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1Minute – [9lokknine]

The Florida Rap scene has long been blossoming, yet it seems as if people don’t respect it nearly as much as they should. Although it appears that it’s only taken off in the last half-decade or so and prior to that there were only a few mainstream artists to emerge from this region, now more than ever this part of the country deserves its moment in the spotlight. The underground scene is booming partially due to the fact that the sounds they create are unlike anything else in the country, but it can also be because of their unique deliveries and flows which are always something to behold. 9lokknine has been on the scene for quite some time at this point and although he has drawn comparisons to Kodak Black due to their similar voices, he has done so much to differentiate himself and prove that he’s not a clone whatsoever. His most recent song “1Minute” just received a music video treatment, and I couldn’t be more excited. The track itself features old school tropical hits, rapidly chattering percussion, and speaker-busting drums that pave the way for 9lokk to not only spit some great bars but also show off his …

Cardigan – [Don Toliver]

Prior to late last year’s Cactus Jack label collaborative project JackBoys, I had never really paid too much attention to Don Toliver, unfortunately. I had heard the name and knew he was buzzing in the music scene, but I never took the time to really just sit down and listen to his music. After hearing his contributions to that tape, though, I knew I had to tune into everything else he had to offer because of how out of the box and interesting his voice is. Luckily, as I was making an effort to dive further into his other music, he announced Heaven or Hell, his debut album that came out in March. I haven’t listened to this project all the much to be completely upfront, but I did listen as soon as it released, and I was thoroughly impressed with what he was able to put together. I previously understood why he was buzzing all over the industry, but this album just confirmed my suspicions. One of the standout songs on Heaven or Hell, at least in my opinion, was his song “Cardigan” which now received a brand-new music video treatment. The beat is comprised of a very transient, …

Wunna – [Gunna]

There has been a ton of anticipation and promotion around Gunna’s new project Wunna for a couple of months now, so when it dropped late last night, I couldn’t wait to dive into it! There are eighteen records included on this tracklist, which can be considered a lot for this day & age, but after running through this tape a few times, I didn’t hear any sort of ‘filler’ tracks, they were all ear-pleasing jams that played an important role in the cohesiveness of this project. When it came to who Gunna decided to handpick to be featured on this tape, he got all of the heavy hitters, as the features were from the likes of Young Thug, Nechie, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch and Travis Scott! I liked every track included here and there’s at least a dozen I could consider standouts, but if I had to narrow it down to two, I’d say my favorite were “Dollaz On My Head” or “Cooler Than A Bitch”. I believe this project will be remembered as a great one when the year 2020 is over, you’ll be hearing songs from this tape at plenty of functions once things open back up, so …

Hijack – [Thiago]

Thiago Sacata is a Brazilian hip-hop artist currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sacata is a part of the internet-based rap collective Cemetery Drive, as well as another group called House on the Hill collective. Thiago’s sound is quite unique; his voice isn’t really comparable to anyone else’s, sure enough to leave a memorable impression on first time listeners. In terms of skill set, Thiago’s flow is versatile, as he never has issues rapping over fast or slow paced beats. At his consistent best, Thiago is currently releasing solo songs every other Tuesday in 2020. Last year, Thiago did something similar by releasing a song every other month with Cemetery Drive. His song “Mirror Match” with producer bluknight perfectly illustrates Thiago’s seamless ability to switch between flows, as he rapidly spits over a Soulection-esque instrumental. If there is any signature component to Sacata’s style, it’s undoubtedly his capability to deliver catchy singing hooks over his tracks. For proof, waste no further by listening to Thiago’s latest offering “Hijack,” produced by Garrett. The entire record is a complete head bopping experience, with quotable lyrics such as “Everything’s a copy they tell me it’s gold nuggets / six digit salary to me …

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 TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

Poetry Jam – [Ciscero]

A few years ago when I was working merchandise at my prior job, I spent a summer in a super hot warehouse for hours on end every day, one thing always helped the time pass though, good music. One of the artists who helped me get through those days and that summer was Ciscero, who released a brand new record late last night titled “Poetry Jam”. It’s not often that Ciscero decided to bless us with some new music, but you can always count on one thing, he’s going to deliver with fantastic material each & every time he does, and this new joint was certainly no disappointment. Ciscero is one of the most underrated artists out, in my opinion, he always comes through with great tracks that feature top-notch production as well as some wicked flows + dope lyricism. Another thing about Ciscero is that if he chooses to work with an artist or a producer, they always seem to be just as talented as him, much love to Ciscero for putting me onto Foggieraw here on this one. Take some time out of your day to stream this new offering below!

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

lilspirit: the making of a popstar

While SoundCloud has lost some of its prestige in the public eye with the rise of DSPs, it’s undeniable that there are still artists building core fanbases on the platform, and with time, shifting far beyond the limitations that “SoundCloud rapper” or “SoundCloud artist” might imply. California native lilspirit is a perfect example. Tapped by Internet Money via the infamous “I want to sign you” Taz Taylor DM, spirit has grown from self-described “SoundCloud emo rapper” into a full-force pop artist in less than a year’s time, using SoundCloud to build out his early-stage foundation. Now having released numerous singles to the tune of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of plays, the SoundCloud-bred development stage for spirit has proven to be instrumental. Easily recognized by his light blue hair and relaxed demeanor, he’s grown a rabid fanbase, and one that helped spirit gracefully make the lauded jump from SoundCloud to DSPs – a historical pain-point for many “SoundCloud” artists looking to grow out of their bubble, but a signature move for the Internet Money camp. Fast-forward to the present, and with american spirit out now – a title alluding to the light blue American Spirit cigarettes he used to …

Off My Chest- [Smokepurpp] ft. [Lil Pump]

Few duos go together quite as well as Smokepurpp and Lil Pump. Their friendship has never been a secret and considering they came up into the spotlight together in some of the most notable glow ups in recent memory, they were somewhat always grouped with one another. Despite this being a few years ago, they’ve both taken their music careers in similar directions but distanced themselves in the public eye just a bit. Although there’s not a single problem between the two best friends, I’m assuming that they just felt like this was a smart move in order to further their individual endeavors. While Purpp has continued to cruise along on the success of Deadstar 2 that came out last year, I haven’t heard much from Pump in a while, but that could be due to my own ignorance or obliviousness. Either way, their respective silences are over, thankfully, as they have returned with a wild new tag-team effort on their song called “Off My Chest”. Deep, echoing synths, punchy drums, and forceful, hard-hitting percussion create a solid base for the duo to go to work on. As the song begins and builds up to the first hook, a clip …