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Gunna – “Phase”


With an undeniable buzz growing as he performs at spot dates on Playboi Carti’s tour, YSL rapper Gunna continues to grow his fan base at an alarming rate. Delivering a raw energy and passion for his craft on stage, fans of Gunna across the country have been catching the wave and downloading Gunna’s latest effort Drip Season 2.

Keeping up the pace, the young Atlanta based rapper is debuting his newest visual for the song “Phase” with Fader today (July 27th)

“In the song Gunna is talking about things he’s going through which gave me the idea of him falling in the beginning as if he’s falling through another world of all the tough things and times he’s trying to get through,” video director @TeeDRay explained of his work with Gunna.

“He lets me be creative and come up with ideas and when he performs on set he easy to work with because he gets into character and brings whatever type of energy I need for the particular scene.”

In addition to his Fader premiere, Gunna has an exclusive in-store set up in Houston with Dussé at the popular shoe store, Sneaker Summit for July 27th. Large crowds are expected, so please arrive early if you would like to meet Gunna for autographs and pictures.

For Gunna’s last visual release “Japan,” he received critical acclaim from the who’s who of blog sites, earning press looks from Mass Appeal, HotNewHipHop, DirtyGloveBastard, HipHopSince1987 and many more.

Fans of Gunna’s latest release, “Phase,” can find the song on Gunna’s Drip Season 2 project on DatPiff or iiTunes.

For the album the YSL artist pulled out features from Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Offset, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Duke and more.

Quicktrip – 20 off 100

Earlier this year, Quicktrip delivered his 650 Trip mixtape — a 14-track project that came filled with heat and collaborations with the likes of Bankroll Fresh, T.I., Offset, Future, Chief Keef, and more. Today, Street Money Worldwide presents us with Quicktrip’s new music video for “20 off 100.” Directed by RiskTakerz, Quicktrip takes it to the bando for his trap-inspired banger as he flexes his street acumen while counting seemingly endless amounts of cash. Quicktrip’s street dreams are as clear as ever and it’s certain that he will stop at nothing to fulfill his aspirations.

Sinemax – ArrowHead/MostHigh

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Oakland, California has served up many diverse talents within the last year or 2, allowing the Oaktown to become a melting pot of vast musical influence. Sinemax, a rather experimental talent branching from the city contributes to the ever-growing success in his city with his new 2-part drop off, “ArrowHead/MostHigh”. This nearly 5-minute track explores fun, bouncy waves with the vibe, setting a quirky tone with the first part of the track, and then simmering down to a more melodic tune for the second half.

This song is a great example of Sinemax’s overall artistry, as he plays over a commercial sound with his innovative approach.

“ArrowHead/MostHigh” is Sinemax’s latest well-rounded track for the summer. Catch a vibe below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

Bale – “Greater”

For South Central based rapper Bale, every day is a blessing. You wouldn’t know it if you saw him, but less than a year ago Bale spent 29 days in the hospital after suffering 28 shots from head to toe on his birthday. Not only did that almost cost him his life, but that ended his chance of pursuing a scholarship in football at a D-1 school where he was enrolled.

Bale is lucky to be alive and he’s unquestionably a survivor with an unmatched will to live. But luck doesn’t just happen – you have to make luck happen. You have have right frame of mind to get through the hard times when you were at the wrong place at the wrong time and life dealt you a bad hand. Bale has a playbook for that triumphant road to recovery and he gives it to you in the rawest form on his project H.T.S.M (Hard. Times. Shaped. Me.)

“I’m from South Central, I grew up on Normandie, the oldest out five kids so naturally I feel like I’m a leader,” Bale explained. “I think Bale the rapper and Bale the person are the same. I try to be as transparent as possible in the music, so listeners know me as an artist and as a person. Great music always comes from a place of truth and to do anything well you have you know yourself. I find myself, finding myself through the music.”

Fans will be able to hear that struggle, passion and pain on his upcoming H.T.S.M. effort that in a sense documents Bale’s road to recovery both mentally and physically. Part of the process for Bale’s recovery involved linking with longtime West-Coast staple Krondon, a founding member of Hip-Hop super-group Strong Arm Steady and famed songwriter in Hip-Hop.

“I linked with Krondon like two months after I got out the hospital through the big homie B.Fin. To have a West Coast legend champion me is not only an honor but a blessing” Bale said. “If you ask me, I’d say he’s saving my life. He’s helping me get out a situation that almost tore my family apart and now helping me get in position to where I can change those circumstances.”
For now main focus is promoting his project H.T.S.M (Hard. Times. Shaped. Me.), which has given Bale an opportunity to harness his new perspective on life. Leading up to the release Bale will be dropping several tracks and videos from project that prep listeners for a well-rounded and truthful album.

“I feel like hard times shape us all – we’ve all been through something in life. When you come out the situation it makes you a better person,” Bale said of his upcoming project set for release on August 2nd, the same day he was shot.

“Music is like therapy and I get shit off my chest. It’s food for the soul and it’s helped me stay on track. You know the mental and emotional effects you go through after being shot? The shit you think about man? I’m glad to have music in my life, I thank God everyday for it and I don’t take if for grated because it was almost taken away from me.”

Charles K. – Red Tape

Dallas, Texas native Charles K. fresh off his latest single “Ya Motivation,” the rapper dropped in for a quick Q&A on music, motivation, and mastering individuality. His upcoming album, The Red Tape.

Finale – Metro North

Bronx native and rising talent Finale delivers the official video for “Metro North.” The single will immediately reel you in upon hitting play, keeping you locked from start to finish. Stay tuned for more from Finale and check out the new visual.

R.I.C.O. G – Dollar Bill (Music Video)

That almighty dollar will make a person do whatever need be, just to get to it. In his latest visual offering, R.I.C.O. G tells the story of someone that could very well be lost in the search of success, and what it really takes to achieve that financially. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you can either spend less or make more. They say that the “Dollar Bill” makes the world go round. If that’s the case, then only one thing is really certain.. that money ain’t gon’ make itself. 

Tune in below for R.I.C.O. G’s new music video, “Dollar Bill,” and keep it locked for more releases will soon follow.

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