Jezz Gasoline cemented his place in Brooklyn's underground scene when he dropped "Big Opps America" with Paparazzi Pop, Kj Balla, Elz Tay, and Ace NumbaFive. Not only did the video reach 1 million views, but it became one of the most important songs of Brooklyn's underground scene. Since then, he has been dropping videos quite often and now he's back with his new joint "Streets on Lock."
In May, Sheff G had one of the most impactful debuts in Brooklyn's underground scene with the instant classic "No Suburban." Shortly thereafter, Corey Finesse was featured on the remix and provided Brooklyn with a summer anthem. Several videos in, the young artist is back with "Panic," shot by Haitian Picasso. Let us know what you think. Is this another instant classic for Sheff?
Connie Diiamond emerged on the scene as one of the most unique female talents in New York City and when her "Summer Sixteen Freestyle" dropped, the world began to take notice. At almost 50,000 views, the "Summer Sixteen Freestyle" visual introduced her to an audience outside of New York. One year later, she has been featured on The Source, and performed at Hot 97's Who's Next? concert. With that being said, it's safe to say that Connie is looking forward to her most successful year as an artist.
Despite the Missy Elliot comparisons, Connie continues to carve out her own lane. Last summer, Connie released her debut project Trap Elliot. The debut is a showcase of Connie's versatility as an artist. Not only does she give listeners lit tracks like "Go Yard," but also introspective joints like "Ma Motivation."
Connie is gearing up to release her all-female feature project this year, and "Fireplace" with Billy B is the lead single. The two female MCs have supported each other on social media and the chemistry is quite evident in their on-screen performances. The two go toe-to-toe in a friendly, but competitive battle for best verse and it's difficult to tell who came out on top. Nevertheless, it makes for a great track. Watch as the Connie and Billy take us through the deserts of Las Vegas in their new visual.
Curly Savv and Dah Dah established themselves as some of the best up-and-coming artists in New York City after they released "Gang Gang Gang." "It's Curly Savv, I ain't here for no intro," was the beginning to one of Savv's most memorable verses to date, and "He yelling out: 'bro yo I'm hit,'" became popular with fans, as it was one of the most recited lines from the song.
The energy Savv and Dah Dah bring to the city's trap music scene has been missing for quite some time, and the Brooklyn duo has taken full advantage of the void by carving out their own lane. As a result, the two built a huge following, and the video has over three million views on YouTube. After their singles, "Told Y'all" and "We Up" both reached over one million views, Savv and Dah Dah eventually caught 50 Cent's attention. On the Drink Champs podcast, 50 Cent said he appreciated the duo's raw energy.
With the summer coming to an end, Savv and Dah Dah just released the visual "Can't Hold Me," which is the one of the lead singles off their debut project 1st Quarter. Curly Savv sets the tone for the track as he opens the song with a few bars before Dah Dah gets hyped up on the chorus. The two go back and fourth as they wild out in front of the camera, and perform with a certain type of electric energy that is difficult to find from new artists. It's clear that the two are working on their craft and getting better at making songs. Not to mention, their flow and lyrics have improved, and it's evident in Dah Dah's last verse.
Hip-hop is headed in a new and refreshing direction. The young boys are taking over, and trap music has come to the forefront of the culture. The new artists from New York have defined their sound, and Curly Savv and Dah Dah are some of the young guns leading the way.
Brooklyn rapper Preston Waters has been on the rise steadily since the release of his mixtape, Watch No Face the Lit Tape. With releases including "Reading Everywhere" and "Dad Hats," Preston Waters maintains his "Trap Safely" mentality, providing a soundtrack for everyone out there hustling. We had a chance to chop it up with Mr. Waters himself a couple weeks ago to discuss his musical influences, upcoming projects, collaborations and even some strip club talk. Here's a clip of our interview with Preston Waters.
Abillyon is one of New York's most promising young talents. His style has shaped the city's sound in the last two years and as a result, he has become one of the most influential artists in the game. "Trap Soul" is the most effective way to categorize his music and needless to say, Abillyon's hooks and melodies are second to none. Not only can he sing, but Abillyon is one of the best young lyricists in the city (see below for his freestyle on Sway in the Morning).
Abillyon first caught the city's attention with "I Love My Squad" Ft. Bobby Shmurda on GS9's debut project Shmoney Shmurda in 2014. He released I'm Still Around in the summer of 2015 and had the underground hit "Ma Cherie (You was Callin' me)."
Alongside TTG Ent., Abillyon and Corey Finesse dropped Shmasterminds at the top of the year. Abillyon is back with another smash and it samples "Every Little Thing I Do" by Soul 4 Real. See below as Abillyon teams up with one of Brooklyn's most famed boutiques, Vinnie Styles, for the visuals to "Got It On Deck."
"Being broke I had to feel that
Stomach growling I wasn't eating
Couldn't party on the weekend." -Dula
Jay'More and Dula's lyrics chronicle the "come up," and this record is the perfect street anthem for those plotting on their coming of age. If summer '16 is yours, then this joint is for you! After hearing this song, we can't wait to hear more.
"I don't see nobody in my lane and that's for sure
They won't to see it till we shinnin' but can't blame them
They don't know, They don't know, They don't know." - Jay'More
Be sure to also check out Jay'More's EP "GroundWork," and the visual for "Ground Work (Intro)," below.
Several months ago, rapper Casanova (2 The Death), had the streets on fire with the hood anthem "It Go Down When You Trappin" Ft. Big BZ & Preston Waters. Now, he is back with his first solo hit for the streets, "Don't Run." In a time where your favorite rapper lies in his rhymes, it's difficult to find authenticity. Casanova's following is built off respect and his connection with the streets.
While Casanova generated a buzz for making catchy street bangers, this joint displays his lyrical range as well as his music making ability. We're excited to see where Casanova goes next. Just remember you heard it here first! #TheCulturePlug
Brownsville native, Bam Bino set the internet on fire with his video for his single "Allergic to Cuffin." With the summer approaching, Bam Bino looks to capitalize on his buzz lock down the underground scene as NYC's best up-and-coming artist. Check out his most recent video: "That Ni**a Already."
Joey Bada$$ drops his latest single Brooklyn's Own on Biggies birthday. Once again he teams up with Statik Selectah, who lays down a string based instrumental over a authentic 90's hip hop boom pat feel. Joey starts of the track paying homage to his late friend and Pro Era member Capital Steez and also pays homage to the Brooklyn great, Biggie.
Pro Era has been real active lately. We've heard Joey on numerous features, while also dropping "Ready" a couple weeks ago. Nyck Caution, fellow member of Pro Era also dropped his debut mixtape "Disguising the Limit," which is a quality project. Take a listen.