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Premiere: Mark Steele Leaves The Negative Energy Behind To Have A "Good Time"

Keep your eyes on Mark Steele. 

North Carolina has birthed one hip-hop star with J.Cole. But be on the lookout for N.C. native Mark Steele. The burgeoning MC has his sights set on adding his name to the very brief list of N.C. greats. As the Evolution Camp artist puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming project, It's Been a Minute, today (Aug. 9), Vibe.com premieres his brand-new record titled "Good Time."

Produced by David D'Angelo and Riot, Steele gets into #Chillax mode as he raps/sings about catching a positive vibe at the club after a long week of putting in work on the J.O.B.

"Bottle popping/Liquor flowing/Might just catch a wave tonight/Feeling like the head coach/Bet I make a play tonight/No stress tonight, tell it goodbye/We've been only having good vibes/We been overworking all week/But tonight let's have a good time/Out the gate you got to free your mind/Leave that sucker shit behind," raps Steele.

Some may know Steele from his ESPN SportsCenter anthem "Greatness." He also has clocked in studio hours with the likes of Rapsody, Cory Gunz, Big Pooh, and his mentor and former college professor, 9th Wonder.

Steele combines sharp wordplay with inspirational messages, which makes the budding MC a wordsmith with substance. It's Been a Minute is the follow-up to 2016's Almost Time.

Stream "Good Time" below.

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Premiere: Nolan The Ninja and Chuck Inglish Give Their '2 Cents'

Two of the best from Midwest drop some lo-fi goodness as Nolan The Ninja calls on The Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish for the new song "2 Cents." On the second single from Nolan's upcoming Mello Music Group debut album Sportee, Nolan and the Cool Kids co-founder trade rhymes over a gritty soundbed by 5yoT. "I'm one of a kind, the type you never find, rarity breeds, follow my seed," Nolan spits, part of a relentless verse he uses to close out the record.

“Chuck and I met months ago and we chopped it up and eventually ended up in the studio,” Nolan told VIBE. “I was just going through joints I had & he told me to keep '2 Cents' rolling. He wrote to it & we knocked it out. I remember him calling it some ‘futuristic Wu shit.”

Detroit has some of the best rappers in the world, and Nolan the Ninja earned his stripes in the city's rap scene for years before signing a deal with Mello Music Group this fall. Sportee will include appearances by Chuck Inglish, T3 (Slum Village), Jaye Prime, Boog Brown & Charlie Smarts of Kooley High. Pre-order your copy, and listen to "2 Cents" below.

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Premiere: Dot Demo Drops The Haunting Visuals For "Phantom of the Opps"

Bronx, NY's own, Dot Demo, has been delivering a consistent string of firey verses through freestyles and his recent release single, “Simmer Down”. Now, the rap all-star has the visuals to his brand new track, “Phantom of the Opps”. Dot Demo’s airy, yet menacing song, produced by GOODMAN21, is brought to life through the chill visual of Dot roaming through an open field while getting lit from a good blunt and Paul Masson. The sinister vibes are felt throughout as he spits rhymes like, “Smoked out like a Shotta/Mask off, can’t tell who shot ‘cha.”

“Phantom of the Opps” is the latest visual from Dot Demo’s new project, Delirium, which is available on all streaming services. If you’re in the New York area, check him out the legendary S.O.B.s on March 28. Tickets are available now.

 

March28th | Dot Demo + Da Homies @SOBsNYC

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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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