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SUE ME – [Chow Lee]

New York’s own Chow Lee came across my radar recently, and I am elated that he did. The rapper’s introduction to me was through his latest project, SUE ME, a seventeen-track project that flips some of the most recognizable songs from Mariah Carey, Drake, Fountains of Wayne, who were responsible for the massive hit, “Stacy’s Mom” and Pretty Ricky. It’s these very clever flips that completely sucked in, keeping me on my toes while keeping me steady with familiar sonics. The sprawling project, although admittedly dense, has something for everyone and is a truly trailblazing new mutation of the drill sound that is addictively melodic but still packs a punch. Although this may have been my first introduction to Chow Lee’s music his choices in production and pioneer spirit to shake things up have solidified me as a fan. Check out the rising rapper’s latest project below, and make sure to keep your ear in tune for some of the most subtle flips. My personal favorites are “JUE LAN,” “WHY CAN’T I?,” and “POWER CREW.” Listen to SUE ME by Chow Lee below.

Get Refreshed: Lullabies, Tears, and Trends

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Bernard Vernon Full Playlist (2021) Vision4k: “Lullabies, From a Ghoul” Vision4k spent 2020 in the deepest, darkest doldrums one could imagine. Anyone who experienced their long-awaited album R at the very end of that year would say the same; it was an intoxicating journey through the most ominous spaces of one’s psyche — a pure and utter bone-chilling alternative rock showcase. Not a single ray of light shone over any one of those tracks, as though Vision themself wouldn’t dare to let them in.  “Lullabies, From a Ghoul” – their first transitional release after R – could’ve laid dormant in those same doldrums like a castaway still wallowing in the pains described on that album. Instead, this EP sees Vision finally opening the blinds and letting some light in.  Don’t get it twisted, the project is still far grimmer than the average alt-rock spectacle. But the 6 tracks we have here display the sweetest take on the sinister one could ask for. Though tracks like the opening “Silver & Strained” and “Swan Song of the Buried” chug along …

DR. SUESS – [Ski Mask the Slump God]

Only a little bit of time has passed since Ski Mask the Slump God released his long-awaited and highly praised mixtape Sin City, and fans aren’t even close to done raving about it. While I myself am a fan of it without a doubt, I do think that I need to continue to listen for quite some time before I can truly appreciate it in all of its glory. When I last checked in, Ski had just dropped off his spectacular visual for his song “ADMIT IT”, and it was a very unique video that played well with the overall theme of his project. At the end of that video, though, there was a message signifying the fact that this storyline was to be continued, so I knew the fun wasn’t even coming close to stopping there. Luckily, we pick up right where we left off with his latest video for his song “DR. SUESS” which was also directed by Rock and Egg, and Ski just keeps on crossing names off of his hit list in the black and white (with a hint of red) world he lives in. Zooming around the city in his car, he pulls up at …

Mr. Jones – [Pop Smoke] ft. [Future]

It goes without saying that Pop Smoke was taken from this Earth way too soon, but if there’s one positive we can take away from this tragedy, it’s the fact that he made his time here count and has left behind tons of amazing music that will continue his legacy for decades to come and beyond. His first posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was a smash hit, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and remaining on the charts for months to follow. That’s why, when I saw that his team was gearing up to release a follow-up album entitled Faith, I couldn’t have been more excited if I tried. Obviously, there is so much to delve through in this album that I wanted to truly dive into it before I gave my opinion one way or another, but just know that I’m beyond excited about it and I was even more excited to find out that there is even a brand-new music video for the song “Mr. Jones” which also features Future, so I had to at least share that with you. As it begins, Pop pulls up to a strip club in …

Avalon – [$uicideboy$]

I remember back in the day a few years ago, I was just beginning to realize how few boundaries there were when it comes to music, so I literally looked out to try and find some of the most diverse, individualistic artists I could experience just to see how far the boundaries could stretch. That’s when I came across $uicideboy$, a duo of cousins that literally took the music world and flipped it on its head, but of course, you probably already know that if you’re reading this right now. While I’ve been genuinely curious to know what their next move was going to be considering it seems like it has been quite some time since their last release and they used to drop EPs and mixtapes like once a week, I was beyond excited to wake up to the news that they released a brand-new song entitled “Avalon”, and it takes me back to the early days of their careers. When pressing play, you’re smacked in the face with a beat made by Sambo Bachrack, PVLACE, and Budd Dwyer (Scrim’s production alter ego). When dissecting it, there is a classic sample and vocal chop that is nothing new to …

