. Politicians and Police drew links between the genre and rising knife crime in England’s capital. At least 30 videos have been removed from YouTube, a West London group got banned from making music without prior police permission and, most recently, artists Skengdo and AM were handed suspended prison sentences for performing one of their songs on stage.
South London’s Krept and Konan have hit out against critics of the Drill music scene in their new track and accompanying short film, saying moves to ban it can push performers back to a life of crime.
Watch the thought-provoking video – directed by Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation signee Rapman, who shot to mainstream fame with his smash-hit YouTube trilogy “Shiro’s Story” – below:
Now this is the perfect soundtrack for your summer!
Germany’s super-producer Shuko (who’s worked with artists like Rakim, Talib Kweli, Tyga and T-Pain, just to name a few) has joined forces with fellow producer The Breed to bring you “Dippin'”, a homage to the 90’s West Coast sound.
10 instrumental bangers + the first single featuring Gangsta Rap legends King Tee and MC Eiht.
The rapper turned podcaster (check out N.O.R.E‘s “Drink Champs” show on YouTube!) is returning to his roots with his latest effort and pays homage to his humble beginnings in the apartment complex of Lefrak City, Queens where he was born and raised.
Meet Compton native Saint Malo.
The west coast rapper/songwriter/producer and label CEO launched his L.A. based indie label, The Music Life, back in 2012 with flagship artist (younger brother and Kendrick Lamar homie) Hitta J3.
Saint Malo‘s 10-track debut album, “Wild Wild West”, is executively produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Street Symphony, whose credits include 2 Chainz, Nipsey Hussle, Yo Gotti and Dave East.
Watch the video for “Pressure”, the project’s first single, and stream/download the full album (for free) here:
Harlem’s Capo Jim Jones is back with the release of his first album in 7 years, “Wasted Talent”.
The album also marks Jones‘ first project since signing to the management arm of Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation in early 2017.
The 18-track LP features guest appearances from fellow Dipset members Cam’ron & Juelz Santana,Yo Gotti, Mozzy, Lil Durk and more + production from former Diplomats in-house producers The Heatmakerz.
Check out the video for the latest single, “Dust & Power” featuring Jadakiss, and stream the entire album below:
Don’t call Cali’s Joe Moses a newcomer. After having released several mixtapes onWaka Flocka‘s BrickSquad Monopoly label, JM has moved on to a joint deal with Ty Dolla $ign‘s THMVMNT and Atlantic Records earlier this year.
“SuWop” is his major label debut and is oozing West Coast vibes all over it.
7 songs with features from heavy-hitters Snoop Dogg, Future, Wiz Khalifa and RJ.
Stream the L.A. street legend’s new EP and check out the visual for one of the project’s stand-out cuts, “16’s”, below:
The project was initially planned to come out under A$AP Yams‘ record label after he took the duo under his wing, but it ended up dropping for free on SoundCloud through Fool’s Gold. Now the duo has updated their 2015 album with 9 new songs, while making the deluxe version available across streaming services as well.