It’s almost 2014. Maybach Music continues to sign artists, and it’s time to see if Rick Ross and his team can create more stars in the same vein as Wale and Meek Mill. At the forefront of that list has to be Stalley. You couldn’t escape him. Whether it was seeing his Scarface-assisted “Swangin’” on TV or hearing it on the radio, or seeing him tour the country with Lupe Fiasco. He even released his stellar Honest Cowboy project in August. All of these moves have been building up to what is sounding like a quality debut album. The Ohio native is hopeful that we’ll see his currently untitled album will hit shelves first or second quarter of the year, as he details in an interview with Sermon’s Domain.
Stalley often can be compared to Lupe Fiasco in terms of making similar kinds of music. Obviously very different, but both tend to include messages for the world to soak up, absorb and live by. Lupe has “Words I Never Said,” Stalley has “Raise Your Weapons.” They can make records that get the crowd going too. It’s the best of both worlds with fun and thought-provoking ideas that is necessary in hip-hop for enjoyment and enlightenment.
In our interview, he took the time to shed light on how DJ Quik’s involvement on “Spaceships & Woodgrain” happened, perfecting his craft while he’s working toward the album, how he decides what records to release vs. what to hold on to, interest in working with Common and more.
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What we have here is a brotherhood. A friendship that extends past music, but also has an extensive musical history. The Abstract & The Dragon is more-so a compilation of their work over the years with new records sprinkled in. Another cool aspect about the mixtape is that both also add verses to classic records like Busta hops on A Tribe Called Quest’s “God Lives Through.” It’s a great example of what a mixtape represents. Features from Redman, Big Daddy Kane, Missy Elliott and more. Stream and download it below.
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Last night, Gucci Mane shared the release date, December 25th, and the 17 snippets to his forthcoming album The State Vs. Radric Davis 2: The Caged Bird Sings. The album comprises features from common collaborators such as Young Scooter, Young Thug, Peewee Longway, and more. One cut on there, track-two, was a Zaytoven produced-joint titled “Jackie Chan,” and tonight we get the full version of that cut, which features Gucci’s fellow ATLiens Migos. Give “Jackie Chan” a listen below.
Previously: Migos – Jealousy (Prod. By Murda)
Another Wednesday another new DayToday; this should be routine by now. In episode seven of the Europe series, directed, shot, and cut by Frank Paladino, Wiz and the Taylor Gang camp do their regular tour life stuff, which means Clubbing, performing, and smoking a whole lot of weed. Check it out above and stay tuned next week for episode eight!
Previously: Video: Wiz Khalifa – DayToday: Europe Part III – Ep. 6
The talented duo from Michigan known as the Specktators are set to release their new album The Parlay exactly one week from today(December 17t). The Specktators promised fans a new track at 7:00 PM today, but told fans that they would release the track early if they received 200 retweets on the initial post. Fans responded almost instantly, and roughly 30 minutes after the tweet, The Specktators come through with “Breathe”. Check out this banger above and pre-order The Parlay here.
Previously: Video: The Specktators – The Campaign
Next Tuesday, December 17th, multi-talented rapper/producer/saxophonist Terrace Martin will be releasing a Remix EP to one of 2013′s most solid project, 3ChordFold. The project will contain 4 new records from Terrace, 3 remixes and an instrumental rendition of “From Time,” making for a total of 8 new tracks. With features Murs, Problem, Ill Camille, Robert Glasper, James Fauntleroy and more, take a listen to the first release from Martin’s project, a dope remix to “Something Else.”
Previously: Terrace Martin Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Triangle Ship
Kansas City based emcee, Gee Watts returns as promised for the second week of his Bible Study series. This new joint from Gee is produced by Lando and has Gee flowing like water as he drops some ill bars. Gee Watts recently spoke with Kendrick Lamar and described to him that his upcoming project 199x is “Zombie Juice”. In Gee’s terminology it means “straight dope.” Take a listen below and look for Gee’s 199x project to drop in the first quarter of 2014.
Previously: Gee Watts Ft. Stik Figa – Church
Atlantic Records is grooming Ty Dolla $ign into a star and placing him with the who’s who of the industry right now. It’s why his upcoming Beach House EP, due out January 21, is full of guest features from start to finish. Names like Casey Veggies, Twista, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Jay Rock and more flood the track listing found below. It’s certainly not a bad thing because Ty has his sound and that’s not changing for any label. All of these artists are being brought to his lane.
Previously: E-40 – Chitty Bang (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Juicy J)
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Lucille Ghatti is back with a new joint from her upcoming EP which is set to drop at the top of 2014. “Bad Manners,” serves as both the title track off her upcoming project and new single. On the new track, Lucille Ghatti places her spacey vocals on top of a mellow style beat produced by KeithCharles SpaceBar. Take a listen to Luc’s new joint below and watch fore new music from Rochelle Jordan and Lucille Ghatti coming soon!
Previously: Lucille Ghatti – Illumination
Recently, Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods sat down with DDotOmen‘s own MiMi to speak on a few things before he hit the stage as apart of the recent Smoker’s Club tour. During his chat with MiMi, Chevy talked about fatherhood and his 12 year old daughter. The Pittsburgh-native then revealed the story behind his name change from “Kev Da Hustla” to Chevy woods and explains why rappers changing their names are like face lifts. Chevy also spoke on the difference between working with Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa in the studio. Juicy J being too wasted to record a song and more. Take a look at the full interview above.
Previously: Chevy Woods Ft. Smoke Dza – Gracias Malverde
Tonight, two legends in Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip will release their joint mixtape The Abstract & The Dragon. But, before that, the duo drops off a new joint to hold us over for a couple of hours. As opposed to their first single “Thank You,” “Butsch & Sundance” offers up more of mellow rugged approach; Q and Bus are clearly still having fun with it, though. Give it a listen below.
Previously: Video: Busta Rhymes Ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne – Thank You