New Jersey

Jerome Jhamal

New Jersey artist, Mista Splurge, recently made an appearance in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. A week ago he came out of the shadows to perform a few tracks including "Stikkk Up" and trap anthem "Jerome Jhamal". The young artist remains humble, all while being draped in FUBU, with scarce appearances throughout the US. A few months back he released 4000 Till Eternity, a five track EP which made it very clear that he's here to stay. With only one track featuring frequent collaborators Uno the Activist and Kevin Pollari, the EP demonstrated his technical abilities as an artist, as well as masterful production. Although it was released under the radar, it quickly garnered attention. With tracks hitting over 10k, and standout "Jerome Jhamal" now reaching 33k plays, Mista Splurge had begun his reign. Following his 4000 Till Eternity, he continues to deliver solid tracks such as "Stikkk Up," and collaborations with artists such as Spaceghostpurrp.

Mista Splurge has a new project releasing on October 30th so stay tuned for more details. In the meanwhile, check out 4000 Till Eternity below

The Day After Tomorrow

New Jersey rap collective 2oo4 is coming out of the dark as each day goes by. Based in North Jersey, the collective recently released Strugglin Since 2oo4, their largest release to date. Consisting of Mobetta, Rich, Papo, Macho, and long time friend and collaborator Lil Yuri Pe$o, the rap collective draws sounds from multiple backgrounds. Untold stories of life on the streets, smoking gas, women, and Polo, piece together just some of the stories of these artists lives. Just a few days ago 2oo4 brings us The Day After Tomorrow, a short EP offering a taste of whats to come. 2oo4 will be performing on October 22nd in Newark, NJ so be sure to pull up and support, more details on the event can be found via their twitter. One week later the collective hits Austin, Texas on October 30th to perform alongside of Uno the Activist and Kevin Pollari. Get tickets to see 2oo4 in the Lone Star State at Trilloween here.

The year is 2oo4 and these artists are on the rise. Keep an eye out for more releases to come and check out The Day After Tomorrow below.

Da$h, Retch, and Bamz

This past weekend, a venue known as Starland Ballroom, tucked away in Sayreville, NJ, held what was without a doubt one of the greatest hip-hop/rap shows the garden state has housed in years. People will most likely beg to differ with that statement, looking back to when Future, Big Sean, ILoveMakonnen, and other big acts have come through New Jersey. It wasn't too long ago that Starland Ballroom actually housed a performance by Action Bronson, which was a step in the right direction, a step towards the purest form of rap. It was this past weekend that pushed the bar a little further, as Hot 97s Peter Rosenberg hosted a bill of artists that have further defined the genre in which they contribute to. Sha Hef, Smoke DZA, Da$h, Retchy P, and Bodega Bamz.

All of these artists have been massive contributors to the genre hip-hop/rap, telling their stories in the form of gritty and raw verses. With Da$h and Retch being from New Jersey themselves, there was a bit of that home-state energy we all know of. The room filled with the chants of the loyal fans, "RIP YAMS, LONG LIVE YAMS!" It was clear there was no setlist, as Da$h and Retch looked to the crowd to provide the next song they wanted to hear. "Fetti", "Shaded", "Hunnit Bandz", "Trap Phone", "Gunz Gon Blow". These chants and yells filled the room with such euphoria. One could easily tell that the performers fed off this energy, it became more evident as Da$h poured lean on to the heads of his fans, Retch jumped into the crown, and Bamz signed the clothing of his loyal fans.

Check out the photos from the night below! Be sure to check out all of these artists, as Retch recently released his newest project, Finesse The World. Links to some of the artists projects and recent releases can be found below.

Bodega Bamz ( purchase Sidewalk Exec here)

Retchy P