It’s hard to believe, but more than a year has passed since Raven Sorvino‘s last musical project. Don’t get it misunderstood – the Houston-born, Leimert Park-bred Breakout Queen’s last outing, the Queen of HeArtz EP, is still sneaking into the rotation every so often, and she closed out 2014 strong channeling Pam Grier. But its long-awaited The Supreme version is still in the oven slow roasting to perfection. Thankfully, Sorvino had other plans to ensure her name would remain in conversation going into 2015.
The result of those “other plans?” The Life$tyle EP, Raven’s first project of the year but more than likely not her last. With Aktive producing the entire project – and frequent Sorvino collaborator Woody’s Produce co-producing the smooth “Planet of the BAPES” – the Life$tyle EP is seven tracks deep. You might expect that being titled “Lifestyle,” Young Thug or even Rich Homie Quan would pop up. Sadly, neither of them is present here, but Raven DOES get strong assists from features Doley Bernays, Johnny Phrank, and Smokey Lane.
Aktive does a good job of providing sounds that cater to Sorvino’s versatility as an artist, whether it’s laying down a bounce music-inspired strip club anthem in the making on the upbeat “Shawty’s” or the laid-back yet vicious “Alpaca Fur” (which features an American Gangster audio sample and Sorvino holding her own alongside Bernays and Smokey with lines like “I make it rain, that’s Soul 4 Real”. -Dayandadream
Stream & download the #BreakoutQueen’s Life$tyle here.
Be thankful Dr. Seuss never had a nursery rhyme as dirty as BeatKing’s “BDA” with Danny Brown. The homage to Juvenile’s “Ha” right down to the pen and pixel cover is the latest leak from the Club God’s upcoming Club God 4 tape which lands next week. Stunt N Dozier strip away Mannie Fresh’s synth bounce from “Ha” and add even more New Orleans favorites to the mix, a slab of drums, a side order of horns and just enough space for BeatKing and Danny Brown to up the ante on call and response to the ladies ready to drop it down to the floor.
Stream “BDA” from BeatKing and Danny Brown below.
NOISEY got the go ahead yesterday to premiere BeatKing’s latest single from Club God 4 featuring the Northside of Houston’s greatest caucasian rap exports in RiFF RaFF & Paul Wall for “Rich & Famous”. RiFF’s been mostly sandwiched to chorus duty here as BeatKing and Paul Wall are left fending for themselves to see who can out wit the other. BeatKing’s knocking down baby mamas and the friends they hang with, Paul’s in the mood to itemize what’s in his garage and let the world know what he bought with his first Swishahouse check. Solid, right down to the Mulan & Noisey comparisons. Club God 4 drops February 3rd, stream “Rich & Famous” from BeatKing, RiFF RaFF & Paul Wall below.
The Houston titan, Slim Thug chants that “it’s so lonely at the top” with this visual featuring excerpts from his new documentary Hogg Life Volume 1. Thugga poses in his best mob style fashion featuring his Boss Life brand commercial in tow. Talking at the haters, lazy hustlers and even janky family members.
Dice Soho didn’t need a whole amount of effort to get people talking about his “Handcuffs” track with Rizzo, 5th Ward JP & Sauce Walka. Just in the names alone people were going to gravitate towards it and make their own opinion. Rugged nd knocking from left to right, “Handcuffs” from Dice Soho plays like your modern club track, full of threats and declarations of allegiance from all parties involved while avoiding cops, silly women, haters and more. You’d argue Sauce Walka steals the show here but it’s overall a pretty fun track. Stream Dice Soho’s “Handcuffs” track with Sauce Walka, Rizzo & 5th Ward JP below.
This is the lead single from Slim Thug’s upcoming Hogg Life Vol. 1 album. “All I Know” is a back to the block moment for Slim & Propain, two artists who’ve seen plenty and are happy that they don’t have to go back. “We used to stand on the corner bangin’ that UGK / … I got a pocket full of stones, diamonds against the wood / stay ridin’ dirty when I was flippin thru my hood,” Slim affirms looking back on his days back on the Northside in braids and a large afro before a fateful night at All Star turned him into a local Houston legend. Propain hops on the autotune here for the chorus but grips the steering wheel and lets his voice echo off every 808 knock provided by G Luck & B Don. Stream “All I Know” from Thugga below. Hogg Life Vol. 1 lands February 3rd.