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Chance the Rapper, Jeremih Unveil Christmas Mixtape Deluxe Edition

Chance the Rapper and Jeremih unveiled the deluxe edition of their surprise holiday mixtape, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: Re-Wrapped. The expanded version is available to stream on Chance the Rapper’s Soundcloud, and can also be downloaded for free. The deluxe edition boasts nine new songs, plus a piano remix of “Stranger At the Table” from the original release. Chance the Rapper announced Re-Wrapped on Instagram, where he also noted that Common and Master of None actress/writer Lena Wai the contributed drums on every track.

YG Hootie – “The City” ft. Kendrick Lamar

YG Hootie (not to be confused with the YG of “FDT” fame) managed to get a feature from fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar for his latest song “The City.” The psychedelic beat comes from Mike WiLL Made-It’s EarDrummers label producer DJ FU. Hootie and Kendrick connected on 2013’s “Two Presidents,” and Mike WiLL played a prominent role on DAMN., so DJ FU getting the look here makes sense. Listen to the new song below.




New York, NY – September 14, 2017 – Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled alongside Grammy Award winning rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar and newcomer Cardi B lead the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2017 with 9 impressive nominations each. DJ Khaled’s 9 nods, include ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Best Collabo, Duo Or Group,’ ‘Producer Of The Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Mvp of the Year,’ and 2 For ‘Single of the Year. Kendrick Lamar  earns nods for ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Single of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and 2 nods for ‘Impact Track.’ And NYC’s newest female emcee Cardi B earn nods for her summer anthem “Bodak Yellow” for ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Single of the Year,’ ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style),’ ‘Best Mixtape’ and ‘Impact Track’.

Jay Z and Chance The Rapper score the second-most nominations with 5 nominations each. Jay Z shares nods with Chance The Rapper in the ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year’ and ‘Hustler of the Year’ categories and additionally earns nominations for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Impact Track’. Chance The Rapper  is being recognized as ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year’ and as a featured artist in the ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse’ categories.

Hip-Hop hit makers Future and Migos pick up 4 nominations each – Future earning nods for ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Single of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style);’ and Migos for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group,’ ’ ‘Single of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).’ Additionally, ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist’ Award nominees include industry newcomers Cardi B, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kodak Black, and Tee Grizzley.

BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2017 heads to Miami on Friday, October 6, 2017 at its new venue, The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, FL and will premiere on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

Video: JAY-Z – “Bam” ft. Damian Marley

New Music to Stream Now: Heavy Rotation Editors’ Picks

Jay Z has released the video for “Bam” featuring Damian Marley. The Rohan Blair-Mangat-helmed clip shows JAY-Z and Marley working on the song in a Jamaican studio, as well as other shots from throughout the country. The video is the third from the rapper’s new album 4:44, following “The Story Of O.J” and the title track. The other big JAY-Z news, of course, is the first public photo of his newborn twins, Sir and Rumi. Watch “Bam” below (if you’re a Tidal subscriber, that is; if not you can watch a preview here).

Review JMBLYA 2017 Austin,Tx 

By Heavy Rotation Magazine

May 6th 2017, Austin,Tx. Thousands of hiphop fans from all around texas and the austin area gathered at the 2017 JMBLYA rap music festival, the event featured popular rappers, Chance The Rapper, Gucci Mane, Steve Aoki, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, 6Lack, Young Dolph, just to name a few. Starting with an incredible line up, the performers hit the stage rocking popular trending records in todays hiphop charts. The performance line-up had a very unique upward buzz, starting with artist like, Pell, Snow Tha Product, & Young Dolph. After reviewing the artist line-up in totality, noticed that the perform line-up appear to be based on popular I.G followers, starting with artist Pell, and ending with highly popular artist like Gucci Mane & Chance Tha Rapper, both with hundreds of thousands of IG followers. JMBLYA music festival is slowly becoming the millennial version of the hippy music festival of the 60’s and 70’s like WOOD STOCK.

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Heavy Rotation Magazine Staff- Top Pick’ voted by Heavy Rotation Magazine

Top 10 performances @ JMBLYA 2017 Austin,Texas

#1. Chance The Rapper

#2. Lil Uzi Vert

#3. Migos

#4. Gucci Mane

#5. 6Lack

#6. Young Dolph

#7. Steve Aoki


#9.YFN Lucci

#10.Snow The Product

Cousin Stizz – Heavy Rotation Magazine Staff- Top Pick’ 

Experiencing rap fame doesn’t happen where Cousin Stizz is from. Raised with his sisters by both of his parents in the Dorchester area of Boston, the 25-year-old MC didn’t have dreams of becoming the next Jay Z or Nas — he preferred being in the streets with his friends.

His pursuit of paper stemmed from his rough upbringing in Boston, where there would sometimes be less heat and more drama in the household. In his mid-teens, Stizz found a family outside of his home where his closest friends — whom he calls his “brothers” — encouraged him to pursue a music career. He met his manager Tim Larew, videographer Goodwin, as well as rapper Michael Christmas in 2012 at a local event called the “12 For 12” cypher series and began turning his freestyles into a future.

That’s probably why his 2015 debut mixtape Suffolk County — home to the standouts “No Bells,” “Fresh Prince” and the Drake-approved “Shoutout” with millions of listens on SoundCloud — takes a sound trip through Stizz’s city. The unfiltered MC doesn’t skimp on honesty for the 13-track offering. He revisits his drug-dealing past, a phase that started in his sophomore year of high school, on tracks like “Dirty Bands” and “Bonds.” “My white homies taught me everything I know about the drugs and getting money and getting to it,” he recalls. “They were doing it on such a different scale. I’m watching kids like 16 years old really moving and stacking thousands and thousands of dollars off this shit. That’s what motivated me to be like there’s a dollar out here for me too.”

Before rapping full-time, he took on the name Cousin Stizz after his childhood friend gave him the name at 12 years old. Stizz was also known as the friendly kid around the neighborhood. “You acting like everybody’s cousin,” his friends would tell him. Once Stizz started picking up the pen, real-life experience fueled his rhymes, eventually sharpened by life’s lows and highs. “Every single thing I do is real-life experiences. I wish I was one of those people who can just pick a pen up and start talking about anything but I’m not,” he adds. “I’m one of those people who literally thrives on life. If things aren’t going on around me, I probably wouldn’t be able to make really inspiring music.”

The rapper then switched the style up for his 2016 effort MONDA, named after Stizz’s friend Damone Clark who passed away from cancer. He traded his trap-esque beats for soulful soundscapes that find him determined to take advantage of life. From the hard-hitting opener “Wanted To Live” to the money-hungry joint “Gain Green” and the resilient number “Million Things,” Stizz still reps his round- the-way roots despite stepping further into the spotlight.

The sophomore ‘tape also followed Stizz signing to a major deal with RCA Records after being courted by other labels. While the details about his upcoming project under the label are under wraps, he vows to show his listeners a good time with the “fun, happy-life” side of Stizz but also show the good that can come from the hood.

“I’m Cousin Stizz but at the end of the day, I’m little Stizzy to everybody else that really knows me. I’m just finding the balance in that and trying to make people understand that it doesn’t happen where I’m from,” he says. “I gotta let people know and understand that I’m doing this and it’s happening but I’m always going to be the same kid I’ve always been.”

Cousin Stizz – MONDA


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New Music: Mary J. Blige – “Love Yourself” ft. Kanye West

Hours after revealing the track list for the upcoming Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige dropped her latest cut, “Love Yourself.” The song features hip-hop’s self-love spokesman Kanye West. It kicks off with dulcet piano balladry before throwing on sample uptown-flavored brass. Blige rises from loving no-goods like a phoenix, while West loosely traces his biography with a quick verse (“Came from the Chi and wow look what the fuck they found / A young legend”). Listen to “Love Yourself” below. Strength of a Woman comes April 28.


Album Review: Optimystic “ Day Of The Guiding Light”

“ Hiphop in its truest essence, that is the best way I can describe the over all vibe of the album “ Day Of The Guiding Light ”. Pleasantly surprised I must say,  that european hiphop artist are just as much in tuned with rap/hiphop culture as americans are. The album brings me back to a time when hiphop music was about skill, lyrics hard beats & Mc’s. One of my favorite joints on the album is

“Fearless” I love the chorus/hook and the overall feel of the record. Another record thats super dope on the album is “ Universal Agents” featuring legendary

Mc Jeru The Damaja. Optimystic is defiantly a true Mc’ in its purest form, love the passion in his music.

Written by Just Tony – Chief Publisher Heavy Rotation Magazine

Raekwon Announced a New Album on His Birthday

Today is Raekwon’s 47th birthday. To celebrate, he officially announced The Wild, his upcoming seventh solo album. Although it was previously reported the album was dropping March 10, Raekwon clarified in a tweet that it’s coming at a later date.

Christian Rapper Bizzle Talks Making ‘Truth Music’ for New Album ‘Crowns & Crosses,’ Premieres ‘Oh Yeah’ Video


Despite preaching God’s word in is rhymes, Christian rapper Bizzle (real name Mark Felder) doesn’t come off preachy. With his latest effort Crowns & Crossesreleased via his own label, God Over Money Records, he puts his everyman struggles on wax (see: “Work It Out” and “Money Get Low”) on top of hard-hitting, trap-friendly beats that couldn’t be neatly pigeonholed as gospel rap.

Still, the album revisits Bizzle’s past, from being a former pimp to his marital woes. In his early 20s, the California native skipped out on Bible study and funded his earlier rap career with his street hustle, before reconnecting with the Higher Power in church thanks to a woman he worked with. Now, he enjoys the fruits of his labor by being a devoted husband (he has been with his wife for 16 years), a dedicated father (he has two sons, four and five years old, respectively) and a committed philanthropist (he recently donated $45,000 to build water towers in Mozambique, Africa).

Below, Bizzle recalls his path to becoming a believer, why he stays away from secular songs, and why he describes his God-inspired rap “truth music.” Read the full interview and catch his new video “Oh Yeah” below.


Hear Gucci Mane, Travis Scott’s Hot New Song ‘Last Time’


Gucci Mane revisits his drug-using past on new song “Last Time,” which features Travis Scott.

On the Zaytoven-produced song, Gucci reminisces about previous exploits, including ones with women and drugs. He confesses the last time he took some “molly, I took a gram and a half,” he raps, but he’s quick to state he’s changed his ways. “I’m an ex ex-popper/ an online shopper,” he contends on the piano-laden trap track.

