It was a quiet summer for Twin Cities emcee Taylor J, though it turns out he's been locked down in the lab with all-star producer Lex Luger, prepping what looks to be the biggest project of his career: a joint tape called The 91 Family. Today, Taylor has shared the first single off The 91 Family, entitled "HighLight." "I had to do this shit to get my mind right," he raps, going on to describe the limelight around him while reflecting on the struggle it took for him to get to this point.
Juicy J Feat. Gucci Mane & Peewee Longway
Christmas has come early today for Juicy J fans. Shortly affter announcing that he would release a new mixtape #MustBeNice on Monday, September 19, the Memphis veteran posted a track from the tape to his SoundCloud: "Trap."
Juicy J Feat. Travis Scott
Two kindred spirits in the art of getting lit, one old and one young, have teamed up once again. Here's Juicy J's new single, "No English," featuring Travis Scott.
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Larry June Feat. OG Maco & Chevy Woods
San Francisco has one of the most self-contained rap scenes in the country. Larry June managed to escape the Bay's strong gravitational pull and joined the ranks of OG Maco in the OGG crew. He's plotting the release of Good Job Larry Pt. 2, the sequel to his 2015 tape #GoodJobLarry.
Tyga Feat. Gudda Gudda
It's been a while since we heard anything from Tyga, whose Gold Album seems to have been put in jeopardy by the drama surrounding Cash Money and Young Money for the past few months. For that reason, we're throwing it back to his 2011 tape Black Thoughts 2. This is "Bad Bitches," featuring Gudda Gudda and produced by Lex Luger.
When Rick Ross and Lex Luger link up, we're usually bound to get gold. The duo, first meeting up for Teflon Don's strongest one-two punch ("B.M.F." into "MC Hammer"?! C'mon...), have since done "Off The Boat" and the Hood Billionaire title track together, and now they return for one called "Dog Food."
Lex Luger made such a huge impact on rap instrumentation that his sound was quickly swept from underneath him in the rush to imitate it. He's become increasingly quiet in the production game since his peak, but has been concentrating on vocals over the last little while.
The Lex Luger sound has become so deeply integrated into the DNA of current hip hop that it's hard to believe "Hard In Da Paint" is only about 5 years old. This is mainly due to the imitation turnaround in rap being at an all-time high, with producers mimicking one another almost instantaneously.
Living All Your Dreams
Mack Maine Feat. Mac Miller & 2 Chainz
Mac Miller on a Lex Luger beat? I guess crazier things have happened (like Mac teaming up with Rick Ross earlier this year), but still, this new Mack Maine track is bonkers for a number of reasons. "Living All Your Dreams" was produced by Lex and features Miller and 2 Chainz.
SpiT-Tacular Feat. Lex Luger
SpiT-Tacular hails from the Midwest, right outside of Chicago, and he makes his HotNewHipHop debut today with "100th Time". The 20-year-old emcee has a lightning quick flow on the song, and gets a major league feature from Lex Luger, who blesses the chorus and lays down a verse of his own. The song tells a story as old as time: when bitches suddenly want to fuck with a homie once his wrists are ice cold.
Marilyn Manson (Crazy)
Sk8BoardLee is a hip hop artist from Central California. Being a skateboarder and his love for hiphop is what drives him through life. Sk8BoardLee was born in the bay area of california. lived and raised in the Central Valley. He started recording in high school ,but has been rapping since about 6th grade. It started as freestyle rapping in the locker room while a friend would create a beat off a locker. He soon realized this was his love and passion. His first time recording it was a diss track
Lex Luger Feat. Rari
Lex Luger has been known throughout his career as a major league producer, but a few months ago he started a new venture as a solo artist, and hasn’t stopped releasing new content ever since. Keeping his momentum alive & well, Lex Luger comes through today and shares another new track as a solo artist titled “Not Cool” featuring fellow Virginia artist Rari.
Rich The Kid Feat. Casey Veggies
Rich The Kid is just a few weeks remove from dropping his guest-packed Feels Good To Be Rich tape, but it appears he's got some more tricks up his sleeve for the rest of the year, as he's just shared a new track featuring Casey Veggies. With a monster beat produced by Lex Luger, "Workin'" is a track that will, along with the recent tape, ensure that RTK is viewed as much more than the "fourth Migo."
In case you missed it, Lex Luger began his career as a solo artist earlier this summer, sharing three tracks that saw him rapping as well as producing. Now he's back with another such release, but this time, he sings on it. Listen to "#100" below. A smooth joint that has Luger crooning to a woman, "#100" reveals yet another side of the Virginia producer that we've never seen. Though auto-tune's partially to thank, he doesn't sound half bad singing in the predominant style of today.
What U Got 2 Say
Lex Luger Feat. Lipso
Two weeks ago, revolutionary trap producer Lex Luger turned heads and raised eyebrows when he unveiled the Gangsta Boo-featuring "Legal," a song that found him rapping as well as producing. Now he's gone even further on "What U Got 2 Say," his third track as an MC, enlisting another producer to do the song's beat.
Although some producers will never cross over into rapping (DJ Mustard said in a recent interview with The Breakfast Club you'll never hear him rap, he's sticking to ad-libs), there's also a fair share of beatsmiths that dabble in rapping, and vice versa.
Lex Luger Feat. Gangsta Boo
Over the past five or so years, Lex Luger has become one of the most recognizable producers in the game on the strength of his signature trap sound. Now, he steps into the booth to rap for the first time on "Legal," which also features Three 6 Mafia affiliate Gangsta Boo. As far as the song's beat goes, "Legal" is pretty typical of a Luger joint, mixing rattling percussion with eerie synths. Luger recites the hook before Boo's verse, and then gets a chance to rock the mic on the song's second verse. How's his rapping? We'll let you be the judge of that.
Not No More (CDQ)
Young Dolph has generally been a little less visible than his new school Brick Squad contemporaries, Young Thug, Young Scooter, and Peewee Longway, but he's always shown a lot of promise.
A-Trak & Lex Luger (Low Pros) Feat. Que, Young Thug & Peewee Longway
A-Trak and Lex Luger who form like Voltron to create Low Pros, just dropped their debut EP this week, and it's filled with tracks that lean towards electronic music, but much of it just feels more akin to the current experimental wave of Atlanta rap. This is partially due to heavy production contributions from the likes of Metro Boomin and 808 Mafia, as well as guest appearances from some of the region's new wave of rappers, particularly on propulsive anthem, "Frankie Lymon".
A-Trak & Lex Luger (Low Pros) Feat. Juvenile
The production team of A-Trak and Lex Luger, who go by Low Pros, have already delivered us two highly successful collaborations with rappers, the first being "100 Bottles" with Travi$ Scott as well as "Jack Tripper" with Young Thug and Peewee Longway.