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Audio: ThisIsDA f/ Blu - "Won't Change" (@HerFavColor @ITSTHISISDA)

Audio: ThisIsDA f/ Blu - "Won't Change"

WPGM: This single is the second offering from ThisisDA's upcoming 'Based Off Black' EP, and comes on the back of ThisisDA's last single 'Sell Me'.

Audio: @BlackBoyMeat - "Big Girls" (@rRAPpromo)

Audio: Meat - "Big Girls"

RRP: Today, we're giving you Atlanta rapper Meat's new smash hit, "Big Girls," which is produced by Midnight Black. Come on, who doesn't like big girls? Check it out and let us know what you think about the track.

Audio: Arys Dejan - "THeCoDe" (prod. @ProLogic) @only1arys

Audio: Arys Dejan - "THeCoDe" (prod. Pro Logic)

Arys: ...Quick Update: My debut EP, LCBO (Life Can Be Overwhelming) drops on June/4/2015 so stay tuned for that.

Mixtape: The @AnsahBrothers - "Polaroid"

Mixtape: The Ansah Brothers - "Polaroid"

RiSH: The Ansah Brothers, consist of rappers and brothers Genesis Owusu & Citizen Kay. They have both been great music lovers from young ages. Both brothers pursue quite different hip hop careers but joined forces after a spontaneous collaboration on a song which came to be known as 'Ansah Brothers' & since then decided to form the duo.

Audio: Lou Nac - "In My Shoes" (@rRAPpromo)

Audio: Lou Nac - "In My Shoes"

RRP: We want to introduce you to an up and coming hiphop artist who goes by Lou Nac. His new track, "In My Shoes," has been featured on New York's Power 105.1 FM and is catching fire over the digital radio.

The (W)rap Up - Week of May 19, 2015

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Snoop Dogg's "Bush", then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Bush]Snoop Dogg ::Bush
Doggystyle/i am OTHER/Columbia Records

Author:Steve 'Flash' Juon

"There's no questionDr. Drelaunched Snoop's career and gave him the signature sound of his early years, but since "Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$" scored a monster hit in "Beautiful" it's clear that Pharrell Williams has become a classic Snoop Dogg collaborator behindANDin front of the boards. Their unique chemistry results in Snoop dropping his "Rhythm & Gangsta" on Pharrell's Star Trak imprint, where the distinctively quirky production behind "Drop It Like It's Hot" proved to be equally monster in its crossover appeal. Since they only seem to come back with more and more hits when they work together one has only to ask - why don't they do it more often? It seems they agree and "Bush" is the answer. Once again Snoop Dogg (abandoning his Bob Marley-esqueSnoop Lionpersona) has signed with a label under Pharrell's thumb, and this time it's thei am OTHERimprint. Rather than just producing a handful of tracks for the album which tends to result in some of Snoop's most memorable moments, this time the duo have doubled down by putting his production magic onALL TENtracks. Pharrell'sNeptunesamigo Chad Hugo lends a helping hand as needed, but if you had any doubt that it was about Pharrell you only need to listen to "California Roll" featuring Stevie Wonder. The song is as light and delicious as the cucumber, crab and avocado combo it could reference... but of course this is marijuana loving S-N-double-O-P we're talking about - so there's an entirely different "California" he was "rolling" here. Once his amigo P stops singing the chorus, the laconic Snoop Dizzle croons his verses over the instrumental, peppered with Michael Jackson style "WOOOOOO" interjections. The harmonica playing adds a whimsical element, and the big echoing drums that accompany them are vintage Pharrell."

Bou ::Thesis:: Young Hustle Music
as reviewed bySy Shackleford

[Thesis]"One of the most frequently-heard lamentations that each generation has for the next one is how they're possessed of a lack of respect, motivation and values. Once you're in your thirties, you begin to understand further. When I've gone out in public, I've overheard teens making statements that are just as ignorant as they are blasphemous (just like they're style of dress). I overheard two teenage boys praising Soulja Boy over 2Pac. Seriously. Ridiculously enough, they were both wearing skinny jeans while desperately trying to make them sag. I took the situation with a modicum of humor, but the point is the lack of respect that most of these younger folks exhibit nowadays. They claim to listen to hip-hop, but actually believe that any of the current crop of rappers can actually be juxtaposed with someone like Pac. In the parlance of the scientific method, these are the people who make sloppy hypotheses based on no data whatsoever, never test it out and do not perform any kind of research. But even in an ocean of fools, pearls still exist. One of those pearls has a name: Bou.Hailing from the Rosemary Hills section of Silver Spring, MD, Bou's been making quite the name for himself in the DMV area. With his drive as an emcee, his lyrical prowess indicates that he has a clarity of thinking that's uncommon among most people his age. Having released three mixtapes, including his third one "Radio Rap, Volume 1" earlier this year, "Thesis" is the second release and the strongest in my opinion. It's a substantial display of the 23-year-old emcee's growth and increased variety in terms of topics, flows, beats and insight. Bou's proven to have a certain degree of adaptation between the old and the new."

