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Jack Gregory

Jack Gregory is an nineteen-year-old writer from Nashville, TN. Find him on Twitter @gackjregory.

244 posts by

Jack Gregory

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AHHHHH – [Baby Scrap]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

‘Punk Rap’ has been something that has seen a lot of mileage since the SoundCloud heyday and just about every artist signed to a major label has been approached by their A&R or someone else on their team about tapping into the punk, emo, screamo, or whatever the hell else heavy-metal leaning that could possibly be imagined, from making songs with Travis Barker to one rapper carrying brass knuckles and getting arrested in turn to promote his album, we’ve just about seen it all in terms of rappers trying to either identify with the aesthetic or angst that makes that genre so notable and beloved. If you can’t already tell I think the punk-rap idea is a bit trite and played out, at least I thought that until HitKidd began his own sort of punk revival alongside Duke Deuce over the last twelve months and it feels right that in the city that birthed Horrorcore they should be able to resurrect punk in a not-so-corny fashion. HitKidd recently collaborated with young East Memphis artist Baby Scrap for his new video “AHHHHH” that continues to push the envelope as Memphis begins to pitch their iteration on a niche sound that has …

Adventuras De Un Marijuano – [Cuadra M]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

Latinx culture as a whole has been fascinating to me growing up in Tennessee where our state has seen a tremendous influx of immigrants from Central and South America who have collectively introduced us as a whole to the intricacies of their culture and exposing us to their unique creations. I have been lucky enough to get to hear more and more music in Spanish lately, from rappers flexing bilingual muscles for a few bars to music like that of Cuadra M, which although his latest video for “Adventuras De Un Marijuano” is littered with Runtz bags and directed by Memphis’ Mota Media who along with his fellow director Zack Hurth have cultivated a lot of the city’s most important rap videos over the last five years, this track is definitely not a rap song and sonically is definitely derivative of his own culture’s sound. “Adventuras De Un Marijuano” actually has tallied up over a million views on its audio on YouTube since May 4th and is being met with a tremendous deal of support from the internet already still in the dawn of his career. The beat is powered by a pair of guitars that are able to create …

Float On – [Baby Plug]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

Baby Plug is easily one of the most exciting young talents emerging from Atlanta and the east-side native is switching up his style with his latest track “Float On” where he sampled the Modest Mouse song of the same title and although their songs bear similarities melodically, Baby Plug shines vocally on this track, revealing a deal of range and even songwriting ability that hasn’t been revealed yet. This is simultaneously a testament to both BP’s dense catalog that has shown a great deal of versatility for an artist who was relatively unknown outside of his region until this year and his multi-talented nature that allows him to continually reveal new sounds and wrinkles into his music and this willingness to constantly experiment and push boundaries will undoubtedly serve him well.

Carry On – [Livin’ Legend Lausane]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

Alabama rap is absolutely on fire right now and the scenes taking place in Mobile and Birmingham are as exciting as anywhere else in the entire country and both are blazing their own trails with unique sounds that are sprinkling influence in nearly every corner of hip-hop right now, from the Big Yavo and TLE Cinco “type-beats” that were originated by Barnotez and BarryAutoo and recently seemingly perfected by Taz and 93 Meexhie, and the instrumental and lyrical innovations that Mobile’s Rylo Rodriguez and NoCap have captivated the industry with. However Alabama’s state capital, Montgomery, which is the home of the state’s first famous rapper, Doe B, who was unforunately murdered in late 2013, has slowly lagged behind in both output and coverage but over the past year I have started to see these tides change, primarily through Livin’ Legend (or LL as we called him in the last article we covered him in) Lausane and Fatt Macc who have energized a youthful audience in Montgomery that is beginning to shine the spotlight that the rest of the state has received over in their direction. Lausane is back with a new video where he really flexes his vocal muscles and …

RP’s & Plan B’s – [Tony Shhnow] [10k Dunkin]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

SOS members Tony Shhnow and 10kdunkin have returned with a new collaborative project titled RP’s & Plan B’s which is another solid and sonically diverse addition into each of their very deep catalogs that rarely get old because of the huge artistic risks they each take every time they release music, and this is true for all of SOS for that matter, but their continual pushing of the envelope has made for a fun ride for everyone who has been listening to them since they first arrived on the scene towards the greater demise of the “SoundCloud scene” if you will but like many other promising artists who were struggling to gain a footing as the spotlight left both that app and the particular brand of plugg-music that became its own scene and sound simultaneously. Track three “Too” is a CashCache produced instrumental and their fellow Atlantan shined with his distinctly glimmering and cartoonish beats that take you back to 2016 or a fantasy world in an incredibly unique manner. CashCache also produced “Meg” which features Since99 and his distinctive “lawyer flow” that has earned him a lot of notoriety thanks to adept digital marketing and a frank genuineness that endeared him to many …

Risk Taker – [RarieDaSavage]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

Of all of the innumerable talented young rappers in Atlanta I have to say that RarieDaSavage has emerged as truthfully my favorite of the bunch over the past several months, boasting a deep back catalog across platforms if you look hard enough, and having recently droped a mixtape titled Baby Goat and a self-titled EP which I reviewed for Lyrical Lemonade when it dropped a couple of months ago. Rarie is still just a teenager but has a wealth of life experience and tribulation under his belt which he masterfully turns into songs with gripping lyrics that often make you stare back into your own soul in a particularly unexpected way given that Rarie’s sound doesn’t necessarily scream emotional potency, but this camouflage of sorts makes Rarie all the more interesting to me. His obvious confidence and swagger and the rhythm in which he rides beats and seamlessly switches flows would easily convince many that Rarie is sitting on the next huge street/club smash hit in the city, which is likely true, but don’t for a second overlook how beautifully this man tells his stories for an artist as young as he is, without ever falling off pace or having to force lyrics. …

RP Mystery – [Moh Baretta]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Sep 2020

Moh Baretta may not receive as much love from the press as many of his Surf Gang affiliates have but make no mistake, the New York rapper is armed with his own unique sound and army of envelope-pushing producers behind him to continually evolve and perfect his music. “RP MYSTERY” is his the latest song to release through the Surf Gang SoundCloud and this track’s production, led by the duo of Harrison and Eera, whose instrumental’s melodic lilt was just enough to let Moh catch his flow on this track but never, ever overshadows him and from a percussion standpoint, there aren’t many producers out who can do as much with hi-hats as Surf Gang and there is something particularly metropolitan and industrial-sounding about them and are precise and syncopated to a point where I feel like it would be pretty hard for a rapper to fall of beat on them. Baretta’s voice is foreboding but not too grimacing and beyond any mere vocal talent that he possesses lies his much more impressive writing ability which has been obvious in most all of his catalog to this point. He also builds out “RP MYSTERY’s” atmosphere with his sound-effect mimicking ad-libs. …

Endzone – [Big Scarr]

By Jack Gregory // 31 Aug 2020

Memphis has been one of the most historic and currently relevant cities in all of hip-hop and their classic sound that has been reworked and reinvented countless times is seeing a current revival to they heyday of the 1990s into the early-2000s when groups like Three Six Mafia were at their peak in both influence and popularity, manifesting itself in the 2020s with rappers like Pooh Shiesty, Big 30, and Lil Migo (among many, many others) that have leaned on the old-school Memphis production tropes with rattling and distorted percussive elements mixed with their new school flows and unmistakable Memphis accents that are only rivaled by Atlanta in my opinion. While the scene has been hot for a while now and always has been a well-known outpost for rap, there are quite a few new faces in the Bluff City that are likely to ring out for some time, perhaps most notably Pooh Shiesty’s 1017 label-mate Big Scarr who burst onto the scene with his breakout video “Make A Play” and recently collaborated with Gucci Mane, Key Glock, and K-Shiday on the 1017 Records release “No Luv.” His latest video is for his song “Endzone” which some might remember as …

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