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G-Eazy Talks To ONE37pm About New NFT Project, Music, and More

Since his 2014 major-label album debut These Things Happen, G-Eazy has been a steady force in the music industry. Peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, the album paved the way for his 2015 sophomore follow-up When It’s Dark Out, and his 2017 third studio album The Beautiful & Damned which peaked at No 5. And No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 respectively. Since then, G-Eazy has released a couple of EPs alongside an indie-rock project titled Everything’s Strange Here which dropped in June 2020, and his 2021 fourth studio album These Things Happen Too.

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His latest project is one that is commemorating his music career up to this point. On April 28th, G-Eazy teamed up with Web3 platform OneOf to launch his first-ever NFT collection called The Geralds, which is a collaboration with Dutch digital artist Dzanar.

Each Gerald NFT depicts a unique trait of G-Eazy with its own characteristics and styles, and the collection will be sold in packs offering buyers opportunities to collect different combinations for chances to win once-in-a-lifetime perks such as VIP tickets to a G-Eazy concert, partying with G-Eazy in Las Vegas, dinner with G-Eazy and his friends in LA, and much more. 

The collection has been a long time coming for crypto enthusiast G-Eazy, who in 2017 led his fans into the crypto space by joining Project Coral Reef—an initiative that enabled them to purchase music and merchandise with cryptocurrency, Monero. Like OneOf, G-Eazy shares the same vision of creating a sustainable web3 future.

ONE37pm spoke to G-Eazy about music, his new NFT collection, and more.

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ONE37pm: Congrats on your first NFT collection! What was it like putting it together?

G-Eazy: Thank you! I’ve been in the crypto space for a minute, but this is my first time putting together my own NFT collection. It’s been a very rewarding experience tapping into a different side of my creativity and I’ve loved seeing the fans get involved. S/O to OneOf for making everything run so seamlessly. 

ONE37pm: For this project, you worked with Dutch digital artist Dzanar. How was that collaboration?

G-Eazy: Dzanar is an absolute genius. He truly captured the essence of my style and I can’t think of a better artist to bring my NFTs to life. 

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ONE37pm: You’ve accomplished so much already in the music industry, what are some of the new musical projects you are working on?

G-Eazy: I just dropped my latest single “Angel” in April. It’s a very personal song that pays tribute to my late mother, Suzanne – I actually dropped the song on her birthday, April 15th. And my song “SOLO DOLO” is dropping with this project soon!

ONE37pm: One of the prizes buyers will get is an opportunity to attend one of your concerts. The pandemic was hard for all of us in terms of live events. How does it feel to be back out there?

G-Eazy: It feels great to be back in front of crowds and I’m so blessed to have such an incredible fanbase who continues to rock with me. This summer I have some shows lined up stateside and I’ll also be overseas performing around Europe in August. It’s great to be back outside!!

ONE37pm: Anything else happening for you in Summer 22?

G-Eazy: I’m hella excited to get back in the studio this Summer!

You can keep up with G-Eazy on Instagram.

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Paris Bryant is Ready for the World

On their 1984 hit, “Friends,” Whodini rapped, “friends, how many of us have them.” That’s because good friends are hard to come by. For Paris Bryant his buddies helped him make his dreams a reality. Although the 18-year-old artist was first inspired by his mother and father to start writing lyrics, he was further motivated by peer pressure to take music seriously.

“I had a lot of friends who supported me,” said Paris. “I would say my friends pushed me more than anybody to get here. They would tell me things like, you can do this and you got that passion.”

That passion for creating music and performing was also fueled by his stint as a member of a group called Simply Unique. “I feel like that’s what really helped me take the steps to get out and perform,” he revealed. “It put me in the settings to perform and that showed me that I really want to do this.”

With his confidence intact and his squad behind him, the New York-bred hybrid artist began building a buzz with songs like “Blessed” and “Heartbreak.” Paris’ hard work soon paid off. He ended up on the radar of Cinematic Music Group and in 2021 signed with the record company behind Joey Bada$$, Flipp Dinero, Abby Jasmine and others.

