Valee Calls Out Copycat Flow-Biters With This Tweet

Throughout 2018, Valee planted his toes in hip-hop’s fertile grounds, cementing himself as one the style’s most promising up-and-comers. Despite the truth that he has a lone EP to his identify, many have been fast to gravitate towards the G.O.O.D. Music signee’s laid-back circulate; some notable artists have been fast to attract direct affect, a prospect that will very nicely fall past homage. Of course, the breakout rapper continues to be within the course of readying his debut album, which is alleged to launch in some unspecified time in the future in 2019. In reality, we all know little or no about Valee’s upcoming endeavors, although a current tweet appears to sign his newfound power.

“In 2019 ya’ll can simply ask for a characteristic,” he writes, leaving followers to interpret his phrases accordingly. In reality, he may very nicely be alluding to the onslaught “biters” repurposing his circulate, mainly imploring them to ask the real-deal into the combo. On the opposite facet the coin, maybe he is merely feeling beneficiant, and seeks to dole out his vocals accordingly. After all, we have already seen him hyperlink up with Matt Ox, an unlikely collaboration to make certain. Either means, are you excited for an elevated dose Valee music?

J. Cole Is Politely Eating Off Everyone’s Plate

J. Cole, though a really non-public particular person, is absolutely conscious his public notion, particularly among the many youthful era. While the “Fuck J. Cole” motion has died down solely, Cole’s embrace the present state hip-hop — together with the Lil Pump’s and 6ix9ine’s — appears to have performed a task in his inventive house this yr. The Ok.O.D rapper’s been having enjoyable in 2018.

For the primary time since Friday Night Lights, I can genuinely say I’ve loved each single factor J. Cole has accomplished this yr. By no means would I contemplate myself a J. Cole Stan however there’s an argument to be made about how J. Cole proved each single one his doubters unsuitable, together with myself, this yr. Not solely with Ok.O.D — which is a high contender for rap AOTY — but in addition his visitor options.

Although Cole has been a continuing in conversations on-line, he didn’t essentially oversaturate or overextend himself this yr. In complete, he is delivered 9 visitor verses. Each time, he politely outshined his collaborator. Last week, Moneybagg Yo’s Reset dropped with an surprising characteristic from Cole. Over an eerie entice beat by Drumgod and Javar Rockamore, a “entice J. Cole” emerged and entered Moneybagg’s world, as he put it. That’s precisely what Cole has accomplished with many his options this yr: stepped out his personal consolation zone, proving he can play ball in anybody’s court docket. Did we expect in any other case?

Another prime instance this, is his current collaboration with J.I.D, “Off Deez.” Cole, once more, didn’t go his ordinary route with the track. Instead, he went into J.I.D’s lane whereas bucking photographs at his critics, together with different rappers. “N***as gon’ honor my title, boy, I’m a God on this recreation/ Y’all n***as homonyms, sounding the identical/ Not in my lane, so I can’t complain,” he raps. For anybody who thought of J. Cole “boring,” he spat it proper again of their face, energetically, at that.

Even earlier than he launched his debut album, Cole acquired reward from many the OGs within the recreation, together with Royce Da 5’9”. The two lastly united on wax earlier this yr on “Boblo Boat.” Cole’s pen recreation can’t be denied, however Royce can also be a monster in his personal proper. The collaboration, compared, to “Off Deez” or “Say Na,” was extra in Cole’s lane correct, however the North Carolina native nonetheless proved that he might go toe-to-toe with the Detroit legend. The similar may very well be mentioned about his collaboration with Rapsody on “Sojourner.” Clearly, Cole has made a concerted effort this yr to work alongside artists who he felt might problem him creatively, or else, that he merely appreciates. Every artist from Dreamville, with the exception Ari Lennox, collaborated with Cole this yr. While it’s at all times a superb look on paper to have Cole’s title on a tracklist, the efforts displayed all through his verses appeared equally helpful to Cole himself. Even his collaboration with Wale, on “My Boy,” was one the most well liked verses he spat this yr.

Cole quietly killed the whole lot he touched this yr. His run might haven’t been as prolific as somebody like Travis Scott, Young Thug, and even Lil Baby, however Cole was probably the most constant. For somebody who’s as massive as J. Cole, if there’s one factor to remove from his efforts, it’s that he’s not complacent together with his place within the rap recreation. He didn’t want every monitor to peak within the Billboard Hot 100’s high 10 for them to be impactful.

In a yr that was stuffed with an abundance music from legends the sport, Cole held down his personal and exceeded peoples’ expectations, or else, countered them solely. He gave rap followers what they wanted whereas concurrently proving that he isn’t comfy, nor does he need to be. With each verse he’s dished out this yr, he sounded as hungry as he’s ever been. In true Cole type, he did it with the utmost respect.

21 Savage's Top 10 Best Features Since "Issa"

In the three years and alter since his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, 21 Savage has repeatedly subverted expectations. While his first two mixtapes failed to determine 21 as a singular voice amongst Atlanta’s quickly rising new faculty, his 2015 EP with Sonny Digital, Free Guwop, was an unexpectedly sharp outing that gave us left-field hits like “Red Opps.” An eerie precursor to the horrorcore sound that might turn out to be his calling card, 21 constructed f this experiment by doubling down within the sales space, arriving nearly precisely 12 months later along with his second EP, Savage Mode, this time with Metro Boomin. His persistence and dedication to craft paid f; Savage Mode is a brilliantly curated assortment gleefully morose songs, and one the perfect initiatives  2016. 

Where he might’ve been flooding the market with mixtapes, EPs and different aspect initiatives, 21 Savage has opted to put low and hone his skills. After the viral success  Savage Mode his inventory rose significantly and he grew to become extra seen, however his subsequent mission – his studio debut, Issa Album – did not arrive for one more 12 months. It was solely after the spectacular gross sales  Issa, a feature-less showcase conviction that noticed a 3x platinum hit in “Bank Account,” that 21 broke custom to ship Without Warning, a shock collaborative effort with Metro Boomin and Offset Migos. Since then, he has as soon as once more launched into a year-long hiatus types, and has solely not too long ago began teasing a launch date for his sophomore effort. Through a sequence tweets he is confirmed that this yet-to-be-named album can be dropping in some unspecified time in the future this month, and along with his birthday proper across the nook (10/22), that launch date could possibly be as quickly as this week.

In anticipation 21 Savage’s subsequent mission, we have determined to comb by means of his options since Issa and assemble essentially the most spectacular visitor spots. Considering his affiliations with each pop stars and the underground Atlanta scene, some could also be extra acquainted than others. As all the time, make certain to spotlight your personal favorites and any options we might have missed within the feedback beneath.  

10. BlocBoy JB – “Rover”

A remix  BlocBoy JB’s first mainstream hit, “Rover,” this remix sees 21 Savage’s perpetually cool demeanor act as the proper foil to JB’s unbridled power. “Salt kills snails, not gamers,” he raps in a matter–fact method, sustaining his composure even when delivering the deadliest threats. The entire verse performs like a warning shot from Savage to an unnamed rival. 

9. Loso Loaded – “Never Seen”

Loso Loaded first rose to prominence alongside SahBabii after that includes on the latter’s 2016 breakout hit, “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick”. 21 Savage, who hails from the identical space Atlanta because the aforementioned up & comers, was fast to cosign each acts. 21’s circulate on “Never Seen” relentless and the lyrics are each humorous (“We movin’ silent, however the weed loud/Choppa kickin’ like Kung Pow!“) and witty (“come by means of like Obama – tinted”). 

eight. Sahbabii – “Outstanding”

Another ninth Ward connection, 21 first cosigned Sahbabii after Sah shouted out 21’s Slaughter Gang on “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick”. On “Outstanding”, a avenue single for Sah’s Squidtastic, they join for a hypnotic tribute to the finer issues. 21 skillfully balances Sah’s laid-back melody with an uptempo cadence that makes essentially the most out his temporary verse.

7. Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi”

An try at outdoing her uber assured breakout single “Bodak Yellow”, “Bartier Cardi” aimed for straight savagery and enlisted Mr. Savage himself to assist get the purpose throughout. 21 exudes a simple charisma on right here and embodies the cocky aura a newly minted star. In his personal phrases: “All these VVSs, ni***a, my sperm value hundreds of thousands”. 

6. Metro Boomin & Big Sean – “Pull Up N Wreck”

For some inconceivable motive, Big Sean has turn out to be a poster youngster for #BARS, ten positioned in the identical tier as a Kendrick Lamar. 21 Savage is not afforded as a lot respect within the lyrical enviornment as Sean, however his aggressive visitor verse on “Pull Up N Wreck” is a transparent spotlight on the complete, underwhelming mission. 

