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Alone – [Yung Divide]

By former writer // 1 Jan 2020

Yung Divide is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets. At only 13-years-old he’s cranking out some of SoundCloud’s most catchiest tracks, sounding like a blend of a pre-pubescent Justin Bieber mixed with a bit of Lil Skies. Catchy hooks blend with infectious instrumentals across his limited discography, while his identity continues to remain unknown (aside from his impressively young age). “Alone” is his latest release, and has already proven to be a fan-favorite. Featuring production from Nick Mira and Divide himself, the emotional ballad gives an insight into young heartbreak and the feelings attached. On a side-note, it’s worth mentioning that Divide records, mixes, masters and produces a majority of his own material from inside a bedroom. If his work ethic is any sign, Yung Divide is about to have a huge breakout year in 2020. Listen to “Alone” by Yung Divide below. words by Liam M

Prada – [Tommy Ice] ft. [Bernard Jabs]

By former writer // 17 Nov 2019

Tommy Ice’s consistency is unrivaled. Between his impressive creative output and knack for catchy, infectious melodies; the Atlanta-based artist is poised for success. On his latest release, Tommy connects with Bernard Jabs for “Prada,” a heartfelt track mixed with the subtle flex of rockin’ designer shades. Pretty Boy Ron and Good Kid Larry assist Tommy Ice with the instrumental, crafting the perfect soundscape for an unforgettable two-minute track. Bernard Jabs blesses the cut with a standout verse as Tommy handles the hook with ease, offering a perfect blend from two of Atlanta’s finest. It’s always fun to hear two of the best emerging artists on a track together, so don’t miss your chance. Stream “Prada” from Tommy Ice featuring Bernard Jabs below. words by Liam M

Come Ovr/Skype Calls – [Sophie Meiers]

By former writer // 14 Nov 2019

Sophie Meiers is a once-in-a-lifetime type of artist. At only 20-years-old the Colorado native has amassed millions of streams across her self-released discography, recorded in bedrooms and warehouses across the country with little to no budget. Paving her own path, Sophie continues to create authentic, heartfelt songs graced with her natural charisma and charm.  On her latest release, Meiers pays homage to online relationships with a new two-pack of singles called “Come Ovr/Skype Calls.” The bubbly tracks are easily relatable for those born in the Internet Era, as Sophie reminisces on late night Skype calls and iMessage conversations. Laced with production work from HXNS, Public Library Commute and YOG$, the two songs are perfect for a chilly Fall evening. Watch Sophie’s self-directed video for “Come Ovr” below, and stream “Skype Calls” here! words by liam m

THOT! – [TOKYO’S REVENGE] ft. [ZEDSU]

By former writer // 13 Nov 2019

After recently inking a record deal with the 740 Project under industry veteran Scooter Braun, TOKYO’S REVENGE has been buzzing like crazy. Encapsulating fans with his aggressive yet tasteful sound, the 20-year-old prodigy debuts on our pages with “THOT!,” a bouncy anthem that’ll instantly get stuck in your head. Tokyo’s go-to producer Cliiifford handles half of the track, with assistance from Mathias Tyner as ZEDSU blesses the beat with an unforgettable opening verse. One of the most impressive skills in Tokyo’s arsenal is his ability to switch flows almost instantaneously, juggling a handful of different rhythms and cadences to create his unique style. Stay tuned for more heat from TOKYO’S REVENGE, as he plans to unleash an EP by the end of 2019. In the meantime, press play on his latest below. words by Liam m

Slip N Slide – [Brandon Bill$] X [Milian Beatz]

By former writer // 31 Jul 2019

The most beautiful thing about music, especially Hip-Hop, is the different and unique collaborations that are formed both inside and outside of the studio. Miami-native, Brandon Bill$, has been been climbing his way into the game for a minute now. With several projects released, the up and coming rapper is back on the scene with his newest banger, “Slip N Slide.” The song comes after several big assists from artists such as DaniLeigh and Soulja Boy. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest singles to come out this summer. The catchy hook as well as the melodic verses make each moment of the song easy to remember and sing along too. Bill$ collaborates with the Milian Beatz, whom many refer to as the producing “King of Kiev.” The young producer has been on a Kanye-like beat making spree since the first day he moved to the U.S. from Ukraine. For this track, Milian puts his acoustic abilities to use and combines it with his distinct 808 and drum production. Bill$’s one of a kind performance is nothing to lose sight of as well. The rapper has been on the mic for over 10 years, and you can definitely hear that …

Handouts – [Kai Ca$h] ft. [Pusha T]

By former writer // 31 Jul 2019

Recently appearing on Hot 97 and Sway in the morning, New York native Kai Ca$h has recently released an impressive stream of singles. Following up his success with a project, Birth in the Borough, the rapper prides himself on the city he comes from on his single, “Handouts.” With a rare assist from Pusha T, this track is the obvious standout song of the project. Lyrical in his delivery, Kai makes it clear that he does not want any pity and he certainly does not want any handouts. With tremendous grit in his voice, the rapper knows his worth and proves it with his lyrics: “They wantin’ me to sign, too low, huh I’m not near selling my soul, huh My eyes wide open, stay woke, uh And stack, I ain’t going back broke.” Throughout the track, Kai walks you through the essence of what it means and feels like to be from his borough of New York, something not too many artists are capable of making a listener feel. Fluently showcasing his ability to flow with the best in the game, the young emcee has gotten head nods from Hip-Hop legends such as King Push and Diddy. “Handouts,” produced …

All I Want – [Jitsu Gaiden]

By former writer // 29 Jul 2019

When we think of cities that major Hip-Hop artists come out of, we don’t think of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. But coincidentally, that is where Jitsu Gaiden, my newest discovery, is from. Jitsu Gaiden’s “All I Want” is one of the several standout tracks from the recently relocated rapper’s latest project Timeless Hyrdoponic Chamber. This record falls into a rare and risqué sub-genre of conscious strip club bangers. The emcee spits with an authentic southern drawl and smooth vocal tone that is reminiscent of the legendary Tennessee rap group, Three 6 Mafia. Throughout “All I Want,” Jitsu displays honest and hard-hitting flows, expressing his lust as he repeats the lyrics, “All I want’s a big booty bitch to throw a fit,” on the catchy, memorable hook. In today’s ever-changing Hip-Hop scene, the pimps and players have faded to the background, but still, Jitsu Gaiden is holding it down for all the playas out there. Stream “All I Want,” here:   Words by Barry R

Golden Boy – [Trust’N] X [Bkwds]

By former writer // 29 Jul 2019

Madison, Wisconsin is a city most famous for its beer and cheese curds, but the ever-growing underground hip-hop scene is finally starting to see the spotlight. Two up and coming Madison emcees, Trust’N and Bkwds, recently linked up for a collaborative project called Lapse. The EP has a number of standout tracks including my personal favorite, “Golden Boy.” Driven by soft melodic layered harmonies softly bouncing atop vibrant grand piano keys and trap drums, “Golden Boy” elegantly combines feelings of modern trap and neo-soul. The result is a beautiful record that will appeal to a wide variety of hip-hop fans across the endless spectrum of subgenres. Thus explaining why the album charted on iTunes in the Top 20 Hip Hop releases as well. The 21-year-old Trust’N, and 16-year-old producer Bkwds have been working together for quite some time now. With a bright future ahead of them, the two have already accomplished what many dream to do. Expect more music from Trust’N and Bkwds soon. Stream “Golden Boy” here: Words by Barry R

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