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Royce Ripken’s Long-Awaited Debut Delivers

After building a pretty notable buzz with his first four mixtape releases, emcee Royce Ripken, formerly Stretch Dinero—aka Supastaxx—has finally…

After building a pretty notable buzz with his first four mixtape releases, emcee Royce Ripken, formerly Stretch Dinero—aka Supastaxx—has finally released an official full-length debut, Home Run Ripken.

The 13-song affair is seemingly scattered regarding contextual content, but it is—after a few top to bottom listens—actually entirely cohesive, and packed with a balance of motivation, hype, and tunes for your girlfriend (see “Double Up”). Though the production credits aren’t front street, this man needs to buy his team a few beers, it sounds great.

Now, let’s break down the highs and lows; we’ll start with the standouts. “Flame Out” and “Run It Back” are his best attempts at generating an anthemic vibe on this LP. “Grand Slam” also deserves honorable mention. Lyrically on all three, he packs in as many smart punchlines as possible and then unleashes super catchy choruses. Sounds simple, but it isn’t. Earworms are an art.

Zac Alan’s chorus on “Run It Back,” with its grungy distortion in the high-end has an alternative vibe that feels top 40 radio ready.

If tasked with naming a top 2 on this album it would hands down be “They Want The Real. Pt. 2”—the most intimate point on the LP—and “Jiggle,” with it’s sped up Ellie Goulding sample. Throughout the project, he alluded to street life at a few points, but “They Want The Real. Pt. 2” is the first time that he seems to let you in, discussing his time in the streets, being locked up, and his daily struggle to stay on the right path as he explores his career in music. It’s more retrospective than descriptive.

“Jiggle” is way less profound, but garnered about 15 plays in a day on my phone. That beat is Fuego.

There are few actual low points on the project. He is an intelligent guy—lyrically—so “That Bag,” when compared to the (kind of) avant-garde thinking of “Catch These Fists,” seems pretty necessary.

Overall, though, it’s a respectable debut from Royce Ripken, and sure to set him on the right path!

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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TGERambo Drops Second Official Single “Eleven11”

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Coming straight out of Montreal, Canada, young rapper TGERambo is making some noise with his first two jawns; his first single “Investor” with its infectious trap vibe racked up over 10,000 spins on YouTube. His follow up “Eleven11” is looking to be an even more significant success, even though it was taken down by YouTube after clicking over 5000 spins in its first few days online.

The bouncing vibe is dripping with mainstream appeal, ripe for playlist fame. Rambo is just one piece of the buzz-worthy The Grey Era (TGE) click, alongside TGEMarx and TGETtuth. Rambo is currently preparing for a debut full-length album set to drop in October in tandem with a tour — also in the works. For now, take an eye to the new visuals.

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Prezzy Supreme Drops “Tekashi” & “Selena”

Prezzy Supreme, also known as Stillz, was born in the South Bronx. When he was in high school, Damon Dash…

Prezzy Supreme, also known as Stillz, was born in the South Bronx. When he was in high school, Damon Dash would give him advice about the music industry and also critiqued his mixtapes. Despite growing up in the projects, his insight made PREZZY value education and improving himself. He decided to pursue a degree at Hampton University in Virginia and traveled around the country and cultivated his passion for music by collaborating and working with different artists and producers from ATL, Cali, Miami, and Houston.

 
In his early twenties, he lost two of his best friends, one to a drug overdose; the other was murdered in a robbery. Surprisingly, PREZZY SUPREME’s music before came more melodic and upbeat amplifying his focus on positive energy and good vibes. His new single “Too Late” is set to be released in July of 2018. When he is on stage, the audience can expect a high octane-fueled performance where PREZZY energizes the crowd and commands their full attention. Most recently PREZZY opened for Rich The Kid in NYC. He also has landed a direct support slot on a few of the coveted The Diplomats: Dipset Forever 2018 summer tour dates.

Follow Prezzy Supreme on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter today for daily updates.

Hear Prezzy Supreme’s latest singles, “Tekashi” and “Selena” now, courtesy of Soundcloud.

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Pharaoh Hussein Preps New LP “Lightyears”

Miami rapper Pharaoh Hussein has seen it all and been through a lot. He’s refocused negative to positive, combining the…

Miami rapper Pharaoh Hussein has seen it all and been through a lot. He’s refocused negative to positive, combining the compassion he has for life and music and creating art dedicated to those like him; a black sheep, outside of the box thinker. “I was rapping as a hobby at age 11, but began to take it seriously around 17,” he reveals to AAHH. “I was saving money and paying for studio time.”

“My sound is dark gloomy,” he explains when asked about his sound. “Picture Earl Sweatshirt and MF DOOM with a little bit of trap infused.

The indie rapper is currently working on a project called Lightyears, which has been in production for almost a year. “It’s finally done,” he says proudly. “It’s dealing with a light vs.dark concept, which I think everyone can relate with; having battles with a darker side and mental health has become problematic in the world. I just wanted to address certain issues creatively and still be engaging and entertaining.”

He’s quick to state that his career goal is to run a label. “I know I could to do that, but I want to do anything that involves music … be involved in soundtracks, commercial jingles; you name it.

Next up for the emcee is the upcoming August release of Lightyears. “I’m [also] dropping the video to the first single “Skeletons” real soon … right now I’m putting everything behind this project, ” he says.

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RJ Full Range Has The Beats You’re Looking For

For over 15 years, producer RJ Full Range has been living the dream, having landed significant placements or worked with…

For over 15 years, producer RJ Full Range has been living the dream, having landed significant placements or worked with the likes of Fox Searchlight, VH1, MTV and Death Row Records. Aside from work with platinum selling artists, he’s also worked with artists on the rise such as Compton AV, Marcus Black (Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood), Nicky D’s, Stevie Crooks, and Famous Uno. His latest venture, Full Range Beats, began in 2016 when he launched a new website to sell beats direct to clients. 

“I just wanna focus on producing music the way I wanna produce it,” he notes — explaining that this venture wasn’t meant to replace his TV or film work. “If someone in TV & film wants something I have, cool. I don’t want to chase though.” 

With his experience in tow, RJ’s production and experience runs the gambit from Hip Hop to trap. With years in the game, and constant attention paid to what’s popping on Billboard — regarding sound — RJ can get you all set up with professional instrumentals meant to enhance your songs and take them to the next level.

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