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60 FWY Music – [Superior James]

Music can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you want it to be, but I personally feel like a song is always better when an artist contributes as much of their art as possible to any given record. Whether it’s rapping, producing, mixing, mastering, directing, editing, or doing anything else, the more say a musician has in their releases typically allows them to craft that effort however they see fit. It just helps their artistic vision come to life much more than it would if someone else had full reign of any given aspect of the track. For Superior James, he’s no stranger to hard work or diverse artistry considering he already has 4 self-produced albums under his belt, and you can hear his progression as time continues to pass. Although he’s a newer name in my arsenal of artists, I was definitely impressed with his individuality when it comes to his latest project 60 FWY Music, a 9-song, 25-minute adventure that truly displays his unique style in such a fascinating fashion. I almost feel like he has an indie hip-hop sound, using his raw vocals where necessary over some calmer, more composed instrumentals before adding some vocal alterations …

Finally Rich (Complete Edition) – [Chief Keef]

I don’t like to make generalizations too often because they can be misinterpreted quite often, but I would be lying if I said that Chief Keef wasn’t the most influential artist in the current generation of music. He created a sound that was unlike anyone else, he took the world by storm with it, and he completely changed the game, but what’s even wilder about this is the fact that he was only a teenager. I mean, he dropped Finally Rich over 10 years ago when he was just 17, and it would go on to be critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rap albums of all time, a label that I certainly won’t disagree with. It changed the landscape of music and is still cited by household names as one of their biggest influences, but what I think is truly glorious about this project is the fact that it seems like every single hip-hop fan has a story to coincide with the album. For me personally, despite the fact that I already owned it, my family bought a car from a police auction probably 6 years ago or so. When we got it home, the first thing I …

Loyal Bros 2 – [Only The Family] & [Lil Durk]

The empire that Lil Durk has built over the years is not something to take lightly, and neither is the lineup he has built with his Only The Family collective of other lyrical talents. We might not get to experience all of these artists in one place all the time, but it makes things so much more special when we do, and that was abundantly clear on last year’s Loyal Bros album. Fans raved about this project for the entirety of 2021 and even most of 2022, so it was only right that they made a second installment to the series, and it keeps the momentum going incredibly. The best thing about these albums is the fact that it showcases so many local emcees’ unmatched talents, but it also allows them to team up with other notorious spitters like Future, Kodak Black, Icewear Vezzo, Trippie Redd, and more, bringing a little bit of every part of the country to the party. One thing that I have to clarify is the fact that even though this is Lil Durk’s carefully curated project, it’s not strictly his album, and I quite admire the fact that he is able to take a step …

Be That as It May – [Boldy James] & [Cuns]

I know I’m late to the Boldy James party considering I only started listening to him a few months ago, but ever since I have been playing the catch-up game and I have loved every minute of it. There is just this gritty, shadowy sound within his delivery coupled with the instrumentals he utilizes that make you feel like you’re up to something as you cruise the streets beneath the glow of lamp posts, and due to the fact that growing up in the suburbs, I didn’t do anything even close to this, it makes me feel like I’m taking on an entirely different persona. The catch-up game has been tough mainly because of just how much music Boldy has put out in the past year alone, but it’s a struggle that I enjoy and I wouldn’t change anything other than the fact that I wish I paid attention a whole lot sooner. To expand on this, the Detroit phenom has released critically acclaimed projects with The Alchemist, Real Bad Man, Nicolas Craven, and Futurewave, all of whom are incredible producers who need no introduction, and I love how he works strictly with one producer on most of his albums …

Just Blick It (Remix) – [Cash Cobain] [Chow Lee] [Bizzy Banks]

Cover Photo by @drewdepictions Yesterday was a momentous day in the worlds of Cash Cobain and Chow Lee. We’re officially a month out from the end of a massive year for the two collaborators, and acting as the cherry on top to the lasting momentum of their joint project 2 Slizzy 2 Sexy, the tape was honored in the New York Times “Best of Albums of 2022.” While the fervent street-level impact of 2 Slizzy 2 Sexy – inspiring a daily supply of ass-shaking videos reposted on Cash Cobain’s Instagram story – is worth endlessly more than the praise of a publication, the NYT cosign adds an official stamp to the historic run that Cash and Chow went on this year. As Will Foster puts it, “when people remember this era in the future, you gotta mention [Cash and Chow].” Right on time with the look, Cash and Chow blessed us yesterday with a remix of standout track “Just Blick It” alongside Brooklyn artist Bizzy Banks. The club-tinted kicks and signature, X-rated one-liners translate perfectly into a lively, make-your-feet-move visual, and Banks’ effortless cool ties this one together as a the confetti-popping moment to tie off a championship season. Peep …

The Melodic Blue (Deluxe) – [Baby Keem]

