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Slime Language 2 – [YSL] [Young Thug]

While the idea of rap groups as a whole may be slowly disappearing in the rap game, we have been seeing tons of cliques and rap labels that may have tons of solo artists, but appear to have that group-like demeanor. As of late, we have seen Quality Control–home of rap acts lie Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and more. Griselda Records consists of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine & Benny the Butcher. Last but not least, we have seen YSL flourish in the rap game since Young Thug took the scene by storm. If you do a bit of digging, you will see Young Thug interacting with tons of members of YSL before they were famous as he built them up to become the stars they are today. Gunna used to appear in Thugger’s music videos before signing to his label, and a young and determined Lil Keed played his music for Thug before the fame and he ultimately ended up signing with Thug as well. Here we are today and Young Thug is here to showcase his latest body of work alongside his star-studded YSL crew, Slime Language 2. With the original Slime Language project dropping in 2018, it was met …

i wanna slam my head against the wall – [glaive]

Although I’m relatively new to the world of Hyperpop, it has pretty much ruled my world for the past couple of months. My brother put me onto some unbelievably talented artists, to begin with, and I’ve kind of diverged onto my own path where I’ve come across some of the most wildly underrated artists in the entire music scene. Out of all these talents, glaive is an artist that I legitimately haven’t heard a bad song from. In fact, I don’t think he could put out a bad song if he tried, and this has turned him into not only one of my favorite acts in Hyperpop but one of my favorite artists in the entire music landscape. Earlier today, he decided to release a track entitled “i wanna slam my head against the wall”, which he had previously teased in a snippet on Instagram and I couldn’t be more excited. Produced by a slew of talented hitmakers including Glasear, Kid Icarus, cashheart, Whethan, and youngkimj, they incorporate a variety of sounds lead by a heartfelt guitar melody, some crisp hats and claps, and some smooth bass drums that are taken to new levels throughout the hook as Hyperpop tracks …

cloak n dagger – [glaive] x [ericdoa]

The dawn of a new era for any sort of scene and/or genre has historically been marked by two or more like-minded artists coming together to cement it in stone. These events are certainly rare, but absolutely fascinating to observe as they occur. But even with that being said, no one can truly emphasize the magnitude of an event like this happening to a genre as all-encompassing as the grander state of pop music as a whole. Believe it or not, that event is beginning to take shape before our very eyes; and who better to fully realize this moment than pop music’s two faces of the future in glaive and ericdoa. These two have fostered a relationship that begins at just being genuine friends by themselves, and ends with the two coming together to shift the paradigm of pop music moving into the future. It is a once-in-a-lifetime type of chemistry, and one that without question should be noted as being as monumental as it is.  Right as these two were placed on the cover of Spotify’s wholly influential hyperpop playlist, they dropped a collaborative single entitled “cloak n dagger” along with an accompanying video. This moment represents a …

Sailor Moon – [Laya]

As the year winds down I find myself either revisiting all the dope records I’ve listened to or the ones I missed throughout the year. I saw Laya’s “Sailor Moon” single on a mutual friends Instagram story and of course me being the anime lover that I am I needed to check it out. I honestly didn’t come into the single with high expectations but this has turned into one of my favorite alternative R&B records that I’ve heard this year in a short period of time. You can tell that Laya is heavily influenced by the sound of 90’s R&B but she still has a current feel for today’s alternative sound. This was the only track she released this year so she certainly made this one count. If you’d like to check out more of Laya’s work you can go back to tap in on her “Um, Hello” 7-track EP. Stream Laya’s alluring record “Sailor Moon” for yourself after the break.

Shaping the Sound of COA

There is no single album that quite matches the level of influence at a forward-thinking level in the realms of pop music this year than ericdoa’s COA. Being the most prominent instance of this coming paradigm shift for the genre, the all-encompassing impact that this album has as it stands today will ring true for the months and years to come as we enter this brand new era. Of course this status mostly results from the album’s star figure in Eric himself; not a single soul could possibly ignore the masterwork that he put in throughout each and every track without a single miss in sight. His energy was enigmatic; his delivery was entrancing; and his overall musicianship was exuberant and ever-so-perfected as he truly came into his own element as the tried and true pop phenom he was destined to be. But even Eric could only do so much on his end as a singular presence on the mic. The setting that surrounded him – both physically and inside the music as it came to be – played integral roles in crafting what would end up being this impactful and momentous musical experience. Simply put, if Eric was not …

SLiiDE – [SEBii] x [ericdoa]

Music stands out in such a tellingly unique manner when a perceived sense of chemistry between two or more artists can be identified. Not only is the working relationship on the song itself as strong as ever in the process, but this fact becomes that much more abundantly clear when the given artists build off of each other on the track throughout its entirety — creating an atmosphere only reserved for occasions like these.    In saying this, the bond shared by the 5 individuals who come together on pop music phenom SEBii’s latest single “SLiiDE” is unmatched in its vivid sense of comradery and comfort between each other, as SEBii himself is joined by fellow pop standout ericdoa on the mic here, with the duo’s frequent collaborators Glasear, Kimj, and vvspipes all on production collectively.    The song certainly has an incredibly distinct aura about it as a result of these 5 close friends all joining together to make a resounding and simply momentous experience with their ever-so-apparent talents shining through as they do here. Put simply, each and every individual’s most defining attributes are on their fullest display here, and in the process, a magnificent pop offering comes …

Til I Die – [6o]

With limited posts on socials, none of which include a picture of himself, 6o is keeping things under lock and key. He may not be active on socials (which actually is quite refreshing) but 6o is staying active where it counts, the music. In under a month, he’s dropped off three stellar cuts with the most recent, “Til I Die,” arguably the strongest of the bunch. Vocally 6o showcases his silky, melodic vocals, doing a great job of maintaining the light, atmospheric feel, while still carrying some real emotion. It’s that emotion, and the way it both blends with and contrasts the string-driven boardwalk from Kimj and Relik, that, in my opinion, makes this the best of 6o’s January releases (but, honestly, you can’t really go wrong). No word on a larger project from 6o, but if January was any indication, we should be hearing from him again soon.