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Money On Me – [Lil Tecca]

Lil Tecca is without a doubt one of the most prolific Lyrical Lemonade-affiliated artists that we have ever worked with, and today, he is back with his latest Cole Bennett directed visual for “Money On Me”. We shot this music video about four or five weeks ago in a northwestern suburb of Chicago, and it just has that feeling of a classic Lyrical Lemonade x Tecca video. There are some references to some past visuals that we have shot for Tec featured here, one of them being that the girl in this video is the same one from the “Diva” visual by Laroi + Tecca. This was an extremely fun project to work on and it has been received well so far, as it’s currently averaging 100,000 views per hour since its release. Take some time out of your Friday to watch this brand new visual below!

Millions – [Matty Wood$] [chrisclay]

St. Louis rapper Matty Wood$ and Atlanta producer chrisclay are both back in our pages today with their new collaborative song and visual for their track “Millions” that released today. Wood$ is determined to be the pickiest smoker in the game right now, putting you down if you didn’t know to exactly what is going on with weed prices and “exotic” proclaiming “If it’s Za imma buy it, if its not 75 and up then I don’t want to try it,” which is a statement that will make your traditional old-head OG smoker have an aneurism, or the immensely relatable line “Make a bitch re-roll the ‘Wood I need it just how I like it,” which honestly relieved me because I feel trifling when I do that. About halfway through the track chrisclay switches the instrumental up, toying with the track’s pace bar-to-bar and occasionally incorporating a digitized melody that is punctuated by the off-kilter bells that are a staple now in both Atlanta and Detroit production. This song is off chrisclay’s Dr. Clay 2021 mixtape that released just last month and featured collaborations with many of underground music’s top names right now, as well as artists that will surely be new …

Enter the Infantry, Vol. 2 – [Marino Infantry]

A$AP Ant (a.k.a. YG ADDIE) has been back on the road with his Marino Infantry team as his at this point iconic clothing and skate brand that has graced the shoulders of many of both music and skateboarding’s brightest shining stars for a series of pop-up shops offering a rare in-person experience with a brand whose appearance is ubiquitous and one of the most instantly recognizable clothing companies in street/skatewear today. Ant has been in the spotlight nearly a decade now as he and his fellow A$AP members unquestionably owned the 2010’s, but it was later in that decade when he began to find himself and his sound, reverting back to the sonic stylings of his native-DMV, which made sense as he was born in Maryland while the rest of the A$AP Mob was from New York. His adjustment to the DMV-cadences proved to be a great switch especially given his Baltimore accent and syncopated flow, in addition to his large bank of sports and pop-culture references that helps make every time he punches in memorable. For the past several months now, he and the Marino Infantry squad have hit the road from coast to coast, hitting ten-plus cities and …

Shake The Room – [Smiley] [Shlohmo]

Like many other fans, I’ve been tuning into OVO Sound Radio every two weeks for nearly all of season 3, doing a second run through the mixes the day afterward when they’re posted to SoundCloud. Not only has this season put me onto countless gems, largely from some of the regional hip-hop heavyweights of the moment, but it’s also gifted fans with a few premieres of unreleased music. This week, in one of my favorite mixes to date, a Shlohmo remix of Pop Smoke’s “Shake The Room” was played. While the remix has been out there for a few months now via For Tha Summer Vol. XXX, the OVO Sound Radio version also included a verse from Toronto artist Smiley, who we’ve featured on our pages in the past. Smiley is always a joy to listen to, mainly because of the humor and enthusiasm in his voice, easily recognizable by his strong Toronto accent and loads of Toronto slang. Smiley is a natural entertainer, but his “Shake The Room” verse took things in a bit of an unexpected direction, letting loose what has to be the most personal verse I’ve ever heard from Toronto’s own to date. Following Smiley on …

Ben Wallace – [banboy]

Richmond, Virginia’s rap scene has been one of my new favorites to dive into lately as I’ve slowly been discovering several artists from this city that very much has its own culture and history, in music and beyond, that is oftentimes unfairly lumped into the greater-“DMV” scene that only focuses on Northern Virginia in the areas immediately surrounding Washington, DC, which oftentimes leads Richmond to be forgotten about, but I can’t imagine that will stay the case too much longer. One artist I recently began listening to was RVA’s banboy, who alongside artists like BabyGoon3x and the late OnGodTaj who recently passed away, has made a definite wave in his city and with consistency has a great chance at bringing the world’s ears to the music of their city. Banboy’s new EP Ben Wallace is one of the first projects I have heard out of Richmond that is this artistically conscious and well put together from start to finish, building off a lot of the styles of early-2010’s Chicago drill and Atlanta trap music of the same period, also with a bit of influence from the SOS-led Atlanta underground that made their own contributions to the drill sound with the ominous bells …

PANKO – [Mercury] [Ethereal]

Dont’t get me wrong, Atlanta’s underground music scene has been steadily vibrant for decades now, but over the past few years things have certainly slowed down as former underground darlings made the transition into stardom or irrelevancy up until the point where the Coronavirus slowed things to a definite grinding halt by largely restricting the shows that kept the scene together, and even the shows that did squeeze through lost their potency due to social distancing and a general unease from everyone, but over the past few weeks even that paradigm is beginning to shift yet again as thousands have packed out D.I.Y. shows across the city, eager to gather again with like minded people of similar tastes looking to let loose and have a great time. In our pages today are both a seasoned veteran and very-hyped newcomer of sorts to the scene between legendary producer Ethereal and Mercury who is an artist who has not been releasing music for too long yet but has certainly already captivated the attention of many people in Atlanta with a growing catalog on SoundCloud and one visual to her song “Slob On My Kat” which was even featured in Pitchfork. Today she …

Fuck This Town – [ericdoa] & [Glaive]

It’s no secret that over the years, there have been some absolutely game-changing duos in music. While there seems to have been a lull in the current day and age of the industry when it comes to a new tag team powerhouse, ericdoa and Glaive are here to fill the void, and I literally couldn’t think of a better duo in my dreams. Considering they’re two of hyperpop’s biggest stars, despite the fact that hyperpop really isn’t a label that either of these artists typical fit right into, they’re taking the world by storm one song at a time, and they just seem to be getting better and better as time progresses. Most recently, they teamed up with frequent collaborators Glasear, YoungKimj, and Whethan to produce their latest hit entitled “Fuck This Town”, and it’s the perfect soundtrack to get your weekend off to an amazing start. Starting with some very poignant guitar stums, both artists begin to hum and find their voice before having to raise their levels of enthusiasm and go crazy, as they always do. Eventually, some powerful and uncharacteristic drums and percussion come into the picture before everything comes to a head and the beat just …

Get Refreshed: June’s Best Videos, Maple’s Scene Exhibition, and Being BetterTogether

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by IllustratorFile Maple: PLASTIC SURGEON If online music’s limitless boundaries were to symbolize any single notion in regards to its own working status, it would have to be the fact that there’s no such thing as “too much” anymore. Today’s online acts are able to freely string together as many genres, scenes, and collaborative showcases as they’d like, and if the product is resounding enough, nuanced enough, or just downright effective as a standalone creation, it becomes yet another contributing piece of evidence to the above belief as it is.  I could go on and on about the pure and utter freedom of the online music world, but that would be pretty damn boring after a while (even that intro paragraph… pretty boring, yeah?). So just like with most, if not all forms of art, it’s always better to show, not tell. And fittingly enough, resident super-producer and all-around musical exhibitionist Maple just dropped an all-encompassing project that does a lengthy amount of showing… 20 tracks worth of showing, that is.  PLASTIC SURGEON is an hour-long romp through just …

Love Music – [Lil Yachty]

It’s obvious that Lil Yachty is an icon in every sense of the word, but sometimes he drops something that truly takes me back more than anything else. This happened when he dropped Michigan Boy Boat, an absolutely impeccable project that featured some of the most prominent talents coming out of the blossoming Michigan Rap scene. Considering this was so gritty and just straight-up hard within every square inch of the project, it was going to be weird to see Boat go back to a more melodic, “bubblegum trap” sound that he created and made popular. That’s why, it was strange yet dope to see him back and better than ever with his latest single entitled “Love Music”, produced by David LoneStarr. While Michigan Boat is my favorite version of Yachty recently, I was just happy to see that he dropped new music in general, so I definitely don’t have any complaints, especially after tuning in and hearing the record for myself. As far as the instrumental is concerned, we are introduced to a very calming yet consistent guitar melody that is picked up a notch with some pop-inspired drums and percussion that truly add a little pep to the …

Kill Bill – [Hatesonny]

Hatesonny is someone who I have been ranting + raving about here on our website and in conversations that I have been having with my music industry friends for about a year now. His project “Golden Child” was one of my personal favorite albums of last year, and it even earned a top 20 spot in my annual Top 50 Chicago Projects article. A couple of the standout records that were featured on that project were “Moon Child” and “Kill Bill”, and today we are receiving a music video for the latter of the two. I interviewed Hatesonny back in October of 2020 and at that point, his song “Kill Bill” maybe had about 10,000 streams on Spotify at the time. Today, that song has accumulated well over three million streams on Spotify between the fast + regular versions of the song. A massive part of this can be credited to the fast version of the track going viral on Tik-Tok, and opening the door for many people to see just how dope of an artist that Sonny is. A music video for this record was a necessity, and Sonny + his team came through with an excellent video if …