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Five of Our Favorite Shows from Last Year, and Five to Look Forward To

As life started to return to a state of relative normality last spring, so did the state of live music. Tours were announced and re-announced, fans were ravenous for tickets, and together it seems like live music experienced its own isolated roaring 20’s – albeit briefly. Though there’s no telling what is bound to happen in the future, the covid case spikes seem to be fewer and far between these days – so below you’ll find a brief list of some of our favorite shows from 2021, as well as a few tours worth keeping your eyes on as spring turns to summer. Whether you love festival crowds or despise their hectic energy – we can all agree that there’s nothing better than listening to music with those we love. With luck, this list will guide you (and your friends) to a memory waiting to be made.  Our Favorite Shows of 2021 — IDK: Fresh from the release of his sophomore LP USEE4YOURSELF – IDK’s shows were the perfect portrayal of his recent hot streak. At his Los Angeles show, the venue was packed with diehard fans waiting on his every word. If he played a cut from an older …

shut the fuck up talking to me – [Zack Fox]

When I first heard about Zack Fox, it was thanks to his wild Twitter activity that was full of outrageously funny content and one-liners that were funnier by the second. His creativity on social media has always been something that attracted new fans, so considering his deep admiration for music that was always apparent, it only made sense when he finally hopped in the booth and spit some bars of his own. While his comedic disposition helped to ease his way into the hip-hop world, it was beyond clear that he had much more to offer than just punchlines and jokes and all that inventiveness and creativity couldn’t go to waste. After such an unbelievably strong string of singles that continued to show off how special he was as a creative, fans were left wondering when we would finally receive an actual project from the Atlanta jokester, but that wait finally came to an end today with the surprising release of his debut album shut the fuck up talking to me. Although there was literally no warning except a teaser of a song with the same name that he had recorded with legendary producer The Alchemist, we woke up this …

Bob and Weave – [BFB Da Packman] ft. [Zack Fox]

In the current day and age of Rap music, it can be hard to find artists who are bringing something new to the table rather than pretty much copy and pasting the style and individuality of other talents. That’s why, when listening to BFB Da Packman, you get a breath of fresh air because he’s unlike any other artist in the industry. Insert Zack Fox, a Twitter comedian-turned-rapper who has been turning heads left and right with his comedic outlook on music that is seriously as interesting as any other artist out there. Combine these two comedic yet immensely talented individuals on a song together, and the outcome is exactly as special as you would’ve expected. The result of this collaboration is “Bob and Weave” a highlight off of BFB’s debut album Fat N****s Need Love too that is full of clever one-liners, comedic bars, and outrageous lyrics that you need to hear for yourself to truly appreciate. Considering most fans have heard this record by now, I was pleasantly surprised to see this duo come together for a remarkable music video shot by none other than Sira Sounds, the man behind Kenny Beats’ incredibly YouTube series “The Cave”, and …

Stick! – [Zack Fox] ft. [Fabo]

In a world with so much polarization and divide, having someone like Zack Fox is always refreshing. His comical approach to music is unlike any other meme rappers you can think of because not only are his bars hilarious, they’re also actually incredibly well thought out and pieced together in an unbelievably remarkable way. He isn’t just making music as a joke, and that’s clear because although there might be funny elements, he’s actually extremely talented and has proven time and time again that he’s more than a comedian. Although I’m a little late to his most recent song “Stick!”, I couldn’t help but talk about it after seeing all the creativity and thoughtfulness that went not only into the record itself but the visual that accompanies it as well. F1LTHY, a producer I’ve grown familiar with through his copious amounts of work with Chicago legend Lucki, is a hitmaker I wasn’t expecting to join forces with Zack, but after hearing the results, I’m beyond grateful that they did. As for the production, F1LTHY utilizes some lighthearted, almost elementary-sounding piano keys that are accented by spread out percussion and very pungent, hard-hitting bass in the distance. When Zack starts to …

It is What it is – [Thundercat]

The day that I have personally been waiting for, for what seems like ages, has finally come. Of course, the event I’m talking about is the highly anticipated release of Thundercat’s fourth studio album entitled It is What it is. I’ve been paying extremely close attention to all the moves he’s been making leading up to this release and I’ve even written up most of the singles he dropped prior to the entire project, so I was waiting with bated breath for some time now. Considering I’ve always been a massive fan of his hyper-charged bass skills mixed with his ability to incorporate all different genres of music into one fully encompassed genre of his own, I was expecting nothing short of amazing from this album. I believe he totally delivered on this record for multiple reasons. He had fun with certain themes on fun-loving songs while diving deeper into more personal issues he has dealt with on others, always demonstrating his immense talent on the bass guitar. His emotions are in full effect, sometimes being portrayed in a lighthearted manner as if he’s laughing at how crazy he can get about someone he loves, while other times truly putting …

Awesome Jawsome – [Father] ft. [Zack Fox]

Although it makes so much sense, a Father and Zack Fox collaboration is something that never popped into my mind. Father has such an animated persona, delivering constant bars full of playful wordplay and jokes that come out as somewhat of a meme, but respectable enough to not be completely considered comedy. Zack Fox, on the other hand, became a household name as a comedian and all-around goofball before throwing his hat in the ring and trying to Rap. We all know how that went, as his meme-worthy songs with Kenny Beats went viral and blew up all over the music world. Although both artists might not be considered at the top of the industry, the time and effort that goes into their bars in order to make them not only hilarious and stand out amongst the crowd, but actually sound good are impressive, to say the least. The duo is here for the first time on a track together called “Awesome Jawsome”. On this song, jazzy bass guitar and percussion with a slight boom-bap resemblance set the tone for the very simplistic percussion. Father half-sings, half-raps in a higher-pitched, lighthearted voice that echoes pretty much the entire time. Throughout …

Dragonball Durag – [Thundercat]

As we await the highly anticipated album It is What it is from Thundercat, his rollout for the project is attention-grabbing and has even turned into somewhat of a meme. This isn’t uncharacteristic of the musician, because although his skills on the bass are out of this world, he enjoys what he does every step of the way and never takes himself too seriously which I think is ultimately the secret to his undeniable success. I think the mixture of his beyond artistic skills when playing the bass and his nonchalant personality combine to make some incredible music that appeals to larger crowds than just Jazz fans or comedy enthusiasts. He just released another single that I wrote about not too long ago called “Dragonball Durag”, so I won’t go into major details about the song itself. I will, however, refresh your memory a bit by pointing out how the production is soulful and intricate with comical lines being spoken in the form of a love song style. I only bring this up because he just dropped a video for the song, and he even tapped the unbelievably funny Zack Fox to direct it, so you know it’s going to …

Black Qualls- [Thundercat] ft. [Steve Lacy] & [Steve Arrington]

Thundercat is a one-off talent and pretty much the only artist in today’s music industry single-handedly keeping the funk genre alive and well. He does this of course with his own spin on the genre, but also bridges multiple generations and other genres together to create straight-up masterpieces. With the announcement of It is What it is, the follow up to his 2017 album Drunk, releasing on April 3rd, he decided to bless fans with a new single off of the upcoming project. “Black Qualls” sounds like it time-traveled straight out of the 70’s or 80’s with its overtly funk and even psychedelic vibe. The dense bass strums bring a specific groove to the single as other synths and harmonies bring the track to a whole new dimension. It starts out relatively quickly before slowing down, seemingly bridging the different paces together as the song picks up once again. Both Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington have opposing pitches, one being more tenor and the other more of a bass, but they accent each other through their differences immaculately. It’s also incredible to see new school and classic funk come together in one place, and even though the various styles are …

Hu$band – [Father]

After returning home from Atlanta recently, I have been listening to exclusively listening to music from the city. Luckily, one of my favorite and weirdest artists from the city recently dropped a new EP that stands out as one of his best pieces of work to date. Father has always been an artist to pave his own lane in terms of his sound, always evolving in ways he can use his unique voice to stand out. This project is an incredible example of just that ability. Hu$band is a quick 6-song EP that doesn’t waste a second, each track bringing out a different side of Father. He begins on a high note with “Joestar”, the intro is one of my favorite songs from his catalog in recent memory. “Hexes” features a wildly impressive feature from Meltycanon, Father’s go-to producer and wildly talented artist on his own. The creative duo pair well on the track, it’s safe to say more collaborations can be expected in the future. The EP closes out on an energetic level with “Family Function” alongside Zack Fox, the song released previously on SoundCloud but its re-release reminded me just how hard the song goes. The entire Awful Records …

Watch KEY!’s New Freestyle for Kenny Beat’s “The Cave”

The intriguing mini-series on Kenny Beat’s YouTube channel has assembled hundreds of thousands of viewers and only keeps growing – with multiple appearances on the LL site already. From Earthgang to Zack Fox and Lil Yachty, Kenny has made acquaintances with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Additionally, Kenny adds his own dry sense of humor and combines that with the organic antics of each musician he hosts, which allows for some of the most entertaining content hip-hop YouTube has to offer. This week he hosts the hilarious and talented KEY! who is freshly into a hangover – making the episode even more relatable and amusing to the viewer. Kenny and KEY! discuss their relationship, early successes, and other random nonsense including a phone call from 03 Greedo who is currently incarcerated. KEY! hops in the studio with nothing written, and delivers a smooth but hysterical freestyle over a New Orleans themed bounce instrumental. Lines like “Japanese – denim on, you ain’t know about it til I put you on” show insight to the mind of the multi-talented artist and just how natural his studio sessions are. The beautiful layout of this series gives fanatics and supporters alike an …