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Multi-Platinum producer The Legendary Traxster strikes label deal with Priority Records, plans to “make more money than 90s CWAL/Atlantic venture”


Congrats are in order to The Legendary Traxster, who has just inked a label deal with Priority Records for his Nothing But Dope imprint. This will add to Trax’s impressive roster of labels over the years, including Creators Way Associated Labels (CWAL) and Traxster Inc.

Traxster is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producer, so his resume speaks for itself. Over the years he’s given the likes of Twista, Big Sean, Do or Die, Mariah Carey, Cam’ron and Mystikal hits — so look for him to expand on this with his latest endeavor.

Nothing But Dope falls under the newly-relaunched Priority Records, which falls under the Capital Music Group owned by Universal Music Group. Throughout history, Priority has given us classic material from the likes of Ruthless Records, No Limit Records, Death Row Records and many other storied labels.

Traxster plans to be the “new Master P” with Nothing But Dope and says he has a “new business model that will revolutionize how producers maneuver in this industry.” Also adding “Times have changed. I had to change my approach. Everyone will peep the chess move soon.”

On his decision to join Priority, Traxster quipped “I was excited with what Priority was doing as far as deal structure. It gave me all the flexibility I need. They have a excellent marketing team and staff. I have prior relationships with the people there and they ultimately wield the muscle of the biggest company in music, Universal.”

With the new label, Trax plans to discover, nurture and introduce more new talent than he did in the 90s. He’s excited to get the ball rolling, but is keeping the roster under wraps for now — other than his wife/artist Tia London, of course.

Look for more info, details and announcements in the coming weeks. A big congrats to Trax and the staff at Priority. Watch him do it again.

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FSD EARLY ACCESS: We Preview Alex Wiley’s ‘Village Party III: Stoner Symphony’


Alex Wiley — Chicago rapper and weed enthusiast — has been making waves for years in the local scene. While early collabs with fellow Chicagoans Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins helped shed some light on the young talent, Wiley has made a name for himself by spreading vibes and making music. After the success of last year’s Tangerine Dream album, Wiley is set to release the third album in the Village Party trilogy, Stoner Symphony, on January 18.

While the album isn’t set to release for another week, we managed to finesse a little sneak peak of the album. I now will share my thoughts with you…

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Celebrate the music and memory of Johnny P with our appreciation post


As you’ve likely seen and heard by now, legendary Chicago crooner Johnny P sadly passed away yesterday (read more here) at the age of 44. Johnny was an integral part of Chicago’s music scene in the 90s, as his luscious vocals shaped some of the city’s biggest hits, and helped define the West Side sound.

Johnny’s hooks gave Scarface his biggest hit to date (“Smile” with 2Pac), and took Do or Die and Twista to the very top of the rap charts in 1996 with “Po Pimp.” But his greatness didn’t stop there as countless other cult classics such as Twista’s “Emotions,” Do or Die’s “Do You” and “Playa Like Me And You” featured Johnny’s unforgettable vocals.

Johnny made his major label debut in 1989, with the CBS Records release, Connect The Dots. But Johnny’s most notable project was his Rap-A-Lot Records album, The Next, released in 1998, which featured work alongside Do or Die, Scarface, Mike Dean and The Legendary Traxster.

In his later years, Johnny struggled to find his footing in the ever-changing music industry; that coupled with personal issues stalled the career of one of Chicago’s most promising voices.

Today, we wanted to celebrate the memory of the Chicago legend with an appreciation post, including some of my favorite records from the singer. From Legit Ballaz to rare remixes, it’s all here. Rest easy Johnny, you will be missed. Listen to my all-time favorite Johnny P records below.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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Twista pens open letter to longtime friend Kanye West


As you’ve surely seen and heard by now, last night Kanye West was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital after what dispatchers called a “psychiatric emergency.” This comes just days after concerts in San Jose and Sacramento where the rapper made some shocking off-kilter remarks supporting Donald Trump, and taking shots at friends Beyonce, Jay and Drake. Something was off.

Most will never know the tremendous pressures of the music business — or the trappings of fame. And Kanye has endured this more than most — certainly more than the other artists of his 2004 class.

That said, longtime friend and collaborator, Twista, who himself has stayed relevant for over 25 years in the game, sent over an open letter penned to Yeezy. He empathizes, sympathizes, and lets Kanye and the world know he has his full support. Twista understands like most never could.

Get well soon, Kanye. Read Twista’s wise words below.

I woke up this morning and i felt the need to prayer for those who might not have a voice to pray. The music business is a very stressful business to be in, i been doing this for a very long time and believe me when i say it takes a very strong minded person to go thru the daily shit that you have to go thru. “the smile of a clown” a clown gets paid to make other people happy, even if that clown might be going through a mental break down, that clown can’t let the public see him cry or else he might loose the only job that helps him take care of his family.

the music business is all about profit and elevation, the more hotter you are the more money you make, the longer your career lasts. the only catch to that is no one stays hot forever, no one can be new over and over again, so now you have the pressure from your fans, record label, friends,family, bill collectors, and the media to keep making hot music and never get old. take a min and think about that, can you imagine the pressure and responsibility a person gotta have not only to be successful but also to stay successful too?

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