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Wilhelm Duke “The Robber Baron”


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Wilhelm Duke releases debut project “The Robber Baron”. An old school boom bap record reminiscent of the golden era of hip hop. The 7 track record is entirely produced by Orlando Coolridge of SlumpGang777. The project is recorded, mixed, and mastered by RhymSter of Ever Evolved.

https://soundcloud.com/wilhelmduke/sets/the-robber-baron

Thoughts on the project

1. Sistine Chapel: We get right into it. There was no hesitation for Wilhelm to start spitting. It had an upbeat style with relevant references.

2. The League: Again, no hesitation on the intro. I get even more of the old school boom bap on this track. Wilhelm Duke is def with the old school style and I love it. I liked the flow and delivery from both artists on this track.

3. Free PPL: He speaks on capitalism and getting money and wealth. I liked the message behind this song and how he was speaking to a girl at different points.

4. Gilded Hilt: Stick out line on this one is “A focused mind will never die.” I really liked that line. This song expressed how we need to expand our horizons including our mind. You have to listen to your heart.

5. By Design: Shots fired off bat. I agree though, these new rappers don’t respect the OGs or the game. He also talks about how fucked this life is and one my fav “conspiracies.”

6. Spirit of the 90s: Throwback to the best of times. It’s like taking a ride through a time machine. He is from my time period for sure. It resonates even more from the Chicago only references. This track is so fun and probably my favorite, feels like home.

7. Forever: Oh this track is funky. I had a hard time keeping up because of the delivery but when I could follow along it was great. This one I just had to sit back and enjoy. It was awesome and made me a fan for sure.

Overall, this was a well put together project and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice change to everything we see in the mainstream media. He definitely took me on a trip down memory lane with the references, beat and overall flow. It was not what I expected but I’m glad this project came across my desk.

About Wilhelm Duke

Wilhelm Duke is a Chicago based rapper, writer, and event curator. With roots and origins in Nebraska and Sweden. Duke moved to Chicago in 2012 to pursue a music business degree and break into the recording industry. He spent 5 years playing many shows and events as one half of the rap duo, Bombay Boyz. He also spent the last year writing articles and curating events for the Chicago collective and platform, Ever Evolved.

Wilhelm Duke on IG: @wilhelmduke https://www.instagram.com/wilhelmduke/

Twitter: @wilhelmduke7 https://twitter.com/wilhelmduke7

SoundCloud: wilhelmduke https://soundcloud.com/wilhelmduke

YouTube: Wilhelm Duke https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTYo3m8PIrvZzNaJUaSrBlQ?view_as=subscriber

Want More?

You know the Melly Starz team always supports Chicago based artists. However, no matter where you are if you have a new project you want to share with the fans of one of the top 100 hip hop blogs, send over a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or head over to our contact page. What did you think of Wilhelm Duke’s new project? Let me know by leaving a comment or on social media by following @mellystarz on instagram and twitter.

Artist Promotion

Trizz Hell's Kitchen


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Stream – https://youtu.be/t40slzEP940

Download/Stream – https://tommyboy.lnk.to/Trizz_HellsKitchen

Prolific Inland Empire/LA based MC and underground legend Trizz is back on Tommy Boy with his latest single, “Hell’s Kitchen”, featuring Cal-E-Clipz and fellow label mate Jaeo Draftpick.  Since first being discovered by Sacramento veteran Brotha Lynch Hung, Trizz has gone on to develop a remarkable independent catalog, racking up tens of millions of streams and building a devoted fanbase.  With over 12 albums under his belt and having toured the US and UK with artists like Tech N9ne, Cunninlynguists, Brotha Lynch Hung, Rittz and Audio Push, Trizz continues to be one of the most consistent MC’s in the game and his latest offering is further proof of his undeniable talent, knack for lyricism and never-duplicated swag.

What we thought of the track

Lyricism seems to be back in style with Trizz’s latest track. I got goosebumps listening to track. The beat is sick but the lyrics are even sicker. I am definitely looking forward to more from Trizz. His lyrics are gritty and real and connect with listeners.

Want More?

You can follow @tommyboyrecords for more info on Trizz, as well as, some of their other up and coming artists. If you have a track or project you want featured on one of the top 100 hip hop blogs send a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or head over to our contact page. Does your project stack up?

Artist Promotion

LIL Guillotine You Only Get one


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Lil Guillotine, who has been making hip hop music for nearly two years, has over ten years of experience doing anti-capitalist organizing. “You Only Get One” is yet another tactic in his goal of effecting positive social change via movement building. He has also helped start a tenant union, co-founded a bail fund, helped stop the building of a new jail in Madison, WI, helped organize incarcerated workers and stays politically engaged in the life pulse of the community.    His new song against the system, “You Only Get One,” was written leading up to the September 20 Climate strike as music for the movement. Take a listen to it here. 

Our Thoughts on the Song

The song is on the shorter side at only a minute and 40 seconds. The beat has a great start to it. I had a hard time understanding the first couple of lines. But once I was able to understand the other lyrics I got the message. It was short and sweet and to the point for sure. As much as I support the message I feel like something was missing even after jamming to it for a week. What did you guys think of the song? Am I wrong in thinking it was missing a little something? Let us know in the comments below.

Want More?

Listen to more of Lil Guillotine and learn more about his efforts by following one of these links.


Website https://lilguillotine.com

/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lilguillotine

/ Twitter https://twitter.com/litlGuillotine

/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/litlguillotine

If you have new hip hop music you want to share with the world head over to my contact page or send us a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com.

Artist Promotion

Landon Wordswell ft Def-i (Prod. The Don Avelar) “Bruté”


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Fresh off a short run with the Legendary Hieroglyphics crew, Landon Wordswell is releasing a new single from his forthcoming album, New Flexico. The Santa Fe, NM resident is also in the midst of preparing for his national tour alongside Elzhi & Skyzoo and will present his new EP on the road. Landon’s first cut from the EP features the New Mexico favorite as well as one of the Sway in the Morning favorites, Def-i. This track along with the rest of the EP is produced fully by The Don Avelar.  

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2rsfDAtujxZ4YK2vnLlKSV

Our Thoughts on the Project

I like how the beat starts on this track. Both artists spit straight fire on this track. The production of the song is top tier. The chorus is catchy and has the semblance of the story of Brute and Julius Caesar. If you remember the old tale, Brute was Caesar’s right hand until he betrayed him. The song is not only about the old tale but has it’s own twist and gives us a look into Landon’s story.

Want More?

If you want to stay up to date on Landon’s music and other projects, following one of these links:

 www.instagram.com/LandonWordswell

https://www.instagram.com/def_i/

www.instagram.com/thadonavelar

If you have a project you want featured on the top hip hop blog send us a submission at mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com or visit our contact page. Get your submissions in before the end of 2019 to secure your spot.