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Like U Know Me – [Famous Dex]

I was first introduced to the underground Rap scene in Chicago before being put on to other up and coming artists all over the world. Within the Chicago division of this industry, Famous Dex has always been a name that rings a bell and means a lot to many fans of the genre. For me, he was one of the first underground artists I listened to because his personality was always wild and super zealous, he kept his songs fun and energetic, and his sound was just unlike many other artists in the music industry. It almost comes off as if he turns on a microphone and just messes around in the studio, but many of his songs actually come together and turn out to be complete bangers. While I haven’t kept up with many of his most recent moves, in all honesty, I saw that he was back with a brand-new track entitled “Like U Know Me” and I had to tune in, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. The production on this single is built through ambient, spacey synths, clean and somewhat normalized percussion, and rhythmic drums that really make the beat ride out. This instrumental seems a …

Windmill – [Luke Almighty] ft. [Lil Xelly]

Growing up around the city of Chicago has always given me an affinity for homegrown talents more so than anyone else in the music industry. I typically try to give Chi-town artists more chances to wow me when discovering new music because I want so badly to enjoy their offerings and support them. With beat smith Luke Almighty, it’s never been a challenge to get into his music because it’s always unique, eye-catching, and of course, it’s always fantastic. I’ve been listening to him for years, and he’s truly run the gamut of working with iconic Chicago talents such as Adot, Freako, Supa Bwe, and BigBodyFiji, among many others. He’s been on his grind for quite some time and he’s had the city in his grasp for a while, so I’m glad that I can say I have always been and will always continue to be in his corner rooting him on. Don’t just take it from me, though. Give any of his music a listen and understand why he’s been buzzing in the music scene for yourself. Not too long ago, Maryland star Lil Xelly put out a challenge on his social media pages calling on producers to craft …

In Real Time – [Martin $ky]

Martin $ky is a Chicago treasure who has been a staple within our community for the better part of a decade now, and while recently browsing through Soundcloud, I came across his brand new project titled “In Real Time”. Martin $ky is the embodiment of a creative is, when he was rapping he was easily one of the hottest in the city, but he was always the rawest when it came to producing. At some point, he decided to stop rapping to fully focus on the producing side of things, which was something not many people understood at the time, but to me, it’s the best decision he could have ever made. Martin is one of, if not the best producer that Chicago has to offer, and his latest work has only helped drive home that point. This project here, presented to us by the platform Radio Juicy, is just about twenty-nine minutes of pure bliss. Martin outdid himself on this one man, no more talking about it though, press play below!

No Slime Left Behind – [Slimelife Shawty]

The past twelve months have seen a number of Atlanta artists make their debuts and initial noteworthy statements, with a litany of debut projects, visuals, and singles that have been rousing in a number of ways and have shown a tremendous deal of promise for the collective state of their hip-hop scene. However, many of these artists who make an initial break fail to fully capitalize on the moment they were given and more or less squander their opportunities to shine and as the main criticism of trap music is invariably its lack of longevity it is always encouraging to see an artist develop their own unique sound and style, sometimes years after they are first introduced to the rap world. This was the case of Slimelife Shawty, who unfairly has been cast to the shadow of the YSL crew, initially being merely a “for fans of” artist associated with a number of the city’s bigger and more established street acts. He kept his nose to the grindstone and consistently fed the streets with new music, keeping himself quite relevant in the grand scheme of things despite clearly still being in the ‘dues-paying’ phase of a rap career. Singles accompanied …

Both Sides – [Gucci Mane] ft. [Lil Baby]

It’s always really interesting when an OG and a new school rapper team up to collaborate with one another. I’ve been listening to Gucci Mane since his pre-penitentiary days and he truly knew what it meant to be a trap house icon. His music might not have been the most intricate or dexterous, but he has a quality about his sound and tone of voice that just made listeners believe every single word he spoke, no matter how intense it might be. Lil Baby, on the other hand, has taken the mainstream Rap world by storm and it’s clear why he blew up after listening to any one of his songs. His flows are insanely complex, his voice is unique, and he just carries himself in such a confident yet humble fashion. Although it’s definitely not the first collaboration between these two Atlanta stars, the duo teams up for the lead single entitled “Both Sides” off of Gucci’s upcoming unnamed album. The beat begins with some hasty xylophone notes mixed in with what sounds like some background pan flutes before hard-hitting drums and classic trap percussion come into the picture in order to set the fast-paced tempo of this track. …

