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Turkey Season – [Lil Durk] & [Chief Wuk]

A few months ago, Lil Durk’s Only The Family label teamed up and dropped off their latest collaborative project entitled Loyal Bros, and while Durk was obviously the ring leader of the album, there were some undeniable sleepers who turned some heads and shocked some listeners. While Durk was able to show off his versatility on a plethora of different sounding instrumentals, it’s clear that he has an amazing knack for finding and signing talents from the streets, because every single artist on the album did a remarkable job bringing everything together. Although this project came out a couple of months ago, Durk and Chief Wuk decided that they weren’t finished bringing attention to their record “Turkey Season” as they decided to team up with CrownSoHeavy to shoot a sick new music video for the record. As it opens up, Durk and Wuk are in a convenience store at night picking up some treats for themselves. As they ask for a pack of Backwoods, a worried-looking gentleman runs inside in a panic, asking where the bathroom is before sprinting there. While outside, Wuk realizes that the label on his package of weed is the same label on the side of …

Get Refreshed: The Best Production Trio In Digicore, Team Rockit Blasts Off, and Kmoe Explains “Gloves”

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company “Prying Eyes” Is A Natural Next Step For Tropes Even in scenes as dynamic and diverse as digicore has shaped up to be, certain commonalities between its artist-base are all-too-prevalent. Among this scene’s most standout shared traits is its artists’ willingness to explore any and all creative outlooks in regards to their career progression; from incorporating new sounds and styles into their sonic approach, to simply taking on a “fluid” artistic development with no set structure overall, these artists are finding solace in consistent artistic exploration from all avenues.  Following suit in this light is PlanetZero and Graveem1nd mainstay Tropes, who surprised just about everyone this past week with their out-of-the-blue release “Prying Eyes.” The 4-track EP takes a full dive into the worlds of alternative, punk-centric pop — fit with guitar-centric song structures, deeply personalized themes, and other traits consistent with this particular approach.  Produced entirely by easily their closest and most trusted contemporary dltzk, it’s a project that impresses beyond its explorative traits in full. The pure quality that these two bring in this …

Love Hurts Feelings – [7ru7h]

Ever since I found out about Huntington, West Virginia native 7ru7h a few months ago, I have heard nothing but rave reviews from fans all over the world. Most recently, when I saw his latest release “Love Hurts Feelings” pretty much going viral, I had no choice but to tune in. Opening up, you hear the strums of a very emotive guitar melody that 7ru7h ends up introducing his vocals on, starting out with a very passionate, almost melancholic delivery that is full of pain and heartache. Although his voice is powerful and as honest as ever, a deep, pungent 808 enters into the scene about halfway through, elevating the bounce as well as the energy of the instrumental which then seems to rub off on the singer, ultimately adding up to another unbelievable offering from the rising star. Considering he predicted this track to be a hit from the jump, he also teamed up with T Aubrey who shot a miniature movie for this record, and the results are simplistic yet complementary in all the right ways to bring this offering to new heights. As it opens up, he is sitting down in a cemetery with his back to …

Andale – [Peso Peso]

Galveston County, Texas artist Peso Peso continued his prolonged and prolific run he has been on over the past several months yesterday with a Cinco De Mayo release for his track and visual “Andale” which is one of my very favorites in a catalog that is dense and from quite a unique perspective. Peso skated over this bouncy and danceable instrumental with his trademark streetwise lyrics and the occasional jump over to Spanish, walking the beat from the second he started rapping. After just one day the visual is looking like it is going to be one of his biggest releases yet which is a testament to his perseverance, talent, and ability to connect with the Latino community that is tragically underrepresented on a national hip-hop scale, but Peso Peso seems poised to kick that door down. Since being released from jail he has been a workhorse and is showing zero signs of slowing up anytime soon and his music just continues to get better track by track. Keep an eye out for Peso Peso’s project of the same name, Andale, which is set to drop any day now.

In Between! – [Fliphoneshwty] [CashCache!]

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Flipphoneshwty is back today with a new visual for his sanguine new plugg-track “In Between!” where Flip skates over Cashcache’s bubbly instrumental with his slightly autotuned vocals and unique flows as he is not shy at all about changing up his cadences, which are all some of my very favorite moments from this song. Flip came together with Noah Stenhouse for the well directed new video that shows off Flip’s charisma, and I am looking forward to hearing him develop his own unique sound more and more as his vocals are already quickly recognizable and his beat selection is first-rate. Keep an eye out for Flipphoneshwty as he continues to make more and more of a name for himself within the plugg-universe track-by-track.

