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Slime Language 2 – [YSL] [Young Thug]

While the idea of rap groups as a whole may be slowly disappearing in the rap game, we have been seeing tons of cliques and rap labels that may have tons of solo artists, but appear to have that group-like demeanor. As of late, we have seen Quality Control–home of rap acts lie Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and more. Griselda Records consists of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine & Benny the Butcher. Last but not least, we have seen YSL flourish in the rap game since Young Thug took the scene by storm. If you do a bit of digging, you will see Young Thug interacting with tons of members of YSL before they were famous as he built them up to become the stars they are today. Gunna used to appear in Thugger’s music videos before signing to his label, and a young and determined Lil Keed played his music for Thug before the fame and he ultimately ended up signing with Thug as well. Here we are today and Young Thug is here to showcase his latest body of work alongside his star-studded YSL crew, Slime Language 2. With the original Slime Language project dropping in 2018, it was met …

YN Jay Interview: The Rise of The Coochie Man

“I did everything that all the rappers used to do like writing real bars and real raps and it didn’t work. I just had to wait my turn. I watched everybody around me shine before I had my turn to shine.” -YN Jay Whether you love the platform or not, we can’t ignore the amount of impact that Tik Tok has had on the music industry as of late. The app that caught the most traction during quarantine became the home to the latest music trends and dances, and a lot of people found new artists there. The amount it time it takes for a Tik Tok sound to trend on the app seems like it gets shorter and shorter, and rap songs are leading the charge of most of the viral songs. One artist in particular who found his rise to stardom from the app would be the upcoming Flint Michigan rapper–YN Jay. Most recognizable for his bars about coochie, YN Jay has been one of the many artists from Flint Michigan to take off and show signs of a very promising future. His buzz began around March of 2020 when the country was completely shut down, and many …

Get Refreshed: Twikipedia and SEBii’s Trip To Eagleland, A Year Since Exeter, and Saturn’s Guide to SoundCloud

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Twikipedia + SEBii: “hotel” Occasions like these remind me that nothing ever truly grows “stale” in music, no matter what the hardcore skeptics and critics of the world may think otherwise. Both the art and the craft of basing entire hip-hop tracks around video games – while always being present and developing – have taken on prominent and exciting new forms over the past decade. MCs and producers alike from scenes that stretch from South Florida to the Kanto Region ushered in this wholly entertaining era as the 2010s entered its waning years, and though this particular approach had its moment for quite some time, it certainly isn’t at the level of supply that it once was.  Now if anyone from today’s crop of superstars-in-the-making were to give this approach a welcomed return-to-form, could we have chosen a more obvious pairing than Twikipedia and SEBii? I seriously believe there could have been no one better to take up this task than these two given their track record of video game-centric bars and aesthetics alike; the shared …

Ice Kream Truck – [Tommy Richman]

In this industry, I’m always trying my best to be on the cutting edge of discovery when finding new artists that deserve their spot in the spotlight. At the same time, it’s simply impossible for me to know about every promising young talent before everyone else, so that’s why when the homies hit me up about some blossoming talents, I have to tune in because they definitely have some amazing taste in music and they always put me onto some musicians who are inevitably going to blow up sooner or later. Most recently, I was told about an unbelievable young artist named Tommy Richman, and while I had zero expectations going into his most recent offering “Ice Kream Truck”, I left my first listen with thousands of questions, the first of which was how has this kid not blown up yet? As soon as you press play, your eardrums are met by these retro-sounding synths that are immediately complimented by Tommy’s high-pitched vocals that just fill your soul with serenity and good vibes, and we haven’t even gotten to the bulk of the record yet. I should also mention that Tommy self-produced this hit with the help of another producer …

A Conversation with Chloe Angelides about her new album: Friends Who Failed At Love

There are some spectacular artists in this music industry, and for the remainder of my time working in it, I am determined to shine a light on the diamonds and gems who deserve the love. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and this artist who I get to feature today is a product of a chance encounter that I will always be grateful for. It’s one thing to connect with someone on a few levels, but it’s another thing entirely to connect on all levels. That’s what it felt like when I met Chloe Angelides one night in LA. We instantly struck a conversation about music and life and ultimately found out that we grew up 30 minutes away from each other in Virginia. Our chat quickly continued into the night and I left utterly impressed at her character and innate passion for music. Not only is Chloe a gem of a human, but she’s truly an amazing artist/songwriter who has written with and for some of the biggest names in music. Today though, she’s not making it on to our page just for credits; she’s appearing on Lyrical Lemonade for the release of her brand …

