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CMTEN: How To Blow Up And Stay Cool

If there is one simple phrase that encapsulates the grander music landscape since the inception of social media, it’s that “anyone and everyone has the power to jumpstart a career in music in one fell swoop.” Time and time again have the most simplistic, down to earth, and humble individuals seen their musical aspirations skyrocket as a result of one sudden blip in a certain algorithm online; it’s more than a trend at this point… it has practically become a science.  But that does not mean that every artist who has benefitted from this state has utilized it as a science in the past few years, which is far from the case. And for the latest, and possibly greatest example of this concept being put into motion at random, look no further than the sudden rise of CMTEN.  This 19-year-old rising star had his artistic career take off to unfounded levels when one of his tracks “NEVER MET!” became known worldwide with its popularity aided by the all-too-influential platform of Tik Tok. The song itself has been regarded as one of the most standout tracks from this rising underground pop movement that is gaining traction day by day and moment …

A Conversation with Ai Bendr

Ai Bendr is an industry gem who is taking shape right before our eyes. After her recent song, “Love Me Low” captivated the ears and hearts of listeners around the world, it was only right to reach out and see what makes this up and coming artist so special. It just seems like every interview I do just continues to get better. My conversation with the Ann Arbor, Michigan Native, was fruitful, life giving and inspirational. The young singer/songwriter has an amazing journey ahead of her and its a blessing getting to share a small part of her story with you all. If you haven’t heard, “Love Me Low” yet, give it a listen right here and enjoy this conversation with Ai Bendr! —– Sam: So what does a day in the life look like for you now? Especially since you’ve probably got a bunch of people hitting you up these days:  Ai Bendr: Well, on some days its busier than others, but now I do have more meetings than I would’ve had a few months ago and most of my days now are just spent working on music and trying to get some stuff done.  —– Sam: Amazing, so …

A Conversation w/ !llmind: Adapting to Current Music Scene, Filipino Culture, Dropping Gems and More

“There’s just so many different sounds and vibes that I fell in love with, and as a creative and curious person, I can’t help but want to make all of them“ -!llmind Give credit where credit is due, and always give people their flowers while they can still smell them. While we often look towards the future and the next hot thing, we can forget about some of the amazing creators that came before us. With Hip-Hop recently celebrating 47 years of existence, it forces us to take a step back and look at where we came from, where we’re at now, and where we are going in the future. If there’s one thing for sure, legendary music producer !llmind has the resume and the work ethic to prove that he is belongs in the past, present, and future of the genre and of the culture, as a whole. !llmind being born in New Jersey puts him very close to New York – the home of Hip Hop itself. As he stands now, he currently has a production credit list that spans over almost two decades worth of material – ranging across various underground artists, well-known legends such as Jay-Z, …

DadBod – [Logic]

It’s crazy to think that Logic has been present in the Rap industry for over a decade, but that has unfortunately come to an end with the release of his final album No Pressure. Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m the biggest Logic fan because I did honestly used to hate on him a bit without any sort of justification. That came to an end after I happened to see him live at a music festival during his The Incredible True Story days and he put on such an entertaining show that I had no choice but to stop my pointless hate. Besides, there’s absolutely no denying his abundant talents considering he can flow better than the vast majority of Rappers in this day and age of music. So, with that being said, it’s sad to see him leave but it’s understandable and I wish him nothing but the best. He’s not done quite yet, however, and he decided to release a brand-new music video for one of his culminating album’s biggest hits “DadBod”. This song’s production is as relaxed and cool as can be, and it’s the perfect foundation for the rapper to just …

Secure a Bag – [Cypress Moreno] feat. [N7] and [PWAP]

The high-octane production style of Cypress Moreno is back with the feature assistance of Oklahoma City rappers N7 and PWAP. True to his style of production, the hard-hitting producer sets up a driving, energetic and lethal soundbed for the rising talents of the OKC rap tandem to perform. N7 and PWAP in their own right have been gaining a tremendous amount of momentum for their ability to completely dig in on their verses finding a balanced contrast in their styles and how those styles sound and operate both individually and collectively. With several songs of theirs already widely acclaimed over the past couple of years, PWAP and N7 cutting up a Cypress Moreno beat with their unique styles and unrestricted flows just seemed like the logical next step. The combination of superb production and two rappers who are always leaving it out on the track makes for an exciting and memorable performance for everyone involved. “Secure a Bag” is the kind of song you’re going to want to blast when in search of that spark – this is like adding gasoline to a fire. Listen to “Secure a Bag” by Cypress Moreno featuring N7 and PWAP below.  