Walk In – [Pouya] & [Lu Baby]

Out of all the originators of a new wave of music that many might call SoundCloud rap, I have to say that Pouya was one of the very first trendsetters. While it seems like since he first began his music career, some other artists who were influenced by him have taken their own direction and almost created a negative stigma based around that term due to a lack of substance or creativity, Pouya has never given in and has consistently created some of the most diverse and incredible music in the entire rap genre, leading him to be one of my all-time favorite underground legends. Most recently, the underground underdog teamed up with Lu Baby, a rising artist who I honestly know nothing about and struggled to find information on him after searching on Google, but after this big moment in the spotlight, fans are going to start flocking in his direction immediately. “Walk In” is the name of the record they dropped, and it was produced by both Rocci and Maika Maile who utilized some thick snare drums, rattling percussion, and a smooth melody that sounds almost like they sampled “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast, putting their own spin on …

ST LGND 94 – [Jay Worthy & St. Ides]

There are very few artists out that have put in the work like the living legend that is Jay Worthy. The independent hustler has never let something like a pandemic slow down his growth, with real street rap seeming to be as popular as ever Worthy is at a very interesting turning point in his career. He has an established reputation as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and it’s well earned. P Worthy is a timeless artist, he has stayed true to himself and consistently brings a different level of storytelling to a new generation that often lacks to look back further than a decade when it comes to music that stands out. His sound is west coast rap at its finest, laidback music that hits best in a convertible playing as loud as possible. He recently dropped a mixtape in partnership with an iconic brand that further cements himself as one of the biggest hustlers in independent music. This is a must-listen for any reader’s craving the gritty nature of ’90s rap and Where Worthy excels most is as a storyteller though, both in his lyrics and in conversation. He’s a true student of the game, picking up knowledge …

Detroit Flow – [FastMoney Ant]

Over the past couple of years, it seems like as more and more artists come up, everyone seems to kind of stick together and root each other on. Whether you’re from one of the coasts, the South, or the Midwest, people seem to draw influences and inspiration from one another to both pay homage and add something new to their arsenal of aptitudes. While Michigan seems to be having its moment in the spotlight, as they very well should be, it seems like artists from all over are giving them the respect they deserve and I’m all here for it. Although it has been out for a few weeks, at this point, I was just put onto FastMoney Ant and his latest release “Detroit Flow”, which obviously pays homage to one of the biggest music cities out right now. I was honestly somewhat shocked that I had never heard of Ant until now considering he’s from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, but you can bet your life savings that he’s going to stay on my radar moving forward after hearing this hit. Opening up with an obvious Michigan-stylized instrumental, the church bells and rattling percussion place you right in the …

melatonin – [Zac Greer]

Over the past couple of months, Overcast has become one of my absolute favorite music video production companies. Not only are they making some of the most creative visual to date, but they’re working with some of the most promising, underground, and even certain undiscovered talents that the world needs to know about. While I might’ve gotten into their offerings from hyperpop visuals and their work with artists like ericdoa, midwxst, glaive, and brakence, I have been introduced to multiple other acts such as XIX, lilspirit, koi, and most recently, Zac Greer. Although I have known about Zac ever since I began to watch their visuals, I somehow didn’t realize exactly how unbelievably talented he was until his most recent song “melatonin”. When this track dropped not very long ago at all, I was consumed with not only the upbeat, bouncy instrumental and Zac’s incredible vocals, but I was also captivated by the way he was able to share his story about the hardships of a relationship that fell through his fingers because I think that’s something so many listeners can relate to on a very personal, melancholic level. That’s why, when I found out he was teaming up with …

Gravestone – [Tuxx]

For those who know me, you know just how much I enjoy the crossover between rock and hip-hop. While I grew up on bands like AC/DC, Greenday, and Blink-182, I moved into rap and hip-hop in my middle school and high school years, and now seeing artists bringing these genres together just makes everything come full circle for me. I’ve been a big fan of artists such as the late Lil Peep, Lil Tracy, Iann Dior, POORSTACY, and others, but when I hear about new artists making waves in this genre-mashing scene, I need to tune in immediately. When the homie Sam McGrath hit me up and said he was shooting a visual for LA by way of Arizona artist Tuxx, I had no clue exactly what to expect, but after tuning into “Gravestone”, I was as impressed as I’ve ever been. Considering he has worked with hitmakers like Nick Mira, PAYSO, Baker, Playdoe, and Sam Thraxx in the past, I knew I was in for a treat, and considering the last three producers brought this hit to life, I was even more excited. It’s clear that there is a pop-punk influence behind his vocals that combine with the guitar-forward …