Yesterday, thousands took to Downtown LA to protest District Attorney Jackie Lacey, criticizing her for not prosecuting police officers accused of misconduct. And while Lacey continues her tenure of controversy (at least until November, when she’s up for re-election), LA rap luminary Drakeo The Ruler sits in solitary confinement pending retrial for a crime for which he was already acquitted, with Lacey’s office using trumped-up gang charges and his rap lyrics against him.
Today, Drakeo The Ruler faces his next court date, and simultaneously, he’ll do something that hasn’t been done before: release an 18-track mixtape recorded through a prison phone over the span of two weeks. Thank You For Using GTL, made entirely with his producer JOOG
SZN (GTL is the inmate telecommunications system of choice for LA County) is top tier Drakeo — his bars are smart, absurdly funny, and anxious for what the future holds for him.
Thank You For Using GTL features JOOGSZN, Rio Da Young OG, ALLBLACK, Lil 9, and is out now via Stinc Team Records.
Check it out here: https://empire.ffm.to/
Drakeo’s legend grows larger by the day. The 26-year-old has kept his name in the headlines with a torrent of remixes, recruiting the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, OhGeesy, Lil Yachty, and others to put a new spin on career highlights like “Ion Rap Beef,” “Out The Slums,” and “Flu Flamming.” In March, Drakeo shared Free
Drakeo, a compilation of loose singles and unreleased material with appearances from 03 Greedo, Maxo Kream, SOB X RBE, Rio Da Young OG, Desto Dubb, and more. Most recently, Drakeo recorded a remix of his own, talking his smack for six-and-a-half minutes over the beat from Shordie Shordie’s Platinum-selling “Bitchuary.”
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