Over the weekend, music lovers received new projects from DaBaby, Westside Gunn and more. DaBaby’s new release, Blame It On Baby comes less than a year after his sophomore release, Kirk. On the other hand, Westside Gunn’s, Pray For Paris is his third solo release.
The Griselda rapper took to Twitter to repost a photoshopped picture portraying his album’s quality to be better than DaBaby’s, Blame It On Baby.
Rap’s competitive nature still reigns amongst rappers. Pray For Paris revives the posse cuts missing from Hip-Hop. Of course, the album features his Gunn’s Griselda family, Conway and Benny The Butcher. In addition, Tylerthe Creator, Joey Bada$$, Wale, Freddie Gibbs and more make appearances on the album as well. The album’s cover art and packaging was created by Virgil Abloh. The Off White head honcho played the entire album on Twitch prior to its release.
DaBaby album features an all-star cast including Megan Thee Stallion, Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Roddy Ricch, Ashanti and more. The album sparked a number of hilarious memes across social media. Black Twitter did not go easy on Rap’s 2019 rookie of the year. One fan even commented about people criticizing the Charlotte, NC rapper for having one flow.
Despite the ridicule of Blame on Baby’s quality, the album is projected to move over 150,000 units in its first week.
Both Westside Gunn and DaBaby represent different aspects of Hip-Hop, so who do you think had the better album?
Carti amped-up his fans after recently teasing cover art on his Instagram. Almost 2 years have passed since the Atlanta rapper released a project and time has been far spent for famished fans.
Drake has been busy extremely active to start the new decade. So far he has had two songs peak at the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100. his “Toosie Slide,” his most recent release, currently sits atop the chart. During Quarantine Season, he has previewed a number of unreleased music from his upcoming album. He also urged Playboi Carti to drop their collaboration, which is expected on Carti’s next album, Whole Lotta Red.
With the utmost subtlety, OVO’s head honcho spiced up the momentum by posting a picture on his Instagram story potentially listening to Carti’s new project.
If you look carefully, Drake is playing from Quicktime Media Player, leading many to assume he’s either listening to Carti’s new project or their collab “PAIN 1993.” All we know as of now is Drake is getting an early listen to new tunes from Playboi Carti. Hopefully, we can share the same sentiment by the end of this week.
The groundhog did not see his shadow, and while we are not that keen on superstition, we might have to believe him on this one. The weather is unseasonably warm. Sure, you can say that’s because of the deteriorating ozone layer and global warming— That really is a thing.
But we think there might be another reason.
According to The Source’s MUSIC FRIDAYS, there are other reasons why this winter is unusually warm. Some of your favorite artists are out here throwing flames all over the place and this week there are some fire spitters that we want you to be all the way up on them.
The Source’s MUSIC FRIDAYS presents new releases from your favorite artists.
Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
Lil Mosey’s debut album, Certified Hitmaker, has been shaking things up for a minute. The 14-track collection was propelled to the top of the charts arriving at the #12 spot mostly due to songs like “G Walk” featuring Chris Brown and premier guests like Gunna, Trippie Redd and British rapper, AJ Tracey.
Another thing that is keeping the Seattle, Washington artist in front view, particularly for the new year, is the release of his banging new video directed by Michael Garcia for “Never Scared.”
“Never Scared” stars Redd and primarily conceptualizes in less than six minutes their meteoric rise to the top of the charts.
Michael Garcia has been rocking it out of the box!
While this record remains at the top of the charts. He is still living lovely off the success of his gold debut project, Northsbest which gave the audience several quality singles and the platinum song, “Noticed.” Altogether, this new artist that has performed like is a vet, has exceeded 2.3 billion streams globally.
Mosey is continuing to show us why he is never scared.
Reinvention is often difficult for musical acts, especially those who achieved recognition at a level that may have suffocated their true artistic aims. For Qveen Herby, shaking loose the ghosts of music’s past has come relatively easy and she lands full circle with the release of her latest project, EP 7.
