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Take Flight – [Tino SZN]

It feels like rappers these days are getting younger and younger. Surprisingly there’s not dip off in potential with how talented these kids are with what they flash early on. Tino Szn is 16 years old rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new EP Take Flight. Tino is budding with talent at a young age and is already making tremours early on amongst music industry A&R’s. At first, listen you’ll probably roll your eyes and think Tino falls under the Lil Uzi Vert family tree. But Tino is much more than that, think about his age and how far advanced he is with his melodies and song structure. Tino expressed to me via text that he wants to eventually build his sound out and make music that rivals Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. Rarely do you come across teenagers who want their artistry to develop into some of the greatest artists of all time. Stream Tino Szn’s new five-track project Take Flight for yourself below.

On The Way: Yung Icey discusses his recent big placements, remaining relevant, what he thinks about loops, and his long term goals in a new interview

The so-called ‘SoundCloud’ generation set the new standard for both modern music consumption and creation, pivoting from the previously adopted model of physical distribution and digital purchasing that had to take place through third parties like iTunes and consequently led to the explosion of streaming. Hundreds upon hundreds of artists and producers attained some level of ‘clout’ or success, however objectively or subjectively you choose to look at it, but unfortunately many of these creatives were held back because of a lack of consistency or an inability out get out of their own way. As a result, it quickly became clear that staying down until you come up was the secret to success in these uncharted waters. Sadly many realized this all too late and missed their windows of opportunity, but that is not the case with South Carolina producer Yung Icey whose “Icey I’m so sick of you” tag has become all but ubiquitous in the world of modern trap production. Icey played a major role in fostering early artistic development with a number of artists who went on to use this foundation Icey helped lay to propel their careers on even further, notably with artists like Yung Bans, …

Like This – [G Herbo] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

There shouldn’t be a debate when I say that G Herbo is one of the greatest Chicago rappers to come onto the scene in the history of the genre. He was one of the early adopters of Drill music and has built a legacy for himself through some of the most hard-hitting bars that discuss some even more ruthless accounts. His album PTSD was absolutely incredible, unsurprisingly, and when he hit his fans with the deluxe version, we had even more to admire. Although Herb recruited Lil Uzi for the title track on the original version, he wasn’t done there and decided to tap into his skills once again with a track off of the deluxe version called “Like This”. Although you’ve most likely heard the record already, I’ll briefly discuss it to refresh your memory just in case. As the song begins and the production starts to take shape, horns and extremely deep piano keys are repeatedly played prior to uncharacteristic percussive elements hopping onto the scene along with some subdued drums. Although this doesn’t sound like a typical instrumental that G Herbo would use, it was so cool to hear him challenge himself a bit and show how …

Right or Wrong- [Shy Glizzy] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

In a world with so many talented artists, I was bound to miss at least a few due to either ignorance or simply my own naivety. One of these artists who has been in the game for quite some time is Shy Glizzy, and although I’ve maybe heard him on certain featured songs or unknowingly liked a track of his in the past, It’s about time I woke up and paid some attention to the Washington DC rapper. In all honesty, I would probably still have been sleeping if I didn’t see that he not only recruited Lil Uzi for his most recent single “Right or Wrong”, but he also got the prolific TM88 to produce this hit. After seeing these massive additions to this new track, I had no choice but to listen up and I’m sure glad that I did. TM88 builds the beat with somewhat intense, eye-catching synths before piercing percussion and concise 808s come into the picture to lay a steady and attractive foundation for the artists to showcase their abundant talents. As Glizzy begins to sing the hook, his vocal inflections raise and lower in a pretty regular yet interesting fashion, and he repeats this …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

A Conversation With Ty Fontaine

Ty Fontaine is someone who got put on my radar a few months ago and I have been a big fan ever since then, he has a unique style and makes extraordinary music, so when I saw he was about to drop his brand new project 1800, I had to lock in an interview with him. TyFontaine not only has the music talent, the ‘look’, and the charisma to be one of the next generations leading artists, but he also has some tremendous backing from the Internet Money collective that will help him along the way. Listen to his new ‘1800’ project and get to know TyFontaine in our latest interview below:     EM: Where are you from originally? TyFontaine: Born in DC, lived there until I was about six years old then moved to Maryland. That’s where I call home, PG County. — EM: What was it like growing up in the DMV? TyFontaine: It was cool pretty regular. It’s kinda like people from outside of the DMV that are from lowered income areas see the DMV & it’s kind of like Texas, where you can get a bang for your buck because it’s majority black so you can get …

Off-It* – [T$AN]

Philadelphia artist T$AN is back with a new visual for his track “Off-It*” off of his Manny Laurekno produced EP Farewell that released earlier this year and he exhibits all of the charisma and swagger that enticed Columbia Records into signing the teenager recently. His flows are futuristic and complicated and he never seems to be copying anyone else with his music, and while there are obvious influences at play he is still able to be true to himself. I am very excited to see what the Lil Uzi Vert collaborator has in store next and I am eager to see more of his artistic progression as he continues to mature.

Baby Pluto – [Lil Uzi Vert]

Ever since Eternal Atake came out, I’ve been slightly disappointed that we haven’t gotten any true music videos to accompany the project. I know this is selfish considering how wonderful the album itself was so I shouldn’t be asking for too much, but music videos are one of the better parts of the post-album time period. We have gotten lyric videos for a couple of songs that are definitely more intricate and well put together than a lot of other lyric videos I’ve seen in the past, but at the end of the day, they’re pretty much just showing lyrics on a screen, so they can be somewhat boring. Uzi is back with yet another lyric video for the album’s opening track “Baby Pluto”, but this one is much different than the rest. It actually tells a story through Claymation visuals, which is a style that has been booming in the Rap world as of late, and the lyrics just happen to be on the screen while the video is running its course. I’m not going to go into detail about the track itself considering everyone has heard it by now and if you haven’t, you’ll get the chance while …

My Turn Deluxe – [Lil Baby]

There are several different ways to describe someone on a hot streak. Comparable to a LeBron James triple double, or a thirty kill-streak on Call of Duty, Lil Baby is undeniably one of, if not the hottest rapper in the game right now. The Atlanta, Georgia native and Quality Control member turned heads when he released his second studio album My Turn in February, with guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 42 Dugg, Young Thug, Gunna, Rylo Rodriguez, and Moneybagg Yo. The chemistry shared between Lil Baby and his chosen features is magnificent like a Lamar Jackson juke. Lil Uzi Vert arguably delivered the most memorable guest verse of the year on “Commercial,” with Lil Baby somehow not being overshadowed on his own part. From “Drip Too Hard,” “Sold Out Dates,” Life Goes On,” and more, it is no secret that Lil Baby and Gunna are a formidable brotherly duo, linking up once more on “Heatin Up.” According to Billboard, in its first week alone, My Turn debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, with a staggering 197,000 album-equivalent units (including just under 10,000 legitimate album sales). Lil Baby is a fascinating artist because he completely understands what he’s best …