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Compton Rapper, AD, the Modern Hero of West Coast Music

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Compton Rapper, AD, the Modern Hero of West Coast Music

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A modern day hero of the West Coast, 28 year old Armand Douglas, best known as AD is one of most prominent, upcoming rappers in Compton. To call Douglas a “ rapper,” is an understatement. In today’s generation of “Skr, skr” mumble rap, this artist strives to keep West Coast music alive. What makes Douglas stand out is his originality and commitment to LA sounding music. Moreover, his eccentric, shouting vocals take over the mic. “Bring a more aggressive different energy than rappers today. Every artist should feel like they are underrated in a sense. Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to be different. Put God first,” says AD.

Douglas is distributed by legendary West Coast label,  Priority Records (Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre). In 2017,  Last Of The 80’s, produced by Sorry Jaynari hit #22 on iTunes rap charts. Even Kendrick Lamar gave praise to AD’s mixtape, Blue:89 “AD’s been doing his thing.” Douglas is a continuation of great hip-hop.

Album, By The Way (produced by Sorry Jaynari) depicts Douglas’ struggle growing up in the hood. “The streets don’t love you. All my life I’ve had to watch my back because of the neighborhood I grew up in and my affiliations,” expresses Douglas. AD holds it down for his community and stands out as a rising figure of greatness for the streets, to those who once lived the struggle, both buried and alive. DJ Hustle 

 

In album, Last of The 80’s, “Out The Hood” with Sorry Jaynari  reflects AD’s come up. Though he lives in Hollywood, he’s never abandoned his thug identity. Douglas is anything but egoistic or flashy. During dinner, he’s a regular, charismatic guy who jokes with his family in the living room and eats “A1 candy yams” at the dinner table. As humble as he is, this rapper won’t brag about his fame and lifestyle, nor does he put anyone down. Douglas is the kind of man who acknowledges everyone in a room, even if you’re not in his circle, if you will. You wouldn’t expect 21 Savage or Freddie Gibbs to be in the same room with AD, but that just goes to show how Douglas is respected by diverse artists, including those who aren’t just from the West Coast. “I think it’s dope to work with everyone. Everybody has a different story and music bridges it all together.”

The studio is a regular day for Douglas, with pizza, Worldstar, and cracking jokes with Freddie Gibbs and 21 Savage, “Ty Dolla $ign, we gon drop you. We got AD now. Tahaha!” jokes 21. No doubt, AD is hard worker though. He literally shoots video clips in the studio and records demos the same night from 9pm to 4am.

One thing that keeps his spirit alive for music is his daughter. From a troubled, broke kid on the block, in and out of jail, struggling to pay his phone bill, and no whip, Douglas strives to hustle harder and be a better man than ever. “My daughter made me value life more and in turn made me want to be more honest with my music,” expresses Douglas. On the mic and on stage, Douglas also carries his grandma’s spirit with him, who passed away last year.

AD’s not slowing down anytime soon and is only making moves to become the greatest of the West Coast. Douglas hopes to diversify his career and  build upon his craft, including acting. He’s bringing “the juice” to Hollywood, so get your glasses ready.

For more AD follow Instagram, Twitter, and iTunes

Written by Atlantis Aubry @atlantissimone 

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Ty Dolla $ign Makes America “Wavy”

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Ty Dolla $ign Makes America “Wavy”

Whether it’s his music or his presence, there’s something about Ty Dolla $ign that makes you feel like there’s chemistry. The first time I wore my “Make America Wavy” hat to his show at Marquee, Las Vegas, he made eye contact and nodded, as a sign of respect that he understood my “waviness”. The second time I wore the same hat, he grabbed it and shook my head. Backstage, with DJ Mustard,  he noticed the hat for a third time and laughed. His first words to me were, “Make America wavy?”, before greeting me with a hug.

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$ign literally transforms on stage. At first, he starts off the show with “Saved” (ft. E-40 in the album, Free TC) with a long trench coat, a wide brim hat, and some shades. He reminds me of a black Zoro, except with dreads, tattoos, and glasses. Towards the end of the show, he ditches the trench coat  and somehow ends up shirtless while he hypes the crowd and jumps up and down to Blasé. Dolla is the like the thug version of Cary Grant. Classic Hollywood actor, Grant, like Ty is smooth and suave, with English-tailored trench coats, and a wide-brim hat. With a simple smile or tilt of the hat, he is classy like Grant and melts the heart of the ladies. Dolla is sweet, but don’t let the innocent, shy smile fool you. He is a romantic, nasty bad-boy, like chocolate covered strawberries with a side of Henny. His voice is raspy, smooth, and sensual, but he makes, “Girl, I beat it up,” sound like an innocent, romantic sing-a-long. “Lil Baby” by DJ Mustard and Ty is like the R-rated version of Joe’s “The Things Your Man Won’t Do.”

