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Pop Smoke, Boosie BadAzz and More – New Projects This Week

[ad_1] This week brings some music that the people have been waiting for: a second posthumous release from a beloved Brooklyn drill rapper, a new project from a rap veteran from Louisiana and a collaborative effort from two California natives, one of which is a 2021 XXL Freshman.The saying goes, "You cannot say Pop and forget the Smoke," and this week, a second offering from the undeniable talent with the signature raspy voice is being delivered by his team. Pop Smoke's sophomore album, which is also the second coming since his tragic murder in February of 2020, Faith, has arrived. The fully loaded LP has star-studded features including Kanye West, Pusha T, Rick Ross,...

Toosii and Blxst’s 2021 XXL Freshman Cypher

[ad_1] 2021 XXL Freshmen Toosii and Blxst similarly operate as R&B guys at heart who are good in the streets. The content of their music will zigzag between topics of broken hearts in one bar and focus on spraying heat that pulls back the faces of their enemies in the next. Whether it’s singing or rapping, they can finesse both. The two talented artists hold it down in a cypher together that was initially set to include other switch-hitting acts like The Kid Laroi, who couldn’t participate last minute, and Iann Dior, who opted not to rap on the day of the Freshman shoot. Toosii, reppin' Syracuse, N.Y. and Raleigh, N.C., and Blxst, from South Central, L.A., deliver straight bars to...

Blxst and Toosii’s 2021 XXL Freshman Roundtable Interview

[ad_1] The XXL Freshman process is an extensive one. It starts with months of artists pitches that includes interviews and listening sessions. Next comes the shoot, crammed with back-to-back activities including the freestyles, cyphers, ABCs, photoshoots and more. The day can truly be exhausting, but at the end of it all, 2021 XXL Freshmen elects Blxst and Toosii finally got a breather and reflected on the busy journey in their roundtable interview following the cypher they bodied.At the top of the segment, the two genre-blending artists share their thoughts on being a Freshman. For Blxst, the West Coast rhymer whose rapping and singing skills helped build his hype with esteemed projects like No Love Lost...

Blxst Lists His Top Five Favorite Hip-Hop Albums

[ad_1] Listening to a stellar hip-hop album has inspired many rappers to try their hand at the craft, finding their own voice while embracing the influence of another. For 2021 XXL Freshman Blxst, one of those artists is ScHoolboy Q. When the rising West Coast rapper, who has built a name for himself over the last year for his singsong delivery, first got his start in music years ago, Q's 2011 album, Setbacks, inspired Blxst to "create something from scratch." The LP, which features tracks like the Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Birds & The Beez" and "iBETiGOTSUMWEED," is just one of Blxst's five favorite hip-hop albums.While Blxst's No Love Lost EP, released last year, is heavy on the melody, the choices...

Blxst Names His Top Five Favorite Rappers

[ad_1] Blxst prides himself on being a triple threat. The 25-year-old West Coast native raps, sings and produces. That three-headed creative energy is best showcased on his 2020 EP, No Love Lost, and its deluxe version. While artists that came before him have mastered those similar crafts, Blxst is doing it his own way. He makes the kind of breezy music that feels like it's soaked in sunshine—perfect for the ride, getting in the zone inside at home or outside in these streets this summer. Listen to "Chosen" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga, and "Overrated" to get familiar. Wearing the artist and producer hat simultaneously could mean one area is lacking, but that's not the case for this 2021 XXL...

Blxst Strives to Have Work Ethic of Michael Jordan in His ABCs

[ad_1] Among the new generation of rising artists from the West Coast is 2021 XXL Freshman Blxst, a hip-hop superhero coming in to save the day with his revered sing-song rap style. His 2020 EP, No Love Lost, and its accompanying deluxe edition have earned the South Central, Los Angeles native much respect as a newcomer in the game. The 25-year-old artist, who raps, sings and produces, already proudly proclaimed that he's willing to carry the torch for L.A. to uphold the city's legacy like Nipsey Hussle did. Now, Blxst, with a proverbial cape at his back, is soaring into the game, knocking out any obstacle in his path. He brings that same vibe to his version...

2021 XXL Freshman Class Revealed

[ad_1] Hip-hop is heading back outside this summer, slowly but surely. As masks, social distancing and vaccines are the norm these days, most people seem to be getting back to their regularly scheduled programming. The 2021 XXL Freshman Class is featured in our annual summer issue after COVID-19 set us back a few months in 2020.This year, the staff did record numbers of Zoom meetings from January to March to meet and greet artists, listen to new music and hear the rollout plans for roughly 100 Freshman prospects, which ultimately became the 10th spot selections. After much debate, conversations with industry peers and talks with anyone who felt compelled to share a...

Blxst Carries Torch for L.A. Hip-Hop, Continues Nipsey’s Legacy

[ad_1] Show & ProveInterview: Keith MurphyEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.It would simply be too easy to categorize 25-year-old Blxst as the latest rapping-singing product to break out of the West Coast hip-hop scene. Instead, the sleepy-eyed 1990’s baby, who has been compared to late O.G. hook king Nate Dogg and platinum-plus Compton phenom Roddy Ricch, is carving out his own lane. “The West Coast is really known for being gangsters,” Blxst says. “Now, we are experimenting. We are having fun with it.” The South Central, Los Angeles-born artist is also a beatmaker, songwriter and sound engineer. Blxst’s self-produced, 2020 debut...

The Break Presents: Blxst – XXL

[ad_1] Growing up in South Central, Los Angeles and California's Inland Empire, Blxst learned from his experiences and happenings in his neighborhoods, and chose to pour himself into music. When he was just a teen, Blxst taught himself how to produce, record and engineer after watching YouTube tutorial videos. He created most of his musical work at home, which prepared him for his future.At 17, Blxst began going to studios to record. His admiration for Los Angeles production legends like DJ Quik, Dr. Dre and Battlecat led Blxst to try remaking their beats, which helped him develop his own style. That work he put in allowed him to turn the corner in his career in the summer...