No Place Like Home – [Consequence] Ft. [Phife Dawg]

Consequence is a hip-hop legend but that’s common knowledge at this point, and Phife Dawg is an icon in music who we’ve missed dearly since his passing, so when I saw that Consequence dropped a new record “No Place Like Home” along with Phife, I had to tune in. These two legends traded magnificent bars back in forth throughout the song, along with a beautiful chorus that was performed by Alex Isley, the trio really did something special here. This was an all-around excellent offering that any hip-hop fan can enjoy, it felt great hearing Phife Dawg’s voice again, especially with how well Consequence + his team put together the song. Do yourself a huge favor and press play below! Produced by Consequence + Mike Cash • additional production elements by Fede Vindver + Rich Keller

Stevie – [Smokepurpp]

Smokepurpp has been moving in silence for a majority of 2019—despite his feature on Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout and the Dreamville compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Nonetheless, he’s back with another single titled “Stevie”! Smokepurpp glides over this track full of clever bars, catchy flows and silly metaphors. “They thought I fell off, now they taking it back.” he raps—addressing the fact that people in fact thought he would never come back with another hit like his smash single “Nephew”. Smokepurpp is currently working on his highly anticipated album  Deadstar II—which is executive produced by the legendary Mike Dean. He has fans waiting anxiously for his next move, and we will definitely be tuned on! For now, stream his new single and watch the visual below!  

Paul Janssen – [ANKHLEJOHN] [Rome Streetz]

2019 has seen an unexpected lyrical renaissance in the underground reminiscent of the Beast Coast days several years ago and this scene is spearheaded by the obvious figureheads from Griselda, as well as artists from MIKE and Earl Sweatshirt’s new sonic movement, and this has produced a number of underground talents that are beginning to carve out their own lanes and identities in these emerging scenes. Washington, DC’s ANKHLEJOHN (pronounced Uncle John) is one of my very favorites and his new visual for “Paul Janssen” shows incredible technical ability as well as his gruff vocal delivery that immediately endears him to old-head listeners, but he is charismatic enough to connect with a new generation of listeners as well. This instrumental follows the traditional sonic conventions that are beginning to reveal themselves in this lane with a lavish violin sample and subdued percussion, and even more impressive was produced by ANKHLEJOHN as well. Rome Streetz also offers a fantastic guest verse and is now firmly planted on my radar and I am eager to see what else he has to come. Watch the “Paul Janssen” visual below.

Watch IDK’s brand new interview with Real 92.3 LA

One of my favorite projects to come out this year is without a doubt IDK’s amazing effort titled Is He Real, so when I saw that he linked up with the good folks over at Power 92.3 LA for an interview, I couldn’t wait to dive into the discussion. You will find the DMV talent speaking on everything such as the previously mentioned album, religion, building his fan base, meeting Kanye West, dropping the ‘Jay’ from his name awhile back, the title of his project, producing some of his own material, his album cover, his hometown, moving to California, the documentary, exercising, part-owning two gyms, his relationships, having a conversation with Mike Tyson, DMX, his live performance, his favorite books and so much more. This was an all-around great interview that you shouldn’t miss out on, check it out below!

Sacrifices – [Mavi] [Navy Blue]

North Carolina native Mavi has to be one of my favorite artists right now. Orbiting the budding scene of just-left-of-center, soulful acts such as MIKE, Pink Siifu, Caleb Giles, Slauson Malone, and more, the rising talent has become a clear diamond in the ruff, consistently delivering verses that require a minimum of ten listens to totally understand. Even beyond his talents as a lyricist, though, Mavi knows how to keep a crowd, using the soul-stricken, almost weathered nature of his voice to perfect his storytelling proclamations. Today, in collaboration with the ever-talented Navy Blue, Mavi is back with a new single entitled “Sacrifices.” In the song’s opening seconds, Navy Blue lets out a triumphant “This a marathon sprint,” setting the tone for the song’s heart-ridden lyricism and foot-on-the-line sense of sincerity. Even in these general, oddly profound statements that Mavi and crew always seem to let out, there’s something further below the surface in the idea of such loyal, thoughtful artists making music without any air of compromise. In every way, they are their purest selves, just as “Sacifices” can attest. On the production side of things, the new single sounds as though it’s been marinating in soul all day …

Bases Loaded EP – [Sprado]

Sprado is a Chicagoan who has been making some noise over the past couple of years, he first grabbed my attention after the homie Bekoe put me onto his movement, and I have been a fan of his ever since so needless to say I have been waiting for this project! This tape is a total of thirteen songs in length and it offers an array of different types of sounds from the young emcee, but don’t think that he strayed away from his signature style, if anything this is just a well put together and more polished release from Sprado. I enjoyed all of the songs provided here but a couple of my favorites including the catchy ‘Mike N Ike’ as well as ‘American Dream’ featuring the Chicago OG Jeremih! This is a must-listen for any hip-hop fan but especially if you’re from the city, press play below!

Gutta Muzik – [Go Yayo]

As I’m sure we’re all aware, Texas is — and has been — one of the country’s premier outlets for rap. From the various pockets of talent within the state to platforms such as HalfPintFilmz capturing the hottest out of their respective regions, no one can deny the self-fueled impact of TX right now, always bringing something new to the table without losing the pride of its people. Today, marking the latest star from the area, Go Yayo is here with a brand new video for “Gutta Muzik.” Restructuring the classic “Gin And Juice” instrumental, “Gutta Muzik” maintains a quick pace, taking inspiration from the West Coast as its main source of fuel. Even with this clearly-stated influence, though, Yayo is sure to infuse his Texas charisma into the song, matching the sampled melodies with quick-minded quotables and a roaring supply of sleek flows. Resulting is a track that repurposes a West Coast classic into a Texas anthem, complete with its regional identity and head-turning video. Needless to say, Go Yayo is putting on for his home state and more specifically, the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so don’t sleep. Check out “Gutta Muzik” here: Directed by @FilmThatMike

Watch Chance The Rapper’s brand new interview with Power 92

The homie Hotrod has been doing some great work at Power 92 and he has been killing DJ sets all over the city, he has been giving artists a platform with The LitPit and the latest Chicagoan to stop by their studio was Chance The Rapper! Hot Rod always provides fantastic interviews on he asked a ton of great questions here about topics such as getting married and how his life has changed, how making of The Big Day, his personal favorite songs off of the album, Open Mike, Reggies Rock Club, being the leader of independence, donating a million dollars to mental health institutions in Chicago, Social Works, G Herbo & Joe Budden helping him out and what it was like growing up with people like Noname, Reese, Taylor, etc. Watch this brand new interview below! shot by Miguel Visuals

Song Of Solomon – [Solomon]

Back in March, Solomon (AKA Solomonluvbugs) made his debut with an impressive offering in “Cold Baby,” teasing something called SOS in the process. Turns out, it was his album Song Of Solomon, and, turns out, he picked right up where he left off delivering a well-rounded album that puts his wide array of styles on full display. With an ear for great production (from the likes of Stones Neighbor, Kye Colors, Mike Hurst, and more) the Kansas City excels at tweaking his delivery to fit the atmosphere of whatever style of beat he chooses. Case in point, “Dirt” and the following track “Speed Racer.” Each track has its own distinct feel–“Dirt” has a more textbook, traditional feel and “Speed Racer” is more atmospheric–but, back to back, they are two of the stronger efforts on the project. Even with a versatile approach, what really jumps out at me as a constant is the edge and grit Solomon brings both in style and lyricism; it often serves as the perfect contrast to the melodic-centric feel. Kansas City is home to some really bright, young talents, and now, it’s time to add Solomon to the ever-growing list. Standout tracks: “Dirt,” “Speed Racer,” & “Tarry Town”

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …