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Mash The Gas!!! 

Written By Monte Hieke

The much anticipated collaboration of LesTheGenius & Cloudy Nueve was released at midnight of October 11th. The song starts with a spacey introduction met with a tag from Carolina’s own Pr0ducerR0b (social media: Thatshitsoundlikerob). Then a powerful hook with some lyrics being “people getting high to escape the lows now”, “when I’m feeling so alive it get hard to slow down”. The song which tackles the use of drugs and lows of transitioning towards success.  

(Social Media: @LesTheGenius)  

LesTheGenius gets into his bag with the verse containing lyrics like “N*ggas can’t make do, blame you/ you ain’t the same dude, ain’t true” “N*ggas will switch up the moment you on” The song will undoubtedly reassure you of your journey to the top of whatever you’re pursuing. You are smoothly navigated through the song by Lesthegenius and his unique sound. The song is then introduced to Cloudy Nueve’s bullseye of a feature. Cloudy who recently dropped a bombshell of a project “Cloudy With a Chance Pt. III” never disappointing with room for more. He delivers his guest verse with charisma and veteran like skill.  

(Social Media: @cloudyxnueve) 

The artist with lyrics such as “I was juggin outside freezing hands in my sleeve”/“n*ggas tell me worry bout me but I’ll be satisfied when all my n*ggas free”.  The two artists sound at home together, hopefully this won’t be the last time we these two collab! Are you on the grind? Need some motivation? Go listen to “Slow Down” on all streaming platforms. 

Slow Down Link

New Music From The Carolinas #NewMusicFridays 

@youngjyro ~ Instagram  

Written By Monte Hieke 

Artist YoungJyro drops a banger of a track “Kaitlyn No” which features Frequent collaborator YPG(Sm/@whoisypg), together going under the name “BadGhettoKids”. The 19 year old artist takes you on a trip over piano keys and a hard hitting base as he continues his hustle through music while balancing his love interest. The future seems bright for this upcoming artists. Through controversy over his name and apparent “beef” in the area. Young Jyro uses the negativity to fuel his passion for music. The song detailing his struggles as well as his triumphs it’s both a song of reflection and motivation. When asked what message he would like listeners to get from his music he said “Dont let a situation bring you down because its only temporary and for the better, Everything happens for a reason”. Young Jyro who’s been working on music a year and half has the confidence and cadence of a well seasoned artist! If you need to get through a tough time give this song a listen, the artist has been consistently building up to a catalogue and has a sound selection of music to go through. The song “Kaitlyn No” amongst other songs like “Rockstar Dreams”, and “Coolin Kit”that showcase his talent are available on Apple Music as well as Spotify.

YoungJyro Music

What’s a Couple Thousand?! 


Written By Monte Hieke

August 21st, 2019 wasn’t the first show for some of the members of Couple Thousand (CT) but it was a impactful one. Couple Thousand Summers managed to have a venue packed and ready for a show, and that’s what was delivered...but who and what is Couple Thousand? The what, would be a movement that was started by frontman D1G CoupleThousand alongside Raheem and Dezzi, this way of life consists of being a family, not leeching, or clout chasing but putting in the work to do whatever you’re trying to do with the open arms to support others. 

(D1G, Founder, Age 19, Social Media/@D1GCoupleThousand, Born in Florida, growing up in Broward County) As of October 1, 2019 D1G Couple Thousand has over 90,000 streams on Sound Cloud.  

Things such as race, or social relevance has nothing to do with being apart of the movement, it solely has to do with working hard to accomplish your goals. The underline theme is working together and lifting each other up. A few Couple Thousand members include D1G Couple Thousand, Dezzi, Los, 4orty Thoux Fountain, Raheem, Fendi, Lil Bobby, Rich Sole 4200, Clip, Yungwop and this is just to name a few of the collective. Though all of the core members do not make music, the bond isn’t anything less amongst the movement. The majority of the members know one another from High School, would come together to follow this movement in order become a system. The movement got started about two and a half, plus, years ago where D1G Couple Thousand was “chanting it (Couple Thousand) like my life depended on it”. Around this time the core founder of the movement D1G would freestyle and make songs from his phone that would reach about 1,000 plays at that time.  

As he went on to record in the studio he would begin to see the lifestyle of being an artist. He saw the likes of Bass Santanna and Flyboy. Watching their process and to see how much fun it was he would begin to take rap more seriously “I was literally just freestyling everyday and I realized I had a talent for it, I got to turn these freestyles into money because I got it”. This leading him on his path, D1G CoupleThousand thought of his name from taking D from his nickname DJ and adding 1-G, though it was his friend Raheem (another core member of the movement) who thought to add Couple Thousand. During this time he would add followers to Couple Thousand, one of the first artists being Fend!. “Couple Thousand was me & Fend! Working and grinding, going to 4orty everyday!” -D1G 

(Left to right: D1G CoupleThousand, Fend!) 

