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#MASSMondays: Most High Kingdom, Kye Bills, Vanni Allan Poe, Dutch Rebelle + More

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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: hi@miixtapechiick.com

Be sure to tell me what you think by dropping a comment below or hitting me up on Instagram via @miixtapechiick.

Enjoy!

Album: Pada Esco – ‘Road Runner’

While I still think his last project Esco Season didn’t get the notoriety it deserved, Pada Esco returns a year later with his brand-new album, 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?

Stream below.

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.

Stream below.

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.

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G Fredo Releases ‘Karma 2’

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As we anticipate G Fredo‘s return, the Boston artist returns with his highly awaited project, Karma 2.

Following the success of his 2020 release, this sequel features 16 tracks with contributions from J Money, 7981 Kal, Illy Dee, Ek39, and more.

In an Instagram post, G Fredo expressed gratitude to his dedicated supporters, acknowledging their unwavering love and the pivotal role they play in his journey. Despite life’s inevitable challenges, he remains resolute, noting that adversity often paves the way for growth.

“First & foremost I wanna thank all my supporters for your unwavering love.. without y’all none of this would be possible,” G Fredo wrote in an Instagram caption. “I know things aren’t how they’re supposed to be, but sometimes in life we go through trials and tribulations to get where we’re heading.”

He concludes with a steadfast declaration: “When the smoke clears & the dust settles you’ll see I did everything I said I would do & stood on it firm.”

Stream Karma 2 below.

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Joyner Lucas Finally Releases New Album ‘Not Now I’m Busy’

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After dropping “Best for Me” alongside Jelly Roll earlier this week, Joyner Lucas makes a triumphant return with his highly anticipated sophomore album, “Not Now I’m Busy.”

Serving as a successor to his acclaimed 2020 debut, ADHD, the Massachusetts native enlists contributions from Twista, NBA YoungBoy, Logic, Conway The Machine, the late legend DMX, and more across the 17-track effort. Anchored by the previously released singles “Seventeen” and “Sticks & Stones,” you can stream the project below.

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Trottie Y Gizzle, Trottie Moula, Ricky Mazarati and More Named In New RICO Indictment

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Boston-based rappers Trottie Y Gizzle, born Jaquori Lyons; Trottie Moula, born Trevon Bell; Ricky Mazarati, born Rickquille McKinney; and 37 others found themselves at the center of a federal indictment in Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The charges stem from a two-year investigation into gang violence, resulting in over 40 individuals associated with the Heath Street Gang facing charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug trafficking, firearms offenses, wire fraud, and various financial frauds, including COVID-related fraud.

The indictment, released by the U.S. Department of Justice, reveals that the Heath Street Gang members and associates are implicated in a series of murders, attempted murders, and shootings, primarily targeting rival gangs such as the Mission Hill Gang and the H-Block Gang in Boston.

Furthermore, the accused are alleged to have used the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments as a hub for drug trafficking activities, establishing extensive drug distribution networks across Massachusetts, Maine, and California over several years. The gang reportedly utilized social media platforms to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances, including fentanyl, fentanyl pills, cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana, employing posts for advertising, negotiation, and arrangement of drug sales.

The financial aspect of the indictment includes accusations of engaging in organized retail theft, where members openly stole merchandise from various stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2019. Additionally, the Heath Street Gang is implicated in widespread fraud related to the CARES Act, including loan and unemployment fraud.

Acting Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy, in a press conference, highlighted the defendants’ boastful display of violence on social media, featuring images of high-powered weapons, gang signs, and taunts directed at rival gangs.

“They bragged about their violence on social media and in texts. As you can see from some of these photos, they carried high-powered weapons, they made gang signs, and mocked gang rivals.”


The charges, including RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a firearm in furtherance of violent or drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act conspiracy), and wire fraud, carry severe penalties. These penalties range from up to 20 years in prison for RICO conspiracy to mandatory consecutive sentences of five years in prison up to life for possession of a firearm in furtherance of violent or drug trafficking crime.

APPENDIX A

  1. Jaquori Lyons, a/k/a “Gizzle,” a/k/a “Y Gizzle,” 25, of Jamaica Plain, is charged with RICO conspiracy; 
  2. Joan Avalo-Quezada, a/k/a “Trouble,” 26, of Hyde Park, is charged with RICO conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  3. Trevon Bell, a/k/a “Moula,” 27, of Roslindale, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  4. Keonte Campbell, a/k/a “Keko,” 28, of Hyde Park, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  5. Amos Carrasquillo, a/k/a “Cruddy,” 35, of Mattapan, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  6. Deshawn Cirino, a/k/a “D,” a/k/a “Lil D,” 26, of Boston, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  7. Dominique Finch, a/k/a “Heff,” 34, of Boston, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  8. Zion Ford, a/k/a “Bricks,” 24, of Hyde Park, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  9. Tyrre Herring, a/k/a “Blick,” a/k/a “Smoov,” 26, of Billerica, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  10. De’vonne Mcdonald-Jones, a/k/a “Daedae,” a/k/a “D Jones,” 27, of Roslindale, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  11. Rickquille Mckinney, a/k/a “Ricky Mazarati,” a/k/a “Mozzy,” 30, of Arlington, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  12. Amani Perkins, a/k/a “Chop,” a/k/a “Choppa,” 25, of Mattapan, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  13. Michael Riley, a/k/a “Snyda,” a/k/a “Sneed,” 46, of Malden, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  14. Keyon Roberson, a/k/a “Beano,” 23, of Dorchester, is charged with RICO conspiracy;
  15. Randy Diaz-Pizarro, 32, of Central Falls, R.I., is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition;
  16. Bryon Palmer, 36, of Charlestown, is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl;
  17. Rolando Coxon, 31, of Hyde Park, is charged with two counts of distribution of fentanyl;
  18. Cerone Davis, 30, of Arlington, is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility;
  19. Donte Daily, 33, of Jamaica Plain, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition;
  20. Theodore Gamble-Williams, 39, of Jamaica Plain, is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  21. Jameel Gibbons, 39, of Roslindale, is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  22. Charles Bomman, 33, of Roxbury, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  23. Deondre Blanding, 27, of Roslindale, is charged with possession of firearm in furtherance of violent or drug trafficking crime;
  24. Gelson Rodrigues, 33, of Randolph, is charged with possession of firearm in furtherance of violent or drug trafficking crime;
  25. Riccara McKinney, 28, of Roxbury, is charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act conspiracy) and wire fraud;
  26. Rachel McKinney, 32, of Arlington, is charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act conspiracy) and wire fraud;
  27. Teshawnda Knight, 41, of Hyde Park, is charged with wire fraud;
  28. Antawn Davis, 39, of Boston, is charged with wire fraud;
  29. Taisha Garcia, 27, of Lynn, is charged with wire fraud;
  30. Dawan Searcy, 32, of Somerville, is charged with wire fraud;
  31. Nathan Bootman, 26, of Randolph, is charged with wire fraud;
  32. Jameela Gross, 27, of Jamaica Plain, is charged with wire fraud;
  33. Robert Platt, 44, of Brockton, is charged with wire fraud;
  34. Donovan Scarlett, 25, of West Roxbury, is charged with wire fraud;
  35. David Avalo, 28, of Hyde Park, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  36. Victor Pimentel, 27, of Brockton, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  37. Amanda LaPointe, 39, of Ripley, Maine, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  38. Krystin Mathewson, 38, of Enfield, Conn., is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  39. Jacob Lyford, 32, of Milo, Maine, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances;
  40. Michael St. Pierre, 54, of Dedham, Maine, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; and
  41. Kayla Tasker, 31, of Dexter, Maine, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
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