5. Travis Scott – “NC-17”

Travis Scott’s highly-praised Astroworld was residence to some essentially the most fascinating manufacturing 2018. It contained many enthralling beat switches that helped degree up tracks that will have in any other case been forgettable. One essentially the most charming moments arrives late within the album on “NC-17” as a twinkling, boyish beat morphs into one thing much more sinister, successfully clearing the trail for 21 Savage’s stark model realism. Although he is nonetheless shopping for Russian girls visas (seemingly a favourite pastime his), 21 can be stretching his vocals in new melodic methods on this monitor. 

four. Post Malone – “Rockstar”

Post Malone’s raps ten exist in a fantasy world his personal concoction; it is a stark distinction to 21 Savage’s grim, autobiographical strategy to lyricism. For somebody who has endured the sort upbringing 21 has, his present way of life might ten really feel past even his wildest desires, and from his first two bars he manages to seize that confused mixture disbelief and acceptance. This 7x platinum single, the primary Billboard Hot 100 #1 for each artists, expertly performs f their disparate kinds, positioning 21 Savage because the ruthless hustler-turned-pop star that Malone ten feigns to be. It’s a surprisingly potent experiment and, because of the overwhelming success this tune, we’re certain to get a sequel from the 2 earlier than lengthy. 

three. Quavo – “Pass Out”

As we talked about the opposite day, “Pass Out” is one the perfect collaborative efforts on QUAVO HUNCHO. 21’s verse right here is undeniably one his finest since final summer season. His circulate is catchy, the trademark ad-libs are as sharp as ever, and the lyrics are a string intelligent one-liners that embrace references to everybody from Will Smith, Diddy and Drake to Shiggy, Mickey Mouse and Ricky from Boyz n the Hood

2. FBG Duck – “Slide (Remix)”

FBG Duck, a Chicago rapper rapidly rising to prominence, had a minor hit on his arms with “Slide”. A menacing, over-the-top showcase bravado, it was solely becoming that he enlisted 21 Savage for the remix. “You suppose trigger you went and tatted your face, that shit make you powerful?” seethes 21 amidst an prolonged diatribe directed at pseudo-gangsta rappers. While it was initially onerous to think about how his sometimes reserved cadence would match as much as Duck’s half-screamed lyrics, 21 shirked any direct stylistic comparisons by coming in quick and powerful, and by peppering his verse with autobiographical accounts his personal turbulent historical past within the streets Atlanta. 

1. Tay-Okay – “The Race (Remix)”

Tay-Okay’s “The Race” has been extensively coated by the media. After being concerned in a homicide case at 15 years previous, Tay-Okay was positioned on home arrest. He proceeded to chop f his ankle monitor, go on the run, and make a tune about it. With a powerful however comparatively small underground buzz previous to this incident, the tune and it is affiliation along with his case rocketed ‘s prile and remixes began to pop up all over the place (Lil Yachty, Isaiah Rashad, and YBN Nahmir have all launched their very own freestyles over the beat). He acquired cosigns from a number of folks within the business, culminating on this ficial remix that includes 21 Savage and his cousin, Young Nudy.

After simply having crossed over from self-proclaimed “Slaughter King” to pop-star standing, 21’s verse is a charismatic, unfiltered have a look at the optimistic flip his life has taken. “Four reveals, n***a I should buy a Wraith/My avenue cred platinum, ain’t nothin’ pretend/Pulled as much as the Slut Walk with a Okay/You a web gangster, I am a ape,” he raps, referencing his chart-topping successes in addition to his relationship with then-girlfriend Amber Rose. Full venom but delivered with a joyous nonchalance, this verse is the archetypal 21 Savage verse, an ideal instance all that makes him such a fan-favorite. 


Lil Wayne Reportedly Still Hasn't Paid Nivea For "Tha Carter V" Feature

When Lil Wayne launched Tha Carter V, the tracklist and visitor options had been nonetheless up within the air. We had no clue what to anticipate. As everyone knows now, we ended up with an album full high-prile friends like Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, XXXTentacion, Nicki Minaj, and extra. One probably the most shocking options was from Nivea on “Dope New Gospel.” It was rumored that Nivea could be on a tune with Drake and Lil Wayne on the album, which she egged on throughout a podcast interview. Obviously, we all know now that Drake wasn’t featured on C5 in any respect however Nivea bought her spot close to the top the challenge. However, she’s saying that she has but to be paid for her position.

