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the9elements Presents: “The Whole 9” w/ LR Blitzkrieg

2018 marks the return of our interview series The Whole 9. To mark the return, we take it to Planet Brooklyn, and chop it up with aspiring emcee LR Blitzkrieg. He’s known as a member of indie Hip Hop crew The Plague, alongside Pack FM, ToneDeff, Poison Pen, and Substantial. His most recent release, a single titled Proxy serves as a tribute and prayer for Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and Philando Castille, all slain by police. Check out our interview with him below. For more on him, check out his website.
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4K Tay – No Rap Cap (Mixtape)

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Helmed by CEO Nitt Da Gritt, RGF Productions has been a mainstay in the Hip Hop scene for the past several years with breakout music superstar Fetty Wap. For all of his massive mainstream success, Remy Boy Monty has also made a name for himself, also releasing notable hits. As of late, RGF has shined the spotlight on their emerging acts, namely the duo known as Guwii Kidz, who recently released their single “Please Don’t Call Me,” featuring Fetty Wap at the tail end of 2018.

Now, with the new year in full swing, RGF Productions brings 4K Tay to the forefront. Having been earning his stripes amongst the collective for some time now, the newcomer is ready for his time in the spotlight. This comes in the form of his debut project No Rap Cap, which was premiered by HotNewHipHop. The 15-track project features guest appearances by his RGF brethren including Fetty Wap. Speaking with HNHH, 4K Tay shared that maintaining authencity was the inspiration behind this tape, sharing: “I really wasn’t going to take rap serious. I’m hearing these rap songs everyday and these dudes are rapping [about] my life and I know for a fact some of them are lying. Thats where the No Rap Cap shit comes about. Cause the shit i’m talking about, i’m speaking all facts. I’m giving to them folks like that.”

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Joe Hodges – Self-Titled (EP)

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Detroit’s own super producer Joe Hodges, releases his debut EP Self-Titled featuring an assortment of artists from LA, New York, Charlotte, and Toronto. The vibe of the project is a mix of new age R&B, Hip Hop, and trap. This album is sonically and thematically universal in feelings. Notables such as SYPH and Jae Hall do not disappoint on tracks The City and 323 Interlude.
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Icewear Vezzo & The Olympicks – Free Me (EP)

Until he’s released from The Feds, enjoy this new mixtape from Icewear Vezzo, and production team The Olmypicks, simply titled Free Me.
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Lil Xan Says He Will Change His Name

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Lil Xan’s has a hit song and superfans trailing him around NYC, but says he’s about to make a big change, because he wants to set a positive example. The rising young rapper was in Times Square when we asked if he’s involved with Hip Hop’s anti-Xanax movement, since it’s the root of his stage name. Xan broke some news about when he’s changing his name and why with TMZ.

They also joke with Lil Xan about not being able to tie his shoes, dealing with his young admirers and his doppelganger from Shameless, check it out.
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Farazi – Days Of 90 Pt. 2 (Instrumentals)

Days Of 90 Pt. 2

Farazi releases the second installment of the Days Of 90 instrumental album series. Produced at the 90BPM Studios in Istanbul, between the years 2014 and 2016.
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Shareef Keyes & The Groove – Cooking Something (Album)

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Brooklyn raised singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Shareef Keyes, unites a collective sound of funk, hip-hop, and alternative R&B with the help of a twelve-piece band of New York City’s finest young artists hailing from Juilliard, The New School, and Berklee College of Music, ultimately creating Shareef Keyes & The Groove. Inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, and Wu-Tang, Keyes & The Groove have played memorable performances for crowds at Harlem Arts Festival, Pianos, Bowery Electric, Public Factory, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Webster Hall. Last year, the 25-year-old creative notably opened for jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers in front of a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.

Today, Keyes & The Groove are thrilled to reveal the next chapter of their discography with new LP, Cooking Something. A project four-years in the making, the album is curated by Keyes and his older brother, Glo’. Cooking Something hones in on the band’s distinctive sound of fusing 70s jazz-funk influences with a modern hip-hop undertone. A cohesive project from beginning to end, the LP holds a savory catalog of tracks like, “Potato Salad,” “Macaroni and Cheese,” “Cornbread,” and the legendary Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang lends some bars on cut LP “Spaghetti Fettuccine.’ Providing a sonic palette to accompany the album’s title, as well as a number of Keyes orchestrated segues, the project proves a masterful fusion of nostalgia inducing throwback sounds and modern influences that jazz heads, hip-hop enthusiasts, and R&B experts alike will find solace in.

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Evidence Revealed In Nelly Alleged Rape Case

FILE PHOTO: Hip hop artist Nelly arrives at the 2008 BET Awards in Los Angeles

All the evidence gathered in Nelly’s alleged rape case has been released, including surveillance videos and photos from the night of his arrest.

As was previously reported, Auburn PD, in Washington State, completed its investigation last month, and prosecutors dropped the case, primarily because the alleged victim refused to testify. Now that the criminal case is closed, cops are revealing photos and videos gathered during the investigation.

The accuser, Monique Greene, has filed a lawsuit against Nelly for sexual assault and defamation. Nelly has vowed to sue her, although he’s yet to file.

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Creek Boyz – Trap Digits + Loco

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Today, Baltimore County internet sensations, Creek Boyz released two fire singles, Trap Digits and Loco. Their debut mixtape 1-11 drops on March 2nd.
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Chris Dave and The Drumhedz f/ SiR & Anna Wise – Job Well Done

Chris Dave and The Drumhedz

Today, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz release Job Well Done, taken from The Drumhedz’ debut self-titled album (out January 26th via Blue Note Records). The track features Top Dawg Entertainment’s SiR and frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise.
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Ash The Insomniac – Call The Cops


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