Auto-Tune laces Travis Scott’s verses and hook, where he sings, “Last time I took drugs, I just took half of it.”

Gucci has been steadily releasing material following his two-year prison stint. The rapper collaborated with fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug on “Guwop Home,” unveiled “On Me” and also “Back on Road,” which features Drake. Gucci released his ninth album, Everybody Looking, in July. Meanwhile, Scott recently unveiled the NSFW video for “Pick Up the Phone” featuring Young Thug and Migos’ Quavo.

DJ Shadow on Why Hip-Hop No Longer Exists, ‘Endtroducing…..’ at 20

Two decades after its release, the success of DJ Shadow‘s Endtroducing….. still surprises the artist behind the iconic beatmaking album. The producer, born Josh Davis, laughs off any rags-to-riches narrative regarding his debut. “People ask me what was it like when the record came out, and my response is always that it was pretty low-key,” he tells Rolling Stone. Twenty years later, Davis’ latest, The Mountain Will Fall, is another bold step for the now 43-year-old California native: Though he has built his career around manipulating the work of other musicians, the album predominantly features his own original compositions.


My method’s always been to rethink some part of the process that’s going to put me out of my comfort zone and force me to embrace a new way of getting from point A to point B,” Davis says. That method has also included a career-long history of collaborations with artists ranging from Thom Yorke and Depeche Mode to Q-Tip and Run the Jewels, who guest on the new LP along with Nils Frahm, Ernie Fresh and others.

In advance of a September and October U.S. tour in support of The Mountain Will Fall, Davis recently spoke to RS about the future of sampling, the legacy of Endtroducing….. and why real hip-hop may be a bygone art form.

Hear Rick Ross Celebrate Affluent Friends on ‘Same Hoes’

Rick Ross dropped new track “Same Hoes” that has the rapper name-dropping all of his friends from Pusha T to Kevin Hart.


“Perfect day for new Boss joint!” Rick Ross announced via Twitter. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday, he shared “Same Hoes” on SoundCloud, and he previewed a smokey, black and white visual for the track on Instagram.

Though “Same Hoes” is ostensibly about Ross’s female conquests, it mostly provides the MC with an opportunity to acknowledge other rappers (Pusha T, T.I., Snoop Dogg), singers (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), comedians (Kevin Hart), TV hosts (Steve Harvey) and retired English sports stars (David Beckham). The beat traces a simple, hypnotic loop and bursts of brass add heft to the skeletal drum pattern.

Earlier this month, Ross teamed up with Meek Mill and Wale on “Make It Work,” which he advertised as “new music from #selfmade4.” The rapper teased the project again today, writing on Twitter, “Selfmade 4 coming.” Self Made Vol. 3, which showcased artists on Ross’s Maybach Music label, came out in 2013.

Gucci Mane Is Back With ‘First Day Out Da Feds’


Gucci Mane’s release from prison yesterday (May 26) brought joy to many. Today brings a new Gucci song, no surprise since Gucci Mane was doubling lesser rappers’ discographies while he was, you know, in jail.

Gucci’s recording career as a free man continues with “First Day Out Da Feds,” which is produced by none other than Mike WiLL Made It. The new song premiered on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club at 9:30 a.m.

The Atlanta legend is also reportedly dropping a new mixtape titled First Day Out Tha Feds tonight — at 10:17 p.m., according to Gucci Mane’s Twitter. But for now, listen to “First Day Out Da Feds” below.

ScHoolboy Q Just Surprise-Released His Slick New Single, ‘Groovy Tony’

Download it via iTunes right now


After TDE bossman Anthony Tiffith promised yet another surprise release from Kendrick Lamar and Co.’s increasingly higher profile label tonight, the CEO came through with a new ScHoolboy Q single called “Groovy Tony.” It’s the first taste of the rapper’s proper Oxymoron follow-up and it’s a politically charged drums-and-bass banger. Download it on iTunes here and look for that ScHoolboy record later this year.

The Houston Hip-Hop Culture Fest * Warehouse Live Houston

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The Ballroom at Warehouse Live in Houston PHAROAHE MONCH, DJ QBERT, AND LOCKSMITH

On his fourth solo LP, Pharoahe Monch remains a vital creative and conceptual force. PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder finds Monch drawing on his own bout with depression to fearlessly explore suicidal thoughts, drug addiction, mental anguish and societal disadvantages for a conceptual journey based on being in a “recollection facility.” checkout exclusive Images in our April 2016 Issue @www.heavyrotationmagz.com & IG: @heavyrotationmagz





