SEARCH FOR: XXXTENTACION

Before the Storm (Day) – [Vwillz]

Rising superstar out of Colorado Vwillz is someone who has been on my radar for some months now, and he has yet to let me down when it comes to his musical abilities. The way he approaches each song and project with such creativity and attention to detail is nothing but admirable. While a lot of the industry may be focused on simplicity and the “fast food” era of music, Vwillz does not conform to that stereotype or commonality. The work that he has been putting in all year is leading up to his debut album, which he is gearing up to drop sometime this year. While we wait, he is blessing his fans with the first installment of his two-part series Before the Storm (Day). If there’s one thing for certain, Vwillz is very calculated when it comes to his music releases and how he wants to release his music as well. For him to be an unsigned artist, that is something that is admirable to see. The level of detail he puts into projects is something that most artists don’t showcase until the later parts of their careers. However, Vwillz has put together a two part series–Day being the …

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, …

School Shooters – [XXXtentacion] ft. [Lil Wayne]

Very few artists had the ability to deliver a sort of shock appeal quite like XXXtentacion. Whether he spoke of dark and morbid themes with his lyrics, used his voice as a vehicle of aggression, or used haunting imagery in visuals, he was never one to shy away from intense storylines. Even on his posthumous album Bad Vibes Forever, his voice was kept alive in a way fans had never heard before. Of all the chilling and eye-opening topics covered in this album, “School Shooters” had to be one of the most unnerving songs of them all, and it just received an even more shocking visual. Featuring the legendary Lil Wayne, this song begins with troubling, distorted guitar strums of sorts before some calm yet chilling percussion comes into the picture. X begins the song with a whisper-like delivery, portraying someone who would do graphic, violent things to these school shooters. On the other hand, Wayne looks into the mindset of one of these killers, boasting a frantic flow while talking about the wild thoughts that are bouncing around in their mind. This song is in no way, shape, or form glorifying or advocating for school shooters, but rather looks …

RIOT – [Anonymuz]

Broward Country, Florida has home to some of the most notable rappers in the game for the past couple of years now. Names like XXXtentacion, Denzel Curry, Kodak Black and Ski Mask The Slump God haven essential ascended to be some of rap music’s elite. One of the next names you out of Broward Country you should be keeping tabs on is Anonymuz. The concept of the music video for “RIOT” is based around the movies Walter Hill’s “The Warriors” (1979) and Larry Clark’s “Kids” (1995). The general theme of the video is a group of kids coming together for a cause and in the process bonding and finding themselves. Anonymuz shared insight on “RIOT” and stated “We don’t want kids to literally riot but do you ever feel like breaking things and acting crazy just because? As creators we go through tons of emotions and we battle with ourselves, inner demons and it makes us want to riot or rage and that’s how I was feeling at the time when I created this record.” Watch the music video for Anonymuz’s “RIOT” for yourself below.

None Of This Matters – [Kemba]

Kemba had a terrific year in 2019 and kicked off 2020 with an unreal start, jumping on the remix of XXXTentacion’s “School Shooters” record with Lil Wayne, and today he is back with a solo record titled “None Of This Matters”. Kemba has always had a super interesting rap style to me, he has a unique + addicting voice and is a superb storyteller, but here on this track he basically just talked his shit for two minutes nonstop! I believe that Kemba is going to continue to take a step forward in his career over the next nine months and have an even better year than last year. Take a couple minutes out of your afternoon to listen to this brand new song below, and if you like the track then follow Kemba on Soundcloud here. produced by mygxd beatz

School Shooters (Remix) – [XXXTENTACION] ft. [Lil Wayne] & [Kemba]

Even before the release of XXXTENTACION’s album Bad Vibes Forever, X left a void in the world of music that will never be filled. His multifaceted talents could bring him from vocal cord busting yelling over distorted production to crooning over lighthearted and meditative acoustic guitar, as well as anything else along that spectrum. Many outsiders looking in just saw him as the beyond hyped wild boy that was new to the industry but making major waves, but those who really paid attention knew he went much deeper than that and had a lot more depth than what could be found on the surface. An example of this can be heard on “School Shooters”, one of the standout tracks on his posthumous album featuring the legend Lil Wayne. In this song, the two artists bring light to a very real and awful phenomenon going on in the world. They look inside the minds of someone who would commit such a heinous act and express their thoughts via song. It’s intense, hard to wrap your head around, and violent, but it sheds light on an issue that has been unfortunately becoming more common in the past few years. This song, in …

Moon Walker – [Trippie Redd]

Although Trippie Redd just released the 4th edition of his A Love Letter to You series, he’s not slowing down in the slightest. He announced that soon enough, an updated deluxe version of the project will release, which he mentioned will feature Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, and Hoodybaby, along with a couple surprise tracks that may or may not contain even more features. One of these surprise tracks could be “Moon Walker”, the recent single he dropped along with a video. Trippie is known for his slightly angsty, depressed lyrics that are delivered in the form of emotional singing or even yelling at times. On “Moon Walker”, he takes a different path, still utilizing his tell-tale over-exaggerated singing but mentioning more positive themes. This time, it seems as if he is praising a woman as opposed to dwelling in heartbreak which is a nice change of pace. He even shouts out XXXtentacion, shining some light and giving some credit to the late Florida icon. This song is just under 2 minutes, so the video keeps it short and sweet as well. With effects left and right, certain shots look as if the camera is broken and skipping frames. Other scenes …

The Current State of Rap: Are We In Need Of A New Sound?

As we are approaching the end of not only the year of 2019, but the end of an entire decade–it’s around this time where we sit back and reflect on everything that has been going on in the grand scheme of things. We start to discuss who the hottest new artist is, who had the best run, who was the most consistent–so on and so forth. As of late, there has been a lot of talk in the industry about the current state of hip hop. Everything from where we’ve been, where we’re at currently, and where we will be in the future to come. With all the talk about Grammy nominations and awards show snubs, it sparked a thought in my mind about the current state of hip hop. As I sat and reflected on the industry, it posed the question to me–are we in desperate need of a new sound? Seeing as rap has been the most dominant genre not only on the Billboard charts, but culturally in the past five years or so, there have been a vast array of hot takes and opinions about the current state of rap, and what we need in order to …

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial – [Roddy Ricch]

“This ain’t me trying to rap, it’s just me talking to you.” -Roddy Ricch via Apple Music Roddy Ricch has gotten a lot of great looks early on in his career. After the success of his smash hit “Die Young”–which he wrote after the passing of the late XXXTentacion, being selected for the 2019 XXL Freshman List, and now being nominated for THREE Grammys– one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Ballin’” on the Mustardalbum Perfect Ten, and two more for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his feature on the legend Nipsey Hussle’searly 2019 hit “Racks In The Middle”. Roddy has been going nowhere but up very fast–that being said, he’s headed into the year 2020 all gas and no breaks with the release of his debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. Being from Compton, CA, Roddy has had tons of hardships in his life–as many can infer with him being from one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Dealing with PTSD from being in the streets, being exposed to so many negative things at such young age, and not knowing which day is your last–Roddy effortlessly provides the world with a small amount of introspection into his …

Watch Lucki’s brand new interview with Montreality

Montreality is a fantastic platform that offers a wide variety of interviews from plenty of talented creatives around the globe, and their latest interview features someone that LL fans are very familiar with, Chicago’s own Lucki! You will find the Chicago legend speaking over several subjects including his loyal fan base, loving SpongeBob as a kid, being in a transitioning period, being the king of the underground, considering his song “Lowlife” the realest shit he ever wrote, punk rap, the impact that Lil Uzi Vert had, XXXTentacion, love, why he doesn’t do psychedelics, Alternative Trap and he left us with some wise words dedicated to the youth! I have loved a lot of Montreality’s interview’s over the years but this one is by far my favorite, great job all around, check it out below!