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Malachi Grant Returns With Inspiring New Project “On My Way”

Straight out of Yonkers, New York (City), rapper Malachi Grant returns four years following the release of his well-received Welcome…

Straight out of Yonkers, New York (City), rapper Malachi Grant returns four years following the release of his well-received Welcome 2 My World. His latest effort — an easy to digest seven-song project titled On My Way — is an exercise in perseverance, believing in your craft, and beating the odds. Lyrically, anyways.

He’s never open book enough to truly let you in on the depth of his come up on the streets of the Mecca, beyond noting that he’s on the streets, but from the onset, we’re presented with “On My Way,” which sets the tone. “Did dirt like cleats, but I stay clean,” he raps on the song’s third verse.

The project doesn’t stray too far from the contextual concept that he’s overcome — something explored most in-depth on “I’ll Be Sure” — and continues to strive towards the top of the mountain. There are breaks from this thread of thinking, though, as he also seems to let love creep into the mix on “I’ll Be Back,” while still staying true to the aesthetic of the overall vibe.

Standouts include the glossy vibe of the album closer, “What I Need,” with an upbeat instrumental and bars that hint at a deeper amount of wealth than he actually puts out there — all mashed in with an über New York flow. The slowed down flow of “Stay Up,” one of the songs that include a sing-song chorus (“I’ll Be Back” has an auto-tuned, melodic, vibe).

Overall, the LP has well-balanced production, and carefully crafted wordplay; it deliberately follows conventions but does a great job of remaining subtly dark, while finding a way to patiently and positively preach a message of staying focused and taking hold of your future. Littered with enough quotable to start a daily motivation Instagram account.

Loss, growth, and accomplishments; On My Way is curated to have few low-points. It’s New York Hip Hop, and it’s worth a spin.

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LamBo Numbas “Look At You” Is A Gettin’ Money Anthem

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all…

Everything happens for a reason; for Florida hustler-turned-rapper LamBo Numbas, a close brush with a potentially life-changing situation was all the persuasion he needed to give this music game his undivided attention.

At the age of 20, the MC found himself in the hot seat with the DEA after a traffic stop in Texas, led to the discovery of $115k in cash with no proof of income. While he’s slim on the details of how he finessed his way out of that situation, it officially marked his departure from the streets.

His latest single, “Look At Me,” is dripping with an infectious street sensibility that begs for multiple spins. When you’re done, take a cruise of his SoundCloud.

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Get Familiar With ATL Rhymer Mahogany Stylez

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist…

Atlanta-based Rapper, Songwriter, CEO, Model, and living/breathing brand Mahogany Stylez stays as busy in the game as an indie artist could ever hope to be. Having been creating music since a youth — and having gotten serious about her craft, as a music artist, in her teens — she’s found herself (while under the radar) achieving heaps of undergound notoriety, especially after the release of her debut LP, Str8 Stylin the EP.

She recently sat with AAHH to chat about her come up, and her upcoming work!

Related: Mahogany Stylez Shows Versatility On “Str8 Stylin”


AAHH: How would you describe your music for someone who is just discovering you?

Mahogany Stylez: I like to say, I make “everybody music.” I make music about my life experiences and my take on the world that EVERYBODY can feel. I make music that the hood can feel and your mother can jam to my music; if you’re a young person trying to maneuver through this crazy world we are living in, you can feel my music. My voice is hyper unique, so I don’t sound like anyone else. I like to deliver lyrical content and pick production that you can vibe with. Also, I’m a real writer, who grew up on HIP HOP, so that’s evident in my music.

A: How did this whole thing start for you?

M: I started writing poetry, and music lyrics very young. I would share it with my friends. Early in high school, I wrote my first rap, to deliver when I was kicking it in a social setting. The response I’d get from people was so surprising and amazing — that was it, I was addicted!

Started writing more, and spitting in school. Sometimes I would cut class to stick around and rap in the cafeteria. I then began performing at various local events. I formulated a female owned and operated Artist Management company called “Getmoneymas,” interned for 106 & Park Radio and threw myself into the business. I kept writing, and performing, and featuring on mixtapes, and just established myself as a professional recording artist.

A: Who were some of your influences when you were starting out?

M: My influences are many and diverse. I grew up watching female artists like Salt N Pepa. My Godmother introduced me to Pepa and used to bring me around when I was a little girl, and I straight thought she was magical!

