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Lett’em Know // Tunnel Vision – [MGM Lett]

Rylo Rodriguez and NoCap have dominated the majority of storylines recently when looking at the Mobile, Alabama rap scene that is quite large and talent-rich for a city of its size but the scene that is being fostered there is exciting and groundbreaking, pushing the boundaries of typical rap songwriting conventions and constantly inventing new flows and melodies that are often imitated but seldom capture the soulfulness that the Mobile rappers seem to just be born with. MGM Lett was initially in the shadow of many of the other bigger artists in Mobile in the past but over the course of 2020 he has let everyone know that although he might not be quite as popular as many of his peers he certainly is every bit as talented and comes with a different style that is mainly accomplished by his distinctive twangy voice that easily carries melodies and floats over Al’Geno’s southern-fried beats. Lett dropped a pair of videos over the last week that I was really impressed by and left me wanting to hear a new full project from the young artist who has been working on his sophomore mixtape release for the past year. The first Al’Geno produced …

She Told Me to Kill Myself – [smrtdeath] & [Lil Aaron]

Although I’ve become a massive fan of Hip-Hop influenced Punk Rock music for quite a few years at this point, Lil Aaron was really the first artist I was introduced to in this realm of the music industry. He just has this incredible way of combining many different genres with one another without giving up any of his artistic integrity, making every single song even better than ever before. It’s because of him that I was put onto smrtdeath, an equally enthralling and talented artist who provides some similar aesthetics to that of Aaron, so when they come together and make music, it’s a guaranteed hit every time. Earlier this month, the duo teamed up yet again to release a fantastic track entitled “She Told Me to Kill Myself”. Although the title and lyrical content might be a bit shocking, these are themes that aren’t really anything new if you’ve followed along with either artist’s career thus far. Jakkyboi, Omega, and Jordan all teamed up to tackle the production on this hit, utilizing some lively electric guitar licks, booming 808s, and chattering Hip-Hop inspired production for a speedy, lively instrumental that creates a familiar yet incredible foundation for smrt and …

Not A Diss – [DCG Shun] x [DCG Bsavv]

To put it plain + simple, there aren’t any new artists out of Chicago who are hotter than DCG Shun + his brother DCG Bsavv. These two have been making some major noise for a minute now, putting out hit records one after another that are usually alongside excellent music videos, and today they are back with their latest visual for “Not A Diss”. The brothers teamed up with No More Heroes who presented this video, and they executed a genius idea where the two brothers did a spin-off of the famous movie Friday, and it’s a 10/10 if you ask me. The song itself finds the brothers trading bars for two minutes straight over some amazing production by their good homie SpankOnTheBeat, it’s an upbeat record where they talk their shit + create an all-around excellent release. Take some time below to get acquainted with some of Chicago’s finest! Directed by Mark Walters

Child of the Trenches 2 – [MBNel]

Although I was just put onto MBNel a few weeks ago, I couldn’t be more grateful for the music I’ve been able to experience. Hailing from Stockton, California, this Filipino-American emcee has clearly lived a tough life but rather than using music as a platform for revenge or threats, he instead uses it as a source to vent about all of the eye-opening and life-changing experiences that he has had to go through. Although his life might have gotten a bit better since making a name for himself in the music industry, he’ll never forget his roots or the things that molded him into the man he is today, and that’s extremely evident in every single song he drops. Not too long ago in July, the California spitter dropped Child of the Trenches, a 6-track EP that dives head-first into the battels he dealt with in the streets while also offering up optimism, courage, and tenacity that allows listeners to look at the glass half full rather than the other way around. Thankfully, he’s back with a follow-up to this incredible project with the EP’s second edition, Child of the Trenches 2, and this project proves his story wasn’t even …

Sun Came Out – [Gunna]

I feel like I end up coving almost every single release from Gunna which means I cover a lot of Gunna offerings considering he’s always dropping new content. He’s not letting WUNNA go, as he shouldn’t, and he’s been consistently releasing wonderfully inventive music videos to assist the project, so I couldn’t be more excited when I see he released even more. While I’ve probably heard “Dollaz On My Head”, “Skybox”, “Rockstar Bikers & Chains”, and “Addys” hundreds of times at this point, there are definitely some songs that are still fantastic, yet go unnoticed due to the fact that they’re overshadowed by these hits. Luckily, Gunna isn’t going to let these wonderful offerings fall by the wayside, and he’s trying to bring newfound attention to them by releasing visuals to highlight their incredibility. “Sun Came Out” is one of these hits, and although it might’ve been a song I’d only listen to when running through the album in its entirety, I definitely need to rethink my stance after checking out the brand-new music video. As we are introduced to the visual, Gunna and his crew are in an airport where they joke around about sleeping very well on their …

enemies – [Zac Greer]

Alright I’m going to start this one plain and simple, Zac Greer has one of the craziest voices I’ve ever heard. His balance between deep powerful ballad level verses and anthemic hooks are insanely attention grabbing on every song he’s released thus far, crazy thing is he is really still just getting started. The Phoenix, Arizona native has been having an impressive past few months with the release of his outstanding debut EP headaches, which we covered last month. Zac is still at the beginning of his career but everything he has done up until this point has us simply waiting for his profile to rise to superstar status. The other week, my favorite song from Zac “enemies” got brought to life in some of his best visuals to date. Our friends at Overcast have now done two videos with Zac, they have always had an eye for working with some of the best new acts and being able to break them to a whole new audience. They have a wild ability to create larger than life sets for their videos, “enemies” see’s Zac stuck in some deserted cabin only to break free and be chashed down by multiple versions of …

Bands In Da Basement – [03 Greedo] ft. [Chief Keef]

It’s always so unfortunate to think about 03 Greedo being locked up, especially because I started to get so heavily into his music right before he turned himself in. Luckily, thanks to his absolutely insane work ethic, he was constantly in the studio and recorded thousands of songs to help appease fans during his absence. Unfortunately, it’s tougher to make music videos with original content of course, but just like many other artists that had to make do during quarantine, his incredible team is finding ways around this obstacle in order to continue and deliver visuals to assist his unbelievable releases. Not too long ago, I heard “Bands In Da Basement” which featured the almighty Chief Keef and I was an instant fan from the moment I heard the mysteriously minimalistic production and Greedo’s individualistic autotuned crooning. Despite the odds being stacked against Greedo and Keef for a visual, 03’s team pulls through once again to gift us with an inventive and intriguing new video to assist this banger. It takes us back to the days of the two artists as kids, getting the assistance of some youngsters who look similar to the two artists to take center stage and …

SMOKIN! Freestyle – [BBY Goyard]

There’s not much left to say that I haven’t already said about North Carolina by way of Maryland rapper BBY Goyard. If you haven’t woken up yet and seen the incredibly dexterous styles that Goyard has given us throughout his myriad of releases over the years, there’s not much more I can say other than you’re missing out on some of the best and most distinct music out. It feels almost weird calling him a rapper considering how diverse his sounds are and the sheer adaptability he has shown throughout his extensive career in the underground music scene. With Hyper Pop gaining more and more popularity, I look at Lil Shannon as being one of the founders of this subgenre, yet not all of his releases can simply fall under this category alone. He can make fast-paced, chaotic hits, Trap bangers, and club anthems, but his talents stretch way beyond these varieties as well. Take one of his most recent songs “SMOKIN! Freestyle” for instance, then go and explore the rest of his music, and you’ll have a hard time finding any two songs within his hundreds of releases that sound even slightly similar. Although I just wrote about this …

We Gone Win – [Comethazine]

Out of all the infamously belligerent artists in Rap music, Comethazine is someone who has such an underworld-reminiscent presence and a look in his eyes that makes my heart rate rise every time I watch him play a role in any of his music videos. While his delivery and aggression assist in backing these ruthless qualities up, every artist has another side of themselves, but whether they reveal it or not is up in the air. As for Comethazine, he decided to show off a bit of his adaptability with the recent release of his new song “We Gone Win”, and the accompanying music video. I mention how this is a different side of him mainly because of the beat, which is a very telling, almost emotive instrumental comprised of lighthearted piano riffs, crisp, unphased percussion, and simplistic yet pounding drums. Although the rest of the song remains somewhat consistent with his previous offerings, just hearing him spit over such a peaceful, carefree beat brings out another side of his talents that isn’t often witnessed by fans or critics alike. His words are almost whispered in a very calm fashion, but his aggression is still at the forefront, offering up …

Premiere: Pablo – [18veno]

Since the last time we spoke with South Carolina’s 18veno, the BoyMeetSpace representative has been on a tear, offering new music and new videos every few weeks for the past couple of months. In light of this consistency – never misstepping and always raising the bar – Veno has quickly transformed into a favorite for next up out of South Carolina. Today, he’s here to prove it with an official stamp: his debut project, Pablo. 11 tracks long, Pablo fuses Veno’s massively versatile skillset into a pot of mean-mugging charisma, quotable lyrics, and otherworldly production. The result is a project that not only has something for everyone, but flows seamlessly as a whole, upping the ante with each successive track. You couldn’t write a better story. Coming from Winnsboro, South Carolina, Veno landed in company with jetsonmade and Neeko Baby, among others, all of the sudden being paired with some of the best producers in music to kickstart his career. And when it came time to take that first step into the spotlight, Veno didn’t fold. He’s been on an unstoppable rise over the past few months, with Pablo as the celebratory exclamation point to cap it all off. This project is the …