Since crowning herself Queen Key in high school, the Chicago rapper has always treated herself like royalty. Flip on her aptly titled 2018 EP Eat My Pussy and the fiery spitter (né Ke’Asha McClure) has no issue, detailing her exquisite tastes or hood mentality.
For the first-time listener, Queen Key’s spicy rhymes and humorous punchlines fist pump to body positivity and women empowerment, a salute to Lauryn Hill who was Key’s rap muse in high school. “I just really related with her a lot because like, people were calling her crazy or whatever and I don't think she's crazy and at that point in my life people's calling me crazy,” she says. Growing up in different suburbs throughout Chicago, though, helped her identify and manage different personalities while sharpening her own, a trait that shines in her music.
With no filters, she could weave in lines about burning her pizza in the oven or equate men performing cunilingus to eating cinnamon sticks before disposing of dudes she deems unworthy. “I’m a spoiled ass bitch, I’ma get what I wish/ If that nigga got a problem, he can suck his down dick,” she raps on “My Way.” As bold as her bars can be, Key admits that she has an attitude and has introvert tendencies but can be the class clown, citing her grandfather and Martin Lawrence as her comedic influences. “I just might be a little shy naturally but I don't let it get in my way,” she says.
That determination has remained since she was seven, when she created her first mixtape by banging out beats and recording herself on her keyboard to make music she’d play for her auntie. At 17, she butt heads with her mother for coming home from the studio in the wee hours of the morning but her teenage rebellion fueled her rap writing. She then made waves on YouTube with her take on a 2Pac classic with the “Take Money” freestyle, which scored upwards of 129,000 views, as well as the get lifted anthem “Baked As A Pie,” which raked in 1.4 million views.
“My best creations literally come from it being my first idea,” she says. “It means not overthinking, me not doubting and not being worried about what this person would think. It's best that I just go with it because that has the best outcome for me.”
Her upcoming project Eat My Pussy Again is ready for release in 2018, bringing the same heat as its predecessor but showing her softer side. Still, Queen Key feels she’s already solidifying her spot in rap history. “My goal [with Eat My Pussy] was to make my mark in the sense where this is one of the projects that people are going to look to in like 20 years from now like how I would look at a Lil' Kim project, Nicki Minaj first album, Trina first album like it's one of those,” she says. “It's making a mark.”
While working with hard-edged production & powerful delivery, Savannah, Georgia rapper Quando Rondo opted for an emotionally nuanced lyrical approach with R&B undercurrents to set him apart. Flowing over stylized trap beats, his songs are intelligent & complex while incorporating enough melodic elements to remain pop friendly. Quando Rondo's rise was massive & quick, perhaps best exemplified by his life-inspired mixtapes Life B4 Fame & Life After Fame. In April 2018, the powerful Life B4 Fame mixtape streamed millions in its first few days. Quando quickly followed up with Life After Fame, in September 2018. The project found the young rapper grappling with his newfound success in almost every song, & featured Rich Homie Quan, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Boosie Badazz, & others.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, 20-year old rising hip-hop artist Lor Choc is making a name for herself in her city and beyond at a rapid pace. Having been covered by the likes of FADER, Complex, Noisey, Pitchfork and many others, Choc has only released one official mixtape in her career and a handful of singles since 2016. All of those releases have been met with a great response and has allowed her to spark a career in hip-hop, gaining thousands of followers and earning hundreds of thousands in streams. Her latest single "Speechless (Hurt So Bad)" is out everywhere now! Stay tuned for a lot of exciting things for Lor Choc in the near future.
South Florida’s Very Own, (Melly aka YNW Melly, has come quite a ways from writing rhymes in his notebook and rapping with his friends at a very early age. Since then, the emerging emcee has been praised for his mix of abstract rhyme patterns, distinct dense lyrics and grimey
Hooks. So much so that his talents landed him a spot on 100k Management.
Surviving the danger of these Florida streets better known as the G aka Gifford FL, Young Jamell Demons Aka Ynw Melly Found Himself
Incarcerated for the better part of 6 years in and out, it’s all about positivity for Ynw Melly. Not only dedicated to creating a soundtrack to his life, this up and coming rapper is also a strong advocator of a positive movement he calls “Young Nigga World”, which also doubles as the title track on his debut mi
Joyner Lucas (Formerly Future Joyner) is a creative explosion of wit, passion, and lyricism. In 2007 Joyner made his debut on the mixtape “Workprint: The Greatest Mixtape of All Time” alongside producer Cyrus tha Great, Sheen Philips, and Dj Prince as 1/3 of the “Film Skool Rejekts”. This project created waves in underground hip hop circles popping up on major blog sites such as hiphopdx.com & 2dopeboyz.com. A few years later Joyner hit the world with his 2011 solo debut “Listen 2 Me” (free for download at futurejoyner.bandcamp.com) which was well received by a steadily growing fan base. Since then Joyner has won an Alchemist sponsored rap competition (hiphopdx.com 2012), dropped visuals in support of “Listen 2 Me”, and created several stand alone music videos to hold fans over.