California rapper WALLIE THE SENSEI continues his recent hot streak with a luxurious, emotional new single, ‘Lamb,’ out yesterday (18th June) on Capitol Records. The track is featured on Wallie’s new mixtape, Golden Child, out 2nd July.
The lush throwback finds Wallie effortlessly singing over a buttery beat, showcasing his one-of-a-kind flow and knack for incisive lyrics about his rise from hustling street grinder to global rap star.
‘Lamb’ comes alongside an extended run of excellence for Wallie, who dropped the low-key summertime anthem, ’03 Flow,’ in late May. The track also follows Wallie’s team-up with Detroit talent 42 Dugg on the enthralling remix of Wallie’s own hit single ‘Scandalous.’
Since the release of Wallie the Sensei’s No Love EP at the beginning of 2020, he’s quickly become a West Coast artist to watch. Respect magazine praised the ‘Scandalous’ video for showcasing Compton’s “camaraderie, hustle, and rawness,” while Rosecrans Ave highlighted Wallie’s storytelling abilities, saying he is “providing guidance to those who come after” with his pain-stricken tales. After the hit of the ‘Scandalous’ remix, Wallie the Sensei’s proved that his skyrocketing success is no fluke.
‘Lamb’ is poised to reach even more open-minded listeners. It’s an anthem for hustling Cali natives and anyone who craves a little bit of glow-up magic. Check out the video for the track below…
BABYLUNG digs deep into his past with his anthemic and celebratory new single ‘Funny Innit’ which follows the release of previous single ‘Betrayal’ and is the 2nd single from his forthcoming album To Live And Die In Surrey, slated for late on 30th July.
Babylung says of his newest release: “‘Funny Innit?’ is a song reflecting on my juvenile delinquency, now as a young adult with a redemption story to tell. I recently drove past the Surrey Police Department and remembered having to meet monthly with my probation officer when I was 13. Passing by there, now having traveled the world thanks to music, graduating, and working in the music industry, I knew I’d come too far to end up in that dark place again. I’m college-educated, musically gifted, alive – everything I wasn’t supposed to be. Funny innit?’”
For Babylung, ‘Funny Innit’ is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reflecting on his past. On To Live And Die In Surrey (TLADIS), he psychoanalyzes the ego death of his destructive youth and the birth of a new identity found in love, passion, and purpose. The album reveals Babylung’s inner dialogue, touching on his dark past as an at risk youth, his search for meaning as a juvenile delinquent, and the passionate pursuit of his new found life in music. Babylung reflects on his journey, now with an understanding that his past only empowered him to discover his true creative destiny.
I have been following Matt Wride – aka TRIGGA RYDER – ever since he slipped me his 2016 track, ‘That’s A Fact’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Manchester-based spitter to talk about his latest project, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’. As I was immediately intrigued by the album’s title, I asked him what inspired him to produce the ten-track set plus his plans for the rest of the year.
NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?
TR: Yeah 2021 is going good so far, definitely better than 2020. 2020 was pretty hard to be honest due to COVID but it seems like there’s hope on the horizon and stuff is hopefully going to get back to normal soon.
NLM: You released your album, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ last November. What is the public perception on the project so far?
TR: Definitely been a lot of love for the project and people supporting the final product I feel like it could have done better In terms of numbers of streams sales etc. But I’m happy with it and these days I’m making music for myself so if anyone else buzzes of it that’s a bonus
NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?
TR: The birth of my son Dylan in 2017 inspired me and made me think wow I’m actually a grown up now, hence the title Not A Yout Anymore, also the breakup of me and his Mum which was a struggle, but it inspired me on some of the tracks with lyrics and concepts.
NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?
TR: I’d say the project has a mixture of sounds which is something I intended by my choice of using three different producers/ beat makers there’s some Boom Bap , Grime and Modern Rap in the vein of D Block Europe and Nafe Smallz minus the auto tune which I’m not opposed to using but didn’t think it would fit with the project this time around.
NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?
It depends what mood I’m in but I’m pleased with the lead single Not A Yout Anymore. The Chorus kept getting stuck in my head so we shot a video for it with Chris Lucas of Arun productions in Bristol you can watch it here:
I also really like how the track path that I choose turned out in terms of production.
NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why
TR: Probably Potter Payper although I’m not really sure if he’s classed as mainstream, but I’m feeling all the stuff he’s been putting out recently and followed him Since the beginning of his career.
Met him a couple of times once in Manchester and then at a gig in Birmingham and he was really safe plus he went in with his performance.
NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your EP?
TR: Yeah potentially would have had some features on the project if the rappers I had in mind had access to a studio but COVID meant they couldn’t record, also the project was started just before COVID with the intention of having it all mixed by one of the beat makers on the project but when it kicked in he ended up having other commitments to fulfil so I ended up mixing it myself which was good because I enjoy the production side of things.
NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021
TR: Working on a couple of features should have a track dropping with a rapper called Thrash Thorn from LA produced by Yello Blac who I’ve done tracks with in the past.
NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘Not A Yout Anymore’?
TR: Yeah I’d like to shout out Subvert The Cynic
Trooh Hippi, Nineteen, Chris Lucas and the Raptographer also all my friends and family and anyone who helped throughout the project. Also like so say thanks to you for interviewing me and always supporting bless up.
WISH MASTER‘s single ‘Write Pages’, takes things to a Dickensian level, as the viewer is presented with a snapshot into the Bristol emcee’s past, present and future.
With a concept reminiscent of the classic novel A Christmas Carol, you hear Wish’s depth and artistry in his lyricism, which has helped support his rise in prominence over the past few years.
Supported with a life journeying video showing his progression from a boy to a man, Wish Master flows poetically over a flute-laden head-nodder produced by Van Dam. ‘Write Pages’ delivers a wholesome and uplifting message around being ‘the author of his own life’.
Filmed in part at the world famous university in his home town of Bristol, the Patch Up productions-directed video paints a vivid picture of Wish recreating some of the most memorable stages in his life. From a child to teenager to his present state and even a flash forward to Wish in a stately setting.
Released to coincide with Black History Month, this song ‘Write Pages’ aims to show how dedication is needed to reach your goals, inspiring others to see how anything is possible if you focus and put your mind to it!
Following on from the success of underground hits ‘Bounterfeit’ and ‘Money Dance’, the latter of which led her to be named as Triller’s UK creator of the month, Cardiff hailing rapper JUICE MENACE strikes back with a banger titled, ‘Sundown’ which sees her take on a jumpy, garage influenced instrumental that, lyrically, explores her level-headed sense of ambition and drive.
In an already solid start to 2020, Juice has received props from early champions Gal-Dem, who named her a Ones to Watch 2020 artist, and Spotify, who profiled her in prominent playlist “Rap UK”. She’s also attracting support from UK Rap royalty – taking on Aitch’s 101 Barz Freestyle instrumental, Juice was praised by Aitch himself. Pre-lockdown, Juice had been travelling back and forth from Cardiff to London to collaborate with some of the biggest producers in the game – Flyo, Michelin Shin, SOS and Elevated.
Juice brings a wealth of promise to the scene – with a background in photography, dance and music technology, she is poised for polymath-level success. Taking inspiration from some of the US West Coast’s most formidable figures, such as Mac Dre, YG and Vince Staples, who effortlessly dominate many creative paths from music, to fashion and film, she is bringing this energy to the West Coast of the UK. The video for ‘Sundown’ embraces this multi-faceted ambition. Conceptualised by Juice herself, the video combines her vibrant performance style with a classic summer image of the Cardiff coastline.
Continuing to solidify her place in the scene as one of the most determined rappers in the UK right now, 2020 is looking to be a breakout year for Juice as she experiments with new genres and proves to be an undeniable force to reckoned with. Check out the video for Juice’s ‘Sundown’ below…