Injury Reserve – [Injury Reserve]

We’ve been hearing “Injury Reserve Coming Soon” for months now, and the day that we can finally listen to their self-titled album in full is here. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece highlighting everything the group has done so far including the singles in support of this album, what makes the group so great, and how committed they are to their craft. I’m happy to say that the group delivered with their latest release, as expected. The production on this project is layered, diverse, and pulls from a variety of genres. Elements of noise are heard on the hard-hitting second half of “What a Year It’s Been”, there’s some early 2000’s sounding production on the quirky “Gravy n’ Biscuits”, and “Best Spot In The House” features some glitchy and atmospheric production. “GTFU”, track three, is a journey in and of itself. It opens with a hard-hitting and raw, stripped-down beat, along with intense verses from Cakes Da Killa and Ritchie along with additional vocals from JPEGMAFIA that add a sense of chaos to the track. Before long though, the song transitions into this mystical soundscape backdropping a couple of brutally honest verses from Groggs and Ritchie. “Rap Song Tutorial” …

Places + Faces Freestyle – [Aminé]

A worldwide tour, an XXL Freshman look, a spot on a major motion picture soundtrack, two successful projects resulting in more than a few plaques, Aminé has had a hell of a few years. But what good is it if he doesn’t stop and smell the roses? Currently overseas on tour in Australia, Aminé has dropped off a new loosie entitled “Places + Faces Freestyle,” which serves as a heartfelt and honest celebration on his career so far. Atop an understated, chiming beat from GRAMMY-nominated producer, Jahaan Sweet, Aminé native gets introspective. He opens up about his incredibly successful, chaotic come-up by celebrating the highs and acknowledging some of the lows. A compilation of behind the scenes footage from his worldwide travels and performances, the corresponding visuals echo the stripped-down, sentimental feel and help you really connect with his journey.

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Jailbreak the Tesla – [Injury Reserve] ft. [Aminé]

When it comes to pure energy, few groups are on the same level as Phoenix trio, Injury Reserve. Relentlessly charismatic and constantly offering up some of rap’s finest boundary-smashing production, this three-man all-star team is making some serious noise right now, and their latest release, “Jailbreak the Tesla,” is ready to take things one step further. Packaged with a feature from none other than Aminé, this offering takes the braggadocious connotation of a Tesla and flips it on its head, kicking through the metaphorical walls and offering up one of the hardest songs I’ve heard all year so far. That said, “Jailbreak the Tesla” might just go 0 to 60 faster than an actual Tesla, and the imagery of, quite literally, jailbreaking a Tesla only adds to the unstoppable force that makes this song so unforgettable. Injury Reserve’s latest is yet another reminder why Phoenix’s own are taking over right now, so don’t sleep. Check the new visuals for “Jailbreak the Tesla” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

A Closer Look Into Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

On the Road Again, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Talks the New Approach of Latest Project “Suffer On,” the Impact of Lil Peep’s Death, Major Label Wooing, and the Future of GothBoiClique For the first time ever on a headlining tour, Adam McIlwee, the Pennsylvania  electronic angst auteur who records as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, has gone out with a stage backdrop, and it’s impressive. But last week in Brooklyn, he didn’t use it. No need, really, as the artist was performing in front of one of the most dramatic views a New York venue has to offer: the elevated tracks of the J, M and Z trains, which rumble by periodically mid-set, just outside the beloved indie venue Market Hotel. It feels like a moment for Wicca Phase. Maybe not a splashy, look-at-me moment, but then, flexing is not really for McIlwee, who at 29 has already logged several notable chapters in an unlikely musical path, one that’s bridged punk, hip-hop, emo, and most recently evolved into singer-songwriter acoustics. He’s still based in his native Scranton, PA, where in the late 2000’s he fronted the indie outfit Tiger’s Jaw, until more electronic and experimental tendencies led him to split from …

Big Time – [Adrian Stresow]

Returning to our pages today, Adrian Stresow provides listeners with another purposeful record titled “Big Time”. After going quiet for a few months, Adrian has finally returned with one of his uptempo bangers that his fans seem to thoroughly enjoy, and being that this track is self-produced, Stresow clearly showcases just how talented he truly is. Throughout “Big Time”, the rising talent examines the struggles that any young entrepreneur faces during their journey and details how important it is to know your worth as you move forward in life. With possibly another single soon, we were told that Stresow is finishing an album and plans to release it sometime within the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye out. In the meantime, stream “Big Time” below and follow Adrian Stresow on Instagram and Twitter for more!