Signing with the imprint founded by Jonny Shipes helped curate the vibes of Paris’ debut project, A Trip to Paris. “With this project you guys get to experience the Paris from when I first got signed,” he said during his ONE37pm-hosted listening event. The 15-song mixtape features tracks like “Bad Thoughts,” “Dangerous,” “Demon Time” and “Ballin,” which may sound extra familiar. Aside from landing on top hip-hop playlists curated by Spotify, Tidal and Audiomack, the track was remixed for ESPN during the 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament.

Prior to the release of A Trip to Paris, ONE37pm chopped it up with the rising artist. We discussed his inspirations, his debut project and his thoughts on who would win in a dance-off between Michael Jackson and Chris Brown. 

ONE37pm: You’ve been writing songs since you were nine years old. What got you into writing that young?

Paris Bryant: When I was nine what inspired me to write music was the fact that my father was an artist and my mother was also a lyricsit. I feel like it was just instilled in me from such a young age. I would hear my mother rapping in the car and see my dad making music.

ONE37pm: What types of stuff were you writing about at the age of nine?

PB: I used to write about little corny stuff [laughs]

ONE37pm: Is it more pressure for you since both your parents were into music?

PB: To be as transparent as possible, in the beginning I felt like it was a lot of pressure, because my family wasn’t looking at me for who I was musically. Instead, they may have been looking at me for who my dad was as an artist. It’s like if he didn’t make it that far with his music then they could automatically be looking at my career as that. I had to get out of looking at it like that, because in the beginning I felt like my family didn’t believe in me because of that. It’s still a big shock to them, but once they saw that I was really doing this, it became less of a shock.

ONE37pm: Outside of your parents, who were some of your musical influences?

PB: Maroon 5, Ed Shreenan, Chris Brown, of course. Michael Jackson. He’s probably my favorite artists of all time. I listened to a lot of pop artists. I didn’t really get into the rap scene until a little later.

ONE37pm: You mentioned MJ and CB as influences. Who do you think would win in a dance-off?

PB: Come on! I love Chris Brown, but I think his inspiration was Michael Jackson. How can I not say Michael? Every time Michael would do a move everybody would go crazy. I don’t think he’d have to do too much. He had a different type of impact. His impact was ridiculous.

ONE37pm: As a kid you sold candy on the train. What’s something that you learned from that experience that you’ve been able to apply to your music career?

PB: That taught me to just always be humble. Like this don’t come too often in life. You know what I’m saying? I know that there are a lot of people that want what I have right now and I can’t take this for granted. Like me selling candy to make money– I could be knocked right back down to that point any day. Even though it took a lot of work to get to where I’m at now, it could be taken away from me so fast. I think about that everyday and that’s why I continue to work hard.

ONE37pm: What was it about Cinematic and Jonny Shipes that made you feel like it was the right place for you?

PB: The thing about Cinematic is that they are a bunch of cool people. They are warm-hearted. I love all of the people there. It’s a great place to be. They make you feel at home. Shout out to Jonny Shipes. He’s one of the most genuine people I’ve met.

ONE37pm: What was it like hearing your track “Balling” on ESPN?

PB: It felt unreal. I’m into basketball. I’m still processing it to this day. This is ESPN! My whole family is beyond proud. It’s the craziest I’ve ever seen them. It just feels good.

ONE37pm: Why did you choose the title ‘A Trip to Paris’ for your first project?

PB: I’m speaking as if I’m Paris. It’s not only getting to know me, but also getting to know my music. This project is me when I first got hungry for this. The most recent song is the intro and you can tell the difference in the artist I am now vs back then.

ONE37pm: What do you want listeners to take away from ‘A Trip to Paris’?

PB: I want them to turn up to it. I want them to know that this is just the beginning!

ONE37pm: What’s next for you?

PB: I think I have another EP dropping this summer. Either way, there’s a lot more music coming soon. Honestly, man, other than that, I don’t really know. I’m just on this journey.

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Lil Keed Was At the Beginning of Something Special

The last song on Lil Keed’s 2019 album Long Live Mexico is called “Proud of Me.” Alongside his champion and artistic antecedent Young Thug, Keed peels off sticky, caramelized melodies about being too rich to slum it in Dolce and Gabbana. This is a triumphant song and rightfully so; it’s a coronation, a victory procession. It sounds like the beginning of something. But now it mainly scans as a document of stunning loss.

