Welcome back to the Rap-Up, where we, at the Honey POP, give you the hottest releases from R&B/Hip-hop. There were a couple of cancellations last week due to the problems going on in the world today, and we don’t blame them. It’s important to acknowledge and honor the lives lost due to hate crimes. Although we thrive off of putting out positive content, we will never stay silent.
We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started!
Chloe x Halle: Ungodly Hour
Chloe x Halle are back with their new album Ungodly Hour. The duo originally planned to release the album June 5th, but it was pushed back another week because they wanted to bring more attention to George Floyd’s death (among many others as well). Ungodly Hour gives out a whole different vibe compared to The Kids Are Alright, as the album is about maturation in terms of their music and their selves. They aren’t little girls anymore, and we’re loving the new era! We could tell just from the opening (‘Forgive Me’) just how bad-ass this project would be. We can all agree that Chloe x Halle are in fact moving onto better things.
You can stream Ungodly Hour on all platforms here!
Lil Baby: ‘The Bigger Picture’
Lil Baby speaks his mind and brings awareness to the global impact of George Floyd’s death. Throughout the video, you see actual footage captured from protests around the country. As Lil Baby says throughout the song, it is bigger than black and white, and the only man we should fear is God. Really pay attention to these lyrics throughout the song, as it accurately describes the anger and hurt many are feeling right now.
You can stream ‘The Bigger Picture’ on all platforms here!
DaBaby: ‘Rockstar (Remix)’ ft. Roddy Ricch
Along with Lil Baby, many celebrities and brands have used their platform to show support for Black Lives Matter. DaBaby has released a special BLM remix of ‘Rockstar’ featuring Roddy Rich. The original song is found on his album BLAME IT ON BABY, and it made Billboard’s Hot 100. In the remix, DaBaby tells about his experiences, while urging people to see things from a different viewpoint and realize racism still exists. The community is “all fed up [and] coming back for everything.”
You can stream ‘Rockstar (Remix)’ on all platforms here!
Kiana Ledé: ‘Dear Mr. President’
Kiana Lede performed her cover of the song ‘Dear Mr. President,’ which is originally by P!nk. Giving a much-needed statement, she adds her own unique touch to the song near the second verse. Of the song, Kiana says, “I came across the song ‘Dear Mr. President’ by P!nk and realized so many of the lyrics are STILL relevant today.” She speaks, “This song was originally released 14 years ago. I hope this song drives people to VOTE because Trump is a symbol of racism, and we are facing the impending doom of his re-election.”
You can stream ‘Mr. President’ on all platforms here!
NLE Choppa: ‘Shotta Flow 5’
NLE Choppa delivers fire flow in ‘Shotta Flow 5.’ He moseyed onto the scene in 2018 and became one to reckon with in 2019 with the release of ‘Shotta Flow.’ At only 17 years old, he already has over 3 billion streams– with the “Shotta Flow” series garnering over 1.1 billion of those streams. Now it’s 5th sequel, his rhymes are hungry, live, and aggressive. Will there be a part 6? Let’s hope so!
You can stream ‘Shotta Flow 5’ on all platforms here!
Moneybagg Yo: ‘Cold Shoulder’
Moneybagg Yo’s album is still rising on the charts, and he is still releasing visuals for his tracks. ‘Cold Shoulder’ has a heartwarming video; the visual shows the Memphis rapper hanging out with his adorable kids and playing golf. Last month, he released the deluxe version of his current album Time Served, which introduced 7 new tracks. Which track do you think should have a music video next?
You can stream Time Served (Deluxe) on all platforms here!
De’Wayne: ‘National Anthem’
It’s time for De’Wayne to be on everybody’s radar. With everything going on, we do need a new national anthem to bring everyone together. With rock influences and meaningful lyrics, De’Wayne’s ‘National Anthem’ is hoping to make it happen! “I had planned on releasing this at a future date,” he spoke on the track, “but I’m taking the most recent (and recurring) event as a sign that the world needs this right[expletive] now.” And we’re so glad he did.
You can stream ‘National Anthem’ on all platforms here!
Tokio Myers: Black Dawn
The fight for racial equality is still underway. Tokio Myers is one of the many celebrities to go out into the battle lines and fight for what’s right. The London based producer released the 3 track EP Black Dawn to support the fight for global equality. It features powerful vocals from Mychelle, Afronaut Zu, Kaidi Akinnibi, and J’Danna, who’ve come together to tell their struggle on the everyday fight for unity.
You can stream Black Dawn on all platforms here!
RMR: Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art
RMR has finally released his anticipated debut EP DRUG DEALING IS A LOST ART. A flow like no other, RMR gained more steam when ‘Dealer,’ featuring Lil Baby and Future, went viral. The single has over 5 million streams and counting. His country-rap song ‘Rascal’ is considered one of the best songs in 2020, according to Fader. Check out his 8 song EP on all streaming platforms!
You can stream Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art on all platforms here!
