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New Drank – [Lucki]

Lucki is one of the most notable figures in the Chicago music scene, and I don’t think anyone would argue with that statement for even a second. He has been in the music game for almost a decade which is impressive considering he’s still relatively young when compared to other notorious figures in the Windy City, and his career is still continuing to skyrocket whether you like it or not. Although his sound has remained fairly similar to the way it was back when he first got his start, his personal plot has thickened and his story has grown deeper and more compelling than ever, and this is something that keeps fans coming back for more as he continues on in his career. Although he might not be your typical superstar, his cult following never stops growing, and even when he takes small breaks to recompose himself and his narrative, his fans are always going to flock back in hordes because they know exactly what they’re getting with Lucki’s music, and that’s some straight-up hits. Most recently, Lucki came back with another banger entitled “New Drank” which comes equipped with a Lonewolf-directed music video that’s yet another unforgettable addition to …

MazeRunner – [Ronnie Rage]

Out of all the up-and-coming artists I’ve found out about over the years, Ronnie Rage is probably one of the most exciting artists on my radar, and after listening to his music, it should excite you just as much. Just a couple of months ago, Ronnie released his latest project Born Outside which featured songs like “Doing Too Much” and “Kiki’s Revenge”, and while I knew his singles were incredible, I was curious to see how he’d hold up on an entire project. After listening, it was clear that he not only had a variety of skills in his toolbox, but he also had such an intriguing, captivating story that made fans go crazy and want to learn even more about him. While he has always seemed to be an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t avoid talking about introspective, personal topics in his music, this is no different in his latest song “MazeRunner”, where he gets more vulnerable and intimate than ever, contributing to a song that you don’t want to miss out on. Alongside this track comes a music video directed by X Ray Productions with VFX by Goood Dylan, and the results are …

LA – [midwxst] ft. [KA$HDAMI]

I used to always write about the hyperpop scene as if it was a small, lesser-known subgenre that only draws select audiences and has a long way to go before it gets to the masses. However, so much has changed in the last year or so, and hyperpop has been taking the world by storm, so I seriously couldn’t be more excited. Along with this, I have a few artists that are my go-to favorites, and midwxst is definitely a talent who I find myself constantly listening to even if I don’t intentionally turn on his music. I couldn’t be more excited now that his latest project Back In Action is in our hands, and after listening through it, it’s even better than I could have expected. While there are a few big features throughout this 8 song, 20-minute long project including BabySantana, Slump6s, and ericdoa who all bring various energies and sounds that elevate this project, midwxst proves that he can carry the brunt of any tape on his own shoulders, even though I never doubted this for a second. Even with these guest spots, one of my favorite features was KA$HDAMI on their song “LA”, so you can …

Come Alive – [Taylor Bennett] ft. [TheHxliday]

Over the past handful of years, few artists in Chicago have remained at the top of their game as Taylor Bennett has. While many people might’ve come for his music because they had to hear what Chance’s little brother sounded like, they stayed for years and years because it was clear that talent was a common theme in the Bennett family and Taylor was giving Chance a run for his money more often than not. Just before the weekend, Taylor dropped off an unexpected yet much-appreciated collaboration with Baltimore native TheHxliday called “Come Alive”, and while I never really thought of these two talents sharing a record together, they did an absolutely remarkable job. Although I was bumping the track all weekend, when I saw that they decided to team up with Goood Dylan to direct a music video in the city that Taylor and I both call home, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. Although Goood Dylan is a relatively new director and editor on my radar, I have realized that he uses lots of specific, unique animations that are somewhat similar to fellow videographer Lonewolf, yet Dylan puts his own spin on these intriguing edits. After …

Almost Woke – [Lucki]

A lot of people who aren’t familiar with Chicago’s very own Lucki might hear people describe his music as conscious rap and automatically group him in a lane with artists like J. Cole or Kendrick, yet he is in a lane of his own, and listeners wouldn’t understand that until tuning in for themselves. He is just so ethereal that his songs seem to naturally ooze out of him as his deepest and darkest thoughts come to life through his nonchalant, almost sleepy delivery that caught me off guard almost a decade ago and kept me coming back for more with every new release he put out. Late last night, he decided to surprise listeners once again with a brand-new two-track EP that came out of nowhere, yet I couldn’t be more thankful. The first song is called “LifestyleBrazy” and features production from one of my all-time favorite producers Brent Rambo. Here, Brent uses some almost worrisome, momentous piano keys underneath some sinister and piercing hats, poignant synths, and minimalistic drums that provide the perfect underworld sound for Lucki to absolutely demolish. As I’ve grown familiar with Lucki, I’ve learned to love his stylistic choice of starting sentences in a …

Beautiful Boy – [BBKnight]

Over the past few years, Southern California rapper BBKnight has been actively building an engaging fanbase and a strong catalog. The left coast emcee burst on the scene in 2017 with his Lonewolf directed video entitled “Zines,” he’s since followed that up with an array of well-received singles and his acclaimed 2020 full length, Industry’s Unaccepted’, which featured BigBabyGucci and ILYHOOK. Looking to solidify the buzz that’s been surrounding his name, he returns to the forefront with his long-awaited new album, Beautiful Boy. Featuring production from Harold Harper, Indigo, Fernospazzin, and more, Beautiful Boy finds BBKnight performing at the absolute height of his abilities. With only three features on the project, and two of them coming from inside his camp, he spends the 12 songs actively showcasing his progression as an artist. Songs like, “Mathematics” “Reach For The Moon” and “She Got Love For Me,” highlight a newfound ability to relate to the listener instead of always flexing on them, while, “Nickname Should have Been” “Beautiful Boy,” and “New State,” will keep core fans who are looking for that happy as well. Stream BBKnight’s ‘Beautiful Boy’ for yourself after the break.

Widebody – [Lucki]

I’ve mentioned it copiously before, but Lucki is one of the most prolific and storied emcees in the entire underground music scene not only in Chicago but in the whole country. While ignorant outsiders might look at his music as a half-spirited effort that contains little substance, true Rap fans recognize the emotional journey and struggles that consume Lucki within every single record he releases, and the monotone qualities of his voice just further emphasize the numbness he feels after constantly having to deal with his inner battles. Thankfully, to round out the end of last year, he ended a terrible 2020 on a high note with his extremely powerful EP The World is Lucki’s. Although this effort was only 3 songs long and barely lasted 6 minutes, every square inch of the EP was as Flawless as Lucki’s Twitter handle would suggest, bringing us back a few years to a more classic sound with a twist that was provided by a new and constantly growing Lucki. Out of the trio of records on the project, the middle song “Widebody” truly caught my attention, partially because one of my favorite producers ever, Brent Rambo produced it, but also partially because …

Sun Came Out – [Gunna]

I feel like I end up coving almost every single release from Gunna which means I cover a lot of Gunna offerings considering he’s always dropping new content. He’s not letting WUNNA go, as he shouldn’t, and he’s been consistently releasing wonderfully inventive music videos to assist the project, so I couldn’t be more excited when I see he released even more. While I’ve probably heard “Dollaz On My Head”, “Skybox”, “Rockstar Bikers & Chains”, and “Addys” hundreds of times at this point, there are definitely some songs that are still fantastic, yet go unnoticed due to the fact that they’re overshadowed by these hits. Luckily, Gunna isn’t going to let these wonderful offerings fall by the wayside, and he’s trying to bring newfound attention to them by releasing visuals to highlight their incredibility. “Sun Came Out” is one of these hits, and although it might’ve been a song I’d only listen to when running through the album in its entirety, I definitely need to rethink my stance after checking out the brand-new music video. As we are introduced to the visual, Gunna and his crew are in an airport where they joke around about sleeping very well on their …

Tens into Benjamins – [Matt Ox] ft. [Na’Kel Smith]

In complete honesty, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Matt Ox, but I guess I’ve always respected the moves he has made to blow up in the underground rap scene. Since his early days making music after barely becoming a teenager, I have tuned in slightly more often and I definitely have heard him make hits, so I can’t deny him that whatsoever. I typically listen up when he hops on a track with another artist I’m a fan of, and that’s when I see all of his different styles come out of the woodwork. Most recently, although I was a few days late to the party, he teamed up with my favorite skateboarding rapper Na’Kel Smith to drop an absolute heater along with a music video to accompany it directed by none other than Lonewolf. The instrumental for “Tens into Benjamins”, which is produced by McCoy, includes rapidly chattering percussion, hard-hitting yet somewhat composed drums, and a mysterious, tiptoeing melody that is simple but provides a nice base for the two artists to truly unleash their personalities. Before the beat drops, Matt’s voice is filtered as he gives us a bit of a preview of what’s to …

Thrusting – [Internet Money] ft. [Swae Lee] & [Future]

Internet Money is the powerhouse in music that everyone in the music industry raves about and respects, but I’m not sure the general public or casual music listener knows about just how much they’re responsible for in terms of songs, styles, and breakout artists. They’ve pretty much created a sound that took the world by storm over the past few years and now the scene is flooded with some of the various styles they’ve created throughout this time. Although they’ve produced hits for absolute icons and legends, they also have their own in-house signees who I think are more promising than anyone else in the current climate of music. It’s also insane how they don’t just stop at Hip-Hop or Rap but rather expand their horizons and branch out into other genres to not only reach various audiences but to also challenge themselves to try new things and continue to invent new sounds and styles. If you’re at all familiar with Internet Money or music in general, then it shouldn’t come as a surprise in the slightest that their debut album B4 The Storm is just a week away. When I saw the tracklist, I almost passed out after seeing …