— Atlanta native, Grip, has been steadily on the rise since dropping his debut album, Porch, last year. Now, he prepares for his follow-up with a series of loosies, including his latest, “Bregma Freestyle II”, and accompanying visuals.
If you aren’t hip to Grip, member of the budding Hip-Hop collective Stray Society, I advise that you catch up before you’re left in the dust. This gifted Southern lyricist is undoubtedly one of the next to blow out of Atlanta — even being called “Atlanta’s Next Great Storyteller” by New York-based media platform Complex. His debut album, Porch received overwhelmingly positive reviews and even landed him on a 24-city tour with Miami’s Sylvan Lacue last fall. Now, as Grip gets closer to releasing his next sophomore album, he continues to impress. This time, he does it with a hard-hitting freestyle and a stunning visual to match.
“Bregma Freestyle II” could easily be assessed as a fiery showcasing of Grip’s lyrical abilities over an insane beat (produced byBregma) — which it is. However, Grip takes an extra step and decides to engage his listeners with lucid imagery as he drops lines regarding his upbringing, environment, and aspirations before coming for the throat of his competition (or lack thereof).
The music video (shot byRob ValentineandShaun Matos & edited bySarah Corin), was short, sweet, and simple, yet incredibly sharp and dramatic with Grip appearing as a shadowy figure ready to do all the dirty work necessary to catapult himself into a top spot in Hip-Hop.
Check out the full video right here and be sure to stay up to date with Grip’s latest Instagram , Twitter, and YouTube. And, of course, be on the lookout for Snubnose.
— Bknott and Beezy Latta, of New York City’sThrifty Retro Records, have dropped a nostalgic visual for their 90’s Nick-inspired collab, “Kenan and Kel”.
If you’re a 90’s baby, you undoubtedly understand the importance and impact of the Nickelodeon network. Although it had been officially launched in 1977, Nickelodeon had a major explosion in the mid-90’s as they told wacky stories from the child’s perspective with little regard to what would be considered rude or inappropriate by adults. One massively successful series from this era,Kenan & Kel, starred two young Black teens whose friendship was always strained by their wild schemes and differing personalities. Yet, they always found a way to reconcile. So, you can imagine the cultural significance when MCs, Bknott and Beezy Latta released a song and visual of the same title equating their own friendship to that of these 90’s icons.
The music video, directed by Bknott himself, opens with a shot of Bknott laying on top of countless bottles of orange soda — a hilarious nod to Kel’s ridiculous obsession with orange soda in the original TV show. The following shots continue to parody the 90’s sitcom as Bknott and Beezy Latta mimic the exaggerated mannerisms of the original duo, jump kick into the camera as Kel does during the opening credits of All That (another Nick show featuring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell), and wear 90’s-esque clothing brimming with vibrant colors. The visual even concludes brilliantly with another classic reference as Beezy Latta sits in a tub reenacting Kenan Thompson’s famous All That sketch, ‘Everyday French with Pierre Escargot’ — a tribute to the original “Nigga in Paris”.
The entire Thrift Retro Records camp seem to work in hyperspeed with new songs and visuals dropping on the regular, including a recently released album by Bknott titled, Heed My Words. So, be sure to be on the lookout for more from these two rising stars and their squad as they continue to represent for the Hip Hop Mecca.
Either Jacquees or Tyrese, we’re still not sure who ended up being crowned the King of RNB. As for the multitude of feminine energy peculating throughout the genre however, newly Atlanta based singer Derelyn is a undeniable contender. A Queen native to New Orleans, Derelyngraciously gifts listeners with a captivating, lover’s anthem on her new single, “Use Me“.
Possibly the most submissive phrase one could use (aside from…nvm), Derelyn’s “Use Me” is an appeal to explore. As it typically goes when love is the inspiration, we freely give as long as our love isn’t abused. As Derelynsoulfully sings “use me, love me, don’t abuse me“, she proclaims a desire for compassion. With Aaliyah Haughton like rifts and pumping bass, Derelynshines honorably on this IcyTwatproduced banger. Follow @DerelynM on all social media and be sure to like, share + comment on Derelyn’sawesome new video below, directed by Dominic Scott. Also look out for Derelynat future ReplayATLevent’s held at Artisans Bar and Gallery – every Monday night in Atlanta.