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PACK – [Joey Purp] x [KENE]

Chicago natives Joey Purp and KENE, formerly known as Kami, have been one of the best duos that the city has had to offer for years now. A couple of days ago, the two Savemoney leaders linked up + released a brand new music video for “PACK”. The first thing that caught my attention on this track was the bass-knocking instrumental that was provided by NEZ, before Joey dropped on the beat and steered this one in the right direction with his always impressive raps. Kene came in toward the back end of this track and provided a verse where he floated all the way through, complimenting Joey’s contribution perfectly, as usual. Watch this new music video below and if you enjoy it, then share the link with a friend! Produced by NEZ

d&db.nfo – [Dazegxd] x [Dirty Bird]

House music as a concept alone is seemingly everlasting as we currently stand in this modern age; this is a genre that has adapted and attached its likeness to a number of different adjacent sounds and styles, while staying true to the standard conventions it set for itself as far back as nearly 30+ years ago now. With that being said, it takes a certain amount of telling artistry and sheer creative influence to become known as an act who serves as something of a catalyst for the genre to move further and further into these aforementioned new lanes as they are — taking the genre into new places while still holding its baseline and past-centric ideals so closely in the process. But as though there was any single doubt about it in the first place, this artistic status has come to at least in part define the resounding careers of both Dazegxd and Dirty Bird up to this point. Though the two have certainly come to be known in other circles – with Daze pushing the ever-rising next era of pop and hip-hop forward with his prolific production work in those lanes, while Dirty Bird has done his part …

A Conversation with Berel

Berel is an artist who I’ve been eyeing for some time now. Ever since getting introduced to his music, I have been extremely enamored by his style and story-telling capability. Just last week, the up and coming artist released a song called, “Cloud” that is most definitely worth a listen. I got a chance to speak with Berel about his music and upbringing which will give some amazing insight to why he should be someone to look out for! Continue reading to get a look into the conversation I had with Berel: — Sam: Take me to the beginning! Where are you from and how did you first get your start in music? Was there a moment or person that influenced you to begin making music? Berel: I’m just a kid from northern California, the place I grew up in was tiny! We had a post office and a general store and that was it. I guess ’cause we literally only had one TV channel that worked, I turned to music to pass the time. Looking back, my biggest influences of that time were Marvin Gaye and the Beatles. — Sam: Who are some of your musical Idols/Who did you …

Pipe Dreams & Lessons From My Mistakes – [Liv.e]

Liv.e is an artist who I first got in tune with a month or two ago when she dropped a sensational music video for “TheLazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness” and I instantly became a fan, so I am more than happy today that she is back on our platform with two new records titled “Pipe Dreams” and “Lessons From My Mistakes… but I lost your number”. The first of the two is an uptempo jam that finds Liv.e gliding over an intriguing instrumental, it’s very unique and I haven’t heard anything like it before, it was a rather quick listen coming in at less than a minute & a half but I was pleased with it nonetheless! The second joint finds her on top of a more hip-hop/jazzy type of beat, and she started the song off with some excellent rapping which then led into some smooth singing before the beat faded away for a few seconds & switched up into a different sound which sounded just as good. I can’t decide which one of these songs I like more, they both had really interesting elements to them, take a listen to each of the songs below and see which one you prefer!

Midnight Butter – [Juicebox] x [Hazy Year]

It’s always a great feeling when you stumble upon a gem while searching for new music to listen to. That’s exactly what happened when I peeped Juicebox and Hazy Year’s collaborative Midnight Butter album, which is arguably my favorite project of 2020 so far! Self-proclaimed “Ellen DeGenreless,” Juicebox is a born and raised New York native currently residing in Los Angeles. Beyond being an extremely dope emcee, Juicebox also has a passion for photography, film, and skateboarding. Juicebox’s style is super mellow, frequently meshing well with silky boom-bap, smooth jazz, and chilled lo-fi beats. I immediately likened Juice’s sound to the legendary rap duo A Tribe Called Quest’s; specifically Q-Tip’s as both emcees float over the instrumentals they touch. Don’t be fooled by Juicebox’s nonchalant approach; like Q-Tip, Juice is a highly skilled lyricist capable of igniting the tempo with aggression at any point in time. For example, on the flute-filled record “Soprano,” Juicebox cleverly remarks: “It’s simple, the only thing you’re pimpin’ is a pimple, while a thug would put a hole in your face not talkin’ dimple.” As for the producer, Hazy Year is an established producer out of Norway, incorporating primarily a mixture of lo-fi hip-hop with occasionally …

Stone Cold – [Kenny Beats] x [Deb Never]

Kenny Beats and his effortless ability to breathe life into every track he creates has become somewhat of a staple in the world of hip-hop. Fans and long-time listeners of the Connecticut-bred producer expect a song to be nothing less than pure gold the moment we hear the tagline “Woah Kenny”. However, in his most recent project with the dreamy Los Angeles artist Deb Never, Kenny Beats is exposing us to a completely different side of the same golden coin. Personally I have to admit that my curiosity had piqued the moment that I saw that Deb Never and Kenny Beats were hopping on a track together. The two seem to walk very different paths genre-wise, so the thought of them meeting at a crossroad was not something that would have ever crossed my mind. Nonetheless, “Stone Cold” exceeds all expectations. Brandishing a tuneful guitar and a sonorous bass, the track evokes an alternative lo-fi sound that, paired with her lax and musing vocals, Deb Never makes her own. The song pays homage to the revered WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, even enlisting a rivalry between Deb and a wrestler inspired from Austin’s likeness as the focus of the …

LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness – [Liv.e]

Liv.e is an artist who I had the pleasure of discovering earlier today when I randomly clicked on her music video for “LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness”, and within a couple minutes, I completely fell in love with her music. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the delightful production that was handled by Mejiwahn, before Liv.e’s angelic vocals left me with my jaw on the floor, completely stunned with her talent and style. Not only was this song completely soothing and ear-pleasing, the visuals were ON POINT, shout out to the video director Livingston Matthews for helping Liv.e create something unique and memorable. This was the best music video that I have watched all day, I highly suggest that you give it a few minutes of your time below, you just might find your new favorite artist.

Meet Orrin: The Cyborg Rapper Sent from 2050 to Save Us All

In 2020, developments in the musical landscape are entirely unpredictable. There’s no way of telling exactly what will propel an artist’s career to the next level, and every day we see new artists rising to stardom in different ways. Let me introduce Orrin, a “collective conscious and cyborg sent by a higher civilization to warn humans about the incoming apocalypse.” Orrin was discovered by millions through a series of viral clips pulled from an episode of the Dr. Phil Show. Orrin’s mother and sister, concerned about Orrin’s realization, appeared with Orrin to seek help from Dr. Phil. Orrin’s composure throughout the show, along with much of what is said throughout the episode, has hooked viewers, leading to thousands of jokes in the comment section of the video. So who is Orrin? Well, according to the episode, Orrin graduated from NYU’s Stern Business School with a 3.9 GPA, but everything changed following this. For the last couple of years, according to their mother, Orrin has claimed to be a music-making cyborg. Orrin is a collective, and therefore speaks using “we”, not “I”, a particular element of the Orrin persona that fans have gravitated towards. There are many notable quotes from the …

Candy Talk EP – [David Blazer]

David Blazer is a 27 year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumental talent. The rising artist is making it onto our paws today for the release of his brand new EP entitled “Candy Talk”. Over the past week, the project has been gaining some traction, which makes sense when you give it a listen and realize how impressive it is. Upon pressing play, my first observation was that David sings like a seasoned veteran. His musical presence is likened to that of an old soul. After much research, I found out that David is actually the son of a prominent 70’s LA radio DJ who was heavily invested into the Motown scene. This passion for music clearly passed down to the next generation as David has decided to incorporate his roots into his sound. The “Candy Talk EP” is a really cool project that highlights the up and comers skill set in a plethora of ways. In each song, Blazer gives room for each aspect of his talent repertoire to shine through. His vocals are truly a gift, while the instruments and production make for a great inclusion as well. This project is a good one. I’ve attached the Spotify link down below. Give …

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …