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Bops That Just Dropped: New Ken Carson, Dthangs and Brent Faiyaz

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. This week’s collection of new releases includes new Ken Carson, Dthangs, Brent Faiyaz, Burna Boy and others.

Tap in with our weekly roundup below and don’t forget to come back every week for a rundown of what’s new in music.

‘X’ — Ken Car$on

If you haven’t heard of Ken Car$on yet, it’s okay, because you will soon. The 19-year-old rapper has been making a name for himself over the course of the last few years. He’s garnered cosigns from VFiles, hit-making producers like Southside and TM88 and Playboi Carti, who serves as executive producer for Car$on’s latest project, X. X is the follow-up to last year’s Project X. With production from emerging producers such as Outtatown, Starboy and Gab3, the 20-track new Ken Carson album features his signature sound, as well as his raps about sex, drugs and his rockstar lifestyle throughout. Car$on says it best on “Murda Musik,” “I live my life like a movie.”

“I Got A Feeling” — Dthangs, French Montana & TDot

French Montana has a knack for spotting talent. Time and time again, he’s been an early supporter of artists before they hit the mainstream. The latest artist on the rise to get French’s stamp of approval is Dthangs. The Bronx-based drill rapper has been building his buzz with gangsta raps, becoming one of the faces of Bronx drill. His 2021 banger “Talk Facts” has over 19 million views on Youtube. Dthangs and French, along with TDot connect for the single “I Got A Feeling.” The song samples the Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 hit “I Gotta Feeling.” With its hard-hitting bars and hypnotic production, “I Got A Feeling” is sure to make waves on the drill scene and beyond. RPTTTTTT!

‘WASTELAND’ — Brent Faiyaz

Even though it took a minute for Brent Faiyaz to release his sophomore album, WASTELAND, it’s been worth the wait. In the almost five years since the release of his debut album, Sonder Son, the toxic singer-songwriter collaborated with some of the most respected names in r&b and hip-hop to help deliver his latest album. The likes of The-Dream, Alicia Keys, No I.D., Tyler, The Creator and Raphael Saadiq contributed to the hotly anticipated project, which also features The Neptunes-produced Drake collab, “Wasting Time.”

‘Love, Damini’ — Burna Boy

With its mix of hip-hop, R&B and of course, Afrobeats, Love, Damini, Burna Boy’s latest album is sure to appeal to fans from around the world.

“NO MÁS” — Murda Beatz featuring Anitta, J Balvin, Quavo

Murda Beatz, the superproducer behind massive hits for Drake, Migos and many others, delivers the Latin vibes with his new Pharrell Williams-co-produced posse-cut.

“Paris to Tokyo” — Fivio Foreign, The Kid LAROl

NY drill king, Fivio Foreign, slides from Paris to Tokyo with the help of Kid LAROl on this latest single.

“Steppers” — Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, EST Gee, Mozzy and Blac Youngsta

The latest single from Yo Gotti’s CMG label’s forthcoming compilation album is proof that squad is full of big steppers.

“Bitch I’m Nice” — Doechii

As always, Doechii calls it like she sees it.

“RUN” — Killer Mike featuring Dave Chappelle & Young Thug

“Live Life Die Faster” — Hotboii featuring Kodak Black

“Fell In Love” — Lloyd Banks

“Throwback” — Rotimi featuring Jr Choi, Blackway

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The Five Best Moments From HOT 97 Summer Jam 2022

Among first-time and returning attendees of HOT 97’s Summer Jam concert, the same question remained: “Will it rain?” For what’s an annual tradition alongside the legendary NYC hip-hop radio station’s yearly display of the culture’s most popular stars, it tends to rain spectacularly upon those in attendance. But this year? The weather chose to relax and watch the show.

On Sunday (June 12th), the 28th annual HOT 97 Summer Jam took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, its usual location. The home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets was packed with thousands of attendees who first watched performances in the parking lot; before moving inside the stadium.

Headlined by the likes of platinum rappers Lil Baby and Lil Durk, this year’s Summer Jam lived up to its expectations of providing surprises and moments we won’t forget.

Here are the five best moments from HOT 97 Summer Jam 2022.

Young Thug shares a message to his supporters

Even though it’s been over a month since Young Thug was arrested on RICO charges, his presence has remained felt throughout the hip-hop community. As supporters of the YSL founder have come together to support him, fellow YSL labelmate Gunna, and others in the fight against hip-hop music getting used in court, the man himself shared a message to his fans.

“I just want to say thank you to all of my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us,” Thugger said. “You know, your support during this time means a lot to us, ya know.” All across the stadium, signs proclaiming “Protect Black Art,” “Free Young Thug,” and “Free Gunna” was proudly held high in the sky.

Cardi B surprises fans as she joins Bronx drill stars Dougie B and B-Lovee on stage

The first (and honestly the biggest) example of Summer Jam providing memorable surprise moments was earlier Sunday afternoon. During their festival stage performance, Bronx drill stars Dougie B and B-Lovee were joined by no other than Cardi B.

The proud Bronx, NY native and multi-platinum artist came out of a black Mercedes sprinter van to a thunderous ovation from fans as she performed her show-stealing verse from Kay Flock’s “Shake It” remix; which also features Dougie B.

Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, and other legends honor DJ Kay Slay

Throughout hip-hop, especially in NYC, DJ Kay Slay left a massive impact on the culture in various ways— his ability to DJ, break new artists, host on HOT 97, and become a spokesperson for the city’s movement. After passing away from COVID-19 on April 17th, tributes have come at a rapid rate for the legendary DJ but what occurred on Sunday was special.

In tribute to the “Drama King,” Busta Rhymes, Papoose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, The LOX, and Dipset (With Jim Jones and Juelz Santana) all came out and, performed their most popular records either made alongside him or in his honor. The MetLife faithful was routinely stunned as each legend stepped on stage and did their thing.

At the end of DJ Kay Slay’s tribute, Papoose spoke to the crowd and asked everyone in attendance to turn their phone light and wave it in the sky; further illuminating a beautiful sight to the “Drama King.”

Roddy Ricch makes last-minute apperance despite sudden arrest on Saturday

While the popular Compton, CA MC was already in the tri-state area because of his slated appearance at Governors Ball the day before, he almost didn’t make it to either performance. That’s because “The Box” hitmaker was arrested for gun charges upon arriving at Governors Ball.

But 24 hours later, Ricch was on the Summer Jam stage, not only free but unbothered by those charges as they were dismissed. Halfway through his set, Ricch was joined by his frequent collaborator, producer DJ Mustard, as “High Fashion” and “Ballin” played to the fans’ approval.

City Girls and Chloe Bailey joined Fivio Foreign

Already amid a stellar year, Brooklyn’s own Fivio Foreign was given the honor of closing out this year’s Summer Jam. Aided by a montage declaring him the “King of New York,” Foreign’s set mixed in his most popular cuts, new music, and surprise appearances that kept the fans entertained.

As the “City of Gods” collaborator was performing “Hello” from his latest album, B.I.B.L.E, the crowd was surprised to see Chloe walk on stage. The talented singer/songwriter/producer effortlessly performed her verse from “Hello” and provided an up-close look as to what makes her a superstar in the making.

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Hip-Hop Documentaries Worth Checking Out

Hip-hop is one of the most popular and respected genres of music in the world. So it’d be difficult to find someone who doesn’t know something about the musical and cultural art form. Some people have a deep knowledge of the culture as a whole. Others have a strong appreciation for the artists, their music and their style. No matter what level of hip-hop fandom you may identify with, you can further tap into hip-hop simply by checking out a documentary or two

Whether you are a diehard hip-hop head or just a casual listener, watching a documentary is a great way to learn more about the bars and the beats, the culture that surrounds the music and the artists who have helped shape the genre. Many of the top docs are informative, entertaining and inspiring all at once. These documentaries provide insight into the history and evolution of rap music, as well as its impact on pop culture as a whole. There are a lot of dope hip-hop-centric documentaries out there that offer a glimpse into the lives and come-ups of some of the biggest names in the world of rap. Here are several hip-hop docs worth checking out.

Fade to Black: Jay-Z is undisputedly hip-hop royalty. You rarely come across living artists who have left a Hov-level imprint on the business and creative worlds. His 2004 Fade to Black documentary was long sought after digitally, which led to the film being added to Tidal for streaming two years ago. People go crazy for any insight into the life and career of Jay-Z, and Fade to Black accomplishes just that. The film originated as a means to document Jay-Z’s farewell concert at Madison Square Garden, along with a peek at the process behind what was touted as his last album, The Black Album as he was ready to retire. Funny thing is, years later, this documentary serves more as a ‘Blueprint’ for artists than it does as a farewell to Hov’s music career.

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy: Ye’s history has long been misinterpreted and relatively unknown by many. Many people knew the highlights of his career such as  his top albums and songs, but not the obstacles the artist formerly known as Kanye West had to surmount in order to get where he is today. This recently released Netflix docuseries has shined a light on Kanye’s journey, and made Ye seem more human than he ever has. His branding has historically put him in a higher position than those around him, but Jeen-yuhs shows him at his lowest. Seeing the impact of Donda West on Kanye’s demeanor and awareness makes the title selection of his latest project make all the more sense.

B.I.B.L.E.: Fivio Foreign has come a long way since his breakout single, “Big Drip.” He’s managed to level up on many occasions thereafter, like when Pop Smoke passed and the NY Drill scene was looking for a new leader in its infancy, or when he began working closely with Kanye West. That moment when fans first heard his verse on Kanye’s “Off The Grid” with Playboi Carti will never be forgotten. With Carti being arguably the most discussed rapper other than Kanye, the fact that Fivio was the star of the song says a lot. After getting a peek at what the next chapter of his career would sound like, Fivio’s fans were blessed with a documentary that shines a light on his bright future by exploring his past and present. Titled after his most recent album, this doc is a must-watch.

Still Rolling Papers: Wiz Khalifa is a legend in the game. He’s always being himself, yet he finds a way to constantly evolve. Wiz’s Day Today series on YouTube proved to be a massive success, dating back to the spring of 2009. Alongside his music videos, this mini-doc series has helped score him 27 million subscribers on YouTube. Recently, Wiz linked with HipHopDX to bring a new take on documentary content: a 30-minute video that explores Wiz’s roots and the rise of his Taylor Gang crew. It’s a very thorough, yet concise film featuring Chevy Chase, Curren$y, Snoop Dogg, and other notable acts that were instrumental in Wiz Khalifa’s come-up.

Pressure: The Off-Season: It’s hard to find a 12-minute documentary that tells a comprehensive story. J. Cole’s Applying Pressure: The Off-Season documentary somehow manages to do just that, melding conversation, storytelling, music, and visuals together in a way that’ll have you hypnotized. Over the past decade, J. Cole has transformed into one of the biggest names in hip-hop. On top of constantly bettering his sound, he’s mentored other artists who’ve gone on to accomplish major things. While his REVENGE documentary will forever be a classic, J. Cole’s Applying Pressure doc is a wildly simple, yet effective explanation of the rapper’s career and his platinum-selling Off-Season album.

Preacherman: Three years ago, Lil Baby unveiled his Preacherman documentary, and in the time since, he’s racked up nearly seven million views on YouTube. That’s impressive for a music video, and is even more so for a documentary. Baby has had one of the most admirable come-ups in hip-hop, and has grown a brand centered around hard work and generational wealth. This QC-backed documentary runs 26 minutes long, and is a flawless presentation of Lil Baby’s story before the world knew him. From his humble beginnings to becoming a household name, Preacherman covers everything you need to really get to know Lil Baby.

KING: Young Dolph tragically passed away last November, but his legacy lives on through his music, brand, and ever-growing fanbase. This Worldstar Hip-Hop documentary is part of the brand’s Enigma documentary series, and explores Young Dolph’s roots growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. The adversity he faced took a high level of strength to endure, and his positive reaction to these hurdles molded him into the star he became. Dolph grew to be well-known in the rap game for his impressive work ethic and business acumen, along with his trademark Memphis-derived sound. KING effectively tells the story of a hip-hop legend, which is no easy task.

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Fivio Foreign Discusses “B.I.B.L.E” And Working With Kanye West

Since Fivio Foreign broke onto the scene with his hit single “Big Drip” three years ago, his career has been a case study of how an artist deals with sudden success. Once an artist stuck within New York City’s busy rap scene, Foreign has experienced various highs (collaborating with Drake, and Quavo) and lows (losing close friends Pop Smoke, King Von, and T Dott Woo to gun violence) but is still standing, this time bigger than ever.

Following his stellar verse on Kanye West’s Donda via “Off The Grid” last summer, the Brooklyn, NY native has seen his star significantly rise. Alongside West becoming a frequent collaborator of his, the multi-time Grammy-winning rapper and producer is the executive producer of Foreign’s biggest project yet, B.I.B.L.E (April 8th). “Me and ‘Ye got a lot in common,” Foreign said. “We’re both spiritual people and try to make things as normal as possible.”

B.I.B.L.E, a 17-track effort that includes notable features from Quavo, Lil Yachty, and DJ Khaled, witnesses Foreign maintain his signature sound while still improving as an artist. A greater effort was exhibited in his songwriting, and experimentation with different melodies. As the conversation surrounding Foreign now turns to his newest body of work, he’s confident in what he will do next.

Last weekend at the Dreamville Festival, ONE37pm spoke with Fivio Foreign about making B.I.B.L.E, what it’s like working with Kanye and Nicki Minaj, and more.

ONE37pm: What was your biggest lesson learned while making B.I.B.L.E?

Foreign: I learned you can’t go crazy on records before you send them to people. It’s best to send them a little something such as a hook, just so they can be comfortable with what they’re hearing and how they can perform on it.

ONE37pm: On a project that has so many features, how did it come together?

Foreign: S***, it was all love and vibes because of our relationship and how we rocked with each other. They understood the cause and the movement so, with all of those features, I’m happy because I actually look at them a certain way.

ONE37pm: You have this ongoing and positive rapport with ‘Ye who is executive producing your album. What made the two of you click?

Foreign: We relate in a lot of different ways, especially with how much we believe in God and that helped me a lot.

We initially connected because of the freestyle, I did on [Funkmaster] Flex after I came home and he loved one line for when I said “I got a question for the Reverand/if you kill a killer, do you go to heaven?” and ‘Ye said “I need bars like that on my album.” The next thing, I know I’m on the jet to Atlanta and the rest is history.

ONE37pm: To further speak about New York City, you recently collaborated with one of the city’s greatest MCs in Nicki Minaj. How important was that for you?

Foreign: It means a lot. Salute to Nicki and everyone who is coming into the drill world and supporting it. It means a lot to us who’ve been a part of the drill community from the beginning because people forget this sound wasn’t always worldwide.

We {drill rappers} were just speaking to our communities about what was happening and how we lived. So for Nicki to come through, especially as someone from the city who is big, and do a record with me is nothing less than big.