Loose Logic :: Loosid Dreams 2.5 ::Bandcamp
as reviewed bySteve 'Flash' Juon

[Loosid Dreams 2.5]"Not that long ago and in a galaxy relatively close by,Loose Logicdropped "Perception" and I spent a cold winter's night trying to decide which part of sunny California the "Southland" rapper hailed from. It's not that much clearer now than it was a few months ago, though his bio now notes that he got his first nomination for an award when he recorded "The O.C. Anthem." That's not a reference tothe angsty teen dramabut to the place it's named after - Orange County. That seems like it might narrow things down but it actually doesn't, given more people live in the O.C. than in 21 out of 50 states of the U.S.The one thing we can say for certain is that Loose Logic hails from a place where "population density" isn't just a reason to complain about the gridlock - it's a place where being the cream of the rap crop isn't going to come easy. It's created a hard edge to Logic's bars, made him a little combative and aggressive, simply in an effort to stand out from so many of his peers. That comes out loud and clear on "Are You Serious?" as he questions why some of those same competitors even bothered in the first place.Loose Logic doesn't have the gruff voice ofFreddie Foxxxbut he definitely has a level of anger he'd recognize. If I have to compare his sound to anybody though it's to "rip rock" hip-hop California artists like theKottonmouth Kings, though without their obsession about walking around in (self-made) clouds of smoke. It's not a bad style to have though, as it suits Logic well on the frantic "Automatic" featuring Cryptic Wisdom, as well as on the testosterone enhanced "Stay Schemin'" featuring CEO. His other closest point of comparison isSlaine, and you may catchdeja vuand think that's who you're listening to on songs like "Catfish" were it not for his lack of Massachusetts accent."

Raekwon ::Fly International Luxurious Art::Ice H2O Records
as reviewed byMatt Jost

[F.I.L.A.]"To use, perhaps not unreasonably, the language of business, rapper Raekwon has two strong brands to his name - "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..." and the Wu-Tang Clan. The former is one in a relatively small selection of solo albums but a universally acknowledged highlight of so revered '90s rap music. The latter is the collective he burst on the scene with in 1993, wherein he, particularly more recently, has assumed to role of guardian of tradition, acting as antagonist of the group's musical director, the RZA. Raekwon solo projects have been more miss than hit since his famed debut, at least until he released something resembling a sequel in 2009. Meanwhile in the fold of the Clan, he's nonetheless one of its most loyal and reliable members. As far as Wu-Tang solo careers go, however, only one is at its due status. The rest, including Raekwon's, seem more like a work in progress.That is to say that Raekwon himself is perhaps not the brand he could be. In fact, there does exist an esteemed brand involving his name, but it comes in combination with a second name - Ghostface Killah, the beacon that guided the Wu-Tang Clan brand through stormy times. But when you fit it all together, "Cuban Linx," the Chef, the duo of Ghost & Rae, you have a career resume that is rivaled by only a few. And even if you deny him the highest honors, one thing you can't deny is that the man is part of hip-hop's historic fabric. Raekwon has, as a Clansman and as the author of "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...," become one of rap music's defining artists.His style is too original to be subsumed under any specific movement, but his major contribution to the artform in general is rooting the abstract 'living large' idea of 1980s rap in the hard concrete of the New York City streets. In that role he has to be mentioned in the same breath as Kool G Rap, The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Raekwon is a master painter of opulently detailed tableaus that capture the atmosphere in the underworld's upper echelons."

