Nashville artist J. Seuss is fresh to our pages today with his upbeat, feel-good new track “Bel-Air” where he floats over a bouncy, west-coast leaning instrumental with his playful flow. I enjoyed this song and J. Seuss is yet another artist making noise in Nashville, helping continue to carve out one of the most dynamic and underrated music scenes in the country. I hope J. Seuss can stay consistent with his music output from here and look forward to him continuing to find his sound as he releases more music. Definitely check this song out and add J. Seuss to your list of Nashville artists to watch.
ZZ is fresh to our pages today with a new emotional video titled “the broken hearts club” where he and Bill take turns unpacking their pain over a moody r&b beat that still has quite a kick to it from a percussive standpoint. Both of these artists float over the multi-dimensional instrumental with their own unique styles but share a propensity for honest songwriting and introspection. The BenJ Allen Visuals are fantastic and mesh with the song very well and he received help from ZZ in lining up these shots and scenes. ZZ hails from New Delhi, India but emigrated to Los Angeles and begun to pursue his music career which is beginning to take off more and more by the month. I am eager to see where ZZ goes from here and definitely would recommend adding this track to your playlists.
Michigan music is unstoppable right now with talent crawling out of every corner of the state, not just Detroit which is obviously the originator, but other cities around the state are also differentiating themselves from the Motor City, perhaps most notably Flint, a city ironically known for its dirty water, that produces nothing but comedians in the booth. From artists like YN Jay whose sarcasm is obvious and his delivery is beyond playful, or the more serious and menacing Rio Da Yung OG who is known for his wicked sense of humor and unpredictable wordplay, Flint is filled with big personalities, and perhaps none I have heard so far are as big as Lil E. Grindhard E is amassing a sizable cult-following across his area and the internet, following a similar blueprint to his peers, flooding the internet with music and using his sense of humor to offset the wicked things he has really done, while personifying him in such a manner that is impossible not to love. Like many others, my introduction to Grindhard E was his incredibly ignorant track “Dog and a Stick” where E explains that he is riding with some “Dog and a stick like a …
Nashville artist LotisMusic is back in our pages with his new EP College Days: Homecoming Szn where he recreates the atmosphere and energy of one of the most electric times of year in Nashville, Tennessee State University homecoming, where Lotis is a student. The project is brief at just seven tracks where he recruits several fellow Nashville artists to grace the beat with him and provide other sides to the city’s style contrary to his smoother melodic style. LotisMusic has been very consistent in his output over the past few years and the work is paying off as he has assembled a sizable and loyal fanbase across his city through intense word of mouth marketing and always giving his listeners something new.
Detroit videographer Logan Richardson or SPRK is throwing his hat into the newly saturated live-performance space on YouTube which features an artist delivering a live rendition of their song outside in their element. He recently teamed up with Heron Celly who certainly isn’t as far along in his career as some of his Whitehouse Studio peers but still has all the talent necessary to launch a big career on his own, but is just missing the consistency at this point. His performance for “Advance Money” was definitely memorable and his charisma shows through in the intimate setting of the performance. I am looking forward to more Heron Celly music and look forward to see how else Logan Richardson can bolster the Detroit scene through his visual content.
I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t at least been a little bored with the Texas rap scene over the past few years as many cartoonish artists with a propensity for Instagram drama have been leading the state for the past few years until being uprooted this year by several Houston newcomers, most notably Guapo whose track “Mr. Put It On” has officially achieved viral status, or the slightly more established Lil Jairmy who looks poised to take the city’s reigns fully in the ’20’s. However, my favorite new Texas artist is still yet to even hit our pages here and I have to give props to my friend TanaFullyLoaded for putting me on here, as the Nashville-born, Detroit-paid producer has been spreading this newly iconic Detroit sound all over the south. NeedNoName’s recent project All Off Backendz where he unloads his diverse bag of flows and unique perspective and sense of humor across thirty tracks that paint a very clear picture of the Houston force. He collaborates with many of Texas’s biggest new names, as well as Detroit’s as well. I look forward to hearing NeedNoName and his “Yehhhh” ad-lib a lot more soon.
Youthful Atlanta rapper Luh Dino is fresh to our pages today with his new collaborative visual with North Carolina artist Toosii who is beginning to capture the mainstream’s attention with his introspective lyrics and sweet melodic style, and Dino accompanies him well. There is little drop off between the two and I am very impressed with Luh Dino and am eager to hear more from him. He certainly is in the new pantheon of Atlanta artists looking to break through as the years change. If Dino is able to stay consistent there is little doubt in my mind that he will be one of the biggest new artists to come out of Atlanta and also look forward to hearing him find his sound more and more. Definitely add this track to your playlists and keep an eye on Luh Dino for the rest of 2021.
“Gourmet” is perhaps one of the very best descriptors of Freeport, New York’s Marcel Allen’s music from the highly manicured and soulful music he gives us, in small portions, but with his newest visual for his track “Gourmet,” Marcel is poised to begin releasing again leading up to his long awaited new project. Since 2018 Allen has given listeners small doses of his lyrically dense and introspective style that was coupled with always artistically bold visuals that further drive home the comprehensive attention to detail that he approaches his art with. Marcel is an adept storyteller and skilled wordsmith who loves to flex his lyrical muscle over luxurious yet laid-back and sample-driven instrumentals, moving at his own pace and never hard pressed to over exaggerate a punchline or force a metaphor that doesn’t belong. This, along with his razor sharp wordplay, is exemplified in his latest visual as he subtly drops sleek like “We’re breaking ribs and hundred-dollar bills,” exemplifying Allen’s determination to his goals and unwillingness to let anyone stand in his way. He raps meticulously with a breeze, and that is a very difficult thing to do. His presence is unlike many others when he steps into the booth …