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Major D-Star Drops “Trap Star” Mixtape

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida MC Major D-Star is someone who we’ve been covering on the site since late 2017, and we’re excited about…

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida MC Major D-Star is someone who we’ve been covering on the site since late 2017, and we’re excited about what he’s up to for 2019. He and his team released “Rappin & Trappin” as part of his MAJOR Monday’s campaign late last year, which was meant to hype us up for his upcoming mixtape, Trap Star — which he’d been prophesizing for a little while at that point. Well, he’s blessed fans with the goods, and we aren’t one bit disappointed.


 
The 12-song project is hosted by the acclaimed DJ WildChild, who is affiliated with Wakka Flocka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly. With intricate production and bars (and bars) dripping with replay value, honesty, and everything we’ve come to expect from him over the past few releases.

Led by the infectious piano-driven bop of “Rappin’ & Trappin’,” the project is a hearty body of work, full of celebration, reassertion, and straight up Hip Hop. There are a breadth of vibes — all in a cohesive sonic pocket — that see him take a few different turns, before the last track, “It’s All Hype,” which in many ways feels like the highlight.

A good portion of the album sets out a lot of the success he’s seen thus far — such as “Stack Pray & Stay Out The Way” where he describes his immense focus on his current hustle of choice, music. But there is this looming sense that he feels the need to remind everyone that he isn’t where he is because of music solely. Still, he’s chosen his path and is seeing the fruit of his labor. “Nothin’ To Do With That” is a great example, as he notes that he has “nothing to do” with the same old shit, nor does he condone lying in his raps.

This idea of authenticity reiteration makes songs like “War Time” and “Tax” feel more potent on second listens. Still, with rap being his bread and butter, we can circle down to “It’s All Hype,” a declaration of realness, drive, and subtle — but heavy-handed — dedication to the new school acts who thrive off of social media. “What comes easy don’t last,” he laments as the song comes to an end.

It’s a sentiment that couldn’t be more telling of the blood sweat and tears he’s put into his craft and discography thus far.

Check out Major D-Star‘s Trap Star, above.

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Mexcco (@TRAPSTARMEX) – ‘TrapBoy’ ft. Slim 400, Young Drumma Boy, Swifty Blue

Recently San Pedro, California bred rapper MEXCCO released his project TRAPBOY, with heavy production from longtime collaborator and friend NIKEBOY. Anointing Valentines Day as a trap…

Recently San Pedro, California bred rapper MEXCCO released his project TRAPBOY, with heavy production from longtime collaborator and friend NIKEBOY. Anointing Valentines Day as a trap holiday for everyone from loving couples and the most rugged of individuals in the streets, MEXCCO continues his onslaught of musical and visual releases over the past few months.

“TRAPBOY is a Valentines Day release with my friend NIKEBOY, we got some other producers on there but he did most of the tracks. SWIFTY BLUE, DRUMMER BOY my guys SIETE and SLIM 400 are also featured on the project, so there’s a lot of energy on there for the fans.  A lot of NIKEBOY stuff been going up and I put a lot of energy into this. This is a lot of trap shit, that’s our main focus right now.” MEXCCO explained.  “There’s a difference between lying about it and really doing it, but there’s a way to going about it.”

The chemistry with NIKEBOY and MEXCCO is undeniable on this project as the two join forces for another West Coast slapper for the fans.

“He knows exactly what I want, it’s straight to the source. Once I hear the beat for 5 seconds I know that we gonna work on that song. We met after I found out about him a long time ago finding through my boy Swish. I always had him in my email, but I was in the studio and him and Cypress, we did a beat and I sent it to my boy Spike. Ever since I did the song TrapStar we been locked in.”

In addition to his work with with NIKEBOY, MEXCCO has released several visuals from the project. Says MEXCCO, “I just recently dropped the video for No Tellin and it’s on the tape. I’m dropping another one called, Ticket. Those are the songs that people were buying on pre-order so we’ll see what else the fans like.”

Growing up in San Pedro adjacent to Long Beach, MEXCCO has always been tied into the culture of Hispanics and Mexico, hence his name.

“I do it for all cultures. It’s not about the race but a lot of Mexicans are known as hustlers and go getters. Trapping isn’t just about rap and selling drugs. Once you a hustler and you make it out and you are successful, it’s all because of your hustle.” MEXCCO said. “It’s like one of them things where people don’t even know what I am. They might think I’m mixed or something but that doesn’t matter – it’s just one of those relate type things. A lot of my rap friends and the people I work with are Hispanic. I got a wave going and they rocking with me and I fuck with them heavy. I grew up in LA I grew up around the culture. I’m knee deep in this sh*t.”