Early in the morning of May 14, 2022, Lil Keed, the Atlanta melodic rapper, died from unknown causes in Los Angeles. The 24 year-old is survived by his three-year-old daughter Naychur, his girlfriend Quana Bandz, and his brother and fellow rapper Lil Gotit.

“I did all my cries,” Gotit wrote on Instagram, “I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers.”

Born Raqhid Jevon Render, Keed first entered the public consciousness when he signed to Young Thug’s imprint Young Stoner Life (more popularly known as YSL) in 2018. The next year, his profile rose so quickly it felt like predestination. “Nameless,” his earwormy breakout single, went gold; his debut album Long Live Mexico had features from Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna and Roddy Ricch. 

At the behest of Gary Vaynerchuk (the entrepreneur and Keed’s unlikely friend), Keed was one of the first rappers to harness the powers of TikTok—his singles “HBS” and “Snake” sparked some of the app’s original dance crazes. On account of his 2019 success, he was a member of XXL Magazine’s 2020 Freshman Class, appearing on the cover alongside the likes of Jack Harlow, Fivio Foreign and Baby Keem. 

As the most prominent YSL artist to not be charged in the wide-reaching RICO indictment against the label, Keed was poised to function as the avatar and proxy for Young Thug’s legacy. You can’t listen to Keed’s acrobatic yelps and Atlanta slang without noticing his mentor’s influence; fittingly, Keed was from the same Cleveland Heights apartments where Young Thug grew up. With Young Thug, Gunna and 26 other YSL affiliates in legal limbo, Keed should’ve been the standard-bearer for one of rap’s defining labels. 

Still, Keed was more than simply a reconstitution of his influences. While he was indebted to Young Thug’s free associative vocals, Keed was an innovative stylist in his own right. In his hands, boilerplate lyrics about violence and vulgarity morphed into something bright and vibrant. On “Snake,” he whispers the hook before launching into a tenuous, warbling falsetto on the verses. He occupies the lower register of his range to menace through “Blicky Blicky.” During “Anybody,” he practically squeals. His music possessed a big-tent openness; Keed was so variable that he could deftly accommodate features from a Detroit sparkplug like 42 Dugg, a crooner like Ty Dolla $ign or a Fortnite non-playable-character like Travis Scott all within the same project. 

As such, Keed represented the vanguard that defined YSL before the label became so enmeshed with the mainstream. Young Thug has cashed in on the martian weirdness of Barter 6 for features on Camilla Cabello songs; Gunna and Lil Baby are household names. The counter-culture is now the culture. 

Conversely, Keed was the rare young artist who seemed more inspired by slime than by commercialized drip. Although he declared an ambition to be a “megastar” and not just a run of the mill superstar, his music still maintained his unique sensibility. His final full-length project, 2020’s Trapped On Cleveland 3, certainly boasted some of his hookiest and most accessible songs, but it did so by refining his sound rather than resorting to out-of-place, Rap Caviar-pandering features. Accordingly, it’s easy to imagine a future where Keed could’ve pioneered a new mode of rap stardom, combining his oddball pitch with a knack for TikTok-friendly melody. 

But beyond the musical aspect, there’s the more immediate and more serious human aspect—none of the tributes to Lil Keed were about Long Live Mexico’s success on the Billboard charts. He was one of the most genuine and heartfelt human beings; he was a devoted father, brother, and son. He was at the beginning of something. He was only 24. 

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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. 

‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ — Kendrick Lamar

For decades, Friday the 13th has been synonymous with horror films and bad luck. Now it will also be known as the date Kendrick Lamar made his return. It’s been five long years since Pulitzer Prize–winning artist dropped an album (DAMN.) and the wait is finally over. This week K. Dot’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers arrived with 18 songs, including “The Heart Part 5.” Lamar collaborated with the likes of Kodak Black, Ghostface Killah, Summer Walker, Sampha, Thundercat, Baby Keem, as well as production partners such as Sounwave, Pharrell Williams, the Alchemist, Beach Noise, and Boi-1da for his final album on Top Dawg Entertainment.

