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The Tragedy of a Clown – [Ramirez]

G59 has been a staple in the underground since it officially formed in 2015, but it has taken off to unfathomable proportions ever since. $uicideboy$ have had a large part in the label’s success, but I am never one to overlook the other hitmakers on the label like Ramirez, Shakewell, Germ, or Night Lovell, because not only do all of them make a significant impact on the label’s success as well, but they have also personally helped me through a lot over the years. Ramirez is one of the collective’s most versatile and interesting spitters because he can go from an all-out banger to a song that is very personal and pensive in the blink of an eye, but perform each one just as masterfully. The Bay Area-born rapper has been paving a way for himself for almost a decade, beginning his string of unforgettable hits way back in 2013, and his most recent offering is his new album Tragedy of a Clown. This project pieces together 27 minutes of pure artistry throughout 11 songs that show off his dexterity, diversity, skill set, and personality all at the same time. Certain tracks are undeniable jams that feature hard-hitting percussion and …

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 …

WONT GO, CANT GO – [Germ]

About 5 or 6 years ago is when I really dove into the music industry headfirst and realized all of the different sounds that were being brought to life. $uicideboy$ were definitely the duo that was the most chaotic and violent on my playlist, but that didn’t stop me from filling up the majority of my time that I spent listening to music with Ruby and $crim playing through my speakers. Thanks to them, I was put onto other G59 artists and affiliates like Pouya, Germ, Shakewell, and plenty of others, but there are just way too many to name. Germ was always someone that stood out, though, because his energy is simply contagious and his voice is just naturally unique, and this is saying a lot because of just how individualistic each and every artist that he works with seems to be. Since releasing Badshit (Bootleg) and GERM HAS A DEATHWISH years ago, Germ instantly became one of my favorite artists not only in this grouping, but in the industry as a whole, and that is something that I can consistently claim because I seriously try and tune into every song he puts out, whether it’s a solo record …

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 …

Pray 4 Shakewell – [Shakewell]

There was a very long and important chunk of my life where darker, more diabolical music played a major role in my music preferences, and although I still love these tracks and specific artists, I feel like I have lost touch slightly compared to the grasp I had on that scene not veery long ago whatsoever. Obviously, $uicideboy$, Night Lovell, and plenty of others were the best out and still probably are, but I think that one person who has been underappreciated for years is Shakewell, and I don’t want to let that continue to happen. He always brings the heat in terms of his energy, but he also puts so much effort into his lyrics, deliveries, and most of the other parts of his art that he isn’t going to put out just anything without making sure it’s as good as possible. This is more than apparent in his latest project Pray 4 Shakewell, an album that boasts 14 songs that span just over 30 minutes long. While he has plenty of enthusiastic bangers sprinkled throughout, there are just as many emotive, genuine records that reveal a bit more of his inner monologue without being filtered or watered down, …

Take the Field – [Shakewell]

Over the past handful of years, Shakewell has steadily proven to be one of the most dependable artists in the underground. No matter what he drops, it is consistently entertaining, energetic, and full of personality, so no matter what song you tap in with, you know you’re in for a treat. At the same time, it seems like he doesn’t receive the praise that he so rightfully deserves, but I am never going to let a day go by where I don’t give him his flowers when I get the chance. Working with superstars like Pouya, $uicideboy$, and so many others, he has solidified a spot in the underground as one of the greats, at least in my book, and he never fails to impress me. Yesterday, Shake teamed up with Mikey the Magician once again to bring another hit to life, this one called “Take the Field”, and if you went I hoping for a nice, relaxing record, you’re in for one of the rudest awakenings ever. The 808s and other percussive elements are as thunderous as ever, and the loud, siren-like synths definitely bring the heat without a doubt. Shake himself is on the prowl, per usual, just …

Shameless Gorillas – [Shakewell] [Ramirez] & [Mikey the Magician]

Over the years, I have ventured into so many different styles of music, it’s crazy. Although there are certain subgenres that I don’t find myself listening to as much anymore, there are times when I go back and revisit these artists, and it never fails that I find myself fully encapsulated again like I once was no matter how long ago I was into that kind of music. $uicideboy$ are still a duo that I truly owe so much to considering they opened my mind to an entirely different side of rap, and it is because of them that I found out about emcees like Germ, Night Lovell, Shakewell, and Ramirez, amongst so many others. Due to my deep and fruitful relationship with all of these artist’s music, I can never let them release something new without tapping in, so when I found out that Shakewell and Ramirez teamed up yet again with Mikey the Magician for their record “Shameless Gorillas”, I knew this was as essential as it gets for me to tune in and listen up. MTM gives these two spitters the perfect base thanks to a haunting piano progression that collides with infectious, rattling hats and claps …

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, …

Biscuit – [Shakewell]

I owe a lot of credit to certain artists for allowing me to dive deep into the world of underground music because certain emcees just made this sonic world so intriguing and dexterous that I couldn’t get enough of it. Artists like Pouya, Fat Nick, Germ, and many others all worked closely together, making it a natural transition from one musician to another due to their similar styles, but despite these similarities, they all brought something different to the table making them artists that I simply couldn’t ignore. One person can’t be excluded when discussing this group, and that is Shakewell, because he always brought so much personality, energy, and aggressiveness to every single song he contributed to, and that hasn’t changed whatsoever. Every time he drops something I have no choice to tune in because I’m literally never disappointed, and his latest song “Biscuit” is no exception, so I couldn’t help but talk about the brand-new Vixxion-directed music video that accompanies this record. In typical Shake fashion, this one opens up with a warning that pretty much says all of the drugs, guns, violence, and other things occurring in this video are just props and are meant for entertainment …

Leave Me Alone – [Pouya]

For those of you who know Pouya, and I’m assuming that’s pretty much most of the people reading this right now, it’s no secret that he’s one of the most creative minds in music right now. His songs are always versatile and complex considering he fills them with a plethora of true stories and experiences, and his music videos never disappoint even slightly. His Rocci-produced song “Leave Me Alone” came out as a single a few months ago to get fans ready for his upcoming album, and when I saw that he dropped an awesome new music video directed by Giancarlo Loffredo for it, I couldn’t have been any more excited. This visual takes place in a world where Pouya can’t seem to win even for a second and considering we’ve all had those days at one point or another, it’s obvious that this can pertain to most of us, even if it’s not as extreme in our everyday lives. As it begins, Pouya wakes up and struggles to get out of bed before watering his already dead flowers and getting up to have some breakfast, which he doesn’t even seem to enjoy after getting it ready. When he finally …