Ride Out – [Shoreline Mafia] ft. [Lil Yachty]

Shoreline Mafia is one of my absolute favorite groups out right now, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve been listening to them for years at this point, and their unapologetic attitudes mixed with some out of the box West Coast fueled beats along with innovative cadences and other unique experiments that always seem to work have constantly kept me coming back for more. They have such a unique way of being able to introduce certain gangster Rap themes into party anthems that are sure to turn any function up, and each member has an individualistic sound and persona that just contributes so much to the overall group. While they’ve obviously been exploding in the underground in recent memory, Lil Yachty has always kept his ear to the streets and hasn’t been one to shy away from praising or working with promising up and comers. It’s weird to even consider Shoreline up and comers anymore because of all their success, but I still think they could be considered this due to the fact that they don’t get nearly enough recognition or props for all of the success they’ve had in such a relatively short period of time. They’re not slowing …

Pickpocket – [Vanillaroma]

Music is an individualistic craft. More often than not, those who march solely to the beat of their own drum are more likely to pop than those who follow someone else’s, and so, individuality usually wins – the unique usually win. Here to exemplify such is a thrilling band by the name of Vanillaroma and their brand new music video for “Pickpocket.” Introduced with a strong cosign by way of the Brockhampton YouTube channel, the music video for “Pickpocket” is simply titled “This is Vanillaroma” – a nod to the idea that “Pickpocket” captures the energy of the group, and a thesis statement of sorts for the release as a whole. Just under 4 minutes in length, the song and its visual accompaniment capture a weird, wonderful, and raw sense of energy that looks and feels unique to Vanillaroma. Set in the comfort of their own home and complemented with effortless individualistic flair, it’s a straight-from-the-heart offering that refuses to be anything but itself, and as a result, creates an image of the song and group that you can’t help but love. As they say, “take the stairs and you’ll live forever.” Vanillaroma might be reaching new fans thanks to a …

Premiere: WTSB-[Tyler Sellers]

I’ve been excited about a lot of artists during my time of working in music, but the artist making his appearance on our pages tonight is someone who I will bet all of my chips on. About a week ago, I stumbled upon Tyler Sellers, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from the great state of Arkansas. He got put onto my radar for his song “Honey” and at that very moment, I took the time to dig into every single thing he’s released in the past. I wish I was exaggerating, but Tyler Sellers might just be the next best thing in 2020. The look, the sound, the swagger…he simply has it all and its just a matter of time before everyone realizes it. Tonight, its our honor to premiere his brand new song entitled, “WTSB”. From the very second you press play, I promise your jaw will drop. Right off the bat, the production hits hard in a way that will instantly captivate you. From then on, Tyler takes over and completely shines in a way that only he can. The guy has a voice that demands all of your attention and he shows it off in “WTSB”. There’s so much …

Kombucha-[Stoop Lee] with [Charlie Burg]&[Datsunn]

Stoop Lee is an artist who made it onto our pages as one of the members behind Detroit collective, Hard Car Kids. The group boasted some extreme talent so I knew it was only right to bring some of that talent back onto our pages for a second round. Stoop is a 26 year old artist from Detroit, Michigan who has been making some serious waves ever since beginning his musical career 7 years ago. Back in April the talented individuals dropped a track called “Kombucha” that’s worth your ear. Stoop holds it down in the best way possible but also enlisted help from his homies Charlie Burg and Datsunn. Each and every addition to this song just works. “Kombucha” is just in time for summer as it exudes a youthful and carefree energy that you don’t get from just anywhere. I’ve attached the Spotify link down below, so give it a listen and let us know what you think!

Shellys – [Blimes and Gab]

This afternoon we have a duo from the west coast that goes by Blimes and Gab who are making their Lyrical Lemonade debut with their new record titled “Shellys (It’s Chill)”. I first got familiar with these two emcees when my cousin Shana put me onto them when I was in Los Angeles last fall, and once I got back to Chicago these two artists had a show at The Beat Kitchen, so I stopped by & was impressed with there live performance skills. Aside from there live show though, these two are nice with both their raps + singing vocals, but more than anything, they just seem to create melodic joints that you can’t help but enjoy. This record here is the perfect example of that, it’s an uptempo jam that is so catchy that you can’t deny it. Don’t take my word for it though, check it out for yourself!