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Portions EP – [MFnMelo]

I’ve been hearing that Chicago collective Pivot Gang is going to take over the rest of 2020 as they plan on each having new musical releases, and it looks like it’s starting to happen as MFnMelo is back on our website with his brand new EP titled Portions. This one is a very quick listen at less than ten minutes of playtime and three songs included on the tracklist, but Melo made the most out of it, as each of the songs that he gave us were all ear-pleasing + hard-hitting. MFnMelo is an artist whose lyrics you really have to pay attention to, I suggest you run each song back a few times at least because certain bars will go right over your head. The two features that he chose to include on this tape came from New York spitter Radamiz as well as the legendary singer theMIND, who each maximized their contributions to their respective songs

Premiere: Mistakes – [Kanoa]

There’s merit in mystery when it comes to being an artist. Take, for example, Kanoa. Kanoa is a Maui-raised talent who we first met via his Zzz EP earlier this year. The project offered 6, massively impressive songs, bounded by raw, unfiltered acoustics and intimate songwriting – all of which introduced us to a mysterious new artist named Kanoa, and one who chose to speak with the music first, leaving space for curiosity before he started answering any questions. Today, in perhaps his first step toward unmasking parts of the face behind the music, Kanoa is here to premiere his brand new single entitled “Mistakes.” Not only is it a worthy follow-up to the string of impressive songs he’s released thus far, but it’s also Kanoa’s first release with full production. In fitting fashion, it had to be the one that we premiered on our pages, and it had to be the one where the story begins to unfold. Speaking to the budding talent on the phone the other day, Kanoa described the Sparknotes of his life story: from Maui, came to LA a few years back to get his rap career going, struggled with addiction during that time, returned to Maui …

Drugs and Flowers – [Egovert] & [Cash Bently]

Out of the entire underground music scene, Egovert is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite artists making music. His dexterity is unbelievable, his charisma is captivating, and his sheer talent is undeniable, to say the least. He just has such a special talent of pushing the boundaries no matter how wild or unbelievable they might seem, but he does so in such a tasteful manner that he’s definitely an artist you need to keep an eye on. Cash Bently is a talent that I’m less familiar with, but I have heard some of his music previously and I think it’s safe to say that he can be described and categorized quite similarly to his fellow Virginia counterpart. When I talked to Ego and he told me he had a collaborative project on the way with Cash, I couldn’t wait to tune in and see what kind of hecticness that the two were going to bring to life. Considering Ego’s last EP was Kids These Days, one of my favorite projects overall this entire year, I was expecting something even wilder. Despite my anticipations, after listening to Drugs and Flowers, quite the opposite vibe happened in the best possible way. Rather …

Child of the Trenches 2 – [MBNel]

Although I was just put onto MBNel a few weeks ago, I couldn’t be more grateful for the music I’ve been able to experience. Hailing from Stockton, California, this Filipino-American emcee has clearly lived a tough life but rather than using music as a platform for revenge or threats, he instead uses it as a source to vent about all of the eye-opening and life-changing experiences that he has had to go through. Although his life might have gotten a bit better since making a name for himself in the music industry, he’ll never forget his roots or the things that molded him into the man he is today, and that’s extremely evident in every single song he drops. Not too long ago in July, the California spitter dropped Child of the Trenches, a 6-track EP that dives head-first into the battels he dealt with in the streets while also offering up optimism, courage, and tenacity that allows listeners to look at the glass half full rather than the other way around. Thankfully, he’s back with a follow-up to this incredible project with the EP’s second edition, Child of the Trenches 2, and this project proves his story wasn’t even …

Sun Came Out – [Gunna]

I feel like I end up coving almost every single release from Gunna which means I cover a lot of Gunna offerings considering he’s always dropping new content. He’s not letting WUNNA go, as he shouldn’t, and he’s been consistently releasing wonderfully inventive music videos to assist the project, so I couldn’t be more excited when I see he released even more. While I’ve probably heard “Dollaz On My Head”, “Skybox”, “Rockstar Bikers & Chains”, and “Addys” hundreds of times at this point, there are definitely some songs that are still fantastic, yet go unnoticed due to the fact that they’re overshadowed by these hits. Luckily, Gunna isn’t going to let these wonderful offerings fall by the wayside, and he’s trying to bring newfound attention to them by releasing visuals to highlight their incredibility. “Sun Came Out” is one of these hits, and although it might’ve been a song I’d only listen to when running through the album in its entirety, I definitely need to rethink my stance after checking out the brand-new music video. As we are introduced to the visual, Gunna and his crew are in an airport where they joke around about sleeping very well on their …

Lie To Me – [Landon Cube]

Landon Cube is without a doubt one of the most talented artists that I have had the honor of coming across in my six years of covering music, he is a special + unique creative who we are all fans of here at LL, and today he is back on our website with his brand new offering titled “Lie To Me”. I have been loving all of the music that Landon has been releasing lately, he has been on a tear with his handful of releases in 2020, and this new joint is only adding more gas to that fire. I am really looking forward to Landon’s next project, so hopefully, we get that before the end of the year, but even if we don’t, these new songs will hold us over. Take a few minutes out of your Friday to stream Landon Cube’s brand new record below!

Takeaway – [Roxas]

As this upcoming wave of prolific, creative, and simply one-in-a-lifetime crop of pop acts grows larger and larger by each day’s end, it can become extremely difficult to truly stand out as a singular entity. Some artists subvert this fact by joining collectives that may feature higher-profile acts, but it still remains almost as challenging to make yourself known on a solo level nonetheless.   With that being said, it is that much more remarkable when an artist bursts onto the scene with enough force to not only make themselves known as a mainstay in the scene already, but one that is can realistically be placed among the best that their original launching pad – their own collective – has to offer all the same.   Not a single individual has been able to accomplish this rare feat in recent times as vividly and almost so effortlessly as Roxas has. Though their collective Graveem1nd has arguably one of the most full and talented rosters that the underground has to offer, Roxas has put together a string of singles as of late that has placed them among even the best that this collective has in store, which is truly saying a …

Trying – [Chach]

When so much music is being released in a particular scene, and at such an incredibly high level of quality across the board at that, it can be extremely easy as a singular artist to feel as though lacking behind as far as quantity is concerned will also lower the quality of your songs as well. This is certainly an issue that numerous artists are being forced to face in regards to the rising next era of hip-hop and pop music, but no one has seen both sides of the fray more so that Chach has over the past year or so.   Chach has gone from releasing track after track on his own and/or with any number of his close contemporaries to slowing down his release schedule in recent times, but in considering the aforementioned notion that this in any way would sacrifice the sheer quality of his output as it stands now, the opposite has actually revealed itself as being the case — as his new single “Trying” is genuinely among the absolute best songs he has ever released or even been a part of whatsoever.    It seems as though Chach has pulled out all the stops …

Bands In Da Basement – [03 Greedo] ft. [Chief Keef]

It’s always so unfortunate to think about 03 Greedo being locked up, especially because I started to get so heavily into his music right before he turned himself in. Luckily, thanks to his absolutely insane work ethic, he was constantly in the studio and recorded thousands of songs to help appease fans during his absence. Unfortunately, it’s tougher to make music videos with original content of course, but just like many other artists that had to make do during quarantine, his incredible team is finding ways around this obstacle in order to continue and deliver visuals to assist his unbelievable releases. Not too long ago, I heard “Bands In Da Basement” which featured the almighty Chief Keef and I was an instant fan from the moment I heard the mysteriously minimalistic production and Greedo’s individualistic autotuned crooning. Despite the odds being stacked against Greedo and Keef for a visual, 03’s team pulls through once again to gift us with an inventive and intriguing new video to assist this banger. It takes us back to the days of the two artists as kids, getting the assistance of some youngsters who look similar to the two artists to take center stage and …

SMOKIN! Freestyle – [BBY Goyard]

There’s not much left to say that I haven’t already said about North Carolina by way of Maryland rapper BBY Goyard. If you haven’t woken up yet and seen the incredibly dexterous styles that Goyard has given us throughout his myriad of releases over the years, there’s not much more I can say other than you’re missing out on some of the best and most distinct music out. It feels almost weird calling him a rapper considering how diverse his sounds are and the sheer adaptability he has shown throughout his extensive career in the underground music scene. With Hyper Pop gaining more and more popularity, I look at Lil Shannon as being one of the founders of this subgenre, yet not all of his releases can simply fall under this category alone. He can make fast-paced, chaotic hits, Trap bangers, and club anthems, but his talents stretch way beyond these varieties as well. Take one of his most recent songs “SMOKIN! Freestyle” for instance, then go and explore the rest of his music, and you’ll have a hard time finding any two songs within his hundreds of releases that sound even slightly similar. Although I just wrote about this …