Respect Magazine’s Twelve Jewels are 6lack, A Boogie with da Hoodie, 22 Savage, DJ Hannahbella, Kevin Pollari, Lil Pump, Kallie Rock, Lil Bizzy, Aneesa Badshaw, Jack Harlow, Josh Ranta and J Batters. The title of this story Twelve Jewels is inspired and paying homage to RZA’s classic single “12 Jewelz” he recorded with Gravediggaz.
Hailing from Atlanta’s Zone 6 is a jewel named 6lack (pronounced “Black”). 6lack is a budding superstar on LoveRenaissance / Interscope Records that Apple Music Launched their ‘Up Next’ initiative with. You probably won’t find this rising star in the trap that much anymore as he’s out with people such as The Weeknd, Jhené Aiko, Chance The Rapper and J Cole’s artist J.I.D. That, or he’s with his newborn daughter Syx Rose Valentine.
Bronx native A Boogie wit da Hoodie has worked with Kodak Black, PMB Rock Lil Bibby and many more. A Boogie is most definitely a Big Apple jewel with a major deal with Atlantic Records. His personal YouTube and SoundCloud numbers are ridiculous (and not purchased). His grassroots marketing has paid off landing him major radio play and co-signs from heavyweights such as DJ Khaled and Meek Mill. No wonder why Rolling Stone Magazine finds him so promising.
21 Savage might not have love for Baton Rouge’s 22 Savage but it appears that 50 Cent does, as he’s been posting 22’s hilarious clips on his Instagram for millions of people to see. 22 is an internet sensation who’s trended on social media for his feud with 21 and most recently appearing on the King Graint and Jonathan Hay produced single “Kylie’s Daddy” about socialite Kylie Jenner. It must be noted that nobody is pulling Kylie away from Travis Scott right now it seems.
Not even DJ Hannahbella who was also part of the musical gang bang “Kylie’s Daddy” with her favorite artist Ziggy that debuted on TMZ and went viral. The 16 year old LGBT DJ from Tampa also has Slaughterhouse emcee Kxng Crooked and Nitty Scott in her portfolio. She’s getting ready for her highly anticipated debut album Daddy Issues release with her teen sister Iliana Eve.
Rick Rubin recently signed Kevin Pollari out of Atlanta, Georgia who’s buzzing harder than your phone on vibrate when your ex finds out you have a new flame. People love the Pollari collaborations with Lil Yachty and the clan fans demand more. Rick Rubin is arguably the greatest record producer of all-time, so Pollari will no question blow like George Jung.
Speaking of Rubin, South Florida’s next-to-blow is Lil Pump who has a song called “Rick Rubin” that has blown up the web like all his other songs on SoundCloud. XXL Magazine says Lil Pump is “one of the most popular rappers in hip-hop right now”. The fact of the matter is, he’s just a teenager with his current stock at an all-time high. You can probably catch him this summer lounging on Miami Beach with Smokepurpp and Diddy.
Orlando, Florida’s jewel Kallie Rock was introduced to the music business at a very young age. She was only 10 years old when she met Krayzie Bone at a recording studio and it changed her life (and sound) forever. She’s gearing up for her video release of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$” with director Edgar Esteves who has celebrities such as DJ Khaled, French Montana and Russ on his resume. Kallie also has mentors such as Steve Lobel in her corner, so she has the right people in her ear.
Another Bone Thugs-N-Harmony affiliate Lil Bizzy is someone to watch-out for. He’s the biological son of Bizzy Bone and sounds so much like him, fully inheriting his signature vocal abilities. His latest single “Bizzy’s in the House” pays tribute to his fathers classic “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”. This Cleveland prodigy is part of the Bloodline Harmony collective. Lil Bizzy is not only the son of a legend but a future star in his own right.
The gorgeous Aneesa Badshaw is a jewel who’s worked with Drake’s OVO Sound record label. This starlet is transitioning from a high-profile model to video vixen like Sophie Brussaux, doing at least one music video a week (last week was Riff Raff, the week before it was Sean Kingston). However, she’ll be starring in her own music visual soon as she has her own single coming out. Badshaw just did a photo shoot with Louisville, Kentucky based record label Drink The Lemonade, where she pays tribute to Muhammad Ali.
Louisville, the eclectic city that Bryson Tiller croons about has something else happening there. And that something else goes by the name of Jack Harlow. The Courier-Journal says he’s “a rapper posed for major stardom”. He’s done a lot of work with Syk Sense who’s produced for Drake, Logic and Bryson Tiller to name a few. Like Chance The Rapper, Harlow has stayed independent and formed his own record label called Private Garden. There is a popular slogan in the city called “Keep Louisville Weird” and Jack Harlow is doing just that. He’s also keeping it interesting and relevant.
We heard about Josh Ranta from the legendary Quad Studios where Tupac Shakur was famously shot and robbed. That one incident started the whole East Coast vs West Coast / Bad Boy vs Death Row Records feud, that ultimately lead to the tragic deaths of The Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac. Ranta isn’t about that life though. He’s not a rapper who depicts violence. He’s actually a nice guy with notebooks full of similes and metaphors. The lyrical emcee from Bayonne, New Jersey main focus is worldplay and staying authentic to hip-hop culture, even though violence is a part of it.
On the the other side of the spectrum, Buffalo, New York’s J Batters has seen that violent life firsthand that everyone tries to avoid. Batters real name Kenneth Pettway was said to be part of the “Bailey Boys Gang” that was raided by the FBI and indicted for federal racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and murder. He has vehemently denied any involvement with that and has been recording music while on bail and 24 hour home monitoring and incarceration. J Batters worked with Mike Will Made It during the super-producers rise to fame, before his production credits of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna. He’s prepping his single release “Alton Sterling 6 Shots” while waiting for his day in court.
And there you have Respect Magazine’s Twelve Jewels. Shout-out to RZA for the inspiration!