VIDEO: John Jigg$ – “The Message” | @Jiggsthegreat

When attempting to describe Long Island, NY’s John Jigg$, one word immediately comes to mind, Versatility. John seems to have the ability to transition from a hardcore, bar for bar, gritty New York style of hip-hop to melodic, bass-heavy, 808 trap-style music effortlessly.

Since releasing his debut solo offering D.R.U.G.$ (Destined to Reach Undeniable Greatnes$) in 2013 spawning regional hit “I Will Not Lose”, and earned him 2 Long Island Music Awards including Mixtape of the Year and Best New Artist. Jigg$ has consistently been making a name for himself on both the internet and the streets.

Boasting a strong commanding voice, witty punchlines and down to earth subject matter, along with an impeccable ear for top notch production Jigg$ has all the makings of your favorite hip hop artist. Following up with the 2014 Sophmore effort D.R.U.G.$. 2, a sequal to his classic debut, John has managed to further solidified the fanfare. The project showed incredible growth as an artist and featured hip-hop legend Grandaddy IU (“Long Island Fresh”)and rising star Typ-ILL (“Who u Wit”) and PillzBury (“How We Do”). This would be Jigg$ introduction into the Blogs, one of the most important tools for today’s hip-hop artists. Having been linked to prominent indie label Deep Concepts Media, Jigg$ has garnered the interest of Infamous Records (Mobb Deep) and even 50 Cent who makes a special cameo appearance in the visual for “Bill Cosby” from Jigg$’ 2015 EP #51631.

The title includes the area codes from Long Island’s neighboring counties Nassau (516) and Suffolk (631) combined. The 6 song lyrical tirade features Queens Bridge veteran Nature (The Firm), Pittsburgh’s B. White (58’s) and long -time collaborator Typ-ILL. The project was features on numerous publications both print and online and was even named the “Top Releases of July 2015” by and was featured on Sirius satellite radio.

Recently, Jigg$ enlisted Boston rhyme veteran Reks for his latest single “The Reason”, in which they pay homage to loved ones who have passed on. The two trade bars in a heartfelt depiction of real life situations and what motivates them to continue following their dreams. Jigg$ has become a blog favorite featured on and as well. His music currently is played on FM, Sirus Satelite radio and college radio stations across the world.

In 2016 John has emerged forming his own music company MXNXPXLY and Is currently prepping a new project that will feature underground hip hop legend Diabolic, Boston Duo Natural Born Spittas (Snowgoons) and many more. Be sure to check out Jigg$ entire catalog available on all digital music outlets and select retailers.

Jigg$ is now taking the music industry by storm with his brand new album Twin Cannons. Jigg$ linked up with Sweden’s very own K-Sluggah, producer and rapper of Hip Hop group Muddy Fatique Crew, to create the masterpiece of the album.

John Jigg4 brings to us the first visual from the Twin Cannons album, “The Message”, directed by DoomDaWiz.

Fans can find Twin Cannons, out now on all digital music outlets, specifically on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, Spotify, YouTube and SoundCloud, as well as select retailers.


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JopauL Taps Back To His Hip Hop Roots With “#RealTalk” | @iamJopauL

“#RealTalk” is a pure fusion of hip-hop and rock and roll with creative lyrics on top of Master production from Ebonikz (best known for his work with Dipset) in a visually stimulating depiction of raw New York hip hop in JopauL’s latest music video directed by Mo Stafford.

This track is strictly for the fans of real hip hop as this song will not be released for sale & is a glance back into the stylings of one of Staten Island’s best rap artists “Lyric Inforca” who became the pop star we all know today as JopauL.


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Beatnick & K-Salaam feat. Junior Reid & Gramps Morgan – “Give Love” | @ksalaambeatnick

By no means newcomers to Reggae, the production duo known as Beatnick & K-Salaam, having cemented their spots in the genre as established & highly respected producers with records for the likes of Sizzla, Collie Buddz, Buju Banton, & many others, are back premiering the title track to their new Reggae EP – “Give Love” featuring legends Junior Reid and Gramps Morgan (from Grammy Award winning Morgan Heritage) on

Combining Lover’s Rock with soulful R&B and a dash of Trap for good measure, Beatnick & K-Salaam created a dreamy yet musical track for Give Love that’s a perfect backdrop for the two legends to kick something catchy and classic at the same time.

The Give Love EP, available Aug. 25th, will also feature rising star Jesse Royal, as well as the One Blood Family.


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J. ManifestO Kicks Off His Weekly Music Drop with “Problematic” | @JoeyGold24k

J. ManifestO is an emcee from Sunnyside, Queens who started rapping after being inspired by close friends who were heavily into Hip Hop as well. They eventually formed a group called, O.I.S.D., building their following and credibility through NYC’s underground circuit. After a few years, the members decided to each branch out as solo acts.

Today, J. ManifestO continues to create timeless Hip Hop, as supported by brands like 2DopeBoyz, OkayPlayer, and more.

As August kicks off, ManifestO will release a new video every week – leading up to the release of his new project, Problematic.

The first offering is the EP’s lead single, with the same title, “Problematic;” produced by Clint Partie.


