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Gucci Mane Signs Two of Atlanta’s Best Rising Rappers to 1017 Eskimos

By Patrick Montes

Over the years, Gucci Mane has proven his abilities extend beyond the booth of his studio. Along with his own storied career, the Trap God has built a serious reputation as one of the game’s best talent scouts; from Waka Flocka Flame to Young Thug, Guwop has employed an eye for talent that’s almost unmatched. Now, following this year’s launch of his 1017 Eskimos venture with Todd Moscowitz’s Alamo Records and Interscope, the platinum veteran has added two more fast-rising new-school artists to his 1017 family.

After signing Ralo — and collaborating with him on a joint mixtape last month — to launch 1017 Eskimos, Gucci Mane and his label crew have turned to Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Lil Wop for the endeavor’s latest prospects. Guwop broke the news yesterday, taking to Instagram to announce the signing. “Welcome @lilwop17_ to the 1017 Family Newest member of #1017EskimoRecords,” reads one Instagram caption. “I’m proud to announce @hoodrich_pablojuan is officially 1017!!!!!! Money Power Respect #1017EskimoRecords Zone6 stand up!!!!”

In recent years, Hoodrich Pablo Juan has released several popular mixtapes, linking up with a “who’s who” of Atlanta hometown heroes along the way. As he has built his career, the Designer Drugz rapper has worked with artists such as Brodinski, Lil Uzi Vert, Rich the Kid, Jose Guapo, Quavo, Peewee Longway, and Metro Boomin. With the flood of new rappers pouring out from Atlanta, Pablo Juan has stood out as one of his region’s favorites.

A close affiliate of SoundCloud Rap’s man-of-the-moment Trippie Redd and one of Famous Dex’s cousins, Lil Wop — who is originally from Chicago — has quickly become one of the most promising young rappers to recently emerge from Atlanta’s ever-evolving scene. The Wopavelli artist has the potential to become one of 2017′s top breakout rappers, and even has an ice cream face tattoo that mimics his idol — and newfound label boss — Gucci Mane. (Read More)

Apple Music Is Set to Release Chief Keef Documentary, ‘The Story of Sosa’

By Nicolaus Li

Although Chief Keef turned down the opportunity to be the first-ever artist to sign a deal with Apple Music, the music platform recently announced it is set to release a documentary about the rapper. Titled, The Story of Sosa, the documentary will chronicle Sosa’s struggle before the fame and his place in hip-hop today. An in-depth look at Keef’s teenage incarceration, impact on the crime rate in Chicago and the role of flawed gun control on the rapper’s life will offer a never before seen look into the trials and tribulations of the Chiraq hero. The Story of Sosa is set to release on Apple Music December in celebration of the fifth year anniversary of Chief Keef’s debut album Finally Rich. (Read More)

The Artist Behind Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ Cover Speaks out on the Process

By Jack Stanley

When Tyler, The Creator first announced his highly anticipated Flower Boy album back in July, he teased two album covers. One of those covers was designed by the rapper himself, but it was the other, by artist Eric White, that has emerged as the official album artwork. Eric White recently sat down with It’s Nice That to discuss his beginnings as an artist and what it was like to work with Tyler on the Flower Boy cover. You can read some of the highlights from the interview below, and head over to the It’s Nice That site if you want to check out the whole conversation.

On working with Tyler:

“Once his manager made the intro Tyler and I were in direct communication. We met in person initially to discuss his ideas for the project and he showed me some sketches he had done and a few photos he liked which evoked the mood he was going for. There was a lot of back and forth over text and on the phone for a few weeks, and when I had finished a pretty elaborate comp he came over to take a look. There was a little bit of fine-tuning after that, but once we got to a place where he was satisfied with it he left me alone until the painting was done. He’s still never seen the finished piece in person.”
On why he wanted to get involved:

“I’d been a fan of Tyler since the Odd Future days and I saw them play in New York in 2011. I’m always busy and usually behind on deadlines, but this seemed like a great opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up so I agreed to do it and I’m very glad I did.” (Read More)

Ghostface Killah Drops New 'Supreme Clientele' Merchandise

By Mitch Findlay

Wu legend Ghostface Killah has recently dropped some new merchandise in honor of his album Supreme Clientele. In keeping with the project's classic sound, Ghost's latest batch of apparel has a vintage aesthetic. The line includes t-shirts, sweaters, and dad hats bearing the album's name, ranging in price from $30-$60. You can check out the full line at Ghost's website right here, and cop yourselves something new courtesy of the Wally Champ himself. (Read More)

Chance The Rapper Says He's Got 'More Songs' With Donald Glover

By Matt F

Chance the Rapper is on a nice roll in terms of who he chooses to collaborate with. He started the summer of with landing on DJ Khaled's "I'm The One" and recently teamed with Young Thug on "Big B's." Now, he might be linking up with the Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover.

As per DJ Booth, Chance revealed in an Instagram Live session that he has "more songs together" with Glover, material that could possibly see the light of day very soon. He also mentioned that he was recently in the studio with Fetty Wap, so the fire collabs from Chance are sure to continue. (Read More)