“Cooped Up” — Post Malone featuring Roddy Ricch

One of 2022’s most anticipated albums has an official release date. Post Malone’s forthcoming fourth album Twelve Carat Toothache is scheduled to hit retailers on June 3rd. To further build hype for the follow-up to 2018’s super successful Hollywood’s Bleeding the “Rockstar” rapper dropped his latest single, “Cooped Up.” The song featuring Roddy Ricch was performed for the first time on Saturday Night Live.

‘A Trip to Paris’ — Paris Bryant

At 18 years old, Paris Bryant is already looking to carve out his own lane. For the Cinematic Music artist’s first official project, A Trip to Paris he aims to give listeners a glimpse of who he is. “With this project you guys get to experience the Paris from when I first got signed,” he said during his ONE37pm-hosted listening event. The 15-song mixtape, A Trip to Paris features the tracks “Bad Thoughts,” “Dangerous,” “Demon Time” and “Ballin,” which may sound extra familiar. The track was featured in an ESPN campaign and landed on top hip-hop playlists from Spotify, Tidal and Audiomack.

Also arriving this week are dope collabs from Dreezy & Coi Leray and King Combs & Dreamdoll, as solo joints from Blac Youngsta and Burna Boy. While both Muni Long and DaniLeigh smooth things out with new R&B vibes. 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.

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Curiously Curated 003: 5 Artistic Aficionados

Every week, we put you all onto a set of artists or producers that are on the cutting-edge of culture. Last week, we introduced you to four very talented producers. This time, we’ve got five masterful artists for you to get familiar with (in no particular order).

1. Sampha

Featured on Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Sampha is no stranger to the limelight. He’s previously been featured on records with Drake, Alicia Keys, Solange, Headie One, and many other stars. You might remember his role on ‘Nothing Was The Same’: “Don’t think about it too much, too much too much…”

Sampha has an extraordinary voice. Not just “good enough,” it’s one of a kind. It’s no wonder he’s become such a coveted feature; his voice is an instrument that nobody else has. Even though he’s already had a memorable career thus far, Sampha’s latest feature on MMATBS is bound to equate to even more success. After all, his role in the chorus of “Father Time” is a large part of why it’s one of the album’s most memorable songs.

Check out Sampha’s Tiny Desk performance below:

2. Rome Streetz

Next up on our list is NYC rapper Rome Streetz, who’s signed to Griselda Records at the end of 2021. Rome has taken the road less traveled to success, one characterized by challenges, solutions, hard work, and thorough artistic development.

Even though NYC is considered home to the Griselda rapper, he was born in London, moved to New York as an infant, and then was sent back to live with his aunt in London after getting into too much trouble as a kid. Right as he caught steady momentum in London as a rapper, his aunt sent him back to NYC. He would pick up right where he left off, and continue to refine his rhyming skills over time. Just like wine, Rome Streetz’ value has only gone up with time – and it seems like that won’t be changing.

Inspired by what he calls the “golden era” of hip-hop in the 90s, Rome Streetz has a classic sound. There’s no better place for “golden era” hiphop artists of today than Griselda Records, alongside a roster of akin trailblazers. Just like the rest of that roster, Rome Streetz’ music sounds like an evolution of the story told in the “golden era.” Take a listen to a sampling of his best:

3. Belis

Another talented act well-worth knowing is Belis. Her catalog sounds like nothing else you’ll find on DSPs; each release continues an evolution of something that’s so obviously special.

Not only is she wildly gifted and innovative, she’s also one of the most inspiring artists you’ll hear of. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that attacks healthy nerve tissue in the central nervous system, Belis started suffering muscle pain, slurred speech, and more. This diagnosis came at a time when she was already establishing herself as an artist. Regardless of her diagnosis, she kept the same energy she had before; if anything, she turned things up a notch.