I have mixed emotions when it comes to deluxe versions of albums because it feels like every artist has such a different interpretation of what this means, and the execution can be way off at times from my point of view. I just feel like over the past couple of years, an artist will drop a highly anticipated album and then drop a deluxe version a week or two later. Considering these same emcees also include 10 or more songs on the updated version, it’s like listeners don’t have a chance to sit with the original and appreciate it in all of its glory for nearly as long as they should, and the new wave of songs can overshadow some of the other tracks that these musicians worked long and hard on. I know that it’s just more new music which is awesome, but I love when I can sit with a project and really dive into all the ins and outs of it before letting it breathe and moving on before returning to it with new life brought by the deluxe version to fall in love with the collection of tracks all over again. I preface all of this …

Rapper LilTonyRose Redefines Love Music

If you are a rap fan, most likely, the word “love” doesn’t often resonate when listening to rappers. Rappers are seldom known for their ability and flair for creating “mushy” songs. On the contrary, hard-hitting braggadocio, a flashy lifestyle, and f-bombs are the hallmarks of a successful rapper. Texan Anthony Meza Rose, AKA LilTonyRose, is breaking the jinx of a typical rap as he proves that rap can be equally as intriguing and captivating as any other type of music. In recent months, the Port Arthur native has gained prominence in the rap scene with heartfelt lyrics and catchy hooks that have attracted the attention of fans worldwide. While rap artists typically avoid this style of writing and performance, LilTonyRose has no reservations about being vulnerable and genuine in his songwriting. His last two singles have attracted over 100,000 streams on Spotify and garnered over a million views on YouTube. In late August 2022, the fast-rising rapper released a new music project that showcases his versatility as an artist and his willingness to challenge the status quo regarding rap. With the project, Inward Places Of My Soul, LilTonyRose says he “hopes to impact lives, give my fans something to vibe …

Face No Book – [HeemBeezy]

As I have said before, I get sent new music from artists I have never even heard of on a daily basis. When they’re random submissions, I rarely get around to checking them out because unfortunately, I would never sleep with the number of songs or albums I get relayed. On the other hand, I know that my knowledge of up-and-coming emcees will never waiver thanks to my trusty circle of homies who never fail to send me something new, unique, and exciting, so I can rest assured knowing that if someone is truly cut out for this business, I’ll hear about them sooner or later. The latest new addition to my radar is HeemBeezy, someone who I actually know nothing about, but he’s someone that I want to learn a lot more about as I listen to more of his releases. I mean, as far as I could tell, there isn’t a single piece of content online that gives me any information on him, but this is extremely peculiar considering he has over a quarter of a million monthly Spotify listeners and I know the headcount at least probably doubles across all other streaming platforms. Although his song “Face …

Nikki Taylor Vibe Releases “Fake Luv,” Along With Matching Visuals

Nikki Taylor Vibe has already accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. She started writing songs at a young age and has written, performed on, and co-produced multiple collaborative albums, across several genres. She has worked with numerous well-known artists and legendary producers including J. Oliver (Fresh Ayr), Southside, Wheezy, Rikanatti, and has landed several placements with established music labels. Her hard work and dedication have paid off, and she is now one of the more sought-after songwriters in the music industry. With her unparalleled talent and creative vision, she is destined to become a household name. Her EP, “Siren”, delivered raw emotions that genuinely resonate with listeners. The project touched on deep issues such as mental health, addiction, depression, and anxiety, as well as empowerment and self-love. Nikki has been praised for her vulnerability and openness in discussing personal topics, and many fans have credited her music for helping them through tough times. The EP has received rave reviews from critics, cementing the artist’s place as one of the most talented and impactful emerging stars in the industry today.  Nikki has written and co-produced her upcoming single “Fake Luv” alongside her brother. The pair have collaborated in the …

In The End – [Hardrock]

Now that we’re officially in October – although still a bit premature – it’s worth thinking back on the albums that truly stuck out as singular, built real moments, and saw sustained attention throughout this past year. One particular project that I’d consider a lock in this conversation is Atlanta native Hardrock’s 808 Speaker Knockerz. Although Hardrock’s name was buzzing well before the tape came out, this release marked the “I’m here to stay” moment (at least in my eyes) for one of ATL’s brightest young talents almost immediately. More music has come out since, and Hardrock has continued to build upon the 808 Speaker Knockerz blueprint in a forward-looking way, but here to officially close out a hell of a chapter for one of the year’s standout talents is a brand new music video for “In The End” — a Linkin Park-sampling standout that if you haven’t heard by now, is a must-listen when getting into Hardrock’s catalog. True to the off-kilter nature of the production, the “In The End” music video leans into hypnotic effects and darker imagery to bring the energy of this one to life. Meanwhile, the declaratory nature of the song is echoed as Hardrock spraypaints his …