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Famous Dex Talks New Album & Dual Identities In Exclusive Interview

“I didn’t [really] just discover them, it’s always been like that.”

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]oated in Diamonds, with a Gucci bag draped at his hip, Chicago rapper Famous Dex took the stage in a black werewolf T-shirt at New York’s Gold Bar on March 27 to premiere his new album Dex Vs. Dexter, and to receive a gold certification plaque for his bouncy track “Pick It Up” with A$AP Rocky. The album, while still flux in braggadocio lyrics, demonstrates creative growth for the rapper. Released on April 6th, the date was personally chosen by Dex to coincide with the three year anniversary of his mother’s passing from breast cancer. “It’s influenced my hustle. Everything I do now has a greater purpose because of her,” Dex told Above Average Hip-Hop. “The decisions I make with my family and my career, I always consider what she would tell me.”

The project’s theme of separate entities, while not a foreign concept in Hip-Hop, paints the audacious artist as someone more than how he appears to fans. “I didn’t [really] just discover them, it’s always been like that,” the artist said of his two identities. “Dex is the romantic guy,” he said with a laugh, “Dex is single, well both Dex and Dexter are single, but Dex loves women, chilling, vibing, [and] not doing too much. Sometimes people see me on a video, and I’m really laid back, that’s Dex.” In contrast, ‘Dexter’ is the artist everyone is familiar with. “He’s a clown, wild, crazy with ad-libs and everything. Dexter is who most people know in my music.” The two characters are fully realized on the albums cover art, with “Dex” sprawled on a green leather couch with a girl on his lap, while “Dexter” zooms around the couch in an animated form.

 
In contrast to Dex’s previous work, the rapper’s official debut is heavy on pop influences. The hook on “Prove It,” is layered in a pop-rock guitar riff and steady 808 drums. “Take this ride with me, sip this Hennessy, I got bands on me…Ooh girl you so sweet,” Dex sings in the third verse. Another drastic musical departure for the mumble rapper comes in the form of “LIGHT,” a radio-ready single featuring pop-rock quartet Drax Project. “Aw man, Drax! I love those guys,” Dex said of working with the band. “It just happened, I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I’m not going to question God because it’s dope! I’ve never made a song like that before.” Dex sings on the track alongside the group, his gooey auto-tuned vocals harmonizing with Drax.

However, Dex still makes room on his debut to tackle familiar territory. “LIGHT” is followed by “Celine,” a barely-two-minute bouncy interlude that finds the rapper reassuring his fans not everything has changed. “My favorite track to get hype to is ‘Celine.’ That song is fire,” Dex said. “It’s so natural to me, and I love to perform it.” Other tracks like the lead single “Japan,” “Take Her” with Wiz Khalifa and the album’s intro “DMD” find Dex in his comfort zone as he tackles beats by Pi’erre Bourne and J Gramm, among others. “This whole album is a celebration,” Dex said. Even with a new album just released, Dex is already planning his next steps. “I’m already working on my next album, Rich Forever got something fire coming out soon, so be on the lookout for that.”

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JUNE POPI TALKS GEORGE FLOYD, COVID-19 & CHASING THE DREAM

Unlike most artists, OKC rapper June Popi isn’t allowing the current pandemic to stop his progression. A street-smart new sensation…

Unlike most artists, OKC rapper June Popi isn’t allowing the current pandemic to stop his progression. A street-smart new sensation considers capitalizing on the current climate to achieve superstardom for his unknown region, an act that puts him on a collision course with the top of the charts. On his way to the top, we talk to June about his loyal fanbase, turning dreams into reality and how the current social issues affect him personally. Ahead of his promising debut, learn everything about June Popi here.

What is the most important thing for you to accomplish within your career?
Be able to say I chased a dream and caught it.

What do you want to say to your fans?
I got some of the most solid fans on God. I fuck with them personally

How do you feel about the current events taking place in the world right now?
No justice. No peace. RIP George Floyd

As an artist, what is the first thing you plan to do once this pandemic lifts?
I’m outside with it. I’m going wherever I need to be.

How have you been utilizing this time as an artist?
I have been working on an album.

Can we expect any new content (Videos) from you soon?
Hell yeah, “Calvin Klein” finna drop real soon. Subscribe to my Youtube channel.

Where can fans reach you?
Twitter and Instagram are @JunePopi.

Any last remarks?
Stay down and go get some money.

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Yella Beezy Talks “Keep It In The Streets,” Dallas, Nipsey Hussle & Errol Spence Jr In New Interview

The Dallas-native has singlehandedly chronicled a resume that will be studied and attempted to be emulated for generations to come….

The Dallas-native has singlehandedly chronicled a resume that will be studied and attempted to be emulated for generations to come. Platinum singles, a-list collaborations, critically-acclaimed mixtapes, stamps from legends like Chris Brown, L.A. Reid and the late-Nipsey Hussle and all of this before even releasing a debut album. Today, the “That’s On Me” hitmaker talks about his journey to the top with correspondent Boom in a new interview for 50 Cent outlet, Thisis50.

During the interview, Yella Beezy talks Dallas’s current musical landscape, provides details on the new album, bad contracts, business outside of music, Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Errol Spence Jr, L.A. Reid and more. Baccen Beezy is currently promoting his new single, “Keep It In The Streets” as he readies a new single with Young Thug, titled, “Headloc,” scheduled for release this month.

Watch the complete interview here and stream Yella Beezy’s “Keep It In The Streets” now, available via Hitco.

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Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

In today’s Hip Hop, jewelry is as essential as the raps. Artists have to always shine bright and what better…

In today’s Hip Hop, jewelry is as essential as the raps. Artists have to always shine bright and what better way to do that than with a never-before-seen piece of jewelry that catches everyone’s attention. This is where Mississippi jeweler, Kris Jewelers comes in. Kris is one of the hottest new jewelers in today’s Hip Hop who has become a most-sought-after industry go-to in 2019.

Unique, signature style, reliable and one-of-kind, many of today’s biggest recording artists seek out this Mississippi-native for his originality and authenticity. Its trust that Kris has earned from many of today’s biggest stars whose pieces have received rave reviews and drawn more and more artists to his southern design.

Through word-of-mouth, Kris Jewelers has accumulated a who’s who clientele which includes music’s biggest names like Jeremih, Blueface, Swae Lee, Birdman and many more. Not just music, Kris has created several priceless pieces for professional athletes in both NFL and NBA.

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Meet Kris Jewelers: Blueface, Rae Sremmurd Jeweler

Kris Jewelers’ collection is available now at his Northpark Mall store in Ridgeland, Mississippi. You may also purchase custom design jewelry today online at the official Kris Jewelers website.

Follow Kris Jeweler on Instagram for daily updates on new collections and clients.

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Texas’ Lil X Is Ready To Takeover As The ‘New Kid on the Block’

The rapper Lil X, born in El Paso, Texas, is crafting an undeniable path to the top right now. Young,…

The rapper Lil X, born in El Paso, Texas, is crafting an undeniable path to the top right now. Young, rowdy, and popular, he is achieving viral attention with his new project, New Kid on the Block, and the project’s breakout hits, “Galaxy” and “Bands All Done”. On the verge of becoming a social firestorm, we sit down with the star on the rise to get familiar with who he is, where he’s from, what he’s about and what he has in store.

[AAHH]: What was it like growing up where you are from?

[Lil X]: It was fine, I got to do what I wanted. El Paso is right on the border of Mexico so there is lots of tradition and mixed culture.

Has your family been supportive of your career?

Yes my family has been supportive and I know they are trying to understand what I’m doing and one day fully learns what I’m creating and what I’m making.

If you had to choose one record for someone to listen to from you, what would it be?

Greatness, its uplifting and gives off a different feel. I personally say most people would enjoy this song.

Was “New Kid on the Block” your debut project or can new fans find more of your catalog elsewhere?

It was mostly my debut project but im going to be releasing more music soon.

Can you describe the creative process behind “New Kid on the Block”?

Well I sat down in my room and I played the beat and found were the words would fit and then created the correct melody and bam I took out each song one by one.

What are the singles from your latest project?

Galaxy, Pouri’n, and Bands All Done.

Any notable producers you are working with or want to work with?

I think Reazy Renegade is a great producer I work with. I would like to work with Molly Raw and Muder Beats in the future.

Any big-name features in the vault that we could expect anytime soon?

I have a couple of people that I’m talking with but I don’t want to give them up yet.

You’re only 16 so we wanted to ask you a random question. Can you name 5 Lil Wayne records? If so what are your favorite 5?

Yes I’m going to go with How to love, A Milli, Mona Lisa, 6 Foot 7 Foot, and Lollipop.

If you could choose 3 people to be on your next project who would it be?

I would probably go with Tavis Scott, Lil Skies, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Any label attention or calls right now?

I have a lot of different things happening and I’m looking for my best options before I sign to anything.

For more on Lil X, follow the rising star on Instagram.

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