PREMIERE: NYC-Based Collective Delivery Boys Follows Up Hit Single “Pissed Off” with “CHIRP” FT Michael Christmas

Riding high off of the momentum generated by the success of their song “Pissed Off”, the Delivery Boys continue to make waves in the NYC hip-hop scene with their follow-up release “CHIRP” (prod. Max Gertler). If you don’t know them by now, the budding hip-hop collective is composed of Max Gertler, Goldwood, Tyrin, Lost Boy, and producer NOTRUST.  The DBoys’ collaborative effort with Boston native Michael Christmas puts their musical versatility on full display, featuring a catchy hook, laid-back flows, and summer vibes aplenty. Listen to “CHIRP” below:

Listen to 80HD’s Latest Single Feat. Project Pat, Baby Shel & Eric Mayson

Producer 80HD decided to enlist the vocal services of Project Pat, Baby Shel and Eric Mayson on his new track “Etiquette.” The trippy instrumentals and synthy melodies come thru strong on this. Listen to “Etiquette” below.

Check Out Mulàn’s New Track “Pure”

We don’t know a whole lot about Mulan because they don’t divulge much about themselves publicly. Their new track “Pure” though is quite unconventional, but very dope.

Peep it out below:

Speak On It: Jamall Bufford of The Black Opera On The Art of Rhyming

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing written series called “Speak On It.” It features an artist as a guest writer for our site. The artist picks a topic they’re passionate about and then pens an in-depth piece. It’s about time to give the power and voice back to the artists.

This edition features Jamall Bufford of The Black Opera explaining detailing his love of rhyming and those who’ve inspired him.

Rhyming as an art form can take on many different configurations. Many think true rap artistry lies only in the complexity of the words used, or the amount of syllables used, but that’s not always the case. Certainly, a rapper that can let off rapid fire big words and high volume syllables deserves kudos, but the true art, in my opinion, is how well it’s executed, how clear and coherent it is, how much sense the rap makes. 

My favorite rappers are the ones that make their rhymes sound like conversations, conversations that just happen to rhyme. There’s nothing wrong with rhyming for the sake of rhyming. But my personal favorites don’t sound like they sat and thought of a ton of words that rhyme first, then tried to convey the concept or message later, or not at all. And though I love rowdy rap, my personal biggest influences didn’t need to raise their voice or utilize any extra antics or theatrics.

Jay Z, Andre 3000, Nas, Common, Black Thought, Ice Cube, Tribe, GZA (just to name a few), artists like these had the biggest impact on who I wanted to be when I started rapping 20 years ago. I never felt like they would rhyme “architecture” with “garden texture” just to get a four-syllable rhyme off, or just because it sounded cool. And I never felt like they used extra unnecessary words to get their points across.

I love Twista, I love Bone Thugs N Harmony, and many of the rappers of this generation employing double-time fast rap. But the reason I didn’t pattern my style after theirs (aside from the fact it’s not that easy to do) is that most people in everyday life having conversations don’t talk like that. It’s also difficult to say exactly what you mean when you’re squeezing words and syllables into a bar. Often times rappers say a lot of filler words that don’t make sense or have relevance to the rap, just to keep a pattern going.

There’s so many different skill sets that can make up a dope rapper or even just one dope rap. My favorite rappers may not even be in your top 50, and who you love may not have any replay value for me, and that’s totally fine. Different rappers do different things, it doesn’t always mean one is less or more dope than the other. Similar to comparing a dope point guard to a dope center, Zeke and Shaq did totally different things on the court, but they’re both Hall of Famers.

Many rappers are very skilled at certain things that I may try to stray away from as a rapper, some of them I enjoy listening to more than others. A lot of it is just personal preference, subject matter, how their voice sounds, etc. In my opinion, Royce Da 5’9 is an expert at rapid fire multiple syllable flows, while still making perfect, cohesive and understandable sense with his train of thought. And that style may not even be his particular lane or claim to fame, that shows his versatility and greatness. I also enjoy how Smino employs this style, I think he does it brilliantly while also incorporate sonically appealing melodies.

