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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 …

Contagious – [TimHueman Torch]

Chicago emcee TimHueman Torch has been bringing the heat so far in 2019, and he’s not letting his foot off of the gas, as he is back today with a hot new track called “Contagious”. I swear that Tim is one of the most wise and brilliant individuals artists I have ever met, he has a elevated way of thinking that your average person does not possess, and you can see that in his music. I can’t stress enough that when you listen to his music you just have to take a microscope to his lyrics, he is dropping quick-witted bars one after another and truthfully it takes more than one listen to absorb everything he is saying. I could keep going on about how impressive his skills are but I’ll cut it short here and give you some time to judge for yourself below!

Stop Cappin – [Blueface]

Yesterday California’s own Blueface released a hot new visual for “Stop Cappin”, and it has already surpassed two million views in just twenty fours hours! Blueface has done an extremely good job at showing his all around bright & funny personality in his videos, and yet again he gave us a brilliant skit to start this video that makes fun of his naysayers, followed by easily one of his best videos to date. One of the best things about this song is the way Blueface laced it with witty & well put together bars, but we should all expect that from him by now, he’s put together a more than impressive catalog within the past year. Check out this brand new music video below and if you like what you see you might as well stop by the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash and catch his set, buy tickets here.

What Its Like – [Cartier]

Love isn’t a concept that can be simplified to any single definition. Rather, love is a spectrum of emotion that manifests itself in a plethora of different ways, all of which attest to an innate feeling that often changes the way we look and feel about the world. Today, speaking to this point, an artist by the name of Cartier is here with a brand new single, “What Its Like.” The central idea of this song is a description of all the different ways that love can shift itself into one’s life, but even more importantly, the way that Cartier chooses to communicate this concept with an entire atmosphere of sound is absolutely brilliant. Lyrically, “What Its Like” is a stellar performance, describing specific examples to create a vivid image in the listener’s head. Meanwhile, the swing of the passionate, lo-fi production adds to this narrative by making it feel as though the movement of the instrumental is inevitable, mirroring the way that love often provides direction in life. All in all, “What Its Like” is a fantastic offering, so I encourage all of our readers to check this one out below and let us know what you think in …

You Can’t Sit With Us – [Pivot Gang]

beloved Chicago group Pivot Gang have been teasing at the release of their album for some time now, and late last night they finally blessed their growing fanbase with the final project titled “You Can’t Sit With Us”. After streaming through the thirteen track offering a couple of times through I was happy with what I was hearing, the guys displayed unreal amounts of chemistry and created a cohesive tape, but that’s what should be expected by these brilliant & accomplished emcees. All of the songs provided feature some sort of variation of the Pivot Gang squad along with some sprinkled in features here and there from the likes of Smino, Femdot, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Sylvan LaCue and last but not least, Benjamin Earl Turner. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like it be sure to support Pivot Gang by copping a ticket to catch Saba + the crew on tour here.

I C U U C ME Pt. II – [Sebastian Mikael]

Heading into the warmer months of the spring, it’s always refreshing to hear music that reflects this change in weather, energy, and overall mood, whether that be through lyrics or instrumentation. Here to answer the call on both accounts is a brilliant Brooklyn native by the name of Sebastian Mikael and his stellar new project, I C U U C ME Pt. II. Just 7 tracks long, this project bottles up the sun-soaked energy in the air right now and spills it out with a burst of colorful production, impassioned deliveries, and deeply soulful lyrics, all of which reflect Mikael’s outstanding artistry. Not only is this release remarkably well-executed, but the diversity in both sound and style that it displays are simply beautiful. Themes of love, happiness, being broke, growing up as a byproduct of life lived, and every emotion in between simply glide across the tape, and the end result is an inimitable allure that makes I C U U C ME Pt. II such an essential listen for all of our readers out there. I’ve written about quite a bit of music this year, but Sebastian Mikael’s latest simply has to take a top three spot on my favorite releases …

But – [Deem Spencer]

Currently coasting off of the success of his stellar new project, Pretty Face, it feels as though all eyes are on Deem Spencer — and apparently so, the Queens native is more than ready to perform under pressure. Today, Spencer revisits the project with a set of accompanying visuals for one of my personal favorite cuts, “But.” Infused with jazzy instrumentation and a nonchalant, yet deeply soulful tint, “But” works well in the way that Spencer seamlessly marries his vocals to the production. In doing so, he intertwines the sonic elements of the track under one, ever-so-smooth umbrella, and the result is a magical sense of energy that comes across just as unique as it does organic. Beyond the song, however, the newly-arrived visuals speak to these very same points, using a day in the life storyline to show listeners the worlds of diverse people, places, and surroundings that act as a backdrop to Spencer’s artistry. That said, while Pretty Face certainly had a lot to say in and of itself, I would argue that this music video is an essential subsequent release to understanding the full story, as both the imagery and effects showcased here give us an even rounder picture …

2099 – [Myquale]

About a month or so ago Myquale released an awesome record called “Isolation” that I have been listening to frequently, and this afternoon he has returned with his latest offering titled “2099”. I have been looking forward to new music from Myquale so it was a pleasantly surprise when I saw this song this morning and the final product was better than I could have imagined. He blessed us with some brilliant wordplay on this tune and flexed his lyrical ability, but pay close attention or you will miss the vivid picture that he is painting for you. Take a few minutes of your day to stream this new joint via Soundcloud below!   Produced by Myquale x Stxnfxce

Spaceships Mixtape – [Easy Life]

Easy Life has been on my radar for some time now, and despite seeing the group’s name mentioned on multiple different occasions, I never really took the opportunity to check out their work in depth. Today, however, I’ve finally taken that chance, as the group is here to unveil their latest project — the 6-track offering, Spaceships Mixtape. Concise in length and relentlessly energetic in sound, this project is an absolutely brilliant introduction to the simplistic yet remarkably well-executed style of the group. Rather than making music that follows trends in pursuit of quick fame, Easy Life seems to be taking the opposite route, opting to thoroughly develop their sound and work within their strengths in order to achieve success in the most authentic way possible. The result is one of the most refreshing projects I’ve heard all year so far, with cuts like “Sunday” acting as easy standouts that I’ll be keeping on repeat all throughout the arrival of the warm weather. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a soulful new offering to brighten your mood heading into the spring, look no further than Spaceships Mixtape. Between a galvanizing, sun-soaked sound and 6 songs straight of pure storytelling and inspiring …

Watch Smino and Monte Booker’s New Freestyle With Kenny Beats

Just recently, one of rap’s premier hit-making producers, Kenny Beats, started up a new series on YouTube where he puts together a beat in just 10 minutes and allows many of his highly-talented music friends throw together a freestyle. For the first episode, Kenny invited JPEGMAFIA to the studio, but this time, he switched things up and brought none other than Smino and Monte Booker. Giving fans some insight into just how spontaneous and seemingly fun the creative process can be for Kenny Beats and his friends, this video is a must-watch for any fans of either Kenny, Smino, or Monte. All three have been turning heads and making some truly timeless music for quite some time now, so seeing them come together in the studio and have some fun with it is certainly an incredible sight to see. Needless to say, the latest episode of The Cave is yet another fantastic release to add to the musical contributions that Kenny Beats has been blessing us with as of late, so don’t sleep. Watch this one below and prepare yourself to watch Smino lay down an absolutely brilliant freestyle!