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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 …

Ice Cream – [Freddie Gibbs] ft. [Rick Ross]

If you’re even remotely a fan of rap music, there is pretty much a 100% shot that Freddie Gibbs is a name you know and love. On social media, he is one of the most entertaining users in the entire world, and that entertainment transfers over to his music tenfold. Even though he might not clown people as hard or joke as much when he spits, the creativity that he seems to incorporate into every facet of his life is beyond addicting, and I have been a fan for years at this point. I just feel like whether you’re a new aged rap fan or an old head, Freddie is the best of both worlds because he includes an array of sounds and styles while always totally rapping his ass off, so no matter why you’re a fan of rap, he can most likely appeal to anyone with the ability to listen. Just yesterday, I found out that he teamed up with the legendary Rick Ross to drop a single called “Ice Cream” as well as a JMP-directed music video that just brings this to new levels, but it’s the song that I know I’ll be running back for months …

Life is Like a Dice Game [Nas] x [Cordae] x [Freddie Gibbs] x [Hit-Boy]

After 25+ years hip-hop legend Nas has officially released his archived song “Life is Like a Dice Game.” Despite the timely wait, unsurprisingly the track is as grand as they come, with Nasir’s signature rap-royalty and elite penmanship once more making the craft seem effortless. Moreover, the guest features of fellow stars Freddie Gibbs and Cordae elevates the re-constructed original recording to a new stature via a wholesome bridge of generational rap excellence. As if the caliber of the record wasn’t royal enough, the production of esteemed producer Hit-Boy brings out the very best of all three emcee’s flow and sleek lyricism. Rare records such as these are true blessings to begin with, so admittedly there aren’t many words to properly detail its immense status. However, it is without question that the longevity of Nas is as phenomenal as it is joyous. Naturally, it is an added bonus to hear Gibbs and Cordae; two artists with shared greatness to share the mic with one of the best to ever do it. Listen to “Life is Like a Dice Game” below!  

Big Boss Rabbit – [Freddie Gibbs]

Although Freddie Gibbs might’ve lost Best Rap Album at the Grammys by a hair to the legendary Nas, he decided he still wanted to show the man some respect and did so by putting his own spin on the 2001 Stillmatic hit “You’re Da Man” in his brand-new song entitled “Big Boss Rabbit”. Opening up, you can hear some inspiring synths or violins of some sort before the crispiest percussion and pounding drums enter into the picture for a foundation that is almost too perfect for Freddie. As soon as these elements come into play, Freddie also begins to spit some ruthlessly uninterrupted bars like only he knows how. His voice is deep and smooth as we’ve grown used to hearing from the impressive veteran, yet there’s something about this song that just sounds even more buttery than ever before. There’s just something about his effortless delivery with his low tone of voice that works so well with the higher-pitched parts of the melody, tying everything together for another awesome single. Along with this new song comes a music video that is directed by JMP, and although he doesn’t take us to Miami or any other wild and exotic places …

A$AP Twelvyy: The Epitome of Betting on Yourself

“I just like to let the kids know that this shit is authentic and it’s real. The dreams always come with nightmares. I’ve been down bad before, so I know what it’s like to get up.” -A$AP Twelvyy The rate at just how fast the game moves can be mind blowing at times. It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was bragging about how much they wanted to be signed to major records, and now a lot of artists are preaching about independency. The art of making your own and owning your own art is something that is being highly praised right now–even to the point of some of the major artists are threatening to leave their labels and go down the independent trail. That’s not to disrespect the artists who are currently signed to major labels and are doing their thing. There are definitely some labels out there that will take care of their artists and mean the best to their artists that are on the label. However, there are also a lot of artists who are currently in bad record deals, receiving terrible splits, and overall not getting the push that they deserve from their label they …

4 Thangs – [Freddie Gibbs] ft. [Big Sean] & [Hit-Boy]

I’ve talked about it before, but sports play such an important role in Rap culture just like Rap music plays a huge role in the world of sports as well. While winning championships might give you rings, trophies, notoriety, and wealth, there is a similar form of winning in music that brings similar things into your life, and the celebrations that athletes and artists experience are very similar to one another, so the correlation is uncanny. This is as evident as ever in the brand-new Nick Walker-directed visual for Freddie Gibbs’ song “4 Thangs”, which also features Big Sean and Hit-Boy. In fact, they decided to play the part of a team that just won the NBA championship for the 4th time, taking us with them to the post-game press conference and into the locker room where they celebrate the success they had, acting as if they were the one’s playing in the games, while also paying homage to the Lakers’ recent NBA Finals victory. Starting with the press conference, Freddie is waiting at the podium for Sean, who shows up late, prompting Freddie to give him a hard time about his tardiness. Bubbles pop up underneath the two talents …

Babies & Fools – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Conway the Machine]

Ever since Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist’s collaborative project Alfredo came out so many months ago, at this point, I haven’t gone even a few days without running through the album in its entirety. I’ve stated many times in the past how much I enjoy every single aspect of this project, and it just seems like Al can provide an incredible foundation for any artist to go crazy on. Then again, Freddie Gibbs isn’t just any artist, so when the two masters of music teamed up, it was a Heaven send and the results obviously speak for themselves. When it comes to all of the music videos that have dropped to accompany this effort, they’re all even better at elevating the storyline of the project than I could’ve ever expected, so I always make sure I tune in and share their incredibility with as many people as I possibly can. Whether he’s evading law enforcement and heading out to another country with the help of Rick Ross in “Scottie Beam” cruising around on a yacht with Benny the Butcher like notorious the notorious kingpin in “Frank Lucas”, or simply living one of the most interesting lives in the entire world, …

Frank Lucas – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Benny The Butcher]

The Alchemist has always been one of my favorite producers ever since I got into Rap music. He just has this way of thinking outside the box whether that’s in terms of samples, putting a new spin on old school techniques, or working with artists to bring the best out of them. He doesn’t specifically cater to one kind of rapper but rather brings something new to the table that not only challenges them but helps bring all of their talents and aptitudes to the forefront. Even if artists like Freddie Gibbs or Benny The Butcher have proven their sheer talent time and time again throughout their extensive careers, Al somehow breathes new life into their skills and brings out another side of them that captures your attention and draws you in throughout every single word they spit. Of course, the song I’m thinking of is “Frank Lucas”, one of the most eye-catching cuts off of the duo’s joint effort Alfredo which just received a brand-new music video treatment. I’m not going to dive too deep into the song itself because you’ve most likely heard it by now, but I couldn’t let the visual come and go without going into …