With an insurmountable hustle evinced year-after-year throughout his beastly barrel of mixtapes, Harlem’s elite emcee, rapper-actor, Dave East, releases his long-anticipated debut studio album, Survival, and we’re smug to say – it’s nothing but the hip hop benefaction we’ve been waiting for.

Survival, the same-title album as his upcoming five-part Netflix documentary, Survival Seriessees an unshakeable East face-to-face with his many confronting chapters in the come-up to success, everywhere from the streets (“They Wanna Kill You“), homelessness (“Need a Sign“), and resisting temptation (“Devil Eyes“), to finally making it (“Mama I Made It“), and staying grounded by his source of inspiration, Kairi Chanel Brewster, his two-year old daughter (“Daddy Knows“).

In a recent interview with Big Boy TV, on why his debut album is called SurvivalDave East reveals, he spent five long years making music and didn’t make “a single dollar,” until his 2014 mixtape Black Rose caught the attention of the one-and-only, hip hop icon, Nas, who soon signed East to his label Mass Appeal Records.

Now, the 31-year-old Mass Appeal / Def Jam artist proves his astounding influence, from Survival to the big screen. Survival features an A1 artist roll: DJ Premier, J. Black, Nas, The Soul Rebels, Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, Gunna, E-40, Mozzy, Lil Baby, Max B, DJ Clue, Ash Leone, Mad Rapper, and Snoop Dogg (in a special tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle).

Listen now below.

— Coming fresh off the release of his third studio album, Big D.O.L.L.A, Portland Trailblazers All-Star Damian Lillard has shared his desire to win a Grammy award.

As the saying goes, “ball players want to be rappers and rappers want to be ball players”. The bad news is that most people on either side lack the actual skills to cross over to the other. But, every once in a while, we get a talent such as Damian Lillard, A.K.A Dame D.O.L.L.A, and we have to legitimately give credit where it’s due. Dame is easily one of the most elite players in the NBA and he’s also got BARS… but are they Grammy worthy?

In a recent interview with TMZ, Dame stated that when all is said and done, he’d love to have a Grammy under his belt, or at the very least, a performance at the BET Awards. Lucky for us, we get to see a current showcase of his musical talents since his latest album, Big D.O.L.L.A, was just released this past Friday.

 

Big D.O.L.L.A was released through Dame’s independent record label, Front Page Music and includes features from well-known artists like Lil Wayne, Jeremih, and Mozzy. The album also features his own artists Brookfield Duece and Danny from Sobrante.

Check out the full album right here and tell us, do you think Dame D.O.L.L.A can reach his goal?

From fervently pushing mixtape after mixtape, a hard-nosed hustle that prompted his signing to Slip-N-Slide Records, Miami-based rapper Mike Smiff makes his official mark at full speed in all-new album All Gas No Brakes (Vol. 3)

The turbulent rapper grinds with a hunger, finesse and compulsive flow that keeps you grounded throughout this 15-track hip hop anthem; a hallmark impossible to achieve without its next-level features from up-and-comers Jordan Hollywood, City Girls, Mozzy, Ali Coyote, Trick Daddy, Gank Gaank, NoStylgia, and more.

In the hustler’s anthem “Do Your Own Thang,” Smiff (feat. NoStylgia) proclaims, “if hustling is your thang cos’ that’s the way you bring the money in, grind on… you better grind on,” and “if stunting is your vibe, clean the wheels up and bring the dope outside, shine on… you better shine on.”

Like the soundtrack to a racer flick, Smiff reverberates the lightning-speed movements of street racers (“Check-In” feat. Trick Daddy) to dodging drama in the fast lane (“4 1 Nite” feat. City Girls), and consequently, what his hustle is all about (“Wanted More“).

This is one ride you won’t want to miss.

Listen now below.