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HATE IT OR LOVE IT – [DC the Don]

In the current day and age of music, it is genuinely hard for me to not get excited about the next generation of hitmakers, and I couldn’t be more excited for the direction that these musicians are heading in. Out of everyone, I think my personal favorite (or at least the artist who I believe has the most consistently exciting releases, creative outlook, and overall vision) is DC the Don, a Los Angeles by way of Milwaukee emcee who really needs no introduction at this point, especially considering I think I’ve written about the majority of his releases over the past couple of years. His second studio album My Own Worst Enemy dropped in February and quickly gained my attention thanks to its double persona narrative that aided in the inclusivity of two different sides of DC. This was awesome because it not only gave us a storyline that was super interesting, but it also gave DC an easy excuse to show off a ton of different sides of his skillset while gifting listeners a wide array of styles that he seems to dominate. While I still listen to this project on the regular, I was itching for new music, …

Regardless – [Bari] & [monte booker]

If you’re familiar with the name Bari, but you’re not entirely sure why, it’s because he has been lurking in the shadows for the last couple of years carefully and meticulously planning his next big move. While it’s never easy to be a fan of someone who seems quite elusive at times because all you want from them is more music, as long as the records and projects they have released have longevity, then you have more than enough content to keep you occupied while waiting. Luckily, Bari has strung together quite a few hits throughout the years, so while I have been content during his hiatus, I am certainly looking forward to some big moves in the. Near future. After working with the Chicago & St. Louis collective Zero Gravity, Bari has not only learned from his group’s counterparts but also contributed wonderful additions to every song that they have released, whether it’s as a crew or in separate endeavors. Well, his brand-new track “Regardless” is long overdue after not releasing anything since dropping F*@k It… Burn It All Down, but with just this one song, he proves that he hasn’t lost a single ounce of his talent or …

Youngin-[LOCS]

If there’s anything I love more than unlistenable ambient albums, it’s hip-hop that dares to be different. Today I’m honored to present listeners to LOCS, who returns to listeners this month with “Youngin” – his first release since he dropped the ANOMALY EP last spring. You may recognize LOCS from his semi-viral “2020 Freestyle”, and if so, you’ll be happy to hear that this month’s release “Youngin” is instilled with just as much (if not more) electrifying energy than its predecessor. Over a warped and demonic mix decorated with distorted vocals (?), LOCS pulls zero punches as he flows effortlessly on a beat that most rappers would be scared to touch. Between “2020 Freestyle” and the previously-released “Nothing Less”, the ATL-based artist has been making waves out east for a minute now – and luckily our king continues his momentum more and more with every release. Though I’m crossing my fingers that “Youngin” is an indication of more music to come soon, LOCS has kept fans more than fed already in 2022. Until LOCS circles back with more heat, however, you can bet that “Youngin” will colonize my weekly rotation for the foreseeable future.   Check out LOCS’ new single …

She Want Some More – [Internet Money] ft. [Ken Car$on] & [Lil Tecca]

When considering different powerhouses in the hip-hop industry currently, the list doesn’t extend very far at all without Internet Money coming into the discussion. The collective of producers took over a handful of years ago, and it seems like ever since, they have had a hand in some of the biggest hits in the business, so it’s obvious that they’re not ones to mess with. They also have a select few artists that they regularly work with on a variety of projects, and even though these emcees are people we’ve come to expect to work with IM, they never fail to impress every time they drop something new. I have been waiting patiently for a follow-up to the label’s next big project after their massively successful 2020 debut album B4 THE STORM, and even with the release of countless bangers ever since, I don’t know if I’ve been as excited about anything as I am for their upcoming EP WE ALL WE GOT which is set to release on August 18th. The tape will feature 6 songs and include artists like Lucki, Destroy Lonely, Yeat, Lil Yachty, and more, and the collective’s brand-new single “She Want Some More” featuring Ken …

CAUSE WE IN – [Deadboys]

There is no textbook or explanation of who you have to be in order to make it big in music, obviously. This can be great because it gives people the opportunity to be whoever they want to be and make a name for themselves in whichever fashion they choose, but there are some downsides as well. This freedom can cause some people to be stuck up, entitled, or just downright rude, and while this doesn’t seem to be the case with most of the people I have come across in the industry luckily, it definitely applies to some individuals who will remain unnamed. So, when I first tapped in with Keshore after years of listening to him for years, I was seriously so grateful that he was one of the most genuine people I have met in the business. Then, when you combine this with the fact that he is one of the most unignorable, entertaining, and talented figures in music overall, it adds up to a recipe for success that I couldn’t imagine anyone else more deserving than him. Moving on, though, he has talked about this group he is a part of called Deadboys which is still a …

shake it – [wolfacejoeyy]

There are certain artists who grow on me the more I listen to them, and while this strays away from those that I am immediately enthralled by, I almost prefer the first option. I just think that when I am so obsessed with someone from the moment I first listen to them, it leaves room for me to be let down or disappointed when they don’t necessarily impress me as much as they once did with the first song I heard. As for Staten Island artist wolfacejoeyy, he is someone who I have been put onto a few times, but it seems like the more music I am sent from him, the more I seriously vibe with his sound. He just has this easygoing, swift cadence that is often extraordinarily animated and charismatic, which is absolutely no different when checking out his latest song “shake it”. This song is already going crazy after being used in over 4,000 TikTok videos organically while also landing on the New & Hot SoundCloud charts yet again, and after tapping in, I understand exactly why people are raving about it. Produced by Whereis22, the instrumental just pulsates with energy as the kicks just punch …

WTFDIFS – [Chloe Tang]

If there’s one thing that I understand it’s that the heart wants what it wants – even if it doesn’t make any sense. Whether it’s chasing a fleeting romance or eating 6 apricots in one sitting, sometimes our impulses can be both our strongest assets and our biggest weaknesses. Luckily I’m not alone, as Chloe Tang’s newest single “WTFDIFS” (short for Why The Fuck Do I Feel So Sad) explores the torment and tension experienced when you just can’t get over someone. Cleverly written and carefully produced, “WTFDIFS” pairs Chloe’s affinity for songwriting and powerful vocal catharsis to produce one of the best pop records I’ve seen released this year. “WTFDIFS” is a love letter for the hopeless romantics and those trapped lamenting lost love they wish they could forget – and who could blame them? Who among us can reflect on a life free from romantic turmoil delivered to us by our very own thoughts? Though Chloe’s message may not be as philosophical as I’m making it out to be, lyrics like “I got a real toxic relationship with the thought of you” serve listeners a cautious PSA over the dangers of love’s loose ends. With more music hopefully …

Bad Habit – [Steve Lacy]

For most upcoming artists, the best piece of advice I can give is to release frequently and to release quality. When you’re first starting out and solidifying a spot in this industry, you want to constantly remind listeners of your abilities, and you never want to give them a reason to forget about you for even a second, so this is the best strategy I can suggest. This isn’t even close to the same advice I’d give seasoned veterans, though, but they don’t need any pointers from me in order to get the recognition and following that they deserve. I feel like when someone like Steve Lacy, for instance, releases music every few years, it just makes these releases feel like much more of a spectacle, and while I think the frequency of his drops doesn’t necessarily have a say in how crazy fans are going to get, it just gets me more excited when he does finally rollout an album. Luckily, the 24-year-old just announced a brand-new album entitled Gemini Rights that is set to release on July 15th, and after his first single in years entitled “Mercury”, he is back and once again at the top of his …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

Ok/Blick – [Slump6s]

Slump6s is an artist who I haven’t quite learned too much about at this point in time, but he is certainly someone who has caught my attention and gets me excited for another new emcee who is putting on for the current generation of hip-hop. I first heard him through collaborations with hyperpop emcees like ericdoa and midwxst, but his verses on these records left me wanting to hear so much more, and after reading some of his bio, I am even more in on the Rochester musician. Most talents nowadays seem to just pick up a mic and go, but Slump actually learned how to play the clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and drums in his school’s band, so this background gives him much more of a head start as far as his music knowledge and his masterfulness goes. At the beginning of the weekend, Slump dropped a brand-new EP called B4GEN, so coming off of a memorable performance at last weekend’s Summer Smash, it’s clear that he is on a hot streak unlike anyone else. Luckily, 5 new songs that lasted over 10 minutes long wasn’t enough because he even dropped an Everywhere & Nowhere-directed visual for the project’s closing …