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OMB Peezy Levels Up With His First ‘Gangsta Grillz’

A rite of passage can be understood as any important act or event that serves to mark a transition from one stage of life to another. One of hip-hop’s equivalents to a rite of passage is Gangsta Grillz. The iconic, DJ Drama-curated mixtape series helped to further cement the likes of Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Pharrell Williams and others as rap greats. Gangsta Grillz even inspired Tyler, the Creator to take it up a notch with his most recent Grammy Award winning album Call Me If You Get Lost

Following in the footsteps of legendary rap veterans, OMB Peezy takes things to another level with his first Gangsta Grillz, MisGuided. Throughout the 16-song tape the Humble Beginnings rapper ups the ante with production provided by hit-making producers such as Hitmaka and Murda Beatz— who crafted the beat for OMB Peezy’s single “100.” NLE Choppa, Morray, and G Herbo also contribute to Peezy’s first project since last year’s Too Deep For Tears.  

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Born in Mobile, Alabama, OMB Peezy moved to Sacramento, California as a preteen. His career highlights have so far included garnering co-signs from the likes of E-40 and collaborating with Lil Wayne, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Nick Cannon and others.

Outside of steadily stepping his game up, a life goal of OMB Peezy is to give game to the next generation. “I wanna be the rapper that shows the youth the positive things, because I know everybody looks up to the rappers,” says OMB Peezy. “I want to show them what they’re supposed to be doing.”


Days before the release of MisGuided, OMB Peezy chopped it up with ONE37pm. He discussed the inspiration behind his new project, working with King Von and DJ Drama, being lit on TikTok and touring with Kevin Gates. Check out the convo below.

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What inspired the messaging behind ‘Misguided’?

Shit, I had a cousin in jail. He was like he wished he would’ve did things different. Then it’s like the OGs I hang around now are totally different than the OGs I used to hang around. They be telling me about stocks. They told me about Bitcoin before Bitcoin blew up. You feel me then? I was so young that it didn’t even register in my mind that they were teaching me some real shit that I needed to know. Now that I got older, I’m like I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I could have made some real money off of Bitcoin. You feel me? So I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I’m doing this shit for my kid and my nephews and my nieces.

The video for your King Von-featured track “Get It Done” recently dropped. What does that video mean to you?
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That video means a lot to me, bro. That was one of the last moments I had with Von. RIP Von, I ain’t gonna lie, that video meant a lot to me for real. I didn’t drop the video. His team dropped the video. I been had the video. I seen it and everything, but I ain’t never want to put it out because I ain’t want to be disrespectful to his family, his friends and his kids, so I was just waiting. I was just letting them do their thing.

Tell us about “Mufasa” and why G Herbo was the perfect fit for it.

I make a lot of pain music, so I just wanted to show people that I’m still having fun with this shit, man. Then lately, I’ve been feeling like the king of my city. I been feeling like the king of my jungle. You feel me? So Mufasa, you feel me? And you know, G Herbo has been doing this shit for a long time. He been holding his weight for a long time. So I look at him as another king of his jungle. You feel me? So I had to put him on there.

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My favorite joint is “Need Your Space”…

I was kind of scared of making that song. But a couple girls I was talking to were saying that I have songs about girls, but I don’t got a breakup song. You feel? So I feel like I had to make a breakup song. I was kind of nervous making it because it was kind of outside of my normal vibe. But I feel like I did good. With everybody telling me they fuck with it, that shit makes me feel good. It motivated me to step outside of the box more.

What was your favorite part of working with DJ Drama?

My favorite part of working with DJ Drama was just being around him for real. He’s real cool. He’s the person you just imagine he is. So being around him was just cool as fuck.

Is there anything you learned from working with him on this project?

Shit, that there ain’t no limit. You can keep going as far as you want.

What’s most exciting about hitting the road with Kevin Gates?

I’m looking forward to how therapeutic it’s going to feel.

Speaking of therapeutic, is making music therapeutic for you?
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Yeah. The shit that I can’t talk about in a normal conversation or I can’t bring myself to tell somebody out of fear of being judged or someone changing their outlook on me, I can put it in a song. It’s like a better way of being to me.

You’re super active on TikTok. Why do you think you’ve been able to be so successful (more than 324K followers) on that platform?

Because I’m a genuinely bubbly personality. I can’t help it. I love being funny. I love making people laugh and smile. So TikTok is the perfect place for me to go kill time. I can fuck with my fans and engage with my fans and shit.

Another way that you’ve been able to engage with your fan base is through your content series, ‘Hood Essentials’. What was the initial inspiration behind that project?
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Like I said, I naturally have a bubbly personality. But my fans ain’t know. One time I saw a fan staring at meat a distance. I walked up on her and she was like, “man, I was so scared to walk up on you. I thought you would be unapproachable and shit, but like hell no, you’re cool as a motherfucker. So that’s what made me want to start showing my personality more so they can get a feel for who I really am. People think I carry that pain and shit that I rap about on my shoulders every day. But I want to be happy like everybody else [laughs]

I guess what, what are your future plans for ‘Hood Essentials’? Are they gonna be like more?

