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Magic Oneohtrix Point Never – [Oneohtrix Point Never]

The seemingly limitless world of sounds, styles, and unfounded musicality that Daniel Lopatin has come to bask in over his now-decade long time as one of electronic and ambient music’s most defining figures is shrouded in pure acclaim and influence all the same. His status as quite possibly the most remarkable and ever-progressive force of instrumental music as a whole is cemented in stone, and perhaps it truly has been for even the longest time now.  Many may say the world didn’t even need such a pervasive force of a project like 2018’s Age Of to fully place this fact in the mind’s of the grander majority; those same people may even claim that we had no need for his outstanding scoring ventures on the dynamic tandem of Good Time and Uncut Gems. Up to those points in his career, he had done enough to put such an immense and profound mark on the grander electronic music world to adequately earn the right to those aforementioned claims without question.  But those projects still came out, and their sheer quality alone pushed his unprecedented status practically into the stratosphere. And unsurprisingly, even today he has yet to even shed the slightest …

Lover Boy – [Vwillz]

Colorado-native and underground star Vwillz has been keeping his foot on the neck of 2020 since the year has started. This year alone, he had dropped a handful of mixtapes, EP’s, and tons of top-notch quality visuals to accompany the songs on his projects that deserve a visual piece alongside of it. Since discovering him, the amount of work that this artist has been putting into his craft has been mind-blowing to see, and it such an amazing trait to show this early on in his career. to approach each project and treat it better than the last is something that all artists should do, and it certainly shows here. Making his return to the platform, Vwillz is back with yet another offering of his next mixtape titled Lover Boy. Dir. @Matt_Primising While it may be no surprise as to what someone may infer this project is about, Vwillz does an amazing job at approaching each song as if it were its own feature film. Even while much of the subject matter remains the same this time around, he does a great job and peeling back another layer and providing a lot more introspection on this offering. Covering topics such as …

Forgot Who I Was – [Rx Papi]

Rx Papi is the hardest working rapper out and the incredible pace in which he is dropping a litany of mixtapes, singles, and music videos, never with any notice or major forms of promotion in line but rather has assembled from the very bottom-up a small yet rabid cult-following that grows literally with each passing day as new listeners are lucky enough to stumble their way into Rx Papi and Nephew’s DrugRich world that is filled with would-be assassins, shiesty fiends, and three-dimensional relationships with the junkies they serve that make you sit back and re-evaluate the annals of the drug trade that would suggest there to be a negative relationship between dealer and user but the b0nd in which Rx Papi shares with his uncles and aunties is unbreakable. Papi both gives a window into this psyche and symbiosis while reminding his listeners indubitably that he is in fact the Crack Lord of Rochester. Last week we covered his track “Criminal Intent” which remixed the Law & Order intro  but today Papi is back with a breezy and happy-go-lucky tune titled “I Forgot Who I Was” which is both an existential review of his personal life with the end goal …

Cuff Jeans – [TyFontaine]

If you’re even remotely unfamiliar with Internet Money at this point, you can consider yourself living under a rock. They’ve taken the music industry by storm which is ironic considering their debut album’s name (B4 The Storm) alludes to the fact that the storm hasn’t even come yet, so I can’t even fathom what’s going to be in our laps moving forward, but just know I’m more excited for the future of IM than any other music I can imagine. TyFontaine is the collective’s frontman, and there doesn’t seem to be a single thing he can’t do. He brings the energy and charisma to certain offerings before slowing up and crooning in some of the most interestingly melodic fashions in the entire scene, and I haven’t heard him attempt a style that wasn’t successful. Basically, I don’t think there’s anything Ty can’t do, and that’s not an over-exaggeration in the slightest. His project 1800 is at the very top of my list of favorite mixtapes that have dropped this year, and I’m not lying when I say I run through it at least once a day if not more. He just shows off the sheer dexterity he brings within his …

A Conversation w/ A$AP Ferg: ‘Floor Seats 2’, Being An Innovator in Rap, Hustlers vs. Artists & More

“We care about challenging the listeners ears. They may not like it right now, but in a year or so, they may end up developing a taste for it. We are planting seeds, and that’s something that I want to continue to do as far as being an innovator.” -A$AP Ferg In a world where it can be difficult to come up with fresh and current ideas, it can be hard when trying to be an innovator in your craft. Especially in the rap game–it seems as if everything has already been talked about, every beat has been rapped on, and every city has had their shine. Despite the landscape being far more focused on mimicking others, we always have a handful of artists who’s main goal is to stay as fresh as possible–delivering new flows, cadences and instrumentals for us all to learn to love. The year is 2011, and a brand new rap collective emerged from Harlem, NY which we all know and love now, known as A$AP Mob. A$AP Rocky, the first to blow from the group had all eyes on him, but there was a second member of the group that would follow right behind him, …