Then there’s someone like the late legend Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who kept it “simple”, and played with rhyming in a way that made him a one of a kind; “I used to bust shots crazy, I couldn’t even look because the loud sound used to scare me”, “crazy” and “scare me” don’t really rhyme in a technical sense, but for someone like Prodigy it’s not all about technicality. It’s about emotion, feeling, the realness that had you stuck. Some may view a style similar to P’s as simple, but don’t let someone’s delivery lull you into overlooking the vocabulary, and more importantly how that vocabulary is used. P’s word choices, among other things, made him a favorite of mine.

That brings me to flow. The flow is just as important (if not more important at times) as the actual words and rhymes used. Snoop has the flow and cadences, Drake has flows and cadences, Kendrick has flows and cadences. You can be saying the most important thing in the world but if you sound like a robot saying it, chances are I won’t listen to what you’re saying much in the future. That’s just me though. I’m also someone that doesn’t think “mumble rap” is really a thing, I think some people just don’t understand southern drawl. But I digress.

The beautiful thing about rap and the many different rhyme styles that exist is that there’s something out there for everyone.  It’s almost like finding a mate. It may be difficult, you may not find someone for you on the first try, it may take some effort to find, but if you search and do your due diligence you can find something out there for you.

Check out The Black Opera’s latest work 80z Babiez To The 2Gz 2 here.

Qu’ality’s New Single “More Like It’ Feat. Smoke DZA is Here!

Qu’ality told fans he had something for them earlier today and he’s keeping his word by dropping his new single called “More Like This.” Featuring Smoke DZA, the track drops on Q’s birthday and is a follow-up to his previously released project 22, which he put out in late June.

Peep out Qu’ality’s new jam below:

Somebody Hide the Bacon the Pigs are Coming

 

If the Pigs want it, They gonna take it!

Jeff Sessions is back at it again trying to up the police seizures of cash and property in all related drug cases. “We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture-especially for drug traffickers,” he said in his prepared remarks for a speech to the National District Attorney’s Association in Minneapolis. “With care and professionalism we, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”

The controversial practice of asset forfeiture allows law enforcement officials to freely take the property and cash of individuals suspected of a crime. Sessions wants to put the spot light on drug traffickers in particular and making a point that no one should be able to keep their profits from selling drugs.

Thats fine and all, but law enforcement is not doing that. For example, a self described soccer mom who grew her own medical cannabis, was raided and had everything taken – including tools, TV, cars, etc.. This practice has been corrupt since the start, law enforcement use this shady backdoor legislation to take from free people. Many states even let the cops keep the cash and assets seized in the raids, which sure does make the forfeiture of assets look like a for profit operation.

13 states do not allow law enforcement to seize assets unless the individual has been convicted of a crime. That leaves 37 states that your shit is not protected. If the cop likes that, hes taking that.

Cholo Goes Pulp Fiction in His New Video for “Say Hello to the Bad Guy”

Columbus, Ohio’s Cholo returns with a visual for “Say Hello to the Bad Guy.” Produced by Purps On The Beat and shot by Damien Sanchez and Chandler Childress, the video is very Pulp Fiction-ish and features quotes from Pablo Escobar, giving it an even more cinematic feel.

Peep it out below.

Check Out This New A$AP Rocky “RAF” Video Featuring Playboi Carti and Quavo

A$AP Rocky enlists Playboi Carti and Quavo for the track “RAF,” which originally premiered on Beats 1 Radio. Getting the typical Rocky quality treatment, this one’s eerie and really dope. Check it out below.

#Griselda: Conway Enlists Mayhem Lauren For More Gutter in His “Moroccan Waters” Video

Conway is for everyone still lusting after bullet-riddled bars and tough-guy tales in hip-hop and he doesn’t disappoint once again.

Featuring Mayhem Lauren and produced by Daringer, “Moroccan Waters” gets the visual treatment and is filmed in the grimy streets of Buffalo.

Peep out this latest heat below. Doot doot doot doot!

