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Stay Down – [Lil Durk] ft. [Young Thug] x [6LACK]

If there’s someone who has been putting in the work recently in the hip-hop scene it has to be Lil Durk. Coming fresh off an album, “Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 ” and a Top 10 Billboard hit with Drake in Laugh Now, Cry Later. Talented lyricist and Chicago’s own Lil Durk returns with another hit, “Stay Down” accompanied by the influential Young Thug and talented 6LACK. The beat feels dreamy which is a stark contrast to Lil Durk laying down what life is really like and talking about his struggles growing up on the block. 6LACK delivers an incredible chorus with his melodic voice before Durk comes back with his unreal rhymes followed by the always amazing Young Thug. Thug, who needs no introduction delivers once again with a catchy, impressive rhyme scheme as the final verse before closing out with 6LACK’s astounding vocals. Make sure you stream the new record down below! Produced by Metro Boomin and DY

Poetic Justice – [Lil Mexico]

There should be very little disagreement with the assertion that Lil Durk fathered much of the present melodic-drill rap wave moreso than just about any of his peers and is an unquestionable legend for both his innovations and achievements lyrically and stylistically and it is quite rare that an artist can be both fashionable and forward-thinking enough can do this simultaneously, but Lil Durk the executive recently made a new move in signing up and coming South Carolina star Lil Mexico, along with his frequent Atlanta collaborator Slimelife Shawty, to his new OTF imprint. Lil Mexico has been building an exceptional catalog of melodically-inclined music from a bevy of different producers and even though he is currently blowing up hasn’t received all of the love he is owed yet for his musical contributions. His new GM Visuals directed video “Poetic Justice” which premiered today on Lil Durk’s channel, will likely serve as the introduction to Lil Mexico for many and showcases all of the vocal gifts and grief-stricken relatability that instantly endeared him to young South Carolinians and then the world because of the barrage of music videos he has flooded the streets and internet with over the past twelve …

Hot Box – [Slimelife Shawty]

Atlanta’s Slimelife Shawty has been a model of consistency in his already tenured career for an artist of his age but even though his output outpaces his other industry peers his music is presented in a way, and more importantly he carries himself in a way, that is one-hundred-percent real and uncompromised and this assured charisma rapidly endeared him to the city of Atlanta and the south beyond, collaborating with a number of artists along the way and recently he earned a deal with Lil Durk and his OTF label. This union, on paper at least, is certain to be a wonderful one two punch between Chicago’s drill king of melody and one of his most creative and vocally gifted grandchildren, stylistically speaking. Slimelife Shawty has a new addition to his already long stretch of captivating music videos, this time for his new single “Hot Box” which is a melodically inclined cut where Slime calmly speaks his threats and gangster affirmations in a nonchalant and sedated manner beause he really lives what he raps and truly has nothing to lie about. He has earned co-signs from a host of other respected greats inside and outside of the industry outside of …

Spicy – [Nas] ft. [Fivio Foreign] & [A$AP Ferg]

There are certain names in the Rap scene that have reached legendary status and they’re cited as influences for almost any artist you can name. Nas is one of these emcees, and although it’s not a shock to anyone that I’m saying this, he is one of the greats. Even after the new age of Rappers came through and changed the scenery, Nas remains one of the best to ever make music, and instead of hating on the new generation of music, he rather likes to include them in his career while also getting them out of their comfort zones and pushing their limits to the edge. His collaborative album with the legendary hitmaker Hit-Boy King’s Disease was a success, including some of the biggest names in music such as Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Lil Durk, Don Toliver, Anderson .Paak, and more, and seeing him come together with artists like this shows off his dexterity just as much as them, if not more. Luckily, just a few days ago we received a visual for the project’s closing song “Spicy” featuring Fivio Foreign and A$AP Ferg, and the results are as good as the song itself. As for this track, Hit-Boy …

Child of the Trenches 2 – [MBNel]

Although I was just put onto MBNel a few weeks ago, I couldn’t be more grateful for the music I’ve been able to experience. Hailing from Stockton, California, this Filipino-American emcee has clearly lived a tough life but rather than using music as a platform for revenge or threats, he instead uses it as a source to vent about all of the eye-opening and life-changing experiences that he has had to go through. Although his life might have gotten a bit better since making a name for himself in the music industry, he’ll never forget his roots or the things that molded him into the man he is today, and that’s extremely evident in every single song he drops. Not too long ago in July, the California spitter dropped Child of the Trenches, a 6-track EP that dives head-first into the battels he dealt with in the streets while also offering up optimism, courage, and tenacity that allows listeners to look at the glass half full rather than the other way around. Thankfully, he’s back with a follow-up to this incredible project with the EP’s second edition, Child of the Trenches 2, and this project proves his story wasn’t even …

