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Bops That Just Dropped: New Cardi B, City Girls and More

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar. Summertime vibes have officially arrived. And some of our favorite artists have delivered some heat to help set the mood. This week we’ve been gifted with some new Cardi B, new City Girls and much more. Tap in with our weekly roundup below.

“Hot Shit” — Cardi B featuring Lil Durk and Ye

Bardi is back! The lead single to Cardi B’s hotly anticipated sophomore album has finally arrived. On it, she pulls up with a couple of Chicago legends by her side. “Hot Shit” features Lil Durk and Ye (aka Kanye West). The trio exercises their right to stunt on haters and slide on opps throughout the hard-hitting track produced by superproducer Tay Keith.

“Good Love” — City Girls featuring Usher

The City Girls from the 305 take it to the A-Town for their latest single. Titled, “Good Love,” the song is a collab with Usher, who is trending off of his stellar Tiny Desk performance. The Confessions singer opens the record with his silky smooth vocals, while Yung Miami and JT follow up with their signature NSFW bars. The uptempo record samples a mid 90s cult classic bass anthem by the name of “Freak It.” Now let’s get this party started and check out the Daps-directed video above.

‘Public Displays of Affection Too’ — Muni Long

Muni Long has written hits for herself and others. The singer-songwriter first made a name for herself by penning songs for a long list of hit-makers, including Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson and Selena Gomez. She now receives critical acclaim for the hit records she crafts for herself. This year, her breakthrough single, “Hrs And Hrs,” peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the success of her first platinum song, the Def Jam artist releases her Public Displays of Affection Too EP. The 5-track project features the singles “Pain” and “Another,” as well as the Saweetie-assisted “Baby Boo.”

Gucci Mane shouts out YSL on his latest. It’s a collaboration with Lil Baby, called “All Dz Chainz.” Joey Bada$$ also drops off some new music with “Where I Belong.” Check out our weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back every Friday for a roundup of what’s new in music.

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Bops That Just Dropped: New Joints by Beyoncé, Roddy Ricch, Chris Brown and More

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar. Tap in with our weekly roundup of what just dropped below. This week’s collection of new releases includes fresh joints from Beyoncé, Roddy Ricch, Chris Brown and others.

“Break My Soul” — Beyoncé

Are you ready to dance? If so, Beyoncé has something for you to groove to. “Break My Soul,” the lead single to her forthcoming Renaissance project, has an uptempo ‘90s house music vibe. Produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, King B’s new joint is co-written by Jay-Z and samples both Robin S’ classic “Show Me Love” and Big Freedia’s “Explode.” The optimistic anthem also features Beyoncé spitting a few bars. Prepare to hit the dance floor and be on the lookout for Beyoncé’s new album when it drops on July 29.

‘The Big 3’ — Roddy Ricch

Roddy Ricch’s sophomore album, LIVE LIFE FAST didn’t quite live up to the hype created by his chart topping debut, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. But that hasn’t stopped the rap star from getting back into the swing of things. This week he drops off a trio of tracks with his The Big 3 ep. On the 3-pack are the DJ Mustard-produced “Real Talk,” “Tootsies” and “No Mop,” which is produced by hit-maker London On Da Track. The Big 3 arrives just in time for the summer. Later this year, Roddy will head out on tour with Post Malone.

‘Breezy’ — Chris Brown

The #TeamBreezy squad has a new reason to be proud members of the Chris Brown fan club. The latest album from CB, Breezy, has now arrived.  Just like with most of the recent Breezy albums, it’s stacked with a good amount of songs. 24 songs deep, Brown’s tenth album features contributions from Ye Ali, OG Parker, Lil Wayne, H.E.R. and Fivio Foriegn, who appears on the standout track, “C.A.B. (Catch A Body).”

