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Deez Inglez – “Glow”

Deez Inglez - "Glow"

Inglewood rapper Deez Inglez recently released the video for his song, “Glow,” which features epic shots of Deez Inglez on boulevards in L.A. standing on cars and rapping.

There’s a certain reputation that comes along with being born and raised in Inglewood, California and Deez Inglez is the epitome of that having developed his rep for over a decade in the streets.

Known as the “City of Champions” after the Lakers’ success at the Forum for year, the small neighborhood of Inglewood has been a hotbed for entertainers and athletes alike having bred talents like Paul Piece, Lisa Leslie, Tyra Banks, Mack 10 and Cali Swag District to name a few. Of course, who could forget the shoutout Inglewood got from Dr. Dre on “California Love” – “Inglewood always up to no good!”

“It’s not Compton, Long Beach or Watts – it’s like an island being so different and unique,” Deez explained. “Inglewood is in the revitalization stages of making the city a focus across LA. With the new stadium being built and the renovations occurring everywhere, it’s the perfect time to showcase my music because I’ve been putting out music in L.A. for about 10 years. I was introduced to Sir Jinx who worked for Cube and Dre and I worked on making my name from there with classic production behind me.”

But before Deez Inglez was a rapper, he gained a local reputation for a key member of Inglewood’s Morningside Monarchs state championship basketball team that was eventually featured on ESPN’s 30 for 30. During the documentary called, the Morningside 5, Deez Inglez promotes his music throughout the film as the he updates the world on his life.

“Ever since 2001 we have been working. In 2009 I was signed on to Mitchy Slick’s label and now we are doing this from the feet on my own imprint. For a while I was pushing artists, I wanted to put cats on and I realized I’m better off doing it myself so I can really show them how this is meant to be done.”

While Deez Inglez has yet to title his next project he is targeting a release later on this year to follow up the visual for “Glow.”

“First thing was I’ve been waiting to work with Yellow Nguyen, the video director, for a while, so it’s a blessing to work with him – we just wanted to give people a Summer anthem. A smooth Summer classic with the West Coast, L.A. sound. Not a down South sound, not a East-Coast sound, a classic West-Coast banger,” he said. “There’s just a lot of things that haven’t been seen yet and so I feel like there’s so much more that we can show people on the West-Coast, I feel this visual does that. Inglewood hasn’t been on in a long time and with the Rams coming and the Chargers coming, its’ going to be a great run for the city and I want to be a part of it.”

Now with shows lined up in Las Vegas, San Diego and LA in the coming months, Deez Inglez is looking forward to setting up some high school performances at Inglewood’s two high schools Inglewood and Morningside. We want to maintain a presence amongst the youth with merchandise and making our music available for them.”

Lecrae x Zaytoven – Get Back Right

Check out the first single “Get Back Right”, off of GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist, Lecrae’s special mixtape project with fellow GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Zaytoven, entitled Let The Trap Say Amen (coming June 22nd).

Born out of a mutual respect for each other’s work and joined by common faith, the two Atlanta legends came together for a release aimed at highlighting the positive aspects of the trap.

“In a guest editorial Lecrae penned for to announce the project Lecrae explains, “When I hear the term ‘trap music,’ I don’t think of glorifying the negativity. I think of a soundscape that speaks a certain language. I think of music that tells real stories.”

“Get Back Right” is a real story from Lecrae about “bouncing back” from adversity, getting back right with God after realizing material possessions and empty relationships can’t satisfy his soul.”

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Lecrae x Zaytoven – Get Back Right

2C Gump – Sadity

2C Gump released a music video for “Feel Us” featuring Gunna last month and now the South Carolina native is back with a new single called “Sadity.” Listen below via SoundCloud.

Mattress God – Kick It

Richmond, Virginia based artist Mattress God releases a new single called “Kick It” from his upcoming project, Make Richmond Litt Again. The 25 & KidFreshOnDaTrac-produced single gets the momentum going as soon as the beat breaks. Check out the single above via SoundCloud.

Quick Smith – “Devil On Me” (@Quick_Smith9)

Recently 9th Ward rapper Quick Smith released the visual to his song “Devil On Me.”

Despite the fact that Quick Smith has a familiar story of an athlete turned rapper, the charisma and demeanor of this product of the 9th Ward is far from normal.

Part of what makes Quick Smith so different is that he doesn’t mince his words for anyone after growing up in a harsh environment where people are victims of crime and happenstance on a daily basis.

