Yours Truly – [Pollari]

If you are somehow not familiar with Pollari, then you have to open a history book and do some reading about the underground legend. He is one of the very first artists I ever remember hearing when I first dove deeper than the surface of hip-hop music, and he is one of the major reasons why I have such an open mind and why my taste in rap is so diverse. Now, I’m not claiming to have a perfect taste by any means, but I do take pride in the assortment of emcees that I listen to, and without Pollari, I can’t say that I would be the same music fan that I am today. Earlier on in his career, he was going crazy, dropping hit after hit all while consistently demonstrating exactly how individualistic he was as a musician. As time went on, he seemed to showcase a similar inimitability, just in a more mature, grown-up fashion. If you haven’t tapped in with Lar in a while, you have to get reacquainted with his brand-new project Yours Truly because it is seriously one of the most intriguing projects that has dropped all month, and it’s a trademark example of …

Space Rabbit – [Freddie Gibbs]

It’s hard to imagine an artist from Indiana that is more exciting than Freddie Gibbs, but it might be difficult to envision because that person is nonexistent. Sure, there are tons of emcees that I love from the midwestern state, but in terms of sheer success, skill, and accolades, I think Freddie takes the cake without a question. For over a decade, he has been carving a path for himself as one of the most lyrically gifted and overall talented emcees in rap music, so while his GRAMMY nomination for his Alchemist-produced project Alfredo was amazing to see, it was long overdue in my opinion. Until late last night, his highly anticipated album $oul $old $eparately was keeping me up at night out of how much excitement I had leading up to its release, but now that it’s here, I can’t wait to keep listening time and time again until I can actually appreciate all of the artistry and skill that went into its creation. With a total of 15 songs and features from world-renown emcees like Pusha T, Rick Ross, Offset, Raekwon, Scarface, and many more, this album was set up for success from the moment it was announced, …

Dame Lillard – [OT7 Quanny]

OT7 Quanny has had a solid 2022 and has turned into one of the best rappers at the forefront of the new rap movement in Philly. The Pyro-Z5 produced record serves as a slight switch up for 0T7 Quanny and compliments his witty edgy bars well. The visuals are quick, simple, and to the point, and the way that the director’s Ish and Skeet production added different Dame Lillard NBA playcalling moments throughout the video adds an extra flare to the video. There isn’t that much music that’s out from Quanny across the internet, but you know his wave is really connecting with listeners in real life when you look at his plays across YouTube. If there ever was a moment to be early on as an artist now is the chance. With how his music is moving if he drops a project at the top of next year I can see Quanny making a major label move sooner than later. Watch OT7 Quanny’s new video for “Dame Lillard” yourself after the break.

Run Through It – [Allstar JR]

Throughout the last year, Detroit artists have continued to flood my library. This time, it’s Allstar JR with his newest track and accompanying visual to “Run Through It,” an incredibly catchy piece produced by the legendary multi-platinum producer Helluva. A comedic advertisement/skit opens up the visual, shot by Get A Bag Film Group, and sets the tone for the rest of the track and parody video. Besides the creative transitions, framing, and animation, the images of JR partying with feigns at a gas station make this video incredibly unique and I was glued to the screen for its entirety. Not to be overlooked by the visual, Allstar JR absolutely kills the delivery. Although he can go bar for bar with any rapper in the game, he prides himself on his ability to make music with high replay value, something I noticed immediately with this track. It’s no surprise the video is thriving, with over 140K views already on YouTube. Check it out, as “Run Through It” continues to do impressive numbers.

Real One – [Young Moe]

Seasoned veteran Young Moe follows an impressive run of singles with his newest album release in Real One. This 19-track masterpiece further solidified the Virginia rapper’s remarkable discography, one that includes 13 other projects and collaborations with some of the industry’s biggest names including Kevin Gates, NoCap, and Chief Keef. Standout tracks on this project come in “No Fake Love,” “Not a Option,” “7 AM in Alexandria,” and my personal favorites “We Different,” and “Spaceship,” which features DMV-legend Shy Glizzy. Real One presents an in-depth look into the mindset of Young Moe’s most vulnerable thoughts and encounters, which you can hear woven throughout all 19 songs on his new mixtape. You can feel the passion and importance of this project, as Moe even included his wife’s and kids’ voices in the project. Young Moe further proved his authenticity by making the strategic decision to feature only DMV acts on his newest project. Moe’s distinctive, unique voice and poignant lyrics keep fans hanging onto every bar. Real One is sure to be a massive hit, I advise you to tap in before you’re late. Peep on Spotify below!

Project Pyano – [Pyano]

Yet another Canadian artist has found his way into my library, this time with Montreal-based Pyano, who released a brand-new project titled Project Pyano, after his latest single and accompanying video “Gettin Mine” grabbed my attention last month. The Ottawa-born rapper is unique, drawing sounds from multiple genres and showing uncommon versatility that’s sought after in today’s expanding hip-hop industry. Pyano’s flexibility comes from his inspiration, which he credits to traveling and hearing the music of all origins, and not limiting himself to any constraints in his recording style. With one listen to Project Pyano you can hear exactly what I’m referencing. The album is a wave, cresting with high-tempo tracks like CASABLANCA and RAISING HAVOC, while also slowing down with others like GETTIN’ MINE and NO REASON. The switch-ups and variety of the project are what make him different, with listeners unsure of what styles and deliveries they’ll hear next. Pyano speaks of multiple themes, but prevalent ones of patience and perseverance are recurring, as he depicts the journey through his rise to prominence, insisting that his greatness will come in time. After hearing Pyano for the first time last month, I was excited to hear what versatility would …

Rising Bronx Artist Sosv Gears Up For New Project “Most Wanted”

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, New York is the birthplace of hip hop, producing some of the greatest most influential artists of all time. While in the past few years NY might have been known for a distinct sound, the newer generation is creating their own lane. Rising artist Sosv from the Bronx credits his borough for exposing him to many different sounds. Hip-Hop legend Lil Wayne exposed the Bronx native to rap, which he combined with his melodic voice to create a sound of his own. “My sound is unique. My bars are different. And I fuck with all types of vibes. There’s no limit to my creativity and not one beat I can’t kill. I feel like many artists out now aren’t as versatile as me.” he stated. From melodic rap, to drill rap, he never fails to disappoint and keeps his fans on the edge. His latest singles “Uzi Flow” and “We Spinnin” have left his fans eager for new music from the up-and-coming artist. His unique sound is a mix of storytelling and narratives creating a true masterpiece. Later this year, Sosv fans can expect a new project titled Most Wanted. Produced by 3 AM, the 15-song tracklist …

Lil Conscious – Bojak

Stefan, also known as Lil Conscious, has successfully created a name for himself as a rising rapper while keeping his identity secret. Sounds weird? Well, this is the true life story of a young artist who only wants his talent to be at the forefront of everything. Music has been a huge part of his life since 2013. By watching successful artists such as Trippieredd and Kodak Black’s creative process, Conscious was inspired to think outside of the box regarding his music. He developed a sound that has never truly been heard. A mixture of a hardcore, mysterious and dark style of rap, Conscious music has something to offer everyone. His song ‘Bojak’ impressed Drake, who danced to the song and shared a video on Instagram. The rising artist Lil Conscious also gained great support from other artists like Diplo, Trippie Redd, and Lil Uzi Vert. His first single Ashes, along with Bojak across platforms, have made it huge, earning 1 million alone on the latter just through SoundCloud. “When I was creating my latest single “ Bojak” I was in a very dark place in my life. I was struggling with my mental health and a breakup,” he explained. …

Sign Language – [Reason] ft. [ICECOLDBISHOP]

Versatility is the name of the game, and even though this can be tougher and tougher to come by as new generations of artists seem to flood the internet with music that is pretty commonly expected at this point, I am never going to let it go unappreciated when I hear something different. Reason is one of TDE’s most exciting artists, and while faces of the label like Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and others seem to take excruciatingly long hiatuses in between releases, it feels like Reason carries the weight in the meantime, and I don’t think anyone else in the world could do as good of a job as he does. He is lyrical, captivating, intense, and dexterous, never giving you what you expect regardless of if you’re witnessing a new song, project, video, or any other release. Not too long ago, he teamed up with ICECOLDBISHOP for his latest drop entitled “Sign Language”, a record that I believe can be expected on his forthcoming second studio album. He takes a step in a different direction over the Dwayne LaFleur-produced instrumental, showing off a handful of more intentionally ignorant lines than he normally displays, but it is done in a …

524 (Stacking Game Song) – [NxG] x [Rio Leyva] x [Charlie Shuffler]

“Equilibrium is about finding balance. I wanted to document how things were going for me after Outta Here Soon – the positives and the negatives. And on top of that, I wanted to demonstrate how I’ve grown as an artist. I think Equilibrium does a great job of all of those things” – NxG Philly based artist NxG makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with “524 (Stacking Game Song),” which is a standout track on his new project titled Equilibrium. Accompanied by a creative visual, the track employs an addictive [Rio Leyva x Charlie Shuffler] piano-trap beat, which complements NxG’s energy well. NxG’s cadence is similar to rap superstar Lil Uzi Vert’s, and his overall playful demeanor similarly aligns with his fellow Philly native’s humorous personality. However, while Equilibrium is primarily rap, NxG also excels over alternative and rock-oriented production, which listeners can expect to hear at some point in the future. For now, NxG is making it known that he’s a force to reckon with in a specialized, yet highly-contested lane of hip-hop. Watch the official music video for “524 (Stacking Game Song)” below and be sure to stream all of Equilibrium!