The King Of The South T.I Drops New Single ” Money Talk “

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Once dubbed “the Jay-Z of the South” by Pharrell Williams, T.I. gradually came into his own and established himself as one of rap’s most successful MCs during the early 2000s. Like Jay-Z, T.I. — born Clifford Harris in Atlanta, Georgia — carried a balance of smoothness and toughness, and although 2001’s I’m Serious didn’t shoot him out of the gate à la Reasonable Doubt, he consistently grew and launched a string of major hits with 2003’s “24’s.” Throughout the six following years, T.I. maintained a consistent presence on urban radio stations in America: 2003’s Trap Muzik, 2004’s Urban Legend, 2006’s King (released in tandem with T.I.’s debut screen appearance in ATL), 2007’s T.I. vs T.I.P., and 2008’s Paper Trail — all released through the MC’s deal with Atlantic — were Top Ten albums, with the latter three even spending time at the very top of the chart. For better or for worse, T.I. also courted a good deal of controversy during his rise to superstar status. Far more ink was spent on his legal issues and conflicts with other rappers, including fellow Southerner Lil’ Flip, than on his Katrina relief efforts and other humanitarian involvements. One notable event occurred on May 3, 2006, when T.I.’s crew was caught up in a shooting after a show in Cincinnati. The crossfire left three people injured, while longtime friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson was fatally wounded. Despite such incidents, T.I. continued to flourish as the decade drew to a close, releasing three chart-topping rap singles and four Top Five pop hits between 2008 and 2009. His career took a breather in 2009, however, when the rapper entered an Arkansas prison to serve a yearlong sentence related to federal gun charges. He was released from prison at the end of 2009, serving the rest of his sentence at a halfway house in Atlanta. Just prior to the December 2010 release of his seventh album, No Mercy, he returned to prison, sentenced to 11 months for violating his probation. The album went gold, and the rapper was nominated for two Grammy Awards. After his release, he continued recording and co-starred in the VH1 series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. He issued Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, in December 2012. Influenced by Pharrell Williams, the rapper moved to the Columbia family of labels in 2013. Williams also executive produced his 2014 effort Paperwork, an album introduced by the single “About the Money” featuring Young Thug. It was T.I.’s eighth consecutive Top Ten album. In 2015, after appearances in a handful of films, including Entourage and Ant-Man, he returned as TIP with the five-track EP Da’ Nic and his tenth proper album, The Dime Trap. ~ Andy Kellman

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Tyler, the Creator’s bodyguard, Vill, says. “There’s a no pants policy on the bus

Sorry, you can’t come in here,” Tyler, the Creator’s bodyguard, Vill, says. “There’s a no pants policy on the bus.”

Vill is a huge guy from a small island off the coast of Samoa. I tell him that I’m not taking off my pants, but he assures me that I won’t be alone. “All of the guys are in their boxers,” he says. “Look.”

Vill gives me a peek behind the curtain that separates the driver’s seat from the rest of the bus. Sure enough, Tyler, Jasper, Taco, even their brisk British tour manager, Tim, are sitting in the leather seats with their pants pulled down to their ankles, boxers exposed. Tyler wears Hanes, in case you’re wondering.

I’m thinking, fuck it: I’m in New Orleans to cover the Rocky & Tyler tour, his 14-date trek through North America with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples. Tomorrow, we’re in Dallas. If Tyler wants to get weird and hang out in his underwear, then we’ll hang out in our underwear. So I take off my pants. Vill pulls back the curtain. I walk on the bus.

Tyler’s filming me. Everyone’s laughing.

“This nigga really took off his pants!” Tyler howls.

Tyler turns the camera around to review footage on the LCD screen, and, with his pants still hugging his ankles, starts thinking about Ferraris. “You think anybody out here got an Enzo?” No response. He jumps up. “This is gay,” he says, zipping up.


A few minutes later, I’m asking him about the tour. “It fucking sucks. I hate this tour. I hate working with people when I’m superior to everyone,” Tyler says, digging through boxes of Cap’n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. He holds eye contact with me for a beat. “I’m just playing,” he says, and runs off the bus.

Tyler, the Creator, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, is at a crossroads. Since he self-released his debut album, Bastard, six years ago, he’s been known as a profane artist with an exceedingly juvenile sense of humor. The persona — one associated with lyrics like, “rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome” — has simultaneously made him a pop culture phenomenon and seemingly undermined him every step of the way. In 2013, his Mountain Dew commercial, where he voices a goat that beats a waitress only to end up in a lineup of sinister-looking black men, was pulled after critics deemed it too racist. Last year, he was arrested for inciting a riot in Austin, after urging fans to push through barricades at his SXSW show. Following the release of his latest album Cherry Bomb this year, the United Kingdom joined New Zealand in banning him after protesters accused him of promoting violence against women. pagebreak

If any of this is causing Tyler stress, he surely doesn’t show it.


Five minutes after the tour bus prank, we’re cruising through the streets of New Orleans in a white sprinter van. Here are a few things Tyler shouts from the back seat, while scrolling through his iPhone:

“I want a fucking lizard, but I don’t want the stupid fucking cage that it needs.”

“Niggas be making weak ass clothes.”

“That Pinkberry looks nice as fuck.”

“The last New Orleans show was garbage.”

“I feel like they’re not as progressive with the architecture out here.”

“That motherfucking tutu is hard.”

At 24, Tyler’s already been on the scene for over five years. He’s earned millions of dollars — “People make it seem like having money is a bad thing,” he says. “Who doesn’t wanna be fucking rich and wealthy to buy stuff?” — and he now counts Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Jay Z and Seth Rogen among his friends and fans. He’s started an ultra-successful line of clothing and a mobile app for “All things Tyler.” All of which might have supplanted his hell-child image with a more refined entrepreneurial one, but, in person, he doesn’t appear so intent on changing his ways. To be around Tyler, the Creator is to be subjected to a constant stream of lewd absurdity.

The sprinter squeezes through the streets of the French Quarter. I tell Tyler that it’s my first time in New Orleans.

