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Let Me Tell It – [Bobby Hagens]

We have an artist that goes by Bobby Hagens who is making his first appearance on our platform this afternoon with his brand new project titled “Let Me Tell It”. I didn’t have any prior knowledge of Bobby before I was recommended to listen to this tape by the homie Sav, and once I ran through these twelve tracks provided I was blown away with his storytelling skills and the all around cohesiveness on this project. He seems to be a very intelligent and understanding individual from the sounds of the pictures he is painting on this tape, at often times I found myself just staring into nothing while he spoke about what trails and tribulations he has been going through / has gone through before. The Maryland product did a fantastic job with how he pieced together this project, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I believe that you will too, stream it for yourself below.

Keeping It Movin – [Andy Mineo] & [Gunva B]

By: Stacy Burse, Jr. “They don’t want to squeeze, but they want the Juice” New York rapper, Andy Mineo (@andymineo), spits this line alluding to the fact that there are people out there that want the results, but don’t want to put in the work. In “Keeping It Movin”, Andy and British rapper Guvna B (@GuvnaB) share their reasons on why they work hard and grind — to achieve and work on their God-given gift. The video is directed by Pete Wall (Light Media). Pre-order/Pre-save Andy Mineo’s “Work In Progress” project here. Check out the “Keeping It Movin” video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Sli’merre – [Young Nudy] [Pi’erre Bourne]

Wow. After anxiously waiting for a few weeks, the day has come — Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s highly-anticipated collaborative effort, Sli’merre, was finally released at 12 PM EST earlier today. Considering the excitement behind this project thanks to the two singles, “Mister” alongside 21 Savage and “Extendo” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, I wasn’t sure how well the project would live up to the larger-than-life expectations. However, being that it already received an 8.0 review on Pitchfork and considering the overwhelmingly positive reactions from fans on social media, it’s easy to tell that Nudy and Pi’erre’s long-awaited effort went far above and beyond what anyone could have expected. 12 tracks long and stacked with star-studded features including 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby, this project takes Nudy’s chilling street storytelling and brings it into an entirely new world of status and sound. Pi’erre Bourne’s otherworldly production style seamlessly complements the legendary cast of characters on the album, and further, the electrifying presence of Nudy’s oddball vocals and malleable flows makes for a perfect concoction of melodic, transcendent sounds that you can’t help but love. So far, I’m two listens deep into the project, but I can already …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Extendo – [Young Nudy] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

Just recently, Young Nudy blessed fans with two highlight moments of 2019 — the first, a surprise mixtape entitled Faded in the Booth, and the second, one of my favorite songs of the year and the lead single off of Slim’erre, “Mister” featuring 21 Savage. Today, Nudy is back, and he’s ready to make a splash yet again with the latest Slim’erre single, “Extendo” alongside Lil Uzi Vert. Considering how high Pi’erre and Nudy set the bar with “Mister,” I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from the second single off of the project, but needless to say, the all-star combo impressed yet again. Between the ominous, almost disorienting direction of the melodies and the song’s remarkably mesmerizing sound, “Extendo” keeps things exciting and unique, all the while dropping some of my favorite work from Nudy and Uzi, alike. Each of the two works perfectly alongside one another, and what better producer for this momentous occasion than the legend himself, Pi’erre Bourne. “Extendo” is yet another reason why Slim’erre is gearing up to be one of the best projects of the year, so don’t sleep. Check this one out below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by Pi’erre Bourne

Mister – [Young Nudy] ft. [21 Savage]

Okay. Hold up, I need to take a breath here. So not only did Young Nudy just bless us with a surprise mixtape, Faded in the Booth, that ended up becoming one of my favorite projects of the year over the past few days, but now, he’s back again? And not only is he back, but he brought out Pi’erre Bourne and 21 Savage for the occasion? I truly can’t comprehend how fast Young Nudy is headed to the top right now, but thankfully his brand new single, “Mister,” will do all the talking. Being that Pi’erre is the one behind the boards here, “Mister” is of course supplied with some classic Pi’erre Bourne flute-sampling production but with a twist, and an enthralling, soulful one, at that. It mixes in an uplifting vocal sample and a triumphant allure, and the result is probably the most exciting production I’ve heard all year. Per usual, Pi’erre is not on another level than everyone else — he’s on an entirely different world, and “Mister” is a perfect example of how special he truly is as a producer. Beyond this, the real magic of “Mister” is shown in the way that Nudy and 21 Savage balance …

word. – [Lou Phelps]

Lou Phelps first popped up on my radar after releasing music as The Celestics, a duo consisting of himself and his older brother Kaytranada. Both artists have come along way since the early days of their careers, both growing into their own as artists that can provide sonics that’s full of ingenuity and originality. “word.” is the first single to be released by Phelps since dropping 002 / LOVE ME, which was his trailblazing project that released last fall. WondaGurl produced the single, which is evident as soon as you hear the deep 808s kick in, her style is undeniable as she brings a different level of energy to every song she works on. Throughout the Igal Perets-directed video, Lou Phelps brings some of his favorite album covers to life and delivers some infectious lyrics in a variety of classic hip-hop video settings. Phelps has always been able to take his music to another level via the visuals he creates for his music, a detail than many can overlook but those who understand the power of well-crafted video concepts are typically artists that grow loyal fanbases. After the success Phelps saw last year, it will be interesting to see how quickly his …

Coast/Clear – [Beast Coast]

Beast Coast, the ten-person supergroup that is comprised of Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Issa Gold, CJ Fly and Ak the Savior. The group announced their formation with the release of “Left Hand” in early March which showcased a clever orchestration of some of the most gifted rappers occupying the East Coast. The group’s new single highlights the melodic capabilities of the ten-person collective. Produced by Powers Pleasant, the group trades melodic verses from one another opting out of the usual grit we see from the East coast natives. Showcasing a softer side, at least vocally, the ten-person collective have concocted a radio-ready single that leaves us beyond curious as to all that will be featured on their impending album. “Coast/Clear” is a testament to the versatility held by each member of the supergroup who’ve made a living off of their abilities to lyrically dismantle beats. Don’t be fooled though, despite the lofty production and delivery from each featured rapper the new record still has a serrated edge to it that is synonymous with the East Coast. Listen to the new single from the impending studio album from some of the East Coast’s finest. With no set …

Side by Side – [Yung Bans]

Yesterday evening Lyrical Lemonade favorite Yung Bans blessed his rapidly growing fanbase with a brand new visual for “Side By Side”. Yung Bans has been known to never disappoint when it comes to giving his fans the best videos possible, and this new one is just another one on his growing list of memorable visuals, shout out to the video director Savani for helping Bans make this one happen. Yung Bans is one of the artists that I am most excited to watch continue to grow in 2019, he is a massive artist now, but it’s only a matter of time before he is one of the biggest rappers in the world. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like what you hear be sure to give Yung Bans a follow on Twitter here!

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …