— Dreamville signees, Bas and J.I.D, have finally teamed up on a record and drop “Fried Rice” just as the summer begins to heat up.

With Bas and J.I.D both earning a spot on J.Cole’s Dreamville roster as 2 of the hottest young rappers in Hip-Hop right now, it’s only right that we get a few dope collabs out of them. While they’ve previously appeared on “Can’t Call it” along with J. Cole and Earthgang, their latest release, “Fried Rice”, is the first time we’ve seen the duo on a song without anyone else. Well, now that we’re here and the early listeners have spoken, there are no clear signs of disappointment.

The KQuick-produced track starts off with a sonically distorted intro/chorus performed by Bas just before he gets into his first verse and proclaims to have “the city up under the wing like it’s fried rice”. J.I.D later enters with his signature wordplay and fast raps as he dissects the beat with surgical precision.


A few months ago, “Fried Rice” was seen on a tentative tracklist during a livestream of the Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions. This has lead many to believe that it will be featured on the upcoming project, but there has been no such confirmation so far.

Check out the full track above and be prepared for a damn good summer from the Dreamville camp.

— Coming off of his latest tour, Compton wordsmith, Boogie, decides to bless us with a brand new 2-minute freestyle.

Back in January, Boogie released his debut studio album, Everythings For Sale, just about a year after signing with Eminem’s Shady Records. The album, which included features from heavy hitters such as J.I.D, 6lack, Snoh Aalegra, and Eminem himself, was met with critical acclaim and also peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 charts. Now, after successfully completing his 18-city Everythings For Sale Tour, Boogie has already returned with some new music.

Although “Expose Me (Freestyle)” is a small sample of Boogie’s apparent lyrical abilities, there is certainly no lack in substance. Boogie gets introspective (which he does all too well) and finds himself attempting to find mental and emotional balance within the unpredictability of his lifestyle. So much so, in fact, that he even recognizes that he himself gets “lost” sometimes and needs help getting back on his path. Still, Boogie seems to understand that betting on himself and leaning on his own judgement is what got him here and what will ultimately propel him further.

Check out the short visual for “Expose Me (Freestyle)” above as well as his Everythings For Sale Tour Recap. Also, with Boogie having already dropped some new music, I think it’s safe to say that we should stay tuned for more.

— Multifaceted artist, Mereba (AKA Marian Mereba), is ready to recharge and get back to work after recently coming off of tour. But, before you start looking for new work from her, check out her first Spotify Playlist Takeover.

Although Marian Mereba isn’t quite a household name just yet, the Ethiopian-American musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer can easily be viewed as one of the most eclectic artists on the scene. As a frequent collaborator of Atlanta’s Spillage Village Hip-Hop collectiveMereba has been featured on countless Hip-Hop tracks and has been highly sought after for her ability to flawlessly blend numerous genres. In fact, her musical palette makes her the perfect candidate for playlist curation and Spotify has taken notice. One can only imagine that this had a lot to do with their decision to reach out to Mereba to takeover their Shuga Cane playlist.

The playlist features an incredible assortment of artists and songs from a variety of genres and cultural backgrounds within the African diaspora. When announcing her Shuga Cane takeover on Facebook Mereba wrote,

“It’s in celebration of today’s launch of Spotify’s new #AfroHub  which is a space to celebrate our rich & diverse African heritages & shine new light on music across the African diaspora.”

The phenomenal list of artists featured on the playlist include Arima Ederra, Fela Kuti, Ari Lennox, Afro B, Kardinal Offishall, Masego, Noname, Smino, J.I.D., Sade, Miriam Makeba, and too many more to name.

The playlist is undoubtedly worth a listen (or ten), so be sure to check it out right here. Also, stay tuned for more from Mereba as she’s been working on a new project. Her latest 2 releases,“Black Truck” and“Planet U” are expected to appear on the project as well—both of which appear on the Shuga Cane playlist above.