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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.”

Coated 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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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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Meet Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double, The Next Big Thing in Hip Hop

Batesville, Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double has become a breakout new artist of 2019 with his Country Hip Hop sound. The…

Batesville, Mississippi’s Fly Rich Double has become a breakout new artist of 2019 with his Country Hip Hop sound. The indie and music industry top prospect June debut The Hick Hop revived an extinct genre and birthed a new age resurgence thanks to his massive hit, “Yup (On My Tractor)”. While Lil Nas X dipped his toe into the genre and then ventured out with a diverse EP, Double has delivered a string of country-driven hits and slowly accumulated a continuously growing 30,000 Instagram followers.

Averaging over 217,284 monthly listeners on Spotify, Double’s impressive stats includes over 13 million YouTube views. With a catalog of well-known hits from his debut album in “Big Boom,” “Beer, Banjos, & Boobies” and “Big Diesel Truck”.

While growing an undeniable fanbase of his own, Double still finds it difficult to fully prosper as an artist many label him a parody following the massive success of Lil Nas X hogging the genre’s lane. “I was labeled as a parody for “Yup (On My tractor),’ he says. “And now I’m just trying to earn respect as a legit, well rounded, and passionate artist. I consider my new single.”

We speak with the next big thing in both Country and Hip Hop about his past, present, and future following his newfound success. With his new music like his latest single, “Fire Fly” slowly erasing comparisons, Double hopes that fans will continue to give the new artist a chance and realize there’s more than enough room to like more than one of the same.

Read the complete interview and discover who Fly Rich Double really is below.

Where does the name Fly Rich Double originate from?
When I was a kid, my nickname was Mike Mike. As I grew, I felt like it was to kiddy to call myself mike mike so I changed it to Double referring to “2” Mikes. Fly Rich is just icing on the cake

In your opinion, what makes Fly Rich Double so hot in Today’s Hip Hop?
He’s just original. He basically started his own wave, no matter what people think.

With a unique style of music, tell us about your musical inspirations growing up?
I never wanted to be a rapper. It just happened one day and I got lucky.

Also known as the Trap Cowboy, how did you discover and design your own sound?
Growing up in Mississippi, everybody is country. All you see are acres and acres of farmland. You grow accustomed to the country lifestyle if that’s all you grew up around.

If you could define Mississippi Hip Hop, how would you explain the southern style to the world?
Mississippi is one of the most underrated states when I comes to Hip Hop. Southern style music gives life to the soul.

Stream Fly Rich Double’s Debut LP, The Hick Hop now.

“Big Boom” is both comical and catchy, how did the concept come together?
With the help of my little brother. We created a master piece.

Did you know “Big Boom” was going to be a hit?
Honestly i did ! I told my managers as soon as i finished writing it

While there are some similarities, have you gotten a response, comment, or reaction from Lil Nas X on “Big Boom”?
Nope… When he signed his record deal, the label made him unfollow me I’m pretty sure of it.

How’d you feel knowing some of today’s biggest recording artists like JuiceWrld are fans of your Country Hip Hop style sound?
It feels great for someone to finally just give me a chance. Just try something new for a change.

While many may feel you are copying a wave due to the success of Lil Nas X, you’ve been making music a bit longer than the “Old Town Road” creator. Tell us about your musical background?
I honestly created “Yup (On My Tractor)” on accident. Lil Nas X made an incredible song and promoted right, that is all.

Stream Fly Rich Double’s newest single, “Fire Fly”

Do you feel Lil Nas X’s success to bring Country Trap to the mainstream benefits or hinders your success?
Success. Because people respects it more. Like these kids can make you a superstar, who cares if adults don’t support you.

You just dropped a new album, The Hick Hop last month. Tell us about the recording process for the project?
A very fun project to work on. Loved every second of it, wish I coulda dropped more of my music but they’ll come on a later date.

How do you plan to maintain relevance with your musical style and not be considered just another 2019 facade?
I’m thinking about doing another album. I have an idea to do a nursery song for kids. Stay tuned.

Curious, give us your take on today’s Hip Hop and Country music scene in Mississippi?
It’s thriving and once I get in the door, I will help more artist from Mississippi.

Fly Rich Double… What is the ultimate goal?
In August of 2018, I dropped the single, “Yup (On My Tractor).” What started off as a joke, ended up completely changing my life. I have gotten so many things accomplished in a year that I never would have ever imagined. My son is my daily motivation. With hard work and dedication, I plan to reach platforms that will inspire people to live out their dreams.

With the help of my fans, I plan to accomplish many more milestones in my life. August 2019, I am dropping a breath of fresh air with my new song “Fire Fly.” I look forward to my fans vibe with me on this track as well. My team and I have put a lot of work into it and I look forward to connecting and expanding my fan base on a new level.

I was labeled as a parody for “Yup on my tractor,” and now I’m just trying to earn respect as a legit, well rounded, and passionate artist. I consider my new single as a “REBIRTH.”

My goal as an artist is to show people that I’m actually versatile and that I can make good music.

Watch Fly Rich Double’s New Video, “Fire Fly” now.

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Heavy Hitters’ DJ Flee is About to Takeover

28-year-old DJ Flee, also known as Bodega Flee, is one of the hottest new tastemakers in Hip Hop. The Uptown…

28-year-old DJ Flee, also known as Bodega Flee, is one of the hottest new tastemakers in Hip Hop. The Uptown New York Dominican is a lustrious member of the legendary Hip Hop faction, The Heavy Hitters (DJ Enuff, Tony Tone). The former Basketball player made a name for himself in the city with his signature Uptown sound and irreparable tricks on the turntables.

Discovered by the same legends responsible for presenting the world to today’s legends from across the U.S. like DJ Felli Fel, Bootleg Kev, and Peter Parker. Flee has quickly become one of the most notable faces of the brand with his fast-growing fanbase and credible ear for breaking the undeniable next superstars to the East Coast.

Through his journey in radio, Flee has had the opportunity to discover plenty of new genres of Hip Hop that would help transform his style. Experimenting with trendy genres like Dirty South and Gangsta bouncing West Coast with a blend of his Dominican roots.

In Boston, Miami, Orlando, and New York, Flee is the most sought-after radio DJ in the ever-changing broadcast market. Keeling the prestigious pride and name of the Heavy Hitters brightly lit outside of the East Coast. Artists like Zoey Dollaz can credible a large amount of their popularity to DJ Flee’s exposure.

Hard work, dedication, experience has earned DJ Flee the tastemaking position he firmly sits in within today’s Hip Hop. Ready to transition himself into superstar status, the promising DJ continues to develop a signature style that infusion the old school traditions and new school evolution to the East Coast. Heatseeking, DJ Flee is easily becoming one of the biggest DJs in Hip Hop today, honestly, it’s only a matter of time before he is the biggest DJ in today’s Hip Hop. So stay tuned.

DJ Flee’s journey continues on, follow the Heavy Hitter sound today via Instagram and Twitter.

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