“Run” — 21 Savage, YG, BIA, Tyga

“From The D 2 The LBC” — Eminem & Snoop Dogg

7220 (Deluxe) — Lil Durk

“THROUGH 2 U” — Bktherula, Ski Mask the Slump God

“Uzi” —Dougie B

‘Montega’ — French Montana and Harry Fraud

“Madda Badda” — Buju Banton

“Price Of Fame” — Brent Faiyaz

“Decisions” — Young Devyn

“Rich and Raw” — Dess Dior

“Late To Da Party” — Lil Nas X featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again

‘Give Or Take’ — Giveon

“Hunt” — Cochise featuring Chief Keef

‘Young & Restless V.’ — J.l the Prince of N.Y

Don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for our weekly playlist.

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Celebrate Black Culture this Juneteenth with Reflection and A Fire Playlist 

It’s a celebration fr fr! For the second year, Juneteenth National Independence Day aka Juneteenth — which commemorates the unofficial end of slavery here in America — is being officially recognized as a national holiday.

“We must understand that Juneteenth represents not only the commemoration of the end of slavery in America more than 150 years ago, but the ongoing work to have to bring true equity and racial justice into American society,” said President Joe Biden after he signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, establishing June 19th as federal holiday.

It wasn’t that long ago that Ye reminded us listeners that “racism is still alive.” And boy, was Mr. West right. Just think about the recent increase in hate crimes such as racially-motivated mass shootings that have taken place in churches and supermarkets or the everyday interactions with “Karens” that go viral or how COVID-19 disproportionately impacted certain communities.

These are just a few of the constant reminders for so many Black Americans that their Blackness is simply inescapable. That Blackness is, however, also bold and beautiful and artists from Beyoncé to Billie Holiday have made sure to remind the world of that.

Way before Juneteenth was celebrated across the country, African-American artists had been using their music and platforms to shed light on their people’s struggles, culture, achievements, beauty and heritage. “Say it loud! I’m Black and I’m proud,” said James Brown with his 1968 hit “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

From showing love to Black girls that rock and neighborhood hustlers who have upped it to boss status, classic songs and contemporary bops have spoken to the richness and diversity of Black culture. With statements like fuck the police and we gon’ be alright, leading musicians have straight up confronted the plethora of inequalities, injustices and other unjust realities that have plagued certain Americans since the birth of this nation.

In honor of Juneteenth, ONE37pm put together a playlist of songs that pay tribute to the resilience and creative spirit of the Black community. Our 2022 Juneteenth Playlist is comprised of anthems crafted by icons such as Nina Simone, Marvin Gay, Aretha Franklin and Jay-Z, as well as contemporary hit-makers like J. Cole, Polo G, Meek Mill, Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar.

Vibe out, turn up and reflect with this collection of songs celebrating Black history, Black culture and Black progression.

Happy Juneteenth!

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Video Premiere: “Southside” by Neek Bucks featuring K Goddess

When it comes to rap music, New York is synonymous with a few things. The birthplace of hip-hop has bred a good amount of rappers known for their lyrics, storytelling abilities and swagger. Throughout his career, Neek Bucks has aimed to embody all of these NYC-centric aesthetics and more. The Harlem native began establishing his name in the streets of New York with cuts like “Summertime in Harlem” and “Where I’m From.”

He continued to build his buzz by dropping solo bangers, as well as collaborating with the likes of Lil Durk (“Energy”), Benny The Butcher (‘Pain”), Lil Tjay (“Fly Away”), YFN Lucci (“One Day”), Dave East (“How It’s Supposed To Be”) and others.

Leading up to the release of his forthcoming project, El Barrio 3, the self-proclaimed Neighborhood Hov dropped off his latest single, “Southside.” Today, he delivers the visuals for the K Goddess-assisted track.

“I wanted to do something fun for Harlem and NYC this summer,” said Neek Bucks, when describing his newly released video. “Once I heard the sample it was a no brainer for me, so I tapped in with K Goddess because I wanted a female perspective on the song and we made banger.”

“I’ve been wanting to work with Neek for years,” said Brooklyn’s own, K Goddess. “I’m happy he took a chance on me, he could’ve chosen a bunch of other options…Now we have a NYC banger together. I appreciate him so much!”