 

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@CJFlemings – ‘Mascara Tears’

Recently Canadian R&B/Rap sensation CJ Flemings delivered his newest project, Mascara Tears.  Delving deep beyond the superficial appearance of the album title, CJ Flemings spent years developing his…

Recently Canadian R&B/Rap sensation CJ Flemings delivered his newest project, Mascara Tears.  Delving deep beyond the superficial appearance of the album title, CJ Flemings spent years developing his breakthrough project that has once again shines a light on the Canadian R&B/Hip-Hop music scene. While some fans pressing play on Mascara Tears might be unfamiliar with CJ’s sound, CJ Flemings pulls on the heartstrings of his listeners while also providing music that Hip-Hop fans can ride to, a duality rarely seen in today’s artists.

Known by his fans as the “Soft Spoken Prince,” this cold weather crooner has been making music since he was 12, developing himself and his sound for almost a decade. Drawing inspiration early on from some of the greatest rappers of all time like Lil Wayne and Kanye, CJ Flemings’ sound eventually evolved in to an R&B sound with all the nuances from Hip-Hop that he grew up admiring.

Executive produced by his close collaborator Michael Lantz, Mascara Tears carries a theme that took CJ nearly 5 years to bring to perfection. Since then the album has earned thousands of streams online and he’s been featured on numerous Canadian radio shows that have highlighted his undeniable ability to reach listeners with both Hip-Hop and R&B flavored music.

Mascara Tears is a project that I had to put out. It was produced by Michael Lantz who was my executive producer for the project, but Lance and I sat down and he worked with me for the whole project.  I decided to call it Mascara Tears, which is a title I had for about four or five years.  For a while I was kind of sitting on the title and trying to figure out what the message and theme were going to be, revolving around it,”CJ Flemings explained.  “I feel like it’s the perfect title because it’s not what the title would seem. My story is authentic and that what I think people look for in relationships.  For example you may have situations going on where women tend to use mascara to cover up their flaws. If you just keep in authentic you might not run into those issues and it might not have been as much of a disaster as if they had stayed true to themselves and kept it real. There’s no need to cover up your flaws, you just have to keep it real.”

Led by the singles, “Don’t Know You,” “Acquainted,” and “Judgement,” this project shows  CJ Fleming’s versatility and ability to make upbeat R&B music that connects with a Hip-Hop base.

“You hear it in the album from beginning to end. I did the best I could to deliver the message of being yourself and not switching and just keeping it solid personally. With everything gong on I wanted this album to touch everybody in a way so that they could use this album to not feel like they are doing something wrong. Sometimes relationships are tough and this album kind of is a guide for your emotions. I feel like I had to put myself in a very vulnerable position to make this album so I hope that this is relatable and whatever the case may be I hope people can connect.

Backed by a host of appearances on radio including his Live Nation performance in support of his project Mascara Tears, CJ has connected with fans more than ever on this project.

“In November I started doing a whole bunch of press and we had three shows where I did eventually opened up for Jack Harlow’s show. Jack and I were able to connect like it was nothing. The Lil TJay show as sold out and I did a set there and the crowd went crazy. During that time it was kind of wild experiencing all that press in one week and I was really conscious of my performance and being on time,” CJ explained.

To date CJ Flemings has blessed the airwaves of The Beat 92.5 with Jeremy White, CBC Montreal Radio with Sabrina and Duke, CKUT 90.3 FM – All The Way Live, CINQ 102.3 FM, Global NewsToronto: Live Nation’s One To Watch @ the Lounge by Live Nation, Virgin Radio 95.9 Recap Rap with Adam Greenberg and many others.

“These songs that are buzzing are all songs that I have grown and developed based on organic reaches. For every song that’s out I feel that I grow beyond the song once its out, but I love all the songs and can’t wait for the fans to connect.”

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Devious (@Deviousontwitt) – ‘Devious & Friends: For the Culture Vol. 1’

Recently New Orleans artist, producer and writer Devious releases his new compilation project, Devious & Friends. Promoting the importance of…

Recently New Orleans artist, producer and writer Devious releases his new compilation project, Devious & Friends. Promoting the importance of the famed “Bounce” music genre that was derived from the clubs of New Orleans, Devious’ new compilation project that will showcase New Orleans music at its core.

To date Devious has been sampled by Nelly, Beyonce, Rihanna, Travis Porter, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Cardi B, City Girls, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Duval, Project Pat and the Ying-Yang Twins to name a few.

