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.

On September 30, 2018, T.I. unveiled a new museum to commemorate the impact Trap Music has on today’s culture. Initially, Trap Music emerged from the South, which is home of the hottest original trap rappers like Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, Jeezy, OutKast, UGK, and Master P. The low 808 bass, snappy snares, pipe flutes, and catchy verses provides a unique sound we can hear and feel. It’s no wonder Trap Music has been so influential and embedded into the hip hop world.

Tip “T.I.” Harris dropped his album, Trap Muzik, in 2003 just 15 years ago. His album refers back to his experiences coming up in the streets of Westside Atlanta, where he found his voice. “I wanted to make a classic. I knew I had to make timeless music, which could stand the test of time”, the rapper told Noisey — and that it did.

Trap Music Museum

The museum is partnered with Escape Room ATL, veteran Hip-Hop journalist Maurice Garland, creative artist DL Warfield, and others. Artists who have helped to bring the genre to the forefront of mainstream culture are include: 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Future, and Young Jeezy, all of whom will be highlighted in the showcase.

Similar to an escape room, participants will also have a chance to crack codes to “Escape the Trap”. Each set is designed to take you through the experience of the trap culture’s inception as well as the dysfunctional family ties and hardships many face in the streets. Guests can even sign prison walls during this memorable interactive experience.

Trap Music Museum

Its message is to define society’s standards and to rise above stigmas of Hip-Hop culture. In the words of a trusted writer at Pitchfork.com, “Trap Muzik presents the trap as not just a setting or a sound or a state of mind, but as a portal into the self.”

The infamous Bankhead neighborhood will house the Trap Music Museum. Just in time for A3C week, Atlanta’s annual Hip-Hop festival, the Trap Music Museum will be open to the public on October 5th at 630 Travis Street NW, Atlanta, GA.

For more information visit the official Trap Music Museum website.

Written by Chelsea McKain

– Black Bottle Boy Ron Oneal has something to say to his naysayers and he’s called on SV Skee and Rick Ross to help deliver the message.

Rick Ross Meets Ron O’neal

NYC native, Ron Oneal, continues to amass a larger and larger following as he releases music as an MMG-affiliated artist. If you don’t remember, Ron Oneal was introduced to the world almost 3 years ago when Rick Ross passed through Manhattan’s Lower East Side during NBA All-Star Weekend. After witnessing Oneal’s lyrical onslaught and passionate delivery on the corner of the Jacob Riis housing projects, the two exchanged information.

Ron O’neal Feat. Rick Ross

Two years later you can see that Ron Oneal is still on his grind and Rick Ross is still a heavy supporter. So much so, Rozay provided some heat as he hopped on one of Oneal’s latest tracks, “Sprinkle On Them”. Rick Ross leads the way as he dances over quality production provided by Dizzee on the Beat in the opening verse. He then passes the mic to SV Skee who handles the hook before Ron Oneal brings it home. “Sprinkle On Them” not only pays respects to the artists’ roots (such as Ron Oneal’s Brooklyn origins and Lower East Side residency), but it is also a reminder to bypass the haters on the way to the top.

Check out the full track above. Also, be sure to look out for more from Ron Oneal via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Written by DJ Robinson