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Summertime Slaps, Volume 2 – [WesWill]

WesWill delivers a bass thumping, shoulder grooving exhibition on the latest installment of his Summertime Slaps series. The Cleveland native made good on his promise to deliver and does so in every sense of the phrase, showing growth and continued motivation that infects each of his records. Cohesive from the start of the album, Summertime Slaps, Volume 2, embodies the spirit of Summer and everything that goes along with it. Able to occupy several different spaces, Volume 2 finds massive playability whether you are poolside or cruising with the windows down on a late night out. The combination of funk-laced production and WesWill’s throttling flow throughout records like “PTP” and “Jeep Lovin’” cement his technical skill as a rapper. Softer records such as “Freebies” and “Late Night Creep” find the lyricist reigning in his speed on the mic into a softer melodic vocal showcasing that piques our interest into what future offerings will sound like. Progressing through a series of comical skits and on-going jokes taken from the first installment of the series, WesWill creates a connection that expands on the personable attitude of the 30-minute offering. WesWill outlined his goal for the album, saying, “I want the music on STSV2 …

To the Top – [Melvoni]

Most people at age 15 are attempting to navigate their awkward bodies through the stages of puberty. However, Brooklyn native Melvoni seems to have matured much faster – though his voice may not show for it. His luminous vocal range spread thin over exceptional lyricism and flow shows his raw talent in his latest single, “To The Top”. “I pray to God I don’t lose myself, I pray to God I don’t abuse my health – I still keep the deuce-deuce under my belt.” Melvoni preaches his harsh realities as a teenager in Brooklyn while trying to maintain his sanity in attempting to make it out of his current situation. Further exemplifying the fact that he is beyond his years, he exclaims struggles with his love life and plans of reaching goals of fortune and fame. “I will not stop, I want the guap, I’ma keep rising until I get hot.” This is the first track I have heard from Melvoni, but with his smooth, light vocals infused with his experiential coming-of-age realities, he’ll have a returning listener. His early tracks on Soundcloud have amassed hundreds of thousands of streams across the platform, with “To The Top” already reaching 167k plays in …

Watch Lucky Daye’s New Performance on NPR Tiny Desk

NPR Tiny Desk is, and always has been, a fantastic platform for showcasing music in its purest form. Especially nowadays with the accessibility of DSPs, we can sometimes forget the true power and art and of live performance, but thankfully, Tiny Desk has worked to fill this void. They always seem to get just the right guests for the job, and today, they’ve done this yet again by featuring none other than Lucky Daye, as he performs three songs: “Roll Some Mo”, “Misunderstood,” and “Late Night.” Bringing along a 10-piece band and even a horn section, this Tiny Desk performance might just be one of my favorites to date. Daye’s music possesses a soulful, enthusiastic tint of groove that you can’t help but love, and furthermore, the sheer control that he displays with this performance is nothing short of impeccable. In all honesty, I don’t listen to Lucky Daye’s music too often, but after seeing this performance, this will certainly change. Daye is an authentic, unbelievably talented performer who seamlessly embodies the lively energy of his New Orleans roots, and if not anything else, this performance is ear candy for those who crave the heart and soul of music in the …

Before I’m Gone – [Ray Emmanuel]

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today, 14-year-old lyricist Ray Emmanuel swiftly bodies his new self-produced and self-written track titled “Before I’m Gone…” Over a very friendly production, Ray speaks about his journey, goals, and what he expects his future to look like within the next few years. Throughout, Ray delivers powerful lyrics that hit on topics such as peace, love, and positivity; topics in which Ray has a passion for and a desire to spread to the world. After speaking with his team, I learned that “Before I’m Gone…” is in part a tribute to the late great Nipsey Hussle and also a message for everyone listening to take a step back, capture the moment, and accomplish whatever they set out for. To say the least, I am very impressed and excited to watch Ray’s continued growth and success as an artist, person, and influence to his fans. Be sure to stream “Before I’m Gone…” below and follow Ray Emmanuel on Instagram to learn more about what’s coming from the rising lyricist!

IDK WHERE – [Yeek]

As of late, Florida has developed a fascinating, deeply diverse identity in the cutting edge of music. From the ample supply of sound-shifting, trend-setting rap coming out of the state to the hip-hop-influenced indie of artists such as Yeek and Dominic Fike, the state is seeing a broad mutation in sound, style, and image. Barriers between genres are becoming increasingly blurred, artists are developing wide arrays of skill and sound, and more than anything, the music is just as incredible as it is unique, making Florida a must-watch area. That said, today, we introduce one of FL’s finest representatives right now — the aforementioned Yeek — with his brand new EP, IDK WHERE. Right in line with the connotation of the title, the latest from Yeek is a release that burrows right in between genres, blending a lively supply of influence into one, undeniably energizing style. The project arrives packed with stories of reflection and introspection, and quite often, it seems to shift further from an audience-intentive release into an almost diary-esque style of writing — that is, to the listener’s pleasure, of course, as the deeply personal lyricism resonates so well without compromising identity in the process. On both a …

Premiere: Hold It Down – [Lonny X]

Obvious as it may be, for any job, especially as a musician, hard work is a core ingredient that you simply can’t get around. No matter what, you need to have the drive and the work ethic to achieve a given goal, and few artists embody this devotion toward bettering oneself than Connecticut native Lonny X, whose new song “Hold It Down” is the subject of our latest premiere. Lonny and I have been speaking for a little over a year now if I’m correct, and on occasion, we DM back and forth. Recently, aside from music, he’s conducted a few interviews for a site called Fresh Fruit. At first, I was slightly surprised — I had no idea Lonny was a writer and I definitely didn’t know he was focusing on anything other than music lately considering the growth that he’s seen in the past year or so. Needless to say, I reached out and told him that I really liked the articles. So why do I tell you this brief story? Well, it arrives in line with his new single, “Hold It Down.” Produced by frequent collaborator Gravez, this song is just about as money-minded as it gets, …

Immunity – [Harris Rudman]

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — soul is something that you just can’t fake. Especially in the current world of music, where I can listen to an artist for hours on end without ever necessarily even knowing what they look like, it’s more important than ever to value true passion and genuine artist-to-listener connections in music. Today, supplying just this and then some, an artist by the name of Harris Rudman is here with an unbelievable live performance of a new song entitled “Immunity” in Paris. For starters, the reason that I keep coming back to this video is the pure heart that Rudman pours into his shimmering vocals. One line after another, you simply can’t resist the sample-based soul of the instrumental and the ardent nature of the deliveries, both of which float seamlessly alongside the rising talent’s bellowing tone. Quite clearly, Harris Rudman is a natural on the mic as we can see through his charismatic presence, and even further, he’s the kind of performer that perfectly embodies the aforementioned themes of passion and connection that are always so refreshing to see. That said, I can’t recommend this live performance enough, so be sure to …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Faded in the Booth – [Young Nudy]

Coming out of Atlanta over the past few years, few artists, if any, have matched the level of consistency and individuality that Young Nudy brings to the table every time he hits the mic. Not only are Nudy’s eccentric vocals and alluring deliveries pleasing on a sonic level, but the lyrics that they highlight are just as impressive on a technical scale, proving the mark of an artist who seemingly can do no wrong. Today, as fans still impatiently await the release of Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s forthcoming project, Slim’erre, Nudy is back to bless us with an appetizer entitled Faded in the Booth. 12 tracks long, Faded in the Booth was actually a surprise release, and immediately after being texted by a friend that it was released, I ran over to Twitter to see what the conversation was about Nudy’s latest. As expected, the main sentiment was that Young Nudy really dropped a for-fun mixtape before the album, and it’s still one of the best projects of the year, and after listening to this one three times in the past two days, I can’t help but agree. Faded in the Booth is a title connotated with a certain intimacy and effortless cool that …

Just Friends – [Eli Major]

Chicago’s own Eli Major singer and songwriter drops his first single of 2019 with “Just Friends.” This new offering embodies the perfect mood for the Springtime. “Just Friends” is a smooth laid back ballad that combines contemporary r&b with melodic and soulful sounds. The narrative of the track explained by Eli via email is him “telling a story of rekindling feelings from a past relationship that has to begin to resurface over time.” “Just Friends falls into the alternative r&b category and Major has expressed his desire to continue experimenting with this style of music. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Eli Major stated to me some of his musical influences include Frank Ocean, Khalid, Coldplay, and Daniel Caesar. It should be interesting to see what path his musical journey takes as we travel deeper into the year. We should expect a project from Eli around this Fall so that gives us something to look forward to. Listen to Eli Major’s soothing track “Just Friends” after the break.