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Premiere: Raz Simone Tackles The Art Of Polygamy On "Don't Settle"

The Seattle rapper finds a way to speak on the wonders of polygamy on the somber track. 

Topics in rap vary from complex recallings of a discouraged life to the greatness of God. On his latest track, Seattle rapper Raz Simone gives his perspective on relationships, specifically polygamy, on "Don't Settle."

Hailed a respective practice by other artists like Akon, Raz creates a conversation with his partner and why group love is the best option for all parties involved. "The Force told me I was going to have multiple wives, and now I do," Simone said to VIBE via email. "It sounds weird, but I don't care.  This song touches on this new season of my life a bit."

The rapper isn't afraid of his critics. Simone's 2015 single "Macklemore & Cheif Keef," questioned the actions of the artists above with their raps on equality and violence. Speaking with Fader last year, the rapper says he just wants to represent the people who often go unnoticed in his city. "That's why the people love and respect me so much, because I've given the city that hope and something to believe in, he said. "I also give back, and push to put the rest of the city and the hood on, something no other famous rapper from our city has done yet."

Check out "Don't Settle" below.

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Over a jubilant DJ Khalil production, Caleb Brown raps about the trials he persevered through in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., and the triumph of making it over. The GT Films visual shows the 21-year-old celebrating on the porch of his mansion, and hosting his family to a feast fitting of the work ethic necessary to provide for them. He also calls out shady politicians and reminisces on Nipsey Hussle and comrades lost along the way.

Watch the video for Caleb Brown's "Moment" above.

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Premiere: ReeMarkable Turns The Lights Down Low With Sy Ari Da Kid For "VIBE"

Rapper Henree Wright, also known as ReeMarkable, is slowing things down on the sweetest of days with her new single, "VIBE."

With songwriter Sy Ari Da Kid (Future, Waka Flocka Flame) on the track, the two toy with an idea of a relationship after years apart. In addition to the love that lies beneath the games, the song also serves as a great addition to any playlist dedicated to Mary Jane. Produced by Atlanta's 8 Major, ReeMarkable takes a detour from the gritty raps heard on tracks like "Pardon Me" and "Bonnie And Clyde" and into more experimental sounds.

ReeMarkable's journey in music has been documented through her time on the series Growing Up Hip-Hop as the daughter of the late iconic rapper, Eazy-E. As his youngest child, the rapper-singer opened up about her struggles breaking into the industry and how she plans to honor her father through her music.

Recently, ReeMarkable paid homage to her father by recreating his most iconic images. Originally taken by legendary photographer Ricky Powell, ReeMarkable's take is commendable as she barely a striking resemblance to Eazy.

 

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I was a baby when you left this world , I have no memories, but I also don’t have any pain from your return to heaven. I am honored to be your daughter . I am the Spitting image of you and it warms me to see a legend every-time I look in the mirror. Today is a day for celebration as you would have came upon your 54th birthday . So here’s my gift to you . A shoot dedicated to simply, you . I directed this shoot and worked with a great team to capture your spirit daddy . I Love you & Happy Birthday , I hope you all enjoy . Captured by @lsfotography1 Graphics by @colourfulmula Make up by @tunchyy.marie Styled & directed by @iamreemarkable Special thanks to @vinceamani @exclusivegame , @bfflyer , @lakayb_ @thelazyhustler & All my Family Friends and Fans !! 🧡 #ripeazye EVERYONE SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ME 🎈🎁

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Premiere: Diamond D "Survive Or Die" (ft. Fat Joe, Fred The Godson, Raekwon) (Video)

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