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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 …

Ice Kream Truck – [Tommy Richman]

In this industry, I’m always trying my best to be on the cutting edge of discovery when finding new artists that deserve their spot in the spotlight. At the same time, it’s simply impossible for me to know about every promising young talent before everyone else, so that’s why when the homies hit me up about some blossoming talents, I have to tune in because they definitely have some amazing taste in music and they always put me onto some musicians who are inevitably going to blow up sooner or later. Most recently, I was told about an unbelievable young artist named Tommy Richman, and while I had zero expectations going into his most recent offering “Ice Kream Truck”, I left my first listen with thousands of questions, the first of which was how has this kid not blown up yet? As soon as you press play, your eardrums are met by these retro-sounding synths that are immediately complimented by Tommy’s high-pitched vocals that just fill your soul with serenity and good vibes, and we haven’t even gotten to the bulk of the record yet. I should also mention that Tommy self-produced this hit with the help of another producer …

Glasear: An Untapped Life Behind The Boards

A telling concept that speaks volumes about the current state of modern music is discreetly defining what one stands for, portrays themselves as, or simply what their title represents as a singular entity — a singular artist. These things not only display what an act’s role is within whatever landscape they find themselves in, but as one delves deeper and deeper into how the nuance of these concepts, the more and more is revealed regarding exactly how their status reflects the type of music they make, and in the medium(s) they make it in.   To say that a now-incredibly influential figure in contemporary underground music like Glasear has quite a lot to exemplify as far as his own status is concerned would be an understatement unlike any single one heard before. On the outset, he is simply an 18-year-old producer out of Atlanta that has come to pave ways for a rising new world of production over the last few years, right alongside his numerous contemporaries in the equally influential Neliaworld collective.   Seeing him from this particular spectacle has become enough on its own for people to recognize his weight over the grander underground music scene that he …

Church – [Tommy Ice] ft. [Guardin]

Tommy Ice has long been one of my favorite underground artists for more reasons than one. He has perfected his craft throughout his years in music, proving that he’s not just a threat behind a mic considering he often produces many of his own hits as well. His dexterous abilities have helped him shine through brighter than other artists in the scene because he has the uncanny ability to sound great over all different styles of production. Due to the fact that he produces himself, he is able to walk the fine line of pushing himself out of his comfort zone while also giving himself a chance to still remain consistently brilliant on all sorts of instrumentals, so I think it’s this variety that he shows off that keeps fans on their toes and helps him continuously add new sounds to his sonic repertoire. Most recently, he decided to team up with the New York-based singer Guardin for their brand-new song “Church”, and I was blown away with the results. Guardin was an artist I was previously unaware of, but after hearing this track, I’m excited to see what other music he has brought to life because his voice is …

Late Night – [454]

A couple of weeks ago, I caught wind of a new artist that goes by the name of 454, and today he is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new track called “Late Night”. This beat featured here was one of the initial things that I noticed, so I went to check to see who produced it, and guess who it was, 454 himself. I always like it when creatives do basically everything himself, not only did he create this futuristic sounding song himself, but he also cooked up his own beat. This music video itself was also very unique, it had a ton of visual effects + transitions that I thought were dope, much love to the directors for helping 454 make this one possible. I am not too familiar with 454 but I am definitely going to be looking into him more, and I suggest that you do the same, click play below! Filmed & directed by Jean Figueroa and Tommy Bohn

Right or Wrong – [Tommy Ice]

When it comes to the layers of talented artists in the Atlanta Rap scene paired with the recognition they receive, it’s pretty much never-ending. While household names like Young Thug, Future, and 21 Savage call the Georgia city home, there are consistently more and more artists coming up and making a name for themselves on a more underground level. One of the most notorious underground legends out of Atlanta has to be Tommy Ice. He has been grinding for years to perfect his music, introducing a wide variety of sounds and a multifaceted arsenal of capabilities within music including rapping, singing and producing. Although he doesn’t get nearly enough recognition as I think he deserves, he continues to do his thing consistently which will undoubtedly pay dividends in the long run. Thankfully, he’s back with a brand-new track entitled “Right or Wrong”. A mystifying beat is created through bubbly synths, spacey notes, and calm yet impactful percussion. Tommy delivers a very consistent cadence, accenting certain words at the end of some of his lines to add even more catchiness to the already alluring flow. He gets slightly more melodic as the percussion kicks in, almost humming his words as he …

Bling Bling – [Tommy Swisher]

“I like all of my diamonds…. shining…. blinding!” This is what will be stuck in your head after listening to Bling Bling by Tommy Swisher. This track is way too catchy and different to not be heard. If you are a jewelry head or even someone who likes a profoundly hard beat and hook do not dismiss this one. It’s not just any song about diamonds… the style and delivery is a new sound to me. You might just be playing this joint every time you wake up in the morning. I was at a music summit in LA and the producer and engineer we were with, Juiceofalltrades, kept playing this track over and over that he produced and mixed.  It wasn’t one of those that you have to hear a couple times to rock with. No, the first time I heard this I told him to turn it up as loud as it goes. This single is golden and the artist and producer collab fits perfectly. Juice works under MixedByAli who needs no introduction but is an Engineer that works with TDE. Juice’s sound and work speaks for itself to be working with someone with such a success story and …

Foot on the Gas – [909Memphis] ft. [Tommy Ice]

Although they’re still both on the come up, every time 909Memphis and Tommy Ice get together to collaborate on a song, it’s always a hit. I’ve noticed this time and time again within the last year or two, and their latest offering to kick off the new year is no different at all. “Foot on the Gas” is one of the more interesting songs I’ve heard from the duo, but it’s attention-grabbing and honestly pretty great on all fronts. The production was brought to life by Mosesgotwater, who creates high pitched guitar riffs that sound as if they have a sort of Latin flare, integrating them with rapid high hats and calm drums throughout. 909 brings his signature high-pitched, almost mumbling vocals to the song that accent the guitar on the beat seamlessly. Before long, Tommy Ice’s verse attacks your ears as he delivers a consistent flow that compliments the rest of the song the perfect way. Although this track seems a bit slower than something Tommy would rap on, he finds a way to not only fit in, but stand out amongst both the unique beat and Memphy’s inimitable voice. Although 909Memphis and Tommy Ice have such different sounds …