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Southside Interview: Putting the Craft First & Watching Success Come After

“I learned one thing from Kanye that I will always think of going forward. He told me to always make sure I focus on the music, and the money will come afterward. If I put all of my focus on the music, the music will sound better and I won’t have to worry about the money later on because it’s gonna come from the great music I’ve been making.” -Southside As more time passes, people are beginning to realize just how much impact producers have and recognize the overall importance that they play in the overall creation of a song. One thing we have been seeing a lot over the past couple of years is producers getting listed as main artists on songs now, rather than their name being in the backend on the credits. Producers are letting their presence be known, and rightfully so, it’s about time. That being said, when speaking about the producer pioneers and the people who really helped shape and shift the culture, it’s very difficult to speak on that without mentioning 808 Mafia, and Southside. Being the founder of 808 Mafia alongside TM88, Southside is responsible for hundreds of songs that we all know …

F*ck My Cousin Pt. 2 – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [Lil Durk]

Chicago has produced so many world-renown hitmakers that it is truly difficult to keep track of everyone. Even the local scene here has thrived over the last couple of decades, and while not every artist is going to make it huge, there is still a plethora of emcees who put on for this city and make hometown fans proud to call this place home. One of my favorite commonalities in the music business isn’t necessarily when a hit song is released (although this is always great, obviously), but I almost prefer when a massive name teams up with a more underground spitter with a cult following because it shows that they’re still tapped in with the hottest talents in the streets no matter how famous or recognized they might become. Lil Durk is infamous for teaming up with artists who are still on the rise, and while Lil Zay Osama is already a certified icon in the Windy City, it still was incredible to see this dynamic duo team up for the second part of Zay’s hit Fatmanbeatz and Vito-produced track “F*ck My Cousin”. The first rendition of this song shows Zay at his best, so even without any features, …

Rolling Loud Miami 2022 Was A Memorable Moment

If you weren’t at Rolling Loud Miami this past weekend, you missed out on a stellar festival. If you’re not familiar, Rolling Loud is the largest hip-hop festival in the world. Annually, they put together a lineup of the biggest and most influential acts in the genre. While the festival began in Miami, over the years, Rolling Loud has expanded across the country and beyond.  This year’s festival headliners were Kid Cudi, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. Friday was a very interesting night, as Kid Cudi, who was a last-minute replacement for YE, stormed off after crowd members repeatedly threw things onto the stage. Even though YE dropped out of Rolling Loud, he made a surprise performance during Lil Durk’s performance. The crowd went absolutely nuts when he took the stage. Friday also included amazing performances from Playboi Carti, Lil Yatchy, SSGKobe, Homixide Gang, Destroy Lonely, Fivio Foreign, and more. One of my favorite parts of the night was stopping by an exclusive VIP lounge area featuring the D’USSE ambassador and Houston’s rap legend Bun B. His D’USSE Watermelon Cooler was the highlight of my night. The drink was extremely refreshing. Especially when it was paired with Bun B’s Trill Burgers. …

Rich Off Pints 3 – [Icewear Vezzo]

As Detroit rap music grows in popularity by the day, so do the artists making this irreplicable and undeniably great style of music. While artists like Lil Yachty have placed a spotlight on the scene, this has only caused emcees to go harder and want to prove themselves even more, and that has led to some of the greatest verses and collaborations in modern music, at least in my opinion. One of the most notable figures in the entire Midwest is now Icewear Vezzo, a man full of limitless talents that continue to impress me with every new release. His 2021 series Rich Off Pints featured two editions that accumulated over 150 million streams total and considering the fact that he was still just finding his footing, there is literally no way to predict exactly how big he’s going to be. This is mind-boggling because he’s already a legend, so the fact that he has an entire career ahead of him just scrambles my brain in the best possible way. As he geared up to release the third and final part of this series, his buzz was through the roof, but now that it is out, I am excited to …

Cardi B Arrives With New Summer Banger “Hot Shit” Alongside YE And Lil Durk

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Cardi B is back with her new summer banger “Hot Shit” featuring Ye & Lil Durk via Atlantic Records. This is her first single in a year and a half following the RIAA 2x platinum-certified “Up,” which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The Tay Keith produced record has already received a tremendous amount of love and support across social media platforms. Tik-Tok creators have already begun to create their own dances on the platform. Earlier this week, the Bronx superstar expressed her frustration since she wasn’t able to release a music video for her new single. “I just don’t feel like doing the… You know how I usually do the most with the promo? I just don’t feel like doing too much this time around,” she confessed. “I’m just exhausted with everybody. I’m so tired of people not doing their f—ing jobs correctly. I’m so tired of people just doing things their way. I’m just over it.” However, the video did not take away from the hard-hitting single that’s sure to set summer kickbacks ablaze. “I don’t know what’s longer, man, my blocklist or my checklist/I don’t know what’s colder, man, my heart or my …

