Sonny Digital Talks Money Bags And Curving MCs On Ebro In The Morning

Producer Sonny Digital has hits on hits on hits. And he's up for a Grammy for his production on ILoveMakonnen's ubiquitous hit "Tuesday."

This week, the Atlanta hitmaker made a pitstop in New York City to chop it up with the Ebro In The Morning show. During the sit-down, Digital discussed curving MCs, linking with ILoveMakonnen, how to get a Sonny Digital beat, watching for new artists, and much more.

Peep the interview above.

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Premiere: Mass Appeal's 070 Phi Teaches Smart Street Politics In 'Good Contracts' Music Video

In the Llama-directed music video for his song "Good Contracts," New Jersey rapper 070 Phi tells a harrowing street tale of violence, kidnapping and betrayal.

“The concept behind 'Good Contracts' is keeping yourself out of a vulnerable position where somebody can take advantage of you. In the video, one of the characters involved himself with a woman that he met outside and brought her to where he makes his money," 070 Phi told VIBE. "His relationship with her was like a bad contract because all she wants to do is take advantage of him and rob him for his money. Metaphorically speaking my character is a good lawyer that helps him out of his situation.”

Musically, 070 Phi uses witty autotuned rhymes to share his sense of impending doom in the face of block enemies and corrupt cops, and how he plans to keep his integrity in all scenarios. "Good Contracts" is the second visual from his EP Outside, which is available on all streaming platforms through Mass Appeal Records.

Phi's Hudson County, New Jersey-rooted 070 Collective has been making waves for the past year and change. Phi formed the crew with Shake, Ralph River, Treee Safari, Behard, Bhee, Malick, Hack, and production group The Kompetition. Since then, Phi and Shake have both have found success: Phi as a signee of Mass Appeal Records, and appearing on the label's Starting 5: Vol. 1 compilation, and Shake as a signee of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, appearing on songs "Ghost Town" and "Violent Crimes" from West's album Ye, as well as appearing on Pusha T's Daytona and Nas' Nasir.

Fans can see 070 Phi perform on the Starting 5 tour with Mass Appeal labelmates Fashawn, Stro, Ezri, and Cantrell. See tour dates below, and RSVP for free online.

Upcoming Dates: 2/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall 2/16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge 2/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry 2/19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Backroom @ Colectivo Café 2/21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie's Rock Club 2/22 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room @ The Crofoot 2/24 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli 2/26 – Montréal, QC – Le Belmont 2/28 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs 3/1 – New York, NY – S.O.B's 3/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy 3/3 – Washington, DC – DC9 3/5 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

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Drake, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

February is off to an epic start. Cardi B and Bruno Mars hopped back in the studio to deliver another banger; Drake re-released his breakout mixtape for streaming platforms; and that's just the half of it.

Check out the latest Friday music releases below.

Drake – So Far Gone

Drake's breakout mixtape, So Far Gone is finally available to stream. The project was originally released in 2009, but never made it to streaming platforms until now.

Drake and fans recently celebrated the mixtape's 10-year anniversary on Feb. 13. The OVO frontrunner shared a heartfelt post on Instagram, thanking Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, and more artists who contributed to the project and his career throughout the years.

The 18-track album includes the hit singles, "Successful," "Best I Ever Had," and "Houstatlantavegas." Stream So Far Gone below.

India.Arie – Worthy

India.Arie is back with a new project. Her new project, Worthy, features 16 tracks. The singer previously released "That Magic" ahead of the album's debut. It's currently at the top of the Urban A/C radio chart.

Worthy is India.Arie's first full-length album in five years. In support of the new project, the songstress announced a tour. It will begin on Apr. 30, in Jacksonville, and run through major cities, including Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, and New York.

Listen to Worthy below.

Cardi B, Bruno Mars – "Please Me"

Cardi B and Bruno Mars are back with another banger. The two released their latest collaboration, entitled "Please Me."

The Bronx native teased the new track on Instagram. The song is their second collaboration since 2016's "Finesse (Remix)."  The colorful music video gained viral attention for paying homage to In Living Color.

Listen to Cardi B and Bruno Mars' new track below.

Offset – "Red Room"

Offset is teasing his upcoming, solo album with a new single. "Red Room" was originally released on Thursday (Feb. 14). On the four-minute track, the Migos member discusses various aspects of his life including his near-fatal car accident in 2018. He also discusses his past life dabbling in gang activity.  The single was dropped with an accompanying video, which brings most of his stories to life.