Yeah. I’m never stopping Hood Essentials. I cook. I do a lot of outdoor stuff. I did camping. I did golfing. So I’m gonna go back to cooking and. And do different stuff, because I don’t want to get too stuck in cooking. It’s not a cooking show, you feel me? But the show first started off by me showing y’all what to cook when you ain’t got nothing to eat in the house me. I really was just trying to show hood essentials.

Where have you had better food? Alabama or California?

Alabama, Alabama, Alabama.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make moving from Alabama m to California?

I had to adjust to like the way they do things, the way they say things and the way they move. As far as like the slang words, I didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. I had to adjust to stuff like how they dressed and how they wore their clothes. I ain’t really like it, but I had to get accustomed to it.

What’s one thing you want listeners to take away from, ‘Misguided’?

That we’ve been through the same things. So if I could change, then so can you.

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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.

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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$on
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If you haven’t heard of Ken Car$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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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As always, Doechii calls it like she sees it.

“RUN” — Killer Mike featuring Dave Chappelle & Young Thug
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“Live Life Die Faster” — Hotboii featuring Kodak Black
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“Fell In Love” — Lloyd Banks
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“Throwback” — Rotimi featuring Jr Choi, Blackway
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AG Club Discusses New Music, Odd Future’s Influence and More

While duos and trios are familiar sights in hip-hop, it’s been a while since collectives took center stage. And if we’re being honest, what other collectives can fans think of besides Odd Future, ASAP Mob, and BROCKHAMPTON over the past decade? But with AG Club, the reality of hip-hop birthing collectives isn’t only existent but filled with great excitement about what they have and will do.

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Coming out of the Bay Area via San Francisco, CA, the nearly 15-member crew attacks all angles of the music industry. As the duo of Baby Boy and Jody Fontaine create magic on records– their F*** Your Expectation album series is stellar– the remainder of AG Club consists of talented photo/videographers, stylists, and graphic designers who’ve been friends with each other for years.

“When we first came around, people didn’t understand what we do,” Fontaine told me after AG Club’s performance at Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash last Friday. “But it’s dope people understand now.” Terms of what have helped fans understand and accept the Avant Grande collective’s efforts are great music and momentum.

Alongside both editions of F*** Your Expectations being well-received, the Bay-Area natives also collaborated with NLE Choppa and ASAP Ferg for the remix of their biggest single, “Memphis,” before touring with Pusha T and Denzel Curry since the beginning of this spring. To be so young in their careers, yet able to touch different demographics is impressive, especially with great musical aspirations.

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Upon listening to AG Club, you’ll quickly recognize their diversity in sound. In one moment, their music can spark a riot (“Columbia”), the next, their harmonies will remind you of the early 2000s R&B-pop group B2K (“Popeye” feat. Peach Tree Rascals), and lastly, you’ll find the fitting anthem to play in your car (“Brass”).

This level of execution reminds rap fans like me, a millennial in his late 20s, of the previously mentioned Odd Future and ASAP Mob. “Everything is better when you’re doing it with friends, and we saw that in Odd Future and ASAP Mob,” Fontaine says before he and Baby Boy point to their friends. “We all love this s***,” Baby Boy says with a smile. “We do it together because it makes sense.”

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

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

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

“Denial” — Rae Sremmurd
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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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Pusha T, Megan Thee Stallion and More: Bops That Just Dropped

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.

It’s Almost Dry — Pusha T

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Pusha T has returned to flood the streets with his latest album, It’s Almost Dry. According to King Push, the album, produced entirely by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is his “most well-rounded body of work.” The 12-track project, which he previewed at his Cokechella listening party, features the singles  “Neck & Wrist”, “Diet Coke” and “Hear Me Clearly,” as well as collaborations with Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert. Can’t get enough Push? Don’t stress it. He could be coming to a city near you soon. His It’s Almost Dry Tour starts next month.

“Plan B” — Megan Thee Stallion

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“Ladies, love yourself, because this shit can get ugly,” raps Megan Thee Stallion on “Plan B,” her latest anthem for the ladies. Hot Girl Meg lets it be known that she ain’t playing with these goofy men on the track that samples the classic Wu-Tang Clan remix to  Jodeci’s “Freak’n You.” The hotly anticipated song was first previewed in front of thousands of people during Megan’s Coachella performance last week. 

“Hold That Heat” — Southside featuring Future and Travis Scott

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Super-producer Southside’s track record is full of hits. He’s been crafting beats for A-list artists for more than a decade. His most recent release is a collaboration of epic proportions. “Hold That Heat” features Future and Travis Scott. Southside’s signature sound mixed with Future and Travis’ signature flows is a recipe for an undeniable banger.

Southside isn’t the only platinum producer to drop new music this week. Tay Keith, Sonny Digital and the Internet Money crew have also delivered some new tunes. This week also sees the release of some heat from Erica Banks, Blxst, Dream Doll, Fredo Bang, Rico Nasty, NLE Choppa, BRS Kash and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best of what’s new in music.

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