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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 …

Angels Calling – [Kenny Mason]

Between an energetic sound and naturally electrifying allure, the eyes have slowly but surely begun to shift over toward Kenny Mason as one of Atlanta’s most exciting up-and-coming talents. Even now, with a bigger audience than ever before paying attention, Mason’s recent releases — namely “Firestarter” and “High” — have maintained a consistent degree of improvement in regards to both skill and style, and today, he’s here to kick things up yet another notch with his latest offering, “Angels Calling.” To date, the Kenny Mason that we’re used to is one who raps over lively instrumentals full of booming percussion and bright melodies. This time, however, Mason has chosen to show fans another side of his talent by rapping alongside the simplistic beauty of a single guitar and guest vocalist. Performing on a residential porch, the intimacy displayed all throughout this offering makes “Angels Calling” feel that much more special within the context of the ATL artist’s imminent rise. Not only does the shift in environment prove Mason’s versatility, but it also places a strong emphasis on his skills as a lyricist, especially given such a lyrically dense song. The potential is very clearly apparent, and all the way from …

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!

High – [Kenny Mason]

Hailing from the talent-filled land of Atlanta, Georgia, Kenny Mason is en route to becoming one of the most refreshing acts out of the A in recent years. Fueled by his energetic, off-the-wall style and dense lyrical abilities, Mason is the kind of artist whose comfortability with his sound reflects a wise-beyond-his-years kind of mindset, and furthermore, the way that he explores and thrives within this pocket of sound is second to none. Today, fans get to feast on the latest from Mason — a brand new music video posted only on social media (to my knowledge) entitled “High.” Switching styles several times throughout, this offering clearly shows the extent of Mason’s artistically-inclined brain. With relative ease and seamless sonic transitions, he balances bellowing vocals with stimulating melodies and animated lyricism, blending all three together to curate a sound just as unique as it is advanced. Simultaneously, on the visual front, Mason matches the coloring and imagery of the video with the aesthetics of the sound at any given point during the offering, flipping back and forth between a colorful and a black and white world in the process. Needless to say, “High” is not just an incredibly impressive release …

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 …

When I Die – [Alexander 23]

As the years go by and we grow in maturity, death becomes one of those ever-present reminders to enjoy the time that we have and truly be the person that we want to be remembered as. This concept of reputation and legacy certainly isn’t anything new in the world of music, but needless to say, Alexander 23’s latest song, “When I Die,” is certainly one of the most refreshing and oddly reassuring expressions of this idea that I’ve heard to date. With this, the rising talent is here today to unveil the song’s multi-generational visual companion. Depicting three versions of Alexander 23 — his younger self, his present self, and his future self — this video takes growth in a literal sense, using clear-cut imagery and easily entertaining visuals to bring the point full circle. The three Alexanders learn to coexist in a world together while protecting and embracing the company of one another, and at the very end of the video, we get to watch the three share a hug right before future Alexander lays to rest. Mortality isn’t anything fun to talk about, but in an unusually alluring and lovable way, Alexander 23 makes light of the topic …