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AUTOTONE – [Matty Wood$]

By Jaxon Brown // 25 Oct 2021

There’s a certain feeling when you listen to a project through its entirety, realizing just how good it is as you proceed throughout. That’s the exact feeling I got with AUTOTONE, the latest mastery from St. Louis native, Matty Wood$, a.k.a. the “Backwoods Bandit.” Starting from the top, Wood$ shows off his sound which has found a niche in the industry; harmonious layered autotune softly laid over masterful keys, winds and 808s. With “Here we go again” leading off, listeners get a taste of the melodic nature of his voice, and groovy keys match the tone to give a tremendous preview of the rest of the project. Songs like “Elektra,” and “The Ballad of Tony Tone, Pt. 2,” give glimpses into catchy one-liners-turned-hooks that can’t help but melt to their respective instrumentals. I promise you, “This the sound that money make, 20 thumbin’ through the cake,” won’t leave your head. Moving down the tracklist is a fantastic run of four songs that seemed to impress me more and more as the album proceeded. The hooks drew me in, and the layered beats and vocal tracks flawlessly mended on “Mean Choppa” and “Sticky Icky,” with a slower, reverb-heavy masterpiece in “Dirty.” …

Pallbearers – [Kuttem Reese]

By Danny Adams // 25 Oct 2021

The Florida rap scene has been absolutely booming over the past year or two, but it seems like it’s taking a while for the rest of the country to catch on. It reminds me a lot of the Michigan scene as well because until Lil Yachty went up there to put the rest of the country on, it seemed like a very niche and close-knit community of fans that were ride or die, but everyone else was sleeping. This is what has happened in Florida as well, but the number of talented acts emerging is literally countless, and every single day a new artist rises from the shadows, it seems. While emcees like Kodak Black, Hotboii, and 9lokknine are some of the more notable names coming out of the southern region, Kuttem Reese is a talent who I’ve become very familiar with, and I feel like he just continues to get better with every new release he puts out. While Reese is still on the prowl to be the next big thing from Orlando, he’s making another strong case with his latest song “Pallbearers” which is undeniably a song you need to check out immediately as well as the Directed …

Luigi – [2KBABY] ft. [Chief Keef]

By Danny Adams // 25 Oct 2021

2KBABY is an artist who I heard so much buzz about, but I never got around to checking out his music, somehow. Although Jack Harlow is an artist who can be considered the face of Louisville rap, there are so many incredible talents hailing from the Ville, and 2K is definitely a name you should keep in your head, and this was made obvious to me after I finally tuned in and realized what I was missing out on. He might still be scratching and clawing his way through the ranks of the music industry, but he already has a solidified foundation in the scene after working with numerous other artists including G Herbo, Marshmello, and others as well as a few other promising collaborations on the way with names like Murda Beatz. Most recently, the song that finally got me to listen up and pay attention was “Luigi”, 2K’s latest track with Chicago icon Chief Keef, so when I saw this record and Jay Pusha-directed music video came out towards the end of last week, I couldn’t put it off any longer. In the instrumental, there are some optimistic, resilient piano keys that are brought to new levels once …

Watch Femdot perform “Bussin” on COLORS

By Danny Adams // 25 Oct 2021

There are few artists in the current music scene that are more important to Chicago than Femdot. He has been grinding for years, making moves on a daily basis to go from local legend to world-renown phenom, and it has been one of the most fun rises to fame to watch that I can think of. The way Fem is able to bridge the gap between his real-life stories and relevant, impressive sounds is remarkable, and his skills are nothing short of incredible. Despite his constant grind, it has been so cool to see all of his hard work pay off, especially over the last year or so, but it’s insane to think that this is still just the start of his potential being unleashed to wider audiences. One thing fans can get excited about is the highly-anticipated release of his upcoming project Not For Sale, and as we prepare for that, he released a brand-new single entitled “Bussin” that certainly has me waiting on the edge of my seat for his next project because if it’s anything like this song, I know it’s going to do numbers and be massively successful. In order to gain even more buzz for …

It’s Depression – [Anna Shoemaker] x [Middle Part]

By Brandon Washington // 25 Oct 2021

Brooklyn, New York based artist Anna Shoemaker makes her well-deserved Lyrical Lemonade debut with her new song “It’s Depression.” I recently got into Shoemaker’s music by peeping her Everything Is Embarrassing EP, which was an incredible listen from start to finish. My favorite record of hers at the moment is “I Need Ya,” but truth be told there’s plenty of variety for listeners to choose from. Other brilliant songs in her discography, such as “Silver Cowboy Boots” contains plenty of personality and emotional content which provides insight into the perspective of Anna’s worldview. Featuring Middle Part, “It’s Depression” is a unique indie-rock anthem veiled under a despondent mental health lens. Shoemaker self-diagnoses her depressive state while detailing heartbreak; the lyrics from the chorus “tell me that you want me back” represent the improbable yet hopeful wish for her former relationship to be restored. Sonically the drum-led percussion and guitar instrumentation creates an upbeat anthem for Anna to somberly sing over, which Middle Part mirrors for a brief moment before the hook resumes. Not only is the song addictive, but it’s relatable lyricism fantastically highlights not only the tremendous burden of depression, but also the occasional agony of love. Listen to “It’s Depression” …

.Up! For Dayz [Reno Shakur]

By Brandon Washington // 25 Oct 2021

“.UP! For Dayz” is my breakthrough EP. I started working on this project during a stage of depression and writers block. At this point in my life a lot of reality started striking me all at once and I was upset. I started this project and made several songs and ended up not going with most of them. I took a break and came back in a much better head space and that was when things started to align better. I probably only had one song I was for sure using at that point. Once I got all the songs done for the tape I just sat back and analyzed them for months and perfected them until I knew it was time for their release. I came up with the name “.UP! For Dayz” because of two reasons: My passion and dedication to my craft leads me to stay up for long periods of time without rest, just as I was up for hours creating this project. But also, the term, “Up for days” represents my future success. The fact that I know that one day I’ll be somewhere high in the rap industry. Also, cleverly at the beginning of …

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