Just when we thought we were getting out of quarantine, the universe said pause. However, many of us are still pushing content regardless of what a mayor of governor tries to tell us (we’re still practicing social distancing though). This week, many artists have released music and it was almost hard to track them all. However, I did the best I could in highlighting all the brand-new releases that came out from our Massachusetts artists. Think I missed one? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Album: Pada Esco – ‘Road Runner’
His first project off the Road Runners label imprint, the “Loyalty over Love” rapper made sure to kick things off with a bang. Bringing us 11 tracks with the running time of 26 minutes, Esco taps on the services of Philly rapper, Kur, Boston’s own Looski, and Brooklyn native, Jay Gwuapo.
If you’re into drill music, this project is definitely the one for you.
Stream Road Runner below.
Vanni Allen Poe – ‘The Cure’ EP
In a time of quarantine and unanswered questions of the black lives we’ve lost (Ahmad Arbery, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor), Vanni Allan Poe saw it fitting to releasing his EP, The Cure.
Coming off the success of his participation in Sylus Gamino’s “Killed or be Killed,” Vanni describes the 3-track EP as something of substance that we can feel in our souls. During his Instagram Live concert this past weekend, the “Love Me Now artist stated the following:
“I feel like the content on The Cure is that exactly. It makes you kind of reflect to yourself, look at yourself, what you can fix, you know, all that stuff,” said Vanni. “During this time, we all have to come out of quarantine a different person.”
Listening to The Cure, Vanni has a lot to say that many can relate to – whether it’s having to explain to your kids the unjust killings of black individuals, reflecting on past mistakes and trauma, unlearning what society has taught you, or simply, just starting over, there’s something on this project just for you.
Scheduled to release sequel at the end of week, catch up by listening to The Cure EP below.
Dutch Rebelle – ‘STONY’
Releasing “Big Zoe” last year, Dutch Rebelle makes her return releasing her brand new single, “Stony.”
Giving me “Cash Shit” vibes, Dutch Rebelle has the ladies in their bag on the INTL SHOW-produced track. Paying homage to the Set It Off character, Stony, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith, this is the perfect record to kick off the summer to and a must on your playlist if you’re looking to have a hot-girl summer (or at least trying to considering the circumstances).
“Watch when I pop out/ Pulling they cards like hallmarks/ They don’t ever pop out/Let them hoes hate, they all marks.”
Stream “STONY” from this lit little classy zoe below.
Triy – ‘Do You Think About Me’
As we await the release of Triy’s forthcoming debut album, The Unexpected Journey, the singer treats us to his latest offering, “Do You Think About Me.”
During quarantine, relationships are being tested. On Triy’s new single, he questions his former lover whether or not she still thinks about him and apologizes for his past mistakes, regardless of the fact that she’s found someone new.
Would you do the same?
Most High Kingdom – ‘The Virus’
(originally via Boston Hassle)
It’s no secret that artists have been forced to adapt to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying home trying to plot on their next move, many have had to figure their own ways of coping and keeping their audience entertained through Instagram Live concerts, quarantine-styled music videos, and surprise single releases.
Through these new ways of connecting with their audience from home, it’s become tough for some who have had a decrease in social interaction with others, and thus, bring on an amount of stress and anxiety as they think about what is next to come.
In order to combat those feelings, Most High Kingdom’s Milkshaw Benedict, Najee Janey, and $ean Wire with their new single, “The Virus,” where they encourage their listeners to not look at the quarantine as debilitating, but instead, an opportunity to combat their fears and get the ball rolling on the goals they’ve been stalling on.
“Adapt to our environment with our souls in alignment/We on divine timing bitch we ain’t ever dying/Quarantine me not possible/Face your fears and use what’s between your ears/ It’s still, stairs before chairs and that’s not optional,” Milkshaw Benedict spits on the opening of the verse.
