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Check Out Rob49 and G Herbo New Single “Add It Up”

Since 2020, New Orleans native Rob49 has established himself as one of the most talented young artists to keep your eyes out for. With co-signs from Say Cheese founder Shawn Cotton and Mississippi State basketball star Lamar Peters, Rob is working towards honing his craft, remaining authentic, and building out his sound. Earlier this year, the rising artist released his latest EP titled Welcome To Vulture Island with features from Lil Baby, Icewear Vezzo, Babyface Ray, Doe Boy, Lil Double O, and Landstrip Chip. On this project, Rob illustrates how versatile he can be from his ability to produce grim and menacing trap anthems, to how emotional he becomes on a few of his tracks. On Friday, October 28, Rob 49 teamed up with Chicago superstar G Herbo for their latest single “Add It Up.” Produced by Southside and Smatt Sertified, the duo joined forces to create a new banger for the streets. “Herb and I actually started our relationship the night we made “Add it Up.” We were in the studio all night just talking about how much we listen to each other’s music and how fire it is to be working with one another,” Rob shared. “We actually …

Ain’t Shit Changed, But The Lingo Is For Sale – [Southside Anxt]

“This is basically a combination of my last two released EP’s. What is interesting is that the underlying messages did not change, but the way I got my point across did. Hence the name. The “sale” is the approach. One way is through obvious culturally influenced production, the other is through words of juxtaposition. Me vs the status quo. Either way, ain’t shit changed” – Southside Anxt Chicago’s own Southside Anxt returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a diverse new EP entitled Ain’t Shit Changed, But The Lingo Is For Sale. With nine lyrically adept tracks, Anxt fascinatingly weaves socio-political [American] commentary with his own racial identity. Moreover, there’s subtle layers of introspection present, as Southside alludes to his struggles as an independent artist with a routine day-job. Ain’t Shit Changed, But The Lingo Is For Sale is rapped through the lens of American Capitalism; specifically through the perspective of a Black male-artist attempting to reclaim his people’s narrative amid modern day inequities. Listen to Southside Anxt’s new EP below; released by Project FILO and distributed by Sparta Distribution  

Nikki Taylor Vibe Releases “Fake Luv,” Along With Matching Visuals

Nikki Taylor Vibe has already accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. She started writing songs at a young age and has written, performed on, and co-produced multiple collaborative albums, across several genres. She has worked with numerous well-known artists and legendary producers including J. Oliver (Fresh Ayr), Southside, Wheezy, Rikanatti, and has landed several placements with established music labels. Her hard work and dedication have paid off, and she is now one of the more sought-after songwriters in the music industry. With her unparalleled talent and creative vision, she is destined to become a household name. Her EP, “Siren”, delivered raw emotions that genuinely resonate with listeners. The project touched on deep issues such as mental health, addiction, depression, and anxiety, as well as empowerment and self-love. Nikki has been praised for her vulnerability and openness in discussing personal topics, and many fans have credited her music for helping them through tough times. The EP has received rave reviews from critics, cementing the artist’s place as one of the most talented and impactful emerging stars in the industry today.  Nikki has written and co-produced her upcoming single “Fake Luv” alongside her brother. The pair have collaborated in the …

Keep Your Eyes Straight and Your Mouth Shut-[Southside Anxt]

“Keep Your Eyes Straight and Your Mouth Shut basically means to be brainwashed. The overarching theme is religious, but used as a juxtaposition to everyday life and choices we make in spite of a belief system. This is also the closest I have ever come to making a trap album” – Southside Anxt Chicago native Southside Anxt returns to Lyrical Lemonade with Keep Your Eyes Straight and Your Mouth Shut; a polished 2018 EP re-release via Project FILO and Sparta Distribution. The five-track project follows Watching Paint Dry, which is a series of planned re-releases leading up to his [brand new] debut album. With bass-heavy production and ill-boding themes, this EP is an ambitiously creative [and successful] attempt to merge conscious lyricism with trap music. The minimalistic cover art aligns with the religious concepts discussed as Anxt cleverly presents real-world circumstances apposed with the unknown. Moreover, every song contains its own level of ambiguity, which is a signature quality of Southside Anxt’s artistry and identity.   Universally, however, it is mystery paired with angst; typically followed by an ingenious abstract concept that makes up a piece of Anxt’s discography. In terms of standouts, “SERMON” quite comfortably takes the crown; it’s truthfully two …

Southside Interview: Putting the Craft First & Watching Success Come After

“I learned one thing from Kanye that I will always think of going forward. He told me to always make sure I focus on the music, and the money will come afterward. If I put all of my focus on the music, the music will sound better and I won’t have to worry about the money later on because it’s gonna come from the great music I’ve been making.” -Southside As more time passes, people are beginning to realize just how much impact producers have and recognize the overall importance that they play in the overall creation of a song. One thing we have been seeing a lot over the past couple of years is producers getting listed as main artists on songs now, rather than their name being in the backend on the credits. Producers are letting their presence be known, and rightfully so, it’s about time. That being said, when speaking about the producer pioneers and the people who really helped shape and shift the culture, it’s very difficult to speak on that without mentioning 808 Mafia, and Southside. Being the founder of 808 Mafia alongside TM88, Southside is responsible for hundreds of songs that we all know …

