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It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine – [Jiles]

There is a lot more that comes with being a rapper than just simply having the skill to rhyme. The exceptional standout’s deliver a combination of storytelling, individuality, as well as technical skill. An exciting and promising new name to place in this category is Jiles. The Brockton, Massachusetts rapper composes gritty verses with a concrete-toughness that is felt through his choice in production as well as through his storytelling ability. His new five-track EP, It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine, may only run a total of ten minutes, but its content and delivery make the showcasing seem much more lengthy. Jiles creates this world through his inspiring rapping ability, articulation, and emotive performance that transports listeners into the real-world situations the Massachusetts rapper depicts. Two of my favorite and absolute standout tracks, “Stones” featuring Big Super, and “Alibi,” are made up of heavy production and Jiles’ incredibly menacing voice that adds extra weight to every syllable he raps. Although the aforementioned-songs are my personal favorite, Jiles’ ear for darker beats completely texturizes the project making every track a clinical exhibition on his ability to deliver raw testaments of his life and upbringing.  Listen to It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine EP …

OK OK – [Luke Bar$] ft. [Jiles]

A little over a month ago, Brockton, MA natives Luke Bar$ and Jiles teamed up for the notably well-received project, 2 Sides. Not only did this 5-track offering set the bar high for Massachusetts artists this year, but it also set the tone for the path that Bar$ and Jiles are currently on as they continue to blow expectations out of the water. Today, we see this yet again as the duo lets loose a brand new music video for one of my personal favorite songs off of 2 Sides, “OK OK.” Reflecting the ominous instrumental and chilling deliveries at hand here, it only makes sense that the visuals tell the story of the song through a dark set of scenes. Dimly lit only by the power of a flashlight, the music video portrays Jiles, Luke Bar$, and a few others in a way that screams “up to no good,” and the result is a truly impeccable visual companion for such a well-executed song. 2 Sides certainly created its own world and told a story, but with these visuals as the accompaniment, it’s becoming so much more; at this point, Bar$ and Jiles have created a world of their own, and quite frankly, it’s …

In Bloom, Forever – [Lord Felix]

Brockton, MA native Lord Felix is certainly no stranger to our pages here at Lyrical Lemonade, appearing in headlines several times over the past year or so with his inimitably clear creative vision and undeniably impressive execution of this vision. Today, ending the long wait for his debut project and binding together the energy and emotion of all of his past releases, Felix is back on Lyrical Lemonade with the release of his first full-length offering, In Bloom, Forever. Personally, I’ve been waiting for this project for about two years at this point, and while that’s certainly an insane amount of time to build up anticipation for any body of work, I must say that Lord Felix delivered on his promises and then some. Presented with a rainbow-gradient cover photo, this project embodies its artistic direction by presenting a rainbow-like range of emotions, from sun-soaked, bright yellows all the way down to an ominous black that soundtracks Felix’s lowest moments. Likewise, the title, In Bloom, Forever, tracks the progress from one color to the next, taking note that however high or low he’s feeling on a given day, Felix is always blooming and growing, both as an artist and as an individual. From …

2 Sides – [Luke Bar$] [Jiles]

Within Massachusetts’ growing hip-hop scene right now, one of the most prominent musical areas of the state is a city by the name of Brockton. Filled with promising talent and a tight-knit community of artists, Brockton has seemingly found the winning formula to success in recent years, using genuine support and a constant push toward greater heights to catalyze the scene’s growth. Today, we receive evidence of this prowess in the form of Brockton artists Luke Bar$ and Jiles’ brand new collaborative effort, 2 Sides. Just 5 tracks long, 2 Sides is the perfect introduction to the music coming out of Massachusetts right now, as each of the two artists ride an artful line between captivating personality and stone-cold honesty. The tape’s storytelling attributes run perfectly alongside an illustrative base of production, and smoothing over these skillful traits is an underlying theme of consistently seamless chemistry between Bar$ and Jiles. While I could delve further into the unique, vivid worlds of sound and life that each song explores, it’s better to let the music speak for itself in this case; because if there’s one constant that remains true for all of the artists coming out of MA right now, it’s that they all have …