Some might remember Qveen Herby as one-half of the viral YouTube duo Karmin, who blew up after their cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” which led to a major record deal. However, the crushing weight of corporate meddling and a burning desire to be true to herself moved Qveen to embrace Hip-Hop music in a more organic fashion that still manages to capture the playful bounce of her past group.
Now in the front all alone, Qveen has dropped her latest set, EP 7, a matter of fact title that illustrates the number of short projects she’s released over the past two years with her ex-Karmin partner and boyfriend Jedii Nick on the boards willfully playing the back while Qveen takes centerstage.
EP 7 is a kaleidoscopic audio journey that has the high-gloss sheen and sound of big pop tunes skilfully meshed with the hard, head nod-inducing bop of trap-influenced Hip-Hop. As a rapper, Qveen’s verbal dexterity and lyrical stylings are at times comically boastful yet entirely believable.
Yes, the pop stylings are audibly present but this time, the music doesn’t feel packaged to only be played in some artisanal coffee joint for college kids who wear thick-soled shoes for an ironic fashion effect. EP 7 sounds like an album from a woman who knows exactly who she’s speaking to and for, all the while paying reverence to those who came before her with a chest-out bravado that her male counterparts in Hip-Hop wield fearlessly.
With its lead single “Cheap Talk,” it would be fair to say that few would know what to expect of Qveen and that’s true across the five-song, 11-minute journey on EP 7.
To go along with the EP’s release, a video for the project’s lead track “Vitamins” was also unveiled to the public.
When asked what Qveen Herby’s aims are with just dropping EPs over a full-length, she answered as confidently.
“I love dropping EPs cuz it’s basically half an album every few months,” Qveen told us. “My team keeps getting tighter, I’m honing my craft, and my artistic vision for Qveen Herby is becoming more refined. Even my visuals have evolved to show more of my quirky persona and lean into my uniqueness. You can hear and see me becoming my true self through my EPs.”
She added in her comments that she hopes to tour in the coming year and reconnect with her legion of fans across the globe, especially those who have stayed along for the ride to the switch from Karmin to Qveen Herby.
In a tweet from last month, Qveen mentioned fellow fierce firebrand Rico Nasty after seeing the “Big T*tties” star in one of her dreams. When asked if their pair will collab soon, it appears that the idea is fresh on Qveen’s mind.
“I have yet to connect with Rico Nasty but she’s so brilliant, saw her perform on tour with my friend/goddess Maliibu Miitch this past spring,” she shared.
Check out Qveen Herby’s excellent EP 7 in the streams below. Learn more about Qveen Herby and cop the six previous joints here.
An event planning agency based in New York City, Mor.Bookings is a platform that gives musicians across all genres opportunity to showcase their talent and skill-set. Their newest initiative, City 2 City (Vol 1) Mixtape series seeks to market emerging artists and promote their music via streaming platforms.
As if he didn’t already have the music world excited with the announcement of his second annual ASTROWORLD Festival a few days ago, Travis Scott is now gearing up for the release of new music in the form of a single titled “Highest in the Room.”
Dropping this Friday (October 4), Travis’ latest musical offering also comes accompanied by three different artwork designs (seen above). The main one seems to be the burning ladder extending into the clouds — it’s a dope work of art in itself that alludes to the song’s title perfectly without having to say much. The alternate cover goes for a more direct approach, infusing the words “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” in a typeface that matches the Basquiat-esque figure also present in the artwork. The third could be a whole other song altogether, especially because a song titled “SHE FILLS MY MIND UP WITH IDEAS” with an alien head on the cover looks like a very Cactus Jack sorta move. Either way, we’re definitely excited to see what the rap superstar has to offer to cap off the workweek with.
Look out for “Highest in the Room” by Travis Scott to arrive this Friday (October 4). No word yet on if this is for a new album, but we’ll keep you updated with the latest.
Many peeped shorty from her stellar season on Jermaine Dupri’s hit show on Lifetime, The Rap Game.Others know her from her rough and rumble Baltimore accent and even rougher flows on the mic. She is undeniably in possession of one of the most gifted pens of her generations. But still, despite how dope she is, she tends to be a loner.
Hence, when she dropped her new record DEEvsEVERYBODY over the weekend, the title did not shock anyone. She has built a reputation as a fighter- and this project allows her to wear that sentiment on her sleeve.
Song for song… she brings something that is a most wonderful extension of the blazement that Rhapsody gave earlier this summer.
On her title cut, she approaches the song like she is Mayweather sparring with her lyrical opponents. And her Deebo has the same vibe. She steps to the mic with a crazy interpolation of the classic 90s Bad Boy joint, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” “Who’s hot, who not????” is a question you don’t have to ask… the answer again is clear. Continuing with a Bad Boyesque sequencing, she gets in her bag with the club banger “Whoa.”
By the fourth song, “HIGHS and lows!”she shifts her style. It is a needed departure from the tonality of the first three songs. So far, if you are listening to it from start to finish, it emerges as one of the best songs on the record thus far.
The fifth song is her first R&B feature, in “GEEKIN!” It is a love song and shows a more mature side of her. It is sweet to hear her so vulnerable. It also as a concept feels perfectly sequenced after “HIGHS and lows” and before the previously released, “All of Me!” The reason is simple… these three songs are commercial and prove that she has her finger on the pulse of her peers. It is hard… because so many rappers who are lyrical miracles find it hard to find the balance, but so far this project finds the balance.
deetranada has an interlude called “Feelings” that could be a song. It shows maturity and a musicality that shows that the project gets stronger and stronger the further you get in to it. Sure there is a lot of autotune and voiceboxing that distorts her raspy signature voice… but is excusable because she clearly has a POV that needs to be heard – however we get it. Its good.
Her storytelling rhyming skills on “Hoodlums” are exquisite. “Outside” is another bop. It shows that she has a good control over her instrument- combining those aforementioned storytelling with some melody. “PICC a Side” changes the game as it trap sound is a departure from the other type of songs on this album.
“I Might!” and “Beep Beep!” ride beats and clearly are crafted for the trap club scene. More often than not, the style that deetranda raps on songs like these in over shines her exceptional lyricism. For people who simply want to hear her r.a.p. this might be frustrating. They also are not the energy as the earlier songs… which is reclaimed with “ATTITUDE!” featuring StarrZ. She holds B-More down with her performance on this rapid paced joint.
The reflective song “ANXIETY!” featuring E. FOSTER could be an anthem for so many folk out there dealing with the pressures of the world and moving through a world where it is difficult to see who is friend or foe. The song is too short… because you want more… but it is just enough so that you appreciate what she is saying. Layered with musical texture, this might be one of the top four songs on the 15 track release. “FLAWS!” featuring E. FOSTER might be one of them also.
In a very Eminem-ish way, she has mastered a way to communicate depression, social angst and self-reflection on this project. It is quality and proves she is on her way to make a name for herself.
Sounds like the little girl from the TV show is grown up and ready to be seen en par with other femcees that have come before her.
We also send the emerging lyricist a salute for joining us this past August for SOURCE360 where she shines in both Brooklyn and Harlem. Count in it, deetranada will be a major star, soon come!
Anyone that got turnt up with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg during their performance of “Bezerk” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards last month will definitely get a kick out their equally wild new music video that just dropped today.
Featuring a core cameo by Hit-Boy, who also produced the head-thumping track off Big Sean’s upcoming album Don Life, the video takes us from the trap all the way to Tune Town with a stunning set of visuals directed by Sean, Ferg and director Mike Carson. From the squad of looney-looking kids who seem to be up to no good, to a hot air balloon party with a strict dress code — white tees only! — this music video looked like loads of fun to create for everyone involved in the production.
Peep the music video for “Bezerk” by Big Sean & A$AP Ferg above, and be on the lookout for Sean’s upcoming album, Don Life, in the near future.