SICK OF IT* – [Jean Dawson]

By Danny Adams // 30 Sep 2022

It had been quite some time since we had last heard from Jean Dawson, but over the last month or two, he has been unveiling singles from his highly anticipated upcoming project CHAOS NOW* and my excitement is at an all-time high. When it comes to Jean, you aren’t only going to get a banger, a unique style of music, and a vibrant persona. You’re also going to get some profound and thought-provoking lyricism that makes you ponder on life itself, just as he does within his releases. I never leave a song or visual knowing exactly what to take away from it, but that’s what I find so magnificent. His records seem to leave the message up for debate, and depending on what you may have going on in your mind while listening, you may have an entirely different takeaway than you will during your next listen. Although I don’t make music myself, I know how difficult this is because it’s a rarity in the industry, and if it were simple to do, everyone would. We’re slowly getting closer to his next project’s release date of October 7th, and with his latest self-produced (with some help from Austin Corona, …

life sucks – [ninexteen]

By Danny Adams // 30 Sep 2022

As the internet changes the music business as we all know it on a regular basis, it can be hard to find someone with a good work ethic. Well, I guess it’s not as difficult as I first thought because the people who work hard and never give up are the artists that we know and love, but it’s the underground emcees that I struggle to find these traits in because there are just so many of them. When you don’t get the results you hope for, it can be hard to keep going, but so many of these current artists who want to make a name for themselves try and drop one or two songs and go viral, so when that doesn’t work, they have no backup plans. At the same time, ninexteen is the exception to this ideology because even though I don’t know too much about him, I had heard that his work ethic is unmatched, and he truly wants people to hear (and appreciate) his music. In fact, the eighteen-year-old spitter is currently in the fall semester of his freshman year of college, so while there is a massive workload that comes with school, he makes …

Yours Truly – [Pollari]

By Danny Adams // 30 Sep 2022

If you are somehow not familiar with Pollari, then you have to open a history book and do some reading about the underground legend. He is one of the very first artists I ever remember hearing when I first dove deeper than the surface of hip-hop music, and he is one of the major reasons why I have such an open mind and why my taste in rap is so diverse. Now, I’m not claiming to have a perfect taste by any means, but I do take pride in the assortment of emcees that I listen to, and without Pollari, I can’t say that I would be the same music fan that I am today. Earlier on in his career, he was going crazy, dropping hit after hit all while consistently demonstrating exactly how individualistic he was as a musician. As time went on, he seemed to showcase a similar inimitability, just in a more mature, grown-up fashion. If you haven’t tapped in with Lar in a while, you have to get reacquainted with his brand-new project Yours Truly because it is seriously one of the most intriguing projects that has dropped all month, and it’s a trademark example of …

Space Rabbit – [Freddie Gibbs]

By Danny Adams // 30 Sep 2022

It’s hard to imagine an artist from Indiana that is more exciting than Freddie Gibbs, but it might be difficult to envision because that person is nonexistent. Sure, there are tons of emcees that I love from the midwestern state, but in terms of sheer success, skill, and accolades, I think Freddie takes the cake without a question. For over a decade, he has been carving a path for himself as one of the most lyrically gifted and overall talented emcees in rap music, so while his GRAMMY nomination for his Alchemist-produced project Alfredo was amazing to see, it was long overdue in my opinion. Until late last night, his highly anticipated album $oul $old $eparately was keeping me up at night out of how much excitement I had leading up to its release, but now that it’s here, I can’t wait to keep listening time and time again until I can actually appreciate all of the artistry and skill that went into its creation. With a total of 15 songs and features from world-renown emcees like Pusha T, Rick Ross, Offset, Raekwon, Scarface, and many more, this album was set up for success from the moment it was announced, …

Same Old Everything – [Heavn]

By Jarred Howard // 30 Sep 2022

Heavn is shaping up to be one of my favorite newer finds of 2022. He’s back with a more upbeat tune, entitled “Same Old Everything.” The Rochester, New York artist has dropped 10 records in 2022 alone but this might be his most upbeat song that came out this year. Heavn stated via email that “this single is about situations where things that don’t change no matter who or what is trying to help.” We won’t have to wait too much longer for a project as this is the last single before Heavn’s first full-length project comes out next month. With how unique his songs have been so far and how fast he’s been growing in the last few months Heavn’s ‘Suburbia’ project should be on everyone’s radar that are fans of the indie rock/pop music scene. Stream Heavn’s new single “Same Old Everything” after the break.

Dame Lillard – [OT7 Quanny]

By Jarred Howard // 30 Sep 2022

OT7 Quanny has had a solid 2022 and has turned into one of the best rappers at the forefront of the new rap movement in Philly. The Pyro-Z5 produced record serves as a slight switch up for 0T7 Quanny and compliments his witty edgy bars well. The visuals are quick, simple, and to the point, and the way that the director’s Ish and Skeet production added different Dame Lillard NBA playcalling moments throughout the video adds an extra flare to the video. There isn’t that much music that’s out from Quanny across the internet, but you know his wave is really connecting with listeners in real life when you look at his plays across YouTube. If there ever was a moment to be early on as an artist now is the chance. With how his music is moving if he drops a project at the top of next year I can see Quanny making a major label move sooner than later. Watch OT7 Quanny’s new video for “Dame Lillard” yourself after the break.