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Allegheny Cal Keeps It Real On “Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing”

The 24-year-old rapper and producer Allegheny Cal, repping both Pittsburgh and TH3 FOUNDATiON INC. Collective, knows a thing or two…

The 24-year-old rapper and producer Allegheny Cal, repping both Pittsburgh and TH3 FOUNDATiON INC. Collective, knows a thing or two about the reality of living in an environment that’s less than conducive to success. Coming up in the rough Arlington Heights area, he has spent countless hours studying the culture and honing his craft to the point he’s at currently. “Making beats and writing rhymes was my escape,” he tells AAHH. “ I knew being a rapper was what I wanted to do most. My music is full of soul—and it’s honest.

“Getting my messages out and staying true to myself is what is important to me,” he explains, “my passion for music drives me to continue being innovative, and to stand out from my peers.”

This is something he exemplifies on his new—and first—project, Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing. Across the 10-song LP, 40% of which is self-produced, he traverses a lot of ground, with a unique flow that sits slightly off-kilter, while remaining intricate and on-point.

His wordplay takes front street from the jump on the Epik The Dawn produced “6 AM” with its sprawling flute sample and the incredibly open book “Memories” with it’s soulful instrumental. On the latter, he recounts overcoming the hardships of his upbringing in Arlington Heights.

Singer Breana Marin makes two appearances on the LP, on the bassy “Focus” and on “Shadows,” which is easily one of the strongest moments in the project. Produced by Dreamlife Beats, Allegheny finds a comfortable pocket and really hits his stride.

A few points do falter slightly; the crucial off singing on On & On and “I Like That/I Don’t Like” is a little off-putting, especially on the latter, which otherwise actually has a pretty cool overall concept with a new beat switch up.

On a whole, Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing delivers on Allegheny’s mantra of innovative, unique Hip Hop, with a few pleasant surprises.

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@iamp80 – “Smoove ISH” (Prod. by @producedbyomen)

East Coast representer P 80 returns with a new single dubbed, “Smooth Ish”.  Produced by Grammy Award winning and RIAA Platinum producer Omen, who produced Drake’s…

East Coast representer P 80 returns with a new single dubbed, “Smooth Ish”.  Produced by Grammy Award winning and RIAA Platinum producer Omen, who produced Drake’s “Shut It Down” and Lil Wayne’s “I’m Single,” this sonically dark East Coast track carries a mellow vibe as P 80 effortlessly rhymes with a monotone flow on the track.

“Me and Omen made the beat together a few years ago. When I made the song I didn’t really like it but Omen did and he kinda pressed me to put it on tha EP,” P 80 explained. “After we put out the EP, I realized that a lot of people fu**ed with it so we shot the vid for it with Xash.”

The visual follows up P 80’s previous release “For You” ft. Selina Carrera, which earned P 80 critical acclaim from over 30 blog sites including Daily-HipHop, Siccness, HipHopEnquirer, Tent-TV and more.

With Summer around the corner P 80 is focused on the essentials in life right now; creating and chasing after the all-mighty dollar.

“My plans for the Summer is to keep creating and save my paper. Try to stay focused and inspired,” P 80 explained.
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@Dante_Swave – ” Vibes”

As Dante Swave prepares for the release of his upcoming EP, Take Your Soul, the introspective rapper delivers the lead single to the project…

As Dante Swave prepares for the release of his upcoming EP, Take Your Soul, the introspective rapper delivers the lead single to the project dubbed, “Vibes” produced by Shhbang Records.

 

According to Dante the song is about energy, self love and the idea of being alive: “The way you can catch a vibe is through energy, any feeling that makes you feel good in any sort of way. Aesthetics within your visionary perception. Meeting people you connect with, having fun, and being comfortable with yourself is how you catch a vibe. It all starts with self-love and loving the idea of being alive,” Dante explained.

 

After taking his high school by storm rapping a diss record at the school talent show, Dante Swave became inspired to pursue rap seriously speaking on real life situations and violence that he witnessed in New York as a youth.

