It’s a new year, so you know I had to bring back #MASSMondays. Last year, we were blessed with an insane amount of music as artists took advantage of the pandemic in the best way possible. Whether it was numerous Instagram Lives, having a slew of singles and videos in the chamber, or Youtube concerts, the pivoting of our musical landscape has brought out the best of our artists, and it’s also evident who couldn’t survive.
But, without further ado, here are my picks for this week’s Mass. Mondays.
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Stream: Triy – ‘TriySeason: The Unexpected Journey’
After dropping “That’s My Baby” with Rosewood Bape back in August, Triy returns with his debut album, TriySeason: The Unexpected Journey. The long-awaited project features 13 tracks with contributions from Tailored Music, Bia Javier, KAM’GEEZ, Vanni Allan Poe, and BOOKBAGBOONIE.
“This album was five years in the marking,” said Triy. “I’m glad I get to share a piece of my journey with the world.”
With production handled by D BrownMusic, JPatterns, Diorr, JayTheGreat and several others, including Triy himself. TriySeason: The Unexpected Journey serves as a follow-up to the 2019 project, The Care Package.
DJ POLOKING – ‘Not Your Average Family’ f/ B. Blazo, Cassh Cartel, Bando Baby
Hosted by DJ POLOKING, it’s a family affair as the 10-track effort contains no features but production handled by TWayne The Kid, Mike Hector, Tee WaTT, Josh Schuback, Nick Mira, Danny Rome, Clemsy, Buu, Sunny Laurent, @1LightBeats and Tucker. Each artist gets to shine on their own track, so by the end of your first listen, it may be hard to decide whose your favorite.
Stream Not Your Average Family below.
Stream: Dtheflyest – ‘Sandoboy’
Marking two years since the release of his debut project, “,” DTheFlyest has kept things rather light the past two years. Linking with 7981 Kal on “Better Off” early last year, the “Toxic” rapper also went on to release the single “Coco Crazy” featuring BIA, as well as gifting fans with a follow-up EP, Priv Madness, which featured four tracks with a guest appearance by Btl Flee.
Ready to get things rockin’ again, DTheFlyest ended 2020 with the release of his brand new project, Sandoboy. Consisting of nine tracks, the project features his lead single, “Riot.”
Stream SandoBaby below.
$hayBand$ – No Features
I’m still waiting for the official video for “Famous,” but Shooterz Muzik’s first lady, $hayBand$, ended 2020 with a brand new visual titled, “No Features.”
Rightfully so, the rapper isn’t doing any features and she honestly doesn’t have to. Her words alone hold weight and she’ll probably out rap your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.
Though only 2:44 in running time, $hayBand$ gets straight to the point.
New #MASSMondays featuring Alejandro Blanco, Vasjan, Illy Dee
Happy July! I hope your summer is off to a great start! This is particularly my favorite time of year. Aside from it being my birthday last week, summer is where all the good vibes transpire; and of course, good music! Though we don’t have a song of the summer just yet, here are some records in the running below!
Alejandro Blanco – Calm Before The Storm
Earlier this year, Alejandro Blanco dropped his sixth studio project, Like Last Time. The 7-track effort served as a follow-up to his August 2021 project, A3, in which he recently provided visual treatment to the album cut, “Change Me” featuring Nappy Jones. As we are now halfway through 2022, Blanco returns with his latest offering, Calm Before The Storm.
The 5-track EP contains a lone feature from Enemy Of the Fake and is easily my favorite project to come out this year.
Vasjan – ‘Gangsta’ ft. Wave Capone
Though he’s known as a promoter around the state, Vasjan has been coming into his own as a rapper. After performing his “Whap Whap” freestyle on CTNT TV, the Boston native returns with Wave Capone on his latest offering, “Gangsta.” Sampling Kehlani‘s “Gangsta,” Vasjan reminds us just how dripped out he is while Wave lets us know why they call him a Gangsta.
Illy Dee – All Night
As his team prepares for the release of his Bully & The Beast mixtape, Illy Dee releases his brand new single, “All Night.” Serving as a follow-up to his March release, “Last Day In,” his latest effort switches things up, as Illy Dee is trying to catch a vibe and make the most of what seems to be a long night.
The new single comes after fellow HSM members 7981 Kal, G Fredo and Hamma Thang pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy. According to the Department of Justice, Dee was previously charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. However, it has not been revealed where he stands.
Stream “All Night” below.
HSM’s G Fredo & 7981 Kal Plead Guilty to RICO Conspiracy
Back in June 2020, 31 members of the alleged street gang, NOB ( an abbreviation for Norton, Olney and Barry streets in Dorchester, MA.), were arrested on numerous charges, including racketeering conspiracy (RICO), violent crimes in aid of racketeering, drug trafficking, firearms charges and more.
According to the U.S. District Attorney Office via the Department of Justice, 7981 Kal, born Kelvin Barros, and G Fredo, born Michael Brandao, were charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, while Hamma Thang, born Samael Mathieu, was charged with RICO conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
On Thursday, June 30, 2022, all three artists were convicted on their aforementioned charges. According to NBC Boston, ten of the 31 members of NOB that were arrested “all pleaded guilty to various offenses in recent weeks, with the final two defendants pleading guilty last week.”
The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced between September and November of 2022.
According to the Department of Justice, “the charges of RICO conspiracy and committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000; charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.”
Last month, 7981 Kal’s team released the video to his single, “G-Code.”
New Music: Chelley Marie is ‘Ice’ Cold!
Boston’s very own — Chelley Marie (500 degrees), is back with another single! Make sure your bass is fully boosted because she’s here to remind you that she’s the hot girl dripped in all things ‘Ice‘ cold. With some chains you could see shining from afar, you already know there’s always a pair of wandering eyes on her.
‘Long hair ass fat, they want to hit this
bad b-tch on they wish list like it’s Christmas
you ain’t talking bout no f-cking money gotta dismiss
chain glistening, they see the ice from a distance’
She’s definitely one to be invested in but treads lightly: the thin lines between admiration and jealousy are not that hard for her to detect! Chelley issues a warning out to those who’ve been a little heavy-handed with her name. In short, whatever you think is tea, you can bet that she’ll bring back something scorching hot.
‘Acting shady but I made you hoes confident
Hating on me is just boosting my confidence‘
You really can’t outdo the do-er!
Hopefully, she has some more tricks up her sleeve!
Stream ‘Ice’ below!
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