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Seddy Hendrinx Interview: Well Prepared, Well Preserved & ‘Well Sed’

“Once I saw that I had a way out, it was all in from that point and I never let up. Getting that love in my city really fueled me, man. That’s where I get all the love. Duval 904. I felt like if I could make it in Duval and my city could get behind me, then I’m straight.” -Seddy Hendrinx Photo Credit: @shotbydecat When it comes to the rap scene out of Florida, most would instantly gravitate towards the gritty and gutter style of rap that has come out of there as of late. Names such as Yungeen Ace, Stopemgottem, and Nardo Wick would be amongst the ones who are sporting that rugged and authentic style of rap. However, once there is an artist that blossoms from a city known for a specific sound, and they don’t come out sporting that sound, that instantly makes you stand out amongst the pack. That alone can draw people’s attention to what you have to say and the matter in which you say it. Straight out of Duval County, Seddy Hendrinx is an artist that has been making a ton of impact within the Jacksonville scene for years now. Placing a huge …

sandbox – [sad frosty]

I always struggle when writing about artists who were taken from this Earth way before they were meant to just because when I am a fan of them, I never want to write anything less than the words that will do them the utmost justice they deserve. Even though I always think that I could never truly give them the credit for making such a massive impact on the music community with words alone, I know that I’d be doing a disservice by not talking about new music that was put together by these musicians’ teams and released posthumously because even if they’re not physically here with us, I know that they’re looking down at the legacy that they created and can smile at the fact that they undeniably made a make on this world. Houston phenom sad frosty was someone I always appreciated because he just seemed to be irrefutably authentic and himself, never putting on a façade in order to impress people or be someone he’s not just to get a few extra listens on a song or likes on social media. This is why he seemed to have one of the sturdiest foundations in the entire underground, …

GENGAR – [sad frosty] ft. [Chief Keef]

Losing a loved one is one of the most painful, awful experiences in the entire world, no matter what their relationship to you is. Unfortunately, in the music scene, it isn’t uncommon to lose artists that you are a massive fan of, and even with an unforgettable legacy, there are certainly plenty of voids that no one else could fill. Just a few months ago, we lost sad frosty, one of the most talented and inimitable musicians of our generation, and even though he made a massive impact on this world, I just don’t think the industry will ever be the same without him. Although I didn’t personally know him, he just seemed like a genuinely good guy with so much to offer anyone he was around, and you can tell how authentic he was just by the way his friends would talk about him. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through, but I myself am deeply saddened about his passing so I am going to do whatever I can to help keep his voice as prominent as it has always been whenever I get the chance. The other day, his team did a fantastic job of unveiling …

FINALLY – [Cochise]

Cochise is honestly not someone that has been on my radar for nearly as long as a lot of other artists that I frequently listen to, but from the moment I first heard him rap, I knew he was going to change the landscape of music. In fact, I remember the first verse I had ever heard from him which happened to be on the song “Right Now” with TyFontaine on Internet Money’s debut album B4 the Storm, and even though I’m sure I was late to the party then, I have made sure to not forego any other music from the Florida emcee. If you haven’t kept up with Cochise, you missed out on some massive accomplishments with the most recent being his selection for the 2022 XXL Freshman list, but that was before his album THE INSPECTION even dropped, so he was lining things up to really make a splash more than ever this year. On his album, there are 13 self-produced or co-produced songs that last almost 36 minutes long with insane features like Chief Keef and Young Nudy, but I am even more thrilled about the fact that this is only the beginning for the young …

THE INSPECTION – [Cochise]

In the wake of Cochise’s 2021 debut Benbow Crescent, few artists have made me eagerly anticipate their upcoming records like him. A year and a handful of singles later – Cochise returns to us this week with THE INSPECTION – a tightly-woven collection of tracks primed to decorate your weekly rotation all summer long. Inspired by Inspector Gadget and Florida’s plugg scene – Cochise’s newest LP shows his signature sound evolving outwards while still sounding as concentrated as ever. Though tracks like “TURN IT UP” and “HALO” may sound like heightened instances of the young artist returning to form, THE INSPECTION is full of tracks that see Cochise trading in his psychedelic energy and adopting a more hard-hitting hip-hop register. Chief Keef and Yung Nudy even appear as guests on “HUNT” and “NICE” respectively, and tracks like “PROFESSOR PROFESSOR” see Cochise holding nothing back as he delivers cleverly-written bars with ah high-octane ferocity. Perfect for old and new fans of Cochise, THE INSPECTION is a record that is nothing if not worth the wait. With more music and visuals likely set for release before the end of the year, there’s never been a better time to be a Cochise fan. Check out Cochise’s …

Behind The Track: Nxrre

Let’s be honest, Drill music is the new sound of New York. Drill originated from Chicago with artists like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Fredo Santana, and many more. Drill music is greatly influenced by trap music, which emerged in Atlanta, Georgia. Production, flow, and lyrics are key characteristics of drill music. Nxrre from Brooklyn, NY is widely known for creating drill beats for NY artists like B-Lovee, Bizzy Banks, 26AR, Ciggy Blacc, Ronsuno, and many more. What started as a hobby in 2018 turned into a full-blown career in 2019. Nxrre began reaching out to managers and artists until he had the opportunity to work with Smoove’L, Stunna Gambino and Justin Rarri. Staying true to his culture, The rising producer always tries to give his beats a Spanish/Reggaeton type of Bounce. This allows Nxrre to stand out amongst other producers. Even though Nxrre is very known for drill, his catalog is versatile with anything from RnB, reggaeton, trap, melodic, and house music.  “I have a lot on the way I’m not going to lie, but me and JabariontheBeat have a highly anticipated song on the way with Stunna Gambino and NoCap. Me and ShoBeatz have a lot together as …

DRILL MUSIC IN ZION – [Lupe Fiasco]

Chicago’s music scene doesn’t really need much explanation, because there are so many artists that come to mind as soon as you think about this city. Obviously, depending on how old you are or what era you grew up in, these names can change, but regardless, there are countless artists that you know and love from the Windy City. If you grew up in my era, the first artists you most likely think of could include Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Chance the Rapper, or any other emcee in that realm, but if you were born a bit earlier, Kanye, Common, Twista, and Lupe Fiasco might be the emcees that pop into your head. Even if you are closer to my age, this second list is still one that everyone knows and respects for putting on for this city before anyone really seemed to give a shit, and while Lupe isn’t someone I religiously listen to in all honesty, I wasn’t about to let his brand-new project DRILL MUSIC IN ZION go unspoken about. This is his 8th studio album, and it is a collaboration with his longtime friend and collaborator Soundtrakk who produced each of the 10 songs that run …

Nose – [C4Y]

C4y returns with a fast pace up-tempo record entitled “Nose.” C4Y has been making a lot of noise in the underground rap community as of late and has been turning heads because of the producers he’s been aligning himself with. His last video and song, “Nose” was produced by frequent Chief Keef collaborator Akachi and TooDope. Whenever I hear some of Akachi’s newer sounds it takes me back to the Jeezy Thug motivation 101 albums. No, it’s not dated but Akachi and others have modernized elements of the sound in that era to create solid records with people like Chief Keef and C4Y. While he’s finding his sound and finding his way as a new artist the things I’d like to see from C4y are him expanding on some of his wordplay and experimenting with different cadences. I say this to say this will build a separation between him and his peers in this lane. In a world where everything sounds derivative of the next the degree of separation matters if people work on their sound. Watch the video for C4Y’s “Nose” directed by Sologroup and Ardor Archive for yourself after the break.

HAHA – [Al-Doms] ft. [Pusha T]

Virginia rapper Al-Doms is a star. We knew that last year before he released NEW DREAM – a project that would go on to amass around a million streams and establish him as one of rap’s most unique newcomers. We knew that he was special before singles like the geography-blurring “Mr. Perfect Freestyle” or the hard-hitting “BFF” dropped – putting his name on 2021 while inching closer to hip-hop’s upper echelon of new talent. This week fans are treated to the newest fruit of Al-Doms’ labor – an infectiously energetic banger titled “HAHA” featuring none other than Pusha T. Did this collaboration come out of left field? Perhaps to the uninitiated, but to those tapped into Al-Dom’s signature Southern-flavored futurism, this collaboration is long overdue. Featuring production from N-I-N-E, Coop The Truth, and bennygotbass, “HAHA” picks up where Chief Keef’s “Laughin To The Bank” left off. Al-Doms and Pusha T trade verses flexing their accomplishments and lavish lifestyles over a mix so finely-crafted that “HAHA” is sure to colonize your weekly rotation after just one listen. Change may usually bring its fair share of growing pains, but if “HAHA” is any indication of things to come, then the future is looking …

Y NOT? – [Lucki]

As far as Chicago legends are concerned, there are really only a few names that you have to keep in mind. These monikers include Kanye West, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Twista, Common, Chance the Rapper, and only a handful of others, but there is one name that I could never leave off of this list of icons. That person is Lucki, and although he might have the most underground following out of these talents, it’s a following that rides or dies for him, and he has proved himself time and time again as to why he more than deserves to be sitting at the same table as these phenoms. He also just might be one of the most unique emcees on the list as well because he didn’t bite anyone else’s style (not saying that any of the others did), and it’s a sound that nobody could replicate with even close to the same success that Lucki has received throughout the years. As I get more and more excited to see his set at this year’s Summer Smash music festival, I was beyond stoked that he dropped a new track produced by Bhristo entitled “Y NOT?”, as well as a …