No Pressure – [Logic]

“Already had a hard life once. Am I supposed to recreate it every album for you c*nts? -Logic on “DadBod” It was the year 2014 when Logic transitioned from the mixtape rapper and released his debut studio album–his first major release with Def Jam. Having that label behind him, as well as having the legendary producer No ID executive producing the entire project. From the jump, Logic was destined for success, and had the talent level to lead him there. Many Logic fans can agree that his Under Pressure album was his best body of work. He was young, hungry, and had a lot to prove. Of course, as rappers age and progress in their career, they create these cult classics and fans hold them to that standard for every single release thereafter. for Logic, he was beyond that. The ideology in Hip Hop that “you are only as good as your last body of work” is a tricky one, and one that I don’t particularly agree with. I will never doubt an artist or hold it against them if they want to progress their sound, try new cadences and flows, and find a different subject matter to cover. Jay Z said it …

Confession – [Reno Shakur] x [LB199X] x [AyoNicky] x [Otitis]

Atlanta Georgia’s Reno Shakur has returned with his most exciting release to date. For his collaborative single “.Confession,” the Project FILO member connected with Guin Record’s LB199X, a promising hip-hop artist out of Washington, D.C. The record is jointly produced by Otitis and AyoNicky, who has turned into a favorite of Shakur’s, having crafted multiple hit songs for him. In Shakur’s words, “Confession is really just me telling the world that I’m going to be something one day. I’m fully aware of this fact. The song is bluntly saying that I’m going to sh** on anyone that ever shi**** on me. I recorded the record in my room; all in one day, and frequently edited it every few weeks.” Therefore, LB199X was the perfect feature for the track, adding raw genuineness and unadulterated story-telling to accompany Reno’s bold self-proclamations. Filled with piano keys, the groovy instrumental sets the tone for the expressive lyricism shared between Shakur and LB199X. “You know that you ain’t sh** ni***,  you sittin’ on the couch with your thumb in your ***  and you prayin’ that your bank get bigger.. But if you wanna work boy you gotta go berserk if you tryna’ make a name …

Without You – [Raff Alpha] x [Leroy Torawno]

Raff Alpha is a hip-hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Being a dual artist and producer, Raff’s signature sound is traditional boom bap and soul. Having performed numerous shows, Raff has opened up for Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Curren$y, R.A. The Rugged Man, Method Man, Redman, Styles P, Dead Prez, Jay Rock, Joyner Lucas, and more. In many ways, Alpha is the epitome of the phrase ‘your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,’ despite owning an underdog status throughout his career. Entirely independent, Raff is a part of the creative talent agency “Project FILO,” while also being the founder of his own record label “Omega Academy.” Including mixtapes, Raff has an impressive six projects in his discography: The Soul Goods, Alpha’s Rhyme Book, Positive Pain, Never Surrender, The Alpha Male EP, and his latest album, Archangel Gabriel, released in 2018. In my opinion, Archangel Gabriel is Raff’s best release to date. While the album is very much a spiritual project, Raff’s traditional old school flows remain. Raff considers this body of work to be his most personal, visualizing each track as separate messages from God. The final track, “Momma Tonya’s Prayer,” is a recorded prayer from Alpha’s mother. Despite the year following being a quiet one for Raff, the Baltimore …

Back2Back – [LL Lausane]

I usually try to only cover music that drops within a one-to-two week span, just to ensure that my coverage is always the most up to date so our readers can keep a timeline of releases with a sort of implied chronological order, but today I am very sorry to be derailing this standard practice. Today we are turning to Montgomery, Alabama which unfortunately is a city more synonymous with America’s brutally racist past and present than having any sort of viable hip-hop scene and the only artist to ever come close to the proverbial point of ‘making it out’ is Doe B and tragically his life was cut short as he was gunned down towards the end of 2013. This may have extinguished the immediate flame that burned more brightly than any others in the Gump but in the wake of this tragedy the youngsters that mourned his death have gone on to make music and consequently carry on Doe B’s legacy while quickly working to put Montgomery back on the national hip-hop map, like their neighbors to the south and north in Birmingham and Mobile have been able to do in the past two years. At the front …

Hard Hitter – [YINYO]

In an attempt to look at the bright side of a globally dire situation, the current pandemic has forced artists to turn limitation into innovation, finding creative new ways to make music, film videos, and even release and promote the art that they’re creating. In one example, we’ve seen Instagram Live become an exciting new way to host panels, events, and concerts over the past two months, spearheaded by celebrity participation and massive audiences. But even down to a DIY level, artists all over are proving just to be just as, if not even more, innovative, exemplified in Japanese artist YINYO’s debut release “Hard Hitter.” Directed by Aidan Cullen and Garret Gutierrez, the music video for “Hard Hitter” allows YINYO to connect his own quarantine experience in Japan with friends from all across the globe, watching as the burgeoning talent makes a song, start to finish, in an entirely virtual setting. From sharing files on WeChat all the way to laying down vocals in Logic, YINYO essentially pulls back the curtain in front of the artistic process in our current state of affairs, and documents his experience with an engaging set of visuals, complete with cameos from names such as Taco, Benny …