With a new project on the horizon, you could say Rellajamu is just getting us warmed up for the excitement around the corner. The brand has just released the mixtape’s official cover art, as well as the first single entitled Gratification from artist Rellajamu, produced by Atlanta native Two-9’s Dylan Tran. The eerie instrumental and silky flow makes for a strong first impression and single from Sins of a Father. The cover art was in collaboration with contemporary artist Robert Gallardo, as well as Tampa photographer Kenny Bobby. Give it a spin below.
Breaking onto the scene is newfound emcee Jordan Jordan as he connects with Memphis spitter Young Dolph for a fresh new joint in which he keeps it ‘Exotic’. Since taking rap music serious, Jordan Jordan has recorded along the likes of Project Pat, Zed Zilla, Don Trip, Shawty Lo, iHeart Memphis, and Snootie Wild. His latest single “Exotic” features fellow Memphis artists Young Dolph and his label mate Bino. The song speaks about the lifestyle that’s attached with wanting the finer things in life. Give it a spin below and let us know how you’re feeling!
Baltimore’s fastest upcoming emcee Phizzals returns this evening after releasing his highly anticipated video for his new single entitled, “TruE Step.” The uptempo, and always perky artist has been touring along the east coast, giving his live audiences a taste of what exactly the “TruE Step” is so that they can live the music rather then just listen. Kudos to Abeni Nazeer as he captures Phizzals and his entourage as they side-step any confusion as to the direction they are heading. Phizzals is bringing a new but familiar style to hip-hop that hasn’t been seen in years. Being called “Heavy P” by his fans that he calls “P-Gang” supports the many similarities and comparisons to the late great legend Heavy D. Hit the play button below and get ready to “TruE Step.”
Drew Parks, who is known for creating new sounds left and right, returns today to drop off his newest single “OMW.” The artist, who formerly went by the name of Drew32 a short time ago, is assisted on the production end of things, teaming up with frequent cohort Paul Judge. Parks is poised as he moves into a new chapter of his career, reassuring the listener of that with his polished flow and confident demeanor. Expect Drew Parks’ upcoming project Away We Go to arrive in mid-October.
Being dubbed Drake’s kid brother can only pave the way for more greatness.
Tory Lanez, the newcomer to some but known many, is a Toronto-native singer-songwriter and rapper who does all of the following effortlessly. On the stoop with friends, Lanez jokes until he sees an attractive girl that he refers to as “diamond”.
“If you decide to text me, then you decide to text me,” he says. Promptly, the song begins.
Love at first sight, Lanez flirts and courts his crush by day but by night, their newfound relationship takes a turn. In the fine and wise words of BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe), “Never trust a big butt and a smile.” Stay tuned for more music from his forthcoming 2016 release.
Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett is officially unemployed.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Bennett have agreed to a buyout that will make him a free agent.
Minnesota forward Anthony Bennett has reached agreement on a contract buyout, soon to free him on waivers, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2015
The former UNLV standout was the first player selected in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After continuous lackluster play, Bennett was traded to the Timberwolves along with the following year’s No.1 pick and eventual NBA Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins.
Once the buyout is finalized, the Wolves will place Bennett on waivers, and should he clear, Minnesota will be on the hook for whatever guaranteed amount both sides agree to, which will almost surely reduce the Wolves obligation from the $5.8 million he’s owed for 2015-16.
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With the release of The Source Magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, which highlights the most impactful personalities and entities in and around Hip-Hop culture within the past year, once again there is much debate regarding who has been included, excluded as well as the ranking order. Categorizing each list in terms of business, radio and digital, there is always much talk, both positive and negative when it comes to creating lists such as this one.
The publisher of The Source Magazine and famed entertainment attorney Londell McMillan paid a visit to Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” along with Brooklyn emcee Maino to discuss this year’s list, and to help promote #Source360 weekend–a celebration of the 7 pillars of Hip-Hop culture–which just took place this past weekend in Brooklyn’s Cultural District. Things got a tad bit heated as the show’s co-host Peter Rosenberg took exception to being ranked 24th on the Power 30 radio list, citing his overall influence compared to some of the jocks that we’re listed ahead of him, leading to a big picture discussion on Hip-Hop culture, and how it relates to DJs, breaking records, and different radio markets. Breaking down the criteria, McMillan shared how important it is to highlight radio jocks who may be in smaller markets but are the undisputed leaders of the culture in their respective regions. Thus grading them on a curve compared to jocks who are in much larger markets but not the unquestioned leader in said region.
As the conversation turned, Ebro and company lamented on some of the controversial incidents surrounding The Source Magazine over a decade ago when the brand was under old ownership. While acknowledging the misdeeds of his predecessors at The Source, McMillan staunchly pointed out that the brand has been on an upward trajectory since he took over as publisher years ago and intends to provide a voice to all curators of the culture whether it be as an MC, visual artist, DJ and more.
Each year, the passionate and sometimes heated debates which occur surrounding the Power 30 list is encouraged, further proving that The Source Magazine remains one of the most valued and respected brands in Hip-Hop culture. Watch the full interview in the video above and pick up the new issue which is on newsstands now.
“This was a fun and healthy debate on Hip-Hop,” said McMillan as he reflected on the interview during #Soruce360 weekend, “I look forward to more discussions to raise important issues in the culture. I did let Ebro off the hook, given I was in his house, LOL.”