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walkin with the stick! – [Lil Gray]

PG County, MD’s Lil Gray has been one of the underground’s brightest diamonds in the rough since first releasing his “Talented and Gifted” mixtape in 2018 and since has unloaded a heaping helping of music onto his very loyal and growing cult fanbase both within the DMV’s often overlooked but talent laden scene and the internet rap world that loved his scamming bars before anyone else was really talking about it like that, rare designer outfits, and very deep catalog that you could listen to for hours and hours on end. His musical output was slowed by house arrest but is steadily picking back up one video at a time, re-energizing his devoted online following, most recently with his Sparkheem produced “walkin with the stick!” that is one of the very hardest songs we have heard from Gray yet. Sparkeheem’s instrumental is a marvel to behold itself, bouncing with his usual DMV thump that has been often mimicked but never truly replicated and blends an eerie and elegant vocal sample that carries the beat throughout. Gray’s performance on this track is incredible, delivering a catchy hook and flexing his lyrical prowess that has been quite overlooked to this point, but I have …

Thieves – [Lil Gray]

There’s a reason that Lil Gray is tagged the “Man of Many Flows.” Quite literally, he’s just that, and has proven this time and time again, sounding equally as comfortable on the melodic, guitar-infused production of “Uhaul” as he does the hard-nosed edge of “Jay-Z Freestyle.” Put simply, the DMV native has become a stylistic chameleon on his own terms, which shows in every new release that Gray puts out. Today, this versatility is demonstrated in brand new territory, as Gray ventures into the world of drill with a brand new song and video, “Thieves.” Just under three minutes in length, “Thieves” takes the infectious movement of drill 808s and assigns it to Gray’s fast-paced supply of flows. The result is an impressive new release for the DMV native, and one that places an emphasis on two central factors of Gray’s appeal: versatility and lyrical skill. The two don’t always mix in such effortless fashion, but “Thieves” makes sure to forge an undeniable marriage of the two, topped off by an enthralling set of visuals from Clockwork-Productions. Needless to say, the Man of Many Flows has done it again, and by the looks of it, he won’t be slowing down anytime …

Trial – [Keezah]

The rap talent emerging currently from DC and its immediate suburbs in Maryland right now is simply staggering and from the artistic triumphs of artists like Goonew and Lil Dude as well as Xanman in recent years have rallied to create a unifying style more so than simply sound that has been seeing its fingerprints all over the mainstream music industry, from the punched-in flows to the ways rappers are focusing on their punchlines with increasingly minute references and fervor with their delivery. Many people and journalists have written off the other artists breaking barriers stylistically similarly in recent months that have seen artists like Baby Fifty, Lil Gray, Suckafreejuice, and Lil Lo take the precedent set by the original DMV vanguard and push the sound forward in all sorts of new directions that are helping further develop the already incredibly unique sound that traces its most basic percussive elements back to the ‘GoGo’ music that was the initial sound of DC, if you will. However in the midst of all of this innovation and talent there are two artists named Kayvo and Keezah who seem to be furthest on the cutting edge and consequently favorites of many of the …

Jay-Z Freestyle – [Lil Gray]

DMV sensation Lil Gray is back with another new single this week, this time with a new Sparkheem produced track entitled “Jay-Z Freestyle” which is a very fast-paced and bass-thumping track where Gray both flexes his lyrical muscles all throughout and also flashes his incredible degree of vocal dexterity that allows him to pull countless different and always unique flows out of thin-air like its nothing and that quality alone is the main reason why the Maryland native is one of the very most exciting young talents in all of the rap industry right now. From the most avant-garde of the DMV production style to new poppier tracks like his other recent single “Uhaul” where he crosses over to a more alternative sound with ease. It would be a huge mistake to not be paying great attention to Lil Gray right now and there is little doubt in my mind that he will be one of the biggest artists to rise out of the DMV’s talent-laden scene.

Recycle Bins – [Lil Gray]

It’s commonly recognized that the DMV is packed with gems right now. Especially over the past few years, the entire region has risen to become one of rap’s most fervent communities of talent, and one of the names helping lead the charge is Lil Gray. Whether tackling melodic, hook-heavy anthems or deciding to get right to the punch, Gray’s versatility lends itself the surge of momentum that he’s attracted thus far, and today, he’s here to prove himself worthy of the hype. Stringing together 8 tracks from the cutting floor, the DMV’s own is here to unleash a new project entitled Recycle Bins. Assembling some of Gray’s most out-there, colorful flows and sounds to date, Recycle Bins is the kind of action-packed release that fans wait on the edge of their seats for. Each song blends a street-induced edge with clear hip-hop prowess – lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – while one song after another, Recycle Bins almost seems to be competing with itself. Lil Gray refuses to let his foot off the gas, and as a result, his latest is a strong-hearted, deeply-promising body of work that simply can’t be boxed in. With “Hoodrat” already receiving a Brent Faiyaz cosign via Instagram story, the …

Against All Odds – [Lil Mexico]

In the past year, Lil Mexico has lept from being a local celebrity in his native rural Grays Court, South Carolina, to without question being one of the pre-imminent candidates to develop into one of the next stars from the Carolinas. Recently Mexico unloaded his new mixtape Against All Odds which is yet another substantive and consistent project release from an artist that has been nothing short of prolific in his releases to this point, but this project also reveals a tremendous deal of improvement from the youthful rapper. It is obvious that he has truly found his voice as he is incapable of dropping a subpar verse or hook on this tape and he is beginning to experiment with different pitches that have developed into a much broader vocal range and a variety of new flows. Against All Odds opens with “Walked In” produced by Ray Money, Neekobaby, and Psilo which after listening to the entire project might still be my favorite cut from this record, as Mexico slides on the glossy and thumping instrumental that he croons his personal and gritty, streetwise lyrics also. “News” is a rock-tinged cut that is driven by an up-tempo electric guitar melody and raucous percussion. …

Holla Back – [GlockBoyKari]

One of my favorite elements of the DMV’s rap scene is its inclusion of some almost questionable samples into their enchantingly thumping instrumentals. Xanman and YungManny began to pioneer this strangely addicting lane and the first song I can remember hearing that incorporated one of these unexpected samples was YungManny’s breakout track “Bitcoin” that sampled Shirley Bassey’s “Big Spender” that is actually a big band tune that was flipped into an intoxicating instrumental that gripped me from start to finish. Another example of this styling is Lil Gray’s “Something New” that has a melodic component reminiscent to a nineties sitcom theme but when blended with a helping of thumping percussion turned into a rap song that sounded like nothing I had heard before. The DMV has been a region of innovators for some time, but GlockBoyKari’s new track “Holla Back” is one of my favorites to use a pop sample and from the title alone you may be able to guess what song it was. GlockBoyKari is another incredibly gifted DMV rapper who has been on my radar for some time, but I can honestly say that “Holla Back” is the best song I have heard from him yet. He …

Crash – [Lil Gray]

After breaking out alongside Goonew on their unforgettable “Positive Goon” record, Lil Gray has relentlessly clawed his way to the apex of the quickly rising DMV rap scene and he is releasing a steady number of new visuals that only tighten his already firm grip on the region. Gray has a reckless and raw vocal style that is both unbridled and melodic and this makes listening to him simultaneously entertaining and breathtaking as he manages to pack a tremendous amount of emotion into his bars. His newest track “Crash” is situated over a triumphant instrumental that is powered by a lavish trumpet melody with thumping percussion to match and he uses his unique delivery patterns to eviscerate this beat. He possesses the rare combination of talent and likability that are the necessary ingredients to make a rapper go far, and for now it appears that the sky is the limit for Lil Gray. Watch the “Crash” visual here:

Something New – [Lil Gray]

Especially in hip-hop, the YouTube world has become an entirely new beast. Now more than ever, the algorithm has caught up to the unique pace of tastemaking, and as a result, gems like Lil Gray’s latest, “Something New,” find themselves popping up in my recommended just by chance. So thank you, YouTube. Right off the bat, I found myself intrigued by the slow-paced, emotive stylings of the sample here, as it reflects an 80s ballad moreso than the anthemic rap song that Lil Gray transforms the sample into. Needless to say, however, with clever quotables and nonchalant deliveries, the budding talent creates magic out of nothing, infusing his street-induced lyricism and melodic vocal runs into a must-listen release. But “Something New” doesn’t just stop there. Matching the song’s braggadocious allure and instant replay value, the accompanying visuals find Gray and his team singing each and every word. As a result, the video emphasizes the song’s anthemic structure, relaying its message as a street anthem without missing the point of such enjoyable music. That said, “Something New” is an effortless earworm, so don’t sleep on this one. Sit back, have some fun, and let Lil Gray do the rest! Directed by …

Man of Many – [Lil Gray]

Every once in a blue moon, I’ll stumble upon a project that just feels like it’s up next. There’s an innate feeling that comes with hearing music that either pushes the boundaries or introduces a new sound/style to the scene, and this feeling is exactly what I felt after clicking plan on Lil Gray’s latest project, Man of Many. At its core, Man of Many is a self-assured project full of knocking production and vivid, braggadocious rhymes. Where Gray separates himself, however, is in the tape’s individualistic tint, as the budding talent hops and skips over a wide palette of production without losing any hint of his confident stature and effortless cool. From the fast-paced chaos of “Back Then” to the otherworldy sound of “Captain Morgan” and even the soul-sampling glory of my personal favorite, “Had To,” Man of Many has something for everyone. Lil Gray is a natural entertainer, an in-your-face leader of trap’s latest sonic mutation, and more than anything, a widely-talented artist, so I wouldn’t recommend sleeping. Peep Man of Many below and get ready to hear a lot more from Gray in the future — all signs are pointing up for the “Man of Many,” himself.