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Story originally published on The Demo Tape on March 28, 2019

In the summer of 1991, The Geto Boys released “Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” the lead single for their third studio album We Can’t Be Stopped. The song went on to become a number-one single for the Geto Boys. To this day, it is regarded as one of the greatest Hip Hop songs of all-time. “This track established the South as a serious force in music, proving that these Texans could do dark better than anyone on either coast,” wrote Tom Breihan of Pitchfork. …


Story originally published on The Demo Tape on August 12, 2020

It’s November 2017 in East Baltimore as people line the walls of the venue besides balloons and various party favors. Friends, family, loved ones, and press fill the room to celebrate the 18th born day of Jayy Grams.

While stories of his upbringing fill the air as a time to reminisce, the then-younger Grams celebrates the day of his birth as well as the release of his first project under Cinematic Music Group, Good Times. …


Story originally published on MrJayHill.com on April 24, 2021

From her rise on television show The Rap Game to being heralded as one of the best young rappers out, Deetranada is a name that more and more fans are becoming aware of by the day. The young, fiery MC released her 2019 project DEEvsEVERYBODY! to much acclaim, showcasing her prowess as a wordsmith beyond her years and a star in the making if not proven to be one already.

Shortly after the release of her project, Mr. Jay Hill sat down with the Baltimore native to discuss the project, her…


Story originally published on The Demo Tape on August 30, 2020

Today, streaming is the most used means for fans to consume music by their favorite artists. Subscription-based services offered from the likes of companies like Apple, Tidal, and Spotify make digitally consuming music instantaneous for fans and artists alike. With the click of a few buttons, fans can listen to almost any song in the world on-the-go, in their cars, or from the comfort of their home. …


Story originally published on The Demo Tape on May 20, 2020

“Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers wanna be athletes” — or at least that’s what Lil Wayne said in a 2014 interview with ESPN. While words hold weight, actions prove to be the true measure of veracity. Names like Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, and the late Kobe Bryant all have their jerseys in the rafters. The three of them are heralded as some of the best players of their generation on the court, reaching a household name status where their surname alone is enough to garner recognition in any barbershop…


Story originally published on September 25, 2020

Middle River is a town in East Baltimore composed of a population of roughly 25,000 people. It’s home to a number of parks and museums, creeks and falls, and even the Bengies Drive-In Theatre — the largest movie screen in the United States. It sits 11 miles outside of city limits between Saltpeter Creek and the Back River with Wilson Point Park in the middle.

“My whole family [lineage] is from here,” says rapper John Wells as he drives between photo ops through the neighborhood reminiscing. It’s a Friday afternoon, yet quiet enough…


Originally published on The Demo Tape on October 2, 2020

In an era of jam-packed deluxe albums tailored to streaming algorithms and microwave attention spans, the ability to create a lasting moment around an album seems to come every once in a blue moon. Friday releases that make it through the weekend to the water cooler on Monday are becoming more sparse and the pressure is on artists and labels to find new creative ways to promote music in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. …


Story originally published on The Demo Tape on September 2, 2020

One would imagine, in a world without a COVID-19 pandemic on our hands, that this summer would be one for the books in Baltimore. From parties, to shows, and other local events, summers in Baltimore are always ones to remember. The city’s music scene especially benefits from these months, as it always appears that a new artist is able to rise to the forefront and generate a buzz behind one of their songs that the city sings along with as the latest and greatest hometown hymn.

Baltimore songs of…

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