Timbaland Just Dropped His ‘King Stays King’ Mixtape


Featuring Tink, Migos, 2 Chainz, Aaliyah (yep), and more

Timbaland just dropped his much-hyped new mixtape King Stays King, which features a previously unreleased Aaliyah collaboration called “Shakin.” The 17-track effort also features appearances from the rap legend’s current protege, Tink, as well as hip-hop mainstays Migos, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Rich Homie Quan, and more. Without question, it’s wild to hear young Aaliyah’s vocals sounding so pristine and modern and necessary nestled among all those current radio names. Stream King Stays King in full here.






STREAM: https://soundcloud.com/sirahsays/sets/inhale/ 

BUY: http://smarturl.it/SirahInhaleEP

Los Angeles-based rapper, songwriter and 2013 Grammy Award winning, Sirah releases her long-awaited, debut ‘Inhale’ EP on Atlantic Records. “The ambidextrous songwriter swipes at a variety of genres” notes Billboard, “from grimy rap to zonked-out electronica to bubblegum pop.”


The six track EP features the “summer-pop groove,” (SPIN) ‘On To The Next’ and her most recent single ‘Inhale,’ which jumped to #1 on Hype Machine, features Sirah’s “raspy, badass vocals” (Idolator). EP follows last year’s ‘C.U.L.T. Too Young To Die’ mixtape, co-signed by Jay Z’s Life + Times, The Source and the Los Angeles Times calling out her “kinetic rap,” “live rhythms and a techno pop gleam.”

Sirah joins Swedish duo, Icona Pop (along with K.Flay) on their first tour date tonight in Nashville; and ‘Inhale’ is the perfect preview to the variety she will bring to the stage throughout the tour—full itinerary enclosed below!


1. Inhale

2. On To The Next

3. Stick Up

4. Icarus

5. You Know You Want It

6. First Impressions

Paul Wall still Holding Down Houston’ Private listening Session Warehouse Live

Paul Wall Private listening Session Warehouse Live

With an entourage of bright lights and and cameras  The  Slab God greeted me with a hug and a smile.  The venue was filled with fans, artist and the heat of the summer air.  The inner circle of Houston’s music industry rubbed elbows with the nine-to-fivers.  You couldn’t help but to feel relieved that there was no cover charge making a Tuesday night on the town worth while.  Not only were we in good company but we were surrounded by good screwston music, our host did not disappoint, greeting almost every person in the place.  He did not become tired from the constant request of selfies and pictures for the media or fans.   Paul Wall was a perfect southern gentleman.

Written By Shawna Jackson





Marcus Manchild is in straight work mode. “Preseason 3” was released barely a month ago and he is already preparing for the May 21st release of his EP, “Power.” The first offering is “Dirty Mimosas”; an ode to that good ol’ purp like none you’ve heard. Apparently, the days of the styrofoam cup are in Houston’s rearview. Long live the champagne flute……….?? Twitter: @MarcusManchild

“Dirty MImosas” on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/marcusmanchild/dirty-mimosas-prod-phinesse-the-beat

The Sauce Twinz hit the ground running in 2014

Sauce Twinz Interview w Heavy Rotation Magazine

The Sauce Twinz hit the ground running in 2014, the multi – member rap group started a huge youth movement in Houston,Tx based on a concept “In Sauce We Trust” the movement is similar to legendary rap groups like “WU-Tang Clan” &  “A Tribe Called Quest” The Main group members are Sauce Walka – Sancho Saucy & Sauce Diddy. In November of 2014 ‘ The Sauce Twinz posted their most successful mixtape on livemixtapes.com , within a few days the mixtape views went to well over 140,000 hits. Checkout the full interview in our Feb,2015 issue.

Heavy Rotation Magazine Live from the Green Carpet At The Bet Hip-Hop Awards 2014

September 20th, 2014 – The atmosphere was incredible as my media colleagues and I gathered on the charter buses Bet Network provided for us. Media Row was located at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. As the Nominees and their publicist hit the green carpet, the cameras and microphones started lighting up the room. Bet Digital Networks attracts hundreds of media outlets to the Bet Hip-hop awards each year. Heavy Rotation Magazine is proud to support and cover such an impactful music platform. Heavy Rotation Magazine would also like to thank Big Krit – Kevin Gates – Show Tha Product & Dee 1 for interviewing with us: you can follow these artist @, @Dee1music  @BIGKRIT  @Kevin_Gates @SnowThaProduct. The full review of the 2014 Bet Hip-hop Awards will be available in our November Issue. http://heavyrotationmagz.com/features/

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After a full year of hard work recording, touring & song writing, BET and the entertainment industry came together to celebrate and honor today’s top Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop recording artist. Hosted by Chris Rock and broadcasted live from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, BET’s excellence in broadcasting continues through 2014. Headlining this years BET awards performances is legendary recording group OUTKAST. I would like to personally thank BET Network for allowing Heavy Rotation Magazine the opportunity to covering such a tremendously entertaining medium. BET is and always have been a beacon of light for black entertainers song writers, producers and actors.      – Heavy Rotation Magazine Staff

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“ Review Rick Ross new album Mastermind ” by Heavy Rotation Magazine