Fend! Who would live in Florida for a time as well, moved to NC about 7 years ago. Fend! was fueled to do music when he realized he had a good ear for music. Though he didn’t seriously start pursuing it until the passing of his older brother. His upbringing was no where close to easy, though Fend! continues on, while stating his passion for music also “I just want my momma to be straight.” While in high school he would meet D1G, watching him make music and putting in work for his aspirations, “I saw what he was doing and I respected it”. The two got along well and would continue to bond when eventually making music. Fend! Sights that working with Pr0ducer Rob at LMG studio (now Oak City Studio), as well as seeing the success of Lo$t Generation and Cloudy Nueve has played a part in his motivation to succeed. “I think what they do is hard! Like the music is hard, they’re not playing with this sh*t”. We can look forward to an album from the young artists where we can expect new sounds which are inspiring and all around good music.  

(Fendi: Age 18, Social Media/ @Fendiwatergun ,originally from Florida)Fendi sometimes stylized as Fend! As of October 1, 2019 has over 36,000 streams on SoundCloud.  

(4orty Thoux Fountain or 4orty for short, Age 17, Social Media/ @4ortythoux) 4orty Thoux Fountain or just 4orty has been able to work with some of NC’s heavy hitters, Dylvinci as well as having unleashed music with Cloudy Nueve and The Lo$t Generation’s Jaheal.  

“4orty is kind of like the glue, he does a good job of keeping us all together”- Lil Bobby. The trio would go on to make tracks like “F*ck The Ops”, “Flash”, and “Envy Me”. These tracks together come up to about 68,000 plays as of October 1, 2019. 4orty is originally from Cary but explains he’s moved around North Carolina a few times. Growing up “we weren’t in the nicest house, but... affordable”. From being around farm life to a trailer and also living in Louisburg, NC. He gives a lot of credit to his culture in Henderson. 4orty explains it can be really grimey or a lot of hospitality depending on where you go in the area. Though he eventually moved to Wake Forest in 2010. The young artist would start making music at 13 and composing music at 15. What sparked his passion to do music was listening to electronic music in the 7th grade which made him wonder how the sounds were being made. At some point he would begin working with D1G and would become apart of Couple Thousand. “ I wasn’t around when it started, but I met Fend! my junior year and now we’re here.” 4orty produces or has produced for majority of Couple Thousand. While also wearing the hats of engineer and businessman. 4orty was with Lil Bobby when they were making the decision to throw a show.  After doing some research the two met up with a venue owner to secure a show date. 4orty making the connections and sealing the deals, while Lil Bobby acted as back up as well as business partner.  

(Lil Bobby: Age 18, Social Media/@_.lil_bobby._ Originally from Raleigh North Carolina) 

Lil Bobby is still very early on in the music scene but has been able to throw his own show and has shown great potential in his music. This show is another example and it’s safe to say this won’t be the last. Lil Bobby is 18 years old and has been making music since September of last year. When asked what made him want to pursue music he said “I don’t really know, something told me to do music, I wanted to be more than a black kid from the projects.” He would also add “growing up was pretty rough, but it could always be worse”.  

(Left to Right: 4orty Thoux Fountain,Clip,Lil Bobby)  

Lil Bobby would be exposed to negativity due to his surroundings growing up and took it upon his self to rise above. To the extent of arranging for him and his friends to perform at a pool party when he started making music. “I told her{the person throwing the pool party} you should let me and my people perform”. Lil Bobby’s resolve to succeed seems to be what dreams are made of. He continues to develop his sound to be “more than a SoundCloud rapper”, and he strives  to prove that. Notable songs like “F*ck it up”, “238”, & “Doc Mcstuffins”.  

(Clip: Age 17, Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina) Clip has been making music since 2017 but as of October 2019 has been streamed over 40,000 times on SoundCloud.  

The members of the movement want to make it very clear that this is not a rap group but a family and way of life. The collective would go on to rock their show with their cohorts showing their hard work “we had nothing but a name, we built from there”- Fend!.  

