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Mudd Classics, Vol. I – [SlitwristShawty]

I’ve talked copiously before about the booming rap scene in Detroit, and things don’t seem to be slowing down whatsoever at this point. The amount of under the radar talent coming out of the motor city is immense, and I’m just glad I can be here to witness the scene blossom in real-time. Although I’ve paid more attention to some more notable names like Sada Baby, Baby Smoove, and Teejayx6, I’m always looking for the next up and coming talents, so when I saw SlitwristShawty, an A&R discovering some of these rising stars, put together a mixtape featuring some of the most promising young artists, I had to listen up. The name of the tape is Mudd Classics, Vol. I, and although I had never heard of any of the featured rappers on this project prior to giving it a listen, I now know I have to get in tune more than ever before. Featuring only four songs that extend just over eight minutes, this concise project shows all seven artists at their best and gives them a platform to truly prove why Detroit is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Once again, because I’m not …

Tales From Tha Guttah – [Ramirez]

Out of all the underground labels and collectives, Grey 59 has always been one of my favorites. I was first brought into the G59 world after listening to $uicideboy$ pretty religiously, as ironic as that might sound, and it was through them that I was introduced to the other artists on the roster. Germ probably came next, then Shakewell, and Ramirez was always an act I respected like crazy even though he might’ve been the final artist I was put onto. Through all of their respective music, they bring such diversity to the label without abandoning the collective’s dark, ruthless nature that was what drew me in early on in the first place. Most recently, Ramirez took to Twitter to drop off a brand-new song entitled “Tales From Tha Guttah” as well as an accompanying music video, and this track displays his skills at an all-time high. Rocci produced this underworld hit, using menacingly deep piano keys mixed with mystifying synths, piercing percussion along with an equally earsplitting drum line, and a telltale pitched-down vocal chop that is very characteristic of other members of the label as well. As he begins to spit, his words are delivered in a choppy …

Grimey – [Jaah SLT] ft. [Sleep Walkin SLT]

Out of all the low-key hubs for Rap music around the country, North Carolina just might be the most slept on. Whether artists are local legends, barely coming onto the scene, or on the cusp of breaking through to the masses, there are so many different styles and talents coming out of the East Coast state. Out of all the artists, Jaah SLT is one person who I have only just recently found out about but have enjoyed diving deeper into his archives. With the announcement of his upcoming project 9-25-20, which is set to release that very day later this month, he decided to get even more momentum moving in his direction be releasing a music video and a single off of the project entitled “Grimey”. He recruited fellow SLT member Sleep Walkin SLT to assist him and although this was my first introduction to his crewmate, I was thoroughly impressed. Spread-out, tiptoeing, somewhat creepy synths create a simple melody for the instrumental while rattling percussion and speaker busting 808s take the mainstage and provide Jaah with a hard-hitting base to build off of. As he comes in, he divides up his lines, reciting a few words at a …

Watch Fivio Foreign, Calboy, 24kGoldn and Mulatto’s 2020 XXL Freshman Cypher

Every year, no matter how good or bad the XXL Freshman list might be in everyone’s opinions, I can’t help but look forward to the different cyphers that come to life throughout the process. Typically, artists are paired up with each other even if they might not have ever even considered working with one another, and they’re given a beat that is typically simple enough to manage but could still possibly put them outside of their comfort zones. After all, they want these artists to not only take a victory lap after being awarded the title of XXL freshman, but they also want them to prove themselves and show fans exactly why they deserve this title. In all honesty, I always find the freestyles lame no matter how good or bad they are because half the time, artists use lyrics that have already been recorded and released on other songs, and I just don’t think they do anything to back up the skills of each artist. As for the most recent cypher I saw, Fivio Foreign, Calboy, 24kGoldn, and Mulatto all teamed up and although these might be some random and unlikely pairings, they all manage to come together and …

Golden Eye – [Action Bronson]

Action Bronson is a man of many talents beyond just music, and he has to live one of the most interesting lives in the entire world. Whether he’s traveling around the world trying all type of cuisine, hitting the gym to lose over one hundred pounds and counting during quarantine, or crafting some of the most intriguing hits in the studio, you better believe that he’s going to put his own signature spice all over every single one of his endeavors. It’s because of his unique persona and unapologetic individuality that I’ve always been drawn to his music ever since his early mixtapes, and the fact that he continues to think outside of the box over and over again makes me truly appreciate his music, even more, every time he drops something new. After dropping the extremely entertaining single “Latin Grammys” at the end of July, I couldn’t wait to see what else he had up his Carhartt sleeve, and I’m so excited to say that this brief pause has come to an end with the release of yet another single called “Golden Eye”. Produced by Budgie, this instrumental begins with a squeaky dolphin noise before tropical instruments, tranquil and …