This optimistic reaction to troubling circumstances and the resulting art she’s allowed herself to make is one of the most heartening stories you’ll find in music. Take a listen to some of our favorite work from Belis below:

4. BADBADNOTGOOD

Founded in 2010, BADBADNOTGOOD is a Toronto-based band with a knack for blending genres in the most artistic way. They’ve made appearances on some iconic records in the past, and are yet another example of a very coveted feature in music.

You probably will recognize their song “Time Moves Slow” from its sped-up remix on TikTok, which blew up in a major way last year alongside the Adult Swim TikTok trend. In the time since, they’ve found a way to progress, which is no easy feat after traction like that.

You’ll notice elements of jazz, hip-hop, alternative and experimental electronica in their jam-packed catalog. Take a look at one of their latest drops with Daniel Caesar along with much more heat in the playlist below.

5. FNF Chop

Emerging from the DMV is a star rapper by the name of FNF Chop. While he was locked up last year, his song “Walk Down” was going crazy on TikTok. Enough so to score him a co-sign from Pharrell Willams on his OTHERtone podcast, while the legendary producer and recording artist was interviewing Soulja Boy.

Since getting out of jail, Chop has only progressed. His latest project is the only proof needed. Featuring Young Nudy, Sheff G, Stunna 4 Vegas, YungManny, Kwad, and XanMan, ‘No Way Out‘ gives first-time listeners a perfect understanding of Chop’s style and ability.

This debut album is a phenomenal step forward for FNF Chop, and makes up a large part of our playlist of essentials for the DMV talent.

That concludes our third edition of Curiously Curated. Take this as an opportunity to dive into these artists’ impressive catalogs – even when you’re done checking out their music, there’s still videos to see.

Here’s our playlist combining the best of this week’s featured talent with the two editions before:

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Video Premiere: Cargo Qell’s “Parked Up”

As the old adage goes, what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Cargo Qell, an emerging New York rapper, can attest to this. The 27-year old, who has navigated through the trials and tribulations of life, has allowed his life experiences to inspire his music. “I treat my craft like it’s the last day I’m gonna be here,” he says. “Everything I’ve dealt with pushed me to go harder rather than break me.”

Grinding all of his life, Cargo Qell started writing rhymes back in middle school. He credits his mother, —an aspiring singer, who would often sing around their home— with getting him into music.

He grew up not only listening to his mom, however. He was also listening to G.O.A.T.s such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Ye, Fabolous and Drake. Traces of his many influences can be found on his first project of 2022, Touchin Base (B.ased O.n A. T.rue S.oul).

The 9-track project features noteworthy bangers from “Went Left Freestyle” to “Backdoor Hitter.” The independent release also features the bop “Parked Up,” which ONE37pm is premiering the video for.

“For the song the inspiration was from my point of view lately,” Quell says when discussing the inspiration behind his latest video. “In parts of my video, I got ideas from the 1985 video for The Cool Notes’ “In Your Car,” which is where the sample comes from. Other shots were chosen by me.”

Cargo Qell, who has more music on the way. “I got like four projects already done with some notable and talented producers, artists and creators featured,” he unveils. “In my visuals y’all gone see a lot of known faces. Stay tuned for more tunes.” Tap in with the emerging artist by following him on IG and Twitter and check out the video premiere for “Parked Up” below.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Heart’ Series, Ranked

On Sunday (May 8th), as you know if you’ve touched social media since then, Kendrick Lamar‘s “The Heart Part 5” dropped after weeks of speculation about it. As many expected, in less than 24 hours, the song already had a sizable impact and has only increased the hype for the rapper’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which is due on Friday.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release and in commemoration of the continuation of the series of songs, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and rank every single song in the series. This was a harder task than we imagined, with every song holding a place close to our hearts, no pun intended. Let us know how you think we did.

5. The Heart Part 4

Even though a song in the series hadn’t come out for five years, when Kendrick took to his Instagram to post “IV” in white on a black background, new and old fans knew exactly what was coming. The song dropped that night and marked Kendrick’s return.

The immediate headlines surrounding the new effort were about Kendrick’s shots at a rapper who he claimed had been dancing around his name for a while. Drake was naturally the name that many threw out there, but it ended up being Big Sean, who sent shots at K. Dot on “No More Interviews.”

