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Safe and Sound – [Kid Joi] ft. [Reign]

For over a year, I have been hip to the movement that Kid Joi has been creating quietly but steadily. She has been making some major waves at such a young age, and even though it feels like she is still flying under so many people’s radars, I feel like she is one of those artists where as soon as you hear her just once, you’ll never miss another song that she puts out ever again. Age means nothing in her case because the way she sings provides such a prevalent power that I really have only heard from a select few superstars like Beyonce for instance, so the fact that she still has time to grow, mature, and really home in on her skills makes me beyond confident for her future. Despite the lowkey hitmaker status, she clearly has quite the pull in music, because she got Reign (formerly Guwop Reign) to join her on her brand-new record “Safe and Sound”, and it’s seriously one of the most poignant records you’ll hear for the rest of the year. The beat is fairly minimal but still quite impactful, and these are the instrumentals I feel like Joi thrives on most, …

F it, I Made It – [Eva Shaw] ft. [G Milla] & [BTK Villeion]

I know I can throw the word icon around quite regularly, but that doesn’t mean I use the term lightly at all. Sometimes I use it as a way to describe someone whose music I have become obsessed with while other times, I use it as a descriptor for a person that just feels bigger than the music industry and is a mogul in every sense of the word. For Toronto artist Eva Shaw, I use the word icon in both aforementioned senses, because she has this vibrant personality that seems to shine bright no matter where she is or what she’s doing, and I’m not even talking about her in a musical sense. Her personality just embodies the word, and it feels like she is in a different tier than any other producer out there, but considering she is much more than simply a beat smith, I think her domination makes sense. It appears as if she has a hand in every part of the creative process of her music, so whether it comes to producing, writing lyrics, composing songs, directing/producing music videos, or any other element of a record’s release, Eva has the reigns and she’s not letting …

Fivio Foreign Drops New Banger “1 On 3”

On November 11, Big Drip rapper Fivio Foreign released his latest single “1 On 3,” featuring production by Jamaican beatsmith Rvssian. Ever since the Brooklyn Rapper released a snippet on social media last month, fans have eagerly anticipated the release of this record. The high-energy track currently has 2.5 million views and counting on Youtube in just three days. Directed by Whipalo, Fivio and his crew enjoyed a night out in New York City accompanied by beautiful women in exotic whips. To support this single, Fivio Foreign celebrated at 42 D’or nightclub with guest appearances from Dave East, Maino, and Young Bleu.  As a bonus, Fivio had the opportunity to appear in a special edition of Eli’s Extras, where Eli Manning and Shaun O’Hara step into Fivio Foreign’s recording studio in Manhattan, to puts a spin on “1 On 3.” Press play on Fivio Foreign and Rvssian’s “1 On 3” video below.

On the Weekends I Feel Like Drake – [Fat Nick]

As is the case with most music fans, I listen to certain artists in waves. I just feel like ever since I can remember, I have gone through phases where I only listen to specific artists for a set period of time, but then something new comes out and my admiration begins to tilt in a different direction. I can even tell you what point I was at in my own life based on who I was listening to. Whether it was my Kendrick phase, Kanye phase, straight underground SoundCloud phase, or any of the others, I have been able to appreciate specific artists or styles individually for an exact amount of time before coming across something else. One person that I don’t think I ever outgrew or moved on from is Fat Nick, a Florida phenom who has been lighting the underground scene on fire for years and years, but he has never let up or given me a reason to find something else. Sure, I listen to a whole slew of other emcees as well currently, but whenever Nick drops something, I do my best to tap in because I know it’s not going to be something I …

Monsieur Dior – [IDK]

If you asked me who IDK was about a year and a half to two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have recognized the name, even if I had heard a song or two. That knowledge has changed tremendously throughout 2021 up until now, though, because he has shown me that even if I don’t necessarily always listen to his style of music, he brings this charisma to every track that I simply can’t ignore. My admiration truly spiked when he dropped his project Simple. with KAYTRANADA, and it has remained even ever since, but I can’t give this guy enough props. His success is just beginning, which is crazy considering he already led a 10-day course on music business at Harvard, performed at countless shows, and is even supporting Pusha T on his It’s Almost Dry Tour currently, so the world is his oyster and I know we’re in for many more blessings as time goes on. His artistry is one of a kind, something that is shown on his latest track “Monsieur Dior”, and it all starts with TK’s production with a sample of “Huit Octobre 1971” by Cortex, a French jazz band. Even if you’re not familiar with …

