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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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Detroit’s Own Arius Is Our New Singer Crush

She has a gorgeous voice, and a great vibe about her.

23-year-old Detroit-native Arius is a star on the rise with a cadence that commands attention; her debut LP Pandora’s Box dropped last summer — and she’s about to drop another project this summer.

Her latest, the super impressive “4U,” is an airy R&B appetizer that’s building buzz as she finalizes her upcoming project Reality. The track itself gives off an aura reminiscent of Ashanti’s “Foolish,” in that it’s easily relatable for many females, making it an almost anthemic single that you could picture a packed audience singing along to. It definitely has replay potential.

Having rocked shows in cultural hubs like LA, Miami, and ATL — and releasing her music through independent label MafiaSoul Records — the songstress has her sights set on a major label look.

She has a gorgeous voice, and a great vibe about her; she’s an artist to put on your watch list. Check owut “4U,” below.

 

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TreCartel’s Latest Single “Rock-N-Roll” Is The Wave

Born in the borough of Queens, but raised in the cultural hotbed that is Atlanta,  Georgia, rapper TreCartel — an…

Born in the borough of Queens, but raised in the cultural hotbed that is Atlanta,  Georgia, rapper TreCartel — an esteemed vet who served in the US Air Force — is on a musical journey. “My grandfather would create beats on fruity loops while I was in high school,” he says about his beginnings in the game. “My friend [made beats] as well. I started recording music when I came home from the Military in 2014.

To date, he’s released three projects,  ‘Pharaoh Muzik,’ ‘Pharaoh Muzik 2’ and ‘GoldMind’—along with a handful of singles available via all popular streaming networks.

His latest single, Rock-N-Roll, is an airy song that rides the current wave effortlessly, with a catchy chorus and vibe perfect for late night drives — or strip club vibes. Definitely worth a few spins! While you’re at it, check out “Stay Away,” also on his SoundCloud.

Check it out, below.

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C Wells Pulls Up With “New Whip”

Hailing from Lynn, Massachusetts, C Wells made a name for himself with the high-profile 2015 Don Cannon-hosted mixtape, ‘Before the…

Hailing from Lynn, Massachusetts, C Wells made a name for himself with the high-profile 2015 Don Cannon-hosted mixtape, ‘Before the Tour Bus’. Best known for his G-Herbo-featured track, “For the Paper” (2015), C Wells continues to raise his stock with the release of his new single, “New Whip”.

Produced by Marz, C Wells resurges after ten months hiatus with convictions of becoming the next big thing out of Massachusetts alongside Joyner Lucas. C Wells has identified the track as a “Summer Anthem,” with catchy hook and three sizzlingly attractive verses about riding fast and living life just as fast.

C Wells on the making of “New Whip”:

“The recording process wasn’t to complex I just really wanted to stop taking myself
too serious and get back to having fun with music and I wanted the listeners to have fun listening to what I was putting out it’s really a song I wanted to use to open up the door to this new style of music that I’ll be putting out but there sure is a video on the way.”

Stream C Wells’ new single, “New Whip” below via Soundcloud.

“New Whip” is slated to appear on C Wells upcoming new project slated for release late-2018.

Like “New Whip”? Become a fan of C Wells today, follow him on Instagram.

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Jahan Nostra’s “ESP” Project Is A Dope Ride

Had a new LP float across my desk this week, ESP by Jahan Nostra — an emcee mounded by Stamford,…

Had a new LP float across my desk this week, ESP by Jahan Nostra — an emcee mounded by Stamford, Connecticut and Mount Vernon, New York. Now, the project isn’t new per say, as it initially dropped in 2016, and was remastered late last year. Regardless, I made it my movement music for a week.

Here’s the breakdown.

Sonically, it’s difficult to put my finger on. The beats don’t quite hit the mark of what’s going on in-game today, not even quite from a backpacking 90s perspective. So it has this kind of literal timeless feeling to it. From the jazzy big-city New York vibe of “Welcome Home,” he sets a great vibe. It’s fully consistent, but it’s not a bad thing. He does maintain a keep it moving, maintain, and make it to the top theme for the first half of the LP songs like “Embrace The Rain.”

The features on the LP are quite impressive. Philly mainstay Tone Trump hops on the super atmospheric “Whole Life,” and Brooklyn legends Smif N Wessun hop on the album highlight “No Stress.” The Rey Vega featured “One of Them Days” is way too understated, though. It’s probably one of my fave songs on the project, basically following him as he hits up ATL.

The second half of the LP has a few gems; “El Chapo” with Ceschi, “Time” featuring Kyro & Wednesday Atoms, and “Bricks and Sponsorship” all give more insight into Jahan as a street guy—without being at all explicit. The latter record, explores the cause and effect of street-life, with a running commentary on the prison system in the US.

At 16-songs in length, there is a lot to love. He’s a project boy who puts a lot into this music shit; everything about him suggests quality—right down to the photography. He has an excellent package. Looking forward to new material.

Early. 

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