By now, you should have a better idea of what a 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star is – but if not, allow DX to define it for you again:
A Rising Star is a burgeoning talent DX pinpoints within the year before or after their initial introduction and rollout of new rap music. These are the artists we feel have the ideal total package in terms of their musical sound, stage presence and genuine personalities.
As 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Foogiano remains incarcerated at this time, the remaining 9 Rising Stars have continued to pull their weight. 42 Dugg, Flo Milli, DDG, Toosii, Sheff G, Sleepy Hallow, Blxst, Yung Bleu and Morray have continued to drop charted projects, major festival and tour dates, and features with some of the most influential artists in Rap & R&B of today.
This is an exciting week as Rising Stars DDG and Sheff G put out new videos for their fans to watch – as Yung Bleu gave back to the “Baddest” ladies with some pampering.
At this point, there isn’t much that 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star DDG hasn’t done. From successful YouTuber to budding rapper, to boxing champion – if the saying, “a man of many hats” was a person, it would be DDG.
This week the Pontiac, Michigan-bred rapper dropped a Martial Arts-infused music video to compliment is latest single “No Kizzy” which is another word for no cap, featuring Paidway T.O.
The @DevIsLit-produced track was shot and directed by @LewisYouNasty in Los Angeles and features scenes of DDG in legendary 1985 film The Last Dragon-inspired attire, as he busts a few Karate moves on a walkway. The scenes cut in and out of DDG and Paidway T.O. working at the star-spotted soul food joint Hoodbaby Soulfood, which is located in Chatsworth, CA., as the pair exchange verses about never falling in love again and focusing on the money, throughout the song.
DDG starts with, “Don’t do relations, all these n-ggas want to be my friend, ’cause they see I made it. Last week I fucked his hoe, and I won’t say shit, I don’t fall in love no more, ’cause all these bitches basic.” Paidway T.O. finishes with, “Pop me a Perc and I seal the deal, stack up the money and stash a mil’. When I hold the Glock, I shoot to kill, I hit the lick and got out of there.”
Watch the entertaining video above.
On another note, 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Sheff G started off this year on the quieter side due to reasons in which he hasn’t really spoken on. However, on Wednesday (June 30) Sheff delivered on his promise with his new music video for “Start Some Shyt.”
Since the Great John-produced track and Jerry Productions-directed video dropped, the Brooklyn drill boss has continued to trend on popular playlists like TIDAL’s “New East Coast,” Spotify’s “Most Necessary,” Apple’s “The New New York” and Amazon Music’s “Made In The East.”
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An appreciative Sheff G posted screenshots of “Start Some Shyt’s” inclusion in major playlists with, “I see the love on all the music streaming platforms y’all making me proud … @tidal @spotify & @amazonmusic we starting shyt up all summer #winnerscircleent”
He then followed up with a motivating IG post of him throwing dead presidents in the air from a book bag.
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Flaunting his very expensive diamond-encrusted name that never leaves his neck, the 20-something-year-old rapper captioned the post with, “Make sure you happy in real life .. not just for the internet … #Startsomeshyt LINK IN MY BIO
(dic* heads )”
Watch “Start Some Shyt” here.
In other news, 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Yung Bleu decided to focus on the ladies as part of his rollout for his latest single “Baddest” featuring Chris Brown and 2 Chainz.
Yung Bleu announced that he would be doing two more “Baddest” pop-up nail salons for women to get their nails and feet done, on him. The first pop up took place on Wednesday (June 30) in Atlanta, GA as he tweeted:
S/o to all my ladies that got the nails and feet done today. I’m doing 2 more free pampering events in upcoming locations . Including my hometown
— Yung Bleu (@_YungBleu) June 30, 2021
DX loves to see the Rising Stars basking in their wins!
Toosii drops “Heart Cold” single. (Listen here)
Flo Milli is looking great on The ‘Gram. (Look here)
Blxst drops hilarious music video for “Movie” featuring Bino Rideaux (Watch here)
Yung Bleu is 1 of 10 up-and-coming rappers named to HipHopDX’s 2021 Rising Stars! For more info on Yung Bleu and the rest of the talented Hip Hop bunch, read about them here.