During an interview with The Breakfast Club, Nivea spoke on her upcoming music in addition to her relationships with The-Dream and Lil Wayne. She talked about her “Dope New Gospel” characteristic, revealing that she recorded the hook some time in the past. “We did that tune a yr in the past,” stated Nivea, “I wrote the hook and despatched it again and he stated ‘I like it!'” She goes on to clarify that she had no clue what was taking place with the observe till final month. Wayne reached out to her and advised her she made it onto the album, which she was clearly excited for. When DJ Envy requested if she’s gotten paid for her work although, she replied that he hasn’t come by way of but.

She could also be ready for that examine however there would not seem like any dangerous blood. She revealed that Weezy has by no means missed a toddler help fee so he ought to come by way of fairly quickly.

Quavo Teases Features On Solo Album Including Drake, Kid Cudi, Cardi B & More

Although Quavo introduced that his solo album, Quavo Huncho would drop in September, the month got here and went with out the venture in sight. However, it seems to be like he does intend on releasing it earlier than the tip the 12 months. The info pertaining to the venture has been scarce however right now, Quavo lastly unveils some the folks we might count on him to collaborate with on the album.

Quavo took to Instagram earlier to tease some the options on his forthcoming solo venture, Quavo Huncho. As anticipated, his Migos counterparts, Offset and Takef, might be featured on the venture in addition to fellow Quality Control artist, Lil Baby. In addition, Drake, Cardi B, 21 Savage, Huncho Jack counterpart Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Davido and Saweetie – who starred within the”Workin Me” music video – are all anticipated to seem on Quavo’s solo venture. 

Quavo kicked f the marketing campaign for his solo endeavors this summer time when he dropped three singles, “Workin Me,” “Lamb Talk” and “Bubble Gum” on the high August. 

While Quavo may be the primary out the three Migos to launch a solo effort, he is additionally assured followers that we might count on solo efforts from Takef and Offset. We’ve heard Offset on his personal on just a few events, however everybody’s ready to listen to what Takef brings on his solo effort. Keep your eyes peeled for all three Migos’ solo albums. 

TM88 Adds Lil Uzi Vert To Upcoming Project & Teases Release Date

This year, we’ve seen producers releasing their own projects more ten than usual. Since producers deserve a lot more shine than they receive on a regular basis, it’s nice to see certain names bolster themselves into the spotlight. With Zaytoven, DJ Esco, Danny Wolf, and Ronny J all throwing their names in the hat, TM88 wants in on the action. The 808 Mafia producer has already announced a loaded list collaborators for his upcoming project and it’s just gotten a little spicier as he will be doing some more work with Lil Uzi Vert on it.

TM88 took to Twitter to announce that he was adding a track with Uzi to the upcoming 88 project. With the statement, he also hinted at a possible release date, giving us a timeframe on when we can expect the project to see the light day. Noting that the label told him they would release 88 during the second week September, the producer couldn’t contain his excitement as he confidently wrote, “Project so hard bro.” 

Uzi is a solid addition to a group talent so large that this could be a surprising album. With Future, Moneybagg Yo, Gunna, BlocBoy JB, Juicy J, Smokepurpp, Offset, Juice WRLD, Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti and others already expected to make appearances on the tracklist, Uzi is a welcome choice. TM88 was, course, the producer Uzi’s hit single “XO Tour Llif3” and if they could create another one those, we’re in for a treat. 

Gucci Mane Says Indie Rappers Need "Major Paper" To Get A Feature

Gucci Mane is one the most prolific artists our time. Between EP’s, mixtapes and albums, there’s not many other artists who have as much success as Gucci with the same amount musical output. In addition to that, he’s always been one to keep his ear to his streets. Despite his star status, he’s also been one to keep his ear to the streets. He’s constantly given lower-tier artists verses but the question is “how do they manage to get a verse from Gucci?” The answer to that question is pretty simple but not as attainable as you’d think.

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In a recent live stream, Gucci revealed what an indie rapper needs in order to get a feature from him. The answer is what you’d expect: a lot money. 

“An indie artist gotta have some major paper.” He said, “If an indie artist got some major paper, I’mma give him some fuckin’ wit. I respect the independent hustle, I came from that. But you gotta come correct, ain’t no other way around it.”

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It’s not that shocking to hear him say that. Gucci’s a man about his bread, as he’s always been. In addition, Logic Paul allegedly landed that Gucci verse for “It’s Everyday Bro” for $250K. It’s unsure if that’s his regular standard for feature verses but “major paper” is probably reference to a lot money. 

Peep the video below.