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Black Lung – [Brendan Bennett]

For Brendan Bennett, life yields art. Whether good or bad, he turns meaningful memories into song, and furthermore, raw emotion into melody. It’s under this theme of honesty that the rising talent’s catalog operates. He’s forthright with listeners, even fearless in his confessional songwriting and unadultered realism. Where music gives Bennett the outlet to say anything, he chooses experience as his weapon of choice, and the result of such is a level of sincerity that we don’t always hear. Demonstrating just this with perhaps his most striking release to date, Bennett is back with a brand new song and video entitled “Black Lung.” Structured around a punk-induced, in-your-face instrumental, “Black Lung” operates with a certain rawness that mirrors the intensity of its subject matter: vices. From the cocaine-fueled chorus to lines about drinking and smoking, Bennett’s latest takes brutal truth with a side of something to take the edge off, not glorifying anything, but rather, assigning an emotional connotation to the reasoning behind such indulgence. In this way, “Black Lung” is a masterful release not just in terms of energy, but also in regards to songwriting. Bennett balances universal coping mechanisms with an equal hand of personal experience, and makes …

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

923 – [Brendan Bennett]

The Southwest-Florida raised musician talks about his new song and using music as a vessel to heal his own personal traumas.

Waterfall – [She’Chinah]

An artists ability to tap into an array of musical stylings is impressive in its own right but for the same artist to also be able to tap into era’s and moments is something else entirely. This lengthy yet necessarily needed description applies to She’Chinah’s new single, “Waterfall.” Making her debut on the site, She’Chinah is a Memphis-based artist with a limited discography that speaks volumes to her talent and promise. She’Chinah’s new single, “Waterfall,” is a body-stirring 90’s house concoction that wastes no time in establishing its rhythm. Listeners are first embraced by this song’s pulsating production and She’Chinah’s electrically-singed vocals. Serenading with a stream of conscious-like flow, She’Chinah allows her innermost thoughts to be placed on full display. It’s hard to not get lost in the 90’s aesthetic created by this booming record that helps paint a vivid picture of the life and times of house music’s dominance. Whether your reveling in this record’s beautifully crafted nostalgia-triggering production or its honest lyricism, you’re guaranteed an enjoyable experience from the moment you press play. The talented and quickly rising artist shared the below about her latest single. “I’ve had many moments of deep thought over the last year, and I’m …

PREMIERE: Houdini – [WavesOnGianni]

Today, Harlem native WavesOnGianni is premiering the music video for his single “Houdini” on our platform. Showcasing the rising talent’s viral energy as he flexes around his hometown, “Houdini” not only offers an introduction to Gianni’s music but the high school senior’s rapidly growing career as well. In between school and baseball practice, Gianni found some time to do a Q&A with me about the making of “Houdini”, his experience modeling in New York Fashion Week, and how his Harlem upbringing has influenced his vision as an artist. Read our conversation and watch the Goldie Harris-directed video for “Houdini” below! — MDR: How has growing up in an area with so much cultural influence and hip-hop history influenced you? WG: In Harlem, we’re really flashy and into fashion. Every time you step outside, you gotta’ put your best outfit on. We’re always trying to outdo everyone else and I look it at as the city’s red carpet. The Harlem culture is a part of my DNA. The influence is undeniable. For example, seeing other artist like ASAP Rocky, combine music, style and culture motivates me to do the same for East Harlem. — MDR: Who are some of your other …

Sunset Diner – [Kid Quill]

There is no doubt that the way most people consume music has changed drastically in recent years. Long gone are the days of driving around your city for months with the same five CDs playing back to front, getting to know every track in order by memory. Currently singles dominate as the overall importance of tracklisting seemed to have lost their importance to fans. So when I first heard Kid Quill’s new album, that is able to weave a cohesive story in 13 songs, the memories of that time period come racing to my head. Kid Quill’s most recent album Sunset Diner is by far the Indiana natives most ambitious to date. As mentioned in the paragraph above, it is an album that all centers around one central storyline that plays out throughout the project. Sunset Diner is the story of a night out with friends all revolving around this diner. The energy on this album is grandiose and leaves listeners with a larger than life feel, a similar feel to Coloring Book by Chance if that helps paint the picture. In all of his music, elements of his upbringing in Indianapolis have carried along with him as he’s progressed throughout his career. This evident on …

farewell forest – [The Mud, Se]

Music is a game of emotion. No matter how outlandish or how reserved the story of a song goes, it won’t connect unless listeners understand the emotional context of a song. However, when an artist is able to communicate such, the connection that listeners can have is limitless, abiding only to the hands of life experience and perspective. Today, marking one of the best displays of emotive songwriting that I’ve heard all year, Greenwhich, London group The Mud, Se are here with a new, 11-minute project entitled farewell forest. Acting as a goodbye to a close friend, farewell forest recounts beauty in even the most trivial of memories. It’s introspective, it’s held close to the heart, and more than anything, the project is absolutely and brilliantly normal. As such, it’s easy to step into the shoes of the London artists, sharing the glory of their memories despite the fact that I’m a random kid from the States who doesn’t know anyone that they rap about. This is the very beauty of music, though. Listening to The Mud, Se speak their candid emotions over a group of soul-stricken instrumentals, I’m able to cross any geographical obstacles and feel exactly what they’re talking about. The concept …

From Memes to the Masses: The Wild Rise of bbno$

Growing up homeschooled in the south of Vancouver, bbno$ never really planned on his career of choice being a rapper. Yet here we are, a few short months after the release of “Lalala” the rapper’s first venture into the Billboard Charts. This is no small feat being that he began is rap career laughing over a Chief Keef beat with his friends before realizing this is something he was talented at. Several years and a few million streams later, it seems that bbno$’s eclectic style of hip-hop has connected with people across the globe in a real way. bbno$ is an incredibly laidback person, which he attributes to his upbringing in Canada, this shines through in his music that is always playful in nature. He has done something out of Vancouver that nobody has really done before, a sign of the times that there is real talent brewing in the often-overlooked Canadian city. While he is a trailblazer of sorts, his career is getting incredibly more serious as he becomes a mainstream artist that gets recognized on the streets by Grandmas, Toddlers, and everybody in between. His brain understands how the internet works, his marketing tactics are crazy but they’ve …

Q&A: Chicago rapper Matt Muse has nothing but love

The adage “you must love yourself before you can love others” can be interpreted in any number of ways, and for Chicago rapper Matt Muse, exploring love in all its forms has been a strong source of inspiration for his two most recent projects. Last year, Muse released ‘Nappy Talk’, a project he describes as being all about self-love. Muse builds himself up in layers of bravado on tracks like “Don’t Tweak”, letting off steam in the form of masterful flows over keys that seem to announce the arrival of an impending threat. But unlike some wordsmiths in his arena, Muse’s boasts come with substance, rooted in pride that goes deeper than just plain vanity. On ‘Love & Nappyness’, the follow-up to ‘Nappy Talk’, Muse lets listeners know just where that sense of pride stems from. He opens up about the role God, family, and his upbringing have all played in forming his self-perception and ultimately his voice as an artist. While coming across as softer than his previous releases, Muse proves that he’s just as, if not more, powerful with a pen when he’s at his most vulnerable. Read my latest conversation with Matt Muse to learn more about …

Premiere: Persona – [PNTHN]

In the age of social media, artists who spike in popularity thanks to one-time virality often experience a fall just as rapid as their rise. Put simply, volatility is too high when no stable foundation is built, and consequently, it becomes nearly impossible for these viral sensations to expand their vision and build on their “moment” while it’s still there. For Texas rap group PNTHN, however, we’re seeing the exact opposite. One release after another, PNTHN has slowly but surely proved themselves as an act worth watching, simply by putting thought and care into the construction of their careers so far. As a result, even at such an early stage in their rise, the group boasts a strong catalog of music and a feverish following in their native Texas, not to mention an incredible resume of live shows and even better reviews from critics. Accordingly so, the stable foundation has been built, and as PNTHN looks toward the future with releases such as their latest — “Persona” — fans await the inevitable moment when that first domino tips and the group is off to the races. With this, “Persona” looks, sounds, and feels like the moments leading up to this …