Son of legendary rapper Bizzy Bone, of the legendary rap group Bone Thugs In Harmony (founded by Gangsta Rap pioneer, Eazy-E), Lil Bizzy, has recently released his first music video and accompanying EP. Lil Bizzy’s flow is eerily reminiscent of his parental predecessor; as Lil Bizzy carves out his own lane in the music game. Check the video below. Stream the EP below. Follow Lil Bizzy on Twitter. Only on DubCNN.
Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith gives an uncompromising look into the world of rehabilitation and redemption through the eyes of a Wu Tang Clan affiliate rapper who suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm.
The Wu Tang Clan affiliate Hell Razah has always been a celebrated MC, known for his sharp lyrics and intricate flow. A founding member of the group Sunz Of Man — who cracked the Billboard Top 20 with their 1998 remake of Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic “Shining Star” alongside the band, Wyclef Jean and Ol’ Dirty Bastard — Razah was discovered and mentored at age 14 by Wu Tang leader RZA and groomed for success. Later dubbed “Heaven Razah” when he went solo in the mid-2000s, the rising young MC made headlines when he was stricken with a brain aneurysm in 2010.
As a result of this tragedy, Hell Razah has spent the last 7 years slowly recovering from this near-fatal incident, which left him in a coma and unable to use the left side of his body. As Razah has been struggling to learn how to walk, talk, and rhyme again, filmmaker Frank Meyer has been documenting his journey every step of the way. The director and Hell Razah go way back, as Meyer was Sunz of Man’s publicist back in 1997, and later filmed Razah for his G4tv web series Freestyle 101, a series that also featured Ice-T, The Game, Mobb Deep, and Cypress Hill, and was recognized by Steve Jobs at an Apple conference. The resulting documentary film Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith is the result of 7 years of filming, and 20 years of friendship.
“Razah’s story is one everyone can relate to,” says Meyer. “He was a talented kid from the streets who worked hard and nearly achieved all of his dreams before this tragedy struck. Now his life has been completely refocused. A lot of rappers will tell you about how they have been shot 9 times, but they won’t let you see them struggling through the rehab process or questioning their future.”
Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith will provide an uncompromising look into the world of rehabilitation and redemption, the likes of which hip hop has never seen before. From Razah’s physical therapy to his spiritual journey, from his quest to rap again and desire to love again, audiences will rise and fall with this charismatic kid from the projects in Red Hook, who almost had it all, and is now fighting to rebuild his life.
“The only person I would trust to tell my story is Frank,” Razah confesses. “He was there in the beginning of my career and we stayed friends all these years. After the aneurism I was very self-conscious and hesitant to give anyone have access to my private life, but I knew I was in the right hands with him.”
Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith is currently wrapping up principal photography, and stars Wu Tang’s RZA, Cappadonna and Popa Wu, Sunz of Man members Killah Priest, Prodigal Sunn, 60-Second Assassin and Shabazz the Disciple, producer A. Supreme Wilder, rappers such as RA The Rugged Man, Ras Kass, and Crooked I, industry heavyweight Randy Philips (AEG, Global Ent.), Hell Razah’s family and friends, and many more.
Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith has TBA 2017 release via Digital Reacharound
in Association with Idiom Pictures.
New music from Da Problem Children ft Stylie Ray, Andre Nikatina & Sindo Jackson, titled “Use Me” produced by Mark V. This is the first single from the “Problematic” album where a array of styles and genres are explored. On this one Style, Sindo & Andre stick to the classic west coast vibe we all know and love. “Problematic” now available on Spotify for full stream “Use Me”. Produced by Mark V. This is the first single from the “Problematic” album where a array of styles and genres are explored. On this one Style, Sindo & Andre stick to the classic west coast vibe we all know and love. “Problematic” is now available on Spotify for full stream. Follow @stylieray on Twitter
Today DubCNN brings you a dope new single from West Coast hip-hop super-producer, Westcoast Stone. The new single, ‘Dodger Dog’, which features Suga Free and Short Khop, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Produced by Westcoast Stone. Stream the single below. DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE HERE.
Today, we also give hip-hop heads an exclusive preview of the upcoming, star-studded Westcoast Stone LP, titled “Mameth”. The album will feature the likes of Nipsey Hussle, CPO Boss Hogg, Goldie Loc, RBX, Jayo Felony, Glasses Malone, Compton Menace, Facemob, E3, OYG Redrum 781, B-Legit, Trick Trick, Westwood, Daz, Westcoast Stone, E-40, Big Syke, Suga Free, Short Khop, George Clinton, and Kokane, and will be availble everywhere later this year. Produced by Westcoast Stone. Follow Westcoast Stone on Instagram. Only on DubCNN.
Today DubCNN brings you an exclusive interview with West Coast hip-hop rising star, Gwap Don Dolla$. Gwap is no stranger to the West Coast hip-hop scene, having collaborated with numerous West Coast Legends, as well as starting his own new record label imprint. We discuss a multitude of topics including how he got his start in the game, his relationship with his cousins within the music industry, Kokane and Big Hutch, his favorite emcee’s of all-time, and much more. Follow Gwap Don Dolla$ on Instagram. Only on DubCNN.
Interview conducted by West Haven Blast (2017)
DubCNN: DubCNN checking in with West Coast hip-hop emcee on the rise, Gwap Don Dolla$. What’s good fam?
Gwap: Whats accumulating bro. You know me, just keeping my leg in it ya dig. Lol.
DubCNN: Ok. Now you are slated to release a new project this year, under your own label imprint, ‘Hustle World Ent’. Can you tell us a little about this project?
Gwap: Well this project is long overdue, and is a masterpiece of hip hop, trap, ratchet, street, and gangta music. Im calling this first project “Mixed Emotions” I got some nice collaborations on there with artists like Kokane, Rappin 4 Tay, Tay F 3rd, Pomona Dre, Kid Cannon, Tipse Smash Gang, Jayarah Millz, DB800, and Arion Mosley. Production wise Shote Boi Beatz, Faided, Jonny Cash, Gummy Beatz, Band Play, Chris King, N3 & more.
DubCNN: Dope. Ok. Are there any other artists you plan to sign to the label at this time?
Gwap: Yes I’m looking for more talent; and got a few hitters now.
DubCNN: Now, the legendary Kokane, and Big Hutch are your blood cousins. How was it for you musically, coming up around said legends? What did you learn?
Gwap: Honestly it was a great experience to be around the two founders of G Funk & also being around N.W.A interacting with the people who I looked up to and that helped build West Coast Hip-Hop and/or Gangsta music. Man I learned that not only do you have to have talent, but you have to be humble and serious about your craft (no half-steppin). I also learned that this is a dirty game, and you have to play it right in order to make it.
DubCNN: How did you get your start in music? What made you want to pursue this as a career?
Gwap: Basically seeing Kokane and Hutch doing their thing started it, but also seeing other artists such as Snoop, Jay Z, ect. Bubble of music.
DubCNN: Tell us about your experience while at Bud E. Boy Ent. fam.
Gwap: It was good for me. I went on my first tour with Bud E Boy, did my first noticed and notable videos with the company, and put a boost on my career.
DubCNN: Growing up, you were also heavily influenced by the West Coast gang culture; including drug dealing. What was it like for you growing up in Pomona, Ca?
Gwap: Terrible, first of all, but still a good learning experience; based on the belief in that you have to go through it to get to it, ya dig. And I can’t complain because through all the pain, homies gone, and poverty, I still turned out cool.
DubCNN: Who are your Top 5 emcee’s of all-time?
Gwap: Damn man, I gotta ride with Eminem, 2 Pac, Biggie, Nas and Jay Z, but that’s as far as my upbringing. Right now it’s Kendrick Lamar, CyHi The Prynce, Suga Free, J Cole and Chance The Rapper. Yeah I been in Free studio and the world aint ready for what he about to drop. Yeeee!
DubCNN: Who are some of the major artists you have worked with? Is there a favorite?
Gwap: Hands down Suga Free off top. Then Pomona Dre, West Coast Cizzle, DB800, Jaharah Millz, Savvy Sossa, and I must and have to say Blaze B Lmkfao. Hitters!!! Ijs tho!!!
DubCNN: You also have a single and video out now, titled ‘Bounce’. Can you tell the fans about this track and visual?
Gwap: Yeah “Bounce Dat” to be exact is a club banger track, produced by my homie ‘Shote Boi Beatz’, a Pomona native with ‘Pomona City Movement’. The song was mixed and mastered by ‘Arion Mosley’ and the video was shot by ‘Delivery Clips aka The Delivery’. Directed by me and him. It has a lot of booty shaking and bouncing going on of course. Lol. Partying and just big fun under the sun how we do. Cameos from ‘Lil Fizz’ from “Love and Hip Hop” and also actor, comedian ‘Omar Gooding’ from the movie “Baby Boy”.
DubCNN: What else does Gwap have on deck for 2017?