Did Shit to Me – [Lil Durk] ft. [Doodie Lo]

Lil Durk is a legend in all different meanings of the word, but it doesn’t take me to tell you this statement to understand that it is a known fact. He changed the way the world looked at Chicago as a music hub, and even though he might not have been the first drill artist to receive recognition for his craft, he was definitely one of the founding fathers and he does it better than anyone else, some may say. I mean, he doesn’t need to build up weeks of momentum and anticipation to drop a project, because whatever he puts out is going to top charts and receive critical acclaim, and that is no different when looking at his album 7220. While this was already a lengthy project, he wasted no time putting out the deluxe version which added 14 entirely new records and over a half-hour of new things to listen to, so he basically put out two albums in a matter of months, and I’m sure he still has a lot more left in the tank to finish this year out strong. I was hoping he would be another special guest at this year’s Summer Smash Music …

Behind The Track: Nxrre

Let’s be honest, Drill music is the new sound of New York. Drill originated from Chicago with artists like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Fredo Santana, and many more. Drill music is greatly influenced by trap music, which emerged in Atlanta, Georgia. Production, flow, and lyrics are key characteristics of drill music. Nxrre from Brooklyn, NY is widely known for creating drill beats for NY artists like B-Lovee, Bizzy Banks, 26AR, Ciggy Blacc, Ronsuno, and many more. What started as a hobby in 2018 turned into a full-blown career in 2019. Nxrre began reaching out to managers and artists until he had the opportunity to work with Smoove’L, Stunna Gambino and Justin Rarri. Staying true to his culture, The rising producer always tries to give his beats a Spanish/Reggaeton type of Bounce. This allows Nxrre to stand out amongst other producers. Even though Nxrre is very known for drill, his catalog is versatile with anything from RnB, reggaeton, trap, melodic, and house music.  “I have a lot on the way I’m not going to lie, but me and JabariontheBeat have a highly anticipated song on the way with Stunna Gambino and NoCap. Me and ShoBeatz have a lot together as …

DRILL MUSIC IN ZION – [Lupe Fiasco]

Chicago’s music scene doesn’t really need much explanation, because there are so many artists that come to mind as soon as you think about this city. Obviously, depending on how old you are or what era you grew up in, these names can change, but regardless, there are countless artists that you know and love from the Windy City. If you grew up in my era, the first artists you most likely think of could include Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Chance the Rapper, or any other emcee in that realm, but if you were born a bit earlier, Kanye, Common, Twista, and Lupe Fiasco might be the emcees that pop into your head. Even if you are closer to my age, this second list is still one that everyone knows and respects for putting on for this city before anyone really seemed to give a shit, and while Lupe isn’t someone I religiously listen to in all honesty, I wasn’t about to let his brand-new project DRILL MUSIC IN ZION go unspoken about. This is his 8th studio album, and it is a collaboration with his longtime friend and collaborator Soundtrakk who produced each of the 10 songs that run …

Y NOT? – [Lucki]

As far as Chicago legends are concerned, there are really only a few names that you have to keep in mind. These monikers include Kanye West, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Twista, Common, Chance the Rapper, and only a handful of others, but there is one name that I could never leave off of this list of icons. That person is Lucki, and although he might have the most underground following out of these talents, it’s a following that rides or dies for him, and he has proved himself time and time again as to why he more than deserves to be sitting at the same table as these phenoms. He also just might be one of the most unique emcees on the list as well because he didn’t bite anyone else’s style (not saying that any of the others did), and it’s a sound that nobody could replicate with even close to the same success that Lucki has received throughout the years. As I get more and more excited to see his set at this year’s Summer Smash music festival, I was beyond stoked that he dropped a new track produced by Bhristo entitled “Y NOT?”, as well as a …

Only Want You – [WesCov Dru]

Hip-hop artist WesCovDru is gearing up to release his debut album “Now or Never!” The project is a combination of r&b undertones with trap-soul ballads. Hailing from Chino, California his West Coast sound captures the ears of music lovers everywhere.  Releasing singles since 2016, he’s drawn inspiration from old school influences like “Brandy & New Edition” to new sounds like “Drake, Bryson Tiller and Lil Durk”. With his smooth and hypnotic flow, WesCovDru offers variety and expansion for the current sound of urban music. Eager to prove he is more than just an artist, his brand promotes hard work, dedication and chasing your dreams. The motivated artist brings his desire for success and love for timeless sounds into every song he creates.