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Bfb Da Packman Reflects on Six Songs That Helped Shape His Career

[ad_1] Define Me: BfB Da PackmanWords: Kemet HighEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.Bfb Da Packman is truly one of one. His sound focuses on the jolting delivery of topics that need parental advisories, and contains ruckus-inducing production that pays homage to his hometown of Flint, Mich. Projects like God Bless All The Fat Niggas, STD and Fat Niggas Need Love Too are full-fledged examples of that. Gearing up to release his forthcoming effort Love Less, here, the 26-year-old speaks about the tracks that have stamped him as an internet and mic sensation.“Snack Time”Classic Michigan music. A sample muthafuckin’ sped-up on some...

KenTheMan Preps New Tour With Cosigns From 2 Chainz & Snoop Dogg

[ad_1] Show & Prove: KenTheManWords: Kathy IandoliEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.For years, KenTheMan paid no mind to tour riders. “I felt awkward asking for things,” the 27-year-old rapper says matter-of-factly over Zoom this past October. “I’m a do-it-myself type of bitch.” Case in point: she would bring her own snacks and drinks backstage at her shows. With her first headlining tour beginning early this year—based off the strength of projects like 4 da 304’s and What’s My Name, plus her 2019 breakout single, “He Be Like,” which made waves in 2021, when it reached the top 15 of the Billboard...

Tobe Nwigwe Flexes His Star Power With Viral Movement

[ad_1] They Don't KnowWith nine EPs, a blockbuster movie role and an Emmy nomination to his name, Tobe Nwigwe has come a long way without even hitting the mainstream yet. Get familiar with the movement.Interview: Peter A. BerryEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.Tobe Nwigwe is on his way to rap stardom, but his 1.3 million Instagram followers, an Emmy-nominated commercial and cosigns from Beyoncé and Michelle Obama say he’s already made it there—without going mainstream.Born Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe to Nigerian immigrants in Alief, Texas, Tobe was a University of North Texas football player with NFL dreams before a 2009 foot injury...

Eladio Carrion Talks Bobby Shmurda Collaboration and More

[ad_1] 'Til I CollapseLatin trap star Eladio Carrión incorporates lessons he learned from hip-hop into his music.Interview: Bianca TorresEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.The power of manifestation is real. Just ask Latin trap star Eladio Carrión. The 27-year-old Puerto Rican artist grew up listening to rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent, who he also learned lessons from that are applied to his own music to this day. Eladio started dropping Latin trap bangers in 2017, and since then, he’s garnered millions of views online. Tracks like “Kemba Walker” and “Sauce Boy Freestyle” reflect his admiration for rap. But, dropping the “Tata...

Explore History of the Hip-Hop Remix & What It Really Means Today

[ad_1] One More ChanceSpotemGottem’s trap banger “BeatBox” inspired countless rappers to hop on the hard-hitting beat and drop their own version of the song last year. But what does a remix really mean these days? Explore this essential element of hip-hop culture.Words: Rob KennerEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.“Know we had to do a remix, right?”—Puff Daddy on Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” in 1994https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMbELEUfmIASpotemGottem knew his breakthrough hit “BeatBox” was outta here before he even came up with a name for the song. The Jacksonville, Fla. rapper was 19 at the time, locked up in the studio night...

Big30 Gears Up for Release of His Debut Album

[ad_1] Show & Prove: Big30Words: Peter A. BerryEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.Big30 doesn’t rap as much as he fires away. His steamrolling delivery and scabrous lyrics evoke a harsh environment as he unloads tales of shoot-outs and block wars in unsettling detail. The rap world saw the aftermath of a Big30 assault after hearing his merciless guest verse on Pooh Shiesty’s “Neighbors,” a menacing, yet infectious single from Pooh’s Shiesty Season mixtape, released last February. On the track, 30’s bars spill out like a death threat: “I’m in the field with choppers, you can’t come up on this turf/And I’m...

XXL Awards 2022 Nominees Revealed

[ad_1] It's officially awards season around here. The XXL Awards 2022 nominees are finally being revealed. After much debate, the XXL staff has narrowed down the contenders in 12 categories. The XXL Awards Board Members will vote on 11 of the categories while the fans get to pick their favorite artist for the 12th award The People's Champ. Voting for all ends Jan. 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST.When it comes to Album of the Year, the nominees include established names with years in the game. Nas' King's Disease II, J. Cole’s The Off-Season, Kanye West’s Donda, Tyler, The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost, Doja Cat’s Planet Her, Moneybagg Yo's A Gangsta’s Pain and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy are competing for the win.Women in hip-hop had...

Mariah the Scientist Interview – Young Nudy, Young Thug and More

[ad_1] Growing up in Atlanta, then moving to New York City as a St. John’s University biology student, 23-year-old R&B singer Mariah the Scientist has always followed her heart. After making a few songs as a Valentine’s Day gift for her then-boyfriend in 2017, Mariah realized her calling as a singer, and dropped out of school the following year, after releasing her debut EP, To Die For. She signed to RCA Records in early 2019, dropped her solo album, Master, and never looked back. Fresh off the release of her sophomore LP, Ry Ry World, Mariah caught up with XXL and shared her love for her hometown hip-hop, working with rappers, developing...

RealRed Speaks on Working as an Engineer for Moneybagg Yo

[ad_1] All it takes is one chance. RealRed, the engineer-producer extraordinaire behind both Pooh Shiesty’s “Back In Blood” featuring Lil Durk and Moneybagg Yo’s “Wockesha,” took his talent and ran. Producing since 2016, an offer to record a Kevo Muney session in December of 2019 opened the door for the 22-year-old Tennessee native to become an engineer. Now, he’s Moneybagg Yo’s go-to engineer. And with the ability to mix, master or record, RealRed is honing his craft.XXL: When did you gain confidence in your abilities as an engineer?RealRed: When I started engineering for NLE Choppa. Once he started taking me on the road, I started feeling [like] I’m built for this. He...

Juice Wrld’s Mother Interview – Live Free 999 Foundation and More

[ad_1] Remember YouJuice Wrld’s legacy has continued to thrive since his passing thanks to an extensive catalog of music and a foundation created in his honor by his mother, Carmela Wallace. In helping others with their own mental health, Ms. Wallace is keeping her son’s spirit alive.Words: Georgette ClineEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands in January 2022.Mother knows best, it’s an old adage that Juice Wrld recognized both in and out of his music. On the revered Chicago rapper’s platinum track “Fast,” he rhymed, “I don’t try to bemean on purpose, I promise/My mama taught me better than that, I’ll be honest.”...