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KIRK – [Duke Deuce] ft. [Mulatto]

I was only recently introduced to Duke Deuce’s music, so I’ve got a lot more songs to dive into, but he has impressed me from the very moment I found out about him. His personality is just addicting, his dance moves turn your head, and his individuality is beyond notable because he’s just unapologetically himself. While his abundance of skills is on full display with every track I’ve heard from him, he continues to impress me time and time again. Although his most recent song “KIRK” featuring Mulatto came out a few days ago, the record and accompanying music video are just way too entertaining to not talk about, so I couldn’t help but write about it. The instrumental uses extremely low-pitched piano keys mixed with highly energetic synths to create a playful melody before the percussion and drums come into play and add even more bounce to the already vivacious track. On the hook, Duke’s cadence isn’t overly impressive or out of the ordinary, but he uses this portion as a simpler foundation to expand upon within his verse. This chorus is also easily digested and understood, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself walking around singing it …

Reach Higher – [Raff Alpha]

Shortly after the release of his artistic single “Without You,” Baltimore, Maryland native Raff Alpha returns with another solo release titled “Reach Higher.” Produced by Kiyva & MaxoKoolin, the instrumental incorporates booming bass with mysterious echoing vocals. Occasionally going by “Young Buddha,” the opening lines “You can feel God when I’m rappin,’ just because you come at me with negativity don’t me you gettin’ a reaction” certainly befit Alpha’s moniker. However, do not be fooled by Alpha’s wisdom; the Project FILO and Omega Academy artist expresses his destructive energy throughout the track, admitting that he “used to be a walking ticking bomb.” Therefore, “Reach Higher” serves as Alpha’s calling to elevate beyond his flaws, opting for continual growth, emotional regulation, self-love, and overall positive energy. From a religious standpoint, the song symbolize’s Raff “reaching higher” to further distance himself from the devil, thereby getting closer to God. Along with the record’s spiritual message(s), Raff rejects materialism in an eerie fashion, stating: “Everybody searching for the money and the fame but the artificial love is like crack cocaine, better fight your demons or you’ll go insane, gun to the brain like Kurt Kobain.” Alpha also says: “Brotherman please take it slow …

Call Him-[Noah Cunane]

As time passes and our hunger for creativity rages on, Fridays are a day that cannot come soon enough. With so many songs dropping at once, I pray my articles can serve as a guide to the music that needs to be consumed. An artist who I’ve been extremely high on since his career started is Noah Cunane. From “Lips” and “Rich Girls” all the way to his most popular songs, “Medicine” and “Miami”, Noah is a talent who has evolved before my eyes in such a short amount of time. With so much more untapped potential and so many more hits to be written, Noah continues to up his game with more intensity and intentionality. Today, the well-known vocalist is resurfacing after releasing a brand-new track called, “Call Him”. Being able to tell if a song is good or not by listening to the first couple of seconds is a skill I pride myself on having. This latest offering just so happens to be one of those pieces that you’ll fall in love with among pressing play. The production makes itself know right from the start as it sets the tone for an infectious energy throughout its three minute …

Don’t Play Wit Him – [3AG Pilot] x [SenseiATL]

Atlanta gets talked about so often by so many people like myself and unfortunately, much of rap’s journalistic collective tends to overlook particular artists in this area who are just as deserving, if not more deserving, of our praise than their counterparts and that is certainly the case with Atlanta rapper 3AG Pilot who has been steadily releasing music and proving himself to be among the other top artists in the city, speaking from an objective musical perspective. He has released music prolifically over the past year and it has been very fun to watch his progression from track to track and he has definitely grown quite a bit as an artist lately, most recently with his project Don’t Play Wit Him which was produced almost entirely by SenseiATL who had the help of Al Chapo and CapnCrunch on a couple of tracks. Sensei is in his bag production wise, supplying Pilot with a perfect selection of beats that are characteristically menacing and bass-heavy, and these provided the perfect background for Pilot to navigate them with his unique flows and voice. Keep an eye on 3AG Pilot for the rest of 2020 and I am looking forward to watching his continued …

The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady- [Kid Cudi] & [Eminem]

When talking about some iconic names in the world of Rap music, there’s never a discussion that ends without Eminem’s name being mentioned towards the top. He’s clearly a superstar in every single sense of the word and although some people may claim to lean towards his more classic offerings, there’s absolutely no denying that he hasn’t lost his skills or drive whatsoever. As for Kid Cudi, my personal favorite artist, I could go on for days describing my admiration for his music and stylistic choices over the years. Almost everything I’d say would most likely be something that someone else has said before because he’s been talked about so much, so I feel as if I should just get right into this super duo’s brand-new collaborative song entitled “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady”. As the beat begins, there is a mysterious aura that takes over the speakers with tiptoeing synths and the tempo of the track is a bit swifter than expected, which seems to add some determination to the offering. When the drums come in, they almost slow the pace down, but this is the perfect landscape for Kid Cudi to come right in and …

Square Bitch – [MadeinTYO] ft. [A$AP Ferg]

MadeinTYO is a bit of a mysterious figure in the Rap world, from my perspective. It seems like he has been known to virtually disappear for somewhat extended periods of time and then come back out of nowhere with brand-new music. While we know he’s still alive and thriving due to his extremely active Twitter account, it seems like he might’ve been able to capitalize a bit more and take additional steps to truly become a superstar after “Uber Everywhere” and “Skateboard P”. Nonetheless, he has managed to piece together a pretty formidable career, and considering he’s still so young, it seems as if he has set himself up for success and a beyond comfortable life for the foreseeable future. Maybe this is just me, though, because I haven’t paid super close attention to his music recently, so maybe he’s been dropping left and right and these releases have just gone under my radar. Either way, he’s back with a fresh new track today and he even recruited A$AP Ferg to accompany him for this laid-back record. The name of the song is called “Square Bitch”, and although it might not be TYO’s most impressive offering, it still hits hard …

Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon – [Pop Smoke]

While covering Pop Smoke’s highly-anticipated Meet The Woo 2 mixtape back in February, one of my closing points spoke in high regards to his trajectory as an artist, and mentioned that he would “be around for many years to come”. To be such a new artist and have the amount of promise that Pop Smoke had, there was no way anyone could deny the fact that he was ready to take over the world. While 2019 laid the groundwork, 2020 would be the year where Pop Smoke would finally get his just due and become a mainstay amongst the many other emerging stars. It was a huge shock to the music industry to learn that Pop Smoke had been killed not even two weeks after the release of his Meet the Woo 2 mixtape. To be taken from us so suddenly, it was almost unbelievable–that a kid with this much promise, talent, and star power could be taken from us like that. While he is no longer with us physically, his contagious energy is here forever, and the wonderful minds that have blessed the fans with his debut album, Shoot for the Starts, Aim for the Moon. Releasing an album posthumously is by no means …

Rounds – [Calboy] ft. [Fivio Foreign]

I know I’m a little late to the party with this one, but I saw that Calboy and Fivio Foreign teamed up for a visual that supports their collaborative song “Rounds” and I just couldn’t help but write about it. Calboy has been one of my absolute favorite Chicago artists for quite some time now and although I was unfamiliar with Fivio Foreign prior to hearing his work with other artists somewhat recently, especially the dearly departed Pop Smoke, I’ve since learned a lot of about him and definitely appreciate his work. As for “Rounds”, which is almost a week old at this point, the production is created as a bit of a spin on New York Drill music that Fivio has helped bring to the forefront of music. I was excited to hear Calboy on something like this because although I know he is so extremely talented and dexterous, his melodic delivery, which is what I was expecting him to use, might have a hard time fitting in on such a hard-nosed instrumental. I was extremely wrong, thankfully, and that’s clear as soon as he begins to spit. His words are still melodic, but that’s just how his voice …

007 – [Li Heat]

The viral video pattern in the street rap universe appears, to me at least, to often go something like this. A young kid who is popular in his neighborhood or high school will record a track that will quickly turn to a viral hit amongst his friends and their friends and so on and so forth across their zip-codes and school districts until sometimes as quickly as a week and sometimes as long as several months the artist eventually gets around to shooting the music video and because of it’s local popularity it is not very difficult at all for them to get dozens and dozens of their friends and acquaintances to pour into the video’s set with the type of distinct high energy that can only be produced by teenagers, and in Birmingham, AL where our latest viral video for new artist Li Heat’s track “007,” there is an almost locker-room like energy after a big win amongst Heat and his friends as they shout the lyrics together in unison. This same trend seems to have held true in the case of Li Heat, with some notable differences I am sure, but he is certainly the latest youthful street …

My High – [Disclosure] ft. [Amine] & [Slowthai]

Although I used to hate on EDM music, admittedly, I’ve recently opened my mind and come around to it a bit. While Hip-Hop and Rap will always take the crown, in my opinion, I feel like EDM has its place in the world of music and I definitely understand the appeal at this point. I especially love when I see the two worlds collide, as is what happens on Disclosure’s latest single “My High”, which recruits the likes of Amine and Slowthai. While I’m more familiar with Slowthai than Amine, in all honesty, I know that both artists bring such vitality to any song they’re on, so seeing them pair up on an already high energy offering is super interesting, to say the least. Considering it is an EDM song first and foremost, the instrumental is fast-paced, high energy, and bounces the entire time. This is due to the lively percussion and pithy drums, while a melody isn’t always evident throughout every portion of the track. Rather, the vocals are somewhat spoken in a melodic fashion, bringing that element to the track in an uncharacteristic but appealing fashion. As Amine begins to sing, his voice has a filter over it, …