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Almost Woke – [Lucki]

By Danny Adams // 16 Apr 2021

A lot of people who aren’t familiar with Chicago’s very own Lucki might hear people describe his music as conscious rap and automatically group him in a lane with artists like J. Cole or Kendrick, yet he is in a lane of his own, and listeners wouldn’t understand that until tuning in for themselves. He is just so ethereal that his songs seem to naturally ooze out of him as his deepest and darkest thoughts come to life through his nonchalant, almost sleepy delivery that caught me off guard almost a decade ago and kept me coming back for more with every new release he put out. Late last night, he decided to surprise listeners once again with a brand-new two-track EP that came out of nowhere, yet I couldn’t be more thankful. The first song is called “LifestyleBrazy” and features production from one of my all-time favorite producers Brent Rambo. Here, Brent uses some almost worrisome, momentous piano keys underneath some sinister and piercing hats, poignant synths, and minimalistic drums that provide the perfect underworld sound for Lucki to absolutely demolish. As I’ve grown familiar with Lucki, I’ve learned to love his stylistic choice of starting sentences in a …

hate me – [midwxst]

By Danny Adams // 16 Apr 2021

As I find myself falling deeper and deeper down the wormhole that is Hyperpop, I find myself getting more and more interested in weirder sounds. While I say weird, I should clarify that I’ve been partial to interesting, innovative, and creative sounds that might come off as weird to the average listener, yet it might be normal to anyone else who has familiarized themselves with the Hyperpop scene. While midwxst has been stating his claim as to why he’s legitimately one of the best up and coming artists in the genre, he never seems to slow down and that’s part of the reason why I’ve become enthralled in the sonic landscape he has painted for himself and admirers all over the world. As I familiarize myself more and more with the subgenre as well, it appears as if there is a group of artists that stick together and collaborate more than any other genre, so this is something I admire more than anything else. Most recently, midwxst teamed up with fellow Helix Tears member/founder blackwinterwells for a track entitled “hate me”. wells handled the production on this hit, bringing a dexterous, lively beat to life with some strange yet playful …

Masks – [Lovsky]

By Danny Adams // 16 Apr 2021

Although it took a friend of mine to put me onto Lovsky’s music a few months back, I have had the privilege of getting to know her personally over social media ever since, and I must say that she has some exciting things coming in the near future. While she often posts covers of songs that include her own unique flair and shows off her diverse talents that are honestly unbelievable in my own opinion, her original records are a bit harder to come by. While they might be few and far between, Lovsky doesn’t take her music lightly at all and she’s one of the few artists left that truly takes a real-life experience, good or bad, and uses that as fuel for her songs. Although it’s been a few months since her last original release, the wait for her latest song “Masks” was well worth it to say the least, and now that it’s in our hands to take in and indulge, I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you as well. Mike Snell and Mosaic Music produced this track beginning with some slow, almost somber piano keys that play out for a good majority of …

Slime Language 2 – [YSL] [Young Thug]

By Lee Mcintosh // 16 Apr 2021

While the idea of rap groups as a whole may be slowly disappearing in the rap game, we have been seeing tons of cliques and rap labels that may have tons of solo artists, but appear to have that group-like demeanor. As of late, we have seen Quality Control–home of rap acts lie Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and more. Griselda Records consists of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine & Benny the Butcher. Last but not least, we have seen YSL flourish in the rap game since Young Thug took the scene by storm. If you do a bit of digging, you will see Young Thug interacting with tons of members of YSL before they were famous as he built them up to become the stars they are today. Gunna used to appear in Thugger’s music videos before signing to his label, and a young and determined Lil Keed played his music for Thug before the fame and he ultimately ended up signing with Thug as well. Here we are today and Young Thug is here to showcase his latest body of work alongside his star-studded YSL crew, Slime Language 2. With the original Slime Language project dropping in 2018, it was met …

A Conversation with Reece

By Sam Morrison // 16 Apr 2021

Virginia artist Reece was one of my favorite artists that I came across during quarantine and today he’s back with another song that is worth your listen. Instead of writing a regular article, I thought it was only fitting to sit down and talk to the talent about life and music! Continue scrolling to read this conversation with Reece. — Sam: Now that I know that you’re from my home state of Virginia, I’d love to hear about how you got into music, especially growing up in a place like Woodbridge. Reece: So, music for me was really a heavy part of my life growing up. My parents weren’t musical, but we listened to a lot of music, and I listened to a lot of weird shit as a child…and not weird, but just weird for a child to be listening to at the time. So I was introduced to a lot of different types of music and also I have a lot of older siblings and they would listen to some cool stuff too. Then 2012, I was in 10th grade and a lot of really cool music started coming out that year, like Channel Orange by Frank Ocean …

Force Of Habit – [Paris Texas]

By Elliot Montanez // 15 Apr 2021

Whenever I have that conversation with my friends in the music industry about what artists that I am most excited about right now, Paris Texas always seems to be one of the first names that I say. Their record “Heavy Metal” has performed extremely well since its release a couple of months ago, the follow-up to that was “Situations”, a unique type of track that came hand & hand with an amazing music video. Today, I am happy to be sharing their latest music video for their new song called “Force Of Habit”. The mesh that these two artists have together when they create music is absolutely outstanding, to say the least, they compliment each other so well + it makes for some addicting music. The other aspect that you have to look at when you examine Paris Texas is just how well-produced all of their music videos are, they have a 100% success rate on their past three visuals, it’s an important aspect to do well when building a fanbase. I feel so strongly about these two, I am enjoying watching their growth, but for the moment, watch this new music video below!

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