Watching Paint Dry – [Southside Anxt]

“During the process of writing Watching Paint Dry, I hated the state of rap and I still do. So to keep myself interested in the process of learning, I decided to mimic the styles of rappers I respected, as a challenge. Watching Paint Dry has stylistic influences from MF Doom, Common, Aesop Rock, Jay Electronica, and Earl Sweatshirt. If you listen closely you might catch a cadence here and there, but I didn’t completely rip any of them off. Those songs are the result of me needing something fresh to listen to” – Southside Anxt Chicago’s own Southside Anxt has re-released his 2019 debut EP, Watching Paint Dry on all platforms via Sparta Distribution. The Project FILO heavyweight lyricist has deleted his entire discography, but plans to re-release everything leading up to his debut album. At five songs total, the project showcases Anxt’s lyrical prowess while implementing subtle, yet ominously eerie production. Despite this record having been originally released three years ago, Anxt’s bars remain top-notch and on par with some of the most prominent emcees today. Despite possessing a naturally monotone voice, listeners will be able to grasp disheartening qualities of angst; a reoccurring thematic element in his music. To …

FREE SOUNDs [Volume 3]

Back with volume 3 of the FREE SOUNDs column, and there’s a lot to discuss this week. Peep the lineup of songs below and if you haven’t already, check out volume 1 here and volume 2 here. – – – BEAR1BOSS BEAR1BOSS is, and has been, on another planet ever since I first heard his music — and he keeps getting better. Peep the ATL talent’s new, self-titled album here — a project best visualized as a firework, colorful and explosive in its collaging of sounds while held together by outrageously entertaining personality. “Quit” and “$$$” are favorites, but “Nike!” takes the cake for me. While Bear1 has been a stand out artist from the jump, it goes without saying that on the new project, his ideas are really coming into form. In Bear1’s world, the energy never runs out, and thus, the future is undeniably bright for one of music’s most unique minds. LAY BANKZ A friend sent me Lay Bankz a few weeks back, and “Going Down” has been on repeat ever since. It’s a melodic love song at heart, but once paired with the charged energy of a Philly/Jersey club beat, this one becomes sonically undeniable. Lay …

Buss It – [DCG Brothers]

It definitely doesn’t take a lot for me to get excited about the Chicago music scene, and it definitely doesn’t take very much to get me to write about it either. That’s not because my expectations are low or because I want to promote hometown artists even if they’re not totally polished quite yet. Instead, it’s because even the most underground, local emcees are doing their thing in an unignorable fashion, and as you move up the ladder of fame and fortune, these things don’t change, the overall sound quality of the music just seems to get better thanks to their access to more professional equipment. Ever since I found out about the DCG Brothers probably over a year or two ago, I was instantaneously mesmerized by their addicting personalities, their individual aptitudes, and most of all, their out-of-the-box take on Chicago drill music. It might’ve taken longer than I had hoped for, but I finally got the chance to see them this past weekend at the Summer Smash and let me tell you, Bsavv and Shun know how to put on an all-out clinic. Their energy seems to get brought to even higher levels in front of a crowd, …

Distraction – [Polo G]

There was a moment in time when I had no clue who or when the next actually massive artist was going to emerge from the Chicago scene, which was exciting but also left a lot of people questioning who was going to be the next person to step up. We knew it would happen eventually, but we had no idea what the time frame would be or what they would sound like. Then came Juice WRLD, an artist of uncountable talents who truly changed the world of music as we knew it. Juice was hip to everyone, so when he and Polo G released some music, it was clear that it was Polo’s time to make a statement, and he did time and time again throughout his tenure. This hasn’t changed, either, because he has consistently been one of the hardest, most consistent emcees in the city, so it’s basically a holiday whenever he puts out something new. Although it has been some time, just a handful of days ago he released a brand-new song called “Distraction” as well as a fantastic accompanying music video directed by Christian Breslauer. Southside and Cubeatz teamed up for the production on this one, …

Gift From God – [Lil PJ]

Every few years the Atlanta rap scene goes through an almost implicit changing of the guard largely because there is a new exciting talent emerging out of nowhere every month or less and as these new artists breakout, the underground scene only grows stronger and stronger until these locally loved artists crossover into music’s mainstream consciousness. It is the classic idea of a rising tide lifting all boats and young artists showing potential are supported and assisted by the city’s rap royalty since their teenage years. Southside Atlanta’s Lil PJ is no exception and over the past year or more he has been captivating the attention of the youth and the top figures in his city’s scene that can be seen all over his catalog as features and throughout his Instagram comments. He recently just unloaded his debut mixtape Gift From God that showcases his unique melodic gifts and features many big names from his hometown. PJ shows off his incredible versatility throughout the project, gracing a variety of instrumental styles and revealing a number of different flows. He called upon CEO Trayle, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Slimelife Shawty, and BSlime to support as guest verses and PJ sounded right at home …