Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn
The Dreamville roster has taken over 2019 and as the year approaches its fourth quarter, these artists aren't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Whether it was R&B songstress Ari Lennox releasing her debut album or J. Cole recruiting some of the hottest artists for the label's Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation, the label is adding to its musical dynasty and showcasing industry dominance. Next up to take center stage in the land of Dreamville is hip-hop duo Earthgang with the release of their debut studio album, Mirrorland. As the album draws listeners into the duo's eclectic world, one of the standout tracks is the final song, "Wings."
Over the years, Atlanta has become a major hub in the music scene, particularly hip-hop. Artists like Outkast, T.I., Jeezy, and 2 Chainz have a distinct sound and have always represented ATL to the fullest. Earthgang's Mirrorland may be the duo's first major-label debut, but they've been putting on for their hometown for over the last decade with several mixtapes and tours.
The track "Wings" has Earthgang members Olu (a.k.a. Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (a.k.a. Doctur Dot) showing appreciation to the city that raised them and yearning for growth as their careers continue to elevate. They want to put their stamp on Atlanta while also remembering the people who supported them from the beginning:
"Going up for the city / Going up for the town / Only day one ni***s with me / Can't keep no one else around."
EARTHGANG knows where they come from and they're just getting started! If the weekend calls for a little hometown love, put EARTHGANG's "Wings" in the rotation, play some Eye of Horus and check out this week's pertinent reading material:
Now That Lizzo Has the No. 1 Song in the Country, Will She Get the Respect She Deserves? - Okayplayer
Why Isolation Matters so Much to the Creative Process - DJBooth
The New Guard of Nigerian Musicians - The New York Times
Steve Aoki Wants to Live Forever - GQ
How Shameik Moore Swings Between Spider-Man and Wu-Tang - Playboy
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She's a huge Kobe Bryant fan who's still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she's ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."