Consistently Consistency Consistent would be the first thing I would say about Rick Ross latest release “Mastermind” It has the feel of “Port Of Miami” with a consistent story telling theme to it. My favorite joint on the album is “Nobody” featuring French Montana. The record has a throwback vide to it , with a Biggie Smalls flow, definitely a classic record. Rick Ross is truly consistent with his music production Rick+Ross+In+Concert+1ItHpY90hynland lyrics, most rappers tend too experiment with production styles and rap patterns, but Rick Ross is like a steady cruise ship, sailing through an ocean of sharks. I would rate Mastermind on a scale of 1 being his worst album 10 being his best, I would give Mastermind a 7. Now the album cover, thats another story, The cover is by far the worst album cover Rick Ross has released to date, its like artwork from an intern student on photo-shop. However the music is masterful, Rick Ross has a unique advantage on most rappers today. Starting with being signed too one of the south most popular Independent record labels (Suave House) . Rick Ross has a jump on most rapper by having a great ear for production, concepts & choruses. If you are already a fan of Rick Ross , then I would suspect that “Mastermind” would be a ideal pick up. Written by Tyga Pat Mastermind (Deluxe Version) Rick Ross https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mastermind-deluxe-version/id816474784

The Breakfast Club Launch New Show In Houston / 1/23

Excitement was in the room today’ as the line up of “The Breakfast Club” spoke witha few guest supporters and local tastemakers, at the all new Radio Station 93.7 The Beat( Clear Channel ). DJ Envy, Angela Yee & Charlamagne Tha God talked with a host of Native Houstonians about the new direction 93.7 The Beat plan to take Houston Hip-hop & R&B into the future. Read entire article in the next Issue of Heavy Rotation Magazine. The Breakfast Club Launch New Show In Houston2 The Breakfast Club Launch New Show In Houston6  

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Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip Set to release new Mix-tape December 12, 2013


the two hip-hop legends are collaborating on a full length project: a new mix tape called The Abstract And The Dragon.

Kanye West Brings on Jesus for ‘Yeezus’ Tour Kickoff

Kendrick Lamar opens the show in Seattle Kanye West kicked off his highly anticipated Yeezus tour at Seattle’s Key Arena on Saturday night with a two-hour-plus show that was as emotionally unsettling as it was awe-inspiring. Kendrick Lamar, the tour’s support act, got things started with a frantic 45-minute set made up almost exclusively of cuts from his critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city album. Lamar has been criticized for being something of a lackluster live performer but he generally managed to put any such concerns to rest from the get-go and delivered a truly inspired performance. By the time the last notes of “Compton” had faded from the venue’s speakers, the crowd was on their feet chanting his name for more.kanye-vert-1382278712 That was not to be, of course, because it was West’s turn to show Seattle what he could do. Clad in a green tank top and wearing the first of four different masks he would don throughout the evening, West set the scene by taking a place at the front of the stage’s extended catwalk, his arms outstretched, bathed in a single white spotlight and surrounded by a gaggle of women cloaked in white dresses, their faces obscured by stockings. The audience responded to the display with an explosion of jubilation, and with the first strands of Yeezus‘ opening track, “On Sight,” West was off to the races.

( Tour Schedule )

Oct. 23Wed 19:30 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Oakland Oakland Tickets
Oct. 25Fri 20:00 Kanye West in Las Vegas Las Vegas Tickets
Oct. 26Sat 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles Los Angeles Tickets
Oct. 28Mon 19:30 Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles Los Angeles Tickets
Oct. 31Thu 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Vancouver Vancouver Tickets
Nov. 1Fri TBA Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Tickets
Nov. 3Sun 19:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Denver Denver Tickets
Nov. 5Tue 19:30 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Minneapolis Minneapolis Tickets
Nov. 7Thu 19:30 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Chicago Chicago Tickets
Nov. 8Fri 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Columbus Columbus Tickets
Nov. 9Sat 20:00 Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar in Chicago Chicago Tickets
Nov. 10Sun 19:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Auburn Hills Auburn Hills Tickets
Nov. 12Tue 19:30 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Toronto Toronto Tickets
Nov. 13Wed 19:30 Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar in Toronto Toronto Tickets
Nov. 14Thu 19:30 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Montreal Montreal Tickets
Nov. 16Sat 20:00 Kanye West in Philadelphia Philadelphia Tickets
Nov. 17Sun 19:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Boston Boston Tickets
Nov. 19Tue 20:00 Kanye West in Brooklyn Brooklyn Tickets
Nov. 20Wed 19:30 Kanye West in Brooklyn Brooklyn Tickets
Nov. 21Thu 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Washington Washington Tickets
Nov. 23Sat TBA Kanye West in New York New York Tickets
Nov. 24Sun 19:00 Kanye West in New York New York Tickets
Nov. 29Fri 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Miami Miami Tickets
Nov. 30Sat TBA Kanye West in Tampa Tampa Tickets
Dec. 1Sun 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Atlanta Atlanta Tickets
Dec. 5Thu 19:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in New Orleans New Orleans Tickets
Dec. 6Fri 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Dallas Dallas Tickets
Dec. 7Sat 20:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in Houston Houston Tickets
Dec. 8Sun 19:00 Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar in San Antonio San Antonio Tickets
Dec. 10Tue 19:30 Kanye West in Phoenix Phoenix