Truthfully, this song is only really in last place here due to the greatness of the other entries in the series and through no faults of its own. It served as the perfect preview of what was to come in the following weeks, even more than we knew at the time, using sounds from “PRIDE.” and “ELEMENT.” and the direct instrumental from “FEAR.” The only criticism we have for this, and we’re grasping at straws, is it feels a little more like a song released purely for hype and promotion, largely due to the last couple of lines. All in all though, it’s an incredible record that any artist would love in their discography.

4. The Heart Part. 1

The backdrop for this record is a young and hungry rapper spitting over Yasiin Bey’s “UMI Says.” At the time, Kendrick had only just changed his name to Kendrick Lamar from K. Dot, a change he made so that he felt more personable to people and to assure that he wasn’t hiding behind a pseudonym. Even after the Kendrick Lamar EP, this was the perfect reintroduction to Kendrick.

Where a couple of songs on this list see Kendrick look back on his come up, this song puts us right in the center of it. He tells the story of trying to take J. Cole’s place at the 2010 XXL Freshmen shoot, which is ironic considering that for many, Kendrick has overtaken Cole for years now. It genuinely feels like a time capsule in a way that not many artists’ songs do. The video only emphasizes this.

Once again, this song could easily top another person’s list, but we feel it comes ever so slightly short when compared to some later entries.

3. The Heart Pt. 3 (Will You Let It Die?)

This was the first instance of a song from “The Heart” series being released to build hype for the release of an album. It’s crucial to know that “The Heart Pt. 3” was put out a few days before good kid, m.A.A.d city officially dropped, but a while after it had already leaked and the rave reviews were coming in.

The song was recorded by Kendrick, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul in a hotel room in Vegas and that feeling comes through on the record. The theme here is a mix of immense, unfathomable pressure while looking at success on the horizon, the feeling of finally making it through hell to get to heaven.

Kendrick reflects on his upbringing, crediting DMX’s It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot as what started his own career. He also reminisces about him and Dave Free acting like JAY-Z and Dame Dash early on, his fellow Black Hippy members’ struggles, and the gang culture he was surrounded by in Compton.

The same level of emotion that appears in “The Heart Pt. 2” is present here, but there’s also the focus of the moment. The spotlight is on here and the heat is turned up, but Kendrick shows up and shows out as usual.

2. The Heart Part 5

For years when fans discussed Kendrick Lamar’s return, fans speculated that “The Heart Part 5” would be what he stepped back into the spotlight with. That only continued when someone online thought of visiting oklama.com/theheart and was met with hundreds of folders. Opening every single one and arranging them all neatly came up with nothing, but just the fact that anything popped up was confirmation of the song.

Spotify leaked that the song, which was released on Kendrick’s YouTube and eventually hit digital streaming platforms, was on the way.

Immediately, fans were blown away with just the visuals. The video sees Dot transforming into O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, and Nipsey Hussle. All of these figures are prominent black figures for one reason or another and at various points in the song, over the Marvin Gaye-sampled instrumental, he raps from their perspective. Perspective, he notes at the beginning of the track, which life is all about.

The fifth song in the series has the most to unpack from any entry. The last verse sees Kendrick rapping from Nipsey Hussle’s perspective, forgiving his killer, and assuring his loved ones that he is at peace in heaven. The execution of this is wonderful and has fans excitedly awaiting Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which arrives on Friday.

1. The Heart Pt. 2

The intro to O(verly) D(edicated) is the sequel to “The Heart” which dropped earlier in the same year. The song is one long verse, which at one point, Kendrick actually called his favorite verse he’d ever done. “It got so emotional in the booth, I actually dropped a tear, had to come out, fall back and gather my thoughts,” he told SoulCulture in 2011. The song was Kendrick wanting to show his emotion on a song so people could feel it and he did just that.

The song kicks off with an excerpt of an interview that Dash Snow did. He was an artist from New York who died of a drug overdose in 2009, which of course fits the O.D. name of the tape. From there, over The Roots’ “A Peace Of Light,” the Compton rapper touches on a bunch of topics very close to him introspectively. It’s a true stream of consciousness and by the end, the emotion overflows for the rapper himself and he struggles to keep it in the pocket, with his vocals fading out as he coughs breathlessly.

