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Turkey Season – [Lil Durk] & [Chief Wuk]

A few months ago, Lil Durk’s Only The Family label teamed up and dropped off their latest collaborative project entitled Loyal Bros, and while Durk was obviously the ring leader of the album, there were some undeniable sleepers who turned some heads and shocked some listeners. While Durk was able to show off his versatility on a plethora of different sounding instrumentals, it’s clear that he has an amazing knack for finding and signing talents from the streets, because every single artist on the album did a remarkable job bringing everything together. Although this project came out a couple of months ago, Durk and Chief Wuk decided that they weren’t finished bringing attention to their record “Turkey Season” as they decided to team up with CrownSoHeavy to shoot a sick new music video for the record. As it opens up, Durk and Wuk are in a convenience store at night picking up some treats for themselves. As they ask for a pack of Backwoods, a worried-looking gentleman runs inside in a panic, asking where the bathroom is before sprinting there. While outside, Wuk realizes that the label on his package of weed is the same label on the side of …

Think Good Thoughts – [Isaac Zale] x [Chuuwee]

Isaac Zale and Chuuwee have teamed up for a collaborative project filled with amplifying beats and energizing bars. The nine-track collaboration, Think Good Thoughts, highlights both artists in the best way, exemplifying Isaac Zale’s uncanny ability at constructing hooks, as well as verses, and leaving open room for Chuuwee to do his thing on the rhyming side of things; lyrical precision at its finest. Together the pair compose a project filled with intangibles and special moments; from the previously released but still hard-hitting opener “Ziploc” to more b-side cuts like “Plastic Nation” and “Earth Sign” the project relishes in its surging highs and proves intimacy on its slower jams. As far as tandems are concerned, the joined forces of Isaac Zale and Chuuwee is something to take stock in; as a pair that not only makes great music together but appear to have a natural camaraderie that is clear when listening to them throughout the project. With as many heavy-weight releases as we’ve experienced this Friday, make sure to add growing juggernauts like Isaac Zale and Chuuwee into your weekend rotation as well.  Listen to Think Good Thoughts by Isaac Zale and Chuuwee below.

Get Refreshed: The Best Production Trio In Digicore, Team Rockit Blasts Off, and Kmoe Explains “Gloves”

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company “Prying Eyes” Is A Natural Next Step For Tropes Even in scenes as dynamic and diverse as digicore has shaped up to be, certain commonalities between its artist-base are all-too-prevalent. Among this scene’s most standout shared traits is its artists’ willingness to explore any and all creative outlooks in regards to their career progression; from incorporating new sounds and styles into their sonic approach, to simply taking on a “fluid” artistic development with no set structure overall, these artists are finding solace in consistent artistic exploration from all avenues.  Following suit in this light is PlanetZero and Graveem1nd mainstay Tropes, who surprised just about everyone this past week with their out-of-the-blue release “Prying Eyes.” The 4-track EP takes a full dive into the worlds of alternative, punk-centric pop — fit with guitar-centric song structures, deeply personalized themes, and other traits consistent with this particular approach.  Produced entirely by easily their closest and most trusted contemporary dltzk, it’s a project that impresses beyond its explorative traits in full. The pure quality that these two bring in this …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

Never Left – [Lil Tecca]

When thinking of the new generation of music filled with new faces and names constantly popping up left and right, Lil Tecca has seemed to stand the test of time. Obviously, it has only been a couple of years since he took the music scene by storm and at such a young age, I don’t know if anyone truly expected him to be able to keep up with the massive amounts of hype he first created for himself, but it’s clear that he hasn’t even had a second thought about any sort of pressure, and he continues to fill the gigantic footsteps he has in place for himself. As we gear up for the release of his highly anticipated second mixtape, We Love You Tecca, he has been working with the hitmakers over at Internet Money and dropping a couple of singles to garner even more excitement around the project, so expectations couldn’t be any higher. Most recently, he dropped his song “Never Left” which is an absolute banger in every sense of the word, and he kept the momentum going by teaming up with Declan Kyle to shoot an unbelievable music video for this hit. Utilizing a purple hue …

HELLSING – [ITSOKTOCRY]

