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Kill Your Idols – [Kemba]

If there is anything certain about a new Kemba song, it will never be dull. The Hunts Point legend has impressively been active in 2020, as a result of dropping three unforgettable singles: 1. “More A Man” –  a powerful Mos Def esque record where he vows to be “more a man’ than his father was,” and “more aware when [he] falls in love.” 2. “none of this matters,” a short, enticing, UK-drill inspired track where Kemba flaunts his versatility and ability to produce a hit regardless of  style or sub-genre. 3.  “Pisces” – Self-revealed as one of Kemba’s favorite songs to make, the banger uniquely aligns with the life experiences and content that he has shared so far. Fun fact: In “none of this matters,” the background “shut the fu** up ni***” vocals (around the 1:45 mark) are taken from this record. Refusing to stand still, the Bronx native has returned with a fourth single titled “Kill Your Idols,” with mellow production from Brasstracks and Frank Drake. From a lyrical standpoint, this record is undoubtedly the most adept of the four, as well as the most experimental sonically. Whether intentional or not, the song’s subject matter eerily corresponds with tragic …

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

Nang – [JME] ft. [Skepta]

When I first heard grime music a few years back, admittedly I wasn’t a huge fan. I had trouble finding the beat because of some strange time stamps on certain songs and some of the lyricism just sounded kind of off to me. I can’t remember who I tried listening to for the life of me, because ever since I got introduced to Skepta, my opinion changed, and I instantly became hooked. The fast production mixed with his insane lyrical ability and his aptitude to be able to flow in so many different ways always stood out to me, and it was a type of Hip-Hop music that was unlike anything I had ever heard before in the States. I haven’t dived too far into the world of Grime beyond him, to be honest, but when I see Skepta’s name on a song, I know it’s essential that I tune in. As for JME, I wasn’t super familiar with his work, but it turns out that he was one of the most influential artists starting out along with Skepta in a young and ambitious Grime scene in England. Last November’s album Grime MC was an extensive look into the rapper’s …

Rock$tar – [Smooky MarGielaa]

Smooky MarGielaa is an artist that screams potential. The seventeen year old prodigy is a member of the Harlem collective A$AP MOB, having featured on three tracks from the group’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy album. Smooky is also a part of the AWGE collective, a creative agency founded by A$ap Rocky. The highlight of Smooky’s career so far is undoubtedly his hit song “Flight To Memphis,” which features A$ap Rocky, Juicy J, and Chris Brown. Another notable moment is Smooky’s feature on “Can’t Fall N Luv,” a track and music video by the rapper Hoodrich Pablo Juan. Furthermore, in 2017 when Meek Mill was serving jail time, Smooky released a song titled “Not Right” in defense of Meek for solidarity. Before releasing his latest single “Rock$tar,” my favorite track of Smooky’s was “Too Blessed;” a simple, yet catchy record where MarGielaa recalls difficult moments from his childhood while expressing gratitude for his present circumstances. However, “Rock$tar,” the latest single from Smooky is by far his most impressive release to date, showcasing his signature flow over a bass-dominated beat. Despite his sound being reliant on auto-tune, Smooky’s usage of the technology is comparable to Travis Scott, in the sense that …

Gunpla – [A$AP Twelvyy]

In my opinion, when it comes to modern day Rap collectives, A$AP Mob is the group that aspiring artists should model their crew after. I think this because they have world renown artists like Rocky and Ferg who everyone has heard of considering they dabble in lanes other than strictly music. They have Bari who doesn’t even make music but has created a massively successful high fashion entity in Vlone. Then there’s artists like Nast and Twelvyy who are well respected and recognized among the music and fashion worlds alike, but somehow maintain a sort of low key, underground aesthetic that’s separate from their counterparts to an extent. I mention all this because A$AP Twelvyy is back with a brand-new song entitled “Gunpla”. The production has a futuristic feel to it, with some sort of bells tiptoeing along in a haunting fashion and some extremely appealing rapid-fire hats to compliment the melody. Twelvyy decides to use some vocal effects in this track which end up sounding nothing like anything I’ve ever heard him use before, adding another accomplishment to his already lengthy resume. He uses a delivery with quick and catchy lines that are somewhat separated, ultimately adding up to …

Ride 2 – [Will Martian]

Every once in a blue moon, a classic sample will be unearthed by a hit song, only to be reworked and remixed by countless other producers. At times, this can be entertaining, but in many cases, it’s hard for listeners to get over the initial recognition of the sample’s original use. The former is the case with Will Martian’s soul-soaked track, “Ride 2.” Incorporating the same sample as A$AP Rocky and Famous Dex’s “Pick It Up,” “Ride 2” is one of the rare cases in which a unique style transcends such a recognizable sample. Sure, Martian structures the instrumental around the same vocal run, but by slowing it down and adding his own sauce, “Ride 2” becomes a must-listen in its own right, bringing the soul of the sample to new heights. With this, aside from the production, perhaps the most impressive aspect of “Ride 2” is the songwriting. Maintaining an effortless sense of cool, Martian pours his heart out onto the track, painting a slice of life in the process. As the song progresses, listeners are taken on a car ride with the man himself, and the result is a notably relaxed and therefore, authentic release, trimmed with introspection …

Baby Keem: More Than A Moment

Words By Seamus Fay & John Matraia Cover Photo by @1takeace Baby Keem’s first-ever New York City show did not have an opener. When you’re a 19-year old phenom, characterized by high-octane energy and undeniable star power, though, an opener isn’t a requirement. Baby Keem is the star of his own show, and even with figures like Drake and A$AP Rocky showing up to support, he refuses to compromise what he’s trying to build. After all, Baby Keem isn’t here to cash in on the moment; he’s here for the long-haul, or so he’s told us thus far. Soaring off of the success of his debut album — the intensely charismatic Die For My Bitch — the 19-year old rapper has been on a tear all throughout 2019. “Orange Soda” is emerging onto the charts as a still-growing hit, Keem is already selling out shows, and best of all, he’s handling the spotlight with remarkable control, calculated and thoughtful in his every move.  This poise is no coincidence. Artistically, Keem considered the future from the start, and didn’t rush into anything. Each song from his older projects hold up even now, and with an early Cardo cosign marking a strong …

Rune – [Clams Casino]

Clams Casino is one of the most legendary producers in the entire rap industry. He’s been making hits with up and comers who end up turning into huge stars, and his unique take on production has sealed his status as one of the best to ever do it. From A$AP Rocky to Earl Sweatshirt, Clams has been able to understand an artist’s strengths enough to make beats for them, but also has the ability to boost them up, propelling them from their comfort zones and making something out of this world every single time. To surprise fans, he took to Twitter to announce that his next album, Moon Trip Radio, is set to release on November 7th. Along with this announcement, he gifted us with a single entitled “Rune”. This track is solely an instrumental, providing airy and deep synths over modest percussion, creating a bit of a spooky yet relaxing sound perfect for the week of Halloween. Not many producers can tell a story without words, but Clams does it on this track. In fact, the only person I could see killing a verse on this beat would be Kid Cudi, because he makes everything he touches better, especially …

Watch A$AP Ferg’s brand new interview with No Jumper

A$AP Ferg doesn’t get the credit that he deserves as a creative, I think that he is one of the most brilliant artists in the game, so when I saw that he recently sat down with Adam22 for a brand new interview I couldn’t wait to hear the conversation. You will find these two speaking about tons of topics such as BMX culture, his new album, growing up in Harlem, his merchandise, learning more as he gets older, the importance of family, his creative process, working with Brent Faiyaz, his fashion sense, the A$AP crew, his relationships with A$AP Rocky, beefing with Gucci way back in the day, what he learned from Gucci’s book, his trainer and he even speaks about some rare A$AP stories. This was a great interview and I believe you should check it out, feel free to do so below!