Baggin’ – [Marshmello] & [42 Dugg]

Marshmello has obviously been a staple in the music scene for at least a few years now, but he’s obviously been involved in a genre outside of the Rap and Hip-Hop world. While EDM has always shared similar influences in certain instances as Rap music, it is typically a love or hate genre. I’ve become more accustomed to it over the past couple of months and I can listen to select songs and artists, but it takes a specific moment in time to truly connect with me. At the same time, I love seeing these genres cross paths with one another and seeing the very entertaining results that unfold when an electronic producer teams up with a rapper or singer. Marshmello has always been in tune with the Rap world, but it wasn’t until recently that he actually decided to try his hand at actual Rap production rather than just giving a more minimal EDM beat to a rapper to spit on. He has been present all over Juice WRLD’s insanely successful posthumous album and he has worked with a few other artists, but most recently, he teamed up with Detroit star 42 Dugg to make another hit, this one …

B4 The Storm – [Internet Money]

Internet Money is basically the music powerhouse that the average fan has no idea about. They’re cranking out hit after hit with not only big-name artists, but also with their in-house talents who are going to be superstars in their own right in no time at all. As they began to hype up their debut album B4 The Storm, I was getting so impatient because I knew that the rest of the world was in for something incredible, but I had to hear it with my own two ears to make sure my expectations could be justified. It obviously came out at midnight going into Friday so it’s been out for a few days, but I really wanted to take some time to run through it multiple times and truly take in all of the artistry and effort that went into this incredible album, and man, was I not let down in the slightest. On B4 The Storm, the masterminds behind Internet Money, including Taz Taylor and Nick Mira, were able to meld features from massive names like Future, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Gunna, and more, with some incredibly talented and promising young artists like TyFontaine, TheHxliday, The Kid Laroi, …

Self Control-[phem]

phem is a generational voice already and she’s only just getting started. The Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/producer has found her sound and has been executing it to near perfection. With amazing numbers and a loyal following, phem is reaping the benefits of making the music that is real to her and real for so many other people as well. Before her rise to fame though, the artists had humble beginnings; spending a year living between her car and studio in the Crenshaw District of LA. Experiences like that though proved to catapult her as she has quickly created a name for herself as one of the most coveted acts circulating the industry right now. From features and co-writes with the likes of G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Tracy and Iann Dior, phem’s repertoire is impressive and its only going to grow as time goes on. Today, the talented statement maker is appearing on our pages for the release of her song called, “Self Control”. The two minute and forty-seven second song makes a lasting impression on whoever listens to it. It’s big, bold and a blast to listen to in its entirety. phem’s songwriting truly stands out when listening intently …

Trophy Boyz – [Xavier Wulf]

After getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the year, Xavier Wulf has somewhat calmed down and let the dust settle a bit. There’s nothing wrong with that in the slightest, though, because ever since he started blazing a trail that countless other artists have followed within the underground so many years ago, he has been one of the most consistent rappers producing some of the highest output in the entire industry. His consistency was always noticeable of course, but what was even more perceptible was the fact that throughout all of his releases, he consistently gave us some of the most masterful, inventive, and impressive songs to ever come out of the underground. His brief hiatus has luckily come to an end with the release of his song “Trophy Boyz”, and it’s yet again another banger that is sure to turn any function up to the max. Quintin Lamb produced this hit, and he starts it out with some resounding synths paired with crisp, intense hats and claps alongside some piercing 808s that couple seamlessly with Xavier’s unapologetically sinister flow. A sound bite from Seth MacFarlane plays from one of his shows and although I’m pretty …

Bang Bang – [Chief Keef] & [Mike WiLL Made-It]

If you don’t think that Chief Keef is a pioneer in Rap music or that he played the main role in the current sound of music in the genre, then I don’t know what else to say. At the young age of 16, he took the city of Chicago, and eventually, the entire country by storm with his insanely unique and out of the box style, and others were all too quick to follow. He has been cited time and time again by the new age of rappers as being one of if not their biggest influence, and he has undoubtedly changed the way we look at music today. While people claim he fell off or he just isn’t making as high quality of music nowadays, I beg to differ. He puts out so much that sure, some gems can get lost in the overflow, but there are still numerous gems regardless. He has teamed up with hitmaker Zaytoven in the past for a few projects, and it looks like iconic producer Mike WiLL Made-It is up next to make some magic with the legend. I’m not sure what the name of the project is going to be or when …