SEARCH FOR: AMINÉ

S.A.D. Lil Intro- [Smino]

When fans woke up on April 20th looking forward to having an uplifted and elevated day, I can guarantee no one expected that they’d get a full-length project from Smino as the soundtrack to their holiday. Sure, certain artists drop off EP’s and other short three to six song projects for fans, but these only really give a short sample that holds fans over until then next actual album. She Already Decided was meant to do the same for Smino admirers, but it ended up giving us 16 new tracks, a few remixes including a freestyle over Baby Keem’s hit song “Orange Soda”, and features from artists like T-Pain, Sevyn Streeter, and a few others. The only catch that came with this mixtape was the fact that no songs were mastered or truly finished. I know I personally didn’t care about this at all, because most of these songs were better than anything that could’ve been meticulously examined in the studio for almost any other artist, so I was happy with the results. Smino didn’t stop there, either, as he has decided to deliver some fun, creative new music videos for certain cuts off the mixtape. This time around, he …

A Conversation With Chicago Native Wastedju

WastedJu is an artist from Chicago that I first got familiar with probably about five or six years ago when I discovered his music on Soundcloud, I was instantly a fan of his music, his unique voice and the way that he approached his music. Over the years we have developed a friendship and I have covered his content here on our website every chance that I could, and it’s been awesome to watch his growth as an artist. He has evolved to a point where I feel like he has major potential to be a future pop star. While I was at an event during the super hectic NBA All-Star Weekend that took place a couple of months ago here in Chicago, I ran into WastedJu after not seeing him for a minute because he moved to LA, and we got a chance to catch up and I told him to slide by the LL office soon. Sure enough, a week later I had him come by the office to shoot a new interview that we are finally releasing today, which is only fitting because he just dropped a new song titled “One Night”. Take a few minutes out …

Ocd – [OGB]

Upcoming NJ-bred and Rare One Records artist OGB has released his second full project of his young career, this one titled Ocd. This project is a seven-track ensemble that contains incredible range and shows his versatility, which should not go unnoticed at the young age of 20. His catchy and rhythmic flow meshes well with his auto-tune infused vocals, creating an earworm of a track off-the-rip with the first track, “Ocd.” His variability shows however as the project goes on, with tenacious songs such as “Block Hot,” and “Handale,” and more melodic, harmonious joints such as, “To Myself.” This flexibility that he contains can propel his career to limitless heights, as he continues to build his discography and following through his impressive early work. Be sure to keep an eye out for OGB, as his name and his work continue to spread throughout the hip-hop industry with heat dropping consistently on all of his pages. Stream Ocd by OGB below! @Amineogb3  

Shimmy – [Aminé]

As an artist who is already known for putting out captivating music videos, Aminé may have even outdone himself with the latest visual for his track “Shimmy”. Directed by Aminé and Pscho Films’ Jack Begert, the video showcases the artist repping his home city of Portland as he flexes for the camera and kicks off what feels like a new era for his music. The song and video mark a fascinating new direction for the Portland hip-hop hitmaker as he trades his usual bright, comedic tone for a more aggressive one that he executes effortlessly. At the same time, “Shimmy” still sounds like the Aminé that fans have come to know and love, and his charisma still comes through as clear as ever before here. He talks his shit while showing off his refined skills as a lyricist, functioning as an alarming wake-up call for anyone who may have fallen asleep on him. Not to mention he flips the classic ODB sample at the core of the song in a way that pays homage to the original track while still bringing into his own wheelhouse. Watch the video for “Shimmy” below:

Met Anthem Freestyle – [Pyrex Pryce]

It seems to me that the Carolina’s have been producing a massive amount of musical talent over the past few years, and one artist that we have been keeping a close eye on is South Carolina native Pyrex Pryce who is back on our website this afternoon with his brand new freestyle track titled “Met Anthem”. Pyrex Pryce is truly ahead of his time when you sit down and examine his rapping abilities, especially on this new joint, he didn’t waste a single second of the beat as he came out firing & didn’t slow down for the entire nearly two & a half minutes. For as much talent as Pyrex Pryce already has, the crazy thought is that he is only going to continue to improve because he’s still so young, within a few years I predict that he will become one of the new leaders of his generation of artists. This new record is a 10/10 in my book and it has me extremely eager to hear some new material from Pyrex Pryce in the future, but for the time being stream this new banger below & don’t forget to give him a follow on Soundcloud here! Produced by …

