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Outside – [Oliver Malcolm]

Between “Kevin,” “Switched Up,” “Helen,” and two other singles thus far, Oliver Malcolm has quickly established himself as an unruly musical mind, full of colors and never predictable. The grand, nearly spastic tendencies of his music act as the very reasons for its brilliance, and this unpredictability is simply a product of Malcolm’s unrivaled versatility and natural talent. He’s one-of-a-kind to say the least, and the music shows it. Yet, as wild as Malcolm’s music has gone thus far, the UK-bred talent decided to look in a different direction for his latest offering: inwards. “Outside” is the newest release from Malcolm, and it’s a bleak look at the differences between perspective and reality as a musician. You’re cool, people love you, and your lifestyle seems massively interesting, but inside, there’s a loneliness that only an artist could know. And over a bed of gentle guitar strokes and beautiful vocal runs, Malcolm tries to make this known, turning “Outside” into an incredible, “walk a mile in my shoes” kind of release. His songwriting abilities are on 10 here, and while the song is quite sad in its meaning, it’s some of the most impressive work we’ve heard from Oliver Malcolm to …

Never – [Young Nudy]

Obviously, there is an overflow of unbelievable talent coming out of Atlanta. Despite all of the massive names that have come out of the Georgia capital, Young Nudy has always been one of my favorite artists. There’s just something about his straightforward, unapologetically gritty delivery that gets me every time, and although he might be making the transition from street life to fame, he’ll never forget his roots and the experiences that have molded him into the person he is today. Although he’s fairly consistent with new releases, his latest offering “Never” is yet another wonderful addition to his catalog of music, so I’m more than excited to share it with you. He recruits COUPE to produce this netherworld banger which includes, dark, ominous synths, classic rattling Trap percussion, and punchy drums before higher-pitched, outer space-sounding synths enter into the picture as Nudy begins to spit. In classic Nudy fashion, he talks some of his shit as the beat begins to take shape, giving us a small sliver of what’s to come as the rest of the song unfolds. As he raps his hook, he boasts some nonchalant, carefree lines that are choppy and he even pauses at certain times, …

Mario Judah: A Rockstar In Full Effect

No matter how many detractors may disagree, the concept of virality simply cannot occur out of the blue. Even with how sudden these occurrences may seem from a spectacle, being a potential candidate to have your image make rounds across the Internet and beyond takes at least some sort of nuance about oneself, or at the very least, the smallest bit of talent, marketability, or relevancy to our current times.  Placing this notion in the realms of our current music landscape today, artists truly have to make themselves known as a wholly unique and unprecedented act if they want to have any chance of blowing up in such a quick and efficient manner — regardless of where their actual talents lie on whatever preconceived scale the grander public dictates. But as rare the following occasion may be, there certainly comes a time where a viral sensation can effectively transcend the idea of being “a flash in the pan” or even simply being fascinating for a moment’s notice and then fading into obscurity once again.  With that being said, the viral rise of Mario Judah is something that extends even beyond what has just been stated. This 21-year-old Georgia-based phenom embodies …

Noise – [Dolly Ave] x [Daniel Laner]

Dolly Ave is a Vietnamese-American singer-songwriter based out of LA. Her artistry frequently covers intimate topics over soundscapes that weave between pop, R&B, soul and electronic music. Outside of music, Dolly Ave impressively is also an award-winning photographer who has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Migos. Following her debut release with the expressive single “Birds” (2018), Dolly is preparing to release her first full length EP titled SLEEP. Written towards the end of 2019, the project intersects elements of pop, R&B and bedroom vulnerability; all of which culminate the ebb and flow of a relationship. The record was specifically created shortly after a break-up with Ave searching for closure amid the recording process. Interestingly enough, however, Dolly has made herself clear that the EP is not a heartbreak album. In her own words, Dolly has described SLEEP as: “Finding empowerment in the vulnerability of each stage.” Fast forward to October, Dolly Ave has released the lead single off SLEEP titled  “Noise,” which contains spacey synth-filled production from Daniel Laner. Remarkably penned “in five minutes” during a spontaneous studio session with a friend of hers, “Noise” serves as the crowning capstone with time-earned wisdom to match. To me, Dolly Ave is a …

Trial – [Keezah]

The rap talent emerging currently from DC and its immediate suburbs in Maryland right now is simply staggering and from the artistic triumphs of artists like Goonew and Lil Dude as well as Xanman in recent years have rallied to create a unifying style more so than simply sound that has been seeing its fingerprints all over the mainstream music industry, from the punched-in flows to the ways rappers are focusing on their punchlines with increasingly minute references and fervor with their delivery. Many people and journalists have written off the other artists breaking barriers stylistically similarly in recent months that have seen artists like Baby Fifty, Lil Gray, Suckafreejuice, and Lil Lo take the precedent set by the original DMV vanguard and push the sound forward in all sorts of new directions that are helping further develop the already incredibly unique sound that traces its most basic percussive elements back to the ‘GoGo’ music that was the initial sound of DC, if you will. However in the midst of all of this innovation and talent there are two artists named Kayvo and Keezah who seem to be furthest on the cutting edge and consequently favorites of many of the …