Colorado’s Raked in Half-A-Billion Dollars in Marijuana Revenue Since Going Legal

Other states should be super jelly right now.

Colorado, the first state in the U.S. to make recreational pot legal, has not only been one of the most chill states since 2014, but also, raked in a ton of other green in the process.

According to an analysis of the state data released Wednesday by Denver-based BS Strategies, Colorado received more than $500,000 in marijuana-related revenue, including taxes and fees.

Since the beginning, the state imposed a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale transfers of marijuana for adult use and a special 10 percent sales tax on retail sales of recreational weed. This is also coupled with a 2.9 percent state sales tax. On July 1, marijuana began being exempt from the state sales tax. Sales-wise, Colorado totaled over $1 billion last year alone.

“Legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adult use has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for Colorado,” says Mason Tvert, a leader in Colorado’s 2012 push to get recreational marijuana legalized. “Marijuana tax money has been used to improve a wide range of programs and services. It is funding everything from school construction to substance abuse treatment to fighting homelessness. While it might not fix every school or help every person who needs it, it is having a significant and positive impact on our community.

“We hope lawmakers will continue to distribute these funds responsibly and not lose sight of what voters intended when they opted to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol,” he continued.

New Hampshire is Decriminalizing Marijuana!

After decades of hard work from activists in Concord and across the state, New Hampshire is now becoming the newest state to decriminalize marijuana.

According to Cannabis Now, Chris Sununu, the state’s governor, is making good on his campaign promise and signed a decriminalization bill into law. HB 640 will go into effect in 60 days and makes the Granite State the 22nd in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. It also becomes the last in New England to eliminate jail sentencing for recreational marijuana possession.

New Hampshire’s legislature was for decriminalization for some time, however, they never had a compliant governor to sign off on a proposed bill. This year’s bill was the eighth since 2008.

“The governor deserves credit for his steadfast support of this common-sense reform,” said Matt Simon, who led the weed reform effort in his state. “Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, Gov. Sununu appears to understand that ‘Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate.”

HB 640 will reduce the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce from a criminal misdemeanor — currently punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 — to a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine for a first or second offense. For a third offense, a $300 fine within three years of the first offense, and a fourth offense could be charged as a class B misdemeanor if within three years of the first offense, but there would be no arrest or possibility of jail time.

Looks like New England is finally moving out of the dark age. Hopefully, the Midwest can be next.

The Makaveli Book: Written by 2Pac’s Engineer Tommy D — Coming Soon!!!

As much as the producer can be overlooked it seems as if the same scenario can be thought of when it comes to the engineer. Despite a lack of preservation for the history of engineers, they are still very essential to the process. Artists find so much trust in the studio crafting their masterpieces with the right master behind the boards. From creative input to brutal honesty, so many timeless albums were the result of a perfect harmony between artist and engineer. Multi-Platinum RIAA Certified Engineer Tommy “D” Daugherty has made a name for himself in the music industry, working alongside legends such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, 2Pac and many more. While working on synthesizers and programming for Prince and George Clinton, Tommy found himself teaming up with Death Row Records just in time for the Above The Rim soundtrack and would continue his career with the label until its last days.

In the fall of 1995, 2Pac was released from Rikers Island and dedicated himself to his craft relentlessly. Tommy worked with Shakur the entire stint of his Death Row career, assisting with the consistency that Pac needed from someone behind the boards. In his book, Tommy also reflects on rare studio moments while working with artists such as Nate Dogg, Left Eye, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and countless others. The responsibility factor that entrusts an individual to nurture one’s art is truly a gift. Tommy knows what it means to demand value and integrity in every circumstance.

Fans all across the world will learn a plethora of knowledge with each page they turn as they can expect everything from 2Pac quotes to insight on work ethic in the music industry. Tommy continues to impact the world and can be found working with acts such as Kurupt, Paul McCartney and more. For a free preview of the book, click here.
 For more information in regards to the release, visit Stranded On Death Row or contact Ben Leinen.