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PSYCHO$I$ – [Legend the Rapper]

Legend the Rapper, aka Legend, is a talented American-born but Australian-based rapper out of Melbourne, who’s on the rise after dropping his latest project PSYCHO$I$. The project itself is an 808-heavy E.P, which according to Legend is inspired by artists such as Young Dolph, UGK, and Key Glock. Aggression and raw delivery are two prevalent themes in this project, evident from the jump. Starting off with “DÖN CHEADLE,” the intro track was made to be the song you play when you enter the room, giving off nothing but pure alpha energy. Track 2, we have “JOHNNY WEST,” an absolute banger, calling for listeners to do it for their hood. G.I. JANE2 opens with an amazing sample of the incident of Will Smith shouting at Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, immediately drawing the audience in. This pop culture reference brings a trendy and relevant style to this E.P., accompanied also with a catchy hook. Last but not least, is track four, “DANIEL RICCIARDO.” This record is named after the famous F1 driver himself, and is rightfully titled with its high-paced flow. “DANIEL RICCIARDO” completes this E.P. by giving the listener a ‘final form’ experience that shows Legend’s full potential. What really …

Crystal Cadillac – [Mother Nature] ft. [José Ríos] & [Kelsey González]

Mother Nature has been one of the most spiritual and captivating duos that Chicago has ever seen for quite some time, and as their careers resume, their message also continues to grow more complex and philosophical. What makes them even more special than their intelligently unique perspective on things is the way they convey these messages, because their rapping abilities are versatile, impressive, and can appeal to anyone, regardless of if you’re a fan of wordplay and lyrics or simply enjoy smooth instrumentals and intricate flows. Klevah and TRUTH are as Chicago as anyone can possibly be, and while this is evident in almost every song or video they put out, they decided to bring a little bit of West Coast shine to their latest offering “Crystal Cadillac” which is produced by and features José Ríos and Kelsey González of the Free Nationals, an R&B brand that often joins the sunny Anderson .Paak during performances and recording sessions. In this song, the sunny instrumental provides a wonderful base for TRUTH to show off some impeccable bars before Klevah comes in, the beat simplifies slightly, and she puts on an absolute clinic prior to the instrumental picking back up and rounding …

ImUP! – [Cee]

Cee is a sensual R&B act based out of Vancouver, Canada that’s making her Lyrical Lemonade debut with her single “I’m Up. Cee is an artist whose messages primarily cater to women as she wants to inspire women from all walks of life by showcasing her vulnerability through her music. This is a record that I can envision in chill tracks or relaxation playlists for day-to-day listeners. This may sound a little weird, I know that this is an r&b song, but this reminds me of some of the more recent sounds that are coming out of the Soundcloud rap scene. I think that this is good because “ImUp!” has a great chance of translating to other audiences outside of r&b. It’s the production and the progression of the record that almost makes it hypnotic to the listener. Stream Cee’s newest record “I’mUp!” For yourself after the break.

Moshpit – [Rot Ken] ft. [Anti Da Menace]

Atlanta has always been a place where history is made in the hip-hop and rap industry, and that’s something that will simply never change. So many artists have come from the Georgia capital and a good majority of them have created their own unique styles that have influenced generation after generation of up-and-coming dreamers, but it’s certainly not the only city in the state that you need to pay attention to. Augusta, Georgia is mostly known in the sports world as the home of the iconic Master’s golf tournament, but it’s also a place that is steadily gaining traction for the music scene that is the complete opposite vibe of the famous tournament, but still fantastic in its own right. Rot Ken is one of the leaders of the movement in Augusta, and once you listen to any single one of his songs, you’ll see just how individualistic he is as well as the reasons why he has blown up so much over the last year or two. Most recently, he tapped in with Anti Da Menace, a 17-year-old spitter from the West side of Atlanta, and together, they created the undeniably incredible hit “Moshpit” while utilizing impeccable production from …

Neverland – [Trust’N][Bkwds]

Being from Wisconsin myself, I’ve had a chance to see just how difficult it is for creatives to gain recognition for their work, making the hustle by Madison artists Trust’N and Bkwds even more applaudable. Their newest EP “Neverland” is something different, a sound you don’t want to miss out on. The two are incredibly talented vocalists, and it’s apparent from the start with the first track “NotEnough,” a faster-paced track than the rest that hooks listeners for the duration of the project. My personal favorites come in “Stay(Go)” and “DownForMe,” two incredibly catchy tracks that had me bobbing my head in the airport as I listened. The collaborative talent and compatibility of the two artists are made known in these couple of tracks, showing an incredible amount of star potential that can carry this project to success. This project shows diversity and range, with the two singers delivering multiple styles and flows, something that will attract various audiences and give listeners a constant feeling of suspense. Trust’N & Bkwds first popped off in the summer of 2019 with their EP release Lapse, gaining a local buzz in their area. Their newest release ‘Neverland’ is the follow-up to that project …

Watch Omar Apollo’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

I don’t often stray too far away from writing about new songs, videos, or projects that artists put out, but every now and then, there are some things that give me no choice but to write about because I enjoy them so much. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series is one of those pieces of content because it is just such a unique way of seeing a musician perform considering no matter what live performance they may put on, none of them are doing it inside of a silent office setting with an intimate crowd except for when they’re featured in this series. Typically, singers and rappers are completely out of their element which gives you an even more unique look at their artistry and personality, but NPR’s latest guest seemed to be right at home behind the desk. I’m talking about Omar Apollo, someone whose natural skill set has always shined without needing to use an abundance of vocal effects or alterations to sound immaculate, so this bare-bones style of performance not only suits him well, but allows him to thrive unlike I’ve ever personally seen before. Although he only performs 4 songs total, including “En El Olvido”, “Evergreen”, Petrified”, …

Jeeezy WYA – [BlueBucksClan]

The West Coast has always been at the forefront of new movements and easygoing styles of music, and even though there are a few states that span the coastline, California is obviously the leader in this innovation. I have never felt like the scene there was ever in the wrong hands by any means, but ever since I truly tapped in with BlueBucksClan’s Jeeezy Obama and DJ, I felt like they helped me realize just how promising the future of this scene is. There is just something about their off-kilter flows that has always captured my attention, and while the late, great Drakeo the Ruler is one of the founding fathers of this delivery, very few have been able to make it their own, with the exception of this duo, of course. As we gear up for their mixtape Clan Way 3 to be put out on October 7th, they have given us an entire pack of hits, most recently coming in the form of “Jeeezy WYA” which was produced by Al B Smoov and the fantastic beat smith LowTheGreat. When artists have teamed up before, there have been certain songs where they trade off verses with their counterparts, but …

Compton Globetrotter – [1takejay]

No matter how far back you might dig, the West Coast music scene hasn’t seemed to really change a crazy amount over the years. Of course there are new names, faces, and things to brag about, but the overall aesthetic of the music is the same at its core as it was even a few decades ago. This may raise some tension with old heads or listeners who are stuck in the “golden era” still, but let me finish my thought before you get too upset. Sure, there are plenty of differences that you could come up with, but the overall formula has remained comparable, but it has been a style that has been loved by millions for years upon years, so if the recipe isn’t broken, don’t fix it. At the same time, it seems like certain emcees have come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye, so when someone like 1takejay is able to remain relevant and still put out intoxicating music, I can’t help but show my admiration. His latest release comes in the form of his debut studio album Compton Globetrotter, a 14-song effort that lasts almost 37 minutes long. In the …

223’s – [midwxst] ft. [BabyTron]

It’s hard to classify midwxst’s reign as anything but dominant. Over the past few years, he went from being just a kid in his bedroom playing around with a microphone to one of the most recognized up-and-comers in the entire world, and his rise to fame is only just beginning. His Back in Action series of projects has been a massive reason why he has become so notorious, and while these tapes feature some of my favorite tracks from the Indiana-born emcee, he has an extensive list of singles that continue to build on the vibrant legacy he is solidifying at such a young age. What I love about his discography is the versatility, because although hyperpop may have been his ticket into stardom, it is his constant attempts at different styles and sounds that seem to really stand out to his loyal fans. This dexterity is obvious on the third edition of his series of projects Back in Action 3.0, a 9-song, 23-minute-long effort that only contains two features, one in tana on the final cut and then BabyTron on the tape’s second song “223’s”. BabyTron is definitely one of the craziest and most unexpected features that I could’ve …

Cold Feet – [Poo$ie][NOOK][Les]

I’m always here for some Oakland material, so when my homie reposted this new joint “Cold Feet” on my Twitter TL, I had to tap in. I’d heard Poo$ie before and recognized his talent, but damn his work has taken OFF since the last time I’d listened. In collaboration with up-and-coming Oakland stars NOOK and Les, this track is a certified heater that will only continue to propel these talents upward. Produced by Cam Cortez, “Cold Feet” has an uptempo, bass-boosted beat that provides a blank canvas for the bay area trio (who actually went to High School together) to glide over effortlessly. Starting with NOOK, who’s currently making waves in his city with his distinct sound, we see the energy of the three from the jump, with a raw verse that draws listeners in with aggression and unfiltered bars. “I’m touchin’ everything movin’, you better bolt it down.” To follow, Les pipes in himself with a verse that keeps the audience captivated through witty one-liners, unique delivery, and a vocal tone that can’t be mimicked.  “Can’t let ’em trick me out my spot, I ain’t even in my prime.” To seal the track, Poo$ie capitalizes off the other verses, …