Aminé Releases a Two-Pack of Remixes w/ “Hunnybee” and “Hungry Hippo”

Aminé may be on a current sold-out North American tour, but that doesn’t stop him from releasing two new remixes in the form of an Unknown Mortal Orchestra remix and Tierra Whack rendition. The first remix shared late last night, exclusively on Soundcloud, is a remix to the Orchestra’s standout track from their Sex and Food album, “Hunnybee.” From the moment the track begins, it exudes a playful energy that will put you in the best of moods, and after listening to this one when I woke up this morning, I can confirm that it’s a great way to start the day. But don’t let the indie rock production fool you, as Aminé gets right into his bag, unleashing a medley of punchlines and tongue-in-cheek references that will have you clicking replay again and again. The second remix finds Aminé reinterpreting Tierra Whack’s Whack World-standout, “Hungry Hippos,” showcasing his singing ability with more of a sing-songy tone over the smooth instrumentation. Notably, Aminé actually teased this Whack remix on Instagram in early November, so it has to give us some sense of fulfillment knowing that this one has finally seen the light of day so that the fans can enjoy it. That …

Reel It In (Remix) – [Aminé] [Gucci Mane]

Ever since the release of Aminé’s incredible new project, ONEPOINTFIVE, I’ve been keeping the Portland representative’s music in heavy rotation. In my eyes, he’s two for two on full-lengths at this point, and with more than enough buzz around his name to keep the success rolling in, Aminé is here today to revisit the standout track, “Reel It In“, blessing it with a feature from none other than the legend himself, Gucci Mane. Just as you may have expected, this remix is a huge moment for Aminé and his fans alike. Hearing Gucci slide over some of the smoothest production of the year courtesy of LDG Beats and Tee-WaTT is a beautiful sight to see as a fan, and it acts as a testament to all of the well-deserved success the ONEPOINTFIVE has seen all year long. Aminé is going to be around for quite a while, so get used to it. Click play on the Gucci Mane-assisted remix of “Reel It In” at the link below!

I Need More – [Lucki]

It really shouldn’t surprise anyone when Chicago talent Lucki drops off new music, that we here at LL are quick to the trigger. Making his return to our pages today with his next offering titled I Need More, the Plu20 Nash-produced hit wastes no time getting to the point. Lasting just under 2 minutes, the cloudy instrumental was blessed with Lucki’s drippy lyricism on dirty divas, drama at his shows and of course, the preferred substances that he is in the need for. Following the @fuckoxy1-produced joint in 1 way (prove me right) from last month, the string of loosies from Lucki this year continues to grow at a rapid pace and you would have to think we are nearing another project from the self-proclaimed wokstar. Until that time, get familiar with the latest Lucki/ Plu20 connection in I Need More and let us know if you’re feeling it in the comments below!

1 Way (Prove Me Right) – [Lucki]

It goes without saying that Lucki is one of the most talented lyricists in the game right now. His music brings forth raw emotion in ways that very few other artists can achieve so impactfully, and with that, it only makes sense that the success has been rolling in for the Chicago native since the release of his most recent EP, Days Before II. Today, Lucki is back on our pages to unveil a brand new loose release entitled “1 Way (Prove Me Right)”. Produced by @fuckoxy1, this simplistic yet hard-hitting song is deeply ridden with drug-induced emotion and unwavering honesty. Lucki’s hypnotic deliveries weave through the mesmerizing instrumental without any friction, and all things considered, fans have received yet another dope single from the rising star. That being said, listen to “1 Way (Prove Me Right)” at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!