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A Conversation with Giveon: Success of His Debut EP ‘Take Time’, Early Begininngs, “Chicago Freestyle” and More

“It’s crazy because about fifteen months ago, I was a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. To come from that, to where I am now was just amazing to see. -Giveon The journey to becoming a musician can be something that can be very difficult to venture. There are many aspects to consider when you start with that initial thought or dream. What will your sound be? Who are you inspired by? What do you hope to leave the fans with? These questions and many more are some of the things that come to the minds of artists all around the world who may be sitting in their car on their lunch break-trying to find a way out of their hard times. One of the most important questions of all, is how will I be differentiated from my peers? Giveon, the rising star out of Long Beach, California has asked himself each and every one of these questions and then some. What we are witnessing right before our eyes, is the blossoming if the next music sensation that will begin to take over the industry, one harmony at a time.  Giveon’s initial burst into the musical realm came from a …

Heaven or Hell – [Don Toliver]

Just a couple years back, a mysterious spaceship crash landed on earth. What has emerged through the smoke of it happened to be no one other than the Houston-native Don Toliver. For those who still may be a bit unfamiliar with him and his back catalogue, he caught his first big break in his career after the release of Travis Scott’s major studio album Astroworld, as he was featured on the song “Can’t Say”. Shortly after the release of Astroworld, it had been announced that Don was the newest signee to Travis Scott’s record label Cactus Jack Records. At that moment was the beginning of Don Tolivers ascension into the rap industry. Being featured on Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By album, and providing one of the standout tracks on the Jackboys EP late last year on “Had Enough”, Don has been making some pretty substantial moves to help solidify himself at such an early stage in his career. At last, here we are just a few short months into the new year and Don Toliver has premiered his new project titled Heaven or Hell. “You got two choices, either heaven or hell” Don raps on the late 2019 cut “Had Enough” on the Jackboys EP. Little did we know, that would …

Christopher Walking – [Pop Smoke]

Regional impact is a concept and a subject that I frequently speak of here on the site, and it is something that will always amaze me in the realm of music. Ways in which a certain artist or song could be elevating in one city or state and not the rest of the world yet is and always has been mind-blowing to me–especially now in terms of how fast the internet works. In terms of Hip Hop, New York native Pop Smoke has been making moves for a while, and many New Yorkers would agree that he had the song of the summer when he released “Welcome to the Party” about 7 months ago. Since then, he has been on the rise and has yet to hit the brakes yet. Many of us may be getting hip to him as of late due to his feature on “GATTI“–the feature he provided for Travis Scott & Cactus Jack album Jackboys back in December of last year, but just know that he has been making noise all throughout New York for a while now. Nonetheless, he recently released his new single and visual for the track “Christopher Walking”. Staying true to his usual sound, Pop Smoke …

word. – [Lou Phelps]

Lou Phelps first popped up on my radar after releasing music as The Celestics, a duo consisting of himself and his older brother Kaytranada. Both artists have come along way since the early days of their careers, both growing into their own as artists that can provide sonics that’s full of ingenuity and originality. “word.” is the first single to be released by Phelps since dropping 002 / LOVE ME, which was his trailblazing project that released last fall. WondaGurl produced the single, which is evident as soon as you hear the deep 808s kick in, her style is undeniable as she brings a different level of energy to every song she works on. Throughout the Igal Perets-directed video, Lou Phelps brings some of his favorite album covers to life and delivers some infectious lyrics in a variety of classic hip-hop video settings. Phelps has always been able to take his music to another level via the visuals he creates for his music, a detail than many can overlook but those who understand the power of well-crafted video concepts are typically artists that grow loyal fanbases. After the success Phelps saw last year, it will be interesting to see how quickly his …

DiCaprio 2 – [JID]

Atlanta representative is an absolute flamethrower. Without a doubt, he’s one of the best pure lyricists in rap right now, and as if his 2017 project The Never Story wasn’t enough proof, JID is here today to bring this skill to entirely new heights with his latest full-length project: DiCaprio 2. 14 tracks long, this is probably one of the densest, most impactful albums of the year, in my opinion. Especially with all the blockbuster releases we’ve received throughout 2018, it’s becoming more and more difficult for artists to release albums with a lifespan over a few weeks, but with this one, it seems as though JID has conquered the struggle of longevity, finding timelessness in every single song on DiCaprio 2. Only adding fuel to the fire, this album also includes features from 6LACK, Ella Mai, A$AP Ferg, Method Man, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Joey Bada$$. On the boards, the credited producers include Christo, Kenny Beats, WondaGurl, and the late Mac Miller, whom JID was supposed to join on tour this fall before Miller’s untimely death. Needless to say, DiCaprio 2 speaks for itself and proves JID to be one of the best in the game, so recognize a young legend when …

KILLSTREAK EP – [KILLY]

You can always count on KILLY to bless us with some of the most rage-worthy music out and now, he has put it all together in a new EP titled, KILLSTREAK. Sitting at 5 tracks in length, executive production came from Canada’s own hitmaker Wondagurl including extra sauce from FrancisGotHeat, Y2K & several others. 7 months separated from his colossal debut project Surrender Your Soul, it seems as though the Toronto-based artist was testing new sounds and deliveries throughout the tape and immediately after finishing up with the standout in Beautiful Pt.2, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s also no secret that the Hood Hokage has become a regular over here at LL and ever since the unforgettable Killamonjaro video last year, the 21-year-old rockstar only continues to evolve. That being said, kick your weekend off right with the KILLSTREAK EP below and let us know which tracks you’ll be bumping in the comments!

ASTROWORLD – [Travis Scott]

If you’ve been paying any attention to the hip-hop world over the past year or so, you should be well-aware that Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD has been the most anticipated project release in some time. Stapling him in the elite of his musical generation, the brand new 16-track effort is everything LaFlame fans hoped for & more with arguably the most impressive list of features to date with Frank Ocean, Drake, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Sheck Wes, Juice WRLD and a handful of others with the most incredible of all being the Stevie Wonder harmonica on Stop Trying To Be God. Not only is Travis’ third studio record overflowing with guests, the star-studded production came from an array of producers including 30 Roc, Hit-Boy, Wondagurl, Tame Impala, Mike Dean, TM88 and so many more that helped in the masterpiece it already is. All in all, Travis said it best when he announced the project this week stating it was ‘time to rage’ and if it wasn’t already obvious, that time is right now. Be sure to let loose ASTROWORLD below and let us know in the comments if the new album exceeded your expectations!

Allegiance – [KILLY] & [Wondagurl]

It’s well-known that when a new track from KILLY arises, the hip-hop world has to take a brief pause in their regular programming. Coming through with the Wondagurl-produced slapper today in Allegiance, the pair of Canadian talents went ahead and proved why they are some of the most promising names on the come-up in their respective professions. With help from the medieval-like sample from The Stranglers in Golden Brown, the intro rides out before KILLY blasts onto the scene with his unlimited energy found in-between his cutthroat lyrics that take any track to that next level. It also goes without saying that KILLY is a favorite over here on our pages and if he’s not yet on your radar, you’ll find it difficult not to hit that replay-button after a first listen. Don’t take my word though, make sure to let loose Allegiance and comment whether or not you’re feeling the latest from KILLY below!

‘BREAKOUT’ Festival Recap

Vancouver had a beautiful music moment last weekend. In one of the city’s largest opportunities to showcase the promising musical talents in the area, the first official BREAKOUT Festival kicked-off last Saturday at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Playland in Van City. Not only was Canada’s rowdiest of music markets in full-force for the event, the 2-day fest that was jam-packed with performances had a number of local artists on the ticket that kicked off with WITHINROOTS, Mcevoy, Manila Grey & BREVNER on opening day before 2Hunnit, DaamCP, ACDATYOUNGNI**A and ILLYMINIACHI blessed the stage on day 2. While also sharing the stage last week with Tory Lanez, 6LACK, Wondagurl, Juice WRLD, Ski Mask The Slump God, YBN Nahmir and Lil Pump, I wanted to introduce you to some of the hottest up-and-coming artists Vancouver has to offer right now. Be sure to check that out below and don’t miss the Official Recap Video here: Filmed By: Limited Vision & DXWNTIME  _ WITHINROOTS  Arguably the most well-rounded artist on this years lineup was without-a-doubt Vancouver’s own WITHINROOTS. The producer/ vocalist/ instrumentalist/ rapper (the list goes on) not only brought infectious energy to the stage but was behind the keys for a number …

The World Is Yours – [Rich The Kid]

It’s been a long time coming for Rich The Kid’s debut project, and now The World Is Yours has arrived, we can soak-in all the glory. Coming in at 14 tracks, Rich previously hinted at the colossal feature list that delivered full-force with Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Quavo, Offset, Future, Swae Lee, Khalid, Rick Ross, Trippie Redd and of course Rich Forever protege Jay Critch who joined Rick Ross on the Harry Fraud-produced record Made It. Adding to the already-packed list of contributions, the team of producers consisted of Cassius Jay, Ben Jayne, Resource, Wondagurl, LMC Beats, Danny Wolf, Metro Boomin & Rich’s go-to producer TheLabCook who took the reigns on a handful of tracks on this album. There’s not much need to gas up someone like Rich as he has made serious waves this past while with New Freezer & Plug Walk, but let me be the first to tell you that he may have outdone himself on each of these new joints that instantly found their way onto my playlist. That being said, let loose The World Is Yours album immediately and leave a comment letting us know which track you’ve got on repeat.