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life sucks – [ninexteen]

As the internet changes the music business as we all know it on a regular basis, it can be hard to find someone with a good work ethic. Well, I guess it’s not as difficult as I first thought because the people who work hard and never give up are the artists that we know and love, but it’s the underground emcees that I struggle to find these traits in because there are just so many of them. When you don’t get the results you hope for, it can be hard to keep going, but so many of these current artists who want to make a name for themselves try and drop one or two songs and go viral, so when that doesn’t work, they have no backup plans. At the same time, ninexteen is the exception to this ideology because even though I don’t know too much about him, I had heard that his work ethic is unmatched, and he truly wants people to hear (and appreciate) his music. In fact, the eighteen-year-old spitter is currently in the fall semester of his freshman year of college, so while there is a massive workload that comes with school, he makes …

Same Old Everything – [Heavn]

Heavn is shaping up to be one of my favorite newer finds of 2022. He’s back with a more upbeat tune, entitled “Same Old Everything.” The Rochester, New York artist has dropped 10 records in 2022 alone but this might be his most upbeat song that came out this year. Heavn stated via email that “this single is about situations where things that don’t change no matter who or what is trying to help.” We won’t have to wait too much longer for a project as this is the last single before Heavn’s first full-length project comes out next month. With how unique his songs have been so far and how fast he’s been growing in the last few months Heavn’s ‘Suburbia’ project should be on everyone’s radar that are fans of the indie rock/pop music scene. Stream Heavn’s new single “Same Old Everything” after the break.

F*CK 12 Freestyle – [Tales of the Town] ft. [Guapdad 4000] & [LaRussell]

Collaborations have been going on for pretty much as long as music has existed, and it’s something that can bring artists together to share their style alongside a story. Collaborative albums have also existed for a while, but one thing I don’t think I’ve ever experienced is a podcast putting together a shared album, but that has now changed thanks to Tales of the Town. This broadcast, although new to the podcasting community, details the history of California’s Oakland neighborhood as it has progressed over nearly 100 years through the people whose families have resided there for generations. While I still need to listen to the first episode of the show considering the premise is overly intriguing to me, the co-hosts of the program Abbas Muntaqim and Delency Parham teamed up with award-winning documentarian and audio engineer Maya Cueva to give Oaklanders a platform to share their history as they have experienced it. Not only that, but they also connected with local artists to create an album named after the podcast, Tales of the Town, comprised of 11 songs that were brought to life thanks to artists like G-Eazy, Guapdad 4000, LaRussell, ALLBLACK, 22nd Jim, J Stalin, and many more. …

ZOMBIELAND – [DC the Don]

So many talents claim to be these creative geniuses with no fears or boundaries, but I am one of those “actions speak louder than words” kinds of people, so I can appreciate when a musician really lives out these claims. DC the Don is the pinnacle of this, because not only does he put out an insane amount of music, but he never restricts himself from trying something new or mashing sounds together that others may feel is impossible, but he knows that he can make them work. Although his album incredible album My Own Worst Enemy is barely half a year old, he is already gearing up for his following project FUNERAL, and while I have no idea when this third studio album is going to see the light of day, I know it’s going to be an even bigger spectacle than his second project, and that’s saying a lot considering just how unbelievable MOWE turned out to be. After having tons of fun releasing visuals for the February-released album, he has since moved on to even more new music, dropping a string of additional hits, but most recently, his single “ZOMBIELAND” is the song that I’m bumping more …

Trim – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Lil Zay Osama has been a legend in Chicago for more years than I could probably count, but it seems like, over the last few years, he has really blown up more than ever before. It seems like anyone who matters in the rap world here is on his side, and anyone who doesn’t ride with the Windy City spitter is behind the curve. Although he has come across my radar for a while, it wasn’t until recently (in the grand scheme of things) that I really started to pay attention, and I am sure glad I did. Zay has worked with the biggest names in drill music including Lil Durk, G Herbo, and more, but he has also collaborated with superstars not necessarily classified in this subgenre like Icewear Vezzo, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Lil Tjay, and even Sean Kingston, amongst way too many others to count. His connections don’t stop there, though, because especially recently, he has been tapping in with some of Chi-Town’s most prominent young icons including the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, and even PGF Nuk, an emcee who is considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-comers in many years. …

vulnerability – [Remedy4Ej]

SoundCloud is a streaming platform that means a lot more to me than most other music listening stages out there. I admittedly haven’t been on SoundCloud a ton in the last handful of years, but it was on this very platform that I discovered some of my favorite artists ever. Even if you are just starting out, have little to no following, and are trying to make a name for yourself, it seems like SC is the first place you should start uploading your music because even if listeners only have the free version of the app, they have unlimited access to your discography (even if you have to deal with a monotonous Wendy’s ad every few songs). This app has changed my life, and it’s the artists I’ve come across on there that have changed my outlook on the industry as well as my personal taste in music, and I will never abandon the streaming platform entirely because I’d be dumb to do that in any capacity. Although I get sent music daily from homies, publicists, and random people alike, when my friend sent me Remedy4Ej’s latest song “vulnerability”, the recommendation came through an email and an additional text …

never learn – [Kid Moon]

Streaming platforms have been looked at in a few different lights, sometimes being praised for the diverse selections for listeners to choose from while other times being chastised for the often brutal payouts to artists based on streaming numbers. I can totally see the argument on both sides, and while they are in no way perfect, I do think that there are benefits. Just the other day, one of my homies sent me a song on SoundCloud to check out, and after getting distracted, SC moved right onto the next track which happened to be a song that I absolutely loved. After realizing my admiration of the record, I realized it was by an artist names Kid Moon, a 17-year-old Philadelphia emcee who I have heard mentioned in various circles I’m a part of, but I had never gotten the chance to listen quite yet. I am beyond grateful that the algorithm chose to play his track next because it finally got me to open my eyes to the incredible music that this young talent is creating, and it makes me want to dive even deeper to see what else I have missed out on. I then looked at some …

Dirty Money – [Rich Amiri]

Rich Amiri is one of the few emcees I’ve recently come across who has left me speechless after first tuning into his music. His versatility is tremendous, his imagination has no limits, and his execution is about as good as it gets. At only 18 years old, the Boston emcee has only been making music since 2020 when he began uploading songs that he recorded in his bedroom to SoundCloud, but he has obviously come such a long way ever since. Internet Money has helped him craft his sound, build a following, and extend his reach far beyond what a singular up-and-comer can often achieve themselves, but at the end of the day, I think Amiri would have done just fine for himself relying on his skills alone, even though a bit of help never hurt anyone. His dominance has been unignorable, but his most recent hit “Dirty Money” takes things to a new level thanks to the immaculate Rio production, fascinatingly ambient vocals, and an innocent confidence that Amiri has boasted every step of his journey. In the Tycho Burwell-directed video, the creativity continues as our first look at the musician takes place with him locked up behind bars. …

Say Datt – [Fastmoney Ant] & [Lil Zay Osama]

There was a moment in time a few years ago when I realized that I began to fall out of love with the drill scene in Chicago. There wasn’t any overtly specific reasoning behind my loss of interest, but I just felt like I had found my time being consumed by other genres and different types of music. I also just felt like I was spoiled by that initial explosion I got to witness first-hand a decade ago when Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, and all of those guys first blew up. Well, there is a new generation of drill musicians here, and I am beyond happy to say that my interest is at least where it was back then, if not maybe even a little more eager to see where these young talents are going to go. The DCG brothers were the first duo to draw me back in thanks to their IDGAF attitudes and unique spin on the classic sound. Lil Zay Osama is someone who has been a local legend for years, but I just got heavily in tune with him over the past few trips around the sun, so his skills have excited me all …

WYO – [DCG Brothers] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Although drill music may have just started to pop off around a decade ago here in Chicago, it’s absolutely insane to think about how much it has impacted the entire music industry as a whole. Drill artists may have once been regarded by outsiders as aggressive, hostile music, but if you really listen to the words, it’s a story about the lives of these emcees. While there are clearly threats, violence, and antagonism throughout any drill song you tap in with that I may not condone myself, it is a part of the art and I feel like that needs to be respected in its own right. It also feels like this subgenre is one of the fastest moving and quickly transforming styles because usually you can track the evolution of a style and see how it has progressively changed, but that’s tough to do with drill considering how recently it was conceived and how much it has changed in only a handful of years. Classic drill and songs that came from the early 2010s will never go away luckily, but the new wave of the subgenre is here, and it is spearheaded by emcees like the DCG Brothers. These …