2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year’s host Snoop Dogg and more made their entry into the venue. kendrick-lamar-2chainz-650-430 Once inside, things kicked off fairly quickly; The lights dimmed and the screens flashed as video came up of James Lipton, host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” earnestly asking Snoop Dogg, “With so much drama in the LBC, how hard is it being Snoop D. O. Double G.?” An unexpected sight, complete with profanity and those hilarious facial expressions Lipton is known for, the awards started off on a good note. Then came Snoop’s monologue. The Long Beach native is witty in his own weed smoke-induced way and those familiar with his interviews and the like, know this. Why have Snoop Dogg onstage stiffly telling written jokes? He made a joke about sending some gummi bears to Gucci Mane in the jailhouse — that one landed with a thud that echoed throughout the entire venue. As a host, there were a few flubs, but in his way, the Doggfather never seemed to acknowledge them. The skits that they incorporated into the show portrayed Snoop at his best: Snoop at a card table with Daz, Snoop as a DJ, Snoop as a commentator with Kevin Hart’s hilarious alter-ego Chocolate Drop, who as always, had the crowd in tears. This year, Chocolate Drop and the rest of the “Real House Husbands” cast had their own cypher where Nick Cannon and Nelly reminded viewers that — primarily — they really do rap. Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, BET Hip-Hop Awards Getty  

Eminem Brings back Old School Hip-Hop ‘Berzerk’ For New Single: Listen

Eminem teams with revered producer Rick Rubin to deliver a punchy, guitar-and-beats driven song which channels Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” and “Licensed to Ill”-era Beastie Boys.eminem-horns-650-430 In the space of a single weekend, Eminem has dispelled many doubts on whether he would make a fist of his comeback. Eminem played career-spanning sets at Britain’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, traditionally a rock-themed event. And he used the platform of the MTV VMAs broadcast to announce his new album “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” which arrives Nov. 5 and is executive produced by Rubin and Dr. Dre. Clink the link to download: http://www3.zippyshare.com/v/28035823/file.html   H-Town’s Hottest Freshmen Class 2013 | Hip-Hop Sneak Peek Houstonfreshmenclass12Houstonfreshmenclass8 Houstonfreshmenclass2Houstonfreshmenclass4 Houstonfreshmenclass7Houstonfreshmenclass10Houstonfreshmenclass3 Houston Texas has been a leader in the Hiphop culture from the day’s of the World famous Ghetto Boys ( Rap a Lot Records ) Fifth Ward Boys in the early 90’s too Fat Pat , Lil Keke, DJ Screw & Slim Thug in the 2000’s Today the legacy continues with new rising stars like Kirko Bangz , Propain Marcus Manchild , Quinn & Rai P , Boston George & Lil Ray. Since 2010, thesenew comers are moving up the ranks as Houston’s hip-hop present. A recent review of Propain’s highly anticipated mix tape “Ridin Slab” featuring, artist Kirko Bangz & Slim Thug, as a tastemaker in the industry for over a 10 tens , I would rate Propains mix tape as one of the best this year! The title “Ridin Slab” is an original Houston slang, going back to the 80’s in Houston’s hip-hop culture. Checkout Propain via twitter @propain713 . Since I’m focussing on Houston’s South side , let’s take it to southwest Houston, where recording artist Marcus Manchild is definitely banging in the streets. Presently not known too the masses across the country or the south for that matter , Marcus Manchild is one of the best rappers in Texas, however probably the most underrated for reasons I could only be speculating as to why. A recent review of his new single “Pass Out”  featuring Twista. The track is a smooth rhythmic jointwith dope tong twisting lyrics. Be on the lookout for Marcus Manchild’s next mix tape release titled “Free Yo Mind” coming soon & follow him @marcusmanchild . Houston Texas is a very unique city when it come to branding your music to the masses. Independence is the name of the game in H-town. Houston isn’t necessarily connected with music industry standard forms of marketing and promotions. The primary way to get the word out about your music in Houston is in the most popular 18 and up hip-hop clubs in the city. This brings me too recording artist Quinn Rai P & D Ray. These guys are the king of the 18 & up clubs in Houston presently. If you talk with with any Go DJ in Houston and ask if they have the record titled “Break Dat” on their playlist in the clubs & strip clubs they most likely will tell you , “ you must be from out of town Bro” Follow these guys @quinn512 @itsdraybaby @raip . Houston’s north side has a long history of national artist like Slim Thug , Mike Jones and well as Swisha House. The new kid on the block, representing Houston’s north side is Recording artist Boston George. The kid has a hot record titled “Strip Club” thats gaining national attention across the county through the DJ circuits. Follow him @bostonGeorgeAMG Checkout the exclusive interview with H-Town’s Freshmen’s Class Aug,2013 Issue @ www.heavyrotationmagazine.com  follow us @heavyromagz     Young Jeezy Signs DoughBoyz CashOut To His CTE World Label! Young Jeezy‘s reputation as a hustle-centric, street-bred rapper has been long cemented, but the Snowman is continually looking to prove that he can be one of the game’s most respected executives as well. On Wednesday night, rap’s chief Thug Motivator took one step closer when he announced that he signed Detroit rap group Doughboyz Cashout to his Atlantic-distributed CTE record label. “I saw Detroit, I saw some kids that did all the work. They did all the work and I just wanted to show the world what they were working on,” Jeezy said of Doughboyz when he phoned in to WJLB 97.9 in Detroit last night and broke the news with DJ Blast. “Detroit bred some great hustlers, some great talent from Eminem to Big Sean, but now it’s time for the ghetto superstars. The world gotta see this.” DoughBoyz CashOut Doughboyz Cashout is made up of members HBK, Payroll, Doughboy Quis and Doughboy Dre. Together they’ve made a name for themselves in Detroit’s local hip-hop scene with mixtapes like last summer’s The Tester, which featured fan favorite “Good Ass Day.” To mark the signing, Jeezy jumped on a remix to Doughboyz’ 2012 street track “Mob Life.” “Doughboyz Cashout, it’s the world how I feel/ Bulletproof the Corvette, Cartier the windshield,” Young rhymes to toast the new deal. “I want to congratulate them and welcome them to the CTE family. We about to take this over, we’re about to run the summer,” he said in the interview. “They got a real major record label, a record deal. You gotta commend them for that.”   Meek Mill (Dreams Come True Tour) Houston,Tx House Of Blues MeekMillz (9)MeekMillz (13)MeekMillz (14) MeekMillz (22)MeekMillz (32)MeekMillz (38) The young Philly native hit the stage in Houston,Tx (4/19) at the House Of Blues shortly after midnight. Meek Mill is truly one of hip-hop’s best performers. Rocking hit records like “Young and Getting It” ,”Flexin On Em” & “Amen”. Meek Mill is currently on tour (Dreams Come True Tour ) across the U.S. promoting has latest release “Dreams And Nightmares”. A recent review of this album courtesy Atlantic/MMG by Heavy Rotation Magazine “ Quote Its very high energy and uplifting production keep you partying all night long” Unquote. Checkout the Full article in our latest Issue. Follow Meek Mill @meekmill Access Granted courtesy of WBR/ATLANTIC  Special thanks too Wilt Wallace @wiltwallace Images by Yolanda Smith         Behind-the-scenes at the “Mama Told Me” video shoot w/ Kelly Rowland


