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Interxeller – [Lil Xelly]

If you asked me a few years ago if I’d get to call some of the people I’ve met throughout the music industry my friends, I would say you’re crazy. About a half-decade ago, there was a handful of underground icons whom I listened to so often, others might’ve thought it was my job, but I was just so encapsulated by how different they were when comparing them to the majority of the mainstream artists that were receiving all the attention that I simply couldn’t go what seemed like even an hour without listening to a song or two. Some of these artists included names like Tommy Ice, Kevin Kazi, 909Memphis, BBY GOYARD, and so many others that I can’t name otherwise this sentence would go on for eternity. Ever since, I have had the pleasure of not only watching these individuals grow as musicians, but I also get to call the majority of them homies, and that’s something I’ll forever be grateful for. Out of all of these names, Lil Xelly is someone I not only consider a friend, but someone I truly and firmly believe has the potential to go extremely far in his career, and I just …

Rain – [Tommy Ice] ft. [Annamarie]

Atlanta is obviously a music city that needs absolutely no introduction, but it goes so much further and deeper than just the surface. While names like Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, and countless other massive artists are lucky enough to call this city home, there are definitely so many other artists that are making remarkable music, even if these aforementioned names might get all of the mainstream attention. Nonetheless, I want to bring these underground icons the credit that they rightfully deserve, and my list begins with Tommy Ice. Tommy is someone who I have been listening to for years, watching him come into his own as a producer, rapper, and all-around creative, and at this point, I feel like I’m lucky enough to even consider him a friend, even if it’s just through the internet at this point. He never fails to impress me, and he definitely continued to do so on his latest SoundCloud released song “Rain”, featuring Annamarie. Produced by Tommy himself as well as Guala, this one features lighthearted ukulele-sounding strings that clash with pungent 808s and crisp percussion that give a slightly trap-like sound to an otherwise serene foundation. Annamarie, who I wasn’t …

hurt myself – [Tommy Ice] ft. [Powfu]

As the new year begins, I always reflect on the past 12 months and try to figure out some of my favorite moments in music throughout that time frame. While there are numerous up-and-comers that I found out about, there are still so many talents that I have grown even more as a fan of, and this has seemed to be a theme over the past handful of years when thinking about my admiration for Tommy Ice’s music. He is one of the first artists I was put onto when I dove deep into underground music about a half-decade ago, and even during years that could be considered slow for him, I find myself flocking to whatever streaming service I can when I find out that he released something new. There’s just something about his messages, deliveries, and artistry that strikes a chord deep within me, and the often melancholic yet hopeful messages he delivers have gotten me through some tough times, so he’s going to constantly be one of my all-time favorites no matter what. Leading us into 2022 on a high note, Tommy decided to team up with Powfu to release a brand-new single entitled “hurt myself”, and …

Gaia – [Kevin Kazi]

Ever since I first got heavily involved and invested in the underground music scene, there are a few artists that I credit for truly opening my mind and helping me realize that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it, and boundaries are only boundaries if you let them restrict you. Out of all the artists that flood my mind when thinking back to my early days in hip-hop, one name seems to shine brighter than the rest, and that is Kevin Kazi. After making music for about a half-decade, Kevin has become a talent that has run the gamut of different sounds, styles, and innovative creations, and this only seems to get more and more impressive as he progresses throughout his career. Over the years, Kevin has worked with some of my other favorite artists including the late 6 Dogs, Tommy Ice, Keshore, $NOT, and so many others, yet he always brings his own unique flair to the party and never lets any verse fall flat for even a moment. While it seems like he has become a bit more elusive as the years have gone on, this year has been a fruitful one for the Atlanta …

FERRIS WHEEL – [Caal Vo]

At 18-tracks and 35 minutes of runtime, FERRIS WHEEL exhibits Caal Vo’s uncanny ability to traverse through nearly all of modern hip-hop’s styles while maintaining his distinct originality. He lays down infectious hook-centered tracks on the opener, “Ferris,” and the closer, “21 Questions.” He boosts off on high-velocity rage-beats on “Ball Hogs (No Pass Zone).” And he pours his heart onto somber instrumentals found on “Dirty Diana,” “Dancing With Demons,” and “Let It Sing.” Features include BoofPaxkMooky (“By The Morning”) and Polo Perks + Bobainee (“Let It Sing”). Whether Caal Vo is flexing his success or mourning over his regrets, it remains clear that he put every ounce of his being into each song. The production is what separates FERRIS WHEEL from Caal Vo’s previous projects and the rest of the current underground landscape. It is spearheaded by Surf Gang producers EvilGiane, Goner, Eera, and TommyToHotty — who were just profiled in Rolling Stone and Noisey. The collective’s unorthodox orchestral presence is painted all over FERRIS WHEEL. Most prominently on “Let It Sing,” featuring Polo Perks and Bobainee, which features one of Caal’s most intimate verses: “I’m playin’ this game and I can’t fold / My brothers locked nah I ain’t …

Digital – [Tommy Ice]

If you’re at all familiar with the underground music scene that has been constantly growing over the past few years, Tommy Ice is a name that you should be very familiar with. He has been paving the way for so many artists to do their thing and make music by any means necessary, and while I truly believe that he deserves multiple truckloads of recognition more than he receives, I can’t let his contributions and hard work go unnoticed. He makes music without all the bells and whistles where he simply has a story to tell and an audience who will listen, and even when he does decide to think outside of the box and get creative with his sound, he always adapts and kills every verse he puts out. Most recently, he decided to surprise fans with another incredible hit entitled “Digital”, and after taking a listen, it brought me back a few years to a time when Tommy was my most listened to artist, and it makes me want to dive head-first back into his music, which is something I think I’ll do as soon as I finish writing this. Also produced by the man himself, the beat …

SGV1 – [SURF GANG]

Since I first heard of Surf Gang a year or so ago I have been waiting for this collective project that blends many of the underground’s best new artists and producers, primarily from New York City and it’s immediate ancillary areas, with the addition of Richmond, VA’s Babyxsosa who is almost representing an entire state jam-packed with underground music from her hometown, to the “DMV” portion of Northern Virginia, and obviously the Hampton Roads area that is as rich in music history as any, who all have such an obvious and infectious chemistry with each other and from the outside looking in the group appears to exist in complete harmony with each member contributing equally. The artists on SGV1 all have drastically different voices and even flows at many times but the group’s production is simple enough for just about anyone to rap on however they’d like, but simultaneously are so intricate and multi-tonal that each artist can find their own pocket of the beats to focus-on. The production front is led by many, as the group is a collective in just about all regards, seeing contributions from many, including the artists themselves at times, but to me the group …

You & Me – [Tommy Ice]

If you’ve been following along to the SoundCloud music scene as most of us have for years, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Tommy Ice. He is simply a pioneer of the underground scene, and while he has the respect of almost any artist you can imagine, he is still considered one of the biggest hidden gems in music, at least in my opinion. Although he had taken a bit of a hiatus when it comes to dropping music, he decided to bring this break to an end with the release of a brand-new video for his song “You & Me”, and I have to say that even with a pause, he hasn’t lost his touch even slightly. This song came out back in December, so although it’s been in our hands for quite a few months, I’ve been keeping it in my rotation for quite some time still to this day, and I was absolutely ecstatic to see a visual to accompany this hit. Directed by Bodyshutters, the scene is set as it opens in the middle of an open field where Tommy and his lovely lady sit, spend time together, and enjoy life like only they know how. As his …

Crack Pack Vol. 1 – [Tommy Richman]

Not too long ago, I was first put onto Tommy Richman and his unbelievably diverse world of music. He definitely caught me by surprise in all the best possible ways, and I was shocked at the fact that no one is really making music like him. In fact, one of the only people I could even compare him to would be Jean Dawson, an unbelievably remarkable talent who is blowing up at unexpectedly speedy rates. Coincidentally, I realized that Tommy spoke a collaboration with Jean into existence not too long ago on his Twitter, so I truly hope this comes to fruition as soon as possible. Just the other day, I found out that Tommy had dropped off a two-pack of brand-new songs which he calls Crack Pack Vol. 1, and both songs are as unique as I could’ve imagined. Opening up with some industrialized electronic sounds one “Kids”, the vibe quickly changes to a much more soothing, suave synth melody before drums come into the picture and change things up once again. After listening, I realized that one of my favorite parts is how the beat can transform into something completely different in the blink of an eye, yet …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …