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Watch Key!’s New Documentary With The FADER

KEY!, otherwise known as FatManKey, is one of the most influential figures in rap right now. For a decade and counting, he’s remained prolific in the hip-hop conversation not only as one of the genre’s best A&Rs (Post Malone, 21 Savage, and Playboi Carti are amongst the discoveries on his resume), but also as an originator of just about every popular style you’ve heard over the past 10 years or so. Somehow and some way, the rap world always traces back to KEY!, and today, The FADER has done a noble job of championing this influence with their latest mini-doc, KEY! – Spectacular, Immaculate. Nodding to a line off of “It Gets Better” — my personal favorite cut off of the acclaimed project 777 — the title of the video is a perfect reflection of KEY!’s effortlessly cool demeanor. Even if he’s not the one running up the charts and dominating the spotlight, KEY! always seems to gravitate toward the best, if not most important, events going on in rap, and it all stems back to his endless creativity and easily-lovable personality. No one does it quite like Atlanta’s own, and tracking KEY!’s 2018 journey from Atlanta all the way to NYC for …

Phone Numbers – [Dominic Fike]

Unfortunate as it may be in many situations, fame tends to bring friends, peers, and even relatives out of the woodworks. When an individual finds success, especially in a monetary sense, a plethora of faces inevitably decide that they’re entitled to a portion of the winnings and attention, leading many artists to disconnect themselves from the outside world in the process. For one of today’s most promising young stars, Dominic Fike, this had led the Florida-bred talent to change his phone number several times, always running from the random people who try to eat off of his hard-earned success. Here enters Fike’s brand new single, “Phone Numbers.” Made in collaboration with none other than Kenny Beats, this offering provides listeners with a unique look at Fike’s balance between his roots in rap and his more recent pop stylings. The concoction of Kenny’s hip-hop prowess and Fike’s lighter, highly accessible deliveries plays a perfect line in the middle, and the result is a song that swiftly combines two worlds into one, easily-lovable piece for a wide array of listeners to love. That said, as is the case with the rest of Fike’s catalog to date, “Phone Numbers” is perfect for any …

Watch EarthGang’s New Freestyle For Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

As I’m sure most of our readers are aware at this point, Kenny Beats’ freestyle series, “The Cave,” has become one of the best gems in hip-hop right now. With each and every new episode, fans get to watch some of their favorite artists collaborate with the superstar producer himself, Kenny Beats, and the result is always something special, whether that be a new meme around Kenny’s name or an incredible beat and matching freestyle. Today, we get a little of everything with the latest episode of “The Cave” alongside none other than EarthGang. Being that Revenge of the Dreamers III, birthed from the legendary Dreamville sessions, just released today, I’m sure this fine Friday has been quite momentous for the Atlanta duo, but nevertheless, they were sure to bring their best to the stage on “The Cave.” Given a beat that turns the clock back all the way to the Neptunes-dominated early 2000s, this episode perfectly embodies the liveliness and off-the-wall, remarkably-skilled appeal of ATL’s own. Deservedly so, EarthGang has been buzzing for a minute now, and this video will be sure to let people know why. Click play below and peep EarthGang’s unbelievable appearances on the new Dreamville …

Lil Yachty Freestyle | The Cave – [Lil Yachty] x [Kenny Beats] x [30 Roc]

As of late, Kenny Beats has hosted one of my favorite mini-series in “The Cave” on YouTube. This bi-weekly (or what’s supposed to be bi-weekly) series hosts popular artists in Kenny’s studio in which he – and in some cases like this one –  and a guest producer collaborate to concoct  some outstanding instrumentals for the artist to spit to. In this episode, Lil Yachty makes an appearance with a large Entourage, and originally seems very stingy and picky about the beat that’s in the works. He tells 30 (30 Roc) straight up that he wasn’t messing with it after an hour or so of work had already been put into creating it. Kenny and 30 then start over, creating a wavy, more simplistic beat for Yachty to go crazy on. Yachty approves, and after a few hours of work and shenanigans, he hops in the booth. He continues to claim “I’m not a rapper,” though the ATL product went on to kill the beat. With lines like, “I’m the lil wizard, my neck and my wrist and my ear in a blizzard,” Yachty turned this session into one of my favorite episodes of Kenny Beats’ mini-series. Watch “KENNY BEATS …

Proud Of You – [Gucci Mane] X [Kenny Beats]

Gucci Mane celebrates his sobriety on Kenny Beats-laced, “Proud Of You.” The days of drugged-out Gucci are no more: he’s back, sober, and better than ever on his new single, “Proud Of You.” The production from Kenny Beats features a blurry synth melody over his signature hard-hitting 808s, providing the perfect backdrop for Gucci to drop some lyrical bombs. His flow is concise and settled, and hidden gems such as, “My pinky ring sunk the Titanic,” flex his wealth, but the message of the song centers around him celebrating his newfound sobriety. No lean in Mountain Dew, Guwop. We’re so proud of you.

Freestyle | The Cave [Maxo Kream] x [Kenny Beats]

One of my new favorite series on YouTube comes from Kenny Beats in which he posts a 10 minute clip biweekly of him devising a beat in front of and for one of his rapper friends. This particular episode (released June 7), he hosts the Houston legend Maxo Kream. Maxo is known for his unique flows and vocabulary which makes him a perfect visitor on the show. Kenny lays down a wildly creative beat in which he uses his own voice, and Maxo immediately feels it. This sparks a dance off, adding even more energy to the feel in the studio. Kenny finishes the beat, and Maxo hops in the booth and goes nuts for roughly a 16-bar verse. He shows his versatility, switching up his flow multiple times and obviously going off-the-top for its entirety. I tend to gravitate heavily toward Maxo’s work, and this freestyle just further fueled my desire for a new project – and how ironic, he sneakily included in the video that he’s got one coming in the very near future. Watch KENNY BEATS & MAXO KREAM FREESTYLE \ THE CAVE EP. 8 below!

Watch Maxo Kream’s New Freestyle For Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

From Doja Cat to Vince Staples and several others, Kenny Beats’ The Cave has become one of the best behind-the-scenes series in music. In each episode, Kenny whips together a quick beat based on a given artist’s preferences, only to use this beat for a brief, endlessly fun freestyle right when the beat is done. As one might expect, magic, hilarity, or a little combination of both ensues every time, and today, we’ve been blessed with a brand new episode of The Cave alongside Houston emcee Maxo Kream. On the path to the release of his major label debut, this episode comes right in time for the inevitable takeover of Maxo Kream, and quite surely, he uses this to his full advantage. After throwing together a hard-nosed instrumental, Maxo steps in the booth and absolutely snaps, reminding us why he’s one of the best rappers in the game right now. Even beyond the freestyle, however, this episode perfectly illustrates the in-studio antics that make the creative process between two friends such an entertaining sight to see. Maxo and Kenny joke around with one another throughout the entire episode, but at the end of the day, they also put forth an impeccable freestyle …

Miami Too Much – [KEY!]

Atlanta icon KEY! dropped his first single of the year and it is the perfect anthem to bring in summer. “Miami Too Much” shows Keyonce channeling his inner soulful side, pairing a smooth hook with his witty lyrics that always have me running his songs back to make sure there wasn’t a single line missed. After dropping one of my favorite projects of 2018, 777 with Kenny Beats, I have been anticipating new music from one of the most creative rappers out. As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, Key is setting up the pieces for his upcoming project SO EMOTIONAL which is sure to feature the SoundCloud Veteran opening up into his inner R&B superstar and making the music he has always wanted to make. The visuals for this single take the whole song to another level to know surprise as Key’s visuals have been on the cinematic side for each of his last visual releases. Key has been working heavily with Kenny Beats over the past few years, on this track he is branching out and working with another of this generation’s most talented producers Working On Dying’s Oogie Mane. The romantic single is all about Key’s girl …

Anger Management – [Rico Nasty] & [Kenny Beats]

After several listens, front to back, I can confidently say that Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats have blessed us with a classic album. Now more than ever, listeners gravitate to singles and curated playlists to discover music, this is why an album that is meant to be played in order is refreshing to see from a trailblazing artist like Rico. Everything in my criteria for a great album is hit on Anger Management. There is an overall narrative that builds as the album progresses, a diverse range of her musical abilities, distinct personality, the chemistry between producer and artist, and levels of energy that could only be replicated at a nuclear testing site. What makes this album so special is the fact that listening to it in order provides an experience that truly feels like dealing with an outburst of rage. Anger Management starts out gun blazing, with Rico at peak energy raging on the beat like she’s mad at it. Her intensity is felt immediately on “Cold” and it carries through to the frantic sequel “Cheat Code”, co-produced by Baauer. Kenny Beats caught me by complete surprise when the iconic “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” is sampled on “Hatin”, Rico takes it …

Watch Freddie Gibbs Freestyle on Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

Kenny Beats and Freddie Gibbs are certainly no strangers to one another at this point, as the several collaborative efforts that we’ve heard between the two have shown a refreshing sense of chemistry that you simply can’t help but love. Today, fans of both Gibbs and Kenny are in luck, as the two are here with a brand new episode of Kenny Beats’ new series, “The Cave.” Bringing these two musical masterminds to the studio, this video features Kenny letting loose an ominous, cocaine-based instrumental as Gibbs drops off a slew of hard-nosed rhymes to match. The result, as you might have expected, is an incredibly exciting freestyle, and further, a video showing the fun that these two have in the studio together. Kenny Beats and Freddie Gibbs are a force to be reckoned with, so don’t sleep. Check out the latest episode of “The Cave” below and let us know what you think in the comments!