Be on the lookout for more from Neek Bucks. Until his next drop, check out his new video for “Southside” featuring K Goddess below.

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Bops That Just Dropped: New Music Roundup

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar. Tap in with our weekly new music roundup below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of what’s new in music. This week’s collection of new releases includes fresh joints from Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, J.I. the Prince of N.Y. and others.

“Cash In Cash Out” — Pharrell Williams featuring 21 Savage and Tyler, The Creator

Pharrell Williams is back in his bag. A week before Skateboard P’s Something in the Water festival takes place for the first time in Washington, D.C., he delivers his latest song, “Cash In Cash Out”. The G.O.A.T. producer teams up with leaders of the new school 21 Savage and Tyler, The Creator for the big money talk record. The Pharrell-produced track is accompanied by a hella creative CGI animated video.

“Do What I Want” — Kid Cudi

One thing about is that he’s going to do things his way no matter what. The influential artist makes that clear with his new song “Do What I Want.” The groovy track, which was first previewed in 2020, finds Cudi letting it be known that he’s forever living life to the fullest. Expect “Do What I Want” to appear on Cudi’s forthcoming eighth album, Entergalactic. Due later this year, the album will be released alongside a Netflix project Cudi has in the works with How To Make It In America creator Ian Edelman and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

“Riot” — J.I. the Prince of N.Y.

J.I. the Prince of N.Y. has lowkey been going in this year. He started things off with the thumper “I Ain’t Gon Lie.” Then he let us know that he holds grudges more than conversations on “Toxic.” Now he’s making it clear that he’s not playing around with his latest drill banger, “Riot.” The Brooklyn rapper is turning up the heat in anticipation for his upcoming 11-track project Young & Restless Vol. 1 Baby Don. The 20-year-old, who will be performing at this year’s Wireless Festival, also co-directed the video for his latest single.

“Drive By” — French Montana featuring Babyface Ray

French Montana pulls up with his go-to producer Harry Fraud and Babyface Ray for “Drive By.”

“Wifey” — Rubi Rose

Rubi Rose samples a classic N.E.R.D. track for her new jawn, “Wifey.”

“Baby Boo” — Muni Long featuring Saweetie

Saweetie appears on singer-songwriter Muni Long’s “Baby Boo.”

“Denial” — Rae Sremmurd

One of hip-hop’s favorite dynamic duos, Rae Sremmurd return with their first single in about four years. It’s called “Denial.”

This week’s new music roundup also features YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“Sexin Me”), NLE Choppa (“Apart From You”), RZA (“We Push”), YSB Trill (“Lost”), Cochise (“Turn It Up”), Iann Dior (“Live Fast Die Numb”), Shelley FKA DRAM (“Chocolate Covered Strawberries”) and Saucy Santana & Latto (“Booty”) who also dropped off some new music.

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Bops That Just Dropped: New Music Roundup

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what new music should be on your radar.

“Distraction” – Polo G

Polo G has his eye on the prize with his latest single, “Distraction.” Fed up with being overlooked, the Chicago rapper is going at the necks of naysayers and nonbelievers. “I go so hard, they still discredit my talent,” he raps on the Southside-produced track. “Distraction” is the first single released from Polo and Southside’s forthcoming collaborative album, NorthSide. Within days of its release, the video -which was teased with a Kai Cenat-assisted trailer- received over 3 million views on Youtube. So far, it has peaked as the No. 2 trending music video on the platform. With “Distraction,” Polo G once again makes it clear that he is one of the best rappers in the game.

‘Lost Souls’ – Vory

Long before dropping his debut album, Lost Souls, Vory proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Since landing on the scene in 2015, the 24-year-old artist has been garnering lots of attention. He’s co-written songs like Bryson Tiller’s breakthrough hit, “Don’t” and “Friends” from Jay-Z and Beyonce’s collaborative album, Everything Is Love. He was also featured on several tracks from Kanye West’s award-winning album, Donda. Vory’s distinctive blend of hip-hop and r&b is present throughout his 17-track debut. Ye, Fresco Trey, Nav and Yung Bleu appear on the album which also features contributions from hit-making producers such as Mike Dean, OG Parker, 88-Keys and others.

“Demon” – B-Lovee featuring Coi Leray

As always, B-Lovee is on that demon time. The emerging Bronx drill rapper connects with Coi Leray for his latest single, “Demon.” The “IYKYK” rapper delivers his signature flow and big New York energy over the hypnotic Fast Life Beats-produced beat, while the Trendsetter rapper holds it down for the female savages with her melodic hook. B-Lovee’s “Demon” drops days after he and Leray hit the road for her headlining Trendsetter Tour.

This week’s collection of new music releases also includes projects from Post Malone, 070 Shake, Big Moochie Grape and others, as well as new tracks from Kash Doll, Swae Lee, Rowdy Rebel, Slatt Zy and more. Tap in with our weekly roundup below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of what’s new in music.

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Singer Chase McDaniel Strives To Be As Authentic As Can Be

Chase McDaniel knows the power of music. The country music singer-songwriter grew up listening to songs and albums that allowed him to tap into thoughts and emotions that he at a certain point in life didn’t know he could. “Music is really one of the most useful forms of communication,” he says. “With it we can say things that we couldn’t say any other way.”

Music, for Chase McDaniel, has been about emotion and feeling, and can give listeners a sense of connection and belonging. He hopes to create a connection with his listeners that goes well beyond entertainment by writing songs that are honest and relatable. Instead of singing about things he’s not familiar with, he draws inspiration from his own life experiences.

Hailing from humble beginnings in Greensburg, Kentucky, Chase McDaniel first found his love for music at a young age. By 12-years-old he, under the guidance of his grandfather, began finding his voice by singing in church. As he got older, the lyrics of artists such as John Mayer, Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were not only therapeutic, they also further inspired him to deliver songs that could resonate with people on a personal level.

Whether Chase McDaniel is addressing toxic relationships like on “Relapse” or letting it be known that beer is really better in a glass with the viral hit, “Better In A Glass,” his music speaks to the human experience in one way or another. After years of grinding and keeping it real, McDaniel is seeing his small town dreams become a reality. He’s selling out shows and has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers from TikTok to Facebook. His latest single, “Project” peaked at No. 1 on iTunes and has over 240,000 views since its release.

Here, Chase McDaniel talks with ONE37pm about being as authentic as he can be.

ONE37pm: What got you into creating music?

Chase McDaniel: The power that it had over me. It got me through the darkest times of my life when nothing else could. I think, especially in southern culture, the way we raise young men is just to be tough. I feel like in general, that’s how we kind of raise young men, you know? So I bottled up a lot inside from the way I was raised. I lost my dad when I was young and music was there for me in ways when I couldn’t tell anybody that I was struggling, because I didn’t want to ruin my reputation with anyone. I didn’t want anybody to think I wasn’t a tough guy. Music spoke to me and I just became obsessed with writing and with packing a message into a song in the hopes that I could deliver to somebody else that same kind of connection.

ONE37pm: You were once in a group called 4th and Main. What was the most difficult part of transitioning into a solo artist?

CM: Insecurity. I think I always thought that I didn’t have what it took to be a solo artist. Whether that be my voice wasn’t good enough or I wasn’t handsome enough [laughs]. It’s like the list goes on with things you think you have to be like to be a country music singer. Also, I think I thought that I had to surround myself with people who were better than me to get to do what I loved. It’s a constant battle, just overcoming insecurity and stepping into this artistry that I’m so passionate about.

ONE37pm: What does country music represent to you?

CM: It’s just been there all of my life, so for me it represents connection. I didn’t have a lot of role models growing up and my grandfather stepped in when I was around 12 years old and he’d take me out to the church and we’d practice singing. He would sit with me for hours and just listen and offer me his wisdom and his presence. It was just a way for me to connect with people who cared about me. But there were things I wished country music had and songs I wished existed that didn’t for me. So I think my place in country music now is to make those songs, because there were things that I wish I could have heard at 12 or 17 or 21 that I never got the chance to. And so now, I want to write the songs that that kid needed, you know?

ONE37pm: Were you able to tap into other genres to get those things that you missed with country music?

CM: Yeah, sometimes. I listened to some hip-hop and things like that. There was definitely a variety of music. One of my first records that wasn’t country was AC/DC’s Back in Black. I didn’t have a shortage of music or consumption. It actually consumed my life when I was a teenager. So everything from pop and hip-hop and country to rock to soul. I think the main thing that I needed that really didn’t exist in music at all back then was just a direct line to things about depression and anxiety. Those are things which have kind of affected me pretty deeply, but nobody addressed those types of things directly. Artists would talk about it in music in terms of like the shadow or the darkness, but no one just straight up said the words and I wish they did, because I didn’t know those words existed. It might’ve helped me, you know?

ONE37pm: What was the inspiration behind “Better in a Glass”?

CM: I have a few buddies and even family members that kind of would swear by drinking beer out of a glass or a bottle. It’s kind of something that we always say anyway. I was like, I don’t think there’s a country song about that. That would be really cool to have something just unique lyrically, that’s really not been done yet, but also like a fun summer song that’s also nostalgic. My thing is that I just want to be as authentic as I can be. I didn’t want to say this and it just be a party song or just be a drinking song. I wanted to connect it to some of those things that we did growing up and relate those things to why beer tastes better in a glass. Those good memories are why we say it’s better in a glass versus like if you aerate the beer and being all scientific [laughs]

ONE37pm: The “Better in a Glass” video looked like a really good time.

CM: Oh, yeah, for sure. Especially the bonfire scene and like the truck tailgate and stuff. I grew up in like the smallest town in Kentucky. So we didn’t have bowling alleys. We didn’t have movie theaters to go to. We had to kind of make our own fun. So we had a buddy of mine’s house where we would just all pull up and make a bonfire and kind of chat. That’s how we stayed in touch with each other even well after high school. Sometimes I still go back home and that’s what we do. So yeah, it was definitely more than familiar. It was part of my growing up.

ONE37pm: Are you currently working on a project?

CM: We have an EP coming out this year. It’ll have about six songs on it. But I have probably 25 songs right now and we’re figuring out where everything’s going to go. We want everything to be cohesive and sound like a unit.

ONE37pm: So far, what have been some of the inspirations behind the project?

CM: The tagline on all my social media is, music for your journey through the chaos. I think sonically, I like chaotic sounds in the music. Maybe that’s the AC/DC in me [laughs]. But with a lot of the songs there are guitar riffs that are going on in the background that create this vibe of chaos. There’s something about that that, I love. I love what it represents. And then lyrically, I’m speaking about something, that’s the opposite of chaos. I’m trying to tie the chaos together. So I think I’ve just taken all the experiences of my life, because it feels like I can only write from my experiences, and I’m just making this package of me. So when somebody buys my music, they’re not just buying my music, they’re literally buying me.

ONE37pm: You recently sold out a show in Nashville within an hour. As a kid who grew up on country music, what did that mean to you?

CM: It’s shown me that this is possible. I think my biggest struggle was with insecurity and then just having the confidence that I had the ability to step into this space and say what I felt needed to be said and needed to be addressed. The fact that people are connecting with the music says that there’s a need for that to be addressed. And honestly, it just makes me emotional, because I know that there is a need in our world today for somebody to step up and address some of this stuff, you know? The fact that I get the opportunity to do this just motivates me. Knowing that I’m creating music that could potentially play a role in other people’s lives is what it’s all about, man. Music is really one of the most useful forms of communication. With it we can say things that we couldn’t say any other way. It’s a powerful tool, man. And I’m just blessed to be a part of it.