MySpace – [BabyTron]

Out of all the musicians who never fail to surprise me, I think that BabyTron has got to be one of the main artists that top my list. Before I listened to him for the first time, I admittedly thought that he may have been a bit of a meme rapper, but after listening to literally one song, I quickly realized that he was anything but. Then, he was included on the 2022 XXL Freshman List, an achievement that he definitely deserves and earned, but it just feels like sometimes the votes fall in different directions, so I was totally happy that he was selected. I could go on to mention all of the numbers he’s doing and all of the firsts he has attained, but the latest piece of information that shocked me was that he was nominated in the Best New Artist category at the Grammys. Now, I completely think that he is deserving of this feat, but I know that the Grammys aren’t typically completely tapped in or accurate when it comes to some of these awards, so the fact that Tron was included on the ballot made my excitement skyrocket through the roof. The grind doesn’t …

Brooklyn Rapper Fivio Foreign Shares New Music On Social Media

Brooklyn rapper Fivio Foreign is gearing up to release some new heat. He took to his social media accounts to share a video of him and his team dancing and rapping along to an unreleased song in the studio. The thirty-second Tik-Tok video has gained over 1 million views on Instagram and thousands of comments from fans asking when they can expect this new banger.  “Coming soon,” he wrote as the caption on Instagram. Earlier this year, the drill rapper debut album B.I.B.L.E., peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart following its release via Columbia Records on April 8. The project sold roughly 29,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week. His hit single “City of Gods,” alongside Kanye “Ye” West and Alicia Keys debuted at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With features from Nicki Minaj, City Girls, KayCyy, Quavo, ASAP Rocky, and more, it was his best project to date. This weekend, you can expect Fivio to bless Prudential Center with a performance at Powerhouse.  

Award-Winning Producer Lil Mav Talks About New Projects

Malik Piper, better known by his stage name Lil Mav, is an American gold and billboard charting producer, songwriter, and musician from the Bronx, New York. His credits include work with artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Fivio Foreign on their hit single “City of Gods”. This project landed on Kanye’s album, Donda 2, and Fivio’s debut album, B.I.B.L.E. “City of Gods” went gold shortly after its launch, charting #43 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot 200. The world has been waiting for another hit project from the young producer since “City of Gods” went gold. Mav recently announced a new partnership with some of the greatest names in the music business and revealed a new project in the pipeline. Aside from producing, the artist is also working on solo music projects he promises will drop soon. In his words, Mav is ready to return to the scene with more determination than ever before, taking his production to new heights and raising the bar. As a young and successful artist in the highly competitive music industry, Mav has a few tips for aspiring musicians and producers. He first recommends working hard to hone your craft and maintaining your vision no …

Racks Stuffed Inna Couch – [Chief Keef]

I love writing about Chief Keef, but at the same time, I struggle because he has made such an impact on me and my music taste over the years that I feel like I can’t do him justice. I mean, he became huge during some very formative years for me, and because he truly pioneered an entire movement in a genre that I loved so much, there is no way for me to completely encompass his influence on my music-listening tendencies. As time went on, people claimed that he isn’t what he once was any longer, and even though I think any artist would completely struggle to top Finally Rich after it was released, I firmly believe that he had some absolute hits that got overlooked way too much. I was actually just talking about his 2018 tape The Cozart with a coworker today, and because it was a project he had never experienced let alone heard of before, I gave him a few recommendations and he was shocked at the fact that he had never come across the mixtape prior. Along with that, he has recorded some guest verses in recent memory that topped most other verses I’ve heard …

Still Standing – [Wildboy]

Norfolk-based artist Wildboy has been turning heads recently, this time with his newest visual “Still Standing,” an ode to the trials and tribulations that he’s fought through to maintain moving forward. The video is shot by Chichiforeign, and is a cinematic treat for viewers. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the modern visuals that aren’t necessarily telling a story and are more focused on the rapper’s portrayed image, but when a video tells a story, it makes the content even more appealing, and so is the case with “Still Standing.” After being released from prison, Wildboy has been going crazy, with buzz and support from established artists like Pusha T, Money Jake, and Blac Youngsta, following a massively successful HBCU tour with DTLR. His fanbase has exploded, and he looks to continue the momentum with raw, real work and stories such as this. Anticipation is increasing in announcing an upcoming LP titled 2WILD, and “Still Standing” has only added fuel to that fire. Keep an eye and an ear out for Wildboy, and tune into “Still Standing” on YouTube below!