Nique Robinson’s Beautiful Thing

At a time when it seems like rap music could not be more depressing, Nique Robinson is offering something different. The Illinois based lyricist recently premiered his latest single “Beautiful Thing.”

Perfectly entitled, “Beautiful Thing” takes a more positive approach to life. According to Nique Robinson the song is about “finding the beauty in the struggle of being an aspiring artist and life itself.”

Undoubtedly, such positivity is a breath of fresh air in a hip hop climate downtrodden by the woes of depression and drug use.

 

Blac Chyna Debuts Deserve

Blac Chyna is known for a plethora of things and now she’s adding rapper to her resume. Yesterday, Blac Chyna debuted her first single “Deserve.”

Vocal Chyna is certainly no new comer to fame and she called in a favor from a few talented friends for her first single. “Deserve” features Chicago crooner Jeremih and Memphis based lyricist Yo Gotti. While it could easily be said that “Deserve” is Blac Chyna’s own brand of female empowerment, the argument that the song promotes gold digging could easily be posed as well.

Though the intentions of the song may be debatable one thing that is certain is Blac Chyna’s fan based. Her following is undoubtedly great enough to make “Deserve” a hit. The only question is will they do that.

Deserve

Illi – B4U

It has been just more than a year since Illi debuted his last project “Windy” and he has yet to stop working. Today, Illi kept that same energy and premiered his newest video “B4U.”

“B4U” is a love song the way only The Boy Illinois could create. The upbeat tune inevitably inspires a bop, but the lyrics will make you swoon.

Illi’s costar can be described as nothing other than gorgeous. The chocolate coated beauty compliments him perfectly as the two lay on white sheets.

The visual is simple, yet fun and effective. From scenes of Illi presumably shooting his shot at the coiled haired beauty to performance shots of his signature dance moves “B4U” is perfect.

Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Fetti

Last year Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist assured fans that their joint album would be complete. Though up until September when Curren$y took to social media to encourage Freddie Gibbs to complete his lyrics, the album seemed like an empty promise. Fast forward to today and fans are rejoicing as Fetti has finally made it’s debut.

Fetti, an nine track effort is the sole effort of three of hip hop’s most notable. The Alchemist laid the groundwork for each of the nine tracks, arguably delivering some of his best work. The living legend makes it clear his relevance is nonnegotiable.

Freddie Gibbs represented Gary Indiana in a way the world hasn’t seen since Micheal Jackson. Punchlines delivered in through a barrage of different flows serve as reiteration that Freddie Gibbs has earned his spot in hip hop.

With one of the most identifiable voices in hip hop, Curren$y was everything fans would expect. The New Orleans native took off. Sounding like real life royalty of The Alchemist’s beat, Curren$y delivered quotable lyrics via laid back flows in the way only he could.

Disappointingly short, Fetti is just more than 20 minutes long. But in that short time the trio reminds the world that versatility of hip hop is never to questioned.

Fetti

Sunny Woodz Creates Vibes

Sunny Woodz is no stranger to hard work. Fortunately for his fans that hard work always results in a vibe and this time is no different. This morning Sunny Woodz debuted his latest single “Vibes.”

One might think that preparation for one of the cities most anticipated showcases would keep anyone busy. While that may be true it isn’t keeping Sunny Woodz too busy to put out music to be the soundtracks of his fans lives his newest single “Vibes” brings some of Chicago’s most notable rappers together the way only Sunny Woodz can.

Wheatie, Twista, and GLC are one hell of a trio. Their individual flows come together, seamlessly to create the ultimate vibes. The new comer opens the song with a subtle energy drawing fans in. Followed by the living legend who switches flows mid verse. The Hometown Hero brings home with witty lyrics the way only he could.

Perfect for a kickback or a car ride, “Vibes” definitely belongs on repeat.

Justin Famous – VIII

Tonight, at Oasis2128, Justin Famous held a listening session for his new album VIII.

A true labor of love and creativity, VIII is a nine track album Justin Famous took a year to create. VIII is where lyricism, creativity, and great production meet.

Justin Famous took time after each song to give his audience some insight into the inspiration behind it. His limitless personality took the stage throughout the evening and the album. Strategically planned, riddled with versatile flows, and positivity, VIII is what the current climate of hip hop is missing.

Justin Famous has a lane of his own and the talented he recruited is cut from the same cloth. Reiterating that Chicago is in no short supply of talent at all.

VIII

Dave East x Styles P – Beloved

Overnight one of hip hop’s living legends joined forces with a headliner to put out a project to change the climate of music. Dave East and Styles P debuted Beloved at midnight.

Highly anticipated is an understatement when it comes to Beloved. Dave East has been everything except quiet about the release of the joint effort with his favorite artist and fellow New Yorker Styles P. East’s heavy promotion pails in comparison to what the project deserves.

The 13 track effort opens with the meaning of the name David: beloved or friend. From the point forward Harlem and Queens couldn’t have been better represented musically. A true testament the very essence of hip hop Beloved excels lyrically. Storytelling and punchlines find have their well-deserved day in the sun in an era of colorful clothes and dancing rappers.

Styles P let’s the world known entrepreneurship hasn’t taken anything from from his artistry. The Lox member delivered lyrics likely to raise the bar in hip hop to heights unreachable by the majority of artists. Ironically enough, Styles P’s phenomenal performance took nothing away from that of his counterpart. In fact, it may be argued that Styles P set the bar and Dave East arose to the challenge. The 30 year old Harlem representative delivered Instagram caption worthy lyrics of his own matching Styles P line for line.

Undoubtedly, the project was far more than complete simply by being a product of Dave East and Styles P, but the two took things a step further including a handful of solid features. The Lox appear as a trio on the project’s final track “Load My Gun,” sounding a lot like hip hop in the 90s and elevating East’s platform even more.

Beloved