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12 Hip-Hop Releases Archived in the Library of Congress

Hip-hop has come a long way. Birthed in the gritty streets of the Bronx in the late 70s, the once frown-upon genre is now a global phenomenon. Hip-hop has earned respect in the streets, on the charts, in boardrooms and even from the Library of Congress.

Easily one of the largest libraries in the world, the LOC acts as the US’ national library and is the oldest federal cultural institution in the country. Audio recordings including everything from iconic speeches by ​​American icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt to podcast episodes featuring the world’s greatest comedians to game-changing hip-hop releases are also archived by the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry archives “audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.” There are about 600 musical recordings that were released between 1921 and 2010 that are a part of LOC’s National Recording Registry. Although there are thousands of songs nominated, only 25 new entries are archived every year.

The National Recording Registry houses a diverse collection of musical recordings that span across popular genres such as rock, pop, r&b, country, latin and hip-hop. This year’s group of iconic LOC entries includes classic creations from Wu Tang Clan and Tribe Called Quest. Tribe and the Wu are just the latest rap acts to make the list. Back in 2004, Public Enemy became the first hip-hop act featured in the Library of Congress after their Fear of a Black Planet album was added to the National Recording Registry. Since then, several more rap albums and songs have been included. Here’s a look at the 12 hip-hop releases that have been archived in the Library of Congress.

A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Released: 1991

Added to LOC: 2022

The Low End Theory  is an undisputed classic. With production mostly handled by Q-Tip, the 14-track album blurred the lines between hip-hop and jazz and further carved out a lane for what some have called alternative hip-hop. The platinum-selling album which Rolling Stone Magazine listed as one of the 50 Greatest Albums of All Time influenced game-changing artists from Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar to Jill Scott to Dr. Dre and so many others.

Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Released: 1993

Added to LOC: 2022

Wu-Tang is forever. The squad originally consisting of RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa made that clear with their debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The timeless album helped pave the way for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and many other legendary rap stars. The album featuring classic tracks like  “Protect Ya Neck,” “Method Man,”  and “C.R.E.A.M.” helped bring east coast rap back at a time when the west coast had things on lock.

Nas’ ‘Illmatic’

Released: 1994

Added to LOC: 2020

Illmatic is revered as one of the greatest albums ever. Not only was it the foundation for Nas to become a hip-hop G.O.A.T., it also established the Queens-bred MC as one of the greatest wordsmiths of his generation.

Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Released: 1992

Added to LOC: 2019

After severing ties with N.W.A. and Ruthless Records, Dr. Dre launched Death Row Records along with Suge Knight. The first major release from the newly formed label was Dre’s solo debut, The Chronic. Upon its release, the album spent eight months in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart. It also jump-started the career of a young rapper by the name of Snoop Doggy Dogg and introduced the hip-hop subgenre of G-funk to the masses. 

Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’

Released: 2001

Added to LOC: 2018 Jay-Z’s sixth solo album further cemented the Brooklyn MC as the reigning King of New York. Released on a date that will forever be remembered in infamy, September 11th 2001, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Song Cry.” The album, credited with sparking the resurgence of soul-sampled rap music, featured production from at the time emerging producers Kanye West and Just Blaze. The Blueprint also houses one of the greatest diss tracks of all time, “Takeover.”

Run-DMC’s ‘Raising Hell’

Released: 1986

Added to LOC: 2017

Run-DMC turned up the heat with Raising Hell. Hip-hop’s first bonafide superstars were on top of the world with the release of their third album. From having chart-topping hits to securing major brand endorsements, the trio from Hollis, Queens showcased the crossover potential of hip-hop. During Raising Hell’s historic run, the album became the first platinum and multi-platinum rap album, the first rap album to peak at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts and featured the first rap song (“Walk This Way” with Aerosmith) to peak in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100.

NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Released: 1988

Added to LOC: 2016

With the release of Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A became not only “the world’s most dangerous group,” but also one of hip-hop’s most impactful groups. The debut album from the gangsta rap group comprised of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, The D.O.C. offered vivid depictions of life on the streets of Compton. Although the controversial album was banned from being played on many radio stations throughout the country, the singles “Straight Outta Compton” and “Express Yourself” still managed to push the album to the platinum mark. In 2016, Straight Outta Compton became the first hip-hop album inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”

Released: 1979

Added to LOC: 2011

Where would hip-hop be if it wasn’t for Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”? The international hit has been credited with being the first piece of rap music to break through to the mainstream.

De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

Released: 1989

Added to LOC: 2010

Hip-hop group De La Soul landed on the scene with 3 Feet High and Rising. At a time when the gangsta rap of the west coast was reigning supreme, the Long Island trio’s debut album helped set the tone for a more vibey, less aggressive alternative to popular rap music.

Public Enemy’s ‘Fear of a Black Planet’

Released: 1990

Added to LOC: 2004

Public Enemy shook things up with Fear of a Black Planet. The third album from the legendary group fronted by Chuck D and ​​Flavor Flav delivered an authentic in-your-face perspective on everything from race relations of the time, Black empowerment and many of the social issues that are still plaguing minority communities in America to this day. The album featuring the singles “Fight the Power” and “911 Is a Joke,” is considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

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Pour Up with these Celebrities who Own Tequila Brands

There’s a new angle to the long-held debate of who is the G.O.A.T.— LeBron James or Michael Jordan. Fans and haters of both legendary athletes have vehemently argued about everything from their stats on the court to who has the best sneakers to which one has delivered the better Space Jam. Now folks can offer their opinions on which baller has delivered the best tequila. Next month, MJ’s Cincoro Tequila and Bron’s Lobos 1707 Tequila will go up against each other for the title of “Best Tequila Reposado.” Unlike with most of the other debates that involve Jordan and LeBron, these two aren’t the only ones competing for the top spot in the tequila game. There are several other celebrities who own tequila brands that are aiming to be the people’s champ.

Tequila is one of the most popular spirits in the world, so there’s no surprise that its popularity has caught the attention of celebrity investors and entrepreneurs. There is a growing number of celebrity owned tequilas founded and funded by moguls in entertainment, international pop stars and iconic athletes.

While some celebrities have simply lent their names to a tequila brand, others have been so heavily involved in the production process that they’ve collaborated with the distillers to create unique flavor profiles. It’s easy to assume that as the popularity of tequila continues to grow, more and more celebrities will get involved in the tequila business. Your favorite celeb may even be next to release a brand of tequila. Until then, you can just drink responsibly and pour it up in celebration of these celebrities who own tequila brands.

Michael Jordan

Cincoro Tequila

Price on Drizly: $10 – $3,000 

Michael Jordan knows how to build a winning team. The six-time NBA champion joined forces with the owners of several NBA franchises to create their ideal tequila, Cincoro Tequila. The super team of tequila lovers served up their first bottles in 2020.

George Clooney

Casamigos

Price on Drizly: $16 – $133

In 2013, George Clooney and a couple of partners got together to launch the tequila brand Casamigos. Their passion project soon paid off when Diageo purchased the company that the Academy Award-winning actor co-founded for more than $700 million.

Sean “Diddy” Combs

DeLeón Tequila

Price on Drizly: $26 – $1,311

Sean Diddy Combs is a mogul who has conquered music, fashion, television. He’s even reigned supreme in the spirits industry. Ciroc became a household name after Diddy attached himself to the liquor brand. Brother Love is also behind a line of tequila called DeLeón Tequila. This smooth, high-quality spirit is made out of 100% Highland Blue Weber agave that has been grown on fertile soil located in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico.