Hellcats & Trackhawks – [Lil Durk] & [Only The Family]

Lil Durk always has been and always will be an absolute icon not only in Chicago but in the entire country. Spearheading Only The Family, a record label that Durk helped found, he has helped put on some of his closest friends in the industry, releasing compilation albums to shine a light on their unbelievable skills. Most recently, they dropped Only The Family – Lil Durk Presents: Loyal Bros at the beginning of this month which featured names outside of the label such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tee Grizzley, Foogiano, and many others, while also showcasing the label’s core members such as the late King Von, Booka600, and Memo600 to name just a few. While it’s not very common these days to see an album that spans 23 songs at just under an hour in length, this lengthiness makes sense considering there are so many incredible acts that need a moment to shine, and while I’ve only had a chance to skim through the album since it came out, I can tell that it does a wonderful job of giving every single artist a moment in the limelight without focusing too heavily on one artist over another. Although he’s sprinkled …

Designer Frames – [Mick Jenkins] & [Kaytranada]

There are many reasons why I’m so proud to be from a city like Chicago, and one of those many reasons includes artists like Mick Jenkins. I have been a fan of Mick ever since his project The Water[s] which came out back in 2014, and at this point, I was only just starting to get into the local scene further than just Drill music. This mixtape changes my outlook on music and the dexterity that Mick was able to show off throughout the entire project’s duration was incredible, making it a project that I Still make a point to revisit almost too often depending on who you ask. Obviously, it has been many years since that released, and not only has Mick dropped various other projects, he has also clearly grown as a man and as an artist. Over the years, he has collaborated with legendary producer Kaytranada on various releases, and literally every single collab seems better than the last. Well, whether you’re listening to “Your Love”, “P’s & Q’s” or even “Gray Area” off of Kaytra’s Grammy award-winning album Bubba, you’re in for a treat every single time, and I couldn’t be more excited to share that …

Already Best Friends – [Jack Harlow]

One of my favorite albums to drop last year was Jack Harlow’s project called That’s What They All Say, in my opinion, it was the most perfect album that he could have made at this point in his career. There was plenty of different types of records within the tracklist, you had introspective cuts like “Keep It Light”, hard-hitting bangers like “What’s Poppin”, and silky smooth anthems like “Already Best Friends” featuring Chris Brown. Today, we received the music video for that latter of the three, and it’s everything that it was supposed to be. Hopefully we get some more visuals for songs off of that album, but for now, enjoy this new release below! Produced by Jetson

Ahead of New Album “SCISSORHANDS,” Kid Trash Speaks On Their Already-Influential Career

Time and time again are the earliest innovators within prominent music scenes left by the wayside once said scene effectively takes off. For as much creative effort as these select acts put forth in their early work, rising figures who take further inspiration – either directly or indirectly from them – usually end up at the forefront of their scene if this traditional cycle continues.  Numerous past examples could be brought up, but there is no point in getting into any of them. Put simply, Kid Trash has been representing the sounds, styles, and overall culture of the burgeoning digicore scene for years on end now — far longer than many of the community’s standout acts. In saying this, they don’t want to fall under these aforementioned descriptions.  And it’s safe to say they never will. Kid Trash is the musical alias of a 20-year-old named Sophia from Nottingham, UK. Their name has been longer associated with the facets that make up modern online music today than practically any of their contemporaries — all due to how ahead of the curve they have proven to be throughout their artistic uprising in this light. KID TRRRASH · EXOTIC (VIDEO IN DESCRIPTION) …

10B410 – [Lil Gray]

Landover, Maryland’s Lil Gray has been one of the best kept secrets in an area that is far too overlooked in the national hip-hop landscape and although the DMV is starting to earn some of the flowers that it deserves from critics and fans alike it still fails to command the respect and attention of the entire country, particularly in regards to the unmistakable “DMV-flow” that nobody can agree on who started it but everyone can agree that it is easily one of the most copied cadences of the past decade and is almost never attributed to its home area. Gray has been quiet in his output over the past few years but recently has picked up where he left off with a string of singles that have effectively re-energized his cult like base but none of which truly prepare you for the mastery that Gray puts on display across all sixteen songs on his latest project 10B410 which is an ode to all of the finessers out there who were up early in the morning making ten-thousand dollars plus throughout the pandemic. On the mixtape Lil Gray shows exactly why he’s nicknamed the “Man of Many” around his parts …