(Left to Right: Lil Bobby, Clip, Yungwop) Yungwop, 19 years old, as of October 1, 2019 has been streamed over 70,000 times on SoundCloud. Though recently his account and music was taken down, he continues to release music on his new account. (Social Media: @yungwop) 

Amongst the performers was Raleigh native Yungwop. Yungwop when ask how he became apart of (CT) he said “Honestly bro me and D1G go back, Bruh was showing me his music in class  I used to listen to his music in class  We started kicking it and making music together.” Yungwop was eager to perform saying “It was awesome I could do this for the rest of my life”. The artist who’s been rapping since 11 but has been making music since the 11th grade would go on to rock the stage along with his brothers. “We’re all our own people but come together as one”. 

Couple Thousand intends to keep going strong after a successful show, with plans for many more down the line. It’s also been said that a Album may come from the collective soon. Though the collective is full of different sounds and background but pack one heck of a punch together. They have one show down in the books with much more in store for the future. That only pegs the question, what are obstacles to a Couple Thousand? Stay in tune as they show and prove!  

Music Links below!  

D1G CoupleThousand’s Music

Fend!’s Music
4orty Thoux’s Music

Lil Bobby’s Music

Yungwop’s Music

Clip’s Music

Rich Sole 4200

The Love Lost... 


Written By Monte Hieke 

JUIC3BOY releases a much anticipated EP LOST FOR LOVE. The 5 track EP is a mixture of Neo Soul and it’s parent genre, contemporary R&B. The Canadian based artist pulls no punches with this project, giving you feels that will shake you to your core. JUIC3BOY put his heart out for everyone to hear, being honest with himself and the listeners. 

**Instagram: @_juic3boy** 

The first track on the project is “Irreplaceable”, which is a song where the artist is fighting to get the love of his life back “girl you’re irreplaceable and I want to let you know you’re the one I still adore cause you’re all that I’m yearning for”. The catchy song is smooth and rhythmic to say the least, you can feel the conviction in his feelings along with his urgency to get back that love.While it does set a strong tone it won’t be the only highlight of the project.  

“Call on Me” The second track, that follows up perfect from the first, the beat picks up the pace on this and JUIC3BOY doesn’t lose his mark with lyrics like “Call on me Baby, I’ll do anything for you, if you riding for me” “I’ll be the guy that you been praying to the lord for”. This is a monster of a track as well as an anthem.  

The third Track “Habibti’s Heartbreak” features Soji Joseph, the only feature on the project. It starts with a verse from Soji who describes being interested in someone with a different religious belief.  Soji being a guess appearance makes his self at home, not sounding out of place at all on this track. The song itself describes wanting to be with someone who’s playing games or lacking commitment. “Stop playing games we can’t go on doing these  things” “wasted all my love for you to make me happy” JUIC3BOY continues to describe the confusion and struggle to be with this love interest despite differences and complications. 

The next song being “Ready or Not?” Slows things down a bit. “I ain’t trying to wait a long time” “you know my intentions” “baby are you ready or not?”. Yet another cohesive follow where the last track talks about mixed signals and intentions, here is a track that gets track to the point. Vividly through song expressing the emotions of no longer wanting to beat around the bush, but being in a commitment. The artist does a great job of distinctly providing his  perspective on the matter in a relatable way.  

“B.O.M.O” is the last but no where close to being least. In some cases it’s expected for some artist to put a throwaway or something minor at the end of their project but this isn’t the case here. “Better On My Own” is a track that puts the finishing touch on what has been an emotional rollercoaster of a EP. As the title suggest after facing ups and downs, the artist brings it full circle with a song about being better on your own. It’s a bit of a mixture of every element you’ve heard so far, executing in cohesiveness.  

LOST FOR LOVE is a soulful project with a consistent sound. A boring moment is without a doubt nonexistent, every track sounding single worthy. The artist outdoes himself in every song. Stream LOST FOR LOVE now available on every platform it’s worth the listen. 

Tik...Tik... Boom!!!! 

Written By Monte Hieke


North Carolina’s own Steezie has dropped his project “Dynamite” the artist who’s originally from Zimbabwe, gives us a cohesive body of work that effectively set Steezie apart from the crowd. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, having his hand in engineering, and production throughout majority of the project. The jack of all trades who has been doing music for 10 years has stated “I feel reborn, I feel new”, and it feels that way, this project is extremely energy driven. There isn’t a track where you don’t feel every word that Steezie is saying.  

The 12 track project has eye catching features from Sangastaa, Spaceman Stu, Jonna’s Aura, Four, Woosy, Jondacom, King Roheuax, and Marco Luka as well as bangers left and right. To name a few the project starts with a song under the same name as the project “DYNAMITE” which sounds as if you’ve entered a stratosphere, Steezie hits the ground running with this track that’s infectious with its vibe and easy going spacey production. Though the beat may be easy going it’s spacey sound meets with Steezie who makes the beat all the more enjoyable. Dynamite is nothing short of single quality, and a great introduction to the project.  