Stream Most High Kingdom’s latest release “The Virus””below and revisit the group’s most recent projects: $ean Wire’s ‘DEAR’ project, Najee Janey’s ‘The Purple Earth Theory‘ EP and Milkshaw Benedict’s ‘A Boston Block Party.’
XNDRSOUND – ‘Bedside Convos’ EP
Known for his moody aesthetics, XNDRSound returns with his new EP, Bedside Convos.
Consisting of just “BREAK UP SEX” and “MY ENDS,” the Randolph native finds himself reminiscing about his last sexual encounter with his ex, wondering why they’re no longer together, check-ins, and hopes of finding each other again.
KAM’GEEZ – Money Callin’ ft. Pretty G G Pretty
After appearing on Sylus Gambino’s “Killed Or Be Killed” alongside 8Zipp and Vanni, Kam’Geez returns with his new single, “Money Callin’.”
Tapping on the services of Pretty G G Pretty, Kam’Geez makes his audience aware that the streets aren’t gonna love you no matter how strong your loyalty is. With his back against the wall, Kam’Geez weighs his options and has never been the type to decline a call when money’s involved.
KAM’GEEZ also recently paid tribute to is good friend Sabrina who passed away a year ago yesterday with “SAB SZN.”
Stream the two tracks below.
Kye Bills – ‘For Real’
Following the release of his “Quarantine Freestyle” last month, Kye Bills returns with the official video to his latest single, “For Real.”
Simply put, Kye Bills tells exactly what he’s about. Not a liar, isn’t scared of anyone, is quick to put a tool in your face, and just isn’t the one for games.
MASS. Mondays: Ricky France, $hay Band$ & 8 Zipp, Dutchy Do Bad, Eddy Norf & Clark D
Before your girl catches flight for a couple of weeks, I couldn’t leave without leaving y’all with a new MASS. Mondays. This week, we have some new faces: Eddy Norf and Clark D, while still celebrating the masses: Ricky France, $hay Band$, 8 Zipp and Dutchy Do Bad.
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Peace and love.
Ricky France – CODE
We haven’t seen Ricky France since the release of his single, “One Way Or Another” back in November. As we approach the end of April, France couldn’t let the month end without releasing a new visual.
Teaming up with Brillo and Vanni Allan Poe, who just released his single “Bachelor” last month, France drops his latest visual, “CODE.” Inspired by the 1995-film, New Jersey Drive, the Bonvida// Lyme Lyte TV-directed clip finds Ricky playing Midget and Vanni channeling Jason.
If you haven’t seen the film, you can get an idea of what happens by watching “Code” above.
MASS Mondays: Dungeon Jane, GooseDinero, MOSA, Deon Chase
It’s the last MASS. Mondays of the month, the sun is shining and artists are gearing up for the second quarter of 2021. This time around I decided to feature a couple new faces, as well as face you probably have seen on the site in awhile.
Check it out below!
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MOSA- ‘Heartbreak University’
Up and coming artist Heartbreak MOSA and definitely the sneak attack you didn’t see coming. Signed to Jas Prince’s Young Empire Music Group and moving to Houston in 2018, the Lawrence, MA native dropped his debut album Heartbreak University last month and has surely made some noise.
A follow-up to his 2019 mixtape, Heartbreak Season, the multifaceted artist described his latest effort as making the best of his situation. “For this project specifically everything was fairly new to me, on top of that going through my lil “heartbreak” situation, all the different feelings I had going through the process of making this album is actually in the album.”
With 13 tracks on the project and no features, Mosa has already gained the attention of Drake, Quavo, Popcaan, Nicky Jam, Kaash Paige and more.
Stream Heartbreak University below.
Dungeon Jane – ‘SPECTRUM’
Last month, Dungeon Jane released her debut project, SPECTRUM. Having a sound different from most R&B artists out the state, Dungeon Jane embarks on a journey of rediscovering herself – defining what love means to her and not letting it pass her by, knowing when something is a season, keeping her guard up, and learning to accept an apology she’ll never get.
Stream the project and check out her latest visual “Ode To You” above.