“I’m from the 9th Ward of New Orleans, the 9th Ward taught me to be me at all times. I don’t hold my tongue for nobody I don’t care about. I always keep my head on a swivel cause niggas is dying out here man. I just lost two of my homies just recently, shit is wicked out here in the 9th Ward,” Quick Smith said.

Although Quck Smith has been writing raps since an early age, he was blessed with a natural athleticism, so Quick Smith didn’t take rapping seriously at first.

“I used to play ball, but I’ve been rapping since I was a kid and since I could write,” Quick Smith explained. “I didn’t take it seriously because I thought I was going to the NFL, but it didn’t work out. So my best friend brought me over to Monsta Beatz studio and told them I could spit and the rest is history. Ever since then I been traveling with them, rapping, getting my name out there and working on my craft. It’s a BLESSING, it’s just meant to be.”

As an introduction to many in the world of Hip-Hop, Quick Smith is releasing his song “Devil On Me” which he recorded as a way to shed the negative energy that going on in his life.

“The record is called Devil on Me was recorded at the studio when I was drunk as shit recording myself and I had just let the beat tape go. I had been going though some shit and I felt like I had the Devil on me so I had to let this out. I know that a lot of people feel that way from time to time but they don’t know how to express it, so this was a song for any one feeling like me,” Quick Smith said.

This Summer Quick Smith will be getting back on the road doing promo and just getting in touch with the fans while he builds up support for his project, Not For Nothing.

“I was just thinking to myself one day, ‘Don’t do all this work and grinding for nothing man, don’t put in all that work for nothing man.’ It’s not for nothing. I might not have it all at this moment, but this will not be for nothing and the hard work that I’m putting in will not be for nothing as long as I believe in it,” Quick Smith recalled.

YoBoyRell – Doin It Betta


Maryland native YoBoyRell releases his new single titled “Doin It Betta.” The track has an unorthodox energy but is very powerful and original. With such a unique style and flow, “Doin It Betta” hits very hard!

Kali Mac – “Show The Ladies Some Love”

Recently New York rapper Kali Mac released his music video for his dedication to our wives, girlfriends mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties and grandmothers alike called “Show the Ladies Some Love.”

In an era where the women’s movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp are gaining momentum “Show the Ladies Some Love” is as an acknowledgement of women’s progress and rights along with Kali Mac’s natural love for everything that women do for our world.

In the music video Kali Mac raps on New York rooftops, in the studio, on the streets and finally at a house party encouraging his brothers and sisters to protect and respect women as much as they lust for them.

“I’ve always been a rapper, but I also like to sing and do songs for the ladies. I wanted to give off the attitude that a lot of men need to adopt. A lot of men can’t handle rejection and take it out in unhealthy ways. I just wanted to bring back the respect to women, because that’s the way it should be,” Kali Mac explained.

Kali Mac is not your typical 2018 mumble trap rapper – he has been at this for a while and flips his words with ease. This song is just one example of how Kali Mac strives to be positive while also still keeping that edge following in the footsteps of rappers he admires like J. Cole and Kendrick.

“For some reason positivity and love is corny and I’m looking to change that. It shouldn’t be like that and that’s what I want to get across. Kali Mac explained. “My manager had the idea for the song and it just fit – I really liked the idea of making a song about respecting women especially since not a lot of people are doing positive songs these days.”

At an early age Kali Mac indulged further into writing raps after being motivated by his own mother’s passing, and has since honored her with every step he takes in his pursuit of success in the entertainment industry.

“She was the real motivator because I found out after she passed away that she had wanted to be a singer, like a professional singer so I wanted to have my mom really live through me vicariously,” Kali Mac explained.

In support of “Show the Ladies Some Love,” Kali Mac will be attending a Memorial Day Weekend celebration on Saturday May 26th at the Bronxworks Classic Community Center for a community empowerment event to support the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week Campaign, sponsored by the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, “The Shark” Daymond John, Power 105.1, Fubu Mobile, Bronxworks, City-Wide Council of Presidents, At Risk Community Services and hosted by the “Fitness Sheriff.”

All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to support their after school project, which Kali Mac will be involved. The program will address sexual abuse and harassment against women and girls starting in September, 2018 with two programs called, Hip-Hop Against Sexual Abuse of Women (HASAW) and Women And Girls 4 Empowerment (WAGE).