🎵 Weekly Music Newsletter: Stranger Things’ Steve Harrington is a Legit Musician

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8 min readSep 20, 2022

Steve “The Hair” Harrington’s new album. Lil Tjay channels 50 Cent. Weyes Blood returns. New BLACKPINK. Jack Harlow & EST Gee reunite.

30-year-old rapper PnB Rock, best known for his 3x Platinum song Selfish and his feature on Everyday We Lit, was killed during a robbery last Monday.

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BIGGEST Songs of the Week 📈

BLACKPINK’s Shut Down was easily the biggest song of the week, but their new single isn’t any different than the one we wrote about last month, so we’re going to focus on EST Gee and Jack Harlow’s new duet, Backstage Passes, instead.

EST Gee first appeared on our radar in 2020 when he dropped the mixtape Ion Feel Nun. He dropped the follow-up, I Still Don’t Feel Nun, shortly thereafter. Two mixtapes, a joint album with 42 Dugg and a major record deal later, the rapper has finally dropped the next “feel nun” installment, I Never Felt Nun.

The lengthy, 21-track project features fellow Louisville natives Bryson Tiller and Jack Harlow, the latter of which appears on the aforementioned Backstage Passes. In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Low, EST Gee spoke about how the three of them created Louisville’s music scene, “There wasn’t no music scene before, you know what I’m saying? Before Jack and Bryson, I think they was the first people that made it. And then me.” He’s wrong — My Morning Jacket, Slint, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are all renowned musicians from Louisville — but we digress.

If you’d like to see how far EST Gee and Harlow have come, check out the Cole Bennett directed video for Backstage Passes and then watch the video for the duo’s 2019 single Mall Map. Besides Mall Map, the pair have also released Rotten, The Department and Route 66 together. At this point, the two rappers might as well put out a joint project.

One final thing to note about EST Gee’s album: Machine Gun Kelly makes an appearance and returns to his rap roots on Death Around The Corner. Oddly, the feature has left many music listeners confused. It’s only been four years since MGK tried to go toe-to-toe with Eminem on Rap Devil

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