 

I started rapping when I was 13 years old because of life situations that made me put a pen to paper like violence in the streets of NYC and common teen depression,” Dante Swave explained. “I made a diss track towards someone at my old high school in retaliation for making a song about me. I  performed it at a school talent show which made my whole school go crazy, making me realize this is what I wanted to do”

 

Rolling into the Summer, Dante Swave is prepping for his Take Your Soul EP and encourages everyone to live their best life.”Be yourself and live your best life, this world is like an alternate reality just play it the best way you can and have fun.”

 

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MSC Jay -“Take You There” Ft. Rell (Prod by Mr. Hanky)

Today MSC Jay drops his new uptempo track “Take You There” with help from R&B crooner, “Rell” of Roc-a-Fella Records. The energetic bass-heavy track produced by Mr. Hanky (Lil Duval…

Today MSC Jay drops his new uptempo track “Take You There” with help from R&B crooner, “Rell” of Roc-a-Fella Records. The energetic bass-heavy track produced by Mr. Hanky (Lil Duval – “Smile B*tch”) embodies a nostalgic sample harkening back to the mid-eighties. Representing the “Geechie Gullah” culture established around the island of St. Helena, South Carolina, MSC Jay is poised to leave his unique mark on the music industry while shedding light on his indigenous heritage. 

“Take you there is really a fun type record with a Summertime feel to it. I linked up wit Mr. Hanky, got 3 beats from him and wrote to 2 of them,” MSC Jay explained.  “The last beat I didn’t really know how I was going to come on there so my management sent it to Rell. Rell cooked up da hook and sent it to me and da rest is history”

Rolling into the Summer MSC Jay has a host of spot dates planned along with several radio appearances at regional clubs and concerts. When asked about how he is approaching the promotion of this record, MSC Jay said, “As far as promoting the record goes we gone be hitting the streets, clubs, & internet at the same time with this record. I want it to be done organically to keep people’s attention! ”

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Jayzon – “Bestie”

Today West Coast rapper JAYZON returns with his new music video for the song, “Bestie.” In just a few short…

Today West Coast rapper JAYZON returns with his new music video for the song, “Bestie.” In just a few short months the song has already earned over 180k plays on Spotify alone, solidifying the West Coast rapper’s spot on the LA scene. JAYZON penned track based on personal experiences, placing himself between two females in a drama filled love triangle.

“Bestie is my first real single and I’m putting a real push behind it. So far it’s been doing pretty good, and it’s about a guy that’s in love with his girl’s best friend. It’s the typical story that people go through everyday, but nobody wants to talk about it,” JAYZON said laughing. “I felt it would be a great record to push because people can relate to it and controversy sells.”

“Baby I’m in love with your bestie / Shouldn’t have never told her tried to test me
Even told how the good sex be / Now she on my back tryna stress me”

As a rapper JAYZON hasn’t had the most traditional path to becoming a success in the music industry. JAYZON got his break in music by focusing his efforts on producing, earning income with music licensing and working with a production team called The Neckbones. Working with the best of the best, producing on soundtracks and working primarily for television and movies, JAYZON was eventually encouraged by his business partner and management team to pursue his career as a rapper.

“I started off as a producer with The Neckbones production group. From there I produced music for Eve, WC, Beanie Sigel, Austin Powers Gold Member, the movie Biker Boys and that kind of just got me in the game,” JAYZON explained. “It’s an inside the box thing and it’s all about meeting the right people, once you’re in there it’s a wrap.”

Eventually JAYZON released two projects in 2017 titled, Tell the Truth and Love Songs which show fans the duality in JAYZON’s music, proving his ability to make songs for the streets and songs about love and relationships. When asked about what it was like to record with major artists like Eve and Young Jeezy who is featured on his Tell the Truth album, JAYZON explained he just wants to make good music.

“I still work with a lot of the artists from the past. It’s all about showing love, trying to unite and make some history. No matter who the music is with, as long as it’s dope and it’s good music, that’s all that matters to me,” JAYZON said.

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