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BLAX Unveils The Official Video for “Amazin” feat. Fivy | @Blaxlife @Elementfivy

Under the tutelage of Kwabena Antoine Nixon, an elite among the spoken word community in the Midwest, Milwaukee upstart, BLAX, always had a passion for spoken word. Over time, after finding his place in Hip hop, BLAX utilized rap to establish himself as an artist. The transition was seamless. In the early 2000s, he began to pave his own lane and established himself as one of the Midwest’s rising artists. He released his debut in 2005, and remained consistent for the next five years. In 2010, BLAX made the big move to NYC where he landed an internship with Dame Dash at his former DD172 gallery/studio.

BLAX worked closely with Dame, producer Ski Beatz, and the Jet Life family – mostly working behind the scenes. In 2011, after establishing himself in the Big Apple, BLAX released his first project on the East Coast – a double mixtape – that garnered nationwide appeal. Tastemakers from sites such as DJBooth and Allindstrom gave their nod of approval, while AllHipHop added BLAX (real name Adebisi) on their “Top 25 Underground Artists” list from 2011-13. Being on that list helped BLAX get booked on various shows including SXSW in 2012. He was also a guest on The Company Man’s radio show in Brooklyn before TCM became editor of HipHopDX. A lot of things started to unfold as opportunities went for BLAX.

After awhile, however, BLAX took some time off to refine his craft and experiment with his sound. Today, he presents new music that highlights his growth as an artist, returning with an intergalactic visual for his eclectic single, “Amazin” from his recently released Be Well EP. Featuring the sultry vocals of Midwest singer, Fivy, BLAX and company manage to take you on a three dimensional ride through deep space. Coming off of a great start to 2017, BLAX released the highly anticipated Be Well EP with a premiere via media giant HipHopDX (March 2017). The record is a step in a different direction as far as sound goes. BLAX has been known for his “boom trap” soundscape. He showcases his versatility on “Amazin.”

The Xavier Ruffin directed visual is as out of this world tracks production (produced by Reason). The visual features BLAX effortlessly transitiong through deep space on a lyrical ride through the cosmos.

“Wherever I roam, wherever I go, whether I go, whether I’m on my j-o or performing a show, whether I whip a beamer or if never I blow, I’d still love you the same forever fasho”

@Blaxlife | @Elementfivy

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Squeegie-O – “I Know” | @SqUeEgIe_O

“I Know” is the 2nd release off of Staten Island lyricist Squeegie O’s sleeper hit project, Born Loser.

In the visual, Squeegie creates the national anthem for anybody who has ever been played clowned on treated different because of who they are over a smooth Synesthesic Nation production and he quotes, “I know they don’t wanna see you make it but fuck them do you”.

Born Loser is out now on bandcamp and all streaming music sites.


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Beatnick & K-Salaam feat. Tech N9ne & Wreckonize – “Movin’ It” | @beatnickksalaam @techn9ne @Wrekonize

“We make all of our beats from scratch”, says K-Salaam, one half of the dynamic duo Beatnick & K-Salaam. “We design our own sounds, our own drums, we come up with new chord progressions. We don’t need to sample, but people are already sampling us.”

From the crew that brought you the sounds behind Ms. Lauryn Hill’s live show and the first production team in history to score music for the Olympics, comes the Mass Appeal premiere of “Movin It” featuring Midwest legend Tech N9NE & his Strange Music artist, Wrekonize.

The first single off the upcoming album The Bluest Flame, finds Tech and Wrek skating over the high octane track that combines Trap with Rock and R&B, accompany that with some bangin’ drums and a unique musical style that is both innovative and vintage at the same time. Adding words to the stellar production are the likes of Talib Kweli, Bun-B, Blu, Joell Ortiz and more. The scene has officially been for the kind of Hip-Hop and real music that the game has been missing.

The Bluest Flame drops August 25th worldwide.
The duo is also releasing their Reggae EP Give Love w/ Junior Reid on the same day.

@beatnickksalaam | @techn9ne | @Wrekonize

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#PhoneTap: A Date With Bates | @Bates_STL

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Bates rose to fame after navigating her way through the indie music scene for years and being award ‘Best Female Artist of The Year’ at the 2015 St. Louis Underground Music Festival (SLUMFest).

In 2016, Bates’ swept the local music celebration, winning ‘Best Video’ for her visual Tell Jesus, ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’ and became the first woman to take home ‘Artist of the Year’ in its ceremonial history. This flood of affirmation led to the success of her 2016 album For Colored Folk, described by The Riverfront Times newspaper as “a navigation through spiritual, social and political minefields — a crossroads of intersectional issues that she attacks head-on while aiming straight for the gut.”

She recently released her single, “Whole Thing“and has now released her new single “A Date With Lisa”, which has be gaining attention from several outlets such as SOHH.

I sit down with the rising rap artist as we talk about her success on this episode of #PhoneTap.


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International Special – “Go” | @IntlSpecial_Ent

East New York Brooklyn’s International Special has been a mogul behind the scenes of the rap industry for decades. Special kept his nose to the streets and in a bag, the streets knew how special he was before he even picked up a microphone to show the world. Unlike a lot of upcoming artist in the industry, the lavish lifestyle he raps about is only a portrayal of his reality.

He first dropped his debut single, “Foreign” in the beginning of the year and it went in heavy rotation on SiriusXM and Hot 97. He snagged a deal with Sony Music under his Special Entertainment label and had since then performed in Hot 97’s Who’s Next at SOBs and other venues throughout the country.

He now gives us the visual to his new single, “Go”, produced by Yankee, Haus and Trilogy.


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