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Multiplatinum Memphis rapper and CMG mogul Yo Gotti unleashes his brand new album, I Still Am [CMG/Epic Records], in stores and at all digital retailers today.

Get it at this link. Upon going live at midnight, the record catapulted to the Top 11 of the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Top 3 of the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart where it continues to hold strong.

This past week has been momentous for Gotti. Just last night, he hosted an exclusive Tidal screening for his documentary I Still Am and listening party in New York City. Tastemakers, fellow artists, and celebrities gathered for the event to watch this revealing powerhouse film unfold and hear the record for the very first time. Check out the documentary HERE In addition, he guested on The Breakfast Club for a detailed interview about everything in his world and so much more.

I Still Am sees Gotti reach a new level. Firmly carving out his place amongst rap’s elite, he delivers his most potent, profound, and powerful body of work to date. Among its stacked tracklisting, the platinum-certified smash “Rake It Up” [feat. Nicki Minaj] introduced this collection followed by “Juice”—which saw him re-team with his “Down In The DM” collaborator producer Ben Billions for another banger. He practically burns through the speaker on the one-two opening punch of “Betrayal” and “Back Gate. “Save It For Me” [feat. Chris Brown Meek Mill] remains an event in and of itself, and “One on One” [feat. Meek Mill & YFN Lucci] unites a trio of the game’s hottest rappers. “Don’t Wanna Go Back” might be his most introspective cut yet, while “Around the World” closes out the record with a bang. The full tracklisting can be found below.

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Simultaneously, Gotti has risen through the ranks as a bona fide cultural force in his own right. He just inked an exclusive deal with Puma where he will work with the brand on several programs and exciting product collaborations, many of which will be inspired by styles that have been not only iconic to Puma, but to Yo Gotti himself.

In addition, he has joined forces with Monster products to bring better sound and an elevated listening experience to music fans everywhere. As part of Monster’s alliance with the multi-platinum superstar, Yo Gotti will be creating “The Sound of Yo Gotti,” including a special VIP website that will highlight specially designated Monster products chosen by Yo Gotti to bring fans new ways to experience the very best audio quality possible.

Expect him everywhere in 2018 as he rightfully accepts the crown.

After quietly and passionately grinding for over 15 years, Yo Gotti’s hustle paid off big time in 2016. His fifth full-length album, The Art of Hustle [CMG/Epic Records], captured #4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his highest chart bow yet. It spawned the platinum-selling smash “Down In The DM,” which not only dominated radio, but it even entered the modern lexicon as a popular phrase! In between TV performances and appearances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!The Real, and BET, he played to sold out crowds every night on The Endless Summer Tour with G-EazyLogic, and YG all summer long. He capped the year off with the explosive White Friday. 2017 saw him light up the road with Meek Mill and turn up with another smash “Rake It Up” [feat. Nicki Minaj].

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Betrayal
  2. Back Gate
  3. Brown Bag
  4. Rake It Up ft. Nicki Minaj
  5. Juice
  6. Different
  7. Save It For Me ft. Chris Brown
  8. 2809
  9. One on One ft. YFN Lucci & Meek Mill
  10. Oh Yeah ft. French Montana
  11. Yellow Tape ft. 21 Savage
  12. Don’t Wanna Go Back
  13. Around The World

 

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iTunes http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/itunes
Apple Music http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/applemusic
Spotify http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/spotify
Google Play http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/googleplay
Amazon Digital http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/amazonmusicbuy
Deezer http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/deezer
Soundcloud http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/soundcloud
Tidal http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/tidal
Best Buy http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/bestbuy
FYE http://smarturl.it/IStillAm/fye

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WINNING! Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) Becomes First Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize!

Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

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Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

via NewYorkTimes.com

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On Monday, Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”

She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

All we can say is congratulations Kendrick! This is huge and we are over the moon happy for you. Mr. Lamar continues to push the envelope with his music, style, and mantra of activism! Dana is right this is a huge moment for hip-hop/rap, allowing others to recognized for their craft and contributions. What do you guys think of Kendrick’s big win? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Welcome To Greatness! Martel Star Leads Us To Emerald City!

When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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We first met Martel back in 2015, when he first began his acting career in a fledgling web series that never quite made it to production. That project may have fizzled but Martel has done everything, but that. “I’m just always determined to be the best me I can be. God’s blessed me with the ability to do a lot and I just know that my talent is going to take me some really amazing places…it is already is actually!” 

Indeed, Martel Star has made some serious moves in the last year with his appearance in noted web series, 7th & Love and Rahim Brazil’s Twisted. “Acting has really been taking off for me and I’m very happy about that [He laughs]. I definitely consider myself blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’m actually about to be in a new web series that I can’ give the details on yet…” Martel made waves in his role on Twisted as “Nick,” an HIV positive gay man looking for love in all the wrong places. “Y’all know y’all love Nick! I’ll definitely be reprising that role in ‘Twisted 2’ [sequel/Season 2 of Twisted]…I really enjoyed playing that character because I feel like people relate to him a lot…we’ve all been played a little or been the person pining after someone. But he has a lot of strength and he really grew as the season progressed…”

As aforementioned Martel is not only a great actor, but an equally amazing artist. The boy can rap with the best of them and is constantly working to be greater and push the envelope to stardom. His latest musical venture involves a new EP, Welcome To Emerald City! The EP not only showcases his talents, but really set the bar for other indie rappers out there. “This [EP] has been a long time coming and I’ve put a lot of love and time into it–it’s my baby! The album definitely has something for everyone and you will be able to have fun and turn up to it!” Martel goes on to reveal the origins of his EP’s name. “Well I absolutely love ‘The Wizard of Oz!’ [And] I feel like Atlanta is Emerald City…It’s Black Hollywood, all the music and entertainment is coming from out here. It’s like the Black Mecca and land of opportunities just like Emerald City is where Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Lion went to get what they needed.”

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Atlanta may very well be the launching pad for what will undoubtedly be an amazing career for Martel Star. However, it will be his charisma, talent, and will to be the best that will keep him there and rocket him to the top. “I’m ready for it all, and it’s going to be lit! I know I’m ready for it all and I’ll be giving the people a show!” Still, don’t take our word for it. If you are in Atlanta come and check him out at Welcome To Emerald City’s Release Party!  It all goes down at the Liquid Lounge, 150 Pine Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308 at 5 PM EST! You can download Welcome To Emerald City on ALL digital platforms! Happy Listening!

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LIT! Bobby V’s (@BobbyV) Listening Party was “Electrik!”

When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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