Juicy J (of Three 6 Mafia)
Brooklyn/Harlem team Smoke DZA and producer Harry Fraud created all the songs on DZA's new album, Rugby Thompson, from scratch, eschewing back-and-forth emails for actual studio time together, presumably spent bullshitting, brainstorming and coughing up major tokes. DZA adores weed throughout Rugby Thompson, which you can preorder now from the recording arm of 4/20-friendly magazine High Times, but the record's not stuck on the stoner's dorm room couch. Jumping from airy barbecue horns, classical uptown playground storytelling and occasional pulsing with the stadium guitars, it's full of youthul, scrappy energy. On the latest track, "Ashtray," Fraud weaves a bragging line from 2 Chainz' ubiquitous "Spend It" into a gnarly, crawling beat, with foggy keys cut by delicate skittering drums, fat claps and deep-stomach growls. Joined by previous collaborator Domo Geneis and fellow bucket hat enthusiast Schoolboy Q, DZA sounds like he's chanting the chorus with his face scrunched into a wacky knot. Rugby Thompson comes out June 19th.
Chip Tha Ripper
Charles Worth (born October 20, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio) better known by his stage name Chip Tha Ripper is an American artist signed to his own record label, SLAB Entertainment. Releasing projects called, "Money", "Can't Stop Me", "The Cleveland Show" and "Gift Raps". In 2012, he has released his most recent & highly anticipated "Tell Ya Friends." Chip has been featured on numerous studio albums, including KiD CuDi's popular "Man on the Moon" series. He has toured the US & overseas consistently since 2006, being featured on many major tours and headlining his own independent tours. Also, a collab group with friend KiD CuDi, titled "The Almighty GloryUS" to be released in the near future.
"Though he is always repping his Gang, Chevy Woods is ready to step into the spotlight himself. XXLMag.com would like to make the formal introduction.
Reppin': Pittsburgh, PA
Notable Releases: Mixtapes as Kev Tha Hustla; The Corner's Correspondent, Animal; as Chevy Woods, Pilot Shit, Red Cup Music
Accomplishments: "Getting away from the streets," touring the country with Wiz Khalifa.
Hometown Love: "They support me, through Twitter, Facebook. When I'm gone [on the road] I see all of Pittsburgh reppin' for Chevy Woods." - XXLMag.com
As a youngster, Brooklyn MC Joey BadA$$ was baffled by Nas' 1994 classic Illmatic. The iconic album cover featured a childhood photo of the then 20-year-old God's Son. "I seen him as a kid and I thought he was a kid rapping, I was just confused," Joey told Mixtape Daily. After all, how can a kid that young deliver such impactful and insightful records like "Life's a Bitch" and "The World Is Yours"?
Somewhere along the way, Joey's initial confusion must have led to some sort of inspiration, because at 17 years old, he has already delivered a single that seems to surpass the subject matter of other spitters in his age bracket. The militant-minded "Survival Tactics," borrows its instrumental from the 1998 Styles of Beyond song of the same name.
Corner Boy P
Corner Boy P is a New Orleans, Louisiana-based hip-hop artist and rapper.