SEARCH FOR: ERICDOA

mad – [midwxst]

Back when I first submerged myself in the hyperpop scene, I knew there were so many diverse talents throughout the micro-genre, but I found myself obsessed with the same group of artists. The main musicians I was listening to were people like glaive, ericdoa, midwxst, aldn, and brakence, and while there was a song here and there by other talents, these were the core group of individuals that I never got tired of. Back then (probably about 2 years ago), I knew that all of these artists were going to become massive stars, but even with so much confidence in them, I had no idea just how massive they would end up being. Out of these hitmakers, glaive might be the most recognized by a mainstream crowd, but the others aren’t too far behind by any means, and the one thing I respect more than the rest of their prominent achievements is the fact that they haven’t even come close to sacrificing their creativity or individuality in the midst of so much notoriety and success. Regardless of how big they’re becoming, midwxst has remained one of my favorite artists in the new generation, and as lucky as I am to …

PULLBACK – [WHOKILLEDEXIX]

Hyperpop has always been a subgenre that I have been obsessed with since tapping in with these artists probably a year and a half ago or so, and that admiration has really become focused on a select handful of musicians as time went on. Obviously, I love glaive, ericdoa, Brakence, aldn, and that whole group of artists, but if you’re not traditionally mentioned in the same sentence as them, I just don’t often tune in as much as I would like. I say this with the exception of WHOKILLEDXIX, a Connecticut-raised, Los Angeles-based duo that took this already innovative genre and flipped it on its head entirely. I feel like they’re the antiheroes of hyperpop because while their music contains telltale elements that other artists feature, they take the chaos, energy, and strangeness of the musical style and entirely exploit the vitality that these things bring to the table. Although they’ve already dropped an EP earlier this year that was awesome, they decided to head into the end of 2022 with a strong push, releasing their debut album PULLBACK as a continuation to their string of wins. The 15 songs on this project run just over 40 minutes long, so …

SIMPLE – [$NOT]

Over the past few years, I have found myself heavily supporting various artists, but some of these musicians have taken the crown as some of my personal favorites. Whether we’re talking hyperpop artists like ericdoa or glaive, Detroit phenoms like Icewear Vezzo or Babyface Ray, or all-around game changers like Yeat or Dro Kenji, I have a never-ending influx of great music to listen to. Out of all these emcees that I have gone all-in on, $NOT is one of the first names that comes to mind because he has seriously been one of the most innovative emcees in the world, and his dexterity never fails to amaze me. His album Ethereal dropped in February of this year, and as much as I loved it, it seems like he has been on a victory lap to celebrate the project’s success rather than dropping too many new tracks, so when I come across a fresh record, you already know I am not going to miss out. Just the other day, he dropped his third track since February’s album entitled “Simple”, and the bouncy saturnn and Wick Katana-produced instrumental is flawless, which is an adjective that could describe $NOT’s contributions just as …

three wheels and it still drives! – [glaive]

Up-and-coming artists seem to be getting younger and younger, so at this point, age doesn’t matter for rising musicians and if anything, it seems to be an advantage for many young emcees. A few years ago, my brother put me onto ericdoa and glaive as well as a whole slew of other hyperpop talents, but those were the two people who really stuck with me as I eased into the subgenre. Currently, it seems like the two artists have stuck to their word and strayed away from the more obscure sounds that come with the subgenre’s label, but they still incorporate a wide variety of sounds that refresh and excite me to listen to straight pop music. While I knew glaive was going to be a star from the moment I found out about him, I had no idea just how huge he would get, and how quickly he would get there. He is presently one of the biggest singers in the world that isn’t completely mainstream yet, but there is still so much room to grow and so many other listeners to catch up that with a little more time, he is going to be an unfathomably massive legend. …

never learn – [Kid Moon]

Streaming platforms have been looked at in a few different lights, sometimes being praised for the diverse selections for listeners to choose from while other times being chastised for the often brutal payouts to artists based on streaming numbers. I can totally see the argument on both sides, and while they are in no way perfect, I do think that there are benefits. Just the other day, one of my homies sent me a song on SoundCloud to check out, and after getting distracted, SC moved right onto the next track which happened to be a song that I absolutely loved. After realizing my admiration of the record, I realized it was by an artist names Kid Moon, a 17-year-old Philadelphia emcee who I have heard mentioned in various circles I’m a part of, but I had never gotten the chance to listen quite yet. I am beyond grateful that the algorithm chose to play his track next because it finally got me to open my eyes to the incredible music that this young talent is creating, and it makes me want to dive even deeper to see what else I have missed out on. I then looked at some …

caffeine – [brakence]

