Cymarshall Law is a 40 year old MC from Burlington, New Jersey who emerged back in ‘04 as part of the duo Power Man & Iron Fist alongside the late Pumpkinhead. However it wasn’t until 3 years later where he branched out on his own off the full-length debut Hip Hop in the Flesh, which was followed up by the Hip Hop in the Soul trilogy & Freedom Express. He’s made a handful since, but is returning in full effect for his 11th album.
“Intro to H.E.R.” begins things with a bit of a plinky instrumental saying he’s still here because of his dedication to the culture whereas “MF Law” has a bit of a Tribe feel to it reiterating the JAY-Z line “Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?”. The title track with Venomous2000 & Kafeeno is basically his own rendition of the Common joint “I Used to Love H.E.R.” just before the self-explanatory “4 Jersey” pays homage to Law’s home state on top of a heavenly instrumental.
Meanwhile on “The Innocence of Love”, we have Kafeeno returning alongside Dynasty for a sensual R&B-tinged cut leading into U.G. taking Dynasty’s spot for the tense “For the Love (No Cap)” talking about the future. After the “Voice of Hip Hop” interlude, “The Normal New (Growing Up in the Pandemic)” richly details how he’s been living with the post-COVID world & “Electric B-Boy” is fresh ass anthem for the breakdancers out there.
The song “The Incredibles” with Grafh finds the 2 on top of an organ loop to start going at their opposition’s throats while the penultimate track “Creators” is easily the most motivational one on the entire album & the production really kicks the emotion up. “Spit It Dad (King’s Revenge)” ends with a 3-minute barfest with a dusty ass beat.
For the 4-year gap between this & Cymarshall’s last album, I Still Love H.E.R. is definitely amongst his best. You can easily tell the dude was having fun spitting again given how animated his performances are & the vintage production is also much appreciated.
Victor Burnett epitomizes this day and age’s music manager by vertically integrating the artist as the business model.
It is unanimous that Blxst held the crown as 2020’s breakthrough artist of the year. The Southern LA native captured the nation, crooning catchy hooks and verses reminiscent of the late G-funk legend, Nate Dogg. Blxst’s success is no accident. Instead, it is an intentional plot to build brand infrastructure for the future.
Victor Burnett a.k.a. @victheruler serves as the President of Blxst’s record label, Evgle. Prior to meeting the No Love Lost singer, Vic helped local LA artists become innovators in monetizing their artistry.
“Around 2014 I saw that there was a big gap, where a lot of artists didn’t understand how to monetize their content,” says Burnett.
His innate, entrepreneurial spirit and experience with artists, paired with product management history at Dame Dash Studios and Benny Boom, set a precedent for what was to come.
Upon meeting Blxst at Burnett’s creative studio, Groundwurks, the two formed an organic alliance based on mutual goals, business acumen and entrepreneurship.
The “Be Alone” artist launched the company back in 2018 with an Eagle’s mannerisms in mind.
“He told me that an eagle is the highest flying bird that doesn’t fly in flock,” Burnett explains.
According to Vic, these are the characteristics that they look for when hiring for Evgles.
When it was time to sought out a music partnership, Vic and Blxst stood firmly on vertical integration, which happened to be Burnett’s senior thesis in college. After major record companies labeled their business model as outrageous, they sought a partnership with Red Bull during the height of the pandemic.
“We knew the Hip-Hop space at Red Bull was irrelevant. With Blxst being a self-made creative and my want to see what a label can do for us creatively other than distribution, that’s how we got to Red Bull,” says Vic.
Evgle not only delivered the No Love Lost project in September, but completed 4 music videos in 3 days including Blxst’s breakout singles “Overrated” and “Be Alone.”
“With creativity and understanding how to allocate these marketing funds, in addition to having a friend in Karl (Fowlkes), as an attorney, we’re able to have the advantage,” Burnett says.
Blxst and Evgle announced their re-signing and joint venture partnership with Red Bull last month, solidifying the mutual benefit of the two parties’ relationship.
With Victor Burnett at the helm, Evgle continues to set the new business model for entrepreneurs within the entertainment space.
Coming out of Brooklyn, NY rising independent Hip Hop artist Step showcases his new single “Innocent” from his newly released album titled “Pure Intentions.” Make sure to follow him on Instagram @flamezharden.
As rumors circulate that her romance with Pressa has come to an end, Coi Leray is preparing to release an updated version of her hit song. If you’ve been over on TikTok, then you have noticed that Leray’s “Twinnem” single has been a viral sensation and like her other notable hits, she hopes to continue the wave with the help of a remix.
The North Carolina rapper has been laying low in recent months following the global backlash to his Rolling Loud appearance as well as the explanations that came later.DaBaby has been busy in the studio as he continues to work on new music, and it seems that adding his talents to the remix of “Twinnem” has been on the agenda.
A video by Leray has gone viral after she shared a snippet of what fans can expect, and they’re looking forward to hearing these two on wax. She did not reveal when the remix will be released, but fans are hoping that it will arrive this Friday (October 29). Check out the brief preview below and let us know your thoughts.