The second track “DISTANT” which features Sangstaa is a song about the strain of relations vs ambition, Steezie is really laying down his emotions unapologetically on this track which is backed up with a rapid fire verse from Sangstaa, with a mixture of R&B and Trap the two mix together like a dynamic duo of mixed genres. Though the song is a change of pace in topic, it doesn’t change the overall vibe that the project has to offer.  

Other tracks such as IDOYS, NYMPHO, and OFF THE METER a track that features a hard hitting verse from Spaceman Stu are all songs that are guaranteed to make your head nod. Though the songs could all be considered a smash, Steezie gives us some bars too. In particular the track ATTITUDE, you hear more from this artist’s arsenal, giving us a showcase of his lyricism and ability to flow. The different flows he demonstrates throughout this creative effort shows just how versatile the artist is, like a chameleon blending into it’s background, the different genres and styles won’t make you feel out of place on Dynamite.  

In other cuts, there are songs such as RAIN INTERLUDE, HOW I’M FEELING, and OPTIONS. Where DYNAMITE makes you feel like you’ve entered the stratosphere, on these tracks it’s as if you’re on another planet. Sonically putting you in a trance, the melodies, and sounds you hear home in on you in a way that’s both memorable and refreshing to say the least. This is pure album quality music, pinning Steezie in a upper class level of artistry. If you’re looking for something different, Steezie’s Dynamite project brings innovation and creative sounds you won’t find anywhere else. Go give it a listen!! Dynamite is now available on all streaming platforms.

Social Media: @iamsteezie

Don’t Know BBO?!! 

Written By Monte Hieke

If you don’t know BBO which stands for Bad Bitches Only, GET TO KNOW THEM, the duo which have known each other for over 3 years consists of Baby K and LexFlex. They recently released visuals for the banger of a track “40s N Rugerz”! The track starts off with a hook that immediately hones in on the listener. This song from start to finish is infectious, making you want to hit replay after the first listen. The beat which has hard bass and helps the track live up to banger status is produced by SethInTheKitchen. 

Lex Flex(left) Baby K(right)  

Eye Catching Lyrics such as “I’m in the cut with my shooters, mac, dracos, got 40s & Rugers”, “you wasting my time, get kicked to the curve boy you got to go” ,and “stashing your body up under the pool pit”. The first to kick things off is Lex Flex who comes on the beat cocky as she rides the beat with ease, a rowdy yet fun, cool headed and aggressive verse with a superb flow which feels wholesome and iconic enough to leave you wanting more. After being locked in the hook once again, Baby K makes her presence felt as well, with a mixture of feisty and confident, shows you early she’s not to be slept on coming in with pure energy and lines that will stay stuck in your head. The two reach synchrony on this track but are like fire and ice finding ways to still add in attention grabbing talents that set them apart, whether that be energy or word play, this group sounds great together.  

Though still early in their career the group is breaking more than 70,000 streams on SoundCloud alone as well as looks from media outlets such as DJ Smallz Eyes and Fucious TV, the  duo is laying down the ground work to be an outstanding movement. 40s N Rugerz is just a glimpse into what the group is capable, other notable tracks such as “No More”, “FRAUDS”,  and “Lil Bitch” shines light on their versatility. BBO can give you grimy trap, bars, or a more vulnerable side depending on what they want to pull out of their arsenal. It’s easy to hear as well as see that based on the triple threat these aren’t the girls you want to mess with. Artists based out of Raleigh but not allowing that to hold them back, having shows in the area as well as making waves in Atlanta, the future is surely bright for BBO. Listening to “40s N Rugerz” on all streaming platforms or watch the video out now YouTube.

Instagram: @leeexflex @babykbabyy @therealbbo

Sangstaa Interview 


Sangsta talks how he started making music, relationships in the music industry. The difference in scenery from raleigh to LA, maintaining industry contacts and staying consistent.

To Be Frank 

Written By Monte Hieke



New Music from the Carolinas, EMILIO ZAPATA drops a new Track “Frank”. The Artist born in Long Island, New York but based in North Carolina delivers a track that is fun and bound to get you moving. The song is the first solo release of the artist this year and what a start. The song “Frank”, without giving too much away, partly describes the ends and outs of being young and focused while enjoying what life has to offer. Containing lyrics as “cause these days, in my spare time, I probably rather be on my own” and  “losing track of my day so we poppin champagne”, “cause in this life there’s no freebies” 

The track puts him in a lane of his own, not being able to put the track in one Genre or put it inside some kind of box. 

The track has an energetic beat with his cool yet powerful vocals. The track is short and sweet but very well executed. When asked if this track was leading to a project he answered “I can’t give too much away as far as what’s coming”. EMILIO being apart of the collective The Lo$t Generation gives us slight insight on what’s in the works saying “we’re ducked off right now working on the best sh** to give our supporters” saying this in addition to confirming more music this year. Last year as the Lo$t Generation they released “The Lo$t Tape 1.5” which may be a sign that we may receive a possible follow up this year.

New Music from the Carolina’s EMILIO ZAPATA drops a new Track “Frank”. The Artist born in Long Island, New York but based in North Carolina delivers a track that is fun and bound to get you moving. The song is the first solo release of the artist this year and what a start. The song “Frank”, without giving too much away, partly describes the ends and outs of being young and focused while enjoying what life has to offer. Containing lyrics as “cause these days, in my spare time, I probably rather be on my own” and  “losing track of my day so we poppin champagne”, “cause in this life there’s no freebies” 

The track puts him in a lane of his own, not being able to put the track in one Genre or put it inside some kind of box. 

The track has an energetic beat with his cool yet powerful vocals. The track is short and sweet but very well executed. When asked if this track was leading to a project he answered “I can’t give too much away as far as what’s coming”. EMILIO being apart of the collective The Lo$t Generation gives us slight insight on what’s in the works saying “we’re ducked off right now working on the best sh** to give our supporters” saying this in addition to confirming more music this year. Last year as the Lo$t Generation they released “The Lo$t Tape 1.5” which may be a sign that we may receive a possible follow up this year.


“The best music we’ve made ever made with the biggest new wave they’ve ever seen” -EMILIO describing what’s in store for him and The Lo$t Generation 

Also adding that Frank is only a “seed of what’s to come”. The song is definitely one  for a listen if you’re looking for something new to vibe to. The artist who has been making music since high school, which was about 4 years ago, shows no signs of slowing down. The artist has a sound that puts you in a trance and keeps you there, beware of EMILIO ZAPATA because once you play his’ve entered a vibe. Listen to “Frank” available on all streaming platforms now.

*instagram: @emiliozapata_

The Chick Behind The Mic 

Written By Ashley Pierce



We’ve all see an increase in female positivity all over the world. In all 
industries women are screaming, “The future is female”. The music industry is no 
different. Female artists are proving themselves to be bold and demanding respect 
from everyone around them. Proving that a woman can love her body, have sex 
appeal and handle her business all on her own. 
Megan Thee Stallion, an upcoming rapper from Houston, TX is no stranger to 
this with lyrics like “Come in the room and I'm giving commands. I am the captain 
and he the lieutenant” in her song Big Ole Freak. Megan is following in her mother’s 
footsteps as a female rapper. Unfortunately, her mother Holly Thomas, Holly-Wood 
being her rap name has recently passed away. Megan has made it known that her 
performances will not stop because “Holly would not want me to stop” she tweets 
out to her fans. She released an EP in June 2018 called Tina Snow where you can 
find a few of her most popular songs like Big Ole Freak, Freak Nasty and Make A Bag 
feat. Moneybagg Yo. I suspect this is only the beginning for Megan Thee Stallion. 
Some women in the music industry are on the rise due to the benefits of 
social media. We all know that we are in a day and time where social media can give 
anyone a platform to display something they are passionate about and develop 
supporters and a following. 
Artist like Doja Cat have taken full advantage of the power of social media by 
making what she calls “meme music” with her song “Moo”. Doja explains that she 
created this song as a joke with her fans on Instagram live. She says she wanted to 
make something that allowed everyone to have a sort of break. “The music industry 
is very uptight right now and people need humor,” she explains. Doja cat is from Los 
Angeles California and has been making music for a couple years now. Back in 2014 
Doja released an EP called Purrr! with her noted song “So High”. It seems that it 
wasn’t until recently that others have realized Doja Cat actually has a nice voice and 
plenty of other great songs like, Go To Town and Tia Tamera feat Rico Nasty. 
I think it is safe to say that women will continue to speak out on all platforms 
loudly and freely no matter big or small. It is quite invigorating for others to see 
women of all shapes and sizes, being sexy and positive especially in a predominately 
male industry. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat have all of their music 
streaming on all platforms for downloading.

By Ashley Pierce