After allowing a host of artists to sample his music and grab pieces of the culture Devious has decided to work on a compilation album with staple Hip-Hop and R&B acts from his city called Devious & Friends.

“My City doesn’t really understand how deals are made and how they are put together with some of these big artists that I have worked with like Beyoncé and Rihanna. They tend to think the artists or labels in New York and California are stealing our music. They don’t actually know there are deals being made with people like Cardi B and the City Girls. So I wanted to put a face to the music of our city, because pretty much all the guys I produce with are getting opportunities too and they deserve some attention. That’s what made me start Bounce Factory and make Devious & Friends,” Devious explained.

Prompted by the singles, “Lift Ya Rump” featuring 5th Ward Weebie and “Really Got It Going On” Ft. Rooftop Rafe (Prod by BlaqNMild), Devious and Friends is jam-packed with artists and sounds that people have been taking from for years. Also featured on Volume 1 of this compilation are Iris P, Lenny Green, Paije Rush, Niyo and more.

“We started with the R&B for the project because they are pretty much locked in and have positive energy. The next project will be back to the bars. This is more of the eclectic project,” said Devious. “For The Culture represents New Orleans. We plan on releasing For The Culture Vol. 2 or a deluxe edition which will feature some of New Orleans dopest emcees. There’s so much talent in New Orleans and as a songwriter I try to collaborate with as many eclectic creatives as I can. We definitely have the gumbo flavor in our music.”

Other key people who worked on the album are DJ Slab 1 & DJ Ro from Q93 FM, Lenny Green, and S – 8ighty who also took the time to comment about their input on the project:

DJ Ro – Q93 FM

“The role I play in Devious’ movement is to break his singles in his city and the surrounding areas. Devious started out as the freestyle king and he played a part in many of our New Orleans hit bounce music recordings as well as creating the hooks for many of our homegrown artists. It means a lot to be a witness to Devious’ success! I’m just a vessel for artists to get their musical message out. With the influence of Devious’ vocals and his savvy business ways, we now have major artists from around the globe wanting a piece of the bounce sound that was born in New Orleans.”

Lenny Green

“To be a part of The Bounce Factory project is a privilege and honor. I believe the new song “Never Let Geaux” by Devious produced by S- 8ighty is innovative in nature because it’s a true bounce ballad! To be able to work with such great artists is refreshing and in my opinion this project can open doors to mass appeal and will spark major label interest.”

S-8ighty

“Devious came to me and wanted production work and feature work. He came with the ideas that he wanted. Whenever he wants something, it’s in a particular way. Usually when he asks for something, I give it to him. It’s always a fun and great time working with him.”

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MJ Grizz – “Outside Looking In”

Coming straight outta the Chi, comes a MJ Grizz, who carries a smooth flow and demeanor with the lyricism to…

Coming straight outta the Chi, comes a MJ Grizz, who carries a smooth flow and demeanor with the lyricism to match.

Mj Grizz just released an introspective and reflective track, “Outside Lookin In” produced by A DOT that touches on working towards your dreams even when it’s tough remembering why you started on your journey.

Combining forces with management phenom Smit of BDM Management, Mj Grizz has a new direction and movement as Smit brings a wealth of knowledge and connections in the industry from radio to the blogs.

“The track samples Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady.” Mj said, “This song is one of those records that means a lot to me. It helps me get through the moments when I’m going through some shit. It reminds me to trust the process and never give up.”

Growing up, Mj often felt like others doubted him and downplayed his dreams. He wanted to take that negative energy he was harboring and turn it into a positive for his fans to relate.

“Yeah, this song is for the underdog and the outcast. The ones who can’t speak up for themselves. The ones who have big dreams and visions that no can see yet but know they’re coming,”Mj also stated.

Mj always had a love and passion for music at an early age. He grew up in Bolingbrook, a small suburb outside of Chicago and began his journey into Hip-Hop at the age of 20. Since then, he has become a prominent name in the local scene.

“The local scene is great. A lot of dope artists are coming up from the city. It’s not like Atlanta where everyone support each other but it’s also very much competitive and it seems like most people have that every man for himself mentality,” said.

Mj Grizz is currently working on more music and content to be released in 2020. His message to his day 1 fans and supporters is, “I just appreciate everyone who’s been with me on this journey and I got a lot more music for you in the future. I appreciate every fan and person who shared my music, who follows me and plays my music when they have the aux cord. Thank you all. I got a long way to go but It’s going to be one hell of a ride.”

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