SEARCH FOR: BEAUTIFUL

Shrimp at Phillipes – [ElCamino] ft. [Benny the Butcher]

I know, another Griselda write-up. At this point, it’s probably best to accept that if the crew keeps pumping out quality tracks like these, I’ll never stop covering them. This time, it’s the collective’s newest member, ElCamino, with a new track featuring Benny the Butcher, titled “Shrimp at Phillipes”. These two already lost it on the recent clipping. album. Both of these guys were featured on the same track, titled La Mala Ordina, and I’ve been obsessed with it since release. They both dropped great verses on unlikely production, and proved they could hold their own no matter the backdrop. ElCamino’s verse specifically stuck with me, with some hard-nosed and memorable lines that had me wanting more from the youngest Griselda shooter. I loved his cadence as well, it’s a nice contrast to the other members and allows everyone to shine in their own respective manner when on a track together. This new track featuring Benny is a must-listen, with a beautiful sample loop that complements the buttery smooth flows both emcees bring to the track. You know only to expect greatness from Griselda at this point, check out this track for yourself on all streaming services now and pre-order ElCamnino’s …

The Juice, Vol. II – [Emotional Oranges]

The soulful & mysterious LA duo Emotional Oranges is back with full force on their second full-length release of the year The Juice, Vol. II. Since then, they have begun their World Tour, released a handful of visuals, and have become much more visible since their initial burst onto the scene. The original idea of them covering their identities to the general public is starting to be pulled back–which ties directly into their music. As they progress throughout their career, do more shows, and release more music, we begin to really see who they areas individuals all throughout the lyricism and the sound waves of the music. Coming in at eight tracks long, The Juice, Vol II feels much more of a continuation of what we previously were premiered with back in May when the first project was release. However, this time around, their sounds have changed tremendously for the betterment of their skillset. The best part about the project, is that it is very difficult to put in a box. Creatively, this album pushes all boundaries that ever existed in the realm of R&B and raises the bar lightyears above what we have been accustomed to thus far. In just twenty-six minutes, we …

Dog House – [Trapperman Dale]

Nashville rapper Trapperman Dale is one of the foremost underground artists coming up out of the ‘Music City’ currently and has had quite the run over the past year, going from a local rapper known by his neighborhood to the heir-apparent to pick up where his label mate and frequent collaborator Starlito left off. His 2018 mixtape alongside Starlito Trapstar was his introduction to many and was an incredible body of work from front to back. He followed his massively successful project with his latest tape Dale Chapo that surfaced a few months ago, and since then he has begun a nationwide tour with Memphis legend Don Trip. He has had no trouble connecting with his Nashville audience as his music is the rare type that very accurately represents and connects with a community beautifully, and this has endeared him to many. Dale is an incredible rapper from a technical standpoint and is capable of creating unique flows that keep a listener interested, as well as preserves his artistic merit since there are very, very few artists that could say that Trapperman is biting them. His latest release “Dog House” is a bouncy and more lighthearted tune in comparison to some of his previous …

Vogue – [BBY KODIE]

Around eighteen months ago, Houston rapper BBY KODIE declared himself a ‘Teen Icon’ and he followed this massive claim with a slough of SoundCloud gems and the May release of his 2/23/19 project that remains one of the most beloved underground releases of the year. His infectious blend of eerie, lo-fi, and borderline electronic production with his absolutely unstoppable confidence makes for an unflinching swagger and coolness that almost validates his teen icon claim. Still a teenager, BBY KODIE’s music gives that incomparable on top of the world feeling that comes along with youth. He is untouchable and he doesn’t give a fuck what you think about him, and not in a corny way, he is relentlessly self-assured and knows exactly how innovative and highly-regarded he is and is becoming. I went into listening to his newest project Vogue hoping that Kodie captured the same energy he produced on 2/23/19 and this newest installation somehow managed to surpass what was already one of my favorite projects of the year. He opens the album with a triumphant introduction with “Start 2 Finish” over a No Friends produced instrumental that is both uplifting and thumping. Vogue and even BBY KODIE’s persona as a rapper can be encapsulated …

Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’: A Visual and Audio Experience

“Stand up for my own. Even if I take this walk alone. I bow down to the king upon the throne. My life is His, I’m no longer my own” -Kanye West on “Closed on Sunday”, 2019 The ideology of change is something that most people do not cope well with, or accept so openly. People are afraid of those around them changing into someone they never thought they’d see. Some people are afraid of those around them changing to become better than they are doing. Also, people are afraid of change within themselves—in fear of being placed in unfamiliar territories within their life. One area in the culture that change can be extremely neglected and frowned upon can be the music industry. Kanye West happens an individual who has gone through many changes all throughout his life, musical career, and his overall legacy on this earth.  Retroactively speaking, Kanye started out as the kid in Roc-a-Fella who was just known as the beatmaker of the clique. What came afterwards happened to be one of the most impactful artists of this generation. Had he not wanted that change for himself, he would have painted himself in a box early on …

WHAT THEY SAY NOW (ALIEF EDITION) – [Tobe Nwigwe] ft. [Young Deji]

What sets an artist above the rest can often be their creative direction in the way they bring music to life. Tobe Nwigwe has always been a powerhouse in all aspects of creativity, he recently released a video for “WHAT THEY SAY NOW (ALIEF EDITION)” that is a prime example of how to make something simple in concept look incredibly cinematic. What should be noted before we continue this article is that Tobe directed the visuals himself, like I said the man is not playing around when it comes to the art surrounding his music. On his most recent single, Tobe linked up with fellow Houston rising star Young Deji. We’ve covered Deji aka Lil Woah in the past, but he is an artist that seems to be gaining serious steam as an artist moving into the next decade. Both Deji and Tobe are from the Alief neighborhood of Houston, which makes this an extremely special collaboration for the two. Being able to bring their music back to Alief, shooting the video and putting the name right in the song title should show the connection both artists have to their home. A unique setting, coordinated outfits, simple movements that change …

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 …

Quit Smoking – [Damo]

While listening to Damo’s brand new record titled “Quit Smoking” I couldn’t help but admire his song-crafting ability, he created a beautiful melody here based all around, you guessed it, not smoking. Damo whipped up what I would consider a cross of alternative music & hip-hop here, he sounded like an angel as he glided over the funky instrumental, providing us a bouncy & playful record that just might get stuck in your head (like it did mine). Do yourself a favor and listen to this new tune below, and if you like the sound + the rockstar energy that Damo has then go ahead and follow him here!

THE BLACK TAPE – [RIKKI BLU]

I often receive notifications of artists tagging me in their newest songs and projects and more often than not I am completely unimpressed with their work, but Rikki Blu’s new project is one of those beautiful rare exceptions. THE BLACK TAPE was fully produced by Black Metaphor and the chemistry between him and Blu is obvious from the first note. Rikki Blu hails from Dallas originally but his music has taken him all over the country and this is evident in the vast blend of influences that permeate across THE BLACK TAPE. Metaphor’s production is sample-heavy with crisp percussion and this serves Rikki well and lends itself to Blu getting off several barrages of bars. Blu claims that this was never supposed to be more than a brief EP ahead of a forthcoming project but after creating a great deal of momentum in the studio alongside Black Metaphor he quickly realized that THE BLACK TAPE was much more than a mere extended-play. He effortlessly blends wisdom with tales of street life, as well as pointed and clever politically commentary balanced in as well. My favorite track from the tape was off of the first track “Mizhuo Mama” because of how seamlessly Metaphor’s production intertwines with …

Pain In Me – [Luh Sparq] ft. [EasyMoneyRoe]

Recently I was introduced to Nashville artist Luh Sparq on a normal trek through the BJProductions615 YouTube page and from the first bar I was blown away by Sparq’s innate talent as well as his ability to make such an emotionally potent track. The mood is set immediately from Trent Waters’ guitar-driven instrumental that establishes a clearly melancholic atmosphere that is perfect for Sparq’s heartbroken delivery to take over. “Pain In Me” is a tribute to their friends that are no longer with us and this message is truly beautiful. There is no denying how genuine Sparq’s emotion is and you can hear the sadness permeate through his vocals. If he can continue to make songs like this there is no doubt in my mind that he will quickly progress through the dense ranks of Nashville artists. This is one of those songs that are undeniably special, especially for those from the place that Luh Sparq comes from. “Pain In Me” is sincerely unforgettable. Watch the “Pain In Me” visual here: