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Somebody I Know – [Era] ft. [Dro Kenji]

Considering it’s the year 2022, it should come as no surprise that Internet Money has been a breeding ground for some of the most talented up-and-comers in the hip-hop world, and their strength seems to grow by the week. Sure, they might work with superstars like Lil Uzi, Gunna, Future, Lil Tecca, The Kid LAROI, and way too many other talents to name, but their in-house roster is full of some of the most incredible producers, singers, and emcees in the game, making them a collective that simply can’t be ignored if you call yourself a music fan. Dro Kenji is an artist who I found myself gravitating towards the instant I first heard some of his early songs like “100 Rounds” or “Save Me” off of his debut project Tears and Pistols which came out at the end of 2020 and seeing how much potential he had back then has only snowballed into the successful career that he has maintained ever since. Era is a singer who might still be making his way up the rungs of the industry, but his voice is just so unique and special that it’s impossible for others to ignore him in any way …

All Eyes on Me – [EARTHGANG]

Atlanta’s talent pool is one that runs deep and plentiful, making it a music city that is simply never going to fall off or be forgotten about, but that makes me so excited to see how the new generations of artists will innovate and progress such a unique and distinctive sound. While there are some major names in the world of trap that can be listed off, other artists take an even more conscious and intricate approach to music creation, and one duo that is probably doing it better than anyone else out right now is EARTHGANG. Although both emcees have gone by various monikers in the past, I know them best as Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, and both of these musicians are constantly pushing the limit on what we might’ve previously thought was the boundary of hip-hop. For just about a year, we have been learning more and more about their upcoming album Ghetto Gods, and every new release has me more excited than ever, so when I saw that they dropped a brand-new single called “All Eyes on Me”, I went straight to YouTube to listen and watch the cinematic Simon Chasalow and Hannah Hussain-directed music video. …

SuccaFreeLove – [Christo Washington]

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is one of the northeast’s most under-appreciated music scenes as many memorable and iconic acts have come forth from the Steel City and the area clearly breeds a specific type of talent and creativity distinct to the region. Christo Washington is another new face in an r&b space that is filled with exciting new acts who are eager to push the boundaries of a genre that has been strong in recent years but largely due to recent innovation in both songwriting and production that have most people very excited about the future of this sound. Christo Washington’s new project SuccaFreeLove is one that I very much enjoyed and was impressed with the variety of moods his music could speak to and the honesty that he delivered his lyrics with.

Wusyaname – [KlayD] x [Big Unccc]

Perhaps no other neighborhood in the south has produced hip-hop talent as memorably and consistently for nearly three-decades than South Memphis. Sure the city in general has produced its number of stars and many hail from the North or East sides, but there is something in the water in South Memphis that just breeds great rappers, and KlayD and Big Uncccc are the latest to follow in this line, knocking at the door of the industry that so many of their peers have kicked all the way in, and in all honestly Big Unccc is already coming through the door as he signed with Young Dolph’s Paper Route Empire label that is one of many king-making artist-owned labels in the city. KlayD is still more unknown, but not to the people of Memphis as his reputation has grown and honed long before his YouTube numbers recently took off and still is recovering from surviving being shot in the face just a couple of months ago. I can’t wait to watch the come-ups of both Big Unccc and KlayD but am sure that they will definitely not be last artists from the south side of Memphis to rise up in the …

blah blah blahs – [Ric Wilson] ft. [Kiéla Adira]

I’ve said it so many times in the past, but Chicago is a breeding ground for some of the most insane talents in the entire world, yet it seems like the local fans appreciate this so much more than the rest of the country. At the same time, what I love about this is the fact that the artists here seem to focus more on incredible music and creating unique, individualistic styles rather than chasing clout or looking for the next big check, and this is something that speaks volumes when looking at how high the quality of their music truly is. One of these artists is Ric Wilson, an emcee who I’ve become familiar with over the past few years, and his disco/house/hip-hop fusion is a combination you never knew you needed in your life until you tune into any song on his discography. I was so excited to find out he teamed up with Kiéla Adira for his most recent song “blah blah blahs”, and once you check it out, you’ll understand my excitement without a doubt. As the beat unravels, a very bouncy drum pattern is incorporated alongside a magical melody that not only sets the pace …

Kings Field – [Ronin Black]

Nashville, Tennessee artist Ronin Black has been creating at a very high level for many years now, despite never fully receiving the love he deserved from his city at the time, not only making very memorable and politically charged music with striking images to match, but in a greater sense also coordinating shows and in essence controlling the city’s whole scene from the shadows. Ronin’s anger burns so brightly and when you know his story you understand why, his genius permeates out of him and when you are in his presence it is obvious that you’re near someone with huge visions and the tools to help bring them to life. His latest visual for “Kings Field” is a sort of creative-opus for him, putting on first and foremost the best rapping performance we have gotten from him yet as his lyrical abilities are improving rapidly and is finding his gruff sound more and more, clearly drawing influence from obvious mainstream sources like Pop Smoke, but this track to me had much more of a Night Lovell sort of vibe. Visually “Kings Field” is the best work that I have seen come out of Nashville perhaps ever, shot by Eugene and Virtual Hug, but all …

CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST – [Tyler, The Creator]

“That caterpillar went to cocoon, do you get me? See, I was shiftin’, that’s really why Cherry Bomb sounded so shifty” -Tyler, The Creator on “MASSA Ten years in the game and no sign of exiting yet, Tyler, The Creator never lets an album drop without an amazing rollout to accompany it. Every single drop that comes from Tyler, he does it big, fresh, and unique, and he creates a moment out of it. One thing for sure is that with every album, comes a new story or a new character within Tyler’s universe. So far, we have gotten stories from his characters within every single album. This time around, Wolf Haley has returned—now known as Tyler Baudelaire. Releasing a handful of teasers and visuals beforehand, we have gotten to get a small glimpse of what this character looks like, acts like, and sounds like. Following his Grammy award-winning album IGOR, and the perfect execution of a rollout, Tyler has finally released his seventh studio album, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. As stated above, each album comes with a specific theme that is surrounded by one character. For this project, we have been introduced to Tyler Baudelaire—a rich man who is obsessed …

MMM – [Chow Lee] [Lonny Love]

Making their Lyrical Lemonade debuts today are Long Island, NY artists Chow Lee and Lonny Love who are putting an even more romantic spin on the current popular New York melodic sound popularized by superstars like A Boogie or Lil Tjay that has very much endeared itself to the entire city of New York and truthfully sits right next to drill music as being the city’s main current musical output, but Chow Lee and Lonny Love are less on the pain side of things in terms of subject matter, instead singing of their newfound lavishness and female muses, pushing their sound closer to r&b than the aforementioned new breed of hip-hop. Their single “MMM” brings back an almost old-school feel as far as their vocals and much of what they’re singing about is concerned, while also touching on issues felt by the younger generation like over indulgence in substances and social media courting. I am looking forward to hearing more from this pair soon and definitely recommend checking them out soon.

Communication – [Aidan Bissett]

18-year-old high school senior Aidan Bissett showcases how sharp his songwriting and melodies are on his new single entitled “Communication.” A vast majority of people are lost when it comes to communicating with different individuals. Aidan takes on and becomes in tune with his pressures, anxieties, and heighten emotions that everyday teenagers go through. The Tampa-based artist creates a high-energy breed of indie-pop record backed by impressive electric guitar, a skill Aidan picked up in grade school. On his debut with Capitol Records, the young crooner elaborated more on some of the lyrics and theme of “Communication.” Bisset stated how “Communication really gotten lost in friendships, relationships, and society in general.” He goes on to say “The only way we can fix anything is if we actually talk about it.” This was really refreshing to hear someone at a young age realize something so valuable that most adults aren’t masters at. This makes me excited to hear what is in the vault, from him and the other messages and songwriting that’s forthcoming in the future. Listen to Aidan Bissett’s woozy and dreamy single “Communication” after the break.

Blast Off – [Internet Money] ft. [Juice WRLD] & [Trippie Redd]

Last year when Internet Money was hyping up their insane album months prior to its release, I had no clue what they had up their sleeves. All I knew was the fact that they are a breeding ground for musical masterminds, so there were absolutely no second guesses in my mind about how incredible this project was going to be. Although the anticipation seemed to build for ages, once it was delivered, they provided us with an absolute masterpiece full of features including some of the biggest names in music intermingled with some of the industry’s most promising up and comers, making it an album that I still revisit constantly. Although “Lemonade” was the single and it has obviously risen through the ranks as one of, if not the best songs that released last year, there are many other jams on the project that receive praise, and rightfully so. One of the most talked-about songs had to be “Blast Off” featuring the late, great Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd. Obviously, any posthumous verse from Juice is an absolute treat and a half, and his chemistry with Trippie has always been obvious, so this song was destined for greatness before it …