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T’nah – [Moxy]

T’nah is a sacred treasure. Previously known as T’nah Apex, the former Pro Era artist out of Brooklyn, New York released her debut album titled Voice of Reason in July of 2019. Containing eight phenomenal tracks, I can confidently vouch that T’nah’s versatility is as impressive as the Lauryn Hill’s and Erykah Badu’s of music. If you don’t believe me, check out the dope visual for her song “Act Rite,”produced by Hajino. What makes T’nah’s skill-set so special is that she often effortlessly interchanges between hip-hop and r&b, firing off high level lyricism in the most harmonious fashion. It is almost as if T’nah converses with her alternate self in a parallel universe, finding ways to avoid dissonance for synchronicity. If T’nah were to recite the lyrics of an N.W.A. record, the message(s) would somehow be construed from a serene standpoint, as a result of her alleviated tone. T’nah’s ear for production is equally as elegant, selecting beats that she naturally floats over with her soothing voice and confident bars. One year later, T’nah has gifted fellow listeners with “Moxy,” which is a bonus track off her debut release. Produced by Sidewalk Kal, the vibrant single can be streamed via Bandcamp, and …

A Conversation w/ Nils: Working on ‘Legends Never Die’, Upbringing in Germany, Staying Humble and More

When it comes to the pioneers of the vast sea of producers in the states, many of us can name a lot of them without even thinking twice. However, when it comes to producers making a name for themselves overseas, they may not be as openly recognized as they may like. The hurdles in which they have to overcome, and the barriers that they need to break, happen to be a bit tougher than it can be for those who may be born here in the states. The one thing about hip hop, is that it is accepting to all kinds, no matter what. We will accept anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, heritage, native language, anything–as long as that musician respects the culture. Hailing all the way from Hamburg, Germany, record-producer Nils has been making a massive impact in the game, and has been working his way up to becoming a household name in the music industry. The German rap scene, or any foreign rap scene for that matter, is very different than what we may be used to over here in the states. Nils made a name for himself by learning and adapting to music at a very …

On The Way: Yung Icey discusses his recent big placements, remaining relevant, what he thinks about loops, and his long term goals in a new interview

The so-called ‘SoundCloud’ generation set the new standard for both modern music consumption and creation, pivoting from the previously adopted model of physical distribution and digital purchasing that had to take place through third parties like iTunes and consequently led to the explosion of streaming. Hundreds upon hundreds of artists and producers attained some level of ‘clout’ or success, however objectively or subjectively you choose to look at it, but unfortunately many of these creatives were held back because of a lack of consistency or an inability out get out of their own way. As a result, it quickly became clear that staying down until you come up was the secret to success in these uncharted waters. Sadly many realized this all too late and missed their windows of opportunity, but that is not the case with South Carolina producer Yung Icey whose “Icey I’m so sick of you” tag has become all but ubiquitous in the world of modern trap production. Icey played a major role in fostering early artistic development with a number of artists who went on to use this foundation Icey helped lay to propel their careers on even further, notably with artists like Yung Bans, …

Baguetti – [Smino] x [J.I.D] & [Kenny Beats]

There are very few artists, who aren’t in a group or collective with each other, that come together and just simply click with one another quite as Smino and J.I.D do. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that they both have similar sounds or styles, or maybe it’s due to the fact that they seem to give it their all every time they write a verse by utilizing a plethora of different wordplays and deliveries that make them stand out amongst everyone else in the industry. When they have gotten together in the past, it’s almost like a friendly competition to try and one-up one another and challenge the other artist to make sure they bring their A-game, which is always the case for both of them regardless. As for Kenny Beats, he just has this rare ability to form connections and relationships with everyone he truly wants to work with, and he understands their strengths so well that he’s able to exploit these traits and bring the best out in every artist he comes in contact with. Out of nowhere yesterday, the trio took to Twitter to announce the release of their brand-new song “Baguetti”, …

Tony Shhnow and CashCache! tell us how they linked up, their latest joint-project, how CashCache got his tag, and much more in an exclusive new Q&A

2020 has been a year of mass chaos and upheaval that has lead to a great many growing pains within our different communities as dissension increases more and more and on a much more microcosmic level, this has been reflected in many different music trends, specifically within rap, that have begun to take shape over the last twelve months that are certainly challenging sonic status-quos while also inspiring and grabbing the attention of new listeners every day who are tired of hearing the exact same type of boring song structure and production tropes continually. Atlanta in particular has been a hotbed for this rise of creativity and innovation within the ‘trap’ and ‘SoundCloud’ spaces that have given both artists and producers a blank canvas to essentially riff on the sounds and flows pulled off by their peers. It is innately collaborative and frankly beautiful to watch and while people may immediately point to artists like 645AR, whose squeaky-voiced flow has already enchanted millions this year, or even Kenny Mason who is beginning to work metal and shoegaze production tendencies into his music in a completely new way, unlike the tired and drab ‘rap-rock’ of previous years. However, neither of these …

YND – [KEY!]

For quite some time I’ve been a massive fan of KEY! He’s obviously an underground legend, but I feel like some people forget just how deep his roots run considering he’s been an integral part of the Atlanta Hip-Hop scene for quite some time at this point. He’s the voice behind Kenny Beats’ “Woah, Jenny” ad-lib, and that’s obviously not the most impressive thing he’s done in the slightest. His next album I Love You, Say it Back is set to release next week on June 4th and I legitimately couldn’t be more excited. I’ve covered a few of his other singles off the project and they’ve gotten me so eager to hear what else he has in store for us that this week is going to feel like an eternity. “Sugar & Rice” specifically has graced my speakers at least three to five times per day since it released just because it’s such a feel-good, bubbly anthem. After letting his previous singles breathe for about a month or so, thankfully he’s back in full album promotion mode with another single entitled “YND”. Rotating, affectionate synths mixed with what sounds like some organ keys create the framework for the production …

Flight Risk – [Trapperman Dale]

West Nashville MC Trapperman Dale is back with a new mixtape titled Flight Risk that per usual continues Dale’s string of releases that are packed with lyrical treats and grimy streetwise bars that only get more creative and specific as time goes on. His production on this record stayed within his typical wheelhouse of producers, having beats come from the likes of Nashville icons such as Greedy Money and Bandplay who have both helped Dale find and hone his sound over the past four years since he burst onto the scene with his Fidale Castro release. This is yet another lyrically dense full-length release from Trapperman Dale and he has simultaneously been a model of both consistency and excellent wordplay that requires unwavering attention to detail and continually prove Dale’s trap prowess, spitting bars that are sure to go over-heads if you aren’t paying attention.

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.

Bate Onna Bo – [TisaKorean]

Prior to today, I had heard of TisaKorean but never really paid much attention at all. I have no reason as to why I played him off, but I was just always preoccupied listening to other artists to tune into him, I guess. I also believed that I had never heard any of his music, but this was where I was mistaken because his song “Dip” was the soundtrack to some of the wildest dance videos on the internet, and I had absolutely no idea. After finding this out, I had to immediately do some digging so I could find out more and not be so ill-informed about this entertaining rising artist, and I found out that he not only began dancing and DJing, but he also produces most of his own music. This allows him to control exactly what he wants his style to be and leads him to appeal to more and more people with every new release. I was guided into all this research because I saw that he has dropped a new visual for his recent single “Bate Onna Bo”, so I had to tune in and hear some of his other offerings to see if …

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, …