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Through the Wire- [Rod Wave]

Although I’m a fan of all types of music, specifically Rap and Hip-Hop, there’s just something so much more special about a song when you know how raw and personal the topics they’re discussing are. Songs about money, drugs, girls, and violence have polluted the genre for quite some time now and those songs can be great, so I won’t say anything bad about them of course. There’s just something so much more eye-catching and appealing about a song where the artist sort of puts it all out there and tells you about a story or experience of theirs that altered their life in one way or another. This is exactly what Rod Wave does on his latest song “Through the Wire”, which takes us on a journey of everything that happened after he got into a near-fatal car accident just last month. The melody for the instrumental is built through a combination of touching guitar chords and tender piano keys that compliment Rod’s voice perfectly. As the beat drops and he begins to sing, thunderous 808s and insistent percussion begin as well, adding some aggression and tenseness to the track. While Rod sings, you can feel this passion behind …

Lucy – [Trust’N] x [Lil Myro]

Trust‘N is a 22 year-old hip hop and pop artist from Madison, Wisconsin. He is known for his motto of “The Lost Boy” because his music details the story of his life with songs about falling in love, lost love, faith, and a journey of self-discovery. Trust’N always felt as though he was an outcast growing up; while many of his peers didn’t understand him, he knew he was destined for more. The Madison native realized his passion for music as a teen when he began free-styling in car rides with friends. His single “Let You Be” has garnered over a million streams on Spotify alone. Recently, he released a six song collaborative hip-hop album called “Lapse” alongside fellow Madison artist Bkwds. The album peaked at #12 on Apple’s iTunes hip-hop charts and caught the attention of major media outlets. Trust‘N has debuted on platforms such as USA Today, ABC, NBC, Respect Mag, Elevator, Thisis50, Hype Magazine, and even Lyrical Lemonade. Trust’N continues to perfect his craft as an artist, in addition to taking on more of a business role in the entertainment industry. For his latest release, Trust’N and fellow Wisconsin native Lil Myro released their new summer hit “Lucy.” The track …

Updog – [Yes Please]

The infectious sound of Yes Please return with their new album, Updog. Formed by Apob and Matt Miggz, the duo are known for their fun-loving sound created by Pop production and memorable hooks. Their latest release furthers the duo’s energetic sound while implementing dashes of heavier production and experimental vocal outings that toe the line between Hip Hop and blissed-out R&B. The 11-track project features the group’s previously released singles, “Bikini Bottom,” “All The Time,” “Half Nelson,” “White Knuckles” and “Susie,” while bolstering five previously unheard tracks that help texturize the kind of dynamic sound that embodies Updog. Opened by the project’s melodic “Life of The Party,” Yes Please sets a firm precedent for the kind of sounds that will proceed the introductory record. Booming production accompanied by Matt Miggz’s sterling vocals assists in setting an upbeat attitude while simultaneously priming listeners for the project’s proceeding, previously released songs, “Bikini Bottom and “All The Time.” Progressing past the aforementioned singles emerges “Cool Off,” a reeled-in sticky slow jam that is characterized by its reverberating bass-lines and haunting vocals. Although the first half of the album’s fourth track feels like a surrogate interlude, “Cool Off” evolves into an entirely different song filled with …

Love in My Pocket – [Rich Brian]

When I first heard of Rich Brian, who obviously went by a different name at the start of his career, I was a fan but also didn’t anticipate much from him other than a few satirical songs and then a steady decline of fame. After learning more about him, its abundantly clear how smart of a person he is overall, and this intelligence bleeds into so many different aspects of his life, especially his music. He has aligned himself with some of the most interesting and unique artists in the industry, successfully experimented with a variety of different styles, and has even gotten into certain content aside from music like cooking and other types of entertainment. His skillset clearly runs deep, and I can’t help but marvel at his success, because he has turned what might’ve been a comedy Rap career into a sustainable, notable, and multifaceted career that is thanks to no one but himself. It’s been a little bit of time since his previous release “BALI” featuring Guapdad 4000 came out, but he’s back in another experimental fashion with his brand-new offering called “Love in My Pocket”. On this track, a powerful baseline coupled with eye-popping synths catches …

Come & Go – [Juice WRLD] ft. [Marshmello]

I can say with the utmost confidence that Juice WRLD was a one of a kind musician that only comes around once in a lifetime. While he might’ve started out humbly as an underground rapper and singer, his rise to fame was unlike anything I’ve seen in my life. It seemed like I was listening to him and showing friends his music for roughly six months ever since I had first found out about him and then in the blink of an eye, he was an immediate sensation. Obviously, he was beyond talented and shared messages that so many people could relate to, but there was just something deeper that isn’t quite tangible, and I’ve always had trouble putting my finger on it. Maybe it’s what some people consider a star factor or something like that, but either way, he had something that most artists, even most superstars, lack. Eventually, his music ended up transcending the Rap and Hip-Hop worlds and entered into various other genres where he once again was able to prove his dominance and talents to even wider audiences. This is clear as day with one of his most recent releases called “Life’s a Mess” which featured …

End of Story- [wifisfuneral]

Few artists in the current age of Hip-Hop and Rap music are quite as diverse or dynamic as wifisfuneral. When I first heard about him, it was on features with very dark, grungy artists where wifi’s more aggressive, hostile side came out, and that’s the type of music I just always believed he made. His appearance also helped drive those ideas deeper into my head, considering all of his face tattoos, intriguing fashion sense, and uncharacteristic aesthetic just led me to believe that he was this wild guy who would go off the rails every chance he got. That’s why, when I finally looked past some of his collaborations like this and tuned into his solo music, I realized just how thoughtful and almost introverted he truly was. His voice is very meaningful and has so much expression behind it, and it almost comes off as innocent at times depending on the content he’s going into detail about. This subdued, somewhat passive style within his voice is what cemented me as a fan because you can feel the emotions he feeling behind every single word he speaks. Along with a rumor that a new album called Pain is set to …

Call Me Back 80 Times-[A5H]

An artist who goes by the name of A5H was by far the most pleasant surprise of my month thus far. As I was scrolling through through the deep folders of Spotify I came across a song that was a part of his most recent project that dropped back in April of this year. The 5 song EP titled, “December Ape” boasts some pretty impressive pieces, but none of them stood out to me in the way that “Call Me Back 80 Times” did. Ever since hearing it, the titular track of the EP has been on repeat non stop. It’s my go to song right now and I’m a firm believer that this will be the case for a lot of our listeners after reading this article. 22-year-old Ash Mathieu hails from Växjö, Sweden where he’s been producing for the last 6 years and singing for the last two years. When listening to his music, it’s extremely hard for me to box him in to a specific genre. I would cast a wide net and describe his style as being an effortless electronic fusion of pop, hip hop, and rock. With so many elements present in his art, it’s …

Slots – [Da$h]

Da$h is and has been a legend in the hip-hop world for some years now, he is an OG in the community who many artists look up to, and a handful of days ago he released a brand new visual for “Slots”. Da$h connected with the homie + Chicago legend Mulatto Beats who handled the production aspect of this joint, and together they created a memorable track that’s sure to be in my rotation for weeks to come. Mulatto Beats wasn’t the only Chicagoan that Da$h linked up with to make this release possible, as he also linked up with Jake Osmun from nofuture who shot + directed this visual, who did a fantastic job if you ask me. Watch this brand new music video below and if you enjoy it then be sure to hit that like button!

Hallucinogen (Trippin’)-[Ncognita]

The individual who is making it onto our pages right now might be one of the most dynamic artists that I’ve ever gotten the chance to write about. When you experience true and raw talent, it is impossible to shake it. Think back to the first time you heard a legend. There was not a doubt in your mind that you were witnessing something special; something that might only come around once in a lifetime. When you stumble upon those types of artists early, it’s of the utmost importance to take immediate notice. Today, it is my honor to highlight a future star in the making. Someone who is not only going to leave a mark in her genre, but in music altogether. Ncognita is the rapper we’ve all been waiting for. In a brief conversation last week, one of my colleagues asked me if I’m a fan of Hip-Hop and I proceeded to tell him that “I’m a fan of good Hip-Hop.” If you’re wondering what constitutes as good hip-hop, look no further than this article. I came across the stellar talent of Ncognita when her first song to hit streaming services came out. The offering, titled, “Clap Clap” …

Change Ya Life – [Shoreline Mafia]

If you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to the Hip-Hop movement taking over California for the past few years, you should be almost too familiar with Shoreline Mafia by now. They’ve been making more than just waves for years and at this point, they’ve amassed a huge following all over the country. After releasing multiple mixtapes as a group as well as individual songs and projects, they decided to come together one final time and release their debut studio album Mafia Bidness, which is expected to be released at the end of this month. While this news is exciting, it’s also bittersweet because it marks the departure of one of the group’s standouts, Fenix Flexin. I’m excited to see what he’ll do in his individual career, but I just love the chemistry that the group has together, so it’s going to be different not seeing him on any of the Mafia’s projects moving forward. As we prepare for the highly anticipated release of the group’s forthcoming album, however, we have been blessed with a new single entitled “Change Ya Life”. I realize that this came out on Friday, but it was a holiday weekend and I was listening to this track …