This was early on in his career, but it’s this kind of passion and intensity that fans have loved from Kendrick on later songs like “u” and “His Pain.”

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A Mother’s Day Playlist for All of the Best Moms Ever!

Don’t get it twisted, rappers know how to love, especially when it comes to their mothers. The phrase I’ll always love my mama, resonates with many of hip-hop’s finest. They can be extra affectionate when it pertains to the women that birthed them and their loved ones.

Rappers have given credit to the superwomen in their lives for being caregivers and bill-payers, as well as for nurturing and inspiring them. Throughout their careers, artists from Kanye West to Drake to Jay-Z to Lil B have rapped about the values their mothers have instilled in them and how those values have helped them become the bosses they are today.

Rap stars have created loving mother-themed songs showing the appreciation they have for the most important women in their lives. 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, YG and so many other rappers have shown gratitude for the life lessons and the tough love they’ve received from their mothers with heartfelt songs.

It’s Mother’s Day! In honor of this very special occasion, ONE37pm put together a playlist for all of the amazing moms out there. To pay homage to these lovely ladies we’ve selected songs that celebrate motherhood and all that it entails. This very special playlist consists of some of our favorite hip-hop tracks that show love to Mommy dearest.

Whether the moms in your life are rap fans or not, this collection of songs has something for them. It features well-known classics from 2Pac and Ghostface Killah, as well as more recent tracks from 21 Savage, Kanye West, and Big Sean. There are songs to dance to as well as tracks that could make the moms in your life tear up. Celebrate the best moms ever this Mother’s Day by showering them with love and by also checking out this playlist we’ve put together for them. 

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Curiously Curated 002: Four Producers You Need to Know

In the world of music, producers have always played a key role. In the modern era of music, that notion has only become more substantiated. Producers are getting much more spotlight through social media platforms, which make discovering them even easier than before. Additionally, companies like BeatStars and Timbaland’s BeatClub have made producers’ lives even easier, connecting producers with other producers, artists, labels, sync licensing companies and more.

As the producer niche of the industry has evolved, so have the producers themselves. In this day and age, producers have to be some of the most adaptive music-makers of all. Think about it: a new trend emerges, and the first producers to master it are likely the ones to land the most placements with budding stars. Some are even fortunate enough to be the reason why the trend starts in the first place.

On this second edition of Curiously Curated, we’re highlighting some of our favorite producers who you probably aren’t directly aware of. Chances are, you’ve heard some of their work before. In no particular order, here are four producers you need to know.

1. Bakkwoods

Bakkwoods is a producer who’s come a long way in the past couple of years. He become well-known for his work with SoFaygo, along with many other noteworthy artists. Woods been producing for Faygo since their early days together in Atlanta, and the two have only continued to collaborate.

In his latest Instagram post, Bakkwoods and SoFaygo are at Pharrell‘s crib in Miami, where they’re making music together and pouring champagne together. This is just one of many star-studded scenes that Bakkwoods has found himself immersed in lately; he’s produced for artists like Trippie Redd, Lil Tecca, SSG Kobe, Thouxanban Fauni, 6 Dogs and many other stars.

His “woods light that shit up” tag and his trademark sound are becoming more and more familiar to the world each day, as his music is accumulating a ridiculous amount of streams. Woods has put in years of work to get where he’s at today, and is only continuing to work harder.

2. Cash Cobain

“And this beat from Cash not from YouTube.”

New York producer Cash Cobain has come a long way since he taught himself how to produce drill beats. From pop to hip-hop, R&B and more, his thorough knowledge of music fuels the “sample drill” wave that he’s largely responsible for.

If you were to look at his Genius page, you’d see an insanely long list of collaborations, along with some easily recognizable names: B-Lovee, Lucki, Lil Yachty, Shawny Binladen, Casanova, and many, many more. A lot of the records he crafted for these artists have gone on to be some of their most unforgettable tracks. In the same way that Warhol would include logos of some of the most reputable brands in his works, Cash Cobain samples hits that live somewhere in just about everybody’s mind. And as if that’s not impressive enough, Cash raps on his own beats, too. The young talent does it all.

