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Lightspeed – [BBY GOYARD]

It’s about time that North Carolina starts getting a lot more respect for the insane amount of talent that’s coming up out of the underground. This is probably the most under the radar parts of the country when it comes to Rap music considering there’s so much genius hailing from this region, but so many of these artists are still considerably underappreciated. Some of the many artists you’ve almost surely heard of coming from this state include RONSOCOLD, BIGBABYGUCCI, 2kthagoon, and of course, BBY GOYARD. I’m not sure what the obsession is with all caps in the majority of their names, but it could be metaphorical in the sense that each of their individualistic music screams uniqueness and it’s all something that just needs to be paid attention to. All of these artists are making some of the most distinctive, original music in the entire industry, and yet none of it sounds remotely similar to one another. The only possible comparative quality is the fact that the beats and vocal effects used typically come so randomly that each song sounds nothing like any of its predecessors. Take BBY GOYARD for instance. Sure, he was born and grew up in Maryland, …

Brand New Booty – [Lil Gnar]

Clearly if you’ve paid any sort of attention to Rap music ever since its inception, booties have been a major theme in the genre. I feel ridiculous even typing that, but it’s true and it has played a part in some of the biggest songs in the history of music. As is the case typically, Lil Gnar has never shied away from this topic or any other slightly sexual themes, making exactly what he enjoys known to the public, and never being bashful about it either. While some of his music might not have the most significant meanings or underlying narratives, they’re almost always bangers and are sure to get any sort of party going in the blink of an eye. His unapologetic style and straightforward persona are part of the reason he has amassed such an extensive fanbase in a somewhat short span of time, but the rest of his skills speak for themselves as well. “Brand New Booty” is the brand-new lust-fueled track from Lil Gnar and I knew it was another hit from the moment I pressed play. Some cunning, devious synths create the catchiest portion of the production, which was crafted by the ever so talented …

Interview: Inside Kota the Friend’s ‘Everything’

Kota the Friend details the process behind his new album ‘Everything’, the impact of fatherhood on his life, and offers advice to artists trying to make it work on their own in our latest interview.

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

A Man Rose from the Dead- [Scrim]

I understand that there was a boatload of new music that dropped Thursday night including projects from Future, Polo G, Yung Lean, and many more. While these may overwhelm the media and take all of the attention from most other music that released, the most under the radar project by far is Scrim’s debut solo album A Man Rose from the Dead. Up until this point, Scrim was one half of the infamous duo $uicideboy$, and he continues to be a part of the group of course, but this is the first real taste we have of any sort of solo music from him or his counterpart Ruby. Typically, when artists split off to do their own thing, it’s because they’re maybe tired of having to constantly share the spotlight with the rest of their crew or they believe it’s time that they get to have their own complete control over the creative freedom within their music. For Scrim, neither of these things is really the case. He needed to do this for himself and his own sanity. Those of us who know the constant struggles he has never been shy to talk about in music and interviews, know that …

Pop Shit – [REASON] ft. [Schoolboy Q]

Prior to hearing a few random singles from TDE’s rising star REASON, I had totally been sleeping on him. Not only him, but I was sleeping on a lot of the other under the radar artists at Top Dawg Entertainment that weren’t a part of the Black Hippy supergroup. After realizing how evidently talented he was in many different facets through songs like “Trapped in” featuring Ab-Soul and Boogie as well as “Flick it Up”, also featuring Soulo, I knew I had to wake up and give him a solid shot because I had absolutely no reason not to. I finally tuned into his debut album There You Have it almost two years after its release and it totally blew my expectations out of the water. His artistry and skill are as clear as day and I’m not sure why I expected otherwise considering TDE isn’t going to waste their time on wack rappers. This intrigued me to listen to some of the other members of the label’s extensive roster, and I had the same exact experience with them as I did with REASON. TDE has been proving their dominance time and time again and this year, big things are …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

No Cuffing – [Cameron Airborne] x [Jackboy]

As South Florida continues to cement itself among one of the top hotbeds in hip-hop, Cameron Airborne looks to expand his name and brand along with it. His latest single, “No Cuffing,” is a South-Florida smash, featuring another rising star in Jackboy. As the title insinuates, Airborne and Jackboy spit lyrics of experience with women, and the unwillingness to cuff any of them – as there stardom and lack of trust increases. This summer hit is surely one to gain steam in Florida and beyond, and is accompanied by a bright, loud visual directed by Andrew Colton that complements the banger’s energy. The upbeat piece is a combination of the two artists’ strong-suits accompanied by a high-energy instrumental produced by Airborne in collaboration with K.E. on the Track that allow the two to put their talents to work. Be sure to be on the lookout for Airborne and Jackboy as their names and work continue to rise in popularity throughout their young careers. Listen and watch Jackboy & Cameron Airborne – No Cuffing (Official Music Video) below!    

Ugly – [Fbg Duck]

The layers and depths of music that come from the city of Chicago are truly mind-blowing. While there are undiscovered artists who are grinding tirelessly to make a name for themselves, there are also household names like Lil Durk, Chief Keef, G Herbo, and Lil Bibby, among many others. In between these two vastly different levels of popularity and recognition, there are countless layers of artists grinding to make it to the top, or at least to be recognized on a larger scale. When it comes to an artist like Fbg Duck, I would say he’s pretty happy with where he’s at. He’s very well known around the city of Chicago which is a big deal in and of itself, and I don’t really think he has plans on expanding to a national fanbase. His quasi-local stardom has gained him followers and a very loyal fanbase, and for that, I think he’s pretty well set up to do what he wants in terms of his musical endeavors. As for his most recent release, Duck decided to drop a new song called “Ugly” and a music video to pair with it. Building guitar strums, church bells, crisp percussion, and bouncy, banging …