issue 5️⃣0️⃣: timely + timeless content

hip hop's new daily operation | 6.22.20

TheMotto No. 50. Wow, fifty editions! Fifty days straight. Thank y’all for the early support. We’ve grown a lot in a short time. I love how TheMotto’s clicks into culture, and it’s also really important to me, as I work out what my past means to the present. Please share your thoughts about TheMotto— in fact just hit reply. We aim to be timely and timeless. And we’re still a work in progress.

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Drake spends Father’s Day with his li’l man 👶🏽⏬
Onika and Mr. Controversy did it. 6ix9ine celebrates his first No. 1 record ⬇️

Nicki praises her Barbs for the song’s pure sales 🛒⏬
I move by results / Not by friends / Or things that’s televised. From cash to cars to guns to children, Youngboy shares his world in this raw declaration 🎤🔽
Bronx and Philly connect: A Boogie + Lil Uzi Vert take center stage at a theater and showcase their chemistry. Directed by Kid Art 🎨🎵🔽
song association fun: Gunna shows Elle that he can hold a note or two — for real. From Al Green’s “Love & Happiness” to Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” 🎼🔽


It’s Time To Go To Work: Noname’s Necessary Truth on “Song 33” (author: Clarissa Brooks/DJ Booth)

Run The Jewels Wish Their New Album Didn’t Make So Much Sense Right Now (author: David Fear/Rolling Stone)

Freddie Gibbs’ Name Holds Weight (author: Patrick Johnson/Hypebeast)

The Breakfast Club Calls Itself “The World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show”—Maybe It’s Time We Listen (author: Shamira Ibrahim/Okayplayer)

The World Is Endin’: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Premonition Came True (author: Yoh31/DJ Booth


Teyana Taylor at her listening party at a private mansion in Beverly Hills ⤵️ photo: Jen J.
Diddy and Christian Combs 🔽 (OGTHH)
Tunechi and his three sons ⬇️
Thee Stallion for Savage Fenty 👙🔽
Conway pays homage to Prodigy: I rap like no one out there can fuck with me 🔽🎤


Detroit’s strongest join forces as Tee Grizzley and Big Sean unleash long verses over Hit-Boy’s kinetic track ⤵️
Your grind must diversify/ If you intend to survive/ Trying to get millions/ It’s a pandemic outside. Spitta says a lot in this short offering off his Spring Clean (JetLife)
Wale not only did it for himself with The Imperfect Storm, Folarin also plays co-pilot on Young Chris’ new soulful composition 🎧🎼⬇️
Brooklyn’s Skyzoo keeps it jazzy but gritty on this Illmind produced-tribute to his father 💥⏬
producer/rapper Pi’erre Bourne adds a gang of tracks to the new deluxe The Life Of Pi’erre 4 (Interscope). But to me? This is the one✌🏾🎤🔽

what more can I say: 

Thank you, Danyel, for nurturing, pushing, and challenging. You brought my pen back. How crazy is that?!

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