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10 Rappers Who Are Going to Blow Up in 2017

March 12, 2017
Amine

Caroline, you divine.” That one of the most infectious hip-hop singles of 2016 traces it’s roots to the city of Portland, Oregon is as unexpected as the sheer fact that a Portland native is now poised to take the industry by storm. Aminé (pronounced “Uh-Mean-Aye”) is that artist, and “Caroline” is the Republic signee’s debut single. Released in March, “Caroline” has ridden it’s wave of bouncy funk to the tune of over 83 million streams on Spotify to date, while it’s more recently released music video is set to crack the 45 million mark on YouTube. Aminé directed the visuals and also co-produced the smash hit, proving his talents aren’t limited solely to rapping. With “Caroline” now in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 (currently at No. 14), and after a recent performance on The Tonight Show, Aminé heads into the new year with a chance to capitalize on one of the most surprising, lowkey massive hits of the year. Judging by his Calling Brio project and recent follow-up single “Baba,” Aminé has plenty more to offer.

Russ

Russ

There is perhaps nobody in music marrying prolific output and consistently high quality like Russ. For the better part of the last two years, the Atlanta native has been a man possessed, releasing a new track or video on nearly a weekly basis. Though he’s been able to transform his work ethic into a contract with Columbia Records, Russ still operates like an indie workhorse, building up an ever-growing and dedicated fanbase through a SoundCloud stream he constantly refreshes with songs in which he raps, sings, produces and mixes himself. It’s a rarity for a Russ record to NOT pass the million play mark these days, and his four music videos from the last nine months have collectively racked up 48 million views. His biggest hit to date, “What They Want,” has nearly 24 million of those, with another 51 million plays via Spotify, and he’s picking up more steam with every passing week. From rapping to singing to producing all of his own material, Russ is truly a one-man show, and as he’s built up his fan base just about as organically as possible, it’s safe to say there’s no stopping Russ in 2017.

Smino

Smino

It’s been some time since the city of St. Louis has had a prominent voice in hip-hop—not since the heyday of Nelly (and maybe Chingy?). Smino is here to change that. Spending time in the current creative hotbed that is Chicago, the rapper has seen firsthand what it’s like for a city to rise to a widely respected conglomerate of hip-hop talent, and hopes to do the same for his hometown with his own brand of “futuristic funk” mixed with “soulful rappy shit”—as he describes it. He’s got a unique voice, a variety of flows, and top-notch production, most notably from frequent collaborator Monte Booker. He’s worked with respected names like Chance The Rapper, Noname, and Saba, and just wrapped up a tour with another buzzing Chicago artist in Mick Jenkins. Now that he’s inked a deal with Downtown Records (who recently signed a unique distribution deal with Interscope Records), we can’t wait to see what’s next from Smino.

 

True Hip Hop Music Lies Underground

March 11, 2017

I beat the p*ssy up, up, up.

Hold on folks, what the hell? Did rapper LoveRance really say that he’s going to beat a vagina up? Oh yes he did. Folks, this is the state of the so called hip-hop industry today. I sadly announce that as of right now, hip-hop is malnourished and needs the love and attention that it once got.

Hip-hop has a rich history of being the voice of those who are disenfranchised. It was a way for many to express what it means to grow up, for lack of a better word, in the g...


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Booty Bassment at Whistle Stop Bar Brings back the Hip Hop

March 11, 2017

Nights out on the town in San Diego are always full of excitement and fun, with eclectic and unique bars scattered all around the city. While you may have a usual routine for your nights off of work, we have some good evidence for you to switch up the weekends in the future. If you’re looking for a new experience from your usual Saturday night out, look no further than the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.

Especially if you were a nineties kid, you definitely remember the heyday of hip hop mus...


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Nappy Roots Brings its Southern-Fried Hip-Hop to the Ready Room This Wednesday

March 11, 2017




Since forming in 1995, Bowling Green, Kentucky hip-hop act Nappy Roots has bounced around rap's underground, seemingly unable to live up to the promise of its early output (or, at least, to capitalize on that promise). It's no matter though: The classics are still classic. 2002's
Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz produced the group's most well-known singles, “Awnaw” and “Po' Folks,” while Nappy Roots was still signed to Atlantic Records. The album's followup, Wooden Leather, failed to attra...


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