Hailing from Alton Illinois, Rapper & media personality Marvia Lawrence has plans on putting his name in the history books. Right next to other famous Alton natives like the legendary Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, or more infamously the convicted assassin or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one Lee Harvey Oswald. His music is best described as reality rap and his lyrical content can be compared to few well known artist like T.I., Boosie Badass or Don Trip however his style is a blend of his early influences like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and more notably, local legends Roq & Caly Cal.
Lawrence formally knows as Scorpio partnered with Money Making Mitch Foster to form Venom in 2004. By 2007 Venom was well on its way as one of the most respected underground rap label in the area. The release of the A-Town Mixtape solidified their grip on the top spot in the city started to make noise outside of the area. Lawrence (known as Scorpio at the time) took advantage of the buzz by dropping Touchdown Volumes 1 & 2 in 2008 and 2009 respectively. At the height of his initial success Lawrence’s blossoming career and record label was derailed by legal complications that resulted in a short prison stint for the entertainer. Since his release Lawrence has put out projects titled Planet X, Doom’s Day and Stay Real, but it wasn’t until his R&B collaborative album One Night in A-Town was released earlier this year that it was clear the artist formally known as Scorpio was back in the driver seat. Known by his fans and haters alike as the King of Da A (KODA), Lawrence is just dropped his national debut studio album titled Ready at last night. The sauce had to tune it! The homie out here putting in work!! The lead singles Hard Times & Game of Thrones are available on all platforms. He saucing right now.
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I don’t even know where to start. Jersey’s finest, The Big Cuz Cruch Calhoun just released his latest project “LOCO”. This whole project is fire! The culture needed something this with all the Bullsh*t floating around.. The real don’t come around often. One of the best projects out this year, FACTS! It was only right this hit the blog. I be bumping so much heat man its crazy. I didn’t skip not one jawn on this whole masterpiece.. Cruch is a certain taste of music. It’s nobody in the music game like him. He speak a lifestyle & every bar comes from the heart it seem like. Everything he be saying is too relatable at times. My favorite joints on this are, “Stay Away”, “Roselle Beach”, “I Wish” & I can’t forget his latest hit “Monarch”. Only a certain few can feel this type of music & it’s ok. Only the real can understand. This been on repeat since it dropped. Definitely a Top 10 album this year! This one of them projects that you can bump ANYWHERE! He applying pressure with this one. Cruch saucing his way up slowly but surely. One of the most underrated artists out right now & it’s been that way for awhile. Best Artist coming outta Jersey! HE NEEDS HIS CREDIT! He been going off for awhile. Each body of work getting better & better. This project is already a classic! Poetry at it’s finest! Go Vibe Out.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica Upcoming artist Papalee moved to Philadelphia in 2010. He bought his first mic at the age of 14, & has been recording/learning how to mix ever since. With releasing low quality mixtapes on datpiff, inspired by the golden eras of Lil Wayne. He started officially releasing quality music on all platforms in 2017, where he dropped his first single “Coconut Crescent”. “Just a matter of time” his first official EP is a diverse body of work showing his versatility & showmanship. Papalee just dropped a new single “The World is a Place” which represents & gives the feel of tranquility. Showing top tier lyricism and vulnerability. Working on his second EP “Cubans” which is going to have a mafia type feel to it with cathedral sampled beats & more lyrics, punchlines, risk. It will be a lot more cohesive than his first project. “A Concept EP.” Basically. His new joint is straight sauce. Anxious to see what he brings to the game. That sauce right here