Watching Eve, Missy Elliot, Brittney Spears, Lady Gaga, Rihanna do their thing … I watched and emulated this music royalty and saw their power. I wanted to do that.

A: What have you dropped to date?

M: I have been on MANY mixtapes with singles like “Butterscotch,” and “The Truth,” back in the day; but, more recently I released my first debut EP, Str8 Stylin the EP. I put a lot of heart into this project to introduce myself to the world as not just A solid, viable female rap artist, but THE. The industry could use another strong female voice to be a force, and I feel like that’s me.

A: Most definitely! So, what are you currently working on?

M: I’m currently working on getting this project Str8 Stylin the EP, out to the world! I also am working on my next mixtape, which is going to be something extraordinary [an homage to a female rap icon], as well as my next official album. I’m writing and ready to dive in further and connect more with my fans thru the music.

A: What have been the most prominent moments thus far in your career?

M: I would say one of my most significant achievements in my career has been finally releasing my debut. It took some time for me to get the project finished. My fans were waiting for it.

Having Performed at “Black Ink, Atlanta” twice has been pretty significant, as well. There are still several major accomplishments to knock out, but I’m here for it and just ready to go in.

A: What do you want people to take away from you as an artist, ultimately?

M: I’m taking over this thing. I’ve been putting in my work and cultivating my craft. I’m moving in the direction of establishing myself as a household name. That’s the goal. I have several business ventures, inside and outside of music, that I’m working on launching. I want to show the world that anything and everything that you want to do IS possible, and I want to be the face for that message.

A: What’s next?

M: Next for me professionally … I am releasing my next single, “Thousandaire,” Produced by D. Grant. That drops Oct. 29th. I will be working on releasing these next two projects, and dropping my new line of rolling papers, called “Hippie Stixx,” at the top of the year. I’ll also be doing more touring 2019.

In the meantime, I’m writing, I’m in the studio and growing my brand every way possible.

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Illabit Is On A Quest To Be Hip Hop’s Most Inspiring Voice

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the…

New York (Manhattan) born MC Illabit — Rehoboth-resident started recording music as the result of a lifelong love of the culture. “My mom taught me the piano when I was 10, and I taught myself guitar when I was 13,” he tells AAHH. “I’m 21 now; I’m currently signed to Loud House Audio, an independent recording studio in Taunton.”

 
To date, he (and Loud House) have released two projects. His more recent The Celebration got the ball rolling — with the music video for the song “Magic” cracking 20k views.”

“I was given the name Illabit by an old friend I used to rap with named Trip,” he says of his early come up. “I love that name because toward my goals it’ll always keep me humble.

“My sound is original,” he continues, describing his music. “I was inspired by old legends like Tupac, Nas, Kanye — but, I love new Hip Hop too, like Wiz, Mac Miller [RIP], and A Boogie. I try to mix the two (eras) while incorporating other genres such as indie rock.

“I listen to a lot of different genres, so I like to experiment sometimes with different sounds,” he says.

As he tells us, his goal is to be one of the most motivational artists in the game. “I try to make music with a message … I want my listeners to feel 110% after my tracks.”

Currently, he’s working on a new album called Tear Me Apart, set to drop in 2019. “My plans for the future are to release more albums; I’m going to continue to love what I do while trying to inspire and motivate others to do what they want to do and be the best version of themselves.”

Gotta love that!

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UK Producer Big O Returns With “iNSTABiLiTY” LP

UK transplant Big O has appeared on our site a few times. Most recently we sat with his EP The…

UK transplant Big O has appeared on our site a few times. Most recently we sat with his EP The Light Of Day; his new project iNSTABiLiTY carries some of that same soulful energy, albeit with a more conceptual thematic element tying it all together.

Related: Big O Delivers On The Soulful “The Light Of Day” EP

“It’s about an unstable young man who can’t stay in one place and is completely uncertain about everything that life has to offer,” the producer says of the 16-song instrumental affair. “He’s not afraid of taking the risk, always searching for something new, and is willing to go anywhere to find not only himself but — also — his true purpose in this world.”

As he further explains to AAHH, he attempted to make each track with this character’s ideologies in mind, to give listeners an aural understanding of his thoughts as he navigates this coming-of-age period in his life.

“The character,” he says, “is indeed a reflection of myself searching for meaning and peace in this world while using and relying on music.”

It’s an entertaining body of work, as Big O continues to impress us with quality beat tapes. Check out the project, below.

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