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NORF FACE – [Seafood Sam] feat. [Huey Briss]

Two of my favorite up-and-coming rappers, Seafood Sam and Huey Briss, have collided once again for a new visual for Seafood Sam’s song, “NORF FACE.” The Long Beach-based rap artists first caught my attention for their prolific lyricism and sheer presence on every record they release. Although the new joint visual is not their first time connecting, it is another prime example of two artists who know they have “it.” The Gerald-shot visual follows Sam and Briss through what feels like a hybrid combination of b-roll and behind-the-scenes footage of both rappers on the set of a music video in a spacious, white-colored warehouse. The attitude is laidback, much like the style of the MelloMatt featured production that leans on melodic piano keys, creating that signature West Coast sound. Both rappers deliver their verses to the camera with ease, navigating the warehouse with comfortability and confidence. Watch the “NORF FACE” visual by Seafood Sam featuring Huey Briss below.

FILO Mix 1 – [AVerma] x [Project FILO]

In the midst of studying for final exams? Have a long drive or lengthy flight planned for summer break? Or are you simply searching for something quality to play with no interruptions? The answer often comes in the form of a DJ Mix, and Project FILO’s “Mix 1” checks all the necessary boxes.  Teaming up with CreateSafe, the mix falls under their BLAST partnership with Apple Music, which “pushes forth initiatives that appropriately pay both DJs and their featured artists for their creations.” Mix 1 was specifically remixed by fellow Project FILO artist AVerma, with included songs from every music artist on the roster. Aside from FILO representation, Mix 1 contains tracks from popular artists + producers such as Drake, Smino, Bari, Murda Beatz, The Kount, KennyBeatz, and more. Similar to the appeal of a Soulection radio session, or OVO sound radio release, Mix 1 includes well-timed transitions for an overall sonically pleasing vibe. With a multitude of genres to offer (hip-hop, rap, trap, R&B, Lo-fi, neo-soul, jazz, etc.), “Mix 1” is only the beginning of a brand new series with eclectic sounds from some of the most talented artists you’ve never heard of; occasionally blended with your favorites for …

February – [Jay2]

Earlier this year, Chicago native Jay2 dropped off a project entitled Send Heartss which was a 13 song, just over half-hour-long tape where Jay wore his heart on his sleeve and truly revealed himself to the world. With only two features (Bari and BOS), the brunt of the project was on the shoulders of Jay and while this might be a daunting task for some, he instead saw it as an opportunity to share his heart and soul with fans, and they definitely ate it up. Although we’re a few months removed from its release, Jay decided he wasn’t done having fun with the album and decided to continue its legacy with the release of an awesome new music video for his song “February” which featured production from the one and only Luke Almighty and it also happened to be one of my favorites off of the project. Recruiting Blue Butterflies to direct this miniature movie, the scene opens up as Jay is sitting at the dining room table eating a meal with a lovely lady who seems to be his significant other. While many couples enjoy their meals together, there seems to be this tension between them as he …

ST LGND 94 – [Jay Worthy & St. Ides]

There are very few artists out that have put in the work like the living legend that is Jay Worthy. The independent hustler has never let something like a pandemic slow down his growth, with real street rap seeming to be as popular as ever Worthy is at a very interesting turning point in his career. He has an established reputation as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and it’s well earned. P Worthy is a timeless artist, he has stayed true to himself and consistently brings a different level of storytelling to a new generation that often lacks to look back further than a decade when it comes to music that stands out. His sound is west coast rap at its finest, laidback music that hits best in a convertible playing as loud as possible. He recently dropped a mixtape in partnership with an iconic brand that further cements himself as one of the biggest hustlers in independent music. This is a must-listen for any reader’s craving the gritty nature of ’90s rap and Where Worthy excels most is as a storyteller though, both in his lyrics and in conversation. He’s a true student of the game, picking up knowledge …

With Dat – [TheHxliday] ft. [Polo G]

I’ve been a fan of TheHxliday for quite some time, at this point, yet as of late, I’ve found myself pretty much completely consumed with his discography. He has similar qualities to living legends such as Lil Uzi with overtones of emotion and pain that are more so along the lines of a Juice WRLD or XXXtentacion, and although this combination might come off as strange or out of the box, TheHxliday makes it work in some of the most remarkable ways I could’ve ever even imagined. Last week, I was beyond excited to write about his latest single “Wit Dat” not only because it was a great song, but also because it featured Polo G, one of my favorite Chicago artists out right now. While I don’t think anyone saw this collaboration coming and I was even more intrigued to see what it would sound like, they both killed their parts and brought an insane record to life. Just when I thought the fun was over, the dynamic duo teamed up once again to bring an awesome music video to life directed by Kevin Mares and Dogfood Media. Right off the bat, TheHxliday and his girl are hanging out …

Beam Part 2 – [Payday] ft. [Jackboy]

Although it’s still quite early on in her career, Payday has been making some unignorable moves in recent memory. She has a very smooth, nonchalant cadence that comes off as playful and almost elementary at times in all the best possible ways, and her uniqueness, when compared to other counterparts in the music world, has stood out to fans all over the country. Obviously, if you’re familiar with Payday’s plethora of hits, her most notable song is most likely “Beam”, a jazzy, lighthearted offering that is probably her biggest hit to date. Although this might not be my personal favorite song by Payday, it’s still an undeniable success that fans have eaten up, and when I saw that she was teaming up with Florida’s own Jackboy for a remix to the record, I couldn’t help but tune in as soon as it dropped. While I love the remix without a doubt, I was even more excited to see the Mikey Rare-directed music video, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all as well. Opening up in an arcade of some sort after hours, a janitor is cleaning the place as flashes of Payday cruising around on her skateboard …

YEX – [Jimmy Bolt]

Houston is one of the most prominent cities for hip-hop up and comers, and while it seems to continue to stay under the radar when looking at massive successes like Travis Scott, Meg the Stallion, and a few other mainstays in the industry, I always enjoy finding out about new artists who are on the come up. Most recently I was put onto a new artist by the name of Jimmy Bolt who has been turning heads in recent memory, and after tuning in to one of his latest releases, I couldn’t help but share it with you all. Although it came out a couple of months ago, Jimmy’s song “YEX” has been blowing up without a doubt, and for good reason as well. Opening up with an instrumental that seems to include some bells and intriguing synths, the beat begins to proceed with some percussion and drums, yet when it seems to fully drop, it almost simplifies more than ever in order to create a sturdy and picturesque foundation for Jimmy to show off his skills. When he does come in, his words are somewhat spread out and energetic in the hook, using his play on the word sex …

Big Bank – [Marjety] [Xhulooo]

A while back, I featured an artist by the name of Xhulooo on our pages with the melodic drill song “xoxo.” In the months since, I’ve kept a close eye on the tight-knit community surrounding the rising talent, which has led me to one of my favorite recent discoveries: Marjety, and his new single “Big Bank” alongside Xhulooo, himself. Two and a half minutes in length, “Big Bank” is bright and melodic as can be, following a rollercoaster of 808s and sun-soaked melodies with a barrage of money-minded lyrics. Marjety sets the bar of energy high to kick off the song, and Xhulooo comes in with the second verse, matching this energy and proving the two to be a dynamic duo in the making. The chemistry is there, the song is massively exciting, and all in all, “Big Bank” is a deeply enjoyable listen, tied together with lyrics so catchy that they beg you to listen back. Marjety is one of the most exciting new talents I’ve come across, and “Big Bank” is a colorful display of the potential that he holds. Be sure to check this one out at the link below: Produced by Iankon Marjety(@marjety) · Big Bank …

Hellcats & Trackhawks – [Lil Durk] & [Only The Family]

Lil Durk always has been and always will be an absolute icon not only in Chicago but in the entire country. Spearheading Only The Family, a record label that Durk helped found, he has helped put on some of his closest friends in the industry, releasing compilation albums to shine a light on their unbelievable skills. Most recently, they dropped Only The Family – Lil Durk Presents: Loyal Bros at the beginning of this month which featured names outside of the label such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tee Grizzley, Foogiano, and many others, while also showcasing the label’s core members such as the late King Von, Booka600, and Memo600 to name just a few. While it’s not very common these days to see an album that spans 23 songs at just under an hour in length, this lengthiness makes sense considering there are so many incredible acts that need a moment to shine, and while I’ve only had a chance to skim through the album since it came out, I can tell that it does a wonderful job of giving every single artist a moment in the limelight without focusing too heavily on one artist over another. Although he’s sprinkled …

Rover – [Tes X]

Tes X is an artist that I have been keeping a tab on for awhile now, I first got in tune with Tes through my homie DJ Hotrod over at Power 92.3 here in Chicago, and I’ve been seeing his name more + more ever since. Tes X was recently featured on DJ Scheme’s wildly successful album FAMILY, where he absoueltey shined, and more recently he released his collaboration with the rising Mario Judah. Today, Tes X is finding himself on our website with the premiere for his brand new music video for “Rover”, which I would argue is his best release yet. If you aren’t yet familiar with Tes X, this is the perfect place to start, his unmatched meldoy making ability was on full display here. In the coming months, I predict that Tes X will continue his upward trajectory, and before we know it, he will be one of the best new artists in today’s hip-hop world.