After a promising basketball career ended by legal issues, Chicago rapper Mikey Dollaz has emerged as one of Chicago’s most prominent new act. After numerous featuring with chicago’s biggest artist, the young driller creates with the best producers his own lane and reshape chicago’s future.
First of all can you introduce yourself those who haven’t checked in yet, who is Mikey Dollaz ?
Mikey Dollaz is a fun and turnt up type of guy. Loud but don’t like too much attention. I love making music hanging on my block and doing what I do, but for all the right reasons not the wrong (lbs). Feel like I’m one of many of the real niggaz left also (lbvs). N always a street nigga.
Not everyone is aware of your story, but your past, very likely evokes the screenplay of an unswerving go-getter that will achieve greatness, by any mean neccessary. Can you walk us through those dark days between basketball, street gang and your come up in the thriving Chicago scene ?
To be honest, if I go threw all that it a be a long story even though, I only been on earth for 26 years (lbs). But long story short it was hard growing up in Chicago and still is today. Probably Worser now. I got very popular from playing basketball when I was a “shorty shorty”. Me and Lil Chris which was apart the group M.I.C that I was in along with I.L Will. And what’s funny was when we won the championship undefeated in Grammer school it was big n after the day we graduated Grammer school was the first day we smoke some weed. Back then Reggie was in, but we still smoked some real dope the first time we got high (lbvs). After that it was over for my hoopin career. I was smoking much weed after that. Then I went to high school n started fuckin up big & got kicked out. Year later got locked up for 2 1/2 years. Then came home rappin. By me being a nigga who have plugs n know niggaz with names out here in da streets, it wasn’t really hard to make a name for myself. But I also put in a lot of work to get where I’m at in my career.
Experience shaped your sound and your talent has always stayed intact. We can easily imagine, prooving you the most prominent act in the drill scene wasn’t an overnight job, how do you maintain this invariability ? and what structure have you got behind you to support this grind ?
Well thanks for noticing me as the most prominent act(lbs). But I feel like I’m not getting the credit I deserve. My talent n work ethic is being over looked by a lot of people who are important in this business. I just love music so much and so use to doing it now it’s just a everyday thing with me now. This my 9to5 (lol). But more like my 24 how much I work (lol). Then I’m a big fan of ecstasy pills. Which makes me automaticly want to do something involving music. So that’s how I maintain my drive that I have. And as far as structure, my production company (Gold River Ent.) play a major role in supporting my grind (nbs).
Have you been offered major deal yet ?
Yeah, a couple when I was in the group M.I.C with my lil bro I.L Will and Lil Chris. And one of the big homies named Momac was managing us at the time. and also one as a solo artist. Don’t really want to say from who or get to all that. But it wasn’t enough for me to sign anything .
The mixtape you recently dropped is endorsed by many major household names such as Sonny digital and the Honorable C-NOTE just to name a few, can we blame that on your lyrical ability or has your network bigger that we actually expected ?
That’s another thing my production company helped me with and get Intune with. When I went to Atlanta to work with Sonny Digital he say he already knew who I was already and fuck with my music. And I talked to C Note on the phone cause he was out of town, but he say he fucking wit me heavy too. So it was kind of dope because Ima a big fan of both there beats n Sonny Digital music. I also worked with Dun Deal On The Track and Produced By Goose. Dope sessions I had with him and Sommy Nbs.
The block is hot and opps are supposedly never lacking. As a public figure, how do you avoid conflict when you are shooting videoclips or shopping designer ?
I don’t know if I’m understanding the question right but I think I do(lol). But to be honest I don’t have a lot of trouble in my hood. And I’m well protected lbvs. And I’m not the type to look for trouble but I’m also not the type to run from it if u understand what I’m saying. When I shoot videos or shop I don’t worry about certain things because I always have some one with me on point, even though I’m on point myself.
Back in 2013 you dropped a joint mixtape with Dreezy Dreezy, which is a brilliant artist, during the interview with Mr youBEpictured we could notice an intensity in your relationship. What is your relation with the drill queen ? and have you been recording any new collaborative material since she moved to Atlanta ?
Well right now we just homies. Talk every blue moon or when I see her at events or what not. But back then we was really in a relationship, so the connection was real and helped with making the music we made. And no we haven’t worked since then after the tape probably.
We have been scoping the streets and the city is bursting with talent, Nevertheless you effortlessly stand out from the crowd, can you explain what make your drilling so efficient? and what do you have cooking up next ?
Well what makes my drill music so efficient is love for music. And to be honest, probably my only way of being successful like I want to be in this world, especially by me being a ex-felon. I stand out cause I’m me. Everybody that meets me tells me I’m special lol. In a good way though. And it’s just really that I have my own style and I be sooooo Turnt on tracks off the drugz lbs. Plus I’m doing drill music over EDM beats and beats from people like Sonny Digital and C-Note.
