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Tamagotchi – [Omar Apollo]

I love when some of my favorite artists get ready to release an album because more often than not, there is an influx of new releases in order to build up hype, and that just means more amazing new music to listen to. Considering I write pretty regularly about these musicians during certain periods might mean that you could get sick of me constantly posting about them, but certain artists are much scarcer in terms of new music than others, so when I have the opportunity to talk about them, I take it every single time. Currently, Indiana-raised singer-songwriter Omar Apollo has been on a roll after unveiling the announcement of his debut album IVORY that’s set to release on April 8th, and every single he has put out thus far has been absolute gold. He just continues one-upping himself, and that happened once again today thanks to the release of his record “Tamagotchi”, which marks what I believe is his fifth single off of what is sure to be an all-around spectacle. Not only is this song remarkable on all fronts, but it was produced by Pharrell and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., and although the two …

Mention My Name – [Tafia]

North Miami, Florida artist Tafia makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his highly impressive debut album, Mention My Name. The introductory Dream Chasers/Roc Nation signee wasted no time to deliver a quality body of work, as this record contains sixteen complete tracks and/or certified bangers. With strong complementary features from Rob49, Vory, Jeremih, DaVido, and notably Young Dolph (rip), the featureless songs are just as appealing due to Tafia’s credibility as a top-tier rapper. Production wise the beats consistently absorb the listener; Mention My Name is an excellent example of a trap album that doesn’t suffer from repetition. While every track is in fact a banger, the overall vibe isn’t uniform to the point of predictability. Thanks to the rapid production, the album flows quickly to correspond with the intense authentic street-storytelling, lessons and gradual upbringing told by Tafia. In terms of standouts, “Love Me” is my personal favorite sonically and lyrically, but I promise you that there are no skippable joints on this project. Tafia has arrived, and with a debut as thrilling as this release, he certainly won’t be absent anytime soon. Listen to Mention My Name by Tafia below!  

Grammy Nominated Artist Beam Releases Debut Album ‘ALIEN’

Grammy award-winning rapper Beam recently revealed his full-length debut album ‘ALIEN’. The tracklist consists of 19 songs featuring Justin Bieber, Vory, Papa San, and Jorja Smith. Fan-favorite tracks from this album included “WIN” with 886k views and “Anxiety” with 784k views on Youtube. His ability to combine R&B, dancehall and hip-hop influenced tempos, are the perfect recipe for an amazing album. “I just want people to realize they are not the only ones who feel alienated in life,” says BEAM. “Whether that’s a good or bad thing, you have to walk a narrow road. You feel alienated because you discern a certain thing that people don’t understand. You get to digest a piece of my brain and get to know me on an artistic level with this album.” Beam versatility is extremely present in this project. “HURT PEOPLE” feat. Zacari is an emotionally filled track with momentum masterfully ebbs and flows between moods. ‘Anxiety’ produced by Pyrex Whippa, Cubeatz, and Al Cres, gives us a taste of Beam’s Jamaican heritage as he dips in and out of dancehall and hip-hop. The anxiousness of his flow teems with infectious intensity as he spells out the chorus melodically. “I’ve always been attracted …

Killing Me – [Omar Apollo]

Omar Apollo is a bonified superstar, and even though he is one of the most unforgettable talents in the history of music, I feel as if so many casual fans overlook his abilities, and I definitely feel like this needs to changes ASAP. His dexterousness is unmatched, his stories are abstract and compelling, and his overall skill set is something that kids dream about having one day when they grow up. Nonetheless, Omar is selling out shows, topping charts, and most importantly, living an amazing life that I’m sure he is grateful to be able to have all because of his art. As we approach the release of his highly anticipated debut album IVORY, Omar has shared a few amazing singles so far, and the most recent one “Killing Me” is possibly his best one yet. Produced by Nick Vernet, we are brought a few decades back thanks to a very soothing melody that is reminiscent of a moment before my time, but it seems to be right up Omar’s alley because it sounds as if it fits right in with the rest of the sonic portrait that he has painted throughout his career thus far. Unsurprisingly, his vocals are …

Invincible – [Omar Apollo] ft. [Daniel Caesar]

After writing over 1,300 articles in the past two and a half years or so, it should probably be obvious to most of the regulars that read my posts that hip-hop and rap music are typically my go-to genres. I’ve obviously covered copious amounts of other styles and subgenres, but when push comes to shove, these are the two genres that I adore more than others. At the same time, there are a few R&B artists that I simply can’t get enough of because whether it’s their personality, unique singing abilities, or their versatility on a plethora of different instrumentals, I find myself constantly coming back for more no matter what mood I may be in on a day-to-day basis. At the very top of my list sits Omar Apollo, the Mexican American singer/songwriter who has taken the music industry by storm and hasn’t dropped off for even a second, and it’s his uncharacteristic approach to this genre that keeps me constantly appeased. You can only imagine my excitement when I saw that he announced his debut album IVORY is set to drop on April 8th, and my enthusiasm only continued to grow once I realized he also dropped a …

When I Was Young – [Fat Meech]

Everyone has dealt with the pandemic in a variety of ways, some better than others, but for LA favorite Fat Meech, he has had his eye on the prize and has pretty much locked himself in the studio to get everything he needs to off of his chest. Most recently, he did what he does best and shared a tale of struggles to triumphs with his latest song “When I Was Young”, a tale of his upbringing when he was running around in the streets and partaking in some not very savory activities, but then explains how he was able to get on the right path which is the path he’s on now with music, and I couldn’t be happier to hear this record first-hand. With a very heartfelt guitar melody in the instrumental, drums and percussion come into the picture to add a bit of rhythm to the meaningful offering that is a flawless foundation for Meech to tell his story the way it was meant to be shared. When he begins to sing, he lets off a few croons that give a bit of an introduction to the hook where his vocals shine through perfectly, even though there …

This Side – [Vory] feat. [Landstrip Chip]

Dreamchasers founder and head-honcho Meek Mill has been doing an amazing job pushing the brand and the label forward as a collective. Showcasing many sides of talent, Meek has been able to capture all angles of rap, and now R&B, on one label. One of the most talented pens and vocalists in the game right now would have to be the Dreamchasers signee, Vory. The Houston-born and Louisville-raised artist started out making a buzz on his own before garnering the attention of many other artists in the game. He would then go on to receive a Grammy for his contributions on The Carters Everything Is Love album,  as well as contributing his pen on records from Bryson Tiller, Rich The Kid, and even Drake. Today, he is premiering his latest visuals for his song “This Side” featuring Atlanta-based artist Landstrip Chip. With the release of his self-titled album Vory that released in December of 2020 being so successful, Vory knew that he eventually had to push some of those bigger records off of there. That said, here we are with “This Side” being his single of choice and an amazing pick. The Sara Lacombe-directed visual takes place in the strip club, while Vory and …

Wok – [Lil Gotit]

For the majority of the new year, Lil Gotit has been relatively quiet but don’t get it twisted, his silence just means he’s locked in and ready to release some incredible music. This is obviously with the release of his most recent single “Wok”, which also happens to be his first song of 2021. Produced by Money Musik, we are introduced to the track with reverberating synths of some sort before intense, powerful percussion and thumping 808s begin to unfold which leads to an absolutely amazing and cohesive beat that Gotit is fully prepared to shred to pieces. When he does begin, he goes right into the chorus with such obvious conviction behind his words, making him appear as powerful as he is serious about some of the unsavory topics he dives into. Although he has become known for switching up his voice to a much more shrill, higher-pitched delivery, he diverges away from this approach, instead sticking with this deeper, more grim style that I’m totally here for. Besides this, he manages to show off a few different flows throughout, some that seem easier than others, but his ability to switch up and keep listeners on their toes is …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

Closer – [Pastel Papi] X [Half Moon Bay]

If you haven’t heard of Pastel Papi, you’re about to. The South Central Los Angeles-based rapper, singer, producer, and photographer (there’s more that he does, but it’s a long list) gives listeners a savory and sentimental summer vibe with his latest offering, “Closer.” The song is the introduction to Pastel Papi as a character and an artist. Formerly known as ICreateShit, the first verse is from the perspective of a player (from the voice of ICreateShit). Whereas, the second verse is written from a more introspective, romantic, and poetic stance from the voice of Pastel Papi. Produced by Pastel Papi and frequent collaborator Don Diestro, the song contains reggae and tropical drum breakdowns that get any listeners swinging their hips. With a soothing and memorable chorus sung by Half Moon Bay, “Closer” is an absolute must-listen. Listen to “Closer” here: Words by Barry R