GooseDinero – ‘Money Fetish’ ft. Dun Dealy
After dropping the 2020 project, All About Dinero, GooseDinero returns with a visual to his latest effort, “Money Fetish.” With assistance from frequent collaborator Dun Dealy, it’s one thing that is never negotiable and that’s the cash – no minimum wage.
Deon Chase – ‘Wild Wild Best’
After dropping his “Rev Up Freestyle” last month, Deon Chase keeps the momentum going with his latest offering, “Wild Wild Best.”
Over the production of Dionso, the Boston finds himself in a compromising, yet satisfying predicament including getting involved with a new flame, who may be crazy but her word is bond. Inspired to record the track while in Los Angeles, Chase just wants someone to ride wit him if they’re for it.
“Wild Wild Best’ is a follow-up to Chase’s 2019-project, Sunset Blues, which featured a lone contribution from Kimana.
Stream “Wild Wild Best” below.
Sylus Gambino Links Up with $hayBand$, Gio Dee and Eway Nef for “That’s A Reach”
When the pandemic hit last March, Sylus Gambino had just released his first single, “Kill or Be Killed” featuring 8 Zipp, Vanni Allan Poe and Kam’Geez. Though most artists feared what was to come their way, Gambino was not phased. The NNCHVLNT president went on to not only promote the record but took advantage of the “Stay At Home” order by kicking off the #KillOrBeKilledChallenge on social media.
With the record garnering over 100k streams on Spotify, Gambino decided to take things up a notch and made his way to Atlanta alongside his label to shoot the official video for his second single, “Down For Me” featuring NNCHVLNT’s own Vanni Allan Poe and 26 Rari, as well as platinum-selling Atlanta artist T.K. Kravitz, most notable his contribution to Lil Durk‘s “Homebody” which also featured Gunna. Produced by Humbeats, the visual has amassed 77k+ views on Youtube.
Now kicking off his 2021 takeover, Gambino returns with some heavy hitters for his brand new single, “That’s A Reach.” Featuring Shooterz Muzik Machine’s first lady, $hayBand$, who is doing numbers with her record, “No Features,” as well as Gio Dee (who recently dropped his “Plunder” Freestyle with Polo Summers) and NNCHVLNT’s Eway Nef, whose debut single, “On Me” continues to amass views on Youtube, everyone gets their time to shine on the Mykel Forever-produced track.
“The purpose of this record was to officially break Nef as an NNCHVLNT artist,” saidTrippy, NNCHVLNT’s manager. “We had the first two records which featured Vanni on the hooks and the second record with Rari on the verse, so this time we felt like being intentional with giving him his time to shine and introduce himself.”
Trippy continued with how $hayBand$ & Gio Dee got on the track. “Shay got into the picture because as we all know she’s the First Lady of Shooters Muzik and has been arguably one of the most consistent female artists from the city in 2020 and continuing throughout 2021. Gio Dee was a no-brainer when it comes to thinking of top-tier artistry in Boston. We knew he could set the tone for any record. But once I told the producer I was looking to get Gio Dee on a record a light bulb went off above his head and he sent over a beat he felt literally catered to Gio Dee’s swagger. In other words, sugar, spice, and everything nice or whatever they said.”
With brothers 509APHAROAH and Vinny hitting us with an electrifying performance throughout the HighAssMoney-directed clip, Trippy also gave us an explanation of the vision behind the video:
“The direction for the video was just us looking to do something a little different than we’ve done,” he said. “Getting into doing our own treatments has been so dope, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out how you anticipated. For this video, luckily, that wasn’t the case. The intent was to entertain our audience. The hook has a cool bop and makes you want to dance so that was the purpose of the dancers. I remembered the energy I felt after watching a Fabolous and Chris brown video called Flipmode and I’m like yeah I just want the video to be as fun as that looked on screen.”
“That’s A Reach” will appear on Gambino’s forthcoming project, Everything Earned.
You can stream and watch the official video to “That’s A Reach” below!
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