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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

STP – [Cousin Stizz]

Before we get into Cousin Stizz’ new track “STP” (and we will) can we take a collective second to applaud the year Take A Daytrip is having right now? It’s hard to imagine having a better year than they had last year, but they may have already topped it; shit maybe just in the past few weeks alone. Recently, they have been behind cuts from Big Sean, Cordae, Kevin Gates, Token’s song on the Madden soundtrack, all with “Panini” and “Rodeo” climbing up the charts. They are gonna need a new tag; this shit is past ten. A producer’s ability to create smash hits with a distinct sound, all while fitting a wide range of artists, is not an easy skill to master but Take A Daytrip has done it and perhaps nowhere is that more clear than this one with one of the more unique sounding emcees in the game in Stizz. Here, Stizz brings his off-kilter flow dripping with a cool, unconcerned attitude and still manages to fit in with fit the resonant, pulsing beat to create a song that has the aura of when you are almost too fucked up; knowing you may be at your limit, but being …

Panini – [Lil Nas X]

All eyes are on Lil Nas X — how will he follow-up a breakout single that’s spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts and easily the most viral song of the year thus far? Today, the 20-year-old hitmaker answers that question with his first new song since “Old Town Road” blew up, “Panini”. While it’d be easy to crack under the pressure of breaking out with such a massive hit single, Lil Nas quickly dispels that notion as soon as the beat drops on this track. He reaffirms his knack for insanely catchy melodic rap and genre fluidity, taking the song down a grungy path for the hook that feels reminiscent of something off an old Cudi or Travis reference. It’s not coincidental that the production on “Panini” might remind some listeners of those artists either, with veteran producer Dot Da Genius teaming up with Take A Daytrip on the beat. Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7’ is set to drop this Friday, and with “Old Town Road”, “Panini”, and some promising snippets floating around social media, it seems like the young Atlanta star might be poised to take over summer ’19. Stream “Panini” below and let us …

Watch Lil Nas X’s brand new interview with Nardwuar

Lil Nas X has become a superstar with his hit record “Old Town Road” and it was only a matter of time before he caught up with the legend Nardwuar, and while they were both in Miami for Rolling Loud they got a chance to get in a dope new interview! You will find Nard asking Lil Nas about things such as Wells Fargo, Billy Ray Cyrus, emojis, MLA format, beatstars, his high school self, his dad being a musical talent himself, what he thinks of when he thinks of Canada, how he can milk cows, country music, Take A Daytrip, his aviator and more. Check out this brand new interview below

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 …

Sore Loser – [ripmattblack]

ripmattblack made his Lyrical Lemonade debut last November with “Winnebago,” a track that left quite the impression on me thanks to some wild visuals. Signed to Alamo records and armed with a crossover sound, I’ve been interested to see what the Florida-based artist would come back with; today, fans finally get to see, as ripmattblack returns with another intoxicating, pop-centric offering in “Sore Loser”. Hit-making duo Take A Daytrip (who are behind cuts like “Mo Bamba” and Juice WRLD’s “Legends”) bring their magic yet again, creating a beat that has a light, pop feel but still has mass. It’s perfect for ripmattblack’s crisp, sung-rapped approach where he adds just a little bit of a slurred drawl to match the intoxicant-laced, erratic persona he puts on in the lyrics and the accompanying visuals. This is yet another fantastic release to add to ripmattblack’s catalog, so be sure to check it out at the link provided below!

Slow Down – [IshDARR]

I recently posted an article when Milwaukee native IshDARR announced his forthcoming album, and I ironically also recently did a post by producer duo Take A Daytrip, never did I think that a couple days later I would be writing a track that they created together! After streaming this title track a few times through I must say that I really enjoyed the catchy hook that IshDARR provided, and after diving deeper into his verses it’s clear that he came into this track with some stuff to get off of his chest as he rhymed about overcoming adversity. I have said it before and I will say it again, this upcoming album from IshDARR is one of my most anticipated of the year, I am excited to see what he does but for now press play below.

die – [Take A Daytrip] ft. [Sam Austins] & [rockstar payso]

New York producer Duo Take A Daytrip have been featured on our pages in the past and today they are back with their latest release titled “Die” featuring Detroit artist Sam Austins and Rockstar Payso! Within the first few seconds I always totally able to tell the vibe that they were going for and man they succeeded at creating this aggressive, high tempo cut that is sure to impress! I really enjoyed this new offering and I believe that you will too, stream it via Soundcloud below!

Nervous – [Famous Dex] Ft. [Lil Baby] [Jay Critch] [Rich The Kid]

Chances are you tuned in for the Famous Dex, Rich The Kid & KILLY track back in May titled Guap that was consequently leaked and now, a new version has surfaced from Dex as he taps Lil Baby, Jay Critch & Rich The Kid once again for, Nervous. Sticking to the same production from Take A Daytrip, the energy is set at an all-time high as Dex opens with his catchy hook before QC’s Lil Baby jumps in for arguably one of the best features we’ve heard from the Atlanta native since his emergence. Followed by verses from the Rich Forever mates that were certainly no slouch either, Nervous comes as a wake-up call for everyone that Dex hasn’t gone anywhere and you’d have to hope that we are nearing another project from the Chicago native very soon. Having said that, kick off your weekend with Nervous at the link below and keep posted for the next one from Dex & company very soon!

Critical – [IshDARR]

IshDARR is certainly no stranger over here at LL and just last night, he came through with his next hit in the Trackside & TakeADayTrip produced record titled Critical. Following the recent Canis Major-assisted Inside from a month ago, the energy and pace were turned up a notch for this one as Ish went ballistic over the melodious beat on holding his tongue, being a timeless artist and not sweating the difficult things in life. We can always count on the Milwaukee native to preach on real-life situations and positivity when it’s needed most, and in my opinion, that is one of the major factors that separates him from the gigantic pool of new artists that continues to grow by the day. Having said that, let IshDARR’s new heat in Critical bless your speakers and stay-tuned for his next release very soon.