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Try This / CAFFEINE – [Lu]

If you’re looking for someone new and exciting to listen to, I have a list of names that would be a safe bet. At the same time, there is really only one name that I could recommend to anyone, regardless of their preferences, and that musician is Lu. The rising star is my go-to recommendation because he is seriously the definition of versatile in terms of everything from his talents to his creativity to the unbelievable execution of his ideas. Whether you like slower R&B, hard-hitting rap, one-of-a-kind instrumentals, or anything else that breaks the boundaries of what your typical mainstream artists might create, Lu is blowing them out of the water, and seemingly doing so without a second breath. This is as obvious as ever in his two songs “CAFFEINE” and “Try This”, the latter of which is produced by the master beat smith Rocci, and this two pack of hits just received back-to-back visuals courtesy of the visionary MidVessel, making them two miniature movies that you can’t pass up. In “Try This”, Lu matches the vibe of the easygoing, tuneful record with ease, giving us this appealing aesthetic that takes us back a handful of decades to the …

Ya Se Nada Es Perfecto – [Rocci] [Ramirez] [Pouya] & [Lu]

If you have been following along with the underground rap scene whatsoever, names like Pouya, Ramirez, and anyone else who was part of or associated with the Buffet Boys shouldn’t be new names to you by any means. While it appears as if Buffet Boys has become a thing of the past, this group has moved onto a new page in their book called All But 6, and it’s a movement that I am extremely excited about, especially after all of the wonderful music that has been brought to life over the past few months. While I believe this is an independent label that was created by some of the founding fathers of the underground, it’s certainly not a group to take lightly because the roster is full of notorious figures in the scene including Pouya, Fat Nick, Mikey the Magician, Kxllswxtch, Shakewell, Lu, Boobie Lootaveli, and others, so with the mixture of seasoned veterans and exciting new artists, there really isn’t anything that this lineup of immense talents can’t do, which is why you need to keep them on your radar. Although Rocci and Ramirez aren’t included on the All But 6 website, it’s not a secret that they …

Nineteen – [Rocci] & [Lu] ft. [Delmar]

There seem to be so many names that look so familiar to me, I just seem to come across them in passing and never really take a minute to stop what I’m doing, listen up, and enjoy. Rocci is one of these artists because even though I know he has done some amazing things throughout his career and helped contribute to songs that I thoroughly enjoy, I just haven’t ventured into his individual music, but I knew that was something that needed to change ASAP. Well, I knew I needed this change as soon as I heard from the homie Lu that he hopped on a song with the rising talent called “nineteen”, which also features Delmar, but it wasn’t until I finally listened that I was missing out on such a remarkably gifted and versatile all this time, so I’m beyond grateful that this has changed. This is the second single off of his upcoming album, following up his first single “Friends” which came out just a week or two prior, and although I’m not surer when to expect this project, I know that I’m going to have my calendar marked and reminders set as soon as I figure …

Oh… Love? – [kxllswxtch] & [Lu]

It’s not very often that I go into a newly released song knowing I’m going to instantly love what I hear. No matter how much I admire an artist or enjoy their music, there is always this slight skepticism that lingers in the back of my mind because I am just not entirely sure what to expect after pressing play. When there is a musician that releases tracks that I know I will enjoy before even tuning in, that’s something that I will never cease to show appreciation for because even if I can’t listen immediately, I know I’m in for a treat when I do get the opportunity to check it out, and Lu is the most recent emcee who has this gift. He can do it all whether that’s singing, rapping, harmonizing, or any other vocal aptitude, and no matter what song he is included in, I know that I’m never going to want to stop listening by any means. When I heard he teamed up with his All But 6 labelmate kxllswxtch for their record “Oh… Love?” a couple of weeks ago, I had literally no idea what I was in for because kxll is known for …

Addiction – [Boobie Lootaveli]

There are a select few artists in the music industry that I just absolutely love to support no matter what they are releasing, but I don’t just enjoy it for no reason. Every now and then, there are some emcees that literally only drop hits and nothing but certified slappers, but on top of this, they have such a mysterious yet intriguing persona and they consistently show love whenever I am able to write about their releases. These are my all-time favorite musicians to write about because I know I’m in for a treat every single time, and I can genuinely feel their appreciation for my words, unlike some artists who either ignore the time I spent or maybe won’t even give me any credit. Even though credit is the last reason why I write these articles, I can’t even explain how much it means to me when someone I thoroughly admire takes the time to reach out, thank me, or even clue me in on a few upcoming surprises that they have in store because this is honestly when I feel like the time I spend is beyond worth it. Enough of my rant, though, but I just had …

Put it in My Pocket – [Boobie Lootaveli] & [Pouya]

I don’t think it’s a stretch to call Pouya one of the biggest groundbreakers in the history of underground music because even in his very early days in music, he was able to hold his own and go toe to toe with some of the best, and that helped him progress much quicker than most emcees typically do. Although Boobie Lootaveli has been on my radar for less time overall than Pouya, he has fascinated me ever since I did find out about him a few years ago, and whenever these two emcees team up, you know there is nothing but fire being created. Unfortunately, Pouya’s collective Buffet Boys seemed to come to an end abruptly not too long ago, but thankfully it doesn’t seem like there is any bad blood or anything, they just wanted to move on to their next endeavor which is All But 6 records, and I’m pumped to see what they have up their sleeves! I mean, if the rest of their future is even half as entertaining as their latest release “Put it in My Pocket” is, then we’re in for a massive treat for years and years to come. Produced by Mikey the …

Lane Switching – [Ramirez]

There is no denying the all-around influence and dominance that Grey 59 has had on the underground music scene over the last half-decade or so. While $uicideboy$ have been pretty much the face of the collective ever since they took off, I feel like one person who has paved the way for many others is Ramirez. He just brings such a different style and energy to the party, mixing in a variety of ruthless, hard-nosed songs alongside more airy, soulful tracks that seem to both exploit his various strengths just as well. Back in 2020, he released his album The Playa$ Manual, a 15-song effort that had features from friends and frequent collaborators like Shakewell, Pouya, Rocci, and Night Lovell. Since this project came out at the height of the pandemic, it made things a lot more difficult to execute, so while I was hoping to receive some more content in support of it, we had to wait until just a few days ago to get a music video for the album’s cut “Lane Switching”, but believe me when I say it was more than worth the wait! This one is absolutely perfect for this easygoing song that totally rides …

Never Enough – [Pouya] ft. [Lu]

It seems like as the hip-hop world has become more popular throughout the multiple decades that it has been in existence, duos and groups are a little harder to come by. Maybe it’s because solo artists just have more access to music-making equipment so there are more talents out there or something else, but either way, when I come across a pair that is as dynamic as they are talented, I feel like it’s definitely a spectacle in and of itself. When it comes to the Florida legend Pouya, he has been a part of so many different “groups”, it’s mind-boggling. Even though none of these groups or duos are official but rather collaborations, the frequency with which they have dropped music is definitely enough to place them into this category. First, it was Pouya and Fat Nick, then it was him and $uicideboy$, then Shakewell, Boobie Lootaveli, and so many others to follow. Looking at how different all of these artists’ sounds are from one another makes it even more captivating that Pouya has been able to tap into different skillsets and bring out the best in his artistry each and every time. Over the past year or so, …

Stuck in Admiration – [Pouya]

The Florida rap scene has long been something that I have been enthralled by, and that is something that I don’t think will ever change. While there is a certain style that has blown up that sounds almost like a southern spin on drill or trap music, there are so many other kinds of music that I simply can’t get enough of. Before I knew about Kodak Black, Hotboii, 9lokknine, or any of those artists, I was consistently bumping talents like Denzel Curry and Pouya, and it was these two talents specifically that made me realize just how diverse and talented this region of the country truly was. I may have gotten into Pouya’s music through some of his more high energy, aggressive tracks like “1000 Rounds” with Ghostemane or “Suicidal Thoughts in the Back of the Cadillac”, but over the years, the way he has been able to incorporate much more of his heart and mental roadblocks into his songs has brought out a different, more mature side of himself that I seriously believe shows him at his very best. Last year, Pouya dropped off yet another full-length LP entitled Blood was Never This as Water, an album that …

Try This – [Lu] & [Rocci]

When thinking about all of the incredibly talented artists in the underground, I always circle back to Pouya because of the foundation he has laid for himself and so many others. While his music continues to get better with experience, he also puts me onto so many other talents that I had previously not known about, and Lu has been working super closely with him as of late. When I first heard Lu’s music, his talent was very apparent, but the more I tuned in, the more I realized just how impressive and versatile he can be, going from rapping hard bars to singing some of the most angelic notes in the entire industry. After getting to talk to him a little bit more on social media, he has been keeping me up to date with all of his recent releases, but his latest song “Try This” is one that you’re certainly going to want to hear for yourself. Produced by the insanely talented hitmaker Rocci, things open with an extremely groovy melody that is only brought to new levels with a tempo-setting drumline that makes you feel like you should be in a nightclub back in the ’70s, and …