"Red Room" is the first music release from Offset's upcoming album, which is slated to drop on Feb. 22. Of the album, Offset previously told Billboard: "I'm talking about relevant situations that have occurred over the last 18 or 24 months, like me being in the crash, my kids, my family time and me being married... There's different parts of my life. The ups and downs of being in music, the feeling of people doubting me and being the underdog to becoming the big dog."

Watch the video for "Red Room" below.

Salaam Remi Ft. Amy Winehouse & Nas – "Find My Love"

Salaam Remi just unveiled a new track featuring the late Amy Winehouse and Nas. The posthumous track, entitled "Find My Love" is featured on Remi's upcoming compilation project, Do It for the Culture 2.

The song was reportedly record during a studio session prior to Winehouse's death in 2011. "Working with friends is the best part of being a creator,” Remi shared in a statement. "With Nas and Amy being two of my closest creative partners over the years, this organically feels like the first song from my Do It for the Culture 2 collection of songs."

Listen to "Find My Love" below.

Lil Kim – "Go Awff"

Lil Kim dropped a new single titled "Go Awff." On the track, the rap legend spits bars about her iconic status. "Queen Bee gon’ reign forever / I’m Mother Nature / I determine the weather / The way I slay, you bitches could never," she spit.

Lil Kim is gearing up for her new studio album. It's unclear if "Go Awff" will appear on the album or if it is just a standalone. Listen the new track below.

Saweetie – "Mood"

Saweetie is keeping the Valentines day spirit alive with "Mood."

The new single is a cute return for the self-proclaimed "Icy" girl, with a two-minute track where the emcee reminisces on the fun of a high-profile relationship. "When we step out it's some paparazzi sh*t," she raps over the verse.

Listening to the track, it's possible that the 25-year-old is talking about her relationship with Migos rapper, Quavo. Though the song does not make mention of his name, the record feels as though it draws on the personal experience of a good time with a significant other.

Listen to Sweetie's "Mood" below.

Kash Doll Ft. 2 Chainz – "Ice Me Out (Remix)"

In her remix to her hit single Ice Me Out, Kash Doll calls on 2 Chainz to execute the 4-minute trap beat. In between the original bars of the song, 2 Chainz swoops in and adds his own clever twist to the hit song with verses like “I got more kicks than FIFA/Ice around my neck like a fever/raw papers looking like Cohibas/raw paper looking like my heater," he spits.

Listen to the "Ice Me Out (Remix)" below.

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Premiere: Choosey And Exile ft. Aloe Blacc Yearn For A California Style Ride On "Low Low"

With mesmerizing west coast style beats, Choosey aspires for a low rider to speed past a gazillion California palm trees in as he raps about his wishes on “Low Low.” The song uses hopeful rhymes, an Aloe Blacc chorus, and a mariachi-infused instrumental by Exile finds him pondering how fly life would be if he had a low rider in his possession. It’s almost as if he’s trying to say “Life is but a dream," with a couple of verses.

The Southern California native is signed to Dirty Science Records, and focuses on making music that plays homage to his Afro-Chicano heritage. Additionally, he raps about the politics that come with his ethnic identity paired with the societal ills that make his existence harder, like gentrification.

“My biggest influences have been people who spoke from the heart, and what’s most honest about me is my heritage,” Choosey stated on a press release. “There’s a stigma that Black and Mexican cultures don’t get along, but I wanted to show the beauty in being a product of both.”

His forthcoming album Black Beans is slated to drop in March and will have production from west coast heavyweight Exile. “Oldies are a big part of Chicano culture on the west coast from the ‘50s to now. Choosey is born out of that. So with this album, we wanted to unify that sound with Hip-Hop,” Exile said.

It's been a long time coming, building the foundation to tell @kingChoosey Story. I am the soundtrack, he is the author of this aoutobiography called #BlackBeansLP https://t.co/ySg4ckxuc9

— EXILE (@ExileRadio) February 6, 2019

Ultimately, Choosey wants his sonic authenticity to catapult him into success with the admission of still staying true to his message. “I want to be amongst the greats and connect directly with people as a voice who spoke from the heart,” he said.

Listen to “Low Low” below.

 

 

 

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