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Mrs. Whoever – [Saba]

Whether you’re from the suburbs of Chicago as I am, the city itself, or anywhere else in the world, it’s not a hard task to love Saba’s music. He started out strong so many years ago and has only gotten better with time, and his music ages wonderfully as well. I can’t help but revisit all of his past albums, especially Care For Me, and other than a few random guest spots on other artists’ songs, he has been relatively elusive for the past couple of years. Although this stinks from a fan’s perspective, it means that when he comes back, he’s coming back with some big moves, and luckily, I think today’s the day that these moves begin to take shape. To kick things off, Saba fired off a variety of mysterious Tweets that alluded to fans cracking some sort of code to get early access to his brand-new song “Mrs. Whoever”, but whether you were able to get to the bottom of things and solve the case or not, the song and accompanying music video are thankfully in our hands now. Spaced out, emotive guitar strums along with pitched-up background vocals begin to pave the way for the …

Walked In – [Germ]

When I was first put onto Germ so many years ago, I was absolutely blown away by his artistry. Although he hails from Atlanta, he definitely doesn’t fit the mold that most music fans grow to expect from the southern city, but that’s what makes him even better, in my opinion. His skateboarding roots definitely contribute to his carefree, rebellious nature, but his energy and always vigorous delivery captivates your brain for the couple of minutes each song he releases lasts for. His production is always carefully picked to bring the most out of his talents, and although they’re typically hardcore, 808-driven beats, they complement his style in the most seamless manner, always elevating each song more than I can even put into words. When Germ released The Hijinx Tape about a month ago, I was so excited to see the brand-new cohesive project that I got my expectations up to almost mind-bending heights. Luckily, he was able to deliver, and I didn’t get my hopes up for nothing. Although I have a hard time placing it in front of Germ Has A Deathwish because that was one of my favorite projects of last year, it continued his legacy and …

Grimey – [Jaah SLT] ft. [Sleep Walkin SLT]

Out of all the low-key hubs for Rap music around the country, North Carolina just might be the most slept on. Whether artists are local legends, barely coming onto the scene, or on the cusp of breaking through to the masses, there are so many different styles and talents coming out of the East Coast state. Out of all the artists, Jaah SLT is one person who I have only just recently found out about but have enjoyed diving deeper into his archives. With the announcement of his upcoming project 9-25-20, which is set to release that very day later this month, he decided to get even more momentum moving in his direction be releasing a music video and a single off of the project entitled “Grimey”. He recruited fellow SLT member Sleep Walkin SLT to assist him and although this was my first introduction to his crewmate, I was thoroughly impressed. Spread-out, tiptoeing, somewhat creepy synths create a simple melody for the instrumental while rattling percussion and speaker busting 808s take the mainstage and provide Jaah with a hard-hitting base to build off of. As he comes in, he divides up his lines, reciting a few words at a …

Messy – [Lil Tracy]

When I think about the underground Rap scene, Lil Tracy is one of the most legendary figures who pops into my head. I’ve always had such admiration for his work because he’s never shied away from talking about literally anything and although his lyrics somewhat transformed into subtle flexes and sexual innuendos the more famous he got, he still sticks to his roots in terms of his overall sound as well as some of the seriously emotional and eye-opening encounters he has had throughout his life. Although he has had some ups and downs throughout his career with certain people, he has stayed true to himself and that has been probably the biggest reason of them all as to why his cult fanbase is more loyal to him than most other music listeners are to their favorite artist. Tracy has been somewhat quiet in terms of music recently, but that typically means he’s cooking something up and he has some surprises that are going to be placed in our laps before we even realize it. Luckily, he decided to hit the SoundCloud pages like the old days and drop of a brand-new single entitled “Messy”. This track, produced by hitmakers …

Pick Up – [DaBaby] ft. [Quavo]

In the entire Rap industry, few people have the respect and loyal fanbase that DaBaby has grown for himself over the past couple of years. While I have been on record saying that his flow can sometimes get repetitive and tiresome at times, there’s no denying his hitmaking ability and fans have been eating up his music ever since he came on the scene. His voice is just so smooth and unwavering, never getting interrupted by last-minute breathes or pauses, and he knows exactly what he plans on doing as soon as he hops on any beat that’s put in front of him. Quavo has a similar talent considering he is known as one of the most catchy, enthralling hitmakers in any genre you can think of, and he has had this ability ever since he first took the music scene by storm. When they hopped on “Pick Up” together for the second track off of DaBaby’s album Blame it on Baby a few months ago, it was a banger from its very conception, and luckily, we were just gifted a brand-new music video to pair with the single. As the visual opens, a cell phone is buzzing on the …

The Lobby – [Doley Bernays]

New York City has always been an absolute hub for all things Hip-Hop and Rap related, of course, and it is even considered to be the birthplace of Rap music. Since its early days, fans have always kept a close eye on the constantly blossoming scene to see who just might be up next and who is making music by their own rules rather than by somebody else’s. Although the NYC music scene is clearly much different than it used to be, there are a plethora of artists who are making sure that they’re not being boxed into a certain style or subgenre simply because of their geographical location, and Doley Bernays is the perfect example. Although I’m not overly familiar with his previous work, when I found out he was gearing up to release a project that had features from artists like Maxo Kream and 03 Greedo, I had to find out what a New Yorker would sound like with such unique artists like them. Luckily, he just released a video for the upcoming project’s title track “The Lobby”, and I totally see why he reached out to the aforementioned talents after tuning in. Ambient noises pair with West …

Red Card – [Frisco] ft. [Skepta] [Jammer] [JME] & [Shorty]

I have slowly but surely become a fan of Grime music over the past few years, but I still have so much to learn. Skepta is obviously an all-time favorite of mine, but I also enjoy it when he teams up with some of his homies so I can learn more about the world of Grime music. While I know that he is a part of a group called Boy Better Know, or BBK for short, based on their appearance on his album Konnichiwa a few years back, I didn’t realize just how deep their roots run in the Grime scene. Luckily, I can get caught up a bit with the release of Frisco’s song “Red Card” because he recruits the rest of the BBK group he’s a part of to join him in the brand-new song and visual. The beat is comprised of mysterious, eerie flutes of some sort that playout for the entire song but switch up slightly after the beat eventually drops once Frisco makes his way through the first hook. When the beat does finally drop, rattling hats and booming 808s pave the way for Skepta to prove exactly why he’s one of, if not the …

Trophy Boyz – [Xavier Wulf]

After getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the year, Xavier Wulf has somewhat calmed down and let the dust settle a bit. There’s nothing wrong with that in the slightest, though, because ever since he started blazing a trail that countless other artists have followed within the underground so many years ago, he has been one of the most consistent rappers producing some of the highest output in the entire industry. His consistency was always noticeable of course, but what was even more perceptible was the fact that throughout all of his releases, he consistently gave us some of the most masterful, inventive, and impressive songs to ever come out of the underground. His brief hiatus has luckily come to an end with the release of his song “Trophy Boyz”, and it’s yet again another banger that is sure to turn any function up to the max. Quintin Lamb produced this hit, and he starts it out with some resounding synths paired with crisp, intense hats and claps alongside some piercing 808s that couple seamlessly with Xavier’s unapologetically sinister flow. A sound bite from Seth MacFarlane plays from one of his shows and although I’m pretty …

Dragonball Durag (Remix) – [Thundercat] ft. [Smino] & [Guapdad 4000]

When “Dragonball Durag” came out on Thundercat’s album It is What It Is earlier this year, I was a massive fan. Not only was it comical, of course, and the video helped level up the comedic aspects of it, but it was just so smooth and charming, which is kind of ridiculous considering the lyrical content of the song itself. While I’ve made it known that Cat’s album is one of my favorites so far this year, I’m always looking for additions, adjustments, and remixes to see who else can bring a new flame to the party. Most recently, the newest spin on the classic, humorous love song was provided by two unlikely artists, but two of the most talented artists, nonetheless. The two people I’m talking about, of course, are Smino and Guapdad 4000. While I’ve been a fan of Smino’s for a while, I’ve just recently started listening to Guapdad’s music, and I’m beyond impressed with everything I’ve heard. On the “Dragonball Durag” remix, Thundercat keeps his verses in place and untouched, ensuring that they remain as flawless and as wholesome as they were in the original version. I also enjoy this tactic because as I was making …

1999 – [Rich Brian]

Rich Brian has been on an absolute tear recently, and I’ve had a blast watching all of the moves he’s made unfold. While he might’ve come onto the scene as a meme rapper, his talent and unique voice were clearly enthralling, and it was awesome to see Brian recognize this and turn it into a legitimate career that is now thriving. Recently, he has somewhat ditched his quick bars including his atypically low voice for a more Indie-inspired singing style that I have been a fan of since I first heard it. It might be a different sound than we anticipated when he first took the music industry by storm, but I’m here for it and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Luckily and surprisingly, he dropped off a brand-new EP for fans called 1999, and although it was unexpected, it was definitely much appreciated. This 7 song, almost 24-minute project includes a small sample size of his various different skills, sometimes returning to his more straightforward bars while other times showing off his newly found singing aptitudes. On the project’s opening record “Sometimes”, amused, upbeat synths lay the foundation for the melody as curious piano keys …