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MIDYEAR VINYL TOP 50
The world is turning at 33 RPM. (7/23a)
PAUL GETS BACK
Hit series doesn't let us down. (7/23a)
HITS LIST IN GLORIOUS
BLACK-AND-WHITE
The inner circle of Outer Limits (7/23a)
THE HITS INTERVIEW WITH JAY MARCIANO
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2021 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
The winner and still champ (7/22a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
THE B-SIDE
Dee Watkins (Alamo/Geffen)
2/4/21

WHAT IT IS: This 22-year-old Florida rapper has been making waves for over a decade in his home state with his pointed yet smooth flow over melodic trap beats. After breaking through on SoundCloud with “Down for Me,” Dee Watkins, aka Detrone Leon Watkins, cemented his presence in the hip-hop scene with a string of singles and his 2019 debut album, Problem Child. With his unique flow, captivating melodies and resonating lyrics, Watkins exhibits his raw talent with follow-up albums Chosen One—which boasted the Young Dolph remix of his breakout single “Bad Ass Jit”—Problem Child 2 and his latest offering, As I Am.
ALBUM: As I Am
RELEASE DATE: 12/18/2020
SINGLE: “Stop Asking” f/Hotboii
INTERNET: 150m+ global streams, 300k+ total Shazams; 675k+ monthly Spotify listeners, featured on playlists including New Music Friday, Most Necessary, The Plug and more; charted on SoundCloud’s New & Hot, peaking at #28; “Bad Ass Jit” surpassed 300k equivalents
PRESS: Pitchfork, XXL, HotNewHipHop
MANAGEMENT: Short Fuse Management