RZA Explains The Origin Of The Wu-Tang To Funkmaster Flex http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Th4TZsr8I4&feature=player_embedded&feature=player_embedded#!

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2 Chainz Rocks Four-Finger Ring on RSMS, Calls Himself a “Swag Chef” [EXCLUSIVE]

2 Chainz stopped by Hot 107.9 and spoke to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show the day before he was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, and the ATL rapper was wearing the same four-finger ring that got him arrested after authorities mistook the jewelry for brass knuckles. In this exclusive interview, watch why 2 Chainz calls himself a “swag chef” and listen to him talk about how switching rap names from Tity Boi to 2 Chainz has impacted his career. 2 Chainz forthcoming solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, is dropping August 14. He’s currently on Drake’s Club Paradise tour with Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, French Montana and J. Cole.

Cory Gunz ft. 2 Chainz – “Y’all Aint Got Nothin On Me”  Cory Gunz is back on the attack with “Y’all Aint Got Nothin’ On Me,” featuring 2 Chainz. Young Gunna is gearing up to release a new mixtape entitled That’s What The F*** I’m Talkin’ Bout, but this song is off of his 2011 work, Son Of A Gun. Check the video here @ Heavy Rotation Magazine.


BRAND NEW EP FROM CHAMILLIONAIRE “AMMUNITION” – STREAMING LINK CHAMILLITARY ENTERTAINMENT presents “AMMUNITION”  A BRAND NEW EP FROM CHAMILLIONAIRE STREAMING ONLY LINK: http://www.datpiff.com/Chamillionaire-Ammunition-mixtape.327401.html TO PURCHASE GO TO CHAMILLIONAIRE.COM @CHAMILLIONAIRE   TRACKLISTING 1. Your Connect Produced by Cy Fyre 2. Running Laps Produced by Cy Fyre 3. Lets Get That Produced by David Connor 4. All Mine Produced by DJ Rapid Ric for DMG studios 5. On My Way (Feat Lee Lonn) Produced by The Beat Bullies 6. You Gon Learn (Feat Saigon) Produced by Sweatbox Productions

7. Lets Get That (Feat Doughbeezy & Marcus Manchild) Produced By David Connor 8. Won’t Change (Feat Tami Latrell) Produced by Vman Productions 9. Never Enough (Feat. Angel) Produced by Tyler Keyes

Renaissance Marauder Vol.1 Tigga, Heavy Rotation Magazine Click the link to download http://www.datpiff.com/TaEast-Renaissance-Marauder-Vol1-mixtape.308993.html                         FRED THE GODSON FT PUSHA T – DOVES FLY (Director’s cut TAYA SIMMONS) Fred the Godson continues his winning streak with visuals from his latest single Doves fly off of his latest classic mixtape,City of God, hosted by DJ Drama. Watch Fred, Pusha T and a cast of others bring the song to life in this Paid In Full 2011 Remix directed by Taya Simmons.


T.I. ft. Big K.R.I.T. “I’m Flexin (Behind The Scenes)”             GrindHD gives you the Exclusive Behind The Scenes Footage of FLEXIN video With T.I. Live From Zone1 BankHead Atlanta.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjqkuRDNWRg&feature=player_embedded     Common “Blue Sky”                 Common has unveiled the cover art for his new single “Blue Sky” last month from his upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, due November 22nd and now we have the audio too. “Blue Sky” is the second single to be released from Common’s next LP, with “Ghetto Dreams” featuring Nas already made available. Click the link to view & download common – blue sky