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Hardcore – [Zack Bia] x [Don Toliver]

Over the last couple of years, Zack Bia has become a prominent figure in the music industry with his DJ sets, signing talented artists and making moves behind the scenes. The other day, Zack decided to take the next step in his career and release his first-ever record, an absolute banger called “hardcore” featuring Don Toliver! Zack definitely has a good ear and knows what people want to hear, and based on just how good this new record is, I’m sure this transition will go very smoothly for him. I am excited to see what the future holds musically for Zack, because this is one hell of a way to start, check out this new offering below!

LB199X drops iconic video in “Leaders.”

LB199X isn’t waiting until February to highlight the black leaders that helped shape the man he is today, as he highlights iconic figures with his new release titled “Leaders.” Huey P. Newton, Marcus Garvey,  and Martin Luther King Jr. are just a few of the people the DC-born rapper highlights in this insightful and creative video that dropped just last night. LB199X is operating on a higher level. The feelings and frustration in his lyrics are palpable as he, along with so many others, is fed up with seeing black-on-black crime and systematic oppression affecting neighborhoods and people just as it’s done in his life. A representative of Guin Records, the MC is known for being bold, and after the passing of his parents, he knew it was necessary to stand tall and find a method to shine a light on something bigger than music. “Leaders is a song about Black leaders who died by the hands of their own people. I wanted to show truth in the matter, we are better together rather than separated. . I spoke on Kings because, as black men, we are kings and we need to express the power of Community and Pushing our …

Poison – [DC the Don]

I think DC the Don has had one of the biggest years in 2022 than anyone, but it’s amazing to think that he is just barely getting his feet off of the ground. Back in October, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing him perform live, meeting up with him after the show, and chopping it up a little bit, but even with so much excitement and chaos going on all night, there was one thing I noticed that stood above the rest. DC was genuinely appreciative of everything that he has earned. Whether it was the various articles I’ve written, the die-hard fans that came to the show, his day-one teammates, or just the success he has achieved, I knew nothing was being taken for granted and he was one of those artists that I am elated to know has accomplished so much, even this early on in his career. Ahead of his album FUNERAL, DC has blessed fans with a handful of unbelievable works of art, and while I’m later than usual when it comes to his SevenEight-directed video single “Poison”, I wasn’t going to let time prevent me from checking it out. Produced by Lovesick, this one …

withered. – [KILL.ZERO]

The music industry is often a place that’s very public. It can be hard for artists to conceal their identities and grow a following because so many fans feel like they need to connect with an artist, but that’s hard to do if they don’t know what they look like, there are no visuals out, or they don’t know anything about them deeper than their musical content. It’s also difficult with technology because people are wizards with computers nowadays, so even if someone attempts to hide their identity to the best of their abilities, a fan might just uncover their entire life story out of intrigue or curiosity. KILL.ZERO is an emcee who has built up quite the notoriety over the past 5 years or so, utilizing SoundCloud (as many other artists do) to build a reputation and craft his sound. While his identity is quite the enigma and I haven’t been able to find out too much information on KILL, it is abundantly clear after tapping in with even one song that his sound is more unique than most and it’s the main reason why he has achieved so much success despite his secretiveness. When I was sent his …

Getting to know: Joey Stiver

Joey Stiver is a talented 21-year-old artist hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. His skill set and potential have gained him notoriety locally and beyond, with popular tracks like “Always There” and “Never Leave” off his first album titled Reminder He’s had his taste of success, with viral tracks on Soundcloud like “Us” and even winning a musical competition in Florida in 2018. His past successes are no match for the future ones, as he looks to build momentum with new singles like “Side Note” and “Clarity” that have been released over the past year. I got some great information from Joey, and I’m excited to learn more and hear more in the near future. Get to know Joey Stiver a little more below! When did you start making music? I made my first song  at the age of 17 after I graduated from highschool but really started taking it serious at the age of 20 What is the most challenging thing you’ve had to overcome in life?  Firstly I would say self doubt, because I had to break out of my shell and really believe in myself before I felt confident enough to release my music. Secondly the loss of my grandpa …

the art of being happy – [Lucas]

It’s hard for me to count how many new artists I’ve come across throughout 2022, but I can say that one of the most exciting rising stars on my radar is Lucas. The Massachusetts-by-way-of-Florida emcee just got started in this industry this year from what I know, but he hit the ground running and has delivered a handful of remarkable hits that I couldn’t be more excited to write about. Ahead of his Palm Trees and Fake Smiles project which I believe is due out sooner than later, he has gifted us a few records that seem to not only highlight just how huge he can be in this business but also show off how diverse and multifaceted he can be with an untapped imagination that just pours out everywhere, from his music to his music videos. To end the year on another high note, Lucas dropped off another jam entitled “the art of being happy” alongside a Freehoneyy-directed music video that dives much deeper than the surface. The song begins with a smooth, jazzy instrumental that Lucas absolutely rips apart. Then, almost a minute in, the beat simplifies to include a bass-driven portion that allows Lucas to really go …

Project X – [Young Nudy]

Every year, I look back at the music that was released in the previous 12 months, and sometimes I’m more excited about these releases than other years. When considering all of the emcees I found out about in 2022 as well as all of the music that we were blessed with from artists of all different levels, I am pretty pleased to say that this year was a success, and we have so much amazing music to continue bumping into 2023. One of the emcees who truly showed out this year was Young Nudy, an Atlanta icon who has always been one of my favorite artists in the world, but his album EA Monster truly took things to an entirely different level. I mean, there are almost too many bangers on this effort to count, and one of the very best is his song “Project X”, yet another jam produced by his close friend and frequent collaborator Pi’erre Bourne. Luckily, this track received a visual treatment recently that was co-directed by Nudy himself as well as iNightLyfe, and the results are definitely as creative as it gets. It begins inside of some random person’s home as they somehow got on …

overpaid – [aldn] ft. [Tom the Mail Man]

It’s honestly hard to think of an artist who has put in as much work as aldn has this year. Notice how I said “as much”, because I really don’t think that anyone has been able to exceed his output whatsoever. I mean, the 21-year-old has released numerous projects, tons of music videos, and he has been on a few tours including his recent debut headlining tour that sold out in major cities all over the country including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston, amongst other meccas. With so much going on, I feel like it should be impossible to not only make the amount of music that he has but also ensure that everything is as high quality as it is, so for that and plenty of other things, I give him all the props in the entire world. Earlier this month, the Virginia native dropped yet another EP entitled post spring self destruction that boasts 7 songs running just under 19 minutes, and with features like Tom the Mail Man as well as Riovaz, you already know how impeccable this effort was bound to be. When I saw that he dropped a Tommy Kiljoy-directed visual for the …

All I Know – [DC the Don]

Some people make music just for the fun of it and don’t really put too much thought into what they create. I don’t hate on this because they just let their creativity flow and see what comes out of it, but I just think that emcees who have a vision along with a story to tell always end up with a more fruitful career that has longevity, and it makes sense why. DC the Don is one of these musicians because he incorporates his vision into every single thing he releases from songs to videos to entire projects, and it is obvious every step of the way. I had the pleasure of seeing this hitmaker live a month or so ago here in Chicago, and I was beyond enthused to know that the energy and emotion he pours into his art isn’t made up or fabricated because I could feel his passion, love, and charm in the air as he commanded a crowd at that show. I’m already itching to get to another performance of his ASAP, but with his album Funeral slowly unraveling in the form of amazing singles and visuals, I am just excited for what’s to come. …

SoFaygo Interview: Respecting the Grind and the Evolution

Photo Credit: Le3ay Studio As we’ve progressed through music, we have grown to see the many mediums that artists are using now to take their careers to the next level. We’ve seen artists get popular from Myspace and older social media platforms. Current social sites such as Instagram and TikTok play a huge factor in emerging artists as well. By far one of the most memorable moments in rap would be the rise of Soundcloud rap and the amazing talent that stemmed from it. Being able to watch artists like XXXTENTACION, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Trippie Redd and Lil Yacthy take that platform and completely skyrocket into fame was such an amazing sight to see. While each of these artists has their own respective art and their own craft, they all share one thing in common being the OG’s of the Soundcloud rap community. Here we are in 2022, and we are witnessing the new generation of artists who catch their big break from Soundcloud and take their career to the next level. Some of those names are SSG Kobe, Yeat, Ken Carson, and none other than SoFaygo. First blowing up in 2019 with his breakout single “Knock Knock”, …