Dis Dooda – [Taleban Dooda]

Florida is becoming almost like an even more southern Atlanta in terms of its music scene. What I mean by this is the fact that I’m constantly discovering new artists blooming out of the Rap scene in Atlanta, and in recent months or even years, I feel as if a day can’t go by without me hearing a new name or song from an artist that I need to get in tune with. Most recently, I was put onto East Tampa artist Taleban Dooda, and although the name sounded very peculiar to me, I put my skepticism to the side and listened up. At only 18 years old, there’s clearly room for Dooda to grow as an artist after listening to his song “Dis Dooda”, but his talents are already overly abundant and his potential is probably higher than most up and coming artists you could name off the top of your head. His voice is diverse when compared to his other Floridian counterparts with the fact that it is slightly melodious and more tuneful than most of the other artists from the state, but it has almost this Drill quality that sets him apart from his fellow Florida crooner …

Thru the Night – [MBNel]

Although I have only recently found out about Stockton, California rapper MBNel, I immediately knew he had a very important story to tell so I knew I had no choice but to listen up. Growing up in such a violent, dangerous neighborhood, many people don’t have much of a choice when it comes to life in the streets. They’re born into the situation and don’t typically have the resources to get out, so not only do they have to resort to things they might not be proud of, but they also have to watch the ones they’re closest to reach untimely demises and pray that they’re not next. Although this might sound harsh, it’s very true, and it’s a narrative that MBNel works hard to get away from but also one that he’ll never forget no matter how successful he becomes. In order to garner some hype around his upcoming project Child of the Trenches II EP which is set to release later this month on the 25th, he decided to gift fans with the EP’s lead single entitled “Thru the Night”. Once again, considering I was fairly unfamiliar with the up and comer leading up to this, I had …

The Voice – [Lil Durk]

There’s only so much I can say about Lil Durk that I, and millions of other people, have said in the past. He is one of the most legendary figures in Chicago, of course, but he has grown into being one of the most influential and iconic artists in the entire music industry. Although his humble beginnings have been distanced with his new life full of luxuries, he stays humble by never forgetting where he came from and what it took to get to this new level in life, and he consistently mentions these topics throughout all of his offerings, even in his unbelievable surprise verse in Drake’s song “Laugh Now Cry Later”. Despite all of the hard work he has been putting in thus far this year, he is thankfully back with yet another single entitled “The Voice” and a wonderful visual to accompany this hit. The beat mixes emotive piano keys, organ riffs, and electric guitar chords for a minimal yet appealing melody prior to Trap percussion entering into the picture, providing a flawless foundation for Durk to boast some additionally perfect bars. He opts for his autotuned singing style for this track which is always a safe …

How it Go – [King Von]

Growing up right outside of Chicago, you really don’t have much of a choice but to tune into Lil Durk’s music. It’s an easy choice to make either way, though, because Durk is clearly one of the most talented artists in the entire industry. That’s why, when you know he messes with other artists or even signs them to his Only The Family label, they’re also people you’re going to want to tap into. King Von is a perfect example of this, and although I still have a lot more digging into his discography ahead of me, I have been a fan since I was first put onto his music. As he prepares to release his upcoming project later this year, he decided to gift fans with a brand-new song called “How it Go” as well as a very intense music video to accompany it. ChopsquadDJ takes the reigns on the instrumental for this hit, utilizing momentous horns, intense trap percussion, and speaker busting drums to create a foundation for Von to truly get into some of the more powerful, eye-opening events that have shaped him into the person he has become today. As he begins to spit his first …

26AR: From Crown Heights to the World

8 months ago, Brooklyn drill was in a period of exponential growth behind the larger-than-life presence of Pop Smoke. New artists from the area were emerging by the day, and in less than a year’s time, New York had birthed one of the most dominant new frontiers of music in recent memory. In the months that followed, Brooklyn drill continued to spiral toward the top of the charts, naturally attracting the participation of some of rap’s highest-flyers; Drake, Travis Scott, and Quavo, just to name a few. Around the same time, eight months back, 26AR had just finished a 4-year bid. After hearing about the scene happening in Brooklyn over the phone, he began writing lyrics while locked up, and quickly turned to rap upon his release. Today, as time has gone by and Brooklyn drill has cemented its spot in popular music, the Crown Heights native has become a rapidly-growing fixture in the scene, with a consistent catalog of releases to prove it. We had the chance to speak with 26AR about his beginnings in rap, hearing about the Brooklyn drill scene while locked up, Raps & Hustles, and more. Read our full conversation below, and be sure to …