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Almost Woke – [Lucki]

A lot of people who aren’t familiar with Chicago’s very own Lucki might hear people describe his music as conscious rap and automatically group him in a lane with artists like J. Cole or Kendrick, yet he is in a lane of his own, and listeners wouldn’t understand that until tuning in for themselves. He is just so ethereal that his songs seem to naturally ooze out of him as his deepest and darkest thoughts come to life through his nonchalant, almost sleepy delivery that caught me off guard almost a decade ago and kept me coming back for more with every new release he put out. Late last night, he decided to surprise listeners once again with a brand-new two-track EP that came out of nowhere, yet I couldn’t be more thankful. The first song is called “LifestyleBrazy” and features production from one of my all-time favorite producers Brent Rambo. Here, Brent uses some almost worrisome, momentous piano keys underneath some sinister and piercing hats, poignant synths, and minimalistic drums that provide the perfect underworld sound for Lucki to absolutely demolish. As I’ve grown familiar with Lucki, I’ve learned to love his stylistic choice of starting sentences in a …

hate me – [midwxst]

As I find myself falling deeper and deeper down the wormhole that is Hyperpop, I find myself getting more and more interested in weirder sounds. While I say weird, I should clarify that I’ve been partial to interesting, innovative, and creative sounds that might come off as weird to the average listener, yet it might be normal to anyone else who has familiarized themselves with the Hyperpop scene. While midwxst has been stating his claim as to why he’s legitimately one of the best up and coming artists in the genre, he never seems to slow down and that’s part of the reason why I’ve become enthralled in the sonic landscape he has painted for himself and admirers all over the world. As I familiarize myself more and more with the subgenre as well, it appears as if there is a group of artists that stick together and collaborate more than any other genre, so this is something I admire more than anything else. Most recently, midwxst teamed up with fellow Helix Tears member/founder blackwinterwells for a track entitled “hate me”. wells handled the production on this hit, bringing a dexterous, lively beat to life with some strange yet playful …

A Conversation with Reece

Virginia artist Reece was one of my favorite artists that I came across during quarantine and today he’s back with another song that is worth your listen. Instead of writing a regular article, I thought it was only fitting to sit down and talk to the talent about life and music! Continue scrolling to read this conversation with Reece. — Sam: Now that I know that you’re from my home state of Virginia, I’d love to hear about how you got into music, especially growing up in a place like Woodbridge. Reece: So, music for me was really a heavy part of my life growing up. My parents weren’t musical, but we listened to a lot of music, and I listened to a lot of weird shit as a child…and not weird, but just weird for a child to be listening to at the time. So I was introduced to a lot of different types of music and also I have a lot of older siblings and they would listen to some cool stuff too. Then 2012, I was in 10th grade and a lot of really cool music started coming out that year, like Channel Orange by Frank Ocean …

YN Jay Interview: The Rise of The Coochie Man

“I did everything that all the rappers used to do like writing real bars and real raps and it didn’t work. I just had to wait my turn. I watched everybody around me shine before I had my turn to shine.” -YN Jay Whether you love the platform or not, we can’t ignore the amount of impact that Tik Tok has had on the music industry as of late. The app that caught the most traction during quarantine became the home to the latest music trends and dances, and a lot of people found new artists there. The amount it time it takes for a Tik Tok sound to trend on the app seems like it gets shorter and shorter, and rap songs are leading the charge of most of the viral songs. One artist in particular who found his rise to stardom from the app would be the upcoming Flint Michigan rapper–YN Jay. Most recognizable for his bars about coochie, YN Jay has been one of the many artists from Flint Michigan to take off and show signs of a very promising future. His buzz began around March of 2020 when the country was completely shut down, and many …

No Saints on Knight Street – [MANILA GREY]

When it comes to music out of Canada’s West Coast, very few artists encapsulate the sound of the region better than MANILA GREY. The duo consisting of vocalist Soliven and emcee Neeko is an absolute powerhouse, impeccable sonics paired with an international fanbase that has been waiting patiently for the release of their highly anticipated project No Saints on Knight Street. Their most recent album brings something for new and old fans alike, their signature sound has blossomed to something that feels like it could easily be the soundtrack to a dystopian action movie filled with neon lights, something out of Blade Runner.  With their single “Backhouse Ballin” shooting up the charts in the Philippines, it’s only a matter for MANILA GREY to become a global phenomenon. What MANILA GREY does exceptionally well is using a multitude of influences from both Eastern and Western cultures to make music appealing to people on either side of the Pacific Ocean. The childhood friends have always had a passion for sharing their unique perspective through music, over the years they have remained consistent with an output of incredible tracks but it seems like with this release they are at a point they could …

7 Year Waitlist – [BRUHMANEGOD]

One of the things I love about the music industry is the fact that there is never any sort of shortage when it comes to creativity. One of the names that I was recently put onto is BRUHMANEGOD, a Bay Area native who has been honing in on his craft for about 6 years, beginning way back when he was only 14. With a diverse background of nationalities along with an even more diverse upbringing around music, BRUH has been turning heads more and more as he progresses in the industry. Most recently, one of the songs that he put out that truly caught my attention was his track “7 Year Waitlist”, a brand-new spin on the glitchcore/hip-hop scene that caught me by surprise in a very interesting, captivating fashion. Opening up with the self-produced instrumental, BRUH utilizes some playful, electronic-sounding synths, crisp hats and claps, and other unique sounds that are tied together with some super hard-hitting drums. As it begins, he seems to whisper some abstract phrases that are somewhat hard to decipher, but they lead us right into the bulk of the beat, but they don’t prepare us for when he truly goes insane in the coming …

Back Together – [Toosii]

North Carolina’s Toosii is one the hottest rising artists in the rap and r&b space right now. Recently Toosii released visuals for his new single entitled “Back Together.” If you’re a huge r&b fan you might recognize that the sample in this record is from Kaleem Taylor’s single “Feel.” With these visuals, Toosii shows us flashbacks of more simple and blissful times of moments he spent with his significant other. This single and video is a great starting point for the rollout of Toosii’s forthcoming album ‘Thank You For Believing’ which is set to release on May 7. This should be the North Carolina crooner’s biggest drop to date from the amount of press and hype Toosii’s received in 2020 and coming into 2021. “Back Together” is a record that will have you fighting the urge to text your ex or old fling, a dangerous feeling, but makes a great premise to a lead single. Watch Toosii’s new video for “Back Together” for yourself after the break.

A Conversation with Cian Ducrot

Up and coming artist, Cian Ducrot was one of quarantines greatest surprises and just last week, I had the chance to sit down with the stellar talent who has quickly become one of the industry’s brightest spots. After inking a deal with The Darkroom / Interscope, the Ireland born artist has his eyes set on stardom and it is nothing less than achievable! Take some time out of your day to check out the conversation we had last week and learn more about what makes him so special! — Sam: I’m a huge fan of what you’re doing, so I’d love to have a conversation about your life and how music fits into it; So tell me about how your upbringing introduced you to music. Cian: Yeah, so I was raised by a single mom and grew up with my brother. Music kind of just strayed into my life because both of my parents were professional classical musicians in fact; so I was born into music and I fell in love with. I can’t remember not being absolutely in love with music. I would just sit under my mom’s piano and we would sit there all day and all night. …

Reverse! – [Natenumbaeight]

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about music in the current digital age of music, it’s that there are literally no boundaries that artists need to follow anymore. Just as Natenumbaeight, one of the most captivating and creative artists in the entire industry, yet you can never tell if he is constantly trolling just to joke or if he’s going to win a Grammy one day. Either way, Nate is no stranger to the spotlight considering a plethora of his spur of the moment freestyles responding to internet videos go viral more often than not, so if you’re not familiar with his name, you might be familiar with freestyles like his “FuckedUpInTheCribFreestyle.mp4” or “MonkeyBonerFreestyle.mp4”. Now, if you’re not familiar with his antics online, then his musical style might catch you by surprise, but there’s no denying his lyrical abilities when it comes to the wordplay he uses throughout his music, and even the harshest of critics would have to agree with that. This is evident in a song called “Reverse!” which came out about a month ago, so yes, I know I’m late to the party. Nonetheless, the homie FatBoyBrick actually produced this hit, utilizing some inquisitive and almost ominous …

MuddyMya: If It’s Meant To Happen, It Will

Cover Photo By @dumoarles MuddyMya started releasing music a little over a year ago to date without much expectation. In her words, “I just make songs and post them.” Today, the Atlanta native has become a buzzing name in the underground, recently putting out some of her best work to date in the form of “Cashin Out” — a single produced by CashCache and MexikoDro, headed by lyrics including my personal favorite: “Life I never planned it out, but look how things are panning out.” Speaking to Mya, she places large emphasis on the fact that her success thus far has arrived without much expectation – she works at her craft, makes the best music she can make, and lets the universe do the rest. And the universe has certainly been responding. With numerous cultural cosigns to her name, a fast-growing fanbase, and a singular, masked aesthetic, Mya is doing things on her own terms and garnering authentic, well-deserved acclaim for it. No over-stretching herself or asking favors – just genuine support on true-to-self music and a world-building creative vision. 6 months ago, she worked for Target at a job she hated. Today, Mya is fully focused on music, with the …