Golden Eye – [Action Bronson]

Action Bronson is a man of many talents beyond just music, and he has to live one of the most interesting lives in the entire world. Whether he’s traveling around the world trying all type of cuisine, hitting the gym to lose over one hundred pounds and counting during quarantine, or crafting some of the most intriguing hits in the studio, you better believe that he’s going to put his own signature spice all over every single one of his endeavors. It’s because of his unique persona and unapologetic individuality that I’ve always been drawn to his music ever since his early mixtapes, and the fact that he continues to think outside of the box over and over again makes me truly appreciate his music, even more, every time he drops something new. After dropping the extremely entertaining single “Latin Grammys” at the end of July, I couldn’t wait to see what else he had up his Carhartt sleeve, and I’m so excited to say that this brief pause has come to an end with the release of yet another single called “Golden Eye”. Produced by Budgie, this instrumental begins with a squeaky dolphin noise before tropical instruments, tranquil and …

Headlights – [TeamLilStraw]

Nashville rapper TeamLilStraw has been an underground phenomenon in his city since his freestyle video to Tay K’s iconic track “The Race” gave him his first taste of viral success, albeit only in his city. The string of videos that followed a year or so later immediately stamped him as one of the top artists in the city as many of them climbed to view counts larger than many other rappers in Nashville struggle to reach for entire mixtapes. Lil Straw’s output has slowed recently but he is looking like he is picking up the pace again with his confrontational new video for his track “Love & Hate” dropping a little over a week ago and now with his new single “Headlights” which is one of the most wickedly exciting releases from him yet, trading in some of the slower or bouncier beats he’s hopped on in the past for a much more up-tempo and maniacal instrumental in this case. TeamLilStraw talks his shit without backing down, ever, and is adamant about sticking to the code, if you will and for this reason paired with the unabashedness of the delivery of these lyrics makes me and the rest of Nashville …

7 Hunna Horses – [Germ]

Germ has long been one of my favorite underground artists to listen to for more reasons than just one. Considering he has a skateboarding background, he’s a low-key streetwear guru, and he has connections to some of my other favorite artists in the music scene, it only makes sense that he has become a rapper who I constantly find myself returning to for new releases. With his most recent album The Hijinx Tape dropping not too long ago, he has been riding high off of its success, but he’s not done with the project quite yet. One of the album’s lead singles “7 Hunna Horses” was also probably my absolute favorite song off of the tape, and I’m excited to say that it has now received a music video treatment that is as exciting as can be. Although you’ve probably already heard the song numerous times and if you haven’t, you’ll hear it during the visual, I still want to touch on it briefly just because I’m that big of a fan. The beat contains some of the most pungent, hard-hitting drums you’ll ever hear, and these drums combine with brief, spread apart percussive elements that just add the perfect …

Water – [Sleepy Hallow] ft. [Sheff G]

Sleepy Hallow has been steadily making a case for himself over the past year or as about why he should be recognized as one of the next best artists coming out of New York. His voice is deep and smooth, his flows are constantly evolving, and he is able to provide this harmonious quality at times when needed while also coming off as destructive or intense during other songs. He also embraced the new form of Drill that has been emerging out of the city for a couple of years at this point, but instead of utilizing some of the hard-nosed speaker busting styles of production that some of the other NYC artists use, he opts for a completely toned-down and minimalistic style of this production which truly allows for his voice to shine through and not be overshadowed by any sort of unnecessary liveliness within the instrumental. Fresh off of the release of his latest project The Black House, he’s not finished with some of his previous mixtapes considering he decided to revisit a song with his friends a frequent collaborator Sheff G of off his June release called Sleepy Hallow Presents: Sleepy for President. This song starts with …

Mafia Bidness – [Shoreline Mafia]

West Coast Hip-Hop music has always been one of my favorite subgenres to listen to ever since I dove deeper into the world of Rap. There are just these feel-good vibes mixed with ruthless narratives and hard-nosed threats that come together and create some of the wildest and most intriguing sounds in the entire industry. Of course, you can’t think of the West Coast or LA without Shoreline Mafia popping up immediately. It’s unbelievable that they’ve only been around for a few years considering the fact that they seem to be virtually everywhere. Their rise to fame was rapid but notable and they made so many intelligent moves that are going to add to their longevity, so the fact that we finally have their debut studio album Mafia Bidness just seems to be overdue at this point, but much appreciated, nonetheless. Even though we might not have had an actual album up until this point, they have gifted us with numerous notable mixtapes and Eps, both collectively and independently. Their independent excursions are great, of course, but there’s nothing like hearing them come together and make music due to the fact that they each bring different skills to the party …