Six years ago, Lance Mijares was sitting in his daughter’s mother’s laundry room recording a hip-hop podcast between jobs. Now he’s the host of a successful radio show, thanks to Spreaker.
1. Terri Green Project – Turnt Up Tonight
After a successful run with their first #1 UK Soul and US Indie chart song Night to Remember, Terri Green and her composer, producer, and saxophonist Torsten Abrolat (aka Toddi Reed) have teamed up again for the project’s new single “Turnt Up Tonight.” This lusciously-arranged retro-soul-two-stepper is made for people who love to move.
The song features a duet with 80s artist Randy Hall and is produced by Green, Torsten Abrolat, and Reggie Staggers (brother of Marc Staggers). It’s full of brassy and fun music that will definitely turn up the dance floor.
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2. Roscoe Dash – All The Way Turnt Up
Jeffrey Johnson Jr is better known as Roscoe Dash, a young Atlanta rapper who came on the scene in 2009 with his club track All The Way Turnt Up. It’s his first single from the debut album, Ready Set Go! which was released later that year. The song features Soulja Boy and was produced by Vybe Beatz. The video for the single was directed by Jeremy McMahon. It shows a skateboarder trying to jump over a gap and failing over and over again until finally he successfully makes the jump.
Roscoe Dash was the first rapper to sign with the independent record label Get Money Entertainment based out of his hometown of Atlanta. The group had already made a name for themselves in their home city as the Porter House crew and when they decided to release the mixtape I’m A Differenter 2 they included the song All the Way Turnt Up. At the time Dash was still rapping under the moniker ATL and the song’s credits were listed as Travis Porter featuring YT and ATL. This caused confusion in the music scene because fans assumed it was Porter’s song.
The song took off locally and prompted a bidding war between major labels for the young rapper’s signature. He eventually settled on Def Jam as his new home. All The Way Turnt Up was the first hit from his debut album and helped launch the career of the young Atlanta rapper.
For those who don’t know the meaning of turnt up it is a slang term that means someone is partying hard or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It has entered popular culture through hip hop music such as the song Turnt Up by Chris Webby. It is important to monitor your children’s use of slang terms such as this so you can make sure they are not using it in an inappropriate manner.
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3. PNB Rock – Trapstar Turnt Popstar
Philly rapper/R&B vocalist PnB Rock rose to popularity with his hybrid sound of even-keeled trap beats, auto-tuned raps, and melodic R&B hooks. After multiple mixtapes and a spot on the 2017 XXL Freshman list, his career continued to gain traction with a string of hit singles and major label albums. Now he returns with his sophomore effort, Trapstar Turnt Popstar. This 18-track double album presents a darker interpretation of his well-oiled formula with songs that are more personal and tormented in subject matter. The project features guest appearances from a variety of artists like Quavo, Roddy Ricch, Lil Skies, Tory Lanez, Tee Grizzley, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
The ’Trapstar’ side of the album opens with ’Dreamin,’ a quintessential PnB cut laced with pitch-corrected singing and vocal effects. The rapping is tight and catchy, but the production sounds a little generic; it could be from any number of hip-hop or R&B acts over the past few years.
On the ’Popstar’ side, the production is more poppy and melodic but still feels a bit generic. The song ’Swervin,’ in particular, sounds more like it should be a Katy Perry reference than a PnB Rock track. Also, the song ’Middle Child,’ which features a posthumous XXXTENTACION, slows down the pace and doesn’t fit the genre as well as some of the other songs on the album.
Despite the drab production and overarching sameness of much of the album, there are some standout tracks. ’ABCD (Friend Zone)’ has an undeniable catchiness and bittersweet charm that elevates it above most of the other tracks. Similarly, ’Middle Child,’ featuring XXXTentacion, gives the album some needed emotional punch as it details his harrowing childhood and his struggle to rise out of poverty. The album shows a more mature and introspective side of the artist, but it still struggles to balance the rap edginess and pop sensibilities that have made him so successful. If he can find the right balance in future releases, Rock may be one of the few remaining artists to successfully navigate the transition from street star to pop superstar.
4. Talib Kweli – Turnt Up
Kweli is one of the most thoughtful rappers of the past 20 years, and he’s an active activist. His rhymes shuffle between culture consciousness and old-school bravado without patronizing the listener. He’s street smart and leaves most cliches behind. This is why his live show at the Varsity Theatre tonight will be worth checking out.
Kweli grew up in Brooklyn, where he was surrounded by Afrocentric rap like De La Soul and Native Tongues Posse. His love for music was evident even as a youngster, when he started recording demos at home. At 19, he was signed to Mos Def’s Black Star label. He’s collaborated with artists as diverse as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, but he’s also released eight albums on his own.
In 2014, he released Gravitas, which featured guest appearances from the Roc Nation roster as well as the likes of Raekwon and Black Thought and production from the likes of OhNo, Statik Selektah, and J Dilla. The project is an ode to the hardworking, dedicated people who struggle for their dreams in a world where injustices are rife.
After the release of Gravitas, Kweli released the free mixtape titled Fuck The Money in 2015 featuring guest appearances from The Under Achievers, Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9′′, and more along with production from OhNo, Statik Selektah, J Dilla, and more. It’s a project that focuses on the real struggles and hardships of the working class, especially in urban areas.
While some of the tracks on Reflection Eternal are solid, it’s not quite the modern classic that Black Star and Black On Both Sides are. It’s close, however, and if Kweli can avoid the pitfalls of his public life, he could continue to be one of hiphop’s brightest lights.