My Soul Remix – [Young Moe] ft. [Kevin Gates]

Over the past handful of months, I have covered Young Moe’s new music releases a few different times because I am a huge fan of his content, but today is a special day for him. One of Young Moe’s biggest records to date is “My Soul”, an ear-pleasing + introspective joint that found Moe airing out plenty of things, and today he is back with the brand new remix to the song featuring the legend Kevin Gates! For many artists, getting their first big “look” is a huge moment for them, and this is just that for Young Moe, the only difference is that it seems completely organic. These two complimented each other sonically extremely well, they are both very solid + respectable men that rhyme better than a great majority of their competition, this remix is a 10/10 to me and I desperately hope that they work together more in the future. Do yourself a huge favor and watch this new visual below, you just might find your new favorite artist.

Yao Twin – [Veeze]

It’s no secret if you’re into Rap music that sports have always heavily played a role in the culture. Whether that means an athlete co-signs an artist, wears their merch, or listens to them before games, or the artist references an athlete’s talents, their number, or their success in their respective sports, the crossover is never far off. When it comes to Detroit’s very own Veeze, his songs include a slew of different sports references that are included in intriguing wordplays, and the way he incorporates these themes is something all up and comers should take note of. As for his latest sports reference, he talks about the legendary Yao Ming and even names his latest song after the towering center. Of course, I’m talking about his track “Yao Twin”, and although he might not necessarily be referring to the basketball player’s skills, his lyrics are comical yet creative and capture your attention from the moment he begins spitting. Mystifying, tiptoeing synths, mischievous percussion, and succinct drums pave the way for a simplistic instrumental that gives Veeze the opportunity to show off his abundant skills and individuality. As he begins to spit the hook, the tone of his voice is …

Poser – [Roxas feat. Cusifye and Kasper Gem]

One of the numerous telling narratives that have circulated amongst the rising next wave of pop music is the concept of collective-synergy and transparency — and those terms are meant in the most literal ways imaginable. Despite how numerous collectives seem to spring up within this scene and come to rule the grander landscape with their influence, their rosters often have overlapping artists, and even if that is not the case, they certainly are always ones to work with each other despite the differences in name and/or contemporaries.   In taking in this sentiment, it has come to be the case that certain collectives are even helping those that are springing up and on the come up in the process — which speaks to the level of sincerity, collaboration, and community effort that this scene exudes time and time again. And when this process is flaunted at its highest degree, the resulting music that comes about is nearly always remarkable and resounding.    That is certainly the case with quite possibly the hottest rising act in this scene as it stands with Roxas, and it just so happens that he is at the forefront of an equally hot and rising …

Glasear: An Untapped Life Behind The Boards

A telling concept that speaks volumes about the current state of modern music is discreetly defining what one stands for, portrays themselves as, or simply what their title represents as a singular entity — a singular artist. These things not only display what an act’s role is within whatever landscape they find themselves in, but as one delves deeper and deeper into how the nuance of these concepts, the more and more is revealed regarding exactly how their status reflects the type of music they make, and in the medium(s) they make it in.   To say that a now-incredibly influential figure in contemporary underground music like Glasear has quite a lot to exemplify as far as his own status is concerned would be an understatement unlike any single one heard before. On the outset, he is simply an 18-year-old producer out of Atlanta that has come to pave ways for a rising new world of production over the last few years, right alongside his numerous contemporaries in the equally influential Neliaworld collective.   Seeing him from this particular spectacle has become enough on its own for people to recognize his weight over the grander underground music scene that he …

Yakuza – [Do Not Resurrect]

Those of you who have read many of my other articles know that my preference for music contains a wide range of different genres and subgenres. Out of all these different types of music, I go through moments in time where the dark, gritty styles truly just get me, and I go on streaks of listening to artists like $uicideboy$ and Night Lovell nonstop. While the shadowy themes, aggressive demeanors, and ominous vibes that come from many of these artists can be a bit off-putting to some, I can’t help but to dive in headfirst and just surround myself with these hard-hitting offerings. Although the aforementioned artists are getting national recognition and most Rap fans have at least heard of them, there are up and coming acts such as Do Not Resurrect, a young talent who I was recently put onto and have yet to hear a single song by him that I don’t completely and thoroughly enjoy. Most recently, this past weekend, he dropped off a track entitled “Yakuza”, and his skills are in full effect on this record. There seems to be some sort of sample being utilized right off the bat before DNR comes in to spit …