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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.45

Juice WRLD’s Posthumous Album Rollout Begins With “Life’s A Mess” Featuring Halsey

Grade A Productions

Grade A Productions

Juice WRLD’s posthumous album “Legends Never Die” releases this week, featuring “Life’s A Mess” with Halsey.

Juice WRLD and Halsey managed to make magic together with the official “Without Me” remix and, with the late rapper’s new posthumous album being announced for later this week, they do so again on the first single “Life’s A Mess.”

With Legends Never Die set for release on Friday, July 10, Juice WRLD’s team at Grade A Productions has officially dropped the lead single from the project, titled “Life’s A Mess” with Halsey.

The track is bittersweet, showing Juice at his most sensitive, singing about how life can be pretty miserable at times. However, he was able to make his way out of a rut through trials and tribulations. He references his positive relationships, including with his girlfriend Ally Lotti, and more themes that were always present in his music. Claiming that Ally “set him free,” this is a record about how everybody has that special someone.

In addition to the album announcement and new single, Juice WRLD’s family issued the following statement:

“This Friday we will be honoring the life and art of Juice WRLD by releasing his album, ‘Legends Never Die’. We feel that this collection of 15 songs best represents the music Juice was in the process of creating. The album shines a light on the collaborators that meant so much to Juice and deeply impacted his musical process.”

Listen to the new song below.

Quotable Lyrics:

Have you fallen head over heels for somebody
That made promises to give you the world?
I really hope they held you down
I really hope it was no lying ’cause my heart breaks
It feels like the world’s gone
But if the love’s real, you’d feel your soul roar like a lion
And you’d finally let bygones be bygones
Don’t throw in the towel, I know it feels like you’re the only one trying
You just gotta learn to live and love on

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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.44

Terrell Hines & Vince Staples Address The Social Turmoil Of Today With “Get Up”

Terrell Hines

Terrell Hines

Gearing up for the release of his upcoming project “Portal One: The Mixtape,” Terrell Hines drops a remix to his powerful single “Get Up” featuring a verse by Vince Staples that speaks on the world’s current social unrest.

With artists like Trae Tha Truth heading into the booth to address our current social issues, music with a message is needed now more than ever in the hip-hop community. That’s why we give major props to Terrell Hines  and Vince Staples for coming together on a powerful collaboration titled “Get Up.”

Terrell Hines Vince Staples Get Up
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The song is actually a remix to a standout track off Hines’ 2019 EP St. Mark Rd. Adding Staples will surely garner more attention to the song without question, but the real star here is the message that both artists are able to articulate. In short, the song was already a gem in its original form, but the rerelease speaks more towards the current times we’re in right now and confirms the notion that sometimes two great minds on a record are better than one.

Listen to “Get Up” by Terrell Hines and Vince Staples below, and be sure to check for Portal One: The Mixtape when it arrives on August 7 via Capitol Records.

Quotable Lyrics:

I’ve been waitin’
Too much time, I’m impatient
Pressure risin’, I might go diamond
Outcasted, I might get blasted
Move softly, bright lights, get off me
Unfortunately, I’m fortunate
Wealth is still disproportionate
Bloodshot eyes behind Porsche tints
Find me on the nine-one freeway
Deep thoughts of my life on replay
Pack heat, you know fat meat greasy
They say life too short, but not easy
I say what I want, I’m not P.C
You know black folks killed when police please
Just seen one on the TV…make about three this week

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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.43

Jim Jones Taps Conway & Marc Scibilia For “The People (Remix)”

Via TIDAL

Via TIDAL

RIP George Floyd! Jim Jones enlists Conway and Marc Scibilia for the official remix of “The People.”

In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the protests across the nation, Jim Jones paid homage to everyone on the frontlines of the marches and demonstration with his single, “The People.” Jim Jones lays it all down as he details the pain and suffering Black Americans have gone through over the centuries of being oppressed by the system while paying his respect to everyone who’s marching and protesting for a better tomorrow.

Though we’ve witnessed the power of these protests, the fight is far from over. Nearly a month after releasing the track, Jones returned with a remix with Griselda’s Conway. With a quick 16, Conway uses his experiences to bring everything together. He kicks off detailing a traffic stop that leads to excessive force. “Young girl watchin’ it happen don’t know what she should do/ Besides record it on her phone, ain’t really much she can do,” he raps. The rapper parallels his own experience to his uncle’s who died in police custody in 1992 before explaining the necessity of protesting in these times.

Quotable Lyrics
Fuck the teargas and the rubber bullets you fire off
My Black people freedom to justice is worth dying for
All lives should be equal, we tried to be peaceful
On the frontlines, I’d die for my people

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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.42

Smif-N-Wessun Rework Their Classic Single For “Bucktown 360”

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Via Publicist

The legendary Smif-N-Wessun commemorate 25 years since the release of “Dah Shinin'” with “Bucktown 360.”

It has been 25 years since Smif-N-Wessun released their debut album, Dah Shinin’. Though they now go by Tek and Steele formally, they’re still celebrating the impact of their first album they released on Jan. 10th, 1995. To commemorate the occasion, they unleashed a reworking of the album’s first single, “Bucktown.” They revamped the jazzy instrumental with a crispy tone with brand new lyrics as they celebrate the release of their debut.

“Bucktown 360” is a nostalgic trip down memory lane through the eyes and experiences of Tek and Steele as Smif-N-Wessun.  We analyze our collection, as well as our individual successes and failures throughout this amazing journey” Tek & Steele said about “Bucktown 360” in a statement.  “As we do that, we always find ourselves 360 degrees back home in Bucktown.”

Smif-N-Wessun released their last project, The All produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.

Quotable Lyrics
Survivin’ through gunfights and block beef
Cops sweep undercovers trying to catch the Akhs sleep
Pioneers, we remain that
Decepticon on the train, get ya chain snatched