Watch Rapper AZ’s Video For Track ‘Respect Mines’.

Over the course of his distinguished and influential career, AZ has been nominated for Grammys, sold millions of albums, created hit singles, and lent his voice to some of Hip-Hop’s most timeless music.

It had been a decade since AZ graced fans with an album, but his long-teased sequel, ‘Doe Or Die II’, became one of 2021’s undeniable success stories and was a mainstay at the top of the DSP charts upon its release. ‘Doe Or Die II’ featured appearances and production from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, The Alchemist, Conway The Machine, Dave East, Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, Idris Elba, Bink, Buckwild, Kaygee, Heatmakerz, Rockwilder, and Baby Paul.

“My last release was at the top of 2022 with the Doe Or Die 2 Deluxe. I feel really enthusiastic about releasing new music” AZ attests. “I wanted to drop a new single, “Respect Mines,” before year-end, to prepare listeners for my upcoming album that will be released in early 2023.”

AZ’s new video “Respect Mines” (produced by Buckwild & B Hawk) is now available for your inspection. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Thick – DJ Chase (ft. Mrs Jp)

DJ CHASE teams up with new Bronx Female Artist Mrs. Jp for the rather sexy and classy joint, ‘THICK’. Dropped just in time in spice up the cold months, Mrs. Jp dishes up a seductive flow with slick lyrics and sultry undertones. Why not check it out below…

Song of the Day: Draco Malfoy Freestyle – Junior NRB

Written and recorded on the spur of the moment after discovering the beat online, JUNIOR NRB‘s single ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’, showcases the rapper’s prowess in dominating any beat with his signature witty lyricism and fast flow. The track samples children singing in another language, which is pitch-shifted to give an eerie feel before Junior and the bass come in hard.

Junior makes his intentions clear that he’s “Tryna be the greatest there has been / I ain’t tryna end up a has-been”. Describing the process, Junior says “it was about having fun, I wanted to get things out my system before my next project drops which will be more serious”.

The music video for ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’ was shot in Sheffield, soon after the Coventry-based rapper moved there to study Fashion. Director GM, who worked with Junior previously, creates a DIY-feel as, like the track, the video was made quickly, being shot in Junior’s home and neighbourhood. When writing the song Junior saw its visuals and brought them to life in the music video, with rapid, energetic shots that match his lyrics. Junior makes his mark on his new hometown in the video, with the final shots being him rapping whilst overlooking Sheffield.

Check out the video for Junior NRB’s ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’ below…

Jason Griff Makes A Quick Return And Presents ‘Fireside Chats 2’ Album

A year and a half after releasing his critically-acclaimed Fireside Chats album, producer JASON GRIFF is back again with ‘Fireside Chats 2’, flipping punk rock songs into scorching beats featuring over 20 of the best artists in indie rap. Familiar voices such as Defcee and Curly Castro return on the second installment as well as new collaborations with artists like AJ Suede, Fatboi Sharif, Brian Ennals and more.

The Fireside Chats projects are inspired by Griff’s love of the punk rock scene in Chicago in the late 90s, when he often made the trip from the far reaches of the Northwest suburbs to the Fireside Bowl on Fullerton Ave. The iconic bowling alley-turned venue-turned bowling alley again is featured on the cover of the album. Griff came up with the idea to flip punk rock samples during a time when producers were so heavily leaning into flipping soul samples, and he wanted to do something he felt was new and unique to the world of sample-based hip-hop. The result was Fireside Chats.

The second instalment in the series leans more heavily into the collaborative spirit than the first. Eight of the ten songs feature more that one rapper, often highlighting fresh pairings that we have yet to hear, e.g Brian Ennals and Alex Ludovico on ‘KetaMegan’ and Bobby Noble (of PenPals) and Love, Ulysses on ‘Laser Eyes.’ The album is also fortunate to include another posthumus verse from the late Lorde Jones Scorcese, as he pairs with longtime friend and collaborator NiceyMost on the banger ‘PB & J Flow (Ode to Dipset).’ Scorcese had originally recorded the song for the first Fireside Chats, but it was withheld from the album after his passing in order to include it on Fireside Chats 2.

Also featured on this murderer’s row of indie rap talent are Ace Cannons, Teller Bank$, Billa Camp (Low Down Brass Band), King Micah the Infamous, Doampeace (DXA), Rapswell (PenPals), Alaska (Hanger 18, Def Jux), Zilla Rocca, andrew and Jesse the Tree.

Why not check out the fire collection below and the blog’s song recommendations below…

Must Listens: Seen Team, DISCMAN, PB & J Flow (Ode to Dipset), KetaMegan, Laser Eyes

Song of the Day: We’re Here – Abudebi Zonjon

ABUDEDI ZONJON delivers his second official single of the year, ‘We’re Here’, sealed with bundles of optimism to overcome all the disappointment, betrayal and hurt from so-called close ones.

Although this song is very close to this Denmark-based artist’s heart, ‘We’re Here’ serves as an ode to tackle any life challenges. Producer Wakayna adds a magical hit-the-dancefloor vibes, driving the message home to naysayers that you’ve survived any adversities they’ve caused.

The single caught the attention of hip-hop heavyweight Fat Joe, who personally reached out to Abudebi and congratulated him on his hard work on the larger-than-life production. ‘We’re Here’ follows Abudebi’s first single of the year, ‘Biggest Wov’. The rambunctious trap-fused single was inspired by his son’s unmatched, off-the-wall personality.

Starting out his music career in his native country Ghana, Abudebi has shared stages with some of Africa’s biggest names. He also featured on B. E. T Award winner Stonebwoy’s track, ‘More Gyal’ – and Stonebwoy returned the favour by collaborating on Abudebi’s singles, ‘Ponkor remix’ (2015) and ‘Mugun Yaro’ (2016). Abudebi also hooked-up with rapper Sarkodie for 2015 single, ‘Pump It Up,’ before releasing his debut EP, ‘15:00’ in 2017, which features various collaborations from Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark and Czech Republic.

He then moved to Denmark to work with the country’s most respected music figures – the legendary artist and producer Pharfar and Danish reggae/dancehall/hip-hop phenomena, Kaka.

This year saw Abudebi headlining at Denmark’s hottest venues, Musikcaféen and RUST Showcase. There’s no signs of Abudebi slowing down, as he gears up to perform at Ghanaian artist King Promises’ tour on 28th October in Denmark.

Boasting boisterous pick-me-up energy, ‘We’re Here’ is out now across various music platforms. Have a listen below…