3. AR

AR is a Long Island-born producer whose come-up looks like nobody else’s. AR has long been one of my favorite producers, though I’m slightly biased from my time spent as his assistant in 2018 (and being from Long Island). That time, though it was largely spent doing menial tasks, taught me so much about AR, the underground hip hop scene, and music in general. Just by being around him, it was impossible to be behind on culture – from fashion, the best kept secrets in rap and production, cannabis, crypto, and more, AR has a phenomenal understanding of the world around us.

Separate from his other areas of expertise, AR’s musical catalog is seriously impressive. He’s got songs with Bryson Tiller, A$AP Rocky, Lil Gotit, Thouxanban Fauni, The Game, Kevin Gates, Robb Bank$, and countless other highly regarded names in music. Even more impressive than the big-name records he has is his eye for talent. He’s collaborated with artists like Yeat, Ola Runt, Sainvil, Benji Blue Bills, and Lunchbox, long before just about anybody else was aware of them. AR has a very distinguished style and is highly adaptive to the artists he works with, which is a rare balance in music.

Cor Blanco

One artist who’s stood out to me over the years I’ve been familiar with him is Cor Blanco. From the beats he creates out of thin air, to the ear-catching lyrics he writes over them, and his ability to put on a performance that ties all of it together – Cor Blanco is on another level. There are some huge artists that I feel inclined to mention in comparison to Cor, but no comparison would do a proper justice. Cor Blanco’s music is incredibly original, from production to rapping.

To a familiar ear, Cor Blanco’s personal catalog of records is just as impressive as the placements he’s landed. His latest project, ‘Globoy,’ is the pièce de résistance of his recording work thus far, featuring his close friends ATM, Stacy Money, PuddaH, Countup, and NEMP. Separate from his impressive work for his own recording career, Cor Blanco landed two placements in Jack Harlow‘s 2019 project, ‘Loose‘: “9th Grade” and “Can’t Call It.” Talk about being early on a superstar. Cor Blanco has proven not only his ear for up-and-coming talent, but a masterful ability to produce and record music.

Check out our playlist below, which features music from these four producers, along with last week’s picks. The first 8 songs feature 2 songs from each of these producers, in the same order as this article.

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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. From A$AP Rocky’s latest single to Jack Harlow’s hotly anticipated sophomore album, there’s something for a variety of hip-hop fans on this list.

‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ – Jack Harlow

“Strictly legends on my album,” tweeted Jack Harlow days before the release of his sophomore album. He surely wasn’t capping. The project titled Come Home the Kids Miss You features contributions from Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake. There’s also a verse of the year-type verse from Drake, who shows up and shows out on “Churchill Downs.” The single “Nail Tech” and the No. 1 hit “First Class” also appear on Jack’s new 15-track project.

“D.M.B.” — A$AP Rocky

Love is in the air for A$AP Rocky and Rihanna, who star in the short film for Rocky’s latest banger “D.M.B.” On the track that was first previewed last year, the “Fuckin’ Problems” rapper confesses his love for the lady of his dreams. That special someone aka the soon-to-be mother of his first child, Rihanna knows exactly what he wants: his weed rolled, his drank poured up, his fridge full and someone to share his drip with. Sounds like a match made in trap lord heaven. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait another year for Rocky’s next album.

“Vegas” — Doja Cat

Too many people have questioned how to categorize Doja Cat. On her latest release, “Vegas,” the hybrid artist shows why she definitely should have “rapper” in her bio. She comes through with bars and flows on the single which will appear on the soundtrack to ELVIS — the bio flick based on the life and times of Elvis Presley. The track about a dirty dog of a man, samples “Hound Dog,” which was first made famous by Big Mama Thornton and then further popularized by the King of Rock & Roll.

Latin sensation Bad Bunny delivers his first project in about two years with the release of Un Verano Sin Ti. New music from Duke Deuce, Ella Mai, Juicy J, Tyga, Shy Glizzy, SiR, Ciggy Black also arrived 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.