I’m actually going to drop another mixtape June 21st called “Good Music Gone Bad” which is a production colab tape with Saint The Good Boy and hosted by Dj Amaris N Dj Shon. And I also got two more tapes that I’m going to randomly drop before the summer ends. And in between work on my “Sex Music 3” mixtape for the ladies. So yea I’m working.
Who is Scarlxrd?
Scarlxrd, Meet With Hip Hop’s Most Violent Act.
Scarlxrd must be the most violent act in the scene. Hailing from England, the metal-influenced rapper plays extremely well with the codes and aims to push boundaries of the genre to another level.
With the early XXXTentacion tending to be sonically rough and violent, the English emcee takes it further while he sticks to the codes.
Defined by the distorted vocals, use of heavy guitar riffs from time to times to gives it its aggressive foundations, the trap elements connect the dots to make it fall under the rap category.
Flaunting his thousand-dollar outfit in his videos and lyrics, the former family friendly YouTuber whose use to publish video under the moniker of Mazzi Maz, has been fueling controversy in the underground partly due to his talent but also due to the comparison with Broward County superstar XXXTentacion.
Before his solo rap career, scarlxrd was part of rap-rock band Myth City in 2016, but month later Marcu ‘Maz’ Listhrop from his real name, created his scarlxrd alter-ego and released 7 mixtapes: Annx Dxmini, LXRD, Savixur, Rxse, Chaxsthexry and Cabin Fever.
Why does he wears a face mask?
Scarlxrd wears a black surgery face mask so he won’t be recognized and mainly due to his YouTube popularity. In fact the rapper was a YouTube superstar in England and has a recognizable mark under his chin. A White spot that might be sign of Vitiligo and that he wants to hide from people. Hard enough to maintain into a character, the UK savage doesn’t seem to want people to know about his past which doesn’t fit with the Scarlxrd character.
Digital Artist Yung Jake Kills It With The Emoji Mosaic Blueprint
For those who don’t know Yung Jake, he has always been an underrated influencer.
Low-key setting trends or replicating them discreetly, the Lil B influenced Emcee is one hell of an artist and makes most of his bread as both creative and artistic director for brand and Rap superstaras he was behind production such as the ‘No Flex Zone’ Videoclip from Rae Sremmurd and with the emoji Pepsi commercial, his blueprint.
Leading us to the main subject of this article, his blue print. While Yung Jake the rapper has often used Yung Jake the artist to help his career and vice versa, but the artist has taken over and is shining bright like a diamond. Using a close juxtaposition of all emojis available, Jake update an art form that was first found in the Macedonian palace-city of Aegae, in the fourth century before Christ, the mosaic. And the digital artist, whose real name is Jake Patterson scores big with those masterpieces made from emojis, as he was commissioned by the Dream Downtown hotel in New York City to create new pieces just for the occasion.
From the underground trends to the geekiest digital technics, the Rapper/Artist invades the Dream Downtown in New York City with the now popular Digital Mosaic, located on 355 W 16th Street New York, NY 10011.
Is BBKnight Rap’s Next Superstar ?
Remember where you heard it first, the Las Vegas rapper BBknight is rap next biggest trend …
this is kind of a rhetorical question for us, since we intimately know that there is that special thing about him. Searching the web for hours can be super boring at time and so rewarding at others. Like finally finding the identity of the smoking wood rapper just to realize that he would be one of this year biggest revelation.
And this time, I think web monitoring has been kind of rewarding as it led us to a newcomer that goes by the name of BB Knight.
First you have to be wondering: ‘what type of clickbait this article is?’ but unfortunately not. A super-duper flow and a taste for swaged-out clothes, the Las Vegas rapper could in the next few days turn out to be the biggest trend in the industry (XXL will soon publish an article about him as they monitor our webzine).
Alike his predecessors, the young Emcee follow the trends and codes dictated by the scene his own way. You could easily compare him to Playboi Carti & Tay-K but Lil Knight has his own blueprint and has a secret weapon too …
The Secret Weapon
Things gets a bit complicated but that’s how we first heard of BB Knight. Two days ago, Lil Xan released his brand new videoclip ‘Xanarchy’. Since it was released through WSHH, we were stunned by the new level of post-production effects on the video and assume that it was done by the great Cole Benneth, so we pursued our investigation on Lyrical Lemonade official website just to realize that it was him that produced the super dope video but somebody he was praising the work extensively. And his name is LoneWolf. Check his work here.
his style use paper collage, filters, layering with drop down shadow and many other technics that surprisingly recall the general mood of Cole’s videos without copying it.
But it doesn’t stop here …
If you go back to earlier 2017, every track delivered is sonically mature in comparison to his young age and as discussed in multiple articles, there is no particular ‘window’ in which an artist will blow up due to the high virality of internet’s giant algorythm.
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