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Spending Spree – [Babyface Ray] ft. [Veeze]

Babyface Ray is someone who I honestly didn’t listen to extremely often when I first got into the Detroit rap scene, but that has completely changed over the last year or so. When I initially tapped in with the scene up in Michigan, I was immediately encapsulated by the insane sounds that were being brought to life, and although I now realize that Ray is one of the greatest to ever do it in Detroit, I was completely sleeping on him in the beginning. Well, after the success that his album FACE had on all fronts from a critic and a fan perspective, I knew that he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but that has pretty much been a given for years now. Then, when I saw that he dropped a deluxe version of the already insanely compelling album that featured artists like Veeze, Lil Yachty, Lucki, and more, I was even more excited than ever about the project. His song “Back N Action” has been in constant rotation from the moment I first listened to it, but the song that I didn’t realize was so fantastic until recently was “Spending Spree” featuring Veeze. Due to this, you can only …

GOOD MEMORIES – [LUCKI]

There is no shortage of legendary or iconic talents from Chicago, yet it seems like the rest of the world still hasn’t fully grasped that concept quite yet. Although these artists are truly one of a kind, I think what completely sets this city apart from other music hubs is the community that we have built here. So many artists work together and support one another, and the local fan bases they have built have become stronger than anywhere else imaginable, so even if someone might not have nationwide fame, their shows are always going to sell out when they announce a performance, and I don’t see that ever changing. For LUCKI, this isn’t a problem even slightly because he is one of the handful of artists who will undeniably sell out shows no matter where in the world he performs, and he is truly as unique and influential as it gets. When he dropped his song “GOOD MEMORIES” a few weeks back, I was absolutely enthralled and haven’t stopped listening to it ever since, so when I realized that there was a Lonewolf-directed visual for the enticing track, I knew I couldn’t miss out. Much like the majority of …

Love Myself – [MadeinTYO] & [UnoTheActivist]

Few artists in music can claim to be innovators and trendsetters for other up-and-comers, but when this is a badge you receive, you wear it with honor without a doubt. MadeinTYO came onto the scene years ago with viral hits like “Uber Everywhere” and “Skateboard P”, and even if it has been a little bit of time since we received a song that went as crazy as these did from him, he is on his grind now more than ever. UnoTheActivist is another legend who has created an entirely new soundscape all on his own, and even if he isn’t played on the radio all over the world, true fans know exactly how one of a kind he surely is. Although I’m late to the party, these two icons teamed up in mid-December to drop a collaborative effort entitled Yokohama which features 16 songs running almost 47 minutes long and boasts guest appearances from MDMA and KA$HDAMI, ultimately delivering an album. That you don’t want to miss out on. In order to keep the momentum going, they also teamed up with Lonewolf (who seems to be everywhere at once recently) to shoot an inventive new music video for the project’s …

Evil Twin – [Powers Pleasant] ft. [Denzel Curry] & [ZillaKami]

There are certain names in this industry that have popped up time and time again, and I have somehow not managed to pay more attention. One artist is Powers Pleasant, a producer and DJ who was responsible for helping create the Pro Era collective that has gained more and more popularity over the years, yet I somehow have taken him for granted and haven’t given him the attention that I should have. Well, hindsight is 20/20 and I know it’s finally time to wake up and find out all of the unbelievable skills he has in production, and I figured there was no better place to start than with his latest song “Evil Twin” featuring Denzel Curry and ZillaKami, a dup that never disappoints for even a second. While this song is an all-out banger from start to finish thanks to a remarkably hard beat from Powers and equally addicting and aggressive bars from the two emcees, the Lonewolf-directed music video is just something you need in your life if this style of music is up your alley. It opens with Kami and Denzel being locked up in a New York prison and wrapped up in straitjackets and masks as …

2019 – [LUCKI] & [F1LTHY]

It seems like over the past few weeks, LUCKI has been dropping constantly, and I couldn’t be more stoked about that because it gives me something incredible to write about all the time. Just a few weeks back, LUCKI teamed up with Working on Dying’s very own F1LTHY in order to drop their collaborative project WAKE UP LUCKI, which I’m sure you have heard about a ton at this point, and although I’m not surprised that it was as amazing as it turned out to be, I was definitely beyond excited about the results. It has been in my rotation pretty much daily ever since it was released, and I find new moments throughout that continue to pull me in with every additional listen. At this point, I don’t think LUCKI could do any wrong within his copious amounts of music, and his chemistry with F1LTHY is just so compelling that I have enjoyed every second of the additional drops that accompany this project. Of course, he’s not even close to finished with his victory lap, most recently teaming up once again with Lonewolf to shoot a music video for one of the tape’s most addicting tracks entitled “2019”, and …

U.G.K – [Lucki] & [F1LTHY]

Chicago’s very own Lucki has always been an artist who plays by his own rules, does his own thing, and creates whatever style of music that he thinks sounds good. Clearly, he has quite the ear for what sounds right, because he has constantly amassed a loyal and always growing cult following that is nothing short of dedicated, and I think that this more than anything has helped him grow his career. Although he has connections with mainstream artists and other pop culture figures, he has always seemed comfortable in the underground music scene, and he doesn’t really feel the urge to break out to wider audiences because not only is his following still massive, but he knows his sound isn’t something that is necessarily going to appeal to a more basic crowd, and that’s not what he wants in the first place. Just last week, Lucki teamed up with F1LTHY once again to release their collaborative project WAKE UP LUCKI, and even though it is an instant classic in my mind, it left me wanting more. Luckily, my desire was pleased to find out that. They teamed up with Lonewolf yet again to shoot a miniature movie for their …

NEPTUNE VS. INDUSTRY – [Lucki] & [F1lthy]

When an artist independently makes a name for themselves as they rise through the ranks of the music industry, that’s always obviously prominent. It’s not easy to lift off and rise up above certain levels, but when a talent can do this, it means that there’s seriously something special within them, and that can’t go unnoticed. At the same time, there are some duos throughout the music scene that work just so well together, and it might be harder to make it big in a group depending on who you ask, but when a tag team finally receives the accolades they deserve, it’s that much more special, in my opinion. Although Lucki and F1lthy aren’t technically in a group or anything of that nature, every time they team up it seems like they flip the music world on its head, and they have yet to release anything that could be considered even close to a miss. That’s why, as soon as I found out that these two hitmakers were finally teaming up for a full collaborative project entitled WAKEUPLUCKI that is set to drop within the coming weeks, I got way more excited than I’d like to admit as a …

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 …