MK XYZ Interview: Defining the Unknown and Living it, Unapologetically

“A lot of people have told me that I was the first person that made them feel at home and made them feel accepted. I want to make people feel the most authentic and show the world the best version of themselves that they can be.” -MK XYZ Photo Credit: Jackson x Joshua As much as it may seem like common sense, being your true self and owning your own personality is something that seems like it’s beyond normal now. With so many people trying to emulate whatever the next trend is, it’s rare that we find those artists that are just true to themselves inside and out. Once we stumble across an artist like that, we hold them near and dear to us–as they could go on to be a trendsetter, a leader, and an innovator for those who follow after them. One artist in particular who stands on their beliefs high and proud would be the next R&B sensation, MK XYZ. There are plenty of things that make MK far more unique than the average R&B singer. First and foremost, she was raised by Filipino and Black parents, experienced two different cities coming up, and is someone who …

BARACK – [Big YAYA] x [Big Baby]

We recently ran an article talking about the recent “sample drill” phenomenon going on in New York right now that has seen quite a few mainstream hits and underground classics get warped into drill form and skated over by many of the city’s hardest young artists, today one of the undisputed innovators of this new wave Big YAYA is joined by Big Baby for a new Useless Films directed visual “BARACK,” on which perhaps the initial architect of sample-drill, Sparkheem, who alongside artists like Goonew and Xanman, as well as producers like Spizzledoe, Mannyvelli, and Johnny Carvaggio, first began reworking old-school classics with futuristic trap drums, which albeit in Sparkheem’s case was at a more distinctively DMV-rhythym. Sparkheem blew my fucking mind with this one, as he flipped Drake, Rick Ross, and French Montana’s iconic 2012 “Stay Schemin’” at a faster pace with the off-kilter percussion that makes drill-music, in the NYC/UK sense, so instantly recognizable. It’s funny to me that YAYA hopped on such a legendary track that was in many ways dominated by Drake because I was just thinking that it is only a matter of time until The 6 God decides to steal YAYA’s (or really the …

Sorry 4 Luxin’ – [Stunna Cold]

Atlanta’s Stunna Cold is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with an exciting new project Sorry 4 Luxin is very much a survey of sounds of sorts across all of the underground’s hottest current styles, from melodic plugg-musings to more futuristic ‘pluggnb,’ if you will, Stunna Cold does it all and does it all very well with a familiar but still distinct voice and array of flows that are touched by the perfect amount of autotune that never overpower his vocals and instead make them all the more captivating when coupled with his bold and glittery instrumental choices. Through tracks 1-12 every song gives you something to engage with, but my favorites were “Rick the Ruler” for its almost textbook plugg-beat that meshes a suspenseful but not overwhelming violin sample with the classic bouncy percussion, as well as “007” which’s futuristic r&b instrumental is another one of my favorite beats on the project and Stunna Cold skates all over it with his sing-songy flows and atmospheric ad-libs. Dylvinci’s beat on track ten “Emirates” is characteristically happy-go-lucky and Stunna floats over Dylvinci’s smooth sounds that instantly put you at peace and becomes more and more intricate the harder you listen. Keep an eye …

Aura III – [ELHAE]

Singer and songwriter and ELHAE has been making an impact on the low and has been an artist that has been on my radar for a while now. From countless EP’s and full-length projects, ELHAE has kept his pedal on the floor and has been determined since day one to be one of the best to ever do it. His amazing efforts within the game afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with Ty Dolla $ign, Lecrae, and Kehlani. Coming fresh off of the news of singing to a new label Motown, ELHAE just released a brand new project, Aura III. One thing about ELHAE that I’ve grown to love, is this ability to be able to switch gears within a snap. Starting off the album on the right foot, “Fun Fact” is accompanied by a feature from none other than Rick Ross, and the vibe is reminiscent of something right off of a Maybach Music project. I like to consider his music as riding music–some music that you can just put on, and ride out to and catch a vibe. Following the intro track, “My City” is accompanied by a feature from Masego and they croon over a soothing beat about …

Get Refreshed: Twikipedia and SEBii’s Trip To Eagleland, A Year Since Exeter, and Saturn’s Guide to SoundCloud

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Twikipedia + SEBii: “hotel” Occasions like these remind me that nothing ever truly grows “stale” in music, no matter what the hardcore skeptics and critics of the world may think otherwise. Both the art and the craft of basing entire hip-hop tracks around video games – while always being present and developing – have taken on prominent and exciting new forms over the past decade. MCs and producers alike from scenes that stretch from South Florida to the Kanto Region ushered in this wholly entertaining era as the 2010s entered its waning years, and though this particular approach had its moment for quite some time, it certainly isn’t at the level of supply that it once was.  Now if anyone from today’s crop of superstars-in-the-making were to give this approach a welcomed return-to-form, could we have chosen a more obvious pairing than Twikipedia and SEBii? I seriously believe there could have been no one better to take up this task than these two given their track record of video game-centric bars and aesthetics alike; the shared …