 

Though Ty wears Dolla $IGN tatted on his neck, he’s underlooked as an artist, and perhaps only viewed as a “thug”. In a world where black men are masculinized or portrayed as arrogant gangsters, Ty is challenging that stigma, perhaps without even noticing. Dolla holds onto his identity as a former Blood, but does not place himself in a category of a “gangster” artist. He depicts that black artists are more than wearing chains, diamonds, grills, or flaunting Gucci belts and cash on IG. Like many of us, Dolla is a skater, a guitarist, drummer, a keyboardist, a father, a brother, a John Mayer fan, and a songwriter- in general, a regular guy. He wears thousand dollar suits and chains but “rocks Vans like a skater.” He “might drink the Henny,” to ratchet music in the club, but will get down with your uncle to Bootsie Collins or Al Jarreau at the family BBQ. Collaborating with artists including will.i.am,  Skrillex, AD, Justin Timberlake, YG, Joe Moses, Swedish singer, Zara Larsson, and Fifth Harmony, to name a few, Dolla is one of the most versatile, original, and “wavy” artists of the generation. Regardless of their musical background or gang affiliation, ratchet or not, this man is happy to collab with any artist he sees as an “instrument” and can create with.

 

“What’s it like working with Ty?,” I asked in an interview with the producer, B. Ham from Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs.  “I always am very grateful whenever I have the opportunity to work with him. He is very talented and a super hard worker. I always learn a lot when I’m around him,” expressed B.  Ham.

As Ty keeps winning, he keeps his circle close and brings his people with him. He’s got his brothers for life  if you will.  Backstage, you will find DJ Mustard and Tally (TC).  Even Compton rapper, AD, acknowledges him as a support system and “big brother.” Joe Moses pops up on stage to tell the DJ, “F’ that sh**”, bring it back, DJ!” when “Lil Baby” by DJ Mustard and Ty$ come on in the club. DJ Hustle 

 

It’s been 5 years since the beginning of his project, Beach House, an installment of Ty’s mixtape, in 2012. Beach House 3 following  Ty’s debut Free TC is not yet released (and Ty never fails to tease his fans), but his most recent songs from the project include “Love U Better” featuring The Dream and Lil Wayne and “So Am I” with Skrillex and Damien Marley.

 

From his grandma’s backroom to the big stage,  Dolla continues to make more waves in the music world. As he keeps breaking barriers in the in music, Ty continues to be true to himself as a music lover. He stands as one of the most original, “wavy” artists of today’s generation.

Written by Atlantis Aubry @atlantissimone 

Eli Sostre R&B Crooner Has A Hit Not Right Now

Eli Sostre R&B Crooner Has A Hit Not Right Now

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Eli Sostre the R&B crooner has a hit on his hands (Not Right Now). The crooner out of New York where hip hop rules has a dope hit, he just drop a mix tape called Sleep is for the weak we will put the link below now Eli is giving us more heat to vibe to.  The “Make It Freestyle” artist’s new project contains 12 total tracks, which were all produced by Soriano, with one seeing production credits from PJ Beats, as well as a couple from Sostre, himself. The young talent taps into themes of love and representing for his home city throughout the new mixtape, which offers up some serious vocal work. DJ Hustle 

Eli Sostre R&B Crooner Has A Hit On His Hands Not Right Now

Eli Sostre R&B Crooner Has A Hit Not Right Now

 

Eli Sostre’s Sleep Is for the Weak Tracklist

1. “Kings” (Prod. Soriano)
2. “New Addy” (prod. Eli Sostre & Soriano)
3. “Something Like You” (Prod. Soriano & Ghetto Guitar)
4. “Let You Go” (prod. Soriano)
5. “Made It Freestyle” (Prod. Soriano)
6. “Basics” (Prod. PJ Beats & Soriano)
7. “Nobody Else” (Prod. Eli Sostre & Soriano)
8. “When The Night Comes” (Prod. Soriano)
9. “Make Me Stay” (Prod. Soriano)
10. “Saving Face” (Prod. Soriano)
11. “Runway” (Prod. Soriano)
12. “S.I.F.T.W.” (Prod. Soriano)

 

 

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