SEARCH FOR: MAKA

Out My Way – [Maka] ft. [Donald Grunge]

Consistent as he may be all year round, it goes without saying that Massachusetts native Maka comes into full form during the spring and summertime. Something about his sound makes perfect sense during the warmer months, and today, Maka shows this off with his annual spring and summer campaign, dropping off a new single entitled “Out My Way” alongside fellow MA artist Donald Grunge. Produced by Brockton, MA native Isaiah Valmont, this collaboration between three of the state’s most promising talents is certainly an exciting one on paper, and the song is sure to deliver. Maka and Grunge find a creatively ambitious balance of sparkling, loosely-flowing deliveries, and the real wind under their sails arrives in the concoction of melody both in the production and in their vocals. In such a manner, “Out My Way” feels like everyone is on the same page and roaring with energy, making this one a must-listen. Be sure to check out the song below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced By Isaiah Valmont

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Live In Boston – [Maka]

From tropical, warm-weathered anthems all the way to simplistic, back-breaking bangers like “Live In Boston,” Massachusetts native Maka has been one of my favorite artists to watch over the past few years. He’s always switching up his style and trying out new things, making for an endlessly entertaining output that you can never predict, but you can always count on to impress. Today, Maka is back to bless fans with the much-needed visual companion for “Live In Boston.” Featuring runway imagery to match the song’s various fashion references as well as numerous scenes of Maka enjoying himself and dancing to such an effortlessly anthemic song, this music video is the perfect example of Maka’s charismatic personality. The laidback charm of “Live In Boston” is seamlessly translated onto the screen, and here to attest are some iconic quotes that Maka included such as my two personal favorites: “This shit bounce.” – The Streets “I f*ck with it” – Raf Simons “Live In Boston” is the perfect, to-the-point banger that we can all throw on repeat at our summer functions this year, so be sure to get hip by checking out the new video below! Shot/Directed by Henry McGowan (Pinkslip Films) Edited …

Brand New – [Maka]

Boston is a must-watch city in the music world right now, and amongst those leading the charge is a standout artist by the name of Maka who you simply need to paying attention to. Blessed with the skills of both versatility and a refreshing burst of energy that characterizes his music, Maka is the kind of artist who you simply can’t help but love, and today, he’s here to prove this with a brand new single entitled “Brand New.” Arriving just in time for the beginnings of the warm weather, “Brand New” feels like a sun-kissed day, acting as an anthemic offering to lead listeners into the spring. While the sparkling instrumental bounces around within its infectious melody and creates a fitting sonic direction in the process, Maka’s captivating vocals bring this single full circle, making “Brand New” a must-listen jam for the warmer days to come. That said, I could go on and on about how refreshing this single truly is, but I’ll just let you check it out for yourself. Stream “Brand New” below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by BBJ

Don Ricardo Drive (Paranoia) – [Patrick Michel]

Hailing from Brockton, Massachusetts, Patrick Michel is at the head of the charge right now in terms of Massachusetts artists who are quickly bringing attention toward their home state. Michel’s skills reside most impactfully in his soul-stricken vocals and commanding presence when on the mic, and today, he’s here to show this off with a hard-nosed new offering by the name of “Don Ricardo Drive (Paranoia)”. Produced by fellow MA talent, Maka, this track takes on a powerful nature from the very first seconds, as the simplistic piano melodies clash against the trap-induced drums with ease. When matched with Patrick Michel’s vivid lyrics and energetic vocals, “Don Ricardo Drive” becomes a banger at heart, and the result is a piece of undeniable proof why Michel is set to have a blockbuster year in 2019. Be sure to get hip by listening to the new single below and let us know what you think in the comment section! Produced by Maka

CowboyTalk – [Donald Grunge]

While the worlds of hip-hop and country music may seem like polar opposites on the surface, it can be oddly magical when an artist attempts to find a fusion between the two. Here to take on the challenge is a Boston-based act by the name of Donald Grunge with his latest project, CowboyTalk. 7 tracks long, this tape is by far one of the most creative we’ve heard in recent memory, as Grunge’s otherworldly vocals take on a life of their own amidst such energetic production. Surely, CowboyTalk is creatively ambitious, but it’s also extremely well-executed, shedding a light on one of Boston’s finest rising talents at the moment. The tape’s two singles — “Guitar Grunge” and “Snake In My Boot” — set up a perfect alley-oop for the main entree, and just as we anticipated, Grunge released a slam dunk. Stream CowboyTalk below and stay updated on the latest from Grunge by following him on Twitter here! Art by @gregisonfire Produced by Mike Hector, David Walker, JORD4NEVERDIED, Chris Tophr, Jonny Doobs, Maka, & Humbeats

Henny Sippa – [FAbzabove] ft. [Donald Grunge] [Splash Got’Em]

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s some serious energy coming out of Boston right now. Here to lead the charge for their hometown are three artists by the names of FAbzabove, Donald Grunge, and Splash Got’Em with their brand new visuals for the anthemic single, “Henny Sippa”. As the title entails, this track is as reckless and unapologetically itself as can be. It’s addictive in its over-the-top personality while energetic in sound, and the result is an offering that is ready to light up any venue it touches, one “Henny sippa, Glock grippa, F*ck N****” chant at a time. The visuals complement this energy to a T, and needless to say, they speak for themselves, so I’ll let you watch for yourself at the link below. Oh, and by the way, this should remind you that Boston’s got next. Produced by Maka Shot & Directed by Xandros Mixed by Triple Beam Brad

YBN: The Mixtape – [YBN Nahmir] x [YBN Almighty Jay] x [YBN Cordae]

We have watched the YBN legacy grow before our eyes over the past year ever since YBN’s frontman Nahmir dropped his hit record Rubbin off The Paint last September. Fast forward to present day, and with his two compadres Almighty Jay & Cordae joining up to form one of the strongest collectives in the game, YBN: The Mixtape is finally in our grasp. Bursting with 23 tracks laced with new-and-old YBN, the trio connected with a number of notable guests including Asian Doll, Cuban Doll, Lil Skies, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Gucci Mane who appears on the standout, New Drip. Along with an even bigger list of producers (Wallis Lane, Foreign Teck, Hitmaka, Cardiak & Hoodzone to name a few), the debut YBN tape is bound to create a real stir once it makes its rounds as Nahmir, Almighty Jay and Cordae refused to take their foot off the gas pedal for even a second. Having said that, start your end of the week off right with YBN: The Mixtape now streaming everywhere!

Codename: Girls Next Door – [Gin Mason] [CHI]

It comes as no surprise by now that Massachusetts is home to an incredible number of rising artists. Amidst the finest of these artists are Gin Mason and CHI: two remarkably gifted talents that are here today to present fans with a 6-track project, Codename: Girls Next Door alongside Boston DJ duo the SuperSmashBroz. For those who have been paying close attention to our pages recently, you may remember the first single from the project, “Girls Night“, released a few weeks back. We heard great promise on this loose release, but now that the final product is finally here, it goes without saying that Mason and CHI have blessed us all with a worthy soundtrack for the good times that arrive with the warm weather. Each song is immaculately placed in a way such that its full effect is felt, and the solo feature from fellow Boston native Michael Christmas only acts a cherry on top to the melodic track and my personal favorite off of the project, “Fronto”. Additionally, we need to acknowledge production credits from LDG, Maka, Tee-WaTT, the SuperSmashBroz, and KorHef, all of which absolutely snapped in their respective roles. The latest collaborative offering from Gin Mason and CHI deserves …

Guitar Grunge – [Donald Grunge]

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today is an artist by the name of Donald Grunge with a brand new, sun-soaked offering, “Guitar Grunge”. Hailing from Massachusetts, this rising talent has been making waves in his home city for quite some time now by way of relentless authenticity and an unforgettable, unique style. Grunge’s passionate deliveries never fail to impress, and with his latest, Maka-produced single, we see the full potential of this incredibly talented individual take the spotlight. The warm-weathered energy that radiates throughout “Guitar Grunge” is truly second to none in terms of engaging listeners, and as such, this track demands to be kept on repeat all summer long. That being said, be sure to keep this one in heavy rotation by clicking play at the link below and follow Donald Grunge on Twitter here!