Slip N Slide – [Brandon Bill$] X [Milian Beatz]

The most beautiful thing about music, especially Hip-Hop, is the different and unique collaborations that are formed both inside and outside of the studio. Miami-native, Brandon Bill$, has been been climbing his way into the game for a minute now. With several projects released, the up and coming rapper is back on the scene with his newest banger, “Slip N Slide.” The song comes after several big assists from artists such as DaniLeigh and Soulja Boy. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest singles to come out this summer. The catchy hook as well as the melodic verses make each moment of the song easy to remember and sing along too. Bill$ collaborates with the Milian Beatz, whom many refer to as the producing “King of Kiev.” The young producer has been on a Kanye-like beat making spree since the first day he moved to the U.S. from Ukraine. For this track, Milian puts his acoustic abilities to use and combines it with his distinct 808 and drum production. Bill$’s one of a kind performance is nothing to lose sight of as well. The rapper has been on the mic for over 10 years, and you can definitely hear that …

Maxo Kream: Unparalleled Integrity

It’s 8:30 PM on Wednesday night, just two days before the release of Maxo Kream’s major-label debut, Brandon Banks. Piling into a dim, luxurious room at Manhattan’s 40/40 club, fans and peers alike await Kream’s arrival. Conversation is light, but the overarching meaning of the moment makes the air feel dense. Now years in the making, Maxo Kream’s slow-burning ascent is reaching a new apex, and this small room of listeners is fortunate enough to become witness just days before the album’s official release. A few moments later, a thunderous presence makes his way down the hallway. Turning left, he enters the room, 4 glossy chains on neck and followed by a posse of friends. It’s Maxo Kream, the man of the night. With each step, his presence grows stronger as the heads begin to turn toward his direction. Kream’s face lights up to see the welcoming crowd of listeners, but his eyes maintain a focused glare under the soft lights. The closer and closer he moves to the center of attention, the more the moment begins to set in. Here, just minutes away from clicking play on his long-awaited new album, time seems to slow down. The message becomes …

Still – [Maxo Kream]

En route to his forthcoming album and major label debut, Brandon Banks, all eyes are on Maxo Kream. As one of rap’s best storytellers, the world is awaiting the latest statement from the Houston mainstay, and today, he’s here to bless fans with an unbelievable new video for one of the project’s singles, “Still.” Backed by a knocking, ominous instrumental, Maxo’s machine-like flows and chilling lyricism make “Still” the kind of song that only yields one response: to click the replay button. Fitting this very energy, the music video here features Maxo and his father, the main subject of the album, holding down a warehouse as they continue to run their business amidst an inevitable rise to the top of the rap game. With this in mind, I find something new every time I listen to “Still,” and this stellar set of visuals only gives me more reason to revisit the song again and again until the album finally drops. JMP and Maxo Kream killed it, so be sure to show some love and click play on the video below! Directed by JMP Produced by ChaseTheMoney

Stones – [Miki Ratsula]

Distinct and confident in her tone, 20-year-old singer Miki Ratsula offers her heart on her latest alternative single, “Stones.” Her endearing and transparent lyrics reveal her story and many others within the LGBTQ community. “It kills to find out that your love is a crime… To the ones that taught you to love.” Born and raised in Orange County, California, Miki has been making music since she was just 12 years old and does not plan on stopping any time soon. Miki’s voice effortlessly glides over the soft chords produced by Brandon Rogers providing the gorgeous ear candy that is “Stones.” Keep Miki on your radar. With a long summer ahead, the singer has R&B and Hip-Hop influenced music on the way. Words by Barry R

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Tank On E – [Kiraly Payne] x [Ausar]

I always love seeing young Chicago creatives link up and make some magic, so I was thrilled when I saw this brand new music video for “Tank On E” by Kiraly Payne & Ausar. These are two of the most talented young spitters out of the city, and they are just now starting to hit their stride & show glimpses of their full potential, and you can see some of that in this visual. Kiraly started this joint off right with his stellar performance, dropping many witty lines that you might not catch the first time around, Kiraly is especially into using some fire sports references in his lyrics. Ausar took over toward the middle of this song toward the end of it, coming through with his always well put together, lyrical & at times conscious style to put the cherry on top of this all around solid offering. Shout out to the video director Brandon Chase for helping the homies bring this one to life, go ahead and check it out for yourself below!

Makeup – [Brandon]

Hailing from Riverside, California, Brandon is the kind of artist whose music isn’t meant to listen to once and move on from. Rather, his music acts as an audio companion to life, soundtracking moments of deep emotion and vulnerability in ways that stick with listeners far beyond one listen. Today, this is exemplified with the budding talent’s brand new single, “Makeup.” Acting as an incredibly genuine tale of love, this offering brings forth a focus on the remarkably vivid songwriting skills of Brandon, as he illustrates an intense yearning for love without losing any of its passion in translation. Supporting this storyline, the instrumental works to the same function, using a cathartic acoustic guitar to bring “Makeup” to the next level. That said, thanks to such well-executed storytelling, this song could honestly act as the soundtrack to a short film entirely based around the lyrics. Brandon is most certainly a talent to watch, so be sure to show some love and check out his latest single below! It won’t be long until you’re hearing the Riverside native’s name everywhere.

28 – [Brandon]

Brandon first made his appearance on our platform about two weeks ago with his last offering called “Mourning“, and this afternoon he is back with his brand new music video for “28”. At the start of this sensational video it stated “this is a love song”, and believe me when I say that it’s the best love song you have heard in a months. I hate to compare new upcoming artists to already established GOAT’s in the music industry but man Brandon really gives me Frank Ocean vibes, he creates some truly beautiful music and it’s impossible to not find a liking to his angelic vocals. Take a few minutes of your day to check out this brand new visual below, I promise you will not regret it! directed by Taylor Werfelmann

Mourning – [Brandon]

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today is California creative Brandon who released a brand new offering yesterday titled “Mourning!”. If you pay close attention to the lyrics you will hear that Brandon is vividly describing a relationship he has been dealing with, he painted the picture perfectly with his angel like vocal performance & the soothing instrumental to compliment him made it that much better. This may be the first time that Brandon has been featured on LL but I can assure you that it won’t be the last, stream this brand new record below and if you enjoy it be sure to keep up with Brandon by giving him a follow on Twitter here!

Oogie Mane: Staying the Course

Influence, popularity, and innovation are all central factors that spur the conversation of “mainstream” versus “underground” in music. It is with these metrics that fans deem their favorite artist an “underground legend” or a full-blown “star”, using popular perception and relative terms to grade an artist’s status of fame in a given ecosystem of music. But sometimes this metric just doesn’t fit. In the age of the internet, where social media paves unique pathways for artists of every imaginable kind, the barrier between the mainstream and the underground has become increasingly blurred. Notably, increased visibility of niche scenes is now allowing mainstream acts to dip their hands into the underground, utilizing the boundary-pushing, non-linear styles of smaller artists to predict innovative pushes in sound. This collaboration, or occasional lack thereof, can be demonstrated in a number of ways, sometimes crediting the smaller acts that influenced a mainstream shift and sometimes not. Here enters “I’m Upset” by Drake: a single released for his Scorpion album that arrived right in the midst of a hallmark rap beef against Pusha T, but even more importantly, a single that exemplifies this blurring line between underground and above. I can recall driving home from my …