What A Life – [MFnMelo]

Pivot Gang affiliate MFnMelo is back on our website for the second time in two weeks with his brand new track titled “What A Life”, and it’s the best song that I have listened to all day. MFnMelo is a superior artist in his own right when you examine his skill set, so when you see that he has his close homie Saba on the record with him you can’t help but image what it’s going to sound like, and even more so once you see that the great Monte Booker handled the beat, it’s literally a musical Big 3. Once I heard the gentle & soothing melody that Melo pieced together it put me into paradise, and once Saba jumped on the back end of this one with his great verse + made it that much better it quickly became one of my favorite songs I have heard this month. Stream this brand new song below and be sure to keep an eye out for Melo’s forthcoming project Everybody Eats that’s set to drop in the near future.

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Someday Morning – [Hamachi Kama]

In the age of social media, it’s almost become an expectation that artists constantly share what they’re up to, who they’re working with, and when they’re going to give fans something new. This idea of overconsumption is something that severely limits the allure of wonder around a band, and furthermore, reduces the sense of curiosity that makes artists like Frank Ocean that much more intriguing. Accordingly so, I’ve found that my favorite discoveries are those in which I really don’t know anything about the artist beyond the music, just as is the case with “Someday Morning” from a group called Hamachi Kama. Clicking play on this one as it rolled into my SoundCloud related tracks, I immediately found the dreaminess of the instrumentation to be the song’s leading characteristic. The production is clean without losing its soul, and the band seems to hit every right pocket, leaving just enough room for the lyrics to steer the narrative at hand. Delving a bit further below the surface, though, the songwriting is what struck me my second time around, as questions such as “who do you want me to be?” balance a perfect line between storytelling and introspection. As the song moves …

Time Flies – [Rico Nasty]

In the age of social media, it’s easy to discount the success of many as a “moment” as opposed to the blossoming of a long-standing career. Rico Nasty, on the other hand, has been bubbling for quite some time now, and as a result, her slow-burning rise has led to the creation of a one-of-a-kind character who, by my estimates, will certainly be around for a while. Today, fresh off of a well-deserved spot on the XXL Freshman list, Nasty is here to reflect on success with the inspirational new offering (and one of my favorite songs of the year), “Time Flies.” Backed by a sugary, hyper-energetic instrumental, “Time Flies” is more than just a motivational record. Rico Nasty has found success against all odds, unapologetic and uncompromising as can be, and if not anything else, “Time Flies” acts as her chance to sit back and reflect on how far she’s come. Life moves quickly and time most certainly flies, but this release makes it a point to emphasize the gratitude, excitement, and confidence that Nasty feels as she looks ahead. Similiar to what I wrote about Aminé’s “Places + Faces Freestyle,” hearing artists smell the flowers is what makes the …

Sonshine – [Deaton Chris Anthony] ft. [UMI]

Perhaps music’s greatest ability is that of creating a moment. When a song is able to bring a myriad of listeners from all over the world into one, specific place and time, it becomes clear why music is such a special medium and furthermore, such a common ground in a world filled with division. Today, here to demonstrate just this is “Sonshine” — the latest single from Deaton Chris Anthony and UMI. Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of UMI first, and I honestly wasn’t too familiar with Deaton Chris Anthony until now. Needless to say, however, my first introduction to the budding talent was more than impressive, as “Sonshine” turns a pocket of sunshine, a specific feeling, and some gorgeous instrumentation into an unbelievable song — and one that seems to exist entirely in a world of its own. From the sheer dreaminess of the sound here to the way that “Sonshine” seems to slow time down almost to a stop, there couldn’t be a better song to sit back and truly escape from the pressures and stresses of the day. Anthony and UMI know just how to let listeners escape, and as a result, “Sonshine” is equally powerful in …