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Eazy True Soulja From Liberty City Is On The Rise With His Track “Super Active”

This year, an explosive amount of artists rising out of Florida have done an amazing job capturing my attention. For some time, South Florida dominated the state’s rap scene, led by artists like Rick Ross, Trina, Kodak Black, and XXXTentacion. However, a few of the newer artists making noise are emerging from different cities we haven’t seen in the past. Eazy True Soulja, also known as “Da Trap Demon” hailing out of Liberty City, is worth your attention this year. His aggressive gritty voice will capture your attention instanstly. Eazy has already captured the ears of his hometown, but now he is ready to build a worldwide fanbase. Earlier this year, Eazy released his EP Voice Of The Trap: Demon Mode, with 8 singles. To support his new project, he debuted the visuals to his popular single “Super Active.” While flexing jewelry, and showing off a fat bankroll, Eazy raps about being active and standing on what he believes. “I wrote the full lyrics with no beat because normally that’s how I write all my songs. A few days later a producer sent me a beat that matched the lyrics to super active. I didn’t have a story behind it. I …

Forever – [Pretty V]

As Fall turns the corner, many of us are scrambling to assemble the perfect lineup to start our fall rotations and playlists. Though September has already been a month flooded with high-quality releases, none are perhaps more deserving of your attention than rising UK rapper Pretty V who returns with his latest project Forever. Though it’s been a minute since V (FKA Voldy Moyo) released his last project Liberty City in 2020, his past few singles suggest that he hasn’t taken a day off since. Preceded by singles like “Uh uh” and “OBAMA” – Forever is a tightly-woven collection of psychedelic and cloud-rap tracks that showcase a rarely-seen side of England’s cultural canon. From the lurching bass signals of “DROGBA” to the nostalgic soul samples of “There’s Always Something For You To Get Over”, Pretty V uses Forever to not only showcase his unique futuristic sound, but also to showcase a talent and versatility that is just as uncommon as it is understated. With eighteen tracks making up Forever‘s tracklist, fans of V old and new are sure to find something to enjoy across the project’s diverse tracklist. While I’m hoping that V treats fans to some new visuals or tracks before the year ends, ultimately …

Weekend – [Ashley Mehta]

If Ashley Mehta has a million fans, then I am one of them. If Ashley has ten fans, then I am one of them. If Ashley has one fan, then I am THAT fan. If Ashley has no fans, that means I am dead. Though the world of TikTok singer/songwriters is filled with undeniable talent and people trying to stand apart from the crowd – nobody does it quite as well (or as effortlessly) as Ashley Mehta. This month our savior returns with “Weekend”, an energy-filled and optimistic anthem about romantic rumination and internal tension. Though Confucius said that desire is the root of all suffering, Ashley Mehta can’t help but “want it better than the weekend” – and I don’t blame her. Between an affinity for songwriting that is just as clever as it is understated, and a knack for vocal harmonies that could rival many of pop’s modern titans – Ashley Mehta is a powerhouse ready for pop music’s upper echelon. Preceded by July’s single “Facetime Freestyle”, I’m praying that “Weekend” is not just a banger primed for our weekly rotations, but also a harbinger of more music to come. Until the time for another new single comes, …

Legendary – [Anti Da Menace]

Versatility goes such a long way in my book when I first listen to an artist that I don’t know a ton about, and it is pretty clear after listening to just a handful of songs if someone is going to be worth listening to further or not. I’m not saying someone has to go from rap to jazz to country or even dabble with different genres, but complexity goes a long way with me. Whether that’s with beat selection, flows, personality, or simply a style that isn’t like everyone else, I like unique, and I feel like that’s something that most people prefer, especially with so many people fighting to make a name in music. Atlanta is a place known for diversity, but that often comes from the overflow of artists from the iconic rap hub, not necessarily from most of the artists themselves. I say most because that’s not the case with everyone, and Anti Da Menace is certainly going to prove that to you whether you like it or not. Anti is a newer name in my world, but after hearing him featured on a song with fellow Georgia phenom Rot Ken just the other day, I …

Trim – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Lil Zay Osama has been a legend in Chicago for more years than I could probably count, but it seems like, over the last few years, he has really blown up more than ever before. It seems like anyone who matters in the rap world here is on his side, and anyone who doesn’t ride with the Windy City spitter is behind the curve. Although he has come across my radar for a while, it wasn’t until recently (in the grand scheme of things) that I really started to pay attention, and I am sure glad I did. Zay has worked with the biggest names in drill music including Lil Durk, G Herbo, and more, but he has also collaborated with superstars not necessarily classified in this subgenre like Icewear Vezzo, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Lil Tjay, and even Sean Kingston, amongst way too many others to count. His connections don’t stop there, though, because especially recently, he has been tapping in with some of Chi-Town’s most prominent young icons including the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, and even PGF Nuk, an emcee who is considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-comers in many years. …

Moshpit – [Rot Ken] ft. [Anti Da Menace]

Atlanta has always been a place where history is made in the hip-hop and rap industry, and that’s something that will simply never change. So many artists have come from the Georgia capital and a good majority of them have created their own unique styles that have influenced generation after generation of up-and-coming dreamers, but it’s certainly not the only city in the state that you need to pay attention to. Augusta, Georgia is mostly known in the sports world as the home of the iconic Master’s golf tournament, but it’s also a place that is steadily gaining traction for the music scene that is the complete opposite vibe of the famous tournament, but still fantastic in its own right. Rot Ken is one of the leaders of the movement in Augusta, and once you listen to any single one of his songs, you’ll see just how individualistic he is as well as the reasons why he has blown up so much over the last year or two. Most recently, he tapped in with Anti Da Menace, a 17-year-old spitter from the West side of Atlanta, and together, they created the undeniably incredible hit “Moshpit” while utilizing impeccable production from …

Jumpouts – [Lil Xelly] & [Sparkheem]

No matter how long you’ve been reading my articles, there are a handful of names that pop up pretty regularly because I am just such a fan and believe in the music that these emcees are creating. Lil Xelly is one of these artists, despite my lack of coverage regarding his music in recent months. I’m not one to make excuses but I’m not sure if social media algorithms are just not showing me his posts or if I’ve just been so swamped that I’ve been overlooking them, but I haven’t been keeping up with the constant work that he has been putting in all summer long. Once again, this is totally on me, but on the bright side, a single music video that he dropped a couple of weeks ago came across my screen and helped me realize that I’ve missed quite a lot of releases from him over the past few months. Not that this is the positive I’m taking away from the oversight, but the plus for me is the fact that I have so much new music to catch up on from the Maryland-born spitter, so I am certainly amped up about this influx of music …

Compton Globetrotter – [1takejay]

No matter how far back you might dig, the West Coast music scene hasn’t seemed to really change a crazy amount over the years. Of course there are new names, faces, and things to brag about, but the overall aesthetic of the music is the same at its core as it was even a few decades ago. This may raise some tension with old heads or listeners who are stuck in the “golden era” still, but let me finish my thought before you get too upset. Sure, there are plenty of differences that you could come up with, but the overall formula has remained comparable, but it has been a style that has been loved by millions for years upon years, so if the recipe isn’t broken, don’t fix it. At the same time, it seems like certain emcees have come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye, so when someone like 1takejay is able to remain relevant and still put out intoxicating music, I can’t help but show my admiration. His latest release comes in the form of his debut studio album Compton Globetrotter, a 14-song effort that lasts almost 37 minutes long. In the …

One Time – [NAV] ft. [Future] & [Don Toliver]

In the past, I have made my stance pretty clear when it comes to NAV. Simply put, I am just personally not the biggest fan in the world, but I know that he has made a big splash in the music scene and clearly, his track record of working with household names has to mean that he is a force in music in some way, shape, or form, right? I just personally feel like he is just so basic, with nasally melodies, overcompensating autotune, and generic flows, but once again, this is just my opinion and I know that it doesn’t mean anything to him while he sits in his mansion surrounded by the wealth that his music has gotten him. What can be surmised from this is the fact that I don’t often write about his music, but there are exceptions to this, with the most prominent exception being when he features some artists I love in a song. To answer your question, no, I haven’t listened to his brand-new album Demons Protected by Angels, but it is actually on my list because with features like Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Don Toliver, Future, Gunna, Lil Durk, …

caffeine – [brakence]

A few years ago when I first discovered what hyperpop was thanks to some fantastic recommendations from my brother, I was blown away and didn’t quite know where the ceiling could be, or if there even was a ceiling on the subgenre in the first place. While some of the early artists I was listening to like glaive, ericdoa, midwxst, and aldn have become all-out superstars in just a few short trips around the sun, it still seems to be quite a niche category, partially due to the fact that there are no real boundaries on what can or can’t be created. Everyone that’s classified in this subgenre could honestly be included in a category of their own, but one person that I think helped create the mold for this style of music is brakence, and he is only getting better with time and experience. The Columbus, Ohio-based star has dropped too many hits to count, and with a handful of singles being released in recent history, fans are certainly getting excited about his upcoming third album, a project that is rumored to be titled hypochondriac, although I can’t confirm this whatsoever. The self-produced single of course includes his trademark …