After a busy 2018 that included the release of his Squady Music EP — which featured Reggie Mills, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jay Critch, and more — Far Rockaway rapper Boogz Boogetz is kicking off his 2019 in a major way.
With a roster that includes acts like Jayy Grams, Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins, and — of course — the Kush God, Smoke DZA, Cinematic Music Group is championing the new sound of old New York. Producer 183rd is an active part of their wave, working extensively alongside DZA (who he met at age 14), as well as crafting records for numerous acts who are part of or associated with the Cinematic fold.
One of the most impressive things the Griselda squad has proven these past 365 days is the power of commodifying music —— by making it more difficult to get. This calculated process weeds out the casual fans and once again putting a value on the music reaching its intended audience outside of the streaming bubble.
Sometimes all it takes is for the universe to align just right to help you get that look you need. For producer Andreao “Fanatic” Heard, that “look” came courtesy of an opportunity to record at New York City’s famed Hit Factory.
Alot of curious indie projects have landed across my desk this year, but this week one of most unique made its way to my AirPods. 27-year-old RetroPOP passed me his latest effort, RetroPOP Vol 1 This For Amir — a 19-song serving of nostalgic Hip Hop vibes, wrapped in an endearing subplot of family history.
Growing up in Gary, Indiana — infamous as the birthplace of the legendary singer Michael Jackson — rapper D-Brown found the largest influence in something that was all around him, struggle. “Growing up with less than everyone else always fueled me to go harder in everything I do,” he says. Creating what he calls inspirational street music centered around themes of self-elevation, he’s crafting rag-to-riches for the everyman over a trap and soulful beats.