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Cocodrillo Turbo – [Action Bronson]

Whether you know me from my articles and social media, or we’re actually tapped in personally as friends, you should know that Action Bronson is one of my favorite emcees to ever do it. Lucky enough, I am finally fulfilling a dream of mine this Friday as I travel up to Milwaukee from Chicago to see him on the NBA Leather Tour alongside The Alchemist and Earl Sweatshirt who are some of my other favorite musicians ever, so it’s sure to be a show that I’ll never forget. As for Action, I just feel like he incorporates this old-school vibe with new, inventive sounds that bring both worlds together, and whether I talk to old heads or fans of the new generation of rap, everyone seems to agree that he is as talented as it gets. I literally lose sleep when I know a new album is about to surface, so I had a lot of sleepless nights leading up to the release of his album Cocodrillo Turbo, but after it landed on Friday, I knew immediately that it was worth the wait. I mean, with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano, and even a bit of Action’s own …

Subzero – [Action Bronson]

Action Bronson is a top 5 favorite artist of mine personally, and it just seems like my admiration for him has grown as time goes on. His music just ages like fine wine, and even though I’m almost always a fan right off the bat, when I revisit any song out, I find myself falling back in love all over again. After finding out that before April is over, we’ll have a brand-new album from the Flushing legend, I was absolutely elated, and my excitement only grew after I saw that he dropped a brand-new song called “Subzero” that was produced by The Alchemist alongside an insanely captivating James Larese-directed music video that is something you need to see to understand. You already know when Action and Al team up, they’re completely undefeated, and the jazzy, old-school melodies and persistent hats on this record are as good as they always seem to be. In turn, Bronson absolutely murders his lines, sharing confident and creative lyrics that seem to just grow in intelligence as the record continues. The music video really gets me amped up, though, because he acts as a sort of action star while also showing off some insane …

Get Refreshed: Blogger’s Choice Vol.1

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. I Don’t Have The Stamina For This Blogging Shit Billy Bugara Hi. I’m back, and this time I brought my friends. So… I feel like this column could use a lot less Me every once in a while. I don’t treat blogging like a sport; I barely even blog at all. But even still, I know damn well that blogging isn’t really where I strive compared to others, and that’s okay! I have to write research papers every day… we are simply not the same. In all seriousness, I do want to explain what’s going on here before we jump into things. I am a person of platforming, a platforming person, if you will (it is my job for SoundCloud, after all). I just really enjoy turning the spotlight towards those who deserve it most. Most of the time – all of the time, really – I’m featuring musicians. But what about turning this spotlight towards other people who like to… spotlight musicians as well? Is this really ever done? Not often! Can it be done? Should it be done? Yes and yes! …

fiftypercentgratuity – [Blvck Svm] & [Sebastian Kamae]

Blvck Svm is a name that has come across my radar a few times, but it wasn’t until I read his bio on Spotify that I knew I had to tap in with this perseverant emcee. Although he is from South Florida, he decided to go to college in Chicago, remaining here after school in order to chase his dream in a bigger city than his home. Covid caused problems for everyone, but his main debate was either staying here to pursue a risky career in music or moving back home and finding a normal, everyday job. Luckily, he decided to grind it out and find his own path in the music business, and while this is something that a very select few talents can claim that worked out for them, after seeing the numbers that he has been putting up, it is safe to say that he definitely made the right choice. My introduction to this promising rising emcee is his EP fiftypercentgratuity, a collaboration between him and producer Sebastian Kamae, and while it is much calmer than my typical preferences would say, I found myself instantly entrenched within his incredible sonic world. Sebastian does an insane job on …

Half Moon Mornings – [Curren$y] & [The Alchemist]

I feel like even though producers have been receiving a lot more recognition in recent years than they used to get, they still deserve so much more love for literally setting up emcees for success. Without a good beat, even the best rappers would struggle to show off their skills to the best of their abilities, but with a fantastic beat, even the most talentless people can create a banger that can be heard on every speaker around the world. At the same time, if you put a legendary producer with an equally iconic artist, there is simply no way that anything less than perfection will be the result. Curren$y is obviously a superstar and has been for years, and The Alchemist is not only one of my all-time favorite producers by far, but he is also responsible for some of the most innovative and unbelievable instrumentals that the music world has ever witnessed. These two talents are definitely not new to one another and have been working together for over a decade, so when I found out that they not only teamed up to drop their newest single “Half Moon Mornings” but they are even dropping another collaborative album …

Titanic – [Earl Sweatshirt]

At this point in my career, there aren’t many things I hear that truly make me take a moment to sit back and ingest a song without allowing any sort of impedances or distractions to break up my attention. When I first got into hip-hop music, Odd Future was a group that I legitimately couldn’t get enough of, and whether it was the music, their connection as a collective, their antics, or anything else, I found myself not even going a day without listening to their music or watching their videos. I was fully obsessed, to say the least, and while Tyler, Frank, Hodgy, Mike G, and everyone else in the group were constantly blowing my mind, Earl Sweatshirt was someone who I just couldn’t get enough of. Early on, he was showing exactly how complex and unique his creative process was, but I think the thing that had me addicted was the fact that he did some of the most inventive things in the entire history of music without the bells and whistles, humbly spitting bars that were so intricate that it could take dozens of listens before you fully understood and appreciated a single lyric. As time has …

Tabula Rasa – [Earl Sweatshirt] ft. [Armand Hammer]

Earl Sweatshirt is as much of a phenom as he is elusive, and this has been a fact over the past half-decade or so. Nonetheless, when he comes out of the shadows, he proves time and time again that there’s not an emcee that could stand a chance against him bar for bar, and I don’t know how he can continue to deliver such creative, lyrical records every time he releases something new. It has been a few years since we received his last solo release entitled FEET OF CLAY, but I couldn’t be more amped up about the announcement that his next project SICK! is set to release on January 14th of the new year. Although the hype surrounding Earl projects is always through the roof, he decided to team up with Armand Hammer, a duo that has been making waves in the industry recently, and together they brought “Tabula Rosa” to life, which comes equipped with a Josh-directed music video that shows these three artists spitting their bars all in one take, which isn’t an easy feat after hearing some of the insane lines they spit. The Alchemist took over on the production for this record and considering …

shut the fuck up talking to me – [Zack Fox]

When I first heard about Zack Fox, it was thanks to his wild Twitter activity that was full of outrageously funny content and one-liners that were funnier by the second. His creativity on social media has always been something that attracted new fans, so considering his deep admiration for music that was always apparent, it only made sense when he finally hopped in the booth and spit some bars of his own. While his comedic disposition helped to ease his way into the hip-hop world, it was beyond clear that he had much more to offer than just punchlines and jokes and all that inventiveness and creativity couldn’t go to waste. After such an unbelievably strong string of singles that continued to show off how special he was as a creative, fans were left wondering when we would finally receive an actual project from the Atlanta jokester, but that wait finally came to an end today with the surprising release of his debut album shut the fuck up talking to me. Although there was literally no warning except a teaser of a song with the same name that he had recorded with legendary producer The Alchemist, we woke up this …

Falling Out the Sky – [Armand Hammer] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Earl Sweatshirt]

Ever since I first got into music, Earl Sweatshirt was one of my favorite emcees of all time. Even back in his Odd Future days when he was messing around and just having fun with life, he was laying down some of the most well thought out, clever bars that I have ever heard in my entire life, and he was quickly solidified as one of my favorites. Even though I’m not as familiar with Armand Hammer, I know that their connection to Earl runs deep and if Earl vibes with them, I’m sure I would as well. Although I want to take more time to listen to their collaborative project with the legendary hitmaker The Alchemist called Haram, I was beyond excited to peep the brand-new music video for the project’s cut “Falling Out the Sky”. Directed by Joseph Mault, the video opens up on a lovely yet somewhat desolate beach as the waves crash against the shore as well as rocks that are supporting small cliffs. When the song begins, Earl seems to walk towards the water and out of a cave, finding the light as he smokes a blunt and spits his deep and introspective bars. When …

Babies & Fools – [Freddie Gibbs] & [The Alchemist] ft. [Conway the Machine]

Ever since Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist’s collaborative project Alfredo came out so many months ago, at this point, I haven’t gone even a few days without running through the album in its entirety. I’ve stated many times in the past how much I enjoy every single aspect of this project, and it just seems like Al can provide an incredible foundation for any artist to go crazy on. Then again, Freddie Gibbs isn’t just any artist, so when the two masters of music teamed up, it was a Heaven send and the results obviously speak for themselves. When it comes to all of the music videos that have dropped to accompany this effort, they’re all even better at elevating the storyline of the project than I could’ve ever expected, so I always make sure I tune in and share their incredibility with as many people as I possibly can. Whether he’s evading law enforcement and heading out to another country with the help of Rick Ross in “Scottie Beam” cruising around on a yacht with Benny the Butcher like notorious the notorious kingpin in “Frank Lucas”, or simply living one of the most interesting lives in the entire world, …