SEARCH FOR: YE ALI

Smino: Still Building

Photo by Pooneh Ghana / Red Bull Content Pool On November 23rd, coordinated by Red Bull Music Festival, Smino played for a sold-out crowd at Thalia Hall in Chicago. A few days prior, he was nominated for his first Grammy Award in light of his contributions to the renowned Revenge of the Dreamers III. A few months before that, Smino offered a standout performance on Chance The Rapper’s highly-anticipated album, The Big Day. And before that, the St. Louis mainstay embarked on the 33-stop Hoopti Tour, directly after releasing his critically-acclaimed album, NOIR.  2019 has been busy for Smino. And tiring, probably. But on November 23rd, the wear and tear of a restless year, bounded by success, refused to be seen. Entering the stage with the same effortless cool that swept across his introductory album, blkswn, Smino won the night before it even started. The show was just a victory lap. You see, at one point in his life, Smino moved from St. Louis to Chicago without a dime. He slept on the floor of a cramped recording booth, convinced that at some point or another, Plan A would pay off. In front of an exhilarated Thalia Hall, I was …

TRUST – [Moe Young]

Today we have a smooth new cut from Moe Young, a wildly talented up and coming artist out of Arkansas. It’s always exciting to catch an artist at the beginning stages of their career, Moe has exclusively been releasing music on his SoundCloud but has already built up a small collection of quality hits over the past few months. On his latest record “TRUST”, that details a complicated relationship with his girl who’s trust issues have deeper roots than first appear. This is a theme most people can relate to, Moe encapsulates the confusion and struggle of being in a relationship that has its fair share of problems due to trust. The singing voice that Moe has lends itself perfectly to this sort of slow jam, hopefully, more to come in his future. The song is produced by Internet Money’s Repko, yet another nod for this intriguing artist on the rise. Stream “TRUST” below!

BLACK LOTUS – [Boslen]

We have a special one on our hands today folk. Canadian hotshot Boslen has been absolutely kicking down every door in front of him for the past year with impressive singles that have taken him from an unknown artist to one of Canada’s most exciting acts in recent memory. Boslen released his debut EP BLACK LOTUS yesterday and shot up to the top of the Canadian Apple Music Charts, an impressive accomplishment for an artist just beginning to share his story with the world. Boslen is an insanely energetic artist, each and every track of his get’s listeners blood pumping as he spits incredibly personal and triumphant lyrics in almost every track. Being able to not sacrifice intensity levels for an artist to convey their individual fears and struggles is an extremely rare talent that very few coming up now possess, further proving the fact that Bozzy is just different. The name of the project BLACK LOTUS takes its name from the flower that grows out of the mud to become something beautiful, much like Boslen grew from his tough upbringing on the outskirts of Vancouver, where growing up would be an unlikely candidate to be one of the country’s best new artist. As …

Outro – [Dayytona Fox]

Dayytona Fox is remarkably prolific, constantly dropping new music. Yet, even with such a high rate of output, it’s been intriguing to see him cover so many artistic bases, consistently switching things up and never dwelling on one style for too long. Quite frankly, few artists are capable of such stylistic fluidity, but with Fox, staying static isn’t an option. Rather, Dayytona Fox seems dead set on becoming one of the most exciting young rappers out, and if you ask me, he’s doing a damn good job. Today, the man himself is back on our pages with “Outro,” taken from the recently released KiNG DAYY project. Just under 2 and a half minutes long, “Outro” is a brief explosion of color, blooming Fox’s style into a million different directions, each as exhilarating as the last. It’s a strong display of the ever-changing flows that Fox is capable of, and furthermore, it shows the budding talent’s personality even beyond the music, as he blends the song with several small interjections of dialogue in order to build the story. That said, I can’t name anyone quite like Dayytona Fox right now, and “Outro” is proof. Be sure to check this one out at the …

TrapHouse Jodeci 2 – [Ye Ali]

Ye Ali has been one of the best-kept secrets of the underground R&B scene for some time now. All that is seeming like it’s setting up to change with the release of his new project ‘TrapHouse Jodeci 2’. The first time I got a glimpse into Ye Ali’s talent is when I heard his single “Ring 4x” which was back in 2016 if I’m not mistaken. Since then Ye has been waiting in the wings and honing skills and dropping sporadically as we waited for him to drop new music. However, what most people may not know is that he’s scored songwriting and production credits with the likes of Chris Brown, Kehlani, Roddy Rich, Lil Keed and more. If you’re still reading this far then you must’ve gathered and assumed the strongest part about this 15-track album is the songwriting. Ye is very intimate and deep with his pen and it’s littered throughout the entire project. I believe if one of these songs can catch fire the whole project could blow up just by word of mouth and people sharing it across social platforms. Stream Ye Ali’s new album TrapHouse Jodeci 2 for yourself below.

Simp – [Malik Elijah]

Malik Elijah is an emcee who hails from Maryland who I recently discovered while digging for new music on the internet, and this afternoon the Maryland native is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new record titled “Simp.” It didn’t take me very long to start digging the music that Malik Elijah provided here, he gave us a super catchy hook as well as some tremendous verses to match, & I’d be crazy to not shout out the producer SotoSoDope for helping him bring this song to life. This record is the second single that’s off of Malik Elijah’s forthcoming debut project that is set to drop this week, so if you enjoy this single here then go ahead and give him a follow here so you can circle back around later this week to stream the new EP!

The Mop – [TisaKorean] [Kblast] & [Huncho Da Rockstar]

2019 has seen multiple dances become wildly viral thanks to the massively popular apps like TikTok and Triller to help catalog and amplify these infections dance moves. As we come to a close on the year, we may have just been blessed with one of the best dance records to release in the past 12 months. TisaKorean has become known for his bubbly personality and electrifying dancing, fresh off the video for his shopping mall anthem “AERO (Blow the Whistle)” he returns with a dance craze that’s already beginning to take over the internet. After first hearing this song, I knew Tisa had another potential viral hit on his hands. It all went to another level when last Sunday Odell Beckham Jr. scored a monumental touchdown and celebrated it by doing The Mop, followed by teaching his team members on the sideline. This is only the initial spark but the video has found its way into a ton of videos on TikTok and Triller already during one of the biggest party weeks in the US. With an infectious dance move to go along with a song that will get people moving as soon as the chorus hits. Tisa is joined …

One Year Later, Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Some Rap Songs’ is the Sound of Perseverance

Great accomplishments often follow dark moments. As cliché as it sounds, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and we learn the most about ourselves at our worst moments. One can only grow from hitting rock bottom, and how we take responsibility for our situation and respond to adversity is a true test of character. Earl Sweatshirt’s Some Rap Songs, released one year ago, is the product of pain, stemming from different forms of loss, and it’s an album that represents the epitome of growth in sonic form. It’s a grim record, but the album’s core principle bleeds hope. From lines like “found a reason to live” and “I found a new way to cope”,  to the joyful nature of the instrumental outro “Riot!”, Some Rap Songs is an album built to guide listeners through trying times with knowledge that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Some Rap Songs came after a wait. It arrived over three years after the two projects Earl dropped in 2015, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, alongside Solace. With projects like these, it was hard to anticipate exactly what Earl would deliver in 2018, but no one was prepared for what fans received after the hiatus. Upon hearing the project …

Trippie Redd Showcases All Sides Of Him On ‘A Love Letter To You 4’

“I wasn’t necessarily looking for happiness, just less pain” – Trippie Redd on “Leray” Having been an avid fan of Trippie Redd’s music since his debut project, A Love Letter To You, released back in 2017, his musical journey has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. Not only speaking on behalf of the emotions that he puts into the craft, but for the fans, as well. While the first project in this series is what many fans will call a classic, the second project, A Love Letter To You 2 was a big disappointment for many fans including myself due to the fact that it seemed rushed, coming just five short months after his first project. Taking almost a year off, Trippie took time to perfect his craft for his debut album Life’s A Trip in 2018 which ushered him back in the great graces of fans and really showed his growth as an artist. On top of that, we also received the third installment in the Love Letter series which fans grew to love. 2019 was a year where it seems like everyone was releasing so much music, and in the midst of it all, Trippie came with his second album titled ! (exclamation mark) and the fans …

Hunnit Bands – [G Herbo]

With G Herbo’s upcoming album PTSD on the horizon, he’s recently been teasing and pleasing fans of his by releasing some hits. On his latest release “Hunnit Bands”, Herb proves his worth yet again by sharing some braggadocios bars over some superb production from the one and only DJ Victoriouz. Although his assertive lyric delivery is present in this track along with most of his other music, he brings out a sort of charismatic side of himself that shows a bit of duality for the drill rapper. I’d be lying if I said I believe that this song is going to go down as one of the best songs he has ever created, but I also added it to my playlist as soon as I heard it so that should hopefully say a lot. His energy is infectious as always and he’s as consistent as ever in his booming career, so PTSD should continue boosting his status without a doubt. I can’t say I’ve ever met a rap music fan that isn’t a fan of G Herbo and “Hunnit Bands” is another example of why his music is so appreciated and popular, so be sure to give it a listen. …