Kendall Jenner

818 Tequila

Price on Drizly: $32 – $100

It’s no surprise that Kendall Jenner has gotten into the tequila game with her own brand, 818 Tequila. The name comes from the area code for San Fernando Valley, which is where she grew up. It’s currently available in three flavours: Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo. She of course announced the launch of 818 on social media, with a post that featured her posing with a bottle of the drink. “So happy to finally share this with you all!” she wrote. Although the launch of the brand was met with controversy, the tequila has received solid reviews.  

Rita Ora

Próspero Tequila

Price on Drizly: $21 – $78 

Singer and socialite Rita Ora added “tequila maker” to her resume in 2019 when she partnered with Conecuh Brands for Próspero. The British entertainer said that part of why she decided to take a stake in the handcrafted spirit that features Mexican and European influences was working with Stella Anguiano. Anguiano created Próspero and is one of the first female tequila distillers. “Stella and her team are incredibly passionate about what they do and have given me the chance to collaborate on a project that celebrates all women,” said the “Hot Right Now” singer.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Teremana Tequila

Price on Drizly: $24 – $99

For years Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson asked us to smell what he was cooking. Now he wants us to drink his tequila. The G.O.A.T. wrestler, actor and producer r is a proud owner of Teremana Tequila. Handcrafted in a small town in Mexico, Teremana uses local businesses and traditional practices to create a tasty and sustainable ultra premium tequila. Teremana is said to mean “spirit of the earth.”

Nick Jonas and John Varvatos

Villa One Tequila 

Price on Drizly: $10 – $81

The worlds of music and fashion have collided in a variety of interesting ways. Platinum-selling artist and Jonas bro, Nick Jonas and famed fashion designer John Varvatos teamed up on a tequila called Villa One. Known for its bold and unique flavors, Villa One Tequila features notes of dried fruit and toasted nuts. 

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Bops That Just Dropped: New Music Roundup

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what new music should be on your radar.

“True Love” — Kanye West featuring XXXTENTACION

Many of us Ye fans have been yearning for that Old Ye. Well, the artist formerly known as Kanye West resurrects some of them vintage vibes for his latest single, “True Love.” Featuring the late XXXTENTACION, the two-and-a-half minute long song is sonically and lyrically reminiscent of classics from Ye’s 808s & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy eras. The moody track that was previewed during his epic Donda 2 listening session back in February, makes its official debut the same day that the latest Yeezy GAP engineered by Balenciaga collection debuts.

“Sleazy Flow” remix — SleazyWorld Go featuring Lil Baby

SleazyWorld Go took the Tiktok world by storm with his “Sleazy Flow.” The 24-year-old’s breakthrough record made its way onto the Spotify Viral Chart, SoundCloud, Apple Music’s Global Chart. It also caught the attention of platinum stars like Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Lil Durk and Lil Baby. Lil Baby liked the record so much that he hopped on its remix. Released this week, the “Sleazy Flow” remix features the emerging rapper from Kansas City and the Atlanta super star trading flows.

“24 Hrs” — Kaash Paige featuring Lil Tjay

Kaash Paige is back with a silky smooth record called “24 HRS.” The singer who reps Dallas, Texas teamed up with Bronx bomber Lil Tjay for the sexy track. With this being the 21-year-old’s second single release in about a month, it makes us think that there’s going to be more music to come in 2022. Her last project, Teenage Fever, dropped in 2020. Since Kaash landed on the scene in 2018 with bops like “Love Songs,” she’s appeared on joints with Don Toliver, Alicia Keys, Travis Scott and others.

Also this week, Moneybagg Yo returns with something to say. The Memphis star comes hard with his new track “See Wat I’m Sayin.” Sleepy Hallow delivers with his 347aidan-featured “Die Young.” Jelly and Pi’erre Bourne unleash The Wolf of Peachtree 2. Logic dishes off his latest Vinyl Days single, “Orville.” NY OGs Jim Jones and Maino debut their joint project, The Lobby Boyz. Brooklyn drill rapper 26AR drops his Rob49-assisted “Hottest In My City” banger. BRS Kash, KCAMP, FBG Goat, and others also released new music this week.

Tap in with our weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of what’s new in music.