TT X Raph: ‘Lime and Soda’
The only thing we pair Lime with is Corona. TT X Raph has given me a different outlook with ‘Lime & Soda.’ It’s definitely a summer song that is guaranteed to give you afro-beats and island vibes. Summer is approaching, and the world is slowly, but surely, starting to open back up. Do you know what that means? Travel, vacation– you name it! This song gives you all the feels of slow winding on the beach with friends or your special someone.
You can strean ‘Lime & Soda’ on all platforms here!
South London has yet another rising star on their hands! Coe released visuals for ‘Lockdown,’ and the video is just as sick as the lyrics. Sporting a medical mask, Coe walks around a subway while spitting lyrics. Coe became frustrated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and after being contacted by a friend, Coe put his creativity to use against the trap beat. ‘Lockdown’ is Coe’s first single released under the independent label GG Entertainment.
You can stream ‘Lockdown’ on all platforms here!
GFTD: ‘Soothe The Soul’
A pair of gorgeous, black men better known as GFTD (Go For The Dream or Going For The Dome) released their track, ‘Soothe The Soul.’ The heavy use of Piano throughout the song is super dope! Produced by 88-Keys, the neo-centric tune gives you Wu-Tang Clan vibes, and it’s because the members are the sons of U-God & Method Man. Adding even more soul into the track, and showing off her flawless vocals, Jackie Paladino joins in throughout the chorus.
You can stream ‘Soothe The Soul’ on all platforms!
Hard Target, Juice Daley, & Dusty Leigh: ‘No Breaks’
Florida based rapper Hard Target released the video for his single ‘No Breaks.’ Since 2013, with the release of his album Karma, Hard Target has been known for his country-rap style and his hard-hitting flow. He is scheduled to release his upcoming album Joy Ridin on July 10th, which features this track! With over 200 million views on Youtube and 200k Spotify listeners, Hard Target is only moving up from here!
You can pre-order Joy Ridin on all platforms here!
Black Fortune: ‘Bankrupt’
Featured on his upcoming mixtape Osshlord, Black Fortune dropped his new single ‘Bankrupt.’ Full of hard basslines and catchy, rap lyrics, we already know that Osshlord will take over our playlists as soon as it comes out! “The ‘Bankrupt’ track for me is a lighter, more fun track for people to vibe and turn up to. It’s a perfect summertime song to party to,” The rapper shares. The mixtape arrives on June 19th, just a week from now, and we cannot wait!
You can stream ‘Bankrupt’ on all platforms here!
Still Greedy: ‘Hungry Belly’
The pandemic is clearly not getting to rapper Still Greedy, as this is one of the four singles he has released in the past two months! This time, he released ‘Hungry Belly.’ Known in South London for his rap and singing, Still Greedy seems to always leave his fans greedy for more tracks to jam to! You can watch the music video for ‘Hungry Belly’ above, as it was released through GRM Daily.
You can stream ‘Hungry Belly’ on all platforms here!
Caleb Laduke: GiRLS
Rising rap artist Caleb LaDuke releases his four-track EP GiRLS. With many influences from Travis Scott, Post Malone, Charlie Puth, and more, LaDuke used the inspiration to create a catchy, youthful sound. He used this EP to express negative coping habits in relationships and navigating through it all. Full of catchy hooks and melodies, Caleb LaDuke is an artist who you won’t be able to get enough of!
You can stream GiRLS on all platforms including Spotify!
Florida rapper SkyXXX is taking a firm hold of his roots and bringing us his new song ‘MADHOUSE.’ A highly anticipated track that came to us on June 11th, and we are digging it. The minimal beats just enhance the lyrics and flow SkyXXX has. At only 1 minute and 30 seconds, we are wishing for more; these lyrics give us a good view of a neighborhood house– the one we all know. It really is a ‘MADHOUSE’ in here, so give it a listen and check out more SKYXXX!
You can stream ‘Madhouse’ on all platforms here!
A playful whine opens Juliane’s latest single ‘Smooth.’ For us to describe this beat would be too on the nose, and with a title like ‘Smooth,’ you can just imagine. Better yet, instead of imagining, just give it a listen! Juliane’s voice is full and beckoning with her lyrics. We imagine sunsets and billowing clothing, sensual looks, and slow dances in the dark. Fire embers coming to a gentle smolder. We promise you’ll be feeling your inner self listening to this beat. So check out ‘Smooth‘ by Canadian singer and songwriter Juliane.
Keffa: ‘Twenty Four Days’
Keffa has had his fair share of failed relationships, but he’s not giving up on love just yet. In fact, he can’t wait until his next relationship, as he explains in ‘Twenty Four Days.’ Featuring a smooth melancholy beat, Keffa shows off his vocal range and sultriness. If you want to hear more of his beautiful melodies, check out his EP Victimless Crimes above or on Spotify!
You can stream ‘Twenty Four Days’ on Spotify!
Rapping It Up
Now that is what we call good music! Unfortunately, it’s time to wrap things up for this week of The Rap Up! We’re too busy firing the flames of the music we just presented to you all.
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Featured Image Source: Yasmin Keskin |Words: Gabriella Fox, Parish Hodges, Dakota Ash