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Abby Diamond shares her third single “Nice and Slow” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

NYC-based singer Abby Diamond caught our ears with her new release titled “Nice and Slow” which serves as the third single in her full moon series of singles. The laidback track produced/c0-written by Max Vehuni of slenderbodies showcases her soft angelic vocals in full glare over a sublime and ethereal groovy backdrop. Diamond delivers a sultry melodic run ripe with evocative lyrics that listeners can feel. The production is pretty solid too and has a nice boom-bap punch in its groove while Diamond’s vocals really merge with the smooth textures and cuts through the mix.

Get “Nice and Slow” on SoundCloudYouTube, Deezer.


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M.anifest shares visuals for “Scorpio Flow” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

As M.anifest prepares to drop his fifth project and thrilled us with a slew of singles, he returns with another release titled “Scorpio Flow.” The track is produced by Drvmroll and Rvdical The Kid who craft a bouncy and hypnotic backdrop for M.anifest to display his verbal prowess. From internal rhyme schemes, wordplay and gripping cadence, M.anifest comes through with ferocious intent reminding listeners that he still got it.

Continuing to put his hometown Madina on the map throughout this album rollout, M.anifest has returned to the place that shaped his formative years for the accompanying music video for “Scorpio Flow”, after also filming the exquisite “La Vida” music video in Madina as well. On this occasion, he has teamed up with directors Motheo Moeng and Edith Nwekenta for what he describes as, “raw and minimal as the track itself. We went straight into my hood, mixtape-style, and just captured a vibe. It was a necessary break from the very produced and polished videos we do these days.”

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Pugs Atomz shares “This Lifetime” Feat Rockie Fresh, and J. Arthur 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Pugs Atomz is preparing for his upcoming full-length project, Test drive and now returns with a new single titled “This Lifetime” featuring fellow Chi-town emcee Rockie Fresh, and vocalist J. Arthur. Tusk57 once again provides the perfect backdrop for the emcees to postulate on certain things they want to achieve and then some. J. Arthur ties it all with a smooth melodic chorus as well.

The forthcoming Test Drive album dropping October 13th, 2021 is the culmination of a year-long collaboration with LA-based multi-instrumentalist producer Tusk57 and includes features from monster MCees like Killah Priest, Rockie Fresh, and Chris Crack. The album’s stand-out sound is rooted in Chicago’s formidable underground where Pugs Atomz and Tusk57 first connected, but it reflects their global travel and omnivorous music influences. The album is designed for end-to-end listening and the vinyl will become a sought-after collectible.

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Ludacris Teams With Netflix For New Animated Series ‘Karma’s World’ 

Karma's World

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Ludacris has been M.I.A. from the rap scene for a minute and though he’s been keeping a low profile. But the Atlanta rapper and certified actor has been making moves as he’s now a part of Netflix’s new animated series Karma’s World.

Karma's World

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Inspired by Luda’s oldest daughter, Karma Bridges, Karma’s World revolves around a little girl who aspires to be a famous rapper and finds herself constantly daydreaming of the day her talents will be recognized by the world. Encouraged by her supportive father (Ludacris), Karma feels that the world is hers for the taking.

Per the Netflix synopsis: “Smart, resilient, and deeply empathetic, Karma pours her soul into songwriting, channeling her feelings into whip-smart rhymes with passion, courage and her signature brand of humor. In this series, Karma is only beginning to grasp the incredible emotional power that words and music can have. She doesn’t just want to share her music with the world…she wants to change the world with it!”

Naturally it seems like Karma might have a hater or two, but from the looks of things she’ll be able to brush them off and realize her dreams in the end. This really seems like a must-see series for proud fathers and their little girls.

Check out the trailer to Karma’s World below and let us know if you’ll be checking this out when it hits Netflix on October 15.

Hypebeast Alert: Kanye Drops Yeezy Knit Runners, Ye or Nay? 

Yeezy Knit Runner

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People have slandered Kanye’s latest adidas releases like the Foam Runners, the Slide slippers, and even the 450 Slates, but his latest and weirdest release might be getting the most hate of them all, and it’s lowkey well deserved.

The new Yeezy Knit Runner’s no doubt resemble a blimp on feet, but they not only have hypebeasts drooling, they actually sold out within minutes of their release today (September 23). Needless to say Kanye’s been pushing the envelope with his designs all across the board, from his zipper-less Gap down jacket to now his shapeless footwear, but regardless of how weird and eccentric things may get, it becomes a hot commodity amongst customers so he seems to know what he’s doing.

Looking like some knitting fabric stitched to a rubber sole, the Knit Runners seem comfortable for what it’s worth, but just kinda weird looking all around. The first “Sulfur” drop features a mustard and tan colorway that definitely stands out, and given the fact that it sold out as fast as it was probably made, a black and red colorway is sure to be as sought after as a pair of Bred Air Jordans. Still, today’s drop is already reselling for $500+ so you can only imagine what a popular colorway would fetch on the secondary market.

Check out the Yeezy Knit Runner below and let us know if you think it’s all hype or the design is next level.

Who Asked For This?: Kim Kardashian To Host ‘SNL’, Young Thug Among Musical Guests 


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The first hosts and musical guests of the new season, its 47th, of Saturday Night Live have been announced, and at least one person in the former group will raise eyebrows. Kanye West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian has been tapped to host SNL.

We gotta say it—Who asked for this? Who suggested it?

Besides Kardashian, the hosts, announced by the usual tweet of an image of dates and names on Post-Its is a murderer’s row of actors. Owen Wilson will hold down the season premiere on October 2, followed by Kardashian the next week and then Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis on October 16 and October 23, respectively.

For Hip-Hop heads, mark your calendars for October 16 when Atlanta rapper Young Thug will be the musical guest. The other acts slated for the start of the new season include Kacey Musgraves, Halsey and Brandi Carlile.

Last we saw Kardashian she was channeling a Yeezy-like aesthetic at the Met Ball by donning an all-black outfit that included a full face mask. There’s also the matter of Wack 100 claiming he has an unseen Kardashian and Ray J sex tape, but we aren’t holding our breath when it comes to the merits of that claim.


Trust Tate finds solace in “A Dream Deferred” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Trust Tate is on his grind and has dropped a slew of singles in the past few weeks. On his latest release titled “A Dream Deferred”, he goes into full introspective mode over a lush guitar-driven somber track as he reflects on the way the world is where good gets overtaken by evil. He dives into the topic from someone looking to find the silver lining and implores people who feel the same to not give in but find that inner peace. Trust Tate uses a blend of spoken word styled flow and melodic runs to pass his message across.

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Jermaine Dupri Shades Diddy with Songwriters Honor: “I’m At Tables Puff Can’t Pay For” 

VERZUZ: Fat Joe Vs Ja Rule

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Jermaine Dupri hasn’t played games when it came to calling out Diddy for a Verzuz battle and recently revealed not only why, but also why his credentials show his arms are actually longer than Diddy’s when it comes to hits.

As previously reported, during an Instagram live session, Diddy, JD, and Snoop Dogg joined Fat Joe to discuss the potential battle. Diddy previously stated that he only wanted to battle Dr. Dre.

“Ayo, short arms. You need to chill out short arms. You hear me? Ayo, I love you. First of all, I want the world to know that this is one of my best friends. You know, one of my best inspirations,” said Diddy to JD.

Dupri stopped by The Kenny Burns Show on Atlanta radio station V-103 earlier this week, to discuss his accomplishments and bring more facts to the table about why he’s more than qualified to battle Brother Love, throwing a few jabs Diddy’s way by pointing out that he actually produces and sits behind the boards to create records in addition to writing songs.

“Let me say this to y’all, everybody, be clear,” Dupri said. “I just want to make sure everybody understands this. I am in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I am in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Puff Daddy’s not in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Steve Stoute and the Trackmasters are not in the Hall of Fame.”

The So So Def head honcho then went on to shout out fellow musicians from his era to hold the same accomplishment.

“Me, Dallas Austin, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott—when it comes to songwriting… I shouldn’t have to play nothing… I am in a seat that Puff Daddy can’t pay for. You have to write songs, and as far as I’m concerned, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t know if he’ll ever get in that club.”

The “Grillz” writer then went on to reveal that he had gotten a direct message on Instagram from both Steve Stoute and frequent Diddy collaborators Trackmasters telling him that his records had “no lasting impact.”

“Steve Stoute wrote me saying, ‘Jermaine, I respect your catalog, but your crazy, and your music has zero long-term impact.” Jermaine Duri said. “And I’m going to say this again, the Trackmasters have zero seats in the Hall of Fame. ZERO seats in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and I want to [add] that if I had zero impact then why are you shooting your shot at me?”

Check out the clips below.

Vocab Slick shares visuals for “What It Is” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

As Vocab Slick prepares for his long-awaited Language LP in October, he shares the stylish new video for “What It Is.” A lyric-dense cut that showcases Slick’s smooth flow and engaging lyrics over the bass-driven backdrop provided by producer Surebert.

The visuals are handled by Starski who makes use of solid performance shots of Vocab Slick as he talks his ish to the camera against moody lighting while BREEDSWORLD provides the necessary visual effects.

It’s a fitting setup for “What It Is,” primarily because the track itself does lean into the slightly darker side of the rapper’s mindset. With good reason, of course, because he’s clearly tired of all the BS, like other people trying to weigh him down with their unfounded opinions and criticisms. It’s just too bad for them that he’s too focused and well-equipped with lines like, “Truth is, I’m ruthless/ And known for overdoing anything I ever thought was worth pursuing/ Y’all foolish and clueless/ Prone to being stupid to ever think I’m nothing but superhuman, a mutant.”

Get “What It Is” on all DSPs here.

The Language LP is due out Oct. 29 on all major DSPs via DR Music, which will be supported with a West Coast tour that’ll kick off on Nov 03 through the 20th. Tour schedule to be announced shortly.


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SSY and ArtJay team up for “My Roots” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

South African producer SSY teams up with ArtJay for this soulful, feel-good jam titled “My Roots.” The track is built on summer-infused sounds with jazzy vibes and vivid lyricism. It was produced and engineered in Canada and recorded in South Africa.

The video was directed and shot by Brendon Blakeway who makes use of performance shots with smooth transitions.

Stream “My Roots” on all DSPs here.

SSY is a musician from South Africa. 1/3 of a collective known as The LGNDRY.

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