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Bag – [645AR] & [BEAM]

This week I have given myself the impossible task of describing the cultural significance of “Bag”, the long-awaited yet unexpected collaboration between Miami-via-Jamaica rapper BEAM and plugg pioneer 645AR. For the uninitiated this collaboration might not raise any eyebrows, but for those with their ear to the ground, “Bag” is the second coming, a cause to celebrate, and perhaps even worthwhile of a national holiday. Released late last month (sorry for the wait), “Bag” sees the dulcet and dreamlike raps of 645AR going bar-for-bar with the effortlessly sharp and versatile BEAM – and as a longtime fan of both artists, “Bag” feels like a dream come true. At this point, both artists are fairly prolific and wildly successful, and hearing the two work in sacred harmony is something I never thought I would be blessed with. Whether it’s 645AR instilling his own laid-back and futuristic energy into the track, or hearing BEAM reference older tracks like his Cardo-assisted “Lost” with masterful precision and dexterity, “Bag” is easily one of my favorite hip-hop releases in recent memory. Before you start drafting that tweet roasting me for taking three weeks to write about this song – I’ll be the first to admit …

Oscar – [MVW] [Valee]

Michael Vincent Waller or MVW lands fresh in our pages today with his new track “Oscar” alongside the unique and elusive Chicago artist Valee who skates with his trademark nonchalant flow overtop MVW’s laid-back regal instrumental as he juxtaposes a brooding classical piano melody with skittish, rousing percussion. Producer is a title that simply falls short for MVW as he is a classically trained composer who grew up in Staten Island and fell in love with both orchestral music and hip-hop, growing up a massive Wu-Tang fan. MVW’s entire catalog has been lauded by critics and he effortlessly blends elements of what would be considered “high-art” in the minds of academics with the contemporary trap production that has integrated its way into nearly every style of music you can think of. He boasts a number of intriguing collaborations with big names, also recently working with Desiigner, Matt Ox, 645AR, Babyface Ray, and Lil Gotit, among others. I can’t wait to see which artists he chooses to work with next and would highly recommend delving through his catalog if you enjoyed “Oscar.”

Never That – [MVW ft. Matt Ox, Valee & 645AR]

In the Southwestern United States lies the Four Corners Monument, the only place in the country where four states meet in one point of extreme cultural energy. In the middle of an arid desert, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado join forces to create one of our nation’s most notorious geographic points of significance. Today music fans are treated to what can only be described as the musical equivalent of this in the form of “Never That” featuring Matt Ox, Valee, 645AR, and Michael Vincent Waller production. Together the four esteemed artists channel their own sacred energy to create something entirely new – a banger so left-field that the likelihood of it ever being replicated is next to none. Over an elegant piano-laden beat decorated with woodwinds, string swells and mechanical hi-hats, Matt Ox, Valee, and 645AR trade verses in careful symmetry to create one of the finest tracks of the spring. The juxtaposition of the three artist’s unruly energy with the poise of MVW’s production results in an energy that you’ll just have to hear to believe. With more music coming down the pipeline from all four artists this year – you’d be wise to keep this group of …

DIABLO – [AL CHAPO]

Atlanta producer and fashion designer AL CHAPO is here today to introduce his debut EP DIABLO which shares the name with his clothing line that has become almost the de-facto uniform for artists and producers coming up within the underground and it is great to watch him solidify his influence as a producer as well as a brand owner, as his beats have an eerie and thumping quality about them that match up perfectly with the energy of the artists he collaborates with. 645AR and 10kDunkin open the EP with the menacing cut “3 AM IN DA A” that both Dunkin and AR are able to skate over with their respectively unique flows, and the track also included co-production from Chapo’s frequent collaborator and Atlanta legend SenseiATL. South Carolina’s Lil $horty and Chapo came together for their turnt-up track “PLUG BESTFRIEND” where $horty explains the benefits of being the plug’s best-friend and shows how you flex when you are. RX Peso is the next artist to join forces with Chapo for the grimy and up-tempo track “45” where Peso shows off the streetwise lyricism that first popularized him so greatly. Atlanta underground favorite REDDO’s track “VITAMINS” is the darkest and most ominous …

War – [NGeeYL] [DotComNirvan]

DotComNirvan and NGeeYL recently collided for a new and incredibly entertaining animated visual for his track “War” off of YL’s recent Live Ammo album which is seemingly starting to give him the national foothold and recognition he needs to become more than a South Carolina and SoundCloud phenomenon. Banbwoi supplied the staticky production that made up for the beat’s lack of melody in thump and this open and distorted instrumental provided the perfect background for YL to get off his staccato flows off. Live Ammo as a whole was some of the best production that NGeeYL has hopped on to date and is clearly beginning to enter into a period of artistic clarity and it is right on time as well considering he is on the cusp of crossing the borderline between underground and mainstream. Nirvan’s editing and animation are as good as they have ever looked in this new visual and this is yet another instance of him utilizing these almost PlayStation 2 like graphics, first coming on my radar with his video for 95REDDO and 645AR’s “Plan.” Even in this video with no actual facial expressions Nirvan’s sense of humor is very evident from the zoom-in’s on YL’s face to the absurd …

Sum Bout U – [645AR] feat. [FKA twigs]

Love him or hate him, 645AR brings a truly unique sound to rap. He just recently released a new track and music video featuring FKA twigs, called “Sum Bout U,” proving further that he will not be put in one box. FKA twigs is a generational talent who has put out a number of great albums over the past decade, and to see her dive deeper into the hip-hop genre is an exciting indication that she’ll dominate this decade as well. She kills it on the track with a pitched-up, extremely catchy refrain on the hook, and a tight verse. The production here, done by SenseiATL and El Guincho, is a laidback and moody trap beat with a melody that manages to play to both artists strengths. 645AR and twigs go back and forth here and display an impressive level of chemistry that will make this song one to look back on. While both do tend to experiment in their music, it was still quite the surprise to see these two artists work together. The fact that this exists in 2020 is something to celebrate. Check out the music video down below. Director: Aidan Zamiri Exec Producer: Morgan Clement Producer: …

12+10 – [Na-Kel Smith]

Na-Kel Smith has been on my radar for quite some time for various reasons. I first found out about him because he used to run with the Odd Future crew who I was basically obsessed with throughout high school, so I pretty much knew every single member of their group whether they made music or not. Then I quickly realized that Na-K was actually an extremely talented skateboarder who skates for various brands like Supreme and Fucking Awesome. Due to the fact that I’ve always had such a deep appreciation for skate culture and have grown an equally admirable adoration for streetwear culture, it only made sense that Na-Kel was someone I had to keep my eye on. Then, out of nowhere a couple of years ago, he started making music and I had no choice but to tune in. His most recent offering is entitled “12+10”, and it shows off another side of his artistry that isn’t always on display. When it comes to his music, he has shown off a plethora of skills from impressive flows to wild screams that bring insane energy, and everything in between, but this song is a lot more relaxed and nonchalant that …

Tony Shhnow and CashCache! tell us how they linked up, their latest joint-project, how CashCache got his tag, and much more in an exclusive new Q&A

2020 has been a year of mass chaos and upheaval that has lead to a great many growing pains within our different communities as dissension increases more and more and on a much more microcosmic level, this has been reflected in many different music trends, specifically within rap, that have begun to take shape over the last twelve months that are certainly challenging sonic status-quos while also inspiring and grabbing the attention of new listeners every day who are tired of hearing the exact same type of boring song structure and production tropes continually. Atlanta in particular has been a hotbed for this rise of creativity and innovation within the ‘trap’ and ‘SoundCloud’ spaces that have given both artists and producers a blank canvas to essentially riff on the sounds and flows pulled off by their peers. It is innately collaborative and frankly beautiful to watch and while people may immediately point to artists like 645AR, whose squeaky-voiced flow has already enchanted millions this year, or even Kenny Mason who is beginning to work metal and shoegaze production tendencies into his music in a completely new way, unlike the tired and drab ‘rap-rock’ of previous years. However, neither of these …

ACT UP – [HOOK] x [645AR]

It’s no secret that the apex point of popularity for “SoundCloud” rap has come and gone, and it is unlikely that this scene will ever produce another superstar as ubiquitous and nationally recognizable as someone like Juice WRLD for example, but don’t get it misconstrued, this underground scene is still as strong and innovative as ever, even if much of the audience has come and gone. Two artists who are expertly moving through this new climate and steadily increasing their respective followings are Riverside, CA rapper HOOK and Atlanta based artist 645AR. Recently this pair connected for a new visual for their track “Act Up” produced by MarvyAyy. HOOK comes in on this simple yet knocking instrumental with her trademark brash and in-your-face delivery, which is juxtaposed by 645AR’s squeaky falsetto. Both HOOK and 645AR have been two of the surprise breakout sensations of this year and I am excited to see them work on more music in the future and continue to fortify their already distinctive sounds.

SOS DA GANG 1.5 – [645AR] [10KDUNKIN] [JWITDABEAM]

Rising Atlanta clique SOS has a new collaborative visual featuring 645AR, 10k Dunkin, and JWITDABEAM and these three underground frontrunners have each carved out distinctive lanes in their scene. 645AR has had quite a productive past several months and most recently his notorious squeaky falsetto has seen him go viral numerous times. All three of these artists have hilarious personalities in addition to their raw trap style and they have carved out a sizable audience in Atlanta and the internet alike. SenseiATL produced their newest track “SOS DA GANG 1.5” and it is a quick, fast-paced cut that features a verse from each of these three. SOS has a joint project set to release in the coming months and this will likely be the break they need to expand their fanbase even further. Watch “SOS DA GANG 1.5” here: