Illy Dee Drops “Last Day In” with Video

Boston based artist Illy Dee releases single “Last Day In” March 6th 2022 with music video under 7981 Kal’s YouTube profile as he is associated with Illy Dee in H$M. While this song meets modern rap standards he displays his talents with a combination of drill and Detroit inspired music. The visuals were shot and directed by Rell, a Massachusetts grown talent as well. This release between the track and the video didn’t seem to unveil a major storyline however it is presumed to be a piece rooted from his recent experiences with adversity while finding himself a free man once again. Sources have said his upcoming song is called “Free Kal”. We aren’t sure when it’ll be released to platforms, but within his latest release “First Day Out” was his first release since being freed from incarceration for over the span of a year, nearly arriving on 2 now. While being incarcerated, his management team was able to promote his track “I Smell P**sy” featuring BJ Baller that dropped in 2021, and was able to hop on a few features like “Yellow Tape” by Aye Malvone, & “WYWD!?” by Zazi. From the looks of it, it was prior to his arrest in 2020 after Illy Dee dropped his first album “Neighborhood Bully” with some notable features from Detroit’s own FWC Big Key and Rio Da Young OG, and Boston’s own G Fredo. With new beginnings comes new opportunities and this city is thrilled to hear and see more of Illy Dee on the rise. 

Yours truly, 

Hope Shanley

Archy Drops EP “21 (Love to Give)”

Boston based artist Archy drops another project, this time an Extended Play, called “21 (Love to Give)” on all major streaming platforms. Considering the title was a take on his most recent album “21” it makes you wonder, why make a 4 song EP when he could’ve just made the album deluxe? Maybe the meaning behind this project will speak for itself. Archy says, “

Love to Give is the concept that throughout my whole life I’ve been a giver. When people give too much though, they get taken advantage of. In that case, I’ve shown love to a lot of females who took it for granted, when I put them first they couldn’t do the same. So when you look at the titles of my songs, you can see how it relates to the effects of giving out too much love and energy.” Just more proof of how we fail to reciprocate as a society. We can at least thank the humans that hurt us for the motive to create some beautiful art. “Best you ever had”, “I Don’t Need Your Love” “Sticks n stones” “You and I”. Archy’s favorite bar on this piece is “Blood on the floor, I don’t care I’m not gone/gonna clean it up” he says “This was my favorite line because it could have multiple meanings the way you look at it. Almost like a double entendre.

  • From being heart broken figuratively if my heart were to break in half all of the blood were to spill all over the place and leave a mess. 
  • Being backstabbed I would bleed out on the floor.
  • In arguments and break-ups things get very “messy” and blood is the symbol of something that happens too often. I’m tired of cleaning up the mess that someone else made.

It all depends on how you look at it, there could be unlimited meanings.”

Demonstrating passion behind music is what we need to see and hear more of. Putting meaning behind the lyrics and taking the time to break it down for listeners to conceptualize it is true dedication. ”KSully and Jacmac have been my main two guys to work with because they have very similar interests in music and styles. Working over 8 months with Sully we’ve made a bond and chemistry working together so when he’s producing or engineering we’re always on the same page. More recently I’ve become great friends with Jacmac. He’s very talented and hardworking. Both of them together help me strive and rise to the same level as them.” Says the artist. When I asked how much dedication was put into this, or if it kind of came together naturally, he replied “ In my city, February is a big music month. Everyone was dropping love songs, and stuff for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to leave that month for my guys to succeed and continue what they do every year, but I didn’t want to miss out so I dropped the project first thing in March. Most of these songs were finished already or planned, and they all fit perfectly so I put them all on the same project.” Believe in trusting the process and being patient! Archy says Pierre is an artist that inspires him in the music game “ I really started to grow on him after his tm88 collab and since then I’ve gone back and listened to all of his music and became inspired because of the talent he holds as not only and artist but a producer. He reminds me a lot of what Kz could really become once he pops off as an artist. An artist I’d say local that inspires me is Star Ch!ld. For someone who hasn’t dropped in over a year, everytime I hear some unreleased from him it makes me want to get in the studio and create, that’s one person that always allows me to get better and want to improve.” He’s speaking from the heart and speaking his truth, like he does so well in his music and his persona. Archy takes no days off when it comes to chasing his dreams and enjoying every drop of music. Be on the lookout for content to come while we know there’s nothing getting in his way. Archy will make a mark one day, just wait and see. Be sure to follow on Instagram @archydagreat and Archy on streaming platforms. 

Yours truly,

Hope Shanley

GNipsey and Millyz Release “Urus”


New music home grown from Boston all the way to California, up and coming rapper GNipsey lands feature with rising star Millyz resulting in single “Urus” with a music video reaching 80k views. When you hear the word simple, you might notice it has a negative connotation to being “boring”. Well, there was no need to go back and forth and complicate things with two talents that have the capacity to carry the song themselves. They kept things simple by evenly splitting the song in half between two minutes starting with Millyz and ending soundly with Gnipsey. This is a big step for not only Gnipsey, but for Boston as a city and culture. Millyz is nearly one of the hottest artists out right now from MA. This collaboration shows union, proof of success, and the evidence of this city’s potential. They’re Cambridge’s two heaviest hitters and this is huge that they’re dropping together considering it’s been a while. It’s certain this duo didn’t come to play. Gnipsey has had other features with bigger named artists like Lil Reese and 7981 Kal, never ceasing to impress his fans; however, I’d say this one in particular is groundbreaking for his upcoming career. Millyz is becoming more and more relevant and continues to apply pressure in the industry. When I asked if there was any drive behind this release, Nipsey said there was “No specific motive behind the song, just made it built off of good energy in California. Momentum, good liquor and good vibes made the song what it is”. Tune in on all platforms and take two minutes of your time to watch the official music video on YouTube. Don’t miss out on what’s to come from GNipsey and Millyz, and don’t you dare to underestimate our city. 

Yours truly,

Hope Shanley