Relic (Rel McCoy) :: The 13th Floor ::Bandcamp
as reviewed bySteve 'Flash' Juon

[The 13th Floor]"I was hooked before even pressing play by the wordsproduced entirelybyFresh Kils. Quiet as kept Andrew Kilgour has become one of my favorite producers, and it doesn't hurt that he's alsoincredibly down to Earth and friendlydespite possessing the kind of talent on the boards (and flipping live MPC performances) most aspiring producers would kill for. It doesn't hurt that he's hooked up withRelic a/k/a Rel McCoy, an rapper who started at a high level of talent and has seemingly improved from that each time out.Unfortunately we are well in advance of the June release date for "The 13th Floor," so there's not a whole lot of audio clips I can share with you from this album. If I'm being honest with you the reader I'm kind of mad about that. I'm mad at myself for not having the patience to wait until Rel and Kils leaked more audio from the CD, and I'm ever-so-slightly vexed they made something this good and there's nothing I can do but tell you it is and not show you the evidence. Fortunately there's at least one song floating around out there I can hip you to and that's "Breathe Easy." It's got a thumping bottom, razor sharp hi-hats, a xylophone backdrop, and a sung hook nobody could be mad at. The scratched in Guru lyrics at the end made me want to shed a tear and pour our a beer for the brother because he ain't here.DOPE.You'll have to take my word for it when I tell you that "Breathe Easy" isn't the exception to the rule on "The 13th Floor." Each of these 13 tracks (appropriate) brings you to another place where you can stop, get off, and look around for a working ice machine."

Shut-Ins and the Colony ::Underwrought (Re)Works::Neon Autumn
as reviewed bySteve 'Flash' Juon

[Underwrought (Re)Works]"This project comes from the creative/demented mind of Lucas Dix ofJellyfish Brigadefame. This time Jeffrey Acciaoli isn't supplying the production - though once again Dix is using the "found art" approach to making music. For those not familiar with his M.O., Dix accidentally created Jellyfish Brigade by deciding that his friend Acciaoli's electronic beats sounded good with raps on them, and a more permanent musical partnership ensued. The "Shut-Ins" have a similar story, although this time the producer in question has asomewhatmore traditionally hip-hop sound and style. Say hello to Ed Curtiss."Left My Bed Today (Blood In Your Toothbrush)" sounds like an anthem to depression, which may make you wonder why it's not a collaboration withD-Sisiveinstead of Jay Cobb Anderson. D-Sisive would be too mainstream for this album though, and if you know the artist in question, I'm going to let that concept sink in for a minute. Other than Dix himself there's literally not one person in the "Shut-Ins" I can identify. From the press release it's implied that Dix simply had one monster jam session with his friends, where the only rule was nobody could leave the party until they had finished a song for the album. I'm sure it's neither that simple nor that complex, but the truth that lies in between results in tracks like "Rerun (Shut-Ins: The Syndicated Television Series)" featuring Hives Inquiry Squad.There's an overarching dark and morose sound to the "Shut-Ins," which seems appropriate given their chosen moniker, so at times you may feel like you're listening to them recording therapy sessions. The closest you get to anything "upbeat" would be the singing on the hooks of "It Ain't Nothing (Teleferico)" featuring Kellen Asebroek and Stephen Sauer. I don't say "close" lightly because the lyrics are still a heavy exercise in self-actualization that could bring you down from even the biggest high."
Video: D21 x Eclectic Band - "Invasion of the Hustlers" (@BlackMobb)

Video: D21 x Eclectic Band - "Invasion of the Hustlers"

BB: 'Once Upon A Time In The Ends' is the explosive five track rock-rap fusion of UK born but US raised, London rapper D21. Having returned to his home city for the past 10+ years he's dropped this EP over the instrumentation of London band Sexy Levels for this exciting outing of hard rhymes and a diverse blend of drums, guitars and a generous dose of dopeness for good measure!

Audio: Sicko Mobb f/ Sinjin Hawke & Drippin - "How We Rock" (@Davey_Boy_Smith)

Audio: Sicko Mobb f/ Sinjin Hawke & Drippin - "How We Rock"

DBS: Chicago bop kings Sicko Mobb join forces with Sinjin Hawke and Norwegian drum god Drippin on 'How We Rock', which features on the Mobb's latest mixtape 'Mulah' - out today via Red Bull.

Video: Confidence Drops "Neck Snapping Drums Vol. 1" (@illadrenaline)

Video: Confidence Drops "Neck Snapping Drums Vol. 1"

Ill Adrenaline: Critically acclaimed underground producer and virtual beat school founder Confidence decided to put together drum kits that hes used in his own productions and beats for the likes of artists such as Rashad & Confidence, Purpose & Confidence, Beneficence, EDO. G, Gdot & Born, Neek The Exotic, Last Emporer, The Legion, The Regiment, Jaysaun, Wildelux, etc.
Video: Snhypa - "Lifestyle of a Stoner" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Snhypa - "Lifestyle of a Stoner"

RRP: The track, which is a fun Hip Hop song and a description of his lifestyle, is from Snhypa's upcoming album, Split Personality. Please watch the video and post a comment to let us know what you think.

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