A few years ago when I first discovered what hyperpop was thanks to some fantastic recommendations from my brother, I was blown away and didn’t quite know where the ceiling could be, or if there even was a ceiling on the subgenre in the first place. While some of the early artists I was listening to like glaive, ericdoa, midwxst, and aldn have become all-out superstars in just a few short trips around the sun, it still seems to be quite a niche category, partially due to the fact that there are no real boundaries on what can or can’t be created. Everyone that’s classified in this subgenre could honestly be included in a category of their own, but one person that I think helped create the mold for this style of music is brakence, and he is only getting better with time and experience. The Columbus, Ohio-based star has dropped too many hits to count, and with a handful of singles being released in recent history, fans are certainly getting excited about his upcoming third album, a project that is rumored to be titled hypochondriac, although I can’t confirm this whatsoever. The self-produced single of course includes his trademark …

Angelhood – [grandma]

Liam Hall is a name that might not sound very familiar to you if you’re not an absolute student of the music industry, but he is one of the most ingenious and original people in the history of the music business, at least in my opinion. Better known by his stage name grandma, he has been earning accolades and recognition for his unheard-of take on hip-hop, often crafting instrumentals by himself as well as laying down some of the most angelic vocals that you could ever wish to experience. After breaking his solo-release silence of a couple of years with a few singles that were rumored to be featured on a project in the future, grandma made even more strong cases as to why he is someone that can never, and will never be ignored. To be honest, if you have an expectation of what hip-hop should sound like, you might not like his music because he wants to break that barrier, and he does so with everything he puts out in a magical and grandiose fashion. If you have an open mind and look forward to people who push the envelope and inject creativity into their craft, though, grandma …

paid for it – [juno] & [jaydes]

Although it feels like hyperpop is a genre that is bigger than anything else right now, I think that has to do with my own listening habits and the news/releases that I personally pay attention to. Clearly, it’s a genre that is still heavily underground and very niche but considering my social media newsfeeds are filled with brand-new drops, various artists, and so much love being shown to up-and-comers, it just feels like it’s a movement that’s so much bigger than it actually is. Well, I have no doubt in my mind that this is the future of music. Even if the mainstream media isn’t going to show it too much attention beyond the likes of superstars like 100 Gecs, glaive, midwxst, or ericdoa, I am always going to show love to artists that truly deserve it. Juno is a musician who is at the very top of my list. Back in July, juno dropped what appears to be a 3 song EP called open your moirai, and even though it came up just short of 5 minutes long, it was a quick offering that I was a massive fan of. As most hyperpop fans know, these artists don’t take …

SOS – [cybertrash] ft. [reef]

I’m pretty proud of my music taste and like to think that I am someone who can put my friends, family, and industry cohorts on to some amazing new musicians, but I will never sit here and ever claim to be even close to the best. I mean, I like what I like, and while clearly I’m not the only person who enjoys the music I listen to because if I was, then no one else would probably care about these articles or check out to the music I write about. For this reason, though, I know that actual musicians are typically the ones who are the most tapped in with up-and-coming acts because I know they want to help put others in the position to succeed knowing that they were once in the same exact spot. ericdoa is definitively one of my favorite artists out right now, and he has been for probably around 2 or more years, but if there is one person who really created a new sound that I was captivated by, it’s him. He even puts me onto new emcees that he works with, and even though I don’t believe they have collaborated quite yet, …

Strings – [Tuxx]

It may not be super apparent based on my current taste in music and many of the songs I write about, but I grew up a huge fan of rock music. At first, it was bands like AC/DC and Van Halen that really helped me grasp what music as a whole was, but then as I got older, I got extremely into punk rock and pop-punk thanks to bands like Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, and Blink-182. By the time I got to high school, I had shifted most of my focus on rap, but these are still bands and genres that are engrained in who I am, so you can bet that I was extremely excited when certain hip-hop acts started to incorporate these sounds into their music. Obviously, there are elements of these genres in music created by everyone from the late greats like Juice WRLD and Lil Peep to hyperpop acts like Brakence and ericdoa, but one person who I have been seriously impressed with is Tuxx. He is an emcee that I haven’t kept up with as much as I once did probably about a year ago, but I always try and listen whenever he drops …