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Sierra Nights – [Kevin Abstract] ft. [Ryan Beatty]

Although I have admittedly never been a massive BROCKHAMPTON guy, that doesn’t mean I don’t respect their craft and all of the incredible things they’re doing for the music world. I just never really caught on to their wave, and I do feel like I’m missing out when I hear some of my closest friends raving about them, so it might be time to finally catch up. I have heard a handful of songs that I thoroughly enjoy, and that’s usually due in large part to the group’s frontrunner Kevin Abstract who also obviously has a booming solo career as well, so when I saw he teamed up with friend and collaborator Ryan Beatty for their new song “Sierra Nights”, I definitely wanted to listen up, and boy I’m glad I did. Opening with some very intergalactic sound effects and pungent drums, soothing and calming synths eventually enter the picture for an awesome foundation that Kevin and Ryan build off of magnificently. As Kevin raps throughout his verses, he utilizes his vocal effects and autotune flawlessly, allowing these things to elevate the record and combine with the instrumental nicely while also giving him a chance to switch things up and …

Slugger – [Kevin Abstract] ft. [$NOT] & [slowthai]

Kevin Abstract is an artist that I truly don’t think gets the amount of credit he deserves, but that doesn’t slow him down even slightly. The BROCKHAMPTON frontman has been making waves both whit his massively successful group as well as individually, so I couldn’t be more excited to see him succeed, especially with all of the beyond unique and inventive styles of music he has been bringing to life over the last handful of years. While he’s no stranger to working with a variety of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see him in the studio alongside, he continued this streak late last week with the release of his single “Slugger” which features two of my current favorite artists $NOT and slowthai. An unlikely bunch, yet a group that always kills every verse, so the fact that this one was no exception is just another reason why Kevin is undefeated thus far. Opening up with an instrumental created by Kevin, Al Hung, and fellow BROCKHAMPTON star Romil Hemnani, we hear a very unique and uncharacteristic beat full of inventive sounds, a mischievous chorus, and a very tempo-setting drumline that is just chaotic enough to catch your attention without being …

Draco – [HVN]

Entering the rap conversation with his 2020 project Welcome to Heaven, Houston artist HVN has been on the rise for a little over a year now. In the past 8 or so months alone, he’s received cosigned from names including Virgil Abloh, Taco Bennett, Zack Bia, Kevin Abstract, and more, while Taco actually appeared in HVN’s fall 2020 music video for “Demon.” Day by day, the momentum surrounding the Houston native has only increased, which leads us to his latest act – a brand new song and video by the name of “Draco.” Complete with an A$AP Nast skit and directed by Trey Lyons – who also did the “Demon” music video – the one-two, song-and-video punch of “Draco” makes it a head-turning release, rallying around the seemingly endless supply of energy injected into the song. Houston producer Broadday sets the backdrop with fast-paced, thunderous production, and HVN ties the song together with breezy flows and a number of quotable lines, all building on the world that his catalog has created thus far. It’s still early on for HVN, but with “Draco” out now and a new project on the way in the coming months, it’s starting to feel like Houston’s own …

BUZZCUT – [BROCKHAMPTON] ft. [Danny Brown]

For both musical powerhouse BROCKHAMPTON and Detroit legend Danny Brown, it has been a few years since they released fully cohesive projects. While I’m not sure when Danny is planning on dropping even though I hope it’s soon, I’m almost positive that the aforementioned group is planning on dropping their 6th album at some point this year, so fans definitely can’t wait to see what else they can deliver. Now, in all honesty, I’m not entirely familiar with much of BROCKHAMPTON’s music although the times I have tuned in, I can tell that they’re as talented, storied, and dexterous as it can get in music. Most recently, they decided to surprise fans with the first single “BUZZCUT” from their upcoming album and recruited Danny to hop on the track with them, and I’d be lying if I said that he wasn’t my main reason for tuning in. I’m so glad I didn’t sleep, though, because they truly made a magnificent song come to life by bringing some innovative new sounds to an otherwise old-school-inspired instrumental. Jabari Manwa and Queen Sixties play a part in producing this record, incorporating some random yet energetic synths alongside a new spin on an almost …

3AM – [E Bleu]

I can almost guarantee that a lot of us out there have had one of those unforgettable nights where everything seemed to go right. Whether that be coming home from a party, a night out with your crew, or coming home from a link with a special someone–we all have been in those positions where we just sit and reflect about the events that just took place. That’s one thing that Houston-native E Bleu kept in mind when he created this vibe here. Being fueled by living in the moment and appreciating a good time, E Bleu sings over a smooth lead acoustic guitar and simple drum pattern and he goes into detail about the night that just occurred. Produced by D1, E Bleu is making an appearance on our platform today with his single titled “3AM”. “I’ve always been a night owl. The energy at night is just different to me. I remember being in an Uber on the way home just mentally re capping the night and feeling like it’s somehow a pattern I fall into every night. I got home and recorded it in like 15 min on my kitchen counter at 3AM.” For those who may …

Demon – [HVN]

A new frontier of talent has been quietly growing out of Houston over the past few years. It’s selling out shows across the city, making noise all over Texas, and more recently, has begun to cross state boundaries, reaching national audiences and beyond. This scene has birthed several burgeoning names as of late – Fade Em All and BBY Kodie, to name a few – but not until this year did it get its latest star in the making: HVN. Back in February, HVN released his debut project, Welcome to Heaven, after being known as a behind-the-scenes figure in Houston. He ran, and currently runs, a brand called Don’t Die which threw a large part of the shows in the city, to the point where he and his brand had become a fixture in the scene, acting as a focal point for Houston music and fashion. In the months following his debut, cosigns began to roll in from Virgil Abloh, Kevin Abstract, and Taco Bennett, among others. Houston had another must-watch name on its hands, and earlier this week, HVN proved himself worthy of the hype, delivering a brand new song and video entitled “Demon.” Arriving with a masterful video …

SUGAR (Music Video) – [Brockhampton]

At this point, the release of a new Brockhampton video has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in and of itself, and “America’s #1 boyband” only continues to captivate its exponentially-growing audience by always bringing something fresh (and at times jarring) to the table with their visuals. Their latest video, “SUGAR”, is no exception. The video for the fan-favorite song off their latest album ‘GINGER’ opens on an uncomfortably muscular alien walking in on a couple and blowing the guy’s brains out. The group’s individual members proceed to make their own meomrable appearances throughout the video, with Matt Champion rapping to us from what seems to be hell and Kevin Abstract delivering his verse while slimed to the ceiling. There was a time when Brockhampton shot all of their videos in the confines of their own South Central LA home, and now with more resources at their disposal, they can’t help but up the ante with each new visual they put out. At the same time, the group’s able to hang onto the aesthetic tropes that made their first videos so iconic in the first place, keeping the same off-putting, nostalgic, uncontainable energy at their core—and as long as they …

Watch Lil Nas X on Sway In The Morning

I don’t think anyone has had a better past year than Lil Nas X, he has blown up to one of the biggest artists in the world and has the greatest smash hit of the year, and he recently stopped by Shade 45 for a good conversation with the OG’s Sway, Tracy G and Heather B! They all spoke about plenty of interesting things in this conversation including his recent performance at the VMA’s, having an infectious energy, the success of “Old Town Road”, his new EP ‘7’, breaking records for the #1 song, dropping out of college, how his parents reacted to his music, getting his record deal, his past jobs he had such as Six Flags & Taco Bell, country music, when they tried to remove his song from the country charts, the type of student he was, major celebrities reaching out to him, going to the same high school as Kevin Abstract and much more! Watch this brand new interview below.

NO HALO – [BROCKHAMPTON]

The road to Brockhampton’s ‘Ginger’, the boyband’s fifth studio album, has been one paved by some of their best music videos yet. Today, the group adds yet another visual to their already iconic filmography for their new single “No Halo”. The singles released for ‘Ginger’ so far suggest a more minimally-produced, gloomier chapter for the group, and “No Halo” follows suit. Coming across as a sort of existential crisis in the form of a song, each member wrestles with inner-demons over a haunting acoustic guitar. Kevin Abstract takes a backseat on this track, leaving room for collaborator Deb Never to step in and hold down the song’s hook with her breathy, emo vocals. There’s no shortage of memorable shots in the music video for “No Halo”, but my personal favorite comes around the 1:34 mark: each member’s face gets lit by an individual spotlight, timed with the music to make for an ingeniously eerie image. Watch the video for “No Halo” below:

Shae – [Darius the Barbarian]

Fortunately, over the last couple of years, several musicians, especially in Hip-Hop, have been openly expressing their sexuality. Artists from Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Kevin Abstract, and recently superstar Lil Nas X, are just a few of the main artists to publicly announce the fact that they are bi-sexual or gay. With that said, Darius the Barbarian confidently and jokingly speaks on his sexuality on his newest single, “Shae.” The song describes how Darius and his best friend were trying to be “the baddest” in an attempt to seduce their school principal. With lyrics such as, “when lunch come, go through the back door, lasers on the wall so ass to the floor,” Darius is just having a good time on this bouncy and rambunctious track. Produced by Brooklyn-Native, Jab, “Shae” is designed to be just as expressive and full of attitude as Darius is throughout his verses. Futuristically inspired, the lead melody guides listeners through an entire story while maintaining the natural bounce necessary to keep them moving. Darius the Barbarian does not hold back, and he is proud of who he is. You can hear it in his voice and his projection. With more on the way …