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Dark Hearted – [Freddie Gibbs]

It’s hard to think of an artist that is more talented than Freddie Gibbs. He’s the total package in terms of creativity, confidence, and especially originality, but his skill set somehow continues growing as he gets more and more experience in this business. I feel like he has a flow that no one has ever even attempted on their own because they know they couldn’t master it quite like Freddie, and that’s understandable considering how smooth and effortless he makes every single bar sound, even if they get intricate and complicated. At the end of last week, Freddie finally dropped his long-awaited and highly anticipated album $oul $old $eparately, and collection of 15 songs spanning just over 46 minutes, and although I’m not surprised, it proves why he is at the top of his class and no one else is even close to catching up with him. Even the list of features he recruited proves the respect other musicians have for him, because when you get Offset, Pusha T, Scarface, Raekwon, Rick Ross, and others on a singular project, you’re not just another random rapper. Freddie is also never one to shy away from the finer things in life, so …

Space Rabbit – [Freddie Gibbs]

It’s hard to imagine an artist from Indiana that is more exciting than Freddie Gibbs, but it might be difficult to envision because that person is nonexistent. Sure, there are tons of emcees that I love from the midwestern state, but in terms of sheer success, skill, and accolades, I think Freddie takes the cake without a question. For over a decade, he has been carving a path for himself as one of the most lyrically gifted and overall talented emcees in rap music, so while his GRAMMY nomination for his Alchemist-produced project Alfredo was amazing to see, it was long overdue in my opinion. Until late last night, his highly anticipated album $oul $old $eparately was keeping me up at night out of how much excitement I had leading up to its release, but now that it’s here, I can’t wait to keep listening time and time again until I can actually appreciate all of the artistry and skill that went into its creation. With a total of 15 songs and features from world-renown emcees like Pusha T, Rick Ross, Offset, Raekwon, Scarface, and many more, this album was set up for success from the moment it was announced, …

Iced Tea – [Joyce Wrice] ft. [KAYTRANADA]

As most of my regular readers know, KAYTRANADA is one of my favorite producers ever, and thanks to him, I have found out about numerous amazing talents that might not necessarily make the kind of music that I’d normally listen to, but when they’re featured on one of his instrumentals, I can’t help but groove along to the music. The most recent example of this is Joyce Wrice, a San Diego native who I didn’t know an extensive amount about, but when a press release came through my email inbox with her name alongside KAYTRA’s, I wasted no time acquainting myself with the songstress’s background in this industry. Her debut album Overgrown seemed to really put her on the map in the R&B world, receiving high praise for the project that was leveled up even more thanks to features like Freddie Gibbs, Lucky Daye, Masego, KAYTRA himself, and a few more talents. So, since Joyce and KAYTRA are no strangers to one another, I was excited to see that they have an EP called Motive on the way, and although that isn’t expected until October 7th, they dropped their single “Iced Tea” which served as the perfect introduction to the …

Too Much – [Freddie Gibbs] ft. [Moneybagg Yo]

Flexing and showing off the lavish lifestyle that an artist lives is something that has always and will always be a part of the rap world, but this is expected and unsurprising at this point. The one thing that can be monotonous is how people do it, because they simply show off designer clothes, chains, foreign whips, and beautiful girls in their music videos and on social media, but even if the names of these things differ, they basically always boil down to the same equivalence. That’s one of the many reasons why I admire Freddie Gibbs so highly because he’s not only one of the most talented spitters ever, but he is able to incorporate his life of luxury into unique and uncharacteristically enthralling ways, showing that he is a baller but not in the sense that we’ve grown to expect. As he builds hype for his upcoming album $oul $old $eparately that’s set to release on September 30th, Freddie is back with a brand-new record called “Too Much” featuring Moneybagg Yo. Produced by IV Beats and Norva Va Denton, I was blown away by how consistently on-point Freddie was with his cadence. I mean, I know he is …

Highlight – [Omar Apollo]

Indiana might not be the stereotypical answer you give people when they ask for an under-the-radar music hub that they should know about. I guess it’s not surprising because you don’t expect a place in the center of the Midwest that isn’t necessarily known as a destination in general to produce some remarkable talents, but it’s a place that I definitely think is slept on. The diverse list of emcees who are making a name for themselves in so many different facets of music that span genres and styles is insane, and I find myself becoming more and more obsessed with the scene there. Whether you’re into hyperpop, pop punk, R&B, straight bars, or local legends, Indiana has an answer in the form of midwxst, Lil Aaron, Omar Apollo, Freddie Gibbs, and Drayco McCoy, but the list of names continues the deeper you look into the music there. R&B might not always be the go-to genre that I prefer, but Omar Apollo has been one of the powerful talents that has changed my outlook on the style of music, and he has continued to prove why he’s someone you need to keep up with as he keeps on dropping more …

5 Must-See Acts At Outside Lands 2022

Though August might mean the solemn end of summer to most, Bay Area natives embrace the month as the welcome harbinger of Outside Lands. With the festival set to kick off this Friday, many of us are scrambling last-minute to assemble the perfect schedule – a painstakingly precise itinerary filled with high-energy performances, insane crowds, and gourmet corn dogs. For the indecisive and uncertain, let this list of must-see acts be your guiding light during the weekend’s festivities. Maxo Kream It’s been a minute since Maxo dropped his newest LP Weight of the World late last year – but having just dropped the long-awaited deluxe version, few artists on the lineup are as essential to see as this young rapper. From the triumphant horns of the Tyler-assisted “BIG PERSONA” to the downtempo ambiance of album closer “BELIEVE” with Don Toliver – the Houston rapper’s energy is just as infectious as it is massive, making him the perfect act to see if you’re looking to throw a few elbows. Having received co-signs from artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Travis Scott to A$AP Rocky and Freddie Gibbs – Maxo Kream’s ascension to hip-hop stardom is anything but accidental – and you …

Lies / Quicksand – [Xavier Clark]

It’s beyond clear at this point that I am a big fan of the massive music cities throughout this country. Whether we’re talking about my home city of Chicago or other places like Los Angeles, New. York City, Atlanta, or Florida, there is a never-ending overflow of incredible music from legendary artists, and there is never any shortage of excitement in these areas. This makes lesser-recognized regions even more intriguing to me, though, because when I find out about a place that is oozing talent that the rest of the industry seems to overlook, I just feel like there are hidden gems that I can’t wait to tell people about. Indiana is one of these places because even though it’s my neighboring state, I feel like there are very few emcees who receive the recognition that they so rightfully earned. Obviously, there are talents like Freddie Gibbs, midwxst, Lil Aaron, and Drayco McCoy who all run the gamut of musical styles, popularity, and various fanbases. While these are some artists that I think have put the midwestern state on the map, you’re really only scratching the surface of one of the most fruitful areas in the entire world in terms …

learn 2 swim – [redveil]

The day has come. learn 2 swim, the newest release from Maryland mastermind redveil has finally been released. Twelve tracks long, 35 minutes in runtime, and fans are curious: has he done it again? Does learn 2 swim, once again self-produced and self-released, fulfill the hype and expectations set by 2020’s Niagara? The answer is clear immediately upon listening – yes, 1000 times yes. Unlike its predecessor, learn 2 swim trades Niagara‘s explosive energy for a dreamy and hypnotic tapestry made of poetic musings and bittersweet glimpses into newfound maturity. From the muted keys and steady basslines of “shoulder” with Mekdelawit and Renaissance Mic to album closer “working on it”‘s impassioned cries “I don’t wanna run no more”, learn 2 swim feels like natural progression – a record seeing redveil at his most concentrated since his first waves years ago. Every risk pays off, and like Kendrick Lamar’s trajectory from good kid, m.A.A.d city to To Pimp a Butterfly, learn 2 swim is the braver older sibling that perhaps the culture needed. Featuring guest appearances from Sam Truth, Fly Anakin, and Ovrkast., redveil’s latest release is a love letter to the past two years informed by success and tragedy, beauty and pain, wisdom …

Black Iverson – [Guapdad 4000]

If you’re not already familiar with COLORSxSTUDIOS’ series of live performances, you seriously have some catching up to do. For the past few years, they have brought in so many different artists, ranging from superstars like Gunna, Freddie Gibbs, and JID to more local emcees with immense talent such as Dreamer Isioma and Femdot. What I love about this series is that it showcases the artists in such a barebone yet equally vibrant, captivating manner, and these spitters are able to showcase their music in a way unlike ever before. Most recently, they invited Guapdad 4000 onto the series, and although his performance of his new single “Black Iverson” was immaculate, I also found out that this was part of the media company’s collaboration with the NBA 2K franchise, making this release even more incredible. Produced by Kyle S. Fischer, the instrumental is lighthearted and easygoing with hints of mischief and innocent trouble, setting the perfect base for Guapdad’s typically calm, cool, and collected flows. His delivery is very reminiscent of the sound we have all come to know and love as he just lets the tempo carry his words without trying to speed up his lines too quickly or …

Five of Our Favorite Shows from Last Year, and Five to Look Forward To

As life started to return to a state of relative normality last spring, so did the state of live music. Tours were announced and re-announced, fans were ravenous for tickets, and together it seems like live music experienced its own isolated roaring 20’s – albeit briefly. Though there’s no telling what is bound to happen in the future, the covid case spikes seem to be fewer and far between these days – so below you’ll find a brief list of some of our favorite shows from 2021, as well as a few tours worth keeping your eyes on as spring turns to summer. Whether you love festival crowds or despise their hectic energy – we can all agree that there’s nothing better than listening to music with those we love. With luck, this list will guide you (and your friends) to a memory waiting to be made.  Our Favorite Shows of 2021 — IDK: Fresh from the release of his sophomore LP USEE4YOURSELF – IDK’s shows were the perfect portrayal of his recent hot streak. At his Los Angeles show, the venue was packed with diehard fans waiting on his every word. If he played a cut from an older …