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never learn – [Kid Moon]

Streaming platforms have been looked at in a few different lights, sometimes being praised for the diverse selections for listeners to choose from while other times being chastised for the often brutal payouts to artists based on streaming numbers. I can totally see the argument on both sides, and while they are in no way perfect, I do think that there are benefits. Just the other day, one of my homies sent me a song on SoundCloud to check out, and after getting distracted, SC moved right onto the next track which happened to be a song that I absolutely loved. After realizing my admiration of the record, I realized it was by an artist names Kid Moon, a 17-year-old Philadelphia emcee who I have heard mentioned in various circles I’m a part of, but I had never gotten the chance to listen quite yet. I am beyond grateful that the algorithm chose to play his track next because it finally got me to open my eyes to the incredible music that this young talent is creating, and it makes me want to dive even deeper to see what else I have missed out on. I then looked at some …

223’s – [midwxst] ft. [BabyTron]

It’s hard to classify midwxst’s reign as anything but dominant. Over the past few years, he went from being just a kid in his bedroom playing around with a microphone to one of the most recognized up-and-comers in the entire world, and his rise to fame is only just beginning. His Back in Action series of projects has been a massive reason why he has become so notorious, and while these tapes feature some of my favorite tracks from the Indiana-born emcee, he has an extensive list of singles that continue to build on the vibrant legacy he is solidifying at such a young age. What I love about his discography is the versatility, because although hyperpop may have been his ticket into stardom, it is his constant attempts at different styles and sounds that seem to really stand out to his loyal fans. This dexterity is obvious on the third edition of his series of projects Back in Action 3.0, a 9-song, 23-minute-long effort that only contains two features, one in tana on the final cut and then BabyTron on the tape’s second song “223’s”. BabyTron is definitely one of the craziest and most unexpected features that I could’ve …

Get Refreshed: August ’22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billie Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. Mental Makes Music That Sounds Like Mental Mental’s career has been fascinating to follow. I found their music pretty much just like most other people in the grander “pandemic era” of Internet music – through our Discord/Twitter/Whatever communities. In 2020, Mental was an artist that I knew had a bright future ahead of them, and was someone I had so much faith in due to their organic approach to songwriting, styling, and behavior overall. Their attitude towards music is unlike anyone else’s; they are light, simple, and down to Earth. They’re just Mental… and you know what I’m talking about if you’ve heard the music and/or talked to them as a friend. Friend… I don’t think there’s single word that best describes everything Mental is about than that. Even if you don’t know them personally, Mental is a friend. Their music is friendly, and their artistic nature revolves around friendship. I’ve observed this throughout their lengthy career now, but that’s not what makes it so fascinating like I expressed before. What makes it that way is just how much they’ve worked to make …

Streetwear Brand The BearTruth is Dedicated to Krump

Mr. BearTruth noticed that the clothing worn by Krump dancers was lacking in style, vibrancy, originality, crispness and overall swag, so he did something about it. While working at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Mr. BearTruth knew he could fill the void he observed in Krump fashion with color. He started researching how to make t-shirts and hats, eventually promoting them through the Krump community. “I am trying to give real designs to real people,” he says. “Some ‘cut and sews,’ some new logos, some purpose. Very few streetwear lines make custom pieces. I wanted something authentic and fresh that people could identify with instead of repurposing language that was already there. I want people to look good on their journey of truth. That’s my mission.” Mr. BearTruth believes that fashion, much like Krump, can be playful and competitive, full of swag, grit, joy and superhuman dynamism. Today, the BearTruth brand has blossomed into an established unisex streetwear collection including dozens of new custom looks and pieces. The collection ranges from cardigans/ hoodie hybrids and puffer jackets to accessories, leather pants, and graphic t’s. D’hon is taking the BearTruth brand beyond the Krump or dance community, ensuring it is accessible to everyone …

Immaculate – [$NOT]

Over the last couple of years, it’s hard to think of an up-and-coming artist who has had more success in this industry than $NOT. He had already built quite the legacy with his series of mixtapes prior to worldwide fame and his cult following was always as strong and loyal as it gets, but it almost felt like a switch was flipped and he instantly took off, soaring to heights that I knew he’d eventually get to, I just didn’t realize it would be as quick as it turned out to be. First off, I’m a massive $NOT fan and have been for years, but I honestly don’t know what it was that really took him to the next level. I think it has to be a mixture of his diverse sonic portfolio and versatility over any instrumental placed in front of him, but I also think that the connections he has been able to make throughout the years have had to help him grow and expand his name much further than other emcees that were in a similar position as him. One way or another, $NOT is now a household name and I couldn’t be more excited for him, …

Impalas & Hydraulics – [Reason] ft. [The Game]

I have gone on record plenty of times in the past claiming that TDE is one of my all-time favorite labels in the entire rap world, and that opinion only grows stronger as they add more ammo to their roster and continuously release insanely good music. Now, I would be lying if I said I listened to these artists religiously every day because I like to switch things up and tap in with a plethora of different sounds from day to day. When I look at the various projects and songs that have been released throughout the years, though, there is no denying this label’s star power and sheer heightened abilities when compared to other collectives, and I’m not even talking about the Kendrick Lamars and Schoolboy Qs of the label. Carson, California’s Reason fits into the label’s historic sound without a second thought, and even though he seems to fit the aesthetic that TDE has become known for, he continues to incorporate new sounds that diversify the complexity of the artists on the lineup. Currently, he is working on his highly anticipated sophomore effort, and singles like his recently released track “Barely Miss” have me on the edge of …

Johnny Lugautti Teams Up With Superstar Kevin Gates For New Single Titled “Prada Me.”

Emerging artist John Duff, better known as Johnny Lugautti, has accomplished many great achievements in a short span of time. Inspired by Lil Wayne and Young Thug, Lugautti’s style and melodic flow distinguish the rising artist from his peers. The North Carolina rapper has landed collaborations with Snap Dogg, DJ Luke Nasty, JD Daigotti, and a few others. Last month, Lugautti teamed up with industry superstar Kevin Gates for a new single titled “Prada Me”. “It was big for me, Kevin Gates, one of the GOATs of the game, so that was huge for me. The song is basically saying no matter how good my dad did in life, I still wanna be better than him and that he’s proud of what I’ve become,” He shared. I know everybody was skeptical about the rockstar thing… but in due time everyone was “ Prada Me“ for being a rockstar and I honestly ain’t did sh*t yet.” The emotion provoking beat was created by platinum producer Jay P Bangz. Both artists joined forces to create metaphoric verses with an addicting hook. Shot by @MisterReeseFilmz, the visuals racked up 85,000 views and counting thus far. Check out the visuals to “Prada Me” below.

Live From The Lac-[JAMS The Flava Child]

After a successful run of singles spread all throughout the year, Chicago’s own JAMS The Flava Child is feeling charged up and ready to take the rest of the year by storm. Taking the last year to rejuvenate and rebrand, JAMS has been in the lab cooking up dopeness and building a new sound for the fans to be blessed with. One thing about JAMS is that he is one laid-back dude. Super chill, yet knows how to turn a party up. That alone is a perfect summary of what his brand new tape is about. Living that luxury life, kickin’ back, smoking, and overall just vibing through life. At last, here is JAMS’ new project, Live From The Lac. Crowning himself “The smoothest out the Midwest”, JAMS takes that to the heart and knows for a fact that his music must reflect that at all costs. With the “Lac” in the title being shortened from Cadillac, JAMS has grown an immense love for classic cars and old schools. That being said, he aspired to make a tape to reflect that vibe and that setting. The music that you can cruise to in an old school, or those late-night trips in …

Hall of Fame – [Young Dolph]

Whenever an artist passes away, fans come out in droves to show support for the incredible impact they made during their time here on Earth. It doesn’t matter if they were an underground phenom, a bonafide superstar, or someone who just genuinely made a difference in the music industry because regardless of their status, they meant something to listeners and fellow artists. When news broke that Young Dolph was taken from this planet way before he was ever meant to late last year, the impact was felt from coast to coast and beyond. I was always a fan and supporter of the Memphis legend, but I didn’t realize just how influential he was until this tragic day came, but it makes me happy knowing that he can look down on his supporters knowing that we’re keeping his legacy alive and well. One of the countless head-turning impacts he made was the formation of his label Paper Route Empire, a label that has grown strong and has thrived since its inception, and to celebrate what would have been Dolph’s 37th birthday today, they released his first posthumous single “Hall of Fame”, a fitting song name for the iconic emcee. Bandplay produced …

Seddy Hendrinx Interview: Well Prepared, Well Preserved & ‘Well Sed’

“Once I saw that I had a way out, it was all in from that point and I never let up. Getting that love in my city really fueled me, man. That’s where I get all the love. Duval 904. I felt like if I could make it in Duval and my city could get behind me, then I’m straight.” -Seddy Hendrinx Photo Credit: @shotbydecat When it comes to the rap scene out of Florida, most would instantly gravitate towards the gritty and gutter style of rap that has come out of there as of late. Names such as Yungeen Ace, Stopemgottem, and Nardo Wick would be amongst the ones who are sporting that rugged and authentic style of rap. However, once there is an artist that blossoms from a city known for a specific sound, and they don’t come out sporting that sound, that instantly makes you stand out amongst the pack. That alone can draw people’s attention to what you have to say and the matter in which you say it. Straight out of Duval County, Seddy Hendrinx is an artist that has been making a ton of impact within the Jacksonville scene for years now. Placing a huge …