If there’s one artist in the. Underground that I think has been consistently making some of the best music in the entire world for years and years, it has to be ITSOKTOCRY. The Denver native has not only created an insane legacy by himself, but he has aligned himself with such a dexterous group of other artists that it seems like there’s nothing he can’t do if he puts his mind to it. I legitimately never get even remotely tired of hearing any of his songs, and this is mainly due to the fact that his voice is so pliable that he can make any sound he wants, reminding me of an almost more versatile Young Thug which is as high as my praise can get. Although there has been a brief hiatus since he dropped new music considering he was putting in work on the music video front to continue to promote his unbelievable project Poshboy 2, he decided to bring that break to an end with the release of his latest record “HELLSING”, and it’s even better than I could have ever anticipated. Produced by neet.ro and 1177, our ears are met with some mischievous, Dracula-like synths that …

13 G’s – [ILLYMINIACHI]

Over the past few months, ILLYMINIACHI has been releasing some of the best music of his career. With a unique voice and approach to his music, there has never been any question that ILLYMINIACHI stands out amongst the pack. His laid-back delivery matches perfectly with complicated production that lines up for something that sticks with you after listening. As we move closer to the release date of his highly anticipated project CAMPAIGN, ILLY blessed us with another single titled “13 G’s” which is another upbeat banger that is set to test the bass in your speakers. The last time we heard from ILLY, he was venturing into new territory with a UK Drill influence. On his latest release the Vancouver artist performing at his best, riding the pocket over astronomical production by 13Graeme. While the past year has seen travel come to a standstill, ILLYMINIACHI has spent a good portion of his time in Nigeria working on music. ILLY has always been one to pull from a multitude of influences, going back home is sure to have unlocked some different sonics that we will hear in the not-so-distant future. To accompany the single release, a video was released to bring the …

Andale – [Peso Peso]

Galveston County, Texas artist Peso Peso continued his prolonged and prolific run he has been on over the past several months yesterday with a Cinco De Mayo release for his track and visual “Andale” which is one of my very favorites in a catalog that is dense and from quite a unique perspective. Peso skated over this bouncy and danceable instrumental with his trademark streetwise lyrics and the occasional jump over to Spanish, walking the beat from the second he started rapping. After just one day the visual is looking like it is going to be one of his biggest releases yet which is a testament to his perseverance, talent, and ability to connect with the Latino community that is tragically underrepresented on a national hip-hop scale, but Peso Peso seems poised to kick that door down. Since being released from jail he has been a workhorse and is showing zero signs of slowing up anytime soon and his music just continues to get better track by track. Keep an eye out for Peso Peso’s project of the same name, Andale, which is set to drop any day now.

FILO Mix 1 – [AVerma] x [Project FILO]

In the midst of studying for final exams? Have a long drive or lengthy flight planned for summer break? Or are you simply searching for something quality to play with no interruptions? The answer often comes in the form of a DJ Mix, and Project FILO’s “Mix 1” checks all the necessary boxes.  Teaming up with CreateSafe, the mix falls under their BLAST partnership with Apple Music, which “pushes forth initiatives that appropriately pay both DJs and their featured artists for their creations.” Mix 1 was specifically remixed by fellow Project FILO artist AVerma, with included songs from every music artist on the roster. Aside from FILO representation, Mix 1 contains tracks from popular artists + producers such as Drake, Smino, Bari, Murda Beatz, The Kount, KennyBeatz, and more. Similar to the appeal of a Soulection radio session, or OVO sound radio release, Mix 1 includes well-timed transitions for an overall sonically pleasing vibe. With a multitude of genres to offer (hip-hop, rap, trap, R&B, Lo-fi, neo-soul, jazz, etc.), “Mix 1” is only the beginning of a brand new series with eclectic sounds from some of the most talented artists you’ve never heard of; occasionally blended with your favorites for …

I Know Your Ways – [Night Lovell]

Ottawa, Canada native Night Lovell returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an absolute banger of a track entitled “I Know Your Ways.” The song is off his new album Just Say You Don’t Care, and in my opinion it’s undeniably the standout record off the project. With an absurd amount of bass, the contrasting calm melody creates a vampiric atmosphere which Lovell effortlessly glides over. Despite its lighter feel, the production truly couldn’t be more fitting for the artist’s monotone vocals, as it provides a unique spin compared to his typical sound palette. Revealing that he’s unintentionally turning into a demon, Night Lovell’s flow contains signature qualities of menacing lyrics coupled with existential insight. “I Know Your Ways” is such an impressive standalone track that I pressed repeat several times over before finally allowing the next song to play. Check out the song below and be sure to listen to Night Lovell’s new album Just Say You Don’t Care!