Gwap: I’m working on a movie about my life. Bringing out my own clothing line. I have a surprise coming from an artist out of Pomona. Im currently a sales rep for and being sponsored by ‘Kastell Vodka’. Im opening up a recording studio and one stop shop with my cousin ‘Big Ron’. I’m in an upcoming movie called “P”, I’m with ‘Pomona City Movement’, under The Return Of Doggy Style/RMM/Pimp On Ent. label imprint. Plus some mo’ of it.
DubCNN: Where can fans find you on social media?
Gwap: Find me on Instagram: @gwapboyfresh @gwapboyfresh2 and @redbottlegwap On Twitter: @GDDABEASTBOY and On Facebook: El Gwapo Don Dolla
DubCNN: Thanks Gwap; from DubCNN. Any last words? The floor is yours.
Gwap: No problem. DubCNN is family. Love is Love. And Yezzir Shout out my Hustle World Ent. family, MY blood family members, My Kastell Vodka family, Pomona as a whole, The West as a whole, Henchmen staff and my boy Viliian, West Haven and everyone that believes in me and supports me. Much Love and respect. -Gwap Don Dolla Signs.
Gwap Don Dolla$ – Bounce Dat (Official Video)
In-demand Houston producer TrakkSounds partners with HipHopDX to premiere “Can’t Explain It,” the first music video from his forthcoming album The Other Side. Directed by Jorgey Films, the video lands in Houston where they celebrate with the feel good track that features Scotty ATL, Oran Juice Jones II aka Mookie Jones and Rizzoo Rizzoo.
“There’s a lot of negativity in the world nowadays but music can change your mindset and mood. I wanted to create a song with an uplifting message and some bounce,” explains producer TrakkSounds. “Putting out content driven songs can be tough but I like to pair it with a beat that moves and melodies that hit. ‘Can’t Explain It’ is about staying on the grind in whatever way you can. There’s always haters but just ignore the noise. You don’t have to explain it. Keep doing you and you’ll make it.”
“These guys definitely have that crazy infectious energy that I wanted to blend together,” says TrakkSounds of the collaboration. “Scotty nailed it with the verses, Oran added the perfect crispy hook and Rizzoo’s adlibs brought it all together.”
TrakkSounds will release his The Other Side album this Spring. The 15-track project includes previously released “11:15” that flips TLC’s classic “Creep” with a new male perspective and “Once Upon A Time,” the lead single that pairs a long-awaited collaboration with Scarface and Starlito. XXL praised “Once Upon A Time” for its dark piano laden production as “fantastic.” Meanwhile HotNewHipHop encouraged readers to become familiar with the Houston producer who’s “working with some of the hottest artists in the game right now.”
Trakksounds just wrapped up 4 showcases at SXSW including the “Welcome To Tha South” showcase alongside Peewee Longway, Maxo Kream, Starlito, Ralo and Sonny Digital. Additionally he performed at the Hoodrich SXSW, Welcome 2 Trapan and at the Lvl Up Mansion Party.
To celebrate his new album The Other Side, Trakksounds will host a hometown album release party on April 1st at Houston’s Warehouse Live with not-to-be-missed performances from Starlito, Don Trip, Scotty ATL and many other special guests.
THE OTHER SIDE ALBUM TRACKLIST:
2. Once Upon A Time (Ft. Starlito, Scarface, Kam Franklin)
3. Priorities (Ft. GT Garza, Roosh Williams, Doeman)
4. Feel Alive (Ft. T2 The Ghetto Hippie, Dizzy Wright)
5. Fireflies (Ft. Fat Dollies)
6. Issues (Ft. Constantine)
7. Active (Ft. Maxo Kream, Xavier Wulf)
8. Can’t Explain It (Ft. Scotty ATL, Rizzoo Rizzoo, OranJuiceJones II)
9. 11:15 (Ft. Devin The Dude, Kirko Bangz, Neko)
10. No Doubt About It (Ft. Railey Rose)
11. Never Tipsy (Ft. Killa Kyleon, ASAP Ferg, & Maxo Kream)
12. Known Fact (Ft. Scotty ATL)
13. B.M.W. (Ft. Ye Ali)
14. Ringing (TrakkSounds Remix) (Ft. Kevin Gates & Killa Kyleon)
15. Tomorrow Never Comes ft. Kam Franklin, Heartbeatz & Neko
Kendrick Lamar has just released a surprise single which many are speculating is a diss record aimed towards Big Sean. Without speculating, it is at the very least a dope new slap from Kendrick Lamar, which contains an ominous date for artists to get their things in order…April 7th. Stream ‘The Heart Part 4’ below! Follow Kendrick Lamar on Twitter. Only on DubCNN.