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Butta Beats Riding The Revolution On His New LP

ButtaBeats has 18-years in the game, and lyrically it shows. What’s dope about him is his consistency. He is quick…

ButtaBeats has 18-years in the game, and lyrically it shows. What’s dope about him is his consistency. He is quick to point out that topics that swirl around inequality, social injustice, and black power have been present in his music since the mid-2000s; America being America today, his messages now seem to have not just a place, but a particular potency that makes them all the more powerful. The Revenge of Charles Martin is an enjoyable listen. Blending social commentary with gritty first-person accounts of street life, he delivers a lyrically consistent — though sonically varied — body of work.

“My family, the people that are just like me, have been going through this shit forever,” Butta notes on the intro. He concludes the thought by biting that as an eighties baby, he felt as though perhaps he had “arrived,” and that the troublesome race relations of the past were somehow behind him (them). That isn’t the case, and it’s a theme he gravitates to off the jump. The title-track is bars on bars (on bars) of incredibly self-aware pro-blackness mixed with streetwise knowledge-of-self and industry jadedness.

“This is revolution, man, drink that shit responsibly,” he raps.

He keeps this energy throughout, but his beat selection takes some twists and turns. The trap vibe of “Live Stream,” the reggae splash of “Champion Sound,” the soulful piano on “Right Away,” and the straight-up West Coast knock of the “The K Weeze Session,” make for an ecclectic journey.

There were some standouts, the piano-driven “Climate Change” has — in my opinion — his best schemes on the project. “I move through these smoke-filled rooms, 16s lift you out of the tomb, pull these young dudes out of the womb … feed them knowledge from right out of the spoon, cause you are exactly what you consume or listen to,” he raps. Flame emojis galore.

“Dead Already,” which explores the realness of street life — and how fake rappers can be — and “Diaspora” with its theme of misplaced love and betrayal also really shine with the beat selection and bars.

“They Know” is the odd man out; the album outro is dope, but came out of nowhere.

The industry is built to keep this kind of wokeness out of the mix. With acts like Tekashi69 pushing a brand of normalized self-destruction and gang culture into the forefront, the game lacks the type of balance that Butta Beats provides. I mean, the sheer fact that he replaced all the ‘N’ words with Ninja says something about where his head is at.

The Revenge of Charles Martin is lyrically dense, and worth a spin or two. Press play.

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Krewz Links With YBN’s Migo Domingo For Blazing New Single

Straight out of scenic Vancouver BC, self-produced/engineered artist Krewz is on the verge of taking his career to the new…

Straight out of scenic Vancouver BC, self-produced/engineered artist Krewz is on the verge of taking his career to the new plateau. With a new mixtape dropping the top of 2019, and a tour being planned as we speak, he’s taking the success he’s seen thus far and pumping up the notoriety. 

“I started by buying my own equipment, and learning most of my skills online,” he tells AAHH from his studio in BC. “I started rapping with friends … and [from there] just worked on developing my craft. Back when I first started, I had a set up in my basement, and I was locked in the studio 24/7.”

As he denotes, that experience helped him realize this was the path he was meant to take — and not just as a hobby, but a full-blown lifestyle.

“I want my mixtape to open up new avenues for potential features with other artists,” he says, switching gears and looking ahead to 2019. With his first single from the project, “Adapt,” an anthem for anyone on the heavy grind regardless of the circumstances, he’s setting the tone in a heavy way.

“I’m like an alien, yeah I adapt,” he says on the chorus, emphasizing the malleable nature of his money mission. The self-produced radio-ready banger features YBN’s own Migo Domingo, who is coming off of a huge summer mixtape release that featured his single “Dog Her” alongside his labelmate and childhood friend Offset.

It’s a lateral movement if you’ve been following his movements over the past year, as he’s been dropping a heap of bubbling singles via his SoundCloud account. Songs like “No Time,” which wound up on World Star, have been helping him click, setting the stage for this new project.

It’s a good look associating his brand with YBN — after a few spins, with it’s super catchy instrumental — we’re sure you’ll agree worth a spot on whatever playlist you have access to.

Check out Krewz’ “Adapt,” below.

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Pipe Prepares To Drop His Debut EP “This Is Me”

25-year-old military vet Pipe — representing Alexandria, Lousiana — is on a mission to be great. “I’m still currently in…

25-year-old military vet Pipe — representing Alexandria, Lousiana — is on a mission to be great. “I’m still currently in the learning process of becoming great but just wait I ain’t lying,” he tells AAHH. Though he’s on the verge of dropping his debut, don’t think that his music is in anyway beginner.

“This is me the EP is my very first project so I’m super excited for the world to hear it,” he says. “As the title says, it’s me.” Not unlike a title like Reasonable Doubt, which Hov famously denoted took his whole life up to that point to create, the seven-song project is set to fully introduce the world to his story.

As he explains to us, his biggest influence getting into the game was none other than Lil Wayne; “I’m from Louisiana so of course my biggest influence is lil Wayne and what Young Money was when the album dropped.

“I would love to work with Weezy, Dj Khaled, Drake, 88 Glam, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Big Sean … the list goes on,” he reveals when discussing career aspirations with our staff.

For now, we’ll get our first taste of what his collective vision is on January 4 when the EP drops. In the meantime, he has some hearty appetizers in his Soundcloud that give you an idea of the potential he has. Check out one of our faves, “iRun,” below.

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Gen Drops A New Single From His “Y15946” EP

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Often it can take an artist hitting a low point in order to turn their lives around for the better. This is definitely the case for Chicago MC Gen. the 19-year-old is riding high following the release of his debut EP Y15946 — a title that references his prisoner number.

Following his release from prison, after a 19-month sentence in Illinois for possession of a firearm, his life has taken a pivot towards a brighter path, and his EP is an embodiment of this sentiment — a true celebration of life. His latest single “vLONE” is a combination of a raspy chorus, that bookends rapid-fire verses, that ride the bass-fueled instrumental by OG Webbie. The chorus is hella catchy; the end of the song when the beat drops out, you can hear his chains clanking as he repeats it one final time.

Check out Gen’s “vLONE,” below.

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YBN Namir, 6ix9ine & More Helped Steer Duece’s Latest EP “Foreign”

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Recorded entirely in Europe — and executively produced by DJ Juelz Flavour — Duece had the opportunity to get insight and direction on the project from some notable and unexpected places. While EP was being put together, he had the pleasure of meeting artists such as platinum rapper A Boogie With The Hoodie, southern icon Petey Pablo, new school hero YBN Namir, and the now incarcerated 6ix9ine, all of whom helped shape the final product in some small way.

Check out the project for yourself, below.

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